Monday, February 25, 2013
Hillcrest Elementary School won the event held last weekend and will go on to the state finals.
Hillcrest Elementary School won the elementary school division of the 2013 Baltimore County Public Schools' Black Saga Competition, held last Saturday at Randallstown High. This event has students answering over 800 questions about the African-American experience. It starts in the fall each year when students begin to compete against teams from their own schools and counties before eventually moving to the state finals. That's where Hillcrest will be going now. Hillcrest also won the elementary school division last year. In this year's event, Hillcrest's Team 1 is the team that captured the title. West Towson's Team 1 took second place while West Towson's Team 2 was third. Sudbrook Team 1 won in the middle school division. The Maryland …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Sen. Ed Kasemeyer casts deciding vote against after supporting the bill last year.
UPDATED (1:00 p.m.)—A bill that would have created a partially-elected school board in Baltimore County was voted down by members of the county's Senate Delegation. The eight senators from the county voted 4-4 to approve the bill, one vote short of what was needed for approval. The deciding vote was Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, a Democrat who represents Catonsville and part of Howard County, who voted in favor of the bill last year. Howard County has an elected school board. Kasemeyer's dissenting vote came after he voted for amendments to change the bill to a seven elected, four appointed member board and a second amendment that staggered the elections of the seven board members. The vote disappointed supporters who believed the bill would finally …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Ellie McIntire gave 24 of the tech tools to Hillcrest Elementary School.
Ellie McIntire’s son is a first-grader at Hillcrest Elementary School, and she decided to give them a different kind of holiday present a few weeks ago. McIntire wound up donating 24 brand-new Android Tablets to the Hillcrest technology department, according a press release. She connected with Eric Sloan, the school’s technology integration teacher, who advised her on the tablets that could best help the Hillcrest program, and McIntire finished the job. “I wanted to give the students an opportunity to use even more updated technology,” McIntire said in a statement. “The younger they learn, the more advantages they will have in the future.” McIntire is a Realtor who works with Keller Williams Realty Centre in Columbia, and Sloan said that…
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
A variety of events are scheduled at Hillcrest Elementary School after the winter break.with school also scheduled to be closed twice
There's going to be some new things going on at Hillcrest Elementary School when the students return from the winter break next week. Students are scheduled to return to Hillcrest, and other Baltimore County schools, on Jan. 2. The first event is going to be the PTA meeting, set for Jan. 16. After that, the Hillcrest Winter Concert is scheduled for Jan. 17. School also is going to be closed twice in January: For some more information about Hillcrest, check out this page on the school's website.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Catonsville Middle, Hillcrest Elementary students collect six vans full of items for The SPCA Maryland.
Students and families from two local schools have been collecting a variety of donations for The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Angie McLean is the PTSA president at Catonsville Middle and is helping guide this effort involving children from Catonsville Middle and Hillcrest Elementary schools. They’ve been working throughout December and have collected about six vans full of blankets, toys, dog and cat treats and food to give to The SPCA Maryland, located on Falls Road, McLean said. The idea for the project came from McLean’s family. The project was so successful that they’re looking to do it again in the spring, possibly when the weather warms up in April or May, she said. “People were happy to do it,” McLean said. “The…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Maryland Science Center's Traveling Science Program will be at Hillcrest this Friday
The students at Hillcrest Elementary School are going to be learning about slime this week-- but it won't be a bad thing. This lesson will be part of the Maryland Science Center's Traveling Science Program that comes to the school Friday at 10 a.m., according to a short news tip on the Baltimore County Public Schools web site. When at Hillcrest, the program is going to demonstrate the differences and similarities of solids, liquids and slime. During the demonstration, students are going to be able to do an investigation into the various states of matter and prepare their own samples of slime. Those interested can contact the school at 410-887-0820.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Book Fair is open 3-7 on Friday at the school
Interested in finding some good books? Take a look at the Holiday Scholastic Book Fair at the Hillcrest Elementary School. The Book Fair has been going on all week, and it will have extended hours on the final day, Friday, 3-7 p.m, according to information on the PTA’s Facebook page. Those interested can check it out at the school’s cafeteria. This is open to the public and not only to those who go to the school as Hillcrest is using it as a fundraiser, something that’s common among schools at this time of the year. A flier on the Facebook site said that the fair was 3-5 p.m. all week – except for Wednesday, when two hours were added. Book Fair officials are doing the same for the final day on Friday. For more information, contact the …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Baltimore County Public School students return to school on Monday.
Summer is over and Baltimore County Public School students return on Monday. Patch reached out to area principals to get an update on what is going on at their schools. Here are there responses. Principal welcome message/goals for the school year: Principal Linda Miller: "Our theme mirrors the superintendent’s theme of excellence. Our theme is “Pursuit of Excellence”. We looked at the most recent Olympic athletes and discussed how they continue their pursuit even though they may fail, have injuries or challenges or did not win a medal. The second part of my message introduces our instructional focus for the year, which mirrors the new instructional pieces from the school system. New teachers/staff at Catonsville Elementary: Back-to-…
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Wieland home carries garden’s palette indoors with bursts of color.
When Amy and Mark Wieland bought their traditional Cape Cod nine years ago, it offered a home with many improvements already in place and a nearly half-acre blank slate for Amy to work her gardening magic. Previously, the couple lived in Washington, D.C., and Silver Spring, and were unaware of Catonsville. A friend who knows that Mark is an avid mountain biker suggested they consider Catonsville because of its proximity to biking trails. After looking into the schools for the couple’s two sons and discovering the charming neighborhood with homes from various eras, they were sold. Amy Wieland first studied interior design at George Washington University but discovered her real interest was in landscape design, so she completed a certificate…
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Parents, students and staff work to make the courtyard a living classroom.
Before last month, the courtyard in the center of Hillcrest Elementary School was an afterthought. The space, which teachers in the original wing of the building can access from their classrooms, didn't have much available for teachers or students. But in the last two months, the space has been transformed into an outdoor classroom, garden and space for the entire school community. The project has been three years in the making, said parent volunteer Clare Walker. A total of $17,000 has been donated or invested in the project. In October 2010, students installed raised planting beds that some classrooms started using for growing vegetables and herbs as part of an Eagle Scout project. A mosaic of recycled glass was created by students, a …