eduTrax is a Top Sponsor of the Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools Program

Posted on December 17, 2010


BALTIMORE (December 17, 2010) – State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick today announced the names of six public schools that have been selected as the 2010 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence.
The names of the six schools have been submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Education for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. They are being recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education on the basis of rigorous state and national requirements for high achievement and dramatic improvement.
“Maryland has scores of innovative, highly effective schools, making this selection from our 1,450 schools more difficult each year,” Dr. Grasmick said. “We congratulate the students, teachers, parents, administrators and community members of these six amazing schools, which serve as golden examples of educational leadership.”
Five of the schools are in the top 15 percent of Maryland schools as measured by the Maryland School Assessments. The sixth school has improved significantly in spite of a large number of economically disadvantaged students and is in the top 40 percent of state schools. The schools are:
•             Severna Park High School, Anne Arundel County
•             Towson High School, Baltimore County
•             Oklahoma Road Middle School, Carroll County
•             Lime Kiln Middle School, Howard County
•             Bel Air Elementary School, Allegany County
•             Mt. Washington Elementary, Baltimore City
The schools will be honored by Dr. Grasmick and other dignitaries at a banquet scheduled on March 14, 2011 in Annapolis. They also will be recognized with a special tribute by the Maryland General Assembly. Each school will receive more than $6,000 in technology equipment from Smart Technologies, $1,000 from MSDE and its corporate sponsors, and a school-wide pizza party from Joe Corbi’s Pizza.
The schools will represent Maryland in the National Blue Ribbon Schools Competition. National winners will be announced in the fall of 2011 and be invited to Washington, DC to be honored by national officials.
Maryland corporate sponsors include Comcast, Joe Corbi’s Pizza, EduTrax, Smart Technologies, State Farm Insurance, and Verizon, Maryland.
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Bel Air Elementary – Allegany County
In spite of over 41% of its students participating in Free and Reduced Meals, Bel Air is a high achiever with 97% of students proficient and above in both math and reading. Parents donate over 1300 hours annually. Bel Air is a 2008 School of Distinction and has been recognized by its Chamber of Commerce, the County Commissioners, and the Board of Education. Its students have won prestigious awards such as the Carson Scholarship and the Young Poets Writing Competition. The school is proud of its many corporate partnerships and is a PDS School with Frostburg State University. Teacher attendance is exemplary at 97% and they have won awards such as Teacher of the Year finalists. Staff members also participate with students in numerous service programs and encourage colleagues through staff spirit awards. 

Mt. Washington Elementary – Baltimore City
With 45% of its students on Free and Reduced Meals, the school has MSA proficiency and advanced scores of 91% in math and 92% in reading and advanced scores have risen over the years from 19% to 40% in reading and from 29% to 36% in math. The school partners with Johns Hopkins and is the only one in Maryland that provides its Center for Talented Youth Online Math during the school day as part of regular math instruction. Fifty of its highest achieving students are enrolled in this program and Mt. Washington will be featured on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. Parents provide a great deal including instructional lessons along with fundraising efforts such as one which built an outdoor classroom with an amphitheater. Mt. Washington is also the 2010 Baltimore Basketball League Elementary School Champion. Future plans include an expansion to include grades 6 through 8.
Lime Kiln Middle School – Howard County
Lime Kiln, a high achieving school, excels with over 94% of its students proficient and above in math and 96% proficient and above in reading. It is a designated Green School by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education and won the Maryland Junior Envirothon Competition for five out of six years. With a special grant, it was also able to build a Learning Legacy Trail on school grounds. Lime Kiln is proud of its award-winning teachers including the Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year for 2009 and the 2010 Maryland Art Education Teacher of the Year. Lime Kiln’s student debate teams have received numerous awards. The school also established a successful peer buddy program with the adjoining Cedar Lane School which serves profoundly disabled students.
Oklahoma Road Middle School – Carroll County
At Oklahoma Road Middle, a Maryland Green School, 91% of the students are proficient and above in math and 96% are proficient and above in reading. In fact, 67% of the student body earned Honor Roll status. Student participation in after-school programs is exceptional. Students are officers in the Carroll County Student Government Association and are also service oriented, sponsoring numerous programs such as the Harvest for the Hungry Food Drive, the American Red Cross Blood Drive, and “Bundles for Babies.” a drive for the Carroll Hospital Center. Teachers are highly qualified with five having received National Board Certification. One third of the staff participates in a Teacher – Student Mentoring program funded through a grant from the Carroll Education Foundation.
Severna Park High School - Anne Arundel County
With over 99% of its students proficient and above in math and over 95% in English, Severna Park High is one of Maryland’s top high schools. Over 63% of its students are on Honor Roll and 91% of the graduating seniors have taken at least one AP or Honors course as well as the exams. Seven seniors won “Scholarships for Scholars” last year and fifteen students were Commended for National Merit Awards with one National Semi-Finalist. The school is also dedicated to the arts and known for its 21 years producing an all-student “Rock N’ Roll Revival,”which plays to sellout audiences. Athletics is also important and there are 450 athletes participating in fall and spring sports and 300 in winter sports. The school touts 83 State Championships in its 51 year history. Severna Park High also has an award winning newspaper and yearbook. 
Towson High School Public Law and Policy – Baltimore County
Towson students are 98% proficient and above in math and 99% in English. Seventeen percent of the seniors rank in the top 5% of students in the State of Maryland and over 76% of its students take the SAT. Towson High School ranked 334 in Newsweek’s 2010 list of “America’s Best High Schools.” This past year, over 9 million dollars in grants and scholarships were awarded to students. Towson had 7 National Merit Finalists and 26 National Commended Students in addition to three National Achievement Scholarship Finalists, one National Hispanic Recognition Scholar, thirty-eight Maryland Distinguished Scholars in Academic and Visual Arts, sixty-eight seniors who were Advanced Placement Scholars. In music, students are members of the all county honor band and in art are national and state award-winners as are many Towson teachers.
Darla Strouse, 410-767-0370
Bill Reinhard, 410-767-0486