‘U.S. News & World Report’ Names 8 BCPS Schools Among the Nation’s Best

Eight Baltimore County schools made the “U.S. News & World Report” Best High Schools list, and two schools earned gold-medal status under the magazine’s ranking system.

Eastern Technical High School (No. 8 in Maryland, No. 418 nationally) and Towson High School (No. 9/No. 484) earned gold-medal status, which signifies a spot in the top 500 schools on the national list.

Western School of Technology (No. 11/No. 517), Dulaney High School (No. 12/No. 534), George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology (No. 15/No. 560), Catonsville High School (No. 35/ No. 1,743) and Loch Raven High School (No. 38/No. 1,959) earned silver-medal status; and Sparrows Point High School (No. 54) earned bronze medal status.

Eastern, Towson, Western, Carver Center and Sparrows Point also appeared on the magazine’s list of best magnet schools in the nation, and Eastern Tech and Towson appeared on the list of best STEM schools.

Maryland came in third overall in the nation, with 24.1 percent of its high schools earning gold or silver medals.

Friends School of Baltimore Switches to 100 Percent Solar, Wind Electricity

Effective July 1, Friends School of Baltimore will source its electricity with 100 percent solar and wind energy. The school has signed an agreement with CleanChoice Energy, which buys electricity wholesale from regional wind and solar farms and sells it to homes and businesses through their existing utilities.

The move to renewable electricity was inspired in part by the school’s student-faculty Green Club, which earlier this year met with school administrators and trustees to discuss moving away from fossil fuels. The group also spearheaded a two-year certification process with the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education that culminated with Friends being named an official Maryland Green School.

As part of its transition to renewable electricity, the school will also become an “anchor tenant” in the Maryland Community Solar program to help make solar energy available to low- and moderate-income residents at below-market rates.

Beginning this fall, Friends School families will be able to sign up for 100 percent renewable electricity for their homes through CleanChoice Energy. Additionally, the school plans to host educational events for the public to learn how they can become active in accessing solar and wind energy for their homes.

Towson Recreation Council’s Summer Camps and Enrichment Programs

Towsontowne and Towson Recreation Council are hosting a variety of half-day summer enrichment programs open to any K-5 student, as well as additional summer programs including art workshops and teen adventure trips (Club 360). K-5 programs will be held at West Towson, Rodgers Forge and Riderwood schools. Activities include sports; games; supervised free play; creative writing; innovative programs for thinkers, inventors, researchers, engineers and creators; and art programs focused on drawing, painting, pastels, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Classes are led by teachers and parents and are open to any student attending Baltimore County public or private schools. 

Club 360 adventures, open to rising 7th-10th graders, include activities like ropes courses, zip lines, horseback riding and white-water tubing. For rising 6th-graders only, Club 360 Jr. offers half-day adventures like monster golf, laser tag, bowling, climb zone and roller skating.

For more information, visit TowsonRec.com/AdditionalCamps or TTRec.org.  

Towson Fireworks Sponsorships

For almost 50 years, Towson-area residents have enjoyed 4th of July fireworks – originally at Luskins Hill and at Loch Raven Academy for the past 20 years now. The fireworks have always been paid for by private donations, but unfortunately, the typical 25-minute firework show can no longer survive solely on donations provided by one neighborhood. To ensure this tradition continues, the Towson Fireworks Committee needs the help of Towson-area businesses and neighborhoods. A sponsorship of the fireworks is a wonderful chance to advertise to the community that your neighborhood supports this Towson (American) Tradition! 

Neighborhood sponsorship options are as follows:

$500 + George Washington Sponsor: Your neighborhood name on fence banners, logo/link on bottom sidebar of TowsonFireworks.com and on sponsors page, Towson Fireworks Facebook page thank-you, name in spectator booklet.

$300+ John Adams Sponsor: Your neighborhood name on fence banners, link in sponsors section of TowsonFireworks.com, Towson Fireworks Facebook page thank-you, name in spectator booklet.

$200+ Thomas Jefferson Sponsor: Name in spectator booklet

$100+ Ben Franklin Sponsor

For more information, call Mike Ertel at 410.599.6953 or email info@towsonfireworks.com.