Elementary Grades Block Party

Elementary Grades Block Party

Fun was had by all at our Elementary Grades Block Party!

What's Going on in the Library?

What's Going on in the Library?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Grade Explores Animal Organs

3rd Grade Explores Animal Organs

3rd graders had an amazing opportunity to examine the organs of deer, sheep and chickens as part of their Human Body expedition.

BICO hiking trip to Patapsco Valley State Park

BICO hiking trip to Patapsco Valley State Park

Our Vision: Thinkers ready to navigate our world.

Our Mission: To create extraordinary learning experiences that inspire the thoughtful, courageous, compassionate citizen in every child.

Tenets: The following tenets guide our development of curricula and school culture:

  • Expeditionary Learning (EL Education): We are one of over 400 schools in the country that uses this rigorous, intensive approach to building students' ownership of their learning, student engagement in meaningful topics, and student mastery of academic content. Several aspects of EL Education (including daily Crew meetings, Student-Led Conferences, Schoolwide Meetings, and our Habits of Scholarship) help us create a strong climate and culture. When the mood is right, the learning is tight! For more info on EL Education, please visit eleducation.org.
  • Arts Integration: Our two art teachers work with students to do art for art's sake. They also use art to help deepen students' mastery of other academic content. Our beautiful walls are a testament to our commitment to the arts and to our budding artists!
  • Fitness and Adventure: In addition to traditional PE skills and sports, our students explore non-traditional activities that stretch their comfort zones. Our F-and-A teachers also make sure to spend time in nature with students. We start small with excursions to the woods and daylong adventures to beautiful places. In 8th grade, students are ready for a week-long Outward Bound trip.
  • Meditation and Mindfulness: We take quick but powerful mindfulness breaks every day. We also provide more intensive mindfulness sessions for students who need it. We find that a daily mindfulness practice helps kids focus and engage more deeply in learning.
Dear SBCS Families:

Welcome back to school and thank you for choosing to send your child to Southwest Baltimore Charter School.

We are excited to have you, and are equally excited about the school year that is about to begin. Whether you will be dropping your child off at SBCS for the first day of Kindergarten or you are a veteran SBCS parent of a school-aged child, the start of a new school year is always a time filled with excitement for all involved and we're honored you chose us.

SBCS is a safe, nurturing, family-friendly neighborhood school practicing the EL model boasting rigorous, academic programs and exciting, engaging, extracurricular activities. We believe in the importance of the arts, and we want our students to be great communicators, listeners and writers. Our students will be leaders who are thoughtful, courageous, compassionate, responsible, and healthy members of the greater community.

This year promises to be great as we set high expectations for learning and have some serious fun too. Our focus is to provide each child with the extraordinary learning experiences they deserve, along with new challenges that will result in an overall rewarding school experience.

We want you and your child/ren to feel welcomed, connected, and part of our SBCS family. At SBCS, again this year we have a staff of great teachers and support personnel who have and will continue to spend hours planning and creating classroom experiences to engage our students in rigorous and fun learning. We have and will continue to use research-based best practices and analyze academic and Habits of Scholarship (HofS) data to determine current skill levels and to set goals for academic and character growth and improvement.

For your scholar to be happy and successful at SBCS, you play a key role. That role is to continually show interest in, and to support, your child. A child who knows his or her family is interested in and supports school programs and staff, will almost always enjoy greater success, and will have fewer problems in school.
I continue to be inspired by the dedicated staff and families in this community, and look forward to getting to know our new team members.

As I embark on my 11th year at SBCS, I am fortunate to be a part of a high-quality learning community, and I speak on behalf of the entire staff when I say we are excited to have each of you as part of our school community. It takes all of us to help each and every child reach his/her potential, and we look forward to sharing in your child's learning experiences.
Working together we will have a wonderful year filled with learning, lifelong relationships and the joys of success and accomplishment. I look forward to meeting each of you, and to working with you and your children throughout the year.

Yours in education,
Iffeisha Gordon-Toppin
Principal

 

 

Recent news

November 9, 2017

3rd graders had an amazing opportunity to examine the organs of deer, sheep and chickens as part of their Human Body expedition.

October 30, 2017