Josie Shaffer - STUDENT BOARD MEMBER

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Student Board Member

February 6, 2018

Good evening and happy Tuesday!

If you haven’t heard, my BCPS-TV show, On the Move with Josie, is out now! We went to Pikesville High School to visit my friend Lauren’s Young Engineers Club, and the response from the video was amazing! I have heard from many people—including my old teacher—and I am so glad that people enjoyed the first episode.

It is important for students and parents to hear from various clubs because education doesn’t stop after last period. We have so many unique and amazing clubs happening around the county, and I am very thankful that BCPS-TV is letting me showcase a few of them! This Thursday, we will be visiting New Town High School’s Rising Women Club to film the next episode. If you want your school’s student-led club to be featured in a future episode, you can email me at jeshaffer@bcps.org.

I presented the operating budget at the last Baltimore County Student Councils’ Executive Board meeting. Although I could never put it as eloquently as Mr. Kevin Smith, BCPS Chief Administrative and Operations Officer, or Mr. George Sarris, Executive Director of Fiscal Services, I enjoyed speaking with students about the budget that directly impacts them.

I also went to Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts with BCSC President Jake Turner. This was a great experience for both of us because I have never been to that side of the county before, so it was really interesting to learn about the climate at the school. From speaking to a group of students, I could clearly tell they really love their school. They spoke highly of their school spirit, administration, and teachers. It was awesome to see student life at their school, and I am super glad that I was able to visit!

Finally, applications are out for Student Member of the Board for the 2018-19 school year. I am so excited to begin this process, and I would like to stress the importance of this position. There is no one on the board who has taken PARCC, MAP, and the new version of the SAT, used devices in the classroom, and balanced five or more AP classes and extracurriculars at a higher standard of learning, as we have. Although the Student Member can’t help decide if schools are closed when it snows, we are able to show the other board members how policies and contracts affect us in the classroom.

I call on the principals of all 24 high schools to send two applications so that we have an amazing group of students that could become the next Student Member of the Board. We will be accepting applications until 4:00 p.m. on February 16. The application and more information are available online.

Thank you.

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