Josie Shaffer - STUDENT BOARD MEMBER

Report to the Board of Education of Baltimore County From the Student Member of the Board

March 6, 2018

Good evening and happy Tuesday, 

First, I would like to give an update on the search for the 2018-2019 Student Member of the Board (SMOB). I have been blown away by the incredible applicants, and I am very excited to meet them! This week, we will have an application screening and then later this month we will conduct interviews. In exactly one month, over 200 students from all over the county will have elected their new SMOB for approval by the governor. This is the third year we will be holding an election for the student member, and I am so thrilled that students have the chance to vote for the person they think will serve them best. I cannot stress enough the importance of student opinions on the board. While the board of education votes on policies and contracts, the students are the ones that truly feel the effects and understand what that might look like at their school.  

The second episode of my BCPS-TV show, On the Move with Josie, is out now!! We visited New Town High School’s Rising Women Club where they started their own business called Hunity. I loved seeing the girls’ passion for their business, and it was very interesting to watch as they made plans to market and sell their product.

Be sure to look out for the third episode where I visited Towson High School’s Knit for the Needy. I have had a great time visiting schools. Visiting the clubs has allowed me to see the unique things each school brings to make BCPS a great school system. If you want your school’s student-led club to be featured on a future episode, you can email me at jeshaffer@bcps.org.  

I also went to Pikesville High School’s Night of Innovation, which is my favorite event of the school year. It was fun to see BCPS staff members attend, and as my fellow board members can attest who toured Pikesville with me, you cannot visit without going to my Multimedia class and seeing my Vector Portrait.

The Night of Innovation allows parents and future students to not only see how we use devices in the classroom, but they also get a glimpse of the different classes and clubs. Every student has one class that they are passionate about, and Night of Innovation showcases that. At Pikesville, there were booths for every department. The Project Lead the Way students had robots that were moving around the gym floor, multimedia students showed off the escape games they coded in Animate, the English students had a Socratic seminar for the parents, and the French students were making crepes! The Night of Innovation is an event for students to show what they are passionate about, and I loved seeing the students in action!  

Lastly, I would like to thank Baltimore County Student Councils for meeting with the board this evening. I am so proud of the students for their thoughtful input on drills, mental health, and other safety measures. As students, we look to the adults in the county for guidance and support, but we can only do that when the adults are willing to have an open conversation with us.  

Thank you.

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