Mark Herzog, HCPS Assistant Supervisor of Science, calls Mrs. Roland “one of the
best pure teachers I have ever watched in action,” adding “there is something attractive,
in the best sense of that word, that draws the learner to the teacher and ultimately
makes the learner wish to be like the teacher.”
In the relatively short five years she has been at Edgewood High, she has secured
a Chesapeake Bay Trust to build a classroom pond, has won two curriculum awards,
has been involved in Marine Science curriculum writing, and was the designer and
creator of a “Dancing Nucleotides” DVD last year. The most well known of her innovations
is the creation of the Forensic Science course.
Both Mr. Herzog and her principal, Joe Schmitz, say they sometimes almost dread
calls from the innovative teacher. “I just know she is going to ask me something
that will involve changing the bell schedule, or adding to the master schedule,
or releasing kids from other classes for a period, or telling teachers they can’t
park where they’d like for a week, or otherwise disrupting a creature of routine,”
said Mr. Schmitz. “But, I have learned not to say no to her, because I can always
have confidence that when she approaches with one of her grand and wild schemes
that it is going to provide a special and enjoyable learning experience for her
students, and sometimes for the rest of us in the building, as well.”
EHS English Department Chair Beth Hoffman says she is not a jealous person by nature,
but truly envies Mrs. Roland. “She exemplifies everything in a teacher that others
in the profession aspire to be, and she does it with a grace and style each and
every day that compounds my envy,” said Ms. Hoffman. Even that ‘Science Diva’ sign
is misleading, said Ms. Hoffman, since Mrs. Roland possesses none of the snobbish
attributes of true divas, but “has a deeply held belief that every student, no matter
their background or personal beliefs, can excel in school, life, and most importantly,
in science.” Mrs. Roland brought the BioBus to Edgewood High so students could “live”
Heidi Marcotte’s daughter, Aliah, is a student in Mrs. Roland’s class. “She looks
up to Mrs. Roland because of the great example she sets and is always excited to
go to her class,” Mrs. Marcotte said. “She truly brings the art of science to life
– she motivates the students in such a way that they are able to achieve more than
they think they are actually capable of.”
Marie Koros Fields said her daughter, as a result of being in Mrs. Roland’s class,
now wants to go to college and major in biology.
Amanda Lucker is a student in Mrs. Roland’s class this year, after her brother had
been there two years before. “There wasn’t one day that my brother and now I haven’t
walked out of her class without a smile,” Amanda said. “You can see her passion
and love for biology – she has animals from little fish to snakes; (and) she even
put a pond in the back of her room with turtles and pond fish.” Even more important
to Amanda is Mrs. Roland’s “wonderful personality (and) unique way of teaching –
she’s not just a teacher to me – she’s more like a friend (because) she cares so
much for her students.”
Ana Bunger said she entered Biology last year expecting “the most boring class in
the world” but, now, “my life has never been the same since – without her, I wouldn’t
be taking AP Biology next year, or majoring in Biology in college (and) I would
not be so passionate about Biology.”
Adam Sitzes is another former student of Mrs. Roland’s, having been in her Honors
Biology and Forensic Science classes. Last year, he was Mrs. Roland’s student aide.
“During this year, I noticed how much Mrs. Roland cared for each of her students
– she had a connection with each one of them and knew each of their study habits,”
Mrs. Woolf said Mrs. Roland “will be the teacher who students talk about at their
20-year class reunion – her students know they are expected to put forth efforts
that match their teacher’s effort to fulfill the unspoken contract that Christine
has with them.” Mrs. Woolf said her colleague is a “role model for professional
development,” having lobbied to get common planning time for Biology teachers and
taking the lead for the professional learning community that focuses on raising
Biology High School Assessment scores.
Julie Wolf, senior lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at UMBC, said
Mrs. Roland’s “Dancing Nucleotide” DVD, with students playing different roles identified
by colored t-shirts, with an epic poem written and narrated by one of her students,
was magnificent. “I have met some creative and dedicated teachers in my dozen years
of teaching professional development biology courses, but Mrs. Roland stands out
as a real treasure,” Ms. Wolf said.
Mrs. Roland said ‘Lizzie’ Byer is her most memorable student, providing an example
of a student who was self-described “not smart enough” and science not really being
her thing; who, now, after success in three upper level science courses is a mentor
tutor for younger Biology students. “Lizzie has proven beyond any doubt that there
is no such thing as an ‘honor student’ or ‘dumb student,’ that there are no accurate
labels,” Mrs. Roland said.
Due to an ongoing power outage that is expected to last for a few more hours, North Bend will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. TODAY, Wednesday, December 7, 2022.
Primary and emergency contacts for students at North Bend Elementary School will receive this message via our mass notification system.
12/7/2022 10:47:57 AM
The systemwide deadline to register for middle school basketball was December 2, but it has come to our attention that several families received inaccurate information with a deadline of December 8. We will honor the inaccurate date for those families who were misinformed. Consequently, registration has reopened at all schools, as we believe the inaccurate information may have been shared outside of what we understand to be the original distribution list.
Middle School athletics registration reopens today, Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. and will remain open through 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, December 8, 2022. Click here to register.
Thank you to those who met the deadline of December 2, 2022. For those who received the inaccurate information, again, registration will close Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.
12/7/2022 6:00 PM
The following message will be sent to all staff, parents and guardians, via phone, email, and text message on December 7, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.:
On Friday, December 9, 2022, all schools will dismiss 3 hours early for students. Please note, half-day PreK will NOT meet on early dismissal dates.
Calendar information for the entire 2022-2023 school year can be found on hcps.org.
12/7/2022 8:11 AM
The following message will be sent to staff and families December 6, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. via phone, email, and text message:
The window is now open to nominate your favorite teacher from this year, or years past, for the 2023 Teacher of the Year!
Visit hcps.org and click “learn more” in the banner at the top of the page to share a few sentences on why you want your school to consider nominating your favorite teacher this year! The program will look slightly different this year as HCPS will celebrate a night of excellence in education when the Teacher of the Year is announced. In addition to announcing the 2023 Teacher of the Year, we will honor retired or former teachers who will be inducted into the Teacher Hall of Fame.
We want to thank HarfordTV who is planning to broadcast the culminating event on April 12, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (mark your calendar now!) via their Facebook Live as well as recording for later viewing. Local businesses and community members continue to play an integral part in showing our appreciation for our educators and we look forward to celebrating with everyone again this year! If you or your business would like to support the program this year, please reach out to email@example.com for more information.
Nominations are due by January 4, 2023. Don't delay- submit your nomination here as soon as possible.
12/6/2022 10:55 AM
11/17/2022 12:59 PM
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022:
If you are active military personnel, a civilian or federal employee working and/or living on federal property, your child has received or will receive a form to be completed and returned to school. If your child is not attending school in person, please find a blank form attached to this email. It is very important that we receive the completed form from you, as this is a means of funding that will impact your child’s school system. Persons working on federal property, please be sure to complete the box indicating the specific location of your employment. The forms should be returned to school with your child no later than Friday, November 11, 2022. Blank forms are also available on www.hcps.org on the Resources for Parents page under ‘Forms and Documents.’ Please contact your school if you have any questions.
11/1/2022 8:00 AM
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022:
Maryland legislation now requires notification of parent/guardians when a student meal account balance becomes low.
This is to notify you that parents and guardians will soon begin to receive monthly automated communications via phone and email when your student’s meal account reaches $2.60. Notification at this amount will ensure you’re aware you have funds remaining for approximately one meal.
Students without funds on their account will still receive a meal that is charged to their account but will not be able to purchase any snack items, even with cash. Consequently, families with a balance LESS THAN $0 will receive a weekly call notifying that your account balance needs to be paid.
We encourage families to login to your MySchoolBucks account and set your own balance reminders above $2.60 to avoid receiving the monthly or weekly notices. Please note, if you opt out of the balance alerts when they begin, you will be opting yourself out of receiving all HCPS outreach communications.
Federal waivers allowing universally free school meals ended June 30, 2022 – students who do not qualify for meal benefits or whose applications for meal benefits from previous years expired must pay $2.50 for lunch in elementary schools or $2.60 for lunch in secondary schools. The online meal benefit application is available at www.hcpsmenus.com.
If you are unsure of your MySchoolBucks account or balance information, contact Food and Nutrition Services at 410-638-4078 for assistance.
10/27/2022 12:38 PM
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