Dear Glen Burnie High School Families,

On March 3rd, we held our third Teacher – Parent Conference Day of this school year.  This is the first year the school district has dedicated three calendar days toward these conferences.  Looking back, I am extremely pleased at the opportunity that these days have provided for you to develop relationships with our staff.  This year, the Parent Conference Days brought teachers and parents together for over 600 meetings.  We all know the adage that, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  We have felt the positive impact of these conferences this year as we have been able to partner with you to form that much-needed “village” of support around your children.

In that same sense, we have been grateful for the support parents have provided through our first annual series of “Parent Café.”  Parent Café gives parents, administrators and teachers a chance to have an open, informal dialogue about anything happening in our school community.  Our next parent Café will be on Thursday, April 6 from 7:30 – 8:30 am.  I hope you will join us for that event.

One of the topics we feel is important to discuss with parents is student attendance.  Attendance has been an area in which our school is concentrating our efforts to improve.  Our attendance rate is 90% this school year, significantly lower than our neighboring high schools.  We will be holding an attendance competition this month, with students who have perfect attendance earning a ticket to our faculty-student basketball game.  We hope that you will continue to support us in our efforts to improve attendance at Glen Burnie High School by getting your child to school on time every day.

As we look forward to the end of the school year, we have some important dates on the horizon for testing.  On April 19th, all students in the eleventh grade will take the ACT test.  This is a college entrance exam similar to the SAT.  We are fortunate to be able to offer this exam at no cost to all juniors during the school day.  We are also looking ahead to the Advanced Placement (AP) exams during the first two weeks in May.  Registration deadlines for those exams have passed. If your child has not registered, please reach out to Mr. Herman via email at dherman@aacps.org as soon as possible.

Finally, this weekend our Theater Company will be staging a production of Macbeth on Friday and Saturday evenings.  All ninth grade English students will have a chance to have a sneak peek at Macbeth this Thursday during 2nd period.  This is a play that all 9th grade students read in their English course.  If you have a chance to bring your child out to see the full production, we strongly encourage you to do so.

As always, I continue to encourage you to stay involved with your child’s education.  We are always here to answer your questions and welcome your presence at all school events.

Sincerely,

Vickie L. Plitt

Principal