Dear Glen Burnie Families,

As you know, we have been fortunate this year have an unusually lengthy summer.  We are excited to welcome your children back on September 5th/6th.  This summer break has provided me with an exceptional opportunity to reflect on the achievements of our school as well as to begin planning for new initiatives.

As you may know, Glen Burnie High School has continuously improved its graduation rate over the past several years.  It is extremely important to me that every child who enters our doors as a freshman leaves with a diploma and with a plan for the next phase of their life.  Our GBHS Mission Statement states, “Glen Burnie High School empowers students to achieve rigorous academic goals, to become college and career ready, and to contribute to the community in pursuit of a better quality of life for themselves and others. Gophers- inspired to serve!”  Our staff are dedicated to this mission.

This summer, under the leadership of Social Studies teacher Brandi Williams, teachers and administrators visited the homes of students who had earned a score of “5” on their Advanced Placement exams.  We placed signs in their yards celebrating their accomplishments and personally congratulated each student.  We visited the homes of twenty-five students, many of whom earned multiple scores of “5.”  This effort embodies the spirit of Glen Burnie High School.  We do not take student success for granted.  It is hard-earned by students and worthy of celebration by staff, parents, students and the community.

Art Department Chair Ryan MacCredie has been here all summer planning murals for our stadium and cafeteria.  I am particularly excited about the “Graduate, Believe, Hope, Succeed” painting project for the cafeteria columns.  Mr. MacCredie’s creative energy is contagious!

These are just a few examples of the level of commitment our staff have to our fine school.  I hope that this year you will join us in our pledge to “Commit to the GB.”  We will begin the year with ninth grade students making an affirmative commitment to themselves and their school.  As parents, we ask how you can also make a commitment to support your child’s academic path.  Whether by simply ensuring they arrive on time each day, or by helping with homework, or by attending our Parent Café or Parent Conferences, we depend on you to help us provide an optimal learning experience for your child.

I look forward to working with you to bring hope and success into our students’ lives this year.


Vickie L. Plitt