Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. More than 7,500 schools across the country have been presented with the coveted National Blue Ribbon Award. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels.
We are thrilled to announce that Immaculate Conception School was recognized as a Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing School.
During the awards ceremony in Washington D.C. in November, the Blue Ribbon Schools will receive a plaque and flag from the U.S. Department of Education. Honored schools serve as models of excellence for other schools throughout the nation.
This year, Immaculate Conception School is one of only 50 private schools in the nation to receive this designation.
Immaculate Conception School joins the ranks of other honored Catholic Schools to have earned Blue Ribbon status since the program began in 1982.
The U.S. Department of Education announces the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Award recipients HERE
ICS featured in the Catholic Review HERE
Our guidance counselor, Mrs. Lynn Kapusinski, won 1st Place in the Family Life category of the 2014 Catholic Press Association for her book, "When Parents Divorce or Separate: I Can Get Through This (A Catholic Guide for Kids)".
If you would like to learn more about her book, please visit this web page:
Students acknowledged for their combination of artistic, vocal and acting skills to recreate the BGE 'Wires Down' television commercial
BGE Presents $10,000 Wires Down Video Challenge Grand Prize to
Immaculate Conception School for Their Rendition of the Original Emmy
Award-Winning BGE Commercial
A school known for the musical talents of their students, the $10,000 award will be used to renovate and upgrade the school's auditorium
BALTIMORE (Jan. 23, 2014) - Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today presented Immaculate Conception School with the 2013 BGE Wires Down Video Challenge Grand Prize at a surprise all-school assembly. BGE President Kenneth W. DeFontes presented a check for $10,000 and a trophy to Father Joseph Barr and the team of teachers and students who created, produced and starred in the winning video. The team was led by teachers Trish Collins, Cindy Fitzgerald and Greg Mansperger, along with parent Jeff Brandenberg. The winning students include Ella Caine, Tyler Cahill, Andy Collins, Jack Donahue, Arden Duval, Dalton Enright, Aniya Jones, Danielle Macek, Amelia Megger, and Michelle Reynoso.
A school known for their students appreciation for and talents in music, art, performance and audio/video technology skills, the school plans to use the award to fund the renovation of their auditorium, including new stage curtains and upgrading the auditorium's lighting and sound system. At the assembly, BGE representatives praised the students for their perseverance, creativity and their use of both their musical and artistic talents to create their rendition of the original BGE Wires Down commercial that was both innovative and original, helping the students stand out among the other videos submitted.
"We are thrilled to present the students and teachers at Immaculate Conception School with a trophy and the grand prize of $10,000 in funding, as an award for their thoughtfulness, ingenuity and creativity in recreating BGE's original Wires Down television commercial," said Kenneth W. DeFontes Jr., president and chief executive officer for BGE. "At BGE, the safety of our customers, our employees and importantly, their families, is always a top priority and we congratulate the students and teachers who worked together on this project for their stellar performance and teamwork. The original 'Wires Down' commercial was an important part of BGE's initiative to educate customers on the dangers associated with downed power lines, especially children who may be unaware of the safety hazards, and we are excited to see these students understanding the importance of electric safety.
"It's also important to note that this team of students competed last year and unfortunately, their video was not chosen," DeFontes shared. "I am proud of the students' dedication and persistence, proving that perseverance and hard work pay off. They are a shining example to students across central Maryland and we celebrate their commitment and success today."
"We are thrilled for our students and teachers who worked on this video and for our entire school and parish community," said Principal Madeline Meaney, Immaculate Conception School. "This project has helped showcase our growing multi-media program at Immaculate, as well as our students' creativity and use of technology. We are grateful to BGE for the opportunity to participate in this contest and hope this award will inspire our current students, as well as prospective ones, to realize their full God-given potential here at Immaculate Conception School."
In total, BGE presented nearly $30,000 to ten schools across central Maryland as part of the second annual Wires Down Video Challenge. To view the contest website, complete listing of winning schools and submitted video entries, go to bgevideochallenge.com.
About the BGE Wires Down Video Challenge
This fall, BGE launched the second annual BGE Wires Down Video Challenge to all elementary schools in its central Maryland service area for a chance to win up to $10,000 toward a school enrichment project. More than 41,000 votes were cast for the 22 videos that were submitted during an online voting phase in December. Elementary schools were encouraged to create their own adaption of BGE's popular "Wires Down" electric safety commercial for the chance to win up to $10,000 to fund a school enrichment project. Originally produced in 2000, the Emmy Award-winning commercial with its "do not, do not, do not touch" refrain aims to help raise awareness of electricity hazards, especially among young children. For more information on the Wires Down Video Challenge and electrical safety, visit bge.com.
About Immaculate Conception School:
Immaculate Conception School is a private, Catholic, co-educational school for children in pre-school through eighth grade that provides promising students with faith-centered education in a safe and nurturing environment.
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FAQ about the new AoB math curriculum - and more!
As you may know, the Archdiocese recently released a new math curriculum. In response to many questions from parents and the greater public, the Department of Catholic Schools has updated and elaborated on its FAQ sheet first presented to ICS parents at Back to School Night. You can find that document by clicking HERE.
The administration of Immaculate Conception School would like to echo the sentiments of the Archdiocese provided in this statement. We are 100% committed to preparing your sons and daughters for high school, college, and beyond. We know they will need innovative 21st Century instruction as well as the timeless values provided by our Catholic tradition. We know that through God's abundance and grace that there is room for both in our school, and that we are called to serve our community by offering a balanced, integrated educational program. And a balanced, integrated program is exactly what our STREAM academic focus is all about.
What is STREAM?
Streams flow from one place to the next and carry with them the benefits of each stop along the way. At Immaculate Conception School, STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. A STREAM education like the one offered at Immaculate Conception is interdisciplinary in focus and aims to have the lessons learned in one subject find application in another. STREAM allows our Catholic Identity to flow into classroom discussions on the practical use of science and engineering. STREAM also allows appreciation for the mathematical precision and beauty of Nature to flow into creative expressions in the Fine Arts.
Faith and Reason
In 1998, soon-to-be St. John Paul the Great released his papal encyclical entitled Fides et Ratio (“Faith and Reason”). In it, he expressed the relationship between the human capacities for both faith and reason. As educators, we know that divergent thinking requires a creative mind that is able to reach for the profound and the abstract, while convergent thoughts need rational grounding in facts and logic.
Educating the whole child means balancing both types of thinking – convergent and divergent. While advancing student’s need for intellectual progress, we also foster a creative thirst for the “living water” provided by Christ. (Jn 7:38) In all cases, a STREAM model of teaching promotes academic discovery and student-centered inquiry. We believe that this helps guide the student to value the pursuit of Truth – the truth of the Gospel that speaks to us in matters of faith, the sciences, and the fine arts.
Prepared for the Future
Immaculate Conception School is committed to preparing our students for the world they will one day inherit. The work place of the 21st Century is one that is increasingly reliant on a set of skills focused on technology, creativity, leadership, collaboration, and problem-solving.
With our science labs, SMARTBoards, and our “Engineering is Elementary” framework, our science and technology curriculum is cutting-edge in every way. Our Catholic Identity is present in everything we do – from reaching out to the community through service to our weekly school-wide celebration of Mass. Our fine arts develop creative expression through our award-winning performance ensembles and our growing graphic art program. Math skills honed by the Saxon curriculum are second-to-none and our standardized test scores prove it.
ICS graduates go on to the finest high schools in the region and from there to great success in colleges and adult life. We build critical minds and compassionate hearts here – those are the hallmarks of a STREAM education at Immaculate Conception School!