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Celebration of Achievement

The Council of Elders of the Black Community in partnership with the Howard County Public Schools Black Student Achievement Program will honor 3,920 total students at our 19th annual  Celebration of Achievement to acknowledge students of African and African American heritage who have excelled academically. All Celebrations begin promptly at 7:00pm, students are to arrive by 6:30pm. Please see the schedule below for the locations of each Celebration. If you have any questions, please contact TCOE or a BSAP member.


Dates for High Schools Location High Schools Celebrated (596 students)
Monday, December 5, 2016 Hammond High School Atholton, Centennial, Glenelg, Hammond, Howard, Long Reach (287)
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Hammond High School Marriotts Ridge, Mt. Hebron, Oakland Mills, Reservoir, River Hill,

Wilde Lake (309)

Dates for Middle Schools Location Middle Schools Celebrated (2,069 Students)
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Hammond High School Thomas Viaduct, Hammond, Mount View, (331)
Thursday, January 5, 2017 Hammond High School Patuxent Valley, Lake Elkhorn, (347)
Monday, January 9, 2017 Hammond High School Murray Hill, Harper’s Choice, (325)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Glenelg High School Wilde Lake, Bonnie Branch, Burleigh Manor (361)
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Oakland Mills High School Mayfield Woods, Elkridge Landing, Oakland Mills (342)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Glenelg High School Clarksville, Dunloggin, Ellicott Mills, Folly Quarter, Glenwood, Lime Kiln, Patapsco (363)
Dates for Elementary Schools Location Schools Celebrated – Elementary (1,100)
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Glenelg High School Bushy Park, Clarksville, Clemens Crossing, Dayton Oaks, Fulton, Hollifield Station, Lisbon, Longfellow, Manor Woods, Northfield, Pointers Run, St .John’s Lane, Triadelphia Ridge, Veterans, Waverly, West Friendship (233)
Monday, January 23, 2017 Atholton High School Atholton, Bryant Woods, Cradlerock, Hammond, Talbott Springs (188)


Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Centennial High School Bellows Springs, Centennial Lane, Deep Run, Ducketts Lane, Ilchester, Running Brook, Waterloo, Worthington (217)


Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Hammond High School Bollman Bridge, Elkridge, Forest Ridge, Gorman Crossing, Guilford (234)
Thursday, January 26, 2017 Hammond High School Jeffers Hill, Laurel Woods, Phelps Luck, Rockburn, Swansfield, Thunder Hill, Stevens Forest (228)

Register for the next TCOE Community Academy – May 7, 2016


For Parents: Supporting Your Child’s Social and Emotional Development and Topic Review/Input for the Summer/Fall 2016

Click here to Register for Parent Session

For Elementary Students:  Healthy Relationships with their peers

For Secondary Students:  Healthy Relationships with their peers, Dating Dangers and Topic Review/Input for the Summer/Fall 2016  

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May 7, 2016, 10:00 am – Noon
Oakland Mills Middle School
9540 Kilimanjaro Road
Columbia, MD 21045

For Parents: Discuss challenges (e.g. depression, bullying, over-achieving) that impact your child’s academic performance. There will be separate sessions for elementary, middle and high school parents.  Representation from the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) will be in attendance to share information.

For Students: Healthy Relationships, Dating Dangers and Topic Review/Input for the Summer/Fall 2016  Discuss signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships with peers for all school levels.  For the middle and high school students, there will be additional discussions about dating dangers which will include individual male/female sessions, followed by a combined session. This session also addresses the use of social media and the consequences of posting personal information about relationships.  Representation from the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) will be in attendance to share appropriate information, for their school level, with the students.

2015 Celebrations of Achievement

Parents, students, and special guests….Please mark your calendars for these upcoming dates/locations for our 2015 Celebrations of Achievement….check detailed event listings for schools celebrated on each date.

Date                                       HS Location (Grade level)
Tue, December 1            Atholton HS (high school)
Wed, December 2          Marriotts Ridge HS (middle school)
Thu, December 3            Long Reach HS (middle school)
Mon, December 7          Atholton HS (middle school)
Tue, December 8             Atholton HS (middle school)
Thurs, December 10     Howard HS (middle school)
Tue, January 5, 2016    Long Reach HS (elementary)
Tue, January 12               Glenelg HS (elementary)
Tue, January 14               River Hill HS (elementary)
Tue, January 20               Hammond HS (elementary)

About Celebrations of Achievement….
The Council of Elders in partnership with the Department of Student, Family and Community Services of the Howard County Public School System holds an annual celebration where African-American students receive an award for their academic achievements.

For details about membership in the Council or to submit a tax-deductible donation online, visit us on the web at

8th Annual College Information Night – October 27, 2014

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The Black Student Achievement Program Cordially Invites High School Students And Parents To The:
8th Annual College Information Night

Discover Tips, Strategies and Resources that will help parents and students successfully navigate the college application journey.
Guest Speakers Will Include:
*Guidance Counselors
*Curriculum Leaders
*College Students
*Local College and University Representatives


This event will take place on October 27, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm in the Hammond High School Auditorium located at 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia, MD 21046
This event will also be live streamed at:
For Additional Information Contact: Ms. Jackie Jenkins 410-313-1598

Join us for service to pray for our county’s students

Citizens of Howard County,
Please join The Council of Elders on Sunday, August 11th at 3:00 p.m, as we participate in a service to pray for our students for the 2013/2014 school year. This service, sponsored by Howard County PRAY, will be held at Bethel Christian Academy located at 8455 Savage-Guilford Road, Savage MD 20763, two minutes from the intersection of Routes 32 and 1. There will be members of the Howard County Public School system in attendance, along with other local organizations dedicated to school improvement in our county. This invitation is open to everyone, so please mark your calendars and join us for this very important event!


TOGETHER, letʼs ask God to protect and prosper
our students, and bless teachers and schools
in cultivating knowledge and wisdom in our young people
so they may make good choices
as they mature to be responsible citizens in our county,
in a safe academic environment
where they may freely share their faith in Jesus.

                                                                     -Howard County PRAY

Sign up today for BSAP SUMMER PROGRAMS!

We are happy to announce that the Black Student Achievement Program is offering
another exciting full-day, four-week enrichment program June 24 – July 19, 2013.
The program will be located at Mt Hebron High School, 9440 Old
Frederick Road, Ellicott City MD 21042.The program is open to all HCPSS
students. Daily transportation will be provided at pre-determined sites. Our staff
consists of certified teachers and academic mentors. Lunch will be provided daily.
The cost of the program is $500.00 per student. Before & After Care, Tuition
Assistance, and Scholarships are available.
BSAP Summer Learning Camp – students entering grades 1 – 5
This integrated enrichment program provides exciting extended learning experiences
for students in reading, mathematics and science. Students will be exposed to skills
that are assessed on state tests and will also have opportunities to participate in a
wide range of enrichment experiences including art, drama, music, world languages,
health and fitness, and more!
BSAP Student Enrichment & Accelerating Achievement of Leadership
(SEAL) Program – students entering grades 6 – 12
This integrated program provides extended learning opportunities for middle and high
school students. Students will practice skills that are assessed on state tests and will
also have opportunities to participate in a wide range of enrichment experiences
including world languages, dance, drama, journalism, art and engineering.
Registration Location & Dates!
Homewood Center, 10914 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD (behind the Depart. of Education)
o Wednesdays, 4:30pm-7:00pm: May 15, and June 5, 12, and 19
o Saturdays, 9:00am-11:00am: June 8 and 15.
Questions: Contact Jackie Jenkins, 410.313.1598


Frequently Asked Questions on 2013 BSAP Summer Programs
Can any child apply to the BSAP Summer Program?
Yes. The program is open to all Howard County students entering grades 1-12.
Where is the program located?
Mt. Hebron High School, 9440 Old Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
What are the dates for the BSAP Summer Program?
June 24 – July 19, 2013 from 9:00am – 3:00pm
What is the student – teacher ratio?
We make every effort to maintain a 1:15 ratio for academic classes and a 1:20 ratio for
enrichment classes.
Where will registration take place?
Homewood School, 10914 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD (behind the Department of Education)
What are the dates and times for registration?
Wednesdays, 4:30-7:00pm: March 13, April 17, May 15, and June 5, 12, and 19
Saturdays, 9:00-11:00am: June 8 and 15.
Where can I get an application for the BSAP Summer Program?
You can access the BSAP Summer Programs Application and additional forms on line at or by asking your school secretary, guidance counselor, or BSAP Achievement Liaison for a copy of 2013 Summer Classes and Camps Catalog. This catalog has the all summer programs offered by the HCPSS.
Will before/after care be available?
Yes. Before/Aftercare for BSAP will be provided by Celebration Church located at
6080 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD 21045; 410.997.2384 ext. 120 ·
Applications will be available at each registration.
Will transportation be provided? See schedule.
Yes, there are pre-determined bus stops.
What is the cost of the program?
Full: $500
FARMS: $250
3 or more children: deduct $100 per family
Will partial payments be accepted?
Yes. The minimal amount that is accepted for an initial deposit is $50.00. Remaining balance will be split up into 3 installments. Tuition must be paid in full before a student can attend the program.

How would I qualify for scholarship or tuition assistance?
o Applicants need to demonstrate that paying full tuition would cause financial hardship (medical hardship, pending foreclosure, termination from former employer, or receiving unemployment assistance)
o Complete the Tuition Assistance Scholarship Request Form
o Submit appropriate documents as requested (i.e.W-2)
How are scholarships or tuition assistance determined?
The Scholarship Committee will review the letters and required documents of each applicant. Using federal and state guidelines all applications and documents will be reviewed and scholarships/tuition assistance will be granted accordingly.
How soon will I hear from the scholarship committee?
Applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks upon receipt of completed application and required documents.
Will I be able to get a refund if my plans change for the summer?
To receive a refund of summer school tuition, parents must submit their request on a Student Withdrawal/Refund Form, which is available at the Summer School Office located at the Department of Education. The completed form should be submitted directly to the Summer School Office.  For more information call 410.313.6627.
Who are the administrators for the BSAP Summer Program?
Mr. Eugene Rose
Administrator, SEAL; Grades 6 – 12
Ms. Erica Waters
Administrator, Summer Learning Camp; Grades 1 – 5
Adrienne Williams-McKinney
Assistant Administrator, SLC/SEAL