New executive officers of the Dumbarton Middle school elected [Rodgers Forge]

Graduations are everywhere! They have certainly been plentiful in our neighborhood. Our fifth-graders at Rodgers Forge Elementary School had their Farewell Assembly on June 13 and on June 14, Dumbarton Middle School's eighth- graders were honored at their Farewell Assembly. Eighth-graders at St. Pius X School graduated on June 2. Congratulations to all these splendid young people, who are entering the next level of their education. Speaking of the next level, Towson High School graduates (June 2) will now enter the college arena and be they near or far from home, will prepare themselves fro the business world, no matter what field they choose. We wish the very best to these Towson High graduates.

As we know, the end of one school year usually prefigures the beginning of the following year. This is so true at Dumbarton Middle. The principal, Mrs. Kelly Erdman, announced that the 2013-2014 academic year at Dumbarton will see the addition of a third assistant principal and another member of the clerical team (both will be announced later). Ms. Christine Roberts will be joining the school as staff development teacher. Ms. Roberts, who was most recently a science teacher and AVID Coordinator at Towson High, will provide staff development assistance to teachers regarding the attainment of Dumbarton's student achievement goals.

The new executive officers of the Dumbarton PTSA are already in place and preparing for the next year. Congratulations to President Amy Kline, 1st Vice President Ellen Sheridan, 2nd Vice President Jessica Gregg, treasurer Heidi Bunes and secretary Sally Mogilnicki.

The entire Dumbarton Middle School community is "jumping for joy" with the election of eighth-grader Jonathan Brown as vice president of student councils for Baltimore County Middle Schools. Jonathan He was sworn in by Baltimore County schools Superintendent Dallas Dance at a May 17 Bull Roast ceremony. A big round of applause to you, Jonathan. You certainly represent Dumbarton, and we hope that your tenure will be a happy and successful one.

Another Dumbarton eighth-grader, Madeline Tindall, was excited to learn that her artwork, which hung in the State House exhibit, has been selected to now hang in the Youth Art Gallery at BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport, from June-September of this year.

Kudos, Madeline.

The annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser at Dumbarton took on a new look this year! Held on April 11, it became Hoops for Heart! A super turnout and a very handsome amount raised made the event even more fun.

The winning student team consisted of Aaron James, Nataetia Edmonson and Kyle Gaspy. The runners up team included Quincy Lucas, Colin Womack and Nick Testoni, with Roger Holcombe substituting for Nick in the last game of the night. Kudos to two terrific teams!

Our Rodgers Forge Community Association's Safe Routes to School project at Rodgers Forge Elementary, Safety "Valet" Drop Off Lane, has, in its very short time, garnered great praise from parents and teachers. They have been amazed at how smoothly the morning flows — each day is better than the previous one. Rodgers Forge's Principal Missy Fenshaw said "We are very fortunate to be partners with Safe Routes to School and feel privileged that they are willing to take on the enormous task of assisting us in making the morning drop off safe for our students and parents."

Although everyone seems to be in summer mode, we can officially welcome that season on June 21.

Till we meet again —

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