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The College Application Essay Workshop

As the school year begins for B-CC seniors, there is much to look forward to: They’ve survived junior year, with its heavy course load, its endless SAT/ACT practice, and, perhaps most trying of all, its tendency to provoke parental freakouts. So much is behind these 17- and 18-year-olds (well, maybe not the freakouts), but there’s one final hurdle on their path to the future: the college application, and, most angst-producing of all, the application essay. For many students (and their nearby relatives), the experience of producing those 500 words casts a long shadow over the fall of their final year of high school.

But for Madeline Linder and 54 other B-CC seniors, these past couple of months were significantly less fraught, thanks to the B-CC High School Educational Foundation’s college application essay workshop.

According to Madeline, the workshop, which was taught last summer by Sarah Mahoney and Claudia Frank, two of B-CC’s very own English teachers, “was definitely so helpful. It’s hard motivating yourself after junior year, but it gave me time to come up with an idea, time to write it, and feedback from the teachers, which was great.”

Her mom, Penelope Bell, couldn’t agree more: “She started the school year with a completed essay, removing a major source of stress during the college application process. Best of all, she wrote the essay in four workshop sessions, without us having to nag her into doing it.”

The workshop, part of the Foundation’s expanded summer offerings, ran in two sessions, from July 8-11, and from August 12-15. Designed for students needing extra support, the program is open to all rising seniors. “We couldn’t believe the response we got,” says Sarah Mahoney. “We had a waiting list of about 30 kids. We were amazed so many kids were willing to give up 10 hours of their summer, but they were. And it really paid off: Each kid got about 20 minutes of one-on-one time with us each day.”

Another plus, she added, is that she and Ms. Frank “have known a lot of these kids for a couple of years. The kids are comfortable with us, and feel comfortable challenging us. In the back-and-forth, the essay really becomes something that is theirs, and it says something about them, which is the ultimate goal. They’re proud of it.”

In order to continue to underwrite this workshop, the Foundation needs your help. The college application essay is just one component in our Campaign for Academic Excellence, which comprises a mix of our traditional programs plus some exciting new initiatives, and provides a continuum of year-round support for our students.

Donate today and  help us help all the students at B-CC!



Skip the Tutor, Support TAP!

49In 10th grade, Shaina Adler, now a senior at B-CC, had met the enemy, and its name was chemistry. “It was just a really hard class,” she recalls. “Everyone was struggling. My teacher, Ms. Lin, encouraged me to get extra help by going to TAP after school.” Shaina says she’d go twice a week, and usually had Ms. Lin herself helping her. “Just sitting down with the teacher was so helpful. And she was the one who was making up and grading the quizzes, so it couldn’t have been better…Honestly, I think the only reason I got a good grade in that class was because of TAP.”

Shaina’s experience exemplifies the impact that TAP (Time for Academic Progress), a Foundation-funded afterschool academic support program, has had on many students at B-CC. More than 50% of the student body has gone to TAP, and there were over 1200 visits to the program in the 2013-2014 school year. Fully funded by donations to the Foundation since 2003, TAP addresses the needs of all students in all grades, in everything from on-level courses to advanced classes, in math, science, English, and Social Studies.

This year, in an effort to reach even more students, TAP has been revamped, based on recommendations from the teachers: It’s now centralized in the cafeteria (rather than spread out in different classrooms), so students can get help with several subjects if they need it, and to create a sort of “student union” feel. Football coaches have moved the team study hall to the cafeteria, allowing players to get the academic assistance they need in specific subjects.

The students now have better access to the Cyber Café, a computer center created with funding from the Foundation. Another innovation has been the creation of a “TAP folder,” which allows students who want comments on a paper to save their drafts online during the day. TAP English teachers comment on the drafts electronically, so students can get help without needing to be physically present. The cafeteria has also chipped in by providing snacks. Six to seven teachers are there every day, with a total of twelve staffing the program.

The changes are working. Attendance has risen significantly and students are not only getting help in multiple subjects but they are getting help from multiple sources. ”The atmosphere is vibrant and the numbers [of students] are increasing,” says Stacy Farrar, the program coordinator.   In order to continue to underwrite TAP, the Foundation needs your help. TAP is one of the Foundation’s most well-known programs, but it is just one component in our Campaign for Academic Excellence. The Campaign comprises a mix of our traditional programs plus some exciting new initiatives, and provides a continuum of year-round support for our students. Donate now and help us help ALL the students at B-CC!



Nobel Prize Winners Wow B-CC Audience

A big thank you to B-CC Senior James Becker, President of the Scandinavian Club, for hosting an incredible evening with two Nobel Prize winners! 250 people came to be inspired by Dr. Thomas Schelling (2005, Economics) and Dr. William Phillips (1997, Physics) and support the Foundation. Highlights from the event are available in this video, courtesy of MCPS.



B-CC High School’s Scandinavian Club Presents A Conversation with Two Nobel Prize Winners

October 22, 2014
B-CC High School Auditorium
4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD
7pm – 9pm

Join us for an evening with two Nobel Laureates who will share their life stories with students to inspire and encourage an interest in the sciences and related fields.

Dr. Thomas C. Schelling – 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in understanding conflict, negotiation and cooperation through game-theory analysis. Often  referred to as the “Father of Game Theory,” Schelling served in the Truman, Eisenhower,  and Kennedy Administrations, and later became one of the founders of the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Dr. William Phillips – 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics along with two colleagues, for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light, a technique used to slow the movement of gaseous atoms in order to better study them. Dr. Phillips works at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg.

Students free of charge, $5 entrance fee for adults

Proceeds will benefit the BCC High School Educational Foundation.



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With your help, we fund the following Signature Programs:

The B-CC High School Educational Foundation helps all our students succeed in high school and find a pathway to college and lifelong success. We depend on the generosity of the B-CC community – alumni, faculty, parents, community members, businesses, and municipalities – to fund our three signature programs:
Time for Academic Progress offers after-school academic support to students at all levels.
Summer Academy and Mentoring Program offers a three-week 9th grade summer program that eases the transition to high school for incoming 9th grade students who have struggled academically in middle school, and a one-week 10th grade summer program that helps at-risk rising 10th graders explore post-high school options.
CollegeTracks helps B-CC students overcome the hurdles standing between them and college. A significant number of our students don’t know how to apply to college or get financial aid.

The Foundation's Grants Program also funds professional development to help B-CC teachers hone their skills, equipment and supplies to improve classroom instruction, and start-up expenses for a variety of innovative programs.

Recent Grants:

At its Spring 2014 board meeting, the Foundation awarded grants totaling $22,430 for the following:
IB Program: the 2014-15 subscription to the Questia periodical/textbook web-accessible database;
English Department: the creation and development of a school-year program to help under-performing students develop better study skills and improve academic performance;
English Department: two one-week summer sessions of College Essay Workshop to help rising seniors prepare college admission essays;
Special Education Department: a one-week summer Bridge Projects Program in which teachers and paraprofessionals work with students who have not passed one or more of the HSA assessments and need to prepare “bridge projects” to graduate;
Art Department: a new potter’s wheel to replace the old broken one used in ceramic and sculpture classes;
Media Center: an HD TV camera for the TV Studio for the morning news announcements program and other student projects;
Music Department: a new bass drum set to replace the existing 18 years old drum set used by all instrumental music groups;
Theater Department: wireless microphones for use in main stage productions;
Journalism-Tattler and TattlerExtra: help in covering costs of printing, layouts, web hosting, registration, and licenses;
Counseling Department: the Girls Youth Leadership Group to support its weekly lunch meetings, college visits, and attendance at the Youth Leadership Summit;
Counseling Department: B-CC Community Scholarships for college-bound students facing financial hardships and who would otherwise not be able to attend college;
Girls Leadership Workshop: a one-week summer program to provide grades 10-12 girls who have leadership potential with the inspiration, motivation, and skills needed to be leaders in their communities;
Lazarus Leadership Fellows Program: help to defray the program expenses for the 17 Lazarus Fellows in the summer and during the school year.