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August 27, 2020

Examining Our Role in Uncertain Times

At this time of year, you usually find our year-end fundraising emails filling your inbox as we run headfirst into the full slate of rich summer academic programming at B-CC and plan for our fall line-up of TAP, CollegeTracks, and more. But as you know, these are different times. Our students haven’t been in the building since March, coronavirus cases are still surging across the country, and crowds are taking to the street to protest systemic racism.

The rising consciousness…

At this time of year, you usually find our year-end fundraising emails filling your inbox as we run headfirst into the full slate of rich summer academic programming at B-CC and plan for our fall line-up of TAP, CollegeTracks, and more. But as you know, these are different times. Our students haven’t been in the building since March, coronavirus cases are still surging across the country, and crowds are taking to the street to protest systemic racism.

The rising consciousness of our nation only underscores the urgency of the Foundation’s mission – closing the opportunity gap with academic support programs designed to ensure all of our students have the skills they need to flourish and succeed. Our mission has been unchanged for 25 years and it’s more vital now than ever.

But what does this mean for the Foundation’s work in the 2020/21 school year?

We are deeply concerned about the persistent opportunity gap among our students. Food and housing insecurity, the loss of in-person learning experiences, frontline exposure to the virus, and family digital literacy all threaten to widen the gap for many of our students. We must creatively reach and support our students most at risk for academic success during these times so they don’t join national statistics, falling even farther behind their peers.

We are energized by the possibilities of innovation and redesign within education. With crisis comes possibility. With your generous support, B-CC often serves as an incubator for highly effective programs, like CollegeTracks, which later are adopted by other MCPS schools. We are prepared now to fund the new, innovative ideas of our teachers, administration, and community that will keep our student body engaged, curious, and thriving during these uncertain times.

We firmly believe that diversity is our strength. At B-CC, we have a long history of prioritizing an educational environment where students of different races, backgrounds, and beliefs can learn and thrive together. But recent events across the country are a stark reminder of the structural inequities that continue to exist for people of color at the national level as well as in our own community. To ensure that our school holds itself to a high, equitable standard of practice, we must double-down on our commitment to honor and support all of our students, promoting opportunity, respect, tolerance, and appreciation for our differences.

We want your ideas in addition to your funding support. Some of the best ideas we’re hearing about how to support students are coming from our community, which is rich in experience and connections. We invite you to reach out to any of us to join our mission. Please give and please engage; this is our time.

Our education system and our students are facing unprecedented challenges. We are committed to our mission, listening closely to the needs of our school community, and re-examining all our fall programming for impact. We will keep you updated as Foundation programming shifts in response to the academic structure of the new school year.

It is a dynamic time – together we will shape a path forward and we are grateful for your full partnership as we re-dedicate ourselves to ensuring success for all students at B-CC.

In gratitude,

Matt Gandal, President
and the B-CC High School Educational Foundation Board of Directors

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August 27, 2020

Today’s Gift, Tomorrow’s Success

Make a gift to the B-CC High School Educational Foundation today!

 

TODAY’S GIFT,

TOMORROW’S SUCCESS

Your gift today

determines how much support the

Foundation can offer next year.

Every dollar you give helps

meet the growing need at our school

to keep our students engaged and on track

during these uncertain times.

Make a gift to the B-CC High School Educational Foundation today!

 

TODAY’S GIFT,

TOMORROW’S SUCCESS

Your gift today

determines how much support the

Foundation can offer next year.

Every dollar you give helps

meet the growing need at our school

to keep our students engaged and on track

during these uncertain times.

If you haven’t already, please make your tax-deductible gift

before we close out our fiscal year.

You can help us reach our goal.

Together, our community will ensure B-CC students are all prepared to thrive!

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August 25, 2020

Our Graduates are Today’s Frontline Heroes

The Foundation, CollegeTracks & You: Investing in tomorrow’s heroes.

The B-CC HS Educational Foundation supports B-CC’s low-income, first generation-to-college students by funding the CollegeTracks program. With the COVID-19 crisis, our 124 B-CC CollegeTracks 2020 grads are navigating a much more complicated college transition. But with your gifts, CollegeTracks quickly pivoted to a virtual model – ensuring our students are still getting critical support to complete applications, secure financial aid, and prepare for college this fall.

Meet Eleany Yassein: B-CC Class…

The Foundation, CollegeTracks & You: Investing in tomorrow’s heroes.

The B-CC HS Educational Foundation supports B-CC’s low-income, first generation-to-college students by funding the CollegeTracks program. With the COVID-19 crisis, our 124 B-CC CollegeTracks 2020 grads are navigating a much more complicated college transition. But with your gifts, CollegeTracks quickly pivoted to a virtual model – ensuring our students are still getting critical support to complete applications, secure financial aid, and prepare for college this fall.

Meet Eleany Yassein: B-CC Class of 2013, CollegeTracks alum, local hero

Eleany graduated from UMBC’s School of Nursing in 2018. Along with many B-CC CollegeTracks alumni, Eleany is a brave healthcare worker in this pandemic.

“I work at George Washington University Hospital, as a Registered Nurse. It’s more stressful [during COVID-19] because we don’t have enough PPE. One of the things I’m still struggling with is the fact that we have to reuse masks. Because of that, I’m scared for my own health, as well as my patients.’ … It makes it challenging for me to do what I love. My passion for the field and support from friends and family has been helping me get through this tough time.”

Students like Eleany are why education is a critical investment.

With your gifts to the Foundation, we fund programs like CollegeTracks – supporting B-CC students who, in turn, serve our community.

Please make your year-end, tax-deductible gift today to ensure every B-CC Baron is prepared to thrive.

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July 22, 2019

New Program Launch: Link Crew Peer Leadership

The B-CC HS Educational Foundation and B-CC HS PTA are excited to announce the launch of Link Crew, an innovative peer leadership program proven to build community and student connections in thousands of schools across the country. This joint investment by the Foundation and the PTA is timed to coincide with the Fall 2019 arrival of the first freshman class made up of both Westland and Silver Creek Middle School students.

How does it work? Link Crew matches 11th and…

The B-CC HS Educational Foundation and B-CC HS PTA are excited to announce the launch of Link Crew, an innovative peer leadership program proven to build community and student connections in thousands of schools across the country. This joint investment by the Foundation and the PTA is timed to coincide with the Fall 2019 arrival of the first freshman class made up of both Westland and Silver Creek Middle School students.

How does it work? Link Crew matches 11th and 12th grade peer leaders with diverse, balanced cohorts (or “crews”) of 9th graders. Each upperclassman-led crew participates in orientation activities together before school starts and then meets regularly for academic and social events over the course of the 9th grade year. In addition to building a sense of community among the crew, student leaders also check in with students one on one as they acclimate to high school life. Student crew leaders, faculty and administration sponsors are trained in the program’s academic and social tools, which research shows decreases absenteeism, bullying, and disciplinary actions while increasing academic performance, school safety, and overall student success in high school.

Initial reports from B-CC staff and students trained this summer in the Link Crew program are overwhelmingly positive; Link Crew’s belief that students can help students succeed and build bonds fully aligns to B-CC’s academic and social goals for the school community. Stay tuned this year for Foundation and PTA updates on the Link Crew rollout. And as always, thank you for your generous Foundation support that makes high-quality academic support programming like Link Crew available for our students!

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September 26, 2018

YOU’RE INVITED! NOVEMBER 8 – COCKTAIL PARTY FUNDRAISER at TOMMY JOE’s

Join us for the Foundation’s Fall Fundraising Cocktail Party! **NEW LOCATION** at Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, November 8.  It promises to be another great night of friends and fun, all for a great cause.  Door prizes and a chance to connect, enjoy great food, and learn how to make B-CC even better. Register today!

Join us for the Foundation’s Fall Fundraising Cocktail Party! **NEW LOCATION** at Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, November 8.  It promises to be another great night of friends and fun, all for a great cause.  Door prizes and a chance to connect, enjoy great food, and learn how to make B-CC even better. Register today!

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The Foundation’s Campaign for Academic Excellence provides a continuum of year-round integrated academic support and enrichment programs that promote high academic standards and success for all students at B-CC High School.



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Partnership with B-CC High School Since 1995

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Educational Foundation was established in 1995 during a time of declining enrollment and deteriorating facilities at B-CC High School. The Foundation took on the charge to help improve school facilities, raise academic rigor, and re-engineer B-CC for the 21st Century

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Educational Foundation was established in 1995 during a time of declining enrollment and deteriorating facilities at B-CC High School. The Foundation took on the charge to help improve school facilities, raise academic rigor, and re-engineer B-CC for the 21st Century.

Foundation Net Revenue 1996-2018 By the summer of 2018, the Foundation has raised more than $2.9 million to meet that challenge and has been investing in academic excellence at B-CC High School for more than two decades. With new programs and a newly modernized facility that was completed in February 2002, B-CC’s enrollment, reflecting community confidence in the school, has been increasing steadily ever since, from 1,076 students in 1995 to 2,096 students in 2018.

The generosity of alumni, parents, faculty, students, businesses, and community members has made it possible for the Foundation to fund innovative academic support programs that promote high academic standards and support success for all B-CC students. In the process, the Foundation helped bring several “firsts” to B-CC High School:

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