Brooklyn Park: New middle school principal already a busy Bee [Maryland Gazette (MD)]
(Maryland Gazette (MD) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Temisha Kinard is the new principal at Brooklyn Park Middle School, but she's hardly a new face -- or new to the performing and visual arts magnet program housed within the school.
Before her promotion at the end of the last school year, she was assistant principal for a year.
She also has been involved with PVA education throughout her career, having helped to start Bates Middle School's PVA magnet program in 2009. She was a magnet program coordinator and dance teacher at Deer Park Middle School in Baltimore County before arriving in Anne Arundel County.
Kinard replaces Maisha Gillins, who became the principal of Severn River Middle School in the school system's annual shuffling of principals and assistant principals. Kinard said she is looking forward to the challenges ahead and has a lot of enthusiasm.
"School starts on Monday, and I'm very excited," she said during an interview in her office Wednesday. "Our population has grown from 609 kids last year to 750 this year."
Kinard attributed that growth to the fact that this is the first year all three grades will be in the PVA program. Before, it had started with sixth grade, and then seventh grade was added the following year.
Kinard's excitement extends beyond the PVA program. She wants to strengthen the school's partnership with the community and businesses. To that end, she has changed the mascot from the parrot to the bee, which should be familiar to many alumni of the school that used to be housed in the same building -- Brooklyn Park High School.
A new board member at the Chesapeake Arts Center, which also is housed in the same building, she said she hopes to have artists, possibly from the center, work with the students to create a mural of the bee in the cafeteria that would replace the parrot, as well as a sculpture of a bee for the unused grassy area in front of the school.
In keeping with the new mascot, the motto is also new: "Bee PROUD." Proud in this case stands for: professional, respectful, organized, unique and determined.
Many alumni are excited about the change. Kinard said she even has been invited to a BPHS reunion.
Lifelong Brooklyn Park resident Ned Carey, who also is president of the CAC's board of directors, said he is a fan already. The board members invited her to join them because they also want to strengthen their partnership, he said.
"She's a dynamic principal who will do wonderful things at Brooklyn Park Middle, like Maisha, who got things started in the PVA. Temisha will do wonderful things," he said.
And as a BPHS graduate, Carey said he is just as thrilled about the change to the bee. It shows Kinard is eager to connect to the community, he said.
"That's one of the things about this community. She's given us our identity back. We have the bee back," Carey said. "Our motto is, 'Once a bee, always a bee.' And the bees are back."
Connecting with the community is more than just a mascot and a logo for Kinard. She wants to begin a quarterly Pastries with the Principal program, in which parents can meet with her in the morning before they go to work. She said she hopes businesses will donate danishes or doughnuts.
Kinard's excitement about her role and the school comes from her belief in PVA, she said. She was a dancer in a performing arts program at Suitland High School in Prince George's County.
She began teaching dance classes at 13 and realized as she was getting ready to graduate that she wanted to teach dance rather than perform for a company. She received her undergraduate degree in dance performance in education with teacher certification in kindergarten to 12th grade from Towson University and her master's degree from Johns Hopkins University in school administration and supervision.
A former Miss Prince George's County 2001, Miss Baltimore 2002 and Miss Harbor City 2003, Kinard said she is an example to anyone how PVA can be successful.
"I'm a living testament that the arts can take you many places in life," she said.
Being principal means Kinard can share that message with even more students and parents, she said.
"I want more power to impact people. It's been life-changing to me," she said of PVA. "I'm very honored to be the principal here."
St. John Lutheran Church, 226 Washburn Ave., will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with a special service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
The service will feature the blessing of school supplies the congregation has collected for needy children in the community. Donations still are being accepted.
A community open house will follow the service.
For details, call 410-355-7295.
Senior center news
Members of the Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, can learn about chocolate during a presentation at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
The presentation will cover its history, cultural value and production process.
Tastings following the presentation include: hot chocolate, the Aztec way, an 18th century-style chocolate tart, a 19th century- style chocolate biscuit, the 20th-century chocolate bar and the latest incarnation this century -- chocolate with sea salt.
Also at the center this week:
- Sing-along with
- Frank Cappadora
- , featuring music from the 1930s to 1950s -- noon Thursday.
- The center will hold its monthly, all-you-can-eat pancake social from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday. Donations are requested.
- The center will hold a newcomers' orientation from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday. Refreshments will be served.
The center will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday.
For details, call 410-222-6847 or visit www.aacounty.org/aging/ activeseniors/brooklynpk.cfm.
Brooklyn Park library, 1 E. 11th Ave., has announced its meeting room schedule for September. One of the featured events is a birthday party for Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" books, at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Elementary school-aged children are invited.
Other meetings and events taking place next month:
- River Brook World Impact -- 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Sept. 5 and 19.
- Brooklyn Park High School Alumni Association -- 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Sept. 10.
- Fila Service Crew -- 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 and 25.
- Zeta Phi Beta -- 2 to 4:45 p.m. Sept. 14.
- Brooklyn Park Classic Computer Electronics Group -- 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Sept. 16.
- Anne Arundel County Health Department -- 5 to 8:45 p.m. Sept. 17.
- Games Galore -- 3:30 p.m. Sept. 19.
- Phi Delta Kappa Sorority -- noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 21.
- Arundel Neighborhoods Association -- 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24.
The library is closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday.
For details, call 410-222-6260.
The incorrect time for the Czech Democratic Club's crab feast was published in the Aug. 21 Maryland Gazette.
The event begins at noon Sept. 9
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