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    DEMOGRAPHICS
    YEAR SCHOOL OPENED
    1970
    ATTENDANCE RATE (%)
    95.0
    student Enrollment
    565
    Race/Ethnicity (%)
    African American....................... 1.8
    Hawaii/Pac. Islander.......................... -
    White.............................. 88.9
    Multiracial...................... 4.1
    Hispanic......................... 4.3
    American Indian/AK....................... -
    Asian.............................. -
    GENDER (%)
    Male................................ 49.2 
    Female........................... 50.1
    Special Services** (%)
    FARMS........................... 9.06
    504.................................. 6.2
    Special Ed..................... 6.9
    LEP................................. -
    Title 1............................. No

     **Special Services Terms Glossary

    School Renovation Details -  2019 - New HVAC/boiler system being installed

Bodkin Elementary School

Bodkin

Who We Are: Our Community and School Culture

  • Each of our schools’ leadership teams analyzed the factors that impact their students’ ability to engage deeply and achieve academic success. They shared stories of their students and families, some of whom are facing serious challenges associated with physical wellness, social-emotional stability, unique learning needs, family security, mental health, violence, and food/housing uncertainties. They discussed the obstacles that their students face daily when preparing to come to school on time, ready to learn.

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    Questions such as the following drove discussions around Anne Arundel County: 

    • What are the challenges and obstacles that negatively affect our students’ engagement and achievement most significantly and why?
    • Are we analyzing our data and listening closely to learn about all of our students when we seek to understand our learners’ social-emotional and academic struggles?
    • How do cultural differences, language challenges, transportation difficulties, health problems, and frequent family relocation (mobility) serve as obstacles to school success for our students?
    • What resources and supports are available within AACPS and across our county to support students and families in need?  How do we help our families receive the supports they need?

Our School Culture

  • As a Blue-Ribbon School since 2001, Bodkin Elementary is committed to excellence; our school culture could be described as both focused and spirited.  From our chief custodian shouting “Hip-Hip Hooray” to celebrate our weekly good citizens, our front office staff’s warm welcome, and our administration and staff working collectively for the benefit of each student, our environment embodies the “Bodkin Way.” We define the “Bodkin Way” as being committed to going above and beyond. All of our classrooms are orderly, yet brimming with the excitement and energy of engaged learners. 

    Bodkin Elementary is strongly rooted in the surrounding community, and our students benefit from these roots. From our efforts as a Green School to becoming a Wellness School of Distinction, our initiatives require strong support and dedication. Our PTA is integral to our positive culture, hosting well-attended family events throughout the year which support our academic excellence through technology and resources. Walking through our halls reveals many volunteers – volunteer support is integral to our school’s success. Whether it be tremendous support for our Environmental Fair, or our students supporting a Veterans’ Day ceremony hosted by the community, there is a mutual level of involvement wherein all benefit.

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    The focus of our Global Studies Program and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) has become a lens for our decision making, as we create a culture of meaning. In addition, Global Studies intentionally connects students from our small peninsula by the Bay  with the larger, more diverse, world around them. The program provides an interdisciplinary perspective that connects students to the world around them, encourages their natural curiosity, and helps them develop essential thinking and learning skills. In Global Studies, students develop a sense of responsibility as global citizens --- caring about issues that affect humankind, being open to new ideas and perspectives, and reflecting on processes, skills, and knowledge.  The Global Studies Program utilizes a project-based approach, engaging students through the use of challenging, real-world projects and field experiences that allow them to see the powerful, positive impact they can have on their community, both here and afar.

    Our school also promotes positive student behaviors with quarterly schoolwide celebrations. Additionally, each classroom recognizes respectful, responsible, and ready-to-learn behaviors through a ticket system and classroom incentives. Students and staff collaborate to develop clear expectations for learning which are displayed in a PBIS matrix throughout the building. 

CHALLENGES TO STUDENT SUCCESS

  • The leadership team in each AACPS school reviewed all of the factors that may influence their students’ engagement and achievement in school; these challenges include academic data elements, community history, and socio-economic aspects of each community. The school’s leadership team identified the following elements as impactful for their students.

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