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BY JENNIFER GILL

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any children look forward to school outings
to the local zoo or science museum, but
at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/
Middle School in Baltimore, children prize a
field trip to a college campus.
Every month, 20 students-two from
each grade, from pre-K to eighth-tour the campus of the
University of Maryland, Baltimore County. They eat lunch in the
cafeteria, take part in a science class, and learn about college
life from current students. They earn the trip by being named
Commodore Collegiates, a monthly program started in 2011
that recognizes students who show outstanding dedication to
the school's values. Principal Marc Martin wanted the name of
this student-of-the-month program to convey a potent message
to kids: You are college material.

Reaching for the Stars
It wasn't a message that Commodore students were used to
hearing. When Martin took over as principal in 2010, he found
kids watching movies and sleeping in classrooms. Four principals had come and gone in the five prior years. "It was a culture
of failure," he recalls. "The mentality was, 'I won't mess with you
if you don't mess with me,' and it went both ways."
Since then, Martin has transformed that mindset by shaping, articulating, and living a vision of academic success for all
students. It comes to life in the Collegiates program, the daily

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