Education Digest

December 21, 2008

Board certifies 36 county educators

The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards has certified 36 Anne Arundel County Public Schools educators, giving them the highest teaching credential in the nation.

Educators must complete a rigorous professional development assessment to achieve certification. With these 36 newly certified teachers, the county now has 160 certified educators, or 3.2 percent of its teaching staff, the highest in the state.

Information: 410-643-5666.

C-SPAN competition

C-SPAN has announced its 2009 StudentCam video documentary competition with $50,000 in prizes, including 75 student awards and 11 teacher awards.

The national competition invites all middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) to produce a five- to eight-minute documentary on the topic: "A message to the new president: What is the most urgent issue for the new president to address after taking office, and why?"

Entries must represent more than one point of view, and include C-SPAN video. Students can upload their entry forms and videos online at

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Jan. 20. Winners will be announced March 10. The Grand Prize winner with the best overall entry will be awarded $5,000, with multiple cash prize awards of $250, $500, $750, $1,500, and $3,000 to students in both categories.


Daily breakfast

Bagel or English muffin with jelly, biscuit or croissant with jelly, roll or wheat bread with jelly, cereal, muffin, cinnamon roll, toaster pastry, graham crackers, mini loaf, orange juice, low-fat and fat-free milk.


Tomorrow: Chicken nuggets with dip and roll or burrito.

Tuesday: Pizza or corn dog.

Wednesday: Schools closed.

Thursday: Schools closed.

Friday: Schools closed.

Steamed and fresh vegetables, and chef or garden salad with roll and chilled fruit, oven potatoes, whole grain breads, rice, and low-fat or fat-free milk are available daily.

The cost is: $1.25 for breakfast (all schools); 30 cents for reduced-price breakfast; $2.25 for secondary lunch; $2 for elementary lunch; 40 cents for reduced-priced lunch; and 50 cents for a la carte milk.

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