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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,Staff Writer | January 6, 1994
The Barclay School is flat broke. It's been forced to cancel mandatory physical education and health classes, can't afford to offer art and music and scrimps on supplies. It even came perilously close to having its copying machine repossessed for failing to make a payment.The reason for Barclay's cash crunch: Baltimore school system headquarters underestimated this year's student enrollment, used to determine funding, by 93 students, depriving the school of more than $175,000 it should have received.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Dorothea Arvin Rawlings, a former teacher at Barclay Elementary/Middle School, died of cancer March 9 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The West Baltimore resident was 73. Born Dorothea Arvin Simmons in Baltimore, she was raised on Calhoun Street at Edmondson Avenue. She attended Booker T. Washington Junior High School and was a 1959 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. After attending Baltimore City Community College, she earned a bachelor's degree at Coppin State University.
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By Jean Thompson and Jean Thompson,Sun Staff Writer | May 24, 1995
With cheers and a standing ovation for longtime Principal Gertrude Williams, parents at Barclay School yesterday called on Baltimore school officials to reconsider her proposed transfer.Yesterday's meeting of Barclay's Parent-Teacher Organization was initially called to plan a demonstration against transferring Ms. Williams, but became a polite protest.About 80 parents and area residents lauded the outspoken leader who has been at Barclay for 26 years, 22 of them as principal. One woman waved overhead a hand-lettered sign: "Let us keep the little Big woman at Barclay School No. 54."
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | August 28, 2013
A new partnership led by Johns Hopkins University to help struggling communities in north Baltimore is already paying big dividends - $1.6 million to renovate Barclay and Margaret Brent elementary/middle schools in Charles Village. "I didn't know they had that much money," marveled Taila Garrison, a sixth grader at Margaret Brent. There's more where that came from. Hopkins in December launched the $10 million Homewood Community Partners Initiative to "reinvigorate" 10 neighborhoods near the Homewood campus - including Charles Village, Abell, Oakenshawe and Remington - in hopes of attracting 3,000 more families to live in the area over the next 10 years.
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By Kathy Lally and Kathy Lally,SUN STAFF | March 2, 1996
The principal of the Barclay School, who fought for years before winning the right to use the private Calvert School curriculum in her city elementary-middle school, said yesterday that the two schools are ending their formal partnership.The six-year relationship with the Calvert School fell victim to a state-required test, the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program, Principal Gertrude Williams said.Even though students were performing well in the classroom and on standardized tests, third-graders faltered on the last state test, and the school decided it had to adjust its curriculum to offer more MSPAP preparation, Ms. Williams said.
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By Joy Green and Joy Green,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2001
At Barclay School in Baltimore this year, spring cleaning focuses on reading, as children, parents and community volunteers join forces to create an outdoor space where children will be able to curl up with a book. The Reading Garden, to be formally dedicated early next month, will feature benches with barrels of flowers and other plants in a corner of the kindergarten playground originally set up as a bird and butterfly garden. The project, the focus of an intensive Earth Day work party at the school April 21, is one of many environmental projects at Barclay, recognized as a "Green School" by the governor in 1999.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1995
BARCLAY SCHOOL sits on the site of the old Oriole Park, destroyed by fire July 4, 1944.But there's still a lot of spectating going on in the 2900 block of Barclay St. Barclay may be the most famous public school in Maryland. As news of its successful partnership with the private Calvert School spreads well beyond Baltimore, Barclay has entertained a steady stream of educators and journalists in search of the magic bullet of school reform.Thursday was no exception. Principal Gertrude Williams -- "Trudi," as everyone calls her -- had expected a delegation of 10 from Western Maryland's Allegany County.
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November 20, 2005
Howard County: Elkridge Gunman robs 3 people at hotel A man robbed three people at gunpoint at an Elkridge hotel early yesterday. Two men and one woman staying at a Comfort Inn were robbed of $760, three cell phones, car keys and a purse, Howard County police said. The man knocked on their door and, after they opened it, pointed a handgun at the victims and forced his way into the room, according to police. After the robbery, he fled on foot. Baltimore County: Dundalk Toddler suffers minor burns in fire A toddler suffered minor burns in a duplex fire yesterday in Dundalk, Baltimore County fire officials said.
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January 19, 1991
Is is possible to run a loose confederation of 24 school systems without a vast, sprawling bureaucracy? Maryland school superintendent Joseph L. Shilling believes that may be the only way to spur dramatic improvement in public education. And to back up his belief, Dr. Shilling is proposing that his own bureaucracy be cut by 70 percent, from 1,400 education specialists to just 400.What a relief! An educator who doesn't want to strangle teachers and principals in red tape and regulations. An educator who wants the central state education office to help those on the front lines do a better job of teaching youngsters how to read, write, compute and think.
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December 26, 1994
After four years of experimenting with an alternative curriculum, the Barclay School has its children performing better than kids at other city public elementary schools, according to an assessment by the Johns Hopkins University.This is no surprise to Principal Gertrude S. Williams. She risked her career by fighting former Supt. Richard Hunter to get the experiment. Dr. Hunter stubbornly said "no". He refused even after Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said "yes", which is one reason Dr. Hunter is no longer in Baltimore.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | May 14, 2013
The formerly city-owned Barclay Recreation Center will make its debut as a privately run community center May 18, serving the Charles Village area, including the Abell, Oakenshawe, Harwood and Old Goucher communities. A grand opening celebration, possibly with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in attendance, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 2900 Barclay St., in the Charles Village area. The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks last year turned over the underutilized, 7,300-square-foot facility to the city public school next door, Barclay Elementary/Middle, to operate as a social and education center in a public-private partnership with the nonprofit Greater Homewood Community Corp.
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November 20, 2005
Howard County: Elkridge Gunman robs 3 people at hotel A man robbed three people at gunpoint at an Elkridge hotel early yesterday. Two men and one woman staying at a Comfort Inn were robbed of $760, three cell phones, car keys and a purse, Howard County police said. The man knocked on their door and, after they opened it, pointed a handgun at the victims and forced his way into the room, according to police. After the robbery, he fled on foot. Baltimore County: Dundalk Toddler suffers minor burns in fire A toddler suffered minor burns in a duplex fire yesterday in Dundalk, Baltimore County fire officials said.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2001
Peace Camp is meeting Saturday afternoons at the Village Learning Place on St. Paul Street in Charles Village. The object of the new summer class is to teach children how to handle bullies through conflict resolution. Bullying has lately become a national concern. It has been linked to escalating high school violence, including shootings, and to psychological problems among students. "Adults in charge let it happen, all too often with the attitude, `Boys will be boys, kids will be kids,'" said Zora Salisbury, a facilitator who brought the curriculum from the Homewood Friends Meeting, where a similar workshop was conducted in concert with Quaker principles of nonviolence.
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By Joy Green and Joy Green,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2001
At Barclay School in Baltimore this year, spring cleaning focuses on reading, as children, parents and community volunteers join forces to create an outdoor space where children will be able to curl up with a book. The Reading Garden, to be formally dedicated early next month, will feature benches with barrels of flowers and other plants in a corner of the kindergarten playground originally set up as a bird and butterfly garden. The project, the focus of an intensive Earth Day work party at the school April 21, is one of many environmental projects at Barclay, recognized as a "Green School" by the governor in 1999.
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By Stephen Henderson and Liz Bowie and Stephen Henderson and Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF | September 9, 1998
Thousands of Baltimore's elementary students gleaned only a few months of learning from 180 days in city classrooms last year, according to results of a critical twice-a-year reading and math test the school board will use to evaluate everything from student progress to teacher and principal performance.The poor showings were a disappointment -- if not a total surprise -- to school board members, who are in their second year of major reform efforts and had hoped to see more signs of improvement.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Kathy Lally contributed to this article | March 9, 1996
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke is casting his ambitious school reform proposal in simple terms: Choosing a school is the same right as choosing a job, a home, even a spouse.Few disagree with the philosophy behind his call for radical change in Baltimore's faltering schools, but what bothers critics is how the choice will be made.The possibility of handing out vouchers to defray tuition costs at private and parochial schools has generated the most controversy since Mr. Schmoke announced this week that he wants to force the public schools to improve through competition.
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June 11, 1995
Half a century ago, an assessment of Baltimore City schools was an exercise in self-congratulation. In 1941, a top administrator described them this way: "Placidity enshrouds the Baltimore schools system like a benediction today. . . with scarcely a ripple of discontent or adverse criticism."Like the city it serves, the school system has seen its fortunes fall precipitously. If there is a danger of complacency toward city schools in 1995, it does not stem from an absence of discontent but from a feeling of futility in the face of daunting problems -- whether the disintegration of stable families or the flight of the middle class.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | May 14, 2013
The formerly city-owned Barclay Recreation Center will make its debut as a privately run community center May 18, serving the Charles Village area, including the Abell, Oakenshawe, Harwood and Old Goucher communities. A grand opening celebration, possibly with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in attendance, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 2900 Barclay St., in the Charles Village area. The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks last year turned over the underutilized, 7,300-square-foot facility to the city public school next door, Barclay Elementary/Middle, to operate as a social and education center in a public-private partnership with the nonprofit Greater Homewood Community Corp.
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By Kathy Lally and Kathy Lally,SUN STAFF | March 2, 1996
The principal of the Barclay School, who fought for years before winning the right to use the private Calvert School curriculum in her city elementary-middle school, said yesterday that the two schools are ending their formal partnership.The six-year relationship with the Calvert School fell victim to a state-required test, the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program, Principal Gertrude Williams said.Even though students were performing well in the classroom and on standardized tests, third-graders faltered on the last state test, and the school decided it had to adjust its curriculum to offer more MSPAP preparation, Ms. Williams said.
NEWS
January 29, 1996
WHEN A STORY broke recently that Baltimore school officials were considering adapting the Calvert School's curriculum for use in every elementary school in the city system, no one should have been surprised to see Robert C. Embry Jr.'s name attached to the proposal. Mr. Embry is a man of many ideas -- and, as president of the Abell Foundation, he is in a position to back many of them with funds. When it comes to Baltimore City Public Schools, from which he graduated and in which his own children are being educated, Mr. Embry is nothing if not impassioned.
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