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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2001
By midday, the anxious eyes had brightened some. Maybe it was because the children had managed to open their lockers. Or easily found their third-period classes. But more than likely, it was because the children at Ellicott City's Bonnie Branch Middle School had made at least one new friend. When the 549 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders filed through the doors of Howard County's newest middle school yesterday, they weren't merely starting the first day of school, as more than 45,000 other Howard County students did. In addition, the children were starting new traditions in a new school.
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October 23, 2013
The Howard County Board of Education is scheduled to open a new middle school next year in Hanover. In order to do that, students must be redistricted into the new facility. Below is a list of final recommendations for student redistricting made to the board, subject to several work sessions, public hearings and the board's approval: • Bonnie Branch to Mayfield Woods: 106 students • Bonnie Branch to Elkridge Landing: 65 students • Elkridge Landing to New Middle School: 155 students • Hammond to Lime Kiln: 72 students • Mayfield Woods to Bonnie Branch: 40 students • Mayfield Woods to New Middle School: 205 students • Murray Hill to Patuxent Valley: 247 students • Patuxent Valley to Hammond: 92 students • Patuxent Valley to Lake Elkhorn: 42 students • Patuxent Valley to New Middle School: 153 students Source: Howard County Public School System
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | December 15, 2000
About 650 middle school pupils will be attending new schools next fall as a result of revised boundary lines set last night by the Howard County Board of Education. The five-member board voted 4-1 to adopt new boundary lines for middle schools to fill Bonnie Branch Middle, which will open in August. Pupils in grades six through eight who attend or are slated to attend Elkridge Landing, Ellicott Mills and Mayfield Woods middle schools will be redistricted to Bonnie Branch. Parents from the small neighborhood of Crystal Springs had requested that their children attend Ellicott Mills instead of Bonnie Branch.
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October 13, 2013
Howard County crews are scheduled to start work Monday on a project to repair and repave Bonnie Branch Road in Ellicott City. The project follows recent work to stabilize embankment along Bonnie Branch, and county officials say the roadwork involves making repairs to the road surface and also drainage areas. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by late October. Bonnie Branch Road will generally remain open to traffic during the project, but occasional lane shifts are expected in the work zone.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | October 27, 2000
A redistricting plan for Elkridge Landing, Ellicott Mills and Mayfield Woods middle schools was presented last night to the Howard County school board. Boundaries for the schools must be redrawn because the new Bonnie Branch Middle School is scheduled to open in August. The building is to be filled with current middle-schoolers. Under the plan presented by Maurice F. Kalin, associate superintendent of planning and support services: Approximately 200 students in grades 6 through 8 who attend or are slated to attend Elkridge Landing Middle would be sent to Bonnie Branch.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | September 28, 2000
Coming up with redistricting plans was a breeze this year for Howard County Schools Associate Superintendent Maurice F. Kalin. But deciding which of the three choices to recommend to the school board Oct. 26 won't be so easy. At information meetings last night and Tuesday night at Centennial and Hammond high schools, Kalin announced that this year's redistricting would affect middle schools primarily. The changes were prompted by the opening of Bonnie Branch Middle School in Ellicott City next September.
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By Erika D. Peterman and Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1999
Being an upperclassman has its advantages: You know the layout of the school like the back of your hand. Typical first-day-of-school worries such as hoping -- no, praying -- that your locker will open are, well, for kids.That is, unless you're an upperclassmen at the new Ellicott Mills at Bonnie Branch Middle School. Chances are, you were just as lost yesterday on the first day of school as the sixth-graders."It's like we're sixth-graders again," said eighth-grader Dan Federline, 13, after a successful dry run with his locker.
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By Tawanda W. Johnson and Tawanda W. Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 10, 2005
The pulsating drum beat beckoned the Jow Ga Lion Dance and Demo Team to the stage at Bonnie Branch Middle School in Ellicott City. While more than 150 people looked on Thursday night in the school cafeteria, the dancers performed the "The Lion Dance," a performance featuring folk dance and kung fu, a martial art. Clad in bright red and black jumpsuits and partially covered by a lion costume, the dancers kicked their feet in the air, jumped up and down...
NEWS
October 23, 2013
The Howard County Board of Education is scheduled to open a new middle school next year in Hanover. In order to do that, students must be redistricted into the new facility. Below is a list of final recommendations for student redistricting made to the board, subject to several work sessions, public hearings and the board's approval: • Bonnie Branch to Mayfield Woods: 106 students • Bonnie Branch to Elkridge Landing: 65 students • Elkridge Landing to New Middle School: 155 students • Hammond to Lime Kiln: 72 students • Mayfield Woods to Bonnie Branch: 40 students • Mayfield Woods to New Middle School: 205 students • Murray Hill to Patuxent Valley: 247 students • Patuxent Valley to Hammond: 92 students • Patuxent Valley to Lake Elkhorn: 42 students • Patuxent Valley to New Middle School: 153 students Source: Howard County Public School System
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September 25, 2003
Mark Ensor, a sixth-grade math teacher at Bonnie Branch Middle School in Ellicott City, recently lost his home and all of his belongings in a fire, said Pam Keohane, whose daughter attends the school. "The only thing he has left is his car and his dog," Keohane said. "His dog was passed out in the basement from all the smoke, but the firefighters were able to get him out and revive him by mouth-to-mouth through his nose." School staff and community members are contributing to a fund for Ensor to rebuild the house and help replace some of his possessions.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2012
Bonnie Branch Middle School eighth-graders Nick Kundrat and Matt Yagel point to a bar graph made for their school project examining security at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, which ended with 11 athletes killed. The graph illustrates the amount of money spent on security for the 2004 Summer Games in Athens ($600 million) with a large vertical rectangle. The amount of security spent on the Munich Games ($2 million) is represented with a hairline sliver. "You can barely see the line for the Munich Olympics," said Matt, 14, who along with Nick crafted the project, "The Munich Massacre: Revolution of the Games.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,special to the sun | March 9, 2007
Katie Cheung knew that her grandfather, who lives in Pennsylvania, had been a freedom fighter during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, but she had never asked him specific questions about that time in his life. Now, working on a documentary about the uprising for tomorrow's Howard County History Day competition at Reservoir High School, she has taken the time to learn more.
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By Kiara Lee and Kiara Lee,sun reporter | November 15, 2006
Chessboards fill four tables in the small meeting room off the lobby. Kids talk and laugh as players make their next move. Plates of chips and cookies and cups filled with soda are positioned near the edge of the tables. Who knew the library could be so much fun? Every Wednesday evening for 90 minutes, a youth chess club meets at the Elkridge library. Kids ages 8 to 17 munch on snacks, catch up on neighborhood news and, of course, play chess. The environment allows them to get away from everyday pressures and interact with people in a relaxed way. "It's a fun way to meet new people and learn different ways to play chess," said Kayla Britt, 11, who attends Bonnie Branch Middle School.
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By Tawanda W. Johnson and Tawanda W. Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 10, 2005
The pulsating drum beat beckoned the Jow Ga Lion Dance and Demo Team to the stage at Bonnie Branch Middle School in Ellicott City. While more than 150 people looked on Thursday night in the school cafeteria, the dancers performed the "The Lion Dance," a performance featuring folk dance and kung fu, a martial art. Clad in bright red and black jumpsuits and partially covered by a lion costume, the dancers kicked their feet in the air, jumped up and down...
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September 25, 2003
Mark Ensor, a sixth-grade math teacher at Bonnie Branch Middle School in Ellicott City, recently lost his home and all of his belongings in a fire, said Pam Keohane, whose daughter attends the school. "The only thing he has left is his car and his dog," Keohane said. "His dog was passed out in the basement from all the smoke, but the firefighters were able to get him out and revive him by mouth-to-mouth through his nose." School staff and community members are contributing to a fund for Ensor to rebuild the house and help replace some of his possessions.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | November 27, 2002
The Howard County Board of Education - under scrutiny for alleged violations of state open- meetings laws - decided at its regular meeting last night not to pursue legislation that would repeal three local laws and make it easier for members to meet out of public view. The board's general counsel, Mark Blom, said there was no need for the proposal because it offered only legal clarity, which is expected to come from a court ruling. The board is being sued in the county Circuit Court over its alleged violations.
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By Benjamin L. Cardin | September 4, 2001
ON THE first day of school this year I attended the opening of the new Bonnie Branch Middle School in Howard County. As I sat in the gym facing several hundred sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, I was transported to my first day of junior high school in 1955. I was back at Garrison Junior High School in Baltimore City, and it was the first year of racial integration. In the spring of 1954, the Supreme Court had changed the laws of the land with the Brown vs. the Board of Education ruling outlawing segregation.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | January 1, 2002
Two Marylanders - a 13-year-old Ellicott City girl and a 73-year-old Timonium man - were among those killed in a series of snow-related highway accidents last week in Pennsylvania. Authorities released their names over the weekend. Kelsey Mizerak, a seventh-grader at Bonnie Branch Middle School in Ellicott City, was killed in a crash on Interstate 81 near Hazleton that left her father seriously injured. Nicholas J. Demshock of Timonium was killed and his wife, Joan, 57, was injured in a separate accident nearby on Interstate 80 near White Haven, authorities said.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | January 1, 2002
Two Marylanders - a 13-year-old Ellicott City girl and a 73-year-old Timonium man - were among those killed in a series of snow-related highway accidents last week in Pennsylvania. Authorities released their names over the weekend. Kelsey Mizerak, a seventh-grader at Bonnie Branch Middle School in Ellicott City, was killed in a crash on Interstate 81 near Hazleton that left her father seriously injured. Nicholas J. Demshock of Timonium was killed and his wife, Joan, 57, was injured in a separate accident nearby on Interstate 80 near White Haven, authorities said.
NEWS
By Benjamin L. Cardin | September 4, 2001
ON THE first day of school this year I attended the opening of the new Bonnie Branch Middle School in Howard County. As I sat in the gym facing several hundred sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, I was transported to my first day of junior high school in 1955. I was back at Garrison Junior High School in Baltimore City, and it was the first year of racial integration. In the spring of 1954, the Supreme Court had changed the laws of the land with the Brown vs. the Board of Education ruling outlawing segregation.
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