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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | May 2, 1997
Owen Brown Middle School Principal Michael Goins told his school's parents this week that it will continue to work hard to improve students' behavior and academic achievement but said those efforts won't succeed without the support of parents.Speaking to more than 100 parents of the east Columbia school's students Wednesday night, Goins spent more than an hour answering their questions and concerns about discipline, test scores and staff and student turnover.He agreed that student misbehavior, especially the rise in disrespect and insubordination, is a "grave concern to us" and promised that the school will review its discipline policy this summer.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | June 11, 2003
Dasher Green Elementary and Owen Brown Middle schools, now housed in the same building, will merge over the summer and open as a pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade facility in August, the school board and system staff announced yesterday during a meeting with the Howard County Council. "Really, it's just one building from a planning [perspective]," said Sydney L. Cousin, retiring deputy school superintendent. "This is an opportunity for the new administration to use the space differently."
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | June 11, 2003
Dasher Green Elementary and Owen Brown Middle schools, now housed in the same building, will merge over the summer and open as a pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade facility in August, the school board and system staff announced yesterday during a meeting with the Howard County Council. "Really, it's just one building from a planning [perspective]," said Sydney L. Cousin, retiring deputy school superintendent. "This is an opportunity for the new administration to use the space differently."
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2001
The Robey administration's promise of more money next year has rescued two long-awaited school renovations and a new Alternative Learning Center in Howard County, despite high construction costs that boosted the collective bill more than $6 million over budget. To save the renovation projects and get them rolling this summer, County Council Chairman Guy J. Guzzone, a North Laurel-Savage Democrat, persuaded County Executive James N. Robey to pledge enough new money to finish the jobs at Atholton Elementary School and Dasher Green Elementary/Owen Brown Middle school in Columbia.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | March 2, 1993
Brieanna Berrian created a math lesson she knew her student could relate to -- adding money and spending it without wasting a penny.The Owen Brown Middle School eighth-grader, one of 22 tutors in the Puma Pals program, watched closely as Dasher Green Elementary School third-grader Michael Clark counted the appropriate amount of paper cutout dollar bills and coins to purchase pictures Brieanna had drawn.When Michael eagerly offered two quarters for the picture of the 31-cent apple, Brieanna asked him if two twenty-fives might be too much.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | March 8, 1992
Vandals struck an Ellicott City neighborhood last week, spray-painting mailboxes and street signs with obscenities and painting a racial slur in front of the home of a Korean family.Police said about 20homes were vandalized in the Wilton Acres community in the early morning hours Tuesday.The incidents are being classified as destruction of property, and police say the vandalism does not appear related to the distribution of hundreds of Racial Loyalty newspapers to Columbia neighborhoods in recent months.
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By Jean Thompson and Jean Thompson,Sun Staff Writer | February 1, 1995
Baltimore educators must develop plans to halt academic decline at Arnett Brown Middle, Calverton Middle and Furman Templeton Elementary schools -- or relinquish control of them, state education officials announced today.Their decision will increase to five the number of low-scoring city schools targeted for improvement since the fix-it-or-lose-it program was begun in 1994. Last year, the state ordered reorganizations at Patterson and Douglass high schools.This year as last, the state targeted only Baltimore schools, rankling city school officials, who anticipated the announcement after negotiating last week to reduce from nine to three the number of their schools chosen.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2001
The Robey administration's promise of more money next year has rescued two long-awaited school renovations and a new Alternative Learning Center in Howard County, despite high construction costs that boosted the collective bill more than $6 million over budget. To save the renovation projects and get them rolling this summer, County Council Chairman Guy J. Guzzone, a North Laurel-Savage Democrat, persuaded County Executive James N. Robey to pledge enough new money to finish the jobs at Atholton Elementary School and Dasher Green Elementary/Owen Brown Middle school in Columbia.
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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1996
When concerned parents met with county police last night to discuss juvenile crime, they seemed to have one question on their minds: Have gangs finally come to Howard County?They got an official answer: Yes.About 20 people came to the public meeting at Owen Brown Middle School to meet county police Sgt. Rick Maltz, head of the department's youth services section, to learn more about GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training.) The nine-week session is intended to help Howard County's 3,000 seventh-graders learn about gang activity.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | April 17, 1996
After collecting data on various water-saving devices for the last several weeks, 12-year-old Chris Cruickshank has a little advice for county residents."
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By Betsy Diehl and Betsy Diehl,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 19, 2000
SOME PUPILS from Owen Brown Middle School recently threw a birthday party for a friend, complete with food, live music and presents. But this was a particularly noteworthy friend: Peter C. Brown III, a 19-year resident of Owen Brown, who turned 100 on Dec. 9. The festivities were held Dec. 8 at Owen Brown Senior Center. The approximately 50 guests ranged in age from 11 to 99. The party was organized by eighth-graders Cassie Cherone and Laura Mayrovitz as part of a Gifted and Talented Program project under teacher Cara Cassell.
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By James Giza and James Giza,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2000
Breezy Bishop walked down the first-floor hallway of Arnett J. Brown Middle School in Cherry Hill. Suddenly, a boy, who looked 13, appeared at the end of the corridor. He glanced up at her. "Hey, Ms. B," he said. He noticed her companion, a stranger to the school. "You OK?" the boy asked her. "Yeah, I'm OK," said Bishop, who today will become one of 24 new members of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. "You OK?" "Yeah" was his only response as he disappeared through a set of double doors.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | August 26, 1998
Cindy Shumaker, 26, was late for work."I'm so sorry," said Shumaker, who dabbed her tearing eyes with tissues while contemplating a $70 ticket for driving 38 mph in a 25 mph zone near Hammond High School in Columbia.She was one of several dozen drivers stopped by Howard County police yesterday morning as Monday's opening of classes brought stepped-up traffic enforcement around schools."I didn't even see [the officer] in the road," Shumaker added. "I was too busy lighting my cigarette."Howard County police Pfc. George Williams started aiming his laser gun at cars rounding a bend on Eden Brook Drive about 7 a.m. A beep-beep-beep, then buzz emitted from the device before it registered the car's speed on a small display.
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By Natalie Harvey and Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 3, 1997
HARD WORK, persistence and tenacity have paid off again.Several east Columbia students were honored last month by the Johns Hopkins University's Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth for outstanding verbal or mathematical skills.Some 57,000 students from 19 states and the District of Columbia participated in the talent searches.Thirty-six percent of the 2,040 fifth- and sixth-grade students who qualified for the Young Students Talent Search were selected by Linda Barnett of the Center for Talent Identification at the institute to be honored at the Johns Hopkins University.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | May 2, 1997
Owen Brown Middle School Principal Michael Goins told his school's parents this week that it will continue to work hard to improve students' behavior and academic achievement but said those efforts won't succeed without the support of parents.Speaking to more than 100 parents of the east Columbia school's students Wednesday night, Goins spent more than an hour answering their questions and concerns about discipline, test scores and staff and student turnover.He agreed that student misbehavior, especially the rise in disrespect and insubordination, is a "grave concern to us" and promised that the school will review its discipline policy this summer.
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By Natalie Harvey and Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 29, 1997
OWEN BROWN Middle School parents and staff members are being urged by Wanda Hurt, president of the Parent Teacher Association, to attend the "Save Our School" program at 7 p.m. tomorrow.Student test scores have decreased, the suspension rate is rising, staff and students are asking for transfers. There will be an open discussion of problems and possible solutions.A movable feast"Friends in Need" is a group of Oakland Mills village volunteers who plan ahead.The Giant Food store will be closing its Oakland Mills store in June.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | February 2, 1993
During Earl H. Slacum's three years as principal at Stevens Forest Elementary School, he wanted students to relish visits to the administrative office, not dread them.Students were as likely to be summoned to the principal's office as a reward as for disciplinary reasons, said Mr. Slacum, who left the post Friday to become principal of the new Rockburn Elementary School, scheduled to open in September in Elkridge.He turns over the reins to former Assistant Principal Wilbur M. Payne Jr., who says he will strive to continue the positive spirit Mr. Slacum helped create at the 20-year-old school, which has 360 students.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | March 2, 1997
The 1990s haven't been an easy time to teach and live in Howard County.Since the 1991-1992 school year -- when the board did not give teachers a wage increase that had been negotiated -- county educators say they've been struggling with small or no raises year after year.Even last week's announcement that most Howard teachers will receive raises of at least 3.5 percent in the fall does little to ease their frustration and bitterness."The new agreement shows promise, but I think we're still terribly underpaid," Steve Schaffer, who teaches social studies at Owen Brown Middle School, said last week.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | March 2, 1997
The 1990s haven't been an easy time to teach and live in Howard County.Since the 1991-1992 school year -- when the board did not give teachers a wage increase that had been negotiated -- county educators say they've been struggling with small or no raises year after year.Even last week's announcement that most Howard teachers will receive raises of at least 3.5 percent in the fall does little to ease their frustration and bitterness."The new agreement shows promise, but I think we're still terribly underpaid," Steve Schaffer, who teaches social studies at Owen Brown Middle School, said last week.
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | December 1, 1996
When the day ends each afternoon at Columbia's Owen Brown Middle School, the real work begins for librarians half a block away at the East Columbia branch library.Dozens of 10- to 13-year-old students go to the spacious facility to do homework and research. Some bury their heads in books and work quietly, but many not-so-quiet students gossip and tease one another and play on computers.They are supervised only by busy, increasingly harried librarians."It's like rush hour over there," says Michael Goins, principal at Owen Brown Middle.
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