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By Sally Buckler and Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 29, 1997
WE ARE fortunate to have so many staff members with long service at western Howard County schools. They teach our children, grandchildren and neighbors. Here are names from Bushy Park Elementary School that you may recognize.These folks were honored recently for long service: Lois Muhl, Dona Wilson and Janice Tucker each have taught in Howard County for 25 years.Sandy Thrasher, Alice Painter, and Nora Blau each have taught in the county for 20 years.Jean Reed has spent 15 years as a cafeteria assistant.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | August 20, 2013
Howard County Police announced this week that two portable cameras will be added to its school zone speed camera program for the 2013-2014 school year. The units, called portable camera units or PCUs, will be rotated between 13 school zones starting Monday, Aug. 26, the first day of school. The PCUs will supplement the police department's two speed camera vans and be placed in zones where vans had problems setting up. The PCUs and the vans, which also will be deployed Aug. 26, are in operation from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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By Sally Buckler and Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 10, 1997
AT BUSHY Park Elementary School, a group of fifth-graders entered the Math Olympiad, a national mathematics competition, this past school year.Each month, from November through March, the students were challenged with five math problems. (Some parents tried a few practice problems and agreed that they were challenging.)Recently, teacher and math coach Pam Koffel learned that the team received a Meritorious Team Award -- recognizing the group for scoring in the top 20 percent of all participating fifth-grade teams.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2010
Bushy Park Elementary School in Howard County posted one of the highest passing rates on the Maryland School Assessment this year in the state, according to an analysis by The Baltimore Sun. Yet Principal Deborah Jagoda said while the school delights in its success, it refuses to rest on its laurels. "No child should be left behind," Jagoda said, alluding to the federal legislation that sets mandates for student achievement and holds states more accountable for their progress, requiring that 100 percent of students be proficient in reading and math by 2014.
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By Sally Buckler and Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 4, 1997
PAPER HAS been around almost 2,000 years, and we take it for granted; but pupils at Bushy Park Elementary School are becoming discriminating about their paper.Courtesy of the school's Parent Teacher Association and the Maryland State Arts Council, paper artist Robyn McClendon is in residence at the school this month.McClendon is teaching papermaking.With her help, youngsters in grades three through five will make unique squares for a paper quilt that will hang in the school.Students in grades one and two participate through demonstrations by the artist.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | October 24, 2000
Bushy Park Elementary School - which boasts some of the county's highest test scores and routinely garners praise from parents, pupils and staff members - didn't become top notch by accident. Principal Nancy Kalin attributes the school's success to lots of work: hard work by the pupils, teamwork by the staff members and administrators. That work was recognized yesterday by Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski, who presented Kalin and her small suburban school with the prestigious Senate Productivity Award.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | January 2, 1997
Philip Arbaugh is trading in his sometimes controversial days running Bushy Park Elementary School to train teachers and administrators full time.Today, his successor, Nancy Esmond, a principal at east Columbia's Thunderhill Elementary School for more than two years, begins as principal of the Glenwood school."
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | January 14, 2005
The Howard County Board of Education hired an ombudsman yesterday after a three-month search and voted to build a replacement school for the crowded Bushy Park Elementary in Glenwood. At the first school board meeting of the new year, Courtney Watson, the chairman, introduced Robin Shell, who will begin fielding questions and complaints as the school system's ombudsman Feb. 7. As a part-time employee of the school board, Shell will work three days a week and have an annual salary of $48,000.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,Special to The Sun | August 19, 2007
Sandy Thrasher, a first-grade teacher at Bushy Park Elementary School in Glenwood since 1981, was getting her classroom ready for a new crop of students last week, just as she does every August before the start of the school year. But this year, setting up her classroom was more of a chore and also more of a pleasure. Like the rest of the Bushy Park community - teachers, students and staff members - Thrasher had moved to a new, much larger school just a parking lot away from the old Bushy Park Elementary School.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | October 12, 2004
When one school crowding problem is solved, another is spawned in Howard County, where the school system's stellar reputation continues to attract new families. This year, the distinction of being the county's most-crowded elementary school belongs to Bushy Park Elementary, off Route 97 in Glenwood, where the situation has taken on new urgency because plans to expand or replace the building have been deferred for another year under a proposed capital budget. "They knew we would be one of the top-five overcrowded schools," said Lucinda Peters, president of Bushy Park's PTA. "They kept pushing it back.
BUSINESS
By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2008
Glenelg is a compromise. Situated in western Howard County, the area is ideal for couples who commute to Baltimore or Washington. And it is in the country without the in-the-middle-of-nowhere isolation. "It offers a rural lifestyle within minutes of suburban amenities," says Sharon Keeny, a Realtor who lives in Dayton and is a former president of the Glenelg High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association. Glenelg takes its name from a village in western Scotland. The name is also a language quirk known as a palindrome, meaning it is spelled the same forward and backward.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,Special to The Sun | August 19, 2007
Sandy Thrasher, a first-grade teacher at Bushy Park Elementary School in Glenwood since 1981, was getting her classroom ready for a new crop of students last week, just as she does every August before the start of the school year. But this year, setting up her classroom was more of a chore and also more of a pleasure. Like the rest of the Bushy Park community - teachers, students and staff members - Thrasher had moved to a new, much larger school just a parking lot away from the old Bushy Park Elementary School.
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By LARRY CARSON | July 29, 2007
As the Howard County Council prepares for tomorrow's vote on the first school enrollment projections in 15 years that show no overcrowded classrooms, newer figures are troubling officials. A more recent set of estimates for 2010 -- newer than the charts the council is to vote on -- show crowding popping up more quickly than expected at Northfield Elementary School in Ellicott City and at three middle schools, including Harper's Choice in west Columbia. Northfield is to embark on a major renovation by next summer, but no new seats were planned.
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November 27, 2005
Bushy Park Elementary School PTA's Family Fun Committee will sponsor a Family Fun Night at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 in the cafeteria and gymnasium at Bushy Park Elementary School, 2670 Route 97, Glenwood. The event will benefit Books for the Bayou's Babies, an effort to provide books for children who lost theirs in Hurricane Katrina. Children will have an opportunity to purchase books (and get a free book for each one purchased) from Scholastic; elementary school-level paperbacks will be donated.
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November 6, 2005
Assessment-tests session is Tuesday The education committee of the Howard County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in partnership with Howard County schools, will sponsor H.S.A. Night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Pisgah AME Church, 5901 Cedar Fern Court, Columbia. Parents and middle and high school students are encouraged to attend to prepare for the high school assessment tests required for graduation by the state. Information: 301-596-0936.
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By JEFF SEIDEL and JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 12, 2005
Finding field time proved difficult when the Howard Stampede field hockey program started three years ago. Program founder Jean Parker had to take unusually early times during weekday afternoons to get practice time. Allocating fields for programs for children and adults has long been tricky because of the popularity of sports in Howard County. The opening of the long-awaited Western Regional Park should help alleviate the problem. Raul Delerme, the Western Regional Park project manager, said parts of the approximately 190-acre park should be ready to open in the spring.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | October 8, 2004
Parents of the children at Howard County's most-crowded elementary school lobbied the school board at a budget hearing last night to restore money in next year's proposed capital spending plan to expand or replace the building. Most of the comments during the public hearing on Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin's $87.4 million proposalconcerned the recommendation to defer a solution for crowded Bushy Park Elementary in Glenwood for another year because of issues surrounding its septic system.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | May 30, 2000
When Amy Green's second-graders go to the bathroom, she makes sure they carry along books - for reading in line while they wait their turn. "It seems like a waste of time to wait, not doing anything," says second-grader Emma Horoszczak as she reads a story by Beatrix Potter while waiting her turn. "It's more fun to read." In the race to teach children how to read well, particularly by the end of third grade, time is precious. So when teachers at Bushy Park Elementary School began really examining how they use their 6 1/2 -hour school day, they were shocked.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2005
Hopes that a long-awaited, 400-seat addition at Glenelg High School will be ready for use late next year were dealt a blow by a request this week for a new state hearing on a wastewater treatment plant vital to the project, school officials said. Howard school Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin and Chief Operating Officer Raymond Brown said a request for another Maryland Department of the Environment hearing on the disputed wastewater treatment plant for the school could delay completion of the addition until April or August 2007.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2005
Although asking for less school construction money than last year, Howard County Executive James N. Robey is proposing a record $235.3 million capital budget to the County Council. He is planning for a sale of $85.3 million in bonds, another county record, to help finance the requests, but more state money for school construction could modify that. Aided by money borrowed against the county's excise tax on new homes, Robey included $10 million to begin work on a new, larger Bushy Park Elementary School in Glenwood and $4 million to help complete a new elementary school in Dayton, also in the western county.
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