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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | February 9, 2006
After nearly an hour of listening to a steady stream of concerned parents, Carroll County school board members overwhelmingly voted down last night a proposal to move nearly 200 rising fifth-graders from Manchester and Hampstead elementary schools to North Carroll Middle this fall. The board first added an amendment to the proposal to delay the shift until the 2007-2008 school year, then scuttled the move altogether on a 4-1 vote. "I'm shocked. It would not have happened if not as many parents had come," said Deb Levy, president of Hampstead's PTA, who was joined by dozens of parents at the meeting.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
North Carroll Middle School was flooded with phone calls Tuesday after an erroneous news report that a student had shot and killed herself inside the Hampstead school. A 13-year-old girl at North Carroll Middle had committed suicide off school grounds, and school officials said teachers and counselors were talking to students about the loss of a fellow student during morning classes. Dana Falls, director of student services for Carroll County Public Schools, said that shortly after noon, the school received a flood of calls from parents worried about the reports of violence.
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By Jane Lippy and Jane Lippy,Contributing writer | August 25, 1991
HAMPSTEAD -- Teen sleuths like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys would have suspected something.But to the casual observer, the recent goings-on behind North Carroll Middle School commenced inconspicuously.Finally, however, the plot was unraveled to reveal work under way on an addition that will become the new home for the school's media center."We're excited. It's been long awaited," Principal N. Richard DeLong said of the 5,260-square-foot addition.On June 1, Craft Construction Co. of Reisterstown, Baltimore County, began work on the $40,000 project, which should be completed about the time school opens Sept.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2013
Vivienne Sharp is too young to carry with her vivid memories of Sept. 11, 2001, but she had a solemn reaction as she walked in the rain last week amid the long benches of the Pentagon's memorial to those who died that day. "It is a beautiful piece of architecture. It is really sensory," she said. Every one of the benches has the name of a victim carved into it, all 184. "The gravel is crunching when you walk on it and you can hear the water flowing under the benches. " Sharp is 11 years old, and like other students born after 9/11, she'll be among the first to learn about the terrorist attacks as a historic event.
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 8, 2000
THREE NORTH Carroll Middle School pupils were chosen from hundreds of county student string instrumentalists to join the All-County Orchestra. Suzanne Jugo and Amy Grossnickle play bass. Brian Porter plays viola. Auditions required each candidate to play a chosen selection. This year, Bach's complex Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 was the audition piece. A rigorous schedule of rehearsals brings the musicians from every corner of the county together for several days of intensive preparation for a single concert.
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By PAT BRODOWSKI | November 30, 1994
Put "Winter Craft Bazaar" at the top of your list. Sponsored by students of home economics at North Carroll Middle School, the first Winter Craft Bazaar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.This event is designed to benefit others.For weeks, students have stitched, glued, painted and planned how their homemade crafts could build into donations for medical research, the homeless, park beautification and increased educational programs at the school.Students involved are earning service hours, required for public school graduation.
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By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,SUN STAFF | September 11, 2005
Like kids in a candy store, the visitors oohed and aahed about new chairs, new floors, new computers and all the other new accouterments they discovered as they made their way from classroom to classroom along a renovated wing of North Carroll Middle School. During back-to-school night last week, the school's staff and pupils welcomed about 300 parents to ogle the results of the school's $20 million modernization project, which is in its third and final phase. The project is expected to be completed in November, said Ray Prokop, director of facilities.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | September 14, 1998
The Hampstead Town Council has decided to place a half-million-gallon water tank at North Carroll Middle School, cutting land costs for the project that is needed to relieve water-pressure problems.Councilman Lawrence H. Hentz Jr. outlined the pluses and minuses of six possible sites for the new tank at a recent council meeting and public hearing, then recommended the site near the entrance to the school on Route 30, near the North Carroll Community Pond.The tank is needed because water pressure at the north end of town is low and might hamper firefighters.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Mary Gail Hare and Jennifer McMenamin and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2004
The staff arrived at North Carroll Middle School in jeans and sweat shirts yesterday, ready to move. On the eve of an $18.2 million modernization project, teachers, administrators, custodians, pupils and parents scrambled to empty a wing of the 48-year-old school so renovations could begin. They stripped the seventh-grade wing to the walls and moved those classes to the sixth-grade wing. The sixth grade moved into a mini-campus of portable classrooms on the front lawn of the school, which is between Hampstead and Manchester.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2002
The state Board of Public Works awarded Carroll County $3 million yesterday in additional school construction money - including $2.5 million toward renovating 46-year-old North Carroll Middle School - and planning approval for a second Mount Airy elementary school. The board's action raised to $8.5 million the total amount of school construction money given to Carroll this year, and brought cheers from parents who had lobbied hard for projects in their separate corners of the county. "I keep thinking back to that town hall meeting at Mount Airy Middle School in November 1998 when we were told by the powers that be that Mount Airy student enrollments were projected to decline and there certainly would never be a need for additional school capacity in Mount Airy," said Michele Johnson, founder of Mount Airy Citizens for Tomorrow, which pushed for the new elementary school.
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Staff Reports | October 26, 2011
A North Carroll Middle School eighth-grader is being charged as a juvenile after he voluntarily surrendered a handgun he brought to the Hampstead school Wednesday, Oct. 26, to a school staff member he went to for help. Maryland State Police identified the student is a 15-year-old male. He is not being identified because he is being charged as a juvenile. According to police accounts, shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday, the student was in the school lunchroom for his lunch period when he approached an assistant principal in the room and said he was troubled with thoughts of harming himself.
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By Glenn Graham and Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER | January 10, 2008
North Carroll wrestling coach David Dodson couldn't pick out any one wrestler who proved decisive in the No. 4 Panthers' 45-25 win over visiting South Carroll last night. But a good start would be with the team's talented middle weights. Trailing 15-6 early, the Panthers won six straight bouts to pull away from their Carroll County rival in front of a packed gym. During the pivotal stretch, pins came from Jeremy Seipp (130 pounds), Bryan Hoff (135) and Chris Stout (152), while Kyle Lemmon (125)
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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | April 23, 2006
When Ebb Valley Elementary opens its doors to students and staff in northern Carroll County for the 2008-2009 school year, it will be the district's 15th new school in 17 years. Though enrollment growth has been relatively stable in recent years, school officials are continuing to play catch-up to keep pace with the influx of new residents who have flocked to the rural Baltimore suburb, lured by lower housing costs and the school system's reputation as one of the state's highest-performing districts.
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April 23, 2006
This table shows the total percentage of Carroll County middle school students who scored at advanced or proficient levels in tests administered as part of the Maryland School Assessment. SIXTH GRADE SEVENTH GRADE EIGHTH GRADE Reading Math Reading Math Reading Math '05 '04 '05 '04 '05 '04 '05 '04 '05 '04 '03 '05 '04 '03 Carroll schools 82.8 80.8 70.9 62.0 81.5 82.9 65.2 64.9 82.9 78.2 75.9 61.9 58.5 52.3 Mount Airy 86.0 88.2 72.6 67.8 87.8 90.2 68.3 64.9 85.1 81.4 78.9 52.3 56.2 49.0 New Windsor 79.6 83.9 65.3 62.7 86.3 82.3 66.0 50.0 85.3 76.3 83.3 49.7 55.9 60.4 North Carroll 78.2 79.4 70.6 55.4 83.4 76.1 60.2 57.7 76.6 76.5 75.6 63.1 58.5 49.1 Northwest 73.8 73.0 65.4 46.3 74.7 76.9 48.9 54.7 79.5 68.5 60.6 52.0 43.8 34.7 Oklahoma Road 87.3 85.7 79.8 67.6 85.7 89.2 72.4 81.9 88.2 89.6 86.7 75.0 74.5 60.6 Shiloh 86.7 81.3 73.9 63.4 81.6 85.8 63.1 70.3 85.7 75.3 77.3 60.9 57.5 56.0 Sykesville 85.9 81.7 75.5 66.2 80.7 84.0 71.7 67.3 85.6 77.5 75.5 75.1 64.6 54.5 Westminster East 77.5 74.6 54.8 61.6 77.1 77.8 68.4 61.6 82.6 73.3 69.2 63.8 51.3 49.9 Westminster West 86.5 82.7 76.1 66.3 82.3 85.0 68.1 68.6 82.0 83.5 78.6 61.6 59.9 56.4
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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | March 9, 2006
Carroll County school board members unanimously approved a compromise plan last night to move nearly 200 fifth-graders this fall from Hampstead and Manchester elementaries to a cluster of portable classrooms at North Carroll Middle School. The five-member board approved a plan that allows a one-year exemption for Hampstead parents who make a written request to the principal that their children not be moved to North Carroll during the 2006-2007 school year. After that, Hampstead fifth-graders who are bound for North Carroll would be required to attend fifth grade at the middle school.
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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | February 23, 2006
In response to anxious parents, the Carroll County schools superintendent offered a revised proposal yesterday for moving nearly 200 rising fifth-graders from Hampstead and Manchester elementaries to a cluster of portable classrooms at North Carroll Middle School. To ease crowding at both elementary schools and to help accommodate construction of all-day kindergarten classrooms, Superintendent Charles I. Ecker wants to move all of next fall's fifth-graders from Manchester and about half of the fifth-graders from Hampstead to North Carroll Middle.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1996
Judy Gehr's students call her "the Homework Queen" and crown her in tinfoil. But this year, the school board calls her "Carroll County Teacher of the Year.Gehr is the board's nominee for Maryland Teacher of the Year, which is sponsored by the state Department of Education. The winner will be announced next fall. She has taught in Carroll for 22 years -- the first 16 at Manchester Elementary and the last six at North Carroll Middle School.A lively teacher known for infusing math lessons with realistic situations, Gehr has a reputation for high standards and giving students more than one chance to reach them.
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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | February 9, 2006
After nearly an hour of listening to a steady stream of concerned parents, Carroll County school board members overwhelmingly voted down last night a proposal to move nearly 200 rising fifth-graders from Manchester and Hampstead elementary schools to North Carroll Middle this fall. The board first added an amendment to the proposal to delay the shift until the 2007-2008 school year, then scuttled the move altogether on a 4-1 vote. "I'm shocked. It would not have happened if not as many parents had come," said Deb Levy, president of Hampstead's PTA, who was joined by dozens of parents at the meeting.
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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | January 29, 2006
A recent proposal to move rising fifth-graders from Manchester and Hampstead elementary schools to North Carroll Middle School beginning in the fall has parents worried about preparing their children for the transition. To ease crowding at the elementary schools, school officials want to shift nearly 200 pupils - all of next fall's fifth-graders from Manchester and about half of the fifth-graders from Hampstead - to portables at North Carroll Middle. The move - estimated to cost about $280,000 for additional teachers and staff - would relieve crowding at the elementary schools and provide flexibility to move pupils around those buildings as construction of full-day kindergarten classrooms begins, school officials said.
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