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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | October 12, 2002
Dianne Puglia Wells, a retired Howard County middle school teacher who, along with her eighth-grade pupils, helped enact the first child bicycle helmet law in the nation in 1990, died of lung cancer Tuesday at Howard County General Hospital. She was 52. Born and reared in Cheverly in Prince George's County, Ms. Wells was a 1967 graduate of High Point High School and earned her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Maryland in 1971. She earned a master's degree in modern studies from Loyola College in 1981.
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December 20, 2011
It seems to me that posting highly-trained police officers at Baltimore County's Chesapeake High School and other county middle and high schools is either a colossal waste of guns and badges, or, if truly necessary, a sure sign that we ought to give up ("How much force is too much?" Dec. 16). After all, if someone is caught chewing gum in class, we could just dispatch a SWAT team. Then those school cops could be deployed to fighting real crime - like nabbing drivers using their cell phones.
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December 20, 2011
It seems to me that posting highly-trained police officers at Baltimore County's Chesapeake High School and other county middle and high schools is either a colossal waste of guns and badges, or, if truly necessary, a sure sign that we ought to give up ("How much force is too much?" Dec. 16). After all, if someone is caught chewing gum in class, we could just dispatch a SWAT team. Then those school cops could be deployed to fighting real crime - like nabbing drivers using their cell phones.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2010
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold said Tuesday that he plans to fund school resource officers at two more county middle schools, in an attempt to curb student violence and bullying. Leopold has pledged about $200,000 in funding from the forthcoming county budget to pay for school resource police officers at Corkran Middle School in Glen Burnie and Wiley H. Bates Middle School in Annapolis. Leopold said he got a request from the Parent Teacher Association at Bates to take action.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN REPORTER | September 6, 2006
Christopher J. Merdon, the Howard County Council chairman, who is running for county executive on the GOP ticket, said yesterday that if elected he plans to fund after-school athletic teams at county middle schools and synthetic-turf fields at county high schools. Merdon said the school system's new health and wellness policy thoroughly addresses nutrition, but, he said, "I felt there could have been a little more emphasis on athletic activity in our schools." He said athletics is linked to academic achievement, is a positive way to fill time after school and encourages teamwork and leadership.
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By Lyn Backe and Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 27, 1997
Lyn Backe's column is running today because the Anne Arundel edition of The Sun was not published yesterday, Memorial Day.FOR THOSE of us who venture into downtown Annapolis daily to work, weekly to dine, often to shop, there is good news from the city Department of Parking and Transportation. The Parking and Fines Division will be open an hour longer to give us more time to pay our tickets.The office at 308 Chinquapin Round Road will be open from 8: 30 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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By Anica Butler | October 15, 2006
Archbishop Spalding alumnae honored Two alumnae of Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn have been named to the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar Program for being among the University of Maryland's most successful seniors. The top 25 students are selected on academic standing and are asked to identify a teacher who has had a life-changing impact on them. Kelly Scoville of Crofton called Kathy Mahar, Archbishop Spalding's principal, her mentor, and Tara Williamson of Bowie chose Sheila Postlethwaite, a Spalding English teacher.
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February 27, 2002
New curriculum approved for county middle schools Anne Arundel County's new curriculum for middle schools complies with requirements that pupils take physical education, health and fine arts classes every year, the state school board ruled yesterday. This fall, for the first time in several decades, all county middle school pupils will take those classes - a state requirement that the county had not been following. To accommodate the change, 13 middle schools are adopting a seven-period day, while six schools will go with a four-period day. One state school board member, JoAnn T. Bell, voted against the Anne Arundel plan because she wanted the county to provide progress reports to the state.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2010
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold said Tuesday that he plans to fund school resource officers at two more county middle schools, in an attempt to curb student violence and bullying. Leopold has pledged about $200,000 in funding from the forthcoming county budget to pay for school resource police officers at Corkran Middle School in Glen Burnie and Wiley H. Bates Middle School in Annapolis. Leopold said he got a request from the Parent Teacher Association at Bates to take action.
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March 22, 1993
Three strikes and you're still not out, thank goodness, if the goal is to get a badly needed new middle school for children in rapidly growing southern Carroll County.Three times, the state Interagency Committee for School Construction has turned down county requests to help fund an additional middle school in the Sykesville area. Yet the under-12 population continues to grow. New construction developments there make it a future growth area for young children into the next decade.This fall, the Sykesville Middle School will be 200 pupils above its capacity, with 10 relocatable classrooms targeted for use there.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2010
Maryland first lady Katie O'Malley made an early-morning visit Monday to Pikesville Middle School, where she praised school leaders and students for serving as a model for schools struggling to address bullying. O'Malley visited the middle school to launch Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in the state. "Bullies are mean, they're intimidating and they need to be confronted," O'Malley said. During a discussion with a group of Pikesville students, O'Malley used recent high-profile incidents to illustrate the seriousness of the issue, including the suicide of a Massachusetts teen who was bullied.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Sun Reporter | February 25, 2007
When Lukas Crumbaugh, 8, was looking for inspiration for his Youth Art Month project, he turned to the medieval era. The Cranberry Station Elementary third-grader created a story to bring knights to life for the exhibit, which is on display at the Carroll Arts Center. Crumbaugh drew an illuminated "L" featuring a sea monster attacking a moat and knights in the tower shooting at the monster. "At the bottom is a bunch of thorn bushes, so to get to the tower they have to go through the thorn bushes," Lukas said.
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By John-John Williams IV | February 11, 2007
Patuxent Valley became Howard County's first middle school to establish a chapter of the National Junior Honor Society and inducted 48 students this month. The program came to Patuxent Valley through the efforts of new Principal Robert Motley, who arrived at the school after working at the high school level, said the group's adviser, Ashley Harig, a counselor. Amy Simpson, an eighth-grader and president of the school's chapter, said students are excited about the organization. "We hope to set a high standard and great example for students in the future," Amy said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN REPORTER | October 17, 2006
Evan Fisher Joseph Bowers, retired supervisor of Carroll County middle schools and a co-founder of the Maryland Middle School Association, died of pneumonia Thursday at Carroll Hospital Center. The Sykesville resident was 97. Mr. Bowers was born in Linwood and was raised there and on his family's farm near Westminster. He was a 1926 graduate of Westminster High School and, in 1928, the old Towson Normal School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, and a master's in education from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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By Anica Butler | October 15, 2006
Archbishop Spalding alumnae honored Two alumnae of Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn have been named to the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar Program for being among the University of Maryland's most successful seniors. The top 25 students are selected on academic standing and are asked to identify a teacher who has had a life-changing impact on them. Kelly Scoville of Crofton called Kathy Mahar, Archbishop Spalding's principal, her mentor, and Tara Williamson of Bowie chose Sheila Postlethwaite, a Spalding English teacher.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN REPORTER | September 6, 2006
Christopher J. Merdon, the Howard County Council chairman, who is running for county executive on the GOP ticket, said yesterday that if elected he plans to fund after-school athletic teams at county middle schools and synthetic-turf fields at county high schools. Merdon said the school system's new health and wellness policy thoroughly addresses nutrition, but, he said, "I felt there could have been a little more emphasis on athletic activity in our schools." He said athletics is linked to academic achievement, is a positive way to fill time after school and encourages teamwork and leadership.
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By Phillis Flowers and Phyllis Lucas | November 4, 1991
The Seventh Day Adventist Church of Brooklyn thanks everyone who participated in its annual food drive. A total of 2,600 items were collected, plus $80 cash.The money will be used to buy staples such asmilk, bread and eggs. Forty-five people volunteered their services to help collect the goods.The church would also like to thank the following grocery stores for their donation of bags that were used for the food: Basics in Burwood, Box & Save in Brooklyn and Glen Burnie, Safeway in Pasadena andMars in Glen Burnie.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | July 18, 2001
When Howard County middle schools adopted a policy last year to toughen promotion standards for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, state school officials lauded Howard for its aggressive commitment to student performance and national education analysts praised the schools for their "we mean business" attitude. Last month, the results of the strict new policy on middle school promotion were released: Of 10,696 middle school pupils, only 95 were held back a year because of low grades in core subjects such as English, math and science.
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By Tawanda W. Johnson and Tawanda W. Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 30, 2004
Middle school pupils who attended Howard County public schools' careers summer camp learned an important lesson: Technology can be fun. The fun was audible in laughter emanating from a kitchen, where pupils learned to bake a cake. And it was visible when students donned white coats and goggles to extract DNA from wheat germ. "This is really good," said Daniel Myers, who was licking a chocolate-covered spoon after getting the cake-baking lesson from Eric Queen, a culinary captain for Longhorn restaurants.
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