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January 6, 1997
This table shows how Baltimore County eighth-graders scored in tests administered as part of the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program. The numbers represent the percent of students who scored at the satisfactory level or above in reading, writing and math exams over a two-year period.Pub Date: 1/06/97
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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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NEWS
December 5, 2001
The State Board of Education granted Anne Arundel County middle schools a last-minute reprieve yesterday from a mandated curriculum change that would have forced a shake-up of pupils' class schedules in the middle of the school year. By an 11-1 vote, the state board granted the county a waiver for this year from the state requirement that all middle school children take fine arts, health and physical education courses every year. But the board said Anne Arundel schools must meet the requirement by next fall - and they will have to do it under state supervision.
NEWS
April 22, 2007
Web survey seeks parents' opinions Parents will have an opportunity to share their opinions about the learning environment of their child's school with Howard County officials in a 35-question online survey to be released tomorrow. An e-mail from the school system will direct parents to the survey, which should be completed by May 11. The survey is intended to provide school administrators with information to help them realize the school system's second strategic goal -- that each school provide a safe and nurturing environment that values diversity and commonality.
NEWS
August 31, 1995
The discovery that Anne Arundel school administrators have been defying the state and the county by designing bigger buildings than necessary shows what's wrong with the relationship between our educators and the government. There's no coordination.State legislators, the county executive and the County Council are supposed to decide how to use tax money wisely. But school officials ignore their decisions.The school system's insistence on constructing buildings that exceed student population projections makes an already impossible situation worse.
NEWS
March 20, 2002
Head Start program is taking applications for 2002-2003 The Community Action Council Head Start of Howard County is accepting applications for the 2002-2003 program year. Head Start is a free, federally funded child development program for families who meet income guidelines. Applications will be accepted for children born in 1998 and 1999 who will be 3 years old before Dec. 31. Children with a documented disability are encouraged to apply, regardless of the family's income. Full-day child-care services also are offered.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1999
It looks familiar, at first glance -- book club members gathering at Barnes & Noble every month, squeezing one hour out of their busy lives for pursuits more literary.They're like many book club members, with their hot drinks and myriad opinions. But take a closer look.Their untied tennis shoes and glittery hair clips give it away.These avid readers are pupils ages 11 to 14 from various Howard County middle schools, who have homework and after-school activities, but find time to sit down and read for fun.These sixth- , seventh- and eighth-graders come from all over the county.
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1997
After debating the future of Howard County middle schools for more than 2 1/2 years, school board members have approved widespread changes for grades six through eight.The plan, passed at a school board meeting Thursday, puts into effect -- with slight modifications -- a proposal released last month by school Superintendent Michael E. Hickey.The changes -- which call for an emphasis on core academic subjects -- will not affect fine arts and related arts programs. School board members requested that those programs remain in the middle school schedule unaltered.
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,[Special to The Sun] | December 10, 2006
In years past, Ray Joyce, 11, avoided attending parent-teacher conferences. He did not particularly cherish the idea of sitting quietly in the background as his teacher and his mother talked about his progress and problems. But this year, the Corkran Middle School sixth-grader did more than just attend the conference. He led it. Corkran is one of eight Anne Arundel County middle schools experimenting with pupil-led conferences, a fresh twist on the traditional parent-teacher meetings.
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By Sarah Pekkanen and Sarah Pekkanen,SUN STAFF | April 27, 1998
Sleeves rolled up, brow furrowed in concentration, 13-year-old Christopher Wright is intent on transforming a heap of slate-colored clay into a masterpiece."
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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 Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,[Special to The Sun] | December 10, 2006
In years past, Ray Joyce, 11, avoided attending parent-teacher conferences. He did not particularly cherish the idea of sitting quietly in the background as his teacher and his mother talked about his progress and problems. But this year, the Corkran Middle School sixth-grader did more than just attend the conference. He led it. Corkran is one of eight Anne Arundel County middle schools experimenting with pupil-led conferences, a fresh twist on the traditional parent-teacher meetings.
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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 Jacqueline Seaberg and Jacqueline Seaberg,Baltimoresun.com Staff | May 5, 2004
Thirteen Baltimore County middle school students on their way to a band competition suffered minor injuries in an accident involving two buses in Frederick County this morning, authorities said. The accident occurred around 10 a.m. as chartered buses from Cockeysville Middle School were traveling southbound on New Design Road, according to Deputy Jennifer Bailey, spokeswoman for the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. She said that as one bus began to drive through the intersection of New Design Road and Guilford Drive, the driver of a following bus did not stop quickly enough at a stop sign and rear-ended the first bus. The driver of the second bus will be cited for "failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision," Bailey said.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN STAFF | August 24, 2003
Although performing about average when compared with the rest of Maryland, Baltimore County students who took the state's new high-stakes assessment tests last school year didn't perform well in mathematics, while overall middle school scores dropped sharply. In results released Friday, African-American students significantly trailed their white peers on the new Maryland School Assessment tests, sometimes scoring no better than classmates with limited English skills. Special-education students also performed poorly.
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By Laura Loh and Laura Loh,SUN STAFF | July 24, 2003
The state Board of Education rejected yesterday an attempt by some Anne Arundel County parents to block a new middle school schedule that they say will prevent some pupils from getting a well-rounded education. The parent group Coalition for Balanced Excellence in Education contends that the schedule, which devotes half of each school day to language arts and math, shortchanges science and social studies, and gives pupils less flexibility to take electives. The coalition appealed to the state board to prevent the schedule from starting next month at the county's 19 middle schools, arguing that Superintendent Eric J. Smith did not study the plan enough or listen to public input.
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By NORRIS WEST | January 5, 1997
IT'S BEEN a while since I read the critical report on county middle schools, but I wondered at the time whether the authors were referring to Howard County, Md., or to some parallel county that isn't regarded as having the state's top school system.Whether Howard County is No. 1 in the state is debatable. High standardized test scores alone do not merit that honor. But the Middle School Review Committee's report read like an 18-month evaluation of the No. 24 system.Even those who don't believe the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program tests accurately measure achievement can't think the exam is that skewed.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN STAFF | November 29, 2002
REMAKING WOODLAWN MIDDLE Last year, Brittany Gainey brought more than books and homework to Woodlawn Middle School. She brought fear. This year, the 11-year-old doesn't worry about her safety anymore. She doesn't keep watch for food hurled across the cafeteria. She's no longer afraid of fights in the hallway, or outside the building. In class, she's learning again. "Not as much bad stuff is happening," the seventh-grader said. "This year, I feel much safer." Woodlawn Middle desperately needs such improvement.
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