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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 5, 1999
Crofton Middle School will be closed today while consultants try to find the source of repeated heating system leaks in recent weeks that have resulted in a noxious odor, pupil evacuations and at least two instances of illness.In a letter sent home with pupils yesterday, Superintendent Carol S. Parham said several outside consulting firms will examine the school's mechanical and ventilations systems and sample the air quality.Parham said a report on the inspection will be presented at a community forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school.
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April 5, 2013
Crofton redistricting OK'd The Anne Arundel County Board of Education unanimously approved Wednesday a plan that will redistrict Crofton-area schools beginning in 2014. The plan has the following provisions: •Students who live in the area of Wilson's Grove, also known as the Enclave at Reidel Pond, will be redistricted from Crofton Meadows Elementary and Arundel Middle school, and instead will go to Nantucket Elementary and Crofton Middle. Students who now attend Arundel High will stay there.
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By Nancy Gallant and Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 26, 2002
WHEN THE CLOSING bell rings at Crofton Middle School, more than 100 children ignore the school buses and the sidewalks leading home. They stay after school for hours to practice dance steps, learn their lines and prepare for next week's production of 42nd Street. This is the fifth year that Crofton Middle School parents and children have produced a spring musical. The process began in the fall when the youngsters auditioned for parts on the stage and in the ensembles. Valerie Gerheiser, one of the show's mother-producers, reports that this year's group of pupils is the largest yet. She is impressed by the enthusiasm, hard work and talent the youngsters have brought to the project.
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By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,Sun Reporter | September 5, 2006
Lauded for their innovative teaching styles, unique abilities to build relationships with students and parents, and unwavering dedication to their profession, seven Maryland educators recently were named finalists for the 2006-2007 state Teacher of the Year. Among the seven are a middle school language arts teacher from Anne Arundel County and a high school science teacher from Carroll County. Susan Casler, who spent two decades in the corporate world before becoming an educator, teaches seventh- and eighth-grade language arts at Crofton Middle School.
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By Nancy Gallant and Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 13, 2001
MORE THAN 1,000 people gathered at Crofton Middle School to celebrate the nation and the veterans who served to keep it strong. The school's third annual Veterans Day ceremony was held Friday in front of the school. The program was organized by Col. Bill Holmes, retired from the Army and from his second career as a teacher at Crofton Middle School. "What a day to be an American," Holmes said as he opened the ceremony. The crisp, clear November air carried the bugler's "Call to Colors" across the crowd of pupils, veterans, parents and friends.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1997
The day after Anne Arundel County school officials suspended the head custodian for making incoherent calls about radon gas at Crofton Middle School, an environmental specialist yesterday installed radon-detection devices in the building.Crofton Middle, as it turns out, is the only school in the county system being monitored regularly for radon.Yesterday, Daniel A. La Hart, the schools' environmental program manager, put detection devices called canisters in three locations at the school.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | October 9, 1997
Radon levels at Crofton Middle School are normal -- despite calls from a distraught janitor warning of big problems -- according to a test completed by the county operations department this week.Crofton Middle, in the 2300 block of Davidsonville Road, is the only school in the county to have tested positive for radon.On Sept. 29, Michael W. Graham, the head janitor, made telephone calls to a number of school system employees warning about radon danger.The next day, Daniel A. La Hart, environmental program manager for Anne Arundel County schools, put 63 radon-sampling canisters in the school.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1997
The Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County sent a letter to Crofton Middle School Principal Richard Berzinski last week telling him: "Your management style, which [teachers] perceive as unnecessarily abrasive, is a serious concern."Serious enough that 37 of the school's 65 teachers went to a two-hour meeting Sept. 25 at Crofton Public Library to discuss what's been going on at the 964-student school since Berzinski took over in June.The examples were harsh. Berzinski chastises teachers in front of other teachers and staff members and engages in "loud, angry and intimidating behavior" in private conferences, too, according to a letter that Bill Jones, a union representative, mailed to Berzinski late last week.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | January 29, 1999
A county fire inspector cited Crofton Middle School Tuesday for violating the state fire code because strobe lights attached to fire alarms to warn deaf students of danger were not working.Firefighters called to the school because of a natural gas leak issued the citation and a repair order on the spot, Battalion Chief Martin P. Pardoe said yesterday. School officials said they did not know whether the lights had been repaired yesterday.Fire inspectors opened an investigation into the school's evacuation procedures Tuesday after students took longer than six minutes to get out of the building.
NEWS
February 2, 1999
LAST WEEK'S confused evacuation at Crofton Middle School should never be repeated. When the potential exists for a real hazard or emergency -- in this case a gas leak -- administrators and teachers need to clear buildings as quickly and safely as possible. The Anne Arundel County school system and EMS/Fire/Rescue department have begun investigating the incident and most likely will offer constructive suggestions to ensure such confusion doesn't recur.When a strange odor was detected near the gymnasium a week ago, Principal Richard Berzinski immediately notified the proper authorities.
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June 11, 2006
Taxpayers funding Baptist Convention Bill of Rights author James Madison is again turning over in his grave. The Maryland attorney general has sided with his son-in-law in extending the unconstitutional Faith-Based Initiatives of the president in Baltimore. State taxpayers will fund a huge National Baptist Convention to debate separation of church and state issues. What a blessing it would be if the taxpayer gift was litigated before the Maryland Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court.
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By KAREN NITKIN and KAREN NITKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 14, 2006
Will Hutchison, an eighth-grader at Crofton Middle School, brought 150 pounds of food to school over four weeks last fall. Though he's a growing 13-year-old, the food wasn't for him. His contribution helped the school tally 75,450 pounds for the Maryland Food Bank's annual Harvest for the Hungry Kids Helping Kids Drive. On Wednesday, Crofton Middle School was honored as the state's top donor to the effort. In fact, Anne Arundel schools took the top four slots and seven of the top 10 out of 365 schools that participated.
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By ANICA BUTLER and ANICA BUTLER,SUN REPORTER | May 10, 2006
Susan Casler was working at an international corporation when she was handed a letter that clearly needed some polishing. To help save the author from embarrassment, she gently coached him in crafting a better missive. It was then, at age 42, that she recognized her true calling. "I realized that one thing I've always been able to do is be a good writer. And I've loved to read good writing. I realized I could make an impact on others," Casler said. Fourteen years later, the seventh- and eighth-grade language arts teacher at Crofton Middle School has been named the Anne Arundel County Public Schools' Teacher of the Year.
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By SARA NEUFELD and SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTER | December 30, 2005
One hundred sixty Maryland public school teachers are among 7,289 teachers nationwide who earned the highest credential in the teaching profession, National Board Certification, in 2005. There are a total of 47,503 teachers - 659 in Maryland - certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Applying for the certification is voluntary. Teachers go through a rigorous application process that typically lasts more than a year and requires them to demonstrate how their activities, inside the classroom and out, improve student achievement.
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By Linda Linley and Linda Linley,SUN STAFF | November 28, 2002
Thanks to some friendly competition between two Carroll County schools, volunteers at Shepherd's Staff outreach ministry won't be running out of cranberry sauce today when they serve their traditional turkey dinner at St. John Catholic Church in Westminster. It all started with a challenge: New Windsor Middle School pupils asked members of a special education resource class at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown to match a can of sauce for every napkin holder made at New Windsor. When the contest was over, Northwest Middle pupils had collected 356 cans of sauce and New Windsor pupils had made 350 napkins holders and 300 favors for the tables, said Ellen Bower, a Northwest Middle School special education instructional assistant.
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By Laura Loh and Laura Loh,SUN STAFF | November 22, 2002
A special education teacher at Crofton Middle School has filed a second-degree assault charge against the principal, accusing him of grabbing and bruising her arm last month. Rose Marie Brohawn, who filed the charge last week, recounted the incident in an interview yesterday. She said the principal, Richard Berzinski, came into her office Oct. 4 and demanded that she get off the phone. When Brohawn refused and turned her back on him to continue her conversation with the parent of a pupil, Berzinski became angry, she said.
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By KAREN NITKIN and KAREN NITKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 14, 2006
Will Hutchison, an eighth-grader at Crofton Middle School, brought 150 pounds of food to school over four weeks last fall. Though he's a growing 13-year-old, the food wasn't for him. His contribution helped the school tally 75,450 pounds for the Maryland Food Bank's annual Harvest for the Hungry Kids Helping Kids Drive. On Wednesday, Crofton Middle School was honored as the state's top donor to the effort. In fact, Anne Arundel schools took the top four slots and seven of the top 10 out of 365 schools that participated.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | February 10, 1999
Carol S. Parham, the Anne Arundel County superintendent of schools, called last night for a school and community committee to study air-quality problems at Crofton Middle School. The announcement, made at a meeting at the school for parents and teachers, came two weeks after gas leaks and other suspicious odors prompted six evacuations in as many school days.James L. Coggins, president of Energy Applications, a Columbia-based environmental consulting firm, recommended the committee, along with bringing in an occupational health physician to consult with faculty members and parents.
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