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By Rob Kasper | September 21, 1996
I WENT TO "parents' night" at my kids' school recently. When I was a kid, about the only time your parents showed up at school was when you were in danger of expulsion. But nowadays schools have these get-acquainted evenings during which teachers meet parents. The emphasis is on the "joy of learning" instead of "the likelihood of detention."Like most properly run households, ours operates with exacting precision. The other night, for instance, the original plan called for my wife to represent the family at the school.
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By Jonathon Rondeau | September 4, 2014
Throughout the Baltimore City school year, student success will be measured in the traditional ways, through test scores and grades, and, for high school seniors, by whether or not they graduate. While tracking such standards is vital to understanding student achievement and progress as well as the success of our school system as a whole, another key indicator deserves far more focused attention: attendance. For students to succeed in school, they have to be in school. And not enough of Baltimore City students are attending school as much as they should.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | September 5, 1996
To whom it may concern:This note is to explain why Marcus was absent yesterday, the first day of school in the city of Baltimore. He was unfortunately detained with Tony and Nicole and Christine and Frank and Jamahl and Crystal and Gary and Nefiteria and David and Darnell and dozens of other children. When last seen yesterday morning, they were all in Room 125 of the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse. They were waiting for attorneys to represent them in Juvenile Court. All classroom activities will have to commence without them.
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By Dallas Dance | August 26, 2014
Tomorrow is not just the first day of the 2014-2015 school year for 110,000 students in Baltimore County Public Schools. It's also the launch of initiatives to create opportunity-rich environments in every school, in every classroom and for every student. It has never been more important to educate students to high levels for their own individual success as well as the success of our county and nation. However, decades of data tell us that far too often being a student of color or a student from a low-income family correlates to lower academic achievement.
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February 28, 1993
Attention schoolchildren: Think twice before you jump with joy the next time school is called off for snow this year, should that happen again.Friday's snow day already could mean an extra day tacked onto the end of the school year, and any more snow days will just add to that, pending a school board action.Carroll school officials had figured on three snow days when they set up the calendar for the 1992-1993 school year that was to end June 17. But Friday was the fourth day that schools closed because of snow.
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By JACQUES KELLY | September 11, 2004
THIS WAS the first September when Julia Hoopper could not make a big deal of someone in my family going off for a first day at school. She was our longtime Guilford Avenue neighbor and died in June, leaving characteristic instructions that there was to be no send-off, just a Druid Ridge graveside service. That was her way. Were she living, Julia would have sent a package to my sister's twin girls, who entered the first grade this week. Julia was our next-door friend on Guilford Avenue from 1925 to 1994, when she elected to give up her family's house for a retirement home.
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By JACQUES KELLY | September 6, 1994
That first day in the first grade turned bad when my Hopalong Cassidy Thermos bottle sprang a leak and the butter went rancid on my chicken sandwich.It was the Tuesday after Labor Day 1956. My sister Ellen and I, dressed in unworn, scratchy school uniforms, were each off to school. The first son and the first daughter, we were what my mother called her Irish twins, born 10 months and 28 days apart.As if that day didn't bring enough apprehension, the neighbors on each side of the family house on Guilford Avenue assembled bright and early.
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Sun Staff | June 16, 2002
For students and teachers alike, the last day of school is a time to celebrate -- summer vacation has finally arrived. But it can also bring moments of melancholy. Friends part. Lockers empty. Things change. The Sun asked nine students at Park School in Brooklandville to chronicle their vision of the last day of school. Each was given a disposable camera, a notebook and a simple instruction: Show us what it's like. The budding photojournalists, who ranged in age from 9 to 17, say Friday, June 7, was a typical last day -- filled with hugs and tears, exhaustion and manic energy.
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By This article was written and reported by Sun staff writers Rafael Alvarez, Carol Bowers, Ed Heard, Tanya Jones, Jackie Powder, Lisa Respers and Jean Thompson | August 29, 1995
An article in yesterday's editions of The Sun gave an incorrect comparison between the population of Randleman, N.C., and Howard High School's student body. The Ellicott City school has about 1,500 students. The North Carolina town has about 2,600 residents.The Sun regrets the error.As Chuck Berry, that great scholar of American adolescence, once sang: "Up in the morning and off to school . . ."Across Maryland this week, about 385,000 children in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Howard and Baltimore counties will do just that as another year of school lies before them, blank as a freshly erased chalkboard.
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August 22, 1993
First day for teachers: Aug. 31Last day of school: June 17Winter vacation: Dec. 24 through Jan. 2Spring break: March 31 through April 5Days report cards are distributed: Nov. 5; Jan. 27; April 15; June 17Lunch prices:Elementary: $1.15Middle and high school: $1.30Adult: $2.25Milk: 30 centsBreakfast: 75 centsImmunizations (shots) required: Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, rubella, measles, mumps and Haemophilus influenza Type Equipment: Required supplies vary by school, grade and teacher.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
At the front door of a home near Holabird Academy in Southeast Baltimore, new city schools CEO Gregory Thornton and the Baltimore Oriole Bird mascot greeted a gaggle of young children with fresh uniforms and backpacks, all ready for the first day of school. Thornton high-fived the children, his enthusiasm matching that of the grade-schoolers. He gestured toward the Oriole Bird. "Do you know that he's my friend?" "Oriole Bird your friend?" a tiny girl asked incredulously. Inside, a woman shrieked with laughter as the girl cautiously shook the mascot's hand.
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August 14, 2014
I live in Mays Chapel North and now have an elementary school in my backyard. Come a few weeks from now and our peaceful senior development will be chaos, with school buses and screaming children ("Kamenetz is a bully; put him in his place on election day," Aug. 9). We raised our children and are mostly grandparents, so we have nothing against kids, just politicians who are power hungry and are the closest thing to dictators. Our beautiful 10-acre park was destroyed by bulldozers along with our peace and quiet.
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By Liz Bowie and By Liz Bowie | April 16, 2014
School districts are finding it hard to get snow day waivers from Maryland School Superintendent Lillian Lowery, who has quickly denied some five-day applications. The superintendent got permission from the state board of education last month to give school districts waivers from the law that requires schools to be in session for 180 days a year. The board said she could give districts up to five days, but Lowery said that districts would have to show they had attempted to make up some of the days lost for bad weather.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2013
There was plenty of excitement and jitters evident in the eyes of children as they attended the first day of school Monday. But Mamie J. Perkins, Anne Arundel County's interim schools superintendent, saw evidence of something else in some young students' eyes. "Are you still a little sleepy?" she asked students at Jones Elementary School at Severna Park, and a few sheepishly nodded yes. In several Jones classrooms, Perkins encouraged kids to go to bed early to get a strong start on day two Tuesday.
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By Mary K. Tilghman | August 26, 2013
Susan Menefee and Erin Brice stood near the front door of Relay Elementary School, blinking back tears as they waited for the first day of school to begin. They weren't scared first-graders - or even the mothers of scared first-graders. Brice's twins, Sam and Mikaela, are in third grade this year. "Every year I cry," she said. Menefee's son, Sam, is in the second grade "It's just leaving your kids," she said. "I was excited yesterday, but today…. "It's scary and sad, but exciting," she said.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley wedged himself and his lunch tray between two first-graders at a table at Hillcrest Elementary School in Baltimore County and began eating pieces of banana as he struck up a conversation with the 6-year-olds. Darlene Lopez kept eating her jelly sandwich, except for the crusts, and Mazzy Dring pointed out her first-day-of-school outfit. Neither was impressed that a governor would drop by for lunch on their first day of school, but perhaps that was because neither one knew who the man with the gray hair was, nor did they know what a governor does.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | August 30, 1994
A leaky roof. A teary-eyed mother. A false fire alarm that left children in the rain.A total of 23,948 children walked into the halls and classrooms for the first day at Carroll County schools yesterday, bringing no more than the usual number of mix-ups, tears and the like, officials said."
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By Dianne Williams Hayes and Dianne Williams Hayes,Staff writer | June 14, 1991
The smell of summer vacation is in the air. And students at Severna Park Elementary were eager to take it in.In most classrooms, yesterday's final day of school was marked by flowers and gifts showered on favorite teachers and desks covered with pizzas and snacks.Throughout the school, hugs and excitement greeted the close of another school year. A group of students sat in the principal's officewaiting for a pizza delivery, while parents dropped off gifts for teachers. School secretaries Pat Striffer and Sandie Castle were showered with brownies, flowers and cards.
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By Kristine Henry and The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
I hope you have child-care plans lined up because Baltimore County Public Schools said today that the last day of classes will be Friday, June 14, instead of Tuesday, June 18. More information here: http://www.bcps.org/news/articles/article3220.html
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