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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2011
Four Seasons Elementary School fifth-grader Jewel Golston wants to be president when she grows up, and already she's putting in time learning leadership skills for the job. Jewel joined about 400 Anne Arundel fourth- and fifth-graders in the public school system's second annual Elementary School Leadership Conference on Thursday at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. County high school students from its student government association helped lead workshops at the conference, which Anne Arundel school officials say is the only one of its kind in the state for elementary school students.
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August 28, 2014
Contrary to letter writer Marilyn Pettiway's claim that the media's coverage of Baltimore County School Supt. Dallas Dance has been unfair, The Sun and other outlets not only have reported fairly but have conscientiously followed Mr. Dance's outrageous actions that have cause havoc in every corner of Baltimore County over the last year ( "Stop beating up on county school superintendent Dallas Dance Aug. 25). In November, when the parents of Hereford High School sought to keep in place a schedule that has had proven success for 22 years and which was not only in place at Hereford but several other county schools as well, they contacted state Sen. James Brochin and Del. Wade Kach to assist parents in their efforts when Mr. Dance refused to meet with them.
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By Steve Jones | October 31, 2012
A beautiful fall afternoon provides youngsters with many options. Last week, more than 100 area schoolchildren chose to steer clear of video games and stay outside instead after they got out of class. Riderwood Elementary School was awash in runners on Oct. 23, as students from that school were joined by runners from eight other schools for the last scheduled elementary-school cross country event of the season. Cromwell Valley, Stoneleigh, Hampton, Rodgers Forge, Pinewood, West Towson and Kingsville elementary school students also participated in the program, where youngsters from grades three to five competed in six separate races in boys' and girls' divisions.
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By Sue Van Essen, svanessen@hotmail.com | April 4, 2014
By the time the kids are in fifth grade, many school volunteers find it time to go back to work and are no longer able to volunteer. Not so for Ron and Wendy Duncan . But then again, they're not parents of elementary students, they're grandparents! They started volunteering when their grandson started kindergarten at Oakleigh Elementary; six years later, they are still there. As the boy moved up a grade, they moved up but they also continued to volunteer in the grades he completed.
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By Lyn Backe and Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 24, 1997
WHEN THE archaeologists of the 31st century work their way down past R2D2 and C3PO, they may be impressed, but when they arrive at the substratum that was Eastport in 1997, they could be truly amazed, perhaps finding the remains of a robot built at Eastport Elementary School in March of that year.The android is the work of third-grader Morgan Dowd and fifth-graders Jeremy Browning and Katie Lewellyn, who are among eight Eastport Elementary students who participated in the recent Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament at Southern High School.
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By PAT BRODOWSKI | March 22, 1995
Fourth-graders at Hampstead Elementary School are designing T-shirts to celebrate what they do best.The T-shirts will depict "baseball, music notes, a math problem, all types of symbols or terms to illustrate their strengths," said vocal music teacher Julie Hollenberg. "Our art teacher, Barbara Hammond, is helping students represent areas that are their strengths on the T-shirts."The shirts designed by the 95 students will constitute the costumes for the fourth-grade spring musical production, "Celebrate You and Me."
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By Sherry Joe and Sherry Joe,Staff Writer | November 30, 1993
As the chief executive officer of "Elkridge Continental Savings Bank," Lauren Vint presides over the board of directors' meeting and keeps track of the bank's weekly deposits.But Lauren is not some seasoned Wall Street financier.She's a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Elkridge Elementary School, where students learn about the world of finance in a 3-year-old partnership between the school and Elkridge National Bank."The kids are really into it and really enjoy it," said Stacey Fishman, a fifth-grade teacher who helps coordinate the program.
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By Christy Kruhm and Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 19, 1996
WHILE THOUSANDS of athletes around the world are preparing to compete for Olympic gold this summer in Atlanta, hundreds of students are "reading for the gold" at Mount Airy Elementary School.The theme for this school year's reading incentive program parallels the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The elementary students are being asked to focus on developing lifelong gold medal reading habits.Students who reach their monthly reading goals will be declared "Gold Medal Readers" and receive a sticker.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,special to the sun | September 12, 2007
When Janayah Trabilsy, 7, learned she would be taking technology classes as part of her third-grade curriculum at Talbott Springs Elementary School, she was excited. "I thought it was cool," she said. She was using a computer at home to play games. But as she worked on a project in Ruth Walker's technology class Monday at the Columbia school, she was learning things that were new to her, such as how to save files and how to drag and drop icons. The class is part of a Howard County school system initiative to enhance computer training.
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By Liz Bowie and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
A decade after passage of a federal law requiring statewide school assessments, nearly 90 percent of Maryland's elementary students are passing their reading and math tests, but that success does not continue when students hit middle school. Last school year, 69 percent of students passed the math tests in eighth grade, up nearly 3 percentage points from the year before. Achievement in reading was at 79.8 percent. Middle school math scores were the low point in the latest Maryland School Assessment results, released Tuesday by the state, and are likely to be a focus of attention for a number of school systems in the coming months.
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By Dan Singer | March 3, 2014
Community members and education advocates filled Bethany Community Church on Saturday morning for the Laurel-based nonprofit Side by Side's fifth annual fundraiser breakfast and silent auction. Side by Side, launched in 2009 by former Laurel Leader editor Joe Murchison, works to support families and educators in the Prince George's County School System. The nonprofit's flagship program, Great Start, is a series of teacher-led workshops that help preschool through second-grade parents engage their children academically.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2013
Maryland's top court upheld the convictions this week of Karl Marshall Walker Jr. a former Columbia elementary school worker whose love letters to an 8-year-old girl at the school led to precedent-setting convictions on charges of sexual abuse of a minor and attempted sexual abuse of a minor. Walker acknowledged that his behavior was inappropriate, but maintained that he neither molested nor sexually exploited the girl, nor had he tried to, and his lawyers said he was the first person in the state to be convicted of sexual abuse without evidence of physical sexual contact.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2012
An elementary school student threatened a schoolmate with a bb gun during a morning school bus ride Wednesday in Northwest Baltimore, according to a city schools spokeswoman. Both students were boys, on a bus bound for Arlington Elementary School, said Edie House Foster, the spokeswoman. The threat was reported to school officials, and an investigation was launched by school police. House Foster said she did not know who reported the threat, nor did she know whether school police were able to find the weapon involved.
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By Steve Jones | October 31, 2012
A beautiful fall afternoon provides youngsters with many options. Last week, more than 100 area schoolchildren chose to steer clear of video games and stay outside instead after they got out of class. Riderwood Elementary School was awash in runners on Oct. 23, as students from that school were joined by runners from eight other schools for the last scheduled elementary-school cross country event of the season. Cromwell Valley, Stoneleigh, Hampton, Rodgers Forge, Pinewood, West Towson and Kingsville elementary school students also participated in the program, where youngsters from grades three to five competed in six separate races in boys' and girls' divisions.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
Charlesmont Elementary in Dundalk chose Sept. 14, the anniversary of the bombardment of Fort McHenry, to launch its War of 1812 interactive learning center. The students held a flag ceremony and demonstrated how they are mastering 19th-century history with an assist from 21st-century technology. The school's one-stop resource center offers materials to engage children and adults in the history of the War of 1812. The computer lab, a project of Maryland Public Television, the National Park Service, Friends of Fort McHenry and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, features interactive role-playing games and provides educators with lesson plans and electronic field trips.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2012
Maryland School Assessment test results have been revised for some Anne Arundel County students, causing the county's overall scores to fall slightly from what was reported earlier. Revisions were made to include results from a modified version of the test (known as MOD-MSA) that school officials said was taken by special-education students unable to take the regular MSA. Anne Arundel officials said that 1.6 percent of students were administered the MOD-MSA but the MOD-MSA scores were not factored in when results were reported in July.
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By Stephen Henderson and Stephen Henderson,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1998
The Baltimore City school board gave the go-ahead yesterday to development of a citywide, phonics-based elementary curriculum -- a move that could end the years-long practice of scattered and piecemeal reading instruction in city schools.The board hopes that the new curriculum -- part of more than $65 million in reforms that make up the board's first-year initiatives under a legally mandated master plan -- will help boost chronically low reading scores among city elementary school students.
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By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Staff Writer | January 5, 1993
The redistricting wars are about to begin.Anne Arundel County School Superintendent C. Berry Carter II is to make his recommendation tomorrow on the redrawing of school boundaries in Pasadena and Annapolis and the shifting of students at Fort Meade-area elementary schools.Traditionally any talk of redistricting has led to numerous battles between parents who don't want to see their children moved and school officials who are trying to accommodate growth in crowded schools.This school year has proven to be no different.
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The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
WEATHER The National Weather Service is calling for Thursday to be mostly sunny in the Baltimore area, with a high near 94 and southeast winds 5 to 8 miles per hour in the morning. Thursday night is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low around 76 and south winds around 6 miles per hour or less. Friday is expected to be partly sunny, with a high near 91 and winds around 5 miles per hour in the afternoon. TRAFFIC Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues as you plan your commute.
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By Liz Bowie and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
A decade after passage of a federal law requiring statewide school assessments, nearly 90 percent of Maryland's elementary students are passing their reading and math tests, but that success does not continue when students hit middle school. Last school year, 69 percent of students passed the math tests in eighth grade, up nearly 3 percentage points from the year before. Achievement in reading was at 79.8 percent. Middle school math scores were the low point in the latest Maryland School Assessment results, released Tuesday by the state, and are likely to be a focus of attention for a number of school systems in the coming months.
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