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July 9, 2012
On June 12, Darlington Elementary School held its fifth-grade farewell with Principal Brenda Taylor officiating the program. Attending the program for the graduating fifth grade students included students from years gone by, State Sen. Barry Glassman; the Rev. Nancy Dilliplane, rector of Grace Memorial Church; Rev. Sarah Standiford, Deer Creek Parish; Nancy Hill, education specialist at Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union; and faculty, staff,...
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Baltimore children's book author Elisabeth Dahl used to walk two or three miles just so she could hang out at the Library of Congress, reveling in the Paris Opera House style-architecture, the 23-karat gold-plated dome and the breathtakingly extensive archives that includes the personal papers of Thomas Jefferson. Dahl married a librarian who works now at Towson University, and the couple celebrated their wedding in the Enoch Pratt Free Library . So 45-year-old writer couldn't be more thrilled that her first published book, a children's novel called "Genie Wishes," was chosen to represent the State of Maryland at the 14 t h annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday.
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December 12, 2011
On Dec. 8, four members of the Howard County Board of Education - Frank Aquino, Sandra French, Janet Siddiqui and Ellen Giles, made a major, anti-child centered decision that this community should be aware of. Their decision to not allow redistricted fifth graders to finish at their current elementary schools clearly delineated who on the board cares about the students of this county and who does not. On the other hand, Brian Meshkin, Allen...
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abornemann@tribune.com | May 6, 2014
Ten-year-old Gillian Blum knew just what to do when she realized that a schedule conflict would prevent her from reading her award-winning letter in person at an April 12 ceremony to recognize the winners of the Letters About Literature contest. So while Gillian was dancing in a recital in Reisterstown, the crowd that had gathered in the Wheeler Auditorium at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore to see winners read their letters instead saw a video of Gillian reading the letter she had written to Brian Selznick, author of "The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 12, 2013
Thousands of fifth-graders around Harford County have pledged never to try tobacco by signing their names on banners that will be exhibited on National Kick Butts Day March 20. Harford County Health Department's Cigarette Restitution Fund Tobacco Program School Health Specialist, Dottie Ruff, teaches students of all ages, throughout the county about the dangers of tobacco, while empowering them to make healthy decisions to refrain from using tobacco...
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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | March 9, 2006
Carroll County school board members unanimously approved a compromise plan last night to move nearly 200 fifth-graders this fall from Hampstead and Manchester elementaries to a cluster of portable classrooms at North Carroll Middle School. The five-member board approved a plan that allows a one-year exemption for Hampstead parents who make a written request to the principal that their children not be moved to North Carroll during the 2006-2007 school year. After that, Hampstead fifth-graders who are bound for North Carroll would be required to attend fifth grade at the middle school.
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By Jill Hudson Neal and Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF | May 25, 1999
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas issued a set of rulings to fifth-graders at Laurel Woods Elementary School yesterday: Turn off the television. Learn how to use and enjoy the local public library. Study as much and as hard as you can.Whether his guidelines will be carried out is another matter, but the nation's second African-American justice held the enthusiastic youngsters' attention for more than an hour at the North Laurel school.He spoke to about 50 pupils who invited him to explain the workings of the judicial branch of the federal government, a subject they are studying in social studies classes.
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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | February 19, 2006
Parents may soon find out whether nearly 200 rising fifth-graders from Hampstead and Manchester elementaries will be relocated in the fall to a cluster of portable classrooms at North Carroll Middle School. While many parents may have thought the question was settled when board members recently rejected a modified proposal to move the children, that was not the case. To ease crowded conditions, Superintendent Charles I. Ecker has proposed moving all of next fall's fifth-graders from Manchester and about half of the fifth-graders from Hampstead to portable classrooms at North Carroll Middle.
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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | January 29, 2006
A recent proposal to move rising fifth-graders from Manchester and Hampstead elementary schools to North Carroll Middle School beginning in the fall has parents worried about preparing their children for the transition. To ease crowding at the elementary schools, school officials want to shift nearly 200 pupils - all of next fall's fifth-graders from Manchester and about half of the fifth-graders from Hampstead - to portables at North Carroll Middle. The move - estimated to cost about $280,000 for additional teachers and staff - would relieve crowding at the elementary schools and provide flexibility to move pupils around those buildings as construction of full-day kindergarten classrooms begins, school officials said.
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By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer,Sun Reporter | April 15, 2007
The two fifth-graders faced each other as they prepared to throw their next word volleys. "I'll see thee hanged, spleeny, rough-hewn pigeon egg," Anthony Gunther, 10, said to Jessica Cunningham, also 10. "Away, I say, thou goatish, fool-born giglet," Jessica replied. Down the hall in another classroom at East Middle School, a different spirit reigned. "Dear Josh," said eighth-grader Nick Schultz, 13, as he selected lines from an imaginary love letter to Romeo from Juliet, "Thou art the rising sun that I adore."
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
It was an opportunity no kid could pass up: a rare permission to spray-paint school property - with grown-ups watching, no less. Students at Bryant Woods Elementary weren't creating graffiti. Instead, they stenciled "DON'T DUMP, CHESAPEAKE BAY DRAINAGE" in green lettering on a white background atop a storm drain - part of the school's efforts to educate Howard County residents about ways to protect the Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary. Bryant Woods' entire student body, as well as teachers, administrators and guests, gathered at one of the schools concrete-and-metal drains last week and cheered as a group of fifth-graders kicked off the Columbia school's Storm Drain Stenciling Project.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 12, 2013
Thousands of fifth-graders around Harford County have pledged never to try tobacco by signing their names on banners that will be exhibited on National Kick Butts Day March 20. Harford County Health Department's Cigarette Restitution Fund Tobacco Program School Health Specialist, Dottie Ruff, teaches students of all ages, throughout the county about the dangers of tobacco, while empowering them to make healthy decisions to refrain from using tobacco...
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2012
Youngsters opened a classroom door at Crofton Elementary School and entered what appeared to be a crime scene: a masking-tape outline of a body, a hammer, a tennis ball covered with dog hair and a "Caution: Do Not Cross" sign. They were walking in on a mock incident as part of their weeklong Crime Scene and Chemistry Camp, which introduces rising first- through fifth-graders to the ways that real-life detectives use science to solve crimes. The camp, held this week, draws students who have interest in mysteries yet are mostly unfamiliar with detective skills.
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July 9, 2012
On June 12, Darlington Elementary School held its fifth-grade farewell with Principal Brenda Taylor officiating the program. Attending the program for the graduating fifth grade students included students from years gone by, State Sen. Barry Glassman; the Rev. Nancy Dilliplane, rector of Grace Memorial Church; Rev. Sarah Standiford, Deer Creek Parish; Nancy Hill, education specialist at Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union; and faculty, staff,...
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Dan Rodricks | March 28, 2012
The shad, America's founding fish, has started its annual run up the Chesapeake Bay and into the Susquehanna River, and here in Maryland, Land of Pleasant Living, there's been a run of foolish facts, too. My email box has been full of them lately, a sudden spring run stirred to life by recent columns on Maryland's many millionaires and the wild idea that they should pay income taxes at a higher rate than the rest of us. "Your commentary this...
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2012
The idea of dancing with a boy sent several fifth-grade girls at Gunpowder Elementary into a tailspin. Jen Holland even gathered 25 signatures on a petition to curtail the lessons, but ultimately she left the paper at home. Four days into the week of lessons, the petitioners were swinging, swaying and mastering all manner of intricate steps with boys in the lead. "It was a lot better than I thought," Jen said. About 90 fifth graders donned their best dancing duds for a recital Friday, capping off a week of lessons in cha-cha, merengue, tango and swing at the Perry Hall school.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1996
Carroll County schools posted the second-highest overall score in the Maryland School Performance and Assessment Program this year, with fifth-graders showing the biggest gains.School officials beamed as they released the results of the tests taken in early May. Although scores rose in most categories, fifth-graders were the stars who ranked first in the state in three of the six categories.Students who took the test in May as fifth-graders are now in sixth grade. That group showed large gains for the county as third-graders.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | October 28, 2000
NAACP officials last night released a report showing that African-American students in Maryland public schools continue to lag behind their peers in statewide testing. "Our worst nightmare was true," said Natalie Woodson, education chairwoman for the NAACP's state conference of branches, which is meeting this weekend in Timonium. "We're not here to regurgitate the negative data. We're here to look at it objectively and see what we're doing to turn it around." After Woodson's announcement and release of statistics, NAACP education leaders gathered in a panel discussion to share possible ways to close the achievement gap. All 24 Maryland school systems were included in the report, which separated African-Americans' scores on the 1999 Maryland School Performance Assessment Program from all other scores.
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January 17, 2012
It was, if recollection is accurate, in the fifth grade that I got my first thoroughgoing instruction in English grammar and usage. My fifth- and sixth-grade English teacher, Mrs. Jessie Perkins, and my seventh- and eighth-grade English teacher, Mrs. Elizabeth Craig, redoubtable women both, took the same attitude toward English that Miss Prism took toward Fiction: The good end happily and the bad unhappily. There are Rules, they are known, they are to be applied universally, and violators pay a price.
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December 12, 2011
On Dec. 8, four members of the Howard County Board of Education - Frank Aquino, Sandra French, Janet Siddiqui and Ellen Giles, made a major, anti-child centered decision that this community should be aware of. Their decision to not allow redistricted fifth graders to finish at their current elementary schools clearly delineated who on the board cares about the students of this county and who does not. On the other hand, Brian Meshkin, Allen...
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