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By SHERRY GRAHAM and SHERRY GRAHAM,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 17, 1995
CERTAIN BIRTHDAYS are recognized as milestones. A 40th birthday is one, and students, staff and administration at Freedom Elementary School are kicking off a yearlong celebration of their school's anniversary.The school was dedicated during the third week of October 1955 and the PTA anniversary planning committee has scheduled events to commemorate the school's opening.Yesterday, students received a slice of birthday cake from one of several large sheet cakes baked for the occasion. The children enjoyed the school-shaped cake created by Teresa Burdinski.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 17, 2010
Wendy J. Johnston, a longtime Carroll County elementary school educator, died Monday of breast cancer at her parents' York Springs, Pa., home. She was 47. Wendy Jane Weaver, the daughter of a career naval officer and a homemaker, was born in Bremerton, Wash. After graduating from Westminster High School in 1981, she earned a bachelor's degree in education from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College. She also held a master's equivalency in education, also from Western Maryland.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | April 2, 1995
A packed house at Freedom Elementary rocked to the beat of 40-year-old songs.The Eldersburg school kicked off its 40th anniversary Thursday with a nostalgic review of the 1950s, performed with appropriate coolness by the third grade.About 125 8- and 9-year-old children became foot-stomping, finger-snapping teeny-boppers, swaying to the music, popular in era when their parents were the students."These kids are really grooving," said Dave Anderson, a third-grade teacher and Freedom faculty member for 23 years.
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By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer,Sun Reporter | May 13, 2007
In a matter of minutes, the third-graders from Freedom District Elementary stepped off their yellow school bus in 2007 and leapt back in time to 1807. There were no screens on house windows to keep out flies. No electric lights to illuminate their homework at night. And, for once, the students had to consider that bedbugs were real -- and might actually bite. Those revelations, interspersed with games and a taste of 19th-century fashion, were part of a tour of a historic Westminster home on Main Street, and a lesson on life in Carroll County two centuries ago. Named for its different owners, the Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House was built in 1807 and restored in 1991, said Timmi Pierce, the Historical Society of Carroll County's executive director.
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By Sherry Graham and Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 5, 1996
I LOVE to visit museums. The national museums in Washington have always held a special interest for me and my children. The wax museums in Gettysburg and Harpers Ferry also are favorites.But there is a "wax museum" in the Eldersburg that seems to grow more famous each year -- this one is run by the third-graders at Freedom Elementary School.In its seventh year, the wax museum project is held in conjunction with a February study of American history, black history and an integrated language arts unit on biographies.
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By Sherry Graham and Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 14, 1997
KINDERGARTEN students at Freedom Elementary School had a visit with some unusual creatures yesterday.Spider, hermit and horseshoe crabs, sea stars and snails were the subject of study as the National Aquarium in Baltimore presented its "Slither, Slide, Creep and Crawl" program for the first time at Freedom.Thanks to the aquarium's Outreach Program, Karen Weber's and Karen Varelli's students had the opportunity to get a close look at these common marine invertebrates.An aquarium educator led the children in discussions about the animals' movements and eating habits.
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By Sherry Graham and Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 19, 1996
FRIDAY WAS a significant day in the history of the Freedom Elementary School PTA.The organization received the Gold Seal Award, the highest award bestowed by the Maryland Congress of Parents and Teachers Inc., for its work during the 1995-1996 school year. The Gold Seal recognizes excellence in serving the needs of the students and the community.The award was presented at the state PTA convention at the Hunt Valley Marriott. Present to receive the award were Principal Larry W. Thompson, PTA President Tina Crockett and PTA Vice President Joan Swiston.
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By SHERRY GRAHAM | November 15, 1994
Freedom Elementary recently played host to a bunch of bad actors -- nature's bad actors. They arrived in a motor home, traveling in small animal carriers and long wooden crates.Bev Stuhr and her assistant Linda Janssen traveled from Iowa in a motor home filled with unusual animals to teach Freedom students that nature's bad actors are really good guys in disguise. Their assortment of lizards, turtles, iguanas, crocodiles, a snake and a skunk kept the children fascinated for nearly an hour.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | September 9, 1997
Today is the annual back-to-school night for Freedom Elementary School, the fall ritual in which the children stay home and parents come to school to meet the staff, hear an inspiring message from the principal and tour the building.Scratch that last option about a tour -- this year, crowding has forced Freedom to have back-to-school night a few miles down the road at Oklahoma Road Middle School.For one thing, Freedom can't fit all its parents into the cafeteria comfortably.But the truly impossible situation is the parking lot, which would be inadequate even if the school wasn't 200 students over capacity, said Ginger Halvorsen, PTA president.
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By MAUREEN RICE | March 9, 1993
It's not summer, but the Baltimore Orioles have the attention of their fans. Quite a few of those fans will be delighted at the appearance of the Oriole Bird, who will visit Freedom Elementary School on Thursday as part of the promotion of the new "Cal Bars" candy bars (for Cal Ripken, whose picture is on the candy wrapper)."We were hoping that the Bird would come," said Tina Crockett, fund raising chairperson for the school PTA, "but we didn't receive confirmation until this weekend. Because we weren't sure we didn't tell the kids, so an awful lot of them will be very surprised."
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By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,SUN REPORTER | October 1, 2006
Pressing for substantive changes, Carroll County's school board president said the recent flap over how the district prioritizes its construction projects has shown that the process must be improved to include clearer goals and better communication. "Sometimes we have a tendency to become complacent in our decision-making," board president Thomas G. Hiltz said. "We say this is the way they've always been done." But he said it is not acceptable to be guided by "the way we've done it all the time."
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By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,[SUN REPORTER] | September 17, 2006
Moving up an addition at Freedom Elementary to accommodate all-day kindergarten, advancing the fine arts addition at South Carroll High and delaying by a year plans for a South Carroll-area middle school are among several changes to the Carroll County school system's proposed building-projects budget request. Because this prioritization doesn't mirror an earlier school-system document -- called the facilities master plan -- at least one school board member is concerned about the apparent reordering of priorities.
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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | August 13, 2006
Noting skyrocketing construction costs, Carroll County school officials are seeking $115 million from state and local coffers for the next fiscal year to keep pace with growth and provide all-day kindergarten. "We're seeing a 150 percent increase in costs," facilities director Ray Prokop said during last week's school board meeting. "It's going to give everyone fits." Building Winters Mill High, which opened in 2002, cost about $34.5 million, Prokop said. Now, estimates are that a new high school in the northeast would cost $66 million, he said.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2004
When Sharon Kirin heard that Carroll County school administrators had proposed a policy change that would allow all elementary children, including those currently designated as walkers, to take a bus to school, the Eldersburg mother had to see it to believe it. She and her neighbors, after all, have been fighting for nearly five months to persuade school officials to allow their children to take the bus to nearby Freedom Elementary School rather than...
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | December 28, 2003
Sharon Kirin was trying to have her son's bus stop moved closer to their Eldersburg home when she found out that her 5-year-old would not be allowed on the bus at all for much longer. With the roads of their new housing development nearly complete and their quiet cul-de-sac just eight-tenths of a mile from Freedom Elementary School, Kirin's son and 31 other neighborhood children were soon to be designated by the school system as walkers. "That really surprised me because I had not realized that anybody walked to Freedom.
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November 24, 2002
The Maryland State Department of Education has recognized 23 Carroll County public schools for qualifying for the School Performance Recognition Program. Cash awards are given to elementary and middle schools that show substantial and sustained progress toward achieving state standards for school performance in reading and math. The program provides an incentive for schools to improve and recognizes teachers, principals, parents and community members for bringing about positive change in student learning.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 27, 1996
The fifth-grade students at Freedom Elementary feasted like their Pilgrim and Native American forebears yesterday.Their costumes were paper, and the cuisine was heated in crock pots, but the children easily created the conviviality of shared Thanksgiving meals.The celebration began with "The Unthankful Pilgrim," a drama of a settler disheartened by harsh winters and the loss of family."But he became thankful when his friends reminded him of all he had," said Josh Lapps, who played the lead.
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January 22, 1993
Freedom pupils are winners in competitionsThe following students were Freedom Elementary School finalists in the National Geography Bee:J. D. Siverts, grade 5; Kyle Mitchell, grade 4; Martha Louks, grade 5; James Engler, grade 5; Tim McLaren, grade 4; Shannon Mokry, grade 4; Stephen Moody, grade 5; Jimmy Farrell, grade 5; Dorothy Koch, grade 5; and Adam Hunsicker, grade 4.The following fifth-graders were winners in the Safety Belt Poster Contest:Christopher Smith,...
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January 17, 2001
" 'The Swamp Thing' by Erica Farber is about L.C. and the gang going to a real swamp. They come face-to-face with the swamp thing, but it turns out to be a swamp crocodile. My favorite part was when they went home." -- Stephen Kaputsos Northfield Elementary "I enjoyed reading 'Kittens in the Kitchen' by Ben Baglio. It is about a cat named Walton who has kittens in the neighbor's kitchen. My favorite part was when old, grouchy Mr. And Mrs. Williams decided to take Walton because they wanted a cat to keep them company, even though Mr. Williams hates cats.
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