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By Sherrie Ruhl and Sherrie Ruhl,Sun Staff Writer | April 16, 1995
The Harford County Council will decide Tuesday night whether to allow the county school board to spend an additional $529,000 renovating Havre de Grace Elementary School.In 1993, the school system estimated that Havre de Grace Elementary would need about $2.3 million in renovations.The 45-year-old school, much of which had never been renovated, had numerous problems, including an electrical system so outdated that air conditioners and fans tripped circuit breakers.The school also needed basics, such as new doors and windows, and an elevator so that students with disabilities could reach the second floor.
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BY MARISSA GALLO | Record staff | March 28, 2012
A fourth-grader at Havre de Grace Elementary School has been named a 2012 Carson Scholar for her academic achievement and inspiring essay written about one of her teachers. Gabriella Vega is the winner of a $1,000 Ben Carson reading scholarship, which will go toward her college education. She was honored during the Havre de Grace City Council meeting March 19, and even had the dubious honor of sitting on the dais during the first part of the meeting. According to the scholarship's website, carsonscholars.org, the award is given to students between fourth and 11th grades "who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities.
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BUSINESS
By NANCY JONES-BONBREST and NANCY JONES-BONBREST,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 17, 2007
Mary Sampson Family liaison, Havre de Grace Elementary School Harford County public schools Salary -- $25,000 Age: -- 65 Years on the job -- 25 How she got started -- Sampson didn't start working outside her home until she turned 40. By that time, the youngest of her five children was attending middle school. With experience as both a Girl Scout leader and as children's director at her church, she decided she wanted work with young children and applied to the local elementary school.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2008
The playground at Havre de Grace Elementary School wasn't very inviting. It contained metal bars and slides, and it didn't engage the children when they played outside during recess. There were safety concerns, and the play areas were not accessible to the disabled. "The playground was so antiquated, the county executive remembered that the playground was the same one he played on when he attended the school," said Ginny Popiolek, who has been the supervisor of physical education for elementary and middle schools, and health for K-12, for the past six years.
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By DAN THANH DANG and DAN THANH DANG,SUN REPORTER | December 7, 2005
One in a series of occasional stories highlighting people in the Baltimore area who exemplify the "Spirit of Sharing," The Sun's annual holiday campaign. At Havre de Grace Elementary School, 8-year-old Carol wants a baby doll that giggles. Jacob, 6, hopes for books about sharks and dinosaurs. Asia, 5, wants a toy ATM and kitchen play set. And while 7-year-old Albert and his sister Tomasina, 13, would like toys, they would really love a dresser for their room. In this waterfront town in Harford County, hundreds of holiday requests like these have been answered over the years not by Santa, but by someone mightier.
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By Andrew G. Sherwood and Andrew G. Sherwood,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2005
Bethany Duke's first-grade class sits around five octagonal-shaped tables with neat stacks of books and baskets of crayons on them in her brightly colored Havre de Grace Elementary School classroom. Duke, a first-year teacher, is one of three Harford County public school teachers and one of 189 teachers in the Mid-Atlantic-area designated Meritorious New Teacher Candidates. "I can't really say that this award has changed anything in my teaching," Duke said. "I'm honored to be recognized at the beginning of my career, and I appreciate the recognition."
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May 2, 1999
"My favorite book is 'The Baby Sitter's Little Sister' by Ann M. Martin. I liked the part where Karen thinks everyone at the party is a witch -- even her grandmother. It was so funny."-- Nikki EshelmanSolley Elementary"My favorite book is 'Hop on Pop' by Dr. Seuss because the kids were trying to get him to wake up and they tried jumping on him and at the end he got mad."-- Marcus McLeanHavre de Grace ElementaryPub Date: 05/02/99
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By Sherrie Ruhl and Sherrie Ruhl,Staff Writer | March 28, 1993
The world atlas at the Havre de Grace Elementary library is nearly 20 years old. Many history books date to the 1960s and include stereotypical images of women, "Negroes" and other minorities. The school bought the library's most recent set of encyclopedias in 1983.So much for researching current events -- or anything else that's happened in the past few decades."It's hard to interest children in reading when the books are old and shabby," said Karen Petri, a long-term substitute filling in for a librarian until June.
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By Sherrie Ruhl and Sherrie Ruhl,Staff Writer | October 17, 1993
To Harford County school system's supervisor of construction, most of the criticism heaped on the system's building program is unfair."What you don't hear about is that we have built over $100 million worth of projects in the last five years on time and on budget," said Joseph Licata, the system's construction chief. "The criticism we are taking, especially from the media, is simply unfair."The school system, which has three employees, including Mr. Licata, supervising more than $40 million worth of projects this school year, has had well publicized construction problems.
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June 27, 1995
The allegedly forced transfer of a half-dozen veteran teachers from Havre de Grace Elementary School by the principal has unleashed emotions that are not going to be calmed by Harford County school board promises of hiring a mediator to resolve the situation in the fall.Especially when the Harford school board and administration conveniently shield themselves from public discussion behind the hoary excuse, "It's a personnel matter." And when Superintendent Ray Keech gives unquestioned authority to Principal Franklin Tull to make those questionable personnel decisions.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | March 23, 2008
For six weeks, 11 young people will meet every day at 9 a.m. at Havre de Grace Elementary School. Some of them will go to work on an outdoor garden project, while others will be working with children at the school. Then at 2 p.m., the young people will head to the Boys and Girls Club of Havre de Grace, where they will play games and act as mentors for the children there. Although their roles are different, they have a common goal: to make a difference in the world. "There aren't many projects like this; it's very unique," said Danielle Ludwick, 24, who was born in Portland, Maine, but calls Toronto, Canada, home.
BUSINESS
By NANCY JONES-BONBREST and NANCY JONES-BONBREST,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 17, 2007
Mary Sampson Family liaison, Havre de Grace Elementary School Harford County public schools Salary -- $25,000 Age: -- 65 Years on the job -- 25 How she got started -- Sampson didn't start working outside her home until she turned 40. By that time, the youngest of her five children was attending middle school. With experience as both a Girl Scout leader and as children's director at her church, she decided she wanted work with young children and applied to the local elementary school.
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By CASSANDRA A. FORTIN and CASSANDRA A. FORTIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 23, 2006
Some fifth-graders at Havre de Grace Elementary School lacked equipment for a four-day overnight school trip, such as sleeping bags, hiking boots and rain gear. When Mary Sampson heard about pupils' problem, she approached local businesses and persuaded them to donate the needed items. Sampson, an instructional assistant at the school, has started two book clubs and a mentoring program for pupils. She also is the family liaison, a role in which she works to get parents involved with their children's education.
FEATURES
By DAN THANH DANG and DAN THANH DANG,SUN REPORTER | December 7, 2005
One in a series of occasional stories highlighting people in the Baltimore area who exemplify the "Spirit of Sharing," The Sun's annual holiday campaign. At Havre de Grace Elementary School, 8-year-old Carol wants a baby doll that giggles. Jacob, 6, hopes for books about sharks and dinosaurs. Asia, 5, wants a toy ATM and kitchen play set. And while 7-year-old Albert and his sister Tomasina, 13, would like toys, they would really love a dresser for their room. In this waterfront town in Harford County, hundreds of holiday requests like these have been answered over the years not by Santa, but by someone mightier.
NEWS
By Andrew G. Sherwood and Andrew G. Sherwood,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2005
Bethany Duke's first-grade class sits around five octagonal-shaped tables with neat stacks of books and baskets of crayons on them in her brightly colored Havre de Grace Elementary School classroom. Duke, a first-year teacher, is one of three Harford County public school teachers and one of 189 teachers in the Mid-Atlantic-area designated Meritorious New Teacher Candidates. "I can't really say that this award has changed anything in my teaching," Duke said. "I'm honored to be recognized at the beginning of my career, and I appreciate the recognition."
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By Erika Hobbs and Erika Hobbs,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 3, 2004
A Havre de Grace Elementary School teacher has won a prestigious award for state math educators, making her the third Harford County teacher to do so in as many years. Virginia Hinckley, 52, a 31-year veteran of the Harford school system, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics, a professional organization for arithmetic educators. She was one of 10 teachers of the year chosen from a statewide pool of applicants. "It's really about the prestige of sort of being endorsed by other teachers," said Gail Kaplan, the council's awards chairwoman.
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By Sherrie Ruhl and Sherrie Ruhl,Staff Writer | May 23, 1993
Havre de Grace Elementary will get nearly $1 million worth of long-overdue renovations next year, two years earlier than the school system had planned.The early renovation, the result of an agreement between the county administration and the school system, represents a victory for parents, teachers, school administrators and elected officials who had mounted a lobbying campaign."The letters we received, the comments from parents at public forums, we certainly had our attention focused on that school," Larry Klimovitz, the county administrator, told the County Council at a budget work session Monday.
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By Erika Hobbs and Erika Hobbs,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 3, 2004
A Havre de Grace Elementary School teacher has won a prestigious award for state math educators, making her the third Harford County teacher to do so in as many years. Virginia Hinckley, 52, a 31-year veteran of the Harford school system, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics, a professional organization for arithmetic educators. She was one of 10 teachers of the year chosen from a statewide pool of applicants. "It's really about the prestige of sort of being endorsed by other teachers," said Gail Kaplan, the council's awards chairwoman.
NEWS
By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2000
In an effort to boost test scores that have been stagnant countywide, Harford schools are placing more emphasis on early literacy programs to help some of their youngest pupils, especially those in the county's poorest schools. County elementary schools are giving children in pre-kindergarten through third grade additional reading help through one-on-one tutorials, intense language-arts classes, mentoring and other programs. Some of these efforts are showing promise. At Havre de Grace Elementary -- one of six county schools with a large number of students receiving free or reduced-price lunches -- pupils made great strides in the recent Maryland School Performance Assessment Program tests.
NEWS
October 24, 1999
"I strongly believe people in a higher grade like fourth and fifth grade should read `Little House in the Big Woods' by Laura Ingalls Wilder, because it has very hard words and the people who are reading won't understand them. Also it's very hard to understand what they did in the olden days."Sochima AtikpohPleasant Plains Elementary"I am writing to inform you about my favorite book that is written by Dr. Seuss. My favorite book is `The Foot Book' because it talks about big and small feet."
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