March 4, 2013
Grace Callwood, a second-grader at William S. James Elementary School in Abingdon, donated many new and gently used toys and books to the homeless children at Harford Family House, a shelter for homeless families with children in Aberdeen. Grace has been battling cancer since 2011 and receives an abundance of toys as gifts from her friends, family and admirers. Grace had so many toys she thought she should share some of them with the families who reside at Harford Family House.
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.
By John-John Williams IV | April 12, 2009
A new partnership between seven Rotary Clubs in Howard County and the school system will give every third-grader in the county a new dictionary, school officials said. The dictionaries have been distributed since the beginning of the school year to the 3,500 third-graders in the county, said school system spokeswoman Patti Caplan. Dictionaries also have been given to the Bridges Program, an after-school program for underachieving students. Under the partnership, which is scheduled to be formalized Wednesday, the seven clubs have agreed to purchase and distribute copies of A Student's Dictionary & Gazetteer.
By Meredith Cohn | August 11, 2014
State health officials are reminding parents to get their kids their vaccinations before school starts. Some of the requirements are new, and students can be kept out of the classroom if they do not have the proper shots. “We have spent the past year helping parents and schools prepare for these school immunization requirements,” said Dr. Laura Herrera, deputy secretary for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Public Health Services. “We want to be sure all Maryland children start the school year with up-to-date vaccinations and are ready to learn.” Students entering kindergarten now must have had two chickenpox (varicella)
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 21, 1999
Tommy Paul, a seventh-grader who is taught at home by his mother, was awarded first prize and a $100 savings bond yesterday in an art contest sponsored by Project PUNCH, the Junior League of Baltimore and the Carroll Park Foundation.Tommy's pastel, representing what Carroll Park might have looked like in the past, will be used to create a logo for both Project PUNCH -- Partners United for a New Carroll's Hundred -- and for a banner that will be on permanent display at the park.More than 60 entries were submitted.
January 23, 2003
Fifth-grader Mike McNeill won Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School's first National Geography Bee on Jan. 7. The critical question was, "Yucca Mountain is located in which state?" said fifth-grade team leader Carol Hahn, who organized the event with Principal Sue Webster. "And he knew Nevada right away, which I thought was a hard question for a 10-year-old." Yucca Mountain is the proposed site of a national repository for radioactive waste. The National Geography Bee, offered to schools across the country by the National Geographic Society, provides rules, practice questions and an opportunity to compete statewide and nationwide.
By Christina Bittner and Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 10, 2002
JAIME BURKHEAD, a sixth-grader at Brooklyn Park Middle School, won first place in the school's annual Geography Bee competition. Second place was awarded to seventh-grader Logan Espey. Seventh-grader Michael Hauhn and sixth-grader Kurt Hadaway tied for third place. The school's PTA presented a $50 savings bond to Jaime and Logan and gave books to Michael and Kurt after last month's competition. Jaime's next challenge will be to do well enough on the National Geographic Society's written test to qualify for the state contest.
By Pamela Woolford and Pamela Woolford,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 16, 2000
MANY STUDENTS struggle with mathematics. Others grin and bear it. But 11-year-old Nicolas Van Aarten revels in it. A fifth-grader at Talbott Springs Elementary School, Nicolas received a perfect score in this year's Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools. "It's my favorite subject," Nicolas says. "What I love about it is there's always this one precise answer." An annual international contest, the Olympiads had more than 100,000 participants this year. Seventy-one received perfect scores.
By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | September 27, 1996
Administrators at Catonsville High School have disciplined a group of students after a ninth-grader allegedly distributed her depression medication to classmates, causing some of them to become ill.Police said yesterday that the unidentified 13-year-old passed out tablets of Xanax, which is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks, to classmates Tuesday.Administrators learned that a group of students had taken the pills after one became sick in class, Principal Robert Tomback said."We very quickly worked to determine the origin of the student's illness," Tomback said.
By Lem Satterfield | March 31, 2000
Pikesville resident Zack Goldberg, an eighth-grader at Gilman, won his second North American speed skating title last weekend in Regina, Saskatchewan. The 5-foot-6, 120-pound Goldberg, 14, emerged victorious against 25 13- and 14-year-old competitors from the United States and Canada. Goldberg, who was featured in the February 1999 edition of Sports Illustrated for Kids for winning the 1998 North American crown, will go after his third national title in Philadelphia this weekend. Goldberg trains in his craft five days weekly, rising for 6 a.m. workouts at either the Northwest ice rink in Mount Washington or the Gardens Ice House in Laurel.
By Joe Burris | May 21, 2014
Megan Rabe, an eighth-grade student at Clarksville Middle School is among 11 students from across the Maryland who will compete in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 27 - 29, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, according to Howard County Library System officials. Rabe advanced to the national competition back in March when she won the HCLS competition -- she won after correctly spelling "quadrifid. " Rabe captured the title over 62 other contestants and, next week, will be among more than 250 spellers nationwide, HCLS said.
NEWS | 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.
By Jon Meoli, | March 4, 2014
A winning anti-bullying slogan by eighth-grader Giulia Parsons brought officials and students together at Ridgely Middle Tuesday morning to officially kick off Baltimore County Public Schools' first Bullying Prevention Week. Giulia's slogan, "Loving is Louder," was selected from a group of submissions from county students, and represents her school's belief that bullying can be stopped by anyone — not just a bully or a victim. "Here at Ridgely, the principal and my guidance counselor focus on the bystander, so I feel like bystanders are very important," Giulua said.
March 3, 2014
School of the Incarnation seventh-grader Isabelle Simmons outlasted 30 other spellers to win the 26th annual Anne Arundel County Spelling Bee and earn a trip to the national competition later this year. She correctly spelled the word “infinitesimal” in the 12th round to win the title. Campbell Jones of Severna Park Middle School finished second in the bee, and four spellers - Alyssa Hall of Annapolis Area Christian Middle School, Eelaaf Zahid of Annapolis Middle School, Becca Hewitt of Arundel Middle School and Madison Williams of George Fox Middle School - tied for third.
NEWS | January 29, 2014
First-grade students at Halstead Academy and Pleasant Plains Elementary schools are eagerly awaiting a field trip to the Meyerhoff in February where they will see a performance of "Carnival of Animals. " Their excitement might be intensified by reports of the kindergartners from both schools who attended a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performance of "The Snowman" December. The students were able to imagine a winter wonderland come to life in this story about a young boy's magical friendship with a snowman.
By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
The latest member of the Blast made a lasting impression on his new teammates at practice Wednesday. Less than four minutes into the team's scrimmage, parked on the left side of the field at Northeast Regional Recreation Center, he aimed a shot to the far post that beat goalkeeper William Vanzela. It was a special goal on a special day for a special kid. Jacob Barford, an eighth-grader at Centreville Middle School in Queen Anne's County, has Evans syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease in which an individual's antibodies attack the body's red blood cells and platelets.
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | April 20, 2000
Andrew Konetzni likes to copy his first name in fancy, fluid cursive letters. He likes the way the letter "A" looks -- a roller coaster loop with a track that trails off into the lowlands of the lowercase "n." "I like the letter `A' because it is part of my name and because of the big loop and the way it slants," said Andrew, an 8-year-old pupil in Barbara Thomas' second-grade class at St. Paul Lutheran School in Catonsville. Andrew's "A's" -- and his "D's," "P's" and "Z's" for that matter -- won him the title this month of state cursive handwriting champion.
Ninety minutes into the Howard County Library Spelling Bee, the starting field of 51 had been whittled to four. Christopher Breden, a seventh-grader from Faith Bible Church Academy, took the stage, but an "empanada" proved his undoing. Unable to spell the savory snack, he was out. Heather desJardins-Park, a seventh-grader from Lime Kiln Middle School, was laid low by "leviathan." And then there were two: Mary Kate Helm, a sixth-grader from Trinity School, and Joey Haavik, a fifth-grader from Pointers Run Elementary School.
November 25, 2013
Submitting sports notices Email sports copy to by 9 a.m. on Monday. Basketball The Howard County Youth Program (HCYP) is accepting registrations for 1st and 2nd grade students and for its high school league. Register online at for immediate placement. Baseball The regular meeting of " Talkin' Baseball " will be held on Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia, MD. The speaker will be Bill Mead, who will discuss his book, "Even the Browns.
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