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August 17, 2011
Public schools in Howard County will open Monday, Aug. 29 for the 2011-12 academic year. Back-to-school nights will be held from August through October and offer the chance for parents to meet school staff and become familiar with school procedures. For information on Howard County schools or for dates of back-to-school nights, go to http://www.hcpss.org/schools/backtoschool.shtml.
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Karen Nitkin and For The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
I n one scene, an empty chair sits in the middle of a student art class, a blank sheet of paper on the easel in front of it. In another, an empty seat is surrounded by students playing flutes and clarinets. Then in a roomful of chess matches, one student is seated at a gameboard but missing an opponent. The message at the end: Don't let there be another empty seat. The video, developed by the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and shown to Howard County high school students, is appropriately named “Empty Seats,” and it's part of a campaign called Don't Do Nothing, which educates students about the signs of suicidal thoughts and urges them to intervene if they suspect a friend is in trouble.
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November 3, 2011
Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday prior to date of publication at the latest. To submit volunteer items, mail to Volunteers, Patuxent Publishing Co. Editorial, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; email hccalendar@patuxent.com ; fax 410-332-6336; or call 410-332-6497. Small Miracles Cat Rescue - Seeking volunteers to help with cleaning and feeding at the shelter, as well as a morning or evening at either the Columbia or Ellicott City Petco, and the adoption process.
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By Karen Nitkin | August 21, 2014
Mt.  Hebron High School algebra teacher Natalie Rau has flipped her classes. Now students learn at home and do their homework in school. The change is thanks to a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy that Mt. Hebron and other Howard County high schools are piloting.  Rau, 25, creates videos of her lessons, between seven and 17 minutes long. Her homework assignments are for students to watch and take notes. Then, in class, they work through the problems, with Rau there to help.  “I love it. I absolutely love it,” Rau says.
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March 22, 2014
As a pediatrician in Howard County and the mother of four children in the county schools, I am invested in the revision of the schools' wellness policy ( "Changes to Howard's school wellness policy largely applauded," March 14). In my office and home I recommend a diet heavy on vegetables with "treats" only rarely. The need for increased physical activity time and better nutrition for all Howard County children is real. The pressures of fundraising are also important. I am encouraged by the increase in recess time in elementary schools, and by a strong physical fitness program in middle schools.
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By Karen Nitkin | August 21, 2014
Mt.  Hebron High School algebra teacher Natalie Rau has flipped her classes. Now students learn at home and do their homework in school. The change is thanks to a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy that Mt. Hebron and other Howard County high schools are piloting.  Rau, 25, creates videos of her lessons, between seven and 17 minutes long. Her homework assignments are for students to watch and take notes. Then, in class, they work through the problems, with Rau there to help.  “I love it. I absolutely love it,” Rau says.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2012
With hopes of learning more about social media and better combating cyber-bullying, Howard County school administrators have turned to the County Council's new digital communications manager. Howard County schools have been grappling with how to curb digital bullying in the wake of the Easter Sunday suicide of Grace McComas, a Glenelg High School student whose parents say she had been harassed online. Schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan said the challenge is that schools want to curb cyber-bullying but don't want administrators to become "social media police.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2012
When a group of Betsy Adelman's students at Ellicott Mills Middle School learned that a low-pressure air zone created by wind turbines could kill endangered bats by causing their lungs to burst, they set about making a 41/2 -minute documentary instead of writing an essay. Titled"Gone with the Wind,"it was shown during a nonjuried screening of environmental films by the American Film Institute at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring. Now it will get a second look as a tool for teaching teachers.
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August 14, 2005
Open houses set at Cedar Lane, Marriotts Ridge Cedar Lane School and Marriotts Ridge High School will hold open houses Aug. 28. The new Cedar Lane School, on the Lime Kiln Middle School campus in Fulton, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and celebrate the opening of the new facility for severely disabled students. Howard County's newest high school, Marriotts Ridge, at 12100 Woodford Drive in Marriottsville, will hold its ceremony and open house from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The school will open this year for students in ninth and 10th grades, adding grades 11 and 12 in the next two years.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | May 29, 2005
HOWARD COUNTY middle school pupils who take advanced math and foreign language courses will receive high school credit under a revised policy for graduation requirements. The school board unanimously approved last week a compromise that recognizes middle schoolers for their efforts while still requiring them to take three math courses during high school. Three math credits are required for graduation. Grades for high school-level courses taken in middle school would be recorded as pass/fail in a high school transcript and would not count toward a student's high school GPA. A committee reviewing the policy had recommended to the board that the school system continue its practice of not awarding high school credit for advanced math and foreign language courses taken in middle school.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
As the nation observes Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May, students and staff at a scholastic program in Columbia can boast that they highlight Chinese heritage year round. Each Sunday, they gather at Howard Community College in Columbia for Howard County Chinese School, a program that offers lessons on Chinese language and culture for students in kindergarten through the 10th grade, as well as for adults. Launched in 1998 with about 80 students, the school has grown to about 1,000 school-age enrollees and 400 adults, and has a faculty that includes instructors who taught at schools in China.
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March 22, 2014
As a pediatrician in Howard County and the mother of four children in the county schools, I am invested in the revision of the schools' wellness policy ( "Changes to Howard's school wellness policy largely applauded," March 14). In my office and home I recommend a diet heavy on vegetables with "treats" only rarely. The need for increased physical activity time and better nutrition for all Howard County children is real. The pressures of fundraising are also important. I am encouraged by the increase in recess time in elementary schools, and by a strong physical fitness program in middle schools.
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September 18, 2013
High Schools Cellphones permitted: Before first bell After last bell During five-minute breaks between classes During lunch At BYOD Pilot High Schools During class in conjunction with instruction Middle Schools Cellphones permitted: Before first bell After last bell Elementary Schools Cellphones permitted: On silent or turned off, out of sight
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
A former Columbia school worker whose love letters to an 8-year-old student led to a precedent-setting conviction for sexual abuse asked the state's highest court Friday to overturn the finding. Karl Marshall Walker Jr., 41, was convicted in 2011 of sexual abuse and attempted sexual abuse of a minor based on his letters to the girl. His lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Katherine Rasin, told the Court of Appeals on Friday that Walker, a former teacher's aide at Bryant Woods Elementary School, neither molested nor sexually exploited the girl, nor had he tried to. "There has to be something sexual for it to be sexual child abuse," Rasin told the seven judges.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
Students at Howard High School emerge from cafeteria lines with plates as green as well-manicured lawns. They reach for steamed broccoli and fresh lettuce as quickly as they do macaroni and cheese and popcorn chicken. And they say they their healthful eating habits extend beyond school hours. "Away from school, I'm a big burger guy," Howard High senior Joshua Steward said. "And a burger, you know what color it is. So I try to make it greener, stacking on lettuce, tomatoes, everything to make it healthier, and it always turns out great.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
You can hear their passion for teaching the language, a Viva Italia! enthusiasm they hope to make infectious to those who sign up for the courses. For Italian language teachers Catherine D'Ascoli of Wilde Lake High School and Peter DiMarco of Hammond High School, the stream of students interested in the language has been, for the most part, unabated. In Howard County, Italian is taught at Wilde Lake, Marriotts Ridge, Hammond and Reservoir high schools. And though the offerings pale in comparison to those in Spanish and French - which are offered in all county high schools and middle schools - they make Howard a rarity among local schools when it comes to teaching Italian.
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By Sherry Joe and Sherry Joe,Staff Writer | September 28, 1992
As the county schools' new human relations coordinator, Jacqueline Brown is responsible for achieving the schools' top goal this year: improving the human relations climate.It's a task she believes that she is more than ready to tackle."It's a matter of hitting the ground triple-running," she said of her new responsibilities that encompass a greater vigilance of hate-bias incidents.Before joining Howard County schools, Ms. Brown was an associate professor of counseling psychology at Bowie State University.
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October 31, 2012
Atholton Title: "Dream Girl" (a comedy by Elmer Rice) Dates: Nov. 1-3, 7 p.m.; Nov. 4, 3 p.m. Cost: $12; http://www.atholtondrama.org. Centennial Title: "Twelfth Night" Dates: Nov. 15-16, 7 p.m., Nov. 17, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Nov. 18, 3 p.m. Cost: $10; http://www.chstheatre.org Glenelg Title: "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" Dates: Nov. 29-30, 7 p.m.; Dec. 1, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Dec. 2, 2 p.m. Cost: $10 Hammond Title: "The Mousetrap" Dates: Nov. 8-10, 7 p.m.; Nov. 10, 2 p.m. Cost: $12 at door, $10 advance; http://www.hammondhs.org/DramaAcad.htm Howard Title: "The Miracle Worker" Dates: Nov. 8-10, 7 p.m. Cost: $10; http://www.howardhighschool.net (go to theater department)
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2012
Mary Klatko grew up in Pennsylvania eating nutritious foods, some fresh from the family garden and cooked from scratch. When she was named Howard County's director of food and nutrition services 26 years ago, she assumed everyone ate that way, and though she would discover the contrary, she still incorporated a healthful-eating approach into the school system's menus. So Klatko was ecstatic, though not surprised, to learn that Howard County received an A-plus from the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which issues its School Lunch Report Card detailing how well school districts nationwide meet federal guidelines for healthful school lunches at elementary schools.
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