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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2010
Worthington Elementary School in Ellicott City will soon receive nearly 90 percent of its electrical power from the sun. Howard County Board of Education officials say they've partnered with the county's Department of Public Works to place about 2,000 solar panels on a landfill next to Worthington Elementary that will supply the school with solar energy year-round. The project, which will be discussed at Worthington's Media Center on Tuesday night, is a boost to a school that already employs environmentally conscious practices such as Waste-Free Wednesdays, when students are encouraged to pack meals in reusable containers and use cloth napkins.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Monday marked the return of public schools staff in Howard County before next week's opening of school for students, and teachers were greeted with pulsating Motown music and call-and-response chanting. The Elementary School Model Kick-off, a pep rally-style event at Jim Rouse Theatre in Columbia was a precursor to the district's much-discussed new approach to students' early years. School officials announced the new elementary school model in the spring; it's intended to close achievement gaps and foster physical, social and emotional development.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | May 13, 2011
Donald Penn Hall Sr., a longtime Howard County elementary school principal who was an active member of Crossroads Church of the Nazarene, died May 6 of cardiomyopathy at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Sykesville resident was 75. The son of a postal worker and a homemaker, Mr. Hall was born and raised in Danville, Va., where he graduated in 1952 from Danville High School. He was a 1955 graduate of Holmes Bible College in Greenville, S.C., and earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1967 from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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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 Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2013
Counselors and psychologists will be on hand at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City on Monday as students return for the first school day since two classmates were charged with killing well-known Howard County blogger Dennis Lane. The county school system will provide the support for students and staff who may be upset over the slaying Friday and the first-degree murder and conspiracy charges against Jason Anthony Bulmer, 19, and Morgan Lane Arnold, Lane's 14-year-old daughter.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2011
Pat Sasse says that scores of families in Howard County lack computers in the home, leaving parents to follow up a long day of work with an evening spent at libraries, hoping their children have enough time to do homework on public computers that are in high demand. As executive director of the Howard-based Bright Minds Foundation, the county school system's nonprofit organization, Sasse is now in the proces of locating some of those families. Bright Minds is partnering with Capital One Bank and Columbia-based systems integrator Gantech to give 25 students from Harper's Choice, Murray Hill and Oakland Mills middle schools refurbished, Internet-ready laptops, complete with new printers, flash drives, security software and Microsoft Office software.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2011
Magnets are virtually everywhere. Just ask 6-year-old Madelyn Julien of Owings Mills, who can demonstrate how to use a magnet to separate iron filings from breakfast cereal. The first-grader is among several students from Crossroads Adventist School in Howard County who are presenting an interactive exhibit, "Fun With Magnets," this week at Baltimore's Port Discovery Children's Museum. The exhibit is part of Port Discovery 's STEM Week, which each spring celebrates school courses and programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
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November 5, 2000
Name: Stephen C. Bounds Age: 45 Residence: Woodbine Occupation: Attorney Experience and affiliations: Member, Howard County School Board, six years, chairman in 1998; director and chairman of Legal Services Administration; Maryland Association of Boards of Education; Howard County Spending Affordability Committee; Howard County Recreation and Parks Board member; Alternative Education Workgroup, Maryland State Department of Education, work group member;...
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2011
Solar panels under construction at a long-capped landfill in Howard County will soon be used to offset energy costs at a nearby elementary school. The county began installation of the solar arrays this week at the former New Cut Landfill, an 83-acre tract in Ellicott City that shut down operations more than 30 years ago. Officials expect the $462,000 project will be completed in about eight weeks and the panels will begin drawing energy from the...
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By Michael J. Clark and Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun | January 30, 1991
Acknowledging Howard County's grim financial straits, school Superintendent Michael E. Hickey recommended last night slashing $10.5 million from the $200.8 million budget request he made this month.To save the $10.5 million, Dr. Hickey proposed eliminating 59 positions and reducing programs and the purchase of new equipment."We significantly have to change the way we do business, and people will be very upset because programs will be affected," he told the school board and about 175 gloomy school employees.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
The Howard County school system and its teachers' union have reached a tentative agreement for a new contract, avoiding potential arbitration and resolving disputes that lingered throughout the past school year. The one-year deal announced Friday, which must be ratified by the school board and Howard County Education Association members, calls for a 3 percent raise as well as a half-step increase retroactive to July 1. Step increases are based on length of service. Another half-step would be given in a lump-sum payment July 1 of next year.
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BiJoe Burris | July 18, 2014
The Howard County Public Schools System report increases in students taking Advanced Placement courses and taking AP exams last year, with 81 percent posting test scores of at least 81.4, school officials said. HCPSS said it aims to increase the number os student taking at least one AP course during high school, citing national research showing high school students that take AP courses in high school are more likley to perform well in college. HCPSS officals said the  number of HCPSS students taking at least one AP exam increased from 4,282 this past year, up from 4,255 last year, school officials said.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Howard school officials will begin mediation with the county teachers union Wednesday, the latest step in contentious contract negotiations that lasted throughout the school year. The Howard County Education Association declared an impasse last month after failing to reach agreements with the school system on such matters as salary increases, step implementation and the duration of the agreement. "We're optimistic about the mediation session, and we hope it results in a settlement as soon as possible," said union President Paul Lemle.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Friday was the last day of school for Howard County students and staff, but protracted contract talks between the school system and the teachers union are headed for summer session. The one-year agreement between the system and the Howard County Education Association expires June 30, and on Friday the union filed a declaration of impasse with the Maryland Public School Labor Relations Board. The impasse could trigger mediation and, ultimately, binding arbitration in a dispute that has lasted much of the school year.
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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 Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com and Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | March 4, 2014
Howard County Public School officials announced that schools will be closed again Tuesday after deciding conditions weren't safe because of freezing temperatures overnight following Monday's snowstorm. School officials said Monday night that shools likely would open two hours late but that they would review the decision Tuesday morning. They elected to close schools for the second day in a row. MSA testing for Tuesday has been canceled. Testing will be held Wednesday, Thursday, and March 11-12.
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By John-John Williams IV | September 30, 2007
When more than a dozen Burmese families showed up this summer to register for school, Howard County officials discovered a new group of people in need of assistance. School system officials began to meet with interpreters, the International Rescue Committee and members of Grace Community Church to plan an outreach session that was held Friday at Bollman Bridge Elementary School and nearby Patuxent Valley Middle School in Jessup. At the session, the families were given clothes for winter and were told of resources available in the community.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | July 26, 2002
At a meeting where the Board of Education wrangled over the growing cost of additions to aging Howard High School, and heard from parents about urgent maintenance and capital construction needs at other schools, board members also approved monthly car allowances for three of the system's top officials. "I cannot in good conscience support this," said board member Virginia Charles at last night's regularly scheduled board meeting, noting that the $560 a month each will receive could pay for training teachers in new reading techniques or hire an instructional assistant.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | October 9, 2013
Howard County police will conduct tactical training Wednesday night and early Thursday morning at Howard High School, bringing a heavy police presence to the area. Police's SWAT team will be responding to a fictional, fluid emergency scenario at the school, located at 8700 Old Annapolis Road, from 7 p.m to 2:30 a.m., according to police. In addition, Phelps Luck Elementary School, located at 5370 Old Stone Court, will be used as a staging area for equipment, officers and cars.  Phelps Luck Principal Sean Martin said volunteers will role-play citizens inside Howard High during the training.
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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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