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By Michael Olesker | May 27, 2001
AMONG MY gender, it's been a big week for retroactive sexual strutting. We hear the news out of Francis Scott Key High School, in little Union Bridge, in Carroll County, and wonder what they're putting in the drinking water out there. Two young female teachers are caught having sexual relations with groups of male students. In public discourse, the male students are called "victims." The female teachers are called names we do not like to print in family newspapers. A front-page newspaper headline declares one teacher "accused of intimacy," a phrase lush with irony.
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June 8, 2012
Francis Scott Key High School conducted its 2012 commencement ceremony on Friday, June 8, at McDaniel College in Westminster. The following are members of the Class of 2012: Brody Steven Aberts Alyssa Marie Albright Christopher Nicholas Alder Tyler Jacob Andersen Samantha Christine Anthony Kayla Lynn Arnold Sarah Elizabeth Atkinson Adam Clem Badiang Carli Ann Bafford Joshua Edward Ballard ...
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1999
State education officials have upheld the Carroll County school board's dismissal of a former teacher who claimed that racial discrimination led to unfair evaluations of her work and ultimately to her dismissal.Thelma P. Smith, who taught business education at Francis Scott Key High School in the 1996-97 school year, appealed a performance evaluation and her January 1998 firing to the Maryland State Board of Education.In a decision released Tuesday, the state board determined that racial discrimination did not play a part in Smith's unsatisfactory evaluation or her subsequent dismissal.
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By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer,Sun Reporter | May 22, 2008
Brandon Earl Chaney was a high school sophomore with a mean pitching arm and a passion for hunting and driving all-terrain vehicles. The Carroll County youth, who turned 16 Sunday, didn't have a driver's license or a learner's permit. But relatives said he apparently sneaked out and took his family's sport utility vehicle for a drive early Tuesday. While on a country road, he lost control of the 1996 Ford Explorer, which slid off the road, overturned and struck a tree, police said, killing Chaney.
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December 8, 1999
The Maryland Department of the Environment will hold a public information meeting next week on the newly designed discharge system at Francis Scott Key High School's idle sewage treatment plant.The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 in the auditorium of the high school, 3825 Bark Hill Road, Uniontown.The county has applied for a permit from MDE to release an average 17,000 gallons of treated wastewater a day to wetlands bordering a tributary of Wolfpit Branch, about a half-mile south of the high school.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff Writer | November 16, 1992
When the school system releases the results of the Maryland State Performance Tests today, Francis Scott Key High School's writing scores will look very good.That was not the case six years ago, when only 58 percent of the school's ninth-graders who took it passed the test designed to measure basic writing ability.Maryland students are required to pass the test before they can get their high school diplomas.This year, more than 98 percent of the Key ninth-graders who took the test passed it, said Kathleen Heslin, chairwoman of the English department at Key.The low passing rate six years ago prompted Mrs. Heslin, special education chairwoman Rose Mattavi and David Booz, then the school's principal, to embark on an aggressive, two-pronged plan to teach students how to write, especially those who don't like to write.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | July 27, 2001
A Carroll County substitute teacher pleaded guilty yesterday to four counts of felony sexual child abuse, admitting that she had inappropriate sexual contact with nine male students she knew from Francis Scott Key High School and that she served alcohol to them and another boy. Kimberly L. Merson, 24, of Union Bridge, quietly wiped away tears and occasionally whispered to her attorney as prosecutor Tracy A. Gilmore described how flirtatious hugs and...
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June 26, 2005
A group of students from Francis Scott Key High School will open a time capsule at Runnymede Elementary School between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. today. The students will gather to dig up the time capsule they buried nine years ago as third-graders at Runnymede, 3000 Langdon Drive, outside Taneytown. About 25 students were in the class.
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November 8, 1995
The Francis Scott Key High School Eagles Marching Band competed in the Chapter 13 Championships Tournament of Bands Saturday in Hedgesvilles, W.Va.The Eagles placed eighth with a score of 76.35 in Group 2 bands of 36 to 55 musicians.The final tournament of the season is the Atlantic Coast Championships in Scranton, Pa., Saturday and Sunday.
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June 16, 1994
POLICE* Uniontown: A Taneytown resident told state police someone broke into his auto and stole 20 cassette tapes and a pair of running shoes Tuesday while the vehicle was parked on the lot behind Francis Scott Key High School. The loss is estimated at $260.FIRE* Union Bridge: Union Bridge and New Windsor assisted Frederick County at a house fire in the 9500 block of Keys Chapel Road at 3:14 p.m. Wednesday. Units were out for about 2 1/2 hours. New Windsor filled in with an engine at the Union Bridge station and Westminster filled in at New Windsor.
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By KATIE MARTIN and KATIE MARTIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 21, 2006
Jennifer Cole said she recalls being asked in sixth grade what she wanted to do when she grew up. She knew she wanted to teach. "There's no other job where you get to work with so many different people every day," Cole said. "It's a job that definitely has an impact on the future." Cole helps shape the lives of students at Francis Scott Key High School, both as an English teacher and as a class adviser. She has been teaching in Carroll County for 10 years. Cole, 33, of Frederick, was recently recognized for her accomplishments when she was named an outstanding teacher.
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June 26, 2005
A group of students from Francis Scott Key High School will open a time capsule at Runnymede Elementary School between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. today. The students will gather to dig up the time capsule they buried nine years ago as third-graders at Runnymede, 3000 Langdon Drive, outside Taneytown. About 25 students were in the class.
SPORTS
By Rick Belz and Edward Lee and Rick Belz and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | April 27, 2003
You gotta play to win. That was the situation Wednesday when the River Hill girls tennis team lost its first match of the season to Hammond, 3-2. The Hawks were missing their No. 1 singles player, Jackie Davidson, their undefeated No. 2 singles player, Sarah Pernick, and a No. 3 doubles player, Sandy Chon. They were all on a trip to Orlando, Fla., along with 200 other band members. River Hill lost at all three of those spots as coach Matt Graves scrambled for replacements. "We had to forfeit at No. 1, our No. 2 lost, 7-5, and our No. 3 doubles lost, 8-4," Graves said.
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April 4, 2002
Taneytown Economic Development Commission will hold its monthly business breakfast at 7:30 a.m. April 12 at Thunderhead Bowling Center, Routes 140 and 832. Sandra F. Long, deputy secretary at the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, will discuss "Small Business Incentives and Programs for Small Business." The cost for breakfast is $5.50, payable at the meeting. Reservations are required by Wednesday. Information: 410-751-1100. Music, stories, antiques on the agenda at library Taneytown library branch, 10 Grand Drive, will offer: "Year-round Family Story Time" for all ages (age 3 and younger must be with an adult)
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | July 27, 2001
A Carroll County substitute teacher pleaded guilty yesterday to four counts of felony sexual child abuse, admitting that she had inappropriate sexual contact with nine male students she knew from Francis Scott Key High School and that she served alcohol to them and another boy. Kimberly L. Merson, 24, of Union Bridge, quietly wiped away tears and occasionally whispered to her attorney as prosecutor Tracy A. Gilmore described how flirtatious hugs and...
NEWS
June 7, 2001
State legal loophole can block prosecution of abusive teachers The criminal case in Carroll County involving female high school teachers who allegedly had sexual relations with boys 15- to 17-years-old is reminiscent of last year's Frederick County case, in which a female teacher had sexual relations with a 16-year-old male student. The Frederick County case could not be prosecuted. The Carroll case would be stronger if the law were changed. Under current law, a teacher having sexual contact on school grounds with a student under 18 can be convicted of child abuse, a felony with a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.
NEWS
October 1, 1996
Three students from Francis Scott Key High School have been named Commended Students in the 1997 National Merit Scholarship Program.Sarah Amass, Lauren Rupp, and Joy Thomas are among the 35,000 students throughout the nation being honored for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of students entering the Merit Program.These seniors also will be commended by their school.FireNew Windsor: Firefighters responded at 7: 16 p.m. Saturday to an auto fire on High Street.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | April 20, 1999
The Board of County Commissioners ordered yesterday a study of "environmentally friendly alternatives" for disposing of the sewage at Francis Scott Key High School.Advanced Systems, a New Windsor company that specializes in wastewater treatment systems, will conduct the study with assistance from the University of Maryland Extension Service.The study is expected to cost $4,490 and take about two weeks, county Public Works Director J. Michael Evans told the commissioners yesterday.The examination will assess the feasibility and cost of treating the liquid residue in the school's sewage with a process that kills the bacteria, allowing treated water to be used for irrigation.
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By Michael Olesker | May 27, 2001
AMONG MY gender, it's been a big week for retroactive sexual strutting. We hear the news out of Francis Scott Key High School, in little Union Bridge, in Carroll County, and wonder what they're putting in the drinking water out there. Two young female teachers are caught having sexual relations with groups of male students. In public discourse, the male students are called "victims." The female teachers are called names we do not like to print in family newspapers. A front-page newspaper headline declares one teacher "accused of intimacy," a phrase lush with irony.
NEWS
By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | April 19, 2001
After months of waiting, Carroll officials expect to soon have the state discharge permit the county needs to operate the idle wastewater treatment plant at Francis Scott Key High School near Union Bridge. A state public hearing, a step required before the discharge permit is issued, is expected to be held in June to give residents an opportunity to comment on the permit before the Maryland Department of the Environment makes a final decision, the commissioners were told yesterday. "We're getting very close now to having a public hearing," said Doug Myers, director of the county's Public Works Department.
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