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By Matt Ebnet and Matt Ebnet,Sun Staff Writer | August 25, 1994
Linda Feldmesser has been a teacher for 15 years -- and she's really nervous about Monday. She'll lose sleep the night before, she's sure, and fret about whether she'll fit in.Come Monday morning, Ms. Feldmesser will teach gifted students at Ellicott City's Manor Woods Elementary School, a new $8 million building for 500 students in an area burgeoning with growth.The school was built to relieve crowding at other area elementary schools. For example, it is expected to draw about 300 students who formerly attended Waverly Elementary and 65 from West Friendship Elementary.
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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | November 13, 2005
Given the number of new students - and new schools - in Howard County in recent years, redistricting has become almost an annual rite. But that does not diminish the headache for members of the school board, who must sift dozens upon dozens of opinions, complaints and scenarios in shifting students between neighborhood schools. Emotions were on display this past week, as the board held a hearing on how to shuffle pupil population to make room for a new elementary school in Dayton in August as a result of growth in the western portion of the county.
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By Jean Leslie and Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 16, 1996
MANOR WOODS Elementary School has selected its winners in the PTA-sponsored "Reflections" arts competition.This year, the theme was "It Could Happen "Competition took place on two levels: first- through third-graders in the primary level and fourth- and fifth-graders in the intermediate.In the primary level, Laura Burrows won first prize for visual arts.Five prizes were given in the primary literature category.Rahul Rajagopolan won first prize, Alicia Noriega second, Mary Katre Morani third, Nick Meyer fourth and Andy Meyer received honorable mention.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 28, 2002
ANSWERING questions on everything from science to current events, a team of seniors from Howard High School captured the championship of the It's Academic game show May 18. Students Patrick McKinney, Kyle Burkhalter and Rebecca Lambert clinched the win to capture Howard High's second championship in three years. It was the third year that Patrick, Kyle and Rebecca have participated as a team. They won the Super Bowl championship as sophomores and placed second last year. The students were coached by John Gilbert, who has coached Howard High School students for 11 years.
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By Jean Leslie and Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 3, 1997
CONGRATULATIONS to the Manor Woods Elementary School students who have been selected as all-county musicians.Band members are Tamara Churns, Jason Tucker, Jackie Woznicki and Taylor Zanelotti.Choral members are Colin Cleland, Jennifer Clary and Sheryl Kurian.Members of the orchestra are Ron Lee, Grace Lee, A. J. Dinsmore, John McGown, Ellen Tsay and Megha Rajagopalan.Manor Woods Elementary announces its county winners in the primary level of the PTA-sponsored "Reflections" program.Two second-graders were recognized -- Justin Chapman in the photography competition, and Alicia Noriega in literature.
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April 5, 2000
Student achiever: Anna Grant, 7 School: Manor Woods Elementary School Special achievement: Honorable mention in the Project Wisdom essay contest, kindergarten through second grade. What she says about it: "It made me excited to get the award because I got to go home and tell my Mom and Dad. Then I told my Grandma and Grandpa. I chose to write about kindness because it reminded me of what my Dad and teachers said, `What goes around comes around.' " What she wishes for the world: "That people have happier times and wouldn't fight."
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By Sally Buckler and Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 27, 1997
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Regardless of how you celebrate today, may you have great joy and countless blessings.Jonathan Davis teaches fifth grade at Manor Woods Elementary School. He imagined a parade, as 110 Manor Woods fifth-graders finished a unit on government.As part of their social studies program, the students developed governments -- with flags, symbols, and constitutions.Last Thursday, the students had a Celebration of Nations that began with a Parade of Nations.Representatives of 32 student countries marched into the school cafeteria holding unique flags.
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By Lorraine Gingerich and Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 15, 2001
MANOR WOODS Elementary School children and the community are "Raising the Roof" through their annual reading campaign. The school exceeded its goal of reading for 1 million minutes during the nine-week program by 290,300 minutes. Pupils, staff and parents were asked to track their reading minutes on bookmarks from Jan. 5 to Friday, with each bookmark representing 150 minutes of reading time. Letters, with a bookmark enclosed, also were sent to members of the education community, asking them to participate.
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December 24, 1997
IF AFFLUENCE were the only criterion for education success, more than two elementary schools in the entire state would have received "excellent" ratings in the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program. The two schools are Manor Woods in Howard County and Somerset in Chevy Chase. Both have large percentages of students from affluent, stable families, but that is only part of the story. The rest is how hard teachers and parents worked to get the best possible results.Manor Woods kindergartners receive reading instruction -- three students to a tutor -- several times a week.
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By Jean Leslie and Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 21, 1996
ARE YOU SURFING the Web yet? If you are, check out Manor Woods Elementary School's new home page, created over the summer by the Technology Committee -- chaired by parent volunteers Kathy Benson and Mary Catherine Cochran.Updated on a quarterly basis, the page contains sections for students, parents and teachers, including examples of literature written by students, educational resource material and biographies of the teachers.The address of the home page is http: //www.howard.k12.md.us/ manorwoods/index.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2001
As Howard County schools close their doors to students today for another summer, three elementary school staffs are likely to be celebrating just a little bit more than others. Northfield, Manor Woods and Longfellow Elementary schools' staffs recently received word that they get to spend the next two months planning what to do with the money they've received from the state for rising test scores. The three schools were among 61 statewide recognized by the State Department of Education for continuing to do well on the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program exams.
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March 25, 2001
`Reading Makes Cents' campaign under way TIMONIUM - The annual "Reading Makes Cents" read-a-thon to benefit Baltimore County's Even Start family literacy program is under way. Business and community organizations will gather pledges and read books from Tuesday through April 17. The project raised about $33,000 last year for Even Start, which offers a range of child and adult education programs through the Baltimore County school system in an effort to...
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By Lisa Wiseman and Lisa Wiseman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 18, 2001
Thirty years ago Robert and Betty Dinker were a young married couple in their 30s with three small children looking for a new home in Baltimore. Both were Baltimore natives, but had been living in North Carolina for a few years while Dr. Dinker completed his residency in radiology. Then, after serving a year in Vietnam, Dr. Dinker returned to Baltimore, where he had a job offer at Mercy Hospital. The Dinkers wanted to build a new house that would be secluded, have plenty of land and be big enough for the whole family.
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By Lorraine Gingerich and Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 15, 2001
MANOR WOODS Elementary School children and the community are "Raising the Roof" through their annual reading campaign. The school exceeded its goal of reading for 1 million minutes during the nine-week program by 290,300 minutes. Pupils, staff and parents were asked to track their reading minutes on bookmarks from Jan. 5 to Friday, with each bookmark representing 150 minutes of reading time. Letters, with a bookmark enclosed, also were sent to members of the education community, asking them to participate.
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By Liz Atwood and Jamie Hopkins and Liz Atwood and Jamie Hopkins,SUN STAFF | April 21, 2000
Yesterday should have been perfect. The weather was beautiful, and school was out for spring break. But the teen-agers who gathered at the Fairways subdivision in Ellicott City weren't celebrating. In a stillness broken only by the sound of faraway lawn mowers, the teen-agers stood vigil in front of the rows of neat colonial homes, awaiting word on a gregarious 13-year-old boy. Tanun Wichainarapong, a sixth-grader who goes by the name "Byrd," was in critical condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head after a shooting Wednesday at a friend's home where he had been playing video games.
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By Lorraine Gingerich and Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 6, 2000
MANOR WOODS Elementary came up with an unusual and artistic way to commemorate this year's reading incentive program. A mosaic mural was created, and it will hang permanently in the school's foyer. The 2-by-13-foot mosaic, "Brilliant Path, Bright Future," consists of small, square, opaque glass tiles, with four larger tiles in each corner. It shows the school and surrounding land. A brown-and-gray tile road runs through the artwork to represent time changing: The dirt road changes to a paved road.
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By Nancy A. Youssef and Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF | April 22, 1999
They said they were excited. They said they were ready. But when Manor Woods Elementary School Principal John Morningstar showed them he had rigged their school television to broadcast only snow, the 200 fourth- and fifth-graders sitting on the school gymnasium floor gasped in horror.Later, they all raised their hands, saying they would participate in National TV-Turnoff Week. It is the Ellicott City school's fourth year of participation in the program. While televisions are off, the children record and show their parents and teachers what they have been doing instead of watching TV."
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By Lisa Wiseman and Lisa Wiseman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 18, 2001
Thirty years ago Robert and Betty Dinker were a young married couple in their 30s with three small children looking for a new home in Baltimore. Both were Baltimore natives, but had been living in North Carolina for a few years while Dr. Dinker completed his residency in radiology. Then, after serving a year in Vietnam, Dr. Dinker returned to Baltimore, where he had a job offer at Mercy Hospital. The Dinkers wanted to build a new house that would be secluded, have plenty of land and be big enough for the whole family.
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April 5, 2000
Student achiever: Anna Grant, 7 School: Manor Woods Elementary School Special achievement: Honorable mention in the Project Wisdom essay contest, kindergarten through second grade. What she says about it: "It made me excited to get the award because I got to go home and tell my Mom and Dad. Then I told my Grandma and Grandpa. I chose to write about kindness because it reminded me of what my Dad and teachers said, `What goes around comes around.' " What she wishes for the world: "That people have happier times and wouldn't fight."
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By Diane Mikulis and Diane Mikulis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 19, 1999
NEW SHOES and clothes. New binders, notebooks and backpacks. New classrooms and locker combinations.All these lovely, shiny things signal the start of the school year.For some western Howard County schools, a new principal goes along with the rest.Manor Woods Elementary, Lisbon Elementary and Mount View Middle schools will be under new leadership this year. All will be led by longtime Howard County educators.Manor Woods Principal Jim Weisner has been in the Howard County public school system for 22 years.
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