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By Lourdes Sullivan and Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 7, 1997
BUSINESSES interested in tax credits -- and community kudos -- should contact Murray Hill Middle School.Our newest neighborhood school is getting the kinks out of its system. Construction was finished just before the beginning of the fall term.In the flurry of activity that comes with the start of school, PTA and school officials have not called businesses to set up partnerships.Here is an opportunity to make a difference in children's lives, get a tax break and create goodwill among a student body of several hundred.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2010
Bushy Park Elementary School in Howard County posted one of the highest passing rates on the Maryland School Assessment this year in the state, according to an analysis by The Baltimore Sun. Yet Principal Deborah Jagoda said while the school delights in its success, it refuses to rest on its laurels. "No child should be left behind," Jagoda said, alluding to the federal legislation that sets mandates for student achievement and holds states more accountable for their progress, requiring that 100 percent of students be proficient in reading and math by 2014.
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By Lourdes Sullivan and Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 14, 1998
IT'S THAT time of year again when young scholars publicly complain -- and secretly rejoice -- about returning to school.The structure of school days, the opportunity to make new friends, learn new things and make mistakes away from the scrutiny of parents frightens and beckons.School lunches may be acceptable to some, although saying so is an unacceptable breach of the unspoken student code.Murray Hill Middle School will begin its second year this month.Returning staff and students are veterans, who will blend with the year's new crop of students.
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September 28, 2008
The Southeast Horizon Council will hold its sixth Family Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Murray Hill Middle School. The event is designed to give residents and North Laurel and Savage access to Howard County's health and human services providers. Free blood pressure, bone density, dental, vision, hearing and breast health screenings will be offered. A representative from the Health Department will be available to provide Flu Mist to children, ages 2 to 18, who qualify.
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March 19, 2004
Murray Hill Middle School and Southeast Horizon Council are presenting the second Fun, Food & Fitness Family Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27 at the Laurel school. The organizers hope to make Howard County human services more accessible to Savage and North Laurel residents. Fifty-six health and human-service organizations will send representatives to the expo. Among them are Alianza de la Commidad, Conexiones, Domestic Violence Center, Earth Treks, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, Foreign-born Information and Referral Network, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Howard County Health Department, Howard County Library, Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging and the Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center Inc. Free blood pressure, dental, vision and breast health screenings will be offered.
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September 28, 2008
The Southeast Horizon Council will hold its sixth Family Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Murray Hill Middle School. The event is designed to give residents and North Laurel and Savage access to Howard County's health and human services providers. Free blood pressure, bone density, dental, vision, hearing and breast health screenings will be offered. A representative from the Health Department will be available to provide Flu Mist to children, ages 2 to 18, who qualify.
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By Lourdes Sullivan and Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 13, 1998
FROM WINTER Sun Road in Laurel, you can barely see the new Murray Hill Middle School through fields of cornstalks.It's easy to forget that the school is there. But good things are happening, hidden from view.Since Murray Hill's opening in September, staff members have been working to lay a foundation for excellence. With that goal in mind, they are writing a mission statement.The document will bring together expectations and dreams of staff, students, parents and the community. It is a team effort.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | August 17, 2007
Howard County officials say they are dismayed but determined to improve after learning that for the first time two county schools failed to meet federal test standards two years in a row. Murray Hill and Oakland Mills middle schools were included on a list of 176 poor-performing schools statewide. Any school failing to meet the standards for two consecutive years is classified as"needs improvement." If a school fails five years in a row, the state may take it over. School board Chairman Diane Mikulis said yesterday that the results point out that "middle school is one area where we need to focus more attention."
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By Laura Dreibelbis and Laura Dreibelbis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 21, 2001
Youths used to dread staying after school, but at Murray Hill Middle School half the pupil population fills the building at the end of the day to have fun, hang with friends and get help with their studies. "There's girls here. I've met people here," joked Charles Bowman, 13. Charles is one of about 270 pupils attending After School at the Hill, which offers social, academic and athletic activities for children at the North Laurel school. "The main focus is to provide them that extra something," said program coordinator Tanya Holmes.
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March 14, 2003
A neighborhood advisory board to Howard County's premier health organization hopes to make the medicine go down more easily by adding a dose of martial arts, jazz, cheer routines, search-and-rescue dogs and balloons. The Southeast Horizon Council's "Fun, Food & Fitness Family Expo," scheduled at Murray Hill Middle School on March 22, will feature performances by the Murray Hill Unity Step Team and Jazz Band, as well as squads, bands and teams from nearby schools. Eighth-grade Murray Hill artists will offer face painting, and the Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.
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September 28, 2007
The Southeast Horizon Council and the Howard County Health Department will hold the fifth Family Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Murray Hill Middle School, 9989 Winter Sun Road, North Laurel. The event is designed to provide residents with access to Howard County's health and human service providers. Free blood pressure, dental, vision, hearing, HIV and breast health screenings are planned. A limited number of eyeglasses and hearing aids will be available. A Health Department representative will provide nasal flu vaccine to qualified children, ages 5 to 18. Health information Information will be available on health programs and local health and human service providers.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | August 17, 2007
Howard County officials say they are dismayed but determined to improve after learning that for the first time two county schools failed to meet federal test standards two years in a row. Murray Hill and Oakland Mills middle schools were included on a list of 176 poor-performing schools statewide. Any school failing to meet the standards for two consecutive years is classified as"needs improvement." If a school fails five years in a row, the state may take it over. School board Chairman Diane Mikulis said yesterday that the results point out that "middle school is one area where we need to focus more attention."
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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | August 20, 2006
A few pupils made the difference in why three of 56 Howard County elementary and middle schools -- Murray Hill Middle, Oakland Mills Middle and Cradlerock School -- this year failed to meet "adequate yearly progress," or AYP, the yardstick under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The AYP measure is determined by factors including standardized tests scores and is used, among other things, to determine whether parents can transfer their children to...
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By KAREN NITKIN and KAREN NITKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 14, 2006
The magnet that 10-year-old Nathan Rivera was creating featured a creature with large, mismatched googly eyes, a blue fuzzball of a head and an oversized mustache, made from a strip of blue felt. "I made Albert Einstein," Nathan said. "He's crazy about his new idea." Nathan was one of about 70 kids attending the Summer at the Hill camp put on by Murray Hill Middle School in Laurel. During the hourlong arts and crafts part of the day, he sat with several other pupils and made magnet creatures.
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By Liz Bowie and Liz F. Kay and Liz Bowie and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | June 30, 2004
Six Howard County elementary schools have worked their way off a list of those failing to meet federal standards, but an alternative school for students who struggled in traditional classrooms has been added to the list and two middle schools face greater scrutiny. State education officials, who are charged with implementing the federal No Child Left Behind Act, released the annual list of troubled schools yesterday. More than 30 Baltimore schools that have failed to meet standards for several years in a row will be forced by federal law to undergo a major overhaul this year.
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March 19, 2004
Murray Hill Middle School and Southeast Horizon Council are presenting the second Fun, Food & Fitness Family Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27 at the Laurel school. The organizers hope to make Howard County human services more accessible to Savage and North Laurel residents. Fifty-six health and human-service organizations will send representatives to the expo. Among them are Alianza de la Commidad, Conexiones, Domestic Violence Center, Earth Treks, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, Foreign-born Information and Referral Network, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Howard County Health Department, Howard County Library, Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging and the Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center Inc. Free blood pressure, dental, vision and breast health screenings will be offered.
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By Fay Lande | March 12, 2004
Middle and high school students will participate in the Howard public schools' 10th Technology Education Challenge from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Reservoir High School. Technology Education students have worked on projects in their home schools. Those who have created mobile projects, such as miniature cars, planes and robots will compete tomorrow. Students used engineering, design and problem-solving processes in creating their projects. An air-powered dragster (10 inches long and made of wood)
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By Lourdes Sullivan and Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 18, 2000
REPORT CARDS have been issued a little later than usual at area schools because of inclement weather. They bring with them the usual anxiety generated by our children's performance reviews -- and an opportunity to notice some of the wonderful things our students have been doing. Here's a sampling. At Hammond Middle School, children have been busy with the school's science fair -- Science Expo 2000. Sophia Berruz won the competition with her project, "Let's Make Paper." Yao Lu won second place with "Which Fabric Is the Best Insulator," and Paige Lewis and Lauren Greer won third prize for "The Flame Game."
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By Fay Lande | March 12, 2004
Middle and high school students will participate in the Howard public schools' 10th Technology Education Challenge from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Reservoir High School. Technology Education students have worked on projects in their home schools. Those who have created mobile projects, such as miniature cars, planes and robots will compete tomorrow. Students used engineering, design and problem-solving processes in creating their projects. An air-powered dragster (10 inches long and made of wood)
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | October 25, 2003
Chris Gonzalez was the teacher who let the kids chew gum in class, took them to Washington Wizards basketball games and always had candy on hand to reward a good grade. At 24 and closer in age to many of his pupils than to his colleagues at Murray Hill Middle School in North Laurel, Gonzalez was loving his first five months of teaching. But it all came to a halt Jan. 30, when Gonzalez, a Marine reservist, was called to duty in Iraq. School administrators informed students of Gonzalez's orders on the morning announcements.
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