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By Jean Leslie and Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 14, 1997
PATAPSCO MIDDLE School Chamber Choir performed at the 1997 "Power through Partnership" Conference. The audience included more than 3,000 music teachers from five professional organizations. They gave the choir a rousing standing ovation and calls for an encore.The choir was chosen from among the more than 100 taped auditions sent by music groups across the United States.Leading the program of international art and folk music was Patapsco's music teacher Dan LeJeune. Accompanist was Kerri Hyatt LeJeune.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2010
The family of a Howard County student has filed a $10 million federal lawsuit against several officials in the school system, alleging that administrators failed to protect the student from bullying that led to his suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Tuesday, alleges that in December 2007, officials at Patapsco Middle School in Ellicott City failed to protect the student's rights to due process and equal protection by not intervening in "serious episodes of student-on-student violence" by a group of five students.
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By Jean Leslie and Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 7, 1996
IN EACH LIFETIME, everyone gets 15 minutes of fame.Steven Gibson, principal of Patapsco Middle School, will have a full year as Maryland's new Principal of the Year, selected by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.Gibson did his student teaching in 1976 at Patapsco Middle and has been working with the county's secondary students ever since.After college, he taught social studies at Glenwood Middle School for nine years. His career as an administrator includes six years as an assistant principal at Harper's Choice Middle, Centennial High and Howard High schools.
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March 16, 2008
The Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center is offering free drop-in bridge and pinochle and table games. A bridge group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; Pinochle meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Those who attend are invited to bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided. Donations are accepted for the snack fund. Duplicate bridge is available from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. Mahjong is played at the center from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
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By Sherry Joe and Sherry Joe,Sun Staff Writer | May 27, 1994
Bobby Bergin, a seventh-grader at Patapsco Middle School, won't miss the school's open space classroom design nor its antiquated heating and air conditioning system when he returns to school next fall.By that time, the Ellicott City school will have traditional enclosed classrooms and a partially complete new heating and air conditioning system."It won't be as hot," said the seventh-grader, "and with enclosed classrooms we won't hear noise from other classrooms."Over the next two years, the Ellicott City school will undergo a $2.3 million renovation project that will transform it from a school without classroom walls to one with enclosed classrooms, a new air conditioning and heating system, windows, wheelchair ramps and handicapped-accessible restrooms.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter | May 27, 2007
Howard High School is the latest example of the union stepping in when relationships between staff members and administrators go awry. Ann DeLacy, president of the Howard County Education Association, likens the situation at Howard High to that at Patapsco Middle School last year. DeLacy said the union met with top system administrators after Patapsco's staff clashed with Carol Mohsberg, the principal. Mohsberg left the school system at the end of the 2005- 2006 academic year. "That situation was resolved," DeLacy said.
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August 6, 2003
Principal Carol Mohsberg knew Patapsco Middle School's music program needed help the first time she walked into the school orchestra's practice space. "At that time, the orchestra teacher was practicing in a storage room off of the cafeteria." Mohsberg recalled. It was so small that as she stepped inside a musician accidentally poked the new principal with her bow as she drew it across her cello. Since that incident four years ago, Mohsberg has worked to upgrade Patapsco's music programs by implementing schedules that aid music instruction and by pushing to expand music facilities with the school's new adddition and renovation.
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By Donna Payne and Donna Payne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 31, 2001
Call them the voiceless parents. Officially, they are the "limited English-speaking population," or LEP, with children in Howard County schools. "It's not that they physically don't have a voice," said Min Kim, ESOL Family and Community Outreach Liaison for county public schools. "It's that they cannot express their thoughts and needs in the language of English, which is the language of instruction and conversation in this country." In an effort to help teachers and staff members better understand the needs of parents and pupils with limited English proficiency, Patapsco Middle School recently made that topic the focus of its staff development day workshop.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1995
Patapsco Middle School and Worthington Elementary School signed educational partnerships recently with an area state park and a local building company.Patapsco Middle's agreement with Patapsco Valley State Park will allow the school's seventh-graders to volunteer at the park.The students will do work in the park's McKeldin area, including clearing hiking paths, removing fallen wood and painting picnic tables. The partnership will give the seventh-graders a chance to fulfil their community service graduation requirement.
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May 23, 2004
School redistricting holds little promise Well, the annual Howard County redistricting marathon has begun again. This should be an interesting year, as the decision has been made to redistrict both the middle and high schools. High school redistricting will be done in order to fill the new 12th high school, in Marriottsville. Middle school redistricting will correct mistakes made during the last redistricting. Fiasco or comedy of errors is perhaps an overly dramatic description of these events.
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March 12, 2008
Informal session with school board The Board of Education of Howard County regularly holds Coffee & Conversation sessions at schools throughout the county. The next session is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in the media center at Fulton Elementary School, 11600 Scaggsville Road. These meetings provide an opportunity to talk informally with board members. The meetings are held in various regions of the county. Technology plan for the 21st century The Howard County school system is developing a five-year comprehensive technology plan to prepare for learning in the 21st century.
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March 9, 2008
The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a camp during the county school system's spring break at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Historic Ellicott City. "Victorian Dreams Living History Half-Day Camp" will be held March 17-20 from 9 a.m. to noon for students in grades four, five and six. The cost is $95 per camper. Participants will travel in time to the 1850s and will dress in camp-adapted pinafores as they make authentic crafts, play games and sports of the time period and learn Victorian dancing.
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March 2, 2008
Mount Hebron High School and Patapsco Middle School are holding a mulch sale. Each 3-cubic-foot bag of shredded hardwood is $4.50 plus 6 percent sales tax. Orders are due Friday. Orders of 15 bags or more will be delivered free in the Mount Hebron High School sending district area between 8 a.m. and noon March 29. Orders of less than 15 bags can be picked up at Patapsco Middle School, 8885 Old Frederick Road, from 8 a.m. to noon March 29. Go to www.mulchsale.net to download order forms.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter | May 27, 2007
Howard High School is the latest example of the union stepping in when relationships between staff members and administrators go awry. Ann DeLacy, president of the Howard County Education Association, likens the situation at Howard High to that at Patapsco Middle School last year. DeLacy said the union met with top system administrators after Patapsco's staff clashed with Carol Mohsberg, the principal. Mohsberg left the school system at the end of the 2005- 2006 academic year. "That situation was resolved," DeLacy said.
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By HANAH CHO and HANAH CHO,SUN REPORTER | October 28, 2005
An elementary school redistricting plan recommended by Howard County Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin offers no significant changes to an earlier proposal drafted by the school system's planning office. Cousin's recommendations for filling a new elementary school in Dayton, opening in August, and relieving crowding at neighboring schools follow the boundary adjustments suggested by David C. Drown, the school system's manager of school planning, and a citizens advisory committee. Cousin's proposal was to be unveiled at a school board meeting last night.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | July 6, 2005
With no more new schools planned in Howard County beyond 2007, education officials are still projecting four buildings to be over 115 percent of capacity in 2009 -- but an impatient County Council is pressing for a plan to eliminate all crowded schools. "If we come around to budget season again next year and that list of long-range capital projects looks empty, and we're still projecting schools over 115 percent, I'm not going to vote for your budget," council Chairman Guy Guzzone warned David C. Drown, the school system's demographer.
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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer | February 21, 1995
Six arson fires in trash bins at five Howard County schools late Sunday and early yesterday may have been pranks, but fire officials say the incidents could have prevented them from responding to serious calls.The fires caused no serious property damage, said Lt. Dan Merson, a spokesman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue.Fire officials said the fires appeared to be set by the same person or group. Five of the incidents were in Ellicott City and one was in Columbia's Hickory Ridge Village.
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By Diane Mullaly | May 12, 1996
25 years ago (week of May 9-15, 1971):The Judicial Selection Committee of the 5th Judicial District was seeking applicants for District Court judges. The District Court system would be implemented July 1, replacing the People's Court. The two Howard County People's Court judges, Thomas Nissel and Charles Wehland, were automatically candidates for Howard County's District Court.More than 700 students and faculty members at Mount Hebron High School signed a petition protesting the proposed transfer of Patapsco Middle School eighth graders to Mount Hebron.
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March 27, 2005
Elkridge Landing Middle School's "Jump & Hoops for Heart," scheduled for April 7, will raise money for the American Heart Association. Students, parents and staff members, who will receive pledge envelopes, are encouraged to participate. In "Hoops for Heart," a basketball competition, students and staff members form teams of three and compete in a grade-level tournament. "Jump for Heart" will include individual and team jump-rope competitions and hula-hoop contests. The children will also work on health-related activities in the classroom.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2004
Howard County schools Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin has recommended small modifications in his redistricting proposal for high schools after crunching student enrollment projections in a slightly different way to reduce the risk of moving too many students. The minor changes come on the heels of today's public hearing, the last one before the county Board of Education is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a plan to fill Marriott's Ridge High, slated to open next fall. Cousin presented his adjustments during the board's latest work session Tuesday night.
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