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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | February 9, 1995
After a first year plagued by disruption and the lowest test scores in the county, teachers at Runnymede Elementary School are asking the school board not to deal them another blow.At the board's meeting last night, administrators presented a plan to redraw district lines between Taneytown and Runnymede elementary schools. Taneytown Elementary is scheduled to open after extensive renovations in September.The proposal would shift an estimated 146 children, and therefore several teachers, from Runnymede to Taneytown.
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By Katie V. Jones | December 20, 2012
Grumbles and sighs of exasperation were heard coming from the group of third-grade boys huddled around the square piece of pirate-printed fleece. Comments such as "I can't do this" and "This is hard" punctuated the boys' struggles to tie knots in the fabric's fringes. "I'm getting an awful lot of 'can'ts' from you boys," said Kerry Wolf, a parent volunteer at the table. "I think you can. It's like tying a balloon. We're having a water balloon battle and don't even know it. " The boys, along with their fellow students at Runnymede Elementary School, were taking part in the school's fourth annual Project Linus project Dec. 19. A nonprofit organization founded in 1998, Project Linus provides blankets for security, warmth and comfort to children who are ill, traumatized or in need, according to Connie Richman, coordinator for Project Linus in Carroll County.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | February 13, 1994
Wastewater is flowing again at Runnymede Elementary School this week, and by this time next month, it could be students and teachers doing the flushing.This week school officials may set a date to move students and teachers into the new building by mid-March. The much-anticipated move was delayed first by bad weather interrupting construction, and last month by a freeze of the wastewater treatment plant.The building itself has been ready since early January, and teachers have been moving in and setting up classrooms.
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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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By Jean Marie Beall and Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 19, 2000
RUNNYMEDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL'S cafeteria staff took first place honors for its quick breads at the annual Carroll County Food Service Association's recent bake-off. "I felt great about the first-place win, especially since it was a new recipe we had tried," said Jackie Wine, one of Runnymede's cooks who has been a food service operator for 18 years. "This is the first time we have won first place." The entry that earned a blue ribbon last weekend and a chance to go to the state convention in Ocean City was peanut butter muffins, Wine said.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff Writer | January 13, 1994
Runnymede Elementary School will open Feb. 2, five months after the target opening date at the beginning of this school year.Students will be out of school from Jan. 27 through Feb. 1 to allow Runnymede staff members to move into the new building and set up classrooms. All schools will be closed Jan. 28 for a professional day.The Runnymede announcement comes none too soon for the school's teachers, who have expressed concern that their temporary quarters at the Taneytown Elementary School interfere with instruction, said Cynthia Cummings, president of the Carroll County Education Association.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | February 2, 1994
When the Runnymede Elementary School building is ready for occupancy, students will move there no matter how late in the school year that is, says Superintendent R. Edward Shilling.Mr. Shilling and school officials are waiting for the ground to thaw to assess the full damage done to the new school's wastewater treatment plant.They don't know whether the school will be ready in a month, they say. Even if it's not until June, Mr. Shilling said, "when the school is ready, regardless of when that is, we're moving."
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff Writer | January 10, 1994
Staff at Runnymede Elementary School can begin moving in over the next month, but no date has been set for students to begin classes there, said Lester Surber, supervisor of school construction.But Dr. Surber said he is optimistic the school would open for students by early next month.County officials issued Thursday a "temporary use and occupancy permit" that allows staff to use the building and finalizes the move, Dr. Surber said. The Carroll County Health Department also approved the permit, he said.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff Writer | January 4, 1994
The delayed opening of Runnymede Elementary School could be only a month away, but school officials probably won't announce the date until the Carroll County Board of Education meets Jan. 12, the director of school support services, said yesterday.Vernon Smith said a meeting later this week with the contractor and agencies involved in approving the school for occupancy will give him a better idea of when to set the opening date. But he said he will need to pull together information for the school board before making an announcement.
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By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer | March 15, 1994
The bulletin boards are decorated. The name tags are neatly placed on the kindergarten cloak and belongings rack. The water runs. The toilets flush.Runnymede Elementary School is finally open -- knock on wood."
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Childs Walker and Jennifer McMenamin and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | September 23, 2003
It wasn't until 12:45 yesterday morning that Jim Parker finally got good news about the last of Carroll County's public schools without electricity. "I was having one of those little kind of sitting-up naps you have when you're waiting for a call," Parker, the school system's maintenance supervisor, said of his nearly sleepless night. "I called BG&E to ask them what the status was and they said they were just about ready to turn it on." He arrived at Runnymede Elementary School, between Westminster and Taneytown, at 1 a.m. to flip the switch that restored power to the red-brick building and cleared the last hurdle to reopening the entire school system yesterday on schedule.
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By Jean Marie Beall and Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 16, 2002
RUNNYMEDE Elementary School raised more than $9,000 for Carroll County Food Sunday of Westminster during its recent walkathon. The walkathon is a community-service project that combines the efforts of pupils, teachers, staff members and local businesses to provide food for residents of Carroll County, said Susan Routson, a physical education teacher who has organized the event for the past five years. "Our staff has used this project as an opportunity to improve student organization skills, as well as challenge their mathematical abilities," she said.
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By Jean Marie Beall and Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 24, 2002
RUNNYMEDE Elementary School pupils got a purple surprise last week. When pupils walked into their classrooms, they found Ravens car flags on every desk. For the elementary school, that means 623 flags. Third-grade teacher Kristen Karr, an enthusiastic Ravens fan, said Flag Day evolved from her display of team support the first day of school, when a wall was covered with Ravens posters, pictures and calendars. "One of my students, Andrew Lurz, told me his father, Michael Lurz, is president of the Westminster chapter of the Ravens Roost," Karr said.
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By Jean Marie Beall and Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 27, 2001
THE NAVY BATTLESHIP sits on a ledge near a teller's window at the Uniontown branch of Farmers & Mechanics Bank. It is nearly 2 feet long and more than a foot tall. The ship, made of Lego blocks, is the creation of Charles Keeney, 11. Charles said the ship took him more than two days to make and contains more than 500 Lego pieces. The ship is Charles' latest creation. Last year, the Union Bridge youth made a model of a laptop computer. From scratch. No blueprint or prior drawing or instructions guided him. It was a project for Elmer Wolfe Elementary School.
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August 12, 2001
Principal's transfer a shock to community Anyone who cares about public schools should be concerned about the current situation in Carroll County at Runnymede Elementary School. Without officially notifying parents, without consulting parents or teachers for input and without forming a search committee involving students and parents, Board of Education administrators have transferred Runnymede's excellent principal of only two years, Joseph Dorsey, to another, smaller elementary school.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | August 9, 2001
Parents from Runnymede Elementary School near Taneytown are upset that they're losing their principal, assistant principal and several other administrators in one fell swoop. The decision to move Principal Joseph Dorsey and his leadership team from Runnymede to Charles Carroll Elementary was made without community input, parent Robert Kachur told the Carroll County school board yesterday evening. Kachur, who said he represented about 125 concerned parents, called the move drastic and damaging and asked why it was made quickly and quietly.
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By Jean Marie Beall and Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 24, 2002
RUNNYMEDE Elementary School pupils got a purple surprise last week. When pupils walked into their classrooms, they found Ravens car flags on every desk. For the elementary school, that means 623 flags. Third-grade teacher Kristen Karr, an enthusiastic Ravens fan, said Flag Day evolved from her display of team support the first day of school, when a wall was covered with Ravens posters, pictures and calendars. "One of my students, Andrew Lurz, told me his father, Michael Lurz, is president of the Westminster chapter of the Ravens Roost," Karr said.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff Writer | May 19, 1993
Uniontown Elementary School parents urged school official last night to reconsider the plan to house Runnymede Elementary students at Taneytown Elementary for the first half of next year, until the Runnymede building is completed.Some parents were angry, especially about late starting and ending times for the school -- 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.Runnymede will be among five schools in the county with those hours, said Dorothy Mangle, director of elementary education. Some schools must start later because the buses make three runs a day.Mrs.
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By Jean Marie Beall and Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 10, 2001
RUNNYMEDE Elementary School pupils raised more than $8,000 last week during their fourth annual walkathon for Carroll County Food Sunday. More than 500 pupils walked 40 minutes during their special areas time. They had collected pledges for their efforts. "The Carroll County Food Sunday told me that just $10 will buy a crate of eggs this big," physical education teacher Susan Routson told a group of first-graders on the day of the walk as she stretched her arms wide. She also told them that $100 is enough to feed a set of grandparents for a month.
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By Jean Marie Beall and Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 15, 2001
TO MANY RESIDENTS, we've had enough snow this year, thank you. But not Michael Hubenthal, who recently traveled to New York to look for more. Hubenthal, a geologist and eighth-grade science teacher at Northwest Middle School, has returned from a research trip to Lake Placid, N.Y., where he joined 16 teachers and three scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to study frozen waterfalls. "Winter Camp 2001 - Pole to Pole," the official name of the research program, is a partnership among Northwood School in Lake Placid, NASA and Blue Ice International, a nonprofit research organization.
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