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By SUSAN REIMER | February 18, 2007
ANNAPOLIS HIGH SCHOOL doesn't have a teacher problem. It has a parent problem. In the past month, Anne Arundel County Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell has announced that the faculty and the staff at the school -- from the principal to the janitors -- must reapply for their jobs. The reason? A handful of students has failed assessment tests in each of the past four years, and the school is in danger of a state takeover. I think the state should take over the households those failing students come from and make the parents reapply for their jobs.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Monday marked the return of public schools staff in Howard County before next week's opening of school for students, and teachers were greeted with pulsating Motown music and call-and-response chanting. The Elementary School Model Kick-off, a pep rally-style event at Jim Rouse Theatre in Columbia was a precursor to the district's much-discussed new approach to students' early years. School officials announced the new elementary school model in the spring; it's intended to close achievement gaps and foster physical, social and emotional development.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | February 5, 1993
It's been 23 years since Patuxent Valley Middle School principal David Oaks has been in the classroom as a teacher.But today, the former math and science instructor will be teaching a class of Patuxent Valley eighth-graders about Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."Mr. Oaks' turn as a teacher is part of Patuxent Valley's "Trading Places" day, in which school staff members switch jobs with a colleague for one day.The plan was developed by the school's Human Relations Committee."The whole idea is to get the staff talking to one another, understanding one another and to see what everybody does in the classroom," said Bonnie Ritchie, the committee's chairwoman.
NEWS
June 4, 2014
Baltimore police deployed extra officers around Digital Harbor High School in Federal Hill and a handful of other schools this week to ensure students' safety in the wake of recent threats and violent attacks against Latino students. The beefed-up security presence appears to have calmed a situation that was threatening to get out of hand after all but seven of the Digital Harbor's more than 100 Latino students stayed home last Friday because they feared being attacked by black students on the streets near the school.
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,sun reporter | January 25, 2007
No one was spared. Cafeteria workers. Teachers. School secretaries. The principal. All 193 staff members at Annapolis High School must reapply for their jobs in a drastic step announced yesterday by Superintendent Kevin Maxwell. It is a radical move that top Anne Arundel County school officials hope will reverse anemic student performance and head off a state takeover they fear is in the future of their flagship high school.
SPORTS
By Jon Fogg, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2013
Chesapeake Bayhawks attackman Casey Powell has accepted the position of director of lacrosse and head coach at North Broward Prep in Coconut Creek, Fla., with the goal of building the "best high school staff in America," according to a news release. Powell, 37, one of the most respected names in lacrosse, will supervise all levels of the boys and girls lacrosse programs and serve as the boys varsity coach next season. He already has a commitment from Bayhawks coach Dave Cottle to serve as a consultant.
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By Laura Loh and Laura Loh,SUN STAFF | April 5, 2005
One recent morning, a group of fourth-graders filed out of Jane Brewer's classroom, appearing refreshed and ready for their afternoon classes. "I like to sing because it brings out `me,'" said 9-year-old Zakiya Sewell. Not only does Brewer's music class provide an artistic outlet for children at William Paca Elementary, but it also gives regular teachers - who take turns dropping off their classes at her door - time away from their pupils to collaborate with their colleagues and learn new teaching methods.
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By Todd Richissin and Stephanie Desmon and Todd Richissin and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2001
UPPER MARLBORO - A 17-year-old special education student died yesterday after tumbling to the ground and going into cardiac arrest during an altercation with a school staff member, officials said. The student, Carlton Eugene Thomas, was bruised about the face during the incident, said his mother, Sheila H. Bracey, who sped to the hospital and identified her only child. Her son, who was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 145 pounds, complained last week that he had been physically abused by staff members at the school, she said.
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BY A SUN REPORTER | March 2, 2006
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education endorsed yesterday a spending plan for the next fiscal year that includes funds to screen parents and school visitors against national and state sex offender registries. The school board approved an operating budget of more than $801 million and a capital budget of more than $113 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The budget goes to County Executive Janet S. Owens, who can cut the budget before she adds it to her spending plan for the county, which then goes to the County Council.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2012
Multiple students at Old Mill High School in Anne Arundel County were interviewed by administrators and school police Monday after an unsubstantiated rumor began spreading through the hallways that a shooting was planned there Friday. Those interviewing the students found "nothing credible" about the rumor, but Principal James Todd sent a letter home to parents - and sent out emails and a robocall message - alerting them to the troubling chatter. "We have interviewed every student whose name was brought to our attention and pursued every piece of information we have been given," Todd wrote in the letter.
NEWS
March 22, 2014
How do you change a culture of chronic absenteeism in Baltimore City? It's like eating an elephant; you have to take one bite at a time ("City principals face discipline for student absenteeism," March 16). After coordinating an attendance initiative in Baltimore City and working to help urban school districts improve school attendance, there are a few things I know for sure. It takes collaboration to educate parents, students and school staff on attendance policy and procedure. It takes resources to remove barriers to attendance and it takes consistency to hold all parties accountable in making sure children attend school on a daily basis.
NEWS
February 19, 2014
As a former Baltimore City schoolteacher I read with interest your story regarding workers' compensation for teachers injured by students ( "Painful lessons: Run-ins with students take toll on teachers, city finances," Feb. 16). While I was never injured myself, I broke up many a fight in my 6 t h - and 7 t h -grade classrooms, and there were occasions where I certainly felt concerned for my own safety confronting a particularly threatening student. What I find especially appalling is the idea that a teacher, due to "ineffectiveness," is in any way responsible for the behavior of children who assault one another or staff members at school.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2014
A student at Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery County has active tuberculosis and parents were told Feb. 6 in a letter that some other staff and students will be tested for the disease, though the risk of transmission is small. The letter from school and health officials told parents that the infected student is being treated and there is no additional risk of exposure. Those who need to be tested had classes with the infected student or an after-school activity between October and January.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
A 12-year-old girl was robbed at gunpoint while walking to her Southeast Baltimore school last week, police confirmed after the school's principal sent parents a letter about the incident. The girl, a student at Patterson Park Public Charter School in the first block of N. Lakewood Ave., was walking to school in her uniform about 7:30 a.m. Jan. 28 when a man wearing a ski mask approached her with a gun drawn and demanded her cellphone. The incident took place at Rose Street and Fairmount Avenue, and the gunman fled eastbound on Fairmount Avenue, police said.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Federal education and justice officials unveiled during a visit to Baltimore on Wednesday the first set of national school discipline guidelines to reduce out-of-school suspensions and address the disproportionate suspension rates of students of color and those with disabilities. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder jointly announced the comprehensive package of guidelines at Frederick Douglass High School, the first time the federal government has issued guidance on school discipline.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
Durrell Gaskins was on his way to work when he stepped into a group of about 30 people in a fight involving students at nearby Forest Park High School, his father said Thursday. Durant Gaskins said he watched as his son was stabbed to death. Gaskins said he and his 25-year-old son, who worked as a mixer at Elite Spice in Jessup, saw the commotion Wednesday afternoon on Belle Avenue near Garrison Boulevard. Durrell Gaskin ran over, then collapsed moments later as his father rushed to his side.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2012
A Baltimore school staff member was injured Monday during an altercation with a woman who pulled out a knife when she was informed she couldn't visit a student, according to city school officials. The school system lauded the rapid actions of school employees who stopped the unsupervised visitor, at a time when school systems across the country are being especially vigilant after a mass shooting at a Connecticut school Friday in which 20 children and six school employees were killed.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
A 15-year-old student at Glen Burnie High who police say went to the school Tuesday with a loaded .22-caliber handgun was arrested and charged as a juvenile with a weapons violation. Officials credited three staff members at the school with detaining the student and discovering the gun in a book bag. "I don't think it's possible to overstate the importance that an alert school secretary and two assistant principals — who didn't take simple answers that weren't adding up at face value — played in preventing what could have been a disastrous situation," said Bob Mosier, a spokesman for Anne Arundel public schools.
SPORTS
By Jon Fogg, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2013
Chesapeake Bayhawks attackman Casey Powell has accepted the position of director of lacrosse and head coach at North Broward Prep in Coconut Creek, Fla., with the goal of building the "best high school staff in America," according to a news release. Powell, 37, one of the most respected names in lacrosse, will supervise all levels of the boys and girls lacrosse programs and serve as the boys varsity coach next season. He already has a commitment from Bayhawks coach Dave Cottle to serve as a consultant.
EXPLORE
Editorial from The Aegis | June 13, 2013
Harford County Public Schools leadership has left the realm of reality as it applies to budget management. The decision that no doubt will be getting the most attention in the coming weeks is a recommendation by the administration, and approved by the board of education, to levy fees against students who participate in after school programs ranging from athletics to band to yearbook. This is a terrible idea, and one that could well result in less money being collected through extracurricular activities than comes in at present.
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