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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2011
The joke began simple enough: "One hundred eighty-five gorillas walk into a bar. The bartender says, 'Sorry, we don't serve your kind here.'" Members of the Severna Park High School Improv Team stood beneath bright lights, and one by one each stepped forward and offered the best think-fast punch line. "Awww, we heard the Monkees were playing. " "What? But you served Darwin. " "But all we want is a little vine. " The exercise capped a two-hour practice of wisecracks and wit, puns and ploys designed to fine-tune the budding comedy skills of a group that regularly stages on-campus shows, often requesting material from their audiences.
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By Peter Crispino and For The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
Two new synthetic turf fields unveiled this week at Kinder Farm Park will transform the Millersvillle facility into the new home of Severna Park High School athletics - at least for the foreseeable future. Community leaders, school officials and student athletes gathered at the complex Monday to dedicate the fields, which along with four additional grass surfaces will accommodate many of the Falcons' fall and spring sports teams while construction is underway on the new Severna Park High School.
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,Sun reporter | August 23, 2007
The College Board has placed a top Anne Arundel County high school on probation after a cheating scandal last spring, warning that the school will no longer be allowed to offer Advanced Placement exams if the problem reoccurs, school officials said yesterday. In its decision this week, the College Board also banned the instructor involved in the May 11 incident at Severna Park High School from administering any future AP exams and required the school's designated AP coordinator to attend a training workshop.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
David Hart is a bit of an anomaly in the world of fashion. In an industry dominated by larger-than-life personalities, fickle taste and cutthroat politics, he prefers to play nice, stay cool and let his work do the talking. "I really appreciate all the people that I've met and the relationships I've built," said Hart, 32. "I treat people the way I like to be treated. I really respect the talent of the people I've worked with. As a result, people respect me as well. " His approach has ingratiated him with the fashion elite.
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March 23, 2007
The 17-year-old sibling of last year's student member on the Anne Arundel County school board has snared the seat for next year. Sage Snider, a junior at Severna Park High School, was tapped yesterday in an election sponsored by the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils. More than 175 county middle and high school students voted during the student General Assembly meeting at South River High School. Roniann LaRoque of Broadneck High School and Meagan Lutz of Southern High School also competed for the seat.
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By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 21, 2002
SEVERNA PARK High School's 13th annual Rock 'n' Roll Revival is a cavalcade of familiar tunes from the '50s, '60s and '70s. It's also a showcase of many familiar faces. Students and teachers are joined by alumni to put on a rock 'n' roll revue that covers three decades of musical history. "This is rock-solid rock 'n' roll," says Angela Germanos, a 1974 SPHS graduate who is now a French instructor at the school and, for the first time, the rock show's producer. This year's show is directed by SPHS choral instructor Kathy Gabriele.
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,SUN REPORTER | May 25, 2007
Amid concerns about cheating at Severna Park High School, Anne Arundel County student government leaders said that the problem is common at their schools too and goes unchecked because of defensive parents, weak administrators and a frantic competition to get into top colleges. At a forum this week with two school board members, students said they do not believe their schools are abiding by a five-year-old Board of Education policy that requires an Honor Council made up of parents, educators and students in every middle and high school.
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By Laura Loh and Laura Loh,SUN STAFF | December 6, 2002
Severna Park High School ranked among the best schools in Maryland on high school assessment results released yesterday - one of the few silver linings Anne Arundel schools officials could find as they discussed the county's generally dismal performance on the statewide tests. Overall, the county ranked between seventh and 15th in the state in the five subjects tested - much worse than the two top-performing school systems, neighboring Howard and Montgomery counties. "That's just totally unacceptable," said schools Superintendent Eric J. Smith.
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By KAREN NITKIN and KAREN NITKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 7, 2006
Ben Reed is sitting in a corner at a friend's house, head down, trying to make himself cry. So far, the whites of his eyes are a little red, but they are tear-free. "For me, it's a challenge," the Severna Park High School senior says. "I've even tried poking my eyes." The pressure is on, because Reed and four of his classmates are still tinkering with their new full-length movie, which will premiere in the school's auditorium Friday. The movie, Broken Dreams, was written, filmed, acted, edited and even scored by the students for an independent study program that started in the fall.
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By Laura Loh and Laura Loh,SUN STAFF | May 14, 2003
Teachers at Severna Park High School began a work-to-rule job action yesterday to protest Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens' plan to eliminate $14.8 million worth of teacher raises from next year's budget. Under the job action, most of the school's 97 teachers are refusing to do work not required of them under the terms of their contract, such as staying after school to tutor students or grading papers at home, organizers said. Teachers picketed outside the school on Robinson Road before the beginning of the school day and after walking out together at 2:45 p.m. - the official end of their workday - in a show of solidarity.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Calling Severna Park High School "one of the highest-performing, worst facilities I've ever seen in this state," Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said this week the state will come up with money to help Anne Arundel County Public Schools replace the aging facility — but not the $25 million the county wants this year. Franchot toured the 55-year-old high school with school officials and County Executive Laura Neuman on Monday, and said he came away convinced calls for a replacement are not unfounded.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2014
County Executive Laura Neuman, House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch, state Sen. Edward Reilly and other Anne Arundel County lawmakers joined school officials this week in petitioning the state Board of Public Works for more funding for school projects, namely $25 million to begin reconstruction for Severna Park High School. At the so-called beg-a-thon for statewide school money, state comptroller and Public Works board member Peter Franchot read from emails he'd received that depicted Severna Park High as "unsafe, unhealthy for children … and literally falling apart.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
County Executive Laura Neuman said last week that she will work with the county school board and the county's delegation in Annapolis to petition state officials to fund the long-awaited Severna Park High construction project, which is scheduled to begin this year. Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 raised eyebrows in Anne Arundel when it included $18.8 million as the state's contribution toward the county's school projects but made no provision for $25.2 million the school system had requested to begin construction of Severna Park High's replacement.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2013
A community meeting to discuss the design for a new Severna Park High School that was planned for Monday night has been postponed, school system officials said. A new date has not yet been set.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2011
The joke began simple enough: "One hundred eighty-five gorillas walk into a bar. The bartender says, 'Sorry, we don't serve your kind here.'" Members of the Severna Park High School Improv Team stood beneath bright lights, and one by one each stepped forward and offered the best think-fast punch line. "Awww, we heard the Monkees were playing. " "What? But you served Darwin. " "But all we want is a little vine. " The exercise capped a two-hour practice of wisecracks and wit, puns and ploys designed to fine-tune the budding comedy skills of a group that regularly stages on-campus shows, often requesting material from their audiences.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2011
Dr. Sherman Samuel Robinson, a retired pediatrician who had been the athletics physician for Severna Park High School, died of cancer Monday at his Edgewater home. He was 79. Born in Pittsfield, Mass., and raised on Staten Island, N.Y., he earned a degree in biology and chemistry from Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va. He also belonged to the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was a 1957 graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine. While at Georgetown he met his future wife, Joan McCarron.
NEWS
December 6, 1990
Colleen Loftus, 18, daughter of Edward and Charlotte Loftus of Severna Park, has received a four-year, renewable full-tuition scholarship from the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury State University.A 1990 graduate of Severna Park High School, where she ranked in the top 5 percent of her class, Loftus is a freshman majoring in accounting at SSU.Loftus received the county Merit Scholar Award for her superior academic performance in high school. She was a member of the executive and blood drive committees and was chairwoman of the Induction Committee for Severna Park High's National Honor Society.
NEWS
May 27, 2007
ISSUE: Amid concerns about rampant cheating at Severna Park High School, Anne Arundel County student government leaders said that the problem is common at their schools, too, and goes unchecked because of defensive parents, weak administrators and a frantic competition to get into top colleges. The discussion with school board members on Wednesday came a day after county school system officials stopped three Severna Park High students from retaking the Advanced Placement U.S. history exam after they allegedly got hold of a sealed packet of questions and sneaked into a bathroom to find answers in a review manual.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2011
They had already been through the public testimony, the email campaigns and, they thought, the political wrangling. Severna Park High School was on track to receive a nearly $107 million to rebuild one of Anne Arundel County's highest-performing schools — but also one of its worst facilities. But some members of the County Council argued that for the same price, the school system could renovate six elementary schools that they said were just as needy. At what seemed to Severna Park advocates like the last minute, the council voted to delay funding for the project and use the money for the other schools.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2011
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education approved plans Wednesday to construct a new Severna Park High School, a $99 million replacement building that would be 38,000 square feet larger than the current facility and would take less than four years to complete. School officials say the proposal mirrors one from Superintendent Kevin Maxwell and a planning committee of school and community members. The board requested $3.58 million for the coming fiscal year to design the school, officials said.
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