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May 13, 2007
Olivia Goldberg, a Severna Park Middle School seventh-grader, has won the national InvestWrite essay competition, earning a new laptop computer and a trip with her parents to Disney World. Her teacher, Julie Weber, will also get a laptop, a trip to the New York Stock Exchange and a subscription to the Wall Street Journal. Olivia competed in the InvestWrite essay contest division of the Maryland Stock Market Game for middle school students and discussed the perfect stock to complement the money she is saving for college.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2010
Severna Park Middle School French teacher Mike McTammany said he was among a few county teachers in 2001 who sought to take students to Canada's French-speaking province, Quebec, to apply the language firsthand. Some classes were all set to go, but the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks prompted the school board to prohibit any foreign travel. McTammany said that some who had already paid for portions of the trip lost money. When foreign travel resumed for county schools, teachers sought again to go, and over the past few years there's been a steady stream of Anne Arundel students touring Quebec City, the provincial capital, and Montreal, the nation's second-largest city.
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By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 28, 2000
WHEN A professional musical ensemble prepares for a concert, part of getting ready is assembling the souvenirs sold at the show - including its recordings. So why should middle-schoolers be any different? When the children in sixth, seventh and eighth grades at Severna Park Middle School took the stage last week for their much-anticipated holiday concert, they had a compact disc of the program's numbers on sale as an audience keepsake. Recording the CD was a learning experience that the school's music teacher and choral director, Kerryanne Kennedy, thought would help make the children better musicians.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2010
When state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick called on Maryland students to pitch in after the devastating earthquake in Haiti this year, they responded. But none quite like the seventh-graders at Severna Park Middle School. The Anne Arundel students were celebrated Thursday afternoon for raising $12,000 for relief efforts in Haiti — the most of any school in Maryland — in the statewide Maryland Kids Care Campaign, Operation Haiti: Collecting Pennies (and More)
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By JONI GUHNE | November 4, 1993
Severna Park Middle School has a new principal: Judith Plattner.A former English and reading resource teacher, Plattner fills the position created when Leslie Mobray became director of pupil services for the county Board of Education."
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By Anica Butler and Anica Butler,Sun reporter | December 8, 2006
Parents will have to wait -- no one knows yet how long -- for long-hoped-for improvements to Severna Park Middle School. After nearly five hours of discussion, debate and public comment Wednesday, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education failed to agree on a course of action to either improve or replace the 39-year-old school. The board considered three options -- moderate renovations, more-extensive renovations and complete replacement of the school. The board voted down the latter two options and did not vote on the moderate renovations.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2004
A middle school and two elementary schools in Anne Arundel County were locked down for about an hour yesterday after a teenager dressed in camouflage gear and carrying what appeared to be a gun walked toward a group of pupils on a field outside the middle school. County police arrested 19-year-old Phillip J. Kaitz, a high school senior from Severna Park, on the grounds of Severna Park Middle School carrying a pellet gun in a military-style harness around his waist. In a gesture of surrender, police said, Kaitz dropped to his knees and put his hands in the air. He had already placed his pellet gun on the ground at the request of school administrators, who stopped the teenager before he approached pupils in a physical education class, police said.
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May 11, 2008
Anne Arundel County school teachers rejected higher pay in favor of a more manageable workweek by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in a union vote last week. More than 170 teachers voted on a measure last Wednesday that would have increased their pay by 6 percent but also required them to work 38 1/2 hours a week. Teachers overwhelmingly defeated the measure amid concerns that the extra pay was not worth the additional workload, said Tim Mennuti, president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,sun reporter | September 23, 2006
Three Baltimore-area schools were among six in Maryland chosen as 2006 Blue Ribbon Schools under the national No Child Left Behind program. Severna Park Middle School in Anne Arundel County, Ridgely Middle School in Baltimore County and Clarksville Middle School in Howard County joined the ranks of 250 schools nationwide recognized for high achievement or significant improvement. Maryland's nominees filled out a lengthy application for the federal program after they were recognized in a statewide Blue Ribbon program.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF | April 29, 1998
How many people does it take to change a light bulb?At Severna Park Middle School, apparently quite a few.School custodians can't replace the outdated tube-shaped bulbs at the 30-year-old school because the manufacturer no longer makes them. When bulbs burn out, they have to remove the entire fixture.Except they can't do that, either, because of asbestos in the ceiling."You'd think this was a simple thing," said Principal Sharon Morell, who has fielded teacher and parent complaints about the lights, "but it's become a complicated and expensive operation to replace these bulbs."
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June 1, 2008
Severna Park students honored Two teams of seventh-grade students from Severna Park Middle School were recently honored for earning first and second place in the middle school category of the Maryland Council on Economic Education-sponsored Stock Market Game, after earning $122,150 and $118,800 in imaginary profit. The first-place team was made up of Tucker Dell, Chad Gehring, Ryan Lamon and Logan Swartz. Taylor Anderson, Cory Duke and Kevin Mak were in the team that finished second. Severna Park Middle math teacher Lori Fowler placed first in the adult/college category.
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May 11, 2008
Anne Arundel County school teachers rejected higher pay in favor of a more manageable workweek by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in a union vote last week. More than 170 teachers voted on a measure last Wednesday that would have increased their pay by 6 percent but also required them to work 38 1/2 hours a week. Teachers overwhelmingly defeated the measure amid concerns that the extra pay was not worth the additional workload, said Tim Mennuti, president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County.
NEWS
October 24, 2007
Education analyst to speak at meeting Nationally known education policy analyst Neal McCluskey will be a guest speaker at tomorrow's meeting of the Anne Arundel County Citizen Advisory Committee as part of the group's effort to improve participation and attendance. McCluskey, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom, will speak about the changing nature of public education, particularly in high schools, under federal mandates like No Child Left Behind. It's a topic McCluskey has explored in numerous newspaper columns as well as in his latest book, Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples, and Compromises American Education.
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May 13, 2007
Olivia Goldberg, a Severna Park Middle School seventh-grader, has won the national InvestWrite essay competition, earning a new laptop computer and a trip with her parents to Disney World. Her teacher, Julie Weber, will also get a laptop, a trip to the New York Stock Exchange and a subscription to the Wall Street Journal. Olivia competed in the InvestWrite essay contest division of the Maryland Stock Market Game for middle school students and discussed the perfect stock to complement the money she is saving for college.
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By Susan Gvozdas and Susan Gvozdas,Special to The Sun | May 6, 2007
Anne Arundel Community College officials had one directive for Kim Hunter before she started teaching Psychology 101 this semester to a group of Severna Park Middle School eighth-graders: Don't water down any of the tests or the homework assignments. Hunter didn't, and she has been surprised at the results. The 13 handpicked students do their homework, learn the material and are enthusiastic during classroom discussions. All of them have held onto their honor-roll status, despite the addition of an after-school class.
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By Anica Butler and Anica Butler,Sun reporter | December 8, 2006
Parents will have to wait -- no one knows yet how long -- for long-hoped-for improvements to Severna Park Middle School. After nearly five hours of discussion, debate and public comment Wednesday, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education failed to agree on a course of action to either improve or replace the 39-year-old school. The board considered three options -- moderate renovations, more-extensive renovations and complete replacement of the school. The board voted down the latter two options and did not vote on the moderate renovations.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | January 18, 1996
For 22 years, Morris Long and the Severna Park Middle School concert band packed the house for Christmas and spring concerts.But a stroke last February and a diagnosis of bone cancer a week later forced the 50-year-old band director to retire.Now, current and former students, parents, and colleagues are saying "thank you" with hundreds of cards and bouquets to a man who has only days to live, according to his doctors."He was one of my favorite teachers," said Larry Serio, 29, a percussionist for Mr. Long 15 years ago. "He took the time to make sure you understood what he was teaching."
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By Anica Butler | December 17, 2006
Board to reassess school improvement At its meeting Wednesday, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education will consider improvements to Severna Park Middle School. At its last meeting, the board failed to come to a consensus on three options for the 39-year-old school: moderate renovations, more extensive renovations or replacement. Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell is again recommending moderate renovations, called a revitalization, which would cost about $46 million. Community members and County Councilwoman Cathleen M. Vitale had asked the board for a "modernization" that would cost $56 million.
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