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By Sherry Joe and Sherry Joe,Staff Writer | January 31, 1994
Since Tracy Kelly's twins joined the after-school Homework Club at St. John's Lane Elementary, she has seen their confidence and self-esteem rise.The Ellicott City mother has undergone some changes herself, as part of a new parent outreach program at the school. Both were funded through a $9,000 United Way grant awarded in October.Through the program, she has learned how to read to her youngsters and has helped draft a letter asking school board officials not to redistrict her children to Rockburn Branch Elementary in Elkridge.
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By Dan Singer | March 3, 2014
Community members and education advocates filled Bethany Community Church on Saturday morning for the Laurel-based nonprofit Side by Side's fifth annual fundraiser breakfast and silent auction. Side by Side, launched in 2009 by former Laurel Leader editor Joe Murchison, works to support families and educators in the Prince George's County School System. The nonprofit's flagship program, Great Start, is a series of teacher-led workshops that help preschool through second-grade parents engage their children academically.
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December 1, 1998
CUSTOMER satisfaction is as important for schools as for any enterprise. Howard County schools deserve praise for conducting a new survey that reveals what parents, students and teachers think of the system.Most participants in the survey were satisfied. About 86 percent said Howard schools "promote creativity, responsible risk-taking, cooperation, mutual trust and respect." Shortcomings pointed out by the survey were known. But reiterating these problems should spark efforts to address them.
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January 25, 2014
While I appreciate letter writer Linda Jacobs' position regarding Advanced Placement courses, for her to call them foolishness is excessive and lacks any appreciation of what the purpose of an AP course is ( "AP courses don't equal education," Jan. 22). The purpose of an AP course is to prepare a student for an AP exam. However, you don't have to take an AP course to take that exam, although it is recommended. Different colleges have different standards for accepting AP credits.
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By KAREN NITKIN and KAREN NITKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 29, 2006
Maureen Skelly remembers her trip to the beach after she graduated from high school. She and her friends spent every last nickel and didn't have enough cash to pay the toll on their way home. They had to go into the toll office and fill out a form promising to pay the money at a later date. Now that her son, Sean, is a senior at River Hill High School, she is hoping he will make wiser decisions during his Senior Week in Ocean City. "I wanted Sean to come and hear and get educated about appropriate behavior," said Skelly, sitting in the auditorium at Reservoir High School on Wednesday before a two-hour talk.
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By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,Sun reporter | January 7, 2008
On a recent morning, the red pushcart sits outside Room 216 at Randallstown High School. Its owner - the school's principal - has stepped into the classroom to see what is wrong. Back in the hallway, Principal Cheryl Pasteur remarks that it seems some students were giving the substitute teacher a hard time. With the students removed from the classroom, and order restored, Pasteur pushes on. Two doors down, the beat of salsa music emanating from a Spanish class draws her into Room 214, where she and a student pair up and ease into a crowd of dancers.
SPORTS
October 6, 1999
A seminar on the college athletic recruiting process will be held at 7 tonight in Centennial High School's auditorium. It is open to all students and parents.Centennial's Dave Greenberg and P. J. Kesmodel of Mount Hebron will coordinate the evening. Featured panelists are University of Maryland coaches Chris Weller and Dick Edell.Topics that will be covered include goals of the recruiting process, role of the NCAA and roles of the students and parents.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2012
Arundel High School students and parents on Wednesday night asked the county school board to reinstate a teacher who has been reassigned pending an investigation. Dozens of students and parents gathered at the school board meeting to call for the return of psychology teacher Andrew Cizek, who was reassigned in February. The move came after a female student suggested on Twitter that the two were involved in a relationship, according to news accounts and some students; the comment has been removed.
NEWS
July 24, 1991
David Stuart of Severn has been selected to receive a National Society of Professional Engineers Northeastern Region scholarship.He was one of 128 students selected for NSPE scholarships from more than 1,190 applicants nationwide. Stewart will be attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, next fall.ORIENTATION AT MEADEAn orientation program will be conducted at Meade Senior High School for incoming ninth-grade students and their parents on August 29.The program will begin at 1 p.m. in the school's auditorium.
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By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Staff writer | February 3, 1992
Ten-year-old Jason Gegorek, a fifth-grade student at Park ElementarySchool, painted a bridge over water -- his own personal seascape.William Hare, Jason's classmate, decided to begin his own haystack series. So William, 10, painted -- what else -- a haystack.Seascapes and haystacks. Landscapes and water lilies. All are items French impressionist Claude Monet featured in his paintings. And all are items budding young artists at Park Elementary have tried to imitate in their works.The students will have a chance to show offbeginning today, as Park Elementary presents it own "Monet" exhibit.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2012
When you buy a house, you know the price and your monthly payment. The same with a car. But when it comes to a college education, students often don't have a clear idea of what they'll end up paying or whether one school is offering a better aid package than another. That's because there is no uniformity to financial aid award letters. Colleges use different terms and formats, making comparisons difficult. Schools don't always make a distinction between grants and loans or calculate the cost of college the same way. And letters often contain acronyms with no explanation.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2012
They have asked a date, found the perfect dress, matched the shoes and made the appointments for hair and nails. But the seniors and their parents at Maryvale Preparatory School must add one more thing to their to-do list before prom night Friday. The all-girls Catholic school in Brooklandville established an unusual pre-prom tradition 26 years ago, when it made an alcohol education program mandatory for students and parents. "Because of all the things going on related to drinking, including a horrific accident, we decided then that we had to do something," said Sister Shawn Marie Maguire, who has overseen the school since 1981.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2012
Arundel High School students and parents on Wednesday night asked the county school board to reinstate a teacher who has been reassigned pending an investigation. Dozens of students and parents gathered at the school board meeting to call for the return of psychology teacher Andrew Cizek, who was reassigned in February. The move came after a female student suggested on Twitter that the two were involved in a relationship, according to news accounts and some students; the comment has been removed.
NEWS
July 21, 2010
As a retired school principal with thirty-two years of experience, I was deeply concerned and disturbed as I read Liz Bowie's article, "Maryland grapples with evaluating its teachers," July 16. Since there is practically nothing equal among the school districts, including poverty and professional areas and all of those in between, I believe attempting to judge and evaluate a teacher on their students' achievements would be highly unfair and impossible....
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By Nicole Fuller | nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | March 4, 2010
St. Ambrose Catholic School had many attributes that could have led Baltimore's archdiocese to target it for closure: Located in an aging building, in a downtrodden area of the city, the school has seen enrollment drop by half in the last decade. Even its longtime principal was worried, and she took to prayer. But on Wednesday, instead of feeling despair, the school community was ecstatic. In a letter sent home with students, Pamela K. Sanders, principal of the Northwest Baltimore school, informed parents that St. Ambrose had gotten a reprieve.
NEWS
December 15, 2009
David Borinsky, president of Maryland Charter School Network, appeals to the citizens of Maryland to increase funding for Maryland's charter schools ("Build on charters' success," Dec. 10). He claims "certain charter schools" in Baltimore generate higher test scores than "their suburban neighbors" and that the teachers, students and parents in the charter schools benefit greatly from "meaningful autonomy." The message the citizens of Maryland should take from Mr. Borinsky's plea is not that we should expand charter schools, further depleting our resources for public schools, but that we should release all schools from the clutches of mandated curriculum and high-stakes testing so that every citizen of Maryland can enjoy meaningful autonomy.
NEWS
By John E. Woodruff and John E. Woodruff,Tokyo Bureau | October 27, 1992
TOKYO -- When a western Japan junior high class turned in sub-par exams last spring, the teacher decided it was time for electric shock treatment. Literally.One by one, he had the students come to the front of the room and grasp a metal bar. Each got one volt of electrical current for each point below 100 on the exam."I got 70 volts, and my hands were numb for two minutes afterward," one student who got 30 points later told investigators from the Kitakyushu board of education.The teacher's method was novel, but there was something even more unusual about the incident.
NEWS
June 13, 1996
THREE HIGH SCHOOL seniors in Harford County, including an honors student, are barred from graduation ceremonies after being accused of growing several marijuana plants in a science lab.A softball player in Howard County misses her junior season, pivotal for scholarship eligibility, because she was allegedly caught with a can of beer on a school-sanctioned ski trip.Most Marylanders are familiar with the story of Jodie Ulrich, the Baltimore County student returned to school by a judge, though education officials had refused to allow her back after her pepper-spray canister was set off by a classmate in a school cafeteria.
NEWS
By Sara Neufeld and Sara Neufeld,sara.neufeld@baltsun.com | January 23, 2009
City schools chief Andr?s Alonso is urging underclassmen at a struggling West Baltimore high school to transfer to other schools midyear - a highly unusual step in keeping with his pledge to hold all schools to high standards. The system is legally prohibited from closing the 575-student school, Homeland Security Academy, in the middle of the academic year, but Alonso is strongly encouraging students to choose to leave and asking the school board to close it this summer. Students will be able to select from 21 other city high schools that have extra space and are deemed stable.
BUSINESS
By Brad Schleicher and Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter | May 4, 2008
Paying for college or professional school isn't getting any easier. According to collegeboard.com, most students and their families can expect to pay even more this year on tuition and fees and, on average, $371 to $406 additional for room and board a year, depending on the school. Although parents and students can limit their overall costs by buying used books and applying for financial aid, there are ways to save on housing as well. Renting an off-campus condo or apartment may seem like the most valid option when trying to save, but in the right situation, buying a house near campus -- even with the real estate market in a downturn -- is a viable alternative to shelling out thousands of dollars over the course of a few years without seeing any return.
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