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By John-John Williams IV | john-john.williams@baltsun.com | February 12, 2010
Baltimore schools CEO Andres Alonso wants residents to shovel sidewalks in their neighborhoods to provide safe passage for students traveling to school next week. "It is absolutely necessary for the community to help out in terms of sidewalks throughout the city," Alonso said in an interview. "We have 83,000 kids, and they are not all going to be driven to school. You have 10-year-olds walking. Unless the sidewalks are done, we have a problem. It is not a problem that the city and the schools can solve.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | January 20, 2010
Friends recall Flores McGarrell as an unforgettable artistic force. A performer at numerous Artscape events, he helped create a live memorial drama after the 1995 burning of the Clipper Mill in Woodberry. His teachers said he was one of the most recognized students at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he studied and taught for nearly a decade. The former Baltimorean, who was leading a Haitian arts center, died Tuesday when he dashed into a collapsing hotel during the earthquake to retrieve a computer that stored his records and artistic concepts.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,john-john.williams@baltsun.com | January 25, 2009
Two Centennial High School students have been named semifinalists in a prestigious science competition dubbed the "junior Nobel Prize." Seniors Peter Kamel and Henry Zheng are two of 300 students nationwide who are semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search. The students learned of their honors in the pre-college contest on Jan. 14. Each student earned a $1,000 prize and $2,000 for the school. Zheng's research focuses on the application of data fusion for prosthetic systems. Kamel's research addresses artificial tissue design.
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By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer,Sun Reporter | October 14, 2007
A three-year plan for improving math curricula and teaching in Carroll County schools would ease students' transitions from elementary through high school, encourage the use of test data in instructional decision-making and place a math-resource teacher at every school. The draft plan, expected to cost more than $2 million to implement, is the second of three designed for different skill areas. The school system recently launched a two-year, comprehensive reading improvement plan that calls for more frequent assessments of students, among other reforms.
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June 7, 2007
Findings this spring by state inspectors that repairs and maintenance of Baltimore schools have been badly managed expose a level of disrespect for students and teachers that should not be tolerated. School system officials must be more aggressive in fixing the problems, and Mayor Sheila Dixon's call for an audit of school construction and renovation funds should be conducted as quickly as possible. In addition to having some of the oldest school buildings in the state, Baltimore has a history of not managing its facilities very well.
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By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun reporter | May 13, 2007
The Gettysburg Address. The 50 states and capitals. The Preamble to the Constitution. The fifth-graders at Forest Hill Elementary School can recite them all. And it's not just the fifth-graders. For the first time, the entire student body at Forest Hill Elementary memorized political speeches and documents to become patriots, as defined by the school's Patriot Program. And they did it for their teacher, Adam Lawall, a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve who was deployed to Iraq in November.
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By Julie Scharper and Julie Scharper,Sun reporter | May 12, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- From a distance, they looked like any other family members at a graduation. Mothers in crisp dresses clasped their husbands' hands. Younger children walked awkwardly behind them. But these families were different. They were not accompanied by a young adult wearing a cap and gown. They came to Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium yesterday in the names of their dead children. Among the nearly 4,800 degrees awarded at yesterday's commencement ceremonies were 27 given posthumously to students who were killed during a shooting rampage April 16. "While we are saddened by the loss of those who cannot be here today, I believe that they would want this ceremony to commemorate both the tragedy of yesterday and the promise of tomorrow," said keynote speaker Gen. John Philip Abizaid, the former commander of the United States Central Command.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,sun reporter | March 4, 2007
One of three Howard County teachers accused in separate incidents of having inappropriate sexual contact with students is scheduled make his first appearance tomorrow in Circuit Court. Alan Meade Beier, 52, a chemistry and physics teacher at River Hill High School, was arrested Jan. 12 after he was accused of undressing and photographing a 16-year-old boy in his classroom. Police also have charged him with fondling a 17-year-old female student on two occasions, most recently in the fall.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | February 11, 2007
At Fallston High School, Friday morning began with the usual announcements and the din of students' chatter, until the principal asked for a moment of silence in memory of a 2004 graduate who was killed in Iraq earlier in the week. "Everything cut off and everyone fell silent," said John Galeone, a chemistry teacher who can remember the seat Marine Cpl. Jennifer Marie Parcell once occupied in his classroom. "Showing students her seat really drove the loss home to them." Most days, Mr. Galeone posts a word of the day in his classroom.
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