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By Nicole Fuller | nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | February 18, 2010
Kwesi Stevenson left his house in West Baltimore a full hour before school began Wednesday morning, eager after the prolonged snow-induced vacation to get back to 10th-grade math and accounting. He braved the slippery sidewalks. (Stevenson suggested the city spread more salt.) He sometimes walked in the street, he said, careful to look over his shoulder from time to time so the cars whizzing by would be sure to see him. Then he boarded a more-packed-than-usual light rail car with classmate Kali Ashlock, making it to the National Academy Foundation school on the city's east side just in time for the school's 10 a.m. start.
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By Nicole Fuller | nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | February 17, 2010
Kwesi Stevenson left his house in West Baltimore a full hour before school began Wednesday morning, eager after the prolonged snow-induced vacation to get back to 10th-grade math and accounting. He braved the slippery sidewalks. (Stevenson suggested the city spread more salt.) He sometimes walked in the street, he said, careful to look over his shoulder from time to time so the cars whizzing by would be sure to see him. Then he boarded a more packed-than-usual light rail car with classmate Kali Ashlock, making it to the National Academy Foundation school on the city's east side just in time for the school's 10 a.m. start.
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By John-John Williams IV | john-john.williams@baltsun.com | February 13, 2010
Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso wants residents to shovel sidewalks in their neighborhoods to provide safe passage for students going to school next week. "It is absolutely necessary for the community to help out in terms of sidewalks throughout the city," Alonso said. "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 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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