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By Kimberly Marselas and Kimberly Marselas,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | March 4, 2000
Community leaders and developers of the Arundel Mills mall under construction in Hanover are holding a series of job fairs over the next few months to recruit workers from around the county for construction and retail positions. The announcement yesterday, part of a community outreach effort by Arundel Mills, came minutes after company officials presented Van Bokkelen Elementary School Principal Rose Tasker with $3,000 to use toward a new playground at the Severn school, a few miles from the mall site.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | September 24, 1999
Severn's Van Bokkelen Elementary School -- threatened with state takeover three years ago because of consistently low scores in Maryland School Performance Assessment Program tests -- was among 14 in Anne Arundel County praised for their improvement yesterday.At a ceremony in Essex, Gov. Parris N. Glendening and state Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick recognized 237 elementary and middle schools for MSPAP improvements.Ninety-four of the schools also won a share of the $2.75 million awarded yesterday by the state for "substantial and meaningful improvement" toward meeting the state's educational standards.
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December 11, 1998
GOOD, BUT not good enough. That's Superintendent Carol S. Parham's appraisal of Anne Arundel County's recent scores on the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program.County schools have been steadily improving their scores, but Dr. Parham believes performance could improve markedly if the community more strongly supported its education system.Dr. Parham believes the schools lack two ingredients: esteem and money. In nearby Montgomery and Howard, high-quality school systems define the counties.
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,Sun reporter | January 28, 2007
They tried to tell everyone that Van Bokkelen Elementary was the place to be. Teachers would have more planning time. Smaller classes. Supportive principals and assistant principals with fresh ideas. But months after Anne Arundel County school officials conducted a large layoff at the academically struggling school in Severn in 1996, only seven of the more than 35 teachers who had worked there had reapplied for their positions. When the district held a conference to fill openings at the school, which struggled with persistently low scores on reading and math tests, only one person came.
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | January 30, 1996
Lewis Bracy believes he has a plan to cure what ails Van Bokkelen Elementary School.Put the students in uniform, start a quasi-military training program, lengthen the school day and year, create all-male classes, hire more black male teachers and pressure parents whose children miss too much school."
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | August 16, 2004
A reality television show that usually chronicles the exploits of harried airplane passengers and the employees who serve them will dedicate some time tonight to a happier tale about some Severn kids. The "Fly Babies" episode of A&E's Airline will feature members of a fourth-grade class at Van Bokkelen Elementary who this spring studied math, science and ways to achieve one's goals with Southwest Airlines pilot Anthony C. May. The episode - which focuses on the airline's hubs in Los Angeles and Chicago and at Baltimore-Washington International Airport - also followed the pupils on a flight to Birmingham, Ala., in June to visit key sites in civil rights history.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | June 1, 1997
The superintendent of Anne Arundel County public schools this week called in four principals and told them their schools were on a list of poor performers that need help, which the county intends to provide.Superintendent Carol S. Parham brought in the principals of George Fox Middle School in Pasadena, Mills-Parole and Tyler Heights Elementary schools in Annapolis and Woodside Elementary in Glen Burnie on Tuesday and told them they were on her "Alert List," she announced Friday.That news is not good.
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By Shirley Leung and Shirley Leung,Sun Staff Writer | December 20, 1994
See mom. See mom type a letter on the computer.See dad. See dad print out a graphic.At Van Bokkelen Elementary School in Severn, students and their parents are learning to use computers together -- at home.Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders are the only ones in the county public school system who can check out the notebook-size Librex computers in gray carrying cases. Last year, 67 students borrowed the $3,000 IBM-compatible computers, and 22 have this year."We have not had any casualties," said Betty Esposito, the school's computer lab technician, who developed the lending program last fall.
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | August 25, 1996
A new building, new uniforms, fresh paint.These are among the changes that will greet some of the 73,516 students expected in Anne Arundel County schools starting tomorrow.Students at Linthicum Elementary School, who are participating in a new voluntary uniform policy, will sport polo shirts and pants or jumpers in the school colors of yellow and blue.As many as 15 elementary schools have asked students to wear uniforms, and more schools are studying the idea, said Nancy W. Almgren, vice chairwoman of the Countywide Citizens Advisory Council.
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