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By Laura Loh and Laura Loh,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2004
Fifty-one Anne Arundel County elementary and middle schools have reaped more than $155,000 in cash prizes from the state for doing well on last year's standardized tests - a final bounty from a rewards program that is fizzling out because of a lack of funds. No matter how well pupils did on the Maryland School Assessments last month, most schools won't see a penny for those efforts next year. There will be no new federal funds to support the state's School Performance Recognition Program, which began in 1997.
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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 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 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 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 A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 24, 2003
With state medical aid to low-income children set to be cut, the arrival of the University of Maryland School of Nursing's Wellmobile in Anne Arundel County yesterday was a most welcome sight, especially to residents of the Severn community. Federal, state and county officials gathered yesterday at Van Bokkelen Elementary School to celebrate the program, initiated in 1994 by Gov. William Donald Schaefer. The clinic-on-wheels will make twice-monthly visits to provide free immunizations and gynecological exams, among other services, to residents of Pioneer City, Arwell Court and Meade Village.
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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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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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