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By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer,Sun reporter | September 30, 2007
On Tuesdays and Thursdays at West Middle School, the casual observer might notice a growing group of students lingering at the end of the day. OK, not just lingering. Walking, with the purposeful stride of people on a mission. They are part of the Westminster school's new walking and wellness club, otherwise known as the Blue Jay Walkers. Health teacher Christine Clarius started the club this year, wanting to "promote wellness throughout the student body and the staff" in different -- and fun -- ways, she said.
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May 3, 2013
Students at West Middle School will perform Meredith Willson's “ Music Man, Junior” this weekend a t the West Middle School Auditorium, 60 Monroe St., Westminster. Performances are Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the West Middle Box Office. “Music Man Junior” is the story of 'Professor' Harold Hill, a traveling salesman who comes to a small town in Iowa hoping to make his fortune by selling his music and band equipment to the area's youth.
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By Lois Szymanski and Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 25, 1996
TWENTY-FIVE eighth-grade students from West Middle School are making a remarkable journey.It is a journey of understanding, of tolerance, of love and caring. The students in Kathleen Booth's reading class have adopted Shepherd's Staff, a local cooperative ministry of churches that provides assistance to the needy.On Thursday, the students went to Shepherd's Staff to make favors for the community Thanksgiving dinner the charity will hold at St. John's Roman Catholic Church on Thanksgiving.
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April 16, 2013
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said a 13-year-old female has been charged with making a false bomb threat in an incident that cleared West Middle School on Tuesday. Just before 11 a.m. school officials contacted the sheriff's office after a student recovered a note that included a threat to "bomb" the Westminster school. The middle school was evacuated while officers from law enforcement agencies inspected the building with explosive detection canine teams. The threat was found to be a hoax, and students were returned to class by noon.
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By Lisa Breslin and Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 15, 1998
WEST MIDDLE School teacher Judi Clark will join a team of astronomers, scientists, graphic designers and Web artists at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) this summer to develop lesson plans featuring images from the Hubble Space Telescope.Her effort is part of a five-week workshop called Amazing Space, which is sponsored by the institute to produce creative, interactive lesson plans on the World Wide Web."It's going to be exciting to work with other teachers," Clark said. "I teach astronomy now, and I hope to have a stronger background after this.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1996
Westminster West Middle School students will not have to transfer to Northwest Middle School in Taneytown.It was the redistricting proposal no one seemed to want, and Carroll's school board voted it down Wednesday, earlier than scheduled, to remove it from consideration."
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2000
Barbara Bankard practices what she preaches. One of two assistant principals at Westminster West Middle School, she's a disciplinarian, and a peacekeeper who won't counsel a child to do something that she wouldn't do herself. Whenever possible, she accentuates the positive with pupils. She helps create programs that show them how they can better themselves and the school. Her respect for and love of West Middle's 1,097 pupils are undoubtedly two reasons that Bankard was named 2001 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association for Secondary School Principals.
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By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN STAFF | January 20, 1999
About 270 pupils from Westminster's severely crowded West Middle School would be moved to Hampstead under a plan officials are considering to avoid the costs of a new school.If approved, the proposal would eliminate the need for a new $15 million middle school in Westminster, under consideration for years, school officials said.But it could cause problems for the transferred pupils, who would be pulled out of Westminster for three years to attend a new middle school in Hampstead, then return to Westminster High School, parents said.
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September 24, 1995
West Middle School in Westminster will celebrate its 25th year as a middle school during the 1995-1996 school year.When the school was built in 1958, it was called Westminster Junior High School. When the new Westminster High was built on Washington Road, replacing what is now East Middle School, the junior high was converted into a middle school for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.During its first year, it housed all middle school students from the Westminster area while the old Westminster High building was converted into East Middle.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | November 27, 1995
Westminster West Middle School marks its 25th anniversary as a middle school this year, and it was overcrowded then and it's overcrowded now."Four years after I became principal, we had 1,500 kids in a building built for 1,100," said Victor J. Makovitch, who became principal of the facility in 1965, when it was Westminster Junior High School. He retired in 1988.This year, the school has "a portable city as part of our campus," said Principal Harry M. Lambert.One-third of West Middle's approximately 1,300 students are in 12 classrooms outside the Monroe Street building.
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By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer,Sun reporter | September 30, 2007
On Tuesdays and Thursdays at West Middle School, the casual observer might notice a growing group of students lingering at the end of the day. OK, not just lingering. Walking, with the purposeful stride of people on a mission. They are part of the Westminster school's new walking and wellness club, otherwise known as the Blue Jay Walkers. Health teacher Christine Clarius started the club this year, wanting to "promote wellness throughout the student body and the staff" in different -- and fun -- ways, she said.
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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | June 11, 2006
Some say she started a movement of multicultural education in Carroll County, but for Aurora M. Pagulayan her work has been more of a mission. A native of the Philippines, Pagulayan came to the United States in 1967 to earn her master's degree in education at Bucknell University. The next year, she began teaching fourth grade in Carroll at Charles Carroll Elementary in Union Mills. "You can imagine the cultural shock for an educator coming from a place where teachers are revered to a very permissive society where students talk to adults with more freedom and ease," said Pagulayan, 61, who taught for two years at a school in the Philippines before coming to the United States.
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By DAVID P. GREISMAN and DAVID P. GREISMAN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 28, 2006
On her MySpace Web page, Caitlin Boles had posted her full name, pictures of herself and comments from friends that supplied personal information to any visitors to the site. Until a classroom lesson, Caitlin, 12, of Westminster had not realized the potential dangers on the Internet. Afterward, she removed the revealing material. In hopes of sending a similar message, West Middle School in Westminster held an hourlong schoolwide program Friday about online safety. "I hadn't realized how easy it was for someone to track you down," said Caitlin, a seventh-grader at West Middle.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | May 20, 2005
The questions posed yesterday by the West Baltimore Middle School pupils were as simple as, "What would happen if my friend stole a car?" and as profound as, "Are schools really desegregated?" The answers came from the likes of Robert M. Bell, chief judge of the state's highest court; Gilbert A. Holmes, dean of the University of Baltimore law school; and Marcella A. Holland, administrative judge of Baltimore Circuit Court. "Going into classrooms is so important," Bell said. "And it's one of my favorite things to do."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2004
In the first round of the state's school construction awards, most of Carroll County's major projects did not receive funding, local officials learned yesterday. Of the $100 million the state will make available for fiscal year 2006 for building or renovating schools, Carroll so far has received $794,000 for the renovation of 48-year-old North Carroll Middle School. That nearly $20 million project began in January and will be finished by next November. "We will get the last payment on the middle school, and so far that is the only thing we are getting," Ted Zaleski, county director of management and budget, said yesterday.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | March 30, 2004
Parents -- some saying they feared for their children's lives -- begged city and school officials last night to provide more protection at West Baltimore Middle School, where a seventh-grader was stabbed last week. The incident, and other recent examples of violence on or near the North Bend Road campus, prompted a town hall meeting at the school last night. About 400 people crowded into the auditorium, and some parents said more protection is needed before and after school, when fights tend to break out between children who live in different neighborhoods.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | August 24, 1997
Crowded schools continue to be a way of life in Carroll County, as 98,448 square feet of portable classrooms -- a total of 118 rooms -- are parceled out to the schools that need them to accommodate the expected 26,238 students tomorrow.The award for most portable classrooms this year is a tie between Liberty High School in Eldersburg and West Middle School in Westminster, with 12 portables each. That represents no change at West Middle -- the crowded school actually has fewer students this year than last, said Michael Bell, the new principal.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | November 18, 1996
A relatively smooth couple of years has paid off for Carroll County Public Schools: a larger-than-usual refund of $237,055 from its workers' compensation insurance carrier.The school board approved using the money to cover the cost of some emergency repairs and to replace a worn-out elevator at West Middle School in Westminster. The County Commissioners will have the final say on how the insurance refund is spent.Elmer Wolfe Elementary School could be the primary beneficiary. The school is to be rebuilt beginning this year, but a tight budget has meant slashing some features that other recently built schools have.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 23, 2004
A meeting to discuss a problem with violence at West Baltimore Middle School was announced last night by City Council President Sheila Dixon in the aftermath of the latest incident there - a stabbing yesterday morning. City schools spokeswoman Vanessa C. Pyatt said a seventh-grade boy allegedly was stabbed by an eighth-grade boy during a fight about 9:20 a.m. The victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where his condition was unavailable; the other boy was arrested, Pyatt said. Names of the juveniles were not divulged.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | October 23, 2003
A hit-and-run driver plowed through a group of pupils leaving West Baltimore Middle School yesterday afternoon, seriously injuring one seventh-grader and sending four others to city hospitals, police and school officials said. Police found last night what may have been the car, parked in the 200 block of Athol Gate Road less than a mile from where the children were struck. The dark four-door 1992 Nissan Sentra had front-end damage consistent with striking a pedestrian, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.
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