St. Louis School is now a two-time Blue Ribbon School winner [Clarksville]

Howard County Times

Congratulations to St. Louis School, a Catholic parish school in Clarksville, for being named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. The school previously received the award in 2010.

“I am extremely proud that our school has been named a Blue Ribbon School for the second time,” said Terry Weiss, principal of St. Louis School. “It is a testament to the quality of our faculty and staff, to the hard work and creative effort of our students, the generous support of our parents and the dedicated leadership of our pastor, Monsignor Luca. It is extremely gratifying to have the commitment and dedication of our entire school community recognized. We are honored to be selected again and will continue to strive for excellence.”

St. Louis, which enrolls 530 students in Pre-K through eighth grade, will be recognized along with 341 other schools from across the nation at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 7. As one of 13 programs from Maryland to be selected, the school will receive a plaque and flag to signify its status. When the official announcement was shared school-wide, the students were dismissed to a campus decked-out in blue ribbons. The celebration will continue with events throughout the year.

Mark your calendar for the fall dates for country breakfasts at the Clarksville Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters will serve breakfast on Oct. 15 and Nov. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, creamed chip beef, bacon, sausage, scrapple, toast, orange juice, coffee and fruit. The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors over 55, $5 for children ages 5 to 10 and free for children under 5. For more information, visit

The first free chamber recital in St. Louis Church’s Concert and Artist Series will be held on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. The event features Ben Altman, guitar, and Heather Adelsberger, harpsichord and piano, playing the music of Bach, Ponce and Rodrigo. Altman is a touring chamber musician and concert soloist. He has performed recently at Dumbarton House, Strathmore Mansion and the Lyceum as well as other regional venues. In addition to leading the St. Louis choirs and serving as artistic director of the St. Louis Concert Series, Adelsberger is an accomplished organist and music educator in the D.C. area. See, call 443-535-1691 or email for more information.

Dress the kids in Halloween costumes for Haunted Hallow’s Eve at Claret Hall on Friday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. This event includes a haunted house and Halloween-themed crafts and games. Entertainer Tim Hall, a comedy magician, mentalist and mind reader, will perform two shows at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. Call 410-531-1749 to request free tickets to the performances, which traditionally fill up in advance. Trick-or-treating at the River Hill Village Center stores begins at 5:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the River Hill Community Association, Kimco Realty and the River Hill Village Center Merchants.

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