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A principal and teacher take top honors [North Laurel/Savage]

We have the best of the best right here in North Laurel. Hammond Elementary School Principal Kimberlyn Pratesi has been named the 2018 Principal of the Year by Howard County Public Schools. Pratesi has served HCPSS students for 27 years as a teacher, instructional team leader and assistant principal. She has been the principal of Hammond Elementary School since 2013. According to hcpss.org Pratesi creates “an atmosphere of engagement, positivity and inclusiveness among staff, students, parents and the community. She provides a safe, nurturing learning environment and has developed strategies to improve academic outcomes for students”.

Lime Kiln Middle School teacher Elizabeth Waltman has been named the 2018 Teacher of the Year by Howard County Public Schools. She has been teaching in Howard County since 2009 and has taught math at Lime Kiln Middle School since 2011. She is being honored for her ability to connect with students to create a nurturing and academically challenging atmosphere for learning. Lime Kiln Assistant Principal Virginia Ober said, “her high expectations promote a safe environment where students develop confidence in their abilities as they work hard and take pride in their learning.”

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Pratesi and Waltman will serve as the Howard County nominees for the Washington Post Principal and Teacher of the Year. Waltman will be the Howard County nominee for Maryland State Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to both of these amazing educators.

Look on your doorstep or near your mailbox on Saturday, March 3rd for a bag from the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturing Crew or Girl Scouts of Howard County. Members of these groups are participating in a valuable project known as Scouting for Food. They are hoping you fill the bag with food donations and put it back out on your doorstep the following Saturday, March 10th before 8 a.m. Read the outside of the bag for suggestions on what to put inside. If you don’t get a bag delivered to your home please help anyway and pack your own grocery bag with nonperishables. If your donation is not picked up, you are asked to send an email to scoutingforfoodnpd@verizon.net. Food donations will be delivered to one of 25 food pantries in the area because the need is great and the shelves of local pantries need to be restocked as families hope for help this spring.

Students and staff at Fulton Elementary are gearing up for their Annual International Night celebration. On Friday, March 9th families are invited to the school from 6:30 until 9 p.m. to enjoy food and customs from more than 15 countries from Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. The event also includes a flag processional, crafts and a fashion show. Prize drawings and a silent auction are also planned.

The Reservoir High School Theater Program is excited to present this year’s spring musical murder-mystery. The Mystery of Edwin Drood promises to be a huge hit because the audience is asked to vote for the character they think murdered the unfortunate young Edwin Drood. According to Jessica Binder, the school’s director, “this hilarious musical whodunit was a smash hit on Broadway”. Advance tickets are available online for $12 by going to https://reservoirtheatre.weebly.com/spring-musical.html. At the door tickets will cost $14. Performance dates and times are Thursday, March 22nd; Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th at 7 p.m. There will be a matinee on Sunday, March 25th at 2 p.m.

A quick word of caution: cars have been broken into in neighborhoods near Weis on All Saints Road. Remember to lock your cars and take all of your valuables inside your home with you including loose change and CD’s. Remind your friends and neighbors and be sure to call police if you notice something suspicious.

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