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Laurel Leader

Schools, libraries have new learning opportunities [Russett]

It's back to school time again!

Many school systems started in August including Anne Arundel County. According to Anne Arundel County Public Schools, more than 80,000 students were predicted to be enrolled when the first bell rang on Aug. 24. That is the most ever for the fifth largest school system in Maryland and one of 50 largest in the United States.

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New and exciting curriculums for first grade and kindergarten, as well as enhanced learning opportunities through community partnerships, are just some of the items that greeted students on opening day. More exciting news: The Monarch Global Academy Public Contract School in Laurel is expanding by adding another sixth-grade class.

AACPS is opening its third middle school science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, magnet program at Central Middle School in Edgewater. Along with that, the STEM magnet programs at Old Mill Middle School South in Millersville and Lindale Middle School in Linthicum will add another class as will the performing and visual arts magnet program at Annapolis High and Broadneck High, both in Annapolis.

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These are just a few tidbits of exciting school news. For more school information, log onto aacpsnews.org. For those who like to stay informed by watching the Board of Education live broadcasts, you can tune in to AACPS-TV on Channel 96 on Comcast and Broadstripe and on Channel 36 on Verizon, or on the Internet on Livestream. Board Of Education meetings are the first and third Wednesday most months. High definitions broadcasts can be found on Channel 996 on Comcast and Channel 496 on Broadstripe.

Not only is school a good place for learning but your neighborhood library is as well. In August, the Anne Arundel County Public Library system announced a new online education service, lynda.com. Library cardholders will have access to more than 3,000 courses and 130,000 tutorials, with no cost, from either their own home or nearest library.

The lynda.com service is part of Innovate Anne Arundel, the library's new technology plan. Interested individuals should log onto aacpl.net/lynda and click the hyperlink that says "Create your lynda.com Profile" and follow the instructions from there. A list of free electronic resources that the Anne Arundel County Library maintains can be found by logging onto aacpl.net/databases. Happy learning!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 7- 8:30 p.m., when Brock Bridge Elementary School PTA will have a general meeting in the media center.


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