School district gets $1 million grant

The Baltimore Sun

The Anne Arundel County school district has won a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will provide training for history teachers.

The $997,869 grant is a renewal of a grant the district has had "for a number of years," Anne Arundel schools spokesman Bob Mosier said.

"The bulk of it will be used for curriculum writing, teacher workshops, and field trips. Through the grant, we also will continue partnerships with the University of Maryland and the University of Maryland Baltimore County ... [and] local museums," he said.

The program provides money for teachers to go through a master's program and work with other experienced teachers, historians, museum professionals and archivists to strengthen classroom instruction.

The Teaching American History grant program, which this year doled out 121 awards worth more than $114 million to school systems in 40 states, was established to help raise student performance in American history. The most recent results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which provides a national snapshot of student performance in grades four, eight and 12, showed less than one-quarter of students in those grades were proficient in American history.

Nominees sought for Wall of Honor

The Glen Burnie High School Advisory Board is accepting nominations for the Wall of Honor through May 1.

Honorees will be recognized this fall during homecoming weekend. Honors will include having a plaque containing their photo and biography placed on the Wall of Honor and an introduction during the homecoming football game.

Criteria for nominees include: having graduated from Glen Burnie High School, having been out of school at least 10 years and having demonstrated stellar achievements in career or community.

Applications may be requested by contacting Jessica Paugh, Career Connection facilitator for Glen Burnie High School, at 410-761-8950 or

Administrator named Advisor of the Year

Katie Brophy, Anne Arundel County public schools' administrator of student leadership and involvement, has been named Advisor of the Year by the Maryland Association of Student Councils for her work with student government associations across the county.

Brophy works with middle and high school student government programs and oversees the county student government program, which includes monthly general assembly meetings with students from all middle and high schools as well as fall and spring overnight leadership conferences. She also works to involve students in the Maryland General Assembly Page Program, the Anne Arundel County Model Government Program and the Superintendent's Teen Advisory Group.

19 students to be honored at litera ture ceremony

Nineteen Anne Arundel County students will be among the elementary, middle and high school students who will be honored this month at the Letters about Literature 2008 awards ceremony in Baltimore.

The contest, a program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, encourages students in grades four through 12 to read, be inspired, and write back to the author who has somehow changed their view of the world.

Winners and finalists will be honored at the April 19 ceremony during the CityLit Festival.

The finalists from Anne Arundel County are:

Jack Nickel and Sierra Robbins of South Shore Elementary School, Crownsville

Natalie Larsson, Kate Larsson, Savanna Swartz, Gabby Henriksen, Hayley Griffin, Rachel Cutler and Maddie O'Hare of St. Anne's School of Annapolis

Donita Zen T. Peria, Ellie Smith, David Hannon, David Jamison, Ciaran Giroux, Zachary Meyers and Meghan Aldrich of Severn River Middle School, Arnold

Theo Anthony and Katherine Edwards of Key School, Annapolis

Kristen Trovato of Rockbridge Academy, Millersville.

The 2008 contest had 1,069 entries from Maryland and more than 59,000 nationwide.

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