The Howard County Public School System has announced that Centennial High School biology teacher Shalonda Holt is its 2016 Teacher of the Year honoree. Its 2016 Principal of the Year honoree is Cher Jones, the principal of Bonnie Branch Middle School.
Recently we saw a local David and Goliath battle when the parents and students of New Windsor Middle School attempted to take on the mighty County Board of Education. In the end it proved to be "no contest" as the board easily got its way and voted to close the school in the 2016-17 school year, despite passionate pleas and well-constructed arguments. However, a rematch is looming because 54 county residents, primarily from New Windsor and Union Bridge, have filed an appeal with the Maryland
West Middle School will host an information night for parents to provide information and resources about a variety of topics including drugs and alcohol — plus a lesson about e-cigarettes — mental health, social media, school and community influences, and grief and family challenges.
All students, faculty and staff at New Windsor Middle School were evacuated as of 12:30 p.m. due to smoke in the building, according to Duane Williams, supervisor of school security and emergency management for Carroll County Public Schools.
An online petition requesting that the Howard County Board of Education not renew Superintendent Renee Foose's four-year contract has collected more than 700 signatures since it went live last week. The petition cites several concerns about the superintendent's leadership, including her elimination of the Citizens' Operating Budget Review Committee; lack of communication with parents about mold issues at Glenwood Middle School and elimination of the school system's in-house attorneys.
Students from nine county middle schools gathered at Oakland Mills Middle on Friday to participate in a code slam, during which they had to complete coding tasks under time limits. The event was inspired by the international Hour of Code movement.
Eight students and one teacher from an Essex middle school were transported to area hospitals for evaluation Friday after a can of pepper spray "accidentally discharged," leading to temporary evacuation of the school, said Corporal John Wachter, spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department.
Scores released this morning by the Maryland State Department of Education indicate that Carroll County Public Schools elementary and middle school students outperformed statewide averages on the PARCC or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers assessment in both math and English, although many did not meet the new, more rigorous standards.
While the average score on last year's PARCC English and math exams was dismally low for secondary students in public schools across Maryland, Harford County Public Schools students scored well above the state average, according to test results released Thursday afternoon.
Celeste Hill founded the Lovely Ladies of Laurel, or L3, in 2009 to empower teenage girls from the community through mentoring, community organizing and workshops. She had already been mentoring young women for a couple of years before through an after-school program at Eisenhower Middle School, where she was a crisis teacher.
Flu clinics scheduled to begin in several Howard County middle schools on Monday will be delayed due to a shortage of FluMist, the nasal spray vaccine used at school clinics to protect students against the influenza virus.
According to an email sent to parents Wednesday night, HCPSS has contracted with Ashton-based environmental engineering and industrial hygiene firm Building Dynamics, LLC to conduct additional tests at Glenwood Middle School.
After financial struggles forced Janet Spillan to sell her Columbia home, she lived in her car on and off for six months. Spillan shared her story with students at Ellicott Mills Middle School on Friday during its Change Matters kickoff, to raise the students' awareness of homelessness.
Vicky Cutroneo, a parent of students at Glenelg High and Glenwood Middle schools, requested an independent environmental review of Howard County school system facilities at the Board of Education's meeting on Thursday night.
As Howard County Public School System officials continue to address concerns about mold at Glenwood Middle School, another instance of mold growth has been discovered at an elementary school in Clarksville.
Several school systems in the Baltimore area are opening the school year Monday. Schools in Howard and Baltimore counties are opening today, and in Anne Arundel, school is in session for grades one through five as well as grades six and nine. Other grades will start tomorrow in Arundel.
After two years of teaching children with special needs who were in her Cecil County classrooms with their general-education peers, Karley Macomber will be a full-time special education teacher in Harford County, working with sixth graders in Magnolia Middle School in Joppa.
Matthew Ames, who officially took over as principal at the 1,750-student Catonsville High School in July, has lived in Catonsville since 1997. He and his wife, Nicole, raised three children, who range in age from 10 to 16, in the area.
Kathryn McKinley officially became principal at River Hill on July 1 when she replaced Nick Novak, who was transferred to Howard High School. A Howard County Public School System employee for 29 years, including principal positions at three middle schools, it is McKinley's first high school administrative post and comes after spending the last two years at central office.
Reports show humidity levels and mold spore counts at Glenwood Middle School in a perpetual state of flux, with an environmental consultant recommending additional testing in an effort to identify both a pattern and a source for the variability.