Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Eight public schools will close on June 13, one day early, in order to accommodate construction.
Construction projects will force eight public schools, including Central Middle and Lothian Elementary, to end the school year one day early this year. Anne Arundel County Public Schools said it received a waiver of the state's 180-school day requirement. For students at schools affected by construction, the last day of school will come on June 13. Those students will also open the school year one day late on Aug. 27. Unless schools are forced to close for inclement weather again, the last day of school for students at all but the eight affected schools would be June 14. The schools closing a day early are: All of the impacted schools are scheduled to undergo renovations or expansions during the summer.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Students displayed projects on topics such as the flushing toilet and the launch of the Sputnik satellites that were turning points in history.
Many people still remember the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union like it was yesterday but to students in middle and high school, the decades-long conflict that ended years before they were born is nothing but history. Miranda Forbes and Stryker Parlett, eighth-graders at Central Middle School in Edgewater, were two of more than 50 students honored Thursday night at Old Mill High School for their National History Day projects. Their projects focused on the Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellites, during the Cold War space race. "It was really interesting to see just how just much the Soviet Union had accomplished," Stryker said. "We [Americans] always think that we are quite the superpower of the world," Miranda added. "…
Friday, November 2, 2012
A 12-year-old boy threatened two students at Central Middle on Thursday with a loaded BB gun and an airsoft pistol, according to police.
A 12-year-old boy brought a loaded BB gun to Central Middle school on Thursday and threatened another student, according to Anne Arundel County police. According to a letter posted for parents from Central Middle Principal Mildred Beall, shortly after noon on Thursday two students told administrators they saw another student with what they believed to be a gun. School officials located the student and found a loaded BB gun and an unloaded airsoft pistol in his backpack, according to the letter. As the investigation progressed, officials contacted South River High’s student resource officer who arrived and took possession of the weapons. Beall’s letter also said the student threatened at least two students and warned them not to tell anyone…
Monday, August 20, 2012
For every 25 votes, Target donates $25 to that school.
A fundraiser hosted by Target that's giving money to schools asks parents to chip in with a vote. In the Give With Target promotional fundraiser, for every 25 votes from fans of the school, Target will donate a $25 gift card to that school for supplies. At the time of this article's posting, Cape St. Claire Elementary School was leading Anne Arundel County public schools with 181 votes, with Windsor Farm Elementary School close behind with 125 votes. But looking at the whole state, the Monarch Academy in Glen Burnie is leading with 974 votes. Unfortunately for schools in Edgewater and Davidsonville, only Edgewater Elementary had more than 50 votes, meaning it is set to receive $50 if the fundraiser ended Monday afternoon. Some local …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Mark your calendar for these important dates for the South River and Southern school clusters.
Sharpen your pencils, scope out deals on calculators and brush the dust off your backpack—it is already time to start talking about going back to school. Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) announced the schedule for back-to-school nights at regional elementary, middle and high schools. More than 77,000 students are expected to enter AACPS classrooms this fall, and back-to-school night gives parents the opportunity to learn more about their child’s teachers, and the instruction their children will receiving, according to a press release from AACPS. “Helping our children achieve success is a team effort the required parents to be involved in the educational process,” said schools Superintendent Kevin Maxwell in the release. “Back-To…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Central Middle, Davidsonville and Tracey's elementary schools each fell short in reading in at least one student group.
Nine of the 12 feeder schools from the South River and Southern clusters met their Annual Measureable Objectives (AMO) last year, according to an Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) release. Central Middle, Davidsonville and Tracey’s elementary schools each fell short of their AMOs in at least one reading category. Each school’s AMO performances are separated into two subjects, reading and math. They are then split into sub-categories, divided by student groups: seven racial and ethnic groups as well as students that receive free and reduced-price meals (FARMS), special education services and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) services. A school’s Maryland State Assessment (MSA) scores ultimately determine its “pass” or “fail” grade…
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Central, Deale and Lothian elementary schools are set to receive a combined $4.78 million for construction projects.
Anne Arundel County will be getting $33.3 million from the state this year for construction projects at more than 20 schools, including a combined $4.78 million for Central Middle, Deale and Lothian elementary schools. The funding comes from the state’s Board of Public Works, which approved construction improvements at 206 schools across the state to the tune of $349.2 million, according to David Lever of the Maryland Public School Construction Program. The Maryland Board of Public Works had already allotted $20 million for county schools, but on Wednesday agreed to an additional $12.6 million. Of Anne Arundel County's 125 schools, 23 will receive funding this year from the state. A number of other projects are getting local funding, with …
Friday, January 13, 2012
A Facebook page and a PayPal account offer ways to help the family by sending thoughts of love and financial donations.
Family and friends of the 12-year-old girl critically injured in Monday’s car accident in Annapolis are rallying to send prayers and donations to her family. Central Middle School student Katie Shores suffered life-threatening injuries Monday night after a truck hit the passenger side of a vehicle she was in with her mother, Jill Ann Shores. Police said Katie was immediately taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. In an email sent by close friends, those who know Katie are encouraged to send words of encouragement or financial support through PayPal to KatieShoresBenefitFund@gmail.com. A Facebook page was created for family and friends to leave notes, donate funds and stay updated with Katie’s progress. As of …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Tune in Tuesday night for live-blogging from the hearing that will discuss funding needs for fiscal year 2013.
Residents hoping to voice their concerns about the proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 can do just that Tuesday night in a public hearing at Old Mill High School in Millersville. Set to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, residents can sign up for a chance to speak at 6 p.m. but must keep their presentations to three minutes or less, according to the school board’s website. Patch will be live-blogging throughout the hearing, providing updates on the public’s response to the proposed budget. Check back closer to 7 p.m. to follow our live blog. Here’s a brief look at the proposed school budget for fiscal year 2013 and how it affects families in south county. Tell us what you think about the proposed budget and what you think should be a priority for …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Board of Education was presented a petition asking for a halt to new math groupings at Central Middle. In interviews, board members said it was unlikely they would intervene.
At the Wednesday evening Board of Education meeting, several parents of Central Middle School students took a stand against grouping higher-performing students with lower-performing ones in math classes at the Edgewater school. Heterogeneous grouping became a buzzword in the spring after Annapolis High School’s principal Don Lilley announced his intention to use it at his school.That possibility is still being investigated for AHS. At the start of this school year, CMS Principal Mildred Beall employed a form of it by grouping students together in Algebraic Readiness in 6th grade at Central Middle. Beall said that groupings for math students in 7th and 8th grades are unaffected. She informed parents of the grouping change in September, …