Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The "Day of Action" is an opportunity for parents to share ideas with school officials on effectively advancing education in Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
Do you have an idea that could help teachers and students excel? School officials in Anne Arundel County will hear such strategies in a "Day of Action" parents convention on June 8, in Annapolis. Parents from public housing communities around the county are invited to the event, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, at 121 South Villa Avenue. A panel will discuss education topics, and parents can participate in several sessions on supporting their students. Parents can also win prizes for participating in the activities and games, according to an AACPS press release. The "Day of Action" is part of the Parents Engaged in the Education of their Children Outreach (PEEC-OUT) Program, organized…
Monday, May 13, 2013
A total of six Anne Arundel County schools received their first Maryland Green School certifications, making 48 green schools and centers in the county.
Six schools in Anne Arundel County were added to the distinguished list of Maryland Green Schools, the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) announced on Friday. Schools that earned first-time recognition were Edgewater, Lake Shore, Overlook, and Severn elementary schools; and Annapolis and Magothy River middle schools, according to a release. In addition, five other schools earned either their second or third certifications. Folger McKinsey earned its third certification, while Benfield, Pasadena, South Shore, and Tyler Heights elementary schools were each certified for the second time. The green school designation is earned over the course of about two years as schools establish an effective environmental …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The magazine's 2013 rankings came out Monday and a fourth school was included in the top 2,000.
On mobile? You can see interactive map here. Newsweek ranked three high schools in Anne Arundel County among the top 1,000 in the country, and a fourth among the top 2,000. Broadneck High School is highest on the list, ranking 722, followed by Arundel High School at 840, then South River High School at 938 and Annapolis High School at 1,843. You can see the details about the four ranked schools in Anne Arundel County, and every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in this interactive map. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools, with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several criteria including on-time graduation and college …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Thank a great teacher you know by leaving a comment on Patch!
Anne Arundel County recently honored top educators but now it's your turn to honor your pick for top teacher. Monday marks the start of Teacher Appreciation Week. Merideth Hansen, an elementary school teacher for 19 years, shares what she enjoys most. “For teacher appreciation, our PTA provides little treats and goodies for our staff for four days, and on the Friday of that week they provide lunch for us. Last year we had a baked potato bar with loads of topping choices and a large selection of desserts and beverages. This is always prepared by the parents too, which means more than coming from a restaurant, as it takes a lot more effort to do. This week is always so fun, as each day is a surprise.” Here are some more suggestions from …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Nearly 300 baseball and softball players from Anne Arundel County high schools will watch the film for free in Linthicum on Thursday.
The Baltimore Orioles and Major League Baseball (MLB) are hoping to inspire local athletes with a private screening of "42" about Hall of Fame player Jackie Robinson on Thursday. Nearly 300 baseball and softball players from high schools in Anne Arundel County will watch the movie at Hoyt's West Nursery Cinemas in Linthicum. Before the screening, they will also hear from former Oriole Ken Dixon on Robinson's impact by breaking the color barrier in baseball. Athletes from Annapolis, Arundel, Broadneck, Chesapeake, Glen Burnie, Meade, North County, Northeast, Old Mill, Severna Park, South River and Southern High Schools will attend the screening. MLB has hosted private screenings of "42" throughout the country, with all 30 major league …
The board voted to keep the price of school meals stable in the county for the third straight year.
The price of school meals in Anne Arundel County will not change next school year. The county school board voted Wednesday to keep the prices stable. Breakfast will remain $1.35 for a third consecutive year, and lunch will remain $2.60 at elementary schools and $2.85 at middle schools, while reduced-price breakfasts and lunches will remain 30 cents and 40 cents, respectively, according to an AACPS announcement. Schools in the county will serve nearly 5 million lunches and 2.2 million breakfasts this year, and none of the funds for meal programs come from the county itself. According to AACPS spokesperson Bob Mosier, 51 percent of revenue for school lunches come from federal reimbursements, 46 percent comes from food sales and 3 percent …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Summit School’s Debora Coates Consugar won the honor of Private Schools Teacher of the Year at the Excellence in Education Awards on Monday night.
Anne Arundel County’s top educators gathered in one place Monday for an evening devoted to thanking them for all their hard work. The top honor of the 2012-2013 Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) Teacher of the Year went to South River High School Spanish teacher Jodie Hogan. “It feels amazing, absolutely amazing and it is such a blessing to be able to represent Anne Arundel County,” Hogan said. “I just feel incredibly blessed because I really love what I do.” Debora Coates Consugar, a teacher at The Summit School, was named the 2012-2013 Private Schools Teacher of the Year. “I am overwhelmed,” Consugar said. “I don’t know how I can top this … The people I work with are amazing people.” Hogan and Consugar, along with the 50 other…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Severna Park, Broadneck, and South River high schools earned gold medal status—and Chesapeake High earned a silver medal—in the study by U.S. News & World Report.
Thursday, April 25
Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) announced that three local schools were included in a list of the top 500 high schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Severna Park, Broadneck, and South River high schools earned gold medal status, according to AACPS. Click each link to read more about each school. Chesapeake High School earned a silver medal by ranking 28th in the state and 730th in the national list, according to AACPS. For more information, see the full press release on the AACPS website.
Students in Anne Arundel County can be prohibited from prom and graduation activities if found in violation of the system's drug and alcohol policy.
Superintendent Kevin Maxwell cautioned students and parents Wednesday about the alcohol and drug policy for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, heading into graduation season. In a letter to parents of soon-to-be graduates, Maxwell reminded families that students can be prohibited from school events if found possessing, consuming or distributing alcohol and drugs, even off of school property. "I do not want to see what should be a great time in the life of graduating seniors marred by immature and unwise decisions," Maxwell said in the letter, included above. "More importantly, I don’t want to see any of our students engage in behavior that could have consequences for themselves and others." Starting May 1, students found in violation of …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Lake Shore Elementary School had an exciting Earth Day celebration on April 22.