Argyle students explore realities of running a business

For a few hours last week, seventh-grader Hirschel Nambiar was an executive at Box and Co., a box-making company started by students at Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring. His job only lasted a few hours, but Hirschel, 12, of Damascus, said he learned lessons he will use for life.“I learned how to start a business, how to run and business and how to keep it going,” Hirschel said. “All skills about our future.” (Gazette)

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Studio helps fill creative void for Prince George's students

What started as informal field trips for free art programs is growing into a multi-elementary school initiative: Art School After School. The after-school program shares the creative talents of a Mount Rainier art school with public schools across Prince George’s County. Abigail Lafertte sponsors the after-school Creative and Performing Arts Club at Thomas Stone Elementary School in Mount Rainier. She said she used to take the club members to the Art Works Studio School to take part in the classes. The nonprofit art school regularly provides free art programs, which were just what the students needed, she said. (Gazette)

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Around Crofton: Kindergartners set out to break reading record

 

The 90 kindergarten students who attend Crofton Elementary School, along with most of the kindergarteners in Anne Arundel County, set out to break a world record last week when millions of people around the globe celebrated literacy by reading the same book on the same day. Created by Jumpstart, a national early education organization, the “Read for the Record” program was first started in 2006 to highlight the need for quality early education in America. (Gazette)

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Odenton / Gambrills: Seven Oaks builds up STEAM

By now, most people in Anne Arundel County who have children in the public school system know what STEM means - science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But now, an Odenton school is tossing a new letter into that acronym - "A" for "arts." They kicked off the program by introducing the community to its Garden of Knowledge on Thursday.  “This is our first venture into STEAM, teaching through arts and science.” Seven Oaks Elementary School Principal John Ceschini said. “Arts energizes kids - we all need to make the art connection - it is good for 21st century skills, like critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and cross-cultural understanding.” (Gazette)

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Oct. 7 // Fight to keep the Common Core from being implemented in schools

Robert Small, the Howard County parent whose name became known from Maine to California when he protested new nationwide education standards, is part of a chorus of increasingly strident voices rising up against the initiative — from both ends of the political spectrum. The far right believes standards known as the Common Core will mean federal control of schools and a chance for the government to collect reams of information about every child, perhaps even fingerprinting them. Joining them from the far left are a group of parents and education advocates who are opposed to standardized testing in schools. (Balt. Sun)

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Sen. Edwards: Four more Garrett County schools face closure

If Gov. Martin O’Malley doesn’t provide emergency action to help alleviate the dire financial situation of the Garrett County Public School System, it could mean that the process for school closures could begin in the fall, according to a letter from Sen. George Edwards. “Because of past reductions, the Garrett County Board of Education has closed three schools over as many years and if the projected decrease in funding holds true, the Garrett County School Board is looking at closing four more schools, which would mean almost half of the schools in the county would close over a four-year period,” writes Edwards. (Times-News)

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Changes to teacher and principal evaluations rolled out as part of Race to the Top

Teacher and principal evaluations have changed starting this school year, and there still may be more adjustments as the state seeks an exemption from part of the evaluation requirement. The state is now applying for a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education from a part of the federal Race to the Top initiative. If that waiver is accepted, teachers would not be judged based on how students perform on this year’s assessment. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Prince George’s schools hires diversity officer to focus on Latino affairs

Recognizing changing demographics, Kevin Maxwell, the Prince George’s County school system’s chief executive officer, has hired Maritza E. Gonzalez as the system’s first diversity officer to focus on Latino affairs. “We had a real need for a dedicated staff member to serve as liaison to our Latino community,” Maxwell said. Gonzalez will be one of the first Latino affairs officers for any school system in the Washington region. (Wash. Post)

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