Proposed School Boundary Changes in Silver Spring To Be Discussed Monday

The Montgomery County Board of Education on Monday will discuss proposed boundary changes for three elementary schools in Silver Spring. In 2018, the school district launched a boundary study looking at Forest Knolls, Montgomery Knolls and Pine Crest elementary schools to address severe crowding issues at Forest Knolls, a pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade school. Forest Knolls is approximately 200 students over its capacity this year. (Bethesda)

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UMB breaks ground on community center in West Baltimore

A new $8 million University of Maryland, Baltimore community engagement center will soon greet residents of West Baltimore. The 20,000-square-foot center broke ground this week inside a historic building at 16 S. Poppleton St., that was once part of the St. Peter’s Church complex and was most recently a drug and alcohol residential treatment center. It will replace an existing 3,000-square-foot UMB community center that opened in 2015 at 1 N. Poppleton St. in the UM BioPark, said UMB officials. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Anne Arundel elementary educator named Maryland Teacher of the Year

Teresa Beilstein, who teaches third grade at South Shore Elementary School in Crownsville, was named Maryland Teacher of the Year for 2020 Friday night. Beilstein developed and implemented science curricula and assessments used in all Anne Arundel County elementary schools, according to the Maryland State Department of Education. Dr. Karen Salmon, the state schools superintendent, announced the selection at the 29th Annual Teacher of the Year Gala at Martin’s West. (Balt. Sun)

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University of Md. seeing 'evolution of our menu' with Cool Food Pledge

University of Maryland has become the first university to join the Cool Food Pledge, an initiative that requires organizations to reduce their food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030. The university announced on Aug. 26 that they would cut down greenhouse gases by changing the ways in which the Department of Dining Services sources, handles and serves food. (Times-News)

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Oakdale students lead reforestation effort

 

About 10 Oakdale High School students spent their Sunday afternoon planting trees in a shady plot of land near Lake Linganore. The planting was the final act of a reforestation project led by Oakdale High juniors Olivia Van Scoyoc and Hope Crispell. Van Scoyoc and Crispell are both a part of the Oakdale High’s leadership academy. According to Tiffany Malagari, who leads the academy, students have to apply and then take a two semester course focused on learning leadership skills such as public speaking and community engagement. (News-Post)

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‘Haven’t seen a year quite like this’: Inside epic battles for school board seats in Northern Virginia

Half of the Fairfax County School Board members will retire or leave office at the end of the year, setting the stage for a fiercely partisan battle for the future of Virginia’s largest school system. The departures on the 12-member board include Jane Strauss and Ilryong Moon, stalwarts who served their first terms in the 1990s. The turnover will significantly alter the face of a board that oversees a system of nearly 190,000 students and a $3 billion budget. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland education department plans to enhance Holocaust education

Maryland officials plan to implement changes to required Holocaust instruction after debate in the state legislature over the way genocide is taught and the role of government in mandating curriculum. State Superintendent Karen B. Salmon said it’s imperative for students to receive more Holocaust education to “ensure it never happens again.” “We see the changes that we are making as a substantive improvement,” she said in a statement. (Balt. Sun)

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Bedbugs found in Prince George’s middle school

A licensed pest control specialist will be brought into Walker Mill Middle School in Capitol Heights, Maryland, after bedbugs were found in a classroom. A letter from the principal of the Prince George’s County public school was sent to parents Tuesday, informing them of the problem. “Bedbugs are a nuisance, but their bites are not known to spread disease nor are they considered life threatening,” the letter from Principal Erin V. Cribbs said. (WTOP)

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