New Gaithersburg High building reflects growth in Montgomery

For most students, the first day of school symbolizes the promise of new beginnings. Some vow to work harder, try for better grades or get more involved in extracurriculars. But at Gaithersburg High School, the start of the school year Monday took on additional meaning as more than 2,000 students walked into a new, state-of-the-art building a decade in the making. More than 151,000 students returned to school in Montgomery County on Monday. The school system marked the new academic year with the highest student enrollment in the county’s history and four modernized and expanded school buildings. (Wash. Post)

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Family of college football player who died of head injuries files lawsuit

The family of Derek Sheely, a 22-year-old football player at Frostburg State University who died two years ago after sustaining successive head injuries on the practice field, has filed a lawsuit alleging that "reckless disregard for player health and safety led to [Sheely's] tragic death." (Balt. Sun)

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Harford college expansion to serve health care students 

Students in the EMT program at Harford Community College will soon learn to treat patients while in an ambulance, but the big, boxy vehicles won’t be anywhere in sight. (Daily Record)

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On first day of law school, students learn the ropes 

Classes at University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law started Monday, but for many first-year law students, the initial shock of cold calls and coursework has worn off. (Daily Record)

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Harford superintendent joins kids for first day school bus ride

Havre de Grace Elementary School pupils riding school bus No. 103 had some atypical companions while traveling to school Monday on their first day of the 2013-2014 school year, top county and Harford County Public Schools officials. Officials offered greetings such as "Good morning," "Hi," and "It's like a surprise party!" to the children as they boarded. (Aegis)

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Silver Spring school debuts renovated facility

As students at Weller Road Elementary School started work on their first few assignments of the school year Monday morning, school officials also kicked off the school year by touring the newly renovated facility. The 628-student school in Silver Spring recently got $23.1 million in renovations, including technology upgrades and eco-friendly design elements. One such feature is the roof covered in small plants, which should help reduce rainwater runoff while keeping the school cooler and reducing air conditioning costs. (Gazette)

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Wayside Elementary opens for last full year before construction project

The graduating class of 2021 will be the last class of fifth-graders to complete a full year at the current Wayside Elementary School, as the plans to nearly completely demolish the school got approval from Montgomery County’s school leaders Wednesday. (Gazette)

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Carroll Co. schools celebrate the first day of 2013-14 school year

Monday was the first day of school for students attending Carroll County Public Schools. The Times visited a county elementary, middle and high school Monday to talk with students and principals about that busy first day. (Carroll Co. Times)

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