Teacher Heather Semies wins Governor's Service Award

Teacher Heather Semies describes herself as a hands-on person, a trait she shares with most of her students. That’s why she provides them with the opportunity to complete service projects and to work with their personal strengths. “Working to people’s strengths and not their weaknesses turns out better people,” she said. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Oct. 29 // Starr proposes $1.55 billion capital improvements program budget

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said he prioritized adding classroom space in his newly proposed $1.55 billion Capital Improvements Program for fiscal years 2015 to 2020. Starr said the school system needs $2.2 billion to cover all of its capital improvement needs for the six-year period. He is proposing a $1.55 billion program, he said, because the county is currently facing “fiscal restraints” and the school system is not getting the funding it deserves from the state. (Gazette)

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Budding Baltimore Scientists Take Off In Rocket Launching Competition

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out kids learn best when doing something hands on. Students from three Baltimore City middle schools are competing in Rocket into Poly—a rocket launching competition at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. The students are all in the Ingenuity Project, which fast tracks students who excel in math and science. They had to design and build rockets from scratch. (WJZ-CBS)

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Glen Burnie West: Slade students raise funds for gravely ill classmate

Monsignor Slade Catholic School always looks out for its own. When students learned that their classmate Emily Kolenda was battling a rare, serious disease, they figured out a way that kids could help too. (Capital)

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MICA names new board of trustees chair

Maryland Institute College of Art has elected Neil A. Meyerhoff as chair of the school’s board of trustees. Meyerhoff began the role Oct. 25, replacing outgoing chair Fredye Gross. Meyerhoff is CEO at Hendersen-Webb Inc., a property management firm in Baltimore County. He is also a freelance photographer. The Baltimore arts college also named Michel Modell, a Baltimore artist, as vice chair. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Prince George's school board OKs textbooks - that students are already using

By an 11-to-1 vote, the Prince George’s County school board gave final approval to begin using two new textbooks — however, the books had already been purchased and distributed to students at the beginning of the school year. The two textbooks, Algebra II and Geometry, had been approved by the school system’s textbook committees last spring, but were not brought to the board at that time. (Gazette)

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Rolling Terrace mold issue continues

Parents remain concerned more than a month after a major mold outbreak at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park, even though Montgomery County Public Schools officials say the problem has been remedied as much as possible. On Thursday, the school’s mold problem, which affected about 30 classrooms, came before members of the Montgomery County Council’s education committee, who discussed the issue with school system officials, the county’s health officer and parents. (Gazette)

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Common Core in Baltimore County Public Schools

The 2013-14 school year began with the full implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Maryland, the District of Columbia and 44 additional states. The new national standards in English/language arts and mathematics symbolize a shift in what it takes for students to be "college and career ready." "It's very challenging," said Richard Weisenhoff, executive director of academics for Baltimore County Public Schools. (Patuxent)

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