College gets federal grant to help first-year students

The College of Southern Maryland received $450,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education earlier this month through the highly competitive Title III Part A Strengthening Institutions Program. The project length for the grant is five years, and the college is expected to receive additional funds for the next four years to promote a seminar on attaining educational goals for first-year students, among other initiatives, according to a news release from the college. (Md. Ind. News)

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College of Southern Maryland turns Calvert County fifth-graders into scholars

About 90 fifth-grade students from Barstow Elementary School became “college students for a day” during the Destination College program at the College of Southern Maryland last Friday. The students took 50-minute “courses” in science, computer and agriculture with CSM professors and received certificates acknowledging their participation in the program and guaranteed admission into the college after graduating from high school. (Recorder)

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Mercy High School appoints new president

The first alumna of Mercy High School to serve as its president will take the helm next year, according to a release sent by the school. The school's Board of Trustees appointed Mary Beth Lennon, a 1985 graduate, to the post effective July 1, 2014. The board also announced that it will begin offering two $40,000 scholarships to graduating seniors of the Catholic, college preparatory high school beginning next school year in honor of Lennon's appointment. (Balt. Sun)

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Oct. 30 // Parents, students weigh in on proposed changes to start and end times for Montgomery schools

More than 150 people attended the first of four community forums about changes to school start and end times held at Paint Branch High School in Silver Spring. Parents, students, and teachers were given the opportunity to share their opinions about Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s recommendations to move the start time for the school system’s high schools back 50 minutes, from 7:25 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.; move the middle school first bell from 7:55 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., and keep elementary school start times the same, but extend the day by 30 minutes. (Gazette)

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Maxwell addresses the Prince George’s County Council

In his first public appearance before the Prince George’s County Council, Schools Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell said Tuesday that he is evaluating the district’s specialty programs, surveying underutilized schools and analyzing how grades are distributed in schools. (Wash. Post)

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Eleven Annapolis High School students disciplined for cyberbullying

Eleven students at Annapolis High School have been disciplined for cyberbullying and their actions may have violated a new state law. Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman Bob Mosier said punishments were handed down after a school investigation into comments attached to a picture of a student posted on social media. (Capital)

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Study finds about 20% of Md. college students show signs of alcohol abuse or dependency

A new report has found that about 19 percent of underage and 22 percent of college students ages 21 to 24 in Maryland show signs of alcohol abuse or dependency. The report was done by a collaborative of Maryland's higher education institutions that have joined forces to address excessive drinking in college. (Balt. Sun)

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Lakelands eighth-graders create mosaic mural for school

When Lakelands Park Middle School art teacher Lenore Hoover saw a 2009 Washington Post story about a community mosaic art project in Takoma Park, she was inspired to tackle a similar project with her own students. To turn the dream into reality, the Gaithersburg school invited Maryland artist Arturo Ho, who led the Takoma Park project, to be the school’s artist-in-residence for a few weeks in October, giving him time to work with Hoover and her eighth-grade art students to design and create a class mosaic mural to be displayed in the hallway. (Gazette)

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