August 30 // Montgomery Co. names Intervention Network of ten schools

At Neelsville Middle School in Germantown, Principal Vicky Lake-Parcan said she sees students facing obstacles to their emotional well-being. Some students have been in seven or eight schools before reaching Neelsville Middle. Others have parents working two or three jobs. Still others come from families experiencing housing issues. In an effort to help these students and others, Lake-Parcan said, the school has joined nine others in Montgomery County Public Schools’ new Interventions Network, in which the schools will work together and with the school system’s central office staff to address each school’s specific needs and close achievement gaps. (Gazette)

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Hopkins tries to reassure students after armed robbery

New to Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University freshman Raegan Hensley and her parents were headed to Target on Thursday to buy supplies, including pepper spray and a pocket knife. And that was before they heard about the armed robbery of four female students late Wednesday night next to the Homewood campus. News of the holdup, in which no one was hurt, reinforced her parents' desire to boost Hensley's defenses. (Balt. Sun)

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Towson cheerleading squad suspended for alleged hazing

Towson University's championship cheerleading squad has been suspended for the academic year over an alleged hazing incident, school officials confirmed Thursday. The school declined to provide details, instead issuing a statement that said the Office of Student Conduct and Civility Education learned of the hazing allegations Aug. 6 and "immediately launched a full investigation," which led to the suspension that took effect last Friday. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford girl visits Oklahoma tornado victims, donates thousands of books

The family of a detective sergeant at the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack went to Oklahoma over the weekend to meet with students who received some of the more than 50,000 books that 8-year-old Lauren DeCourcey helped collect for victims of the May tornado. (Aegis)

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President will not seek 3rd term on school board in Carroll Co.

A two-term Carroll County Board of Education member plans to step down when her term expires in 2014 while three residents have filed with the Board of Elections for the open seats on the five-member non-partisan board. School board president Barbara Shreeve said that she will not seek re-election to the board next year. (Patuxent)

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Management analyst tapped to fill Prince George’s County school board post

Lyn J. Mundey of Upper Marlboro has been named to fill a vacant Prince George’s County school board seat, just as another school board member announced her resignation. County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) announced Mundey’s appointment Wednesday evening. Mundey, 31, was selected from a field of 17 applicants, said Baker spokesman Barry Hudson. (Gazette)

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Shotguns found in high school student's car

Anne Arundel County police said they found three unloaded shotguns in a student's car in the parking lot of Southern High School in Harwood on Thursday morning. (Balt. Sun)

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Defense attorneys question accuser’s credibility in Naval Academy rape case

Defense attorneys for three former U.S. Naval Academy football players continued to try to chip away at the credibility of the female midshipman who has accused the athletes of raping her at an April 2012 party. (Wash. Post)

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