Students' volunteer works lauded by President Obama

In this era of texts and emails, it’s rare to write a letter— and even more rare when you get one back from the president of the United States. But on Dec. 23, 2013, President Barack Obama addressed a letter to the ninth-grade students at John F. Kennedy High School, Silver Spring, thanking them for “the thoughtful letters you sent about the difference each of you can make in the lives of others.” The ninth-grade English students, about 350 of them, wrote the letters for a mandatory assignment explaining why it is their responsibility to make a difference in their community, said Ashley DeLonga, one of Kennedy’s ninth-grade English teachers. (Gazette)

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Montgomery Blair produces 3 Intel finalists

Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring is boasting three finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, the country’s oldest and most prestigious research contest for high school seniors. The Intel Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), chose 40 finalists from about 1,800 entrants across the country. They were judged on the originality of their research projects as well as their achievement inside and outside the classroom, according to contest organizers. (Wash. Post)

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Confusion, complaints surround makeup professional day for Carroll public school staff Wednesday

Complaints and confusion surrounded teachers and staff members having to report to school Wednesday despite a cancellation for students. After the area received around 10 inches of snow Tuesday, Carroll County Public Schools announced that students were off Wednesday, but teachers had to report to their schools. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Dual enrollment helps students get a head start on higher learning

Maya Douglas of Clinton is a senior at Oxon Hill High School, but this spring, she’ll also be a student at Prince George’s Community College, paid for through the county school system’s dual enrollment program. Douglas is among numerous Prince George’s students taking advantage of the College Readiness and Completion Act of 2013. As a result of the state legislation that took effect last year, qualified public school juniors and seniors are able to take college classes while in high school, with the school system paying tuition. (Gazette)

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Jan. 22 // Montgomery moves forward on plan to remedy mismanagement at special education school

Montgomery school leaders are moving forward with a plan to make payments to students at a special education school for withdrawals from their school-arranged bank accounts, in spite of strong criticism that the proposal is inadequate. The action comes more than seven months after Rock Terrace’s problems came to light, with school families alleging that bank accounts were opened in students’ names, without parental knowledge, and that deposits and withdrawals were made for years. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel delegate proposes giving students off on Veterans Day

Del. Ted Sophocleus said the meaning of Veterans Day really struck him the first time he visited a veterans’ cemetery and saw the rows and rows of flags and graves. “To me, they’re our heroes who made the supreme sacrifice for us,” the four-term delegate from Linthicum said. “I think it’s a very valuable experience for children to see first hand.” That’s why he’s hoping his legislation to make Veterans Day a day off for school students will pass in the General Assembly this session. (Capital)

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State out to educate more 4-year-olds

More Maryland 4-year-olds could have access to public early childhood education programs starting next school year. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown has proposed $4.3 million in new state funding for expanding the state’s prekindergarten program in fiscal 2015, which starts July 1. (Gazette)

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Female students majority in terms of enrollment

The new enrollment figures for Maryland’s institutions of higher learning again show that female students continue in the majority in terms of enrollment. Fifty-seven percent of the 357,394 overall student total indicated in the preliminary count taken in fall 2013 were female. In the mix were 288,951 full- and part-time undergraduates and 68,443 full- and part-time graduate students. In each of the segments of higher education in Maryland, females continued to enroll in greater numbers. (Star Dem.)

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