School food forum discusses recipe of change

A forum focusing on healthful food in Montgomery County Public Schools drew a mixed group of participants to the table on Saturday. The issue is an ongoing one, said Lindsey Parsons, co-founder of Real Food for Kids-Montgomery, and the goal of the forum was to “move the conversation forward” and see why and how the food should be made more healthful. (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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More parents turn out to speak on Howard redistricting

More than three dozen Howard County parents and students turned out to speak their minds on the proposal to move more than 1,100 students to new middle schools next year. Monday night was the second and final public hearing on the matter, and though testimony can be submitted to the Board of Education until Tuesday, Nov. 19, many took the opportunity to speak out against, or in favor, of Superintendent Renee Foose's plan redistricting plan. (Balt. Sun)

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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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Summit Hall Elementary may see longer wait for renovations

Summit Hall Elementary School is already bursting at the seams, and now it’s possible the school will have to wait even longer than it had originally planned for needed renovations. Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr recently proposed a $1.55 billion Capital Improvements Program that places projects for some crowded schools ahead of already scheduled renovations and expansions. (Gazette)

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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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Nov. 5 // Carroll Commissioners Host Common Core Education Forum

Complaints about how the implemented Common Core state standards are affecting school children, opposition to federalization of education and concerns about how the state standards are preparing public school students for community college education instead of four-year colleges were just some of the sentiments heard at the Common Core Education Forum Monday night. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Oct. 28 // Prince George’s schools chief seeks $18M for new positions, security, other initiatives

Kevin Maxwell, the new Prince George’s County schools chief, asked the Board of Education on Thursday night to make significant changes to the district’s $1.7 billion budget, allowing the school system to pay for several new executive level positions, additional teachers, some security improvements and other initiatives. (Wash. Post)

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