'Relaxed and a little tired': Westminster Elementary fifth-graders practice yoga to promote mental well-being

Lynn Olexy stood at the front of a school cafeteria Thursday afternoon surrounded by 25 cats and cows — or, at least, 25 students stretching with the cat/cow yoga pose. Olexy, who is the co-owner and operator of Downtown Yoga in Westminster, visited the fifth-graders of Westminster Elementary School during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week to lead them through short yoga sessions where they focused on building strong breath and stability. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Baltimore Teachers Union Working To Revamp Code Of Conduct To Make Schools Safer For Staff

A task force of teachers and other community leaders wants a stronger Code of Conduct that heightens the consequences for students who assault Baltimore City Public School staff members. Marietta English, the longtime leader of the Baltimore Teachers Union, said the group focused on the schools’ Code of Conduct, which several teachers believe needs to be revamped. (WJZ-TV)

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McDaniel College announces $10 million renovation of student center

McDaniel College unveiled plans Friday afternoon for a $10 million renovation of the Decker College Center in the middle of the Westminster campus. The project aims to modernize the student center by adding a fast-casual restaurant, McDaniel Pub — name aside, it will not serve alcohol — new student spaces, and offices for the Center for Experience and Opportunity and Office of Diversity and Inclusion. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Howard County Board of Education approves design plans for replacement Columbia elementary school

Howard County school officials are on track with moving forward in the process of building a replacement Talbott Springs Elementary School in Columbia. The Board of Education unanimously approved the elementary school’s design plans at its Thursday meeting. The replacement two-story, 86,805-square-foot building will feature an outdoor garden, an outdoor classroom, an early childhood playground, 110 parking spots for cars and 10 school bus parking spots. (Balt. Sun)

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Maura Ford, Mercy High School ‘15, Receives Fulbright Scholarship to Teach and Study Mexican Immigration Policy

Graduating senior Maura Ford has received a Fulbright Scholarship to serve as an English teaching assistant and volunteer in an immigration agency in Mexico.  Ford continues the University’s longstanding track record of producing a large number of Fulbright Scholars, joining the 70 other members of the La Salle community who have held the honor. “By studying and experiencing the Mexican immigration system, I intend to bring insight to the United States on how to develop our immigration system through working in partnership with Mexico,” Ford says. “Upon completing my Fulbright, I hope to apply what I have learned as I assist immigrants and teach English (ESOL) in the United States.” (LaSalle)

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Hundreds rally for education, urge full funding of Harford schools budget

Cars driving by on Churchville Road and Hickory Avenue honked their horn in support of the people in red, rallying Thursday evening for more funding for Harford County schools. Hundreds gathered in the parking lot adjacent to the Harford County Public Schools headquarters before marching to the Harford County Council chambers, where they planned to urge the council to “Fund15” — fully fund the Harford board of education’s request for a $15 million increase in education funding during a public hearing on the county’s budget. (Aegis)

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Search process for Coppin State president questioned by head of Baltimore branch of NAACP

The president of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP charged the University System of Maryland Board of Regents on Thursday with a lack of transparency in its search for a new Coppin State University president. Kobi Little, who heads the Baltimore chapter, said the regents have waited months to start a search and failed to appoint a representative of the NAACP to the search committee. “My concern is about transparency and … about making sure the president of Coppin has the independence and the strength to articulate and advocate a vision that is in the best interests of Coppin,” Little said. (Balt. Sun)

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McDaniel College plans $10M student center renovation

McDaniel College officials will announce plans Friday for a $10 million renovation of Decker College Center, the college’s student center in the middle of the campus in Westminster. Renovation plans include an updated McDaniel Pub fast-casual restaurant and the addition of new student spaces, as well as offices for the Center for Experience and Opportunity, Student Engagement and Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The architect is Marshall Craft Associates of Baltimore and contractor is Whiting-Turner Contracting Company of Baltimore. Construction is slated to begin at the end of May with a targeted completion date for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. (Daily Record)

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