Baltimore County seeks consultant for 10-year capital school plan

Baltimore County is on the hunt for a consultant to create a 10-year plan to develop and upgrade the county's public schools. Count Executive John Olszewski Jr. said Monday the county will hire an adviser to develop a High School Master Plan by September 2020 to prioritize capital needs for the system, the third largest in Maryland with 113,814 students and 18,202 employees. A second plan for the county's remaining schools, programs and centers will be released by the consultant in May 2021. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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College club to make 3D prosthetic hands for needy children

Mount Marty College plans to literally give a helping hand to children. Students in the college's Biology/Chemistry Club have been given the green light to 3D-print custom prosthetic hands for children in need. The group is working with an organization called E-Nable that provides free 3D computer files needed to print each individual piece of a prosthetic hand, along with instructions for printing and assembly. Kits with additional parts, including rubber grippers for the fingers, tension wires, Velcro straps and screws, are sold on the organization's website. (News-Post)

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School Board, Staff Not Responsible for Student’s Death in 2015, Judge Rules

After years of court proceedings, the Montgomery County public school system was found not responsible for the 2015 death of a 14-year-old Gaithersburg High School student, who died after an asthma attack in physical education class. On Friday, a month shy of the fourth anniversary of Taylor Walton’s death, Montgomery County Judge Nelson Rupp ruled that neither the local school board nor its employees was negligent in caring for her or was responsible for her death. “It’s an absolute tragedy what happened. … It just breaks your heart,” Rupp said during a court hearing Friday. “ (Bethesda)

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MacArthur Middle School 'kill lists' prompt police investigation

Maryland police are investigating five “kill lists” found at a middle school in the past week. A spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County police said the lists were discovered at MacArthur Middle School. The first was found Monday in a textbook and listed names of eighth-grade students. It appeared to be written by a student. The Capital Gazette reports that school administrators discovered four similar lists on Tuesday. One was in a comic book, while the rest were written on bathroom walls. (Wash. Times)

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Top of her field: Carroll County science teacher honored as one of best in US

Denise Kresslein, a life science teacher at North Carroll Middle School, was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) recently in a ceremony in Washington D.C. The award is the highest honor given by the U.S. Government to kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers of mathematics and science. It is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Each awardee received a citation signed by President Trump and a $10,000 award from NSF. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Montgomery College Making Changes to Prevent Mistaken Emergency Alerts

Montgomery College is implementing new safeguards to prevent staff members from erroneously sending emergency alerts after the second mishap in less than two years. On Friday morning, a member of the college’s public safety team was practicing on Rave Mobile Safety, the software system the college uses to send out emergency communications. The staff member, who was not publicly identified, did not realize he wasn’t using the system’s “training mode” and sent a message about an active shooter to nearly 18,000 students and staff members, college spokesman Marcus Rosano said. (Bethesda)

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Maryland students flex their STEM muscles

Jeremiah Acquah had barely placed the 20th bag of rice on the stack rising from a bridge made of popsicle sticks before they started sliding off. Jeremiah said he and fellow Springfield Middle School sixth-grader Vecen Williams didn’t plan their bag placement properly at the beginning, and that otherwise their makeshift bridge probably would have held under the weight. The bridge design was part of the school’s STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — event Friday, which is part of the statewide Maryland STEM Festival running from Oct. 11 to Nov. 10. (WTOP)

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‘Hit them in their heart’: These parents lost kids to hazing. They’re trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

The auditorium at the College of New Jersey was filled with hundreds of fraternity and sorority members, on a night during Greek Week. The event had sounded all too familiar to many: Go hear some adults tell you about the dangers of hazing. Again. But their chatter had died away and their phones were in their pockets as Evelyn and Jim Piazza showed them photos of their tall, grinning son and told them how, after a gantlet of drinks and a headfirst fall down a flight of stairs at his Pennsylvania State University fraternity house, Tim Piazza was put in an ambulance, alone. (Wash. Post)

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