Baltimore students raise funds for Hurricane Harvey relief, learn and teach lesson in empathy

August Baker was walking to school last month when she spotted an abandoned $10 bill sticking out of the grass. Ordinarily, such a lucky find would warrant a trip to the store for new nail polish or some Tastykakes, she said. But not on that September day. The 13-year-old tucked the money into her pocket and took it with her to City Springs Elementary/Middle School. She then donated it to a class fundraiser benefiting victims of Hurricane Harvey, the deadly storm that tore through Texas in August. (Balt. Sun)

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October 10 // The calendar squeeze: A shorter school year? School on Jewish holidays?

School systems across Maryland are looking at stark choices as they draw up calendars for next school year. Spring break could be shortened. Time off on the Jewish holidays could be in jeopardy. Extra days of instruction could fall away. In Montgomery County, with the state’s largest school system, five scenarios are on the table as the Board of Education discusses the issue Tuesday. Few are thrilled with the options, so the district is welcoming other ideas, too. “I wish someone would come up with a miracle suggestion,” said Patricia O’Neill, chair of the board’s policy committee. “There’s clearly not time to do everything we’d like.” (Wash. Post)

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Harford schools students' last day in 2019 could be June 7

If there are no inclement weather days in the next school year, the last day for students could be June 7, 2019 and, once again, classes for the year will start after Labor Day. The draft calendar for the 2018-19 school year was presented Monday night to members of the Harford County Board of Education at their meeting in the school headquarters meeting. The proposed calendar will be posted online for public comment beginning Tuesday and will be available for 60 days, according to Jillian Lader, manager of communications for Harford County Public Schools, who chairs a calendar committee made up of school administrators, parents and business and community representatives, including leaders of local religious congregations. (Aegis)

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Johns Hopkins scientists win $10.7M grant for machine language translation

A team of computer scientists at Johns Hopkins University has won a $10.7 million grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to create an information retrieval and translation system for languages that are not widely used around the world. (Daily Record)

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Researchers plan model to predict algae blooms in Bay

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Horn Point Laboratory will develop a new model to better predict the long-term occurrences of algae blooms in the Chesapeake Bay. “The harmful algal blooms in Chesapeake Bay have been increasing due to nutrient enrichment, and with climate change we are going to have more occurrences,” co-investigator Professor Ming Li said. “In this project we will be developing a new mechanistic model to predict the harmful algal blooms.” (Star Dem.)

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Kid achieving at Harford Boys & Girls Club

Though most students weren't at school over the summer, the Harford Boy & Girls Club says they did not experience a learning loss.  Camp Hidden Valley released on Monday that over 3,000 kids attended their camp to have fun and learn at the same time.  The camp has a Summer Brain Gain program, so kids don't lose their school skills while at camp.  Over $50,000 was raised for clubs helping to educate kids at camp. (WMAR)

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Cancer prevention can start in middle school

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that will infect up to 80 or 90 percent of sexually active people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some types of HPV infections can persist and lead to cancer, according to the Maryland Department of Health. “We [The Carroll County Health Department] consider the HPV vaccine as a vaccine that helps to prevent certain types of cancer,” said Health Planner Maggie Kunz. According to the CDC, more than 29,000 cases of HPV-related cancers each year could be prevented with HPV vaccination. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Pre-registration open for first redistricting public hearing

The Howard County Public School System has opened pre-registration for those who want to testify at the first redistricting public hearing, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Department of Education building. Those who have pre-registered can receive information such as follow-up letters and meeting changes. Public hearing written testimony will also be accepted via mail, or by email to . According to a revision of board policy, all submitted testimony becomes public record, including identification information, and will be uploaded to BoardDocs. Officials said testimony will not be edited and personal information will not be removed. (Columbia Flier)

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