Naval Academy Plebes Report For Induction Day

Thursday was Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy. Incoming plebes are getting haircuts, learning how to salute, being fitted for uniforms and saying goodbye to their families. “It’s kind of crazy that it’s already here,” said Piper Spindel from Southern California. She wiped tears away as she said goodbye to her family. “It kind of hit at breakfast time,” she said. “I’ve worked hard for this all of these years and it’s finally here.” Lindsay Spindel, Piper’s mother, was crying too. Her tears were both full of joy and emotion. (WBAL-Radio)

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Foreign Exchange Students Will Be Barred from 18 High Schools Next Year

Foreign exchange students won’t be allowed at 18 county high schools next year due to crowding, according to school system officials. In a message to three organizations the school system typically works with to host foreign exchange students, Montgomery school system Chief Academic Officer Maria Navarro said “MCPS values its relationship with exchange student organizations and recognizes the importance of this program,” but increasing pressure of crowded schools has forced school leaders to make the decision to bar exchange students at most of its high schools. (Bethesda)

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University of Maryland School of Pharmacy to offer medical cannabis education

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy will offer the nation’s first graduate degree in medical cannabis, reversing a decision made two years ago to stay out of the field. Training for medical cannabis-related jobs is now dominated by little-known, unaccredited online entities, as traditional universities have shied away from training and research related to marijuana, legal in many states but still considered illegal at the federal level. (Balt. Sun)

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'You can’t get that on a screen': Children explore nature at Piney Run during Preschool Discovery Week

As youngsters at Piney Run Park listened to naturalist Max Bukowitz read a storybook about critters building nests, a wild barred owl leapt from its perch and flew under the canopy of trees, clutching a snake in its talons — right before the gaze of 11 wide-eyed children. “You can’t get that on a screen,” Bukowitz said. Preschool Discovery Week kicked off Wednesday at Piney Run with children and their grownups learning about birds. The program serves to expose children to nature and encourage them to explore the outdoors, Bukowitz said — and it gives them a break from electronics, too. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll County school system updates cellphone policy, seeks input on handling student data

Community feedback contributed to the revisions to Carroll County Public Schools policy on when students can use cellphones and other devices in school, according to the school board. The policy was revised to reduce the distractions caused by cellphones at inappropriate times during the school day. In April, the school system put out some proposed changes to the “Bring Your Own Device” section of its Portable Electronic Devices policy. (Carr. Co. Times)

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School Board Adopts Policy To Screen for Violent Students, Community Members

The Montgomery County Board of Education on Monday gave final approval to a policy that will create teams at each school to screen for potentially violent students and community members, bringing the state’s largest school system in compliance with Maryland’s Safe to Learn Act. The policy, a product of the act signed into law in April 2018 following a mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead, mandates each school establish a behavior threat assessment team, including administrators, law enforcement and staff members trained to respond to mental health crises, and interact with non-English speakers and students with special needs. (Bethesda)

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AACC students’ cyber success underscores colleges’ training role

Anne Arundel Community College students’ success in a national cybersecurity competition has underscored the importance of Maryland’s community colleges in developing the workforce for the  industry. The college performed among the best schools in the nation in the first phase of the SANS Cyber FastTrack program, which tests students’ cyber aptitude. “The students really enjoyed participating in CyberStart Access,” said Carrie Leary, a professor in AACC’s Cybersecurity, Networking and Digital Forensics program. “They mentioned that it felt more like a game than work or a competition. They were excited to take hands-on skill learned in the classroom and put them into action in real-world scenarios within the SANS CyberStart Challenges.” (Daily Record)

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Principal at center of D.C. graduation scandal tapped to lead Baltimore school

The principal at the epicenter of a widespread graduation scandal in Washington, D.C., two years ago has a new job: leading a Baltimore City school. Yetunde Reeves, who left Ballou High in Southeast Washington after damning reports about the school’s graduation practices, was selected by the Baltimore school board on Tuesday to be principal of Paul Laurence Dunbar High, among the city’s best. Under Reeves, Ballou received national media attention after its entire 2017 graduating class was accepted into college. (Balt. Sun)

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