Montgomery County superintendent expects phone policy changes

On the first day of the 2019-2020 school year, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith expects the system’s policy regarding students’ use of phones will likely change. The county’s policy dictates phones be kept off and out of sight during school hours, unless the teacher instructs the student to use it for an educational purpose. (WTOP)

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Archbishop of Baltimore blesses St. Maria Goretti High School

The Most Rev. William E. Lori came armed with holy water and one-liners during his visit Tuesday to the new St. Maria Goretti High School facility on the north end of Hagerstown. "The reason we chose it was because of its proximity to Burger King," the head of the Archdiocese of Baltimore said in his opening remarks. He followed up that joke by touching on the water issues that played a big part in the decision to move the school from its former site on Oak Hill Avenue to its new digs a little more than a mile away on Crestwood Drive. (Herald-Mail) 

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Schools Were Placed On Temporary Lockdown, Since Lifted, After Person Injured In Shooting, Frederick Police Say

A school on Heather Ridge Drive was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning after police responded to the scene of a shooting in the area in the 300 block of Heather Ridge Drive. The lockdown was lifted after police investigated. At around 11:10 a.m., the Frederick Police Department responded to the 300 block of Heather Ridge Drive for a report of a shooting that had just occurred. (WJZ)

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Maryland Counting On Experienced Defense Against No. 21 Syracuse

Maryland’s defense can expect to play a far bigger role Saturday against No. 21 Syracuse after spending the season opener in the background of a record-setting offense. The focus of the Terrapins’ 79-0 rout of Howard last weekend was Josh Jackson throwing four touchdown passes in his debut, the Terrapins breaking the school mark for points in a half with 56 and an attack that garnered 623 yards in its first game under coach Michael Locksley. (WJZ)

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Meet the freshman class at Baltimore-area universities

Rolling bins full of books and toilet paper, parents grinning through tears and a week full of orientation activities have defined the first days of college for thousands of incoming students across the Baltimore area. For some, they are moving onto campus with thousands of other students fresh out of high school. For others, they are part of a freshman class of just over 400. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Superintendent of Md. schools visits Prince George’s Co. on 1st day of classes

Everyone gets first-day jitters when faced with the return to school — everyone from the pre-K students learning the ins and outs of “crisscross applesauce” (aka that cue to sit cross-legged) to the fourth grade teachers scrambling to put the finishing touches on the welcome-back bulletin boards in their classrooms. Even Maryland’s superintendent for schools, Karen Salmon, said the first-day nerves get to her. (WTOP)

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Prince George’s Co. family’s roots run deep to their neighborhood school

Lots of parents sign up to volunteer at their child’s school, but for one Prince George’s County resident, the ties to Montpelier Elementary School run deep. Jamie Cousins, a digital marketing professional, attended Montpelier. So did the man she married. They met in first grade. “We officially became friends though, in second grade,” she said with a broad smile and a laugh. “We went to two different middle schools,” she said, but they dated, and were in touch throughout high school. (WTOP)

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Maryland’s free community college initiative gets off to a slow start

Maryland’s foray into tuition-free public higher education is off to a rocky start, with far fewer students than expected taking advantage of the state’s community college scholarship after a harried rollout of the program. Last month, the state awarded its first round of Maryland College Promise scholarships to 1,278 students. Nearly 1,700 other students could receive money if they submit information missing from their applications. Still, that’s a sliver of the roughly 13,000 students the Maryland Association of Community Colleges projected could benefit. (Wash. Post)

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