After initial request denied, Grace McComas can be honored at Glenelg graduation

Grace McComas would have graduated from Glenelg High School May 29. At the upcoming commencement, friends and classmates want to honor Grace, who was a sophomore in 2012 when she committed suicide after months of cyber-bullying. After initial opposition from the school and school system, it now appears they'll have that chance. (Balt. Sun)

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Creativity in the arts, and funding, celebrated at Annapolis High

At Annapolis High School, student dancers and actors rehearse in an airy, two-story studio. Visual arts students fire their ceramic creations in a trio of kilns. Graphics students work in a lab filled with new computers with wide, flat-screen monitors. Film and production students fine-tune their creations on a mixing board worthy of a professional recording studio. For a few months now, students at Annapolis High — both those in a performing and visual arts magnet program and other students — have been exploring their creative talents in the school's new two-story addition. (Balt. Sun)

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Students teach robotics to area CEOs

Antonio Harrell signed up to design and build competition robots at Dunbar High School because, he says, he "didn't have anything else to do." Three years later, the 18-year-old senior has gotten so good at engineering robots, he's teaching Baltimore's business leaders how to use them. In the spirit of March Madness, Harrell and other students coached notable area business leaders and CEOs through a bracket-style robotics tournament. As drones hovered at the Baltimore Robotics Center, the charity event raised money for the Vex High School Robotics League — which transforms math into a brain-stimulating action sport. (Balt. Sun)

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Realtors' playbook to help homeless students, families find affordable housing

Homeless students and their families will soon get a resource guide to help them find affordable housing. The Frederick County Association of Realtors received $3,000 from the National Association of Realtors to create the resource guide. The FCAR Affordable Housing Committee will coordinate the program — a playbook — to help the homeless and near homeless families in the Frederick County Public Schools system, said Jeri Benner, a member of the committee. (News-Post)

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Students test cyber skills in competition at Johns Hopkins APL

This year's winter weather is a mere dusting compared to the winter storm that college students are grappling with this weekend at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Eight teams of students are fending off a massive cyber attack in the midst of a storm more devastating than Maryland's blizzard of 1993, prompting the governor and president to declare states of emergency and deploy aid to residents. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s board of education delays vote on charter school lease

The Prince George’s County Board of Education delayed a vote on whether to allow a charter school operated by Imagine Foundation to lease a vacant elementary school owned by the school system for the 2014 school year. Parents complained that they were not given sufficient notice about the move to what some considered to be an unsafe neighborhood. Parents said they are happy with the education their children are receiving at Leeland, but might have considered other options if they knew the school would be moving to Forrestville. (Wash. Post)

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Teen sleep: Tweet from education secretary seen as boost for changing school hours

Maryland advocates concerned about teen sleep are cheering a tweet this week from Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who again signaled support for the idea of shifting the opening hours of schools. In his tweet, Duncan linked to a U.S. News & World Report story examining the early hours of the high school day and wrote: “Would love to see more districts consider later starting times, particularly for high school students.” (Wash. Post)

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Broadneck among leaders in statewide expansion of unified sports

Chris Patterson stood between two bocce courts during practice at Broadneck High School in Annapolis, shouting encouragement to his teammates. "Bend your knees!" the junior yelled to one player whose throw fell too short. Patterson is a team captain of Broadneck's unified bocce team. Six years ago, he wouldn't even have been able to play. Patterson is one of thousands of disabled students across Maryland who are playing high school sports through unified or allied sports teams, which are composed of both students with disabilities and those without. (Balt. Sun)

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