Thursday, January 10, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley celebrated the achievement at an Anne Arundel County school.
Maryland schools were ranked the best in the nation for the fifth year in a row, according to a study released by Education Week. Gov. Martin O’Malley and other state and local officials celebrated the ranking at Jones Elementary School in Severna Park on Thursday afternoon. “There is no better investment than education,” O’Malley told the crowd at the school. “Thanks to tough choices and important priorities we made Maryland schools No. 1 for the fifth year in a row.” House Speaker Michael Busch (D-Annapolis) and Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association, also addressed the crowd Thursday. Busch said that he has two daughters in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and he is very proud of that. Click here to read …
Jackie Knox shares her time and talents with students at Broadneck Elementary and Magothy River Middle School.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) recognizes educators, employees and volunteers each month from September to June during the school year. Awards are presented at Board of Education meetings and Patch is pleased to announce the honorees. The January "Volunteer of the Month" is Jackie Knox, who shares her talents with students at Broadneck Elementary and Magothy River Middle School. According to the AACPS website, the Volunteer of the Month is chosen by a committee made up of staff from the Office of School & Family Partnerships and parents. Here is the text of the speech presented at the Jan. 9 meeting in honor of Knox: Plato observed, “Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find…
Friday, December 21, 2012
A Glen Burnie home is a national finalist for the Patch contest.
The recommended operating budget is 3 percent more than last year's recommendation and includes $16 million for employee pay raises.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Arnold Elementary students underwent a drill Tuesday training for the event of an armed intruder.
Police said at a press conference on Wednesday that rumors spreading on social media of planned school shootings on Friday have all been investigated and found to be not credible. Arnold Elementary students underwent a drill on Tuesday training for the event of an armed intruder. School officials at Wednesday's press conference said that was a regularly scheduled drill, and its timing was merely coincidental to the Connecticut school shooting. Lt. J.D. Batten, who is charge of school security for Anne Arundel County, said some shooting rumors have come from students saying they heard it from others. The press conference was held Wednesday morning at the central office of Anne Arundel County Public Schools to address the rumors that are …
Friday, December 14, 2012
A gunman reportedly shot and killed 27 people at an elementary school in Connecticut.
UPDATE (4:10 p.m.)—In the wake of news that a gunman reportedly shot and killed 27 people at an elementary school in Connecticut, Anne Arundel County police boosted security at all public schools Friday afternoon prior to dismissal. According to Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) spokesman Bob Mosier, a county police officer was stationed at every school during dismissal. He also said security will remain heightened as children arrive at their schools Monday morning. The shooting occurred Friday morning in Newtown, CT. Newtown Patch is on the scene near the school, providing live updates and breaking news. According to Newtown Patch, parents of children who were killed during the shooting are still being notified by public …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
During a special concert on Thursday, students will play with some of the world's best musicians.
Twenty-nine highly talented students from eight county high schools are slated to perform alongside the world-class musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in a special concert on Thursday. The following students from Broadneck High will participate: According to an Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) press release, the opportunity spawns from a long-standing collaboration between the school system and the BSO. Note the concert is for musicians and students only. Click here to read more about the program with the BSO and see which students from other schools are participating.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Anyone hoping to ask questions or voice concerns can do just that on Saturday. Just be ready to brave the weekend shopping crowds.
Two Anne Arundel County Board of Education members are inviting parents to meet with them and discuss issues facing the school system at a unique location this Saturday—inside the food court at Arundel Mills mall in Hanover. According to a press release from Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., Board President Andrew Pruski and student member of the board Nick Lefavor will be at a table in the food court at Arundel Mills mall, available to answer questions and discuss various issues. “There will be a table with a Board of Education banner,” AACPS spokesman Bob Mosier said. “It’s a really informal, open dialogue type thing just for conversations. You don’t have to sign up for a 5-minute block or …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The school system canceled classes on Monday.
Due to expected inclement weather and the possibility of power outages related to Hurricane Sandy, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) announced there will be no classes on Monday. For the status of activities sponsored by other agencies, please contact that agency. Patch will provide updates as more information is made available.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Martha Gardner will receive a special celebration hosted by McDonald's in Arnold on Tuesday.
Martha Gardner, the Belvedere Elementary fifth-grade teacher who earlier this year was named as Anne Arundel County's teacher of the year, has been named the McTeacher of the year by McDonald's. Gardner will be honored by McDonald's at a special celebration scheduled for Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. in Arnold. "McDonald’s McTeacher of the Year Night provides members of Belvedere Elementary School and residents of Anne Arundel County the opportunity to thank Gardner for her commitment to education," according to a press release. The restaurant chain will donate a portion of all sales earned during the event to Belvedere Elementary School and will be presenting Gardner with several surprise gifts. Members of the community, parents and students are …