Monday, May 20, 2013
Krissa Hillman is in Omaha as a finalist for Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club’s “Learn and Earn, Grow Your Own” contest.
Krissa Hillman is giving the public an enticing reason to buy one of her cupcakes. The 11-year-old student at Bollman Bridge Elementary in Jessup has crafted a business idea to raise money for local literacy initiatives. Hillman started Cupcakes for Literacy, a business that bakes and sells cupcakes -- from chocolate, vanilla, red velvet and mint -- to collect revenues for programs or entities devoted to teaching children how to read. Her first cupcake offering helped raise $258 for her school’s library. The idea has caught the idea of business mogul Warren Buffett, who selected Hillman as a finalist for his Secret Millionaires Club’s “Learn and Earn, Grow Your Own” challenge for kids aged 7 to 16. More than 4,000 students around the …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The magazine's 2013 rankings came out Monday.
On mobile? You can see interactive map here. Newsweek has ranked four of Columbia's high schools -- including Long Reach High School -- among its list of the best high schools in the country. In its list, Long Reach High School ranked 1,897. See how Howard County schools compare. Here is the full list of Howard County rankings from Newsweek: For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about Columbia schools' ranking, and every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several criteria including on-time graduation and college …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Students, parents and school organizations all have something to say about proposed changes to the HCPSS wellness policy.
Football fans aren’t likely to buy celery sticks in the stands, and Girls Scouts wouldn’t be Girl Scouts without cookies. But that's where some parents are saying Howard County Public Schools are headed with the Superintendent’s proposed changes to the school system’s wellness guidelines (policy 9090, Wellness Through Nutrition and Physical Activity). At issue for some parents is the addition of the requirement that foods available to students conform to HCPSS Nutritional Guidelines; guidelines which have not yet been spelled out. “Until guidelines are clearly defined,” PTA Council of Howard County President Christina Delmont-Small said at the April 11 Board of Education Public Hearing, “it is impossible for our organization or for anyone…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Lauren Shen's doodle is a state finalist in the national Doodle 4 Google contest.
You never know what you’ll find if you point your browser to Google’s home page. On May 23rd it might be a doodle from a Howard County seventh grader. Burleigh Manor’s Lauren Shen is the Maryland finalist in the Web giant’s Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives young artists from around the country a chance to showcase their artistic skills on the Google home page. Google asked entrants to re-work the company's recognizable logo to depict it as their “best day ever.” Shen's drawing depicted Travel to Taiwan. “The day I arrived in Taiwan was my best day ever,” Shen wrote. More than 130,000 students, from kindergarten through 12th grade submitted a Doodle of their best day. Shen was chosen as one of 50 state finalists. Five national …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
There are several efforts underway in Howard County to combat bullying.
Children and parents in Howard County will soon have access to a desktop or mobile app to report bullying anonymously online as it happens. The California-based company that make Sprigeo.com, the bullying reporting app, has donated it to Howard County so it can be used for free among its residents, according to a county news release. The app is part of a larger program in Howard County to deal with the issue of bullying, which has made headlines after Howard County’s 15-year-old Grace McComas committed suicide on Easter Sunday in 2012 following what the Baltimore Sun called nearly a year of “electronic torment.” Statewide, “Grace’s Law,” scheduled to be signed into law this week by Gov. Martin O’Malley, makes it a misdemeanor to harass …
Or milkshakes, or smoothies, or frappes ... McDonald's celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week.
Shiny red apples and adorably misspelled hand-drawn cards will always express our appreciation of teachers. But sometimes, don’t you think, they’d like a milkshake too? Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. From Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10, McDonald’s is recognizing teachers in its own way – with free drinks. Just stop inside a restaurant, or roll through the drive-thru, mention you are a local educator, show your school ID and you’ll get a small drink – coffee, smoothie, shake, frappe – you name it, for free. Looking for a location in Elkridge? For more local news, sign up for the Elkridge Patch newsletter. Keep the conversation going on Facebook and Twitter.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
High schools in Howard County have proms scheduled through April and May.
A lot goes into having the perfect prom. There’s the dress, nails, hair and shoes. Plus there is the limo, dinner beforehand, the actual prom ticket and any after-prom activities. All of these activities are adding up and causing the average cost of prom to skyrocket. According to a recent report published on Huffington Post, the average prom cost in 2013 is $1,139, which is a 5 percent increase from last year. And it seems like the spending for the special senior night begins long before the actual dance. According to an article on MSN Money, two of the main culprits for the price increase is the dress and shoes. Dresses today are more elaborate and many girls buy two pairs of shoes—one to wear to prom and one to dance in. Recently, …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Last week, four Howard County high schools hosted nearly 1,000 students for the library's Battle of the Books.
The point of Howard County Library's Battle of the Books annual reading competition is to make reading fun. Based on photos from the event, the more than 900 fifth grade students that competed had a great time. See hundreds of photos from the event on the Howard County Library's Flickr page. The event featured more than 150 teams of students who read from 16 different books pre-determined by the library. At the event, which took place on Friday, April 19, students were asked questions about the books, such as plot details, quotes or picture descriptions. Members of the first, second, and third place teams all received gift cards to a local book store. Prizes were also given out for best team name, best team costume, best team spirit and …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The schools will be closed for a professional development day.
At least the local kids will be able to enjoy the beautiful spring weather expected on Thursday. All Howard County Public Schools will be closed on Thursday for a pre-scheduled professional development day.
Find out which high schools in Howard County made the cut in the latest U.S. News & World report rankings.
Eleven Howard County high schools were ranked among the 2013 “Best High Schools in the Nation,” according to new rankings U.S. News & World Report released this week. U.S. News said it reviewed 21,035 U.S. high schools and 64 of Maryland's 241 high schools made the rankings. Long Reach High School, in Columbia, was ranked 37th in the state and 1,219 nationally. U.S. News calculates its national “Best High School” rankings through three steps, according to its website, which factored in reading and math results on high school proficiency tests, whether minority and low-income students performed “better than average” compared to similar students in the state and college readiness performance through Advanced Placement or International …