Sunday, April 21, 2013
The principal this week sent out an update to parents about Ducketts Lane Elementary.
Curious to know what Ducketts Lane Elementary will look like for the 600 children expected to attend? Principal Heidi Balter shared several details on the building in an email to parents this week: 1) The second level will feature an area where various plants will grow in an atrium type setting, and the gym and cafeteria (located on the first floor) can be seen through a glass-type opening. 2) Grounds will include a pond, plants, outdoor classrooms and an amphitheater. 3) The school is expected to have an enrollment of 600 students, which doesn’t include pre-K. 4) Students at feeder schools will be asked this month to vote for the mascot and school colors as well as share ideas of events they’d like to see at their new school. 5) The …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The new Ducketts Lane principal shared details of the school’s interior and exterior in a recent email to parents.
Curious to know what Ducketts Lane Elementary will look like for the 600 children expected to attend? Principal Heidi Balter shared the following details on the building in an email to parents this week: Have any special features you’d like to see at the new elementary school in Elkridge? Tell us in comments. See related content: Plans Come Together for New Elkridge Elementary School Sign up for the free Elkridge Patch e-newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Ducketts Lane Elementary school principal sent out the following updates to parents on Tuesday.
Parent volunteers and administrators are developing a range of plans for the new elementary school in Elkridge, including how to determine the school mascot and what the school’s schedule will be in the fall. The Ducketts Lane Elementary School principal, Heidi Balter, said in an email sent to parents Tuesday that a committee of parents working on transition plans for the new school met on April 9. According to meeting minutes, administrators will start meeting with students in feeder schools this month to talk about their new school. The school is expected to have an enrollment of 600 students, which doesn’t include pre-K. At the meetings, students will be asked to vote for the mascot and school colors as well as share ideas of events …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The board did not accept the recommendation of the naming committee.
The Board of Education voted this week to name the new elementary school in Elkridge “Ducketts Lane Elementary” after the street that the school is on, Howard County Times reported. Do you like the new name? Tell us in comments. Board member Sandra French made the motion Thursday to approve the name. Citing the difficulty of finding Ducketts Lane Road, she said, “I think we need a school name as a designation,” according to the Times. Last summer, Patch asked readers what they wanted to name the school. More than 20 names were suggested – Ducketts Lane Elementary was readers’ top pick, but they also suggested Troy Hill Farm Elementary, Marble Hill Elementary and Viaduct Elementary, for the nearby Thomas Viaduct. A naming committee, …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Elkridge Patch asked users for ideas; here's what they said.
Howard County school officials will propose a name for the new elementary school on Ducketts Lane at a meeting this week. The school in Elkridge is under construction and on track for a fall 2013 opening. A committee for naming the school will present its recommendation to the Board of Education on Oct. 2. >>Ducketts School Naming Committee Concerns Board of Education Member A public hearing on the proposed school name will take place Nov. 1. When Elkridge Patch asked readers what they would name the school, the topic sparked 30 comments. Here are the names they suggested: "DUCK would be a cool Mascot and make some really cool Spirit Wear," said Terri McCulley Hicks, who suggested calling it Ducketts Lane or Ducketts Elementary. "'Ryan …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Board member noted nobody from Elkridge Elementary School was on 13-member committee, but now the PTA president is involved.
Before the elementary school on Ducketts Lane opens in fall 2013, it needs a name, and the deadline for the Board of Education to approve one is Dec. 4. At a school board meeting last week, board member Brian Meshkin said he was "surprised" that nobody from Elkridge Elementary School stepped forward to help with the naming of the school. The committee includes 13 members. "This new school is really providing relief to the students and the families in Elkridge and will have a big influence on Elkridge Elementary School, yet there is nobody from Elkridge Elementary or the PTA ... or even GECA [Greater Elkridge Community Association] represented," said Meshkin. "I was surprised not to see any names" on the committee from Elkridge. Because of …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Parents at one Elkridge elementary school wanted answers about plans to take effect next year.
Parents were concerned about neighborhoods being fractured and losing socioeconomic diversity during a meeting Monday night at Deep Run about school redistricting scenarios for 2013. The discussion came as school officials attempt to alleviate overcrowding in the northeastern part of Howard County and shuffle students so they can fill a brand-new elementary school on Ducketts Lane opening in fall 2013. The two redistricting plans that have been proposed would shift students on Mayfield Avenue out of their current school, which is Deep Run Elementary. "If I'm reading the map correctly, I live on Mayfield Avenue, so either way my children would have to move to Waterloo or Bellows Spring?" asked one mother, among the 30 parents who attended …