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 …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The end of the 2012-2013 school year was recently announced by Howard County school officials.
Howard County public school students will be getting out of school this year a little earlier than expected. Earlier this spring, Howard County school officials said the last day, subject to change, would be June 18, 2013. Then, there was an unexpected snow day in March (remember ‘Snowquester?) and, as of April 8, school officials said the last day of school would be one day later, June 19. One Friday afternoon, Howard County released a new date for the last day: June 14, 2013, a day set earlier because the school system received a waiver from the Maryland Department of Education for three inclement weather days taken during Hurricane Sandy and at other points in the school year. And that date is still subject to “additional modifications…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The America’s Most Challenging High School rankings is published by the Washington Post.
All 12 of Howard County’s public high schools made the list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, published annually by the Washington Post. A total of 123 Maryland high schools were on the national list, which had a total of 1,933 high schools ranked Rankings were based on index scores that were calculated based on the number of college-level tests given at the school in 2012 divided by the number of graduates that year, the Post said. Do you agree with the rankings? Tell us in the comments below. The publication also took into account the percentage of students who qualified for lunch subsidies and how many graduates passed at least one college-level test during high school, according to the Post. School Name/Location/National/DC-…
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Patch photographed some of the best examples of student artwork on display at the Columbia Mall.
The spring art exhibition featuring local student artists opened at the Mall in Columbia Wednesday night. Following a tradition began last year, Patch went out and photographed some of the more eye-popping student artwork for the gallery above. The exhibit features work from all Howard County Schools spread over two levels inside the mall. This is the 41st year the mall has hosted the student art exhibit. From The Mall in Columbia: Each year, teachers chose approximately 30-40 students from their school to represent a cross-section of the arts curriculum, as well as all levels of artistic ability. The event features over 3,000 works of art from 72 Howard County Public Schools; mediums consist of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman was joined by local leaders at an event on Monday to release the final report of the joint task force on school safety.
County Executive Ken Ulman said Monday that $2 million would be spent to update security measures at Howard County schools, an initiative taken following the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut. In addition, a task force recommended emergency response training and measures to create a safe climate for students and help identify children who may be suffering from issues. “All of what we’re doing is trying to put together the best possible group of policies to diminish the chances that we have a tragedy in Howard County,” said Ulman. The recommendations were released Monday at an event at Thunder Hill Elementary in Columbia and was prepared by a joint task force on school safety. By the end of this year, the county plans on installing …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The new elementary school is set to be completed this summer.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Howard County school officials are already examining whether it’s a good idea to start high school later.
A hearing on a bill that would establish a task force to study whether it’s a good idea to start public schools in Maryland later is scheduled for Friday. The bill, HB 1462, comes as school districts across the state, including Howard, Carroll, Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties have studied or are in the midst of examining whether later or different school start times are a good idea, according to the Baltimore Sun. A national group, Start School Later Inc., is among those rallying support for the bill on social media and on blog posts on Patch. Co-Founder Maribel C. Ibrahim wrote on Patch that experts and professionals will be invited to testify Friday on the bill. The Ways and Means committee hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday. …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Government officials on 'liberal leave.'
The Howard County Public School System has cancelled school today as the snowstorm dubbed 'Snowquester' began dumping what the National Weather Service predicts will be up to 10 inches of snow on the area. Accordig to a statement released by the school system, in addition to classes, "All evening activities in schools, both school-sponsored and community-sponsored, are canceled. This includes high school athletic practices and games." Howard County government officials are on 'liberal leave,' meaning employees with time off can take the day off. Howard Community College will also be closed, according to its website. This article has been edited.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
School administrators will be on hand Monday to answer questions about redistricting.
Want to learn more about redistricting? The PTA Council of Howard County is presenting "Redistricting 101" with Howard County Public Schools administrators, including Joel Gallihue, the manager of school planning. Speakers will explain the redistricting process and take questions from the audience. The meeting is free and open to the public in Mon., March 4 at 8 p.m. in the Board of Education building, 10910 Clarksville Pike (Route 108), Ellicott City, in Boardrooms A & B. Questions? Contact Christina Delmont-Small at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Find out how your teen can participate in talks about bullying.
There will be a series of forums on bullying in March hosted by the Howard County public school system to talk about how it is affecting the overall school climate. Each of the four forums are for high school and middle school students, and the sessions are limited to 50 students each. (Students can sign up here.) The forums will be facilitated by student leaders and school officials will use the information to inform an anti-bullying task force. A waiting area for parents will be available at the events; however, they are just for students, school officials said. The forums are scheduled on the following dates and schools: Thursday, March 7, 6:30-8 p.m. - Elkridge Landing Middle School Thursday, March 14, 6:30-8 p.m. - Reservoir High …