Thursday, September 27, 2012
The theft is the second incident on a school system-owned lot in the past week.
Police are investigating a recent incident that led to parts being taken from Baltimore County Public Schools vehicles in Essex. According to police, sometime between 2 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 24, catalytic converters were stolen from three BCPS-owned food service trucks in a school system lot in the 600 block of Stemmers Run Road in Essex. According to a police report, a gate to the lot had been left open. The value of the three converters was reported as $6,000. The police report had no information on possible suspects. The incident was the second burglary in a school system-owned lot. On Sept. 21, an officer in a police helicopter spotted what turned out to be an attempted theft of diesel fuel from school buses parked in…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The cable network's bus is scheduled to visit the Essex high school on Sept. 18.
A civics lesson on wheels is coming to Kenwood High School. C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012 bus is scheduled to visit the Essex high school on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Students are expected to enter the bus for between 15 and 20 minutes and watch a presentation on the importance of voting. They may also use interactive computer kiosks to "practice their critical thinking skills as they examine past elections and look at issues central to the current election," according to an announcement from school officials. Social studies teacher Cindy Hoyer arranged the visit with C-SPAN, a non-profit cable network that focuses on objective coverage of national public affairs. Hoyer stated in the announcement that she has "a civic duty to stress the importance of …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Follow these tips to help keep back to school as safe as possible.
The wheels on the bus go round and round—and they're likely coming soon to a street near you. Back to school means more young pedestrians and school buses in the mornings and afternoons, police announced. Have you witnessed violations of school bus safety in your neighborhood? Tell us in the comments. Sgt. Angela Mickle of the White Marsh precinct's Community Outreach Unit released the following statement with school bus safety tips this week: The start of School is right around the corner so here is a quick review of School Bus Safety. Please take a moment to read this very important information to help protect our children! Rules You Need to Know When driving near school buses, remember: When riding the school bus: Sgt. Angela Mickle of…
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Baltimore Sun released a ranking of Baltimore County high schools with the highest average class sizes.
Eastern Technical High School has some of the most-crowded classrooms in the county, according to a recent report. According to a Baltimore Sun report, Eastern Technical High School ranks 10th in the county with 19.1 percent of classes with 30 or more students. Kenwood ranks ninthin the same category at 19.2 percent. Dulaney High School ranks first with 36.3 percent. Eastern Tech entered this school year with 1,256, about 9 percent less than the school's capacity of 1,380, according to its school's profile. Kenwood has 1,732 students this year with a capacity of 1,918, according to its school profile. The school faced budget cuts last year and will have to reduce its faculty by four teachers next year. This comes after the school system …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Mars Estates Elementary School teacher Holly Sturm was among five finalists honored on Thursday.
Editor's Note: Skip to the second video if you'd like to see right away who was named the 2012 Baltimore County Teacher of the Year. Or scroll down to see which teacher took home the schools system's highest honor. And the nominees for the 2012 Baltimore County Teacher of the Year: And the winner is... (drum roll please)... (Did you watch the second video?) Art teacher Angela Rountree from Ridgely Middle School! _____ Have you ever had Ms. Rountree as a teacher? Have your children? What can you say about the 2012 Baltimore County Teacher of the Year and the other five finalists? Start the conversation in the comments section below.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Fourth- and fifth-graders at the school learned about a wide variety of careers, including journalism from Essex-Middle River Patch editor Ron Snyder.
Middleborough Elementary Schoolrecently hosted a Career Day fair for its fourth- and fifth-graders. Attorneys, physical therapists, photographers and dancers were among the more than a dozen professionals on hand to teach students about what career options are available to them. I also had the chance to educate the students about the field of online journalism and to introduce them to Patch.com. Follow Essex-Middle River Patch on Facebook and Twitter. (Check out the photos taken by some of the students during the event) "We want students to know just how many options are out there for them in life," Middleborough Elementary school counselor Barbara DiBlasio said. "We try to bring unique professionals to this event because they all know …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Superintendent Joe Hairston announced the date adjustment on Tuesday night.
Students can thank a mild winter for an early summer break. Baltimore County Superintendent Joe Hairston announced Tuesday night that schools would close on June 8, rather than the originally planned June 14, said Charles Herndon, a Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman. "We had such a mild winter, we were able to make the school year four days shorter," Herndon said. "I'm sure it's exciting for students." How will this impact parents' work schedules? Tell us in the comments. Seven days were originally allotted this year for emergency closures due to inclement weather, he said. Students missed only two days at the start of the school year due to Hurricane Irene. There were no snow days taken this year in Baltimore County. Herndon …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The school captured the county and state title in recent chess tournaments.
Essex Elementary School once again proved it has some of the best young chess players in the state. Essex took first place in Saturday’s second annual Baltimore County Chess Championship. The school was among nine other elementary schools and 29 overall to participate in the tournament, held at Cockeysville Middle School. Follow Essex-Middle River Patch on Facebook and Twitter. The winning team included Gage Flanary, who won all six of his matches and won the individual title in the elementary school division.Other members of the team were Samuel Burton (4-1-1, fifth place), Travis Holland (4-2, ninth place), Michael Egbagiri (4-2, 11th place) and Nathan Panto (4-2, 13th place). “Gage Flanary is a very gifted chess player, and he has been…
Friday, April 13, 2012
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz included funding in his proposed budget for air conditioning at the Essex school.
With temperatures expected to be around 82 degrees on Monday, Alan Southworth is preparing his 8-year-old daughter for the expected excessive heat in her classroom in Middleborough Elementary School. “There were times in her classroom last year when the temperature reached 94 degrees by 7:30 in the morning,” Southworth said. “Who can work under conditions like that? But, if County Executive Kevin Kamenetz gets his way, Southworth’s daughters and other Middleborough Elementary School students may soon be able to finally cool off in their classroom. The Essex school was one of 10 designated by Kamenetz to receive funding for air conditioning as part of his proposed budget unveiled Thursday. Follow Essex-Middle River Patch on Facebook and …
Friday, March 30, 2012
Budget cuts forced the elimination of four teachers from the Essex high school, although principal Tom Evans promises to keep the drama club intact.
Eastern Technical High School Principal Tom Evans said the school will continue to have a drama club next school year even as the school was forced to eliminate its theater department due to budget cuts. Evans said the school is losing four teachers next school year and he was forced to find an area that he could cut. With just enough students to fill two classes next school year, Evans said he couldn’t justify offering theater classes. “Unfortunately, we had to cut from somewhere and the student interest for theater classes just wasn’t there next year,” Evans said. “I support the arts as much as anyone in schools, but times are tough and a decision had to be made. We will find other ways of keeping the drama club open.” Follow Essex-…