Washington County Public Schools students weigh in on data loss situation

In early May, many Washington County Public Schools students began noticing they could no longer log into StudentVUE. Some thought it was a technical glitch, but soon thereafter, they learned what really had happened to the service that allows them to check their grades, assignments and other student data. "It wasn't until a few days after the crash when most students started getting really frustrated," said Chris Mackley, a sophomore at Williamsport High School. "When it became apparent that our fourth marking period interim grades were not going to be recovered, it became a huge area of concern for all the students, and even more for the teachers." (Herald-Mail)

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Blair High principal sends letter alerting parents to new season release of 13 Reasons Why

Montgomery Blair High School's principal, Renay Johnson, is encouraging parents to speak with their children about Friday's Netflix release of the second season of the series 13 Reasons Why. In a letter sent to the Silver Spring school community Thursday, Johnson noted that the show's first season depicted suicide and touched on sensitive topics including date rape, bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, and driving under the influence. (Bethesda)

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May 18 // Schools in Harford are 'instructionally sound' and 'solid,' superintendent finalist David Ring tells The Aegis

David C. Ring Jr., one of two finalists for Harford County Public Schools superintendent, sees local schools as “rather instructionally sound” and “pretty solid.” “Generally speaking, it’s pretty solid as a school district, and I would like to see that continue,” he said while responding to questions from two representatives of The Aegis during Tuesday’s media session of the three-hour superintendent candidate community forum held by the Board of Education. (Aegis)

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C. Milton Wright's Sean Fleming, Moriah Snyder win $5,000 Cesky scholarships

Sean Fleming and Moriah Snyder, both C. Milton Wright High School students, were the male and female recipients Wednesday of the two $5,000 scholarships from the Al Cesky Scholarship Fund. Fleming and Synder were selected for the top awards out of a group of 24 Cesky scholarship winners from each of Harford County’s 12 private and public high schools. A male and female student athlete from each school, all seniors, were named scholarship winners. The other 22 winners each receive $2,000 scholarships. (Aegis)

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Marine junior reserve officer training corps flourishes at Northeast High School

As senior instructor of Northeast High School's MCJROTC program, Master Sgt. Christopher Mattis, of Pasadena, envisions himself as a factory worker molding MCJROTC cadets into better versions of themselves. "They're like raw material," he said. MCJROTC, or Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, is run like a well-oiled machine at Northeast High School. Established at the school in 2015, Mattis took over as senior instructor during the 2016-17 school year. He was previously enlisted in the Marine Corps for 20 years. The school has a wing dedicated to the program, which includes offices, classrooms and an all-purpose room designated as the "hang-out spot," Mattis said. (Balt. Sun)

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Arrow in Harford closing Creswell school, expanding in Riverside

The Arrow School in Harford County is closing one of its campuses and expanding another beginning this summer, according to organization officials. The Riverside School in Belcamp, which serves students with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges, will be expanding from third through eighth grades to include ninth through 12th grades beginning July 1, Kristin McMahon said. The same day, Fair Meadows campus on Creswell Road in Creswell will be closing and the students in grades six to 12 will be moving to the Riverside school, she said. (Aegis)

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Wicomico Schools Seeking $5.7M More In Budget

Officials in Wicomico County voiced concerns over accountability and school perception in a budget work session this week. On Wednesday, members of the Wicomico County Board of Education came before the Wicomico County Council to make their case for additional school funding in fiscal year 2019. The proposed $151 million budget includes $43 million in maintenance of effort funding and a one-time appropriation of $750,000 for the Wicomico County Board of Education. This year, however, the school system is seeking an additional $5.7 million from the county to establish universal pre-K, improve the graduation rate, and attract and retain a strong workforce. (O.C. Md. News)

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Somerset BOE chair named to state board

Warner Sumpter, chairman of the Somerset County Board of Education, has been appointed to the Maryland State Board of Education by Gov. Larry Hogan. Sumpter said he has resigned from the county board as of Wednesday, May 16. His last meeting in Somerset was Tuesday night, he said. "I'm going to miss working at the grassroots level," he said, adding that he looked forward to working on education issues on a statewide level. (Daily Times)

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