'People are fed up:' Crofton area reacts to redistricting proposal

Samantha Weaver was relieved. After years of feeling neglected, last week’s recommendation for determining which students will attend the new Crofton High School was sweet vindication for the president of the Nantucket Elementary School PTA. Weaver said the Crofton Redistricting Committee’s recommendation last week is a victory for her third-grade daughter’s school. Past redistricting efforts have forced the Nantucket community out of Crofton-area schools. The small neighborhood just outside Crofton has a tradition of being glossed over, she said. (Capital)

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New group looks to improve Washington County Public Schools

A recently formed group is looking to combine input from parents, teachers, students and others with an interest in Washington County Public Schools to make some positive changes. Called the Washington County Parent Educator Student Organization, or PESO, the association hopes to attract a representative from every school in the school system, according to member Carlos Mellott. (Herald-Mail)

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ACM enters partnership with WVU for land reclamation program

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Allegany College of Maryland has entered into a unique 2+2 partnership with West Virginia University to prepare students for careers in land reclamation and environmental remediation. Land reclamation is the process of transforming lands disturbed by mining, gas and oil extraction, logging, commercial development and natural disasters into viable ecosystems. (Times-News)

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Two sites suggested for future Elkridge high school

A Howard County task force is recommending two sites for a new Elkridge high school, the county announced Friday. The 12-member group considered a dozen locations for what would be the county’s 14th high school before suggesting properties on Washington Boulevard and Mansion Lane. To have enough land for a building, parking and athletic fields, the county would have to assemble a large parcel from several individual properties, according to the proposal. (Ho. Co. Times)

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East Silver Spring Elementary teacher honored with one of 40 national Milken Educator Awards

Brian Quinn doesn't think he's one of the best teachers in the country, but on Friday morning state and national officials assured him that he is, in fact, in the top 1 percent of educators nationwide. Quinn, a fourth-grade math teacher at East Silver Spring Elementary School was surprised at an all-school assembly with the Milken Educator Award, a national award that recognizes the top 40 teachers in the United States for their work to enhance educational opportunities for students in innovative, unique and inclusive ways. (Bethesda)

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Smithsburg's Schlegel honored as Md. World Language Teacher of the Year

Smithsburg High School Spanish teacher Caroline Schlegel was honored Oct. 19 by the Maryland Foreign Language Association for being named its 2018 Language Teacher of the Year. Schlegel was notified in May that she won, but the association officially honored her at its fall banquet with a plaque and bouquet of flowers. She said she was “very humbled” to be named the top foreign-language instructor in the state. (Herald-Mail)

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St. Paul's School for Girls names a new leader

The St. Paul’s School for Girls has a new head of school. Ereni Gleason Malfa will take on the role on July 1, 2019, Joanne Bartlett, CEO of the school’s board of trustees, and board president Elizabeth Robinson announced in a letter to the school community Friday. Malfa was hired after a five-month search, and she will replace Penny Evins, the head of the Lutherville-Timonium school for the last six years. (Balt. Sun)

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Five Damascus High School JV football players face rape charges after alleged hazing incident

Five Damascus High School students are facing rape charges after an alleged hazing incident that occurred in the boys locker room after school was dismissed Oct. 31, according to authorities. Three students were arrested Thursday evening and each was charged with one count of second-degree rape and one count of attempted second-degree rape, according to Montgomery County police. On Friday, two additional students were charged by police. (Bethesda)

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