Monday, February 11, 2013
The winner of Anne Arundel County's 25th annual competition will compete in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.
Will returning county champion Olivia Simmons of Bates Middle School take the prize as the top speller again in Anne Arundel County? She has competition from 31 other students who are prepared to show off their spelling skills at the 25th annual Anne Arundel County Spelling Bee on Feb. 23. Eighteen public school students, 13 private school students, and one home-schooled student will compete to become the county champion, according to a press release from Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 28-30. More than 1,500 students competed in their school’s spelling bee for the right to advance to the county competition…
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The school board will review proposed guidelines for usage of social media by Anne Arundel County Public School students and employees.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Anne Arundel County Public Schools currently don't have a social media policy.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Report cards will still be go out on Nov. 16, as previously scheduled.
In the wake of the post-tropical storm known as Sandy, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) announced the first quarter marking period will be extended to Nov. 7, two class days later than the previously scheduled Nov. 2 deadline. Because Sandy's effects cancelled classes for two days, delayed openings on Wednesday and left 17 schools without electricity, teachers will have an additional three days to complete testing and assessments to end the marking period. "Obviously our decision to close schools on Monday and Tuesday has impacted the plans of many teachers heading into the end of the first marking period, which had been scheduled for Friday," said Superintendent Kevin Maxwell in a letter sent home to parents. "In order to …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Parents are urged to use caution when getting their children to bus stops on Wednesday.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) will open two hours late Wednesday for students and staff in the wake of the storm impact of Sandy, according to a press release. However, there are some schools that will be closed because they don't have power. With the late start, all morning half-day kindergarten and ECI classes are cancelled. However, students in full-day kindergarten will have class, but should report two hours late. The end of the marking period was scheduled for Friday, but that deadline could change if officials so desire. The decision will be made later in the day Wednesday, according to the press release. AACPS officials urge local parents to be careful and exercise good judgment when getting their children to bus stops…
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Teacher association officials said they were "satisfied" by the school board's decision, but said there is still much to do.
The Board of Education approved a 1.25 percent mid-year pay increase for all teachers in Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) on Wednesday night. The mid-year increase comes as part of an amendment to a tentative agreement between the Board of Education and the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County (TAAAC) for fiscal year 2013, which started on July 1. Educators won’t begin receiving the increase until halfway through the year, so educators will only technically see a 0.62 percent increase during the current school year, AACPS spokesman Bob Mosier said. All AACPS employees in "unit one"—a category that includes teachers and guidance counselors—will receive the 1.25 percent raise. "Those employees will also have a two-day …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy winds with gusts as strong as 40 mph.
Tuesday's severe weather forecast caused Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) officials to cancel all after-school activities, including five back-to-school nights. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a coastal flooding advisory Tuesday morning due to anticipated rain and wind gusts that could reach 40 mph. The closing affects all after-school sports events, band practices, rehearsals and the like. Parents with children in after-school day care should check with corresponding agencies to learn of any closings, AACPS officials said. Five back-to-school nights were scheduled for Tuesday night:
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Auditors report that African-American students make up 22 percent of total enrollment, but receive nearly 45 percent of all referrals issued by educators.
A recent audit has revealed that Anne Arundel County schools continue to have a disparity in the percentage of disciplinary referrals issued to African-American students. School officials who conducted an audit of disciplinary referrals—specifically towards African-American students—presented their findings to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education on Wednesday. Leading the audit team was Arlen Liverman, AACPS deputy superintendent of schools, and Carlesa Finney, AACPS director of equity assurance and human relations. From December 2011 to May 2012, the team conducted an “audit of student records and a review of the electronic data of discipline referrals for disrespect, insubordination, disruption and inappropriate language,” …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
About 670 school buses are expected to transport nearly 57,000 kids when classes begin in two weeks.
Classes begin the week of Aug. 27 and Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) recently announced that county school bus schedules are now available online at AACPS.org/buses. The website lists a complete rundown of all county schools, specifically broken down between various elementary, middle and high schools. The AACPS release stated that about 670 buses are expected to traverse county roads, transporting nearly 57,000 children to and from school each day on over 560 different routes. Buses will also travel more than 10 million miles throughout the 2012-13 school year, according to the release. “Bus service is available to prekindergarten and kindergarten students who live more than one-half mile from their school, elementary students…
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
County Executive John R. Leopold said he and the County Council will now have to find a way to fund an additional $12 million for the school system.
UPDATE (6:50 p.m.)—The Maryland State Board of Education weighed in on Superintendent Kevin Maxwell's claim that Anne Arundel County government violated state law in underfunding students with last year's budget. The Maintenance of Effort is the minimum sum of money per student allotted by the county in order to keep school funding stable, and was the primary point of contention by Maxwell after County Executive John R. Leopold released his budget recommendations for fiscal year 2013 last week. Maxwell claimed that the executive “broke the law” by using debt service to calculate the MOE numbers for fiscal year 2012 and then used them as a launch point for next year’s budget. In doing so, Maxwell said Leopold shorted the school system $12 …