November 22, 2017
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    • CBMS students Zach Lijewski and Tinna Mavica will star in the school’s adaptation of “Once Upon A High School” from November 10-11.
      CBMS students Zach Lijewski and Tinna Mavica will star in the school’s adaptation of “Once Upon A High School” from November 10-11.

    Chesapeake Schools Aim For The Funny Bone With Winter Productions

    By Zach Sparks
    “Gray skies are gonna clear up, put on a happy face” — so go the lyrics to a song in “Bye Bye Birdie,” but according to theater teachers, those words also serve as a forecast for select nights in November and December when Chesapeake Bay Middle and Chesapeake High...
  • Magnet Schools? What Are Those?

    By Sharon Mager
    Students who are entering sixth or ninth grade next year who are interested in science, math, engineering, visual arts or international studies have a unique learning opportunity with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) magnet program, which offers concentrated studies in selected fields...
    • A health teacher and assistant athletic director at Chesapeake High School, Kim Collins works to build relationships with her students.  “When you have mutual respect and understanding, the class is more exciting to them and they look forward to coming,” she said.Photo by Colin Murphy
      A health teacher and assistant athletic director at Chesapeake High School, Kim Collins works to build relationships with her students. “When you have mutual respect and understanding, the class is more exciting to them and they look forward to coming,” she said.

    Health Organization Selects Chesapeake’s Kim Collins For Teacher Of The Year

    By Jane Seiss
    Chesapeake High School physical education and health teacher Kim Collins was honored in October by the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) as its 2017 teacher of the year.
    The organization promotes healthy and active lifestyles through educational and...
    • After raising more than $1,000 for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and attending numerous events, Mia Sokol is excited to return for another year.
      After raising more than $1,000 for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and attending numerous events, Mia Sokol is excited to return for another year.

    Bodkin Yacht Club Princess Mia Sokol To Be Crowned Once Again

    By Sharon Mager
    Mia Sokol had a whirlwind year serving as the princess of Bodkin Yacht Club, going to formal dances and club openings, helping with special events and raising funds for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). Now, she is primed to do it all a second time after she is again crowned princess of the...
    • This month, we asked Mrs. Studwell’s class, “If you could invite any person (past or present) to Thanksgiving dinner, who would it be?”
      This month, we asked Mrs. Studwell’s class, “If you could invite any person (past or present) to Thanksgiving dinner, who would it be?”

    Question Of The Month: Bodkin Elementary School

    By Zach Sparks
    Each month, the Pasadena Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, students from Mrs. Studwell’s at Bodkin Elementary answered the question:
    If you could invite any person (past or present) to Thanksgiving dinner, who would it be?
     
    I would like to have...
    • Once all the gifts are collected, volunteers from local schools help wrap the gifts for A Child’s Christmas.
      Once all the gifts are collected, volunteers from local schools help wrap the gifts for A Child’s Christmas.

    PBA’s A Child’s Christmas Is Underway

    By Voice Media
    When families experience hardship, sometimes the last thing on their mind is how to provide Christmas gifts for their children, but for 18 years running, the Pasadena Business Association has striven to ensure that every child has a happy holiday through the gift drive A Child’s Christmas....
  • Where Are They Now: Dane Pegg

    By Voice Media
    Dane Pegg used to cruise past challengers as a runner for Chesapeake High School — both cross-country and track and field — but the 2010 graduate is now preparing to cruise across the open seas as an electronics technician aboard the USS Washington fast-attack submarine.
    At 377 feet...
    • Members of the George Fox Middle School Student Government Association hope that they surpass every other Anne Arundel County school in pounds of food collected.Photo Provided
      Members of the George Fox Middle School Student Government Association hope that they surpass every other Anne Arundel County school in pounds of food collected.
    • Students from Bodkin Elementary have enlivened their Harvest for the Hungry efforts by decorating canned and jarred goods with drawings of faces, which they hope will brighten the days of those who receive them.Photo by Dylan Roche
      Students from Bodkin Elementary have enlivened their Harvest for the Hungry efforts by decorating canned and jarred goods with drawings of faces, which they hope will brighten the days of those who receive them.
    • Students from Bodkin Elementary have enlivened their Harvest for the Hungry efforts by decorating canned and jarred goods with drawings of faces, which they hope will brighten the days of those who receive them.Photo by Dylan Roche
      Students from Bodkin Elementary have enlivened their Harvest for the Hungry efforts by decorating canned and jarred goods with drawings of faces, which they hope will brighten the days of those who receive them.
    • High Point Elementary aims to have 1,500 pounds – about double of their total last year.Photo Provided
      High Point Elementary aims to have 1,500 pounds – about double of their total last year.

    Can It, Will Ya! Food Drive Helps Pasadena Kids Silence Hunger

    By Zach Sparks
    The heart of a blue whale weighs about 1,000 pounds. An empty 6-by-12-foot U-Haul cargo trailer is 1,920 pounds. Crocodiles can weigh up to 2,300 pounds. What is heavier than each of those things?
    George Fox Middle collected 3,740 pounds of food for needy families during Anne Arundel County Public...
    • After 43 years as an Anne Arundel County educator, administrator and mentor, Kate Gilbert retired in September.
      After 43 years as an Anne Arundel County educator, administrator and mentor, Kate Gilbert retired in September.
    • Kate Gilbert (sitting, in the blue dress) recently announced her retirement after 43 years of serving Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
      Kate Gilbert (sitting, in the blue dress) recently announced her retirement after 43 years of serving Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
    • Kate Gilbert (second from the left in the back row) was joined by the other AACPS assistant regional superintendents in celebrating her retirement.
      Kate Gilbert (second from the left in the back row) was joined by the other AACPS assistant regional superintendents in celebrating her retirement.

    Beloved Educator And Architect Of Chesapeake Cluster School System Retires

    By Judy Tacyn
    Kate Gilbert’s family, friends and coworkers had long told her that when the time to retire would come, she’d simply know. After the end of the 2016-2017 school year, one of Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ longest tenured professionals finally understood what they were talking...
  • Boy Scout Uses Eagle Project To Help His Former Elementary School

    By Alyson Kay
    Five white stands, each holding sheets of paper with QR codes, are scattered around Bodkin Elementary School. Resembling birdhouses, the stands were given to the school by Anderson Broersma, who chose Bodkin as the beneficiary of his Eagle Scout project.
    The school is using the stands as a part of...
    • This month, we asked Mr. Bellarin and Mr. Graulich’s classes, “What is something that you used to be afraid of and why?”
      This month, we asked Mr. Bellarin and Mr. Graulich’s classes, “What is something that you used to be afraid of and why?”

    Question Of The Month: Riviera Beach Elementary School

    By Zach Sparks
    Each month, the Pasadena Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, students from Mr. Bellarin and Mr. Graulich’s classes at Riviera Beach Elementary answered the question:
    What is something that you used to be afraid of and why?
     
    I was afraid of the dark...
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    • A year of planning and fundraising allowed Troop 2106 to create 40 chemo care packages for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
      A year of planning and fundraising allowed Troop 2106 to create 40 chemo care packages for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

    Girl Scouts Of Troop 2106 Create Chemo Care Packages, Earn Bronze Award

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    Chloe Riner, Rori Campbell and Charlotte Blyth have all witnessed the toll of breast cancer on their grandmothers, so when the time came for Troop 2106 to identify a project for their Bronze Award, they didn’t hesitate.
    The Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can earn. To...
  • Construction Underway At High Point ElementaryExclusive

    By Dylan Roche
    After a groundbreaking in the spring, construction of the new High Point Elementary School has continued without a hitch. According to Principal Timothy Merritt, the project has caused very little — if any — disruption for teachers and students, and everyone continues to be excited to...
  • Sunset Elementary Invites Northeast Cluster To Have A BallExclusive

    By Voice Media
    No, they don’t walk with canes or have gray beards, but the Washington Wizards do boast an array of skillful basketball moves, which they shared at Northeast High School during a fundraiser organized by the Sunset Elementary PTA on October 5. After greeting the crowd, the Harlem Wizards...
    • During a ceremony on September 20, Exelon donated $1.28 million toward the installation of two turf fields at Tick Neck Park.Photo by Zach Sparks
      During a ceremony on September 20, Exelon donated $1.28 million toward the installation of two turf fields at Tick Neck Park.

    Exelon Grant Will Bring Two Turf Fields To Tick Neck ParkExclusive

    By Zach Sparks
    Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch remembers watching his daughter play soccer at Tick Neck Park, and turning to another father, an employee of Exelon, as the men expressed their disappointment.
    “The ball used to roll off the field and there were big clumps of grass, and we said, ‘My...
    • Former Chesapeake High student Alex Love has gone from athlete to professional broadcaster.
      Former Chesapeake High student Alex Love has gone from athlete to professional broadcaster.
    • Now that he has secured a broadcasting gig at NTV News, Alex Love (right) is working to become a weekend sports anchor.
      Now that he has secured a broadcasting gig at NTV News, Alex Love (right) is working to become a weekend sports anchor.
    • Former Chesapeake High student Alex Love has gone from athlete to professional broadcaster.
      Former Chesapeake High student Alex Love has gone from athlete to professional broadcaster.

    Where Are They Now: Alex Love

    By Zach Sparks
    If it weren’t for Chesapeake High School media specialist Geri Cvetic, Alex Love may never have asked Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to compare football to golf, posed questions to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, or found the career of his dreams.
    Love recently secured...
    • A photo of 10-year-old Kayden Stowell appeared in the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual video presentation in New York City’s Times Square on September 16.
      A photo of 10-year-old Kayden Stowell appeared in the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual video presentation in New York City’s Times Square on September 16.

    Kayden Stowell Featured In Down Syndrome Society’s Times Square Video

    By Jane Seiss
    Kayden Stowell is adventurous and considers himself a rockstar, so his parents thought it natural that he would enjoy participating in the National Down Syndrome Society’s (NDSS) annual video presentation contest. This spring, the Stowells submitted a photo of their 10-year-old son for...
    • This month, Mrs. Laurie’s fifth-grade class answered the question “What is your favorite memory from summer?”Photo by Zach Sparks
      This month, Mrs. Laurie’s fifth-grade class answered the question “What is your favorite memory from summer?”

    Question Of The Month: Fort Smallwood Elementary School

    By Zach Sparks
    Each month, the Pasadena Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, Mrs. Laurie’s class at Fort Smallwood Elementary School answered the question:
    What is your favorite memory from last summer?
     
    My favorite memory of the summer is when we went to see the...
  • The Power Of The Matriarch: Saving Wonder Woman With Radical Self-Care

    By Leslie Dolsak
    I just attended an annual women’s retreat in the beautiful Berkshires in Massachusetts. Each morning, crisp air greeted my cheeks, and each evening, the Tanglewood symphony sang me to sleep. This year’s Kripalu yoga retreat was led by Joan Borysenko, a Harvard-trained expert on the mind...
  • AACPS Surpasses State Average In 13 Of 14 Areas On PARCC Assessments

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    The percentage of Anne Arundel County Public Schools students who reached the level designated as College and Career Ready on their respective PARCC assessments surpassed the state average in 13 of 14 assessed areas, according to data released by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)....
  • Lindsay Reflects On Five Years Of Leading Community College

    By Dylan Roche
    Dr. Dawn Lindsay stepped into the role of president of Anne Arundel Community College in late summer 2012, and in the five years since becoming a leader of the nationally ranked school, Lindsay has immersed herself not only in the culture of the college but also in that of the greater Anne Arundel...

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