February 18, 2018
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    • Kindergarteners Joseph Gavrilov (left) and Maggie Veasel (right) assemble the hygiene bags with the donations.Photo Provided
      Kindergarteners Joseph Gavrilov (left) and Maggie Veasel (right) assemble the hygiene bags with the donations.

    Pasadena Elementary Kindergarteners Donate Hygiene Bags To The Homeless

    By Maya Pottiger
    At Pasadena Elementary School, every student participates in a grade-wide service learning project.
     

    In January, the four kindergarten classes, totaling about 70 children, collected toiletry items to create hygiene bags. For a week, students were asked to bring in different items that...

  • Northeast’s Coyne Among County Teacher-Of-The-Year Semifinalists

    By Judy Tacyn
    “I wish I could pinpoint some pivotal moment, an ‘ah-ha’ experience, that made me what to teach, but truly, from as long ago as I can remember, all I wanted to do was teach,” said Northeast High School English teacher Jessica Coyne, one of 10 semifinalists for 2018 Anne...
    • Master Sergeant Christopher Mattis (right) and Gunnery Sergeant Kevin Jenkins oversee the MCJROTC program, but the student cadets are encouraged to take leadership.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Master Sergeant Christopher Mattis (right) and Gunnery Sergeant Kevin Jenkins oversee the MCJROTC program, but the student cadets are encouraged to take leadership.
    • In a classroom shooting range, Gunnery Sergeant Kevin Jenkins (left) and Master Sergeant Christopher Mattis supervise student cadets as they shoot pellets.Photo by Zach Sparks
      In a classroom shooting range, Gunnery Sergeant Kevin Jenkins (left) and Master Sergeant Christopher Mattis supervise student cadets as they shoot pellets.
    • In November, the Northeast MCJROTC program celebrated the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps by hosting a ball that drew 300 guests.Photo courtesy of Neil Fluhr
      In November, the Northeast MCJROTC program celebrated the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps by hosting a ball that drew 300 guests.
    • Photos courtesy of Neil FluhrPhoto courtesy of Neil Fluhr
      Photos courtesy of Neil Fluhr

    Marine Corps Junior ROTC Program Empowers Northeast Students To Become Leaders

    By Zach Sparks
    On the second level of Northeast High School, in a secluded wing, students shoot air rifles in a classroom and learn about cybersecurity. One room over from the shooting range, there’s an armory and a supply room where students organize boots and equipment.
    That area is occupied by the...
    • Chesapeake Bay Middle teacher Lee McCloskey (right) and Baltimore County teacher Andrew Parker said their music video parodies have helped students explain subjects in a more analytical manner.Photo Provided
      Chesapeake Bay Middle teacher Lee McCloskey (right) and Baltimore County teacher Andrew Parker said their music video parodies have helped students explain subjects in a more analytical manner.

    Right Or Wrong? Refer To The Song

    By Kerrigan Stern
    With Music Videos, Maryland Teachers Aim To Make Learning Fun

    For decades, teachers have instructed students to remain silent during lessons. But for Chesapeake Bay Middle teacher Lee McCloskey and Baltimore County teacher Andrew Parker, that rule is waived when humming popular songs.
    This...

    • Bailey Clark spent her 2017 summer at the Plumpton Park Zoo in Rising Sun, Maryland. The site has giraffes, porcupines, blue-and-gold macaws and many other animals.Photo Provided
      Bailey Clark spent her 2017 summer at the Plumpton Park Zoo in Rising Sun, Maryland. The site has giraffes, porcupines, blue-and-gold macaws and many other animals.
    • Bailey Clark spent her 2017 summer at the Plumpton Park Zoo in Rising Sun, Maryland. The site has giraffes, porcupines, blue-and-gold macaws and many other animals.Photo Provided
      Bailey Clark spent her 2017 summer at the Plumpton Park Zoo in Rising Sun, Maryland. The site has giraffes, porcupines, blue-and-gold macaws and many other animals.
    • Bailey Clark spent her 2017 summer at the Plumpton Park Zoo in Rising Sun, Maryland. The site has giraffes, porcupines, blue-and-gold macaws and many other animals.Photo Provided
      Bailey Clark spent her 2017 summer at the Plumpton Park Zoo in Rising Sun, Maryland. The site has giraffes, porcupines, blue-and-gold macaws and many other animals.

    Where Are They Now: Bailey Clark

    By Zach Sparks
    Aspiring Veterinarian Hopes To Make Conservation Cool

    Two years ago, Bailey Clark stood before an audience of students at Solley Elementary and nestled a rat in the crook of her arm while she used her free hand to grip a microphone.
    Clark would later become the salutatorian of Northeast High...

    • This month, we asked Ms. Wilder’s class, “What is an invention that would make life in the future so much easier?”Photo by Zach Sparks
      This month, we asked Ms. Wilder’s class, “What is an invention that would make life in the future so much easier?”

    Question Of The Month: Lake Shore Elementary School

    By Zach Sparks
    Each month, the Pasadena Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, students from Ms. Wilder’s class at Lake Shore Elementary answered the question:
    What is an invention that would make life in the future so much easier?
     
    I would make a flying car so people...
  • County Council Votes In Favor Of School Utilization Bill

    By Maya Pottiger
    The county council recently passed Bill 92-17, which says that schools with enrollment greater than 95 percent of the state-rated capacity must be listed as closed on the annual school utilization chart.

    The bill passed 6-1, with Chairman Michael Peroutka being the only councilmember voting against it.

    This bill directly addresses the overcapacity issue facing many schools in Pasadena and around the county.

    Before the bill passed, a school listed between 95 and 100 percent capacity was still considered open to enrollment. Even if it had only one seat open, anyone could enroll their child, leading to classrooms with large class sizes.

    Conflict with the bill stems from concerns that it...
  • Fort Smallwood Fifth-Graders Help Create Emergency Preparedness Book

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    How should you communicate with family members during an emergency? What should you do in the event of a fire? These are some of the questions Fort Smallwood Elementary students pondered when making suggestions for a children’s emergency preparedness activity booklet that will soon be shared...
    • Shay Jones (left) is the president of Arundel Homeschoolers, and she founded the Teen Community Club. Her daughter Supriya (right) participated in the club’s inaugural year.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Shay Jones (left) is the president of Arundel Homeschoolers, and she founded the Teen Community Club. Her daughter Supriya (right) participated in the club’s inaugural year.
    • After weeks of hard work, members of the Teen Community Club went to the ASPCA to drop off the donations they collected through their project.Photo Provided
      After weeks of hard work, members of the Teen Community Club went to the ASPCA to drop off the donations they collected through their project.

    New Club For Homeschooled Teens Gives Back To CommunityExclusive

    By Maya Pottiger
    A Subgroup Of Arundel Homeschoolers Teaches Teens Lasting Life Skills
    Though Arundel Homeschoolers has a bustling calendar of activities, one of the moms thought it could use something else: a teen community club.
    Shay Jones, president of Arundel Homeschoolers, started the Teen Community Club in...
    • The Cool Schools Challenge encourages young people to show their support for Special Olympics by forming plunging teams among their peer group and raising funds for an exciting but chilly field trip.Photo Provided
      The Cool Schools Challenge encourages young people to show their support for Special Olympics by forming plunging teams among their peer group and raising funds for an exciting but chilly field trip.

    Students Are “Freezin’ For A Reason” With The Cool Schools Challenge

    By Maya Pottiger
    The Cool Schools Challenge provides students with an opportunity to make a difference in thousands of lives.

     

    On Thursday, January 25, roughly 2,500 school-age kids will be excused from class to plunge into the icy Chesapeake Bay two days before the Polar Bear Plunge.

     ...

    • Austin Humphreys earned first place in the Chemistry category for his project, “The Strength of Voltage Between Material Combinations In Galvanic Cells.”
      Austin Humphreys earned first place in the Chemistry category for his project, “The Strength of Voltage Between Material Combinations In Galvanic Cells.”
    • With her science fair project, Reina Patolia wondered “How does the narrowing of the arteries affect blood-flow rate to the heart?”
      With her science fair project, Reina Patolia wondered “How does the narrowing of the arteries affect blood-flow rate to the heart?”

    Chesapeake High Students Tackle Real-World Problems With Science Fair ProjectsExclusive

    By Zach Sparks
    What type of food produces the most energy? Which aquifer has the best-tasting well water in Anne Arundel County? Do you clot?
    These are just some of the questions Chesapeake High students sought to answer with their science fair projects, which were on display in the school’s media center...
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    • Parent volunteers and Riviera Beach Elementary School teachers were proud of the growth their students underwent thanks to the literacy program.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Parent volunteers and Riviera Beach Elementary School teachers were proud of the growth their students underwent thanks to the literacy program.

    Riviera Beach Elementary Honors Parent Volunteers

    By Maya Pottiger
    For Nine Weeks, Five Parents Volunteered To Help Accelerate Students’ Literacy Levels
    A select group of students and teachers gathered in the library at Riviera Beach Elementary School to honor five parent volunteers.
    For nine weeks, these parent volunteers spent an hour and a half each...
    • The student-athletes from Chesapeake and Northeast give of their time each December to help sort and wrap gifts for the PBA gift drive, A Child’s Christmas.Photo Provided
      The student-athletes from Chesapeake and Northeast give of their time each December to help sort and wrap gifts for the PBA gift drive, A Child’s Christmas.

    Student-Athletes Support Families In Need For Christmas

    By Dave Topp
    Every winter, the spirit of giving arises. Gifts are exchanged, as are kind favors, and holiday cheer abounds.
    Finding a means to acquire those gifts is sometimes a struggle. In Pasadena, an annual holiday drive called A Child's Christmas provides families in need with meals and presents...
    • Pasadena United Methodist Church’s annual Nativity pageant is a tradition for many families. Although children are the target participants, even parents are sometimes unable to resist getting involved.Photo Provided
      Pasadena United Methodist Church’s annual Nativity pageant is a tradition for many families. Although children are the target participants, even parents are sometimes unable to resist getting involved.

    Nativity Pageant Tradition Spreads Across Generations

    By Maya Pottiger
    Pasadena United Methodist Church Annual Live Nativity Pageant Continues To Draw Families
    Participating in Pasadena United Methodist Church’s Live Nativity pageant is a tradition that has been passed down from Pasadena parents to their children.
    The annual pageant doesn’t require any...
    • While studies and volunteerism take up a bulk of her time, Maya Kelly is also on the University of Maryland sideline cheerleading squad.Photo Provided
      While studies and volunteerism take up a bulk of her time, Maya Kelly is also on the University of Maryland sideline cheerleading squad.
    • Maya Kelly is currently studying civil engineering. “I enjoyed thinking about the world and forces within a physics perspective and being able to know exactly why things worked the way they did,” she said.Photo Provided
      Maya Kelly is currently studying civil engineering. “I enjoyed thinking about the world and forces within a physics perspective and being able to know exactly why things worked the way they did,” she said.

    Where Are They Now: Maya Kelly

    By Zach Sparks
    Brainy College Student Defies Stereotypes
    “Smart cheerleader” might sound like an oxymoron to some people, but for Maya Kelly, it’s an accurate description. The Chesapeake High graduate is now a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), where she is studying...
    • During a sky art project, Bodkin kids donned colored shirts that each represented a different trait of the school’s Changemakers program. Collectively, they formed a guiding wheel.Photo Provided
      During a sky art project, Bodkin kids donned colored shirts that each represented a different trait of the school’s Changemakers program. Collectively, they formed a guiding wheel.
    • In preparation for the sky art, kids spread mulch and leaves to fill any empty spaces.Photo Provided
      In preparation for the sky art, kids spread mulch and leaves to fill any empty spaces.
    • In preparation for the sky art, kids spread mulch and leaves to fill any empty spaces.Photo Provided
      In preparation for the sky art, kids spread mulch and leaves to fill any empty spaces.
    • In preparation for the sky art, kids spread mulch and leaves to fill any empty spaces.Photo Provided
      In preparation for the sky art, kids spread mulch and leaves to fill any empty spaces.

    Art For The Sky: Bodkin Students Form Living Masterpiece

    By Zach Sparks
    Bodkin Elementary students shoved a broom in the earth and ran with twine. Three days later, their peers huddled in the grass while other children circled them.
    As some students froze with their backs to the sky and some walked, Oregon-based artist Daniel Dancer stood on a Riviera Beach Volunteer...
    • This month, we asked Mrs. Bieda’s class, “What is your favorite holiday tradition?”Photo by Zach Sparks
      This month, we asked Mrs. Bieda’s class, “What is your favorite holiday tradition?”

    Question Of The Month: Solley Elementary School

    By Zach Sparks
    Each month, the Pasadena Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, students from Mrs. Bieda’s class at Solley Elementary answered the question:
    What is your favorite holiday tradition?
     
    My favorite tradition is on Thanksgiving. We always go on the trips to my...
    • More than 60 students from Bodkin Elementary participated in the Stride for SPAN turkey trot on November 12.Photo by Dylan Roche
      More than 60 students from Bodkin Elementary participated in the Stride for SPAN turkey trot on November 12.

    Bodkin Striders Complete Second Stride For SPAN As A Team

    By Maya Pottiger
    On Friday mornings, you might see 70 elementary school students running before the first bell rings.
    They’re training to run 5K races — most recently, the Stride for SPAN, which took place November 12.
    Michelle Corey, a physical education teacher at Bodkin Elementary School, started...
    • On November 4, nine students from Northeast and 19 students from Chesapeake High School participated in Anne Arundel County's All-County Choir.
      On November 4, nine students from Northeast and 19 students from Chesapeake High School participated in Anne Arundel County's All-County Choir.
    • On November 4, nine students from Northeast and 19 students from Chesapeake High School participated in Anne Arundel County's All-County Choir.
      On November 4, nine students from Northeast and 19 students from Chesapeake High School participated in Anne Arundel County's All-County Choir.
    • On November 4, nine students from Northeast and 19 students from Chesapeake High School participated in Anne Arundel County's All-County Choir.
      On November 4, nine students from Northeast and 19 students from Chesapeake High School participated in Anne Arundel County's All-County Choir.

    Pasadena Musicians Notch All-County HonorsExclusive

    By Dylan Roche
    Accomplished singers and instrumentalists from Pasadena schools represented the county during all-county concerts in November.
    All-County High School Choir
    On November 4, nine students from Northeast and 19 students from Chesapeake participated in Anne Arundel County's All-County Choir....
    • Chesapeake High teens from the Riverdale community recently donned their reindeer ears and Santa hats to collect food and toys for Take Back Our Streets.
      Chesapeake High teens from the Riverdale community recently donned their reindeer ears and Santa hats to collect food and toys for Take Back Our Streets.

    Riverdale Reindeer Ride AgainExclusive

    By Sharon Mager
    The Riverdale Reindeer are hanging up their antlers after another successful ride. The “reindeer” are teens who live around Riverdale Road and go out each year to gather toys and nonperishable food to help families provide Christmas cheer for their children. The herd size fluctuates as...
    • The Rev. Ali DeLeo (left) and Donna Contarino (right) were among the staff at Community Christian Preschool to recently honor founder Jean Clark.Photo by Sharon Mager
      The Rev. Ali DeLeo (left) and Donna Contarino (right) were among the staff at Community Christian Preschool to recently honor founder Jean Clark.

    Community United Methodist Church Preschool Founder Jean Clark HonoredExclusive

    By Sharon Mager
    In November, the Community Christian Preschool staff honored founder Jean Clark, who had the vision for beginning the school more than 24 years ago. It began with two teachers, two aides and 45 children. Now, the school has more than 145 students and a long waiting list every fall.
    Clark visited...

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