December 11, 2017
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    • 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...
    • 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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    • 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...

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