April 24, 2018
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    • George Fox Middle School chorus teacher Elizabeth Davidson will be honored with her second Educational Excellence award from the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce on May 9.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      George Fox Middle School chorus teacher Elizabeth Davidson will be honored with her second Educational Excellence award from the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce on May 9.

    George Fox Teacher Nominated For Educational Excellence Award

    By Maya Pottiger
    Elizabeth Davidson didn’t always want to be a teacher.
    In her freshman year at the University of Florida, she was majoring in chemical engineering. Then, when her family went to Disney World for Thanksgiving, they attended a holiday-themed choir performance.
    “I looked at my mom, and I...
    • Chesapeake High School’s a cappella group, Evolve, was invited to New York City in late March, when they performed at Total Vocal. The presentation celebrated a cappella with choirs and individual singers from all over the globe.Photo Provided
      Chesapeake High School’s a cappella group, Evolve, was invited to New York City in late March, when they performed at Total Vocal. The presentation celebrated a cappella with choirs and individual singers from all over the globe.
    • Chesapeake High School’s a cappella group, Evolve, was invited to New York City in late March, when they performed at Total Vocal. The presentation celebrated a cappella with choirs and individual singers from all over the globe.Photo Provided
      Chesapeake High School’s a cappella group, Evolve, was invited to New York City in late March, when they performed at Total Vocal. The presentation celebrated a cappella with choirs and individual singers from all over the globe.
    • Chesapeake High School’s a cappella group, Evolve, was invited to New York City in late March, when they performed at Total Vocal. The presentation celebrated a cappella with choirs and individual singers from all over the globe.Photo Provided
      Chesapeake High School’s a cappella group, Evolve, was invited to New York City in late March, when they performed at Total Vocal. The presentation celebrated a cappella with choirs and individual singers from all over the globe.

    Evolve A Cappella Group Performs With Deke Sharon In NYC

    By Judy Tacyn
    At just 50 years of age, Deke Sharon is often referred to as “the father of contemporary a cappella.” He’s produced numerous performances and television shows, including NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” and worked on the “Pitch Perfect” juggernaut.
    On March 25...
    • Chesapeake High graduate Rob Petree is a reporter with Delaware 105.9 WXDE News-Talk Radio.Photo Provided
      Chesapeake High graduate Rob Petree is a reporter with Delaware 105.9 WXDE News-Talk Radio.

    Where Are They Now: Rob Petree

    By Zach Sparks
    Investigative Reporter Got His Start At Chesapeake

    When he wakes up at 4:00am to get ready for another day as an investigative news reporter, Rob Petree often recalls the motto “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.”
    That mindset helped him overcome a temporary split...

  • Pasadena Youth Prepares For World BMX Championships In Azerbaijan

    By Judy Tacyn
    Instead of spending his final weeks of first grade with his Jacobsville Elementary School classmates, 7-year-old Trey Boudreaux will be 6,000 miles away in Baku, Azerbaijan, riding his BMX bikes as a member of the USA BMX team at the world championship competition.
    Celebrating a meteoric rise in...
    • French and Spanish teams from Chesapeake High School earned first-place wins at World Language Day, which was hosted by Anne Arundel Community College on March 23.Photo Provided
      French and Spanish teams from Chesapeake High School earned first-place wins at World Language Day, which was hosted by Anne Arundel Community College on March 23.

    Chesapeake High’s French And Spanish Teams Win At World Language Day

    By Judy Tacyn
    Jodie Hogan, an assistant professor of Spanish at Anne Arundel Community College, started a World Language Day competition for county high school students four years ago because “we believe in a maintaining a strong partnership between the college and Anne Arundel County Public Schools and...
    • Zach Forte, Katie Furlough and King Remi won Bryan Simonaire’s “Senator for a Day” essay contest by highlighting one issue they would want to champion.Photo Provided
      Zach Forte, Katie Furlough and King Remi won Bryan Simonaire’s “Senator for a Day” essay contest by highlighting one issue they would want to champion.

    County Teens Tackle State Issues Through Unique Contest

    By Judy Tacyn
    Across the United States, teens are taking an active role in driving policy and shaping laws important to them, proving that no one is too young to initiate change and progress. One Maryland senator recently gave Anne Arundel County youths an insider’s view to state government.
    Last November...
  • AACPS Introduces New Courses For Fall Term

    By Maya Pottiger

    A handful of new courses will be offered to Anne Arundel County Public Schools students in the 2018-2019 term. All five proposed classes were approved during the April 4 Board of Education meeting.

     

    There are three new English language acquisition classes; a career and technology education class; and a science with health, physical education and dance class.

     

    Exercise Science — the science with health, physical education and dance class — garnered discussion at the meeting. Tori Shriver, a science teacher at Arundel High School, attended the meeting to answer any questions about the course.

     

    Shriver has a background in kinesiology and did...

    • This month, we asked Mrs. Hammond’s class, “What would you like to do around Pasadena on a nice day?”Photo by Zach Sparks
      This month, we asked Mrs. Hammond’s class, “What would you like to do around Pasadena on a nice day?”

    Question Of The Month: St. Jane Frances School

    By Zach Sparks
    Each month, the Pasadena Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, students from Mrs. Hammond’s class at St. Jane Frances School answered the question:
    What would you like to do around Pasadena on a nice day?
     
    I would go boating with my pop because I want to...
    • On April 21, Arlington Echo will celebrate 50 years of teaching students how to study climate, land, water and living organisms. The open house event will be held from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the outdoor education center in Millersville.Photo Provided
      On April 21, Arlington Echo will celebrate 50 years of teaching students how to study climate, land, water and living organisms. The open house event will be held from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the outdoor education center in Millersville.

    Arlington Echo Celebrates 50 Years Of Outdoor EducationExclusive

    By Dave Topp
    With each passing school year, thousands of students receive the unique opportunity to study the outdoors at Arlington Echo. A special treasure to the Anne Arundel County Public Schools system, the Millersville site is home to the county’s environmental literacy program and its leading...
    • Heather Richardson (left) and Candice Hilliard passed around oyster shells to Mt. Carmel Child Development Center students during the Little Skipjack presentation.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Heather Richardson (left) and Candice Hilliard passed around oyster shells to Mt. Carmel Child Development Center students during the Little Skipjack presentation.

    Mt. Carmel Students Experience Little Skipjack Program

    By Maya Pottiger
    Students at the Mt. Carmel Child Development Center recently attended a lesson from ClearShark H2O and Annapolis Maritime Museum’s joint Little Skipjack program.
    The lesson about the oyster reef ecosystem was geared toward 4- and 5-year-old students.
    “Hopefully they learn a little bit...
    • Virginia Robinson (right) and Makenna Lorigan are among the cast members in Sunset Elementary’s “Cinderella,” which comes to Chesapeake High School on April 20 and 21.Photo by Judy Tacyn
      Virginia Robinson (right) and Makenna Lorigan are among the cast members in Sunset Elementary’s “Cinderella,” which comes to Chesapeake High School on April 20 and 21.

    Sunset Elementary Tries On The Glass Slipper With “Cinderella”

    By Judy Tacyn
    It may be hard to believe, but the first literary version of “Cinderella” was published in Europe in 1634. Thousands of adaptations have followed over the years, most with the storyline of a young woman who falls into oppression due to circumstances beyond her control.
    “I wanted...
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    • At Northeast, teens brandished signs with phrases like “We are not afraid” and “Fear has no place in our school,” and they also engaged in 17 minutes of silence for the 17 lives lost in the shooting.Photo Provided
      At Northeast, teens brandished signs with phrases like “We are not afraid” and “Fear has no place in our school,” and they also engaged in 17 minutes of silence for the 17 lives lost in the shooting.
    • At Northeast, teens brandished signs with phrases like “We are not afraid” and “Fear has no place in our school,” and they also engaged in 17 minutes of silence for the 17 lives lost in the shooting.Photo Provided
      At Northeast, teens brandished signs with phrases like “We are not afraid” and “Fear has no place in our school,” and they also engaged in 17 minutes of silence for the 17 lives lost in the shooting.

    Walk This Way: Northeast Students Showed Unity On March 14

    By Zach Sparks
    While students across the country walked out of their schools on March 14 to honor the 17 victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, one month prior, Northeast students had a walk-in. At Northeast, teens brandished signs with phrases like “We are not afraid” and “Fear...
    • Wyatt Anthony wrote a book about his evil alter ego, Ryatt. To learn more, stop by Curmudgeon Books at Marley Station Mall on March 24 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.Photo by Jane Seiss
      Wyatt Anthony wrote a book about his evil alter ego, Ryatt. To learn more, stop by Curmudgeon Books at Marley Station Mall on March 24 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

    Young Pasadena Author To Meet Readers At Curmudgeon Books Event

    By Jane Seiss
    Wyatt Anthony just turned 9 years old and he has already published his first book. Titled “Ryatt is Coming,” the short thriller for children was published last year. On Saturday, March 24, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, the author will appear at Curmudgeon Books at Marley Station Mall in Glen...
    • With his ocean-inspired entry “Meeting You,” Jack Davis of Chesapeake Bay Middle School secured the top spot for sixth-grade poetry in the Anne Arundel County Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest.Photo by Zach Sparks
      With his ocean-inspired entry “Meeting You,” Jack Davis of Chesapeake Bay Middle School secured the top spot for sixth-grade poetry in the Anne Arundel County Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest.
    • Natalie Baker, a fifth-grader at Bodkin Elementary, notched first place for poetry among her age group. The name of her entry was “I Have A Dream.”Photo by Zach Sparks
      Natalie Baker, a fifth-grader at Bodkin Elementary, notched first place for poetry among her age group. The name of her entry was “I Have A Dream.”
    • Natalie Baker, a fifth-grader at Bodkin Elementary, notched first place for poetry among her age group. The name of her entry was “I Have A Dream.”Photo by Zach Sparks
      Natalie Baker, a fifth-grader at Bodkin Elementary, notched first place for poetry among her age group. The name of her entry was “I Have A Dream.”
    • Pasadena Elementary student Aubree Jones wrote a poem about balloons and their unpredictable destinations.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Pasadena Elementary student Aubree Jones wrote a poem about balloons and their unpredictable destinations.

    Young Authors Excel In Maryland Writing Contests

    By Zach Sparks
    From their classrooms and their homes, students are using the written word to transport readers across the world, and for that effort, several young scribes have been recognized.
    Winners of the Anne Arundel County Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest included students from Chesapeake Bay...
    • At Sunset Elementary, 11 Honor Society students are painting yellow suns on tote bags with the message “Shine at Sunset.” The bags will be filled with books to present to the upcoming kindergartners to promote literacy.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      At Sunset Elementary, 11 Honor Society students are painting yellow suns on tote bags with the message “Shine at Sunset.” The bags will be filled with books to present to the upcoming kindergartners to promote literacy.

    Sunset Elementary Students Promote Literacy For Incoming Kindergarteners

    By Maya Pottiger
    At Sunset Elementary, 11 Honor Society students are putting together literacy bags for the upcoming kindergarteners. They have been painting yellow suns on tote bags with the message “Shine at Sunset.”
    “This group is all about promoting academic achievement through the school,...
    • Northeast High School students (with their teacher Lenore Martin, left, and sponsor, Michael Santos, right) participated in the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational culinary competition at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor on Saturday, March 1.Photo Provided
      Northeast High School students (with their teacher Lenore Martin, left, and sponsor, Michael Santos, right) participated in the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational culinary competition at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor on Saturday, March 1.

    Northeast High School Culinary Team Brings The Heat To Annual Cooking Competition

    By Rian Oliver
    There were tryouts, timed drills and practices that grew in frequency and intensity as the season progressed. For the Northeast High School culinary team, preparing for the annual Maryland ProStart Student Invitational (MPSI) culinary competition was no different from gearing up for a major...
    • This month, we asked Mrs. Hines’ class, “What TV show would you want to be part of for a week?Photo by Zach Sparks
      This month, we asked Mrs. Hines’ class, “What TV show would you want to be part of for a week?

    Question Of The Month: Jacobsville Elementary School

    By Zach Sparks
    Each month, the Pasadena Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, students from Mrs. Hines’ class at Jacobsville Elementary answered the question:
    If you could be a part of a TV show for a week, which one would you pick and why?
     
    If I could be on a TV show, I...




    Girl Scout Troop 26 Spruces Up Camp Whippoorwill

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    To earn their Silver Award, Cadettes from Girl Scout Troop 26 had to identify a way they could make their community better. They didn’t have to think long before settling on renovations at Camp Whippoorwill, the site where they have camped for eight years.
    During a recent ceremony at Beefalo...
    • (L-R) Marlena Colleton-Pearsell, Theresa Matthews, Shamika Niles and Solley Elementary Principal Jeffrey Haynie all assisted in the Women in STEM event.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      (L-R) Marlena Colleton-Pearsell, Theresa Matthews, Shamika Niles and Solley Elementary Principal Jeffrey Haynie all assisted in the Women in STEM event.
    • Shamika Niles, a systems engineer at the NSA, passed out Skittles to a first-grade class at Solley Elementary, where she taught a math lesson during the Women in STEM presentations.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Shamika Niles, a systems engineer at the NSA, passed out Skittles to a first-grade class at Solley Elementary, where she taught a math lesson during the Women in STEM presentations.
    • Theresa Matthews, a systems engineer at the NSA, passed out Skittles to a first-grade class at Solley Elementary, where she taught a math lesson during the Women in STEM presentations.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Theresa Matthews, a systems engineer at the NSA, passed out Skittles to a first-grade class at Solley Elementary, where she taught a math lesson during the Women in STEM presentations.

    Solley Celebrates Women In STEM Fields

    By Maya Pottiger
    For the second year in a row, Solley Elementary School invited women in the community who earned degrees in a STEM field to speak with students. Two days of presentations on March 13 and 14 were organized by Marlena Colleton-Pearsell, a STEM in Society teacher.
    On March 14, two of the speakers,...
    • The Gratitude Spots are placed in high-traffic areas around the school. When you step on it, you have to either think or say something you are grateful for.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      The Gratitude Spots are placed in high-traffic areas around the school. When you step on it, you have to either think or say something you are grateful for.
    • Every day, staff and students write something they are grateful for on a Post-It Note, and then hang it on the wall in the cafeteria.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Every day, staff and students write something they are grateful for on a Post-It Note, and then hang it on the wall in the cafeteria.

    Bodkin Students Look For The Good

    By Maya Pottiger
    At Bodkin Elementary, members of the Fifth-Grade Leadership Council helped launch the school’s own Look for the Good campaign.
    The nonprofit’s mission statement is to “create school programs and awareness campaigns around the core belief that gratitude changes mindsets, reduces...
    • Cayla Turner’s recitations of Robert Browning’s “Life in a Love,” Nikki Giovanni’s “The Song of the Feet” and Kenneth Rexroth’s “Discrimination” earned her the state title in three rounds of tough competition.
      Cayla Turner’s recitations of Robert Browning’s “Life in a Love,” Nikki Giovanni’s “The Song of the Feet” and Kenneth Rexroth’s “Discrimination” earned her the state title in three rounds of tough competition.

    Indian Creek’s Cayla Turner Wins Maryland State Poetry Out Loud TitleExclusive

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    Turner Will Compete At The Poetry Out Loud National Finals In Washington, D.C. In April
    Senior Cayla Turner has won the 2018 Poetry Out Loud title for Maryland. Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. On Saturday,...

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