Naval Academy athletics constructing $20 million Physical Mission Center

Youngsters of all ages spend time on the campus of the Naval Academy each summer attending various camps organized by head coaches of the 33 varsity sports. Academy leaders are hoping those campers find their way into the Physical Mission Center currently being constructed as an addition to Ricketts Hall. This new facility will feature 25,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space and will celebrate the storied history of Navy athletics while simultaneously serving as a testament to the academy’s commitment to the physical development of the entire Brigade of Midshipmen. (Capital)

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Second probe of graduation rates underway in Prince George’s schools

Investigators have embarked on a second review of grading practices and graduation rates in a Maryland school system that spent the past year engulfed in a diploma controversy. The new review of the Prince George’s County school system will focus on the recently graduated Class of 2018, examining those students’ records while looking at the district’s efforts to tighten procedures and oversight. Interviews of central-office administrators in the state’s second-largest school system began this week and will be followed by visits to the system’s 22 high schools, officials said. (Wash. Post)

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In new course, Glen Burnie High School students will train to be 911 operators

Angelina Reyes, 17, isn’t old enough to be a 911 operator at the Anne Arundel County Police Department, but she might get a head start on the training at school this year. More than a dozen seniors at Glen Burnie High School will spend the forthcoming school year learning police codes and dispatch center technology — and how to appropriately respond to someone calling 911 in distress. It’s the first of its kind in the country, as far as the Anne Arundel County school board is aware. (Capital)

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Summer Camp In Baltimore For Aspiring Broadway Stars

A special summer camp is teaching students how to prepare for a career in theatre. This is the first musical theatre camp at the Modell Lyric, and students came from all over the region and out of the state to audition. An intense five-week course is exposing young singers and dancers to all facets of the musical theatre industry. “Students have had master classes with Tony Award winners and Tony Nominees from Broadway. They dance every day,” said Denise Gantt, director of Education: Pre-Professional Training Program. (WJZ-CBS)

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Young ambassadors prepare to compete, make 4-H Fair feel like 'home'

It’s almost time for the annual Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair. That means fair-goers and competitors will try new things — say, showing a Dairy Heifer — strive for excellence and have fun appreciating others’ hard work. After all, some 4-H ambassadors and junior ambassadors have been preparing for the 2018 fair since last year’s edition wrapped up in August. Ryan Schooley, Mary Fisher and Kylee Passman are ready to show the judges that they embraced last years’ critique, worked hard to refine their crafts and are ready to go for blue — and then for class champion and grand champion, of course. (Carr. Co. Times)

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July 18 // UMES gets new president, coming from Texas

The University System of Maryland announced the incoming president of University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Tuesday. Heidi M. Anderson will be the next president of UMES, effective Sept.1, 2018. Anderson replaces Juliette Bell, who stepped down July 1. Former Bowie State University President Mickey Burnim recently was appointed to lead UMES on an interim basis, according to a news release. (Daily Times)

 

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Court of Appeals sides with MCPS in whistleblower case

Montgomery County Public Schools is not an entity of the state for the purposes of the Maryland State Whistleblower Protection Law, the state’s highest court has ruled. In a case appealed by a Richard Montgomery High School teacher seeking whistleblower protection, the Maryland Court of Appeals concluded the county public school system can be a state agency in one context, but a local county governmental entity for other purposes. (Bethesda)

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Carroll schools forming task force to tackle early elementary behavioral problems

Carroll County Public Schools is forming a task force to study and investigate possible causes of elementary behavioral trends, after anecdotal evidence from educators suggests an uptick in early childhood struggles. Dana Falls, director of CCPS Student Services said the task force has been formed because of discussion over concerns of an at least perceived increase in elementary behavioral issues. (Carr. Co. Times)

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