Prince George’s schools recognized for anti-obesity efforts

At Arrowhead Elementary School in Prince George’s County, teachers and other staff members drink vegetable and fruit smoothies each day. The students at Clinton Grove Elementary School play basketball, jump rope and use Hula-Hoops before and after school. The Prince George’s schools were acknowledged by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which was founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, this week for the activities and work they do to fight childhood obesity. (Wash. Post)

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At JHU, a 'confluence' of LGBT outreach efforts

The LGBT community at Johns Hopkins University seems to be getting more organized by the minute. Since the spring, three new efforts to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and community members have launched -- one led by university students, one by university alumni and one by the university itself. "It's the outcome of a lot of work from a lot of people," said Demere Woolway, 30, hired in July to be the first director of the university's new LGBTQ Life program. "There's sort of a confluence of things." (Balt. Sun)

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Calvert schools work on environmental projects for 'green' status

With the help of students, Girl Scouts and volunteers, two schools in Calvert County took an active step in renewing their Green School certifications last week through outdoor projects. This year marks the second year of the Green Apple Day of Service, an initiative from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. The day is designed to encourage advocates to take action in their communities through service projects at local schools, according to Sheila Stevens, a green school specialist for Calvert County Public Schools. (Recorder)

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Harford SAT scores continue to show strong gains

Harford County high school college-bound seniors who took the SAT during the 2012-13 school year posted strong gains across the board in the important college entrance examination. Average scores on each part of the three-part test rose from four to six points, according to Harford County Public Schools. (Aegis)

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McDaniel students speed interview for internships, jobs or real-world experience

Students vied for a job, internship or just gained experience with the interview process Thursday, but only got 20 minutes to sell their skills and expertise. McDaniel students majoring or minoring in economics, business administration or accounting had the opportunity to participate in speed interviews with area businesses Thursday at the college. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Solar energy expected to power 60% of Boonsboro Library’s needs

The Boonsboro Library is expected to start generating electricity within the next two months after the Washington County Free Library System, the Wilder Project LLC and Millennium 3 Energy signed a contract on to install a roof-mounted solar array. (Herald-Mail)

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Oct. 3 // Facebook, Md. AG unveil plan to fight school cyberbullying

Facebook wants to quickly hear from Maryland school systems about instances of potential cyberbullying to head-off future tragedies. The social networking giant and Attorney General Doug Gansler will officially announce a new mechanism Thursday morning to enable direct contact between Maryland school systems and Facebook's safety team to deal with bullying. The pilot program will only be available in Maryland. Under the plan, each school system will identify a single point person for direct communications with Facebook. When the school system becomes aware of questionable or prohibited content involving students, teachers, or administrators, the point person contacts Facebook, through what's being called the Educator Escalation Channel. (WTOP)

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Maryland hosts Common Core forum

Darlene Gamble, whose son recently transferred to public school in Prince George's County, decided to attend a forum on the state’s new academic standards Tuesday night because she “needed to get up to speed” on Common CoreShe learned that Common Core is not a curriculum and that it was created to make the U.S. more competitive, she said. Ray Leone, the president of the Maryland PTA, said the forums, which are being held across the state, were designed to answer questions that parents and teachers have about the new math and reading standards that have been adopted by Maryland and 44 other states and the District of Columbia. (Wash. Post)

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