Inaugural CCPS Culture Expo uses music, conversations to celebrate diversity

The sound of drums, tambourines and voices flooded the auditorium of Winters Mill High School. Onstage, a group of musicians, singers and dancers moved and swayed as those in the audience kept time with their clapping. The Nazu African Dance and Drum Company stood in bright, colorful garb. The group worked to teach the more than 300 people in attendance call-and-response songs, having spectators jump in singing the words. Eventually, the group brought those in the audience onstage — first all of the men, then all of the women. Carroll County Public Schools teachers, administrators, Board of Education members and even Superintendent Stephen Guthrie jumped, swayed and danced as a part of the performance. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Meeting planned to discuss future of Centennial varsity football program

Centennial High School football coaches, athletics and activities manager Jean Vanderpool, school and county administrators, and student athletes and parents will hold a meeting Thursday at the school to discuss the future of the varsity football program, according to Howard County Public School System Senior Communications Strategist Brian Bassett. The discussion will be focused on the low participation numbers on the team and options and possibilities for the student athletes if the numbers don’t increase. (Ho. Co. Times)

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August 17 // Hogan wants school leaders to explain their budget requests

Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday that he plans to summon local school systems to Annapolis in October to explain their requests for construction money — a significant change from the way the money has been awarded in the past. Hogan said this “much-needed change” is an adjustment that will improve transparency and help top officials get a handle on school funding requests earlier in the process. But some worried that the move would increase the politicization of the process instead. In the current process, school systems send their requests for construction money to an independent panel, the Interagency Committee on School Construction, in October. (Balt. Sun)

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‘Pac Meets Bach’ Giving Students Chance To Create, Learn About Music

Living Classrooms hand-selected 22 students from the surrounding community for a pilot program with Major Key Foundation to encourage creativity and careers in the music industry. The unique camp titled “Pac Meets Bach,” exposes the students, grades 4-9, to professional music production software, state of the art recording equipment, and even professional artists. “Not only learn technical skills but actually create on their instrument as well, see their confidence boost as well as the skills they were able to develop in a short few weeks has been incredible,” said Christina Campbell Maxwell, a Living Classrooms music director. (WJZ-CBS)

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Md. colleges await guidance from Trump administration on sex-assault policies

A federal review of sexual assault cases has Maryland colleges and universities in a state of limbo on the eve of the fall semester. Last month, Secretary of Education Betsy Devos held separate listening sessions with groups of sexual assault survivors, those accused of sexual assault, and institutions of higher education. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore hiring teens to shovel snow in winter

It might still be summer, but Baltimore is making sure it has help this winter. The Baltimore City Department of Transportation started accepting applications Wednesday for its Youth Snow Program. The program matches senior citizens and people with disabilities with teen workers who will clear snow during the winter months at their homes. "Regardless of how much snow there is, They [teens] get $500 for the season," said BCDOT director Michelle Pourciau. Students between the ages of 14 and 21 with can apply. Teens also need to maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher, have a work permit, permission from a parent and regularly attend school. (WMAR)

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August 16 // Virtual reality lab, telepresence rooms await Potomac students at new Bullis School building

Inside the Bullis School’s newest building, students will be able to explore virtual reality in a special learning lab, watch fish and oysters develop in massive salt-water fish tanks and even speak with Chinese students in a “telepresence room.” The private, college preparatory school in Potomac is about to celebrate the opening of the Discovery Center, a roughly $25 million building designed for hands-on learning about entrepreneurship and science, engineering and mathematics. (Bethesda)

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Bridge for Hagerstown school project still a sticking point

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday night unanimously approved the next phase of designs for its share of a downtown Hagerstown urban-improvement project. The $14 million school board component now enters the final engineering phase, with formal construction documents expected to be ready for review by late September or early October, school officials said. (Herald-Mail)

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