Parents using online service to report bullying in Howard schools

Hundreds of reports of bullying or unsafe activities have been reported to the Howard County over the past three years through an online application. Sprigeo, a website and app, allows students and parents to send reports of bullying and other incidents to the school system 365 days a year. Since January, 150 reports have been submitted. In 2017, the school system received 197 Sprigeo reports and there were 208 in 2016. The reports are counted by calendar year. (Ho. Co. Times)

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MCPS celebrates grand opening of new Thomas Edison High School of Technology

A few yards from the entrance of the Thomas Edison High School of Technology sit piles of dirt where a football and baseball field will soon reside. The view is a vivid reminder that while Wednesday afternoon’s grand opening of the Silver Spring school is a landmark moment for Montgomery County Public Schools, there’s even more to come. (Bethesda)

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Site plan for North High cell tower approved

A proposal to build a cellular communications tower at North Hagerstown High School has won site-plan approval after an appeal challenging the project was withdrawn last week. The Hagerstown Planning Commission on Wednesday voted 4-0 to approve Milestone Communication's site plan for the tower. The approval is contingent upon two minor easement changes that must be settled before applying for building permits. (Herald-Mail)

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'Link in the Chain': Naval Academy Class of 1968 funds $1.8 million restoration of chapel doors

The doors are 22 feet tall and about 8 feet wide. One bears life-like etchings of personified science contemplating tools of war. On another, a mother teaches her son how to fight. A gift from the Class of 1868, the Naval Academy Chapel doors are bronze-cast monoliths, towering above midshipmen, newlyweds and tourists who pass through. For its 50-year anniversary, the Class of 1968 funded restoration of the doors, linking their legacy to the midshipmen who graduated a century before them. (Capital)

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October 11 // Former Salisbury University president honored in building renaming

Salisbury University honored former President Janet Dudley-Eshbach by renaming the Center for International Education for her on Wednesday. A crowd of university officials and students gathered around the newly renamed Janet Dudley-Eshbach Center for International Education on Wednesday to celebrate the accomplishments of Dudley-Eshbach and her push for international programming.  "It's quite an honor. I myself benefited greatly in terms of my intellectual development and career growth, etcetera by having spent time in another countr,y and having traveled certainly has broadened my horizons," Dudley-Eshbach said. (Daily Times)

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FCPS dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia overhaul makes strides, with more to come

Following increased funding from the school board and a directive from the Maryland State Department of Education, Frederick County Public Schools began implementing new efforts in the 2017-2018 school year including core teams and training teachers to better identify and respond to the needs of students exhibiting signs of dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia. FCPS is partnering with local, state level and national organizations to research and improve its efforts. (News-Post)

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College fair gives Washington County students far-reaching options

Shannon Woiccak and Emily Slocum may be a couple of years away from college, but the North Hagerstown High School sophomores are exploring their options. The friends were among the estimated 600 to 700 students and parents to file through Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center Wednesday for the 12th annual Washington County College Fair. According to Kevin Crawford, director of admissions at HCC, around 90 regional and national universities, colleges and technical schools set up booths at the fair to help expose county students to a number of postsecondary institutions, some of which wouldn't be able to make it to specific high schools. (Herald-Mail)

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Loyola Univ. Maryland administrator focus of protest after he is named dean of Gwen Ifill Center

The appointment of a white Loyola University Maryland administrator as the dean of a new center that honors Gwen Ifill, the late African-American host of the “PBS News Hour,” has become the focus of criticism at Simmons University. Brian Norman, who founded the African-American studies program at Loyola, was named dean of the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and the Humanities at Simmons in April. Since then, the university has had to cancel a series of events this fall meant to inaugurate the new college that was announced after Ifill’s death two years ago from cancer. (Balt. Sun)

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