Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The next session will be held on Jan. 23 at Woods Memorial Church.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) along with The Arc of Central Chesapeake Region are teaming up to help students with developmental disabilities and their families. The two organizations are conducting workshops for students with developmental disabilities to assist in the process of transitioning from school to adult services, according to a release from AACPS. Each session will focus on a specific topic of importance in preparing to enter adult life. The next workshop is scheduled for Jan. 23 at Woods Memorial Church in Severna Park. The workshop will focus on financial and estate planning and Dave Rosenthal of Ameriprise Financial Service will be the presenter. All workshops are free and will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Anne Arundel County Public Schools has tentatively secured $18 million from the state for school facility improvements at 15 different county schools.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The certification is the highest teaching credential given to educators in the country.
Forty-five educators at Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) including four from Severna Park, recently attained the prestigious National Board Certification—the highest teaching credential given to educators in the country. More than 6,200 teachers nationwide earned the honor, and Anne Arundel County’s 45-member class put it seventh in the nation among school systems with certification recipients, according to an AACPS release. Approximately five percent of all AACPS educators earn the certification, and with the 45 new additions, the county’s grand total reached 355 for 2012, according to the release. Additionally, four members of the 2012 class of recipients earned the certification for their second time—renewing the original …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Report cards will still be go out on Nov. 16, as previously scheduled.
In the wake of the post-tropical storm known as Sandy, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) announced the first quarter marking period will be extended to Nov. 7, two class days later than the previously scheduled Nov. 2 deadline. Because Sandy's effects cancelled classes for two days, delayed openings on Wednesday and left 17 schools without electricity, teachers will have an additional three days to complete testing and assessments to end the marking period. "Obviously our decision to close schools on Monday and Tuesday has impacted the plans of many teachers heading into the end of the first marking period, which had been scheduled for Friday," said Superintendent Kevin Maxwell in a letter sent home to parents. "In order to …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Parents are urged to use caution when getting their children to bus stops on Wednesday.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) will open two hours late Wednesday for students and staff in the wake of the storm impact of Sandy, according to a press release. However, there are some schools that will be closed because they don't have power. With the late start, all morning half-day kindergarten and ECI classes are cancelled. However, students in full-day kindergarten will have class, but should report two hours late. The end of the marking period was scheduled for Friday, but that deadline could change if officials so desire. The decision will be made later in the day Wednesday, according to the press release. AACPS officials urge local parents to be careful and exercise good judgment when getting their children to bus stops…
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Teacher association officials said they were "satisfied" by the school board's decision, but said there is still much to do.
The Board of Education approved a 1.25 percent mid-year pay increase for all teachers in Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) on Wednesday night. The mid-year increase comes as part of an amendment to a tentative agreement between the Board of Education and the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County (TAAAC) for fiscal year 2013, which started on July 1. Educators won’t begin receiving the increase until halfway through the year, so educators will only technically see a 0.62 percent increase during the current school year, AACPS spokesman Bob Mosier said. All AACPS employees in "unit one"—a category that includes teachers and guidance counselors—will receive the 1.25 percent raise. "Those employees will also have a two-day …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The Board of Education will hear testimony from local parents regarding the superintendent's proposed capital budget Wednesday night.
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education is slated to adopt Superintendent Kevin Maxwell’s proposed capital budget for fiscal year 2014 Wednesday night, but not before parents have a chance to share their opinions at a public hearing in Annapolis. The board will begin its general meeting at 7 p.m., but beginning at about 8 p.m., parents will be given three minutes each to testify before school officials about the capital budget or other budgetary concerns. Those wishing to address school officials can begin signing up in the Annapolis board room at 6 p.m., according to an Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) release. Following the public hearing, the board is set to adopt the superintendent’s capital budget for fiscal year 2014 as …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy winds with gusts as strong as 40 mph.
Tuesday's severe weather forecast caused Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) officials to cancel all after-school activities, including five back-to-school nights. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a coastal flooding advisory Tuesday morning due to anticipated rain and wind gusts that could reach 40 mph. The closing affects all after-school sports events, band practices, rehearsals and the like. Parents with children in after-school day care should check with corresponding agencies to learn of any closings, AACPS officials said. Five back-to-school nights were scheduled for Tuesday night:
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Auditors report that African-American students make up 22 percent of total enrollment, but receive nearly 45 percent of all referrals issued by educators.
A recent audit has revealed that Anne Arundel County schools continue to have a disparity in the percentage of disciplinary referrals issued to African-American students. School officials who conducted an audit of disciplinary referrals—specifically towards African-American students—presented their findings to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education on Wednesday. Leading the audit team was Arlen Liverman, AACPS deputy superintendent of schools, and Carlesa Finney, AACPS director of equity assurance and human relations. From December 2011 to May 2012, the team conducted an “audit of student records and a review of the electronic data of discipline referrals for disrespect, insubordination, disruption and inappropriate language,” …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
About 670 school buses are expected to transport nearly 57,000 kids when classes begin in two weeks.
Classes begin the week of Aug. 27 and Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) recently announced that county school bus schedules are now available online at AACPS.org/buses. The website lists a complete rundown of all county schools, specifically broken down between various elementary, middle and high schools. The AACPS release stated that about 670 buses are expected to traverse county roads, transporting nearly 57,000 children to and from school each day on over 560 different routes. Buses will also travel more than 10 million miles throughout the 2012-13 school year, according to the release. “Bus service is available to prekindergarten and kindergarten students who live more than one-half mile from their school, elementary students…