The Blair administration now sends ninth graders interims every three weeks, beginning this semester, in an effort to raise freshman academic performance.
Newsbriefs compiled by Han Hu with additional reporting by Katherine Epstein, Nina Feinberg, Kedamai Fisseha and Stephanie Nguyen
The Blair computer team won first and second place in the Senior and Intermediate divisions, respectively, at the 2003 American Computer Science League (ACSL) All-Star Contest.
The Montgomery County Council approved its 2003-2004 budget on May 15. The Council's allocation to MCPS for the next school year fell $17 million short of the MCPS Board of Education's (BOE) request. To close the gap, the BOE will most likely break its contract with teachers and delay payment of negotiated raises by five months.
Newsbriefs compiled by Han Hu with additional reporting by Amanda Allen, KC Costanzo, Sreela Namboodiri and Annie Pierce
MCPS suspended field trips more than 75 miles from Montgomery County on Mar 19 due to the war in Iraq and the high terrorism alert level. Several Blair field trips may be affected, but outdoor education trips can continue.
Apr 2003 Newsbriefs
Mar 2003 Newsbriefs
Economic concerns caused MCPS to impose further budget restrictions on Feb 10, including freezing school funds and cutting stipends for after-school programs for the remainder of the school year.
Dec 2002 Newsbriefs
Blair social studies teacher Joann Malone received the 2002 Education's Unsung Heroes Award and $2,000 in prize money for her work with Blair's Diversity Workshop.
Nov 2002 Newsbriefs
"It took 144 years for women to gain the right to vote in the United States. It took 94 years for African Americans to win the right to vote and another 94 years to vote without restrictions being put on the right. You only had to turn 18. Vote in the next election."
Blair's new policy this year asking seniors to share lockers has helped to resolve the school's locker shortage, one of the latest signs of overcrowding at Blair.
Blair has a potential shortage of lockers, and students may be asked to share lockers or give up unused ones in the upcoming school year, according to Business Manager Anne Alban.