It's 8 a.m., and senior Ivy Winston has to be out of the house by 9. Forget about school; this Wednesday morning, Winston's day begins with a two-hour ride on the New York subway to a modeling agency. Who knows - it may end with a photo shoot, a few walks down a runway or even an appearance on a daytime soap opera.
Blair expects some relief in its overcrowding next school year as a result of a significantly lower number of incoming freshmen, according to Downcounty Consortium (DCC) numbers released to school officials on Feb. 16.
lair expects some relief in its overcrowding next school year as a result of a significantly lower number of incoming freshmen, according to Downcounty Consortium (DCC) numbers released to school officials on Feb. 16.
At the Washington Convention Center this past summer, thousands of people lined up along the sidewalk for as long as a block. Young dreamers from all over the U.S. turned out: hailing from Alaska, Ohio, California and Maryland. A few Blazers were even eager to get in on the action on Aug. 18 to see if their dreams to be pop stars could actually come true.
As a shooting guard for the varsity boys' basketball team, sophomore Marquis Tyler must be persistent about perfecting his jump shot. Tyler, who dreams of one day playing in college, also must maintain at least a 2.00 GPA to stay eligible for the team, which he can do with the help of mandatory team study halls. But last school year, with only a 0.86 GPA, Tyler's hoop dreams may have seemed unattainable.
Because Blair's recent Maryland School Assessment (MSA) scores failed to meet standards under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, Blair is now a school "in need of improvement” and could face school-wide restructuring if scores do not meet rising standards in coming years, according to Maryland State Department of Education law. 00
Since the establishment of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), educational reform has been a prominent topic discussed at political conventions. The annual Congressional Black Caucus held an Education Braintrust Expo in Washington D.C. It was sponsored by the Education Technology Think Tank (ET3). The expo covered topics such as modernizing schools and improving school nutrition and broadband wireless service.
Nervous middle school students, lined up side-by-side in Eastern Middle School's main hallway, anxiously anticipated the next question. They greet each inquirer wearing a quivering smile despite knowing they have prepared for this night for weeks, readying themselves to share their knowledge of a past much different than their present.
Because of its overwhelming popularity among eighth graders within the downcounty region, Blair will be overcrowded next school year, acquiring 91 more freshmen than initially predicted in March, according to recent Downcounty Consortium (DCC) numbers.
Enraged militant clansmen swarm the long road Soonto Muhktar must take to get to the city of Baidoa in her homeland of Somalia, threatening the life of the young girl and her family. Muhktar simply hopes to sell corn, beans and watermelons to the city dwellers, but instead she and her family are burdened with the sight of a seemingly endless war.
Blair will be just as overcrowded next school year despite the reopening of Northwood and the beginning of the Downcounty Consortium (DCC). Specific estimates vary among school officials as to the severity of the overcrowding.
Eighth graders in the Downcounty Consortium (DCC) will choose their top three choices for academies on Dec. 12. Despite criticism from some parents, school officials hope the DCC will enhance students' learning and help them investigate possible career paths.