Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring was evacuated yesterday, May 3, after an eighth-grade student allegedly set fire to a stairwell, according to an article in the Washington Post. The fourteen-year old boy was arrested and charged with first-degree arson. Ironically, this week is also Arson Awareness Week, and the theme for this year is "School Arson-a Burning Subject."
A teenage gunman killed 10 people and left several others wounded after he opened fire at a Minnesota high school and a home on an Indian reservation on March 21, reported the Washington Post. According to the FBI, the gunman participated in a gunfight with police before he killed himself.
According to health officials, a first grade student from Webb Elementary School Northeast Washington D.C. died on Feb. 25 from what doctors suspect was a bacterial form of meningitis.
On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Cardoza Senior High School in Washington D.C. was evacuated after health officials discovered droplets of mercury in three places throughout the building. The school was expected to remain closed for at least a week so that a thorough cleaning could take place. After the school reopened, it was closed again after more mercury was found.
The annual Black History Month performance sponsored by Sankofa has been cancelled. The show is usually held during the month of February. Sankofa is one of the many clubs here at Blair, and it focuses on tracing the past and learning from your roots. This is the first year that the Blair community will not be able to enjoy the show.
Researchers believe that the adolescent brain may be the cause of the high rate of car crashes among teenagers, according to a recent article in the Washington Post. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study suggests that the region of the brain that inhibits risky behavior is not fully developed until age 25.
According to CNN.com, despite the ongoing relief efforts in Southeast Asia, the United Nations (U.N.) warns that the long-term effects of the tsunami may be just as damaging as the tsunami itself. The U.N. fears that poor living conditions in Southeast Asia could result in an outbreak of epidemics. Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India suffered the greatest death tolls from the tsunami, but now the greatest concerns in these countries include polluted water, sanitation, food, shelter and health. Some of the diseases that are likely to emerge are waterborne diseases such as malaria and diarrhea. Respiratory tract infections are likely to be a problem as well, and gastrointestinal diseases such as cholera are also a likely result of such natural disasters.
An elementary school student and a middle school student in Silver Spring have contracted tuberculosis (TB). According to school systems spokesman Brian Edwards, one of the infected students attends Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School, and the other student transferred to Kemp Mill Elementary School after briefly attending Glenallan Elementary. Administrators at these schools promptly sent letters home to parents warning them about the cases of TB.
According to the Census Bureau and a reproductive health research group, the Maryland abortion rate increased from the 1990s to 2000. At the same time, the nationwide abortion rate decreased.
It seems that in our country today, dieting and changing eating habits have become the latest craze. The reasons for dieting may vary from trying to lose weight or simply trying to eat healthier. But ignoring the most popular Atkins and South Beach diets, many people are exploring vegetarianism and veganism.
For many high school graduates, the first year of college is an exciting year. Students look forward to creating a new life for themselves away from home. However, for some individuals, this experience is not so picture-perfect. For Brock Manuel, a sophomore at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, his college days ended all too soon after he died from bacterial meningitis, a disease which threatens many college campuses throughout the country.
Most students at Montgomery Blair have become accustomed to the annual hustle and bustle of the school day. They know to expect large masses of people moving in the same direction at one time and how to locate classes at the opposite ends of the building. But consider the experience of a newcomer to the United States with a mediocre knowledge of the English language. This situation is a reality for international exchange student Mutti Anggitta, a junior who has moved to the United States for a year from Indonesia.
Unity, pride and education; these are just a few of the ideals promoted by the new W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society. This group of intellectual young students can often be found serving the community or encouraging each other to succeed academically.
For a taste of Italy right here in our hometown, go to Maggiano's Italian restaurant, which is located on Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase right next to the Chevy Chase Pavilion. Valet parking is provided, and there is also a parking garage nearby, so parking is not an issue.
As the winter months slowly approach, the upcoming flu season will become a problem. With the recent scarcity of the flu vaccine, it is important for everyone to maintain healthy living habits. Here are some healthy living tips that are useful when trying to prevent the flu epidemic.
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.
Edamarie Mattei has always enjoyed reading and literature. Now, in her first year of teaching English at Blair, she has an opportunity to share this passion with her students.
Valerie Klarman is one of the many math teachers at Montgomery Blair High School. This is her first year teaching at Blair however she was a student teacher in the math department last year.