The number of MCPS students is predicted to increase in the next few years, after unexpected hikes in kindergarten enrollment this fall. Concurrent decreases in middle and high school populations will result in budget shifts, according to recommendations presented by Superintendent Jerry Weast on Oct. 29.
After the U.S. Open every year, tennis begins a twilight period on the fast, indoor courts. With no Grand Slams remaining, most top players are either mentally or physically unavailable for tournaments. It's a time when players like David Nalbandian and Tatiana Golovin can sweep events and boost their rankings.
Amid a generation of unimaginative players accustomed to only power tennis, it was a pair of iconoclasts who claimed the crowns at the U.S. Open. Roger Federer and Justine Henin, both ranked No. 1 in the world, rolled into the final Grand Slam of the season as under-the-radar favorites. During the fortnight, they proved that if executed correctly, style, variety and footwork can still match raw power.
This really was the Grand Slam of upsets after all, not that tournament organizers will much relish that title this year, as mutterings of "worst Wimbledon ever" ran amok.
The fact that Wimbledon's consumption of strawberries and cream is skyscraper-high says quite a bit about its culture. For the longest time, Wimbledon has been the epitome of conservative values: they have refused to pay men and women equally, favored human judgment over technological accuracy, required an all-white dress code and even outfitted the ball boys and girls in Ralph Lauren. But this year, Wimbledon turned its back on times long past as the All England Club boosted prize money, sliced the payouts uniformly and installed instant replay. The Ralph Lauren polos and dress code, superficially enough, will stay.
The Grand Slams this year have played out much like an episode of "American Idol" " dead dull and dreadfully melodramatic. Moreover, the drama at Wimbledon this year, much like "American Idol" again, seems to have been cryogenically collected from this time last year and defrosted.
For a moment, the girl who had grown up playing tennis in an empty swimming pool in her war-stricken hometown of Belgrade seemed poised to complete her rags to riches tale. During Saturday's final, Ana Ivanovic, the 19-year-old upstart from Serbia, was up a break and 40-0 in the second game against top seed Justine Henin.
The middle weekend of a Grand Slam tournament is always entertaining, if only to survey the damage of week one. On the men's side, the seeds have been dropping like flies, many of them ousted by little-known clay court specialists. The women, on the other hand, have kept matches routine and predictable. But the main players are all still here after fairly straightforward wins, which should lead to some mouth-watering showdowns in the next week.
For the tennis world, the end of May is dedicated to the French Open, the culmination of the clay season: a tumultuous globe-trotting, two-month span where winning is more about patience than power, topspin than pace and fitness than flamboyance.
Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is back — in black. Spidey's patriotic red-blue suit gets a dirty makeover, courtesy of an ominous, extraterrestrial symbiotic goo that has a strange effect on its host, and suddenly, Peter is not-so-nice.
The Blair boys' tennis team ended their season with a 7-0 win against Einstein to finish the season with a record of 9-3. The Division III Einstein team was outplayed by a Blair team that dropped a total of only two games out of the seven matches.
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The Blair boys' tennis team was sorely disappointed as they failed to end a long streak of losses to Churchill, losing 3-4. The team was, according to Coach David Ngbea, set back by their poor mental game.
Where only first names appear, names have been changed to protect the identities of the sources. In the Blair network on Facebook, 22 people have alcohol, smoke or an ambiguous plastic cup in their profile pictures, visible to anyone who searches for them. In March 2006, a Maryland high school freshman was suspended for online photos, and colleges have reportedly denied admission after reading applicants' online profiles.
The most intriguing thing about a film dominated by a few men obsessing over a murderer is how decidedly unmorbid it is.
The photography curriculum will discontinue film instruction and will focus exclusively on digital technology beginning next year because of difficulty acquiring film supplies. Blair is the first school in the county to update its photography equipment and curriculum, said photography teacher Robert Stallings.
In a closed-session decision this evening, the Board of Education voted 5-3 to restore Jericho City of Praise as Blair's graduation venue.
For Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), the protagonist in the European import film "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," scent is the meaning of life itself. It does not merely interest him, it enraptures him. His unusual sensitivity to all things olfactory takes him out of poverty, but it also makes him obsess single-mindedly about preserving scent. Bottling smell is Jean-Baptiste's sole purpose, his only respite from an otherwise empty life.
Chapter One: The contest begins John Paterson is having a bad day. So far, he has been late to work, shot and sent to hell. But just when he is about to lose hope, an angel named Floyd appears. "It was a clerical error. These kinds of things are very rare, mind you, but they do happen." Floyd sighed, preparing himself to say the inevitable. "You were accidentally sent to hell," he said bluntly. But before Paterson can begin his mission to gain rightful entry into heaven, he must wait for senior John Conroy to stop pacing and start typing.
"Bobby" is the title of the film. The tagline for the film is entirely about Bobby. Historical footage of Bobby begin and end the film. The film was marketed as coverage of Bobby's assassination. But instead of focusing on Robert F. Kennedy — "Bobby" — director-screenwriter Emilio Estevez centers his Faulkner-esque mosaic on the perspectives of 22 different people, and none of them are named Bobby.
Any teachers who consider sponsoring a sports team either already know or can easily find out the exact amount that they should be compensated by the county for their extra time and effort. The varsity girls' volleyball coach earns $3,416, while the head football coach makes $5,712. But Youth and Government sponsor Marc Grossman didn't know that club sponsors were compensated at all.
Every day, Tamara Chavez wears a constant reminder of her mistakes around her neck. Though Chavez is in her third year at Blair, her freshman ID is no printing error. She has been held back - twice.
The Blair Sports Academy (BSA) will strengthen academic support programs and offer new programs to attract more female students in its first full school year in session, according to MCPS recreation specialist Jose Segura.
"Time brings all things to light," says idealistic crusader Willie Stark (Sean Penn) in one of the year's earliest Oscar-contenders, "All the King's Men." But even the Academy Award-winning Penn and a slew of other Oscar nominated costars can't bring this film to life.
Everything seems to be getting smaller these days: MP3 players, waistlines—the age at which a person is expected to have a midlife crisis. In "The Last Kiss," Michael (Zach Braff) is an almost thirty-something with a ubiquitous crisis, crises if you will. He has a beautiful girlfriend, Jenna (Jacinda Barrett), a promising career in architecture and loyal friends he's known since childhood.