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Blair graduation tentatively set for June 7

By Sneha Ojha | Dec. 9, 2018, 9:07 p.m. | In Local »

Blair sets unofficial graduation date


The case for graduation

By Lauren Frost | March 16, 2016, 1:27 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The County Council needs to approve the proposed budget increase in order to give students the graduation they deserve.


George Pelecanos to be Keynote Speaker at MBHS Graduation

By Jacob Popper | June 2, 2015, 1:53 p.m. | In Local »

Local award-winning author and Silver Spring resident George Pelecanos will be the keynote speaker at Montgomery Blair High School's graduation ceremony for the class of 2015.


Derek McGinty to speak at Blair graduation

By Emma Yeager | May 28, 2013, 1:33 p.m. | In Local »

WUSA9 News Anchor Derek McGinty will speak at Blair's Class of 2013 graduation ceremony at Constitution Hall on June 3.


Maryland BOE refines graduation rate

By Srividya Murthy | Nov. 10, 2011, noon | In Print News »

Beginning with the Class of 2011, the Maryland Board of Education (BOE) will calculate graduation rate using a new formula that will comprise all four years of high school and account for transfer students and student deaths.


Maryland to eliminate Government HSA as graduation requirement

By Valerie Hu | May 17, 2011, 10:27 p.m. | In Local »

The Maryland State Board of Education voted to eliminate the Government High School Assessment (HSA) as a part of the state budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2012.


Pro/Con: Should student service learning hours be mandatory for high school graduation?

By Simrin Gupta Claire Koenig | March 10, 2011, 11:33 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

As of the 2010-2011 school year, MCPS requires all students to complete 75 hours of community service to graduate, instead of the 60 hours necessary in past years. Though some students find the requirement relatively easy to complete, others with more rigorous schedules question its necessity.


Pro/Con: Should student service learning hours be mandatory for high school graduation?

By Simrin Gupta Claire Koenig | March 10, 2011, 11:33 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

As of the 2010-2011 school year, MCPS requires all students to complete 75 hours of community service to graduate, instead of the 60 hours necessary in past years. Though some students find the requirement relatively easy to complete, others with more rigorous schedules question its necessity.


Blair graduation rate increases

By Biruk Bekele | Nov. 11, 2010, 12:21 p.m. | In Print News »

After five years of decline, Blair's graduation rate rose to 88.1 percent for the class of 2010, an increase of 5.5 percent from the previous school year, according to an MCPS report. Similarly, the graduation rate for MCPS increased from 87.4 percent to 90 percent and the Maryland graduation rate increased from 85.2 percent to 86.5 percent.


Graduation to be held at DAR Constitution Hall

By Lauren Kestner | Jan. 12, 2010, 10:03 p.m. | In Local »

In an automated phone call sent Friday evening, Principal Darryl Williams announced that Blair will hold graduation at the Daughters of the Revolution (DAR) Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on June 4 at 10:00 a.m.


PTSA narrows graduation venue list to two facilities

By Lauren Kestner | Nov. 24, 2009, midnight | In Local »

In a meeting held Nov. 17, the Blair Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) narrowed the list of potential graduation venues down to the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) Cole Field House and the Daughters of the Revolution (DAR) Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.


Search continues for 2010 graduation location

By Masha Lafen | Oct. 22, 2009, midnight | In Local »

Principal Darryl Williams, Senior Class Faculty Liaison Danyel Hartfield, Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) President Peter Lafen and two senior class officers toured the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. last Monday to explore the possibility of using it as a venue for graduation.


Blair graduation rate declines

By Larisa Antonisse Warren Zhang | Oct. 8, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

Recent reports by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) show a decrease in graduation rates for Blair and MCPS for the 2008-2009 school year. Statistics by the MSDE show Blair's graduation rate declining from 84.53 percent in 2008 to 82.61 percent in 2009. Likewise, the MCPS graduation rate went from a high of about 93 percent in 2003 to 87 percent in 2009, the lowest graduation rate in 13 years.


Blair graduation rate declines

By Larisa Antonisse Warren Zhang | Oct. 8, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

Recent reports by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) show a decrease in graduation rates for Blair and MCPS for the 2008-2009 school year. Statistics by the MSDE show Blair's graduation rate declining from 84.53 percent in 2008 to 82.61 percent in 2009. Likewise, the MCPS graduation rate went from a high of about 93 percent in 2003 to 87 percent in 2009, the lowest graduation rate in 13 years.


Parents surveyed on venue for 2010 graduation

By Jialin Quinlan | Oct. 8, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

Blair PTSA remains uncertain about the graduation venue for the class of 2010 due to budget restraints and conflicting survey results, according to the PTSA co-president.


Graduation to be held June 3

By Julia Wynn | June 2, 2009, midnight | In Local »

Blair's 2009 senior graduation ceremony will take place June 3 at 9:00 a.m. in the Comcast Center at the University of Maryland. The event is expected to last approximately two hours, leaving time for the subsequent commencements of Sherwood and Magruder seniors, according to Special Education teacher and senior class sponsor Danyel Hartfield.


Senior graduation schedule finalized

By Sophia Deng | March 19, 2009, midnight | In Local »

The county Office of School Performance (OSP) approved the senior exam schedule for the Class of 2009 on March 12, according to Assistant Principal Myriam Rogers. Senior exams will be held on May 15 - 22, according to a memo sent by secretary Robin Platsky.


Meeting addresses issue of graduation venue

By Lauren Kestner | July 23, 2008, midnight | In Local »

A meeting was held at 7:30 p.m. this Monday in the Blair Student Activity Center (SAC) to discuss graduation venues for the rising senior class. The discussion, led by Principal Darryl Williams and Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) co-President Robert Gillette, centered on defining the steps that should be taken to secure a graduation date at the University of Maryland College Park's Comcast Center and reduce the estimated $13,000 expense that Blair would be required to pay for use of the facility. Williams suggested cooperation with Sherwood High School to reduce the cost to both schools as a possible solution.


MCPS raises cost of Comcast Center graduation

By David Tao | July 6, 2008, midnight | In Local »

The cost of Blair's graduation ceremonies is projected to more than double this year, a burden that could prevent the rising senior class and future classes from graduating at the University of Maryland College Park's Comcast Center. Initial county estimates, outlined in a memo by the Office of School Performance, project that commencement at the Comcast Center for the class of 2009 will cost Blair $13,000.


Graduation to be held Wednesday

By Lucas Alvarado-Farrar | June 8, 2008, midnight | In Local »

The senior class of 2008 will have their graduation reception this Wednesday at the Comcast Center, located on the University of Maryland College Park campus. The reception is set to begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to end before noon, according to ESOL teacher Danyel Hartfield, who organized the event.


HSA graduation requirements for Special Education and ESOL students expected to be delayed

By Poorva Singal | March 15, 2007, midnight | In Local »

Maryland School Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick suggested a two year delay for the High School Assessment (HSA) requirements for Special Education students and English language learners at a Board of Education meeting March 1. She plans to formalize the delay in August after reviewing data from the next administration of the tests in May.


Holding graduation at Jericho does not violate the Constitution

By Pia Nargundkar | Feb. 3, 2007, midnight | In Op/Ed »

We the people of Montgomery Blair, in order to form a more perfect graduation, establish a site placing the least burden on tax payers, ensure seating for all, provide for the comfort of the aforementioned, promote the general sentimentality worth of such an event and secure this site to ourselves and our posterity, do wish to ordain and establish Jericho as our graduation venue.


MCPS rejects graduation site

By Marie Mencher | Oct. 8, 2006, midnight | In Print »

The PTSA is planning to take legal action in a final push to move Blair's graduation ceremony back to Jericho City of Praise after the Board of Education rejected the church as a commencement site on Aug. 26.


Graduation 2007: Welcome to Wal-mart

By Robert Feasley | Oct. 5, 2006, midnight

There are certain truths to which we hold dear. What goes up must come down. What goes around comes around. Non-denominational ceremonies in denominational locations like churches cause controversy. And finding the perfect place to hold graduation each year can prove elusive.


Improvement of graduation rate reporting accuracy considered

By Adam Yalowitz | April 6, 2006, midnight

The process of reporting high-school graduation rates will change over the next four years because of a bill passed in the Maryland House of Delegates on March 20 to make graduation rates more accurate. The bill is now in the State Senate.


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