Two fire alarms disrupt school day

By Elsi Wu | Nov. 20, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Fire alarms sounded at 7:48 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. this morning, prompting two school-wide evacuations.

Talent show postponed

By Alex Hyder | Nov. 17, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The upcoming talent show, originally scheduled for this evening, has been postponed, the SGA announced this morning. According to SGA President Eric Hysen, the show's new date has yet to be determined.

Accident in student parking lot causes exit delays

By Julia Mazerov | Nov. 17, 2006, midnight | In Local »

An accident in the student parking lot yesterday blocked the exit onto University Boulevard, prompting the security staff to redirect traffic out of the lot.

Two Blazers to compete at Carnegie Mellon on Nov. 17 and 18

By Boris Vassilev | Nov. 16, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Two Blair students were chosen as regional finalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology based on original research projects they completed, and will proceed to compete in regional competition held at Carnegie Mellon University.

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade to be held Nov. 18

By Iliya Smithka | Nov. 16, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The ninth annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade will be held this Saturday, Nov. 18 in Silver Spring. The parade will start at the intersection of Sligo Ave. and Georgia Ave. at 9:30 a.m. and will then march North on Georgia, turning onto Ellsworth Drive and ending at Fenton Street, according to the Downtown Silver Spring website.

SGA to hold penny drive in December

By Nitin Sukumar | Nov. 16, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The SGA will be holding a penny drive as the featured event in the upcoming Charity Challenge starting Dec. 1, according to Christie Lin, the SGA's director of special projects. The drive will be a competition between the different grade levels to raise the most money for selected charities.

AP students may be exempt from final exams

By Will Bucher | Nov. 16, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The Board of Education has established a committee to determine if finals are necessary for those students taking AP classes and go on to take the AP exam in May. According to Maria Trementozzi, the supervisor of the county social studies department, the committee will begin making its decision in the next few weeks.

Fight breaks out in front of Media Center

By Pia Nargundkar | Nov. 15, 2006, midnight | In Local »

A fight broke out between two male seniors in front of the Media Center during InfoFlow this morning. The fight allegedly started when one student attempted to trip the other. The fight resulted in a police filing and a hospital visit.

Blazer alumna killed in slaying

By Bridget Egan | Nov. 15, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Reina Natasha Lynch, a Blair graduate, was discovered dead on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 a.m. at a FedEx distribution center in Beltsville where she held a part time job as a security guard.

SGA sponsored talent show to be held Friday

By Josie Callahan | Nov. 14, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The SGA will be hosting a talent show in the SAC this Friday, Nov. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will feature a variety of Blazer-organized performances, spanning from dance to music.

Going public

By Jonas Shaffer | Nov. 13, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Sophomore Michael Wilkinson's first memories of Blair are like a bad dream. He remembers droves of giants strolling past him, slurring phrases he'd never heard before. He recalls the swirling colors around him and the alien faces he'd never before seen in a school setting.

PTSA to review minigrants Nov. 13

By Johanna Gretschel | Nov. 13, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The PTSA will be reviewing minigrant applications next Monday, November 13 in room 164 from 3:00 p.m. to around 5:00 p.m. Members of the SGA will be assisting the PTSA with the reviewing and selecting process, but non-SGA members can also attend and earn community service hours. The PTSA will provide refreshments.

MCPS to hold public forums on middle school reform in upcoming weeks

By Priyanka Gokhale | Nov. 13, 2006, midnight | In Local »

MCPS will be holding two public forums for parents, staff and students to voice their opinions on the proposed MCPS plans for strengthening the middle school system. The first forum will be held on Nov. 13 at Shady Grove Middle School. A subsequent forum will be on Nov. 29 at Silver Spring International Middle School. Both public forums will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.

Taking ACTion to improve test scores

By Nathan Goldstein | Nov. 12, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Last May, an envelope marked ACT, Inc. arrived in senior Daniel Keller's mailbox. Putting his anxiety aside, Keller sat down on his living room couch, ripped it open and stared at its contents in shock. To his amazement, Keller scored a 34 out of a possible 36 on the ACT - a score that unofficially corresponds to a 2280 out of 2400 on the new SAT - 160 points higher than the 2120 he had scored six months before.

Students invited to participate in "Reflections"

By Lois Bangiolo | Nov. 11, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The PTSA is currently requesting submissions for this year's Reflections Program under the theme "My Favorite Place." The Reflections program is sponsored by the national PTA to encourage participation in the arts.

Double-click on ‘opportunity'

By Ankhi Guhathakurta | Nov. 10, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Nineteen years ago, College and Career Information Coordinator Carla Partlow found applying to college as a Blair student fairly straightforward. She browsed a few of the thick volumes in the Career Center and discussed her college choices with her guidance counselor. She even called some schools and asked to be put on their mailing lists - snail mail, that is.

International News for the second week of November

By Hokuma Karimova | Nov. 10, 2006, midnight | In International »

This article is a compilation of recent news around the world. Silver Chips Online posts this news summary to provide readers with a forum for discussion.

White House announces resignation of Defense Secretary Rumsfeld

By Jessica Cutler | Nov. 9, 2006, midnight | In National »

President Bush announced at a White House press conference Wednesday morning that Donald Rumsfeld will step down from his position as Secretary of Defense and named former CIA chief Robert Gates as Rumsfeld's successor.

Democrats successful in Maryland elections overall

By David Jia | Nov. 9, 2006, midnight | In National »

Democrats declared victory in Maryland on every level from Tuesday's election, with Benjamin L. Cardin winning the Senate race, Chris Van Hollen winning the Congressional Eighth district race and Martin O'Malley winning the Maryland gubernatorial race.

Help the Homeless Walkathon to take place Nov. 18

By Maya Calabrese | Nov. 9, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The 19th annual Fannie Mae Foundation Help the Homeless Walkathon will take place on the National Mall on Saturday, Nov. 18. The Walkathon is part of a campaign to raise awareness and funds for over 180 Washington metropolitan area organizations working to prevent homelessness. Early registration is due by Nov. 12, but onsite registration is also available.

SGA plans new events for the year

By Lois Bangiolo | Nov. 4, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Buoyed by the success of the Homecoming spirit week, the SGA is planning many new events for the rest of the school year. According to SGA president Eric Hysen, the SGA has many more events in store than it has held in previous years, including several charity drives and a downcounty spirit week.

Fire alarm pulled during 5A lunch

By David Jia, Boris Vassilev | Nov. 4, 2006, midnight | In Local »

An unscheduled fire alarm went off at 11:35 a.m. on Thursday, immediately following the bell that ended 5A lunch. The alarm was activated when an emergency alarm was pulled in the SAC, according to business manager James Funk. At 11:51, the building was cleared by the fire department and chief and the students were released from the stadium, where they gather during emergency evacuations. 5B lunch was not extended.

Football team has TV opportunity

By Jessica Cutler | Nov. 2, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The football team's upcoming game against Blake is one of five featured games on Fox 5's "High School Game of the Week" contest. The game that gets the most votes in an open online poll will be broadcast on the Fox 5 news channel on Friday.

Blazer to speak at Fifth Annual Celebrate Our Rising Stars Summit

By Poorva Singal | Oct. 31, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Senior Abhishek Sinha will be one of three students to represent high school English Language Learners (ELLs) at the Fifth Annual Celebrate Our Rising Stars Summit that will be held tomorrow in Washington, D.C. A former ESOL student and an ELL himself, Sinha will share his views on what it is like to be an ELL and hopes to especially address the difficulties these students face with standardized testing.

Annual FIST conference to be held at Blair on Nov. 11

By Priyanka Gokhale | Oct. 29, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The annual Females in Science and Technology Conference (FIST) is scheduled for Nov. 11. Seventh grade girls from all around the county have been invited to attend the program. They will learn about science, math and technology at workshops taught by Blazers and teachers and hear from a female guest speaker.

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