MCPS schools compete for a $5,000 education grant

By Lois Bangiolo | Nov. 17, 2005, midnight | In Local »

During the month of October, teachers and staff of MCPS took steps become more active â€" literally. Kaiser Permanente teamed up with MCPS to create "Walk for Your Life," a program that offers a $5,000 education grant to the school that has the most steps per participant in the month of October, with results pending.

Supreme Court rules in favor of MCPS in Special Education case

By Abe Schwadron | Nov. 15, 2005, midnight | In Local »

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of MCPS yesterday, Nov. 14, in a case involving the administration of special education plans in schools, according to The Washington Post. The decision maintains the legal system's practice of putting the burden on parents of special education students to prove that their child's plan is inadequate.


By Hokuma Karimova | Nov. 14, 2005, midnight | In International »

A teenager from Lithuania talks about his experience in his homeland and America.

Blair drum line wins county competition

By Alex Hyder | Nov. 13, 2005, midnight | In Local »

The Blair Marching Band drum line trounced five other schools from around Montgomery County to win the first annual High School Drum Line Competition at Kennedy High School, yesterday, Nov. 12.

SGA votes to limit administrative power

By Ethan Kuhnhenn | Nov. 11, 2005, midnight | In Local »

The SGA discussed the Homecoming Dance and passed two measures in a Senate meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The measures included two amendments, the first of which would establish a new cabinet position for an ESOL representative and the second of which would limit the authority the administration has in removing SGA officers.

Blair teachers named UMD "Merrill Master Teachers"

By Lois Bangiolo | Nov. 10, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Blair teachers Robert Donaldson and John Goldman were recognized for their impact on teaching as part of the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program at the University of Maryland.

International visitors speak at Blair

By Mary Donahue | Nov. 10, 2005, midnight | In Local »

A group of representatives from 13 different countries spoke to third period history and psychology classes yesterday. They are part of the Hubert H. Humphrey International Fellowship Program, which brings mid-career professionals from developing nations to study for a year in the United States.

Plumbing problem persists in room 164

By Natasha Prados | Nov. 10, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Leaks sprung from the ceiling in room 164 on Nov. 7 and Nov. 9. According to US History teacher George Vlasits, who uses room 164, the ceiling leaks are a recurring problem that Blair administration is not handling well.

Anarchy reigns in streets of France

By Alex Hyder, Hokuma Karimova | Nov. 10, 2005, midnight | In International »

Monday marked the twelfth day of street violence in Paris and its suburbs, as the most intense street violence to hit France in four decades spilled into over 200 cities and towns throughout the country.

Eid al-Fitr Celebration

By Hokuma Karimova | Nov. 10, 2005, midnight | In International »

With the crescent moon, which marked the beginning of Ramadan, out of sight, and new one on the horizon, Muslims all over the world began celebrating the end of Ramadan. The three day festival is called Eid al-Fitr, and during the first week of November Muslims rejoice the end of fasting by heading to mosques, giving each other presents, donating money to charities and spending time with family and friends.

Controversy arises over American flags on ice hockey team's jerseys

By Mary Donahue | Oct. 28, 2005, midnight | In Local »

The Blair Community Ice Hockey team, which held its first practice on Oct. 19, is considering putting American flags on their jerseys, provoking controversy within the team.

Miers withdraws nomination to Supreme Court

By Alex Hyder | Oct. 27, 2005, midnight | In National »

President Bush accepted Harriet Miers's withdrawal of her nomination to the Supreme Court today, Oct. 27, according to news reports and an official White House statement.

SGR to participate in creek cleanup

By Meaghan Mallari | Oct. 26, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Students for Global Responsibility (SGR) is organizing a group of students to help Friends of Sligo Creek remove invasive vines from Sligo Creek Park tomorrow, Oct. 27. The club will meet in the SAC at 2:20 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. and will provide transportation to the park.

Pep rally moved indoors due to weather

By Josh Zipin | Oct. 26, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Because of inclement weather and the current forecast, the SGA and Principal Phillip Gainous have moved Friday's pep rally, the first of the year, from the stadium to the gym, according to SGA President Barun Aryal.

Senior class shirts delayed

By Eve Gleichman | Oct. 26, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Senior class t-shirts, which were scheduled to be distributed on Oct. 25, will now be available for purchase on Oct. 28. The delay has been attributed to delivery problems, according to Senior Class Treasurer Nina Yang.

Walk for disabled people in the workforce held in Takoma Park

By Meaghan Mallari | Oct. 25, 2005, midnight | In Local »

A walk to support the awareness of disabled people in the workforce was held on Oct. 23 in Sligo Creek Park in Takoma Park. The event was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and featured a speech by Billy Wright, the organizer of the event.

Heather Mizeur, top Kerry aide, speaks to Blair Young Democrats

By Eve Gleichman | Oct. 14, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Heather Mizeur, Domestic Policy Director for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), spoke to Blair's Young Democrats club yesterday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. Mizeur focused on her upcoming campaign for State Delegate from District 20 as well as the importance of getting involved early with local politics.

7.6-magnitude earthquake hits Pakistan-India border

By Merlyn Deng | Oct. 9, 2005, midnight | In International »

More than 20,000 are believed to be dead after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake occurred on the Pakistan-India boarder yesterday, Oct. 8. The earthquake caused massive devastation in sections of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, according to the Associated Press.

Three Blazers selected as National Achievement Scholarship semifinalists

By Meaghan Mallari | Oct. 5, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Blair seniors Natasha Coleman, Sebastian Johnson and Sayoh Mansaray are semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, an award given to outstanding black high school seniors. Twenty-two seniors in MCPS have been recognized as scholarship semifinalists.

Graffitists apprehended

By Alex Hyder | Oct. 4, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Three Blair students were apprehended last week in connection with the recent proliferation of graffiti in several boys' bathrooms, according to Blair security officers. Security refused to reveal the students' names or give any identifying information other than that all three were male.

Teenager killed after high school football game

By Josh Zipin | Sept. 28, 2005, midnight | In Local »

A 15-year old girl died after being stabbed during a fight between two groups of girls in the parking lot following the end of the football game last Friday, Sept. 23, at James Hubert Blake High School, according to an article in The Washington Post.

D.C. protest to be held Saturday

By Emma Zachurski | Sept. 23, 2005, midnight | In Local »

In response to the ongoing war in Iraq, United for Peace & Justice and ANSWER has organized an anti-war rally to take place Saturday, Sep. 24. Events and performances are scheduled on the Washington Monument grounds and near the National Mall area. The event is set to take place from 10 a.m. through the night.

Summer in El Salvador

By Hokuma Karimova | Sept. 23, 2005, midnight | In International »

It was 6:00 a.m. and the sun was slowly rising beyond the horizon. In the distance, a rooster warned the start of a new day - a replacement for the usual alarm clock. Looking around, junior Rachel Bernstein realized that this was not her room, not her house, in fact, this was not even America - this was El Salvador.

Blazers attend annual Activity Fair

By Devon Madison | Sept. 14, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Blair's annual Activity Fair was held Sept. 13 and 14 in the main gym during 5A and 5B classes. The Activity Fair, which represented approximately 35 different clubs, was set up to encourage students to sign up for extracurricular activities at Blair, according to Secretary of Student Organizations Scott Rathbone.

Military recruitment "opt-out" forms due Sept. 16

By Meaghan Mallari | Sept. 14, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Military recruitment "opt-out" forms are available to all students who do not wish that the military obtain personal information through the Montgomery County School System, according to the Committee on Recruitment Issues at Blair. The forms are due to the main office by Sept. 16.

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