Connect-Ed keeps parents informed

By Devon Madison | Jan. 26, 2006, midnight | In Local »

On Dec. 7, a new countywide program called "Connect-Ed" was instituted at Blair, allowing parents and guardians to be alerted when their child has been absent from class.

Blazer performs at Sidwell Arts Guild

By Alexis Egan, Meaghan Mallari | Jan. 24, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Blazer Avi Silber, a junior, performed his rap song "Forecast" at the Sidwell Friends monthly Arts Guild in Washington, D.C. last Friday, Jan. 20. This was his third time performing at the event.

Blair to hold winter spirit week, pep rally

By Alex Hyder | Jan. 23, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Blair will hold a second semester spirit week, SGA Chief of Staff Eric Hysen announced Friday. The SGA-coordinated event, which was approved Friday afternoon, will be held from Feb. 13 to Feb. 17, and will feature five themed spirit days, culminating in a winter sports pep rally at the end of Friday afternoon.

New magnet programs to be implemented in Montgomery County

By Payal Patnaik | Jan. 21, 2006, midnight | In Local »

In the fall of 2006, Poolesville High School will become one of the three highly rigorous instructional programs in Montgomery County, joining the Science, Mathematics and Computer Science Magnet Program at Blair and the International Baccalaureate Program at Richard Montgomery.

Jared Diamond visits DC

By Alexis Egan, Bridget Egan | Jan. 19, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Jared Diamond, the author of the acclaimed novels "Guns, Germs and Steel" and "The Third Chimpanzee," promoted his newest book, "Collapse," and held a brief question-and-answer session at the DC-based bookstore Politics and Prose on Wednesday Jan. 18.

78 deaths caused by virus

By Hokuma Karimova | Jan. 15, 2006, midnight | In International »

As of Jan. 14, 78 people worldwide have died of the bird flu virus. The latest victim is 12 year-old Fatma Ozcan, who died in Agri Province, Turkey on Jan. 7.

Montgomery County executive candidates hold debate

By Natasha Prados | Jan. 13, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Montgomery County executive Democratic candidates Ike Leggett and Steve Silverman held a debate, hosted by the Leisure World Democratic Club, on Wednesday, Jan. 12 to discuss education, transportation, affordable housing and other issues pertinent to the upcoming election.

SGA to hold diversity celebration at lunch

By Alex Hyder | Jan. 12, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Blair's SGA announced today that it will conduct a celebration of Blair's diversity during both lunches on Monday, Feb. 13. The event termed "Mix it Up," encourages students to sit with people they may not know and make connections with them.

Blair ties New York school for most Intel semifinalists in the nation

By Eve Gleichman | Jan. 11, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Twelve Blair seniors were selected as semifinalists in the 65th annual Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), according to a Jan. 11 Intel press release. Blair tied for the most semifinalists in the country with Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, NY.

Students protest Darfur genocide

By Natasha Prados | Jan. 9, 2006, midnight | In Local »

In an effort to draw attention to the genocide occurring in the Darfur region of Sudan, Students Taking Action Now: Darfur (STAND) is holding an ongoing demonstration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 1 through Jan. 10.

Fire alarm pulled

By Natasha Prados | Jan. 9, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The fire alarm went off at approximately 7:18 a.m. today, triggering a successful evacuation despite problems with the alarm system. Although the flashing lights functioned properly, the fire alarm's speakers were temporarily inoperative, according to Principal Phillip Gainous.

El Salvador service project meeting to be held

By Meaghan Mallari | Jan. 6, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The Washington Ethical Society (WES) will be holding an informational meeting Jan. 8 at their DC headquarters concerning its annual service trip to El Salvador, according to trip leader Peggy Goetz. The meeting will begin at 12:45 p.m. and conclude at 2 p.m.

Blazers, Blair alumni attend CAP Alumni Night

By Alex Hyder | Jan. 5, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Approximately 25 Blair graduates, alumni of Blair's Communications Arts Program (CAP), paid a visit to the SAC last night to participate in CAP Alumni Night, answering questions from current students and their parents.

Field conditions remain poor

By Meaghan Mallari | Dec. 23, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Blair's football field conditions have not improved despite the partial resodding of the middle of the field in the fall of 2004, according to Dale Miller, Blair Athletics Director.

Local theater group holds successful gala

By Alexis Egan, Bridget Egan | Dec. 20, 2005, midnight | In Local »

The Pine Players, a student-run acting group, held a fund-raising gala on Sat. at the Silver Spring stage in the Woodmoor Shopping Center at 8:00 p.m. with the intention of earning funds for their acting group.

Blair will eventually replace BEN with countywide program

By Devon Madison | Dec. 17, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Blair administration will eventually replace the Blair Education Network (BEN) with a new countywide program, "Edline," that will allow parents and students to check students' grades online, according to the MCPS website.

New Takoma Park community center opens

By Meaghan Mallari | Dec. 12, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Hundreds of Takoma Park residents filed into the atrium of the new Takoma Park Community Center on Maple Ave. to celebrate its grand opening yesterday. The event, which began at 2:00 p.m., marked the first open house of newly built portions of the center since construction began two to three years ago.

Blair's It's Academic team competes in KMO

By Lois Bangiolo | Dec. 12, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Blair's It's Academic team placed ninth out of 794 schools worldwide in the Knowledge Master Open, held in the Blair IMC on Dec. 7. In Maryland, the team placed second behind Richard Montgomery High School. KMO is an international academic competition which tests students' knowledge on topics ranging from science and math to humanities, history and trivia.

Shots fired in Beltway chase

By Alex Hyder | Dec. 2, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Police pursued four shoplifting suspects last night in a dramatic rush-hour chase around the Beltway, ending with the crash of the suspects' vehicle on Colesville Road, according to Montgomery County Police press releases. Three of the suspects were arrested; one was taken to MedStar hospital after receiving gunshot wounds from police.

Blair alumni selected as Rhodes Scholars

By Lois Bangiolo | Nov. 23, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Two Blair graduates were chosen as 2006 Rhodes Scholars, entitling them to a prestigious graduate school scholarship given by Oxford University in England.

Van Hollen holds town hall meeting in Takoma Park

By Simon Kanter | Nov. 22, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Democrat of the Eighth Congressional district, convened a town hall meeting to discuss critical issues with area residents at Takoma Park Middle School on Nov. 21.

"New Faces" auditions extended

By Alex Hyder | Nov. 22, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Due to a limited response to requests, two more days of auditions have been scheduled for Blair's winter show, "New Faces."

SGR, Amnesty International hold Sudan discussion

By Alexis Egan | Nov. 21, 2005, midnight | In Local »

John Heffernan, a senior investigator for Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) held a lecture on the Sudanese genocide after school on Nov. 17 in the media center, hosted by Students for Global Responsibility (SGR) and Amnesty International.

Blair students' work published in The Washington Post

By Josh Zipin | Nov. 18, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Seniors Elizabeth Albert and Anuja Shah were both published in the Montgomery Extra section of The Washington Post yesterday for their reviews of Winston Churchill High School's performance of "West Side Story."

Powderpuff game cancelled for third time

By Meaghan Mallari | Nov. 17, 2005, midnight | In Local »

This year's powderpuff football game, originally scheduled for Oct. 26, has been cancelled after several attempts to reschedule, according to senior Sayoh Mansaray, President of the Senior Class Council in the SGA.

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