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Administration asks teachers to log academic support times

By Rebecca Guterman | Nov. 12, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

The Blair administration has established a new policy requiring all departments to record the names of students attending lunch time academic support and is providing additional school wide support to meet their School Improvement Plan (SIP) goals, according to assistant principal Edith Verdejo.


New Spanish for Spanish Speakers curriculum implemented

By Biruk Bekele | Nov. 12, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

MCPS Spanish for Spanish Speakers (SSS) curriculum has undergone changes that have been implemented this year in eleven high schools and eight middle schools that offer the course, according to Judith Klimpl, supervisor of MCPS Department of Foreign Languages. The course was revised in order to enhance the Spanish of the shifting population of students, according to Klimpl.


Teachers to renegotiate contract with MCPS

By Warren Zhang | Nov. 12, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

With the 2008-2010 teachers union contract to expire soon, the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA), the official teachers union for MCPS teachers, is set to renegotiate their contract with the MCPS Board of Education (BOE). However, recent dealings with MCPS have left some MCEA members unsatisfied and could affect the upcoming contract negotiations between the two groups, according to MCEA Vice President Christopher Lloyd.


H1N1 vaccine clinics canceled by county

By Jess Miller | Nov. 12, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

Montgomery County has used up its stock of H1N1 vaccinations to be provided in the area, according to Mary Anderson, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (MCDHHS). Free H1N1 vaccines will no longer be provided on the predetermined dates of Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18.


Administration starts SSL initiative

By Jewel Galbraith | Nov. 12, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

The Blair administration has initiated a push for seniors to complete the 60 Student Service Learning (SSL) hour graduation requirement, according to resource counselor Marcia Johnson.


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.


Texting while driving now illegal

By Jewel Galbraith Rebecca Guterman | Oct. 8, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

Text messaging while driving is now prohibited by state law and punishable by a fine of up to $500, according to Maryland Delegate Frank Turner (D-Howard).


Blair meets AYP for second consecutive year

By Rebecca Guterman Urja Mittal | Oct. 8, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

Blair met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements for the second year in a row for the 2009-2010 school year, which has led to the removal of Blair from Year Two School Improvement status, according to Principal Darryl Williams.


Blair Sports Academy eliminates several programs

By Philipa Friedman | Oct. 8, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

At the beginning of this year, Blair Sports Academy (BSA) eliminated certain programs due to budget cuts faced by the Montgomery County Recreation Department (MCRD).


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.


'Seven Keys' initiative launched

By Gardi Royce | Oct. 8, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

MCPS has implemented the new "Seven Keys to College Readiness" program this fall, aimed at increasing college preparedness in the county. The program provides students from kindergarten through 12th grade with a set of milestones for achieving scholastic success.


Your one-stop guide to health care reform

By Rebecca Guterman | Oct. 8, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

Nearly every day, the media broadcasts a news update on health care reform. Whether it's the new bill propositions or the disgruntled citizens in town halls, so many different issues at hand can overwhelm even the most savvy observer. So much information can be daunting to anyone trying to follow the reform, so here is a breakdown of the current reform proposals and debate.


MCPS reinstates hiring freeze on nonessential positions

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

MCPS reinstated a hiring freeze on Aug. 20, preventing any new non-critical employee from being hired, according to Director of the Department of Management, Budget and Planning Marshall Spatz. The freeze, and other cutbacks enacted with the hiring freeze, will remain in effect for MCPS until June 30, 2010.


Sligo Golf Course to stay open

By Biruk Bekele | Oct. 8, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

Sligo Creek Golf Course, originally scheduled to close on Oct. 1 due to revenue problems, will remain open after the Montgomery County Council approved a supplemental appropriation proposed by County Executive Isaiah Leggett.


Students asked to retake HSAs

By Rebecca Guterman | June 5, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

Some students have been asked to take the High School Assessments (HSAs) again despite achieving the minimum combined score required to receive the Maryland state diploma, according to Assistant Principal Linda Wanner.


Wanner retires after 24 years at Blair

By Rebecca Guterman | June 5, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

Assistant Principal Linda Wanner will retire at the end of this year after 24 years at Blair to spend more time with family and pursue other interests, she said.


State education waiver denied

By Rebecca Guterman | June 5, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

The Montgomery County Council recently approved the Fiscal Year 2010 (FY 2010) budget, which takes effect July 1 of this year, despite cuts across the board due to a rejected maintenance waiver to the state.


Summit held to discuss community safety

By Vicky Lai | June 5, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

The Safe Silver Spring Summit, for residents and community leaders to propose solutions for making neighborhoods safer, was held at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College on May 16, according to Tony Hausner, the chairman of the steering committee.


Singleton courses may be cut

By Rebecca Guterman | Feb. 7, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

The administration is considering offering some single-section courses every other year due to anticipated budget and scheduling setbacks, according to Principal Darryl Williams.


Over one in four Blair freshmen ineligible

By Sahar Shahamatdar | Dec. 1, 2008, midnight | In Print News »

Of the 775 ninth graders at Blair, approximately 216 are currently academically ineligible with first quarter grade point averages (GPAs) below 2.0, according to ninth grade administrator Edith Verdejo.

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