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Friday, November 14, 2008                                               News You Can Use
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LATEST NEWS          Latest News
Freetown ES         Freetown ES Invites Fathers to Volunteer in School
Invites Fathers to  Activities
Volunteer in School
Activities          Freetown Elementary School is celebrating a Kick Off Pizza Night, Tuesday,
                    November 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of
Local Heroes to     Great Students) in the cafeteria. Heading the WATCH D.O.G.S. Committee
Read to Ridgeway    are Elder Maurice R. Cornwell and Mr. Wayne Gant. Each grade level also has
ES Students         a dad who has volunteered to represent a grade level at Freetown ES
During American     because they understand the value of positive male role models in children‟s
Education Week      lives. The WATCH D.O.G.S. Committee invites father figures to volunteer
                    one day during the school year by monitoring in the lunch room, assisting
Anne Arundel        with bus duty, or helping in the classroom. Please come by Tuesday evening
County High         to celebrate the WATCH D.O.G.S. Kick Off Pizza Party. Please call Vicki
School Fashion      Dundics at 410-222-6900 for more information.
Show Catwalk
                     Local Heroes to Read to Ridgeway ES Students During
Benefits Open        American Education Week
Enrollment Coming
to Close             During American Education Week (November 17-22, 2008), Ridgeway
                     Elementary School will recognize the importance of reading by inviting
„Say What?‟ Opens    members of the armed services and local fire and police personnel to be guest
Tonight at           readers.
Annapolis HS
                     Every classroom in the school will have a guest reader during the week-long
Georgetown East      event that has been organized for students to recognize the local heroes in
ES Making Plans      the community.
for Annual Holiday
Shopping Spree       Students will gain an awareness of the important jobs held by these men and
                     women and will understand the importance of keeping our country and its
Anne Arundel         people safe. In addition, they will benefit from shared experiences and will
County Model         enjoy the positive experience of listening to a read-aloud.
Program Accepting    The students will be treated to informative readings by Corporal Miller from
Applications         the Anne Arundel Police Department‟s Western Division, as well as a
                     representative from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department‟s office of Fire
Student Member       Safety and Community Relations. Rob Kaestner, USAF and parent of a
on the State Board   Ridgeway student, will also be sharing books with the students. In addition,
of Education
                     active military personnel from the Army‟s Headquarters Company at Fort
                     Meade will be visiting as well as several midshipmen from the United States
Glen Burnie
                     Naval Academy. Luke Greene, a Naval Academy graduate and veteran of the
Theatre Company
                     Iraq war, will also be one of the guest readers during the week.
to Present „You're
a Good Man,
                     Students will be able to show their appreciation of how these men and women
Charlie Brown‟
                     work to protect our country, keeping us safe from dangers both home and
                     abroad. Reading aloud to students will demonstrate the importance of finding
Meade MS to Hold
                     enjoyment in reading. This event was coordinated with the Media Specialist by
First Turkey Trot
                     Melanie Greenhill, a parent volunteer at Ridgeway Elementary.
Speak Up Surveys
Currently Online                                           ---

Dancing for the      Anne Arundel County High School Fashion Show Catwalk
Cure at South
River High School
                     Who: Circle of Life for Teens is inviting media to attend 1st Annual
                     “Compassion for Fashion” Anne Arundel County High School Fashion Show
Toolbox Course for
                     Catwalk Competition. Special guests include: Keenyah from America‟s Next
                     Top Model Cycle 4, Rane from 95.5 WPGC FM Radio, Monica Maith from MRM
                     Designs, and Michele Deckman of Diva Boutique in Annapolis, Maryland.
Check Out
Marching Band
                     There will be four high schools participating in this show- Annapolis, Arundel,
Exhibition Today
                     Fort Meade, and Old Mill -- in a fierce and well put together runway fashion
                     show competition that puts the styling, make-up, production, graphic design,
Would You Like to
                     and marketing in the hands of the students. There will be photo and interview
be an IB Teacher?
                     opportunities with students, celebrities, and volunteers.
                     When: Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 4:00PM
                     Where: Maryland Hall for Creative Arts - 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD
Available for 2008
– 2009
                     Why: It‟s an opportunity to celebrate and support Creative and Visual Arts in
Nominate Your
                     Anne Arundel County high schools. Come and witness the contribution of local
Principal for the
                     businesses and volunteers in our community through a well-put together
Washington Post
Agnes Meyer
Leadership Award     EVENTS
Nominate a
Teacher from Your    Benefits Open Enrollment Coming to Close
School for the
Washington Post      Benefits Open Enrollment officially ended yesterday, however, to
Agnes Meyer          accommodate last-minute enrollees or for those who wish to update or change
Outstanding          their information, the on-line Benelogic system will be available throughout
Teacher Awards
                    the weekend and Monday. The site will remain open through Monday,
Nominations Being
                    November 17, (until 11:59 p.m.). The site will NOT be available after this
Accepted for
                    time. This is a passive enrollment, meaning no on-line action is required;
Technology in
                    however, we do recommend you take note of the following:
Education Award
                    You MUST go on-line at > HR/Employment > Benefits > On-
                    line Benefits Open Enrollment (current employees) to:
                         Verify any dependent age 19 or over who is enrolled as a full-time
                           college student (coverage may continue until graduation or the end of
                           the year in which the dependent turns 25, whichever is earlier).
Note: Some                 College name and anticipated graduation date must be updated. This is
articles may               especially critical this year because the information will transfer over to
require                    the Lawson system.
registration in          Change your medical, dental, or vision coverages. Remember that
order to be                Units II, III, IV, V, VI are eligible for the BlueChoice Triple Option Plan.
viewed. You              Enroll in a 2009 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) through our new
may also read              FSA Administrator, HFS Benefits (remember, if you want to elect an
all issues of The          FSA, on-line enrollment is required every year).
Afternoon           You may access on-line enrollment to:
Digest on                Access the Voluntary Term Life Insurance Application to enroll or
Minerva. (You              change your current level of coverage (applications are due November
must log in with           14).
your own ID and     We recommend that employees also go on-line to:
password to              Verify your current elections.
view this site.)         Review the link to HFS Benefits for information about FSAs.
All new entries          Review the link to Unum for more information about Long-Term Care
are underlined.            insurance and enrollment materials (applications are due to
                           HR/Benefits by November 13).
                         Print a confirmation statement of your 2008 benefit elections and

                    If you have questions, you may contact the Benefits Office at 410-222-
                    5221/5219 or e-mail the Benefits mailbox at


                    ‘Say What?’ Opens Tonight at Annapolis HS

                    This is a friendly reminder that fall production of "Say What?" – a collection of
                    short one-act plays – opens tonight. Please come out and support Annapolis
                    High School's drama program as the students have produced a quality night
                    of theater. The students have worked very hard this semester, despite
                    problem after struggle, to put together a show that will make you laugh,
                    cheer, and dance. Featuring works of Shakespeare, comedy writers and a
                    piece by guest director, Joseph Thompson of North County High School, this
                    play will be feature unique and riveting performances.

                    Show dates are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at
1 p.m. Please come out to at least one of the shows (if not all) to show your


Georgetown East ES Making Plans for Annual Holiday
Shopping Spree

Georgetown East Elementary School is having its Fourth Annual Holiday
Shopping spree for students. Children use earned PBIS Super Seahawk
Dollars to buy holiday gifts for their families. You can help make Holiday
Shopping a success by cleaning out your closets. Send in items that students
could buy with Seahawk Dollars for their parents, grandparents, siblings, and
friends. Please send in donations by Friday, December 7, 2008.

If you would like more information or have questions, please contact
Georgetown East Elementary School at 410-222-1610.


Anne Arundel County Model Government Program
Accepting Applications

This program gives sophomores and juniors a chance to gain a first-hand
understanding of what it means to be an elected official. Students will be
selected to shadow the County Executive, members of the County Council,
department heads, and other key government officials. The program
culminates with a mock county council meeting on February 17, 2009, where
students debate mock resolutions and conduct county business prior to a
scheduled County Council meeting.

The program is open to all 10th and 11th grade students who live in Anne
Arundel County. Applications are due by Monday, December 1, 2008.
Additional information and a copy of the application can be found online at:


Student Member on the State Board of Education Sought

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009-2010 Student Member of
the Maryland State Board of Education. The Student Member provides an
informed student viewpoint to the State Board of Education. The position
requires participating in all State Board of Education meetings, reviewing and
analyzing larges packets of information, developing a thorough understanding
of current statewide educational issues, and attending or speaking at various
education and youth-related events.

Each public high school in Maryland can nominate one student for this
position. School nominations are due by Thursday, December 4, 2008, and
student applications are due by Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Additional
information and a complete copy of the application packet can be obtained
online at:


Glen Burnie Theatre Company to Present ‘You're a Good
Man, Charlie Brown’

The Glen Burnie Theatre Company is proud to announce that their fall musical,
“You‟re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” will be presented this week. This
heartwarming and entertaining musical, based on the original Peanuts comic
strip, is sure to please fans of all ages. With Charlie, Snoopy, and their gaggle
of pals, there is something in this show for the whole family. This show is
appropriate for all ages and will excite everyone. The show will run November
14, 15 at the Glen Burnie High School Auditorium. The show will begin at 7
p.m. with tickets sold at the door for $5 each. Come enjoy a night of fun and
laughter at a price that won't break the bank!


Meade MS to Hold First Turkey Trot

On Thursday, November 20, 2008, Meade Middle School will hold its 1 st
Annual Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot event is designed to collect donations
and money to help local families who are in need during the Thanksgiving Day
Holiday. The fundraising event will be held at Meade Middle‟s track where
participants can run, jog, walk, or even “trot.” All those interested can
participate with students, faculty, administration, and community members.
The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm. Turkeys, pies, and t-shirts
will be given away as prizes.

To participate and help make this a fun and rewarding event, all registration
forms must be signed and returned by Wednesday, November 19, along with
the $4 registration fee (or $2 & two donated items). The forms will be sent
home with Meade Middle students, or you can contact the main office at 410-

Speak Up Surveys Currently Online
Speak Up, an online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow, is an
annual survey of K-12 students, teachers, parents, and school administrators
about key educational issues.

The Speak Up surveys and findings are the intellectual property of Project
Tomorrow. Each fall, the organizations that participate in Speak Up have
online access to the surveys during the survey period, and the findings when
they are released. Upon request, permission is granted to use the Speak
Up findings for instructional, research, and educational purposes only.
Email your request to

Each survey contains 15 to 25 questions, with one or two open-ended
responses. Sixty percent are legacy questions carried over from year to year
in order to track changes in attitude over time. Forty percent are created each
year in an effort to gain insight into emerging technologies and innovations.

Student surveys are grade- and reading-level appropriate and are separated
into grades kindergarten through 2nd, 3rd through 5th, and 6th through 12th.
Surveys for parents, teachers, and school administrators take into
consideration each group‟s unique perspectives. Click here to view sample
survey questions.

Speak Up 2008 surveys:

     Students: G K-2 (Individual and Group)
     Students: G 3-5
     Students: G 6-12
     Teachers
     Administrators (School and District)
     Parents
     Parents (Spanish)
If you are interested in learning more about Speak Up or would like to request
permission to use the survey findings, please contact us at

Dancing for the Cure at South River High School

South River High School Dance Company is participating in the 19th Annual
Festival of Trees November 28-30 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in
Timonium. The event is a fund-raising event for Kennedy Krieger Institute,
and is a family-oriented holiday festival that benefits the more than 13,000
children with disorders of the brain and spinal cord served by Kennedy Krieger
each year. The funds support patient care, education, and research. The
festival has raised over $10 million for these programs.

Dance Company, under the direction of Nicole Deming, is making a seven-foot
theme tree – “Dancing for the Cure.” Valerie Dawson (captain and four-year
company member) is making the Dance for the Cure ornaments. Dance
Company is also creating three, three-foot trees with themes – Dr. Seuss,
Alice in Wonderland, and Go Green!

Kudos to South River Dance Company for their continued participation in this


Technology Toolbox Course for Administrators

One MSDE credit will be earned upon completion of all Administrators‟ Toolbox

Introduction to Excel for Administrators
SRN# 3301209001

Basic data entry, formulas and formatting, saving, and printing will be the
core of this introductory class. In addition, basic database management
features including sorting, filters, and custom views will also be covered.
Prerequisites: A working knowledge of Windows. Must be proficient in using
the mouse.

Date/Time: December 8, 2008 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Carver

Would You Like to be an IB Teacher?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Office will offer an information
session for teachers who are interested in working in the unique and exciting
environment of an IB middle or high school. Please join us at the IB Program
Expo on Thursday, November 20, 2008, at Old Mill High School beginning at 6
p.m. The evening will include opportunities to learn more about the IB
Diploma and Middle Years programs, observe IB lessons, and participate in a
breakout information session for prospective teachers. To register or obtain
more information, please contact Mary Austin, IB Program Acting District
Coordinator, at or 410-222-5415.

MICCA Grant Application Available for 2008 – 2009

Each year, Maryland Instructional Computers Coordinators Association
(MICCA), the educational technology professional organization for Maryland
educators, sponsors a grant award program. This program provides grants to
Maryland educators to promote the integration of technology into teaching
and learning. The grant application, with timelines/requirements and a copy of
the rubric that is used by the grant award committee when selecting grant
winners, can be found below:


Nominate Your Principal for the Washington Post Agnes
Meyer Distinguished Educational Leadership Award

The Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards seek to
recognize principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position
to create an exceptional educational environment. They recognize that it is the
combination of the principal‟s ability to manage, their interest in staff and
students, respect for learning, and vision of the future that set the tone for
the school‟s efforts to educate our children.

Recipients will be recognized at a ceremony in Spring 2009. The award
includes significant professional development opportunities.

Nomination packets have been sent via email to all schools for the Washington
Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards. The deadline for
submission is December 1, 2008.

You may link to the nomination packet through the AACPS Development Office
homepage at


Nominate a Teacher from Your School for the Washington
Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards

Quality education is essential to the well-being of our society, and good
teachers are the foundation of our educational system. The Washington Post
Company Educational Foundation has established the Agnes Meyer
Outstanding Teacher Awards to recognize teachers who exemplify
excellence in their profession. Agnes Meyer, a staunch supporter and
defender of public education, was the wife of Eugene Meyer, who purchased
The Post in 1933.

The goals of the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards are to recognize
excellence in teaching, to encourage creative and quality instruction, and to
contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the
Washington area.

Recipients will be awarded $3,000 at a ceremony in Spring 2009.
Nomination packets have been sent via email to all schools for the Washington
Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards. The deadline for
submission is December 1, 2008.

You may link to the nomination packet through the AACPS Development Office
homepage at


Nominations Being Accepted for Technology in Education

In a continuing effort to recognize outstanding contributions by K-12
educators and district-level personnel in the field of Educational Technology,
the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF), in partnership with the Space
Foundation and NASA, is pleased to present the Alan Shepard Technology in
Education Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions made by
technology personnel or classroom teachers to technology education.

The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award rewards excellence in the
development and delivery of technology programs. Programs which focus on
aerospace and/or aeronautics will be given priority over other programs.
Applicants must demonstrate how their programs ultimately benefit the
students in a school or district.

Eligibility and the Award

The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award is open to all K-12 school or
district level educators from across the nation. The award will be presented by
AMF, the Space Foundation, and NASA at the 25th National Space Symposium
in Colorado Springs, Colorado in March 2009. The winner will be flown to
Colorado Springs, where hotel accommodations will be provided. The winner
will receive a commemorative trophy with his or her name engraved and a
monetary award of $500. In addition the award winner‟s name will be placed
on a plaque honoring past recipients that is housed in the Center for Space
Education at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The candidate must be nominated by their school‟s principal. The
superintendent or deputy or assistant superintendent must nominate all
district level personnel.

If you or someone you know would like to apply for this prestigious award, go
for detailed information on submitting an application, the review process, and
selection criteria. While on the web site, you can also view information on past
award winners and their contributions.

All applications must be postmarked on or before January 16, 2009. So get
those applications filled out and submitted. The 2009 Alan Shepard Award
winner will be announced on the web site ( on February 27,

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