September 20, 2017
School & Youth
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    The Separation Of School And Society

    By Zach Sparks
    How Schools Decide To Intervene In Personal Matters Or Bring Current Events Into The Classroom
    When the Netflix TV series “13 Reasons Why” was introduced in March 2017, parents and teachers had to scramble as they learned that the program contained more than just entertainment. The...
  • Lindsay Reflects On Five Years Of Leading Community College

    By Dylan Roche
    Dr. Dawn Lindsay stepped into the role of president of Anne Arundel Community College in late summer 2012, and in the five years since becoming a leader of the nationally ranked school, Lindsay has immersed herself not only in the culture of the college but also in that of the greater Anne Arundel...
    • On September 1, 2016, Emily Shoults (blue shirt) congregated at the Eiffel Tower with other American students, and one Serbian citizen, who were preparing to meet their host families in France.
      On September 1, 2016, Emily Shoults (blue shirt) congregated at the Eiffel Tower with other American students, and one Serbian citizen, who were preparing to meet their host families in France.
    • Emily Shoults and her friend Emma posed in front of Lake Annecy, which was a 30-minute train ride from La Roche-sur-Foron.
      Emily Shoults and her friend Emma posed in front of Lake Annecy, which was a 30-minute train ride from La Roche-sur-Foron.
    • Emily Shoults (middle) hiked in the mountains of Bonneville with visitors from New Zealand, Norway, Germany and the United States.
      Emily Shoults (middle) hiked in the mountains of Bonneville with visitors from New Zealand, Norway, Germany and the United States.
    • Emily (right) said farewell to two Wisconsin friends as they carried their luggage through a Paris airport.
      Emily (right) said farewell to two Wisconsin friends as they carried their luggage through a Paris airport.

    SPHS Junior Returns From Year Of Study In France

    By Jane Seiss
    Through an American Field Service (AFS) youth exchange study abroad program, Severna Park High School junior Emily Shoults spent her sophomore year living with a host family in the small town of La Roche-sur-Foron in southeastern France. She arrived last August, speaking only a couple of words of...
    • (L-R) Rev. Jim Proffitt and Al Jones lauded Ben Oursler for his leadership skills after he created a fire pit area with comfortable bench seating for at least 40 people at St. John the Evangelist.Photo by Judy Tacyn
      (L-R) Rev. Jim Proffitt and Al Jones lauded Ben Oursler for his leadership skills after he created a fire pit area with comfortable bench seating for at least 40 people at St. John the Evangelist.

    Ben Oursler Earns Eagle Rank While Giving Back To Faith Community

    By Judy Tacyn
    When deciding on a single Eagle Scout project that will leave a lasting impact, it may seem as if adolescents have many options to consider. But for Ben Oursler of Troop 450, located at St. John the Evangelist Church, his list never included more than one location. A lifelong parishioner of St....
    • Overhead projectors, chalkboards — so many of the tools used by teachers have become obsolete in the modern classroom, but what else has changed over the decades? Are middle school students solving algebra problems at a younger age? Are high schoolers still reading “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain? Using responses from teachers and students polled by the Severna Park Voice, the graphic below compares classrooms of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s with the classrooms of the 21st century.
      Overhead projectors, chalkboards — so many of the tools used by teachers have become obsolete in the modern classroom, but what else has changed over the decades? Are middle school students solving algebra problems at a younger age? Are high schoolers still reading “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain? Using responses from teachers and students polled by the Severna Park Voice, the graphic below compares classrooms of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s with the classrooms of the 21st century.

    Education Now And Then: How Classroom Learning Has Changed

    By Zach Sparks
    When Severna Park Middle School eighth-grade math teacher Mary White was a student in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, calculators were not used and all material was presented via a chalkboard or overhead projector.
    “There was no discovery learning, no collaboration with other...
  • Parenting For A Different World Announces Seminar Set For Oct. 10

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    Parenting for a Different World, a group bringing educational programs to the community, will hold “Authentic Success: Raising Children And Adolescents Who Are Prepared To Thrive In A Challenging World” on Tuesday, October 10, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Severna Park Community Center. The presentation will be led by Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, who serves as Philadelphia’s homeless youth director of health services at the Covenant House in Pennsylvania. The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research practice and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. His goal is to translate the best of...
    • David Ensor works with the Severna Park Community Center and Barbara Roederer to provide free swim lessons to children with special needs.
      David Ensor works with the Severna Park Community Center and Barbara Roederer to provide free swim lessons to children with special needs.

    Memorial Fund Provides Free Swim Lessons For Special Needs Children

    By Gracie Fairfax
    When beloved swim instructor Karen Stevens passed away in 2009, her husband, Chris Stevens — along with Severna Park Community Center’s then-director of aquatics, Maureen Kogut, and volunteer David Ensor — wanted to honor her, so they set up a memorial fund in her memory. Each...
  • The Power Of The Matriarch: Saving Wonder Woman With Radical Self-Care

    By Leslie Dolsak
    I just attended an annual women’s retreat in the beautiful Berkshires in Massachusetts. Each morning, crisp air greeted my cheeks, and each evening, the Tanglewood symphony sang me to sleep. This year’s Kripalu yoga retreat was led by Joan Borysenko, a Harvard-trained expert on the mind...
  • AACPS Surpasses State Average In 13 Of 14 Areas On PARCC Assessments

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    The percentage of Anne Arundel County Public Schools students who reached the level designated as College and Career Ready on their respective PARCC assessments surpassed the state average in 13 of 14 assessed areas, according to data released by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)....
  • Start The School Year Smarter

    By Jackie Rudolph - Director C2 Education Severna Park
    A sensational summer has drawn to a close. It’s now time to go back to school. For students who are returning to their school, it is a time of excitement to meet a new teacher and see old friends. For students who are transitioning to middle or high school, it can be a time of uncertainty as...
    • Children ages 3 to 14 are invited to participate in the Karen Stevens Memorial Kids Triathlon, set this year for Saturday, September 23.
      Children ages 3 to 14 are invited to participate in the Karen Stevens Memorial Kids Triathlon, set this year for Saturday, September 23.

    What To Know About The Karen Stevens Kids Triathlon

    By Gracie Fairfax
    The Severna Park Community Center is hosting the ninth annual Karen Stevens Memorial Kids Triathlon on Saturday, September 23. Race check-in begins at 7:00am, the race begins at 7:30am and the Junior Tri-It begins at 8:30am.
    Registration closes September 21 and costs $45 per individual, $70 per...
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    • A group of freshmen on the cross-country team at Severna Park High School have much to learn from their senior teammates.Photo by John Kiser
      A group of freshmen on the cross-country team at Severna Park High School have much to learn from their senior teammates.

    How To Handle High School

    By John Kiser
    Seniors Offer Advice For Incoming Freshmen
    Every high-schooler wants the perfect balance between school and extracurricular activities, to maintain the desired grade point average while excelling at a sport or activity.
    However, it is not easy to obtain that balance. It takes much deliberation...

    Happy First Day Of School!Exclusive

    By Dylan Roche
    These kids don't seem too sad to see summer vacation come to an end. On Tuesday, September 5, youngsters from all over Severna Park were thrilled to reunite with friends and teachers as they headed back to school. Over at SPHS, freshmen spent the day navigating their new terrain, while a few...
    • Participants in the RMO Runway Fashion Show displayed their creations at Quiet Waters Park on May 18.
      Participants in the RMO Runway Fashion Show displayed their creations at Quiet Waters Park on May 18.
    • Ashley Superczynski modeled the Card dress that won first place in the RMO Runway competition.
      Ashley Superczynski modeled the Card dress that won first place in the RMO Runway competition.
    • Caroline Jackson (left) and Tori Wertin (right) worked together to design the Sea Glass dress Jackson modeled and received an honorable mention for their dress.
      Caroline Jackson (left) and Tori Wertin (right) worked together to design the Sea Glass dress Jackson modeled and received an honorable mention for their dress.
    • Sarah Knapp (left) designed the dress Ashley Superczynski (right) modeled at the RMO Runway Fashion Show.
      Sarah Knapp (left) designed the dress Ashley Superczynski (right) modeled at the RMO Runway Fashion Show.
    • Caroline Jackson modeled her and Tori Wertin’s sea glass creation.
      Caroline Jackson modeled her and Tori Wertin’s sea glass creation.

    Students Make A Movement Out Of “Trashion”

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Some parents may consider teens’ clothing choices to be trashy – and if they attended a fashion show at Quiet Waters Park in May, they’d be right. Students from local high schools recently participated in the seventh Recycle More Often (RMO) Runway Contest put on by Anne Arundel...
    • Students from Severna Park United Methodist Church repaired homes in Appalachia from June 24 to July 1.Rev. Ron Foster
      Students from Severna Park United Methodist Church repaired homes in Appalachia from June 24 to July 1.
    • While in Harts, West Virginia, students from Severna Park United Methodist Church had their eyes opened to the needs in neighboring areas.Rev. Ron Foster
      While in Harts, West Virginia, students from Severna Park United Methodist Church had their eyes opened to the needs in neighboring areas.
    • WoodsWork team members collectively worked on five sites during their stay in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
      WoodsWork team members collectively worked on five sites during their stay in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
    • WoodsWork team members collectively worked on five sites during their stay in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
      WoodsWork team members collectively worked on five sites during their stay in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
    • WoodsWork team members collectively worked on five sites during their stay in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
      WoodsWork team members collectively worked on five sites during their stay in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
    • WoodsWork team members collectively worked on five sites during their stay in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
      WoodsWork team members collectively worked on five sites during their stay in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.

    Severna Park Youth Build Houses For Those In Need

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Equipped with work tools, sleeping bags and a willingness to serve, two local church groups recently departed to nearby states to help those in need.
    Severna Park United Methodist Church
    For 37 years, Severna Park United Methodist Church has repaired homes with the Appalachia Service Project....
    • Shelby Hogan has studied dance since elementary school and will attend York College of Pennsylvania.Aaron Rosa
      Shelby Hogan has studied dance since elementary school and will attend York College of Pennsylvania.
    • Miranda Tison, a Broadneck High School graduate, received a yearly renewing $1,000 scholarship from the Severn River Lions Club and will study environmental engineering at Virginia Tech.Aaron Rosa
      Miranda Tison, a Broadneck High School graduate, received a yearly renewing $1,000 scholarship from the Severn River Lions Club and will study environmental engineering at Virginia Tech.
    • Shelby Hogan, a Severna Park High School graduate, will study nursing at York College of Pennsylvania with help from a yearly renewing $1,000 scholarship from the Severn River Lions Club.Aaron Rosa
      Shelby Hogan, a Severna Park High School graduate, will study nursing at York College of Pennsylvania with help from a yearly renewing $1,000 scholarship from the Severn River Lions Club.
    • Miranda Tison and her dog, Maggie, enjoy time together before Tison leaves for college.Aaron Rosa
      Miranda Tison and her dog, Maggie, enjoy time together before Tison leaves for college.

    Severn River Lions Club Awards Two Scholarships

    By Aaron Rosa
    Two local teens who earned scholarships from the Severn River Lions Club this summer will use the money to study engineering and nursing. Miranda Tison of Broadneck High School and Shelby Hogan of Severna Park High School will receive $1,000 a year throughout their four years in college.
    Every...
    • Lorie Barnes, the new principal at Severna Park Elementary School, holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Towson University and a master’s degree in administration from the University of Maryland.Aaron Rosa
      Lorie Barnes, the new principal at Severna Park Elementary School, holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Towson University and a master’s degree in administration from the University of Maryland.
    • Lorie Barnes, the new principal at Severna Park Elementary School, is preparing for the upcoming school year. More than 370 students will return after Labor Day weekend.Aaron Rosa
      Lorie Barnes, the new principal at Severna Park Elementary School, is preparing for the upcoming school year. More than 370 students will return after Labor Day weekend.

    New Administrators Join Local Schools

    By Aaron Rosa
    Summer may bring carefree days for students, but two incoming administrators are taking advantage of every free hour as they prepare for the upcoming academic year.
    Lorie Barnes has been hired as the new principal at Severna Park Elementary School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary...
    • As a youth delegate to the 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, Andreanna Roros engaged in field work at Wetland Studies and Solutions in Virginia, and she also listened to presentations by speakers from the National Zoo, George Mason University professors and National Geographic’s Dr. Aurora Elmore.
      As a youth delegate to the 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, Andreanna Roros engaged in field work at Wetland Studies and Solutions in Virginia, and she also listened to presentations by speakers from the National Zoo, George Mason University professors and National Geographic’s Dr. Aurora Elmore.


    Severna Park High School Student Attends Environmental Summit

    By Victoria Milko
    This summer, Severna Park High School rising senior Andreanna Roros was invited to the prestigious 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University, joining 250 students from around the country to engage in a hands-on, intensive study in environmental science and...
    • One of just 35 teachers from across the United States to be selected for the Global Learning Fellowship to China, Jennie Merrill said, “The trip was to submerse U.S. educators into a field-based experiential learning experience so that their awareness of global education practices are expanded beyond their comfort zone.”
      One of just 35 teachers from across the United States to be selected for the Global Learning Fellowship to China, Jennie Merrill said, “The trip was to submerse U.S. educators into a field-based experiential learning experience so that their awareness of global education practices are expanded beyond their comfort zone.”

    SPES Educator Tours China

    By Judy Tacyn
    Jennie Merrill Gains Greater Understanding Of Chinese Education System And Culture
     
    “It was an amazing opportunity,” said Jennie Merrill, a fifth-grade teacher at Severna Park Elementary School. “I couldn’t believe it was actually happening because it truly was a...
    • This month, Theater in the Park classmates answered the question “If you could be any animal, what would it be?”Zach Sparks
      This month, Theater in the Park classmates answered the question “If you could be any animal, what would it be?”

    Question Of The Month: Severna Park Community Center

    By Zach Sparks
    Each month, the Severna Park Voice poses a question to a local fifth-grade class. This month, while students are out for summer vacation, Jennifer Lee’s Theater in the Park class at the Severna Park Community Center answered the question:
    If you could be any animal, what would it be?...
  • The Times They Are A-Changin'

    By Anonymous
    AACPS Implements New Start And Dismissal Times
    The extended summer break isn’t the only big change coming this school year. School start and dismissal times have shifted. High schools will start at 7:30am instead of 7:17am and all other public schools will start and dismiss 15 minutes later...

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