Author: CM

Getting to the Head of the Class: College-Level Courses in High School Help Students Compete

by Linda L. Esterson Today, the college admissions process is not strictly dictated by a solid grade point average and a mix of extracurricular activities. Many students advance their applications with college level coursework and even earn college credits to set themselves apart from the sometimes thousands of fellow applicants in front of admissions counselors at their schools of choice. Nick Leahy, the valedictorian of the Winters Mills High School class of 2017, enrolls as a freshman at the University of Maryland this fall with as many as 36 credits. The College Board, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1900...

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Battle of the Young Bulge

by Mable Buchanan Action for Healthy Kids. Fuel Up to Play 60. The Highmark Foundation. Let’s Move. While these programs go by many different names, they share one goal: putting an end to childhood obesity. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in 2015, 11.5 percent of Maryland youth in grades nine through 12 were obese and 29 percent of Maryland’s adults were obese. Habits like a sedentary lifestyle, too little sleep and lack of exercise, compounded by the greater accessibility of unhealthy, inexpensive foods and lack of access to preventative healthcare contribute to childhood obesity. The CDC...

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Helping Students Find Their Compass

by Lisa Moody Breslin, photography by Bill Ryan When the doors open for the school year at Oklahoma Road Middle School, Beth Prestianni will begin her 23rd year as a school counselor, 15 of those years at Oklahoma Road. This year, Kristen Cavey steps into her third year as a counselor at Winters Mill High School; nine years before her counseling days, she enjoyed teaching at the elementary school level. Both women share a passion for a career that has changed drastically over the years as students’ needs have become more complex. What was once a profession that focused...

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Ten Turfless Years Are Over? Is Carroll County getting closer too installing turf fields?

by Kym Byrnes For a solid decade, there has been talk of installing artificial turf fields in Carroll County, and for a solid decade Carroll Countians have gone turfless as surrounding counties build turf complexes at schools and parks. And now, almost a decade after Carroll County’s Director of Recreation and Parks first went before the county’s board of commissioners to discuss turf fields, the county is “closer than ever” to moving forward with installing its first public-use outdoor turf field. More people share the “If-you-build-it-they-will-come,” spirit captured in Kevin Costner’s movie Field of Dreams. In 2008 Carroll County Recreation...

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Pack It Light. Wear It Tight.

by James Rada, Jr. As Carroll County students head back to school, their backpacks covered in wild patterns, colorful superheroes, and Disney princesses will soon be filled with heavy textbooks, bulky binders, and sloshing water bottles. It can be a lot for students to bear…literally. Just how much that load will become apparent on Sept. 20. That is School Backpack Awareness Day, a nationwide event to raise that awareness, including weighing students’ backpacks. Not all schools in Carroll County participate in this event, but some have in the past. “The goal is to raise awareness of how heavy the...

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Upcoming Events

Aug
18
Fri
5:30 pm Friday Night Bingo @ Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department
Friday Night Bingo @ Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department
Aug 18 @ 5:30 pm
5:30 – doors open; 7 p.m. – bingo start.
Aug
19
Sat
all-day Secret Keeper Girl Purple Party ... @ Uniontown Bible Church
Secret Keeper Girl Purple Party ... @ Uniontown Bible Church
Aug 19 all-day
Secret Keeper Girl Purple Party Tour @ Uniontown Bible Church | Union Bridge | Maryland | United States
Secret Keeper Girl ‘Purple Party Tour’ invites 7 – 12 year old girls and their moms to spend a fun-filled evening together with joyful music, upbeat activities and a live stage show that will provide[...]
8:00 am Heirloom Tomato Festival @ Ag Center
Heirloom Tomato Festival @ Ag Center
Aug 19 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Heirloom Tomato Festival @ Ag Center |  |  |
Free tomato tasting and tomato dishes tasting provided by Master Gardeners. 50 regular market vendors with all local produce, home baked goods, gourmet foods, meats and more.
6:30 pm Secret Keeper Girl @ Uniontown Bible Church
Secret Keeper Girl @ Uniontown Bible Church
Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Secret Keeper Girl @ Uniontown Bible Church |  |  |
The Marriage & Relationship Education Center (MREC) announces that Secret Keeper Girl – a national touring stage show aimed at tween girls and their moms – is returning to Carroll County on Saturday, August 19,[...]
Aug
24
Thu
10:00 am Visions of the Circus @ Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall
Visions of the Circus @ Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – Oct 12 @ 4:00 pm
Visions of the Circus @ Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall |  |  |
McDaniel hosts the premiere of a major exhibition highlighting the cultural and historical significance of the circus. Rice Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Saturday, noon–5 p.m. “Visions of the Circus”[...]

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