Monday, May 13, 2013
A pair of Twitter feeds are offering frequent words of encouragement and inspiration to students.
Much has been written about the potential destructive power of social media, but there are at least two Twitter feeds dedicated to bolstering the spirits of those at Arundel High School. The feeds Arundel Compliments (@ArundelLove) and Make Arundel Smile (@Love4Arundel) offer frequent words of encouragement and compliments in 140 characters or less. Many of the comments are general, but often are directed at individual students. "Never forget you are all beautiful!" came a Tweet from @ArundelLove on May 1. Another message on May 10 offered encouragement to those students taking Advanced Placement tests: "It's Friday!!!! hope everyone has a good last day of testing for the week! Finish strong. Y'all are amazing." The Arundel Compliments …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The school system said in a press release that the account enables them expand the way they share the latest information with the public.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) announced Thursday the launch of a new Twitter account to expand the way they communicate with the public. Though the launch was announced Thursday, the school has been tweeting from the account since July 3. According to a press release, the school system will post "actions by the Board of Education, achievements of students and employees across the system and notices of emergency closings and delayed openings caused by inclement weather." The school system announced the launch of a Facebook page in September 2011. Follow AACPS on Twitter and Facebook. See also:
Sunday, April 15, 2012
From the Maryland legislature to Arundel High, there was plenty going on last week.
I don't know about you guys, but last week was a doozy. Lots of stuff happening all around town, from politics to crime and events in our schools. Click on the links to get caught up with the big news of the week. Legislative Session Ends, Questions Remain The 90-day session for Maryland lawmakers ended Monday but lawmakers were unable to reach a broad deal on the budget, transportation funding or table games at casinos. Anne Arundel County could face big cuts under a so-called "doomsday" budget, unless Gov. Martin O'Malley calls for a special session. Piney Orchard Elects Two New Board Members Owners in the community voted in Derek Olszanowski and Jessica O'Kane, who had campaigned on a platform of free iPads and cookies for all …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Psychology and government teacher Andrew Cizek had been out of the school since February and returned to the classroom on Tuesday.
An Arundel High School teacher who had been the subject of a school system investigation since February resumed his class schedule this week. School officials confirmed that Andrew Cizek, a popular psychology and comparative government teacher, was back in the classroom Tuesday. He had received broad support from students and parents, who questioned the timing of his removal during preparations for Advanced Placement testing. "The students, staff and the administration was unbelievable and I was honored beyond belief," Cizek said in a phone interview with Patch. "It was the most humbling experience to hear so many people speak such kinds words of support." School system officials have not revealed the details of the investigation that …
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Here's a look at the big stories we covered last week.
Another week went into the books, as we ushered in spring. If you missed any big news from last week, click on these headlines to get caught up. Man Charged After Police Chase, Crash - Police said it all started when they tried to pull over a man for a routine traffic violation Tuesday. They said Deandre Davis drove off, nearly ran over a police officer and then eventually crashed his car near Chapel Gate Drive and Waugh Chapel Road. A 54-year-old man was injured in the collision. Ladd Flips - The long saga of trying to get a new councilman for District 1 came to an end Monday when chairman Dick Ladd changed his vote in favor of Severn resident Peter Smith. Smith will be sworn in this week. Local Residents to Bike for Environment - …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Students from Arundel High spoke before the school board in support of Andrew Cizek, a psychology and comparative government teacher who was reassigned last month.
Arundel High School students and parents spoke before the Anne Arundel County School Board Wednesday and urged the return of a popular psychology and social studies teacher. Wearing T-shirts with the phrase "#BringBackCizek," they spoke with great emotion in support of Andrew Cizek, who was reassigned within the school system last month and is the subject of an ongoing investigation. Dozens of Arundel High students and parents also sat in the crowd to show their support. “You cannot possibly imagine the tears that have been shed over this matter,” junior Kate Langdon said. “We are here to express our brokenheartedness over the removal of a perfectly innocent man.” A Patch reporter was not in attendance Wednesday, but watched a live …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Recent events involving teachers and students suggest that schools are still working to perfect policies regarding social networking sites.
Schools both locally and across the country are facing tough situations involving the use of social media by teachers and students. With applications such as Facebook and Twitter now a ubiquitous part of American society, schools acknowledge they are still trying to find the best balance between embracing the new communication mediums and protecting students and staff. The issue has become a relevant one locally, after a student at Arundel High School acknowledged sending a series of controversial tweets to a teacher. That teacher is currently under investigation and has been reassigned. Patch reported last week that the teacher had frequently corresponded with students on Twitter. The Capital reported Sunday that Anne Arundel County …
Recent events suggest that when it comes to teachers and students, social media creates a tricky landscape.
A teacher at Arundel High School was reassigned after interacting with a student on Twitter. School officials confirmed an ongoing investigation involving the teacher, but declined to discuss details. Many students have defended the teacher, arguing that he was simply communicating with students in a way they feel comfortable. And many experts said social media applications can be used to enhance education. But other officials said teachers should avoid communicating with students on Twitter and Facebook, because there are too many ethical and legal pitfalls. We want to know what you think. Should teachers and students be allowed to interact on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter? Vote in the poll below and leave a comment.
Here are five big events you may want to check out this week.
It looks like this week will have its share of newsy events, including important meetings of the County Council and school board. County Council Meeting When: Monday, 7 p.m. Where: 44 Calvert St., Annapolis Details: The Anne Arundel County Council will resume its effort to fill the open seat for District 1. The council will also take up a bill that would create a special taxing district around the Arundel Gateway project in Laurel. Piney Orchard Community Association Meeting When: Monday, 6:30 p.m. Where: Piney Orchard Community Center, 2400 Stream Valley Way, Odenton Details: The community will hold its monthly meeting. This is the last meeting before the large annual meeting next month. There will be a period for questions and comments …
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Last week's stories included a special series on the District 1 saga on the County Council, plus details on the reassignment of a popular teacher at Arundel High.
Another week is in the books in Odenton and Severn. If you missed any of the news last week, this should get you caught up. Teacher Reassigned, Students Angry—An Arundel High teacher has been reassigned and students are up in arms, after a female student sent a tweet that she said was misinterpreted. An investigation by the school system is ongoing. Piney Orchard Candidates Meet With Residents—Everyone learned a little bit last week about each of the six candidates running for board positions in Piney Orchard. Current leaders said they hope for a good turnout for elections held during the community's annual meeting on April 10. District 1 Saga Continues—Patch published a series of stories this week examining the ongoing effort to fill the …