August 20, 2017
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    • 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 than their previous times.

    The change came after a Board of Education vote in September 2016. The shift will require the purchase of 10 additional buses, and will cost approximately $618,000, which was included within the Fiscal Year 2016 approved operating budget. The changes do not necessary alter start and dismissal times at Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School, Monarch Academy...
    • It’s almost time to go back to school. But this year, school doesn’t start until after Labor Day.
      It’s almost time to go back to school. But this year, school doesn’t start until after Labor Day.

    Important Dates To Remember For Back-To-SchoolExclusive

    By Gracie Fairfax
    As summer winds down, it’s time to start thinking ahead to the new school year. Thankfully, the year begins a bit later this time around with classes starting after Labor Day. For some, this means going back to a familiar place, and for others, a new school is in store.
    To calm those back-to...
  • Math Is All Around UsExclusive

    By Jackie Rudolph - Director C2 Education Severna Park
    Our world is alive with math! We are on summer break, but we can continue to practice math concepts as we interact with our environment. Here are some ideas for including math as everyday learning.
    Cooking and Meal Time: Let children help by measuring ingredients for recipes. Children can use...
  • Open Your Home And Your HeartExclusive

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    Exchange Students Arriving This August In Anne Arundel County
    Youth For Understanding (YFU) — one of the world’s oldest, largest and most respected intercultural exchange programs — has been changing the way we see the world through high school exchange programs.
    Each year, YFU...
    • During a six-week youth leadership program, Leo Ollikka met U.S. politicians, witnessed the Fourth of July Parade and relaxed at the beach with his host family, the Deans.
      During a six-week youth leadership program, Leo Ollikka met U.S. politicians, witnessed the Fourth of July Parade and relaxed at the beach with his host family, the Deans.
    • During a six-week youth leadership program, Leo Ollikka met U.S. politicians, witnessed the Fourth of July Parade and relaxed at the beach with his host family, the Deans.
      During a six-week youth leadership program, Leo Ollikka met U.S. politicians, witnessed the Fourth of July Parade and relaxed at the beach with his host family, the Deans.
    • During a six-week youth leadership program, Leo Ollikka met U.S. politicians, witnessed the Fourth of July Parade and relaxed at the beach with his host family, the Deans.
      During a six-week youth leadership program, Leo Ollikka met U.S. politicians, witnessed the Fourth of July Parade and relaxed at the beach with his host family, the Deans.

    Severna Park Family Hosts Finnish StudentExclusive

    By Judy Tacyn
    From patriotic displays to high school soccer practices, Finnish exchange student Leo Ollikka was recently treated to an up-close look at everyday life as an American.
    Ollikka is a resident of Espoo, Finland. The southern city on the Gulf of Finland has a population of nearly 300,000 and is the...
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    Best Buddies Conference Teaches SPHS Seniors How To Better Help The DisabledExclusive

    By Diane Lewis
    While many of their peers were enjoying relaxing family vacations and poolside parties, three Severna Park High School seniors — Abby Haste, Molly Moranto and Claire Gentile — were at the Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Indiana.
    The seniors attended the conference for the second...
    • For his Eagle scout project, Brian Tinkler focused on a fenced grassy area by Anne Arundel County Animal Control in Millersville, making it a safe place for dogs and volunteers to walk.
      For his Eagle scout project, Brian Tinkler focused on a fenced grassy area by Anne Arundel County Animal Control in Millersville, making it a safe place for dogs and volunteers to walk.
    • For his Eagle scout project, Brian Tinkler focused on a fenced grassy area by Anne Arundel County Animal Control in Millersville, making it a safe place for dogs and volunteers to walk.
      For his Eagle scout project, Brian Tinkler focused on a fenced grassy area by Anne Arundel County Animal Control in Millersville, making it a safe place for dogs and volunteers to walk.
    • Tinkler’s Eagle project at the Anne Arundel County Animal Control building helps with proper drainage, reduces mud and creates an easy-to-clear path for dogs and humans.
      Tinkler’s Eagle project at the Anne Arundel County Animal Control building helps with proper drainage, reduces mud and creates an easy-to-clear path for dogs and humans.

    Brian Tinkler’s Eagle Scout Project Is Something To Bark About

    By Judy Tacyn
    After his family adopted a dog from Anne Arundel County Animal Control, Brian Tinkler felt a strong appreciation for the shelter staff and volunteers who lovingly care for animals as if they were their own. When the longtime Boy Scout began to contemplate an Eagle Scout project, he unsurprisingly...
  • SPHS Valedictorian Sets His Mind On Medicine

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Severna Park High School valedictorian Veeraj Shah thrives on a busy schedule. During his senior year, when most students choose to take a lighter course load, Shah saw an opportunity to take courses that his schedule couldn’t accommodate earlier in high school.
    “There are very few...
    • HEADSHOT, Ryan Keller
      HEADSHOT, Ryan Keller

    Broadneck Valedictorian Excels On And Off The Field

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Broadneck High School’s valedictorian, Ryan Keller, is a leader both in the classroom and on the football field.
    Eager to push himself, Keller signed up for as many Advanced Placement (AP) courses as he could handle. One of the first AP courses he took, a combined calculus class, was one of...
  • SPHS Salutatorian Is A Problem Solver

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Davis Cook, salutatorian of Severna Park High School’s Class of 2017, loves to solve problems both in his classwork and as a member of the school’s robotics team.
    While he was at the top of his class throughout high school, Cook was surprised to be named salutatorian, an accomplishment...
    • HEADSHOT, Henry Roberts
      HEADSHOT, Henry Roberts

    Broadneck Salutatorian Sets Sights On Space

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Broadneck High School salutatorian Henry Roberts didn’t think he’d finish high school in the No. 2 spot, despite holding that rank since his sophomore year. Part of him hoped he would end up in third.
    “Obviously, it’s a great honor to be No. 2 and to be salutatorian and to...
    • After seven years of prolific success at Severna Park Elementary School, Lynn Birus is set to become the principal at Crofton Woods Elementary School.Judy Tacyn
      After seven years of prolific success at Severna Park Elementary School, Lynn Birus is set to become the principal at Crofton Woods Elementary School.
    • Throughout her time as principal at Severna Park Elementary, Lynn Birus participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and saw the school earn National Blue Ribbon recognition.
      Throughout her time as principal at Severna Park Elementary, Lynn Birus participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and saw the school earn National Blue Ribbon recognition.
    • Throughout her time as principal at Severna Park Elementary, Lynn Birus participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and saw the school earn National Blue Ribbon recognition.
      Throughout her time as principal at Severna Park Elementary, Lynn Birus participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and saw the school earn National Blue Ribbon recognition.
    • Throughout her time as principal at Severna Park Elementary, Lynn Birus participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and saw the school earn National Blue Ribbon recognition.
      Throughout her time as principal at Severna Park Elementary, Lynn Birus participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and saw the school earn National Blue Ribbon recognition.
    • Throughout her time as principal at Severna Park Elementary, Lynn Birus participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and saw the school earn National Blue Ribbon recognition.
      Throughout her time as principal at Severna Park Elementary, Lynn Birus participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and saw the school earn National Blue Ribbon recognition.

    Beloved SPES Principal Lynn Birus Departs For West County

    By Judy Tacyn
    “Severna Park Elementary School is a magical place,” said Lynn Birus, who was noticeably emotional as she contemplated leaving the school for the last time on Friday, June 16. Sitting in the sun-drenched atrium not far from the office she called home for the last seven years, Birus...
    • This month, students from the Olde Severna Park summer camp answered the question: “If you could invent an ice cream flavor, what would it be?”Gracie Fairfax
      This month, students from the Olde Severna Park summer camp answered the question: “If you could invent an ice cream flavor, what would it be?”

    Question Of The Month: Olde Severna Park Summer Camp

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Each month, the Severna Park Voice poses a question to a local group of students. This month, students from the Olde Severna Park summer camp answered the question:
    If you could invent an ice cream flavor, what would it be?
     
    Kiwi-watermelon ice cream
    Anna C.
    A grapefruit mango flavor...
  • Severna Park And Arnold Students Earn All-County Dance Honors

    By Anonymous
    Twenty-eight Anne Arundel County Public Schools high school students have earned 2017-2018 All-County Dance honors for their efforts. All-County dancers are selected by dance company directors at county high schools. To qualify, dancers must perform at an advanced level, show leadership ability,...
  • Let Them Eat More Than Mac

    By Leslie Dolsak
    Most mother’s biggest pain point is food — prepping, cooking, serving, cleaning and repeating. Hassled by grocery shopping, nagged by starving mouths and pressured by picky taste buds, you find yourself, yet again, pulling into the drive-thru or making mac ‘n’ cheese. Summer...

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