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  • Superintendent Challenges County Executive, Mayor to 'Turn Anne Arundel Orange' on October 23

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 10/17/2019

    Superintendent George Arlotto today challenged County Executive Steuart Pittman and Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley to “Turn Anne Arundel County Orange” on Wednesday, October 23, in a powerful and colorful statement for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

    For the second straight year, Anne Arundel County Public Schools will take an active part in Unity Day, an initiative of the National Bullying Prevention Center. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Unity Day is designed to visibly show commitments to fostering acceptance and inclusion and eliminate hate and bullying. As part of Unity Day, students and staff across the county will wear orange and take part in a variety of activities planned to reinforce the message of unity.

    “Our school system made an incredibly powerful statement in 2018 in our first year being involved in this effort,” Dr. Arlotto said. “We want to make an even more powerful statement this year, and we want everyone in the county and city of Annapolis to join us. Our children are products of our communities as well as our schools, and we all need to join together to convey the message of kindness and acceptance to them loudly and clearly.”

    The day is just the first of several occasions on which AACPS will specifically address anti-bullying issues this year. As part of Project Unity, AACPS students and staff will wear orange and participate in additional activities on December 5, February 12, and March 24. Staff professional development on those dates will also be aligned with these initiatives.

    More information about the National Bullying Prevention Center can be found at

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  • Class of 2020 to be 1st to Graduate from New Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel at Arundel Mills

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 10/10/2019

    Members of the Class of 2020 at 11 county high schools will break new ground this spring when they become the first to receive their diplomas at the new Live! Event Center at Arundel Mills.

    The ceremonies are part of a partnership between Anne Arundel County Schools and Live! Casino & Hotel, which provides the 4,000-seat venue free of charge. Ceremonies will be held from June 1 through 4 at the Event Center.

    “This is just an outstanding arrangement for us to be able to bring such a milestone moment in the lives of our graduates home to our county,” Superintendent George Arlotto said. “Live! has been a phenomenal partner as we have worked through the many logistics involved with this transition, and I think our graduates and our parents are going to be absolutely thrilled.”

    Meade High School will be the first class to walk across the Live! stage, with that school’s ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 1. Annapolis High School will cap things off with a 5 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 4.

    “We are pleased to provide the Live! Event Center as a home for Anne Arundel County graduates and their families, who for so long had to travel far outside the county to hold their ceremonies,” said Anthony Faranca, General Manager of Live! Casino & Hotel. “Community and family are at the core of our corporate culture, and I can’t think of a better way to showcase our commitment than through sharing these special moments with our neighbors.”

    The schedule of graduations at the Live! Event Center is as follows:

    • Monday, June 1: Meade High School, 9 a.m.; Severna Park High School, 1 p.m.; and South River High School, 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday, June 2: Arundel High School, 9 a.m.; Chesapeake High School, 1 p.m.; and Broadneck High School, 5 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 3: North County High School, 9 a.m.; and Southern High School, 1 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 4: Old Mill High School, 9 a.m.; Glen Burnie High School, 1 p.m.; and Annapolis High School, 5 p.m.

    Other graduation dates are:

    • Northeast High School, 9 a.m. on Friday, May 29, in the school stadium.
    • Phoenix Academy, 10 a.m. on Friday, May 29, at the school.
    • Chesapeake Science Point, 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29, in the auditorium at Severna Park High School.
    • Evening High School, 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, in the auditorium at Severna Park High School.
    • Central Special School, 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at the school.
    • Ruth Parker Eason School, 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at the school.
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