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  • AACPS STATEMENT REGARDING HATRED AGAINST ASIAN AMERICANS

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 3/25/2021

    One week ago, eight people – six of them Asian American – were brutally slaughtered in a killing spree in Atlanta.

    The incomprehensible loss of these eight lives occurred amid a rising number of acts of hate directed toward members of the Asian American community across the United States.

    It is our responsibility not only to decry racism, bias, discrimination, and hatred wherever and whenever we see it, but to foster in any way we can an atmosphere of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion for every student and every family in our county. We denounce in the strongest possible terms not just the recent actions of hatred directed toward Asian Americans but acts of racism, bias and discrimination everywhere.

    That is the aim of the Project Unity lessons imparted to students across our school system not just on the four designated dates on the calendar, but throughout the year. Based on the four standards of the Learning for Justice organization, we unequivocally seek to empower students through increased awareness of opportunities to discover individual and group identities and diversity as well as to better understand outlets for justice and action. That’s also the aim of AACPS Unites: to provide opportunities to our communities to explore diversity through literature with the goal of creating spaces for all students that promote diversity and inclusion to ensure more just, equitable and safe schools.

    The work to create hearts of acceptance and inclusion is all of ours to do. It is incumbent upon every member of our school system, from the youngest to the oldest, as well as every member of our school communities not just to acknowledge the impact of hateful acts like those perpetrated in Atlanta last week, but to commit to better ourselves and each other so that we can collectively end hate and racism.

    We stand as one in solidarity with and support of the Asian American members of our AACPS family.

    All Means All.

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  • BOE Unanimously Votes to Rename George Fox MS

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 3/18/2021

    Acting on a recommendation from a diverse committee of community members, parents, historians, and school system officials, the Board of Education tonight unanimously voted to rename Pasadena’s George Fox Middle School, a building that has borne the name of Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ first superintendent since it opened in 1949.

    The vote came shortly after members of George Fox Middle School Historical Renaming Evaluation Committee delivered their report to the Board, which voted last July to form the panel following a discussion of comments attributed to Fox during a court case regarding equal pay for African-American teachers, something Fox opposed. Fox served as the superintendent from 1916 to 1946.

    “To have students sit in a building named for a man who championed Jim Crow and segregationist policies and structures does not align with the AACPS core value of All Means All,” Jamie Hurman-Cougnet, a committee member and vice president of the George Fox Middle School PTSA, told the Board during committee’s presentation of the report.

    An Executive Summary of the committee’s report can be found here.

    The Board’s vote sets in motion a separate renaming process spelled out under Board Policy EG and Administrative Regulation EG-RA, “Naming School Facilities.” That process includes solicitation of suggestions for a new name and a meeting to select a name to recommend to the Board. The Board must ultimately approve a new name for the school.

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  • All-State Musicians Press Release

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 3/11/2021

    Twenty-one Anne Arundel County Public Schools musicians and three Anne Arundel County Private School musicians have been named as the best in Maryland, earning All-State Honors and the right to participate in one of six ensembles. The county musicians were among about 600 across Maryland to earn a place in the All-State Junior Band, All-State Senior Band, All-State Junior Chorus, All-State Senior Chorus, All-State Junior Orchestra, and All-State Senior Orchestra.

    Musicians from grades 7 through 12 were selected by a panel of 101 music educators from across Maryland after auditions in which they had to prepare and perform required music as set by the Maryland Music Educators Association, demonstrate proficiency on scales, and play an excerpt of music by sight-reading. To participate in the Maryland All-State Ensembles, a student must attend an independent (private), parochial, or public school in Maryland and be in 7-12 grade and enrolled in their school's band, chorus, or orchestra class.

    “Students selected earn the recognition of being an All-State musician, which opens eligibility for students to audition for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-Eastern and All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE). Additionally, all accepted Musicians will receive a PDF certificate, as well as a traditional medal, complimentary of MMEA. Students also have the opportunity to purchase t-shirts and masks.” – MMEA website

    While there will be no performance opportunity for the 2021 ensembles, plans for next year’s All-State performances are underway.

    More information can be found at https://www.mmea-maryland.org/2021-all-state-ensembles.

    All-State Musicians

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  • School System, Partners to Discuss Mental Health Issues and Supports at Forum

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 3/4/2021

    Anne Arundel County Public Schools officials will join with partners from around the county to discuss mental health issues impacting local youth and the supports that exist to address those issues at a virtual forum next week.

    “Mental Health & You: A Community Conversation” will include a conversation about the diverse supports that exist to assist youth in communities throughout the county. The following individuals are scheduled to take part:

    • George Arlotto, Superintendent, AACPS
    • Monique Jackson, Deputy Superintendent for Student and School Support, AACPS
    • Ryan Voegtlin, AACPS Director of Student Services
    • Adrienne Mickler, Executive Director, Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency
    • Catherine Gray, Deputy Director, Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency
    • Jen Corbin, Crisis Response Director, Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency
    • Steve Thomas, Coordinator, Anne Arundel County Crisis Intervention Team
    • Sergio Polanco, Multicultural Affairs Officer, Anne Arundel County
    • Mizetta Wilson, Director, Community of Hope
    • Justin Peleska, junior, Meade High School

    The forum will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. It will be broadcast live on AACPS’ YouTube page, www.aacps.org/youtube.

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