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  • Public Submits 105 Suggestions for New George Fox MS Name

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 4/15/2021

    One hundred and five names have been submitted by members of the public for consideration for a new name for George Fox Middle School. The names, which can be found here, reflect people of local, national, and international prominence, geographic regions, and area landmarks.

    George Fox Middle School Principal Glenna Blessing and others will host an online meeting at 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, to review the names. Additional submissions can be provided at that time and those wishing to do so can access the meeting through the link below.

    Voting on a new name will be open for families of students who attend the six schools in the Northeast cluster and for staff members of George Fox Middle School from 9 a.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021, through 5 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2021. One vote will be allowed per student or employee ID number, and that number will be required to access a ballot. Voting will be conducted electronically.

    Should no name receive more than 50 percent of the vote, the ballot will be narrowed to the top 10 vote-getters (plus ties) or all names receiving votes, whichever is fewer. A second vote of the same eligible voters will then be conducted, with the name receiving the highest percentage of votes being forwarded to the Board of Education.

    Wednesday’s meeting can be accessed at www.aacps.org/youtube. Those wishing to suggest an additional name for consideration can access the meeting here. In addition to viewing the names, those watching the meeting will be able to hear from Principal Glenna Blessing about her vision for the school moving forward.

    The Board is scheduled to consider the naming recommendation in May.

    Acting on a recommendation from a diverse committee of community members, parents, historians, and school system officials, the Board on March 17 unanimously voted to rename the school, which 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.

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  • 8 County Schools Earn Award for Wellness

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 4/8/2021

    The AACPS Wellness Council is excited to announce that Ferndale Early Education Center, Maryland City, Riviera Beach, and Waugh Chapel elementary schools, Brooklyn Park and MacArthur middle schools, and Annapolis and Broadneck high school are the 2020 winners of the AACPS Wellness School of Distinction award.  The award recognizes schools that demonstrate a high priority for the health and well-being of students, staff, and school support­ers by going beyond the curriculum to produce positive outcomes for the entire school community.

    In order to win the prestigious honor, schools must show that its culture encompasses wellness as reflected in the ten components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. WSCC is a coordinated and collaborative school health approach outlined by the Centers for Disease Control.  The components of the WSCC are: health education; physical activity; health services; nutrition environment & services; counseling, psychological, & social services; social & emotional climate; physical environment; employee wellness; family engagement; and community involvement.

    Despite the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, these schools remained steadfast in their efforts to support student and staff wellness. From approaches that incorporate equity to monthly fitness challenges for students and staff to health-focused afterschool clubs, each winning school’s approach to creating a culture of wellness is unique, but with one common factor: collaboration and motivation to be a well community.

    This year, schools that won the award in 2017 were eligible to apply to maintain their statuses. Maryland City Elementary School earned its third designation while Ferndale Early Education Center and Annapolis High School earned their second.  As an extension of the Board of Education policy on wellness and the AACPS Wellness Council, the award is given annually.

    The application for the 2021 award will be available later in the spring. The Wellness Council created a toolkit for schools seeking to infuse wellness into their everyday activities.

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