Friday, April 12, 2013
Parents reported seeing the man running across a school field carrying a gun.
A Parkville man has been charged after parents at Villa Cresta Elementary School reported seeing him on school grounds with a gun Monday afternoon. Robert Cleary, 30, of the 2500 block of Perring Woods Road, was charged Wednesday with disturbing school operations, possessing a dangerous weapon on school grounds and trespassing on school grounds in connection with the incident, according to a Baltimore County poice release. Investigation revealed that Cleary allegedly cut across school property to meet a friend at the intersection of Ardmore and Rader avenues so he could get a lift to a nearby pawn shop. Police said he pawned a Civil War era rifle, which has since been recovered. Cleary was issued a summons Friday morning. A booking photo …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Baltimore County police crews responded to the Parkville elementary school Monday afternoon.
Baltimore County police officers "flooded" Villa Cresta Elementary in Parkville Monday afternoon after parents reported seeing a man with a gun on school grounds, according to a school system spokesman. At around 3:20 p.m., before school dismissal, parents waiting to pick up students told Villa Cresta administrators that they saw a man carrying a long gun running across a field on the school campus, said Charles Herndon, a school system spokesman. The man reportedly then jumped into a white work van that drove off. Herndon said school staff immediately notified police, and kept students in the building for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. "Police responded in force," Herndon said. Students were dismissed after administrators received …
Friday, November 23, 2012
The school collected recyclables during American Education Week to celebrate America Recycles Day.
America Recycles Day, Nov. 15, coincided with American Education Week and a group of students at Villa Cresta Elementary School took it on themselves to help green the community. Over 100 students from the school participated in the weeklong drive by collecting aluminum cans, glue sticks, batteries, writing tools and plastic bags from their neighbors. In all, Villa Cresta Green Team advisor Stephanie Foy said that students managed to collect: "We made a difference. Villa Cresta is helping to save our Earth," Foy wrote in an email. The Green Team, which was founded in the 2010-2011 school year, is made up of about 30 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at the Parkville school.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
During American Education Week, students in the school's environmental club are collecting items to be recycled.
America Recycles Day—Nov. 15—falls in the middle of American Education Week this year and students at Parkville's Villa Cresta Elementary School are doing their part to pitch in. The school's Green Team, a student organization with about 30 members in third, fourth and fifth grade, is taking up a collection during the mornings—they're looking for aluminium cans, plastic bags and batteries along with other items in order to promote recycling in the community. "If the weather is nice we'll be outside, if not then we'll be in the lobby," said Stephanie Foy, a Villa Cresta teacher and green team advisor. Members of the community are welcome to drop off recyclables, but Foy said it would be best if they could reach out to a student. "Anyone, …
Friday, June 8, 2012
The 8 year principal of the Parkville Elementary School will retire over the summer.
Retiring Villa Cresta Elementary School principal Kathy Bishop bid farewell to her students in a unique way Friday morning when she climbed onto the school's roof to lead them in one last dance celebration. Bishop is no stranger to the gravel roof of the Rader Avenue school—she's climbed up there before, dressed as the school mascot and as the Wicked Witch of the West, as a reward for students meeting fundrasier goals. "The first time I climbed up there I didn't know what I was going to do," Bishop said. "But we danced and we had fun. I knew I had to do it one last time." And so she did. Although Bishop doesn't officially retire until July 1, today was her last day with the students and that, she said, is what she'll miss the most. "The …