STORIES, SOUNDS AND SONG
WESTMINSTER - Students, staff and parents at the Carroll County Education Center will enjoy a presentation by Chris Patton and the Solo Midi-Digital Orchestra on Wednesday.
Part of a school-sponsored program from Young Audiences of Maryland Inc., the program will be a fast-paced combination of music, storytelling and audience participation.
In addition, students will have the opportunity to go on stage and create their own sounds and music.
In other school news:
* Liberty High will sponsor "Meet the Teachers" night at 7 p.m. tomorrow for parents interested in following their child's schedule, meeting instructors and learning the course outlines and grading policies for each class.
* Students in the Carrolltowne PREP class will visit Baugher's Orchard on Wednesday to take a tractor ride, pick apples, tour the packing house and bakery and enjoy a special snack.
* More than 100 West Middle students and parents will enjoy a performance of "Les Miserables" on Wednesday at the National Theatre in Washington.
LEARNING VOLUNTEER SKILLS
DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE
In observance of Youth Service Day, students at Francis Scott Key High will attend a community service assembly on Friday.
Approximately six representatives from organizations like Carroll County Food Sunday, the Department of Aging, Human Services, Carroll Lutheran Village and Habitat for Humanity will speak about volunteerism.
Other county school activities include:
* The "Just Say No" luncheon and performance by the FoolProof Troupe for Eldersburg Elementary fifth-graders and their parents have been postponed to 1 p.m. Oct. 17.
* In a cooperative effort between Liberty High and Eldersburg Elementary, 15 to 20 juniors and seniors will visit the first-graders every other week to help them in reading and writing skills.
The next trip, in which students will also read to one another, is scheduled for Thursday.
EDUCATION IN SUMMER
Christine Brockman, Westminster High School's Social Studies Department chairwoman, attended the National Geographic Society's Summer Institute for high school teachers June 27 to July 26 in Washington, D.C.
The teachers learned to write curricula, prepare presentations for conducting in-service workshops for teachers, incorporate the study of geography into social studies courses and improve the teaching of geography.
Brockman attended lectures, heard guest speakers, observed presentations by other participants, and attended five field study trips to various Virginia locations. She also earned six graduate credits for her work.
Doug Yust, a WHS chemistry teacher, also studied last summer at the Governor's Academy for Math and Science June 24 to July 20 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
To learn more about current topics in science and science education, Yust participated in field trips, lectures and lab experiments sponsored by the Maryland State Board of Education.
James LeDane, another WHS science teacher, attended the National Science Foundation Workshop Institute for Chemical Education at the University of Arizona in Tucson last summer for an update on chemical instrumentation.
In other WHS news:
* The Owl, the student newspaper, recently received a first-place rating from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for the 1989-1990 school year.
Monthly issues of the newspaper were rated on coverage, writing and editing, design, photography, illustrations and informational graphics, typography, advertisements, hands-on- production and business. The Owl earned 897 points out of a possible 1,000.
The newspaper also earned an International Second Place Award for Substantial Achievement from Quill and Scroll, where it earned 832 out of 1,000 points.
Members of the 1989-1990 staff included: Connie Tromble, editor-in-chief; Jennifer Cullen, front page editor; Susan Reiter, news editor; Sherrie Feinstein, consensus page editor; Toyah Houck and Craig Patterson, sports editors; Lorna Weaver, features editor; Laura Gardner, arts and entertainment editor and photographer; Kent Shamer, business manager; Laura Myers, Laura Shipley, Trisha Nemethvargo and Kathy Larkin, reporters.
* The school's 1989-1990 yearbook, "The Owl," also took a first-place rating and All-Columbian Award for concept, garnering 857 out of 1,000 points.
The book was honored for excellence in theme development and overall journalistic quality.
In addition, the book won a first-place rating from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA), with 955 out of 1,000 points.
The ASPA gave "The Owl" special merit for overall design, including a perfect score of 200 points on general page design, and an award for best theme for last year's publication, "Shifting the Scene."
Editor-in-chief of the 1989-1990 yearbook was Katy See, who also heads up the book this year. Section editors were Theresa Skuhr, Gina MacGubbin, Heather Fennell, Jen DeLong, Susie Pollard, Debbie Milstein, Melanie Beyer, Gilly Gregg, Brad Ruby and Jeff Baile.