With June's end-of-school dismissal bell still ringing in their ears, faculty and staff are putting aside their summer projects and thinking schedules, assignments and pupils.
The new head of Severna Park Elementary finds herself a principal without a school. While her school undergoes extensive renovations, students will attend classes atSeverna Park Middle School.
But Patricia Emory doesn't mind at all.
"I'm thrilled to be here. There's nothing chaotic about it," she said from behind a stack of blueprints. "The classrooms are big. The PTA is working with the gym teachers to buy playground equipment."
Any inconvenience will have been worth it for the students and faculty when they return next fall to their school on Riggs Road. They will find a new gym, additional rooms, a computer lab, carpeting, air conditioning and landscaping. The parking and bus areas, which have always been problems, are duefor major improvements.
Former principal Anita Murray retired in June.
* Louise DeJesu, incoming principal of Belvedere Elementary School, says she is going to spend the next few weeks learning.
Thrilled about being assigned to her new school, DeJesu, a New Yorker who has worked for 22 years in the Anne Arundel school system, plans to spend a lot of time getting to know her new students, her school and the community.
DeJesu succeeds Donald Smith, who spent 18 years at Belvedere.
She had been a teaching principal for one year at Solley Elementary and a principal for six years at Riviera Beach.
* Cheryl Malone is the new assistant principal at Severna Park Middle School.
The Crofton resident comes to Severna Park from Annapolis Middle School and already is enjoying a community that stresses performance in education.
The first difference she noticed at her new assignment is that people treat SPMS like home, dropping in all the time. Another is that she will no longer be working with sixth-graders. At Severna Park, the enrollment of 700 includes only seventh- and eighth-graders.
Malone thinks highly of the countywide inter-disciplinary concept now being used in middle schools. Teams of four teachersare assigned specific groups of students to work with during their entire two-year stay at the school. The teachers see the pupils as often as once a week, offering guidance and help with academic organization.
Leslie A. Mobray will begin her second year as principal at SPMS.
* Several schools will be operating on new time schedules. Severna Park Middle: begins 8 a.m., dismissal 2:30 p.m.; Magothy Middle: begins 8:05 a.m., dismissal 2:33 p.m.; Folger McKinsey Elementary: begins 8:45 a.m., dismissal 3 p.m.; Oak Hill Elementary: begins 8:45 a.m., dismissal 3 p.m.; Benfield Elementary: begins 9 a.m., dismissal3:15 p.m.; Severna Park Elementary: begins 9:15 a.m., dismissal 3:30p.m.; Jones Elementary: begins 8:50 a.m., dismissal 3:10 p.m.; Shipley's Choice Elementary: begins
8:45 a.m., dismissal 3 p.m.; Broadneck Elementary: begins 8:45 a.m., dismissal 2:45 p.m.; Arnold Elementary: begins 8:50 a.m., dismissal 3:05 p.m.; Belvedere Elementary: begins 8:40 a.m., dismissal 2:55 p.m.
*For those of you who want to get a running start on fall, the fifth annual Pennysaver Five-Mile Runwill begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at Severna Park High School.
Registration is 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. that day.
The Arundel Hospice will offer two free support groups beginning in September for those who have suffered through the death of a family member.
The first group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 6 to Oct. 11 atthe Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane in Linthicum Heights. The second group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 17 to Oct. 22, at the same location.
Registration is limited, so please contact hospice coordinator Betty Asplund at 987-2129.
*The kids in Severna Park must have set some kind of record this summer for reading books.
Diane Rey, from the county public library system, says 630 children attended the summer reading specials atour branch alone.
Way to go, parents and kids!
*Before the summer of '91 is filed away in the record books, the Severna Park Chamber of Commerce has some unfinished business: the Fourth of July Paradewrap-up.
First go thanks to the parade judges: Pat Troy, Gale Gillespie, Roy Mason, Cliff Roop, Mattie Harris and Irving Rew.
Winners were: Floats: First, O'Conor, Piper and Flynn; second, Benfield Florist; third, Round Bay and honorable mention, Severn/Magothy River Ski Club.
Mobile Units winners were: First, Severna Flowers and Gifts; second, American Speedy Printing; third, Earleigh Heights Fire Department and honorable mention, Fun and Fit.
Winners in the Walking Units were: First, Renaissance Festival;second, Severna Park High School Band; third, Annapolis Area Christian School and honorable mention, Prudential Preferred Properties.
Festival Entertainment winners were: First, Body Business; second, Annapolis Area Christian School Band; third, Fun and Fit and honorable mention, Razzle Dazzle.