Clear skies and a slight breeze combined to provide the perfect autumn afternoon Wednesday for the kickoff of an 18-month oyster aquaculture science project at Gibson Island Country School.
For most of us, the only time we come in contact with these delicious mollusks is downing a few on the half-shell at a roast or consuming them fried orstewed. We hear about the effects of pollution and DMX on the oysterharvest and lament their passing. But it is rare to get to observe them in their habitat.
But thanks to the combination of interested alumni parents, Mr. &Mrs. James Morrison; a local seed oyster company, the P. Cummins Oyster Co. of Pasadena; and a strong science program, GICS students willget first-hand knowledge about the bay's most famous and profitable bivalve.
On Wednesday, first- through fifth-grade students helped Michelle Cummins of Cummins Oyster plant 1,400 seed oysters in hanging trays and in a floating basket from the pier located on the school grounds. Under the direction of science teacher Lisa Pellicani, students will have the opportunity to observe, measure and evaluate the 2 1/4-inch oysters as they grow to a mature size of 3 1/2 inches.
"This is an ideal project for us, with our easy access to the water," said John Hewitt, GICS headmaster.
"It requires observation and measurement over an extended period of time, which helps illustrate the patience needed in science. We hope to show our students the effect of water quality and why we need to be concerned about our environmentnow," he said.
According to Hewitt, parents of students and friends in the community are invited to observe any part of the project asit develops. Just contact the school office at 255-5370.
Chesapeake High School Athletic Boosters invite parents to Meet the Coaches Night at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in the school cafeteria.
John Perrone, Boosters president, reports that all coaches have been invited to attend.
Also featured will be Bill Wagner, member of thelocal sports media, as guest speaker.
The Boosters remind parents, students and the community that the new price for evening games is $3. But you can still get in for the old price of $2 if you purchase a game pass.
The pass costs $20 and entitles you to admission to 10 games, good at any school in Anne Arundel County.
A pass can be purchased at CHS, or ask about it at the ticket window when you attend games.
Chesapeake Women's Club, a local community service organization, invites you to join them for a Christmas shopping trip to Vanity Fair and Rockvale Plaza Outlets in Pennsylvania on Nov. 20.
The bus will leave Lauer's parking lot on Edwin Raynor Blvd. at 7 a.m. and return at 7 p.m.
"We are very excited about our trip, especially our stop at Rockvale in Lancaste," said Eileen Junge, trip coordinator.
"Shopping at Rockvale will be easy for our tired feet since it's all on one level and feature lots of discount shopping fromseveral leading manufacturers," she said.
The group will also be stopping at the Shady Maple for a smorgasbord dinner before returninghome.
The cost of the trip is $28.50 and reservations must be made by Nov. 9.
For details, call 437-1376.
Proceeds will benefit scholarships to local students, battered spouse program and several other projects of the CWC.
The United Methodist Men of MagothyUnited Methodist Church invite you to their annual fried chicken dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the church's fellowship hall, 3703 Mountain Road.
The buffet-style menu will include fried chicken, vegetables, dessert, rolls and a beverage.
Admission is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children.
Chesapeake High School's Margaret Bae has been selected as a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Commended students are Diana Beasley, Phillip Clifford and Jason Dean.
Additionally, Chiana Paschall was selected as acommended student in the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students.
Also, the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Program has also announced selections of outstanding students atthe school.
The Maryland Distinguished Scholar Program attempts to keep high-achieving students in the state by offering scholarships to Maryland schools, said Ron Wagner, guidance department spokesman.
At Chesapeake, Bae has been selected as a finalist. Honorable mention has been given to Beasley, Kimberly Miller, Elizabeth Sproat and Carolyn Tice.
In the Talent and Arts category, honorable mentions were awarded to Bae, Kimberly Davis and Amy Neuenschwander.
Last week, I omitted the name of one of Northeast High School's award winners.
Cynthia Godbold has been selected as a commended studentsin the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Program, Vocal Talent Program.
Mea culpa and congratulation to all of these super Pasadena students.
Those Recycling Rats at Sunset Elementary School are at it again.
The first monthly aluminum can collection is scheduled for Oct. 29.