Alas, my calendar seems to be in error. It says only three weeks areleft in November.
We all know that can't be true.
Instead of worrying about the condition of the ozone layer, scientists should be trying to figure out why, each year, the earth spins faster.
And sorry to mention this, but if you haven't ordered the turkey, repaired the tree lights and wrapped the gifts for mailing, you're in danger of being trampled by retailers anxious to pack up theholiday trimmings and restock their racks with Caribbean cruise-wear.
Let's calm ourselves with a little school news.
If you sign up for a telecourse in introductory sociology at Anne Arundel Community College, you may be taught by an award-winning professor.
Stephen F. Steele has been selected by the Maryland College of the AirConsortium to receive its first Excellence in Distance Teaching Award.
Consortium members include Maryland Public Television, the University of Maryland's University College and College Park campuses andBowie State, plus community colleges from Marland, Northern Virginiaand the Harrisburg and Reading, Pa., areas.
Since its conception in 1971, the consortium has become one of the largest users of telecourses in the country.
"When consortium members discussed who the first award should go to, Steve Steele was the first person named and the unanimous selection," said Mary Barnes, coordinator of special sessions at AACC.
"I'm very honored to receive this award," Steele said. "Telecourses give me an opportunity to be creative."
In addition to his innovative audience-participation approach to teaching during on-campus sessions, Steele pioneered the development of a user-friendly syllabus to make information comprehensive yet accessible to telecourse students. He also has been a key speaker at annual conferences.
Steele will receive the award Nov. 14.
Because of their grade-point averages and SAT scores, 19 Severna Park High School students have been recognized by the Maryland Scholarship Administration for academic excellence.
Finalists are Shannon Haszard, MatthewHorine, Cynthia Symancyk and Soo Youn (If you don't think studying hard pays off, these four finalists have been offered $12,000 scholarships to attend college in Maryland).
Semifinalists are Jennifer Billings, Melissa Cantor, Holly Gillerlain, Laura Henry and Christine Wu.
Honorable mention goes to Jennifer Elmore, Christopher Ho,
Paul Lavallee, Suzanne Leavitt, Kristen Mackney, Caroline Miller, JillNatwick, Rebecca Sysko, Ann Uhles and Jennifer Woodwards.
Hopefully, you'll be one of those folks having pizzas delivered to yourfront door Saturday by members of the SPHS Marching Band.
Director R. Thomas Powell and his organization are supported by the hard-working parents who have elected officers for the Band Booster Club: President Ron Peiffer, Vice President Norm Scaffe, Recording Secretary Helena Jones, Corresponding Secretary Faye Boomer and Treasurer Joe McClellan.
Students at Benfield Elementary School will hear from a special person next week.
Cara Stewart, of Kingsville, Md., was 15 years old when an automobile accident left her in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. But that's the only limitation this determined young woman would allow.
As an advocate for the disabled, she and her husband, Larry, will appear next Tuesday at Benfield for a student assembly.
"I believe that society is changed one person at a time," Stewart says. "I'm excited about the opportunities that we have to encourage children to look beyond the outward appearance, and tounderstand that all people are the same on the inside."
Stewart, the mother of three little girls, ages 6, 5 and 3, has traveled to 18states in the last three years, speaking before school groups as an advocate focusing on "the good things."
She was honored by President George Bush as "an example of what courage, determination and the will to succeed mean in America today."
Stewart became the first occupational therapist to graduate from the Medical College of Virginia in a wheelchair. Later, working at Baltimore's Good Samaritan Hospital in rehabilitation, she was able to encourage newly disabled patients through the example of her own independent lifestyle.
You may have seen Stewart on television when she opened the 1990 World Professional Figure Skating Championships by singing the "Star Spangled Banner."
Recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Association as a specialist in disabled parenting, Stewart also works as a consultant in disability awareness for such organizations as McDonald's Corp, Department of Defense, Food and Drug Administration, National Institute of Health, Federal Highway Administration and Maryland Department of Education.
As part of Oak Hill Elementary School's improvement plan, Principal Lewis Frey and his staff are working to identify students having difficulties in school.
Each grade has developed a plan for helping these children. Their parents have been notified, and many have attended special workshops and conferences.