Hammond tries to make students' high school debut smoother NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

NEIGHBORS

August 20, 1993|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Most of the adolescents from our area attend Hammond High School, and the change from middle school can be bewildering. For old hands, the array of choices and requirements is no less confusing.

So the staff of Hammond has been busy preparing for a smooth transition and an educationally satisfying year.

Here are some of the plans afoot to make the transitions easier:

The school has scheduled an orientation and open house for ninth-graders and their parents on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. The students will have the opportunity to meet the teachers, find classrooms, run through a mini bell schedule and familiarize themselves with the school.

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Principal Marshall Peterson and his secretary, Suzanne Kershner, are pleased they'll have the new Hammond High Information Line up and running beginning Monday. The seven-option recording line will allow parents and students to find out what is going on in the school. The options include fTC guidance office events, cancellations, athletic practice schedules, Booster Club and PTSA schedules, and the like.

This information line, sponsored by the PTSA and the Booster Club, ought to relieve the regular school telephone lines, making it easier to get through when a parent needs nongeneral information.

The number is (410) 880-8925.

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The yeoman service of a dedicated staff and of enlightening teachers is, regrettably, not enough to run an entity as complex as a school. Every school needs volunteers who will share their genius, their political savvy, their time, their boredom and their money.

Hammond is no exception.

Right now, the school desperately needs volunteers to staff the guidance office resource center. That means the students need someone in the guidance office who will help them find out about colleges, scholarships, internships and other options.

Hammond would like to keep the office open not only during the school day, but also later in the afternoon and perhaps an evening a week to accommodate students who can't get there during the day.

Call Louise McLaughlin in the guidance office at (410) 313-7120 for more information or to offer your services.

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Hammond High's PTA officers for this year are Joyce Bishop, Mary Anne Crawford, Jan Pollock, Brenda Palmatier, Claire Hafetz, Irene Voneiff and Calvin Blinder.

The PTA is still looking for volunteers to chair the ways and means committee and to run its annual auction.

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The Hammond High Booster Club enters its second year flying on the wings of its first year's success.

Last year, the Boosters collected and distributed more than $15,000 to 27 clubs, organizations and teams. Naturally, the Boosters expect to do well again.

The three fund-raisers planned for the fall include a gift-wrap sale in September, a spaghetti dinner on the Friday before homecoming and a yearlong sale of "spirit wear" at the school store.

When I first heard of spirit wear, I wondered that there was an appropriate costume for attending seances, but I was soon set straight -- it's clothing with the school colors and logo.

If you'd like to help with the fund-raisers or join the Boosters (your opportunity to get in on the ground floor), call Jan Pollock at (301) 725-1158.

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St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church bids adieu to Ann McDonald, the director of liturgy. She's not going far, however. She has accepted the post of pastoral associate at St. Bernadette's Parish in Severn.

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South Columbia Baptist Church is lucky to have a group skilled at sewing in its congregation.

While Sarah Denton baby-sat the children, Christine Denton, Iris White, Linda Brewer, Honey Beddingfield, Freda Clutts, Danita Kinnison, Rhonda Ritch, Norean Taylor and Lyn Denton wielded sewing machines against fabric.

When the women rose from the field of strife, South Columbia Baptist was richer by a new set of robes, whole against the scraps littering the floor. The robes have already seen service at a baptism.

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OC Pat Bates again leads one of her popular reading and discussion

series at the Savage branch library on alternate Tuesday evenings this fall.

Come join her and fellow readers for an enlightening acquaintance with the Mad Women in the Attic.

The series runs Sept. 14 through Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Call the library at (410) 880-5980 to register or for more information.

By the bye, this is not a how-to course.

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While at the library, check out the display on the creation of stained glass generously provided by Dee Thompson of Patuxent Studios.

It's one of the most lucid explanations of this difficult art I've seen. There are pieces in all stages of production, and clear labels explaining the function of the tools such as glass cutters.

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