Area schools rush to get ready for the return of their students PASADENA

NEIGHBORS

August 20, 1993|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

With less than two weeks remaining until the unofficial end of summer, area school are busy preparing for the first day of classes.

At Northeast High School, Principal Joseph Carducci and faculty members have planned an orientation starting at 7 p.m. Thursday for new students and parents.

"The going's been tough but it's time for us to get going. Northeast is worth it, and our students deserve it," Carducci said.

The program will feature an information session and the introduction of administrators, faculty, interns and support team members. Students, under the direction of new drama coach Samuel Ranocchia, will present a short play, "On Eagles' Wings," highlighting a freshman's first day at school, said Diane Finch, guidance department chairman.

Student activity representatives, fall sports coaches and members of the PTSA and other organizations will be on hand to offer parents and students information on school participation.

New Eagle pins and handbooks will be given to students.

A school showcase will be set up in the cafeteria and tours of the building will be offered by Student Government Association and Honor Society members.

For more information, call the school, 437-6400.

* George Fox Middle School will offer student orientation at 7 p.m. Wednesday for incoming sixth-graders, new students in grades 7 and 8, and parents.

Principal John Brown, administrators and counselors will provide general information about the school and building tours will be offered. PTA representatives and members of other groups will be on hand to explain and encourage parent participation.

Students who will be walking to school and their parents are invited to attend a walkers' safety meeting at 6 p.m. that evening. The discussion will focus on pedestrian problems with traffic in the surrounding communities and routes students should take to school.

Students enrolled in the new Intensity Five program at GFMS and their parents are invited to an orientation program at 1 p.m. Aug. 27.

For more details, call the school, 437-5512.

* Chesapeake High School invites all ninth-graders and their parents to attend an orientation program at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Principal Harry Calendar, administrators and counselors will present a brief overview of the school and the new four-period daily schedule.

Students attending will receive a copy of their first-semester schedules and spend a "mini-day" touring classrooms and meeting ninth-grade teachers.

While the program is primarily geared to incoming freshmen, new students entering grades 10 through 12 and their parents also are invited to take part.

For more information, call the school at 255-9600.

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There's a new look in the front office at Gibson Island Country School with the recently announced appointments of Carolyn Keenan as interim headmistress and Wendy Ratchford as director of admissions.

The interim headmistress is a graduate of Roland Park Country School and Brown University. She recently completed her master's degree in educational supervision from Loyola College.

She served as assistant headmistress at Harford Day School last year, and was the lower school headmistress for five years prior to her promotion. She also taught fifth grade for five years and is active in the Lower School Heads Association.

She lives in Baltimore.

The new director of admissions is a 1985 graduate of Severn School and earned her bachelor's degree in communications from James Madison University. She replaces Lyndy Koch, who has assumed a new position as the school's director of development.

GICS, at 5191 Mountain Road, is an independent, co-ed school offering pre-kindergarten through fifth grade instruction.

For more information about the school, call 255-5370.

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Chesapeake Christian Center Church of God, 7975 Tick Neck Road, will offer a Kids Krusade at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23-27 for children age 4 to 12.

Sessions will be lead by the Rev. and Mrs. Gilbert Newnam of Salisbury.

To register or for more details, call Amber Shepard, at the church office, 255 -3168.

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