Faculty, staff prepare for new school year NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

NEIGHBORS

August 27, 1993|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Here it is, the last weekend of the summer. My husband and vTC daughter have returned from Milwaukee, my sister, niece and nephew from Belgium. We're all together, ready to begin a new year.

It's odd, this business of new years. Long out of school myself, I still orient my calendar around a September beginning.

Jan. 1 always seemed an arbitrary date to begin anything. Gardeners begin their year in April, Supreme Court justices in October, Muslims after Ramadan, the federal government in October. Maybe this diversity of commencement dates is good. A new year is always just a month away.

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Patuxent Valley Middle School begins the new academic year with a new principal, David Lovewell, and a slew of new teachers.

Luckily for returning staff and for new members, Ruby Clement has stayed on as the principal's secretary. She has been at Patuxent Valley since its opening four years ago, so she really knows the ropes.

The sixth-grade team welcomes Amy Silver, a new math, science and social studies teacher; and Judith Gill, the new strings teacher.

The seventh-grade teaching team welcomes Mary Reese, the special education teacher; Jane Munroe, a physical education teacher; and Ginny Nielsen, the new guidance counselor.

New to the eighth-grade staff are Jane Hunter, a language arts teacher; Frank Vetter, a social studies teacher; Michael Lanthier, a math and science instructor; and James Conlon, the gifted and talented resource teacher.

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Secretaries Katie Michaels and Glenda Wilson remind all students that the school will open to students at 7:35 a.m. The school day runs from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

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Last week I mentioned that running any enterprise as complex as a school requires the care of a lot of volunteers. This has never been better illustrated than by the extra efforts of Tyrone Wilson, a custodian at Patuxent Valley Middle.

Mr. Wilson has a job to do, but in addition to his duties, he's invested a little of himself in his job. Mr. Wilson says that he likes a school to look and feel like home; that if it does, then the students feel better and work better.

He shellacked all the doors in the main corridor (a sticky, messy job) so that the 4-year-old school would sparkle. To make that long corridor less forbidding, he got wallpaper panels from Ruby Clement, laminated them, and mounted the wallpaper in the locker alcoves in the corridor, with potted silk flowers.

Mr. Wilson didn't neglect the teachers either. He installed full-length mirrors in the faculty lounge for their convenience, a touch already appreciated.

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I stopped by Guilford Elementary to find out what the inquiring public ought to know (OK, I'm merely nosy), and found the administrative staff busy.

The school has a new roof, new carpet and new paint, and has gained some new furniture.

Guilford welcomes new teachers and staff members to the school family, including: Shirley Johnson, the first-grade instructional assistant; Janet Vermette, who joins the third-grade team; Bernard Hector, who joins the fourth-grade team; and Troy Gordon, the fifth-grade team.

Lewis Carey is the new chief custodian and Stephanie Milligan is the new Gifted and Talented resource teacher.

Guilford principal Judith Bland is very pleased that NationsBank has agreed to run a children's bank at the school. Fifth-graders will work at the in school bank as tellers, incorporating their math studies into their service offerings. All the students at the school will be able to use the bank and open savings accounts there.

The Guilford PTA has a new slate of officers: Ann Skold, Diana Gray, Anne Foster, Cheryl Scarle, Roger Hunt, Donna Frederick, Freda Clutts, Debbie Roth and Ocie Thompson.

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