Summer's ease gives way to routine, back-to-school bustle ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE


August 30, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

Today gives parents and their offspring a cause for celebration: the children are a year advanced in school, a happy summer has come to a conclusion, and Mom can get back to her normal routine.

The odor of pencil shavings and new plastic binders will soon fill the air, as little girls in their red plaid jumpers and big boys in baggy shorts, their caps on backward, head back to the #F classroom.

PTA, Scout groups and 4-H will begin.

Young musicians who forgot how to blow that trumpet must quickly remember before the first meeting with the band director and budding mathematicians must again conjure up the sum of 6+9.

* There are many exciting changes in the administrations of our three high schools as staff reassignments weave administrators from various schools together to create a new texture for the schools.

Centennial and Mount Hebron have totally new administrative teams. Centennial's administrators now include Principal Edgar Markley, formerly principal of Mount Hebron.

Dr. Markley is already somewhat familiar with Centennial High because his children have attended the school. He brings with him Joan Lane, his assistant principal from Mount Hebron. Veteran administrator Dave Buchoff transferred from Atholton High School to complete the team.

Sylvia Patillo is the new principal at Mount Hebron, having transferred from Centennial High School. Working with her will be Connie Lewis, formerly supervisor of special education at the central office, Jack Hart from the School of Technology, and Ed Evans of Oakland Mills High School.

Dr. Patillo reports having a wonderful summer working with the community to prepare for this school year. Junior and senior classes each met for a cookout, and freshman and sophomore classes were treated to continental breakfasts.

At Howard High School, Eugene Streagle remains as principal with Pepe Sandoval and Donald White as assistant principals.

Lynn Bartel was transferred to Atholton High School.

New to Howard this year will be the challenge of adjusting to the four-period day.

* Just a reminder: the Elkridge Heritage Society is holding its 10th annual House and Garden Tour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 4.

The agenda for the tour covers a broad swath of Howard and Baltimore counties. On the schedule are: from Ellicott City, an early 18th-century house and restored gardens on Old Columbia Pike; from Elkridge, an architectural treasure and its garden on Norris Lane, the Brumbaugh House on Main Street, and a contemporary home on Bellanca Drive; and five minutes from Elkridge, in Halethorpe, an early 20th-century home and garden which is, according to Tour Director Mary Strow, "like a world of its own."

The choice of homes on the tour promises an intriguing afternoon.

Ms. Strow stresses that each was chosen not only for its architecture, but also for its beautiful garden. The Columbia Pike house features an English perennial garden in addition to an herb garden.

Buses will depart from Elkridge National Bank parking lot at 7290 Montgomery Road at 2 p.m., and will return at 6 p.m. A rest stop and time for refreshments are provided.

Because time is limited until Saturday's tour, and the $12 tickets for the tour must be purchased in advance, Ms. Strow suggests that you call her to inquire about the availability of bus space. Her phone number is 796-1636.

* "Do you know how to get back here?" the mother said to her son they wound their way back through the maze of the brand new elementary school.

It was open house at Rockburn Elementary School, one of the county's newest elementary schools.

Aqua walls and royal blue carpeting cheered the eye, and the smell of new carpet and wood was in the air.

Inside each pod is an indoor-recess rug with games such as checkers and backgammon printed into the weave of the rug. A seminar room in each class area gives teachers a place to show a movie without disturbing other classes.

Rows of unused computers with unused chairs lined the computer room. In Joyce Hlass' resource room, a brand-new rocking chair was waiting for her.

"This is heaven," she said.

The long chain link fence protecting Rockburn Elementary's playground area from traffic on busy Montgomery Road is partially due to the efforts of former student member of the Howard County and Maryland boards of education, Elkridge resident Jamie M. Kendrick.

He assisted the school in obtaining the safety fence and guard rail recently installed on the school grounds by making the school system aware of the dangerous situation at the school playing fields adjacent to Montgomery Road.

* The Spanish Cultural Exchange has announced that Daniel ESueiras, from Cadiz, Spain, will arrive Sept. 4 for a school year at

Glenelg Country School.

But the family that had planned to be his host is unable to do so, leaving Daniel without a place to hang his hat when he arrives in this country.

Daniel is 17 years old, and in 11th grade. He has daily bus transportation to school. He enjoys art and soccer, and is a family-oriented, cheerful teen-ager.

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