Glenwood Middle School adds new computer lab and CD ROM

NEIGHBORS

October 21, 1993|By SALLY BUCKLER

Computer adventures are on the docket for Glenwood Middle School kids this year. In their fancy new computer lab, students and teachers can learn and use the latest computer technology. The lab is equipped with more than two dozen networked Macintosh LC III computers, which enable the staff to help students study part of the curriculum on computers.

Each school team has a Macintosh computer, and the library is equipped with a Macintosh as well as a CD ROM, a device that allows a computer to read encyclopedias and other powerful data bases from a compact disc.

The Apple IIe equipment from the old lab is in the classrooms, where teachers use the computers to motivate kids and reinforce skills. Principal Vincent Catania says that computer education opens a new world for students and their teachers.

Kids learn to use word processing, data bases and spread sheets. Glenwood youngsters are already using computers in their interdisciplinary weather project to reach national weather networks and store their weather station information.

Teachers at Glenwood use computers for professional development, too. For example, they can find standardized test data quickly for each of their students. If schools would adopt a year-round calendar sometime in the future, teachers could then use computer programs to help adapt the school curriculum to the new calendar.

The school library at Glenwood will happily accept donations of discs for their CD ROM. Media specialist Eleanor Dull has begun a collection of CDs to use in the media center, and she wants to

improve the collection. If you have any Apple or Mac programs or any CDs to donate to the Glenwood Middle School Media Center, call Mrs. Dull at 313-5520.

Did you ever hear of a giant slumber party at a school? Well, they had three of them at Mount View Middle School this fall. Kids returned to school with sleeping bags at 8 p.m. different Friday nights for each grade and immediately began a series of activities. They made banners, which now decorate the school, interviewed each other, played a game called "Teacher says", and watched a teacher review.

Kids danced, played in silly Olympics and watched movies. By four in the morning (!), most were asleep in one pod for the boys and another for the girls. They ate breakfast and played basketball at 7 a.m., and had a giant lap sit at 7:45 a.m., just before they left for home.

What's a lap sit? Imagine a huge circle of people. Each sits on the lap of the one behind him until everyone is sitting in a lap and has someone sitting in his lap.

The kids are still talking about the slumber parties -- called lock-ins. Eighth grade team leader Tom Saunders said parents reported that the youngsters loved "this memorable and meaningful activity."

One outcome of the lock-in was that students could see teachers in a new light. Principal Marion Payne, Mr. Saunders, seventh grade team leader Sue Berrington and sixth grade team leader Aldema Ridge planned the extravaganzas over the summer. Their goal was to help the students at the new school build new friendships and identify quickly with Mount View.

Michael Doyle is in North Carolina awaiting a lung transplant. His mother, Mary Ellen, who teaches math at Glenelg High School, has joined him there.

Friends of the Doyles' have organized an activity for the whole community as a fund-raiser to help pay for Michael's very expensive surgery. You are invited to join them at a country western dance from 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 at Glenelg High School.

This dance is for Glenelg High students and our whole community. There will be line dancing and couple dancing.

Tickets are only $5, and the organizers ask that you purchase them in advance.

Call 531-3956 or 744-2098.

Joan Abdallah, Howard County science supervisor, and Corrine Gorzo, Howard County science resource teacher, will be at Bushy Park Elementary School for the PTA meeting Monday.

They will show parents how to help their children participate in the Bushy Park science exhibit, which will be held later this year.

Call the school at 313-5500 for more information. The meeting will be held in the school cafeteria at 7:00 p.m.

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Supporters of Glenelg Country School held a kickoff for their 1993-1994 Annual Campaign Sept. 30 in the Manor House.

"Celebrate 40: A Tradition of Educating for the Future," will help commemorate Glenelg Country School's 40th anniversary. Beverly White-Seals is in her second term as chairwoman of the fund drive.

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The idea of year-round schooling has come and gone for years, but it appears that politicians and educators are really getting serious about it now.

There will be a community forum on year-round schooling from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at Centennial High School.

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