School meeting's always an education

NEIGHBORS

January 19, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

There was a town meeting last Wednesday night, featuring top administrators of the Howard County school system at Wilde Lake High School, sponsored by the school's Parent-Teacher-Student Association. Parental concern for my child who attends Wilde Lake and for another who's in the Wilde Lake elementary feeder system assured my attendance.

The stated purpose of the meeting was to allow Superintendent Michael E. Hickey and others who are structuring the future of the school system, and the Wilde Lake district in particular, to outline their programs, presumeably with the intention of easing the concerns of some parents.

To say the meeting was a total failure would be unfair. It was quite enlightening. The educators all presented their individual cases eloquently.

However, as the evening wore on, it became obvious to parents that something important was missing. Although many concerned parents came prepared and asked pointed questions, the panel seemed unwilling or unable to respond with definitive answers.

Despite the disappointment, and in some cases anger, Wilde Lake PTSA President Dean Sterling and all PTSA officers and members should be commended for bringing the county's educational hierarchy and Wilde Lake parents together.

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Here's an interesting trivia question, courtesy of Bernie Francis, a co-worker at The Sun:

What do these towns have in common -- Nashville, Ark.; Kokomo, Ind.; Cresco, Iowa; Fayette, Mo.; St. Paul, Neb.; Big Spring, Texas; and Ellicott City?

The answer is at the end of the column.

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When the kids start acting up, it often seems to make no difference whether you discipline them or ignore them. A child's mischievous behavior is frustrating to all parents, and learning how to deal with such behavior is important for the well-being of parent and child.

The parent-child relationship is the subject of "The Adler-Driekurs Parenting Program," a 10-week class offered by Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Green. The class begins tonight, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and will continue on subsequent Wednesday evenings through March 23.

The classes are designed for parents of pre-school children to pre-teens and will teach parents how to interpret their children's behavior, to redirect misbehavior and how to establish effective patterns of communication between parent and child.

The fee is $120 per person, or $220 per couple. To register, call 730-3987.

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Are you feeling tired and stressed out? If so, the Town Center Community Association might have a solution.

It is sponsoring a five-week session called "Yoga and Stress Reduction," to be held at Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Two daily classes, under the instruction of Howard Schwartzberg, will begin Monday, and are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The fee for the full session is $40, and advance registration is required. Information: 730-4744.

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Howard County Holiday Commission has presented its "Living the Dream in Education," award to Corita Oduyoye, an assistant

principle at Running Brook Elementary School.

Mrs. Oduyoye received the award at the Holiday Commission's ceremony held this past Sunday at Centennial High School.

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The Towson State University "Outstanding Woman of the Year" is Wilde Lake resident Marcy Anderson.

Ms. Anderson, a 1990 graduate of Wilde Lake High School and a senior at Towson State, received the honor, along with a $1,000 scholarship, at the university's homecoming celebration in December.

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Another of the popular Wine Tasting Seminars, co-sponsored by the Dorsey's Search Community Association and Dorsey's Search Wine & Spirits, is scheduled at Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search Village Center on Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The seminar will include discussions on wine making and what makes some wines better than others. Samples of various wines will be offered.

To register, call Linden Hall at 730-4005, or Dorsey's Search Wine & Spirits at 997-5799.

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Trivia Answer: Each is the county seat of a Howard County. Also, Howard County, Ark., borders a Montgomery County; and Howard County, Ind., borders a Carroll County.

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