Rockburn gets ready for second year

NEIGHBORS

August 22, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

We hate to tell you, kids, but summer's almost over.

You have just one more week for those long days of skating, swimming, and hanging in trees. These favored activities will compete with your parents' agenda: visiting clothing and school supply stores to outfit you for your next school year.

And the schools are readying themselves for you.

One example is Rockburn Elementary in Elkridge, which opens for its second year.

The school's first year was an unqualified success, due to the efforts of staff, community members and parents.

Parents attended last year's informal breakfasts in small groups with Principal Earl Slacum and Assistant Principal Dr. Diane Mumford, providing feedback which shaped the development of the school.

More than 230 parent volunteers were invited to a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon prepared by the staff in May.

The PTA Executive Council has already met to prepare the 1994-1995 agenda.

The community has started extracurricular activities.

Elkridge National Bank has teamed with Rockburn School to form the "Piece of the Rock Bank," a minibank open for business twice each month.

This year, Debby Harmon of the Elkridge National Bank will train fourth- and fifth-grade students for positions on the student bank board of directors and for teller positions.

Community member Jamie Kendrick will lead a Rockburn Student Government Association to teach students about school improvement, goal-setting and government.

The staff invites students and parents to become better acquainted with the school before school's opening day next Monday.

A Kindergarten Parent Orientation in the Rockburn cafetorium from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday is an opportunity for kindergarten parents to meet their children's teachers and to learn about the program and curriculum.

This is an evening meeting geared to adults, so parents should wait until the Open House to bring their kindergartner to school.

The Open House takes place the next afternoon, on Friday. From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., class lists will be posted and all Rockburn children can tour the school with their parents.

This gives them a chance to talk informally with their new teachers and meet new classmates.

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This September, Centennial High School is gaining five new staff members.

To support the 30 new Macintosh computers, Sue Monthie, a computer scientist, will teach English classes and word processing.

A new member of the foreign language department is Regina Hockyko, whose daughter just graduated from Centennial, and whose son still attends the school.

Michelle Swanson is an addition to the special education department, and the guidance department will benefit from the years of experience Dave Greenberg offers. The fifth new teacher is unique. She is Olesya Shandura, a 25-year-old Fulbright teacher from the Ukraine.

Of course she's fluent in Russian, but she is an English teacher. Early in the year, she will team-teach with Centennial's English teachers, but she will find her place as the year goes on.

Will Klingaman, a new teacher last year, describes the teachers at Centennial as having "real dedication, really caring that the students understand the concepts" that they are teaching.

Mr. Klingman takes over the award-winning student newspaper, the "Wingspan," giving Kathy Baer a well-deserved rest.

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This is also the time of year when college students are packing up their belongings (and those of their parents -- where did that blue blanket go, anyway?) and heading off to college.

New college freshmen are not among the disaffected students heading back for another school year. They are excited to be on their own at last.

A short list of this year's crop of Howard County college freshmen includes Donna Speilman, Jessica Carson and Brigid Leslie, Towson State University; Sarah Boyer, Mary Washington College; Jonathan Baskt and Helen Suh, University of Maryland; Cari Shadrick, Western Maryland; Joey Mellendick, Mount St. Mary's; Walter Song, University of Virginia; Jen Wienecke, Clemson; Rob Severn, James Madison; Adam Mazalewski, Radford; Megan Stewart, and Rob Clancey, Virginia Tech.

Good luck to all college freshmen, who'll return in November different people than when they leave in August.

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Many school-age boys collect sports trading cards at some time in their youth.

When my grown son was younger, he spent many happy hours trading and speculating in baseball cards, hours that could have been spent pursuing far less constructive ends.

He learned something about saving his allowance to buy what he wanted; he also learned a thing or two about economics, learning lessons in supply and demand and ways to make prudent investments.

This fall, the Department of Recreation and Parks provides two opportunities to help middle school-age boys learn some of these lessons.

Rick Hubata leads after-school Trading Card Collectors Clinics at Burleigh Manor, Dunloggin, Mount View and Patapsco Middle Schools in Ellicott City.

The one-day clinic, which costs $5, covers choice of cards, their value and storage. Consult the Department of Recreation for the availability of the clinics at these schools.

Information: 313-2762 or text telephone, 313-2723.

In cooperation with The Dugout, a collectible cards store located in Chatham Mall, the Collectors Club is offered for six-weeks starting on Oct. 11.

Included in the $35 fee are a Home Plate Value meal, a pack of trading cards and card storage items each week.

Striking pro baseball players may have dropped the ball, but their young fans still have baseball fever!

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