Glenelg Teacher Honored

NEIGHBORS

March 02, 1995|By SALLY BUCKLER

Mention Ivan Sutton's name to anyone associated with Glenelg High School over the past 34 years, and they'll smile.

Mr. Sutton is a respected chemistry teacher and science department chairman. He and his wife, Bessie, live in Sykesville, where they raised their two daughters, who attended Glenelg High.

This week, Glenelg's award-winning biology teacher Mary Pitt Davis nominated Mr. Sutton, who is known as a kind, thoughtful teacher, for inclusion in the National Teachers' Hall of Fame. Former students and colleagues eagerly joined Superintendent Michael E. Hickey and board members Sandra French and Karen Campbell in seconding Mr. Sutton's nomination.

Mr. Sutton is teaching the second generation of some families, and two of his nominating letters came from a parent and her grown child, according to assistant principal Addie Kaufman.

Student Noah Smith says, "Mr. Sutton was excellent when my mother, Kay Dixon Smith, had him for chemistry 27 years ago, and he's still excellent."

Mr. Sutton nominated science teachers Roger Volrath, Mary Davis and David Stevens for the prestigious teaching awards that they won in the past three years. Friends describe Mr. Sutton as a dedicated church member, a man who is low-key, reserved and humble. He displays his love of nature in serious gardening projects, growing grapes and maintaining an orchard of fruit trees at his home.

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"To know Harriet Greenberg is to love her" is how Harriet Spadin began her nomination of Clarksville Middle School Assistant Principal Harriet Greenberg for the Howard County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator award.

Mrs. Greenberg, who won the award with nine other Howard County educators, became assistant principal at Clarksville three years ago, after serving as a guidance counselor at Patapsco Middle School.

Clarksville Middle Principal Frank Scrivener says that Mrs. Greenberg's greatest strengths are her ability to work with people and her great understanding of middle school-age children. He notes that she is willing to make personal sacrifices for the children and the school and has become a constant resource to parents in the community.

Known for her high energy level and sense of humor, Mrs. Greenberg is constantly involved in every aspect of the school. Mrs. Greenberg, mother of a grown daughter, Danielle, lives in Columbia with her husband, Dave.

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Eighth graders at Clarksville and Glenwood Middle Schools are cleaning up with soap, the product student companies fabricate in a cross-curricular unit that uses block scheduling to allow youngsters to form and organize competing companies.

After preparatory lessons in each academic discipline, company presidents, chosen by interview with teachers, administer company function groups, including advertising, research and development, and synthesis.

Advertisers print ads and a videotape or computer-generated spot. Research and development groups survey students for what they want in a soap and analyze their findings.

Synthesis groups manufacture soap spotlessly consistent with R&D results. At Clarksville, judges from local businesses and the educational community heard presentations from 17 company presidents Tuesday. Each company president used a display board and presented the pure product to judges who chose the most original soap, the best soap and the best advertising plan.

Teachers grade students within their groups on how well they worked together, if their research and advertising worked, and how well they made soap.

At Glenwood, production days are Tuesday through next Thursday, and some energetic adult volunteers are needed to help the students produce and market their immaculate products.

Call Beth Gallagher at 313-5520 to volunteer.

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Smooth transitions to high school can forecast success for students, and Glenelg High School administrators want to help.

They urge parents of incoming Glenelg ninth graders to attend parent orientation from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 16 in the school auditorium. March 14, buses will bring public school students to the school from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for ninth grade orientation. Students from private schools are encouraged to attend this important meeting. Parents get their turn two nights later. Parents of older students are also welcome at this meeting.

Please call 313-5528 for more information.

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Western Howard County gourmands look forward to the semiannual oyster and ham supper at Lisbon United Methodist Church.

Are your taste buds ready? From 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 18, you can enjoy oysters, homemade coleslaw and potato salad, ham, green beans, corn, rolls, relishes, iced tea and coffee.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 12. The church is on Route 144 in Lisbon, between Routes 94 and 97.

Call (301)831-3639 or 489-7245.

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Joe Firetti is getting ready to prepare dinner for nearly a thousand people March 19. In the biggest fund-raiser for St. Louis youth programs in Clarksville, Mr. Firetti prepares spaghetti and lasagna for the annual Catholic Youth Ministry's spaghetti dinner. Bread, salad, homemade desserts, beverages and coffee are also on the menu.

Members of the parish, their families and friends gather for this dinner, which runs from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the school gym.

Information: 531-6668.

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