Hammond High will be a confusing place for returning students this year. The school now goes to a four-period, 90-minute class schedule. One week, students will have a particular class Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; the next week, that class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays.
This schedule has been in place at Atholton for a while. Teachers like it because it allows them to really pursue a subject until the students understand it; the usual 50-minute class period is sometimes too short. And students like the new system because it gives them time to take another elective class.
In any case, this may be the only year in which freshmen alone will not feel conspicuously ill at ease. Everyone will look confused for a few days.
We're all sad to see Kathryn Bloom, the Savage children's librarian, leave the county library system to become the children's librarian at the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. She's a terrific storyteller, too, a talent that will be put to good use in her new job.
The Laurel Oratorio Society rehearses for its November concert Tuesday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., beginning Aug. 29. You don't have to audition. The society is looking for a few voices to sing the a capella works of Brahms, Schuman, Dvorak and Mendelssohn.
Walter G. Edmonds directs this 110-voice choir. Rehearsals will be held at the Laurel Presbyterian Church, 7610 Old Sandy Spring Road. The Nov. 17 concert will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Laurel.
For information about joining the choir or buying a subscription series to the society's concerts, call (301) 498-4254.
Hammond High's Parent Teacher Student Association has a new president. Congratulations to Irene Voneiff.