AREA SCHOOLS are sort of back to normal, but activities have been rescheduled or canceled. At Patuxent Valley Middle School, the band concert that was to have been held yesterday has been moved to 7 p.m. Thursday.
At Hammond High School, the winter concert, which was rescheduled twice, has been canceled. We'll all have to wait until spring to hear the lovely music. The citizenship test given to 10th-graders at Hammond has been moved to Thursday. Finals have been pushed back a week, to Jan. 29 through Feb. 1.
Hammond Principal Sylvia Pattillo reminds parents that students must take these examinations to get academic credit for the semester. It seems that several parents, noting that exam days are half-days, asked if they could take their children on family skiing vacations.
Because exam week has been pushed back a week, Hammond High will not issue report cards until Feb. 13.
The regularly scheduled January Principal's Breakfast at Hammond High has been canceled. Hammond parents can meet with Dr. Pattillo at 8 a.m. Feb. 13 in the guidance office. The school prefers that parents call for a reservation. The number is (410) 313-7615.
The snowstorm has not only created havoc with schedules but also with cars: There is just too much snow. Those of us who have braved the streets often find that it's impossible to find a parking space. Staff members of Patuxent Valley Middle School haven't had that problem. Vice Principal Tom Saunders reports that the custodial staff dug out parking spaces. He particularly commended staff members Tyrone Wilson, Kathy Williams, Myrtle Nelson, Gloria Johnson and Myrtle Kramer for their dedication to the school.
The Forest Ridge Elementary family has grown by one: Reading specialist Karen Groner has a new son. Danelle Houck will substitute for Mrs. Groner until she returns to the school.
Children's art on display
The Savage Library is displaying the artwork of Hammond Elementary School students in its children's section.
It is an impressive display of diverse artistic styles. There's fifth-grader Amesh Patel's self-portrait as a skier surrounded by four abstract pictures in the style of Kandinsky. The abstracts are by first-graders Ashley Tipton, Kyle McKeown, Jessica Sutton and Thomas Lawler.
Along the parent-tot play area, there is a display of jungle landscapes, Rousseau-like tropical landscapes and royal portraits. Jacob Frelick populated his landscape with tigers. Kelsey Kinnamon's picture has a waterfall and an orange sky. Ryan Pennington shows close-ups of giant ferns. Kate O'Brien shows birds and lions drinking from a stream. Sara Keeter depicts rabbits leaping over the horizon.
Chris Wade's jungle includes bears, bees and leopards. Theresa Anderson has teddy bears cavorting among polka-dot plants. Caitlyn Trigger shows vibrant butterflies almost hidden by brilliant leaves. Greg Merson has a smiling sun beaming over a lush landscape.
Art teacher Heidi White had the second-graders create royal self-portraits. As in most royal portraits, the poses are ceremonial and the outfits are fancy. King Michael Hassett holds his crown in one hand and a sword in the other. Queen Meghan Werner is elegant in a V-neck gown and hennin. King Murray Dighans has a beard (a little unusual for a second-grader), green-striped hose and a polka-dot red shirt. When you're the king, you can dress any way you want. King Clement Ng stands ready to defend his kingdom in full plate armor with shield and sword.
Stephanie Peasson, a fifth-grader, painted her self-portrait as an ice skater. Movie night is success
Bollman Bridge Elementary School can always count on a core of volunteers for help. Last month, the school showed the movie "The Santa Clause" for area families.
Among those who helped make the night a success were Debbie Stvan, Martie Dyer, Mark Metzler, Trudie Myers, Kate Revelle, Robin Trenner, Judy Esposito, Joann Chapman, Kim Selden, Margo Chaffee, Jessica Kemper, John Kemper, Pat Kunzle, Jerome Cardell and Maria McNelis.