Glenelg High math teacher receives award for excellence

NEIGHBORS

March 21, 1996|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PERCY BYSSHE Shelley wrote "O, Wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?"

Officially, spring came early yesterday morning, but we wait still for the flowers and soft breezes of April. Our weather remains wintry. Meanwhile, there's much to celebrate and do in western Howard County.

At Howard Community College Tuesday evening, several of our own received awards for excellence.

Glenelg High School Principal Jim McGregor says math teacher Mary Ellen Doyle demonstrates the science and art of teaching. She likes and cares about students and their academic successes, believing that every student can learn.

Math Department Chair Linda Hartnett adds that Ms. Doyle is a very warm and giving person who takes a sincere personal interest in each of her students. She even has a Breakfast Club at 7 a.m. to offer help to her students, mostly ninth graders who study Algebra I and other math courses.

Glenelg students who received Evening of Excellence awards included Matt Ashmore, Kelly Brown, Lauren A. Brown, Reginald Brown, Thang Dam, Aaron Fallon, John Habert, Grayson Kasemeyer, Suzanne Mundy, Michele Renehan and Chris Seymour. Karyn Casper and Dan Gaffney represented Glenelg High School at this year's annual Rotary Club Outstanding Senior dinner earlier this month.

River Hill orientation

River Hill High School's series of meetings to orient parents and students to the new school continues tonight with a 7: 30 p.m. meeting about assessment at the school, the use of portfolios and the senior project.

Principal Scott Pfeifer, Assistant Principal Barry Odell and other staff members will help parents see some old ways and some new ways to teach and measure learning.

This is an opportunity to discuss how to blend teaching and assessment and how River Hill students can use portfolios to reflect their high school learning and prepare for further education.

On Monday at 7: 30 p.m., Mr. Pfeifer and Mr. Odell will have an informal chat with parents and students in the school auditorium. They welcome questions about the formation of River Hill High School. Call 313-7120.

Band adjudication results

Last Friday, Glenelg High School was host for the annual band adjudications, at which judges evaluated every band in the county and some from other counties.

The Glenelg Symphonic Band performed beautifully, according to Director Barry Enzman. The group continues to play at a high level, impressing the very tough judges.

Planning band adjudications is a logistical nightmare. Glenelg teacher Ethel Roberts coordinated the mechanics of the day perfectly.

With the help of drill team members and band students, Ms. Roberts managed to move hundreds of people, instruments and accessories through the school all day. Band students still managed to stay focused for their 9 p.m. performance.

Benefit concert

Neighbors who have heard the Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble know why these kids keep getting invited to play at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. They sound great.

The exciting European trip is expensive, and this year the students will earn their way with a benefit concert at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the school auditorium .

Tickets are $10 for an evening of hot jazz and cool blues.

Fabulous trombonist Rick Willard is the guest soloist for this event. There will be plenty of tickets at the door, or you may purchase tickets from 7: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school office. Call 313-5533 for ticket information.

Advancing speller

Fifth grader Samantha Nataro of Clarksville Elementary School must have impressed her teacher, Rose Roman.

Samantha won the preliminary competition in the National Spelling Bee last Thursday. She will participate in the regional bee in Washington next week.

Mrs. Rose and all the folks at Clarksville Elementary hope Samantha is on her way to the national competition.

Ascending Scouts

At Glenwood's Cub Scout Pack 761's recent Blue and Gold Dinner, 32 Scouts rose in rank.

After a chicken and lasagna dinner attended by about 150 people, Scouts were presented with their new ranks and were entertained by a folk musician.

New Webelos, who are in fourth and fifth grades, include Christopher Berberich, David Brindza, Christopher Cobleigh, Kevin Dignan, Mark Goodwin, David Johnson, Andrew Martowski, Trevor Ulman and Andrew Wissman. Members of the pack collected more than 550 food items for the Howard County Food Bank in the Scouting for Food program.

Craft show

Crafters can sign up to rent tables at the March 30 craft show sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the 5th District Volunteer Fire Department in Clarksville. Call 531-3984 or 531-3310 for a table reservation.

Pub Date: 3/21/96

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