Teacher is headed for 'PBS Mathline'


March 06, 1997|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AN INVITATION from the Public Broadcasting Service is tearing Mary Jo Messenger away from River Hill High School.

Messenger, who teaches math and is the instructional leader of River Hill's mathematics department, will spend the next 18 months as project leader for the high school segment of "PBS Mathline," an online learning community for teachers.

The goal of the project is to help teachers develop teaching and mathematics skills so that they can better help their students reach national math standards.

Messenger will take a leave of absence to accept what she calls a "once-in-a-lifetime" offer.

Bill Beydler, a retired engineer who has put his experience and knowledge to work this semester as Messenger's student teacher, will teach her classes.

Math teacher Rod Wallace will fill in as mathematics instructional leader at River Hill.

Spiritual singers

Lend an ear to toe-tapping gospel music at Glenelg United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Sunday as the Glorification Singers, a nationally known recording group from New York, lifts your spirits.

Sing along or listen to traditional songs and new compositions, accompanied by drums and guitars.

After the performance, build yourself an ice cream sundae in the fellowship hall.

Your $5 ticket ($3 for children ages 3 to 12) entitles you to attend the concert and have a large sundae and a beverage.

Call Nevada Brannon at 489-7772 or purchase tickets at the door.

Jazz and desserts

Jazz it up at River Hill High School with "Mad Jazz -- Icing on the Cake."

That's what the River Hill High School Music Boosters call their evening of jazz, light popular music and desserts, which begins at 7: 30 p.m. March 21.

River Hill's jazz band, madrigals, choir and small ensembles will perform. After the informal concert, you can try the desserts. All this costs $5.

L Order tickets by March 14. Call Joyce Tarricone at 531-1233.

Band boosters wash

Is your car looking a little dingy? Stop by River Hill High School Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to get your car squeaky clean.

Band boosters will wash your car for a donation. Proceeds help buy uniforms for the choir, band, and madrigals.

Information: 313-6927.

Art Month exhibits

March is Art Month, and students are exhibiting their work.

Laura Wolfe, Anthony Tringali, Jessica Conner and Elizabeth Huang of Mount View Middle School will show works at the Howard County Center for the Arts, beginning March 14.

Margaret Clark and Amy Fadrowksi will display their work at the central county library through March 26.

Young artists from Lisbon Elementary School will participate in public shows this month and next.

David Jubar, Justin Smith, Erica Ryan, Owen Dietz and Anthony Meli have work at the central library until March 26.

Zachary Fratkin, Kevin Good, Sean Brennan, Amy Manzolillo, and Erin Wojcik have produced work that will be displayed at the Howard County Center for the Arts March 14 to April 19.

Young instrumentalists

Music students rehearse long hours for the Howard County Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Each young instrumentalist must master a selected piece and present it one-on-one to a professional musician, who judges the performance.

Glenelg High School band director Barry Enzman says these youngsters go "over and above" what most students are willing to do.

If they earn a 1, which is a perfect score, they not only have ## bragging rights, but they qualify for the state Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Thirteen Glenelg students earned perfect scores at the county festival in late February.

They are Stacey Myers, saxophone; Lauren Bender, Joanna Bissell, Noah Smith, and Andrius Vaskys, clarinet; Julie Rupsis, oboe; Jonathan Gibson and Jason Barker, percussion; Alex Asher and Ryan Bender, trombone; David Lance, trumpet; and Kristin Chadwick and Bevan Kirley, bassoon.

Glenelg line dancing

If you like to dance, join the folks at Glenelg High School for an evening of line dancing March 15.

Students Helping Other People will sponsor an evening for dancers and nondancers of all ages.

Country Partners will provide recorded music and teach you the steps to enjoy from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $5. Proceeds benefit multiple sclerosis research. Refreshments are free.

Information: 313-5528.

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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