New Atholton principal to focus on three areas


September 03, 1997|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"MY EXPERIENCE," said Jim McGregor, the new principal of Atholton High School, "is that everybody wants the same thing: a good education for the students."

Even before the school year began, McGregor attended meetings with students, faculty members and parents. What he found was encouraging.

"The faculty is very committed," he said. "The students take a lot of pride in the school, and the parents are very supportive."

McGregor comes to Atholton after seven years as principal of Glenelg High School.

He also has been assistant principal of Glenelg, Howard and Centennial high schools.

Over the summer, McGregor said he studied the school's academic records and identified three areas that he plans to focus on this year: technology, career planning and study skills.

He said he would like to expand the use of technology through the curriculum.

He also wants to have an active "career connection team" to work with the school's business partners.

"Students need to start thinking about their career path beginning in ninth grade," he said.

And he plans to create a team of teachers for ninth-graders to help them focus on developing study skills.

Also new at Atholton are teachers Scott Brenfleck, art; Laura Cassard and Robert Motley, foreign language; Ron Brown, music; Nathan Rosen, drama; Wallace White and Jerry Domanio, science.

Other new faculty members are Nancy Griffith and Gary Hale, English; Sue Hale, special education; Pat Brown, social studies; Victoria Thorn, computer science; Robin Ratner, work study; and Chuck Fales, physical education.

Scientist displays art

Paintings by Wilde Lake resident Ann Schluederberg are on display this month at Artists' Gallery.

Titled "Water Born II," the exhibit will continue through Oct. 3. The gallery is in the American City Building on Wincopin Circle, off Little Patuxent Parkway.

Painting is only one of Schluederberg's interests.

A virologist with a doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University, Schluederberg was a researcher at the National Institutes of Health until her retirement three years ago.

Longtime Columbia residents may also remember Schluederberg as a musician.

One of the founders of the Columbia Orchestra, she played second violin in the group's early days.

Since 1983, Schluederberg has been working seriously on her painting. She uses watercolors, painting primarily water scenes.

"My husband loves to sail," she said. "That's where I am, so that's where I drink in my inspiration."

Schluederberg's paintings have been included in juried and invitational art shows throughout Maryland.

She was part of the 30-year reunion show at Slayton House during this year's Columbia Festival of the Arts.

Since June, Schluederberg has been publicity coordinator for the Artists' Gallery.

She is also a member of the Howard County Arts Council.

Also included in this month's exhibit at Artists' Gallery are paintings by Elaine Weiner-Reed and other gallery members.

A reception for the artists will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday as part of the 1997 Fall Gallery Tour of Howard County.

Dorsey's Search resident Elaine Newhall, a flutist with the Columbia Orchestra, will perform.

A second reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 12.

Information and gallery hours: 410-740-8249.

Dancer enjoys tots

In more than 20 years of teaching ballet, Longfellow resident Marthe Wright has worked with people of all ages, from 2-year-olds to adults.

But it's the little ones she likes best.

"I really enjoy the children," she said. "They are so excited, they don't want to leave."

She added, "I like to have fun, and I have lots of energy."

In teaching very young children, she said, "I'm not looking at making stars."

She tailors the classes to the ages of the children.

"We do so many things in 45 minutes, there's not enough time to lose interest," she said.

Wright will begin her sixth season of teaching ballet at Slayton House on Sept. 15, with a schedule of 16 classes for children and one for adults.

Fees range from $45 for a six-week class for 2- and 3-year-olds to $180 for a 12-week class for 7- to 10-year-olds.

Wright grew up in Columbia, moving here -- when her father took a job with The Rouse Co. -- in 1969.

She is a graduate of Wilde Lake High School and a former member of Conservatory Ballet -- a company that was based at Kahler Hall.

She began teaching dance classes at Kahler Hall when she was 15 and has taught in several village centers.

Recently, Wright has been an assistant to magician Dean Turner.

They have performed at village centers and for Family Fun Days at The Mall in Columbia. They also work as clowns -- going to hospitals, fund-raising events and parties.

Wright includes her 8-year-old son, Max -- a student at Longfellow Elementary School -- in her work.

She described him as the "token male" who is called upon to perform many roles in the dance recitals given by her classes.

He also performs with her in the magic shows.

For more information on the ballet classes, call Slayton House at 410-730-3987. Registration begins Monday and must be done in person.

PTA names officers

Longfellow Elementary School PTA has announced its officers for the 1997-1998 school year.

Alison Roy-Harrison is this year's PTA president.

She is assisted by Jackie Rose, first vice president; Nancy Thomas, second vice president; Dawn Henninger, treasurer; Clare Brooks, recording secretary; and Barbara Fowler, corresponding secretary.

Betsy Rotolo and Rachel Pappafotis are PTA delegates.

Scouts hold bike rodeo

Cub Scouts from two west Columbia packs -- 180 and 618 -- learned about safety at a bike rodeo held recently in Catonsville.

The event was sponsored by the Arrowhead and National Pike Districts of the Boy Scouts of America.

The rodeo included bike inspections, helmet fittings and a skills course.

Pub Date: 9/03/97

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