Making the Internet more understandable


September 25, 1997|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NETWEEKEND IS a statewide celebration by schools and parents who will join forces to work on understanding the Internet.

Two local schools are sponsoring activities this weekend.

Bushy Park Elementary School will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Parents and staff members will hear presentations, participate in workshops, and share brain-storming sessions.

You can see Internet projects the school has created and plan where your child will go on the information superhighway.

Learn to surf the 'Net in a hands-on workshop, to use electronic mail for communications between home and school and work on the Bushy Park Elementary School home page.

As part of its NetWeekend grant of $3,000 from the Governor's NetWeekend Committee, Bushy Park staff members will purchase network interface cards and a computer to provide direct Internet access in four classrooms that were wired during last year's NetWeekend.

Principal Nancy Esmond and her NetWeekend Committee hope many Bushy Park parents will participate.

Information: 410-313-5500.

Meanwhile, Mount View Middle School parents have a chance to catch up with their computer-savvy kids.

Parents may register for free introductory-level, computer-based training courses between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday at the school.

While there, parents can take part in demonstrations on the Mount View Middle Web site -- the school's on-line handbook -- and FalconNet -- Mount View's on-line bulletin board system.

You can also have your personal computer configured for access by an Internet provider.

Sixteen one-hour courses are scheduled for evenings from September through March.

Topics range from study aids to music composition.

Information: 410-313-5545.

Glenelg homecoming

Glenelg High School celebrates Homecoming this weekend.

At noon, in front of the school, see the award-winning Glenelg High School Marching Unit lead a parade of floats -- and the Homecoming court -- through the neighborhood.

Youngsters love this parade, which always brings showers of candy.

The varsity football game against Howard High School begins at 1: 30 p.m.

The band performs at half-time.

A Homecoming dance in the evening completes the day's events.

Marching Unit Boosters will be at the football game, offering the band's two compact discs -- "Glenelg Symphonic Bands Greatest Hits," and "Glenelg Jazz Ensemble's Greatest Hits" -- for sale.

You may also purchase tickets for the Marching Unit's Oct. 4 fall dance as well as other fund-raising items -- grocery certificates and entertainment books.

Information: 410-313-5533.

A Lisbon collage

Lisbon Elementary School is collecting photographs of people and places to make a Lisbon collage.

Many Lisbon families have lived in the area for generations, so folks want to celebrate the community's history and traditions.

Organizers would like to copy your photos, and then return them to you.

Your pictures, and the stories you tell about them, will become part of a permanent display telling the story of a beautiful, well-rooted community.

Information: 410-313-5506.

Lisbon singers

Venessa Abadom, Kevin Flowers, Kelly Larson and Emily Smith will represent Lisbon Elementary School in this year's Howard County Children's Chorus.

Some 123 fourth- and fifth-graders from 35 Howard elementary schools will sing in the select chorus.

The singers were accepted into the chorus after countywide auditions.

Renovating Glenwood Middle

Glenwood Middle School has been around for 30 years.

The old building has felt the feet and heard the shouts of thousands of youngsters. Now, it needs renovation.

In the past two years, Glenwood parents have cajoled the Board of Education to allocate money to plan a renovation.

On Tuesday, these parents will testify before the Board of Education, seeking full funding to bring the building up to date.

You can let the Board of Education know that you want Glenwood to be renovated by supporting the Renovation Committee's testimony at the Board Of Education Capital Budget Public Hearing.

The hearing begins at 7: 15 p.m.

Terry Chaconas, renovation chair for Glenwood Middle School, expects the testimony for the school to end by 8 p.m.

Information: 301-854-6152.

Cattail's garden

Cattail River Garden Club has already renovated one attractive feature at Glenwood Middle School.

The club plants and maintains Glenwood's courtyard garden.

This project, a source of pride for the school and the garden club, started more than five years ago through a partnership between the school and the club.

The garden -- a quiet place with benches, shrubs, bulbs, perennials and pathways -- is a classy focal point in the school building.

It is used for informal jazz concerts, as a quiet space and simply a pretty spot to view.

Last week, Helen Jordan and Mary Jane Warfield represented their club at a dinner celebrating Educational Partnerships.

Winning ways

Jeanine Johnson, reporter for the Dayton 4-H Club, notes that club members continued their winning ways at the Maryland State Fair.

Darla Bouma, Chrissy Ennis, Mark and Stephanie Grutzmacher and Ben Post won ribbons at the fair.

Jocelyn Bottomly, Bry Robinson, Katherine Robinson, and Anna Schlicht participated in rabbit judging at the fair.

Alex and Ben Post participated in dairy judging.

The Pabst and Youkers families made a banner for the club to display at the fair, which won second place.

The club also entered the Dayton Daze parade earlier this month.


Pointers Run Elementary School organized its back-to-school nights in three sessions this year.

Last Monday, the kindergarten and fourth-grade teachers greeted parents.

On Monday, second- and third-grade parents will meet with teachers.

And on Tuesday, first- and fifth-grade parents will attend school.

The 90-minute sessions begin at 7 p.m.

Information: 410-750-3335.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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