Atholton Elementary students observe American Heritage Week


November 18, 1997|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THIS IS American Heritage Week, and fourth-graders at Atholton Elementary School are celebrating it with performances at a school assembly for the first- and fifth-graders.

Art teacher Laurie Kwolek -- whose masters' thesis is on American heritage -- coordinated an American heritage unit, with the help of first-grade team leader Carolyn Ambrose and fifth-grade team leader David Adelman.

The children learned Native American legends, and they will perform Indian dances accompanied by their own re-creations of Indian musical instruments.

Parents are invited to the 10: 15 a.m. performance.

Information: 410-313-6853.

Eagles soar

Being an Eagle Scout is part of the Green family heritage.

Matthew Green was awarded his Eagle Scout rank Nov. 9 at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Allview.

Having participated in his two sons' Eagle ceremonies, Alfred Green was well-prepared to present the Eagle Charge to his grandson, Matt.

Alfred Green wore his Wood Badge award, representing his many years in Scouting.

Matt's uncle, Edwin Marcus, traveled from Illinois to make the Eagle presentation. Marcus' son is also an Eagle.

Fellow Troop 75 Eagles Jonathan Barnes, Phillip Browning and Nick Thomas were Matt's Eagle Honor Guard and Voice of the Eagle.

As master of ceremonies, Scoutmaster Pat Roth introduced color guard members Alex Perry, Stephen Watson, Marty Oltmans, Matt LeBaron and Jonathan Leshin.

Matt's Eagle project was directing and planning the reconstruction of a section of a nature trail in the David W. Force Game Preserve in Ellicott City. The preserve includes an outdoor ecological classroom.

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, Bianco Contracting and Turf Valley Country Club and Resort supported Matt's project.

Matt, a senior at Hammond High School, has earned Order of the Arrow and Silver Medal Scout honors.

He is a member of Howard High School's "It's Academic" team, captain of the math team and plays varsity football.

Jeanne and Ron Green are Matt's parents.

Outstanding teacher

Stevens Forest art teacher Nancy Charamella received the 1997 Outstanding Visual Arts Educators Award last month at the Maryland Art Education Association's fall conference at Towson University.

Stevens Forest's Becca Price and Michelle Estabrook's art was on display at the conference, along with the artwork of Andrew Harmen, a second-grader at Talbott Springs Elementary.

The competition was statewide, and selection for the exhibit was a reflection of the students' talents and the guidance of their teachers -- Charamella and Talbott Springs Elementary's Sharon Higdon.

Welcome, Fronica

Oakland Mills High School staff members extend a warm welcome to Fronica Schoeny, who is interning in the school's guidance office this year.

Box tops help kids

Keep those box tops for education coming!

Stevens Forest is collecting Betty Crocker and General Mills box tops as a fund-raiser for school supplies and special events.

The total for October was $27.50. Parents and students can bring in the box tops one at a time.

Book fairs

Talbott Springs and Stevens Forest elementaries are having book fairs to give students an opportunity to purchase books and to raise money for the schools' media centers.

Students can buy a book and help the school order a wider selection of interesting books.

Book fair orders for Stevens Forest are to be turned in by 10: 30 a.m. Friday.

Stevens Forest information: 410-313-6900.

Talbott Springs will be open until 8 p.m. today for parents to place book orders.

Then, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, the school will hold an evening of food, fellowship and door prizes for students and parents to help raise the funds needed to fill the media center's bookshelves.

Tickets are $20, and may be purchased at the school office.

Talbott Springs information: 410-313-6915.

Young musicians

Students from Talbott Springs and Stevens Forest have been selected to play in the Howard County Elementary Enrichment Orchestra.

Talbott's music director, Karen Alexander, says Matthew DeBeal, violinist, and Alycia Williams, cellist, were selected from her school.

Stevens Forest's Charlene McDaniel says fourth-grader David Berman and third-grader Victoria Silva will represent their school.

Young leaders

"Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges" is an impressive title, but even more impressive is the fact that two east Columbians -- Theodore Blank and Timothy Giesler -- were selected, along with 27 other students nationwide, as outstanding campus leaders to be listed in the 1998 edition of the book.

Blank, an Oakland Mills High graduate and a junior at Capitol College, is studying electronics engineering technology.

Giesler, a junior, graduated from Pennsylvania Technology Institute and is earning a degree in telecommunications engineering technology.

Students are selected for the publication based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

Journalist to speak

Paul Wilkes, a former Sun reporter and author of the PBS documentary series, "Six American Families," will speak at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

Wilkes will discuss the role of religious belief and spirituality in individual lives, and the impact of religion in public life.

An author of fiction and nonfiction, Wilkes' most recent publication is "The Good Enough Catholic," a guide for the perplexed.

The talk is sponsored by St. John the Evangelist parish of Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake.

Excuse me

Mea culpa, mea culpa for a mistaken identity. It was Hammond High and its thespians and stage crew who performed "Voices 2000."

Pub Date: 11/18/97

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