At Manor Woods Elementary, a Celebration of Nations


November 27, 1997|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Regardless of how you celebrate today, may you have great joy and countless blessings.

Jonathan Davis teaches fifth grade at Manor Woods Elementary School. He imagined a parade, as 110 Manor Woods fifth-graders finished a unit on government.

As part of their social studies program, the students developed governments -- with flags, symbols, and constitutions.

Last Thursday, the students had a Celebration of Nations that began with a Parade of Nations.

Representatives of 32 student countries marched into the school cafeteria holding unique flags.

Each group shared a highlight of their country, such as the branches of government, the national anthem, the symbolism of their flag, or their map, projected on the wall.

The activity was the culmination of 10 weeks of hands-on study.

Later, in their classes, students presented the more unique aspects of their countries, using a multimedia presentation program called Hyperstudio.

The fifth-graders learned to use the program in media classes.

Parents and students visited stations, where teams shared information and food representing each country.

Davis and an enterprising team of fifth-grade teachers and other specialists led students through this interdisciplinary program at Manor Woods.

Principal John Morningstar said, "What an incredible program! This was a fantastic learning activity for both students and staff."

Democracy in action

Most of us have never attended a budget hearing, but these sessions are democracy in action.

Students, staff members, parents, and friends of Glenwood Middle School invite you to join them at a budget hearing about the renovation of Glenwood.

The Board of Education has asked for money to fund a renovation of the 30-year-old school. Now is the time for citizens -- you and I -- to tell County Executive Charles I. Ecker that we support the allocation of money to renovate Glenwood.

Arrive at 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City in the Banneker Room by 7: 15 p.m. Tuesday.

Testimony is brief, but large numbers of supporters are important.

Most folks will leave by 8 p.m. Information: Terry Chaconas at 301-854-6152.

Redistricting meeting

Western Howard County elementary schools will be affected by the opening of the Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in August. At a Redistricting Meeting at Centennial High School at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday, officials will explain enrollment projections, discuss over- and under-enrolled schools, and announce redistricting alternatives.

You can learn what options you have in the redistricting process, and where your child might attend school next year.

Information: 410-313-6600.

Glenelg's 'Tom Sawyer'

Glenelg High School's Drama Department offers you family entertainment for early December.

Students, under the direction of Ron Oaks, will perform "Tom Sawyer" at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6, and at 3 p.m. Dec. 7.

There are 20 speaking parts and four stage sets. Members of the Stagecraft group receive kudos from Oaks for the work they have done preparing the sets.

The play also features a choir in the background and piano music of the periods between scenes.

Actors include Jason Lanier as Tom, Tristan Spence as Huck, Brooks Trimper as Joe Harper, and Ann Marland as Aunt Polly.

Jenna Bythrow plays Becky Thatcher, Ed Fee is Muff Potter, and Jesse Myers is Injun Joe.

Blair Heinke is the student assistant director, and Linda Simms made the costumes.

Admission $6. Information: 410-313-5528.

Orchids galore

Last spring, a friend gave us two orchid plants, which we were surprised to find easy to grow.

Orchids are fantastic. From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, join members of the Maryland Orchid Society for its orchid plant auction at the Clarksville Fire Station. Come at 11 a.m. to see the plants before the auction begins.

Refreshments are available. The event is free.

Information: 410-750-8821.

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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