South Carroll girls soccer teams keep eyes on academic goals

NEIGHBORS

January 02, 1998|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE SOUTH CARROLL High School girls junior and varsity soccer teams have reason to be proud. All 41 girls from both squads made the honor roll last term, with 19 of the girls earning straight A's.

Jim Horn, head coach of the soccer program, reports that so far this school year, the girls have a combined grade-point average of 3.76.

This isn't the first time the girls' soccer teams have achieved such a high level of academic success.

Last year's junior and varsity teams, again under the direction of Horn. earned a combined team GPA of 3.46. This earned them a Team Academic Excellence Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The South Carroll program was one of three in Maryland to receive the award, which was announced Monday. The NSCAA is recognized as the top academic athletic program in the nation.

Horn will accept the award for the team at the national convention in Cincinnati this month.

A lot of hard work has gone into the girls' obtaining the high grades. Horn stresses the importance of academic success with girls and parents at the start of the season. He reinforces it by holding a half-hour study hall each day before practice.

"It's a smart group of girls I'm working with," Horn said. "The senior girls are good role models for the others."

Library celebration

It's hard to believe that it's five years since the Mount Airy branch library moved into its spacious new facility at 705 Ridge Ave.

After many, many years in the cramped quarters of what is now Town Hall, the move to the state-of-the-art facility was welcomed by town residents.

The library is inviting the community to celebrate its fifth year in its new home at 10 a.m. Jan. 10. Festivities are being planned for families, including children's stories and refreshments.

Student volunteers will provide balloon sculpting and face painting. Registration is required.

Information: 410-795-1010 or 301-829-5290.

Reading focus

If you visit Mount Airy Elementary School, don't be surprised if you see students reading everywhere in the building -- not just in the classrooms.

Staff members are committed to helping students become the best readers they can be.

During physical education classes, teachers Robin Townsend and Beth Bryant create lessons that require students to read directions in order to perform physical tasks.

Students work cooperatively to read the directions and perform tasks as directed. Tasks include soccer skills -- throw-ins, passing and trapping a soccer ball -- and fitness skills, such as wind sprints and push-ups.

Since some written directions use words not familiar to all students, Townsend and Bryant encourage students to use reading strategies when they hit a stumbling block.

Strategies such as "look for chunks in the word," and "sound it out," originally learned in reading classes, have become the key to success in other classes as well.

Bingo extravaganza

Before your 1998 calendar becomes filled with appointments and work commitments, mark 1: 30 p.m. Feb. 28 for South Carroll High School's Basket Bingo.

Sponsored by the school's Parent Teacher Student Organization, 20 bingo games will be featured with designer-theme baskets as prizes. There will also be raffles, jackpot games and door prizes.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, which will open at 1 p.m. Snow date is March 14.

Information: Diann Linton at 301-829-2853 or 410-751-3600.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 1/02/98

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