Rockburn fifth-graders write for PTA newsletter


January 19, 1998|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ROCKBURN Elementary fifth-graders Heather Stebbins, Katie Hutchinson and Jaime Vonella have a jump on a journalistic career.

In a project for the school's Gifted and Talented program, the youngsters have developed a new column, Kids' Korner, for the PTA's quarterly newsletter, Thumbs Up at Rockburn.

The Korner has featured news stories on "Fish-steria" and the school's music program, interviews with teachers Ruth Layne, Jody Tuszynski and Kayla Johnson, and fellow students' opinions on how computers will help people in the future.

Here's a Kids' Korner sampling.

Third-grader Corey Whitehead predicts that computers "will pick up our trash," while fellow third-grader Dasha Adamovich says that computers "could help us do our chores and serve us in restaurants."

Seasonal jokes, puzzles and study tips balance the children's column, which runs about two pages in each newsletter.

Star extra

Howard High School student Bejan Modarressi, a fan of Hollywood star Will Smith, was listening to the radio in the fall when he heard a casting call for extras to appear in Smith's movie, "Enemy of the State."

Tryouts were to be held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Modarressi, age 14, not only went to the tryouts but was asked to be a featured extra when the picture was filmed in November.

"I got to meet Will Smith, who is a really nice guy," Modarressi says. "We did a scene together on a boat. He was cracking jokes with everybody."

Modarressi enjoyed the experience so much that he has been researching opportunities to appear on film. He keeps his eyes open and looks on the Internet.

"Most chances to be a film extra aren't advertised," says Modarressi. "But I had a lot of fun."

Honors from state PTA

The Maryland State PTA honored county schools and personnel during its annual convention this fall.

Howard High School PTSA received the Maryland PTA Green Seal Achievement Award, the only high school in the state to be honored.

The National PTA Life Membership Award was given to Steve Wallis, Howard High assistant principal.

Wilde Lake High School Principal Roger Plunkett was named Educator of the Year for 1997.

Pancake breakfast

Resurrection-St. Paul School will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and school open house Sunday.

Breakfast will be served from 8: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 10; those younger eat free. The event will take place at 3155 Paulskirk Drive, in Ellicott City. Information: 410-461-2360.

Young writers

Ilchester Elementary School is proud to name its International Reading Association Young Authors' Writing contest winners for the 1997-1998 school year.

Award winners include second-grade poets Eaman Hai, Tess O'Brien and Kaitlyn Aquino; fourth-grade short story writer Razel Frey; and fifth-grade short story writers Emily Biondo and A. J. Spring.

We commend these students and their teachers -- Andrea Ellison, Hillary Sandberg and Tracey Wright.

Ilchester Elementary will hold two winter concerts this week. The beginning band and orchestra performs at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesdayat Ilchester. The fourth- and fifth-grade choral ensemble performs at 7: 30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Howard High School.

School artists recognized

Howard High art students have been winning accolades for their work.

Sophomore Jessica Turner was recently selected as a member of the Visual Gifted and Talented Art Program in Howard County.

Students Heather Gibson and Stacey Stickles have had their art work on display at Historic Savage Mill. The exhibit, titled, "Sharing What We Teach," demonstrates the teaching process as shown through student work from Howard County schools.

Howard High art instructor Heidi Praff's work was recently selected for the Howard County Center for the Arts' Juried Exhibition.

Waiting for snow

Those of us who ski or sled have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of some snow. But we know that the white stuff causes a few problems.

Howard County Department of Public Works offers helpful hints to ease the pain, assuming snow ever arrives.

Park your car in your driveway before a snowfall. Plow drivers will not move snow from courts where cars are parked, to avoid damaging private vehicles.

Shovel snow from storm drain inlets after a snow. Snow melt that cannot drain may cause flooding and street icing.

For fire safety, clear fire hydrants. Don't use nitrogen-containing fertilizer to melt ice and snow. It harms our waterways.

Call the Home and Garden Information Center at 800-342-2507, and ask for "Melting Ice Safely," a brochure that suggests alternatives.

Residential roads are plowed after the primary and secondary roads and usually not until the snow stops.

Private residential roads are not plowed by the county. Call the Department of Public Works at 410-313-2330 for a list of private contractors.

For updates on road conditions, call 410-313-2900, or turn to cable television Channel 15.

Woven art

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