Son's average of being right increases outside school


July 01, 1998|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I AM 100 percent sure the problem with my grades had to do with all those bomb threats," my son suggested earnestly. "I mean, even when there wasn't one, just the possibility my life was in danger was enough to disrupt my learning process."

I was impressed. Judging from his report card, this obviously was the only concept he was even close to getting 100 percent right.

"A little positive reinforcement would be nice, Mother," he pointed out. "You didn't even mention the A I got in French."

Yes, I had noticed the A in French -- a foreign language -- right beside the D in English, his mother tongue.

"Mom, you're looking only for the negative aspect of this marking period. If you will just look a little harder, you will see a special message: 'Congratulations, you have been promoted.' The school has managed to place a positive spin on this unseemly episode," said my son, tentatively scheduled to enter 10th grade at Glen Burnie High School in the fall.

"I also managed to complete my service learning requirement, and I'm eligible for extracurricular activities. I personally am quite pleased," he continued.

How fortunate, I noted, since I had one special extracurricular activity in mind. Handing him a hastily scribbled note, I asked that he display a little of that A-caliber French. Perplexed, he studied the paper. "Ecole d'ete?"

See you in summer school, Glen Burnie.

Summer school du jour

Speaking of summer school, students who want to take a course again to get a better grade, or even take a new class for credit, can register for classes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow in the media building of Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

PTC In addition to classes in English, social studies, science, foreign languages, math and business communication, courses to help students who failed the mandatory Maryland Functional Tests in writing, math and citizenship are available.

Classes -- which are open to students from Corkran, Marley, George Fox, Lindale-Brooklyn Park and MacArthur middle schools and Glen Burnie, North County, Meade and Northeast high schools -- begin July 8 and end with exams Aug. 7. They meet from 7: 30 a.m. to 9: 45 a.m. or from 9: 55 a.m. to 12: 10 p.m.

There is a $185 fee for each class with a maximum of two classes per student. Transportation to the school is the student's responsibility.

Information: 410-222-5384.

Crisis training

Students aren't the only ones with an opportunity to continue their education over the summer. The Family Involvement Center is offering summer training sessions for Crisis Prevention Team members, administrators, counselors, nurses, parents, psychologists, pupil personnel workers and community-based service providers.

Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held at the center at Oakwood Elementary School, 330 Oak Manor Drive, and are limited to 20 participants.

These sessions are scheduled:

"Dealing with Grieving Children and Their Families," 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Hospice of the Chesapeake Bereavement Center, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville.

"Drug Awareness," 9 a.m. to noon July 9.

"Programs for Success: Alternative to Suspension," 9 a.m. to noon July 9 at Annapolis Middle School, 1399 Forest Drive in Annapolis.

"Helping Families Help Themselves," 9 a.m. to noon July 10 at the YWCA of Annapolis, 1517 Ritchie Highway, Arnold.

"National Standards for Parent Involvement-Practical Strategies," 9 a.m. to noon July 14.

"Preparing First-Graders, Ready to Learn," 9 a.m. to noon July 15 at the First Step Resource Center, Point Pleasant Elementary School, 1035 Dumbarton Road, Glen Burnie.

"1-2-3 Magic," 9 a.m. to noon July 16 at the Family Involvement Center and again 1: 30 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 22 at Lothian Elementary School, 5175 Solomons Island Road.

"Attending and Administering Time-Out," 9 a.m. to noon July 17.

"Grants-Developing Workshops," 9 a.m. to noon July 22.

"Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training," 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27 and 28.

"DARE for Students and Parents: Comprehensive Drug Education and Prevention Program," 9 a.m. to noon July 29.

Information: 410-222-6429.

Pub Date: 7/01/98

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