Murray Hill Middle preparing for reluctant scholars


August 14, 1998|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT'S THAT time of year again when young scholars publicly complain -- and secretly rejoice -- about returning to school.

The structure of school days, the opportunity to make new friends, learn new things and make mistakes away from the scrutiny of parents frightens and beckons.

School lunches may be acceptable to some, although saying so is an unacceptable breach of the unspoken student code.

Murray Hill Middle School will begin its second year this month.

Returning staff and students are veterans, who will blend with the year's new crop of students.

On Thursday, the school will hold an open house for incoming sixth-graders, transfer students and their families.

The PTA will provide refreshments in the school's dining room.

Murray Hill does not have a cafeteria or dining hall -- institutional terms for eating areas. The school decided to name its eating area "the dining room," to reinforce the image of the school community as a family.

Hammond Middle School

Everyone at Hammond Middle School is busy welcoming new staff members.

Sam Davis, formerly of Glenwood Middle School, is a new assistant principal.

Deb Peled and Laura Silver will teach a SAIL class -- Students Actively Involved in Learning. The class encourages students to explore and discuss life issues in a structured setting.

Peled comes from Forest Ridge Elementary; Silver is a Hammond veteran. She has been a long-term substitute teacher there.

Art Barnes, formerly of Patuxent Valley Middle School, will teach seventh- and eighth-grade math.

Not all of the new staff members at Hammond Middle School have come from other Howard County schools. Roy Rosnik is from Montgomery County.

He will teach technical education.

Fran Williams, the assistant media specialist, previously worked in the private sector.

Hammond Middle's back-to-school night will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 23.

Hammond's new-student orientation is scheduled at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Patuxent Valley Middle

At Patuxent Valley Middle School, orientation for incoming sixth-graders and new transfer students will be held Thursday.

Students whose last names begin with A through K are asked to come to the cafeteria at 8: 30 a.m.

Those whose names begin with L through Z are asked to arrive at 9: 30 a.m.

Back-to-school night for parents and students will be held Sept. 23.

Bollman Bridge Elementary School is getting ready for new students, too.

Orientations are scheduled as follows: Kindergarten orientation, for parents only, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The kindergartners will be shown around their new school Friday. Morning class members are to visit from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and those in the afternoon class are to visit from 10: 30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m.

Parents and students will tour the building and be shown where the bathrooms and playgrounds are.

An orientation has been scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. for transfer students in first- through fifth-grades.

Back-to-school nights will be held next month for parents of all students.

Parents will tour the school, meet teachers and become acquainted with PTA members and staff members.

Because Bollman Bridge has a large student body, two back-to-school nights will be held.

Parents of first- through third-graders are invited from from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Sept. 16.

Parents of fourth- and fifth-graders are invited from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Sept. 17.

Class lists will be posted on Bollman's front doors after 4 p.m. Friday.

Growing church

Savage United Methodist Church needed more room for activities.

Several years ago, the church bought a Victorian-era house across the street from its main building.

After several years of refurbishing the building, the church will dedicate the space at its 10 a.m. service on Sunday.

The retrofitting of a private home for public use -- while maintaining its original look and spirit -- took a good bit of effort.

The church removed three doors from the attached garage and replaced them with windows matching others on the facade.

Two ramps have been installed. Bright islands of flowers bloom on the lawn, and new doors and windows shine.

Inside, there are meeting rooms and a mural of Noah and the Ark. The house has a sprinkler system and other safety equipment.

Time, effort and money have been spent to create a new Faith and Ministry Center.

Laying the cornerstone

Savage United Methodist is not the only church with expansion plans.

On Aug. 30, Bethel Assembly of God on Savage-Guilford Road will lay the cornerstone of its new church building on Vollmerhausen Road.

The building looks complete from the outside, but much interior work must be done.

The congregation hopes to move in next spring.

Sing out

Columbia Pro Cantare is looking for good voices.

This year's repertory includes Handel's "Messiah," Dvorak's "Te Deum," Faure's "Requiem," Zelenka's "Dixit Dominus," a selection of opera choruses and the Washington-area premiere of Ruzicka's "Celebration Jazz Mass."

A number of our neighbors are in the group.

Auditions are by appointment with Kathleen Bowen at 410-465-5744 or with director Matyca Dawson at 410-730-8549.

Rehersals are from 7: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 8.

Pub Date: 8/14/98

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