Clarksville Elementary celebrates the millennium


February 03, 2000|By Diane B. Mikulis | Diane B. Mikulis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ON FRIDAY, the student body of Clarksville Elementary School assembled in the school cafeteria for a millennium celebration.

The children wore millennium T-shirts they had made with the help of art teacher Laurie Basham.

Each grade wore a different color, creating a rainbow of neon green and yellow, orange, with accents of light blue, navy and black on the floor where they sat.

Several children from each grade presented their grade's millennium project, which involved collecting 1,000 items to benefit a community group.

Kindergartners rounded up 1,000 dog biscuits, which they donated to Howard County Animal Control.

First-graders brought in 1,000 washable-ink markers for children at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Second-grade pupils collected 1,000 quarters for a $250 donation to the hospital's Children's Center.

Third-graders couldn't stop at 1,000 in their collection of gently used books. They will give the 1,254 books they collected to other Howard County schools and to Baltimore Reads.

About 1,000 nonperishable food items for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center were collected by fourth-graders. And fifth-graders decided to double the goal and collect 2,000 pull-tabs from beverage cans. The pull-tabs will be recycled and proceeds donated to a dialysis program through the Kidney Foundation.

After the presentations, music teacher Karen Randall enthusiastically led each grade in older popular songs.

Pupils highlighted the significant events of each era and the history of the song.

As parents in the audience aimed video cameras, the children sang "Down by the Bay," "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "My Country 'Tis of Thee," and "Yankee Doodle."

Then the fifth-graders performed a minuet.

Boys and girls paired off and danced to "Music for the Royal Fireworks," composed by George Frederick Handel in 1749.

The high point of the celebration was the creation of a time capsule.

Assistant Principal Peggy Dumler said the capsule would be buried in the school courtyard and a statue of a child placed over it.

The capsule will be opened in 2013, when this year's kindergartners will be in the 12th grade. That year also will be the school's 50th anniversary.

Placed in the large white bucket were marbles, glue sticks, a car phone, compact discs, a computer mouse, Pokemon cards, a Harry Potter book jacket, letters to the fifth-grade class of 2013 from this year's fifth grade, photographs and a videotape of the Clarksville children singing.

Principal Brad Herling contributed a copy of the school's 1999 Maryland School Performance Assessment Program scores.

Reflections winners

Twenty-two students from nine western Howard schools were named county winners in the Howard County PTA Reflections competition during an awards program Jan. 27 at River Hill High School.

Students received certificates and ribbons for their creative works of literature, visual arts, photography and music.

Reflections is a PTA program designed to encourage student participation in the arts. Children in kindergarten through 12th grade can enter.

Entries are judged at each school, with winners in each category moving on to county judging.

The works of the county-level winners will be judged against those of students from across Maryland.

State winners, whose names will be announced in the spring, will be entered in the national competition.

In the literature category, winners from our neighborhood are Nina DeCesare, first place, Triadelphia Ridge Elementary; Cassie Potler, Glenwood Middle; and Elizabeth Huang, Glenelg High.

Winners in visual arts are James Morgan, Bushy Park Elementary; Casey Rolla, West Friendship Elementary; Michelle Saunders and Tyler Duff, West Friendship Elementary; Ellen Tsay, first place, Mount View Middle; and Laura Wolf, Glenelg High.

Photography winners are Tyler Grau, first place, Bushy Park Elementary; Nathan Lee-Deison, Manor Woods Elementary; Ryan Carter, Bushy Park Elementary; Charlie Harding, West Friendship Elementary; Courtney Knill, first place, Lisbon Elementary; Ryan Keys, West Friendship Elementary; Mark Brindisi, West Friendship Elementary; and Larkin Nixon, Lisbon Elementary.

In music, the winners are Molly Morse, first place, Manor Woods Elementary; Colin Morse, Manor Woods Elementary; Ellie Axenfeld, Bushy Park Elementary; Carolyn Rosinsky, first place, Clarksville Elementary; and Alyssa Seibert, Glenwood Middle.

Music at River Hill

The River Hill High School music department is sponsoring two events.

"Mad Jazz -- Icing on the Cake," at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow in the school cafeteria, will offer sweet treats, cheese and crackers and beverages as accompaniment to the music of jazz ensembles, madrigal singers, the Divas and other student musical groups.

The cost is $5 each, or $20 per family, payable at the door.

Information: 410-531-1653.

On Feb. 10, the jazz ensembles will hold a dinner at the school, catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill.

The menu includes Caesar salad, grilled chicken marsala, penne pomodoro, bread and beverage.

The cost is $8.

Proceeds will go toward the ensembles' summer trip to Europe, where the groups will perform in several jazz festivals.

Two seatings will take place, at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Reservations are requested by Saturday.

Reservations: Patti Knaack at 301-596-9950 or Debbie Miles at 410-313-7120.

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