School officials to hold town meeting Tuesday School...


March 04, 2001

School officials to hold town meeting Tuesday

School Board President Susan Krebs and Interim Superintendent of Schools Charles I. Ecker will hold a town meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Shiloh Middle School in Hampstead.

Members of the public are welcome to voice concerns and ask questions about education issues.

The school is at 3675 Willow St.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Parents group to discuss learning-disability issues

The Parent Advocacy Group for Educational Rights will meet at 7 p.m. March 14 in the conference room at Westminster branch library.

The topic will be problems faced by children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

The library is at 50 E. Main St.

Information: 410-857-0242 or 410-848-9261.

Kindergarten registration for fall begins March 12

Parents or guardians of children eligible to enter kindergarten in August are urged to register them at the elementary school serving their area between March 12 and 16.

Enrollment is mandatory for children who will be 5 years old by Dec. 31. The law allows parents or guardians to request a level-of-maturity waiver or to enroll their child in one of three alternative programs: a licensed child care center, a family day care center or Head Start.

Parents may apply for a home-school instruction program as an alternative to school attendance.

At registration, parents must present a copy of the child's birth certificate; the child's Social Security number, if parents voluntarily support its use as the child's school identification number; verification of residence; and specific addresses that children will be transported to and from.

Parents should notify the school if they plan to apply for a waiver.

Information: contact the appropriate elementary school, or call the public schools information office at 410-751-3020.

Scholarships available to registered students

Del. Carmen Amedori has announced the availability of college scholarships to graduating high school seniors, graduate students and residents pursuing study through career-training programs.

Applicants must be registered as undergraduate or graduate students. Scholarships can be used at colleges and at some private career schools in Maryland. Amedori and a committee of community leaders select scholarship recipients. Awards start at $200.

To request an application, call Amedori's Annapolis office at 410-841-3371 before March 15. Application deadline is April 25.

New name sought for Gateway facility

The Board of Education is inviting county residents to help name the new Gateway Program facility being built in the Westminster area.

The original Gateway School was named because of its location in the Gateway office complex in Westminster.

Suggestions must be submitted to Interim Superintendent Charles I. Ecker, 125 N. Court St., Westminster 21157, by 4 p.m. March 12. He will submit a final recommendation to the board at its April meeting.

Suggestions should give proper recognition to the school and to the community in which it will be built.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Community college offers child care program

Child Development Center at Carroll Community College, dedicated to Kenneth and M. Peggy Holniker, has started a preschool program that is open to the public as well as to children of faculty, staff and students.

The center is accredited by the National Association of Education for Young Children, and is licensed by the Maryland Department of Human Resources for children ages 2 to 5. Up to 20 children can be accommodated, and are taught by instructors who hold degrees or have completed course work in early-childhood studies.

The program operates from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday; or Tuesday and Thursday. The center also offers "wrap-around" care during preschool hours from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and afternoons until 5 p.m.

Parents may enroll children in any portion of the program. Costs include a $25 annual registration fee and rates assessed according to the time slots used.

The center offers outdoor play, walks around the college grounds, art exhibits at the college and other college-related programs.

Information: 410-386-8470.

Scholarships announced for high school students

The Community Foundation of Carroll County has provided information and applications for several scholarships at area high schools.

Seniors at all high schools are eligible to apply for the Danelle Shipley Scholarship, the Shipley Phoenix Award and the Nathen Blizzard 4-H Scholarship.

Seniors at Westminster High School are eligible to apply for: the John and Elsie Bankert Academic Scholarship, the Trenton B. Reightler Memorial Scholarship, the James Barnes Memorial Scholarship and the Brett Berman Football Scholarship Athlete Award.

Seniors at Francis Scott Key High School are eligible to apply for the Union Bridge Lions Club Memorial Scholarship.

Parents and graduating seniors are encouraged to review the criteria for available scholarships and submit applications promptly.

Counselor joins staff at community college

Counselor Kera Sommer has joined the staff of Carroll Community College.

Her responsibilities include academic and career advising and transfer counseling.

She spent her first semester at the college helping students set educational, career and personal goals. She also visited the county's five high schools to familiarize students with the college's offerings and has been active in the college's open houses.

One of her goals is to encourage student involvement in on-campus activities and to help them feel connected to the college.

She previously worked for Frederick Community College.

Sommer has a bachelor's degree in business economics from State University of New York in Oneonta, N.Y., and a master's degree in counselor education from Western Maryland College.

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