Middle schools to highlight pupil talent


April 04, 2001|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TWO GLEN BURNIE middle schools will highlight pupil talent with after-hours events that are open to the public.

Marley Middle School will showcase accomplishments throughout the school during tomorrow's Spring Fling from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will mix cultural, academic and artistic endeavors.

Art and literary work will be displayed in the main lobby. In the media center, master of ceremonies Chris Kopitskie will introduce pupils Morgan Moultrie, Amanda King, Adam Long, Angela Robusto, Jordan Bass and Josh Taylor, who will read selections from literary works. Pupil Katie Steger will read an excerpt from her original novel.

Demonstrations will include printmaking and weaving by art pupils, PowerPoint program design by science and social studies pupils, and air car races and rocket launches by technology education classes. Displays will include science fair projects, handmade clocks, decorator pillows and food unit posters, all created by Marley pupils.

Throughout the evening, presentations will take place on the gymnasium stage. Members of the Marley Dance Club, pupils in the foreign language program, and members of the Drama Club will perform.

Cathy Gistedt, faculty coordinator for the project, said the idea stemmed from the school improvement plan. "Displaying work by students really helps to develop student pride," she said.

There will also be exhibits from the American Cancer Society, Anne Arundel Community College, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and North Arundel Hospital.

At 6:15 p.m. in the gymnasium, the Parent Teacher Student Association Replacement Committee will recognize members of the community who have helped bring about approval of a replacement building for Marley Middle.

The school is at 7730 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. For more information, call the school office at 410-761-0934.

Corkran Middle School will present a "Great Expectations" evening on April 25 to highlight pupil accomplishments, beginning with an art show in the cafeteria and displays throughout the school from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A talent showcase begins at 7:30 p.m.

The event is open to pupils, parents and members of the community. PTSA President Janet Pogar is hoping that children from Corkran's feeder elementary schools will also attend.

"For fifth-grade students and their parents who might be a little bit apprehensive about middle school next year, this is a good way for them to come and see the school. The stars will be out at Corkran that night. The school is such a wonderful place," she said.

Classrooms will spotlight work in different departments, including an ethnic dance by a language arts class and displays of handcrafted wood cars by technology education pupils. Members of the school band will perform.

Student Government Association representatives will serve refreshments (provided by the Parent Teacher Student Association) in the cafeteria.

The newly enhanced courtyard area, which includes a small pond, will also be open.

Recently, Pogar dedicated a tree in the courtyard to her son, Steven, a former pupil at Corkran. The 17-year-old died last year, several weeks after being hit by a car while crossing Ritchie Highway near Glen Burnie High, where he was a student.

Corkran is at 7600 Quarterfield Road. For more information on the event, call the school office at 410- 222-6493.

Retirees meeting

The Glen Burnie Chapter of AARP will meet Monday at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Building, 19 Crain Highway. The social hour begins at noon, and the business meeting at 1 p.m. with AARP District Coordinator Lawrence Winston as speaker.

Bingo games will begin after the meeting.

Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the North County Emergency Outreach Network.

The chapter is also accepting reservations for trips to Longwood Gardens on June 5 and to Branson, Mo., Sept. 3-7.

Information: Betty Harris, publicity chairwoman, 410-766-2368.

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