Residents invited to take part in schools' math advisory...

EDUCATION DIGEST

April 11, 2001

Residents invited to take part in schools' math advisory panel

Parents and other Howard County residents are invited to participate in the Mathematics Advisory Committee of the Howard County public school system. The committee will advise on programs, initiatives, curriculum decisions and priorities related to the school system's mathematics program.

Topics under consideration include graphing calculators, extended instruction for students in need of additional help, curricula for advanced seniors and professional development opportunities for teachers.

The next meeting will be held at 7:30 a.m. May 10 in boardroom B at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information: Nancy Metz, 410- 313-6635.

School and Streams program gets grant

Chesapeake Bay Trust has awarded a grant of $11,394 for education and tree planting to the School and Streams program for fifth-graders run by the Howard County Master Gardeners.

Millennium Stream Buffer Planting Project - known as School and Streams - includes a science unit on ecosystems taught by classroom teachers with help from master gardeners. It also includes field trips to plant native trees and shrubs to buffer streams flowing into the bay.

With help from the grant, children from 27 schools are expected to plant 1,325 trees and shrubs along the Cabin Branch stream in western Howard County. The money will also be used to provide each pupil with copies of Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks' brochures on stream buffers and landscaping for wildlife.

HCC to hold meeting about Summer Scholars

Howard Community College will hold an information session for high school students and their parents on the HCC Summer Scholars Program at 7 p.m. May 3.

The program is designed for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students may choose from five courses: "Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology," "CAD Animation," "Doing Research on the Internet," "Great Science Fiction Movies" and "Religions of the World."

The Summer Scholars Program, from June 19 through July 26, includes guest lectures, trips, seminars and access to campus facilities. Classes are scheduled Tuesdays through Thursdays, with trips on selected Fridays. Students who complete the class earn college credit.

Information or to reserve a space: 410-772-4599; TDD, 410-772- 4822.

NAACP announces book essay contest

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has announced its fourth "Follow Your Dreams" scholarship essay contest.

Contestants should read the novel "Ain't No River" by Sharon Ewell Foster and write an essay of 900 words or fewer on one of two topics: "Expand on the theme `finding your way home' as it is conveyed by the story and how you may have experienced this journey in your own life," and "Discuss which character's journey you can personally relate to and why."

Essays, which should be typed, double-spaced and include the entrant's name, address, telephone number and age, should be postmarked by April 30 and mailed to NAACP, Attention: John Jackson, National Education Director, 4805 Mount Hope Drive, Baltimore 21215. Winners will be announced in July.

Information: Karen Walker, 800-929-0910, Ext. 8350 or www. multnomah.net/aintnoriver.

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