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Education Notes

May 20, 2001

Schools to change calendar to meet testing schedule

The county school board will have to change its 2001-2002 academic year calendar because of a testing conflict.

After approving a calendar for the coming school year, school officials learned that the Maryland State Department of Education's High School Assessment testing in January will interfere with some of the senior exams already scheduled.

To accommodate the new dates, senior exams in Anne Arundel public schools will likely be pushed back about a week. To accomplish that, winter break will be extended from six days to two weeks, and the end of classes could be as late as June 14, depending on the number of weather-related closings during the school year.

The school board is expected to approve the updated calendar at its June 6 meeting.

Maintenance projects alter 15 schools' schedules

Maintenance, construction and repair work being done at 15 Anne Arundel County schools means they will close early next month and open later than others in August.

Among the work being done is replacement of heating and cooling systems, roofs and windows, as well as construction.

Four elementary schools - Benfield, Broadneck, Overlook and Woodside - will close two days early (on June 5) and open two days late for pupils (Aug. 29).

Ten other elementary schools - Bodkin, Brock Bridge, Cape St. Claire, Crofton Woods, High Point, Hilltop, Oak Hill, Shady Side, Sunset and Van Bokkelen - and the Ruth Parker Eason special education school in Millersville will close three days early (June 4) and open to pupils three days late (Aug. 30).

Schoolhouse museum resumes operation today

As schools are nearing their summertime closing, one of Maryland's oldest schools is reopening - for visitors.

The Annearrundell Free School of 1724, oldest existing schoolhouse in Maryland paid for with public funds, resumes its limited hours of operation today. It will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 14.

Located at 1298 Lavall Drive, in the Lavall community off Rutland Road in Davidsonville, the school is operated as a living history museum by volunteers from the Anne Arundel County Retired Teachers Association - the organization that rescued the building from demolition a quarter-century ago.

It is a low-key operation, and one of the biggest problems for the group has been attracting notice and visitors.

Howard Hall, a member of the association's Free School Committee, said no ribbon-cutting or hoopla is planned for today. "The big event," he said, "is that one lady is bringing her Cub Scout group."

Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Information about the school or to volunteer: Howard Hall, 410-573-0840, or Herb Sappington, 410-647-3126.

School system to hold Human Relations Fair

The public is invited to the Anne Arundel school system's Human Relations Fair, taking place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Old Mill High School in Millersville.

Children, staff and parents from more than 50 schools are to participate in the event, providing entertainment and displays depicting human relations activities conducted during the school year.

Entertainment will include performances by the South Shore Elementary Swingsations, Southgate Elementary Chorus, Old Mill's drama club and dance troupe, the MacArthur Middle Step Team, and Broadneck High African Dance Team.

Refreshments will be served, and awards for distinguished service presented to four students, three school system staff member and two community members.

Information: Lauren Breland, 410-222-5319.

Community college offers classes via video or Net

Anne Arundel Community College is offering 32 telecourses and 38 online courses for the summer term.

Telecourses may be viewed on videotape, Maryland Public Television or at the Arnold and Glen Burnie Town Center campuses. For online courses, all materials are available over the Internet.

Courses begin Wednesday, June 18 and July 5, and there are sessions of six, eight or 11 weeks available for various offerings.

Information: the college's Distance Learning Center, 410-541- 2464, or the Web site at www. aacc.cc.md.us/diseduc.

College offers 2 classes in fitness certification

Anne Arundel Community College is offering two fitness certification classes next month at the Arnold campus.

"Primary Aerobic Certification" will teach aerobics class structure, design and workouts. Study topics of the classes include anatomy and physiology of muscle and cardiovascular systems, emergency procedures, injury prevention and identification. The cost is $95, and the class will meet from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 9.

"Personal Fitness Trainer Certification" will cover strength and aerobic conditioning principles, and cross training. The $95 class will meet from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 16.

Information: 410-541-2958.

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