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Education Notes

September 23, 2001

Schools to release results from survey of adolescents

Carroll County public schools will release the results of the 2000 Maryland Adolescent Survey at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices in Westminster.

The survey is conducted every two years and is based on a random sampling of students in grades six, eight, 10 and 12. Students are asked about the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

Also, the Board of Education will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 to approve the Capital Improvement Program budgets. A work session on budget priorities will be held at 2 p.m.

School offices are at 125 N. Court St. Information: 410-751- 3020.

GED practice sessions and test offered by county

The Carroll County public school system offers GED tests and practice sessions for the exam for those age 16 and older who want to earn their high school diplomas.

The GED test consists of five sections: math, science, social studies, literature and the arts, and writing skills.

To qualify for the test, individuals must be age 16 or older, have been a state resident for at least 90 days, have been withdrawn from school for at least 90 days, and pay the fee for the test.

The next practice tests will be given from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 6, and from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 at Carroll Adult Learning Connection. The test, which is given monthly, will be administered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at Westminster High School.

Individuals are encouraged to take the practice test before taking the actual exam.

Information: 410-751-3680.

Sandymount Elementary wins character award

Sandymount Elementary School has been named a Maryland Character Education School of the Year for 2001-2002.

The award is presented annually by the Maryland Center for Character Education.

Sandymount has demonstrated a school-wide approach to implementing character education. Everyone, from teachers to clerical and custodial staff to administrators to parents, is involved in supporting character education.

Programs included a Helping Hands food drive, a school supplies drive, and a coat-and-sweater drive. The Peanut Butter and Jelly Club helped feed others by making 1,141 bag lunches.

Teachers used the Summer Olympic Games to teach history, athletics and Australian culture as well as designated character traits and Olympic spirit. A powwow focused on character traits of Native American tribes.

Pupils staged Shakespeare's Hamlet, with 80 children participating in all aspects of the production. The school was invited to perform at the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival at Center Stage.

As a recipient of the character award, the school will receive a flag to be flown for the school year, plus a certificate. The school was recognized Wednesday at a luncheon held by the Maryland Center for Character Education.

Scholars program names semifinalists and finalists

Students from five Carroll County high schools have been named finalists and semifinalists in Maryland's Distinguished Scholar Program.

The students were recognized in a ceremony Sept. 15 at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg.

The program offers a four-year, $3,000 scholarship to the state's top high school students as an incentive for them to attend college in Maryland.

Honored Carroll students were:

Francis Scott Key High: finalist -- Erin E. Kepler; semifinalists -- Lauren E. Davis (vocal music), Jonathan J. Fitzgerald.

Liberty High: finalists -- Kathryn L. Fluss, Sharon M. Fluss, Michael D. Pruitt; semifinalists -- Leslie M. Edwards, Bryan D. Fleming, Caitlyn M. James (drama), George Liu, Kelly A. Roy.

North Carroll High: semifinalists -- Krystel L. Feeser, Ryan L. Myers.

South Carroll High: finalists -- Laura C. Dziorny, Benjamin D. Hamlington, Andrew S. Kohlway; semifinalists -- Nicholas C. Behr, Gregory T. Dahl, Michael C. Grant, Jackson A. Kantruss, Bridget P. Keenan, James T. Kiel, Rachel E. King, Marissa E. McDermott, Brian M. Phillips, Ashley L. Schwarzmann, John R. Williams.

Westminster High: finalists -- Aziz D. Barnard (instrumental music), Edward A. Bubert, Charles H. Simpson; semifinalists -- Brian M. Bubnash (instrumental music), Johanna D. O'Connell.

Many students from the five high schools earned honorable mentions in the program.

Linton Springs program earns accreditation

Linton Springs ABC Care at Linton Springs Elementary School has been accredited by the National School-Age Care Alliance.

The accreditation certifies a commitment to quality school-age care. Linton Springs ABC Care met or exceeded NSACA's requirements in 144 quality standards.

Standards focus on human relationships; indoor and outdoor environments; activities; safety, health and nutrition; and administration.

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