Program presents options for diplomas, evaluations...

EDUCATION NOTES

September 30, 2001

Program presents options for diplomas, evaluations

Individuals age 16 and older who want to learn about high school diploma options and other programs, or have their math and reading skills evaluated, may attend a free "First Steps" orientation. The orientation is scheduled:

From 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 and 22 at Business and Employment Resource Center, 224 N. Center St., Westminster.

From 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (Unemployment Office), 125 Airport Drive, Suite 10, Westminster.

From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 and 23 at Student Support Services and Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 1135 Business Parkway South, Suite 30, Westminster.

"First Steps" is part of Student Support Services and Carroll Adult Learning Connection.

Information: 410-751-3680.

Aleem Academy opens in downtown Sykesville

The Aleem Academy for children in kindergarten through third grade has opened in downtown Sykesville.

The school offers programs in an Islamic environment with no discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin. The academy is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education.

The school has an open-enrollment policy. Brochures and applications are available upon request.

Musa Asad is president of the academy, which is at 7543 Main St.

Information: 410-795-5375.

Gateway students take part in service and art programs

Students at Gateway School are participating in service learning and art programs.

High school students visited the Patapsco River on Wednesday, where they explored the interrelationships among the estuary, the Chesapeake Bay and the human users of the waterway.

Gateway art students are creating a 6-foot papier-mache American flag blimp. The blimp will be displayed at Bullock's Airport Inn.

The students have dedicated the work to the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Woman, program awarded for assisting minorities

Michelle Plumer, coordinator of the English as a Second Language program for county schools, and Catholic Charities Head Start of Carroll County have been honored with the Excellence in Minority Achievement awards.

The award, which recognizes individuals and organizations that have contributed to the progress of minority, disabled or low-income students, is given by the Achievement Initiative for Maryland Minority Students Council and Steering Committee, under the auspices of the Maryland State Department of Education.

Official in Carroll schools named to research institute

Harry Fogle, director of elementary schools and special education for Carroll County public schools, has been appointed a member of the Education Policy Reform Research Institute.

The institute is being organized on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. It will investigate the impact of new educational accountability systems on students with disabilities and on special education programs. Research will be conducted in Maryland, California, New York and Texas.

Restaurant sponsors educational programs

Casa Rico Mexican restaurant in TownMall of Westminster sponsors a variety of educational programs.

Casa Rico Readers Club provides a reading card so students can keep a log of books they read. Students who read five books a month and have their cards signed by one of their parents and one of their teachers will earn a free lunch or dinner at the restaurant. Another program invites students to tour the restaurant's kitchen and learn about Mexican cuisine.

The restaurant is working with schools to award Casa Rico gift certificates to honor roll and other high-achieving students.

Information: 410-857-8009.

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