Tech magnet program holding orientations for...

EDUCATION DIGEST

October 24, 2001

Tech magnet program holding orientations for eighth-graders

Eighth-graders in the Howard County public school system who intend to enroll in the Technology Magnet Program are required to attend a personal orientation session.

An orientation request form, which has been mailed to pupils' homes, must be returned to the Technology Magnet Program office by Nov. 16. Parents and pupils will be notified of the time of their appointment.

The 20-minute orientations will be held this month and next. Pupils who decide to apply for the program must submit an enrollment application with their high school registration materials.

Open houses on career clusters in the program will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City. "Data and Visual Communications" will be the topic Nov. 1; "Biotechnology," "Health Related Services" and "Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism" will be discussed Nov. 7; and "Construction and Manufacturing" and "Energy, Power and Transportation" will be the topics Nov. 8.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Hearing to be held on student representation

The Board of Education of Howard County will hold a public hearing on revisions its student representation policy at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom in the Department of Education building, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Copies of the proposed revisions are available on request.

An afternoon session, which will begin at 4 p.m., and the evening session will start with a public forum, during which members of the public may address the board on any topic. Advance sign-up is not required.

Those who wish to speak at the revision hearing should notify the executive assistant to the board at 410-313-7197 or sign up at the time of the hearing. Speakers should submit 15 written copies of testimony at the time of the presentation.

Information: 410-313-6682.

HC DrugFree workshop to be held Monday

HC DrugFree will present the second part of a two-part workshop, "Drugs, Alcohol and Teens," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia.

An addictions counselor and recovered addicts will speak.

The workshop is part of the community group's "Issues in Parenting" series for parents and teen-agers.

Information: Stan Eisenstein, 410-313-2856.

Special-education services to be topic of meeting

Parents of middle schoolers and high schoolers with special needs are invited to attend an informal meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia. The meeting is sponsored by the Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee and the Office of Special Education.

Parents will have an opportunity to express concerns and offer suggestions about improving the Howard County public school system's special-education services.

Information: 410-379-1998.

Resource fair for parents scheduled for Nov. 12

The third SPARKS Fair will be held from 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Long Reach High School. Rosalind Wiseman will discuss "Peer Power: Helping Your Teen Survive the Social Jungle."

Information: 410-740-7605.

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