Facilities Master Plan public hearing Wednesday The...

EDUCATION NOTES

May 12, 2002

Facilities Master Plan public hearing Wednesday

The county Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the school system's 10-year Facilities Master Plan at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cranberry Station Elementary School.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment on the plan before final approval by the Board of Education. The public is encouraged to attend.

Cranberry Station is at 505 N. Center St., behind Westminster TownMall.

Information: 410-751-3020.

English for foreign-born students planned at college

Carroll Community College offers English classes for foreign-born students who want to learn English or improve their English.

Classes, open to those older than age 16, are kept small to meet the needs of the students. Students are tested to determine class placement. Instruction includes listening, speaking, reading and writing in English. Topics related to American culture are also covered.

Courses offered are Multilevel ESOL (Beginning -- Intermediate); American English Pronunciation for ESOL Students; Business Writing for ESOL Students; Personal Writing for ESOL Students; and Preparation for TOEFL Test.

All courses are held at the college's 300 S. Center St. annex in Westminster. The last four courses listed will be held in June. Information or to schedule an appointment, 410-386-8021; registration, 410-386-8100.

Knights of Pythias add to CCC scholarship fund

The Westminster Knights of Pythias Charity Lodge 58 has donated $2,500 to increase the scholarship endowment fund begun in 2000 for Carroll Community College students.

The lodge has made a multi-year commitment to build the fund until it reaches its goal of $10,000. That amount will be matched by the state, under the Maryland Higher Education Commission Private Donor Incentive Program.

The group also presented $1,000 to the Carroll Community College Foundation for two $500 scholarships.

To receive a Knights of Pythias award, a student must be full or part time, seeking a degree, a Carroll County resident and be in good academic standing. Applicants must present an essay on their career plans and mention the impact the scholarship will have on them.

Preference will be given to Pythias members and family members or to Pythian Sisters.

Pythias scholarship information: 410-386-8150.

County parent forums finalist for MetLife award

The Carroll County public school system's Parent Information Forum is a finalist in the MetLife Foundation Tri-Connecting Award Program.

The award is a new, nationwide program of MetLife Foundation and Families and Work Institute to recognize organizations that have found innovative ways to strengthen connections between students, parents and teachers and community.

Parent Information Forums are held each October and November as an introduction to the Career Connections Program for parents of seventh- and eighth-graders to assist their children in making the transition to high school.

The goal of the program is to keep parents involved in their children's career development, academic success and participation in Career Connections at the high school level.

MetLife Foundation and FWI will produce a range of products to share the lessons learned from award recipients, including videos and workbooks.

Nine teachers selected for Intel computer course

Nine Carroll County teachers have been selected by Intel as master teacher candidates, making them eligible for eight days of training this summer.

At the end of training, they will receive a laptop computer and $5,000 for equipment purchases for their classrooms. They also will teach an integration class this fall for other Carroll County teachers.

The master teacher candidates are: Alice Bair, East Middle; Emily Fleming, Mount Airy Elementary; Brian Tayman, West Middle; Larry DiPiano, Francis Scott Key High; John Flater, Westminster High; Bill Eckles, Carroll County Career and Technology Center; Paula Sandridge, Runnymede Elementary (instructional technology facilitator); Kelly Hammond, Manchester Elementary (IT facilitator); and Tim Hontz, North Carroll Middle (IT facilitator).

Calendar

CHADD, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Carroll Springs School, 495 S. Center St., Westminster. CHADD is a free support and information group for parents, adults, educators and health care professionals. 410-751-3820.

FOCAS, Families of Children with Autism Support group, will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at CHANGE Inc., 115 Stoner Ave., Westminster. Child care is available, but reservations must be made by Tuesday by calling 410-876-2179 or 410- 857-1596.

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