Education Notes


October 13, 2002

School board sets calendar for 2003-2004

The Carroll County Board of Education recently approved the 2003-2004 school calendar.

Schools will open for students Aug. 25 and the school year for students will end June 11, 2004, with early dismissal. New teacher preservice professional days will be Aug. 11-18, with service days for all teachers Aug. 19-22.

Schools will be closed for conferences and Thanksgiving on Nov. 24-28, 2003. Christmas holiday will begin at the end of the school day Dec. 19, 2003, and schools will reopen Jan. 5, 2004.

Four emergency closing days are included in the calendar. Unused days will be taken off the end of the school year.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Elementary schools take part in physical challenge

Carroll County elementary schools will participate in Project ACES -- Active Children Excel in School, a physical activity challenge aimed at improving health and fitness, through Oct. 26.

Students in first to fifth grades will keep track of time spent each day doing physical activities, with a goal of at least 30 minutes a day.

Participating schools include: Carrolltowne, Charles Carroll, Cranberry Station, Eldersburg, Elmer Wolfe, Freedom, Friendship Valley, Hampstead, Linton Springs, Runnymede, Spring Garden, Taneytown, Westminster and Winfield.

Schools reaching their goals can win up to $500 worth of physical education equipment. Students who complete the challenge will win a participation prize.

Information: 410-876-4984.

High school diploma options orientation

People age 16 and older who want to learn about high school diploma options and other programs, and have their math and reading skills evaluated, can attend a free "First Steps" orientation.

Introductory programs will be held:

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Northeast Social Action Program, 1046 S. Carroll St., Hampstead.

From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Student Support Services and Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 1135 Business Parkway South, Suite 30, Westminster.

From 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at Business and Employment Resource Center, 224 N. Center St., Westminster.

Advisers will be available to discuss learning needs and educational goals.

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

Information: 410-751-3680.

Career, Technology Center open house Thursday

The students and staff of the Carroll County Career and Technology Center will hold their annual open house from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

The open house will feature a career fair, student competitions, presentations, and demonstrations of programs.

The school is at 1229 Washington Road in Westminster.

Information: 410-751-3669.

Special education topics at Carroll Springs School

The Partners for Success Center will offer a workshop titled "The Special Education Cycle and You" from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Carroll Springs School in Westminster.

The workshop will provide an overview of the special education programs, which are based on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Maryland State Department of Special Education Regulations.

Participants will learn how to become involved at each stage of the cycle. A notebook and certificate of attendance will be provided for participants.

Registration is required one week prior to the workshop by calling Alfretta Gibson at 410-751-3955. People needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should call 410-751-3020 at least one week before the workshop.

The school is at 495 S. Center Street.

Information: 410-751-3955.

Short-story writing course offered at CCC

Carroll Community College is offering a class, Advanced Short Story Writing, taught by Christine Lincoln, author of Sap Rising.

She is the recipient of the Sophie Kerr Award (Washington College) for the most promising undergraduate in fiction. Lincoln will teach the class from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays Oct. 28 through Dec. 9 at the college's 1601 Washington Road campus in Westminster.

Participants will continue developing and practicing writing short stories. Students will use their original short stories as class material.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Geppi new coordinator of CCC criminal justice

Steve Geppi has joined the faculty of Carroll Community College as coordinator of the Criminal Justice System.

He will coordinate and assist two adjunct faculty members, teach, deal with administrative issues, and market the new program to police departments statewide and to local high school students.

His goal is to create a state-of-the-art program that will lure students to the college.

Geppi is retired from the Maryland State Police, where he worked for 24 years, attaining the rank of major.

Since retiring in 1997, he has worked for training and consulting firms dealing with security issues and began teaching at the college in 2000.

Geppi has a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore and a master's from Towson University.

Science teachers' award goes to Brad Yohe

Brad Yohe, Carroll County Public Schools' supervisor of science, has been given the Maryland Association of Science Teachers Award for Excellence in Administration and Supervision in Science Education.

The award is presented annually by the Maryland Association of Science Teachers (MAST) to a science educator who demonstrates excellence in the areas of innovative approaches, leadership and professional activities and growth.

Yohe has been supervisor of science for 15 years. Steve Johnson, director of curriculum and instruction, said Yohe's innovative leadership has made the school system's science curriculum "state-of-the-art and a model for all future county curriculum guides in all content areas."

Nominated by a science teacher, Yohe credits the teachers for the strong science program.

Yohe will be presented with the award at the fall MAST Conference Friday at Urbana High School in Ijamsville, Frederick County.

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