Education Digest


March 19, 2003

Maryland libraries launching online information service

Beginning this week, Maryland libraries will launch an online service to provide residents and students with answers to questions and professional library services 24 hours a day.

Maryland AskUsNow! will use the resources of public, academic and special libraries to answer questions, provide guidance for research and help navigate the Internet in live online chat sessions with a librarian. Maryland is part of a consortium of libraries worldwide.

The free service is available to Maryland residents by logging on to or

Customers can relay their questions to a librarian who will search print and electronic resources to find answers. Through a technique called "co-browsing," which allows the librarian and the customer to see the same screen at the same time, the librarian can share information, links to Web sites and databases, and show the customer how to complete the search.

Board of Education to meet March 27

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. March 27 in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum, during which anyone can address the board on any topics for which no formal public hearing process exists.

Advanced sign-up is preferred.

Information: 410-313-7197 or 410-313-6682.

MSU Alumni chapter seeks scholarship applicants

The Howard County chapter of the Morgan State University Alumni Association is accepting applications for its 2003 scholarship for prospective Morgan State University students.

Howard County High School seniors with a grade point average of 2.6 or better should contact their school guidance offices for additional information. Applicants must have an SAT score of 850 or higher, have participated in community service activities, and submit a 300- to 500-word essay and two letters of recommendation.

Applications must be received by April 7.

The Howard County chapter will hold an Oldies But Goodies Dance to raise money for the scholarship from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. April 5 at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Information: Helen Nuttall, 410-772-7845.

SAT-PSAT prep course registration still open

Registration remains open for some SAT-PSAT preparation courses at area schools.

Courses will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 22, 24, 29 and May 1 at Long Reach High School; and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Reservoir High School .

The cost is $100, and $50 for materials. A portion of the proceeds will go to each school's guidance department or PTSA.

All high school students are welcome.

Information: 410-461-6949.

Howard schools create new listserv for public

Howard County public schools have established a new online listserv for the public. Subscribers will receive meeting notices of the board and its meeting agendas via e-mail.

To subscribe, send a message to macjordomo@mail.howard. Leave the subject line blank, and in the body of the message type in the words "subscribe notify" and the first name and last names of the subscriber. An acknowledgment will be sent to the subscriber.

Technology Challenge to be held Saturday

Howard County students will participate in the ninth Technology Challenge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Road, Fulton.

Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Awards will be presented to the top three teams in each event.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Suggestions are sought on name for high school

The Howard County public school system School Naming Committee is seeking suggestions from the community for a name for the county's 12th high school, which is scheduled to open in August 2005.

The school will be across from Mount View Middle School.

Board of Education policy calls for schools to be named in terms of geographical areas of the county. Names should not be duplicated.

Anyone interested in serving on the school naming committee should contact Kathy Agans, 410-313-7193. Suggestions for names may be submitted in writing by Friday to Kathy Agans at Howard County Public School System, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

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