Education Notes

Education Notes

April 06, 2003

County schools observe Library Media Month

Carroll County public schools are now observing School Library Media Month.

Schools have planned reading programs, book fairs, storytelling, book swaps, book talks and displays, posters and trivia contests.

Parents can contact their child's school for information on specific programs.

Board of Education to meet Wednesday

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

The regular meeting agenda will be posted on the school system's Web site:

The meeting will be broadcast live on CETV, Channel 21 on Adelphia cable TV. It will be rebroadcast at 8 p.m. Thursday and April 17; at 9 a.m. Saturday; and at 8 p.m. April 13.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Instructional materials available for review

The Carroll County public school system is inviting the public to review proposed instructional materials.

Materials will be on display through May 14 at the Resource Center in the Board of Education offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

The community can review and comment on the materials.

The Curriculum Council will meet May 15 to approve proposed materials. Approved materials will go to the Board of Education for final adoption.

Information: 410-751-3020; TTY, 410-751-3034.

GED program offered for county residents

Carroll County public schools offer monthly GED tests and practice sessions for the exam to those age 16 and older who wish to earn their high school diploma.

The two-day test consists of five sections: math, science, social studies, literature and the arts, and writing skills.

To take the test, individuals must be 16 or older, have been a state resident for at least 90 days, have been withdrawn from school for at least 90 days and pay a fee for the test. It is recommended that individuals take the practice test before taking the actual exam.

The next practice tests will be given from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 at Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 224 N. Center St., Westminster. The next test date is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 8 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Information: 410-751-3680.

Literacy Council plans tutor training sessions

The Literacy Council of Carroll County will hold a tutor training workshop beginning April 26 for anyone interested in becoming a tutor to adults and children who need assistance with reading skills.

Tutors work one-on-one with clients. Training sessions are held at the Literacy Council office in Westminster.

Information: 410-848-6506.

Peace Action sponsors pupil essay contest

Middle-schoolers are invited to enter a statewide writing contest focusing on the themes of peace and social justice.

Sponsored by Peace Action chapters in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties, the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund and the Benjamin Foundation, the contest is open to all seventh- and eighth-graders.

Pupils must write an essay of up to 1,200 words on the topic: "Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, `Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.'"

Students must write on how they would like to change the world to further peace, justice (fairness) or respect toward all peoples and how they would do it.

Entries must be typed, double-spaced with a cover sheet with the writer's name, address, phone number or e-mail address, school name, address and phone and name of teacher sponsor (if applicable).

Cash prizes of $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place will be awarded. All contestants will receive a certificate.

Entries must be postmarked by May 5 and mailed to Peace Writing Contest, 310 Riverview Ave., Annapolis 21403-3328.

Information: 410-263-7409.

Two elementaries win Green Schools Award

Linton Springs and Mount Airy elementary schools have been awarded the Governor's Green Schools Award in recognition of their meeting stringent environmental education criteria.

The program recognizes Maryland schools that include environmental education in the curricula, model the best management practices at school and address community environmental issues.

Mount Airy received grants from Hashawha Environmental Center for its gardening club, which planned and established a bluebird trail, feeders and birdbaths, while also improving two school ponds. Parents and businesses helped with landscaping and donations.

A new group, the Mount Airy Caring Cardinals, was formed to work on recycling, litterbug cleanups and talking with custodians to maintain a healthy school.

Linton Springs researched and restored the wetland area on its grounds by ordering the appropriate plants for the amount of wetness. More than 800 pupils participated in a planting day. The wetland will support the science and social studies curriculum and will be a motivational site for language arts.

Pupils also decided that the animals in the wetlands area needed food and shelter for the winter, researched the plants that they would need and wrote a grant to purchase food. Pupils and teachers also are developing a rain garden and other gardens using native plants to deal with the school's runoff.

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