Education Notes

Education Notes

April 20, 2003

Kindergarten enrollment dates changed by state

The Maryland State Department of Education has changed the dates for children to enter prekindergarten and kindergarten programs.

The Carroll County public school system has a regulation that prohibits early entrance into kindergarten.

A waiver is being granted for the 2003-2004 school year to provide parents of young children enough notice to comply with the new phase-in dates.

The waiver will allow 4-year-olds who turn age 5 by Dec. 31 to enroll in kindergarten for the 2003-2004 school year. The age waiver is for the 2003-2004 school year only.

The schedule of required birth dates for enrollment is:

2003-2004 school year: 5 years old on or before Nov. 30. (5 years old on or before Dec. 31 in Carroll County because of board-approved waiver).

2004-2005 school year: 5 years old on or before Oct. 31, 2004.

2005-2006 school year: 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2005.

2006-2007 school year: 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2006.

Information: 410-751-3123 or 410-751-3009.

School board to hold meeting Wednesday

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold a business meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices in Westminster.

A work session on elementary school principals will be at 2 p.m.

The board offices are at 125 N. Court St. Information: 410-751-3020.

Special education council meeting set for Thursday

The Carroll County Special Education Citizens Advisory Council will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Carroll Springs School, 495 S. Center St., Westminster.

The goal of the council is to develop partnerships and facilitate discussion among parents, families, community leaders, educators and administrators to enhance services available to students with disabilities.

The council also advocates for positive changes in special education services within the public schools.

Information: 410-751-3033, 410-857-1596 or 410-552-5759.

Tutor training workshop will be held Saturday

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

Tutors work one-on-one with clients to improve their reading ability. Training is provided at the literacy council office in Westminster.

Information: 410-848-6506.

Scientist to talk May 5 on career decisions

The Renew program at Carroll Community College will present a lecture to help individuals unsure about their future make career decisions.

Renowned scientist Polly Matzinger will share her career experiences at 7 p.m. May 5 at the college's 1601 Washington Road campus in Westminster. The event is free, but reservations are required. Call 410- 386-8420.

Matzinger's career journey includes "dropping in and out of college for years" and a lot of job jumping because she thought "every job was boring." Her career path to becoming a scientist included working as a jazz musician, carpenter, dog trainer and even a Playboy Bunny.

While working as a cocktail waitress near the University of California at Irvine, she became acquainted with some of the science faculty and began asking questions about their research. Her questions and open-minded thinking led them to encourage her to apply to the university.

Matzinger is known as the scientist who came up with "The Danger Model" theory that challenges existing explanations of how the body defends itself. Her theory may revolutionize cancer therapy, transplant surgery and the treatment of infectious diseases. Matzinger is a section head with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Information: 410-386-8153.

GED tests, practice sessions scheduled

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

To take the two-part 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.

The next test dates are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 8 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Information: 410-751-3680.

Gouge receives award for continuing education

County Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge has been honored with the 2003 National Leadership -- Outside the Field award by the National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET).

The council is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges. Faye Pappalardo, Carroll Community College president, nominated Gouge for her energy and commitment to economic and work-force development on the local, state and national levels, and her advocacy of the mission of the nation's community colleges.

Gouge is the commissioners' liaison to the college's board of trustees.

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