Education Notes

Education Notes

October 05, 2003

Program encourages elementary pupils to be physically fit

Carroll County elementary schools will participate in Project ACES (Active Children Excel in School) through Oct. 18.

This physical activity challenge is designed to encourage pupils in grades one to five to join in 14 days of physical activity and fun for better health and better performance in school and other activities. Children also can help their school earn up to $500 in physical activity equipment.

Children will be encouraged to do something active at home or at school that totals 30 minutes or more every day. Pupils record the amount and type of activity on a form.

Participants can win prizes, including fitness club memberships, games and sports prizes. The grand prizes will be one boy's and one girl's bicycle.

Project ACES is a program of the Carroll County Children's Heart Health Action Team, comprised of educational, health, recreational and community agencies.

Information: 410-751-3056.

School system plans community writing summit

The Carroll County public school system invites students, employees and the community to participate in a Writing Summit at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Career and Technology Center in Westminster.

The summit is designed to develop and recommend a writing policy for the school system that meshes with current writing research and the needs of students.

During the summit, participants will: examine and identify characteristics of good writing; determine effective instructional strategies and resources for teaching writing; and identify curricular and instructional needs to ensure a quality writing program.

The public in encouraged to participate. Those interested are asked to call Marilyn McCamant at 410-751-3099.

Information: 410-751-3098.

School board to meet Wednesday evening

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 at

Meetings will be broadcast live on CETV, Channel 21 on Adelphia cable TV, and repeated at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and Oct. 16 and 9 a.m. Saturday.

Before the regular meeting, the board will meet with the state delegation at 10:30 a.m. at the Career and Technology Center to discuss legislative issues, followed by a lunch. A meeting with the Carroll County commissioners will be held at 1 p.m. at the County Office Building.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Continuing Education Fair planned for Wednesday

More than 120 colleges and post-secondary schools are expected to attend the 26th annual Carroll County Continuing Education Fair from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster High School.

Parents and students will be able to meet with representatives from the schools and get information on admission, programs and tuition, as well as tips on picking a college.

The following free college workshops will be held in the auditorium:

"The Community College Experience" at 6:30 p.m. by Edie Hemingway, coordinator of admissions at Carroll Community College.

"The Nuts and Bolts of the Financial Aid Process" at 7:10 p.m. by Ellie Geiman, assistant director of financial aid at McDaniel College.

"Tips and Tricks of the College Application Process: What Do Colleges Look For?" at 7:50 p.m. by Martha O'Connell, dean of admissions at McDaniel College.

The school is at 1225 Washington Road. Information: 410- 751-3669.

Officials to take part in walking kids to school

The CRASH Coalition of Carroll County, along with town mayors, council members, school administrators and other county leaders, will walk to school Wednesday in celebration of International Walk Our Children to School Day.

Members of the community are invited to greet children and their parents as they walk for pedestrian safety from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday.

At Taneytown Elementary and Northwest Middle schools, more than 800 pupils of the 1,200 attending should walk to and from school each day.

Information: 410-876-4819.

Event stresses importance of after-school programs

The Community Learning Centers will participate in the fourth annual national "Lights on Afterschool!" event at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at East Middle School in Westminster.

East Middle School will be one of more than 5,000 sites across the nation sending the message that after-school programs are a key element of a child's success. The importance of keeping after-school programs open will be stressed.

Parents, community partners, and school, city and county officials have been invited to demonstrate support for safe, stimulating and enriching after-school programs.

According to organizers, the benefits of quality after-school programs include: academic growth; the support of working families by ensuring that children are safe and productive after school; the strengthening of the community by involving students, parents and others; and the discovery of hidden talents through enrichment clubs.

Information: 410-751-3086.

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