Education Digest

Education Digest

October 29, 2003

School board to discuss changes to boundary lines

The county Board of Education will hold a public work session on proposed boundary-line adjustments for the 2004-2005 school year at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the boardroom at 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The public is invited to attend and submit written comments.

The board will hold a public hearing on the boundary-line adjustments at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the boardroom. Those who wish to testify at the hearing should limit presentations to three minutes and take 15 written copies of their testimony to the hearing.

To testify: 410-313-7197.

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

Coffee & Conversation with board members set

The school board holds Coffee & Conversation sessions at county schools, during which parents and others can speak informally with board members over coffee.

The next Coffee & Conversation session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Waterloo Elementary School, 5940 Waterloo Road, Columbia.

School panel to sponsor program on self-injury

The Safe School Committee of Centennial High School will sponsor a presentation by Caroline Kettlewell, author of Skin Game, and psychologist Gail Walter, founder of the Family Center in Howard County.

The program, which is focused on self-injury, is for parents, nurses, mental health professionals and community members. Kettlewell's book is a memoir of her struggle with self-injury and her recovery.

The presentation will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Centennial High School's media center.

Information: 410-313-2857.

Special-ed transition to be topic of workshop

The county school system's Office of Special Education will hold a transition planning evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 12 at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

Information will be provided to parents and guardians of students receiving special-education services about their options after graduation or leaving school.

Parents of special-education students 14 and older who might be receiving a certificate upon graduation from high school are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be especially helpful to parents of students who will make the transition to adult service providers.

Representatives from Howard Community College and Project Access will discuss options for students receiving diplomas.

The program is geared to high school students but families of middle schoolers are encouraged to attend.

Among the topics to be covered are funding, postsecondary schooling, vocational programs, day and residential programs, and transportation.

Information: Adrienne Lichtinger, 410-313-7046.

Home-schooling group to discuss language arts

The Columbia Homeschool Community will meet to discuss language arts curricula from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 10689 Owen Brown Road, Columbia.

The meeting is open to the public.

Information: 410-740-6688 or

Workshop on discipline is scheduled for Nov. 17

The nonprofit Family Advocacy and Parent Education Program will offer a workshop on discipline and suspension by Leslie Margolis of the Maryland Disability Law Center at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Registration: Julie Foley, 410-465-1193.

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