Education Digest

EDUCATION DIGEST

November 05, 2003

Group is honoring minority children who did well on test

The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County will recognize elementary school-age African-American and other minority children who attend community learning centers and scored at or above the 81st percentile on this year's CTBS/5, the national Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills. The test was given to second-, fourth- and sixth-graders in March.

The event has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today, Friday and Nov. 12, because of the large number of children who will receive awards. The ceremonies will be held at Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia.

Children who attend Atholton, Bushy Park, Bellows Spring, Bollman Bridge, Bryant Woods, Centennial Lane, Clarksville, Dasher Green-Owen Brown, Forest Ridge, Fulton, Gorman Crossing, Ilchester, Lisbon, Northfield and Guilford elementary schools are to receive awards today.

Children who attend Clemens Crossing, Deep Run, Elkridge, Hammond, Hollifield Station, Jeffers Hill, Laurel Woods, Longfellow, Manor Woods and Phelps Luck elementary schools will receive awards Friday.

Those who attend Pointers Run, Rockburn, Running Brook, St. John's Lane, Stevens Forest, Swansfield, Talbott Springs, Thunder Hill, Triadelphia Ridge, Waterloo, Waverly, West Friendship and Worthington elementary schools will receive awards Nov. 12.

Meeting tonight to discuss site plans for school

The Office of School Planning and Construction of the Howard County public school system will hold a community information meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today to discuss tentative site plans for a new western Howard elementary school, scheduled to open in 2006. The meeting will be held at Folly Quarter Middle School in Ellicott City, 13500 Triadelphia Ridge Road.

If the Board of Education approves the site, the school will be built on Ten Oaks Road, near Dayton, on part of a 20-acre lot previously set aside as a neighborhood park.

"What we're proposing to do is develop half of it as a school site and develop the other half as a community park and let the two parcels work together," said William Brown, director of school planning and construction.

Home-schoolers' service to be noted at ceremony

The Columbia Homeschool Community will hold a ceremony to mark the end of its 2002-2003 "Kind Acts of Service Program," a community service initiative for home-schoolers.

The students contributed more than 1,600 hours of community service during the year.

The awards ceremony will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the central library meeting room, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

School-line adjustments to be meeting's focus

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a public work session on boundary-line adjustments proposed for the 2004-2005 school year at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow 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 boundary-line adjustments at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 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.

Special-ed transition to be topic of workshop

The county school system's Office of Special Education will hold a transition planning session 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.

Information: 410-313-7046.

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