Education Notes


November 16, 2003

School health council plans teen sexuality talks

The Carroll County School Health Council will sponsor presentations titled "I'm Askable" to assist parents in talking to their children about sex and sexuality.

The free workshops will be held at locations throughout the county. Workshops will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Airy Middle School, 102 Watersville Road; and Dec. 9 at Shiloh Middle School, 3675 Willow St., Hampstead.

The presentation is designed for parents of children from late elementary through high school ages. The presenter will be Cindy Marucci-Bosley, a certified registered nursing practitioner for women's health issues who has worked at the Carroll County Health Department for 20 years.

Registration is not necessary for workshops. Information: 410-876-4932.

Gerstell Academy plans 1-mile family Pie Run

The Gerstell Academy will hold its second one-mile Pie Run on Nov. 23 at the school in Finksburg.

Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Gerstell Academy gate on Route 140. The event will start at 1 p.m. Strollers, children, walkers, runners and seasoned athletes are invited to participate.

Participants can run, walk or stroll through a scenic course around the campus. Pies will be provided to the events winners and many participants.

The cost is $3 per person or $10 per family. All proceeds will be donated to Shepherd's Staff, a local ecumenical charity that assists Carroll County families in need.

Information: 410-861-3000.

Westminster High class wins service award

Scott Tobias' advanced manufacturing and construction class at Westminster High School has been selected as the Sherry Unger Award winner on the Maryland Student Service Alliance (MSSA)/Maryland State Department of Education website for this month.

Each month, MSSA features a different service-learning project from a Maryland public school. Featured projects receive $200 for future service-learning projects and are later archived on the Sherry Unger Award Winner Web page.

For this semester's award-winning project, students mass-produced Adirondack chairs for Bear Branch Nature Center and Hashawha Environmental Center.

Students learned to solve problems, establish the flow of materials and use a variety of tools. The chair project was modeled after the Green Chair Project with the goal of creating public places for people to communicate with one another to create a sense of community.

The class also participates annually in Toys for Tots. Each year, the students choose a project and build toys for the local Human Services Program to be delivered during the holidays.

Lyga receives award for education contributions

Allyson A.W. Lyga, media specialist at Cranberry Station Elementary School, has been given the Joseph R. Bailer Award from McDaniel College.

The Bailer Award is given annually to a graduate of the college's master's program who has subsequently made a significant contribution in education.

Lyga received her master's degree in education with an emphasis in school library media in 1999 from McDaniel. She graduated in 1994 from Shepherd College. She has made presentations at regional and national conferences, and published articles in School Library Media Activities Monthly.

She also piloted the use of graphic novels, called manga in Japan, in the media center for reluctant readers. Her book on graphic novels is to be published by Libraries Unlimited next year.

The graphic novels tell stories through pictures and text similar to comic books, but in regular novel format.

Last year, Lyga received a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship and traveled to Japan to study Japanese culture and education.

Westminster High pair receives library award

The Maryland Educational Media Organization (MEMO) has awarded the 2002-2003 Mae I. Graham Award for outstanding School Library Media Programs to Westminster High School.

The award is given annually, and high schools across the state may apply every third year.

MEMO represents kindergarten-through-grade 12 school library media specialists across the state. MEMO officials said media specialists Barbara Sarangoulis and Jean Pyzik operate a program that teaches students and is easy for them to access and use.

Westminster High will receive a set of grade-appropriate Black Eyed Susan books, a $100 stipend for expenses and a plaque. In addition, Sarangoulis and Pyzik will serve on the Mae I. Graham Committee and will make presentations at next year's fall MEMO conference.

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