Centennial Lane celebrates Blue Ribbon Schools honor

March 15, 2004

Centennial Lane Elementary, one of six Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools, hoisted a flag Thursday in celebration of its achievement, an honor that the state bestows on schools for outstanding academic achievement.

In the morning, kindergartners and first- and second-graders circled the flag pole while interim Howard County schools Superintendent Sidney L. Cousin and school board members helped to raise the flag, said Principal Robert Bruce.

The flag, awarded March 8 in Annapolis in a ceremony honoring the six schools, shows the design of the Maryland flag on one half and the words "Blue Ribbon School" on the other.

State schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick also attended, and kindergartners greeted her with a bouquet of flowers tied to the school's mascot, a toy dolphin, Bruce said.

Grasmick said she was impressed with not only the pupils' achievement scores but their musical talents, , Bruce said.

The school's Jazz Ensemble performed "Night Train" and other songs. They performed so well that Grasmick invited them to perform at the Maryland Teacher of the Year banquet in the fall, Bruce said.

County Councilman Christopher J. Merdon also brought a resolution from the County Council; and County Executive James N. Robey sent a representative with a proclamation declaring March 11 to be Centennial Lane Elementary School Day in Howard County, Bruce said.

Centennial Lane Elementary will receive $1,000 worth of books from Scholastic and interactive instructional equipment Peripheral Vision LLC of Columbia. McDonald's gave each of the principals a Palm Pilot, Bruce said.

The school will hear in May whether the U.S. Department of Education has selected it as a national Blue Ribbon School, Bruce said.

- Fay Lande

Births

Kaelea Elizabeth:

To Eric and Sarah Hayes of Elkridge on Feb. 23.

Anna Elizabeth:

To Christopher and Jennifer Fucci of Elkridge on Feb. 28.

Jill Lorraine:

To Mr. and Mrs. William M. Snyder Jr. of Ellicott City on Feb. 29.

Around town

Fans sought:

Ravens Roost No. 4 of Ellicott City will hold a 45th anniversary gala from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 8 at the Ramada Inn BWI in Hanover.

The fan club seeks previous Colt Corral No. 4 members to join in the celebration. Jeff Volmer, 301-490-7525 or www. ravensroost4.com.

Sherlockian society:

In celebration of Sherlock Holmes' 150th birthday, members of Watson's Tin Box, a local scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, will introduce visitors to Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 25 at the Miller branch library.

People playing characters from the stories will appear at the library to discuss the character's experiences and opinions about Holmes. Registration is required. 410-313-1950.

Basket bingo:

Basket bingo is planned for March 26 at the Knights of Columbus, 1010 Frederick Road, Catonsville. Doors open at 6 p.m.; bingo begins at 7 p.m. Prizes are Longaberger baskets. Admission is $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 410-313-2550.

For seniors:

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks sponsors activities for people age 55 and older at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Duplicate bridge is played from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. Bring a bag lunch. Bridge, pinochle and other games are played from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. 410-313-7279.

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