Education Notes


March 17, 2004

Coalition to hold a speak-out for children, families

The Howard County Early Childhood and Child Care Coalition will hold a Speak Out for Howard County's Children and Families from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 25 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

A panel will discuss full-day kindergarten, mental health services for children, affordable child care and after-school programs.

An open microphone will be available to parents and families who want to speak.

Information: 410-313-1940.

Applicants being sought for college scholarships

Donors to the Columbia Foundation have established scholarships for Howard County public high school seniors who will attend two- or four-year colleges or universities in fall.

Students can pick up applications and information about the Robert J. Gaw Memorial Scholarship, the Stephanie Russel Scholarship and the Ascend One Scholarship at high school guidance offices. Atholton High School students can also apply for the Stillman Scholarship.

The application deadline is April 9.

The Columbia Foundation manages and distributes funds to support Howard County non-profits.

African-American GOP club sponsoring an essay contest

The African American Republican Club of Howard County is sponsoring an essay contest for high school seniors.

The essay is to profile a prominent African-American.

This year's topic is "The Life and Accomplishments of Dr. Delroy Leon Cornick, Sr.," a veteran of World War II and Howard County Republican activist and politician.

The winner, who will be selected for his or her initiative, research and writing skill, will receive a $500 scholarship.

The deadline for submissions is April 19. Winners will be announced at a reception April 25 at Nixon's Farm in West Friendship.

Essays should be sent by e-mail as an attachment to or mailed to African American Republican Club of Howard County, Del Cornick Chapter, P.O. Box 1578, Columbia 21044, Attn: 2004 AARCHC Essay Contest.

Information: 410-997-8683, or

School board to confer with student leaders

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a luncheon meeting with student leaders at noon tomorrow in the boardroom.

The board will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon and an evening session, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum, during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

A public hearing on recommended parameters for middle school scheduling, and a public hearing on revisions to Policy 1675, Boundary Line Adjustments Not Related to School Closings, will begin at 7:30 p.m., during the evening session. The public is encouraged to attend.

Those who want to testify at the hearing are asked to limit the presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing. To sign up: 410-313-7197.

The board will meet in closed session at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday. A closed session that was scheduled for March 25 has been canceled.

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

Nominations are requested for Inclusion Awards

The Chesapeake Down Syndrome Support Group and members of Families & Professionals United, a class co-sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education and Towson University, have created Recognizing Excellence in Inclusion Awards 2004.

The awards program is intended to promote inclusion of children with disabilities in their school communities.

Nominations of employees from schools in Howard County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore and Harford counties are welcome. Entries are invited in the category of educator or instructional assistant and administrator.

An essay describing the nominee's work in 500 words or fewer can be submitted by students, parents or school employees. The deadline for submissions is April 15. Winners will be announced April 30.

Information: 410-203-2579.

Registration being taken for SAT-PSAT prep courses

Registration is still open for SAT-PSAT preparation courses at three Howard County high schools.

Courses are being held at Howard High School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 30 and April 13, 20 and 27; at Hammond High School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 31 and April 14, 21 and 28; and at Long Reach High School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 1, 15, 22 and 29.

Tuition is $100, plus a $50 fee for materials. Classes are open to all students. A portion of the proceeds will go to each school.

Information: 410-442-1600.

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