Education Notes

Education Notes

April 11, 2004

Education board to meet Wednesday in Westminster

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

The regular meeting agenda will be posted on the school system's Web site at

The meeting will be broadcast live on CETV, Channel 21 on Adelphia cable TV. It will be shown again at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and the following Thursday, and at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Next Steps seminar to be offered Wednesday

The Arc of Carroll County will present a Next Steps seminar from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at its offices, 180 Kriders Church Road, Westminster.

Dr. James Tolan of Comprehensive Developmental Services will discuss positive behavioral strategies for people with developmental disabilities.

He will answer questions from the audience.

Information: 410-848-8414.

Carroll Community College accepts early registration

Carroll Community College will accept early registration Wednesday to Friday for the summer and fall terms.

Copies of the credit class schedule will be available in Rooms A102 and A112 at the 1601 Washington Road campus.

Advisers will be available in the Great Hall from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday to help students.

Registration will be accepted in person, online, and by mail and fax. The college accepts Visa and MasterCard.

Classes for Summer Session I begin June 1, Summer Session II July 6 and fall classes Aug. 30.

Information: 410-386-8435 or

Literacy Council slates annual spelling bee

The Literacy Council of Carroll County will hold its annual Spelin' Be at 6 p.m. April 22 at Martin's of Westminster.

Teams of four adults from local businesses, civic and service organizations, and government agencies vie for the title of best spellers in Carroll County.

The main objectives are to have fun and to raise money for literacy programs. Trophies and prizes will be awarded.

Local television personality Ron Riley will be the master of ceremonies. Carroll County public library director Linda Mielke will be the pronouncer. District Judge JoAnn M. Ellinghaus-Jones will be the spelling judge.

The public is invited to attend and cheer on their favorite team. Tickets are $15 and include a picnic-style dinner.

Information: 410-848-6506.

Public schools observe Library Media Month

School Library Media Month is being observed in Carroll County public schools this month.

Irene Hildebrandt, supervisor of media, said the media centers in each school will offer activities to raise awareness of the importance of students becoming media literate.

The media center provides books to encourage children to read for pleasure and materials to meet individual needs, interests, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds and maturity levels.

The library media specialist provides leadership and expertise to ensure that the library is an integral part of the instructional program.

Hildebrandt encourages community residents to visit their child's media center and see the ways libraries have changed over the years.

For a complete list of media activities in the schools, visit

Information: 410-751-3490.

Germanic culture course offered through college

Carroll Community College will offer a noncredit class in the architecture, tools and folkways of the Germanic culture that came to Maryland from southern Pennsylvania.

"The Pennsylvania Germans: History, Culture, and Decorative Arts" will explore the history and contributions of the Pennsylvania Germans in Maryland through an examination of their 18th- and 19th-century decorative arts such as painted furniture, Fraktur prints, pottery and glassware.

The course concludes with a trip to a museum in Lancaster County, Pa.

Classes will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays April 22 to May 27 at the Gateway School with instructor Robert Harrison.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Chesapeake Bay Trust honors county teachers

The Chesapeake Bay Trust has honored Carroll County teachers Robert Foor-Hogue and Pam Sherfey for their commitment to student and community education that supports Chesapeake Bay restoration goals.

Foor-Hogue, a science teacher at South Carroll High, has been named the trust's Teacher of the Year. He will receive $5,000 and an award that recognizes his accomplishments.

Sherfey, a fourth-grade teacher at Linton Springs Elementary, was one of five finalists for the Teacher of the Year award.

Foor-Hogue's work puts students in real-life research situations such as raising native fish in a research classroom, growing underwater grasses that improve water quality and building wheelchair-accessible trails and bridges over a wetland.

A teacher for 30 years, Foor-Hogue has been an award-winning leader in environmental education.

Sherfey works to include every student and teacher in her projects, as well as area residents and the business community.

Her projects include restoring a wetland on the school grounds, establishing a winter habitat garden integrating other academic areas and creating native plantings outside of every school window.

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