Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

May 02, 2004

Council of PTAs meets tomorrow at board's offices

The Carroll County Council of PTAs will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Board of Education offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

An election of officers will be held, and awards for the previous year will be presented.

Information: 410-549-6959.

Disaster training exercise will be held Saturday

An emergency training exercise will be conducted by the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association, the Sheriff's Department, the Health Department, the Office of Public Safety and the Maryland State Police from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at West Middle School.

The exercise will simulate the release of a chemical agent in a classroom of 20 to 30 students. No chemicals or hazardous materials will be used. The volunteers will simulate exposure to the agent and participate in the decontamination and medical evaluation process.

Students who participate will be awarded five hours of community service credit.

The exercise is not sponsored by the Carroll County public schools.

Information: 410-751-3661 or 410-386-2261.

National education summit Saturday in Westminster

Carroll County public schools will be host of the 2004 National Association for Multicultural Education Spring Conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Winters Mill High School in Westminster.

The theme of the conference is "Equity in Education: Be a Voice of Change."

The conference is an opportunity for school systems to enhance staff knowledge while blending multicultural education into its "Bridge to Excellence Master Plan." It also enables school systems to showcase their programs, staff and accomplishments.

Registration is required. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Information: 410-751-3048.

High school diploma options, programs offered

Anyone 16 or older who wants to learn about high school diploma options and other programs, and have math and reading skills evaluated, can attend a free "First Steps" orientation.

Introductory programs will be held:

From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Student Support Services and Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 55 N. Court St., G27, Westminster.

From 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (unemployment office), 125 Airport Drive, Suite 20, Westminster.

From 9:30 a.m. to noon May 10 at the Mount Airy library branch, 705 Ridge Ave.

From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 12 at the North Carroll library branch, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount.

First Steps is part of Student Support Services and Carroll Adult Learning Connection.

Information: 410-751-3680, Ext. 228.

GED tests available monthly through schools

The Carroll County public school system offers GED tests monthly to anyone 16 or older who wants to earn a high school diploma.

The two-day GED test consists of five sections: math, science, social studies, literature and the arts, and writing skills.

To take the test, an individual must have been a state resident for at least 90 days, have been withdrawn from school for at least 90 days and pay a test fee.

The next practice test will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 at Carroll Adult Learning Connection.

The next test will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 13 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15 at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Information: 410-751-3680.

Food service facilities receive merit awards

The Carroll County Health Department's bureau of environmental health has presented Certificate of Merit awards to outstanding food service facilities in the county, including these schools:

Carrolltowne Elementary, Oklahoma Road Middle, Century High, Shiloh Middle, Cranberry Station Elementary, South Carroll High, Eldersburg Elementary, Taneytown Elementary, Elmer Wolfe Elementary, West Middle, Hampstead Elementary, William Winchester Elementary and Manchester Elementary.

Recipients must meet such criteria as having no critical items from July 1 to June 30, excellent overall cleanliness and maintenance of the facility, and familiarity with proper food temperatures and cooling procedures.

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