Education Notes


May 05, 2004

County students make their moves at chess competition

Nearly 50 elementary, middle and high school students competed Saturday in the fourth chess tournament sponsored by the Council of Elders of the Black Community in Howard County and the Black Student Achievement Program, held at Long Reach High School.

Since January 2001, the Council of Elders has offered a chess program, primarily for African-American students in Howard County. Council members and community volunteers have provided weekly chess tutoring sessions for more than 600 pupils with varying skill levels.

Elementary school winners, Section A: first place, Ben Kitt, second grade at Cradlerock; second place, Jake Fisher, third grade at Stevens Forest; third place, Joshua Precilio, a second-grader who is homeschooled; fourth place, Charles Hopkins, kindergarten at Phelps Luck; fifth place, Deion Minor, second grade at Bryant Woods.

Elementary school winners, Section B: first place, Yuri Felicio, fifth grade at Talbott Springs; second place, Issac Poku, fifth grade at Guilford; third place, Chas Gulley, fourth grade at Bryant Woods; fourth place, Justen Figueroa, fifth grade at Bellows Spring; fifth place (tie), Terrel Morris, fourth grade at Bryant Woods; fifth place (tie) Neil Ray, fifth grade at Guilford.

Middle school winners: first place, Minh Pho, eighth grade at Burleigh Manor; second place, Kenyatta Drake, eighth grade at Owen Brown; third place, Justin Montgomery, eighth grade at Patuxent Valley; fourth place, Matthew Beach, eighth grade at Oakland Mills; fifth place, Michael Williams, seventh grade at Owen Brown.

High school winners: first place, Huy Pho, ninth grade at Centennial; second place, Jay Plott, 11th grade at Homewood; third place, Kurt Naiker, 10th grade at Hammond; fourth place, Jason Clarke, ninth grade at Howard.

Howard schools provide commencement schedule

The Howard County public school system has set its commencement schedule:

Atholton High School will hold its ceremonies at 1 p.m. June 1; Hammond High School at 4:30 p.m.; and Wilde Lake High School at 8 p.m.

River Hill High School will hold its commencement at 9:30 a.m. June 2; Long Reach High School at 1 p.m.; Howard High School at 4:30 p.m.; and Mount Hebron High School at 8 p.m.

Oakland Mills High School will hold commencement at 9:30 a.m. June 3; Cedar Lane School at 10 a.m.; Centennial High School at 1 p.m.; and Glenelg High School at 4:30 p.m.

The ceremonies will be held at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, with the exception of Cedar Lane School, which will hold its commencement ceremony at the school.

Senior summer institute is 4 days of college courses

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor its four-day Senior Adult Summer Institute at Howard Community College's Instructional Laboratory Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Four days of college courses on topics such as Renaissance art, opera, Civil War literature and global economics are planned. There are no tests or term papers.

Participants can register for any or all of the four days.

The program will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 24, 25, 26 and 27. The cost is $10 a day for ages 60 and older; $12 a day for ages 18 to 59.

Information or registration: 410-313-7279.

Schools hearing tomorrow is about budget priorities

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the superintendent's fiscal 2005 operating and capital budget priorities at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom.

Those who want to testify are asked to limit their presentations to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony.

A regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 4 p.m. May 13 in the boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which starts 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 public hearing process.

The board will hold a public work session during the evening session to set category totals for the fiscal 2005 operating budget.

Information or to sign up to speak: 410-313-7197.

To request a sign language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, 410- 313-7046.

Howard schools seek input on special ed plan

The Howard County public school system seeks comment and suggestions from the community for its Special Education Staffing Plan 2004-2005.

To obtain a copy of the 2003-2004 plan: Cynthia Barnard, 410-313-6659 or

Comments and suggestions:

Summer programs offered for youths at Patapsco

Staff naturalists at Patapsco Valley State Park will offer five-week summer Junior Ranger and Park Pals programs, starting June 29, and a weeklong Junior Ranger and Park Pals camp from Aug. 2 to 6.

Information or to request a registration form: 410-737-0451.

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