Education Notes

Education Notes

May 09, 2004

School system plans job fair Tuesday in Westminster

The Carroll County public school system will hold a job fair from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, 1229 Washington Road, Westminster.

Anyone interested in employment with the school system is invited to attend.

Staff will speak with candidates interested in any position with the school system. Screening interviews will be held for qualified teacher applicants.

Available areas of employment include: teaching and school administration, transportation, food services, custodial/maintenance, clerical, nursing, instructional assistants and substitute teaching.

Mini-seminars will be offered in teacher certification, application procedures for classified employees, substituting and a variety of other topics. A panel composed of principals, supervisors, directors and teachers will discuss education policies and practices.

Information: 410-751-3070 or

School board to hold meeting Wednesday

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.

A meeting to approve the fiscal 2005 operating budget will be held at 1 p.m.

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

Meetings will be broadcast live on CETV, Channel 21 on Adelphia cable TV, and repeated at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and May 20, and at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Training sessions planned for education volunteers

The Carroll County public schools rely heavily on volunteers to help in the education of students.

The schools' volunteer program uses Level I and Level II Volunteers. Level I Volunteers (guest speakers/readers, business representatives, concession stand operators, etc.) must register at a school site before volunteering.

Level II Volunteers (classroom helpers, chaperones, mentors, etc.) are required to attend an annual training session at least seven school days prior to volunteering.

Volunteers who plan to chaperone an overnight trip or activity also must submit a background check request 30 days prior to the event.

Training sessions are held throughout the county year round. All volunteer training is valid until Sept. 30 of the next school year.

Scheduled volunteer training sessions for the 2004-2005 school year are:

Train-the-Trainer Sessions:

From 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 17 and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 24 in the central office boardroom.

From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 17 at Manchester Elementary media center, and June 2 at Mechanicsville Elementary media center.

Regional Volunteer Training Sessions (one hour) will be held beginning in September.

Information: 410-386-1536.

Instructional coordinator honored by state groups

Estelle Sanzenbacher, coordinator of instructional development for Carroll County public schools, has been recognized for her leadership in service learning.

The Maryland State Department of Education and Maryland Student Service Alliance honored students, teachers, principals and others at the Maryland Service-Learning Leadership Recognition reception.

Sanzenbacher was one of five Local Education Agency service-learning coordinator leaders from around the state who received a surprise presentation for their efforts in service learning.

The coordinators were honored for improving their programs, offering high-quality experiences to students, developing new leaders and sharing their expertise with others.

Liberty High adviser wins Michaelson award

Nora Murray, the faculty adviser to the student government association at Liberty High School, has been named the 2004 Mike Michaelson Adviser of the Year by the Maryland Association of Student Councils.

She was honored for exemplifying the principle that leadership is service.

The award was presented during the association's annual convention in Ocean City.

McDaniel College's Marx receives teaching award

Assistant professor of physics Jeffrey Marx received the Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award at McDaniel College's Honors Convocation on May 2.

The award, given every other year, is named for Zepp, professor of religious studies emeritus, who retired in 1994. Established by alumni in 1996, the award recognizes inspired classroom work and dedication to students.

A specialist in physics education, Marx seeks to engage students at all levels of learning, including those who are insecure and confused by mathematics and science.

Since joining the faculty in 2000, Marx has introduced student-centered learning methods and replaced class lectures with interactive demonstrations, context-rich problem-solving, and hands-on activities.

A Westminster resident, Marx last year received the Ira G. Zepp Teaching Enhancement Grant for his research into how students feel about science and their understanding of how natural ability and hard work define a student's success in science.

Marx earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Four McDonogh students inducted into honor society

Four Carroll County students at McDonogh School recently were inducted into the school's chapter of the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society recognizing academic achievement.

The students were senior Rochelle Murray of Mount Airy, and juniors Deanna Edwards of Eldersburg and Eric and Julian Damashek of Hampstead.

The Cum Laude Society is modeled after the Phi Beta Kappa collegiate honor society. McDonogh has had its own chapter since 1955.

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