Education Digest



May 19, 2004

County school board to meet May 26 to approve budgets

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. May 26 to approve the fiscal 2005 operating and capital budgets and the fiscal 2006-2010 capital improvement program. The meeting will be held in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The board will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. May 27 in the boardroom.. The afternoon session, and an evening session that is to begin at 7:30 p.m., will open 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.

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

To request a sign language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, 410- 313-7046. Notice is preferred two weeks in advance.

Scholarships are offered to community college grads

College of Notre Dame of Maryland is offering a guaranteed $6,000 minimum scholarship to any female student who has completed an associate's degree at Howard Community College or a similarly accredited community college and has maintained an overall 3.2 grade-point average.

The student will also be considered for additional scholarship help.

The scholarship, called "3.2 Guarantee," is part of a new program at the College of Notre Dame: EXceptional TRAnsfers (EXTRA): Scholarship Opportunities for Graduates of Community Colleges. Scholarships are available for the fall.

Information: 410-532-5332 or 800-435-0200. Or visit www.ndm. edu.

HCC seeks applicants for new nursing program

Howard Community College is accepting applications for the first clinical class in its new Accelerated Associate of Arts Degree Nursing Program.

An information session on the 12-month, full-time day program will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday in Room 100 of the college's Instructional Lab Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The application deadline for the program is June 1.

Information: www.howard nursing.html.

Howard schools provide commencement schedule

The Howard County school system has set its commencement schedule:

Atholton High School will hold its commencement 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's commencement will begin 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's commencement will begin 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. Monday, Tuesday and May 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.

County schools seek input on special education plan

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

For a copy of the 2003-2004 plan: Cynthia Barnard, 410-313- 6659, or staffingPlan.html.

Comments and suggestions:

Summer programs offered for youngsters 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.

The half-day summer programs include lessons on nature, history and the environment through hands-on activities. Junior Rangers, ages 8 to 12, earn patches for completing assignments. Park Pals are ages 5 to 7. The cost is $30 a child; $20 for siblings. Registration is required.

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

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