Education Notes

Education Notes

July 18, 2004

New kindergarten, pre-kindergarten sites set for fall

Anne Arundel County public schools will open 13 new full-day kindergarten sites and six additional half-day pre-kindergarten programs this fall.

The six half-day programs will be offered at Fort Smallwood, Four Seasons, Lothian, Point Pleasant, Rippling Woods and West Meade elementary schools. Applications for the programs may be completed at the new sites.

To apply, parents should bring their child's original birth certificate, a copy of the child's immunization record and two proofs of residency, such as a rental agreement or telephone bill. The Maryland immunization regulation requires that the immunization record list all immunizations with the dates of each vaccination; be signed by a physician, health department official or school official; and be approved by the admitting school.

The pre-kindergarten programs select 4-year-olds based on need, not on a first-come, first-served basis. Using criteria established by the Maryland State Department of Education, Anne Arundel County school officials will review each application and parents will be notified by July 30 whether their child has been accepted or placed on a waiting list.

The 13 full-day kindergarten sites are: Bell Grove, Brooklyn Park, Glen Burnie Park, Hillsmere, Hilltop, Jessup, Lothian, Marley (when pupils move into the new building), Maryland City, North Glen, Oakwood, Rolling Knolls and Woodside elementary schools.

Parents of registered kindergarten pupils in the affected school attendance areas will be notified of school hours for the full-day kindergarten sessions.

Intervention program educates youth fire-setters

The Annapolis Fire Department's Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Program engages young people ages 5 to 16 who have been involved in fire-related activities.

The program educates the child about the dangers of fire and consequences of playing with it. The program consists of an evaluation, fire-risk classification, pre- and post-testing on the child's knowledge of fire safety, pictorial evaluation, homework assignments and referrals to mental health if necessary.

At the completion of the 60- to 90-day program, the child receives a certificate of completion, fire station tour and a fire safety packet.

This is a free program designed to educate the juvenile fire-setter on a one-to-one level. It is not designed to counsel the child.

Referral to the program can come from the parent or guardian, school system, fire investigation bureau, Police Department, child care facilities, mental health services or the Department of Juvenile Services.

AACC schedules classes for fall at Arundel Mills

Anne Arundel Community College at Arundel Mills will offer more than 150 credit classes in the fall. Eight- and 15-week courses begin Aug. 25.

Day and evening courses are available and include English, mathematics, history, biology, chemistry and sociology. Fields of study include business, education, human services, criminal justice, computer science and telecommunications.

AACC at Arundel Mills also is the headquarters for the AACC University Consortium, four-year institutions that are partnering with AACC to facilitate transfer to one of their programs. Consortium members are the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, McDaniel College, University of Baltimore and University of Maryland University College.

The full-service facility at Arundel Mills offers 22 general classrooms, eight computer labs, six conference rooms, a technology Learning Center and a 134-seat lecture hall with data ports at each seat. A college store offers books and supplies needed for classes that meet at Arundel Mills.

Arundel Mills' hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, Aug. 16 to Sept. 3; and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. The college store will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 21 and 28. Registration is under way. Information: 410-647-7100.

Foundation allocates $375,300 in scholarships

The Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc. has allocated $375,300 to fund this fiscal year's scholarship programs. Of that amount, $150,000 will fund annual scholarships, $115,300 will go to endowed scholarships, $75,000 to the Student Achievement and Success Program and $35,000 to the Continuing Education Scholarship Fund.

To be eligible, students must show financial need, be accepted into SASP and have a minimum 2.0 grade-point average.

The Continuing Education Scholarship Fund provides up to $1,000 for students enrolled in job-specific continuing education training programs. Students must demonstrate financial need through a federal student aid application and enroll in eligible noncredit programs that are at least 50 contact hours long and have tuition and fees totaling at least $300.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to secure and steward private funds to enhance educational endeavors. Money for the two scholarship programs comes from unrestricted foundation funds. Information: 410-777- 2203.

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