Education Notes

Education Notes

July 18, 2004

Schools proposing new grading system, course numbering

Carroll County public schools will hold two public informational presentations on a proposal for a new course numbering system and weighted grade point average system.

The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Shiloh Middle School, 3675 Willow St. in Hampstead, and July 27 at Century High School, 355 Ronsdale Road near Eldersburg.

The proposed course numbering system would allow the school system's scheduling database to more effectively assign course numbers within a content area. The system would not affect the kinds or levels of courses offered in the high schools.

The proposed weighted grade point average system would offer students the choice between a weighted or non-weighted grade point average. Weighted grades would be assigned only in Advanced Placement or transcripted credit courses, not in honors courses.

The Board of Education is expected to vote on the proposal at its monthly meeting Aug. 11.

Those needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should call the Office of Community and Media Relations at 410-751-3020, TTY (410) 751-3034, as soon as possible.

Information: 410-751-3098.

SAT preparation classes offered for high schoolers

Carroll County high school students who need to take the SAT can get ready by taking SAT or PSAT preparation courses.

The next class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chapelgate in Marriottsville Aug. 7 and 14.

Tuition is $100, plus $50 for materials. Registration is open to all high school students. Part of the proceeds goes to the school.

Information: 410-442-1600.

Carroll Lutheran Village presents 12 scholarships

Carroll Lutheran Village recently presented scholarship money to 12 student employees to help them pursue their education.

The scholarship money is available for up to eight semesters to students who are continuing their education beyond high school and who have worked at the village for at least 1,000 hours over a two-year period.

Seven students will attend Carroll Community College: Charles Crown, who will study forensic science; Patrick Deans, studying liberal arts; Tim Lorch, studying arts and sciences; Shelley Six and Christina Vance, studying nursing; Christie Wilson, studying early childhood education; and Brian Raab, undecided on his major.

Cameron Oster and Derek Smith will attend Salisbury University. Smith's major will be business administration. Kathryn Hersh will attend Kent State University to study criminal justice, Allison Kavanagh will go to Christendom College, and Julia Lilley will attend Mount St. Mary's College to study nursing.

The scholarship money is donated by village residents who are the recipients of the services offered by the student employees.

Linton Springs certified as School of Excellence

Linton Springs Elementary School has been certified as a PTA National School of Excellence by the National PTA.

The Linton Springs PTA has demonstrated outstanding parent involvement practices based on the National PTA's Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs.

To earn the certification, a school must perform well in communication, parenting, student learning, volunteering, decision-making and collaboration with the community.

Once a school is recognized, it is featured on the National PTA's Web site area "Certification of Excellence in Schools," in Our Children magazine and in other national PTA communications.

The Linton Springs PTA operates after-school activities for students; has established active drama and chess clubs; maintains a mentoring program; and plans events such as a bingo night, a spelling bee and a fun run.

Certification lasts three years, after which a school must re-apply.

Major gifts post goes to Parks at McDaniel

Kimberly Stevenson Parks has been named associate director of major gifts for McDaniel College.

Most recently director of annual giving at the college, she will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to cultivate and solicit gifts from alumni and friends of the college.

A resident of Butler, Parks started at McDaniel in 1994 as assistant director of annual giving. Since then, she has been associate director of major gifts and director of annual giving.

Parks, a 1990 graduate of Lynchburg College in Virginia, has taken courses at Goucher College and Richmond College in London.

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