Education Digest

EDUCATION DIGEST

August 25, 2004

College is holding orientation sessions today and Friday

Howard Community College will hold orientation sessions for new students from 6 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Friday in the college's Smith Theatre.

First-time students are expected to attend; parents are welcome.

Refreshments and information packets will be provided. Interactive workshops and campus tours are planned.

Reservations are required. To reserve a place: 410-772-4430.

The college's fall semester begins Monday.

Information or registration: 410-772-4856. The college is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

SAT prep courses set at Mount Hebron High

The Mount Hebron Vikings will sponsor a series of SAT prep courses next month.

The courses are designed to prepare juniors for the new SAT examination, which will be given in March, as well as for the January examination. The classes will include verbal and math skills.

PSAT/SAT classes will be offered from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 1 through Oct 27. The cost is $385 for the 10-week program. A separate grammar course will be offered from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept 2 through Oct. 28. The cost is $190.

Both courses will be taught by Marian McCain, a former Centennial High School mathematics and SAT prep teacher.

Courses will be offered throughout the school year. Winter sessions are to begin Nov. 3; spring sessions are to start Feb. 16.

Information or registration: Lori Birmingham, 410-418-4688 or Marian McCain, 410-461-9057.

School board to convene in 3 sessions tomorrow

The Howard County Board of Education will meet in closed session at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The board will meet at 4 p.m. in the boardroom to begin the afternoon session of its regularly scheduled meeting. The afternoon session and an evening session, which is to start 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 hearing process.

Sign-up in advance is preferred.

The board will hold a public work session on the fiscal 2006 capital budget and the fiscal 2007-2011 capital improvement program during the evening session.

Information or to sign up to speak: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, 410-313-7046. Two-week advance notice is requested.

Home educators group to hold discussions Monday

Howard County Home Educators (HCHE) will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The topic for discussion will be "Welcome to Homeschooling and How Do I Homeschool?"

Experienced homeschooling parents will be available to answer questions about homeschooling children through the elementary, middle and high school years.

New and interested families are welcome. Admission is free.

Information: Lisa Sterns, 410- 381-5777.

Resource center sponsoring workshops on child care

The Howard County Child Care Resource Center sponsors a continuing series of workshops for parents and child care and early childhood professionals.

A workshop on shaken baby syndrome, offered by the Howard County Health Department, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today. The cost is $10.

A hands-on workshop on building a portfolio for an early-childhood business is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The cost is $20.

The workshops will be held in Suite 380, 3300 North Ridge Road, Ellicott City.

Information: Debbie Yare, 410-313-1943.

Meetings slated for parents of children with ADHD

CHADD of Greater Baltimore sponsors a support group for parents of children diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.)

Meetings are held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Loyola College Graduate Center, 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia.

Information: www.chadd mc.org.

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