Education Notes

Education Notes

August 29, 2004

College offering ESOL courses throughout county

Carroll Community College is offering free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes for foreign-born adults who want to improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills.

This fall, the college's ESOL program is expanding to meet the growing needs of students around the county with classes at locations in Westminster, Manchester and Sykesville. Classes are offered mornings and evenings, and child care is available at some sites.

Registration for ESOL classes will be held as follows:

Business & Employment Resource Center, 224 N. Center St. in Westminster, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Nov. 1.

Robert Moton Elementary School, 1412 Washington Road in Westminster, (for parents and children) at 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sept. 8.

William Winchester Elementary School, 70 Monroe St. in Westminster, (for parents and children) at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 8.

Springfield Hospital Center, Muncie Building, Room 6, 6655 Sykesville Road in Sykesville, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 14.

Manchester Elementary School, 3224 York St., at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 14.

Students will be tested at registration to determine their level of English for class placement. Classes are offered in beginning and intermediate levels. Advanced levels are offered for a reasonable fee through the Office of Continuing Education and Training at 410-386-8100.

Information: 410-386-8021.

SAT preparation slated at 3 schools

Carroll County high school students who want to take the SAT can prepare for the exam by taking SAT or PSAT preparation courses.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays as follows: Sept. 11 and 18 at Westminster High School; Sept. 11 and Oct. 2 at South Carroll High; and Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 at Winters Mill High.

Students must attend both sessions.

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

Information: 410-442-1600.

Eight college students awarded scholarships

The Joanne Grossnickle Scholarship Committee of the Union Bridge Church of the Brethren recently presented $6,000 in scholarships to eight college students for this academic year.

Recipients included five graduates from Francis Scott Key High School and three from Walkersville High School in Frederick County. Students must have completed at least one year of college to be eligible for the scholarship.

Scholarship winners are Jessica Replogle, a 2001 Key graduate majoring in social work at Salisbury University; Desiree Myers, a 2002 Key graduate majoring in fine arts and photography at Towson University; Kristi Gable, a 2002 Key graduate majoring in political science and secondary education at Elizabethtown College.

Also, 2003 Key graduates Tim Owings, an economics major at Hood College, and Stacey Barnett, an agriculture education major at the University of Kentucky.

Also, Walkersville graduates Keri Keefer, 2002, an English major at Hood College; Ashley Huffman, 2003, majoring in elementary and special education at Mount St. Mary's University; and Sarah Wolf, 2003, a premedicine major at Pfeiffer University.

Meeting to focus special education

The Carroll County school system's department of special education and the Carroll County Special Education Citizens' Advisory Council will hold their eighth annual State of Special Education Night in Carroll County from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 23 at Winters Mill High School.

Participants will meet with local parent support groups and organizations that provide support and services to students and adults with disabilities, including the Citizens' Advisory Council.

A general session at 7 p.m. will feature information about special education from national, state and local representatives, including data from the most recent Maryland State Assessment tests.

The general session should give participants a better understanding of government regulations on the operation and implementation of services for students with disabilities, as well as the service delivery of specialized instruction.

Afterward, participants can attend small group presentations on the following topics: Specialized Reading Instruction and Interventions, Specialized Math Instruction and Interventions, Collaborative Teaching, Inclusive Practices, and Assistive Technologies. School staff members will provide information on the topics and answer questions.

People needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should call the office of community and media relations at 410-751-3020, TTY 410-751-3034, or write to Carroll County public schools, 125 N. Court St., Westminster 21157, at least one week before the meeting.

Winters Mill is at 560 Gorsuch Road in Westminster.

Information: 410-751-3033.

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