Education Notes


September 12, 2004

Board of Education to meet Tuesday on North Carroll High

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to act on the North Carroll High School overcrowding recommendation.

The meeting will be held in the school auditorium at 1400 Panther Drive in Hampstead. The public is encouraged to attend.

Information: 410-751-3020.

FOCAS meeting to be held Thursday

The Families of Children with Autism Support group (FOCAS) will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at CHANGE Inc. in Westminster.

This first meeting of the school year will be a back-to-school ice cream social and open forum. The group's mission is to offer support to other families with autistic children and share information about autism.

FOCAS provides services to help support families of children with autism, including monthly meetings, small support groups, resource lists, guest speakers and social gatherings.

Free child care during the meeting is available if reserved by 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Information: 410-857-1596.

State of special education to be discussed Sept. 23

The Department of Special Education for Carroll County Public Schools and 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 recent Maryland State Assessments.

The general session should give participants a better understanding of the government regulations regarding 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 breakout presentations on specialized reading instruction and interventions, specialized math instruction and interventions, collaborative teaching, inclusive practices and assistive technologies.

Carroll County public schools staff will provide information and answer questions.

Individuals needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact 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 a week in advance.

Winters Mill is at 560 Gorsuch Road in Westminster.

Information: 410-751-3033.

Parents can withhold information from recruiters

The federal No Child Left Behind Act (Public Law 107-107) allows high schools, upon request by military recruiters, to release students' names, addresses and telephone numbers to military personnel.

Carroll County public schools will not release a student's information if a parent or guardian provides a note stating that permission for such release is not granted.

Parents or guardians not wanting their children's information released to the military must submit written statements to the school principal by Sept. 30.

Information: Cynthia Little, director of student services, 410-751-3123; or Barbara Guthrie, supervisor of guidance, 410-751-3125.

Two schools honored for character education

Mechanicsville Elementary School and East Middle School have been selected as Character Education Schools of the Year by the Maryland Center for Character Education.

To earn the award, schools must meet criteria including integrating elements of character in the curriculum, encouraging parental involvement, having a service learning program, and a schoolwide approach to teaching and reinforcing positive character traits.

Last year, Mechanicsville enforced responsibility through the TQ (Top Quality) Kids program that was designed for pupils to acknowledge the expectations for appropriate behavior and to understand that their behavior has a direct impact on their learning, as well as others.

The program was started to create consistent, schoolwide expectations for behavior, communicate regularly with parents and recognize pupils who went to school ready to learn.

East Middle involved its pupils in schoolwide efforts to emphasize a character trait for each month. Pupil representatives on the Character Education Committee offered input into the program.

Activities included the annual Kesselring Carnival to raise money for charity, the academic teams collecting money for Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas for needy families in the school community and a competition to collect hats, scarves and mittens for community donations.

The Character Education awards will be presented Sept. 30 at the Maritime Institute of Technology.

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