Education Notes


September 26, 2004

Public meeting slated on proposed course and grading systems

The Carroll County public school system will hold the final public meeting on a proposal for a new high school course numbering system and weighted grade-point average system.

The presentation will be at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Westminster High School media center, 1125 Washington Road. The public is encouraged to attend.

The proposed course numbering system would allow the school system's scheduling database to more effectively assign course numbers within a content area.

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

Details on the proposals are available at bers.pdf.

The Board of Education is expected to vote on the proposal Oct 13.

Information: 410-751-3098.

County pupils to participate in physical activity program

Carroll County's 21 elementary schools and two private schools will participate in PROJECT ACES, or Active Children Excel in School, starting today through Oct. 9 to encourage pupils in grades one to five to participate in 14 days of physical activity for better health and performance in school and elsewhere.

By participating, children can be more fit and help their school earn up to $500 worth of physical activity equipment.

Children are encouraged to do something active at home or at school for 30 minutes or more every day. Pupils record the amount and type of activity on a special form.

All pupils who participate will receive a certificate. About 100 will win prizes, including fitness club memberships, games and sports prizes. The grand prizes will be one boy's and one girl's bicycle.

Some schools also will hold family fitness activities, and school staff and teachers have been invited to take the challenge.

PROJECT ACES is a program of the Carroll County Children's Heart Health Action Team.

Information: 410-751-3056 or 410-876-4984.

GED practice sessions, tests scheduled next month

Carroll County public schools offer monthly GED tests and practice sessions to those 16 and older who want to earn their high school diploma.

The two-day GED test consists of five sections: math, science, social studies, reading and writing.

To take the test, candidates must be 16 or older, have been a state resident for at least 90 days, have been withdrawn from school for at least 90 days and pay a test fee.

It is recommended that candidates take the practice test before taking the actual exam. Practice tests take six hours and are graded on site.

The next practice tests will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 16 at Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 224 N. Center St., Room 101, Westminster.

The next test will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 14 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Information: 410-751-3680, ext. 228.

CCC management courses offered at Sykesville site

Carroll Community College will offer management classes at its new Sykesville Center in the Public Safety Education and Training Center of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions off Route 32.

Courses include: Introduction to Management; Communication Skills -- Basic; Managing Conflict at Work; Trust -- Strengthening the Foundation, Development Dimensions, International Course; Creative Problem Solving for Managers; Getting More Done Through Delegation; Discover Yourself and Others; and Effective Leadership.

For a complete schedule of courses, contact the college's Office of Continuing Education and Training at 410-386-8100.

Md. senator to consider nominations to academies

Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, a Maryland Democrat, is accepting requests for applications for nomination to the four U.S. military service academies for the next school year.

The deadline for completed applications is Nov. 5.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and Maryland residents, at least 17 years old but younger than 23 by July 1, have high academic standing in high school and participate in extracurricular or community activities that demonstrate leadership potential.

For a nomination packet for the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy or U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, write to Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Tower One, Suite 1710, 100 S. Charles St., Baltimore 21201.

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