Education Notes

Education Notes

October 03, 2004

Severna Park High to hold conference for student leaders

Severna Park High School will be host for the Jostens 2004 Maryland State Leadership Conference from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 14, at the school, 60 Robinson Road.

The conference is open to select students throughout Maryland. It will be guided by Mark Scharenbroich, a nationally known motivational speaker who has worked with high school student leaders for more than 20 years.

The theme this year is "Connecting the Dots."

The event is being organized by the Severna Park High School Leadership Institute. The session will include about 100 students who have been picked by teachers and advisers for their leadership abilities and potential.

Information: 410-544-0900.

County library offers homework help via Web

The Anne Arundel County Library offers help with homework through its Web site.

Students in grades four through 12 can access a live tutor by logging on to the library's home page (www.aacpl.net) from library computer terminals or home computers. They then need to click on the "Live Homework Help" icon and enter a library card number, grade level and the subject in which help is needed.

Once they are logged in, students are connected to a tutor in an online classroom for one-on-one assistance. The tutors are certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors and graduate school students from across the country. Every tutor completes a training program and takes part in an ongoing evaluation process, which includes meeting at regular intervals with a mentor who reviews his or her work.

Tutors also attend professional development seminars to improve their teaching skills in the online environment. All of the tutors have received a seven-year criminal background and reference check.

Students and tutors can review homework questions using features such as controlled chat, an interactive white board and shared Web browsing. When the session is over, students can print their session for future reference or to share with a parent, guardian or teacher.

The service is available from 2 p.m. to midnight seven days a week.

Information: 410-222-7371.

Patuxent Wildlife Festival to mark 3 anniversaries

Three anniversaries will be acknowledged at the Patuxent Wildlife Festival and anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at the National Wildlife Visitor's Center, off Powder Mill Road in Laurel.

A ceremony, "Research for Conservation: Past, Present and Future," is planned for 10:30 a.m. to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the National Wildlife Visitor's Center, the 65th anniversary of the Patuxent Research Refuge and the 125th anniversary of the U.S. Geological Survey.

An open house will follow the ceremony.

Festivities will include animals, research displays, behind-the-scenes research tours, tram tours and crafts for children.

Information: 301-497-5763.

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