Education Notes

Education Notes

October 17, 2004

McDaniel College's German celebration slated for tomorrow

McDaniel College will hold its 10th German-American Day tomorrow, with nearly 900 students and teachers from public and private secondary schools throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia expected on campus for a program of German history, culture and music.

The celebration begins at 9:15 a.m. with a concert by Uwe Kind, known for his language-teaching technique using music. The creator of such rap numbers as Das Auto is Kaputt will perform songs used by teachers and students to help teach conversational German.

From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., discussions will be held on topics including women in the Third Reich, the Secret Service of the former East Germany, the making and breaking of the Berlin Wall, and career opportunities for German speakers.

A panel discussion by German journalists working in Washington and presentations by representatives from the German, Swiss and Austrian embassies will also be featured.

Cultural workshops will teach students how to play the games Doppelkopf and Siedler; German folk dancing; how to do Scherenschnitte, cutting silhouettes; about contemporary German music; and how to make gingerbread hearts out of marzipan.

Information: 410-857-2293.

Academy of Finance to hold orientation

The Advisory Council for the Carroll County public school system's Academy of Finance will hold an orientation for students who are enrolled in the new program and their parents.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

The National Academy Foundation is a nonprofit organization that carries on and promotes career-theme academy programs in high schools.

The Academy of Finance operates as a school within a school in each location. Its main purpose is to introduce students to the financial service industry through a rigorous curriculum, internship, college-level course work and access to business partners and mentors.

Twenty juniors are enrolled in the first class, which begins the second semester of this year.

After attending Westminster High for the Finance Academy courses, students will take additional classes at their home schools.

Participating business partners and teacher Jean Redmond will be at the orientation, along with Charlie Katz, the National Academy Foundation's director of business partnerships.

Information: 410-751-3131.

School officials schedule town meeting Thursday

School board President C. Scott Stone and Superintendent Charles I. Ecker will hold a town meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Francis Scott Key High School.

The purpose of the meeting is to create a dialogue with parents and the community. The public is welcome to voice concerns or ask questions on education topics and issues.

The school is at 3825 Bark Hill Road, Uniontown.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Food service workers recognized by system

The Carroll County public school system recognized its food services workers during National School Lunch Week Oct. 10 to 16.

The National School Lunch Program has served the nation for 58 years and is dedicated to the health and well-being of the nation's children.

Today, 192 food services staff members provide nutrition programs in the county's public schools. Last year, lunch was served in 40 schools and breakfast in 24 schools.

Parent attends institute for leadership training

Sharon Glass, a Robert Moton Elementary School parent, recently attended the first of three Maryland Parent Leadership Institute training weekends.

The institute, established in 2002 by the Family Works of the Family Services Agency Inc., assists parents in becoming full partners in their children's education by providing free training to them.

At the institute, parents design school-based projects aimed at improving student achievement and increasing parental involvement. After completing projects, graduates become part of a statewide network of parents who can share their best practices.

Century High senior chosen for national society

Jeffrey Alexander Norton, a senior at Century High School, has been selected for membership in the invitation-only National Society of High School Scholars.

Jeffrey has been on the honor roll the past three years with a grade point average of 4.125. He has served on the Student Government Association executive board since 2001 and is now vice president.

He is a member of the Carroll County Student Government Association and a former member of the Carroll County Academic Challenge Team and Century Chemistry Team.

Jeffrey is also enrolled at McDaniel College and has an internship with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.

He is the son of Marc and Jo Anne Norton of Sykesville.

Liberty High senior to compete for scholarship

Liberty High School senior Christopher Bolster has been nominated to compete in the national Principal's Leadership Award scholarship program, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

He was nominated by Liberty Principal Florence Oliver based on his leadership skills, participation in service groups, achievements in arts and sciences, work experience and academic record.

Christopher is involved in National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Class of 2005 projects and sports. He is doing an internship at the National Security Administration and plans to attend the University of Maryland.

Winters Mill students commended for test results

Caitlin E. Haff and Davalyn R. Powell, students at Winters Mill High School, have been named commended students in the 2005 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The students will receive a letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Commended students placed in the top 5 percent of more than 1 million who entered the competition by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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