Education Digest

EDUCATION DIGEST

December 15, 2004

CA is accepting applications for exchange program

The Columbia Association will accept applications for its Sister Cities High School Student Exchange Program until Feb. 18.

Participating Howard County students will spend about two weeks during the summer living with a family in one of Columbia's sister cities - Cergy-Pontoise, France, or Tres Cantos, Spain.

After returning to the United States, the students will be hosts to their French or Spanish counterparts for two weeks. Organized group activities are planned for the students in the United States and abroad.

Applicants must be Howard County high school students who have completed level two of high school French or Spanish by the end of the academic year, or have equivalent fluency in the language.

The cost, which includes airfare, food, lodging and activities, is about $1,300. Students who live on Columbia Association-assessed property receive a $150 discount.

Information: Meredith Jaffe, 410-715-3162.

Organize spelling bees, county library urges

The Howard County Library invites public and private schools and homeschool associations to organize classroom and school bees for children in grades four to eight, with the goal of participating in a countywide spelling bee and sending a student to the National Spelling Bee in Washington.

The local competitions should be held by Jan. 31. Winners will advance to the library's regional bee March 18. The winner of the regional bee will compete in the National Spelling Bee in June.

The winner of the Howard County Library's spelling bee will receive a $1,000 scholarship; second- and third-place finishers will receive $750 and $500 scholarships, respectively. The top five finalists will receive trophies and dictionaries; their schools or associations will receive trophies.

Rules and "intent to participate" forms are available on the library's Web site, www.hc library.org/partners/spellingbee. cfm.

The Howard County Library Spelling Bee is co-sponsored by The Sun.

Information: 410-313-7750.

Public schools to display first-time textbooks

Textbooks and textbook-related material recommended for first-time use in the Howard County public schools will be on display in the lobby at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The material will be on display from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Jan. 28, with the exception of Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1 and 17.

Forms will be available to express approval or request re-evaluation of the materials.

Information: 410-313-6665.

CA holding poster contest for Black History Month

The Columbia Association, in partnership with Corridor Transportation and the Howard County Office of Public Information, is holding a Black History Month Poster Contest, "Images of Freedom," for Columbia middle and high school students.

Students are asked to interpret the theme "Images of Freedom" on a horizontal sheet of letter-sized white paper, in pencil, colored pencil, ink, markers or paint. No controversial words are permitted.

The artists should include a separate sheet of paper with name, age, school, address and phone number.

Entries must be mailed by Friday to "Images of Freedom" Poster Contest, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044.

Information: 410-715-3171.

School board holding closed session tomorrow

The Howard County Board of Education will meet in closed session at 8 a.m. tomorrow at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-6682.

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