Education Digest

EDUCATION DIGEST

February 02, 2005

HCC to hold three high-school nights, starting tomorrow

Howard Community College will hold high-school nights for prospective students and their parents at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Feb. 9 and 17 in Room 100 of the Instructional Lab Building. The snow date is Feb. 22.

The events are designed to help graduating seniors prepare for a successful transition to college. Programs such as Freshman Focus, Rouse Scholars, Silas Craft Collegians and Early Entrance, as well as financial aid, will be discussed, and participants will have a chance to tour the campus.

Howard Community College is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information or to reserve a seat: 410-772-4599.

School board conferring with County Council today

The Howard County Board of Education is to meet with the County Council at 8:15 a.m. today in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City. The meeting is open to the public.

The board will meet in closed session at 7 p.m. today, at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10, all at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

At 4 p.m. Feb. 10, the board will begin the afternoon session of its regularly scheduled meeting in the boardroom. The afternoon session, and an evening session, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

A public hearing on the "Rules of Procedure for Appeals and Hearings Before the Board of Education" is scheduled during the 7:30 p.m. session.

Those who want to testify at the hearing are asked to limit their presentation to three minutes and provide 15 copies of the testimony at the time of the hearing.

Information or to sign up to speak: 410-313-7197.

To request a sign language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, 410-313-7046. Two-week advance notice is preferred.

Healing-arts workshop to be held this weekend

Dianne M. Connelly and Bob Duggan, co-founders of Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts in Laurel, will offer "Redefining Health," a workshop that draws on ancient and Eastern philosophies, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Participants explore how they relate to others and themselves, and learn a new framework with which to address fears and concerns.

The cost is $140. The institute is at 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel.

Information or registration: 410-888-9048, ext. 6611.

St. Augustine School sets open house/brunch today

St. Augustine School, 5990 Old Washington Road, Elkridge, will hold its Annual Open House & Pancake Brunch at 9 a.m. today.

The open house will include a presentation for new families, guided tours, classroom visits, and informal meetings with teachers and staff.

Registration for new students in kindergarten though eighth grade will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 23; for new preschool students, from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 24.

Information: 410-796-3040.

CA taking 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.

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.

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

Information: 410-715-3162.

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