Education Notes

Education Notes

February 06, 2005

Board of education to hold monthly meeting Wednesday

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

The regular meeting agenda will be posted on the school system's Web site at www.carroll k12.org.

Meetings will be broadcast live on CETV, Channel 21 on Adelphia cable TV, and repeated at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and the following Thursday, and 9 a.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Montessori school schedules open house

The Montessori School of Westminster will hold an open house for prospective students and their parents from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The school is at 1055 Montessori Drive off Hughes Shop Road near Pleasant Valley.

Information: 410-848-6283.

School system to review out-of-district requests

Carroll County public schools will review applications this month and next for requests to enroll students in out-of-district schools in the 2005-2006 academic year.

Board policy states that students who attend a public school shall attend school in their designated attendance area. In specific circumstances, students may be allowed to go to a school outside their attendance area if an approvable circumstance exists.

Parents and legal guardians desiring an out-of-district placement for their child should review the approvable circumstances listed on the back of the request form to determine if the child meets the criteria. The out-of-district policy and regulation will be strictly adhered to in making decisions.

The only public schools designated as "open" for 2005-2006 are: Elmer A. Wolfe Elementary, Linton Springs Elementary, Mount Airy Elementary, North Carroll Middle, Northwest Middle, Parr's Ridge Elementary, Robert Moton Elementary, Taneytown Elementary and William Winchester Elementary.

All other schools will be "closed" for 2005-2006, meaning that any out-of-district application submitted for placement to a closed school will be denied unless it meets the limited criteria for admission to a closed school.

Parents and legal guardians who plan to submit out-of-district applications for 2005--2006 need to obtain the request form from the school office or the Student Services Department.

The deadline for out-of-district applications for 2005-2006 is April 1. Completed applications must be postmarked or delivered to: Carroll County public schools, Student Services Department, 125 N. Court St., Westminster 21157.

Applications postmarked or received after April 1 will be returned without action.

Out-of-district regulations regarding kindergarten students are:

Open schools: If the student's in-district school offers a half-day kindergarten program, an out-of-district application may not be made to a school that offers a full-day kindergarten program.

If the student's in-district school offers a full-day kindergarten program, an out-of-district application may not be made to a school that offers a half-day kindergarten program.

Closed schools: If the student's in-district school offers a half-day kindergarten program, an out-of-district application may not be made to a school that offers a full-day kindergarten program.

Parents should note that day-care for full-day kindergarten is not an approved reason for an out-of-district request to a closed school.

Information: 410-751-3145.

Education foundation seminars for parents

The American Education Foundation will sponsor two free seminars for parents of high school students on "Everything You Need to Better Prepare for College."

Workshops will be held at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 15 at Century High School, 355 Ronsdale Road near Eldersburg; and Feb. 16 at Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.

The agenda will include: "Getting Over the Initial Hurdle," "Integrating the Components of Planning," "Preparing the Student," "Timing and Planning," "Understanding Costs," "College Financial Aid," "Financial Aid Applications," "Family Financial Planning for College," and "Research Resources."

The foundation is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of higher education.

Information: 410-751-3125.

Athletic director published in professional journal

Leo Totten, athletic director at Francis Scott Key High School, recently had an article published in Strength and Conditioning Journal, the professional journal of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

He co-authored an article dealing with the concept of periodization applied to training programs of athletes. These concepts include manipulation of training variables such as volume load, training intensity and exercise selection.

Information: 410-751-3320.

Insurance agents group donates scholarship funds

John Yingling, chairman of the Scholarship Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of Carroll County, recently presented a donation to the Carroll Community College Foundation for student scholarships.

Faye Pappalardo, college president, accepted the donation, along with Steve Wantz, executive director of the foundation.

The donation was for $1,500 for three individual student awards of $500 each. The group donated $1,000 last year to the foundation.

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