Education Notes

Education Notes

February 13, 2005

2 college-preparation seminars set 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. Tuesday at Century High School, 355 Ronsdale Road near Eldersburg; and Wednesday at Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.

The agenda for the program 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.

Meeting on school's budget scheduled for Thursday

The Carroll County school board will hold a final public meeting to present, take comments on and adopt the school system's operating budget for the 2005-2006 school year.

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

Individuals who need auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Office of Community and Media Relations at 410-751-3020, TTY 410-751-3034.

Information: 410-751-3081.

Math, reading strategies to be presented to parents

A Math and Reading Strategies Workshop for parents will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.

Diane Mazur will focus on math strategies and homework tips for parents to use at home. The math session will spotlight the school system's Web site for math, targeting grades kindergarten to eight.

Susan Zirpoli will present reading strategies to help students who are struggling with reading skills.

The workshop is sponsored by the Partners for Success Center of the Carroll County public schools. The center assists families in resolving concerns and making informed decisions regarding their children's education.

Information: 410-751-3955.

Robotics Team having a fund-raiser Feb. 22

Carroll County schools has a Robotics Team that consists of high school students who meet several times a week to build a robot at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center.

The team has been entered into the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, to be held at the Naval Academy in Annapolis next month.

The competition involves building a robot that has to play a game involving picking up and stacking tetrahedrons to earn points.

To help raise money to build the robot and cover travel costs for the competition, the team will hold a fund-raiser from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Fuddruckers, 11515 Reisterstown Road, in Owings Mills.

The team needs 100 people to eat at Fuddruckers that night to earn 15 percent of the restaurant's sales.

Information: 410-751-3560.

Proposed school calendar can be viewed online

As a result of concerns raised about the fall 2004 parent/teacher days, the Carroll County Public School System has received many requests to change these days for the next school year.

The proposed changes to the 2005-2006 school calendar may be viewed online at www.carrollk12.org/whatsnew/newsindex.htm#calendar.

Comments and suggestions may be submitted to feedback@k12.carr.org by Feb. 25.

Information: 410-751-3020

School system puts its Annual Report online

The Carroll County Public Schools Annual Report for the 2003-2004 school year is now available on the school system's Web site at www.carrollk12.org/boe/pdfs/2003-04annualreport. pdf.

The annual report contains information on the educational programs in the public schools for the 2003-2004 school year and a financial statement for the period ending June 30, 2004.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Schools continue efforts for tsunami victims

Carroll County schools are continuing fund-raising efforts for the victims of the tsunami in Asia.

School projects include:

Fifth-grade pupils at Sandymount Elementary collected $2,900 in "Coins for Children" to help the Samaritan Children's Home that was destroyed in a village on Sri Lanka's eastern peninsula.

The Student Council at Charles Carroll Elementary is collecting money for "Where There's a Will, There's a Weigh" this month. Student council members will be weighing the money to see how many pounds of coins have been donated to be given to the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor for health kits for tsunami victims.

Students at Linton Springs Elementary, led by a fifth-grade class, have collected $851.17 for the Save the Children Foundation.

Sykesville Middle School has delivered 600 "Gift of the Heart" health kits and $740.08 to the Brethren Service Center.

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