Education Notes

Education Notes

February 20, 2005

Seminar to discuss state college savings plan

The Carroll County Board of Education and College Savings Plans of Maryland will present a Family Information Seminar at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the board offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

The College Savings Plans of Maryland offers more options from the state to help make it easier to save for college.

The Maryland Prepaid College Trust allows parents to lock in tomorrow's tuition at today's cost and offers the security of a legislative guarantee.

The Maryland College Investment Plan offers 12 investment portfolios managed by T. Rowe Price.

Both plans are flexible and offer state and federal tax benefits.

Information: 888-4MD-GRAD (option 5) or 410-751-3125.

School board to hold business meeting

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold a business meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices in Westminster.

Work sessions will be held at 2 p.m. on healthy schools and food services, and at 5 p.m. with the Teachers Advisory Council.

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

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.

The board offices are at 125 N. Court St. Information: 410-751- 3020.

Read Across America events set for Saturday

The eighth annual Read Across America Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at TownMall of Westminster.

Pre-Kindergarten, Ready @ Five and Title I programs in the Carroll County Public Schools Department of Minority Achievement and Intervention Programs will sponsor an interactive display and activity table at the event.

A free breakfast of green eggs and ham will be offered to the first 200 children ages 2 to 12 who attend.

Children will have the chance to make a bookmark, and parents can gather informational material, such as books from No Child Left Behind, the schools' ABC Sounds Chart with activities, and brochures from the state and U.S. departments of education.

Information: 410-751-3048.

Nominations sought for outstanding teachers

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 17th annual Outstanding Teacher Awards through Feb. 28.

The Outstanding Teacher Awards recognize the men and women of the Carroll County Public School System who represent excellence in the teaching profession.

Students, parents, fellow teachers and the community are encouraged to submit nominations. Eight finalists will be recognized, from which the Carroll County Teacher of the Year will be selected.

A link to the nomination forms can be found at

Information: 410-751-3124.

Scholarship listings available through Web site

Carroll County public school students have many opportunities to apply for financial assistance to post-secondary programs. Local and national scholarship applications are made available to students through the high school guidance and counseling offices.

Scholarship listings from each of the county high schools are now available on the Carroll County Public School System's Web site at

Accessing some of the links will leave the CCPS Web site and open content that is beyond the school system's control.

Because of short turnaround times and deadlines, some scholarships are announced via the school's public announcement system and are not included in the Web site listings.

Students are urged to contact the high school guidance office for complete information regarding scholarship opportunities, specific qualifications and deadlines.

Information: 410-751-3125.

New TV show focuses on Carroll students

CETV Channel 21 has debuted a new show, CETV Newsmakers: On the Positive Side, focusing on Carroll County public school students and what they are doing to make an impact on the world around them.

The show goes into the schools to highlight programs such as Manchester Elementary School pupils talking with Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele; future politicians at Westminster High School; Mount Airy Elementary pupils saying goodbye to an old friend; and character education programs.

The show is broadcast daily at 8 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

For information on programs, visit

Linton Springs' Sherfey wins environmental award

Pam Sherfey, a fourth-grade teacher at Linton Springs Elementary School, has won the Chesapeake Bay Trust Teacher of the Year Award for her efforts to teach children to protect the environment.

Her projects bring together pupils, parents, staff and the community. Besides basic classroom learning, she and her pupils have created a wetland, installed a native garden, established a rain garden and planted a meadow to provide a habitat for birds and insects.

She will receive $2,500 and a plaque for the honor.

Also nominated for the award from Carroll County were April Sexton from Shiloh Middle School and Kevin Steele from Century High School.

3 from Carroll graduate from Virginia Tech

Three Carroll County students graduated from Virginia Tech in December with bachelor degrees.

Graduates were:

James Clark of Sykesville, bachelor of science in business information technology degree from the Pamplin College of Business.

Glenn Cartaxo of Eldersburg, bachelor of arts degree in English from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Science.

Stephen Lawson of Finksburg, bachelor of science degree in accounting and information systems from the Pamplin College of Business.

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