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News from Anne Arundel County schools and colleges

February 27, 2005|By Liz F. Kay

Teacher, Smith honored for work in GT education

The Maryland Coalition for Gifted and Talented Education and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. have recognized an Anne Arundel talent-development teacher and the county school superintendent for their support of education for gifted students.

Teacher Heather Thompson and Superintendent Eric J. Smith received the Governor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Gifted and Talented Education at a reception Wednesday in the Miller Senate Office Building.

Thompson, who teaches at Bodkin and Lake Shore elementary schools, was recognized for six years of work as director of the Maryland Summer Center for the Arts.

Smith was honored because he received the Administrator Award from the National Association for Gifted Children.

Two students reach finals in essay contest

Two Anne Arundel County students were finalists in the 18th annual "Champions of Courage" Black History Month Essay Competition.

Kathryn Greene, a seventh-grader at Severna Park Middle School, was tied for second place with a student from Western High School in Baltimore. She received a $150 U.S. savings bond and her school received $375.

Whitney Robinson, a senior at Meade High School, received the third-place prize for her essay about her principal, Joan Valentine, and her commitment to diversity. Robinson received a $100 savings bond, and the school got $350.

Davidsonville teacher a finalist for bay award

Davidsonville Elementary School teacher Mary Ann Perret has been named one of five finalists for the Chesapeake Bay Trust's 2005 Teacher of the Year awards.

The award recognizes educators' efforts to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay. Perret, a first-grade teacher, planned activities for more than 600 children to motivate them to protect the bay and its watershed.

The trust's Web site says Perret helped students and parents create a native plant garden through Arlington Echo's Chesapeake Connections program and developed classroom recycling programs.

Nominations sought for partnership awards

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will honor two businesses for their collaborations with county schools or support of education for their employees.

The goal is to encourage the creation of innovative partnerships between public or private schools and businesses.

Nominations must be received by March 11. A panel will review nominations. Winners will receive awards at the Awards for Excellence in Education banquet April 7. Information: 410- 266-3960.


Summer camp:

Registration begins tomorrow for summer camps listed in Anne Arundel Community College's Kids in College Summer 2005 Booklet. Some of the courses, for children ages 3 to 16, are new this summer. View the courses online at www.aacc. edu/kic, or call 410-777-2325 for a booklet. Courses run June 20 to Aug. 12.

Fair on summer camps:

Students and parents may visit with more than 50 local and out-of-state camp representatives for kids ages 3 to 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road, Annapolis. 410-263-1641

Open house:

To mark Lutheran Schools Week, St. John's Christian Day School will hold an open house from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 7 to 11. The school is at 226 Washburn Ave., Brooklyn. 410-355-7296, or www.stjohn

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