Education Digest

Education Digest

Educaton Beat

News from Howard County schools and colleges

March 13, 2005

Students to vie in technology challenge Saturday

Students in grades six through 12 will compete in the 11th annual Howard County Technology Challenge from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Reservoir High School in Fulton.

Events include challenges such as building soda straw bridges, air-powered dragsters and maglev vehicles. Awards will be presented to the top three teams in each event.

Information: 410-313-6629.

Arts council encouraging applications for grants

The Howard County Arts Council has begun an initiative to encourage Title I schools in the county to submit applications to its Artists-in-Education Grant Program.

Schools can apply for up to $2,000 without having to provide matching funds. Non-Title I schools are required to match each grant dollar.

Schools must contact the Howard County Arts Council by April 15 to request assistance. The application deadline is June 8.

Information: 410-313-ARTS.

School board to meet with student leaders

The Board of Education of Howard County will hold a luncheon meeting with student leaders at noon Thursday in the board room at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City.

The board will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. March 22 in the boardroom.

The afternoon session will begin with a public forum during which members of the public will be able to address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred. The evening session starts at 7:30.

During the evening session, the board will hold a public hearing on pupil transportation. A second public hearing will be held for the renaming of Cedar Lane School, which will move in the fall from Columbia to a new building in Fulton.

Those who want to testify at the hearings should limit their presentations to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of the testimony at the time of the hearing.

To sign up to speak at the public forum or to testify at the hearings: 410-313-7197.

To request a sign language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, 410-313-7046.

Kindergarten sign-ups to be held this week

Registration for pupils who will enter public-school kindergarten in August will be held at all Howard County public elementary schools from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this week and at other times determined by individual schools.

The state requires that children entering kindergarten, which is mandatory, be at least 5 years old on or before Sept. 30. Children entering first grade must be 6 years old on or before Oct. 31.

Parents or legal guardians should register children. To find the appropriate school: 410-313-6682 or the school locator at

Those for whom English is not the primary language spoken in the home or whose children are foreign-born should call the Office of International Student Services, 410-313-7101.

The parent or guardian must present the child's birth certificate, their own photo identification, proof of residency (a lease, deed, house contract or utility bill), and proof of the child's immunizations or religious exemption.

Homeschool resources to be discussed tomorrow

The Columbia Homeschool Community will sponsor a pres- entation on educational programming and resources for the homeschool community by a representative of Maryland Public Television from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 10689 Owen Brown Road, Columbia.

Admission is free. Information: 410-740-6688, or

Event is to honor those who have helped children

The county is seeking nominations for its sixth annual "Celebrating Successes" event, honoring people who have made a positive difference in the life of a child or children.

Nominees will be recognized at 7 p.m. April 26, during the Month of the Young Child, at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville.

Nomination forms are available at; click on "celebrating successes nomination form." Or call 410-313-1940.

Nominations must be e-mailed, faxed to 410-313-1430 or postmarked by Friday.

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