Education Digest


Education Beat

News from Howard County schools and colleges

April 24, 2005

Council of Elders' chess tournament to be held May 7

The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County, in partnership with the Black Student Achievement Program and Howard Community College, will hold its fifth chess tournament May 7 at the college.

The tournament will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to students in grades one through 12. The registration deadline is Saturday. There is no registration fee, but students must have parent/guardian approval to participate.

Information: Wardell Lindsay, 410-730-5067, or

`Language Olympics' set at Burleigh Manor

This year is being celebrated as the Year of Languages in the United States. Celebrations are being held in a variety of settings, including elementary and secondary schools.

Foreign-language teachers in Howard County middle schools are sponsoring "It's Linguistic" for eighth-graders from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday at Burleigh Manor Middle School, 4200 Centennial Lane in Ellicott City. Teams of pupils studying French and Spanish will participate in the "Language Olympics," which will be similar in format to It's Academic.

Information: Deborah Doyle, foreign-language resource teacher, 410-313-5663.

Public comment sought on '06 budgets

The public will have an opportunity to provide input on the fiscal 2006 operating and capital budgets and the fiscal 2007-2011 capital improvement program at 7:30 p.m. May 10 during a public hearing of the Howard County Board of Education. The hearing will be held in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City.

Those who wish to testify at the hearing are asked to limit their presentation to three minutes and to provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing. To sign up: the executive assistant to the school board, 410-313- 7197.

Career Academies camp June 20-24

The Career Academies Summer Camp, for seventh- and eighth-graders, will be held June 20-24 at the Applications and Research Laboratory in Ellicott City.

Sponsored by the Career and Technology Education Office, the camp is geared toward pupils who are interested in learning more about careers in technology. Pupils will have an opportunity to participate in activities to help them understand how these career areas relate to their interests.

The camp will run from 8 a.m. to noon. The registration fee is $75, and pupils must provide transportation. The registration deadline is June 3.

Information: Nancy Ralls, 410-313-6629.

School board to meet twice on Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will meet at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City.

The afternoon session and the evening session, which is to begin at 7:30 p.m., is to start with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal public hearing process.

Sign-up in advance is preferred. To sign up: 410-313- 7197.

@SUBHEDRotary donates $10,000 for HCC scholarships

Columbia Town Center Rotary Club has awarded $10,000 to Mary Ellen Duncan, president of Howard Community College, to support the college's scholarship fund. An award ceremony was held this month at the Columbia Sheraton.

The Town Center Rotary decided last year to devote all of its fund-raising efforts to the scholarship fund at Howard Community College. Its goal is to raise $40,000 a year.

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