Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

Education Beat

News from Anne Arundel County schools and colleges

June 12, 2005

Host families being sought for exchange students

World Heritage is seeking host families for high school exchange students from Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and Thailand for the 2005-2006 academic year.

Host families provide room and board for the school year; exchange students are screened for English proficiency and academic performance. Each exchange student is fully insured, brings spending money and expects to share household responsibilities and be included in family activities.

For more information or to apply as a host family, call Millie Hrdina at 800-888-9040, or go to www.world-heritage.org.

New health curriculum on Web site for review

Sen. Janet Greenip, a Republican from Crofton, is encouraging parents with children in kindergarten through high school to review a planned revamping of the state's Health and Physical Education curriculum. The new curriculum will deal with alcohol, drugs, mental health and human sexuality issues.

"Many of the new sections deal with issues that traditionally have been taught to children of a higher grade," Greenip said.

"Parents need to take a look at the new material and make sure they have no concerns now, before it is too late to make a change," she said.

The curriculum goes into effect in December. To review the curriculum, go to http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/health/index.html.

Resource center plans workshops

Anne Arundel County public schools' Family Resource Center is presenting a series of workshops on parenting this summer.

Workshops include:

Parenting the Teenager, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and June 20. Participants will examine forces driving teen culture and practice strategies for parent-teen communication. Fee required. For more information or to register, go to www.aacc.edu/familynet, or call 410-777-2159.

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through July 19. Participants will learn how to improve cooperation between family members, improve parent-child communication and discipline while reducing conflict. Fee required. For more information or to register, go to www.aacc.edu/familynet, or call 410-777-2159.

Managing Sibling Rivalry, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and June 22. Participants will identify causes of sibling rivalry and develop practical ways to resolve sibling conflict. Fee required. For more information or to register, go to www.aacc.edu/familynet, or call 410-777-2159.

Emotional Aspects of Separation and Divorce, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Participants will identify the emotional issues in a separation or divorce and learn how to deal with the needs of the children involved. Free. For more information and to register, call 410-626-7800.

5th District students to attend academies

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer has nominated 18 5th District high school students for appointment to four national service academies.

Anne Arundel students from the 5th District accepting appointments:

Robb DePol of Annapolis, St. Mary's High School, will be attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.

Stephen Harmel of Gambrills, Archbishop Spalding High School, will be attending the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

3rd District students to attend academies

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin has nominated 19 3rd District high school students for appointments to four national service academies.

Anne Arundel students from the 3rd District accepting appointments:

Lauren Chaffee of Millersville, Severna Park High School; Eric Diss of Hanover, Long Reach High School; and Christine Stagg of Linthicum, North County High School will be attending the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Co.

Attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will be Ian Coleman of Annapolis, St. Mary's High School.

U.S. Military Academy appointees are: Michael Korvin of Odenton, Arundel High School; Benjamin Pinner of Odenton, Annapolis Area Christian School; and Jessica Riley of Gambrills, Archbishop Spalding High School.

U.S. Naval Academy appointees are: David Connell of Annapolis, Annapolis High School and Naval Academy Preparatory School; Zachary Jackson of Annapolis, Annapolis High School; Paul Kang of Crofton, Arundel High School; and Robert Schmermund of Gambrills, South River High School.

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