Education Digest


Education Beat

News from Howard County schools and colleges

July 24, 2005

At-large members sought for 2005-2006 school year by citizen advisory panel

The Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education is seeking at-large members for the 2005-2006 school year.

The committee's members include representatives from local PTAs.

The Citizens Advisory Committee sponsors educational programming for members and provides them with the opportunity to study and contribute to curriculum, and education, redistricting and budget policies.

The committee generally meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. At-large members serve a two-year term.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Columbia home school group to hold monthly meeting Aug. 8

The Columbia Homeschool Community will hold its monthly Information and Support Meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at a new location, Bryant Woods Neighborhood Center, 10449 Green Mountain Circle, Columbia.

The topic will be "Homeschooling 101: Everything You Need to Know!"

The meeting is free and open to the public. Information: 410-740-6688 or visit

Social studies texts, related materials to be on display through Aug. 4

Social studies textbooks and textbook-related materials recommended for the first time for use in the Howard County schools for the first time will be are on display through Aug. 4 in the lobby at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Viewing times are from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Forms will be available to use to express approval or request re-evaluation of comment on any of the proposed materials.

Information: 410-313-6622.

Additional sessions offered for Teens on Tour Summer Camp

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is offering two more two-week sessions of Teens on Tour Summer Camp, starting tomorrow and Aug. 8.

Participants will travel with friends to amusement parks and out-of-state attractions (including a supervised overnight stay in a hotel) and conclude the camp with a cookout. The cost is $425.

Information or registration: 410-313-4719, or

Summer study-skills class offered for pupils entering 7th and 8th grades

Stressless Tests, a program of the nonprofit HD Foundation of Howard County, is presenting new summer study- and test-taking skills courses for middle-school pupils entering seventh or eighth grades in the fall.

The two-hour classes are designed to help each pupil learn his or her most effective study style. Those who have taken the program have reported higher grades, more focused study habits and less stress.

The next session will be held Aug. 16-19. The cost is $155.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659.

Orientation for new students offered Aug. 23 and 26 at HCC

Howard Community College will offer new-student orientation sessions from 6 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. Aug. 23 and 9 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Aug. 26 in the college's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

First-time students at the college are encouraged and expected to attend. Parents are welcome.

Both sessions include refreshments, information packets, interactive workshops, campus tours and prizes.

Information: 410-772-4896.

Registration: 410-772-4430.

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