Education Digest


Education Beat

News from Howard County schools and colleges

July 31, 2005

$20,000 awarded for endowment of a scholarship

Howard County General Hospital has awarded the Committee for Business and Economic Diversity of the Howard County Economic Development Authority $20,000 to endow a scholarship given each year to a Howard County high school senior.

The $1,000 scholarship is now known as the Howard County General Hospital Rising Business Star Scholarship. It is part of an outreach program to youth of Howard County to encourage entrepreneurship, and it is awarded each spring to a Howard County senior who demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit and is a member of an ethnic minority, a woman or a person with a disability.

The endowment will be managed by the Columbia Foundation.

Applications for the 2006 scholarship will be available online and at Howard County high schools in September.

Information or to request an application: 410-313-6550, or html.

Study- and test-skills courses to start Sept. 6-7

The StresslessTests program will offer a four-session study- and test-skills course for middle school pupils from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 6, at Burleigh Manor Middle School in Ellicott City.

A course for high school students will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 7, at Centennial High School.

The classes, which will be small, are designed to help each student learn his or her most effective study style. Students in previous Stressless Tests courses have reported higher grades, more focused study habits and less stress.

The cost is $155.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659. Stressless Tests is a program of the nonprofit HD Foundation of Howard County.

SAT-PSAT prep class to be offered next month

An SAT-PSAT prep course will be offered at Chapelgate Christian Academy, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 and Aug. 20.

The course is open to all students. The cost is $175, including materials. A portion of the fee will go to the school.

Information or registration: 410-442-1600, or www.Martha

School board advisory panel seeking at-large members

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

The 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.

Homeschool group plans to meet 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!"

Information: 410-740-6688.

School texts, materials to be available for review

Social studies textbooks and textbook-related materials recommended for first-time use in the Howard County schools will be are on display through Thursday 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.

Information: 410-313-6622.

HCC plans orientation for new students

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 in Columbia.

Information: 410-772-4896.

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