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News from Anne Arundel County schools and colleges

August 21, 2005|By Sejal Mehta

School board OKs plan for additional administrative help

Anne Arundel County school board members have approved a plan to hire administrative trainees at five high schools and the county's alternative high school to expedite processing of students referred to the office for disciplinary action.

The plan grew out of a decision to designate assistant principals for instruction at all 12 county high schools, said Superintendent Eric J. Smith at a school board session Wednesday. The additional staffers will be placed at Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Meade, North County and Old Mill high schools and Mary E. Moss Academy in Crownsville.

They will provide additional support to four schools that have missed state performance goals last year as well as Glen Burnie, which has a unique open campus, he said. The trainees should deal with offenses consistently and quickly, facilitate contact with families and help ensure students return to classrooms as quickly as possible, said Roy Skiles, assistant superintendent for instruction.

Trainees should have at least three years of teaching experience, two within Anne Arundel County, and have good interpersonal skills. They will be members of the Association of Educational Leaders, the union that represents principals, assistant principals and other staff and will receive salaries ranging from $54,663 to $83,435, depending on experience.

St. John's College dean opens weekly lecture series

Michael Dink, the new dean of St. John's College, will open the college's Friday night lecture series with his talk, "In the Eyes of Others," at 8:15 p.m. this Friday in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Dink's lecture will consider the question: "How do we respond to what others think of us?" Lectures are followed by a question-and-answer period in an informal setting. Periodic evening lectures have been part of the college's program since 1937.

Dink began his five-year term as dean of the college July 1. He is a 1975 graduate of St. John's.

AACC to offer fall classes at Meade High School

Anne Arundel Community College will offer evening classes at Meade High School this fall. Classes begin Aug 29. Most of the 26 courses start between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and continue for 15 weeks.

Registration: In person at Student Services Center on Arnold Campus, 101 College Parkway; at AACC at Arundel Mills, 7009 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover; at Arundel Center North at Glen Burnie Town Center, 101 N. Crain Highway; or at Fort Meade Army Education Center, Building 8601, Zimborski Ave. Information: 410-777-2222, or

Current student registration: STARS touch tone system, 410- 777-2241, or

College dance company auditions Sept. 6 and 8

Anne Arundel Community College will audition students for its dance company Sept. 6 and 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Auditions will be held in the Cade Center for Fine Arts, Room 103, on AACC's Arnold Campus, 101 College Parkway. The AACC dance company stages two major productions each year, along with lecture/demonstration events and guest performances. Information: 410-777-7021, or

Outreach program offers discussions on parenting

The Family Outreach Program at Anne Arundel Community College will hold daytime and evening discussions on parental issues in today's society.

Daytime discussions will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8 in the Cade Center for Fine Arts, Room 219. The evening session will meet from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at the same location.

Discussions in collaboration with the Community Center in Severna Park and the Family Outreach Center will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 28, Oct. 26 and Nov. 30 at the Community Center Holy Grounds Youth Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park.

All events are free. The Family Outreach Program also sponsors noncredit and credit parenting courses. Information: 410-777-2159, or

Edgewater student wins construction scholarship

Ashley Cannon of Edgewater has received a $4,000 scholarship for a second year from the Building Congress & Exchange Foundation. Cannon is a construction management major at Anne Arundel Community College.

The foundation was created by the Building Congress & Exchange of Metropolitan Baltimore Inc., which has 325 member firms. Each year the foundation awards grants for active contribution to the construction industry's promotion and support.

Fall film series offers movies on women's lives

Get a glimpse of women's lives and experiences one Thursday each month this fall at the Anne Arundel Community College Women's Institute Fall Film Series. Films are shown beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the Humanities Building on the Arnold Campus.

Sept. 8: From My Grandmother's Grandmother Unto Me

Oct. 6: Stripped and Teased: Tales from Las Vegas Women

Nov. 3: Eyewitness to War

Dec. 1: Girl Beat: Power of the Drum

Information: 410-777-2807, or


Backpack drive:

Marley Station will be collecting and giving away new backpacks to underprivileged youths as part of a back-to-school initiative with county schools and the Salvation Army. To donate a backpack, drop it off at the Marley Station customer convenience center, on the upper level near Macy's, through tomorrow. The first 200 people to donate backpacks will have a chance to win a Marley Station gift certificate worth $250.

Court reporting course:

Anne Arundel Community College will offer a new program in court reporting in the fall as a noncredit continuing education course. The program helps build speed in typing numbers, reading stenotype notes and dictation. Classes will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Aug. 30 to Dec. 15 at the Arnold campus. The cost is $365. The program has prerequisites. 410-777-2958.

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