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Education Beat

News from Harford County schools and colleges

August 21, 2005

Library gala scheduled to raise funds for programs

Tickets are on sale for the Harford Treasures Library Gala, to be held Nov. 5 in the stacks of the Abingdon branch of the Harford Public Library.

The "Evening in the Stacks" will include local authors reading and signing their works, artisans demonstrating their work, and music by local harpist Elizabeth Ciavolino and the Defractions Jazz Band. Food and a live and silent auction are also planned.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation, host for the event, expects to raise about $20,000 to support new community programs.

Tickets are $50 and are available online at, or by calling 410-273-5600, or 410-638-4736.

The Harford County Public Library operates 10 branches, serving more than 200,000 registered borrowers.

North Harford High School to open five days late

North Harford High School, which is being renovated and expanded, will open for students Sept. 6 - five school days after the Aug. 29 opening for the Harford County public school system's other schools.

The decision to delay the school's opening was made by Superintendent Jacqueline C. Haas and the Board of Education of Harford County, with the support of County Executive David R. Craig.

The three-year $52.7 million construction project is proceeding on schedule, and is expected to be completed before the 2007-2008 school year.

Students will not have to make up the five days they will miss.


Volunteers sought:

Partners in Reading, a program of Harford County Department of Community Services' Volunteer Connection & RSVP, is seeking volunteers. The program, initiated in two elementary schools in 2000, helps improve reading skills. A volunteer receives orientation and training, and usually serves an hour each week at a participating school close to home. 410-638-4444, or go to

Enrollment open:

Enrollment is open at Trinity Lutheran School in Joppa for children entering nursery school through eighth grade. Information or to schedule a tour: 410-679-4000, ext. 185.

Learn to ride:

Cecil Community College is offering "Basic Rider Course II" for experienced motorcycle riders tomorrow. The one-day course, approved by the state Motor Vehicle Administration, will enable riders to get a Class "M" motorcycle license endorsement on a driver's license. Topics to be covered are: preparing to ride, road management and advanced riding techniques. Riders must be able to use the clutch and throttle to get started, stop the motorcycle properly in a designated area, execute gradual and tight turns, upshift and downshift smoothly and reach a speed of at least 25 mph. They also must provide their own gear, including eye protection, a jacket, full-fingered gloves, long pants and sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear. The course is taught on program motorcycles. A Basic Rider I course is offered through the summer. 410-287-1078.

Conflict resolution:

Cecil Community College's Cecil Performance Improvement Network will hold a workshop on "Conflict Resolution and Easier Approach," at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Elkton Station, 107 Railroad Ave. Those who attend will receive feedback on their styles of handling conflict, and develop guidelines for doing so effectively. Companies can send as many as five employees to the workshops, which are held about every six weeks in Room 221 of Elkton Station, a multimedia classroom. "Emotional Intelligence and Leadership" is the topic for Oct. 4. An annual membership fee is based on the size of the organization. To request a brochure or membership application: 410-287-6060, ext. 740.

Fall classes:

Cecil Community College is accepting registration for fall classes, which begin Aug. 31. Class schedules have been mailed to residents. Schedules also can be picked up at Elkton Station, 107 Railroad Ave., or at the North East campus, 1 Seahawk Drive. Cecil Community College offers 43 associate degrees and 39 certificate programs. 410-287-1000.


Walk-in registration for fall credit courses at Harford Community College is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 3; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 10. Classes begin Sept. 6. Students can also register by mail or fax through Sept. 3. Forms and information are included in the Schedule of Fall 2005 Credit Classes, available at the Welcome Center in the Student Center or at Online registration continues through Sept. 5. 410-836-4222, or 410-879-8920, ext. 222. Registration is also accepted at the college's Aberdeen Proving Ground Center. 410-272-2338.


Students at Harford Community College can call Advising, Career and Disability Services at 410-836-4301 to make an appointment for a one-stop session or meet with an academic adviser. Those who have never attended the college or attended before spring 2003 should complete an application for enrollment before registering.

Home-schooling workshops:

Monthly workshops are available at the Harford County public library in Bel Air to help parents who are home-schooling their children do so more effectively. "The Beginning Years," a workshop for parents with children in prekindergarten to first grade, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Discussion will focus on curriculum, multipupil settings, and how to get organized. "Unit Studies," a program in which experienced mothers share their use of unit studies and lap books to teach subjects across the curriculum, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13. The series concludes with a workshop titled "Is There Really a Problem?," in which a panel of parents and professionals will answer questions and help ease anxieties. Register in the children's department of the library. 410-638-3151.

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