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Education Beat

October 02, 2005

McKinsey receives education award

Folger McKinsey Elementary School has received a No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal and county officials joined McKinsey's more than 585 students Wednesday in celebrating the award. Based on testing performance, McKinsey is ranked in the top 10 percent of schools in the state.

The school's motto is "Together we make a difference," and more than 200 parent and community volunteers have sponsored cultural activities, provided tutoring, and held book discussions.

"The vision of our collective community is to create an engaging environment where rigor and challenge set the tone for the instructional day," Principal Alison Lee said in a statement.

Historian to speak at Naval Academy

Peter Hayes, a historian of 20th-century Germany, will be the featured speaker at the 25th annual Bancroft Lecture at the U.S. Naval Academy at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Mahan Hall. The lecture is open to the public.

Hayes, the Theodore Z. Weiss professor of Holocaust studies at Northwestern University, will address the topic "Moral vs. Professional Choices: Command Organizations and the Holocaust."

Hayes is the author of eight books, several of which focus on the Nazi era in Germany. He was the youngest person ever named to Bowdoin College's Board of Overseers. He earned a master's degree from Oxford University and a doctorate in modern Germany from Yale University.

The lecture series is named after George Bancroft, the Navy secretary who established the military college.

Visitors may enter through Gates 1 and 3 and will be required to show a valid government-issued photo ID. Vehicles without Department of Defense decals are not allowed on the academy grounds. Information: 410-293- 2292

Arundel official in PBS documentary

Anne Arundel Schools Superintendent Eric J. Smith will be among those featured in a PBS documentary that will be shown next week titled, Making Schools Work.

The program, which will air at 10 p.m. Wednesday on Maryland Public Television, will look at successful efforts to turn around problem schools and improve achievement among disadvantaged students.

The program will focus on several success stories, including Smith's work as superintendent of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system in North Carolina, where he is credited with raising test scores. He has served as Anne Arundel schools superintendent since 2002 and is stepping down later this fall.

The documentary will also examine the success of KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program. A KIPP charter school recently opened in the Annapolis area.

Gibson Island festival Oct. 15

Gibson Island Country School will host its annual fall festival, MarketFest, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15.

Food, games, a haunted house, raffles and vendor tables will be featured. The event will be on the school grounds, 5191 Mountain Road.

Information: 410-255-5370

Parenting class set for Oct. 14

The Anne Arundel County public schools' Family Resource Center will hold a "Parenting for Success" facilitator training session for counselors and parent educators interested in gaining techniques and skills necessary to facilitate parenting groups. The session runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at Oakwood Elementary School, 330 Oak Manor Drive, Glen Burnie. Information and registration: 410-222-6429, or fam

AACC art show will feature faculty work

Faculty members from Anne Arundel Community College's new visual arts department will show their latest work at the AACC Visual Arts Faculty Show from tomorrow to Oct. 28 in the Cade Center for Fine Arts on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.

Faculty members are exhibiting works; media include oils, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture. The artists will talk about their work at noon Wednesday at the gallery. A reception for the artists will be held that evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the gallery.

The exhibition and events are free. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday). Information: Chris Mona, gallery coordinator, 410-777-7028, or cpmona@aacc. edu; or go to gallery.

AACC fundraiser planned for Oct. 29

The Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc. will focus on "Changing Lives" at its annual gala Oct. 29 to raise funds for scholarships and projects that support AACC students.

Festivities will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. in Jenkins Gymnasium on the Arnold campus. The evening will include dinner catered by Ken's Creative Kitchen of Annapolis and dancing to the music of Radio City of Baltimore.

Tickets are $200 and are available for the black-tie-optional event by calling 410-777-2515 by Oct. 15. Proceeds will benefit the foundation's scholarships and projects that help support students.

This year's hosts are Judy Holmes of Annapolis, the foundation's vice president, and Patricia A. Barland of Pasadena, chairwoman of the foundation's special events committee.

Author speaking at AACC on Nov. 2

Eleanor Herman will take listeners into the bedrooms of kings from the 1500s to the present day when she discusses her book, Sex with Kings, at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Anne Arundel Community College.

The discussion will take place in Room 112 of the Humanities Building on the Arnold campus. Sponsored by the AACC Women's Institute, the event costs $15, payable in advance or at the door. Refreshments and a book signing will be held after the talk.

Herman, a journalist and avid reader of history since age 12, became fascinated by the lives of kings and queens, finding that the influence of mistresses often overshadowed advice from the king's male consultants.

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