Education Notes


Education Beat

October 16, 2005

Parr's Ridge school dedication is today

The county's newest school, Parr's Ridge Elementary School in Mount Airy, will be dedicated at 2 p.m. today at 202 Watersville Road.

As the only primary school in Carroll County serving prekindergarten through second grade, Parr's Ridge will focus on early-childhood learning and will have eight full-day kindergarten classes.

Parr's Ridge will have about 470 pupils and 65 staff members.

Information: 410-549-5281.

`Safe Week' activities set at local school

In observance of America's Safe Week, local police departments will offer safety education to pupils this week.

Members of the Westminster Police Department and the CRASH Coalition will greet children as they arrive on buses Wednesday at Westminster Elementary School on Uniontown Road.

Pupils will receive literature on bus safety and can meet police officers and McGruff the Crime Dog.

Information: 410-848-4646.

`Chestnut Project' premieres Tuesday

Carroll County public schools will hold the premiere of its movie production, The Chestnut Project, at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster.

The movie documents a partnership between the school system and the American Chestnut Foundation.

Carroll County students have participated in The Chestnut Project through a variety of science research and service-learning projects to help the foundation in its efforts to restore the American chestnut to its native range within the eastern United States.

Other partners include the National Institutes of Health, ThorpeWood Foundation, Hood College, and the Maryland Bio-Lab.

Information: 410-751-3065 or 410-751-3468.

College to celebrate German heritage

McDaniel College will sponsor its 10th annual German-American Day for middle and high school students and their teachers, families, and friends Tuesday.

The event commemorates the achievements of German-Americans. This year, Uwe Kind, who escaped from East Germany to the West in 1960, will hold a concert.

Kind has developed a way to learn conversational German though catchy tunes. He created the SingLing and LingoTech program and has written rap songs such as "Das Auto is Kaputt." His teaching method is used worldwide.

Workshops will be offered by professors, German students, professionals, and the German, Austrian and Swiss embassies. Classes include, "How I Survived the Holocaust," "Scherenschnitte: The Art of Paper Cutting Silhouettes," "Make Your Own Marzipan" and "The Art of Cheese Making with Samples to Taste."

Information: 410-857-2462.

Montessori School open house Tuesday

The Montessori School of Westminster will hold an open house for prospective pupils and their parents from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Families can tour the school and meet with the staff to learn about the Montessori philosophy.

The school is at 1055 Montessori Drive, off Hughes Shop Road.

Information: 410-848-6283.

Centers to join after-school event

The Community Learning Centers will participate in the sixth annual national Lights on Afterschool! on Thursday at William Winchester Elementary School in Westminster.

The program will begin at 4 p.m. with tours of William Winchester and West Middle School at 5 p.m.

Lights on Afterschool! highlights the message that after-school programs are a key component of a child's success and stresses the importance of keeping them open.

Each of Carroll County public schools' 12 Community Learning Centers also will hold an Open House on Thursday, highlighting the benefits of the program.

Information: 410-751-3086.

Career center open house is Thursday

Students and staff at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center will hold an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the school, 1229 Washington Road, Westminster.

The open house will feature a career fair, student competitions, presentations and demonstrations.

Information: 410-751-3669.

Schools plan available online

The Carroll County public schools 2005 Comprehensive Master Plan update is available for review on the Carroll County public schools Web site,

Visitors can click on the link "CCPS Comprehensive Master Plan Update 2005" on the home page.

The Strategic Action Plan details the specific actions the school system will take during the year to support state and local goals.

The update includes the new five-year educational-technology plan, information on student performance, financial and spending reports for federal and state grants, and initiatives and data related to professional development, safe schools, kindergarten and prekindergarten facilities.

Individual school-improvement plans are available on the Web site by clicking the Bulletin Board under "What's New in CCPS."

Information: 410-751-3146.


Parents at home -- PATH (Parents AT Home) of Carroll County will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 915 Liberty Road, Eldersburg. The meeting will feature a Halloween costume parade, music, games, crafts and snacks. 410-489-0711.

Student support -- Student Support Services and Carroll Adult Learning Connection will hold an orientation for its "First Steps" program for adults age 16 and older who want to learn about high school diploma options and other programs, and have their math and reading skills evaluated. Orientations will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday and Friday at the Business and Employment Resource Center, 224 N. Center St., Westminster. 410-751- 3680, Ext. 228.

Autism support -- The Families of Children with Autism Support Group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at CHANGE Inc. on Stoner Avenue in Westminster. Gail Godwin, Maryland executive director of Shared Supports Inc., will discuss "An Undiscovered Piece of the Puzzle." 410-857-1596.

Schools close -- Carroll County Public Schools will be closed for students Friday. 410-751-3020.

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