Education Digest


October 30, 2005

Senegal coaches to visit the county

The Howard County school system is scheduled to be host tomorrow to six basketball coaches from Senegal, Africa. The visitors plan to spend a week in the United States studying sports management as part of an exchange program funded by the State Department.

The Senegalese coaches are to spend the day at Centennial High School, where they will be greeted by school system officials at an 8 a.m. breakfast. During the day, they will meet with administrators and students from the county's 12 high schools and participate in a cross-cultural discussion with a panel of Howard County high school coaches.

The guests will also have an opportunity to observe practices and games in several sports.

SAT prep course set at Centennial

The Centennial High School PTSA will sponsor two sessions of an SAT prep course covering math and critical reading. The sessions are being held Tuesday, through Jan. 17. The first session will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; the second, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Completion of geometry is required. The courses will be taught by Marian McCain, a former Centennial High School mathematics teacher. The course is geared for the Jan. 28 test.

The cost is $390, and a portion is donated to the PTSA. Classes are limited to 15 students. Forms are available in the school's guidance office, or visit

School-expectations forum scheduled

The superintendent of schools, Howard County Board of Education and Maryland Association of Boards of Education will sponsor a forum for parents, community leaders and staff members to formulate and discuss their expectations for Howard County schools.

The forum, "What Counts?" will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Homewood Center, directly behind the Board of Education building, 10910 Route 108, in Ellicott City.

Registration is requested.

Information or to reserve a place: Terry Burks, 410-313-6817.

Career Academies open houses set

The Howard County Board of Education's Office of Career and Technology Education will hold open houses to introduce its Career Academies (formerly called the Tech Magnet Program) to parents and students, grades seven to 11.

Sessions will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Multimedia Arts & Technology academies and Business and Entrepreneurship academies, Nov. 15.

Biotechnology and Health Services academies, Nov. 16.

Architecture and Engineering academies; Energy, Power, and Transportation academies (including a new Automotive Technology Academy), Nov. 17.

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