Education Notes


November 06, 2005

Severna Park has Blue Ribbon School

Severna Park Middle School was among six schools named Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by state education officials last week.

"This is quite an honor for all of us - the students, teachers, bus drivers, the entire community," said Principal Sharon Morell.

The distinction was based on the 2005 Maryland School Assessment, and schools were selected based on one of two criteria: Honored schools must either have scored in the top 10 percent of all schools on the MSA or must serve economically disadvantage communities whose test scores show improvements over three years. Their scores must be in the top 40 percent of all schools in the state.

Severna Park Middle School has one of the state's largest populations of pupils taking Algebra I in middle school, according to school system officials.

The statewide honor comes with several perks, including a $2,000 cash award from state Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick and an opportunity to apply for a $1,500 classroom grant. The school also is eligible to win the national award.

Key School offers open house

Key School is having an open house from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at the school, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis. Families interested in learning more about Key School and its programs can meet the faculty, discuss the curriculum, see student performances and tour the campus.

Key School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The school encourages all academically qualified students interested in its programs to apply for admission, regardless of family financial status. Information: 410-263-9231.

Math symposium will be in Linthicum

The 12th annual Mathematics Symposium will be held Nov. 15 at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum.

The event is sponsored by the Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber Foundation, in concert with the National Security Agency, the BWI Development Council and other partners.

Keith Ferris, a well-known aviation artist, will present "The Mathematics of Art" in one of the morning sessions. James M. Rubillo, executive director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, will deliver the keynote address.

Teacher attendees must register; a $35 registration fee is required and space is limited.

Information: Nancy Huggins or Walt Townshend, 410-792-9713.

AACC seeks entries for juried art show

Anne Arundel Community College is seeking artworks that explore qualities of light for the show Fiat Lux, to be juried by Stephen Bennett Phillips, curator of the Phillips Collection in Washington.

This all-media show seeks works that explore light as a physical phenomenon, illusion and metaphor. Artists may submit up to six 35 mm slides or digital files. Entry fee is $15, to be submitted with the entry form, a self-addressed envelope, and slides or files.

Works will be exhibited Jan. 26 to Feb. 28 in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Postmark deadline for applications is Nov. 28. The entry form may be downloaded from Information: 410-777-7028.

Christian school plans seminar

Annapolis Area Christian School will host a parent/adult seminar, "Why Belief Matters," with internationally known speaker and author Josh McDowell from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Center for the Arts on its Severn Run campus, 109 Burns Crossing Road.

After the seminar, the AACS Community Choir will present "Festival of Praise," featuring Handel's Messiah, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the seminar are $20 and will not be sold at the door; tickets for the concert are $10 and will be available at the door. A combination ticket for both events and a reception in between is $25 and is not available at the door. Tickets can be purchased at all AACS campuses. Information: 410-266-8255, ext. 112.

AACC announces list of activities

Anne Arundel Community College is offering the following activities:

Tomorrow through Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesdays, exhibit, Projection and Inference: Korean-American Artists in the Mid-Atlantic, Cade Center for the Fine Arts Gallery, Arnold campus. A curator's talk will be offered on this exhibit at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, and an artists' reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., also Thursday. 410-777-7028.

Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., brown-bag lunch discussion on "Sound and Sign: Life in a Deaf Family," Cade Center for Fine Arts, room 219, Arnold campus. 410-777-2159.

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Board of Trustees meets, Cade Center for the Fine Arts, room 214, Arnold campus. 410-777-1177.

Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., open house, Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute, 7248 Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie. 410-777-2398.

Thursday, 7 p.m., Chesapeake Civil War Round Table discusses "Was Dr. Mudd an Enemy Combatant?" Cade Center for the Fine Arts, room 219, Arnold Campus. 410-777-2428.

Friday and Saturday and Nov. 18 and Nov. 19, 8 p.m.; Nov. 13 and 20, 2 p.m., and Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Moonlight Troupers' performance of South Pacific. Pascal Center for the Performing Arts. All seats reserved. 410-777-2457.

Friday, 12:15 p.m., Veterans Day ceremony, Arnold campus. 410-777-2203.

Saturday, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., stargazing, "Community Observing Night." Bring your telescope and binoculars or use one of the college's eight telescopes. Astronomy Lab, rear of A and B parking lots, beside Resource Management Building, Arnold campus. Weather permitting. 410-777-1820.

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