Education Notes


Education Beat

November 13, 2005

Input will be sought on superintendent

Consultants from the Maryland Association of Boards of Education will be in Anne Arundel County this week to meet with staff, students and the community to explain the process and gather input into the selection of a new superintendent.

The schedule is:

Wednesday, Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., at 7:15 p.m.; and Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road, at 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, Arundel High School, 1001 Annapolis Road, Gambrills, at 7:15 p.m.; and Southern High School, 4400 Solomons Island Road, Harwood, at 7:15 p.m.

Information: 410-222-5299.

AACC will offer noncredit courses

Anne Arundel Community College is offering several noncredit continuing-education classes for the holiday season:

"Floriculture: Thanksgiving Floral Arrangements" teaches how to make three Thanksgiving floral arrangements tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Glen Burnie Town Center. The cost is $102.

"Making Your Holiday Calm and Fun" teaches techniques to maintain calm during stressful situations from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8 at the Arnold campus. Cost is $45.

"Floriculture 3: High Style Design" teaches designs for special occasions from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays from Nov. 21 through Dec. 19 at the Arnold campus. Cost is $160.

Two classes will be held to create decorations from fresh herbs and natural materials: "Aromatic Herb Wreath" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Willow Oak Herb Farm in Severn, $160; and "Fresh Centerpiece" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6, at the Arnold campus or from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 at Willow Creek Herb Farm, $45.

Children and teenagers can learn to make decorations at "Traditional Christmas Crafts of America" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at Baldwin Hall in Millersville, $70.

Information: 410-777-2325 or

Homeland security is focus of seminar

Anne Arundel Community College will hold a homeland security seminar Wednesday to discuss terrorism, counterterrorism and the country's ability to deal with both.

The free event will run from noon to 3 p.m. in the Center for Applied Learning and Technology, Room 100 on the Arnold campus.

Tyrone Powers, director of the college's Institute for Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Public Service, will moderate the discussions.

Presenters will discuss a range of topics, and each presentation will be about 20 minutes, followed by time for questions.

Information: 410-777-7390 or

CHADD to sponsor tennis tournament

The Anne Arundel County Chapter of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) will hold its second Round Robin Tennis Event from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Severn Valley Tennis and Fitness Club in Gambrills.

Cost is $50 per player and $10 for each nonplaying guest.

Food and beverages will be available.

All proceeds will benefit the programs and services of CHADD.

Information: 410-721-2468.

St. John's has grants for teachers to study

St. John's College is offering a National Educators Grant for full-time public or private school teachers who have at least three years of teaching experience.

The grant provides a third of the tuition for studies at the St. John's Graduate Institute in Annapolis or Santa Fe, N.M.

The college offers a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts or Master of Arts in Eastern Classics.

Administrators, curriculum developers and other educational professionals also are eligible to apply for this grant.

Applicants should submit an application to the Graduate Institute as well as a letter verifying employment as an educator for the previous three years.

Information: 410-626-2541 or

Students can serve in government for day

Anne Arundel County has announced the kickoff of the "County Executive/Councilperson for a Day" and Model Government Program.

The contest is open to all 11th-graders who live in the county.

Eight students will be chosen to fill the duties of the county executive and the County Council for a day.

In addition, 30 students will be chosen to serve in the Model Government Administration as department heads, police and fire chief and members of the executive staff.

Students who wish to enter must submit a short essay describing what they want to accomplish if given the chance to serve the Anne Arundel County government.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Dec. 16.

The event will take place Feb. 21.

Information: 410-222-1879.

Women's panel to hold essay, poster contest

The Anne Arundel County Commission for Women has announced its annual Women's History Month Poster and Essay Contest.

This year, the theme is "Women: Builders of Healthy Communities."

All middle school pupils are invited to participate.

Information has been sent to all county public, private and parochial middle schools. Home-schooled middle school pupils may request information.

The contest requires that pupils identify a woman or group of women responsible for improvements or changes that benefited local, national or international communities in the areas of mental, spiritual, physical or scientific health.

All entries must include an essay of 150 to 200 words and a 20-inch-by- 30-inch poster using the pupil's choice of media. Name, phone number, address and school should be included.

The entry deadline is Feb. 10.

Savings bonds will be awarded for first, second and third places March 18 at the West County Area Library in Odenton.

Information: 410-721-4312 or 410-969-9277.

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