Education Notes


Education Beat

November 13, 2005

School board adds a winter holiday

In response to community concern, the Carroll County Board of Education recently revised the 2005-2006 school calendar for the winter holidays.

The decision was made to make Jan. 2 a nonschool day for students and staff. This extends the winter holidays from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2.

Schools will reopen for students and staff Jan. 3.

The last day of school for students is unaffected by this action. The board instead reduced the number of emergency closing days from seven to six.

Information: 410-751-3020.

School workshop for parents planned

The Partners for Success Center of Carroll County Public Schools will sponsor a workshop for parents from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

The workshop gives parents an overview of the special education process and information to become active participants in their child's education.

Topics include definition of special education terms, federal and state laws, the special education cycle, eligibility, parent involvement, individualized education plans, and how to observe your child and work with your school.

Information: 410-751-3955.

Community college offers PC courses

Carroll Community College is offering personal enrichment courses on home computers at the 1601 Washington Road campus. Classes include:

Defending your PC: The class will explore various virus protection programs, firewalls, pop-up blockers and general cyber safety. The class is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Nov. 22 and 29. The cost is $108, senior adults $85.

Successful Selling on eBay: Students will establish an eBay account, create listings and ad archives, discuss options for accepting PayPal payments and place an item up for auction. Call 410-386-8100 for a materials list. The cost is $90, senior adults $70. The class is from 7 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. Nov. 28 and Dec. 5.

Photoshop Level 1: Beginners can learn how to customize and edit photos like a professional by learning photo editing possibilities. The cost is $185, senior adults $50, plus text. The class is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Nov. 29 to Dec. 8.

Students should have basic computer skills, and Internet experience for the eBay class.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Carroll schools win award for institute

The Character Education Partnership in Washington has given Carroll County Public Schools its Promising Practices Award for the system's Character Education Institute.

As part of its National Schools of Character Awards program, the partnership gives awards to schools and districts for implementing unique and specific strategies in character education.

The system's sixth annual Character Education Institute was held in July at Carroll Community College. The event features a keynote speaker, workshops and speakers.

Conference agenda lists county teacher

Bob Cooke, a physical education teacher at Manchester Elementary School, was scheduled to speak about the school's fundraising efforts at the American Diabetes Association's National Community Volunteer Leadership Conference in Chicago this weekend.

Manchester has been recognized as the top fundraising school in the country for the association. Last year, the school raised $45,215 and $33,000 the previous year.


PATH -- Parents AT Home of Carroll County will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 915 Liberty Road, Eldersburg. 410-489-0711.

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