Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

Education Beat

November 20, 2005

Schools to be closed for meetings, holiday

Carroll County public schools will be closed for students tomorrow for a parent conference day and Tuesday for a professional day for high schools and parent conferences for elementary and middle schools.

Schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Academy of Finance to hold orientation

The Academy of Finance program will hold an orientation program for new academy students and their parents at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in Westminster High School's second-floor auditorium.

Daniel Wallace, regional director for the National Academy Foundation, the parent organization of the Academy of Finance, will be the guest speaker.

The school is at 1225 Washington Road.

Information: Kyler Brengle, 410-751-3054.

Employee training celebrated Dec. 5-9

Carroll Community College will celebrate work-force development during the American Society for Training and Development's Employee Learning Week Dec. 5-9.

Carroll's Business Training Center will offer free scheduled presentations to employees at company locations throughout the county upon request.

The college also will provide a 20 percent discount for training contracts that are completed during the week.

Employee Learning Week provides an opportunity for business leaders and managers to close the gap between worker skills and job requirements, and recognize the value of employee learning.

During Employee Learning Week, businesses are encouraged to introduce new benefits to employees, support involvement in professional organizations, and promote staff development and individualized learning.

Information: 410-386-8096.

Math teacher chosen for project in Japan

Kevin Giffhorn, a mathematics teacher at Liberty High School, has been selected for the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program.

Giffhorn is spending three weeks in Japan this month to promote greater intercultural understanding between the two nations. He will focus on technology in math classes and the curricula at all school levels. He wants to learn why Japan scores so high in the Trends in International Math and Science Study.

He also will share information on Carroll County's curricula and preparation for teaching.

He will hold presentations about the trip with the school and community.

Tech council assists robotics program

The Carroll Technology Council recently presented a check to the Carroll County Career and Technology Center to support its FIRST Robotics Program.

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competition is a multinational event in which students are to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way.

The program pairs high school students with professionals to design, assemble, test and compete with a robot capable of performing a specified task.

FIRST Robotics embodies the Carroll Technology Council's mission, which is to provide leadership, information and resources to educate, attract and influence technology in Carroll County.

Magazine features Winters Mill High

An article highlighting the Winters Mill High School advisory program is featured in the November issue of Principal Leadership, a magazine published by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

The article, Where Everybody Knows Your Name, was submitted by Janice Chaney, coordinator of academies, and Alan DeGennaro, math, science and technology academy leader.

They describe the daily advisory program at Winters Mill and how it provides the foundation for working with every student to be a high achiever.

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