Education Digest


December 04, 2005

Session slated on teen parties

HC DrugFree, a Howard County nonprofit organization focused on helping teens avoid alcohol and other drugs, will present a program for parents and teens, "Teen Parties: Everything You Need to Know to Keep You and Your Teen Safe," at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Centennial High School.

The program will include tips on planning alcohol-free and drug-free parties and how to prepare your child for difficult party situations.

Also discussed will be parents' liability if they allow a party at their home and alcohol or other drugs are consumed, and if a minor is injured under these circumstances.

Speakers will be Circuit Judge Richard Bernhardt; Donna Wilson, former police youth services officer; and Officer Mark Heron of the Howard County Police.

Parents also will have an opportunity to discuss their experiences.

Admission is free. Reservations are not required.

Information: Laura Smit, 410-799-4879, or www.

Board of Education to meet Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting and two public hearings on Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 4 p.m. The afternoon session, and an evening session, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum during which anyone can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process.

During the evening session, public hearings will be held on the proposed 2006-2007 school calendar and on proposed Policy 9521: Wellness Through Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Those who want to testify at the hearings are asked to limit the presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing.

To sign up to speak: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046.

New textbooks to be on display

Textbooks and textbook-related materials recommended for the first time for use in Howard County schools will be on display, starting tomorrow, in the lobby of the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. The materials will be on display from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, through Jan. 3.

Forms will be available to express approval or request re-evaluation of any of the ma- terials.

Information: 410-313-7011.

Class set tomorrow on trauma in youth

The STTAR (Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center Inc.) will offer a class for parents and caregivers on managing symptoms and behavior of children who have been affected by trauma.

"Caring for the Hurt Child: Reducing Behavior Problems" will be offered from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Positive parenting techniques will be offered for dealing with sleep problems, clinging, anger, boundaries, fears, sexual acting out, depression and other issues. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

The cost is $25; $10 for parents whose children are in therapy at the STTAR enter. Registration is required.

Information: 410-290-6432.

HCC session set on culinary program

Howard Community College will offer an information session for those interested in starting or advancing a career in the hospitality and food-service industry at 11 a.m. Friday at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

The session, which is sponsored by the college's Hospitality and Culinary Management program, will provide an overview of the college's new degree and certificate programs, and a chance to meet faculty and students in the programs.

Information or to reserve a space: 410-772-4469.

Teen center offers after-school events

The Columbia Association's Columbia Teen Center is accepting registration for its After School Enrichment Program for those ages 9 to 18.

Participants can register for special-interest clubs in topics including hip-hop and break dancing, cooking gardening, arts and crafts, computers and technology.

The center is at 5853 Robert Oliver Place in Oakland Mills Village Center.

Information: 410-992-3726.

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