Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

Education Beat

December 11, 2005

Board of Education to meet Wednesday

The Carroll County Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

The regular meeting agenda will be posted on the school system's Web site at carrollk12.org.

Meetings will be broadcast live on CETV, Channel 21 on Adelphia cable TV, and repeated at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and the following Thursday, and 9 a.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Physical therapy class to graduate

Carroll Community College will graduate its Physical Therapist Assistant class of 19 students in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Sherri Asher will be the student speaker and professor Ginger Graham-Lewis also will address the class.

Of the 19 graduates, all have had one or more job offers. Eight have accepted jobs, and the rest are considering multiple offers. They will be employed in hospitals, outpatient offices, geriatric facilities, rehab settings and pediatric clinics, officials said.

The entire class will take a 10-day licensing preparation course to assist in passing the exam.

The graduates are: Lauren Angelini, Sherri Asher, Katie Buckley, Stacey Fisher, Jennifer Haines, Kim Keller, Marcia Leiter, James Loan, Sher Matthews, Seamus Meteer, Banu Morova, Jamie Mowbray, Emily Norris, Christine Roche, Kellyanne Rose, Ann Schroen, Amanda Strickhouser, Tamara Volway and Joel Weaver.

Center announces 2 Character Schools

Carrolltowne Elementary School and Northwest Middle School have been selected as Character Education Schools of the Year for Carroll County.

The award is presented by the Maryland Center for Character Education to one elementary and one secondary school from each county that excelled in implementing a character education program in 2004--2005.

Carrolltowne's Character Education Team developed a schoolwide set of expected behaviors for students called the "RED Program," Respect Self - Everyone Counts - Do Your Best.

Students were instructed on what skills and traits would be necessary to demonstrate these attributes, and benchmarks were established. Staff gave coupons to students who demonstrated the benchmarks and recognized them schoolwide.

Northwest developed a program called "Project Wisdom" to promote positive choices and character traits and to encourage students to take responsibility for their choices and actions.

Project Wisdom provides readings on individual choices and students' responsibility to accept the consequences of their actions, good or bad. Positive choices are reinforced by providing a "Golden Rule Award" for one male and one female student each month.

Medical society aids transition program

The Carroll County Medical Society recently presented a $5,000 check to the Carroll County Children's Fund for the expansion of the Carroll County Public School System's Transition Program from Psychiatric Hospitalization.

The expansion will help secondary and elementary students hospitalized outside Carroll County.

Because of Carroll Hospital Center's lack of an elementary psychiatric program, as well as parental hospital preference, an increasing number of psychiatric hospitalizations take place in other jurisdictions.

The school system's program helps children and families make the transition from behavioral health care to the school environment.

The primary purpose of the Children's Fund is to assist needy families in paying children's health care expenses.

Federal Web site offers career advice

The Web site careervoyages.gov, put together by the U.S. departments of Labor and Education, has career links, career descriptions, education requirements, college searches and videos describing industries.

The Web site includes information on a variety of industries, including manufacturing, transportation, construction, financial, health care, retail, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

It is designed for students, parents, career changers and career advisers.

Information: 410-751-3049.

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