Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

February 19, 2006

Essay contest deadline is Friday

The Howard County Commission for Women is sponsoring an essay contest for Howard County students in grades six through 12 to promote the theme, "Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams."

The subject of the essay should be a contemporary of historical American woman, her ability to bring communities together and encourage dreams and achievement in spite of challenges.

The deadline for submissions is Friday.

Winners will be invited to read their essays at the Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 7:30 p.m. March 16 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Essays should be sent to www. citizen@co.ho.md.us or mailed to Commission for Women Student Essay Contest, P.O. Box 348, Simpsonville 21150-0348. Submissions must be received by Friday.

Information: 410-313-6400, at school guidance offices or www. co.ho.md.us/CitizenServices/ Partnerships/studentessay contest.htm.

Learning-disability group to meet

The Howard County chapter of the Learning Disability Association will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 27 at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road.

A video, "Learning Disabilities and Discipline With Richard Lavoie," will be shown and discussed.

Information: Nanette Schweitzer, 410-418-5258.

Summer enrichment programs the focus

The Howard County school system's Gifted and Talented Education Program will hold a Parent Academy, "Summer Enrichment Opportunities for Highly Able Students," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Fawn Court, Columbia.

Parents of elementary, middle and high school students are invited to attend.

Information: 410-313-6800.

Math-science fair set this weekend

The Howard County school system will hold its 2006 Mathematics, Science and Technology Fair on Friday and Saturday at Long Reach High School in Columbia. The fair showcases the school system's science programs.

Judging for middle school projects will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday; and for high school projects, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. An open house is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday and will be followed by an awards ceremony, to be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the school auditorium.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held March 3 and 4 at Long Reach High School.

Local winners will advance to the Baltimore Science Fair, to be held March 25 and 26 at Towson University. Winners at the Baltimore Science Fair will compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held May 7-13 in Indianapolis.

Public sessions set on schools budget

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a public work session on the superintendent's proposed fiscal 2007 operating budget from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313- 7046. Two weeks' notice is preferred.

College financial-aid deadline is March 1

Students planning to attend college next academic year can now submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to be considered for federal and state financial assistance.

The deadline to submit the form for the 2006-2007 school year is March 1 for most of Maryland's state need-based financial aid.

The deadline to file the FAFSA for students who will apply for the Foster Care Tuition Waiver is also March 1. Eligibility requirements include having lived in a foster care home in Maryland at the time the student graduated from high school or successfully completed a General Educational Development Examination (GED), or having lived in a Maryland foster care home on the student's 14th birthday and then having been adopted.

The student must enroll as a degree-seeker at a public two- or four-year higher education institution in Maryland on or before age 21. Those who are approved will have tuition and fees not covered by grants and scholarships waived.

Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov; application deadlines are listed there. Forms are also available at libraries, high school guidance offices and area colleges and universities.

Information: 410-260-4565.

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