Education Notes



Severn School wins economics contest

Students from the Severn School took first place Wednesday in a regional competition sponsored by the Federal Reserve Board with their suggestions for the board's monetary policy.

Mia Hencinski, Chris Hoehn-Saric, Chris Hughes, Jonathan Moen, and Sean Quinn beat representatives from 10 other schools in the 10th Fed Challenge, a contest designed to foster interest in economics. After explaining the statistics that support their policy recommendation, the students faced questions from a panel of professional economists.

In the next round, the students will compete against teams from five states and the District of Columbia on April 4 in Richmond, Va. If they win that challenge, they will advance to the national finals, scheduled for April 30-May 1 in Washington.

Teacher of the Year nominations sought

There is still time to nominate an exceptional educator to be the county's Teacher of the Year.

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications through March 24 for awards recognizing public and private schoolteachers.

The chamber also welcomes nominations for Excellence in Education awards, which honor local businesses that form partnerships with schools. One award will be given to a business that employs more than 50 people, and one to a business that employs fewer than 50. Applications are due Friday.

The Teacher of the Year winner will represent the county in the state competition. Nominees must agree to speak at various events and to remain a teacher through the coming school year.

Applications are available at

Kindergarten sign-up starts April 3

Parents can register children for prekindergarten or kindergarten the week of April 3-7 at county elementary schools. Children who will turn 5 on or before Sept. 1 are required by state law to enroll in kindergarten. Children who turn 4 on or before that date may enroll in prekindergarten if they demonstrate financial or educational need.

To register, parents should bring a copy of the child's original birth certificate or proof of birth, the child's immunization record and two proofs of residency, such as a rental contract or phone bill. Parents who wish to document financial need should bring W2 and 1040 tax statements as well as a current pay stub or evidence of other sources of income, such as child support or welfare.

Additional information about immunization requirements and alternative programs can be found at

Alternate school schedules studied

The high school scheduling committee will meet April 3 as part of its effort to evaluate daily schedules for county high schools.

Last week, the 30 teachers, administrators, students and community members who sit on the committee discussed stretching or shortening classes, lengthening the school year by 30 days or dividing the year into semesters, according to a school system news release. The committee analyzed the effect of each proposed plan on teacher workloads, electives and Advanced Placement classes.

The committee plans to present a final recommendation to the superintendent July 1. A change in the schedule would have to be approved by the superintendent and the school board before it could be implemented in the 2007-08 school year. Information: Arlen Liverman, 410-222-5370; or Roy Skiles, 410-222-5140.

Spalding students to stage musical

Archbishop Spalding High School students will present the musical Bye Bye Birdie at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The play also will be performed at 7 p.m. March 24 and 25. The cost is $6 at the door. Information: 410-969-9105.

Students to compete in science fair

Young scientists will gather at the Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair at South River High School through Wednesday to present their research.

Students will have the opportunity to win hundreds of awards. The grand prize winner will compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Indianapolis in May. Winners will be announced Wednesday at an assembly from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of South River High School.

The public can view student projects from 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday at South River High School, 201 Central Ave. in Edgewater. Information: 410-222- 5451.

Martin Barr school to hold open house

Martin Barr Adventist School, 2365 Bell Branch Road in Gambrills, will hold an open house from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Martin Barr Adventist is a private, coeducational school for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school has a pupil/teacher ratio of 10 to 1 and multiple-grade classrooms.

Parents and children interested in learning more about the school are welcome to stop by for a few minutes or the entire school day. Information: 410- 451-0078 or martinbarrschool. org.

Easter Bunny to attend breakfast

Children and parents are invited to eat breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Shady Side Elementary's Spring Fling Fair on April 8.

The fair will feature an Easter egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, pony rides and a silent auction for 15 gift baskets. Games will be set up in the gym, including a cakewalk in which participants will compete for homemade cakes.

Crafters or vendors who are interested in renting a table for $20 should contact Lisa Blandford at 410-867-1981 or

Admission to the breakfast and egg hunt costs $7 and there is a small fee for the games. The festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shady Side Elementary, 4859 Atwell Road, Shady Side. Information: Shawna Simmons, 410-841-0028.

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