Education Notes


March 12, 2006

School system to hold job fair

The Carroll County Public School System is sponsoring a job fair from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, 1229 Washington Road, Westminster.

Anyone interested in employment with the school system is invited. Staff will speak with candidates interested in any position. Screening interviews will be held for qualified teacher applicants.

All areas of employment will be represented.

Information: 410-751-3070, or visit

Reading program targets boys

The Learning Advantage Partnership, a cooperative effort between Carroll County Public Schools and Carroll County Public Library, will present the Connecting Boys with Books program by author Michael Sullivan at 7 p.m. Tuesday at South Carroll High School, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

The public, particularly parents with boys in elementary and middle schools, is encouraged to attend the free program.

School and library staff can attend a separate program at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Winters Mill High School.

The U.S. Department of Education has found that school-age boys tend to read a grade and a half lower than girls - a situation that, if not corrected early, will keep them at a disadvantage throughout school and into adulthood.

Sullivan's program highlights tactics to encourage boys to become lifelong readers and library users. He has studied and written extensively on the need to help boys become lifelong readers to better prepare them for the future.

Sullivan is director of the Weeks Public Library in Greenland, N.H., and author of Connecting Boys with Books: What Libraries Can Do and The Fundamentals of Children's Services.

Information: 410-386-4500 or 410-751-3490.

Workshop's focus is on math, reading

The Carroll County Public Schools Partners for Success Center will sponsor a workshop for parents, "Math and Reading Strategies," at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.

Participants will access the schools' math Web site and link to other sites to explore math concepts and practice skills.

The reading session will include a review of essential reading skills and ideas parents can use at home to improve fluency and comprehension.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-751-3955.

Academic challenge will be Saturday

Carroll Community College and Carroll County Public Schools will sponsor the third annual Carroll Academic Challenge at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Scott Center Theater at the college, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

The challenge is a friendly competition between high school students. Each public high school selects a team of students who are given questions from science, math, literature, history and other subjects.

Information: 410-386-8464.

College plans 3 writing courses

Carroll Community College is offering three writing courses in this spring.

Journal Writing: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25. Creativity, journaling techniques and self-understanding will be explored. Cost: $42.

Poetry Workshop - Read, Write and Rhyme: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays April 17 to May 22. Topics will include reading and discussing poems that "work," major poetic forms and tools, and writing and sharing original poems. Cost: $71 (senior adults, $25).

Writing for Children: Author Lois Szymanski will explore children's book publishing, including what goes into a good story, proper format, how to find a publisher and market a manuscript, and what happens after the sale. Cost: $126 (senior adults, $25).

Information: 410-386-8100.

Scholarships are for high-schoolers

Applications are being accepted for the annual Northrop Grumman Corporation Engineering Scholars competition, which provides scholarships to promising high school seniors interested in studying engineering.

Individual scholarships of $10,000 will be awarded to a qualified graduating high school senior in each of Maryland's 23 counties and in Baltimore City.

Candidates must plan to attend an accredited college or university as a full-time student in an approved engineering program.

Applications with criteria are available in high school guidance offices. Application deadline is March 31.


Carroll County Public Schools -- offer the External Diploma Program, a self-paced alternative to the GED test. Information sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday at Student Support Services/Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 55 N. Court St., Suite G27, Westminster. Registration is requested. 410-751-3680.

Carroll County Public Schools -- will close 2 hours and 45 minutes early system-wide Wednesday. Schools will be closed for half-day kindergarten students. 410-751-3020.

The Friendship School, -- an independent nonprofit school for children of average to above average intelligence with learning differences, will hold a community outreach session at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Eldersburg school, 6220 Georgetown Blvd., Suite 102. Fran Bowman of Bowman Educational Services will be the speaker. 410-552-6880.

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