Education Notes


March 12, 2006

Nominees sought for child-aid award

Nominations are being sought for the seventh "Celebrating Successes for Children" ceremony, honoring people or programs that have a positive impact on the lives of young children.

The ceremony, sponsored by County Executive James N. Robey and the Howard County Office of Children's Services, salutes mentors, child care providers, Scout leaders, coaches, human service workers, volunteers businesses, and school or camp programs.

Nominations are due March 20. Forms are available online at, and click on "upcoming events." Or call 410-313-1940 to request a form.

Nominees will be recognized at 7 p.m. April 25 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville.

Home-schooling meeting tomorrow

The Columbia Homeschool Community will hold an information and support meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Bryant Woods Neighborhood Center, 10449 Green Mountain Circle, Columbia.

Pete Pazmino of the Northern Virginia Writing Project, an affiliate of the nonprofit National Writing Project, an educational organization, will describe resources, ideas and strategies for effective writing instruction at home.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-740-6688, or

Students' poetry wanted for contest

Howard County middle and high school students are invited to submit original poems for the Write Stuff Poetry Contest sponsored by the Howard County Library.

Winners will be invited to read their poems at an event April 27 at the Miller branch library in Ellicott City.

Students can submit up to three poems of not more than 30 lines each. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday. Judges will evaluate the poems for originality, theme, overall appearance, unusual imagery and language.

Information is available at local libraries or online at www.

HCC is sponsoring cruise in Ukraine

Howard Community College is sponsoring a two-week cruise from July 14 to 19 on the Dnieper River in Ukraine from Kiev to the Black Sea.

The trip will begin with a British Airways flight to Kiev from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

In Ukraine, a river cruiser will serve as a floating hotel, which is to dock at Kiev, Yalta, Odessa and small villages along the way

The trip includes tours to cultural and historic sites and on-board entertainment.

The cost is $3,550, including round-trip airfare.

Students can enroll in independent study to receive academic credit.

Vladimir Marinich, professor of history at the college, will be one of the tour's leaders.

A passenger count must be confirmed this month.

Information: Vladimir Marinich or Barbara Livieratos, 410-531-1386.

Kindergarten sign-up slated

Registration for new pupils or those entering public school kindergarten in August will be held in Howard County public elementary schools from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow through Friday, and at other times determined by individual schools. Kindergarten is mandatory in Maryland.

State law requires that children entering kindergarten in the fall must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 30.

Parents or guardians should register their children at the school serving their home address.

Parents of children born outside of the United States, or for whom English is not the primary language spoken in the home, should contact the Office of International Student Services, 410-313-7101, to register. To find the school serving a family's address: 410-313-6682, or

To register a child, the parent or guardian must present the child's birth certificate, an authorized record of immunizations (unless there is a religious exemption), proof of residency (a lease, deed, house contract and a utility bill), and photo identification of the parent or guardian. Driver's licenses and voter registration cards will not be accepted as proof of residence.

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