Education Notes


March 19, 2006

Dyslexia program is set for Tuesday

The Friendship School, an independent nonprofit school for children of average to above average intelligence with learning differences, will sponsor an informational program at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Literacy Council of Carroll County, Suite 315, Carroll Nonprofit Center at 255 Clifton Blvd., Westminster.

The program will focus on children with dyslexia.

A workshop for tutors and trainers on strategies and tips for helping clients with dyslexia will be held at 7 p.m. April 4 at the Literacy Council.

Reservations are requested.

Information: 410-857-0766.

Bilingual ed group to meet Tuesday

The Bilingual Education Training for All Teachers Program at McDaniel College will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Decker Auditorium, Lewis Hall of Science.

The speaker will be James Crawford, executive director of the National Association for Bilingual Education.

He is an expert on the English Only movement, English Plus, bilingual education, Native American language revitalization and language rights in the U.S. Information: 410-386-4646.

Board of Education to hold meetings

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold an administrative meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

A work session on Board Appointed Standing Committees will be held at 2 p.m.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Schools to host financial workshop

The public schools will host a free financial literacy workshop for anyone who needs help learning to budget, is worried about their credit report or wants tips on protecting themselves from identify theft.

The workshop will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Manchester Elementary School on York Street.

A light dinner will be served. Activities for children will be available.

Information: 410-751-3086.

Bed-and-breakfast owners set course

Carroll Community College instructors Steve and Bev Kerkham, owners of Woods Gain Bed and Breakfast in Linwood, will offer a course in "How to Start a Bed and Breakfast Business" from 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. March 27 and April 3.

The first session will be held at the college's Business Training Center, 1601 Washington Road, and the second at their business, 421 McKinstry's Mill Road.

Students will review marketing strategies, decorating, menu planning and hosting techniques.

The rules and regulations governing bed and breakfasts will be included.

The cost is $65; $40 for senior adults.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Boating classes slated for April

The Carroll County Bureau of Recreation will offer boating classes taught by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1 and 8 at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown.

Another class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 and 29 at West Middle School.

State law requires that anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, who operates a registered or documented pleasure boat in Maryland must have a boating safety education certificate.

Both classes must be attended for certification.

The cost is $20 for books and supplies. Those ages 12 and older may take the class.

Information: 410-386-2103.

Schools accepting pre-k applications

The Carroll County Public Schools' pre-kindergarten program is accepting applications for the 2006-2007 school year.

Children must be 4 by Sept. 1 to attend. Children whose families qualify under the Free and Reduced Meal Guidelines get first priority.

Second priority goes to children who are Limited English Proficient or previous participants in Even Start, Head Start, HIPPY and Families Learning Together.

Third priority is for children with academic needs as shown by the Pre-kindergarten Assessment Process.

The school system also accepts early entrance applications to pre-kindergarten for pupils who do not meet the state birth date cutoff of Sept. 1.

Children who turn 4 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 1 and are eligible for Free and Reduced Meals can submit an application for early entrance.

Final deadline for applications is May 1.

Information: 410-751-3353.

Chamber to award $900 scholarships

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Charles D. Schaffer Scholarship Foundation will award a $900 scholarship to one senior from each 2006 Carroll County public high school graduating class.

Scholarship candidates with interest in economics, business or the practical arts should contact their school's guidance office for information.

Each high school will determine the recipient.

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