Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

March 26, 2006

School-boundary panel has openings

The Howard County public school system is seeking people interested in serving on the 2006 Attendance Area Committee, which assists school officials in developing and evaluating school attendance-area adjustments.

This year's committee will focus on the areas associated with the new northeastern elementary school, scheduled to open in August 2007. The committee will also consider middle school attendance-area adjustments in the northeast and western regions of the county. Changes will be effective for the 2007-2008 school year.

Committee members must be at least age 21 and live in Howard County. They will be selected in an interview process.

To apply, send a letter of interest, including relevant skills or experience, by Friday to David C. Drown, Howard County Public School system, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

Social-skills therapy group set

Jewish Family Services in Howard County is offering a social-skills therapy group for children ages 8 to 11 affected by learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, pervasive development disorder or Asperger's syndrome.

The group will meet for six weeks, beginning begin next month, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. weekly. Participants will learn appropriate social interactions, manners and abstract social concepts in a small group led by Sara Uram, a licensed social worker.

Registration is required. There is a fee.

Information: 410-730-4976, ext. 22.

Women's group plans girls camp

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, in partnership with Maryland Leadership Workshops Inc., is starting a residential summer camp for middle school girls.

Journey 2006, a camp for 25 girls from Howard County, will be held from July 30 to Aug. 5 at McDaniel College in Westminster. Delegates will live in dormitories and experience a college atmosphere.

Workshops will focus on empowerment and motivation, communication and decision-making skills, group dynamics, self-awareness, goal-setting and conflict resolution. The program will include mentoring, a confidence course and a panel discussion with women leaders from the public and private sectors and small- and large-group projects for delegates to develop leadership skills.

Swimming, athletics, dance, a talent show and team-building activities also are planned.

Girls entering sixth or seventh grades are eligible. The cost is $450. Scholarships are available. Applications, due April 17, are available in middle school guidance offices and at www. womensgivingcircle.org.

An information session for parents will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Atholton High School in Columbia.

Information or registration: jeanmoon@comcast.net.

Autism society to start fundraising

The Howard County Autism Society is launching a major fundraising initiative to create the first Autism Resource Center in the Baltimore-Washington area.

A "Pieces of the Puzzle Gala," to be held Friday at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, will kick off the drive.

The center is to offer support, training, resources and consultative services for parents and professionals.

Information: 410-760-5595, or www.howard-autism.org.

Sign-up under way for kindergarten

Registration for new pupils or those entering kindergarten in August is being held in Howard County elementary schools at times determined by each school. Kindergarten is mandatory in Maryland.

State law requires that children entering kindergarten in the fall must be age 5 years old on or before Sept. 1.

Parents or guardians should register their children at the school serving their home address. To find the school serving a family's address: 410-313- 6682, or www.hcpss.org.

Parents of children born outside the United States, or for whom English is not the primary language, should contact the Office of International Student Services, 410-313-7101.

To register a child, the parent or guardian must present the child's birth certificate, an authorized record of immunizations (unless a religious exemption is requested), proof of residency (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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