Education Notes


April 09, 2006

Learn of programs for gifted pupils

Parent orientations describing the Howard County school system's Gifted and Talented Program are being held at county middle schools. The orientations for parents of middle school children explain the curriculum of the Middle School Gifted Education Program.

Orientations will be held at 7 p.m. April 18 at Cradlerock School and Elkridge Landing Middle School; at 7 p.m. April 19 at Bonnie Branch, Burleigh Manor, Clarksville and Folly Quarter middle schools; at 7 p.m. April 20 at Murray Hill Middle School; and at 7 p.m. April 25 at Harper's Choice Middle School.

Information: Penny Zimring, 410-313-6670.

2 students sought for forestry forum

The Howard County Forestry Conservancy District Board, in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Resources Forest Service, is seeking two students in grades nine, 10 or 11 to participate in the Maryland Forestry and Natural Resources Careers Conference.

The free weeklong summer program, designed to acquaint college-bound high school students with careers in forestry and natural resources management, will be held July 23-29 at Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County. Forty-eight students will be chosen to represent their counties and Baltimore City. Those who complete the program can receive college credits for a small fee.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday and mailed to Howard County Forestry Board, P.O. Box 819, Clarksville 21029. The top finalists will be asked to attend an interview. Applications are available at public high school science departments.

Information: Dave Keane, 410-313-1676.

Register for SAT, PSAT prep classes

Registrations are being accepted for courses to prepare students for the new SAT and PSAT.

Courses, open to all high school students, will be held at Chapelgate Christian Academy from noon to 4 p.m. April 22 and 29; at Glenelg High from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 30 and May 21; and at Mount Hebron High from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Tuition is $175 a course and includes materials. A portion of the tuition benefits each school.

Information: Martha Gagnon, 410-442-1600, or

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 middle school 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.

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.

Information or registration:

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