Education Notes


April 16, 2006

Lazarus Foundation to sponsor a PC Olympics on Thursday

The Lazarus Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides refurbished computers to groups and students who need them, will sponsor a PC Olympics to test teams of six students from local high schools on their computer knowledge and skills.

The event is set for Thursday and will be held at the Applications and Research Laboratory on Route 108 in Ellicott City. Atholton, Glenelg, Howard, Long Reach and Marriotts Ridge high schools will participate.

In a component of the event, "PC assembly," each team will build a computer from parts; teams will also be asked to solve problems, create a flier and a PowerPoint presentation, and answer questions on computer history, hardware and software, Internet safety, cyber ethics and other topics.

The foundation hopes to develop a national contest to promote competence. Microsoft Corp. and local businesses are also sponsoring the event.

Citizens advisory panel meeting rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday

The April general meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education, originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

It will be held in the boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-6682.

A social group is being formed for speech-impaired children, adults

A social group is being formed for speech-impaired children and adults who speak using an augmentative communication device.

The group will meet monthly and will incorporate the use of the device with social activities, such as board games.

Information: Amy Cervelloni, 410-465-4020.

Parent orientations are being held on 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. Tuesday at Cradlerock School and Elkridge Landing Middle School; at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bonnie Branch, Burleigh Manor, Clarksville and Folly Quarter middle schools; at 7 p.m. Thursday at Murray Hill Middle School; and at 7 p.m. April 25 at Harper's Choice Middle School.

Information: Penny Zimring, 410-313-6670.

Women's Giving Circle is starting a camp for middle school girls

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.

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 are available in middle school guidance offices and at

Information or registration:

Register for SAT, PSAT prep classes to be held this month and next

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. Saturday and April 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.

Registration is on for new pupils and for those entering kindergarten

Registration for new pupils or those entering public school 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 5 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 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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