Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

April 30, 2006

Student chess tourney to be held Saturday

The Council of Elders of the Black Community in Howard County, in partnership with the Black Student Achievement Program and Howard Community College, will hold its sixth annual chess tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the college, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Howard County students in grades one through 12 will participate.

Trophies and medallions will be awarded to winners by grade level; all other participants will receive pins. Pizza will be served after the awards are presented.

Information: Wardell Lindsay, 410-730-5067.

Workshop for parents scheduled for May 7

The Parent Resource Place, a program of Jewish Family Services in Howard County, will offer a workshop for parents, "I Won't and You Can't Make Me: Power Struggles with Your Children," at 10:30 a.m. May 7 at the Columbia Jewish Community School at Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia.

Lisa Schkloven, coordinator of the Parent Resource Place, will be the facilitator. Everyone is welcome.

The cost is $5. Registration is required.

Information: Helaine Brenner, 410-730-4976, ext. 26.

Study-skills courses set at middle school

Registration is open for spring and summer middle and high school study-skills courses sponsored by Stressless Tests.

Spring middle school classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 16 to June 6. Summer middle school classes are to be from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays through Fridays, July 18-21, and they will be repeated Aug. 1-4. The classes will meet at Burleigh Manor Middle School. The cost is $155 a course.

Spring high school classes are to meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 17 to June 7. Summer high school classes will be held from 10 .am. to noon, Tuesdays through Fridays, July 11-14, and they will be repeated Aug. 8-11. The cost is $155 a course.

Classes are limited to 15 students.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or www.Stresslesstest.org.

Boundary-line panel members sought

The Howard County school system is seeking people to serve on the 2006 Attendance Area Committee. The panel assists school officials in evaluating school attendance area adjustments and the fiscal 2008 capital budget.

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. The attendance area changes will be effective for the 2007-2008 school year.

Committee members, who must be at least 21 and live in the county, will be selected through an interview process.

To apply, send a letter of interest, including a description of relevant background, skills or experience, by May 19 to David C. Drown, Howard County public school system, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

School board plans to meet twice May 11

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. May 11 in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session, and an evening session that begins at 7:30, will start with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Advance sign-up is preferred.

During the evening session, the board will hold a public hearing and work session on the fiscal 2007 operating and capital budgets and the fiscal 2008-2012 capital improvement program.

Those who want to testify are asked to limit the presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing. To sign up: 410-313-7194.

To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313- 7046.

Group being formed for speech-impaired

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 device into social activities, such as board games.

Information: Amy Cervelloni, 410-465-4020.

Women's group offers summer 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, 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, team-building activities and a talent show and 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 www.womens givingcircle.org.

Information or registration: jeanmoon@comcast.net.

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