Education Notes


May 14, 2006

McDaniel ready for graduation day

McDaniel College will award more than 400 bachelor's and master's degrees at its 136th commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Gill Center on the Westminster campus.

Speakers will include Nora Roberts, author of numerous novels, and Jane Bryant Quinn, author of the best-selling books Making the Most of Your Money and Everyone's Money Book. Each is to receive an honorary degree.

More than 127 million copies of Roberts' books are in print in the U.S., and her award-winning work has been made into films, excerpted in national magazines and translated in more than 25 different languages. She lives in Keedysville.

Quinn is a leading commentator on personal finance, with books and columns, including in Newsweek, in which she writes a biweekly column as well as shorter pieces and cover stories. Making the Most of Your Money is a comprehensive guide to personal finance.

Student awards to be presented at commencement include the Argonaut Award, given annually to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade point average, and the Edith Farr Ridington Phi Beta Kappa Writing Award for the best honors paper.

Earlier in the day, graduating McDaniel seniors who are members of the college's Army ROTC program will be commissioned as second lieutenants. McDaniel has had an Army ROTC program since 1919.

The annual baccalaureate service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Baker Memorial Chapel.

Information: 410-857-2220.

Friendship School plans outreach

The Friendship School, an independent nonprofit school for children of average to above-average intelligence with learning differences, will hold a community outreach session at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Eldersburg school, 6220 Georgetown Blvd., Suite 102.

Laurie Cutting will give an overview of reading disabilities.

Information: 410-552-6880.

Public may review proposed materials

The Carroll County public school system is inviting the public to review instructional materials being considered for adoption.

Materials will be on display through Wednesday at the Resource Center, Board of Education offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster. The Resource Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday and until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

An opportunity will be provided for comment on materials.

The Curriculum Council will meet Thursday to decide on the instructional materials. Approved materials will go to the Board of Education for final adoption.

Information: 410-751-3098.

Book fair to benefit college foundation

The 10th annual Random House Book Fair to Benefit the Carroll Community College Foundation will be held Nov. 11 at Carroll Community College.

As part of the fair, all Carroll County students in grades one through 12 can submit previously unpublished short stories and/or poems to the student writing contest.

Each entry may have only one author, and only one entry per author may be submitted for each category. A first-, second- and third-place winner in both categories (prose and poetry) will be chosen at each grade level.

Students can download the criteria sheet and cover page at bookfair.asp.

Deadline for entries is Friday.

Information: 410-386-8155.

Montessori School to hold open house

The Montessori School of Westminster will hold an open house for prospective students and their parents from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 1055 Montessori Drive off Hughes Shop Road.

Families can tour the school and meet with the staff to learn about the Montessori philosophy.

Information: 410-848-6283.

Sanzenbacher wins adviser award

Estelle Sanzenbacher, coordinator of Youth Development and Service-Learning for Carroll County public schools, has received the Mike Michaelson Adviser of the Year Award for 2005-2006 from the Maryland Association of Student Councils.

She has been adviser for the Carroll County Student Government Association for more than five years. She played a key role in organizing the state association's middle school leadership conference last year.

She participates in legislative activities, leadership training and a variety of other conferences.

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