Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

May 28, 2006

Public schools announce last days

Carroll County Public Schools have announced the last day of school for 2005-2006.

The last day for kindergarten pupils (full day and half day) will be June 6.

Students will be dismissed two hours early June 7 for professional time for teachers.

The last day for students will be June 8, with a two-hour early dismissal for professional time for teachers.

Information: 410-751-3020.

GED tests, practice sessions offered

Carroll County Public Schools offers GED tests and practice sessions for the exam to those who wish to earn their high school diploma.

To take the test, individuals must be 16 or older, have been a state resident for at least 90 days, have been withdrawn from school for at least 90 days and pay a test fee.

Advance registration is required. It is recommended that individuals take the practice test before the actual exam.

Practice tests will be given from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and June 17 at Business and Employment Resource Center, 224 N. Center St., Westminster.

The two-day exam will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 8 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10 at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Information: 410-751-3680, ext. 228.

`First Steps' programs set

Those 16 and older who want to learn about high school diploma options and other programs and have their math and reading skills evaluated can attend a free "First Steps" orientation.

Introductory programs will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 6 and 7 and 9 a.m. to noon June 8 and 9 at Business and Employment Resource Center, 224 N. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-751-3680, ext. 228.

Montessori school plans closing event

The Montessori School of Westminster will hold a closing ceremony for the end of the school year at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company social hall.

Hosted by the middle-schoolers, the event is a celebration of the pupils and staff. Pupils ages 3 to 14 will perform songs that range from serious to funny.

Information: 410-848-6283.

McDaniel camps are for deaf children

McDaniel College, in collaboration with Quest's Wing Company, will offer summer camps in theater and creative writing for deaf children in grades three to six.

Theatre Alive will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily June 26 to July 7. The camp will focus on theater skills and devising material using creative movement, mime, gesture and sign language while developing acting skills.

The writing camp, Literacy Genre, will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily July 18 to 28. It will focus on an author and his or her style of writing that participants will attempt to emulate.

The cost is $50 per session or $85 for both sessions. Deadline for registration is Thursday; a $15 late fee will be added afterward. Campers should take snacks and lunch.

McDaniel's Graduate Deaf Education program also hosts a summer program for those interested in earning a graduate Master of Science degree.

Information: 410-857-2506.

High-schoolers earn French honors

Four Westminster High School students placed in the top 10 in the state for their level of the National French Concours exam, given in March.

Students, the level of exam and their state ranking, are as follows: Erin Renehan, French IV, fifth place; Celia Kelly, French III, fourth place; Catherine Divizio, French III, ninth place; Ashley Murphy, French I, sixth place.

Calendar

Carroll County Public Schools -- offer the External Diploma Program, a self-paced alternative to the GED test. Information sessions on the program will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 6 and 9 a.m. June 7 at Student Support Services/Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 55 N. Court St., Suite G27, Westminster. Registration is requested. 410-751-3680.

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