Education Notes

Education Notes

July 02, 2006

Anger management workshop scheduled

The Family Tree, a nonprofit organization, will present an anger management workshop for those ages 12 to 18 from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 13-27 at The Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Participants will learn techniques to manage anger based on their individual anger style. Snacks will be provided, and door prizes will be awarded. Admission is free.

The Family Tree is forming free classes for parents, to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, this week through Aug. 9, at Columbia Teen Center, The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Topics to be discussed will include habits of healthy families, stress and anger management, positive ways to discipline, the importance of home safety, succeeding in school, assuring a child's well-being and parents' needs and self-esteem.

Child care will be provided.

Information: Carmen Albuerne, 410-889-2300, Ext. 1226. The organization operates a 24-hour family stress-line: 800-243-7337.

Conservancy offering nature programs

The Howard County Conservancy is offering nature programs at Mount Pleasant Farm, the conservancy's 232-acre nature reserve at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock.

The programs, which run for about 1 1/2 hours, includes stories, crafts and a short nature walk, weather permitting. They will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays this month and next. The cost is $5 a child; parents are admitted free. Registration is required.

The conservancy offers scholarships for its nature camps for children ages 5 to 11. The one-week camps run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 18 at Mount Pleasant. They will be held outdoors and in the conservancy's Gudelsky Education Center.

Designed to nurture respect for the natural world, the camps will include hikes, nature games and crafts.

Mount Pleasant is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for hiking, touring, picnicking and visiting the Gudelsky Environmental Education Center and gift shop.

Information: Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

Officials seek leader for Health Council

The Howard County school system is accepting applications for the position of chairman of the Howard County School Health Council.

The council provides leadership and advice to the superintendent and the health officer on developing and promoting school health programs. The executive committee meets four times a year; the full committee also meets four times a year.

Local school health councils are required by state law. Membership is drawn from the health, business, religious and volunteer communities and includes parents and members of the school system and the Health Department.

Letters of interest should be submitted to Donna Heller, health services coordinator, HCPSS Applications and Research Lab, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

Advisory panel seeks at-large members

The Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education is seeking at-large members for the 2006-2007 school year.

The group of residents and representatives from local PTAs serves in an advisory capacity to the elected school board, sponsors educational programming for members and encourages them to study and comment on curriculum, education policy, redistricting and the budget.

The committee usually meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. At-large members serve two-year terms.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Teens on Tour Camps slated in 3 sessions

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is offering Teens on Tour Camps, two-week sessions of daily visits to amusement parks (Kings Dominion, Hershey Park, Six Flags America, Dorney Park) and Rehoboth Beach for youngsters ages 11 to 15. Participants meet at a school each morning before starting out for the destination. An overnight hotel stay is scheduled for the first Thursday of each camp. Camp hours vary each day.

The next session will be held July 10-20 at Burleigh Manor Middle School, Mount View Middle School and Patapsco Middle School; July 24 through Aug. 3 at Dunloggin Middle School and Wilde Lake Middle School; and Aug. 7-17 at Cradlerock School and River Hill High School.

The cost is $399 a session, and includes transportation, admission, the hotel stay and breakfast on the overnight. Spending money may be needed at some of the locations.

Information: 410-313-4719. To register: 410-313-7275.

Dance theater to hold summer classes

Kinetics Dance Theatre, 3280 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, will offer summer classes for children and adults, as well as weeklong dance camps for new dancers, experienced dancers and Girl Scouts.

Children's classes will be available in ballet, tap, musical theater, hip-hop, ballet and jazz. Classes and camps continue through the summer.

Information: 410-480-1686, or

Study-skills classes set for summer

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

Summer middle school classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday, July 18-21; they will be repeated Aug. 1-4. The classes will meet at Burleigh Manor Middle School. The cost is $155.

Summer high school classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Fridays, July 11-14, and will be repeated Aug. 8-11. The cost is $155. Classes are limited to 15 students.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or

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