Education Notes


July 09, 2006

Summer Theatre, schools join forces

The Howard County Summer Theatre has entered into a partnership with Howard County schools to give students a chance to participate in an engaging theatrical project during the summer at Mount Hebron High School.

Schools will also have the use of the theater's costumes, scenery, props and other materials for fall and spring drama productions.

The Howard County Summer Theatre will contribute financially to the Prepare for Success campaign, a communitywide program that provides backpacks and school supplies to children in need.

The partnership signing was held last week before a dress rehearsal for That's My Girl at Mount Hebron High School.

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. Thursday through July 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.

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

School board to meet Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a public work session and a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The work session is to begin at 2 p.m. Discussion will focus on the structure of Board of Education committees. The afternoon session, which is to begin at 4 p.m., and an evening session, set for 7:30 p.m., 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. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

Information or to sign up: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter: 410-313- 7046.

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, include 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 tomorrow through July 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. Registration: 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

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