Education Notes


July 30, 2006

Used-curricula sale to be held Thursday

The Columbia Homeschool Community will sponsor a used-curricula sale and is seeking purchasers and sellers.

The Regional Used Homeschool Curricula Trunk and Tailgate Sale is to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday on the Temple Isaiah parking lot, 12200 Scaggsville Road, Fulton.

Books, manipulatives, teacher manuals, educational games, videos, compact discs and other items will be for sale. Sellers are urged to register by Tuesday.

Information: 410-740-6688, or

Study-skills classes registration is open

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. The classes will meet at Burleigh Manor Middle School. The cost is $155.

A session of summer high school classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 8-11. The classes will meet at Centennial High School. The cost is $155.

Classes are limited to 15 students.

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

Schools 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.

Kindermusik classes Aug. 12 and 26 at HCC

Howard Community College will offer two days of free Kin- dermusik classes for children Aug. 12 and 26 in Room 100B of the college's ELB Building.

Sessions will be offered for families with children, newborn and older, at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The classes will introduce a Kindermusik program at the college. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-428-1874, or

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 are offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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 are held outdoors and in the conservancy's Gudelsky Education Center.

Designed to nurture respect for the natural world, the camps 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: 410-465-8877.

Dance theater has classes for kids

Kinetics Dance Theatre, 3280 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, offers 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

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.

Rec Dept. offering Teens on Tour Camps

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is offering Teens on Tour Camps, two-week sessions of daily visits to amusement parks (Kings Dominion, Hersheypark, Six Flags America, Dorney Park) and Rehoboth Beach for youngsters ages 11 to 15.

Participants meet at a school each morning before traveling to the destination. An overnight hotel stay is scheduled for the first Thursday of each camp. Camp hours vary each day.

Sessions will be held 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.

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