Education Notes


July 30, 2006

Sykesville Center to mark two years

Carroll Community College's Sykesville Center, located in the Public Safety Education and Training Center, will mark two years of operation this fall.

The center offers credit and non-credit courses, conveniently located to residents of southern Carroll County and the community workforce.

The center will hold an open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 9 and will accept registration for fall classes on the site.

First-time college students will not be able to register at the open house unless they have already completed placement tests and attended a first advising session.

Information: 410-386-8153.

Shepherd's Staff has Back-To-School

The Shepherd's Staff is holding its annual Back-To-School Program and "$10 Paves the Way to Back-To-School Day" campaign to raise money for needy children.

Tax-deductible contributions of cash, school supplies and clothing are being taken through next month at the Shepherd's Staff office, 30 Carroll St., Westminster. Donations may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Business drop-off sites for school supplies only are: TownMall of Westminster, Customer Service; Baugher's Restaurant; New Windsor State Bank, all sites except East Main Street, Westminster; Curves, Eldersburg, Finksburg, Taneytown and Westminster; Edward Jones Investments, Westminster; Bank of Hanover, Locust Lane in Westminster and Eldersburg; Westminster Shopping Center.

Chick-fil-A in TownMall of Westminster has organized two promotions for Shepherd's Staff: noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 12, get a coupon for a free chicken sandwich with a donation of a new backpack; and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 14, a percentage of sales will be donated to the Back-To-School program.

Information: 410-857-5944 or 410-848-8270.

Business Roundtable seeks volunteers

The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is seeking volunteers from the Carroll County business community to share their work experiences with area ninth-grade students and show them the connection between school and the real world.

Volunteer speakers with MBRT's Achievement Counts Speakers Bureau inform students about the rigorous coursework they will need in order to succeed after graduation. They also show students how their classes parallel the expectations they will meet later in life.

MBRT needs 75 volunteers to reach out to nearly 2,650 ninth-graders in Carroll this fall.

Volunteers are asked to make four 45-minute classroom presentations at the school, time and date of their choosing. Volunteers receive three hours of training on the Achievement Counts presentation.

Information: 410-727-0448.

N. Carroll High gets Governor's Citation

North Carroll High School was one of 10 Maryland public high schools selected to receive a $500 award and Governor's Citation as part of the 2005-2006 statewide "I Want to Know/Live Clean" campaign.

The program, a joint effort between the Maryland State Department of Education and the Office of Maryland First Lady Kendel S. Ehrlich, encourages parents and students to openly discuss underage drinking and substance use.

Schools distributed pledge cards for students and parents to have open conversations about drugs and alcohol. The winning schools had the highest percentage of participation based on enrollment.

Stu's Music Shop awards scholarships

Stu's Music Shop has awarded two Carroll high school graduates the Stewart W. Myers Memorial Scholarship.

Julene Michelle Pierce, a graduate of Liberty High School, will attend Brigham Young University in the fall. She has studied violin and piano and performed in the all-county and state orchestras.

Nikia Young Sayre from Westminster High School will attend Peabody Institute of Music this fall. She plays violin and performed in the all-county and state orchestras.

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