Education Notes


August 06, 2006

Computer forensics session set at HCC

Howard Community College will offer a free evening information session about its new degree option in computer forensics at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Burrill Galleria of the Science and Technology Building.

Computer forensics includes examination and preservation of electronic evidence for use in legal proceedings, administrative hearings, information technology and business.

The option will be available under the college's criminal justice transfer degree program. Beginner and advanced- level credit courses are available during the day and in the evening.

Information: Professor Vinitha Nithianandam, 410-772-4925 or Associate Professor Patrick O'Guinn, 410-772-4889.

The college's credit semester begins Aug. 26 for weekend classes; Aug. 28 for weekday classes.

Information on admissions, registration and class schedules: 410-772-4856, or www.

Parents can limit release of data

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act authorizes local school systems to disclose some information from the educational records of a student that is designated as "directory information."

Each students will take home a Scantron form during the first week of school listing the categories of information that the school system can release.

Parents who want to restrict the release of any of this information must complete and sign the form for each child and return it to the school.

Directory information includes the student's name, date of birth, place of birth, major field of study, participation in school activities, weight and/or height of athletes, dates of school attendance, degrees and awards, and previous educational institutions attended.

Maryland law permits public school systems to release a student's home address and phone number to organizations of parents, teachers, students or former students, such as PTAs, booster clubs, or class reunion committees; the military; a representative of a community college in the state; or a representative of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Study-skills courses to start Tuesday

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

Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday at Centennial High School. The cost is $155.

Classes are limited to 15 students.

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

Name suggestions sought for school

The School Naming Committee of the county school system is seeking suggestions for a name for the new elementary school on Montgomery Road in Ellicott City.

The school is scheduled to open in August 2007.

Names can refer to sections of the county, appropriate street locations, established neighborhoods or communities.

Suggested names and the reasons for the suggestion should be submitted in writing by Sept. 4 to Marion Miller, administrative director, Howard County Public School System, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

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 Saturday and Aug. 26

Howard Community College will offer two days of free Kin- dermusik classes for children Saturday and Aug. 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 for pre-schoolers 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.

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