Education Notes


August 20, 2006|By ANICA BUTLER

St. John's featured in `Time' magazine

St. John's College is among the institutions featured in Time magazine's Aug. 21 cover story, "Who Needs Harvard? Forget the Ivy League - The New Rules of the Game Say the Best Fit is What Matters."

The issue profiles students and institutions that value finding the "best fit" over the cachet of attending a "prestige" school.

These applicants have discovered institutions that offer the benefits of close working relationships with faculty, small classes and a tight-knit community.

St. John's is cited as one of the colleges that challenges students to "rethink how you learn" as it offers an alternative to the standard fare of a core curriculum with electives.

Teachers compete for national awards

Catherine Maloney of Broadneck Elementary School in Arnold and Wendy Scheleur of Piney Orchard Elementary School in Odenton have been named finalists in this year's competition for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Maloney and Scheleur are two of three elementary school finalists from Maryland this year.

Maloney, a fourth-grade teacher, has taught science for eight years in the county and has been at Broadneck for six. There, she started an after-school program to interest third- to fifth-graders in rocket and space science.

Scheleur, a fifth-grade teacher, has taught in the county for 10 years, with five at Piney Orchard.

The Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science Teaching were established in 1983 and are administered for the White House by the foundation. Recipients receive $10,000.

Orchestra to hold instrument sale

The Londontowne Symphony, a local orchestra, is having a pre-owned instrument sale Sept. 9 at Magothy River Middle School. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Londontowne Symphony.

People who want to sell an instrument may pre-register. Instruments can be dropped off at the school cafeteria Sept. 9 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Musicians will be on hand to help with pricing. Doors will be open for buyers from noon to 2 p.m.

Information: 410-647-2326 or 301-717-5127.

Applications sought for youth program

Anne Arundel Community College is seeking applicants for its "Step Up to Success" program.

The free initiative helps disadvantaged county youth obtain a GED, transition to college, learn viable job skills or pursue advanced job training.

The program is for county residents ages 15 to 21.

Applications are being accepted for the session that begins in September. A second session begins in January, and the application process for that session begins in October.

Information: Jules Johnson or George Carter, 401-799-9099, ext. 102 or, or

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