Education Notes


September 03, 2006

Tutoring program seeks volunteers

The A-OK (Assisting Our Kids) Mentoring/Tutoring Program, a project of Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, is recruiting and training volunteers to work in Howard County elementary and middle schools with individuals and small groups of pupils.

Opportunities exist during school hours and after school. No special skills are required, just an interest in children and the willingness to commit to one hour a week for the school year.

An orientation meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills.

Information about the A-OK Mentoring/Tutoring Program: Chaya Kaplan, 443-393-1913, or; or Joe Willmott, 410-730-0229, or

School board plans to meet Thursday

The Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in Room B37 at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108 in Ellicott City.

During the evening session, which begins at 7:30 p.m., Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin will present his proposed fiscal 2008 capital budget and fiscal 2009- 2013 capital improvement program.

The afternoon and evening sessions will begin with a public forum during which members of the public may address the board on topics other than those for which a formal public hearing process exists. Advanced sign up is preferred. To sign up, contact the executive assistant to the board, 410- 313-7194.

Candidates forum to be rebroadcast

The Aug. 29 forum for Board of Education candidates running in the Sept. 12 primary will be rebroadcast on Channel 72 at 10 a.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday.

The forum was sponsored by the PTA Council and the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government.

Registration is open for PSAT, SAT classes

Registration is open for PSAT and SAT courses at Howard County high schools. The classes are open to all high school students, regardless of the school they attend.

Classes will be held:

At Marriotts Ridge High School, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and 30, or 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Sept. 19, 26 and Oct. 3 and 10.

At Mount Hebron High School, from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4 and 11.

At Howard High School, from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5 and 12.

At Oakland Mills High School, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1 and 8.

The cost is $185 and includes tuition and materials. A portion of the fee benefits each school.

Information: Martha Gagnon, 410-442-1600.

Get information about youth groups

The Howard County Library will present Youth Service Organization Day from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at all of its branch libraries.

Representatives from the 4-H Club of Howard County, the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and YMCA will distribute information about joining their organizations and answer questions.

School-supplies drive being held at mall

The Mall in Columbia is holding a school-supplies drive for children in Howard County schools.

The drive, which will continue until tomorrow, is collecting supplies in a box outside Guest Services on the lower level of the mall, near Lord & Taylor.

Supplies for children and youth in kindergarten through 12th grade are needed.

Information: 410-730-3300, Ext. 3.

School board panel seeks new members

The Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education is seeking new members for the 2006-2007 school year.

The state-chartered citizens group reviews school system policies and practices and makes recommendations to the Board of Education.

Members meet monthly and may also participate in school staff committees and in online discussions. People representing all segments of the community, whether or not they have children in school, are encouraged to participate.

Information: 410-313-6682, or www.citizensadvisorycom

Meetings, which are open to the public, are usually held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.

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