Education Notes


September 10, 2006

Atholton High School planning college night

Atholton High School will hold a College Information Night tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Topics will include: the college application process, financial aid and scholarship information, SAT and ACT testing information, community college opportunities and private college information.

Parents and students who attend public or private high schools and live in the area are invited to attend.

Atholton High School is at 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia.

Study-skills courses to start this week

The Stressless Tests program will present a new four-part study-skills course for middle school pupils from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sept. 18, 25 and Oct. 9 at Burleigh Manor Middle School. A second session will run from Oct. 16 through Nov. 13.

High school classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4 at Centennial High School. A second session will run from Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.

The cost is $165 per course. Classes are limited to 15 students. The courses are taught by Betty Caldwell, adjunct faculty member at Howard Community College, who has a private counseling practice specializing in stress management.

Information: 410-740-4659, or

`Operation S.M.A.R.T.' is for girls, 11 to 15

The Columbia Teen Center will present "Operation S.M.A.R.T." (Science, Math and Relevant Technology), an opportunity for girls ages 11 to 15 to have fun with science and experiment with mathematics. Participants will be encouraged to enjoy and develop skills in science and higher-level mathematics required by many colleges.

The program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 7, 21, 28 and Nov. 4. Space is limited. The cost is $60 for Columbia residents; $72 for nonresidents.

Information or registration: Bobbie Whyte, 410-992-3726.

School board to meet Sept. 21

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Sept. 21 in Room B-37 of the Applications and Research Laboratory building, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session, and an evening session that begins at 7:30 p.m., will start with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

During the evening session, the board will hold a public hearing and work session on the fiscal 2008 capital budget and fiscal 2009-2013 capital improvement program. Those who want to speak are asked to limit the presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing.

To sign up to speak: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter for any board meeting: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046. Two weeks' notice is preferred.

Student leaders, school board to meet

The Board of Education will hold a luncheon meeting with student leaders at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Homewood Center, 10914 Route 108, Ellicott City.

A meeting with PTA presidents and members of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the board, previously scheduled for Thursday, has been rescheduled. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Susquehanna Room at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia.

Information: 410-313-6682.

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