Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

September 17, 2006

Schools offer external diploma

Carroll County Public Schools offer the External Diploma Program, a self-paced alternative to the GED test.

Information sessions on the program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Sept. 27 at Student Support Services/Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 55 N. Court St., Suite G27, Westminster. Registration is requested.

Information: 410-751-3680.

Forums planned for minorities

Carroll County Public Schools will present a series of four regional minority family forums entitled "Helping All Families."

Topics will include family involvement, communicating with schools, and student opportunities. All meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m. with light fare. Childcare will be available.

Forums will be held as follows:

Wednesday: Union Street United Methodist Church, 22 Union St., Westminster.

Sept. 27: Firemen's Activity Building, York Street, Manchester.

Oct. 4: Trinity Lutheran Church, 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown.

Oct. 11: White Rock United Methodist Church, 6300 White Rock Road, Eldersburg. Information: 410-751-3125 or 410-386-1680.

CCC panel to discuss Constitution

In observance of a federal law that requires most colleges to celebrate the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, Carroll Community College will sponsor a panel discussion from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Scott Center Theater at 1601 Washington Road.

The panel discussion will feature Frederic N. Smalkin, U.S. District Court judge for the District of Maryland; David Copperthite, assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland and adjunct professor at Carroll; and Jon Van Hoven, a criminal defense attorney.

They will discuss their roles in the criminal justice system, specifically with regard to the Constitution. They also will answer questions that were submitted by CCC students.

Katharine Potter, retired assistant state's attorney and adjunct professor at Carroll, will moderate the event.

A limited number of pocket copies of the Constitution will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The event is free to the community.

Information: 410-386-8153.

Special education is focus of event

The Department of Special Education for Carroll County Public Schools will hold its ninth annual State of Special Education Night in Carroll County from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.

This year's focus is "IDEIA 04 -- Partners For Success."

During the general session, participants will hear information concerning special education from a national, state and local perspective. Attendees also will be able to meet with local parent support groups and organizations that provide support and services to students and adults with disabilities.

Information: 410-751-3033.

CCC to offer blogging course

Carroll Community College will offer a "Start Blogging Today" course this fall.

A blog, short for Web Log, can help advance a career or attract more business for a company.

In this class, bloggers will develop a blog that will allow them to start publishing their thoughts and ideas using an easy and free blogging service.

Prerequisite is Windows and Internet experience.

The cost is $78 ($55 for seniors) for three sessions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 26 to Oct. 10 at the 1601 Washington Road campus.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Parents can block Military recruiters

The federal No Child Left Behind Act (Public Law 107-107) provides that high schools will, upon request by military recruiters for recruiting purposes, release student names, addresses and telephone numbers to military personnel.

However, Carroll County Public Schools will not release a student's information if a parent or guardian provides a letter stating that permission for such release is not granted.

Parents or guardians who do not want their child's information to be released to military personnel must submit a written statement to the school principal on or before Sept. 30.

Information: 410-751-3123; or 410-751-3044.

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