College offering High School Nights

EDUCATION NOTES

October 01, 2006

Howard Community College will offer High School Nights for prospective college students and their parents at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 21. The programs will be held in the Kittleman Room of the English, Language, business Building (ELB-100.)

The events are designed to help graduating seniors prepare for a successful transition to college. Programs and services to be discussed include Freshman Focus, Rouse Scholars, Silas Craft Collegians, Early Entrance and financial aid. Participants will be able to tour the campus.

Information sessions on the Rouse Scholars Program, a selective honors and leadership program designed to help students transfer to distinguished four-year colleges or universities, will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 20 in the Kittleman Room and repeated at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in the college's Smith Theatre.

Rouse students engage in honors course work and are encouraged to develop leadership skills, participate in projects with community mentors and in cultural and recreational activities and international travel.

The college is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information or reservations: 410-772-4599.

Atholton High to host college fair

Atholton High School will be the host for the annual Howard County College Fair, to be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the school, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia.

About 150 colleges will be represented. Parents and students will have an opportunity to speak with college representatives and participate in workshops on the college application process.

Howard County middle and high school students and their parents are encouraged to attend.

"Colleges That Change Lives: Forty Schools You Should Know About Even If You're Not a Straight-A Student," a program for parents and students from all schools, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 at River Hill High School.

The program is presented by the school's guidance office. Admission is free. Information: 410-313-7400.

School board to meet Tuesday

The Howard County Board of Education will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday 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 on revisions to Policy 11400, Parent/Community Involvement. Those who want to speak are asked to limit the presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the hearing. The board will also hold a work session and approve the fiscal 2008 capital budget and fiscal 2009-2013 capital improvement program.

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

A meeting of the Board of Education with PTA presidents and members of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board, previously scheduled for Sept. 14, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Susquehanna Room at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for discussion in an informal setting.

Operation SMART to start Saturday

The Columbia Teen Center will present Operation SMART (Science, Math and Relevant Technology), an opportunity for girls ages 11 to 15 to have fun with science and experiment with mathematics.

The program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Oct. 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.

Tutors sought to work with pupils

The A-OK (Assisting Our Kids) Mentoring/Tutoring Program, a project of Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, is recruiting and training volunteer mentors and tutors to work with pupils.

Information: 443-393-1913.

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