Education Notes


October 29, 2006|By Anica Butler

Sessions to explain IB program

The Anne Arundel County public schools will hold six information sessions starting next week for families interested in the International Baccalaureate program.

Families can learn about the application process and meet students, parents and staff involved in the college preparatory program.

Current fifth-graders may apply for the Middle Years program, scheduled to start in August 2007. Current eighth-grade students may apply for a seat in the Extended Learning/IB Diploma Program for 2007-2008.

The Middle Years information sessions will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at MacArthur Middle School; Nov. 8 at Annapolis Middle School; and Nov. 9 at Old Mill North Middle School.

Information sessions on the Extended Learning Program/IB Diploma Program will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on: Nov. 14 at Annapolis High School; Nov. 15 at Meade High School; and Nov. 16 at Old Mill High School.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 1.

Information and applications:

Educator to lead Miro exhibition tour

Art educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a 30-minute tour of the exhibition Joan Miro: Illustrated Books and of a workshop with activities for families at St. John's College from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

After the tour, members of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform works by its Spanish-born music director, Jose-Luis Novo. His selections highlight the works of composers Maurice Ravel and Joaqu?n Turina, who, like Miro were influenced by the culture and events in Spain and France in the early 20th century.

Though best known as a painter at the fore of the Surrealist movement during the first half of the 20th century, Miro also created illustrations for more than 300 books, including works by Rene Char, William Butler Yeats, Andre Frenaud and Jacques Dupin.

The Miro exhibit will be on view at the Mitchell gallery until Dec. 15.

Students, teachers take top honors

Five county teachers and two former students took top honors during last week's Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Awards held in Annapolis this month.

Sandra Wilson of Chesapeake High School was named this year's Health Education Teacher of the Year. Jan Arnold, a health education resource teacher at the Parham Administration Building won the R. Tait McKenzie Honor Award, given annually to someone who is considered to be a pioneer in his or her field over the course of a decade.

Melissa Bell of Broadneck High School, Kathie Davis of Southern High School and Charmain Sutherland of Severn Elementary School all received the Simon McNeely Award for demonstrating outstanding teaching standards in health, physical education and dance.

Northeast High School graduate Katherine Gardner and Chesapeake High School alum Meghan Klug each received a $1,000 scholarship.

Gardner, a two-sport athlete while at Northeast, is a freshman at Frostburg State University, and Klug is a senior honors student at Salisbury University. Both were honored for their athletic talent and community service.

St. John's alumnus gets Award of Merit

Everett Wilson of Severna Park, a social worker and community leader, has received the St. John's College Alumni Association's Award of Merit, the highest honor given to a St. John's alumnus.

Wilson was one of the first black students to attend St. John's. In 1952, he entered the college on a state senatorial scholarship. He was the first black intern at the Jewish Family and Children's Services in Baltimore and the first director of the Office of Economic Opportunity's Anti-Poverty Program in Anne Arundel County.

Wilson earned his master's degree in clinical social work from the University of Maryland. He became a psychiatric social worker at Crownsville Hospital Center and for several years was assistant professor of social work at the University of Maryland.

He retired in 2004 after 33 years as deputy director and court liaison with the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration. Wilson has a private counseling practice in Annapolis. He is a charter member of the NOMADS of Annapolis, a service organization that helps at-risk youths.

Wilson is among several alumni of the college who meet regularly to advise St. John's on ways to recruit more minority students. He is co-founder and co-chairman of the Martin Dyer-St. John's College Endowment Fund, which helps St. John's students buy books.

Restaurant sponsors Teacher of the Month

Outback Steakhouse has been named the sponsor of Chesapeake Family magazine's Teacher of the Month community outreach program.

Each month this school year, Chesapeake Family will select one deserving teacher to be photographed and published along with an excerpt from the nominating entry. The teacher will receive an Outback gift certificate.

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