Education Notes


November 05, 2006

Transition planning for special-ed parents

The Office of Special Education of Howard County schools will hold a Transition Planning Evening for parents of students receiving special-education services. The meeting is to be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 at Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia.

Parents and guardians will receive information about options available to their students when they leave school. Parents of students ages 14 or older who may receive a certificate upon graduation from high school are especially encouraged to attend.

Funding, post-secondary schooling, vocational programs, day and residential programs, recreation and transportation will be discussed. Representatives from the Community College of Baltimore County, Howard Community College and Project Access will be available to discuss options for students receiving diplomas.

Families of pupils in middle school are also encouraged to attend.

Information: 410-313-5640.

Program on bullying set for Thursday

The Howard County schools' Student Services Advisory Committee will present a program on "Bullying: Effective Intervention Strategies for Parents," at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Homewood Center cafeteria, 10914 Route 108, Ellicott City.

School psychologists Maria V. Brickley and Gina M. Santoro will speak.

To request an interpreter: Joan Hatfield, 410-313-6776.

Honoring adult high school grads

Howard Community College will hold its 22nd annual graduation ceremony to recognize adult students who have earned a Maryland high school diploma in the past year through the college's Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs.

The ceremony is to be held at 3 p.m. today in the college's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. A reception for the graduates, their friends and families will be held after the ceremony in the Kittleman Room of the English, Language and Business Building (ELB-1090).

Betty Noble, director of the college's Center for Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence, will speak to the group of about 30 graduates, ranging in age from 16 to 60 years old. Howard County Executive James N. Robey will greet the graduates, several adult students will relate their stories and the Howard High School Madrigal Singers will perform.

The college's Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development offers adults basic education programs, including basic math, basic algebra and geometry, writing for the workplace and personal use, and two options for earning a Maryland high school diploma, including the GED and the EDP.

Information: 410-772-4982, or and click on "Continuing Education."

High School Night to be held at HCC

Howard Community College will hold a High School Night for prospective college students and their parents at 7 p.m. Nov. 21. The program will be held in the Kittleman Room of the English, Language, Business Building (ELB-100).

The event is designed to help graduating high school seniors prepare for 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.

The college is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information or reservations: 410-772-4599.

CA plans event for teens Nov. 12

The Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee will sponsor a Coffeehouse Expressions event for those ages 13 to 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at Columbia Teen Center in Oakland Mills village.

Participants can perform original works of poetry, comedy or music, or enjoy coffee and camaraderie with other teens. Three teen bands also will be featured.

Performers must sign up by Wednesday. Information or to sign up: 410-715-5523.

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