Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

November 12, 2006

Session for parents on assessment tests

The PTA Council of Howard County will offer an information session for parents, "High School Assessments and Their Impact on Howard County Students," at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Homewood Center, 10914 Route 108, Ellicott City. State and county officials will speak.

The examinations in English, biology, U.S. government and algebra/data analysis are given in May of the year in which students complete the course.

Beginning with the Class of 2009, success on the tests is a graduation requirement. Parents who attend will have an opportunity to learn about the tests and the remediation process and to ask questions.

Reservations are requested.

Information: 410-740-5153.

Public sessions on redistricting

The Howard County Board of Education will hold two public work sessions on the proposed area adjustments for the 2007-2008 school year.

The sessions will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. Those who attend will have an opportunity to leave written comments.

To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313- 7046. Two weeks advance notice is preferred.

Coffeehouse event today for youths

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. today at Columbia Teen Center in Oakland Mills village.

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

Information: 410-715-5523.

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. Tuesday 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.

HCC's Project Access to hold program

Howard Community College's Project Access will offer a program to facilitate the transition of high school students with disabilities to postsecondary education and their success.

A workshop and brunch on anxiety disorders experienced by high school and college students will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow in Room 6 of the college's Charles I. Ecker Business Training Center in the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

The cost is $40; CEUs (continuing education credits) are available.

Information: Linda Schnapp, 410-772-4625. Registration: www.howardcc.edu/projectaccess.

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.

Restorative justice conference set

Howard Community College will be host to the first restorative justice conference in Maryland from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in the Kittleman Room of the English, Language Business Building (ELB-100) on the college campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Restorative justice, as an alternative to retributive justice, focuses on healing the harm that has resulted from a crime rather than on punishment.

Information: 410-772-4651.

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 in county elementary and middle schools with individuals and small groups of pupils.

Information: Cherry Kaplan, 443-393-1913

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