Education Notes


November 19, 2006

Schools close for Thanksgiving

Carroll County Public Schools will be closed tomorrow through Friday.

Schools are closed tomorrow for parent conference day. Tuesday is a professional development day for high school teachers and parent conference day for elementary and middle schools.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Parents invited to safety seminar

Parents of Winters Mill High School students are invited to attend a seminar on student safety and health at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the auditorium.

A panel of experts representing the Police Department, Junction Inc., the Carroll County Health Department, Youth Service Bureau, Women's Health Program, and the Winters Mill Student Assistance Team will discuss signs of substance abuse, teen sexuality, Internet dangers and more.

Information: 410-386-1500.

Northwest Middle teacher gets award

Debra Buenger, a physical education teacher at Northwest Middle School, has been selected as the Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

This award is presented each year to a teacher who serves as a positive role model and epitomizes personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, sportsmanship and sensitivity to the needs of students.

The physical education program at Northwest Middle promotes a healthy lifestyle through such programs as Super Sport of the Week, team teaching, the co-ed program, a "Dance Fever" unit, Hoops for Heart, and after-school intramurals.

Educators honored for social studies

Two social studies teachers and an administrator from Carroll County Public Schools have received the Maryland Council for the Social Studies Educator of the Year Award.

Nancy Miller, a teacher at Westminster High School; Patti Spears, a teacher at Eldersburg Elementary School; and Stephanie King, supervisor of Elementary Education, were selected for their outstanding service to social studies programs in the state and for exhibiting outstanding professional qualities in working with students, colleagues and the community.

Westminister High nets music honors

The Westminster High School music program has been selected as a Grammy Signature Schools finalist for 2007 for the second consecutive year.

Criteria for the award includes: excellent performance ensembles; high quality instruction in multiple musical genres; high quality instruction to all students in non-performance music courses and music education for students.

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