Education Notes


November 26, 2006

Deadline approaches for Middle Years program

Pupils who haven't applied for the proposed International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program still have time to get their paperwork completed before Friday's deadline.

Designed as a magnet program to serve pupils in grades six through eight, the Middle Years Program is scheduled to begin in August (pending funding of next year's budget) at Annapolis, MacArthur, and Old Mill Middle North middle schools.

The program will serve as a complement to the International Baccalaureate Diploma/Extended Learning Program at Old Mill, Annapolis and Meade high schools.

Applications may be downloaded from, by clicking on the 2007-2008 International Baccalaureate applications link.

Information: Christine Amiss, 410-222-5415.

Programming contest to take place Friday

Anne Arundel Community College and Anne Arundel County public schools are accepting entries for the fifth High School Computer Science Java Programming competition, scheduled for Friday.

A joint venture of the AACC computer science department and the public schools' computer science program, the competition begins at 2 p.m. in the Center for Applied Learning and Technology on the AACC Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.

Open to students from all county public high schools in Anne Arundel County, the competition has an individual and a team phase. The first phase consists of students working individually on Java programming problems with a 30-minute time limit. In the second phase, teams of three or four students are given four Java programming problems of increasing difficulty to solve within one hour.

Information: 410-777-2837 or e-mail rab

Information sessions on AVID program set

The following schools have announced their AVID information sessions for parents and students who may be considering applying to AVID in 2007-2008.

AVID is an accelerated academic program for students in the "academic middle" who have the potential and desire to attend a four-year college and have appropriate classroom behavior, a good attendance record and are willing to commit to at least an hour of homework every night. They must enroll in rigorous college preparatory courses.

Dec. 7 - Old Mill Middle North, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Old Mill Middle North and Old Mill Middle South

Dec. 13 - Meade Middle School, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jan. 24 - Severna Park Middle School, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Feb. 8 - George Fox Middle School, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Community college plans ceramics sale tomorrow

Anne Arundel Community College will hold its annual student ceramics sale tomorrow.

Shopping will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cade Center for Fine Arts, Room 219, on the Arnold campus at 101 College Parkway. Shoppers will find mugs, vases, cookware, serving plates and teapots among the pieces donated by students and faculty members. Select pieces will be sold by silent auction only.

The college student club, the Keramos Society, sponsors this free holiday event. Proceeds fund purchases of books, tools and other materials for the ceramics studio and supplements Keramos Society funding for projects including visiting artists and guest lectures.

Information: 410-777-2624.

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