Education Notes


December 10, 2006

Workshop to focus on positive attitudes

The Howard County Public School System Student Services Advisory Committee will present "Smashing ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts)," a workshop for parents and guardians focused on helping children transform negative thoughts into positive attitudes.

The workshop will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Homewood Center, 10914 Route 108, Ellicott City. It will be led by Nancy Sheain, president and founder of building Futures LLC, a company offering strategies to help families build relationships, success and self-esteem.

Information and reservations:

High schools hold JROTC enrollment

Registration is open for students interested in enrolling in JROTC at Atholton, Howard or Oakland Mills high schools. Those interested in being considered for the program should contact one of the schools and arrange for an interview.

Information: 410-313-6682.

School board to meet Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. The afternoon session and an evening session, which is to begin at 7:30 p.m., will start with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred. During the evening session, the board will hold a public hearing on the proposed school calendar for 2007-2008.

To sign up to speak at the public forum: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313- 7046. Two weeks' advance notice is preferred.

A meeting of the Operating Budget Review Committee, which advises the board, has been rescheduled from Thursday Dec. 14 to 7:30 a.m. Jan. 4. It will be held in Board Room B at the Department of Education.

Group giving $10,000 in arts scholarships

The Howard County Arts Council will award at least $10,000 in scholarships this year to students entering college in the 2007-2008 academic year.

Scholarships must be used for an accredited college program for a degree in the arts. Awards will be at least $1,000 and can be used only for tuition and fees.

Applications, which must be postmarked or hand-delivered by Jan. 12, will be reviewed by the council's scholarship panel, a group of professionals in the arts.

Applicants must be legal residents of Howard County; they will be notified of the committee's decision in March.

Applications are available from the arts council or on its Web site:

Information: 410-313-2787.

Military month essays being sought

Armed Services YMCA is inviting entries for its annual art and essay contests honoring Military Family Month.

Children in kindergarten through grade six are asked to submit artwork that illustrates the topic "My Military Family." Children in grades one through 12 are invited to submit essays about "My Military Mom/Dad Is My Hero."

Children of active duty and retired service members from all branches of the military, including the National Guard and reserves, are eligible. The artwork must be postmarked by Feb. 16; essays must be submitted by March 16. Winners will receive U.S. savings bonds.

Information: 703-313-9600, Ext. 10 or

CA to award up to 6 `Spirit' scholarships

The Columbia Association will award its Spirit of Columbia Scholarship to Columbia high school seniors who have shown extraordinary dedication to community service.

As many as six $2,500 scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who live on Columbia Association-assessed property or have a parent who works full time on association-assessed property.

Applicants must maintain at least a "C" average and have a history of voluntary service to the Columbia community.

Applications, which must be submitted by March 1, are available at high schools, community centers and the association's headquarters. They can be downloaded at www.columbia (click on "For Teens & Tots" page).

Information: 410-715-3175.

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