Education Notes


January 07, 2007

Academic Olympics sets a Jan. 31 deadline

The deadline is approaching for black high school students who want to participate in the ACT-SO competition.

ACT-SO - which stands for Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics - is a yearlong program started by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It comprises 25 categories of competition in the sciences and humanities, and performing and visual arts.

The application deadline is Jan. 31. The local ACT-SO competition will begin April 14.

Information and applications: Annie Foster, 410-969-3100, Ext. 202; or

Board of Education to discuss schools budget

The Anne Arundel County school board will hold public hearings and workshops to discuss the budget before it is forwarded to the county executive and County Council for approval.

Public hearings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, with the first at Old Mill High School and the second in the boardroom on Riva Road.

Workshops will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 23 and 25 in the boardroom at 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, with the first workshop on instruction and student services and the second on business and support services.

The workshops are open to the public, but no testimony will be taken.

The superintendent's recommended budget is available online at

High school summit scheduled for Jan. 27

The Anne Arundel County public school system plans to hold a high school summit, "Defining A High-Performing School," from 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 27 at Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road.

According to an announcement from the school system, the summit will include a discussion of "the current state of county high schools, the vision for where high school education should go, and methods for achieving that vision."

A panel discussion will feature Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Joe DiMartino, president of the Center for Secondary School Redesign Inc.; and Grace Sammon, author of Battling the Hamster Wheel: Strategies for Making High School Reform Work.

A continental breakfast will be served starting at 7:45 a.m.

To register for the free event, contact Teresa Tudor at 410-222-5414. County school employees may register online via ERO at

Information sessions set on county AVID program

The county school system will offer several information sessions for parents and students who are considering applying to the AVID program in 2007-2008.

Advancement Via Individual Determination is an accelerated academic program for students in the "academic middle" who have the potential and desire to attend a four-year college, appropriate classroom behavior and 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.

The sessions will be:

Wednesday - South River High School, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday - Hilltop Elementary School, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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