Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

January 07, 2007

New-student orientation at HCC

New Howard Community College students are expected to attend a new-student orientation session before the beginning of the spring semester.

A daytime session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Jan. 23; an evening orientation is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. Jan. 25. Both sessions will be held in Smith Theatre on the campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Parents are welcome to attend.

The sessions include interactive workshops, campus tours, refreshments, information packets and prizes.

Information: 410-772-4896. To reserve a space: 410-772- 4430, or www.howardcc.edu/nso.

At-risk girls to be topic of talk Jan. 18

Soroptimist of Howard County, an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women, will sponsor a talk by Margaret B. Schultz, pupil personnel worker for home and hospital teaching for Howard County public schools, at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 18.

The meeting will be held at Mangia Italian Grill in the Waverly Shopping Center, Woodstock.

The topic will be "Pre- vention/Intervention for At-risk Girls in the Howard County Public Schools." Soroptimist works to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and around the world.

Information or reservations: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750- 9413. If Howard County schools are closed because of bad weather, the meeting will be canceled.

PFLAG establishes scholarship program

PFLAG -- Columbia/Howard County has joined other PFLAG chapters and the national organization in establishing a scholarship program for eligible high school students.

A $1,000 scholarship is offered to high school seniors who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or heterosexual allies and are planning to attend a two- or four-year college or university in the fall.

Information: www. pflagmd.org/Scholarship. html.

Library seeks entries for poetry contest

Howard County residents in grades six to 12 are invited to submit up to three original poems (no more than 60 lines each) to the Howard County Library's "Word Up! Poetry Contest," formerly called "Write Stuff Poetry Contest."

Winners in three age categories will receive cash awards and will be invited to read their poems at an event to be held March 29.

Details and entry forms are available at all branch libraries or online at www.hclibrary. org.

The entry deadline is March 2.

Schools put texts, materials on display

Textbooks and textbook-related materials recommended for the first time for use in the Howard County public schools will be on display from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, through Jan. 16 (except Jan. 15) in the lobby at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Everyone is invited to review the materials. Forms will be available to express approval or request re-evaluation of any of the materials.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Reading program wants family photos

As part of its Family Winter Reading Program, the Howard County Library is seeking adventuresome pictures of families or family members reading together, to be posted this month on the library's Web site and in its branches.

Family read-aloud suggestions also will be available.

Photographs, whether prints or digital, and hand-drawn artwork will be accepted and can be submitted at a branch library. Prize drawings are planned at the end of this month. (Pictures will not be returned.)

Information: www.hclibrary. org.

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 www.asymca.org.

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. columbiaassociation.com (click on "For Teens & Tots" page).

Information: 410-715-3175.

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