Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

January 14, 2007

Dinner planned for Hispanic families

As part of its effort to increase participation of Hispanic families in school activities, Corkran Middle School will hold a dinner to welcome Hispanic families.

After realizing that a language barrier was keeping many Hispanic parents from becoming involved in the school, Assistant Principal Luke Dillon, who is fluent in Spanish and has taught in South America and worked for the United Nations, joined with other school officials to design a parent orientation program in Spanish.

Dillon, Principal Deborah Montgomery and the school's Spanish teacher, Jocelyn Taylor, have set up the Jan. 30 event to talk to Hispanic families in Spanish about their children's academic progress, attendance and other school-related needs.

Deva Dwarka, president of Latinos for Progress, an organization that provides health outreach services to Hispanic residents of the Baltimore area, will be a keynote speaker at the event, which will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the school, at 7600 Quarterfield Road.

In the fall, the school sent a survey to Hispanic residents. The families said they would be most interested in a motivational speaker during a workshop.

Board to hold budget workshops

The county school board will hold two workshops next week to discuss the superintendent's proposed $920 million operating budget.

The budget calls for a 17 percent increase, and for expanding special education services and pre-kindergarten and all-day kindergarten programs.

It also would bolster security, update technology and start the International Baccalaureate program at Meade High School and precursor programs at three middle schools.

A previously negotiated 6 percent pay increase for teachers would also be funded.

The workshops will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 23 and Jan. 25 at the administration building, 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis. The public is invited but will not be permitted to speak. The budget is available on the school system's Web site, www.aacps.org.

Sessions planned on AVID program

Two more information sessions will be held this month for parents interested in AVID, an accelerated academic program for students in the academic middle who have the potential to attend a four-year college.

The program requires students to have a good attendance record, commit themselves to at least one to two hours of homework each night and enroll in rigorous college preparatory courses.

Information sessions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at Severna Park Middle School (410-647-7900) and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Crofton Middle School (410-647-7900).

Information: AVID teachers at the school the child will attend in 2007-2008 or www.aacps.org.

Montessori school to hold open house

Montessori International Children's House will hold an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21.

The school, at 1641 Winchester Road in Annapolis, will offer families of prospective students a tour of the campus and enable them to browse instructional materials, and meet teachers, administrators and parents of current students.

The Montessori International Children's House, an independent toddler-through-sixth-grade school accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale, emphasizes hands-on experiential learning, respect for self and others, and the development of inquiry skills.

Information: www.montessori international.org.

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