Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

January 21, 2007

Redistricting talks scheduled

Anne Arundel County public schools officials have scheduled three briefings at which members of the public can ask questions about redistricting proposals that Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell released in December.

Public testimony will not be accepted at the briefings. Separate public hearings to be held next month will give the public a chance to weigh in on the proposals.

A briefing for Deale Elementary/Shady Side redistricting will be held Jan. 29 at Deale Elementary School, 759 Masons Beach Road in Deale.

A briefing for West County redistricting will be held Jan. 30 at Meade Heights at Seven Oaks Elementary, 1905 Town Center Ave. in Odenton.

A briefing for Ferndale/Hilltop area redistricting will be Jan. 31 at George Cromwell Elementary, 525 Wellham Ave. in Glen Burnie.

For times and other information, call Chuck Yocum, student demographic/planning specialist, at 410-439-5695.

Schools rewarded for good test scores

Fifty-nine Anne Arundel County schools just got a $16,500 pat on the back from the state.

The schools will get to divvy up the award from the Maryland State Department of Education for steadily improving students' performance on state tests.

Some of the 59 schools announced last week were rewarded for improving test scores overall; while others won the award for boosting achievement among subgroups like minority students and those with special needs.

Six high-poverty elementary schools - Mills-Parole, North Glen, Park, Annapolis, Freetown, and Hilltop - will receive an additional $2,745.82 for improving the performance of student groups on the 2006 Maryland School Assessments.

Sports physicals to be available

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide free high school sports physicals next month.

Students must bring a school's pre-participation physical evaluation form signed by a parent or guardian.

Forms are available from county public high schools or by visiting the Health Department's Web site, www.aahealth.org.

The Adolescent Health Services division will provide the physicals by appointment only at the following health centers:

Feb. 21 and 28, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - North County Health Services, 791 Aquahart Road, Suite 200, Glen Burnie. 410-222-6625.

Feb. 26 and 27, 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. - Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St. 410-222-7247.

New evening school opening in Arundel

Anne Arundel County school officials are opening a new evening high school at Meade High School, making it the fourth such program in the district.

The school system selected Meade for an evening high school because of growing interest in West County for the program, which is designed to improve graduation rates.

"The closest program was at Glen Burnie High, and traffic gets bad in the late afternoon, so we wanted to create something closer for them," said Nelson Horine, principal of evening high schools. Horine said he expects 150 students to enroll at the Meade evening high school.

Students in grades nine to 12 can choose to attend evening high school part time to squeeze in extra credits needed for graduation. Students age 16 and older can also choose to transfer from traditional day school to evening school full time.

Classes at the Meade evening high school will start Feb. 7 and will run from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Interested students can register from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1 at the media center at Meade High, 1100 Clark Road. The evening high school will offer 26 classes.

For more information, brochures on the evening high school will be available at all county public libraries, on the school district's Web site at www.aacps.org or by calling 410-544-0182 after 1 p.m.

Promotions to follow principal's retirement

The Anne Arundel County school board has approved three promotions in response to Meade High School Principal Joan Valentine's impending retirement.

Daryl Kennedy, assistant principal at Meade, will be acting principal at the school after Valentine steps down Jan. 30.

Jacqueline Jones, an administrative trainee at Old Mill High School, will become acting assistant principal at Meade to temporarily fill Kennedy's former job.

Catherine Snyder, a teacher at Old Mill High, will take over Jones' job.

All of the changes are effective Feb. 1.

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