Education Notes


January 21, 2007

`Senior Week' program is Tuesday

HC DrugFree and the Howard High School PTSA will sponsor the "Senior Week in Ocean City" program at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Howard High School auditorium.

The program for high school seniors and their parents will address the fears of parents and the risks teens face during Senior Week.

Parent will learn about Ocean City initiatives to ensure a safe and enjoyable week. Speakers are Officer Howard Caplan of the Ocean City Police Department; Josh Wasilewski of the Ocean City Beach Patrol; and Steve Bounds, a parent who arranged an alternative trip for his children.

HC DrugFree, a Howard County nonprofit organization, works to help the Howard County community raise drug-free teenagers through programs, newsletters and its Web site (

Information is available on the Web site or call 410-799- 4879. Useful information for planning the week in Ocean City is available at

9 schools to offer SAT/PSAT courses

Registration is open for SAT/PSAT preparatory courses to be held at nine high schools in Howard County. The classes are open to all high school students, regardless of the school they attend.

Classes will be held at:

Centennial High School, from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Feb. 13, 20 and 27 and March 6;

Long Reach High School, from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Feb. 15, 22 and March 1 and 8;

Atholton High School, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3;

Glenelg High School, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 4;

Howard High School, from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. April 10, 17, 24 and May 1;

Mount Hebron High School, from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. April 10, 16, 23 and 30;

Hammond High School, from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. April 11, 18, 25 and May 2;

Reservoir High School, from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. April 12, 19, 26 and May 3;

Chapelgate Christian Academy, from noon to 4:30 p.m. April 21 and 28. The cost is $185, including tuition and materials. A portion of the tuition benefits each school.

Information: 410-442-1600, or

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 credit semester.

A daytime session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Tuesday; an evening orientation is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. Thursday. 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

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

Information: 410-715-3175.

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.

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

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