Education Notes


January 21, 2007

Board of Education to meet Wednesday

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold an administrative meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices at 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

A work session on comprehensive reading improvement will be held after the meeting.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Schools will close early Thursday

Carroll County public schools will close two hours and 45 minutes early Thursday, and there will be no half-day kindergarten.

Schools will be closed Friday for a professional day for teachers.

Information: 410-751-3020.

CCC offers courses on teaching reading

Carroll Community College is offering Maryland State Department of Education approved reading courses for teachers seeking early childhood/elementary certification and renewal, and secondary certification and renewal.

Early childhood/elementary certification and renewal courses include processes and acquisition of reading (Jan. 29-March 12), and materials for teaching reading (March 19-May 7), held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays.

Secondary certification and renewal courses include teaching reading in the content area, Parts I and II. Part I will be offered Wednesday evenings Feb. 1 to March 14, and Part II will be held online Jan. 29 to May 18.

Carroll also offers courses for conditional teachers completing their State Department of Education certification, including educational psychology, assessment in education and special education.

The courses will be offered during spring term beginning Jan. 29.

Information: 410-386-8325.

Enrichment classes planned in summer

The Carroll County school system will hold its summer enrichment program this year for students.

The program is open to any student in the county, but it is suggested that students have at least an average grade-level equivalency because of the reading involved.

Courses include science, art, Roman history, bird watching, French, musical theater and the Chesapeake Bay. "Around the World in Nine Days" enables students to sample nine countries and cultures, and concludes with a field trip to the Statue of Liberty. "Greeced Lightning," for grades three to five, will take students through a discovery tour of Ancient Greece.

For the first time, courses will be offered to kindergarteners. Classes include exploring with math, animal kingdom and scholastic key, where students learn how to use technology in a fun, child-friendly way.

Nine-day programs will be held at Friendship Valley and Linton Springs Elementary schools. Session 1 will be held June 25-29 and July 2 and 3, and 5 and 6; and Session 2, July 10-13 and 16-20.

Program booklets are available in all schools. The deadline for registration is Feb. 23. Registration fee is $90, with the exception of the Carroll County Farm Museum apprenticeship, which is $95.

Checks should be made out to Carroll County Public Schools - Summer Enrichment Program.

Information: 410-751-3661.

Students named pages for Assembly

The Maryland General Assembly annually invites high school students throughout the state to serve as pages on the floor of the House of Delegates and Senate.

The Carroll County pages for this year's session are David Campbell and Laura Getty of North Carroll High, Steven Carney of Francis Scott Key High and Kevin Tervala of Westminster High.

Amanda Soistman of Westminster High will be an alternate.

Students must be seniors in high school to apply. Carroll County is allotted four pages and one alternate based on the 12th-grade public and nonpublic student enrollment.

Students work for two nonconsecutive weeks at the State House in Annapolis assigned to the House or Senate.

Pages assist delegates and senators by keeping the members' bill-books up to date, distributing materials on the floor, running errands, answering phones and delivering messages.

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