Education Notes


February 04, 2007

Montessori School to hold open house

The Montessori School of Westminster will hold an open house for prospective students and their parents from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today; 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13; and 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 24.

Families can tour the school and meet with staff to learn about the Montessori philosophy.

The school is at 1055 Montessori Drive off Hughes Shop Road near Pleasant Valley.

Information: 410-848-6283.

Awards Day set for Wednesday

The Carroll County Public Schools Education Foundation will hold its first Awards Day from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Representatives from the Education Foundation and the Board of Education, along with school system staff, will travel on the "Prize Patrol" bus to tell award winners that their applications have been approved for funding.

The bus will visit 14 schools to present 18 monetary awards. The Carroll County Public Schools Education Foundation was organized in 2006 to support and enhance the education of all county public school students. It is a non-profit organization governed by an independent advisory board.

Elementary schools to close early Friday

Carroll County public elementary schools will close two hours and 45 minutes early and there will be no half-day kindergarten Friday for a planning day for teachers and half-day (morning) kindergarten conferences.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Publication honors band director

Mark Lortz, band and orchestra director at Westminster High School, was recently recognized as one of the "50 Directors Who Make a Difference" for 2006 by School Band & Orchestra, a national music education trade publication.

A teacher at Westminster High for 11 years, he directs the orchestra, concert and marching bands, percussion ensemble, color guard, and electronic and computer music program.

During his tenure, the school's music department has received state and national awards and the marching band has won titles at numerous regional band competitions.

Fund to aid those interested in arts

The Carroll County Arts Council is establishing a scholarship fund for high school seniors intending to pursue a degree in the arts from a bequest from the late Dorothy Tevis, along with contributions in her memory.

A $600 award will be presented to one outstanding student from each of the seven county public high schools. A committee appointed by the high school principals will review applications.

Criteria will be artistic promise and financial need. Application deadline is April 20. Applications are available online at or at the Arts Council at 91 W. Main St., Westminster.

Information: 410-848-7272.

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