Education Notes


February 11, 2007

Library spelling bee to be held March 16

The Howard County Library will hold its third annual spelling bee at 7 p.m. March 16 in the auditorium of Howard High School in Ellicott City.

Participants include winners of Howard County schools and homeschool association spelling bees. The champion will advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington.

Information: 410-313-7750, or

The library will sponsor a program about spelling bees with James Maguire, author of American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds, at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is to begin March 1.

Information: 410-313-1950.

College sponsoring trip to Greece

Howard Community College will sponsor a trip to Greece from June 23 through July 5.

The island of Rhodes will serve as base for most of the trip, which includes visits to Lindos, the Valley of the Butterflies, Kameiros, Rhodes City and surrounding islands. The itinerary ends with four days in Athens to see the Acropolis, Delphi and other sights.

The cost is $3,300, which includes airfare, hotels, meals and tours. Reservations are due by March 1. Students can enroll in the college's independent study program to receive academic credit.

Information: 410-772-4229. Or contact Professor Vladimir Marinich, 410-772-4946, or Barbara Livieratos, 410-531-1386.

Girls summer camp to be offered in June

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County will sponsor a residential summer camp, Journey 2007, for girls entering eighth and ninth grades in the fall.

The camp for 50 Howard County girls will be held June 24-30 at Washington College in Chestertown. The girls will live in dormitories, eat in the cafeteria and experience a collegiate atmosphere during the weeklong program.

The program is to include workshops on empowerment and motivation, communication skills, decision-making, self-awareness, goal-setting and conflict resolution. The camp, which also will offer swimming, athletics, dance, a talent show and team-building activities, is part of the Women's Giving Circle effort to support young girls during a formative time in their lives.

The organization of women philanthropists is dedicated to addressing the needs of women and girls in Howard County.

The cost is $495. Financial assistance is available. Applications are available in guidance offices at middle schools and at www.womensgivingcircle. org. They must be submitted by March 30; applications will be given priority based on the date they are received.

An information session for parents will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 8 at Atholton High School in Columbia.

Information: Colleen Taggart-D'Agrosa, 301-854-1107.

Afternoon tea set for female educators

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County will hold an Afternoon Tea for Women Educators from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Linda Perlstein, journalist and author of a book based on her experiences at Wilde Lake Middle School, will speak. The topic, which is also the title of her book: Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Life of Middle Schoolers.

Perlstein, who was a reporter for The Washington Post from 1994 to 2004, wrote about education and children. Her book is based on the year she spent immersed in the lives of middle school children.

The event is open to educators and staff members at Howard County's public and private schools. Registration is required, but admission is free.

Information: Colleen Taggart-D'Agrosa, 301-854-1107.

Information: www.womens

Budget sessions set for public this week

The Howard County Board of Education will hold two public work sessions on the superintendent's proposed fiscal 2008 operating budget, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and at 7 p.m. Thursday, both in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

To request a sign-language interpreter: 410-313-7046.

9 schools to offer SAT/PSAT courses

Registration is open for SAT/PSAT preparatory courses 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. Tuesday, and Feb. 20 and 27 and March 6.

Long Reach High School, from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 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

Military month art, 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 Friday; 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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