Education Notes


February 18, 2007

Students to attend technology day

Two hundred students from Broadneck, North County and Meade high schools will attend the first BRAC Technology Day on Friday, where presenters will explain how the science, math and technology classes they're taking now will help prepare them for opportunities opening up at Fort Meade.

The event at the Anne Arundel Community College Arundel Mills mall campus in Hanover is also designed to promote student interest in their high school's technology curriculum and increase their understanding of the Fort Meade technological community.

The base realignment and closure process, or BRAC, is expected to send tens of thousands of jobs to Fort Meade by 2011.

The half-day symposium is sponsored by the college, Science Applications International Corp. and the Fort Meade Alliance.

After officials' remarks, students will split into six groups and rotate through fast-paced workshops and demonstrations.

Maryland Mathematics Engineering & Science Achievement will also be on hand, providing literature to help students prepare for careers in technology.

Public school events postponed

Inclement weather and schedule conflicts have postponed several Anne Arundel County public school events.

The portion of a two-day dance festival that had been scheduled last week at South River High School has been postponed until Friday. Last week's tickets will still be honored.

The Student Achievement Breakfast that had been scheduled for Feb. 13, at the Crofton Country Club has been postponed until Tuesday.

Broadneck High School's eighth-grade parent night has been rescheduled to Thursday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Crofton Middle School has rescheduled the Principal's honor roll breakfast for Friday at 8:30 a.m.

A reception to honor teachers who have garnered National Board Certification this year has been postponed to March 7.

A program to help Corkran Middle School sixth-graders to eat more healthfully and increase exercise will be postponed, likely to April.

The consolidated gym and home economics class of about 50 students each day will learn how to make tasty but healthy snacks and how to improve cardiovascular health with jumping rope and other exercises. The idea for the class grew out of a partnership of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live Program and the public schools' Curriculum Division, and Food and Nutrition Services.

There are similar programs for third-graders as well, and the partnership is trying to create a high school component also.

Such initiatives started in 2004 after the county health department found that about 18 percent of the county's school-age children were overweight, with 32 percent at risk for being overweight.

It also found high obesity rates among the county's youngest children: About 15 percent of 2 to 5 year olds were overweight.

For more information, visit, or call the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979.

Show to benefit student aid fund

Tickets are available for the Capitol Steps performance March 10 at St. John's College in Annapolis.

The show is a fundraiser for the Caritas Society, which helps students with financial hardships.

Ticket proceeds will help increase the college's student aid fund.

The Capitol Steps is a comedy troupe that musically pokes fun at current affairs, famous politicians and the state of the union.

The show will be followed by a reception of wine and hors d'oeuvres with the performers.

The performance will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $55 in advance or $60 at the door and can be purchased by credit card online at (search for "St. John's College"); or by contacting Pierre Wagner at 202-332-5501 or

Checks payable to Caritas Society can be mailed to the Caritas Society, P.O. Box 2800, Annapolis, Md., 21404-2800.

Summer camp open house slated

County public schools and Anne Arundel Community College will hold an open house at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 on the Explore, Middle School Scholars and advanced high school students' summer camp program.

It features 16 new camps - including two camps for high school students - this summer for students who have completed grades one to 11.

The summer program offers one-week and two-week half- and full-day camps June 25-Aug. 10 on the Arnold campus.

No camps are scheduled July 2-6.

Students attending daylong programs, which run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., have lunch supervised by staff. Half-day camps run from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Costs range from $115 for half-day one-week camps to $450 for full-day, two-week camps.

The college is offering before- and after-camp care. Youth who completed grades two to eight can attend one of two late-day classes, "Chess Strategies" and "Cartooning Club," from 4:15 to 5:15.

Parents and students can meet the faculty, learn about the camps, enjoy refreshments and vie for prizes at the open house at the Center for Applied Learning and Technology Room 100 on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.

Camp registration begins Feb. 26 by fax, mail, in person and online.

For information on the program or open house, call 410-777-2325.

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