Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

March 11, 2007

School board seeks input on goals plan

Anne Arundel County public schools officials are seeking public input this week on an overarching set of academic and school safety and quality goals.

The goals, which outline everything from desired graduation rates to proficiency on state tests and school behavior, will be used as a road map to guide the district until 2012.

Similar master plans in the past have influenced school board members' budget decisions and officials' choices for school programs.

At the meetings, the public will be divided into groups to brainstorm ways for the district to meet its goals in four main categories: academic achievement, safe and supportive learning environments, community collaboration and work force quality.

School officials say ensuring that every child gets equal access and rigor in schools will be a thread that ties the goals together.

Meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Annapolis Boys & Girls Club in the Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park, 1103 Smithville St., Annapolis, and Tuesday at Marley Middle School, 10 Davis Court, Glen Burnie.

3 students are vying for board post

Three Anne Arundel County school juniors are vying for the student member position on next year's Anne Arundel County Board of Education.

Sage Snider of Severna Park High School, whose sister was a member on the board in the 2005-2006 school year; Roniann LaRoque of Broadneck High School; and Meagan Lutz of Southern High School have applied for the post.

The Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils released their names last week.

Anne Arundel's is the only school system in the state to award full voting privileges to a student member.

Candidates will meet with students to talk informally and answer questions during the association's Meet the Candidates Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, 975 Indian Landing Road, Millersville.

During the association's General Assembly meeting March 22 at South River High School, student delegates from each middle and high school will select a board nominee, whose name will be forwarded to Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The governor must make the appointment, which begins July 1.

Information: 410-222-5405, kbrophy@aacps.org or the CRASC page of the county schools' Web site, www. aacps.org

7 Meade students honored for service

Seven Meade High School students were honored recently for their voluntarism in Happy Helpers for the Homeless, going to Glen Burnie and Baltimore on the weekends to feed the homeless.

At the ceremony at Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis, each student received a pin, a certificate and a letter signed by President Bush, and a letter from the council.

The honorees were seniors Susan Kim, Malik Zafar, Tiffany Marshall and Candice Thornton, and juniors Lydia Merrills, Margaret Williamson and Virginia Williamson.

Parent conference set for March 31

The Anne Arundel school system will hold a Parent Involvement Conference from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 31 at the Carver Staff Development Center in Gambrills.

The Office of Volunteers/School and Family Partnerships and the Title I Program are sponsoring the event, "Parent Involvement: Planting the Seeds of Student Achievement."

Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell will greet parents. Daniel Andrews of Andrews Training and Communications, the keynote speaker, will discuss ways school systems can increase parent involvement to boost student performance.

Participants can attend two one-hour workshops from among nine topics.

Breakfast will be provided.

Registration will be accepted until March 29.

Information: 410-222-5414 or dgross@aacps.org.

AVID program seeks tutors

Tutors for middle and high school students are being sought by the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Tutoring Program. Volunteers must be at least age18 and willing to commit themselves to one semester of tutoring at one of the AVID sites at least one day a week for 30 to 40 minutes during school hours. Orientation will be at the Care Staff Development Training Center in Gambrills from 8 a.m. to noon March 21, from noon to 4 p.m. March 26 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 3. Registration is required. 410-222-5342

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