Education Notes


March 11, 2007

Life with ADHD to be discussed

Michael Sandler, founder of the Creative Learning Institute and author of Conquering College with ADD, will discuss the unique possibilities for creative life open to those diagnosed with ADHD at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia.

The event, which is open to everyone, is sponsored by Individual Differences in Life with Learning, the Howard County school system, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the Learning Disabilities Association of America.

Admission is $10 at the door. Admission is free to teachers and students with identification.

An afternoon presentation for educators in the school system is also planned.

Information or registration: www.gifteddifferentlearners. org.

Members sought for advisory panel

The Howard County school system is seeking members for a community advisory committee to the Department of Student, Family and Community Services.

An organizational meeting is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 18 in Boardroom B at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Participants are invited to make suggestions regarding the purpose and function of the proposed committee.

Registration is requested.

Information or registration: 410-313-1524.

Summer camp offered for girls

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 is part of the Women's Giving Circle's efforts to empower and support young Howard County girls.

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, which will focus on womanhood and what it means to be a woman, is to include workshops on empowerment and motivation, communication skills, decision-making, self-awareness, goal-setting and conflict resolution. The camp will also offer swimming, athletics, dance, a talent show and team-building activities.

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

The Women's Giving Circle, an organization of women philanthropists, is dedicated to addressing the needs of women and girls in Howard County.

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

School board's audit panel to meet

The Howard County Board of Education's Audit Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Boardroom B at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The board will meet with Conexiones, an advocacy group for Hispanic students, at 7 p.m. March 19 and with special-learners organizations at 8 p.m. March 19. The meetings will be held in the Chesapeake Room at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Library spelling bee to be held Friday

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

Participants include winners of Howard County schools and home-school 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. Thursday at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-1950.

Spirit scholarship deadline is Thursday

The deadline to submit an application for the Columbia Association's Spirit of Columbia 2007 Scholarship Awards has been extended until Thursday.

The $2,500 awards for graduating high school seniors recognize exceptional community service in the Columbia area. Applications are available in village centers, Columbia Association headquarters and online at

Information: 410-715-3175.

SAT/PSAT class registration is open

Registration is open for SAT/PSAT preparatory courses at 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:

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.

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