Education Notes


April 01, 2007

Autism Expo 2007 to be held April 14

Autism Expo 2007, an information-sharing forum for parents of special-needs children and others, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14 at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Behavior specialist Dr. Vincent J. Carbone of the Carbone Clinic in New York will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Regina Carney of the Duke Center for Human Genetics will discuss current research. Other speakers will discuss a spectrum of characteristics of autism, a neurological disorder that affects social interaction and communication skills.

Admission to the expo is $59.95.

Information: 443-867-5440, or

School board to meet April 12

The county Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. April 12 in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

During the evening session, the board will hold a public hearing on revisions to Policy 1501, Acceptable Use of Computer Technology.

Those who want to testify at the hearing are asked to limit the presentation to three minutes, and to provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing.

To sign up to testify: 410- 313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter: 410-313- 7046. Two weeks' notice is preferred.

HCC building being named for foundation

Howard Community College has announced that its new student service building is being named in honor of the Rouse Company Foundation, which has made a $1.5 million gift to the college.

The Rouse Company Foundation Student Service Hall will be a focus for admissions, advising, registration, counseling, financial aid and other services. The building will also house the college's bookstore and a student dining service, called Cafe on the Quad.

The building completes the campus quadrangle, which includes the James Clark Jr. Library, McCuan Hall, and the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing arts Center.

Gifted-talented testing scheduled for May 5

Gifted and Talented Program testing for children in grades five through seven who do not attend a public school but plan to enter Howard County middle schools in August 2007 will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 5.

Testing will be held at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia. The registration deadline is April 27.

Registration materials are available at middle school guidance offices or from the Gifted and Talented Program office, 410-313-6800.

Student film fest to be held April 13

The third Howard County Film Festival, showing original films made by students, will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Door prizes will be awarded.

The films are suitable for adult, high school and middle school audiences.

Information: www.hocofilm

Young Artist contest calls for entries

Columbia residents ages 13 to 18 are invited to submit an original artwork illustrating their vision of "An Open and Accessible World for All" - the theme for this year's Young Artist Competition.

Entries must be submitted by Thursday. Winning work will be entered in the Annual International Young Artist Competition of Sister Cities International, in which 10 entries will receive awards.

Information or to request an entry form: 410-730-0075 or 410-715-3162.

Essay contest entries invited

Howard County seventh-graders are invited to enter a Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest sponsored by Watson's Tin Box, an organization of Holmes fans, in partnership with the county library and the county school system.

Contestants are to read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Speckled Band and write an analytical essay about it. Guidelines and an entry form:

The entry deadline is May 4. Prizes will be awarded at an event to be held at 7 p.m. June 7 at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

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.

Registration is requested.

Information or registration: 410-313-1524.

SAT/PSAT class registration is open

Registration is open for SAT/PSAT preparatory courses at some high schools in Howard County.

The classes are available 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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