Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

April 22, 2007

Web survey seeks parents' opinions

Parents will have an opportunity to share their opinions about the learning environment of their child's school with Howard County officials in a 35-question online survey to be released tomorrow.

An e-mail from the school system will direct parents to the survey, which should be completed by May 11. The survey is intended to provide school administrators with information to help them realize the school system's second strategic goal -- that each school provide a safe and nurturing environment that values diversity and commonality.

Parents who are not subscribers to eSchoolnewsletter can subscribe at www.eschoolnews letter.com. To inquire about other ways to obtain the survey: Leilani Lucca, 410-313-7475.

51 county youth part of history contest

Fifty-one students from Howard County will compete for prizes against young people from 11 counties and Baltimore City at Maryland History Day on Saturday on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Catonsville.

Participants were selected from about 11,000 students who entered group and individual projects at more than 140 middle and high schools statewide.

Top students will compete in the National History Day competition June 10-14 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The Maryland part of the program is sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council.

Discovery fair slated Saturday

In celebration of April as Howard County's Month of the Young Child, the Howard County Early Childhood and Child Care Coalition, Howard County Library and Maryland Family Magazine will present the fifth Children's Discovery Fair.

The fair, "Animals Animals, Everywhere," will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

It will feature hands-on activities relating to school readiness, interactive games, crafts and stories with animal themes.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-313-1940 or 410-313-7750.

Test registration deadline nears

The registration deadline for Gifted and Talented Program testing is Friday. The testing is for children in grades five through seven who do not attend a public school but plan to enter Howard County middle schools in August.

Testing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 5 at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia.

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

HCC plans program on health careers

Howard Community College will offer a free program on careers in the health sciences from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Burrill Galleria on the college campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Speakers include a veterinarian, nurse, radiology technologist, dental hygienist and Battalion Chief John Butler of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

Information: Paul Martin, 410-772-4855.

Conference to focus on students' needs

Howard Community College's Project Access will hold a conference, "Transitioning Students with Disabilities ... Meeting Students' Needs on the Post-Secondary Level," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday on the college campus in Columbia.

The conference is open to the public. The cost is $140, and includes lunch. Accommodations, such as a sign-language interpreter, enlarged print or Braille materials, are available on request.

Martin Gould, acting executive director of the National Council on Disability, will speak. Wolf F. Dunaway, a federal government employee who has autism, will be the luncheon speaker.

Workshops will focus on preparing students with dual diagnoses for college, using multisensory math to teach students with learning disabilities and other topics.

Information: Linda Schnapp, 410-772-4625.

School board set to meet Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

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

To sign up to speak: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046.

PTA Council seeks nominations

The PTA Council of Howard County is accepting nominations of members to serve in executive positions for the 2007-2008 school year.

Nominations are invited for president; executive vice president; vice president of issues; vice president of operations; treasurer; recording secretary and corresponding secretary.

Nominees must be local PTA members who have served for at least a year on a local PTA executive board.

Information or to submit a nomination: 410-740-5153, or ptachc@erols.com.

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