Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

April 22, 2007

School paper wins competition

Annapolis High School's newspaper, The Anchor, was awarded first place among more than 40 submissions nationwide last week in the annual American Scholastic Press Association competition.

Eight schools from Maryland and two from Virginia placed first in the national competition, which recognizes excellence in student journalism.

Annapolis High School was the only county winner this year, earning 905 out of a possible 1,000 points and perfect marks in content coverage and creativity.

Over 40 public schools nationwide with the same student populations submitted entries this year for the competition, which evaluates newspapers based on content coverage, page design, art, advertising, illustrations, editing, and creativity.

Information: 410-266-5240.

Redistricting considered

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will consider redistricting proposals shifting school boundaries in West County, Glen Burnie and Deale-Shady Side at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of the Dr. Carol Sheffey Parham Building, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis.

Public testimony will be taken at the meeting, but speakers will be limited to three minutes.

Information: www.aacps.org.

AVID leadership conference planned

More than 300 students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program will take part in the third annual AVID Student Leadership Conference from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursday at Northeast High School.

The conference is planned and conducted entirely by students in the AVID program. Seminars include sessions on team building, making difficult choices, college preparation and scholarship opportunities, habits of effective teens, preparing for the SAT, careers and technology and creating a personal mission statement.

The keynote speaker will be Azizuddin Abdur-Ra'oof, a Northeast High School graduate who played football for the University of Maryland and the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs. He is now a real estate agent in Howard County.

The AVID program provides middle and high school students who are considered in the academic "middle" with the skills, support and academic challenges that can prepare them to advance to more rigorous college-preparatory courses,

Information: 410-222-5829.

Miss Maryland '06 to discuss melanoma

More than 120 students at Severna Park High School will host Brittany Lietz, Miss Maryland 2006, and state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick at 9 a.m. Friday at the high school, 60 Robinson Road.

Lietz, a native of Edgewater, will speak to students about her experiences with melanoma, a potentially lethal form of skin cancer. May has been designated nationally as Melanoma Awareness Month.

The high school also has other activities scheduled for this week, including a sun safety poster contest and a Sun Safety Day on Wednesday, when the county Health Department will present various stations for the students to visit to learn about good food choices for healthy skin, how to make a road map of their skin and how to apply sunscreen.

Information: 410-544-0900.

Annapolis High slates job fair

A job fair focused on opportunities at Annapolis High School for the 2007-2008 school year will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria of the school, 2700 Riva Road.

It is open to anyone interested in being a part of the school's staff beginning July 1.

Applicants do not have to be current Anne Arundel County public schools employees.

Participants will be able to conduct on-the-spot interviews.

Information: 410-222-5075.

Teacher job fair planned May 5

Anne Arundel County public schools will host the fourth annual teacher job fair from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 5 at North County High School, 10 E. 1st Ave., Glen Burnie.

Representatives from all 120 county schools, curriculum program coordinators and school system human resources staff will conduct on-the-spot interviews.

Candidates are asked to bring at least 20 copies of their resume.

Certified teachers and those eligible for certification should register and complete an application at www.aacps.org.

Information: 410-222-5066.

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