Education Notes


May 27, 2007

Van Bokkelen PTA a national winner

The Van Bokkelen Elementary School Parent Teacher Association will receive the Phoebe Apperson Hearst-National PTA Excellence in Education Partnership Award. It is the PTA's highest national award recognizing family, school and community partnerships that support student success.

In winning the award, the Van Bokkelen PTA was able to effectively demonstrate the difference that family-school-community partnerships can make. The PTA created partnerships with the state's education department, community-based organizations including the local Boys and Girls Club and the YWCA, local and national businesses, and a community college.

Those partnerships helped parents obtain their general elective diploma; provided workshops and presentations on topics that support student learning and positive youth development; hosted events that brought family, school and community together; and established the school's first back-to-school camp to prepare students for the new school year.

The Val Bokkelen PTA will receive $2,000 to support its parent/family involvement programs and two all-expenses-paid trips to the 111th Annual PTA National Convention and Exhibition (June 28-July 1) in St. Louis to receive an award.

Broadneck senior places at Intel fair

Danna Thomas, a 17-year-old senior at Broadneck High School, was honored last week during the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Albuquerque, N.M.

Thomas received a $1,000 prize for placing third in the Medicine and Health Sciences category for her project, "Characterization of Chromosome Rearrangement in Clones Surviving Ionizing Radiation Exposure."

Ranked 12th out of 510 in her graduating class with a 4.339 grade point average, Danna competed in this year's international science competition against hundreds of entrants from around the country. She is the only Anne Arundel public school student to receive a prize during this year's competition.

She plans to enroll at the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar.

Fifth-grade teacher wins national prize

Wendy Scheleur, a fifth-grade teacher at Piney Orchard Elementary School in Odenton, is one of two Maryland teachers to receive the 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching, the nation's highest honor for teaching in these fields.

Scheleur, who has taught at Piney Orchard for five years, was honored with more than 90 teachers from around the nation during a ceremony in Washington. The honorees met the next day with President Bush and first lady Laura Bush at the White House.

Teachers are nominated by their schools and school systems for their contributions in the classroom that demonstrate a higher standard for teaching science and math.

Scheleur received a $10,000 cash award from the National Science Foundation.

Scheleur is the second consecutive science winner from Anne Arundel County. Last year, Central Middle School science teacher Susan Brown received the award.

Golfing fundraiser on June 6 still open

Golfers who haven't registered can still participate in the inaugural Anne Arundel Community College Pioneers Golf Tournament on June 6 at Compass Pointe Golf Course in Pasadena.

Proceeds will benefit the AACC athletics department and student wellness and athletics programs.

Registration on the day of the event is at 7:30 a.m., with an 8 a.m. continental breakfast and an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at the golf course, 9010 Fort Smallwood Road. The scramble, best-ball format features awards for winning teams, closest to pin, longest drive and hole-in-one. A silent auction will include collectible golf items.

An entry fee of $500 for a foursome or $125 for individuals includes greens and cart fees, midday food station and awards banquet, "Mulligan" package, 50/50 raffle, string and ladies' privilege.

Information: 410-777-1215 or

County honors seniors, teachers

Twenty-eight seniors and 14 teachers were honored Tuesday at the Anne Arundel County school system's first Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Awards reception and ceremony.

Two seniors were selected from each high school and each of the two Centers for Applied Technology. The teachers were chosen by the award-winning students for the guidance, motivation, and support they have offered the students during their STEM studies.

The STEM awards process was developed to showcase science, technology, engineering and mathematics excellence among students and teachers in Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

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