Education Notes


May 27, 2007

Summer school registration is open

The summer school program for Howard County high schools offers a variety of courses to allow students to earn credit toward graduation or for academic enrichment.

Registration is accepted in person only at the Homewood Center, 10914 Route 108, Ellicott City from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 6, 13 and 20 and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 9, 16 and 23.

Tuition is $475 for credit courses; $275 for review credit courses. Some courses, including ESOL English courses and Algebra I, are free.

Registration forms are available in high school counseling offices and must include a counselor's signature.

Information: 410-313-6682.

College planning workshop for singers

Howard Community College's Musical Arts Center will sponsor the "Little Patuxent Opera Institute: A Performance Workshop for Singers," ages 16 and older, from June 11 through July 29.

The center will also offer musical summer camps for beginners ages 5 to 10, intermediate and advanced students in strings and orchestra, rock, jazz and brass. A Gemini Piano Trio Workshop for ages 11 to 18 and piano camps for ages 7 to 18 are also to be offered.

"Arts Adventures: Music, Dance and Theater Experience" will be offered for ages 6 to 13 from June 25-29.

A "Kindermusik Summer Camp" for toddlers and young children ages 18 months through 4 years old, and newborn to 1 1/2 years old will be offered Saturdays, starting June 16.

Beginning violin classes for children ages 4 and older will also be offered.

Information: 410-772-4871, or

Homeschool group holding sale, swap

The Howard County Home Educators, a Central Maryland homeschooling group, will hold a Book and Curriculum Sale and Swap, open to everyone, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 7 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Used and new books, games, puzzles and educational materials of all kinds will be available to buy or trade.

The organization serves homeschooled children from preschool through high school.

Information: Renee Goldstein, 410-313-9957.

Study-skills class registration open

Registration is open for Stressless Tests summer study-skills classes to be offered in August at Centennial High School in Ellicott City.

Classes for high school students are to be held from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 7-10 and Aug. 14-17.

Classes for middle school students will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 31 through Aug. 3; Aug. 7-10 and Aug. 14-17 at the same location.

The cost is $165, and includes a copy of the Study for Success digital video disc by instructor Betty Caldwell.

Information: 410-740-4659, or

UM Young Scholars deadline is June 10

The application deadline for the University of Maryland's Young Scholars Program is June 10.

The three-week summer program for high school juniors and seniors, to be held July 8-27, offers a preview of the university experience.

This year's program will offer courses in architecture, international politics, trial advocacy, American studies, kinesiology, engineering, environmental biology, math game theory, sociology, journalism, drawing, creative writing and music technology. Students will have a chance to participate in movie nights, mixers and the Terp Zone, and visit Washington.

Students will have access to the university's libraries, computer labs, dining halls and recreational facilities; they can live in air-conditioned residence halls or commute to the campus.

Information: 301-314-8240, or

Camps are offered for disabled kids

Community Health Charities of Maryland offers lists of summer camps in Central Maryland for children with disabilities or chronic health conditions.

Camps are offered for children with asthma by the American Lung Association; for children with digestive diseases by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. The Muscular Dystrophy Association offers camps around the country for children affected by the disease.

To visit the Web site of Community Health Charities of Maryland:, scroll to "How CHC Agencies Make a Difference," and select "List of CHC Member Agencies." Programs and volunteer opportunities are listed at each agency's linked Web site.

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

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