Education Notes


August 05, 2007

Teacher orientation set Aug. 13-16

The county school system will welcome new teachers with a four-day orientation Aug. 13-16 at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

The event is to begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast served by members of the Board of Education, Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin and his staff and Ann DeLacy, president of the Howard County Education Association.

The orientation, which includes information and workshops on cultural proficiency training, curricula, databases, the workings of the brain and preventing bullying and harassment, is designed to acquaint the new teachers with personnel and support services available to them.

School board to meet Aug. 16

The county Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The meeting begins with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal public hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

The board will hold a public hearing and predevelopment work session for the fiscal 2009 capital budget and the fiscal 2010-2014 capital improvement program at 7:30 p.m. Those who want to testify are asked to limit their presentations to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of the testimony at the time of the hearing.

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

Culinary, hospitality open house at HCC

Howard Community College will hold a Hospitality and Culinary Management open house for students interested in careers in these fields at 11 a.m. Saturday at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The free event includes a hands-on culinary demonstration, a light lunch and a gift for those who attend. The open house will be in Room 400 of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall.

Information or registration: 410-772-4469.

Rouse Scholars alumni reunion set

The James W. Rouse Scholars Program of Howard Community College invites alumni of the program to attend a reunion from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 on the college campus.

The reunion, which celebrates the 15th anniversary of the program, offers an opportunity to reconnect with classmates, socialize with faculty and staff and see the new buildings on the campus. Photos, yearbooks, class T-shirts and other items will be available for alumni. Admission is free, and food and beverages will be served.

The annual welcome reception for new Rouse students and their parents will be held after the reunion.

The James W. Rouse Scholars Program, an honors learning community, is a selective, challenging honors and leadership program designed to provide opportunities for its students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities at the end of their sophomore year.

Information: 410-772-4450.

Online registration open for fall at HCC

Online registration is open for fall 2007 continuing education, noncredit courses at Howard Community College. Mailed brochures will reach county residents this month.

New courses are being offered in business; lifestyle and leisure; information technology; health care; for seniors; and in the college's Kids on Campus program.

Information: 410-772-4823, or and click on "Continuing Education."

Teacher workshop at Patuxent refuge

The environmental education office of the Patuxent Research Refuge will offer a workshop series for teachers at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel.

An orientation to the visitor center is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29. Wetlands will be discussed Oct. 6.

The cost is $15 a workshop. Participants receive a grade- and age-appropriate curriculum guide. For a schedule or registration: 301-497-5898 or 301-497-5763.

Registration begins for PSAT, SAT classes

Registration is open for a PSAT and SAT preparatory course, to be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 18 at Chapelgate Christian Academy, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville.

Classes are open to all high school students. The cost is $185 and includes tuition and materials.

Information or for a schedule of courses being offered at other locations: 410-442-1600, or

Help is available finding child care

Parents in Howard County can receive free assistance finding state-licensed child care centers, family child care providers and programs for school-age children and preschools.

The service, called LOCATE: Child Care, can be reached at 410-313-1930 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Trained child care counselors will be available to help parents find the care best suited to their needs, preferences and ability to pay.

LOCATE: Child Care, a service of the Howard County Child Care Resource Center, also advises parents on programs for which they may qualify, such as subsidized health care, subsidized child care and tax credits.

Information: 410-313-1940.

Official has academy nomination forms

Rep. John Sarbanes has announced that applications to be considered for a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy are available from his office.

Sarbanes said students who live in Maryland's 3rd Congressional District are eligible to be considered by him for a nomination, a prerequisite for applying to one of the academies.

The application packet is posted at www.sarbanes. Students also can request an application form by writing to Sarbanes at 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 303, Towson 21204, or by sending an e-mail to

The deadline for receipt of completed application packets is 5 p.m. Nov. 1.

Information: 410-832-8890.

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