Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

August 12, 2007

Students to sharpen their Spanish skills

About 70 students who are set to enter first through fifth grades this fall will sharpen their Spanish skills this week at el Campo del Bosque, a Spanish-immersion camp at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville.

After presenting their pasaportes, which are stamped at the entrada by officials at inmigrac?on, students will enter a world in which they will be immersed in Hispanic culture and speak Spanish.

Through activities including word games, skits, music, art and outdoor exercises, the campers will gain an introduction or enhance their speaking skills while learning about the cultures in which Spanish is spoken.

Camp coordinators Jodie Hogan and Mar?a Crall will lead a staff of native and non-native Spanish-speaking county teachers who will provide a nonintimidating, yet challenging, Spanish-only environment.

Other camp activities include seining, crabbing, sail decorating, swimming, and canoeing.

5 students receive $1,000 scholarships

Five future or current Anne Arundel Community College students have received scholarships of $1,000 each from the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp.

Four of the students -- Juliano Bowes of Annapolis, Sidney Irwin of Edgewater, Ryan Lay of Glen Burnie and Safiya Patterson of Severn -- successfully completed the "Step Up to Success" youth program co-sponsored by AACC and AAWDC. The free initiative helps county youth, ages 16 to 21, prepare for and obtain a General Educational Development diploma, job skills and employment and transition to college or further training.

Through the "Step Up to Success" initiative, Bowes earned a GED diploma and National Retail Federation certification and plans to pursue a career in marketing or entrepreneurship to some day own a business. Irwin, who plans to study liberal arts at AACC, also earned NRF certification and is working toward a GED diploma. Lay has earned a GED diploma and the NRF certification. Patterson earned a GED diploma and NRF certification and plans to study technology and graphic arts.

The fifth student, Dane Jones, came to AACC through its partnership with the Job Corps, a free education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor for those ages 16 to 24. Jones is working to earn a GED and plans to take online AACC classes toward an associate's degree while he is employed in Rockville.

The scholarships from the AAWDC's Elizabeth E. Muller Charitable Trust are valid for five years to fund tuition and books. Last year, six enrolled or future AACC students received AAWDC scholarships totaling $15,000.

Bay teachers guide is available on Web

Seasons of a Chesapeake Bay Waterman: An Activity Guide for Teachers, produced by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, is now available online at www.chesapeakewaterman. org.

The guide, first printed in April 2004, is distributed to all Anne Arundel elementary schools. The society's Capt. Salem Avery House Museum received 1,150 students, parents and teachers from 16 schools this spring who participated in field trips based on it.

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society has published four books, including the guide, but this is its first endeavor to present one on the Web.

Home school tutorial to begin registration

Pasadena Home School Tutorial will accept registration for its 2007-2008 session from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road.

Classes are available for middle and high school home-schooled students in English, world history, prealgebra, algebra I, algebra II, science, biology, arts and crafts, drama and band. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wood shop classes will be offered on a project-by-project basis Wednesdays.

Classes are taught by tutors, but parents are the real teachers, providing grades and reporting to the county or umbrella supervisory group.

A group for younger children could be formed if there is sufficient interest.

For more information about the middle/high school group, call Sharon Mager, 410-544-3848, or e-mail her at srmwriter@hotmail.com.

For information about forming a younger group, call Monica Bland, 410-437-7764, or mbland@powerofhopeministries.org.

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