School boundaries meeting tomorrow

EDUCATION NOTES

October 21, 2007

The citizens' committee developing redistricting recommendations for the new Gambrills-area elementary school will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Piney Orchard Elementary School, 2641 Strawberry Lake Way, Odenton.

The committee will recommend boundaries and secondary school assignments for the new school, which is scheduled to open next year on Nantucket Road. The committee will also suggest how to best use the remaining elementary schools in Crofton and along the Waugh Chapel Road corridor.

Schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell will consider the committee's findings along with input from school system staff before forwarding his recommendation to the Board of Education. The board will hold public hearings on the plan before adopting the new school's boundaries.

Tanzanian leaders to visit North Glen

As part of a visit to learn more about the educational system in the United States, a group of educational and legislative leaders from Tanzania will visit North Glen Elementary School at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The Tanzanian delegation will tour classrooms and meet with school administrators in an effort to better understand educational initiatives and instruction techniques in the United States. Members of the Tanzanian delegation will be accompanied by a group of United States education and health officials.

Three health, P.E. teachers honored

Three physical education and health teachers in Anne Arundel County public schools were honored last week as teachers of the year by the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Charmain Sutherland of Severn Elementary School was named elementary school physical educator of the year, Eileen Marion of Chesapeake Bay Middle School was named health educator of the year, and Kathie Davis of Southern High School was named high school physical educator of the year.

With only three years of teaching experience in Anne Arundel County, Sutherland built a national reputation as an author. Her book, No Gym, No Problem, assists new teachers in developing creative ways to work with restrictive spaces and schedules.

Marion is a 31-year teaching veteran who is passionate about helping students make healthy choices, the selection committee said. Because her health classes last only 15 days, she has to work quickly to engage her students.

For eight years, the students of Southern High School have looked to Davis as an example of healthy living. The committee said she is revered for her commitment in the classroom and beyond, and it chose her "hands down" among many applicants.

Jewelry fundraiser at Philip Neri school

Saint Philip Neri School, 6401 South Orchard Road in Linthicum Heights, will hold a jewelry fashion show to raise money for its endowment fund at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

The "Eat, Drink and Be Jeweled" fundraiser will feature Premier Designs jewelry and a light brunch buffet.

Guests can participate in raffles, door prizes and games. Babysitting will be provided for children under 10, but reservations are required.

Information: 410-859-1212.

Suggestions sought on schools plan

The county public schools are accepting public input on the development of its five-year strategic plan. A draft of the plan, which charts the course for the school system through 2012, and supporting documents are posted on the school system's Web site, www.aacps.org.

Suggestions for changes to the plan can be made online or e-mailed to Marti Pogonowski, Director of Continuous School Improvement, at mpogonowski@aacps.org. Input must be received by Nov. 16. A final draft of the plan will be presented at the Dec. 5 meeting of the Board of Education.

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