Diploma ceremony scheduled at HCC

EDUCATION NOTES

October 21, 2007

Howard Community College will hold its 23rd annual Diploma Recognition Ceremony at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Smith Theater, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The ceremony will recognize students who have earned a Maryland high school diploma in the past year through the college's Adult Basic Education programs. A reception for graduates, their friends and families will be held after the ceremony in the Kittleman Room of the English, Language and Business Building (ELB 100).

Margaret Kahlor, director of media arts and HCC TV, will speak to the group of about 30 graduates. The program is to include greetings from college President Kate Hetherington, a musical interlude by the Howard High School Madrigal Singers and an opportunity to hear several of the students tell their stories.

Howard Community College's Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development offers a variety of basic education programs for adults, including "Basic Math," "Basic Algebra and Geometry," and "Writing for the Workplace and Personal Use." Two options for earning a high school diploma are available: the General Educational Development (GED) and the External Diploma Program (EDP).

Information: 410-772-4982.

The college will hold a high school information session for prospective students and their parents at 1 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Transfer Center of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall.

The session will highlight college programs and services, including Freshman Focus, Rouse Scholars, Silas Craft Collegians and Early Entrance, and will include a discussion of financial aid. Participants will be invited to tour the campus.

Information or reservations: 410-772-4599.

Members sought for ethics panel

The Howard County Board of Education is seeking volunteers to serve on the Howard County public school system's ethics panel. Two vacancies will be filled by board appointment. Members, who must be Howard County residents, serve five-year terms.

The panel oversees ethics regulations, advises the board on matters related to conflicts of interest and financial disclosure, and provides advice to employees on the applicability of the regulations to specific cases.

A complete copy of the ethics regulations can be found on the school system's Web site: www.hcpss.org.

Those interested in serving on the panel should send a letter and a resume by Oct. 31 to Mark Blom, General Counsel, Howard County Public School System, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

Information: 410-313-6682.

School board to meet Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will start with a public forum at which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Advance registration is requested.

Long-range attendance-area plans will be presented at 7:30 p.m.

To sign up to speak: 410-313- 7194.

To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046 (two weeks' advance notice is requested).

Data on students can be disclosed

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act authorizes local school systems to disclose information from the educational records of a student that is designated "directory information."

The information includes basic biographical information but not grades, test results, or academic or discipline records.

Included are the student's name, address, telephone number, date of birth, major field of study, participation in school activities, weight and height (for athletes), dates of school attendance, degrees and awards and previous educational institutions attended.

Parents who wish to restrict the release of such information are required to complete and sign a parental option form for each child. Parents who have not yet submitted a form and want to submit one should do so as soon as possible.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Teacher workshops at Patuxent refuge

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

Project Learning Tree, offering a variety of hands-on activities to be used with environmental education or life science curricula, will be held Nov. 18.

The cost is $15. Participants receive a grade- and age-appropriate curriculum guide.

The National Wildlife Visitor center is off Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197.

Information or registration: 301-497-5898 or 301-497-5763.

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