Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

October 28, 2007

Broadneck High in foreign exchange

A delegation of seven Russian students and one teacher will see what the educational system in the United States has to offer and how it differs from their native country during an exchange program with Broadneck High School this week.

As part of a program administered through the Maryland State Department of Education, members of the Russian delegation will accompany students to classes and other school-related activities such as athletic events. The group also will tour the Naval Academy and visit Washington.

The students - from the southwestern Russian province of Samara Oblast, which has 3.3 million people - will stay with host families. In addition to seeing how Americans are educated, the Russian students will be exposed to American teenage life, including going to the mall, trick-or-treating, and bowling.

Board of Education adjusts meetings

To accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education has adjusted its meeting schedule and will not meet on its normal days during the month of November.

Instead of on the first and third Wednesday of the month, the board will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Nov. 14.

Both meetings will be held in the board room at the Parham Building, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis.

The board approved the changes to its meeting calendar in June.

School honored for fundraising

The Central Maryland Red Cross honored Chesapeake Bay Middle School last week for raising more than $8,000 during a walk-a-thon to provide Red Cross disaster relief services in Anne Arundel County.

The students also organized an assembly at their school to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for a natural disaster.

Anne Arundel County resident Pat Miller received the group's Menzies Award for volunteering in local disasters and 39 national relief operations, including work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in New York after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers.

Miller was also recognized for her leadership during her tenure as the Red Cross Mass Care Office after the repatriation of thousands of Americans fleeing war-torn Lebanon in July 2006.

Information: www.redcross-cmd.org.

Nine to be honored for art contests

Tomorrow, Anne Arundel Community College will honor nine students selected to submit entries in the 21st annual student art and literary competitions sponsored by the college's League for Innovation.

Each student received a $50 cash prize. One of the nine, Tabitha Kube of Millersville, won a $100 cash prize and third place nationally in the fiction category for her short story, Unread News.

Joining Kube as AACC honorees are:

Angela Giusto of Pasadena, 8 1/2 -by-11-inch digital infrared photo, "Peaceful;"

Dave W. Gould of Arnold, 24-by-18-inch oil on canvas, "Nature's Kaleidoscope;"

Pyokun Jeon of Severna Park, ballpoint pen on paper, "Still Life: Baby Doll with Roller Skate;"

Amy L. Moreland of Severna Park, play, "Lenny and Ollie;"

Nikholis Planck of Crownsville, 3-by-2-foot mixed-media, "Clinton (5th grade eulogy);"

Eileen W. Saum of Annapolis, literary work, "Ellen's Nude;"

Barbara L. Scanlon of Glen Burnie, literary work, "Clandestine before Title IX;"

Michelle Wilson of Millersville, 8-by-10-inch color photograph, "Historic Ellicott City."

The league is a consortium of more than 800 community colleges and organizations nationwide and in 15 other countries.

AACC programs earn accreditation

Anne Arundel Community College's two early childhood degree programs have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Washington.

The association's Division of Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation named both AACC's Early Childhood Development Associate of Applied Science degree and the college's Early Childhood Education Associate of Arts in Teaching degree to the list of programs at 17 community and technical colleges that met national accreditation standards this year. Only 34 community and technical colleges in the country have earned this honor.

Both programs are offered through AACC's TEACH Institute. According to the accreditation decision, the Early Childhood Development A.A.S. degree "is designed to provide an education far beyond the minimum state of Maryland requirements."

Both accreditations last seven years.

Students choose the 62-credit-hour Early Childhood Development A.A.S. degree to prepare for employment as a director, senior staff member, school-age staff member or program director in a child care center. The Early Childhood Education A.A.T. degree, with a minimum of 63 credits, prepares students to transfer into a four-year program resulting in certification for pre-K through third grade.

Information: 410-777-1962, teach@aacc.edu or www.aacc.edu/teach.

New edition of tutor listing compiled

The Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County has compiled its 34th edition of the Tutor Pool, a listing of qualified county teachers available for private tutoring services on a fee basis.

Tutors are listed by subject area for elementary and secondary schools. Also included are listings for special education and foreign language.

Parents may obtain copies of the Tutor Pool for specific subject areas by calling the TAAAC office at 410-224-3330, 410-841-6022 or 301-261-8309.

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