IB info sessions start this week


November 04, 2007

Anne Arundel County Public Schools will hold six information sessions, starting this week, for families interested in the International Baccalaureate Program.

Parents and students can learn about the application process and meet students, parents and staff involved in the program.

Current fifth-grade students may apply for the Middle Years Program. Current eighth-grade students may apply for a seat in the Extended Learning/IB Diploma Program for 2008-09.

Middle Years sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Annapolis Middle School; Wednesday at MacArthur Middle School and Thursday at Old Mill North Middle School.

The Extended Learning Program/IB Diploma Program sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at Annapolis High School, Nov. 14 at Meade High School and Nov. 15 at Old Mill High School.

The deadline for applications for the middle and high school programs is Nov. 30.

Information: www.aacps .org.

Workshop set for education plans

The Partners for Success Resource Center will hold a workshop about Individual Educational Plans this month in Glen Burnie for parents of students in special education.

"Effective Partnership in Special Education: Advocating in Harmony" will focus on the parents' role on the IEP team, particularly advocacy and partnership. The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Oakwood Elementary School, 330 Oak Manor Drive, Portable B. Reservations should be made by Nov. 13.

Information: 410-222-3805 or partnersforsuccess@aacp s.org.

Annapolis High first in math contest

Annapolis High School, which won the 2006-07 Anne Arundel County High School Mathematics Competition at Anne Arundel Community College, captured first place in round one of the 2007-08 competition at AACC.

Annapolis High led with 10.67 points, followed by Severn School with 8 points and Archbishop Spalding High with 7.33 points. The first round drew 83 students from 14 public and private schools along with a team of homeschooled students nicknamed the Independents.

Organized by AACC, the competition is a series of five matches divided into two phases. In the first phase, students work individually to answer as many of six questions as possible during the 30-minute time limit. The only student achieving a perfect score was Huaiyu Wu of Annapolis High.

In the second phase, the students work in teams of up to five members to answer another set of six questions in 30 minutes. One of the three teams from Annapolis achieved a perfect score. Other schools fielding multiple teams were Archbishop Spalding High, Chesapeake High, Key School, North County High, Northeast High, Severn School and South River High.

The next competition on Saturday will be in the Careers Center on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.

Information: 410-777-2556 or ebrobbins@aacc.edu.

AACC takes top awards for design

Anne Arundel Community College interior design students took top honors for the fifth year in a row at the Maryland ASID/Chesapeake Home magazine's statewide competition.

Paula Shantzis of Arnold, a member of AACC's Interior Construction Detailing class, won first place in the residential category for "Custom Waterfall."

Kristina Perhach of Millersville, who also takes the Interior Construction Detailing class, took first place in the kitchen and bath category for "Chef on the Chesapeake."

AACC also received two honorable mention awards: Nadezda Aragona of Dunkirk, a member of the Design 2 class, was recognized in the commercial category for "Taste of Nature," and Janet Little of Annapolis, a member of Introduction to Interior Design, in the residential category for "Coastal Casual."

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