Education Notes


May 25, 2008

Public schools to be closed for holiday

Harford County public schools will be closed tomorrowfor Memorial Day.

Elementary school students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. June 2 for teacher planning time.

Information: 410-588-5203.

Army Band recital set for Thursday

Harford Christian School will host a recital by members of the U.S. Army Band stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the school, 1736 Whiteford Road, Darlington.

Bassoonist Benjamin Lawyer, oboist Kristin Barrett and clarinetist Doris Herri, members of the 389th U.S. Army Band, will perform works by John Philip Sousa, Gordon Jacobs, George Gershwin and Scott Joplin.

The concert is free and the public is welcome.

Information: 410-457-5101.

Harford Christian commencement

Harford Christian School will hold its 42nd annual commencement exercises Friday.

The program for its graduating high school students will be held in Ziegler Auditorium.

Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., will be the keynote speaker.

The school is a ministry of the Evangelical Methodist Church.

Information: 410-457-5101.

Carroll School names alumnus of the year

R. Todd Bradley, executive vice president at Hewlett Packard, has been named the 2008 Charles Riepe Alumnus of the Year at the John Carroll School.

A 1976 graduate of the Catholic school in Bel Air, Bradley leads the Personal Systems Group at HP and oversees the company's notebook and desktop PCs, handhelds, monitors, workstations and related support services.

He has a 28-year management career with extensive international experience with several other companies.

Created in 1975, and named for the school's first president, the Charles K. Riepe Alumni Award recognizes graduates who have demonstrated outstanding life achievement and community service.

Bradley will be the keynote speaker at the school's graduation ceremonies June 1, when he also will receive his award.

Elementary school name ideas sought

The Harford County Board of Education is seeking suggestions from the community in naming the new elementary school being built off Red Pump Road near Vale Road, north of Bel Air.

The school is expected to open in the fall of 2010.

Suggested names should be sent to the school superintendent at Harford County Public Schools, A.A. Roberty Building, 102 S. Hickory Ave., Bel Air, 21014.

Submissions may also be turned in at school board meetings.

The board intends to name the new school at its June 23 meeting.

Information: 410-588-5203.

Literacy outreach center opens

The Highlands School has opened its Community Outreach Center for Literacy at 2409 Creswell Road, Bel Air.

The center offers families, educators and the local public access to the latest research and resources on literacy, language development and learning differences.

Also planned for the fall is a tutoring center for those seeking individualized support in literacy and language development.

A grant from the Comcast Foundation helped equip the literacy center.

Magnolia Elementary gets $10,000 grant

The Harford County Department of Community Services has awarded a $10,000 school beautification grant to the public school system for Magnolia Elementary School.

The grant will assist the school PTA in replacing aging playground equipment, especially for pre-kindergarten students, that is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Personnel from the public schools' facilities management will remove the old playground equipment and install ADA-compliant equipment.

Grants are available to all schools in the Harford County public school system.

Organizations may apply for more than one grant within the fiscal year. Grants are only for materials or equipment.

Information: 410-638-3389.

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