School system mourns loss of Glenelg worker

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK

July 06, 2008|By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV

The county school system community recently mourned the loss of Melvin Hackett, who had worked as day supervisor for Glenelg High School for 44 years. He died June 17 at age 64.

It is believed that Hackett, who had lived in Mount Airy, spent his entire school system career at Glenelg High, school spokeswoman Patti Caplan said.

"[Glenelg] was his second home," she said.

Day supervisors lead a school's custodial crew during the day, Caplan said.

"He was truly the finest building supervisor whom I have worked with in 28 years," Principal Karl Schindler said. "He was phenomenal in his job. He knew every inch of Glenelg High School. He taught me as a principal about the physical plant of the building."

Space camp

Three Howard County educators are going into orbit this summer - figuratively speaking.

The teachers are among 90 from 12 countries selected to participate in the 2008 Boeing Educators to Space Camp program.

The six-day camp, which is held in Huntsville, Ala., starts tomorrow.

The Howard participants are Jessica L. Michaelson from Laurel Woods Elementary, Sherri L. Morisco from Folly Quarter Middle and Susan Varner from Hollifield Station Elementary.

The teachers, each of whom received scholarships from Boeing to attend, will participate in simulated space missions, astronaut training and lectures by rocketry and space-exploration experts, according to Boeing.

More than 600 teachers have gone through the program since began in 1992.

The program is designed to give teachers the skills to help motivate students in science and math.

The camp supports the county school system's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative to prepare students to be leaders in STEM-related fields, said the school system's public information office.

A ways away

Baltimore County announced last week its plan to equip all of its 171 schools with wireless Internet capabilities by the fall, but Howard County is a ways from doing likewise.

The Howard school system has some wireless areas but an entire project "will take a while," schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan said.

"All of it will depend on the money," Caplan said.

The school system is beginning a network redesign, which is a step toward expanding wireless capability.

"It is part of our technology plan," Caplan said.

Summer in schools

It's summertime, but don't expect all kids to slack off.

Several thousand Howard County students will go back to school this summer for a variety of programs - intervention- and enrichment-based.

This year, 1,290 elementary school students and 1,064 middle-schoolers were asked to attend academic-intervention classes.

Meanwhile, about 1,200 students will attend comprehensive summer school to master a subject or get ahead for the coming year.

The comprehensive courses range in cost from $75 for one week to $475 for a four-week program.

In addition, several enrichment programs are offered by the school system, including: Black Student Achievement Program Summer Learning Camp, Black Student Achievement Program Student Enrichment/Leadership Program, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Summer Program, and Gifted and Talented Summer Programs.

john-john.williams @baltsun.com

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