Education Notes


August 03, 2008

Parents urged to register students

Public school officials urge families who are new to the county or will have a child entering public school for the first time to register at their local school as soon as possible, so that schools can be staffed with the appropriate number of teachers and other staff.

School begins for Howard County public school students Aug. 25.

Kindergarten is mandatory for children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Children must be registered by one of their parents.

Original documents required for registration include proof of residency (a deed and phone bill, cable bill or current gas and electric bill. Renters can submit a current lease and current cable, phone, or gas and electric bill.

Required documents also include proof of the child's date of birth; proof of parent's identity; proof of parental relationship or custody; where applicable; proof of current immunizations (unless parents request a religious exemption); and the child's Social Security Number, if available.

Parents can check the address of their local school using the school locator on the school system's Web site,

Registration starts for study program

The Stressless Tests Program is accepting registration for its fall study skills program, which offers students an opportunity to discover their learning style, develop self-confidence and improve classroom performance.

High school classes meet four times from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Centennial High School. Sessions will be offered the weeks of Sept. 3-24, Oct. 15-Nov. 5 and Nov. 19-Dec. 17.

Middle school classes meet from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Burleigh Manor Middle School. Classes begin the weeks of Sept. 8-29, Oct. 13-Nov. 10 and Nov. 24-Dec. 15.

The cost is $185 a session, and includes the Study for Success DVD.

A "Testing, Testing Workshop for Parents" will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Centennial High School. The workshop will cover strategies to encourage their children's independence and improve performance in the classroom and on standardized tests.

The cost is $85 a person or family.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or

Workshop planned on outdoor events

The Howard County Office of Children's Services will offer "Take It Outside!," a workshop on outdoor activities for preschool children, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the agency's offices, 3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite 380, Ellicott City.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes.

The cost is $20.

Information: 410-313-1940.

Orientation sessions at HCC

Howard Community College will hold new-student orientation sessions from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 18 and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the college's athletics center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

First-time students are expected to attend. Parents are also invited to attend a parent's program during both orientation sessions.

Both sessions include refreshments, information packets and activities, including interactive workshops, campus tours and prizes. Appetizers will be offered at 5:15 p.m. before the evening session; dessert will be served after the session. A Continental breakfast will be served, starting at 8:15 a.m., before the Aug. 20 session, and the college will provide lunch. After the session, students can stay to participate in HCC ThinkFast, an interactive game show that offers a chance to win as much as $200.

Information: 410-772-4896. To register: 410-772-4430. Or visit

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