Education Notes


August 10, 2008

Orientation set for new teachers

Howard County schools will welcome about 300 educators to its new- teacher orientation Tuesday through Thursday at Reservoir High School and Fulton Elementary School.

The teachers will hear a talk by Harry K. Wong, an award-winning former teacher and speaker. Curriculum and classroom management sessions are to begin at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and continue through Thursday morning. Teachers will attend a mandatory session on preventing child abuse, neglect, bullying and harassment.

The new teachers will be served lunch by Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin and other officials Thursday and will attend a cultural proficiency orientation. They will spend Friday in their schools in preparation for the Aug. 25 arrival of students.

The county expects to hire nearly 370 teachers to fill new and vacated positions for the 2008-2009 school year.

Parents are urged to register children

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.

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

Kindergarten is mandatory for children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1.

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

Also required: proof of the child's date of birth; proof of parents' identity; proof of parental relationship or custody; proof of emancipation, where applicable, for students ages 18 and older who are living independently; 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 on the system's Web site,

Educational channel moving

The county school system's educational access channel will move from Channel 72 to 95 on Aug. 23, when channel designations on Comcast Cable will be reset.

The channel will continue to be part of Comcast's limited basic service and will be available with subscription to the Family Tier Service.

Verizon FiOS customers can view the school system's television programming on Verizon Channel 42.

Information: 888-COMCAST, or

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 styles, 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 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

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