Education Notes


August 31, 2008

Chinese Language School to start fall term Sept. 7

The Chinese Language School of Columbia will begin its fall semester at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road (Route 108), Ellicott City.

The school offers Chinese language and culture for children from prekindergarten to 12th grade. Classes for children whose families do not speak Chinese are also offered.

Activities for adults include Tai Chi Chuan, basketball and line dancing.

Online registration ends at midnight Friday.

Information: Bianca Chang, 410-461-3923, or

SAT, PSAT prep courses

Registration is open for SAT and PSAT preparatory courses in Howard County. The courses, which are held at Howard County high schools, are open to all high school students.

Courses will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at Long Reach High School; 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Sept. 8, 15, 22 and Oct. 1 at Howard High School; 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Sept. 9, 16, 23 and Oct. 1 at Oakland Mills High School; 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at Centennial High School; 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2 at Marriotts Ridge High School; and 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2 at Mount Hebron High School.

The cost is $185 and includes tuition and materials. A portion of the fee benefits each school.

Students should attend all of the dates listed for a location. Information: 410-442-1600, or Martha

School board to meet

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin will present his proposed fiscal 2010 capital budget and fiscal 2011-2015 capital improvement program during the evening session, which convene at 7:30 p.m.

The afternoon and evening sessions will begin with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal public hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred. To sign up: 410-313-7194.

To request a sign language interpreter: 410-313-7046. Two weeks notice is preferred.

Panel seeking members

The Community Advisory Council to the Board of Education is seeking at-large members for the 2008-2009 school year.

The group of citizens and representatives from PTAs serves in an advisory capacity to the elected school board, sponsors educational programming for members and provides them with an opportunity to comment on curriculum, educational policy, redistricting and budget.

The committee usually meets at 7:30 p.m on the third Tuesday of each month in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. At-large members serve a two-year term.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Parents can opt out

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act authorizes local school systems to disclose certain information from students' educational records. The information, designated as "directory information," includes basic biographical facts; it does not include grades, test results or academic or disciplinary records.

Parents who choose to restrict the release of information about their children must complete and sign the annual parental option form that each child will bring home during the first week of school.

"Directory information" includes the student's name, address, telephone number, date of birth, major field of study, participation in school activities, weight and height of athletes, dates of school attendance, degrees and awards and previous educational institutions attended.

In accordance with state law, Howard County public schools will not release a student's home address or phone number to any person or organization except an organization of parents, teachers, students or former students of the school; an organization or force of the military (for instance, military recruiters); a representative of a community college in the state; or a representative of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Information: 410-313-6682.

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