Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

October 26, 2008

School redistricting forum to be held

The Anne Arundel County Public Schools' Redistricting Committee looking at school boundary lines for the Mountain Road corridor in Pasadena will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Marley Middle School, 10 Davis Court, to discuss redistricting options available in the Northeast and Chesapeake feeder systems.

Meetings are open to the public. The committees will make their recommendations to Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell, who will forward his recommendations to the Board of Education by December. The board will hold public hearings on the plans before making a decision by April 30.

Details on the redistricting process are available on the school system's Web site, www.aacps.org, in the Hot Topics section. Information: 410-222-5312.

Montessori open house

The Montessori International Children's House will hold informational sessions this fall at its Annapolis campus, 1641 Winchester Road.

The public is welcome to any or all sessions, hosted by the school's educational director Nancy Anselm. Programs include a video, discussion and refreshments. Sessions are free, but reservations are required.

Programs are "Montessori in the Home" at 7 p.m. Tuesday and "Doorway to Lifelong Learning" at 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

The MICH is an independent school for toddler through sixth grade, accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale. Information: 410-757-7789.

Issues essay contest

The Anne Arundel County Government and public schools are partnering to hold an essay contest for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade to explain the issues they face and how to combat or resolve them.

The winners will be interviewed by County Executive John R. Leopold on "Anne Arundel County's Week in Review."

Students can write about any issue that affects them and how they deal with it, or if they need help dealing with something.

Essays should be 300 to 500 words. One boy and one girl from each grade will be chosen as winners by a panel of county and school officials. Deadline for entries is Friday.

Information: 410-222-1357.

Schools close early Friday

Anne Arundel County Public Schools will close two hours early Friday for the end of the first marking period. Pre-kindergarten afternoon pupils and ECI programs will not have classes Friday.

Schools and offices are closed Tuesday for the general election.

Information: 410-222-5000.

Nature programs offered

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary offers fall Home School programs for children ages 7 to 12 at the Glendening Nature Preserve, Plummer Lane gate near Route 4 at Plummer House.

The five-part series begins Nov. 5 with the topic "Streams and their Watersheds" from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., recommended for ages 9 and up. The Dec. 10 program is "Animals in Winter."

The cost is $15 for all five programs and $10 for each additional child, or $3 per child per program ($2 each additional child). Registration is required.

Information: 410-741-9330.

menus

Daily breakfast

Bagel or English muffin with jelly, biscuit or croissant with jelly, roll or wheat bread with jelly, cereal, muffin, cinnamon roll, toaster pastry, graham crackers, mini loaf, orange juice, low-fat and fat-free milk.

Lunches

Tomorrow: Chicken nuggets with dip and roll or tuna salad sub.

Tuesday: Hot dog or chili dog or spaghetti with roll.

Wednesday: Crispy chicken on roll or meatball sub.

Thursday: Taco with soft or hard shell and roll or pork dippers with roll.

Friday: Pizza or crispy fish sub.

Steamed and fresh vegetables, and chef or garden salad with roll and chilled fruit, oven potatoes, whole grain breads, rice, and low-fat or fat-free milk are available daily.

The cost is: $1.25 for breakfast (all schools); 30 cents for reduced-price breakfast; $2.25 for secondary lunch; $2 for elementary lunch; 40 cents for reduced-priced lunch; and 50 cents for a la carte milk.

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