Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

November 02, 2008

Board of Education meeting open to public

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the administration building, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis.

The meeting is open to the public, and citizen comment is encouraged.

Information: 410-222-5000.

International program

Odenton elementary School has been chosen as one of 50 schools across the nation to participate in McDonald's "Passport to Play" program on Wednesday.

"Passport to Play" is a multicultural approach to childhood playing featuring 11 games from around the world.

Pupils will learn how to play games that children in four other countries play.

"This unique event is extraordinary for us as we focus on diversity in our building and around the world," said assistant principal Tracey Ahern.

"Odenton Elementary is thrilled to learn about games around the world."

Games will be played within a colorful inflatable structure that resembles a compass.

A globe in the middle displays the game icons and the countries.

Odenton Elementary was nominated for the program by the Odenton McDonald's, with which the school has a partnership.

Magnet program meetings

Anne Arundel County Public Schools will hold a series of public information meetings around the county on the Magnet School Program.

Students and parents will learn about the Magnet School programs, how to apply, and meet other students and staff in the program. Spanish and Korean interpreters will be available at meetings.

All meetings will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., unless noted.

* STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for students entering ninth grade in 2009-2010: tomorrow at North County High, and Thursday at South River High.

* An Education Expo will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Center for Applied Technology South at the South River Colony Shopping Center, Edgewater.

* Get Smart Through Art Performing & Visual Arts for students entering sixth and seventh grade in 2009-2010: Nov. 10 at Bates Middle.

* Prospective IB Middle Years Programme for students entering sixth grade in 2009-2010: Nov. 12 at MacArthur Middle, Nov. 13 at Annapolis Middle, and Nov. 20 at Old Mill Middle north.

* Extended Learning Program/IB Diploma Programme for students entering ninth grade in 2009-2010: Nov. 12 at Annapolis High, Nov. 19 at Meade High, and Nov. 20 at Old Mill High.

Information about the Magnet programs are available from school guidance counselors or online at www.aacps.org/advancedprograms.

Turkey 5K Trot slated

Anne Arundel Community College will hold the 20th annual Turkey 5K Trot and One Mile Jaunt to benefit its fitness center at noon Nov. 20 on the Arnold campus.

Participants can compete individually or as a team of two in the predicted time and fastest time categories.

Fees are: $10 for the one mile jaunt; $12-$25 through Nov. 14 for the 5K trot, and $18-$30 afterward.

Information: 410-777-2767.

Montessori open house

The Montessori International Children's House will hold an open house for prospective students and their parents 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at 1641 Winchester Road, Annapolis.

Parents can learn about the Montessori philosophy of teaching and learning, tour the school, browse materials and meet with administrators, teachers and current parents.

The MICH is an independent school for toddler through sixth grade, accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale.

Information: 410-757-7789.

Tutor Pool available

The Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County has available its annual Tutor Pool, a source book of county teachers who offer private tutoring services for a fee, for parents whose child needs extra help.

Tutors are listed by subject for elementary and secondary levels, including special education and foreign languages.

Parents can obtain copies of the Tutor Pool for specific subjects by calling the TAAAC office at 410-224-3330, 410-841-6022 or 301-261-8309.

Pam Engel GENA certified

Glen Burnie High School science teacher Pam Engel has completed the Geneticist-Educator Network of Alliances Certification.

The certification process requires geneticist-teacher teams to develop curricula using novel techniques and to assess student understanding.

Engel helped design materials to better prepare students to create, analyze and form conclusions from family pedigrees.

"By first engaging the students with their own family pedigree, they can better understand how their traits were inherited," Engel said.

As part of the certification, Engel examined state and national science standards and identified topics most difficult for students to comprehend.

These materials will help students more easily grasp the complexity of genetics.

Engel has taught at Glen Burnie for the past 11 years.

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 fiesta pizza.

Tuesday: Schools closed.

Wednesday: Crispy chicken on roll or pizza sub.

Thursday: Taco with soft or hard shell and roll or hamburger.

Friday: Pizza or fish nuggets with roll.

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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