Education Notes


November 16, 2008

Information systems security exam prep

Harford Community College is taking registration for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional Certification.

The test preparation class provides the information that information security professionals need to succeed on the certification exam.

The course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow through Friday at the Higher Education Center at HEAT.

Information: or 443-360-9108.

A public reading at Cecil

Students from Cecil College's Introduction to Creative Writing class will present a public reading of Original Words at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Technology Center Amphitheater on the North East campus at One Seahawk Drive.

Participating students include Heather Duffer, Andy Hamilton, Chris D'Antonio, Kevin Cosby, Jerry Warner, Laura Manchester, Vaughan Ellerton and Jaimie Horton.

Andrea Cumbo, assistant professor of English, teaches students the techniques and practice of writing and reading poetry, fiction and literary nonfiction; the creative process of writers; the state of contemporary culture as seen in literature; and their own writing process, passions and limitations.

Information: 410-287-6060, ext. 522.

Geospatial technologies

Joppatowne High School's homeland security students will demonstrate geospatial technologies from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Wednesday for GIS Day, during the National Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week.

Sophomores and juniors in the program will demonstrate the software they have been working on this year, including Satellite Tool Kit and ArcGIS 9.1.

The Joppatowne students are applying GIS as part of the program. Students in "Foundations of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness" a 10th-grade course, are given an overview of GIS concepts and how the technology applies to tackling emergency-preparedness issues.

Information: 410-588-5354.

School plans open house

Forest Hill Nursery School will hold an open house from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at 2230 Rock Spring Road (Route 24), Forest Hill, in the Child Development Center of Advent Lutheran Church. Visitors can meet the teachers and explore the classrooms.

Registration is requested.

Information: 410-838-0868.

Workshop for parents

The Highlands School will hold a parent workshop, "Improving Handwriting Skills," from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the school, 2409 Creswell Road, Bel Air.

Beth Moore, educational consultant and Orton-Gillingham Academy Fellow Practitioner, will teach parents how to correct pencil grip, posture and letter formation play in a child's handwriting. The workshop is free to the public. Reservations are requested.

Information: 410-836-1415.

Early close Friday

Harford County schools will close elementary schools 2 1/2 hours early Friday for teachers' planning time.

Information: 410-588-5203.

Literacy effort

The Literacy Education Department of Harford Community College is seeking volunteers to assist instructors in Adult Basic Education programs and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes next spring around the county.

An adult math class and an ESOL class meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays at the Edgewood library.

No specialized training is necessary.

Information: 410-836-4115.

Tuition discount offered

St. John the Evangelist School will offer a tuition discount to families who are active members of any Roman Catholic church in the area.

Prospective families should contact the school or attend its open house from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday. The school's Web site is

St. John's is one of the oldest parochial schools in Baltimore County, with an enrollment of 257 students in pre-K through grade eight. The 2008-2009 school year marks the 150th anniversary of this Middle States-accredited school.

The school provides education rooted in Catholic Christian values and traditions, with emphasis on teaching the child spiritually, intellectually, socially, personally and physically.

Information: 410-592-9585.

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