Pointing out the path ahead to prospective music majors

education notebook

November 23, 2008|By John-John Williams IV | John-John Williams IV,john-john.williams@baltsun.com

Parents and students will have a chance to learn how to pursue a college career in music tomorrow at River Hill High School.

A two-hour event, "So You Want to Major in Music," is open to all county high school students and their parents. The session, which is to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the school auditorium, is sponsored by the school's music department and the school system's Fine Arts Advisory Council.


Parent honored

State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick made her way to Mount Hebron High School on Wednesday to honor parent Larry Walker as part of American Education Week activities.

This year's theme, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," was intended to highlight the importance of providing every child in the United States with a quality public education from kindergarten through college, according to the Maryland State Department of Education.

"I am continuously impressed by the level of dedication to public education that is shown by teachers, principals, students, parents, volunteers and community members throughout the state," Grasmick said in a prepared statement.

Walker, of Ellicott City, developed a Saturday mentoring and homework session for black boys. He has helped organize Asian and Hispanic parent groups. He has served as the president of Parents of African-American Students at Mount Hebron, a group that fosters learning and community.

Walker also has organized community-building activities, an educational field trip to New York City and a student-produced African-American Awareness Month assembly. He has served as a member the Mount Hebron PTSA and school improvement committee. He has worked on the Citizens Advisory Committee as part of the school board's operating budget process.

In April, Walker was the first statewide winner of the Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Award. The award honors parents, guardians and parent groups for their work in support of Maryland public education.

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