Education Notes


December 21, 2008

School closings set for holiday

Harford County public schools will close elementary schools 2 1/2 hours early Tuesday for planning time.

All public schools will be closed Wednesday through Jan. 2 for the winter holiday. Schools will reopen Jan. 5.

Information: 410-588-5203.

HCC to offer basics to adults

Harford Community College will offer Pre-GED Advising Sessions for adults who want to improve their basic reading, writing or math skills.

Free Adult Basic Education review classes or one-on-one literacy tutoring programs for beginning readers are available at various times, dates and locations Jan. 5-8.

The college also will offer English as a Second Language (ESL) Advising at various dates, times and locations Jan. 5-9. ESL is for foreign-born adults 16 years of age or older who would like to improve English communication skills, including listening, speaking, reading and writing. Free beginning and intermediate classes begin every six weeks.

Attendance at an advising session is required for entry into the classes.

Information: 410-836-4115.

Name gets unanimous vote

The Board of Education of Harford County has announced the name of the new elementary school being constructed off Schucks Road, near Churchville, as Campus Hills Elementary School.

The board was unanimous in choosing the name from more than 20 names that had been submitted.

The school is scheduled to open in August 2011.

6 students to serve as pages

Six Harford County public school students will serve as pages at the 2009 General Assembly in Annapolis.

The student pages will serve members of the House and Senate.

The pages are Viona Miller of Joppatowne High, Gerard Neely of C. Milton Wright High, William Richardson of North Harford High, David "DJ" Sigworth and Gregory Waterworth of Fallston High and Nick Temple of John Carroll School.

7 teachers earn certification

Seven Harford County public school educators have achieved board certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

The teachers went through a rigorous process that took at least a year to complete.

Newly certified teachers are: Andrew Grant, Aberdeen High, social studies - history/adolescence and young adulthood; Heather Hamilton, Magnolia Elementary, generalist/early childhood; Patricia Krysiak and Cynthia Lippencott, Darlington Elementary, literacy - reading-language arts/early and middle childhood; Sandra McMichael, Fallston High, English language arts/adolescence and young adulthood; Christian Slattery, Hall's Cross Roads Elementary, music/early and middle childhood; Tiffany Wendland, Fallston High, science/adolescence and young adulthood.

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