Towson Education Notes

Education Notes

October 24, 2011

Rodgers Forge students stage the Halloween Book Character Parade

Dressing as characters found in books, students at Rodgers Forge Elementary School, 250 Dumbarton Road, will participate in a pre-Halloween character parade through the school's neighborhood on Friday, Oct. 28. The parade is designed to challenge students to consider books they have read and figure out how to make the characters "come alive."

The parade will begin on the hard court area near the school and continue through neighborhood streets. For details, call Sophie Fineran or Sue Deise, at 410-887-3582.

Halloween Spook-Tacular event at Ridge Ruxton School

Ghosts and goblins will be on hand at Ridge Ruxton School, 6916 Charles St., for the school's Halloween Spook-Tacular, 1 to 4 p.m., Oct. 29. The event will feature Halloween-themed food, fun, activities, and crafts and students dressed in costume for some trick-or-treating. Admission is $5 per person or a maximum of $20 per family.

For dedtails, call Mary Muñoz or Edmund Bennett, at 410-887-3594.

Nov. 2 session to help parents of gifted middle school students plan high school

Parents of gifted and talented students in seventh, eighth and ninth grades can receive advice and materials to help their students choose high school courses and activities during a evening session Nov. 2 at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave.

Counselors from Baltimore County Public Schools and representatives from the county's GT office and the Citizens Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented Education will be available during the session, 6:45-9 p.m. Session topics include:

• How students can achieve academic success while maintaining a balance in their lives.

• The difference between AP, GT and Honors classes, and how to choose the right course.

Presentations will be by:

• Tim Hayden, acting coordinator, BCPS Office of School Counseling;

• Kristina Boxley, Catonsville High School counseling department chairwoman;

• Matt Ferenschak, Dumbarton Middle School counseling department chairman;

• Deborah Franklin, Sudbrook Magnet Middle School counseling department chairwoman; and

• Ken Dickson, BCPS Office of Gifted and Talented Education coordinator.

Material such as timelines, planning charts and contact information will be provided to take home. Parents and students are welcome.

The program is sponsored by Citizens' Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented Education, a parent and community advocacy group supporting Gifted and Talented Education K-12 in Baltimore County Public Schools.

Call Jessica Paffenbarger at 410-494-9008 or email for more information.

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