Schools aim to guide students as they move up academic ladder

Our area schools are producing top-notch students and finding new ways to stay on the cutting edge of education. Rodgers Forge Elementary and Dumbarton Middle Schools will participate in the Feb. 22nd Vertical Articulation Planning meeting. This event for teachers and support staff, in all schools in the Towson Zone, aims to help students as they transition from elementary to middle and then to high school. This transition will be accomplished by the teachers and support staff working together to develop and implement a vertically aligned program to accommodate it.

Parents, who may find teens and 'tweens a bit perplexing, are invited to attend the Dumbarton Middle School PTSA's Active Parenting of Teens classes. Sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Health, this free six week class begins on Feb. 16 and runs until March 20, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. You will find more details in Dumbarton's February Newsletter.

On the student side, congratulations to Dumbarton's seventh-grader, Alex Chrvala, who won the school's Geography Bee, thus earning the right to compete in the state competition. We would also like to mention eight other Dumbarton students, who earned the right to compete in the school Geography Bee. These wizards were: eighth grade – Sam Swayer and Rohit Vadarevu, seventh grade – Taj Singh, Harrison Cosnett and Mason Miller-Breetz, sixth grade – Brendan Carter and Aiden Brown. Kudos to all you super students.

Much more is happening at the schools. Students at Rodgers Forge Elementary are gearing up for the Feb. 26 Jump Rope for Heart. This annual event raises quite a good amount of money to help the American Heart Association. The event is held from 3:45 – 5 p.m.

Speaking of hearts, Dumbarton's Hoops for Heart will partner with the American Heart Association in an effort to help children with special hearts learn how to be heart healthy and feel good. Although it won't take place until April, preparations are now under way.

The Student Government at Dumbarton was thrilled to announce that it collected over 1,000 pounds of food during its December Canned Food Drive. Way to go!

A big round of applause goes to those who helped behind the scenes at Dumbarton's recent talent show. Matthew Ferenschak, school counselor, coordinated the audio, lights and planning. He was ably assisted by Tommy King, Jake Schindler, Zack Jablow and Tara Katims. All the performers were organized by Daniel Sievers of the Math Department. His very efficient elves were Micah Herman, Christina Cebotaru and Tyler Anderson.

Stu Sirota has certainly immersed himself in all aspect of Rodgers Forge. Not only is he executing his RFCA presidential duties with great gusto, but he is waving his magic wand over our community paper. His nifty ideas of old photos, etc. and a return to its original name, Rodgers Forge News, have certainly given it a new look. Thank you, Stu.

Enjoy a warm dish of spaghetti on Feb. 24, at the St. Pius X annual Spaghetti Dinner from 2– 7:30 p.m.. Great food, prepared by Libertores's Ristorante, friends, music and games will provide a fun-filled afternoon. Tickets are $11for adults $7 for children under 12 and $6 for seniors. To learn more about the dinner, you may call the parish office at 410-427-7500 or go to

It isn't too late to catch the lovely paintings of Phylllis Spirt and Shirley Neale that are currently on exhibit at Ascension Lutheran Church. The gallery is open from noon – 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., and the exhibit runs through March 1.

Happy Valentine's Day to one and all on Feb. 14th.

Let us remember the greatness of our first and our sixteenth presidents when Presidents' Day is observed on Feb. 18.

Till we meet again ---

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