All Howard middle and high school students can attend a student-led Mental Health Forum on May 16.
The forum is aimed at helping combat stigma surrounding mental health and bringing awareness to the issue.
Ambika Siddabathula, the outgoing student member of the school board, is hosting the forum. It is sponsored by the Howard County Association of Student Councils.
Attending students will be able to have safe conversations about mental health, learn stress-relieving strategies and about resources and support available in the school system. They will have an opportunity to speak with mental health professionals.
The forum is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the meeting room at the Board of Education, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City.
Before graduating from high school, all Howard County seniors choose one teacher from their respective school and honor them with the Senior Class Teacher of the Year award.
Seniors and the schools’ student government associations often work together to plan a creative way to surprise the winning teacher.
This year’s Senior Class Teacher of the Year are:
Thomas Stuppy, Atholton High School
Sara Duran, Centennial High School
Philip Singleton, Glenelg High School
Amber Spencer, Hammond High School
Paul Marcantonio, Howard High School
Glen Smith, Long Reach High School
Mark Dubbs, Marriotts Ridge High School
Teyarnte Carter, Mt. Hebron High School
Brett Cutler, Oakland Mills High School
Robert Dudley, Reservoir High School
Jim Fisher, River Hill High School
Mary Kenney, Wilde Lake High School
Jenna Largent, Homewood Bridges
Mark Lam, Homewood Gateway
Kathleen Jones, Applications and Research Laboratory
Thomas Viaduct Middle named ‘Green School’
Thomas Viaduct Middle School was named a certified 2019 Maryland Green School earlier this month by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.
Certified schools “are part of a national and international community of sustainable green schools,” according to a news release.
The Hanover middle school’s recognition signifies that it “has made a commitment to developing stewards of the earth and reducing the environmental impact of our school,” the release says.
Thomas Viaduct opened in 2014 with several environmental features, including a rainwater harvesting system, skylights, and large windows through the building to let in in and reduce light costs and spaces for outdoor learning.
The Green School program began in 1999 by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.