Now that the Howard County Fair is over, it's time to start thinking about going back to school. All of the neighborhood schools have scheduled orientations for new students and their parents, along with open houses for returning students.

At Bushy Park Elementary School, the new family orientation will be Friday, Sept. 1, from 1 to 2 p.m. The open house for all students will be the same day from 2 to 3 p.m.


Dayton Oaks Elementary School will hold kindergarten and new student orientation on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 1:45 p.m. The open house for all students will be held later that afternoon from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

At Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School, a new principal, Tiffany Tresler, will be welcoming students. Kindergarten back-to-school night will be Thursday, Aug. 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All the other events will be held on Friday, Sept. 1. The kindergarten open house will be held from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. New student orientation for all students in grades first through fifth will be from 1 to 1:45 p.m. and open house will be from 2 to 3 p.m.

Glenwood Middle School will hold an orientation for sixth graders and other new student on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

At Folly Quarter Middle School, the new student orientation will be Thursday, Aug. 31, from 1 to 2 p.m. New students will receive general school information, schedules and locker information while they tour class rooms and meet teachers. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. that evening, all students and families are welcome to the tour the building and meet the staff at the open house.

Back-to-school night at Glenelg High School will be Thursday, Aug. 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. New student orientation will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31

The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 5, so there is still some time before the school buses return to the road.

There are some great opportunities at the Glenwood Branch of the Howard County Public Library to help older students get up to speed on math skills before school begins. There are also classes with information about the daunting process of applying to college. Registration is required for all of these classes. Go on line to the library website or call 410-313-5577 to register.

High school geometry prep is offered to students in grades eigth through 12th who have completed algebra 1. Students will review basic geometry and algebra skills and get a preview of what to expect in their Geometry class. The five sessions will be offered Monday, Aug. 28 through Friday, Sept. 1 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each day. Bring your calculator.

If you have already passed algebra 2, and are taking calculus this fall, then Intro to Calculus is for you. Students in grades 10 through 12 will review algebra and trigonometry skills while they sample calculus. A graphing calculator is recommended for this class. The five sessions will be offered Monday, Aug. 28, through Friday, Sept. 1, from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. each day.

Two workshops to help prepare high-school students for the hard work of applying for college are also being offered. Intro to College Applications and Essays: Writing the College Essay will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Navigating the College Application Process will be held Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Local expert Gail Jacobson will share strategies for applying to college. Students ages 14 through 18 and their parents, who are strongly encouraged to attend, will learn tips for writing essays along with suggestions for selecting, visiting and applying for college.