ASSISTING OTHER STUDENTS
HAMPSTEAD - With the assistance of the Maryland Department of Education, North Carroll High is training a Student Assistance Team.
Composed of members of the North Carroll staff and a member of Junction, this team aims at helping students who are having difficulties because of drug and alcohol abuse, home or community problems or other problems that could cause them to become dysfunctional or suicidal.
The team, working on a referral basis, will become active next semester.
After a student is referred to the team through the guidance department or administration, team members will determine what is causing the problem and send the student to someone who can help solve it.
In other school activities:
* The Board of Education will have its monthly meeting 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 271 of the board's offices. The public is encouraged to attend the discussion of state and local improvement initiatives.
* Loretta Hill's reading class from East Middle will read to students at the Precious and Few Daycare on Dec. 20.
* Peg Pearce, a biology teacher at North Carroll High, received an honorable mention in the state Biology Teacher of the Year program. Pearce has been recognized as a master teacher at North Carroll and throughout Maryland.
HELPING THE COMMUNITY
Students at Northwest Middle have been collecting and donating holiday gifts to be given to Neighbors in Need and Springfield State Hospital in Sykesville.
Collection drives will continue through Tuesday, after which students will wrap the presents.
Other community service programs include:
* North Carroll Middle sixth-graders in Team III recognize the elderly and shut-ins as important members of the community by making bookmarks, cards and place mats during student development period.
* Students from Sykesville Middle recently worked on the Piney Run Park lakeshore by cleaning up trash. Melanie Hancock, Jen Whalen, Katie Reier, Megan Brown and teacher Karen Krupinski participated in the project.
MUSIC OF THE SEASON
Many Carroll County public schools will be presenting holiday music and dramatic productions through the season.
School programs include:
* Tomorrow -- Sandymount Elementary at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Northwest Middle at 2 p.m.; Freedom Elementary at 7 p.m.; and North Carroll Middle at 7:30 p.m.
* Tuesday -- Northwest Middle at 9 a.m.; Manchester Elementary at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Elmer Wolfe at 1:30 p.m.; Mount Airy Elementary at 7 p.m.; Mount Airy Middle; 7:30 p.m. at South Carroll High; Robert Moton at 7:30 p.m.; and Westminster High's instrumental concert at 7:30 p.m.
* Wednesday -- Manchester Elementary at 7 p.m.; New Windsor Middle's vocal concert at 1:30 p.m.; 7 p.m. at South Carroll; and West Middle's instrumental concert at 7:30 p.m.
* Thursday -- New Windsor Middle's vocal concert at 7:50 a.m.; Freedom Elementary at 9 a.m.; Manchester Elementary at 7 p.m.; Liberty High's choral concert at 7:30 p.m.; and Winfield Elementary at 7:30 p.m.
* Friday -- Eldersburg Elementary will have dress rehearsal for the winter program at 1:30 p.m.
STUDENTS ARE RECOGNIZED
Two Westminster High students have been recognized by the school as November's Student of the Month.
Bryan Edward Woolston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mason Woolston of here, was honored by the media center.
"Bryan has spent the past four years actively involved with the media center. He has worked as an assistant during his lunch mods, been an active member of the Projection Club and available for videotaping and comes to the media center everyday during homeroom to take an ID picture," said Marge Kimble, WHS media specialist.
Nell Young, another media specialist, agreed.
"Bryan has always been there for us," she said. "We can depend on him when other students have long since lost interest in the Projection Club.
He is our 'ace in the hole' and 'old reliable,' and he knows what he is doing around equipment."
Bryan's other school activities include concert and marching bands, and he is involved in his church's youth group.
He plans to attend a liberal arts college.
WHS's English department honored Julie Bailey, daughter of Donna Biemiller and Ronald Bailey of Westminster.
"She is very enthusiastic, has good rapport with students and is extremely dependable," said Stacy Byrne, the WHS English teacher for whom Julie is a writing assistant. "She will get things done and is able to draw students out in a positive way."
Other English teachers, such as Mary Kay Maurer, echoed these thoughts.
"She is a Renaissance woman -- very well-rounded and diligent," said Maurer.
Her other school-related activities include being senior class president, varsity cheerleading, Art Club, student senate, Spanish Club, National Honor Society and the girls athletic board.
She has also served as a student representative to the Carroll County Board of Education's School Improvement Task Force and to the Drug and Alcohol Planning Commission.
"I feel very honored that my English teachers selected me as an outstanding student," Julie said. "I am proud and flattered."
She plans to attend a four-year college and possibly major in business communications or English.
The Westminster Kiwanis Club, which sponsors the program, honored both students at a recent meeting.
LEARN ABOUT THE SWAMP
Environmentalist and musician Billy Brennan will entertain Sandymount Elementary students Wednesday with "Romp in the Swamp."
The PTA-sponsored program, which focuses on preserving the life of swamp animals, consists of a slide show and sing-a-long with the children.
In other Sandymount activities:
* As part of the guidance program on self-esteem, students discussed families in November. Children brought in pictures of themselves and their families for the "classroom family tree" and had classroom activities with family customs and traditions.
For "School Family Day," students wore buttons, similar hats or clothing to identify themselves as part of a certain class.
In December, children will donate clothing for the needy for the theme "Warm from Head to Toe." Students who donate items will have their names added to the hallway lists.
* Matthew Kelly, Catherine Johnson, Amy Conaway, Allyson Wahlgren, Kristina Gover, Adam Tenney and Adam Fisher received awards for completing the Summer Science Fun Packet.