Several Mount Airy Middle musical groups received high ratings at recent competitions.

The Jazz Ensemble received three excellent ratings in performance and a superior rating of I in sight reading at theArundel High School Jazz Ensemble April 25.

A superior rating was also earned by the band at the Francis Scott Key Jazz Festival that same day.

Students also participated in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival at Towson State University, Baltimore County on April 27. To qualify for this competition, students had to receive a superior rating at the county festival.

Winners were Janice Geldmacher and Angela Gottschall, who received and excellentrating on their clarinet duet and their solo performances.

David Proudfoot received a superior rating on his tuba solo.

In other music news, Eric Larson -- junior at Westminster High -- was selected through an audition process to perform with the Music Educators National Conference All-Eastern Orchestra.

Only 10 students were chosen for the performance at the convention in Pittsburgh April 18-21.


All fifth- and eighth-graders are taking theCriterion Referenced Tests this week and next as part of the Maryland School Performance Program.

Students will be tested in the areasof reading, writing, language usage and mathematics.

Scores will be available next year and be used to compare students to those of the same grade level in other Carroll and Maryland school systems.

Comparisons will be made using entire grade levels, not individual students.

In other school news:

* Sandymount Elementary will have a volunteer luncheon Friday.

* A Head Start/Extended Elementary Enrichment Program parent meeting will at 9 a.m. May 20 at Elmer Wolfe Elementary.

* Northwest Middle sixth-graders will visit the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore on May 20.

* Linda Fang, a storyteller from China, will present a cultural arts program to Sykesville Middle eighth-graders on May 20.



WESTMINSTER -- The Alvin Ailey American Theater Foundation Dance Team will present a demonstration on Wednesday.

In keeping withthe Alvin Ailey Foundation's guidelines, a representative group of dancers will perform the 45-minute program to students who have been recognized for cooperation.



WESTMINSTER -- The fifth-grade class of St. John School has been keeping busy.

The class completed the Book-It Program sponsored by Pizza Hut. Because all 34 students reached their goal, the class was rewarded with a pizza party from Pizza Hut.

A teacher-staff raffle sponsored by the class netted $300 for Camp St. Vincent for underprivileged children in Baltimore.

On April 19, the class went to Annapolis for a field trip to tour the Naval Academy and State House. Sen.Larry E. Haines, R-5, Carroll, Baltimore, gave class members a packet of materials about the state that is being used in their unit on Maryland.

Upcoming field trips include Harpers Ferry May 17 and the Basilica and Fort McHenry May 31.

The fifth grade welcomed home a soldier from the Persian Gulf May 1. Marine Capt. David Berger visited the class to thank it for writing to him while he was stationed in the Mideast.

During his visit, Berger explained his part in Operation Desert Storm and answered the students' questions. Berger's nephew, Nick Reedy, is a member of the class.

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