The staff, students and parents of Mount View Middle School have enthusiastically embraced the challenges a new school brings. Many programs are "up and running," according to principal Marion Payne.
The school's PTA has received its charter from the national PTA. Its officers send thanks to the PTAs at Glenwood Middle School, Patapsco Middle School, Waverly Elementary School and West Friendship Elementary School for their start-up donations.
Mount View band director Shelley Williams announces over 100 members in its concert band and wind ensemble.
Sixth-grade students were given an opportunity to begin a band instrument this year. Several seventh- and eighth-grade students are preparing to audition for All-State Band in November, and students in all three grades at the school are practicing the music for auditions for the new, county middle school gifted-and-talented band.
The PTA at Mount View wonders if you want a traffic light at the intersection of routes 32 and 99. If you do, send a letter to Douglas R. Rose, District Engineer, Maryland Department of Transportation, 5111 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, 21201. You may call 1-800-492-5062 or 383-7555.
Many parents have expressed concerns about the longer bus rides many students have this year. To voice your concerns, contact Dwight Stull, Department of Transportation, Howard County Public School System, 10901 Route 108, Ellicott City, 21042, or phone 313-6732.
Pointers Run Elementary School invites parents to attend an overview of the school's gifted-and-talented program. This presentation will include information about gifted-and-talented math for grades four and five and the talent-pool program for grades two through five.
At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Jacklyn Benner and Kathleen Marino, gifted-and-talented resource teachers, will furnish information about the philosophy of the program, the identification process, and program objectives.
Call the school at 313-7142 for more information.
Pointers Run Elementary School is among seven local schools chosen to participate in a school-based management program.
The PTA will nominate and elect three parents to serve on the SBM Council.
If you are a parent of a Pointers Run student and wish to run for election to one of these three posts, your nomination form must be returned to the school by Monday.
3' Call 313-7142 for more information.
If you have not yet registered your child for the Western Howard County Youth Basketball Association, please call (301) 854-3285 obtain a registration form.
Judges selected seven students from Bushy Park Elementary School as members of the Howard County Children's Chorus for this school year. Sasha Heifitz, Edward Krumpotich, Tory
Lancaster, Susan Mundy, Kelly Naber, Matt Sheilds and Bradley Stoehr will add their voices to the sound of the chorus this year.
If your kindergarten-age daughter is interested in joining the Girl Scouts, call Linda Kuba at 442-1247 for information about the Bushy Park cluster scout program.
Perhaps you are in need of child care or wish to serve as a child-care provider in the Bushy Park Elementary School area.
Then you should know about the referral list of registered family child-care providers being developed through Bushy Park Elementary School.
Sharon Upchurch is the contact person for more information, (301) 596-9821.
There was frost on the pumpkins at the Brown's Triadelphia Lake View Farm recently.
My son and I drove by there early in the morning.
The frost had killed the pumpkin vines we had watched grow all summer. Suddenly you could see hundreds of orange fruits on the ground.
The Browns piled many huge pumpkins onto a wagon, and you can buy them. None cost over $5.
The Browns are also offering inexpensive hay rides, apples, cider, corn stalks, and dried Sweet Annie.
Call 489-4460 for more information and directions.
They offer hayrides on Saturdays and by appointment for large groups.
The existence of the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra is a testimony to the dedication and love of children and music shared by Angelo Gatto and his wife, Margaret Keating Gatto. Mr. Gatto founded the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra thirty years ago, and he has been the sole director of this remarkable institution since then.
Mrs. Gatto acts as general manager of the group. Youths from across the state audition to become part of this organization, which has toured in Europe and Taiwan, and has played
extensively here in Maryland. On Jan. 30, 1994, the orchestra will perform in a reunion Concert at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore.
Friends of the orchestra are especially interested in hearing from former members. If you are a former MYSO musician or a friend of the orchestra, please write to MYSO, P.O. Box 27, Glenwood, 21738 for more information about the events of this season.
If your company or organization would like to contribute this season, you may inquire at the same address.
* Red Ribbon week comes along each year in October.
County schools focus on wellness and substance abuse resistance awareness during that week.
Glenwood Middle School's PTSA will kick off Red Ribbon week, which runs from Oct. 18 through Oct. 21, with a general meeting Monday night at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
Call the school at 313-5520 for more information.
* Ana Martinez of West Friendship and Tess Crocker of Clarksville both attend Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville.
Their fellow students recently elected them to hold class offices.
Miss Martinez is treasurer of the junior class, and Miss Crocker is sophomore class co-secretary.
* Green Bridge Pottery at 5159 Green Bridge Road in Dayton has a Fall Festival planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
You can join the potters and their guests.
They will be enjoying live jazz, Thai cuisine and fresh coffee, along with the displayed art.
In addition to the pottery, you will see woodworking, origami jewelry, and landscapes.
Call Green Bridge Pottery at (410) 531-3181 for directions and more information.