Judith Plattner is principal at Severna Park Middle


Severna Park Middle School has a new principal: Judith Plattner.

A former English and reading resource teacher, Plattner fills the position created when Leslie Mobray became director of pupil services for the county Board of Education.

"I think this is a terrific school," says the new principal. "The students and faculty have been very supportive."

She had no problem moving to a new school in mid-October.

"I worked with Mr. Mobray at Annapolis Middle, so I am following someone whose leadership styles I'm familiar with. We share a lot of the same goals."

An assistant principal at Corkran, Annapolis and MacArthur middle schools, Plattner plans an open-door policy at Severna Park to encourage parental involvement.

* Lawyers, doctors and fire chiefs will discuss their jobs with eighth-graders Wednesday at the school's annual Career Day.

Seventh graders are being encouraged to follow a professional in the field of their choice for an entire day in a program called Career Shadowing.

School counselor Dr. William Gerardi is enthusiastic about the year-old program.

"Last year, we piloted the program with 30 students," says Gerardi. "This year, we are trying to give that opportunity to all seventh-graders who are interested."

The difficulty arises in identifying as many as 350 professionals willing to help the youngsters. If you can help, call 647-7900.


The deadline for ordering pizzas from the Severna Park High School Band Boosters is Monday.

Profits from the sale will help pay for instruments and uniforms, The pizzas will be delivered on Nov. 13.

Call 544-8197 or 544-7230 or contact any band member.


"Angels on Parade," the Archbishop Spalding High School Parents Association's annual fashion show, features designs from Chesapeake Village Discount Mall in Queenstown.

The Nov. 18 event is planned for 6 p.m. at Michael's 8th Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Tickets, $22.50 for adults and $15 for students, are available until Nov. 12 by calling 987-0467, 768-2786 or the school at 969-9105.


The Severna Park branch of the American Association of University Women's annual book sale this weekend has moved to a new location: next to the Cosmetic Center in Park Plaza.

Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, the sale will benefit AAUW scholarships.

Rare books will be sold through a silent auction. On Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., books will sell for $1 a bag. For information, call 647-6232.


The Bereavement Center of Hospice of the Chesapeake is offering a free Holiday Support Group for residents who have experienced the death of a loved one and dread the memory-filled holiday season.

Space is limited, so call Betty Asplund at 987-2129 for reservations.


The Children's Theatre of Annapolis Inc., known for its superior children's theatrical productions, has developed a touring troupe. The first production, which will be ready in December, is "Fabulous Fable Factory."

Twelve county youngsters form the cast: Matthew Bridges, Jeremy Corwin, Brigit Murray and Susan Woda of Crofton; Mary Alex Dundics, Tara Lynn Jewett and Laura Shaw of Severna Park; Mara Bross and Brian Hamilton of Annapolis; Eric Eaton of Pasadena; Michael Esterheld of Bowie; and Kimberly Anne Saiia of Crownsville.

The modern retelling of the "Aesop's Fables" is appropriate for day care and senior centers, elementary and middle schools, church and civic groups.

Profits will benefit the Miriam Wolfe Memorial Scholarship Fund.

For an invitation to the preview and booking information, call Ginny Bridges at (410) 721-7753.

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