"What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul," said the English essayist Joseph Addison, who lived from 1672 until 1719. His words are old, but his idea is contemporary.
This is American Education Week, a time to re-examine the sculpture we call education. Most schools invite parents to observe children and teachers in the classrooms during American Education Week. Howard County elementary and middle schools close two hours early every day next week for parent conferences. High schools dismiss two hours early Wednesday through Friday.
If you wish to speak to your child's teachers, please call your child's school to make an appointment.
Bushy Park Elementary School's cafeteria staff, led by Barbara King, invites Bushy Park parents to eat lunch with their children Monday. Call the school at 313-5500 for times and information.
Clarksville Elementary School's PTA invites the community to its annual book fair, which will be held all next week. It's a good place to buy holiday gifts for children on your gift list. The organizers promise a wide selection of books and other media.
Call the school at 313-7050 for more information.
To celebrate American Education Week, Clarksville Elementary School will have a Family Read-In at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 in the media center. Families are invited to attend the program "Everybody Reads." People from many walks of life will read in their professional garb.
A group of bright students at Glenelg High School has put much effort into becoming an "It's Academic" team this year.
Captain Raymond Walker, a senior, reports that this group of nine meets twice each week with faculty sponsor Patricia Stevenson to practice for matches. If you want to watch a close match of "It's Academic," starring Raymond, senior Sarah Ramirez and junior Emily Gault, tune in to WJZ Channel 13 at 11 a.m. Nov. 27.
They compete against teams from Queen Anne's County and Roland Park in a fast-paced match. The team, which includes seniors John Kozora, Kevin Johnson and William Benz, junior Emily Reinke and sophomores John Haybert and Daniel Gaffney, has two more matches scheduled this year.
On Nov. 21, they will compete at the University of Maryland in College Park, and on Feb. 5, they compete at Loyola College in Baltimore.
Call Mrs. Stevenson at Glenelg High at 313-5528 for more
Several weeks ago I wrote about the frustration many people in our area feel about the lack of a convenient library.
Last Saturday, I spoke with County Executive Charles I. Ecker at his Saturday morning chat with the citizens at the Clarksville Fire station. Dr. Ecker told me that the county government is planning a library in Glenwood. Planning funds are currently marked for 1997, with construction in fiscal year 1998. The area around Glenwood Middle and Bushy Park Elementary schools is slated for development, which will include the new library, a recreation center, a fire station, perhaps a satellite health clinic, and a senior citizen center. This much-needed complex is in the planning stages, but the voices of Western Howard County have been heard.
It's important for Western Howard citizens to speak up during the planning process to ensure that development plans meet the unique needs of our diverse population.
Bushy Park Elementary School is proud to list Junior Editions, a children's book store at The Mall in Columbia, as one of its educational partners.
Proprietor Mary Grant is supporting programs at the school. Currently 10 Bushy Park students have their art on display there. Their "Personality Bear" pictures will be shown until tomorrow.
Drew Caldwell, Amie Kasakitis, Robbie Brookfield, Stephanie Capps, Matthew McShea, Josh Walters, Sara Potler, Bradley Klein, Candice Keys and Danielle Devereaux are the artists of these colorful works.
Apparently the students at Bushy Park Elementary School have heard their parents talk about year-round school. They wanted to know more about the idea, so the Student Government Association invited speakers to fill them in.
School Superintendent Michael Hickey answered the students' questions Oct. 22. Principal Philip Arbaugh met with the students Nov. 5, and County Executive Ecker will respond to their queries tomorrow.
Students will pass their new- found information on to their classmates in classroom SGA meetings.
Brownie Troop 646 visited the Clarksville Fire Station Tuesday afternoon to learn about fire safety.
Troop leader Marilyn Hopkins took the Clarksville Elementary School first- , second- , and third-grade girls to the fire station as part of their Scouting achievement program.
Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church presents their holiday bazaar from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. This unique bazaar features Christmas decorations and handmade gifts crafted by members of the church.
Volunteers have met once a week all year to make love knots, wreaths, miniature Christmas trees, dried apple wreaths and cookie cutter Christmas ornaments.
They'll offer food samples prepared from recipes in the church cookbook, and you can win a door prize. This is only the second Shepherd of The Glen Christmas Bazaar, and it's already on some people's list as a get-there-early event.
Call Carol Kramer at 442-2475 for more information.
Life with a middle school student can be a joy or a long series of misunderstandings. If you want to learn more about life with your middle school student, there's a program at Mount View Middle School you won't want to miss.
Alice Haskins, director of Howard County Middle Schools, will speak at the general PTA meeting in the dining room at Mount View at 7 p.m. Monday.
Ms. Haskins will offer parents advice in her talk titled "Adolescent Characteristics." The Mount View PTA invites parents outside the Mount View area to join them for this informative session.
Call the school at (410) 313-5545 for more information.