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Patapsco Middle School to mark 25th anniversary


Patapsco Middle School will celebrate its 25th anniversary today with music, song and games.

Later this week, students will present an anniversary production of "Guys and Dolls." Students have been preparing for the celebration by playing "Name That Tune" with music played in 1970 and holding a 1970s dress-up day.

Today, the children will attend performances by the band, orchestra, choir and jazz ensemble.

Students from Kathryn Potocki's classes will present historical docudramas.

Later in the afternoon, parents will run concessions, and ball games and an obstacle course will cover school grounds.

Although the school is expecting visitors today, Phase 2 of its renovation has started, and the interior is torn up.

With Phase 1 complete, all the open classrooms have been replaced with more traditional closed spaces and wings for each of the three grades.

A treat is in store for today's celebrants.

In preparation for Friday's production of "Guys and Dolls," cast members will give a sneak peek of the show.

Under the direction of teachers Kathy Unrath and Judy Templeton, Patapsco students have worked on all aspects of the production, from script writing to program design.

The cast of 90 players will sing, dance, and act with musical backup provided by the jazz ensemble, directed by Kim Chamberlin.

Vocal music has been arranged and directed by Dan LeJeune, 1994-1995 Music Educator of the Year.

"Guys and Dolls" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Mount Hebron High School on Route 99. At $1 admission, it's going to be a bargain.

For information about this week's activities, call the school at (410) 313-2848.


Cub Scout Pack 874 of Ellicott City received a "Best in Show" award at the annual Scout Expo held at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium on May 20.

More than 80 packs from the Baltimore Area Council attended the show, making the Best in Show award quite an honor.

Pack 874's exhibit was a "Scrapbook of a Year in Scouting," showing activities from camping and historical trips to Gettysburg and Mount Vernon and handmade items by the Cubs, including pinewood derby cars and regatta boats.

Judges acclaimed the display for detailing the activities of an active Scout program.


Elkridge Elementary and Deep Run Elementary schools are sister schools: They are close in location and share the community of Elkridge.

So it's no surprise that when Elkridge Elementary children were collecting pennies for the survivors of the Oklahoma City tragedy, Deep Run children also were doing their part.

Fifth-graders at Deep Run held an unusual fund-raiser, a "Test-a-Thon" that synchronized with the Maryland State Performance Assessment.

The children found sponsors to pay them for each hour they took the required test.

The fund-raiser netted $684.05, says reading teacher Paula Silverstein.

Last week a check was sent to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.


Parents of Dunloggin Middle School sixth-graders are invited to a garden dedication and poetry sharing Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Because the dedication will be held in the new garden in front of the school, the focus will be on the wildlife habitat.

Dorsey Hall Garden Club worked with the school's Horticulture Club to select maintenance-free plants, half of which are Maryland native species and many of which are drought-resistant.

Funding for the garden came from the school's PTA, St. John's Lane Community Association, the Department of Education Grounds Department, River Hill Nursery and Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

The poetry will come from works written by the students. Each child contributed a poem to a booklet to be taken home as a memento.

The poetry project was inspired by poet-in-residence Bonnie Goldberg, who worked with the English classes for several weeks earlier in the spring.


May 13 was Howard County Recreation and Parks' most recent "Archaeology Adventures" morning, held at the Patapsco Female Institute.

The institute, a women's school existing in Ellicott City's early years, had fallen into disrepair when local groups took an interest in it.

Now, with generous funding, the institute is being stabilized and readied for its September opening as a park and museum.

Lee Preston, the group leader and teacher at Atholton High School, began the morning with a slide show, detailing the history of the institute and telling something about recent explorations of the school's past.

The slide show's culmination was a tour of the grounds.

I was delighted with the changes I saw. Having seen the site in progress earlier in the winter, I was amazed at the progress made in the short time.

The grounds are partially reseeded, the ruins nearly stabilized.

By the end of the tour, the class realized the former beauty of the site.

After the tour, the group helped the historical research as we cleaned and labeled artifacts from the school's grounds.

The next "Archaeology Adventure" morning will be June 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children age 8 and up are welcome to attend with a parent.

Call the Department of Parks and Recreation at (410) 313-PARK for information and registration.

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