IT'S FUN being a parent of school-age children. You get to relive your own school years. Yes, I am talking about that dreaded scourge of the dinner table and of family hour -- homework.
With that in mind, Jackie Brown, a math teacher at Patuxent Valley Middle School, recently presented a workshop for parents, called "Helping With Homework: Translating the New Language of Math From Our Old Vocabulary."
She shared hints for parents of elementary through high school students on helping with math homework. Parents interested in further details can contact the PTA about such hints.
Ms. Brown isn't the only active teacher at Patapsco Valley Middle School. Reading specialist Theresa Pfister organized a summer reading program. She encouraged students to read two books during the summer, then turn in a book report. Well, the tally is just in -- 140 Patapsco Valley students (that's about a quarter of the student body) turned in 349 reports covering more than 700 books! Congratulations to the summer readers.
Patapsco Valley students have mounted a recycling project. Teacher Mary Foster has students collecting paper from each classroom once a week. The paper is recycled, preserving trees and reducing the waste stream that goes into landfills.
Hammond High School has a bunch of talented students -- I still haven't finished listing all the awards the students won.
Natasha Epps, Andy Hayford, Genelle Niblack and Brandy Peaker have been named commended students in the 1996 National Achievement Awards Scholarship Program.
The staff of the Bear Press, Hammond High's school newspaper, also received an honor. The paper was awarded a silver medal rating by the Columbia Scholastic Journalism Association, a prestigious journalism association.
Hammond High senior Patty Wilson is in charge of the monthlong clothes drive at the school sponsored by Students Helping Other People. SHOP is a county organization that discourages student abuse of alcohol, drugs and tobacco by organizing fun activities, educational programs and community service opportunities.
Students can bring in clothes during their third-period class through Thursday. The class that collects the most clothing will get a dessert party during lunch.
Mark your calendars for one of Savage's most charming and enduring traditions, the Community Thanksgiving service.
The pastors of several churches get together annually to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, on Wednesday, the Savage United Methodist Church plays host to the service.
Bethel Assembly of God pastor Don Cox will be the featured speaker. All are invited to this ecumenical holiday service. The Savage United Methodist Church is at the corner of Foundry and Baltimore streets in Savage.
Tonight, Bethel Christian Academy will sponsor its second annual banquet featuring the fine food prepared in the kitchens of the Elkridge Furnace Inn.
Owners Stephen and Patti Wecker are parents of Bethel students and have donated their time to preparing the meal. The money collected will go to improving the school's computer lab. A few complimentary tickets remain available.
For more information about the banquet or about Bethel Christian Academy, call the school at (301) 725-4673.