Stevens Forest concert features array of student, faculty talent


STEVENS FOREST Elementary School presented its annual Winter Concert last week at Oakland Mills High School. The chorus comprised more than a hundred students, 21 students performed in the beginners string group, and 10 other students played in the intermediate and advanced string ensemble. There were 44 beginner and advanced band musicians, and 16 girls and boys played chimes.

The holiday program was co-directed by music teacher Charlene Critcher and Nina Clopton, chorus and handbell teacher. Folk songs of America, England, France and Norway were played by the string musicians and beginner band and the advanced band added its versions of Japanese and calypso numbers that were a pleasant diversion from the traditional music.

Chorus soloists were Audrey Snyder, Ruth Schram, Roger Emerson, Terry Kirkland and Teresa Jennings. Teachers Nancy Charamella and Barry Palmer and instructional assistants Barbara Leapley and Pat Hatcher added their talents. The evening was a cooperative effort appreciated by all.

Meanwhile, Stevens Forest art students have their work on display at Historic Savage Mill. The entries of Scott McGehee, Kemi Gbadebo, Devin Kitchelt and Kirah Yen in the "Sharing What We Teach" exhibit were coordinated by Howard County public schools art teachers to display the various methods and topics covered by the teachers in their art classes.

Nancy Charamella displayed a science topic (insects) from initial drawings to finished art. The science topic was part of a cross-curricular project at the school that involved reading, science and art classes. Media teacher Kris Meyer read Chris Van Allsburg's "Two Bad Ants" as an introduction to the students' science topic.

The exhibit is open through Jan. 11.

Sitting service

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish's Young Adult Group in Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake villages and St. Louis Church in Clarksville are offering free baby-sitting Saturday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. for parents who need to do holiday shopping. Children of all ages may be brought to Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, Wilde Lake Village or St. Louis Church. Pre-registration, 715-1042 or 290-9480, is necessary so that the young adults can be prepared to care for their young charges.

Super students

Oakland Mills High School teachers have listed their Students of the Quarter: Andrea Summers, Tracie Weber, Doug Williams, David Matthews, Jocelyn McAllister, Fronica Schoeny, Brian Levinson, Candice Harding, Ginny Dye, Josh Baker, Karmen Ball, Greg Edwards, Dana Weekes, Jenny Keast, Evan Chiang, Stephanie Bryant, Chrissie Rochester, Michelle Choi, Rebecca Ross, Mala Hosmane, Chris Nichter, Rian Lemerise, Darrel Beckman, Tammy Burroughs, Wai Loong Hon, Kristen Arnold, Thai Pham, James Alexander, Bonatta Giliam, Johanna Blakely, Jayna Bell and Talia Kowitt. Criteria for the selections are high effort, high achievement, enthusiasm and most improvement.

Toy drop-off

There are two days left for residents of Owen Brown Village to bring their donations of new toys (unwrapped), childrens' clothing and canned goods for families to the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. Owen Brown Village. Information: (410) 381-0202.

Computer distribution

William Craig, mathematics department chair, physics teacher Robert Siskind and 24 of their students at Oakland Mills presented IBM-compatible 286 computers, monochrome monitors, 20 megabyte hard drives, 3.5-inch floppy disk drives, keyboards and dot matrix printers to 16 Howard County Middle School students last month at a presentation to which their parents were invited.

This was all accomplished by teachers and students working with Lazarus Foundation volunteers who refurbish used computer equipment which is then given to educational institutions to improve computer technology. Lazarus, formed two years ago in Columbia's Owen Brown village, has now branched out to California, Connecticut and the District of Columbia.

The Oakland Mills students and teachers spent many hours beginning last summer to complete the 32 computer packages to give to students who do not have personal equipment. The students were given computer instructions before taking them home and the volunteer high school students will be available to for one-on-one computer support through the academic year.

Sixteen more computers will be given to students this month.

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