WITH YET ANOTHER school cancellation due to snow, it's a wonder anything gets done. Last week's closing canceled the breakfast for the students who made the principal's honor roll this quarter.
I'm impressed that so many Hammond High students made the list. The students need a B-plus average to get this honor. Next time you hear negative comments about Generation Xers, remember these names, the Bill Gateses of the future:
David Acott, Amanda Lynn Almon, Kenneth Harold Beck, Shoshannah Lynn Beck, Keri Lynn Bishop, Stephanie Bloomer, Ralph Bodenner, Emily Bongiorni, Christina Braganza, Theresa Brandt, David Jason Brewer, Jessica Faith Bricker, Nikia Burgess, Paige Nadine Burton, Bonifacio Cabasag, Kristy Anne Cameron, Jennifer Dawn Campbell, Carrie Elaine Carter, Jennifer Cartney, Natalie Cordone, Jennifer Crooks, Jan Cunningham, Courtney Rae Daniell, Meredith Nell Davis, Allison Elizabeth Decker, Jason Lemuel Decker, Erika Deloache, Kristen Jean Devault, Beth Dibler, Thomas Dispenza, April Christine Donohue, Larissa Doran, Debra Dwoskin, Jennifer Emelio and Michelle Jindra Everett.
Astute readers will wonder if academic talent is restricted to those whose last names begin with the first five letters of the alphabet. It is not so, but the rest of the principal's honor roll inductees will have to wait a week or two to see their names in print.
Going to Ocean City
Howard County schools are sending 135 students to Ocean City next week. It's not the school district's idea of a bad joke -- sending kids to a beach resort in February. Rather, the youngsters are all musicians joining other musically inclined students from the rest of the state for the All State performances.
Chosen solely by auditions, the 135 are the best musicians the county schools have. For four days, the students rehearse and perform together.
Three students were selected from Hammond High. Alex Ferguson will play the trombone in the Senior Concert Band. Vasili Frankos will play the viola and Lauren Inouye will play the violin in the Senior Orchestra.
'Way off Broadway'
Apropos of great student performances, remember that tonight and tomorrow night Hammond High will present "Way Off Broadway," a winter review of music and performances.
The performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the door.
For details and directions, call Hammond High at (410) 313-7615.
Last week, a group of Patuxent Valley Middle School girls attended a conference called Computer Mania, sponsored by the offices of Gifted and Talented Education and Technology Education to expose girls to aspects of the computer revolution.
The girls met women who work in technological fields, attended several small sessions after listening to speakers and generally had a great time.
Among the more popular sessions was a brief introduction to data bases called Make New Friends and Keep Track of the Old. The session on creating a home page also was popular.
After a full day, which included being videotaped for television, savvy PVMSers Melissa Paper, Emily Grason, Erin Coleman, Mary Porteous, Megan Estes, Alaina Jackson, Amy Swantko, Sara Fales, Tina Deshesky, Jeanette Porteous, Shelley Brett, Courtney Ward, Tamika Carter, Barbara Bordeneve, Caroline Baker and Jhonna Adams returned home with heads full of new ideas and a bag filled with disks, note pads, a T-shirt and a mouse pad as a souvenir of an enlightening day.
The Savage Library is gearing up for spring with two reading and activity times for the preschool set. Registration opens tomorrow at 10 a.m. for "Twist and Shout," a half-hour program of music and movement for 2- and 3-year-olds to be held March 2 at 10:30 a.m.
4 Call Lynn Starman at (410) 880-5978 to register.
Just for Me
For the slightly older set, Ms. Starman and the children's staff present Just For Me, a four-week story time series for 3- to 5-year-olds.
Parents stay nearby, but do not sit with their children. The staff will run the series twice, on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning March 5. Registration opens Tuesday at 1 p.m.