Pointers Run school celebrates excellence award


FOLKS AT Pointers Run Elementary School are celebrating. Pointers Run is one of 11 schools in the state to receive the 1997 Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award.

Two staff members also received significant awards this year for their outstanding work.

On April 29, Pointers Run supporters may attend a "Tribute to the Blue Ribbon Schools" at Martin's West in Woodlawn.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening and State School Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick will lead the accolades, which begin at 5: 30 p.m.

Eighty tickets are available for Pointers Run supporters who wish to attend the banquet. Tickets are $25 for adults; $15 for students.

Information: 410-313-7142.

Students and staff members at Pointers Run Elementary School said goodbye to Assistant Principal Antonia Dubicki, who retired after 31 years as an educator.

Principal Andy Barsinger praised Dubicki for calm, steady and resourceful guidance in two years at Pointers Run.

Third-grade team leader Heidi Balter, recipient of the Washington Post's 1997 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, will be acting assistant principal for the rest of the school year.

Pointers Run guidance counselor Helen Mercer is one of eight Howard County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educators of the Year.

Pointers Run students, parents and staff members will honor her at a banquet April 24 at Turf Valley Country Club.

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce will announce its county Teacher of the Year at the banquet.

To attend the Turf Valley banquet, call Barsinger at 410-313-7142.

Parental strategies

Register now for "Parenting 101, Successful Strategies for Parenting," on April 11 at Glenwood Middle School.

Glenwood's PTSA invites all Western Howard County adults interested in improving their understanding of teen-agers -- and their strategies for dealing with teen-age behavior -- to attend the free evening of workshops.

Participants may choose two workshops from a list that includes setting limits, drug and alcohol abuse, sexuality, Team Maryland and risk behaviors in adolescents.

Team Maryland is a group of University of Maryland varsity athletes who share personal stories of family and friends who have experienced traumas caused by alcohol and drug abuse.

The Western Howard County Coalition is a partner in the popular one-night course for parents.

Information: Mark Fortin at 410-489-4341 or Terry Chaconas at 301-854-6152.

4-H Horse Bowl

Members of the Spur and Stirrup 4-H Club competed in the Howard County 4-H Horse Bowl Competition last month.

Teams demonstrated their knowledge of horses, horse care and horse shows in a quiz show format -- and three teams of students won the right to represent the county in the State Horse Bowl on Saturday.

In the Junior Division, Katie Weyer leads the team of Alison Pecukonis, Nora Crist, David Burgy and Heather Beall.

Intermediate division captain is Jenna Starr, with team members Phoebe Kuesters, Kate Burgy, Jessica Jenkins, and Nichole Logan.

Senior captain is Charline Touchard, with team members Leanne Jacobson, Brenden Bosmans, Rebecca Sparenberg and Amanda Geiger.

Coaches include Kim Manuelides, junior team; Al Starr, intermediate team; and Darryel Ann Buschling, senior team.

Fantasia on ice

Columbia Figure Skating Club will perform "A Fantasia on Ice" this weekend at Columbia Ice Rink.

Skating to music from "The Lion King," "Pocahontas" and the French classic "Madeline" will be Lauren and Stephanie Capps; Kelsey, Kendall, Karen and Jeff Church; and Dianna and Jessica Lovins of Glenelg; Lisa Caton and Rachel Stern of Marriottsville; Elicia Epperlein of Woodbine; Adrienne Grausso of Dayton; Emily Hayes of Sykesville; and Rachel Hogue, Carrie Schoonover and Katie Turner of Clarksville.

Saturday performances are at 3: 30 and 7: 30 p.m. Sunday's performances are at 1: 30 and 4: 30 p.m. Information: 410-730-0322.

Lacrosse openings

Bob Buckler says a few openings remain for lacrosse clinic for second-grade girls Mondays and Thursdays, beginning next week. Information: 301-854-6940.

Pub Date: 4/03/97

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