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Workshop to address adolescents' bad behavior


TECHNIQUES FOR dealing with disruptive adolescent behavior will be the focus of the next session of Brooklyn Park Middle School's Parent/Community Workshops, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 18 at the school on Hammonds Lane.

The speaker will be Pete DiSisto, an educational consultant who was a contributing author to the book "Cooperative Discipline." Gayle Cicero, chairwoman of the school's guidance department, describes cooperative discipline as a "philosophy for dealing with childhood behavior and school success. It takes a positive approach to change misbehavior and the goals of children."

Cooperative discipline was first implemented in the elementary schools of the Houston Independent School District in Texas in 1986. Its success has been repeated in elementary, middle and high schools in the United States and Europe.

Its focus is on the "Three C's of Caring, Cooperation and Community." It holds that students need to know how much adults care instead of how much adults know; that the school is in partnership with the community in meeting the needs of families; and that greater cooperation among students, the schools and community increases ownership and opportunities for all.

Cicero said the action that schools, parents and the community take to foster the "Three C's" is the same. "In class it is different than in the home, where it is more of a one-on-one situation, but the philosophy is the same for both. It is about choice and being part of a team," she said.

Cicero anticipates a lively and energetic presentation from DiSisto. "I know people who have taken his five-day seminars for academic credit, and they say that at the end of the week, they aren't tired of listening to him. He will present a two-hour workshop for the faculty before the parent and community workshop," she said.

Attendance at the workshop is open to the public, and door prizes and light refreshments will be available.

Registration: Barbara Allers, 410-636-8276.

Bingo for the prom

North County High School's Class of 2002 is sponsoring a basket bingo May 19 at Bingo World, at 10th Avenue and Belle Grove Road.

Doors open at noon, and the games begin at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, with the proceeds helping to defray costs of the senior prom.

Information: 410-859-0796, 410-859-8484, or

May fair

Aid Association for Lutherans Branch 7342 and St. John's Christian Day School will hold their annual May fair from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

The event will include entertainment, games, crafts and a plant sale, along with food and drinks. It will be held on the school grounds, 226 Washburn Ave. in Brooklyn. Information: 410-355-7296.

Spring flea market

One ritual of spring that many of us could do without is spring cleaning. I don't know about anyone else, but during my spring cleaning, it seems like I come across more "junk" than the year before.

But it's said that one person's junk is another's treasure, and the Men's Club of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church will serve as a middleman between the two sides by holding its Mammoth Spring Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 26 on the church parking lot, 4700 Prudence St. in Curtis Bay.

The cost to rent a table is $10. If you have unwanted items but no time to hawk them at the flea market, you can drop them off at the church rectory's porch or call for pickup service.

Information on table rentals or pickup: 410-636-6496 or 410-792- 2481.

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