Education Notes


County schools seek input on master plan

Carroll County public schools have developed a comprehensive master plan, as required by federal and state authorities.

The plan is posted on the school's Web site, Comments and suggestions are welcome, as are responses to these questions:

Are there any activities and services in support of each goal that should be added, modified or deleted?

Do you have any suggestions on additional ways to measure annual progress toward achieving the goals?

Comments should be sent by April 4 to Margaret Pfaff, director of staff development, at or to 125 N. Court St., Westminster 21157.

Information: 410-751-3126.

SAT, PSAT courses to be offered this spring

Preparation courses for the PSAT and SAT exams will be given this spring at two high schools.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 and 12 at Century High School near Eldersburg and May 10 and 31 at North Carroll High School in Hampstead.

Students must attend by session of the class.

The cost is $150.

Information: 410-461-6949.

GED tests scheduled for next month

Carroll County public schools offers GED tests and practice sessions for the exam monthly to those 16 and older who wish to earn their high school diploma.

The two-day GED test consists of five sections: math, science, social studies, literature and the arts, and writing skills.

To take the test, individuals must be at least age 16, have been a state resident for at least 90 days, have been withdrawn from school for at least 90 days.

The next test date is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 10 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Information: 410-751-3680.

Municipal League chapter offers $500 scholarships

The Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League offers $500 scholarships to Carroll County high school students who have been accepted into a college or university, and those already enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program.

Preference will be given to students planning a career in governmental or public service.

Applicants must meet criteria, complete an application and write an essay on municipal government.

Applications are available at high school guidance offices and in all town offices. The deadline for applications is April 20.

Completed applications can be mailed to Jeannie Nichols, MML Scholarship Chairwoman, 7547 Main St., Sykesville 21784.

Information: 410-795-8959.

WHS science teacher win national award

Jim Peters, science department chairman and a biology and anatomy teacher at Westminster High School, has been named Maryland's winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

He received a $7,500 award from the National Science Foundation and was invited to attend recognition events in Washington.

Peters has been a teacher for 24 years, 22 years in Carroll County. Before taking his current position, he taught at Westminster West Middle for 15 years.

The award was established in 1983 by the White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation to identify outstanding mathematics and science teachers.

McDaniel students named to academic Who's Who

Six Carroll countians are among 39 McDaniel College students who will be included in the 2003 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

The six students are:

Jessica Marie Fitzgerald of Westminster, a senior majoring in political science and women's studies with a minor in French. She is a 1999 graduate of Francis Scott Key High School.

Blair Elizabeth Heinke of Sykesville, a senior with a double major in biology and biochemistry. She is a 1999 graduate of Glenelg High School.

Brandi Leigh Livesay of Sykesville is a senior psychology major with minors in Spanish and chemistry. She is a 1999 graduate of Liberty High School.

Mary Ann Muro of Hampstead is a senior psychology major with minors in theatre arts and sociology. She is a 1999 graduate of North Carroll High School.

Allen Whitfield Silfee of Westminster is a senior majoring in biology and biochemistry. He is a 1999 graduate of Westminster High School.

Katherine Elisabeth Wall is a senior sociology major with a minor in elementary education. She is a North Carroll High graduate.

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