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Education Notes


Board sets session on small learning communities

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold a work session on small learning communities from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the board offices at 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

The agenda will include an overview, definitions, parent involvement, feedback, data, fiscal information and a panel discussion.

Participants will receive a working knowledge of the terminology associated with small learning communities; have a clearer picture of the purpose, economics, staff perception and school-level operation of the initiative; and develop steps for the program's future.

Staff members who have worked on the initiative include high school principals and teachers, and the departments of student services, guidance, staff development, curriculum and instruction, research and accountability, finance, and technology services.

Information: 410-751-3137.

Regular board meeting scheduled for Wednesday

The Carroll County Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

The regular meeting agenda will be posted on the school system's Web site at

Meetings will be broadcast live on CETV, Channel 21 on Adelphia cable TV, and repeated at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and the next Thursday, and at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-751-3020.

College holds open house for students, parents

Carroll Community College will hold a "Map Your Future" open house from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 16 for high school students and their parents to learn about the college's programs.

Prospective students can explore academic communities, sample a class and take a tour, while parents will attend an information session and tour the campus.

The schedule of events is:

Registration, 9:30 a.m.

Welcome session, 10 a.m.

Parents' tour and information session, 10:15 a.m. to noon.

Learn to Use Your Career Compass, 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tour the college, 11 a.m.

Sample a college class, 11:30 a.m.

Optional financial aid workshop, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Participants will receive an application packet, a college catalog and financial aid information.

The snow date is March 3.

Registration: 410-386-8435.

Character education available on Web, TV

The Carroll County public school system has a character education Web site that contains information about the character traits of the month, newsletters, goals, available resources and videos.

Character education monthly videos are produced by Carroll Educational Television Channel 21 and feature student narrators and footage of students involved in school activities promoting good character.

The videos also are broadcast on Channel 21.

The board of education approved a policy in 1997 establishing character education throughout the school system.

Information: 410-751-3125.

Firefighters offer scholarships to seniors

The Carroll County Volunteer Fireman's Association has established the Emergency Services Scholarship for students interested in pursuing a career in emergency services.

Scholarships will be awarded to one student in emergency health services and one in emergency fire services. Scholarships will range from $350 to $750.

Applicants must be the relative of a volunteer or career EMS/firefighter, or have EMS/firefighter affiliation themselves, at any fire company in Carroll County.

Students must apply during their senior year of high school and submit a curriculum that includes courses related to emergency health care or emergency fire services.

The application deadline is March 1.

For details on eligibility criteria and an application, write to the Carroll County Volunteer Fireman's Association, Emergency Services Scholarship, 1345 Washington Road, Westminster 21157.

College arranges lectures on a number of topics

Carroll Community College offers a free Speakers Bureau to community organizations and local businesses.

Faculty and staff members are available to speak on a range of topics, including "America the Beautiful - A Slide Show," "Career Fields in Technical Studies," "Creating a Secure Internet Environment in Your Home," "Holistic and Homeopathic Approaches to Health," "Heart Disease," "Anxiety Attacks," "Business and Industry Training and Services," "Wellness: The Owner's Manual," "Team Building," "How to Use Volunteers," "Folklore of the Eastern Shore," "Public Speaking Skills" and the "National Debt."

An "Introduction to Carroll Community College," a talk tailored to the group's interests and educational goals, also is available.

Requests for speakers should be made at least three weeks in advance. Callers should specify the speaker, topic and date desired, as well as location of the talk and estimated attendance.

Information: Diana Scott, 410-386-8153.

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