Education Notes


Board of Education members to be sworn in tomorrow

Cynthia L. Foley and Thomas G. Hiltz, elected last month to the Carroll County Board of Education, will be sworn in during ceremonies at 4 p.m. tomorrow in Room 007 of the board offices, 125 N. Court St. in Westminster.

The clerk of the Circuit Court will issue the oath to Foley and Hiltz.

Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

Information: 410-751-3020.

County schools to celebrate Inclusive Schools Week

Carroll County public schools will celebrate the fourth annual National Inclusive Schools Week tomorrow through Friday.

The event recognizes the nation's progress and promotes action toward increasing the capacity of schools and communities to provide a quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, particularly to those with disabilities.

This year's recognition will focus on the value of working together by families, teachers, paraprofessionals, other school personnel, state and local administrators, and community members.

According to the program's sponsor, the National Institute for Urban School Improvement at the University of Colorado, inclusive schools:

Make sure every student feels welcome and is learning.

Embrace the idea that every student is unique and learns differently.

Understand that all children learn better if teaching is tailored to their abilities and interests.

Collaborate with families.

Hold high expectations for student success.

Keep improving.

Carroll County schools are planning special activities for the week.

Information: Stephany Savar, 410-751-3033.

School board to hold meeting Wednesday

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

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

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

Information: 410-751-3020.

Support group for parents of special-needs children

The Parent Support Group at Carroll Springs School has organized meetings and speakers for parents whose children have significant educational and medical needs.

The meeting topics were selected through a parent survey.

The next meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 495 S. Center St., Westminster.

All parents who have children with special needs are welcome.

Information: 410-751-3620.

Montessori school to hold open house for students

The Montessori School of Westminster will hold an open house for prospective students and their parents from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The school is at 1055 Montessori Drive off Hughes Shop Road near Pleasant Valley.

Information: 410-848-6283.

Gerstell Academy tours for prospective students

The Gerstell Academy in Finksburg will hold an open house for all grades for the 2005-2006 school year at 10 a.m. Dec. 14.

The open house will feature tours of the school, meetings with staff and administrators, and a description of the school's philosophy and programs. Reservations are required.

The school is at 2500 Old Westminster Pike.

Information: 410-861-3000.

Elementary school wins recognition for fund-raising

Manchester Elementary School has received national recognition for its efforts by students, parents and staff to raise funds for the treatment and cure of diabetes.

The school participated in the School Walk for Diabetes on April 6 and raised more than $33,000 for the American Diabetes Association. The theme for the Manchester School walk was "Run with B.B. Wolf to Huff and Puff and Blow Away Diabetes!"

Manchester Elementary was awarded the National Championship banner and trophy and recognized in Diabetes Dispatch magazine. The school also was featured at the American Diabetes Association National Volunteer Leadership Conference on Nov. 19 to 21 in Chicago.

Two schools employees earn national certification

Pamela Mesta, ESOL coordinator for Carroll County public schools, and Jaime Jezovnik, a special education teacher at Robert Moton Elementary School, have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

National board certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession. Certification is earned through a performance-based assessment that takes between one and three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.

Certification is issued for 10 years, after which the teacher can maintain standing by satisfying a renewal requirement.

Mesta received certification in early childhood/generalist. She started as a teacher in Carroll in 2001, and became coordinator of the school system's English for Speakers of Other Languages program in 2002.

Jezovnik received certification in early childhood through young adulthood/exceptional needs specialist. She has been with the school system since 2001 and teaches students in the Behavioral and Emotional Support Team program. She was selected as Carroll County Teacher of the Year in 2003.


Carroll County public schools

offer the External Diploma Program, a self-paced alternative to the GED test. Information sessions on the program will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Student Support Services/Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 55 N. Court St., Suite G27, Westminster. Registration is requested. 410-751- 3680.

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