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5 elementary schools to shift opening times

Five elementary schools will likely open at different times in the fall, according to Anne Arundel County school transportation officials.

Most of the changes were made because pupils are being relocated to accommodate renovations or construction, said Winship Wheatley, supervisor of transportation. School bus schedules will be available in late August.

"We're trying to give our parents and staffs the best information we currently have about when schools will open" so they can plan, he said.

The new times are:

Belle Grove Elementary School: 8:30 a.m. from 8:15 a.m.;

Deale Elementary School: 8:15 a.m. from 9:15 a.m.;

Ferndale Early Education Center: 8:45 a.m. from 9:10 a.m.;

Mayo Elementary School: 8 a.m. from 9:45 a.m.

Tracey's Elementary School: 9:15 a.m. from 8:15 a.m.

Schools post survey for coming school year

The county public schools have posted two surveys for parents and employees for the 2006-2007 school year. The surveys, accessible on the school system's Web site, http://www.aacps.org/html/press/clandar2.asp, will be posted through June 15.

All parents and school system employees are encouraged to participate. The survey covers topics such as school year start and end dates, snow days and early dismissals, including early dismissals on high school exam days. An area for comments is included. Information: 410-222-5312.

Pioneer City CSAFE plans Community Day

The Pioneer City CSAFE Team, in conjunction with Van Bokkelen Elementary School, will sponsor its annual Community Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the school, 1140 Reece Road, Severn.

A new children's book depicting positive character traits was created by the pupils and staff of Van Bokkelen Elementary School, Anne Arundel High School Interact Club, Anne Arundel County Rotary Club and the Pioneer City CSAFE team. The event will also be food, games, educational information and entertainment.

CSAFE (Collaborative Supervision and Focused Enforcement) is funded through the Governor's Office on Crime Control and Prevention. Information: 410-222-6155 or 410-412-7051.

2 Arundel entries win History Day honors

The Maryland Humanities Council has awarded honors to two Anne Arundel County entries to the Maryland History Day competition, a social studies enrichment program in which students research history and prepare in-depth projects, exhibits or dramatic presentations.

Allison Gehring and Dung Hoang Nguyen of Bates Middle School in Annapolis won the prize in African-American history, sponsored by the Maryland Commission in African American History and Culture, for their project, "Communicating Freedom: The Story Behind Slave Songs." Their teacher was Laura Pinto.

Veronica Lathroum, a pupil at Lindale Middle School, received the prize in archaeology, sponsored by the Archeological Society of Maryland, for her work, "Hieroglyphics: Ancient Communications." Her teacher was Phil Solloway.

Robie Gilbertson of Meade Middle School was named Maryland History Day Teacher of the Year for Anne Arundel County.

Broadneck High junior perfect on Latin exam

Dana McGarty, a junior at Broadneck High School in Annapolis, earned a perfect score on the 2005 Introduction to Latin National Latin Exam. Of 15,000 students who took the test nationwide, 533 got perfect scores.

McGarty has a 4.0 grade point average and is enrolled in four advanced placement courses and two honors courses. A violinist and soccer player, she played on this year's regional champion varsity lacrosse team. McGarty is also a member of the Ophelia Club.

Teacher to attend Ala. space academy

Catherine Maloney, a fourth-grade teacher at Broadneck Elementary School in Arnold, has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy program from June 25 to July 1 at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Maloney was chosen from more than 500 teachers from around the world after a rigorous application process. She will be one of 144 science and math teachers from 17 countries and 32 states to complete intensive educator training concentrated on space science and exploration, along with astronaut-style training.

Ujima Foundation gets Cancer Society grant

The Ujima Foundation of Maryland Inc., based in Severna Park, has been awarded a grant from the American Cancer Society.

Funds will be used to provide free educational presentations about breast and prostate cancer to all minority communities throughout the area. Information: Delores Hawkins, executive director of the Ujima Foundation, 410-349-6189.


Youth Corps:

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, will hold a Youth Conservation Corps program from June 27 to Aug. 19. The program is open to youths ages 15 to 18 who are U. S. citizens or legal residents. Participants work eight weeks full time and earn minimum wage. Interested teenagers should visit the National Wildlife Visitor Center 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, or Patuxent's North Tract Contact Station for an application. 301-497-5950.

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