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Register tomorrow for school program

The Shepherd's Staff will hold registration for its Back-To-School program tomorrow through July 22 at its offices, 30 Carroll St., Westminster.

Hours for registration are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Saturday registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17 and July 22.

Only Carroll County students are eligible for the program. School location is required for each student. No phone reservations will be accepted.

Information: 410-857-5944.

Board of Education meeting 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 agenda will be posted on the school system's Web site at carrollk12.org.

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 9 a.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Adult Learning graduation set

The Carroll County Public Schools' Adult Learning connection will hold commencement exercises for nearly 70 graduates of the program at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Westminster High School.

Adults may earn the equivalent of a high school diploma either through the External Diploma Program or by taking the GED exam.

Graduate speakers for the ceremony will be Theresa Forbes, a married mother of two, who earned her diploma through the GED program and is taking real estate courses; and Vicky Stup, 42, who took the External Diploma Program to prepare her for finding a job.

Information: 410-751-3680.

Resident Teacher Certification Plus

Carroll Community College will offer the Resident Teacher Certification Plus program of study starting June 26.

The program is being offered for the second year in partnership with Carroll County Public Schools and the Maryland State Department of Education.

RTC Plus is a state-approved program designed by Carroll Community College to provide non-certified teachers or qualified professionals seeking to become teachers with a solid foundation of course work.

Combined with practical experience, the program leads to preparation as a classroom teacher and certification by MSDE.

Three areas of study in critical need subjects are being offered -- math, science and foreign languages. The fast-track program, which begins June 26, can be completed by fall 2006 or spring 2007.

Candidates must be recommended by an official of CCPS, hold a baccalaureate degree with a B average in their major, and have passing scores on "Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test in Reading, Writing and Math" and "Praxis II: Subject Assessment/Specialty Areas Test."

Information: 410-386-8325.

English educators write article

Seven English educators from the Carroll County Public School System have written an article featured in the May edition of the English Journal.

The educators are:

Janetta Jayman, supervisor of English and Modern/Classical Languages.

Laura Doolan, Kevin Mooney, Alan Zepp, English teachers, Westminster High.

Michael Hoover, Shannon Maas, English teachers, South Carroll High.

Thomas McHugh, English teacher, Century High.

The article, "Sentence Patterns: Making Meaning with a County-wide Grammar Initiative," describes a district-wide revision of grammar teaching practices.

Using a curriculum based largely on the work of Martha Kolln, the authors show how they applied rhetorical tools in a variety of high school classrooms to improve student writing and reading comprehension.

Project ACES honored nationally

Project ACES (Active Children Excel in School) was one of three programs nationwide recently honored in the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance School-Community Recognition Program.

The Carroll County Children's Heart Health Action Team, which developed the program, was recognized during the alliance's National Convention in Salt Lake City. Project ACES is a two-week pupil incentive program to accumulate 30-60 minutes of daily physical activity in elementary youth.

Last fall, 7,128 pupils in 22 elementary schools participated in the program.

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