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Program to discuss teens and stress

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HC DrugFree will offer a program for parents and teens, "Teen Stress and Depression," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Atholton High School in Columbia.

The program will focus on factors that can lead to stress, depression or substance abuse. David Gold, a counselor with Crossroads Psychological Associates, will discuss the effects of stress on teens and signs of teen depression.

The program will also cover the relationship between stress and peer pressure and factors such as divorce and blended families.

Parents can hear strategies that can improve communication about stress and identify depression and what to do about it. There will be opportunities for questions.

HC DrugFree, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to empowering the community to raise drug-free teenagers. Admission is free. Registration is not required.

Information: 443-325-0040.

Project Access to hold workshop

Howard Community College's Project Access, a program that helps high school students with disabilities as they enter post-secondary education, will hold a professional development workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday in Room 6 of the college's Charles I. Ecker Business Training Center.

Suzanne Miller Friedman, assistant director of mental health counseling at HCC, will discuss "Risk Factors for Suicidal and Violent Behavior: Recognizing Red Flags."

Pam Blackwell, director of student services for the Howard County public schools, and Steve Drummond, coordinator of school security, will present "Putting the Pieces Together for School Safety -- Student, Family and Community Involvement."

The cost of the workshop, which includes brunch, is $40. Continuing-education units will be available.

Proceeds will help pay for Project Access operating expenses.

The Business Training Center is in the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

Information: Linda Schnapp, 410-772-4625.

School board to meet Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. An evening session will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Both sessions will start with public forums during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Advance registration is requested.

The public hearing and work session on the Long Range Attendance Area Plan, originally scheduled for Thursday's meeting, have been postponed until the Nov. 29 board meeting. Action, if necessary, is scheduled for Dec. 13.

To sign up to speak: 410-313-7194.

To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046 (two weeks' advance notice is requested).

Help for prospective board members

Members of the Howard County Board of Education will present a workshop for prospective board members. "What It's Like to Be a Board Member" will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the lobby conference room at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-313-7194.

Three of the seven board seats will be open in 2008.

Workshop Nov. 27 on test-taking

The Stressless Tests Program will offer a new workshop, "Testing, Testing," for parents of middle school and high school students from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Centennial High School in Ellicott City.

Parents can learn why students who do well in class might not do as well on tests and strategies to help them.

Participants will be given the new Stressless Tests Parents Kit. The cost is $85 per family.

Middle school study skills classes will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays from Nov. 26 through Dec. 17 and from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays from Nov. 27 through Dec. 17 at Burleigh Manor Middle School.

A high school study skills class will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Nov. 14 through Dec. 12 at Centennial High School.

The cost of the classes is $165, which includes a copy of the "Study for Success" digital video disc.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or www.Stresslesstests.org.

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