Education briefs

September 30, 2002

Public invited to meet superintendent

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Dale has invited parents and guardians in Urbana area feeder schools to meet with him Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Urbana High School media center.

Unlike superintendent roundtables held in previous years, which included a formal presentation, this year all are invited to pose questions and talk informally with Dale.

Urbana feeder area schools include Carroll Manor, Green Valley, Kemptown and Urbana elementary school, Ballenger Creek and Windsor Knolls middle schools and Urbana High.

Conversations with the superintendent are scheduled for other school feeder areas as follows: Brunswick, May 20; Catoctin, April 10, 2003 (moved from April 15); Frederick, March 18; Gov. Thomas Johnson, Nov. 19; Linganore, Feb. 18; and Middletown, Jan. 14. The Walkersville feeder area conversation took place Sept. 17.


Panther Pride Walk-A-Thon scheduled for tomorrow

The Paramount Elementary School Panther Pride Walk-A-Thon is scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m.

It will be a two-mile walk through the Spring Valley neighborhood.

The Paramount Elementary School PTA is organizing the walk-a-thon as a fund-raiser for this school year. The school has contacted many local businesses asking them to become "Panther Partners" by making financial donations. In addition, students will be asked to have family and friends sponsor them.

Because of these donations, the Paramount PTA has been able to provide students with many academic experiences and enhancements to classroom and curriculum. The Panther Pride Walk-A-Thon has been so successful in the past the PTA has had no other major fund-raisers in the past three years.

Maryland school bands competition slated in Oct.

WESTMINSTER, Md. - More than 38 high school marching bands from throughout the state are expected to participate in the 16th annual Maryland State High School Band Championships, Freestate Spectacular XVI, at Westminster High School on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The event, which begins at 10 a.m., is sponsored by The Rotary Club of Towson. There will be exhibitions by the Freestate ChalleNGe Academy Drill Team, the Yankee Rebel Drum and Bugle Corps and marching bands from Towson University, Frostburg State University and the University of Maryland.

The high school competition will produce champions from four divisions based on band size.

Admission prices are adults, $10; senior citizens and students, $8; and children under 12, free. Proceeds from this event will be used by The Towson Rotary Foundation to help support local community activities.

Maryland College guides available to students

ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Higher Education Commission has produced three new publications aimed at high school students.

The first, "A Quick Guide to Cash for College & How to Get it," answers questions that students have such as "Am I eligible for money for college?" and "How do I apply?"

Inside the publication is an overview of Maryland's financial aid programs, who may apply, award amounts and application deadlines. A pocket version of the guide is also available.

The second guide, "Cash for College: Come and Get Your Share," tells students why attending college is beneficial, explains what they should do to get ready for college and notes whom to contact for additional information.

The third, "6 Steps to Choosing the Right School," takes students through the process of applying to college and includes a monthly calendar of what the college-bound student should do each month leading up to college admission.

Copies of the brochures and flier will be available free of charge at high school guidance offices or by contacting the Office of Student Financial Assistance in the Maryland High Education Commission at 1-410-260-4565 or 1-800-974-1024.

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