Sykesville Middle School teacher joins Peace Corps

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006

Beginning this month, Aaron and Jenny Christman, both Carroll County Public School employees, will spend two years and three months volunteering in the Peace Corps in Madagascar.

Jenny, an eighth-grade earth⁄space science teacher at Sykesville Middle School, will serve as environmental education volunteer. Her husband Aaron has been employed as an ESOL and substitute teacher at Westminster and Winters Mill high schools, and will serve as an agro-forestry volunteer.

The Christmans will help the Malagasy people with their development needs. As the world’s fourth largest island, Madagascar is rich in biologically diverse, but poor. The poverty and competition for agricultural land has been putting pressure on the island’s deteriorating forest, which is home to Madagascar’s unique wildlife.

The Christmans intend to take advantage of a correspondence program offered by the Peace Corps in order to stay in touch with the students at their schools.

Groovy Science Night

The annual Groovy Science Night will be held at Eldersburg Elementary School from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Friday. Fifth-grade students will also be participating in the science fair. For information, call Patty Spears, at 410-751-3520.

Family fitness night

Piney Ridge Elementary School will hold a family fitness night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15. In addition to the fitness activities, families will watch demonstrations by local businesses, such as Tri-Star Martial Arts and Freedom Fitness. Call Nick Shockney at 410-751-3535.

Century High School news

*Century High School officials created a space for students to listen to music, have a snack, relax and do homework to fill the time before after school activities begin. Due to a growing concern about the number of students staying after school without supervision, a common area has been created in the cafeteria between 3 and 5 p.m. each day.

*Tickets for the Century’s Bull and Shrimp Roast, which will be held from 7-11:30 p.m. March 18, are on sale at all home athletic events. Tickets are $40. There will be a DJ, dancing and a money wheel for parents of the community to congregate. Proceeds will be used to support the Century High School Community PTSO Technology and Computer Lab.

Liberty to raise moneyfor irrigation system

The Liberty High School Lionbackers will hold a bull roast at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the American Legion to raise money for an in-ground irrigation system in the Lion’s Den Stadium Field. Liberty High School is the only high school in southern Carroll County without this system. The irrigation system will help improve field conditions and provide safer playing conditions for the high school athletes.

Games, prizes, music and dancing will accompany a full menu; beverages are included. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by calling Sue Hopkins, 410-549-0834 or Luanne Weaver, 410-549-5443.

South Carroll to holdbull roast, dance

The South Carroll Athletic Boosters are sponsoring a bull roast and dance to benefit athletic programs at South Carroll High School. The event will be held from 6-11 p.m. March 25 at the Mount Airy Fire Department Activities Building.

The menu includes pit beef, pit ham, Italian sausage, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw and fruit salad. Attendees should bring their own beverages.

Music will be provided by Dean’s DJ Service. Activities include a silent auction, 50⁄50 drawing and money wheel. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by calling Patti Wall, 410-635-6254.

Kindergarten entrancewaiver procedures

Carroll County Public Schools approved waiver procedures for early admittance to kindergarten for students who are not five years old by Sept. 1.

Children who demonstrate exceptional ability and who turn 5 years old between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1 may submit an application for early entrance to kindergarten. Waiver packets will be available in elementary school offices beginning March 6. Completed packets must be returned by May 1. Any request received after this date will not be honored.

Kindergarten registration

Registration for kindergarten for the 2006-07 school year will be held March 6-10 at area elementary schools. Enrollment in kindergarten is mandatory for children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1.

Parents need to present a copy of their child’s birth certificate or other legal document to verify their child’s legal name and birth date; verification of residence, such as a public utility bill or a lease agreement; and the addresses where the child will be picked from before school and transported to after school.

For information about kindergarten, kindergarten orientation or alternatives to kindergarten, contact the principal of the elementary school in your attendance area.

School systemprovides speakers

Carroll County Public Schools has a speaker’s bureau designed to keep the community informed about education in Carroll County. The bureau is comprised of school staff that can provide community organizations, service clubs and other interested groups with current information about the school system.

A brochure containing a list of speakers and potential topics is available at⁄whatsnew⁄pdf⁄speakers.pdf. Arrangements for speakers may be made by contacting the Office of Community and Media Relations, 410-751-3020 or sending an e-mail to

Carroll County Public Schools job fair

The Carroll County Public Schools is sponsoring its fourth annual job fair from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 15, at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, 1229 Washington Road, Westminster.

Anyone interested in employment with the school system is invited to attend. Staff will be on hand to speak with candidates interested in any position. Screening interviews will be held during the fair for qualified teacher applicants. All areas of employment will be represented, including administration, transportation, food services, custodial and maintenance services, clerical, nursing, instruction assistants and substitute teaching.

For information, visit the Carroll County Public Schools Web site, or call the Department of Human Resources, 410-751-3070,

Adult education information sessions

An adult education information session is available for adults ages 16 and older to learn about high school diploma options and other program services.

Participants may have their current math and reading skills evaluated and receive an individual referral based on their learning needs and educational goals.

To register, call 410-751-3680, ext. 228, or 1-877-852-9502. There is no charge for registration. The sessions will be held from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22, and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24 at the Business Employment Resource Center, 224 North Center Street, 225 North Center St., Westminster. Call Andrea Neilson, 410-751-3680, ext. 228.

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