Boundary-Shift Sessions Set

Recommended changes to middle and high school district boundary lines will be outlined next week at two public sessions.

The first will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Rd., Columbia. The second will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City.

Proposed boundary line adjustments result primarily from the anticipated opening next year of Howard County's 12th high school, Marriotts Ridge on Marriottsville Road.

The recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education on Oct. 28 and be followed by public hearings and board work sessions in November.

The board is expected to vote Nov. 23 on changes for the 2005-06 school year.

For more information, call the Public Information Office at 410-313-6682.

River Hill High Plans Concert

River Hill High School's Music Department will open its 2004-05 concert season with a concert celebrating American music.

Folk, jazz and patriotic favorites will be performed by the school's orchestra, band and choral ensembles.

A medley of Irving Berlin tunes will highlight the concert, which will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the school's cafeteria.

Tickets cost $5 and will be available at the door. For children 5 and younger, tickets are $3. Proceeds will help buy instruments, sheet music and make repairs to instruments. For more information, call 410-313-6927.

Chat With Board Members

A "Coffee and Conversation" session hosted by the Howard County Board of Education will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the media center at Glenelg High School, 14025 Burnt Woods Rd., Glenelg.

County residents will be able to talk informally with board members. The sessions will be held periodically throughout the county.

School to Mark Birthday, Face-lift

Bryant Woods Elementary School is celebrating its 35th birthday and completion of a recent face-lift from 1:30 t0 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at the school, 5450 Blue Heron, Columbia.

The school was renovated during two summers. It now features enclosed classrooms, rather than the open classrooms more widely used in the 1970s.

Festivities will include the raising of a student-designed flag, speakers and tours of the building. A time capsule will be buried, and there will be a display on the school's history. For more information, call the school at 410-313-6859.

Home-Schooling Group to Meet

The Columbia Homeschool Community will meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 10689 Owen Brown Rd., Columbia.

The topic will be science curricula and resources. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 410-740-6688.

-- COMPILED BY ALICIA CYPRESS

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