School Diversity Forums

St. Mary's County public schools are continuing the Diversity Forums initiated last year to hear community opinion on student achievement and recruiting for diversity.

The next forum will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chancellors Run Regional Park Recreation Center at 21905 Chancellors Run Rd. in Great Mills.

The draft action plan that was created as a result of last year's diversity forums will be presented and discussed. In announcing Tuesday's forum, school officials said the event also will allow residents an opportunity to review the 2005 Master Plan Update, which addresses challenges affecting minority student academic achievement as well as teacher recruitment and retention.

St. Mary's Board of Education members will review the updated plan at their Sept. 26 meeting. The plan will be submitted by Oct. 14 to the Maryland State Department of Education for final approval.

Pianists Perform at College

Pianists Brian Ganz and Beverly Babcock will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 -- "Emperor" -- at noon Tuesday in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary's Hall on the campus of St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City.

The event is free and open to the public.

Ganz is an artist-in-residence at St. Mary's College, where he has been a member of the piano faculty since 1986.

In addition to her work as resident accompanist at St. Mary's College, Babcock works with singers and instrumentalists in the Washington area, helping them prepare for recitals, auditions and competitions.

'Pump for the Bay'

The Calvert County Environmental Commission's contest to promote septic system maintenance is approaching its deadline.

Properly maintained or upgraded septic systems help reduce nitrogen pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

Calvert County residents who pump out or upgrade their septic tanks through Oct. 7 are eligible to enter a drawing to win one of several prizes. The contest began Jan. 1. The drawing will be held Oct. 9 during Patuxent River Appreciation Days on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum.

Among the prizes are a one-night stay for two at the Solomons Holiday Inn plus $150 maintenance reimbursement, gift certificates and a charter fishing trip.

Residents who want to enter the contest should send a copy of their bill for septic tank service to "Pump for the Bay," Department of Planning and Zoning, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick, Md. 20678.

For more information about the contest, call 410-535-1600, Ext. 2338.

English Language Classes

The St. Mary's County public schools Adult Education Program offers classes for adults who want to improve their English speaking and literacy skills.

Class registration will be open during Adult ESOL Orientation at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Great Mills High School. For more information on signing up for classes, call 301-475-5511, Ext. 139.

Classes are available for beginner and intermediate-level English-language students. An announcement from school officials said students who are primarily interested in improving their English writing skills may wish to register for an Adult Basic Education Class.

Classes are free and continue throughout the school year. There is a small materials fee.

Evening classes are held at Great Mills High School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Daytime classes will meet at Lexington Park United Methodist Church from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. In the Leonardtown area, classes will be held at the College of Southern Maryland from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

St. Mary's GED Orientation

The St. Mary's County public schools Adult Basic Education/GED Program will conduct an information and orientation session for the 2005-06 school year at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Great Mills High School.

In addition to information about the classes available, those attending will be offered placement assessments and assigned to the classes of their choice. The orientation will last two to three hours. Classes will begin the week of Sept. 19.

The program provides individualized instruction in basic skills such as reading, writing and mathematics as well as preparation for the GED test to obtain a high school diploma. Classes are open to all persons 16 or older who are officially withdrawn from school.

All classes are free, but there is a minimal materials fee.

For more information, contact the Adult Education Office in the Department of Academic Support at 301-475-5511, Ext. 139 or 143.