Category Archives: Education

CAPA seminar: transition to middle school

CAPA seminar: It will be conducted in English.

Here I come,Middle School:  A Successful Transition from Elementary to Middle School

When: Saturday, March 18th 3:30-5:30pm

Where:  Patapsco room, HCLS Miller Library

9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City 21042

我们将邀请几个家庭的家长和孩子通过Panel Discussion的方式来分享他们的初中生活。希望能帮助您和您的孩子做好充分的准备,尽快适应初中,去更好地面对全新的挑战。我们鼓励您带孩子一起参加,并欢迎他们提问。

欢迎您事先将问题发到 denglan70@gmail.com 以便我们的Panelists 可以充分准备从而更全面地回答您的问题。也欢迎您带着问题来会上提问。
Please send you questions to denglan70@gmail.com such that our panelists can prepare better.

some scholarship opportunities

華府素友會(IOTA Chapter) 2017 年度華裔青年獎學金通告 – Community Info Share
http://www.cinfoshare.org/local-news/dunhuang-music-event-12032016?from=groupmessage&isappinstalled=0
獎學金項目(Scholarship Categories);Website: rhopsi.org   
1. 科技獎學金 (Science/Technology Scholarship)          Appl. due: 2/28/2017;Project due: 3/25/2017
2.領導服務獎學金(Comm. Service/Leadership Scholar ship) Appl. due: 3/18/2017;Award notify: 4/21/2017
3. 升學輔助獎學金 ( Needed Base  Scholarship)                                 Appl. Due: 3/31/2017;Award notify: 4/15/2017 
4. 藝術獎學金(幼兒至 青少年- under 7 to high schoolers Drawing  and Painting  Art Scholarship);Appl. Due: 3/31/2017
5. 體育獎學金(Tennis and Golf Sport Scholarship) Appl. Due: 3/15/2017;Winner notify: 3/31/2017

Update meeting on Chinese/World language and synergy teachings

Just want to let you know that there will be an update meeting on the international (Chinese) language and synergy (online) teachings at River Hill High School Media Center tomorrow night, Thursday, Nov. 10 2016 at 7:30PM. There will be four people from HCPSS central office and four people from River Hill High School. 

I am sorry for this really short notice. The original time proposed by RHHS staff was Nov. 15 such that I was thinking I still have time to send out the meeting notice after the heated presidential election.  However, this morning, they told me the difficulty of scheduling and changed it to tomorrow night suddenly without much options for another time.
For you to have some background, RHHS cancelled in-class teaching on the Chinese AP IV classes and switched many other language courses to online teaching starting this semester. We had a meeting with them in Sept. Here is my meeting summary:
https://chaowu.org/2016/09/25/meeting-minutes-on-hcpss-chineseworld-language-teaching/
Thanks for coming.

呼吁参加2016哈维郡校历调查

呼吁参加2016哈维郡校历调查

伍超,马里兰

2016-6-6

(请搜索Hanover Research发给你的邮件,HCPSS Academic Calendar Feedback: Parent Survey)

(另外上次HCPSS Budget Survey,大约收到1100份回答(大约是5%的人回答了问卷)。所以每一份回答都是相当有分量的。我们就差你那一票。请看我之前写到的“对,就差你一票。https://chaowu.org/2015/09/30/yes-we-need-your-vote/”

Howard County公立学校正在搞一个关于节日放假的调查,截止日期下下周一,6月20号。这里我代表我个人呼吁大家一定要参与投票。上一次我们郡的教育部门针对公校日历调整的数据收集,已经是38年前了。那时候,我们郡华人的数量屈指可数吧。

为了争取一个节日的平等放假权利,我们哈维郡华裔家长联合会参加了很多场讨论会和听证会。学校也意识到过去放假安排的不妥当,终于第一愿意次发放调查表,来探讨这个问题,从而为将来学校放假安排调整做准备。

我们只是争取一个平等放假的权利。春节作为一个非宗教节日,为世界上很多人共享的节日。我们郡亚裔学生数量众多(约20%),过春节的人数众多。参考公校日历的形成,我们期待学校在春节放假,只是一个正常的呼声,再自然不过的期望。我们郡在很多其他的文化和宗教节日都放假。经过CAPA不懈的努力, HCPSS最终同意了2017春节放假的要求,但是不保证以后的安排。

对于我自己来说,我很重视春节放假。春节那天,如果公司不放假;我自己每年都会请假。孩子自从幼儿园开始,我要么到她学校和她们班的老师同学一起庆祝,要么就帮她请假在家庆祝。作为一个在这片土地上的华人,春节真的有特殊的意义。我希望让我的孩子意识到,尊重自己和自己的传统,才能更好的认识自己,从而在这个多样化的社会不会迷失。无根之木不能长成参天大树,无源之水不能汇成海洋。华裔孩子不了解自己的传统,就会失去一个认知自己,升华自己的机会。

我们郡各种各样的假期纷至沓来, 我倡议我们要争取学校在春节放假。这给我们孩子也是一个莫大的鼓舞和支持。对每一群体合理的尊重,是这个社会的根本。我们是在争取自由应有的,平等的权利;而不是索取和分化。

请你花上宝贵的两分钟,填一下从Hanover Research发出的HCPSS Academic Calendar Feedback: Parent Survey。你可以请参照https://chaowu.org/2016/06/06/hcpss-calendar-survey/.

 

 

Delegate Clarence Lam giving seminar at CAPA

After Mr. Alan Kittleman’s seminar last time,  we received a very good response from the parents and children. This time, we were honored to have Delegate Clarence Lam to giving seminar to our Youth Leadership Program at Miller Library on Saturday 4/23/2016. We had around 95 audiences, parents and children.

As a Chinese American living here, there are some unique challenges we need be aware while raising our children. For example, in general we put much focus on academic excellence. We always have a pressure to excel in the field which sometimes unintentionally is carried out to pressure on our kids. We have difficulty helping our kids to address peer pressure in this multi-culture, multi-racial environment.  We may sometimes have certain expectation on our kids which collides with our kids’ freeodom of choice.

Dr. Clarence Lam gave us a very good and insightful reference. He shared so many unique personal experiences while he grew up. He shared his thoughts on community engagement. He shared his experience in the state delegate.

I always tell other parents that even we don’t have solutions for those problems our children face, we should be aware of those problems. If we could not find a proper solution ourselves, we can ask help from our community.

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partial HoCo BOE poll result and early voting today

Early voting starts today. New Maryland law “same day registration” took effect this year: if you did not register to vote in the primary, you can still register at the poll site and vote. If you missed the deadline to register to vote in the primary, you can register at the early voting centers. State elections officials say you must bring a document proving your residency. Once you are registered you can then vote on the same day. Ref http://www.wbal.com/article/156498/2/early-voting-starts-today-in-maryland

It is unbelievable I could not get this information on the State Election WEbsite: http://www.elections.state.md.us/voting/.

From April 14 through 21, between 10am and 8pm, there are three early voting locations:

  1. The Florence Bain Center in Columbia,
  2. The Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City,
  3. The Ridgely’s Run Community Center in Jessup.

It seems we should have more locations for early voting.

Did you vote today? Did you participate in our poll and use it as a reference ? If so, would you mind leaving a message below. You don’t need register to leave a message.

Poll: 2016 HoCo BOE Candidate Survey

After our BOE candidate forum held the Chinese School of Columbia on Sunday April 10, 2016, I created this survey to help us get a better sense in the community.

Under each candidate name, I highlighted their talking points. Several general points were shared by all: more budget oversight, more diversity, more Asian American History in the class.

Please select six. Each IP can only vote once. So please pick up to six candidates to vote. You will not be able to vote twice.

Note in the election, you can only vote for three candidates. We can vote top three or choose three from top six candidates (around 50% cut off) to vote.