Manchester Valley High School was recently awarded a grant from the Dart Foundation. The grant, in the amount of $2,880, will be used to provide additional Arduino computing systems.

The goals of the project are to:

  • Expand options available for students to fulfill graduation requirements with computer science opportunities
  • Expand career and technology education computer sciences programs of study
  • Provide computer science professional learning, equipment, and course implementation.

The additional computer systems will help to increase usage during regular education time and provide additional extracurricular opportunities for students. These devices also will allow STEM creativity and promote computational thinking through coding and problem solving.

Through the use of these funds, Manchester Valley High School will be able to increase class offerings to students during the 2019-2020 school year and start an after-school robotics club.

Manchester Valley High School principal Joe Guerra (center), with Debra Eichler and David Toomey from the Dart Foundation.


The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold two work sessions on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street, Westminster. The topic of the first session will be the Students Attending Schools Out-of-Attendance Areas policy. The second work session will focus on the Elementary Behavior Task Force Report. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be no time for citizen participation.

The work sessions will be broadcast on CETV Channel 21 and streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at Click on CETV under News and Media at the bottom of the home page or go directly to:

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons with regard to its employment practices and in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The CCPS does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The CCPS provides non-discriminatory access to school facilities in accordance with its policies and regulations regarding the community use of schools (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts). The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Chantress Baptist, Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3068.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Office of Community and Media Relations at 410-751-3020 or, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities or the Supervisor of Community and Media Relations: Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities Management, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3177, or Carey Gaddis, Communications Officer, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.




Carroll County Public Schools hosted a National Sea Grant/NOAA Summer Aquaculture in Action Workshop at South Carroll High School. The workshop and the aquaculture classroom at South Carroll are currently being featured in an article on the Maryland Sea Grant website at CCPS is a model for aquaculture programs across the country.

Carroll County teachers who attended the workshop include Maggie Kramme and Jennifer Lamb from Oklahoma Road Middle School; Danielle Whitworth, Mt. Airy Middle School; Rusty LaMotte, Manchester Valley High School; and Judy Plaskowitz, South Carroll High School. Jim Peters, Supervisor of Secondary Science, and Sarah Weaver, Coordinator of Secondary Science, were presenters. In addition, South Carroll principal Christina Dougherty and assistant principals Tom Riddle and Lois Tiffany hosted and supported the event.





Bus routes for the 2019-2020 school year are now posted on the homepage of the CCPS website.

Click here to view bus routes.

Routes will continue to be updated on the website each Friday through the start of school. They also will be published in the Carroll County Times on Tuesday, August 27th.

Please note that all stop times are approximate. Parents are asked to have their students at the bus stop at least 10 minutes prior to the published time during the first week of school.





Two Century High School students, Brianna Muchella-Prata and Marie Walters, have been selected to represent Maryland as delegates to the 2019 Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, from October 16 – 19, 2019.

Every year, the World Food Prize Youth Regional Institutes convene high school students, teachers, and experts to explore and solve local, national and global hunger and food security issues. To apply to the Institute, students research and write a paper on a global challenge related to hunger and food insecurity. Brianna focused her research on poverty, food insecurity and education in Argentina. Marie’s research dealt with Kenya’s need to increase agricultural production in the face of deforestation, soil degradation and climate change.

Each year, 200 exceptional high school students from around the world are selected to participate in the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation. At the event, students will interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates, heads of state, ministers of agriculture, researchers, business executives, and humanitarian leaders from more than 65 countries and discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues with international experts.

Student delegates present their research and discuss their findings with international experts and their peers, connect with other students from around the world, tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities, and take part in symposium discussions with global leaders in science, industry, and policy.





This is the second summer that Francis Scott Key High School has recognized academic excellence within the AP program by placing signs in the yards of deserving students.

A total of 21 FSK students earned 28 scores of 5 on the AP exams. James Logie, Caroline Freundel, and Donovan Villegas earned two 5’s, while Zach Brown and Elizabeth Scott earned three 5’s.

Students earned 5’s in 12 content areas:  Calculus, Literature, Language, Environmental Science, European History, Human Geography, World History, US History, Government, Psychology,  Music Theory,  and Studio Art: 2D.


Johnathon Wilhide (left) and Caroline Freundel.






The Westminster High School Class of 1939 Reunion will hold a Luncheon at the Olive Garden in Westminster on Monday, August 12, 2019. This will mark their 80th year as graduates of WHS.

Three classmates from ’39 are expected to attend this incredible occasion and graduates from more recent years are expected to join them. The class members who have signed up to attend are Clara Valianti Schaeffer, Aleatha Arbaugh Carlson and Helen Louise Tracy Totura.

The following persons are expected to attend to help them celebrate and connect the generations together. Former Principal of WHS and graduate Sherri-Le Bream; City Council Member and graduate Kevin Dayhoff; Teacher and graduate Steven Bowersox; and Assistant Principal and graduate Katie Nefflen. In addition, family members and friends of the class will attend.

According to principal John Baugher, “As Westminster High School celebrates the 120th graduating class this spring, and the 50th anniversary of the Washington Road Campus, this small celebration for the Class of ‘39 is great way to begin two years of memories and great opportunities to look to the future to build an even stronger school.”

WHS congratulates the members of the Class of 1939 and is looking forward to celebrating its many years of history over the next two years. 





Student leaders from the Westminster High School FFA Chapter attended the 91st Maryland FFA convention.   While there, students competed in a variety of Leadership Development Events and Career Development Events.  Highlights include

Lesa Ramsburg – Maryland FFA Star in Agricultural Placement, MD FFA Proficiency Winner for Equine Placement, 2nd in Senior Prepared Public Speaking and member of the state winning WHS Horse Evaluation Tea

Rebecca Ellers – Maryland FFA Proficiency Winner for Sheep Placement.

Avery Dull – 5th in Senior Prepared Public Speaking and member of the state winning WHS Horse Evaluation Team.

Abigail Wimmer – 2nd in Junior Prepared Public Speaking and member of the state winning WHS Horse Evaluation Team.

Rebecca Wimmer – 8th in FFA Creed Speaking and member of the state winning WHS Horse Evaluation Team.

In addition to these events, the Horse Evaluation team will travel to the National FFA Convention in October to participate in the national contest.

 Further, while at the convention, members of the chapter participated in a variety of leadership workshops. FFA members were encouraged to live in “This Moment” by the Maryland FFA State officer team.

The Westminster FFA chapter is a leadership development organization affiliated with the Westminster High School Agricultural Education program. For more information or to support leadership development through Westminster High School FFA, please contact Aaron Geiman at





Carroll County Public Schools held Camp Thrive from July 19-21, 2019, at the Hashawha Environmental Center. This free, overnight weekend camp, sponsored by the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, was designed for middle school students who have been or are currently impacted by addiction or addiction-related loss or trauma in their homes or with their loved ones.

Camp Thrive provided a supportive environment where students could build skills in coping and stress management, and also recognize their own strengths while sharing with others who have experienced similar challenges. The camp was focused on breaking stigmas and building resilience. Activities included hiking, camp fires, art therapy, games, canoeing, a ropes course, coping skills groups, and yoga.

Camp Thrive was staffed by professional therapists, school counselors, Pupil Personnel Workers, other CCPS staff, and Hashawha employees. Counselors were available throughout the camp day for individual support as needed.



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