The Board of Education of Carroll County will be holding the following meetings on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the Board offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster:

10:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Board Retreat

1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Joint Meeting with Board of County Commissioners to discuss the Career and Technology Center Feasibility Study (Board Room)

3:00 p.m.

Special Board Meeting – Approval of Revisions to Board of Education Legislative Position Statements (Board Room)

4:00 p.m.

Closed Session in accordance with Section 10-508 of the Annotated Code of Maryland to discuss matters that relate to negotiations

The joint meeting with the Commissioners and the special Board meeting will be broadcast live on Channel 21 and streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12.org. Click on CETV under News and Media at the bottom of the home page or go directly to:

https://www.carrollk12.org/admin/commedia/cetv/Pages/CCPS-CETV-Webstreaming.aspx.

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, or sexual orientation. 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: Gregory J. Bricca, Director of Research and Accountability, 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 publicinfo@carrollk12.org, 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, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.
 


The Carroll County Career and Technology Center recently launched the first edition of its official newsletter, which is entitled Tech’s Message.

This monthly, student-centered newsletter was created to highlight the Tech Center and its programs and to put a face to its 26 programs and the 1400 students who attend the school each year. It promotes student achievement, showcases current projects, and gives readers an opportunity to meet students through Q & A’s. It also features profiles of faculty members and alumni.

The newsletter is posted online at http://www2.carrollk12.org/ctc/news/default.asp.

 

 


Two educators from Carroll County Public Schools will receive awards from the Maryland School Counselor Association (MSCA). Christie McCubbin from Westminster Elementary School will receive the 2017 Maryland School Counselor of the Year award at the elementary level, and Judy Klinger, Supervisor of School Counseling, will receive the MSCA Advocate of the Year Award.

Christie McCubbin is the leader of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports program at Westminster Elementary School. She has worked hard to incorporate the American Counselor Association’s mindsets and behaviors for academic success into her lessons and counseling groups. In addition, McCubbin has arranged for her students to take field trips to area colleges to show them their options for their future education and to reinforce the value of their current learning.

Judy Klinger collaborates with the Counseling graduate program at McDaniel College to ensure that school counseling interns receive positive and meaningful experiences before emerging into the school counseling profession. She is continually seeking ways to further develop the school system’s counseling program and provides outstanding professional development opportunities for school counselors, as well as all school staff and outside partners. These workshops strive to meet all students’ academic, career and social-emotional developmental needs by providing strategies and techniques to administrators, teachers, and support staff in school mental health issues.

McCubbin and Klinger will receive their awards at the Maryland School Counselor Association’s National School Counseling Week gala on February 3, 2017, at Martin’s Crosswinds.

 


Registration for kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year will be held the week of March 20 through March 24, 2017 at the elementary school in your attendance area.  Enrollment in kindergarten is mandatory for children who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2017.

Parents will need to present the following at the time of registration:

  • 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 current utility bill (Ex: gas, electric, water) or a current lease agreement that includes the service address with house number, and street name
  • specific address from which the child will be transported to school and the specific address to which the child will be transported after school.

Immunization records must be completed and returned to the school prior to the start of the school year.

For more detailed information about registering your child for kindergarten and a list of acceptable documents for registration, please visit:

https://www.carrollk12.org/instruction/studentservices/Pages/EnrollingAStudentInSchool.aspx or contact the principal of the elementary school in your attendance area.

 


Five Carroll County high schools – Century, Francis Scott Key, Liberty, Manchester Valley and South Carroll – participated in the Maryland State Thespian Festival, which was held at Towson University in early January, 2017. Four of the schools entered a One-Act in the competition, and many students competed in individual events and scholarships.

Sydney Dickenson of Century High School earned a superior rating in her Individual Event for musical theater and was invited to the National Thespian Festival this summer. Century Drama performed “The Miracle Worker”, which earned 2nd place out of 22 schools that performed one-act plays at the festival. Hannah Johnson and Gillian Boline were chosen as “Best Actor” for their performance in “The Miracle Worker.”

Francis Scott Key High School received Best Ensemble and Best Sound for their performance of the One Act, “Zap”.  Darian Blackiston and Justin Patterson were chosen as Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively, in “Zap.”

Claire Vervack of Liberty High School received a superior rating for her Stage Management Individual Event. Lexi Twilley also received a superior rating for her Individual Event in Costume Design. They both qualified for the National Thespian Festival in Nebraska.

Manchester Valley High School received awards for Best Costuming and Best Hair/ Make-Up in their theater group for their One Act, “The Imaginary Invalid.” Grace Garrett and Chris Short were recognized as Best Actress and Actor. In Individual Events, Brittney Flinn, Cecelia Boynton, and Lilith Ralph received superior ratings in their Duet Musical Theatre and Acting Individual Events, which qualifies them for the National Thespian Festival in Nebraska.

South Carroll High School received awards for Best Props and Best Vocals in their theater group for their performance of “The Diary of Adam and Eve.” Kelly Elsaesser and Stephen Maples received Best Actress and Best Actor in their One Act.

 


The Board of Education of Carroll County and the Board of Carroll County Commissioners will hold a joint meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Carroll County Career and Technology Center Feasibility Study.      

The meeting will be broadcast live on Channel 21 and streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12.org. Click on CETV under News and Media at the bottom of the home page or go directly to:

https://www.carrollk12.org/admin/commedia/cetv/Pages/CCPS-CETV-Webstreaming.aspx.

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, or sexual orientation. 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: Gregory J. Bricca, Director of Research and Accountability, 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 publicinfo@carrollk12.org, 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, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.


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The Carroll County Career and Technology Center will host an “Avant-Garden” Fashion Show Extravaganza on Friday, January 13, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. The show will feature 14 senior designers from the Textiles and Fashion Design program who will be showcasing their individual 18 piece collections. These collections include fun themes such as menswear, children’s wear, recycle wear, duct tape ensembles, and many more.

Led by instructor Catherine Harris and Production and Creative Directors Victoria Cole and Bella Queen, the students have designed, choreographed, decorated, and budgeted the entire show with assistance from other departments at the Career and Technology Center.

Tickets are $10 for students and adults and $5 for seniors. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There will be an intermission with lite fare halfway through the show.

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, or sexual orientation. 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: Gregory J. Bricca, Director of Research and Accountability, 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 publicinfo@carrollk12.org, 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, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.


Carroll County Public Schools has released the results of recent tests of the drinking water in schools. It has been brought to the school system’s attention that parents and community members may be experiencing difficulty accessing the report on individual school websites. Therefore, the school system has consolidated the results for each school into one report, which can now be found on the home page of the CCPS website.

https://www.carrollk12.org/admin/facilities/Pages/Reports.aspx

A contract was approved in early fall 2016 to perform drinking water testing in all schools during November and December 2016. State and federal regulations require that only schools served by well water be tested. Schools that receive water from a public system are not required to be tested.

When asked about the testing program, Superintendent of Schools Stephen Guthrie explained that “Although state and federal regulations would have required the testing of only four schools, we felt that it was important to put the health and safety of our students and staff at the forefront and test the drinking water in all schools.”

Any drinking water fixture that was found to have elevated lead or copper levels was immediately taken out of service and scheduled for replacement. If the fixture was used for cleaning purposes, continued use was allowed. However, signs were posted in the area stating “Not for Drinking/Not for Potable Use.” Fixtures used for consumption were given priority for replacement. Following replacement, secondary samples will be taken to ensure that the problem has been corrected and meets EPA drinking water guidelines.

“We are pleased that our school system is committed to ensuring safe drinking water for all of our students and staff,” said Board President Devon Rothschild.

Carroll County Public Schools has provided all results to the Carroll County Health Department.
 


The Twister News Live news crew, along with the students of Oklahoma Road Middle School, raised $120 through their Shout-Outs program to purchase a goat for a needy family in Africa through Heifer International.

Since early fall, the students purchased Shout-Outs for 25 cents to have their happy birthdays and friendly comments read on the air during the morning announcements.  Together, the TNL news crew decided to use the money raised towards purchasing a goat to help a family become self-sustained. 

Last year the crew, along with the ORMS students, raised nearly $150 for the United States War Dogs Association K-9 Troops in Afghanistan. Here at home, they purchased pet food for the Baltimore Humane Society, where many of the crew members volunteer. Through the Shout-Outs program, the TNL crew continues to give back throughout the year for various causes.

 

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