The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street, Westminster. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be time for citizen participation at this meeting.

Citizen participation will be held following administrative items and presentations. Citizens who wish to address the Board during Citizen Participation are encouraged to check the agenda prior to the meeting to determine what time the public comment portion of the meeting will begin. The agenda and back-up materials for the meeting can be found by going to the school system’s website at www.carrollk12.org and clicking on Agendas and Documents under Board of Education.

The meeting will be 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 Board meeting also will be broadcast live on Channel 21, with rebroadcasts on Thursday, September 13, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 15, at 9:00 a.m.; Sunday, September 16, at 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, September 20, at 8:00 p.m.

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: 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.

 

 

 

In an effort to enhance the safety and security of our schools, the Carroll County Public School System (CCPS), and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement a Safe Schools Unit - School Resource Officer Program.

The Safe to Learn Act of 2018 requires each public school in Maryland to have either School Resource Officers (SROs) or adequate law enforcement coverage. To meet this requirement, a collaborative partnership was established by CCPS the CCSO, and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to assign SROs in CCPS schools.

“The Board of County Commissioners has an excellent relationship with Carroll County Public Schools and the Sheriff’s Office,” said Board President Dennis Frazier, District 3. “We are happy to work together to implement this program and proactively safeguard the learning environment for our students.”

As the law was in the process of passing, the BOCC began working with the CCSO to allocate the resources necessary to meet the requirement over a two-year period beginning with high schools in school year 2018-19.

Throughout the summer months, the CCPS and the CCSO have been collaborating to implement the program.  The CCSO has created the Safe Schools Unit and selected the Supervisors and initial staff for the unit. The primary goal of the Safe Schools Unit will be to provide a safe and secure environment that is conducive for student learning. The school administration will continue to handle all aspects of student discipline, while SROs will be focused on providing security and enforcing violations of criminal law when appropriate.

“I’m very pleased that we are able to continue our proactive approach to the long-term security of our schools,” said Sheriff James DeWees. “My staff and the Carroll County Public Schools administration have been working hard throughout the summer to make sure we provide the safest learning environment for our students, teachers and staff.” 

According to Dr. Steven Lockard, Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools, “As a school system, the safety of our students and staff is one of our most important priorities. We very much appreciate the opportunity to partner with the County Commissioners and the Sheriff’s Office to implement the SRO program in our schools.”

CCPS and the CCSO continue to develop a communications plan to provide parents and community with updated information as the program evolves.

 

 

 

 

The Redistricting and School Closure Committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street, Westminster.  The meeting is open to the public. There will be no time for citizen participation.

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: 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.

 

 

 

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

Click here to view bus routes. Updated 8/17/18

Routes will continue to be updated each Friday through the start of school.

 

 

 

 

The 2nd Annual Culture Expo will take place on Friday, August 24, at Winters Mill High School.  Check-in starts at 8:30. The Expo kicks off at 9:00 with Nazu African Dance and Drum.  Please join us for a day filled with dynamic culture chats, international entertainment, salsa lessons, Carroll County exhibitors, door prizes, and food trucks! A kids’ corner will be open from 10:30-12:30 featuring story time, crafts, and D’s Magic! 

CCPS employees should register through the PD Portal.  All others can register by emailing expo@carrollk12.org.     

Click here for more information.

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: 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 Redistricting and School Closure Committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday, August 9, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the media center at West Middle School, located at 60 Monroe Street, Westminster. The meeting is open to the public. There will be no time for citizen participation.

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: 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 Board of Education of Carroll County will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. A work session on the Strategic Plan will take place at 5:00 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street, Westminster. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be no time for citizen participation.

Both meetings will be streamed live on CETV Channel 21 and 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, 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: 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 Educational Television Channel 21 will be running the 2018 high school graduation ceremonies throughout the rest of the summer. Please click here to view the schedule.

The graduations are also available on demand on the McDaniel College website at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/mcdanieladmin/.

 

 

 

The Redistricting and School Closure Committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the media center at East Middle School, located at 121 Longwell Avenue, Westminster. The meeting is open to the public. There will be no time for citizen participation.

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: 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.

 

 

 

Three educators from Carroll County Public Schools have received awards from the Maryland Agriculture Teachers Association. The Maryland winners for 2018 are now nominated for the national level awards.

Angie McCauslin, Supervisor of Career and Technology Education
Advocate Award

This award recognizes an individual for his or her outstanding contributions to agricultural education through any of the following: legislative action; local school, county-wide and state-wide support; and youth activities.

McCauslin supports agriculture education and works to advocate for the agriculture program in Carroll County.  She supports the programs financially by funding field trips and substitutes for various activities. She is eager to help provide materials that students need to learn career and technology skills and is quick to answer and address concerns. McCauslin spends many hours writing grants to support the agriculture teachers in their efforts to improve their programs and provide the professional development and certifications needed to teach agriculture.

McCauslin has supported educators by providing relevant professional development workshops and supports activities that advocate for the agriculture completer programs. She has been proactive in helping teachers grow interest in agriculture education in Carroll County. She supported the county agriculture teachers in creating a program that would promote agriculture classes in the middle schools, and several programs increased their program numbers following this promotion.

Bridget Nicholson, Agriscience Teacher, Manchester Valley High School
Teacher Mentor Award

The Teacher Mentor Award recognizes experienced teachers who serve as mentors to beginning teachers. Nicholson has been mentoring Shelby Althoff at Francis Scott Key High School. She has provided Althoff with curriculum and guidance on how to adapt that curriculum for use in her classroom. They worked to set up the classroom and lab areas to make the transition from classroom to lab more seamless. In addition, Nicholson has helped Althoff develop a positive working relationship with her alumni.  She has also assisted her with FFA events, helping her to make deadlines and submit complete registrations, and to prepare for FFA career development events.

Diane Safar, Agriscience Teacher, Winters Mill High School
Outstanding Agriculture Teacher Award, Ag Mechanics Professional Award, Teacher of Teachers Award, 20 Years of Service Award

The Outstanding Teacher award recognizes teachers who are conducting the highest quality agriculture education programs, as well as leadership in civic, community, agriculture, and professional activities. Safar has been teaching agriculture for 20 years and planned, set up, and opened the agriculture program at Winters Mill High School. She has been successful in implementing the CASE curriculum, has a successful FFA and FFA Affiliate program, and has held many leadership roles within the school and with professional organizations. She has served at the state level with the Maryland Agriculture Teachers Association Board of Directors for 7 years and serves on the Maryland FFA Board of Directors, her local FFA Alumni Affiliate, and in many school leadership roles.

Safar also received the Ag Mechanics Professional Award, which recognizes agriscience teachers for outstanding accomplishments within their area of expertise. Safar’s 1-credit Ag Mechanics course at Winters Mill covers a variety of Ag Mechanic topics and skills.  The class spends one quarter of the semester learning woodworking skills that increase in skill level as they advance.  During the second quarter, students learn basic electric, plumbing, welding, cold metal skills, masonry, and engines. These skills also benefit the students as they compete in the FFA Ag Mechanics career development event.

In addition, Safar received the Teacher of Teachers award for having a former student become an agriscience teacher. Shelby Althoff, a graduate of Winters Mill High School, is now an agriscience teacher at Francis Scott Key High School. She also was presented with an award for 20 years of service.

 

 

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