The Board of Education of Carroll County will be holding two work sessions on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at the Board offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. A work session on the FY19 Operating Budget will be held at 4:00 p.m. A work session on Redistricting and Facilities Utilization will begin immediately following the budget session. 

The Board work session on the FY19 Operating Budget will focus on an early look at anticipated expenditures and revenue for next year.  The work session on Redistricting and Facilities Utilization will center on public feedback and possible direction to the superintendent on next steps.

The work sessions 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.


Many of our schools held special activities to commemorate Veterans Day, honor our veterans, and make students aware of their service and sacrifice for our country. CETV Channel 21 has put together a photo montage highlighting many of these events. Please click here to view the photos.


In early November, two Career and Technology Center students had the chance to participate in the Maryland Fall Leadership Conference. Lauren Brock is the SkillsUSA Secretary, and Taylor Carter is the SkillsUSA Historian for the Career and Tech Center.  Both students are in the Print Production program.

At the conference, these students learned leadership skills and effective techniques to facilitate the growth of the local chapter of SkillsUSA. This was the first time in over a decade that students from Carroll County attended the Leadership Conference and earned their Statesman Pin. This pin means that they are very familiar with SkillsUSA, are improving their interpersonal communication skills, and are helping to gain new members for the Carroll County chapter.

Both students are actively involved in SkillsUSA. Carter previously participated in the Maryland State Job Interview contest, and placed third.  She plans to participate in the Advertising Design Contest in the spring. Brock previously participated in the Maryland State T-shirt Design contest, placing second in the state and eighth in the nation. She plans to participate in the Screen Printing Contest this spring. In addition to the contests, these students assist in planning and organizing fundraisers, school-wide activities, and philanthropy projects.

 

 

Art teacher Steve Reigel led students at Shiloh Middle School through the process of personalizing the image of the American Flag. Students placed their finger marks in a designated color on the panels as part of a Shiloh Middle School 6 panel American Flag – 1 panel for each of the 6 branches of the Military.

Students placed their pointer fingers in a designated color, dabbed off excess paint, then placed one or more finger marks over top of the designated areas of the Flag, not to overshadow what has come before them. The Flag is a symbolic community of marks that will make fresh the commitment a pledge to a bright future.

 

 

Fourteen pieces of artwork representing ten Carroll County schools will be on exhibit as part of the Maryland Art Education Association’s Visual Student Art Showcase. The exhibit will take place at the Walter’s Art Museum in Baltimore from November 15 through 26, 2017, in the Sculpture Court.

Congratulations to the following students whose artwork will be displayed:

Student

Grade

School

Title

Medium

Art Teacher

Gavin Andrews

K

Eldersburg ES

Pumpkin

Mixed Media

Amy Slagle

Shaun Billings

1

Sandymount ES

Lion

Paint

Jennifer Moore

Adam Brocious

12

Liberty HS

Bath

Pen and Ink

Andrea Rowinski

Laura Eichhorn

12

Westminster HS

Navigation

Graphite

Peter Towson

Victoria Franklin

11

South Carroll HS

Oasis

Collage

Lisa Katz

Jocelyn Gifford

5

Linton Springs ES

Waterfall

Marker

Karen Peck

R.J. Hooper

8

Shiloh MS

Galaxy

Paint

Steve Reigel

Emily Lolli

12

Westminster HS

Sweet!

Colored Pencil

Peter Towson

Caroline Maerten

12

Liberty HS

Untitled

Graphite

Andrea Rowinski

Hannah Marasco

5

Eldersburg ES

The Wonderful World of Weeds

Marker

Amy Slagle

Mikyla Martinez

10

Manchester Valley HS

Untitled

Watercolor

Stacey Saltzgiver

Katie Richard

11

Century HS

Ears

Chalk Pastel

Nicole Diem

Aubrey Strawderman

6

Mt. Airy MS

Bugs

Mixed Media

Kimberly Crum-Derr

Anna White

11

Century HS

Snap Chat

Chalk Pastel

Nicole Diem


Students and their families have been invited to attend a reception on Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

 

 

On November 9, 2017, the Carroll County Student Government Association (CCSGA) presented a check for $7,500 to the American Red Cross.  CCSGA felt a strong need to do something for those suffering from the recent natural disasters, so during their summer retreat, they decided to take action.  Working off of one of their key pillars, community outreach and helping those in need, CCSGA decided to organize a county-wide wide fundraiser.  CCSGA asked schools to participate in various fundraisers to be held throughout the month of September.  Over half of the schools in CCPS responded, and the outpouring of funds started to come in. 

CCSGA was thrilled that so many students from across the county were willing to donate funds to such a cause.  It was with great pleasure that CCSGA presented this check, on behalf of all the students in Carroll County Public Schools, to the American Red Cross to be used to help those still suffering from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

Presenting the check to James Francavilla, Regional Chief Financial Officer for the Western Region of the American Red Cross are CCSGA officers (pictured left to right), Max Lawyer, Vice-President; Grace Johnson, Secretary; Jaimie Han, 2nd Vice-President; Mathew Johnson, Student Representative on the Board of Education; and Evan Warren, Student Representative-elect on the Board of Education.

 


Francis Scott Key High School is seeking feedback on a request from the community to name its gymnasium after Mr. Louis V. Beard, who served FSK as an administrator for over 20 years. 

Mr. Beard began his professional career as a teacher at the Robert Moton School in Westminster in 1955.  Soon after beginning his teaching career, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served from 1955-1957.  He was honorably discharged and returned to teaching at Robert Moton School and was advanced to principal, where he served until 1965.

 In 1965, Mr. Beard was assigned to Francis Scott Key High School where he served as assistant principal for one year until he advanced to principal in 1966.  With this appointment, he became the first African American to hold such a position in Carroll County.  He served as principal of Francis Scott Key for the next 20 years, influencing the lives of countless students and faculty in positive ways until his retirement in June 1986. 

 Mr. Beard leaves a legacy of dedicated service and outstanding accomplishments as an educator, humanitarian, and civic leader.  During his tenure as principal of FSK, Mr. Beard expanded the athletic program and added an auditorium, football field, and gym.  Among his many accomplishments, he was the first African American honored by the Carroll County Jaycees with the Distinguished Service Award.  He served as past board member of numerous county agencies and service organizations, including the Y.M.C.A, Department of Social Services, Community Action Agency, Carroll County Hospital Board, and the Bowling Brook Home for Boys.

 Please send written feedback to Carey Gaddis, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, at wcgaddi@carrollk12.org.  The deadline to submit feedback is Friday, December 1, 2017.  No anonymous feedback will be accepted. 

 

 

Tien Lam, a senior at Century High School, was among 200 students from 27 states and territories and 9 countries selected to attend the prestigious 24th Annual Global Youth Institute held in DesMoines, Iowa in October. During the conference, Lam presented a paper he wrote on the food crisis in Yemen and engaged with global leaders in science, policy, and industry to discuss the world’s most pressing challenges in hunger and poverty.

In order to participate in the program, students were required to research and write a paper on a topic affecting food security in a developing country and provide recommendations on how to better the lives of a typical family in the country. Once accepted, students were invited to attend the three-day event and engage in hands-on activities and service-learning projects to reflect on their unique role in addressing challenges related to agriculture, policy, science, industry, and hunger relief efforts both in the U.S. and abroad.

The Global Youth Institute is held in conjunction with the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, which annually gathers the world's foremost leaders and thinkers in global food security. Students present and discuss their innovative ideas to combat hunger with World Food Prize Laureates, international experts and peers from over 60 countries. Students also attend symposium sessions centered on current research, trends, and innovations in combating hunger and poverty.

The Global Youth Institute was developed to challenge and inspire participating students and teachers to identify innovative strategies to alleviate hunger and to expose the students to opportunities and careers in food, agriculture and natural resource disciplines. Of the students who complete the program, about 92% go on to pursue college degrees in agriculture and science and 77% choose careers in agriculture, STEM and other fields critical to the fight against hunger.

 

Lam was accompanied to the Institute by Kimberly Moyer, agriscience teacher and FFA Advisor at Century High School.

 

Maya Lee, a junior at Liberty High School and a member of the Liberty Lions’ Pride Marching Band, received the High Drum Major Award at the Group III Open Class Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships at Hershey Stadium. As the recipient of this award, Lee will be one of four drum majors to have the honor of leading the Tournament of Bands All-Star Marching Band in the 2017 Philadelphia Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

There is no drum major award offered in Tournament of Bands, aside from winning the Atlantic Coast Championships. According to Liberty High School instrumental music director Brandi Jason, “It’s a tremendous accomplishment – one shot each year to compete with all other school drum majors at the final competition of the season.”

The Liberty Lions’ Pride Marching Band earned 3rd place at the competition and brought home an award for High Woodwinds.  This is the second consecutive year the Lions’ Pride Marching Band has earned 3rd place at Atlantic Coast Championships.  This year’s show was titled Amazon: Quest for Gold.  There were 62 band members, including 10 color guard and 1 drum major.

 


Carroll County Public Schools and the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office have joined forces to fight drug abuse by creating programs designed to stop drug addiction before it begins. A parent night program entitled T.I.P.S. – Threats in Plain Sight will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Century High School. This program is designed to educate parents on the sometimes subtle signs of drug use that may be evident if they were aware of what to look for in their child’s room.

T.I.P.S is a drug awareness program designed specifically for parents or legal guardians of teenagers.  A mock drug bedroom will reflect the hidden dangers of drug abuse and signs that are out in plain sight. Parents will tour the bedroom looking for signs of drug use, followed by a video displaying all the different signs throughout the room.  The evening also will feature Keith Mills from WBAL, the Special O.P.T.S. school video with Beth Schmidt, and a question and answer session.

The Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office currently is presenting Special O.P.T.S – Opioid Prevention & Teen Support programs to all 11th and 12th grade students in Carroll County schools. The program focuses on the dangers of opiate and heroin abuse, as well as the dangers of alcohol use by students. During the program, the improvisational theatre group Foolproof performs an opening skit portraying a day in the life of a drug addict. Students then view a video about a local family who lost their son and brother to an overdose.

O.P.TS. presentations took place at three high schools, the Career and Technology Center, and Gateway School in October. Upcoming presentations will be held on November 7 at Manchester Valley, November 9 at Liberty, November 21 at Century, and November 28 at Winters Mill at 9:00 a.m.

The State’s Attorney’s Office also will be presenting a program entitled “Don’t Believe the Lie” at middle schools. This program not only teaches children to say no to drugs and alcohol but, more importantly, shows them how to say no in a way that combats peer pressure. Presentations will be held at 9:00 a.m. on February 6 at Oklahoma Road, February 8 at Northwest, February 13 at East, February 15 at Mt. Airy, February 20 at Crossroads, February 22 at Sykesville, February 27 at North Carroll, March 1 at Shiloh, and March 6 at West Middle.

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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