The Carroll County Public School System’s Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee will hold its next meeting of the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Carroll County Non-Profit Building, located at 255 Clifton Blvd. in Westminster, Maryland. 

Information will be shared on the following:  training and professional development for general and special educators, inclusive opportunities in the community, and a time for feedback and questions regarding inclusive practices in CCPS. 

If Carroll County Public Schools dismiss early or are closed due to inclement weather, this meeting will be canceled.

If you need additional information, contact Mr. Nicholas Shockney, Director of Special Education, at 410-751-3033.

All Carroll County Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public. 

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. 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. 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) 751-3070

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 Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3177 or Carey Gaddis, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, Supervisor of Community & Media Relation, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3020. 

 

 

 

Chloe Swagger, a 7th grade student at West Middle School, and Uchechi Mba, an 8th grade student at Sykesville Middle School, were among 20 winners in the Champions of Courage Black History Month Essay Competition sponsored by M&T Bank.  The students will appear on WBFF-TV FOX 45, WNUV-TV The CW Baltimore, and MyTV Baltimore saluting their personal heroes during Black History Month this January and February.   

More than 3000 entries were received from middle and high schools throughout the Baltimore metro area.   The competition challenged students in grades 6-12 to write a brief essay saluting their personal “Champion of Courage” – a positive role model who has touched their lives by sharing the teachings of Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr.  Swagger’s essay saluted her 7th grade ELA teacher, Marian Davis, as her champion.  Mba wrote about her 5th grade ELA teacher.

Each student essayist will be honored and presented with a $100 prize at an Awards Breakfast on January 26th at Martin’s West.    At the breakfast, the top three essayists will be announced and will be presented with additional awards for their individual effort.   In addition, their schools will receive cash awards in their honor, sharing the lesson that when an individual achieves, his/her community benefits. 

“Champions of Courage” is designed to commemorate Black History Month by celebrating positive role models for youth.   The essay competition provides an opportunity for students to participate in a scholastic competition, to gain confidence in their abilities, and to be recognized for their achievement.   “Champions of Courage” also serves to share with one and all the legacy and teachings of Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

Two Carroll County high school students won awards in this year’s Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest sponsored by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).

Mary Garrison from South Carroll High School was the grand prize winner for her sculpture “Golden Mare”, which was made using gold metal objects, necklaces, cardboard, wire, and a drawer handle. A sculpture by Adrianna Wood from Century High School, which was made from screws, won the People’s Choice Award.

MDE has celebrated America Recycles Day by hosting the Annual “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Contest since 2001. The contest challenges Maryland high school students to use recycled materials to create artistic and innovative sculptures. This year, 62 entries from 23 schools across the state were on display.

 

 

 

The Carroll County Career and Technology Center has received a grant from The Dart Foundation to build a Makerspace. The $44,000 grant will be used to purchase equipment including a 3D scanner and printer, a laser engraver, and a CNC machine. The Makerspace will be used by students at the Tech Center, as well as middle school students, to create projects.

According to William Eckles, principal at the Career and Technology Center, “It is our hope that we can use this Makerspace to highlight STEM education and spread the word about the possibilities we have for students.”

About The Dart Foundation

The Dart Foundation is a private family foundation established by Dart Container Corporation founder William A. Dart and his wife Claire T. Dart.  The Foundation supports projects that enhance education, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, and those that improve the quality of life in specific communities.

 

 

 

Click here to watch the latest edition of Our Students, Our Staff, Our Schools. This program features segments from Dr. Lockard’s weekly program Report Card on Education during which he interviews some of our outstanding students and staff.

This edition features an interview with Filipa Gomes, Supervisor of Health Services, and a discussion of inclement weather procedures with Mike Hardesty, Director of Transportation Services. Dr. Lockard also interviews Winters Mill High School students Samantha Coale and Alex Barnes and teacher David Wynne regarding the school’s Veterans Day Ceremony.

 

 

 

The 5th Annual Carroll County African American Read-In will take place on Monday, February 4, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center, located at 91 West Main Street in Westminster, Maryland, with a snow date of Monday, February 25. All CCPS high schools, as well as students from Silver Oak Academy, will be participating.

The Read-In is sponsored by Carroll County Public Schools, Carroll County Public Library, the Carroll County Arts Council, and the Carroll County Branch of the NAACP.  The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. A reception with jazz music will be held from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Readings and performances of African American literature will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

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 J. Baptist, Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

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 encourages parents, community members, students, and employees to participate in the Speak Up survey on how students and teachers use technology. The survey will be open until January 31, 2019, and the school system needs your help to ensure that individual schools and the school system get great data in February!

The Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, is both a national research project and a free service to schools and districts everywhere. Since fall 2003, Speak Up has helped education leaders include the voices of students, faculty, parents, and the community in annual and long-term planning.

CCPS is joining more than 3,000 other districts around the country this year in taking advantage of this opportunity. Data will be used locally to inform technology and professional development planning.

Instructions for completing Speak Up

  1. Go to this link: speakup.tomorrow.org
  2. Click on the appropriate audience (Student, Educator, Parent, Community member).
  3. Follow the given instructions to access the questions. Search for your school by entering your school information in the provided fields. If your school does not come up, try using less words from your school name or less fields. 

To learn more about the project and how to get involved, visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup.

 

The dates for public presentation, review, and input to the Operating Budget for the Carroll County Public School System for the 2019 - 2020 school year are listed below:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

  • 5:00 p.m. - Presentation of Superintendent’s Proposed FY 20 Operating Budget during Board of Education Meeting – Charles I. Ecker Boardroom, Board of Education Offices

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

  • 6:00 p.m. - FY 20 Superintendent’s Proposed Operating Budget Public Hearing (with citizen participation) – Charles I. Ecker Boardroom, Board of Education Offices
  • Board Work Session on the Proposed FY 20 Budget (no citizen participation) immediately following Public Hearing – Charles I. Ecker Boardroom, Board of Education Offices

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

  • 7:00 p.m. - FY 20 Superintendent’s Proposed Operating Budget Public Hearing (with citizen participation) – Charles I. Ecker Boardroom, Board of Education Offices

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

  • 5:00 p.m. - FY 20 Board of Education Operating Budget Adoption (during the regular Board meeting) – Charles I. Ecker Boardroom, Board of Education Offices.

The proposed budget and other information will be available online following the presentation on January 9th at https://www.carrollk12.org/admin/financeservices/budget/Pages/default.aspx.

Feedback may be submitted at https://www.carrollk12.org/boe/Pages/Feedback.aspx or by U.S. mail to Superintendent’s Office, Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, MD 21157.

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 J. Baptist, Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

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.

 

 

 

Glen Messier, principal at Mechanicsville Elementary School, will travel to Puerto Rico from January 21-28, 2018 with the Lifetouch Memory Mission to help rebuild a school devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Nearly 45 educators and Lifetouch employees from across North America will travel to Juncos, Puerto Rico, to offer their assistance to Colegio Bautista.  The school is home to 120 students from kindergarten to 9th grade. The rebuilding process is underway at the school, and to help with these efforts the Memory Mission team will be rebuilding the school’s sport court and an exterior property wall that protects the school grounds from future hurricanes.

Each volunteer is scheduled to connect with their community back home via Facebook Live. Volunteers will update their community with the rebuilding progress, their experience in Puerto Rico, and what they have learned so far on the trip. Messier will be on Facebook Live on Friday, January 25, at 9:30 a.m. CST.

In addition to the repair and rebuild efforts, the students and staff of Colegio Bautista will have their portraits taken by Lifetouch volunteer photographers.

About Lifetouch

At Lifetouch, Inc., our purpose is to help families make memories and share them with others. For more than 80 years, Lifetouch has been the professional photography company of choice for schools and families. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN., the enterprise is organized around four primary business units operating in local communities across North America.

Built on the tradition of “Picture Day”, Lifetouch captures smiling faces from preschool through high school graduation, as well as sports, special events, seniors and yearbooks; and also serves customers in JCPenney Portrait Studios and Church communities.

Lifetouch is also proud to be a part of the Shutterfly family of brands.

 

 

 

Registration for the CCPS summer enrichment program for students in grades K-8 is now underway.

Click here to view the program booklet.

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