The Special Education Citizen’s Advisory Committee (SECAC) will be hosting monthly meetings this year.  Meetings will be a combination of virtual and in-person meetings, as feasible.  Some of these meetings will be in a town hall format while others will be more informative in nature.

The first meeting of the 2020-2021 school year will be a Virtual Town Hall with Nick Shockney, Director of Special Education for Carroll County Public Schools, on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  As CCPS enters the school year virtually, Mr. Shockney will answer questions about ICLPs, distance learning, services, and accommodations in the virtual classroom.  This meeting will be hosted in a virtual format and questions will be collected ahead of time.  If there is additional time, questions will be taken from the attendees, limiting to one question per attendee.  Attendees are asked to refrain from asking or commenting about specific schools, teachers, or students.  The Executive Board will monitor the meeting to ensure a productive conversation.

This meeting will be using the Zoom format and a link will be sent 24 hours prior to the meeting with the list of pre-submitted questions for reference (questions may be edited for clarity or redundancy).  A Q&A document will be available after the meeting for reference for those who are unable to attend.  

Please submit questions by August 17, 2020, to the SECAC Executive Board at ccpssecac@gmail.com or SECAC@carrollk12.org.

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 Communications Office 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, Communications Officer, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 

 

Attention All August SAT Test Takers:

 Unfortunately, Carroll County Public Schools will have to cancel the August 29th SAT that was originally set to occur at four of our high schools.   However, we have rescheduled a new date of Wednesday, October 14th, for the SAT to be administered to Carroll County Public Schools students only.  

 The change in date is a result of several school systems across the state of Maryland canceling their August 29th date and CCPS experiencing a large influx of hundreds of additional students from all over the state of Maryland and southern Pennsylvania registering at our four testing sites. Unfortunately, these large numbers of last-minute out-of-county and out-of-state registrations are far more than we are able to accommodate when considering the current COVID-19 requirements, restrictions, and safety precautions.

We have worked with the College Board in an effort to be sure that CCPS students only can take the SAT and not be impacted by students from other counties or states.  The new testing date of October 14th will be a School-Day SAT that will take place in each of our high schools for Carroll County students ONLY.  Students who wish to participate will be able to test at their home school site. Information will be forthcoming from school administration about how students can register with their school for the School-Day SAT opportunity.

 

We are very excited to announce that CCPS will be hosting the Summer Virtual Learning Series (SVLS) for teachers and instructional assistants throughout the month of August.This unique Professional Learning opportunity has been designed to meet your needs as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.

Click here to view the SVLS Booklet containing detailed registration instructions and session descriptions.  Please take some time to review this information.

We’d like to highlight a few logistical items:

  1. Teachers are required to attend 7 webinars.  IAs are required to attend 3 webinars.
    • Teachers are also required to complete the SVLS Accountability Tool.  Teachers will submit this tool to their school administration for review.  This tool will be valuable during the observation/evaluation process.  It will also be applicable as an artifact specifically related to Domain 4.
       
  2. Registration will take place through the PD Portal.
    • For those using a nonCCPS computer, please access WebPortal & the Professional Learning System via https://remote.carrollk12.org
    • A Planning Tool is also provided to assist you in mapping out the sessions you would like to attend.
  1. Individual session registration will close 24 hours prior to the event. 
  1. Once registration closes, you will receive an email with a link to join the Meet/TEAMS session.    

 We know you will find the series valuable to your continued growth and success!

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Professional Learning Team.

Jeff Alisauckas – jjalisa@carrollk12.org

Colleen Ensor- ctensor@carrolk12.org

Jamie Weaver – jlweave@carrolk12.org

 

 

 

Image of Boot Camp presentation on computer screenFrancis Scott Key High School held its fifth annual High School Boot Camp (HSBC) during the weeks of July 20 and 27, 2020.  HSBC is a two-week program aimed at helping incoming freshmen transition successfully to high school. 

In the past, students met in person to tour the school, practice opening their lockers, and discuss important study and social skills.  This year, its virtual nature has allowed 41 different students to join the sessions they would like to attend throughout the day. 

Topics include basic math skills, effective study strategies for each learning style, time management and organization, the importance of regular attendance and getting involved, decision-making, goal setting, effective communication, and resources when students need support.  

Teachers Alethea Miller (Facilitator of Student Support) and Emily Sainz (Mathematics) have led the HSBC in the past and this year have used many newly learned strategies to engage and prepare students for their high school career.

 

 

Savannah Kunkel and masonry instructor Mike Campanile

Savannah Kunkel, a Westminster High School student in the Masonry program at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, has received the Mortar Net Solutions Mason Apprentice Scholarship.

Her hard work was recognized by her instructor, Mike Campanile, who nominated her for the award. She received a $350 check towards her education and a tool bag filled with $1,000 worth of tools.

 

 

 

CLICK HERE TO LIVESTREAM THE MEETING

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. This will be a hybrid meeting in which some Board members are present in the Board room. However, some Board members and staff will be participating virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public will not be able to attend the meeting with the exception of those who wish to speak during Citizen Participation.

Citizen Participation is scheduled on the agenda for 5:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Speakers will be allowed three minutes to address the Board. Citizens who wish to speak must adhere to the guidelines outlined below. Staff will be available to assist speakers and signs will be posted.

  • Wear a mask at all times except when addressing the Board from the podium.
  • Enter the building through the main entrance.
  • Sign in at the desk in the lobby.
  • Wait in the lobby until your name is called. To accommodate social distancing, citizens may be asked to wait outside.
  • After speaking, exit through the side door of the Board room.

The Board of Education will continue taking public comment through the CCPS website (click on the Board of Education tab and Members) or through the US mail. Comments received will be posted on the website.

Comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting in order to be posted prior to the meeting.

You may access the meeting by clicking on the link under “News and Notices” on the homepage. The meeting also will be broadcast live on CETV Channel 21.The agenda and back-up materials for the meeting will be available on the school system’s website by close of business on the Monday before the meeting. Click on Agendas and Documents under Board of Education.

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 Communications Office 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, Communications Officer, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 

 

self portrait by Katja Moody

A self-portrait by Katja Moody, who will begin her senior year at Liberty High School in September, has been selected to be featured in Phi Delta Kappa’s education journal, Kappan.

Katja is an active member of the National Art Honor Society. According to art teacher Lauren Latane-Valis, “Katja is a talented artist who also has dedicated a lot of her time to increasing the awareness of art education in our school and community.”

 

 

 

The Francis Scott Key High School Sources of Strength (SOS) Program has raised $645 for Carroll County Food Sunday.

In the early stages of the school closure due to COVID 19, SOS peer leaders and adult advisors felt led to help their community. The SOS Program created the #KEYSTRONG campaign to celebrate the resiliency the school community demonstrates during any time of uncertainty. As a part of this campaign, an online sale of FSK spirit wear featuring #KEYSTRONG shirts, shorts, and other gear was launched, and 100% of the proceeds from this sale ($645) were donated to Carroll County Food Sunday. 

Francis Scott Key High School and the SOS Program feel blessed to have CCFS in the community taking care of the most essential needs of citizens, including students and their families.

 

 

The Carroll County School Bus Contractors Association and the Carroll County Public Schools Transportation Services Department recently presented Jim Rill with the “Top Gun Award” for 53 years of accident-free driving.

Jim and his wife, Linda Rill, have been long-standing school bus contractors for Carroll County Public Schools, operating bus numbers 19, 33, and 166, serving Westminster area schools.

According to Mike Hardesty, Director of Transportation Services, “On a sad note, Jim passed away on July 16 after battling cancer for a year and a half.  His 53 years of accident-free driving is a remarkable achievement!  We were able to present the ‘Top Gun’ award to Jim the week prior to his passing.” Hardesty added that Jim always had a smile on his face, loved the students he transported, and always said that driving the school bus was the best part of his day.

This award is presented every three years at a School Bus Safety Banquet. This year’s banquet was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Pictured (left to right):
Linda Rill and Jim Rill, bus contractors, and Dianne Grote, president of the Carroll County School Bus Contractors Association.

 

 

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LIVESTREAM OF THE MEETING.
 

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. This will be a hybrid meeting in which some Board members are present in the Board room. However, some Board members and staff will be participating virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public will not be able to attend the meeting with the exception of those who wish to speak during Citizen Participation.

Citizen Participation is scheduled on the agenda for 5:00 p.m. Speakers will be allowed three minutes to address the Board. Citizens who wish to speak must adhere to the guidelines outlined below. Staff will be available to assist speakers and signs will be posted.

  • Wear a mask at all times except when addressing the Board from the podium.
  • Enter the building through the main entrance.
  • Sign in at the desk in the lobby.
  • Wait in the lobby until your name is called. To accommodate social distancing, citizens may be asked to wait outside.
  • After speaking, exit through the side door of the Board room.

The Board of Education will continue taking public comment through the CCPS website (click on the Board of Education tab and Members) or through the US mail. Comments received will be posted on the website.

The meeting will be streamed live on the CCPS website at www.carrollk12.org. You may access the meeting by clicking on the link under “News and Notices” on the homepage. The meeting also will be broadcast live on CETV Channel 21.

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 Communications Office 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 Communications Officer: 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.

 

 

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