McNett to Be Considered for Federal Government’s Highest Honor for Teacher Recognition

Hannah McNett, a science teacher at Manchester Valley High School, has been named one of three finalists from Maryland who will be recommended to receive a 2019 Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics and Science. A nominee in the category of Grades 7-12 Science, Ms. McNett was chosen by the Maryland State Department of Education in recognition of her excellent record in teaching the sciences to high school students.

 Established in 1983, the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the federal government in recognition of teachers who have demonstrated excellence in the teaching of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields to K-12 students. If selected, Ms. McNett will be commended by the President of the United States with a signed certificate, a paid trip to Washington to attend various recognition events, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation among other honors.

 “Ms. McNett exemplifies excellence in everything she does, and there is no one more deserving of this prestigious honor,” said Dr. Steven Lockard, Superintendent of Schools. “The CCPS community thanks Ms. McNett for her commitment to our students, and we wish her well as she is considered for this distinguished national award.”






At its meeting on July 10, 2019, the Board of Education of Carroll County was pleased to recognize the 90 school system employees who retired during the past year.

These dedicated and hard-working employees have contributed a combined total of 2,056 years of service to Carroll County Public Schools. They represent a wide range of employee groups including teachers, assistants and paraprofessionals, nurses, counselors, school and central office administrators, clericals, cafeteria workers, and custodial and maintenance employees.

According to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Lockard, “We are so thankful to our retirees who have given so much time, energy, and effort to our students, our schools, and our community. We wish them nothing but the best!”




Carroll County high school students performed very well at this year’s Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in San Antonio. They brought home 3 of the top 10 team/individual awards.

The top 10 national winners are listed below:

  • Sophie Dong, Winters Mill High School – Accounting II, 8th place
  • Joe Demario, Manchester Valley High School – Spreadsheet Applications, 8th place
  • Tyler Batts, Brennan Deibel and Cole Hamlett, Century High School – Banking and Financial Systems, 9th place (Team).

CCPS also was represented by its new state officer, Region 3 Vice President Colin Hanson from Century High School. The 2018-2019 FBLA advisors were Leslie Knutsen, Melinda Ditzen, Meghan Waller, Leslie Chesley, Bradley Davidson, Marcene Trump, and Trevor Walzl.

Over 12,000 people attended the conference from the US, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and China.




While the coming 2019-2020 calendar has already been approved and adopted, Carroll County Public Schools is seeking public feedback to assist in the development of the 2020-2021 school calendar. Parents, students, employees, and community members are encouraged to participate in a very brief survey, which can be found at the link below. The survey will take 3 minutes or less to complete.

Click here to take the survey.

The information obtained through this survey will be used by the CCPS Calendar Committee to develop calendar options which will be presented to the Board of Education at its September meeting. Please keep in mind that under Maryland law students are required to attend 180 days of school. However, school systems now have greater flexibility in determining their start and end dates.

Please respond to this survey by August 1, 2019. Thank you for your input.




The Carroll County Career and Technology Center’s SkillsUSA team had a very successful week at the National Leadership and Skills Conference, which was held from June 22-28, 2019, in Louisville Kentucky. 

The Engineering Design team of Malia Cohen, Leann Gomez, and Bethany Stoll won a Gold Medal. Delaney Bartholow, Kristina Kemp, and Rachel Haines received a Silver Medal in Promotional Bulletin Board.

Additional results from the competition are listed below:

  • Pin Design – 4th
  • Automated Manufacturing Technology – 5th
  • Masonry – 5th
  • Diesel – 9th
  • American Spirit – 9th
  • Cosmetology – 14th
  • Electrical Construction – 14th
  • Collision Repair – 22nd
  • Video Production – 39th



Students in the Agriculture Mechanics class at Winters Mill High School created small pet beds as an extension project following the woodworking unit of the class. One of the pet beds found a welcoming home at the Carroll County Humane Society cat room. The shiny red bed, equipped with a fluffy black and white blanket, was donated to the Humane Society for use at their shelter. Upon arrival at the cat room, several inquisitive cats promptly inspected the new accommodation, which seemed to meet their approval.

Students in the Agriculture Mechanics class begin woodworking by creating a push stick using only hand tools. Many students begin this class with no prior technology skills, and this project generates an appreciation for woodworking skills and tools. Following the hand tool project, the skill level and use of power tools increases with each project the student completes. The final project is a test of skill by copying a purchased picnic bench without written direction. Students must measure the original item, plan the cutting and assembly of their project, and create a bench identical to the purchased bench on display. Following this test of skills, students may create a small pet bed as an extension project.

Agriculture instructor Diane Safar reports that several beds are created each year at Winters Mill and students look forward to donating more beds in their future.





CETV Channel 21 will be broadcasting the graduation ceremonies for all seven high schools throughout July and August.  These graduations were held at McDaniel College from June 3 through June 8. They will be broadcast at various times during the day and evening.  Tune in to Channel 21 to see our seniors graduate!




If your child is injured playing sports, has a tooth pulled, or has other pain issues, the doctor, dentist, or other health care provider may prescribe an opioid to relieve pain.  Even when opioids are used as prescribed, they can lead to a substance use disorder.  Before an opioid is prescribed, ask a doctor about non-opioid medications.

Seven billboards with the message “You Decide Before They Prescribe” “Prescription Pain Medication Can Be Addictive & Dangerous” have been placed in close proximity to high schools to raise awareness of the cautions that should be used with teens taking prescription pain medication.

The billboards were paid for with funds from a Heroin and Opioid Policy Development Grant that was given to Carroll County Public Schools.

For more information about Opioids and additional resources visit the Department of Health weblink/website at






Carroll County Public Library Summer Reading Program

One program for all ages. Earn points for reading books, writing reviews and completing activities. Earn 300 points to finish, win a prize and become eligible for the raffle prizes. All raffle winners will be notified after September 5th.

Learn more and register at


Carroll County Public Schools is pleased to announce that it has formalized a partnership with Girls on the Run of Central Maryland with a joint mission to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.

Girls on the Run supports a network of program sites in Carroll County elementary and middle schools. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program which uses running to teach social-emotional life skills to girls and provides life-changing experiences to the women involved in the delivery and development of the program. It also promotes an environment that helps girls  recognize and reach their full potential.

Girls on the Run programs utilize a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running to inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained volunteer coaches lead small teams of 8-20 girls through the research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities, and running games.

Over the course of the 10-week program, girls in grades 3-8 develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

Pictured: Jessamine Duvall, Executive Director, Girls on the Run of Central Maryland, and Dr. Steven Lockard, Superintendent of Schools.





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