The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 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.

There will be two opportunities during the meeting for citizen participation – immediately following preliminary items and just before action items. 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 will be available on the school system’s website at www.carrollk12.org by close of business on the Monday before the meeting. Click 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, December 12, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 14, at 9:00 a.m.; Sunday, December 15, at 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, December 19, 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: 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.

 

The Building Congress and Exchange, Baltimore, recognized three Carroll County Career and Technology Center students at its 2019 Craftsmanship Awards. The students listed below were each presented with the Building Congress and Exchange Future Craftsman and Design Award.

  • Ariana Diaz – Century High School, Drafting
  • Jonah Maenner – Manchester Valley High School, Welding
  • Logan Davidson – Winters Mill High School, Electrical.

This scholarship award is presented to promising high school students who are pursuing careers, training, or degrees in the construction and design fields. The Award Committee reviewed more than 25 applications and met with 16 students before awarding these deserving students.

 

 

The SCORE Challenge, a partnership between the Carroll County Public Library and Carroll County Public Schools, will take place on Friday, November 22, 2019, at 6 p.m. at West Middle School.

SCORE is an acronym for Student Collaboration of Research Exploration. Now in its seventh year, the challenge requires students to research the answers to questions using databases in a limited amount of time. The seven participating middle schools this year are East, Mount Airy, North Carroll, Northwest, Oklahoma Road, Shiloh, and West Middle Schools. At the event, students will answer three rounds of questions (with five questions per round) with progressively less time per round to find answers.

The event was created by two middle school media specialists who recognized a need for middle school students to develop strong research skills. Search competency is a critical skill that helps students to excel, both in and out of school. The SCORE Challenge helps students gain the confidence and skills needed to become tech-savvy researchers in a digital world.

 

 

 

Each year the Maryland State Legislature invites high school students throughout the state to serve as pages on the floor of the House of Delegates and Senate.  Carroll County is eligible to select four representatives and one alternate.  Seniors from all seven (7) public high schools and non-public high schools in Carroll County were eligible to apply for the honor of serving as a student page. 

 This year the students representing Carroll County are:

  • Nina Elsner – Liberty High School
  • Addison Lomax – Winters Mill High School
  • Morgan McGlynn – Westminster High School
  • Madeleine Sprinkle – Gerstell Academy
  • Vivienne Sharp – Westminster High School (alternate).

The program enables high school seniors, selected by a local committee, to work as legislative pages for two non-consecutive weeks during the regular session of the legislature.  It is designed to interest youth in state government, particularly in the proceedings of the Maryland legislature.  The page program also has a goal of increasing participation in government and fostering leadership among youth by providing students with worthwhile experiences in state government.  During their assignment, the pages selected for 2020 will maintain the bill books of individual delegates and senators, run errands, distribute literature and provide general assistance to the legislators.

 

 

Members of the community are invited to join the Superintendent of Schools and members of the Board of Education of Carroll County for a town hall-style meeting on Monday, December 9, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the media center at South Carroll High School.

The meeting will be focused on budget priorities for the school system and will provide an opportunity for discussion and to gather feedback and input.

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

 

 

 

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold two work sessions on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be no time for citizen participation.

2:00 p.m.         Follow-Up Work Session on Students Attending Schools Out-of-Attendance Areas

4:00 p.m.         FY21 Operating Budget Work Session

The work sessions will be broadcast on CETV 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, 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 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, Communications Officer, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 

 

 

Members of the Westminster High School FFA Chapter were recognized as a Gold Medal team in the Horse Evaluation Career Development Event at the 92nd National FFA Convention, earning fifteenth place from a field of forty-seven.  Over the course of the two-day event, state winning teams from across the nation evaluated horses for conformation and performance, developed management proposals, and delivered oral presentations related to the equine industry. 

Individually, Rebecca Wimmer earned a Gold Medal.  The remainder of the team, Lesa Ramsburg, Avery Dull, and Abigail Wimmer, earned Silver Medals as individuals.  The team and chapter wish to thank Ms. Amanda Jewell for her diligent coaching.  To help support the WHS FFA Chapter, please contact adgeima@carrollk12.org.  To learn more about FFA, visit www.FFA.org and www.mdffa.org

FFA Mission: FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by building their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. 

Pictured (Left to Right): Avery Dull, Abigail Wimmer, Amanda Jewell (Coach), Lesa Ramsburg, Rebecca Wimmer

 

 

 

Carroll County Public Schools is seeking individuals who may be interested in becoming school bus drivers. This rewarding career opportunity may allow drivers to work within close proximity to their residence. Drivers have the same school holidays as their student(s), and they may have an opportunity to transport their own children and save on the cost of daycare. Those who like to be around children/students and believe they can be positive role models may want to consider driving a yellow school bus for the school system. 

School bus drivers are the first and last people representing the school system who interact with students every school day.  Driving a school bus requires a commercial driver’s license and approximately 25 to 30 hours of paid training on average. The CCPS Transportation Services Department’s driver instructors will help prospective drivers acquire the necessary skills and knowledge needed to be a successful school bus driver. 

CCPS encourages interested individuals with a clean driving record and no prior criminal record to consider contacting the Transportation Services Department at 410-751-3229.

 

 

 

Students and families at Hampstead Elementary School will be participating in a Reading around the World Night on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 According to reading specialist Joy Bell, “Embracing literacy, diversity, and multiculturalism is an integral part of the Hampstead school community, and we are celebrating by hosting a night filled with international cuisine, dances, music, and books!” Students are preparing by researching cultures from around the world.  Each grade level will decorate their hallway(s) with artifacts of their learning and families will be invited to “travel the world” through Hampstead’s hallways on the night of the event. 

The evening will begin with international cuisine provided by Outlaw BBQ and Bertucco’s Bakery. Rhythm dances from around the world will be performed by the Okra Dance Company from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. Participants may get their “passports” stamped as they travel the international corridors from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. An optional parent tutorial on Fundations 101 also will be held from 7:00 to 7:30, and the book fair will be open throughout the evening.

 

 

Four high school seniors from Carroll County Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program:

  • Laniya Davidson, Westminster High School
  • Hannah Nguyen, Westminster High School
  • Alexander Schmitt, Manchester Valley High School
  • Anjan Singh, Liberty High School.

Laniya Davidson has performed admirably in all of her classes at Westminster High School. She has challenged herself academically with numerous Advanced Placement and Honors courses and has seen success in these classes through strong determination, self-confidence, and a balanced work ethic. Laniya has a solid background of leadership inside and outside the classroom and, because of her friendly approach, she has gained the respect of teachers and students. Laniya’s success in the classroom has awarded her the opportunity to be a member of the National Honor Society over the past two years, where she has groomed her leadership skills while serving as treasurer. Laniya aspires to major in mathematics during the next chapter of her education and continues to take the highest levels of math courses that Westminster High has to offer.

Hannah Nguyen is an outstanding student at Westminster High School and the Career and Technology Center in the Biomedical Science program.  She plans to continue her education and eventually become a bioengineer.  Hannah is a very involved member of the Westminster High School community.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society, and the Math Honor Society.   She is also a member of several organizations representing her variety of interests and talents, including the Art Club, Spanish Club, Jazz Band, Culture Fest, Student Government, and Stand Up! Club. 

Alexander Schmitt from Manchester Valley High School has a rigorous academic schedule with over a dozen AP courses and dual enrollment college courses. He also is interning at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and Towson University’s Chemistry Program.  This summer he authored an article on his Chemistry research and recently won first prize at UMBC’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. Alex will graduate with over 1,000 hours of community service, including serving as the President of Manchester Valley’s National Honor Society where he has chaired the American Red Cross Blood Drive four times, collecting over 150 units of blood and saving over 600 lives. Alex is also active in the Maverick Theatre program and is the sound and lighting technology expert for the school.  He plans to pursue a degree in Physics and eventually become an astronaut. He has applied to several schools, including Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Columbia, and the University of Maryland.

Anjan Singh is driven by curiosity and the excitement of discovery and thrives in an environment where he is constantly learning. He began an internship at the National Cancer Institute this summer and has presented scientific articles to his peers as part of his training. Anjan challenges himself with academically rigorous STEM-based. He has received a score of 5 on all 7 Advanced Placement exams he has taken and was named an AP Scholar with Distinction. Anjan is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as the current class president. He is the captain of the boys varsity soccer team and a member of the Maryland state soccer team. He is a member of the All-County Orchestra, the Liberty SGA, and a program director for the Carroll County Student Government Association, as well as a peer academic tutor, youth soccer referee, and a member of the Leo Club. Anjan’s intended college major is biomedical engineering with the culminating goal of a service-related career focusing primarily on developing new medical technologies to improve public and environmental health.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements.

 

 

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