The fourth grade gifted and talented English Language Arts class at Friendship Valley Elementary School is organizing a “Dolphins for Dolphins” fundraiser to save and protect bottlenose dolphins. The dolphin is the school mascot for Friendship Valley.

Under the leadership of gifted and talented resource teacher Ivy Allgeier, individual classes and/or grade levels will create a “peep show” display to be placed in the media center. The students are now planning and gathering materials for their projects and will begin working on their displays in late February/early March.

The “peep” display will begin on Monday, March 13, 2017. Students will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to vote on their favorite displays from March 20-24. The funds raised will be donated to the National Wildlife Federation.

The 1st place display will be entered in to the Carroll Arts Center Peep Show. The 2nd place winner will be displayed in the school’s front lobby, and the class with the 3rd place display will receive a class reward.
 


Every year, the State of Maryland International Reading Council (SoMIRAC) sponsors a Young Authors’ Contest.  The contest is offered to any second through twelfth grade student.  Students entering the contest have an opportunity to submit an original poem or short story. 

Local contest judges, comprised of English Language Arts Specialists and Supervisors, use a common writing rubric to choose a short story and poetry winner for each grade level.  Entries are judged for their ideas and development, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, presentation, and conventions.

The Carroll County Young Authors’ Contest winners for 2016-2017 are as follows. The name of the student’s teacher is listed after the name of the school.

  • 2nd Grade Poetry – Henry O’Dea – Freedom Elementary – Ashley Adams
  • 2nd Grade Short Story – Asha Preuss – Winfield Elementary – Cindy King
  • 3rd Grade Poetry – Rohan Sanjiv Ramsingh – Winfield Elementary – Sharon Entzminger
  • 3rd Grade Short Story – Emma Zinkand – Linton Springs Elementary – Terry Fischer
  • 4th Grade Poetry – Jocelyn Gifford – Linton Springs Elementary – Lauren Piereman
  • 4th Grade Short Story – Claire Parsley – Spring Garden Elementary – Shane O’Neal
  • 5th Grade Poetry – Layla Kaplan – Runnymede Elementary – Megan Tyler
  • 5th Grade Short Story – Alex Yang – Mt. Airy Elementary – Roxanne Turner
  • 6th Grade Short Story – Mya Darby – North Carroll Middle – Jacquelynn Voland
  • 7th Grade Poem – Violet Cancro – Oklahoma Road Middle - Joanne Penny
  • 8th Grade Short Story – Erica Egleston – Oklahoma Road Middle – Carolyn Cherry
  • 8th Grade Poem – Tyler DelRegno – Mount Airy Middle – Lori True
  • 9th Grade Short Story – Emily Herrold – Manchester Valley High – Christian Bouselli
  • 9th Grade Poem – Emily Herrold – Manchester Valley High – Christian Bouselli
  • 10th Grade Poem – Esther Mensah – Westminster High – Shawn Simms
  • 12th Grade Short Story – April Povlock – Manchester Valley High – Tina Thomen
  • 12th Grade Poem – April Povlock – Manchester Valley High – Tina Thomen

All Carroll County Young Authors winners will receive a certificate of achievement, as well as a new book and gift certificate donated by Debbie Scheller, owner of A Likely Story Bookstore in Sykesville. 

Local winners of the contest will automatically have their writing submitted to SoMIRAC to be judged at the state level.  Student winners from all counties in Maryland are judged by the State Judging Committee following the same rubric used at the local level.  State winners are announced in February.  All state winners, as well as their family members and teachers, are invited to a reception held at the Hunt Valley Inn in Baltimore on March 29, 2017.
 

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Henry O’Dea, 2nd Grade Poetry winner, Freedom Elementary School

Asha Preuss, 2nd Grade Short Story winner, Winfield Elementary School, with Stephanie Dale, Supervisor of Elementary ELA, and her parents

Rohan Sanjiv Ramsingh, 3rd Grade Poetry winner, Winfield Elementary School, with teacher Sharon Entzminger

Jocelyn Gifford, 4th Grade Poetry winner, and Emma Zinkand, 3rd Grade Short Story winner, Linton Springs Elementary School

Claire Parsley, 4th Grade Short Story winner, Spring Garden Elementary School, with teachers Shane O’Neal and Jenn Etzel

Layla Kaplan, 5th Grade Poetry winner, Runnymede Elementary School, with 5th grade teacher Megan Tyler (left) and media specialist Peggy Miller (right)

Alex Yang, 5th Grade Short Story winner, with Karl Streaker, principal of Mt. Airy Middle School, and Stephanie Dale, Supervisor of Elementary ELA


The Carroll County Public School System, in conjunction with the Kiwanis Clubs of Carroll County, will sponsor the Sherri-Le Bream Spotlight on Youth on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Winters Mill High School.

This special day includes activities designed to spotlight some of the wonderful talents and skills of our high school students. Students who would like to participate must register online or at their home schools.

Juried Art Show – Select pieces of artwork in five categories representing each of the high schools will be on display in the school’s rotunda throughout the event.

Carroll Academic Challenge – The 14th Annual Carroll Academic Challenge will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Teams from each high school will compete in a double elimination tournament. The final and championship round will be held in the media center at approximately 11 a.m.

Chess Tournament – Chess matches will be held in a single elimination tournament format. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the tournament begins at 9 a.m.

Edible Art Contest – This contest is open to all CCPS high school students. Edible art will be on display from 9 to 11 a.m. and will be judged by the public attending the event.

Fan Car Contest – Individuals or teams of two will be given supplies on-site to create a fan powered car. The team that creates the car with the highest speed to cost ratio will be the winner. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the contest begins at 9:00 a.m.

Film Festival – Each high school has the opportunity to submit entries in three different categories: music video montage, short film, and animation/experimental. These submissions will be shown throughout the morning in a classroom. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at 11:30.

Floral Design Contest – This contest is open to all CCPS high school students interested in demonstrating their creative floral skills. Students will be provided a bundle of floral supplies and flowers and asked to create a product within an established period of time. The event starts at 9 a.m. and the finished product will be judged and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

Food Wars ContestNew this year! Individuals or teams of up to 3 will be given supplies on-site to create an entrée and side dish. The dishes will be judged by a panel of local restaurant experts. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the tournament will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Vocal, Instrumental, Ensemble and Dance Exhibitions – Throughout the morning, vocal and instrumental selections will be presented in the school rotunda. Exhibition performances from dance groups representing several high schools will be presented throughout the morning in the auditorium. A specific schedule will be available the morning of the event.

Robotics Demonstrations – Robotics teams in grades K-12 will have displays and demonstrations to explore. Participation is encouraged as team members teach the audience how to construct and drive a robot. Interested teams should register with Wendy Cain at wmcain@carrollk12.org.

School Displays/Youth Service Projects – Many of the high schools will have displays and demonstrations to highlight creative programs or service projects. These will be on review in the school rotunda.

Awards Ceremony – The awards ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium.

Carroll County Public Schools extends appreciation to the Kiwanis Clubs for their generosity in providing monetary support, as well as judges for the various contests.

For more information, please contact Jason Arnold, assistant principal at Winters Mill High School, at jrarnol@carrollk12.org or 410-386-1500.

 


Kim Johnson, media specialist at South Carroll High School, has been nominated for the 2017 Maryland School Librarian of the Year Award presented by the Maryland Association of School Librarians. This award honors a school librarian for exemplary service and outstanding achievements in the field of school library media.

Johnson is an exceptional media specialist who has created a welcoming environment in the media center and truly connects with students. She has created a special café within the media center where up to 10 students can eat lunch. She is always aware of what students are reading and works to find books they will enjoy.  She also does creative activities with and for students, such as creating planters out of old books and offering hand lettering classes and crochet lessons.

Johnson has coordinated the “hour of code” program with classes for the past two years. She also created a Maker Space area for students and works with classes to incorporate these concepts into their activities. In addition, Johnson provides professional development for staff through “Tech Tuesdays”, in which she helps staff become familiar with different technologies that can be used in the classroom.

Johnson has been the motivator and impetus behind South Carroll’s “One Book” program. She has found appropriate books for the program, written and developed lessons, and provided support and motivation for staff and students.

The award nominees will be evaluated by a selection committee based on the extent to which they exemplify the five roles of a library media specialist. These roles include administrator, leader, information specialist, teacher, and instructional partner. The recipient of the award will be announced at the Common Ground Conference to be held in Ocean City in May.

 


The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 4:00 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.

Citizen participation will be held following administrative items and presentations. 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 can be found by going to the school system’s website at www.carrollk12.org and clicking 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, March 9, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 11, at 9:00 a.m.; Sunday, March 12, at 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, March 16, 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, 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.

 


Members of the Student Government Association from Gateway School/Crossroads Middle gave a presentation at the Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Conference sponsored by the National Association of Student Councils. The conference was held from February 3-5, 2017, in Crystal City, Virginia.

The students gave a presentation on student government in alternative schools and how Gateway School/Crossroads Middle uses the Student Government Association as an intervention strategy and enrichment for its students.

“The Carroll County Student Association and the Maryland Association of Student Councils already recognize the importance of student government in the alternative programs and have been very supportive of Gateway as we have participated actively with both organizations for several years now,” said Heather Semies, SGA Advisor for Gateway School/Crossroads Middle.  “We believe that it has done great things for our school and our students, so we are actively sharing our best practices for how to start and grow SGA in alternative schools.”

Six students from Gateway/Crossroads attended along with Semies and school psychologist Deb Kachik. Students from Liberty High, North Carroll Middle, East Middle, and Westminster High also attended, along with Liberty’s SGA advisor Michelle Singer.

 


Board President Devon Rothschild and Superintendent Stephen Guthrie will be hosting a town meeting on Monday, March 6, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Century High School, located at 355 Ronsdale Road, Sykesville.

The purpose of the town meeting is to create an open dialogue with parents and the community.  Members of the community are invited to attend and address their concerns or ask questions regarding education topics and issues. The meeting is intended to be an open forum; however, depending on the number of participants the time for each speaker may be limited.

An additional town meeting will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Manchester Valley High School.

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, 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 Carroll County Career and Technology Center recently held an “Avant-Garden” Fashion Show Extravaganza. The show featured 14 senior designers from the Textiles and Fashion Design program who showcased their individual 18 piece collections. These collections include fun themes such as menswear, children’s wear, recycle wear, duct tape ensembles, and many more.

Led by instructor Catherine Harris and Production and Creative Directors Victoria Cole and Bella Queen, the students designed, choreographed, decorated, and budgeted the entire show with assistance from other departments at the Career and Technology Center.

Click here to view the video.

 


The Board of Education of Carroll County will be holding a work session on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. at the Board offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. The topic of the work session will be Grade Configuration and the Middle School Model.

The work session 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.

 


The Carroll County Public School System is seeking nominations for the Rita Board Dowd Award for Outstanding Carroll County School Administrators. This award was created in memory of Rita Board Dowd, who passed away in May 2009.

Rita taught biology and science at North Carroll High School from 1997 to 2002. She was a member of the faculty that opened Winters Mill High School in 2002 and taught biology until her appointment as assistant principal in 2006.

The award is given annually to two school administrators – one principal and one assistant principal (K-12), awarded independently. The goal of the award is to recognize exceptional educational leadership in serving Carroll County Public Schools and its students. The award will ideally be given to administrators that demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Excel - highly proficient at understanding and administering school policy
  • Teamwork - cooperate with and inspire team initiative and collaboration
  • Culture - creates an environment that engenders others to perform at their best
  • Communicate - ability to communicate and listen at all levels
  • Heart - Demonstrate the ability to care in helping others
  • Community - support extended community beyond official school events
  • Results - area of responsibility is at an excellence level or has shown marked improvement.

Any full-time elementary, middle, high school, career and technology, or alternative program principal or assistant principal in the Carroll County Public School System may be nominated. Any student, administrator, teacher, parent, faculty and staff member, or other individual may nominate someone they feel deserves consideration for the award. Former recipients of the award may not be reconsidered.

Please click here for the nomination form.  Nominations must be received by Friday, March 3, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.

The selection committee will be composed of a member of Rita Board Dowd’s family, the previous year’s winners, school directors, and the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. The award will be presented during the Board of Education’s employee recognition ceremony on April 27, 2017.

 

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