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The Maryland School Counselor Association (MSCA) is currently accepting nominations for Maryland School Counselor of the Year.

Nominations may be submitted online at The nomination deadline for the 2018-19 school year is AUGUST 3, 2018. Nominees must then complete the application process to be considered. Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate evidence of implementation of a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program (such as the ASCA National Model) and have been responsible for school counseling innovations or further development of programs supporting students’ career, personal/social and academic development.
  • Demonstrate leadership and collaboration in his or her work and promote equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students to maximize student achievement.  Applicants must also demonstrate collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate continual professional development as well as proof of advocacy for the profession and/or students.
  • Have the ability and skills necessary to represent school counseling in a professional manner, including but not limited to high-quality written communication and public-speaking skills.




Artwork by Dana Chesser, a 2018 graduate of Century High School, was selected to be part of the National Art Education exhibition in Alexandria, Virginia. Her work was one of sixty-six selected for the show out of 1,160 submissions nationwide. The exhibit will be on display through September 21, 2018.

Representatives from the following member schools of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) participated as jurors: The University of the Arts, Pacific Northwest College of Art; Laguna College of Art + Design; Parsons School of Design, The New School; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Minneapolis College of Art and Design; San Francisco Art Institute; Maryland Institute College of Art; Pennsylvania College of Art & Design; College for Creative Studies; Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts; and Kansas City Art Institute.

According to Century art teacher Frank Reaver, “Dana is one of the most technically talented students I have had the pleasure of teaching.  I have had few students with the ability to master a new material so quickly and create images as well as Dana.  Watching students like her develop as a person and artist is the most rewarding part of teaching visual art.”

Over the past four years, Chesser has participated in mission trips that served communities across the nation in areas such as New Orleans and Logan, West Virginia, by building handicap ramps, painting houses, and leading youth clubs. She experienced her first international mission trip last year in Managua, Nicaragua. She took the inspiration for her AP Studio Concentration from her trip to Gutierrez Norte, a rundown village in Nicaragua.

This summer Chesser will be heading to the Adirondack mountains to serve a small community alongside her youth group. In the fall, she will be attending Liberty University with a major in Youth Ministry and a minor in Global Studies. She would like to become a youth pastor, working with non-profit organizations to further her mission work.




The Carroll County Outdoor School received a Sustainable Maryland Green Center award from the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). This award is a way to recognize and honor a facility’s efforts in implementation of environmental education, best management practices, and community engagement. 

Outdoor School has been a Green Center for over 16 years, providing excellent environmental education to the students of Carroll County, as well as resources to help other Carroll County schools working toward being awarded the Maryland Green Schools status. 

In addition to being on hand to receive the award, the Outdoor School instructional team participated as an exhibitor at the event.  They taught thousands of students from around the state of Maryland – and special guest Governor Larry Hogan – about backyard diversity. 

The award was presented during the Green School Youth Summit at Sandy Point Park.




Nicholas Bloch, a student at South Carroll High School, received the All-Time Leadership Award at the Maryland Region Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar held at Mount Saint Mary’s University. 

The HOBY Leadership Seminar is designed for high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace, and community.  Bloch was selected from more than 250 students as one of two students to represent Maryland at the World Leaders Conference in Chicago in July.

Bloch has played boys junior varsity soccer at South Carroll High School for two years.  This past season, he was a captain of the JV team and at the end of the season he was moved up to Varsity.  He plays club soccer on Central Carroll United out of Carroll County and has been with the team as the starting goalie for the past seven seasons.   Bloch can be heard on the field providing encouragement and positive praise to his teammates.   He took care of pregame responsibilities and always lent a hand to the coaches when needed.

Bloch also played JV basketball and is a member of the National Honor Society Executive Board.   He was also instrumental in the planning and implementation of South Carroll’s recent student-directed assembly, “Everybody Has a Story.” 

Bloch has earned service hours as a volunteer youth swim coach and as a counselor at his church’s Vacation Bible School.   He is currently working at Health Unlimited as a swim instructor.   He is very conscientious about living healthy, including exercise and eating well.

According to Diane Cooper, principal of South Carroll High School, “Nick has a heart of gold.   This year he has twice accompanied a student in crisis to the counseling office.   He is always looking out for those in need.  He was so excited about all he learned at the conference and is ready to put it into action for the school and the community.”





The Redistricting and School Closure Committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street, Westminster. The meeting is open to the public. There will be no time for citizen participation.

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: 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, 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.




Dr. Margaret Pfaff, Director of Curriculum and Instructional Resources for Carroll County Public Schools, has received The Shelton Adjunct Faculty Award from McDaniel College. This award recognizes an outstanding adjunct faculty member at the graduate or undergraduate level whose teaching demonstrates a commitment to excellence and genuine care for their students.

Dr. Pfaff is the lead instructor for the “School Leadership in the 21st Century” course offered in the Educational Leadership graduate program at McDaniel, which she revised to reflect the new Professional Standards for Education Leaders (PSEL) adopted by the Maryland State Department of Education. She has assisted the college in maintaining accreditation and aligning the college’s curriculum and course objectives with new standards. She has also has mentored and coached new adjunct instructors teaching both face-to-face and online.

A McDaniel alumna, Pfaff earned a master’s degree from the college in 1993. She also has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Towson University and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland.




Piney Ridge Elementary School has been named a National School of Character by Only 4 schools in Maryland and 73 in the nation received this designation. This program recognizes schools that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development that has a true positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate.

Piney Ridge Elementary School places a focus on students having a “growth” mindset of positivity and learning. School counselor Christina Snively presents character focus lessons to all students in grades K-5 each month and students also participate in small group work.

At Piney Ridge Elementary School, the character traits of Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience and the behaviors associated with these traits are the foundation of the “PAWsitive Behavior” Program – which stands for Perform Respectfully, Act Responsibly, Work Resiliently. Students take the “Piney Pledge” promising to practice the three traits.

Students in grades K-5 earn “PAW Bucks” to recognize these behaviors. “PAW Bucks” can be cashed in for various prizes and privileges, and students can pool their rewards for a class activity such as a 30-minute movie, helping students in other classrooms, or providing peer tutoring.

A Student of the Month award program was implemented this year. Teachers may select one student from their class who has lived up to the core value traits. The students receive an award “brag tag”, a certificate, and a guest spot on the school TV station. They also have their picture prominently displayed in the lobby showcase.




Jalen Stanton, a junior at Century High School, has been named The Baltimore Sun’s Male Athlete of the Year. Stanton was selected from the top 10 male finalists who were recognized for their athletic achievements at the 52nd annual awards luncheon held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Martin’s West. Stanton, who is an excellent performer in four sports – football, lacrosse, and indoor and outdoor track – earned the award through his display of athleticism, versatility, and team-first approach.

Stanton played wide receiver and cornerback during his first varsity season and was named to the Carroll County Times first team. He led Century to the Class 2A state championship in indoor track and was named The Sun’s All-Metro Player of the Year. He won the high jump event and scored points for the Century team in three other events. Stanton finished this spring’s lacrosse season with 25 goals and 10 assists and in track placed second in the 200-meter dash, 110 hurdles, and the high jump at the state championships.

According to Randall Pentz, Athletic Director at Century High School, “Jalen is an outstanding young man and his work ethic and attitude are second to none!”

Also at the awards luncheon, South Carroll junior Allison Zolkiewicz was recognized as one of the top ten finalists for Female Athlete of the Year. She was named All-Metro Indoor Track and Field and was the Carroll County Times Indoor Track Athlete of the Year for two consecutive years. She won four titles at the county meet and helped the Cavaliers win their first county title and place second at regionals. She ran the anchor leg in the 4x800 relay that took first at the 2A West region meet and was second in the 500 at regionals and at the state meet.




Carroll County Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

Friendship Valley Elementary School
June 25-July 20 (no service June 26 or July 4) Monday through Friday
Lunch: 11 AM to Noon

Taneytown Elementary School
June 28, July 10, July 12, July 19, July 20, July 26, July 27 (Select Days)
August 6-17 (Monday through Friday)
Lunch: 11 AM to Noon

Francis Scott Key High School
July 23-August 3 (Monday through Friday)
Lunch: 11 AM to Noon

Trinity Lutheran Church, Taneytown MD
June 18-28 (Monday through Thursday)
July 9-August 2 (Monday through Thursday)
Supper: 6 PM to 6:30 PM

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)           mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)           fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)           email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The Maryland State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For inquiries related to Department policy, please contact: Agency Equity Officer, Equity Assurance and Compliance Officer, Office of the Deputy State Superintendent for Finance and Administration, Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore Street - 6th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21201-2595, 410-767-0433 – voice, 410-767-0431 – fax.



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