The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 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.

 

Due to current limitations, the ACT initially offered for July 18 at Liberty High School has been cancelled. Presently, Liberty plans to offer the next ACT test administration on September 12, 2020.  Although the registration deadline is August 16, 2020, students are encouraged to register as soon as registration opens the last week of July before our test center fills to capacity.

Although some colleges may have a preference, please note all colleges will accept either ACT or SAT. Either an ACT score in September or an SAT in August or October would provide time to receive scores prior to any November 1st college application deadlines.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your school counselor.

 

 

The Harold Glen and Audrey G. Benson Trumpower Foundation Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships to 67 Carroll County residents, including both current and previous graduates. Click here to view the list of recipients.

The Scholarship Fund is funded by the Trumpower Foundation, which was established with the Community Foundation of Frederick County. The fund’s purpose is to provide scholarships to residents of Carroll County. The scholarships support students who exceed the maximum income threshold for government financial aid programs but who still have financial need or lack resources to pay for their education. Scholarships will not replace financial aid packages provided by the government or private sources, but will add to or complement other financial aid sources.

The scholarships include two-and four-year colleges and trade and technical schools, as well as non-credit certificate programs. These programs include but are not limited to assisted living manager, cybersecurity, certified clinical medical assistant, dental assistant, and emergency medical technician, among other areas of study. Preference is given to students who previously received the scholarship after the first year for up to an additional three years of financial support for a maximum total support of four years, pending the student maintaining a 2.0 grade point average or higher and continuing to meet the scholarship requirements.

About the Trumpower Foundation

The Trumpower Foundation’s primary mission is to provide scholarships and promote other educational and charitable purposes for residents of Carroll County. Mr. and Mrs. Trumpower cared deeply about education, and Mrs. Trumpower lived in Carroll County for most of her life. The scholarship was created to provide opportunities to Carroll County students to follow their educational and career aspirations. For more information, visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org/Trumpower

About the Community Foundation of Frederick County

By working with individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to establish charitable funds that provide deserving students with scholarships, the Community Foundation is among the leading local resources to help students reach their educational goals. For additional information about the Community Foundation, visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org.

 

 

Evan Warren, a 2020 graduate of Westminster High School, has been selected as the recipient of the Student Athlete Scholarship for Section 2 by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. These scholarships recognize the distinguished scholastic, leadership, and sportsmanship attributes of high school student athletes, and the importance of high school athletics in each student’s life.

Warren’s application was in competition with others from Delaware, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia and will now be sent to the national awards committee for consideration among the winners from seven other sections. Warren previously received the scholarship award for the state of Maryland. As the Section 2 winner, he will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Among Warren’s many accomplishments, he was one of nine high school seniors from the Baltimore area to receive the 2020 Minds in Motion Scholar-Athlete Scholarship. He also was a 1st Team All-Conference and All-County football player. He was a member of the Super 22 Team, a Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star, and a Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star. He also is a former Student Representative to the Board of Education of Carroll County.

 

 

Karen Sarno, Supervisor of Food Services for Carroll County Public Schools, is the recipient of the 2019-2020 Director of the Year Award presented by the Maryland School Nutrition Association (MdSNA).

While the nomination process began before the COVID-19 school closures, the Maryland SNA recognizes the widespread efforts of school nutrition professionals across the state, working on the frontlines to ensure needy students have access to healthy meals during the pandemic. Criteria for the award include program enhancement, staff development, school involvement, SNA involvement, and community outreach.

Sarno became Supervisor of Food Services for CCPS in 2011. During that time, she has enhanced the food service program by offering many themed days throughout the year to help increase participation countywide. She has encouraged special giveaways and occasional special items on the menu, such a doughnut on Fastnacht Day or a frozen treat for the Super Bowl themed day.

In the area of staff development, Sarno has provided food service employees with functional Spanish lessons. Staff members learned basic words and phrases in Spanish, allowing them to improve their communication with students. She also arranged a workshop entitled “Be a Leader … No Title Required”, which gave staff an opportunity to earn continuing education credits and to meet food vendors and hear about their products.

Sarno promotes the Farm to School Program each year and plans special activities for students, including taste testing of locally grown fruits and vegetables and visits from Carroll County farmers. Local produce also is featured on the daily lunch menu. She also has involved members of the Board of Education in the food services program by presenting detailed information on the program, providing examples of typical school meal breakfast and lunch trays, and inviting them to visit the cafeterias, see the kitchen and serving lines, and enjoy a nutritious lunch.

Sarno is active in the Maryland School Nutrition Association.  She has served as president and is currently serving as the chairperson of the Awards and Scholarship Committee. She encourages the food service staff to earn their professional certification and devotes a portion of each staff meeting to helping them prepare for the process.

Sarno has formed partnerships with many community groups and organizations to provide meals during the summer months, ensuring that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is out.  Sarno has reached out to the community by giving presentations to parent groups to provide information on federal child nutrition program guidelines and the school food services program, providing a PowerPoint presentation and photos of the breakfast and lunch choices available for students and teachers. The food services program purchased a van to provide mobile meals to students who would benefit from the summer meal program. She has been the leader in providing more than 460,000 meals to students during the school closure program, greatly expanding meal service to students.

About School Nutrition Association:

(SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. For more information on school meals, visit www.SchoolNutrition.org/SchoolMeals.

 

 

 

Videos of the virtual graduation ceremonies for all of our high schools are now posted on YouTube. Closed captioning is available. Please click on the link below:

2020 Graduation Videos

The videos also will be shown on CETV Channel 21 on Comcast Cable.

Congratulations and best wishes to all of our graduates!

 

 

 

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 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.

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.

 

 

Declan Grant, a fourth grade student at Winfield Elementary School, was selected to carry the Carroll County flag in front of many dignitaries at the Maryland Day 2020 celebration at Historic St. Mary’s City in March.

Unfortunately, the Maryland Day 2020 celebration was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, Winfield principal Katherine Purper, teacher Nicole Beckwith, his family, and the CCPS community are proud that Declan was selected to represent Carroll County. 

 

 

Meredith Day reading braille

Meredith Day, who will be entering seventh grade at West Middle School in September, has been named a Finalist in the National Braille Challenge. Meredith competed in the 2020 Maryland Regional Braille Challenge and was among the top 50 qualifiers for the national event.

The Braille Challenge®, a program of the Braille Institute, is the only academic competition for blind or visually impaired students in the United States and Canada.This two-stage contest is designed to motivate blind students to emphasize their study of braille, while rewarding their success with fun-filled, but challenging, local and national events.

Students complete preliminary testing across the country from January through March in hopes of qualifying for the top 50 spots available in the national competition and the opportunity to compete against the top blind students from across the United States and Canada.

The national competition, which is typically held in Los Angeles, California annually in June, will be held remotely this year. Since 2000, the Braille Challenge has been a celebration promoting braille literacy, advocacy, friendship, partnership and festivities.

About The Maryland School for the Blind

As a statewide resource center, MSB provides outreach, educational and residential services for students to reach their fullest potential by preparing them to be as successful, independent, and well-rounded contributing members of their communities as possible. Annually MSB serves approximately 1,200 students identified in Maryland who are blind or visually impaired from birth to age 21.  For more information visit www.marylandschoolfortheblind.org.

About Braille Institute of America
Braille Institute of America is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. It serves tens of thousands of people of all ages each year through an array of integrated educational, social and recreational programs and services designed to help people with vision loss lead enriched and fulfilling lives. For additional information, please visit www.braillechallenge.org  or www.brailleinstitute.org.

 

 

 

FIRST® LEGO® League announced the 20 semi-finalist teams advancing to the 10th Annual FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award presented by Disney. The Astro Jelly Dogs from Eldersburg were selected from more than 100 countries for their outstanding Innovation Project that demonstrated originality while having the potential to add significant value in the world. The Astro Jelly Dogs have invented The Grow Home, a solution to help food deserts in Baltimore for the CITY SHAPER℠ season, proposing creative new ways to positively address a problem in a public space or building in a defined community. The team will participate in virtual workshops, showcase their solution, and present to industry leaders and expert judges from June 24 – 27, 2020.

The innovation broadcast will culminate on June 27 at 10:00 a.m. on the FIRSTtv Twitch channel when one team is awarded the top prize of $20,000 to further their invention; two runners-up will each take home $5,000.

Empowering young people to be catalysts for change, the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award recognizes and celebrates the next generation of innovators. Nominated teams research and identify a problem in their local community and design a unique, viable, and sustainable solution. Teams must consider possible barriers to implementation, document the evaluation of their invention, and validate their design with professionals working in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). From improvements to the water cycle, to innovative solutions to waste management, past Global Innovation Award finalists have brought their inventions to market, received patents, and incorporated as businesses.

FIRST LEGO League is an alliance between FIRST and LEGO Education, introducing STEM to children ages 4-16 (ages vary by country) through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem-solving experience through a guided, global robotics program, helping today's students and teachers build a better future together. FIRST LEGO League’s three divisions – Discover, Explore, Challenge – inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.

Innovators and inventors play a critical role in growing our economy and improving our quality of life. The FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award is designed to encourage and assist teams with the further development of their original and important ideas for solving global issues. Students emerge as strong visionaries and divergent thinkers capable of applying innovative thinking to any problem.

This year’s Global Innovation Award is presented by Disney, part of Disney’s commitment to providing inspiration and opportunity to the next generation of innovators and helping today’s youth create the futures they imagine. Sponsors include Booz Allen Hamilton, Collins Aerospace, John Deere, LEGO Education, and Qualcomm Incorporated, and in collaboration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

About FIRST® 

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $80 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8 (ages 4-16; age vary by country). Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org.

ABOUT LEGO Education

LEGO® Education offers hands-on, playful STEAM learning experiences based on the LEGO® system of bricks, hardware, software and content for students and their teachers in early learning, primary, and secondary education as well as through after-school programs and competitions. These solutions create an environment for active, collaborative learning where students build skills for their future, a lifelong love for learning and confidence

FIRST®, the FIRST® logo, FIRST® Robotics Competition, and FIRST® Tech Challenge are trademarks of the United States Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®). LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO Group. FIRST® LEGO® League and CITY SHAPERSM are jointly held trademarks of FIRST and the LEGO Group. ©2020 FIRST. All rights reserved.

 

 

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