The Carroll County Public School System’s Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee will hold its final formal meeting of the 2020-2021 school year on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  This meeting will be held virtually.  The link for the meeting can be found on the CCPS website under the Special Education page.

This is a general meeting where elections of the Executive Committee will be held and there will be a presentation and discussion of Specially Designed Instruction and Recovery Services.  There will be time at the end of the meeting for Special Education Advisory. 

If you need additional information, contact Nicholas Shockney, Director of Special Education, at 410-751-3033.

All Carroll County Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public. 

The Board of Education of Carroll County does not engage in discrimination that is unlawful or contrary to Maryland State Department of Education guidance 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 Board of Education of Carroll County is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons by providing an environment that supports optimal academic achievement and productive work and is free from any form of unlawful discrimination, including access to school facilities, educational programs, and extracurricular activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

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 Management, (410) 751-3177, or the Communications Officer, (410) 751-3020, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. 

 

 

 

During the 2020-2021 school year, the school system used four inclement weather days, where no instruction was provided. Five days were built into the calendar for this purpose. Therefore, the last day of school for students attending Carroll County Public Schools will be Tuesday, June 15, 2021. There will be a 2-hour and 45-minute early dismissal for students on this day.

The last day for pre-kindergarten students will be Monday, June 14, 2021.

The last duty day for teachers will be Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

 

 

Carroll County Public Schools was one of ten recipients of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief II (GEER II) “Innovative Approaches to Connecting with Students Competitive Grant.”

Awarded through the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), the $1 million in funding provides grants to local school systems and nonpublic schools that demonstrate unique strategies to address academic accessibility as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Hogan directed a portion of the funding to at-risk students through the GEER II Fund. Grant recipients were selected for presenting creative strategies to support disengaged students, students with disabilities, teachers, and families in need.

Carroll County Public Schools will be using the grant to reframe its approach to supporting students’ mental health and well-being across all grade levels. An innovative PreK-12 “wrap-around” comprehensive approach will have four target areas and will span three years:

  1. Enhance curriculum to include a social-emotional component in grades 2-5, building on a current K/1 initiative.
  2. Expand the secondary-level (grades 6-12) mental health program (Sources of Strength), including cross-curricular connections.
  3. Provide trauma-informed therapy (individualized, group, family) and/or psychiatric services for students who have barriers to service and have experienced trauma.
  4. Provide a summer outdoor learning experience for selected English Learners (ELs) in grades 3-8 that will focus on re-engaging learners through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based education and social-emotional support.  Family engagement will also be a focus.

According to Jason Anderson, Chief of Academics, Equity and Accountability, “This is a huge win for the students, families and staff of Carroll County Public Schools. The million dollars will be utilized over the next several years to be more responsive to the current needs of our students, Pre-K-12. A big thanks to the staff for taking the initiative, working together, and being one of only ten awarded these funds to support our students here in Carroll County.”

 

 

Edward “Ted” McNett, Assistant Supervisor of Career and Technical Education for Carroll County Public Schools, was honored as the Local Supervisor of the Year by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Council for Supervision and Leadership (ITEEA-CSL) at the  83rd Annual ITEEA Conference. The CSL Supervision and Leadership Awards program was established to identify outstanding technology and engineering supervisors and leaders who serve as models for their colleagues and who provide leadership and supervision core to affect change in the field.

McNett has worked for Carroll County Public Schools since 1998. He started teaching Environmental Education at Outdoor School and then transferred to Winters Mill High School to teach Technology Education and Environmental Conservation. While there, he worked on the curriculum development group for the ITEEA Foundations of Technology and the Maryland State Department of Education.

As Assistant Supervisor of Career and Technical Education, McNett oversees technology education at the middle school and high school levels, as well as Agriscience, Construction, Transportation, Engineering, and Computer Science programs at the high schools and the Carroll County Career and Technology Center.

In 2008 he received the ITEEA Teacher Excellence Award for High School Teachers. In 2016 he was recognized by ITEEA as Outstanding Local Supervisor. He has recently worked on the Maryland Computer Science Standards development team, MSDE Advanced Technology Completer program development, and Project ExCITE to integrate technology and engineering practices into computer science through hands-on robotics challenges.

 

Several career and technical education teachers and staff from Carroll County Public Schools, along with Henrico County, Virginia, teachers and staff and the Center for STEM Research at Hofstra University, were recognized by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) at its 83rd Annual Conference.

The teachers and staff listed below received the ITEEA's Excellence in Academic Leadership Awards for Project ExCITE (Exploring Computation Integrated into Technology and Engineering). ExCITE will develop a professional development program that will serve as a model to prepare high school technology and engineering teachers across the nation to teach an Advanced Placement (AP) level one-year computer science principles course within technology and engineering classrooms.

  • Matt Davis, ExCITE Lead Teacher, South Carroll High School
  • Kevin Giffhorn, Liberty High School
  • Chris Bohle, Century High School
  • Joel Perry, Westminster High School
  • Ben Hamilton, Francis Scott Key High School
  • Tom Walker, Winters Mill High School
  • Ted McNett, Assistant Supervisor of Career and Technical Education

These award recipients have demonstrated expertise and service as curricular and instructional leaders within the technology and engineering profession.

 

 

 

Glen Messier, principal of Mechanicsville Elementary School, has been chosen as the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP) National Distinguished Principal of the Year (NDP).  MAESP, a state affiliate of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, selected Messier based on his dedication and exemplary leadership skills. 

Messier is described as a champion of equity and culturally responsive thinking.  He has led his staff in developing understanding of culturally responsive practices including a reconfiguration at Mechanicsville Elementary of the Gifted and Talented identification process.  He serves his entire school community – staff, students, and parents – by being present as an active listener, being responsive to concerns and ideas, and through his compassion and encouragement.  

Messier is  a visionary leader who celebrates his teachers, staff, students and community at large.  He models and supports for all staff self-reflective practices to build opportunities for new learning and refinement of teacher skills and craft.  Through the national organization, he was selected in 2018 to participate in the Lifetouch Memory Mission where he was part of a larger team assisting in building an elementary school playground  in Puerto Rico.  He was recently certified as a National Principal Mentor and has engaged in supporting aspiring leaders through a NAESP Aspiring Leadership Academy.

Messier has served as the Carroll County representative to MAESP for the past 3 years.  He is the first member of MAESP from Carroll County Public Schools to be chosen as a National Distinguished Principal. 

With the help of Mechanicsville assistant principal John Courtney, the announcement was made by Terry Ball, MAESP Executive Director, at a surprise celebration on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.  Messier will be honored along with other state NDPs at a two-day function in Washington, DC in October 2021 (TBD based on current COVID restrictions).

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 7:00 p.m. - Gateway School Graduation, Westminster High School

Thursday, May 27, 2021, 7:00 p.m. - Carroll Springs School Graduation, Board Room, Board of Education Offices

Friday, May 28, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - Transition Connections Academy Graduation, Carroll Community College

Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - Liberty High School Graduation*, Danele Shipley Memorial Arena

Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 2:00 p.m. - Francis Scott Key High School Graduation*, Danele Shipley Memorial Arena

Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - Winters Mill High School Graduation*, Danele Shipley Memorial Arena

Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 2:00 p.m. - Century High School Graduation*, Danele Shipley Memorial Arena

Thursday, June 3, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - Manchester Valley High School Graduation*, Danele Shipley Memorial Arena

Thursday, June 3, 2021, 2:00 p.m. - Westminster High School Graduation*, Danele Shipley Memorial Arena

Thursday, June 3, 2021, 6:00 p.m. - South Carroll High School Graduation*, Danele Shipley Memorial Arena

All high school graduations will be streamed live online. The link will be posted on the homepage of the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12.org.

* The Carroll County Public School System will be providing two sign language interpreters for the deaf at each of the high school graduations at the Shipley Arena. There will be a special area designated for people requiring the services of the interpreters located in the first few rows and to the right of the stage. For additional information or further accommodations, please contact the school principal or the Communications Office at 410-751-3020.

The Board of Education of Carroll County does not engage in discrimination that is unlawful or contrary to Maryland State Department of Education guidance 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 Board of Education of Carroll County is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons by providing an environment that supports optimal academic achievement and productive work and is free from any form of unlawful discrimination, including access to school facilities, educational programs, and extracurricular activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

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 Management, (410) 751-3177, or the Communications Officer, (410) 751-3020, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. 

 

 

Martin Tierney, principal of Runnymede Elementary School, has been selected to receive the 2021 Maryland Music Educators Association Outstanding Administrator Award. This award recognizes non-arts administrators who are music advocates and supporters, working with the music team to build incredible music programs for their schools and communities.

Tierney is a constant presence at county, regional and community music events, attending Northwest Region Band and String events as well as the county’s annual Eisteddfod concerts and the annual Taneytown tree-lighting ceremony. He willingly helps on concert days, from moving equipment, chairs and stands to participating in the second grade musical, to the delight of students, staff and parents!

During virtual and hybrid instruction, Tierney worked hard and creatively to generate schedules that maintain the integrity of Specials’ curriculum and has always asked for staff input in the process. He views music and all Specials as an integral and important part of a child’s education.

According to Runnymede music teacher Lori Douglas, who recommended Tierney for the award, “In December, instrumental students had virtual caroling performances for the school before the winter break. Mr. Tierney came to most, if not all, of these events – there were 22 half hours in all. He stayed for each one and waited until students left to call each musician by name and congratulate them on a job well done.”

The award will be presented to Mr. Tierney at the MMEA  Awards for Excellence virtual ceremony on Saturday, April 10th.

 

 

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE LIVESTREAM OF THE MEETING

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. Due to social distancing guidelines, some participants will be attending virtually, and 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 5:15 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, including 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.

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. Persons who wish to have their comments posted on the Public Comments page of the website should indicate so at the beginning of their email. Comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting in order to be posted prior to the meeting.

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 Board of Education of Carroll County does not engage in discrimination that is unlawful or contrary to Maryland State Department of Education guidance 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 Board of Education of Carroll County is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons by providing an environment that supports optimal academic achievement and productive work and is free from any form of unlawful discrimination, including access to school facilities, educational programs, and extracurricular activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

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 Management, (410) 751-3177, or the Communications Officer, (410) 751-3020, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. 

 

 

 

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