Click here to visit the CCPS Learning Resources site. The resources on this site are updated each Friday.

 

 

 

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.  This will be a virtual meeting. 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.

There will be no public comment at this meeting. Citizens and employee groups are welcome to submit comments to the Board through the CCPS website by clicking on the Board of Education tab and Members.

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 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.

 

 

Gateway School and Crossroads Middle have been involved with PENNIES FOR PATIENTS, a cancer fundraiser, for the last three years, raising totaling approximately $1,200. This year was record-breaking with $1,000 raised by students, parents, and teachers. The program ran from December through March 6, 2020.

The school began asking students, teachers and administration to organize each seminar class to help support this cause. Each seminar teacher encouraged students bring pennies to help reach the goal of $1,000. Students brought their allowance, work money and/or any change they had and dropped it in their classroom piggy bank.

The group organized several fundraiser ideas to help remind students and faculty to keep bringing money. For example, morning announcements were made, piggy banks were placed in classrooms, and the word CANCER was displayed in huge letters. For every $100 raised, a letter was removed until the word CANCER was gone.

The main fundraiser was a Penny Carnival to conclude this fundraiser activity. Each seminar class built a large game for students to pay pennies to participate and earn tickets if they won. To organize this final event, each seminar rotated to each room and had 15 minutes to participate and then head to another classroom/game. The penny carnival was set up like an amusement park. The best part of the day was that the students forgot about their own troubles and enjoyed the games. Students were allowed to use the tickets they won to purchase store items for themselves or family and friends.

Crossroads and Gateway would like to thank all those involved for their support and encouragement throughout this fundraiser.

Pictured (left to right): Physical education teacher Jerome Georgiana, Roman Hindle, TJ Riddle, and Ryan Pratt.

 

Carroll County Public Schools has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document on the Continuity of Learning Plan as a resource for members of our school system community.  We encourage you to return to the document often, as we will continue to update it as we move forward. 

Click here to view the FAQ.

 

 

CCPS understands the challenge our families may face in accessing adequate internet service to support continued student learning.  For families facing this challenge, CCPS encourages parents/students with smartphones to contact their providers about free mobile hotspot features that may currently be available to them.  This will allow users to utilize their phones as a mobile hot spot.  All major providers should have this feature available.  Additionally, CCPS encourages parents/students to utilize the free Comcast/Xfininty Wifi service that was enabled for non-Comcast customers. Ting is offering the same in Westminster. This is more viable in more densely populated areas of the county.

To support student access, CCPS has enabled Guest Wi-Fi access in all school bus loops.  Areas at each school where Wi-Fi is available can be found on each school’s website, under the school's info on the left titled “CCPS Wi-Fi Access on School Grounds".

CCPS also encourages parents/students to take advantage of this same external Wi-Fi capability at Carroll County Public Library branches. 

Finally, parents/guardians may want to contact local internet providers to explore the programs available to them.  For example, Comcast offers reduced internet fees through a program called Internet Essentials, which is offering two months of free service during the Coronavirus emergency. 

We understand the challenges some may face with the limited accessibility issue Carroll County residents may experience, and we continue to identify ways we can support student access.

 

 

 

Carroll County Public Schools is conducting virtual interviews for teachers and related services providers. Several upcoming recruiting events have been canceled due to COVID-19, but the recruiting process is still up and running.

Please click here for more information and to schedule an interview.

 

Carroll County Public Schools is participating in the Emergency Feeding 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. 

Carroll County Public Schools will be distributing Free Meals to Children under the age of 18 at selected sites during the period of school closure.

Distribution will occur midday Monday through Friday. Individuals can walk or drive up to designated areas in parking lots and receive meals for children. Children must be present to receive meals.

Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

Taneytown Area

  • Taneytown Elementary School: Parking Lot Pick up 10 AM - NOON, 100 Kings Drive, Taneytown, MD 21787

Westminster Area

  • Robert Moton Elementary Parking Lot Pick up 10 AM - NOON, 1413 Washington Road, Westminster, MD 21157
  • Wm. Winchester Elementary Parking Lot Pick up 10 AM – NOON, 70 Monroe Street, Westminster, MD 21157
  • Bishop Garth Park, Noon- 12:30 and Food Van Stop Distribution, Corner of Center Street and Bishop Street, Westminster, MD 21157
  • Dutterer Park 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM  Food Van Stop Distribution, Dutterer Way, Westminster, MD 21157

Manchester Area

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church Parking Lot Pick up (immediately across from Manchester Elementary School) 10 AM – NOON, 3184 Church St., Manchester, MD 21102

Eldersburg/South Area

  • South Carroll HS Parking Lot Pick up 10 AM - NOON, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Sykesville, MD 21784

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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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:

mail:    U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

fax:      (202) 690-7442; or

email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The Maryland State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry/national origin, color, disability, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation 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 Office, 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, 410-767-0426 – voice, 410-767-0431 – fax, 410-333-6442 - TTY/TDD.  

 

 

A community screening of the documentary film No Small Matter will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Robert Moton Elementary School. The screening is being presented by the Carroll County Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Judy Center Early Learning Hub at Robert Moton.

No Small Matter is a documentary that will kick start the conversation about early care and education. Light appetizers will be served. Please call 410-751-3613 or email Kaymi Plank at knplank@carrollk12.org to RSVP.

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.

 

 

Two Carroll County Public Schools eighth grade students – Ben Brisk from Shiloh Middle School and Joseph DuMars from Mt. Airy Middle School – are semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition on Friday, March 27, 2020.

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 32nd year. To determine each school champion, GeoBee competitions were held in schools throughout the state with students in the fourth through eighth grades.

This year, an estimated 2.4 million students competed in the GeoBee, with 8,661 students becoming school champions. School champions also took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories were invited to compete in the State GeoBees.

State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship where they will compete for additional cash, awards, and college scholarships. The second and third place State GeoBee winners will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

 

 

Carroll County Public Schools, the Maryland State Department of Education, and the TIES Center are partnering to improve inclusive practices for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. 

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, Dr. Carol Williamson, Deputy State Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, and Ms. Marcella Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services, visited Eldersburg Elementary School to see the work around TIES in action. 

TIES stands for Increasing Time, Instructional Effectiveness, Engagement, and State Support for inclusive practices.  The TIES Center is the national technical assistance center on inclusive practices and policies for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.  Maryland is the first state in the nation to partner with the TIES Center, and CCPS is one of two counties in Maryland participating in this very important work.  Eldersburg Elementary School and North Carroll Middle School are the two demonstration sites. 

 

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