South Carroll High School has established a Wellness Team dedicated to the health and wellness of students and staff. The goal is to promote healthy habits, increase awareness for healthy choices, and provide wellness opportunities for South Carroll.

The Wellness Team’s first project was to install water bottle refilling stations in four locations throughout the school building. The filling stations provide filtered, chilled water to encourage hydration and help reduce the use of disposable water bottles.

Filling stations were provided thanks to a wellness grant from the School Health Council and the South Carroll Athletic Boosters, Student Government Association, Green Team, Class of 2018, National Honor Society, and support from principal Christina Dougherty.

Future wellness activities will include basic first aid and Stop the Bleed lessons for students led by school nurse Dawn Reardon and SRO Master Deputy Justin Shriver and a nature walk led by Green Team advisor Jodi Cook. There also be an information booth and physical fitness challenges at the NHS Walk for Diabetes, led by physical education teacher Vince Rusbosin and instructional assistant AJ Rusbosin.





Carroll County Public Schools was pleased to host Dan Adams, Director of Training for Sources of Strength, a strength-based wellness program that focuses on suicide prevention.

During his visit, Adams presented an overall picture of Sources of Strength and spoke to how it can play a vital role in both our school system and our community. While in Carroll County, he visited middle schools, met with middle school principals and program coordinators, and presented information about the program at a community stakeholders event.

Sources of Strength is a peer-led mental wellness program that utilizes the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture to ultimately prevent suicide, bullying, violence, and substance abuse. The program is currently in place at East Middle, North Carroll Middle, West Middle, and Winters Mill High Schools and eventually will expand to include all middle and high schools.

For more information on Sources of Strength, please visit

Pictured (left to right): Jason Anderson, Executive Director of Performance, Equity, and Accountability; Jim Rodriguez, Supervisor of Physical Education and Health; Dan Adams, Director of Training for Sources of Strength; Steve Lockard, Superintendent; Chris Tobias, Assistant Supervisor of Health; and Judy Jones, Supervisor of Equity and Community Outreach.





Yee-Lynn Lee and Yee-Van Lee, seniors at Liberty High School, have been named Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. This program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Lynn and Van are twins who perform at high academic levels. Both students have a strong connection with their culture. In order to learn Chinese, they took classes outside of Liberty High School. Although not offered at Liberty, both requested and took the AP exam, earning a perfect score of five on their AP Chinese exam. It is evident they are empathic and caring students, as both Lynn and Van tutor students in numerous areas of course studies.

This is where the similarities end, as each twin has separate and distinct future goals.  Van is intending to major in business and is looking for a strong business and economic program in the college he will attend. Lynn, on the other hand, has varied interests that include music and math, as well as languages and literature. She is seeking a liberal arts program in a prestigious university setting. Lynn very much enjoys performing musically. She has excelled not only within the music program at Liberty, but also outside by earning several All-County and All-State recognitions.

According to school counselor Jonathan Putt, “No matter their ultimate destination, both siblings have a wealth of experiences for such young adults, and both excel in every one of those areas through their hard work and dedication.”

Finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program must have a record of consistently very high academic performance in all of grades 9-12 and in any college course work taken. Finalists must also take the SAT and earn scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance. Merit Scholar awardees will be chosen from this group of Finalists based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments.




Click here to watch the latest edition of Our Students, Our Staff, Our Schools. On this month’s show, Dr. Lockard interviews Angie McCauslin, Supervisor of Career and Technology Education, and Ted McNett, Assistant Supervisor of Career and Technology Education. They describe the programs for Career and Technology Education in CCPS. Dr. Lockard also interviews Karen Sarno, Supervisor of Food Services, about the many different aspects of Food Services.





Zach Kunze, a fourth grade student at Eldersburg Elementary School, will be the Carroll County representative at the Maryland Day Celebration at Historic St. Mary's City on Saturday, March 23, 2019. 

Zach will participate in the Flag Ceremony, which is an integral part of the Maryland Day program.  The ceremony features a student representative from each county and Baltimore City, who is selected to present their county flag before a podium of dignitaries. 

Zach is a Webelo Boy Scout in Troop 883. He also enjoys Karate and has earned his Advanced Brown Belt.    





On Saturday, March 16, 2019, members of the Westminster High School FFA participated in the Maryland FFA Association Region 4 Public Speaking Leadership Development Event at South Carroll High School.  Becca Wimmer participated in FFA Creed Speaking, earning third place.  Abby Wimmer presented a Prepared Public Speech, earning second place in the junior division.  Avery Dull and Lesa Ramsburg presented Prepared Public Speeches in the senior division, earning first and second places, respectively.  These young ladies will travel to the Maryland FFA Convention in June to represent Westminster High School FFA and Maryland FFA Region 4 in the state event. 

For more information on supporting FFA and agricultural leadership development at Westminster High School, contact Aaron Geiman, Advisor, at .

The FFA Mission: FFA Makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. 





The Carroll County Public School System’s Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee will hold its next meeting of the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the ARC of Carroll County, located at 180 Kriders Church Road in Westminster, Maryland. 

Information will be shared on the following:  Carroll County Public Schools Safety Assessment, 2019-2020 SECAC Executive Committee elections, and a time for feedback and questions regarding school safety. 

If Carroll County Public Schools dismiss early or are closed due to inclement weather, this meeting will be canceled.

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

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

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. 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. 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 Baptist, 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 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 Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3177 or Carey Gaddis, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, Supervisor of Community & Media Relation, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3020. 




Students at Ebb Valley Elementary School have created Kindness Wings as part of this quarter’s PBIS focus on kindness.

To help showcase kindness, each student in the school was given a feather to design by incorporating a compliment or words of encouragement. Each feather then became part of giant wings that can be used by anyone who enters the building to be “lifted up” when feeling down.

The right side of the wings is composed of the compliments or words of encouragement, and the left side features all of the students’ names. The wings measure over 16 feet wide and contain over 1,000 feathers.

The Kindness Wings project was developed by school counselor Christie McCubbin and school nurse Jen Devers.





The RoboCavs Gold Team from South Carroll High School is the first robotics team from Carroll County Public Schools ever to qualify for the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) World Championship. This year’s championships will be held in Detroit, Michigan, from April 24-27, 2019.

The team advanced to the world championship by taking second place in the state tournament. Team members include Mat Erickson, Aiden Yeo, Matthew Dolecki, Drew Melis, and Meredith Eiller, along with coaches Sean Lee, a math teacher at South Carroll, and Tom Lee.

According to Sean Lee, “To put this accomplishment in a little perspective, the teams we competed against were the 50 best teams from Maryland, DC, and some of our bordering states. Altogether, that encompasses close to 200 total teams.”

The RoboCavs Silver Team finished its qualifying matches 5-1, earning them a 5th place spot going into the finals, where they fell to the team that became the overall winner. Silver Team members are Anna Plass, Chloe Kerwin, Sydney Arcuri, Claire Kettula, Delaney Yeo, and David Poland.

In other robotics news, the PIE3 FIRST LEGO© League (FLL) Team 2217 Astro Jelly Dogs finished 5th out of 72 teams at the FLL State Tournament and will advance and compete soon at an invitational tournament. The team includes students from Eldersburg and Mechanicsville Elementary Schools and their parent volunteer coaches.

In addition, the PIE3 FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2199 Robo-Lions finished as semifinalists and won the Entrepreneurship Award and a Pit Safety Award at a Chesapeake District event in Haymarket, Virginia. The Robo-Lions are coached by lead mentor Rose Young and includes 20 student members from several schools, including Liberty, Century, and Westminster High Schools.




Hailey Ciccarelli and Molly Richards, fifth grade students at Eldersburg Elementary School, received third place honors in the Annual Maryland State Arbor Day Poster Contest sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service. As a result, the school will receive five trees to be planted at the school.

The theme of this year’s contest was Trees Are Terrific … and Forests Are Too! The posters were created using varied artistic techniques, including colored pencils, crayons, markers, and paint. The contest is judged annually by a panel of forestry experts and Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan.

The Maryland Forest Service accepted hundreds of entries for the contest. Previously selected winners from each participating county were then forwarded for judging by staff and the volunteer Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee. The poster contest is hosted by the Tree-Mendous Maryland Program.




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