The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold a special meeting for the approval of personnel appointments on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street, Westminster. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be no time for citizen participation at this meeting.

The meeting will be streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12.org. Click on CETV under News and Media at the bottom of the home page or go to  

https://www.carrollk12.org/admin/commedia/cetv/Pages/CCPS-CETV-Webstreaming.aspx

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.

 

 

 

 

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street, Westminster. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be time for citizen participation at this meeting.

There will be two opportunities during the meeting for citizen participation – immediately following preliminary items and just before action items. Citizens who wish to address the Board during Citizen Participation are encouraged to check the agenda prior to the meeting to determine what time the public comment portion of the meeting will begin. The agenda and back-up materials for the meeting will be available on the school system’s website at www.carrollk12.org by close of business on the Monday before the meeting. Click on Agendas and Documents under Board of Education.

The meeting will be streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12.org. Click on CETV under News and Media at the bottom of the home page or go directly to:

https://www.carrollk12.org/admin/commedia/cetv/Pages/CCPS-CETV-Webstreaming.aspx.  

The Board meeting also will be broadcast live on Channel 21, with rebroadcasts on Thursday, June 13, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 15, at 9:00 a.m.; Sunday, June 16, at 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, June 20, at 8:00 p.m.

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.

 

 

 

 

The South Carroll High School Stagelighters won awards at the Cappies of Baltimore Gala held on Sunday, May 19, 2019. The gala is a celebration of high school drama productions much like the Tony Awards.

Out of 21 schools in the Baltimore region, the Stagelighters received 14 nominations and brought home 2 awards for their fall production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” Ayden Behn received the Cappie for Lead Actor in a Play, and Romeo Cardenas earned the Cappie for Creativity for his work in composing an original score for the show.

 

 

 

Joseph Loy, a 10th grade student at Francis Scott Key High School, won the Special Prize in Labor History, Senior Division, at Maryland History Day. The topic of Loy’s exhibit was the Transcontinental Railroad. Joseph’s teacher at FSK, Rebecca Bell, was recognized as the Maryland History Day District Teacher of the Year.

Nearly 700 middle and high school students gathered to present their extensive historical research at the 2019 Maryland History Day competition, which was held on May 12, 2019, at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). This is the culmination of a year-long program from Maryland Humanities. In 2019, more than 25,000 Maryland students participated at the school level.

Working solo or in small groups, students create original documentary films, exhibits, performances, research papers, or websites exploring a historical topic of their choice on an annual theme, which this year was “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” Maryland History Day sparks critical thinking and helps develop skills in research and analysis, writing, and public speaking. The program is open to public, private, parochial, and homeschool students in grades 6 through 12. 

Competitors at Maryland History Day already won first or second place in their category at school and district levels.  Students from sixteen Maryland counties and Baltimore City received special awards, designated for outstanding Maryland History Day projects that cover specific subjects. 

 

 

 

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold a special meeting for the adoption of the final FY20 operating budget on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at approximately 7:15 p.m. (immediately following the Educational Facilities Master Plan hearing). The meeting will be held in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street, Westminster. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be no time for citizen participation at this meeting.

The meeting will be streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12.org. Click on CETV under News and Media at the bottom of the home page or go directly to:

https://www.carrollk12.org/admin/commedia/cetv/Pages/CCPS-CETV-Webstreaming.aspx.  

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.

 

 

 

Lily Brown receiving her district award

Lily Brown, a third grader at Manchester Elementary School, submitted a winning essay for the elementary level of the American Heritage, Preservation, and Patriotism 2018-2019 Essay Contest sponsored by the Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club. 

Lily responded to the topic: What does it mean to be a good citizen in America?  How does it lead to being patriotic? As the local winner at the elementary level, Lily read her essay at a recent Lineboro-Manchester Lions' Meeting and received a monetary award. 

Lily's essay also won at the elementary level for Lions Club District MD 22 W, representing Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington Counties.  She received an additional monetary award. 

 

 

 

 

The Board of Education will be holding a public hearing on the 2019 – 2028 Educational Facilities Master Plan at 6:30 p.m. on May 23, 2019 in the Charles I Ecker Board Room, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland.  Public comment will be heard on the Educational Facilities Master Plan and related projects.

The Educational Facilities Master Plan is the planning document that is used to prioritize school system Capital Improvement Plan projects based on age and condition of facilities, educational program needs, and capacity and utilization.  The Board received the proposed Educational Facilities Master Plan at a work session on May 15, 2019.  Also at that work session, the Board received a progress update on the Carroll County Career & Technology Center renovation project and a Feasibility Study that outlined possible options for the modernization of East Middle School and possibly William Winchester Elementary School. 

The Board encourages citizens to attend the public hearing and provide feedback on these items.  Citizens may review the May 15, 2019 work session video and materials at the links below:

Comments and suggestions may be submitted online at http://feedback.carrollk12.org or by U.S. mail to the Superintendent’s Office, Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, MD 21157. The Plan will be brought back to the Board for action at its meeting on June 12, 2019.

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 Baptist, Director of Human Resources, 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 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.

 

 

 

Colin Hanson

Colin Hanson, a ninth grader at Century High School, was selected to represent Maryland Future Business Leaders of America as the Region 3 Vice President for the 2019-2020 school year.

Colin’s duties begin immediately and will include visiting other high schools as an ambassador, assisting with the planning of state and regional level events, communicating with other chapters within the region, and playing a leadership role in state and local conferences. This also means that Century will host the regional competition and conference next winter.

 

 

 

 

Ken Mihalyov, a science teacher at West Middle School has led all Team Galaxy students to participate in the “You Have the Power to End ALS” fundraiser this year. In total, students have raised and secured sponsor donations totaling $10,891.15. After taking out event costs (shirts, pizza, etc.), the actual donation to the MD/DC/VA Chapter of the ALS Association will be just over $9,500.

This is the most a single group from West Middle has raised since Mihalyov began fundraising with students 8 years ago.  In total, during the last 8 years, his students have raised over $55,000 for charity.

This year’s event will culminate on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, with the group Ice Bucket Challenge dump that will include 2 administrators, 1 school counselor, at least 3 teachers, and approximately 20 students who individually raised over $150 for ALS this year. The Ice Bucket Challenge dump will take place in the outdoor pavilion area from 1:05 to 1:35 p.m. with the entire team joining in to observe.

Donations this year were received from 122 students and a handful of teachers and staff members. The incentives for students’ active participation included earning an event shirt, pizza party, and possible participation in the group Ice Bucket Challenge dump. Additionally, students will be participating in Minute to Win It style games during science class to demonstrate the power they have and challenge their ability to be successful.

As in previous years, Mihalyov’s hair has been offered up as a “reward” as well. Students have been attempting to reach a team goal of $10,000 in order to make him get a Pineapple Haircut. After 4 years, they have finally reached their goal, and Mihalyov will be getting his hair cut and dyed to look like a pineapple on Tuesday, May 21, in order to share the beautiful style with students on the day of the final celebration.

“We are very excited at the success we have had this year fundraising, and several students found it in their hearts to not only find donors and sponsors, but also to donate some of their own money toward the cause,” Mihalyov said. I am aware of at least one student who donated over $100 of his own savings from holiday gifts!”

West Middle School would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations: Elite Screens, Carmenic & Co. Medical Device Distribution, CJB Unlimited, Inc., Webb Environmental, Masters Home Inspections, Advantage Homepro, Pandora Media, Sertified LLC, Datane Engineering, Inc., Benefit Audit Group, Westminster Little League, TBH Ready-Mixed Concrete, Rise Up Personal Training, LLC, and Brethauer Insurance Agency.

 

 

 

 

Two Carroll County Public Schools employees were recognized at the 2019 Annual Dinner and Community Awards sponsored by The Arc Carroll County.

Mary Pat Dye, Coordinator of Post Secondary Programs, received the President’s Award. This award is presented by the President of The Arc to an individual or group that provides extraordinary leadership and meritorious service, or makes an outstanding contribution to The Arc Carroll County and/or people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the community.

Dye is a sought after speaker and presenter in Maryland. She is often asked to pilot state special education initiatives, such as Maryland’s digital portfolio, Way to Work Grant, and work study programs at McDaniel College, Carroll Hospital, and Carroll Community College. Her work in developing Carroll County’s Transition Council is a best practice model.

Kristy Bevans, a special education/LFI teacher at Mt. Airy Middle School, received the Special Education Professional of the Year Award. This award is presented to an education professional who has demonstrated excellence in providing quality educational opportunities and/or advocacy for students with developmental disabilities in Carroll County.

Bevans was nominated by two colleagues for the phenomenal way she works with and advocates for students with special needs, including activities such as the Bulldog Brew Café that runs every Friday at Mt. Airy Middle School. She is the leader of the Life Skills program and works with students with a variety of disabilities. She tailors her instruction to their needs and to meeting their goals.

Bevans encourages her students to reach their potential by nurturing them and providing a safe and supportive space to learn. She also finds ways for students to fully integrate with their peers by sponsoring the Helping Hands Club where students with and without disabilities work together in service and fun activities.

 

 

 

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