The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recognized 398 teachers at the 28th annual Outstanding Teacher Awards program held Wednesday evening, March 29, 2017, at Westminster High School.

The following teachers received Outstanding Teacher Awards:

  • Leslie Bollinger, Grade 4 STEM Teacher, Cranberry Station Elementary School
  • Melissa Madison, English Language Arts Teacher, Northwest Middle School
  • Jeanne Mayo, Library Media Specialist, Liberty High School
  • Thomas McHugh, English Teacher, Century High School
  • Heather Semies, Alternative Placement Teacher, Gateway School
  • Tina Thomen, English Teacher, Manchester Valley High School
  • Brian Thompson, Music Teacher, Westminster Elementary School
  • Jacquelynn Williar-Voland, English Language Arts Teacher, North Carroll Middle School.

     

The Outstanding Teacher Awards recognize the men and women of the Carroll County Public School System who represent excellence in the teaching profession. Full-time elementary, middle, high school, career and technology, special education teachers, or media specialists in the Carroll County Public School System were eligible for nomination. Any parent, student, fellow teacher, supervisor or school administrator could nominate an outstanding teacher.

The Carroll County Teacher of the Year will be chosen from among the eight individuals receiving the Chamber’s Outstanding Teacher Award. That candidate will be Carroll County’s representative for the Maryland Teacher of the Year program. The 2017 Carroll County Teacher of the Year will be named during the Board of Education’s employee recognition ceremony on April 27th.

In addition, the Chamber of Commerce awarded Wilhelm Scholarships to teachers to assist in their continuing education. The scholarship recipients were Laura Finch, a 5th grade teacher at William Winchester Elementary School; Jessica Morelock, a special education teacher at Mechanicsville Elementary School; and Emily Nazelrod, a fifth grade teacher at Taneytown Elementary School.

 


In celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, Carroll County Public Schools is pleased to announce that 34 students were selected for slots in the Maryland All State Music groups.

The students were selected following a rigorous audition process involving students from across the state (junior ensembles – grades 7-9 and senior ensembles – grades 10-12). Students auditioned on the same literature for each instrument/voice group.

Carroll County students earned three out of the four slots for alto saxophone available for the entire state. Carroll County also earned more slots than some of the larger school districts in the state and other school districts in the same approximate size range.

Of particular note, Chance Caprarola, an eighth grade student at East Middle School, was the only student from Carroll County selected to participate in the All State Junior Band, in which he played mid tom, marimba, and 4 toms and was 4th chair. For tryouts, he was required to audition on snare, timpani, marimba, bass drum, crash cymbals, and tambourine. He made 1st Chair All County for percussion for the past three years in grades 6, 7 and 8. He joined the Winters Mill High School Marching Band the summer before his 8th grade year, playing tenors. He is a member of the McDaniel College Community Band for percussion and has been a member of the East Middle School Jazz Band for 3 years.

Congratulations to the following members of the All State music groups:

All State Junior Band (grades 6-9)
Chance Caprarola – East Middle

All State Junior Chorus (grades 6-9)
Alexa Fanning – Winters Mill
Rachel Jancarek – Liberty
Abigail Lewin – Oklahoma Road
Lindsay Moravec – Oklahoma Road
Saralynn Mitchell – Oklahoma Road
Madeline Pope – Liberty
Paul Dietz – Oklahoma Road
Joseph Schuman – Oklahoma Road
Alex Parrott – Francis Scott Key
Alyssa Young (alternate) – Oklahoma Road
Nicholas Culkin (alternate) – South Carroll

All State Senior Band (grades 10-12)
Stephanie Treat – Liberty
Erich Delles – Liberty
Elena Rippeon – Francis Scott Key
Logan Hartung – Francis Scott Key
Samuel Kraus – Liberty
Ethan Brown – Francis Scott Key
Jay Fenner – Liberty
Andrew Olson – Liberty
Josh Alford – Liberty
Sean Webster (alternate) – Winters Mill

All State Senior Orchestra (grades 10-12)
Yee Lynn Lee – Liberty
Hannah We – Century

All State Senior Chorus (grades 10-12)
Audrey Wiswakarma – Francis Scott Key
Lauren Bishop – Liberty
Eric Gabriel – Francis Scott Key
Jon Montijo – Liberty
Jeremy Lewin – Liberty
Jacob Miller – South Carroll
Jack Perdue – Century

All State Women’s Chorus (grades 10-12)
Grace Lowe – Westminster
McKenna King – South Carroll
Julia Stonesifer – Francis Scott Key

The All-State concerts were held at Morgan State University and Perry Hall High School in February and March.

 


Century High School will be hosting two singer-songwriters from Nashville – Jenn Bostic and Kyshona Armstrong – on April 4-6, 2017. They will be conducting songwriting workshops in music classes, and Armstrong also will share her experiences as a music therapist with psychology classes.

Bostic and Armstrong also will be offering two “flex chats” for students outside the music and psychology programs who wish to learn more about the craft of songwriting, performance, the music business, and music therapy.  

“I am excited to know these ladies personally, and their music is both eclectic and inspirational,” said choral director and psychology teacher Melissa Adelmann.  “Jenn’s musical genre is hard to categorize; she has been called ‘too country for pop, and too pop for country’, but she also has a strong jazz/blues influence in her music.  Kyshona is a powerhouse of soul, blues, and everything in between.”

The singer-songwriters will perform in concert on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Baldwin’s Station in downtown Sykesville. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and are available through Baldwin’s Station at 410-795-1041. Dinner seatings are at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 p.m. The event will serve in part as a fundraiser for the music program at Century.

 


Every year, the State of Maryland International Reading Council (SoMIRAC) sponsors a Young Authors’ Contest. The contest is offered to any second through twelfth grade student. Students entering the contest have an opportunity to submit an original poem or short story. Local contest judges, comprised of English Language Arts Specialists and Supervisors, use a common writing rubric to choose a short story and poetry winner for each grade level. Entries are judged for their ideas and development, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, presentation, and conventions.

All local county winners’ short stories and poems are automatically submitted to SoMIRAC to be judged at the state level. Student winners from all counties in Maryland are judged by the State Judging Committee following the same rubric used at the local level. We are very proud to recognize the following CCPS students as state winners of the SoMIRAC Young Authors’ Writing Contest:

  • 2nd grade Poetry – Henry O’Dea – “This is What I Need”, Freedom Elementary School, Ashley Adams, Teacher
  • 9th grade Short Story – Emily Herrold – “Aquilla”, Manchester Valley High School, Christian Bouselli, Teacher
  • 9th grade Poetry – Emily Herrold – “The Candle”, Manchester Valley High School, Christian Bouselli, Teacher
  • 10th grade Poetry – Esther Mensah – “My Response to Your Ignorance”, Westminster High School, Shawn Simms, Teacher
  • 12th grade Poetry – April Povlock – “Blind Poets”, Manchester Valley High School, Tina Thomen, Teacher.

All state winners, as well as their family members and teachers, are invited to a reception held at the Hunt Valley Inn in on March 29, 2017.

 

 

The Board of Education of Carroll County will be holding a work session on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Board offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. The topic of the work session will be Pillars III and IV of the Strategic Plan.

The work session will be broadcast live on Channel 21 and 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, or sexual orientation. 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: Gregory J. Bricca, Director of Research and Accountability, 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.

 


Kate Uecker, a junior at Century High School, has received a National Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program for her self-portrait acrylic painting. Her artwork will be featured at the national show and the award ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Each year, the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partners with nearly 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7-12 apply in 29 categories of art and writing. Last year, students submitted nearly 320,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Visions & Voices nominations are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies. Gold Key works are then judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative industry experts to receive National Medals, including Gold, Silver, American Visions & Voices, Portfolio Silver with Distinction, or Portfolio Gold Medals and Sponsored Awards. National Medalists are recognized in part at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

According to Century High School art teacher Frank Reaver, “The Scholastic Art Awards are an excellent opportunity for up and coming high school artists to get recognition for their achievements.  It's also a great thing to put on college applications – some colleges earmark scholarship money specifically for national winners.”  

Reaver also says that “Kate is an extremely talented artist and illustrator.  She has the ability to create artwork both from life and fantasy. Her work is technically skilled and immensely creative.  The fact that she is only a junior makes this achievement more impressive.  I'm honored to have one more year to mentor her."

This is the second year that a Century High School art student has received this award. Ella Breden won the award last year for her digital artwork and was one of five students from Maryland to receive a Gold Medal for their artwork.

 


The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 4:00 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.

Citizen participation will be held following administrative items and presentations. 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 can be found by going to the school system’s website at www.carrollk12.org and clicking 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, April 13, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 15, at 9:00 a.m.; Sunday, April 16, at 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, April 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, or sexual orientation. 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: Gregory J. Bricca, Director of Research and Accountability, 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.

 


Channel 21 went to Shiloh Middle School to document Jennifer Goffena’s 6th grade math class.  She was teaching a lesson about math equivalents. This Spotlight segment shows how the Samsung tablets and the Discovery Math Techbook are being utilized in the classroom and how they impact math instruction. The teacher and a few students talk about their experience with this technology. It was shared with the Board members at a recent meeting.

Click here to view the video.


 


Fifth grade Gifted and Talented students from Manchester Elementary and William Winchester Elementary Schools will be junior curators for a day on Monday, April 3, 2017, at the Historical Society of Carroll County. Please note: This activity was originally scheduled for March 14th but was canceled due to a snow day.

The students will spend the morning learning the responsibilities of a curator from Dr. Gainor B. Davis, Executive Director of the Historical Society. In the afternoon, the students will select artifacts that will be on display and align with the curriculum.

Prior to the activity, the fifth graders surveyed the third grade students at their schools to find out their interests from the social studies units they are learning.

 

 

Seventy-two students from Carroll County Public Schools have been selected as Carson Scholars for 2017. Each year the Carson Scholars Fund recognizes a select group of high achieving students in grades 4-11 who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities.

First-time Scholars receive a $1,000 college scholarship award and the coveted honor of being named a Carson Scholar. After winning the scholarship, a student may apply to renew their Carson Scholar status. These previous scholarship recipients have maintained high academic standards and a strong commitment to their communities.

Click here for a complete list of Carroll County's Carson Scholars.

The Carson Scholars from Maryland and the mid-Atlantic area will be honored at the 21st Annual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Martins West in Baltimore. For more information, please visit the Carson Scholars Fund website at www.carsonscholars.org.  

 

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