David Bortz, Principal (dsbortz@carrollk12.org 
Meagan Becker, Assistant Principal 
(mkbecke@carrollk12.org )

Message from the Principal - August 2019

Dear Sykesville Families: 

Welcome Back! 

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year.  I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community.  I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your child(ren). 

All signs point to another incredible and productive school year.  Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your child(ren).  Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files.  Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility.  And, our much-appreciated PTO is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs.  We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning. 

New Staff
Each year brings positive change.  This includes a few additions to our staff.  We are delighted to welcome Beth Abbott, our new registrar.  Beth brings a solid skill set and a gentle, sensitive approach to meeting student needs.  We are excited to have Devon Rothschild, 7th/8th grade science on Team 5/8.  Devon taught at a private school and was a member of the Carroll County Board of Education.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to CCPS.  In addition, we have a new 8th grade mathematics teacher on Team 6, Lexi Rhoten.  Lexi is a recent graduate of Stevenson University and primarily student taught at East Middle School in Westminster.  She is very eager and ready to meet the needs of our students.  Mindy Richards will be our new social studies teacher on Team 3.  Mindy comes to us from Franklin Middle School in Baltimore County.  Mindy brings with her a love of history and a dedication to her students.  Kate Gmuer, Special Ed Resource, is coming to us from Hood College, where she served as an Adjunct Professor and Director of Office Accessibility Services.  Kate comes to us with a wealth of knowledge for our learning community. 

Student Placement
A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Careful consideration was given with input from staff and families, as well as, student learning styles.  Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially.  Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level.  Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities. 

Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher.  ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students.  Sykesville is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life.  Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group, and teacher. 

Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year.  Your commitment to insuring that Sykesville remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring.  I look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your Principal.  Please stop by and say hello.  Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children. 


David Bortz