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Aaron Geiman, an agriculture teacher at North Carroll High School, has been selected as the 2008 Maryland winner of the Ideas Unlimited award, given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).

The Ideas Unlimited Award is designed to give NAAE members an opportunity to exchange teaching ideas. The ideas are judged on their originality, practicality, adaptability to instruction, and instructional value.

Geiman will compete against Ideas Unlimited award winners from surrounding states for the opportunity to be named the 2008 NAAE Ideas Unlimited award winner for Region VI. Regional winners will receive a cash award to attend the 2008 NAAE conference in Charlotte , N.C. The NAAE Ideas Unlimited Award program is sponsored by Thomson Delmar Learning.

NAAE is the professional association for agricultural educators. The mission of NAAE is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.” The NAAE office is located on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington .


Twenty-four competitive cadets of the Winters Mill High School 's Army JROTC Falcon Battalion completed six days of challenging activities at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. The activities were part of Camp Success '08, which was held from June 15-20, 2008.

WMHS cadets left the comforts of home to rough it, participating in drown-proofing, land navigation/map reading, rappelling, leadership reaction course, drill and ceremony, survival training, academic challenge, and the confidence/obstacle course. Winters Mill was one of 36 schools from the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.  areas to attend Camp Success .

JROTC summer camp is considered the culminating event of the school year for cadets. The cadets who successfully meet the challenges of camp are given serious consideration for leadership assignments for the coming school year. This year's cadets to successfully meet the challenge include Steven Abeyta, Nathan Adamczyk, Victor Arceo, Fabian Arrowood, Charles Brauning, Amanda Burleigh, James Caulford, Benjamin Cooke, Michael Fisher, Andrew Gates, Rebecca Hudson, Stephen Johnson, Lara Kish, Peter Kniesler, Anthony Moore, Shannon O'Donnell, Matthew Reter, Zuleyma Ruiz, Michael Safar, Todd Selby, Timothy Sowers, Richard Stuart, Nathaniel Wetzel, and Gunther Zimmer. Chaperones included Ms. Kacey Reid, Mathematics Teacher, WMHS, Mrs. Jeannie Brauning (Parent), SFC (Ret.) Ronald Ruff, Army Instructor, and COL (Ret.) Martin Compton, Senior Army Instructor.

Mathematics teacher and chaperone Kacey Reid said, “Cadets came from different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, but they were all members of JROTC, and knew exactly what was expected of them upon arrival. According to Reid, “Over the course of the week, these students became even more refined in the procedures of the Army.”


Carroll County Public Schools has been selected to receive an award for the continuing efforts of the Character Education Discipline Committee from the Character Education Partnership (CEP). Carroll is one of approximately 130 schools and districts from the United States, Canada, and Mexico to receive 153 awards for “Promising Practices” in character education.

The Character Education Partnership gives these annual awards for unique and specific exemplary practices that encourage the ethical, social, and academic growth of K-12 students through character education. CEP hopes to recognize educators for their efforts and to encourage others to learn from and even replicate these successful initiatives. Winning practices included creative ways to engage parents and community members, encourage student voice and leadership, and offer students opportunities to serve others.

Carroll County Public Schools is being recognized for the ongoing efforts of the Character Education/Discipline Committee. This committee is comprised of a unique group of educators and administrators from elementary, middle, and high schools across the county. The committee comes together several times throughout the year to discuss data, share best practices, and practice character education initiatives. The vision of the committee is to promote the integration of character education and effective discipline practices into curriculum and instruction in order to have a positive impact on student achievement and promote positive citizenship.

According to Judy Klinger, Supervisor of Guidance, “We are honored and proud to be the recipient of the Promising Practices Award.  The efforts of the Character Education Discipline Committee have been instrumental in impacting school culture and creating positive learning environments for all students in Carroll County Public Schools.”

The school system will receive the award at the 15th Annual National Forum on Character Education to be held October 17-19, 2008, in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. In addition, all winning practices will be featured in CEP's annual National Schools of Character publication and on the CEP website, www.character.org.

A Special Announcement for Families about Community Learning Centers

Provided below is important information for families regarding the Community Learning Centers (CLC) and changes to the program sites and services.

CLC summer programs will be in operation during the summer of 2008 at the following sites:

•  Elmer Wolfe Elementary

•  East Middle

•  Robert Moton Elementary

•  New Windsor Middle

•  Runnymede Elementary

•  Northwest Middle

•  Taneytown Elementary

•  Sykesville Middle

•  William Winchester Elementary

•  West Middle

Due to limited funding for the 2008-09 school year, we regret that the CLC sites listed below will no longer be in operation:

•  Elmer Wolfe Elementary

•  Sykesville Middle

•  Runnymede Elementary

•  Winters Mill High

•  Taneytown Elementary

•  Francis Scott Key High

•  Northwest Middle

•  Westminster High

The following CLC programs will operate during the 2008-09 school year, but will end in May 2009:

Funded by a 21 st Century Community Learning Center grant and Carroll County Public Schools:

•  Robert Moton Elementary

•  East Middle

•  William Winchester Elementary

•  West Middle

Funded by the Carroll County Local Management Board:

•  New Windsor Middle School


Five seniors from Carroll County high schools have been named recipients of Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships for 2008. These students are among the 109 Maryland scholarship winners:

  • Benjamin Harvatine, Century High School
  • Leah Hein, Westminster High School
  • Abigail Maclean-Blevins, North Carroll High School
  • Bethany Offutt, Francis Scott Key High School
  • John Sapliway, Westminster High School .

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program is designed to promote student excellence and achievement and to recognize exceptionally able students who show promise of continued excellence as they pursue their higher education goals. Applicants are assigned a composite score based upon high school rank in class and SAT scores. The applicants with the highest composite score in each county of the state are selected for scholarships. Recipients may take the scholarship to any accredited college in the United States .

The Maryland State Department of Education receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education in order to sponsor this program.


A special announcement of an alliance between the Carroll County Judy Center and PNC Bank, made possible by the PNC Foundation, took place on Friday, May 23, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at the Judy Center at Robert Moton Elementary School in Westminster . Representatives from PNC Bank, the Carroll County Public Schools Education Foundation, and the school system, as well as a number of students, were in attendance to formalize the alliance.

School Readiness Camps are being made possible by a donation of $20,000 by PNC Bank and an additional $5,000 donation by the Carroll County Public Schools Education Foundation. Together with the Carroll County Judy Center, PNC Bank and the Education Foundation will provide camps to increase the school readiness of identified youth so that they have the best possible start to succeed in school. In addition to the announcement, there will be an explanation of the program by PNC and school system representatives.

PNC has a long history of strengthening and enriching the lives of its neighbors in communities in which they live and work. To build on this commitment, PNC Grow Up Great, a 10-year, $100 million investment to help improve the school readiness was launched. The Grow Up Great program is now entering its fifth year.

Despite Carroll County 's affluence, it ranks in the bottom fourth in the state on measures of school readiness, a child's ability to enter kindergarten with the skills that make them ready to learn. It is important that the school system and the community need address the underlying causes and increase the school readiness of our youth.

The camps will serve approximately 100 identified four and five year old children at five locations in Carroll County during a four week period in the summer. Each of the five camps will serve 15 - 20 children, specifically identified by their CCPS pre-Kindergarten teachers and community partners as needing additional academic intervention prior to starting kindergarten. The camps will be staffed by highly qualified teachers and assistants. All camps will include breakfast and lunch, as there is a clear correlation between nutrition and education.

The camps will consist of half-day sessions, four days a week for four weeks. The children will be primarily low-income, but school-readiness factors are the main eligibility criteria for participation. There will be no cost to the families for the camp.


The Carroll County Public Schools Education Foundation presented its second year of awards on Friday, May 9, 2008. Donors, corporations, and Foundation volunteers traveled in three “Star Patrol” vans to give award winners the good news that their programs have been approved for funding. Winners received poster-size checks, corsages or boutonnieres, and balloons in recognition of their award. The schools that received awards and a brief description of the projects funded are listed below:

School/Applicant's Name

Description of Project

Carroll County Outdoor School
Steve Heacock, Coordinator

Greenhouse Native Plant Watering System
Outdoor School is erecting a greenhouse as an extension to the wetlands classroom however, to raise native plants efficiently, an automated watering system needs to be installed. An environmentally-friendly method has been designed to be a model for other school/community based plant nurseries. The system will include capturing rain water, storing it underground, using a solar-powered pump to drive the water pressure, and deliver the appropriate amount of water at the correct time. The Outdoor School nursery produces approximately 5,000 plants each year for use in ground wildlife habitat projects throughout the CCPS school system. Students attending the residential sixth grade program tend to plants and earn service learning hours and real world experiences.

Carroll County Outdoor School
Mary Hoy, Teacher

Monarch Nursery Project
Outdoor School will build a raised bed monarch nursery filled with milkweed at every elementary school. Students will be able to collect monarch butterfly eggs from the nursery and raise them in the classroom. Butterflies will be tagged for monitoring then released for migration. This project would help Outdoor School infuse environmental education at every grade level and give students the opportunity to learn science through an authentic activity.

Century High School
Lorraine Thomas, Reading Specialist

Boys' Reading Class
The majority of students in reading classes are boys, but most books in the classroom library appeal to female readers. Various novels appealing to teenage boys will be purchased, with a rich selection of quality texts. Once they find novels that have appealing topics, the boys will be more likely to engage in reading.

Century High School
Thomas Delise, English Teacher

Shakespeare Factory Summer Camp
This camp is designed to help children learn how to have fun with the plays of William Shakespeare. It is held for one week in July and is open to students entering 3 to 9 grade. The students are guided each day through a series of interactive stations and allowed the opportunity to perform a scene from one of Shakespeare's plays on the final day of the camp.

Century High School
Kara Goff, Mathematics Teacher

‘Zome' Tools
This project uses Zome tools to support mathematics, algebra instruction, scale, number sense, symmetry, proportion, geometry, trigonometry, and much more. Zome is a construction kit that offers the ability for students to expand their objects in up to 61 different dimensions. A Zome-built object can be picked up, turned around, and examined from any angle.

East Middle School
Amy Whalen Metz, Crisis Intervention Specialist

‘Bulldog Bucks'
Bulldog Bucks is an incentive program designed to reinforce positive character traits while exposing children to basic banking and budgeting skills. This program is intended for use with students in the regional BEST program, who are identified as emotionally disturbed. It reinforces positive behavior, teaching students to accept responsibility for their learning, decisions, and actions… therefore creating an atmosphere that is conducive to both academic and personal growth.

East Middle School
Celia Shaw

Reading Counts
This reading incentive program currently targets a seventh grade team of students and will be expanded school-wide. Reading Counts encourages students to read independently by making select novels available to students and then testing their reading comprehension skills via online assessments relating specifically to the novel which was read. A year-end celebration for students who achieve certain benchmarks will be held.

East Middle School
Lorene Livermore, English and Reading Teacher

2009 Shakespeare Festival
East Middle School sponsors three separate Shakespeare Festivals in April in an effort to better transition incoming 6 th graders and exposes them to the middle school culture. During each day of the festival, English I students run five interactive workshops for the visiting students to participate in, before performing the play Romeo and Juliet. Fifth grade students from four elementary schools attend the program.

Eldersburg Elementary School
Billy Kavalos, Physical Education Teacher

After-School Fitness Club
A collaborative project with Spring Garden Elementary School
This partnership is designed to provide students with the recommended one hour of daily physical activity. Students will improve personal fitness levels through education and physical activity in an after-school fitness club. Providing students with activity and educating them on healthy living at this critical age will help them combat rising obesity rates and influence them to continue practicing healthy living. The club will be held twice a week for six weeks. Equipment and pedometers will be provided for the students. A tracking and reward system for the physical activity will be implemented and there will be a culminating track event at one of the schools.

Elmer Wolfe Elementary School
Charlotte Herbstsomer
Vocal and General Music Teacher

World Music Drumming
This is a curriculum of multicultural music that embraces not only music skills, but teaches work and community skills such as communication and listening, cooperative teamwork, and respect for others. Students will participate in special hands-on drumming experiences.

Friendship Valley Elementary School
Craig Dunkleberger
Mathematics Resource Teacher

Improving Number Relationships with ‘Digi-Blocks'
The mathematical manipulative Digi-Blocks allows students to actually see the math that they are doing and help them build a conceptual understanding of mathematical operations. Students will use the digi-blocks to compose and decompose numbers, perform mathematical computations, build number sense abilities, and see number relationships. The school will be provided with training and model lessons on how to use the digi-blocks by the mathematics resource teacher. This project is not only essential to increase math test scores, but also to build strong mathematicians in the future.

Hampstead Elementary School
Laura Hunovice
Mathematics Resource Teacher

Using ‘Destination Math' to increase Student Achievement
The technology-based program River Deep's Destination Math Mastering Skills and Concepts II: Primary Mathematics will be used to support struggling students and students with special needs. The intervention will be implemented by the mathematics resource teacher with classroom teachers to meet the needs of the most at-risk students in grades 2-4. The program is highly engaging and provides excellent visual and auditory models. Additionally, students are able to monitor their own progress. The goal is to increase the number of students who are proficient in mathematics, increase success on assessments, and build both student's confidence and enjoyment of mathematics.

Liberty High School
Patricia DiLeonardi, Social Studies Teacher

Classroom Technology
U.S. History is full of rich primary sources that enhance the learning experience. Hearing a lecture will allow for an initial comprehension of material, but if the students also see pictures, maps, and documents, there is a greater chance of retention of that material. A computer projector and an Elmo Digital Zoom Document Camera will be used in the classroom to provide a richer learning experience for students.

Mechanicsville Elementary School
Robin Townsend, Principal

Sign Language Classes
American Sign Language classes will be provided to the classmates of a profoundly hearing impaired first grade student who only recently has been receiving the assistance she requires in order to communicate with others. The use of sign language will help the hearing impaired student communicate with her peers, ask questions, and have discussions with them. In addition, research supports that sign language is beneficial for young students because it involves both tactile and kinesthetic learning. It encourages students to keep their eyes on the teacher and “listen with their eyes.”

Minority Achievement and Intervention Programs
Patricia Levroney, Minority Achievement Liaison

Minority Family Forums
Several agencies have formed a coalition to plan and implement Regional Minority Family Forums throughout Carroll County to empower minority families to seek an active role in the school system. The goal is to provide families with information and resources on topics related to the school system. Participants enjoy a networking dinner, hear and meet guest speakers, have access to computers, and receive printed resource materials. The project is expected to serve 65 students and their families within the coming year.

Mt. Airy Middle School
Diane DeAtley, School Counselor

BUDS Peer Mentoring Program
This is a peer mentoring program among Mt. Airy Middle, Parr's Ridge Elementary, and Mt. Airy Elementary Schools . The middle school provides 6 th grade students who teach peacemaking skills and mentor 2 nd graders at Parr's Ridge. The peer mentors will follow these students yearly to 3 rd and 4 th grade at Mt. Airy Elementary. In the 5 th grade, the students who were mentored will mentor 1 st graders at Parr's Ridge and continue the cycle through all the grades. The names of the peer helpers will be passed on to the counselors at South Carroll High School , where they will continue to help others socially or academically.

New Windsor Middle School
Lisa Macurak, 6 th Grade Social Studies Teacher

New Windsor Archaeological Dig
Students are taking part in an archaeological dig sponsored by the New Windsor Heritage Committee. The dig is located at ‘Spring House' which was once owned by the town's founder, Isaac Richardson Atlee, in 1797. The purpose of the dig is to find the foundation of another building and to piece together artifacts to determine what people did on the property. Student volunteers work on Saturdays in fair weather. Funds will be used to purchase equipment for the students to use during the dig.

North Carroll High School
Allen Deming, Technology Education Teacher

The Math of Land Surveying
Students will be given hands-on experience with the use of basic surveying equipment. The equipment will provide experiences in boundary layouts, playing field layouts, determination of elevations, etc. Students will be exposed to career possibilities in the land surveying field and engineering fields. These fundamentals will be used in classes in math, agriculture, landscaping, athletic training, technology education, manufacturing and construction, environmental construction, and drafting and design.

Oklahoma Road Middle School
Christen Mannino, Beth Prestianni and Joy Stewart – School Counselors

Student Mentoring Program
The mentoring program is designed to maximize resources in strengthening relationships with identified at-risk students to support academic achievement and personal growth. The funds will be used to cover the cost of materials for group activities and stipends for teachers for after-school hours spent with their assigned student mentees.

Oklahoma Road Middle School on Behalf of the YRead! Community Partnership
Dorothy Stoltz, Carroll County Public Library Outreach Services Manager

‘YRead!' A Young Adult Literature Conference
The YRead! Conference is a community-based project to reach teens ages 13-18, media specialists, librarians, teachers and other professionals. Community partners include Carroll Community College, Carroll County Public Library, Carroll County Public Schools, and McDaniel College . YRead! 2008 will feature young adult writer Terry Trueman, who has won numerous awards and will bring his unique perspective on this growing field of literature. The conference will conduct small group discussions and offer young adult reading lists and free books.

Robert Moton Elementary School
Vanessa Childs, Third Grade Teacher

‘Flash Masters'
Over 60 students will be assisted by the Flash Master Project. This tool is needed to enhance children's ability to compute timed subtraction, addition, multiplication, and division facts for each student. The Flash Master can be used in whole or small group settings.

Runnymede Elementary School
Karen Sirian, Vocal Music Teacher

World Music Drumming
World Music Drumming is a multicultural approach to music that allows students to immediately become engaged in performing with various rhythm instruments from around the world. This program will improve students' total school experience, enhance communication skills, improve auditory perception, develop rhythmic concepts and motor skills, foster social skills, and establish a sense of pride and self-confidence.

Sandymount Elementary School
Joanne Benson, Vocal Music Teacher
Jennifer Moore, Art Teacher

Virtual Field Trips, Cultures and Curriculum – Expanding Art and Music
New video equipment will enable the music and art teachers to break down the virtual walls of their classrooms, between art and music and students and the world. The teachers will be able to incorporate virtual field trips, coordinate lessons, and incorporate art activities into music and music activities into art using the Internet and visual/auditory presentations.

Spring Garden Elementary School
Denise St. Rose and Sherry Clower
Physical Education Teachers

Collaborative After-school Fitness Club
This program is a partnership with Eldersburg Elementary School. Please see the explanation under Eldersburg Elementary.

South Carroll High School
Mary Alexander, South Carroll High School PTSA

Early Childhood Play Area Revitalization
South Carroll High School includes an Early Childhood Education program as part of the ‘Pathways to Careers' initiative. The program provides hands-on experiences in early childhood development and education for students who may be interested in pursuing those areas as potential career paths. Funds will be used to provide a safe play environment that encourages free exploration and activates the imagination. Improved equipment will enhance motor skills of preschool children who participate in the program.

Taneytown Elementary School
Lauren Wieprecht
Special Education Resource Teacher

‘Earobics' Program for At-Risk Students
The Earobics program provides a computer-based practice in the skill areas of phonological awareness, auditory processing and phonics-based skills while tracking student progress and allowing an individualized customization of the program. Co-Writer is a word-predicting and processing program. It allows students to be more independent in writing if they struggle with the process of organizing, writing, and spelling in their written work.

Taneytown Elementary School
Patricia Heacock, Principal

Environmental Enhancement Project
Students, staff, families, and Taneytown/Northwest region community members will come together and volunteer their resources, skills, and manpower in a school grounds environmental enhancement project. The project will promote cleaner ground water, aesthetic enhancement, a plant/wildlife habitat, and renewable resources identified as part of CCPS science curricula, including life cycle of the monarch butterfly, insect studies, Chesapeake Bay and watershed studies, ecosystems, and plants.

West Middle School
Judith Guerrieri, Coordinator
Branches Program

Random House Reading Mentors
The Random House reading mentors program will improve student achievement by supporting and encouraging students in their reading. It is an excellent community partnership which provides students with small group or one-on-one attention. Mentored students will participate in monthly book club meetings. Random House sponsors author visitations to the school.

Westminster High School
Hugh Jamison, Engineering Team Advisor

Engineering Team Enhancement
The Engineering Team promotes academic excellence beyond the classroom and seeks to enrich student learning by making connections in the fields of engineering, science, and technology. Resources will be used for the continued grown of the team and to help the team remain competitive in regional and national engineering challenges. Members also will explore post-secondary and career opportunities in the science and engineering fields.

Westminster High School
Lauren Kimble, Teacher and Debate Coach
President of Carroll County Debate League

Speech and Debate Team
Competitive Speech and Debate is a rigorous academic program that encourages higher critical thinking abilities and the use of refined rhetorical skills. Speech and debate members meet after-school two days a week and compete in monthly competitions. The objectives of this program are to expand the debate program throughout Carroll County Public Schools and to continue to compete in the Carroll County Debate League and the Baltimore Catholic Forensics League.

Westminster High School
Laura Doolan, English Teacher, ETM Liaison, and Stand Up! Sponsor

Unity Week, Diversity Activities and Training
Stand Up! Strives to promote a school climate that is inclusive and free of discrimination. The group sponsors activities to improve climate, end discrimination, and celebrate diversity while supporting school-wide efforts to promote education that is multicultural.


Anne Henderson, nationally renowned speaker and author of Beyond the Bake Sale, will be visiting Carroll County on Thursday, June 12, 2008, from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Westminster High School 's auditorium.

Members of the community, parents, family members, and employees of the school system are invited to hear Henderson as she shares ways to develop and expand parent-family-community partnerships. Countless studies demonstrate that students with parents actively involved in their education at home and school are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, graduate from high school, and go on to post-secondary education. Beyond the Bake Sale shows how to form these essential partnerships and how to make them work. Following the general session, there will be a book signing opportunity for all those in attendance.

Registration is required by Friday, May 30. Registration forms are available online at:

CCPS Employees - www.carrollk12.org/whatsnew/pdf/CCPSRegistration.htm
Community Members - www.carrollk12.org/whatsnew/pdf/Registration

If you need more information, please contact Lannie Smith at aasmith@k12.carr.org or 410-751-3161.


West Middle School has been selected as a Maryland Green School for 2008. The Maryland Green School Awards Program, sponsored by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, recognizes Maryland public and private schools that:

  • use their school site and curricular instruction to prepare students to understand and act on current and future environmental challenges facing all Marylanders
  • model environmental best management practices in building and landscape design, operation and maintenance
  • build and maintain partnerships with the local community to enhance environmental learning and to design and implement projects and programs that result in a healthier environment.

The mission of West Middle School 's Green School Project is to maintain an environmentally friendly school while protecting the Earth's environment through the actions of students, teachers, administrators, staff, and community members. The school has formed partnerships with many local community organizations resulting in opportunities to address environmental issues in the local community.

Students constructed thirty bluebird boxes in cooperation with Outdoor School , Bear Branch Environmental Center , and William Winchester Elementary School . The boxes will be donated to the community. Old cell phones are collected and given to the Westminster Police Department to be distributed to battered and abused women who may need to call 911 in emergencies. Large quantities of plastic grocery bags are recycled through a program with Giant. Sixth grade students returning from Outdoor School pledge to help the environment by doing projects at home or in their community.

Several representatives from West Middle School will be attending the celebration of Maryland Green Schools on Thursday, May 29, at The Community College of Baltimore County. In addition to the official ceremony, West Middle will hold a school-wide celebration on Friday, May 30. During the celebration, the school will unveil the Green School flag and will officially kick off the rain garden that was planted with grant money from the Chesapeake Bay Trust Foundation.


The committee charged with recommending changes to the Carroll County Public Schools substance abuse policy and the accompanying administrative regulations submitted its proposed changes to the Board of Education on Wednesday, May 14, 2008.

The most significant changes are related to high school eligibility for extracurricular activities and the issue of constructive possession and violations at non-school sponsored events.

The Board of Education is seeking public input to the proposed changes. The proposed revised policy and administrative regulations are posted on the Carroll County Public Schools website at:


Feedback may be sent to feedback@k12.carr.org or by U.S. mail to Dana Falls , Director of Student Services, Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster , MD 21157 . All feedback must be received by 4:00 p.m. on June 30, 2008.

The proposed revisions will be returned to the Board of Education for consideration for approval during its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 9, at 5:00 p.m. at the Board offices.


Zachary Molin, a sixth grade student in Mrs. Linda Snead's RLA class at Sykesville Middle School , was one of three statewide winners of the Radical Readers - Read Across America Contest. 

Students were required to read ten books and write three essay answers about each book. They were asked what they liked or disliked most about the book, whether they would recommend the book to a friend and why or why not, and how they would describe their favorite character or chapter. There were almost 200 entries received. Zach's prize was a laptop computer.  The contest was sponsored by the Maryland State Teachers Association and Staples, Inc.

On Monday, April 21, Sykesville Middle School principal Tom Eckenrode, Mrs. Snead, and Zach's entire class were invited to attend the award presentation at the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis . Zach's mother, Lorraine Molin, and a parent volunteer, Janet Debinski, also were able to attend. Along with the other two state winners and their classes, the group was able to tour the museum, enjoy a pizza lunch, and videotape a skit on "What's So Radical About Reading?" The winners received their laptops, and their classmates also were given some gifts to enjoy.


Mary Catherine Stephens, a fifth grade math, science and social studies teacher at Winfield Elementary School, was named Carroll County 2008 Teacher of the Year during the Board of Education's employee recognition ceremony on Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

Stephens earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master's Degree of Science in Administration and Supervision at the Johns Hopkins University . She has been with Carroll County Public Schools for six years and has a total of 18 years of teaching experience. Prior to coming to Carroll County , Stephens operated her own preschool and was an elementary school assistant principal and teacher in Howard County .

Stephens' first students were her seven younger brothers and sisters. “Í always had a chalkboard, writing materials, and a makeshift classroom,” Stephens said. “At an early age, I set the goal of pursuing a career in education so that I could impact other children by providing the support and encouragement they need to learn and grow.” She was also inspired by her own success in school and by recognizing that schools have the power to provide rich learning experiences for all children, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic background.

Stephens designed and presented two workshops entitled “Making Multiple Math Groups Work” for Carroll County 's inservice day in February. She provided participants with binders full of demonstration lessons, stations, and activities, and some of the new teachers visited her classroom to observe these methods in action and to learn more about how they can implement the strategies in their own classrooms.

Stephens says that her greatest accomplishment in education is touching the lives of children from all backgrounds and ability ranges. “The smiles, the hugs, and these simple words, ‘I love math' are my rewards and accomplishments,” Stephens said. “The true joy of teaching is inspiring the uninspired, developing self-confidence in the timid, building self-esteem in those who have little or none, and seeing every child reach his or her potential.”

According to Donn Hicks, Supervisor of Elementary Mathematics, “Mrs. Stephens does what only the very best teachers can do. She accelerates the learning of her strongest students while simultaneously seeking effective approaches to assist students who need help. Mrs. Stephens is a dedicated professional who truly is an outstanding teacher!”

The Carroll County Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual who represents Carroll County teachers in the Maryland Teacher of the Year Program, and possibly the National Teacher of the Year Program. Working in collaboration with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, this year's finalists for Teacher of the Year were selected by the Chamber of Commerce as winners of the Chamber's Outstanding Teacher Awards.


The 80th Annual FFA State Convention was held April 23, 24 and 25, 2008, at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies. Over 30 FFA Chapters and 300 FFA students participated in the event. The following students from Carroll County received awards or degrees at this event.

Francis Scott Key FFA Chapter
Sarah Friedel – State FFA Degree recipient
Sandy Gesell – State FFA Degree recipient
Danielle Moore – State FFA Degree recipient, Regional Star Ag Production
Kevin Ridinger – State FFA Degree recipient
Jessica Gibson – 10 th individual, Job Interview Career Development Event

Liberty FFA Chapter
Emily Beall, Bryan Busch, and Lindsay Maus received their State FFA Degrees.
Emily Tanner – 1 st place individual, FFA Knowledge Career Development Event
Bryan Busch – 2 nd place individual, FFA Knowledge Career Development Event
Megan Marshall – 3 rd place individual, FFA Knowledge Career Development Event
Erin Selby – 4 th place individual, FFA Knowledge Career Development Event
Liberty High FFA – 1 st place, FFA Knowledge Team

North Carroll FFA Chapter
Anna Elder – 7 th place, Junior Prepared Speaking
Sierra Doran – 9 th place, Junior Prepared Speaking
Megan Resch – 10 th place, Junior Prepared Speaking
Kyle Lemmon – 12 th place, Senior Prepared Speaking
Sophie Thomas – 8 th place, Senior Extemporaneous Speaking, 17 th FFA Knowledge Contest
Meredith Myers – 3 rd place, Job Interview Contest, 22 nd FFA Knowledge Contest
Tom Mazzone – 11 th place, Agricultural Sales Contest
Megan Miller and Sophie Thomas – 1 st place, Zoology Agricultural Science Fair
State Degree Recipients from NCHS – Kyle Lemmon, Matt Leister, Megan Miller, Katie Doran

South Carroll FFA Chapter
Samantha Garst – 7 th place, individual Agriculture Sales
Sarah Double – 15 th place, individual Agricultural Sales

Winters Mill FFA Chapter
Sarah Rawlings received her State FFA Degree.
Shelby Stevens- 1st place, Junior Extemporaneous Speaking
Jamie Plunkert - 8 th place, individual FFA Knowledge contest
Sarah Rawlings – 15 th place, individual FFA Knowledge contest
Shelby Stevens - 18 th place, individual FFA Knowledge contest
Winters Mill FFA – 3 rd place, FFA Knowledge team


Six students from Carroll County Public Schools were honored at the 2008 Carson Scholars Fund 12th Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, April 27, 2008. The following students received awards:

Brian Edwards - Grade 5 - Runnymede Elementary School
Alex Fiore* - Grade 8 - West Middle School
McKenzie Horn - Grade 4 - Robert Moton Elementary School
Anna Parsons* - Grade 7 - West Middle School
Elizabeth Welliver* - Grade 9 - Winters Mill High School
Lauren Williams* - Grade 8 -Oklahoma Road Middle School.

(* denotes repeat winners)

The Carson Scholars Fund is a non-profit charity that was founded in 1994 by Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson and his wife, Candy. The Fund recognizes and rewards students in grades 4-11 who strive for academic achievement and also display strong humanitarian qualities. Recipients are awarded with $1,000 college scholarships. Since its inception the Carson Scholars Fund has awarded over 3,400 college scholarships and is active in twenty-six states and the District of Columbia.


The Humane Society of Carroll County recently purchased and donated books to the Carroll County Public School libraries. Although the organization has donated books to the Carroll County Public Libraries in the past, this is a new endeavor with the public school system. The book donations contribute to fulfilling the Humane Society's mission by educating our young people and promoting responsible pet ownership.

The elementary schools received copies of Complete Dog Book for Kids, an official publication of the American Kennel Club. The middle and high schools received the Complete Dog Book , an official American Kennel Club publication; The Perfect Match: A Dog Buyer's Guide , published by Howell Book House; and One at a Time , a book about homeless animals and shelters.

In addition to donating books, a representative from the Humane Society will be visiting Elmer Wolfe Elementary School to present a series of educational programs for students participating in the school's Community Learning Center during April and May. The topics to be discussed include pet safety tips, responsible pet ownership, and the importance of pet training.

The officers and board members of the Humane Society feel that developing responsible pet ownership begins with our youth.


Carroll County Public Schools has established a formal partnership with the Baltimore Area Council Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Under the partnership agreement, the scouting organizations will provide several programs professionally developed for school-age students and their families.

Programs offered by the Boy Scouts of America will focus on topics such as internet and personal safety, drug abuse prevention awareness, and a student service program that addresses the issues of hunger, homelessness, and poor health. In addition, the “Learning for Life” program will support schools and community-based organizations in their efforts to prepare youth to successfully handle the complexities of contemporary society and to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-esteem.

The Girl Scouts of Central Maryland will provide a program incorporating peer counseling, mentoring, team building, and communication to give students prevention tools for life. They also will sponsor “Families for Prevention”, a self-instructional video series for parents which includes a proven, step-by-step guide for raising responsible children and building families.

The school system will provide the Scouts with access to distribute materials to inform families about the offerings of their organizations, provide space for meetings in school system facilities when available, offer to provide a booth at back to school nights, and make information available to families concerning open houses.


Debra Buenger, physical education teacher at Northwest Middle School, has been named the National Association for Sport and Physical Education's (NASPE) National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year.  The award was presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) national convention in Fort Worth , Texas , during the Hall of Fame Banquet.

This award is presented each year to a teacher who serves as a positive role model and epitomizes personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, sportsmanship, and sensitivity to the needs of students. Recipients also must conduct a quality physical education program, use various teaching methods and plan innovative learning experiences to meet the needs of all students, participate in professional development activities, and provide service to the profession through leadership, presentations, and/or writing.

As part of a three-tier process, Buenger first was selected as the Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD). She then went on to receive the Eastern District Teacher of the Year Award, which qualified her for consideration for the national award.

“We are very fortunate in Carroll County to have dedicated health and physical education teachers, comprehensive programs for students, and the support of administrators,” according to Linda Kephart, Supervisor of Health and Elementary Physical Education for Carroll County Public Schools. “ What an honor to have one of our teachers recognized at the national level.”


Six emergency closing days were scheduled in the 2007-2008 school calendar. Three days were used to close schools for students and staff for inclement weather. Three emergency closing days remain unused. Therefore, the following revisions will take place if no additional emergency closing days are needed:

Friday, June 6, 2008
Last Day for Pre-Kindergarten Students

Monday, June 9, 2008
Two hour and forty-five minute system-wide early dismissal for students; professional time for teachers

Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Last day for students; two hour and forty-five minute system-wide early dismissal for students;
professional time for teachers; fourth marking period ends.


Carroll County Career and Technology Center seniors performed exceptionally well at the SkillsUSA State Championships held on April 5, 2008.  Eleven seniors represented the school in seven different contests with four seniors winning medals. 

Allison Rill from Winters Mill High School won 1st place/Gold Medal in the Culinary Arts championship.  David Bollinger from Westminster High School earned a Gold Medal for his masonry project.  Career and Technology Center seniors won first and second place in the Diesel Mechanics contest. Jacob Schaeffer from Winters Mill High School earned a Gold Medal and Dan Martin from South Carroll High School earned the Silver Medal. 

The following students from the Carroll County Career and Technology Center participated in the State SkillsUSA Championships:

  • Brittany Zaruba and Nicole Faidley - Commercial Baking
  • Ashley Hatfield - Cosmetology
  • Allison Rill - Culinary Arts
  • Jacob Schaeffer, George Bopst, Conner O'Donnough and Dan Martin - Diesel Mechanics
  • David Bollinger - Masonry
  • Matthew Leister - Residential Wiring
  • Amanda Carls - Cake Decorating.

All of the gold medal winners will represent Maryland at the National SkillsUSA championships to be held in Kansas City from June 23-June 27, 2008 for the 44th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students.


The Professional Resource Center is proud to announce the first and second place winners in the Carroll County Public Schools 2008 Media Festival.

The Gallery Walk will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. in the Professional Resource Center . Photos will be on display through April 25. The Professional Resource Center is located at the Board of Education offices at 125 North Court Street in Westminster and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Center will be open until 6:00 p.m. on April 9 and 16.

Please click here for a complete list of winning entries.


The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recognized 178 teachers at the nineteenth annual Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Teacher Awards event held on Thursday, April 3, 2008, at Westminster High School. The following teachers received Outstanding Teacher Awards:

  • Gary R. Fuhrman - Century High School
  • Jennifer L. Goffena - East Middle School
  • Anne C. Kyker - Friendship Valley Elementary School
  • Claudia C. Lewis - Shiloh Middle School
  • Katie M. Nefflen - Westminster High School
  • Donna S. Reck - North Carroll Middle School
  • Janet S. Shearer - Cranberry Station Elementary School
  • Mary C. Stephens - Winfield Elementary School.

These awards recognize the excellence of the men and women who teach in the Carroll County Public School System. Any student, parent of a student, teacher, or school administrator can nominate a teacher. The nomination form included questions requiring specific examples of ways the teacher helps students apply what they have learned to real-world situations and how they inspire students to learn and build confidence and self-esteem. Nominations were judged on the degree to which the candidates exhibit qualities of excellence. Teams of judges comprised equally of both retired teachers and members of the business community reviewed the nominations.

The Carroll County Teacher of the Year will be chosen from among the eight teachers receiving the Chamber's Outstanding Teacher Award. That candidate will be Carroll County 's representative for the Maryland Teacher of the Year program. The Carroll County Public Schools Education Foundation will award the Carroll County Teacher of the Year with $1,000 to be used for an educational project or program of his or her choice. This is the second year that the Foundation will honor the outstanding Teacher of the Year with a monetary donation.


Steven Krouse, a physical education teacher at Cranberry Station Elementary School , is partnering with the Carroll County Public Schools Education Foundation to provide automated external defibrillators (AED) in elementary and middle schools.

At the present time, AEDs are required only in high schools. Carroll County would be one of the first Maryland metropolitan area school systems to place AEDs in all of its schools. Baltimore County has them in every school, and Anne Arundel is moving in that direction.

As part of this program, entitled Heart Smart Schools , each school would receive an AED to be housed in cabinets mounted to the wall in hallways and easily accessible to locations used by the public. The AEDs are not only for use during the school day, but at any time the building is being used for school or community activities.

The project came about as a result of Mr. Krouse's Administrative Certification coursework with McDaniel College . He was looking for a project that would involve reaching out to the community and involving them more with the school system. He had the idea because he was aware of several students, faculty, and parents with heart conditions. “I think it's important to be able to have the ability and equipment to help them if something goes wrong,” Krouse said. “The AEDs are easy to use and it makes sense to have them in case of an emergency.”

The cost of the project will be approximately $64,000, or $2,000 per school. Donations can be made via a credit card or a check payable to the CCPS Education Foundation. Please indicate in a letter or on the memo section of the check that it is for the Heart Smart Schools Program. For additional information, please contact Steven Krouse at skkrous@k12.carr.org .


Craig Walker, Coordinator of Facility Use, Activities and Athletics at Francis Scott Key High School, has successfully completed the process of becoming a Certified Master Athletic Administrator.

This certification program, which is administered by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), identifies those administrators nationally who demonstrate exemplary knowledge, contributions, and ongoing professional development in the field of interscholastic administration.

Walker completed leadership training courses in the areas of philosophy, organization, principles, strategies, methods, and legal issues, as well as additional course work in management and leadership. The voluntary certification process includes a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience, NIAAA leadership courses, and professional contributions. The process culminates with a practical written project.

Walker began his career in Carroll County as a physical education teacher in 1987. He served as Athletic Director of Century High School from 2000 to 2006, and has been the Athletic Director at Francis Scott Key High School since 2006. He has coached football, baseball, girls' basketball, and golf during his years in Carroll County.


John Piper, North Carroll High School head varsity boys' lacrosse coach, is the recipient of the 2007 Gerald J. Carroll, Jr., Exemplary Coaching Award winner. The Award was presented at the 2008 US Lacrosse National Convention in Philadelphia .

The Carroll Award is presented to the national boys' high school coach of the year and is dedicated “in memory of Gerald J. Carroll, Jr., who spent a good part of his brief 46 years playing and coaching lacrosse. Greater than his love for the sport, however, was his commitment to give back to the young, and the lifetime of lessons he took from the game.”

This award honors those coaches who exemplify the ideals of the game as is inscribed on the plaque – “In recognition of Coach Piper's support for players in their growth as young adults and leaders on and off the playing field, and whose success is best measured not in victories but in the care and guidance given to the balanced development of young men who play the game.”

Piper has served as a volunteer, assistant, and head coach at the high school level for approximately 15 years.


The Foundations of Technology program at North Carroll High School has been recognized as one of less than 50 programs worldwide to earn the prestigious Program Excellence Award. The award is sponsored by the International Technology Education Association (ITEA), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and Paxton/Patterson. The Program Excellence Award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and their students.

The North Carroll High School Technology Education program is coordinated by Dick Weaver (Department Chair), Aaron Geiman, Mark Smith, Steve Shepler, Bob Bierman, Doug Hanewinckel, and Al Deming. North Carroll piloted the course Foundations of Technology using a collaborative model. The school team worked to develop a common syllabus, review standards, discuss assessment techniques, and work out issues related to student rotations between instructors.

The key to the success of this pilot was teacher collaboration. Breaking the course into themes allowed teachers to teach to their strengths and interests – invoking excitement by the teachers that radiated to the students. Due to the pilot's success, this model was duplicated during the 2007-2008 school year by other high schools within Carroll County Public Schools.

North Carroll High School was recognized with other outstanding programs from across the United States during the 70 th annual ITEA conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Ted McNett, a teacher at Winters Mill High School, has been recognized as one of 40 teachers worldwide to earn the prestigious Teacher Excellence Award from the International Technology Education Association (ITEA). The Teacher Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to Technology Education classroom teachers and is presented in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the profession and their students.

McNett teaches Foundations of Technology and Advanced Technology Education courses at Winters Mill High School within the Math, Science, and Technology Academy . He has been an instrumental leader for high school Technology Education in Carroll County and in Maryland . Over the last few years, McNett worked with Maryland teachers, the Maryland State Department of Education, and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Technology and Science to refine the national model course guide “Foundations of Technology.”

McNett was recognized with other outstanding teachers from across the United States during the 70 th annual ITEA conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Patricia Levroney, Minority Achievement Liaison for Carroll County Public Schools, is the recipient of the 2008 Carroll County Human Relations Commission Award.

The award will be presented at the Human Relations Commission's 16th annual awards dinner on Monday, March 31, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will be held at the New Windsor Conference Center, Zigler Hall, located at 500 Main Street in New Windsor. The guest speakers will be Karen Ganjon, Director of Minority Achievement and Intervention Programs, and Margaret Kulow, Supervisor of Intervention Services, both with Carroll County Public Schools.

Members of the community are invited to attend. For more information and reservations, please contact the Human Relations Commission at 410-795-8521. The cost is $20. Reservations and payment are due by March 10, 2008.


Carroll County Public Schools has established a Fraud Hotline. Citizens wishing to provide information to the Superintendent of Schools about potential fraud, waste, or abuse of resources may do so by calling 410-386-1668. The call automatically goes to a voice mailbox that is monitored on a daily basis. The information reported is reviewed by the Superintendent of Schools. Callers may leave contact information or remain anonymous. All information will remain confidential.


Carroll County Public Schools is accepting applications for the CCPS Prekindergarten Program. Applications will be available beginning March 3, 2008 for the 2008-2009 school year. Children must be four (4) years old by September 1, 2008 and meet program criteria to qualify for services. Students attend class five days a week for two and one-half hours per day. Applications are available at all CCPS elementary schools. You may also call the Department of Minority Achievement and Intervention Programs at 410-751-3353 for more information. There are nine regional sites designated for 2008-2009.


Students from Cranberry Station Elementary, Manchester Elementary, and Oklahoma Road Middle Schools will be recognized as winners in the seventh annual Together We're Better poster and essay contest conducted by The Arc of Maryland.

The contest was held in conjunction with National Inclusive Schools Week in December to help schools celebrate the diverse abilities of all students and to highlight the importance of providing equal opportunities for children with disabilities.

Both the poster and essay contests asked students to share why inclusive schools are important and how students with disabilities contribute to their schools and communities. Elementary classes in public, parochial, and private schools in Maryland completed a class project to create a poster, while middle and high school students submitted original essays.

Kathy Rollings' fourth grade class at Cranberry Station Elementary School and Paul Fitzsimmons' third grade class at Manchester Elementary School received Honorable Mention in the poster contest. Three seventh grade students from Oklahoma Road Middle School were winners in the essay contest in the middle school category: Austin Fry, first place; Meg Heffner, second place; and Sammy Showman, third place.

The winners have been invited to an awards reception on February 19, 2008, at the Loews Hotel in Annapolis where they will receive their prizes, as well as House and Senate Citations. Essay winners will receive cash awards and poster winners will receive a class party and teacher gift certificates. Winning posters will be displayed in the parade of posters at the reception.

The Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education, and the Maryland Department of Disabilities partnered with The Arc of Maryland to sponsor the contest.

Please visit www.thearcmd.org and click on Programs/Education Advocacy to read the winning essays and view the posters.


East Middle School has been named a 2008 Maryland School of Character. This is the second year in a row that East Middle School has received this award.

The Maryland Schools of Character awards program is sponsored by the Maryland Center for Character Education and the Character Education Partnership. It recognizes schools or districts that demonstrate outstanding school climate and academic performance. The two state winners were chosen by a panel of independent reviewers who have been involved in character education and student development for many years.

East Middle School will advance to the national level competition as Maryland 's nominee for the National School of Character awards program. Additional information on the national competition is available at www.character.org.

Formal announcements and presentations will be made during the Maryland Center for Character Education's awards luncheon in September, 2008.


The McDaniel College Office of Multicultural Services received over 100 essays from Carroll County Public Schools for the Martin Luther King, Jr. writing contest. The students and their families will be honored at McDaniel College 's MLK Ceremony on Monday, February, 4, 2008. For more information, please contact Zephia Bryant, Director of Multicultural Services (410-857-2791).

The winners of this year's contest are Kevin Hudson of Century High School , Maya Koepke of Sykesville Middle School, and Alexander Stoneroad of Freedom Elementary School . All winners will receive a cash prize and a gift bag.

This year's Honorable Mentions are Danielle Hise of Westminster High School , Caroline Plescia of Sykesville Middle School , Tess Lawrence of Sykesville Middle School , Ryan Kovack of Freedom Elementary School , and Megan Wright of Freedom Elementary School . These students will receive a commemorative MLK T-shirt from the King Center in Atlanta , Georgia and a gift bag.

High school students were asked to write about how they thought Dr. King would respond to local, national and global issues such as youth violence, the Jenna 6, and the conflict in the Middle East (or other local, national and global issues). They were also asked to include what Dr. King would expect from the youth of the 21 st century. Middle school students were asked to write a letter or speech as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did voicing their opinion and outlining action steps to respond to the same issues. Elementary school students were asked to think about how Dr. King practiced non-violence in an effort to create a beloved community. They wrote about steps they would take to create peace in their school, community and beyond.


The Carroll County Public School System will be holding its Summer Enrichment Program again this year for interested students. This is the 26 th year the program has been in existence. It is a one-of-a-kind program in that Carroll County is the only school system in Maryland to have a countywide summer enrichment program.

The program is open to any student in the county. However, it is suggested that that the student have an average to above average grade level equivalency because of the reading involved in the courses.

The Summer Enrichment Program allows students to take courses that are not only important to them, but classes that are of high interest to them. Course offerings include such subjects as science, art, Roman history, bird watching, French, musical theater and the Chesapeake Bay. One class, entitled Around the World in Nine Days , allows students to sample nine countries and cultures in nine days and culminates with a field trip to the Statue of Liberty. Greeced Lightning is a new course this year for grades 3, 4, and 5. The class will take students through a nine-day discovery tour of Ancient Greece.

This is the second year that courses will be offered to kindergarten students. New classes for kindergarten students include Exploring with Math, Animal Kingdom, and Scholastic Key, a class where students will learn how to use technology in a fun, kid-friendly way. Other new classes have been added at most levels.

The program will consist of a nine-day session at Friendship Valley Elementary School , followed by a nine-day session at Linton Springs Elementary School .

Session 1 runs from June 23-27, June 30-July 3
Session 2 runs from July 8-11, July 14-18.

The first session is designed primarily for students in the north section of the county, while the second nine-day session is designed primarily for students in the south section of the county. However, any student in any area may sign up for any course as long as they are in the appropriate grade.

Program booklets, complete with course listings and registration information, are available in all schools or can be obtained by calling Dick Thompson, the Coordinator for the Summer Enrichment Program, at West Middle School , 410-751-3661. The deadline for registration is February 25. The registration fee for the program is $95.00 with the exception of the Carroll County Farm Museum Apprenticeship, which will be $100.00. Checks should be made out to Carroll County Public Schools – Summer Enrichment Program.


Each year, the Maryland State Legislature invites high school students throughout the state to serve as pages on the floor of the House of Delegates and Senate. The students who will represent Carroll County during the 2008 Legislative Session are Arianna Franca, South Carroll High School; Stephen Gonski, Liberty High School; Alexandra Wunder, Francis Scott Key High School; and Lauren Baranauskas, North Carroll High School . Courtney Sibiga of North Carroll High School will serve as an alternate.

Each year, 120 pages and 36 alternates are selected by the state's local school systems to participate in the Maryland General Assembly Student Page Program. Eligible students must be Maryland residents and seniors in high school to apply. Carroll County is allotted four Pages and one Alternate based on the 12th grade public and nonpublic student enrollment.

Selected students work for two non-consecutive weeks at the State House in Annapolis assigned to either the House of Delegates or the Senate. Pages assist Delegates and Senators by keeping the members' bill books up-to-date, distributing materials on the floor to the members, running errands, answering the phone and delivering messages.


Debbie C. Buenger, a physical education teacher at Northwest Middle School, has been selected as the Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year for the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).   Buenger received the state level Teacher of the Year award in 2006.

The AAHPERD/NASPE Eastern District encompasses fourteen states from Maryland to Maine , including the District of Columbia , the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico . One physical education teacher is selected from each level – elementary, middle, and high school – from each district. These teachers are the District representatives and are considered National Teachers of the Year for their district.

According to the award criteria, a recipient must conduct a quality physical education program, utilize various teaching methods, and plan innovative learning experiences to meet the needs of all students. The teacher also must serve as a role model for personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, sportsmanship, and sensitivity to the needs of students. The teacher also is expected to participate in professional development opportunities and provide service to the profession through leadership, presentations, and/or writing.

Buenger will receive the award at the Eastern District Association's conference to be held in Rhode Island from February 27 to March 1, 2008. She then will be eligible for the national award, to be presented during the AAHPERD convention in Fort Worth , Texas in April.


Three Carroll County schools were recognized by the state of Maryland for meeting the highest standards for school maintenance for the 2006-2007 school year. The following schools received Governor's Citations for Superior Maintenance:

  • Carroll Springs School
  • Friendship Valley Elementary School
  • Manchester Elementary School.

Schools undergo an inspection that involves grading from Poor to Superior in 35 areas and systems both inside the school and out. The school ranking is based upon the average of the 35 ranked systems.

According to Ray Prokop, Director of Facilities, “We feel that there is a direct correlation between working and teaching conditions and student achievement. All of the credit for the Governor's recognition should go to the custodial and maintenance staff throughout Carroll County Public Schools.”

The Citations were awarded during the Board of Public Works meeting held in Annapolis on January 2, 2008.


The Heavy Equipment and Truck Technology program (formerly known as Diesel Technology) at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center has received certification in Brakes, Diesel Engines, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Preventive Maintenance Inspection, and Suspension and Steering from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). 

NATEF certifies automotive, medium/heavy truck, and collision repair programs by examining the curriculum, instruction, equipment, and facility to ensure the program meets specific industry-recognized standards. Mike Wantz, the teacher for the program, was instrumental in preparing the necessary documentation and procuring the required equipment for the successful on-site evaluation. The Carroll County Career and Technology Center is one of only two centers in the state of Maryland to meet NATEF's rigorous standards for Heavy Equipment and Truck Technology.


Piney Ridge Elementary School was named as a recipient of Maryland 's 2008 Blue Ribbon School Awards. Dr. Nancy Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools, announced the award on Wednesday, December 19, at the Maryland State Department of Education.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a state and national program that recognizes and honors schools that exhibit high performance and/or significant improvement in reading and mathematics achievement as measured by Maryland 's assessments. Schools must meet rigorous standards developed by the Maryland State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. These schools are either extremely high achievers in reading and mathematics or economically disadvantaged schools exceeding norms and dramatically closing achievement gaps of their students in reading and mathematics.

Maryland can select up to six schools for recognition, based on its school-age population. The Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools go on to compete for National Blue Ribbon Awards, which will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education next September.


Robin Townsend, principal of Mechanicsville Elementary School, has been named the recipient of McDaniel College 's Joseph R. Bailer Award. This prestigious award, named for one of the college's most highly respected career educators, is presented each year to a McDaniel College master's degree recipient who has made a significant contribution to the field of education.

Townsend earned her master's degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education, as well as her certification as an administrator, at McDaniel College in 1998 while working as a physical education teacher at Mt. Airy Elementary School . She was named principal of Mechanicsville Elementary School in 2003.

Under Townsend's leadership, Mechanicsville was recognized as the Character Education School of the Year in 2004 and a Maryland Green School for 2006-2007. The Maryland State Department of Education recognized the school in 2004, 2005, and 2006 for excellence on the Maryland School Assessments. In 2006-2007, all 112 of Mechanicsville's fourth grade students scored proficient or advanced on both the reading and mathematics assessments.

The family of Joseph R. Bailer established the award to honor Bailer's career as a chairman of the McDaniel Education Department and director of the graduate program from 1949-1971. Bailer was both a mentor and an outstanding example of an educator who influenced the lives of hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to leadership roles in educational programs in Maryland and beyond. The Bailer Award rotates among the college's various certificate programs in administration, counselor education, education of the Deaf, curriculum and instruction, elementary and secondary education, school library media, reading, and special education.


Courtney L. Griffith, a junior at Westminster High School , has been named to the 2006-2007 USA Swimming Scholastic All- America Team. Certificates were awarded to Griffith, the school, and the USA Swimming Club for which she swims.

In order to receive this honor, a swimmer must be a USA Swimming member athlete who participated in an individual event at a major meet in the last year. The swimmer also has to have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and has to have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. In addition to these requirements, the athlete had to be nominated by a USA Swimming member or coach. Individual achievement in the classroom and in the pool has been recognized by USA Swimming since 1986.

As the national governing body for competitive swimming in the United States , USA Swimming formulates the rules, implements policies and procedures, conducts national championships, disseminates safety and sports medicine information, and selects athletes to represent the United States in international competition. USA Swimming has more than 300,000 members nationwide and sanctions more than 7,000 events each year. For more information, visit usaswimming.org.


Sophomore Christopher Jon Anderson was named the Westminster High School volunteer of the year in the 2008 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. In addition, Junior Dana Mangano received a Certificate of Merit for her volunteer community service.

Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the awards recognize outstanding community service by young Americans. Chris Anderson is now eligible for the Maryland youth volunteer of the year awards. Two State Honorees, one middle school student and one high school student, will be named in February. Each will receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion, and a trip to Washington , D.C. , for recognition ceremonies with a parent or guardian next May. Other honorees will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.

At the Washington event, ten National Honorees will be named by a distinguished national selection committee, and each will receive an additional $5,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for his or her school or organization, and a $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of his or her choice.

Anderson 's volunteer project involved renovating and increasing handicap accessibility at the outdoor break area at the ARC of Carroll County. Raising over $3000, organizing volunteers, planning the renovations, and logging over 350 hours on the project both on and off-site, Chris helped to make the facilities user-friendly to both staff and clients of the ARC. He plans to continue to work with the ARC of Carroll County on other service projects and fundraising. As Chris said, “You must be totally committed in what you are doing. You can't just hit it once and walk away. We all can make a difference and mine started with a plan to improve an outdoor break area.”

“These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate – that volunteering within the community is an essential part of one's life, “ said NASSP Executive Director Gerald Tirozzi.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are supported by Girl Scouts of the USA, National 4-H Council, American Red Cross, YMCA of the USA, the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network and many other national youth, service, and education organizations.


Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools Charles Ecker was honored at the 2007 Citi Salute to Friends of Maryland Education Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 14, at 11:30 a.m. at the Tremont Grand in Baltimore , Maryland .

The award honors the outstanding contributions of those in the public and private sector to Maryland public schools. Dr. Ecker will be honored for his outstanding leadership in public education, most recently as Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools. He is also being honored for his 43 years of dedicated public service and helping to enrich the lives of Maryland students.

Dr. Ecker continues to be an outstanding leader in education in Maryland . As Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools, he has continued to guide schools to greater heights of accomplishment through his belief that all students can succeed in an environment of high expectations.

Under his leadership and through his role as board member for the Maryland Council on Economic Education, Carroll County is among the first local school systems in the state to require students to pass a half-credit financial literacy course to graduate. This effort speaks to his continuing commitment to see all children be successful in their role as students and in their role as well-rounded, productive citizens.

In his tenure as a public servant, Dr. Ecker served 43 years as a professional educator in Howard, Prince George 's, and Carroll counties. He previously served two years as Interim Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools and served as Assistant Superintendent of both the Carroll County and Prince George 's County Public School Systems, as well as Deputy Superintendent of Howard County Public Schools. In 1988, Dr. Ecker was selected as one of the top 100 high school administrators in the nation. In his role as a political leader, Dr. Ecker was elected to two terms as Howard County Executive, where he was well-known for fiscal responsibility and strong leadership during the growth years characterized by tremendous economic development.

Dr. Ecker has been asked to serve on many education-related committees because of his vast experience and ability to work collaboratively. He served on the Governor's Taskforce on School Construction from 1990 -1992 and in 2003 was a member of the Task Force to Study Public School Facilities. In 2004, Dr. Ecker served on the Task Force on Comparable Testing Methods for the Maryland High School Assessments and served on the Governor's Commission on Quality Education. He was also Vice-Chair for the Subcommittee on Global Best Practices in Education. Dr. Ecker is highly regarded among his colleagues and continues to be a leader in Maryland education and the community.

The Citi Salute to Friends of Maryland Education Awards honor individuals and organizations for their dedication to the education of children in Maryland . Past recipients include Dr. Benjamin Carson and Governor William Donald Schaefer.


The Francis Scott Key High School FFA Chapter had three teams compete in the Career Development Events held at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis from October 24-27, 2007.

The Horse Evaluation team placed 12 th and earned gold recognition for their efforts. Team members were Drew Cashman, Colleen Slevin, Claire Bennett, and Troy Bennett. Individually, Drew and Colleen received gold awards with Claire receiving silver and Troy receiving bronze.

The Dairy Cattle Evaluation team placed 15 th and earned silver recognition. Team members were Derek Lease, Austin Schwartzbeck, John Loy, and Ashley Hevner. Derek and Austin earned gold individual awards, while John and Ashley received silver.

The Livestock Evaluation team placed 37 th and earned bronze recognition. Team members were Jason Talbert, Matt Talbert, and Kellen Troop. Individually, Matt and Jason received silver awards and Kellen received bronze.

Two graduates of Francis Scott Key High School earned their American FFA Degree during the convention. Jolene McKenzie and Amy Ridinger received the degree, which is the highest award given to a member of the FFA.


Guidance counselors Kelly Doolan of Parr's Ridge Elementary School and Diane DeAtley of Mt. Airy Middle School have established a peer mentoring program between the two schools.

The program is entitled B.U.D.S. , which stands for Building Understanding During School . This is the first year for the program, which receives financial support from the Mt. Airy Kiwanis Club. Selected seventh graders will provide assistance to second grade students once a week during the school year. Six middle school students have been taught how to teach lessons to six second graders about how to be peacemakers.

In conjunction with the peer mentoring program, Mt. Airy Middle School has a Mentor Club. Community members visit the school once a week to meet with sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. Mentors and students are matched after taking an Interest Inventory. Fifteen students and fifteen mentors are participating in the program, which is currently in its third year. The Mentor Club also holds monthly meetings to celebrate special occasions, such as birthdays, and to celebrate successes.

According to Diane DeAtley, “I'm a firm believer in mentoring. It is a win-win for everyone involved. I was mentored for four years in college and because of this experience I want to give back and be a mentor myself.” Kelly Doolan says, “I'm really excited to watch relationships develop. I hope that this connection and the focus on peacemaking skills will help the second graders to be effective problem solvers in their daily lives.”

Next year, DeAtley will assign sixth graders to mentor the second graders at Parr's Ridge. The peer mentors will follow these students through third and fourth grades at Mt. Airy Elementary. It is hoped that these students, who were mentored, will mentor first graders at Parr's Ridge when they are in the fifth grade. The cycle will continue with these mentors through the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. The names of these helping students will be sent to South Carroll High School when they leave Mt. Airy Middle School.


The Carroll County Public Schools 2007 Comprehensive Master Plan Update is now available on the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12.org . Click on the link entitled CCPS Comprehensive Master Plan Update 2007 on the home page.

The centerpiece of the Update is the Strategic Action Plan, which details the specific actions the school system will take during the year to support state and local goals. This year's Update also includes information on student performance, financial and spending reports for federal and state grants, and initiatives and data related to professional development, safe schools, kindergarten and prekindergarten facilities.

In addition to the Comprehensive Master Plan Update, individual school improvement plans from each school in the county are also available on the CCPS website by accessing the Bulletin Board under What's New in CCPS.


Several Carroll County Public School System social studies staff members have been selected to work with the state of Maryland and the National Park Service in Harpers Ferry to create a curriculum based on the history of the Mason-Dixon Line. The Carroll County staff also will be working with staff from the Frederick and Washington County school systems.

In addition to creating a curriculum, the educators have been asked to determine what artifacts, displays, and signs should be a part of the Mason-Dixon Discovery Center . The goal of the project is to develop a visitor experience that is accessible to the general public, but at the same time is relevant to students who visit the Center.

The Center is a destination for national and international visitors to discover the Mason and Dixon themes and extend their stay in the area. It orients visitors to the origin of the Mason-Dixon Line and interprets the Civil War and other dramatic regional events that shaped the nation.

The following Carroll County educators are participating in the project: Celeste Saxton, Supervisor of Social Studies; Al Abbott, Assistant to Dr. Saxton; Clay Matthews, Westminster High School Social Studies Department Chair; and Donna Blackburn, Social Studies Administrative Assistant. According to Saxton, “We are very excited about this project because it is authentic student learning. It aligns with our Voluntary State Curriculum for Social Studies, as well as our curriculum here in Carroll County .”


North Carroll High School received the 2007 Technology Education High School Program Excellence Award at the Technology Education Association of Maryland conference on Friday, October 19, 2007. Dick Weaver (Department Chair), Aaron Geiman, Mark Smith, Steve Shepler, Bob Bierman, Doug Hanewinckel, and Al Deming are Technology Education and Agriscience faculty members at North Carroll who are instrumental in the program's success.

Significant changes occurred at North Carroll for Agriscience and Technology Education teachers during the 2006-2007 school year. With the adoption of the Maryland Technology Education Voluntary State Curriculum (VSC) in October of 2005, Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) sought a teaching model that would promote collaboration among teachers, a focus on standards-based instruction, and a course where students would get excited about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

North Carroll High School piloted the course, Foundations of Technology, using a collaborative model. The school team worked to develop a common syllabus, review standards, discuss assessment techniques, and work out issues related to student rotations between instructors. The key to the success of this pilot was teacher collaboration. Breaking the course into themes allowed teachers to teach to their strengths and interests – invoking excitement by the teachers that radiated to the students. Due to the pilot's success, this model was duplicated during the 2007-2008 school year by other high schools within Carroll County Public Schools.

North Carroll High School 's Technology Education and Agriscience faculty will have the opportunity to represent Maryland at the 70 th annual International Technology Education Association (ITEA) conference in Salt Lake City , Utah in February 2008. During this conference, North Carroll will be recognized with other outstanding programs across the United States.


Ted McNett, Technology Education teacher at Winters Mill High School, received the 2007 Technology Education High School Teacher Excellence Award at the Technology Education Association of Maryland conference on Friday, October 19, 2007.

McNett teaches Foundations of Technology and Advanced Technology Education courses at Winters Mill High School within the Math, Science, and Technology Academy . He has been an instrumental leader for high school Technology Education in Carroll County and in Maryland . Over the last few years, McNett worked with Maryland teachers, the Maryland State Department of Education, and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Technology and Science to refine the national model course guide “Foundations of Technology.” Recently, he has also become an adjunct instructor for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for “Instructional Analysis and Curriculum Development” and “Foundations of Technology.” Locally, McNett has taken the lead as the facilitator of Advanced Technology Education curriculum revisions and was a co-facilitator of the “Foundations of Technology Curriculum Refinement Symposium.” He participates in ongoing professional development, takes the initiative to lead annual in-service sessions, and continues to be a leader in the local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiative.

McNett will have the opportunity to represent Maryland at the 70 th annual International Technology Education Association conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in February 2008. During this conference, he will be recognized with other outstanding teachers across the United States.


Three educators from Carroll County Public Schools have been selected to receive awards from the Maryland Council for the Social Studies (MDCSS).

Christine Baummer of North Carroll Middle School and Norm Shuman of Gateway School were selected to receive the MDCSS Educator of the Year Award. They were chosen based on their outstanding service to students and social studies programs in the state, outstanding professional qualities and leadership abilities, and contributions to the profession through curriculum development, teaching of other professionals, and participation in professional organizations.

Patricia Lawlor of North Carroll High School is the recipient of the Distinguished Social Studies Educator Award. This award honors those select educators around the state who have devoted their professional lives to social studies education.

The awards will be presented at the organization's annual conference on Friday, October 19, 2007, at Patterson Mill Middle/High School in Harford County .

The Maryland Council for the Social Studies promotes the teaching of social studies, supports research and investigation in the social sciences, and sponsors public discussions and programs on its web page. It also supports the publication of articles, reports and surveys and sponsors cooperative activities with others interested in the advancement of social studies education.

DeAtley Receives Award from Maryland School Counselor Association

Diane DeAtley, a guidance counselor at Mt. Airy Middle School, has been selected as the Maryland School Counselor Association's (MSCA) School Counselor of the Year for middle/junior high schools.

MSCA presents a School Counselor of the Year Award to an elementary school counselor, a middle/junior high school counselor, high school counselor, and post secondary counselor. The purpose of the award is to recognize school counselors for outstanding achievement and service to students in communities across the state of Maryland . Nominees for the award must possess the personal characteristics thought to be desirable in a school counselor and must be responsible for innovation in guidance and counseling programs, providing leadership in further development of existing guidance and counseling services, and/or performing outstanding service to the school community.

DeAtley has been a guidance counselor at Mt. Airy Middle School since 1995. She established a successful mentor program entitled “Together We Can Reach the Stars”, which has received statewide recognition. She also coordinates the school's peer mediation and peer tutoring programs at the school. She engages both her students and the school community to impact student achievement.

DeAtley has been active in the international education community as a participant in the People to People Ambassador Program and has traveled as an educational delegate to New Zealand , Australia , and China . Most recently, she presented her mentoring program at the 2006 US-Russia Joint Education Conference in St. Petersburg , Russia .

According to Judy Klinger, Supervisor of Guidance, “Mrs. DeAtley is the utmost school counseling professional. She at all times has the best interest of the students in mind in the most creative ways and demonstrates a passion for her profession that takes her beyond her own school community.”

DeAtley will receive the award at the MSCA fall conference, to be held from October 17-19, 2007 at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel.


The Baltimore Ravens, in conjunction with the National Football League, recognized North Carroll High School varsity football coach Jeff Oeming as their High School Coach of the Week for Week 5 of the 2007 season.

Each week during the season, the Ravens honor a Baltimore-area high school football coach who makes a significant impact on his athletes. The recipient is selected by a panel of high school experts. Each coach receives a $2,000 donation toward the school's football program, as well as an award certificate signed by Ravens Coach Brian Billick, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Director of Football Development Gene Washington.

Coach Oeming will also be invited to the Ravens' December 9 game against the Indianapolis Colts, where the Ravens High School Coach of the Year award will be presented.


Jerry Spratt, Coordinator of School Safety for Carroll County Public Schools, has been selected to receive the American Lung Association of Maryland's 2007 Distinguished Service Award in the field of Clean Air. This award is presented to an individual whose leadership and dedication has helped to make an impact on the mission of the American Lung Association of preventing lung disease and promoting lung health.

Spratt was selected to receive this award because of his commitment to implementing the Tools for Schools Program in Carroll County Public schools. Despite the challenge of organizing and managing a new program, Mr. Spratt demonstrated total determination and enthusiasm, as well as serving as a reference for other districts interested in the Tools for Schools program. Through Mr. Spratt's efforts, Carroll County Public Schools achieved 100% compliance with the Indoor Air Quality (IAC) coordinators. Due to his support, the American Lung Association of Maryland has been able to successfully implement the Tools for Schools program and organize an IAQ district team within Carroll County Public Schools.

Spratt began his career with Carroll County Public Schools in October 1984. He was named School Safety Coordinator in 2003.


Beginning October 1, 2007, all middle school students in the Carroll County Public School System will be participating in a fitness challenge called “Go the Extra Mile.” The goal of the challenge is to teach students the importance of lifelong fitness.

According to Jim Rodriguez, Supervisor of Secondary Physical Education and Athletics for Carroll County Public Schools, “The school system recently purchased cardiovascular equipment for all middle schools to address the growing rate of obesity in younger students and to encourage students to learn about and experience the benefits of exercise.”

During the challenge, middle school students will use this equipment to walk 100 miles during the school year. Ninety-nine miles represents the distance a person would travel to all of the county's middle schools. The additional mile represents students “going the extra mile” for fitness and in life. Each student will keep a personal mileage log to verify their miles. It is hoped that students will continue on the path to a lifetime of fitness after the challenge is completed.

The school system would like to award prizes and recognize students who complete the challenge. Businesses that would like to partner with the school system in this initiative to support a healthy lifestyle and combat childhood obesity can contact Jim Rodriguez at 410-751-3059 or jarodri@k12.carr.org .


Dr. Charles Ecker, Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools, is asking staff, students, parents, and members of the community to submit questions for the television program A Conversation with Dr. Ecker. During this interview program, which airs on CETV – Channel 21, Dr. Ecker discusses a variety of current topics and issues facing the school system.

If you have any questions or topics you would like to have addressed, please contact the Office of Community and Media Relations in writing at publicinfo@k12.carr.org or 125 North Court Street, Westminster, MD 21157.


The Francis Scott Key High School FFA Livestock Evaluation Team placed first in the Maryland FFA state competition held on August 11, 2007. They will be representing the state of Maryland at the National FFA Convention during the last week of October. Team members were Matt Talbert, Jason Talbert, and Kellen Toop. 

At the competition, participants completed a written exam and cooperatively determined keep/cull classes for market and breeding usage, based on physical characteristics and records. They also gave oral reasons explaining their placing of various classes.


Patricia Richardson and Carolyn Scott have been named as members of the Carroll County Public Schools Education Foundation Advisory Board.

Patricia Richardson became Publisher of the Carroll County Times in June 2007. In this capacity, she is responsible for the overall performance of the Carroll County Times ; weekly publications The Advocate of Westminster and Finksburg, The Advocate of Eldersburg and Sykesville, and the Community Times serving northwest Baltimore County; monthly magazines Carroll Families, Carroll Seniors, and Purchasing Power; Carroll County Times Online, and all editions of Homes Magazine . Prior to joining the Times , Richardson was the advertising director for Landmark Community Newspapers, the Times ' parent company, for three years. She was responsible for the advertising performance of 124 publications and 18 printing plants and served as a regional manager for six Landmark publications. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Maine and will complete her master's degree in business administration at the University of Louisville in 2007.

Carolyn Scott was a member of the Board of Education of Carroll County from 1989 to 1998. During that time she served two terms as vice-president and one term as president of the Board. As a Board member, she played an active role in the Maryland Association of Boards of Education, where she was a member of the Executive Committee and served as president, president-elect, treasurer, and secretary. She holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree, both from Western Maryland College. Scott is currently a columnist for the Carroll County Times . She is a Board member of the Red Cross, the Community Foundation of Carroll County, and the Historical Society of Carroll County. She also serves on the Leadership Committee for Mission of Mercy. In 2007, Scott and her husband, Dr. Robert Scott, were named Philanthropists of the Year – Family by the Community Foundation of Carroll County.

The CCPS Foundation Advisory Board serves as the chief governing body for the Foundation and is solely responsible for its operation. The Advisory Board has responsibility for the endowment of the Foundation, develops and approves the Foundation's budget, and recommends to the Community Foundation expenditures and investments necessary to support the purposes of the Foundation. The Board also works with the Community Foundation to establish and achieve fundraising goals that enhance private support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and community organizations.


Eldersburg Elementary School has been awarded the Parent Involvement Certificate of Excellence Award from the National PTA. Receiving this certification is a symbol of parents, staff, and community members working together to achieve the common goal of helping children succeed.

The Certificate of Excellence Award is presented in recognition of outstanding parent involvement practices and for demonstrating that it takes the dedication of the principal, teachers, parents, students, and representatives from the community for a school to excel. The selected school also must have successfully implemented the National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs.

The Eldersburg Elementary School PTA was recognized for its efforts to increase parent involvement in the school and for its parent advocacy programs, as well as partnering with the community to support school programs. The PTA's sponsorship of curriculum-related field trips and Junior Achievement programs was also instrumental in receiving the award.


Gary Davis, Chief Information Officer of Carroll County Public Schools, was re-elected as Chairman of the Carroll County Public Network (CCPN) consortium at the July meeting. Davis has been with Carroll County Public Schools since January of 2002. He previously spent 16 years at ACT, Inc. in Hunt Valley, Maryland as Director of Information Services.

The CCPN was officially formed in 2003 when Carroll County Government, Carroll County Public Schools, Carroll County Public Library, and Carroll Community College signed a Memorandum of Understanding that created the consortium. The membership of the CCPN is made up of the staff from the Information Technology Departments of the four organizations.

The CCPN's focus is to enhance Carroll County's telecommunications opportunities through the implementation of innovative technologies, to eliminate duplication of effort, to reduce the overall financial expense of operation and maintenance through consolidation and economies of scale, and to serve as a contact point on data communications and infrastructure for officials, managers, and technicians among the partnership. The CCPN is working to close the digital divide for Carroll County citizens through the cooperation of public agencies so that the Partners may better communicate with citizens, attract economic development to the region, improve the services and general quality of life, and prepare students and the community for success in the 21 st century.

The county-wide fiber-optic network is the CCPN's largest undertaking, which was originally conceived as a joint effort of Mr. Davis and Carroll County Public Schools and Dr. Robert Wack and the Cable Regulatory Commission. Skyline Network Engineering of Eldersburg was awarded the Engineering and Project Administration contract for this project earlier this year.

At the July meeting, Bob Kuntz of Carroll County Public Library was elected Vice-Chairman, and Mark Ripper of Carroll County Government was elected as Secretary.


The Francis Scott Key High School FFA Horse Evaluation Team placed first at the Maryland FFA state career development event held during the week of July 23, 2007. Team members Claire Bennett, Troy Bennett, and Drew Cashman placed first, seventh, and eleventh, respectively, and will represent the Maryland FFA Association at the national convention in Indianapolis during the last week in October.

Members of the team evaluated and ranked horses on breed characteristics, conformation, and performance. They also worked cooperatively to complete problems related to equine selection, management, nutrition, and production and gave oral reasons explaining their placing of various classes.


Carroll County Public Schools offers career and technology education programs in business, agriscience, marketing, allied health, trade, industrial and technical education, family and consumer sciences, and technology education. Business, marketing, agriscience, family and consumer science and technology education programs may be offered in each of the county's seven high schools. Trade and industry and technical programs are offered at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center and South Carroll High School. An allied health program is available at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center. These programs are open to students who are in the grade levels served by the programs and who are interested in and qualify for these educational program options.

At the Carroll County Career and Technology Center and at the Career and Technology Center at South Carroll High School, students receive specialized career training and education, as well as earning credits toward high school graduation. Students may enroll in grades 11 and/or 12 in the centers' competency-based programs, provided they meet prerequisites for specific courses. Students enrolled in the programs at the centers are also enrolled concurrently in their home schools in order to complete graduation requirements and participate in extracurricular activities. School bus transportation is provided for the students from the home schools to and from the centers. A support service team is available to work with those disadvantaged and handicapped students who need additional assistance in order to be successful in their career and technology education program. For details about programs, contact the guidance office at each high school.

Carroll County Public Schools provides career and technology education opportunities without regard to sex, race, color, religious belief, national origin, or disabilities. The Title IX Coordinators are Judy Klinger and Jim Rodriguez; the Section 504 coordinator is Ray Prokop. These coordinators may be reached at Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, 410-751-3000.

A Local Application for career and technology education programs has been prepared and submitted to the Maryland State Department of Education for approval. The application is available for review and/or comment by the public. Contact Marjorie Lohnes, Supervisor of Career and Technology Education, Carroll County Public Schools, (410) 751-3104 to review this application.


Eulalia Muschik, Supervisor of Food Services for Carroll County Public Schools, is the recipient of the School Nutrition Association's (SNA) Outstanding Director of the Year Award. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of school food service and nutrition directors who manage effective programs that provide healthful, appetizing and nutritious meals to students.

As Supervisor of Food Services, Muschik is responsible for all aspects of food service operations, including budgeting, staffing, training, and marketing. Muschik is starting her 25 th year with the Carroll County Public School System. Prior to coming to Carroll County, Muschik worked for the Montgomery County Public School System.

Criteria for the award include being in charge of a food services program for at least ten years, serving on at least one state or national executive board or an SNA national committee or state committee, and demonstrating involvement in the community by sharing food service knowledge and expertise. Nominees are judged on program enhancement, staff development, school involvement, and community involvement.


The Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance have recognized Taneytown Elementary School as a Physical Education Demonstration School for the state of Maryland.

Selection as a Demonstration School requires completion of a rigorous portfolio and data collection process. A site visitation team comprised of MSDE officials and physical educators from around the state was able to determine that the children at Taneytown Elementary School receive high quality physical education learning experiences that are aligned to the Maryland state physical education curriculum. The visitation team also noted the use of excellent health components in daily lessons. The team noted, “The teachers had a very well organized and well-planned curriculum that served as a positive model of professional commitment to their program, students, and school community.”

The physical education program at Taneytown Elementary School is taught by John Code and Jamie Hitchner. Taneytown joins seven elementary schools and three secondary schools around the state to receive this distinction. Taneytown will serve as a demonstration school through the 2009 school year when the school will be eligible to reapply for this prestigious status.


Carroll County Public Schools has been working in partnership with the Historical Society of Carroll County to revitalize student tours at the Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House. This house, one of the first houses built in downtown Westminster, represents life in towns and small cities of the early 1800's.

Third grade students from Freedom Elementary School visited the house on Thursday, May 10, 2007, to learn about family living and how people, places, and events have changed in Carroll County over the last 200 years. Students participated in activities and time period experiences in the gallery, parlor, dining room, master bedroom, pantry, and kitchen.

This tour supports the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum and Carroll County Public Schools' elementary social studies curriculum. Freedom Elementary School will serve as the pilot school for the new tour on May 10 th and will set the stage for future tours during the 2007-2008 school year.


The Carroll County Public School System has a Speakers Bureau designed to reach out to keep the community informed about education in Carroll County. The Speakers Bureau is comprised of school and school system staff who can provide community organizations, service clubs, and other interested groups with current information about Carroll County Public Schools.

A brochure containing a list of speakers and potential topics is available on the CCPS website at http://www.carrollk12.org/whatsnew/pdf/speakers.pdf. Arrangements for speakers may be made by contacting the Office of Community and Media Relations at (410) 751-3020 or publicinfo@k12.carr.org.


The Carroll County Public School System encourages parents to sign up for eSchoolnewsletter to receive Carroll County school news via e-mail at home and/or at work. Through this free service, parents receive school system emergency notices and news of interest, as well as their local school newsletter, parent organization updates, notices of upcoming events, and calendar reminders.

For more information or to sign up to receive information from any Carroll County public school, please visit www.eschoolnewsletter.com and click on Parents/Students.


There are many opportunities for students to apply for financial assistance to post secondary programs. Local and national scholarship applications are made available to students in Carroll County through the high school guidance and counseling offices.

Scholarship listings from each of the individual high schools in Carroll County are now available on the Carroll County Public School System's website at http://www.carrollk12.org/whatsnew/scholarships.htm. By accessing some of the links, you will be leaving the CCPS website and opening content that is beyond the school system's control.

It is possible that, due to short turnaround times and deadlines, some scholarships are announced via the school's public announcement system and, therefore, are not included in the listings. Please contact the high school guidance office for complete information regarding scholarship opportunities, specific qualifications, and deadlines.



An individual honorably discharged from military service may apply to obtain a high school diploma if the individual withdrew from a regular full-time public or private school during the individual's junior or senior year in high school to enlist in the armed forces of the United States during World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the Vietnam Conflict. To obtain a high school diploma, the individual shall apply to the Board of Education in the county where the individual resides or where the school from which the veteran withdrew was located.

Questions regarding situations pertaining to obtaining a Carroll County high school diploma should be directed to Dana Falls at 410-751-3123 or Judy Klinger at 410-751-3125.


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