The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. Due to social distancing guidelines, some participants will be attending virtually, and the public will not be able to attend the meeting with the exception of those who wish to speak during Citizen Participation.

Citizen Participation is scheduled on the agenda for 5:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Speakers will be allowed three minutes to address the Board. Citizens who wish to speak must adhere to the guidelines outlined below. Staff will be available to assist speakers and signs will be posted.

  • Wear a mask at all times, including when addressing the Board from the podium.
  • Enter the building through the main entrance.
  • Sign in at the desk in the lobby.
  • Wait in the lobby until your name is called. To accommodate social distancing, citizens may be asked to wait outside.

The Board of Education will continue taking public comment through the CCPS website (click on the Board of Education tab and Members) or through the US mail. Persons who wish to have their comments posted on the Public Comments page of the website should indicate so at the beginning of their email. Comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting in order to be posted prior to the meeting.

You may access the meeting by clicking on the link under “News and Notices” on the homepage. The meeting also will be broadcast live on CETV Channel 21.The agenda and back-up materials for the meeting will be available on the school system’s website by close of business on the Monday before the meeting. Click on Agendas and Documents under Board of Education.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons with regard to its employment practices and in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The CCPS does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The CCPS provides non-discriminatory access to school facilities in accordance with its policies and regulations regarding the community use of schools (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts). The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Chantress J. Baptist, Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities or the Supervisor of Community and Media Relations: Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities Management, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3177, or Carey Gaddis, Communications Officer, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 

 

Two students from the Welding program at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center have won awards in the 2020 I BUILT THIS! video contest sponsored by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Dylan Bussard (Westminster High School) won first place in the Secondary category for his video describing his project to build an entryway bench and storage for the School Resource Officer at the Technology Center. Dakota Van Cleve (Manchester Valley High School) was the runner-up for a video of her project to create a custom tailgate for her father’s pickup truck. They will receive an impressive prize package including tools, gift cards, a GoPro, and monetary awards for the students and the welding program.

The video contest is designed to promote the value of craft skills and construction as an industry of choice. It also encourages secondary and postsecondary students and trainees to showcase their building projects.

Students from the Video Production class assisted in the production of the videos. Michael Schweinsberg is the welding instructor at the Career and Technology Center.

For more information and to watch the winning videos, visit http://www.byf.org/i-built-this/.

 

 

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold a work session on the proposed FY22 Operating Budget on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. A Board updates meeting will be held immediately following the work session. These will be hybrid meetings in which Board members are present in the Boardroom. Due to social distancing guidelines, some participants may be attending virtually, and the public will not be able to attend.

The Board of Education will continue taking public comment through the CCPS website (click on the Board of Education tab and Members) or through the US mail. Comments received will be posted on the website.  However, there will be no in-person public comment for these meetings.

The work session and updates meeting will be streamed live on the CCPS website at www.carrollk12.org. You may access the meetings by clicking on the link under “News and Notices” on the homepage. The meeting also will be broadcast live on CETV Channel 21.

The Board of Education of Carroll County does not engage in discrimination that is unlawful or contrary to Maryland State Department of Education guidance on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The Board of Education of Carroll County is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons by providing an environment that supports optimal academic achievement and productive work and is free from any form of unlawful discrimination, including access to school facilities, educational programs, and extracurricular activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities Management, (410) 751-3177, or the Communications Officer, (410) 751-3020, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. 

 

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The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold an updates meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. This will be a hybrid meeting in which Board members are present in the Boardroom. Due to social distancing guidelines, some participants may be attending virtually, and the public will not be able to attend the meeting.

The Board of Education will continue taking public comment through the CCPS website (click on the Board of Education tab and Members) or through the US mail. Comments received will be posted on the website.  However, there will be no in-person public comment for this meeting.

The meeting will be streamed live on the CCPS website at www.carrollk12.org. You may access the meeting by clicking on the link under “News and Notices” on the homepage. The meeting also will be broadcast live on CETV Channel 21.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons with regard to its employment practices and in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The CCPS does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The CCPS provides non-discriminatory access to school facilities in accordance with its policies and regulations regarding the community use of schools (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts). The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Chantress J. Baptist, Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities or the Communications Officer: Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities Management, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3177, or Carey Gaddis, Communications Officer, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 


The Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee (SECAC) meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th, is being moved to December.  A revised date will be determined and shared with families soon.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nick Shockney, Director of Special Education, at (410) 751-3033. 

 

Francis Scott Key Head Football Coach Will Thompson has been named one of the Baltimore Ravens Rise High School Football Coaches of the Week.

For 12 weeks during the 2020 NFL season, the Baltimore Ravens are recognizing two Maryland high school football coaches as their Ravens High School Coaches of the Week. With the postponement of high school football in the state during Fall 2020 due to COVID-19, winners are selected based on impactful work they perform off the field with their team. Each recipient receives a $500 donation to their athletic department along with an award from Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. The Ravens work with supervisors of athletics in each Maryland county to identify honorees.

Thompson’s impact has been felt on and beyond the field. In his first season, he led a young Eagles team to the MPSSAA 1A North Playoffs. He also has organized the Western Maryland Football Coaches Clinics the past two years, providing coaches with the opportunity to learn from college-level coaches.

With college recruitment much more difficult during the pandemic, Thompson also created the Greater Baltimore Recruiting Event for high school coaching staffs to promote their student-athletes to college coaches at a one-day, one-stop event. He and his players coordinated various community service projects in the Taneytown area to support military veterans and first responders.

 

 

 

Drive-up tech support for computers loaned from CCPS only will be available on Saturday, November 14, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Century and Manchester Valley High Schools.

In order to comply with all social distancing guidelines, we will require that everyone who arrives stay in their vehicles and our staff will come to get your device and all necessary information. Masks will be required when interacting with our staff, and we will be practicing all applicable sanitizing methods when collecting and returning the devices.  You will then be directed to a parking spot where you may wait until the repair is finished.  If the technician determines that the repair will take a significant amount of time, you will be updated with a time estimate of when to return.

We hope that by offering this method of service, we will be able to serve those who we have not been able to assist remotely or who require service outside of our traditional support hours.

 

 

 

Two coaches from Carroll County Public Schools – Steve DeFeo, boys’ lacrosse coach at Westminster High School, and Brenda Strohmer, field hockey coach at Liberty High School – have been named as National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) State Coaches of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year.

DeFeo and Strohmer were recognized by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) Nomination Committee for these awards.  Their names will now be forwarded to the NFHS and will be eligible for sectional and national recognition.

Steve DeFeo won his second consecutive state title in boys’ lacrosse in spring 2019 (there was no spring 2020).

Brenda Strohmer won her second consecutive state field hockey title in 2019, the third in four years, with an undefeated season.

Unlike many of the sports with larger participation numbers across the nation, neither field hockey nor boys' lacrosse has recognition for coach of the year from the NFHS as its own sport, so each of them is under the category of "Other."

 

 

 

While our schools are unable to welcome outside visitors to help commemorate Veterans Day this year due to COVID-19 safety policies and procedures, many schools are planning virtual activities to honor those who have served our country. A sampling of these activities is listed below:

Century High School will be sharing an in-school slide show honoring Century alumni who have or are currently serving in the Armed Forces.  This will be viewed during Advisory the week of Veterans Day.

East Middle School will honor the veterans in its school community through a virtual presentation for students to view on the virtual learning day of Wednesday, November 11. Families are encouraged to send photos of veterans they would like to share.

Liberty High School is preparing a virtual presentation for students on Wednesday, November 11. The presentation, which will include photos of local veterans, will be shared during the Advisory lesson and posted on the LHS info page at https://sites.google.com/view/lhsinfopage.

Fifth grade students at Linton Springs Elementary School will be learning The Star Spangled Banner and its history.  They will also be learning and singing other patriotic songs the week of Veterans Day.

Mt. Airy Middle School will have a presentation for students and their families on Veterans Day. Students will be sharing artifacts and interviews with family members who are veterans.

North Carroll Middle School will be having a virtual assembly for students on Wednesday, November 11, at 8:20 a.m.  The assembly will include a video montage of past and present service members with connections to the school, as well as a brief history of Veterans Day.

Northwest Middle School will be honoring veterans on Friday, November 13, with a video that is being prepared by a social studies teacher. The video will be shown to all students, both those who are attending school in-person and virtually. It also will be sent to the local American Legion in Taneytown for its members to view. Northwest also will have a Missing Man Table set up on the stage in the cafeteria. Students will read about the table and explain its meaning during each lunch shift on November 9 and 12.

Shiloh Middle School is putting together a Veterans Day Video Tribute for November 11th to present to students on Veterans Day.

South Carroll High School will recognize service members in a movie/presentation which will be shared virtually on Wednesday, November 11.

Students at Sykesville Middle School will watch a short video presentation that all students will watch about Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11. The video will include an active duty soldier doing the missing man table and signifying what that means.  In addition, the school will share a list of activities that families can do at home to honor Veterans Day, including a patriotic cake recipe, pinwheels for the front yard, card making, etc.

West Middle School will be holding a virtual Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday, November 12, in honor of veterans who are part of the West Middle family. The program will include a Veterans Day photo tribute. The program will be broadcast during Flex from 8:40–9:10 a.m. and will be recorded so parents and families can view it on the school website.

Dr. Steven S. Yinger, a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, will give a presentation to kindergarten classes at Westminster Elementary School. Dr. Yinger worked as an Intelligence Officer and served two tours overseas.

Westminster High School is collecting non-perishable food and personal care items to be put in care packages for the young men and women who are serving our country in the military.

 

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The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. This will be a hybrid meeting in which some Board members are present in the Board room. However, some Board members and staff will be participating virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public will not be able to attend the meeting with the exception of those who wish to speak during Citizen Participation.

Citizen Participation is scheduled on the agenda for 5:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Speakers will be allowed three minutes to address the Board. Citizens who wish to speak must adhere to the guidelines outlined below. Staff will be available to assist speakers and signs will be posted.

  • Wear a mask at all times, including when addressing the Board from the podium.
  • Enter the building through the main entrance.
  • Sign in at the desk in the lobby.
  • Wait in the lobby until your name is called. To accommodate social distancing, citizens may be asked to wait outside.
  • After speaking, exit through the side door of the Board room.

The Board of Education will continue taking public comment through the CCPS website (click on the Board of Education tab and Members) or through the US mail. Comments received will be posted on the website.

Comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting in order to be posted prior to the meeting.

You may access the meeting by clicking on the link under “News and Notices” on the homepage. The meeting also will be broadcast live on CETV Channel 21.The agenda and back-up materials for the meeting will be available on the school system’s website by close of business on the Monday before the meeting. Click on Agendas and Documents under Board of Education.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons with regard to its employment practices and in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The CCPS does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The CCPS provides non-discriminatory access to school facilities in accordance with its policies and regulations regarding the community use of schools (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts). The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Chantress J. Baptist, Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities or the Supervisor of Community and Media Relations: Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities Management, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3177, or Carey Gaddis, Communications Officer, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

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