Monday, February 6, 2017

February 3, 2017 What's Happening in Carroll County Public Schools

February 3, 2017 What's Happening in Carroll County Public Schools

School Holidays and Dates to Remember
Career and Technology Education Month
Gifted and Talented Education Month
National African American History Month
February 6-10
National School Counseling Week
Wednesday, February 8
Board Work Session – Redistricting Mission and Goals, Transportation (1:00 p.m. – Board Offices)
Board of Education Meeting and Budget Adoption
(4:00 p.m. – Board Offices)
Monday, February 20
Schools/Offices Closed – Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, February 22
Board Work Session – Strategic Plan Pillars 1 & 2
(4:00 p.m. – Board Offices)

Jump Rope for Heart – Sandymount Elementary School

Sandymount Elementary School will be kicking off its Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser on Tuesday, February 7. Students will be collecting donations to benefit the American Heart Association and its fight to prevent heart disease throughout the United States.  A portion of donations collected will be used to purchase physical education equipment and instructional material. Students will also be participating in a long series of jump rope activities during the week of March 6-10 to further raise awareness about the benefits of physical activity and heart disease prevention.

Contact:           Ryan Nazelrod, Sandymount Elementary School,, 410-751-3215

NHS Fundraiser – South Carroll High School

The South Carroll High School National Honor Society will hold a fundraiser night at California Tortilla at Illiano Plaza in Mt. Airy on Tuesday, February 7, from 5 to 10 p.m. After placing your order, just inform the cashier that you are coming to benefit the South Carroll High School NHS, and California Tortilla will donate 10% of your check to the organization’s Military Appreciation Night event.

Contact:           Matthew Joseph, South Carroll High School, 410-751-3575

Board Meeting and Work Session

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold the following meetings on Wednesday, February 8, at the Board offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster:

1:00 p.m.
Board Work Session on Redistricting Mission and Goals and Transportation
4:00 p.m.
Regular Board Meeting and Budget Adoption
Citizen participation will be held during the Board meeting following administrative items and presentations. Citizens who wish to address the Board during Citizen Participation are encouraged to check the agenda prior to the meeting to determine what time the public comment portion of the meeting will begin. The agenda and back-up materials for the meeting can be found by going to the school system’s website at and clicking on Agendas and Documents under Board of Education.

The work session and Board meeting will be broadcast live on Channel 21 and streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at Click on CETV under News and Media at the bottom of the home page or go directly to:

Contact:           Carey Gaddis, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, 410-751-3020

African American History Month Activities – Manchester Valley High School

Musician, rapper, and entrepreneur Michael Yeboah, a graduate of North Carroll High School, will visit Manchester Valley High School on Friday, February 10, from 9:00 to 9:40 a.m. He will speak to students about growing up black in Carroll County and striving to fulfill a dream. He also will perform for students.

Jazz pianist and vocalist Eric Byrd will perform two shows for students, staff, and guests on Thursday, February 16. The shows will be held from 9:00 to 9:40 a.m. and 10:15 to 10:55 a.m. Byrd will perform classic songs from jazz, blues, and gospel while teaching the students about the development of black music, and hence music, in America.

Other activities during the month will include an advisory lesson on NASA’s “computers” based on the biopic Hidden Figures. To end the month, two representatives from the local chapter of the NAACP will visit students on Monday, February 27, from 9:00 to 9:40 a.m. and speak on their experiences of being black in Carroll County.

Contact:           Brian Lawyer, English Teacher, Manchester Valley High School, 410-386-1673,

Zumbathon – South Carroll High School

South Carroll High School’s International Thespian Society is sponsoring a ZUMBATHON on Saturday, February 11, from 6-8 p.m. in the SCHS cafeteria. Tickets are $10, and childcare is available onsite for $5 per child. What is a Zumbathon? A Zumbathon is a marathon of “Zumba dancing, which includes having fun and moving fast. Zumba combines Latin music, simple dance steps, and body-shaping movements. The mix of cardiovascular workout with resistance training gives participants the benefits of burning fat and calories while toning the whole body. Zumba dancing does not feel like a fitness workout!” ( South Carroll’s own Ms. Marks will be leading the Zumbathon! We look forward to dancing the night away with you! Other entertainment will include a 50/50 raffle, hula hoop contest, and best dancer contest. Healthy refreshments will also be available! Register at

Contact:           Lisa Hopwood, South Carroll High School, 410-751-3575

NHS Fundraiser – South Carroll High School

South Carroll High School’s National Honor Society will sponsor a fundraiser on Friday, February 17, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Players Fun Zone in Westminster. The cost is $10 per person for all you can play. Mention the flyer or SCHS NHS and 20% of the proceeds will go towards the organization.

Contact:           Matthew Joseph, South Carroll High School, 410-751-3575

Read Across America

The annual Read Across America – A Celebration of Reading will be held on Saturday, February 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at TownMall of Westminster. This event is sponsored by the Carroll County Education Association, Carroll Association of School Employees, and the TownMall of Westminster.

A free breakfast for children, courtesy of Hahn’s, Salerno’s, and Food Pro, will begin at 10 a.m. There will be a variety of read alouds featuring French and Spanish books, Seuss books, and the National Braille Foundation. Free books will include The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss for the first 200 children, as well as a variety of books from Random House and a book giveaway table. Other activities will include balloon art from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and magician Dave Thoman from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

There also will be face painting, a Truffula Tree seed toss, tic-tac-toe Green Eggs and Ham, and If I Ran the Zoo toss across. Children can make and take face masks of the Lorax, add their foot to the Read Across America welcome mat, color activity pages, and have photo opportunities with Seuss inspired selfie stations. They also will meet the Cat in the Hat, the Orioles Bird, and the Baltimore Ravens’ Poe.

Contact:           Celeste Jordan, Winters Mill High School, 410-386-1500,

Annie – South Carroll High School

South Carroll High School continues to present its season of classic productions with their upcoming musical, Thomas Meehan’s Annie, which will take place in the auditorium of South Carroll High School. Performances will be held on March 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7:00 p.m. and March 4 and 11 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children under 18 and may be reserved at

Annie is a young orphan who has always dreamed of finding her birth parents. However, as she ventures out of the orphanage to find them, she faces many challenges that land her back with the awful Miss Hannigan. One day she finds herself being invited to stay at the home of a billionaire over the holiday season. This story is a timeless classic of family and finding a place in the world.

South Carroll Stagelighters hopes the audience will leave feeling as though they can take on whatever ‘Tomorrow’ brings after seeing their production of Annie. The production is directed by Caitlin Adolph with technical direction by Alyson Marks.

Contact:           Caitlyn Adolph,; Alyson Marks,
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