Monday, January 23, 2017

January 20, 2017 What's Happening in Carroll County Public Schools

January 20, 2017 What's Happening in Carroll County Public Schools
January 20, 2017

School Holidays and Dates to Remember
Wednesday, January 25
FY 18 Budget Hearing and Board Work Session
(6:00 p.m. – Board Offices)
Thursday, January 26
Joint Meeting of Board of Education and Commissioners
 – Tech Center Feasibility Study (1:30 p.m. – Board Offices)
Special Board Meeting (3:00 p.m. – Board Offices)
Friday, January 27
Schools Closed for Students
Teachers Work on End of Marking Period Items
Non-Work Day for Instructional Assistants
Wednesday, February 1
FY 18 Budget Hearing (7:00 p.m. – South Carroll HS)
Wednesday, February 8
Board of Education Meeting and Budget Adoption
(4:00 p.m. – Board Offices)

Makerspace Monday – Shiloh Middle School

Shiloh Middle School will hold its first “Makerspace Monday” on Monday, January 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the school’s media center. Students will have an opportunity to engage in interactive stations related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). These stations encourage discovery, creativity, problem solving, and innovation with a hands-on approach.

Students will have access to exciting technology materials in the space, such as Ozobots, 3D printing, virtual reality, and much more, provided by a partnership with Carroll County Public Library. Makerspace Monday is also part of the Learning Advantage Partnership, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Space is limited to the first 30 students who return permission slips. Additional dates for Makerspace Monday are February 27, March 20, and April 24.

Contact:           Holly Fuhrman, Media Specialist; Scott Lavender, Principal, Shiloh Middle School,

Pre-Employment Transition Services Parent Meeting

The Division of Rehabilitation Services will hold a pre-employment transition services meeting for parents on Tuesday, January 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carroll Nonprofit Building in Westminster. Topics include student plans after high school, real-life work experience, and information on how to get your student signed up for afterschool programs that can improve their employability skills. Please RSVP to Cindy Senseney at by January 20th to reserve a spot.

Contact:           Cindy Senseney, Partners for Success Resource Center,

Budget Hearing Dates

The dates for public presentation, review, and input to the proposed budget are listed below:

Wednesday, January 25 - 6:00 p.m.
·         Superintendent’s Proposed FY 18 Operating Budget Public Hearing (with citizen participation) – Charles I. Ecker Boardroom, Board of Education Offices
·         Board Work Session on the Proposed FY 18 Budget (no citizen participation) immediately following Public Hearing – Charles I. Ecker Boardroom, Board of Education Offices

Wednesday, February 1 - 7:00 p.m.
·         Superintendent’s Proposed FY 18 Operating Budget Public Hearing (with citizen participation) – South Carroll High School

Wednesday, February 8 - 4:00 p.m.
·         FY 18 Operating Budget Adoption during Board of Education Meeting – Charles I. Ecker Boardroom, Board of Education Offices.

Contact:           Chris Hartlove, Chief Financial Officer, 410-386-1829

Board Meetings

The Board of Education of Carroll County and the Board of Carroll County Commissioners will hold a joint meeting on Thursday, January 26, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Carroll County Career and Technology Center Feasibility Study.             The Board also will be holding a special meeting at 3:00 p.m. for approval of the revised legislative position statements.

The meetings 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

Thirty-One Bag Bingo – Francis Scott Key High School
The Francis Scott Key High School Advisory Council will be hosting a thirty-one bag bingo on Friday, January 27, in the cafeteria. Join us for the chance to win hundreds of dollars in gift cards, a 40-inch TV, and reserved tickets to FSK’s graduation! All proceeds will benefit the school’s AP test scholarships and Character Education program. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with the first game starting at 6:45 p.m. Plan to arrive early for a chance to patronize the many vendors who will be in attendance.
Contact:           Kim Stem, Assistant Principal, Francis Scott Key High School,

Beginner Showcase Concert – Manchester Elementary School

Beginner instrumental music students in grades 4 and 5 at Manchester Elementary School will hold a beginner showcase concert on Wednesday, February 1, from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. and 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to perform for other students, friends, family, and the community.

Contact:           Kim Rees, Instrumental Music Teacher; Dodi Ritz, Instructional Assistant; Martin Tierney, Principal, Manchester Elementary School, 410-751-3410

Sensory Friendly Movie Night Out

The CCPS Autism Program will present a sensory friendly movie night out on Thursday, February 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Winters Mill High School cafeteria and media center. Children will enjoy pizza, popcorn, and the movie Finding Dory in the cafeteria. Space to move and sensory items will be available. Parents will join their children for pizza and then attend an informational session on Puberty/Adolescence or Managing Problem Behaviors at Home.

Contact:           Jason Arnold, Assistant Principal, Winters Mill High School, 410-386-1500

Talent Show – Manchester Elementary School

Students at Manchester Elementary School will showcase their talents during a talent show on Friday, February 3, at 6:00 p.m. in the school gym. The snow date will be Friday, February 10.

Contact:           Dodi Ritz, Instructional Assistant; Martin Tierney, Principal, Manchester Elementary School, 410-751-3410

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,

Mentoring Program – Sandymount Elementary School

Sandymount Elementary School has started a new mentoring program. Twenty students who would benefit from an adult mentor were matched with volunteer staff. At the kickoff, the mentors got to know their buddies and participated in team-building activities. The mentors will be offering the extra support that means so much to their students throughout the second semester by meeting with them for lunch and special activities.

Contact:           Melissa Caltrider, Instructional Assistant, Sandymount Elementary School, 410-751-3215

Volunteer Training Schedule

+ precedes a school event/activity
^ follows a school event/activity
# part of a school event/activity
Please call the number provided to confirm the scheduled training session.
January 24
Taneytown Elementary
6:00 PM
February 1
Taneytown Elementary
6:00 PM
February 1
Piney Ridge Elementary
6:30 PM
February 2
+ Cranberry Station Elem.
6:00 PM
February 2
+ Carrolltowne Elementary
6:30 PM
February 6
Ebb Valley Elementary
6:00 PM
February 6
Wm. Winchester Elem.
6:00 PM
February 13
Taneytown Elementary
6:00 PM
February 13
+ Westminster Elementary
6:00 PM
February 16
Mechanicsville Elementary
10:00 AM
February 22
+ Sandymount Elementary
6:15 PM
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