Miranda Walton is Ben Franklin Artist of the Month for April

L-R: Matthew Ghrist, Easton High Art Teacher; Miranda Walton, Catessa Cain, EHS Assistant Principal.

Easton High Junior Miranda Walton has been selected as the Ben Franklin Artist of the Month for April.  “Miranda’s painting is a terrific example of a value study, said Matthew Ghrist, Easton High School Art Teacher.”  The painting is the first of three paintings Foundations of Art students will create, each one focusing on important art concepts like composition, color theory, and painting processes.

Students choose a reference photo, draw and then mix a single color with black and white or it’s compliment to match the light and dark values in the picture.  “Miranda is a wonderful student, enthusiastic about learning and creating art,” added Mr. Ghrist.“We are grateful to Ben Franklin Crafts for their generous support of this program, which enables us to recognize outstanding art students here at Easton High.”

Alum Launches After School Reading Program at Chapel District

Easton High School Junior Emma Chapple is a young woman who wants to make a difference in the lives of others. She is this year’s winner of the Soroptimist International of Talbot County Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through their volunteer efforts.

Emma received the Violet Richardson Award after implementing an after school reading club at Chapel District Elementary School (CDES) in Cordova, her alma mater. This involved planning and conducting an eight-week reading club.  She held fundraisers, including used book sales, to raise enough money to start the club and to purchase books. She recruited friends, family members, teachers, and community members to invest in the project and sent letters to local Ruritan clubs, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legions, who provided financial support for this project.

L-R: Melanie Chapple (Emma’s mother), Emma Chapple, Lea Ann Robinson, Media Specialist, Chapel District Elementary; Jodi Coleman, Principal, Chapel District Elementary.

The Soroptimist Violet Richardson award included a monetary award for Emma, as well as a check for $500 for her non-profit project. Recently Emma paid a visit to Chapel District Elementary to present the check to the library.  “I loved attending CDES. I have lasting bonds with many of the teachers there and my little brother currently attends school there,” Emma explained. “I also love working with children and wanted them to become more confident in their reading skills. In addition, it is my career goal to become a teacher.”

As part of her project, Emma raised over $1000 to start the program and purchase books for at-risk children to improve their reading skills over the summer, having learned that reading on grade level by fourth grade is critical to long term success in school. She also wanted to expose children to different types of literature, as her research has shown that this can help foster a lifelong love of reading, increase vocabulary, and promote self-expression.

Emma says the impact of the project was immediate, as children enrolled in the afternoon club expressed increased enthusiasm for reading. “I have had so many children who I have worked with come up to me in the community to give me hugs and tell me how much they liked being part of my reading club,” Emma adds. “My favorite and most memorable part of my experience was the last day of the reading club when all of the kids came up to me to give me hugs and told me what their favorite book was and how much they were going to miss me.”

Library to Distribute Free Copies of Frederick Douglass’s “Narrative”

The Talbot County Free Library announced today that it will distribute 40 copies of the Bicentennial Edition of “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”—the Frederick Douglass autobiography that changed the world.  In honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Talbot County’s most famous native son, the library will be giving these copies away free as “Wandering Books.”  The idea of a “Wandering Book” is that, if you receive one, you are meant to read it and then pass it along to someone you think might enjoy it as well.  In this way, the library hopes to further spread the word of Frederick Douglass’s extraordinary life and achievements throughout Talbot County’s reading public.

Of course the library also has plenty of free copies of the “Narrative” available for check out. Moreover, the library has made sure additional copies are available for check-out online through the library’s Overdrive eResource.  Once you’ve acquired your free copy of the “Narrative,” you might want to attend one of the discussions the library plans to hold on the book.  On Monday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m., in the library’s Easton branch, and again on Thursday, May 17, at 2:30 p.m., in the St. Michaels branch, “library guy” Bill Peak will host discussions of Douglass’s most famous work.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend one of Peak’s discussions.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Bill Peak, telephone: 410-822-1626

TCPS Career and Technology Students Attain Automotive Industry Certifications

Talbot County Public Schools Career and Technology Education Pathways offer students the opportunity to earn College Credits and Industry Standard Certifications in a variety of industries and fields of study.

One of those pathways is Automotive Technician (NATEF).Successful students may attain industry certification through the National Automotive Skill Standards Assessments in Engine Performance, Maintenance Light Repair, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Repair, Brakes and Suspension & Steering.

The following students are eligible for or have earned automotive industry NATEF certifications:  Evan Cohoon, Tim Jensen, Collin Mills, David Edwards, Colby Florkewicz, Alex Morales-Donis, Seth Horney, Ben Corbin, Brad Moore, Noah Fountain, Mason Parks, Henry Brady, Michael Clark, Dan Davis, Sam Harrison.

TCPS Senior Cole Schuman Earns Fire and Rescue Certifications

Students attending high school in Talbot County have the opportunity to earn College Credits and Industry Standard Certifications students through TCPS Career and Technology Education Pathways.

One of those pathways is Emergency Medical Responder/Fire Fighter (MFRI). Successful students may obtain certification in Emergency Medical Responder, Fire Fighter I, Hazardous Materials Operations, Rescue Technician-Site Operations and Rescue Technician-Vehicle and Machinery Extrication.

Cole Schuman is a senior at Easton High School.  He attends the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute 5 days a week in Queen Anne’s County.  He is currently certified in the following:  Fire Fighter I; Hazardous Materials Operations; Emergency Medical Responder; and Maryland and National Pro Board Certification as a Fire Fighter I.

Spring Arts Celebration at Kent School

The Visual and Performing Arts program at Kent School will be in the spotlight at the opening of the Spring Arts Celebration on April 25. The public is invited to attend a Chorus performance, hear selections from the upcoming Eighth Grade Musical, Shrek, Jr. and view the All School Art Show. The opening performance begins at 6:00 pm and admission is free. Following the performance, guests are invited to view art on display throughout the school. Light refreshments will be served.

Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School said, “A rich and diverse visual and performing arts curriculum is essential to the fulfillment of our mission which is to guide children in reaching their potential for academic, artistic, athletic and moral excellence. Our Spring Arts Celebration is a testament to that commitment.” Music teacher, Kate Bennett has been working with students in every grade level at Kent School to prepare for the event. Lower School students will sing and third grade students will play recorders. Following those grade specific performances, the Kent School Chorus, an after-school program which is open to students from grades three through eight will perform. Following the Chorus performance, members for the Eighth Grade will perform a song from their upcoming musical, Shrek, Jr. Performance dates for Shrek, Jr, are May 11 and 12 at 7:30 pm. This performance is also free and the public is invited to attend.

Examples of student artwork from Preschool through Grade 8 will be on display throughout the halls of the school. Guests are invited to view the art following the musical performances. The Visual Arts curriculum at Kent School covers a wide array of media, themes, and subjects. Student work will include ceramics, mobiles, sculpture, painting, charcoal and more. Art class is frequently integrated with language arts, social studies, science or history classes. Pat Parkhurst, Art Teacher at Kent School said, “I really enjoy collaborating with my colleagues and I intentionally bring topics from history, science and literature into art. Students have a more meaningful understanding of what may inspire artists or styles of art. We know from our mind, brain and education science research, that this multi-modality teaching inspires deeper learning for all students.”

Mugele continued, “We are proud to highlight our students’ accomplishments in the arts. We truly believe that creative thought and creative problem solving are skills that must be cultivated for success as our students move into higher learning and future careers. Secondly, the connections made by students through our interdisciplinary approach to arts integration enhances learning.”

For more information about the Arts Celebration at Kent School, visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world.

Introducing Chesapeake College’s Sixth President Cliff Coppersmith

While Cliff Coppersmith has yet to move into his office in Wye Mills to begin his tenure as the sixth president of Chesapeake College, that didn’t stop the Spy from finding time with him for a quick chat on campus yesterday.

Dr. Coppersmith, who will officially assume his role in May, was in town briefly to meet with his future colleagues and pin down the logistics of moving from Montana, where he is currently serving as the dean and CEO of City College, the community college branch of Montana State University.

Coppersmith comes from a particularly unique background in community college teaching and administration, starting when he, himself, graduated as a young man from a community college in upper-state New York. Over the course of his career, he has spent nineteen years with the Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University; and Utah State University – Eastern, formerly the College of Eastern Utah.

The Spy caught up with Dr. Coppersmith at Chesapeake College’s new Health Professions and Athletics Center to talk about his experiences in higher education, some of his priorities for Chesapeake College, and his excitement in returning to the East Coast to take on the vital task leading the Mid-Shore’s community college into a new decade of service.

This video is approximately five minutes in length. For more information about Chesapeake College, please go here

Washington College Partners with Wake Forest University

Adding another strategic collaboration to its growing list of post-graduate opportunities for students, Washington College is partnering with Wake Forest University’s School of Business for students who want to pursue a master’s degree in management. The agreement will streamline the application process for WC students and will provide scholarships based on their undergraduate efforts.

“This is a terrific opportunity for Washington College students who are not business management majors but are looking at a career in management,” says Patrice DiQuinzio, Provost and Dean. “Wake Forest is seeking students with a strong liberal arts background for this program, so it’s a natural fit for us.”

The Economist in 2017 ranked Wake Forest’s program fourth in the country, with 99 percent of its graduates landing jobs within six months of graduation. The ten-month program offers students a fast-paced introduction to business concepts related to finance, marketing, operations, business analytics, accounting, economics, organization behavior, ethics, career management, and information technology. The program also stresses teamwork skills with two “action learning projects.”

Business management majors are not eligible for this program, but WC students with a minor in business management may apply. Under the agreement, Wake Forest will waive the application fee and essay, and WC students with a GPA of 3.3 to 3.99 can receive a $5,000 scholarship, 3.4 to 3.599, $10,000, and those with GPAs of 3.6 or higher can receive $15,000. Wake Forest may also boost the scholarships based on a student’s demonstrated leadership ability, internships, extra-curricular activities, and other examples of potential academic and professional success.

“We are thrilled to work with our colleagues at Washington College, and to welcome their talented and purpose-driven students to our program,” says John White, Executive Director of Enrollment Management at the School of Business. “The Master’s in Management experience values the kind of leadership, courage, and social engagement Washington College students embody.”

The partnership was developed by Charlie Kehm, Chair and Professor of Physics, who worked closely John Montana, Senior Associate Director, MA Enrollment Management at Wake Forest. It joins other post-graduate partnerships between Washington College and other institutions. In January, the College announced a strategic partnership with Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for WC graduates who want to pursue master’s programs offered through GU’s Biomedical Graduate Education. A partnership with the College of William & Mary’s School of Business enables WC students to earn a master of arts in accounting with the potential for a $10,000 scholarship, while a partnership with Loyola University offers fast-track admission after the undergraduate junior year to its Emerging Leaders MBA and masters in accounting programs.

Last fall, the College announced a new dual-degree program for environmental science and studies students at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Other dual-degree or 3:2 programs include including one in engineering with Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and programs in nursing and pharmacy with the University of Maryland School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy.

For more information about Wake Forest University’s School of Business Management program, see http://business.wfu.edu/masters-in-management/.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.

Washington College is Maryland’s First Bee Campus USA!

Washington College has become the first higher-education institution in Maryland and the 35th in the nation to be designated an affiliate of Bee Campus USA, a program designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators.

“Imperiled pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of ninety percent of the world’s wild plant and tree species. Washington College is a stellar example of the influence educational institutions can have on their students and the broader community,” said Bee Campus USA Director Phyllis Stiles upon announcing WC’s affiliation. “Their talented faculty, staff, and students offer an invaluable resource for Eastern Shore residents in seeking ways to manage ornamental landscapes in more wildlife-friendly ways.”

Students celebrate the first honey harvest at the campus garden from the campus apiary’s bees.

“By studying and supporting pollinators, students are working to realign our culture with natural forces and enhance life on this planet,” said campus garden adviser Shane Brill ’03 M’11, who three years ago helped students install an apiary in the campus garden. “They can trace the path of a bee’s flight back to the energy of the sun and, in the course of that journey, reimagine our place in the world.”

Through a Beekeeping 101 course hosted each spring by the Department of Environmental Science and Studies, students examine bee anatomy, nutrition and colony behavior, and how to establish a hive. They become empowered in the role of “bee ambassadors” for the public, and they volunteer their apicultural skills in the community with the Upper Eastern Shore Beekeeping Association.

In the campus garden, students are hands-on learning not only the mechanics of beekeeping, but also the interconnected relationships between the campus bees and the plants and flowers that sustain them–and which they also sustain—in and near the garden. Last fall, for the first time, students harvested their own honey, collecting about two gallons. And, they’ve participated in pollinator workshops with local community members to further educate people about the vital roles that pollinators play in agriculture, permaculture, and plant and human health.

Beyond maintaining the campus apiary, students involved in the campus garden program implement conservation landscapes that ensure thriving populations of pollinators in a local, resilient food system. They share their research on the college website with a growing inventory of useful plants they cultivate on campus.

In its designation as a Bee Campus, Washington College has committed to minimizing hazards to pollinators by using no neonicotinoid pesticides, and almost no glyphosate herbicide or other potentially dangerous synthetic pesticides. According to Stiles, each certified campus must reapply each year and report on accomplishments from the previous year.

For more information about Washington College’s campus garden and for videos about beekeeping and honey harvest, visit https://www.washcoll.edu/about/campus/campus-garden/.

About Bee Campus USA and Bee City USA

The Bee Campus USA designation recognizes educational campuses that commit to a set of practices that support pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, among thousands of other species. For more information about the application process for becoming a Bee Campus USA affiliate, visit http://www.beecityusa.org/application-campus.html.

Bee City USA® urges local governments, individuals, organizations, corporations, and communities to promote and establish pollinator–friendly landscapes that are free of pesticides.  Since its inception in Asheville, North Carolina in 2012, many cities have been certified across the nation and many others are in the process of preparing applications. For more information about the application process for becoming a Bee City USA community, visit http://www.beecityusa.org/application-city.html.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.

Paige Friedman’s Artwork Showcased at First Lady Yumi Hogan’s Exhibition

Easton High School Junior Paige Friedman was among the talented students whose artwork was chosen for the First Lady Yumi Hogan’s Spring 2018 Student Artwork Exhibition.  Paige is pursuing the Interactive Media Production Career and Technology Pathway at Easton High School under the direction of Mrs. Garnette Hines.  Her painting, created with Adobe Illustrator, is titled “Crane Mountain.”

First Lady Hogan, the Maryland State Department of Education-Office of Fine Arts, the Maryland Art Education Association and the Maryland State Arts Council partner to host the annual exhibition to recognize outstanding Maryland student artists.  An opening reception for student artists and their families was held at the House of Delegates Gallery Space on March 19, and the student artwork will remain on display there until September 2018.

“We are very pleased to see Paige’s work recognized at this special exhibition, and we look forward to seeing her continue to develop her talent,” said Mr. James Redman, Curriculum Supervisor for Fine Arts at Talbot County Public Schools.