Easton High Culinary Arts Program Achieves “Exemplary” Status

Easton High School’s Culinary Arts Program has been identified as “Exemplary” by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC).

To qualify as an ACFEF Exemplary Program, a program must be confirmed in full compliance with ACFEF standards on two consecutive Team Reports. Those programs received a grant of Accreditation and the Exemplary status. The Easton High School program is one of only four in the country to be deemed “Exemplary” and the only one in the State of Maryland.

Earlier this year, a team evaluating the program conducted an onsite visit.Utilizing a checklist and comparison of the program to the nationally recognized ACFEF Standards, the team determined that the program had substantially met the required eight (8) Standards areas in their entirety: Eligibility, Program Mission and Goals, Organization and Administration, Faculty and Staff, Curriculum, Facilities, Student Services and Assessment.

“Mrs. Linda Brown and Mr. Joseph Candel, along with all of their Culinary Arts students, are to be commended for this outstanding achievement,” said Mrs. Pam Clay, Curriculum Supervisor for Career and Technology Education. “I am extremely happy to see them receive this well-deserved recognition of their high standards and commitment to excellence!” A special emblem reflecting this prestigious status will be placed next to Easton High School’s information on the ACF Website.

Schools Host Community Meeting for Easton Elementary School Project

Talbot County Public Schools (TCPS) would like to invite the Easton Elementary School Community to participate in a public forum on Thursday August 17, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Easton Elementary – Moton Media Center.

The purpose of the meeting  to review the schematic design for the construction of the replacement school building.In addition, TCPS is looking for community input as to how the legacy and rich history surrounding the Easton Elementary School Moton and Dobson buildings should be memorialized.

Please join TCPS and share in this very important project.

Upcoming Programming at TCFL the Week of August 20-26

Easton Library to Offer Intro to Audio Books for Children

On Tuesday, August 22, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer an introduction to audio books for children 6 and older.  Participants will learn the art of narration from Charley Baker (who narrates for Audible.com) during this interactive S.T.E.M. program. Children may bring their own book or choose a library book to read, record, listen to, and edit. All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do need to pre-register to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626

St. Michaels Library to Host Children’s Luau Party

On Tuesday, August 22, at 2:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will host an Hawaiian luau for children 2 to 12 years of age (children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult).  Hawaiian culture will be celebrated through crafts, music, dance, and food.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do need to pre-register to attend the luau.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

St. Michaels Library to Offer Story Time 

On Wednesdays, August 23 & 30, at 10:30 a.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a Story Time program for children age 5 and under accompanied by an adult.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

Children to Read with a Certified Therapy Dog at Easton Library

On Wednesday, August 23, at 11:00 a.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 5 and older to bring in their favorite book or choose one from the library’s shelves to read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626

Eastern Shore Science Teachers Attend Training For New State Assessments

Science teachers from eight of the nine Eastern Shore counties met in Easton on Monday, July 24th at the Talbot County Education Center to participate in a cross county professional development program.  The training focused on preparing teachers to help students navigate the new Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) administered in the fifth and eight grades.

Talbot Schools Receive Positive Behavior Interventions Program Recognition

At a recent conference held at Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, awards were given to Maryland schools for achieving success with school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) systems during the 2016-2017 school year.Easton Elementary School, Easton Middle School, Easton High School, and Saint Michaels Elementary School were among those recognized for their PBIS system results.

School-wide PBIS is a system of support that involves proactive strategies for defining, teaching and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive learning environments. Through PBIS, a continuum of positive behavior support is implemented for all students in both classroom and non-classroom settings.  Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for demonstrating them is a much more positive approach than just reacting to misbehavior with discipline.  The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.  (www.pbis.org)

A School-Wide Evaluation Tool (SET)assessment is required and a certain score must be obtained in order to earn one of the PBIS Recognition Awards.  The SET reports were completed by outside PBIS evaluators from Wicomico County. For GOLD, the school PBIS team must achieve an overall SET score of 90% or above.  For SILVER, the school PBIS team must achieve an overall SET score of 85% or above.  For Bronze, the school PBIS team must achieve an overall SET score of 80% or above.  Easton Middle School was awarded GOLD, Easton High School and Easton Elementary School earned SILVER, and St. Michaels Elementary School was awarded BRONZE.

Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent, attended the presentations.  “This is a tremendous achievement on the part of these four schools.  They have made a commitment to their PBIS interventions and strategies, and they have closely monitored their outcomes,” she said.  “PBIS initiatives help create a positive learning environment indicative of high student achievement and these schools should be very proud of their caring, nurturing atmospheres.We will see more of our schools recognized in this way in the future.”

Character Counts Partners with Annapolis Police Department

Character Counts Mid Shore’s Winners Walk Tall program headed west across the Chesapeake Bay to partner with the City of Annapolis’ Police Department after receiving a call from Miguel Dennis, APD Director of Professional Standards.  Dennis, a former Character Coach at St. Michaels Elementary School, knew the program would benefit the youth in the Annapolis area.  Georgetown East Elementary School’s grade 4 was targeted.  Members of the Annapolis Police Department were trained as Coaches and matched with classrooms.

The Character Counts program at GEES was a huge success”, Dennis remarked. “The program was enthusiastically embraced by school personnel, students and coaches.  We look forward to the 2017-2018 school year with another opportunity to teach our younger citizens.”

Front row – Officer B. Coppage; Cpl. A. Miguez; Ms. A. Woytko; Ms. M. Ross; Ms. P. Norris and Cpl. K. Freeman. Back row – Sgt. N. Vaden; Mr. J. Hudson; Chief S. Baker; Lt. K. Krauss; Firefighter K. Smith; Mr. M. Dennis.

An awards celebration was held in May and a Character Counts bench was presented to the school by the APD coaches.

Principal of the school, Mr. Andre Dillard stated, “The program was a complete success! The officers and staff of the Annapolis Police Department were extremely professional and friendly. They were able to build a strong rapport with our students and staff. They also implemented the pillars of the program with complete fidelity. We look forward to having the Character Counts program and the Annapolis Police Department with us for the upcoming school year and for years to come.”

CCMS Executive Director, Susan Luby added, “Youth need a solid foundation of values and to build relationships with law enforcement officers.  This is a win-win opportunity for both the students at Georgetown East and APD.  We are thrilled to expand our programs that make a positive difference in the communities.”

No mid shore funding was used to support the program in Annapolis.  For more information about Character Counts Mid Shore, visit www.charactercountsmidshore.com or call 410-819-0386.

Psychologist Dr. Lauren Littlefield to Speak at Wye River Upper School

Wye River Upper School is pleased to announce that Dr. Lauren Littlefield, psychologist and associate professor, will be presenting on – Building Better Habits: Organization, Planning and Goal Setting Strategies for Adolescents with Executive Dysfunction.

Dr. Littlefield will support parents and other guests in their understanding of executive functioning and methods for breaking old habits and forming new, more effective ones. The audience will be guided in an activity to help them conceptualize executive functions in everyday terms, which will ultimately help them to assess their own strengths and weaknesses. Participants will build an awareness for what individuals with executive skills challenges experience on a daily basis. These individuals include children and adolescents, individuals who have suffered a concussion, and those diagnosed with learning disabilities, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. Strategies geared toward supporting the different executive functioning challenges will be offered; for instance, learning is supported by planning ahead, managing time, organizing space, and forming routines. Goal setting and its various barriers will also be discussed.
Dr. Littlefield is a psychologist and an Associate Professor of Psychology at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She teaches Neuropsychology, Psychological Assessment, and Diagnosis and Group Therapy to undergraduate students.

The event is open to the public and will be held Thursday, July 27 from 7pm – 8:15pm at Wye River Upper School located at 316 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, MD 21617. Register for your free tickets by visiting www.wyeriverupperschool.org/tools/speaker-series/.

For more information, contact Katie Theeke at (410) 758-2922 or katietheeke@wyeriverupperschool.org. Wye River Upper School is an independent, college preparatory school serving bright students with learning differences such as ADD/ADHD and dyslexia. We discover through innovation, develop with rigor and celebrate the strengths of our students, while preparing him or her for success in college, career and life.

Gunston Students Earned Medals on the National Spanish Exam

Congratulations to world language students from the Gunston School who recently attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2017 National Spanish Examinations, earning a total of 1 gold, 3 silver, and 6 bronze medals along with 16 honorable mentions.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 157,000 students participating in 2017.”

Front row L-R: Ben Byerly ’17, Isabelle Schmittinger ’19, ​Re​ DeFino ’19, ​Emma​ Johnson ’17, Elyssa Merton ’19, Tyler Judd ’18. Back row L-R: George Bowie ’17, Griffin Hecht ’19, Henry Parkhurst ’18, Davy Song ’19, and Spanish Teacher Ms. Avis Wheatl​e​y.

Gold medalists at level 1: Haorui Song
Silver medalists at level 1: Griffin Hecht, Elyssa Merton
Silver medalists at level 5: George Bowie
Bronze medalists at level 1: Rebecca DeFino, Isabelle Schmittinger
Bronze medalists at level 2: Emma Johnson
Bronze medalists at level 3: Tyler Judd
Bronze medalists at level 4: Ben Byerly, Henry Parkhurst
Students receiving honorable mention at level 1: Rick Archambault, Philip Ashley, Tirza Enriquez, Zack Goss, Brennan Paddy, Garrett Rudolfs; at level 2: Chad Angelini, Simon Cawley, Emma Hottel, Hopewell Murphy, Ryleigh Paskoski, Neel Patel; at level 3: Alice Agee, Alex Papadopoulos, Maddy Romberger; at level 5: Abigail Miller.

The students were taught by Spanish teachers, Juan Angarita and Avis Wheatley. This is the fifth year Gunston has participated in the exams.

The National Spanish Examinations are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Easton High School Navy Junior ROTC Receives “Outstanding Unit” Award

Easton High School’s NJROTC unit recently held their annual end of year awards ceremony/cadet change of command at the EHS cafeteria. Friends, family members and members of community service and patriotic groups looked on as awards and recognition were given to the deserving cadets. Leadership and scholarship awards were given by representatives from the following groups: the American Legion Posts 70 and 77; the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5118, the Navy League of the United States; the Reserve Officer’s Association; the Military Officers Association; the Daughters of the American Revolution; the National Society, Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, the Military Order of the Purple Heart; the Military Order of World Wars; and the Surface Navy Association. NJROTC specific recognitions were also awarded to cadets in the Distinguished and Honor categories.

The event also celebrated the accomplishments of the outgoing staff which was ably led by Commanding Officer Taylor Bennett and welcomed the incoming staff for school year 2017-2018: Commanding Officer Josh Valdez; Executive Officer Shelby Turner, Operations Officer Meredith Strickland; Administration Officer Sergio Velazquez and Supply Officer Jeremiah Gardner.

The unit celebrated a successful year of accomplishments which included the annual Veterans recognition ceremonies, superb performance in drill and athletic meets, and a 3 day field trip to Yorktown and Norfolk Virginia. The Unit was identified by the NJROTC Area 5 Manager, Captain James Daniels as having risen to the “Outstanding” level for the first time in the 21 years the unit has been in existence. All active cadets were awarded the “Unit Achievement ribbon” and a banner will be displayed on the unit ”Guide-on” to be displayed during drill competitions and parades.

The Easton High School NJROTC unit is open to all Easton, Saint Michael’s, North Caroline and Colonel Richardson high school students, offering Naval Science 1-4 classes. There is no obligation, commitment or expectation for students to join the Armed Forces.

EHS Navy Junior ROTC Students Visit Coast Guard Training Center

Thirty-four members of the Easton High School’s NJROTC unit recently spent 3 days at the US Coast Guard’s Training Center in Yorktown, NJ.  Students from Easton, Saint Michaels, North Caroline and Colonel Richardson High Schools who are in the NJROTC unit, spent 2 nights onboard the Coast Guard’s advanced Training facility.  Under the supervision of professional Coastguardsmen and women, the cadets experienced real world training in a variety of areas and gained great appreciation for the perseverance and hard work that goes into the training of those who serve in the United States Coast Guard.

The training syllabus included experiencing the damage control or “wet” trainer; shipboard firefighting, dual ship bridge simulators and “marlinspike seamanship” The group, which included both EHS Naval Science Instructors and two parent/chaperones, also toured the USS Bainbridge, an active duty Navy destroyer based at the Norfolk Naval Station and the battleship “USS Wisconsin, a WW II era battleship at the “Nauticus Museum” complex in Norfolk.

Throughout the training, the Coast Guard’s “core values”: Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty, were practiced by the professional Coast Guard staff and cadets alike.  “Many cadets felt that the experience was among the best in their young lives and a weekend very well spent,” said Jon Hammond, LCDR, USCG (Ret.), Senior Naval Science Instructor for Easton High School NJROTC.