College Placement Consulting Sponsors “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?”

College Placement Consulting, LLC (CPC) has offered their support to the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation’s first fundraising event “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” as a Team Sponsor.

College Placement Consulting, LLC is an independent educational consulting firm in Easton MD that supports students in expanding their educational choices post-high school through Test Prep; Study Skills; Academic Tutoring and College Planning.  Since opening in 2000, CPC has served over 2000 students from the Delmarva region and beyond.  CPC now offers specialized counseling in an ever-changing college planning environment, while also embracing new technological advances that can assist students and their families in the college search process.  For more information about CPC visit their website at

Pictured L-R: Katie Lowman, College Placement Consulting Tutor and Team Celebrity; Becky Firth, Education Foundation Advisory Board member; Betsy Greaney, Director, College Placement Consulting; Debbie Gardner, TCPS Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs.

“We are thrilled to have College Placement Consulting generously supporting our first fundraiser,” said Becky Firth, TCPS Education Foundation Advisory Board member. “We are grateful for this partnership on behalf of the teachers and students of Talbot County.

The “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” event will be held on Thursday May 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Talbot County Auditorium at Easton High School. Six teams of 5th graders from TCPS Elementary Schools will test their knowledge and skills, answering questions from a broad range of categories, and each team will be paired with a celebrity guest from the sponsoring organization or school community. Admission is free, and all proceeds will benefit the Education Foundation’s 2020 Fund Grants Program.

To learn more about supporting the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation, please contact Debbie Gardner, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs at

Kent School Students Celebrate Secondary School Acceptances

Members of Kent School’s Class of 2018 recently received news of their secondary school acceptances. The students were all able to share good news with family, friends and teachers. Tricia Cammerzell, Assistant Head of School for Advancement said, “We are thrilled to share that every member of the Class of 2018 was accepted to their first choice of secondary schools.”

The secondary school process at Kent School is thorough and supportive. Students are introduced to a variety of secondary school or high school options including independent, boarding and day, religiously affiliated and non-denominational and public schools. The process kicks off in earnest when students are in the seventh grade. The School hosts a secondary school fair and invites several regional schools to meet with students and families from Kent School and throughout our community. While getting to know their school options, students are encouraged and supported to perform to the best of their abilities, academically, artistically, athletically and as stellar school citizens.

Members of Kent School’s Class of 2018 Celebrating Secondary School Selections

In the fall semester of their eighth grade year, students are encouraged to visit schools of interest. Following these school visits students begin their applications which include answers to essay questions, providing letters of recommendation and on-campus interviews. In March, the students are informed of the admission status. This year, Kent School students received acceptances to the following schools:

The Gunston School
Mercersburg Academy
Northfield Mount Hermon
Severn School
St. Andrew’s School
Westtown School

Cammerzell continued, “The secondary school process at Kent School shines a spotlight on the importance of our mission, how we live it and the effectiveness of our Preschool through Grade 8 program. It is especially gratifying when we hear admission officers’ remarks like these about our students: ‘excellent candidates’ ‘leader’ ‘one of the best interviews of my career.’ Our students are not only prepared for the rigors and challenges of their chosen secondary school, they are excited by the opportunities that await them as they envision themselves as the young adults they will become. We will stay in touch with these students and applaud their successes and support their new endeavours.”

For more information about Kent School visit, 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.

Shore United Bank Sponsors Education Foundation Event

Shore United Bank, a member of the Shore Bancshares community of companies, became the first official Team Sponsor for “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation’s inaugural fundraising event. With their recent donation of $1000, Shore United Bank continued their long history of giving back to the community they serve.  “We are looking forward to a great evening benefitting our community’s most important resource, our children,” said Laura Heikes, Shore United Bank Senior Vice President, Community & Government Relations Officer.

Pictured L-R: Sherry Bowen, Easton Elementary School Principal; Rebeca Firth, Education Foundation Advisory Board; Greta Gartman, 5th Grade Teacher; Kristy Ball, 5th Grade Teacher; Jeremy Hillyard, EHS Spanish Teacher and It’s Academic Team Coach; Laura Heikes, Shore United Bank Senior Vice President, Community & Government Relations Officer; Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent of Schools.

“Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” will be held on Thursday May 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Talbot County Auditorium at Easton High School. Six teams of 5th graders from TCPS Elementary Schools will test their knowledge and skills, answering questions from a broad range of categories.  Each team will be paired with a Celebrity Guest from our great community!  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Education Foundation’s 2020 Fund Grants program.

The Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation was established in 2016, in partnership with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.  Its mission is “to engage and utilize community resources to provide Talbot County Public Schools students and teachers with otherwise unavailable enrichment opportunities that will enhance the TCPS educational experience and produce exceptional graduates. To learn more about supporting the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation, contact Debbie Gardner, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs at

Walter Shaub, Former Federal Ethics Chief, Speaks at WC April 5

Walter Shaub, the no-holds-barred, outspoken former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, will be the guest speaker on April 5 in Washington College’s Holstein Program in Ethics. Shaub, who says that the United States has almost overnight transformed from the international gold standard in ethics to a laughingstock, will speak on “Ethics in Crisis: The Threat to the Government Ethics Program and the Path Forward.”

The free, public event begins at 5 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts. A reception in the Underwood Lobby will follow the talk.

Shaub, an attorney who first joined the Office of Government Ethics in 2001 and in 2013 was appointed to a five-year term as director by then-President Barack Obama, resigned in protest last year over what he has described as an ethics crisis in the federal government. In an interview with PBS after his resignation, he said that the Trump administration has “set a tone from the top that ethics don’t matter.”

Since his resignation, he has joined the non-partisan Campaign Legal Center, a Washington, D.C., as senior director of ethics. He has also continued to call for tighter ethics rules and more transparency, unleashing his own storms on Twitter, where he calls out instances of dubious ethical behavior in government. In his talk at the College, Shaub will discuss the problem now facing the government’s ethics program, which he argues is the proverbial canary in the coalmine portending even bigger problems to come if left unaddressed. He will also offer his proposals for stemming the erosion of ethics in government.

About the Holstein Program in Ethics

The Holstein Program in Ethics was established in 2014 thanks to the $5 million legacy gift of Richard Holstein ’68, a pediatric dentist. In addition to bringing national leaders in ethics to speak with students and the community about current issues, the program supports and enhances the study of ethics throughout the curriculum and fosters interdisciplinary research on a broad range of ethical issues. Its goal is to spark an appreciation for the importance of moral courage as a foundation for leading a life of purpose and meaning. For more information about the Holstein Program in Ethics see

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

TCPS Special Education Staff Recognized at Annual Celebration

The Talbot County Special Education Citizen’s Advisory Committee (SECAC) hosted the 7th Annual Staff Appreciation Celebration honoring educators who have made a difference in the lives of Special Education students.

It was a fantastic evening for TCPS Special Education families and staff members.  The event included dinner followed by a recognition ceremony and was held at the Milestone Event Center in Easton. Families shared their heartfelt appreciation and stories about the life changing impact of this important work.

The following TCPS staff were recognized: Mary Meiser, Anne Miller, Caitlin McKee, Beverly Mayhew, Stephanie Stebbins, Indra Bullock, Cindy Jump, Lakisha Butler, Christina King, Jeff Bell, Lee McGuckin, Sheila Lapp, Amber Buchkoski, Curt Hutchinson, CJ Jimenez, Karen Hopkins, Dennis Keenan, Jody Florkewicz, Jessica Wagner, Tasha Aikens, Kevin Carroll, and Matthew Blue.  Congratulations to all who were recognized!

The SECAC Planning Committee would like to thank all of the volunteers who generously donated their time and talents. They also extend special thanks to the following businesses for their generous donations which helped make the event possible:  Acme Markets, Applebee’s Grill and Bar, Atwell Law, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bryan Brothers Foundation, Cheesecake Girls, Chick-fil-A, Chili’s Grill and Bar, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Giant Food, Giuffrida’s Pizzeria, Harris Teeter, Olive Garden, Rise Up Coffee Roasters, Subway, Target, The Milestone Event Center, Walmart, and Weis Markets.

Gunston Students Debate World Issues in Washington D.C.

Gunston’s Model United Nations Club recently returned from the 20th annual Washington Area Model United Nations Conference (WAMUNC) in Washington D.C. Gunston students Neel Patel ’18, Susie Fordi ’18, Dolan Carella ’19, Nick Lee ’19, Sam Umidi ’19, Drew Seaman ’19, Nick Kellogg ’20, Areopl Bai ’20 and Andrew Amygdalos ’20 were lead by faculty advisors Michael McFarland and Woody Granger.

Neel Patel, Susie Fordi, Nick Kellogg, Dolan Carella, Nick Lee, Sam Umidi represented Brazil in various committees.​

WAMUNC is an internationally-renowned Model United Nations conference sponsored by The George Washington University International Affairs Society. Over 1,300 high school students from across the country and around the world attended this four day exercise in diplomacy and international affairs held from March 1 through March 4.

At Model UN conferences, students participate in simulations of United Nations sessions, debating, negotiating, caucusing, drafting, and voting on resolutions that address world problems. Gunston students represented countries Brazil and Somalia in debates on major issues facing the world today, including international cybersecurity, terrorism, child soldiers, and the status of indigenous communities. In their committees, students worked to pass resolutions to address these issues in the same way the United Nations does today.

EMS Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students

Easton Middle School announced today that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW GatewayTM. It is one of just 110 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor and only 1 of 2 middle schools to receive this honor in the State of Maryland.  PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of K-12 students and teachers in over 10,500 schools across the U.S.

“Exposing students to broad career fields helps to make more informed decisions about high school course selection and Career and Technology Education career pathways,” stated Pamela Clay, Career and Technology Supervisor.  The PLTW Gateway courses allow middle school students a time to explore, a time to figure out what they’re passionate about today and how that relates to who they’ll become tomorrow.

Mrs. Leslie Sorrell, Easton Middle School PTLW Teacher, her first period Innovators and Makers (Computer Science) class, Mrs. Pamela Clay, PTLW Curriculum Supervisor, and Mrs. Jackie Valcik, Easton Middle School Principal.

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Easton Middle School had to meet the following criteria:

• Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level;
• Have more than 50 percent of the student body participating during the 2016-17 school year;
• Have 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units.

Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. PLTW Gateway empowers students to lead their own discovery and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.

“It is a great honor to recognize Easton Middle School for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They are a model for what school should look like, and they should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.”

Easton Middle School is part of a community of K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit

For more information on Easton Middle School’s PLTW Gateway program contact Jackie Valcik, Principal at 410-822-2910.

About PLTW
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. More than 10,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit

Annapolis Plan to Fix Historically Black Colleges in Maryland

Historically black colleges and universities in Maryland would receive up to $56.9 million annually under legislation, sponsors say, that would restore years of underfunding and program duplication by the state but is unlikely to pass.

Proponents of the measure have rejected, as too little, a Feb. 7 offer from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of a total of $100 million over the next 10 years to a coalition of historically black colleges and universities.

A group of alumni in 2006 sued the state for creating programs at other public institutions that copied and drew students away from similar programs at Maryland’s historically black schools, such as an accelerated MBA program at Morgan State University and a master’s in computer science at Bowie State University.

Efforts to mediate have failed.

In 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake ruled that Maryland violated the constitutional rights of students at the state’s four black institutions by duplicating their programs at traditionally white schools.

In 2015, Blake proposed that the state establish high-demand programs at the four historically black institutions to attract more diverse students and help with desegregation.

In 2016, mediation between the state and the coalition failed. In 2017, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, and Hogan appealed the 2013 decision.

Delegate Nick Mosby, D-Baltimore, said this amount is nowhere near enough for the amount of funding needed for these schools.

The state’s $100 million offer “basically equates to about $2.5 million per institution for the next 10 years and unfortunately that is throwing peanuts at a very gigantic problem,” said Mosby, who is sponsoring the House legislation.

Senate bill sponsor Sen. Joan Carter Conway, D-Baltimore, told Capital News Service this would not be acceptable, because the state owes historically black institutions around $2.5 billion to $3 billion.

Conway also said if the amount had been offered as a lump sum of $100 million, then that could change the situation, but spread over time, the amount seems unjust.

A pair of matched bills was introduced in the Senate on Jan. 30 and in the House on Feb. 8 but no progress has been made since then. Conway is sponsoring Senate bill 252 and Mosby is sponsoring House bill 450.

Similar legislation has been introduced in years past, but was not approved.

Conway also introduced Senate bill 827, paired with a bill from Delegate Charles Sydnor III D- Baltimore County, House bill 1062 — emergency legislation to appoint a special adviser who would develop a remedial plan based on the lawsuit against the state.

Delegate Michael Jackson, D-Calvert and Prince George’s, with House bill 1819 and Sen. Barbara Robinson, D-Baltimore, with Senate bill 615, also introduced paired legislation to establish a cybersecurity program at Coppin State and Morgan State that could not be duplicated by other institutions in the state.

Both bills continue to work their way through the legislative session.

Altogether, these bills would require the state to ensure funding and equity so that the four historically black institutions — Bowie State University, Morgan State University, Coppin State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore — are “comparable and competitive” to what are known as the state’s public “traditionally white institutions.”

The Rev. Kobi Little, chairman of the Political Action Committee for the Maryland State Conference of the NAACP, who spoke at the Feb. 8 hearing, said progress in education equity is needed.

“We see this as an education issue but also as an economic justice issue,” Little told lawmakers. “This, my friends, is one of your Martin Luther King moments. It is an opportunity for you to do the right thing.

Conway said she doubted the bills would make progress in the General Assembly.

“This legislature has never been one to do the correct thing for these schools,” Conway told Capital News Service.

Morgan State President David Wilson, who testified at the Senate bill hearing on Jan. 30, said students’ ability to pay is a big issue at his school.

“Lack of financial aid is the greatest barrier to getting students across the finish line in record time,” said Wilson. “Financial aid would alleviate the barrier of students who simply don’t have the money to keep going in college.”

Wilson told Capital News Service that at Morgan State, 90 percent of students receive financial aid and 56 percent qualify for the Pell Grant, a government subsidy that helps students pay for college.

He also said that 36 percent receive the maximum amount from the Pell Grant, which means that families can’t contribute anything to their child’s education.

Wilson also said many students maintain a recurring cycle of dropping out of school to work a semester and then coming back to continue their degree.

Students like Ryan Washington, a senior at Bowie State, told Capital News Service that more money donated to historically black colleges and universities would help students to pursue careers — especially ones that don’t have the same resources as traditionally white institutions.

“More programs, more development on campus and more buildings offering more experience to students,” Washington said.

If the funding legislation passes, schools’ payments would start at $4.9 million for the 2019 fiscal year and increase annually. By the 2022 fiscal year, the four historically black institutions would receive a total of $56.9 million each year. This bill would also establish certain student and faculty ratios.

Former NAACP Political Action Chair Marvin Cheatham Sr. said he is doing everything he can to help pass the bill.

“This has to do with what is in the best interest for students,” he told Capital News Service.

Cheatham also said in his testimony on Feb. 8 that “$100 million doesn’t come close to what’s needed for HBIs.”

“I’ll never, ever stop filing it until it’s rectified,” said Conway, who named the legislation The Blount-Rawlings-Britt HBI Comparability Program Bill in honor of its original creators, former lawmakers Sen. Clarence Blount, D-Baltimore, Delegate Pete Rawlings, D-Baltimore, and Sen. Gwendolyn Britt, D-Prince George’s, who are all deceased.

“I intend to file it every year (until) we fix it.”

Hogan’s office declined to comment outside of his Feb. 7 letter, citing the pending legal matter, a representative told Capital News Service on Friday.

By Layne Litsinger


Excellent and Superior Ratings for TCPS at Solo and Ensemble Festival

Members the Talbot County Public Schools Bands traveled to North Caroline High School last month for the Eastern Shore Band Directors Association (ESBDA) Annual Solo & Ensemble Festival. All participants receive ratings from I to V with I being “Superior”, the highest rating. A rating of II is deemed “Excellent”. Those who earn an Excellent (II) or a Superior Rating (I) receive certificates and are able to order medals representing their achievement. Students who earned a superior also qualified to audition at the state level at Towson University in May.

Saint Michaels Middle High School had three musicians compete as follows:

Molly Fullerton –Trumpet Solo*
Marty Fullerton – Trumpet Solo*
Marty Fullerton, Geo Graves, and Madison White–2 Trumpets and French Horn Trio

Representing Saint Michaels Middle High School, Molly Fullerton and Marty Fullerton competed as Soloists and earned Superior (I) ratings. The Trio of Marty Fullerton, Geo Greaves and Madison White earned an Excellent (II) rating.

Easton High School Students:

Tristyn Mousslih, Tracey Abance* – Trumpet Duet
Laurie Alltop* – Solo Flute
John Stinson – Solo Snare

Easton Middle School Students:

Anna Leshner, Elaina Steinly, Loren Lee* – Clarinet & 2 Flutes Trio
David Gardner* – Clarinet
Avery Carter and Calvin Davis* – Clarinet Duet
Ryan Latham, Curt Hutchinson* – Snare Drum Duet
Joe Szymanski, Will Ross, Kellen Lambert – Trumpet, French Horn, Alto Sax Trio
Jonathan Storch – Trumpet Solo
Kiersten Chaney, Kellen Lambert – Alto Sax Duet
Sandra Lane, Kylie Fluharty, Jasmyn Richardson – Tenor, 2 Clarinets Trio
Joel Duah and Mathijs Goyens-Harvey – Baritone, Tenor Sax Duet
Diamond Brown, Melissa Pineda – Flute, Clarinet
Bechorah Aguoru* – Clarinet Solo
Rachel Lapp – Trumpet Solo
David Ludwig, Jason Blades Hrynko – Clarinet, Trumpet Duet
Mara Stoyanov and Natalie Englehart* – Flute Duet
Mara Stoyanov* – Flute Solo
Abigail Meadows Charlotte Mosely, Ian Branic* – Clarinet, Flute Trumpet Trio
Louis Lentz, Anderson Bartolon* – Snare Drum Duet
Brooke Howard, Samantha Mason* – Snare Drum Duet
Jacob Abatiello, Louis Lentz – Snare Drum Duet

*Earned Superior Rating and will audition at the State Level at Towson University in May.

WC President Kurt Landgraf to Speak at Jones Seminar in American Business Lecture

Washington College President Kurt Landgraf, whose deep experience in financial accountability, information technology, and integrated business strategies helped place him in the top echelons of corporate America, will give the J.C. Jones Seminar in American Business lecture on March 29.

Hosted by the Department of Business Management and the Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society, the free, public lecture begins at 4 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts, and will be followed by a reception in the Underwood Lobby.

Landgraf, a former senior executive who was named president of Washington College in May of 2017, discusses his “situational” approach to the diverse leadership positions that he’s held throughout his career. Whether driving sales at DuPont Merck or resuscitating the failing Educational Testing Service, Landgraf has adopted different leadership approaches to achieve the desired outcome while operating consistently within a framework of corporate or institutional social responsibility. Whatever environment he’s in, Landgraf abides by three core values: 1. On performance, no excuses; 2. Everybody deserves special treatment; and 3. businesses are social institutions. Distilled to its essence, it simply means doing the right thing.

Landgraf has a decades-long resume as a senior executive with DuPont, including serving as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chairman of DuPont Europe Middle East and Africa, Chairman and CEO of DuPont Pharmaceutical Company and CEO of DuPont Merck Company. His 13-year tenure as President and CEO of Educational Testing Service (ETS), helped revive the world’s largest private educational testing and measurement organization and leader in educational research.

The James C. Jones, Jr. Seminar in American Business was endowed in 1978 by the George W. King Printing Company in memory of its former company president who was a graduate of Washington College and served on its Board of Visitors and Governors.

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