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.

TCPS Announces School Year 2018/2019 Registration and Open Enrollment

Talbot County Public Schools will hold registration for new Pre-K and Kindergarten students at all elementary schools on March 29th and April 6, 2018. A Spanish interpreter will be available at Easton Elementary School ONLY.

Easton Elementary: 410-822-0550
Chapel District Elementary: 410-822-2391
St. Michaels Elementary: 410-745-2882
Tilghman Elementary: 410-886-2391
White Marsh Elementary: 410-476-3144

Registration for all grade levels will be available on April 7 at the Community Resource Expo at Easton Elementary Moton. A Spanish interpreter will be available.

Please bring registration forms, which may be found online at www.talbotschools.org or in any school building. Forms will also be available the day of registration. In addition, you must bring the following documents:

1. Up-to-date immunization record
2. Birth Certificate (proof of custody)
3. Social Security Card
4. Parent or Guardian with ID
5. Proof of Current Grade (if transferring from another school)
6. Income Verification (Pre-K only)
7. Proof of Residency (signed lease/deed or electric bill)

Families will also need two of the following: (name on the Supplemental ID must match the name of the Proof of Residence)
• Driver’s License
• W-2 Form
• Bank Statement
• Voter Registration Card
• Pay Stub
• Income Tax Return

Talbot County Public Schools is accepting applications for out-of-area enrollment for all grades at Tilghman Elementary School (TES). There will be limited bus transportation available to transport students from Saint Michaels Elementary School to and from TES. Families wishing to learn more about Tilghman Elementary School may contact the school at 410-886-2391 for more information or to arrange a tour. The out of area enrollment form may be found on the TCPS Website under Departments – Student Services or by using this link:


Out of area requests for any school other than Tilghman Elementary will be evaluated based on 2017-2018 enrollment as of April 30, 2018. All out-of-area requests are due to student services by June 1, and parents will be notified of approval/denial by June 30. For more information contact Talbot County Public Schools Student Services at (410)822-0330.

TCPS Student Musicians Earn Spots in All-Shore Bands

Students from the Talbot County Public Schools band programs recently auditioned for the Eastern Shore Band Director’s Association (ESBDA) Junior and Senior All-Shore Band. Students from every county on the Eastern Shore of Maryland compete for limited spots. The following TCPS students were selected:

EMS Band Members. L-R: Front Row: Anderson Bartolon, Sandra Lane, Louis Lentz, John Schwaninger, Matthew Craig, Melissa Pineda. Back row: Ryan Latham, Mara Stoyanov, Mathijs Goyens-Harvey, Joel Duah, David Gardner, Avery Carter, Calvin Davis, Jasmyn Richardson, Will Ross.

Easton Middle School – Directed by Donna Ewing
Flute – Mara Stoyanov
Clarinet – Avery Carter (1st Chair), David Gardner, Calvin Davis, Melissa Pineda
Contra Alto Clarinet – Jasmyn Richardson
Tenor Sax – Sandra Lane (1st Chair), Mathijs Goyens-Harvey
Trumpet – Will Ross
Baritone – Joel Duah (1st Chair),Matthew Craig
Trombone – John Schwaninger
Percussion – Louis Lentz (1st Chair), Ryan Latham, Anderson Bartolon

Saint Michaels Middle High School – Directed by Christopher Flaherty
Trumpet (6th grade) – Marty Fullerton
Trumpet (9th grade) – Molly Fullerton

Easton High School – Directed by Bri’Yahn Ritchie
Flute – Laurie Alltop
Clarinet – Kaitlyn Tilley(1st Chair) Luke Adelman, Emma Chapple
Tenor Sax – Ian Mann (1st Chair)
Baritone – Colleen Pogue

The All-Shore Band festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 13th & 14th at Wicomico High School in Salisbury, MD, with the concert Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

“We are extremely proud of these talented and hard-working musicians,” said James Redman, Fine Arts Curriculum Supervisor. “Many students audition for a very few spots in these bands, so we are thrilled to have so many of our students representing TCPS next month at the Festival.

Making the Case to Save Tilghman Island Elementary School

It is typically the sad case these days that small, underpopulated elementary public schools are frequently being closed by their school districts.

Through the gut-wrenching process of what is now called “school consolidation,” these districts are faced with the terrible task of closing down these cherished local assets as a result of dwindling student enrollments and the financial consequences that come with those lower numbers.

This trend may be the fate of Tilghman Island’s only elementary school, which has a capacity of 150 students but currently has only 62 children in attendance. While the Talbot County Public Schools District has not made any decision on TES yet, there was a clear warning given that the Tilghman school would either need to increase its enrollment or undoubtedly face closure down the road.

That’s a hard thing to do for a community that is thirteen miles from the nearly town.

But before that fateful decision is made, the citizens of Tilghman, the teachers and parents of the elementary school, and the active role played by the Tilghman Community Youth Association is going to make damn sure that doesn’t happen.

And one of those remarkable people leading this fight could not be better prepared to do so than volunteer Jay Shotel.

With his long tenure as a professor at George Washington University in the field of education, Jay is extraordinarily in his comfort role as he takes on the role of advocate, cheerleader, and admissions counselor to make sure that Tilghman’s elementary school not only continues to exist but eventually becomes one of most unique schools in the state.

We talked to Jay a few weeks ago at Bullitt House to understand more what Jay and his colleagues of the Tilghman School Facility Utilization Committee are doing find new students to fill those desks.

This video is approximately six minutes in length. For more information on saving Tilghman School please go here

Talbot High Schools Win Healthy High School Challenge

Saint Michaels Middle High School placed 8th overall in the Sodexo Healthy High School Challenge and received $1,000.

Over 800 schools nationwide participated in the Sodexo School Services “Healthy High School Challenge”. The goal of the competition was to encourage high school students to make healthy food choices and try new healthy menu items in their school cafeteria.

St. Michaels Middle High School came in 8th overall, receiving $1,000. Easton High School came in 34th place overall and received $500.

Talbot County Public Schools is pleased to partner with Sodexo to provide healthy foods and promote student nutrition in our school cafeterias.

Erica Cole is Ben Franklin Artist of the Month for March

Pictured L-R: Kirk Howie, Easton High Principal; James Redman, TCPS Fine Arts Curriculum Supervisor; Erica Cole, EHS Senior and Artist of the Month; Jonathan Crist, Easton High Art Teacher; Mary-Ann Milligan, Owner, Ben Franklin Crafts.

Senior Erica Cole has been selected as the March “Ben Franklin Artist of the Month” at Easton High School.  Erica will attend Delaware College of Art and Design in the fall.  Many thanks to Ben Franklin Crafts for their generous support of this program!

Lane Engineering Supports the TCPS Education Foundation Annual Appeal

Lane Engineering, LLC has donated $1000 to the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation Annual Appeal.  Established in 1986, Lane Engineering, LLC provides a full array of civil engineering, environmental, and surveying services, and has offices in Easton, Centreville and Cambridge.

Pictured L-R: Laura Heikes and Rebecca Firth, Education Foundation Advisory Board; Timothy Glass, Vice President, Lane Engineering, LLC; Patrick Fitzgerald, Education Foundation Advisory Board Chair, David Short, Education Foundation Advisory Board; Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent of Schools.

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.”Accomplishments to date include, conducting “Year-End Appeal” at the end of 2016 and 2017, forming committees, launching the Honora Teacher program, and developing a grant application process.  On May 3, the Foundation will host its first fundraising event “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” in the Easton High Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.  To learn more about supporting the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation, contact Debbie Gardner, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs at dgardner@talbotschools.org.

For more information about Lane Engineering, LLC (LE LLC), visit leinc.com.

TCPS Appoints Tracy Elzey as Curriculum Supervisor

Talbot County Public Schools has appointed Mrs. Tracy Elzey as Curriculum Supervisor effective July 1, 2018. She is currently serving as Principal of Saint Michaels Middle High School.

Mrs. Elzey has worked in education for 25 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Administration from Salisbury University, and she has completed doctoral level courses at Notre Dame of Maryland University. “Mrs. Elzey has been a very effective leader at the building level,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent. “Her experience and educational background will complement the rest of our outstanding curriculum supervising team.”

Elzey began her career in Caroline County where she taught third, fifth and first grades before becoming an Assistant Principal. She joined TCPS as Assistant Principal of the Easton Elementary School campus in 2007.  She was promoted to Principal of Saint Michaels Elementary School in 2010 and became Principal of Saint Michaels Middle High in 2016.

“I am very excited to pursue this new challenge in my career,” Elzey said. “I believe my experience working at the elementary, middle and high school levels will enable me to succeed as a member of the curriculum team.” Mrs. Elzey lives in Easton with her husband Matt, a Varsity Softball Coach at Easton High School and daughter Peyton who is a senior at Easton High. She is a member of the St. Michaels Family YMCA Advisory Board.

Board of Education Approves Calendar Changes

The Board of Education approved several recommended changes to the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 approved school calendars at their February meeting.

With 2017-2018 being the first year of the mandated post Labor Day start, the school system was faced with new challenges in meeting the requirements of COMAR for the number of days students attend school.  Four inclement weather days were built into the calendar, and as of January 17, 2018,the school system had already used all of them.  This necessitated amending the 2017-2018 approved calendar to change January 26 (Transition Day) from a day off for students and a work-day for teachers to an early dismissal day for students.  The Board also approved a conditional waiver request to be submitted to the Maryland State Board of Education, which would have allowed schools to be open on Presidents’ Day, February 19, 2018 if needed.

“While the excessive number of inclement weather days in January was unusual, we realized that this situation could occur again in future years,” said Dr. Helga Einhorn, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.  “In order to be proactive, we have proposed several changes to the approved calendars for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.”

For 2018-2019, Transition Day will be identified as a potential make-up day should TCPS use all of the built-in inclement weather days prior to that date.  Presidents’ Day will be a potential make-up day provided a waiver is obtained from the Maryland State Department of Education, and April 18 (the Thursday before Easter) will also be a potential make-up day.  In addition, there will be a total of 6 inclement weather days built in to the school year due to the fact that June 14, 2019 falls on a Friday.

For 2019-2020, the same changes will apply for Transition Day and Presidents’ Day, as well as the Thursday before Easter, which falls on April 9.  However, there will once again be only 4 inclement weather days built in, as Friday June 12 has been set as the last day of school and June 15 falls on a Monday.

“We hope that by outlining these potential changes in this far in advance, staff and families will be able to plan accordingly,” Dr. Einhorn added.

Valcik is Named Principal at Easton Middle School

Talbot County Public Schools has appointed Mrs. Jaclyn Valcik as Principal of Easton Middle School. Valcik has served as Acting Principal since October 2017, replacing Dr. Norby Lee, who officially retired at the end of January.

Mrs. Valcik earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Towson University and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision I from Loyola University.  She has Maryland Advanced Professional Certification in Elementary Grades 1 – 8 and Administration & Supervision I and II.  She has served as Assistant Principal at Easton Middle School since 2014.

“Mrs. Valcik has demonstrated outstanding commitment and enthusiasm during this interim period,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent. “She has proven that she has the background and skills to provide strong leadership at Easton Middle School.”

Valcik began her career with Talbot County Public Schools in 2003 as a long-term Substitute at Chapel District Elementary.  She then taught third grade at Easton Elementary – Moton from 2003 to 2007, first grade at Easton Elementary – Dobson in 2007-2008, and sixth grade English/Language Arts at Easton Middle School from 2008 – 2010.  Mrs. Valcik was Talbot County Teacher of the Year for 2010 – 2011.  She was promoted to Assistant Principal at Easton Elementary School in 2010, where she remained until 2014.

“I am elated about this opportunity,” Valcik said. “The past few months have been both exciting and rewarding, and I consider it a privilege to lead this fantastic, dedicated team of educators and serve the Easton Middle School students and their families.”

Mrs. Valcik resides in Easton, Maryland with her wife Amanda and daughters Brynn and Bryce, who both attend Talbot County Public Schools.


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