TCPS Appoints 2017-2018 Student Board Representatives

Talbot County Public Schools is pleased to announce that two of our local high school seniors have been chosen to represent their respective schools as members of the TCPS Board of Education for the 2017-2018 school year.  The students were sworn in during the September 20 Board Meeting.

Jack Gill attends Saint Michaels High School where he has demonstrated leadership both in an out of the classroom. He has served his Student Government as Class President, was President of the Prom Committee, is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Friends Always Mentoring Others, and is President of the National Honor Society.

TCPS Seniors Jack Gill from Saint Michaels Middle High was sworn in as student representative to the Board of Education at the September Board Meeting by Mary Ann Shortall, Cerk of Court.

As a student athlete, Jack has earned Most Improved Awards for Soccer and Tennis, has been Captain of the Saints Basketball Team, and was selected as Most Valuable Player in both Basketball and Tennis during his junior year.  He is also an accomplished musician, having earned a perfect score at the National Piano Guild for the last three years.

Jack has actively volunteered in the community for organizations such as Christmas in St. Michaels, the YMCA, and local youth soccer programs.  This past summer, Jack had the opportunity to attend the United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar, and he hopes to receive and accept an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, major in Nuclear Engineering and ultimately serve as a Submarine Warfare Officer.“I am grateful for this opportunity,” Gill said following his first meeting, “and I am really excited for this year.”

Kathryn (Katie) Spofford, a senior at Easton High School, also has an extensive resume.  Her academic achievements include a broad range of Advanced Placement coursework, Principal’s Honor Roll, Honor Roll, Proficiency in English Award, Excellence in AP English Award, and Mind in Motion Scholar Athlete Award.  She is a Member of the National Honor Society and the National Latin Honor Society in which she is serving as Secretary.  She is a Teen Court Juror and is Student Government Secretary.

TCPS Senior Katie Spofford from Easton High was sworn in as student representative to the Board of Education at the September Board Meeting by Mary Ann Shortall, Cerk of Court.

Katie has played both Junior Varsity and Varsity Soccer for Easton High, and participated in Varsity Indoor Track.  She has been a member of the Chesapeake All Star Cheerleading Team, the High Voltage All Star Dance and Cheerleading Teams, the Talbot Figure Skating Team, the Bay Country Figure Skating Team, and the University of Delaware Figure Skating Team.

Katie’s other leadership experiences include attending AIA Maryland Girls’ State, where she was elected Chairwoman of the Committee on Finances, President of the County Commissioners and Governor of ALA MD Girls’ State 2017.  She was also a Speaker at a youth leadership conference in Ocean City.  She volunteers for Talbot Interfaith Shelter, National Honor Society Tutoring, Service Dog Training and the Bay Bridge Run.  She recently served as an intern to Congressman Andy Harris in his Salisbury office.

“I am looking forward to my final year at Easton High School, and I plan to be a very involved member of our school community,” says Katie.  “I’m super excited to serve as student Board Member this year, and Go Warriors!”

Jack and Katie will attend the monthly Board of Ed meetings and will periodically report to the Board on important happenings at their schools.

Talbot County Public Schools Releases Data from Maryland State Assessments (PARCC)

Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent of Talbot County Public Schools, shared results of the 2017 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments at the September Board of Education meeting.  Data from the spring administration shows that the percentage of TCPS students scoring a level 3 or greater on PARCC increased in 5 out of 14 grade cohorts for English Language Arts (ELA) and math in comparison to the previous year, and the percentage of students scoring a level 4 or greater increased in 7 out of 14 grade cohorts during the same administrations.  In addition, TCPS students outperformed the State in the percentage of students scoring a level 3 or greater on PARCC in 10 out of 14 grade cohorts in ELA and math and outperformed the State in the percentage of students scoring a level 4 or greater in 7 out of 14 grade cohorts.

PARCC is administered for English/Language Arts and Mathematics to all Maryland Public School students in grade 3 through 8 and at the high school level for Algebra I and English 10. This was the first year students had to earn a passing score on the Algebra I and English 10 to meet graduation requirements.

The PARCC exams are considerably more rigorous than the Maryland School Assessment tests they replaced in 2015. The assessments are designed to measure students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills. While the scores on the PARCC Assessment are not being used for educator, school, or system-level accountability purposes at this time they do provide students, parents, and teachers a better idea of where students stand in regard to college and career readiness. The Individual Score Report students receive provides useful information to parents on how their child performed on the assessment as a whole, as well as, how they performed on specific skills.

“The PARCC results provide us with valuable information and support the implementation of our new Mathematics Curriculum for grades Pre-K through 8 and English Language Arts Curriculum in grades Pre-K through 5,” said Dr. Helga Einhorn, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.  “These new resources will greatly benefit our students as they are more aligned with the rigor of the Maryland State Standards assessed on PARCC.” The new math curriculum builds on a progression of skills to foster students’ conceptual knowledge of mathematics so they are better able to apply learning to complex problems and real world applications. Instructional strategies introduce mathematical concepts concretely and through visual modeling with opportunities for student reflection to foster persistence in solving complex problems. The new Wonders reading series, funded through non-recurring costs by the Talbot County Council, includes online resources, leveled readers, intervention materials, and integrated assessments, all of which allow teachers to tailor instruction to student learning needs.

Additional information regarding state, county and local school PARCC data are available on the Maryland State Department of Education’s website, www.mdreportcard.org.

Easton Elementary PTO Shoe Drive Fundraiser is Underway!

The Easton Elementary PTO is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser which began on September 4th and will continue through November 3rd.  The purpose of the shoe drive is to raise funds for field trips and school supplies for students. Easton Elementary will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Money collected will benefit our students greatly. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at the Easton Elementary School campus at 305/307 Glenwood Avenue (Dobson and Moton).

The Easton Elementary PTO is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser to raise funds for field trips and school supplies. Funds will be raised based on the total weigh of the pairs of shoes collected. Middle and high school students have volunteered their time to help the younger students!

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Tara Blades, shoe drive organizer. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money to provide exciting field trip opportunities and additional classroom supplies for our students.”

During the first week, 21 bags of shoes were collected (25 pairs each bag).  “So far there has been great support from businesses in the community who have donated shoes, boxes, and storage space,” Blades added.  Middle school and high school students are helping to sort and bag shoes for community service hours.  The goal is to collect at least 79 more bags of shoes in the remaining seven weeks of the project.

Shoes donated to Easton Elementary will make a difference in people’s lives around the world, as well as provide extra opportunities for our local students.  Please feel free to bring your shoes to the drop off location at Easton Elementary.

EHS Students Join Others from Maryland at Classical League Convention

Easton High School students and recent graduates attended the 64th National Junior Classical League Convention at Troy University in Alabama, along with 1700 other Latin students from around the nation. The convention, which took place at the end of July, includes groups of students from all across the country coming together to celebrate the classic languages of Latin and Greek with contests, competitions, lectures, and other activities throughout the week. A total 21 students represented Maryland and made their mark in Alabama. The Maryland “novice” team placed 10th in the country in Competitive Certamen, a game of fast recall of facts about classical civilizations and its peoples, languages, and cultures.Several Maryland students placed nationally in events such as academic testing, essay writing, escape rooms, spirit competitions, talent shows, art contests, and sports.

Easton High Latin Students don togas to represent our region at the 64th National Junior Classical League Convention at Troy University in Alabama.

Each year, students who attend the convention come home not only with their impressive prizes, but with a higher understanding and love for the classics and new friends from all around the state and across the country.  “I strongly believe that what made Nationals special this year was the friends that I made,” said Natasha Panduawawala, the Maryland Junior Classical League President. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to bond with and create a whole new family,” added Kaitlyn Tilley, a rising senior at Easton High.

Studying the classics can be very challenging, so it’s wonderful when hard-working students are able to expand their knowledge and understanding in a favorite subject over the summer. This opportunity is enhanced by being exposed to life on a college campus and gaining experience in leadership and teamwork in a friendly, positive environment.

Nice! Talbot’s Katie Fox Is Maryland Teacher Of The Year Finalist

Each year, the Maryland Department of Education Teacher of the Year Panel selects seven teachers from counties across the State as finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year. Talbot County Public Schools is very pleased and extremely proud to announce that TCPS Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Katie Fox, has been named as a State Finalist.

Mrs. Fox has taught Kindergarten at Tilghman Elementary School since 2008. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan (2002), Early Childhood Teacher Education Certification from the University of Puget Sound, and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading from Grand Canyon University (2005). Her prior teaching experience includes teaching first Grade at Chesapeake Academy in Arnold, MD, and third grade, kindergarten and pre-kindergarten at St. John School in Seattle, WA.

Superintendent Kelly Griffith, Board of Education Members Sandy Kleppinger and Susie Hayward, along with Teacher of the Year Supervisor James Redman pay a surprise visit to Tilghman Elementary School this morning to announce that Talbot County Teacher of the Year Katie Fox is one of seven finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year

It is extremely gratifying to see one of our exceptional teachers receive such well-deserved recognition,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, TCPS Superintendent. “Katie is a highly motivated and committed educator who is truly dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the children in Talbot County. We are absolutely thrilled for her and very proud of this accomplishment.”

Fox holds many leadership roles in addition to her responsibilities in the classroom. She serves as Teacher Mentor, she is on the Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee, and the Courageous Conversations – CARE Team and Equity Team. She also leads the Primary Talent Development Team and is a member of the School Improvement Team. She is very active as a community volunteer, serving on the Board of Directors of the Tilghman Area Youth Association, as a Tilghman After School Club – Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teacher, an Imagination Library Liaison, a CarePacks of Talbot County Volunteer, and a member of the Mid-shore Reading Council.

Mrs. Fox has received numerous awards for her work including a Northrop Grumman STEM Grant, Bartlett Pear Teacher of the Month, MSDE Teacher as Leader in Gifted and Talented Education and was the first teacher in Talbot County to be recognized through the Talbot County Education Foundation Honor A Teacher program. She lives in Easton with her husband, Nicholas and three children.

The Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced at the annual gala in Baltimore on October 27.

 

Easton Elementary PTO Launches Shoe Drive Fundraiser

Easton Elementary PTO is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser September 4th- November 3rd to raise funds for field trips and school supplies. Easton Elementary will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Money collected will benefit our students greatly. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at 305/307 Glenwood Avenue (Dobson and Moton).

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Tara Blades, shoe drive organizer. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money to provide exciting field trip opportunities and additional classroom supplies for our students.”

By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to Easton Elementary, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world, as well as provide extra opportunities for our local students.

Please feel free to bring your shoes to our drop off location at Easton Elementary. If you are unable to drop your shoes off, please contact us and we can come to you!

Contact
Tara Blades, shoe drive organizer
Easton Elementary
(410) 822- 0686
tnblades@tcps.k12.md.us

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.

TCPS Announces New Administrative Appointments

James Redman

Talbot County Public Schools has announced several administrative changes.

James Redman, Principal of Easton Elementary School – Moton will move to the Talbot County Education Center to become Curriculum Supervisor for Title I, Family Involvement, Fine Arts, Teacher of the Year and New Teachers.  Redman will be replaced at Easton Elementary by Sherry Bowen, who was Principal at White Marsh Elementary. TCPS welcomes Kimberly Seidel, who comes from Queen Anne’s County Public Schools as Principal at White Marsh.

Mr. Redman has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education from Edinboro University of PA and a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction and School Administration from Western Maryland College (McDaniel).

Redman taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in both Erie, PA and Stevensville, MD.  He was assistant principal at EES-Moton from 2001-2004, and at EES-Dobson from 2005-2008. Mr. Redman has served as principal for the past 9 years at Saint Michaels Elementary School, Easton Elementary School Campus, and Easton Elementary School – Moton.

Sherry Bowen

Mr. Redman serves on the Board of Directors of the Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers and the Executive Board of the Mid-Shore Regional Economic Development Council.  He is a founding board member of the Chesapeake Multi-Cultural Resource Center and currently serves on their after-school program board.  He is a founding member of BAAM, Inc. and is a past board member of Talbot County Arts Council.

Mrs. Bowen is a graduate of Easton High School, and has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership, both from Salisbury University.  She has worked for Talbot County Public Schools for 13 years.  She taught at Chapel District Elementary from 2003 – 2008.  She then moved to the Talbot County Education Center and served as Special Education Transition Facilitator from 2008 – 2010.  She was appointed Assistant Principal at Easton High School in 2010, and was Assistant Principal at Easton Elementary – Moton from 2013 – 2016.  She served as Principal at White Marsh Elementary for the 2016 – 2017 school year. She is a member of Royal Oak United Methodist Church, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and Kappa Delta Pi-International Honor Society in Education, and she is a volunteer for the Waterfowl Festival.

Kimberly Seidel

Mrs. Seidel earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University, and a Masters of Education with a concentration in Early Childhood and Special Education also from Slippery Rock.  She is a National Board Certified Early Childhood Teacher, holds Administrator I & II Certificates as well as Advanced Professional Certification from MSDE.

Mrs. Seidel began her career as a Kindergarten teacher in 1993 in Queen Anne’s County.  She also taught 2nd grade, and served as a special education teacher and an early intervention specialist before working as a Teacher Specialist from 2002 – 2004. Seidel became an Assistant Principal for Prince George’s County Public Schools in 2004. In 2007, she was appointed to the position of Principal, and served PG County in that role at several elementary schools through 2016.  In the fall of 2016 she returned to Queen Anne’s County to serve as Principal of Sudlersville Elementary School.She has extensive experience in Title I schools, has been selected to represent her county at the local, state and national level, and has received recognition for outstanding performance throughout her career.

“The Talbot County Public School system is truly grateful for the dedication and passion that each of these leaders bring to their new roles within the organization,” said Superintendent Kelly Griffith.  “I am looking forward to a fantastic school year!”

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.”