Schools Offer Summer Hours for Student Registration

All Talbot County Public Schools are open during the summer for walk-in registration. Hours vary by school, and TCPS is encouraging families to register as soon as possible.

Elementary Schools are open for registration as follows:

Easton Elementary: Mon. – Thur. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 410-822-0686/410-822-0550.
Chapel District Elementary: Mon. – Thur. 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. through 8/9 (7:00 a.m. – noon only on Monday 8/6). Mon. 8/13 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mon – Fri. 8/20 – 8/318:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 410-822-2391.
St. Michaels Elementary: Mon. 7/23, Tues. 7/24, Mon. 8/6, Tues. 8/7, Thur. 8/9, Mon. 8/20 – Thur. 8/23, Mon. 8/27 – Thur. 8/30. 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 410-745-2882.
Tilghman Elementary: Mon. – Thur. 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (please call ahead as staff is limited) 410-886-2391.
White Marsh Elementary: Mon. – Thur. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.410-476-3144.

For registration at the middle and high school levels, please call the school for hours and availability.

Easton Middle School: 410-822-2910
Easton High School: 410-822-4180
Saint Michaels Middle High School: 410-745-2852

School offices will be closed on the morning of Wednesday 8/29 so that staff may attend the annual Opening Day Celebration.

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 (if available)
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

For more information contact Talbot County Public Schools Student Services at (410)822-0330.

Schools Will Offer Free Summer Meals

Many children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the school year may not have access to nutritious meals during the summer when schools are closed. To help address this need in our community, Talbot County Public Schools is participating in the 2018 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The program is made possible with support from the Partnership To End Childhood Hunger in Maryland, the Maryland State Department of Education, and No Kid Hungry.

The SFSP provides healthy meals and plays a vital role in reducing childhood hunger when schools are not in session. The program reimburses organizations for meals and snacks served to children in areas where at least 50 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. Meals will be available to children and teens age 18 and under free of charge at the following sites and times:

Easton Middle School
201 Peachblossom Rd.
Easton, MD 21601
June 18 – August 30, 2018
Monday – Thursday
Breakfast – 8:10 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
Lunch – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

St. Michaels Elementary School
100 Seymour Ave.
St. Michaels, MD 21663
June 18 – August 30, 2018
Monday – Thursday
Breakfast – 8:10 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
Lunch – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

St. Michaels Farmers Market
204 S. Talbot St.
St. Michaels, MD 21601
June 9 – September 1, 2018
Saturdays Only
Breakfast – 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Easton High Students Present Science Symposium

Students in the Project Lead The Way(PLTW) Biological Innovations, Advanced Placement Biology and Advanced Placement Environmental Science courses at Easton High School recently presented their research projects at the annual Science Symposium held in the school media center.  After conducting research in a scientific area of interest, students invited their mentors, parents and guardians, school administrators and the general public to an evening event that included a poster session and formal electronic presentations.

Research topics ranged from the medical field to the environment, including titles such as “The Effects of Supplemental Oxygen on Athletes After Exertion”; “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome”; “The Opioid Epidemic”; “The Health Effects of Electronic Cigarettes on the Human Body”; “The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Organisms”; “The Power of a Mindset: How the Way We Think Affects Our Health”; and “Run-off and Algae Blooms in the Chesapeake Bay”.

Photo: Easton High School Seniors Arlette Felix-Martinez and Tiffany Zheng present their research project on “The Possible Effects of E-Cigarettes” at the Annual Science Symposium.

Teachers Cheryl Overington, Julie Harp and Lauren Rose matched their students with mentors from the community who advised and supported the students throughout their studies. “I find it very rewarding to see our students working at such a rigorous level; our seniors are choosing majors in colleges which parallel the exact area of scientific study that they researched this year in high school,” said LeeAnn Hutchison, Interim Science Supervisor, “and they are serious about pursuing careers that are aligned with those studies.”

Mentors included experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Natural Resources, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Center at Easton, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Lab, ShoreRivers, the Talbot County Health Department, and various psychological and medical organizations.  Some students also connected to mentors online rather than in person.  These partnerships helped provide students with a balanced, unbiased approach to scientific research, the investigatory approach to learning, and a strong understanding of the strategies and skills needed for appropriate and meaningful action.

“I was impressed with how professional the students were and how they really knew their subject matter.  Their ability to articulate their research findings was amazing.  I am also impressed with all of the mentors from our community who supported our students,” said Pam Clay, Career and Technology Supervisor.

The Science Symposium is held annually to celebrate the accomplishments of high school students in the area of scientific research, to recognize the importance of scientists and health care experts as mentors, and to include the public in the educational process.

Easton Middle School Students Support People in Recovery

As part of a service learning project, students in Mrs. Lauri Bell’s 8th grade Health classes presented care packages to the Chesapeake Treatment Center, LLC.  The care packages will be given to people seeking treatment for drug, heroin, and opioid abuse.  The 8th graders donated over 85 care packages, posters with encouraging sayings, and inspirational art work.  With every care package, the students wrote notes of encouragement.  The students were very happy about being able to help those in need.

Amber Rippeon and Matt James from Chesapeake Treatment Services, LLC paid a visit to Easton Middle School to pick up the care packages.Although this is not the first time Mrs. Bell has offered this project to her classes, the response this year was outstanding.   “The students amazed me with their generosity, enthusiasm and creativity,” said Mrs. Bell.  “We had our highest participation ever in this project!”

Saint Michaels Students Present Inventive Projects at 3rd Annual Stem Showcase

The Science and Career and Technology Education Departments at Saint Michaels Middle High School (SMMHS) recently hosted their 3rd annual STEM Showcase. Students in grades 6-12 who are enrolled in Science, Math and Career and Technology Education (CTE) Courses used their knowledge and creativity to invent a product or process that would meet a need or solve a problem. The range of topics included environmental, engineering, medical and technological issues. Students conducted an inquiry based project, were able to choose their project design, and were encouraged to choose a project that they found interesting and engaging. Communication and research skills were greatly enhanced throughout the invention procedure.

“This event is highly anticipated by our students,” said Robin Powell-Werner, SMMHS Science and CTE teacher. “It challenges students to be innovative and to apply valuable design processes to their projects. It also allows our staff to collaborate with students and encourages teachers to develop lessons that align with the competition.”

Several projects were recognized for their outstanding effort and achievement.

High School Winners:

Research and Experimental Design: McKenna Browning, Christina Smithpeter and Caroline Lenkiewicz

Structural Design: Ashlynn Stevens, Ashley Henckel and Andre Setter

Digital Design: Gretchen Kinnamon

Overall High School Winner: Ashlynn Stevens, Ashley Henckel and Andre Setter

Middle School:

Research and Experimental Design: Jordan Regan and Campbell Gowe

Structural Design: (Tie) Katie Roe and Sophia Fernwalt and Makenna Culver, Riley Papineau, Jess Watts and Alyssa Wojcik

Digital Design: Ava Reaid

Overall Winner: Brianna Crow, Kalei Knox and Myla Ramey

TCPS Announces Administrative Appointments

Mrs. Alison Strickland

The Talbot County Board of Education approved several administrative appointments for the 2018-2019 school year at a special meeting held on June 12. Mrs. Alison Strickland has been appointed as Assistant Principal at White Marsh Elementary School; Mrs. Carolanne Burkhardt will become Assistant Principal at Easton Middle School; Mr. Corey Devaric will become Assistant Principal at Chapel District Elementary School; and Mrs. LuAnn McKelvey will become Assistant Principal at St. Michaels Elementary School.

Mrs. Strickland is a graduate of Easton High School. She attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Studies and a Master of Arts in Teaching. She taught kindergarten at White Marsh Elementary School for four years before moving to Easton Middle School as a sixth grade language arts teacher. During her time at Easton Middle School, she obtained her school administration certification from Towson University. In 2016, she was appointed to the administrative intern position at Easton Elementary School-Moton. In 2017, Strickland was named assistant principal at Easton Middle School.

Mrs. Carolanne Burkhardt

Mrs. Strickland is honored to have the opportunity to once again serve the White Marsh community as Assistant Principal, and she looks forward to creating new relationships with the students, staff, and families, as well as reuniting with those who previously worked with at WMES.  She and her husband John Strickland are proud mentors through Talbot Mentors. They reside in Easton with their daughter, Bradley.

Mrs. Burkhardt currently teaches second grade at St. Michaels Elementary School.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Reading from East Stroudsburg University and a Masters in Educational Administration from University of Massachusetts Lowell.  She began her career at Talbot County Public Schools in 2004 at Easton Elementary School – Moton where she taught second and fifth grade. She was appointed as Administrative Intern at Saint Michaels Middle High School in 2010.

Mr. Corey Devaric

Mrs. Burkhardt is a Nationally Certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Trainer, a New Teacher Olweus Trainer, and a New Teacher Mentor. She serves as a Cooperating Teacher for Salisbury University Student Teachers as well as Student Interns from the Teacher Academy at Saint Michaels Middle High, and she is a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Coach.  She is a Worship Leader and Nursery Coordinator at Royal Oak Community United Methodist Church, and resides in Easton with her husband JR Burkhardt and two children Adam and Sadie.

Mr. Corey Devaric has been in education for 20 years. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from York College and a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Wilmington University. Since coming to Talbot County in 1998, Mr. Devaric has taught multiple grades at Chapel District Elementary School , Easton Elementary School and White Marsh Elementary School. He has administrative experience at Preston Elementary School and Easton Middle School.

Mrs. LuAnn McKelvey

Mr. Devaric is certified as an Equity Practitioner and  has been the Equity Leader at White Marsh Elementary School for the past three years. Devaric is looking forward to returning to Chapel District Elementary, where he began his teaching career. He resides in Easton with his wife Lisa and four children Olivia, Winfield, Georgia and Logan. When Mr. Devaric is not at school, he enjoys running and biking.

Mrs. McKelvey earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a M.Ed.in Early Childhood Education and Administration Certification from Salisbury University. She began her career at TCPS in 1990 at Tilghman Elementary where she has served in numerous capacities, from teaching pre-kindergarten to fifth grades, as well as physical education.  She was appointed as an Administrative Intern in 2016.

Mrs. McKelvey is certified as an Equity Practitioner and is a member of the Equity Team.  She is a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Coordinator; School Improvement Team Member, and serves on the Tilghman Elementary School PTO.  She also teaches Sunday School at Royal Oak United Methodist Church, and is a Volunteer Basketball Coach for St. Michaels Community Center.  She and her husband Scott reside in St. Michaels and have two sons, Jacob and Kyle and a granddaughter, Riley.

“These new leaders will have a tremendous impact on the learning environment, overall school culture and community,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent of Schools.  “Their enthusiasm, experience, and commitment to our mission will be an asset in these essential leadership positions.”

Talbot High Schools Students Pursue College Credit in Computer Science

Talbot County public high school students have the opportunity to earn College Credits and Industry Standard Certifications through TCPS Career and Technology Education Pathways. Students who are successful in AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A can obtain early college credit through the Advanced Placement College Board Credit by Exam program. Qualifying scores are determined by each institution of higher learning and vary among colleges and universities.

The following students may be eligible for college credit depending upon their scores on the Advanced Placement Computer Science exams: Easton High School – Zachary Danels, Joseph Odenwald, William Turri. Saint Michaels Middle High School – Ben Rieck.

“The Computer Science Completer is a new addition to our CTE opportunities,” said Mrs. Pamela Clay, Curriculum Supervisor for Career and Technology Education.  “We expect enrollment in this program to increase dramatically over the next several years.”

School System Recognizes Community Partners

Talbot County Public Schools hosted its third annual Community Partner Recognition Breakfast on May 24 at the Easton Volunteer Fire House. More that 850 businesses, organizations and individuals were invited to the event.  Attendees were treated to a delicious breakfast prepared by the Easton High Culinary Arts students, along with musical entertainment by members of Easton High’s award winning “Warrior Chorale.”

“This is a community that values education,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith in her opening remarks.  “The time, resources and expertise that our community partners provide to our schools truly make a difference for our students and staff.  This includes adopting classrooms, providing internships, donating supplies, funding enrichment opportunities, coordinating after school programs, and so much more.  We are so very grateful for this generous support and cannot thank you enough.”

The program included recognition of a Partner of the Year for each of the nine schools in the district, as well as a District Partner of the Year as follows:

 District Partner of the Year – American Legion Blake-Blackston Post #77

Chapel District Elementary – Andersen Wealth Management
Easton Elementary – Dobson – Family Affair Farm
Easton Elementary – Moton – AQUA Pools & Spas
Saint Michaels Elementary – Christ Church – St. Michaels, MD
Tilghman Elementary -The Candleberry Shoppe
White Marsh Elementary – Higginbottom Orthodontics
Easton Middle School – First Baptist Church of Easton, MD
Easton High School – Dock Street Foundation
Saint Michaels Middle High School – Royal Oak Community United Methodist Church

Saint Michaels High School Students are Inducted Music Honor Society

A ceremony was held at Saint Michaels Middle High School last month to induct new members into the school’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.  Tri-M, formerly known as Modern Music Masters, is a high school and middle school music honor society and is a program of the National Association for Music Education

To be considered for induction students must meet criterion in the following areas: Music Participation, Academic Achievement, Leadership, Service, and Character. The Tri M Advisement team is Amy Effler, Chorus Director and Chris Flaherty, Band Director.

New members were recently inducted in the SMMHS Chapter of the Tri M Music Honor Society. L-R: Jack Gill,Jayde Gilliece. Katelynn Cherry, Rebecca Bibeau, Makayla Vasquez.

The SMMHS chapter will raise funds to support local, national and international music programs through bake sales at concerts, local bake sales, and other school fundraisers. SMHS Junior Gretchen Kinnamon is in the process of designing an original logo for them promote the society.

TheSpring 2018 inductees are as follows:

Mackenzie Campbell- President
India Tran- Vice President
Kyla Stinchcomb- Treasurer
Cora Fluharty- Historian
Hannah Bagley- Secretary
Rebecca Bibeau
Katelynn Cherry
Jack Gill
Jayde Gilliece
Makayla Vasquez

Easton High School Students are Inducted into National Honor Society

A ceremony was held at Easton High School last month to induct 8 juniors and 39 sophomores into The J. Willard Davis Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). NHS is a national organization established in 1921 which serves to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

To be considered for induction into the National Honor Society,students must meet minimum criteria which include a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than 86.5%, cumulative attendance rate equal to or greater than 94%, no more than 2 disciplinary referrals, and completion of at least 100 service learning hours.

Qualifying students are given the opportunity to submit an application and recommendations, which are reviewed by Easton High School faculty. English Teacher Lenore Burkhardt serves as Easton High School’s National Honor Society Faculty Advisor.

The ceremony included the lighting of the Knowledge Candle and the presentation of the Four Qualities of the National Officer by chapter officers Colin Elliott, President; Riley Scott, Vice President; Abigail Wittman, Treasurer; and Elizabeth Hostetter, Secretary.

The Spring 2018 inductees are as follows:

Juniors

Joshua Atwood
Kendall Bishop
Jaden Cassell
Sabrina Davis
Nyaja Jackson
Stephen Kerchner
Ian Mann
Tabius Wilson

Sophomores

Azqa Asad
Tristan Atwell
Madeline Book
Owen Callahan
Evelyn Campbell
William Cook
William Denny
Abigale Detrich
Anna Ewing
Didier Exantus
Noah Greene
Emily Griffith
Henry Hills
Taylor Jackson
Myia Jeter
Christopher Kaminskas
Maryam Khalid
Katherine Kilbourn
Isabella Kuchnio
Danielle Mills
Andrea Morgan
Taylor Nail
Joshua Newmier
Sara Park
James Parkinson
Akshay Patel
Zachary Paugh
Lilly Roser
Danielle Schuman
Maya Skirka
Courtney Stevens
John Stinson
Abigail Szymanski
Eleanor Walter
Julie Warner
Corey Wazniak
Craig Weedon
Anna Wheatley
Keana Williams