Easton High School Students are Inducted into National Honor Society

A ceremony was held at Easton High School to induct one senior and 4 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.

The new inductees are (left to right) Taylan Brooks, Georgia Foster, Thatcher Knox, Henry Michaels and Colleen Pogue.

Qualifying students are given the opportunity to submit applications and recommendations, which are reviewed by Easton High School faculty. The Fall 2018 NHS inductees are as follows: Senior – Taylan Brooks; Sophomores – Georgia Foster, Thatcher Knox, Henry Michaels, and Colleen Pogue.

The induction ceremony included the lighting of the Knowledge Candle and the presentation of the Four Qualities of the National Honor Society by chapter officers Phoebe Fisher, President; Lucas Joshi, Vice President; Rachael Chansler, Treasurer and Emily Redmond, Secretary. This was followed by the reciting of the NHS Pledge by all current and newly inducted members.English Teacher Lenore Burkhardt serves as Easton High School’s National Honor Society Faculty Advisor.

India Johnston is Ben Franklin Artist of the Month

Easton High Senior India Johnston was  selected as the Ben Franklin Artist of the Month for November 2018.  India was chosen by Mr. Jonathan Crist, Easton High Art Teacher, for her exceptional still life drawings.

L-R: Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent of Schools; Jonathan Crist, Easton High Art Teacher; India Johnston, and Mary-Ann Milligan, Owner, Ben Franklin Crafts.

“I selected India’s work because of her ability to recognize human figures and develop her own approach to accurately representing those figures in her drawings,” said Crist.  “I also wanted to recognize her because she does such an awesome job helping my students that are just learning.”

Mary-Ann Milligan from Ben Franklin presented India with a special gift from the store in recognition of the award. “We really enjoy sponsoring this award for the outstanding art students at Easton High,” said Mrs. Milligan.  “It has been so rewarding for us to see their work and to hear about their exciting plans for the future!”

Maryland Report Cards are In for Talbot Public Schools; Chapel Elementary Leads the List

The Maryland State Department of Education released the new Maryland Report Card website today. The website contains report cards for every school in the state, including all Talbot County Public Schools.

The Maryland Report Cards provide each school’s overall score with total points earned, percentile ranking among all schools in Maryland, and a star rating based on the State’s new accountability system. These scores reflect school performance on multiple components. For elementary and middle schools, the system includes academic achievement, academic progress, progress in achieving English language proficiency, and measures of school quality and student success. For high schools, the system includes academic achievement, graduation rate, progress in English language proficiency, readiness for postsecondary success, and measures of school quality and student success. Other measures such as science and social studies assessments, school climate surveys, and computational learning will be added to the MD Report Card in the future, which could significantly impact scores.

“Since this data has just been released, we will take time to delve into the details to determine strengths and areas for improvement,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent of Schools. “It is important to note that because of the varying demographics of some of our schools, some scoring components are not able to be measured and it may be difficult to compare some of our schools to one another. Overall, I am proud of the progress of our schools thus far while working the 2020 Vision strategic plan, and I look forward to continued growth in outcomes as we incorporate this information.”

Maryland introduced the new School Report Cards so students, parents, educators and community members could better understand how their schools are performing, just as report cards help parents understand how their children are doing. The goal of the school report card is to provide a starting point and to offer concise and easy-to-understand information for each school. The scores for Talbot County Public Schools are as follows:

Chapel District Elementary School earned 78% of the possible points, received 5 out of 5 stars and was in the 90th percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.

Easton Elementary School earned 71% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 70th percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.

St. Michaels Elementary School earned 71% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 71st percentile compared to other schools in the state.

White Marsh Elementary School earned 71% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 71st percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.

Tilghman Elementary School earned 78% of the possible points, received 5 out of 5 stars and was in the 89th percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.

Easton Middle School earned 52% of the possible points, received 3 out of 5 stars and was in the 36th percentile compared to other middle schools in the state.

St. Michaels Middle High School earned a combined 62% of the possible points and received 4 out of 5 stars. Separately, St. Michaels Middle School was in the 47th percentile compared to other middle schools and St. Michaels High School was in the 67th percentile compared to other high schools in the state.

Easton High School earned 62% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 52nd percentile compared to other high schools in the state.

The school district is encouraging parents and other members of the community to explore the new Maryland Report Card website at MdReportCard.org, where the individual School Report Cards can be found, as well as additional resources which explain how the results were calculated. The Maryland School Report Card represents an exciting opportunity to empower and inform schools, parents, and community members so that every school and every student in the state can succeed. It not only gives us data about our schools, it also brings together that data in a usable way to help us ask questions, find answers, make decisions and take action.

New School Report Cards Released by Maryland State Department of Education

The Maryland State Department of Education released the new Maryland Report Card website today. The website contains report cards for every school in the state, including all Talbot County Public Schools.

The Maryland Report Cards provide each school’s overall score with total points earned, percentile ranking among all schools in Maryland, and a star rating based on the State’s new accountability system. These scores reflect school performance on multiple components. For elementary and middle schools, the system includes academic achievement, academic progress, progress in achieving English language proficiency, and measures of school quality and student success. For high schools, the system includes academic achievement, graduation rate, progress in English language proficiency, readiness for post secondary success, and measures of school quality and student success. Other measures such as science and social studies assessments, school climate surveys, and computational learning will be added to the MD Report Card in the future,which could significantly impact scores.

“Since this data has just been released, we will take time to delve into the details to determine strengths and areas for improvement,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent of Schools. “It is important to note that because of the varying demographics of some of our schools, some scoring components are not able to be measured and it may be difficult to compare some of our schools to one another. Overall, I am proud of the progress of our schools thus far while working the 2020 Vision strategic plan, and I look forward to continued growth in outcomes as we incorporate this information.”

Maryland introduced the new School Report Cards so students, parents, educators and community members could better understand how their schools are performing, just as report cards help parents understand how their children are doing. The goal of the school report card is to provide a starting point and to offer concise and easy-to-understand information for each school. The scores for Talbot County Public Schools are as follows:

Chapel District Elementary School earned 78% of the possible points, received 5 out of 5 stars and was in the 90th percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.

Easton Elementary School earned 71% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 70th percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.

St. Michaels Elementary School earned 71% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 71st percentile compared to other schools in the state.

White Marsh Elementary School earned 71% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 71st percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.

Tilghman Elementary School earned 78% of the possible points, received 5 out of 5 stars and was in the 89th percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.

Easton Middle School earned 52% of the possible points, received 3 out of 5 stars and was in the 36th percentile compared to other middle schools in the state.

St. Michaels Middle High School earned a combined 62% of the possible points and received 4 out of 5 stars. Separately, St. Michaels Middle School was in the 47th percentile compared to other middle schools and St. Michaels High School was in the 67th percentile compared to other high schools in the state.

Easton High School earned 62% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 52nd percentile compared to other high schools in the state.

We encourage parents and other members of the community to explore the new Maryland Report Card website at MdReportCard.org, where the individual School Report Cards can be found, as well as additional resources which explain how the results were calculated. The Maryland School Report Card represents an exciting opportunity to empower and inform schools, parents, and community members so that every school and every student in the state can succeed. It not only gives us data about our schools, it also brings together that data in a usable way to help us ask questions, find answers, make decisions and take action.

EMS Students Support People in Recovery through Service Learning Project

The students in Mrs. Lauri Bell’s health classes recently created care packages for the Chesapeake Treatment Center LLC. as part of a service learning project. The care packages were given to people in treatment for drug addiction and drug abuse, and provided basic necessities such as soap, shampoo, tooth brushes and toothpaste. The students also included individual messages of encouragement for the clients of the center.   This quarter, the students contributed 66 care packages to the center.  Amber Rippeon and Matt James of the Chesapeake Treatment Center visited the school to pick up the care packages.  “This is always an exciting day when we pass along the care packages,” said Lauri Bell.  “The students get to see their hard work being appreciated and it’s a great way to help people.”

St. Michaels Middle High Students Conduct CarePacks Food Drive

St. Michaels Middle High School’s Students Helping Other People (SHOP)/Interact Club teamed up with the Maryland Food Bank to collect food for local school food pantries and CarePacks.  The SHOP students organized this year’s event, an annual project for the club.  The food drive began on Tuesday, October 9 and ended on Friday, October 26th.

The SHOP students organized a competition for middle and high school to see which class could collect the most food items.  “The students were very excited about this project, as they know we have a lot of families in our community who are in need of food,” said Ms. Gia Ritsvey, St. Michaels Middle High School Science Teacher and Facilitator for the clubs.  “It’s wonderful to see them prepare for the start of holiday season by doing something meaningful for others.”

The CarePacks mission is to prevent weekend hunger among Talbot County’s most economically vulnerable students.  They currently serve more than 300 students throughout the county, providing bags of food that contain 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 snacks and 2 fruits (enough to tide kids over for the weekend), as well as grab and go meals and snacks.

CarePacks relies on volunteers who collect donations, purchase food, fill packs, and deliver the packs to the schools.  The program also receives support from donors who provide financial contributions and/or in-kind services.  “We’re extremely grateful for the support of the SHOP kids,” said Emily Moody. “Their food donation helps offset costs and allows us to serve more students.”

CarePacks is a partner of the Maryland Food Bank, and is the designated school pantry site for Talbot County. Through the Food Bank, they are able to access a wide range of foods at little to no cost. If you would like to support CarePacks as a volunteer or donor, please contact Emily Moody or Megan Cook at carepackstc@gmail.com or by calling (410)822-0550.

Outstanding Local High School Student Selected to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Max Brennan, a student at St. Michaels Middle High School, has been selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. He will perform Tenor in February with the Honors Concert Choir. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

Earlier this year, Max auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in his application and audition recording. Max will join performers from 46 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, several provinces of Canada, Australia, Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, and South Korea for a special performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

According to Morgan Smith, Program Director, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 700 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians never forget”.

Max Brennan has studied music for 5 years and is a member of the Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Assistant Drum Major for the Band, and Vice President of Tri-M Music Honors Society. He has been in the cast of “Pippin”, “Let the Right One In”, “James and the Giant Peach”, “The Actors Nightmare”, and “Starmites’. He has also participated in two workshops in Disney World Parks. In response to his selection as a Finalist, Max said, “I am honored to have been selected to join the Honors Performance Series Chorus and am excited to work with many extremely talented individuals.”

Finalists will come together in New York City for five days in February. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other Finalists, and get a taste of New York City. Two performances, an Honors Choral Performance and an Honors Instrumental Performance, will take place Sunday, February 10, and are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall. The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented by WorldStrides, the nation’s leading educational travel organization. Learn more by visiting www.honorsperformance.org and www.worldstrides.com.

Outstanding Local High School Student Selected to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Renee Victoria Gomez aka Tori, a student at St. Michaels Middle High School, has been selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will perform Soprano in February with the Honors Concert Choir. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

Earlier this year, Tori auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording. Tori will join performers from 46 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, several provinces of Canada, Australia, Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, and South Korea for a special performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

According to Morgan Smith, Program Director, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 700 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians never forget”.

Tori Gomez has studied music for 9 years and is a member of her school’s Chamber Choir. Concert Choir, All Eastern Shore Choir, Easton Choral Arts Society, Church Cantor, cast member of  Tarzan, The Nutcracker: A New Musical, Singing in the Rain, James and the Giant Peach, and All Shook Up. In response to her selection as a Finalist, Tori said, “I am very honored to be chosen for such a prestigious performance opportunity, especially considering that my wish is to pursue music as a career.”

Finalists will come together in New York City for five days in February. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other Finalists, and get a taste of New York City. Two performances, an Honors Choral Performance and an Honors Instrumental Performance, will take place Sunday, February 10, and are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall. The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented by WorldStrides, the nation’s leading educational travel organization. Learn more by visiting www.honorsperformance.org and www.worldstrides.com.

Katherine Riggleman is Ben Franklin Artist of the Month for October

L-R: Matthew Ghrist, Easton High Art Teacher; Katherine Riggleman, EHS Artist of the Month; Catessa Cain, EHS Assistant Principal and Will Callahan from Ben Franklin Crafts.

Easton High Junior Katherine Riggleman has been selected as the Ben Franklin Artist of the Month for October.

“Katherine’s piece is an awesome example of a paper relief sculpture,” said Matthew Ghrist, Easton High School Art Teacher. “The assignment is a way to transition Studio I students to think more three dimensionally. They must consider light and shadow as it relates to composition and visual balance.”

“We are grateful to Ben Franklin Crafts for their generous support of this program, which enables us to recognize outstanding art students here at Easton High,” added Ghrist. Will Callahan from Ben Franklin presented Katherine with a special gift from the store in recognition of the award.

TCPS Education Foundation “Mission Possible” Fundraiser Nov. 16

The TCPS Education Foundation announces the first annual “Mission Possible – Celebrating TCPS Alumni and Supporting Teachers” fall fundraiser on Friday November 16, 2018 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Milestone Event Center.  The event will include a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a reverse auction benefitting the foundation’s Grants for Teachers program.  The purpose of the event is to recognize distinguished alumni, celebrate Talbot County Public Education, and raise funds, awareness, and support for the Education Foundation.

The 2018 Mission Possible Honorees were selected for their outstanding accomplishments, their commitment to giving back to their communities, and their belief in and support of public education.  They are as follows:

Mr. Otis E. Sampson, Moton High School Class of 1963
Captain Ann F. Stencil, USN (ret), Easton High School Class of 1976
Mr. John R. Valliant, Saint Michaels Middle High School Class of 1971

We hope you will join us as a sponsor and/or as a guest at the event.  We would be grateful for any level of support that you feel able to provide.  Please use the link below for more information.