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!”

Benedictine receives $150,000 from Weinberg Foundation

 The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is supporting adults with developmental disabilities who live and work on Maryland’s Mid-Shore through a $150,000 grant. This two-year grant will help fund and expand Benedictine’s adult programs and services.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is one of the largest private charitable foundations in the U.S., assisting low-income and vulnerable individuals and families through nonprofit grants to direct-service providers. Benedictine offers programs and services that support more than 100 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism, through its main campus in Ridgely, Md., a community office in Easton, Md., and area group homes.

Benedictine’s adult services range from in-home support and care, to employment, volunteer, community and meaningful day programming. Benedictine offers training and work opportunities at its Ridgely campus, and has established relationships with more than 100 community employers and training partners.

The Benedictine Community Services and Training Center in Easton serves adults and students through a partnership with the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). Through this partnership, Benedictine finds unique ways to provide classroom training and employment field experiences relating to specific vocations.

“At Benedictine, we are dedicated to providing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to gain competitive, integrated employment, community volunteerism, and meaningful life experiences,” said Beth Mathis, director of Benedictine’s Adult Services. “In addition, those supported have opportunities to plan and participate in community, leisure, and recreation activities of their choice.”

“We at Benedictine are always looking to expand our network of community partners and employers,” Mathis said. “Our mission is ‘Helping children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential.’ We thank the Weinberg Foundation for helping us to fulfill this mission.”

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.”

Sherwood Seminars Held on Third Tuesday of Each Month

Sherwood Seminars are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Sherwood Church Hall on Sherwood Landing Road, Sherwood, MD. The programs are open to the public in the Bay Hundred area. Topics vary each month and may include anything from health and well being, to land conservancy, to holiday crafts and caroling. Refreshments are available at 6:30 p.m. and our programs start promptly at 7 p.m.

Our next seminar is Tuesday, June 19th. Ken Kozel, President and CEO of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, will tell us how the Easton Hospital has expanded and improved its services and what is planned for the future. Attached is more information about the program on June 19th.

Character Counts Awards Clark Scholarships

Sade Miller received the Clark Scholarship from CCMS Board of Trustees member, Beth Terhorst.

Character Counts Mid Shore (CCMS) awarded three A. James Clark Character Counts Citizenship Scholarships to recent high school graduates in Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester counties.

The Clark Scholarship is based on the quality of volunteer work a graduating senior has performed throughout their middle and high school years.  Over twenty scholarships were submitted this year.

Sade A. Miller of North Caroline High School’s Class of 2018 has 540 hours of volunteering throughout the community including Compass Regional Hospice, Martinak State Park and Character Counts.She is planning to attend Potomac State College of West Virginia University this fall majoring in social work.

Morgan L. Biskach of Cambridge South Dorchester High School, Class of 2018, has volunteered 805 hours throughout the community including teaching swimming to youth, peer-tutoring, Sunday school, Baywater Animal Rescue.  She is planning to attend University of Maryland – College Park this fall.

Grant W. Foster of Easton High School Class of 2018 has volunteered 632.5 hours throughout the community including Habitat for Humanity Choptank ReStore, Talbot Humane, Oxford Kids Camps, and Character Counts.   Grant will be attending Salisbury University in the fall.

“Once again, Character Counts Mid Shore is honored to award the A. James Clark Scholarships in memory of Mr. Clark, a CCMS Founding Board Member.  He served his communities well and we are grateful to the Clark Charitable Foundation for the opportunity to recognize these outstanding students with funding for higher education,” states Susan Luby, Executive Director of CCMS.

For more information about CCHS, go to www.charactercountsmidshore.com or call 410-819-0386.

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:


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


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