White Marsh Elementary 5th Grader Wins Sodexo Future Chef Culinary Competition

TCPS elementary students demonstrated their culinary skills in Sodexo’s 2019 Future Chef Culinary Competition. The event is an exciting and engaging way to encourage students to learn more about healthy food choices by participating in a recipe contest, and is sponsored by Sodexo, provider of TCPS food services.

School districts across the country held Future Chef events this Spring. The winning student from each participating district will be considered for regional finalist awards, and the selected regional finalists will vie to become a national finalist, competing for the public’s vote on a special Future Chefs YouTube channel.

The TCPS Future Chef Culinary competition was held at Easton High School, and the culinary theme this year was “Fiesta Fit”.  Recipes were evaluated based on the following criteria: originality, healthy attributes, ease of preparation, kid appeal, plate presentation, use of featured ingredients, and last but not least, taste!  The panel of judges included Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent of Schools; Michael Garman, Board of Education President;Susan Delean-Botkin and Juanita Hopkins Board Members;and Charles Connolly, TCPS Finance Director. The following TCPS elementary students were finalists with their outstanding recipes:

1st Place – Daniel Schwaninger- 5th Grade, White Marsh Elementary – Fresh Chicken Taco Bowls (photo above)

2nd Place – Brody McDaniel – 5th Grade, St. Michaels Elementary – Brody’s Brilliant Chicken Stuffed Peppers

3rd Place – Elliott Van Skiver- 4th Grade, Tilghman Elementary – Black Bean & Corn Quesadilla

4th Place – TIE

Malaki Moore – 3rd Grade, Chapel District Elementary – Fiesta Cupcakes

Aleah George –4th Grade, St. Michaels Elementary School – Chilaquiles

Daniel Schwaninger was the overall winner with his recipe for Fresh Chicken Taco Bowls.  “The recipes were all amazing,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent.  “I am so impressed with the culinary skills our elementary students demonstrate in in this competition!”

Easton Middle School Musicians Benefit from Artist-in-Residence Program Returning

This past school year, band students from Easton Middle School (EMS) enjoyed having the University of Maryland’s Mid-Atlantic Brass visit them as part of the Talbot County Art’s Council’s ongoing Artist-in-Residence Program. The brass quintet made four visits to EMS, providing master classes with EMS band students. This year students in four sixth-grade band classes experienced World History with World Music in an effort to show the importance of the arts in societies around the world.  Each visit involved a 45-minute presentation by the quintet, as well as class time to help develop a meaningful relationship between quintet members and the students they mentored. In addition, seventh and eighth-grade band classes received master classes from the visiting artists.

According to Nancy Larson, representing the Talbot County Arts Council, “This latest project was initiated by members of the board of directors of the Talbot County Arts Council who were dismayed by the near total absence of young people attending Mid-Shore Area performances of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and Chesapeake Music.  A study group concluded that younger people might begin attending if they could be introduced to classical music in various appealing forms at the secondary school level.”

L-R: Mid-Atlantic Brass members Lauren Patin (French horn), Matt Larson (trombone), Jisang Lee (tuba), John Walden (trumpet), and Dylan Rye (trumpet).

Don Buxton adds, “This opportunity enabled Chesapeake Music, who is a partner in the program, to enhance what our organization is already doing in the schools. Chesapeake Music’s YouthReach Program has introduced students to music through school assemblies and one-on-one residencies provided through the organization’s First Strings Program in Talbot County schools for many years. This year, through a generous donor we have been able to offer free tickets to come to concerts which was very well received.”

The objective of the program is to provide the student body a rare opportunity to learn from the skill and experience of graduate-level musicians, to both inspire a lifelong love of classical music among the general student body and allow music students to benefit from the skill and enthusiasm of young professional-level musicians, who are qualified as music teachers and who are participating as volunteers.

Donna Ewing, Band Instructor at EMS, comments, “The University of MD graduate students greatly enhanced our program, giving students a chance to hear and learn from accomplished musicians.  Having four sessions allowed The Mid-Atlantic Brass to get to know the students and the students eagerly looked forward to their return.  It was a joy to watch the interaction between our students and the Mid-Atlantic Brass and to hear the musical growth made over the four sessions!”

The Mid-Atlantic Brass asked students about which popular arrangements they would like to hear performed. Among the songs selected included “Star Wars March of the Resistance,” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Lauren Patin, the French horn player with Mid-Atlantic Brass comments, “We have definitely seen improvement being here all year. It’s been cool to be out of the University of Maryland bubble and be with students who don’t have access to something like this.”

Dylan Rye, trumpet player with Mid-Atlantic Brass, states, “The most rewarding thing was the one-on-one interactions with the kids.”

Trombonist Matthew Larson, adds, “It was fun when they didn’t know the trombone could do some of the things it did musically.”

Trombonist Matt Larson gives lessons to 7th-grade trombone players, L-R, Samuel Rogers, Johnny Galvez-Perez, Jaelynn Ashburn, Caleb Wooters, and Julian Hutchison.

Mid-Atlantic Brass, comprised of students from the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Music, has been performing around the DC metro area for the past two years. Last spring, they were recognized and invited to be a part of the UMD School of Music Honors Chamber Showcase. The University of Maryland portion of the initiative is being managed by Dr. Robert DiLutis, Professor of Clarinet and Director of the Community Engagement Office at the School of Music.

Talbot County Public Schools has been involved through the encouragement of former fine arts supervisor Dr. Marcia Sprankle and her successor, James Redman. The EMS component is managed by band director Donna Ewing with the assistance of chorus director CJ Freeman.  Chesapeake Music has been represented by executive director Donald Buxton and Hanna Woicke, chair of the YouthReach Committee. Participating Talbot County Arts Council board members are Nancy Larson and Bill Peak. Housing during the quintet’s overnight stays in Talbot County has been organized by Chesapeake Music president Courtney Kane, with generous hospitality provided by Hanna and Peter Woicke and Liz Koprowski.

If the pilot program proves successful, it is hoped funding will be found to continue the initiative in future years at Easton Middle School and possibly expand the project to include other local schools. The program is made possible by a grant from the Artistic Insights Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, with funds from an Arts-in-Education grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, using revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council. Carpe Diem Arts also supported the program.

Talbot County Public Schools Honors Retirees

Talbot County Public Schools and the Talbot County Board of Education held a reception honoring nine employees who are retiring at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Together they have devoted 270 years of service to the children of Talbot County. Two of the retirees have been with TCPS for more than 40 years, three were with TCPS for more than 30 years, and three had more than 20 years of service.

The 2019 TCPS Retirees are as follows: Sue Angel, Easton Elementary-Moton; Lauri Bell, Easton Middle; Thomas Callahan, Easton Middle; Joyce Crow, Tilghman Elementary; Jacqueline Haynes, Easton Middle; Robert Knell, Talbot County Education Center; Laura Krausz, White Marsh Elementary; Jeffery Payne, Easton High; Christine Pridgen, St. Michaels Middle High.

Photo: L-R: Board of Education President Michael Garman, Delegate Johnny Mautz, Christine Pridgen, Sue Angel, Joyce Crow, Jeffrey Payne, Jacqueline Haynes,Dr. Kelly L. Griffith, Superintendent. (Not Pictured: Lauri Bell, Thomas Callahan, Robert Knell, Laura Krausz).

Mrs. Mary Wheeler, Board of Education Vice President, gave a welcome, then awards were presented by Mrs. Tonya Hayman from the Talbot County Education Association and Mrs. Kelly Murdoch from the Talbot Association of Supervisors and Administrators.

Dr. Kelly L. Griffith, Superintendent, presented each retiree with a gift of an engraved clock and expressed her appreciation for their work. “Abraham Lincoln stated “and in the end it’s not the years in your life that count,” said Dr. Griffith. “It’s the life in your years!” Thank you for your many years of dedicated service, all of you truly made a difference for Talbot County children.” The retirees also received citations from the Maryland House of Delegates presented by Delegate Johnny Mautz, who is a TCPS alumnus and parent.

Dr. Kari Clow Appointed Principal of Chapel District Elementary School for 2019-2020

The Talbot County Board of Education has approved the appointment of Kari Mielke Clow, Ed.D. to the position of Principal of Chapel District Elementary School effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Clow will replace Dr. Jodi Colman, who will transfer to Easton Middle School as
principal.

Dr. Clow comes to Talbot County following extensive experience as an educator in Caroline County. A graduate of Easton High, she earned a
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Towson University in 2005. She received a Master of Science in School Administration from Johns Hopkins University in 2010, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Innovation from Wilmington University in 2015.

“We are very excited to have someone with such a strong background join our leadership team,” said Dr. Griffith. “Being a resident of Cordova will enable Dr. Clow to make a smooth transition into her new role at Chapel District, and I look forward to seeing her foster the continued success of this great school!”

Dr. Clow has Advanced Professional Certification in Elementary Education 1-6 and Middle School, as well as Middle School: English Language Arts grades 4-9, and she is certified at Administrator levels I and II. She began her career teaching grade 6 general education/inclusion language arts at Lockerman Middle School in Denton, MD. In 2012 she became Assistant Principal of Preston Elementary School, and was appointed Principal in 2016. Since 2016 she has also been an Adjunct Professor at Salisbury University.

Clow developed and implemented the Caroline Aspiring Assistant Principal Academy (CAAPA) program to promote leadership succession planning. She also chaired School Improvement Teams at Preston Elementary and Lockerman Middle Schools. She has chaired, facilitated,
and implemented the Maryland Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports (PBIS) program at Preston Elementary School, which was
recognized as a 2016-2018 “Gold” school.

“I am very excited and proud to join the Talbot County Public Schools team and to serve the students, staff, and families of Chapel District
Elementary School,” said Dr. Clow. “Chapel District has a prestigious reputation for academic excellence, which I am certain, while working with various stakeholders, we will continue to uphold. I have thoroughly enjoyed the 14 years I spent working for Caroline County Public Schools, but look forward to being closer to my family and serving the community in which I live.”

Dr. Clow has served on the Caroline County Public Schools Teacher Principal Evaluation Convening Team hosted by the Maryland State
Department of Education (MSDE). She attended Harvard University’s New and Aspiring School Leaders Program and was nominated to participate in the 2016-2017 MSDE Promising Principals Academy. She has participated in numerous other professional development and leadership programs throughout her career. Dr. Clow also organized the North Caroline High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Program, which she coached from 2007 – 2012, as well as the Lockerman Middle School Afterschool Girls Youth Lacrosse program. She lives in Cordova with her husband Josh and two children.

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 Chesapeake Treatment Services, LLC.  The care packages will be given to people seeking treatment for addiction.  The 8th graders donated approximately 120 care packages, posters with encouraging sayings, and inspirational art work. With every care package, the students included notes of encouragement to the recipient.

Susan Knade and Matt James from Chesapeake Treatment Services, LLC visited 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.  “I am very proud of my students for their generosity, and creativity,” said Mrs. Bell.  “It was wonderful to see their enthusiastic participation in this project!”

Chesapeake Treatment Services’ clinics are dedicated to the recovery of individuals struggling with opioid addiction.The mission of Chesapeake Treatment Services is to help every patient break the cycle of addiction and to get on the pathway to sustained long-term recovery.  They provide affordable care in a respectful and welcoming environment.  Find more information on their website at http://www.chesapeaketreatmentservices.com.

TCPS Announces 2019-2020 Teacher and Support Staff of the Year

Kevin Carroll and Sindy Reyes

Talbot County Public Schools held a “star-studded” celebration honoring teachers and support staff and announced this year’s winners of Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year at the Milestone in Easton on April 11. The Teacher and Support Staff of the Year Program provides the opportunity to recognize outstanding educators who have innovative ideas, focus positive attention on education, and demonstrate superior commitment to students.

The 2019-2020 Talbot Teacher of the Year is Mr. Kevin Carroll. Mr. Carroll teaches Special Education Self-Contained/Functional Living Skills at Easton High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education K-12 from Grand Canyon University and a Master of Arts in English (TESOL) in 2018. He began his career with TCPS as an Instructional Assistant in Special Education in 2008. Mr. Carroll’s responsibilities include conducting Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and educational testing for students as well as Maryland State Alternative Testing for Special Ed and ELL. He plans and delivers Equity/CARE Professional Development for EHS staff, is the Department Chair for Special Education and serves as a Special Education Transition Coach. In addition, he is the TCPS Night School Manager for the Drop-out Prevention and Re-engagement program.

Mr. Carroll serves in numerous leadership roles advocating for and supporting all students. He is Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid Certified and is a Mentor to new Special Education Teachers.He has led Professional Development including a Courageous Conversations Summit and a workshop entitled “Voices of LGBTQ Students…What They Wish Their Teachers Knew.” He is an Easton High ELL Student Advocate/Mentor, assisting students with classroom assignment support, after school tutoring and college and career readiness and has worked in collaboration with Chesapeake College and the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center to develop a support group for ELL students.

Carroll has been recognized by parents through the Special Education Citizen Advisory Committee multiple times throughout his years working with special education students and their families. He has also been named the Giant Teacher of the Month and received Easton High’s Staff “R” for responsible Award.He has volunteered for Talbot Mentors and Special Olympics, and has served as Lead Director for YMCA Camp Lazy Days, a free 5 week summer camp for students with special needs.

Ms. Sindy Reyes has been chosen as the 2019-2020 Support Staff of the Year. Ms. Reyes is an English as a Second Language Instructional Assistant at Easton Elementary – Dobson, where she provides English language support services for kindergarten and newcomer students. A qualified English/Spanish Interpreter, she also assists with enrollment, parent-teacher conferences, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings, and special events.

Ms. Reyes has a degree in Elementary Education from Colegio Ana Geurra de Jesus, El Salvador and a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of El Salvador. She has also earned an Associate of Arts from Chesapeake College. She has worked for Talbot County Public Schools since 2001.In addition to her work at Easton Elementary, Ms. Reyes is a tutor at the Easton High Nigh School and an Equity Team member at EES Dobson.

Reyes is also very active in the community having served on the Affordable Housing Program Board since 2001 and on the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center Board. She holds leadership roles at the Iglesia Evangelica Emanuel in Easton MD as a worship leader, Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School coordinator.

“The quote, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’, describes these two individuals.” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent. “They each work at different ends of the educational spectrum, with Sindy serving our youngest and Kevin serving 14- 21 year-olds. Then at the end of the school day they work collaboratively to provide educational support for night school students.Both are so well deserving of this distinguished recognition for the commitment and passion they bring to TCPS! Congratulations to all of the nominees and finalists for making a difference in the lives of children.”

The finalists for both Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year were also recognized at the celebration.

Teacher of the Year Finalists: Lynn Aleman, fourth grade and ESOL teacher at EES – Moton; Christopher Flaherty, Instrumental Music Teacher and Band Directors at SMMHS, Caitlin McKee, Special Education Teacher, Easton Elementary – Dobson.

Support Staff of the Year Finalists: Anne McCauley, Behavior Counselor; Jennifer Miller, Senior Computer Technician; Quanesha Miller, Instructional Assistant, EES – Moton.

Talbot County Public Schools Presents 2018 Kindergarten Readiness Data

The overall results of MD 2018 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) are showing that the readiness levels for children entering Talbot County Public Schools are staying steady.  The KRA 2.0, an updated version of the assessment, was administered by all kindergarten teachers between the beginning of the school year and October 10th this year.  Items on the assessment measured students’ mastery of the end of year PreKindergarten skills, knowledge, and behaviors across four domains: Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Social Foundations, and Physical Well-Being and Motor Development.  Along with 13 other districts in the state, Talbot County again chose to complete a census administration of the assessment, meaning that all Talbot County Public School children were assessed.

In previous years, the results of the KRA assessment students with disabilities and English Language Learners were not included in with their peers.  In order to provide more transparency in the performance of all students, the 2018 KRA overall results now include the scores of students with disabilities and English Language Learners enrolled in the public schools, even if they were not able to complete the assessment with accommodations.

Initial district results show the following:

• 42% of TCPS kindergarten students began the year demonstrating readiness (demonstrating the foundational skills and behaviors that prepare students for curriculum based on the kindergarten standards)
• 41% of TCPS kindergarten students began the year approaching readiness (demonstrating some of the foundational skills and behaviors that prepare students for curriculum based on the kindergarten standards)
• 17% of TCPS kindergarten students began the year with emerging readiness (demonstrating minimal foundational skills and behaviors that prepare students for curriculum based on the kindergarten standards)

“We have an early childhood literacy coach working closely with both the schools and some of our partners serving three and four-year olds and our PreKindergarten programs to implement the Raising a Reader program.  This is a family literacy and engagement program aimed at fostering positive family involvement around reading books at home,” shared Mrs. Liz Haslup, Early Childhood and Elementary Language Arts Supervisor.“We have also implemented full day, universal PreKindergarten at the Easton Elementary School Campus this year through a PreKindergarten Expansion Grant, while maintaining our universal half day PreKindergarten at the other schools.  We look forward to seeing a positive impact of these initiatives on our readiness data in the coming years.”

More detailed state and school district data is available at the Ready At Five website.  www.readyatfive.org

TCPS Student Musicians Earn Spot 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:

Easton Middle School – Directed by Donna Ewing

Flute: Emily Branic – 7th grade, Morgan Fike – 7th grade

Clarinet: Abigail Meadows – 8th grade

Trumpet: Ian Branic – 8th grade, Philip Horner – 7th grade, Brian Warner – 8th grade

French Horn: Kate Adelman – 7th grade

Trombone: Eduardo Diaz-Chavero – 7th grade, Julian Hutchison – 7th grade, John Schwaninger – 7th grade. Richard Villeda – 8th grade, Caleb Wooters – 7th grade

Baritone: Matthew Craig – 1st Chair – 7th grade,Logan Banks – 8th grade, Grant Kirby – 8th grade

Percussion: Louis Lentz – 1st Chair Timpanist; 1st Chair Snare Drum; 1st Chair Mallets – 8th grade

Photo: EMS band members. L-R, 1st row: Donna Ewing, EMS Band Director, Morgan Fike, Emily Branic, Richard Villeda; 2nd row: John Schwaninger, Brian Warner, Kate Adelman; 3rd row: Caleb Wooters, Eduardo Diaz-Chavero, Philip Horner; 4th row: Julian Hutchison, Grant Kirby, Matthew Craig; 5th row: Abigail Meadows, Logan Banks, Louis Lentz, Ian Branic

St. Michaels Middle High School – Directed by Christopher Flaherty

Senior All Shore Trumpet and Featured Pianist – Molly Fullerton – 10th grade

Junior All Shore: Trumpet – Marty Fullerton 7th grade, French Horn – Madison White – 7th grade

Easton High School – Directed by Bri’Yahn Ritchie

Tenor Sax – Ian Mann – 12th grade

Trumpet – William Ross – 9th grade

The All-Shore Band festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 5th &6th at Queen Anne’s County High School Auditorium, 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 at this year’s Festival.”

Talbot Announces 2019 Teacher and Support Staff of the Year Finalists

Each year, Talbot County Public Schools honors teachers and support staff through the Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year Program. This provides the opportunity to recognize outstanding educators who have innovative ideas, focus positive attention on education, and demonstrate superior commitment to students.

Any member of the community may nominate teachers or support staff for these prestigious awards. Four finalists have been selected from the nominations for both Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year. TCPS is pleased to recognize these outstanding educators.

Top: Lynn Aleman and Kevin Carroll. Bottom: Christopher Flaherty and Caitlin McKee.

Teacher of the Year Finalists:

Lynn Aleman teaches fourth grade and ESOL at Easton Elementary – Moton. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Salisbury University in 2006 and a Master of Arts-ESOL for Pre-K – 12 in 2011, also from Salisbury. She has been a member of the TCPS Team since 2006.

Kevin Carroll teaches Special Education at Easton High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education K-12 from Grand Canyon University and a Master of Arts in English (TESOL) in 2018. He began his career with TCPS as an Instructional Assistant in Special Education in 2008.

Christopher Flaherty is an Instrumental Music Teacher and Band Director at St. Michaels Middle High School. He received a Bachelor of Music from Catholic University in 2003 and a Master of Music from Arizona State University in 2007. He has an Advanced Professional Certificate in PreK-12 Music Education. He began his teaching career in Arizona in 2007 and joined Talbot County Public Schools in 2014.

Caitlin McKee is a Special Education Teacher for students in grades PreK-1st at Easton Elementary – Dobson. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Unified Elementary and Special Education from Juniata College in 2006 and a Master of Science in Special Education from Drexel University in 2015. She holds Advanced Professional Certifications in Elementary Education and Special Education, and has been a Special Education teacher for Talbot County Public Schools since 2011.

Top: Anne McCauley and Jennifer Miller. Bottom: Quanesha Miller and Sindy Reyes.

Support Staff of the Year Finalists:

Anne McCauley is a Behavior Counselor, providing school-based mental health services for TCPS students. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Salisbury University. She began her career with Talbot County Public Schools in 2010.

Jennifer Miller is a Senior Computer Technician, responsible for the implementation and management of TCPS student information systems. She holds an Associates of Applied Science from Chesapeake College and is a graduate of St. Michaels High School. She began serving Talbot County students as a school secretary in 1992.

Quanesha Miller is an Instructional Assistant for English Language Learners at Easton Elementary – Moton. She is a graduate of Easton High School and has attended Chesapeake College and Coppin State University. She joined TCPS as a substitute teacher in 2016.

Sindy Reyes is an English as a Second Language Instructional Assistant at Easton Elementary – Dobson. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Colegio Ana Geurra de Jesus, El Salvador and a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of El Salvador. She has also earned an Associate of Arts from Chesapeake College. She has worked for Talbot County Public Schools since 2001.

“We received many thoughtful nominations for this year’s Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year Awards,” explained Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent. “The heartfelt testimonies show the dedication of our amazing TCPS team members.”

The 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the year winners will be announced at the annual celebration on April 11, 2019.

Education Foundation Awards More Than $33,000 in Teacher Grants

The Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation is pleased to announce that $33,174 in grants were awarded to TCPS teachers during 2018. The Foundation has funded a total of 26 projects in the elementary, middle and high schools.

“Through the generosity of our community, the Education Foundation is able to fund innovative projects that give teachers and students the opportunity to take learning to another level,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, Advisory Board Chair. “We are grateful to the organizations and individuals who have taken the lead in supporting this very important mission, and are looking forward to seeing more requests.”

From L-R: F. Graham Lee, Ty Russ, Laura Heikes, Pam Clay, Kelly L. Griffith, Superintendent, Juanita Hopkins, Rebeca Firth, David Short and Michael Fisher.

Formed in the Fall of 2016 the Education Foundation partners with the Talbot County community to promote excellence in public education and to provide financial support and other resources to enhance the quality of academic opportunities for all TCPS students. The projects funded in 2018 through the Teacher Grants program are as follows:

Diversity in Classroom Libraries – SMES
Hands On Life Science – EES-D
Powering Computational Creativity- EMS
Strategy Game Club – SMMHS
The STEM Classroom – CDES
Equitable Learning With Literature – EHS
STEM with Drones – EMS
Choir Competition Gowns – SMMHS
Creating Robotic Engineers – GT
Destination Imagination Trip to Globals – SM
Outdoor Classroom – EMS
Students for Streams- All Elementary
No Soil, No Problem! – CDES
PBIS Weekly Lesson – WMES
Diverse Classroom Posters & Resources – WMES
SMMHS Production – All Shook Up! – SMMHS
InterAct Story Theatre – EES-D
Student Published Books – CDES
Population Ecology – 5th grade Gifted & Talented
Comfortable with College – SMMHS
Flexible Seating – SMES
Seas the Day Room – WMES
Keeping UP with Technology – EMS
Campus Mosaic – Shine it UP SM
Understanding Archaeology –
The Hill Project -3rd Gifted & Talented
Aquatic Science Field Lab – SMMHS

“We are excited about the educational opportunities that the Education Foundation has been able to supplement for our students,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent. “I would especially like to thank our staff who took the time to apply for the grants. This progress also would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and tenacity of the Education Foundation Advisory Board. We are grateful for their hard work!”

The members of the Education Foundation Advisory Board are: Patrick Fitzgerald, Chair; Laura Heikes, Vice Chair; Pam Clay; Gwen Fike; Michael Fisher, MD; Rebecca Firth, Ph.D.; Howard Freedlander; Greta Gartman; Jeremy Hillyard; Juanita Hopkins; F. Graham Lee; Victoria Gomez Lozano; Richard Marks; Jo Ann Asparagus Murray; Ty Russ; David Short.

The Education Foundation raises funds through special events, such as “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” and “Mission Possible –Celebrating TCPS Alumni and Supporting Teachers,” as well as the“Honor A Teacher” program, and annual and planned giving.The TCPS Education Foundation Funds are component funds of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.To learn more about supporting the TCPS Education Foundation visit their website at www.tcpsedfoundation.org or contact Debbie Gardner, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs at 410-822-0330 ext. 102 or by email at dgardner@talbotschools.org.

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