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

EMS 8th Graders Perform with Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update

Members of the Easton Middle School band had the rare honor of performing with professional Jazz Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk and his band, the Jazz Update, live on stage at the Avalon.  The Talbot County and Maryland Arts Councils, the Avalon Foundation and the Dock Street Foundation joined together to generously provide artist-in-residence workshops with Antoniuk and his band for the Easton Middle 8th grade band students.

Antoniuk is internationally respected as a jazz composer and musician. Now living in Annapolis, Maryland, the Canadian born artist appears on numerous recordings and has been consistently well received by critics.  He worked with students at the school in several sessions during band class.  At the end of the final week of the program, the 8th grade musicians performed for their classmates in the morning, then performed a free public concert the same evening. Antoniuk and his band also performed several selections independently, and the concert included a brief history of the origin and development of jazz in the U.S.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity for our students,” said Donna Ewing, Easton Middle School Band Director.  “To perform in this wonderful theatre with professional musicians of this caliber is truly an inspiration. We are so grateful to the Avalon Foundation, Dock Street Foundation and the Arts Councils for making this possible.”

Whiting-Turner Sponsors EES Team for “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”

Photo: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company contributed $1000 to sponsor a team at the TCPS Education Foundation’s “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” fundraiser. Pictured L-R: Scott Saxman, Vice President, Whiting-Turner; Kelly Murdoch, Assistant Principal, Easton Elementary-Moton; Juanita Hopkins and Richard Marks, Education Foundation Advisory Board; Kathy Kohn, Assistant Principal, Easton Elementary-Moton. 

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company supported the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation’s first fundraising event “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” as a Team Sponsor for Easton Elementary School.

The fundraiser was held on May 3 in the Talbot County Auditorium at Easton High School. Six teams of 5th graders from TCPS Elementary Schools tested their knowledge and skills, answering questions from a broad range of categories. Each team also included a celebrity guest from the sponsoring organization or school community. All proceeds benefited the Education Foundation’s 2020 Fund Grants Program.

To learn more about supporting the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation, please contact Debbie Gardner, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs at

Mrs. Anna Howie will Join Talbot Schools Curriculum Team

Talbot County Public Schools has announced that Mrs. Anna Howie will join the curriculum team as Supervisor of Career and Technology Education Programs effective July 1, 2018.  Mrs. Howie will replace Mrs. Pamela Clay, who will retire at the end of June after a long and distinguished career with Talbot County Public Schools. In addition, Mrs. Howie will be providing coaching support to middle school math teachers to improve student achievement.

“Career and Technology Education truly makes a difference for our students and their future,” said Dr. Helga Einhorn, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.  “This is why it was so important to me to find someone who can continue to lead our programs with not only expertise but also a passion for student success.  I am looking forward to Mrs. Anna Howie joining our team in this very important role.  Her experience in mathematics will be an additional asset in supporting teaching and learning.”

Mrs. Howie earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (BIE) degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999.  She holds an Advanced Professional Certificate in Mathematics for grades 7-12 and Middle School Mathematics (grades 4-9), and is certified as Administrator I.   She earned a Masters in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix in 2014.

Howie currently serves as Supervisor of Mathematics and Accountability for Dorchester County Public Schools, where she has worked since 2002.   She began her career teaching middle school science, social studies, mathematics and physical education.  She has also served as Instructional Mathematics Coach, Assistant Human Resources Administrator, and Local Accountability Coordinator. Other professional development includes attending the Women in Education Leadership Conference and the Aspiring Principals Institute.

Mrs. Howie comes from a line of educators who have served Talbot County. Her grandfather, Willis Scott, Sr. taught Industrial Arts at Moton High School and her mother, Peggy Scott-Rice was an English teacher at Easton Middle School. She lives in Easton with her husband, Kirk Howie, principal of Easton High School, and their children Jaylen, KJ, and Teagan.

Easton Middle School Students Inducted into National Junior Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) recognizes outstanding middle school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established NJHS in 1929, eight years after it founded National Honor Society for high school students.

Students who qualify must submit an application and essay, and are selected based on the five criteria. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

The current officers of the Easton Middle School Chapter of NJHS are Sarah Chapple, President; Harrison Fike, Vice President; Conner Windsor , Secretary; Ashton Milhollan, Treasurer; Jonathan Storch, Historian.

Ms. Lindsay Stewart, Social Studies Teacher, and Mrs. Christa Jimenez, Special Education Teacher, serve as Advisors for the club.

The 2018 inductees are as follows:

8th Grade
Natalie Englehart
Kaitlin Flaherty
Chiara Kalinski
David Ludwig
Trevor McGowan
Eliana Oneyear
Cole Paradine
Spencer Rada
William Ross
Kaela Weisenborn
Lily Wieland

7th Grade
Carson Allen
Christopher Baynard
Jenna Billings
Erin Boyle
Ian Branic
Sophia Burkhardt
Nathan Butler
Ella Chandler
Taylor Chaney
Cathryne Christopher
Emily Dahlen
Jens Denton
Angelina Duschel
Sophia Ewing
Saige Fenwick
Crystal Ferrer-Hernandez
Courtney Fike
Madeline Frankos
Caleigh Freeman
Cassidy Gavin
Lily Harrison
Madeline Hines
Brooke Howard
Jack Jennings
Nicholas Jones
Louis Lentz
Samantha Mason
Katherine McQuillan
Corinne Mead
Abigail Meadows
Annah Mooney
Alondra Moreno-Santana
Georgia Murdoch
Alexandra Newton
Finnegan O’Neill
Mariana Perez-Ayala
Samuel Pierson
McKenna Pritchett
Caitlin Rahilly
Ethan Rash
Remy Robinson
Karli Saulsbury
Natalie Short
Maddison Spies
Jenna Stein
Jenna Stinson
Jack Townsend
Brian Warner
Kylie Weems

Miranda Walton is Ben Franklin Artist of the Month for April

L-R: Matthew Ghrist, Easton High Art Teacher; Miranda Walton, Catessa Cain, EHS Assistant Principal.

Easton High Junior Miranda Walton has been selected as the Ben Franklin Artist of the Month for April.  “Miranda’s painting is a terrific example of a value study, said Matthew Ghrist, Easton High School Art Teacher.”  The painting is the first of three paintings Foundations of Art students will create, each one focusing on important art concepts like composition, color theory, and painting processes.

Students choose a reference photo, draw and then mix a single color with black and white or it’s compliment to match the light and dark values in the picture.  “Miranda is a wonderful student, enthusiastic about learning and creating art,” added Mr. Ghrist.“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.”

Alum Launches After School Reading Program at Chapel District

Easton High School Junior Emma Chapple is a young woman who wants to make a difference in the lives of others. She is this year’s winner of the Soroptimist International of Talbot County Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through their volunteer efforts.

Emma received the Violet Richardson Award after implementing an after school reading club at Chapel District Elementary School (CDES) in Cordova, her alma mater. This involved planning and conducting an eight-week reading club.  She held fundraisers, including used book sales, to raise enough money to start the club and to purchase books. She recruited friends, family members, teachers, and community members to invest in the project and sent letters to local Ruritan clubs, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legions, who provided financial support for this project.

L-R: Melanie Chapple (Emma’s mother), Emma Chapple, Lea Ann Robinson, Media Specialist, Chapel District Elementary; Jodi Coleman, Principal, Chapel District Elementary.

The Soroptimist Violet Richardson award included a monetary award for Emma, as well as a check for $500 for her non-profit project. Recently Emma paid a visit to Chapel District Elementary to present the check to the library.  “I loved attending CDES. I have lasting bonds with many of the teachers there and my little brother currently attends school there,” Emma explained. “I also love working with children and wanted them to become more confident in their reading skills. In addition, it is my career goal to become a teacher.”

As part of her project, Emma raised over $1000 to start the program and purchase books for at-risk children to improve their reading skills over the summer, having learned that reading on grade level by fourth grade is critical to long term success in school. She also wanted to expose children to different types of literature, as her research has shown that this can help foster a lifelong love of reading, increase vocabulary, and promote self-expression.

Emma says the impact of the project was immediate, as children enrolled in the afternoon club expressed increased enthusiasm for reading. “I have had so many children who I have worked with come up to me in the community to give me hugs and tell me how much they liked being part of my reading club,” Emma adds. “My favorite and most memorable part of my experience was the last day of the reading club when all of the kids came up to me to give me hugs and told me what their favorite book was and how much they were going to miss me.”

TCPS Career and Technology Students Attain Automotive Industry Certifications

Talbot County Public Schools Career and Technology Education Pathways offer students the opportunity to earn College Credits and Industry Standard Certifications in a variety of industries and fields of study.

One of those pathways is Automotive Technician (NATEF).Successful students may attain industry certification through the National Automotive Skill Standards Assessments in Engine Performance, Maintenance Light Repair, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Repair, Brakes and Suspension & Steering.

The following students are eligible for or have earned automotive industry NATEF certifications:  Evan Cohoon, Tim Jensen, Collin Mills, David Edwards, Colby Florkewicz, Alex Morales-Donis, Seth Horney, Ben Corbin, Brad Moore, Noah Fountain, Mason Parks, Henry Brady, Michael Clark, Dan Davis, Sam Harrison.

Paige Friedman’s Artwork Showcased at First Lady Yumi Hogan’s Exhibition

Easton High School Junior Paige Friedman was among the talented students whose artwork was chosen for the First Lady Yumi Hogan’s Spring 2018 Student Artwork Exhibition.  Paige is pursuing the Interactive Media Production Career and Technology Pathway at Easton High School under the direction of Mrs. Garnette Hines.  Her painting, created with Adobe Illustrator, is titled “Crane Mountain.”

First Lady Hogan, the Maryland State Department of Education-Office of Fine Arts, the Maryland Art Education Association and the Maryland State Arts Council partner to host the annual exhibition to recognize outstanding Maryland student artists.  An opening reception for student artists and their families was held at the House of Delegates Gallery Space on March 19, and the student artwork will remain on display there until September 2018.

“We are very pleased to see Paige’s work recognized at this special exhibition, and we look forward to seeing her continue to develop her talent,” said Mr. James Redman, Curriculum Supervisor for Fine Arts at Talbot County Public Schools.