Welcome back everyone!
It’s a joy to see all of our buildings alive with students and staff, all with renewed enthusiasm. There is already so much happening at TCPS, it’s going to be a fantastic year!
Literacy and Pre-K Grants
Thanks to a $1.78 million grant from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), this year we have added literacy coaches for all grade levels, professional learning for school-based literacy teams to improve instruction across all content areas, and needed resources to support these initiatives.
TCPS was also awarded a Preschool Expansion grant from MSDE in the amount of $271,728. This funding will provide for expansion of the Pre-Kindergarten program at Easton Elementary – Dobson for the 2018-2019 school year. This opportunity was limited only to schools which have a Free and Reduced Meals (FARMS) rate of 65% or greater, so Dobson was the only school in Talbot County that qualified to apply.
Renee Warfield is Maryland Teacher of the Year Finalist!
Each year, the Maryland Department of Education Teacher of the Year Panel selects seven teachers from counties across the State as finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year. Talbot County Public Schools is very pleased and extremely proud to announce that TCPS Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Renee Warfield, has been named as a State Finalist. This is the second year in a row that a TCPS teacher has been a finalist for the State award. Renee is to be commended for her advocacy for each student’s culture to be respected and each student’s voice to be heard. She believes in the importance of gaining a comprehensive understanding of a child and his or her background in order to effectively meet their needs as student and empower them to succeed! She is a tremendous asset to TCPS and we are so proud of her!
The Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced at the annual gala in Baltimore on October 12, we certainly know who we think should win!
Talbot Goes Purple
Talbot County Public Schools is proud to continue our support of Tidewater Rotary and Sheriff Gamble’s Talbot Goes Purple initiative. It is imperative for all of us to work collaboratively and with a sense of urgency in educating our community on substance abuse. The school system has embraced Talbot Goes Purple by providing assemblies, adding more awareness in our health curriculum, and creating clubs in our schools for our students. The clubs help students understand the risks and dangers associated with drug and alcohol use; understand the signs and symptoms of use/abuse; and develop the skills to resist drugs and alcohol.
We began this school year by showing our support on our TCPS opening day with all members of the TCPS Team wearing our Talbot Goes Purple shirts, thanks to a generous donation from VFW Post 5118! All of our schools will have “TGP” themed events throughout the month of September. We know this synergy will continue throughout the school year as we work with community partners to bring guest speakers highlighting the importance of child wellness and substance abuse prevention. Shine your purple lights and start the conversation about substance abuse prevention. It really does make a difference!
Talbot Goes Purple Events for the Remainder of September
Easton High –
- 9/18 Girls Soccer
- 9/20 Volleyball
- 9/21 Football
Saint Michaels Middle High -
- 9/26 - Boys Soccer
- 9/20 - Golf
- 9/27 - Field Hockey
Easton Middle - Talbot Goes Purple club begins
Film Screenings and Resource Fair
James Wahlberg is coming to Talbot County for two free community screenings of the powerful film, “If Only.” The short film is co-written by Wahlberg and is intended to create a meaningful dialogue between parents and children, and within communities, about prescription drug misuse and opiate addiction. The film is presented by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and Millennium Health.
For Students -
- 9/25 - EHS
- 9/26 - SMMHS
For the Public -
- 9/25 at EHS - Resource fair at 5:30; film at 6:30
- 9/26 at SMMHS Resource fair at 5:30; film at 6:30
Bryan Brothers Foundation
At Opening Day we had the honor or recognizing the Bryan Brothers Foundation with our Community Partner Award. The Foundation’s mission is to help ensure that all children on the Eastern Shore have the opportunity to experience personal growth through participation in youth sports, recreation and development programs.
The Bryan Brothers Foundation has helped TCPS with playground equipment, sports teams, program enhancements, after school clubs, NJROTC, Suicide and Bullying prevention with Text To Stop It, and much more. While our intention was to celebrate and thank them for all that they have done for our students, we were surprised and delighted when they presented us with yet another gift, a $5,000 donation to our Career and Technology Education Programs!
Election Day Is Coming!
There are many important decisions to be made through this year’s election. We should all exercise our duty and our right to cast our vote. If you are not registered to vote, you can easily do so using the link above. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THE 2018 ELECTION IS OCTOBER 16TH AT 9:00 PM.
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