Message from Dr. Griffith

Fall is here! Our students are immersed in learning both in and out of the classroom and will be receiving their first interim reports this week!  There is so much happening at all of our schools! Don’t miss the opportunity to see our fall theatre productions, as Easton High presents “West Side Story” and Saint Michaels Middle High presents “Noises Off.”

“West Side Story”

October 26th and 27th – 7:00 p.m

October 28th – 2:00 p.m.

November 2 & 3 – 7:00 p.m.

November 3 – 7:00 p.m.

“Noises Off”

November 9 & 10 - 7:00 p.m.

November 16 & 17 - 7:00 p.m.

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Election Day Is Coming!

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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 have not registered, you can easily do so using the link above.  THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THE 2018 ELECTION IS OCTOBER 16TH AT 9:00 PM.

 

What is "Question A"?

A critical item on the ballot this year is Question A.  Your vote for Question A could dramatically impact the resources available in our County.  If you would  like to learn more about Question A,  download the QUESTION A INFORMATION SHEET or visit http://whatisquestiona.com.

FY20 Budget Process

The process to develop the FY 20 budget has already begun!  The principals will soon present their budgets to Senior Staff.  Please ensure that your voice is heard by responding to the Public Budget Priorities Web Survey, CLICK FOR SURVEY.  The following are the key milestones:

October
Board of Education Budget Work Session –Principal Presentations
Executive Team drafts the proposed budget for discussion
November
Board of Education Budget Work Session – Review MSDE State Aid projections and meet with departments and schools to review needs.
December
Presentation of Proposed FY20 Budget to Board Members & Community
January
Board of Education Budget Work Session – Revised budget moves to second reader.
Public Budget Hearing with the Board of Education
February
Board of Education Votes on FY20 Budget Request
March
Superintendent presents the FY20 Board of Education Budget to the Talbot County Council.
May
Public Budget Hearing with Talbot County Council

Are You Ready for Flu Season?

Talbot County Public Schools in partnership with the Talbot County Health Department is offering seasonal flu clinics throughout the month of October. Clinics for middle and high school students will be held during the school day.   Due to vaccinations being administered through injection, elementary school clinics will be held after school as a parent is required to attend.  Check the schedule for the date of your child’s school’s clinic.  Forms will be sent home from your school, and are available on the TCPS website: Click to  Download, please complete the forms and return them to your child’s school if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity.

The Talbot County Health Department recommends that we all take the following preventative actions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Limit contact with others as much as possible when you are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home if at all possible.  CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, preferably with a tissue.  Throw the tissue away.  Do not carry it in your hand.  If you do not have a tissue, sneeze or cough into the bend of your elbow.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Keep your hands away from your face.  Germs are spread this way.

Let’s work together to keep our schools and families healthy!

TCPS Professional Development Summit 2018

IMG_2242.jpgFriday October 12  was a day off for students, but the TCPS Team was BUSY! We held our very first teacher led professional development day at Easton High School for all TCPS certified staff and instructional assistants. The program focused on equity and building our capacity to meet the needs of all students, specifically: empowering students, equity lens, perception and perspective, equitable access, interrupting racism and being culturally inclusive.   

What is Equity?  Equity and equality are two strategies we must use in an effort to achieve fairness.  Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful.  Equality is treating everyone the same.  Equality aims to promote fairness, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same help, and we all know this is not the situation in most classrooms. 

Through the Equity Summit, we were able to learn from and with one another.  Public education should not discriminate, but sometimes it does.  We need to ensure that lack of support and barriers to access to education do not exist.  Fixing the systematic obstacles (rather than trying to fix individual differences) requires us to be more intentional, but the extra work pays off!  As Audre Lorde maintains, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences. We must do our part to ensure that every child feels special.

At the same time we hosted our first ever Professional Development opportunity for all TCPS support staff in the morning at Easton Middle School. This training included topics such as IT Training, MABE Updates, Crisis Intervention/Prevention, and more.  This too was a fantastic opportunity for members of our team to share their knowledge and expertise and for support staff to broaden their knowledge, skills and persepctives.


Governor Hogan Announces the Launch of the Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line

safe-schools.pngGovernor Larry Hogan has announced  the launch of “Safe Schools Maryland,” a tip line and mobile app designed to streamline reporting of possible threats to students and school facilities. The Governor made the announcement at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) with student leaders, education officials, members of law enforcement and others in attendance.

Students, family members, parents, teachers, administrators, and other community members can anonymously report information to Safe Schools Maryland via a mobile app available for download through the Apple App Store or Google Play, online at www.SafeSchoolsMD.org, or by calling 1-833-MD-B-SAFE (1-833-632-7233). Trained technicians will respond to reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

 

TCPS Has Student Interns Available!

Did you know that TCPS has a student internship program?  TCPS Work Based Learning provides students the opportunity to learn technical, academic and employability skills by working in a real work environment.  This can  prepare students for future careers and allow them to connect the material they are learning in the classroom with work. They gain relevant experience that will enhance their college and career resumes. Additionally, they have a chance to try out potential careers or explore new interests.

Through TCPS Work Based Learning, students collaborate with their work site supervisor to determine the types of tasks they will be completing. Our students have had opportunities such as shadowing medical professionals, driving a combine on a local farm, building houses with a contracting company and more. Students are also able to showcase their relevant skills, especially in the social media and technology realm.

If your business could benefit from a student intern, please contact Jodie Colombo, School-to-Career Facilitator at jcolombo(at)talbotschools.org or 410-490-4763.

Support Innovation in Education through the TCPS Education Foundation!

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The TCPS Education Foundation will hold 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 benefiting 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.

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