Superintendent's Update December 2018

From Dr. Griffith

Happy Holidays to our TCPS Community! I wish you all a season filled with hope and joy, and a healthy, fulfilling and successful New Year!

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Board Members Take Oath of Office for the Talbot County Board of Education

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A swearing-in ceremony for the incumbents and newest members of the Talbot County Board of Education was held at the Talbot County Education Center on December 4, 2018.  Kathi Dulin Duvall, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Talbot County, administered the Oath of Office to five members of the Board as family members and district leaders looked on.

Mr. Michael T. Garman, District 3, and Mr. Otis Sampson District 1, ran unopposed and will each serve their second term. Mrs. Mary Wheeler won the only contested seat in District 6 in the election for the Talbot County Board of Education.  Governor Larry Hogan originally appointed her to the Board in May 2017, to fill the vacancy in District 6.  Mrs. Wheeler will serve the remaining two years of her term.

The newest members of the Board are Mrs. Emily Jackson who won the election in District 4, and Mrs. April Motovidlak who ran unopposed in District 7.  

Mrs. Motovidlak is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at the University of Maryland Shore Health System at Easton.  She and her husband, John, are Tilghman Island natives, and graduates of St. Michaels High School.  They reside in Wittman with their two daughters, Macy and Myka, who attend St. Michaels Middle High School. She is actively involved in the schools and local community.  Mrs. Motovidlak served as president of the PTO for several years at Tilghman Elementary School and currently coaches both girls’ field hockey and lacrosse.   

Mrs. Jackson is a resident of Wye Mills. A mother of four, her school-aged children currently attend Talbot County Public Schools.  She is an established professional family and newborn photographer with a studio on the Eastern Shore. Her aspiration and enthusiasm for civic responsibility and leadership began early in her life at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She has worked on Capitol Hill, for the American Public Works Association, for the University of Maryland, and a variety of grassroots philanthropic organizations in fundraising and development. 

We are extremely pleased to welcome these five members to the Talbot County Board of Education and look forward to the talent, expertise and leadership they bring to the Board and their service to Talbot County Public Schools. 

New School Report Cards Released by MSDE

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The Maryland State Department of Education released the new Maryland Report Card website on December 4, 2018.  The website contains report cards for every school in the state, including all Talbot County Public Schools.

The Maryland Report Cards provide each school’s overall score with total points earned, percentile ranking among all schools in Maryland, and a star rating based on the State’s new accountability system.  These scores reflect school performance on multiple components.  For elementary and middle schools, the system includes academic achievement, academic progress, progress in achieving English language proficiency, and measures of school quality and student success.  For high schools, the system includes academic achievement, graduation rate, progress in English language proficiency, readiness for postsecondary success, and measures of school quality and student success.  Other measures such as science and social studies assessments, school climate surveys, and computational learning will be added to the MD Report Card in the future, which could significantly impact scores.  

“Since this data has just been released, we will take time to delve into the details to determine strengths and areas for improvement,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent of Schools.  “It is important to note that because of the varying demographics of some of our schools, some scoring components are not able to be measured and it may be difficult to compare some of our schools to one another.  Overall, I am proud of the progress of our schools thus far while working the 2020 Vision strategic plan, and I look forward to continued growth in outcomes as we incorporate this information.”

Maryland introduced the new School Report Cards so students, parents, educators and community members could better understand how their schools are performing, just as report cards help parents understand how their children are doing.  The goal of the school report card is to provide a starting point and to offer concise and easy-to-understand information for each school.  The scores for Talbot County Public Schools are as follows:

  • Chapel District Elementary School earned 78% of the possible points, received 5 out of 5 stars and was in the 90th percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.
  • Easton Elementary School earned 71% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 70th percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.
  • St. Michaels Elementary School earned 71% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 71st percentile compared to other schools in the state.
  • White Marsh Elementary School earned 71% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 71st percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.
  • Tilghman Elementary School earned 78% of the possible points, received 5 out of 5 stars and was in the 89th percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.
  • Easton Middle School earned 52% of the possible points, received 3 out of 5 stars and was in the 36th percentile compared to other middle schools in the state.
  • St. Michaels Middle High School earned a combined 62% of the possible points and received 4 out of 5 stars.  Separately, St. Michaels Middle School was in the 47th percentile compared to other middle schools and St. Michaels High School was in the 67th percentile compared to other high schools in the state.
  • Easton High School earned 62% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 52nd percentile compared to other high schools in the state.

We encourage parents and other members of the community to explore the new Maryland Report Card website at MdReportCard.org, where the individual School Report Cards can be found, as well as additional resources which explain how the results were calculated.  The Maryland School Report Card represents an exciting opportunity to empower and inform schools, parents, and community members so that every school and every student in the state can succeed.  It not only gives us data about our schools, it also brings together that data in a usable way to help us ask questions, find answers, make decisions and take action.  

December Calendar Reminders!

Wednesday 12/19 -  Interims Issued | NJROTC Annual Inspection at EHS 9AM  | Board of Education Meeting at TCEC - Work Session (FY20 Budget Presentation)  6PM - Regular Meeting 7PM

Friday 12/21Early Dismissal for Students PM Teacher Inservice

December 24 - January 1- Winter Holiday

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED for the TCPS Education Foundation!

Mission Possible fully funded ALL teacher grants!

The TCPS Education Foundation held the first annual “Mission Possible – Celebrating TCPS Alumni and Supporting Teachers” fall fundraiser on Friday November 16, 2018. The event included a cocktail reception and a reverse auction benefiting the foundation’s Grants for Teachers program.  The purpose of the event was to recognize distinguished alumni, celebrate Talbot County Public Education, and raise funds, awareness, and support for the Education Foundation.

It was a remarkable evening, as our three honorees, Otis Sampson, Ann Stencil and John Valliant, shared their heartfelt appreciation for the education they received through our public school system.  While each individual’s story was unique, they all had a common theme:  TCPS teachers truly made a difference in their lives.  Their testimonies clearly had an impact.  Inspired guests quickly took the opportunity to learn about, and support the seven teachers who attended the event by fully funding their instructional initiatives.
 
Aquatic Science Field and Laboratory Experience – Saint Michaels Middle High - $1,092.80
Keeping Up with Technology – Easton Middle - $3,254.80
Student Published Books – Chapel District Elementary - $1,396.50
Campus Mosaic – Saint Michaels Middle High - $2,000
Outdoor Classroom – Easton Middle – Outdoor Classroom - $3446.42
PBIS Weekly Lessons – White Marsh Elementary - $1,135.95
No Soil, No Problem – Chapel District Elementary - $2,571.61

 

"Snow Dogs" and the "Baltimore Skyline" are on dislpay in the  Education Center Lobby Gallery!

The Lobby Gallery celebrates the talents and  creativity of our students each month with a rotating display of artwork in the TCPS Central Office. December features the paper Snow Dog  Collages of Jeremy Joseph's class at Easton Elementary along with the 'Baltimore Skyline' created by Ruby Grant, EHS senior and Interactive Media Production Completer.