Superintendent's Update February 2019

February Update

Welcome to the second semester of the school year! We have alot going on in the month of February as we recognize Black History Month, Career and Technology Education Month as well as Gifted and Talented month.   Please enjoy reading about a few of the notable accomplishments of our students and some exciting initiatives taking place.  We will post more updates on activities throughout Febraury on our District Website and Social Media Channels. 

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday February 5th -Report Cards Issued
  • Friday February 15th - Early Dismissal
  • Monday February 18th - President's Day - schools closed
  • Wednesday February 20th - Board of Education Meeting
  • February 23rd and 24th - SMMHS Musical Production, "ALL SHOOK UP"


FY20 Budget to be approved at the February 20th Board Meeting

The TCPS Budget is important to all of Talbot County. Please review our proposed budget and leave comments or feedback! 

TCPS FY20 Proposed Budget Budget Presentation Video FY19 Budget Presentation Slides FY20 One Page Budget Summary Leave Feedback

TCPS and Chesapeake College Announce Exciting Scholarship Opportunity for Aspiring Teachers!

The TCPS Teacher Education Scholarship  is a one year scholarship that is available to students pursuing a teaching career.  Students may apply annually, beginning in their second year at Chesapeake College or third year and/or fourth year at a four-year school majoring in education. The $3000 scholarship may be awarded for a maximum of three years (for students who first applied in their 2nd year at Chesapeake College), and payment will be made directly to Chesapeake College or a four year school in equal parts, one per semester.  Scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time of the year.

Construction is Underway! Easton Elementary Project Update

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Although the replacement Easton Elementary School project has experienced significant challenges due to the weather, the work has continued to maintain the projected construction milestones.  The new building is still expected to be complete by April of 2020!  The gallery of photos shows the current construction progress. The work taking place consists primarily of the following:  general site preparation, underground utility installation, footer and concrete slab pours. We will keep you posted as the building progresses. We are all looking forward the fantastic new EES campus and applaud the construction crews for keeping the project on track despite the tough weather conditions!


TCPS Launches FROG Classroom Learning Management Parent Portal 

Parents will soon have access to our FROG Learning Management System ! We are exited to roll out the Parent Portal to middle and high school parents to increase opportunities for parents to be engaged and involved in their student's education. 

Training sessions for parents will be February 21st and 28th at Easton High at 6:00 PM in the Media Center and Febraury 26th at 6:00 PM in the Media Center at St. Michaels Middle High. Come meet Eric Moseley our TCPS FROG expert and learn how you can keep track of your student's assignments and when work is submitted  before grades are posted in PowerSchool! 

TCPS Students Join the Empty Bowls Event

TCPS Fine Arts Classes Create Beautiful Ceramic Bowls for the Community Dinner on February 24th

Middle and High School students of Talbot County Public Schools have participated in the Talbot County Empty Bowls initiative for the past 5 years.  In art classes students were given the opportunity to design, construct and glaze ceramic bowls which will be donated to the community dinner on February 24th.  Not only do our students learn ceramics techniques but they also become educated on food insecurity in our own backyards.  100% of the ticket sales for the dinner go to local food pantries . Talbot County Empty Bowls has distributed over $163,000 to area food pantries since 2009.

Empty Bowls was the brainchild of  North Carolina high school art teacher, John Hartom. In 1990, Hartom challenged his students to make enough ceramic bowls to host a meal for the school faculty.  During the meal, Hartom and his wife, Lisa Blackburn, also an art educator, reminded the group that even though they were not hungry because they had just eaten, many in the community still had empty bowls. The guests were invited to keep their soup bowls as a reminder of those less fortunate. This event evolved into the non-profit organization, Empty Bowls, which now raises millions of dollars for hunger-related causes internationally. We are supported 100% by volunteer efforts.

Special thanks to our Fine Arts teachers at EHS, Matt Ghrist and Jonathan Crist, and SMMHS, Bridget Whited, for integrating the project in their classrooms.


Talbot County Public Schools’ Career and Technology Programs Celebrate Career and Technical Education Month!


Students and faculty at Easton Middle School, Easton High School and St. Michaels Middle High School will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month®. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Today – Own Tomorrow!” CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE helps students become college- and career- ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields. Among the special activities scheduled are:

  • A new website with up-to-date information on all 12 CTE Pathways. VISIT NEW SITE
  • Student produced videos highligting teachers and students from each pathway will be promoted through the CTE website and Social Media.
  • A video showcasing all CTE pathways will play in the display case at Easton High School.
  • St. Michaels Middle High students will create window decorations promoting the CTE programs.
  • The National Technical Honor Society Induction will be held at St. Michaels Middle High School. 
  • CTE Students will participate in various community and school service projects. 
  • Talbot County Public Schools will host their Annual CTE Advisory Board Dinner and Meeting on Tuesday, February 26th at Easton High School.  The Culinary Arts students will provide the dinner.  All advisory members, administrators, school counselors, and CTE teachers will be invited.

“The activities planned over the next month will highlight the CTE courses offered to our students, as well as the career and post-secondary educational opportunities that can result,” said Anna Howie, Career and Technology Education Supervisor. “By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders.”

TCPS CTE  programs fall under ten career clusters or groupings of interrelated occupations that represent the full range of career opportunities in key economic sectors of Maryland’s economy.  At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.  For more information about Talbot County Public Schools’ Career and Technology programs, call 410-822-0330.

Black History Month

During the month of February, we celebrate the heritage, accomplishments, and culture of African Americans in the United States.  Each of our schools plans activities throughout the month to help raise awareness of these important contributions to national and world history.  School activities include: daily quotes; history fact/table at Basketball games; students reading Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; school-wide poster contest sponsored by the NAHS and AAA; read aloud time utilizing expanded racial equity libraries; conversations about great sports figures from past and present, such as Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in professional baseball; Students participating in the lessons "Pioneers of Change" where they read excerpts from primary and secondary source documents to gather information about African American pioneers of change. 

We are very excited about the opportunity for our students to learn from and with each other about the rich history and notable achievements of African Americans in the United States and beyond.


2019 All Shore Band

Congratulations to the TCPS Students who were recently selected for Junior and Senior All-Shore Bands!

St. Michaels Middle High

  • Molly Fullerton - Trumpet and featured pianist - 10th grade 
  • Marty Fullerton - Trumpet - 7th grade
  • Madison White - French horn - 7th grade

Easton Middle - Junior All Shore

  • Emily Branic - Flute-7th grade
  • Morgan Fike - Flute-7th grade
  • Abigail Meadows -Clarinet- 8th grade
  • Ian Branic -Trumpet- 8th grade
  • Philip Horner - Trumpet-7th grade
  • Brian Warner - Trumpet-8th grade
  • Kate Adelman - French Horn-7th grade
  • Eduardo Diaz-Chavero - Trombone-7th grade
  • Julian Hutchison - Trombone-7th grade
  • John Schwaninger - Trombone-7th grade
  • Richard Villeda - Trombone-8th grade
  • Caleb Wooters - Trombone-7th grade
  • Matthew Craig - Baritone-1st Chair - 7th grade
  • Logan Banks -Baritone- 8th grade
  • Grant Kirby -Baritone- 8th grade
  • Louis Lentz - Percussion:-1st Chair Timpanist; 1st Chair Snare Drum; 1st Chair Mallets - 8th grade

Easton High - Senior All Shore

  • Ian Mann - Tenor Sax - 12th grade
  • William Ross - Trumpet - 9th grade

Education Foundation Awards Over $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.”

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.