American Education Week Schools/Offices Two Hour and Forty-Five Minute Early
November 14, 2014
School Holidays and Dates to Remember
American Education Week
Tuesday, November 18
Community Town Meeting (7 p.m. at Winters Mill High School)
Wednesday, November 26
Schools/Offices Two Hour and Forty-Five Minute Early
Dismissal – Last Day Before Thanksgiving Holiday
Schools Closed for Pre-Kindergarten Students
Schools/Offices Closed – Thanksgiving Holiday
Board President Virginia Harrison and Superintendent Stephen Guthrie will be hosting a town meeting
on Tuesday, November 18, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Winters Mill High School, located at 560 Gorsuch
Road in Westminster.
The purpose of the town meeting is to create an open dialogue with parents and the community.
Members of the community are invited to attend and address their concerns or ask questions regarding
education topics and issues. The meeting is intended to be an open forum; however, depending on the
number of participants the time for each speaker may be limited.
Carey Gaddis, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, 410-751-3020
Food and Coat Drive – Mt. Airy Middle School
During American Education Week, Mt. Airy Middle School will be celebrating spirit week and holding a
food and coat drive to support local families in need. The food and coat drive is in honor of Mrs. Tara
Sherwin, mother of three boys (two attend Mt. Airy Middle and one attends South Carroll High School),
who died in a car accident in October. The family requested that donations be made to charity in her
honor. Parr’s Ridge and Mt. Airy Elementary will be partnering with Mt. Airy Middle for the food and
coat drive. The culminating activity will be a “teacher sliming” that will take place on Friday, November
21, at 2:00 p.m. During the event, students who brought in food or coats will be selected to choose a
staff member to “slime.”
Karl Streaker, Principal, Mt. Airy Middle School, 410-751-3554
Monsanto Grant Celebration – Northwest Middle School
Northwest Middle School will hold a celebration of its America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Grant,
sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, on Friday, November 21, at 2:00 p.m.
As part of the celebration, Northwest Middle School will be presented with a check for $10,000 for the
construction of a greenhouse and bed-raised gardens for vegetation. In addition, the farmers that
nominated Carroll County Public Schools for the grant will be recognized for their support of the school
The vegetation will be used at the school and the local food pantry and will improve water quality and
erosion control in streams and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. After considering the area’s rich
agricultural history, Northwest Middle School decided to focus on the concept of “food to table” with
students and community members. The goal is to encourage everyone to understand where their food
comes from and to make informed decisions related to producing and purchasing food. The school also
hopes to create a greater awareness of healthy eating.
Angela McCauslin, Principal, Northwest Middle School, 410-751-3270
Northwest Regional Faculty Talent Show
Francis Scott Key High School will be hosting the third annual Northwest Regional Faculty Talent Show
on Friday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the FSK auditorium. Performers will include faculty and staff
from the northwest region schools. The audience will vote for their favorite acts. Admission is $5 and
any children are under five years old are admitted for free.
Michelle Brilhart, [email protected]
31 Bag Bingo – East Middle School
The East Middle School PTO is hosting a 31 Bag Bingo on Friday, December 5, at Pleasant Valley Fire Hall.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is available for purchase from the Pleasant Valley Fire
Department. Bingo begins at 7:00 p.m. Bags are stuffed full of goodies, cash and gift cards. There will
be 20 Games, 2 Specials, and Loser Bingo. Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. For
tickets, please contact Deniece Schaeffer, 410-876-6750.
Deniece Schaeffer, 410-876-6750
One Book, One School – West Middle School
West Middle School is conducting its second bi-annual One Book, One School initiative during the 20142015 school year. The entire school community is reading the book Touching Spirit Bear by Ben
Mikaelsen. The book was selected based on its appeal to a wide audience of readers and its worthy
message, especially for the middle school student. The initiative is funded by a Read-a-Thon, which was
held earlier in November. It will culminate in a large, family-friendly event in the spring.
Judy Brubach, Media Specialist, West Middle School, 410-751-3661
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