Colonel Richardson High School

January 2020

Colonel Richardson High School

Dr. Nikki VonDenBosch, Principal

Jared Sherman, Assistant Principal

Thomas Jefferson, Dean of Students

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Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a relaxing holiday break.

There are just a few weeks left in the first semester. January is also a busy month for testing. Please review the following dates as we close out semester 1.

  • MISA testing and Accuplacer testing is the first full week of January.

  • Finals will be on the 27th and 28th of January.

  • Wednesday the 29th is Transition day. If a student needs to make up a final they must schedule it with their teacher. There is no school for students otherwise.

  • The week before finals (January 21-24th) is MCAP testing for English 10 and Algebra II.

  • Grades are stored on January 30th and report cards go home on February 10th.

Please make sure you are checking powerschool regularly to keep up to date with your child's progress.


Dr. Nikki VonDenBosch


Colonel's Students of the Month

Freshman Nathan Howard

Nathan Howard was nominated to be the Student of the Month for the Freshman class by Mrs. Ozman. Mrs. Ozman states, “Nathan is driven to be successful in the classroom and is also a dedicated athlete. He is kind, respectful, and has a great sense of humor. He always goes the extra mile and helps clean up his work area, looks out for his peers, and actively participates in class discussions.” Nathan lives with his mom, dad, and dog named Marley in Preston. His favorite class is Language Arts (English 9) with Mrs. Ozman because “it is fun and interesting – like reading Shakespeare.” His extracurricular activities include JV Basketball and JV Football. Outside of school, Nathan likes to play video games (NBA) and play football, basketball, and baseball with his friends. After high school, Nathan would like to go to medical school (Johns Hopkins) to become a General Practitioner.

FUN FACT: Nathan’s favorite rapper is Lil’ TJay!

Sophomore Daniel Banko

Daniel Banko was nominated by Mrs. Donovan to be the Student of the Month for the Sophomore class. Mrs. Donovan states, “Daniel is a TOUGH student because he Treats others with Respect. Daniel is always respectful to myself and his peers. He encourages others and creates a fun and welcoming environment in my classroom.” Daniel lives in Preston with his mom, and 2 boxers named Juno and Cooper. His favorite class in high school is Introduction to Engineering through the Project Lead the Way program taught my Mr. Davis. Daniel states that the class was a, “really good atmosphere and everyone was really nice and inviting.” Daniel’s extracurricular activities include Unified Bocce and Unified Tennis. Outside of school, Daniel likes to go camping and biking. After high school he would like to move West to go to college and major in something in the field of Science.

FUN FACT: Daniel is allergic to crabs!

Junior Mackenzie Phelps

Mackenzie Phelps has been nominated to be the Student of the Month for the Junior class by Ms. Parker. Ms. Parker states, “She comes to Geometry class prepared and ready to work every day. She is always willing to help other students and goes above and beyond. She is a caring, thoughtful, and respectful student and a pleasure to have in class.” Mackenzie lives in Federalsburg with her mom, stepdad, 2 younger brothers, dog named Anchor, and fish named George. Her favorite class in high school is US History with Mr. Evans because, “history is my easiest subject.” Her extracurricular activities include being the statistician for the Wrestling team. Outside of school she spends her time babysitting, working at Copeland Racing Sports, or sleeping. After high school, Mackenzie would like to go to Harvard or Johns Hopkins to become a Pediatric Neurosurgeon.

FUN FACT: Mackenzie was born in Canada!

Senior Megan Kirk

Megan Kirk was nominated to be the Student of the Month for the Senior class by Mrs. Bridges. Mrs. Bridges states, “Megan consistently strives for excellence both in and out of the classroom. Megan demonstrates integrity by holding herself accountable for academic assignments in a team setting. Megan challenges herself by going above and beyond with her attention to detail - even when she faces difficult tasks.” Megan lives in Federalsburg with her mom, dad, 2 younger sisters, and younger brother. Her favorite high school class is the NJROTC program. Megan plans to go into the Navy and the program helps her prepare. She is currently the Executive Officer, 2nd in command, and the only student from Caroline County to hold an executive position. Megan’s extracurricular activities include Varsity Basketball and Varsity Softball. Outside of school, Megan likes to go shopping and listen to music. After high school, Megan is planning to go into the Navy; she is currently waiting for her Congressional Nomination to get accepted into the Naval Academy or will be enlisting in the Navy.

FUN FACT: Megan has a birthmark in her eye!

Counsler's Corner

CRHS Counselors:

Ms. Reed- 9th and 11th grades

Ms. North- 10th and 12th grades

Here are two opportunies for money for College!!!




CRHS Character Counts January

The Character Counts quote for January 2020 is based on the pillar of responsibility and the character traits of being motivated and productive. College basketball coach Lou Holtz said "Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it."

This month, students will discuss the importance of, and how to stay motivated, even in the face of adversity. Teachers will help students identify a goal, map out a plan to reach that goal, and track their success. These are great character traits to keep top-of-mind at the start of a new calendar year and towards the end of the academic semester. Staying motivated and productive is especially important in classes that will be testing during the month of January!

Students will also be rewarded with a TOUGH Tag when they are particularly productive or motivated towards a goal or when they are able to help a peer stay motivated and productive. That is really going “Above and Beyond” and “Having Heart!”

Nurse's Corner

Cindy Spies BSN, RN

  • If your child is sick, especially with a fever (100° or more), keep him or her at home until he or she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Teach and remind your child to cover the mouth and nose with tissues when sneezing or coughing. Throw tissues away promptly. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into the bend of the elbow.
  • Teach and remind your child to wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Teach and remind your child to use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Teach and remind your child to keep his or her hands away from the face
  • Avoid being around people who are sick
  • Make sure your child (and family members) receives a seasonal flu vaccine
  • Make the school aware of new or changed contact numbers so that we may reach you promptly

Choptank Community Health Systems is offering School Based Wellness on Wednesdays. It is a convenient source of quality health care staffed with a nurse practitioner that works in collaboration with your child’s doctor.

If you have any questions or need enrollment forms please call Mrs. Spies 410-754-5078.

Happy New Year!

Class of 2020 News

Class Advisors

Ms. Rizzo

Mr. Shelly

Class of 2020, you are one month step closer to graduation!!! Senior class t-shirts have been ordered, they should be in after Winter Break for you to pick up from Ms. Rizzo or Mr. Shelly. A website will be created for you (or your parents) to order extra items with the Class of 2020 design printed on them. Please check your emails in the next few weeks for more information regarding ordering options and Senior Dues! Also be sure to check out Mrs. France's graduation updates, cap and gown orders are VERY important!

Class of 2021 News

Class Advisors

Mrs. France

Mr. Sousa

Happy New Year! Mr. Sousa and I hope you had a restful holiday break. Now the work begins!

Prom meetings will be held regularly and students should check their email for details. We will be asking for parent help as soon as the students decide on the specifics of what they want.

Thank you to Stacey Todd, Keli Worm and Deneen Rickwood for taking the lead on the Tervis Tumbler fundraiser. This has been very successful for the class. If you are interested in buying one, please contact one of them or one of the class advisors. They will also be sold at many of the winter sport events at school. All money earned will go toward Prom 2020.

Congratulations to the Junior Class for winning the winter Spirit Week and Candy Cane Spirit Stick! Chris Bowden won the cookie eating contest. Jordan Ricketts, Erin Bishop and Grace Buchanan won the gift wrapping race. Will Turner and Jordan Acree participated in the scavenger hunt, and Jordan was the overall winner!

The Junior Class was also the winner of the inaugural Turkey Bowl held back in November. Our turkey trophy is proudly displayed in the case in the front hall! Have you figured out yet that this class loves a good competition?

Final exams for semester 1 will be given on January 27 and 28. Students should check with their teachers for details.

As always, please contact either advisor if you have any questions: Mike Sousa at or Bernadette France at

Class of 2022 News

Class Advisors

Ms. Bee

Mr. Love


To Purchase:

See Mr. Love or Mrs. Bee

Pay through MySchoolBucks

$20 eachlots of sizes!!!

Class of 2023 News

Class Advisors

Ms. Wittman

Mr. Williams

The Class of 2023 has wrapped up their Yankee Candle fundraiser; They made a BIG Profit! Stay to hear more about the Spring Fundraiser.


Presented by the CRHS and CRMS Drama Clubs

February 13-15 @ 7:00pm and February 16 @ 2:00pm

CRHS Auditorium

Adults: $7 Children: $5

“Once on This Island Jr.” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Yearbook News

The price of the yearbook is $65 until April 15,

To order go to the following website,

Credit Recovery @ CRHS

The CCPS credit recovery program provides an opportunity for currently enrolled high school students to recover credit (repeat a course) through the online APEX program. Certified teachers provide academic support, instruction and remediation.

With assistance from the school counselor, eligible students must complete the Credit Recovery form, obtain parent/guardian signature and attend the program (Monday through Thursday - 3pm to 5pm). Course completion is self-paced within a 90 day window.

Please use the Evening Credit Recovery Form to register for credit recovery courses.

Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line

The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is an anonymous reporting system used to report threats to the safety and/or well-being of students. Students, parents, faculty, staff, and members of communities throughout Maryland may use this anonymous, app- and web-based reporting system to share their concerns, such as:

  • Mental health crises
  • Bullying
  • School and community violence
  • Drug activity
  • Abuse
  • Harassment
  • Other issues affecting our Maryland students

The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is a tool for proactively addressing harmful situations and helping students who need it. By using a variety of communication modes to support the reporting and routing of tips, The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line empowers the citizens of Maryland to create a culture of preparedness, prevention, and school safety for our students.

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Parking Permits

Parking permits for the 2019-2020 school year are available to students with a valid driver's license and vehicle insurance. Priority is given to seniors, juniors, and athletes.

A copy of valid driver's license, proof of insurance, and a completed and signed permit application must be turned in to Mr. Jefferson before payment is processed and permit issued.

Go to to pay online or pick up a payment form at Back to School Night or in the office.