Colonel Richardson High School

March 2020

Colonel Richardson High School

Nikki VonDenBosch, Principal

Jared Sherman, Assistant Principal

Thomas Jefferson, Dean of Students

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Principal's Mesage

Dear CRHS Parents/Guardians,

Spring is just around the corner! With spring comes a new season of clubs, athletics, prom, the senior trip, and graduation! Please review the following information:

- Sports and clubs are a privilege. If you are not following school rules participation in any club, band, or sport can be revoked. Pay attention to your coaches'/directors' rules too, sometimes they have more extensive requirements and consequences than the handbook! Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to participate in extracurricular activities.

-Prom is on Saturday, April 25th. Students must be in school all day on Friday the 24th to attend prom. Students can not come to school late or leave early either. Friday's attendance is checked for admission to the prom.

-Seniors: If you do not have your 75 service learning hours you need to get them as soon as possible! That is a graduation requirement. Graduation will be here before you know it! Please review the important information below in the graduation spotlight.

I hope everyone has an amazing second semester full of hard work and fun.


Dr. VonDenBosch

Colonel's Students of the Month

Freshman Jayla Holliday

Jayla Holliday has been nominated to be the Student of the Month for the Freshman class by Mrs. Wittman and Mrs. Ozman. Mrs. Wittman states, “I would like to nominate Jayla Holiday for the Class of 2023 Student of the Month. Jayla is an amazing student who excels academically and consistently pushes her peers to be better. Jayla often demonstrates all facets of being TOUGH. She always treats others with respect, has a great work ethic to obtain her goals, and is willing to go above and beyond to help others. She has heart and consistently displays an understanding of differences. She will interject when she sees someone acting poorly towards another student and she is able to do so in a matter-of-fact non-accusatory manner. Jayla leads by example; when working on a team task will routinely check with her teammates to ensure understanding and completion of the assignment, pushing them to excel. She is a model student and very deserving of this recognition.” Jayla lives in Federalsburg with her mom, 2 older sisters, and 1 older brother. Jayla’s favorite class is English Language Arts with Mrs. Ozman and Mrs. Wittman because English class, “allows me to express myself through writing.” Jayla is a member of the CRHS Spirit Club and spends her time outside of school volunteering at her church and participating in a writing group with her sisters. After high school, Jayla would like to attend Old Dominion University in Virginia (because her sister went there and she was born in VA) to major in English & Education to one day become a high school English Teacher.

FUN FACT: Jayla’s middle name, MacBeth, is inspired by a Shakespeare play!

Sophomore Cam Errickson

Cam Errickson has been nominated to be the Student of the Month for the Sophomore class by Mrs. Whitten. Mrs. Whitten states, “He is always polite and respectful. I never have to ask him for help and he is always willing to jump in and help peers, myself, and anyone who may need it! He is a TOUGH student that is always on top of his game!” Cam lives in Preston with his mom, 2 younger sisters, 1 younger brother, and 1 dog named Buster. Cam’s favorite class in high school are Biology and Environmental Science because they were both taught by Mrs. Bee. Cam states, “Mrs. Bee is nice and finds a way for us to get our work done in a way that is fun but serious.” Cam is a member of the JV and Varsity Basketball teams and the Varsity football team. Outside of school, Cam likes to hang out with friends and sleep. After high school, Cam would like to attend college – maybe University of Maryland, Penn State, or Ohio State – and play football.

FUN FACT: Cam still has 2 of his baby teeth!

Junior Dina Dorcelus

Dina Dorcelus has been nominated to be the Student of the Month for the Junior class by Mr. Shelly. Mr. Shelly states, “She has become an A student in my biomedical classes this year and in her other classes. Her work ethic and perseverance have been outstanding. She has been a great example of how past performance doesn’t have to foreshadow the future and circumstances can be changed.” Dina lives with her mom, stepdad, older brother, and uncle in Federalsburg. She states that her favorite class in high school is BioMed with Mr. Shelly because, “it is a small class and we have been with the same people since Sophomore year. I am comfortable with all of the students and the teacher and have learned to the best of my capabilities.” Outside of school, Dina spends her time babysitting her cousins, drawing, and reading. After high school, Dina wants to attend Towson University and then go on to medical school to become a nurse anesthetist.

FUN FACT: Dina does not have a middle name!

Senior Cody Mann

Cody Mann has been nominated to be the Student of the Month for the Senior class by Mr. Evans. Mr. Evans states, “I have had the pleasure of having Cody last semester and now for two periods this semester. Cody always works hard to accomplish his goals, and his hard work shows in class. He contributes to class discussions and helps the students around him. Cody also works hard to help Mr. Cheezum with the music program and is preparing himself for his future in music in college. Cody is a well-mannered student with a great sense of humor who deserves the nomination of the student of the month.” Cody lives in Federalsburg with him mom, stepdad, 2 younger sisters, 2 cats, 2 dogs, 6 chickens, and countless fish. Cody states that his favorite class in high school is Band with Mr. Cheezum because, “we learn a bit of everything there.” Cody is an active member of multiple facets of the CRHS Band including – Pep Band for Basketball & Football, Marching Band, Concert Band, Funeral Band, and Jazz Band. Cody is also a member of Chorus and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Outside of school, Cody likes to play video games, hang out with friends, and walk around town. Cody has already been accepted to Frostburg University and plans to major in either Psychology or Business.

FUN FACT: Cody got his first scar when he was 9 or 10 from falling off the bed!

Counselor's Corner

CRHS Counselors:

Ms. Reed- 9th and 11th grades

Ms. North- 10th and 12th grades

CRHS PBIS/Character Counts March

Character Counts:

The Character Counts quote of the month for March is

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful”

from young activist Malala Yousafzai.

This quote centers around the pillar of fairness, and the trait of staying optimistic in the face of adversity. Students will be rewarded with a TOUGH Tag this month when they speak up in class in an effort to promote equity or when they show a high level of optimism or a positive attitude, especially when they are working on high taxonomy/autonomous tasks!


The Quarter Two Incentive honored the 255 students who received TOUGH Tags with a raffle. We also sponsored a Perfect Attendance Breakfast for students who finished semester one without missing a day of school. Congrats to all! Keep being TOUGH!

Nurse Notes

Cindy Spies BSN, R.N.

March is National Nutrition Month and Save your Vision Month. Did you know that your eyes could be the best windows to your health? Your optometrist can tell a lot about your general health by looking into your eyes. Some systemic and chronic diseases, especially diabetes can be detected during a comprehensive eye exam.

Nutrition is a very important part of our daily lives, which is often neglected. An average active teenager needs 2000 calories a day, with 2-3 servings of fruits, 3-5 servings of vegetables, 3 servings of milk and 3-5 servings of lean meats. Having a regular eating routine is essential for a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight. Skipping meals can lead to overeating. Healthy eating does not have to be perfect eating, if you make a mistake, no problem, get back on track as soon as possible.

The Wellness Center is here at CRHS on Wednesdays from 7:30-3pm and has been very beneficial to our students.

If you should need a Wellness packet to fill out please contact the health room at 410-754-5078.

Class of 2020 News

Class Advisors

Ms. Rizzo

Mr. Shelly

Congratulations Class of 2020! You are halfway through the year. There are two things that we want to give updates on here. First, Ms. Rizzo has emailed you with the amount of dues that you owe. Prom is coming up and you need to pay the dues to get your prom ticket. When you pay your dues you will also get your senior shirt and it will open up the opportunity for you to sign up for the senior trip, which brings us to the second update. We are taking signup for the senior trip. The senior trip will be to Hershey Park on June 1. The cost to signup and to go will $15. The cost includes transportation, park ticket, and meal voucher at the park. You will want to turn in your money and signup as soon as possible to reserve your spot. We would like to have everyone who wants to go signed up by March 6.

Also be sure to check out Mrs. France's graduation updates, cap and gown orders are VERY important!

Graduation Spotlight

Jostens will be at the school on March 31 to deliver senior supplies. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE CAP AND GOWN ORDERS. This delivery will be announcements, thank you notes, etc… the “other” stuff you may have purchased from Jostens. Balances need to be paid in full before students will be allowed to take the orders home. Any outstanding balances can be paid at

Cap and Gown packages will be delivered May 18 here at the school. As stated before, balances need to be paid in full before students will be allowed to take the orders home. I will hold orders here at the school until all balances are paid.

WE HAVE TEN REMAINING SENIORS WHO HAVE YET TO ORDER THEIR CAP AND GOWN! The deadline is April 1st. You can order at, by calling 1-800-JOSTENS or by mailing the order form to Jostens. Students have received order forms from me, but if they need another one, please ask!

Though graduation is still about 3 months away, please be mindful of the expected dress for the ceremony. All students will wear the black cap and gown with white stole ordered from Jostens.


  1. Dress or blouse/skirt: MUST BE SCHOOL APPROPRIATE; must be shorter than the black gown; rule of thumb - the gown usually goes to mid-calf.

  2. Shoes: please wear dressy shoes you are comfortable in; if you choose to wear heels, please make sure you can walk smoothly in them. If the heel is too high, it is difficult to walk across the stage without wobbling. Practice walking around your house in the shoes you plan to wear. NO SNEAKERS, BEDROOM SLIPPERS OR FLIP FLOPS


  1. White dress collared shirt and red tie: A short sleeve dress shirt is recommended - the gowns get hot with the stage lights. The red tie is provided by the school.

  2. Black or dark pants: Black pants look more formal, but brown pants work too. NO JEANS!

  3. Black or dark shoes: Black shoes look more formal, but brown shoes work too. NO SNEAKERS!

  4. Black or dark socks


If you have any questions or concerns about the clothing recommendations above, please do not hesitate to ask!! I would rather clear things up earlier rather than later!! I can be reached at 410.754.5575 ext. 2510 or at

Class of 2021 News

Class Advisors

Mrs. France

Mr. Sousa

Prom planning and designs are moving along nicely! Now that we have an idea of the designs for each of the areas of the school, we will begin needing parents to build and/or donate materials. Please check your email regularly, as we may be inviting parents to the prom meetings for this reason. Just as a reminder: Prom will be held at the school on Saturday April 25. Grand March begins at 6pm. Prom is 8-11pm. Both events require a ticket. Tickets will be sold in April, closer to the event date.

Juniors should check their email or the lists outside of Mr. Sousa’s and Mrs. France’s offices to see if they owe class dues. The amount students owe is dependent on how much fundraising they did during the last 2.5 years. Dues can be paid in person to Sousa/France or online at Contact an advisor with questions. Class dues cover the cost of the prom ticket. Grand March tickets are separate from this and will cost $5 each. Students will be allowed to buy a maximum of three tickets per day once they are on sale.

Don’t forget about our Tervis fundraiser! All proceeds will help to fund our prom. Please contact Stacey Todd, Keli Worm, Deneen Rickwood or one of the class advisors to purchase.

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

Hope everyone is off to a great start in the 3rd quarter. If you had a rocky start it’s not to late to get your grades up. We are looking forward to a great spring! Keep an eye out for details related to our spring fundraiser.

Class of 2023 News

Class Advisors

Ms. Wittman

Mr. Williams

Greetings to all!

The Groundhog predicted an early spring and it looks as though he may have been right! Spring is right around the corner and that means we're getting closer to our Class of 2023 Spring Fundraiser. We have not yet pinned down a specific one but we are contemplating a few ideas. If you or anyone you know connected to our class would like to share an idea for a successful fundraiser please reach out to Mrs. Wittman ( or Mr. Williams ( We have such involved students and parents in the Class of 2023 that we're confident the "luck of the Irish" will smile upon us with a profitable and fun idea. Until next time, think Spring!

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.