Superintendent's Update

April 19, 2021

CCPS Community,


Well, it is officially the fourth marking period and we are in the home stretch of the 2020-2021 school year. It has been great to have students back in school four days a week! I would like to thank everyone for their support and patience as we navigated yet another school year that has had multiple "first days", several shifts between virtual and face-to-face, and multiple virtual inclement weather days! Thankfully, we had a full spring break!


This week we will hold the Teacher of the Year Gala and will celebrate the sixteen nominees and announce our 2021 Cecil County Teacher of the Year. While we are hosting a smaller-scale event than is typical, we are thrilled to be able to recognize these outstanding educators. Congratulations to each of them!


Also included in this newsletter you will see that a group of educators and administrators gathered last week for the CYREC facilitator training at Elkton High School to focus on student voice and its importance in our work to address and eliminate racial and socioeconomic disproportionality in our school system. The important work that was done last week by this group and going forward is critical as we continue to focus on equity in our school system.


Lastly, be sure to check out the information on all that we are offering through our summer learning programs!


Sincerely,

Jeffrey A. Lawson, Ed.D.

Superintendent

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Empowering Student Voice

In response to national and statewide trends in educational data, CCPS is working to identify and address disproportionalities in our discipline and achievement data as it pertains to race and socioeconomic status. Our goal is to come together in unity to acknowledge and work to eliminate these disproportionalities so that all CCPS students, regardless of their race or ethnicity, can be successful.


To support these efforts, the Cecil Youth Racial Equity Coalition (CYREC) has been developed as a voluntary student club that will be in each high school. A student-led organization, the purpose is to amplify student perspectives and empower student voices as it relates to equity. CYREC meetings will be facilitated by trained adults and will happen on a monthly basis at the students’ school.


Last Wednesday, 22 administrators, teachers, and counselors came together to prepare for these clubs by strengthening their restorative practices skills and deepening their understanding of how to empower student voices.

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CCPS Support Request Form

Students & parents can use this form to indicate the need for support and resources in the areas of: Academic Support, College/Career Guidance, Personal/Social Support, Mental Health Resources, Family Support Resources, & Community Resource Support.

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