Talbot County Public Schools

Update/Actualización | Issue: #28 | 4-1-2021


April 2: World Autism Awareness Day

April 5-9: Assistant Principals Week

April 2-9: Spring Break

April 12: School re-opens

April 15: 2020-21 New Student Registration

April 21: Board of Education Meeting

Superintendent's Update 4-2-2021
Actualización 4-1-2021
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Important Information on School Bus Capacity

Congratulations to Lauren Greer and Ayonna Hayman, TCPS 2022 Teacher and Support Staff of the Year!

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The 2021-2022 Talbot Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Lauren Greer.

Mrs. Greer earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Gettysburg College and a Master of Arts in Teaching – Secondary Earth Space Science from Towson University. She began her career with Talbot County Public Schools in 2012 as a middle school science teacher at St. Michaels Middle High School. She has since taught a broad spectrum of classes at the middle and high school level, including Environmental Science, Earth Systems, Anatomy and Physiology, Advancement Placement Biology and Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science.

Mrs. Greer has served in many leadership roles on campus. She is an Equity Team leader, co-advisor for the National Technical Honor Society, and chairs the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) Committee. She has lead St. Michaels Middle High School’s effort to achieve “Green School” status and served as head coach for Junior Varsity Field Hockey for two seasons. She is fully certified as a Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science teacher, has been a curriculum writer for Earth Systems Science and Biology, and has participated in numerous state level conferences as a researcher, attendee, and presenter.

“Lauren Greer is an example of a true educator. She is caring, compassionate, trustworthy, devoted and reflective,” said Theresa Vener, Principal of St. Michaels Middle High School in her nomination statement. “She never stops learning and is not afraid to try new things. She is a master at technology and is always searching for new ways to improve her craft. She genuinely cares for each one of her students and colleagues and works diligently to foster positive relationships.”

Ms. Ayonna Hayman has been chosen as the 2021-2022 Support Staff of the Year.

An alumnus of St. Michaels Middle High School, Ms. Hayman has served as a Media Center Instructional Assistant at St. Michaels Elementary School since 2019. In that role, she creates and executes lessons for students in grades Pre-K through 5 in literature and media. Her work with students extends into the community, as she is also a Dance Teacher at the Perkins Family YMCA and has previously taught dance at the Academy of the Arts. An accomplished photographer, she seeks to “inspire greatness in others” through her work in the arts.

“Ayonna is the definition of ambition, creativity, vision, motivation, and most importantly, heart,” said Kelly Coutts, a St. Michaels Elementary School teacher who nominated Ms. Hayman for this award. “Ayonna takes time to build relationships with each of her students. The students love her and respect her. She goes above and beyond to give each student a voice, to ensure that each student can see themselves represented in the curriculum, and to hold each student to a high level of expectation.”

“I am so excited to see these outstanding members of the TCPS recognized as our 2022 Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent. “Mrs. Greer and Ms. Hayman, along with all of this year’s finalists, truly exemplify excellence in education, and I congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition.”

2021 Interactive Media Production FILM-IN CHALLENGE

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On Friday, March 26, 2021, the Easton High School Interactive Media Production Career and Technology pathway hosted its 6th annual “Film-in” challenge. 16 students on 4 different teams competed to storyboard, film, and edit a 1-4 minute narrative sequence, all within the span of 24 hours. The theme of each team’s film, as well as a prop, an event, line, and sound effect that had to be incorporated, were not revealed to students until the start of the event. This year, all teams had to incorporate a book, strange animal sounds, a hallucination, and the line “Don't just stand there you lolly-gagging unfortunates!" into their film. The resulting films reflected diverse narratives, inspired by the self-selected genres of mystery, comedy, musical, and thriller. Students were held to high standards of social distancing while recording and editing their footage, forcing them to get creative with shots and editing to create the illusion of multiple actors in close proximity. The results were impressively seamless.

Nick Richards, MCTV station manager, graciously volunteered his time to host a matinee showcase of the completed films (and blooper reels!) at the Avalon Theatre on Sunday, March 28th. In addition, he live-streamed The event on Youtube so that family and friends of the teams could cheer them on remotely. Take a look at the Live Stream Event below!

2021 Easton High Film-In

SMMHS National Technical Honor Society Induction

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A virtual ceremony was held to induct new members into the St. Michaels Middle High School chapter of the National Technical Honor Society on March 31, 2021. NTHS recognizes achievement in the Career and Technology Education Pathways offered at Talbot County Public Schools. Inductees recited a pledge to uphold the standards of conduct and achievement of NTHS and to continue to strive for excellence. The 2021 inductees are as follows:

  • Biomedical Science: Victoria Batley, Kristin Lednum, Macy Motovidlak, Stevie Shaak, Catherine Toby
  • Carpentry: Cade Jones
  • Engineering: Alex Batley, Teegan Murphy
  • Interactive Media Production: Edward Shaefer, Mia Terry
  • Teacher Academy: Julie Bridges, Armonie Cooper, Cindy Rodriguez, Connor Windsor
  • Multiple Pathways: Margaret Ristvey, Teacher Academy, Interactive Media Production
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Meals Update

This week Evening Meal Distribution will take place on Thursday, April 1 instead of Friday, April 2 since schools are closed 4/2. Food services will be giving out meals for 8 days for Spring Break.

For The week of April 12 meal distribution will take place on Tuesday April 13, 2021 (2 day bags) and Thursday April 15 (5 day bags)

Beginning the week of April 19 we will move to Thursday only for evening meal distribution and this will be food for five days.

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2021-22 TCPS Registration is Open!

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Special Education Parent Involvement Survey


Parents or guardians of children receiving special education and related services were mailed the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey from the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services during the week of February 8, 2021. Parents are asked to complete the survey and return it in the postage-paid envelope by May 21, 2021. The survey may also be completed online. Parent feedback will help guide efforts to improve special education and related services in your local school system. Your voice can make a real difference for your child and many other children across the state of Maryland. To learn more, please visit https://www.mdparentsurvey.com

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New patients are always welcome! Please call your school to join the Choptank Health Program!
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