Talbot County Public Schools

Update/Actualización | Issue: #30 | 4-23-2021


May 4: Talbot County Council's Public Budget Hearing 7 PM-9 PM at EES

May 19: Board of Education Meeting

May 31: Memorial Day - Schools Closed

June 7: EHS Graduation

June 8: SMMHS Graduation

June 17: Last Day of School for Students

Superintendent's Update 4-22
Actualización 4-23-2021


Recovery Plan Update

Timeline and Plans Moving Forward
  • Started four days in-person for all elementary students April 12th
  • Continue with Concurrent Teaching model (4 days per week) with in-person being offered 2 days per week at secondary schools unless capacity allows for more students to attend more days by building.
  • Plan, staff, and budget for full return of all students in the Fall. (We will have parents apply for a virtual learning model if needed.)
  • Planning for robust summer learning opportunities at all schools.

Virtual Blended Model

Dr. Kelly Griffith introduced the Virtual Blended Model (VBM) of Instruction that will be offered as an option in the Fall of 2021. The program is being developed by all 9 eastern shore counties to offer a virtual option for current virtual families. Program details will be available in May and all virtual families will be surveyed and asked to select in-person learning or the new VBM model for the 2021-22 school year.

Summer Learning 2021

The goal of the TCPS Summer Learning 2021 program is to expand beyond our traditional model of summer school to offer opportunities that help position our students for increased success in the 2021-2022 school year. We recognize that our students have developed skills and knowledge from their experience managing through a global pandemic so all of our programs are planned from an asset-based perspective and not as a response to “learning loss.” Summer Learning 2021 is designed to focus on learning standards and content through experiences that are relevant and honor student interests and strengths.

Elementary programs will be thematic, cross-curricular learning opportunities that incorporate both the related arts and social-emotional learning. Middle school students will have both specific core content programs for enrichment and skill development as well special focus areas such as band and STEM learning. High school will continue to include credit recovery, but will also offer some specialty programs such as the Advanced Placement Academy, CTE labs, and the arts. Summer Learning 2021 will also include opportunities for orientation activities for incoming 6th-grade and 9th-grade students as well as opportunity for students who have been virtual this school year to transition back for in-person learning. Individual schools will be sharing more information about available programs.

Summer Learning 2021 will begin the week of June 21 and end the week of August 12. It will be offered as a half-day program at all school sites except EHS Monday-Thursday (EHS classes will be held at EMS due to renovations taking place at EHS). Breakfast and lunch, as well as transportation, will be provided. Priority registration will begin next week followed by open enrollment in May. Please note that while our summer options are expanded this year, there may be limited capacity due to staffing and interest in registration.

Board Votes on Food Service Contract

TCPS CFO Sarah Jones presented the results of the Food Service Request for Proposal. The Board voted to award the contract to Sodexo.

EHS Technical Honor Society Induction

A virtual ceremony was held to induct new members into the Easton School chapter of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) on April 20, 2021. NTHS recognizes achievement in the Career and Technical Education Pathways offered. Inductees recited a pledge to uphold the standards of conduct and achievement of NTHS and to continue to strive for excellence.

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2021 Superintendent's Art Gallery

Congratulations to our 2021 Superintendent Gallery Artists! Their artwork will hang in Superintendent Kelly Griffith's office until next Spring. Students were recently recognized in a virtual ceremony. Special thanks James Redman, TCPS Curriculum Supervisor, TCPS Art Teachers: Tara Leeson, CDES, Derek Enzor, EMS, Elizabeth Benefiel, SMES/TES, Lyndsey Basham, SMMHS, Shawn Leffler, WMES, Bridget Whited, SMMHS, Anna Madachik & Jeremy Joseph, EES, Matt Ghrist, EHS and all of our student artists!
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You are invited to a webinar: What Parents Need To Know About the Social Stigma of Substance-Use Disorders

Talbot County Public Schools invites you to a webinar entitled: "What Parents Need To Know About the Social Stigma of Substance-Use Disorders" on April 29 at 3:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required. Once registration is complete, a zoom link will be sent to your email. Use this link to register: Webinar Registration


Please join us for the opportunity to learn about:

~ understanding substance-use disorders
~ stigmas & stereostypes
~ effects on addiction stigma
~ factors contributing to addiction stigma
~ physical/behavioral signs of teen drug-use
~ signs of drug-use at home
~ why won't youth talk about it
~ approaches if you suspect and starting a conversation

Guest speaker is from Mid-shore Behavioral Health:
Ashley Strazza - Youth Outreach Coordinator

If you have any questions, please contact:

Madison Elliott, B.S.W.
Addictions Interventionist
Talbot County Public Schools

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Meals Update

Meal distribution is now every Thursday from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at all schools except Easton High. Each meal kit includes food for 5 days!

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2021-22 TCPS Registration is Open!

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