Colonel Richardson High School

October 2019

Colonel Richardson High School

Nikki VonDenBosch, Principal

Jared Sherman, Assistant Principal

Thomas Jefferson, Dean of Students

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Principal's Message

Dear CRHS Students and Families,

One month of school is complete! It has been a great first month full of sports, class officer elections, and the start of many clubs! Students should get in the habit of checking their email daily. Reminders from class advisors, teachers, administration and coaches are often emailed to students. Powerschool should also be a weekly, if not daily check for students. The powerschool app is an easy way for students to check their grades on their phones! If students need help setting up powerschool on their phone they just need to ask their counselor. Interim grades are stored at 4pm on 10/5/19 and interims will be issued to students on 10/10/19. The end of term report card grades will be stored at 4pm on 11/11/19 and report cards for quarter 1 are issued to students on 11/18/19.

Please be reminded of the CCPS dress code policy. Here are a few things that teachers and administrators have had to remind students of:

-Students are prohibited from wearing clothing that is unduly revealing such as tank, tube, see-through or tops that leave the midriff bare.

-Pants and shorts must sit at the natural waistline.

-Shorts and skirts must be mid-thigh in length (therefore, holes in jeans above mid-thigh must have fabric underneath).

As I have explained to students, there is a place and time for certain attire. We are also working to prepare students for college and career. There are rules everywhere and guidelines to follow. I appreciate your support in making sure students are adhering to the CCPS dress code.

Homecoming weekend is coming up! We are looking forward to a fun-filled weekend! Friday, October 25th CRHS plays NorthHampton at 7pm. The Homecoming parade will begin in Federalsburg Saturday, October 26th at 10 am followed by the dance Saturday night from 7-10pm.

As always if you have any questions or concerns about anything feel free to call or email me!


Mrs. VonDenBosch

Colonel's Students of the Month

Freshman Andrea Trick

Andrea (Andie) Trick has been nominated by Mrs. Wittman to be the FIRST Student of the Month of the Freshman class. Mrs. Wittman states, “Andie is off to a great start here at Colonel and I believe she embodies what it is to be Colonel TOUGH. She is supportive of peers in her classes; she is willing to help those who need it but also pushes back on those peers who think they can let others do the work. She represents the class as our Spirit Officer, she is involved as a Colonel Cheerleader, she is an excellent student who is obtaining her goals inside and out of the classroom. She goes above and beyond, embraces the diversity of her peers, and definitely has heart. She is one Colonel TOUGH student.” Andrea lives in Preston with her mom, dad, younger brother and sister, and 2 cats. Andie’s favorite class is Spanish with Mrs. Anderson because, “I like to learn new things. A new language is hard but Mrs. Anderson teaches it well.” Andie is the Spirit Officer for the class of 2023, she is also in Spirit Club and is a Varsity Cheerleader. Outside of high school, she spends her time cheering for MOT All-Stars, an All Star cheer team out of Middletown, DE. After high school, Andie would like to attend Penn State (the medical campus in Hershey) to become a Physical Therapist, a Pediatric OB-GYN, or a Pediatrician. FUN FACT: Andie’s dad is in the military so she has lived in NY, PA, and Italy – but Preston, MD is where she has lived for the longest time – 4 years!

Sophomore Kadin Egbert

Kadin Egbert has been nominated by Mr. Love to be the Student of the Month for the Sophomore class. Mr. Love states, “He is an active class participant. He works hard to improve and grow academically and responds will to feedback. He is also an active member of his teams both in and out of school.” Kadin lives in Preston with his mom, stepdad, 3 younger brothers, 3 dogs, and 1 lizard. Kadin’s favorite class is AP US History with Mr. Williams because the class was a lot of fun. Kadin is an athlete on the Varsity Football team as well as Track and Field; he is even considering trying out for Wrestling. Outside of school, Kadin likes to hang out with his friends. After high school, Kadin plans to attend a college on the East Coast and would like to ultimately play for the NFL or become a physical therapist. FUN FACT: Kadin’s favorite football team si the Baltimore Ravens and his favorite player is Lamar Jackson.

Junior Skylar Collins

Skylar Collins has been nominated by Mr. Love to the Student of the Month for the Junior class. Mr. Love states, “I think Skylar has been especially TOUGH this year. She has set goals for herself in class that she is actively working towards. I have seen her grow and improve academically. She is also helpful to her classmates and willing to support her peers. Outside of the classroom she is managing being a student athlete and staying on top of her academics.” Skylar lives in Federalsburg with her mom, 2 younger sisters, 1 younger brother, 6 dogs, 1 turtle and 1 parakeet. Skylar’s favorite subject is English because she, “likes writing and reading.” Skylar is an athlete on the Volleyball team and she also is an active member of Purple Club, Yearbook Club, and Leo Club. Outside of school, Skylar enjoys reading, playing sports with her brother, and working at Sonny’s. After high school, Skylar would either like to pursue an education and career in Nursing or Teaching at Salisbury University. FUN FACT: Skylar is a great babysitter!

Senior Destiny Everage

Destiny Everage has been nominated by Mr. Davis and Mr. Robuck to be the Student of the Month for the Senior class. Mr. Davis states, “Destiny is one of the students that will surprise me. She is quiet, confident, and knows what is what. She is an excellent student who performs up to my expectations.” Mr. Robuck states, “Dez has a great work ethic and consistently produces work that goes above and beyond the bare minimum required.” Destiny lives with her mom and dog named Max, a Husky/German Shepard mix. Destiny’s favorite program at CRHS is Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and her favorite class is Digital Engineering with Mr. Davis because she is, “interested in programming and coding.” Outside of school, Destiny is on a Bowling League team in Easton named the “Turkey Hunters” and is also involved in Art Club, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and National Spanish Honor Society. Outside of school, Destiny enjoys drawing and organizing her room. After high school, Destiny is considering attending George Mason University to become a Computer Engineer. FUN FACT: Destiny’s favorite TV show is “Adam Ruins Everything.”

CRHS Character Counts

Character Counts

· The Character Counts quote for September fits under the pillar of Respect and the character trait of self-discipline.

This month's quote is:

“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.”

– Clint Eastwood

Throughout the month of September, teachers are encouraging students to form good habits around dealing with difficult situations and rewarding students who show exemplary perseverance towards meeting a personal goal, whether they totally meet that goal or not.

· CRHS is also very proud to announce that we have again been recognized as a "State School of Character" from the Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson University. Mrs. Vondenbosch and Mr. Sousa will represent Colonel at the awards ceremony in October. We are all a part of creating the positive school culture and climate at CRHS!

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.

Counselors' Corner

CRHS Counselors:

Ms. Reed- 9th and 11th grades

Ms. North- 10th and 12th grades

Our counselors can be reached via email if you click on their name above. The best way for students to see their counselor is to email them to set up a meeting as needed.

Financial Aid Night

Financial Aid Night is

Tuesday October 8th at 6:00 PM

in the Media Center!!

Nurse's Corner

Fall is here and that means it is time to think about getting your flu shots. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times even death. Each year in the United States 5-20% of our population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with complications from the flu. If you have asthma, diabetes or heart disease you are at an increase risk of serious complications from the flu. To reduce your risks of getting the flu this year I encourage you to ask your physician if the flu vaccine is right for you.

Medication Administration- ALL prescription and non- prescription medications to be dispensed in school MUST have written authorization from physician/dentist and parent/guardian. Medication must be brought in original container.

Colonel Richardson High is now part of a program called “Caroline’s Helping Hands” offered through the Maryland Food Bank-Eastern Shore. If you choose to enroll your child, he/she will receive a bag of food items to help supplement weekend meals. The delivery days of the package may vary and are dependent upon availability. This program is absolutely FREE, there is no cost to you or your child. If you would like to join the “Helping Hands Program” please have your child see the school nurse for an enrollment form.

Cindy Spies BSN, RN

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports


· The PBIS Team would like to welcome all students, staff, and families into the 2019-2020 school year. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and works to create a positing environment for students and staff to perform at their highest potential. At CRHS, we are "Built Colonel TOUGH!" This slogan is built into every aspect of our school culture, from our progressive discipline plan to the quarterly incentives students earn for displaying positive behaviors, attendance, and academic success.

T = Treat others with respect

O = Obtain goals

U = Understand diversity

G = Go above and beyond

H = Have heart

· CRHS is also very proud to announce that we have again been recognized as a "PBIS Gold School" from the Maryland Department of Education. The gold award is presented to schools that are demonstrating sustainability for the system, practices, and data utilization for school-wide PBIS and can demonstrate that their implementation has had positive effects on both their discipline and achievement data for the last two years. Thank you to the entire CRHS community for helping us to reach this goal!

· The PBIS Team meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month from 3:00-4:00 to discuss discipline data, create action plans to address specific behaviors, and plan incentives for students. We are currently looking for a new parent representative on our team. If you are interested in serving on this team this year or would like more information, please contact Mr. Sousa at

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.

October Graduation Spotlight

Jostens visited on September 25 to hand out cap and gown information. They will return on October 29 to take the actual orders. Students can bring in their orders and a $75 deposit (if the order is $75 or more) on that day OR orders can be placed online at Orders placed in school can be paid for with cash, check or money order. Orders placed online can be paid with a credit card. Payments can be made in installments online as well. See the site for more information.

The order includes the black cap, tassel, black gown and white stole.

Graduation announcements and other senior supplies can also be purchased from Jostens, but are not required.

My goal is to have all orders placed before winter break (December 20). The cap and gown price will increase after January 1.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at or by phone at 410.754.5575 ext. 2510. Please leave a message if I am not available to take your phone call. I look forward to this exciting journey with the seniors and their families!!

-Mrs. France

Class of 2020 News

Class Advisors

Mrs. Rizzo and Mr. Shelly

Class of 2020 update:

The fruit sale is to raise money to cover the costs of graduation. The order form in the envelope is for you to keep track of your orders. DO NOT fill out the front of the envelope, as officers will do this. All money must be submitted in the envelope along with the order form when the order is due. The checks should be made out to CRHS and should include the seller's name in the memo section. Orders are due to Ms. Rizzo or Mr. Shelly by Friday, October 28th. If you would like to order online go to:

How to pick up order – The fruit will come in the week of November 19th, make sure to check announcements and with Ms. Rizzo or Mr. Shelly on the exact date as we get closer. You will pick up your orders anytime between 1PM and 6PM.

If you did not have your senior portrait taken over the summer, Strawbridge Studios will be here October 8th to take make up portraits. You must have your picture taken for the yearbook and you have to be on the schedule to have your portrait taken.
See or email Mrs. Donovan or Mrs. Cheezum to get your name on the list. Check your school email for more details.

-Mr. Shelly and Ms. Rizzo

Class of 2021 News

Class Advisors

Mrs. France and Mr. Sousa

Greetings from the Class of 2021

We are excited to announce our class officers for the year:

Alanna Morris - President

Allison France - Vice President

Kersene Austinville - Secretary

Clara Divjak - Treasurer

Will Turner - Spirit Representative

Please plan to support the class in our first fundraiser:

Applebee’s Short Stacks for a Tall Cause

Saturday October 5, 2019

8:00 - 10:00am

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar

8999 Ocean Gateway

Easton, MD 21601

The Class of 2021 is selling tickets for this event ($7 per person, children under 5 free), but you can also pay at the door. Please come out to support the class! Money raised will go toward our prom on April 25, 2020.

We have held two homecoming planning meetings already and continue to work on our float. We would like to thank Kevin Gillespie for donating the trailer and Greg Turner for allowing us to keep the trailer in his shop while we build it. We would also like to thank all of the parents who have donated supplies to build the float. There is still time to donate! Contact one of the advisors ( and if interested. Students should check their school email regularly to stay up to date with class activities.

Upcoming Fundraiser:

Ford Drive 4 Ur School to support Prom 2020

Event date - November 2, 2019

Hosted at the Preston Ford/Preston Autoplex location

*The class of 2021 will make money off of every test drive on November 2nd!

*More information will be available for students in the coming weeks and for the community at the Homecoming game on October 25th!

Class of 2022 News

Class Advisors

Mrs. Bee and Mr. Love

Wow! The first month of school has really flown by. It has been great seeing all of you in classes and the hallways. Mrs. Bee and I are impressed by how much you have grown as a class, both academically and socially, over the last year. We have a few reminders as we go into the month of October. Class rings get ordered this month, if you are interested. We are currently looking for class volunteers to help out with all facets of Homecoming; fill out the google form sent out by Mr. Love to get involved. Also, we are going to pilot the use of a google classroom for announcements and forms. Parents and students are encouraged to join in. Access the google classroom through your drive and enter class code i46gq31. We are looking forward to a fun and productive sophomore year! If Mrs. Bee or I can be of any help, please let us know!

Mr. Love & Mrs. Bee

Class of 2023 News

Class Advisors

Mr. Williams and Mrs. Wittman

Attention Class of 2023

Congratulations to our newly elected Freshman Class Officers:

President: Shelbi Briggs

Vice President: Aaliyah Holmes

Secretary: Taryn Waters

Historian: Kameron Passwaters

School Spirit: Andie Trick

Homecoming is coming up quickly with the game scheduled for October 25, and the parade and dance on Saturday, October 26.

If you are interested in helping to create the Homecoming Float for the Freshman Class, please let one of the officers, Mr. Williams or Mrs. Wittman know.

Finally, our first fundraiser for the Class of 2023 will be starting later this month. Information about Yankee Candle will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

-Mrs. Wittman and Mr.Williams

Drama Club

Drama Club

· Drama Club is open to all students looking to participate in and learn about theater productions. We meet every Friday after school from 3:00 - 4:00. Other rehearsals may be called when we are working on a production. All are welcome!

For more information, contact Mr. Sousa at

· We are happy to announce our shows for the 19-20 school year:

: This year's drama will be Student-directed One-Acts...November 1st and 2nd @ 7:00 ($5 Admission)

: 15th Annual CRHS Talent Show...December 4th @ 7:00 ($5 Admission)

: This year's musical is "Once on This Island"...February 13th-16th ($7 Admission)

Check back in future newsletters for more information about our upcoming productions!

· Drama Club would also like to congratulate this year's officers:

Gillian Cheezum - President

Linda Davila - Vice President

Kameron Passwaters - Treasurer

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.