Oakland boy prepares to ‘Be the Change’ for Hospice and Cindy’s Fund

From The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — In his young lifetime, Carter Goff has seen more loss than many adults. But he doesn’t let that get him down.

In fact, he is working to make a difference for others through his Be the Change project at Broad Ford Elementary School.

Today, Carter lives in Oakland with his mom, Cassie Marsh, and his younger sister, Brecklin Marsh. When he was 10 months old, his dad, David Goff, passed away from colon cancer after a 16-month battle.

“Carter can’t remember David, but he hears stories about him often,” Marsh said.

Carter’s stepdad, Josh Marsh, came into his life when he was about two years old, but he was killed in an automobile accident in January.

“Cindy’s Fund and Hospice are both near and dear to our family’s hearts as both organizations helped tremendously when David was sick,” Marsh said. “Cindy’s Fund provided gas cards for us to get back and forth for treatments in Philadelphia and Morgantown. Hospice helped keep David comfortable in his last few weeks of life, as he wanted nothing more than to be home and surrounded by family in his last days/weeks.”

For his Be the Change project in Erin Yoder’s fourth-grade class, Carter has chosen to help both Cindy’s Fund and Hospice of Garrett County.

He hopes that he’ll be able to help as many people as possible who are going through very difficult times in their lives and are in need of the support of either organization.

“By choosing to raise money and supplies for these two organizations, it will make me feel good to know that I’ll be helping many other local people,” he said.

Marsh noted that her family has benefited from the community’s giving over the last 10 years.

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Garrett County schools perform well on new state report card

From The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — The Maryland State Department of Education released a new accountability report card for every school in the state of Maryland last week, designed to measure the success of schools and identify areas for improvement.

The report card was developed in response to the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a federal law that seeks to ensure public schools provide a quality education for all children.

The Maryland Report Card is designed to measure school success in several ways, including state tests in English language arts and math; postsecondary readiness; progress of English learners in achieving English language proficiency; graduation rate; and students with access to and earning credit for a well-rounded curriculum.

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Lorie Burdock Named 2016-17 Garrett County Teacher of the Year

Lorie Burdock, teacher at Northern Middle School, has been named the 2016-17 Garrett County Teacher of the Year.  Lorie teaches sixth grade science at Northern Middle School.  She has been employed by Garrett County Public Schools since 1994, teaching 4th grade at Broad Ford Elementary School for six years before coming to Northern Middle in 2000.  For twelve years she taught 7th grade language and mathematics at Northern Middle School before her current position of the past 4 years.

Lorie graduated from Frostburg State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood / Elementary Education.  Lorie indicated, “I love teaching! Science and engineering are extremely important to our country’s future. The greatest contribution I can make is the empowerment of my students. My goal is to foster a love of our earth, of experimentation, and of lifelong learning. Sixth grade science is the perfect place to make that happen.”

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Md. schools superintendent visiting Garrett robotics lab

ACCIDENT, Md. (AP) – Maryland State Schools Superintendent Lillian Lowery is visiting a robotics laboratory in far western Maryland that produced a regional championship team two years in a row.

She’s visiting the Garrett Engineering And Robotics Society building in Accident Wednesday. Her visit is part of a tour highlighting science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs in Garrett and Allegany county schools.

 

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State school board releases progress results for 2010-11 term

“Garrett is the only school system in the state to have no schools identified as schools in need of improvement.”

Garrett ends year within goals set by officials

For the Cumberland Times-News Cumberland Times-News

OAKLAND — The Maryland State Department of Education on Friday released system level results regarding high school as-sessments and adequate yearly progress for the school year 2010-11.

In July, the state released results for Maryland school assessments and adequate yearly progress concerning elementary and middle schools.

Combining MSA and HSA, Garrett County is not a school system in system improvement status, the calculation used by the state to identify for improvement any school system that does not meet annual targets for two consecutive years in the same reported area at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

In order to meet the federal guidelines of No Child Left Behind, students in specified subgroups, including ra-cial/ethnic classifications, students eligible for free or reduced price meals, and students with special needs, must also meet the AYP goals.

Of the 15 schools in Garrett County, 12 schools made AYP for the 2010-11 school year. Dennett Road Elementary School and Northern and Southern middle schools did not meet AYP requirements in one or two subgroups and will be placed on local attention status for the 2011-12 school year.

With the release of the high school data, both Garrett County high schools made AYP status. The high schools made AYP, indicating that a significant number of students scored at the proficient and/or advanced levels in all nine subgroups in the reading and mathematics areas, including graduation rate, the high school assessments and alternate Maryland school assessment.

In 2009-10, Southern High School did not make AYP and was placed on local attention status. However, the school rebounded in 2010-11, showing proficiency in every category.

For the graduating class of 2011, 100 percent of the students met the HSA high school graduation requirement throughout the county by either passing all four subject tests, reaching a combined score of 1,602 on all four tests, or by completing bridge plan projects in the various subjects. Other data concerning high school assessments are as follows:

• 96.8 percent of the students met the HSA algebra requirement by passing the assessment or completing bridge plan projects.

• 96.6 percent of the students met the HSA biology requirement.

• 91.7 percent of the students met the HSA English requirement.

• 92.3 percent of the students met the HSA government requirement.

For high school AYP, 88.9 percent of the students scored at least proficient on the high school assessment in English. This was 9.4 percentage points above the state’s annual measurable objective of 79.5 percent.

In algebra, 87.6 percent of the students met the proficient mark on the high school assessment, which was 13.9 percentage points above the state’s goal of 73.7 percent. The high school cohort graduation rate was 92.8 percent in 2011, up from 88.8 percent in 2010.

In July, MSA reading and math scores at the elementary grade levels improved in 2011 compared to 2010 results. In reading, 90.2 percent of the elementary students scored at least proficient, up by 1.2 percent points from 2010.

In math, elementary students had 88.3 percent of the students at the proficiency level, a gain of 2.5 percentage points from the previous year.

MSA reading and math scores at the middle school level remained the same or dropped in 2011 compared to 2010. In reading, 89.1 percent of the middle school students scored at least proficient, the same as in 2010. In math, middle school students had 84.5 percent of the students at the proficiency level, a drop of less than a percentage point from the previous year.

Garrett is the only school system in the state to have no schools identified as schools in need of improvement.

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Back To School Nights Planned Across County


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Aug. 18, 2011

Southern Garrett High School will be holding a back-to-school night for parents, students and staff on Monday, Aug. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. The school encourages parents and students to visit their child’s advisor and assigned teachers during their visit. There will be an abbreviated bell schedule.

The cafeteria staff will be available for lunch money deposits.

Northern High School will be holding its back-to-school night Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.

All four northern-end elementary schools (Grantsville, Accident, Route 40, and Friendsville) will hold their back-to-school nights on Monday, Aug. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. Northern Middle School has scheduled its event for Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Interim Superintendent Presents School Facts, Figures To Garrett County Officials


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Interim school superintendent Sue Waggoner presented an update report on Garrett County schools to the county commissioners on Tuesday. She presented a wide variety of facts and figures pertaining to past and upcoming school years in such areas as pupil services, finance, transportation, food service, and special education.

“Engaging Students to Reach Their Potential” is this year’s theme, Waggoner noted. With that in mind, local teachers, principals, and other personnel have been preparing for the upcoming session, which begins on Aug. 24.

She noted that nearly 6,000 educators from across the state recently participated in a staff development academy at Mountain Ridge High School in Frostburg. More than 60 local Board of Education employees took part in that event, including principals, office personnel, and reading and math teachers.

The BOE will hold an “academy” for new principals on Aug. 9 and 10 and an orientation for new teachers on Aug. 17. Waggoner noted that there are 10 new hires for fiscal year 2012. But a total of 29 positions have been eliminated: 19 at the elementary level, four middle school, five high school, and one central office staff member.

In addition to human resources, Waggoner presented facts in the following areas:

Pupil Services

• Character Education programing has had a positive effect on local schools, according to Waggoner. A local school is recognized annually by the state; the 2011 school was Yough Glades Elementary.

• Total enrollment this year (FY ’12) is expected to be 3,945, which is a loss of 139 students compared to the last school year.

Finance

• With regard to Garrett County per pupil wealth, it is estimated that the county’s assessable real property base will decline by .4 percent for the fiscal year 2013 state aid calculation cycle; however, the state average may contract by 6.20 percent. As a result, Garrett’s wealth could decrease by approximately .33 percent in FY ’13, compared to the state average’s contraction of 4.39 percent.

• The enrollment loss of 139 students, or 3.4 percent, will likely be the highest of any district in the state.

• The above factors could result in a per pupil wealth increase of 3.19 percent for Garrett County and a 4.47 decrease for the state’s average, which could lead to a reduction in state aid of $2,445,608.

• Based upon the estimated data, Garrett County may pass Queen Anne’s and Anne Arundel counties in FY ’13 to become the fifth most wealthy county in the state on a pupil basis. (The county is currently ranked at seventh.)

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>Mikulski Continues Education Tour of State, Hosts Roundtable with School Leaders in Garrett County

>Jun 02, 2011 (Congressional Documents and Publications/ContentWorks via COMTEX) — WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today continued her education tour of the state by hosting a roundtable with teachers, principals, students and administrators in Garrett Count. The group talked about the needs of rural educators and students, and the achievements Garrett County Schools have made in the area of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

This was the fifth in a series of roundtables Senator Mikulski is convening around the state as Congress prepares to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

“I always say, ‘The best ideas come from the people,'” Senator Mikulski said. “Washington doesn’t have all the answers when it comes to improving our schools. That’s why I came to hear what the teachers, principals, students, administrators and nonprofit partners at the Garrett Engineering and Robotics Society think about the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. I want to listen to their suggestions and concerns and get their advice as Congress works to reauthorize this federal law. A good education can look different depending on where you are. I want to help rural schools continue educating students and preparing them for successful careers.” Senator Mikulski recently was appointed Chairwoman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions’ (HELP) Subcommittee on Children and Families. The HELP Committee will play a major role in reauthorizing ESEA.

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>Garrett students to make up days

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OAKLAND — Garrett County public schools will be in session April 18 through 21 and April 25 for make-up days, according to the Garrett County Board of Education.

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>Forum Explores Teaching Profession

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Radhika Plakkot (standing), 2008 Calvert County Teacher of the Year and the 2010 Maryland Science Teacher of the Year, gives a lesson during the teacher forum at St. Mary’s College of Maryland that brought educators together from all over Southern Maryland. (Submitted photo)

Posted on March 13, 2011

Great Teachers are Always Learning

ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. (March 13, 2011) — What makes an excellent teacher? This year’s annual “Teach for Excellence! Teach for Change!” forum March 5 brought together area educators to learn tips from Southern Maryland’s Teachers of the Year. Each year, the Department of Educational Studies and the Student Education Association (SEA) of St Mary’s College of Maryland host the forum to explore the profession of teaching and the world of schools.

Guest workshop leaders included the 2010 Maryland Teacher of the Year, Dr. Jennifer Rankin of Garrett County, and keynote speaker Kenneth Bernstein, the 2010 Washington Post Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George’s County. Each speaker presented a lesson for the first 30 minutes, using workshop attendees as the class. They then described the strategies they use to make lessons so successful with students year after year. Those attending included faculty from public schools and the college’s Educational Studies Department, and undergraduate and graduate students from St. Mary’s.

The keynote speaker, Ken Bernstein, talked of the importance of connecting and building relationships with students. He challenged a quote by Microsoft’s Bill Gates that teachers reach a plateau of growth after the third year in the profession. Bernstein outlined the opportunities he himself has taken for continued professional growth. They included National Endowment for the Humanities summer sessions, graduate work, and leadership in his department and school. Great teachers, he believes, own the continuous need for reflection: How well did today’s lesson go, what changes will help?

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