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

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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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>Schools asking state to cap cuts

>From Staff Reports
The Cumberland Times-News Mon Mar 07, 2011, 11:43 PM EST

CUMBERLAND — Local public school officials are trying to do a little damage control on massive state funding cuts that loom on the horizon.

And they have asked state legislators for help.

Superintendents and finance directors from Allegany and Garrett County public schools traveled to Annapolis last week to testify in support of a bill that would cap at 7 percent the amount of state revenues a school district could lose in a year, as calculated by budget formulas.

Allegany County schools stand to lose $6.5 million in fiscal 2012, or more than 8 percent of state funds.

Garrett County schools are in line to lose about $2.4 million — closer to 10 percent.

The losses are due to declining enrollment and a wealth per-pupil state funding formula that measures real property values, personal property values and taxable income from tax returns.

In addition, the Budget Reconciliation and Finance Act of 2011 pending in the state legislature would reduce Allegany County’s state funding by another $1.3 million, school officials have said.

“What we’re trying to do is preserve some money for Allegany County and Garrett County, but it’s a statewide bill,” Sen. George Edwards said Friday. The bill would be effective for five years, he said.

“Garrett and Allegany are impacted this year, but other counties could be impacted next year.”

The legislation, if approved, would restore about $880,000 to Allegany County schools in fiscal 2012.

Last week, Allegany County Superintendent David Cox proposed a $109.6 million budget that includes the elimination of several programs that directly impact children.

On the chopping block are after-school programs at elementary and middle schools and a contract with Washington County that has allowed residents of Little Orleans to send their children to Washington County schools. The board is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget at its meeting today, then present it to the Allegany County Board of Commissioners later this month.

During testimony in Annapolis last week, Cox asked legislators to help avoid “further eroding the very support that has brought us tremendous gains in student achievement.”

“In our county, over half of our children receive free and reduced meals, and the median income is $39,000 per year,” Cox said. “It is hard to explain to your community that our wealth per pupil has increased due to utility company improvements and the relative stability of our real estate market, even though property values are not as high as in most other areas of the state.”

Cox and other school officials are scheduled to travel to Annapolis again Wednesday to give similar testimony in support of House Bill 937, which mirrors Senate Bill 495. No vote is expected until later this spring, Edwards said.

Allegany County Board of Education member Ed Root observed testimony before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee last week.

“I sat there and tried to read the committee, but they get numb after a day of all that testimony,” Root said. “It was hard to get a read on how well-received it was.”

Delegate Wendell Beitzel, who sponsored the House bill, said that delegations from Prince George’s County and Baltimore City schools are lobbying hard for additional funds for their school systems. That could bode well for Allegany and Garrett counties.

“There’s a lot of maneuvering going on,” Beitzel said, adding that legislators could very well approve those additional funds. “If they do that, then I think we’re entitled to get thrown in the mix.”

Contact Kristin Harty Barkley at kbarkley@times-news.com.

Board to accept bids for South Penn pre-K addition, Allegany stage lights

CUMBERLAND — At its public meeting today at 7 p.m., the Allegany County Board of Education will accept a bid of $1,222,059 from the Frostburg-based firm Lashley Construction for construction of the pre-K addition at South Penn School.

Other bid items on the agenda include:

• Bus drop-off contract for West Side Elementary.

• Stage lighting at Allegany High School.

• S&S Electric Inc., $49,000 for replacement of emergency generator at Allegany High School.

• L&R Floors Inc. for carpet and floor tile replacement at various schools.

Also on the agenda:

• Recognition of the Fort Hill band for first place in the Maryland State Band Competition.

• Recognition of the students who participated in the All-State Chorus and Orchestra.

• Donation of computer equipment to Allconet.

The 5 p.m. work session includes the discussion of minimum standards for participation in athletics by athletics supervisor Tim Scaletta.

Other presentations include:

• Maintenance/construction update, Facilities Director Vince Montana.

• Building trades program extension, Harry Smith.

• Responding to public inquiries and complaints, Secondary Education Director Karen Bundy.

• Student schedules and course loads, Fort Hill High School Assistant Principal Ben Brauer.

• Library materials selection, Media Coordinator Lisa Stevenson.

Both meetings will be held at the Central Office, 108 Washington St.

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"Canagator" Wins Grand Prize – Republican

Nov. 25, 2010

Northern High School junior Josh Tichinel won the grand prize in Baltimore during last Friday’s state “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Contest for his “Canagator,” an alligator made of more than 700 soda cans and other recyclable items. The contest was sponsored by the Maryland Department of the Environment, and Josh received an iPad from MDE Secretary Shari Wilson for his efforts. See story for details. Pictured above, left to right, are Bailey Umbel, Josh with his iPad, NHS student/contestant Bayley Smoot, Alec Smoot, and Dillon Russell. Photo by Kim Madigan, Garrett County Solid Waste and Recycling Division.

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