Board of Education Recognitions at Recent Meeting

Last Updated on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:44am |

The Garrett County Board of Education at its February 18th meeting recognized one school and various individuals for awards and achievement.
 
                                                       Northern High School – Blue Ribbon School Award
 
                                       
 
                          Pictured:  Derek Berger, teacher; Betsy Deem, teacher; April Fleming, teacher; Thomas Carr, Board                                                       President; Gary Reichenbecher, Principal; Adriana Fratz, student; Matt Eggleston, Vice-Principal; Morgan                                               Marple, student; John Major, student.
 
 
Northern Garrett High School received the Maryland Blue Ribbon School Award.  Maryland’s Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools that exhibit sustained high performance and/or significant improvement in student achievement in mathematics and reading as measured by Maryland State Assessments. The program is administered by the Maryland State Department of Education. A total of six Maryland schools from Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Garrett, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties were recipients of this prestigious award.
 
MSDE’s summary of Northern High School is as follows:  Northern Garrett High School offers a rigorous program of merit, honors, and Advanced Placement instruction in all core areas.  In addition, college credit courses in English and math are offered through a Distance Learning Classroom.  Every student at Northern Garrett has a four-year plan with an identified pathway within one of four clusters: Arts and Human Services; Business, Management, and Finance; Engineering and Technology; and Life Sciences and Natural Resources.  The FFA organization, one of eleven CTE programs located within the school, was named as the State of Maryland’s Career and Technology Student Organization of the Year.  Northern Garrett was recently recognized as one of the Nation’s Best High Schools and named a Silver Medal School by The U.S. News and World Report.  The overall pass rate on both the Algebra and English High School Assessments is above 95 percent.  In addition, with 40 percent of its students on Free and Reduced Meals, 81 percent of these students obtained passing scores on all required High School Assessments.  Northern has always achieved Adequate Yearly Progress and is now categorized in Strand 1 based on their School Progress Indicators. Maryland’s selected Blue Ribbon Schools are honored in the State in ceremonies and with gifts and prizes.
 
Northern High School is also nominated to become a National Blue Ribbon School, an awards program of the U.S. Department of Education.
 

 
                                            Dr. McCauley – Konrad Lindenberg Memorial Individual Award
 
 
                                     
 
                             Pictured:  Michael Lantz, parent; Teresa Durst, secretary; Dana McCauley, Principal; Rodney Reckart,                                                    Board Vice-President; Monica Rinker, parent; Karen Gilpin, teacher.
 
 
Dr. Dana McCauley, principal of Crellin Elementary School, is the recipient of the Konrad Lindenberg Memorial Individual Award.  The award is given in recognition of a demonstrated leadership role in initiating, developing, and promoting effective family/parent involvement programs, practices, and partnerships.  The award was presented to Dr. McCauley at the Family Involvement Conference in Lancaster, PA, on Sunday, October 27th.  The Family Involvement Conference and the Konrad Lindenberg Memorial Award are part of a regional coalition which solicited nominations from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. 
Dr. McCauley was nominated by Barbara Baker, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.
 
 

 
                                          Mrs. Karen DeVore – Outstanding Educator - School Administrator
 
                                       
 
                                Pictured:  Penny Proudfoot, Supervisor of Staff Development, Curriculum and Media Services;                                                                 Karen DeVore, Principal of Northern Middle; Cynthia Downton, Board member.
 
 
Mrs. Karen DeVore, Principal of Northern Middle School was recognized by the Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education. She is recognized in the category of Outstanding Educator - School Administrator. Mrs. DeVore consistently demonstrates the following criteria for this award category:
    ·  Shows leadership in expanding/improving programs and services for gifted and talented students
    ·  Allocates resources to expand and improve gifted and talented education programs and services.
    ·  Leads the expansion and improvement of parent, community and/or business partnerships that directly support the education of          gifted and talented students.
 
Mrs. DeVore will be recognized by the Advisory Council on February 27th at a reception at North County High School in Glen Burnie, MD. Mrs. DeVore was nominated by Mrs. Penny Proudfoot, Supervisor of Staff Development, Curriculum and Media Services.