Board of Education Recognitions During Meeting on October 21

Last Updated on Oct 24, 2014 at 1:48pm |

The Garrett County Board of Education acknowledged several recognitions at its recent Board meeting on October 21, 2014.
Northern Middle School was the recipient of the 2013-14 Maryland Center for Character Education (MCCE) School of the Year award. The award recognizes the school for its efforts and accomplishments in helping students develop into their full potential as citizens and adults. MCCE is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose primary purpose is to encourage character education as a part of a full approach to education. Annually, MCCE hosts a recognition luncheon for schools in Maryland with outstanding character education programs. Northern Middle School received their award at a luncheon on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at Stevenson University, Owings Mills Campus Rockland Center. The school received a specially designed “School of the Year” banner which will be displayed along with a certificate of recognition from the Maryland Center for Character Education.
Pictured above:  Mrs. Karen DeVore, Northern Middle Principal; Mr. Thomas Carr, Board of Education President; Dr. Janet Wilson, Superintendent; and Mr. Richard Stevens, Northern Middle Vice Principal.

Northern Middle School received the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Maryland GOLD Recognition Award again in the 2013-14 school year. This is the highest level of recognition available in the PBIS Maryland program. This level of recognition is reserved for those schools that have demonstrated sustainability for the systems, practices, and data utilization for school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports as well as positive effects on both school discipline and achievement data for at least two years. Northern Middle School’s PBIS Team first achieved GOLD status for the 2011-2012 school year and has won this for 3 consecutive years.  In applying for recognition at the Gold level, the team cited increasing parent contact, revising the school rules, repeating expectations to students daily through various means, and rewarding desirable behavior with desirable incentives introduced at the beginning of the school year as positive interventions and supports that benefitted Northern Middle School.
Pictured above:  Mrs. Karen DeVore, Northern Middle Principal; Mr. Thomas Carr, Board of Education President; Mr. Richard Stevens, Northern Middle Vice Principal, and Dr. Janet Wilson, Superintendent.
The Board recognized National School Bus Safety Week. National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program that promotes school bus safety. It is a way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. National School Bus Safety Week is October 20-24 with a proclamation given to Mr. Ed Wildesen, Director of Transportation, by the Board.
Pictured above:  Mr. Ed Wildesen, Director of Transportation, and Mr. Matthew Paugh, Board of Education member.
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