Board of Education Recognitions - September 13, 2016

Last Updated on Sep 15, 2016 at 8:50am

The Garrett County Board of Education acknowledged several recognitions at its recent Board meeting on September 13, 2016.

Honor Unit with Distinction Award – Northern Garrett High School JROTC

Mrs. Monica Rinker, Board Vice President, recognized the Northern High School JROTC cadets for achieving the "Honor Unit with Distinction" award.

The Northern High School JROTC Program received the JROTC "Honor Unit with Distinction" (HUD) designation on April 18, 2016, during its JROTC Program for Accreditation inspection. The Northern High cadets and students may receive a letter of nomination from the Senior Army Instructor for one of the twenty appointments reserved at the service academies for graduates from a JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction school. Additionally, each cadet in the program will be authorized to wear the coveted gold star on their uniforms. The Northern High JROTC Program received a score of 95.25%.

The JROTC Program for Accreditation (JPA) is used to evaluate Secondary Educational Institutions and JROTC Instructors, as defined by public laws, contracts, Army Regulations, and USACC policies to ensure compliance with minimum program criteria. School districts and instructors receive a JPA visit at least once every three years.
Northern Garrett High School JROTC distinction award.
Pictured (l-r): Ms. Barbara Baker, Interim Superintendent of Schools; LTC Jack C. Riley (ret), ROTC instructor; Cadet Major Savannah Lewis (Cadet Battalion Executive Officer); Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Toothman (Cadet Battalion Commander); Cadet Command Sergeant Major Anthony Hankins (Cadet Battalion Command Sergeant Major); and Mrs. Monica Rinker, Board Vice President.

PBIS Gold Award Recipients - Northern Middle School and Broad Ford Elementary School

Mrs. Cynthia Downton, Board Member, recognized Broad Ford Elementary School and Northern Middle School for receiving the 2015-16 Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) Maryland GOLD Recognition Award.

Broad Ford Elementary School and Northern Middle School received the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Maryland GOLD Recognition Award for the 2015-16 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 received this distinction for 5 consecutive years.
In applying for recognition at the Gold level, both schools 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 both of these schools.
PBIS Gold Award Recipients, Broad Ford Elementary School
Pictured (l-r): Ms. Barbara Baker, Interim Superintendent of Schools; Mrs. Dawna Ashby, Broad Ford Elementary School Principal; Ms. Sarah Carlisle, Guidance Counselor; Ms. Kelley Davis, Guidance Counselor; and Mrs. Cynthia Downton, Board Member.
PBIS Gold Award Recipients, Northern Middle School
Pictured (l-r): Ms. Barbara Baker, Interim Superintendent of Schools; Mr. Richard Stevens, Northern Middle School Vice Principal; Mrs. Karen DeVore, Northern Middle School Princpal; and Mrs. Cynthia Downton, Board Member.
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