The Garrett County Board of Education, at its recent meeting on May 2, recognized various groups and presented several proclamations.
NeXT Gen FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team
Mr. Matthew Paugh, Board Vice President recognized the NeXT Gen FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team for its accomplishment. The FFL team earned the 3rd Place Champions Award at the Maryland State FLL Tournament and was nominated as one of 20 semi-finalists for the Global Innovation Award. The team shared its research and presentation to the Board. NeXT Gen’s BeeHaven is an enclosure for a beehive to help the hive survive cold climate winters, like Garrett County. The team built and collected temperature data to continue to improve the design.
Southern Garrett High School JROTC Program
Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, Board member, recognized the Southern Garrett High School JROTC Program. The Southern Garrett JROTC rifle team's season began in late August with the goal to compete in at least one national level competition. The cadets succeeded by competing in nine matches that led them to three states, 1800 miles of travel, and the army JROTC northeast regional championship in Camp Perry, Ohio. Among their achievements is Michael Stemple taking 7th place (out of 99) for individual in Ohio. He and Vanessa Calling, Stephanie Hogg, and Richard Granke took home the bronze medal for third place team event at the Maryland State Junior Olympic match. Each match the cadets entered, entailed a two hour competition period requiring them to shoot from the three positions-prone, standing, and kneeling at a target that is only 4.5 cm in diameter from 10 meters away. The air rifle program has existed for six years and this is the first year it has reached the regional level competitions against other teams from states throughout the mid-Atlantic.
Garrett County Teacher of the Year
Mr. Thomas Woods, Board member, recognized the 2017-18 Garrett County Teacher of the Year, Heather Roth, currently a music teacher at Broad Ford and Crellin Elementary Schools. Heather Roth has been employed by Garrett County Public Schools since 2006, teaching music at Swan Meadow, Kitzmiller, and Yough Glades Elementary Schools. She has also served as an assistant band director at Southern Garrett High School.
Maryland Green Schools
Mrs. Monica Rinker, Board President, recognized Crellin Elementary School and Northern Middle School for achieving the Maryland Green Schools Award. The Maryland Green Schools program encourages educational opportunities for preK-12 schools that increase awareness and understanding of environmental relationships that impact public health and the local community. Crellin and Northern Middle have demonstrated and documented a continuous effort to integrate sustainable environmental management practices, environmental education curriculum, professional development opportunities, and community engagement into our daily operations. Crellin has been certified as a 2017 Sustainable Maryland Green School, and Northern Middle has been recertified as a 2017 Maryland Green School.
Teacher Appreciation Week – May 7-11, 2017
Mr. Matthew Paugh, Board Vice President, recognized Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7 - 11, 2017, with a proclamation. Various teachers from within the school system accepted the proclamation. Patrick Damon, GCEA President, accepted the recognition on behalf of all teachers in Garrett County.
National School Nurse Day – May 10, 2017
Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, Board member, recognized School Nurse Day, May 10, 2017, with a proclamation. Dr. Phil Lauver, Supervisor of Pupil Services, and Rebecca Aiken, Nurse Manager, accepted the proclamation on behalf of all school nurses.
Pupil Personnel Worker Week – May 15-19
Dr. Nathan Sorber, Board member, recognized Maryland Pupil Personnel Worker Week, May 15-19, 2017 with a proclamation. Ms. Susie Henline, Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW), and Dr. Phil Lauver, Director of Pupil Services, received the proclamation on behalf of Garrett County Public Schools PPWs.
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