Talbot OKs school calendar

EASTON — The Talbot County Board of Education approved the new school calendar during its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, which will start the 2017-18 classes after Labor Day.

This calendar addresses the new state mandate that requires schools start classes after Labor Day and end by June 15.

The school board originally looked at five draft calendars in its September meeting that were organized by the calendar committee. It was narrowed down to two options, discussed during the October meeting.

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Botkin wins seat on school board

EASTON — Susan Delean-Botkin won the only contested seat in district 5 in the election for the Talbot County Board of Education.

Delean-Botkin received 2,445 votes against Short’s 2,144. This, however, does not include absentee or provisional ballots.

Delean-Botkin is a family nurse practitioner and owner of Family Care of Easton LLC. She is a family care provider and sees patients from age 10 and up. This was her first time running for a seat on the school board.

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TCPS updates Labor Day calendar options

EASTON — The Talbot County Board of Education on Wednesday, Oct. 19, narrowed it down to two possible calendars to address the new state mandate that schools must start classes after Labor Day and end by June 15.

At the school board’s September meeting, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Helga Einhorn brought five possible calendars organized by the calendar committee. Each calendar featured a different way the school system could schedule the school year around the new mandate.

Now there are only two options before the board.

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Seat contested in Talbot board of education race

EASTON — Talbot County residents will be able to cast their votes for the Talbot County Board of Education on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Four seats on the Talbot County Board of Education are up for election this year, with two people vying for the spot in district 5. The incumbent school board members in districts 2, 4 and 6 are running unopposed.

The only contested seat is being competed for by David Short and Susan Delean-Botkin in district 5.

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YMCA of Chesapeake and Talbot County Senior Center propose partnership

ST. MICHAELS — The Talbot County Senior Center could be getting a branch spot in St. Michaels, in a new partnership between it and the YMCA of the Chesapeake.

The Talbot County Council held a joint meeting with the Talbot County Board of Education on Monday, Oct. 24, and discussed a proposed partnership between the YMCA of the Chesapeake and the Talbot County Senior Center for shared space at the new St. Michaels YMCA.

President of the Talbot County Council Corey Pack said they were approached about a month ago by Childline Brooks at the Talbot County Senior Center about the notion of partnering the senior center with the YMCA.

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Talbot students excel in standardized PARCC tests

EASTON — The Talbot County Board of Education discussed the newly released PARCC assessment data on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at its regular meeting.

The statewide PARCC — Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers — assessment results were released on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The PARCC tests assess students in mathematics and English/language arts/literacy for third through eighth graders as well as Algebra I and English 10.

PARCC assessments are scored on a five-point scale, with level 1 set as not meeting expectations and level 5 as exceeding expectations. Scores of 4 or 5 indicate that a student is on track to graduate “college and career ready.”

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TCPS offers Advanced Learning Experiences

EASTON — Principal of Easton Elementary School Moton James Redman and Moton’s new Gifted and Talented teacher Christopher Stecklair gave a presentation on Advanced Learning Experiences 2016-2017 on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Talbot County School Board meeting.

The Advanced Learning Experience primarily deals with after-school extracurricular activities and is not entirely tied in with the Gifted and Talented Program.

“We believe in the philosophy of reaching as many students as we can to kind of enrich their learning in many different ways,” Stecklair said.

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