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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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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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 to change dismissal times

EASTON — The Talbot County Board of Education discussed changes in dismissal times for Easton High School and Easton Middle School on Wednesday, Sept. 21, during their regular meeting.

Beginning on Jan. 18, 2017, which is the start of the Talbot County Public Schools (TCPS) second semester, the regular dismissal time for Easton High School will be changed from 2:25 p.m. to 2:40 pm. Since Easton Middle School and Easton High School share buses, this will impact the middle school’s dismissal time as well.

As a result, beginning on the same day, Easton Middle School’s dismissal time will be changed from 2:40 p.m to 2:25 p.m.

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Talbot schools OK education foundation

EASTON — The Talbot school board signed off on plans to establish an education foundation that would raise funds through special events and annual appeals and provide grants to teachers and community groups.

Debbie Gardner, coordinator of public relations and special programs for Talbot County Public Schools discussed the establishment of an Education Foundation on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Talbot County Board of Education meeting.

The establishment of the Education Foundation was outlined in the school system’s strategic plan, specifically under one of their goals which stated that Talbot schools will partner with constituencies to use local resources.

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TCPS to stay open on Election Day

EASTON — The Talbot County Board of Education made the decision on Wednesday, Sept. 21, that Talbot County Public Schools will not close Easton and St. Michaels high schools for Election Day on Nov. 8.

Superintendent of TCPS Kelly Griffith said they have had this same discussion twice before. The election board once again asked the education board in August to reconsider closing the high schools on Election Day.

Currently, on the week of November 10, students have full school days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, an early dismissal on Thursday and then schools are closed on Friday for the Waterfowl Festival.

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TCPS addresses new Labor Day schedule

EASTON — The Talbot County Board of Education discussed a few new possible school calendars for the 2017-18 school year that address the new state mandate that schools must start after Labor Day and end by June 15.

Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Helga Einhorn brought forth five different, possible calendars that were organized by the calendar committee. Each calendar features a different way the school system could schedule the school year around the new mandate.

“These calendars are just scenarios to provide context on how the mandate could affect the structure of our school year and to invite feedback for the committee,” Einhorn said.

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