Harford County Public Schools
Click Below to view the 2005-2006 Accomplishments for that month:
- Harford SAT scores rise across the board - Harford County Public
School Scholastic Assessment Test average scores for the graduating class of 2005
were up by three points on the Verbal portion to 511 and by nine points on the Math
section to 521. Both scores were above state averages.
- Wojciechowski's artwork due display at MSDE - Eight-year-old Emmorton
Elementary School third grader Anna E. Wojciechowski had her 12" by 18" tempera
winter scene artwork purchased by Maryland State Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick
to be displayed in the State Treasury Building.
- HCPS receives 2005 'What Parents Want' award - The Harford County
Public Schools received a 2005 'What Parents Want' award from the 'School Match'
organization, emblematic of meeting the needs of families choosing schools. The
award, presented by the nation's largest school selection consulting firm, made
Harford one of 2,528 among the nation's 15,573 school systems (16 percent) to be
- Harford Glen named 'Green Center' - The Harford Glen Environmental
Education Center was designated a Maryland Green Center by the Maryland Association
of Environmental and Outdoor Educators (MAEOE) on June 1st. The designation means
Harford Glen is a 'model of excellence' in environmental education. There are only
eight other 'Green Centers' in Maryland. Eleven Harford Schools have received 'Green
School' awards including Bel Air High, Harford Technical High, North Bend Elementary,
North Harford High, North Harford Middle, Forest Lakes Elementary, Joppatowne High,
William S. James Elementary, C. Milton Wright High, Forest Hill Elementary, and
Havre de Grace Middle schools.
- Christopher Bates is 'River of Words' finalist - Christopher Bates,
a fifth grader at Joppatowne Elementary last year, was a finalist for the 'River
of Words' state contest in connection with his watercolor painting he calls 'Day
at the Golf Course.' The program is offered through the Maryland State Department
of Natural Resources.
- Mary Procell is State Science teacher finalist - Mary Y. Procell,
Bel Air High School Biology teacher, was identified as one of two Maryland science
teachers to be a finalist for the 2005-06 Presidential Award for Excellence in the
teaching of science. The 16-year veteran is in line for the $10,000 prize awarded
to each state's Presidential winner along with an expenses paid trip to Washington,
D.C. to meet with government leaders and an excursion to Disney World.
- Harford high schoolers show progress on broad front - High school
students in the Harford County Public Schools showed progress on passing the no-fault
High School Assessments (HSAs) in the last year before passing the Biology, Algebra,
Government, and English II tests becomes a pre-requisite for graduation. Local high
school students were well above the state average of passing scores in Algebra,
Biology and English, coming within 1.3 percent of the state average in the Government
exam. An all-time record 82.7 percent of the 2005 graduating class said they would
pursue post-secondary education. And, the graduation rate is an all-time 88.99 percent
for the Class of 2005.
- Drug use down among local youth - Results of the 2004 Maryland
Adolescent Survey show use of drugs, tobacco and alcohol are down in 20 of the 24
categories examined among eight graders, 18 of the 24 categories at grade ten, and
23 of the 24 areas for seniors. While Harford teens report their use of controlled
dangerous substances, alcohol, and tobacco continues to be higher than the state
averages in several categories, the gap has narrowed compared to the results of
the bi-annual survey done in 2002.
- Clark is Maryland's top elementary P.E. teacher - Homestead-Wakefield
Elementary School Physical Education teacher Deborah M. Clark was named Maryland's
Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year for 2005 by the Maryland Association
for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD). Mrs. Clark, a 30-year
teacher - 21 of those years in Harford County - was cited for her ability to make
activity fun and to create a desire in her students to be fit for life.
- Guardian angels' help save bus driver's life - Fallston High senior
Alyssa D. Kauffman and Fallston High junior Amanda L. Beck were credited with helping
to save the life of their bus driver, Karen A. Miller, when Mrs. Miller suffered
a heart attack while driving her afternoon run on October 28th. The students used
the driver's cell phone to call 9-1-1 and helped comfort Mrs. Miller, keeping her
calm until medical help could arrive.
- School records broken for United Way giving - Harford County public
School employees gave or pledged $54,488.07 during the 2005 United Way campaign,
topping their all-time record for giving established at $50,000 last year. The 9
percent increase is on top of a 25 percent increase in giving the previous year
and came despite the fact many employees had given to help relieve the suffering
cause by Hurricane Katrina.
- Fallston High Band in another top season - The Fallston High School
Marching Cougar Band won the Tournament of Bands Chapter 9, Group 1 title, qualifying
Craig Harvey's band to perform in the prestigious Atlantic Coast Championships where
the group finished among the upper quartile of the championship teams competing.
Drum Majors Kaitlin Rayman and Bethany Shurer helped lead the band to triumphs in
many regional competitions on the way to their Chapter 9 title.
- Drug use down among local youth - In the 2004 Maryland Adolescent
Survey, given to selected sixth, eighth, tenth, and twelfth graders in Maryland
school systems, Harford pre-teens and teenagers continued a downward trend that
began with the 1998 bi-annual report in most areas of substance abuse. Among Harford
County Public School eighth graders, substance abuse was down in 20 of the 24 categories
compared to the 2002 survey; tenth grade responses showed declines in 18 of the
24 areas; and twelfth graders showed a decrease in 23 of the 24 categories.
- Clark is Maryland's top elementary Physical Education teacher -
Debbie Clark, Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School Physical Education teacher,
was named Maryland's top elementary P.E. teacher by the Maryland Association of
Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD). Mrs. Clark, a 30-year
teacher - 21 of those years in Harford County - emphasizes success for all in her
classes, hoping to build lifetime fitness attitudes in her students.
- Guardian angels' help save bus driver's life - Alyssa D. Kauffman,
a 17-year-old senior, and Amanda L. Beck, a 17-year old junior - helped save the
life of their school bus driver, Karen A. Miller, who suffered a heart attack as
she drove her afternoon Fallston High School run on October 28th. The two Fallston
High students helped keep Mrs. Miller calm while calling for emergency help on a
cell phone, staying with their driver until professional help arrived.
- School records broken for United Way giving - Harford County Public
School employees gave more than $54,000 during the 2005 United Way campaign, breaking
the school system's previous record for giving by over $4,000. The school system
is the county's largest contributor to the Central Maryland United Way campaign.
- Fallston High Band in another top season - The Fallston High School
Marching Band, under the leadership of Craig Harvey, won the Chapter 9 Group 1 championship,
earning the right to participate in the Atlantic Coast Championships.
- 'Art at the Glen' to highlight silver anniversary - The Harford
Glen Outdoor Education Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary as an overnight
residential facility for students with a series of special events including an 'Art
at the Glen' promotion in which art students from Joppatowne, Emmorton, North Bend,
and Dublin elementary schools will create commemorative panels for permanent display
at the 245-acre center.
- Six Harford students to serve as pages - Six Harford County students
were chosen to represent the county as pages during the 2006 Maryland General Assembly
session in Annapolis. The students - Benjamin G. Amoss, 17, Fallston High School;
Bibiana M. Bracero, 17, C. Milton Wright High School; Adia A. Matthews, 17, C. Milton
Wright High School; Kathleen M. McComiskey, 17, Fallston High School; and Amanda
L. Selvy, 17, John Carroll School - will provide service to Maryland Senators and
Delegates during the three-month session from January through April, 2006.
- 'Mylo' is the 'perfect name' for park giraffe - The entry of Destiny
F. (complete last name withheld due to confidentiality) was chosen from among more
than 200 submitted as the name for the whimsical steel giraffe that greet visitors
to the Lyn Stacie Getz Playground near Bel Air. Destiny, a five-year-old kindergarten
student at Church Creek Elementary School, has been blind since birth. The name
she submitted was 'Mylo,' signifying her vision of a giraffe as a "mile high" compared
to her perception of her own height as "low." Members of the Alan Getz family, benefactors
of the park, were on hand to make a presentation to Destiny. A small stuffed giraffe
was sent to each of those who submitted an entry.
- Kundratic is star of 'PRIDE' kickoff - Kelly Kundratic, a Fallston
Middle School seventh grader, was one of five students or educators spotlighted
by the Maryland State Department of Education in its 2005-06 'PRIDE: Maryland Public
Schools' campaign. Ms. Kundratic had, as a sixth grader, spoken by satellite telephone
hookup to oceanographers on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. During an assembly at
her school on November 16th, Maryland Superintendent Nancy Grasmick and the State's
First Lady, Kendel Ehrlich, praised Ms. Kundratic's efforts and those of others
in the Maryland Public School System. Kelly and the others are appearing in public
service announcements aired by the Comcast Cablevision system.
- 'Band Together' aims to help youngsters make music - Bob Powers,
Emmorton Elementary Band/Strings teacher; and Brian Folus, Bel Air/Joppatowne Elementary
Band teacher, have teamed on a project that collects old musical instruments, refurbishes
them, and makes them available for young musicians who cannot afford to buy their
- Roye-Williams is state's only Blue Ribbon Lighthouse school - Roye-Williams
Elementary School near Aberdeen, was selected as one of just 30 schools nationwide
to be named National Blue Ribbon Schools. The school was tabbed because of its effective
math program that helps those who have fallen behind get back on track. Members
of the school leadership team participated in a nationwide conference in December.
- Jefferies' artwork advances 'no smoking' theme - Kellee Kefferies,
12-year-old Fallston Middle School eighth grader, had her artwork chosen as the
one to be used as the cover for the 'Smoking Stops Here' campaign. She was honored
at her school on November 17th by members of the sponsoring Aberdeen IronBirds organization.
- Harford Reading Council notes 25 years of service - The Harford
Reading Council, an organization established by local teachers and others to promote
reading, is noting its silver anniversary in 2005-06 with a series of promotions
aimed at celebrating the work of the group so far and setting the stage for more
accomplishments in the future.
- Joppatowne/CMW high schools share 'Character' awards - Joppatowne
and C. Milton Wright high schools were named 'Maryland Character Schools' based
on the use of a 'Capturing Kids' Hearts' program intended to reach students by showing
that those at the schools care about the welfare of the youngsters.
- Nothing 'fishy' about Dylan Casteel's artwork - Dylan Casteel,
a Dublin Elementary School fifth grader, had his artwork depicting a fish purchased
by Kevin Kane of the Maryland State Comptroller's Office. Mr. Kane had seen the
artwork on display in the Annapolis office and was so impressed he decided to purchase
it for his home collection.
- New school system central office building opens - On January 3rd,
the new 70,000 square foot Harford County Public Schools Administration Building
at 102 S. Hickory Avenue in Bel Air opened for business. The new administration
center brings together about 210 central office employees from eight former locations
into a modern, functional office building, enhancing the efficiency of the school
system leadership. The building was funded through a lease/lease back arrangement
with former rental money used to help offset the annual lease payment, allowing
the building to be put into use without competing with school capital projects.
The building will be paid for in 25 years and the lease payments will not escalate.
- Marianne Kozlowski achieves National Certification - Marianne Traske
Kozlowski, a Deerfield Elementary first grade teacher (currently on leave) earned
National Board Certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards
in the release of those successful in the rigorous teacher staff development exercise
during the 2004-05 school year. Mrs. Kozlowski completed the four written components
of the process in the early to middle childhood reading and language arts concentration,
including video-taped lessons, then achieved a passing scored on an all-day assessment
in June. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was established
- Lifetime fitness is goal of North Harford Middle FITT lab - Using
more than $40,000 raised through a community fundraiser, combined with business
and school system contributions, North Harford Middle School unveiled a state of
the art fitness lab in the school, equipped with 17 spinning bikes and an equal
number of fitness stations, augmented by an audio/visual system that used computerized
programs in providing an ideal workout program for students at the school. Last
April, about 1,200 North Harford Middle students and some 30 faculty members walked
or ran laps around the neighboring North Harford High track to raise money to make
the FITT lab a reality.
- Kimmie Meissner set to take world's biggest ice state - Sixteen-year-old
Fallston High School junior Kimmie Meissner earned a trip to the 2006 Winter Olympics
by finishing second in the National Women's Figure Skating championships in St.
Louis. Ms. Meissner, who has been attending school (Hickory Elementary/Southampton
Middle/and Fallston High) on an adjusted schedule for ten years allowing her to
train five to six hours a day, received a tumultuous send-off during halftime of
a Friday night basketball game at her school and at a series of community events.
At the Olympics in late February in Torino, Italy, the humble youngster finished
sixth among the world's greatest women figure skaters. She returned home to an equally
impressive series of events highlighted by a parade through downtown Bel Air on
March 3rd where she was honored by local, state, and national elected officials,
businesses, and many organizations. In late March, she left for Calgary, Canada
where she competed in the World championships. Ms. Meissner has been featured on
many national television shows, newspapers, and magazines, consistently crediting
the assistance she has received from the schools she has attended in making it possible
for her to compete at the international level.
- Dr. Haas receives Human Relations 'Government' award - Superintendent
Jacqueline C. Haas was presented with the 'Government Award' during the third annual
Joseph Bond/Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards on January 26th. Dr.
Haas, in her ninth years as Harford Superintendent, was honored for her contributions
as a member of a government organization toward better understanding among all people.
- Bob Foard makes the engines hum - J. Robert 'Bob' Foard, a member
of one of the five, two-person Preventative Maintenance teams in the Facilities
Management Department of the school system, was named that organization's "Employee
of the Year" for 2005. Mr. Foard, 62, works to extend the useful life of mechanical
systems in the school system's facilities by performing regular maintenance, avoiding
larger problems in the future.
- Hall's Cross Roads success is example to country - A four-person
team representing Hall's Cross Roads Elementary School was invited to present at
the national Staff Development's 37th annual conference in Philadelphia December
3 through 7. The group - Principal Carol Hepler, Mentor Teacher Christina Douglas,
and former Instructional Facilitator Debbie Freels and former Assistant Principal
Peter Carpenter - told the group how their "Extreme Makeover/School Edition" reformation
had helped the school emerge from a "failing school" under the old MSPAP testing
system to a school making its Annual Yearly Progress standards on the Maryland School
Assessments as a model for what can be done to transform a school.
- Five are AHS Hall of Fame charter inductees - Five graduates of
Aberdeen High School were inducted into that school's 'Hall of Fame' during ceremonies
held there on January 18th. The charter inductees - Cal Ripken, Jr. and Cal Ripken,
Sr.; E.J. Henderson, Irvin Pankey, and Mike Griffin - had their portraits placed
in a Gallery along the main corridor of the building. The Ripkens were Major League
baseball players, Mr. Henderson is a current National Football League player and
Mr. Pankey is retired from that league; and Mr. Griffin is the head of NASA. Other
distinguished Aberdeen High alumni will be added to the 'Hall' in future years.
- Fallston High Dance Team seeks national title - Fallston High School's
Dance Team qualified for a national competition in Ocean City, MD in late February
after qualifying during a regional competition. The 17-member team owns 15 regional
and five national championships in the Pom and Jazz Divisions during the six years
of the group's existence.
- Jen Cook elected Student Board Rep. for 2006-07 - Harford Technical
High School junior Jennifer Lynn 'Jen' Cook was selected to be the 2006-07 Student
Representative on the Board of Education. Ms. Cook, 16, has a 4.2 Grade Point Average
and is active as an interscholastic athlete and in many school leadership roles,
including being President of Harford Tech's Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Ms.
Cook was tabbed by a plurality of the delegates to the General Assembly of the Harford
County Regional Association of Student Councils at their February 16th meeting.
Ms. Cook, a student in Tech's Computer Assistant Drafting (CAD) program, was to
have taken over as Student Representative on July 1st.
- Three Harford teachers among MINT grant recipients - Three Harford
County Public School teachers were among the 63 to receive Maryland's Initiative
for New Teachers (MINT) Grant Awards during a ceremony at the Governor Calvert House
in Annapolis on February 14th. Sandra Bender of Churchville Elementary, Christine
Roland of Edgewood High School, and Brenna Talbard of Roye-Williams Elementary were
the three Harford winners of the small grants ($300 to $700) from the Maryland State
Department of Education intended to allow first or second year teachers to initiate
programs that have promise of improving student achievement.
- Courage - Elizabeth Jackson and Patrick Gallagher of Edgewood High
School, were named as two of the 28 finalists in the "Champions of Courage" awards
program. More than 4,500 students entered the essay contest nationally. The Maryland
Finalists were honored at an awards assembly held in Baltimore on February 18th.
- Lance Lotharp is county spelling champion - Edgewood Middle School
seventh grader K. Lance Lotharp won the County Middle School Spelling Bee, besting
23 opponents in the traditional spell-off at Harford Community College's Chesapeake
Center. The 12-year-old honor student earned the right to represent the county in
the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee which was scheduled for the Memorial Day
weekend in Washington, D.C.
- Sampson named minority education award winner - Havre de Grace
Elementary School Family Liaison Mary K. Sampson was named one of several Harford
County educators as a winner of the Maryland State Department of Education's Achievement
Initiative for Minority Achievement award. Mrs. Sampson is called the "heart and
soul" of her school, developing numerous activities and programs to aid those minority
and other students who have a need for academic, social, or emotional support.
- Hemmes is National Field Hockey Coach of Year - Bel Air High School's
33-year head varsity field hockey coach, Phyllis M. Hemmes, was named the National
High School Field Hockey Coach of the Year for 2005 by the Field Hockey Coaches
Association of the National Federation of State High School Associations. Ms. Hemmes,
who has taught Physical Education at Bel Air High for 37 years and is its Athletic
Director, was named by the association which represents almost 17,500 field hockey
coaches in the country. Her teams have won 298 games, lost 129, and tied 23; to
go with 14 county, 13 regional, and one state title.
- Harford Tech robotics team qualifies for national event - The Harford
Technical High School Robotics team was tabbed to become part of an "alliance" with
two other high school squads, winning the Chesapeake regional competition and qualifying
for a trip to the national tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. The 17-member Cobra team
was allied with a team from Garrett County and one from Connecticut to earn the
trip to the nationals where they competed with 340 similar teams in the Georgia
- 20 DI teams on way to state tourney - Twenty Harford County Public
School Destination Imagination teams qualified for the State DI tournament by virtue
of their performance at the March 11th East Regional Tournament held at Bel Air
Middle School. Two of those teams - Bel Air High School and Fountain Green Elementary
School's squads - won their state tournament competition at Towson University on
April 22nd, qualifying for a trip to the Global competition at the University of
Tennessee/Knoxville in late May.
- HdG Elem. teams meet Engineering Challenge - Havre de Grace Elementary
School's fifth grade Engineering Challenge team finished first out of 37 teams in
their division statewide during the annual tournament held at the Baltimore Museum
of Industry on March 18th. The group of eight students created an authentic miniature
replica of the 1926 "Tilt-a-Whirl' theme park ride. The group also won "Best Design"
in the competition.
- Susan Healy is named 2006-07 HCPS Teacher of Year - Susan J. Healy,
12-year, fourth grade teacher at North Bend Elementary School was named Harford
County Public School Teacher of the Year at the conclusion of the 12th annual Teacher
of the Year Banquet held at the Bayou Restaurant in Havre de Grace on April 27th.
Ms. Healy, an eighth generation daughter of Street-area farmers, was cited for a
winning combination of warmth, technological acumen, community and church service,
and an inviting nature that brings parents into the education process. Ms. Healy
was joined by Teacher of the Year finalists Kerrie L. Bauer, Joppatowne High Math
teacher; Roxanne L. Dodson, Aberdeen Middle Art teacher; Nancy J. Murray, Youth's
Benefit Elementary Third Grade teacher; Margaret E. Phillips, North Harford Middle
School Musical Theater teacher; Mary Ann Hartshorn, Bel Air High English teacher;
Robert T. Powers, Emmorton Elementary Band & Orchestra teacher; Holly A. Rankin,
Abingdon Elementary Second Grade teacher; Brian W. Rheinhardt, C. Milton Wright
High English teacher; and Amy M. Woolf, Edgewood High School Biology teacher.
- Courtney Kalisz wins national swim title - Fifteen-year-old Fallston
High School sophomore Courtney Kalisz won the 200 meter butterfly event in the United
States Spring National Championships swim meet held in Seattle, Washington on April
1. Ms. Kalisz currently has the second fastest time in her specialty and is aiming
for a berth on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.
- Robin Testerman is HCPS Nurse of the Year - Robin H. Testerman,
Aberdeen High School Nurse, was named the Harford County Public School Nurse of
the Year by the Harford County School Nurses Association. The veteran nurse, who
is a former maternal child health unit nurse, has been a school nurse since 1992
and Aberdeen High's nurse since 1998. She was cited for her caring attitude and
competent care of the 1,400 Aberdeen High students and 120 staff members.
- Rebecca Postowski is Flying Point's 'guardian' - Eleven-year-old
Deerfield Elementary School fifth grader Rebecca Postowski is the Department of
Parks and Recreation's Adopt-a-Park guardian of the Flying Point Park near her home
in Edgewood. She picks up trash, plants flowers, and performs other volunteer service
at the park which she has played for most of her life.
- Twenty years later, Reagan inspires Fallston High - Fallston High
School staged a 20-year celebration of the day - December 4, 1985 - when President
Ronald Reagan visited the school by conducting a tribute to the late President on
April 10th as some 300 people turned out for the remembrance which was highlighted
by the appearance of Edwin Meese III, Mr. Reagan's Attorney General from 1985 through
1988. During the two-hour celebration, a video tape of the historic speech Mr. Reagan
gave to the Fallston High student body and invited guests, which followed by a week
his first meeting with Soviet Union Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, was replayed. In
the talk, Mr. Reagan predicted the downfall of the Soviet system.
- Top female junior math/science students honored - Eleven of Harford
County's top female high school junior science/math students were honored during
the annual Judith Resnik Dinner, sponsored by the Harford Branch of the American
Association of University Women, at Harford Community College's Chesapeake Center
on April 22nd. Honored were Candace Whye of Aberdeen High, Chelsea Samson of Bel
Air High, Mary Waller of C. Milton Wright High, Erika Waas of Edgewood High, Airel
Yuging Zhao of Fallston High, Sarah J. Saxon of Harford Technical High, Jennifer
Brandon of Havre de Grace High, Hollie Freeland of James Run Christian Academy,
Katherine Kunkel of John Carroll School, Shalyn Getz of Joppatowne High, and Ellen
Benn of North Harford High.
- Kimmie Meissner is Maryland Pride ambassador - Kimberly C. "Kimmie"
Meissner, who won the World Figure Skating Championship in Calgary, Canada in March,
was honored by the Maryland State Board of Education on April 25th as the Board
named her a Maryland Pride recipient as an outstanding example of a public school
student. The 16-year-old Fallston High School junior is an "A/B" student despite
her grueling practice/performance schedule that has her on the road or practicing
for up to seven hours each day. Ms. Meissner will represent Maryland's public schools
in a series of promotions throughout the coming year.
- SMILES wins Governor's top service award - The Havre de Grace High
School student service group - SMILES (Service Makes an Individual's Life Extra
Special) became one of just two such student groups in the state to be honored with
the Governor's Volunteer Service Award, emblematic of having provided assistance
to others above and beyond that which could be expected. The group provides a Thanksgiving
dinner for the needy, conducts a "prom" for senior citizens, visits nursing homes,
conducts food drives, and many more efforts to benefit the less fortunate throughout
- Students head for DI Global Competition - Teams from Bel Air High
School and Fountain Green Elementary School qualified for the Global Destination
Imagination Tournament by virtue of finishing in first place or second place in
their division and category at the State DI tourney held at Towson University on
April 22nd. The tams will compet in the global finals at the University of Tennessee
in Knoxville, May 24 through 28. Destination Imagination is a creative, problem-solving
exercise in which teams of seven youngsters do skits in which they solve a problem
presented to them.
- Aberdeen wins Unified Basketball tournament - Aberdeen High School's
Unified Basketball team won the tournament played at their school on April 19th.
Teams taking part in the tournament represented most of the county's public high
schools. The teams were composed of two able-bodied students and three with disabilities
who played modified rules basketball games. The program emphasizes the abilities
of those who have physical or mental challenges while allowing those students from
the regular program to learn to help those with disabilities.
- Ravenscraft is top Environmental grant winner - Megan Ravenscraft,
a graduating senior at C. Milton Wright High School, took the top ($5,500) 2006
Environmental Scholarship program scholarship award during the annual presentations.
Ms. Ravenscraft will attend the University of Montana. Other $1,000 scholarship
winners were Emily Hubbel of Bel Air High, Jennifer Scott of Edgewood High, Rachel
Myirski of Fallston High, Kimberly Schaffer of Joppatowne High, and Lauren Cook
of North Harford High.
- Harford Glen residential program comes up 'Silver' - More than
100 Harford Glen Outdoor Education Center advocates looked backward and forward
during the Silver Anniversary celebration of the facility's residential program,
held at the Emmorton-area location May 6th. Harford Glen, recognized as one of the
most outstanding outdoor education centers on the east coast, has been owned by
the school system since it was donated by the U.S. Army shortly after World War
II. Fifth graders began staying overnight for four-day, three-night visits in the
1980-81 school year.
- Jackie Haas nets NAACP/MASCD honors - Superintendent of Harford
County Public Schools Jacqueline C. Haas received two top honors during the month
of May. Dr. Haas was recognized by the Harford/Cecil Chapter of the NAACP with an
"Outstanding Community Service" award during the organization's 45th Annual Freedom
Fund Banquet on May 7th. The Superintendent also received the Judith Ruchkin Research
Award for "Outstanding Dissertation" from the Maryland Association of Supervision
and Curriculum Development (MASCD), honoring Dr. Haas for her doctoral dissertation
submitted in May 2005.
- Fallston High wins Envirothon…again - For the second consecutive
year, the Fallston High School Envirothon team won the county title in a competition
held at Camp Saffran in the Broad Creek Boy Scout Camp on May 17th. Fallston High's
team is composed of seniors Chrysta Ghent, Kris Lazzeri, Ranjit Korah, and Ben Amoss,
along with junior Caren Wiley. The team, under the direction of Environmental Science
teacher Tom Trafton, earned a berth in the State Envirothon set for the Schmidt
Center in Prince Geroge's County in June. The winner there advances to the National
Envirothon. Harford County Public Schools - Joppatowne four times and Fallston twice
- has won six state titles in the 14 previous years of the competition and twice
- Joppatowne High in 1997 and Fallston High in 1998 - finished second in the National
Envirothon. The Envirothon pits teams of five to seven students from each school
who work on "paper" as well as "practical" problems involving various aspects of
- The Ring Factory Elementary School Fox Festival Choir does it again
- On May 19th, the Ring Factory Fox Festival Choir, under the direction of Bridgette
Crawford, won three major awards at the Hershey Park (Pennsylvania) Music in the
Parks Festival. The 39-member fourth and fifth grade group won First Place Elementary
Treble Choir; Elementary Grand Champion (best overall ensemble); and Top Soloist
Award (Abigail Samson).
- Michelle Peck/Anthony Lester are top Cesky honorees - Graduating
seniors, Bel Air High's Michelle Peck and C. Milton Wright High's Anthony Lester
were the top ($5,000) scholarship winners in the 21st annual Al Cesky Scholarship
Fund program. Twenty-two graduating senior student athletes - a male and a female
each from the nine Harford County Public high schools along with two private schools
- were nominated for the award founded by their schools to receive $2,000 scholarships
in honor of Al Cesky, pioneering Bel Air High School football coach and County Athletic
Director, following his death in 1985. Former players and associates of Mr. Cesky's
organized and have perpetuated the annual awards.
- Alice Daum-Coen journeys to S. Africa in literacy effort - Edgewood
Middle School Academic Intervention Specialist Alice Daum-Coen spent 11 days in
South Africa with a team of 30 top educators and nine guests during late May and
early June in a literacy project aimed at improving reading/writing skills of students
in that country. Dr. Daum-Coen was a member of the People-to-People Ambassador-sponsored
- Melissa McCrea/Karen Hamilton are McNeely Award winners - Emmorton
Elementary and Harford Technical High Physical Education teachers Melissa McCrea
and Karen Hamilton, respectively, were named Harford County winners of the statewide
Simon A. McNeely Awards for 2005-06, emblematic of teachers who have demonstrated
meritorious service to the profession. Presented by the Maryland Association of
Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD), the honor goes to teachers
who are at the top of their field, showing outstanding involvement, innovative techniques,
and service to their students and colleagues.