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Board of Education to Meet in Closed Session

Westminster, MD
03/11/2019 11:25 AM
The Board of Education of Carroll County will announce in public session that they will meet in closed session at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Section 3-305 (b) of the General Provisions Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and Section 3-103 of the General Provision Articles of the Annotated Code of Maryland, to and discuss the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, and matters that relate to negotiations.... Read more

FSK’s 6th Annual Gem Cupcake Fundraiser

Taneytown, MD
03/08/2019 10:46 AM
What can be better than delicious cupcakes and a chance to win gems? It’s time for FSK’s 6th Annual Gem Cupcake Fundraiser sponsored by DK Jewelers and Stone House Cakery and Cafe.... Read more

Instructional Materials on Display

Westminster, MD
03/07/2019 10:45 AM
The Carroll County Public School System is inviting the public to review instructional materials being considered for adoption. The materials are on display through Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in the Department of Curriculum and Instructional Resources, located in the Board of Education offices at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. The Department is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Members of the community are invited to visit and review the materials being proposed. An opportunity will be provided for comment.... Read more

Comprehensive Rezoning Text to Go to Public Outreach Sessions

Westminster, MD
03/04/2019 04:28 PM
On February 21, 2019, the Carroll County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) unanimously voted to move forward with draft zoning text for the Commercial, Industrial and Employment Campus districts.  The commissioners met over several weeks in work sessions reviewing and editing the recommended text provided by the Planning Commission.  The next step, before scheduling a public hearing, is to share the changes with citizens and hear any concerns that can be addressed.... Read more

Bowser Receives Teacher as Leader Award for Gifted and Talented Education

Westminster, MD
03/04/2019 04:01 PM
Drista Bowser, a gifted and talented resource teacher at Northwest and Mt. Airy Middle Schools and Francis Scott Key and South Carroll High Schools, has received the Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education - Teacher as Leader Award.... Read more

Douglas Velnoskey Recognized as "Best-In-State Wealth Avisor" by Forbes

Westminster, MD
03/04/2019 11:30 AM
Douglas P. Velnoskey, CFP®, Senior Vice President/Wealth Management of The Velnoskey Wealth Management Group, has been recognized by Forbes magazine in its 2019 Best-in-State Wealth Advisors ranking.... Read more

School System to Sponsor Transition Fair for Students with Disabilities

Westminster, MD
02/26/2019 10:59 AM
Carroll County Public Schools will sponsor a Transition Fair on Friday, March 15, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Carroll Community College. The fair is open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12 with IEPs and 504s and their parents and guardians.... Read more

South Carroll Senior and Community Center Closed Today

Westminster, MD
02/25/2019 10:51 AM
Today, February 25, 2019, at 9:15am, the South Carroll Senior and Community Center, located at 5928 Mineral Hill Road in Eldersburg , will close to clients due to a power outage which also impacts the phone lines.... Read more

Francis Scott Key High School Announcements

Union Bridge, MD
02/22/2019 11:30 AM
Francis Scott key would like to recognize February students of the month! Preston Jones nominated by the science department. Nominated by the mathematic department is senior Gavin Clark, and Zeshan Basaran, nominated by social studies department Congratulations to these outstanding students.


Congratulations to the following teachers for being nominated for the CCPS Outstanding Teacher Awards:

Jennifer Adcock
Rebecca Bell
Serra Berry
Davey Blake
Mickey Brilhart
Sharon Cassatt
Tom Chase
Bill Duffy
Emily Fair
Suzanne Hafner
Todd Hartshorn
Heather Kelleher
Ryan Kimble
Adrienne Korman
Alethea Miller
Lynn Myers
Erin Roehrle
Josh Rutter
Stephanie Saltz
Dave Smith
Between students and staff members, teachers were nominated based on the care, enthusiasm, and kindness in their teaching. The awards ceremony will be held on March 27, 2019.  Congratulations again to all of the nominees, and best of luck!


CCPS Outdoor School held their first ever Environmental Mentor Week January 28th- 31st. Counselors from local high schools were picked from various weeks earlier this year by Outdoor school staff based on their achievements and extraordinary work at camp Hashawa. Four students from FSK attended the week, along with South Carroll, Liberty and century students. During the Environmental Mentor week, the high school counselors participated in hikes and had the opportunity to help teach class. The chosen students will be mentioned in their graduation programs along with receiving a rope for their gown. The program initially started to acknowledge high school students that spare a week of school to help handle and create an amazing experience for local 6th  grade students. Congratulations to the first ever Environmental Mentors!

FSK’s 2018 yearbook, The Eagle, earned the school’s fourth silver medal from CSPA in an overall competition. For the first time ever, The Eagle has placed third nationally in the category of sports photography, specifically for the bird’s-eye picture of boys tennis player Jake Lamb (’20) attributed to Camille DeSanto (’18).

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced the winners from its 36th Gold Circle Awards program. This year, these categories attracted 5309 yearbook and digital media entries submitted in 91 categories.

These entries come from publications produced by students at colleges, universities, and secondary schools through the United States and abroad who follow an American education plan.

Entries were accepted from student yearbooks and digital media publications published from October 11, 2017 through October 1, 2018. Student journalists working on these print or electronic media chose from 39 yearbook categories and 41 digital media categories.

In summary, judges cited a total of 747 winners for yearbook and digital media for either First, Second or Third Place or for Certificates of Merit for those deemed worthy of honorable mention in a category. Entry categories included those for yearbooks and for digital (online) media, in its annual competition for individual achievement by student writers, editors, designers and photographers.

Columbia Scholastic Press Association - CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs.


Congratulations to FSK’s Academic Challenge team for beating both Manchester Valley and South Carroll in the last preliminary tournament. Francis Scott key now places within the top four schools in the county. Their final competition for this year will be at the Spotlight on Youth on March 7 at the Tech Center. What a great team effort by Maddie Rohde, James Logie, Molly Schneider, Mason Francisco, Colton LeBeau, Elizabeth Mahoney, Levi Mendenhall, and Mina Rohde.


Francis Scott key is opening nominations for this year’s wall of excellence. The purpose of the Francis Scott Key Wall of Excellence is to honor and recognize men and women who have exhibited excellence through the foundations taught at FSK. Criteria for all nominees will be attached along with the nomination application. Deadline is June 1, 2019.... Read more

Board of Education Meeting – Wednesday, March 13

Westminster, MD
02/22/2019 11:12 AM
The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street, Westminster. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be time for citizen participation at this meeting.... Read more

NWSB Bank Commemorates Newly Renovated Mt. Airy Office

Mt. Airy, MD
02/22/2019 10:55 AM
Five members of the American Legion Gold Star Post 191 helped
NWSB Bank, a division of ACNB Bank, commemorate the newly renovated Mt. Airy Office located at
1001 Twin Arch Road on Tuesday, February 19.... Read more

Board President and Superintendent to Host Town Meeting

Union Bridge, MD
02/19/2019 01:57 PM
Board President Donna Sivigny and Superintendent Steven Lockard will be hosting a town meeting on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at Francis Scott Key High School, located at 3825 Bark Hill Road, Union Bridge.... Read more

FREE workshops for those living with Chronic Conditions

Westminster, MD
02/19/2019 01:53 PM
The Bureau of Aging & Disabilities is offering a series of free workshops as part of a self-management, Living Healthy, Living Well program for adults of all ages who have on-going health problems, or who live with someone that does.... Read more

Runnymede Teacher Receives BGE Bright Ideas Teacher Grant

Westminster, MD
02/15/2019 10:00 AM
Beth Chaney, a first grade teacher at Runnymede Elementary School, was the recipient of a $500 grant in BGE’s Bright Ideas Teachers’ Grants program.... Read more

FFA Week Proclaimed in Carroll County

Westminster, MD
02/14/2019 12:13 PM
Today, during Open Session, the Board of Carroll County Commissioners proclaimed February 16th – 23rd, as FFA Week in Carroll County.... Read more

Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County Searching for Volunteers

Westminster, MD
02/13/2019 04:00 PM
Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County (RCIS) is searching for volunteers to assist with phone coverage for a 24-hour hotline and to accompany victims to the hospital as needed.... Read more

ACNB BANK EMBRACES COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Taneytown, MD
02/13/2019 01:08 PM
ACNB Bank recognizes the positive impact of the community involvement and volunteerism embraced by the Bank’s 364 employees working in southcentral Pennsylvania and central Maryland.... Read more

We’re Breaking New Ground… Boys & Girls Club

Westminster, MD
02/13/2019 11:18 AM
Building the Dream with a Gymnasium

for the

Boys & Girls Club of Westminster... Read more

MARYLAND AG LAND PROGRAM APPLICATIONS DUE BY APRIL 9

Westminster, MD
02/13/2019 11:08 AM
The Carroll County Agricultural Land Preservation Program is accepting applications for the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program through April 9.... Read more

Carroll Transit System Seeks Citizen Input on County Public Transportation

Westminster, MD
02/13/2019 11:04 AM
Carroll Transit System, the public transportation program in Carroll County, is seeking Carroll County resident feedback to assist in developing a five-year plan update, termed the Carroll County Transit Development Plan (TDP).... Read more

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