Category Archives: Schools

Caroline County Public School system to Deploy a New Visitor Management System

Caroline County Public Schools
September 5, 2017

The Caroline County Public School system will begin deploying a new visitor management system to all of our county school buildings. The Raptor system will better allow us to track visitors in our schools and provide us with a safer, more monitored environment for our students and staff.

Upon entering a Caroline County School, visitors will be asked to present a valid state-issued ID (driver’s license, state id card), which will be scanned into the system. Upon reading the information, Raptor will check national and local databases to identify those individuals that should not be allowed in our schools. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. The visitor badges must be returned to the office at the conclusion of the visit so that they can be logged out of the system.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor system provides a consistent way to aid in keeping away people who may present a danger to our students. Therefore, all visitors to the county schools must be scanned into the system and obtain a visitor badge.

If you are interested in learning more about the visitor management system, please visit the Raptor Technologies Website (

Federalsburg Lions Club Collecting School Supplies for Federalsburg Elementary School

Federalsburg Lions Club
July 2015

The Federalsburg Lions Club: The civic group who just keeps on giving back.

As Federalsburg Elementary School Boosters, the Lions are once again asking for our support as they gather donated school supplies for our kids from July 20th to August 24, 2015. Backpacks, #2 pencils, crayons, Kleenex and the list go on and on. Any and everything an elementary school student might need to succeed can be dropped off at: Bee’s Energy Express, Federalsburg Family Restaurant, Susan Lynch State Farm Insurance, Town Hall or Tri-Gas & Oil.

Special Thanks to All of our Residents and Businesses who support the Lions.

For more information please contact: Mary Harding – 410.829.1225; Christy Pierce – 410.754.5153 or Judi White – 410.714.0588.

Colonel Richardson Softball over Kent – April 16, 2015

April 17, 2015

Photo: Colonel Richardson Softball scores one of their 10 runs during their game on April 16, 2015 against Kent County
Colonel Richardson Softball scores one of their 10 runs during their game on April 16, 2015 against Kent County. Colonel won the game 10-0 after playing 6 innings.

Photo: SG Atkinson – More Photos from the game on our Facebook Page

North Caroline High School Presents A Night of One Acts

North Caroline High School
April 2015

North Caroline High School proudly presents A Night of One Acts featuring Murder at the Ballet, 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview and Secrets. Murder at the Ballet is a murder mystery by Jeffrey Goffin produced by special arrangements with I.E. Clark.

Babe Archer is on the scene of a brutal attack at the ballet, a homicide! Archer is called to help find the person who killed Theresa; Star of the Grand National Ballet and the prime suspect is Babe’s secretary Vernon.

13 Ways To Screw Up Your College Interview, a short comedy by Ian McWethy and produced by special arrangements with Playscripts, Inc. Two college recruiters at a prestigious university need to fill up one last spot to keep their jobs. 13 dim-witted high school seniors are eager to come in for an interview. The recruiters think this is going to be a piece of cake until they experience nightmare filled with a practicing vampire, an amateur magician and a want-to-be reality TV show host.

Secrets is about young adults keeping secrets. It explores what happens when the secret comes out, and address serious topics like sexuality, molestation, and suicide. This drama is by KT Curran and The Source Teen Theatre and produced by special arrangements with Family Plays of Woodstock, Illinois. Warning: Secrets is not intended for a young audience. However, it will be performed last, so young audience members may still enjoy the other two one-acts.

A Night of One Acts will be held on April 17th at 7:30 pm and April 18th at 5:30 pm in the North Caroline High School Auditorium. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $6.00 for student and senior citizens. For questions or ticket reservations please contact Paul Schoonover, 410-253-1766.

North Caroline’s Kyra Warner Scores 27 in Win over Kent

Photo: North Caroline Girl's Basketball player Kyra Warner scores one of her baskets in route to 27 points against Kent County on December 18, 2014 - Photo SGAtkinson
North Caroline Girl’s Basketball player Kyra Warner scores one of her baskets in route to 27 points against Kent County on December 18, 2014 – Photo: SG Atkinson

Additional photos from the game can be found on the Facebook page

Open Community Forums for Caroline County Public Schools Superintendent Search

Caroline County Public Schools
November 24, 2014

The Caroline County Board of Education has begun its search for a new Superintendent of Schools. To help facilitate this process, the Caroline County Board has contracted the services of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), an agency that specializes in assisting Boards with the consideration of candidates for educational leadership roles.

Open community forums will be held at locations throughout the county to help identify the qualities and characteristics residents want for the new superintendent.

The following are the open forum times, dates and locations:
• Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m. at Colonel Richardson High School cafeteria, 25320 Richardson Road, Federalsburg.
• Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m. at North Caroline High School cafeteria, 10990 River Road, Ridgely

Participants will be provided a brief presentation about the superintendent search, participate in group discussions and will be asked to answer three questions:
1. What do you feel are the most positive things about Caroline County and Caroline County Public Schools?
2. What characteristics and qualifications do you feel a superintendent should possess?
3. What challenges do you think the new superintendent will face.

Input from these forums will be compiled, presented to and used by the Board of Education to develop a brochure and advertisement to solicit candidates for the superintendent position. The brochure and advertisement will be posted on our school system website and placed in local, state and national publications.

Individuals or groups that cannot participate in the forums are encouraged to e-mail responses to or mail responses to arrive before December 15 to Kathryn Blumsack, Maryland Association of Boards of Education, 631 Ridgley Avenue, Suite 300, Annapolis, MD 21201.

63rd Denton Elementary School Harvest Festival

63rd Denton Elementary School Harvest Festival
303 Sharp Road Denton, MD.
September 27th 10am to 2pm.

Fire Truck Rides,
Hay Rides, Arts & Crafts,
Games, Moon Bounce,
Concessions, Bake Sale,
Yard Sale,
Silent Auction and Live Music

Event is Rain or Shine

“Chrome City” Cycle Ride to Help Kids with Disabilities

Benedictine School
Ridgely, MD
June 2013

Gleaming motorcycles, awesome street rods, classic and custom cars will roar in from all over the region to the Benedictine School in Ridgely for the highly anticipated 12th Annual Chrome City Ride on Sunday July 28, 2013. The event will fund tuition assistance for children, and opportunities to work and live in the community for adults with disabilities. Organized and produced by volunteers primarily from state and local law enforcement, the previous eleven years of Chrome City Rides have raised over a million dollars.

“Chrome City Ride is a wonderful opportunity not only to raise needed money, but for our friends to come here, meet our special people, and see what a great place this is,” said Benedictine’s Executive Director Scott Evans. “The kids and everyone here look forward to when the motorcycles and cars come up the lane onto our campus. It is a spectacle, but we especially appreciate that the riders return year after year. Our friends mean a lot to us.”

Owners of impressive cars and bikes from all over Maryland and Delaware will gather at various designated locations, then cruise in convoys with police escorts to the Benedictine School campus. The $25-per-rider pledge provides each rider with an official Ride T-shirt, a delicious catered lunch, entertainment (including the return of “Rockin’ Elvis”), a chance for prizes and trophies, and a day of fun showing off their chrome to an appreciative crowd. Spectators are also welcome, and their $25 minimum contribution also provides them with an official Ride T-shirt, lunch and a day of fun. The riders and their machines are expected to arrive on campus around 11:30 AM.

For online registration and further information on the 12th Annual Chrome City Ride, visit our web site You may also call the Benedictine Foundation at 410-634-2292 for information on times, rally point locations, registration, and more.

Benedictine Programs and Services is located near Ridgely, Maryland, with educational, residential, and day services for children ages 5 through 21. In addition, Benedictine operates state-licensed group homes throughout Maryland and Delaware and provides supported employment for adults with disabilities. The organization was founded by the Sisters of St. Benedict and is recognized nationally for its pioneering approach to educating and caring for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Benedictine is a fully approved, non-sectarian service provider serving children and adults without regard to racial, ethnic, or religious background.

For more information about Benedictine, please call 410-634-2292 or visit us online at

Adkins Arboretum Offers Nature Preschool Programs

Adkins Arboretum
January 3, 2013
Ridgely, MD

From woodland walks to meadow adventures, introduce your preschooler to the wonders of the natural world. This winter, Adkins Arboretum will again offer its popular programs for three- to five-year-olds.

Advance registration is required for preschool programs. The fee is $50 for members, $65 for the general public for all six classes in the series. Classes meet on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and include a craft and a healthy snack. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended. For further information or to register, visit or call 410-634-2847, extension 0.

Classes include:

Incredible Icicles
February 5

Brrr—it’s icicle time! Find out how icicles form, and look for icicles on a wintry walk. Children will create a sparkly icicle craft and munch on icicle treats while listening to winter stories.

Cardinal Valentine
February 12

Bring on the red for this cozy cardinal class! After an entertaining (and educational) puppet show featuring Katie the Cardinal, children will look for cardinals on a meadow walk and make valentine treats for the birds.

Warm in the Cold
February 19

When the cold winds blow, where do the animals go? Learn about ways animals keep warm in wintry weather and search the forest for signs of winter critters, then return to the classroom for hot chocolate and animal stories.

Twigs and Bark
February 26

Bare winter branches provide the perfect opportunity to explore twigs and bark. Children will sort twigs by color and feel, make bark rubbings, and create twig art along the Arboretum’s woodland paths.

In Like a Lion
March 5

Welcome the month of March with a lesson on wind! Where does wind come from? How can we “see” the wind? Activities will include a wind experiment, kite flying in the meadow, and windy poems.

Wiggly Worms
March 12

Worms are a gardener’s best friend! Children will head to the Funshine Garden to dig up wiggly wildlife and prepare the beds for spring planting. A “Wiggle and Waggle” song, worm race, and garden craft will round out the morning.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, it will build the W. Flaccus and Ruth B. Stifel Center at Adkins Arboretum and a “green” entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton leads preschoolers on a woodland adventure during one of the Arboretum’s nature preschool programs. The winter preschool series begins Tues., Feb. 5.

Adkins Arboretum Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton leads preschoolers on a woodland adventure during one of the Arboretum’s nature preschool programs. The winter preschool series begins Tues., Feb. 5.

Message from MSP Regarding School Bus Safety


August 2012

According to the U. S. Department of Transportation, “School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting our children back and forth to school” and the Maryland State Police are reminding motorists that school bus safety is everyone’s responsibility.

For 23 million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. The greatest risk is not riding the bus, but approaching or leaving the bus. Troopers are urging motorists to take extra care when driving in proximity to school buses. The reality is that motorists pose a greater threat to school bus students than they would ever have to face simply riding on the bus.

Here are a few reminders to help motorists keep our student safe this school year:


Keep an eye out for students, since they will likely be preoccupied and may not be paying attention.

The yellow flashing lights on the bus indicate it is preparing to stop, to unload or load students. The red flashing lights show the bus is stopped and students are getting off or on. Drivers are prohibited from passing in either direction a school bus when red flashing lights are activated, unless they are on a divided highway.

The consequences could be tragic if students are loading or unloading. Make sure you stop your vehicle at least 20 feet either in front of behind the bus when its red lights are flashing. This gives children enough space to safely enter and exit the bus.


Whether your child walks to school, or just to the bus stop, it is important for an adult to initially walk the route with them, especially if they are younger. Parents or guardians can point out hazards to children and alert them to locations along the route where they should be especially cautious.

This is an important tip for drivers at anytime, but especially during the school year. Reduce any distractions inside your vehicle, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings, especially in school zones. Remember, no texting or handheld cell phone use while driving.

State troopers across Maryland will be joining their local law enforcement partners in special school bus enforcement patrols during the start of this school year. Extra patrols will be deployed on school bus routes and troopers will be specifically targeting motorists driving unsafely around school buses or ignoring the red flashing lights when a bus is stopped. These patrols will be funded by special state school bus enforcement grants coordinated through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

Have a great and safe school year.