COVID-19 Response & Continuity of Learning Success - Issue 5

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Issue 5   |   June 12, 2020

Message from Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools

I was excited and optimistic to join the Governor this week to share some positive news about moving education forward in Maryland.  In light of encouraging data, Maryland has entered Stage two of the Roadmap to Recovery, and the education community has been able to move forward as well.

As we forge ahead, it is incumbent upon State and local leaders in education to maintain emphasis on equity and action for those most affected by current events. Long-standing gaps in educational opportunity and access have been further exposed and widened during this COVID-19 crisis. Now is the time for school systems to engage their equity plans. This is required by a regulation that I recommended and that was passed by the State Board of Education, so that these groups of students are our first priority in the recovery plan for Maryland education.

Our press release summarizes updates associated with moving into Stage Two including the revised Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recover Plan for Education, requirements for local recovery plans, summer school, opening of nonpublic special education schools, expansion of child care group sizes, transition to summer meals and athletics.

As the unprecedented 2019-2020 school year draws to a conclusion, I want to congratulate our high school seniors as they graduate.  It has been very heartfelt to see the different ways that local systems are honoring the Class of 2020 – from parades on the Boardwalk to outdoor ceremonies.

Thank you to the superintendents, administrators, teachers, school support staff, child care providers, parents and all other members of the community who have stepped up in these remarkable times to do their best to keep our children safe, engaged, and learning.

I am eager to work with all of those in the community to move education forward in the coming months, stronger than ever before!


Local Systems Host Virtual Graduations for the Class of 2020

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Baltimore City Public Schools are hosting Virtual Graduation Ceremonies to honor the Class of 2020 with graduation ceremonies and related events due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Ceremonies will take place between June 10 to June 17.  Learn more about Baltimore City Public Schools graduations at: and

Baltimore County Public Schools will host 27 virtual graduations between June 10-18. Learn more about Baltimore County Public Schools graduations at:

Frederick County Public Schools hosted virtual graduation ceremonies to commemorate the Class of 2020, which was broadcasted on various platforms including social media, FCPS TV and on high school websites. Learn more about Frederick County Public Schools graduations at:

Howard County Public School System hosted high school virtual graduations to offer congratulations to the Class of 2020! Learn more about Howard County Public Schools graduations at

Montgomery County Public Schools honored students with a star-studded virtual graduation on June 7 that included accolades from Olympic gold medalists, comedians and elected officials. This week, additional individual high school virtual graduations were held. Learn more about Montgomery County graduations at

Mosaic of class of 2020 graduates on board International Space Station.

Mosaic of class of 2020 graduates on board International Space Station

When NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley launched to the space station aboard SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavor spacecraft, the world was watching. They also took 90,000 people along for the ride in a mosaic of Earth that include photos of Class of 2020 graduates

In this video, the crew members talk to Benji Reed, the SpaceX Director of Crew Mission Management, before displaying the graduation mosaic to honor those who graduated this spring during the coronavirus pandemic

Mosaic of the Class of 2020 Maryland graduates on board International Space Station.

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Allegany High School Biomedical Science student Kennedy Robinette


Allegany High School Biomedical Science student, Kennedy Robinette, celebrates in her white coat received upon completion of the four-year completer program for Biomedical Science. Kennedy is one of five seniors from Allegany High School who successfully graduated from the Biomedical Science Program this year. Students earned a completer program certificate, a teal cord, a PLTW stole, and the white coat.



Honorees among 147 students recognized for excellence in Career and Technical Education

Congratulations to the many scholarship winners throughout the State!  Baltimore County Public Schools proudly announced that five Baltimore County Public Schools students were named among the first group of College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship winners in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Congratulations to ...

  • Hereford High's William Holbrook and Rachel Rowe
  • Dulaney High's Mir Saif Hossain
  • Carver Center's Spencer Lawrence
  • Western School of Technology's Abdullah M. Shuaib

BCPS also announced the recipients of the 20th annual Anthony G. Marchione Awards for Excellence in Career and Technical Education.

Peter Jauquet, who studied automotive service technology at Western School of Technology, was named the overall winner, receiving $3,000 in scholarships for his academic and technical achievements, community and school service, and employment success.

Four other students earned $1,000 Marchione scholarships. They are:

  • Christopher Krupinski, Carpentry Careers, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
  • Victoria Clark, Criminal Justice Technology, Eastern Technical High School
  • Namra Fiaz, Academy of Health Professions, Randallstown High School
  • Caitlyn Virts, JROTC-Army, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts
Students honored with Marchione Scholarship Awards


Additional students were awarded $500 Marchione Scholarships.


Science Fun: Spy a Shark!

Check out episode 20 of the I Spy! Series from The Earth and Space Science Laboratory (ESSL), Frederick County Public School's State of the Art STEM Center! Co-Director Adam Farbman explores creatures from the ocean. There's always fun learning at the #FCPSESSL!

Enjoy I Spy a Shark!🦈

Frederick Co Spy a Shark


Howard County Public Schools System (HCPSS) Celebrates Visual Arts in Online Exhibit

Artwork from the 30th annual Senior Art Show & Junior Portfolio Development Exhibition, traditionally displayed at the Department of Education building, is online for your viewing.The annual exhibition is an integral part of the HCPSS visual arts program.  Providing junior and senior artists with the model of a juried exhibition experience, the program honors the development of important artistic behaviors such as choice making, communication, risk taking and perseverance.

The exhibit features senior and junior visual arts students from all 12 high schools in Howard County! The website also includes some wonderful senior presentations in video format and helps to clarify each students making process and interests as well as the importance of the arts in the lives of these amazing students. Congratulations to these young artists for their amazing works of art!

Don't miss this fantastic exhibit, now online!

Please take some time to look through the works and statements that can be found through navigating the menu!

Howard County Public Schools System (HCPSS) Celebrates Visual Arts in Online Exhibit



Bringing High-Speed Services to Remote Areas

Kent County's project continues to roll out ambitious fixes to bring high-speed wi-fi services to remote areas.  In Kent County, adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay, there are rural areas where the internet isn’t available as well as families who are not able to afford the service where it is available. The County has rolled out 70 anchor sites with fiber access in gathering places across the county.

Kent Co School Bus

KCPS is excited to announce they will use CARES Act funding to add wifi to several of our busses!  Once complete, this will allow KCPS to deliver wireless internet access to areas that are currently in the greatest need. Additional information will be provided as the project nears its completion date. Stay tuned!

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The Book Buggy Is Coming Back!

The Dorchester Retired Educators Association (DREA) Book Buggy was such that the DREA is planning on bringing it back to the Board of Education meal distribution point again next Thursday. Community members of all ages – from preschoolers to those retired stopped by to pick up books or drop some off to share with others. Thanks, DREA, for continuing to promote reading in the community!

Dorchester County Book Buggy

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Maryland Green School Program Grows to 656 Schools

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The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) announced the 2019-20 Maryland Green School designees. This year's designees include an additional 46 new Maryland Green Schools, 86 schools with recertified Maryland Green School status, as well as 18 schools that achieved “sustainable” Maryland Green Schools status for participation in the program for 14 years. The Green School Program award represents a school-wide commitment to environmental literacy that includes staff, students, and the community. Maryland Green Schools are part of a national and international community working to create a more sustainable future.

 Maryland Green Schools students are encouraged to share their passion for the environment while spending time “safer at home.”

“Congratulations to Maryland Green Schools for your hard work protecting and conserving our environmental resources in school communities throughout the State,” said Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools. “Even when not physically in school buildings, we can all continue to serve as role models in the community by conserving water and energy, recycling or reusing materials, and not littering.”

For more information about the Maryland Green Schools program, and to view the full list of Maryland Green Schools, visit


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