St. Mary's Co. Public Schools News Briefs

September Work Hard and Be Nice Award Recipients Announced

St. Mary's County Public Schools' (SMCPS) Work Hard and Be Nice Award recognizes distinct and extraordinary accomplishments of school system employees in connection with official employment. Dedicated employees contribute to the success of the school system and our students. Award recipients enhance both the success and the reputation of the school system through their extraordinary actions.

Each month, staff members are recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty. Mr. J. Scott Smith, interim superintendent of schools, is proud to announce the award recipients for the month of September 2014.

Stephanie Angle, Trish Lea, Sarah Bucchino, Terri Lyautey, Gina Clark, Virginia Meadows, Janine Craven, David Morris, Cheryl Douglas, Deanna Osburn, James Douglas, Kimberly Powell, Wanda Duran, Cheryl Raley, Melissa Evans, Joseph Rawlings, Sue Franklin, Katherine Robeson, Tom Galligan, Kelly Rohacek, Cheri Godfrey, Nancy Russell, Debbie Harrison, Marilyn Savoy, Larry Hartwick, Irv Smoot, Eric Hatton, SRMS Staff, Brenda Hecker, Claire Van Beek, Carolyn Hutchins, Sandy Varesko, Kim Jordan, Todd Whitlock, Peg Johnson, Lori Wyman, Brenda Laney.

For more information about the SMCPS Work Hard and Be Nice Award program, or to nominate a school system employee, visit

Partners for Success Workshop Announced

The St. Mary's County Public Schools Partners for Success Resource Center for Families and Schools is offering a workshop entitled Meaningful Inclusion: Supporting Learning and Participation across the School Day on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at the Central Administration Building, Board of Education Meeting Room, 23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Marny Helfrich, M.ED, a parent educator with the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE) will address questions regarding what effective inclusion looks like in core academic and related arts/elective classes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities; what important skills can best be targeted in inclusive settings; how materials and activities can be adapted to support participation and what families can do to support their child's full participation in all aspects of the school community.

This workshop is free, but registration is required. To register, please contact Susan Shannon at 301-863-4069 or email

Ethics Panel to Meet

The St. Mary's County Public Schools' Ethics Panel will be holding a meeting on Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Assistant Superintendent's Conference Room, 23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.

For more information, call 301-475-5511, ext. 32108.

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