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Countywide Kindergarten Enrollment

St. Mary's County Public Schools is pleased to announce registration for Kindergarten for school year 2015 - 2016. All schools will hold open registration beginning Monday, April 27, 2015 and continuing through the summer.

Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) of children who will be five years old by September 1, 2015 should register at the school assigned to their physical address during the open enrollment period.

Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) may go to the school assigned to their legal address to complete the registration paperwork. Children are not required to be present for registration. Required documentation includes evidence of birth, proof of residency, a copy of the child's immunization record, any court papers regarding custody of the minor child. Photo identification is also required at the time of registration.

Each elementary school will conduct open enrollment for the children residing in their zone. Questions regarding which school serves your residential area should be directed to the Department of Capital Planning at 301-475-4256, option 6. You do not need to make an appointment to register a child. Families that are part of the redistricting for the 2015-2016 school year should register at their current home school.

Documentation which indicates the current physical address of the child will be accepted as proof of residence. Proof of residence will include, but is not limited to, one of the following:

a. Mortgage/deed/rental agreement with 911 address assignment;

b. Current utility bill with parent/legal guardian name, 911 address of residence, and service address (no post office box is accepted - and wireless telephone bills are not acceptable); and,

c. Patuxent River Naval Base housing form NOW-NATC-1110-1/15, Assignment to Public Quarters, which identifies bona fide residence in St. Mary's County

Parent(s)/Legal Guardians not intending to register an appropriately aged child for kindergarten must obtain a waiver from the St. Mary's County Public Schools' Department of Pupil Services. It is not necessary for children enrolled in prekindergarten in the public schools to register again.

Questions about the program and registration may be directed to Cynthia Kilcoyne, Coordinating Supervisor of Early Childhood Programs at 301-475-5511, ext. 32218.

Sabra Szczyglowski Selected as the Teacher of the Year

St. Mary's County Public Schools announces the selection of Ms. Sabra Szczyglowski, a Physical Education Teacher at Evergreen Elementary School, as its 2015-2016 representative for the Maryland State Department of Education Teacher of the Year program.

"Ms. Szczyglowski is committed to providing a quality physical education program to her students. She consistently sets high standards for her students and is an integral part of the healthy and fit school community. Parents, students and staff value her knowledge and respect her ability to motivate and inspire" said J. Scott Smith, Interim Superintendent of Schools. "She is very deserving of this recognition and will represent St. Mary's County well."

In her letter of support, Kim Summers, Principal of Evergreen Elementary stated, "Sabra is the quiet but strong leader who colleagues are happy to follow and wish to emulate. Her 'can do' attitude is contagious to those who know and work with her. She is always the first to volunteer to help a student, colleague or administrator. Sabra is the one we all want on our team, the one standing beside us and the one we know will not only advocate for but represent SMCPS in an admirable and professional manner…she is the epitome of everything SMCPS stands for and is most deserving of the title of Teacher of the Year."

Ms. Szczyglowski earned her Bachelor of Science from Youngstown State University and her Masters of Science from Towson University. She received the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) 2011 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award, the 2004 MAHPERD Simon McNeely Award, and the National Association for Sports and Physical Education Elementary School Physical Education 2012 Eastern District Teacher of the Year Award to name just a few of her accolades.

All county Teacher of the Year representatives will be honored by the Maryland State Board of Education at a recognition luncheon held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in Baltimore. Ms. Szczyglowski will represent St. Mary's County as a candidate for Maryland Teacher of the Year. This award will be announced at the Maryland Teacher of the Year Gala in Baltimore on October 9, 2015.

The Maryland Teacher of Year will be presented with several prizes, will speak at numerous conferences and events, and will act as an advisor to the Maryland State Department of Education. The Maryland Teacher of the Year is also a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year.

St. Mary's County Public Schools' Ethics Panel To Meet

The St. Mary's County Public Schools' Ethics Panel will be holding a meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room #2, 23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. For more information, call 301-475-5511, ext. 32247.

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