St. Mary's Co. Public Schools News Briefs

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) testing comes to St. Mary's County Public Schools

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) will offer special testing in St. Mary's County to interested students. This testing will be available to all 2nd-8th grade students who have enrolled in the 2013-2014 CTY Talent Search by January 25, 2014. Testing takes place at Evergreen Elementary School, 43765 Evergreen Way, California, Maryland 20619 on Saturday, February 8, from 8:30-10:15 a.m. Please see the school website for directions.

Since 1979, the Johns Hopkins CTY Talent Search has recognized talent in students of great academic promise. The test used by CTY-the School and College Abilities test-is a timed, multiple-choice exam, focused on math and verbal reasoning skills. It is an above-grade-level test that CTY recommends for children who achieve at the advanced-proficiency level on state tests or who otherwise demonstrate high academic ability.

Through this testing, families may discover more about their child's math or verbal abilities. Students may also qualify for CTY's summer or online courses for highly gifted young people, and take advantage of other CTY resources.

To participate, you must enroll in the CTY Talent Search by January 25. Interested families may enroll online at or pick up a paper application from their child's school. The test code for February 8 at Evergreen Elementary is 10021. Participants should arrive at Evergreen Elementary by 8:15 a.m. on February 8. (All students must be enrolled in the 2013-2014 CTY Talent Search; no walk-ins are permitted.)

Contact Kimberly Lohrfink for additional registration information, at 410-735-6236 or For more information about the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, visit

Esperanza Middle School Receives Fit Friendly Award

Esperanza Middle School has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a National Platinum Level Fit-Friendly Worksite. To achieve this recognition, the staff participated in numerous activities such as a Staff Blood Pressure Screening Clinic, Reindeer Run, Morning Fitness Walks, Walktober Family Fitness Walk, Ditch the Desk Walks, and after school hockey and volleyball. These activities promote positive change and integrate employee wellness efforts into daily office routines.

This award recognizes worksites for making the health of their employees a priority by creating a culture of wellness and physical activity in the work place.

Nominations Sought for Washington Post Outstanding Principal Awards

St. Mary's County Public Schools is very pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for outstanding principals in consideration for The Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards (DELA).

The Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards seek to recognize principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. In presenting these awards, The Washington Post Company Educational Foundation hopes to encourage excellence in school leadership and contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the Washington metropolitan area.

Nominees must be principals of an elementary, middle, or high school, and must have completed five years of experience as a principal, three of which must be in St. Mary's County Public Schools. In order to satisfy award criteria, nominees must be principals who:

1. Manage effectively

2. Demonstrate and encourage creativity and innovation

3. Foster cooperation between the school and the community

4. Maintain a continuing dialogue with students, parents, faculty, and staff

5. Keep abreast of developments in the field of education

6. Encourage team spirit

7. Demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment

8. Continue to play an active role in the classroom

9. Maintain their position as principal throughout the 2014-2015 school year

10. Nominee must participate in the four day 2014 DELA Seminar to be held between July 16-20, 2014

Teachers, students, former students, parents, administrators, or the general public may submit nominations. Principals may not nominate themselves. Nomination materials must include: a minimum of four statements of support, one of which must be by a professional educator; a brief career summary and a description of contributions in each of the nomination criteria; and two color photographs of the nominee.

St. Mary's County Public Schools will receive and screen nominations and will make the final selection for submission to The Washington Post. Nominations should be forwarded to: St. Mary's County Public Schools, Department of Human Resources, P.O. Box 641, 23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650. For more information, contact the Department of Human Resources at 301-475-5511, Ext. 32194. Nominations must be received by the Department of Human Resources at St. Mary's County Public Schools by Friday, January 10, 2014.

The awards ceremony is tentatively scheduled for next May at The Washington Post.

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