Manchester Valley High School
V O L U M E 2 , I S S U E 1 A U G U S T 2 0 0 9
3300 Maple Grove Road
Manchester, MD 21102
Web site: www.carrollk12.org/mvh Dear Students and Parents,
On behalf of the faculty and staff of Manchester Valley High School, welcome to the inaugural opening of
our new school. We hope that everyone has had a chance to enjoy their summer and that you are looking
Every member of the forward to our opening. We are very excited about all aspects of our school with an outstanding facility,
Manchester Valley High outstanding staff, and a quality instructional and support program. I have no doubt that everyone will be
School community accepts
responsibility for establishing
proud of the school that has been created and excited about becoming a part of our school community.
an innovative, rigorous, and Our first opportunity to meet you as a group will be our New School Orientation Night scheduled for
environment that embraces
Monday, August 24 from 3:00 – 7:30. Specific information is available in this newsletter. We look forward
student individuality and to seeing you there. I would also like to remind you that the first day of school is on Tuesday, August 25.
fosters a spirit of service. Please note that our school day will begin promptly at 7:50 A.M. with all students in their first mod class.
Together, we will ensure
opportunities for the success As we begin another school year, parents are reminded to look very closely at the county dress code
of all students as they become (enclosed) when selecting school appropriate attire for your student. Also, students and parents should be
productive members of a aware that the County Eligibility Policy applies to all extra-curricular activities including clubs, classes,
diverse and complex society. vocal and instrumental music, and drama. In addition, a student must be academically eligible in order to
get a parking permit.
Manchester Valley has been given permission to conduct our parent conferences differently from some of the
Randy J. Clark other high schools. In order to better meet the needs of our parents, we will be having two evening parent
Principal conferences with teachers and a parent conference night with advisors rather than the traditional two all-day
Jeff Hopkins conferences listed on the county calendar. Dates and times are listed on our school calendar.
The purpose of our school newsletter is to share information that may be of interest to all members of the
Ken Sanner Manchester Valley High School community. Manchester Valley High School is working toward being an
environmentally friendly school by reducing the number of newsletters we print each month. All newsletters
Shannon Zepp will be published on our school web site beginning with this issue. We encourage all parents to view our
newsletter via the web site. If you wish to continue receiving a printed copy via the U.S. mail, we ask that
you complete and return the form enclosed in this newsletter. I hope that everyone can find the time to read
our newsletters so that they can be better informed and actively involved in the education of their children.
Inside this issue:
In closing, I need to acknowledge the staff at North Carroll High School for their outstanding hospitality and
Orientation 3 support through this past year as we worked out of a portable on their campus. Ms. Dolch and her staff were
truly outstanding. Words cannot adequately convey how much we appreciate all that they have done for us.
Driving to School 4
On a similar note, Jim Marks from the CCPS facilities department and the staff of SPN have addressed the
Obligation Policy 4 construction operations of our building with a tenacity to have our building ready to open on time and to
provide our community with an outstanding facility. This has been a very challenging task and they have
School Pictures 5 gone above and beyond with their time and efforts in order to meet our needs. I wish to express a personal
Student Enrichment 6 THANK YOU to both groups.
Medications 7 A final reminder, please plan to join us at our New School Orientation Night on Monday, August 24. We
hope that the remainder of your summer is refreshing and we look forward to a great school and a great
Attendance Policy 8 school year.
Maverick Media 10 Randy J. Clark, Principal
Athletic Practices 15 email@example.com
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Manchester Valley High School
2009-2010 Calendar of Events
August 24 New School Orientation
August 25 Schools Open – First Day for Students
August 27 Underclass Pictures
August 28 Underclass Pictures
September 7 Schools/Offices Closed – Labor Day Holiday
September 18 Two-Hour Forty-Five Minute Early Dismissal
September 28 Schools/Offices Closed – Yom Kippur
October 5-8 High School Assessment Exams
October 5-9 Spirit Week Activities
October 6 Parent Conferences – 5:30-8:30 PM (Please call for an appointment)
October 9 Homecoming Football Game @Westminster High – 7:00 PM
October 10 Homecoming Dance – 8:00-11:00 PM
October 14 PSAT Testing
October 16 Schools Closed for Students and 10-month Staff – Professional Meeting Day
October 27-29 Semester Exams
October 29 Marking Period Ends – Two-Hour Forty-Five Minute Early Dismissal
November 9 Two-Hour Forty-Five Minute Early Dismissal
November 13-14 Fall Play
November 23 Schools Closed for Students
November 24 Schools Closed for Students – Professional Development Day
November 25-27 Schools/Offices Closed – Thanksgiving Holiday
December 10 Band Winter Concert – 7:00 PM
December 14 Chorus Winter Concert – 7:00 PM
December 23 Two-Hour Forty-Five Minute Early Dismissal – Last Day before Winter Holiday
December 24-31 Schools/Offices Closed – Winter Holiday
January 1 & 2 Schools/Offices Closed – Winter Holiday
January 4 Schools/Offices Reopen
January 11-14 High School Assessment Exams
January 18 Schools/Offices Closed – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
January 19-22 Final Exams
January 22 Marking Period Ends – Two-Hour Forty-Five Minute Early Dismissal
January 25 Schools Closed for Students – Professional Day for Teachers
February 1 First Parent/Advisor Conference Night – 5:30-8:30 PM (Please call for an appointment)
February 10 Second Parent/Advisor Conference Night – 5:30-8:30 PM (Please call for an appointment)
February 15 Schools/Offices Closed – Presidents’ Day
February 16 Schools Closed for Students
March 10 Parent Conferences – 5:30-8:30 PM (Please call for an appointment)
March 15 Two-Hour and Forty-Five Minute Early Dismissal
March 30-April 1 Semester Exams
April 1 Marking Period Ends – Two-Hour Forty-Five Minute Early Dismissal
April 2-5 Schools/Offices Closed – Spring Holiday
April 23-24 Spring Musical
April 26 Schools Closed for Students/Teachers
May 3-7 College Board Advanced Placement Exams
May 10-14 College Board Advanced Placement Exams
May 14 National Honor Society Inductions – 7:00 PM
May 15 Prom
May 17-21 High School Assessment Exams (No testing on 5/19)
May 20 Band Spring Concert – 7:00 PM
May 24 Chorus Spring Concert – 7:00 PM
May 31 Schools/Offices Closed – Memorial Day Holiday
June 7-10 Final Exams
June 10 Two-Hour Forty-Five Minute Early Dismissal for Students – Professional Time for Teachers
Please note that all dates are subject to change!
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ADA Compliance Statement
The Board of Education of Carroll County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or provision of
services, programs or activities. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of
Facilities, (410) 751-3177. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Office of
Community and Media Relations at (410) 751-3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools,
125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability,
use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is
New School Orientation
The New School Orientation will be held on Monday, August 24 beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium for students, and their parents. We
will explain how the school day is organized, introduce key personnel of the school, explain various services that we provide, and provide
time for touring our building. Schedules will be distributed to both students and parents during New School Orientation. Students who are
unable to attend the orientation should report to the cafeteria on the first day of school to obtain their schedule.
Tentative Schedule for the Evening
3:00-4:00 Guided Tours, (optional). Last tour will start at 3:30.
4:00-4:30 Welcome and overview in Auditorium - All students and parents
4:30-7:30 Student/Parent Orientation Sessions—Students and parents separately attend information sessions which will include
an opportunity to meet teachers, follow student schedules, information about student support, school programs and
extra-curricular offerings. If possible, students and parents should plan on attending the entire orientation.
Manchester Valley High School students will receive supply lists from their individual teachers the first week of school due to the
specific requirements determined by course selection.
Students should come prepared to take notes on the first day of school.
First Day of School
Tuesday, August 25 all students report to their assigned First Mod Classes by 7:40 a.m. All students will be issued a 2009-2010 Student/
Parent Handbook on the first day of school.
In a continuing effort to provide a safe and orderly environment, security cameras exist both inside and outside at Manchester Valley High
School. All persons using our facility will be subject to this surveillance.
School Bus Safety
The Carroll County Public School System is increasing security and safety for students on school-buses by phasing in new video/audio
systems on school buses. School buses currently are equipped only with video cameras. The new digital recording system allows for
additional protection of students and staff while on the bus and traveling to and from school.
We have been informed that the Carroll County Times Back-to-School
Issue will be published on August 18.
Look for school bus information in this issue!
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Counselors and Assistant Principals
Parents and students are encouraged to seek answers to questions as they arise. The most direct means to an answer is to ask your
teacher. Other sources of information are our counselors and assistant principals. Students and parents are urged to contact their respec-
tive counselors to receive guidance services. Information concerning school programs or policies may be requested from the counselors and
Guidance Staff (Direct Line to Guidance—410-386-1674) Assistant Principals
Pam Boan, Department Chair Grades 10 and 9 L-Z) Jeff Hopkins Grade 11 and 9 (L-Z)
Leza Rae Owens Grades 11 and 9 (A-K) Ken Sanner Grade 10 and 9 (A-K)
Darlene Gurdon Crisis Counselor Academic Facilitator
Tom Davidson Career Connections Shannon Zepp
Third Academy School
Manchester Valley is opening as the third Academy School in Carroll County! As you walk around Manchester Valley, you will notice that our
school is divided into 4 main wings, each for a different career academy:
Health, Human and Social Science (HHSS) - 1st Floor
Arts, Humanities and Communication (AHC) - 2nd Floor
Business Information Management (BIM) - 2nd Floor
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) - 1st Floor
We will be talking about Academies during our New School Orientation, and students will be introduced to them in detail through advisory
and Freshmen Seminar. Know that, for your student, being part of an academy is simply a way to help focus electives and have students
take meaningful classes during all four years of high school, as well as give them opportunities for real experiences (field trips, guest speak-
ers, job shadows) that may be of particular interest to them. If you would like to become part of the Academy Process by acting as a commu-
nity resource for one of these academies, or if you have questions about Academies, please contact Mrs. Zepp (email@example.com).
School Office Hours and Phone Numbers
The office staff at Manchester Valley High School would like to welcome everyone to the 2009-2010 school year. Our office
hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the days in which school is in session. All high schools will maintain summer and
non-school day office hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During these hours, our office staff will be available to answer
phones and greet guests at the school. Our main office telephone number is 410-386-1673. Our school fax number is 410
-386-1561. Please feel free to contact any of our office staff members listed below with any questions or concerns you
Mrs. Donna Gable, Office Manager Mrs. Robin Diffendal, Administrative Secretary
Mrs. Gayle Bien, Administrative Secretary Mrs. Kelly Parsons, Administrative/Attendance Secretary
Students who have a school obligation will not be issued textbooks, library books, uniforms, parking permits, etc. until all debts are cleared.
If you know that your student has an outstanding obligation, please encourage him or her to come to return materials or pay any monies
Questions regarding obligations can be directed to North Carroll High School or North Carroll Middle School. Students or parents should
clear obligations by either paying for or returning items to the appropriate school. We will be notified by the NCMS/NCHS once a student
obligation has been met. Items may also be returned to Manchester Valley after Monday, August 24.
Driving to School
Driving to school and parking on the student lot is a privilege. Student drivers must display a valid Manchester Valley High School Parking
Permit. Students must be academically eligible and have at least 90% attendance from the previous semester in order to apply for and
maintain a parking permit. Permits will be sold at a cost of $20.00 per year.
Students will not need to display a parking permit the first week of school. This will allow students time to apply and receive their parking
permit. All students who drive must have a permit by Monday, August 31. Please refer to the traffic pattern located in back of this
newsletter for driving and parking directions.
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Carroll County Public Schools prepares students to understand the importance of plagiarism prevention by utilizing a web-based tool,
Turnitin ® developed by iParadigms. By using this tool to submit their written work, students learn about plagiarism when material from
another source is identified. The tool evaluates the paper, and the student is provided with an originality report. This originality report
matches the text in the student’s paper to other written text from various sources: Internet, previous student submissions to Turnitin ®,
and databases of journal articles and periodicals. In turn, instructors assist students with crediting sources appropriately, making
Turnitin ® a valuable instructional tool. In addition, this tool is another means of preparing students for coursework beyond high school.
Turnitin ® is frequently used by colleges and universities to prevent plagiarism.
To use this resource, students must enroll under their teacher’s direction to submit written work. Each student receives a class ID
number and a password in order to enter the Sites. A student enrolls using their own email address, class ID number, and password.
Students may have the teacher submit written work for them if a parent objects to their child having direct access to the program. Such
requests should be submitted in writing directly to the teacher. Students may enroll independently in this program if they are eighteen
(18) years of age or older.
Changes In Your Phone Number
Parents, please call and notify us when you change your home or cell phone numbers. The numbers we have on file
are the only ones we have to contact you in case of emergency or illness.
Students are scheduled to have their pictures taken on Thursday, August 27th and Friday, August 28th. Make-up dates
will be announced. All students must be photographed for student I.D.’s, school records, and yearbook inclusion.
Lifetouch the official school photographers, will also provide a variety of picture packages to purchase. Your student will
receive more information prior to the picture dates. Students are reminded to groom accordingly and that school
appropriate attire must be worn for your picture to be included in the yearbook. The photographers will not take pictures
that obviously do not meet the dress code. Students and parents with questions regarding appropriate attire are
encouraged to speak with an administrator prior to picture day.
MVHS Staff Recognitions
Mr. Scott D’Orazio for receiving the “Teacher of the Year” award for Carroll County Public Schools.
Mr. Mark Smith along with the North Carroll High agricultural teachers for being presented the National Association of Agricultural
Educators’ “Outstanding AgEd Program” for the top program in State of Maryland.
Update from the Manchester Valley High School FFA
We have received our charter from the National FFA! We are the 82nd chapter chartered in Maryland. Please contact Mr. Smith if you'd
like to order a jacket, with your name on it, from the FFA's website.
Summer CDE's have already started, with a few taking place at the State Convention. Everyone that participated at the State
Convention did so for NCHS because at the time of registration, MVHS was not yet chartered. We did well, with many top 10 finishes and
fun was had by all!
Upcoming summer CDE's:
Poultry Judging = Saturday, September 5th at the Maryland State Fair - 7am
Livestock Judging = Saturday, August 15th at the Howard County Fairgrounds - 7 am
If anyone is interested in participating in any summer CDE's, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to working with
everyone this summer and next school year. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!
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Student Enrichment Information (SET)
We are excited to be one of the first Carroll County Schools to be introducing Student Enrichment Time to student schedules. We will be
offering Student Enrichment Time (SET) between Mods 1 and 2 every day of the week, except Wednesday. Wednesday will be our Advisory
Day. This period will allow for students to access teachers for academic help, make up tests, work on group projects, access the computer
lab and participate in club activities, all during the school day. Specific procedures and expectation for SET will be explained to students
during the first week of school. We hope this opportunity will encourage students to take the most rigorous and appropriate courses
available to them and to get involved in their school community! If you have questions about SET, please contact Mrs. Zepp
Deliveries for Students
The administration strongly discourages the delivery of balloons, flowers, etc. to students during the instructional day. For obvious reasons,
we do not interrupt classroom instruction to make deliveries to students. All deliveries will be held in the main office until
the end of the school day. At that time students will be called down to the office to pick up their item(s).
If the student rides a bus, the item(s) must be easily transportable on the bus or the student will need to call a parent or
guardian to provide transportation.
This year school lunches will cost $2.25 for students. A high school Super Lunch is $2.75. Please be reminded that we are unable to allow
charges for individual lunches. Meal plans for lunches can be purchased in advance from the cafeteria manager. Additional information
regarding meal plans are available either on our website or in the school office..
Students Staying After School
Students should only stay after school for school-sponsored activities and must remain with a staff member and be supervised at all times.
We ask that parents realize that we do not have staffing to provide supervision for students after school hours. Unless students are with a
particular program or activity, they should not be out in the building after 3:00 p.m. Students waiting on a ride after school are to wait in the
parent pick-up area.
For students who do not ride a school bus, please note that our instructional day ends at 2:40 p.m. Arrangements should be made to pick
the student up at that time.
For safety and security reasons, students must take their regular means of transportation home and then return to school at the designated
time the athletic event or program is due to begin.
If you have any questions or need to make special arrangements, please contact an administrator for prior approval. We appreciate your
help and support in this matter.
Use of Office Telephones
The use of office telephones by students is limited to emergency phone calls only. Students are encouraged to notify parents of
their after school activities and to arrange transportation prior to arriving to school. Schools have had problems in the past with
phone lines being tied up for forgotten items, permission to stay after school, and transportation issues.
It is important that we keep our telephone lines open for official school business and emergencies. Thank you for your
cooperation and understanding.
Early Dismissal From School
Students leaving for reasons other than medical or approved appointment reasons are considered attendance ineligible for the day. If a
student must leave school before the end of the school day, a written request from the parent or guardian must be submitted to the
attendance clerks in the cafeteria prior to 7:45 a.m. of the day for which the request was made. Students must report to the office and
follow the sign-in/sign-out procedures before leaving and/or returning to school.
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Medication During School Hours
Nurses can administer medications (prescription and over-the-counter) ONLY when ordered by a licensed practitioner (physician, nurse
practitioner, etc.) The medical Director of the Carroll County Health Department has agreed to give a standing order to the school nurses to
administer Ibuprofen (Advil) and Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in over-the-counter doses to students in Carroll County Schools with parent
consent. This means that no additional doctor’s order is needed for these two medications. All other medications must have a doctor’s order
and written permission from the parents if the medication is to be administered in school. A medication consent form signed by the
appropriate individuals must accompany all medication.
Only Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are to bring medication to school. Medications should be in their original containers. A copy of the medication
consent form is included at the end of the newsletter. More forms are available from Mrs. Tesch, School Nurse.
The following items are not considered to be medications and therefore students may carry them without being in violation of our drug and
· Chapsticks/lip balm
· Non-medicated cough drops (example, Ludens’, Halls)
· Saline eye drops or Saline nose spray
· Hand creams and lotions
· Individually wrapped antibacterial hand wipes
Please contact Mrs. Tesch if you have any questions, 410-386-1560.
Help MVHS While You Shop
As of this publication identification numbers for Manchester Valley have not been issued. We are working with the following companies:
Giant - A+ Bonus Bucks, Safeway-E-scrip, Martin’s- A +School Rewards Program and Target-Take Charge of Education. Please look in future
publications for information on how you can support our school!
Payments to Manchester Valley
The administration strongly encourages parents to pay by check or money order when sending monies to school. This will alleviate
the possibility of the student losing the cash or having it stolen and provides a paper trail for the parent. In the event the payment
is not recorded on our end, a cancelled check is easily traceable. It also eliminates the need for teachers to secure cash in their
classrooms until they can make a deposit. Please consider this method of payment in the future. We appreciate your cooperation.
Permission to Photograph, Videotape, or Audiotape
Throughout the school year, the Carroll County Public School System frequently covers school activities and may use your child’s photograph,
video image, or voice for educational, informational, or public relations purposes, with or without identification by name.
If you do not wish to have your child’s voice reproduced on tape or to have his/her image appear in such things as a video, a photograph, or
the school website, please notify the school principal in writing. It is assumed that parents and guardians consent to their children being
audiotaped, photographed, videotaped, or having their image placed on a school website by the school system unless such notification is
There are also occasions when the media cover certain school events (such as when a government leader visits a school). If you do not wish
to have your child’s name or likeness published by the media, you should address your concerns directly to the school involved so that the
media is so advised. Please be advised that the school system has no control over the media when they are covering activities such as
sporting events and musical programs that are open to the public.
Use of Student Work on Websites or in Publications
There may be times throughout the year when the Carroll County Public School System wishes to display student work on school websites or
in publications. If you do not wish to have your child’s art, poetry, writing, etc. appear on school websites or in publications, please notify the
school principal in writing. It is assumed that parents and guardians consent to their child’s work being displayed on school websites or in
publications unless such notification is received.
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State of Maryland Attendance Policy
Students Scheduled for a Full Day
A student is counted present for a full day if the student is in attendance four hours of more of the school day. A student is counted present
for 1/2 day if in attendance for at least two hours of the school day, but less than four hours.
Example: Student arrives before 10:40 a.m. they will be counted for a full day, between 10:40 a.m.—12:40 p.m. a 1/2 day will be counted
and arrival after 12:40 p.m. the student will be marked absent for the day.
Students Scheduled for a Partial Day
A student scheduled for less than a full day is to be counted present based on the amount of time he/she is scheduled.
**A student scheduled for a two-hour block of time will be counted present for 1/2 day if the student is in attendance for one hour.
Please contact Mrs. Parsons, our attendance secretary or your child’s assistant principal if you have questions regarding changes to the
High School Attendance/Denial of Credit
Carroll County Public Schools recognize the relationship of regular attendance to the learning process. Students must be present in school
to participate in classroom instructional activities that are vital to the educational program for all students. Local employers also place em-
phasis on the attendance records of their employees. Preparing students for the world of work, which Carroll County Public Schools view as
one of their roles, includes an expectation of regular attendance.
Denial of Credit for Excessive Absences
A student absent a total of five or more school days during any nine-week marking period will receive no credit (F) for all courses during that
marking period unless the student has satisfactorily completed all make-up work assigned because of the absences before the end of the
course. Appropriate modifications and accommodations will be made for students with disabilities under these regulations.
Students absences due to religious holidays will not be counted as part of the five days. Students must provide the school with a note prior
to the absence.
Reporting A Student Absence
We ask that you call the school before 9:00 a.m. anytime your son/daughter will be absent from school. We will attempt to contact parents if
we have not received any communication by the specified time. We don’t want to bother you at work with a phone call , so please call us
before 9:00 a.m. Students are not permitted to report their own absence. Parents are required to notify the school within two days following
any absence, via phone, fax, e-mail or note. (Must be submitted by 7:45 a.m. upon return in the cafeteria. Otherwise, it will be coded
unlawful and unexcused.
College Visit and Vacation Attendance Procedures
Students will be allowed two days for college visits with no absence charged provided that prior written notification from a parent has been
submitted. For each visit, the student must meet with his/her counselor to complete a college visitation form. The form must be signed by
the student’s teachers, a parent, and a college representative verifying the student’s attendance at the college. Upon return to school, the
visitation form, along with any other college verification (if any), should be presented to the Main Office.
It is strongly recommended that parents plan vacation for times when school is not in regular session. It is recognized, however,
that occasionally students are absent for necessary or important family activities. When this occurs, prior written notification from
a parent is to be approved by an administrator, signed by your teachers and returned to the Main Office before the vacation. Even
though the absence may be excused, students are required to make up work missed during that time. Some school work missed,
such as class participation or laboratory experiments, does not lend itself to make up. Missing such assignments may also affect a
student’s grades. All absences will apply to the school’s attendance policy and may result in the denial of course credit.
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Residence Address Changes
Very often students’ addresses change during the course of the school year, and parents/guardians are unaware of the procedures
necessary to change their children's records. Be advised that all address changes must be documented by an appropriate proof of
residence as mandated by state guidelines. Acceptable documents for proof of residence include:
A signed contract on a home in which you are currently residing;
A signed rental/lease agreement on a home/apartment in which you are residing;
Recent bill for a service delivered to the residence (ie., BG&E, land-line phone, cable, oil, water);
Recent mortgage statement/bill noting “primary residence”;
Deed (must show house number, street name and name of parent/legal guardian)
A current settlement document;
A current tax document indicating “primary residence”;
A notarized Residence Verification Statement accompanied by an acceptable proof of residence for the owner/renter of the
*DATE ON DOCUMENT MUST BE WITHIN 60 days of enrollment
Once said documentation is received, the student’s records are updated.
If you need further clarification, please contact Theresa Gwyn, Registrar at 410-386-1674.
Requirements for Obtaining Learner’s Permit – (Under Age 16)
As of October 1, 2007, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is requiring all applicants under the age of 16 to
demonstrate an acceptable level of school attendance. Please refer to the MVA website www.marylandmva.com or the Maryland
State Department of Education’s website at http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/msde for more information and to
download the Maryland MVA Learner’s Permit School Attendance Certification form (DL-300). This change applies to all
public, private, and home-schooled students.
Prior to obtaining a permit, school must verify the student’s attendance. Please complete the form prior to submitting it to
the school for verification. Due to the complexity of the expectations on the school’s part, the attendance cannot be verified on
a drop in basis. We are asking parents to allow the school 24 hours to compile the attendance information and complete the form. We
thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Up-to-Date School Information Anytime—School Web Site and AlertNow Announcement
School Website—Did you know that our SCHOOL WEBSITE contains valuable up-to-date information for our students, parents, and
community? You can find the school’s mission and goals, individual staff’s e-mail addresses, school calendar activities and links to up-to-
date athletic schedules, etc.
The school website is: http://www.carrollk12.org/mvh
AlertNow Announcement for Newsletters—.The Carroll County Public School System is now using the AlertNow Rapid Communication Service
to provide parents with information from their child’s schools and the school system. AlertNow replaces eSchoolnewsletter and is capable of
delivering both e-mail and phone alerts at no charge to parents. You do not have to sign up for the new system. All information is taken from
emergency procedure cards. AlertNow was piloted in six schools last year and we have had very positive feedback. We are excited about the
new capabilities AlertNow offers and believe it will greatly enhance our communication with parents and our school communities.
Did you Know???
Manchester Valley High School has 400 geo-thermal wells to heat and cool the building!
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Carroll County Public School Volunteer Program
The Carroll County Public School System encourages and welcomes volunteers. Volunteers strengthen ties with families, community
members, and business partners by involving all citizens in the crucial matter of education our youth. For the professional educator, the
volunteer is a valuable resource who provides an extra pair of caring hands to support meaningful student learning. In addition, volunteers
share may varied and unique experiences that help encourage students to strive to reach their highest potential.
The volunteer program in Carroll County Public Schools utilizes the talents of all interested citizens in the following capacities:
Level I volunteers (guest speakers, business representative, concession stand workers, etc.) must annually register at a school site
Level II volunteers (classroom helpers, chaperones, mentors, etc.) are required to attend an annual training session at least seven (7)
school days prior to volunteering. In addition, all Level II volunteers selected as chaperones for overnight trips/activities will be subject
to a background check prior to beginning the trip/activity. Background request forms must be submitted at least thirty (30) days prior to
the scheduled overnight trip/activity.
Volunteer training is available at local schools or regional sites throughout Carroll County. A comprehensive schedule of 2009-2010
training sessions will be available through school newsletters/bulletins, local newspapers, Carroll Educational Television Channel 21,
and/or the school system’s website.
Scheduled training session for the 2009-2010 school year will be available by mid-August. Many schools include volunteer training sessions
with other school activities/events, so look for dates and time in school newsletters and e-school updates. Training for current volunteers is
only valid through September 30, 2009. Plan to attend a volunteer training session before October 1, 2009 to avoid a break in your
If you need more information about becoming a volunteer, please contact a local school or the Carroll County Public School Volunteer
Program Coordinator at 410-386-1536.
Web Site for Locating Sex Offenders
To locate registered sex offenders residing in Carroll County and surrounding areas, please refer to the following web site:
www.dpscs.state.md.us and click on Sex Offender Registry.
Maverick Media Center
The Media Center is a place that welcomes all students, staff and parents to serve the school's learning community through reading,
research, and information. The hours of operation are 7:45 AM to 3:30 PM. The school will open with 10,000+ books, 80+ e-books, three
classroom areas, a computer lab, areas for small group and individual computer work, and a variety of educational technology and audio-
visual equipment. The loan period for most print materials is three weeks.
Manchester Valley High School subscribes to a number of electronic research databases. These research databases provide home and
school access via the MVHS website for higher quality research. Please see the Media Specialist for usernames and passwords. Students
will receive information literacy lessons during Freshman Seminar and will visit the media center with classes, for small group work and for
individual work. The public library also offers research databases free to the communityhttp://www.library.carr.org. and click Online
Reference. There's also a24/7 tutoring service on this page called "Smarthinking" that many high school students use: Calculus, Algebra,
Chemistry, Spanish, etc. Use of the public library becomes even more important in high school.
Athletic Booster Meeting—August 5, 2009
The next Athletic Booster meeting will be Wednesday, August 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center at Manchester Valley High School.
Pictures of the School
Please visit our web site to view the most up-to-date pictures of the school!
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Supplements to the Newsletter
The supplements listed below have been included in this newsletter to keep you up-to-date with current activities at the school as well as
keep you informed of Carroll County Public Schools’ policies and procedures. Please be sure to read the information carefully. If you have
any questions or concerns regarding any of the information published in this newsletter, please feel free to contact the school for
MVHS Faculty & Staff List
Instrumental & Choral Music News
Manchester Valley Sports Schedule (Practices)
Carroll County Public Schools’ Dress Code Policy
CCPS High School Eligibility Policy
Medication Consent Forms
Maverick Stampede Registration Form
Parking Permit Application & Traffic Patterns
Request for Newsletter via U.S. Mail
Department of Juvenile Justice
101 North Court Street School 410-386-1673
Westminster, MD 21157 Fax 410-386-1561
“It’s not what you say, it’s what you do.”
Do you or a friend need someone to talk to for HELP NOW?
Call: 1-866-367-0968 - 24 hr.- live voice - free – anonymous
Our high school and middle school students have to cope with increasing stress in most aspects of their lives. Some stress can be
prevented by teaching young students the negative impact of bullying on the victim and the person responsible for the bullying.
Carroll County Public Schools will not tolerate bullying. If your child has been involved with a bullying incident or has information
about bullying, encourage them to talk with their teacher, counselor, principal, or assistant principal. We want to do everything
possible to remove this unnecessary source of student stress.
If someone in your family needs help with coping with stress contact one of the resources below. For an emergency call 911. If you
or a friend COULD need help but you’re not sure, call this anonymous number: 1-866-367-0968 (printed on high school ID’s).
Friends like your child can make all the difference by calling for help.
Alcoholics Anonymous 410-268-5441 Junction, Inc-Counseling 410-848-6100
Tobacco Control Prog. C.C. Health Dept. 410-876-4429 notMYkid Dr.T.D Piercy 410-751-3540
Nat’l. Clearing House for Alcohol and Drugs 10800-729-6686 TIPS Hotline 1-888-300-TIPS
AL-ANON 410-876-4410 www.theantidrug.com
Heroin Action Coalition 1-866-437-6461 www.heroinaction.org
Volume 2, Issue 1 Page 12
Manchester Valley High School 2009-2010 Faculty & Staff
ADMINISTRATION PHYSICAL EDUCATION/ HEALTH
Clark, Randy – Principal Hicks, Todd
Hopkins, Jeffrey – Asst. Principal Koontz, Bernie
Ken Sanner - Asst. Principal Minchoff, Mindy
Shannon Zepp - Academic Facilitator
Dolch, Dave – Coordinator of Athletics, FINE ARTS
Facilities, and Transportation Scott D’Orazio - Instrumental Music
Beverly Mauck – Choral Music
SCHOOL COUNSELING Stacey Saltzgiver – Art
Boan, Pam – Department Chair
Owens, Leza Rae – School Counselor CAREER & TECHNOLOGY
Gordon, Darlene – Crisis Counselor Mark Smith – Agriculture Science
Davidson, Tom – Career Connections & Content Liaison for Business/ Cole Walker – Tech Ed
FACS/Tech/Ag Angie Kays – FACS
Amy Cain – Drop-Out Prevention
Kim Cashen – Guidance Secretary SPECIAL EDUCATION
Theresa Gwyn - Registrar Baumgardner, Eric
Patricia Rose – Guidance Paraprofessional Koontz, Julie, Department Chair
MAIN OFFICE Szymanski, Robin
Donna Gable – Office Manager
Gayle Bien - Administrative Secretary MEDIA
Robin Diffendal – Administrative Secretary Dennis, Valery – Media Specialist
Kate Hudak – Data Clerk Nancy Wolfinger – Media Clerk
Kelly Parsons – Administrative Secretary
HEALTH SERVICES Barnes, Heather – Occupational Therapist
Rebecca Tesch, School Nurse Bugbee, Mark, Pupil Personnel Worker
Carr, Bethany – Speech Pathologist
ENGLISH Johnson, Rob – Department of Juvenile Justice
Bouselli, Christian, BIM Academy Leader Myers, Marissa – Physical Therapist
DePace, Karen Peters, Kristi - School Psychologist
Brian Lawyer STUDENT SERVICE COORDINATOR
Lignelli, Eve, Content Liaison Rice, Lynn
Thomas, Lorraine - Reading
Thomas, Melissa STUDENT SUPPORT
Thomen, Tina Cappadora, Maria – IA Time Out Room Monitor
Covell, Tina – IA – Hall Monitor
WORLD LANGUAGES Goodrich, Grant – IA – Hall Minitor
Rowe, Charlene DeWees, Heather – Permanent Substitute
Wennell, Jennifer, HHSSA Academy Leader
(PE/Health Content Liaison) CAFETERIA
SOCIAL STUDIES Fasca, Terry—Cafeteria Worker
Christmann, Beth, Content Liaison Kreitzer, Mary—Cafeteria Worker
Findeisen, Steven, AHC Academy Leader Warner, Penny – Cafeteria Manager
(Fine Arts Content Liaison)
Heilman, Ryan CUSTODIAL
Riddle, Thomas Eckhardt, Richard – Building Supervisor
Shermeyer, Anthony McSherry, Curtis – Building Maintenance
Allen, Doris – Third Shift
SCIENCE Brandenburg, James – Second Shift
Copenhaver, Anne Dullea, Janice – Second Shift
James, Ashley Fowler, Heidi – Second Shift
Hampt, Shawn Goldstraw, Reggie – First Shift
James, Ashley Hawkins, Michelle—Second Shift
Plunkett, Anne Hurlock, Richard – Grounds Keeper
Mann, Stacy Taylor, Wanda – Third Shift
Rihard, Carl, Academy Leader & Math Content Liaison
Volume 2, Issue 1 Page 13
MVHS Athletic Boosters
Manchester Valley High School Athletic Boosters’ Club and its various committees have been meeting since early
spring to provide support to the athletic program prior to the opening of school and to plan fundraising projects for the
2009-2010 school year.
The Athletic Boosters’ Officers for 2009-2010 are:
President: Sally Nazelrod Sally4280@aol.com
Vice- President: Mary Beth Graham email@example.com
Secretary: Connie Ditzel firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Vicky McDonold email@example.com
There is only a small start up budget for the MVHS athletic boosters. We encourage all community members
(businesses and families) to consider a donation to the athletic boosters’ fund. One of the most significant responsibili-
ties at this time is the establishment of a workable Outdoor Concession Stand. This project requires the purchase of
furniture and appliances to furnish the building and the purchase of food items for sale during all events which take
place in the stadium. A committee of volunteers is working non-stop to get the concession stand up and running prior
to the fall events being held in the stadium. The boosters need volunteers to serve on the Concession Stand Scheduling
Committee for the events that will be held in the stadium. These volunteers would coordinate coverage in the conces-
sion stand for all home events. (Parents will be asked to volunteer in the concession stand when their son/daughter is
NOT participating in an event). The Outdoor Concession Stand is one of the two exclusive fundraisers for the athletic
MVHS Spirit Wear
Spirit Wear is also an exclusive fundraising project for the athletic boosters. There are inaugural T-shirts, blue MVHS
T-shirts, and MVHS draw string bags available for sale. Contact an officer to purchase these items. The athletic boost-
ers will coordinate all spirit wear for the MV sports teams (known as Player Packs) as well as general apparel and
other spirit items for the school and community. A volunteer or group of volunteers is needed to coordinate these ef-
We will also need committee members for future fundraisers. Please feel free to contact any of the officers via email
above if you have questions or would like to volunteer.
Check the MVHS website for information pertaining to meetings and sponsorship/membership in the boosters’ organi-
zation. Click on: “Take a look at this flyer put out by the Athletic Boosters!”
Volume 2, Issue 1 Page 14
MANCHESTER VALLEY ATHLETICS
Home of the Mavericks
Athletic Director: David B. Dolch, Ed.D
We are anxiously preparing to begin our inaugural fall sports season at Manchester Valley High School.
Practice for cheerleading, girls & boys cross country, field hockey, football, golf, girls & boys soccer and
volleyball will start on Saturday, August 15, 2009.
Practice/meeting times for each sport are attached.
Each student athlete must have a completed physical exam, with the completed Health Examination Form
and Emergency Medical Field Trip Form, prior to August 15th. Come to the first practice mentally
prepared and ready to participate.
MANDATORY Parent/Athlete meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the
auditorium. For your convenience, Ms. Gayle Bien will be available to collect participation fees at this
meeting. The $80 per athlete/$120 per family participation fee must be paid before the first official
competition. Checks should be made payable to MVHS. A reminder that this fee does NOT stay with
MVHS, it is forwarded to the county.
Season passes available for all sports throughout the year. Passes will be sold at the Parent/Athlete
meeting on August 26th.
Senior Citizen: $30
Family: $125 (immediate family living in the household)
I look forward to seeing you on August 15th.
David B. Dolch, Ed.D
Director of Athletics & Activities
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MANCHESTER VALLEY ATHLETICS
Home of the Mavericks
2009 FALL SPORTS TRYOUT SCHEDULES:
SPORT DATES TIME LOCATION
Cheerleading August 15 8-10 a.m. Activity Room
August 17th-21st 3-5 p.m. Activity Room
Golf August 15th 4:00 p.m. Oakmont Green
3:00 p.m. Golf Course
Field Hockey August 15th 8-10 a.m. Girls Locker Room
August 17th 8-10 a.m. Girls Locker Room
August 18th-21st 3:30-
3:30-5:30 p.m. Girls Locker Roo
August 22nd 8-4 p.m. Play Day – Century H.S.
*Bring stick, shin guards & mouth guard on August 15th
Cross Country August 15th 8-10 a.m. Stadium Entrance
August 17th-21st 6-8 p.m. Stadium Entrance
Boys Soccer August 14th/Fitness 9:00 a.m. Stadium Entrance
August 15th/17th 9-11 a.m. Top practice field near Tennis Courts
3-5 p.m. “
August 18th-21st 3-5 p.m. “
Girls Soccer August 15th 8-10 a.m. 9th graders
11- 9th graders
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
a.m.- 10th & 11th graders
*Daily practice until school starts 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Football August 15th/17th a.m.-
7 a.m.-3 p.m. Boys Locker Room
*Pack a light lunch for both days
August 18th-21st 6-8 a.m. Boys Locker Room
4-6 p.m. Boys Locker Room
Volleyball August 15th a.m.-
9 a.m.-3 p.m. MVHS Gymnasium
*Bring a bag lunch
August 17th 8-10:30 a.m. MVHS Gymnasium
August 18th-20th 3:30-
3:30-6 p.m. MVHS Gymnasium
*Please check MVHS website for location changes.
NCMS will be the alternative site for Volleyball only if MVHS Gymnasium is not ready.
Volume 2, Issue 1 Page 16
Manchester Valley High School Music Boosters Newsletter
The Music Boosters are ready to get the school year started! We feel one of the main reasons why the music
program is going to be so successful this year is due to the fact of our two fantastic music teachers, Scott D'Orazio
and Beverly Mauck! It will be amazing to watch our students move quickly to the next level with the talent that
Mr. D'Orazio and Ms. Mauck bring to MVHS.
The Music Boosters will hold its first monthly meeting on August 20th, at 7pm at MVHS. Beginning in
September, our meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at MVHS. We encourage
each parent, friend and student to not only attend, but to participate.
We will be having some Fund-raising events in order to raise the funds needed to cover the projected
expenses. Some of the expected expenses are:
Color Guard Instructor
Accompanists for performances/shows
Offset portion of concert attire,
Banquet, and Concession stand start up
The Fund-raisers we will be having this year consists of
Golf Tournament (May 2010)
Indoor Concessions (Ongoing)
Jazz Festival (Spring 2010)
Winter Concerts (individual shows for each Choral and Instrumental)
Spring Concerts (individual shows for each Choral and Instrumental)
Singing Valentines (February 2010)
Great American (Fall 2009)
We will be sending out information shortly with specific information regarding each fund-raiser. Needless to say,
we are going to need a lot of volunteers to make these fund-raisers successful so please send an email to us with
your name, contact information and which fund-raiser you can help out with. The more volunteers we have, the
more successful the program will be!
The Executive Board is comprised of the following parents:
President Donna Lyons firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Pam Hepner email@example.com
Treasurer George Pittinger firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Joan Guerriero email@example.com
Please feel free to contact us anytime with comments, suggestions or ideas. We wish each student, faculty
member, staff and administration a successful, amazing inaugural year at MVHS!
The Music Boosters
News From the Instrumental Music Department
Introduction Band & Orchestra Supplies (Continued)
Welcome to Manchester Valley High School! My name is Scott Flute
D’Orazio, and I am the Instrumental Music Director at MVHS. I am Pencils, Small Soft Cloth
extremely excited about the opportunity to open a new school and Oboe / Bassoon
build new traditions with you. I am really looking forward to meet- Pencils, Cleaning Swab, Cork Grease, 35mm film container and
ing you all this fall! lid, at least 2 Good Reeds, Reed Case (an altoid tin will work
Please feel free to contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org well)
Or check out our website at www.carrollk12.org/mvh/music Clarinet / Bass Clarinet
Pencils, Cork Grease, Cleaning Swab or Pad Saver, at least 4
Marching Band Information Good Reeds (#3 or higher), Mouthpiece Guard, Reed Storage
The Marching Band has already had a mini camp in July and we’re Case
off to a great start. It’s still not too late to join. We will be having Alto / Tenor / Baritone Saxophones
our main camp the week of August 10 from 8-5. If you are inter- Pencils, Cork Grease, Cleaning Swab or Pad Saver, at least 4
ested in joining please contact Mr. D’Orazio as soon as possible. Good Reeds (#3 or higher), Mouthpiece Guard, Reed Storage
And, Yes! You can play a fall sport and be in the marching band! Case, Neck Strap
Band & Orchestra Concert Attire Pencils, Valve Oil, Tuning Slide Grease, Cleaning Kit, Bach 7c or
Our Boosters organization will be busy raising money to help pur- lower Mouthpiece (or other brand equivalent)
chase our formal concert attire. In the mean time, we will need to French Horn
plan our temporary concert attire. We will discuss this attire in Pencils, Rotary Valve Oil, Tuning Slide Grease, Cleaning Kit,
class during the first week of school. Trombone
Pencils, Slide Cream, Spray Bottle, Tuning Slide Grease, Clean-
Instrumental Concert Dates ing Kit,
Manchester Valley’s First Concerts have been scheduled. Please Baritone / Euphonium / Tuba
mark these dates on your calendar. These concerts will include the Pencils, Valve Oil, Tuning Slide Grease, Cleaning Kit
concert band, wind ensemble, orchestra, and jazz ensemble.
12/10 Winter Instrumental Concert 7:00 PM Percussion
5/20 Spring Instrumental Concert 7:00 PM Pencils, 1 Pair of “2B” Drum Sticks, and Practice Pad
A beginner’s bell set will also be helpful.
Band & Orchestra Supplies
All Band Students should obtain a copy of “Foundations for a Supe- Violin / Viola
rior Performance” for their instrument. Orchestra students will be Pencils, Correct Sized Instrument, Rosin, Fine tuner on each
advised on their technique book during the first week of school. string, Good Shoulder rest (Get the kind that clamp on), an ex-
ALL students must have an ID tag on your case! tra SET of strings, Soft Cleaning Cloth
Cello / Bass
Pencils, Correct Sized Instrument, Rosin, Fine tuner on each
string, an extra SET of strings, Floor Stop, Soft Cleaning Cloth
The Music Boosters will support BOTH instrumental and vocal music students. The boosters have already elected officers and are up
and running. They will meet on the FIRST THURSDAY of Every month at 7:00 PM in the Band or Chorus Room. All parents are encour-
aged to attend. Email Donna Lyons for more information at email@example.com
News From the Vocal Music Department
Introduction Choral Concert Dates
Hi, everyone! I am Mrs. Mauck, the Choral Director for MVHS. I The choral concerts have been scheduled, please mark them on
hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer. I’m looking for- your calendar.
ward to being able to move into our new choral classroom within 12/14 Winter Choral Concert 7:00 PM
the next couple of weeks! Please Feel free to contact me with 5/24 Spring Choral Concert 7:00 PM
questions- I’ll look forward to meeting you all soon! (Email –
firstname.lastname@example.org) Drama, Drama, Drama……
I am happy to announce that Mrs. Roberta Gore, the drama direc-
Choral Concert Attire tor from North Carroll High School, has agreed to work with us on a
I am in the process of selecting options for choral concert attire. fall production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!” So, we
I would like our first choral students to have input into the final WILL produce a musical during our very first semester at MVHS!
selection, so that will be one of the first orders of business when Auditions will be announced when school begins and I hope that
school begins. many of our school community will consider auditioning.