Kent County Public Library Exhibit on Anniversary of ADA

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Kent County Public Library front entrance – Chestertown Branch

In celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) has been hosting a traveling disAbility History Tour throughout Maryland.  The tour wraps up with a final exhibit at Kent County Public Library’s Chestertown Branch August 22-26.

Advocacy: A History of People Speaking Up for Themselves is on loan from the Museum of disAbility History, which is dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance, and independence of people with disabilities. The Advocacy display traces the advocacy movement from early educational facilities to the development of organizations established for and by individuals with disabilities. In addition to the loaned panels, the MDOD will add a fifth display designed by the Maryland Association of Centers for Independent Living outlining disability history in Maryland.

On Wednesday, August 23, the public is invited to a reception and resource fair at Kent County Public Library where they can view the exhibit, learn about local organizations that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and enjoy light snacks, including cookies provided by Kent House Kitchen.  The reception begins at 5:30 pm and will be followed by a special film showing at 6:45 pm.

For more information about the event, visit the Kent County Library website or call 410-778-3636.

For more information about the exhibit or to view images of the panels, ASL translation, audio files, text only, text image descriptions, and large print versions of the displays, visit the Maryland Department of Disabilities website ADA 27 event page.

WC-All Showcase Starts 4:00 pm, Thursday August 17

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Jim Block wears cap and Sandwich Board at First Friday to let people know about WC-All’s fall schedule. while George Shivers studies the course selection.

WC-ALL Invites Community to Fall Showcase

Fall semester courses and upcoming special events for Washington College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning will be showcased at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17 at the Hotchkiss Recital Hall on the college campus. The program is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

Showcase is an opportunity for WC-ALL current and potential members to learn about fall semester classes from the instructors themselves as each presents a brief overview of his or her course. At a reception afterward, there will be an opportunity to meet instructors personally, ask questions, discuss classes in more depth, and enjoy refreshments and conversation with fellow learners.

Twenty-six courses will be offered over two six-week sessions, running September 5 – October 13 and October 22 – December 8, with no classes Labor Day weekend or the week of Thanksgiving. Courses range from history to music, the environment to photography, foreign policy, literature, movies, and more. Click here for the fall catalog and registration information

or call 410-778-7221. Registration and course selection began on August 1 and will close on August 22, and may also be done at Showcase.

Founded in 1992 and now in its 25th year, WC-ALL was created for adults who seek intellectual stimulation without requirements for educational credit. There are neither age nor academic restrictions to membership. Each semester approximately 400 members register for as many classes as they wish for one inclusive fee.

Kent County Public Library Board of Trustees Seeks New Members

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The Board of Trustees of the Kent County Public Library is seeking potential nominees to replace two trustees whose terms will be ending on December 31, 2017.

By Maryland Law, the Board of Trustees consists of seven members appointed by the county governing body (the Kent County Commissioners) from nominees submitted by the Board of Trustees. Members are chosen on the basis of character, ability, and a demonstrated interest in library matters. Members of the board must be representative of the area the library serves and residents of Kent County. Trustees are appointed for an initial term of five years.

Interest forms are now being accepted by the Kent County Public Library Board of Trustees from citizens who wish to serve as a member of the board. The form is available on the library’s website or at any Kent County Public Library location.

Completed forms can be sent to kcpltrusteesearch@kent.lib.md.us or mailed to:

Kent County Public Library Board of Trustees, 408 High St., Chestertown, MD 21620

Interest forms must be submitted by September 15, 2017.  All submissions will be considered by the Trustees.

Kent County Public Library front entrance – Chestertown Branch

Special KCPS Board of Education Meeting Aug. 17

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Notice: The Kent County Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee is holding a special meeting for the purpose of discussing long term facilities planning.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 4:30 PM.  The meeting will be held at the H.H. Garnet Elementary School, 320 Calvert Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.

Board of Education members are Trish McGee (President), A. Bryan Williams (Vice President), Jeff Reed, Dr. Wendy Costa, and Joseph Goetz.

Washington College Academy of Life-Long Learning Invites Community to Fall Showcase

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Fall semester courses and upcoming special events for Washington College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning will be showcased at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17 at the Hotchkiss Recital Hall on the college campus. The program is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

Showcase is an opportunity for WC-ALL current and potential members to learn about fall semester classes from the instructors themselves as each presents a brief overview of his or her course. At a reception afterwards, there will be an opportunity to meet instructors personally, ask questions, discuss classes in more depth, and enjoy refreshments and conversation with fellow learners.

Twenty-six courses will be offered over two six-week sessions, running September 5 – October 13 and October 22 – December 8, with no classes Labor Day weekend or the week of Thanksgiving. Courses range from history to music, the environment to photography, foreign policy, literature, movies, and more. Click here for fall catalog and registration information or call 410-778-7221. Registration and course selection begins on August 1 and closes on August 22, and may also be done at Showcase.

Founded in 1992 and now in its 25th year, WC-ALL was created for adults who seek intellectual stimulation without requirements for educational credit. There are neither age nor academic restrictions to membership. Each semester approximately 400 members register for as many classes as they wish for one inclusive fee.

Horizons Students Celebrate Summer Success

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Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s—a summer academic and enrichment program for promising students with limited economic means—held the 2017 Closing Day Awards Ceremony and Student Presentations today at Radcliffe Creek School, its Kent County summer campus. At the ceremony, board members, staff, and families honored students’ summer success with awards, while students presented their summer projects—demonstrating the measurable value of Horizons’ evidence-based learning methodology. Through this coveted summer opportunity, Horizons students gain not only academic achievements, but return to school with confidence, preparedness, and a desire to learn.

“Over the summer, disadvantaged children tread water at best or even fall behind,” said executive director Bob Parks. “Known as the ‘Summer Slide,’ it is often a predictor of truancy, high school drop-out rates, eventual unemployment—and worse. Today, we recognize and honor these students’ accomplishments this summer. They will return to school this Fall armed with confidence and preparedness that will allow them to achieve academic success during the school year and beyond.”

Since 1995, the Horizons summer learning program has served hundreds of Kent and Queen Anne’s County children at or below the poverty level, as part of a national initiative to reduce the summer slide. The six-week program headquartered at The Gunston School, Radcliffe Creek School, and Washington College, serves 180 promising local students from Pre-K through eighth grade.

Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s is one of 51 affiliates of the Horizons National summer learning program that focuses on reading, writing, and math. Students improve academically, learn to swim, and participate in activities that foster creativity, confidence, and good health.

For more information, visit the Horizons web site .

Kent County Board of Ed to Hold Special Meeting Aug 3

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The Kent County School Board of Education is holding a special meeting for the purpose of approving personnel and a QZAB bid.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 4:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Kent County Board of Education Administration Building, 5608 Boundary Avenue, Rock Hall, MD  21661.

AGENDA

ACTION A.  Approval of Agenda

ACTION B.  Move to Closed Session in accordance with SGA 10-

      508(a)(1)(ii) to discuss personnel matters

                    C.  Report on Closed Session

ACTION        D.  Personnel Actions

ACTION E.  QZAB Bids

ACTION F.  Adjourn

Washington College Gets $1 Million Gift for Classical Studies

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Andrea Trisciuzzi, vice president for college advancement, accepts two checks totaling over $1 million from William Creager, executor of the estate of a couple who made the gift anonymously to Washington College.

A couple who visited Chestertown regularly for over 30 years has bequeathed more than $1 million to Washington College as an endowment for the study of the Classical world. The couple, who chose to remain anonymous for their gift, were not college alumni, although they were members of The 1782 Society, the college’s leadership giving society, and often attended events on campus.

“They enjoyed Chestertown and the influence the College had on the quality of life here,” says a local resident, also choosing anonymity, who was friends with the pair for some 50 years. “They particularly enjoyed the Washington College Concert Series every year.”

The donors intend for the bequest to encourage development of new academic opportunities and to sustain the work of faculty members already involved in areas of study related to the Classical world. The funds could support the hiring of instructors; library materials; new and existing courses in the literature, history, art, philosophy, or religion (including the study of mythology) of the Classical world; faculty research; and honoraria and expenses for visiting lecturers.

“The study of the Classical world has always been a key component of a liberal arts education,” said Patrice DiQuinzio, Provost and Dean of the college, “and we are thrilled to have this fund to support the work of Washington College faculty who teach courses related to that era.”

“This is truly a remarkable and generous gift,” said college President Kurt M. Landgraf. “It’s clear that Washington College connects with people in sometimes unexpected ways that remind us why we do what we do. The relationship between the college and the town of Chestertown is strong, with powerful potential. This couple saw a local opportunity to affect generations to come, in a meaningful way, and we are deeply grateful.”

 

Psychologist Dr. Lauren Littlefield to Speak at Wye River Upper School

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Wye River Upper School is pleased to announce that Dr. Lauren Littlefield, psychologist and associate professor, will be presenting on – Building Better Habits: Organization, Planning and Goal Setting Strategies for Adolescents with Executive Dysfunction.

Dr. Littlefield will support parents and other guests in their understanding of executive functioning and methods for breaking old habits and forming new, more effective ones. The audience will be guided in an activity to help them conceptualize executive functions in everyday terms, which will ultimately help them to assess their own strengths and weaknesses. Participants will build an awareness for what individuals with executive skills challenges experience on a daily basis. These individuals include children and adolescents, individuals who have suffered a concussion, and those diagnosed with learning disabilities, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. Strategies geared toward supporting the different executive functioning challenges will be offered; for instance, learning is supported by planning ahead, managing time, organizing space, and forming routines. Goal setting and its various barriers will also be discussed.
Dr. Littlefield is a psychologist and an Associate Professor of Psychology at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She teaches Neuropsychology, Psychological Assessment, and Diagnosis and Group Therapy to undergraduate students.

The event is open to the public and will be held Thursday, July 27 from 7pm – 8:15pm at Wye River Upper School located at 316 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, MD 21617. Register for your free tickets by visiting www.wyeriverupperschool.org/tools/speaker-series/.

For more information, contact Katie Theeke at (410) 758-2922 or katietheeke@wyeriverupperschool.org. Wye River Upper School is an independent, college preparatory school serving bright students with learning differences such as ADD/ADHD and dyslexia. We discover through innovation, develop with rigor and celebrate the strengths of our students, while preparing him or her for success in college, career and life.