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ArtScene | the Podcast Presents: Exclusive One-Hour Video Episode Featuring ‘The Voice’ of QACPS Arts

QACPS is thrilled to announce the premiere of an exclusive one-hour video episode showcasing Michael Bell, ‘the Voice’ of ArtScene | the Podcast.

KIHS & QACHS Earn Purple Star Designation

We are proud to announce that both Kent Island High School and Queen Anne’s County High School have bee designated Purple Star Schools!

Maryland Transit Administration Launches Earth Day Youth Art Competition

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration is hosting an artwork contest for youth ages 5 – 17 to promote environmental awareness in celebration of Earth Day!

KIHS Artist Earns Statewide Art Honors at Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature

Emily Alt, a senior at QACPS, clinched third place in the “Together We’re Better” art contest. Alt was recognized along with her teacher, Andrea Schulte, QACPS’ 2023 Teacher of the Year.

Coming Soon in QACPS… Pre-K Enrollment!

We are excited to meet your children! Enrollment will begin mid-March. To enroll in Pre-K, you will need to be ready to upload the
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All QACPS Middle School Bands Earn All-Shore Honors

The talent and dedication of QACPS middle school band students have shone brightly once again, as they secured coveted spots in the prestigious Eastern Shore Band Directors Association Junior All-Shore Band.

Inspiring Outdoor Arts Integration and Environmental Literacy in QACPS Schools

At the recent MAEOE Annual Conference, educators from across the state converged to share best practices and innovative strategies aimed at advancing Maryland’s environmental literacy initiatives within QACPS.

Transformative Leadership on the Global Stage in Art Education

Michael Bell, Supervisor of Fine Arts for QACPS, took center stage at the Winter 2024 NOW Conference to deliver a keynote for the After Pass on: “How Administrators Can Build Relationships and Support Art Programs.”

Two QACHS Students Win 2023 Congressional App Challenge

Congressman Andy Harris has named Nicholas Burleson and Tanner Lyon of QACHS as the winners of the 2023 Congressional App Challenge in Maryland’s First District.

Seven QACPS Schools Earn Energy Star Certification

7 QACPS buildings have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification. This recognition is presented to the most energy efficient buildings in the country.

ArtScene | the Podcast Features Award-Winning KIHS Choir Director Reanna Sherman

In Episode 16, Reanna Sherman takes center stage as a crescendo of inspiration on the February 1st episode of “ArtScene | the Podcast.”

QACPS Bands Earn All-Shore Honors

The musical prowess of the KIHS and QACHS bands was on full display as several students earned spots in the 2024 All-Shore Honor Band.

QACPS Students Shine: Earn All-State Chorus Honors

Six students from QACPS have garnered prestigious All-State honors and are poised to captivate audiences at the 2024 All-State Junior and Senior Chorus

Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders: Students Excel at Junior Achievement Leadership Workshop

Students from Queen Anne’s County Public Schools recently participated in a transformative leadership workshop organized by Junior Achievement.

FEBRUARY 19, 2024 WILL BE A DAY OF INSTRUCTION FOR QACPS

On January 23, 2024, the Maryland State Board of Education approved Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS) request for approval of a waiver to use President’s Day, February 19, 2024 as a day of instruction for students.

Kent Island High Dancers Shine as All-State Medalists

Two KIHS students emerged victorious at the 34th annual Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase!

KIHS Art Student Rain Diederichs Makes History, Wins National Rising Star Award 

Rain Diederichs has secured her place in history within QACPS becoming the first student ever selected by the NAEA as the 2024 Rising Star award recipient.

QACPS Supervisor Michael Bell Wins 2024 National Art Educator Award

Michael Bell, Supervisor of Visual & Performing Arts, has been named the recipient of the 2024 National Supervision & Administration Art Educator Award from the NAEA!

ArtScene | the Podcast Explores Legacies of Band Directors Kim Scully and Eric Wright

This episode delves into the journeys of two extraordinary Maryland High School Band Directors in QACPS, each possessing a distinct narrative that converges on an unyielding love for music.

CMS Students Interview Subject Matter Experts From the CDC

Three CMS students had the unique opportunity to interview two Subject Matter Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Penicillin and the Bubonic Plague.

QACPS Media Specialists Win Big Again at 2023 Statewide Bookmark Art Contest!

CENTREVILLE —Last year four Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS) elementary schools took home nine awards across two age categories at the Maryland Judiciary’s 17th Annual Statewide Conflict Resolution Bookmark Art Contest.

Washington College To Offer Scholarships to Queen Anne’s Students Seeking a Career in Teaching

Washington College is pleased to announce six new scholarships aimed at encouraging more Eastern Shore students to pursue a career in education.

QACPS Superintendent Surprises KES 3rd grader Adelaine Gray with Art Award!

CENTREVILLE — On Thursday, November 30th, Queen Anne’s County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia Saelens orchestrated a memorable visit to Kennard Elementary to bestow
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GES & MES EARN MARYLAND ACCREDITATION & EXCELS HONOR

***NEWS RELEASE*** Queen Anne’s County Public Schools is proud to announce that Grasonville Elementary School and Matapeake Elementary School have achieved Maryland Accreditation through
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ArtScene | the Podcast Explores Inspiring Journey of Broadway Choreographer Peter Pucci

CENTREVILLE — December 1, 2023 — ArtScene | the Podcast invites listeners into an enthralling conversation between host Michael Bell and Peter Pucci, acclaimed Broadway choreographer and Executive Director of the Carole Cascio Fund for Mind Movement Dance Connections.

QACPS Health and Physical Education Partners with the Washington Capitals

CENTREVILLE – Queen Anne’s County Public Schools is excited to announce a dynamic partnership with the Washington Capitals Hockey Team, ushering in a new level of sports education within our district.

Harmonious Triumph: QACPS Combined Choir Concerts Strike Resounding Chords of Success

CENTREVILLE — In a crescendo of creativity and community, what started as an ‘idea’ in the minds of Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS)
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MES & CHES Receive National Blue Ribbon School Honor

MES and CHES were honored by the U.S. Department of Education on November 17th, 2023

Queen Anne’s County Celebrates 23 Years of Character Counts! Promoting Values and Ethical Behavior in the Community

Character Counts! has been instrumental in shaping the moral fabric of our community.

ArtScene | the Podcast Features QACHS Choir Director Luke Whitehair

CENTREVILLE — On November 1st “ArtScene | the Podcast” introduces a captivating podcast featuring Queen Anne’s County High’s (QACHS) Mr. Luke Whitehair, a beloved figure in our local
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Billy Richardson and GES’s GRACIE Club Featured on WMAR-2 News Baltimore

Mr. Billy Richardson, GES, was interviewed by WMAR-2 News Baltimore about the GRACIE club.

Former QACHS Artist Claire Parker Honored at Raphael Sassi Retrospective

CHESTERTOWN — On October 20, 2023 the Kent County Cultural Alliance (KCA) celebrated the Raphael Sassi Memorial Scholarship Foundation with a retrospective of the work
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QACPS Health and Physical Education Teachers Earn Simon McNeely Award

*** NEWS RELEASE***October 24, 2023 QACPS Health and Physical Education Teachers Earn Simon McNeely Award Centreville – On October 20, 2023, two Queen Anne’s
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QAC Celebrates Grand Opening of Everside Health Center, a Revolutionary Health Benefit for Government and School System Employees

On August 22, 2023, Queen Anne’s County Government and Public School System joined in celebration to mark the grand opening of Everside Health Center, a healthcare initiative exclusively designed for employees, dependents, and retirees affiliated with Queen Anne’s County Government and Public Schools.

Eastern Shore Collaborative Purchasing of Electricity Marks 22 Years and Millions in Avoided Costs

Mark E. Miller, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M. – ChairmanAllison M. Canada, CPPO, C.P.M. – Vice ChairR. Allan Gorsuch, Ed.D. – Manager PRESS RELEASE September 14,
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Church Hill & Matapeake Elementary Schools Recognized as 2023 Blue Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education today recognized 353 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023. Church Hill Elementary School and Matapeake Elementary School
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REMINDER: QAC Community Overdose Action Town Hall – 9/21/2023

MD State Representatives are Hosting a Community Overdose Action Meeting THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2023 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Kent Island High School Auditorium
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ArtScene | the Podcast features Kennard Elementary Media Specialist Heather Gray

CENTREVILLE — Listen Now: “ArtScene | the Podcast” hosts a creative glimpse into the world of QACPS’ Kennard Elementary School Media Specialist Heather Gray, airing
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Safe Schools Maryland: FAQs

QACPS Families, Safe Schools Maryland is an anonymous and free tips line and reporting system usedby our school district that is available to students,
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ANDREA SCHULTE NAMED AS FINALIST FOR 2023-2024 MARYLAND TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Today, the Maryland State Board of Education and Maryland State Department of Education announced the names of the seven finalists who will compete to
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QAC Dept. of Health School-Age Influenza Campaign: K-12

Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to receive a Flu Vaccine this fall. This program will offer FluMist® FREE OF CHARGE. Registered
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QAC Centre for the Arts Hosts 3rd Annual Faculty Art Show on 9/15

CENTREVILLE — The 3rd annual Faculty Art Exhibition showcasing Queen Anne’s County Public Schools’ Art Teachers is being hosted by Rick Strittmater, Executive Director for the Queen Anne’s Centre for
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Community & School Town Hall Safety Discussion – Sept. 20th, 2023 @ 6:30 PM

Come to our Board Room and ask the panel your safety and security questions at this informal discussion!

Introducing the Living Naturally High Club!

There is a new club coming to KIHS, QACHS, CMS, and MMS! The Living Naturally High Club’s goal is to inspire and empower youth
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QAC Goes Purple Kickoff Event – 9/9/2023 @ 3PM

The annual “QAC Goes Purple” campaign’s kickoff event is scheduled from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 9th.

Opioid Operational Command Center Grant Announcement

Queen Anne’s County Public Schools would like to announce that they are a recipient of the Opioid Operational Command Center Grant for the 2023
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QAC Community Overdose Action Town Hall – 9/21/2023

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2023 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Kent Island High School Auditorium 900 Love Point Road, Stevensville, MD, 21666 Event DetailsCome share
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2023-24 Teacher of the Year

Our 2023-24 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Andrea Schulte, has won the use of a brand new Ford Escape for the year! Here she
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QACPS Honored Among 2023 U.S. Dept. of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS) a 2023 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, was honored in a ceremony Tuesday, August 8th, in
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2023-24 School Supply Lists

Back to school is right around the corner! Click on the link for your student’s school below to see what supplies are required for
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3rd Annual Faculty Art Show – Opens Sept. 15 @ 6PM

The 3rd Annual QACPS Faculty Art Show opens to the public on Friday, September 15 from 6PM to 8PM at the Queen Anne’s County
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Community Safety Meeting – May 2 at 6PM

Community Public Safety meeting will be held Tuesday, May 2 at 6:00PM at the Board of Education Main Board Room at 202 Chesterfield Ave
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QACPS Awarded Green Ribbon School District

U.S. Secretary of Education Names Queen Anne’s County Public Schools a 2023 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee The U.S.
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Spinelli Honored at University of Maryland

https://mathcomp.math.umd.edu/ Kent Island High School Senior, Anthony Spinelli, was honored at the 43rd University of Maryland High School Math Awards at University of Maryland
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$4,000 donation to Automotive Technology Program

Preston Automotive Group Donates $4,000+ to QACPS Automotive Program Chris Marks, Chief Operating Officer of Preston Automotive Group, presented Queen Anne’s County High School
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Mark Wilhelm Legacy Recipient

Mr. Mark Wilhelm Presented with the Leadership Legacy Award from the American Heart Association Centreville, MD – Kennard Elementary School students assembled into their school
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QACPS Masonry Students visit YMCA

Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS) offers several Career Technical Education (CTE) programs for high school students.  The supervisor of QACPS CTE programs, Adam
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Registration for new students

Do you have a child that will be entering Queen Anne’s County Public Schools for the first time in the Fall of 2023 for
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KIHS Lady Bucs head to States

Best of luck to the Lady Bucs! Let’s send them off properly, KIHS Gym at 3PM on Saturday. Tickets to game at University of
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MSDE Report Card Released

NEWS RELEASE Date – March 9, 2023 The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released the results from the Maryland School Report Card School
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Teacher and Employee of the Year Announcements

NEWS RELEASE Date – March 1, 2023 Queen Anne’s County Public Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Patricia Saelens, would like to announce the 2023 Employee of
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Two Award Recipients at Sudlersville Middle School

We are pleased to announce two Sudlersville Middle School Award recipients by the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA). SMS School Principal, Rob Watkins – SCHOOL
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Sharon Murdoch, Finalist for 2022 Maryland School Librarian of the Year

Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL)  www.maslmd.org   Brittany Tignor, MLIS, MASL Treasurer & Awards Chairperson [email protected] # FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE #         Ocean Pines, MD
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Thank your SRO – Feb 15

February 15 is Maryland School Resource Officer Day!“School Resource Officers (SROs) and School Safety Employees (SSEs) often go unrecognized. The Maryland Center for School
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Stephanie Zeiler selected Outstanding NATIONAL Art Honor Society Sponsor Award Recipient

Congratulations to Queen Anne County High School’s Visual Arts Teacher, Stephanie Zeiler! She was selected by her peers to receive the Outstanding National Art
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Spotlight on Grasonville Elementary School

Check out Grasonville Elementary School’s 15 minutes of FAME with QACTV. Click on link: https://youtu.be/_V3scTOIflQ

Podcast – ArtScene

QACPS launches ArtScene – the Podcast NEWS RELEASE — (February 1, 2023) — Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS) has launched a new podcast
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Dental services offered at CHES

NEWS RELEASE Date – January 18, 2023 Dental Services at CHES Queen Anne’s Public Schools (QACPS), in collaboration with Choptank Health school based-health center,
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Schools Closed January 16, 2023

To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. all QACPS buildings will be closed on January 16, 2023. Click HERE for a brief history of
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Kennard Teacher, Megan Borga, awarded $300

The Maryland Retired School Personnel Association, through its MRSPA Foundation Fund, offered 6 Mini-Grants to classroom teachers across the state of Maryland. The grants
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QACPS Receives $600k from Gov. Hogan

Governor Larry Hogan announced the approval of $50 million through the Rural Maryland Economic Relief Fund.  Over 100 economic projects were approved, including $600,000
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QACHS Women’s Wrestling

Click here to view information on the history breaking women’s wrestling team at Queen Anne’s County High School. WBAL link: https://www.wbaltv.com/article/all-woman-wrestling-team-queen-annes-county-making-maryland-history/42317256

QAC Commissioners Proclamation presented to Dr. Patricia Saelens – Superintendent of the Year!

Presented at the December 13, 2022 Commissioner Meeting!

Early Dismissal Dec 2 (elementary & middle only)

Friday, December 2, 2022 will be an early dismissal day for all students in elementary and middle school.

Safe Schools MD

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School Based Health Centers

School Based Health Centers (SBHC) are open in Church Hill Elementary, Sudlersville Elementary and Middle Schools. These centers are provided for students and staff
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Job Fair

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QACPS Goes Purple

QACPS supported the QAC Goes Purple Kickoff Event on Saturday, September 10 in the Centreville Town Square. A fun evening with face painting, food,
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School Based Health Center Forms

School Based Health Centers will be opening soon! Attached are the forms to fill out for students and staff. Student Form in EnglishStudent Form
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Blended Virtual Program Application Extended

The application deadline has been extended to June 22! http://www.easternshorevirtual.org/

Leads Grant Approval

QACPS approved in all 7 strategies. Click Here for News Release Queen Anne’s County Public Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Patricia Saelens, would like to announce
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Carson Scholar Recognitions

QACPS Announces Five Carson Scholar Recipients We are pleased to announce 5 Carson Scholar recipients from QACPS. Emily Crossley (11th gr.) 4 time winner,
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WE ARE HIRING

Teachers, Support Staff, Bus Drivers, Substitutes Apply Here! Teacher Information Here

FY 23 Proposed Budget

Please review the proposed Fiscal Year 23 Budget Click Here for Budget Review

Cassandra Hosler – Teacher of the Year

The 2022-23 Teacher of the Year was announced at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Ms. Cassandra Hosler is an
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MSDE Special Education Survey

Please take 5 minutes to fill out the MD SPED Parent Involvement Survey

Approved 2022-23 QACPS School Calendar

This is the finalized 2022-2023 QACPS School Calendar that has been approved by the Board of Education. August, 2022 18th – New Teachers Report23rd
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Employees & Teacher of the Year Announcement!

We are thrilled to announce the 2021-2022 Employees of the Year and finalists for Teacher of the Year! Employee of the Year Winners Kim
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Masks No Longer Required in QACPS Schools & Buses

As a result of the The Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) committeemeeting today, the mask mandate has been lifted. Therefore, the decision to
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Pfizer Vaccines Available for Children Ages 5 – 11

The Queen Anne’s County Health Department has Pfizer vaccines available through February 28th for children ages 5 – 11. Once your child is vaccinated,
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Change in Calendar: New Early Dismissal Days

The Board of Education has approved a change in the 2021 – 2022 School Calendar. The change affects new early dismissal days: Wednesday, December
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2022 Opioid Awareness Poster Contest

This is your chance to take a stand in Queen Anne’s! All 6th – 12th graders are encouraged to participate in the 2022 Opioid
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Matapeake Elementary Earns $4,000 Grant

Matapeake Elementary School recently received a grant from AFCEA Educational Foundation for $4,124.25.  MES will purchase 15 Lego Spike Educational Kits that are an
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