School nurses facing challenging times

CAMBRIDGE — “A lot of people think we just give out pills, but that’s not true,” School Health Program Supervisor Carolyn Hallowell, RN said June 19. Ms. Hallowell was speaking to the members of the Dorchester County Council, asking the commissioners to provide as much support as they could to the increasingly complex tasks performed […]

Maple Elementary Band holds year-end banquet

CAMBRIDGE – Let’s call it the Marching Tigers’ 2017-18 Tour. The members of Maple Elementary School’s band celebrated the end of the school year – and their tour – with a banquet Friday at the Dorchester Arts Center. The children brought their parents and fans to celebrate with their teachers and especially Band Director Ray […]

Town Square

Town Square is an opinion column to which readers can submit their views. As a true community newspaper, we’re always looking for ways to include local thought and pertinent viewpoint, this forum is a way to share those thoughts. Civility and fair comment will always prevail. We shared a letter from another publication on our […]

How we can improve Dorchester schools

I have sat back idly as long as I can, perhaps too long. I have heard about the mass exodus of teachers, good teachers, just waiting for the end of the year. Over the past several months, I have spoken to a number of teachers from several different schools in the Dorchester County School System […]

Holbrook requests more school funding

CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester Educators’ President Katie Holbrook asked the members of the Dorchester County Council on May 1 to imagine a school system lacking teachers, in need of books, and with trash strewn about for lack of custodians. Then she said that could be the reality next year. Her remarks came during a public hearing […]

Dorchester schools need more money

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the full text of Dorchester Educators’ President Katie Holbrook’s remarks to the Dorchester County Council on May 1. BREAK-OUT QUOTE: “Our teachers are going next door to our surrounding Eastern Shore counties such as Talbot, Caroline, and Wicomico.” – Katie Holbrook Speaking up for Dorchester’s teachers By Katie Holbrook Good […]

Superintendent’s Holiday Card Competition

submitted to dorchester banner/superintendent’s office Middle and high school winners with Board of Education members and Superintendent of Schools

CAMBRIDGE — It was Christmas in January as the Dorchester County Board of Education recognized the finalists in the 2017 competition to design the Superintendent of Schools’ holiday card at its monthly meeting. One finalist was chosen from each grade throughout Dorchester County Public Schools, with special recognition in age groupings, and an overall winner […]

Weekend meals for county’s kids

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan Local groups are cooperating to help feed Dorchester’s schoolchildren over the weekends. Volunteers with Meals ’til Monday gathered recently to pack food at Vienna Elementary School. From the left are Nathan Bratko, Mabel Dennar, Dorothy Jackson, Peggy Waller, Julie Crain, Vatice Walker, Michelle Smith, Leslie Bishop, Susan Klise, Roxanne Sampson and Dail Sampson.

CAMBRIDGE – When most people say, “There’s nothing to eat in the house,” they mean there’s nothing they like. But for some of the most dependent and helpless of Dorchester’s residents – children – it means there really is nothing. And that’s a true problem for a growing child, especially one who gets most of […]

DCPS student artists’ work displayed in Annapolis

submitted to dorchester banner/superintendent’s office Grace Kriss meeting First Lady Yumi Hogan.

DORCHESTER — Two Dorchester County Public Schools students had artwork chosen to be displayed in the Fall Student Art Exhibition at the House of Delegates Gallery in Annapolis. Grace Kriss, a senior at North Dorchester High School was recognized for her watercolor “Silent Autumn” and Malcolm Pierce, a 4th grader at Maple Elementary School was […]

Marching Lions play during Ravens’ game

orchester Banner/Dave Ryan Cheyenne Jackson waved after stowing her gear in the bus taking her and the rest of the Maple Elementary School Marching Lions to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday to perform during the Ravens’ game.

BALTIMORE – “You never know how far your children will carry you,” Jerry Hayes said. Mr. Hayes was speaking on Dec. 23, on the sidewalk outside of Maple Elementary School, as the Marching Lions loaded their gear and boarded buses bound for M&T Bank Stadium. The fourth- and fifth-grade musicians and flag squad were on […]