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  1. 1. SOUNDOFF! Back To School Supplement August 28, 2014 Back To School How do I contact the Fort Meade School Liaison? CYSS School Liaisons: Sarah Bonise and Lorian Tarver School Support Services is located at Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS), 1900 Reece Road, Fort Meade, MD 20755. Telephone: 301-677-1227 or 301-677- 1749 Email: or The office is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Are the Fort Meade schools Department of Defense (DoD) schools? No. The schools located on Fort Meade are operated and governed by Anne Arun- del County Public Schools (AACPS), 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. Telephone: 410-222-5000 Email: The superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools is Dr. George Arlot- to. What is the Meade Feeder System? The Meade Feeder System is the term used to designate the elementary and mid- dle schools that “feed” into Meade High School. This system includes the following ele- mentary schools: Manor View, Pershing Hill, Meade Heights, Seven Oaks, Jessup, Van Bokkelen, Brock Bridge, Maryland City, Hebron-Harmon, and West Meade Early Education Center. The middle schools are MacArthur Mid- dle and Meade Middle. Where does my child attend school? Your child will attend a neighborhood school designated by your address. If you live in Anne Arundel County, your child will attend Anne Arundel County Public Schools ( If you live in Howard County, your child will attend a Howard County Public School ( How do you enroll in a charter school? AACPS has two charter schools in the Meade area. The Monarch Academy in Glen Burnie serves kindergarten to eighth grade. Telephone:410-760-2072orwww.monar- The Chesapeake Science Point Charter School in Hanover serves grades six to 12. Telephone: 443-757-5277 or www.mycsp. org. Parents must contact each individual school for enrollment openings. How old does my child need to be to start kindergarten? If your child reaches age 5 on or before Sept. 1 of the desired school year, your child is eligible to enroll. If your child turns 5 after Sept. 1, the child is not eligible to enroll. Can I enroll my child in kindergarten if they turn 5 after the 1 September deadline? A 4-year-old child who will be 5 by Oct. 15, upon request by the parent or guardian may be admitted to kindergarten if the child meets the mandated criteria on the required assessments: • 125 or better on a standardized cogni- tive ability assessment • 8th stanine or better on a standardized achievement assessment For more information, see early kinder- garten enrollment at Where can I learn more about home schooling? Welcome to the Fort Meade Home Schooling Group. You can contact the group at ftmeadehomeschooling@verizon. net. During the school year, the group meets every Friday at the CYSS School Age Cen- ter, 1900 Reece Road. What do I need to do to enroll my child at school? Once you have determined your neigh- borhood school, call for an appointment to register. Bring your child’s birth certificate, shot record, current physical, two proofs of residency (your lease or mortgage and a utility or cable bill that has your name and new address), report card from previ- ous school, and IEP if your child has any special needs. What is the best school? This is a common question from parents to ask the school liaison. Since educational success differs for each student and family, we cannot recommend the “best” school for you. We can provide guidance on how to select a school. These decisions are based on the needs of the child, academic and extra-curricular interests, and housing/commuting decisions. All area schools have successful students; we can help families choose a school that can best fit their children. What if my child needs a tutor or extra help? • CYSS School Age Center, Youth Ser- vices and the Teen Center all have home- work computer labs with onsite staff ready to help children. To register, call Central Parent Services at 301-677-1149. • Bus transportation to and from the School Age Center and Youth Center is provided from the following area schools: Manor View, Pershing Hill, Seven Oaks, Meade Heights, West Meade EEC, MacAr- thur Middle and Meade Middle. The Teen Center is a short walk from Meade High School. • - Military families can get help from a professional tutor anytime time they need it at no charge. Tutors are online 24/7. This service is also available for adults returning to school. FAQ School Liaison Top Ten Sarah Bonise Teen Center offers clubs, games, fun TheFortMeadeTeenCenteropened in 2006, and in just a short period has grown to what it is today, with the help of the staff, teens and a commitment to excellence. The Teen Center is located at 3102 MacArthur Road, less than 300 feet across from Meade High School. Hours are Monday to Friday from 2-8 p.m. Teens are encouraged to be the best they can be by challenging themselves in various means. The center offers several clubs for teens such as the Weight Lifting Club, Book Club, Tech Club, S.M.A.R.T. Girls Club, Creative Arts, Cooking Club, Science Club and Keystone. To find out more information about each club, click the “Clubs” link at the top or go to teen_clubs.php. Teens may add their own input on what should be offered as well. They also can just sit back and relax, do homework, play a good friend in a competitive game of the newest NFL Madden, or jam out and play some Rock Band. The Teen Center offers state-of-the- art gaming including Sony Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. The center obtains the newest and most anticipated games of the year. So instead of sitting at home playing the computer, come by and challenge a couple of your friends here at the Teen Center. When you’re good enough, you can try challenging one of the staff members. The center also features several large-screen televisions, a table ten- nis table, great stereo system to listen to some radio, and D.J. equipment, if that’s your interest, although it is mainly used for monthly Club Mid- night Parties. The Teen Center has also added music equipment such as electronic drums, keyboards and microphones in case you’re interested in laying down a beat or hook. For more information, comments or concerns, call the Fort Meade Teen Center at 301-677-6054 or 301-677- 6056.
  2. 2. August 28, 2014 SOUNDOFF! Back To School Supplement Story and photo by Shari Rosen Staff Writer Principal Kimberly Terry of Pershing Hill Elementary School knew she wanted to work with children for as long as she can remember. “I just liked seeing the spark when some- one learned something new,” Terry said. Terry was vice principal at Pershing Hill last year and was promoted to principal for the start of this school year. Tasheka Greene, the former principal of Pershing Hill resigned from the Anne Arundel public school system. The mother of three, including a daughter in second grade at Pershing Hill, has already met with the Parent Teacher Association to discuss goals for the upcoming school year. “Iwantedthistobeapartnershipbetween PTA and the school,” Terry said. “Our PTA wants to bring the fun back to school.” Terry will focus the curriculum on writing, vocabulary development, problem solving and math. She said she will work to develop a culture of literacy in which students read complex texts, respond by citing evidence from the text and participate in rich discus- sions, generating their own questions. “[Principal Terry] is so full of life — energetic, caring, understands the military child,” said Jennifer McVittey, a fifth-grade teacher at Pershing Hill who has worked with Terry for two years. “I just can’t wait to work under her leadership.” The entrance to Pershing Hill is adorned with a large, naval-themed bulletin board, emphasizing the school’s motto of “Setting sail on the sea to success where everybody will achieve greatness.” This message resonates with Terry as the spouse of Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jae Terry of the Information Warfare Office in Little Creek, Va., and a strong believer in the ability of every child to achieve success. “Every child is an individual with individ- ual abilities, experiences and opportunities,” Terry said. “My job as a school administra- tor is to develop those abilities so each child can develop their greatness.” Terry received her bachelor’s degree from University of Texas at El Paso and a lifetime teaching certification in Texas, where she was raised. She began her career in 1998 as a fifth-grade teacher in Texas and went on to become a middle school teacher in Florida, receiving a teaching certification from Florida State University. Terry earned her master’s degree from the University of Phoenix with certificates in reading and administration. She also has a Maryland teaching certification. For the past seven years, Terry has New Pershing Hill principal aims to help students succeed Back To School worked at Manor View Elementary School as a reading teacher and a third- and fourth- grade teacher. “My most rewarding experience is just coming to work each day and being wel- comed by students and parents,” Terry said. She recalled the positive experience of seeing a student she taught in fourth grade graduate from high school. The self-described “people-person” has no shortage of military connections. Both her father and father-in-law are retired ser- geants first class and her brother is an Army legal specialist at Fort Polk, La. “Military children are truly my pas- sion — not just because I am one and I have them,” Terry said. “Their resiliency is inspiring.” With school beginning at the end of the month, Terry wants the Fort Meade community to know that she will create a collaborative environment for parents and their children. “Our school is open,”Terry said. “I want to work with [parents] to see their children succeed.” Kimberly Terry, new principal of Pershing Hill Elementary School, prepares for the start of the school year. Terry plans to develop a culture of literacy and create a partnership between the Parent Teacher Association and Pershing Hill. School Age Services offers clubs, activities The School Age Care Center at 1900 Reece Road provides before school, after school and hourly care for children in first- through fifth grades. Children are transported to and from Manor View, Persh- ing Hill, West Meade and Meade Heights elementary schools. SACC provides full day care on weekdays when schools are closed. SACC has partnered with 4-H and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to offer activities and projects to enhance its cur- riculum and enrich the experiences of children participating in SACC programs. Clubs and activities within 4-H and BGCA currently offered include Kids in Control (which focuses on safety in the home and community), Focus on Photography, Consumer Savvy, Health Rocks! and Clover Buds activities for younger children. In addition to the clubs, SACC offers a variety of arts and crafts, self-help skills development, sports skills clinics, field trips, homework assistance and community service opportunities. For more information, call 301-677-1149/1156/1104.
  3. 3. SOUNDOFF! Back To School Supplement August 28, 2014 Back To School Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer In 1996, Barry Gruber began a five-year tenure at West Meade Elementary School as a sixth-grade teacher. Today, Gruber is the new principal at Manor View Elementary School. After nearly 20 years as an educator in and outside Anne Arundel County, Gruber has returned to Fort Meade as the new principal of Manor View Elementary School. “I feel like I’ve come full circle,” Gruber said. “It’s great to be back on Fort Meade. I couldn’t be happier.” Gruber replaces Donna O’Shea, who served as principal for 2 1/2 years and is now the new principal at Monarch Global Academy Contract School in Laurel. Now at the helm of Manor View, Gru- ber spent most of the summer hiring new staff to replace the nine teachers and one counselor who joined O’Shea at her school. “[There will be] a lot of new people at the school this year,” Gruber said. After the vacancies were posted, as many as 20 prospective candidates applied for each position, said Gruber. “I’ve got to pick a highly effective group of people and want to work with them and build the team,” he said. In addition to hiring new staff, Gruber met with the school’s Parent Teacher Asso- ciation to review the organization’s budget for the school year and discuss plans for fundraising. Gruber said many parents wanted to meet him and learn more about the new teachers who will come on board next week. To allay their concerns, the school held a meet-and-greet with Gruber. “Change is always a little unsettling,” Gruber said. “Adults don’t like change. Kids are always a bit more resilient with change.” At the event, Gruber said he spoke to parents about why he hired each new staff member and the qualifications for each job. The top priority for this school year is to fully implement Manor View’s core academic programs: the International Bac- calaureate Primary Years Programme for ages 3 to 12; Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college-readiness pro- gram; STEM; the state’s Common Core educational standards; and Positive Behav- ior Intervention Strategies. “We want to take all students and get them college- and career-ready,” Gruber New principal leads Manor View Elementary Barry Gruber, the new principal at Manor View Elementary School, began his teaching career as a sixth-grade teacher at West Meade Elementary School. Gruber replaces Donna O’Shea, who served as principal at Manor View for 2 1/2 years. said. “We want them to leave on grade level or above.” A native of Palmertown, Pa., a town 20 miles north of Allentown, Gruber began a career in hotel and resort management after high school. After a decade in the field, Gruber decided to embark on a career doing what he loves most — teaching. “Ever since I could remember as a kid, I wanted to become a teacher,” Gruber said, recalling how he used to play school with a childhood friend in his grandparents’ home. Gruber earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from East Strouds- burg University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in education from Loyola University of Maryland in Baltimore. He also earned a certification in education administration from Loyola. His teaching career began at West Meade Elementary School. Five years later he taught at Piney Orchard Elementary School in Odenton. After five years in the classroom, Gruber became a talent development teacher, train- ing teachers on how to instruct advanced students and gifted students, at Piney Orchard and Severn Elementary School. In 2011, he moved to Central Elemen- tary School in Edgewater and two years later, became the assistant principal at Rippling Woods Elementary School in Glen Burnie. After a year, Gruber was assigned to his first position as a school principal at Manor View. Gruber’s philosophy about teaching is simple — make learning fun. “Teachers need to build relationships with kids and provide high-quality instruc- tion that is engaging and hands-on,” Gru- ber said. “Then you’re not going to have discipline problems. “I believe kids want to do well,” Gru- ber said. “They want to make their par- ents proud of them, and they want to please their teachers and feel good about school.” Gruber said he has an open-door policy and encourages parents to call or email him first if they have any concerns. He also hopes parents will take a proactive role in their children’s education. “Even if you think you’re only going to be here for one or four years, be involved in your children’s school,” Gruber said. “It’s very important to send that message to kids that school is important and that you know what is going on. “I want it to be a wonderful year for kids, parents and teachers and I think we’re going to do that,” he said.
  4. 4. August 28, 2014 SOUNDOFF! Back To School Supplement Back To School By Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bell Public Affairs 200th MP Command Thanks to Operation Homefront and a dedicated family program staff, dozens of Army Reserve Soldiers received much- needed school supplies for their children on Aug. 3. Patrons who visited discount stores in Odenton, Jessup and Laurel donated school supplies for service members in the Fort Meade area. During battle-assembly weekend at the 200th Military Police Command, Soldiers lined up outside a makeshift school supply store to gather pens, paper, scissors and more than 1,200 various items on school supply lists in the area. Deadra Martin, the 200th MPCOM’s school support specialist, said helping Army Reserve families is a top priority for the command. “We have many young families that need assistance, and if we help them with school supplies, we are making a difference,” she said. “School supplies may not seem like a big financial burden, but we have many families that can use the help.” For the past three weeks, Martin has made trips to local stores collecting the school supplies. She said the store employees and their customers were excited to help military families. “Everyone involved in this project has been very helpful,” Martin said. “This is a way for our communities to give back to those serving in harm’s way and here in the area.” Martin said the Army Reserve is part of thousands of communities across the coun- try, and if one customer donates a small pack of pens, the money saved can be used for other items for their children. “We had one young female Soldier pick- ing up school supplies who said she now could buy extra clothes for her children for school,” she said. “We are always looking at ways to help our families, and this weekend the community was able to give back to our Soldiers.” One of those Soldiers standing in line was Sgt. Shanita Hodge, an administration spe- cialist with a 5-year-old daughter Jashua. “These types of opportunities really help out the Soldiers who can’t afford school sup- plies or just need a little assistance during this Reservists given school supplies donated by local communities time of year,” said the Jackson, Miss., native. “Today is just another day in the Army where leadership demonstrates they care for their troops. “As a Reserve Soldier, we make sacrifices they might not notice during the one week- end a month, but I am very proud to serve my country and very proud to be a part of this organization.” As Hodge and other Soldiers walked out of the room with camouflage bags filled with supplies, Martin said more Soldiers are still in need and she’ll continue the program for several more weeks. “We must care for our Soldiers and their families,” she said. “Just knowing we are helping out, as small as it may seem, feels good inside. This is my extended family, and I enjoy spending weekends and time off from work helping them.” Supplies were not randomly chosen and Soldiers only filled their bags with neces- sary items. Martin said each Soldier had to provide a school supply list from their child’s school before shopping. “It’s important to be responsible with the gifts from the community,”she said. “Having the school supply list ensured each child had the right item for his or her particular school and grade.” The room was filled with supplies in all colors and designs. “Boys are easy to shop for,” Martin said laughing. “Girls, on the other hand, can be more particular about the color of their pencils and folders. “We have it all here, and it’s fun to see Soldiers find exactly what their child would like. It’s a really good feeling to watch them leave here smiling.” Wilda Tierney, the command’s Family Programs director, said military children are the country’s future, and leaders have a responsibility to ensure that military families have the support and resources available to them. “The Army Reserve ensures family mem- bers are included in the day-to-day lives of our Soldiers,”she said. “It’s not just about the Soldier, but the family. We are family-strong, and without the family, we have failed.” Tierney said programs like the school sup- ply donations are important to Maj. Gen. Phillip Churn, commanding general of the 200th MPCOM, and the entire leadership from all levels of the largest DoD military police organization. “Whether it’s summer camps for the chil- dren or counseling for the family members, we make great strives to ensure the right information and resources are available to our Army Reserve families,” Tierney said. PHOTO BY Sgt. 1st Class Brett McMillan Army Reserve Sgt. Shanita Hodge, an administration specialist for the 200th Military Police Command at Fort Meade, looks through school supplies for her 5-year-old daughter Jashua during the unit’s battle assembly weekend on Aug. 3. Supplies were donated by patrons of discount stores in Odenton, Jessup and Laurel for service members in the Fort Meade area.
  5. 5. SOUNDOFF! Back To School Supplement August 28, 2014 Back To School Installation Safety Office Every one in the Fort Meade commu- nity plays an important part in back-to- school safety. You may not have children in school, but if you drive the roads on Fort Meade, you have a job to do. Drivers need to stay alert. Children sometimes forget to stay on the sidewalk and use crosswalks. Parents with children in school need to remind them to cross in crosswalks or at points where there is a crossing guard. Share the following safety tips with your children to help make their return to school a safe and pleasant experience. Walking to school the safe way • Plan the route your children will take if they are walking to school. It is impor- tant to minimize the number of streets they have to cross. Keep it as simple as possible. Then, do a dry run with your children. • Have children complete the walk to school at least once on their own before the first day of school so they feel com- fortable. Teach your children to keep away from vacant lots, fields and other loca- tions that have few people around. • Make sure your children do not walk alone, especially if they are young. Predators tend to target children who are alone. Riding the bus to school School bus transportation is safe. In fact, buses are safer than cars. Even so, last year approximately 26 students were killed and another 9,000 were injured in accidents involving school buses. More often than not, these deaths and injuries didn’t occur in a crash, but as students were entering and exiting the bus. • Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street. • Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter. • When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk 10 giant steps away from the bus. Keep a safe distance between yourself and the bus. Remember, the bus driver can see you best when you are standing away from the bus. • Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus. • Stay away from the bus until the driver gives his/her signal that it’s OK to approach. • Be aware of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning school buses; however, not all do. Protect yourself and watch out. Riding a bike to school Because of minimal supervision, young bike riders face a wide variety of decisions while riding to and from school. Below are a few basic safety tips: • Wear reflective or brightly colored clothing to increase visibility. • Respect traffic lights and street signs. • Walk your bike through intersec- tions. • Bike with a buddy. • Avoid loose-fitting clothing that could get caught in spokes or pedals. • Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. For information about safety hel- mets, go to PUBS/349.pdf. For more information about back-to- school safety, call the Installation Safety Office at 301-677-2396. Community awareness can help keep youth safe By Jenelle L. Ferguson Installation Safety Office A new backpack is near or at the top of the “must-get” list for the upcoming school year. They are a popular and practical way for children and teenagers to carry schoolbooks and supplies. When used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to carry the supplies of the school day. They are designed to distribute the weight of the load between some of the body’s strongest muscles. However, backpacks that are too heavy or are worn incorrectly can cause problems for children and teens. Improperly used back- packs may injure muscles and joints. This can lead to back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems. Look for the following to help your chil- dren choose backpacks safely: • Wide, padded shoulder straps--Narrow straps can dig into shoulders and cause pain and restrict circulation. • Two shoulder straps--Backpacks with one shoulder strap that runs across the body cannot distribute weight evenly. • Padded back--A padded back protects against sharp edges on objects inside the pack and increases comfort. • Waist strap--A waist strap can distribute the weight of a heavy load more evenly. • Lightweight backpack--The backpack itself should not add much weight to the load. • Rolling backpack--This type of back- pack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember, rolling backpacks still must be carried up stairs. They may be difficult to roll in snow. To prevent injury when using a backpack, follow these safety tips: • Always use both shoulder straps. Sling- ing a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles. Wearing a backpack on one shoul- der may increase curvature of the spine • Tighten the straps so the pack is close to the body. The straps should hold the pack two inches above the waist • Pack light. The backpack should never weigh more than 10- to 15 percent of the Backpack safety: Don’t let backpacks be a pain in the back student’s total body weight. • Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. • Stop often at school lockers, if possible. Do not carry all of the books needed for the day. • Bend using both knees. Do not bend over at the waist when wearing or lifting a heavy backpack. Back-to-school program in need of donations Anne Arundel County Public Schools Communications Office The annual Back-to-School Program has received thousands of donations for needy students this year, but still needs donations for more than 3,000 students for the upcoming school year. The program is coordinated by Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services. It annually matches donors with local elementary schools to help provide back-to-school supplies to students who need them. Donors purchase backpacks stocked with all the required materials, and then deliver the backpacks to the students’ respective schools. “Our school system is continuing to grow, but we are also seeing a significant increase in the number of needy children and families we are serving,” said Teresa Tudor, AACPS senior manager for School and Family Partnerships. “Children who don’t have the necessary supplies for class are behind from the first day of school, and we as a county need to do everything we can to prevent that from happening.” For more information on the program or to donate, call 410-269-4461 or email tsteele@
  6. 6. August 28, 2014 SOUNDOFF! Back To School Supplement Back To School 2014 Back To School Nights Meade High Sept. 4 6 p.m. Van Bokkelen Elementary Sept. 4 6 p.m. West Meade Early Education Center Sept. 4 5:30 p.m. Manor View Elementary Sept. 9 6 p.m. Brock Bridge Elementary Sept. 9 6:30 p.m. MacArthur Middle Sept. 10 6 p.m. Hebron-Harman Elementary Sept. 11 6 p.m. Maryland City Elementary Sept. 11 6:30 p.m. Meade Middle Sept. 16 6 p.m. Seven Oaks Elementary Sept. 16 6:45 p.m. Pershing Hill Elementary Sept. 17 5:30 p.m. Meade Heights Elementary Sept. 18 6 p.m. Jessup Elementary Sept. 18 7 p.m. School lunches make the grade By Anne Arundel County Public Schools Communications Office Lunch gives children’s brains and bodies the energy they need to do their best in class and after-school activities. If your children brings lunch from home, be sure it includes healthy items such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. If they buy lunch at school, rest assured that they can make the same good choices in the cafeteria. The National School Lunch Act mandates that school meals “safeguard the health and well-being of the nation’s children.” Schools must serve lunches that are consistent with the recommendations of the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These guidelines include the following: • A variety of foods • Plenty of grain products, vegetables and fruits • 30 percent or less calories from fat • Less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat • Moderate sugar and salt content • At least 1/3 of the daily Recommended Dietary Allowances for nutrients such as protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C Interested in learning easy ways to encourage healthy eating and physical activity in your family? Check out “A+ Health” every month in your child’s school newsletter from the Anne Arundel County School Health Advisory Council. The council is a partnership between the Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the County Department of Health, in conjunction with local community agencies. The council promotes a healthy lifestyle. For more information and resources, go to School Menu Pricing The following price structure has been approved by the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County for the 2014-2015 school year: Students • Breakfast (full price - all schools): $1.50 • Breakfast (reduced price - all schools):$0 • Lunch (full price - elementary): $2.75 • Lunch (full price - secondary): $3 • Lunch (reduced - all schools): $.40 • Milk - all schools: $.55 Adults: • Breakfast: $1.90 • Lunch: $3.65 Free/Reduced Price Meals: Meal Benefit Applications are handed out at the beginning of the school year. Applications are available through the school office and Food and Nutrition Services office. All applications will be scanned. Applications must be completed on an original Meal Benefit Application. Increase in 2014 meal prices Anne Arundel County Public Schools The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County approved a 15 cent increase in school breakfast and lunch prices, the first such increase since the 2011-2012 school year. Under the plan approved by the board, full-price breakfast at all levels will cost $1.50, elementary school lunches will cost $2.75 and secondary school lunches will cost $3. The price of milk will remain at 55 cents. The new price structure will be in effect when students return to school in August. Reduced-price breakfasts and meal prices at all levels will remain unchanged. The school system’s Division of Food and Nutrition Services receives no coun- ty funding, and instead relies on revenue from federal reimbursements (51 per- cent), food sales (46 percent) and state funding (3 percent) to operate. During this school year, the Division of Food and Nutrition Services will serve more than 2.7 million breakfasts and 5 million lunches.
  7. 7. SOUNDOFF! Back To School Supplement August 28, 2014 Back To School Vaccine Requirements For Children Enrolled in Preschool Programs and in Schools — Per DHMH COMAR Maryland School Year 2014 - 2015 (Valid 9/1/14 - 8/31/15) Required cumulative number of doses for each vaccine for children enrolled in KINDERGARTEN - 12th grade Grade Level Grade (Ungraded) DTaP/DTP/Tdap/DT/Td1,6 Tdap6 Polio2 Measles,2,4 Mumps, Rubella Varicella2,4,5 (Chickenpox) Hepatitis B Meningococcal Kindergarten (5 yrs) 4 3 2 2 (NEW) 3 Grades 1 - 6 (6 - 11 yrs) 4 or 3 3 2 1 or 2 3 Grade 7 (11-12 yrs) 3 1 (NEW) 3 2 1 or 2 3 1 (NEW) Grades 8-12 (12-18+ yrs) 3 3 2 1 or 2 3 Maryland Department of Health Mental Hygiene Center for Immunization Martin O’Malley, Governor – Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor – Joshua M. Sharfstein M.D., Secretary Required cumulative number of doses for each vaccine for PRESCHOOL aged children enrolled in educational programs Vaccine Current Age of Child DTaP/DTP/DT1 Polio2 Hib3 Measles,2,4 Mumps, Rubella Varicella2,4,5 (Chickenpox) Hepatitis B PCV3 (PrevnarTM ) Less than 2 months 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 - 3 months 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 4 - 5 months 2 2 2 0 0 2 2 6 - 11 months 3 3 2 0 0 3 2 12 - 14 months 3 3 At least 1 dose given after 12 months of age 1 1 3 2 15 - 23 months 4 3 At least 1 dose given after 12 months of age 1 1 3 2 24—59 months 4 3 At least 1 dose given after 12 months of age 1 1 3 1 60 - 71 months 4 3 0 2 2 3 0 * See footnotes on back for NEW Requirements for 2014-15 school year. Immunizations are not just for young children. Today’s middle and high school students need protection from vaccine-preventable diseases as well. For more information about adolescent immunization, call the Anne Arundel Department of Health’s Immunization Services Program at 410-222-4896.