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    St. Joan of Arc Awarded Safe School Maryland Gold

    Saint Joan of Arc School is the first private elementary school to undertake the Safe Schools Gold School engagement program. We loved being part of the celebration with the school as they received the Governor’s Citation for embarking on this important program.

    Principal Dianne Kestler, Father William Franken, Archdioceses of Baltimore representatives and the St. Joan of Arc student body were pleased to accept this Safe School Gold School Award from the Maryland Center for School Safety.

    Take a look at the video from the ceremony here.

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    Flintstone Elementary Gold School Ceremony

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    Principal Ralston holding a cue card for Flintstone Elementary’s fourth-grade class as they recite a poem about Safe Schools Maryland.

    Flintstone Elementary, home of the S.P.A.R.K.S., received a Governor’s Citation in recognition of being the first elementary school to reach Safe Schools Maryland Gold School status, on April 25, 2022. Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) was proud to deliver this citation from the office of Governor Larry Hogan in honor of Flintstone’s contribution to the promotion of school safety in Maryland. Flintstone Elementary stands out as an example for others to follow.

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    MCSS Students D.A.R.E to Teach Officers

    The Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) had the honor of presenting to Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) officers during their annual in-service conference on April 13, 2022 in Ocean City, Maryland.  According to the D.A.R.E. website, D.A.R.E. curriculum “is the most comprehensive drug prevention curricula in the world, taught in thousands of schools throughout America’s 50 states and its territories, as well as in 50+ other countries, reaching more than 1.5 million students annually.” 

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    MCSS Announces New Student Focus Group

    The Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) would like to announce the 2022-2023 MCSS Student Focus Group (SFG) members! Additionally, MCSS is excited to welcome back twelve 2021-2022 SFG members in addition to welcoming twenty-five new members. 

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    Engaging Students Change our Maryland Schools

    Written by Emelia Crown, MCSS SFG member

    Each one of our three committees at Maryland Center for School Safety Student Focus Group are incredibly important, but today we focus on our Engagement and Outreach Committee. In the beginning months of our 2021-2022 SFG year, we each volunteered to be in committees complimenting our different interests. For the students on the Engagement and Outreach Committee, they are dedicated to the continuation and progress of MCSS with Maryland schools. The students on this committee initiate important conversations with each other, and continue the work of creating safe environments in our schools here in Maryland. They complete the tasks of conversing with schools in our state, by directly calling the principles or emailing school populations as a whole. 

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    Subject Matter Expert Kelly Gorman Explains Handle with Care

    Childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences are both addressed through Handle with Care. Image shows two adults arguing in background while child holds her head down and frowns in the foreground.

    The MCSS team is proud to occasionally have this News and Notes page act as a venue for Subject Matter Experts to share their knowledge and perspectives on topics that intersect with school safety. Today we welcome Subject Matter Expert Kelly Gorman to share more about the history, goals, and successes of the Handle with Care (HWC) program in Maryland. To learn more about HWC click here. To learn more about guest posts on the MCSS News and Notes page, click here.

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    Celebrate Women’s History!

    MCSS Focus Group Friday Post
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    Take a look at our Focus Group Friday salute to Maryland’s historic women #history #women #maryland #MDBSAFE



    Conference Seeks Expert Speakers

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    2022 MCSS School Safety Convention-July 12 & 13

    Do you have unique School Safety expertise to share?

    The Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) is seeking members of the school safety community as speakers for our 2022 School Safety Conference, which will take place July 12 and July 13, 2022 at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

    This summer’s conference theme is School Safety: A Collaborative Approach. We are seeking national and local speakers who can present content, experiences, and best practices to benefit our partners across the state to help MCSS fulfill its mission, to promote and enhance safer school communities.



    Focus Group Friday

    If you are passionate about school safety, mental health issues and student leadership, MCSS SFG needs you! Students from public or non-public schools in 6th-11th grade can apply now! @safeschoolsmd #schools #teacher #MDBSAFE



    Do students have a say in the State Legislature?

    The Scales of Justice

    The MCSS Student Focus Group remains strong in our efforts to become educated in numerous school safety topics and to disperse information back to the counties.

    This past January, Dawn Leudtke, Assistant Attorney General and Counsel to MCSS, attended the MCSS Student Focus group general meeting as a guest speaker. It was a very informative discussion on what her role is in the Maryland General Assembly and legislative processes. It was truly enlightening to hear her speak, and we as the Student Focus Group, are certainly proud that she is someone who works for the state of Maryland. 

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