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National School Library of the Year Application 2021: Home

This is the electronic portfolio for the National School Library of the Year application for 2021 for Calvert County Public Schools.

Access the required worksheets via Google Drive links below or  Word version below.

This page contains the following information for the electronic portfolio:

  • Description of the Calvert County Community
  • School profile and link to school profile worksheet
  • Digital profile and links to the CCPS school library websites and school websites as well as digital profile worksheet
  • Staffing profile and link to the staffing profile worksheet
  • Expenditure report and link to expenditure worksheets

Calvert County Public Schools - Community

Calvert Cliffs State Park

Image: Friends of Calvert Cliffs State Park

Calvert County is located 35 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. and 55 miles south of Baltimore.  Calvert County is a scenic peninsula that is bordered on the east by the Chesapeake Bay and on the west by the Patuxent River.  It is Maryland's smallest county at 213 square miles.  Currently, there are approximately 90,000 people living in Calvert.  Around 16,000 of these residents are K-12 students.  Calvert County is home to 12 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 4 high schools, a Career and Technology Academy and 1 special education center.  The operating budget for 2019 for Calvert County Public Schools  (CCPS) was $209,494,247. Over the past 20 years, Calvert County has seen a systemic shift from a rural agricultural community to a community in which the vast majority of the residents commute into Washington D.C. or two and from one of the military bases located to the south and to the north of the county. 

In 2017, CCPS, under the leadership of Dr. Daniel Curry put into place a five year strategic plan which includes priorities, goals, and measures in 5 areas.  These areas are: equity, student outcomes, climate and culture, workforce, and community engagement. 


Some Elementary Librarians

Lauren, Kristin, MJ, Mary Brooke, Casey, Susan, and Jo Ann at the Newseum

Field trip to the Newseum in Washington D.C. Our school

librarians are always learning. 

Expenditure Report

Calvert County Public Schools supports school libraries with a centralized budget that purchases both e-books and digital resources.  Additionally, school libraries are funded at the principal level as well for print resources.  Budgets vary by school.  Please see the attached expenditure report for details.  We are very proud that our budget for school library digital resources has increased three times over in the past five years.  When the current teacher specialist for school libraries started in her position in 2015, expenditures at the county level for digital resources were approximately $60,000. In the past five years, we have moved to an annual expenditure of $218,000 which includes a robust set of databases, Wixie for K-8, and ebooks on the SORA platform. Calvert High Public Schools support school libraries. For the fall 2021 budget, all school libraries will receive a minimum of $8 per student as a minimum funding level throughout the district in additional funding.

Expenditure Report

Calvert County Public Schools - Profile

Calvert County Sign

Image: Creative Commons, photographer unknown. 

Calvert County Public Schools is comprised of 24 buildings.  All elementary, middle, and high school buildings are staffed with a full-time, certified school librarian.  At the elementary level, classes are on a fixed schedule rotation.  At the middle and high school levels, classes are flexibly scheduled.

Please click on the link below for the complete school profile which includes the demographic information as required for each of our schools.

School Profile Worksheet


Staffing Profile

Calvert County Public Schools is extremely proud of our school library staffing. We have a full time, certified school librarian in each of our elementary, middle, and high schools.  Among our certified staff, we have 5 school librarians who have been voted as the Teacher of the Year (TOY) for their elementary school (middle and high school librarians are not eligible for TOY). Dr. Melaney Sanchez of Mt. Harmony elementary was Calvert County Teacher of the Year for 2018.  Dr. Melaney Sanchez is also a Fulbright Global Teacher!

Additionally, our school librarians hold state positions on the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL)  Board - including Donna Mignardi, secretary and communications chair for MASL. Jennifer Sturge is the current president of MASL, and past awards chairperson.  Mary Brooke Fitzpatrick serves as a member at large. Casey Grenier, Lauren Lynn, and Melaney Sanchez all serve on the MASL Black-Eyed Susan Awards committee for MASL.  That is nearly 1/3 of our library staff volunteering at the state level! 

Not only is our library staff awesome in the library, but they are awesome outside of the library.  Four of our middle school librarians serve as coaches for volleyball, baseball, track, and field hockey.  We have volunteers for the animal shelters, church leaders, and Girl Scout leaders.  Their commitment to the community is second to none!

Please see our staffing profile worksheet for our numbers and breakdown.

Staffing Profile Worksheet

Calvert county public schools logo lighthouse

Profile Photo
Dr. Jennifer Sturge
1350 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Social: Twitter Page

Digital Profile

Each school library in CCPS maintains a robust web presence in the form of a Libguides.  Additionally, the majority of our school libraries have a presence on Twitter and/or on Facebook. 

Every school also maintains a school wide website and the library pages are directly linked to each individual school.

Please see our digital profile page for school webpages and direct URLs for each library Libguide.

Alternatively, every school's Libguide may be found at the link below.

Digital Profile Worksheet

Learning at the Library of Congress

Calvert County Librarians at the Christmas Tree at the Library of Congress

Learning at the Library of Congress! 

Pandemic Response

During the pandemic, our school librarians continued services from the moment we ended face to face learning in March through the present.  During the period of time when schools were closed, school librarians worked behind the scenes to provide professional development and to prepare for virtual teaching and learning.  Our district adopted Sora and Capstone Connect in order to provide e-books to our students.  School librarians worked with teachers to introduce these resources and keep students engaged.  School librarians even worked with all the content level supervisors to create summer learning that was fun and engaging for students.  Above all, our school librarians kept everyone connected!

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