After more than two long years of preparation, the first Teacher vs. Teacher basketball game finally took place at Cockeysville Middle School just before spring break. The game was originally scheduled for March 13, 2020, when schools and just about everything else closed due to COVID-19.
In front of a rowdy, rowdy crowd of students – both in the gymnasium and broadcast live to the classrooms – the faculty was divided between the Black and Gold teams, and the competition was fierce. The black team eventually won by a very narrow margin of 33-32. Plans are underway to make it an annual event and everyone is eagerly awaiting the rematch!
Cockeysville Middle also celebrated some of its hardworking staff as National School Librarians Day and Vice-Principals Appreciation Week took place in early April.
Kay Salemi is the library’s media specialist who works with the entire student body of the school. Students can visit the library before, during and after school or with their classes, and Ms. Salemi is delighted that students are back in the building. She said she always enjoyed the adventure of researching information, exploring good books, working with students and being in libraries. She considers that her work suits her perfectly!
The two deputy directors of the school, justin benjamin and Kara Williams, also received recognition and appreciation during their special week. Mr. Benjamin and Mrs. Williams can be counted on to compete in a dance competition or perform demonstrations of kicking, lip-synching or face pie to motivate and reward students. This is all on top of their normal duties of guiding and advising students, sharing lessons and tending buses. No wonder, director Adam Carney calls the duo rock stars and Cockeysville Middle School is very lucky to have them.
The students of Cockeysville Middle School will take the show on the road when the band, choir and orchestra perform a memorable musical evening at Oregon Ridge Park. The school takes over the park to present the CMS Spring Concert, which will feature music, community and entertainment.
The music programs at Cockeysville Middle are top-notch, and while the excellent music department has been able to produce wonderful virtual performances during the pandemic, the atmosphere of a festival-style concert promises to be amazing.
Many eighth graders have already been recognized for their musical talents by being accepted into the countywide ensembles of the Baltimore County Public Schools. Congratulations to all the musicians including the members of the orchestra Luc Buttarazzi, Lilian Ezzo, Olivier Francois, Madison Genger, Caiden Luebehusen, John MacCubbin, Jai Nettles, Cole Ngo, Nathalie Starkeyand Berlin-Yerrick. Group members Jelexiz Ezzo, Melissa Filatov, Christopher Sibilaand Jahari Williams and choir members Josh Alvarado, Molly Connor, Vidit Kamboj, Seema Khusha, Katelyn Marshall, Mia McGarvey, Josh Mihm, Kailynn Jenkins, Lucy Springerand Grace Towner.