As school lets out for summer, Taneytown Elementary excited for next year

Thursday was the last day of school for Carroll County Public Schools, and students had an early dismissal.

While the sounds of Alice Cooper's "School's Out" played on a nearby sound system, more than 400 Taneytown Elementary School students scampered through a cheering tunnel of teachers to the waiting buses.

Thursday was the last day of school for Carroll County Public Schools, and students had an early dismissal.


"I love this school and I'll miss the kids over the summer. I can't wait to see them next year. I like to see how they change over the summer, some have lost teeth and some have really grown," physical education teacher Connie Tumulty said.

Parent liaison Donna Oursler said the year has been an academically successful one for the school.

"We've really seen growth in our standardized testing numbers," Oursler said. "We're a Title I school, so a larger portion of the community is at or below poverty level. We encourage parent involvement and ask parents to come in the school to see what the kids are learning so they can help them at home. We want the parents to be part of the students' academic success."

Parents like Jackie Perry, of Taneytown, eagerly waited with her son Braiden, 5, for his siblings to start their summer vacation. Braiden will be a kindergartner at the school next year.

"It will be his first year. I'm excited but also sad because he won't be with me every day," Perry said.

Justin Smitley picked up his daughter, fifth-grader Kiana Smitley, on the last day of school. Kiana will be a Northwest Middle School student next year.

"I'm nervous and excited for her. I know she'll do well. She's very smart," Justin Smitley said.

Kiana chimed in, too.

"I'm really excited to have new responsibilities and a lot more extracurricular activities," she said.

The school's staff and teachers looked forward to summer break, but all seemed excited for next year. Paraprofessional Donna Noble said she plans to read and relax this summer, and looks forward to returning.

"This was my first year here and I really enjoyed it. It's very satisfying to work here because there's so much diversity," Noble said.

Health teacher Steve French said he also plans to relax over the summer and expressed excitement to see the returning students.

"When they come back, they've all grown," he said. "It really makes you think about how far they've come and how much they've learned."

First-grade teacher Tyler Cross, who plans to teach summer camp, said he looks forward to meeting the next year's new students.


"First grade is completely different than kindergarten. I'm excited to show them their first locker and how first grade is run," Cross said.

Before jetting out to the buses, fourth-grader Tyler Gilbert said he will attend Elmer Wolfe Elementary School next year.

"I'm excited because the gym is a lot bigger and they have a rock climbing wall. My band teacher is teaching there, too, so I'm going to keep playing trumpet," Gilbert said.

But students have plenty to keep them occupied until the start of the new school year.

Fourth-grader Aubri Vample said she plans to spend her summer in a book club.

"My teacher is in it and I really like to read," Vample said.

Fourth-grader Bransen Thomas looked forward to traveling.

"I'm going to Ocean City this summer and to my dad's hunting club," Thomas said.

Fourth-grader Dylan Bryant said he had lots of plans.

"I'm looking forward to the Minecraft update, getting in pools and not getting up so early," Bryant said.