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The Community School of Maryland is a licensed, private educational facility that operates classrooms in both public and private schools buildings. School students range between 6 and 21 years old and are served in two programs that prepare them for inclusion in their communities. The 12-month program is non-graded and provides full day and residential Special Education and related services for students with autism.
CSM Class of 2012 Commencement Exercises
On June 22, 2012, the Community School of Maryland’s Class of 2012, participated in commencement exercises in the Brookeville Gymnasium. Elizabeth, Nora, Alhassan, Hassan, Patrick, and Kase received Certificates of High School Completion. Boy Scout Troop 264 / American Legion Post 68 presented the colors and led the Pledge to the Flag. Nicholas (a member of the Class of 2013) performed “America” for the guests and graduates. Three students who were receiving their Certificates gave speeches, addressing the class. Staff members Mr. Usman Munu and Ms. Caroline Onyejekwe received staff achievement awards for their hard work and dedication. Sirin Yilmaz, the CSM’s Educational Director presented the opening remarks and introduced the key note speaker Dr. Marcia Smith. The ceremony ended with the traditional “turning of the tassels” to signify the official transition from school to adult living. Congratulations to the class of 2012! Click here to view the slideshow
Horse Show for CSM
On September 27, 2011, Community School of Maryland students were involved in a very special event at Oatland Stables. In partnership with CSM, members of the Howard County Horse Show Association's Junior Board of Directors put on a horse show for the school students participating in the weekly therapeutic horseback riding program. Part of the Association's mission is to "pass on the values of horsemanship, sportsmanship, mentorship, and community service." Each year, the young adults of the Junior Board develop a project which supports these values and the local equine community. This year, they decided to bring the benefits of a horse show to students who might not normally be able to experience such an event.
During the show, CSM students had a chance to mount their favorite horse and ride around an enclosed ring, demonstrating one or more skills that they have been working on in the horseback riding program. Students not yet ready for riding held the reigns and guided their horse around the ring. All participants were judged by Evan Crierie of the MD Horse Show Association, who volunteered her time to participate in this project. After their ride, each student was presented with a medal for their accomplishments.
Students also enjoyed getting an official t-shirt, refreshments, and positive feedback from the judges and attendees. The young board members really enjoyed organizing the show, and are already looking to get more of their peers involved in putting together another great event next year. Click here to view the slideshow
Halloween is so much fun at CSM
Halloween is so much fun at CSM!!! This year on October 31st, students, teachers, parents and staff had great time at our annual party. The students enjoyed different activities in each classrooms led by the teachers and the related service providers and also a great costume parade in the gym. Jacob, Samantha, Kurt, Jori, Elizabeth, and Tommy won the best costume awards for their classrooms. Cedric won the best costume award for the entire school. Thank you very much to all the parents who came to share the fun with us. Click here to view the slideshow
CSM Life Science Fieldtrip
During the month of October, the students at CSM studied life science / animals in science class. What is better than seeing some live animals to reinforce what you have learned? On October 28, 2011, the CSM students went on a field trip to National Aquarium in Washington, DC. Photos show that everybody enjoyed the trip including some parents who chose to join us. We ended the field trip with a nice lunch at the Ronald Reagan building across from the aquarium. Our next field trip will be to Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore on November 15th for our younger students. Click here to view the slideshow