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Theresa Dardanell

Thurmont Primary

Open House and visitation for all students and parents will be on Thursday, August 29, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Please come to meet your teacher and tour the school. 

Kindergarten parent/guardian orientation will be held on Thursday, August 22, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for parents only (no children, please). 

Thurmont Elementary

Thurmont Elementary is excited to announce that they will once again have an opportunity for your child to meet his/her teacher before school starts. Last year, they had quite a successful turnout and students seemed excited to meet their teachers and classmates. On Thursday, August 29, from 3:40-4:40 p.m., the school will have “The Great Reveal” again, which will allow you to find your child’s classroom and hear about the new school year, as well as meet his/her teacher. “We’re so looking forward to opening a new school year with you and your children. Enjoy the remainder of the summer with your children. Be sure to mark your calendar!” —Debbie O’Donnell, Principal

Sabillasville Elementary

Back-to-School Night will be on Thursday, August 29, at 6:00 p.m.

Lewistown Elementary

Back to School Open House Night for all grade levels, pre-K through fifth grade, will be on Thursday, August 29, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The Open House begins in the cafeteria, with staff introductions and ice cream treats. Visit the classrooms and meet the teachers. Join the PTA and purchase spirit wear.

Thurmont Middle

Open House will be on August 21, from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and 1:00-4:00 p.m. Pick up your schedule and take a self-guided tour. Chromebook payments can be made by cash or check. T-shirts will be available for sale (also cash or check only). Come and meet your teachers during Back-to-School Night on August 29, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Catoctin High

Back-to-School Night will be Thursday, August 29, from 6:00-7:45 p.m.  Pick up your schedules, learn about clubs, visit the classrooms, and meet the teachers. Also, meet Jennifer Clements, Catoctin High School’s new principal.  

It is time to recognize that special teacher who has made an impact on your child’s life and on your school community. Do you know a teacher who goes beyond what is expected? You can let this teacher know how important he/she has been to you by nominating him/her for the Thurmont Lions Club Teacher of the Year Award. Anyone can nominate a teacher: parents, students, fellow teachers, and administrators.

This award is open to pre-k through grade 12, full-time teachers, in the Catoctin feeder school system: Catoctin High, Thurmont Middle, Thurmont Elementary, Thurmont Primary, Lewistown Elementary, Sabillasville Elementary, and Mother Seton. 

All nominations will be recognized at a reception to be held on April 2, 2019, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Thurmont Regional Library. The Teacher of the Year for each school will be announced at the reception. The overall Teacher of the Year will be announced at the Thurmont Lions Club’s Education Night held in May 2019.

Nomination forms are available at and at the principal’s office at each school. Nomination forms are due no later than March 15, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Lion Susan Favorite at  or 240-409-1747 or Lion Joyce Anthony at or 240-288-8748.

Theresa Dardanell

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”  —Albert Einstein

Students enjoyed an extra-long summer vacation this year. When they return to school on September 5, they will meet some new teachers, administrators, and support staff.


Catoctin High School

Welcome: Shannon Stone, guidance counselor; Alyssa Burdette, math teacher; Evan Felmet, music/CTE teacher; Angie Gallik, social studies teacher; Rob Nutter, special education teacher; Shannon Snowman, instructional assistant; Alyssa Manninen, special education instructional assistant; Leeah Hawes, custodian.


Thurmont Middle School

Welcome: Anita Shank, assistant principal; Christine Newman, administrative secretary; Jessica Penn, science teacher; Eric Bokinsky, technical education teacher; Kelly Steele, physical education/health teacher; Suzanne Buxbaum, band teacher; Jennifer Thoma, special education teacher; Kelly Pizza, community liaison. Daniel Enck was promoted from assistant principal to principal.


Thurmont Elementary

Welcome: Amanda Giauque, fifth grade teacher; Andrew Piccolo, fifth grade teacher; Brooke Cipolla, fourth grade teacher; Jennifer Thoma, special education teacher.


Thurmont Primary

Welcome: Ellen Parkhurst and Lindsey Stracener, special education assistants.


Lewistown Elementary

Welcome: Heather Burgess, physical education teacher; Erica Gray-O’Leary and Madeline Hart, special education pyramid teachers; Jeanette Monteith, special education pre-K teacher; April Sprecher, special education coordinator; Dora King, music teacher; Eileen Knapp, Virginia Johnson, and Michele Routzahn, special education instructional assistants.


Sabillasville Elementary

Welcome: Karen McKenzie, special education teacher; Allen Cosner, user support specialist.

Anita DiGregory

health-nightIn an effort to help families gain valuable information on staying healthy this school year, Thurmont Primary and Thurmont Elementary Schools joined forces on October 13 to host a fun and educational event, Health Night.

Parents were invited to attend the interactive event, which consisted of four rotations of fifteen-minute presentations lead by different respected experts in the health fields.

Health Night, which included talks on asthma, food allergies, nutrition and parent power, and colds and flu, was free of charge to all parents of Thurmont Primary and Thurmont Elementary Schools’ students.

Karen Locke, principal of Thurmont Primary School, thought the night was well received and offered a lot of insight on empowering parents with regard to health issues that students and families may face. “The evening was very positive. We were asked to repeat it again in the spring.”

Theresa Dardanell

Summer is not officially over, but students returned to school on Monday, August 22. They were greeted by many new staff members, who joined the teachers, administrators, and support staff at the local schools.

Lewistown Elementary welcomed Belinda Pippin, Assistant Principal; Julie Ferguson, Therapist; Erin Stup, Special Education Teacher; Molly Howser and Marsha Grosinger, Speech Pathologists; Lisa Caro, Laura McCaughey, and Karly Sites, Pyramid Teachers; Clay Waite, Lead Custodian; Kately Sword, School Support; and Tara Miller, Special Education Instructional Assistant. In addition, Dana Austin was promoted from assistant principal to principal.

Thurmont Middle welcomed Daniel Enck, Assistant Principal; William Gill, Counselor; Jenna Waybright, English-Language Arts Teacher; and Stephanie Strenko, Art/Career & Technology Education Teacher.

Catoctin High School welcomed Jason Lininger, Assistant Principal; Christy Wahl, Guidance; Ryan Lenhart, Math Teacher; Lisa Gadra, World Language Teacher; Scott Motter, English/Social Studies Teacher; Valerie Pickett, Art Teacher; Kenny Garvey, Math/Test Specialist; Linda Brainerd, Teacher Specialist; Travis Neil, Custodian; and Rachel Misner, Science Instructional Assistant.

Sabillasvile Elementary welcomed Stacy Bokinsky, School Counselor and Targeted Intervention teacher; Michael Pritt, Physical Education Teacher; and Julie Swope, Literacy Specialist.

Emmitsburg Elemetary welcomed Josie Greco, First Grade Teacher; and Lorraine Russo and Mary Lopez, Instructional Support.

Thurmont Elementary welcomed Caroline Pfrang, Third Grade Teacher; Rebecca Schimel, Becky Boughn, and Julie Morris, Special Education Instructional Assistants.

Thurmont Primary welcomed Kindergarten teacher, Jill Hood.