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      September 8, 2020 is the first day of school for the GCPS students.

      The GCPS central office will be closed to the public until further notice. Anyone with a question or concern may contact public.info@garrettcountyschools.org, and you will receive a response.

      There have been 267 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County.

      Please continue to check our website and the GCPS Coronavirus Updates page for more information.

      Announcement: The Garrett County Board of Education voted last evening, November 10, 2020, to move students to a red, fully virtual learning model beginning Thursday, November 12, 2020, and continuing until at least Thursday, December 10, 2020. GCPS is also cancelling all in-person extra-curricular activities, athletic events, and practices effective immediately.


      Elementary School

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      Crellin Elementary School
      115 Kendall Drive
      Crellin, MD 21550
      Phone 301.334.4704

      Crellin Elementary School

      Photo of students and staff receiving recognition from the GCBOE


      Crellin Elementary Title I Brochure


      Crellin Elementary Family Handbook


      2019-2020 Bus Schedule:
      Specific stop times can be found on the Garrett County Board of Education web page under Transportation. The new arrival and departure times to and from Crellin are as follows:
      Bus 35: Drop Off: 8:05 Pick Up: 3:35
      Bus 79: Drop Off: 8:05 Pick Up: 3:35

      Private Transportation: Drop Off: 7:45-8:00 Pick Up: 3:20-3:30

      Office Hours During Closure

      To ensure that during this time of school closures you are able to contact your child's teacher we have set up office hours. Please reach out to any of us if you need assistance.
      Susan Friend 9:30-10:30 and 6:00-7:00
      Karen Gilpin 10:00-11:00 and 6:00-7:00
      Linda Stephens. 1:00-3:00
      Hannah Crabtree 10:00-11:00 and 6:00-7:00
      Amanda Mayne MWF 8:30-9:30 and 4:00-5:00. T/TH 8:30-9:30 and 2:00-3:00
      Carrie Hordubay. 9:00-10:00 and 6:00-7:00
      Jen Rohrbaugh 10:00-11:00 and 2:00-3:00
      Tammy Blythe 10:00-2:00
      Brittany German 9:00-10:00 and 6:00-7:00
      Heather Roth 9:00-10:00 and 6:00-7:00
      Dana McCauley - 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
      You can contact through Reminds or email to set up a call.
      The Crellin Pledge

      I pledge to myself, my family, and my school that I will: Follow all school rules, take responsibility for my work and my actions, and show respect for myself and others. I will strive to be the best person I can be.

      Mission Statement

      Our mission is to educate our students by providing meaningful experiences in a nurturing environment so that they may grow into productive members of society.

      Vision Statement

      • To be the hub of the community where families and individual know they belong
      • To create an atmosphere where people’s talents and strengths are utilized and appreciate
      • To build a sense of community and shared identity



      Flyer for Wings of a Dove premiere!
      A locally produced documentary, WINGS OF A DOVE will be premiering at Garrett 8 Cinemas on September 14 at 9:30AM. The documentary dives into a special project at Crellin Elementary School where the students, teaching staff, and volunteers joined together to build their own set of steel drums to expand their music program. Under the guidance of Kevin Martin, the school breaks new ground by building the instruments, learning to play them, and maintaining them using specialized tuning equipment.
      Crellin Elementary School teaching principal, Dana McCauley developed an earlier working relationship with Martin this year after inviting him in January to teach her school’s students how to play the steel drums. Martin recently located his factory, Rockcreek Steel Drums, to Ocean City, Maryland where he makes the instruments as part of his teaching and musical performing career. He is one of roughly 100 steel drum makers worldwide, so bringing this specialized art form to Crellin was both unique and inspiring, according to McCauley.
      “Kevin and I clicked right away,” said McCauley. “He understood the way we teach at Crellin and he quickly became part of our teaching family.”
      Music teacher, Heather Roth couldn’t agree more. “I was so impressed with how Kevin patiently worked with each and every student when they were learning to play the steel drums.” Roth had already launched Rhythm & Rubbish with the Crellin students which uses simple percussion instruments made from trash cans, road signs, and anything that will make a percussive noise. “I was thrilled to find out he was coming back to help us build our own drums so we can expand our current music program for the kids.”
      Throughout the week, Martin led workshops in building the instruments from industrial metal drums that were generously donated to the school. What he referred to as “The Crellin Steel Drum Factory”, Martin helped students, teachers, and volunteers set up stations to hammer barrels, cut out stands, shape the notes, and tune each drum so they would be concert-ready by weeks-end. All the while, Martin also led classes instructing students and teachers to perform several songs for a Friday concert.
      “I was so impressed with how organized and methodical Kevin’s process was,” said Roth. “He had the steps figured out and timed to get everything accomplished in such a short period of time.” The schedule was ambitious to build 15 steel drums in just five days. Martin brought his own set of steel drums on which students could practice and rehearse while their own set was being manufactured.
      “This was an amazing experience for all of us at Crellin,” said McCauley. “Everyone really stepped up to make this happen.” McCauley expressed gratitude for all the volunteers and donations that made the week possible. Samantha Funding the Arts, Railey Mountain Vacations, Metikki, and several individuals all donated their time, money, and talent to see the program through to the end. “Volunteerism is a hallmark at Crellin,” she continues. “Without our parent and community support, none of the ambitious things we do would be possible.”
      Documenting the program was not part of McCauley’s original plan, however, last Fall, Mark Stutzman, President of Engage Mountain Maryland, contacted her about shooting a short video to share the school’s agricultural program. He wanted it to be part of the RAISED ON RURAL video series on the nonprofit’s YouTube channel. “I heard what they were doing and found it fascinating,” said Stutzman. “Experiential learning is something that can be difficult to work into mandated school rigors so I wanted to see how Dana was doing it, and with such success.”
      At the time the two first made contact, the growing season was coming to a close and video opportunities were fading. McCauley said she would contact Stutzman if something popped up that would be of special interest. The steel drum workshop filled the bill and gave new purpose to the original video concept.
      "When I got to the school and began the initial interviews, I realized this story was much bigger than my usual ten to fifteen-minute short stories,” explained Stutzman. “Each day something new was unfolding so I just kept coming back to record the process.” In total, Stutzman said he had roughly four hours of video to sort through. “At that point, I realized I had enough content to tell a much bigger story.”
      The final edits resulted in a 90-minute feature-length raw documentary that follows the process of building the steel drums as well as what happens at Crellin Elementary School on a daily basis. “After seeing the film,” says McCauley, “I realized it was about so much more than building drums. It’s about supporting each other, community, philosophies about teaching, and a passion for learning.”
      The morning showtime at Garrett 8 Cinemas will allow all 134 Crellin students to attend the premier as a field trip outing. “We want to invite everyone to attend but especially educators and those interested in arts education,” said Roth. “Music is a special way of connecting with students. There’s a lot we learned in that one short week that I'm anxious for others to see."
      The film is free to download at EngageMMD.org/wings

      Crellin Elementary School Featured on" Schools That Work" by Edutopia

      Watch the four videos that show what is happening at Crellin!



      Click the links below to read case studies and articles about Crellin Elementary.


      Intel Education Boost Science Learning and Exploration at Crellin Elementary School

      Schools That Change Communities (a PBS Documentary featuring CES)

      When the Community Becomes the Classroom

      Swimming Upstream Against the Current: Changing the School Improvement Paradigm