Calvert Community sheds light in times of crisis


Angelique Gingras, Author, Editor

Calvert High School’s PBIS team is not letting the coronavirus pandemic stop them from bringing positivity to students and staff at CCPS. This pandemic has caused all school-related instruction to move online in Calvert County, prompting many to take part in social distancing. This social distancing strategy can be hard on many who are used to going out and seeing people on a regular basis. The administration at Calvert High School, who leads the school’s PBIS team, has decided to launch a virtual positivity summit, in an aim to lift people’s spirits and bring hope to the community during this difficult time.

The team, led by Vice Principal Mrs. Cathy Sutton, has been an important part of the school this year. They have continued with monthly advisory lessons (For more information on this topic, see “Calvert High introduces positive behavior program” article: and were in the midst of planning CHS’s second annual CommUNITY Day when schools closed on March 13.

Since this time, students and staff of Calvert High’s PBIS team have been an integral part in keeping the community connected. They have participated in raising money for End Hunger in Calvert County and have contributed to Teacher Appreciation Week festivities. Many of their activities have influenced other High School’s around the county to take part in similar projects.

The next event planned is the PBIS Virtual Positivity Summit, which will take place the week of May 11-15. The event has been put together by Calvert High’s administration but has contributors from schools around the county. Dr Steven Lucas, principal at CHS, has been actively working to invite these speakers and schedule next week’s event.

“The Positivity Summit has really turned in to one of the best things we have done this year. The presenters have been inspiring and getting to see their work has been amazing,” said Dr. Lucas.

The summit will feature pre-recorded videos by the speakers and the goal is to have 3-4 of them available each day, where those who register can log in at any convenient time. There will also be interactive activities and challenges for people to participate in as well. The event is open to all families in the CCPS community.

“The Positivity Summit is a beautiful way for leaders in our school system to collaborate with leaders in the community on ways we can have more positive experiences with other one another during this time of crisis. Thank you, Dr. Steve Lucas, Cathy Sutton, and all of the amazing speakers and participants for making this event possible,” said Kristen Ratcliff, Assistant Principal at PPMS, who is one of the guest speakers.

See the attached flyer for more information and register for this free event here: