August 2014: Vol 6, No. 1

Essentials for 2014-2015
Updates in One Easy Place

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Welcome to the new school year!

Here are links to orient you with updated information:

New Faces in Key Places
2013-14 Retirees
Teachers New to FCPS
Administrator Photos*

Thanks to everyone hard at work preparing to welcome 40,800 students on Monday, August 25.

Here are some pointers for the new school year:

With more than 5,600 fulltime-equivalent positions that equate to more than 7,000 employees, FCPS is one of Frederick's largest employers.

FindOutFirst has a new format for easy viewing on tablets and phones and a new Google-translation option for viewing messages in several languages. Without logging in, readers can see notices and newsletters in whatever language they select.

This year's Calendar Handbook features a perforated, one-page School Year at a Glance with full-color emergency codes on one side for easy reference. On page 6, some copies list January 1 and 2 as a Monday and Tuesday; those who have that version may wish to correct the page to Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2 or print a corrected version from the above link.

School buses are sporting route numbers for students to follow year to year.

Lunch prices hold steady, while full-price breakfasts have risen 25 cents to $1.35 for elementary and $1.60 for middle/high students. Milk, when purchased separately is still 50 cents. Adults can still buy lunch for $3.75. All schools continue to offer whole-grain options, fresh vegetables and fruits and low-fat choices daily.

North Frederick ES opens in its brand new building, ready to welcome nearly 600 students, with a capacity for 725.  Next up:  the new Sugarloaf ES, slated to open in 2016, and the new Frederick HS in 2017.

Enjoy a collage that shows some of the many FCPS accomplishments over a very busy summer!  For more information: www.fcps.org/backtoschool.

*Available only from FCPS-networked computers

Employee Excellence
We Fulfill the Promise of Public Education

Congratulations to our 2014 Support Employees of the Year, shown in the photo (left to right): Kim Flabbi and Jody Van Der Linden.
 
The program recognizes outstanding members of the school system’s support staff in eight broad job categories. Then two of the eight category winners are selected to receive the School-Based and Central Office Support Employee of the Year awards. The two overall winners receive a cash award, a personal day off, special trophy and Board of Education pin.

Kim was also the Special Education Instructional Assistant of the Year. She works at Catoctin HS and has been with FCPS for 24 years. Her  greatest strength, according to Principal Bernard Quesada, is her complete dedication to the students. She is the ‘go to’ person, never too busy to help anyone, even when she is clearly busy.
 
Jody was also the Central Office Secretary of the Year. She works at the FCPS Staff Development Center and has been with FCPS for 27 years. Jody is a team player with outstanding people skills, great rapport with students and compassion for those who need help.

Earning the other six awards for 2014 were School Secretary of the Year Julie Carter from Frederick HS; School-Based Custodian of the Year Glenn Moxley from Catoctin HS; Business Support Employee of the Year Dian Nelson from Communication Services; Transportation Employee of the Year bus driver Deborah Sartwell; Central Office Maintenance Worker of the Year George Tracey; and Food and Nutrition Services Employee of the Year Debra Velasquez from Ballenger Creek ES. In the linked photos, each is shown receiving the award from BOE President Joy Schaefer.
 

Good JobKudos also to staff earning First-Class Employee awards since our last newsletter: Lacee Andrew, Julia Bianchi, Katie Barclay, Michelle Brammer, Michael Chavez, Barbara Crum, Laura Day, Dorothy DeLucchi, Julie Doyle, Judy Engle, Susan Esworthy, Susie Gaither, Bonnie Gordon, Pat Hackey, Diane Harding, Sharon Harne, Ann Hedges, Kathy Herrmann, Jeremy Johnson, Debbie Kachman, Erin Knott, Kate Lane, Annette Leith, Patricia McClain, Teresa Mena, Linda Miller, Melissa Morris, Curtis Orndorff, Jennifer Orr, Aubrey Pfau, Andrea Poffinberger, Peggy Rice, Edward Rollins, Tamara Savage, Samantha Servey, Karima Sharper, Tracy Spingola, Janie Smith, Patty Smith, Susan Swann, Marianne Thompson, Cheryl Tregoning, Jody Van Der Linden, Robert Viti, Melissa Watts, Ann Wellborn, Valerie Whye, Robert Wilkinson, Jill Wilton and Joshua Work.

***Accolades***

CARING Facilities Services Executive Director Ray Barnes was featured in The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs' Coalition News for more than 20 years of volunteer work.  He started out volunteering at the Cold Weather Shelter and then also served on the Exodus Project leadership committee and the Coalition's Board of Directors. Ray says it makes him feel good to give back and is a pleasure to work with other volunteers.

PERFORMANCE In the midst of major transitions, FCPS realized results on Maryland School Assessments (MSAs) for 2013-2014 that continued to exceed state averages. In elementary reading the statewide average of students achieving at the advanced/proficient levels was 84 percent, while FCPS students scored 92 percent. Elementary math scores were at 76 percent advanced/proficient statewide and 84 percent for FCPS. Middle school reading scores were at nearly 80 percent statewide and 85 percent for FCPS. Middle school math scores were 63 percent statewide and 68 for FCPS. MSA science performance remained 77 percent for our fifth graders and 80 percent for our 8th graders. Up to 10 percent of our students, randomly chosen, took assessments based on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARRC) instead of MSAs.

TRANSPARENCY For the 5th consecutive year, FCPS has earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the highest form of recognition the association bestows.

ESSL Fund RaiserESSL  The FCPS Earth and Space Science Laboratory has launched the ESSL 2.0 Fund to support purchase, replacement and upgrades of high-cost equipment and other improvements that are beyond the FCPS budget. Supporting the project are, left to right in the photo, FCPS elementary science curriculum specialist Dr. Kimberly (Kimm) Mazaleski, ESSL Co-Director Jeffrey Grills, new-this-year ESSL Co-Director Lisa Bruck, Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban and Community Foundation Trustee Lisa Coblentz. To donate: www.FrederickCountyGives.org/ESSL

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED Walkersville HS Engineering Club students achieved a perfect score and placed 2nd in the National Mini-Urban Challenge in Florida. The United States Air Force Research Laboratory sponsored the challenge to design and operate a robotic car to autonomously navigate a model city. “Our students represented themselves and our school very well,” said James Thuman, Career and Technology Education Department chair and pre-engineering instructor. They won $1,000 for the club and competition expenses.

TOP 10  Ten students from our Career and Technology Center (CTC) placed in the nation’s top 10 in the 50th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championships in Kansas City, MO. They competed against more than 6,000 students from across the nation and U.S. territories.

YEAR'S BEST Middletown MS social studies teacher Lana Early was named History Teacher of the Year at the George Washington Library during Mount Vernon Teacher Days. This means her students get an all-expenses-paid field trip to Mount Vernon, the plantation home of America's first president.

News to Use

$$$  Gifts for Education and the Franklin and Bess Gladhill Fund for Agricultural Education grant applications are open through 4 PM, Thursday, September 18. Last school year, more than $8,000 in earnings from donated funds supported student enrichment projects. See grant details and application.

ABC  Sandy Spring Bank offers a Civil Service Loan program to provide affordable financing for school employees' home purchases. Please check the FCPS Academic Business Connection--ABC--partnership directory to find businesses that support education.  Share the directory with non-registered businesses, and invite any seeking registration assistance to contact Emily.Reedy@fcps.org. Schools are welcome to accept ABC business offers and may also make requests of businesses via the ABC tool.

FRAUD HOTLINE  FCPS has contracted with Lighthouse Services to provide a Fraud Hotline for employees to anonymously report suspected fraud or illegal activity affecting FCPS operations. For information from your FCPS-networked computer, including the policy and regulation on Reporting Allegations of Fraud or Illegal Activity Impacting FCPS Business Operations, please visit the FCPS employee intranet: http://insidefcps/fraud/. To file a report, employees may email reports@lighthouse-services.com, call 855-990-0017 (toll free) or use the Lighthouse Services website: https://www.lighthouse-services.com/fcps.

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FCPS Fast Fact

Challenge Index

Q:  Which FCPS high schools achieved a rank in the nation’s top 9% for encouraging students to take challenging Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate tests, according to The Washington Post's 2014 Challenge Index, designed to identify schools that challenge average students?

A:  All 10!