August 2015: Vol. 7, No. 1

Essentials for 2015-2016
All Your Updates in One Easy Place

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Welcome to the new school year!

Thanks to everyone hard at work preparing to welcome our 40,870 students on Monday, August 24.

Here are quick-links to updates for the new school year:

New Faces in Key Places

2014-2015 Retirees

Teachers New to FCPS

Updated Organizational Charts

Administrator Photos

See Directory Listings (from FCPS-networked computers):
K:\Directories - FCPS
V:\Communication Services\Directories-FCPS
These are updated constantly; you may want to hold off a week or so before printing a copy.

Our new website--best viewed in Chrome or Firefox (or Internet Explorer versions newer than 9.0)--www.fcps.org delivers:

*An excellent Search feature
*Responsive design for greater access via smartphones and tablets
*An upgraded calendar feature that lets you download the system-level calendar to Outlook and other platforms
*A Google translate button for viewing content in 80 languages

FCPS has switched from Pinnacle grades online to a Home Access Center for families and a Teacher Access Center for staff. We still provide grades online for middle and high schools.

FCPS has launched School Cash Online as a time-saving way to collect fees for field trips, athletics, spiritwear and more. The site provides parents and staff 24/7 Internet access and shows the payment/order history.

FCPS is replacing the Key Communicator system with a new FindOutFirst employees-only feature that lets you choose the types of employee news you want. Please select your choices at www.fcps.org/fof/employeenews. Your username is the name portion of your employee email address + dot fcps. For example Diana.Smith.fcps. Your pw is available by selecting "I cannot log in" and entering your username. It was also sent to you via email from FindOutFirst. Instead of using the Outlook Key Communicator distribution list, send system-level items for publication to Dian.Nelson@fcps.org. See the video.

Full-price meal and milk prices for students are up 10 cents. Adult lunches cost $3.85.

Our BOE and staff have set new goals and are identifying benchmarks to measure progress toward them. Goal 1 sets a strong tone for a new school year:  FCPS will equip each and every student to be an empowered learner and an engaged citizen to achieve a positive impact in the local and global community.

Employee Excellence
Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education

2015 Support Award Winners

The 2015 School-Based and Central Office Support Employees of the Year are Kim Morris-Brant and Travis Young (far left and second from the left).

The awards typically recognize outstanding members of the school system’s support staff in eight broad job categories. Then two of the category winners are selected to receive the overall FCPS Central Office and School-Based 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 Morris-Brant, Special Education Instructional Assistant of the Year,  works at Middletown ES and has been with FCPS for five years. Most impressive about Kim, according to Principal Randy Perrell, “are the relationships she has developed with her students. She has a remarkably natural way of simply being with the students, understanding them, helping them to feel safe, motivating them to work, and knowing well each and every student with whom she works,” he adds.

Travis Young, Central Office Maintenance Employee of the Year, supervises the Audio Visual Shop, and has been with FCPS five years.
“Travis’s work has a direct impact on improved instruction and increased student engagement,” says supervisor Gary Barkdoll. “He is a tremendous asset to FCPS because of his outstanding level of service and follow-through.”

Earning the other four awards and receiving trophies were:  School Secretary of the Year—Becky Main (third from the right), Rock Creek School; School-Based Custodian of the Year—Joanne Green (far right), Middletown PS; Business Support Employee of the Year—Dennis Smith, Food and Nutrition Services; and Transportation Employee of the Year—bus driver Patty Goff (second from the right). No Central Office secretaries or school-based Food Service workers were nominated.

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Congratulations to all staff earning First-Class Achievement awards since our last newsletter: Philip Anzelmo, Kimberly Baker, Michelle Baughman, Joan Boone, Louis Bungo, Joseph Cavenee, Michael Copen, Andrea Eyler, Georgina Engler, William “Todd” Eudy, Rosanne Fraley, Tracey Ellis-Guss, Ursula Janisiewicz, Patricia Lombardi, William Long, Kelly Mahn, Erik McKay, Katherine “Kate” Mills, Elizabeth Myers, Kenneth Redmond, Russell Redmond, Aaron Shorb, Richard Stottlemyer, Thomas Stowers, Ruth Travis, Angelica Whye and Valerie Whye.

Know an employee who deserves a First-Class Staff achievement award? Take a moment to nominate an outstanding colleague!

Employee Accolades

OUTSTANDING  FCPS paralegal Monique Wilson earned the local Office of the State's Attorney's Outstanding Service Award in recognition and appreciation of her dedicated service. 

IN MAY  Great things happened after we published the May FCPS Insider. Eleven employees helped 74 students represent FCPS at a Key’s pre-game parade, carrying a paper chain to send a message to the community about the importance of Standing Together for Kindness and the positive "chain reaction" that results. Staff at Walkersville ES rallied around their speech language pathologist when she underwent a double-lung transplant for Cystic Fibrosis; they wore purple for National Cystic Fibrosis Month and green, the color representing transplant procedures....Surgery was a success. Urbana HS business education teacher Steven Howard hosted his class's version of Shark Tank as a fun way to recognize student ideas.

UNITED IN PARTNERSHIP  Thanks to the generosity of Battelle National Biodefense Institute (BNBI) employees, 1,000 students in need received donated backpacks. And thanks to donations from all over our community (including staff), the United Way of Frederick County's Stuff the Bus campaign was a big success collecting school supplies.

News to Use

NEED $$$?  The Community Foundation of Frederick County manages Gifts for Education and Franklin and Bess Gladhill Fund for Agricultural Education grants to enhance student learning through innovative means. The Foundation, which encourages collaborations and combined resources, welcomes applications from students, employees, parents, program areas, departments, divisions and schools for projects that benefit students. Apply by Thursday, September 17 at 4 PM.

NEED WEB HELP?  FCPS Web Content Coordinator Lisa.Newcomer@fcps.org is your resource for all things fcps.org Internet-related and insidefcps intranet-related. If you need help with social media or a specific school's website (other than fcps.org), please contact Web Experience Coordinator Brandon.Oland@fcps.org.

PARCC Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing time for reading/writing and math is reduced by 90 minutes; there are one fewer unit of testing for grades 3-5 and three fewer units in grades 6-8 and at high school. We will share details as they are confirmed from the Maryland State Department of Education. See the flier.

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FCPS Fast Fact

Q:  How many Maryland school systems start school Monday, August 24?

A:  Nine. It's the most popular school start date. Three open before us, and the remaining 12 open after. The only Maryland system opening after Labor Day is Worcester County on Wednesday, September 9.

See more facts about Maryland school demographics.