August 2016: Vol. 8, No. 1

Employee Essentials
Start the School Year Right! Get Oriented Here:

FCPS will welcome 40,800 students on Monday, August 22.

Here are your links for quick updates.
Some work only from your FCPS-networked computer:

New Faces in Key Places
2015-2016 Retirees
Teachers New to FCPS
FCPS Calendar at a Glance
Full-Color FCPS Calendar Handbook
Organizational Charts:
Superintendent's Cabinet
Division of Academics, Communications, Technology and Student Achievement (ACTS)
Division of Fiscal Services
Division of Legal Services
Division of Operations
Coming soon...
Updated FCPS Faces Directory

Directory Listings  K:\Directories - FCPS   V:\Communication Services\Directories-FCPS
The directories are frequently updated this month. You may want to hold off a week or so before printing a copy.

Breakfast and milk prices remain the same as last year. Lunch prices are up 10 cents. See menus, prices and more.
Become an FCPS Vanguard Teacher! Apply for this new 3-year teachers-only teacher-leadership program. Save the date: Thursday, September 8, 4:30 PM to find out more in the Central Office Board Room.

Update your FCPS FindOutFirst email choices or sign up if you don't yet have an account. Make sure to add your smartphone number if you want text messages when FCPS needs to close unexpectedly

See archived district-level FindOutFirst messages. School FOF services also have archived notices and newsletters. Google Translate allows readers to see them in numerous languages. The dropdown arrow lets you select the time period you want to view from the archive.

New on Try the improved SEARCH feature. See FCPS Fast Facts for updated demographics and more.

It's Time to Choose
Your Employee News

Employee News



The FCPS Employee News service we launched last year is better than ever. FCPS automagically updates your Employee News account with your job category, work year (10, 11 or 12-month) and benefits eligibility.

This allows Employee News publishers to target email based on the work you do. The goal: to save you time by sending only the email you need!

All Employees: Now is the time to choose your Employee News subscriptions: Log-in instructions are on the landing page. Every employee has an account. [If you're newly hired and don't see your account, please try back in a week.]

Subscription choices include:

  • FCPS in the news (See what the media publishes about FCPS.)
  • Employee discounts to stretch your dollar
  • Technology and/or wellness tips
  • Job openings outside your job category (such as teacher openings if you are not a teacher)
    If you are a teacher you will get these automatically
  • Professional development offerings outside your job category
  • Employee accolades
  • Retirement information

FCPS no longer uses a Key Communicator email system requiring an employee in each school and office to forward email.

Employee News is not the same as FindOutFirst; usernames, passwords and news options are different.

Employee News will deliver the must-have notices that pertain to your job. You will only get the opt-in email you choose.

FCPS All-Stars
Achieving the Promise of Public Education

Our 2016 School-Based and Central Office Support Employees of the Year are Custodian of the Year Kathy Baker at Frederick HS (in photo, second from the left) and Central Office Maintenance Employee of the Year Greg McCauley (far left).

The review committee selected them from support employees recognized as outstanding members of the school system's staff in eight broad job categories (left to right): Food and Nutrition Services Employee of the Year Missy Lydard from Brunswick ES, Instructional Assistant of the Year Cathy Pfrang, Bus Driver of the Year Irene Lewis, Business Support Employee of the Year Bob Staples, School Secretary of the Year Crystal Naff at Catoctin HS and Central Office Secretary of the Year Joann Holmes in Curriculum and Instruction.

The two overall winners receive a cash award, a personal day off, special trophy and Board of Education pin.

See the list of all nominees
See the full news release.

Congratulations to all staff earning FCPS All-Star Awards since our May newsletter: Gary Barkdoll, Katie Bittle, Mike Derrow, Jaime Grimes, Shawn Lees-Carr, Patricia Lertora, Michael Moss, Greta Nettleton, Sanna Sayed, Jennifer Shesman, Jon Walton and Kent Wetzel.

Meet FCPS All-Stars featured on FCPS TV since May: Erica French, Dawn Getzandanner, Rachel Rhinehart, Lera Straits and Mark Trice.

Know someone who deserves FCPS All-Star recognition?  See All-Star nomination criteria and forms.


NATION'S BEST New Brunswick ES Principal Justin McConnaughey was named a National Association of Elementary School Principals' Assistant Principal of the Year--the only one from Maryland among 11 winners from nine states--based on his service as Spring Ridge ES assistant principal last year. More

MORE NATION'S BEST FCPS Communication Services won two 2016 National School Public Relations Association Golden Achievement Awards. Contributing staff: Michael Doerrer, Jeremy Eccard, Kelly Gordon, Tiana Haile, Dian Nelson, Lisa Newcomer and Brandon Oland. More

EVEN MORE NATION'S BEST Sixteen students from the FCPS Career and Technology Center placed in the nation's top 10 at the 51st Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championships in Louisville, KY.  More

1ST WORLDWIDE Linganore HS students placed first out of 69 teams in the annual Global Finals Destination Imagination creative problem-solving competition in Knoxville, TN. More

EXCELLENCE The National Procurement Institute, Inc. informed FCPS Purchasing Manager Stephen Starmer, CPM, that the FCPS Purchasing Department earned a 2016 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award.

FUNDED The Board of Trustees for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education Workers’ Compensation Fund awarded FCPS a $50,000 risk management grant for snow blowers, oven mitts, electrical training and safety-related items for Rock Creek School staff. Human Resources also received funds to roll out a safety incentive program with maintenance and custodial staff. Kudos to Benefits Department staff Tricia Riley and to Michele Graham in Finance who wrote the successful grant application.

HUMANITIES Brunswick MS teacher Amy Nedrow was 1 of 16 nationwide to receive a stipend to attend a 3-week National Endowment for the Humanities seminar.

OUTSTANDING Catoctin HS is a Maryland Center for Character Education 2015-2016 School of the Year Award winner for outstanding work in promoting good character.

REGION'S BEST FCPS Career and Technology Center students in Adam Frank's TV/Multimedia Production class won one of two National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' National Capital Chesapeake Bay chapter's Regional Student Production Awards. See the students' winning comedy, Love Shack.

News to Use

NEW STATE SUPERINTENDENT The Maryland Board of Education selected Dr. Karen B. Salmon as the next State Superintendent of Schools. More

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES Apply by Thursday, September 15 for a Gifts for Education Fund grant or a Franklin and Bess Gladhill Fund for Agricultural Education grant to support student enrichment activities not funded through regular budgets. More

MSDE COURSE OFFERINGS Registration is open now through Monday, September 12 for fall courses. More

LYNX SCHOOL UPDATE Find out more about the Linking Youth to New Experiences LYNX School slated for Frederick HS:

NEW BUS FACILITY FCPS has completed Phase 1 of a bus facility feasibility study. More

CONSTRUCTION AND REDISTRICTING Get updates on the Frederick HS renovation, Butterfly Ridge ES and Sugarloaf ES, Rock Creek School and more:

FCPS TV  Watch BOE meetings live or just the section you want to see archived on Catch up on any FCPS YouTube videos you may have missed over the summer! These include Superintendent's Comments, FCPS in a Minute, Tweet of the Week and more.

FCPS Fast Fact

Q: How many Maryland school systems start school Monday, August 22?

A:  Two (ours and part of Anne Arundel County).

Washington County started Wednesday, August 17.

Allegany, Caroline, Prince Georges and Talbot counties start Tuesday, August 23.

Baltimore, Dorchester and St. Mary's counties start Wednesday, August 24.

Harford County starts Thursday, August 25.

Baltimore City and Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Garrett, Howard, part of Kent, Montgomery, part of Queen Anne's, Somerset and Wicomico counties start on Monday, August 29.

Worcester County starts last on Tuesday, September 6.

Find out more about the 2016-2017 academic year statewide.