August 2017: Vol. 9, No. 1

Employee Essentials
Your Quick Links for the New School Year

Preparing to welcome more than 41,800 students to 66 schools on Tuesday, September 5, we're all busy!

Here are your links for quick updates to orient you for the new school year.* 

New Faces in Key Places**
2016-2017 Retirees
Teachers New to FCPS
Calendar at a Glance
Calendar Handbook
Organizational Charts
FCPS Faces Directory

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Directories are frequently updated this time of year. You may want to hold off a week or so before printing them.

Meals Breakfast and milk prices are unchanged. Student lunch prices are up 10 cents. Adult lunches cost $3.95. See menus, prices and more.

The employees-only intranet, available only from FCPS-networked computers at https://insidefcps, features Form Finder, FCPS logos, a convenient HelpDesk link and timely news for staff throughout the school year.

*Some links work only from your FCPS-networked computer.
**For bios and more, see the full news releases, FCPS Announces Personnel Changes

FCPS Announces Additional Personnel Changes

FCPS All-Stars
Achieving the Promise of Public Education

SupportEmployeesOf2017PlusOur 2017 School-Based and Central Office Support Employees of the Year are Dana Lichtenberger (in photo, second from the right) and recently retired Paula Oden (in photo, second from the 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, also shown are Special Project Team Award winners and the Substitute Teacher of the Year): Custodian of the Year Robert Welsh, Food Service Employee of the Year Mary Beth Fisher, Special Project Team Award recipient Lisa Newcomer, School-Based Secretary of the Year Cindi Andrews, Bus Assistant of the Year Donna Toms, Central Office Secretary of the Year Karen King, Substitute Teacher of the Year Patricia Carson, Central Office Maintenance Employee of the Year Erik McKay and Special Project Team Award recipient Joseph Walker. Not pictured but also receiving a Special Project Team Award: Systems Engineer Brian Karle.

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

See the list of all nominees and full news release.

Congratulations to all staff earning FCPS All-Star Awards since our May newsletter: Kayla Conner, Christine Hobble, Cindy Morris, Janet Putman, Amy Routzahn, Wanda Russell and Doris Toms.

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


BEST IN THE NATION Career & Technology Center students in Phil Arnold's Computer-Aided Design Engineering program earned the gold medal for 1st place nationwide in 2017 SkillsUSA Humanoid Robotics competition. Other students in the program earned bronze for placing 3rd nationwide in Additive Manufacturing, and students in Adam Frank's Television Multimedia program earned bronze in TV Video Production. Also in the nation's top 10, CTC students placed 4th in Broadcast News Production, 6th in Robotics Urban Search and Rescue and in Architecture and Construction, and 7th in Career Pathways--Arts, AV Tech and Communications and Entrepreneurship. Credit also goes to CTC teacher Diane Herndon. See the full news release for photo and details.

BEST IN THE REGION A recent CTC graduate from Adam Frank's Television Multimedia program won the regional National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Outstanding Achievement in Student Production Award inStuffTheBus2017 the director category.

CARING COUNTYWIDE FCPS Technology Infrastructure's Budget, Purchasing and Support Coordinator Shelly Tribett corrals tremendous support for children in need. We're talking clothing, groceries, eye exams and glasses for hundreds of children. Her efforts, combined with those of our Family and Community Involvement Teacher Specialist Donna Quatman-Wilder and coordinators in each school, helped to put FCPS in the spotlight of the National Center for Children and Families' Neediest Kids Connector June newsletter. See the photo and article for three inspiring stories.

STUFF THE BUS The 9th annual school supply drive was a big success, thanks to the United Way of Frederick County's coordination of many local drop-off points and the efforts of FCPS staff Tiana Haile, Eileen McGrath, Pam Miller, Corrina Nobis, Christine Karzen, Jet Reid and Kristen Spear as well as bus driver trainers Dave Hiltbrand, Brenda Howell and Brenda Main and drivers Fred Babbitt, Birte Bueno, Lisa Ecker, Rueben Flores, JoAnna Golliday, Dodi Lambert and Terri Swartzbeck. See the news release and photo. More.

DISTINGUISHED Purchasing Manager Stephen Starmer received the Special President's Award for outstanding support to the regional Association of School Business Officials. Purchasing Agent Bill Meekins earned ASBO distinction as a Certified School Business Official. Procurement Card Administrator Hope Miller achieved ASBO distinction as a Certified School Business Specialist. See the news release.

GOLD FCPS has earned a Healthiest Maryland Businesses' 2017 Wellness at Work gold award for outstanding wellness initiatives. HR Executive Director Paula Lawton praised Employee Benefits Manager Penny Opalka and Benefits and Wellness Coordinator Phoebe Barreto for their tireless dedication to fostering a culture of wellness for staff. See the news release.

PTA AWARDS The Frederick County PTA Council earned a 2017 Maryland State Council Award of Excellence. New Market ES earned a Maryland State PTA Membership Award. Middletown HS and Urbana MS each had a student earning related national-level art and literature awards, and the following schools each had a student achieving 1st place in the state-level PTA Reflections contest: Monocacy MS, New Market ES, Spring Ridge ES, Urbana ES, Urbana MS and Walkersville MS.

CHARACTER Catoctin HS earned a 2016-17 School of the Year Award from the Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson University. Principal Bernard Quesada commends school counselor Dana Brashear for outstanding work leading to this recognition, the 5th consecutive year CHS has earned MCCE School of the Year recognition. See the news release.

baseballSTATE CHAMstopwatchPIONS In spring sports, Frederick HS's Robert Dixon and Middletown HS's Andy Baker coached students to state championship wins in 3A Girls Track & Field and 2A Baseball, respectively. The following coached individuals to state champtionship wins: Robert Dixon, CJ Ecalono, Chris Heinze, Dave Lillard, Isaac Patterson, Aaron Scanlon, Dan Sipe, Tim Snyder, Paul Spurrier and Anne Zumbach.

SPORTSMANSHIP The 2016-17 Central Maryland Conference (CMC) Principal's Cup winner is Urbana HS (the 2nd consecutive win), and the CMC Sportsmanship Award winner is Catoctin HS. See photos and news release.

APPRECIATED Give a special shout out to the custodial and maintenance and operations staff who worked especially hard this summer preparing facilites for opening school. See Summertime Is Busy at FCPS for more you may have missed if you're on a 10-month calendar.

News to Use

SuperintendentAlbanOFF THE CUFF Check out the blog Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban started in June. Learn her story, see photos, follow today's education topics and more: Tweet your ideas to @FCPSMDSuper.

$$$ Applications are online, due Thursday, September 14, to apply for grants to support student enrichment or enhance student learning through innovative means from the FCPS Gifts for Education Fund or the Franklin and Bess Gladhill Fund for Agricultural Education:

EMAIL FCPS provides two kinds of subscription email services for staff. Each delivers different kinds of news:

Employee News operates with all staff Outlook addresses uploaded from PeopleSoft. In addition to sending required communication based on employment status such as job title, FCPS sends non-essential Employee News only to staff who've signed up to receive it. Optional news includes employee discounts, wellness tips, retirement celebrations, some staff-development opportunities, FCPS in the News--providing links to articles or programs that mention our schools--and more. Log in now to select your Employee News options; follow directions on the log-in page: For assistance, please email

FindOutFirst (FOF) is the other kind of FCPS subscription news. Shared with the public, it's also useful to staff. Examples are notices with links to new FCPS YouTube/TV programs, news releases (including links to Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban's blog updates), BOE agendas and school-specific news. Sign up or update your FOF email choices at While both services deliver emergency-closing email and text messages in countywide emergencies, only FOF will send school-specific closing notices via text (such as during a power outage affecting only one school); to get these texts, make sure your FOF selections include your current school relationship. If you're concerned that you may have missed messages over the summer, view archived district- and school-level notices online anytime without logging in; each school's website links to its FOF service. The archive page has a search feature and dropdown menu that helps you select the time period you want to view. For assistance, please email

To confirm that you'll get emergency-closing text messages if you've entered and saved your smartphone number in Employee News or FOF, text the word START to 878787.

FCPS Fast Fact

Ella Mae RamsburgQ:  Can you guess what year Ella Mae "Fritz" Ramsburg wore this uniform serving in the East Frederick ES cafeteria?

A:  The photo is dated "circa 1954," 62 years ago. At 107 years old, Ms. Ramsburg is the oldest person drawing a pension in the Maryland State Retirement System! See a more recent photo and read a fun history her relative shared with us.

Know someone who'd make a good FCPS Food Service Worker? Please share the news that FCPS is hiring.

Typical shifts are 3 hours/workday with pay at our new rate of $12.50 per hour.

This is a good opportunity for parents wanting to work around a child's school schedule. No nights or weekends are required. Others who may be interested are retirees, individuals re-entering the workforce, folks interested in supplementing their income or anyone who wants to work for the school system and provide helpful service to children. Please spread the word.

Applications for Food Service Worker (Job #3066) are online at

For more information about working in FCPS Food and Nutrition Services:  301-644-5067 or