February 2017: Vol. 8, No. 7

Coming Soon: Youth Art Month
Add a Smile to Your Day

LilyPadArtWater lilies and lotus flowers are not yet BirdArtblooming in Carroll Creek, and birds are still returning to the scene, but you can add a smile to your day with a visit to take in their colorful inspiration at the All-County Student Art Exhibit, opening soon at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center.

This delightful, annual treat is free to visitors starting Saturday, March 4 at the opening reception, 3-5 PM, and continuing through Sunday, March 26 at 40 S. Carroll Street in downtown Frederick. Regular hours are 9-5; the exhibit is also open evenings when classes are held at the center. For the evening schedule, call 301-698-0656 or visit http://delaplaine.org/

FCPS celebrates Youth Art Month and Music in Our Schools Month in March. Your Calendar Handbook months pages list additional observances coming soon.

A Whittier ES 2nd grader in Cynthia Wetzel's class last year created the construction paper and yarn Wild Life piece featured here (left), and a Walkersville HS 10th grader in Heather McFadden's class last year created the ceramic art featured at right. Photos of both pieces are in this year's Calendar Handbook, having appeared in last year's All-County exhibit.

FCPS All-Stars
Achieving the Promise of Public Education

SannaSayedA colleague at Urbana MS nominated social studies teacher and department chair Sanna Sayed for the FCPS All-Star Award. Principal Peter Daddone says, "She is an amazing choice."

Ms. Sayed develops exceptional rapport with her students. She excels in teaching cultural proficiency in her classroom, and co-workers affirm that her leadership is extremely supportive and effective.

Beyond these duties, Ms. Sayed has chaired her school's Yearbook Committee, and she serves as co-advisor for the Muslim Student Association.

She is a stellar example of a teacher who achieves FCPS Aspirational Goal 5, to promote a culture fostering wellness and civility for students and staff, and to foster their personal well-being and health through increased awareness and engagement.

StarsCongratulations to Ms. Sayed and to other staff earning FCPS All-Star Awards: Jennifer Bingman, Erika Deane, Emily Mitchell, Hannah Parlamann, Jennifer Price, Rebecca Remsburg and Hope Seezox.

Meet the newest FCPS All-Stars featured on video: West Frederick MS media specialist Kate Flynn, Urbana ES music teacher Susan Leftwich and FCPS Career and Technology Center cosmetology teacher Omega Phillips

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


ValentinesCARING New Market ES wrapped up its Pennies for Patients campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, gathering over $5,900 this year. As a fundraiser goal reward, Principal Jason Bowser joined teachers Cole Lauber and Rich Rochford, school counselor Chris Tressler, user support specialist Michael Lok and custodians Roy Baugher and Bryan Curtis in getting their heads shaved with assistance from a 5th grade student battling cancer. See a photo. Read more in The Frederick News-Post.

VALENTINES Lincoln ES students prepared Hearts of Valor valentines for their local first responders.

NOMINATED FCPS boasts 7 of the 25 nominees for the Maryland Association of School Librarian's 2017 Maryland School Librarian of the Year Award: Ann Duncan, Walkersville MS; Laura Hicks, Frederick HS; Emily Nauman, Monocacy ES; Brittany Nuse, Valley ES; Maria O'Toole, Carroll Manor ES; Renate Owen, Oakdale HS; and Jennifer Shesman, Thurmont MS. This just in: Maria O'Toole is 1 of the 5 finalists! MASL will announce the winner in May.

MATHLETES Coaches David Erb and Nick Diaz are proud of their Urbana MS team for placing 1st in regional MATCHCOUNTS competition. A West Frederick MS student placaed 1st in individual competition; his coach: Richard Milauskas. Next up: State-level competition on March 18!

FITNESS Secondary Health and Physical Education curriculum specialist Brian Griffith and Athletics supervisor Kevin Kendro helped FCPS forge a new partnership with Player's Fitness and Performance. For details, please see the full news release. See WHAG video coverage.

News to Use

WoundUpCarACADEMIC TOURNAMENT  The final matches and championship are Friday, February 24, free and open to the public, starting at 5:45 PM at Linganore HS. For the first time the Tournament is recognizing the team that is first seeded before the championship; this year that's Brunswick HS. Kudos to advisors Louis Eskuchen and Jim Kelly.  Head over to support your team!  See the full news release. TechFairCars

ALL WOUND UP? Unwind at the 24th annual countywide Technology Fair, Tuesday, February 28, 6 PM-8 PM, at the FSK Mall. In addtion to All-Wound-Up Cars, Hovercraft and the Straw Bridge Challenge, the fair showcases skills that middle school students develop in technology education classes and features a Career and Technology Center showcase, too. Find out more.

WORLD LANGUAGE DAY Coming Saturday, March 4, the popular (and free) FCPS World Language Day event will take place 11:30 AM-2 PM at Tuscarora HS. Watch fun video highlights. See the full news release: Celebrate World Language Day.

KINDERGARTEN AND PRE-K Please spread the word that registration begins Monday, March 13. Early registration helps FCPS plan adequate staffing. See the full news release for details: Kindergarten and PreK Registration.

AFAARTISTIC The FCPS Academy for the Fine Arts will accept student applications for the coming school year until Monday, March 20, with an audition required Saturday, April 1. Open to students countywide in grades 10-12, the AFA offers advanced studies in music, theatre and visual arts. Students attend the 1st two blocks at Gov. TJ HS and may return to their neighborhood school for the afternoons. Get details to share with students.

NOMINATE FCPS is accepting nominations until Friday, March 31 for 2017 Support Employee of the Year Awards. Please take the time to recognize a support employee whose work consistently exceeds expectations.

NO SUBSTITUTE There's no substitute for excellence. FCPS announces a new award this year to recognize outstanding substitute members of our school system. Nominations are open until Friday, March 31 for substitute teachers, longterm subs, special education instructional assistant substitutes and charter school assistant substitutes who take inititiative and demonstrate exceptional skill and dedication. See details.

DISTINGUISHED Nominations are also open for the 2017 Tressler Distinguished Teacher Award, due Friday, March 24.

FCPS In a Minute: February 3   February 9   Full Playlist

Tweets of the Week: Brunswick HS Principal Michael Dillman, Spring Ridge ES Principal Patty Hosfelt and Technology Education teacher specialist for science Jeff Longenberger

February FCPS Proud

ICYMI Here's a link to the #STANDUPTOCANCER video that employees systemwide helped us create last year for National Cancer Prevention Month.

FCPS Fast Fact

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