January 2017: Vol. 8, No. 6

Maryland School Counselor of the Year
Dr. Laura Jones, Kemptown ES, Feted at The White House

FCPS School Counselor Dr. Laura Jones was honored January 6 at The White House as Maryland's School Counselor of the Year.

WhiteHouseJonesMichelle Obama addressed the group of 50 state-level award recipients at her last official speech as First Lady.

Honorees also attended a panel featuring Education Secretary John B. King Jr., former Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other dignitaries. They toured The White House and met celebrities before the event wrapped up with a black-tie gala.

See more photos:  Traveling in Style     Waiting with President Lincoln     Jones's in the Blue Room    Making a Difference    Coming February 6-10




In the large-group photo, Dr. Jones from Kemptown ES is second from the right in the second row from the top.

For more, see BOE recognition of Dr. Jones and find out what school counselors do.





FCPS All-Stars
Achieving the Promise of Public Education

JamesRRollinsSrJames R. Rollins Sr. does an excellent job teaching Electrical Construction at the FCPS Career and Technology Center (CTC). He knows that electricity, through the machinery and appliances it runs, touches every part of our lives. From morning toast to evening TV, we depend on electricity—and the professionals who provide it.

Understanding electrical theory—magnetism, resistance and the associated math formulas—demands dedication. Mr. Rollins, who is also a master electrician and business owner, motivates and equips students to become experienced apprentices, prepared for successful careers in the industry. The job placement rate for program graduates exceeds 80%.

Mr. Rollins cares about every student, wanting each to succeed and give back to the community. Humble in doing the job he loves for the past 18 years, he imparts essential values—like the importance of doing quality work—that not only make graduates employable but bring them job security and respect.


Congratulations to Mr. Rollins and to other staff earning FCPS All-Star Awards: Angel Aquino, Derek Beet, Kathy Farrell, Sarah Gunter, Gail Guyer, Susan Pardo, Maria Sgrignoli, Tammie Smith, Jason Wiles and Kathryn Zepp-Imhoff.

Meet the newest FCPS All-Star featured on FCPS Television: Tara Ketteringham, Oakdale HS school counselor

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


WorldAtWork WORKPLACE EXCELLENCE FCPS investment in innovative programs that create a positive work environment has earned national recognition, placing us among 160 organizations in 35 states recognized with the 2017 WorldatWork Seal of Distinction for promoting employees' personal well-being and career success. The overall strength of our work-life programs such as health and wellness, development opportunities, incentives, employee recognition, community engagement, flexibilty and more earned us this national accolade.

ENCORE Once again, theater arts teachers Dorothy DeLucchi and Heather McFadden led their Tuscarora HS Titans and Walkersville HS Lions to achieve first-place awards in Maryland State Thespian Festival competition.
FCPS Proud
FCPS PROUD Enjoy the newest edition of Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban's FCPS Proud. Kudos to all teachers who equipped our students to achieve awards cited in the video. Share what makes you #FCPSProud!


News to Use

MovingForwardLogoPRIORITIES The BOE welcomes comment on the Superintendent's Recommended FY2018 Operating Budget at the public hearing, Wednesday, February 1, 7 PM, Oakdale HS. Watch BOE discussions.

NEW BENEFIT See and talk to a doctor from your mobile device or computer without an appointment as part of your FCPS health benefits. Avoid the hassle of driving and crowded waiting rooms. See details and links to Virtual Visits FAQs and more about how to get anywhere, anytime access to healthcare.

MAGNET Starting January 31, all schools serving grades 2-4 will have applications for the FCPS Elementary Magnet Program, serving grades 3-5 with high academic performance.

IMPROVED New procedures apply for parents wishing to send children to an out-of-district school. Find out how the new annual application process will better serve students. See the video.

LISTED Every year FCPS publishes a list of schools where out-of-district attendance is restricted. Here's the list of schools restricted for the 2017-2018 school year.KeysLogo

KEY PARTNERS See how students and staff can benefit from our renewed partnership with the Frederick Keys.

TEACHER OF THE YEAR Principal nominations are due Friday, February 10 for FCPS Teacher of the Year.

OPPORTUNITY Please share this link if you know a motivated high school student with an aptitude in math and science who might enjoy the Johns Hopkins University summer Engineering Innovation program held at Hood College in partnership with FCPS.
FCPS In a Minute: January 10  January 13  January 27  Full Playlist

Tweets of the Week:  Career and Technology Center Principal Mike Concepcion    
Primary Talent Development Teacher Erin Miller 

FCPS Fast Fact

Q:  How maButterflyRidgeESny schools are in the redistricting study area for the new Butterfly Ridge ES attendance area?

A:  Slated to open in fall 2018, Butterfly Ridge ES is planned primarily to reduce crowding at Hillcrest, Orchard Grove and Waverley ES, but the redistricting study area affects 15,600 students from 10 elementary, 5 middle and 4 high schools. See which schools are included and how you can learn more and participate in the process.