January 2018: Vol. 9, No. 6

Maryland's Best
#FCPSProud of Our School Counselors

YoungKazioAlbanPhotoKazioPosterThe Maryland School Counselor Association has once again named an FCPS employee Maryland's School Counselor of the Year!

Cathy Kazio at Crestwood MS has earned the accolade for 2018. She received BOE recognition, including a BOE pin, on January 24.

But that's not all. The MSCA also named our coordinator of Counseling and Student Support, Janet Shipman, Maryland's School Counseling Advocate of the Year.

And that's still not all. Kemptown ES counselor Dr. Laura Jones, who was feted at The White House when she was 2016 Maryland School Counselor of the Year, was named 2018 Counselor Educator of the Year for her work with Hood College students.

See Maryland School Counselor of the Year and School Counseling Advocate of the Year

The photo shown here was taken the day BOE President Brad Young and FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban surprised Ms. Kazio (center) with news that she's the 2018 Maryland School Counselor of the Year. On the poster is a photo of Ms. Kazio holding her award as FCPS Counselor of the Year.

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week. This year's theme is School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars. Share your appreciation with a school counselor. Find out more.


FCPS All-Stars
Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education

KeriAnnHensonFrom providing alarm clocks, rides to school and meals on the weekend, to bringing awareness of environmental issues to students, Spring Ridge ES community liaison Keri-Ann Henson does it all!

She has worked diligently to build student leaders who care about the world around them. She has helped students become Recycling Captains, monitoring cafeteria waste to make sure it's placed in proper receptacles.

Colleagues say that Mrs. Henson consistently goes above and beyond her duties to give students a voice and the skills they need to succeed.

They describe her as "a ray of sunshine--kind, caring and always willing to lend a hand around the building."

Congratulations to Keri-Ann and to other staff earning FCPS All-Star Awards since our December issue: Anna Harlow, Michael Moss and Bill Suter.

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



DrTerryAlbanPhotoEXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP The National Center for Children and Families' Neediest Kids program selected Dr. Terry Alban recipient of its 2018 Tom Cookerly Exceptional School Superintendent Leadership Award. The award honors Dr. Alban's work to remove barriers to achievement for students affected by poverty. See the news release.

WELCOMING The following schools hosted a group of about 30 science teachers visiting from South Korea on January 24: Crestwood MS, Frederick HS, Oakdale HS, Oakdale MS, Tuscarora HS and West Frederick MS. Our lucky guests got to end their day at the Earth and Space Science Lab.

PARTNERS FCPS has signed a partnership agreement with The Original Playhouse (TOP). See the photo with Curriculum Director Dr. George Seaton and news release. TOP has six themed educational rooms and an outdoor garden playground. Seven elementary schools will pilot a program with TOP to help students observe the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood's annual Screen-Free Week April 30-May 6.

VANGUARD FCPS began a Vanguard Teacher Program last year in partnership with Hood College to offer leadership-development opportunities for teachers. Congratulations to our 2nd class of Vanguard teachers: See their namesFind out more.

News to Use

MovingForward LogoSAVE THE DATE Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban presented her Recommended Fiscal 2019 Operating Budget to the public on January 4 and to the BOE on January 10. See the recommendations and budget calendar. Share your feedback: fcps.budget@fcps.org Save the date and encourage others to attend the BOE public hearing Wednesday, February 7, 7 PM, Frederick HS.

$500 That's the amount FCPS will pay benefited employees who provide early notification (by March 1) of plans to retire by July 1. Knowing early in the spring what positions will be vacant allows FCPS to fill vacancies with internal transfers, employees returning from leave and/or new applicants, resolving staffing challenges in a timely manner. It also allows the Budget Department to more accurately forecast salary costs. Employees who have already provided written notification of their July retirement ARE already eligible for this incentive. Others should schedule an appointment with a retirement coordinator during February or earlier to complete the Status Change form. See details: FCPS Retirement Notification Incentive  To schedule a retirement appointment: 301-644-5100 or email Mary Marshall in HR.

OUT-OF-DISTRICT For the 2018-2019 school year, FCPS will restrict transfers at 24 schools based on enrollment projections that they will be at or near 100% capacity and at the two new schools: Butterfly Ridge ES and Urbana ES at Sugarloaf. See the list and more.

GOT MAIL? Here's a handy chart that shows courier status when FCPS announces closing/delay color codes.

COMING SOON Fort Detrick is opening a new Child Development Center January 30, with an open house that afternoon. Accommodating 150 children with 21,000 square feet, the center replaces the previous location, built over 30 years ago with only 12,000 square feet.

OPEN TRANSFERS Support professionals interested in a voluntary lateral transfer should submit a Transfer Request form between now and June 30 for the 2018-2019 school year. Details are on the Intranet, accessible from all FCPS-networked computers: http://insidefcps.fcps.org/supportTransfersAFA Logo

KNOW A STUDENT ARTIST? The FCPS Academy for the Fine Arts is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Open to students countywide in grades 10-12, the AFA offers an advanced program of studies in dance, music, theatre and visual arts. The magnet program, based at Gov TJ HS, occurs during the first two instructional blocks only, permitting students to return to their neighborhood schools for the afternoons, if desired. Find out more.

AACHOO! Know the single best way to prevent the flu and how to stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick.

Classmates4Life LogoCLASSMATES4LIFE Please encourage students to submit entries by Thursday, March 1 for the FCPS drug-awareness video contest! Find out more. Watch and share the promotional video: https://youtu.be/p8k1xl5SIY*

ARE THEY VOTING? Friday, February 2 is the last day for middle and high school students to cast a vote for the next Student Member of the BOE. See the nominees and more.

FOR YOU Employees have access to an interactive, online resource with thousands of tools to help you and your family find answers to many of life's challenges. Find out more. Log in to the MyBHS customer portal with username FCPS.

RETURNING Urbana HS welcomes back Principal David Kehne. David Franceschina will stay on there as assistant principal after serving as acting principal first semester.

FUN FRIDAYS Through February 23, catch our fast-paced countywide Academic Tournament at Frederick HS (6 PM all dates except the February 23 championship, which starts at 5:45). Find out more.FCPS TV Banner


In a Minute:  January 5   January 12   January 19   January 26

FCPS Proud: January 2018

Tweet of the Week Episodes:
Brunswick HS
Career and Technology Education teacher John Yoho and senior Brenden Johnson
Oakdale MS Career and Technology Education teacher Shelly McGaughey
Career and Technology Education Supervisor Dr. Kristine Pearl

FCPS Fast Fact

CombinedCharitiesCampaignQ:  How much did FCPS staff donate to this year's Combined Charities Campaign?

A: $50,910

THANK YOU to all who are lending a hand to meet needs in our community!

Special thanks to Communication Services executive secretary Chastidy Thomas for managing this year's campaign for FCPS.