March 2016: Vol. 7, No. 8

Collaboration Makes the Difference
Keeping New Schools on Schedule

ButterflyRidgeESFCPS families and staff welcomed the news this month that construction of the new Butterfly Ridge ES in Frederick City, Sugarloaf ES in Urbana, and Frederick HS remain on schedule.

"I am grateful for county leaders and others in the community who recognize our students' needs and work to find solutions to meet them," said Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban. "Our ability to keep school projects on track is critical to the continued success of our students. The collaborative solution reached by County Executive Jan Gardner, County Council President Bud Otis and members of the County Council, together with two local developers--Tom Natelli of Natelli Communities and Jason Wiley of Elm Street--is an important step. Frederick County can now accelerate the state's share of funding necessary for these elementary schools and for the Frederick High School replacement. I also commend FCPS staff for identifying ways to reduce construction costs while the Board of Education joined county officials to advocate for the additional state funding."

"With the construction funding in place, we will be able to relieve overcrowding in the two most overcrowded school areas of Frederick County: the Hillcrest and Urbana communities," said Ray Barnes, FCPS Chief Operating Officer.

ButterflySugarloafES Ridge ES (top right) is slated to open in August 2018 to relieve overcrowding at the Hillcrest, Orchard Grove and Waverley elementary schools.

Sugarloaf ES (bottom left) will also be completed in August 2018 but will house the Urbana ES students and staff for two years while the Urbana ES replacement school is under construction. When the new Urbana ES is completed in August 2020, Sugarloaf ES will open for its new enrollment area.

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FCPS All-Stars
Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education

MelissaLococoMelissa Lococo's 5th grade English/language arts student, Dominic (at right with Ms. Lococo), listed reasons for nominating the Hillcrest ES teacher for the FCPS All-Star Award: Ms. Lococo encourages students to work to their full ability and puts a smile on their faces. She loves helping students to improve. Staff love working with her, especially those on the 5th grade team.

Dominic wrote, "She always speaks to students from previous years in the hall even when they might not see her also. When it comes to being respectful, she gets a 100, always respectful to our school's families."

Principal Kim Seiss was delighted to support Melissa's nomination: "She is a joy to watch in action. She helps every child strive to be his or her best. Her classroom is warm, inviting and highly engaging. My job is easier because I can rely on gifted professionals like Melissa!"

Congratulations to Melissa and other FCPS All-Star winners: Blanca Bobadilla, Jean Dalinsky, Brenda Dodson, Larry J. Foreman, Amanda Glenn, Beverly Lawson, Dave McGinnis, David Migdal, Janine Smith, Marianne E. Thompson and Traci Wolf.

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

Nominations are open for FCPS Support Employee of the Year until Wednesday, April 13 at 3 PM and for the Tressler Distinguished Teacher Award until Friday, April 15, 3 PM.


ONE IN A MELON!  There's a US Department of Agriculture contest underway to acknowledge school systems using locally grown products in cafeteria menus. FCPS rates above the state average in our use of produce and milk from this area. Kudos to our Food and Nutrition Services manager Robert Kelly and his staff. To cast your vote in support of FCPS, visit the Farm to School Census.

YEAR'S BEST The Washington Post announced finalists for its Principal and Teacher of the Year programs. Congratulations to Frederick HS Principal Kathy Campagnoli (in photo with Superintendent Alban) and Kemptown ES teacher Kelly McConville!  In addition, each of our schools has selected a Maryland Teacher of the Year nominee: See the names and photos of these outstanding educators!  

CHAMPIONS  Urbana HS won this year's Academic Tournament. The team's coaches were Del Hayes, Mark Kavanaugh and Barbara Tarrant-Coleman. Kudos also to advisors from Frederick HS and Middletown HS, whose teams placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Cheryl Peters won the Chuck Thomas Award for her significant contributions to the tournament's success. Nick Diaz coordinated this year's tournament, and Tom Kollai served a master of ceremonies. See the news release.

$10,000  Thanks to health and physical education teacher Barry Gibbons's effective advocacy, Crestwood MS received a $10,000 donation for new cardio equipment. Read the full story.

TIME SAVER  This school year, Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban launched an employees-only communication service. Named Employee News, its goal is to reduce duplication of work and to target email that staff previously sent through key communicators. To help FCPS begin time-saver targeted messages, each employee must log in and select the news that pertains to your job. Those who haven't may miss important messages...and also prevent FCPS from having reliable lists to target. Communication Services recently streamlined the login process and choices; here is a link to easy, illustrated instructions. Kudos to all who have completed the process! For anyone wishing assistance, Dian Nelson is happy to help.

AWARD  For their leadership, service and support, Warehouse manager Roy McHaffa and P-Card administrator Hope Miller won the Association of School Business Officials' President's Scholarship Award for Maryland and DC, providing them free attendance the ASBO's spring conference.

TOP 10  Monocacy MS custodian Chuck Arvin is one of 10 finalists for Cintas Janitor of the Year. See the Fox 5 coverage. To see Mr. Arvin's bio and vote for him, please visit

News to Use

Student Art 2016LAST CHANCE If you enjoy the student artwork featured in the FCPS Calendar Handbook, you'll love the two- and three-dimensional creations in the 300-piece FCPS All-County Student Art Exhibit at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center. This spring treat is free to visitors but ends Saturday, March 26 at 40 S. Carroll Street in downtown Frederick. Regular hours are 9-5, and the exhibit is also open in the evenings when classes are held at the center. For the evening schedule, call 301-698-0656. A New Market ES 3rd grader in Lanisa D'Onofrio's class created the artwork featured here at right.

CANDIDATES  Tuesday, April 26 is the day for Frederick County residents to vote for your choice of Board of Education candidates. Polls are open 7 AM-8 PM. The slate includes incumbents Dr. Zakir Bengali and Joy Schaefer, as well as Michael Bunitsky, Lois Jarman, Ken Kerr, Jay Mason, Shirley McDonald and Cindy Rose. Kathryn Groth is not running for re-election.

4-DAY WORKWEEKS Again this summer, FCPS will implement a 4-day workweek. Employees who would normally work a 5-day week in the summer will work longer hours Mondays-Thursdays to make up Friday hours and have Fridays off. There is an exception the week of Independence Day, when all employees will have a holiday on Monday, July 4 and work regular, “non-extended” days Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The summer work schedule will begin the week of June 19. FCPS will return to the regular, 5-day workweek on Monday, August 15. Here is a link to the FCPS intranet* for additional summer schedule information: http://insidefcps

FCPS MAIL  Our couriers handle mail for FCPS and the Frederick County Government (FCG). Please address interoffice envelopes beginning with “FCPS” and then printing the first and last name of the employee and the full department name or location where the employee works (Central Office, for example) with no abbreviations. Before placing an interoffice envelope in the outgoing mail bin, make sure the previous employee’s name and department are crossed out with a dark marker. Please direct any requests for interoffice envelopes to

LUNCHTIME  Food and Nutrition Services can provide field trip lunches for students and supply picnic-style lunches for school events. Students get a healthy meal, and parents don't need to worry about packing a lunch for their child. See the form*.

SAVE THE DATE  The FCPS Health & Wellness Expo is coming Tuesday, April 12, 4:30 PM-7 PM at Gov. Thomas Johnson HS. It's free and open to all FCPS employees and their family members!

SEE OUR NEWEST VIDEOS  The back arrow will return you to this page.

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FIERCE:  Becky Hackett     Stephanie (Bryan) Reich

FCPS All-Stars:  Philip Anzelmo     Helen Golibart     Tonya Street

Academic Tournament Championship 2016         

FCPS Prize Patrol Surprises Kelly McConville, Washington Post Teacher of the Year Finalist

*Intranet links work only from FCPS-networked computers

FCPS Fast Fact

Q:  How many entries did students submit for the Classmates4Life video contest to highlight drug-abuse danger and motivate their peers to choose life?

A:  FCPS received nearly 100 entries. Elementary students submitted about half, with middle school students turning in almost 30, and high school students entering about 20.

See the full news release for winners names and more.

See the winning videos: