March 2018: Vol. 9, No. 8

Youth Art Month
Exhibit Open through Wednesday, March 28

StudentArtIf you haven't yet visited the FCPS All-County Student Art Show at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, hurry over by Wednesday, March 28 to see a delightful exhibit of students' creativity. It's guaranteed to deliver spring color and cheer even when Mother Nature doesn't!

And if you can't get to this year's show, there are lots more student exhibits and dance, music and theatre performances this spring. Here's a sample of high school offerings:

Oakdale HS, April 25
Linganore HS, April 26-27
Artscape, Catoctin HS, May 9

Academy for the Fine Arts Recital, Gov. TJ HS, May 15
Spring Dance Showcase, Linganore HS, May 21

All-County Jazz Concert, Linganore HS, April 7
Band and Choir Concert, Catoctin HS, April 12
Band and Orchestra Concert, Linganore HS, May 3
Jazz and Percussion Ensemble, Linganore HS, May 8
Band, Choir and Orchestra, Gov. TJ HS, May 10-14
Chorus, Linganore HS, May 14

Footloose at Urbana HS, March 24
9 to 5 at Gov. TJ HS, April 12-14 and 19-21
Shrek the Musical at Oakdale HS, April 19-21
The Sound of Music at Brunswick HS, April 19-21
Cinderella (Enchanted Edition) at Walkersville HS, April 20-22 and 26-28
All Shook Up at Frederick HS, April 26-28
Footloose at Linganore HS, April 26-29
Into the Woods at Middletown HS, April 27-29
F-Wing Live Celebration of the Arts at Urbana HS, May 10
Annie at Tuscarora HS, May 10-12

Raspberry Beret Cafe, Academy for the Fine Arts, Gov. TJ HS, March 26
Academy for the Fine Arts Senior Showcase, Gov. TJ HS, May 17

The FCPS Visual and Performing Arts Office shares details at the following link:
MS and HS Theater Events

If you like what you see, thank a colleague whose work supports arts education. Many work long hours to make these events exceptional for students and families.

At most school-based events, FCPS employees are admitted free with work ID!

The following students created the above artwork (top to bottom): Middletown MS 7th grader Grace Lotsikas; Oakdale HS 10th grader Mae Haggie; and Green Valley ES 4th grader Emily Fonseca.

FCPS All-Stars
Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education

Sadie FinneyfrockSadie Finneyfrock is an exceptional Food Services employee.

On a recent schoolday at Thurmont MS, she stepped up when a student was choking and used her training to administer the Heimlich Maneuver.

"We greatly appreciate Ms. Finneyfrock’s quick action to use her training," says Food and Nutrition Services Manager Robert Kelly.

Principal Daniel Enck, shown in this photo presenting Sadie her award, adds, "Sadie is amazing, and we are lucky to have her."



StarsCongratulations to Sadie Finneyfrock and to staff earning FCPS All-Star Awards since our February issue:  Harry Hanna

Know someone who deserves All-Star recognition?

See All-Star nomination criteria and forms.


BEST IN STATE Kudos to the following staff who coached teams that won state championships in winter sports: Ashley Bush, Frederick HS Girls Basketball 3A; Bill Eckard, Linganore HS Boys Indoor Track & Field 3A; Charles Hunter, Walkersville HS Unified Bocce 4; Justin Krop, Urbana HS Wrestling Duals 4A...and to those who coached individuals to state championships: Ben Arneson, Wrestling; David Bly, Girls High Jump; Eileen Chestnutt, Boys 100 Butterfly; Rob Dixon, Girls 55M Dash and Shot Put; Bill Eckard, Boys Pole Vault and 3200M Run; Justin Krop, Wrestling; Scott Motter, Girls 800M Run; Jim Schartner, Wrestling; Collin Schildt, Wrestling; Tim Snyder, Boys Pole Vault; Paul Spurrier, Boys 800M Run; and Anne Zumbach, Girls High Jump.

BEST IN REGION Of 20 FCPS Destination Imagination teams, 13 placed high enough in regionals to compete at the state level. Congratulations to team managers Ballenger Creek MS technology teacher Amanda Robinson, Gov. TJ Middle science teacher Hazel Campos-Braus, New Market ES Advanced Academics sAbbeHarmonpecialist Renee Heeley and Middletown MS Advanced Academics specialist Dianne Thompson. For details, including other schools with teams moving forward, see the online news release.

CHAMPIONS Walkersville HS won this year's Academic Tournament. The team's head coach was John van Bloem; assistant coach was Darrin Drum. Kudos also to advisors from Frederick HS and Urbana HS, whose teams placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Kathy Campagnoli won the Chuck Thomas Award for her significant contributions to the tournament's success. Nick Diaz coordinated the tournament, and Eric Reickel was master of ceremonies. See the news release.

BEEing AWESOME This year's winner of the countywide Spelling Bee is a Frederick Classical CS student whom Harry Hanna coached. Mr. Hanna teaches history and served as the Frederick Classical CS's acting principal in January.

TEACHING AT A NEW LEVEL Middletown ES 5th grade teacher Abbe Harman surprised her students during their field trip to the National Aquarium. The photo shows her talking to students from the fish tank!

OUTSTANDING The Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education and the Maryland State Department of Education recognized the following primary talent development teachers with Outstanding Educator/Teacher Leader Awards: Michelle Keegin, Brenda Kurtianyk, Lisa Long, Erin Miller, Kristin Ratkowski, Barbara Rudakevych and Angela Thomas. Also earning this award were Advanced Academics specialist Patrick Lucas and Highly Able Learner Program teacher specialist Kent Wetzel. See FCPS Announces Nine State-Level Winners for details.

EXPLORAVISION Oakdale MS Science Department chairperson David Friedman coached two students who won the Region 2 ExploraVision competition. Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association sponsor the contest to inspire a lifelong love of science, technology and innovation. See 6th Graders Win Regional Competition

MAKING HISTORY Monocacy MS hosted 150 student competitors at the Maryland Humanities Council's Frederick County History Day event March 10. The day also included free interactive history workshops and a history fair. Curriculum Specialist Colleen Bernard thanks all participating advisors and especially event coordinators Scott Strait and Amanda Venable.

News to Use

Paige TolbardSMOB Frederick HS junior Paige Tolbard was elected 2018-2019 Student Member of the Board of Education. Learn more about Paige in the news release.

32 AND NEW The FCPS Career and Technology Center and the Frederick County Students Construction Trades Foundation, Inc. broke ground for the school system's 32nd student house project. See where it is and read all about it in FCPS Breaks Ground for Student-Built House.

SPREAD THE WORD Please let families with young children know that Kindergarten and Pre-K registration is underway now at local schools. We need accurate enrollment numbers to hire enough staff to teach them! Share the news release.

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In a Minute: March 2   March 9   March 16  

Tweet of the Week Episodes:
LYNX Part 1     LYNX Part 2
Teacher Specialist for Leadership Development Ashley Fisher
Tuscarora ES teacher Dana Wiles

FCPS Fast Fact

FridayJune15Q: How many snow days have we used?

A: FCPS has used 5 snow days, as of March 23. If we don't use any more, the last student day will be Friday, June 15.

The last day for teachers will be Monday, June 18.