May 2017: Vol. 8, No. 10

FCPS Proud!
Students and Staff Excel State and Nationwide

This is the last FCPS Insider for the 2016-2017 school year. As you converse during end-of-school-year gatherings and over the summer with family, friends and community members, remember that you are a very crediGraduationCapsble source of information about the school system.

Here are some facts you may wish to share about our students and staff:

  • While Maryland continues to lead the nation in Advanced Placement (AP) achievement, FCPS students' 3.19 mean AP exam score surpassed Maryland's 3.01 and the global 2.87.
  • The percentage of students with AP scores of 3 or better (on a 5-point scale, where 3 typically qualifies for college credit) was 72% at FCPS (with 4,462 exams), 64% statewide and 60% globally.
  • FCPS students completed an additional 1,036 college-level, dual-enrollment courses. Nine of our high schools made The Washington Post 2017 Challenge Index; at the 10th, students succeeded in dual-enrollment college courses, not measured in this year's Challenge Index.
  • We will celebrate nearly 3,000 graduates in our class of 2017.
  • FCPS students consistently outperform their peers in Maryland and the nation on the SAT. Our mean 2016 SAT score was 1,558, compared to Maryland's 1,456 and the nation's 1,484.
  • Named the 2017 Maryland Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Terry Alban is the third FCPS Superintendent to achieve that title; no other school district has had three leaders earning this award.
  • 99% of more than 1,000 employers surveyed said FCPS students met or exceeded workplace readiness standards.
  • FCPS earned a 2017 WorldatWork Seal of Distinction for innovative programs that foster a positive work environment.
  • We gained another Blue Ribbon School recognition in 2017, this time for Centerville ES.
  • Every year our students and staff earn national and even global-level awards.

Visit to learn more, and scroll to the bottom for FCPS Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, FindOutFirst email links and more.

The back-to-school FCPS Insider in August will provide essentials to orient you for the 2017-2018 school year. It will have updated New Faces in Key Places, a list of retirees, new teachers and more.

FCPS All-Stars
Achieving the Promise of Public Education

KarimaShaperFCPS 2017 Teacher of the Year Karima Sharper delivers exceptional special education services at our Blue Ribbon Centerville ES. She joined FCPS in 2003 and is a dynamic and motivating educator who shares effective instructional technology practices with colleagues, knowing that collaboration is key to all students' success, not just the students with special needs, says Principal Tracy Hilliard.

"Ms. Sharper represents the many excellent teachers who serve children in FCPS. I'm especially proud that she represents the dedicated men and women who deliver outstanding special education services throughout Frederick County," said Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban.

See a photo of Audi Frederick's Dan Gugger presenting a new car with a six-month lease to Ms. Sharper with Dr. Alban and Karima's family.

Watch as the FCPS Prize Patrol surprises Ms. Sharper with news that she is Teacher of the Year. Enjoy an interview with Karima Sharper and videos of finalists Cathlyn Babb, Kevin Lloyd and Carrie Mehl.

See our 69 outstanding Teacher of the Year nominees this year.

Congratulations to staff earning FCPS All-Star Awards: Julie Desmond, Toby Heusser, David Keiling, Patrick Little and Kenny Redmond and those featured on video since our April issue: Deer Crossing ES physical education teacher Larry Foreman.

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


KelliSmithFINALIST Centerville ES 3rd-grade teacher Kelli Smith (left in photo) is the FCPS finalist for the 2017 Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award. To see her award presentation at the May 24 BOE meeting, click item 4.10.

OUTSTANDING Honored at this year's Special Education Celebration: Instructional Assistants Jennifer Ancruem (Tuscarora HS), Leroy Cosner (Spring Ridge ES) and Brady Ridenour (New Market MS); Teachers Melanie Clark (Brunswick ES) and Allison Reed (Brunswick MS); School Psychologist Stefanie Newman; Speech-Language Pathologist Jennifer Nichols (Urbana HS/Frederick Classical Charter); Assistant Principal Heather Putnam (Brunswick ES) and Therapist Karen Twietmeyer  See the news release and photo.

EXCELLENCE Congratulations to the 2017 Support Employees of the Year, selected in eight categories: Cindi Andrews, School-Based Secretary of the Year (Kemptown ES); Mary Beth Fisher, Food Service Employee of the Year (Middletown PS); Karen King, Central Office Secretary of the Year (Facilities Planning Department); Dana Lichtenberger, User Support Specialist of the Year (Brunswick MS); Erik McKay, Central Office Maintenance Employee of the Year (MaintenTerryAlbanAndPhilArnoldance Department); Paula Oden, Business Support Employee of the Year (lead research technician, System Accountability and School Improvement Department); Donna Toms, Bus Assistant of the Year; and Robert Welsh, School-Based Custodian of the Year (Emmitsburg ES). FCPS will announce the two overall winners--one school-based and one central office Support Employee of the Year--at the June 14 BOE meeting.

DEJA VU Career & Technology Center Computer-Aided Design teacher Phil Arnold (shown at right with Superintendent Alban) makes the news again this month--this time for earning the 2017 Charles E. Tressler Distinguished Teaching Award. See the news release.

CLEANMyersvilleESStudents AND GREEN Myersville ES earned a Tawes Youth Award for its 5th grade Citizen Scientist Program that teaches environmental literacy.

NEW AWARD This year FCPS launched recognition for substitute teachers. Meet 2017 Substitute of the Year Pat Carson; in the linked photo, Ms. Carson is shown holding flowers with (left to right) Linganore HS Assistant Principal Andrew McWilliams, Principal Nancy Doll and HR Personnel Officer Anne Paxton.

CARING Kudos to FCPS School Counselors of the Year (shown in the linked photo, left to right): Jennifer Perry (Gov TJ HS), Cathy Kazio (Crestwood MS) and Janice Police (Middletown PS).

GOLD MEDALS Career & Technology Center students earned 12 gold medals in this year's statewide SkillsUSA. See the news release.

2ND WORLDWIDE The Linganore HS team, with advisor Marie Wiehler, placed 2nd in the 2017 Destination Imagination Global Finals improv challenge.

News to Use

EarthWithQuestionMarkWHO'S GOING WHERE? Effective July 1, the following principals have new assignments: 

Pattie Lee Barnes,* Spring Ridge ES
Tess Blumenthal, Urbana ES
Daniel Enck,** Thurmont MS
John Ewald,* Walkersville ES
Tracy Flower,** Valley ES
David Franceschina,** Urbana HS (acting)
Patricia Hosfelt, Butterfly Ridge ES
Megan Stein,** Wolfsville ES
Elizabeth Worch,** Kemptown ES

The following assistant principal roles take effect July 1:

Michele Baisey, Hillcrest ES
Marc Clausen,** Urbana ES
Courtney DeLaquil, Middletown PS
Sandra Fox, Waverley ES
Laura Gilmer,** Monocacy ES
Jennifer Hyde,** Orchard Grove ES
Belinda Pippen, Tuscarora ES
Eric Rhodes, Lincoln ES
Jason Rubeling,** Carroll Manor ES
Mary Beth Smith, Whittier ES

Max Fletcher,** Ballenger Creek MS
Maggie Gilgallon, Thurmont MS
Wendy Gill,** Urbana MS
Judith Hale, Monocacy MS
LeRoy Hand, Oakdale MS
Cindy Johnson, Middletown MS
Brenda Whipp, Oakdale MS         


*Welcome to FCPS
**Congratulations on your promotion!

WHERE FUN NEVER STOPS! The FCPS Earth and Space Science Lab still has summer camp openings for children entering grades 2-8.

FOF SURVEY See the results of the recent FCPS FindOutFirst survey.


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Linganore HS senior Grace Weaver
FCPS Career & Technology Center Teacher Academy seniors Megan Phelps and John Sanford

FCPS Fast Fact

Q:  Can you name the new student BOE member and identify the student's school?

A:   William Anderson, Walkersville HS

For more information about Will and his priorities for the term July 2017-June 2018, see the news release: Anderson Elected Student Member of BOE.