Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban could have skipped a week in her Thursday Superintendent's blog, Off the Cuff. Or she could have passed the baton to a guest blogger. But she chose to take time to mark the many aspects of public education and FCPS for which she's thankful. Enjoy her Thanksgiving blog here and share what you give thanks for this year (#FCPSThankful):
We're thankful to be the home of Maryland's Superintendent of the Year. The photo shows Dr. Alban attending the National Superintendents of the Year gala earlier this month in Washington, DC.
Thank you to all staff who once again have helped FCPS students achieve scores that exceed state and national averages in SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement results! See FCPS Outscores State and Nation for our SAT and ACT results and FCPS Continues to Outpace State, Nation on AP Scores.
We're also grateful for a very supportive community. See Community Gifts for Education to read about the grants that staff from the following schools earned this year: Ballenger Creek ES, Brunswick HS, Career and Technology Center, Carroll Creek Montessori, Emmitsburg ES, Glade ES, Gov Thomas Johnson HS, Kemptown ES, Middletown HS, Monocacy Valley Montessori, Oakdale HS, Tuscarora HS, Twin Ridge ES and Waverley ES. Kudos to employees who wrote the successful grant applications: Mary Bishop, Elizabeth Bowen, Diane Herndon, Laura V. Jones, Melissa Kearchner, James Kelly, Debra O'Donnell, Sarah Shriner, Teresa Stevens, Barbara Stone, Jerry Walker and Vivienne Werner.
"The warehouse was mobilized to re-purpose equipment and supplies from the old Frederick High School, before it was demolished, to other schools and offices throughout the system this past summer," says Roy McHaffa, Warehouse manager.
David Stine, Warehouse foreman (shown in the photo) was on-site to coordinate this operation. Supported by his co-workers and 30 summer interns, he re-purposed over 6,000 items.
Faced with a tight deadline of six weeks, "David ensured everyone stayed on task. This was a challenging assignment, given the fact that for most of the interns this was their first job. Additionally, David had to prepare for our Annual Physical Inventory. Under his leadership, not only was the FHS project accomplished in 4-1/2 weeks, the Annual Physical Inventory resulted in zero variances a 6th year in a row. David’s 'whatever it takes' attitude was on display as he worked along-side the interns and led by example."
Congratulations to Mr. Stine and to all staff earning FCPS All-Star Awards since our October issue: William Beall, George Frye, Richard Gue, Colby McCauley, Marsha Meredith and Dale Miller.
Know someone who deserves All-Star recognition? See All-Star nomination criteria and forms.
THANKFUL Please enjoy our tribute to FCPS-connected veterans: https://youtu.be/FNMrsD_0ZxE
CARING Brunswick ES Administrative Secretary/Homeless Coordinator Cheryl Tregoning reports that the school collected nearly 1,700 lbs of food and $3,780 for local food banks this fall.
BEYOND JUST SAY NO Physical Education and Health Curriculum Specialist Brian Griffith appeared on a PBS NewsHour Facebook Live interview about What works to educate kids about the dangers of opioid use. See it here.
SUPERIOR The employees named here helped Oakdale ES achieve a superior rating in the Maryland State Department of Education's maintenance inspection.
GOVERNOR'S AWARD Advanced Academics Specialist Christine Borman-Bozick and the Monocacy MS Criminal Justice Club earned Governor's Crime Prevention Awards for their work with Frederick City Police Department Officer First Class Christopher Herman in exposing students to criminal justice fields and fostering positive relationships with the School Resource Officer. See the news release.
HEROES Walkersville MS language arts teacher Victoria Love and Shannon Byrnes Stone (who also taught language arts there before becoming Catoctin HS counselor) won a $2,000 grant to support the Courageous Person Podcast program. Through VOYA's Unsung Heroes Grant Program, the funding celebrates educators who make a difference in their students’ lives by bringing innovation into their classrooms. The award recognized 100 outstanding educators from 1,500 applications nationwide. For more information, visit unsungheroes.com. See the photo (left to right: Walkersville MS Principal Stacey Hiltner, teacher Victoria Love and VOYA representatives Doug Peters and James Germaux).
CIVILITY FCPS will celebrate Civility Awareness Week December 4-8. Please register to hear keynote speaker Daniel Buccino discuss P.M. Forni's book, Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct on Tuesday, December 5. See details with links to the flier and registration site.
WHEN IT'S TAX TIME United Way is offering two free tax programs to FCPS staff who meet income-eligibility requirements.
MyFreeTaxes at https://www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes incurs no e-filing charge. The income limit to use this free H&R Block software is $66,000. Participants will process your own taxes on your computer or smartphone. There is 24/7 tax support to answer any questions that come up while doing your taxes, in English and in Spanish.
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) offers 3 locations where an IRS-Certified Tax Preparer will process your taxes and e-file them for free. There is an income limit of $54,000. An appointment is required: Participants need to call 866-411-6803 in January when the line is open to make an appointment, available beginning in February. The locations are the Bernard Brown Community Center, 629 N Market St, Frederick; Hillcrest Community Center, 1150 Orchard Terrace, Frederick and Seton Center in Emmitsburg (only open for the first 6 weeks of tax season), 16840 S. Seton Ave, Emmitsburg.
APPRENTICESHIP In honor of Apprenticeship Month, FCPS hosted a recognition ceremony for business partners on November 16. See the news release.
DATA PRIVACY FCPS continues ongoing activities to strengthen IT security and privacy measures. See the news release.
COLLEGE READINESS FCPS is partnering with College Readiness Mission to help students fulfill their goals. The partnership also provides staff resources. See the news release.
IF YOU HURRY There's still time to turn in your Combined Charities Campaign form. Please do this as soon as possible to make a difference in Frederick County!
ROCK CREEK SCHOOL Site selection is underway to replace the Rock Creek School at one of seven possible sites, six of which are at current school campuses. See the details.
$$$ The FCPS Community Budget Forum is Wednesday, December 6, 7 PM, Board Room. See this year's budget calendar.
SNOW Unless snow is in the forecast sooner, FCPS will publish reminders to ALL FindOutFirst subscribers and staff on Thursday, November 30 about our snow procedures. The message will have links to updated fliers. Please make sure to include snow dates for all events you plan through March.
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Q: When will the BOE determine the 2018-2019 School Year calendar?
A: The BOE is gathering feedback on the draft proposed calendar posted at www.fcps.org/calendar through Monday, December 4. Staff feedback is welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org (using the subject line Calendar Comments for SY 2018-19). The Board will discuss the proposed calendar at its regular meeting Wednesday, December 13.