October 2016: Vol. 8, No. 3

Alban Named 2017 Maryland Superintendent of the Year
Praised by Superintendents for Outstanding Leadership, Advocacy

AlbanSuptOfYear2017The Public School Superintendent’s Association of Maryland (PSSAM) has named Frederick County Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Theresa R. Alban 2017 Maryland Superintendent of the Year!

PSSAM President Dr. David Cox stated: “Dr. Alban is a highly valued colleague and a leader in our organization, always advocating for what is best for all of Maryland's children. Her distinguished leadership has led to more Frederick County Public Schools students taking a more rigorous course of study. We are fortunate in Maryland to have Dr. Alban serve as our 2017 Superintendent of the Year, representing the best of leadership for learning for all students."

Serving in her sixth year as FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Alban was appointed to a four-year term beginning July 1, 2011 and reappointed to a second four-year term beginning July 1, 2015. The members of the elected Board of Education of Frederick County nominated Dr. Alban for the award: “Anyone who has worked with her knows that she’s a truly outstanding leader. I’m extremely proud that she’s received this well-deserved recognition. But I’m even prouder that FCPS has such an effective leader working on behalf of our students every single day,” said Board President Brad Young.

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Michael Markoe agrees: “Dr. Alban is totally committed to the students and families of Frederick County. This award just confirms what FCPS teachers, administrators and staff have known for years – Dr. Alban is an amazing advocate for our schools, our students, our teachers, and our community.”

Several community leaders, including County Executive Jan Gardner, Frederick County PTA President Traci Tatum, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce Vice President Rick Weldon, Acela Technologies President and CEO (and former BOE member) Daryl Boffman, Tom Lynch of Miles & Stockbridge, Kate Surdez of AstraZeneca, and Dr. Steve Lockard, Interim Superintendent of Fairfax Public Schools, wrote letters of support on her behalf. Many FCPS employees submitted testimonials on her behalf as well. All consistently praised Dr. Alban’s advocacy for students and her outstanding efforts to build relationships with parents, businesses, and the wider community.

Three FCPS Superintendents, including Dr. Alban, have been recognized as Maryland Superintendents of the Year, the most of any Maryland county in the award’s history. Previous Frederick County winners were Dr. Noel Farmer in 1993 and Dr. Jack Dale in 2000. 

See the full news release.

FCPS All-Stars
Achieving the Promise of Public Education

RobertPhelanCatoctin HS math teacher Robert Phelan (shown in the photo at right) is the sole statewide winner of the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award in the new teachers category.

Secondary math curriculum specialist Peter Cincotta says that Mr. Phelan is respected and admired by administrators and colleagues alike.

"His desire to understand his students' abilities in mathematics has enabled him to provide the best possible learning experiences to students of all ability levels. He has been selected to participate on an FCPS curriculum-writing team and is part of an accelerated-learning process team of teachers piloting new methods of instruction. He is an excellent presenter to his colleagues and is sought after in his school for advice on using technology tools for education.

"Mr. Phelan's 'can do' attitude and growth mindset (as a teacher and as a person) have allowed him to take risks in the classroom that have helped his students increase their understanding of the math content," Mr. Cincotta says.

Congratulations to staff earning FCPS All-Star Awards since our September newsletter: Ray Barnes, Margie Feaga, Deborah Huffman, Karen King, William Marino, Greg McCauley, Laura Olsen, Curtis Orndorff, Kathy Prichard and Bob Wilkinson.

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


WorldMilkDay2016MOO  Monocacy ES celebrated World School Milk Day with former Raven Qadry Ismael and mascot Poe! Check out the video. See the photo at right.

SUCCESS Brittney Garst wrote a successful grant proposal when she was literacy specialist at Crestwood MS, yielding the school $2,000 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

NATION'S BEST Three of our Career and Technology Center (CTC) instructor Phil Arnold's CAD Architecture students earned the Association for Learning Environments National Certificate of Excellence for their 21st Century Educational Redesign Project. See CTC Students Earn National Award.

DEDICATED When power went out earlier this month at Gov. TJ MS, FCPS Network Engineer II Steven Strunk and Network Administrator VoIP Aaron Michaels worked until 11:30 PM to restore it for the next school day. This is the kind of dedication that makes FCPS proud!

LEADERSHIP The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) recently named our BOE member Joy Schaefer president-elect of the association. See the news release.

News to Use

AmericanFlagVETERANS FCPS invites all staff who are military veterans to submit photos for an FCPS All-Star Veterans Day video tribute! Please enter your info here; then email your photo(s) to FCPSmd@fcps.org by Wednesday, November 2.

SPREAD THE WORD The PTA Council sponsors time for the community to chat with Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban. The next opportunity is Monday, November 7, 7-8:30 PM at Crestwood MS.

$$$ It's budget-planning time for the 2017-2018 school year.
FCPS will gather feedback and share information as follows:
  Monday, November 14-Friday, November 18 Twitter Chat throughout the week
  Monday, November 28, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Lunch and Learn in the Central Office Board Room
  Thursday, December 8, 7 PM-8 PM Twitter Chat
  Tuesday, December 13, 7 PM-8 PM Community Budget Meeting, Gov. Thomas Johnson MS (snow date Thursday, December 15, Board Room)
  Thursday, January 5, 7 PM-8 PM Superintendent Unveils Proposed Budget, Board Room (snow date Monday, January 9)

INCLEMENT WEATHER  Make winter easier: Include inclement weather plans and snow dates for events through mid-March. See important information about the Liberal Leave Policy and more in Reg. 400-2:  Closing of Schools Because of Weather, Maintenance or Other Reasons
CHARITY Employees donated more than $53,000 to last year's Combined Charities Campaign. This year's goal is nearly $55,400 by Monday, November 28. Tough economic times make it more important than ever to remember those in need. $10 provides 5 homeless children with a nutritious meal; $100 provides groceries for 21 women and children in a domestic violence shelter for a month; $250 provides 4 nights of lodging for a family of 4 following a disaster. Your donation will make a difference. Please lend a hand to those in need: Combined Charities Flier.
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EXPECTING Employees who are expecting an addition to the family are invited to the FCPS Mommy & Me and Parents-to-Be Family Health Fair taking place Wednesday, November 30, 4:30-6:30 PM at Walkersville HS. See the flier for a list of exhibitors, activities, giveaways, registration info and more. Those who register and attend are entered into a drawing to win $100 in your paycheck! Three lucky benefited employees will be selected!
INSPIRING  FCPS has posted a moving #STANDUPTOCANCER project video featuring hundreds of employees who are caregivers, survivors, friends and family to those who fight against cancer. Thanks to Communication Services Community Engagement coordinator Tiana Haile for spearheading this project, to our lead video projection specialist Jeremy Eccard for producing it and to all who submitted photos, stories and more.
SABBATICAL HR is accepting applications until December 1, 2016 for sabbatical requests for the 2017-2018 school year. See details and eligibility requirements for: Support personnel  Certified AS/AMT staff.

FCPS Proud:  September

FCPS All-Stars:

Amy Newkirk, Middletown MS Special Education Department chairperson and teacher
Carolyn Mehl, Oakdale HS English Department chairperson and literacy specialist
Beth Ann Miller, Gov. Thomas Johnson MS assistant principal
FCPS In a Minute with Michael Doerrer: September 30   October 7  October 21  October 28 
Tweets of the Week with Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban:
Phoebe Barreto, HR Benefits and Wellness Coordinator
Tony Bollino, Technology Teacher Specialist
Kathy Campagnoli, Frederick HS principal on special assignment
Beth Duffy and Michele Thornton, Frederick Community College director of Dual Enrollment and FCPS Dual Enrollment and Bridge Projects coordinator
FCPS Fast Fact


Q:  Is FCPS enrollment increasing, holding steady or dropping?


A:  Enrollment increased this school year by 658 students more than last year to a high of 41,378 students.

This is the biggest single-year increase since 2001.

See how elementary, middle and high school numbers compare and a list of schools over capacity: Official FCPS Enrollment.