October 2017: Vol. 9, No. 3

Breaking Ground for New Students
In Frederick City and Urbana

Butterfly Ridge Groundbreaking PhotoSugarloaf ES photoStudents, staff and invited officials celebrated new school construction with groundbreaking ceremonies at Butterfly Ridge ES and Sugarloaf ES on Thursday, October 19.

Butterfly Ridge ES Principal Dr. Patricia Hosfelt is shown (left photo) with Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban and students at the ceremony. The school opens in August 2018 to alleviate crowding at Hillcrest ES, Orchard Grove ES and Waverley ES. See BRES photo collage and news release, Students, Officials Break Ground for Butterfly Ridge ES.

Urbana ES Principal Tess Blumenthal is shown with FCPS Senior Project Manager Brad Ahalt and students in the photo at the Sugarloaf ES ceremony. See SLES photo collage and news release, FCPS Celebrates Sugarloaf Elementary Grounddbreaking. For the first two years, starting in August 2018, Urbana ES will occupy Sugarloaf ES while Urbana ES renovations are underway. Then in August 2020, Sugarloaf ES will operate with its own attendance area.

FCPS All-Stars
Achieving the Promise of Public Education

Emily Mooney is an exceptional leader at Lewistown ES, where she's worked more than 10 years, first as a classroom teacher and now as the targeted intervention math teacher.EmilyMooney

A key person on the school's Continuous Strategic Improvement team and in the Educator Effectiveness Academy, Ms. Mooney provides professional learning for all grade-level teachers and helps plan instructional strategies and events for staff and students. She has coordinated the school's Family Education Nights, working extensively to positively shape the math program.

Ms. Mooney has also taken the lead for Extended Learning Opportunities. She coordinated and taught summer jumpstart and afterschool programs. She plans with teachers to create effective learning opportunities and monitor student progress, regularly analyzing the math data and classroom practices to help all students reach achievement goals. She and a teacher colleague also developed a schoolwide homework plan to engage parents. 

Ms. Mooney "is passionate about teaching and helping others grow. She meets regularly with new and veteran teachers including special educators to foster deep understanding of the math curriculum. Her approach to collaboration and professional learning is organized, purposeful and inspiring. Students and staff love Emily for her positive energy and willingness to do whatever it takes for student achievement. Emily pursues excellence for herself as well. She completed advanced training in reading and math and continues to obtain additional training to grow in her leadership role," says Principal Dana Austin.

Congratulations to Ms. Mooney and to all staff earning FCPS All-Star Awards since our September issue: Beverly (Lynn) Haines, Penny Opalka, Kelly Reed and Willie Tharps.

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


The U.S. Department of Education recently recognized Centerville ES as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. Centerville achieved this recognition under Principal Tracy Hilliard's leadership in collaboration with the school's entire staff and family and community members, says Instructional Director Mark Pritts. See National Blue Ribbon School Recognition for details including names of our 10 schools that achieved this award in past years.

TOP 15 Our Career and Technology Center team, under CAD Engineering teacher Phil Arnold's leadership, is one of 15 nationwide to win a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant. The $9,100 will help the team create a sustainable water-remediation system for the contaminated well water at the Melka Olba School in rural Ethiopia. See the video and news release.

Photo of Joe BasfordMARYLAND'S BEST The Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) has named Joe Basford the 2017 Maryland PE Teacher of the Year. Mr. Basford (shown in the photo) teaches at Middletown ES. "It's quite an honor to be the sole statewide recipient of this award," says Principal Randy Perrell.

Other employees received awards at the October 20 MAHPERD banquet: Chris Barnhart from Thurmont PS, Gary Burgess from New Midway/Woodsboro ES and Sarah Palmer from Emmitsburg ES each received a 2017 Simon McNeely Award for exceptional teaching with creativity and innovation in physical education. They were among 22 educators who received this award statewide. In addition, Secondary Special Education Coordinator Lauren Regalia received the 2017 Distinguished Friend of MAHPERD Award for her outstanding work in advocacy, leadership and professional development as the former FCPS Adapted PE teacher specialist. See the news release.

MORE MARYLAND'S BEST A 2017 Innovator of the Year Award from the Maryland Daily Record went to the team that launched the LYNX School at Frederick HS this fall. LYNX--Linking Youth to New eXperiences--is a nontraditional program founded on student advocacy, flexible scheduling, business and community partnerships, and innovative learning strategies, allowing each student to develop a personal plan for success. See the photo, featuring (left to right): FCPS LYNX Project Manager Michelle Shearer, Towson University Grasmick Business Advisory Council member Jim Brady, Towson University Grasmick Team member Dr. Leslie Wilson, Towson University Presidential Scholar Dr. Nancy Grasmick, Green and QuatmanWilder photoFrederick HS Principal Kathy Campagnoli, FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban and Towson University Grasmick Team member Dr. Judy Donaldson.

SHARED EXPERTISE Linganore HS Career and Technology Education Department chair and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) master teacher Mark Lastova is presenting at the PLTW national conference in Orlando this month. His topic: To Engineer Is to Think Spatially.

ENGAGING FCPS Family and Community Involvement Teacher Specialist Donna Quatman-Wilder (right in photo) wrote the winning nomination for parent Tiffany Green, who won this year's Nicole Hines Memorial Award for unwavering commitment to student success.

100% FCPS is 1 of only 4 Maryland school systems to achieve 100% superior/good ratings for effective maintenance practices 8 years in row. The number of facilities we maintain far surpasses the size of the other 3 school systems (Calvert, Caroline and Garrett) achieving this success. Kudos to our Maintenance and Operations Department staff and site-based custodial teams.

SILVER Congratulations to Twin Ridge ES, celebrating 25 years this month!

News to Use

KINDNESS The FCPS Combined Charities Campaign is underway through Friday, November 17. Last year, employees came together to donate $53,221. That generosity made a difference right here in Frederick County. If every employee gives just $10, we will reach this year's goal of $54,818. Imagine the difference we could make if each of us chose to pledge just $1 per week. Please respond when you receive this year's materials.Celia O'Fallon photo

NEW FACE IN A KEY PLACE On October 1, FCPS promoted Celia O'Fallon (shown in the photo) to the position of Speech-Language/Child Find Services supervisor. If you'd like to replace the TBD with her name in your Calendar Handbook directory on page 50, please note that Celia's number is 301-644-5268.

PLEASE REMEMBER Plan snow dates for all December-March events. Principals will soon receive fliers to share with families about FCPS snow procedures. Regulation 400-2 and your Calendar Handbook, page 5, provide guidelines that apply to school activities.

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FCPS Teacher of the Year Karima Sharper, special educator at Centerville ES
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FCPS Fast Fact

Q: How many students attend FCPS?

A:  42,204. This fall we welcomed 826 students more than last year, our biggest increase in a decade.

See FCPS Reports Preliminary Enrollment.