September 2015: Vol. 7, No. 2

What Have You Missed...
If You Haven't Yet Selected Your Employee News Options?

Employee NewsThere's a place you can check for missed Employee News messages if you haven't yet selected your email options or selected them late. It requires no login.  Just visit and click Archive from the "hamburger" icon at the top. 

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FCPS asks ALL employees to select your employee news options. If you have, please note that there is new category for Professional Development you may choose. If you haven't yet made selections, please carefully follow these instructions now:

Go to:

1) Your USERNAME is your FCPS email name, followed by dot fcps. 
SAMPLE username format: Diana.Smith.fcps

2) Your default password (pw) is typically your FCPS email first initial + lastname + 2015.
SAMPLE pw format: dsmith2015 

3) Once logged in, first change your pw. It must have 8 letters/numbers (NO special characters).

4) Select the USER PROFILE tab (upper left) and SUBSCRIPTIONS.
Click EMPLOYEE NEWS, and then choose the types of employee news you want, remembering to SAVE at the end.

Please don't ask Key Communicators to send email news. Instead send your message through the new Employee News service via This ensures that only the people who want the information will receive it. Our goal: less email clutter and a more productive workday for you...and our Key Communicators!

Employee Excellence
Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education

Sabillasville ES
administrative secretary Jane Savage
is an outstanding professional, says Principal Kate Krietz: "She is friendly and kind to all visitors who come to SES, greeting each with a smile and a 'How can I help you?' attitude.

"Anyone who calls our main office is pleasantly greeted with a welcoming voice...ready to help. Jane is exceptionally conscientious and completes all tasks with an eagerness to do the right thing."

When she worked at Central Office, Jane also served on the committee that prepared the CO Communication Style Guide. Peers said she made many valuable contributions as a strong professional and a hardworking and reliable team member. Jane is known for going the extra mile to get a job done especially well.


Since our August issue, there are no additional First-Class Employee achievement awards to announce. FCPS is updating our employee awards process and not yet seeking nominations. Please watch this section in the coming months to learn how you can participate in the new awards process!


OUTPACING MARYLAND, NATIONAL AND GLOBAL RESULTS  FCPS continues to achieve impressive results on SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) scores, according to results from the College Board.
SAT mean scores:
Maryland 1462, the nation 1490 and FCPS 1540
AP mean scores:

Maryland 2.97, global 2.84 and FCPS 3.13
The percentage of students with AP scores of 3* or better:
Maryland 63.1, global 60.7 and FCPS 72.1

*Achieving a score of 3 to 5 on a 5-point scale AP exam qualifies students to receive credit at many colleges and universities.
To learn more, please see the full news release.

NATION'S BEST Urbana HS made Newsweek’s 2015 America’s Top High Schools list. Over 16,000 schools nationwide were considered. Great work, Principal Jay Berno and staff

1 OF 7 STATE FINALISTS FCPS Teacher of the Year Amanda Portner learned recently that she is among 7 finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year! Find out more about this amazing teacher.

31stStudentHomeHOUSE #31 Our Career & Technology Center students are at work on the 31st FCPS student-built home in Frederick County. Follow the students in action online.  Also at the CTC, student inventors are working to secure an MIT grant to fund a project that could affect millions in the poorest parts of the world. Watch the news and see how.

CHARACTER COUNTS The Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson University named Twin Ridge ES a 2014-2015 School of the Year. Congratulations to Principal Sue Gullo and staff for excellent work in promoting good character.

$10,000  Myersville ES won a $10,000 Dominion Foundation grant to enrich student learning. First grade teacher Michelle Carpenter and fifth grade teacher Melissa Hargreaves wrote the successful grant proposal under Principal Kathy Swire's leadership. For details, please see the full news release.

News to Use

NEW FACES IN KEY PLACES Maryland State Superintendent Dr. Lillian Lowery has resigned to accept a position in Ohio as president and CEO of FutureReady Columbus. The State Board has appointed Jack R. Smith, Ph.D., as Interim State Superintendent to serve the remainder of the term, until June 30, 2016. Here is link to more information:

Closer to home, please congratulate Jamie Aliveto on her promotion to System Accountability and School Improvement director, effective September 16.

COUNT US IN It's Attendance Awareness Month. Here's a link to resources you may wish to use:

A REMARKABLE WOMAN Ava Maria Whittemore grew up attending FCPS. Hers was the first African American family to integrate Walkersville schools when FCPS closed the segregated Lincoln School. After graduating college, Maria returned to FCPS in 1971 to teach. Her education mission continued here for more than 40 years until her death from cancer on September 1 this year. Maria's most recent position was minority achievement coordinator, and her passion for the work could not be overstated. Colleagues wishing to donate to this cause in her honor may send a check payable to SAM's Kids with a note specifying that the funds are for Eliminating Achievement Gaps, Inc. (or EAG) in Maria's memory: 5115 Pegasus Court, Suite A, Frederick, MD 21704.  

SEE OUR VIDEOS for Hispanic Heritage Month and more:

In a Minute   Off the Cuff: A Successful Community Night and The Great Frederick Fair!

FCPS Fast Fact

Q:  Do you know how to upload dates in the FCPS Calendar Handbook to your Outlook calendar?

A:  It's easy from the new and improved website. From the page, go to Resources and select Download the calendar to your app for step-by-step instructions.