September 2016: Vol. 8, No. 2

About Your FCPS Insider
A Quick-Read for Busy Employees

Dark blue Up ArrowLook up! Did you realize the tabs at the top of this newsletter are clickable links to employee resources?

The newest, FCPS Voices, links you to a service called Exposure where FCPS social media guru publishes photo-illustrated, human-interest stories about students and staff. Enjoy his fun first-day-of-school coverage. You can subscribe to FCPS Maryland Voices to get timely links to new stories. FCPS has added Exposure's icon at the bottom of It looks like this:

The Directory tab takes you to updates in FCPS Faces and employee directories on the shared K and V drives. It also has new division-level Organizational Charts.

When using the Suggestions tab, please include your name if you'd like a reply.

Check out the other tabs!

P.S. Many FCPS Insider links work only from your FCPS-networked computer.

FCPS All-Stars
Achieving the Promise of Public Education

DianeHerndonFCPS Career and Technology Center teacher Diane Herndon is 1 of 5 nationwide finalists for CareerSafe's 2016 Safety Educator of the Year Award. Help her win $5,000 to benefit CTC students. All you have to do is VOTE for Ms. Herndon online.

The Safety Educator Award honors exceptional teachers who help students recognize and mitigate workplace hazards in their chosen careers. In her Environmental Landscaping, Agri-Business and Advanced Floral Design classes, Ms. Herndon establishes safety protocol early: "There is always time to take a step back from your work and review the safety aspect,” she explains.

Ms. Herndon invites guest speakers to the class twice a year to promote safe agricultural and farm practices. Her students complete OSHA 10-hour training and Landscape Safety training modules for equipment they use in the classroom. They are required to watch a safety video, complete a checklist and score 100% on the test to be SAFE Certified. They are also encouraged to make a safety video showcasing a piece of equipment, and they prepare for their private pesticide applicator license. These practices reach beyond each student to safeguard their future colleagues and the public.

CTC Principal Michael Concepcion says, "Ms. Herndon is very deserving of this award. She does outstanding work teaching students proactive rather than reactive practices. She emphasizes that maintaining their equipment and avoiding mechanical failures will reduce the tendency to take shortcuts and thereby result in fewer injuries. Please VOTE and spread the word to help her win!"

Voting closes Friday, October 7.
Congratulations to staff earning FCPS All-Star Awards since our August newsletter: Michael Shesman, Sam Siebert and Amy Stone!

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



IMPRESSIVE FCPS students significantly outscored their peers statewide in each content area: English/language arts and math, grades 3-8 and Algebra, according to the state's release of 2016 scores from last spring's Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing. See the full news release: FCPS Outscores State PARCC Results Again.

SPIFFY Getting ready for a new school year is difficult work for custodial crews. Making sure schools look pristine and welcoming inside and out is an FCPS priority. For the 4th year, FCPS distributed Curb Appeal Awards to schools where staff went above and beyond ensuring exteriors were well-maintained: Kemptown ES, Middletown HS, Monocacy MS, New Midway ES, Oakdale ES and MS, Rock Creek School, Sabillasville ES, Walkersville ES, Wolfsville ES and Woodsboro ESSee photos, staff names and more.

WINNING THE FIGHT In October, our FCPS All-Stars show will celebrate lives of employees affected by cancer. To participate, send a photo or very short video clip of you being you. You might hold up a sign, appear alone or in a group, wear your cancer-awareness color or hold up a loved one's photo. Please email your submission by Friday, October 7 to

VETERANS All FCPS military veterans are invited to submit photos for an FCPS All-Star Veterans Day video tribute. Please enter your info here. Then email your photo(s) to by Friday, October 28.

News to Use

PartnershipsGREAT PARTNERS FCPS has a proud history of collaboration with our business and community partners. Check out our new Educational Partnerships Annual Report. FCPS signed new partnership agreements in September with the Interfaith Housing Alliance and the Frederick Indoor Sports Center.

SNOW DAYS FCPS advises staff who are planning December-March events to include snow dates and communicate in advance what will happen during inclement weather. Please refer to FCPS Regulation 400-2 and the FCPS Calendar Handbook, page 5, and remind participants in advance that the guideliness will apply to your event. See the flier: Help! We're canceling our event! How can we tell the world?

PREPARED September is Emergency Preparedness Month. Please see FCPS emergency resources and the Frederick County Government emergency resources including recommendations for a basic supply kit. Also see

FCPS Wellness Logo
Saturday, October 1 is the start of a 31-day challenge to help employees who want to incorporate walking as a wellness routine. Find out more!
FCPS posts more wellness info online:

NEW ONLINE HR has launched a streamlined, one-stop shopping service for course approvals, direct pay, and tuition reimbursements:

  •  Eligible employees attending a Direct Pay college will soon receive additional info with an option to participate.
  •  Staff already using Direct Pay will find the new system similar but improved.

See details and instructions:  
Get started and submit a coursework request: 


Tweets of the Week 
Michele Baisey, FCPS Early Childhood Education and Child Find Coordinator
Peter Cincotta, FCPS Secondary Math Curriculum Specialist
Tracey Franklin, Walkersville HS Principal
Keri Grossnickle, Crestwood MS Advanced Academics Specialist
Eric Haines, FCPS Project Manager for Personalized Learning
Steve Raff, Elementary Instructional Director

FCPS In a Minute with Michael Doerrer: September 2  September 9   September 16  September 23

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FCPS Fast Fact

Q:  How many millions in scholarship offers did students in our Class of 2016 receive?

A:  $44.6 million* 

      FCPS graduated 2,872 students; 804 received at least one scholarship offer.
      13 were accepted to Ivy League schools**
        7 were National Merit finalists

*Not all scholarships were accepted; some students received more than one offer.

**Some students earned admission to more than one Ivy League school: Columbia (3), Cornell (4), Dartmouth (2), Harvard (1), University of Pennsylvania (9), Princeton (4) and Yale (4)