April 2012: Vol. 3, No. 9

Important Calendar News
G8 Summit and Last Day of School
 
G8MapThe 38th Group of 8 summit is coming to Camp David in Frederick County on
May 18-19. It was originally to occur alongside the NATO summit, which begins
May 20, in Chicago.
 
FCPS is closing schools for students Friday, May 18, at the Sheriff's request. Staff should expect traffic congestion as well as the possibility of crowds, increased security and international media presence throughout the county as President Obama and world leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom arrive to and depart from Frederick County.
 
“I would rather be cautious and play it safe going into this event, than have a regret later,” Sheriff Jenkins said. He commended FCPS for the decision to close for students.
 
FridayJune8Once FCPS received notice from the Maryland State Department of Education that our May 18 closure would not require a make-up day for students, FCPS announced that the last day of this school year is Friday, June 8 for students and Monday, June 11 for teachers. 
 
Thanks to a light winter, FCPS did not use any of the 5 snow days included in our original calendar. This changed our last student school day from June 15 to June 8 and our last teacher day from June 18 to June 11.
 
P.S. FCPS will implement a 4-day workweek this summer, beginning the week of June 18 and returning to the regular, 5-day workweek Monday, August 13. Employees who would normally work a 5-day week in the summer will work longer hours Mondays-Thursdays to make up Friday hours. The exception is the week of Independence Day, when all employees will have a holiday on Wednesday, July 4 and work regular, “non-extended” days Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  More (from FCPS-networked computers only)
First-Class Leadership and Service
Your Work Makes Us Proud
AndyBrownUrbana HS social studies teacher Andy Brown would give the shirt off his back for a student in need. He did give away his belt to a student who couldn't afford one.
 
Here's what a fellow social studies teacher at Urbana HS wrote when he submitted Andy's name for First-Class Employee recognition.
 
A student walked by in the hallway wearing baggy pants that revealed his underwear. Andy asked the young man to pull up his pants. The next day the same student was wearing the same baggy pants with his underwear showing. Andy took him aside and shared the BOE policy regarding dress code. At this point the student said he could not afford a belt. Andy gave his to the student to keep, with the expectation that the student would be properly attired from then on.  Andy said that although the student had experienced a rough life up until now, he had one stroke of luck:  He was now at Urbana where standards are high and parents, students and teachers care about him. The student put on the belt and went to his next class, knowing that a teacher, whom he did not even know until then, took the time to care.
 
 
BlueRibbonCongratulations to other staff earning First-Class Employee awards since our last issue:  Susan Bloom, Philip Caruso, James Dewar, Juris Eyler, Elizabeth Geerlings, Kristina Grote, Sarah Gue, Brian Hood, Sharon Knoll, Stacie Lewis, Susan Lucas, Mary Malone, Hope Miller, Michael Moore, Sheri Murphy, Crystal Naff, Timothy Neal, Laura Olsen, Dena O’Neill, Jamie Pryor, Margaret Remsburg, Diane P. Roberts, Denise Steingrebe, Kimberly Stewart, Mary Trapane, Paula Uthe, Christa Williams, Rickey Wisner and Lisa Young.
***Accolades***
 
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AWARDS Thurmont PS Principal Debra Myers (left, surrounded by students) is this year's Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leader (see photo and video).
 
 
Urbana HS art teacher Deborah Winkles (right) is our county's Washington Post Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year (see photo and  video).
 
For more, please scroll to the related news releases online.
 
 
NEW FACES IN KEY PLACES  FCPS announces the appointments of Dr. Stacey Adamiak to principal at Flexible Evening HS, Giuseppe Di Monte to principal at the Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School and Kristine Pearl to Career and Technology Education supervisor. In addition, Kimberly Mazaleski is promoted to elementary science curriculum specialist, Eric Phillips is promoted to elementary social studies curriculum specialist, and Linda Civetti is promoted to Professional Development coordinator. For details, please scroll to the related news releases online.
 
DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE  Kudos to Beth Duffy, who coordinated FCPS partnerships with Frederick Regional Health System and Meritus Health, for a widespread campaign at every high school to teach the dangers of distracted driving. See a photo and video of Oakdale HS students launching the campaign on April 11.
 
DISNEY FUN  Urbana HS music directors Susanne Buxbaum, Monika McCormick and Eric Trio led 140 students in Disney World performances this month after successful auditions and months of rehearsal. The Mighty Hawks Marching Band performed and marched in the Magic Kingdom's Main Street evening parade. The school's chamber, guitar and jazz ensembles, orchestra, concert choir and "Soaring Sensation" show choir also participated in a Disney Workshop with professional musicians and staff. 
 
PRIX D'HONNEUR An Urbana HS student in Madame Karla Kulp's French class won a prize in the Alliance Francaise de Frederick for the overall best essay award among 70 entries in this year's Concours de Francais. Students in Dragana Blonder, Nicole Boudart, Jessica McGinty and Teresa Wilson's French classes also won prizes.
 
 
MoMSQuiltGIVING Monocacy MS students worked after school with Career and Technology Center instructional assistant Dawn Franzese (back row) to make quilts for children of incarcerated parents. In addition, CTC students made about 10 quilts. Family Involvement coordinator Shari Ostrow Scher (far left) and others give out these quilts with other items for the children and their caregivers. "The quilts are a perfect addition to the reversible blankets that Ballenger Creek MS students have made," Shari said. Photos + More
 
GOLD STANDARD Four more teachers recently joined the ranks of 47 FCPS teachers who have earned National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification, the “gold standard” for teaching excellence: Kate Ehrlich, Julia Keeney, Karey Mattingly and Scott McIntosh.
 
EXCELLENT X 2 FCPS earned two awards this year for outstanding FY11 financial reporting: the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting--the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting--and the Association of School Business Officials International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting. Fiscal Services executive director Leslie Pellegrino commends all staff who contributed to this achievement. For details, please scroll to the related news releases online.
 
GOING VIRALThe SkillsUSA Champions summer edition features Going Viral: Their Work Saves Lives about the FCPS Career and Technology Center's Biomedical Sciences program that Kathy Koops teaches.
 
FIRED UP FOR READING Windsor Knolls MS media specialist Mary Clardy coordinated the Radical Readers Program in which 3 students won awards and prizes, including a Kindle Fire! The Maryland State Education Association helped sponsor the program.

TOP REGIONAL AWARD Communication Services executive director Marita Loose recently won her second Mariner Award from the National School Public Relations Association's Chesapeake Chapter (CHESPRA). The annual award honors one CHESPRA member from the four-state region, which includes Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, for outstanding professionalism and integrity in school public relations and contributions that advance school communications in and beyond the local district. Marita received a memento that represents a ship’s compass, symbolizing excellent leadership in setting a positive direction for the school public relations profession.

News to Use
SURVEY SAYS... See the 2012 Calendar Handbook Survey Results. Taking nearly 2,700 responses into account, FCPS will continue to provide a print copy to each employee and student. The 2012-13 edition will ask families with more than one FCPS student to please return any extra copies for the school's use. To keep costs down, please consider this when submitting quanitity requests to Peggy Ballew in Communication Services.
 
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Speaking of a survey, every two years FCPS invites parents and school-based certified staff to respond to parallel surveys about how well schools include family and community involvement in education. This survey generates school-specific data for School Improvement Teams and is part of the FCPS Master Plan. Please encourage parents to participate from a link FCPS will post on our Web home page May 2-16.  If you are a certified school-based employee, please take the survey from a link your principal will provide via e-mail on May 2.
 
LillianLoweryNEW SUPERINTENDENT Read all about Maryland's new Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian M. Lowery (right). Dr. Lowery has been Delaware's Secretary of Education since 2009. She was also the Christina School District in New Castle County, DE Superintendent for three years and served as an assistant superintendent in Fairfax County, VA and an area administrator in Fort Wayne, IN. She has also served as a high school principal and assistant principal, and as minority student achievement monitor. In addition, Dr. Lowery taught middle and high school English in VA. She has a Doctorate of Education in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Polytechnic and State University, a Masters of Education in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and secondary education from North Carolina Central University. She is also a nationally known speaker and recognized as a leader among chief state school officials.
 
PARTNERSHIP  Hawaiian Limousines LLC will offer transportation to FCPS students and staff to and from special events as incentives to support student achievement. In addition, the company will provide a 15% educational discount to FCPS scheduled events except during prom season.
 
Deals4UJUST FOR YOU  Make the most of Deals4U, an employee discount program especially for FCPS employees and retirees!  It provides online access to discounts and deals on products and services from national, regional and local merchants. (Think Target, Peapod, Regal Theatres, HP and more!)  PerkSpot, a company that manages employee discount programs for a wide range of business and organizations across the country, administers the Web-based program. Find out more
 
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FCPS Factoid
 
FOFQ:  How many people subscribe to FCPS tweets and FindOutFirst e-mail?
 
A:  FCPS has 767 Twitter followers, and nearly 34,000 FindOutFirst subscribers. 
 
TwitterBirdFCPS provides employees and the public with convenient access to Twitter and FindOutFirst e-mail and emergency phone text messages from the home page at www.fcps.org.