November 2015: Vol. 7, No. 4

FCPS PARCC Achievement Ranks High
Students Outscore Their Statewide Counterparts

PARCC StudentWill our students be college- and career-ready?

High school PARCC* scores brought good news for FCPS:  Our students significantly outscored their peers statewide in each content area:  Algebra I and II and English 10. They also ranked 2nd statewide in Algebra II scores for levels 3-5 and 3rd in the state for levels 4-5 on the 5-point scale. 

In Algebra I, the school system ranked 6th statewide in levels 4-5.

In English 10, FCPS ranked 4th statewide in levels 4-5. 

Levels 1-5 stand for Did Not Yet Meet Expectations, Partially Met Expectations, Approached Expectations, Met Expectations and Exceeded Expectations.  Maryland has not yet determined which scores will eventually qualify students for graduation.

Watch for elementary and middle school scores to arrive early next month. FCPS leaders are optimistic that these students, too, have done well in comparison with peers statewide. Remember, the first scores set a new baseline for goals to achieve continuous improvement. The rigorous PARCC exams offer new measures of student readiness, evaluating students' abilities to demonstrate their critical thinking, problem solving and persuasive writing skills.

Congratulations to all employees hard at work every day, setting high expectations and helping our students succeed.
 

*Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

FCPS All-Star
Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education

Gina LidieFood Service site assistant Gina Lidie (left in photo) is a great asset to Lincoln ES, says Principal Kathy Golightly.  

"Gina relates well to staff, students and parents. She also participates in school activities outside of the school day. She is truly deserving of recognition for outstanding work," the principal adds.

Targeted Intervention teacher April Vierra commended Gina in response to an FCPS Facebook invitation to name an excellent Food and Nutrition Services cafeteria worker.

Also named on Facebook were Mary Morgan at Whittier ES--"The sweetest woman I've ever met"--and all the Spring Ridge ES cafeteria staff.

Watch for details about the new FCPS All-Star Awards, replacing First-Class Employee Awards next month!

***Accolades***

NATIONAL MERIT  Students in Phil Arnold's Computer-Aided Design class at the FCPS Career and Technology Center won a Governor's Cup Award and a 2015 Real World Design Challenge National Merit Award, representing Maryland.

70 YEARS AGO  To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, the Linganore HS Marching Band performed in Washington, DC, November 7. Kevin Lloyd, Performing Arts Department chair and director of bands, said, "There is no question that history was made more real for our students and their families." Speakers included Commander Jack Raquepau (seated in full Navy uniform) and Elinor Otto, known as the last "Rosie the Riveter" (seated, far left).

CHILDREN'S BOOKS  Central Office staff donated 350+ books for children who are homeless and/or living in poverty. The donation helped FCPS Homeless Education Program coordinator Cathleen Cullen reward students at each of the area shelters, where she held report card parties.

THREE-PEAT  The Urbana HS Marching Band again won all five categories (best music, visual, overall effect, percussion and color guard), this time at the US Bands Maryland State Marching Band Championships. UHS captured the highest score of the night across all divisions and won the Marine Corps Esprit de Corps Award for integrity, respect and comaraderie. Kudos to band director Mike Harrison.

5 AWARDS FCPS Communication Services won five regional awards from the Chesapeake Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association, encompassing DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Winning entries were Weather Delays and Closings (producer Paul Puglisi), In a Minute (producer Jeremy Eccard and host Michael Doerrer), crisis communication video Message from Dr. Theresa Alban and Brad Young (producer Jeremy Eccard), the Website home page www.fcps.org (redesign by Lisa Newcomer, Brandon Oland and Paul Puglisi) and the FCPS Insider employee newsletter (managing editor/writer Dian Nelson). In addition, Michael Doerrer, Dian Nelson and Brandon Oland presented a crisis communication session at the conference.

Bohlander ToberyARTISTRY IN TEACHING The Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA) presented an Outstanding Career Elementary Art Educator award to Tuscarora ES teacher Kristin Bohlander and an Outstanding Career Middle Art Educator award to Oakdale MS art teacher Kathy Tobery. Pictured are MAEA president Lisa Stuart (right) with Kristin (left) and Kathy (center) on stage at The Walters Museum of Art in Baltimore, November 8. 

$$$ The following schools won Gifts for Education grants to enrich student learning: Ballenger Creek MS, Carroll Manor ES, Emmitsburg ES, Kemptown ES, Oakdale ES, Spring Ridge ES, Tuscarora ES, West Frederick MS and our English Language Learner program. Six more won grants from the Gladhill Fund for Agriculture Education: the Career and Technology Center, Frederick HS, Middletown HS, New Market ES, Oakdale HS and Tuscarora HS. Anyone interested in donating to funds for FCPS may call 301-696-6818 or email Cheryl.Bales@fcps.org.

PROFESSIONAL After meeting the rigorous requirements to sit for the American Institute of Certified Planners exam, FCPS Facilities planner Holly Nelson passed and is a member of the Institute.

LEADERSHIP The Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance honored Spring Ridge ES Principal Patty Hosfelt with the 2015 Myerberg Arts Leadership Recognition Award for her commitment to the school's arts-integration approach, Success through a Creative Environment with an Achievement Mindset.

MAPHERD logoBEST IN STATE The Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance presented FCPS curriculum specialist Brian Griffith the 2015 William Burdick Award for distinctive leadership in his field.

IMPRESSIVE An Urbana HS student is creating impressive resources for people who experience concussions, with help from his AP/IB Computer Science teacher Melanie Elias.

SECURITY FCPS made the 2015 Security 500 list, ranking 6th nationwide in the education (K-12) category. This is the 3rd time FCPS has made the top 500 list under Cliff Cornwell, supervisor of Security and Emergency Management. The school system moved up from 11th place in 2013.

News to Use

KINDNESS  As we go to publication, donations are increasing toward the $63,650 FCPS Combined Charities Campaign goal. Although the deadline was November 20, if you get your form in soon, Tonya Street can accept it. For more information, please contact Tonya.Street@fcps.org. Even small donations add up to a huge difference in our community. Please help if you can.

BIOFUEL Many students know what biofuel is; do you? Urbana HS science teacher Elizabeth McCook made the news with her students. See what FCPS environmental science students know about biofuels!

CALENDAR FCPS has posted the 2016-2017 draft academic calendar online for public review and comment. Calendar Committee members presented the draft to the BOE on November 4. FCPS encourages employees to review the calendar at www.fcps.org/calendar and follow the instructions to submit comments through Monday, November 30. The Board is scheduled to take action at its regular meeting Wednesday, December 16. See the full news release for highlights.

BASEBALL The BOE welcomes feedback regarding a proposal from Urbana HS head baseball coach Michael Frownfelter to name the school’s baseball field the Dillon Papier Field.  If you'd like to comment, please email Ray.Barnes@fcps.org by Friday, December 4.

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Snow KidsQ:  Do you know the employee hotline number for snow closing announcements?

A:  It's online at http://insidefcps.fcps.org for employees only. You can access the site only from an FCPS-networked computer. Please keep the number confidential; it cannot handle the volume of calls that the public would generate.

FCPS also sends closed-status notices via email to all employees via Outlook. We contact 30 media outlets, post system closings at the top of www.fcps.org and on Facebook, send them via Twitter and to FindOutFirst text and email subscribers. Watch our award-winning snow video!