November 6, 2020
News from the Principal's Desk
Dear Tuscarora Families,
Next week begins the 2nd Term of the 2020-21 school year. Just as we encourage our students to "erase the board" and begin again, we are also looking at our commitment to students. Beginning on Tuesday, November 10, FCPS has made some adjustments to the high school schedule to allow for greater synchronous, live instruction with our students. Teachers will provide instruction during the entire 80 minute live block each day, allowing for more interaction with students and more time for a deeper dive into instructional topics. In addition, while many of our teachers have already been available at specified times during the Student Support (Green) Time from 12:30-1:45 each day, teachers will now be available during the entirety of this time, whether a student has made an appointment or not. I would encourage you to check out the revised HS schedule here. I'll be back on Monday with a special Find Out First with more thoughts about Term 2.
We had a nice response for our 9th Grade Counselor Conferences happening from now until mid-December. If you did not have the opportunity to arrange your individual conference as the parent of a new high schooler, please see the links below. We promise it will be time well spent, focused on your individual student's needs.
Tomorrow will be a great day for the entire Titan community. We have had over 200 people register to participate in the Titan Virtual 5k. While many participants will run the 5k on their own, our track will be open and monitored from 8am-12pm for anyone who would like to run the 5k and pick up their t-shirt. In addition, The Titan SGA and Local love will have a canned food drive for our community from 12-4pm on the Main Office/Greenhouse side of the school. Please help us fill the pantries of those in our community as the weather turns cold. Finally, congratulations to the SGA for a successful drive-through toiletries drive this afternoon, netting cases of items for students in our area. Titans continue to work to take care of our own.
Have a wonderful crisp fall weekend, Titans!
Christopher Berry, Principal
Looking Ahead - The Weekly Calendar
Saturday, November 7
THS Athletic Boosters 5K & Shirt Pick Up
THS Food, Sheets & Pillow Drive, Parking Lot (Gym Side)
8:30 AM - 12 PM
12 - 4 PM
Sunday, November 8
Monday, November 9
Schools Closed for Students-Teacher Work Day
Tuesday, November 10
Virtual School Block 3
Virtual School Block 4
Self Directed Student work Time
Term 2 Begins
8:30 - 9:50 AM
10 - 11:20 AM
11:30 AM - 12 PM
12 - 12:30 PM
12:30 - 1:45 PM
1:45 - 3:30 PM
Wednesday, November 11
Self Directed Student Work Time
Virtual School Block 1
Virtual School Block 2
Virtual School Block 3
Virtual School Block 4
Board of Education Meeting
Veterans Day (WW1 Armistice: 1918)
8:30 - 9:50 AM
10 - 10:35 AM
10:40 - 11:15 AM
12:30 - 1:05 PM
1:10 - 1:45 PM
Thursday, November 12
Friday, November 13
World Kindness Day
Saturday, November 14
Sunday, November 15
America Recycles Day
See the FCPS calendar.
*Dates and times are subject to change
Keeping You Informed - School News
SAVE THE DATE - Food Distribution Event
Tuscarora High School, in partnership with the I Believe in Me Foundation, will be hosting a FREE food distribution event on Thursday, November 19 at 3 PM at the Tuscarora High School parking lot near the Main Entrance. Flu shots will also be available. This event is open to the entire Tuscarora High School feeder community!
Reminder: THS Local Love & Key Club Food Drive Drop Off, TOMORROW Saturday, November 7
THS Local Love & Key Club Food Drive Drop Off, Saturday, November 7 from 12 PM - 4 PM, THS Student Parking Lot
Looking for donations of canned food and non-perishables. All donations support the THS community through the St Joseph's Food Pantry and the Tuscarora Free Store.
Key Club Pillow & Sheet Drive, Saturday, November 7 from 12 PM - 4 PM, THS Student Parking Lot
Donations of new twin sheet set and pillows are being collected to support Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Sleep in Heavenly Peace provides beds to children in need in the Frederick community.
Thank you for supporting our community!
9th GRADE STUDENTS AND PARENTS!
Sign up for a time to individually meet with your Tuscarora School Counselor!
During this very challenging time, especially as you transition to high school, meet your counselor to make connections, discuss how your year is going so far, and learn about graduation requirements, programs and pathways available for you throughout high school. If needed, we will also set you up with a mentor and resources to help your high school career be as successful as possible. This meeting is tailored to your individual needs. Don't miss out!
Conferences begin on November 2nd and continue to early December! Sign up now!
Ms. Moore (Last Names A-Cr):
Mr. Gill (Last Names Cs-Ja, Pyramid & Learning for Life):
Ms. Goto (Last Names Jb-M):
Ms. Wilson (Last Names N-Se):
Mr. Harrison (Last Names Sf-Z):
Ms. Cooper (EL Students):
Senior - Cap and Gown Final Reminder
We need to ensure that we have all senior gown information. Currently, there are 30 Seniors who have not provided information (including families who plan to reuse gowns from older siblings). This information needs to be shared with our graduation gown company to assure that a custom gown or tassel will be made for you. If you are not certain if you or your child has completed this Google form, please do so again.
A Important Message from the Remember the Titans Yearbook!
First things first, THANK YOU to all the parents and students who have contributed to our publication so far this year! We really couldn’t do it without you! For folks who have yet to contribute, please take a moment to watch this important video message from Mr. Hartman.
If you have any questions please contact Mr. Hartman directly at:
Lastly, here is the link to our google forms site:
Wreaths Across America
On Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM, Tuscarora High School Rho Kappa (VA0729P) will be helping Mount Olivet Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes.
Please help us honor and remember as many fallen heroes as possible by sponsoring remembrance wreaths, volunteering on Wreaths Day, or inviting your family and friends to attend with you. Thank you so much for supporting the Tuscarora High School Rho Kappa (VA0729P) and Wreaths Across America!
Here is the link - https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/163113
Need that Last Minute End of Term Assistance? Titan Tutoring is Here for You!
Tuscarora has opening the Titan Tutoring/Extended Learning Opportunities. For the first term, we will have regular tutoring support for Math, English, Social Studies, Science, World Languages, Health/Physical Education, and Career & technology education! Supports starts at 4 PM, Monday through Friday, and goes until 8 PM, with support for most subjects daily. Students will be asked to sign in whenever they visit a class, and all school virtual learning policies still apply whenever students are in a Google Meet with teachers. Click the image below to go to the schedule:
2021 Yearbook Sales Are Underway
Attention Titan Nation! Sales are officially open for the 2021 yearbook! We are running an early bird special from now through Sunday, November 15.
During this time, the books will be sold for $65.00. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase your book at this low cost and order your copy soon!
The books can be ordered at:
our school code is: 14640
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hartman at: Richard.email@example.com
A Message for Senior Parents
The Remember the Titans yearbook would like to invite you to recognize your graduating senior in our senior recognition section of this year’s book.
We have reduced ad pricing this year in an effort to make our ad space more affordable. We are also hoping that the reduced price-points will encourage your participation. And, being perfectly honest here folks, we have a lot of extra space in the book this year. With so many things being cancelled we have a unique opportunity to expand our ads section.
This is a senior year unlike any other that has come before. Our Titan Seniors deserve, now more than ever, to be recognized for their commitment, their perseverance, their resilience, and their grit. So please consider purchasing some space in our book to recognize your graduate. You can purchase and then create your own ad using our yearbook ordering center:
If you have any questions, please contact: Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org
Titan Assistance with Technology and Schoology
Virtual Learning can be a challenge, especially when technology or a Schoology question slows you down, or brings you to a stop. The solution for nearly every single Google issue in Schoology was found in the FCPS Troubleshooting Guide. For fast answers to your questions before calling the school or asking for assistance, this is a user-friendly guide. Please go to the link below, and bookmark it, or add the link to your toolbar.
Schoology Troubleshooting: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OJWzxwXeSumMlev5Ac8_-B0aaKhW5_ofMvuRO3a1pws/edit
For general assistance with chromebooks and internet use, don't forget students and families have access to our Technology Help Page (found on our THS Website Home Page)
Student Attendance Notes
If your child will be unable to attend Virtual School due to illness, doctor's appointments, or for any other reason, please communicate with THS via email:
Please include your child's name, grade, reason for absence and a phone number where the parent can be reached. Paper communication is ALSO acceptable if email is not an option. Call 240-236-6400 with any questions.
"See Something, Say Something" and "Don't repost it. Report it"
Encourage students to report security concerns to a trusted adult (parent, school staff member, school administrator, SRO, or a local law enforcement agency). Students may also anonymously report concerns using the Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line at 833-MD-B-SAFE or https://www.safeschoolsmd.org/. In an emergency, call 911. Additional resources can be found on each school's website and the FCPS website.
It is unlawful for students to possess or use any weapon on school property. Students who have or use a weapon on school property will be suspended from school, and the police will be notified of the incident. A weapon is any object designed to harm another physically or an object which is used in a way that can physically harm another. This school is committed to providing each of you with a safe environment, and we will do all we can to carry out that responsibility including, if necessary, conducting searches of student lockers.
Congratulations, Commendations and Kudos
Titan Students of the Week
Each week, Tuscarora High School will honor two students of the week, chosen from the many student who were nominated by their teachers. One will recognize strong Titan character and work ethic, and the other will recognize strong scholarship. Here are this week's winners:
Titan Character of the Week: Christian Fike, 10th Grade
Nominated by: Ms. Schickton and Ms. Weber two weeks in a row
Comment: (Week 8, Weber) "Christian has been consistently making progress with work completion--requiring fewer prompts and producing excellent work. He was recognized by his science teacher for exceptional work on a particular project. He has been consistently producing quality work in his ELA class (and in a timely manner). He prefers to be in the school building but is making a success of virtual learning regardless of the circumstances."
(Week 9, Weber) "Christian continues to mature and make strides in his academic classes particularly in Science and in English. He is a good participant and he has begun to show leadership by volunteering to lead a small study group in our science break-out work sessions. So proud of him!"
(Week 9, Schickton) "Chris consistently participates in class and turns in his assignments. His responses on assignments typically go above and beyond minimum expectations."
Titan Scholar of the Week: Onege "Nini" Asam Eyong, 12th Grade
Nominated by: Mr. Ratti
Comment: (Week 7) "Nini continues to be a leader for the building, engaging in her classes, working hard, and continuing to look forward to the basketball season."
(Week 9) "Nini and I have been working on her college application essays, and her writing quality is very high and her determination to be accepted into her first choice college is motivating. She is an incredibly hard worker, and she is a model of how to focus and work through adversity."
Here is a list of all the nominees. If you have these students please take a moment to congratulate them!
Alyssia Luyo Hall
Chrystal Bollozos Josol
Jacob Orrego Flores
Jessica Andrade Munoz
Onege Asam Eyong
Senior Class of 2021 News
TITAN SENIOR NEWS
Listed below are important dates and information for the Class of 2021.
Visit the THS Senior Page for up-to-date Senior Information -
Twitter Account: @tuscarorahs21
Senior Class Advisors: Judith Jorgensen, Carrie Palmer, & Aaron Miles Contact Information
Senior Gown Information Form, please fill out this form as soon as possible. This information needs to be shared with our graduation gown company to assure that a custom gown will be made for you.
Friday, November 13, 2020
Senior Shirt Voting
Seniors, thank you for all the submissions for senior shirt ideas. The choices have been narrowed down to two. Please use this link to vote for your favorite by 3:00 PM on Friday, November 13. https://forms.gle/akHaMS5qdZwczjiD7
May 2, 2021
Senior Class 2021 Video
How have you and your classmates grown over the years? What was it like when you were young and silly, and what image captures you and your friends today?
Please submit no more than 3 photos for the senior video.
** Please label the photos with the name of the student and age.
You will receive a confirmation email that your photos were received. If you do not receive a confirmation in 7 days, please check the email address and resubmit.
Submit photos to email@example.com.
Submit music requests to https://tinyurl.com/2021seniorvideomusic
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email the address above: email@example.com.
Internships, Scholarships, Service and Job Opportunities
2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
What? An award to recognize students who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.
Who? Students, grades 9-12 are eligible to apply.
When? The deadline is Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
How? Apply at https://spirit.prudential.com/
The honoree(s) will be selected and qualified applicants will receive the award, be eligible to earn a $1,000 scholarship, receive a medallion, and an invitation to the program's national recognition event.
Science and Engineering Internship Opportunity
Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) at Carderock. SEAP provides an opportunity for high school students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. Here is the link with information https://seap.asee.org/
Senior THS Scholarship Opportunity
The Tuscarora High School PTSA will be awarding Two (2) $500 scholarships at the end of this school year that can be applied to any college or trade school. The application process will occur in the spring, but to be eligible, you must become a member of the PTSA no later than December 1, 2020.
Become a member here: https://tuscarorahighptsa.new.memberhub.store/store/items/91142
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Aid with FCC
High school seniors: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available at www.fafsa.gov on October 1, 2020. Please be sure to check with colleges for deadlines. For any Maryland State financial aid, the deadline is March 1, 2021. The FCC Office of Financial Aid is open, remotely, 8:30 am- 4:30 pm Monday-Friday. You can contact them at email@example.com or (301) 846-2658. For FCC scholarship information or questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ways to Pay for College
Join the Maryland State Department of Education and Mario Armstrong as he guides you through the twists and turns of finding money for college, and meet Maryland students as they share their own financial aid success stories. This hour special contains interviews with college financial aid advisors and experts that can answer viewer questions. Here is the link to access the program: https://youtu.be/LB-BW3Zwk_c?t=8
Johns Hopkins BioMedical Innovation course
Johns Hopkins is offering 3-credit college course: EN.500.130: Biomedical Engineering Innovation, January 25 – April 23, 2021. To be eligible, you must have completed the following prior to starting the course: Algebra 2, a class that covered the trigonometric functions, Chemistry and/or Physics and have As and Bs in your high school math and science classes. If interested, apply at https://ei.jhu.edu/apply/application-materials/
Counseling Office Updates
THS Parents - Important Grade Level Schoology Groups are Here!
The THS Counseling department has set up an information hub/group in Schoology for each grade
level. It is titled "THS Counseling - Class of 2022, Class of 2023, Class of 2024" respectively.
Information and resources particular and helpful to each grade level will be shared throughout the
school year. Since students and parents are already using Schoology for courses and to check grades, we figured it would be best to keep all THS information in one location instead of getting notifications from multiple sources. Students have already been added as members to their specific class group. Parents, if you would like to join the group for your student or students, please follow these directions and use the access code provided:
1. Click "Groups" at the top of Schoology
2. Select "My Groups"
3. Click "Join Group" on the right
4. Enter the Group Access Code
Class of 2021 VC9G-B59K-F4N3T
Class of 2022 C4MK-FFF3-9V3FH
Class of 2023 765H-5WC3-5M9SC
Class of 2024 M63X-9RRZ-D9VQX
5. Click "Join"
The Counseling Department looks forward to sharing important information with you and working with you throughout the school year!
9th Grade Conference Sign Ups
Counselors are in the process of scheduling freshman conferences. Please use your counselor’s link below and sign up for a time slot for your conference.
9th Grade Conference Sign up Genius Links:
D. Moore: A-Cr https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F094BABA928A0FA7-freshman
W. Gill: Cs-Ja/L4L/Pyramid https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EAAAA2EA2FBC07-9thgrade
C. Goto: Jb-M https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4EA9AC2CABF85-freshman
K. Wilson: N-Se https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C45AFAD2AA4FE3-mrs
J. Harrison: Sf-Z https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050948A5AB23AAF85-freshman
D. Cooper: EL https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054CADAC2AA0F49-9thgrade
FCC Virtual Admissions Information Sessions
FCC has finalized their Admissions Virtual General Information Sessions. These sessions are for prospective students and will cover general information about FCC. Each session will feature a special presentation from a dedicated area of the college.
Tuesday, November 17, 6:00- 6:45 PM (Academic Pathways and Course Formats Presentation)
This is listed on FCC’s college calendar website, as well. FCC asks that students register ahead of time so they have an idea of how many will be attending.
Virtual College Visits and More
THS is currently hosting virtual college visits! This is a good way to get information about potential schools. It is also a good time to ask college representatives any questions you may have. Register for the virtual visits through Naviance. Keep checking, periodically throughout the semester, as more colleges and military will be signing up.
FCC Early College Program for 9th and 10th Grade Students!
FCPS invites you to register for one of the following virtual information sessions to learn about the FCPS-FCC Early College program:
Thursday, November 19 at 7 PM
The FCPS-FCC Early College program is a way to earn an associate degree and high school diploma simultaneously by attending FCC full-time during your junior and senior years. The program was created to increase participation and completion of students from populations historically underrepresented in higher education and is open to all FCPS high school students. FCPS students apply to Early College as sophomores.
During the virtual information session, members of the Dual Enrollment Team will go through the details of the Early College program and acceptance process, and they will answer questions from interested students and families.
After you register for a session, you will receive the link to the Google Meet session in your registration confirmation email.
Please register here: www.tinyurl.com/EarlyCollegeInformationNight
More information: www.frederick.edu/de
Complete List of Support Services During COVID-19
Frederick County Health Department: https://health.frederickcountymd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=271
Maryland Department of Health: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Frederick County Health Department
Program Guide: https://md-frederickcountyhealth.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/1310/FCHD-Brochure-May-2017?bidld
Community Health Services: 301-600-1733
Healthcare Connection and Preparedness: 301-600-8888
School Health Services: 301-600-3312
Women, Infants and Children (WIC): 301-600-2507
Frederick Health Hospital: 240-566-3300
Substance Use Concerns: https://health.frederickcountymd.gov/131/Behavioral-Health-Services
Office Phone: 301-600-1755
Frederick Community Action Agency: www.cityoffrederickmd.gov/183/Frederick-Community-Action-Agency
301-600-1506 or 301-600-3955
Frederick County Department of Social Services: 301-600-4555
Heartly House: support for survivors of domestic violence and child abuse.
Crisis Hotline 301-662-8800 https://www.heartlyhouse.org
Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs: 301-631-2670
Salvation Army: 301-662-2311
Resources for Needs of Homeless Students / Families:
We've created an online page to capture those needs which we in turn will work to gather, fulfill, and deliver. www.shipfrederick.com/emergencyneeds
American Red Cross: 301-739-0717 1131 Conrad Ct, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Mental Health / SEL Resources
Mental Health Association – Walk-in Behavioral Health Services
Walk-In is a free service where a Crisis Specialist will meet with you to help resolve a current crisis or concern and assist with connections to ongoing support. Available to adults, youth and children (under the age of 18 accompanied by a guardian) who are:
Virtual Walk-in Behavioral Health Services (crisis support).
Click on the link to schedule a virtual appointment during COVID-19 related closures: https://fcmha.org/coronavirus
Phone 211 or 301-663-0011
Location: 226 South Jefferson Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 10:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm
For Telephone Support: Call 211 or 301-662-2255,
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week www.fcmha.org
Guide to Mental Health and Community Support Services (a comprehensive online guide to local resources) https://fcmha.org/mhaguide
FCPS Coordinator of Mental Health Services- 301-600-5306
Community Food Resources
Brunswick Food Bank: Drive through service at the American Legion, 18 South Maple Ave., Brunswick, MD 21716 Drive through only. Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Contact 301-834-9718
Frederick Community Action Agency: George L. Shields Foodbank, 14 E. All Saints St., Frederick, MD 21710
Food Bank: Mon, Tu, Thu, Fri, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Soup Kitchen: Daily 5:30 - 6:30 pm.
Carry-out only. Contact 301-600-1506
Frederick Rescue Mission: 419 South St. Frederick, MD 21701
Meals to Go:
Breakfast Mondays - Sundays 7:00 - 8:00 AM;
Lunch Mondays - Saturdays 12:00 - 1:30 PM and Sundays 1:00 - 2:00 PM.
Food Distribution Pantry Center Tu and Wed, 1:30 - 3:30 PM; Thu 2:00 - 6:00 PM Food Pantry Closed Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. Contact 301-695-6633
Jefferson Food Bank: 3866 Jefferson Pike, Jefferson, MD 21755 First and third Saturdays of each month, 10:00 - 11:30 AM. Contact 301-371-5721
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/
College Board / SAT / AP: https://www.collegeboard.org/
Counselor Breakdown by Student Last Name
A-Cr Danielle Moore
Cs-Ja/ L4L/ Pyramid William Gill
Jb-M Carla Goto
N-Se Kay Wilson
Sf-Z Joshua Harrison
English Learner Diane Cooper
PTSA and Booster Organizations
The PTSA has launched a new website. If you are looking for board members or meeting dates, the PTSA website has that information. Not a member of the PTSA yet? Find out all about membership and joining the PTSA, as well purchasing a membership and making donations. Memberships and donations fund grants, scholarships, staff appreciation, and PTSA programs.
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Athletic Boosters - Our Titans Need your Help and Support!
FCPS Athletics is a MD State Leader! We are one of the ONLY local counties to have any sort of athletics occurring right now! The student athletes are having a blast, seeing their teammates, connecting with their coaches and staying safe! However, there are no competitions, and therefore, no athletic budget (which comes solely from gate receipts). The state is now looking at the possibilities of incorporating three shortened seasons in the spring, and there is a lot of work to be done to prepare and plan for such a non-traditional plan for interscholastic athletics. Please consider joining us to be a part of the solution. Our teams, our coaches, and most importantly, your students NEED our support and positivity now and this upcoming year. The loss of a traditional fall and winter ticket gate means the serious loss of all athletic funding. Come help us determine how we can/will be able to support ALL athletic teams moving forward.
BE A PART OF THE 2020-21 THS ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB!
As we prepare for whatever HS Athletics will look like during the upcoming year, the THS Athletic Boosters wants your input, welcomes your ideas, and needs your support. With the uncertainty of the upcoming year and the current financial conditions, this is the best possible way to help support the student athletes at Tuscarora. Each and every program is going to need our help navigating this year.
Click Here to Join the Booster Club!
Media Center Updates
Media Center Hours and Contact
Media Center Website: https://education.fcps.org/ths/mediacenter
Media Center Twitter: @mediacenterTHS
Check out the virtual THS Library Media Center at tinyurl.com/thslibrarymediacenter
Weekly Media Center News
Check out this week's media center news here: https://sites.google.com/fcps.org/mediacenternews2020/november-6. This week features information about the Frederick County Public Library's Student Success Card which offers access to the public library for all FCPS students. You can also check out the Books of the Week available in our library or through the Sora app.
Daily recorded Tuscarora High School student announcements can be found on the homepage of the THS website: https://education.fcps.org/ths/
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School Nurse: Tae Ju, RN
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