December 4, 2020
News from the Principal's Desk
Dear Tuscarora Families,
As we turn the calendar page to December, it's important that we begin to share with you FCPS and THS plans to move to a hybrid model of instruction, beginning with the second semester. While many of these plans are still fluid, we plan to share details with you as they solidify, and share what options you have as parents and students. Our primary priority continues to be the safety of our students and staff, creating the most productive educational environment that we can. Today, you received an important email from FCPS, asking families to indicate there intention for their students for second semester. If you happened to miss this important Find Out First message, it is reprinted below in School News, with the link to go to the official student intention form. It is vital that we here from all Tuscarora families, so that we are able to make good decisions concerning class sizes, movement around the building and bus transportation. This is not a survey, but timely information that we need from all families. Please take the time to fill out one form per student today. Thank you.
Likewise, it hardly seems possible, but we are forging ahead with course registration plans for the 2021-22 school year. Next week, we will be hosting two virtual meetings for returning students concerning the online registration process, and the details of how to make the best course selections. Please stay tuned on this.
Lots of new information in this week's newsletter. Please have a close look. And Titans... stay tuned for details about an evening virtual game night sponsored by our SGA that will be coming up the week before winter break!
With Titan Pride,
Christopher Berry, Principal
Looking Ahead - The Weekly Calendar
Saturday, December 5
Sunday, December 6
Monday, December 7
Virtual School Block 1
Virtual School Block 2
Self Directed Student Work Time
Athletics Winter Season Try-Outs Begin
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
Tuesday, December 8
Virtual School Block 3
Virtual School Block 4
Self Directed Student work Time
Academic Planning and Course Registration Night - Virtual
8:30 - 9:50 AM
Wednesday, December 9
Virtual School Block 3
Virtual School Block 4
Board of Education Meeting
10 - 10:35 AM
10:40 - 11:15 AM
12:30 - 1:05 PM
1:10 - 1:45 PM
Thursday, December 10
Hanukkah (Begins at sunset)
Friday, December 11
Two Hour Early Dismissal for Students
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Saturday, December 12
Sunday, December 13
See the FCPS calendar.
*Dates and times are subject to change
Keeping You Informed - School News
Important: Required Parent Intention Form – 2nd Semester
We need to hear from you! As you know, on November 11, 2020, the Board of Education voted for Frederick County Public Schools to move from a virtual learning model to a hybrid learning model for students in grades PreK-12 at the start of the second semester on January 28, 2021. Any decision to change this timeline would be made by the Superintendent in collaboration with the local health department. Parents are able to choose for their child(ren) to participate in a full virtual model instead of hybrid.
As Dr. Alban shared in the December 2, 2020 Superintendent Newsletter, “Scheduling this model takes considerable time and planning, and we must start that process. One of the first steps is the completion of intent forms for families and staff.”
FCPS recognizes that your preference for virtual or hybrid instruction has been requested in previous surveys. However, we need to hear your current preference for your child’s instructional model for the second semester for planning purposes. We are providing additional pertinent information to assist you in making the instructional decision for your child. Please read the description of each learning model carefully prior to making a decision.
To access the intent form, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HybridOpenParentIntentDec20
We ask that you complete one intent form per child enrolled in FCPS.
The intent form closes on Friday, December 11, 2020.
Please note at the beginning of the intent form, you are asked to provide your child’s name, school, and grade. The information is important to adequately prepare for your child’s instruction.
Thank you for your commitment to supporting FCPS!
THS NHS Food and Toiletries Drive
Support Titan families who find themselves in need this holiday season by donating to the National Honor Society’s Food and Toiletries Drive Service Project. There will be a box set up in the entryway by the front office for donations from 8:30 AM to 3 PM from Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11. On Monday, December 7 and Wednesday, December 9 there will be volunteers receiving donations at a table from 3 PM to 5 PM at the front entrance of the school.
Soup, Canned fruit/veg, Pasta, Apple sauce, Instant oatmeal, Granola bars, Canned Meat, Crackers, Peanut butter, Mac and cheese, Deodorant, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Shampoo/Conditioner.
The Titan community appreciates any support you can provide.
FCC Dual Enrollment Open House
Attend one of the three virtual FCC Dual Enrollment Open House events via Google Meet to learn about all of the FCC Dual Enrollment opportunities for FCPS students: High School Based, Open Campus, Career Pathways, and Early College.
Open House dates are:
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7 PM
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7 PM
Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7 PM
Dual Enrollment courses allow you to earn college credits or industry credentials and your high school diploma simultaneously at a fraction of the normal cost. Your goals determine which option is best for you. Representatives from both FCC and FCPS will explain the benefits and requirements for each program
Register to attend one of three virtual sessions at https://tinyurl.com/FCCDualEnrollment
Contact the Dual Enrollment Office with any questions at DualEnrollment@frederick.edu
Safe and Sane Fundraiser
Support Safe and Sane and do your holiday shopping at the same time. Purchase gift Ecards for TEXAS ROADHOUSE from $10 to $100 using the link below and Safe and Sane will get 10% of the total sales...see online gift card fundraiser information HERE and gift card sales prize information HERE.
Then, look forward to using those gift cards, if you keep them, for a future fundraiser, where THS Safe and Sane will get an additional 10% back!!!
Meal Service During Winter Break
Due to the FCPS Winter Break, the schedule for FCPS Food and Nutrition Services meals distribution will be different from Wednesday, December 23 through Sunday, January 3. From 11 AM - 1 PM, all school and community locations will distribute 5 days' worth of to-go breakfast, lunch and supper meals on Wednesday, December 23 for Wednesday, December 23 through Sunday, December 27. From 10 AM-1 PM a limited number of locations (listed below) will also serve 2 days' worth of breakfast, lunch and supper on Monday, December 28 for Monday, December 28 and Tuesday, December 29. From 10 AM-1 PM a limited number of locations (listed below) will also serve 5 days' worth of breakfast, lunch and supper on Wednesday, December 30 for Wednesday, December 30 through Sunday, January 3.
These locations near the Tuscarora area will serve meals on Monday, December 28 and Wednesday, December 30:
Ballenger Creek Elementary
Butterfly Ridge Elementary
Governor Thomas Johnson High
North Frederick Elementary
Meal distribution will go back to the normal schedule on Monday, January 4. *Reminder: Children do not have to be enrolled in one of the schools listed above to participate. Any child 18 years old and younger can pick up meals at any of these locations. We also serve adults enrolled in an educational program for persons with disabilities. Adults can pick up food for a child. For details: www.fcps.org/meals
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
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:
Attention Students and Parents!
The THS yearbook needs your help! Thank you to all the parents and students who have responded to our requests for pictures and stories to include in this year's book! But, the year keeps going and we have a lot of pages to fill, so we are going to have to continue to respectfully ask that you consider getting involved and help us to tell YOUR story this year.
Please take a moment to look at the Link Tree account we have set up for the yearbook topics this year. We are updating topics each week and the links on our link tree open up google forms that you can use to send us pictures (cell phone pics are fine) and maybe a brief write up about the pics you submit.
Thank you from Mr. Hartman and the Remember the Titans Yearbook Staff
Link Tree Page: https://linktr.ee/THStitanyearbook
2021 Yearbook Sales Are Underway
Attention Titan Nation! Sales are officially open for the 2021 yearbook!
The books can be ordered at:
our school code is: 14640
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hartman at: 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.
Congratulations, Commendations and Kudos
Coca-Cola Scholars Semi-Finalist
THS is proud to announce Taeeun Kim as a Coca-Cola Scholars Semi-Finalist. Only 1,609 Semi-finalists were chosen among 99,403 applicants this year (just 1.6%!) and because of her outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and dedication to her community, she has been chosen as a Semi-Finalist! This scholarship presents the opportunity for a $20,000 scholarship and only 25 students from the state of Maryland were selected. Congratulations, Taeeun, and good luck in the Regionals!
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: Ramon Quinteiro
Nominated by: Ms. Rosensteel
Comment: "Since the beginning of the second term, Ramon has shown a great improvement in English class. He has attended and participated in every class. Ramon is such a kind-hearted, positive individual who helps build a great atmosphere in our second block. Ramon 100% has the capability of succeeding in whatever he puts his mind to when he puts in the effort!"
Titan Scholar of the Week: Evelyn Cabrera
Nominated by: Ms. McClain
Comment: "Evelyn constantly completes her work to the best of her ability. She is learning her 3rd language, French, in our class and is doing an amazing job! She makes connections with her Spanish speaking background and asks for extra work to practice. I am so proud of her!"
Here is a list of all the nominees. If you have these students please take a moment to congratulate them!
Counseling Office Updates
US Marines Virtual Visit
The US Marines would like to present to the students of Tuscarora High School. Great opportunity to connect and ask questions if you have them.
When: Monday, December 7, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Virtual Setting
Meeting Link: Meet.google.com/iwq-vjtj-qfi
Who: Anyone interested in potentially joining the US Marines or the armed forces after high school.
Career & Technology Center Virtual Shadowing Is Now Open!
FCPS students in grades 9, 10 & 11 interested in learning more and/or applying to a program at the Career & Technology Center for the 2021-2022 school year can now sign up for a virtual shadow experience. November 12th - February 26th
Click here to request a virtual shadow: https://education.fcps.org/ctc/Shadowing
Click here to apply to the FCPS Career & Technology Center:
Note: Shadowing is a requirement to apply.
Click here to learn more about the FCPS Career & Technology Center admissions process: https://education.fcps.org/ctc/Admissions
The Career and Technology Center (CTC) is part of the Frederick County Public Schools system. With more than 24 programs to choose from, students have the opportunity to gain college and career experience in a variety of areas.
For additional information about the CTC, the application process and more go to http://education.fcps.org/ctc/, email Kristen.Daly@fcps.org or call 240-236-8493.
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/
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!
FAFSA Virtual Finish Event
A number of community partners are bringing Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Finish Virtual Events to the community this fall to provide students and parents with assistance in completing the FAFSA. These virtual appointments are also available to assist families in completing the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA), which allows qualified children of undocumented immigrants who qualify for in-state tuition under §15-106.8 of the MD Education Article to apply and be considered for certain types of state need-based financial aid.
During these virtual appointments, a financial aid expert will work with students and parents in completing these applications and will be available to answer any questions. FAFSA and MSFAA applications must be completed by March 1, 2021 for a student to be considered for state-based financial aid. For more information and to request an appointment, visit: www.FrederickCountyGives.org/fafsa
9th Grade Conference Sign Ups
Sign up for a time to meet with your 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, learn about graduation requirements and programs and pathways available for you throughout high school. If needed, we will set you up with a mentor and resources to help your high school career be as successful as possible. Conferences began November 2nd! Don't miss out!
Ms. Moore (Last Names A-Cr): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F094BABA928A0FA7-freshman
Mr. Gill (Last Names Cs-Ja, Pyramid & Learning for Life): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EAAAA2EA2FBC07-9thgrade
Ms. Goto (Last Names Jb-M): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4EA9AC2CABF85-freshman
Ms. Wilson (Last Names N-Se): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C45AFAD2AA4FE3-mrs
Mr. Harrison (Last Names Sf-Z): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050948A5AB23AAF85-freshman
Ms. Cooper (EL Students): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054CADAC2AA0F49-9thgrade
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
Internships, Scholarships, Service and Job Opportunities
Maryland Youth Apprenticeships
Current Juniors and Seniors:
Positions for the Maryland Youth Apprenticeship Program will be posted on Monday, December 7 at www.fcpsyouthapprentice.org.
All applications are due to Mrs. Mummert by Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
Application materials are available on the website and require an application, resume, cover letter, and teacher recommendation.
Contact Mrs. Mummert at email@example.com with any questions.
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/
Ben Carson Award
Students must be in grades 4-11, have a minimum 3.75 GPA combined in English, Math, Science, Social Studies and World Languages only and a commitment to community service. Essay and application must be submitted to Mrs. Goto by Monday, December 7, 2020. Please see 9th-11th grade Schoology counseling groups or Naviance Scholarships for the application. Only 1 nomination per school, but it has the potential for a $1,000 scholarship. Please see the website for more information at carsonscholars.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 846-2658. For FCC scholarship information or questions, contact email@example.com .
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
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
December 12, 2020
Use this link to purchase your official THS senior shirt by Saturday, December 12.
The cost is $20. There will be a curbside pick-up in early January. There will be a Find out First with all the details.
Front of Shirt Back of Shirt
Virtual Fundraising Ideas
Have an idea for a virtual senior class fundraiser? Fill out the form below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit music requests to https://tinyurl.com/2021seniorvideomusic
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com or email the address above: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Please click on the link below to check out this week's news for the media center. This week features information about our upcoming reading challenge and our Book of the Week, Stamped, by Jason Reynolds.
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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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!
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
Mental Health / SEL Resources
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
FCPS Coordinator of Mental Health Services- 301-600-5306
Substance Use Concerns: https://health.frederickcountymd.gov/131/Behavioral-Health-Services
Office Phone: 301-600-1755
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
Titan Health and Wellness
Health Room Technician: Bruce Thompson
School Nurse: Tae Ju, RN
Health Room: 240-236-6400, option 4
5312 Ballenger Creek Pike
Frederick, MD 21703
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