May 28, 2021
Message From The Principal's Desk
Dear Titan Families,
We are getting closer to the finish line and next week will be an exciting one for Tuscarora Titan Families - our first on-site graduation for the class of 2021. A cast of thousands is working overtime to make sure this is a meaningful, classy and memorable day for everyone. We will continue to put out Find Out First messages daily to Senior Families, so I would ask that you read the details of these last few messages in your FCPS career carefully. Someone asked me an insightful question this week: "Mr. Berry, what the most important thing we need to know about next Friday?" I had a hard time boiling it down to just one, so here's five:
1. Arrive early. The parking lot opens at 8:00am, the gates open at 9:00am. What's the worst that happens? You arrive extra early, sit in your car for a bit, or in the stands? If you arrive after 9:30, you will undoubtedly be in a backup to get onto the lot. Better still - park in Ballenger Creek Park and take the shuttle bus or a five minute walk to the gates. This is what I would do.
2. Do not forget the tickets! They are not just keepsakes - you have to have a ticket to get into the gate, NO EXCEPTIONS! The graduate does not need a ticket.
3. Designate a spot to meet your graduate after the ceremony. Graduates are going to be coming out of the Main Street entrances after retrieving their actual diplomas on Main Street. Parents will not be allowed in the building. Find a good spot away from the school (where there will be crowds) to reunite with your graduate. Have I mentioned the Ballenger Creek Park is a great spot, and even better for pictures?
4. Be patient. Whether you are waiting to park, waiting to get through the gates, waiting for the ceremony to start, waiting to exit, there is one truth... everyone else is in the same boat. Your Tuscarora Staff is doing everything in its power to make this a tremendous day. Take a deep breath.
5. Enjoy the day. It is a day we've all anticipated for 13 years or more. It is meant to not be rushed and just plain savored. This is a day of joy, excitement, laughter and Titan Pride. I can't wait to enjoy this moment with the graduates and their families.
Here's to the Class of 2021!
Looking Ahead - The Weekly Calendar
Here is the updated Weekly Calendar for Tuscarora High School and FCPS.*
JV Baseball Home vs. Middletown High
8:00 - 12:30
Graduation Practice, Stadium
Varsity Softball Home vs. Walkersville High
Varsity Baseball Home vs. Walkersville High
8:00 AM - 12:30
Varsity Softball at TJ High
Varsity Baseball at TJ High
JV Baseball Home vs. Linganore High
Boys JV Lacrosse at TJ High
11:00 AM and 1 PM
Track and Field vs. UHS, LHS, OHS at Urbana High
JV Baseball at Frederick High
Varsity Baseball at Linganore High
*Dates and times are subject to change.
See FCPS Calendar
Student Attendance Notes
If your child will be unable to attend Virtual or Hybrid instruction 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. Hybrid students may drop attendance notes in the box near the attendance office window. Call 240-236-6400 with any questions.
Keeping You Informed - School News
Asynchronous Day for Grade 9-11 on Graduation Day - Next Friday!
Next Friday, June 4 will be Tuscarora's Graduation Ceremony held in our home stadium, at 10:00am. As a result of this ceremony and the participation of all Tuscarora Teachers, instruction for students in Grades 9-11 on this day will be asynchronous. Teachers will assign work in advance, giving expectation for due dates as students work on their own that day.
FCC Biotech Camp
Titan Performing Arts at Baker Park Bandshell
Tuscarora HS Parents who Ordered School Pictures
School pictures have been shipped directly to Tuscarora High School. The THS photography provider was asked to ship the portraits directly to the customers this year because of the difficulty of distribution during the pandemic.
Titan Tutoring in ANY Subject is Available to You EVERY Day!
Titan Tutoring an Tutoring is back! Titan Tutoring remains fully virtural, and there have been some updates to the schedule, so please visit the Titan Tutoring Link to be sure that you are seeing the most up to date schedule.
Did you need support support after Student Support Time in the late afternoon or evening? Are you stuck and need adult assistance right away to finish an assignment that is due? Our teachers are ready to offer support into the evening. Here is our latest schedule for 4th Term! We can't wait to see you logging in and getting all the support you need.
Dress Code Reminder
As we move into spring and warmer weather, please remember that short shorts, short dresses, strapless tops, and low-cut muscle shirts/tank tops are not permitted. At no time should bellies or undergarments be visible. Hats and other head coverings are also not permitted. Since the temperature varies throughout the building, students are encouraged to bring a sweatshirt or wrap of some kind even on warm days. To review the FCPS Dress Code Policy, go to Policy 439, Dress Code for Students.
Congratulations, Commendations & 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:
Congratulations to our outstanding Students of the Week! (5/17-5/21)
Outstanding Scholar of the Week: Allison Fitzgerald, nominated by Ms. Crowell: Allison puts forth her full effort into every assignment in biomed.
Outstanding Character of the Week: Jaden McLeod, nominated by Ms. Clague:
Honorable Mention to All Nominees for Student of the Week:
Counseling Office Update
Seniors who Applied to 4 Year Colleges
Please help the underclassman by indicating, for each of your colleges, if you were accepted or denied. Your name won't be attached to anything, but it helps underclassman see to what colleges our students were accepted. Go to “Colleges I’m Applying To”, click on “edit”, you will see a “Result” section where you can indicate if you were accepted, denied or deferred. Click “save” and do the same for the remainder of the colleges.
Also, if you know the college you will be attending in the Fall, in this same section, you will see “College that I’m attending:” Click the down arrow button and choose the college you will attend. This will be where your final transcripts will be sent.Please help the underclassman by indicating, for each of your colleges, if you were accepted or denied. Your name won't be attached to anything, but it helps underclassman see to what colleges our students were accepted. Go to “Colleges I’m Applying To”, click on “edit”, you will see a “Result” section where you can indicate if you were accepted, denied or deferred. Click “save” and do the same for the remainder of the colleges.
FCC Informational Sessions
FCC has an upcoming virtual information session. These session is open to all students interested in FCC and will cover the Enrollment Steps and general information about the college. The session will have a guest speaker.
Wednesday, June 23 6:00- 6:45 pm
Guest Speaker: Director of Disability Access Services
To register: https://fccvirtualvisitjune23.eventbrite.com
Attached is an updated Give Yourself Credit brochure. It has also been updated on our website: https://www.frederick.edu/credit-admissions/high-school-visits.aspx.
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 & Job Opps
Aviation Education & Career Expo
Friday, October 29th, 2021
Leesburg Executive Airport -957 Sycolin Rd.- Leesburg, VA 20175
877.Pro.Jet1 or 703.889.8558 email@example.com
You are invited to attend the 15th Annual Aviation Education & Career Expo “VISION 20/21”, hosted by ProJet Aviation, in Leesburg, VA. Date: Friday, October 29th, 2021 (9am – 2pm). This event is geared toward high school and college level students. We want to introduce students to the vast array of career opportunities within the aviation industry. The day is packed with industry leaders, aircraft displays, guest speakers, amazing prizes, demonstrations, and scholarships! To date: We have awarded over $1.2 Million Dollars in aviation education and flight training scholarships! We will change their destiny!
Some of the vendors and careers that will be represented include:
NASA * Pilots * Flight Attendants * Medevac Flight Nurses * Avionics Companies * Coast Guard Search & Rescue * Maintenance Mechanics * Air Charter Operators * Homeland Security * NTSB* Air Traffic Controllers* FAA* Military * Aircraft Sales * Publications * Hospitality * Transportation Security * Agricultural Aviation * Flight Instruction * Aviation Fuel * Aerial Mapping * Corporate Flight Departments * In-Flight Catering * FBI *and so much more! The entire day is FREE of charge and includes lunch!
If interested, please contact Mrs. Goto at 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=
Spring Sports Update
Titan Field Hockey had a successful StickFest last weekend, and their raffle continues through May 31st! Funds raised go to help Danielle Hankey with medical bills and expenses. For more information on prizes, the raffle or Danielle’s story, go to https://go.rallyup.com/hockeyforhankey/Campaign - deadline is May 31 to support and enter the raffle.
Spring Sports is gearing up for PLAYOFFS, which will begin on Monday, June 7th! County Tennis will be at Baker Park and Sectional Track will be at Frederick. Baseball, Softball and Lacrosse will find out their fate on Friday June 4, probably while we are celebrating our senior-athletes!
MASK UPDATES - FCPS recommends face coverings and social distancing outside whenever attending an event on an FCPS campus. Face coverings are REQUIRED for all coaches and game management staff, when 6 feet of social distance cannot be maintained. Student-athletes are allowed to remove face coverings during physical exertion while practicing and competing, but should continue to wear them and social distance while on the bench and during downtime as well as pre and post-game conversations and activities.
Guests (4 per student-athlete) MUST be filled out the spectator form by midnight the night before the event (noon Friday for Saturday events) If you are not on the list you will not be admitted to games or will be asked to leave – this is true for events both in and out of the stadium. THS will continue to attempt to livestream stadium events when possible on YouTube – search THSAthleticsFCPS or THSAthleticsFCPS2 for our channels.
Athletic Department Updates
1. THS teams are preparing for the chance to compete for a state title! County Tennis will be at Baker Park and Sectional Track will be at Frederick on June 7th. Baseball, Softball and Lacrosse will find out their fate on Friday June 4, probably while we are celebrating our senior-athletes!
2. Any student-athlete that has been diagnosed with COVID-19 since Feb 1 MUST get this form filled out by a doctor to allow for return to play. New MPSSAA RTP COVID-19 Infection Medical Clearance Form
3. Plan for a return to Fall Athletics on August 11th (first day of tryouts). Registration for Fall tryouts will open on or around July 4th. Info will be sent out on Twitter and through FindOutFirst emails when this occurs. To tryout, you MUST have a valid sports physical AFTER 4/1/2021.
Senior Class of 2021
THS Senior Page: Seniors 2021
Twitter Account: @tuscarorahs21
Senior Class Advisors: Judith Jorgensen, Carrie Palmer, & Aaron Miles
Name Pronunciation/Intent to Participate in the Graduation Ceremony
Please complete this form as soon as possible. Every senior must complete the following form as soon as possible. This form is to help us pronounce your name for the graduation ceremony. There is also a question asking if you are attending the ceremony. If you say no to attending the ceremony please put n/a for all the three pronunciation questions.
When: Wednesday, June 2nd and Thursday, June 3rd
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Tuscarora High School Stadium
Graduates must attend both days of practice to participate in the ceremony.
Please view this site to see additional information about graduation practices.
Senior Last Day Celebration
After graduation rehearsal on Thursday, June 3rd, a senior celebration will take place. This event will include time for seniors to see friends and teachers, enjoy a lunch provided by the school, Kona Ice, watch the senior video/senior bio video, and more.
When: Friday, June 4th at 10:00 am
Where: Tuscarora High School Stadium
Per FCPS all graduates will be permitted to invite four guests. Due to the limited number of guests, each graduation will be professionally livestreamed, so that friends, family and community members can view the ceremony in real time. The recordings will also be available on the individual school and FCPS YouTube channels. Links to each livestream will be provided prior to the event.
When a high school is scheduled to hold a graduation ceremony, an asynchronous learning day will be scheduled to accommodate visitor parking and allow staff to attend the ceremonies.
Please view this site for additional graduation information.
If you have any questions about graduation or other senior items, please go to the senior website.
News From the Titan Media Center
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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.
Daily recorded Tuscarora High School student announcements can be found on the homepage of the THS website.
Visit Our Online Resources
PTSA and Titan Booster Organization
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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World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Frederick County Health Department
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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
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/
College Board / SAT / AP: https://www.collegeboard.org/
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THS Past Newsletters
Chistopher Berry - Principal
Andrew McWilliams - Asst Principal
Robert Nulter - Asst Principal
Jodi Ratti - Asst Principal
Tanisha Smith - Asst Principal
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