September 3, 2021
Message From The Principal's Desk
Dear Titan Families,
Despite the challenges brought by the remnants of Ida, it has been a tremendous third week at Tuscarora. Can we really have finished three weeks before Labor Day? Students are well into their studies and routines are becoming familiar. If you have not taken the time to activate and check your Schoology account, now is the time to do just that. We are twelve days into the term, which is approximately 25% of the total days. Grades are posted and students and parents should make a point to check these regularly.
Beginning next week, we'll be offering Titan Tutoring, Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 2:15 to 4:00. Teachers in several content areas are here to work with students one-on-one, tutoring, assisting and helping them in specific classes or in general with their studying. Snacks are provided. An activity bus is provided at 4:15pm which drops students in their approximate neighborhood area (see specifics below). No appointment is necessary… just drop in and take advantage of this FREE service that is available to all Titans. Have you priced out private tutoring? This is a great resource. Have your child take advantage of it! On-line tutoring will also be back this year, with details to follow soon.
We have been granted permission to offer a two-dose student vaccine clinic on September 14/October 5 here at Tuscarora High School during the school day. Details and instructions are below in the School News section. The Frederick Health Department will sponsor the clinic, which will not be open to the public. One of the ways we have worked to make this accessible is that parents do not need to be present for the vaccine administration, but do have to schedule the appointment and fill out a consent form to be presented the day of the clinics. Students who are close contact to COVID positive individuals do not need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and showing no symptoms. In these and other circumstances, vaccination may make the difference as to whether you may remain in school. Please consider having your student take advantage of this opportunity!
Extracurricular activities got underway today during the Flex Block. Students examined all of the clubs and activities available to Titans, and then followed up with a live Club Fair on Main Street during all lunch shifts. It was definitely bustling! 46 Clubs and activities were part of this process. Ask your student if they found a new activity of which to be a part. And if not, families can check out the virtual Club Fair at the online link below. There really is something outside the classroom for every Titan!
And speaking of activities, our sports contests continue tonight with our first home football game of the year. Please consider coming out to the Titan Colosseum on this great weather night, and also supporting our young women and men on the cross country, field hockey, golf, soccer, volleyball and cheer teams at their competitions. Have a nice, long weekend, Titans!
With Titan Pride,
Looking Ahead - The Weekly Calendar
Here is the updated Weekly Calendar for Tuscarora High School and FCPS.*
Friday, September 3th
Boys Varsity Soccer Tournament vs. Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS at Urbana HS
Varsity Football Game Home vs. Middletown HS
Saturday, September 4th
Cross Country at Brunswick High Invitational
Girls Soccer Tournament at Chesapeake HS
Boys Varsity Soccer Tournament vs. Watkins Mill HS at Urbana HS
Sunday, September 5th
Monday, September 6th
No School - Labor Day
Rosh Hashanah (Begins at Sunset)
Tuesday, September 7th
No School - Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 8th
4:00 & 5:15 PM
Board of Education Meeting
International Literacy Day
Rosh Hashanah (Ends at Sunset)
Learning for Life Students to Walmart
Field Hockey Home vs. Manchester Valley High
JV Football vs. South Hagerstown High
Thursday, September 9th
5:30 & 6:45 PM
5:30 & 7:00 PM
Golf vs. North Hagerstown High at Black Rock CC
Volleyball at Walkersville High
Boys Soccer at Walkersville High
Girls Soccer Home vs. Walkersville High
Friday, September 10th
Varsity Football at South Hagerstown High
Saturday, September 11th
Patriot Day: Anniversary of September 11, 2001
Girls Varsity Soccer at Severna Park High Tournament
*Dates and times are subject to change.
See FCPS Calendar
Student Attendance Notes
If your child will be unable to attend school due to illness, doctor's appointments, or for any other reason, please communicate with THS via email: THS.Attendance@fcps.org
Keeping You Informed - School News
Titan Tutoring is BACK!
Starting Wednesday, September 8th
Mondays & Wednesday have virtual options from 3:30pm - 6:30pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays have in person tutoring opportunities. As of now, there will be no bus transportation available. See the schedule here, with links the to google meet. (The codes are listed below.)
Underclass Picture Day is Wednesday, September 8th
Due to the unexpected weather events which forced our closure on Thursday, picture passes were only just given out on Friday, September 3rd. Normally we have one or two days to take care of any potential issues with distributing the picture passes, but obviously that is not a luxury we have this year.
Many students will have received order forms in their FLEX classes. However, if a student did not receive an order form, please don’t worry. Mr. Hartman will send a Find out First in a few weeks with online ordering information for parents who wish to purchase school pictures.
If a student did not receive a picture pass, they should refer to this master schedule to figure out when they are scheduled. Additionally, Mr. Hartman will be available on Main Street at 7:00am. Wednesday morning to further assist students in either securing a picture pass or ascertaining what time their portrait is scheduled for.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hartman at: Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised, however, that Mr. Hartman will be running the actual picture day in the auditorium from 7:45am-2:00pm and so his replies may be delayed.
The Frederick County Health Department will sponsor a free Vaccine Clinic for all unvaccinated Tuscarora High School students on Tuesday, September 14, from 8:00am - 12:00pm. Vaccines will be offered on site at Tuscarora, with a second dose scheduled on October 5 for those who receive the first on 9/14.
Parents/Guardians may consent for their student to receive this shot by (1) registering online at the link below and, (2) completing the attached consent form which must be presented on the day of the vaccination. Parents do NOT have to be present when the vaccine is administered. This vaccine clinic is NOT open to walk-ins, families or community members.
This a free and safe way to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Being vaccinated will allow student to return to school faster in most instances when they are a close contact to a positive COVID individual, rather than quarantining for many school days. Protect yourself and others, Titans!
Consent Form in English
Consent Form in Spanish
Mod Pizza Fundraiser for THS Performing Arts Boosters
On Monday, September 6th (yes, labor day), MOD Pizza in Westview is donating 20% of all Takeout, Delivery & Pick up orders to the Tuscarora High School Performing Arts Boosters (THSPAB). Take a night off from cooking and enjoy a meal out for a good cause!
MOD Pizza accepts orders online at https://orders.modpizza.com/ using the promo code GR170877T or in store mentioning THSPAB. Thank you for your support and enjoy your pizza!
Schoology Parent Group
Calling all THS Parents!! Join the Schoology group for Parents: Tuscarora High School Parents 2021-2022. In this group you will have access to important information related to THS and have the ability to ask questions!
How to Join: Click Groups (top menu in blue on Schoology) - Click My Groups (right side) - Click Join a Group (right side) - enter access code. The access code to join the group is GNZS-X4HQ-CRN3T.
Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions.
Having Trouble with Schoology?
View this document to help with any issues you are having.
National Honor Society Applications
Free and Reduced Meals and Services
If you still need Free and Reduced Meal Applications, please email RoShaun.Dorsey@fcps.org or call the Main Office at 240-236-6400 with the number of applications that you need. Be sure to specify English or Spanish.
Yearbook Sales are Officially Open!
Every year we offer an ‘Early Bird’ special. This is the lowest price-point at which a book can be purchased. The special runs from now through October 15th. Books can be ordered at: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/
Our School Code is: 14640
From the Health Room
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the Health Room will schedule appointments for parents to drop off medications and/or medical supplies for their student. No medicine/supplies will be accepted without a pre-scheduled appointment. To schedule an appointment please call the health room at 240-236-6424. Students are not permitted to self carry prescription or over the counter medications without the registered nurse’s evaluation. All medications need to be dropped off by parents with accompanying authorization forms completed.
Need academic support while at home quarantining or waiting for test results? THS is offering Quarantine Tutoring! If you would like to schedule a 1 hour google meet with one of our THS Staff members, please fill out the form: tiny.cc/thsqtutoring Reach out to Sarah Welker, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions.
Dress Code Reminder
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.
Face Coverings Required
Frederick County Public Schools will be requiring all students and staff to wear face coverings inside our schools for the start of the 2021-22 school year. There will be no requirement to wear face coverings outdoors; however, it is strongly recommended particularly for those who are unvaccinated. The requirement to wear face coverings on school buses continues to be in effect. More detailed information about this requirement is provided in The Superintendent's Update, found at this weblink: FCPS Face Covering Details.
Congratulations, Commendations & Kudos
The Congratulations, Commendations and Kudos section of The Titan Weekly will highlight notable individual student achievements, group and organization achievement, and the student of the week nominations. Stay tuned!
Counseling Office Update
SAVE THE DATE - PSAT
FCC Dual Enrollment / Open Campus Students
Beginning on Monday, August 30th, ALL FCC Dual Enrollment and Open Campus students MUST sign in / out in the Main Office upon arrival to / leaving from school for the times their class is not in session.
As you know, Dual Enrollment and Open Campus FCC classes do not meet every day of the week. Part of the agreement you signed when your participation paperwork was completed, states “student are not required to be in the school building on days when their FCC class is not in session.”
However, it is vitally important for Tuscarora High School staff to know when you leave the building and when you arrive (if before the end of the school day / after the beginning of the school day) as we are responsible for you between the hours of 7:30 am – 2:15 pm.
Counselor Breakdown by Student Last Name
A-C Danielle Moore
D-Ja William Gill
Jb-M Carla Goto
N-Se Diane Cooper
Sf-Z, Learning for Life Joshua Harrison
English Learner Students Amy Pearre
Internships, Scholarships, Service & Job Opps
Flamingo Pool Supplies is hiring!
Please apply in person at 5715 Industry Ln, Frederick, MD 21704 or reach out to Mrs. Jorgensen in the media center or by email email@example.com for direct contact information!
Fusion Carwash is hiring!
Apply at their location at 5371 Spectrum Dr, Frederick, MD 21703
Dicks Sporting Goods at the FSK mall is hiring!
You must be at least 16 years old. Apply at dickssportingggoods.com.jobs and mention Amy Gilbert as a reference.
Chilis on Pegasus Ct. is hiring Host or Togo Chiliheads!
Apply online at https://www.chilisjobs.com/
Aviation Education & Career Expo
Friday, October 29th, 2021
Leesburg Executive Airport -957 Sycolin Rd.- Leesburg, VA 20175
877.Pro.Jet1 or 703.889.8558 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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=
Fall Sports Competitions Begin TODAY!
Current Athletics MASK Policy - FCPS recommends face coverings and social distancing outside whenever attending an event on an FCPS campus. Face coverings are REQUIRED for all coaches, officials and game management staff outside, when social distance cannot be maintained. INSIDE, face coverings are required to be worn properly when not actively engaged in physical activity – this includes fans and staff. This also means student athletes must wear them on the bench, in huddles, locker rooms, etc., but may remove them upon entering the contest.
Senior Class of 2021
THS Senior Page: Seniors 2022
Twitter Account: tuscarorahs22
Senior Class Advisors: Judith Jorgensen, Carrie Palmer, & Aaron Miles
Class Officer Elections
Senior Quotes for the Yearbook can be submitted now. More Information
If you have any questions please go to the senior website.
News From the Titan Media Center
New books have arrived in the media center. Stop by to check some out or put books on hold using the LS2.
Media Center Hours and Contact
Media Center Website: https://education.fcps.org/ths/mediacenter
Media Center Twitter: @mediacenterTHS
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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Frederick County Health Department
Maryland Department of Health: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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).
Phone 211 or 301-663-0011
Location: 226 South Jefferson Street, Frederick, MD 21701
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
School Cash Online
Menus & Meals
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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