September 24, 2021
Message From The Principal's Desk
Dear Titan Families,
Welcome to autumn! While the calendar may say that fall is just beginning, we are at the midterm point of the 1st Term. Midterm grades will be published next week, with a hard copy sent only to those students currently earning a "D" or "F" for a particular class. If your student's grades are not what you had hoped they would be, the good news is this - there are still five weeks to go in the term. Encourage your child to seek help from their teacher during the Flex Period. Secondly, Titan tutoring, both in person and virtually, is in place at the schedule below - your own personal tutor, free of charge! Have you priced private tutoring recently? Lastly, Schoology not only allows you to access your child's grades, but also allows you access the exact assignment, resources and grading expectations for all assessments. Teachers invest a good deal of time so that you have this information at your fingertips. Check out the full picture of Schoology.
Even with an unexpected day off, this has been a busy week at Tuscarora, with our normal classes, evening meetings, sports, performing arts, and practices just about every afternoon and evening. It's always exciting to see students not only engaged in the classroom, but also outside of it during what we sometimes like to call "the second shift." It is proof that a THS student's education is much broader than formal learning. The lessons that sometimes leave the deepest impression are the ones where a student learns to balance their time, make choices among many great options, accepts adversity or defeat, or understands the true meaning of teamwork in seeing a project to completion. The staff at Tuscarora is invested in your students, both inside and outside the classroom. When you see that teacher who serves as an extracurricular sponsor or coach, spending long hours away from their own family for little or no extra compensation, remember that they not only love their classroom subjects and activities. They love and want the best for your students.
Many thanks to the good people at Wawa on Ballenger Creek Pike who provided our staff with coffee and donuts this morning. This is part of their monthlong recognition of educators, which is much appreciated this year. Patronize this Wawa if you get the opportunity, and thank them for their support of THS.
With Titan Pride,
Looking Ahead - The Weekly Calendar
Here is the updated Weekly Calendar for Tuscarora High School and FCPS.*
Fair Day - 3.5 Hour Early Dismissal
Varsity Football (Home) vs. Frederick High
2:30 - 9:30 PM
5:30 & 7:00 PM
Cross Country at Woodward Relays at Georgetown Prep
Band at Century High
Boys Soccer at Frederick High
Sunday, September 26th
Monday, September 27th
Golf at Black Rock Country Club for Districts
Unified Tennis (Home) vs. Urbana High
Boys Soccer at Walkersville High
Tuesday, September 28th
4:00 & 5:15 PM
5:30 & 6:45 PM
Field Hockey (Home) vs. Middletown High
Volleyball (Home) vs. Winters Mill High
Wednesday, September 29th
JV Football (Home) vs. Walkersville High
Thursday, September 30th
Golf at Clustered Spires Golf Course vs. Frederick High
Girls JV Soccer at Boonsboro High
Volleyball (Home) vs. South Hagerstown High
Boys Soccer (Home) vs. South Hagerstown High
Girls Varsity Soccer at South Hagerstown High
Friday, October 1st
Field Hockey at Oakdale High
Varsity Football at Walkersville High
*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
THS Early Fall State Testing Begins Next Week at THS!
Students who attended a Maryland public school last year will complete the federally mandated state assessments postponed from the 2020-2021 school year. These assessments include: ELA 8, Math 8, MISA 8, Algebra 1, English 10, and MISA (Biology)10.
Students will receive testing details and information during 1st block this Friday, September 24. Additionally, a FOF will be sent out the next two Mondays, listing all the testers and their testing rooms for the upcoming week.
Students should bring a charged FCPS device (and charging cord) to school on testing dates. Students who do not have an FCPS device will be testing in a computer lab.
State Testing Schedule:
Block 1 & 2
*Students will complete the test within one block during the day.
Questions? Please contact Sarah Welker at email@example.com.
College-Bound Sophomores and Juniors - PSAT Registration is Open!
PSAT Registration is now open and space is limited!
The PSAT helps sophomores and juniors gauge their readiness for SAT or ACT exams.
It also serves as a gateway to information about colleges and universities.
All students who potentially will attend a 2- or 4- year college should consider taking this examination, which will be given in person at Tuscarora.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 13
If interested in the PSAT, you must do two things:
(or bring a check payable to Tuscarora High School to the main office from 8AM-3:30PM).
** If you have not yet signed up for School Cash online, step-by-step directions can be found on the Schoology group for Class of 2024 and 2023 **
General registration closes on Friday, October 1,
or when all spaces are filled, whichever occurs first.
Online practice PSATs are available on the Khan Academy website: https://tinyurl.com/yxcr3q6f
Titan Tutoring is BACK!
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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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
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, email@example.com, 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.
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.
Having Trouble with Schoology?
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Congratulations, Commendations & Kudos
Students of the Week
Titan Outstanding Scholar Award
Titan Outstanding Character Award
Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Tucarora High School Class Officers
Counseling Office Update
PSAT Registration is OPEN
Tuesday, September 28
Allegany College of Maryland
Student Services Conference Room
UMD - College Park
Wednesday, September 29
Wake Forest University
Thursday, September 30
Friday, October 1
Penn State University
The UMBC program awards range in the amounts from $5,000 to $15,000 per year.
If you would like to receive a nomination, please send the following information to Mrs. Goto in Student Services by October 8, 2021:
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
Red Lobster is hiring! Please view the flyer for more information.
Roy Rogers is looking for Part Time and Full Time employees as well as Full Time Assistant Managers. Roy Rogers will pay for your drivers education classes! Apply online at www.nowhiring.com/4royrogerscareers.
Buckingham's Choice is hiring! Please view the flyer for more information.
Dairy Queen in the FSK mall is hiring! Starting wage at $12.00 an hour. Reach out to Mrs. Jorgensen in the media center for contact information or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Starvin Marvin is hiring front counter positions! Students can apply at the Frederick location at 6942 Crestwood Blvd.
Fourth Dimension Fun Center on Arcadia Dr. is hiring! Please apply online through indeed.com or see Mrs. Jorgensen in the media center for contact information!
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=
Fall Sports are Underway!
Golden Mile Classic
Please support the boys soccer program and attend Saturday's 8th annual Golden Mile Classic at Frederick High School. Admission to the game is free. JV plays at 5:30 pm, Varsity plays at 7:00 pm. This game is the most attended sporting event in Frederick County most years. Help us break our past attendance record by getting over 1,000 fans!
COME JOIN US! We are “re-booting” and need your help and support. Concessions will be back on this year, but every game will need volunteers. We are looking for a few good parents ??.
Monday October 4th, 6:30 pm
or virtually at
Contact either Tracy.Hilliard@fcps.org or Howard.email@example.com. What are you doing to help create the absolute best experience for all our student-athletes?
This coming year is vital for the Boosters as we try to grow and support our athletic program. The loss of ticket gates for 4 straight seasons now means the 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 2021-22 THS ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB! EVERY TEAM NEEDS A VOICE/PARENT at meetings!
Senior Class of 2021
THS Senior Page: Seniors 2022
Twitter Account: tuscarorahs22
Senior Class Advisors: Judith Jorgensen, Carrie Palmer, & Aaron Miles
Claire's Gourmet Fundraiser Kick-Off
Seniors will be shown a video during FLEX. Fundraising packets will be availabe in their FLEX classrooms, the media center, and the front office. Seniors will have a chance to earn cash prizes, free cap & gown, or free prom tickets.
Senior Quotes for the Yearbook can be submitted now. More Information
Ready for life after high school? Whatever your plans - 2 year college, 4 year college, military, work, trade school - make sure you sign up for your Senior Conference with your school counselor. See the Class of 2022 Schoology Group for each counselor's link to their conference days / times.
If you have any questions 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
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
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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
5312 Ballenger Creek Pike
Frederick, MD 21703
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