Meredith Bagnell (A-D) - email@example.com 240-236-7404
Dana Brashear (E-K) - firstname.lastname@example.org 240-236-7436
Erin Phelps (L-Rod) - email@example.com 240-236-7402
Paula Langley (Roe-Z) - firstname.lastname@example.org 240-236-7405
Dates and times are subject to change
FCPS REQUIRES UNIVERSAL MASKING
FCPS currently requires all students and staff to wear face coverings inside our schools. 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.
INFORMATION FOR SENIORS
Recommendations: Seniors applying to 4-year colleges who need of letters of recommendation should identify the counselor and teachers that they will ask for them. Recommenders SHOULD NOT be added to the Common App, because Naviance will link them later. Prior to contacting those recommenders, students should complete the “Recommendation Brag Sheet” in Naviance Family Connection. That is found in the “About Me” tab in the top left under “Surveys to take.”
UPCOMING COLLEGE VISITS
Seniors and juniors should use their Naviance Account (see link under scholarships below) to sign up for these and other visits and determine the location of the visit, which will usually be the Main Conference Room or the Auditorium during Knights Quest. All sign-ups close 12 hours prior to the visit time. Please see Mrs. Bertulaitis in Counseling if you have questions.
COLLEGE OPEN HOUSES
Please click on the college name below to get more information.
Check Naviance for paperwork and requirements for these and other scholarship opportunities! Applications in bold are local scholarships - for MHS students, FCPS students and/or residents of Maryland.
To Access Scholarships On Naviance, Click on the following Tabs:
Scholarships and Money
Go to Naviance to access this information.
To Request Official Transcripts for Scholarships or Personal Use on Naviance, click on the following tabs:
Apply to College
Red "+" button
Enter information as completely as possible. Enter special instructions in the note section, (for example, "Please email transcript to (insert email address)" or "Please include counselor recommendation form"). There will be a $2.00 fee (cash or check payable to MHS) per official transcript prepared, payable when the transcript is picked up. You will be notified when it is ready. Please allow 5 business days for a transcript request.
NACAC VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIR
Northeastern US College Fair
Tuesday, September 28 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Signature Virtual College Fair is being held this Sunday. Registration is free. Over 397 public and private institutions from all over this and other countries (UK, Italy, Canada) will be participating. Colleges include Auburn University, Boston University, Clemson University, and many other well-known names.
The Northeastern US Virtual College Fair will have over 325 public and private institutions participating, mostly from the US Northeast, featured as well.
For more information and to register for either of these virtual fairs, or other virtual college fairs also being held, click here.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY - PARK SCHOLARSHIP
Valued at $208,000 for Out-of-State Students
Application Deadline for Admission and Scholarship Application are both November 1
NC State’s Park Scholarships program includes a four-year scholarship awarded on the basis of outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character and prepares scholars for lifelong contributions to the university, state, nation, and world. Students should review the selection criteria to determine if they qualify.
Benefits of the Park Scholarship include:
There are separate applications for the Park Scholarships program and admission to NC State, both of which are now open and due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on November 1 for consideration for the Park Scholarship. To contact undergraduate admissions, email email@example.com. For questions about the Park Scholarships program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS SHADOWING
Registration is now open to visit the Academy for the Fine Arts during a monthly "Shadow Day." During a Shadow Day, students get to spend the first two blocks of the day at the AFA meeting staff, participating in a class and discussing the program with current students.
The AFA is a college and career pathway program housed at TJ High School with focus areas in music, dance, art and theatre. Next year, the plan is to introduce a new focus area in musical theatre.
Due to COVID and lack of space on buses, transportation via the CTC shuttles will not be available for students who wish to participate in an AFA Shadow Day. If students are unable to participate in person, we are offering a virtual Shadow Day in November. Students who do wish to participate in person must either drive themselves or have a parent/guardian transport them.
To register for a Shadow Day, please visit: https://www.fcpsartsacademy.org/visit-the-afa1.html
For questions, please contact the AFA Coordinator, Jonathan Kurtz at 240-236-8352 or email@example.com.
MHS COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
Wednesday, September 22 & Wednesday, October 13
MHS is pleased to be hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Wednesday, September 22, 8 AM - 2 PM. Vaccines will be offered on site at MHS, with a second dose scheduled on Wednesday, October 13 for those whom receive the first dose on September 22.
Students may be vaccinated without parents present only with the signed consent form (linked below):
Please click here to sign up for your appointment and complete screening questions. Family and student walk-ins are welcome
ALL STUDENTS: UPDATE PASSWORDS NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Attention all students who have not yet changed their password from their student ID: Using your student ID to sign in will soon no longer work. Students can update their password while in Chrome by clicking on FCPS bookmarks and choosing the password reset portal. Please ensure that your password is updated before Wednesday, September 22. If you need assistance, please see Ms. Mills or Ms. Sgrignoli in the Media Center.
UNDERCLASSMEN YEARBOOK PHOTOS
Wednesday, September 22
Underclassmen photos will be taken on Wednesday, September 22, in the MHS auditorium during regular school hours. MHS's contract with Lifetouch requires that all portraits that appear in the yearbook be taken by Lifetouch/Prestige Portraits. Students are not required to purchase photos or pay a sitting fee if they are only having a portrait taken for the yearbook.
United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)
Attention: Juniors & Seniors Only
The 60th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is currently in the process of selecting nominations. This prestigious program awards each selected participant a $10,000 scholarship to use for undergraduate studies. Only juniors and seniors currently serving in certain elected or appointed positions in school are eligible to apply, see below:
Each principal may nominate one student to represent their school before the state selection committee. The State Superintendent of Schools finally selects two students to represent the state. Two alternates will also be selected to replace primary delegates in the event that they are unable to participate in the program. The program will be conducted on Saturday, Saturday, March 5 - Saturday, March 12. Plans are being made to have students meet with their State senators, members of the cabinet, and other government leaders.
If you are interested in hearing more about the program or the application process, please see or email Mrs. Langley (firstname.lastname@example.org) NO LATER THAN Thursday, September 23.
FREDERICK COUNTY COLLEGE NIGHT
Frederick Community College Athletic Center
Tuesday, October 5
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
FCC is planning an in-person College Night. Registration is not required for students/parents. Masks are required for this event. Please view FCC’s COVID-19 Information for the latest campus guidelines.
More than 60 colleges and universities from the East Coast will be in attendance. Click here for more information, or contact FCC Admissions at 301.624.2716 or email@example.com.
UPCOMING MILITARY BRANCH LUNCH VISITS
During lunch you will have an opportunity to chat and get information from different members of our military branches.
United States Marine Corps - Tuesday, September 21
United States Navy - Thursday, October 14
MHS CLUB SIGN-UPS
Did you miss Club Rush and still want to sign-up for a club? Check ouT the MHS Clubs & Organizations List below. Message or email the advisor if you'd link to join.
MHS Club Rush
MATH HONOR SOCIETY APPLICATIONS
Due Friday, October 8
The MHS Math Honor Society is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. The deadline for application submission is Friday, October 8. Please see Mr. DeGrange, Room 526 for an application.
After-school tutoring is available in the following subjects: Geometry, Algebra, Spanish 1-3, and Upper-Level Math; in addition, a Writing Center option is available. There is also help for students who have been required to quarantine.
For more days of the week, times and other information, go here.
MARYLAND SEAL OF BILITERACY
Does your child use a language besides English at home? MHS, FCPS, and the state of Maryland would like to honor and celebrate that! The Maryland State Seal of Biliteracy is an award that recognizes a student's high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English and one or more other languages. These languages DO NOT need to be taught in school, so if you speak another language at home, you may be eligible. Maryland is one of more than 45 states that now offer the designation, and it conveys to colleges and employers that your child has a skill few others possess! Please see or email Ms. Stutzman (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on the award.
NATIONAL SCHOOL FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM
Breakfast and lunch meals are FREE for ALL FCPS students for the 2021-2022 school year. Breakfast and lunch are available on days when students are in school. Please note that snacks, ice cream, and drinks (other than milk) are not free and must be purchased from the cafeteria.
Free to-go dinner and snack meals will be available daily for students to take home with them after school starting Monday, August 23, at Middletown High School in addition to some other school locations. For more information, and to see a complete list of schools, please visit https://www.fcpsnutrition.com. To-go dinner and snack meals for Saturdays and Sundays will be distributed on Fridays.
We encourage families to complete the free and reduced-price meal benefits application even though all children receive meals at no charge because the USDA provides funds that support the nutrition program based on your child’s eligibility. Eligibility for free or reduced-price meal reimbursement is based on the following annual income eligibility guidelines effective from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
If you have previously received free and reduced-price meal benefits, you must re-apply for the 2021-22 school year.
Please go here for the income eligibility guidelines.
CREDITS, GRADE PROMOTION AND GRADUATION
If you're not sure you understand how earning credits towards graduation works, watch this video! It provides a clear explanation of all you need to know. This is especially recommended for students in earlier grades - rising 9th and 10th grades, but all students and parents can benefit.
Credits, Promotion & Graduation
FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDY SKILLS & SAT TEST PREP CLASSES
The SAT test is a standardized exam you will likely encounter on your journey from high school to college. Test scores are used for college admissions decisions and awarding merit-based scholarships.
Prepare for the SAT with test-specific content as well as test-taking strategies needed for satisfactory performance on the SAT. Enrollment is limited to ensure a low student-to-teacher ratio. These classes will meet on campus in an in-person environment. The cost is $149.
Click here to go to the FCC website for more information, or here for a flyer on the classes.
All SAT testing dates listed above are Saturdays. Late registration incurs a late fee. Learn more, register and get free practice at College Board.
CEEB/ETS High School Code: 210755
2021 - 2022 ACT TEST DATES AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES
All ACT testing dates listed above are Saturdays. Late registration incurs a late fee. Learn more and register at ACT.
CEEB/ETS High School Code: 210755
Mental Health Resources
The Maryland Department of Health released a “Student and Young Adult Resource Guide for Coping During COVID-19”. Click here to see it. It’s a handy, comprehensive guide created for secondary and college students to spotlight issues and find resources on how to help themselves and each other through the continued adjustment to pandemic-created changes. Many of the resources also support elementary students. The FCPS Mental Health Matters page can be found here. Students and family members who are experiencing difficulty may wish to contact the Frederick County Mental Health Association (MHA).
Walk-In Behavioral Health Services
The Walk-in Service has resumed seeing clients in person at their office located at 226 South Jefferson Street in Frederick for those who prefer to see someone face to face. They are also continuing to offer their Virtual Walk-In platform for those who feel more comfortable with that.
The MHA's call center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From intervention, a caring and supporting voice at a moment of crisis, to connecting to resources and information, dial 211.
Child Protective Services (CPS): 301-600-2464 Help for physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
Crisis Services: Dial 211 - Help when you feel really anxious or really depressed and need someone to talk with so that you can stay safe.
Maryland Anonymous Tip Line: 1-833-632-7233 - Report threats or situations that put your safety, or others' safety, at risk.
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 - Help if you are thinking about suicide.
Help Finding Local Food Distribution Sites:
Use the link below to search your address. A list of food distribution sites will appear including the hours of distribution.
Local Food Distribution Sites
SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION
This is a reminder that all males are required by law to register for the Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Preregistration can be done at 17 years, 3 months and the registration held until the 18th birthday. Failure to register can create future issues: the inability to receive federally funded college loans and grants, to obtain federally funded training and certification programs and federal employment. To register, go to SSS.gov
Counseling Office Staff
Last Names A-D: Meredith Bagnell, 240-236-7404
Last Names E-K: Dana.Brashear, 240-236-7436
Last Names L-Rod: Erin Phelps, 240-236-7402
Last Names Roe-Z: Paula Langley, 240-236-7405
Registrar: Niki Dillard, 240-236-7401
Counseling Secretary: Jennifer Bertulaitis, 240-236-7403
Visit the MHS School Counseling Page