January 2020, Volume 11, Number 6
FCPS Counselor Earns Top Award
The Maryland School Counselor Association has once again named an FCPS counselor Maryland's School Counselor of the Year. The 2020 honoree is Kathleen Klecan from Brunswick ES. This is the third time an FCPS counselor has achieved this statewide recognition since 2016. Left to right: Behavioral Health and Student Services Supervisor Janet Shipman, Student Services Director Dana Falls, Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban, Public Affairs Director Daryl Boffman, Kathleen Klecan, her husband Geoff Klecan and mother Joni Youse, Brunswick ES Principal Justin McConnaughey, Kemptown ES School Counselor Dr. Laura Jones (who was School Counselor of the Year in 2016) and Elementary Director Kathy Prichard. See the news release.
User Support Specialist Martha Hirschman promotes success at Oakdale MS, where she is dedicated to assisting students and staff with all facets of technology and more. Even when a duty is not technology related, Martha is always willing to help. She communicates with families, students and colleagues in a respectful manner that creates rapport and assurance. She makes an effort to learn students' names and preferences. This allows her to solve problems in a timely manner, providing students the resources they need to achieve success in the classroom. Principal Mita Badshah and colleagues say Martha is a vital team member at her school.
Congratulations to Martha Hirschman and all employees earning FCPS All-Star Awards since our December newsletter: Pam Bator, Alicia Kuchinsky (award earned in May) Sallie McElfish and Andrea Moss.
Know an amazing employee? Nominate a colleague for FCPS All-Star recognition!
PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
Career and Technology Center Principal Michael Concepcion is our district's finalist for The Washington Post Principal of the Year. The Washington Post will name its Principal of the Year winner in April. Left to right: Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban, Michael Concepcion, BOE Vice President Jay Mason, FCPS Public Affairs Department Executive Director Daryl Boffman, FCPS Accelerating Achievement and Equity Department Executive Director Dr. Keith Harris, CTC Assistant Principal Jack Newkirk and FCPS Career and Technology Education Supervisor Dr. Kristine Pearl. See the news release.
Urbana @ Sugarloaf ES advanced academics teacher Karl Kidd earned Maryland's statewide 2019 Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Education Award. See the news release.
The Maryland Gifted and Talented Advisory Council is presenting Advanced Academics Supervisor Dr. Jessica Reinhard a Leadership in Gifted and Talented Education award and teacher specialists Mark Elias, Heather Kehr and Charlotte Landahl Teacher As Leader Outstanding Educator awards. See the news release.
Frederick County Virtual School Principal Dr. Stacey Adamiak and Coordinator Mike Watson will present at the Digital Learning Annual Conference in Austin, TX. Their topics: Systemic Professional Learning for F2F Mentors, Initiating and Sustaining Digital Learning Strategies and Academic Integrity in Online Learning Environments.
The Frederick Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. presented the 2020 Ellen Nickens Visionary Award to FCPS Web Experience Coordinator Tonja Street for her outstanding work as co-creator of Pink Pray Love, bringing hope, knowledge and support to people affected by breast cancer.
FCPS partners with Hood College in offering leadership-development opportunities for teachers. Congratulations to our fourth class of Vanguard teachers: See their names!
Computer-Aided Design teacher John Kriner at the FCPS Career and Technology Center facilitated an opportunity for students and staff to enjoy a traveling exhibit on Early Women of Architecture in Maryland. The display showcased 12 extraordinary women who were pioneers in architecture and landscape design.
Congratulations to Urbana MS with coach Dave Erb for winning the countywide MATHCOUNTS competition and thanks to Joe Daly for coordinating the event.
Chief Financial Officer Leslie Pellegrino commends Budget Officer Heather Clabaugh and her team Doreen Bass, Jessica Clabaugh, Sue Weeks and Kathy Whitcomb on preparing an award-winning budget book. FCPS earned the Association of School Business Officials International Pathway to the Meritorious Budget Award for 2019-2020 for outstanding budget presentation practices. See the news release.
WELCOME TO THE BOE
Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner and the County Council have named Rae Gallagher to fill the vacant BOE position previously held by Joy Schaefer.
Gallagher will serve the remainder of Schaefer's term, which ends in December 2020. Schaefer completed her service after the January 8 BOE meeting, resigning to serve as director of governmental affairs and public policy with the Frederick County Government.
Employed as a program director at the Center for Supportive Schools, Gallagher holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Baltimore and a bachelor's degree in psychology and Spanish from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. She collaborates with schools and school districts in Delaware, Maryland and Washington DC to help build safe, supporting, engaging and inspiring school environments.
See the news release and bio.
The BOE public hearing on the FY2021 Operating Budget is Wednesday, February 5. Share your funding priorities at 7 PM in the Board Room at 191 S. East Street, Frederick. See the Superintendent's Recommended Operating Budget and more.
The FCPS Academic Tournament is underway! See the topics and schedule for remaining matches, open free to the public and a great way to spend a Friday evening!
Out-of-district transfers are restricted at 32 schools for the 2020-2021 school year. See the list and more.
FCPS directories are updated at
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OFF THE CUFF
Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban and guests recently blogged about the following topics:
See them here.
VIDEOS Released since our December issue:
FCPS In a Minute - December 20 January 10 January 17 January 24
Tweet of the Week -
Crestwood MS Student Author Mishani De Silva
Brunswick ES Music Teacher Amanda Fishel
Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School Student Elliot Anderson
FCPS Proud - December January
See the CTC student-produced video: United States Census 2020
BOE Meetings - Watch any meeting or select a portion by topic here
NEWS RELEASES Issued after our December newsletter:
FCPS Announces Schools Restricted for Out-of-District Transfers
FCPS Opens Nominations for Principal of the Year
Klecan Is Named Maryland School Counselor of the Year
MATHCOUNTS Competition Begins January 4
FCPS Earns Budget Award
FCPS Announces Academic Tournament Schedule
FCPS Seeks Calendar Committee Members
FCPS Teacher Earns Maryland's Agricultural Education Award
FCPS Staff Earn Awards for Promoting Advanced Academics
Elementary Magnet Program Application Opens Soon
Board of Education Member Confirmed
Hear FCPS All-County Student Musicians
Concepcion FCPS Finalist for Principal of the Year
FCPS Announces 27th Annual Technology Fair
Chat with the Superintendent
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