Urbana Area Redistricting Study Underway
To better serve students in the growing Urbana area, Frederick County Public Schools has initiated a year-long redistricting study. The study will determine an attendance area for Sugarloaf Elementary. It will also examine feeder patterns for middle and high schools in this area.
The new Sugarloaf Elementary School, located on Stone Barn Drive in Urbana, will be completed this summer. To facilitate the demolition and replacement of Urbana Elementary School, students and faculty will be relocated to the new Sugarloaf school building this fall until the new Urbana Elementary School is completed. Both Urbana Elementary and Sugarloaf Elementary will open in fall 2020. Nine hundred and thirty-nine new elementary seats will be added to the Urbana area when these two schools open.
The new Urbana Elementary School at 3554 Urbana Pike will have a capacity of 725 students and span approximately 98,000 square feet. It will feature a full-size gymnasium, maker space labs, wall-to-wall wireless communication and updated security.
UMS Takes the Prize at Hersheypark
Urbana Middle School’s chorus, orchestra and band participated in Music in the Park in Hersheypark on June 2. All three groups won excellent ratings and trophies for their performances. The UMS 8th grade orchestra won second place. Band and chorus earned third place.
UMS Student Winner in 3M Young Scientist Challenge
Urbana Middle School Student Amogh Kashyap is the State Merit Winner from Maryland in the 2018 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
Urbana Teens All Top 10
Urbana teen contestants in the Miss Maryland/Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen—Bridget O’Brien, Emily Yi, Emily Mogel and Alex McGee—all made top 10 in the competition held June 20 to 23 at the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown. Bridget O’Brien was second runner-up, and Emily Yi was third runner-up and won the overall talent award.
UMS Students Help BIAB
Urbana Middle School students Shubhi Gandhi, Sidhant Gandhi, Sanjana RanaSinghe and Thushan RanaSinghe collected food for Blessings in a Backpack (BIAB). BIAB sends food-insecure students in Frederick County home for the weekend with food. The non-profit is volunteer and donation driven. If you would like to get involved, visit www.biabfrederickmd.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. It costs only $100 to feed a single child each weekend for an entire school year.
Stacey Hiltner Returns to UMS as Principal
Stacey Hiltner will transfer from Walkersville Middle, where she has been principal since 2013, to replace Peter Daddone as principal of Urbana Middle School. Hiltner began her career at FCPS in 1985 teaching music at Walkersville Middle and was promoted to assistant principal at Windsor Knolls Middle in 2005. In 2006, she transferred to Urbana Middle and was assistant principal there through June 2013. Hiltner earned her Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Salisbury State University in 1984 and her Master of Science degree in education from Towson State University in 1992.
Green Valley Elementary Gets New Principal
Dr. Giuseppe Di Monte will transfer from New Midway/Woodsboro Elementary, where he has been principal since 2013, to become principal of Green Valley Elementary. Before that, he was the first principal at the FCPS Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School when it opened in 2012. Di Monte began his career teaching fifth grade in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, in 2000. In 2001, he became science teacher at Farquhar Middle in Olney, and in 2004 the science resource teacher and eighth grade team leader. In 2007 he was promoted to assistant principal at Greenwood Elementary in Brookeville. He started at FCPS after serving as assistant principal at Jackson Road Elementary in Silver Spring. Di Monte earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 2000 from East Stroudsburg University and Master of Science degree in administration and supervision in 2005 from Johns Hopkins University. He earned his doctorate in education administration and policy from Walden University.
Leigh Warren, who has been principal of Green Valley since 2009, will become principal of Oakdale Elementary.
UHS Welcomes Three New Assistant Principals
Christopher Bittner is transferring from Linganore High as assistant principal. Rebecca Hackett is promoted from teaching math at Urbana High to assistant principal. Amanda McGrath is transferring from Brunswick High as assistant principal.
New Assistant Principal for WKMS
Chelsea Skoczylas is transferring to Windsor Knolls Middle School (WKMS) from Monocacy Middle as assistant principal.
New Assistant Principal for CES
Erica Cummins is transferring to Centerville Elementary School (CES) from Oakdale Middle as assistant principal, after serving as principal at the Frederick Classical Charter School. She replaces Neeley Miller, who is transferring to Twin Ridge Elementary.