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Photo | Submitted Ms. Kelsey and Ms. Ashley’s students at The Goddard School in Urbana are organizing a year-long Acts of Kindness campaign.

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Ms. Kelsey and Ms. Ashley’s students at The Goddard School in Urbana are organizing a year-long Acts of Kindness campaign.

Goddard Embarks on Acts of Kindness Campaign

Students in the Elephants classroom at The Goddard School in Urbana kicked off a year-long Acts of Kindness campaign with a recycled toy drive in December. Through the December donation drive, students learned about the importance of giving during the holiday season, being kind to others, and how some families struggle more than others. Toys were donated to and Vietnam Veterans of America.

This month, Ms. Kelsey and Ms. Ashley’s class collected items for families in need. Food and hygiene items were donated to
the Frederick Rescue Mission.

Redistricting Meeting Planned

Residents of the Linganore, Oakdale and Urbana High School feeder areas are invited to attend one of two Frederick County Public Schools meetings this month about the school system’s new LinganoreOakdale-Urbana redistricting study. Meetings are Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oakdale High School auditorium, 5850 Eaglehead Dr., and Thursday, Jan. 31 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Natelli Community Room at the Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St.

The redistricting study is necessary to establish new attendance boundaries and feeder patterns to accommodate new schools and increased capacity. The new schools are Sugarloaf Elementary on Stone Barn Drive in Urbana, which is temporarily serving Urbana Elementary students until the Urbana Elementary replacement is complete for the 2020-2021 school year, and a not-yet-named elementary school in the Lake Linganore Hamptons West neighborhood opening for the 2021-2022 school year.

For additional information, please contact the FCPS facilities planning department at

Public Hearing on FCPS FY2020 Operating Budget Planned

The Board of Education’s Public Hearing on the FY2020 Operating Budget will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Board Room, 191 S. East St., Frederick. FCPS has posted budget details online. See the Superintendent’s Recommended Fiscal 2020 Operating Budget at and the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Calendar at

Kiddie Academy Hosts STEM Adventures

Kiddie Academy’s STEM Adventures on Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to noon is free and open to all. Kids are invited to explore the world of science, technology engineering and math through age-appropriate activities. Kiddie Academy is located in Landon Crossing at 3401-D Urbana Pike. Visit to RSVP.

Goddard Open House Planned

The Urbana Goddard School will hold an open house Feb. 19 to 22, 10 a.m. to noon daily. Activities will celebrate National Engineering Week: The Exploration of Aviation. All are invited to see how Goddard is taking S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) to the next level. Goddard Urbana is located at 3825 Carriage Hill Dr.

For more information, visit

Congratulations to UMS Teacher Emily Zeller

Urbana Middle School teacher Emily Zeller was nominated by one her students to receive KEY 103’s Heart of Learning Award. She is one of 13 teachers from FCPS and Washington County Public Schools who will be placed in a voting competition between May 1 and 17 to win a trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico as the Heart of Learning Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award Winner at Centerville

Centerville Shining Star Reagan Thomas was recognized as a 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award Winner on Jan. 10 at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. The program theme for Frederick County Public Schools’ 29th annual event was “Courage Beyond Words.” To earn the award, the student must have demonstrated positive leadership qualities characteristic of Dr. King and exhibited the Character Counts! Pillars of responsibility, caring, fairness, trustworthiness, citizenship and respect.

UHS Artists Recognized

Urbana High artists were recently recognized in two competitions. In the Frederick Woman’s Civic Club, Inc. Youth Art Competition “Digital Art” category, Saahiti Potluri won second place for her photograph, “Untitled” and Viren Mistry received an honorable mention for his photograph, “The Masked”; in the “Drawing and Painting” category, Christina Haviid won second place for her oil pastel, “Childhood Favorites.”

The winning art will now go to the Western District competition, which will take place sometime in March. If, at that time, the art earns a first, second or third place, it will be sent to the state competition. The state competition will be held on April 27.

Ben Clarke and Ferris McIlmail had their work juried into the University of Maryland (College Park) High School Art Competition. This competition was open to all Maryland high schools and will showcase work from across the state.

Young Authors Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to Jiayi Wang (9th grade, poem), Elizabeth Kellogg (9th grade, short story), Yusra Haroon (10th grade, poem), Shaun KewalRamani (11th grade, poem), Lilliana Resnik (11th grade, short story), Ariana Bennett (12th grade, poem) and Kat Poston (12th grade, short story) for winning this year’s Young Authors Contest. The winners will represent UHS at the county competition.

Mini-THON Fundraiser Planned

Dine at Panera Bread, 5600A Urbana Pike, on Monday, Jan. 28, 6 to 9 p.m. and 10 percent of your bill will support the UHS Mini-THON organization. The UHS Mini-THON is a part of Four Diamonds (Penn State Children’s Hospital) where 100 percent of all proceeds raised go toward battling childhood cancer.

Nominate Your School Counselor

Nominations are open for the Frederick County Association for Counseling and Development’s School Counselor of the Year award. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Jan. 31. You can nominate your school counselor here:

Cheer on the Urbana High Academic Team

Through the end of February, the UHS Academic Team competes virtually every Friday night in the annual FCPS Academic Tournament. Weekly matches mirror “It’s Academic,” begin at 6 p.m. and are free and open to the public. All matches are held at Frederick High School.


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