School Notes

In a Minute Launched by FCPS

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) launched a new show called In a Minute on YouTube. Airing weekly, the video clips capture recent FCPS news highlights from across the county in a quick-view format. On Sept. 26, In a Minute featured photos from U.S. Congressman John Delaney’s visit to Urbana Middle School. On Sept. 19, the feature was about Superintendent Terry Alban’s victory in the Great Frederick Fair’s harness race. Michael Doerrer, director of communications, community engagement and marketing for FCPS, narrates the clips, which can be found on YouTube by searching FCPS In a Minute. Look weekly for updates.

New State Law about School Attendance

The Maryland General Assembly passed Senate Bill 362, Age for Compulsory Public School Attendance, and the governor has signed it into law. This law increases the age of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18. By the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, schools must fully implement the law.

The first phase of the law becomes effective on July 1, 2015, and increases the age of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 17. Phase two must be fully implemented by the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year and further increases the age of compulsory school attendance from 17 to 18.

PTA Reflections Competition

The Frederick County PTA has set its collection date for the National Reflections, “The world would be a better place if…” competition for Dec. 5. All grade levels are welcome to participate and there are six arts categories to choose from — dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. For more information, go to

Life After Middle School

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) invites parents of eighth grade students to Planning for the Future: Life after Middle School. This event will be held Monday, Nov. 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Frederick Community College’s (FCC’s) Jack B. Kussmaul Theater.

Featuring information about high school planning and opportunities, high school assessments and other high school requirements, career and technology education options, linking high school and college courses, post-high school opportunities and college savings plans, this event is free and also includes valuable resource materials for parents. To register, call 301.624.2716.

FCPS Continues to Outpace State, Nation on AP Scores

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to outperform state and global mean scores and percentages of AP students with scores of 3 or better. Maryland’s mean score was 2.98, the global mean score was 2.89 and the FCPS mean score was 3.16. The percentage of students with scores of 3 or better was 63 percent statewide, 61.3 percent globally and 73.5 percent at FCPS. Achieving a score of 3 to 5 on a 5-point scale qualifies students to receive credit at many colleges and universities.

“I am extremely proud of the outstanding results our students achieve, both on their AP tests and in the dual enrollment program,” said FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban. “Our students are on a path to success in college and careers. The data show that FCPS is supporting them every step along the way on that path.”

No Perfumes at Urbana Middle School

Urbana Middle School sent out a notice to students that aerosol and perfume sprays are not permitted at UMS. The stated reason was that the mist causes allergic reactions and difficulty breathing for some staff and students.


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