School Notes

Budget Meeting with Superintendent Alban

Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban will speak about school operating budget priorities for the 2015-2016 school year (FY2016) on Jan. 7, and invites the public to attend. This event is slated for 7 to 8 p.m. with a snow date of Jan. 13 and will be held in the Tuscarora High School auditorium. If unable to attend, the community may send feedback to ThePromise@fcps.org.

Parent Involvement Matters Award

Through Jan. 30, The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is accepting nominations for the eighth annual Parent Involvement Matters Awards (PIMA). Nominations are for parents and guardians whose exemplary contributions to public education have led to improvements for Maryland’s public school children, teachers, schools, programs or policies.

“Frederick County is fortunate to have so many parents who volunteer their time and talents to support our students and schools. The PIMA award is a wonderful opportunity to honor one of these parents for their outstanding service and also highlight the impact of parent involvement in our schools,” stated Donna Quatman-Wilder, FCPS Family and Community Involvement teacher specialist.

There will be 24 semifinalists picked — one parent from each of Maryland’s 24 public school districts. Five finalists will be selected from this pool and one state winner will be announced in the spring. Go to www.fcps.org/awards for eligibility, criteria, process information and nomination guidelines. Mail nomination packages to Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Communications, Partnerships and Grants, 7th Floor, ATTN: PIMA, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Md. 21201.

School Community Meeting

On Dec. 17, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner held a community meeting on at 7 p.m. at Winchester Hall in downtown Frederick. The meeting’s agenda covered her Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget and six-year capital improvement program. This meeting provided opportunity for locals to advocate for funding Urbana’s new Sugarloaf Elementary School. Design for Sugarloaf is nearly complete and local residents are requesting construction funding for Fiscal Year 2017. Send written comments to Jan Gardner at jgardner@frederickcountymd.gov.

Homeschool Education Enrichment

Frederick Community College is hosting Homeschool Educational Enrichment events in spring 2015. Registration is now open for these classes. The classes are for ages 6 to 16. A spring class schedule is available at http://bit.ly/13kyFxY and registration is online at www.Frederick.edu/QuickEnroll. To subscribe for home education enews, email kfreeman@frederick.edu. For more information, contact Karen Freeman at 301.846.2661 or kfreeman@frederick.edu.

UMS Student Selected for Orchestra

Eighth grader Jackie Chen, from the music department at Urbana Middle School, has been selected for Maryland All-State Junior Orchestra, the first UMS student to receive this very special honor. The Junior Orchestra includes students from all across Maryland in grades seven to nine. Chen is part of the first violin section which has 28 members, most of them from Howard and Montgomery Counties. There was only one other Frederick County student who was accepted. The orchestra will perform in Towson in mid March.

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