School Notes

Help Needed for Urbana’s Safe and Sane

Safe and Sane is an event put on entirely by parent volunteers for the current graduating class at Urbana High School (UHS). The goal is to provide a safe and alcohol/drug free event for the class. Statistics consistently show that graduation night has the highest death and accident rates for high school.

Currently, there is a need for volunteers for the UHS Safe and Sane. At Safe and Sane, current graduates are “locked in” at the Frederick Sports Complex on the night of graduation, from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m., or an earlier pickup by a parent, if previous arrangements have been made. The evening’s festivities include several forms of entertainment, food and giveaways. Participation is usually well over 90 percent, and students say they look forward to the event from the time they enter high school.

The event requires a large number of parent volunteers during part or all of the event; plus tax-deductible donations of food, gifts and money from local businesses.

If you can be a part of this memorable event for the students, please contact Safe and Sane co-chairs Leslie Whitestone (301.536.2784 or and Kim Wolf (301.874.5402 or

Junior Achievement Award: Norman A. Endlich

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland has appointed Norman A. Endlich to a three-year term on its board of directors. Endlich of Urbana has served as dean of the Brown School of Business and Leadership at Stevenson University’s Owings Mills campus since July. He has more than 30 years experience in organizational, program and leadership development in both the private and government sectors. Junior Achievement works to prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for kindergarten through 12th-grade students, focusing on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. The nonprofit, founded in 1957, serves more than 20,000 students throughout Central Maryland each year. For details, visit

New President for FCC

Frederick Community College (FCC) has a new president. The Board of Trustees of FCC selected Dr. Frederico Talley as the next president. His contract begins July 1. Talley has a background in higher education and a wealth of experience in working with students and the communities in which he has served.

Talley has strong communication skills and a vision and goals for FCC. He will be the college’s eighth and first African-American president. Talley takes over at a vital time as FCC is embarking on a new strategic plan, has two major construction projects underway, as well as budget challenges. FCC has about 1,000 full- and part-time employees, as well as more than 6,000 students are taking credit classes this semester, and another 6,000 are enrolled in noncredit, continuing education courses.

For more information, visit

Highly Able Learner Program

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) will begin a new middle school program in fall 2012 for advanced students. The purpose is to meet “student needs for academic rigor and challenge in language arts, math science and social studies,” according to a press release.

The Highly Able Learner Program will be organized in cluster groups that will start with sixth grade, and, in the 2013-12 school year, courses will be offered for sixth and seventh grades. In the 2014-15 year, the program will be fully implemented to include grades six to eight.

The Highly Able Learners program is an instructional-delivery model based on research findings that highly able learners achieve better when grouped together. It allows teachers to plan and provide challenging learning opportunities in math and language arts and set a more rapid pace for this group of students.

The program was field tested at Walkersville and West Frederick middle schools in recent years. A committee at each FCPS middle school will determine whether placement in one or more highly able learner programs is appropriate. Parents whose child is identified for such placement will receive a letter from the middle school by April 1. Parents of a child who is not selected may write to the school principal to appeal the decision.

More information about the program is available at

Charles E. Tressler Distinguished Teacher Award

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) is currently accepting teacher nominations for the Charles E. Tressler Distinguished Teacher Award for 2012. The deadline for nominations is April 13 at 3 p.m. Nominations from current and former students, teachers and support staff, parents, community members and administrators and supervisors are welcomed.

The FCPS Communication Services office coordinates the nomination and selection process before forwarding materials to Hood College. Hood College presents this award annually to honor distinguished teaching in the Frederick County public school system. The winner will be notified before May 1.

Complete eligibility and nomination criteria, nomination process and selection guidelines are available at To nominate a teacher, a nomination application must be completed and signed. Please courier or hand-deliver your nomination to Cathy Menzel, Communication Services, 191 South East Street. There will be no exceptions to the April 6 deadline.


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