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Life after Middle School: Essential News for Parents of 8th Graders

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) invites parents of eighth grade students to Planning for the Future:  Life after Middle School, Tuesday, November 16 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Frederick Community College’s (FCC) Jack B. Kussmaul Theater.

The program will include important information about 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.

Volunteers Net $3,000 for Judy Center PNC Grow up Great Grant Rewards 100 Hours

Frederick County Public Schools’ Judy Center volunteers from PNC Bank have logged an impressive 100 hours, helping prepare young children for school success. They met the goal that yields a $3,000 grant from PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great program. PNC staff will present the check at the Judy Center on Wednesday, November 3.

Grow Up Great grants help fund initiatives that prepare children, from birth to age five, for success in school and life.  To meet the goal, PNC volunteers helped at the center’s Friday morning play group for children through age 3 and at the program’s Family Literacy nights at Waverley Elementary.

When presenting the grant check, PNC will also deliver a donation of school supplies that PNC employees have collected.

Community Support Enriches Education- Grants Exceed $7,000 for School Projects

Public school students benefit each year from generous donations to the Community Foundation of Frederick County. This year, grants from the Gifts for Education Frederick County Public Schools Endowment Fund and the Franklin and Bess Gladhill Fund for Agriculture Education are supporting student enrichment projects at 17 schools to the tune of more than $7,000.

      Receiving grants from the Gifts for Education Fund:

Brunswick Elementary— $500 for a Reading Rocks literacy program that provides each student four books for swapping throughout the school year and summer

Heather Ridge?$370 to purchase materials for a Quilts for Kids service-learning project

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences

Frederick, MD (October 18, 2010) – Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) invites parents to fall parent-teacher conferences Monday and Tuesday, November 22 and 23 at all schools. 

FCPS urges parents to schedule conferences to learn about their child’s classroom, school performance and behavior.  Conferences help parents and teachers work together to support the student.  Schools encourage parents to bring their questions and contact them for conference-scheduling information if they have not already received it.

Students attend school as follows:

Students Head to National Innovation Summit

Four Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) students from the Career and Technology Center (CTC) are headed with their teacher, Kathy Koops, to the National Innovation Summit in Washington, DC on October 20, where they are invited to showcase their innovative Project Lead the Way classroom projects.

Felicia Kattes, Naara Rivera, Megan Toms and Ashlee Watts, all in their third semester in the CTC’s biomedical sciences program, will present information about anatomy, physiology and responses of the human heart to physical conditions. They will challenge participants to build a pump that functions like a heart, using everyday materials. 

FCPS Students Outdistance State and Nation On SAT and ACT College Admission Testing Results

Results just released by the Educational Testing Service in New Jersey show that Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) seniors continue to score well above state and national averages.  Their mean critical reading, math, writing and combined SAT-1 scores exceed Maryland and U.S. averages, consistent with trends for previous years. 

Results for the class of 2010 increased five points in critical reading, three points in math and two in writing as compared to the senior class of 2009. The combined mean score for Frederick County is 1559; Maryland’s is 1502, and the nation’s is 1509. Frederick’s score rose 10 points, Maryland’s score rose five points, and the national scores remained constant.