June 18 was the last regular teacher workday for 2017-18, but lots is happening at Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) this summer. The school system has transitioned to its summer four-day schedule with the Central Office open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays and closed on Fridays. Employees who work year-round switched to a four-day week on June 18, working longer days, with all schools and offices closed Fridays until normal schedules resume Monday, August 20. Next week is an exception, when employees have Wednesday, July 4 off and work normal hours the rest of the week including Friday.
More than 400 educators throughout the school system are revising, refining and developing curriculum and assessments as well as teacher support materials in curriculum workshops that began yesterday and run through July 12 at Middletown High and continue July 16-19 at the FCPS Staff Development Center in Walkersville.
FCPS Virtual School staff are overseeing the middle and high school summer programs. Principal Dr. Stacey Adamiak says the programs host about 700 students with 70 employees in a dozen locations and feature six programs for students engaged in learning for original credit, grade improvement or to meet standards for promotion to high school. Most summer high school classes begin July 2 and run through August 2, while middle school summer classes are July 9-August 1, (closed Fridays except July 6). Many programs take place at Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle School, while each high school is also hosting summer learning options. The FCPS summer session graduation ceremony is Thursday, August 2.
More than 1,100 students from all grade levels have been invited attend FCPS Extended School Year (ESY) programs at 11 elementary, one middle and two high schools Mondays-Thursdays from July 9-August 2. Though only offered at certain schools, classes serve students countywide, and transportation is provided. The program helps students maintain and strengthen skills learned during the school year.
Numerous FCPS summer camps and various sports programs are engaging students across the county. Examples are the FCPS Earth and Space Science Lab summer camps--which still have openings--and Young Scholars programs at Hillcrest and Monocacy Elementary, with Young Scholars students from Monocacy and West Frederick Middle and Gov. Thomas Johnson and Frederick High schools meeting at West Frederick Middle.
Maryland State Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants help another 230 students enjoy a Fun Academics in the Summertime (FAST) program at five schools with more than 75 teachers, instructional assistants and other staff; FC Frederick, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, TeamLink and the YMCA of Frederick County partner with FCPS to provide this opportunity.
While Food and Nutrition Services staff are planning menus and Human Resources is staffing schools, Facilities Services crews are installing generators, replacing flooring, fire alarms, windows and doors, renovating auditoriums, modifying classrooms for new programs, relocating portables, repairing pavement, reconditioning and servicing competition playing fields and replacing and repairing HVAC systems. Teams of custodial professionals are cleaning their schools from top to bottom; they move all the furniture to wash and wax floors and shampoo carpets, scrub the desks and chairs, and more. With the demolition of the old Frederick High School complete, the team is constructing parking lots, improving the campus roads and building an auxiliary field for use in September. Construction site work is completed at Butterfly Ridge Elementary and Sugarloaf Elementary in preparation for opening the new buildings to students in September.
The public is invited to read along with Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban in her annual summer book selection: The End of Average by Todd Rose.
Watch for back-to-school resources including school-supply lists, coming later this month along with other updates to www.fcps.org for the new school year.
Workshops for new teachers are Monday, August 20 through Thursday, August 23, and all teachers report to work Friday, August 24 in preparation for the opening day of school for students, Tuesday, September 4.