FDHS Weekly News & Notes

Week of January 4, 2016

“FDHS Eagles Soaring from Good to Great- A World Class High School”

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Smart Goals

1. 9th Grade Promotion 3%-5% Increase

2. 12th Grade Promotion 3% Increase

3. Improve Student PSAT Performance

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Happy New Year to All!!!

The beginning of the calendar year (January) gives us a chance to come back rested and ready to embrace the opportunities 2016 brings. With the New Year upon us, I want to take a moment and personally thank you for your daily contributions during the first 4 &1/2 half months of the school year.

This 2016, I wish you a year filled with health, happiness and successes that will add to our push to be a World Class High School. May we all continue to lift up and empower each other to realize our limitless potential.

Special Note:

As many of you are aware Ms. Lauri Lyles, English teacher, will not be returning to FDHS. Ms. Lyles resigned from her position as of December 22, 2015. We will miss Ms. Lyles and her instructional effectiveness. During her tenure at FDHS, Ms. Lyles established high expectations for all of her students and pushed her students to meet those expectations. We wish Ms. Lyles all the best in her future pursuits.

Going forward, our current plan is for Mr. Jackson to serve as substitute until the week of January 14. If all things go as planned, Ms. Lyles’ permanent replacement, who is an experienced teacher, should be able to begin the week of January 14.

I Assure You (From August 24, 2015 - News & Notes)

We are at the beginning of a new school year. It will be full of challenges as we work to do our best for our students. Our collective "Growth Mindset" will allow us to overcome these challenges. In this first News & Notes, I want to give you some assurances from me, so you know that I am in your corner.

  • I believe you can and will succeed this year.
  • I am committed to your professional growth and goals.
  • I will do everything I can to see that you have what you need to succeed.
  • Your voice matters.
  • I am committed to learn from you and with you.
  • While we have high expectations, I do not expect perfection. The Growth Mindset realizes that shortcomings/failures are part of the process.
  • We are in this together!


  • Teach like a champion every period, every day. Identify opportunities to promote the Growth Mindset through IB pedagogy and our focus on literacy
  • Enter at least two grades for each class section into SchoolMax.
  • Take attendance each period!!!
  • Your presence at your doorway during the exchange of classes helps to keep students focused and provides additional hallway supervision.
  • You are a difference maker.

Weekly Quote

"Feedback is focused on the future. Grades are centered in the past - Be future driven."

- Todd Whitaker

Google for Education/Classroom PD Opportunity

In response to strong interest in Google Education Mentors (GEM) training, the Technology Training Team will be offering two additional rounds of the workshop series. GEM is an opportunity for schools that received Chromebooks this school year to select up to two instructional staff to participate in two half-day Google Apps training sessions. The same participant(s) must attend both a Day 1 and Day 2 session in the same Round of training.

As a result of these trainings the participants will be able to support the instructional use of Google Apps in grades 3 and up at your school.

Day 1: Using Drive for organization and storage, Google Classroom, and Google Forms/Sheets

Day 2: Creating instructional activities using Docs, Slides, and Drawings.

Ideal participants should:

  • Have an understanding of Google Drive.

  • Demonstrate a willingness to mentor their colleagues.

  • Be able to attend both Day 1 and Day 2 training sessions .

  • Bring headphones.

  • Have not previously attended GEM training during this school year (Dec 2015-January 2016 session). Participants who attended GEM in prior years are welcomed to register as the content has been updated.

While funds for sub-coverage are not available, we strongly encourage you to send participants, as the activities will support the development of Digital Literacy skills of teachers and students.

How to Enroll

Participants should register in Electronic Registrar Online (ERO) for one half-day session of Day 1 and one half-day session of Day 2, of the same Round of training.

Training Dates and Times

See the chart below for dates, times, and locations for each Round.

If you have any questions, please contact the Technology Training Team at 301-925-2874 or t3@pgcps.org.

Round B

January 19, 2016

(Bonnie Johns - Professional Library)

8:30 - 11:30 - SRN 6563116301 OR

12:30 - 3:30 - SRN 6563116302

February 1, 2016)

(Bonnie Johns - Professional Library)

8:30 - 11:30 - SRN 6563216305 OR

12:30 - 3:30 - SRN 6563216306

January 20, 2016

(Bonnie Johns - Professional Library)

8:30 - 11:30 - SRN 6563116303 OR

12:30 - 3:30 - SRN 6563116304

February 5, 2016

(Bonnie Johns - Professional Library)

8:30 - 11:30 - SRN 6563216307 OR

12:30 - 3:30 - SRN 6563216308

Round C

February 23, 2016 (John Carroll)

8:30 - 11:30 - SRN 6563116305 OR

12:30 - 3:30 - SRN 6563116306

March 8, 2016 (John Carroll)

8:30 - 11:30 - SRN 6563216309 OR

12:30 - 3:30 - SRN 6563216310

February 25, 2016 (John Carroll)

8:30 - 11:30 - SRN 6563116307 OR

12:30 - 3:30 - SRN 6563116308

March 10, 2016 (John Carroll)

8:30 - 11:30 - SRN 6563216311 OR

12:30 - 3:30 - SRN 6563216312


Hugh Jessell

Technology Training Team (T3)

HSC Area Technology Coordinator

(Office) 301-386-1600 x41617

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Drew Lyons 1/2
Jill Turner 1/2
Erin McCarty 1/15
Virginia Johnson 1/20
Tiffany Poindexter 1/20
Eric Brooks 1/21
Kisha Dorch 1/21
Edith Canales 1/22
Yemi Lawanson 1/22
Edgar Chinn 1/26

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We Salute Ms. Gwen Deville

On December 18, 2015 Ms. Gwen Deville and over 100 Civil Rights pioneers received one of Morgan State University's highest recognitions. Ms. Deville was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.Ms. Deville and the other awardees, whose work ranges from 1947-1963, were responsible for desegregating theater and lunch counters in Baltimore. Thier efforts included the Northwood Shopping Center, across the street from the Morgan State campus. Many of these pioneers were arrested and spent time in jail while fighting for basic civil rights.

This week take a moment and congratulate Ms. Deville for this remarkable accomplishment.

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The Week Ahead at A Glance

Monday, January 4- B Day

  • Technology Training - Renee Henderson During Teacher Planning

  • Leadership Cabinet Meeting - 9:15 a.m.

Tuesday, January 5 - A Day _

  • Biology Collaborative Planning - 9:30 a.m.

  • English 9 Collaborative Planning - 10:30 a.m.

  • Admin. Team Meeting 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 6 - B Day

  • Staff Meeting - 2:45 p.m.

Thursday, January 7 - A Day

  • Leading Literacy Training -Bowie Comfort Inn (Health & PE) - Mr. Chinn (AM)/Mr. Scott (PM)

Friday, January 8 - B Day

  • 7:30 a.m. Principal’s Breakfast Club

Our Mission

Frederick Douglass High School empowers our students to become effective communicators, globally-minded problem-solvers, and lifelong learners who realize their potential and become ethical, service-oriented citizens.

Our Vision

Frederick Douglass High School strives to be a World Class School.

Our Beliefs

Children come first. All students can learn and develop as productive members of our society, regardless of their intellectual, cultural, and socio-economic differences. Parents are our partners. Continuous improvement in teaching, leadership, and accountability is key. Every member of the Douglass community shares the responsibility for the success of our school.

Definition of Rigor

The staff of Frederick Douglass High School defines rigor as the process of creating an inviting learning environment that is conducive to higher order thinking skills and requires students to raise their level of self-accountability supported through challenging and relevant instruction that is aligned with state and local content standards.

It is characterized by:

· An interdisciplinary academic curriculum;

· Student-centered instruction through the use of hands-on experiences and integrated technology;

· Varied methods of assessments; and

· Real-world application of applied knowledge to achieve career oriented goals.

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