FCPS Connect

Friday, January 13, 2023

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Last week, I had the great honor of participating in the 33rd FCPS Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Jr. Celebration at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School.

This year’s theme was Stick with Love. Hate is Too Great a Burden to Bear.

As part of the ceremony, I was able to recognize a student from each FCPS school as a King

Award recipient.

Students were selected by their school based on their demonstration of positive leadership

qualities, characteristic of Dr. King and of the Character Counts! Pillars: Responsibility,

Caring, Fairness, Trustworthiness, Citizenship and Respect. You can watch the ceremony


During my first year in FCPS, I have met so many students who are passionate about giving

back to their communities and volunteer their time to support local nonprofits. Congratulations once again to all of the King Award recipients.

FCPS schools and offices will be closed Monday, January 16, as we observe the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Cheryl L. Dyson,

FCPS Superintendent

33rd Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration


Our second season of FCPS ESSENTIAL is debuting this week! This video series showcases dedicated staff doing all they can to support every student, every day.

We hope you enjoy episode 1, featuring Sugarloaf Elementary School Counselor Jessica Zambreny.

ESSENTIAL: Our School Counselors

Introducing Learning @ Home Days!

While we have enjoyed a mostly mild mid-Atlantic January, we also know how quickly weather patterns can change in our area. Snow, sleet, and freezing rain are common, which can lead to challenging road conditions that make travel unsafe.

This is why FCPS built five inclement weather days into the 2022-23 school calendar. But every time we use an inclement weather day, it pushes back the end of the school year by one day as well. Traditional snow days will not go away. However, in order to minimize additional days at the end of the year and keep students connected to learning, FCPS is introducing Learning @ Home Days as a potential alternative.

On days when we know well in advance that inclement weather will hamper travel and cause significant disruptions, FCPS can choose to use a Learning @ Home Day.

More information is available via our FindOutFirst to the community and in the graphic below.

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Dr. Dyson shares recommended operating budget

After holding five listening sessions this summer and meeting with staff, students, and community members, Dr. Dyson formulated her recommended Fiscal Year 2024 budget with a focus on the direct needs of students and staff in a growing school system.

All the details are in this video message:

Superintendent's FY2024 Recommended Operating Budget

FCPS Impact student: Jeanelle Lin, Tuscarora High

FCPS is fortunate to have exemplary students who take leadership and community service to a new level. Meet Jeanelle Lin, a student at Tuscarora High, whose inspirational leadership is evident on the school's robotics team.

Dancing their way to the top

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Congratulations to all the FCPS dancers who took part in the Maryland Public High School State Showcase Concert at Goucher College in Towson!

This showcase celebrates fine arts high school dance in public education and provides an opportunity for dancers to share their passion in a supportive community.

Tuscarora High and the Academy of Fine Arts participated and did an excellent job representing FCPS.

The Academy of Fine Arts received a standing ovation for their performance, which they will be showcasing at the FCPS All-County Dance Festival on April 25.

FCPS Academic Tournament is underway

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The FCPS Academic Tournament is back!

Every FCPS high school is represented in this year’s tournament. Teams will compete weekly against two or three other high schools. Each week’s matches will feature a theme, starting with Astronomy in Week 1. Some of the other topics include, World Cup Soccer in Week 4, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Week 7. The tournament finals will be held Friday, February 24.

We are posting weekly recaps!

FCPS In a Minute

Our weekly look at what is happening throughout FCPS!
FCPS In a Minute - January 13, 2023

Monday, January 16: Schools and offices closed. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday

Wednesday, January 25: Board of Education of Frederick County meeting

Wednesday, February 8: Board of Education of Frederick County meeting

Wednesday, February 15: Mid-Term. 2-Hour Early Dismissal