FDHS Weekly News & Notes

Week of January 11, 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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We welcome back Ms. Cindy Martin to the FDHS staff. Many of you are familiar with Ms. Martin from her time previously at FDHS as part of the English Department.

Ms. Martin will assume Ms. Lyles' teaching caseload. Ms. Martin will officially begin Monday, January 11. We are delighted to have Ms. Martin return to the FDHS Eagle family.

Morning Announcements

Morning Announcements: Ms. Lawrence and her TV Productions students have made the morning announcements accessible to us through a Google document. If you are unable to catch the morning announcements on TV you can visit the link below. Be sure to turn your TVs on at the end of 1st period. Let's aim to have students listen to the morning announcements.

Ms. Lawrence, thank you for making the school announcements available to us in multiple formats. We applaud you.


January's Literacy Focus

Completion and Scoring of Math Literacy Performance Task

Introduction of Art Literacy Performance Task


  • Plan to incorporate the "I see, I think, I wonder" instructional approach which was introduced by Ms. Watson at Wednesday's Staff Meeting.
  • 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.
PZ Thinking Routines

Weekly Quote

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Begin Registration on December 1st for online courses offered through MSDE, Maryland Public Television, and McDaniel College.

To view Spring 2016 catalog:


To register for courses:


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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 Mr. Brannagan and Ms. Watson

Kudos to Mr. Brannagan, Ms. Watson and the NHS for planning and conducting a very successful National Honor Society Induction ceremony on Friday. Thank you both for making us shine.

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The Week Ahead at A Glance

Monday, January 11- A Day

  • HSA-Government

  • LSN Collaborative Planning - 1:20 p.m

  • US History Collaborative Planning - 1:20 p.m.

Tuesday, January 12 - B Day _

  • HSA- Biology

  • Mr. Scott to visit South River HS for Collaboration Visit (morning only)

  • Dr. Summey - ALPPS Retreat

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

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

  • Special Education Department Meeting - 2:45 p.m

  • Stop Hunger Now Meal Packing Event - 1:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 13 - A Day

  • HSA-Government

  • Dr. Summey - ALPPS Retreat

  • Guidance Dept. Meeting - 12:15 p.m.

  • Instructional Council- 2:45 p.m.

Thursday, January 14 - B Day

  • HSA- Biology

  • English 11 Collaborative Planning - 10:30 a.m.

  • Systemic Principals' Meeting - Mr. Scott

Friday, January 15 - A Day

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

  • ASVAB Test Result & Career Interpretation - 8:00 a.m.

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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