Brunswick Area School News 2-19-21

The Board of Education of Frederick County has posted details for the following meetings online:

Board of Education Meeting
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
3:00 PM, Regular Meeting, Board Room
5:00 PM, Closed Session, Board Room
191 S. East Street
Frederick, MD

Due to the health situation that our community is currently experiencing, the February 24th Board meeting will be broadcast from the central office of Frederick County Public Schools; however, the meeting will not be open to the public.  Should anyone wish to provide public comment, please send an email that includes your full name to: the day of the Board meeting.  The Board allocates 30 minutes for public comment.  Public comments will be read up to 30 minutes; however, all public comment, whether read or not, will be posted on BoardDocs within 24 hours of the meeting.  Please note that public comment is for statements and questions will be directed to the appropriate staff for response.

Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee
Monday, February 22, 2021
6:00 PM, Teleconference

Due to the health situation that our community is currently experiencing, the February 22nd Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee meeting will take place via teleconference.  Should anyone wish to provide public comment, please send an email that includes your full name to: prior to the start of the meeting.

Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Meeting
Friday, February 26, 2021
8:30 AM – Teleconference

For information about the above-listed meeting(s), please see the Board of Education/Agendas and Minutes section at or use this direct link:

There you will also find minutes from previous meetings and other general information about the Board of Education of Frederick County.

Please feel free to email if you need help accessing this information.

6th Grade Parent Orientation – BMS

Incoming Grade 6 (Current 5th grade parents) 

Parent Orientation Night For Brunswick Middle School

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 from 6:30pm – 8pm

Google Meet: Meeting ID:

Phone number: 1-513-818-1437 Pin: 968 994 571#

Parents and guardians of students who will be entering the 6th grade are invited to attend the Virtual Brunswick Middle School Parent Orientation Night. Throughout the evening you will have an opportunity to hear from staff about our school and the Middle School program.   We hope that the evening will answer many of the questions you may have pertaining to 6th grade, registration and placement, and the middle school program.  Please note that our new 6th grade students will have their own orientation during the student Move-Up Day event on May 27, 2021.  At this time the student orientation will also be virtual.  We encourage all parent(s)/guardian(s) to attend on February 24, 2021 as you plan for next school year.

** students may attend but the evening is parent-centered **

We hope to see you there!

A Message from Dr. Terry Alban

A closer look at our hybrid return

During a visit to Tuscarora Elementary Tuesday, I observed Kelly O’Brien’s enthusiastic Pre-K classroom. Her young students were learning and having fun while following basic health protocols.

The positive classroom energy made me smile. It was one of many hopeful moments this week as we started our first week with the Frederick County Public Schools hybrid learning model.

Thanks to the determined efforts of our dedicated employees, we are welcoming 57 percent of our students for in-person hybrid learning while continuing to provide virtual education for 43 percent of students. We have been planning for months for the hybrid model. This moment is a sign of hope that brighter days are coming for our community.

Thank you to everyone who shared how the hybrid learning model kicked off via Twitter! Here are some of the updates, which gives you a glimpse at how learning is happening in our buildings.

@UMSHawks: At Urbana Middle, Grade 6 students were invited for in-building tours before they arrived for in-person learning. A great way to acclimate students to their new building!

@THS_biomed: Tuscarora High students in Cohort A got started in lab right away with a bacterial transformation on the first day of hybrid.

@FCPS_Stein: Ballenger Creek Elementary principal Megan Stein shared that the first day of hybrid learning was successful and Tweeted some images from throughout the school.

@MBaiseyFCPS: At Thurmont Primary, 107 students returned as part of Cohort A. Second-grade students got to work with letter tile boards on day one. Here’s a look at how classrooms are set up social distancing.

@PrincipalMPS: At Middletown Primary, students were excited to return into the building as part of the hybrid model.

@BrandonFCPS: Urbana Elementary Hawks were greeted by this cheery welcome sign outside the school’s main entrance. Similar signs were set up throughout the county outside school buildings. The image at the top of this week’s newsletter is from Waverley Elementary.

@FCPS_Poquette: North Frederick Elementary Falcons students were surprised by the school mascot as they arrived for in-person learning.

I appreciate the updates!


Monday, March 1:

  • 2-Hour Early Dismissal for Students: Teacher Work Session
  • Mid-Terms


Thursday, March 11:

  • Interims Issued


Frostburg State’s virtual session for Master of Arts in Teaching

A virtual information session for FCPS employees will be held by Frostburg State University Thursday, February 25 from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

The topic will be the college’s participation in the Maryland Accelerates program, which offers candidates the opportunity to earn their Master of Arts in Teaching (elementary or secondary).

The program, which takes 13 months to complete, comes with a stipend and various other incentives. See flyer for more information.

To register for next week’s virtual information session, please click this link:

For more information about the Maryland Accelerates program and eligibility requirements,

BHS announcements for February 19, 2021 are available at:

BHS announcements for February 18, 2021 are available at:


Jim Castle

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