Brunswick Area School News 3-19-21

Meeting Details Posted Online – BOE

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

Board of Education Meeting
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
2:00 PM, Regular Meeting, Board Room
191 S. East Street
Frederick, MD
6:00 PM, Closed Session, Teleconference

The March 24th Board meeting will be open for up to 10 people to provide in-person public comment.  Should you wish to attend, please send an email that includes your full name to: prior to the day of the Board meeting.  Ten people will be allowed to provide in-person comment for up to three minutes each; five minutes if you are speaking on behalf of an organization.

Upon receipt, you will be sent a response indicating that either (1) you fall within the 10-person guideline and are invited to attend with procedural instructions or (2) we have met the allowable attendance.

As the doors are now open for public comment, we will no longer be accepting emailed comments to be read during the meeting.

Policy Committee
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

10:00 AM, Board Room
191 S. East Street
Frederick, MD

Due to the health situation that our community is currently experiencing, the March 24th Policy Committee meeting will not include public attendance. The meeting will take place in the central office of Frederick County Public Schools.  Should anyone wish to provide public comment, please send an email that includes your full name to: prior to the start of the meeting.

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

Due to the health situation that our community is currently experiencing, the March 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.

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.

FCPS Students Win Maryland Young Authors Contest

Poetry and short stories recognized in writing competition

Four Frederick County Public Schools students earned first-place honors in an annual statewide writing competition, which involves original works of poetry and short stories.

Sophia Sanders, a sixth-grade student at Thurmont Middle, and Searlait Hoyt, a seventh-grade student at Middletown Middle, captured top honors for secondary grades. Sophia took top honors in the poetry contest while Searlait’s short story earned first place.

At the elementary level, Urbana Elementary second grade students Jackson Davies and Mustafa Ahmad are statewide first-place winners; Jackson for poetry, Mustafa for short story.

Taking second-place honors in Maryland are Paige Samara Poska, a seventh-grade student at West Frederick Middle (poetry); Regan Ryder, a ninth-grade student at Brunswick High (short story); Kerala Bannister, an 11th-grade student at Oakdale High (poetry); and Nicolas Farrell, a 12th-grade student at Frederick High (short story).

In the short story contest for grade 1, Kemptown Elementary School student Harper Cornelison placed second in the statewide contest, and Centerville Elementary student Brenna Davies came in second in the short story competition for grade 5.

The State of Maryland Literacy Association (SoMLA) sponsored the contest, which is coordinated, locally, by the Frederick County Literacy Chapter of SoMLA.

FCPS Challenges Program to Change Name

The Frederick County Public Schools Challenges Program will soon be changing its name to either Communication Connections or Expressions, and we would love your vote, and feedback, on the final selection.

The Challenges Program provides integrated support to students with autism and/or severe communication disorders.

A workgroup was organized to create a new moniker that would not only embody the purpose of the program, but would also evoke a sense of optimism associated with positive student outcomes. The group discussed many possibilities, settling on two names. The public is being asked to weigh in.

If you would like to vote for your preference, please visit the following weblink to do so:

Voting will close April 16.

Egg May Yard!  Class of 2021 Fundraiser

Easter is coming. BHS seniors are moonlighting as Easter Bunnies hiding eggs in your yard. Join the fun.
Benefits Safe & Sane 2021

Egg My Yard Flyer/Order Form (

March Is Youth Art Month

See FCPS Student and Faculty Art Exhibits!

The annual Frederick County Public Schools Youth Art Month exhibit is going virtual this year with more than 185 imaginative creations from students of all ages across Frederick County.

The Youth Art Month exhibit is typically displayed at The Delaplaine Arts Center. Due to the global health crisis, this year’s gallery will be featured in a Flickr gallery via The Delaplaine’s website beginning Saturday, March 6, through Sunday, March 28.

In addition to the virtual student exhibit, there will be two physical displays at The Delaplaine that can be viewed in person or online. The FCPS Academy for the Fine Arts will have a special display of more than two dozen pieces of art created by high school students enrolled in the academy. There will also be an FCPS exhibit featuring more than a dozen art pieces created by FCPS art teachers and faculty.

The Delaplaine Arts Center is located at 40 S. Carroll Street in Frederick. The Delaplaine is open daily and admission is free. Days and hours of operation are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit The Delaplaine’s site at

FCPS seeks nominations for the 2021 Support Employee of the Year (by Friday, March 26).

Please see the news release for details:


Jim Castle

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