Brunswick Area School News 3-2-21

Charles “Chuck” Thomas Memorial Award

Urbana High School students won this year’s countywide Academic Tournament for the fourth time in school history. Walkersville High finished second. Brunswick High placed third.

The Academic Tournament is in its 40th year. All matches were held virtually for the first time in the tournament’s history.

Since 1982, Linganore has won the tournament nine times; Frederick and Walkersville each have six wins; Gov. Thomas Johnson and Middletown have each won five; Urbana now has four victories; Brunswick has won three times, and teams from Catoctin and Tuscarora have each won once. Walkersville was this year’s regular season winner.

Tradition includes bestowing the Charles “Chuck” Thomas Memorial Award, often referred to as the curriculum specialists’ award, after the championship to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the tournament’s success.This year’s award winner is Frank Strakonsky, a special education instructional assistant at Frederick High. He is also the longtime FHS girls’ cross country and track and field coach.

Retired Walkersville High School teacher Eric Reickel served as master of ceremonies, reading questions at the virtual event. Frederick High School’s social studies department chair Beth Strakonsky coordinated this year’s tournament, with assistance from STV Inc. engineering specialist Kelly Misner, who competed on the Walkersville High Academic Tournament team while in high school.

FCPS has posted a video of the championship online at:

March is Women’s History Month

Who Is Your Shero?

March is Women’s History Month.

FCPS invites the community to celebrate and recognize the crucial role of women in history and women who continue to make a difference today. Join us by using #sheroFCPS to:

  • Share a photo of you and a woman who inspires you and tell us what makes her special, or
  • Submit a quote and photo* of a woman who inspires you.

For more information, please visit

Policy Updates

The following Board policies were recently updated and posted to the website:

Policy 112 Promoting a Drug-Free, Alcohol-Free, and Tobacco/Vaping-Free Environment

  • Changes reviewed by Policy Committee on January 27, 2021 regarding allowance of administration of medical cannabis to students on school property in certain circumstances as a result of change in Maryland law.
  • Policy Committee recommended adding “vaping” to the title.
  • Board adopted changes on February 24, 2021.

Policy 439 Dress Code for Students

  • Changes reviewed by Policy Committee on October 21, 2020 and January 27, 2021 adding face mask/face covering language.
  • Board adopted changes on February 10, 2021.

For further information, please contact the Legal Services office at 301.696.6851 or

FCPS Career & Technology Center is accepting applications this week

Attention students in 9th, 10th & 11th grades interested in the Career & Technology Center (CTC). Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are due this Friday, March 5th! 

Click here for the online application:
*The log in is: FCPS User ID & password without after User ID
(ex. 05BSmith)*

Please note:  Students must shadow any program for which for they are applying.

If you have any questions, please contact CTC school counselor Kristen Daly at or CTC counseling secretary

Valerie Barbeito at

For more information, please visit

AP test updates

–Attention Brunswick High AP Students–

The College Board recently released information about the 2021 AP Testing Administration in May.

Brunswick High School administration, in collaboration with BHS AP Teachers, have been hard at work creating an AP Testing Schedule that works best for our AP students.

Please note:

AP Exams will be full length.

The exam format (digital vs. paper/pencil) is determined by the date of the exam.

Our AP Teachers determined the date of the exam from the choices provided by the College Board, and their knowledge of which option best serves our students’ needs.

While we encourage all tests to be taken in person at school, all students will have the opportunity to decide if they plan to take the exam in school(digital w/ exceptions noted below) or at home(digital).  They will make this decision through a survey in April.

All at home exams will be in a digital format.

Start times are non-negotiable as they are world wide synchronous start times, if you arrive late, you will not be able to proceed, you will be scheduled for a make up time.

More information and requirements for digital exams will be forthcoming (for example, must use laptop or school chromebook, no phones or ipads or personal chromebooks)

It is strongly recommended that students take the following exams at school, in the paper/pencil format. If taken at home, please note the test date (as it’s after graduation)

AP Calculus

AP Chemistry

AP Physics

BHS 2021 AP Testing Schedule

Visit for additional information on AP Testing for 2021.

March Safe and Sane Meetings

The Class of 2021 will meet virtually on Thursday, March 4th at 7 pm. If you’d like to receive the link to the meeting, please email
All our welcome!

The Class of 2022, Class of 2023 and Class of 2024 will meet at a later date!

BHS announcements for March 2, 2021 are available at:

Know a Great Teacher?

FCPS seeks nominations for the 2021 Tressler Distinguished Teacher Award (by Friday, March 19).

Please see the news release for details:


Jim Castle

Posted by: Jim Castle

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