Brunswick Area School News 3-23-21

AP Exam Choice

Attention AP Students 

Please read this letter with details about AP testing for both Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 AP classes.

Complete the form no later than Friday, March 26th, indicating your location and testing date preference for each test.  (See the letter for details.)

You MUST use your FCPS google account to open both documents!

Email Mrs. Bittner ( with any questions.

FCPS Nominations for Support Employee of the Year Close March 26

Final Reminder!

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

Please see the news release for details:

Spring Break Kits – BMS

This week, students attending school in the building will receive a Spring Break Kit from the PTO.

For our virtual students, kits may be picked up at the school cafeteria entrance during the following times:

Wednesday, March 24th from 9a-Noon and 4p-6p
Friday, March 26th from 4:30p-6:30p

Thank you to our parents, teachers, staff, and administrators who support the PTO.

Enjoy your Spring Break and your Spring Break Kit!

Note:  Items in the kits may contain peanuts or other ingredients that may attribute to allergies.

9th Grade (Class of 2024) Fundraiser

Attention 9th Graders -Class of 2024
Join your class fundraiser! April 1-5
Use code: BLM DZC
Set up and share your personal pop-up store and begin earning money for your
class! Your class gets 50% of sales!
No money or products are handled!
Products ship directly to your customers! All sales are done online!

See Freshman Fundraiser Flyer (

for more details.

Funds will be used to pay for class activities, like prom your junior year.
For more information, see Mr. Tuomey in 224 or email

BHS Announcements for March 22, 2021 are available at:

Photos for the Yearbook and Spirit Week!

Putting the BMS Yearbook together is underway for the 2020 -2021 school year! However, we could use your help making this book all about YOU!

Click on the link below to get more information about spirit week next week and how to submit your photos.

Photos for Yearbook and Spirit Week!

Superintendent’s Update Edition 16

On Thursday, it was my honor to visit Urbana High and present the school’s Academic Team with its first-place award from winning the 40th annual Frederick County Academic Tournament.

Simply having the tournament at all this year was cause for celebration and required planning and ingenuity.

For 39 years, the Academic Tournament was an in-person competition, a chance to match wits with peers from throughout the county. This year, coordinators chose a virtual option. They successfully executed it from the first match to the tournament final during the winter months when our area was facing a daunting challenge from the global health crisis.

We even found a way to broadcast the competitions on YouTube so supporters could tune in and view the competition.

I am delighted students are resuming beloved extracurricular activities again in person. Our fall high school athletics season is underway. Student athletes are allowed to invite a limited number of spectators.

For those who cannot attend, they can still tune in, just like the Academic Tournament supporters could this winter. Each school has its own dedicated YouTube page, where they can livestream athletic events to the entire community.

I hope you have the opportunity to view these livestreamed events as athletics continue countywide. The full list of YouTube channels is available online on our athletics webpage.

Plans are also underway for spring concerts and theatre performances. Watch for more information in the weeks ahead.

And don’t forget to “virtually visit” the amazing display of artwork created by our talented FCPS students. We appreciate the Delaplaine Center making this virtual gallery available for our community.

Speaking of virtual offerings, FCPS is planning to livestream in-person high school graduations later this spring to maximize our audience when social distancing requirements limit large gatherings. We will provide more details on graduations in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, best of luck to all of our students in their extracurricular pursuits. Thank you, once again, to Academic Tournament coordinators Beth Strakonsky and Kelly Misner, along with moderator Eric Reickel, for helping to lead the way.

Board of Education issues statement in support of Asian American community

The Board of Education of Frederick County (Board) wishes to express our sadness and dismay at the growing trend of discrimination and violence against Asian Americans. In the last year, anti-Asian hate crimes have more than doubled. On Tuesday, March 16, eight people died, six of them women of Asian descent. We value our Asian American students, families, community members, and staff. We stand with you. These awful crimes punctuate a year in which our communities have been torn by racism, xenophobia, and violence.

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) is a community that values inclusion. For our Board, that means we speak out and act — by developing and enacting policy and by fostering a systemic culture that values every experience and perspective. We will not always get it right, but we will always work to learn and improve. Our FCPS community is better for its diversity, and we will continue to model inclusion.

Students who have questions or fears about violence, racism, xenophobia and hate crimes should always feel comfortable speaking to their school counselor. Parents, guardians and caregivers can also reach out to school counselors for support in ways to discuss hate-based violence with their children. Our school teams are always striving—even in hybrid and virtual settings—to foster spaces where students feel comfortable and supported in discussing difficult or scary issues.

This has been such an incredibly difficult year for so many. Our students need us all to move forward recognizing we are stronger and better together.


Jay Mason                                                                  Elizabeth Barrett
President                                                                     Board Member


Karen Yoho                                                                 David Bass
Vice-President                                                            Board Member


Brad W. Young                                                           Sue Johnson
Board Member                                                           Board Member

Jason “Mr. J.” Johnson
Board Member

Special Recognition for FCPS Counselors 

Four FCPS counselors are among 18 of their peers in Maryland being recognized by the Maryland School Counselor Association.

Kathleen Klecan, of Brunswick Elementary, is being honored by MSCA for implementing a nationally recognized model-school counseling program. Brunswick Elementary is the only school in Maryland to receive this recognition.

The MSCA has selected Ryan Defibaugh, of Walkersville High, as a semi-finalist for Maryland High School Counselor of the Year; Jillian Farrell, of Urbana Middle, as a semi-finalist for Maryland Middle School Counselor of the Year; and Chris Tressler, of Wolfsville Elementary, as a semi-finalist for Maryland Elementary School Counselor of the Year.

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.

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 (

Jim Castle

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