Brunswick Area School News 3-27-21

And the last day of school is …

If no additional inclement weather or emergency closures are needed, Frederick County Public Schools students will have their final day of instruction in the 2020-21 school year on Thursday, June 17. The last day of school for teachers will be Friday, June 18. Students will be dismissed 2 hours early on Thursday, June 17.

This year, FCPS had three inclement weather closures: Monday, February 1, Tuesday, February 2, and Thursday, February 18. The 2020-21 school calendar included five days for snow or other emergency closures. Originally, the last day for students was scheduled for Monday, June 21. Since all five inclement weather days were not used, the last day now moves up to Thursday, June 17.

More details about the 2020-21 school calendar are posted online.

Superintendent’s Update Edition 17

As we have transitioned into hybrid learning, we have consistently used #FCPSTogether in our communications and for good reason.

A successful hybrid learning model requires a commitment from everyone in the community.

Part of that commitment is sharing the latest information with you. It’s why we started publishing this newsletter weekly and will continue to do so.

During Wednesday night’s Board of Education of Frederick County meeting, staff shared an update on our hybrid learning model and our plan for moving forward.

In case you missed it, we announced that we are planning for in-person instruction, five days per week, for the 2021-22 school year, with virtual options still available for families who choose that option. We know this will be welcome news for our community. And we will keep providing updates.

When we started hybrid learning in February, 57 percent of students were part of in-person instruction. That number continues to grow as more families choose the in-person model.

Our administrators are doing a wonderful job of planning and taking advantage of available building space to ensure as many students as possible can utilize in-person learning and follow social distancing and health guidelines. More than 80 percent of FCPS schools will have more than 50 percent of students learning in person.

We have also made excellent progress in FCPS staff getting vaccinated. Of our 6,841 employees, just 578 were still seeking a vaccine as of March 18. We are working with those employees to help schedule vaccine appointments. With limited vaccine supply, it was a great challenge to get FCPS staff vaccinated. Thank you to the good Samaritans throughout the community who worked tirelessly, night and day, to assist educators with appointments.

Spring Break is next week. I wanted to remind the community that the global health crisis is unfortunately still with us. Please make sure to follow all health guidelines. Students and staff exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or who had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home per the health department’s guidance.

Have a great break!

Please enjoy the newest FCPS In a Minute video for March 26:

  • Kudos to local winners in the statewide Young Authors competition.
  • And, congrats to a student at Urbana High for a documentary garnering honors in a C-SPAN contest.

Know someone who would enjoy FCPS video links to In a Minute? FindOutFirst sends them to subscribers selecting the FCPS Television, YouTube Videos news group at

3 More Days to Order your Easter Eggs – Egg My 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 (

BHS announcements for March 26, 2021 are available at:

BHS Scholars Application for Seniors

Attention Seniors:

Now is the time to apply for the BHS Scholar Awards.

BHS Scholar – Three or more AP exams, Microsoft Certification exams and/or college courses completed with a minimum final grade of “C” in the course.

BHS Gold Scholar – Six or more AP exams, Microsoft Certification exams and/or college courses completed with a minimum final grade of “C” in the course.

Students are responsible for submitting the application (located in the Counseling Office, on the BHS website and attached to this message), with supporting documentation for college courses taken, if applicable, to Mrs. Wilton in the Counseling Office or by email – by May 20, 2021.

See your School Counselor with any questions.

2021 BHS Scholar Application (

BES Railroader Express Family Newsletter

BES Railroader Express Family Newsletter

March 25, 2021

Newsletter Contents:

Spring Picture Day Details, Term 4 Extended Learning Opportunities, BES School Counseling Program recognized, and much more!!

Community Foundation Scholarship-Deadline Approaching

SENIORS:  Just a reminder that if you are applying for the Community Foundation Scholarship, you need to contact Jill Wilton before 2:30 pm tomorrow in order to receive your transcript in time.   The application deadline is Wednesday, March 31st.  Mrs. Wilton and BHS Counselors will not be available to send transcripts next week during spring break. You can send an email to to request a transcript.  Also, please take time over the break to review new scholarships that have been posted in Naviance and on the BHS website.

BES Spring Extended Learning Opportunities/Sign Up

We are very excited to be able to offer to BES students a variety of Extended Learning Opportunities/ELO beginning Tuesday, April 13th.  The goal of the ELO program is to provide a wide array of  in-person and virtual learning experiences.  Please note that there are only a specific number of openings per activity.  We will be offering the activities in 4-week cycles to ensure that many students have the opportunity to participate.  Dates for each experience will be specified in the description.   A few clubs will require an additional material pick-up, student pick up/drop off at school, or require students to have their own instruments.   Club offerings will fill up fast!  If your child happens to miss out on an ELO opportunity this round, there will be another opportunity.

At this time, we are asking families to sign up for only one activity per child.   Once registered, the teacher leading the ELO activity will be in contact with the family.  If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Jason Rubeling/Assistant Principal via .

Click HERE to view ELO offerings.

Click HERE to Sign-Up

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.


Jim Castle

Posted by: Jim Castle

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