As 2017 ended and we welcome the 2018 New Year, it is time to reflect on our accomplishments and areas we still need to improve; then, we resolve to do better in the year ahead.
Frederick County Public Schools had many things to celebrate in 2017. Individual students and staff earned numerous local, state, and national accolades. Teams garnered awards in performing arts, sports, and academics at the local, state, and national levels. We achieved performance on key accountability measures above state and national averages. We opened the new Frederick High and launched the transformational LYNX program. We broke ground for two new elementary schools. A National Blue Ribbon School and another State Blue Ribbon School were announced. A record number of business partners were enlisted to support our efforts. Yes, there were many #FCPSProud moments in 2017!
These accomplishments are not merely the result of the hard work of our FCPS students and staff, but rather, accomplishments shared by a community committed to public education and elected officials who value and support our schools. So as I consider New Year’s resolutions for FCPS, I am really considering resolutions for the entire community!
In 2018, FCPS resolves to:
- Focus on quality instruction, cultural proficiency, and a growth mindset in order to eliminate achievement gaps!
- Model an inclusive community that welcomes and celebrates the diversity of staff, students, parents, and community members!
- Collaborate with our community partners to battle poverty, homelessness, and other factors that contribute to traumatic experiences for children.
- Advocate for increased funding for our public schools, so that FCPS no longer ranks as the lowest in the state in per pupil spending.
- Collaborate with our community partners to address the opioid crisis in our county, state, and nation.
- Advocate for the Kirwan Commission to address the essential funding needs of our public schools.
- Model a commitment to service—recognizing that everyone needs to serve the “greater good.”
- Encourage everyone in our community to focus on health, wellness, safety, and lifelong learning.
Thanks to everyone who gave us so much to celebrate in 2017. I look forward to standing beside you and working to achieve the best possible outcomes for FCPS in 2018! Happy New Year! Share your thoughts on the New Year with me on Twitter @FCPSMDSuper. And if you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it on Facebook or Twitter.