Community Bulletin Board: Schools

Posted: May 7, 2013

FCPS launches “Season of Celebration and Success”

Through June 14, Frederick County Public Schools is inviting students, parents, teachers, staff and members of the community to share their celebrations and successes from the 2012-13 school year.

Anyone is welcome to share stories or to thank a teacher or school staff member as part of the “Seasons of Celebration and Success.” Submissions may be made online by visiting the FCPS homepage at and clicking on the “Seasons of Success” link. In addition, submission forms are available in the office at each FCPS school. Submissions may be made anonymously.

FCPS will share some of the submissions via its Facebook page (

Nominations sought for Stewart Bell Excellence in Teaching Award

A three-member committee has been named to select the recipient of the annual Stewart Bell Excellence in Teaching Award.

The award, given to an educator in Winchester Public Schools, includes a cash honorarium. This year’s recipient will be selected from Garland Quarles Elementary School.

The Handley Trust board of trustees, which oversees the award, has appointed Nancy DeArment as chairman of the committee. Joining her are School Board representative Erica Truban and Tim Machado, parent representative for Garland Quarles Elementary.

The award was established by former Winchester Mayor Stewart Bell Jr. in 1985 with a $20,000 endowment intended to reward exceptional performance in the classroom. In 1997, enough interest had accrued to grant the first award, which has since been given annually based on a rotation of the city schools.

Bell, a former teacher and principal, created the award to honor individuals whose interest, enthusiasm and support of children may influence them positively for the rest of their lives.

Those eligible for selection include classroom teachers, librarians and guidance counselors, under criteria that emphasize these four standards:

Successfully reveals to the students the nature and possibilities of the world in which they live.

Helps maturing students discover their own interests, strengths and weaknesses.

Challenges each student to adopt standards and goals for productive life suitable to his/her interests and capabilities.

Assists and motivates students to develop accordingly.

Nominations for the award are open to the public. Nomination forms can be obtained at the Winchester Public Schools Central Administrative Office at 12 N. Washington St.; Daniel Morgan Middle School office; or online at the Winchester Public Schools website ( and click on “Schools” to find DMMS.

The deadline for receipt of the nominations is June 17.

Completed forms should be sent to Winchester Public Schools, Attn: Stewart Bell Award, 12 N. Washington St., Winchester 22601.

The winner will be announced at the WPS Convocation on Aug. 16 at the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Hunter T. Crane Memorial Trap Shoot

The first Hunter T. Crane Memorial Trap Shoot will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 at the Winchester Gun Club at 262 Gun Club Road in Stephenson.

Proceeds will benefit Frederick County students in the form of scholarships in Crane’s name.

For more information and registration forms, email or like on Facebook at Hunter T. Crane Memorial.

Millbrook High School Spring Plant Sale

Millbrook High School’s Spring Plant Sale will be held from noon to 4 p.m. May 11.

Hanging baskets are $12, tomatoes (40 types) are $2 or three for $5, peppers are $2 or three for $5, annuals are $2, geraniums are $3 or four for $10, and perennials (20 types) are $5.

Proceeds benefit the school’s horticulture program.

People who come to the sale are encouraged to bring their old plant containers for students to reuse.

Kindle Fire HD raffle

A Kindle Fire HD is being raffled to benefit the James Wood High School Band 2013 Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are one for $5 or three for $10. They will be on sale through May 20 at Kimberly’s at 135 N. Braddock St. or by calling Polly at 540-665-1915.

The drawing will be May 23 during the Fine Arts Concert in the school’s auditorium. The concert starts at 7 p.m. The winner need not be present to win. The prize must be claimed by June 1. The winner’s name will be posted on

Fun Run/Walk

The Millbrook High School Interact Club will have a Fun Run/Walk 5k on May 25 at the school. Participants should arrive at 9 a.m. The event starts at 10 a.m.

The cost to participate is $10 per person, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Grace Lutheran Preschool accepting applications

Grace Lutheran Preschool in Winchester is accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. Classes are available for 3- to 4/5-year-olds.

Registration forms are available in the preschool office from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday to Friday or by calling 540-678-0635 or emailing The preschool is located at 16 N. Braddock St.

Orientation will be Sept. 3 and classes start Sept. 4.

Crums Church  Childcare Programs

Crums Church Childcare Programs is enrolling students for the 2013-14 school year.

Programs are available for toddlers, preschool and school-age children. They range from partial to full day. After-school care also is available.

Crums United Methodist Church is located at 2832 Crums Church Road in Berryville. Phone 540-955-1852.