Cadets News · FHS Community Message 3/20/2020


Good Evening Cadets,

I hope you and your family are doing well during this time of “hold”.  Tensions are high in our community (and country) and it can be so easy to let the news of the day spiral us out of focus. I hope you are taking some time to find balance in your life.  Whether that’s connecting with a friend over facetime, going for a walk in the neighborhood, watching one of the many online concerts that many artists are starting to put out over the internet, or simply sleeping in on a weekday.

It has been a quiet week at Frederick High School.  Our operations team has been doing a wonderful job working to make sure our building is ready for students and staff when we all return, and the FHS admin team has been taking advantage of the quiet time to begin to plan for the next school year.  But first, we need to focus on the rest of this school year, and that is what I would like to talk to you about this evening.

If you were not in school last Friday or did not fill out one of the “distant learning” surveys, please click here. Should we move to a distant learning model in the upcoming weeks, it is important we have everyone’s information so we can make sure every student has the opportunity to continue their learning this semester. Next week, FHS teachers will begin to write material that can be delivered to students remotely should the need arise. We are very blessed at Frederick High School that because of our LYNX training the past few years, our faculty is very familiar with the latest educational technology, and much of the blended work we have done fits perfectly into what online learning could look like. If you do not have access to technology at home, fear not!  We will get paper copies to you. Information will be going out in the coming days how delivery could look.

As the country deals with the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect more low-income families to the Internet at home. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, anyone who signs up for Internet Essentials will receive two free months of Internet service. After your first two free months expire, you can either cancel the service (which you can do at any time) or keep it as a regular paying Internet Essentials customer. Click for more details:  http://www.internetessentials.com

Did you know FCPS has added a website with a variety of activities for families to engage in educational activities during this time away from the classroom? Additional content will be added, so please check back for updates:
https://sites.google.com/fcps.org/fcpslearning/home

I know this week has not been an easy one. One thing I am certain of, however, is that we will come out of this a stronger community and a stronger nation. If you have any questions or if there is anything I can do to assist you or your family, please do not hesitate to email me at David.Franceschina@fcps.org. I will be in contact next week, as will FCPS with more information about what the rest of the school year could look like should the break extend past next week.

I look forward to seeing everyone when we return!

David Franceschina, Ed.D.
Principal, FHS