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How do we cure the reading allergy?

On the left, a teenager happily reading a book. On the right, a teenager expressionless staring at the screen of her smart phone.
November 6, 2019

Almost everywhere you go, the eyes of children, teens, and even adults are glued to the screens of their smartphones. Nowadays, cellphones are often used as a form of entertainment, where is reading daily...

Schoology slays Google Classroom: FCPS transitions to new learning management system

FCPS is transitioning to Schoology to take advantage of more flexible platform and access to grades.
October 8, 2018

FCPS is implementing a new learning management system in all Frederick County Schools: Schoology. This year, teachers have the option to use it, but FCPS plans for Schoology to replace Google Classroom...

Harry Potter Alliance charms charities with books from winter drive

Allie and Zach Hudson load books to be transported to Comfort Cases.
March 15, 2018

The Harry Potter Alliance recently held its third annual book drive, which ran from early November until January 31. At their February meeting, members counted and sorted books, with a total of over 200...

One-to-one program gains a few more ones: Photo of the Day 1/30/17

Marsha Thompson distributes a Chromebook to student, Sylvia Nelson
January 31, 2017

On January 30th, new Chromebooks were distributed to students who had signed up to receive one. The laptops, previously only in use by the class of 2020, extended their reach to upperclassmen as well. The...

Students add the finishing touches to the media center’s coloring poster: Photo of the Day 11/28/16

Katies Knotts, Hannah Horch, and Rozmia Fattah add small details to the poster.
November 28, 2016

At the beginning of the school year, media specialist Marsha Thompson created a fun coloring project for students. The intent for the collaborative project was to alleviate stress and provide a creative...

Trump wins LHS Mock Election, mirrors national results.

Media specialist Marsha Thompson hands Class of 2017 member Frannie Davis an
November 10, 2016

"You have to be knowledgeable to vote to vote. Knowledge is power." On Monday, November 7th students of all grades voted for who they want to become the next President of the United States. Voting took...

Harry Potter Alliance designs magical t-shirts: Photo of the Day 10/14/16

Frannie Davis and Megan Warren use fabric markers and puffy paint to draw on their shirts.
October 14, 2016

On October 14, the Harry Potter Alliance (frequently called HPA) met during PREP to design t-shirts showcasing their Harry Potter pride. This was the club's second meeting of the 2016-2017 school year....

Chromebooks for Class of 2020 change approach to learning

Grace Gaydosh, Mckensi Sensibaugh, Emma France and Devin Wynne work on an English project on their chromebooks.
September 21, 2016

In 2014, FCPS established a program to give every student their own device to use in the classroom. This 1:1 program distributed Chromebooks to all Class of 2020 members this year. The Chromebooks...

Harry Potter Alliance makes Snitch ornaments: Photo of the Day: 12/16/15

Brandon Sapp, Tony Konoda, and Marissa Maze hot glue their snitches.
December 16, 2015

December 16, the Harry Potter Alliance made golden snitch holiday ornaments. The members started with a gold ornament and cut out wings out of paper. After that they hot glued the wings on using glitter...

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