Some students came home victorious after several Frederick County public schools sent teams to the Maryland Science Olympiad’s Central Maryland Tournament on March 1.

The competitions involve hundreds of students in more than 20 events covering biology, chemistry, physics, earth and environmental science, engineering and technology.

Of the local teams, Urbana Middle School’s “A” team fared best at second place in its league. Ballenger Creek Middle School “A” placed fourth in the same league, followed by eight other county middle schools in eighth through 15th place respectively.

Urbana Middle’s “B” team placed second in the league for secondary teams; Ballenger Creek “B” placed third; and Crestwood in sixth. Windsor Knolls and Monocacy middle school “B” teams tied in 10th place.

Two high schools competed in the older division: Urbana High’s “A” team placed eighth in its league, and Walkersville High “A” placed 11th. Their “B” teams placed seventh and eighth in their league, respectively.

Winners from each regional tournament will compete at the state level on March 29 at Johns Hopkins University.

School board considers whistle-blower policy

Frederick County’s Board of Education may adopt a new policy that asks employees to report any dishonest, fraudulent or illegal activity that could affect Frederick County Public Schools operations. The proposal was recommended by legislative auditors, Superintendent Terry Alban said.

“The Board of Education has an expectation that all employees conduct themselves in accordance with Board policy and Frederick County Public Schools regulation, along with local, state and federal laws,” the policy draft stated. “The Board requires its employees to display the highest standards of business and personal conduct as they perform their duties and responsibilities.”

It added that “if an employee believes there are dishonest, fraudulent or illegal actions occurring that violate applicable laws or local regulations and that impact FCPS operations, an avenue of reporting is essential.”

If approved, Alban will then create a corresponding regulation to establish a defined process that provides specific directions for staff to report allegations, which will be appropriately investigated and acted upon.

County to hold preschool fair

Frederick County Parks and Recreation will host a free preschool fair at the Ballenger Creek Community Building in Ballenger Creek Park from 9 a.m. to noon March 28, a news release issued Monday states. Preschoolers and their caregivers can meet instructors, preview and register for classes, and participate in games and crafts. Advance registration is preferred by calling 301-600-2936 or through For more, contact 301-600-1666 or

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You forgot to mention that Hillcrest Elementary placed 3RD in the State Science Olympiad! Not too shabby for a school that has 30 different home languages spoken and is 131% above the state-rated capacity.

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