Frederick County Public Schools recently launched a new series called “Vision 2020” to air on FCPS TV.

It is intended to educate the community about new programs, initiatives and tools being used by different departments in the school system.

The series will air daily at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Comcast cable channel 18. For those who don’t have Comcast, the episodes will also be available on the school system’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages as well as the FCPS website at

The first episode aired Feb. 25 and highlighted the school system’s new evidence-based reading initiative.

Kevin Cuppett, executive director for curriculum, instruction and innovation for FCPS, led the episode and spoke with teachers about how different reading-learning systems are being implemented in classrooms.

They also spoke about professional development for staff including a new program that helps teachers learn language, reading and spelling essentials.

“I think it may be beneficial to teachers who in their undergraduate work didn’t have experience. ... They didn’t have that kind of instruction, so now this course is providing that to them,” Tracy Spingola, a first-grade teacher at Spring Ridge Elementary School, told Cuppett in the episode.

According to Daryl Boffman, executive director of public affairs for FCPS, the next episode of “Vision 2020” will air sometime in April.

FCC summer programs Frederick Community College will host its annual summer programs for kids and teens again this year and, for the first time, will also offer before- and after-care.

The programs, “The Kids on Campus” and “The Teens on Campus,” offer hands-on classes for children and teens 6 to 15 years old that combine fun with education to keep students academically engaged over the summer.

Karen Freeman, FCC youth programs manager, said in a statement that FCC understands that working parents need more flexible options and all-day scheduling.

“Parents can build a schedule that works for them and have coverage starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.,” Freeman said.

Supervised care will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on days of programming.

Classes will run from June 29 to Aug. 14 and cover topics such as science, creative arts and fitness. Specific classes are also offered for middle school students that focus on technical skills and career exploration.

This year, in particular, more than 180 classes are being offered. Class titles include “Spy Academy” and “Wizarding World: Wand Basics 101.”

“FCC prides itself on offering educational opportunities for all our community members, and that includes children and teenagers,” FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster said in a statement. “It is a highlight of our summer each year to have so many young people bring their energy to FCC and enjoy our interactive learning programs.”

Registration is now open and can be done through the FCC website.

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