Within the boundaries of the city of Frederick, the brand-new Butterfly Ridge Elementary School is situated in one of the fastest-growing areas in the county. The school will open its doors to teachers for classroom setup on Monday ahead of its first-ever first day of school in September.

The Butterfly Ridge Elementary community will be known as the Trail Blazers, and the school’s logo features its initials in front of a green and yellow mountain design. It’s a name chosen by Butterfly Ridge Elementary Principal Patty Hosfelt because “trailblazers are innovative, creative, and always learning and looking for new paths.”

Through the hallways of the new building, the same bright green color is seen on tiles lining either side and matching the school colors, which are also found in the new furniture.

Each desk, light and room has a well-thought-out purpose. Classrooms are complete with an interactive panel that can be adjusted and lowered for younger students. Swapping out traditional square desks, students’ desks are specially shaped to allow increased collaboration, according to Hosfelt. Classrooms have space for co-teaching, another way to help meet the needs of all students. Rooms are slanted to allow larger windows and more natural light. Overhead lights adjust automatically to the amount of light coming in through the windows, and lights can be dimmed as needed.

The gym is a high school-sized gym, complete with basketball hoops and quotes from John Quincy Adams, Helen Keller, and one unattributed quote that Hosfelt said she’s focused on for years: “Creative is not only a way to learn but a way to live.”

The school also has a creative movement room, similar to a dance studio. It will be a space for adaptive physical education and other offerings.

The building’s design will feel similar to that of North Frederick Elementary School, with some modifications as a Title I school, meaning it receives federal assistance and enrolls a high percentage of children from low-income families. Frederick County Public Schools staff hope the new school will relieve crowding at other elementary schools, and it will be home to students previously slated to attend Hillcrest, Orchard Grove and Waverley elementary schools.

Outside the school’s backdrop is a mountain range, and school grounds include a large courtyard. The school also has three separate playgrounds designed with equipment for different age groups — one for pre-K and kindergartners, one for first- and second-graders, and another for third- through fifth-graders.

With a one-to-three ratio of students to devices such as Chromebooks and iPads instead of a traditional computer lab, the school has “maker studios” for anything from robotics to engineering. There are also two art studios and two music instructors, as well as a stage in the cafeteria and a portable stage for larger assemblies that can be used in the gym.

“There traditionally were computer desktops in schools, but now we can use Chromebooks and laptops,” Hosfelt said. “Being innovative, now we put in these maker studios instead, giving students a chance to have studio time and create.”

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When it comes to quotes, I like these:
The more you use your mind, the more you'll have to use.
- George A. Dorsey

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.
- Galileo

Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of the car is separate from the way the car is driven.
- Edward De Bono

Learning is not compulsory. Neither is survival.
- Dr. W. Edwards Deming


Not having been into the school yet, it is hard to say how nice it looks. But why do we need those two foot letters of the school name on the outside? We are being too extravagant in our school construction.


I am sure someone in John Quincy Adam's family owned slaves so this has to removed before school starts and some child is damaged forever.


It has to be removed because John Quincey Adams never said it and the school administration is too stupid and sloppy to even research it.


The article says the quote is unattributed . Nowhere does it say that JQA said it. The piece says: "and one unattributed quote that Hosfelt said she’s focused on for years: “Creative is not only a way to learn but a way to live.”


The quote we are referring to shown in the picture of the new gym. It covers a large portion of a wall.


Gblair - do you not see the name John Quincy Adams plastered all over the wall in the photo?


You are right and as stated elsewhere, It was Dolly Parton that originated it, But she had more and I like this one better:

"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader."
- Dolly Parton - 


Yankee, John Quincy Adams was an Abolitionists,  Most of them considered owning slaves a sin.

" He often dealt with slavery-related issues during his seventeen-year congressional career, which began after his presidency. In the House Adams became a champion of free speech, demanding that petitions against slavery be heard despite a "gag rule" that said they could not be heard. Adams repeatedly spoke out against the "Slave Power", that is the organized political power of the slave owners who dominated all the southern states and their representation in Congress. He vehemently attacked the annexation of Texas (1845) and the Mexican War (1846–48) as part of a "conspiracy" to extend slavery. During the censure debate, Adams said that he took delight in the fact that southerners would forever remember him as "the acutest, the astutest, the archest enemy of southern slavery that ever existed".


That quote is not from John Quincy Adams, and I am shocked the FCPS teachers and administrators are so ignorant of American linguistic history that they would ever beleive it was (“become more”? Really? You think that phrase was used during the Revolution?). Take it down immediately and next time at least do a google search. https://quoteinvestigator.com/2011/07/03/inspire-dream-leader/


Or at least attribute it to the great Dolly Parton who originated it although it’s morphed into what has been placed on the wall of a brand new elementary school!


Quote Investigator online credits Dolly Parton.[thumbup]


Not that John Quincy Adams, the other one.

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