Many will work on the Common Core Curriculum Standards.
The students may enjoy being off from school for the summer, but it's not all fun and games for teachers and other Frederick County School System employees. "This is the time when we're working really hard to get ready for the coming year. That runs through a range of activities, such as getting the physical school buildings ready to revamping our curriculum and getting resources in place and doing professional development," says spokesman Michael Doerr.
The last day for Frederick County Public School students was Friday, June 14th. The new school year will start on Monday, August 19th.
Doerr says teachers and curriculum writers will be working on implementing the Common Core Curriculum Standards in Frederick County Schools. He says Maryland and other states have signed up for Common Core, which assures that students will have the skills they need to go to work or go on to higher education after they graduate from high school. "They're basically guidelines that school systems use. They tell what are the basic skills our students need to have. And then each schools system writes its own curriculum, their own local curriculum, that reflect those skills, those basic guidelines," he says.
Those skills that students need under Common Core include "creative thinking, the ability to work in teams, the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing," he says. "These are some of the basic things we're focusing more intensely upon." Doerr says many employers say they want these skills in their employees.
Doerr says the Frederick County School System has been gradually implementing the Common Core Curriculum into the classroom.
In addition, Doerr says the maintenance and janitorial personnel are working hard to clean up the schools so they sparkle. "It's like we're making every school shine like new over the summer. And that's what we spend our time doing, from top to bottom, in the schools," he says.
Even though the building may seem vacant as kids may come by to use the school's outdoor athletic facilities, Doerr says there are people inside. "Principals are there; their staffs are there, working to make sure the building is up and running, getting ready for the new school year," he says. "There are people in and out. Teachers are there, occasionally getting their rooms ready over the summer, making sure things are how they want them. The schools are still busy during the summer."