Last day of school will be on
Wednesday ( June 13, 2012)


Monetary awards were given for the NFTE 2012 Citywide Business Plan Competition held on May 25, 2012. FSK 7th graders had the strongest showing with the following students earning money (See photo- left to right)

Alexis Alt: 2nd Place Citywide: $750

Moriah Beatty: 4th Place Citywide: $83

Sierra Seabrease: 3rd Place Citywide: $500

Shayla Arrington: 4th Place Citywide: $83

Tanesha Blackledge: 4th Place Citywide: $83
Teacher: Mrs. McDonald

To all 8th graders, if you would like to have a copy of the graduation pictures, please bring a dvd disc or flash drive to  Mr. Dalang at Room 116-B.

FSK  Celebrates the War of 1812
May 31, 2012
6-8 p.m.

(From left to right - Tanesha Blackledge, Sierra Seabrease, Alexix Alt, Shayla Arrinton, and Moriah Beatty)
Congratulations to the OUTSTANDING seventh graders on their success with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) school wide and semi-final business plan competition:

Alexis Alt
1st Place (Schoolwide) and 1of 6 finalists in the championship competition scheduled on May, 25, 2012.
Sierra Seabrease
 2nd Place (School wide) and 1 of 6 finalists in championship round
Tanesha Blackledge, Moriah Beatty, and Shayla Arrington 3rd place schoolwide and finalists
for championships
(TMS Cookies)
Sophia Lanasa
4th place (schoolwide).

Boys and Cub Scouts
Our LAdy of Good Counsel Church
1532 E. Fort AVe., Baltimore MD

fsk band

Art Classes/Summer Camps for All Ages

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Summer Learning 2012


The Division of Special Education

Office of Student Learning Support

Tammye Martin, Academic Director

Lisa Graves-Miller, Academic Coordinator

Michael Jones, LEAD: Life Skills Program

Diane McKelvey, LEAD: PAL Program


A Conversation and Update with Parents, Advocates, Staff

"The TEAM Approach"

 Click here to view the flyer


How to Participate in your Child's IEP Meeting?

May 12, 2012
Baltimore Museum of Industry
1415 Key Highway, Baltimore MD

Registration Fair: May 19, 2012
Baltimore War Memorial Plaza
101 North Gay Street, Baltimore, MD



Anastacia Lockner

Standing Long Jump – Bronze

50 – Meter Run – 5th Place

Daquan Stewart

Softball Throw – Gold

50 – Meter Run – Bronze

Eric Brown

Softball Throw – Bronze

100 – Meter Run – Gold

Tiavon Bumbray

Standing Long Jump – Silver

100 – Meter Run – Gold

Katina Purdie

Standing Long Jump – Bronze

100 – Meter Run – Silver

Rashonda Henderson

Standing Long Jump – Bronze

50 – Meter Run – 6th Place

Shakia Banks

Standing Long Jump – 4th Place

100 – Meter Run – 4th Place

Destiny Thompson

Standing Long Jump – 4th Place

50 – Meter Run – 4th Place

Joevon Patterson

Softball Throw – Bronze

50 – Meter Run – Silver

Ceasia Benson

Standing Long Jump – Gold

50 – Meter Run – Gold

Tyon Coby

Softball Throw – Bronze

100 – Meter Run – Bronze


The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship is celebrating ten years in Baltimore
BALTIMORE - Students in Mrs. Deneen McDonald's seventh grade class at Francis Scott Key Elementary Middle School are busy working on a business plan. The young entrepreneurs have learned how to start a business by creating pitches and writing business plans.
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Mother’s Day Service Learning Project Rules 2012

Mother’s Day Reflection

Mother’s Day is an annual holiday celebrated on the second day Sunday in May. Mother’s Day recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well as the positive contributions they make to society. However, there are some mothers who are housed in nursing homes, hospices or confined in other institutions. That is the purpose of this Service Learning Project.



Click here to read more information

Take Our Daughters And

Sons To Work


2012 Activity Guide
Download the Activity Here

2012 Preakness Portraits Contest  Winners
Art Teacher: Mrs. Swingle

Grade K
First Place: Sophia Mullauer
Second Place: Adam Shutsky
Third Place: Cooper Searcy

Grade 1
First Place: Leeanna Tusing
Second Place: Koree Gwynn
Third Place: Adriene Blockinger

Grade 2
Second Place: Tyler Covahey
Third Place: Zacori Hurt

Grade 3
Second Place: Stasia Sitterly
Third Place: Cameron Idleman

Grade 8
Second Place: Tamia Green
Third Place: Audacious Hopkins


Peninsula Schools Arts Festival
Who: Students and Families of Federal Hill Preparatory School, Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School and Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School
What:There will be a showcase of Art Exhibit and Musical Performances.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 5 - 7 PM
Digital Harbor High School
1100 Covington Street, Baltimore, MD 21230


There will be a budget forum on April 24, 2012 at 4:00. Teachers, parents, community members are invited.

Attention 1st and 2nd Grade Parents:
There will be an information session at FSK on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. for all parents of 1st and 2nd grade students who will be taking the Stanford 10 next week. Network staff will be here to answer questions that you may have.


Cadet Hiring Event

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Do you have a child with a special need?
Do you need child care?
LOCATE: Child Care can help you find child care that meets your family's needs.

 Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education



Francis Scott Key


When you enter Mrs. McDonald’s Network for Future Entrepreneurship (NFTE) class, you are immediately overwhelmed with rich student driven con-versation. Students are engaged in their process of creating story boards for the ad campaign they created. They not only create their own marketing plan using the 5 P’s (product, promotion, price, place, and people), but they also conduct marketing research, write scripts, and direct their own commercials. Products like Spiral Cola, whose motto is "It makes your head spin" and the Poison Bar, which was inspired by the song and group Poison, take on their own lives through the imagination of these 8th grade students.  READ MORE


 Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs for Children and Adults

Parent's Guide to the MSA


The annual school climate survey is underway, and every voice counts.
The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners invites you to
Get Tech
A Cyber Awareness Workshop
Saturday, March 24, 2012

9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Banneker Hall

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

1400 W. Cold Spring Lane
14 25 E. Fort AVe., Baltimore MD 21230
March 8, 2012
Dear Francis Scott Key Family,
       The Fort avenue walking bridge is now open. The shuttle service that has been taking students from the shopping center to school in the morning and then from school to the shopping center in the afternoon will end tomorrow, Friday, March 9, 2012. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time. Please contact us with any concerns regarding morning or afternoon transportation and procedures.
Charles Shockney
Assistant Principal
Youth Empowerment Summit
June 4, 2012

Help Shape Your School’s 2012-13 Budget
Camp and Summer Program Fair
Skating Party Volunteers Needed

Attention FSK Parents and Community Members!!

 Please join us on Tuesday February 14 at 3:30pm in the FSK Library. We will discuss important school related issues. You’re opinion matters and we want to hear from you!

See you then!



**See Mrs. Jirsa with questions


Make your voice heard!

City Schools’ Office of Engagement seeks your comments on the

Family and Community Engagement Policy and Title I Parent Involvement Plan

Wednesday, February 22, 6 to 7 p.m. James Mosher Elementary School 2400 W. Mosher St.

Thursday, February 23, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. City Schools District Office 200 E. North Ave., 1st floor board room (cohosted by the Parent and Community Advisory Board)

Wednesday, March 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cross Country Elementary/Middle School 6100 Cross Country Boulevard



summer 3
fsk shirt


Calling All Student Artists!

Do you know of any students that like to draw? Tell them to get their creative juices flowing and enter the Doodle 4 Google competition for students in grades K-12. Doodles should redesign Google's homepage logo and illustrate this year's theme: "If I could travel in time, I'd visit..." The top ten Maryland doodles will be exhibited at the Walters Art Museum from May 23 to June 22.

In addition to seeing their artwork on Google's homepage and on a special Crayola 64 crayon box, the national winner will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship and other prizes. And the winning student's school will also receive $50,000! Entries are due Friday, Mar. 23.

Want to enter? Please visit The Walters Art Museum website or Google for more information.

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

Attn: Baltimore City Schools Students

Just Announced! New scholarships available exclusively for Baltimore students
Morgan State University Tutoring Corps
The Office of Community Service at MSU offers a FREE tutoring program for children in grades K-8th. Tutoring subjects are but not limited to math, reading, and writing.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

“A Day On, Not a Day Off”

City Schools Students (Grades 6-12), Come and Serve with us! 

Participate in a number of service-learning projects That

Benefit the Greater Baltimore community!

ü  make Valentine’s Day Cards for soldiers

ü  assemble art kits for Kids Helping Hopkins

ü  Create toiletry kits for youth in foster care and the homeless

ü  Seed plants for later distribution to City Schools students and teachers

ü  work with our compost systems to create new soil for growing green educational spaces.


Service-Learning hours will be awarded at the conclusion

of the activity at each individual service site. Participating students should use the “G” bus ticket to get to and from the service site.

Parents are welcome to attend the school family council meeting on Tuesday January 10, 2012 at 3:30pm.
school family


The packets will be sent out on January 3, 2012. 





Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Shadow Day

Heritage High School Open House


happy holidays

Francis Scott Key Celebrates the Season of Giving



The Student Government Association of FSK would like to invite our parents and partners to join us in, The Spirit of the Season. We will be collecting hats, gloves, and scarves for the homeless.


Also, our seasonal food drive is on at this time and anyone wishing to send in canned goods or boxed items may do so. Please turn in items to your homeroom teacher. Those who wish to donate a gift card for a ham or turkey to go with our food baskets, please contact Ms. Philips at 410-396-1503.





All the Best,



Mr. Nicholas D’Ambrosio

Managing Assistant Principal

Francis Scott Key Elementary/ Middle School #76


Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School #76
1425 East Fort Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21230





Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am excited to announce that Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School and the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance (DBFA) are engaging in a partnership designed to help improve the educational experience for all students here at Francis Scott Key. 

A meeting will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of FSK to present an outline of this partnership.  FSK staff, FSK parents, and all interested community members are invited to attend to hear about the partnership and how we are going to work together to make improvements to our school’s physical environment and programming.  The partnership, collaboration, and actions will be organized with the formation of six committees.  The committees include: curriculum, fundraising, special events, marketing, infrastructure, and enrichment.  Ideally, each committee will be comprised of FSK staff, FSK parents, and community members.  I encourage all FSK parents to attend and sign up to be a part of this unique partnership. 

Below is a statement from the DBFA website.  Visit for more information.  

From the DBFA website:

The Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance envisions downtown Baltimore's development into a highly sought-after locale for family life —a diverse and socially connected place where schools are excellent, streets are safe, parks are plentiful, retail abounds, and housing meets the needs of growing families. Downtown Baltimore will be a shining example of urban, family-friendly vitality and DBFA a model for purposeful family engagement and community.”





Nicholas D’Ambrosio

Managing Assistant Principal

Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School



Friendship Academy of Science & Technology


REACH Partnership Open House

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Coppin Academy Shadow Days

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Baltimore Talent Development High School

2011-2012 Open House

Coppin Academy Open House

Frances L. Murphy ResearchBuilding

Monday, November 21,2011

9:00 – 12 noon

All Students must be accompanied by an adult

Click here to download the flyer.


The Fort Avenue bridge is now closed to all walkers at this time.  Francis Scott Key students who walk across that bridge to and from school will be shuttled by bus from the Southside Marketplace parking lot at the intersection of Fort Avenue and Lawrence Street.  The shuttle bus will be transporting students from the shopping center to school between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. in the morning.  The bus will also be taking walkers in the afternoon from school to the shopping center between 2:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  This issue will not affect the regularly scheduled buses or the current driving pattern.  All bus and car riders will continue with their normal before and after school routine.  This new procedure for walkers will be in effect for the rest of this week and maybe parts of next week as well.  I will call with updates as I receive them.  Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this unusual time.  


Baltimore School for the Arts

City College


Morgan State Univeristy

City Schools Sustainability Day


Please join City Schools and many of its partners for a day of discussions and workshops about making schools and learning greener in Baltimore City. Sponsored by Bank of America and hosted by Baltimore City Public Schools, the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability and Enterprise Community Partners, City Schools Sustainability Day takes place on Saturday, November 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School (3500 Hillen Rd.). Teachers, principals, students, families and all others are invited to come celebrate the successes, identify the challenges and push forward the green work happening in schools across the district. Please click here for the flyer, here to register and here for the Sustainability Day webpage.

Principals, please encourage your staff and families to attend, and note that the event is listed on the homepage of all school websites.
picture day  
New Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for Health Professions

Open House
city neighbors  
city neighbors2
Please Support Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School
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Box Tops
block party
FARM Online Application is now live:; Spanish online application will be up soon and we will let you know when immediately.The Communications office has put up this nice webpage that lists the incentives and links to the online application.
"Due to the expected traffic congestion and alternate MTA schedule as a result of the Baltimore Grand Prix on Thursday, September 1st and Friday, September 2nd, school will open one hour late. Dismissal time will remain the same. Again, Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School will open one hour late on Thursday, September 1st and Friday, September 2nd. Students will receive a letter from the Baltimore City Public School System with this information."
"The "meet and greet" with the new Managing Assistant Principal, Mr. D'Ambrosio is still on for tonight, August 30th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the cafeteria. Another session will be held on Thursday, September 1st from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Please come by to say hello."
Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School
1425 E. Fort Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230
Letter from Mr. D'Ambrosio
Managing Assistant Principal