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

    ( Click the pciture to read more details)
    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.
    ( Click  abc2news icon to read more.)

    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

    Click here for more information


    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



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    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


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    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 dbfam.org 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

    Click here for more information

    Coppin Academy Shadow Days

    Click here for more information

    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  
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    Please Support Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School
    Click the picture for more information.
    Box Tops
    block party
    FARM Online Application is now live: http://mealapp.bcps.k12.md.us; 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. http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/farms
    "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