Falcons on the Rise!



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Falcons on the Rise!

Dear Fort Worthington Elementary Middle Community School Community, Welcome back!

I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful summer. I also hope you are well relaxed, recharged, and ready to start a new school year! I am so delighted that you are a part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education and I look forward to working with you and our children. Our school vision is “At the Fort we exude growth and excellence at all times, through positivity and collaboration with staff, scholars, and the community; ensuring accountability and achievement for all!” This means we will engage in all necessary actions to ensure positive academic and social/emotional experiences for all our scholars! We appreciate your partnership in bringing this vision to life, all that we do this year will align with the schoolwide vision and we welcome your feedback on how we can improve. All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for our children! Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating scholar files.

Our hard working and conscientious custodians spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. And, our much appreciated Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and planning for events that are sure to engage all! We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing Respectful and Responsible, scholars with Integrity, who practice Safety, and are Excellent at all they do, for they are truly Falcons on the R.I.S.E.!

New Staff

Each year brings positive change. This includes new additions to our staff.  We are delighted to welcome:

• Ms. Lauren Lloyd, 1st Grade • Ms. Sharene Lavender, 1st Grade • Ms. Erica Holmes, 3rd Grade • Ms. Maygon Smythe-Thompson, Special Education • Mr. Erasmo Barrera 6th/7th Grade Mathematics • Ms. Briana Romero, Middle School Spanish • Ms. Valerie Malinowski, Visual Arts • Ms. Dawn Smith, English as a Second Language (ESOL) • Ms. Kapreena Owens, School Guidance Counselor • Ms. Amelia Young, IEP Chair • Mr. Mike Benoit, Dean of Equity • Mr. Jamal Dean, Choir Director 

Promotions and Staff Changes

We are also excited to announce that Mrs. Berry, our long-time servant leader, who has supported our community for 12 years in the capacity of teacher, instructional coach, literacy lead, and testing coordinator will be transitioning into the role of assistant principal this year. Mr. Richardson will be transitioning upstairs to the middle school academy to serve our community as a history teacher and Mr. DeVaughn will be transitioning downstairs to serve our fourth graders as the science/social studies teacher. Mr. Horning will also be transitioning out of middle school mathematics and making his debut as a history teacher this year. We also bid farewell to Ms. Gibson as she transitions into a new phase in her life; we appreciate the two years she dedicated to The Fort community and the 17 years she’s served Baltimore City Schools!

Academic and Social/Emotional Learning

This school year our goals are to increase our Partnership for Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) by a combined 10% in mathematics and literacy for grades 3 to 8. For grades K to 2, our goal is for at least 75% of our scholars to read on grade level by the end of the school year. To meet these goals, our school will continue to engage in Project Based Learning and will implement the new, district adopted reading curriculum, Wit & Wisdom. Wit & Wisdom is”…curriculum that brings the rich content everyone loves into the classroom. Wit & Wisdom helps teachers meet the expectations of the new standards while celebrating the joy of reading and writing with our students.” For mathematics, our school will continue to implement the Eureka curriculum for grades K to 8. We are also a designated ANET school and will receive additional support to ensure our teachers are implementing the math curriculum in a way that is effective and high quality, while meeting the needs of all scholars. As you are aware, academic achievement is difficult to attain without meeting the social and emotional needs of scholars and staff alike. Thus, our school is now designated as a Restorative Practices Intensive Learning Site and will provide our community with targeted support via building meaningful relationships and connections, engaging in daily circles, and learning effective means of communication.

At Fort Worthington Elementary Middle Community School, we believe it is important for families, community members and school to work together in supporting scholar success. We value family and community partnering for all scholars and want them to know the importance of our collaboration in support of their growth. I have learned that Fort Worthington has a long history of greatness and an incredible legacy. Please rest assured that my goal will be to facilitate the process of upholding and exceeding the reputation of our school as being the school of choice for the Berea community and beyond. I am looking forward to many great accomplishments as I work alongside teachers, parents, students, other administrators, and our community members to create a foundation of success for the future of our community.

See you at The Fort, 

Monique N.  Debi


We are a Proud Title I School!