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 January 10, 2019 
FCPS Focus is the official e-newsletter of Frederick County Public Schools.
Funds Approved for Additional Safety/Security Measures
The Frederick County Board of Supervisors has approved the School Board’s request for approximately $1.3 million to fund Phase II Safety and Security Construction Upgrades to a number of school facilities. The enhancements will help make James Wood High School, Millbrook High School, Sherando High School, James Wood Middle School, the Dowell J. Howard Center, NREP at Senseny Road School, Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School and the Frederick County Public Schools Administration Building safer and more secure.
Portrait of a Graduate/Strategic Planning Work Continues
DecorativeThe FCPS Strategic Plan Portrait Design Team, which includes teachers, administrators, parents, and business/community leaders, will hold its fourth meeting next week as it finalizes the Portrait of a FCPS Graduate and updates the school division’s Strategic Plan. The group has finalized the competencies that an FCPS graduate must attain in order to be successful in whatever they choose to pursue following graduation from high school. Those competencies include critical thinking and problem solving; collaboration, empathy/social and cross-cultural skills; communication; flexibility, adaptability and resilience; metacognition/learning how to learn; creativity and innovation.
2019-20 Kindergarten Registration
DecorativeKindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year is being conducted in two phases this year. Parents with a student already enrolled in FCPS should register their rising kindergarten student between February 4 and March 1. The parents of a rising kindergarten student who have no other children currently enrolled in FCPS should register their child from March 4-8. Parents should complete the registration process at the elementary school their child will attend. Preliminary registration for the preschool program, which may be offered in 2019-20 depending on the availability of funding, will be held March 11-22.             
Site Identified for Replacement Robert E. Aylor Middle School
DecorativeA 57 acre parcel of land located at 471 White Oak Road has been selected as the site on which the replacement Robert E. Aylor Middle School will be constructed. During its meeting on January 2, the School Board authorized the purchase of the property for $1.3 million plus closing costs.             
Middle School Rezoning
After holding four meetings, two public information sessions and conducting a parent survey, the Middle School Rezoning Committee will share its rezoning proposal for James Wood and Frederick County middle schools with the School Board during the Board’s meeting on January 15. The Board is scheduled to take action on the rezoning proposal on February 5. Details about the proposal will be made available at following the Board’s meeting on January 15. A rezoning that will impact Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Robert E. Aylor middle schools will be undertaken before the replacement Aylor Middle School opens in August 2021.
Report Cards Distributed Tomorrow
Report cards for the second nine week grading period will be issued to students tomorrow, January 11.
FCPS Adds Two New National Board Certified Teachers
Bridget Bailey and Michael WolfeGainesboro Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Bridget Bailey and Michael Wolfe, a PE teacher at Indian Hollow and Orchard View elementary schools, were recently notified that they have earned the designation of National Board Certified Teacher. There are just over 122,000 National Board Certified teachers nationwide, including 19 who are employed by FCPS.
Speak Up Survey
Project Tomorrow Speak UpThere’s still time to make your voice heard by taking a few minutes to complete the Speak Up Survey. The survey, which offers the opportunity to share perspectives on key educational issues such as digital learning and the use of technology to support future ready schools, is open to students, parents, staff and members of the community through January 31. The findings will be used by Frederick County Public Schools in the planning and decision-making process concerning educational technology tools and applications.
General Assembly Convenes
The 2019 General Assembly session began on January 9. To help individuals track legislation that could impact K-12 education, Frederick County Public Schools has launched a Web page that includes contact information for Frederick County's representatives in the state legislature as well as a synopsis of the bills that have been introduced that could impact public schools.
School Board Reorganization
Dr. Lamanna and Mr. ForemanThe Frederick County School Board selected its leadership for 2019 during its meeting on January 2. Board members unanimously elected Dr. John Lamanna to serve as Board Chairman and Jay Foreman to serve as Vice Chairman.
Digital Citizenship
DecorativeFrederick County Public Schools is expanding its focus on digital citizenship and working to educate and empower all members of the community to be active and responsible members of the digital world. Tips on how to safely, responsibly and respectfully connect and communicate digitally will be shared through a variety of communication channels each month.
JWHS Librarian Honored
Krista HartenbachThe Virginia Association of School Librarians has named James Wood High School Librarian Krista Hartenbach the 2018 School Library Educator of the Year. The award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions in developing school library programs and for professional leadership in the field of school librarianship.
Speak Up, Stay Safe
Keeping schools safe is everyone's responsibility. If you see suspicious activity, report it to school staff and the authorities. Suspicious activity may include: a vehicle or individual in an odd or concealed location; an unattended package or backpack; individuals seeking information about a school, its operations or security procedures beyond mere curiosity; or unusual, repeated or prolonged observation of school buildings, bus stops or students. If you see something that raises concerns, please contact the Frederick County Sheriff's Office at 540-662-6168.
What’s in the FCPS Spotlight?
FCPS SpotlightThe latest episode of “FCPS Spotlight” details a project students enrolled in the Auto Body I and Auto Body II classes at the Dowell J. Howard Center have undertaken that involves repairing and repainting a van that will eventually be used by Bright Futures-Frederick/Winchester for deliveries and community outreach.             
The FCPS Mobile App is Free
Frederick County Public Schools Virginia News, Calendar, Student 360, Schools, Staff Directory, Rapid Com., Bus Routes, Menus, MySchooB, Facebook, YouTube, PeachjarFrederick County Public Schools has a custom mobile app that provides access to a variety of school and division information including lunch menus, the school calendar, student assignments/grades, MySchoolBucks and school news such as delays and cancellations due to inclement weather. Visit Apple’s App Store or Google Play to download the app for free today.
Free and Reduced Meals Program
There is no deadline for families to apply for the Free and Reduced Price Meals Program. Applications may submitted at any time throughout the school year. Anyone who has questions about the program or needs assistance completing an application is encouraged to contact School Nutritional Services at 540-662-3888 x88109.
MySchoolBucks Makes Payments Easy
MySchoolBucksMySchoolBucks makes paying for student meals, fees, activities and other purchases made through Frederick County Public Schools very easy. The online payment tool allows payments to be made at any time using VISA, MasterCard or Discover. Parents can also view current cafeteria account balances, review recent purchases, receive low-balance alerts and setup recurring payments on a weekly or monthly basis through MySchoolBucks.

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Frederick County Public Schools shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, political
affiliation, disability or veteran status in the education program and activities, or employment and provides equal access to the Boy
Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions concerning the application of this non-discrimination policy may be made to: Title IX Coordinator (Adults), Jennifer Rydholm, Exec. Director of Human Resources; Title IX Coordinator (Students) and Section 504 Coordinator, Teresa Ritenour, Director of Student Support Services.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, see list of OCR enforcement offices for the addresses and phone numbers of
the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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