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February 2019
Dear Parents,

Can you believe we are more than half-way through the school year? Our 8th graders have already started their preps for their freshman year and our 6th and 7th graders will be selecting their courses for next year as well. The Aylor Staff hopes that this school year to date has been a rewarding and enriching experience for you and your child. This is a good time to check your child’s progress and set goals with your child for the second semester. If concerns exist, please contact the guidance department to schedule a conference with your child’s teachers. I’m hoping that all students are utilizing the I-Station and I-Ready software resources to improve their reading and math skills.

The third nine-weeks is typically a time when teachers see declining grades due to incomplete homework, poor class work, or low test grades. As you know the winter weather can cause issues and disrupt our school schedule. We have had a mild winter so far, but February SNOW is historically an issue. Please assist your child by checking their assignment book, Tyler/ Parent 360 and the Teacher Google Classroom pages for current grades, homework, test, and project dates. You can also make contact with any teacher through Tyler by clicking on the email link. Many of our teachers send out weekly email updates for their classes as well and you may want to provide a work email or updated home email to get that info.

If your child is struggling and needs extra help, the Homework Helpers program is a great place to receive tutoring for your child in reading, math, social studies, and science every Tuesday from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Teachers are available during the program times to assist students with their homework or to provide additional instruction in the four core subjects. Contact the guidance office to get a permission slip and more information about Homework Helper.

The Program of Studies (course offerings by grade level) information is located on the FCPS web site in an electronic version. Parents please review these materials with your child and work with them to make their class choices for next year as we will begin this process soon.

Aylor students continue to be busy and successful in their various activities. Volleyball season is underway and a variety of after school groups and club activities are available. Please encourage your child to get involved in school activities as the opportunities arise. The following clubs are in need of additional membership: FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, TSA, and more. Students who are involved in extracurricular activities tend to do better in school. The Aylor Track season is just around the corner as well. Announcements for all of these events scroll in the café daily on our large screen projectors and can be found on our Aylor's web page.

Early preparations for the 8th grade end of year dance and the 8th grade academic awards ceremony are also underway. Dresses for the dance do not have to be a formal gown. As a matter of fact, a nice dress suitable to wear on other special occasions is very appropriate. We will be meeting with students to review the guidelines and sending home a form with the specific guidelines as to what is appropriate to wear for the dance. The dance is scheduled for Friday, May 31st. Students must be in good standing with their academics, attendance and behavior to attend the 8th grade dance. Our PTSO continues to do some amazing things here at Aylor, and they continue to need additional volunteers. Please contact us to get involved with our PTSO. Only a few hours of volunteer work is needed. The PTSO greatly appreciates your support this year at the Spirit Night events.

As we move into the second half of the year, stay in touch with your child’s teachers in order to keep the path to success a clear and easier one. Our guidance department and SRO, Deputy Roper are available for support for many of the issues and challenges our young people are faced with. We look forward to working with you and helping to make your Aylor experience the best possible!


David L. Rudy II

February Calendar
February 1  - All District Band Clinic at Millbrook HS
February 5  - Club/Group/Volleyball pics
February 6  - Science Fair at LFCC (snow date 2/13)
February 7  - County Spelling Bee at JWMS
February 8  - All District Chorus at SHS
February 13 - FCCLA Valentines Dance 3-5 p.m.
February 15 - No School (Professional Development)
February 18 - No School (Presidents Day)
February 23 - Chorus Bingo 5 p.m.

10th Annual Aylor Spartan March Madness

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Rules
Tournament Date: March 2, 2019
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
Entry Fee: $2 for Adults, $1 for students not playing

*** Limited to first 30 teams! ***

(5th and 6th graders should arrive between 8:30-8:50. 7th and 8th graders should arrive between 9:00-9:20.)

This is a double elimination tournament – all teams will play at least 2 games and continue playing until they lose 2 games.

No more than 4 players on a team.

There are 4 team divisions: 5th and 6th grade girls; 5th and 6th grade boys; 7th and 8th grade girls; 7th and 8th grade boys.

Games will consist of two 4 minute halves on a running clock, with a one minute half time break.

Subs can only come in at half time or if someone gets injured.

All ball exchanges between teams MUST be brought back to the 3 point line.

Any out of bounds will be played in at the 3 point line.

All ties at the end of the game will be broken by shooting free throws. One player from each team will shoot, then the other players (if necessary) until one team has the advantage and the win.

Both teams demonstrate SPORTSMANSHIP throughout the game and shake hands after the game.



I give ________________________________________ permission to participate in the 10th Annual Aylor Spartan 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 2.

In the event of a medical or surgical emergency, and I cannot be contacted immediately, I give full unconditional permission and authorization for medical or surgical treatment deemed appropriate by a representative of the Frederick County Public Schools or by a healthcare provider.

Cell phone number where you can be reached the day of the tournament:


Guardian’s Signature: ___________________________________
Child’s School: ___________________________________
Child’s Grade: ___________________________________

This form must be returned by Thursday, February 28nd. Students who do not return the form signed will not be permitted to participate.

Reminder: Each team needs to turn their permission slips together with the team sign up sheet.

3 on 3 Team Sign Up Sheet

Team sheets should only be turned in when all players on the team have gotten their permission slips signed. Teams will not be admitted unless they have four players, all paid, with signed permission slips. The team captain should collect the permission slips, and turn in the team sheet (this paper) all together.

5th and 6th grade players will be in a bracket together; 7th and 8th grade players will be in a bracket together.

Team Name: ___________________________________

Permission Slip $5
Player 1 (C): ________________________________ 𝤿 𝤿

Player 2: ________________________________ 𝤿 𝤿

Player 3: ________________________________ 𝤿 𝤿

Player 4: ________________________________ 𝤿 𝤿

Congratulations to Matthew Shipe for receiving the Silver Medal Award in the AMC8 math competition held at the Virginia Military Institute.  This competition had about 750 VA students and 98,440 students nationally competing.  The following students placed in the top 20 out of the 75 Frederick County students that attended:  Mekenna Southern, Lucas Schraff, Jona Benson, Grace Kelley, and Ryleigh Borror.  Congratulations to these students for their outstanding performance.  

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, it's 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.   
FCEA Read Across America Book Blast
The Frederick County Education Association wishes to invite you to participate in their twenty-third annual Read Across America Book Blast on Thursday, February 28th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Apple Blossom Mall.  There will be guest readers and FREE books and games for all.  Please think about coming out to the mall and celebrating READ ACROSS AMERICA with your family.

FFA Activities for February 
Tuesday, February 5 - Jr. Ag Mechanics Contest - Strasburg
Tuesday, February 7 - University Barn Quilt Paint Night - $45 for dinner and your project
Monday, February 18 - Saturday 23 - National FFA Week
Wednesday, February 20 - Breakfast with the Virginia State Officer Team (Admiral Byrd)
Friday, February 22 - Faculty Breakfast - 7:20 a.m. in the library
Monday, February 25 - Supporters of FFA Meeting (SOFFA) for SHS and Aylor - 6:30 p.m. (SHS)
Tuesday, February 26 - February FFA Meeting - membership pins (6th) discovery and Greenhand degrees
All District XIV Chorus Representatives
Congratulations to the 2019 REAMS All-District XIV Chorus Representatives:

Rylie Benson
Skye Crittenden
Madison West
Annalise Sison (alt)
Jaeda Long
Kaytria Powers
Emmy Woolever
Camey Pinkley (alt)

Drew Arnoldy
Luke Lewis
Xavier Miller
Nas Enriquez (alt. 1)
Kyle Sakai (alt. 2)

**Mrs. Legge Mauck applauds all who auditioned.  She is very proud of ALL of you**

Speak Up Survey
Students, parents, staff and community members are being asked to complete the 2018 Speak Up Survey.  The brief, anonymous, survey offers the opportunity to share perspectives on key educational issues, particularly issue related to digital learning and the use of technology to support future ready schools.  The findings will be used by Frederick County Public Schools in the planning and decision-making process concerning educational technology tools and applications.  The deadline to participate is January 31, 2019 (link to
Rising 7th Graders
Parents/Guardians of rising 7th graders:
Mrs. Rauser will be meeting with the current 6th graders during their U.S. History classes. Mrs. Dibert's classes will meet with Mrs. Rauser on Thursday, 1/31 and Mr. Howard's classes will meet with Mrs. Rauser on Monday, 2/4 to complete their 7th grade elective request form. Students will be given a paper copy of their requested electives - this form is NOT a guarantee of electives but rather a "wish list" of their elective choices. Electives are not offered every period nor are they offered every semester. Band and Chorus are the only FULL year electives offered to 7th graders. All other electives are for one semester.

Mrs. Rauser will continue to be your student's counselor as he/she moves from 6th grade to 7th grade. Please direct any questions/concerns requiring 7th grade course to her. She can be reached at 540)-869-3736 ext 80186 or

*You may view the middle school elective program of study for 2019-20 by visiting our FCPS website at:

*Please make every effort to attend the Parent Night on Monday, 2/4 from 6pm-7pm in the     library to hear about course offerings for your student.
Counseling Corner
 Laonna Rauser - 6th Grade Counselor -

Terry Martin - 7th Grade Counselor -

Lexi Rogers - 8th Grade Counselor -

Upcoming SOL Information
March 5, 2019 - SOL Testing (writing)
March 7, 2019 - SOL Testing (writing prompt)

Performing Arts Bingo
 Robert E. Aylor Middle School
Performing Arts (Choral) Boosters
is hosting a

31 and Vera Bradley
Saturday, February 23
Doors Open: 4:00 P.M.
BINGO: 5:00 P.M.

$20 admission
Tickets go on sale February 5!

**ALL bags have been sponsored by local businesses and will be filled with LOTS and LOTS of “goodies”**
Prize Value: $50-$200

Please call 869-3736 for tickets or e-mail

Presale tickets will be sold through Wednesday, Feb. 20 or until sold out.
All presale tickets will go into a grand prize drawing.

Spring Book Fair
The Spring Book Fair is coming to the library in March. This is a great opportunity to support the library and get all the newest award winning books and favorites for Summer! The book fair will be open from Friday March 22 - Friday March 29th at noon.

Breakfast/Lunch Menus for February
Click here for the breakfast menu

Click here for the lunch menu

ATTENTION PARENTS: We do not serve breakfast on 2 hour delay days

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), John Linaburg, 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.

901 Aylor Road, Stephens City, VA 22655 (540) 869-3763

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