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May 2, 2019 
FCPS Focus is the official e-newsletter of Frederick County Public Schools.
 Season of Celebration and Success
Season of Celebration and Success
Frederick County Public Schools is inviting students, parents, teachers, staff and members of the community to participate in the Season of Celebration and Success from May 6 through June 5. The Season of Celebration and Success is an opportunity to share success stories from the 2018-19 school year and to thank Frederick County Public Schools’ employees who have made a difference for students.

 School Board Reviews Updated Strategic Plan
The Frederick County School Board engaged in a spring training session at Orchard View Elementary School on April 26. The session focused on instruction and included a review of the school division’s Strategic Plan that is being drafted to address four priority areas including Student Success, Learning Culture, Strategic Partnerships and High-Quality Staff. Board members also had the opportunity to connect with students and hear about their learning experiences. Lunch was prepared and served by students in Orchard View Elementary School’s Cardinal Learning Center.
Last Day of School
Wednesday, June 5 will be the last day of the 2018-19 school year and an early dismissal day for all students. High school students will be dismissed at Noon. Middle school students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. and elementary school students will be dismissed at 1 p.m.
Graduation Ceremonies to be Streamed Online
DecorativeHigh school graduation season is quickly approaching. James Wood High School’s commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. Millbrook High School’s ceremony will be held on Friday, June 7 at 6 p.m. Sherando High School seniors will receive their diplomas during a ceremony on Saturday, June 8 at 9 a.m. All of the ceremonies will be held as scheduled either outdoors or indoors depending on the weather. In addition, each school’s ceremony will be streamed live on the school’s Facebook page.
Celebrating the Arts
The Frederick County Public Schools Administration Building hosted an Art Showcase and Reception on May 1 to highlight the outstanding artwork produced by students throughout the school year.  Please view the 2019 Virtual Art Show.
FY20 Budget Adopted
During its meeting on April 16, the School Board adopted its budget for FY20.  Although more than $6 million in cuts had to be made to the operating budget proposed by Schools Superintendent David Sovine, the adopted budget included funding to support 29 new positions (12 teachers, two senior teachers, six bus drivers, six bus aides, a school-based parent liaison,and a principal and bookkeeper for Jordan Springs Elementary School).  The budget also included funds to address some, but not all, of the school division’s critical maintenance needs and provides a modest 3.1 percent divisionwide average salary increase to help attract and retain high-quality staff.
SOL Testing Underway
Frederick County Public Schools will be conducting Standards of Learning (SOL) testing over the next several weeks. To help students be successful on the SOL tests, parents/guardians are encouraged to help their children review information provided by their teachers, provide them with a healthy breakfast or money to buy a breakfast at school, and ensure they get plenty of rest the night before any SOL test.
Help Wanted: Elementary Rezoning Committee Members
Frederick County Public Schools is seeking 6-10 community members living in the Redbud Run and Stonewall elementary school attendance zones to serve on a committee that will review the findings of an elementary school rezoning study and recommend an elementary school rezoning plan to be considered by the School Board. The rezoning proposal will include the creation of an attendance zone for the new Jordan Springs Elementary School which will open for the 2020-21 school year. Those interested in applying to serve on the committee should complete the Rezoning Committee Application Form no later than May 19.
FCPS to Operate on a Four-Day Work Week this Summer
Frederick County Public Schools will be implementing a four-day work week beginning June 10-July 26. All schools and the FCPS Administration Building will be open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays.
Teacher Receives Prestigious Award
The Virginia Education Association has presented its 2019 Award for Teaching Excellence to Gifted and Talented Teacher Joy Kirk. Kirk, who teaches at Admiral Richard E. Byrd and James Wood middle schools, was selected to receive the award due to her professional practice, advocacy for the teaching profession, attention to diversity, community engagement and leadership in professional development. She is also a candidate for the National Education Association Award for Teaching Excellence.

 Aylor’s Golden Anniversary
Robert E. Aylor Middle School is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the school’s opening with a special celebration on Friday, May 10 from 5-7 p.m. The event will feature family activities and a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.
Transportation Open House to be Held May 13
The Frederick County Public Schools Transportation Department is holding an open house and hiring event on Monday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the event, individuals are invited to visit the transportation department and learn the many benefits of working as an FCPS school bus driver. The event is being held at the Transportation Department at 2261 Front Royal Pike, behind Armel Elementary School.
Making a Difference with Peachjar
PeachjarBecoming more environmentally friendly has been a focus for Frederick County Public Schools for many years. On Earth Day, the school division announced that it has saved 7,956,968 sheets of paper since beginning to use Peachjar to distribute e-flyers in March 2016. That equates to 955 trees saved. Thanks to those who have embraced Peachjar and are helping FCPS become more environmentally friendly and efficient.
DI Teams Advance to Global Finals
Six Frederick County Public Schools Destination Imagination (DI) teams competed at the DI State Finals last month with two of the teams qualifying to compete in the DI Global Finals in Kansas City May 22-25. Good luck to the “Golden Gators” from Greenwood Mill Elementary School and the “Connections of Hope” from Robert E. Aylor Middle School.

 What’s in the FCPS Spotlight?
FCPS SpotlightThe latest episode of “FCPS Spotlight” shares the story of Sherando High School senior Fatima Hassan who is one of just 11 students from across Virginia to receive a 2019 Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Leadership Award and $15,000 scholarship.  
Student Athlete of the Month
Evelyn Esslinger Millbrook High SchoolCongratulations to Millbrook High School senior Evelyn Esslinger who was named Frederick County Public Schools' Student Athlete of the Month for April.
Virginia is for Learners
Virginia is for Learners Virginia Department of EducationVirginia has launched the Virginia is for Learners initiative to engage students, parents, educators, and employers with the Commonwealth’s efforts to better prepare Virginia students for success in the 21st-century workforce and to adapt to a changing world.
Sovine Joins NSPRA Executive Board
DecorativeFrederick County Public Schools Superintendent David Sovine has been appointed to serve on the National School Public Relations Association's (NSPRA) Executive Board as the Vice President at Large-Superintendent of Schools. NSPRA's mission is to advance education through responsible communication.
The FCPS Mobile App is Free
Frederick County Public Schools Mobile AppThe Frederick County Public Schools custom mobile app is available for free through Apple’s App Store or Google Play. The app provides access to a variety of school and division information including school delays and cancellations, lunch menus, the school calendar, student assignments/grades, MySchoolBucks and important school news.
Speak Up, Stay Safe
Everyone can help keep schools safe and secure. If you see suspicious activity, report it to school staff and the Frederick County Sheriff's Office at 540-662-6168. 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.
Free and Reduced Meals Program
Applications for the Free and Reduced Meals Program are accepted at any time throughout the school year. Anyone with questions about the program or eligibility requirements should contact School Nutritional Services at 540-662-3888 x88109.  
MySchoolBucks Makes Payments Easy
Paying for student meals, fees and other school purchases is easy with MySchoolBucks. MySchoolBucks allows payments to be made on any day at any time using VISA, MasterCard or Discover. Parents can also use MySchoolBucks to view current cafeteria account balances, review recent purchases, receive low-balance alerts and setup recurring payments on a weekly or monthly basis.

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.

1415 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601 (540) 662-3888

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