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January 2019 
Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you from all of us here at Aylor. We hope that you were able to spend some valuable time with your family and children over winter break. Refreshed and renewed, we are looking forward to the remainder of the school year and hope the New Year brings good grades, strong study habits and a positive attitude.

We just completed the first semester, but there is still so much to learn and accomplish in the remaining months of school. The second semester at Robert E. Aylor promises to be a busy one. Our sports teams, boys basketball, wrestling, and cheerleading will come to an end during the month of January with the championships beginning on January 12th for wrestling and January 14th and 16th for basketball. All of our athletes have been putting in the extra effort and seeing improvement throughout the season. Volleyball open gyms have begun and tryouts are just around the corner.

Our chorus and band entertained us with some great performances over the past few weeks and we want to thank our staff and students for all their hard work. Our students have also been practicing for our annual musical. This year, they will be performing Beauty and the Beast. We have many more activities that will be coming up throughout the second semester and we encourage you to come and support the students and experience the awesome Spartan “SpeaRRR”it that we have here at Aylor.

A focus of our Spartan “SpeaRRR”it program has been opportunity vs. obligation. Our goal is for our students to start turning obligations into opportunities. Our next school-wide lesson will be on January 22nd. As we enter a new year, we have the opportunity to celebrate new beginnings as many of us will start the 2019 year with one or more resolutions aimed at improving something about ourselves or our lives. Keeping an open line of communication between school and home is a great way to ensure that all of our students are supported as they tackle new and challenging course content and skills in the months to come. With the semester just ending, report cards will be issued on January 11th so please feel free to call or email your child’s teacher regarding his or her progress and grades. You may even wish to contact the guidance department to schedule a conference with a group of your child’s teachers. It is always a good idea to check Tyler regularly to view grades and assignments. The teachers and staff at Aylor are committed to doing our part to help your child be successful and that success starts with a healthy partnership between school and home.

In 2019, we will continue to offer many opportunities outside of the regular classroom for students to make up missed or incomplete work/tests or get assistance with difficult concepts or assignments. Many of our teachers offer days they will stay after school or come in early to work with our students and provide remediation and opportunity to retake tests. If you feel your child needs additional assistance, please feel free to contact our guidance department to set something up. Also, students do not have school on January 18th or 21st. All of us at REAMS are looking forward to the remainder of the school year and hope to continue to instill the joy and value of learning within your student so they can experience the personal satisfaction that accompanies academic success. In preparation for the 2019-2020 school year, we are having our rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parent night on Wednesday, January 30th from 6-7:00 pm here at Aylor.


Dr. Marcella Simmons
Assistant Principal
January 2019 Calendar
January 2, 2019 - School Reopens
January 10, 2019 - January 11, 2019 - All County Honor Band at Byrd
January 10, 2019 - PTSO meeting from 6-7 p.m. in the Library
January 10, 2019 - Rising Freshman Night at SHS (report by 6:15 p.m.)
January 11, 2019 - Report Cards Issued
January 17, 2019 - SHS counselors here for 8th graders to register (during Science classes)
January 18, 2019 - No School (Professional Development)
January 21, 2019 - No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
January 22-24, 2019 - Volleyball Tryouts from 3-5 p.m.
January 30, 2019 - Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Parent Night from 6-7 p.m. in cafe

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 issues related to digital learning and the use of technology to support future ready schools.  The finding 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 )
Counseling Corner
Laonna Rauser - 6th Grade Counselor -

Terry Martin - 7th Grade Counselor -

Lexi Rogers - 8th Grade Counselor -

Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Parent Night - Wednesday, January 30th from 6-7 p.m.

SHS Rising Freshman Parent Night Jan 10th 6:15

SHS Rising Freshman Registration Jan 17th- SHS counselors are coming to Aylor MS on Jan 17th to register Rising Freshman. Please speak with your child prior to registration about what courses they intend to select. For more information about core and elective classes offered at SHS, please visit the FCPS Program of Studies at


Rising Freshman Night at Sherando

Dear Parent or Guardian,

On Thursday, January 10, 2019, Sherando will be hosting the rising freshman parents and students for an orientation. Parents and students need to report to Sherando by 6:15; parents to the auditorium and the students to the library.

The orientation for parents will begin with a general session in the Sherando Auditorium. At 7:00 pm there will be 4 rounds of breakout sessions each lasting 15 minutes with a 5 minute period of time to move between sessions. Subject area department heads, elective teachers, and other school representatives will be presenting in the breakout sessions to answer any content specific questions you may have. School counselors will be on hand to answer questions as well.

The students will be visiting our elective departments to get a brief description of the electives being offered to them as freshmen. They will be following a similar schedule as the parent schedule. The purpose is to provide them with information about the electives in order to help them make elective choices.

In case of bad weather, an alternate night is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, 2019. If you have any questions regarding the orientation, please call the Sherando Guidance Office. We look forward to seeing you on January 10th.


Debbie Potter
Director of Guidance
Creative Writing Club
Writing Club will meet on Wednesday, January 23rd this month from 3-4:30 p.m.

Join our Google Classroom with this code:


You can find announcements and reminders in our classroom.  

Speak Up, Stay Safe
Everyone can play a part in keeping our schools safe and secure.  If you see suspicious activity, be prepared to give a detailed report to school staff and the authorities.  Pay special attention to things like: What, specifically, you observed; who you saw; when and where you saw it; and why it seemed suspicious.  These details will help school staff and the authorities as they work to keep our schools and students safe.  Please report any suspicious activity noted in the vicinity of schools to the Frederick county Sheriff's Office at 540-662-6168.  
Spelling Bee Winners
The Spelling Bee Winners:

1st place -  Mariana Kinnison
2nd place - Jona Benson
3rd place -  Ril
ey Boyden
alternate -   Noah Bowman

The County Spelling Bee will be on Thursday, 2/7 at 7:00 p.m. at James Wood Middle School

FFA News
 Thursday, January 17th - FFA Paint Night  -  5:00 p.m.

We will be doing Barn Quilts

YOU MUST SIGN UP (limited seating) 

2019-20 Kindergarten Registration
Frederick County Public Schools will be conducting kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year in two phases this year in an effort to make the process more efficient. The parents of rising kindergarten students who currently have other children enrolled in Frederick County Public Schools are being asked to register their student(s) for kindergarten during the early bird registration period from February 4 through March 1. The parents of rising kindergarten students who do not have any children currently attending Frederick County Public Schools should complete the registration process from March 4-8. All parents registering children to attend kindergarten for the first time in August 2019 should complete the registration process at the elementary school their child will attend. Specific registration times for both the early bird and regular registration periods can be acquired by contacting each elementary school. All children who will be five years of age on or before September 30, 2019, must register for kindergarten.
District XIV All District Band Auditions
Congratulations to the following students for auditioning and placing into the District XIV All-District Band. Students prepared materials and did a live audition in December.

Karen Guzman - flute
Teagan Schwarz - clarinet
Jona Benson - clarinet
Jada Metz - clarinet
Rylie Benson - clarinet
Georgia Doody - alto saxophone
Noah Fazzini - string bass
Evan Burrell - percussion
Wesley Pendzich - percussion
Lizzy Kim-Garcia (mallet alternate)

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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