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March 2019
Important Dates

March 15                No School - Teacher Flex Day
March 18                No School - Professional Development Day
March 22                Last Day of Third Quarter
April 3                     Report Cards Issued
April 19 thru 23      Spring Break
April 27                   Prom

Apprenticeship Information Meeting
 Frederick County Public Schools is hosting an Apprenticeship Information Meeting for rising juniors and seniors, parents and area businesses interested in partnering with the school division to provide students with authentic, work-based learning experiences. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Corron Community Development Center at Lord Fairfax Community College. For more information, contact FCPS Work-based Learning Coordinator Missy McDonald at 540-662-3888.
English Textbook Adoption
 The English Textbook Committee adopted EMC Mirrors and Windows as a textbook for English in grades 6-12. Materials are available for public review and comment in the library of each middle and high school from March 1 -15, 2019.
District 14 Concert Band Assessment
 Congratulations to the student members of the Concert and Symphonic Bands on their successful performances at the District 14 Concert Band Assessment, held at Skyline HS this past Saturday. Both of these groups earned overall “Superior” ratings from a tough judging panel, which is the highest rating that can be achieved at this event. These accomplishments also earn the Band Department the prestigious VBODA Virginia Honor Band title for the 19th time in school history, and for the 3rd consecutive year as well. Great job to our students for representing our school with pride and the highest of honors!
 FBLA would like to congratulate all of the competitors at the Regional Competition this past Saturday!!

Accounting 1- Clarissa Carpenter - 3rd place and Lauren Tucker - 7th place
Political Science - Annie Bellis - 3rd place
Business Calculations - Catherine Landis - 8th place
Cyber Security- Emily Petsko - 5th place
Health Care Administration - Itzel Rodriguez - 6th place
Hospitality Management - Lauren Fieghery & Kyle Feighery - 5th place
Management Decision Making- Jessica Canales, Roquan Herbert, and Mia Sacco - 6th place
Sports & Entertainment Management - Matthew Pilkington, Maiya Woodward, & Tucker Myers - 5th place
Scholarship candidates - Maiya Woodward & Lauren Fieghery

Students placing in the top 3 have qualified to compete at the State level in April!! Congratulations all and we are very proud of your efforts!!
DECA …. Competition Season Is Underway
 DECA Competitive Events are excellent ways for students to become more experienced in teamwork, problem solving, leadership and presentation skills – all valuable lessons for school and work! The District 9 Competition was held on January 9th at Apple Blossom Mall and Sherando students made an excellent showing! Congratulations to the following:
Abbie Shellhammer – Social Media Marketing; 1st Place Overall
Jillian Deignan – Personal Financial Literacy; 1st Place Overall
Jacob Moe – Apparel & Accessories Marketing; 1st Place Overall
Gracie Twigg– Human Resource Management; 1st Place Overall
JaTeya Alsberry – Retail Merchandising; 1st Place Overall
Andrew Bray – Social Media Marketing; 2nd Place Overall
Katelynn Lucas – Social Media Marketing; 3rd Place Role Overall
Sabrina Armanca – Principles of Business Management; 3rd Place Overall
Clarissa Carpenter - Accounting Applications; 3rd Place Overall

The Virginia DECA State Competition was held March 1 - 3 and, once again, Sherando DECA has a number of people who advanced to the International Competition in April!! Congratulations to the following:
Anne Restrepo/Evan Bray - Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making; 2nd Place
Alli Bodenschatz/Hannah Craig - Financial Literacy Promotion Project; 3rd Place
Aidan Mohr/Will Freilich - Innovation Plan; 4th Place
McKenna Williams/Sydney Hunter - Creative Marketing Project; 5th Place
Brooke Greene/Madison Alexander - Finance Operations Research; 6th Place
Shaylah Campbell/Jessica Perez/Sarah Spencer - SBE Gold Certification (Arrow Mart)
Quinn McPartland/Nate Laing - Virtual Business Sports Round 1 - 1st Place VA
Bryce Williams/Joe Wagner/Brent Allegra - Virtual Business Sports Round 2 - 1st Place VA

Wednesday, April 3rd
7:00 p.m.
Sherando Auditorium
Don’t miss this fun evening of seeing fellow students and teachers model the latest fashions

Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair Award Winners

 The Regional Science Fair was held on March 5, 2019 at James Madison University. The following Sherando High School students placed in their categories. Congratulations to all of our students who competed at this level!
Thank you to teachers Susan Saylor and Tom Carney for attending the Regional Fair.

Category Winners:
Emily Blanton-Gold Medal in Engineering (Emily qualifies to attend the Virginia State Science Fair)
Katie Lipton- Silver Medal in Biochemistry
Michael Bombardier- Silver Medal in Biochemistry
Logan Dunston- Silver Medal in Chemistry
Julia Hunter- Bronze Medal in Biochemistry
Brigid Campbell- Bronze Medal in Biochemistry
Jaden Billman- Bronze Medal in Computer Science
Sabrina Armanca- Bronze Medal in Energy and Transportation
Aidan Rucker- Bronze Medal in Environmental Sciences

Special Awards:
Michael Bombardier- American Meteorological Society (AMS) Award
McKenna Williams and Gracie Twigg- Association for Women Geoscientists Award
Sabrina Armanca- US Navy/Marine Corps Award
Evan Bray and Sarah Byram- Air Force Award
Evan Bray and Sarah Byram- Yale Science and Engineering Award
Aidan Rucker- Virginia Dental Association Award
Aidan Rucker- Stockholm Jr Water Association Award (Aidan qualifies to attend the Virginia State Science Fair)
Aidan Rucker- American Water Works Association Award (AWWA)
Emily Blanton- Virginia Dental Association Merit Award

Speak Up, Stay Safe
Parents, students, staff and members of the community can all 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 students and schools safe. Please report any suspicious activity noted in the vicinity of schools to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office at 540-662-6168.
AP Exam Registration
Registration for AP exams will be held in the guidance department between February 25 and March 12. Those students who participate in the Free and Reduced Meals Program are eligible to have the exam fee of $94 waived if they present a copy of the Eligibility Notification Letter they received after being approved to participate in the Free and Reduced Meals Program. If that letter has been lost, a copy may be secured by contacting the School Nutritional Services Department at 540-662-3888 x88109. All students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams this year will take the exams at Lord Fairfax Community College. Students who register to take an AP exam will be provided with the specific location to which they should report at LFCC prior to the exam being administered. Administering AP exams at a central location instead of each individual high school allows more students at each school to take the exams. Students taking AP exams will have to provide their own transportation to LFCC and will not be counted as absent at their home school on the day(s) they take their AP exam(s). AP exams will be administered during the two-week exam window of May 6-10 and May 13-17. For more information, contact the guidance department or visit
Guidance News
 Seniors - Scholarships, Scholarships, Scholarships
Check the School Counseling link on the Sherando webpage, listen to or check the announcements, search through tuition, College Board or other search engines. Fill out and turn in the LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP form by March 15.
Remember to let Mrs. White, the registrar in Guidance, know the college or military branch you have chosen so she can send your final transcript to the correct place and can put your name up on the Guidance window.

Juniors - If you plan to go to a four year college immediately after graduation, be sure to take the SAT and/or ACT at least once before the end of the year. You should try and visit schools or programs in which you are interested. Volunteer in the community if you have the opportunity.
Junior Parents - watch announcements for an evening program to help you and your child navigate through the college application process. A college admissions counselor will present beneficial information to assist in the tasks involved in applying to college including visiting colleges, interviews, auditions and timelines. Sherando Guidance staff will be on hand to discuss the process of sending transcripts, getting letters of recommendation and other high school related areas.
We are trying to schedule for an evening in mid-April. It will be on announcements and we will send out a rapid communication when the date is finalized.

Sophomores - School Counselors are in the process of doing academic and career plans with each student. Letters will be mailed home with a copy of the plan.
Continue to explore your interests in careers; visit schools or programs in which you have an interest; volunteer in the community if you have the opportunity; consider taking the PSAT next October.

Freshmen - You’re in the final stretch!!! Finish Strong.
Reminder about course requests for the 2019-2020 school year.
Be sure to return any course request changes to the Guidance Department by March 15. Changes can be made until the last day of the school year. No changes will be made during the summer.

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.

185 South Warrior Drive, Stephens City, VA 22655 (540) 869-0060

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