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 October 17, 2019
FCPS Focus is the official e-newsletter of Frederick County Public Schools.
Enrollment Growth Continues
Student enrollment in Frederick County Public Schools as of September 30 was 13,923 which is an increase of 270 students or 2 percent compared to the same date a year ago. Elementary school enrollment is up 1.8 percent, middle school enrollment is up 3.4 percent and high school enrollment is up 1.2 percent. Eleven of 18 schools are currently operating in excess of their program capacity.
On-time Graduation Rate Near 93 Percent
Frederick County Public Schools’ On-time Graduation Rate for the Class of 2019 was 92.8 percent compared to Virginia’s rate of 91.5 percent. In addition, the school division’s 3.2 percent dropout rate for the Class of 2019 was lower than the state’s dropout rate of 5.6 percent.  
Report Cards Coming Soon
Report cards for the first nine-weeks grading period will be issued on Tuesday, October 22. The grading period ended on Friday, October 11.
Schools Closed November 4 and 5
Schools will be closed on Monday, November 4, which is a Teacher Flexible Workday. Additionally, Tuesday, November 5, is Election Day and there will be no school for students.  
Student Singers Honored
Four Millbrook High School students have been selected to serve as delegates for the National Association of Music Education’s All-National Mixed Choir. Amari Smith-Shields, Meghan McAndrew, Ashley Seminaro and Logan Sandefur are among just nine students from Virginia to receive the honor. Students selected for the All-National Mixed Choir represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States.
Construction Update on New Elementary School
DecorativeProgress is continuing to be made on the construction of Jordan Springs Elementary School. The school will open in August 2020. Inside the building, you can now see certain areas being developed including classrooms, collaborative learning spaces, the gym, cafeteria, offices and media center.
Disability History and Awareness Month
October is Disability History and Awareness Month. Currently, Frederick County Public Schools serves nearly 1,876 students with disabilities who represent about 12 percent of all students served by the school division.
Get the Free FCPS App
Frederick County Public Schools offers a custom mobile app that is free through Apple’s App Store or Google Play. The app places information such as lunch menus, the school calendar, student assignments/grades, MySchoolBucks and school news at your fingertips.
Evendale Student’s Artwork Earns Statewide Recognition
Tiffany YauEvendale Elementary School fifth grade student Tiffany Yau was recently recognized by Virginia’s Secretary of Education for placing second in the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Student Visual Art Contest. Yau’s winning artwork will be featured statewide to help promote the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign which is a charitable giving program for state employees.
Workforce Development
Frederick County Schools Superintendent David Sovine recently discussed workforce development and business partnerships at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Conference. Career and technical education, work-based learning and the partnerships the school division enjoys with Valley Health, American Woodmark and others were among the topics Dr. Sovine highlighted.
FCPS 101
DecorativeThe first session of FCPS 101 was held on October 8, and focused on the role of the School Board as well as the history of Frederick County Public Schools. The evening also included a tour of James Wood Middle School. The participants in FCPS 101 are selected through an application process held each fall. FCPS 101 is sponsored by First Bank and Virginia Property Group.
Superintendent Serves as a Crossing Guard
To celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 2, Schools Superintendent David Sovine served as the crossing guard at Greenwood Mill Elementary School. Throughout the morning, Dr. Sovine greeted students and parents as they walked to school. Greenwood Mill Elementary is currently the only school with a designated walk zone. Jordan Springs Elementary will also have a designated walk zone when it opens next year.
What’s in the FCPS Spotlight?
The latest episode of “FCPS Spotlight” highlights Middletown Elementary School Teacher Caroline Sanner who was named Frederick County Public Schools 2020 Teacher of the Year.
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
MySchoolBucks 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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