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June 10, 2019 
FCPS Focus is the official e-newsletter of Frederick County Public Schools.
 Senior Celebrations
Nearly 1,000 seniors received their diplomas during commencement exercises held last week at James Wood, Millbrook and Sherando high schools. For the first time, each of the ceremonies was streamed via Facebook Live. If you missed a ceremony or want to see someone receive their diploma again, you can view each school’s ceremony via their respective Facebook pages.

James Wood High School Commencement Video
James Wood High School Graduation Photos

Millbrook High School Commencement Video
Millbrook High School Graduation Photos

Sherando High School Commencement Video
Sherando High School Graduation Photos

Inspire 2025: A Promise for Progress
The Frederick County School Board has adopted the school division’s 2019-2025 Strategic Plan "Inspire 2025: A Promise for Progress." The plan includes a new Vision and Mission for the school division and addresses four priority areas: Student Success, Culture, Strategic Partnerships and High Quality Staff.
Summer Hours
Frederick County Public Schools will be operating on a four-day work week through 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.  Due to security renovations occurring at the FCPS Administration Building, the building’s main entrance facing Amherst Street will not be accessible beginning June 15 and extending over several months. Individuals with business at the FCPS Administration Building should enter through Door 6 which includes a ramp and is located on the side of the building adjacent to the parking area.

New Principal at Apple Pie Ridge Elementary
Megan Dodd and Justin RaymondMegan Dodd, who is currently the principal of the Early Learning Center at Funkstown in Washington County, Maryland, has been named the new principal at Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School. She succeeds Justin Raymond who has been named the principal of Jordan Springs Elementary School. Since 2013, Raymond has served as the principal at Apple Pie Ridge Elementary. The search is continuing for Bass-Hoover Elementary School’s new principal. Amy Williams, who has served as Bass-Hoover’s principal the past two years, has resigned due to her family moving to a new area and her desire to move onto new challenges and opportunities within the education profession.
Taking Steps Back in Time
Seniors from James Wood, Millbrook and Sherando high schools who attended an elementary school in Frederick County recently returned to their respective elementary schools to participate in Senior Walks. The Senior Walks recognize seniors for their accomplishments and inspire current elementary school students to become high school graduates.
Hockey Rink Coming to JWMS
A new inline hockey rink is coming to the James Wood Middle School campus this summer. Schools Superintendent David Sovine and Washington Capitals Director of Community Relations Peter Robinson recently signed an agreement that paves the way for the rink to be built thanks to a partnership involving the Capitals, the Top of Virginia Hockey Alliance, Frederick County Parks and Recreation and Frederick County Public Schools.
Go Baby Go
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School’s Go Baby Go Chapter provided four students with the gift of mobility during a special event held at the school recently. Eighth grade students and members of the school staff partnered to customize several battery-operated cars for the special needs students to whom the vehicles were presented.
FCEF Makes a Positive Impact
Thanks to support from the community, the Frederick County Educational Foundation made a great impact on the school division and students this year. The Foundation awarded members of the Class of 2019 with 54 scholarships totaling $58,730. In addition, the FCEF awarded 27 Teacher Classroom Grants totaling more than $24,000 during the 2018-19 school year. The
Teacher Classroom Grants are designed to support innovative educational experiences that foster student achievement.
FCPS 101 Participants Honored
Congratulations to the parents and business/community leaders who completed the FCPS 101 Community Engagement Program this year. FCPS 101 provides parents and others with an opportunity to learn about Frederick County Public Schools and its operations during monthly sessions held throughout the school year. Applications to participate in the 2019-20 FCPS 101 Program will be made available in mid-August. FCPS 101 is sponsored by First Bank and
Virginia Property Group.

 Bright Futures Receives a Valuable Gift
Bright Futures-Frederick/Winchester recently unveiled a mini-bus donated to the organization by Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury. The vehicle will enable Bright Futures to continue its food pack program during the summer months and also be used as a mobile school supply unit during back-to-school events.
FCPS Retirees Recognized
Frederick County Public Schools recently hosted its 16th Annual Retiree Reception. During the event, 41 FCPS employees who are retiring this year were recognized for the nearly 900 years of combined service they have provided to the school division.

 What's in the FCPS Spotlight?
The latest episode of “FCPS Spotlight” shares the story of how Frederick County Middle School scholars Sally Miller and Charlotte Spicer used a student-directed learning opportunity to develop a tag featuring Braille that’s designed to help the visually impaired identify the color of their clothing.
Student Athlete of the Month
Nate DansieCongratulations to James Wood High School senior Nate Dansie who was named Frederick County Public Schools' Student Athlete of the Month for May.             
Stay Informed During the Summer
DecorativeThe Frederick County Public Schools custom mobile app can be used to keep you up-to-date on FCPS news throughout the summer. The app, which is available for free through Apple’s App Store or Google Play, provides access to a variety of school and division information and important school news.

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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