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April 4, 2019 
FCPS Focus is the official e-newsletter of Frederick County Public Schools.
 Spring Break Starting Soon
Spring Break is about two weeks away. All schools as well as school offices and the school division's administrative offices will be closed Friday, April 19-Tuesday, April 23. Schools will reopen on Wednesday, April 24.

 FY20 School Budget Update
The School Board is scheduled to finalize the school division’s budget for FY20 in the next few weeks. The Frederick County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to adopt the county’s budget, which will include an appropriation for the school division, on April 10. After learning how much funding will be provided by the Board of Supervisors, the School Board’s Finance Committee will meet to discuss the budget on April 15 with the full Board scheduled to adopt the FY20 budget during its meeting on April 16. During the Board of Supervisors’ March 27 public hearing on the county’s budget, a majority of those who spoke supported funding Superintendent David Sovine’s proposed budget which includes a request for an additional $9.4 million for the School Operating Fund to address improving student achievement, attracting and retaining high-quality staff, preserving assets, and supporting professional development for teachers and staff. 
Works Continues on Replacement Aylor Middle School
Mass Model Robert E Aylor Middle School Replacement Preliminary Schematic Design March 19, 2019 Learning communities, career&technical education, cafetorium, admin offices, main entrance, gymWork to build and open a replacement Robert E. Aylor Middle School for the start of the 2012-22 school year is continuing.  On March 19, the School Board reviewed the preliminary schematic design for the new school and received an update on the project.  The preliminary schematic design is for a school with an initial enrollment of 700 students that could be expanded in the future to accommodate 900-1,000 students.
School Board to Review Updated FCPS Strategic Plan
DecorativeThe FCPS Strategic Plan Portrait Design Team, which includes parents, business/community leaders, teachers and school administrators, met for the final time on March 26 to review the initial draft of the school division’s updated Strategic Plan.  The plan, which will be reviewed as part of the School Board’s training session on April 26, focuses on addressing four priority areas including student success, learning culture, strategic partnerships and high-quality staff.  The team also reviewed new draft vision and mission statements for Frederick County Public Schools and discussed what it would like the school division to look like in a couple of years with the successful implementation of the updated Strategic Plan.
2019-20 Transportation Forms Due April 12
If you haven't already completed and returned your student's 2019-20 Transportation Form, please do so no later than Friday, April 12. The forms are an important part of the planning the FCPS Transportation Department does in preparation for a new school year. Forms were sent home with students a few weeks ago and are also available on the school division’s website.
What’s in the FCPS Spotlight?
FCPS SpotlightThe latest episode of “FCPS Spotlight” details how Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School is helping students gain an understanding of law enforcement through a new program called Back the Blue.
Youth and Education Awards
DecorativeCongratulations to the students and staff members who were recognized recently at the VFW Post 2123 Youth and Education Awards Program. In the Patriot’s Pen contest, James Wood Middle School student Christopher Ballentine won first place, Frederick County Middle School student Autumn Van Bremen won second place and honorable mentions went to FCMS students Danielle Link and Lauren Masters as well as JWMS students Ian Flowers and Samreth Nith. In the Voice of Democracy contest, Sherando High School students Gabrielle Sakai and Julia Hunter placed first and second, respectively. SHS students Jacob Henshaw, Ainsley Rucker and Grace Shields received honorable mentions. In addition, Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School teacher Fawn Papastavoru was named Middle School Teacher of the Year. Sherando High School teacher Bruce Carlton was named High School Teacher of the Year.
Regional Spelling Bee Success
Congratulations to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School student Jack Wallace who earned second place honors in the Regional Spelling Bee held last month. Wallace battled through 38 rounds before falling to winner Nikil Shyamsunder.
Elementary School Textbook Adoption
All FCPS elementary schools are in the process of adopting a new reading textbook program for use from 2019-2026. Textbooks are available to review at each elementary school through April 26. Parents interested in reviewing the materials should contact the building principal for additional information.
The FCPS Mobile App is Free
FCPS Mobile AppWhat can provide you with a great deal of information about Frederick County Public Schools without costing you a dime? The FCPS custom mobile app. The app, which can be downloaded for free through Apple’s App Store or Google Play, 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. Download it today.

 Speak Up, Stay Safe
Maintaining schools that are safe and secure takes a team effort and everyone plays an important role. 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
Just because the school year is nearing an end doesn’t mean it’s too late for eligible families to apply to participate in the Free and Reduced Price Meals Program. Applications for the 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
My School BucksMySchoolBucks is an online payment tool parents and students can use to make fast, easy payments for student meals, fees and other school purchases. 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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