Fauquier County Public Schools

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  • Five Fauquier County Students Place at 2017 VA State Science and Engineering Fair

    Five students from Fauquier County – four of whom were from Mountain Vista Governor’s School (MVGS) – placed at the 32nd annual Virginia State Science & Engineering Fair (VSSEF) in Lexington March 25. VSSEF awards first, second and third place recognition per category (17 categories total) and then selects top grand award winners for cash prizes and scholarships.

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  • WMS Theater Program Using Digital Backdrops Thanks to PATH Foundation Grant

    The musical theater program at Warrenton Middle School recently received a grant from the PATH Foundation to purchase a special backdrop and projector that will allow the group to work with digital backdrops.

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  • National Parks are Focus of Project for Auburn Sixth Graders

    The Auburn Middle School sixth-grade Lynx teams are back from a virtual adventure of climbing moun-tains, hiking trails, trekking across the desert and swimming in the ocean. “Our cross-curricular national parks project is officially over, and while we are proud of the hard work we did and ready to move on to our next unit, we will miss learning about our national parks,” said sixth-grade language arts teacher Joy Fredericks, brainstorm behind the project.

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  • High Schools Announce Spring Plant Sales

    The high school agriculture departments in Fauquier County Public Schools announce their upcoming spring plant sales. Fauquier High School will have its spring plant sale from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on three consecutive Fridays and Saturdays: April 28 and 29, May 5 and 6, and May 12 and 13. Email shilleary@fcps1.org for further information.

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  • David Jeck Named Region IV Superintendent of the Year

    The Region IV Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) has named Dr. David Jeck, su-perintendent of Fauquier County Public Schools, as the 2018 Superintendent of the Year for Region IV. Dr. Peter Noonan, superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools and chairman of Region IV VASS, made the announcement on March 22. “As the regional superintendent’s group, we are so proud of the work Dr. Jeck does, and he serves as an outstanding representative of our team,” Noonan said.

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  • 8th Annual 24 Game Tournament Winners Announced

    Anyone who ever wondered how proficient Fauquier County Public Schools students are at math facts should have been at Fauquier High School on Saturday, Feb. 25. Brains were churning, cards were flying, and players and high school proctors were busily calculating four numbers to make an equation that would result in an answer of 24.

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  • Six FCPS Destination Imagination Teams Advancing to State Competition

    Six Destination Imagination (DI) teams representing five Fauquier County Public Schools will advance to state competition based on their performance at the DI Northwest Regional Tournament at John Handley High School in Winchester on Saturday, March 4. Representing FCPS at the state tournament April 8 at Atlee High School in Mechanicsville will be teams from Bradley Elementary, Coleman Elementary, Greenville Elementary, Pierce Elementary and Cedar Lee Middle School. Two of the teams, Cedar Lee and Pierce, won first place in the region.

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  • Miller ES Colors of Rainbow Represent Youth Art Month

    All students, teachers and staff members at Miller Elementary School – pre-school through fifth-grade – dressed in an assigned color on March 10 to show their support for Youth Art Month on the school’s “Colors of the Rainbow Spirit Day.” Coordinator of the event, art teacher Heather Deeney, gathered everyone on the playground for a rainbow photo.

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  • FHS FFA Students Demonstrate Mobile Aquaponics at Forum

    On March 10 in Winchester two Fauquier High School FFA members, Jessica Gray and Dylan Kezele, attended the Forum for Rural Innovation, an annual event that showcases new projects and programs that enhance farm or rural business profitability. Individual farms, businesses and universities from Virginia and West Virginia present their plans for adapting to and driving change in agriculture. The students heard guest speakers discuss business ventures, learned about marketing agriculture products, represented the FFA and met with Virginia Secretary for Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Basil Gooden and Assistant Secretary Dr. Megan Seibel to talk about trends in agriculture.

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  • Taylor Middle Collects $2,400 for American Heart Association

    During the month of February, Taylor Middle School students participated in Hoops for Heart, a fundraiser event geared at raising awareness about heart health and safety while also raising funds for the American Heart Association (AHA). Students collected money throughout the month and took part in a culminating event on Friday, Feb. 17, in their regularly scheduled physical education classes. The event included four basketball-related stations with an interesting heart fact designating each station.

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  • FBLA Students Shine at Regional Competition

    Students from the FBLA chapters at Fauquier and Liberty High Schools are advancing to state competition at the Virginia FBLA State Leadership Conference April 7 and 8 in Reston. The students initially participated in Germanna Region competitive events on Feb. 16 through online tests or performance events in a broad range of business and career-related areas; some competed individually and some as a team. Then the competitors attended the FBLA Germanna Regional Spring Conference at Brentsville High School on March 9 to get results from the earlier competitive events.

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  • Recycling Art Contest Winners Announced

    More than 1,000 students from ten Fauquier County Public Schools participated in the Fauquier County Recycling Committee’s art contest aimed at promoting awareness and educating students and the community about recycling. At each school a school selection committee chose the top artwork at each grade level to submit for division-wide judging. Then representatives from the Fauquier County Recycling Committee along with School Board Office staff selected the following contest winners, listed in order of first and second places and honorable mentions for each grade level.

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  • Regional Science & Engineering Fair Senior Division Winners Announced

    Four Mountain Vista Governor’s School (MVGS) students took top honors and cash prizes at the Fourth Annual Regional Science & Engineering Fair, senior division (9th-12th grades), on Saturday, March 11, at Fauquier High School. The fair drew 21 high school competitors from Fauquier County Public Schools and one private school, Wakefield. Keynote speaker was Dr. David Jeck, division superintendent of Fauquier County Public Schools. This year the fair was coordinated by a new director, FCPS biology teacher Chandra Wilkemeyer, who assumed the position this past summer. For the first time the senior division fair was held separately from the junior division fair (sixth-eighth graders), which will be held on Saturday, April 29.

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  • Pearson Elementary FRESH Clubs Off to Impressive Start

    Third, fourth and fifth-grade students at Pearson Elementary School had the opportunity to run, do yoga or participate in an exercise Lego experience during the school’s first FRESH after-school club day on March 7. FRESH stands for “Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health,” which is a school-based program, funded by a grant from the PATH Foundation, focusing on healthy eating and active living.

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  • DECA Students Qualify for Nationals

    Three Fauquier High School students and one Liberty High School student qualified for national DECA competition by taking top honors at the DECA State Leadership Conference March 3-5 in Virginia Beach. From FHS, Oliver Wrigley won first place in the state in the sports and entertainment marketing category, Erin Jones placed second in the state in business services marketing, and Emma Symanski placed fifth in the state in entrepreneurship franchise business plan. Gillian Tocheny from LHS placed in the top eight overall in personal financial literacy. All four qualified to advance to national competition at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, CA, April 26-29.

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  • Disability and Transition Fair April 19

    A Disability and Transition Fair will be held at Fauquier High School on Wednesday, April 19, from 3:30-7 p.m., hosted by the Fauquier County Public Schools Parent Resource Center and the Office of Special Education. The fair will feature workshops on Medicaid waivers, IEPs, preparing for college, post-grad options, and special needs trusts. Local agencies and support organizations will be on hand with informational resources.

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  • TSA Students Qualify for State Competition

    Three Kettle Run High School students, Belle Keiser, Lauren Leonard and Rebekah Dass, placed first, second and third respectively, in architectural 2D CAD (computer-aided design) at the Northern Regional Technology Students Association (TSA) competition held at Briar Woods High School Saturday, March 4. The three will move on to state competition May 5-7 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. TSA advisers at KRHS are Bill Davidson and Karen Frye.

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  • Southeastern Alternative School Symposium Showcases 'Power of' Projects

    Each year the 60 or so students at Southeastern Alternative School (SAS) are presented a theme that serves as a driving question or backdrop for the year, and this year’s theme was “The Power of…” Throughout this entire school year teachers and students have woven that theme through all the different academic content areas at the project-based learning school which offers students a hands-on, interactive approach to learning. On Friday, March 10, SAS students proudly presented hundreds of projects at the school’s annual symposium, which was well attended by family members, school board members, school division administrators and other guests.

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  • Evening Activities Canceled

    All Fauquier County Public Schools evening activities on Monday, March 13, are canceled due to the winter storm warning; all activities scheduled in FCPS facilities must be completed by 6:30 p.m. The school board meeting scheduled for tonight, including the reception and recognition of student and staff first-term achievements, is postponed until Monday, March 20, at Liberty High School: reception at 6 p.m., recognitions at 6:30 p.m. and regular meeting at 7 p.m.

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  • Coleman Nurse to the Rescue

    No one has to convince Fauquier County maintenance worker Garry Miller that Venus Bowen, Coleman Elementary School nurse, embodies the qualities of the Roman goddess Venus (love and beauty) and the planet Venus (brightest of the planets). Miller, 52, learned of Bowen’s goodness firsthand on Wednesday, March 1, when the school nurse literally saved the life of the plumber’s assistant by administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to the unconscious, non-breathing employee.

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  • Regional Science & Engineering Fair Senior Division This Saturday

    The Fourth Annual Regional Science & Engineering Fair, senior division (9th-12th grades), will be held this Saturday, March 11, at Fauquier High School, featuring 21 high school presenters from public and private schools in Fauquier County. Judging, which is closed to the public, will occur between 9 and 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to visit the fair from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony from 1-2 p.m. featuring a brief keynote address by Dr. David Jeck, division superintendent of Fauquier County Public Schools.

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  • All County Arts Festival Slated for March 24 and 25

    Fauquier County Public Schools art teachers are pleased to announce the exhibit of student artwork throughout the Warrenton community from March 1-30. March is Youth Art Month (YAM), an annual observance recognized throughout all 50 states to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality art programs. This year 41 businesses (listed at the end) will participate in the Community Art Walk, displaying 90 pieces of student work. Some of the pieces will be in the businesses’ windows and some will be inside.

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  • Kindergarten Registration Scheduled

    Kindergarten registration for children attending Fauquier County Public Schools will be held April 3-7, 2017. Children who are 5 years of age on or before September 30, 2017, are eligible for kindergarten. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on any of the five days – April 3, 4 5, 6 or 7 – a parent should visit the school the child will attend. Some schools may require your child’s presence at the time of registration; please check with your school. If needed, parents are encouraged to use the attendance zone locator service on the school division’s website at www.fcps1.org.

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  • Two Middle School Students Named National Geographic State Bee Semifinalists

    Taylor Middle School student Elizabeth Ott and Warrenton Middle School student Josie Hutt have been notified by the National Geographic Society that they are two of 100 semifinalists in the state eligible to compete in the 2017 Virginia National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Longwood University in Farmville on Friday, March 31. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, now in its 29th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.

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  • Timothy Gardner Appointed Principal of Greenville Elementary

    At a special meeting and work session on March 6, the Fauquier County School Board appointed Timothy Gardner, 35, as the principal of Greenville Elementary School effective immediately. After serving six years as the assistant principal of Ritchie Elementary School, he had been appointed last May as the one-year interim principal when three-year Greenville Principal Dan Phillips accepted a position as a certification specialist and elementary education administrator in the Fauquier County Department of Human Resources.

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  • ABC7 Meteorologist Visits Coleman Elementary

    Whether weather was a topic of interest to every Coleman Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grader or not, meteorologist Brian van de Graaff of ABC 7 News made the subject come alive to all of them when he visited the school on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

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  • KRHS Student Named Finalist in National Merit Scholarship Program

    Kettle Run High School senior Nicholas Seyler has advanced to Finalist standing in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. He received a Certificate of Merit in recognition of this accomplishment. Nicholas is one of 15,000 Finalists who will be considered for a National Merit Scholarship to be offered this spring; approximately 7,500 Finalists will receive a Merit Scholarship award.

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  • WMS Art Teacher Receives Regional Award

    The National Art Education Association (NAEA) selected Marisa Pappas, art teacher at Warrenton Middle School, as the Southeastern Region Middle Level Art Educator for 2017. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of an outstanding NAEA member annually at the regional level within their division; the Southeastern Region consists of 12 states and the Virgin Islands. Pappas received the award at the NAEA National Convention in New York, NY, March 2-4.

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  • KRHS NHS Hosting 'Don't Be Fooled! 5K' Run on April 1

    The National Honor Society (NHS) at Kettle Run High School will host a “Don’t Be Fooled! 5K” on Saturday, April 1, at 9 a.m. to benefit a primary school in Africa. Kettle Run’s NHS has been participating in the Build Africa’s school-linking program for the entire school year raising funds for the St. Aloysius Primary School in Kumi, Uganda. Funds raised help provide desks, books, school supplies, and fresh water for the students. The 5K is another fundraiser for St. Aloysius.

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  • 'Resilience' Film to be Shown Followed by Community Discussion

    The movie “Resilience” will be shown on Wednesday, March 29, at 6 p.m. in the Fauquier High School auditorium at an event co-hosted by Fauquier County Public Schools and the Greater Piedmont Trauma Informed Community Network. The 75-minute movie will be followed by a 30-minute community discussion on “What’s Next: Opportunities to Engage in Building Resilience in Our Community.”

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  • Applications Available for Preschool Program for At-Risk Four-Year-Olds

    Applications for a free preschool program for at-risk four-year-olds who reside in Fauquier County are now available at these locations: all FCPS elementary schools, Central Complex Building B, Head Start/Bright Stars administrative office and Fauquier County Department of Social Services. Eligibility for the program, which is known as the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), is based on family income and child and family risk factors.

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