Fauquier County Public Schools

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  • Sharing the Love on Lockers at Taylor Middle

    When students arrived at Taylor Middle School on Valentine’s Day and made their way to their lockers, each one found a construction-paper heart taped on his or her locker’s metal door expressing words of affirmation and love. Special education teacher Jen Linthicum spearheaded the effort, enlisting the aid of several teachers and staff, who wrote positive words on the hearts such as “You are loved,” “You are awesome,” and “You make a difference.” Every assigned locker in the building sported a heart for the early-morning welcome.

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  • Student 'Wax Museum' at Walter Elementary

    Second graders at Walter Elementary School turned to wax, so to speak, as the stars of the second grade’s annual Famous Americans Wax Museum Jan. 23. The students had researched and prepared a project on a famous American who has made a positive contribution to our country. On the day of the Wax Museum, they dressed as their famous Americans, and each set up a “booth.” The famous Americans sat motionless, wax-like, holding a pose until a visiting adult or student pressed the button at their booth to free them to move and to recite a short informational report on the famous American they were portraying in wax.

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  • FCPS Teacher of Year Nominees Honored

    At its Feb. 13 meeting the Fauquier County School Board honored 16 teachers, all of whom have been nominated to be Fauquier County’s representative in the Washington Post Teacher of the Year competition. A selection panel will choose one of the 16 teachers to be the Fauquier County Teacher of the Year, and that teacher will be entered into the Post’s Teacher of the Year competition. The Fauquier County Teacher of the Year will be announced in mid-April. At the school board meeting each school’s Teacher of the Year nominee received an award in the form of a glass apple. The Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation will also honor the nominees at a reception where each will receive a cash award.

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  • Miller Elementary Shows Appreciation to Sheriff's Office

    Four representatives from the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office attended an appreciation luncheon hosted by Miller Elementary School on Tuesday, Feb. 14. On hand for the event were Sheriff Robert Mosier, Captain Ray Acors, Deputy Gary Jenkins and Deputy Chris Meyers. “We wanted to show appreciation to our SROs (school resource officers) and the sheriff’s department for all they do in our schools,” said Miller Principal Dennis Adkins, who planned the event with other Miller staff – Lisa Sak, Sherri McMillion, Barbara Love, Carol Miller and Susan Aylor.

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  • School Board Actions 2-13-17

    The Fauquier County School Board met Feb. 13, 2017, and took the following official actions. For further information on these items, see supporting documents with the Feb. 13, 2017, School Board agenda on the school division web page www.fcps1.org.

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  • Two Students Selected to All-VA Middle School Honor Choir

    Seventh-grade students Annelise Borst of Auburn Middle School and Mikey Goltry of Warrenton Middle School have been selected to participate in the 2017 American Choral Directions Association’s All-Virginia Middle School Honor Choir. Out of 1,096 submissions, 318 students from across the Commonwealth were selected to participate. Each student had to audio record an audition in three parts: a music scale, “My Country Tis of Thee” and a song of their choice. The All-Virginia Middle School Honor Choir will rehearse April 27-30 culminating in a concert at 2 p.m. at the Virginia Tech campus on April 30.

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  • FCPS Updating Website to Ensure Accessibility

    Fauquier County Public Schools is currently updating its website at www.fcps1.org in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Essentially the update means content on the site will be more limited. For approximately three months the school division has been making changes to the site in response to an out-of-state complaint filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) saying the FCPS site is not compliant with ADA.

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  • First Competition for FHS VEX Robotics Club

    The Fauquier High School VEX Robotics Club participated in its first-ever competition this past Saturday, Feb. 4, at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville, VA, almost breaking into the top 20 teams in a field of 52. In spite of complications, including the rescheduling of the event twice due to inclement weather and the unavailability of several Team B members on the rescheduled event day, the FHS VEX Robotics Club would not be deterred. To compensate for the absence of several Team B members, FHS’ Team A split into two teams, with each of the two teams garnering three wins, two losses and no ties, which landed the newly formed Team B into the 21st place and Team A in 25th.

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  • FHS Students Win NASCAR Top Tech Challenge

    On Saturday, Feb. 4, Fauquier High School automotive technology students Cody Heyl and Wadell Bourgeois won the NASCAR Top Tech Challenge at UTI in Mooresville, NC. Justin Bean and Tyler Newman placed third in the competition. The first-place team won $10,000 in scholarships and over $3,000 in tools for the Fauquier automotive technology program. The third-place team earned $5,000 in scholarships and $1,000 in tools for the automotive program. In January Cody Heyl and Tyler Newman placed sixth out of 135 teams competing in the Top Tech Challenge in Exton, PA, earning $13,500 in scholarships.

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  • KRHS Student Wins First Place in Statewide Flag Design Contest

    Savannah Johnson, a senior at Kettle Run High School, won first place in the high school division of the annual Virginia Youth Art Month (YAM) Flag Design Contest sponsored by the Virginia Art Education Association. She will receive an award, letter of commendation, art supplies and large color poster of her work. Christena Smith is Savannah’s art teacher at Kettle Run. In addition, Warrenton Middle School student Josie Hutt won second place in the middle school division of the statewide flag design contest, and WMS student Erin Soldon received an honorable mention in the middle school division. They will receive an award and letter of commendation. Josie’s and Erin’s art teacher is Marisa Pappas.

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  • Judges Needed for Local Middle School Science & Engineering Fairs

    Judges are needed for upcoming science and engineering fairs to be held at Fauquier County’s five public middle schools. Qualifications include the following: bachelor’s degree or higher in a science, technology, engineering or math field and familiarity with the experimental or engineering design process. Community members are invited to contact the school coordinator for any of the fairs they would be interested in judging:

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  • Judges Needed for Regional Science & Engineering Fair

    Judges are needed for this year’s Fauquier County Regional Science & Engineering Fairs to be held Saturday, March 11 (senior division, grades 9-12) and Saturday, April 29 (junior division, grades 6-8). Qualifications include the following: bachelor’s degree or higher; three years of experience in a related science, technology, engineering or math field; and familiarity with the experimental or engineering design process. Anyone interested in serving as a judge may complete a form at https://goo.gl/forms/EI5Dy1SNmzyV9q1y2.

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  • New Special Education Instructional Supervisor

    Shelby Gohn has been selected as an instructional supervisor in the Fauquier County Public Schools special education department. She will provide support for special education across the school division, working closely with teachers and building administrators to improve service delivery and ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.

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  • Pierce Elementary Hosts Career Day

    What do you want to be when you grow up? When you’re six or seven years old, or even 10 or 11 years old, that can be a difficult question to answer. Pierce Elementary School students got a little assistance with that thought process at a Career Day held in the school gymnasium on Jan. 27. Pierce school counselor Debbie Melton invited more than a dozen parents and community members to come and explain to students exactly what their jobs entail.

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  • Eighth Graders to Attend Academic and Career Fair

    Fauquier County Public Schools career and technical education (CTE) programs will host eighth-graders from around the division at the Academic and Career Fair at Fauquier High School on Feb. 15, 2017 (snow date Feb. 16) from 8 a.m. until 2:15 p.m.

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  • Students Participate in All-County Chorus

    On Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, students from all Fauquier County public middle and high schools came together at Kettle Run High School to participate in the All-County Chorus event. Top students from every school joined together to learn new music under a new director to create an advanced Honor Choir.

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  • MVGS Informational Meeting for Parents of Middle Schoolers

    Parents of middle school students are invited to an informational meeting regarding Mountain Vista Governor’s School on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Fauquier High School auditorium.

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  • Smith Fifth-Grader New FCPS Spelling Bee Champ

    In the 12th round – and by correctly spelling the word “sentries” – Lily Von Herbulis, a fifth-grade student at Smith Elementary School, won the 11th annual FCPS Spelling Bee Jan. 29 at Taylor Middle School.

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