Auburn Middle School

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  • Updated student device information

    As of October 25th, Auburn Middle School has started to use a new program called Lightspeed Classroom Manager on all school issued Chromebooks. Classroom Manager is a screen monitoring software program that allows teachers to view each student’s computer use/activity while on their school issued device during class (i.e. Chromebooks). The intent behind its usage is to help ensure the appropriate use of technology by our students and to aid teachers in keeping students on task during instruction.

    Students are expected to bring their school issued Chromebook to school on a daily basis charged and ready for use.  In addition, we wanted to remind parents/students about proper use of their FCPS devices and accounts.

    Student/Parent Handbook: 

    FCPS One-to-One (FOTO) Program  Students in grades 5-12 are provided an FCPS Chromebook device. The purpose of the FOTO program is to provide a collaborative and creative environment for all learners. This environment will allow teachers to implement transformative uses of technology and allow students to take ownership of, and responsibility for, their own learning. Our goal is to provide students the access to the tools, resources, and information that they need to make meaningful contributions to the world. (page 53)

    Inappropriate use of devices on school property during instructional and non-instructional time is prohibited. If a student violates school division policies, the Code of Student Conduct or school rules, the student may be disciplined and the device may be confiscated and returned only to the student’s parent or parent’s designee. The student may lose the privilege to use electronic devices in the future. 

    The school division will not be responsible for data charges incurred by the student or the loss, theft or damage of any personal electronic device. (Ref:  FCPS Reg 7-3.1 (C))  

    Students may possess cellular telephones, tablets, laptops, e-readers and other personal electronic devices on school property including school buses. These devices may be used during designated non-instructional times at the discretion of school administration and transportation staff. Devices must be turned off during class unless a staff member has specifically instructed students that devices may be used for classroom assignments.  (Ref:  FCPS Reg 7-3.1 (C))  

    General Chromebook Guidelines from Fauquier County: 

    • The student will bring the device to school fully-charged. The ability to charge the device at school is not guaranteed.
    • The student will keep the device away from food or liquids.
    • The student will not attempt to disassemble or repair the device at any time; all repairs will go through school technology support personnel.
    • The student will not place stickers or decals on their device.
    • The student will not attempt to circumvent the school system content filter or attempt to search for or access inappropriate content.
    • The student will not view or transmit racist, sexist, pornographic, obscene or threatening material.
    • The student will adhere to the principles of digital citizenship.
    • The student will utilize their Google Workspace account and network login for educational related activities only.
    • The student will not share their passwords or login information with anyone.
    • Do not use cleaners, sprays, alcohol, ammonia or abrasives on the Chromebook. Clean the Chromebook with a soft, lint-free cloth.

    http://fcps1.tech/foto

    School reminders with student Chromebooks:

    1. Students should bring their charged devices to school each day. If they charge it at night, then they should not need their charger in school. However, on testing days we recommend that students bring their charger. There will be school loaner devices for students to sign out in the library if they forget their device. Personal devices will no longer be used in classrooms as an alternative.
    2. We recommend that students restart or shut down their Chromebooks at least once a week.
    3. If your child has lost or damaged their Chromebook charger, they will need to purchase a new one through the school. The cost is $25 and checks should be made payable to Fauquier County. Once payment is received, we will provide a new charger to the student.
    4. If your child’s Chromebook has been damaged, or does not appear to be working, they should see Mr. Fenner in the ITRT office or in the Discovery Den to receive assistance. Some issues may require the device to be sent out of the building for repair. If a device needs to be sent out, then a loaner Chromebook will be provided to the student until their Chromebook is returned. A fee will be assessed based on the extent of the damage.If you are interested in purchasing an insurance plan, please follow the link: https://securranty.com/FauquierCountyPS 
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  • Important Update

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  • Greetings Wildcat Families!  As a school, we felt that it was important to send out information about if/when students are quarantined because of testing positive for Covid and/or when they are found to be in close contact with someone who is positive. 

    Communication Process

    When any student is required to quarantine, a message will be sent home from the school to those individual students/families.  This process has been put in place to keep members of our school community safe and it aligns with the recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). 

     

    Student Work

    It is imperative that if/when students are in quarantine they access course work through teachers’ Google Classroom and/or Blackboard pages.  Teachers are posting information/resources/assignments on their respective pages and are able to communicate with students either through the page(s) or via email.  Parents can also access the pages using their child’s login information.  We understand that a situation like this can be stressful for both student and parent; our teachers are committed to doing everything they can to make class information available and keeping students up to date with daily work and assignments.

     

    Please feel free to contact the school if you are having difficulty finding/accessing teacher Google Classroom or Blackboard pages or if you have any questions regarding the information included in this message.

    Attendance

    There is no need for parents of students who have been placed into quarantine because of contact tracing done by AMS school staff.  Parents should contact the school if/when their child is quarantined because of a positive test and/or close contact outside of the school day.  The following attendance procedures are in place for this school year:

                                                   

    • To report your student absent from school, email AMSattendance@fcps1.org before 8:00 AM. If the absence is due to a medical reason, please include the school nurse csuhrie@fcps1.org. If you feel details are important, please include those in the email.
    • If you need to speak to attendance, please call 540-422-7419 directly. Please, ONLY leave attendance messages in this ATTENDANCE voice mailbox.
    • Every day your student is absent due to illness, please contact attendance. If you do not contact us regarding your student’s absence it will remain an unexcused absence.

    Return to School

    We are asking parents to contact the school nurse prior to your child’s return from quarantine in order to confirm conditions of quarantine have been met. 

     

    After School Activities

    We would also like to remind students and parents that if/when a student is placed into a quarantine situation that the student is not to be on school grounds until the quarantine period is complete.  This includes during the school day and after school events/activities.

    We realize that this is a trying time for everyone but by working together we will continue to do the best we can to provide our students the support necessary for them to be successful.

    Sincerely,

    Josh Miller

    Principal

    Auburn Middle School

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  • Greetings Wildcat Nation!  On behalf of Auburn Middle School’s faculty and staff, I would like to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year!  We are excited about the journey we are about to embark upon together as a school community and are looking forward to seeing 600 plus smiling faces, on an everyday basis, beginning tomorrow morning!

    We are hopeful that the information that was sent previously has helped to answer questions about the opening of the school year but as always please feel free to reach out to the school if there is a need for additional and/or different information.  We are committed to providing as up to date information as possible ahead of the school year and as the school year moves forward.  Since sending out information yesterday, we have received a couple follow up questions so I thought I would take this opportunity to provide additional clarification:

    Student Handbook Information – please click on the following link in order to access/review student handbook information.  It is important for all members of our school community to be made aware of the information, and expectations, that we have in place for our students, staff, and parents.  This same information will be discussed throughout the first days of the school year as well as grade level assemblies, which will take place sometime within the first couple of weeks of the school year.

    http://www.fcps1storage.org/fcps/CampusPublicDocs/StudentParentHandbook.pdf

    Physical Education - per the information that went out yesterday afternoon/evening, we do plan to have students dress out for PE this year and students will have access to the PE locker room in order to dress out this school year.  We have devised a plan to manage the number of students in the locker rooms at one time.  The PE teachers will be reviewing this plan with students over the first few days of school and will be sending out follow up information as necessary.

    APP Permission Form – once again this school year we have put forth efforts to streamline the permission form process.  We are asking parents to complete, and submit, the app permission form by/before August 16th.  You can access the form by clicking on the link below…

    https://forms.gle/w2v94Qtc62yguZzM9

    Breakfast and Lunch – once again this school year breakfast and lunch will be provided to students each day of the school year.  Breakfast is available to students between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM.  Students will be eating lunch during one of our six lunch shifts and teachers will be working with students in order to make them aware of which shift they will be eating.

    Student Arrival/Dismissal – students will be able to enter the school building beginning at 7:00 AM.  Any/all students arriving before 7:15 AM will be required to report to the school’s cafeteria where they will remain until 7:15 AM.  At 7:15 AM, students will then be moving to their HR class.  All students will need to be in the HR by/before 7:25 AM.  All students will be dismissed at 2:27 PM this school year.  Faculty and staff will be in place to assist with both the arrival and dismissal of students.  We are once again anticipating long drop off/pick-up lines so please plan accordingly.

    I am proud and privileged to be serving as principal here at Auburn Middle School and I am very excited for the amazing school year that our students are in store for this school year!  I would like to thank all members of our school community for their ongoing support, patience, and understanding as we get back to better!                                                     

    Go Wildcats!

    Mr. Miller

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  • AMS TOTY

    Congratulations to the Auburn Middle School 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year: Patricia Walker!

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Division News

  • StoryWalk® Leads Fauquier Families on Reading Adventure

    Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health (FRESH) and Fauquier Public Library have partnered to bring StoryWalks® to the community. A StoryWalk® is a free outdoor activity that empowers families to move and read at the same time! Each page of a children’s book is placed on story boards along a walking path in the community. To read the book from beginning to end, families follow the path, visiting each signpost along the way.

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  • 'Farm to School’ Week Brings Local Meat and Produce to Cafeterias across Fauquier County

    Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health (FRESH) is a Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS) program with a mission to maximize opportunities for students to engage in active learning, active living, and nutritional education. During the week of October 3rd, FRESH partnered with the FCPS School Nutrition Program to host ‘Farm to School Week,’ where children across the county had an opportunity to experience local meat and produce as part of their school meal.

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  • FCPS Reaches All-Time High Graduation Rate of 96.2%

    Fauquier County Public Schools’ on-time graduation rate increased from 95.5% in 2020 to an all-time high of 96.2 percent in 2021, according to data released by the Virginia Department of Education.

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  • Fauquier County Public Schools Recognized as a School Division of Innovation

    The Virginia Board of Education recognized Fauquier County Public Schools as a “School Division of Innovation” at its September 23 meeting. FCPS was one of five Virginia school divisions to earn this distinction for designing and implementing alternatives to traditional instructional practices and school structures to improve student learning and promote college and career readiness and good citizenship.

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  • VDOE Releases Annual SOL Test Results

    The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has released SOL test results for the 2020-2021 school year and updated School Quality Profile reports for each school and school division. Because school accreditation was waived for 2021-22 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SOL test data will serve as a tool to set a baseline for recovery and measure student learning growth this year.

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  • *Enrollment and Online Registration

    NEW FAMILIES - 

    • Please use our online enrollment page found here

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    • contact your base school for an enrollment appointment.  For Auburn: 540-422-7415 OR AMSREGISTRAR@FCPS1.ORG.

    CURRENT FAMILIES -

    Please complete your annual registration using your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

    IC Parent Portal log in link


    *AMS PTO

    Please visit the AMS PTO pages for contact information and events.

     

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