Division News

  • Preschool Program to Benefit from 5K This Saturday

    Saint James Episcopal Church & School will host its third annual Gobble, Gobble Run or Wobble 5K and Fun Run this Saturday, Nov. 18, with proceeds supporting the Fauquier County Public Schools’ preschool program. The church’s “Learning Starts Early” program has supported the Virginia Preschool Initiative along with Head Start, Caring for Angels and other programs in the community that serve at-risk students.

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  • MMS Principal to Become Executive Director of Administration and Planning

    David Graham, 49, principal of Marshall Middle School since July 2013, will fill the newly established position of executive director of administration and planning contingent upon finding a replacement for him as MMS principal. The Fauquier County School Board approved his appointment at its monthly meeting Nov. 13. In this role Graham will oversee school division transportation, nutrition, and construction and facilities. Graham will move with some reluctance from the school setting to the school board office setting. He has been at Marshall for 17½ years – four and a half as principal, nine as assistant principal and four as special education teacher.

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  • Automotive Body Repair Program Awarded Grant

    The Northern Virginia I-CAR Committee has awarded a $5,500 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant to the Fauquier County Public Schools’ automotive body repair program, located at Fauquier High School. Winners were announced at the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Oct. 31 Makeover grant reception during the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Craig Canard, instructor of collision repair classes at FHS, said he plans to use the grant funds to purchase tools and equipment for his classes; 47 students are currently enrolled in the three-level program.

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  • DECA and FBLA Students Participate in Wounded Warrior Service Project

    DECA and FBLA students from Fauquier High School and Liberty High School participated in a Wounded Warrior service project hosted by Families4Fauquier on Sunday, Nov. 5, at Earth, Glaze and Fire. Students decorated candy containers and toiletry bags for patients at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Karen Chipman, Fauquier High School FBLA advisor, and Valerie Hermes, Liberty High School DECA advisor, participated with their students at the project. “This is a great project,” said Sarah Frye, instructional supervisor for career and technical education for FCPS. “What a great way for students to give back to those who have risked so much.”

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  • Chris Smith Named Secondary Art Educator for Blue Ridge Region

    Christena Smith, Kettle Run High School art teacher and lead art teacher for Fauquier County Public Schools, was named Secondary Division Art Educator of the Year for the 20 counties in the Blue Ridge Region at this year’s Virginia Art Education Association (VAEA) annual state conference, held Nov. 2 to 4. Several Fauquier County Public Schools art teachers attended the conference to learn about the changes in the Virginia visual arts standards of learning, review project-based learning strategies and get ideas for new lessons and techniques for the classroom.

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  • FCPS and LFCC Jointly Receive Governor's Award

    Fauquier County Public Schools and Lord Fairfax Community College are among the first-ever recipients of the Governor’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in Education; out of more than 120 nominations, 13 were selected for recognition. In a ceremony at the Executive Mansion on Oct. 26, Governor Terry McAuliffe presented the inaugural award to representatives from FCPS and LFCC as the two entities jointly received the award in the “community partnerships and collaboration” category. An Oct. 27 news release from the Governor’s Office noted, “The school district has collaborated with the Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation (FEIEF) and the Lord Fairfax Community College – Fauquier Campus to connect students and parents to the opportunities available at Lord Fairfax Community College.”

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  • Smith Elementary Holds Halloween STEAM-Fest

    Smith Elementary School held a Halloween STEAM-Fest where students and adults, many in costume, participated in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) activities. In one “fun and yummy” activity coordinated by gifted/talented teacher Emily Fenner, a group of “math buddies” – fifth graders paired with second graders – made candy corn catapults, designing and building the devices and then testing their range. In Gail Angelos’ second-grade class, students, assisted by parent volunteers, made slime and elephant toothpaste by combining simple ingredients; of course, students donned trash bag lab coats and goggles for safety.

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  • FCPS Offering Workshops for Community Preschools and Day Care Providers

    Fauquier County Public Schools will offer a series of monthly workshops for employees of community preschools and day care facilities and for child care providers who service preschool-aged children. The workshops will be presented in the parish hall at St. James Episcopal Church, 73 Culpeper St., Warrenton, VA from 7-8:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: • November 15: Early Literacy/Speech and Language – Learn how to support language and literacy development • December 13: Gross Motor Activities – Learn how to support gross motor skills development such as hopping, skipping and climbing.

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  • Smith Goes Back to Fifties to Celebrate 50 Days of School

    Kindergarten through second grade classes at Smith Elementary School recognized the 50th day of school on Thursday, Oct. 26, by dressing as if they were living in the 1950’s. Teachers and students donned poodle skirts and leather jackets to celebrate being 50 days smarter!

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