Fredericksburg City Public Schools

Fredericksburg City Public Schools Dr. Marceline Catlett, Superintendent Schools and Locations:
Walker-Grant Center
Walker-Grant School- 1935 School
FCPS Preschool Programs
Hugh Mercer Elementary School
Lafayette Upper Elementary
Walker-Grant Middle School
James Monroe High School

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09/15/2021

Check out these events being hosted by UMW.

Check out these events being hosted by UMW.

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage MonthThe Library of Congress, National Archives and Re...
09/15/2021

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

Beginning November 8, Fredericksburg City Public Schools students will need to show proof of full vaccination in order t...
09/14/2021

Beginning November 8, Fredericksburg City Public Schools students will need to show proof of full vaccination in order to participate in athletics, out-of-season practices, and workouts. This requirement involves Virginia High School League winter and spring sports. It does not impact fall student-athletes.

Deputy Superintendent Matt Eberhardt made the announcement at the School Board meeting on September 13.

Student-athletes can request an exemption for medical or religious reasons. These students must submit negative test results on a weekly basis. Also, unvaccinated students will be required to submit a negative test before returning to play after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.

Students who refuse will not be allowed to participate in sports.

“The Department of Education classifies athletics as a high-risk activity,” Eberhardt said. “The largest numbers of quarantines have come from exposure to a positive COVID-19 case involved with sports. Also, the largest numbers of linked positive cases have originated with athletics. These quarantines disrupt student in-person learning and impact other students when additional positive cases arise.”

Currently, 50.3% of all Fredericksburg 16-17 year-olds are fully vaccinated compared to 35.7% of 12-15 year-olds. The percentages of students who have received at least one dose are 58.1% and 47.7%, respectively.

FCPS held two in-school vaccination clinics on September 9 and 10 for students and is working with the local health department to schedule one more in the coming weeks.

The school district is also working to establish in-school COVID-19 testing for interested persons using the Virginia School Screening Testing for Assurance (ViSSTA) program. This COVID-19 testing is intended for school students, staff, and teachers and will be voluntary; only individuals who consent will be tested.

Beginning November 8, Fredericksburg City Public Schools students will need to show proof of full vaccination in order to participate in athletics, out-of-season practices, and workouts. This requirement involves Virginia High School League winter and spring sports. It does not impact fall student-athletes.

Deputy Superintendent Matt Eberhardt made the announcement at the School Board meeting on September 13.

Student-athletes can request an exemption for medical or religious reasons. These students must submit negative test results on a weekly basis. Also, unvaccinated students will be required to submit a negative test before returning to play after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.

Students who refuse will not be allowed to participate in sports.

“The Department of Education classifies athletics as a high-risk activity,” Eberhardt said. “The largest numbers of quarantines have come from exposure to a positive COVID-19 case involved with sports. Also, the largest numbers of linked positive cases have originated with athletics. These quarantines disrupt student in-person learning and impact other students when additional positive cases arise.”

Currently, 50.3% of all Fredericksburg 16-17 year-olds are fully vaccinated compared to 35.7% of 12-15 year-olds. The percentages of students who have received at least one dose are 58.1% and 47.7%, respectively.

FCPS held two in-school vaccination clinics on September 9 and 10 for students and is working with the local health department to schedule one more in the coming weeks.

The school district is also working to establish in-school COVID-19 testing for interested persons using the Virginia School Screening Testing for Assurance (ViSSTA) program. This COVID-19 testing is intended for school students, staff, and teachers and will be voluntary; only individuals who consent will be tested.

Reminder! This Wednesday, September 15th is an early dismissal day. Dismissal times are below.ECSE: 11:15amHeadstart (3y...
09/14/2021

Reminder! This Wednesday, September 15th is an early dismissal day. Dismissal times are below.
ECSE: 11:15am
Headstart (3yr old): 11:30am
Headstart (4 yr old and VPI): 12:45pm
HMES: 12:45pm
LES: 12:45pm
WGMS: 12:20pm
JMHS: 12:00pm

Reminder! This Wednesday, September 15th is an early dismissal day. Dismissal times are below.
ECSE: 11:15am
Headstart (3yr old): 11:30am
Headstart (4 yr old and VPI): 12:45pm
HMES: 12:45pm
LES: 12:45pm
WGMS: 12:20pm
JMHS: 12:00pm

Volunteers from James Monroe High School (JM) and Stafford High School gave up their Saturday morning on September 11th ...
09/14/2021

Volunteers from James Monroe High School (JM) and Stafford High School gave up their Saturday morning on September 11th to discover the joys of service. It was inspiring to see such energy, dedication, and commitment from the 200-plus students who participated in the Ceili Leahy Day of Service. The volunteers served not only to honor Ceili’s legacy of caring, but also to honor first responders, veterans, and service members, as September 11th was also the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Leslie Leahy, Ceili’s mom and a co-organizer for the event, said, “It is great to see the youth in our community come together to make such a big impact on the lives of others in our community and on our environment.”

In addition to the students, many adults volunteered, too! JM & SHS administrators and teachers, FCPS School Board members, JM alums, and Ceili’s friends and family served, working alongside the student volunteers. A goal of the day was for volunteers to serve safely and stay connected, and volunteers masked-up for the entire event! Volunteers fanned out across the city to plant, w**d, paint, decorate, organize, beautify, and more! Volunteers also learned how to keep helping local nonprofits throughout the year.

Volunteers from James Monroe High School (JM) and Stafford High School gave up their Saturday morning on September 11th to discover the joys of service. It was inspiring to see such energy, dedication, and commitment from the 200-plus students who participated in the Ceili Leahy Day of Service. The volunteers served not only to honor Ceili’s legacy of caring, but also to honor first responders, veterans, and service members, as September 11th was also the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Leslie Leahy, Ceili’s mom and a co-organizer for the event, said, “It is great to see the youth in our community come together to make such a big impact on the lives of others in our community and on our environment.”

In addition to the students, many adults volunteered, too! JM & SHS administrators and teachers, FCPS School Board members, JM alums, and Ceili’s friends and family served, working alongside the student volunteers. A goal of the day was for volunteers to serve safely and stay connected, and volunteers masked-up for the entire event! Volunteers fanned out across the city to plant, w**d, paint, decorate, organize, beautify, and more! Volunteers also learned how to keep helping local nonprofits throughout the year.

Many of our teachers had the opportunity to participate in the "Crows Nest Nature Journaling in the Classroom Program" t...
09/13/2021

Many of our teachers had the opportunity to participate in the "Crows Nest Nature Journaling in the Classroom Program" this summer. These teachers are now using the items that they received, actively participating in the blog creation and most importantly, inspiring students to be amazing thinkers and inspired learners. Feel free to read the blog below to see the wonderful things that the teachers created.

Nature Journal trained teachers: Lisa Lewis, Karynn Henry-Alexander, Sherri Gallicchio, Gwenette Monroe, Barbara Brown, Robin Payne, Christina Mitchell, Samantha Killion, Diamond Hudson, Paige Lloyd, Alena McShane, Tyra Bland, and Danielle Odeh.

cnrcnaturejournaling.blogspot.com

Many of our teachers had the opportunity to participate in the "Crows Nest Nature Journaling in the Classroom Program" this summer. These teachers are now using the items that they received, actively participating in the blog creation and most importantly, inspiring students to be amazing thinkers and inspired learners. Feel free to read the blog below to see the wonderful things that the teachers created.

Nature Journal trained teachers: Lisa Lewis, Karynn Henry-Alexander, Sherri Gallicchio, Gwenette Monroe, Barbara Brown, Robin Payne, Christina Mitchell, Samantha Killion, Diamond Hudson, Paige Lloyd, Alena McShane, Tyra Bland, and Danielle Odeh.

cnrcnaturejournaling.blogspot.com

Reminder! This Wednesday, September 15th is an early dismissal day. Dismissal times are below.ECSE: 11:15amHeadstart (3y...
09/13/2021

Reminder! This Wednesday, September 15th is an early dismissal day. Dismissal times are below.
ECSE: 11:15am
Headstart (3yr old): 11:30am
Headstart (4 yr old and VPI): 12:45pm
HMES: 12:45pm
LES: 12:45pm
WGMS: 12:20pm
JMHS: 12:00pm

Reminder! This Wednesday, September 15th is an early dismissal day. Dismissal times are below.
ECSE: 11:15am
Headstart (3yr old): 11:30am
Headstart (4 yr old and VPI): 12:45pm
HMES: 12:45pm
LES: 12:45pm
WGMS: 12:20pm
JMHS: 12:00pm

Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, students in Virginia public schools will take growth assessments in grades 3-8...
09/12/2021

Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, students in Virginia public schools will take growth assessments in grades 3-8 reading and mathematics. The focus on these assessments is on identifying what students have already learned as well as the skills they may need additional help with during this school year. The link below provides the full write up.
https://www.fxbgschools.us/utility-pages/default-post-page/~board/district-announcements/post/09-03-21-growth-assessments

Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, students in Virginia public schools will take growth assessments in grades 3-8 reading and mathematics. The focus on these assessments is on identifying what students have already learned as well as the skills they may need additional help with during this school year. The link below provides the full write up.
https://www.fxbgschools.us/utility-pages/default-post-page/~board/district-announcements/post/09-03-21-growth-assessments

Plan to “Show What YOU Know”!Let’s help our FCPS students prepare for the upcoming testing season!Check out the “Testing...
09/12/2021

Plan to “Show What YOU Know”!
Let’s help our FCPS students prepare for the upcoming testing season!
Check out the “Testing Tips” to be ready for the day!

Plan to “Show What YOU Know”!
Let’s help our FCPS students prepare for the upcoming testing season!
Check out the “Testing Tips” to be ready for the day!

Paying attention to and taking care of our mental health is key to our overall well-being.  We hope our Mental Wellness ...
09/11/2021

Paying attention to and taking care of our mental health is key to our overall well-being. We hope our Mental Wellness Week provided insight into experiences of our FCPS staff and students as well as members of our community. Check out the recap of the posts and resources from our first FCPS Mental Wellness Week. Remember, if you have concerns about yourself or someone you know there are school counselors and community resources available to everyone.

Paying attention to and taking care of our mental health is key to our overall well-being. We hope our Mental Wellness Week provided insight into experiences of our FCPS staff and students as well as members of our community. Check out the recap of the posts and resources from our first FCPS Mental Wellness Week. Remember, if you have concerns about yourself or someone you know there are school counselors and community resources available to everyone.

“As we plant in tears, we shall harvest with joy.”
09/11/2021

“As we plant in tears, we shall harvest with joy.”

“As we plant in tears, we shall harvest with joy.”

I find them quite re-markable.
09/11/2021

I find them quite re-markable.

I find them quite re-markable.

Pork Chop!!
09/11/2021

Pork Chop!!

Pork Chop!!

The 7 Drivers of Old Habits of ThinkingWhen it comes to negative experiences, we have habitual ways of responding to wha...
09/10/2021

The 7 Drivers of Old Habits of Thinking
When it comes to negative experiences, we have habitual ways of responding to what triggers us. But we can learn to step out of and stay out of negative thought cycles.
Article found at https://www.mindful.org/the-7-drivers-of-old-habits-of-thinking/

The 7 Drivers of Old Habits of Thinking
When it comes to negative experiences, we have habitual ways of responding to what triggers us. But we can learn to step out of and stay out of negative thought cycles.
Article found at https://www.mindful.org/the-7-drivers-of-old-habits-of-thinking/

A Maybee
09/10/2021

A Maybee

A Maybee

Starting next week, FCPS school buses will be required to have seating charts for students. This is in response to Virgi...
09/10/2021

Starting next week, FCPS school buses will be required to have seating charts for students. This is in response to Virginia Department of Health guidelines that will require masks and seating charts when considering close contacts.

On a school bus, a student who is within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student is not considered a close contact as long as both students were wearing well-fitting masks the entire time and there is a seating chart.

Seating charts will be one additional layer of mitigation against COVID-19 spread.

Starting next week, FCPS school buses will be required to have seating charts for students. This is in response to Virginia Department of Health guidelines that will require masks and seating charts when considering close contacts.

On a school bus, a student who is within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student is not considered a close contact as long as both students were wearing well-fitting masks the entire time and there is a seating chart.

Seating charts will be one additional layer of mitigation against COVID-19 spread.

Attire
09/10/2021

Attire

Attire

A gummy bear.
09/10/2021

A gummy bear.

A gummy bear.

A buccaneer
09/10/2021

A buccaneer

A buccaneer

This morning, JM’s Prize Patrol (Admin Team) recognized 8 staff members this week for their exemplary service to the JM ...
09/10/2021

This morning, JM’s Prize Patrol (Admin Team) recognized 8 staff members this week for their exemplary service to the JM community.

Thank you to Kristi Allison (not pictured), Kate Franke, Nicholas Brousse, Tony Lewis, Lameka Parker, Carla DeJesus, Mackenzie Hard, and Audrey Rackley Rio.

Thank you for all you do for JM!

This morning, JM’s Prize Patrol (Admin Team) recognized 8 staff members this week for their exemplary service to the JM community.

Thank you to Kristi Allison (not pictured), Kate Franke, Nicholas Brousse, Tony Lewis, Lameka Parker, Carla DeJesus, Mackenzie Hard, and Audrey Rackley Rio.

Thank you for all you do for JM!

It's Laugh Out Loud Friday for our Mental Wellness Week. "Whether you're guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling...
09/10/2021

It's Laugh Out Loud Friday for our Mental Wellness Week.
"Whether you're guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that's no joke." -Mayo Clinic

It's Laugh Out Loud Friday for our Mental Wellness Week.
"Whether you're guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that's no joke." -Mayo Clinic

Do Not Believe Everything You Think
09/10/2021

Do Not Believe Everything You Think

Do Not Believe Everything You Think

An assumption is an unexamined belief. Our inferences (also called conclusions) are often based on assumptions that we h...
09/09/2021

An assumption is an unexamined belief. Our inferences (also called conclusions) are often based on assumptions that we haven't thought about critically. Just because we assume something is true doesn't mean it is.

(https://library.louisville.edu/ekstrom/criticalthinking/assumptions)

Enjoy this video from Jannan Holmes, LCSW
https://youtu.be/sSeB40ooO5w

An assumption is an unexamined belief. Our inferences (also called conclusions) are often based on assumptions that we haven't thought about critically. Just because we assume something is true doesn't mean it is.

(https://library.louisville.edu/ekstrom/criticalthinking/assumptions)

Enjoy this video from Jannan Holmes, LCSW
https://youtu.be/sSeB40ooO5w

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