FCPS Recognized by the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank
In their Fall 2020 newsletter, the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank (FRFB), recognized FCPS as one of 166 community partners operating 254 programs providing food assistance to people in need throughout our community.
FCPS ANNOUNCES NEW HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL Dr. Timothy Duffy has been named Principal of JMHS
Fredericksburg, VA, 02.06.2020 - Dr. Timothy Duffy was named the new principal of James Monroe High School following last night’s School Board meeting.
Dr. Duffy has 13 years of dedicated service to Fredericksburg City Public Schools. He began his tenure with the school division in 2007 as a Teacher at Walker-Grant Middle School. Since then he has served as an Assistant Principal at both Walker-Grant Middle and James Monroe High School.
Duffy has a Doctorate and a Master of History degree from the University of Virginia. He has a Bachelor degree in both History and Mathematics from Mary Washington College.
FREDERICKSBURG CREATES AN ENROLLMENT, CAPACITY & EXPANSION TASK FORCECity Council and School Board Join Efforts to Address Capacity Issues
Fredericksburg, VA, 01.16.20- Fredericksburg is a vibrant and diverse city to live and work. As a result, the City is growing, and schools are becoming more crowded. The City and Fredericksburg City Public Schools have created the Enrollment, Capacity and Expansion (ECE) Task Force. While maintaining the focus on what is best for the children of Fredericksburg, the task force has been established to analyze instructional needs, enrollment projections, facility capacity, and expansion options for Fredericksburg City Public Schools (FCPS).
The task force will collaborate with community stakeholders to make recommendations to City Council and the School Board. Additional considerations may include: Safety and Security, Risk Management, CTE/Work Force Development, Technology Infrastructure, Community Connections, Early Childhood Programs, Sustainable Design and Exterior Spaces.
The task force is committed to seeking public input on options to solve capacity issues. Two community dialogues will be held to gather feedback from residents. The meetings will feature an overview presentation of the capacity issues and an opportunity to dialogue in small groups on the issues. Residents are invited to attend one of the following dialogues:
Monday, January 27, 2020, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Family Life Center
400 Bragg Hill Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, from 7 to 9 p.m.
James Monroe High School
2300 Washington Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
In addition to the community dialogues, residents will be invited to complete a short survey that will provide city and school leaders with important feedback. Residents will be able to access the survey beginning January 27, 2020 from both the school and city websites. Community dialogue feedback and survey responses will be shared at an upcoming ECE Task Force Meeting.
FCPS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ATTEND ANNUAL CONVENTIONBoard Members Collaborate with Fellow Education Leaders
Fredericksburg, VA, 11.25.19- Fredericksburg City board members attended the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) 2019 Annual Convention in Williamsburg last week. Approximately 1,000 school governance leaders attended the convention, participating in more than 50 workshops, clinics, and critical issues sessions focused on topics such as board governance, school law, workforce readiness, schools in challenging environments, advocacy, and education trends.
This year’s convention allowed board members to continue learning about nationwide and statewide trends, meet and learn from key policy officials, and share new best management practices for schools that will improve students’ education.
About the Virginia School Boards Association
The Virginia School Boards Association, a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards, promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training and services. The Association offers conferences, information, training, and counseling designed to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s educational leaders.
Fredericksburg City Public Schools Names New Superintendent
Fredericksburg, VA, 11.13.19- Dr. Marceline R. Catlett was appointed as the next superintendent of Fredericksburg City Public Schools at this evening’s school board meeting. Dr. Catlett’s new position is effective November 13, 2019. Dr. Catlett is a product of FCPS where she attended grades one through twelve. She has worked for FCPS for thirty-eight years serving as a teacher, school administrator, director of curriculum and instruction, assistant superintendent for instruction and personnel, and deputy superintendent. Dr. Catlett is currently serving as the interim superintendent and has been in that position since July 1, 2019.
“I am elated and extremely honored to be appointed the 25th superintendent of Fredericksburg City Public Schools”, said Catlett. “Thank you to the School Board for selecting me and the Fredericksburg community for your unwavering support, encouragement and faith in my ability to serve as your superintendent. As a team and with hard work, diligence, perseverance, effort and a sense of urgency, we will provide all students of FCPS the best educational opportunities possible.”
Jennifer Boyd, chair of the Fredericksburg City School Board stated that “The Fredericksburg City School Board is excited that Dr. Catlett will continue to lead our school division to even greater heights as our Superintendent,” Boyd added “Dr. Catlett rose to the top of the extremely competitive applicant pool with her plan for community engagement, her exciting vision for our school community, and her demonstrated ability to lead at the speed of change.”
Dr. Catlett has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Virginia State University, a Master of Education from the University of Virginia, a Post-Master's Education Certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech. The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) assisted the school board with the superintendent search process.
Fredericksburg City Public Schools
Fredericksburg City Public Schools will provide a quality education that assures opportunity and equity for each student. Our motto “Excellence in Education” embodies a commitment to empower students to develop personal responsibility for meeting high academic standards and to become productive citizens in a global society.
FCPS Takes A Stand Against Bullying October is Bullying Prevention MonthFredericksburg, VA, 10.23.19- School board members, superintendents, teachers and parents can play a critical role in creating a climate where bullying is not tolerated. It has been proven when adults and children stand together, bullying ends. Therefore, the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has declared October to be VSBA Bullying Prevention Month.
Childhood bullying is a significant problem nationwide. It can cause school absenteeism, mental and physical stress, poor school performance, poor self-esteem, and, in some cases, school violence. Over twenty percent of all school-aged children are bullied each year- upwards of thirteen million students.
Throughout this month our schools are participating in various activities to create awareness and combat bullying. Today, FCPS, joined efforts with PACER’S- National Bullying Prevention Center to participate in Unity Day! FCPS is showing that we stand together against bullying by celebrating Unity Day. This is a featured event during National Bullying Prevention Month with a simple call to action: wear and share orange.
Dr. Catlett, Interim Superintendent, stated that “Fredericksburg City Public Schools is taking action during Bullying Prevention Month this October by celebrating Unity Day on Wednesday, October 23rd. This is a time where we can all come together to send a united message that we are against bullying and stand up for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.”
Fredericksburg City Public Schools aims to take actions to show that we care about a safe and supportive community.
School Board Releases Summary of Applicants for SuperintendentFredericksburg, VA, 10.02.19- On Tuesday, October 1st school board members met during an early morning closed session meeting to review applicants for the vacant Division Superintendent position. Jennifer Boyd, School Board Chairperson, released the following information later in the afternoon.
Ms. Boyd stated that there were in total 40 inquiries about the position with 34 full applications submitted.
Ms. Boyd detailed that of those 34 applicants experience ranged. There were 15 current or former superintendents who applied as well as 9 assistant, associate, or deputy superintendents. Also included in the applications were 8 central office administrators and 2 building level administrators.
The group of applicants included 26 men and 8 women. There were 18 Virginia residents and 16 out of state applicants. Out of state applicants were from numerous states across the nation.
Ms. Boyd stated that, “We are very excited and appreciative of the extreme interest in this position and our city. The FCPS school board looks forward to selecting a highly qualified candidate to lead our school system into the future.”
The school board has a regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, October 7, 2019. More information about the search process will be disclosed at that time.
FIRST LADY OF VIRGINIA COMES TO FCPS Mrs. Northam visits the Walker-Grant Early Childhood Center
Fredericksburg, VA, 09.24.19- Fredericksburg City Public Schools in partnership with Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area was excited to host the First Lady of Virginia for a special visit.
Mrs. Northam visited the Walker-Grant Early Childhood Education Center as part of her “Back to School Tour”. She enjoyed a brief tour of the facility and visited several classrooms part of the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Childhood Special Education, and Head Start programs.
She also toured the center’s garden which is a community initiative with the non-profit Downtown Greens greenspace. The Head Start Garden Sprouts class is a weekly lesson that is held at both the Fredericksburg and King George Head Start campuses during the school year. Downtown Greens described the program as one that encourages children to “go outside and get their hands dirty”.
FCPS strives to show children healthy food and eating habits. Mrs. Northam also met with Brian Kiernan, Director of Food Services, to discuss the division’s summer feeding program and other nutritional initiatives the division participates in. She was eager to hear further information about the division’s involvement with the Dr. Yum Project and other health related work FCPS is doing to help combat early childhood obesity.
FCPS BOARD MEMBER APPOINTED TO VDOE COMMISSION AND STATE TASKFORCEJannan Holmes to begin work on two state committees
Fredericksburg, VA, 09.16.19- Fredericksburg City Public School Board Member, Jannan Holmes, has been appointed to serve on the Board of Education’s Virginia Advisory Committee for the Education of the Gifted. Ms. Holmes has been appointed to serve on the committee for a three-year term ending in June 2022.
Also, Ms. Holmes has been invited to serve on a taskforce to examine school-based health centers around the nation and in Virginia. In a letter from Mrs. Pamela Northam, First Lady of Virginia, Ms. Holmes was invited to serve on the taskforce that will meet five times during 2019. The letter also detailed that the purpose of the task force is to make recommendations to policymakers about actions that can be taken to support local communities in developing and sustaining school-based health centers.
Ms. Holmes currently serves as an At-Large Member on the Fredericksburg School Board and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has also served on several committees for the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA). Most recently Ms. Holmes served as the Northeastern Region Chairperson. Ms. Holmes has also served as a member of the Federal Relations Committee.
FCPS COMMEMORATES SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 Freedom Flags on display at each School
Fredericksburg, VA, 09.11.19- Today at each Fredericksburg City Public School a Freedom Flag was flown in remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001. School districts throughout Virginia were encouraged by Dr. James Lane, Superintendent of Instruction for Virginia to consider raising the Freedom Flag to commemorate September 11th .
Dr. Lane stated in an email that the Freedom Flag was designed by a Virginia citizen and features ten elements in a red, white, and blue design commemorating all who lived and died on that tragic day. Also in Section 1-510 of the Code of Virginia the Freedom Flag is designated as the official Flag of Remembrance of September 11, 2001.
Dr. Lane and The Freedom Flag Foundation encouraged the K-12 public school community to consider raising the Freedom Flag and reciting the meaning of its 10 symbolic elements on September 11th in remembrance of the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Fredericksburg City Public Schools join public schools around Virginia in remembering the events of September 11th. For more information about the Freedom Flag please visit: https://www.freedomflagfoundation.org/ .
FCPS Set to Begin Communication Audit
Fredericksburg City Public Schools Seeks Public Input Regarding Communication
Fredericksburg, VA, 09.04.19- School districts today face many challenges, not the least of which is communication, ensuring accurate, timely and trustworthy communications with key stakeholders is integral to supporting student success.
Fredericksburg City Public Schools cares about communication. We have teamed with Barbara Hunter, President/CEO of Hunter Communications to perform a communications audit. As described by Mrs. Hunter, “this audit process features The Flipping Point © framework, which is a research-based, knowledge-driven tool that was developed by Hunter Communications and its partner company, 3DimensionED, to help districts move from ordinary to exemplary in communications, customer service, talent outreach and onboarding.”
The Fredericksburg City Public Schools communication audit will be composed of three distinct parts:
1. Targeted review of current communication materials.
2. Administration of the SCoPE Survey.
3. Feedback gathered from up to 6 focus groups and up to 4 interviews.
FCPS wants to know if you are getting the information you want and need. Next week, a survey will open to evaluate the effectiveness of communication with our employees, families and community. This SCoPE (School Communication Performance Evaluation) is a series of three online quantitative surveys to easily evaluate how well the district is communicating with three vital target audiences: faculty/staff, parents/families, and community.
A major component of this audit is to gather qualitative feedback from focus groups. A lead auditor will facilitate discussions with the following focus groups: parents, principals, teachers, clerical staff, administrative staff, and community leaders. Focus group participants will respond to a series of questions about the information you receive from and about FCPS.
The audit process is scheduled to take about 8 weeks from the start. The audit report is scheduled to be available sometime this Fall.
FCPS BOARD MEMBER APPOINTED TO COMMISSION ON AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY EDUCATION
Governor Northam Names Jarvis Bailey to New Commission
Fredericksburg, VA, 09.03.19- Fredericksburg City Public Schools Board Member, Jarvis Bailey, has been selected by Governor Ralph Northam to serve on the Commission on African American History Education.
A press release issued by the Governor details the commission as being charged with reviewing Virginia’s history standards, and the instructional practices, content, and resources currently used to teach African American history in the Commonwealth. It also states that the Executive Order tasks the Commission with issuing a report no later than July 1, 2020.
Mr. Bailey currently serves as an At-Large Member on the Fredericksburg School Board and is also a High School Administrator in Westmoreland County. He has also served on numerous committees for the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) including its Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Mr. Bailey has also served as Chairman of the VSBA Finance/Audit Committee. He is also a Life Member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
The full text for Executive Order Thirty-Nine can be found at the following link: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-39-Establishment-of-the-Commission-on-African-American-History-Education-in-the-Commonwealth.pdf
FCPS Announces New IB Programme Status
Celebrating success at Fredericksburg City Public Schools
Fredericksburg, VA, 07.24.19- Since 2014, students in Fredericksburg City Public Schools have been exposed to the International Baccalaureate program in grades 6-12. Now the school division has a new IB status.
FCPS is only the second division in the state of Virginia to become a K-12 IB World School division. School divisions that offer at least three of the IB programmes are considered IB Continuum School Divisions.
After being evaluated on teaching and other factors, the IB organization recently granted authorization for both elementary schools, Lafayette Upper Elementary School and Hugh Mercer Elementary School. Fredericksburg City is now IB certified from primary to middle to high school.
Dr. Marceline Catlett, Interim Superintendent, gladly expressed, “Fredericksburg City Public Schools is excited to make history by becoming the second school division in the state of Virginia to become a K-12 International Baccalaureate Continuum Division! Division wide our students, teachers, support staff, and administrators have worked tirelessly to accomplish this success.”
The rigorous programmes improve education by building on characteristics of internationalism, intercultural understanding, a study of a broad range of topics, specific focus on learning languages, developing skills for lifelong learning, providing opportunity for collaboration and research, and finally, encouraging students to become responsible, active members of their community.”
Fredericksburg City Public Schools is progressively, Moving Forward and Upward, Leading @ the Speed of Change
FCPS Announces New IB Programme Status
Former City Finance Accountant Named as Director
Fredericksburg, VA, 08.27.19- Jennifer Brody has been named the Director of Finance for Fredericksburg City Public Schools. She has 15 years of experience in governmental finance, accrual accounting, and knowledge of internal and external audits. Brody was hired as an Accountant with the City in 2012 and was promoted to Senior Accountant in 2018. Included in Brody’s most recent work was assisting with implementing the City’s new financial software.
Brody has a Master of Accounting and Information Systems degree from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mary Washington.
October 10, 2020: The Free Lance Star
Pandemic-related drop in enrollment in Fredericksburg-area public schools could have financial effects
October 6, 2020: The Free Lance Star
Fredericksburg School Board approves plan to keep most students learning from home
September 24, 2020: The Free Lance Star
CARES Act money will let Fredericksburg give city employees raises
September 18, 2020: The Free Lance Star
Enrollment down at two Fredericksburg public schools
September 17, 2020: The Free Lance Star
James Monroe High School closes track to public during the week
August 26, 2020: The Free Lance Star
Female leaders in Fredericksburg area help celebrate 19th Amendment's centennial
August 17, 2020: The Free Lance Star
Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania head back to school virtually
August 15, 2020: The Free Lance Star
Fredericksburg-area school divisions working to ensure all students have high-speed internet access
August 12, 2020: The Free Lance Star
Fredericksburg City Public Schools wants to bridge the digital divide by broadcasting wireless internet
August 4, 2020: The Free Lance Star
Fredericksburg's school system offers child care options for parents, staff
July 23, 2020: The Free Lance Star
Fredericksburg schools will be 100 percent virtual when classes start Aug. 17
July 10, 2020: WUSA9
Fredericksburg delays school reopening by 1 week
Addressing Internet Needs
Technology staff are installing 12 solar-powered Wi-Fi hotspots in areas of the city where there is a high density of families with internet needs as well as providing open networks at each school campus.
One School, One Book
Hugh Mercer and Lafayette students are enjoying participating in their One School, One Book reading initiative! Recently, Dr. Doucette and Mrs. Wheeler boarded the OSOB Bus to visit city neighborhoods delivering packages for those students who could not come pick them up. The OSOB Bus was decorated with…. HAMSTERS!
Mobile Feeding Program
The FCPS Mobile Feeding program currently has over 29 meal distribution sites throughout the city. Distribution sites will be evaluated weekly and adjustments will be posted accordingly.