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Calendar PromoSchool Board Approves 2017-18 Calendar
February 21, 2017
The 2017-18 School Calendar has been set. The first day of school for students is August 16.


AP Test Information GraphicAP Test Registration
February 20, 2017
Students may register to take Advanced Placement (AP) exams from February 21-March 16. Exams will be administered in May. Contact the guidance department.


Spring Sports Tryouts Begin February 20
February 16, 2017
Tryouts for JV and Varsity Baseball and Softball, JV and Varsity Girls' and Boys' Soccer, Boys' and Girls' Tennis, and Girls' and Boys' Track & Field will begin on Monday, February 20. Any athlete wishing to participate in tryouts must have an approved 2016-17 VHSL physical on file. Also, athletes and parents must have signed and returned the FCPS Student-Athlete Handbook agreement and emergency information page. The FCPS participation fee of $75.00 will be due prior to the first regular season contest. View the full tryout schedule.


Dr. Sovine and Amanda Christian at James Wood High SchoolDr. Sovine's Shadow a Student Experience
February 15, 2017
On February 2, 2017, Frederick County Schools Superintendent David Sovine participated in the Shadow a Student Challenge by shadowing James Wood High School senior Amanda Christian as she participated in classes, extracurricular activities and basketball practice. In this video, Dr. Sovine and Christian discuss the day they enjoyed together and what they learned from the experience.


2017-18 CTE Program Application
February 13, 2017
Students interested in applying for Career and Technical courses at Dowell J. Howard for the 2017-18 school year, must complete and submit their application by March 1, 2017 (extended from original February 1 deadline).


Promo Image for FCPS NewsletterFCPS Focus
February 10, 2017
The latest edition of FCPS Focus is available.




FY18 Proposed Budget ImageDr. Sovine Presents FY18 Proposed Budget
February 7, 2017
Schools Superintendent David Sovine presented his proposed FY18 budget to the School Board on February 7.


James Wood Athletic Pass Prices Reduced
Yearly athletic passes for the 2017-2017 school year will be pro-rated for the spring sports season starting February 8. Passes are valid for all regular season home events during the 2016-17 school year (not including post-season games). Adult passes will now be $25 and student passes (ages 6 and up) are $15. These passes provide substantial savings from the $5 admission to single games at the gate. Please contact the Athletic Department at 540-667-5226 to arrange for your passes, or you can purchase at the ticket counter of all home games.


Aaron Black Is FCPS Student Athlete of the Month
February 6, 2017
Aaron is an outstanding contributor to the JW community who is undefeated so far this season in Wrestling. Aaron is recognized for his persistence & hard work, academic excellence, as well as his great respect for everyone with whom he has contact. Congratulations, Aaron!


School BusesSchool Bus Drivers Needed
February 3, 2017
Learn more about becoming a Frederick County Public Schools bus driver.




FCPS School BoardFebruary Is School Board Appreciation Month
February 1, 2017
The Frederick County School Board plays a vital role in our schools. This month we will be recognizing our School Board members and the ways they serve FCPS schools and our community.


FCPS Spotlight: Bailey's Closet
February 1, 2017
James Wood High School junior Cassie Sparrow created "Bailey's Closet" to help girls look their best for prom and keep the memory of her friend Bailey Huffman alive. JWHS students are invited to contact Cassie to arrange for a visit to Bailey's Closet and choose from a collection of formal dresses, shoes and jewelry. Dresses are provided on loan for a small fee to cover dry cleaning, because "every girl should feel beautiful."


Dr. Sovine reading to studentsSchool Board Extends Dr. Sovine's Contract
January 17, 2017
The Frederick County School Board has extended the contract of Superintendent David Sovine through June 30, 2021.


Calendar Make-up Day Information News Item2016-17 Make-up Day Information
January 12, 2017
In response to inquiries regarding the 2016-17 school calendar and the last day of school in June, the school division has released a statement explaining how inclement weather days will be made up this year.


JWHS Campus Traffic Concerns
January 11, 2017
Traffic on the James Wood High School campus is a growing concern and we need the assistance of everyone driving on campus to help keep our students and staff safe. When exiting the JWHS campus via Woodside Place to Apple Pie Ridge Road, please adhere to the 25 mph speed limit. In addition, we ask that you yield to any vehicles turning left onto Woodside Place from Woodcrest Drive at the intersection of those two roads. Thank you.


FCPS Launches 2017 General Assembly Web Page
January 10, 2017
The 2017 General Assembly convenes January 11. Learn more about state legislation that could impact Frederick County Public Schools and how you can be an advocate for education.


Important Parking Information for All After School Activities and Athletic Events
December 12, 2016
Effective immediately, anyone attending an after school activity or athletic event will be required to park in a designated parking space. Any vehicle parked in a FIRE LANE, along any road leading to or from the school, football stadium, softball field, or any other nonparking space will be ticketed and subject to towing at the registered owner's expense, by order of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department, the Frederick County Fire Marshall's Office, the Virginia State Police, or any other local, state, or federal law enforcement agency. All Fire Lanes and access roads must be kept open and free of vehicles in the event of an emergency so FIRST RESPONDERS can easily and efficiently access the school building, football stadium, and any other area of the James Wood High School campus. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring school safety.


Promo Image for Adoption of 2018-23 Capital Improvement PlanFrederick County School Board Adopts 2018-23 Capital Improvement Plan
December 7, 2016
The Capital Improvement Plan adopted by the School Board on December 6 includes three top priorities: construction of a fourth high school, the Armel Elementary School addition/renovation and the construction of a 12th elementary school. Each of these projects is needed to address current overcrowding and future enrollment growth.


Promo image that says "watch this video"Website Introduction Video
October 28, 2016
Prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year, Frederick County Public Schools unveiled a new division website as well as new school websites. This video provides an overview of the new websites and how to access important information.


Promo Image for Annual Report2015-16 Annual Report
September 30, 2016
The Frederick County Public Schools Annual Report highlights accomplishments made by the School Board, students and staff in the 2015-16 school year.

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