Fluvanna County High School
Principal: Margo Bruce
1918 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Palmyra, Va 22963
Instructional Hours: 8:45 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Student Drop-off Starting at 8:25 a.m.
Student Pick-up Starting at 3:40 p.m.
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PRESS RELEASE – September 2, 2021
Over 2,000 schools participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program, a project-based learning experience valued by colleges and universities across the U.S. and around the world.
Palmyra, Virginia – At Fluvanna County High School, four students have earned the AP Capstone Diploma™ and two have earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™ during the 2020-21 school year. The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students to develop critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are critical to academic success.
“We proudly recognize the achievements of students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program,” said Brenda Gilliam, Executive Director for Instruction and Finance. “Our AP Capstone students and teachers showed extraordinary commitment while facing historic challenges. This is a meaningful college readiness program that will serve our students well after high school.”
To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams. To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. Students are increasingly participating in the AP Capstone program. Over 2,000 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide during the 2020-21 school year, when approximately 11,900 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma and 7,700 earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.
Unlike traditional AP subject exams with a single end-of-year assessment, AP Seminar and AP Research assessments are project based and evaluate skills mastery through group projects, presentations, and individual essays completed throughout the year. Instead of focusing on one specific academic discipline, AP Seminar and AP Research are interdisciplinary: students are empowered to create research projects based on topics of personal interest and they are assessed on the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills needed to complete their projects. At FCHS students focused their research on a range of topics, including: meta analysis research on effectiveness of cancer treatments, an original screenplay on dementia and accurate portrayals in film, postcolonial theory in animated television series, content analysis and deconstructionism in music, data analysis of Virginia high
school music libraries, and correlational studies on gerrymandering in Virginia’s voting districts.
“Congratulations to the AP Capstone award winners, who conduct, present, and defend academic research on topics they are passionate about,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “Their ability to manage long-term projects,
collaborate with teams, and deliver effective presentations will accelerate both their academic and professional careers.”
Of the students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program at FCHS:
● Four were awarded the AP Capstone Diploma by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on 4 additional AP Exams. They are Jacob Collier, Tyler Harris, Grace Lintecum, and Nat Scida.
● Two were awarded the AP Seminar and Research Certificate by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. They are Addison Roth and Conner Small.
The College Board Advanced Placement® Program gives students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school. A 3 or higher on an AP Exam has multiple benefits for students, including earning college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams, saving them time and money. Research shows AP students are better prepared for and more likely to enroll and remain in college, do well in classes, and earn their degrees on time. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams align with their high standards.
Good morning FLUCO parents:
To accommodate the bus arrival/dismissal situation, we will be starting classes at 8:45 and ending the day at 3:40 beginning August 23, 2021.
Any students dropped off prior to 8:25 must wait in the cafeteria.
At 8:25, students will report to their first block class.
Classes will start at 8:45 promptly.
Thank you for your understanding and have a great day.
August 9, 2021
Fluco staff and families,
With the intention of ensuring the availability of in-person learning in all school divisions in Virginia, lawmakers passed and Governor Northam signed into law Senate Bill 1303 on March 30, 2021. The law became effective July 1, 2021 and requires “requires each school board to provide such inperson instruction in a manner in which it adheres, to the maximum extent practicable, to any currently applicable mitigation strategies for early childhood care and education programs and elementary and secondary schools to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 that have been provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”. While it may have been an unintended consequence of ensuring schools open in person, this law removed the ability of local schools boards to make decisions about COVID mitigation strategies for their own communities.
This law and its specific reference to the requirement that we adhere to the mitigation strategies provided by the CDC, will require all students and staff to wear masks while indoors and on our school buses, regardless of their vaccination status when school starts on August 11th. We have consulted with our legal counsel and our liability insurance provider for additional advice as well.
The school board voted today to follow this law and adhere to the recommended mask requirement and will again discuss and consider this issue and other mitigations during the regularly scheduled meeting on August 11, 2021, at 6:30 PM.
Ultimately, we want to keep our schools safe, healthy, and open to as many and for as long as possible. We want our students to be able to enjoy learning in school with their teachers and peers, with minimal threat of quarantine or closure.
Let’s join together to create the best experience we can for our students, remaining fluid and flexible but always kee ing their best interest at heart.
Dr. Peter Gretz
PRESS RELEASE – June 15, 2021
At its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, the Fluvanna County School Board will consider adoption of the textbook committee’s recommendation for textbooks for Dual Enrollment English and Biology. These courses are offered for dual enrollment credit with Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Biological Science, Freeman, 7th Edition $182.20 ISBN: 013467832X
They Say I Say with Readings, 4th Edition $52.56 ISBN: 978-0-393-63168-5
The Little Seagull Handbook with Exercises, 3rd Edition $28.56 ISBN: 978-0-393-60264-7
Everyone’s an Author, 3rd Edition $67.57 ISBN: 0393420833
The recommended textbooks and instructional materials will be on public display at the School Board Office weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 15, through July 20, 2021. Questions about the evaluation and adoption process should be directed to Brenda Gilliam at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434) 589-8208.
Each school division that receives ARP ESSER III funds is required to submit a plan that describes how it will safely return to in-person instruction and ensure continuity of services, including school divisions that have already returned to in-person instruction. Please click here to review Fluvanna County Public School’s plan for the 2021-2022 school year. Questions about this plan should be directed to Gemma Soares, Director of Elementary Instruction and Federal Programs, at email@example.com or 434-589-8208. Public comment on this plan is also welcome at the June 9th school board meeting.
FCPS is continuing to work to decrease student achievement gaps and discipline while taking continual steps to increase access and opportunities for all of our students.
In order to gain a better perspective on our students’ thoughts, feelings, and concerns about equity and inclusion within our schools, we will be conducting a survey of students in grades 6-12 during the week of May 24th, 2021.
The information gathered from the survey will assist FCPS in understanding and improving our academic opportunities and social partnerships on each school’s campus.
We also believe that the data obtained from this survey will be beneficial in helping to ensure all FCPS students feel included, understood, and valued.
There will be no identifiable information collected in these surveys and a copy of the survey will be on the FCPS website for your review.
Let your child’s school know if you do not want your child to participate in this survey by calling the front office and asking that your child opt out of this survey.
PRESS RELEASE – May 4, 2021
Palmyra, VA – Dr. Peter Gretz was appointed as the next superintendent of Fluvanna County Public Schools at tonight’s school board meeting. His new position will be effective July 1, 2021.
Gretz has 29 years of experience working in public education in Virginia. Gretz has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of curriculum instruction/student services, and assistant superintendent across Virginia in Washington County, Orange County, Buckingham County, Goochland County, and Middlesex County. Since 2016, he has served as the Superintendent for Middlesex County Public Schools.
“It is an honor and privilege to be chosen to serve the Fluvanna schools and community,” Gretz commented. “I look forward to joining an exceptional team and working together to maximize the potential of our schools. My family and I can’t wait to become active members of the Fluvanna community!”
Perrie Johnson, chair of the Fluvanna County School Board, believes Dr. Gretz’s experience will be a great asset for the division. She stated, “The Fluvanna School Board is excited to welcome Dr. Peter Gretz, a leader with years of experience as a successful superintendent and an inspirational vision for Fluvanna County Public Schools.”
Gretz earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Virginia Tech, a Master of Arts in Education Leadership from East Tennessee State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Emory and Henry College.
The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) assisted the school board with the superintendent search process.
Alexander Pellicane, Class of 2020 Bragg Scholarship Recipient
PRESS RELEASE – April 20, 2021
Fluvanna County High School is pleased to announce the availability of the Paul W. Bragg Scholarship Fund application. Established by Mr. Bragg’s will, and managed by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, the scholarship is meant “to provide undergraduate college assistance based on both need and merit to graduates of Fluvanna County High School.” The Paul W. Bragg Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee was formed to develop the eligibility rules, to develop the number of scholarships to be awarded in a given year and the amounts, to develop the application and submission procedures including deadlines, and to develop a brochure to publicize this scholarship fund.
Paul W. Bragg was a life-long resident of Fluvanna County, Virginia. He was born in Fluvanna in 1916 and lived his entire life in the family home at 1710 Middle Ford Road, where he died at age 87 on October 9, 2003. Mr. Bragg was a hard-working farmer, and he saved and invested wisely during his long life. He bequeathed the bulk of his considerable estate to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and directed the Foundation to establish a scholarship fund to benefit young people graduating from Fluvanna County High School.
The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and the Paul W. Bragg Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee are dedicated to carrying out Mr. Bragg’s wishes in perpetuity. The Foundation manages the Bragg Scholarship Fund as part of its permanent endowment and each year notifies the Committee as to how much income is available to provide for scholarships in that year. The Committee then selects recipients from among that year’s applicants. Since the first scholarship was awarded in 2006, there have been 197 recipients and over one million dollars in awards. These recipients have attended Vanderbilt, JMU, Lynchburg College, Mary Washington, PVCC, UVA, Virginia Tech, VCU, William and Mary, Longwood, Shenandoah, Tulane, Johnson and Wales, VMI, Liberty, University of Richmond, Amherst, West Virginia University, Randolph Macon, Radford, Utah State, and Christopher Newport.
This year $130,000 will be available in scholarship money to members of the Class of 2021. One $40,000 scholarship, four $10,000 scholarships, eight $5,000 scholarships, and five $2,000 scholarships will be announced at the awards night on June 15, 2021. Applications and scholarship requirements will be available in the Fluvanna County High School School Counseling Office and on their website – www.flucoschoolcounseling.weebly.com/scholarships. The deadline for receipt of completed application packets is Friday, May 14, 2021 at 4 p.m. The application and supplemental information should be sent to: Maureen Stonesifer, Fluvanna County High School, 1918 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, VA 22963.
Dear Fluco Families,
At their October meeting, the Fluvanna County School Board voted to resume in-person learning on November 5, 2020 under a hybrid model for all PreK-12 students. Families will still be given the choice to continue with the virtual learning option.
Our current instructional calendar will be adjusted slightly, and November 2nd-4th will now be scheduled staff days for teachers in order to prepare to make this shift from virtual to in-person learning. Additionally, January 29th will be a staff day to accommodate the semester change, and the second semester will begin February 1st.
The FCPS Health Mitigation Plan will be followed by all staff and students who attend in-person. Face mask coverings will continue to be required for all staff and students at all times, with the exception of designated mask breaks. Health screenings, temperature checks, and 6 feet social distancing will also be implemented.
Health mitigation strategies will also apply to FCPS provided transportation. In addition to required face coverings, social distancing on the buses will limit capacity to approximately one-third of our typical ability to transport. We are asking assistance from families to please consider transporting your child to and from school if you are able. Bus passes will not be issued due to the planning needs to ensure reduced capacity on our buses.
School instructional hours for hybrid in-person have been adjusted to accommodate for reduced capacity of transportation, teacher planning time and fatigue due to wearing face coverings for the duration of the school day:
- West Central Primary and Central Elementary 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Carysbrook Elementary and Fluvanna Middle School 7:45 am – 1:45 pm
- Fluvanna County High School 9:00 am – 3:25 pm
Under a revised hybrid model, students will continue to receive 5 days of instruction through in-person and/or virtual/remote. Wednesdays will now be a virtual/remote learning day at home for both “A” and “B” students to maintain 5 days of instruction each week. Every effort will be made to keep your student’s teachers the same; however, please know this will heavily depend upon the overall response we receive from parents. Schools will communicate directly with families regarding any changes in teacher assignments.
The following schedules are samples for in-person hybrid instruction. Virtual instruction will continue on a modified schedule in order to reduce the amount of screentime for students. These are samples. Your child’s school and teachers will be communicating updated schedules directly with families prior to November 2nd.
We are requesting that you please complete this intent form for each student in your household by October 20th regarding your instructional choice to move to a hybrid in-person instructional model, or remain virtual. A commitment of your choice for the remainder of the school year is needed in order to make preparations necessary to support family choice and the implementations of our health mitigation plan.
If you are choosing to return to in-person instruction under the hybrid model, please contact your child’s school if there have been any changes to emergency contacts or medical information.
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