Fluvanna Middle School

About FMS

Grades 5-7

Principal: Lara Dugolinsky
3717 Central Plains Road
Palmyra, VA 22963
Phone:  434-510-1000  FAX:  434-510-1019

Attendance Email:  fms-attendance@apps.fluco.org
Attendance:            434-510-1002

Instructional Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Student Drop-off Starting at 7:25 a.m.
Student Pick-up Starting at 2:45 p.m.

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FCPS Mask Requirement 8.9.2021

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

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2021-2022 Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

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 gsoares@apps.fluco.org or 434-589-8208. Public comment on this plan is also welcome at the June 9th school board meeting.  

Equity and Inclusion Survey

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.

Fluvanna County Public Schools Names New Superintendent

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.

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PRESS RELEASE – April 24, 2021

At a Fluvanna County School Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 12, 2021, the Fluvanna County School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Ms. Lara Dugolinksy as the new Fluvanna Middle School Principal (FMS).

“I am truly excited about Ms. Dugolinsky taking over the helm as the Fluvanna Middle School. Lara brings a wealth of experiences and knowledge to this position. She has been a wonderful asset to our school system and I know that she will continue to help us grow and move forward together for our children,” stated Chuck Winkler, Superintendent.

Ms. Dugolinky has been an Assistant Principal at FMS since January 1, 2019 and is a graduate of William Paterson University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Community Health. She also holds a Masters in Administration and Supervision as well as a Masters in Special Education from the University of Phoenix.

In addition to her experience in Fluvanna, Ms. Dugolinsky was the Administrator for Special Education in Hanover County along with being a special education teacher and Department Chair in Henrico County.

Ms. Dugolinsky has three children and enjoys spending time on Lake Gaston with family and friends.

“I could not be more excited to grow professionally at FMS. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with the staff, students and community for two years already and am looking forward to many more years of working together“ stated Ms. Dugolinsky.

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