Fluvanna County High School

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Grades 8-12

Principal: Margo Bruce
1918 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Palmyra, Va 22963
Phone: 434-589-3666
FAX: 434-591-2075

Instructional Hours: 8:40 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Student Drop-off Starting at 8:20 a.m.
Student Pick-up Starting at 3:45 p.m.

Attendance Email:  fchs-attendance@apps.fluco.org

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Dual Enrollment English and Biology Textbooks Available for Review

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 bgilliam@apps.fluco.org or (434) 589-8208.

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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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Fluvanna County High School is Accepting Applications for the 2021 Paul W. Bragg Scholarship

Alexander Pellicane

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.

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FCPS November 2020 Return to School

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. 

West Central Primary and Central Elementary

Carysbrook Elementary

Fluvanna Middle School

Fluvanna County High School

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.

Hybrid Model

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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Troy Stephens

Troy Stephens, FCHS Class of 2021

PRESS RELEASE – October 1, 2020

Fluvanna County High School announced today Troy Stephens has been named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.  A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented to this scholastically talented senior.

Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, commended Students place among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/MNSQT®).

Troy is the son of Troy Stephens and Rachel Kelly of Kents Store.  He is a member of the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School (BRVGS).  He competes in track, cross country, lacrosse, basketball, and baseball.  He is a member of the Beta, Trebuchet, Interact Clubs and is a Boy Scout.  Troy has been recognized by the High School staff for excellence in:  Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, and Pre-Calculus.  Troy plans to major in physics and applied mathematics at the collegiate level.  He is applying to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and California Institute of Technology.

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.”

Troy joins a list of academically talented students from Fluvanna County High School who have received National Merit Recognition including:

Claire Kent (2020)- National Merit Commended, University of Virginia
Liam Bridge (2018)- National Merit Commended, York College of Pennsylvania
Bayley Leshon (2018)- National Merit Commended, College of William and Mary
Harrison Lee (2017)- National Merit Finalist, Carnegie Melon Institute
Jonathan Corbin (2016)- National Merit Finalist, U.S. Naval Academy

For additional information about PSAT testing at the High School, contact Angie Blevins, School Testing Coordinator at ablevins@apps.fluco.org or 434-589-3666.

For more information about the National Merit®, contact Brenda Gilliam, Executive Director for Instruction and Finance at bgilliam@apps.fluco.org or 434-589-8208.

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Fluvanna Continues to Surpass the State Average for On-Time Graduation 2020 Cohort Report


PRESS RELEASE – September 30, 2020

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released state-level, division-level, and school-level cohort reports that detail outcomes for students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2016 and were scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2020. High school cohort reports for schools, school divisions, and the Commonwealth are available for viewing and downloading in the Virginia School Report Card section of the VDOE Web site:  http://www.doe.virginia.gov/statistics_reports/graduation_completion/cohort_reports/index.shtml

This is the twelfth calculation by the state of a longitudinal dropout rate, which tracks students beginning with their ninth-grade year, rather than an annual reporting for a particular school year. The graduation rate is indicative of those students who earned advanced, standard, special, or general achievement diplomas. Students earning a GED are not included in the calculation.  The dropout rate reflects those students who permanently left school and does not include students who are continuing to seek a diploma beyond the four years.

Fluvanna’s on-time graduation rate of 95.6 percent surpassed the state’s rate at 92.3 percent. The county’s dropout rate of 2 percent in 2020 was lower than the state’s average of 5.1 percent.

Compared with the 132 school divisions across the state of Virginia, Fluvanna ranks 26th for fewest dropouts and 28th for On-Time Graduation.

The state’s report disaggregates the graduation and dropout data to reflect student subgroups. Fluvanna exceeded the state’s performance in 13 of the 14 areas for on-time graduation and dropouts.

The tables below provides a breakout for all subgroups compared to the state and the previous year’s results.

Subgroup Cohort Graduate Dropout
2020 2019 2020 2019 2020 2019
Fluvanna Fluvanna State Fluvanna State Fluvanna State Fluvanna State
All Students 293 274 95.6% 92.3% 93.4% 1.8% 2.0% 5.1% 2.0% 5.5%
Female 146 132 99.3% 94.3% 93.9% 1.5% 0.0% 3.9% 0.7% 4.0%
Male 147 142 91.8% 90.5% 93.0% 2.1% 4.1% 6.3% 3.4% 6.9%
Black 49 49 89.8% 91.3% 91.8% 2.0% 4.1% 5.0% 2.3% 6.0%
White 222 197 96.4% 95.2% 94.9% 2.0% 1.8% 2.5% 2.2% 3.1%
Students with Disabilities 42 43 90.5% 90.4% 90.7% 2.3% 7.1% 7.6% 2.6% 9.5%
Disadvantaged Students 117 86 90.6% 89.1% 86.0% 3.5% 4.3% 6.8% 3.6% 7.8%


Fluvanna’s graduates earning an Advanced Studies Diploma was 53.9 percent, which was 8.6 percentage points higher than the previous year.  The Advanced Studies Diploma prepares students to enter higher education and requires additional credits in mathematics, laboratory science, and history and social sciences as compared with the Standard Diploma requirements.  The Advanced Studies Diploma also requires students to complete three years of foreign language and three additional Standards of Learning Tests.  The chart below outlines the diplomas awarded to the class of 2020.

Board Approved Diplomas

Class of 2020

  2020 2019 2018
  Fluvanna State Fluvanna State Fluvanna State
Total Diplomas 95.6% 92.3% 93.4% 91.5% 95.6% 91.6%
Advanced Studies 53.9% 51.8% 45.3% 51.5% 49.8% 52.0%
Standard 38.9% 38.1% 44.9% 37.2% 45.7% 39.6%
GED/Other 2.7% 2.6% 0.0% 3.9% 2.4% 2.9%

For additional information, contact Brenda Gilliam, Executive Director for Instruction and Finance, at 434-589-8208 or bgilliam@apps.fluco.org.

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Parent Feedback Survey: FCPS Revisiting Reopening Plans

Dear Fluco Families,

On Wednesday, October 14, 2020 our school board will be revisiting discussions regarding reopening plans, and we would like to provide them with updated feedback from our families now that we are a month into virtual learning. We will provide an additional update regarding our instructional plans following the meeting.

In accordance with our current COVID mitigation strategies, we would utilize our Hybrid Instructional plan to return to in-person learning two days per week. In this proposed hybrid model, the majority of our teachers will be assigned to either in-person or virtual/remote students. This will allow our teachers to focus their instructional efforts exclusively on one group, ensuring a quality experience for every student.  This means that your child may not have the same teacher they have had since September 8th.  Schools will communicate directly with families regarding teacher assignments.

There is a possibility of additional days per week for in-person instruction if classroom and bus capacity meets the criteria of our Health Mitigation PlanUltimately, the number of days that students will attend on-site will depend on the interest for in-person learning that we receive from families. Face mask coverings will continue to be required for all staff and students at all times, with the exceptions of designated mask breaks and outside activities. 

Please know that even if there is a decision to return to in-person learning, we will continue to provide the choice for virtual/remote learning to our families for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. We are requesting that you please complete this survey for each student in your household by October 6, 2020 to provide information regarding your instructional preference for your child.