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.
Attendance Email: email@example.com
NOTE: Access to Faculty Announcements requires a valid FCPS staff account. Parents can view announcements via Parent Portal
Graduating students who plan to enroll in an institution of higher education next year should expect to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There will be a FAFSA Night held at the high school on Tuesday, October 26 from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Career Center, staffed by Virginia College Advisers. Students that participate in FAFSA Night are able to enter to win one of five $1,000 statewide scholarships for participating.
For those of you that plan to attend FAFSA Night, bring your chromebook, complete the registration form https://
PRESS RELEASE – October 1, 2021
October is World Bullying Prevention Month and Fluvanna County High School is asking our students to participate in activities that bring our school community together. The goal of these activities is to encourage students to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages. For the entire month, the school will participate in several activities to bring our students together.
Monday 10/4- #BlueUp Against Bullying
Flucos come together as we ask everyone to wear a BLUE SHIRT and join us in solidarity to stop bullying and cyberbullying!
Student Leaders will be creating positive messages on sticky notes and passing them out to our students throughout the day.
Friday 10/22 Stomp Out Bullying
As part of the homecoming festivities planned for Friday, we will be stomping out bullying as we get ready for the game that night.
Wednesday 10/27-Nobody Eats Alone
Don’t let anyone eat alone during lunch. Invite someone you don’t know to join you at your lunch table, start a conversation, and get to know your classmates better!
The more awareness that is created during the month of October — and all year round, Fluvanna is one step closer to putting an end to bullying!
For more information about activities contact Mr. Kyle Gravitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-589-3666.
PRESS RELEASE – September 30, 2021
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 2017 and were scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2021. 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: https://www.doe.virginia.gov/news/news_releases/2021/09-30-21-graduation.docx
This is the thirteenth 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 95.3 percent surpassed the state’s rate at 93 percent. The county’s dropout rate of 2.5 percent in 2021 was lower than the state’s average of 4.3 percent.
The state’s report disaggregates the graduation and dropout data to reflect student subgroups. Fluvanna exceeded the state’s performance in six of seven areas for on-time graduation. Fluvanna saw an increase of 10.2 percentage points, from the previous year, in the area of black students graduating on time boasting a 100 percent rate for this subgroup.
The table below provide a breakout for all subgroups compared to state and the previous year’s results.
|Students with Disabilities||41||43||90.2%||90.7%||90.7%||90.4%||7.3%||7.3%||7.0%||7.6%|
Fluvanna’s graduates earning an Advanced Studies Diploma was 51.8 percent. 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 2021.
|Board Approved Diplomas
Class of 2021
For additional information, contact Brenda Gilliam, Executive Director for Instruction and Finance, at 434-589-8208 or email@example.com.
Application for Second Semester 2021-2022 Full Time Virtual Learning In partnership with the Virtual Virginia Program
Fluvanna County Public Schools is continuing to partner with Virtual Virginia to provide a virtual learning option for the second semester for the 2021-2022 school year. Virtual Virginia is a program of the Virginia Department of Education and serves students in grades K-12 throughout the state of Virginia who wish to participate in a full-time virtual program.
- Virtual Virginia Webpage
- Virtual Virginia K-5 Information
- Virtual Virginia 6-12 Information
- Virtual Virginia – Successful Online Student Flyer
Students who are accepted into this program will remain enrolled in Fluvanna County Public Schools and can participate in all school sponsored sports, clubs, and activities. Teachers in the program are employed by Virtual Virginia and are not connected to a student’s home school. Students in the program learn alongside peers from other school divisions throughout the state using Virtual Virginia’s Canvas learning management system. Sample student schedules can be found on the Virtual Virginia website.
Students must be able to participate in daily synchronous instruction with their camera turned on, as well as have the ability to work independently to complete asynchronous assignments. Applications will be evaluated using the criteria listed below:
- Student meets academic course requirements by earning passing grades in all core courses (English, math, science, social studies), and demonstrated success with virtual learning in the 2020-2021 school year.
- Student exhibits adequate attendance by having 10 or fewer daily absences (excused or unexcused) in the 2020-2021 school year, and continues to exhibit adequate daily attendance.
- Student is eligible for Virtual Virginia’s course offerings as determined by the student’s course of study.
- It is important to note that students and families interested in virtual learning for the second semester should plan for a commitment for the remainder of 2021-2022 academic year.
Students with exceptional learning needs who are approved to participate in the full-time Virtual Virginia program will receive services through Fluvanna County Public Schools using the Google Meet/Google Classroom learning management system. Students with IEP’s and Section 504 Plans may be required to attend additional synchronous online instruction to receive related services and support from an appropriately licensed Fluvanna County Public Schools teacher.
If you would like your student to be considered for the Virtual Virginia program for the second semester of the 2021-2022 school year, please complete this application by October 15, 2021. Current Virtual Virginia students do not need to reapply.
Fluvanna County High School Seniors Mackenzie Swain and Rachel Warden Named 2022 National Merit® Commended
Left to Right: Maureen Stonesifer, School Counselor; Margo Bruce, Principal; Rachel Warden; Mackenzie Swain; Chris Roberson, School Counselor
PRESS RELEASE – September 23, 2021
Margo Bruce, Principal at Fluvanna County High School, announced today that FCHS seniors Mackenzie Swain and Rachel Warden each have been named a Commended Student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented to Mackenzie and Rachel.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2022 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson from 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. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
Mackenzie Swain is a Governor’s Early College Scholar and a member of Beta Club. She enjoys dog sitting, parks and rec softball, reading, baking, and excels at art. She is also working on starting a new club at school.
Rachel Warden is in the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School, an AP Capstone candidate, and a Governor’s Early College Scholar candidate. She is Student Government Association secretary this year. She is a member of Beta Club, YOVASO Club Vice President, and Political Awareness Club Vice President. Rachel runs varsity track and has competed at the state level. She is a dietary aide and volunteer at Our Lady of Peace, pet and babysits, and enjoys playing the piano.
Mackenzie and Rachel join a list of academically talented students from Fluvanna County High School who have received National Merit Recognition, including:
Troy Stephens (2021) – National Merit Commended, Georgia Institute of Technology
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-589-3666.
For additional information about the National Merit Scholarship Program, contact Brenda Gilliam, Executive Director for Instruction and Finance, at email@example.com or 434-589-8208.
Pay School Fees Online! Register Today!
Fluvanna County Public Schools is excited to announce that your child’s school now offers a new and preferred method of payment for all school fees. SchoolCash Online is a safe and secure form of online payment that allows you to pay for your child’s school items, like field trips and spirit wear, from your hand-held device or computer, using Visa or Mastercard.
Register Now! By registering you will have the ability to:
- Keep track of your child’s school items and activity fees
- Check your account history
- View and print receipts
- Pay for school fees with the click of a button
For more information and to register, visit fluvanna.schoolcashonline.com. If you have any questions, please contact the school.
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.