Welcome From Dr. Sovine

August 17, 2020

Dear Students and Parents,

I extend a warm welcome to you as we begin the 2020–21 school year. I am looking forward to another year of opportunities to engage with you and to work together to achieve our vision of making Frederick County Public Schools an innovative community where caring relationships and authentic learning inspire all students.

Frederick County Public Schools is the 20th largest of 132 school divisions in Virginia. We serve nearly 14,000 students at our 19 schools and two learning centers. All of our schools are accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. We place a great deal of focus on nurturing all learners to realize their dreams and aspirations. In addition, we work to help all students learn the competencies that comprise the Frederick County Public Schools Portrait of a Graduate. These competencies, which are needed for students to be successful and "life ready" regardless of what they choose to pursue after earning their high school diploma, include communication; collaboration; learning how to learn; social and cultural empathy; flexibility, adaptability and resilience; creativity and innovation; and critical thinking and problem solving.

The Student and Parent Handbook sets forth the school division's rules and expectations for student conduct in our schools and provides other helpful information. Please recognize that although many of our policies, regulations and procedures are covered in the Student and Parent Handbook, there may be times when an administrator will be required to use his or her best professional judgment to address a situation or issue that is not clearly defined in this handbook.
 
I encourage you to review the Student and Parent Handbook and to discuss it with school personnel if you require clarification. Our staff is devoted to creating an environment of respect and acceptance where teachers and students can focus on teaching and learning.

I look forward to working with you to make this a successful school year.

Sincerely,

Dr. David T. Sovine
Superintendent