Washington Capitals host ribbon cutting in Winchester, donate supplies to schools

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The Washington Capitals and Frederick County Public Schools will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new outdoor ball hockey/inline hockey rink at James Wood Middle School on Saturday at 11 am.

As part of the debut of the rink, the Capitals announced they are donating hockey equipment and instructional materials to all 16 public elementary and middle schools in the county.

After the ceremony, the Capitals and mascot Slapshot will host a Free Ball Hockey Clinic as part of the Capitals Try Hockey for Free initiative and following the clinic, the Top of Virginia Hockey Alliance will host a free pickup game.

The Alliance has used the location as their home rink since it opened in fall of 2021, but the ceremony was delayed due to the pandemic.

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FCPS appoints two new administrators

Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent George Hummer announced the appointment of two new administrators.

Ms. Kristine Hickey succeeds Dr. Jessica Nail as the new principal of Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School.

She has worked in education for 30 years, most recently as an assistant principal at James Wood Middle and Sherando High.

Dr. Robin Shrum will replace Kellie Solenberger as assistant principal at Middletown Elementary.

She previously held a variety of roles in Shenandoah County Public Schools, starting as a music teacher before advancing to assistant principal, principal, and last year served as the district’s special education administrator.

Superintendent George Hummer spoke on the decision stating, “We are thrilled to recognize Ms. Hickey and Dr. Shrum in their new roles. They both have a wealth of experience in education and a strong commitment to student success. I have no doubt they will continue the strong leadership foundation already established at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School and Middletown Elementary School.”

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Community and Safety Fair in Winchester

Bright Futures of Winchester and Frederick County are hosting a Community and Safety Fair today from 11:00 am to 3 pm at James Wood Middle School.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Winchester Fire and Rescue will bring some of their specialty vehicles and law enforcement apparatus for children to learn about and explore.

They will also have live demonstrations with their K9 team and drones.

There will also be music, food, a dunk tank and a kids zone.

An acknowledgment and moment of silence for the attacks on September 11th will take place at noon.

Please bring canned goods or nonperishable food to support the Bright Futures food drive.

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FCPS recognizes support staff

Frederick County Public Schools Interim Superintendent John Lamanna recognized five outstanding support staff employees with the school division’s yearly awards.

Ed Lambert was named Bus Driver of the Year for his service to students over the last 15 years at Greenwood Mill Elementary School and Millbrook High School.

Zach Stiles received the Gala Award as the Security Officer for James Wood High School.

The Macintosh Award was presented to Amy Peschken who is an instructional assistant at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School.

The Rome Award for school nutrition services staff was given to Amber Hammons of James Wood Middle School.

The winner of the York Award, which is designated for specialists, is Brandy Bennett at Senseny Road School.

The recipients of each award received $500 and a plaque.

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Community Safety Fair

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Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Bright Futures Frederick-Winchester are coming together for a community safety fair.

The event is held at James Wood Middle School today from 11 am to 3 pm.

This is a great chance to interact with first responders, law enforcement, and military members, check out some of their equipment, and learn some important safety tips.

The Frederick County Sheriff departments K9 team, Winchester Fire and Rescue Drones and Shenandoah Electric will have demonstrations.

Winchester Medical Center will provide hands-on CPR lessons.

There will also be food and craft vendors, music, a Kids Zone, and a dunk tank featuring some community leaders. 

Make sure to bring a nonperishable good for the food drive which will benefit Bright Futures.

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Winchester’s Public Safety Team holds a safety fair this Saturday 9/11

A Community Safety Fair will be held this Sat. Sept. 11 at the James Wood Middle School.

The school is located at 1313 Amherst St. Winchester with the event held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Winchester Police Officers and Winchester Fire and Rescue Personnel will be on hand with demonstrations and equipment on display.

The event is put on by the Winchester Public Safety Team and includes activities for the entire family.

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