Weekly Update from Dr. Doucette - January 13

Photo of Dr. Doucette from HMES.

Happy New Year Patriot families!

January is upon us!  Yikes, what a messy start with so much snow! 

We’re hopeful everyone is staying warm and having a great week.  We are excited to begin a new year together and looking forward to a wonderful 2022.  

HMES January Dates to Know:

January 13 - 28 PALS assessments K-3 

January 17 - No School - Martin Luther King Day

January 18 - Report Cards go home (grades 3-5 look for a letter regarding Virginia Assessment Parent Portal) 

January 18 - Grade 5 MAP reading test 

January 19 - Grade 4 MAP reading test 

January 20 - Parent Teacher Conference night (contact your child’s teacher if you’d like to schedule a zoom conference)

January 20-21 - Virtual VA students MAP test at HM

January 24 - Students do not report - Asynchronous Day

January 24 - 5:00 PM - Grades 3 - 12 Parent Webinar FEV Tutoring (sign up if interested on FCPS website)

January 25 - Grades 3 and 5 MAP math test

January 26 - Grades 2 and 4 MAP math test

January 27 - Grade 1 MAP math test

January 28 - MAP make up testing 

*Summer School will be June 6 - July 27 (Monday - Thursday)

  • No school July 4 and 5 
  • K-5 Summer School will be at HMES
  • More to come on how to register your student for Summer School 

COVID Information: 

If your child is ill or has been exposed to COVID 19,  please don’t send them to school.  If they test positive for COVID-19, please call the school at 540-372-1115 and keep them at home.  If your child is waiting for test results, please keep them home as well.  

Please, call the school if someone in your home has tested positive for COVID or if your child has been exposed and keep them at home until you speak with our team.  

If your child has to stay home due to quarantine or isolation, please call us and communicate with your child’s teacher.  We will be sure your child has work from school, their laptop/ipad, and that they are enrolled in our virtual learning experience “Second Shift Teaching”.  A Second Shift teacher will zoom with your student after-school hours.  Let your child’s teacher know if you need more information on Second Shift, if your child must stay home due to COVID-19.   Please, reach out to your child’s teacher to be sure your child’s device is with them for Second Shift as well.  

Please, see our divisions protocols here (and on the website)

COVID Information - Fredericksburg City Schools (fxbgschools.us)

Thank you again for your partnership.  Our students are AMAZING and we are so excited to kick off 2022 together and share the great opportunities a new year brings.  Please, call us if there is anything we can do to support your family.  


Kim Doucette, Principal