The FCMS PTO holds meetings in the school Community Room (on the right when you walk in the front doors) every 2nd Wednesday and begin at 7:00 pm. Meetings end promptly at 8:00 pm. Agendas and meeting minutes are posted on the FCMS PTO Facebook page. The leadership team for the group encourages all parents to participate through the support of events, volunteering when they have time (whether it is once or regularly), and/or sharing ideas. If you are unable to attend in-person, you can attend by phone or using your computer or mobile device. Sign up for the PTO email list on our Facebook page to receive the call-in or login information for meetings each month.

Why be a part of the PTO?
  • Your scholar will thank you for it.
  • Your time will be valued.
  • You won’t be asked or expected to do more than you have time for or are interested in doing.
  • You get to find out about events at the school before they are advertised.
  • You can help and influence the way the PTO operates and is active within FCMS and the local community.
Learn about what FCMS PTO is doing on our Facebook page – keyword FCMSPTOVA. Contact the PTO at

Text message updates via Remind on your phone available by adding your scholar’s grade code to your Remind account on your phone or by texting your scholar’s grade code to 81010. Codes are:
  • Class of 2024 (8th grade) - @9gfcfh
  • Class of 2025 (7th grade) - @8dh4f9
  • Class of 2026 (6th grade) - @ek99kh
FCMS PTO Officers for the 2019-2020 School Year
President – Karen Dredske
Vice President – open
Treasurer – Catherine Miller
Secretary – open
Principal – Jerry Putt
6th grade teacher representative – Catherine Miller
7th grade teacher representative – Kalena Carter
8th grade teacher representative – Suzanne Miller

Please consider volunteering for an open leadership position and make a difference in our organization and in your scholar’s school experience. Additional volunteers needed to assist with PTO communications (email, social media) and event promotions (creating and distributing flyers), and fundraising (ideas and implementation). Please support us with your participation whether it is for a single event or for all events over the year. The more people that participate the less work for each person.

Meeting Dates
Any changes to meeting dates will be posted on the PTO Facebook page. The dates for the 2019-2020 School year PTO Meetings are:

September 11 – Fall Festival planning
October 9 – Fall Festival planning
November 13 – Winter dance planning
December 11 – Cold weather event planning

January 8 – Valentines Dance planning
February 12 – Discount Card fundraiser planning
March 12 – Landscape Day planning
April 8 – planning for Teacher Appreciation and 8th grade Graduation Reception
May 13 – Officers Election
June 10 – Installation of Officers for 2020-2021 school year

Upcoming Events
Monthly Star Parties begin Friday, August 23. Each event will have a short presentation followed by an opportunity to look through an amazing telescope at the planets, stars, nebulae and more in outer space. Each Star Party has a scheduled rain date the following week in the event of inclement weather. They are scheduled for
  • August 23 (8:30 p.m.)
  • September 20 (8:00 p.m.)
  • October 25 (7:15 p.m.)
  • November 22 (5:45 p.m.)
  • March 20 (8:00 p.m.)
  • April 24 (8:45 p.m.)
  • May 29 (9:30 p.m.)
Refreshments will be available. Volunteers to provide baked goods and to sell refreshments are needed. Check out Facebook page for a link to each event on SignUp Genius to help out.

Tuesday September 3, FCMS Spirit Night at Packs on Route 522 from 6pm – close. A portion of the sales is donated to the PTO to support events for scholars.

Saturday, October 19th from 5:00-9:00pm will be our 2nd ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL. Come check out the Haunted Hallway and the Spooky School Bus. Enjoy a hayride, bouncy house, carnival games and more. Enjoy Shaffers BBQ and ice cream from Coffee and Creamy food trucks. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and much more. There will be something there for the entire family. We are looking for families, organizations or businesses who would like to decorate and “haunt” a section of the Haunted Hallway. (In return we will be displaying your organization or business information. Email us at Volunteers to provide baskets for the silent auction are needed as well as volunteers for setup, clean-up, and assistance during the event. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information at and details on the fun that will be happening.

October 23 is Spirit Night at Chipotle in Winchester from 4:00-8:00pm. Let them know you are from FCMS and a portion of sales are donated to the PTO to support events for scholars.

Join us for Spirit Night at Ledo Pizza in Winchester on November 19, January 7 and March 4 from 5-8 p.m. Show everyone how much you love your school. Be sure to mention Frederick County Middle School when you order, and you will receive a coupon for a FREE 8” cheese pizza. About Frederick County Middle School Parent Teacher Organization (FCMS PTO)

The Frederick County Middle School Parent Teacher Organization (FCMS PTO) is a 501c3 non-profit formed in 2018 with the objective of developing a close partnership with all FCMS staff and parents to foster a community based positive learning environment for our children. We support our scholars, their faculty and staff, and our community. All parents of students at FCMS are members of the FCMS PTO if have an interest and believe in the objectives and policies of this group.
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