News Archive

Attention Parents of upcoming Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors for Fall of 2015: 2015-16 Parent Scheduling Meetings will be Tuesday, February 10th  at 6:00 PM and Saturday, February 14 at 10:00 AM at FHS.  The meetings will begin with a short introduction in the auditorium and then parents and students will be able to attend breakout sessions featuring several different topics specific to students’ needs.  Topics will include FAFA, Unifies 30, Dual Enrollment, NCAA requirements, Career Technical Courses, Credit Advancement and much more.   Parents should make plans to attend one of the meetings in order help our students take advantage that all FHS has to offer.  

Bice: Change is coming to classrooms; innovation is key

Congratulations to Hannah Mokulis and Shelby Niedergeses for having the highest score on the second year American Chemical Society test for the UNA region.

Congratulations are also in order for James Ridgeway for having the highest score and Leah Smith for having the second highest score on the American Chemical Society test for first year chemistry students in the UNA region.

Each of the four students received a cash award, books, and scholarship offers.

The American Chemical Society test is given to all first and second year chemistry students. There were more than 1100 students who participated in the first year test in the three state UNA region which consists of northwest Alabama, northeast Mississippi, and south-central Tennessee. This is quite an accomplishment for these young chemists.

Additionally, if you shop at Big Star on Wood Avenue, congratulate Darius Asher (a 2013 graduate of FHS) for winning the CRC Press Outstanding Student Award. Darius was selected as the most outstanding freshman chemistry student at UNA. He currently has a 4.0 average overall.

Our students continue to represent us well. We were certainly the Number 1 high school at this awards ceremony.

FFC's FCCLA did a great job at state competition on Friday, March 14th in Montgomery, Al.  Three of the members will be representing Florence Freshman Center at National FCCLA Competition in San Antonio, TX this July.  Congratulations to these students and to their teacher, Lisa Arnett.


Canaan Starks- Chapter Program Review- Silver Medal, qualifying for nationals

Hynethia Todd and Kiauna Knight- Chapter Service Project Display- Bronze Medal

Kaitlyn Fennell- Career Investigations, Silver Medal

Destini Thompson and Erica Smith- Focus on Children, Silver Medal, qualifying for nationals

FFC students recently participated in the State Convention for Spanish this year. It was our school system's first time participating in this competition, and our students were OUTSTANDING! Please congratulate the following students, along with their teacher, Suzanne Lindley,  on their State win.  They devoted themselves enthusiastically to this competition.

2014  State Winners

Martha Howard - First Place - Poetry (level 2)

Miller Barnes - First Place - Poetry (level 2 special category)

Melissa Fisher - Third Place - Poetry (level 1)

Andrew Mitchell - First Place - Verbs (level 2)

Annisha Borah - Third Place - Verbs (level 2)

Quinn Raymond - Second Place- Grammar (level 2)

Noah Wagnon - Third Place - Grammar (level 2)

Caroline Niedergeses - Third Place - Grammar (level 1)

Anne Holland Lane and Vivian Mallett - Second Place Costume (Spain)

Christian Cervantes - Fourth Place 2-D Drawing (Bullfighter)

Keonna Fitzgerald and Jazmin Barocio - Fourth Place Dance (Flamenco)

Congratulations are in order for Thomas Crosslin, Amaryst Parks, and Thomas Solomon!

Tanner Crosslin is now a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program! This year there were approximately 1.5 million students across the country that entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by sitting for PSAT test as high school juniors.  Only the top 1% of those students across the country are recognized as semi-finalists, and only the top 80% of the semi-finalists are named as finalists!

Amaryst Parks and Thomas Solomon are Finalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program! Much like the National Merit Program, the National Achievement Scholarship Program honors African-American students who scored among the top 1% in the nation on the PSAT. There were only 1,600 students named as National Achievement semi-finalists this year, and only 1,280 students were announced as finalists! 

The National Merit and National Achievement programs will now begin selecting foundation scholarship recipients from the remaining pool of applicants. However, many colleges/universities already award very impressive scholarship packages to those who are named as finalists! We are so proud of these three students! They are all amazing and so deserving of this recognition!

In addition to the honor above, Amaryst Parks has been selected to attend the Finalist Weekend for the Brown Fellows Program at Centre College, where she will participate in a competitive interview process. She is one of only 44 students across the country named as a finalist for this program. There are ten Brown Fellowships available, each providing a full tuition/room and board scholarship, plus monetary stipends for individual summer enrichment experiences! Following their first year, all Brown Fellows will spend two weeks at Centre's program in Strasbourg, France. Rising third and fourth-year Fellows pursue individual leadership projects, funded up to $5,000.

To give you a better idea of how competitive this program is, take a look at the list of requirements in order to be considered:

While academic credentials alone are not sufficient to be selected as a Brown Fellow, typical finalists have the following credentials:
• The most difficult curriculum available at their
respective high schools
• Unweighted academic GPAs of 3.9—4.0
• ACT scores ranged from 32 to 36
• SAT critical reading and math scores ranged
from 1400 to 1600

This is a truly AMAZING program and opportunity! Please wish her the best of luck as she moves forward in this process!


KidCheck Plus Program

Through the annual KidCheck Plus program, students in grades 1 and 4 were administered health screenings which included basic health, vision, and dental screenings. The screenings occurred at Forest Hills, Harlan, and Weeden Elementary schools on Monday-Wednesday, February 3-5. This program, which is coordinated by Karen Williams RN, Lead Nurse for Florence City Schools, is affiliated with both the state and national KidCheck Plus network which is dedicated to the monitoring of issues related to the health and well being of children.

Sincere words of thanks are extended to the following individuals, agencies, and businesses who made this year’s KidCheck Plus program possible in our schools.

1.  Jenny Dawson MSN, DNP, UNA School of Nursing

2.  Sarah Logan RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CNE,  Northwest –Shoals Community College of Nursing

3.  Big Brothers Big Sisters

4. United Way Success by Six

5.  Alabama Department of Economic and Community  Affairs-Energy Division

6.  Listerhill Credit Union

7.  Southwire Company

8. Retired Seniors Volunteer Program

9. Texas Roadhouse

    Helen Keller Hospital


12.Advantage Family Care, Dr Jonathan Summers and Misty Coats CRNP

13.Rebecca Knox

14.Amy Yu

Congratulations to the Florence City Schools Culinary Program and teacher Marsha Carter.  The program was named one of the top 100 programs in the nation!

Noted Children's Author Visits Forest Hills Elementary and Entertains With a Message.

Awards of Excellence - 01.16.14

The Alabama Department of Archives and History awarded to Florence City Schools its only Local Government Records Commission award for 2013.

Awards of Excellence - 11.12.13

"SnapChat, and any app that provides disappearing pictures, messages, or text, is prohibited on all Florence City Schools student iPads.  Downloading SnapChat, or any similar app, will be a violation of use and will incur disciplinary action.  Students may continue to utilize iMessage and similar apps that offer exchange of text and pictures, but any app that is designed for disappearing text or pictures is prohibited."

Per AHSAA rules, only AHSAA issued passes will be honored for entry into state playoff games.  You must have your AHSAA pass with you and present it to the individual working the pass gate.  Flight cards, season passes, etc. will not be allowed for admission per AHSAA rules.  Season parking passes will be honored. 

We wish the Falcon Football team the best of luck!  Go Falcons!!! 

Alabama's Open Carry Gun Law & How it Relates to Florence City Schools

Congratulations to Nicholas Watts, Florence High School student, who has been chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall in February of


NAESP Foundation & MetLife Foundation Announce 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream Grant Winners

Awards of Excellence - 10/08/13

Awards of Excellence - 09/10/2013

Donors - KidCheck Program Information

Florence City School Memorabilia Room honored

In an agreement between UNA and FCS, and with the help of a private donor, 80 of our K-12 teachers and administrators will have the opportunity to attend graduate school over the next four years to obtain a masters or specialist degree in education at a significantly reduced cost to the individual

Rosenbaum House Adds Staging Area

For the second year, the Alabama Association of School Boards sponsored a video contest for Alabama high school students.  Participants submitted a video entitled "How Our School Achieves Excellence." Florence High School placed third in the competition!  Take a look at the videos here.

Congratulations to Adam Neill for winning the first annual Timmy Horton high school fishing tournament!  Add another $3000 to FHS's scholarship earnings!  Also, Ethan Rickard placed 3rd earning $1,500 in scholarship money and $500 for “Big Fish”!  Lake Blasingame and John Murphy helped the FHS team to an overall 3rd place finish.,206644

The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences has recognized Florence High School teacher Marsha Carter as the organization’s National Teacher of the Year.

Times Daily link - Click Here

1.  Congratulations to Florence High School faculty, staff, and administration on their second annual selection as a top US school as recognized by US News and World Report!

2.     In addition to the recognition by US News, Florence High School has also been listed in Newsweek’s top 2,000 schools in the nation.  Wow!

Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast analyzed the data from thousands of high schools to find the nations’ best. They recently announced their list of “America’s Best High Schools for 2013.” Florence High School was recognized in this year’s ranking that highlights the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation—those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads. The list is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).

3.  Dr. Janet Womack recently underwent her annual review conducted by the by the Board of Education and with input from school personnel and community members.  The near perfect review was released at a recent board meeting and reported in the Times-Daily.

Times Daily link


The Florence City Schools Memorabilia Room, which officially opened in the Burrell-Slater School building on November 1, 2012, has received a statewide honor. On April 29, 2013, Dr. Janet Womack received word from Mr. Tom Turley, a staff member at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, that the Local Governments Records Commission has chosen the Memorabilia Room as the recipient of the 2013 Records Management and Preservation Award.

The Memorabilia Room is the result of a partnership that includes the Florence City Council (funding for a new HVAC system); Mr. Charles Anderson (donation of all display shelving); Ms. Maray Daniel (overall design of the Room); alumni from Bradshaw and Coffee High Schools (preserving artifacts from the two schools and setting up the displays); and Mr. Dempsey Rutherford and other staff members from Brandon Elementary School (preserving artifacts from Brandon and other elementary schools). So, the recent award is a tribute to all who worked together to make the Memorabilia Room a reality.

In an agreement between UNA and FCS, and with the help of a private donor, 80 of our K-12 teachers and administrators will have the opportunity to attend graduate school over the next four years to obtain a masters or specialist degree in education at a significantly reduced cost to the individual.   The selected participants will begin graduate work this summer.  After an application and interview process, the following forty teachers and administrators chosen for the first official cohort of IMPACT 80 are:

Carolyn Adams
Carol Behel
Russell Belote
Stephane Bolton
Andrea Brewer
Scotty Brown
Emily Buffaloe
Sherry Chase
Katie Dalrymple
Stephen Darwin
Stuart Duncan
April Folden
Laurie Fowler
Daphnae Hogan

Shelia Holt
Julie Lane
Darrin Lett
Ashley Lopez
Jessica McCarley
Ashley McDaniel
Scott McKinnon
Susan Meyer
Stacy Newton
Holly Noles
Becky Odell
Heather Pounders
Susan Riedel
Veronica Robinson


Florence High School was recently recognized as a Banner School by the CLAS (Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools) association.  119 Alabama schools applied for the award, but only twelve were chosen.  Dr. Womack, Superintendent, Florence City Schools, Mrs. Lynne Hice, Principal, Florence High School, and members of her faculty and staff traveled to Montgomery to attend the luncheon and receive the award. 

Congratulations to Mrs. Hice and her outstanding faculty and staff for a job well done!


Congratulations to the FMS Scholar Bowl team and to their sponsor, Jacqueline Poole!  On April 12, 2013, the Florence Middle School Scholars Bowl Team competed in the Spring 2013 Knowledge Master Open Tournament.  THE RESULTS ARE STUPENDOUS !!!!!!!!!  The FMS Scholars  Bowl Team excelled from 5th place in the state of Alabama in the Fall 2012 Knowledge Master Open Tournament to 3rd place in the Spring 2013 Knowledge Master Open Tournament.

Student award for the whole region consisting of northwest Alabama, northeast Mississippi, and south central Tennessee. Davis won this honor by having the highest score on the American Chemical Society test administered by UNA.  Kacy Wilson was also honored for having the highest score at Florence High School.  Davis's teacher is Marilyn Williams, and Kacy's is Bo Culver.  Congratulations to both students and instructors!

Awards of Excellence -  April 9, 2013

District Parent Involvement Plan 2012-13

Florence Senior Named Finalist in International Poetry Competition

Falcon Football Team Visits Harlan Elementary

Florence Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) Chapter which won big at the recent TSA State Conference

Josie Perry Selected as a 2013 Young Hero of Alabama

Florence High student Josie Perry has been selected as a 2013 Young Hero of Alabama.  Out of hundreds of nominations, only five students were selected by a committee made up of Alabama business, civic and education leaders.  Josie was nominated by FHS teacher Dorlea Rikard.  Each of the Young Heroes will receive a $2,500 scholarship to the college/university of their choice, an I-Pad, and some other goodies. 

Within the next couple of weeks, Josie will be contacted by a representative of APT to come to Florence to film her story.  The collected vignettes will be broadcast on the evening of Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – in conjunction with the announcement of Alabama’s Teacher of the Year. A representative from APT will also be visiting the school and Josie to present her scholarship and other prizes.

Congratulations, Josie!  Florence has had several other Heroes over the years. If you would like to see the photos and bios of Young Heroes from years past, you may do so at this link:


Awards of Excellence - 03-12-2013

Congratulations to the Florence High School "Big Blue" Falcon Band for receiving the rating of "Superior" from all three concert judges and the sight-reading judge at the Alabama Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessment at UNA. This is the highest rating that concert bands can earn in the state of Alabama.  Way to go "Big Blue"!!

The Florence Science Olympiad teams competed at UAH on Saturday. Team 1 placed 3rd overall earning an opportunity for Florence to compete in the State Competition for the  seventh consecutive year!!

Florence High School team 1 came in only two points behind the second place team and finished third ahead of the fourth place team, Grissom High School, by a 27 point margin.

Congratulations to the following Science Olympiad Medalists:

1st  in Forensics- Alexis Batchelor and Roman Sherrod

2nd  in Fermi Questions- Rohit Borah and Roman Sherrod

2nd in Write it Do it – Amanda Lawrence and Sarah Mathews

3rd in Chemistry – Lee McLauglin and Roman Sherrod

3rd in Dynamic Planet – Sarah Mathews and Hannah Mokulis

3rd in Elastic Glider – David Marsh and Parth Patel

3rd in Material Science – Parth Patel and Roman Sherrod

3rd in Technical Problem Solving – Andrew Brown and Thomas Solomon

4th in Anatomy – Rohit Borah and Allen Mao

4th in Chemistry- Barry Flannery and Thomas Solomon

4th in Designer Genes – Amanda Lawrence and Amaryst Parks

4th in Experimental Design – Raymond Lee, David Marsh, Parth Patel

4th in Forestry – Rohit Borah and Allen Mao

4th in Gravity Vehicle – David Marsh and Parth Patel

4th in Magnetic Levitation device – Lee McLauglin and Raymond Lee

Honorable Mentions:

5th in Boomilever – David Marsh and Roman Sherrod

5th in Write it do it – Emily Shields and Leah Smith (freshman)

5th in Disease Detectives – Max Mao and Therese Solomon (freshman)

5th in Heredity – Mollie Murphy (freshman)


Thanks to Dr. Lisa Keys-Mathews for working with our students in remote sensing and dynamic planet during our night practices over the past several weeks.

Coaches are: 

Donna Bográn--FHS Science Olympiad Coach

FFC Coaches – Stephen Darwin and Ricky Taylor

FHS Assistant Coach – Robin Thompson

Florence High School Students Named in Prestigious Scholarship Programs

Florence City Schools is proud to announce the achievements of several Florence High School students.  Congratulations to Roman Sherrod for his recognition by the U. S. Department of Education as a semifinalist to become a member and scholarship recipient of the U. S. Presidential Scholars Program.  He will continue in the competition to become one of the 560 students in the nation that will be recognized as a Presidential Scholar. Roman has a perfect score on both the ACT and math and reading portions of the SAT.

Congratulations also to Roman, Rohit Borah, and Adam Schoenbachler for their selection as finalists by the National Merit Program, and to Juliette Stanley  for her selection as a National Achievement Finalist by the National Merit Program. Juliette is one of 1,280 national finalists.

Not only the students, but their families, their teachers, and their administrators as well are to be commended for the honors awarded to these outstanding individuals.

Left to right:  Roman Sherrod, Adam Shoenbachler, Rohit Borah

Juliette Stanley

At its annual meeting each January, Heritage Preservation, Inc. (HPI), a community-based historic preservation organization, presents its Capital Award to individuals in the community who have made significant contributions to historic preservation in the community within the past year.

At the annual meeting for this year held Sunday, January 20, the organization presented the Capital Award to Alex McDowell, a current student at Florence Freshman Center. As his Eagle Scout project, he and a group of his fellow Scouters designed and executed a really fine project at Florence City Cemetery. To finance it, he collected and sold hundreds of pounds of scrap metal. What an accomplishment!  

Congratulations, Alex.  We are proud of you!

Free Computer Classes - Begin January 2013  - Sign Up Now!!

Awards of Excellence - November 13, 2012

Awards of Excellence - October 9, 2012

Florence City Schools congratulates six summer graduates of Florence High School

Construction of the new Florence Freshman Center will begin in the next few weeks.
The school will open on the campus of Florence High School in the school year 2013-14. 

Awards of Excellence - 05.08.12

Approved action from the Florence City Schools Board of Education Meeting held on April 20, 2012

Court Leave Policy Revision

Awards of Excellence - 04.10.12

Digital Device Requirements for Students

FCS Board approves 2012-2013 Calendar

2012-2013 Support Staff Schedule

Fee Schedule - 2012-2013

KidCheck Partnerships Information

Awards of Excellence - 02.14.2012

Board-approved, revised iPad/Netbook

Awards of Excellence - December 2011

Interpretations of the Revised Ethics Law as Relates to the Alabama Association of School Boards - Advisory Opinion No. 2011-12

Continuous Improvement Plans may be found on each school's main page under Title I Information or Continuous Improvement

Mid-Term Exam Schedule Released - 11.03.11

Awards of Excellence - October 11, 2011

iPads for Florence City Schools - News story link from WHNT-TV 19

Awards of Excellence - September 13, 2011

Taylor Hester, a Florence student, being interviewed in Savannah Georgia after winning third place in the International Fashion Competition

2011-2012 FCS Arts Department Performance Calendar

Florence City Schools named "What Parents Want" award for 17th year

Awards of Excellence - May 10, 2011

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Awards of Excellence - April 7, 2011

2010-11 Final Exam Schedule Announced

Awards of Excellence - 02-08-2011

The Orchestra will be hosting Spirit Night fundraisers at the Chick-fil-A INSIDE Regency Square Mall from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on the following dates:
Feb 24 - March 24 - April 28 - May 26

Elks Lodge Donates Dictionaries to all 3rd Graders in FCS




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