Community Gazette- 12/04/2022

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Glasgow Parents and Community:

Greetings! We are in the December month and the weather it brings is here! This weekend I spent time volunteering at the NABSE conference at the National Harbor. It was great to support and connect with other awesome educators from across the country. Thank you to all those who came out to Fridays Kick It Up Night at Glasgow MS! We have VGA Testing for Math coming up this week for the VDOE and there are two weeks left before Winter Break! 

Winter weather is here! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made. FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated. Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

This week I will be ho;ding a student panel with select students who have expressed interest in meeting with me to share concerns, ideas, thoughts and to ask questions.  The window is still open for students to express interest in participating. Ask your child to check Schoology to access the google form to express their interest in participating.  Only 20 students will be selected and students who are selected will be notified by email no later than WEdnesday December 7th,

You are also invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Dec 13, 2022 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: Virtual Parent Coffee - Tutor.Com. Register in advance for this webinar:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G5XlN3hOSJyEQs02NF6Q2Q

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Family Panel

Would you like to share your voice, your cultural background, and your school expectations with us?  The Equity Team is organizing a Family Panel and an interactive CT event  for January 26th from 9 -11 AM at Glasgow Middle School. We want to flip the dashboard and amplify your (parents’ and guardians’) voices at Glasgow. The goal is to listen to your perspectives around educational experiences, cultural backgrounds, and school expectations. 

This two hour event will have two parts.  The first hour will be a Family Panel, in which parents/guardians on the panel will be invited to volunteer to share with teachers and staff their educational experiences, cultural backgrounds, and school expectations.  The discussion will be facilitated by a moderator.  We are looking for six parents/guardians to volunteer for this panel.  

For the second hour, we plan to have an additional fourteen parents/guardians volunteers to work alongside Teacher Teams to develop next steps to ensure that we are creating learning environments that are equitable and respectful of our students’ diverse cultures.

   

To make this happen, we need you.  Please complete THIS Google Form if you would like to participate in the Family Panel,  work alongside a team of teachers of a specific content area, or suggest topics or questions for the parent panel.

If you have any questions about this event or want to volunteer, you can also contact Lauren Herr at [email protected]

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

  CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

On January 3rd-5th and 9th-10th our 8th Grade Civics classes will attend Finance Park near Irving Middle School. Finance Park is a simulation where students learn about making informed decisions to ensure lifelong success by having the opportunity to: 

  • -Align the realities of life – and personal choices – with financial stability
  • -Connect education and career decisions with income expectations
  • -Experience first-hand what it takes to make it

You can read more about this amazing program here

We need approximately 25 volunteers each day our school attends to run the full program. We are reaching out to the entire GMS community and asking for help! (you do not need to have an 8th grade student to volunteer!) If you can spare a day to support this amazing opportunity for our 8th graders, please contact Carmen Andersen at [email protected] 

  December 7th, afterschool volleyball game VS students! 

On December 7th, the 7th grade HPE classes will hold an after school volleyball tournament of champions for the winning teams from each class period.  During academic block, the teams will play elimination games. Students not playing in the game will report their academic sessions (2:25).  During Activity block(3:45), students will all go to gym to watch  the championship games. The winning team will then play the teachers! Questions, please contact [email protected]

 

After School Program Reminder

Glasgow Families! As a reminder, the After School program will not convene the week of December 12th-16th, 2022! We will resume the After School program on Wednesday, January 4th, 2023! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams [email protected]

  Picture Day

Pictures will be taken on December 8th and 9th. Students will be escorted to the lecture hall with their History or Civics teacher.  Use this link to create an account and purchase your package in advance.

  Science Fair Judges

The science team is currently seeking judges for school-based Science Fairs and the March Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Please see the attached flyer below and reach out to Michelle Gilligan ([email protected]) with questions/additional information. We appreciate your support!

 

 

 

  Get Ready for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

  COVID Diagnostic Testing Available Now

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 29 and 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

 

National Special Education Day is recognized each year on December 2. It commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975. We celebrate our teachers and staff who serve and support our students with special needs! 

Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

 

Bodhi Day, Thursday, December 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as “bodhi” in Sanskrit and Pali. Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum. 

 

The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. Schools are open on these days, however, the School Board has directed that certain events that cannot be made up at another time will not be held on these observance days. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

 

Native American Heritage Month

Rufus “Rick” Kelly knows he could do information technology work anywhere. However, the Fairfax County Public Schools’ senior technology specialist says his Native American roots and cultural upbringing led him to a 30-year career in public education. Read about Rick's path to FCPS

  Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

FCPS’ Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the many resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County not only for students, but also for adults and families. Information on Spring classes will be posted in March 2023. 
  Coat & Food Distribution Event

We are excited to announce that we are collaborating with Communities in Schools to host a winter jacket and food drive. As the weather gets colder and the holidays are nearing, we understand the needs increase during this time of year. This event will be held 12/15/2022 at Glasgow Middle School from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. There will be opportunities to connect with community resources as well. For this to be a success we will need your attendance. In addition to jackets, food will be available to assist with the holidays. Families are encouraged to bring large shopping bags to the distribution to be able to carry all their items. If there are any questions about this event, please reach out to our Site Coordinator Calvin Anderson ([email protected])

  Low-Cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students

VA DOE has provided the following resources to promote the federal Affordable Connectivity Program. 

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new FCC program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at AffordableConnectivity.gov or by calling 877-384-2575.

 

Student Vue and Parent Vue

All FCPS students have a Student Vue account. All student schedules are active and up to date in SIS Student Vue and SIS Parent Vue. If you do not have a SIS Parent Vue account, we strongly encourage you to sign up for an account. You can find directions on how to do so at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-registration. Once you have signed up for an account, you’ll need an activation code - which we will work as quickly as we can to provide to you. You can find a video that provides information on how to use SIS Parent Vue and all that you will be able to access with your account here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLwkkemipws.

  What You Can Do to Prevent Substance Misuse

It’s true, youth are more inclined to listen to their peers than their parents, this is part of the way the brain develops. When a baby is born, their brain’s sole responsibility is keeping them alive, then as they grow into adolescence, finding their tribe becomes important. Think of your top three happiest memories. What were you doing? How did you feel? Who was there? Each of these memories was likely a shared experience. You were laughing and smiling with loved ones, maybe food was even involved. Now think of your three worst memories. What was going on? How did you feel? Who was there? In each of these memories, you likely were alone or felt alone. 

Substance use becomes a problem for some because they either are alone or felt alone. Connection has been shown to be important in our everyday lives, again think of your happiest memories. Fairfax County’s “Three to Succeed” describes protective factors that youth need to achieve their higher selves. If a child has at least three of these protective factors, they are more likely to succeed in life: having high personal integrity, having community adults to talk to, performing community service, participating in extracurricular activities, having teachers recognize good work, and having parents available for help. What you notice is five of the six protective factors involve connection with someone else, the first protective factor describes connection with oneself. 

 

Here’s Some Helpful Resources:

Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse & Today’s Youth

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Substance Use Prevention & Encouraging Healthy Brain Development

REVIVE Training for Opioid Overdoses

FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS. 

 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE/ADDICTION PRESENTATION

Fairfax Prevention Coalition is hosting a presentation with guest speaker Aaron Weiner, PhD is licensed board certified psychologist and master addiction counselor. Dr. Weiner is a clinician, author, and frequent speaker on addiction treatment and related issues.  You are invited to register for the upcoming virtual presentation.  Please feel free to share this information with others as well. 

December 15th, 6:30pm-8:00pm

Drug Use and Popular Media – Talking with Teens

Register here: bit.ly/FPC-Dec15

 Visit the Family Engagement webpage for more resources.

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Community Gazette- 11/27/2022

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Glasgow Parents and Community:

Greetings! I hope everyone had a peaceful time with family and friends. Our family stayed in the DMV area and enjoyed the Watkins Regional Park Festival of Lights, FIFA World Cup and football games on TV. Our students are super pumped about the World Cup and I hope they watched their favorite games over the break! This past week, one of our 7th graders asked to help me out with the morning announcements! I love when our students want to practice their public speaking and get involved in their school! Also, thanks to all those who came out to the Justice Pyramid Superintendent Chat at Justice HS. We also heard from our School Board Member Dr. Anderson. Please see the pictures below.

KICK IT UP SOCCER NIGHT AT GLASGOW IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. Mark your Calendars for a new event at Glasgow – Indoor Soccer night! Friday, December 2nd, 2022, 5:30 to 9:00 PM at the Glasgow Main Gym. Enjoy the music, food for sale; …and the MAIN EVENT:

  • Indoor soccer games featuring 6th Grade/7th Grade/8th Grade Students vs Staff and Community Members (parents and families are welcome to play or support this event)!
  • We will need many volunteers the evening of the event, so please sign up I you can help (https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/967009900527070015/true#/invitation)
  • Food! Music! Soccer! You don't want to miss it!
  • Many thanks to Mr. Powell, Mr. Stuecheli, and Mr. Williams for supporting our inaugural Kick It Up community event.

*Please note there is an admission fee of $5.00. However, there is no charge for children 5 years of age and under. You are also invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Dec 13, 2022 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: Virtual Parent Coffee - Tutor.Com. Register in advance for this webinar:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G5XlN3hOSJyEQs02NF6Q2Q

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

 

Student Prayer 

Per FCPS Policy, Glasgow provides accommodations for students who request time and space during the school day for prayer. Students may have the opportunity to pray  before dismissal at the end of the day in a designated, supervised area of our school. Students interested in this opportunity for prayer should come to student services to pick up an orange pass.  If your child would like to participate in this supervised prayer opportunity at Glasgow, please encourage them to stop by Student Services for a prayer pass.  

 

Upcoming Lesson During Panther Time- Sexual Harassment

On Friday, December 2nd, all Glasgow students will receive a Panther Time lesson on sexual harassment. If you would like to learn more about what will be taught in the lesson or opt your student out of the lesson, please click here.  We strongly encourage families to allow their students to participate in the lesson to ensure that our student body is informed on this important topic.  If you have any questions about the lesson, please contact our Director of Student Services, Jenn Pallotto, [email protected]

 

Celebrating 1st  Quarter Honor Roll

We are proud of the hard work our students have been engaging in so far this year in all of their classes and we look forward to celebrating students who have earned either All A or A/B Honor Roll. All A and A/B Honor Roll Certificates will be handed out in Panther Time on November 28th.  

Please congratulate students on all of their hard work!

 

Picture Day

Pictures will be taken on December 8th and 9th. Students will be escorted to the lecture hall with their History or Civics teacher.  Use this link to create an account and purchase your package in advance.

 

Coat & Food Distribution Event

We are excited to announce that we are collaborating with Communities in Schools to host a winter jacket and food drive. As the weather gets colder and the holidays are nearing, we understand the needs increase during this time of year. This event will be held 12/15/2022 at Glasgow Middle School from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. There will be opportunities to connect with community resources as well. For this to be a success we will need your attendance. In addition to jackets, food will be available to assist with the holidays. Families are encouraged to bring large shopping bags to the distribution to be able to carry all their items. If there are any questions about this event, please reach out to our Site Coordinator Calvin Anderson ([email protected])

 

Low-Cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students

VA DOE has provided the following resources to promote the federal Affordable Connectivity Program. 

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new FCC program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at AffordableConnectivity.gov or by calling 877-384-2575.

  Student Vue and Parent Vue

All FCPS students have a Student Vue account. All student schedules are active and up to date in SIS Student Vue and SIS Parent Vue. If you do not have a SIS Parent Vue account, we strongly encourage you to sign up for an account. You can find directions on how to do so at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-registration. Once you have signed up for an account, you’ll need an activation code - which we will work as quickly as we can to provide to you. You can find a video that provides information on how to use SIS Parent Vue and all that you will be able to access with your account here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLwkkemipws.

 

FCPS School Calendar Survey

FCPS parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard! For more information or help filling out the survey, please visit our website.

  Virtual Parent Coffee- Tutor.com

You are invited to attend the virtual parent coffee on December 13th to learn more about Tutor.com.  Through Tutor.com students have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services at no cost to families.  Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most K-12 subjects for however long they need.  To attend please use the registration link below.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 

When: Dec 13, 2022 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: Virtual Parent Coffee - Tutor.Com

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G5XlN3hOSJyEQs02NF6Q2Q

  Tutor.com

Did you know? Students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback. Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet the needs of the student from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. Learn more at FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing
  • COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information
  • Pruebas de diagnóstico de COVID después del Día de Acción de Gracias La prueba de diagnóstico de COVID estará disponible para los maestros, personal y estudiantes de FCPS en cinco lugares en el condado del 28 al 30 de Noviembre de      5 a 8 p.m. Esta prueba es para aquellos que están experimentando los síntomas de COVID o han sido expuestos a alguien diagnosticado con COVID. No se requiere una cita, pero la inscripción debe ser completada antes de la prueba. Visite la página web de las pruebas de COVID para obtener más información.
  How Can You Help Your Child Have Good Attendance?

Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school.  This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation. 
  • Help your child maintain routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s  sleep.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe at school. Make sure he or she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.

Visit our website for more attendance resources

 

What You Can Do to Prevent Substance Misuse

It’s true, youth are more inclined to listen to their peers than their parents, this is part of the way the brain develops. When a baby is born, their brain’s sole responsibility is keeping them alive, then as they grow into adolescence, finding their tribe becomes important. Think of your top three happiest memories. What were you doing? How did you feel? Who was there? Each of these memories was likely a shared experience. You were laughing and smiling with loved ones, maybe food was even involved. Now think of your three worst memories. What was going on? How did you feel? Who was there? In each of these memories, you likely were alone or felt alone. 

Substance use becomes a problem for some because they either are alone or felt alone. Connection has been shown to be important in our everyday lives, again think of your happiest memories. Fairfax County’s “Three to Succeed” describes protective factors that youth need to achieve their higher selves. If a child has at least three of these protective factors, they are more likely to succeed in life: having high personal integrity, having community adults to talk to, performing community service, participating in extracurricular activities, having teachers recognize good work, and having parents available for help. What you notice is five of the six protective factors involve connection with someone else, the first protective factor describes connection with oneself. 

 

Here’s Some Helpful Resources:

Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse & Today’s Youth

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Substance Use Prevention & Encouraging Healthy Brain Development

REVIVE Training for Opioid Overdoses

FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS. 

 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE/ADDICTION PRESENTATION

Fairfax Prevention Coalition is hosting a presentation with guest speaker Aaron Weiner, PhD is licensed board certified psychologist and master addiction counselor. Dr. Weiner is a clinician, author, and frequent speaker on addiction treatment and related issues.  You are invited to register for the upcoming virtual presentation.  Please feel free to share this information with others as well. 

December 15th, 6:30pm-8:00pm

Drug Use and Popular Media – Talking with Teens

Register here: bit.ly/FPC-Dec15

4101 Fairfax Parkway, Alexandria, VA 22312  |  Main Phone: 703.813.8700
Attendance: 703.813.8787 | Web | Twitter | Facebook 

Community Gazette- 11/20/2022

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Glasgow Parents and Community:

I hope his newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. We are settling into fall and the weather is unpredictable. Please check the weather each day and have the kids layer their clothing and wear a coat/jacket so they are comfortable throughout the day. As a reminder, Monday, 11/21 and Tuesday, 11/22, are full school days and schools and offices will be closed November 23-25.   Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. 

Our teachers are working hard to continue to get to know the needs of each of our students. It is always important that we know where there might be gaps in our students' knowledge, where they might need additional support and where they are excelling. To identify these, we use screeners, formative assessments and benchmark exams. Coming in December, students will take the VDOE Winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) for Reading and Math.  This is a state required exam that is used to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics. Results are used as a starting point to identify areas of strength and growth. Continue to connect with your child’s teacher about their classes and academic progress. 

In addition to academics, we also continue to focus on the importance of behavior and our students aligning their behavior with our FCPS expectations.  With such a large school, hallway transitions and appropriate use of passes are a specific area of focus.  Smooth transitions are critical to ensure safety. Please continue to reinforce the importance of following school rules and expectations with your children. 

Due to the short week next week, we will not offer the After School Program. If any student is staying after for Academic Support with a teacher, those students will need to arrange a ride home. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams [email protected]. Looking ahead, on Saturday December 10th, we will have a parent engagement event called Sip and Paint for staff and families. Families will enjoy grape juice, snacks and painting from 12-2:00PM. Please be on the lookout for more details. Limited spots available. 

FCPS employees, parents/caregivers, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard! For more information or help filling out the survey, please visit our website.

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

  Student Prayer 

Per FCPS Policy, Glasgow provides accommodations for students who request time and space during the school day for prayer. Students may have the opportunity to pray  before dismissal at the end of the day in a designated, supervised area of our school. Students interested in this opportunity for prayer should come to student services to pick up an orange pass.  

 

Upcoming Lesson on Panther TIme Sexual Harrassment

On Friday, December 2nd, all Glasgow students will receive a Panther Time lesson on sexual harassment. If you would like to learn more about what will be taught in the lesson or opt your student out of the lesson, please click here.  We strongly encourage families to allow their students to participate in the lesson to ensure that our student body is informed on this important topic.  If you have any questions about the lesson, please contact our Director of Student Services, Jenn Pallotto, [email protected]

 

Student Vue and Parent Vue

All FCPS students have a Student Vue account. All student schedules are active and up to date in SIS Student Vue and SIS Parent Vue. If you do not have a SIS Parent Vue account, we strongly encourage you to sign up for an account. You can find directions on how to do so at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-registration. Once you have signed up for an account, you’ll need an activation code - which we will work as quickly as we can to provide to you. You can find a video that provides information on how to use SIS Parent Vue and all that you will be able to access with your account here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLwkkemipws.

 

Kiss and Ride

We have many families who choose to drop off and pick up students through the kiss and ride line.  In order to keep the flow of traffic moving along and to maintain safety, we ask that you pull your cars up and stop at the locations our monitors direct to before allowing your child to exit your vehicle.  Please be sure students are ready to exit cars with all of their things out of car doors that exit onto the sidewalk.  Please wait for the car in front of you to pull forward before you begin to depart.   We also ask that you refrain from parking in the kiss and ride line or double parking in the lane.  If you need to enter the building, please find a spot to park in our lot.  We want to be sure that we are all doing our part to keep everyone safe.  Thank you so much for your cooperation.

  Tutor.com

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

  Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website.

 

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Justice High School on November 21st, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

 

Strategic Plan - Family Team Nominations

Developing the Strategic Plan will involve assembling multiple work teams that represent the perspectives of school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. FCPS is currently seeking nominations for families and caregivers who are interested in contributing to the strategic planning process as part of the Family Team (FT). This team will come together four times during the next several months. The families and caregivers of our current or prospective students can self-nominate or can be nominated using this form. Nominations are due by Tuesday, November 22.

 

How Can You Help Your Child Have Good Attendance?

Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school.  This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation. 
  • Help your child maintain routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s  sleep.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe at school. Make sure he or she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.

Visit our website for more attendance resources

 

Alcohol & The Holidays

The holidays usually involve family time, games, movies, food, and possibly drinks. The holidays may involve less family members this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean less alcohol for some. Alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic and when ABC stores were deemed essential it didn’t help lower those rates (ABC News, September 29, 2020). Many people are still trying to figure out how to navigate our “new normal” since a global pandemic wasn’t on our to-do list in 2020, but we encourage you to consider a few things during these trying times.

Alcohol The Holidays.pdf

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Community Gazette- 11/13/2022

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Glasgow Parents and Community:

Greetings! I hope everyone’s Veterans Day was peaceful last Friday and that everyone had a productive weekend. On Saturday, I went to support one of our teachers at the 15th Annual Artist Teacher Exhibition in Lorton, VA. So proud of our staff! We get closer into the holiday season, please continue to monitor your child's health by having them stay home when they are feeling ill, getting tested if they have symptoms and covering coughs and sneezes. 

This past week Glasgow Middle School had our PBIS Open Campus event for 6-8 grade, which is based on students following our Panther Principles of Kindness, Commitment and Safety. We had everything from basketball, soccer, flag football…to gaming rooms, arts and crafts and lego sessions for our students to self-select. Through this quarterly system of rewarding good behavior, we have seen decreases in our unwanted behaviors. Also, last Monday our students took another AVID field trip to GMU. We want to continue to share the great things our students are getting exposure to! 

We continue to have parent volunteers helping us in our hallways and school each week! Our partnership with our families within our building is key! Please continue to gather additional families to go through the volunteer process and help us ensure our students have a smooth start to the day! Also, you are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Nov 14, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvcumvrjgsE9xWKlsIcVyfw86mhqMMbWhf After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey will be sent to parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 next week. Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

 

Missing Parent Permission for SOL Retakes

We currently have not received a Parent Permission SOL retake form from several students. This form is required from all students. If your child is missing this form, they will be notified by their Panther Time teacher & receive another copy of the form. We have also attached a copy for you to print if you prefer. You can also fill out this Google form or email our school testing coordinator Sarah N’Guessan [email protected] to respond if your child has permission to retake the SOL or not. You only need to pick 1 method of response: paper form, Google form or email. If you have multiple students at Glasgow, we do need a response for each student.  

Parent Permission to Retest Form.pdf

If we have not received a response from you by December 16th, your child will not be allowed to participate in next quarter’s Open Campus.

 

Student Prayer 

Per FCPS Policy, Glasgow provides accommodations for students who request time and space during the school day for prayer. Students may have the opportunity to pray for the last 10 minutes of the day in designated, supervised areas of our school. Students interested in this opportunity for prayer should come to student services to pick up an orange pass.  

 

Student Vue and Parent Vue

All FCPS students have a Student Vue account. All student schedules are active and up to date in SIS Student Vue and SIS Parent Vue. If you do not have a SIS Parent Vue account, we strongly encourage you to sign up for an account. You can find directions on how to do so at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-registration. Once you have signed up for an account, you’ll need an activation code - which we will work as quickly as we can to provide to you. You can find a video that provides information on how to use SIS Parent Vue and all that you will be able to access with your account here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLwkkemipws.

 

Applications for TJHSST Is Now Open

8th grade students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2026 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled in both math (honors Algebra 1 or higher) and science honors courses
  • Enrolled in one additional honors course or identified as a Young Scholar
  • Minimum GPA is 3.5. This GPA is for final unweighted marks in 7th grade for math, science, English, social studies and World Language (if for high school credit) as well as 1st quarter 8th grade for the same subjects.

The application is available on the TJHSST Admissions Office Webpage. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, as the deadline to submit the application is Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m. Please note that the confirmation of your child’s math class as part of the application requirement could take 24-48 hours. If you have further questions, you can contact the Admissions Office at [email protected]; Craig Small, [email protected].

  FCPS Strategic Planning that Reaches All

The strategic planning process is a community-wide effort. There will be many opportunities to share feedback or participate in a community meeting. We want our community to stay informed and be involved. You can help! 

If you are an active member of a community organization or group who people look to for information, please consider signing up to be a key communicator during the strategic planning process. FCPS key communicators should have an interest in sharing information about the school division and encouraging involvement. Key communicators will:

  • Receive regular updates including news, information, future events, and engagement opportunities. 
  • Share the information they receive with their group in a timely manner.
  • Encourage group participation in engagement and feedback opportunities where appropriate and possible. 

If you or someone from your organization would like to serve as an FCPS key communicator during the strategic planning process, please submit this form by Monday, November 28

 

Superintendent Community Conversations at Justice HS

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Justice High School on Monday, November 21st, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as childcare and light refreshments. Please register here to attend .

 

Kiss and Ride

We have many families who choose to drop off and pick up students through the kiss and ride line.  In order to keep the flow of traffic moving along and to maintain safety, we ask that you pull your cars up and stop at the locations our monitors direct to before allowing your child to exit your vehicle.  Please be sure students are ready to exit cars with all of their things out of car doors that exit onto the sidewalk.  Please wait for the car in front of you to pull forward before you begin to depart.   We also ask that you refrain from parking in the kiss and ride line or double parking in the lane.  If you need to enter the building, please find a spot to park in our lot.  We want to be sure that we are all doing our part to keep everyone safe.  Thank you so much for your cooperation.

 

Hello Glasgow Families! The after school program is proud to announce the start of our Teen Cuisine Program. Teen Cuisine will run on Tuesdays starting at 3:00 until 4:45. Announcements were made during each lunch period asking interested students to come see me for interest forms. We’ve filled all allotted spaces for this club and it’s now a closed group. Teen Cuisine consists of 8 sessions in partnership with VA Tech Cooperative Extension and Fairfax County Public Schools, where students will learn about prepping your kitchen and utensils, ingredients, and how to prepare healthier meals. If you’re child is interested in joining Teen Cuisine, there will be another session offered in February 2023! Information about the start of the next session will be advertised in January.

 

Please continue to remind your students sign ups for the after school program takes place during each lunch period. Signing up during your lunch is mandatory if your student(s) plan to stay after for any reason. If you have not signed a registration form, please let me know and I’ll make sure to send one home or via email. My email is [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.

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Community Gazette- 11/06/2022

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Glasgow MS Parents and Community:

Greetings! This weekend was spent relaxing with my family! I hope each of you are doing well. This past Friday, we had a Special Education Principal Coffee for our community, please see the recording here. We will have other parent coffees monthly! This week our campus, along with Justice HS, underwent our 5 year evaluation process for our International Baccalaureate (MYP/DP) programs. I’d like to publicly thank our staff, students, parents, and district personnel who made this process a successful one!  Below are a few highlights from the visit:

Strengths:

  • Staff passion for creating an inclusive environment with a coherent curriculum
  •  Evidence of student choice and opportunities for reflection
  • Stability and commitment to breaking down barriers for student learning
  • Student primary feedback:  they like their teachers and the diversity of the schools

Areas of Growth:

  • Continue work involving horizontal and vertical articulation within and between the schools
  • Increase explicit communication with all stakeholders about the opportunities within an IB school/pyramid

We are committed to continuing the expansion and evolution of IB Programs in the Justice Pyramid! Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2027 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). 

The application will be available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage starting October 24, at 4 p.m. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 18, at 4 p.m. Visit the TJHSST registration website for more information. 

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents through Wednesday, November 9, while first quarter grading and report cards are created. Also, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed until Wednesday, November 9, at 6 a.m. Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

 

Report Cards

The first quarter has ended and report cards will be mailed Monday November 7th.  Grades will be viewable in SIS Parent Vue and Student Vue on November 9th.   

Student Vue and Parent Vue

All FCPS students have a Student Vue account. All student schedules are active and up to date in SIS Student Vue and SIS Parent Vue. If you do not have a SIS Parent Vue account, we strongly encourage you to sign up for an account. You can find directions on how to do so at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-registration. Once you have signed up for an account, you’ll need an activation code - which we will work as quickly as we can to provide to you. You can find a video that provides information on how to use SIS Parent Vue and all that you will be able to access with your account here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLwkkemipws.

 

Applications for TJHSST Is Now Open

8th grade students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2026 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled in both math (honors Algebra 1 or higher) and science honors courses
  • Enrolled in one additional honors course or identified as a Young Scholar
  • Minimum GPA is 3.5. This GPA is for final unweighted marks in 7th grade for math, science, English, social studies and World Language (if for high school credit) as well as 1st quarter 8th grade for the same subjects.

The application is available on the TJHSST Admissions Office Webpage. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, as the deadline to submit the application is Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m. Please note that the confirmation of your child’s math class as part of the application requirement could take 24-48 hours. If you have further questions, you can contact the Admissions Office at [email protected]; Craig Small, [email protected].

World Language Credit Exam

The World Language Credit EXam will be offered at Glasgow on November 10th to those students who successfully completed and submitted their applications to take the exam.  If you have any questions about the World Language Credit Exam, please contact the Glasgow site coordinator HIna Zafar, [email protected].  

Kiss and Ride

We have many families who choose to drop off and pick up students through the kiss and ride line.  In order to keep the flow of traffic moving along and to maintain safety, we ask that you pull your cars up and stop at the locations our monitors direct to before allowing your child to exit your vehicle.  Please be sure students are ready to exit cars with all of their things out of car doors that exit onto the sidewalk.  Please wait for the car in front of you to pull forward before you begin to depart.   We also ask that you refrain from parking in the kiss and ride line or double parking in the lane.  If you need to enter the building, please find a spot to park in our lot.  The mornings are much darker now and we want to be sure that we are all doing our part to keep everyone safe.  Thank you so much for your cooperation.

 

After School Program Updates

Hello Glasgow Family! Exciting news!! Our Cooking Club is returning Monday, November 7th, 2022! We will offer Cooking Club 4 days per week. Sign Ups will take place during your students lunch period.

Please be on the lookout for Teen Cuisine Information in the coming weeks. Teen Cuisine is a partnership between Virginia Cooperative Extension and Social Services to promote healthier eating and environments. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams [email protected]          

Parents, please remind your student(s) to sign up for after school during their lunch period. Signing up for after school is mandatory! This allows our staff to locate students more efficiently and improves the safety of our building.

Thank you for your support! 

 

November Is Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions recognized by FCPS.

 

Daylight Savings Time Ends

Daylight savings time will end this Sunday, November 6, at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour!

 

Election Day, 11/8 - STUDENT & STAFF HOLIDAY

Don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 8! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website. 

 

Veterans Day, 11/11 - STUDENT HOLIDAY

As a reminder, Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day is a time to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our veterans and their families have made on our behalf. We thank them for their service. Learn about the history of Veterans Day

We want to celebrate the veterans in our community!  If someone in your household is a veteran, please share it with us on this form.

 

Superintendent Community Conversations at Justice HS

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Justice High School on Monday, November 21st, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as childcare and light refreshments. Please register here to attend .

 

Why Does FCPS Need a New Strategic Plan?

By now, you may have heard that FCPS is developing a new Strategic Plan. Here are some reasons why the school division is engaging in this important work. 

Our last strategic plan was developed in 2015. Since then, we experienced a pandemic that changed the way we think, a shift in technology that has seen eight new versions of the iPhone, and plans developed for the first manned mission to Mars. 

Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. Employees, parents/caregivers, students, and our FCPS community must share the same purpose in order to recognize how we can move forward together. 

We are all much more motivated, and successful, when we share clear end goals. Learn more on our Strategic Plan webpage

 

In an annual planning process, Fairfax County Public Schools uses input from the community to develop the calendar for the following year. Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable. Watch your email for a feedback form, which will be shared with parents, staff, and middle and high school students. 

 

Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards!  To submit a nomination with Ms. Cottoms: Cottoms, Sequoyah S <[email protected]>

You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category).  All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category.  

Outstanding Teacher

Eligibility: Has at least 3 years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to 3 years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least 3 years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)                                  

Outstanding Leader

Eligibility: At least 1 year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal)

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee

Eligibility: At least 1 year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least 1 year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid)

The deadline to submit a nomination is 2:15 PM on Friday, November 11

If you have any questions, please contact me at Cottoms, Sequoyah S <[email protected]>

 

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC), in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), presents the following training opportunities:

Currently Open:

  • Transition University - Fall 2022 is a free, self-paced online course that focuses on providing parent-friendly information to help make transition planning easier. The fall edition of this course will be open through November 29, 2022. Participants who complete the full course will receive a certificate of completion showing 7.5 hours.
  • IEP University (IEPU) is a free, self-paced online course for families and professionals that provides useful and accurate information around IEP development and meetings. This course will be open through November 20, 2022. A certificate of completion for 6 hours will be provided for all who complete the training.

Coming Soon!

  • Early Childhood Academy (ECA) is a free, five-week online program that will assist families in supporting their child's early learning and development. Participants who complete all sessions will receive a certificate of completion with 9 contact hours. This program opens on November 14, 2022, and closes on December 19, 2022.

Building Strong Parent Advocates  is a free training that provides information to help families build solid foundations in understanding the special education process while empowering them to be their child's best advocate. This program can be accessed anytime between November 21, 2022, and December 12, 2022. Participants who complete the training will receive a certificate of completion showing 6 hours

  Upcoming Calendar Reminders 
  • Native American Heritage Month

  • Daylight Saving Time Ends (Fall Back)
  • National School Psychology Week
  • Election Day (Student Holiday)

 

  • Veterans Day (School Planning Day/Student Holiday)

 

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Community Gazette-10/30/2022

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Glasgow Parents and Community:

Greetings! I hope this weekend was peaceful for everyone. This was a peaceful weekend with the family for me. We tried to stay low key this weekend. October 31st is a Student Holiday and a Teacher Workday for all staff. The first quarter has come to an end and teachers are getting all grades entered. Also, last Monday we had a Principal Virtual Lunch-In with our CIS coordinator and After-School Coordinator to give information about both programs. Please view the recording, if you missed it and feel free to reach out to either coordinator for questions. Also, I spent time this week recruiting at Bowie State University at their Career Fair for potential teachers at Glasgow and FCPS. We are always looking for quality teachers within this hiring climate. 

As a reminder, FCPS has a Religious and Cultural Observance days on November 1st and 2nd on All Saints Day/Dia de Los Muertos

FCPS provides Digital Citizenship lessons to our students regularly and it’s important to be sure that our families are supporting us at home in these important learning opportunities. Be sure to talk to your child about how they are using social media. Monitor their online and social media behavior, including who they are talking to and the content of their conversations. Please also review our Digital Citizenship at home with your children. We want to be sure we are working together to ensure smart and safe online choices.

Each year, at the beginning of school, we review and go over the FCPS Students Rights and Responsibilities. Reviewing these items with your kids throughout the school can be a big support to our staff and school environment. Important topics to continue to discuss with your child would be expectations for student behavior, skills for resolving conflicts and managing emotions. When you also speak to your child about treating others with kindness, and keeping school a safe, secure, and caring place, it can have a huge impact on your child’s behavior and overall school experience. 

Students will soon be shown a short informational video at school and be asked to complete a survey providing feedback on their experience at school. This feedback will be used to help inform FCPS leadership as they work on planning for the future of the school system. Parents are invited to view the survey questions and get more information.

We ended this past week with staff and students dressing up in their costumes. See a few of the pictures from this past week! The staff had a ball. I also was excited to join our music students in wearing their purpose shirts this week! See below. 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

 

Applications for TJHSST Is Now Open

8th grade students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2026 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled in both math (honors Algebra 1 or higher) and science honors courses
  • Enrolled in one additional honors course or identified as a Young Scholar
  • Minimum GPA is 3.5. This GPA is for final unweighted marks in 7th grade for math, science, English, social studies and World Language (if for high school credit) as well as 1st quarter 8th grade for the same subjects.

The application is available on the TJHSST Admissions Office Webpage. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, as the deadline to submit the application is Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m. Please note that the confirmation of your child’s math class as part of the application requirement could tale 24-48 hours. If you have further questions, you can contact the

 

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards!

Each year FCPS recognizes and honors outstanding employees in a variety of positions with the employee awards program. Both staff and parents are welcome to nominate an employee who they believe meets the criteria and goes above and beyond the call of duty. 

Outstanding Teacher 

Outstanding New Teacher

Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Leader 

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Outstanding Operational Employee 

https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/outstanding-employee-awards

If you are interested in nominating a Glasgow Middle School employee for an award, please use email Ms. Cottoms at her email address below.  The deadline to submit a nomination is November 10. Please reach out to Ms. Cottoms with any questions [email protected] 

 

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Secondary World Languages Basal Instructional Resources for the 2023-2024 school year.  Basal resources are the primary instructional resources used to teach a given subject.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback.  The process for selecting new resources includes an opportunity for the public to review the instructional materials being considered.  Please share the information included in this communication with school staff and community by November 1, 2022

Secondary World Languages Basal Instructional Resources public review will begin Monday, November 7, 2022, and will end on Thursday, December 8, 2022.  The instructional resources may be accessed in person and online.  Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/46713.  Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet available at the following link https://forms.gle/UeMhvzDYgoJM9z1g8.  Please note that the digital resources and comment will be updated and made available on November 7, 2022. 

Hard copies of instructional materials will also be available at Pimmit Hills Center, Room 207 at 7510 Lisle Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia 22043.  Ask about the World Languages instructional resources at the main office reception desk.  All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

 

Hello Glasgow Families,

                Tuesday, November 1st, 2022 we will not have after school. If your student has plans with a teacher, they’ll need to be picked up at 3:30. We will not have transportation. We will resume after school on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. 

The week of October 31 to November 4, we will not have Basketball during After School. We will be holding tryouts for Kick-it-Up Night. Due to Monday’s Teacher workday, we will host 6th Grade tryouts on Tuesday, November 1st, 7th Grade Tryouts will take place on Wednesday, November 2nd and Thursday 8th grade tryouts will take place. Please remind your student(s) if they’re trying out, please sign up during their lunch period, and please wear the appropriate shoes. We will not allow students to wear Crocs/non athletic shoes. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams [email protected], After School Specialist

**NEW EVENT and DATE ALERT** KICK IT UP SOCCER NIGHT AT GLASGOW 

Mark your Calendars for a new event at Glasgow – Indoor Soccer night! Friday, December 2nd, 2022, 5:30 to 9:00 PM at the Glasgow Main Gym. Enjoy the music, food for sale; …and the MAIN EVENT:

  • Indoor soccer games featuring 6th Grade/7th Grade/8th Grade Students vs Staff and Community Members (parents and families are welcome to play or support this event)! · We will need many volunteers the evening of the event, so please sign up if you can help!
  • Food! Music! Soccer! You don't want to miss it!
  • Many thanks to Mr. Powell, Mr. Stuecheli, and Mr. Williams for supporting our inaugural Kick It Up community event.

*Please note there is an admission fee of $5.00. However, there is no charge for children under 5 years of age and adults older than 62.

  Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Justice High School on November 21st, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

  Special Education Review Final Report

FCPS is committed to providing excellence for all students, and continues to seek ways to improve and ensure the highest quality of special education and related services for students and families. At the request of the School Board, the FCPS Office of Auditor General engaged a consultant to conduct an independent, third-party review of FCPS’ special education program in October 2020. 

American Institutes for Research® (AIR) presented their final report during the School Board’s October 4 work session. Watch the video of AIR’s presentation and visit FCPS’ Office of Auditor General webpage for more information.

The School Board will hold a second session to discuss a framework for the Special Education Enhancement Plan at their Tuesday, November 15 work session.

 

On behalf of the Georgetown University Women's

Basketball team. We are excited to once again host a Field Trip Day during

one of our home games this season, for the first time since the pandemic

began! I wanted to formally invite Glasgow MS, and any classes interested, to

take a field trip to Georgetown to catch a game!

The game is Friday, December 2nd, 2022 when the Hoyas take on Marquette in

McDonough Arena on campus. We scheduled tip-off for the special early time of

11:00am to accommodate schools!

Admission is free for everyone at the game so you would just need to get to

the arena! We can accommodate bus/van parking. We will have plenty of

pre-game activities and games for the kids, great kid-friendly music and

entertainment during the game, and will allow everyone to get onto the court

after the game.

 

Student Vue and Parent Vue

All FCPS students have a Student Vue account. All student schedules are active and up to date in SIS Student Vue and SIS Parent Vue. If you do not have a SIS Parent Vue account, we strongly encourage you to sign up for an account. You can find directions on how to do so at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-registration. Once you have signed up for an account, you’ll need an activation code - which we will work as quickly as we can to provide to you. You can find a video that provides information on how to use SIS Parent Vue and all that you will be able to access with your account here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLwkkemipws.

 

Kiss and Ride

We have many families who choose to drop off and pick up students through the kiss and ride line.  In order to keep the flow of traffic moving along and to maintain safety, we ask that you pull your cars up and stop at the locations our monitors direct to before allowing your child to exit your vehicle.  Please be sure students are ready to exit cars with all of their things out of car doors that exit onto the sidewalk.  Please wait for the car in front of you to pull forward before you begin to depart.   We also ask that you refrain from parking in the kiss and ride line or double parking in the lane.  If you need to enter the building, please find a spot to park in our lot.  The mornings are much darker now and we want to do all that we can to keep everyone safe.  Thank you so much for your cooperation.

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Community Gazette- 10/23/2022

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Glasgow Parents and Community:

Greetings! I hope everyone had a peaceful weekend. This weekend I spent time at Ball State University for Homecoming. Serving on the alumni council for the Teachers College was great to support the university in their goals and strategies this weekend. Also, within last year's 2022 Principal Evaluation Parent survey, there was feedback from families wanting a quarterly report from me communicating student achievement results to the community and how we used feedback. Please review the Q1 Principal Message here. I look forward to continuing to partner with our school community in the Q2 goals. 

As we get closer to Halloween, I wanted to send a reminder to student’s families that costumes must follow the following guidelines (10/28):

  •         Costumes must follow the school dress code
  •         No masks or face paint. Hats are permitted only if they are part of the costume and they do not obstruct view of the face.
  •         Students who participate must come to school with costumes on. We will not allow students to change into costumes once in the building.  Nor will we allow students to apply face make-up or hair coloring at school.
  •         No props are allowed
  •         Most importantly let’s make sure that our costumes reflect our panther principles of kindness, commitment, and safety.

Please remind your students of these expectations. Please check out the news story from last week's Inspire Conference on Saturday! WUSA9 News. There was a great article in the paper on the event. See here. We will continue to find new ways of using our ESSER resources around Academic and Wellness for our students aligned with unfinished learning and our School Improvement Plan. Also, here is the recording from the PTA Meeting last week. 

Also, we have been implementing appropriate opportunities for interventions to promote student learning through our intervention FIT block, after-school academic opportunities and enhancing our Tier 1 instruction through our walk-throughs and evaluation process through FCPS. We will continue to partner with Student Services, our Administrative team and our teachers to ensure our students are using their PBIS skills to grow within managing and resolving conflict in ways that are systematic (PBIS), collaborative (Restorative Justice) and solution-oriented within our weekly Kid Talks with counselors and administrators. We will continue to work with FCPS Transportation on any bus concerns that arise, since we do not have Glasgow staff riding the buses. Also, ensuring we continue to have administrators out at recess and bus dismissal each day to ensure students are in a safe and enjoyable environment. 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

 

Also… 

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Oct 24, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: Principal Lunch-In (After-School Program & CIS) Register in advance for this webinar: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iI_ED3gsTwO7IYRmfTHKZA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

AVID Parent Coffee

Please join our virtual parent coffee on Thursday, October 27th at 9:00 AM to learn more about the AVID elective class. We will be covering the goals of the course and the application process for the 2023-2024 school year. We look forward to meeting our Glasgow families and answering questions you might have. If you are unable to make it but your child is still interested in join the AVID elective please talk with your student about the following dates. The link for the coffee is: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tKXmtzlLTuG_9vfkTVk4cg

Additional questions can be emailed to Kelly Greenshields at [email protected]

 

Important Dates:

September 27- Panther Time Lesson and Interest form

October 17- Online application becomes available through Schoology

November 18- Applications are due

December 5-16 - Student Interviews

Justice  Fundraiser

That chill in the air means it’s time for the Justice H.S. Rowing annual Wreath, Poinsettia & Coffee fundraiser!

Justice Rowing is 100% self-funded and they rely on donations and fundraisers to keep student-athlete rowers equipped, coached, safe, and competitive on the water. Your community support makes all the difference.

The online SHOP IS OPEN for orders today thru Oct 30  www.justicerowing.org/shop/

Greenery makes a thoughtful gift with delivery across the continental U.S. before 12/10. Local orders will be available for pickup on 12/3. For brochure and ordering options, go to bit.ly/JusticeWPC2022

Tutor.com

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

  After School Program Update

Hello Glasgow! The After School Program in partnership with Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology HS is proud to announce the start of GEMS (Glasgow in Engineering, Math and Science). GEMS will start on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 during Activities (2nd) Block. GEMS is a club that represents hands-on on STEM lessons such as tension and bridge building, forces and airplane making, and chemical reactions. During our first lesson next week we'll be making lava lamps, and at the end of the year we do ice cream making! TJ students drive to Glasgow to run these activities for students, please take this club serious! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams [email protected]

 

Tier 2 FIT Intervention 

This past week we started our FIT classes. One of the primary reasons that we changed our bell schedule for this year was to ensure that we build time into the school day to provide Tier 2 intervention for those students who need some extra time to master grade-level standards.  Throughout this year, teachers in certain subjects will meet with small groups of students to ensure they get the time and support they need in Math and English standards.  Students had a Panther Time lesson about this in previous weeks and received information when their classroom would be changing as well.  Here are the main things you need to know:

  • This intervention FIT class is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays
  • Intervention will be in English and Math, with a priority on dually identified students in ESOL and Special Education
  • ALL students will go to their regular Panther Time class on Mondays and Fridays. 
  • Students will go to their Math & English teachers for intervention instead of Panther Time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays or go to Enrichment or Speciality FITS. 
  • Students whose FIT teachers also teach Math & English will meet in a different classroom for Panther Time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 
  • We are reminding students about where to go and what to do in a number of different ways:
    • Schedules given to students
    • Reminder communications & announcements
    • Tuesday-Thursday FIT schedules posted in the hallway

 

Kiss and Ride

We have many families who choose to drop off and pick up students through the kiss and ride line.  In order to keep the flow of traffic moving along and to maintain safety, we ask that you pull your cars up and stop at the locations our monitors direct to before allowing your child to exit your vehicle.  Students should exit passenger doors onto the sidewalk (rather than the street).  We also ask that you refrain from parking in the kiss and ride line or double parking in the lane.  If you need to enter the building, please find a spot to park in our lot.  Thank you so much for your cooperation.

  Opportunity for Students to Help Inform FCPS’ Future

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information.

  Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

FCPS will be asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

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Community Gazette- 10/16/2022

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Greetings!

It was great to see all the families at our Saturday conference this weekend and I hope everyone had a peaceful weekend. Next week is our one and only 5-day week this month, and it is the second to last week of the first quarter!  This is a good time to sit down with your students to go through SIS Student Vue and Schoology together and talk through the steps that they can take to make up work or get some extra help from teachers if needed.  This is also a good time to explore Tutor.com through Schoology (see below) as another resource for getting some extra help.

We continue to carefully monitor our passing times in the halls, bathrooms, and recess in an effort to provide a safe environment.  Our teachers have seen major improvements in the area of discipline. Our students are learning to self-regulate their emotions and reflect on their actions especially in the manner in which they communicate with friends. This is a major component of our PBIS approach and we will continue to ensure our students have a great school environment!

It was great to have our School Board Representative, Superintendent and Region 2 Assistant Superintendent in our building this past week! October is Bullying Prevention Month. Wednesday, October 19th, is Unity Day; a day where schools and communities wear orange in solidarity to stand up against bullying. We would love to see lots of orange in our school building that day! Thank you!

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

  Student Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centersFor each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

Special Education Review Final Report

FCPS is committed to providing excellence for all students, and continues to seek ways to improve and ensure the highest quality of special education and related services for students and families. At the request of the School Board, the FCPS Office of Auditor General engaged a consultant to conduct an independent, third-party review of FCPS’ special education program in October 2020. 

American Institutes for Research® (AIR) presented their final report during the School Board’s October 4 work session. Watch the video of AIR’s presentation and visit FCPS’ Office of Auditor General webpage for more information.

  Tutor.com

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

  Tier 2 FIT Intervention 

This past week we started our FIT classes. One of the primary reasons that we changed our bell schedule for this year was to ensure that we build time into the school day to provide Tier 2 intervention for those students who need some extra time to master grade-level standards.  Throughout this year, teachers in certain subjects will meet with small groups of students to ensure they get the time and support they need in Math and English standards.  Students had a Panther Time lesson about this in previous weeks and received information when their classroom would be changing as well.  Here are the main things you need to know:

  • This intervention FIT class is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays
  • Intervention will be in English and Math, with a priority on dually identified students in ESOL and Special Education
  • ALL students will go to their regular Panther Time class on Mondays and Fridays. 
  • Students will go to their Math & English teachers for intervention instead of Panther Time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays or go to Enrichment or Speciality FITS. 
  • Students whose FIT teachers also teach Math & English will meet in a different classroom for Panther Time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 
  • We are reminding students about where to go and what to do in a number of different ways:
    • Schedules given to students
    • Reminder communications & announcements
    • Tuesday-Thursday FIT schedules posted in the hallway

 

Superintendent Community Conversations

Dr. Michelle Reid will be hosting Superintendent Community Conversations across the division this fall to get to know our communities. Events will be scheduled at high schools in each pyramid between August 18 - November 29. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend. https://www.fcps.edu/blog/superintendent-community-conversations

 

Free Student Bus Pass Program

There will be communication coming from FCPS and the Fairfax county government regarding the free student bus pass program.  Please watch this VIDEO for more information. 

  COVID Diagnostic Testing
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  • Newsletter:COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS students, teachers, and staff at five locations across the county on October 17, 18, and 19. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

 

Power Pack Program (P3) 

Glasgow Middle School will be participating in the Power Pack Program again this year.  P3 provides students and their families with supplemental food items for the weekends.  Students participating in the program can pick up their food packs on Fridays outside of Student Services.  If you would like for your child to participate in the program, you can scan the QR code below to complete the form.  If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to our Community in Schools Coordinator, Calvin Anderson at [email protected].

  Attendance Matters

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD OR TEEN HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE?

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s  sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats. Make sure he or she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

COMMUNICATE WITH THE SCHOOL

  • Know the school’s attendance policy–incentives and penalties.
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school
  • Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.

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Community Gazette 10/09/2022

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Glasgow Parents and Community:

Greetings this Sunday! I hope this message finds everyone well. The weekend was good spending time at the kids soccer practice and hanging out with good friends on Saturday evening. It’s been a peaceful Sunday thus far and I'm looking forward to seeing the students back at school on Tuesday morning. Monday is a student holiday for teachers' professional development. It was good to hangout with our kids at recess this week and have a productive meeting with our AART Coach we share with the Principal at Jackson Middle School. Please see the pictures below. 

Also, it has come to our attention that stores are selling something called a Paqui One Chip Challenge. We are concerned students could and have tried this or encourage another student to try it resulting in possible negative results. I sent a message to students this past week about this challenge and the dangers of this chip challenge. If you could please speak with your students as well about the dangers of this challenge and encourage them not to participate. We are not allowing these chips in our school building. Please see the image below. 

 

We are preparing for movie night on October 15. Please sign up to help out: https://signup.com/go/aTUgEWm We are looking forward to seeing a really good turnout like we did last year for this PTA event. 

This past week through Panther Time and morning announcements, I have talked to our students about things that I notice they are doing well - getting to class on time, following the off and away policy, and appropriate behavior in the classroom - and one thing that we need to work on together: being safe in the halls. Unfortunately, many 7th and 8th grade students are using that class change time to "loop" the hallways by walking up and down multiple times before going to class.  When they loop, stop and talk as groups, or when multiple students walk arm-in-arm across the hallway, it makes the hallways unsafe, which is unacceptable.  When students contribute to disruption in the hallways, they will receive disciplinary consequences aligned with the FCPS Students Rights and Responsibilities. 

Added to that, students should not confront another student about a conflict in the hallways or any other place on school grounds, on the school bus, or on the way to and from school.  If students are having difficulty resolving a conflict with another student, they need to talk to a Glasgow MS counselor or an administrator to help them avoid escalating the conflict.  The majority of the time, we find that students are willing to talk through a problem with an adult.

My hope is that with continued conversations about this with staff at Glasgow and with you at home, we will see an improvement in the hallways during 7th and 8th grade class changes (particularly after lunches). Our #1 priority is to ensure our students and staff are safe, and we all play a part in that. As always, thank you for your support! 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

 

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program

All 7th grade students will participate in the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program on October 17th and October 18th in their health classes.  The program teaches students how to identify warning signs of depression and how to seek help for themselves and/or others to address needs.  Messaging went to families via e-notify on Friday September 16th.  Hard copies of the letter, with opportunities for families to opt their student out of the program, will go home with 7th grade students during the week of September 19th.  If you have any questions, reach out to Brittany Crumbling ([email protected]), coordinator of the program or our 7th grade counselors Mike Isner [email protected] and Emily Wasserman  [email protected].  Thank you!

 

NEW EVENT ALERT: KICK IT UP SOCCER NIGHT AT GLASGOW.

Mark your Calendars for a new event at Glasgow – Indoor Soccer night! Thursday, November 3rd, 2022, 5:30 to 9:00 PM at the Glasgow Main Gym. Enjoy the music, food for sale; …and the MAIN EVENT:

  • Indoor soccer games featuring 6th Grade/7th Grade/8th Grade Students vs Staff and Community Members (parents and families are welcome to play or support this event)!
  • We will need many volunteers the evening of the event, so be on the lookout for a Sign Up Genius in October to find out how you can help.
  • Food! Music! Soccer! You don't want to miss it!
  • Many thanks to Mr. Powell, Mr. Stuecheli, and Mr. Williams for supporting our inaugural Kick It Up community event.

 

After School Program

Hello Glasgow! The after school program is proud to announce an addition to our  Dance Clubs. On Tuesdays, we will offer 6th Grade Dance Club and on Thursdays, we’ll offer 7th and 8th Grade Dance Club. These clubs will offer both Freestyle Dance and Technique Style dance. Each club meeting will start off with a warm-up, reviewing technique of various dance styles, and learning mini dance combinations. There will be performance opportunities as well. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams [email protected] 

Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 10

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present. This year, Monday, October 10, is a student holiday (no school for students only) and a staff development day. 

 

Disability History and Awareness Month

During October, Disability History and Awareness activities provide an opportunity to create greater public awareness for individuals with disabilities, with the goal of full inclusion in our community.

LGBTQIA+ History Month

LGBTQIA+ History Month is recognized in October nationwide. FCPS acknowledges and celebrates that LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and families are an integral component of our nation. 

A Big Thank You to our Wonderful Custodians!

We can't thank our custodial staff enough for all of their hard work to keep our school safe and clean everyday.  We appreciate you all!

How to Receive FCPS Messages in Other Languages

You may wish to read FCPS messages in a language other than English. There are several ways you can receive or view our communications in a different language.

FCPS This Week is distributed in other languages to parents/caregivers who have filled out the Home Language Survey form and selected a language supported by FCPS as their preferred language for communication. Home Language Survey forms are available in the following languages: Amharic | Arabic (العربية) | Chinese (中文) | Farsi (فارسی) | Korean (한국어) | Spanish (español) | Urdu (اردو) | Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt).

Learn more about receiving other FCPS communications in other languages.

  Tutor.com

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

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Community Gazette- 10/02/2022

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Glasgow Parents and Community:

Greetings! I hope this weekend was peaceful for everyone! We are officially in October 2022! I finished another book this week called Until Unity by Francis Chan. It was a good text that challenged my thinking and beliefs, which was good. On Saturday, I attended a wedding and today I am gearing up for our first week in October! This past week we had our quarter 1 PBIS Panther Store open to students (please see pictures below). We are so excited to have our students' behaviors aligned with our expectations. Also, thanks to the parent and staff  who assisted us last Thursday! It takes a community! 

Students in grades 3-12 will be able to participate in the SEL screener. School teams and families use this information to develop positive school cultures and support students academically and personally. This year, students will participate in the screener in the fall (October/November) and spring (March). Parents are able to opt their child out of taking the SEL screener. Read more about SEL and signature practices online. Fairfax County Public Schools is launching the engagement phase that will help us develop our brand new Strategic Plan

During her Community Conversations listening tour in each high school pyramid, Superintendent Michelle Reid has heard from many of you about your hopes and aspirations for our students. That feedback will become part of our proactive strategic plan that will serve as our North Star—or guide—for the future.

Starting in October, we will be inviting the entire FCPS community to engage in building our shared future. This includes hearing from our parents and caregivers, students, and broader community, as well as surveying students in grades three and above. You will have an opportunity to have your voice heard in one of many sessions (both in-person and virtual) during November and December. We encourage you to join us in this journey by actively participating in the conversation.

For a more detailed overview, visit FCPS’ Strategic Planning webpage.

A new proposed model policy (pdf) was recently proposed by the Virginia Department of Education regarding the “privacy, dignity, and respect for all students and parents in Virginia’s Public Schools.” A 30-day public comment period on the model policy began September 26 and closes October 26. You may provide feedback to the Virginia Department of Education on the new drafted policy. If you missed Superintendent Reid’s message regarding the new proposed model policy, please view it on our website

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new FCC program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at AffordableConnectivity.gov or by calling 877-384-2575.Visit our Free and Reduced-Price Meals website for more information on the criteria to be eligible and how to apply. 

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding helps FCPS maintain safe school environments and address the impact of COVID-19 on students. We want to hear from you about our work to provide in-person instruction and continuity of services to all FCPS students and families. 

Visit our website to learn more about FCPS’ plan to use ESSER III funding to support students and share feedback via an online form. The online form will be available through October 10. 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

  2022-23 School Year Calendar Dates              

October 5                 

Student and Teacher Holiday - Yom Kippur (Only 12-month employees report) 

October 10

Student Holiday - Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Professional Workday) 

October 24

Student and Teacher Holiday - Diwali (Only 12-month employees report) 

October 28

End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release  

October 31

Student Holiday (Professional Workday)

Nov 8

Holiday - Election Day

Nov 11

  Student Holiday - Veterans Day (School Planning Day) 

Nov   23-25

Holiday - Thanksgiving 

 

 

 

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program

All 7th grade students will participate in the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program on October 17th and October 18th in their health classes.  The program teaches students how to identify warning signs of depression and how to seek help for themselves and/or others to address needs.  Messaging went to families via e-notify on Friday September 16th.  Hard copies of the letter, with opportunities for families to opt their student out of the program, will go home with 7th grade students during the week of September 19th.  If you have any questions, reach out to Brittany Crumbling ([email protected]), coordinator of the program or our 7th grade counselors Mike Isner [email protected] and Emily Wasserman  [email protected].  Thank you!

MathCounts is Here!

MathCounts is a national organization that sponsors MathClubs, National Math Competitions, and Video Competitions.  Algebra teachers, Ms. Millsap and Mr. Chen, are leading the club and the response has been great! MathCounts meets every Tuesday afterschool in room F205.  Students must be registered for after school activities and can sign up during lunch and new students are always welcome.  MathCounts’ activities reinforce and supplement learning at all levels of middle school mathematics. The club expects to field at least one competition team and have numerous Video Competition submissions.  This is a great opportunity to build  problem solving skills.  The club offers a safe and fun environment where students can take academic risk and grow as mathematicians.  MathCounts is also a great resume activity and preparation for entrance exams for Thomas Jefferson High School.  

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)

On Wednesday September 14th, an information session was provided to Glasgow families about the application process for TJHSST.  If you missed the session, or wanted more information about the process, please visit the TJHSST website to access the presentation materials and answers to other frequently asked questions.  Questions can also be directed to Craig Small, Glasgow School Counselor, who will serve as the point of contact for all students who wish to apply to TJHSST: [email protected]

World Language Credit Exam  

November 10, 2022 Glasgow will host the World Language Credit Exam.   The exam is designed to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn one to three credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma, see more information on the credit exam website. The registration window opens on Tuesday, September 6, at 8 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, at 4 p.m. for more information about the exam and the registration process, your student should speak with their school counselor:

 

AVID Elective Recruitment

AVID is an elective class where students explore different aspects of attending college. We focus on improving our reading and writing skills, inquiry, collaboration, and organization. We work together as a community to help each other grow as learners. We do this through team building, college field trips/research, binder organization, and academic peer support. AVID will better prepare your student  for high school, college, and beyond!  If your student is interested in joining us next year please speak to them about the following dates.

Upcoming Dates:

September 27- Panther Time Lesson and Interest form

October 17- Online application becomes available through Schoology

October- Parent Coffee Topic: AVID

November 16- Applications are due

December 5-16 - Student Interviews

 Questions? Please contact:

Kelly Greenshields                                  Emily Wasserman

AVID Coordinator                                     AVID Counselor

[email protected]                           [email protected]

 

2022 HBCU Festival October 7 & 8

Alfred Street Baptist Church presents its 20th Annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) Festival, a hybrid event being held October 7-8, 2022. The festival is dedicated to connecting high school students and their families to HBCUs, and scholarship opportunities. Approximately 70 colleges and universities will be represented during the two-day event. Many will provide onsite admission decisions, conduct music auditions, and waive application fees. Additionally, seminars and exhibitor presentations will be held to help students navigate the college application process, seek financial aid opportunities and acclimate them to campus life.  This is a FREE event. Pre-registration is required.  For more information please visit https://www.alfredstreet.org/hbcu-fest/.

 

 

Empowering Safe Kids

Monday, October 3rd at 7PM

Free, Virtual

Register Here- https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iJza92LBQqSuoOJ5y8wZGA

Here’s the good news—you can make your kids safer anyplace they are! Join us for a discussion about how healthy relationships increase the chance your child will ask for help when things go wrong. Learn what research tells us makes kids more susceptible to harm in organizations. Unpack a few damaging myths. Get tips on how to respond to sexting, when to ask more questions, and how to choose safer programs from a child protection professional who specializes in institutional abuse prevention.

Participants will:

  • Unlearn 5 myths that hurt kids
  • Learn tips for talking to kids about harm, online and in person
  • Identify parenting and organization behaviors that make kids safer
  • Understand how to identify and respond to children in need of help

Presented by Laurie Tasharski, the Director of Institutional Abuse Prevention for Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia (SCANVA). She facilitates Allies in Prevention, multi-disciplinary child protection teams, and the Loudoun County Trauma Informed Community Network (TICN). Laurie works with international child protection professionals, develops comprehensive safety programs for organizations, and has delivered professional development in more than 40 countries.

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Community Gazette- 9/25/2022

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Dear Glasgow community:

Greetings! I hope everyone’s weekend is going well thus far! Can you believe we are knocking at the door of October already! The weather is shifting and the events of fall are upon us all. On Saturday, we took the kids to soccer practice for both kids. You haven’t seen fun and excitement until you have seen 3 and 6 year olds playing soccer. I also finished reading Viola Davis’s book, Finding Me. Definitely would recommend it. It’s been a particularly good book that has helped me reflect on pieces of my own life these last two weeks. 

We are preparing for movie night on October 15. Please sign up to help out: https://signup.com/go/aTUgEWm We are looking forward to seeing a really good turnout like we did last year for this PTA event. We want to engage with as many families as we can! In the fall of 2021, FCPS received $188.8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding to support the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of COVID-19 on students. 

ESSER III focus areas have included resources for prevention and mitigation of COVID, academic services, multilingual engagement, support for students’ social emotional needs, and professional development. A feedback form will be live on the ESSER III webpage Friday, September 23. Your input will inform the School Board and FCPS staff on the community’s view of our work. Watch this video to see the impact ESSER III funds are having in our schools. Learn more on FCPS’ website

La financiación de ESSER III apoya el éxito de los estudiantes: Su Voz es Importate En el otoño de 2021, FCPS recibió $188.8 millones en fondos de Alivio de Emergencia para las Escuelas Primarias y Secundarias (ESSER III) para apoyar la operación segura de las escuelas y abordar los impactos de COVID-19 en los estudiantes. Las áreas de enfoque de ESSER III han incluido recursos para la prevención y mitigación de COVID, servicios académicos, participación multilingüe, apoyo a las necesidades socio emocionales de los estudiantes y desarrollo profesional. Un formulario de retroalimentación estará disponible en la página web de ESSER III el viernes 23 de septiembre. Su opinión informará a la Junta Escolar y al personal de FCPS sobre la opinión de la comunidad sobre nuestro trabajo. Vea este video para ver el impacto que los fondos de ESSER III están teniendo en nuestras escuelas. Aprenda más en el sitio web de FCPS

All students began to take the Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) reading test so far and students will take a VGA Math test soon. The VGA is an assessment on grade level content that will be used to measure growth in student's learning.  Students will take another VGA test in December and then take the SOL in May to measure growth. 

After two years of accreditation waivers for all Virginia schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reinstated review of school performance based on 2021-22 student outcomes. Glasgow Middle School is fully accredited for 2022-23 as a result of this review. No Fairfax County public schools received a status of “accreditation denied.”

For 2022-23, school accreditation designations are based on school quality measures for:

  • Academic achievement (English, mathematics, and science).
  • Academic achievement gaps (English and mathematics).

School quality indicators receive a rating of performance level one (meets or exceeds state standard or sufficient improvement), two (near state standard or sufficient improvement), or three (below state standard). 

For 2022-23 ratings based on 2021-22 outcomes, Glasgow MS received the following performance level ratings:

  • LEVEL 1 in English achievement.
  • LEVEL 1 in mathematics achievement.
  • LEVEL 1 in science achievement.
  • LEVEL 2 in the English achievement gap for Students with Disabilities 
  • LEVEL 3 in the mathematics achievement gap for Students with Disabilities

Virginia School Quality Profiles offer a listing of overall accreditation status by school on the Fairfax County Public Schools division report. You may find detailed information about our schools’ data and outcomes for each quality indicator by selecting Glasgow Middle School from this division listing. School details can also be found through the Virginia School Quality Profiles search page. You will see chronic absenteeism performance reported here, as well, but this indicator is not part of Virginia accreditation ratings this year.

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

 

 

NOTE: There is no school for students on Monday, September 26th, due to Rosh Hashanah.  Students will return to school on Tuesday, 9/27.

Fall INSPIRE 2022 Conference

As we progress through the start of the 2022-2023 school year, we have some exciting news for all students currently registered at Glasgow, Holmes and Key Middle Schools. To truly kick off the year, these three schools have partnered together to host a Fall INSPIRE 2022 Conference. This event seeks to promote health and wellness AND provide parents and students with the tools they can use to advance their thinking and learning. This event will be held at Glasgow Middle School for more information on sessions click here

For questions regarding the program, please contact: [email protected] Dr. Randolph. 

Date and Time: October 15, 2022 from 8am - 1pm.  

To attend you must register using this link: https://forms.gle/vpNneBjLVaCj718C6 (one form submission per student)

Due to limited spacing, we must cap this conference registration to the first 300 registered participants. 

We look forward to seeing you and your child there! 

 

Online Application for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Opens October 24; Deadline to Start Application is November 16.

The online application for students interested in applying for admission to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), a Regional Governor’s School in Fairfax County focused on science and technology, will be available beginning Monday, October 24th. The application will be posted on the TJ admissions website

 

Parent Resource Center Webinars

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. It provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Throughout the year it offers family and educator webinars. Upcoming sessions include: 

To join the PRC email list and receive notices of upcoming webinars, sign up for their News You Choose newsletter

Hello Glasgow Family!

We kicked off our first week of after school this past week. We kicked off our Math Counts, Capital One Coders, Vex Robotics Club, Science Olympiad, Dance club and various others. As the quarter moves forward, we will continue to add clubs and activities. Starting this week is Coding Engineering, and Coding for Beats.  Students are required to have a parent signed After School Registration form to participate. All sign ups take place during each lunch period. For updated descriptions and Club offerings, please refer to the Glasgow Website for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams [email protected]

 

World Language Credit Exam  

November 10, 2022 Glasgow will host the World Language Credit Exam.   The exam is designed to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn one to three credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma, see more information on the credit exam website. The registration window opens on Tuesday, September 6, at 8 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, at 4 p.m. for more information about the exam and the registration process, your student should speak with their school counselor:

 

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program

All 7th grade students will participate in the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program on October 17th and October 18th in their health classes.  The program teaches students how to identify warning signs of depression and how to seek help for themselves and/or others to address needs.  Messaging went to families via e-notify on Friday September 16th.  Hard copies of the letter, with opportunities for families to opt their student out of the program, will go home with 7th grade students during the week of September 19th.  If you have any questions, reach out to Brittany Crumbling ([email protected]), coordinator of the program or our 7th grade counselors Mike Isner [email protected] and Emily Wasserman  [email protected].  Thank you!

AVID Elective Recruitment

AVID is an elective class where students explore different aspects of attending college. We focus on improving our reading and writing skills, inquiry, collaboration, and organization. We work together as a community to help each other grow as learners. We do this through team building, college field trips/research, binder organization, and academic peer support. AVID will better prepare your student  for high school, college, and beyond!  If your student is interested in joining us next year please speak to them about the following dates.

Upcoming Dates:

September 27- Panther Time Lesson and Interest form

October 17- Online application becomes available through Schoology

October- Parent Coffee Topic: AVID

November 16- Applications are due

December 5-16 - Student Interviews

 Questions? Please contact:

Kelly Greenshields                                  Emily Wasserman

AVID Coordinator                                     AVID Counselor

[email protected]                           [email protected]

 

NOTE: There is no school for students on Monday, September 26th, due to Rosh Hashanah.  Students will return to school on Tuesday, 9/27.

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Community Gazette- 9/18/22

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Glasgow Parents and Community:

Greetings! I hope this weekend has been peaceful for everyone. I started a new book with Viola Davis’s new book Finding Me, which has been really good so far. My son and I spent the weekend in my hometown of Louisville Kentucky celebrating my fathers birthday. Family is and should always be number one in our lives. Also, a special shout out to our Student Services Department and Mrs. Pallotto (DSS) for organizing and running point on our Back To School Night last Wednesday! We had a great turnout in-person and enjoyed seeing our families in our building and connecting with our teachers and staff! Also, we reflect on these first three wonderful weeks, I want to make sure you know some important structures we have refined and/or put in place to support a welcoming, safe, and organized learning environment:

Our staggered 6th-grade bell schedule has been a complete success. This strategy has allowed our 6th graders to enjoy transition time between classes in uncrowded hallways. Students can use the bathroom and walk from one class to the next without competing for space with the 7th and 8th graders.

Teachers are outside their doors during class transitions to ensure our students are safe, organized, and respectful with each other. As students move from an elementary setting to a Middle school setting it is important for them to learn how to prioritize their time and transition to their next class on time.

During class changes, adults are assigned near the restrooms to reinforce school wide expectations for appropriate behavior when utilizing the restrooms. In addition to the multiple opportunities students have to use the restrooms (transition time, lunch, recess, etc.), we have given each student multiple hall passes they can use each quarter to use the bathroom facilities as needed. If students need additional passes, our teachers will continue to be flexible and work with our students during their class time to ensure that individual student needs are met.

Our Administrators, Assistant Principals, Dean of Students, and Counselors continue to be very visible in the halls and classrooms to ensure teaching and learning is occurring in a safe and organized learning environment. This has been the culture at Glasgow—when the bell is about to ring, our meetings  pause and everyone vacates to stand in their assigned position. 

The implementation of the FCPS policy around cell phone usage is moving in a positive direction. The overwhelming majority of our students understand the WHY behind this important policy. We acknowledge this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year. We are partnering with families to help students understand the importance of putting their phones off and away to minimize distractions during class and school. Our first bell rings at 7:00AM and our last bell rings at 2:15PM. During those times, students need to have their phones off and away. Please continue to talk to your child(ren)about these expectations for this school year. 

Monday, September 26, is a student holiday/professional work day for teachers. It is also Rosh Hashanah, the second day of the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Thomas Jefferson HIgh School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)

On Wednesday September 14th, and information session was provided to Glasgow families about the application process for TJHSST.  If you missed the session, or wanted more information about the process, please visit the TJHSST website to access the presentation materials and answers to other frequently asked questions.  Questions can also be directed to Craig Small, Glasgow School Counselor, who will serve as the point of contact for all students who wish to apply to TJHSST: [email protected]

Schedule/Course Change Requests

At this time, all requests for schedule/course changes have been reviewed and those that could be accommodated have been made.  If counselors could satisfy a request and a schedule change was made, students and families were notified of the change and start date.  Our school’s schedule is built around the course requests that students make in the spring.  Typically, the opportunity to make changes in the fall to student schedules is limited.  This year, satisfying change requests was even more challenging.  We do appreciate your understanding if we were unable to accommodate your request.

World Language Credit Exam  

November 10, 2022 Glasgow will host the World Language Credit Exam.   The exam is designed to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn one to three credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma, see more information on the credit exam website. The registration window opens on Tuesday, September 6, at 8 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, at 4 p.m. for more information about the exam and the registration process, your student should speak with their school counselor:

 

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program

All 7th grade students will participate in the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program on October 17th and October 18th in their health classes.  The program teaches students how to identify warning signs of depression and how to seek help for themselves and/or others to address needs.  Messaging went to families via e-notify on Friday September 16th.  Hard copies of the letter, with opportunities for families to opt their student out of the program, will go home with 7th grade students during the week of September 19th.  If you have any questions, reach out to Brittany Crumbling ([email protected]), coordinator of the program or our 7th grade counselors Mike Isner [email protected] and Emily Wasserman  [email protected].  Thank you!

 

Hello Glasgow Families!

Our 2022-2023 after school program is upon us. We’re all excited about the return of after school and interacting with our new and returning students. The After School program is committed to providing a safe space for programs and activities that promote academic success, wellness and youth development all while enhancing their social skills. After School will begin Monday, September 19, 2022. The program runs from 2:20 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday (late buses run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). If you’re interested in your child staying after on Fridays, you’ll need to arrange pick-up no later than 4:45 p.m. Parent letters and registration forms have been sent home. If you need a registration form, please contact me! Your student MUST have a signed registration form on file prior to staying after.

There will be a snack provided by the After School program. The After School Program if FREE!

If you have any questions about clubs and activities, please visit the Glasgow Homepage under activities for up-to-date schedules and descriptions. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]

Greg Williams (He,Him, His)

After School Specialist

Building Use Coordinator

 

Superintendent Conversations in FCPS

Dr. Michelle Reid is hosting Community Conversations across the division to get to know our communities. Events will be held at the high school in each pyramid through November, unless otherwise noted below. Each Community Conversation will be held in person, allowing Dr. Reid an opportunity to better connect with participants. If you are unable to attend your pyramid's event, please consider attending another one. Schools will share registration information with families and employees. We look forward to seeing you soon!

If you would like to share additional comments, please email Dr. Reid at [email protected] 

All events will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Interpretation services, child care, and light refreshments will be provided.

Date 

Pyramid

Event Registration

11/21/22

Justice

Register

11/29/22

Annandale

Register

Many factors were considered when scheduling the Community Conversations. Our focus was on holding events from August 23-October 31, allowing the superintendent to meet with families and employees as soon as possible in the new school year. Dates in November were added to ensure all pyramids were represented. Working with the superintendent's availability, we also weighed considerations impacting the availability of a high school's auditorium or cafeteria including:

  • Back to school events.
  • Other major events including fall sports and fine arts

If you are unable to attend your pyramid's meeting date, we encourage you to attend another pyramid's event at your convenience. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. 

  The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know

Social and emotional learning competencies are foundational skills for success in school and beyond.  Students will participate in the SEL Screener in the fall and spring this year.   The screener provides valuable information that guides planning and learning opportunities for families, staff, students, and school communities. 

Join us in an informational session to learn more about SEL in FCPS, the role of the SEL Screener, and how families and schools might partner to foster skills over time. 

Highlights include:

  • Learn about SEL in FCPS  
  • Unpack the SEL Screener: What it is and how it's used? 
  • Understand student results
  • Explore ways to continue conversations about SEL at home

Presented by: Lisa Phifer, FCPS Educational Specialist, Trauma Informed SEL, and Jaynie Van Sant, FCPS Social and Emotional Learning Systems Specialist

October 7, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know

Promoting Digital Wellness

Access to technology provides limitless opportunities to connect with others, explore diverse perspectives, share and build upon ideas, get involved in the community, and find opportunities.  However, many kids are online almost constantly, which poses a number of challenges that impact youth wellness.  

Highlights will include:

  • How the attention economy makes technology irresistible 
  • How adolescent development impacts youth technology use 
  • How schools and families can build the skills needed to navigate the complexity of online life

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Educational Specialist, Educational Technology, and Bethany Demers, FCPS Educational Specialist, Mental Wellness

October 14, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Promoting Digital Wellness

Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Paige is a happy kid with a unique fashion sense and creative imagination. Despite being bullied because of the things that make her different, she enjoys using her creativity to entertain her family and friends with stories in which she and her dog, Peppermint, are Super Heroes who always save the day!

Join us as the authors, Nalani Butler and Leila Butler, read Paige Saves the Day and share their experiences with families.

Children are welcome to join with their families for this very special webinar and book reading.

October 27, 2022 7-8 p.m.

Register for the Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes 

Part #1: Manejar los momentos estresantes de la vida 28/10/22 at 10 a.m.

  • ¿Qué es estrés? 
  • Diferencia entre estrés agudo y estrés crónico. 
  • Síntomas del estrés en adultos. 
  • Cómo los síntomas del estrés afectan las habilidades de crianza. 
  • Síntomas del estrés en niños . 
  • Cómo el estrés afecta el rendimiento escolar en los niños. 

 Part #2: Estrategias de manejo del estrés 16/12/22 at 10 a.m. 

  • ¿Qué es el autocuidado? 
  • ¿Por qué es importante el autocuidado? 
  • Cómo practicar el autocuidado. 
  • Técnicas de relajación 
  • Gestión del tiempo 

Part #3: Apoyando a sus hijos durante tiempos estresantes  17/3/22 at 10 a.m.

  • Construyendo Resiliencia 
  • Reestructurando nuestro pensamiento 
  • Cómo reparar la relación con nuestros hijos.

Presented by: 

  • Aynalem (Nalem) Valdes, MS.Residente en Consejería de Salud Mental en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia, Centro Multicultural  
  • Ana Stevenson, MS. Trabajadora Social Clínica Licenciada en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia ,Centro Multicultural 

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Community Gazette- September 11, 2022

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On Monday morning, the Glasgow students and staff  will be participating in a special moment of silence to remember and honor the victims, families, heroes, and survivors of 9/11, and the courage and determination of our nation's first responders. During classes, all students will have the opportunity to learn about and recognize the anniversary of 9/11. 

Volunteer Fairfax hosts a day of service in remembrance of 9/11. This year, the day of service will be on September 17. This is a great opportunity for students and families who want to engage with local nonprofits and volunteer. The event will officially kick-off on September 11, Patriot’s Day, with Volunteer Fairfax sharing donation needs and upcoming volunteer opportunities. More information about VolunteerFest 2022 can be found at Volunteer Fairfax’s website. Additional 9/11 Day of Service information can be found at 911Day.org. 

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Some of the ways parents can help their children create healthy routines and a habit of getting to school on time every day include: 

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. (Need help? Download this checklist in English or Spanish.)
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.

Visit our website for more attendance resources. Attend today, achieve tomorrow! 

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Constitution Day, also known as Citizenship Day, is a holiday that recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and honors all of those who are citizens, as well as those who have become citizens of the United States. It is observed on September 17 — the day on which the constitution was adopted in 1787.

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30.

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

 

Glasgow Back to School Night - September 14, 2022; 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Back to School Night is an opportunity for parents and guardians to connect with all of their student’s teachers, counselors, and administrators. Our event this year will be in person. Glasgow Panthers and their families will rotate through students’ schedules to meet each of their teachers in their classrooms. Please be sure to check SIS Parent Vue to access your child’s schedule.  Paper copies will not be available at the event.  We will also have a community resource fair from 4:30 to 6 pm prior to Back to School Night where local organizations will have booths set up to share resources and information for our students and families.  We are looking forward to seeing you for Back to School Night!

Family Life Education (FLE) Preview Night

The Glasgow Health and Physical Education department will hold its Family Life Education (FLE) preview night on Wednesday, September 14 prior to the beginning of Back to School Night. Lesson materials and teachers will be available in the health rooms from 5:30pm-6:00pm.  The presentations will be in room C137A/B. 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) information Session - Representatives from TJHSST will be at Glasgow on September 14th from 5:00pm - 6:00pm prior to our BTSN event to present on the programming/curriculum and application process.  All are welcome.  

Kiss and Ride

We have many families who choose to drop off and pick up students through the kiss and ride line.  In order to keep the flow of traffic moving along and to maintain safety, we ask that you pull your cars up and stop at the locations our monitors direct to before allowing your child to exit your vehicle.  Students should exit passenger doors onto the sidewalk (rather than the street).  We also ask that you refrain from parking in the kiss and ride line or double parking in the lane.  If you need to enter the building, please find a spot to park in our lot.  Thank you so much for your cooperation.

 

World Language Credit Exam - November 10, 2022 Glasgow will host the World Language Credit Exam.   The exam is designed to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn one to three credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma, see more information on the credit exam website. The registration window opens on Tuesday, September 6, at 8 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, at 4 p.m. for more information about the exam and the registration process, your student should speak with their school counselor:

 

Safety Drills During the School year

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance. The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school. Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

 

Also, we reflect on these first three wonderful weeks, I want to make sure you know some important structures we have refined and/or put in place to support a welcoming, safe, and organized learning environment:

 

  1. Our staggered 6th-grade bell schedule has been a complete success. This strategy has allowed our 6th graders to enjoy transition time between classes in uncrowded hallways. Students can use the bathroom and walk from one class to the next without competing for space with the 7th and 8th graders.

 

  1. Teachers are outside their doors during class transitions to ensure our students are safe, organized, and respectful with each other. As students move from an elementary setting to a Middle school setting it is important for them to learn how to prioritize their time and transition to their next class on time.

 

  1. During class changes, adults are assigned near the restrooms to reinforce school wide expectations for appropriate behavior when utilizing the restrooms. In addition to the multiple opportunities students have to use the restrooms (transition time, lunch, recess, etc.), we have given each student multiple hall passes they can use each quarter to use the bathroom facilities as needed. If students need additional passes, our teachers will continue to be flexible and work with our students during their classes to meet their daily needs and have flexibility with students. 

 

  1. Our Administrators, Assistant Principals, Dean of Students, and Counselors continue to be very visible in the halls and classrooms to ensure teaching and learning is occurring in a safe and organized learning environment. This has been the culture there historically—when the bell is about to ring, meetings are paused while everyone vacates to stand in their assigned position. 
  1. The implementation of the FCPS policy around cell phone usage is moving in a positive direction. The overwhelming majority of our students understand the WHY behind this important policy. We acknowledge this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year. We are partnering with parents to help students understand the importance of putting their phones off and away to minimize distractions during class and school. Our first bell rings at 7:00AM and our last bell rings at 2:15PM. During those times, students need to have their phones off and away. Please continue to talk to your child(ren)about these expectations for this school year. 

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Community Gazette- September 2.2022

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Glasgow Parents and Community:

Greetings! I hope everyone has an awesome 4 day weekend and is able to enjoy this time with family and friends. The first two weeks of school are down and we are moving positively forward toward a successful year! Friday, Sept, 2, and Monday, Sept. 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Dr. Michelle Reid is hosting Community Conversations across the division to get to know our communities. Events will be held at the high school in each pyramid through November, unless otherwise noted below. Each Community Conversation will be held in person, allowing Dr. Reid an opportunity to better connect with participants. If you are unable to attend your pyramid's event, please consider attending another one. Schools will share registration information with families and employees. We look forward to seeing you soon! https://www.fcps.edu/blog/superintendent-community-conversations

If you would like to share additional comments, please email Dr. Reid at [email protected] All events will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Interpretation services, child care, and light refreshments will be provided.

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost for all currently enrolled FCPS students on select dates throughout the year when transmission may be highest. Diagnostic testing is provided at designated times and locations for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Testing will be available September 6-8 and 12-14. Visit the testing website for information on locations and how to register for an appointment. 

You may wish to read FCPS messages in a language other than English. There are several ways you can receive or view our communications in a different language.

FCPS This Week is distributed in other languages to parents/guardians who have filled out the Home Language Survey form and selected a language supported by FCPS as their preferred language for communication. Home Language Survey forms are available in the following languages: Amharic | Arabic (العربية) | Chinese (中文) | Farsi (فارسی) | Korean (한국어) | Spanish (español) | Urdu (اردو) | Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt).

Learn more about other communications that are translated. 

Remembering 9/11 Through FCPS Service Learning and Volunteer Fairfax

Volunteer Fairfax will be facilitating VolunteerFest 2022, a countywide day of service, on September 17. This is a great opportunity for students and families who want to engage with local nonprofits and volunteer. The event will officially kick-off on September 11, Patriot’s Day, with Volunteer Fairfax sharing donation needs and upcoming volunteer opportunities. More information about VolunteerFest 2022 can be found at Volunteer Fairfax’s website. Additional 9/11 Day of Service information can be found at 911Day.org. 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

 

Safety Drills During the School year

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance. The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school. Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

 

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies.  

Stay Connected with FCPS

Being connected to your school and division is important every year, and even more so now as we navigate our return to school. The best way to stay informed is to sign up for newsletters through News You Chose

Your school and FCPS have a variety of topics you can choose from, including:

  • School Newsletters- featuring everything you need to know about your child’s school
  • FCPS This Week- a weekly newsletter featuring news and happenings from across the division, published Wednesday mornings
  • School Board Meeting Update- a recap of important news coming out of school board meetings, published the Friday morning after the meeting
  • FCPS Employee News- weekly updates just for staff, published Tuesday mornings

Glasgow Back to School Night - September 14, 2022; 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Back to School Night is an opportunity for parents and guardians to connect with all of their student’s teachers, counselors, and administrators. Our event this year will be in person. Glasgow Panthers and their families will rotate through students’ schedules to meet each of their teachers in their classrooms. We will also have a community resource fair from 4:30 to 6 pm prior to Back to School Night where local organizations will have booths set up to share resources and information for our students and families.  We are looking forward to seeing you for Back to School Night!

Family Life Education (FLE) Preview Night

The Glasgow Health and Physical Education department invites parents to come to the Family Life Education (FLE) preview night on Wednesday, September 14 prior to the beginning of Back to School Night. Lesson materials and teachers will be available in the health rooms from 5:30pm-6:00pm.  The presentations will be in room C137A/B. 

Thomas Jefferson HIgh School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) information Session - September 14th 5:00pm - 6:00pm.  Do you have a current 8th grade student who is interested in applying for enrollment at TJHSST next year?  Would you and/or your student like to learn more about TJHSST? Representatives from TJHSST will be at Glasgow on September 14th from 5:00pm - 6:00pm to present on the programming/curriculum and application process.  All are welcome.  

Course Requests/Schedule Changes - the window to submit course change requests has closed.  Counselors are currently working through course corrections (students who are in the wrong classes as per beginning of year assessment data and/or program participation) and will begin to look at requests during the week of September 12th.  If a course request change can be granted, students, parents/guardians and teachers will be notified.  The school’s schedule is built based upon the request students make during the spring course selection process.  The options to make changes at this time are extremely limited and will be based upon approval from the Director of Student Services, Jenn Pallotto.  We thank you for your patience and understanding.

World Language Credit Exam - November 10, 2022 Glasgow will host the World Language Credit Exam.   The exam is designed to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn one to three credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma, see more information on the credit exam website. The registration window opens on Tuesday, September 6, at 8 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, at 4 p.m. for more information about the exam and the registration process, your student should speak with their school counselor:

 

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) Health Information Form and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) Emergency Care Information provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHNs) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

For SY 22-23, these forms will be required for all students. Parents/guardians may submit these forms either through electronic submission accessed within the [email protected] (weCare) module; or thorough Back to School packets for those families without ParentVue accounts.

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Community Gazette- August 28

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Glasgow Parents and Community:

It’s been a great week with kids! Spending time at the park, playing games and hanging out at the house. I hope everyone has had a peaceful weekend. 

Wow, what an awesome first week!  Despite our challenges leading up to the first day of school, we had a wonderful start to our 22-23 school year.  Our staff and students have been excited to reconnect.  The first two weeks of school are about establishing relationships, routines and expectations, settling in, and reviewing/assessing current content knowledge and skills.  This time is essential for student’s long-term success in academics and supporting student wellness.    

We are very happy with the effectiveness of the first week of school. Our new staggered bell schedule that has 6th grade with a separate passing period has been great for our students getting to class smoothly. This also has allowed us to ensure all 6th graders have the same lunch each day. Thank you for your partnership with FCPS’s new cell phone policy. It has helped our students focus and ensure instructional time is a priority. 

FCPS annual pass rates for 2022 indicate that, while the road to recovery continues, FCPS students made promising gains in reading, mathematics, and science over the course of the 2022 school year. Read more about our plans for continued improvement of the SOL pass rates.

FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services on our website.

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

From Student Services

Our school counseling team has been working hard to ensure that all of our students have a wonderful start to the school year. Over the course of the next few weeks, Glasgow School counselors will be focused on making connections with students who need immediate response, supporting newly registered students, and making corrections to scheduling errors.  Please note: the window to request course changes has closed.  Opportunities to change courses by request will be extremely

limited and are subject to the approval of our Director of Student Services. Approved course change requests will begin the week of September 5th.  When schedules change, all efforts will be made to communicate changes to students and families in advance of the change.  Given the busyness of this time of year and the high volume of work it presents, our team will be relying upon support from Central office staff to help manage demands.  We apologize if our response time to emails and phone calls may not be as timely as usual.   We thank you for your patience, flexibility and understanding.

 

Document Translator Needed

Glasgow Middle School is looking for a few community members to help with translating documents from English to Spanish. Compensation is available! These are typically letters or notes from teachers that are sent home. Please contact Victor Powell if this is something you are interested in helping our school with.

 

Superintendent Community Conversations

Dr. Michelle Reid is hosting Community Conversations across the division to get to know our communities. Events will be held at the high school in each pyramid through November, unless otherwise noted below. Each Community Conversation will be held in person, allowing Dr. Reid an opportunity to better connect with participants. If you are unable to attend your pyramid's event, please consider attending another one. Schools will share registration information with families and employees. We look forward to seeing you soon! https://www.fcps.edu/blog/superintendent-community-conversations

**All events will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Interpretation services, child care, and light refreshments will be provided.

 

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies.  

 

Parent Information Line Available in 8 Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

 

Safety Drills During the School Year

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance.The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school. Preschool and kindergarten students are exempt from practicing the first lockdown drill. Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

 

Labor DayFriday, Sept, 2, and Monday, Sept. 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

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Community Gazette Aug 21

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Good Evening, Glasgow Families!

Are you ready? Join our countdown to the first day of school on August 22 on the FCPS homepage and social media. School starts tomorrow! As always, I have been reading new books each week. I am reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Reid. If you have any good recommendations for my next book, let me know. It was such a pleasure seeing and meeting so many of you and your students this week at our Open House and connecting with so many families through my home visits, community events and when students stopped by the school throughout the summer! 

Since last week, we’ve encouraged community members to be sure to register their children, update immunization records, view the school year calendar, update their weCare contact information, and sign up for News You Choose. Share in the countdown fun with us and make sure you, too, are ready for #FirstDayFairfax!

Please be aware that all of us are getting used to new routines at the start of the school year. Thank you for your patience as those routines are established. If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report. 

The current CDC COVID-19 Community Level for Fairfax County is low. At this time, masks are not required. However, FCPS requires all students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering when indoors (except while actively eating/drinking) on school property (to include the buildings, school buses and other school provided vehicles) when the CDC COVID-19 Community Level is high. The Code of Virginia allows parents/legal guardians to elect for their child not to wear a face covering while on school property. We will let you know should the community level change.

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document (SR&R) explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. Read the Letter from the Superintendent on the 2022-23 Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Families. Key changes to the document for the 2022-23 school year include: 

  • Adding rights to protect citizenship and immigration status from unauthorized sharing.
  • Changes to FCPS’ Acceptable Use Policy Regulation for Technology.
  • A new section on cell phones.

The new section on cell phones prohibits cell phone, earbuds and apple watches use in classrooms and our school at Glasgow. It would be a parent pick up if a student does not comply with the policy. 

Friday, September 2, and Monday, September 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. View the 2022-23 school year calendar. 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell

 

 

Lunch PIN number

This is just a reminder that students must pay for a second breakfast and lunch this year, and they will need a PIN. The first one is free at Glasgow MS.  The PIN was emailed to parents on Wednesday, 8/17, and each lunch supervisor will have a copy on Monday.  If you need to access free and reduced meals, please be sure to complete the application as soon as possible.  If you would like to add money to your student's account, you should use MySchoolBucks. Online applications are now available.

 

Student Class Schedules:   School counselors have been working hard to ensure that all students have a complete schedule for the first day of school, and to balance class numbers for our teachers to enhance the learning experience for all.  Courses within student schedules may shift as a result.  All efforts are made to ensure that student schedules include the same courses and only the periods within the schedule shift. Student schedules were activated in SIS Parent VUE and Student VUE for all FCPS middle and high school students at 6:00 am on August 18. If you or your child would like to request a schedule change, complete this form no later than August 26th. Opportunities for schedule changes will be extremely limited and must be approved by the director of student services.

 

Required Forms: All students must have Emergency Contact Information and Health Information updated each fall. Log in to Parent VUE to update your emergency contact information. Click here for instructions

 

School meals: Breakfast and lunch will be free for all Glasgow students this year through the Community Eligible Provision (CEP).  Each student will be provided with one meal for breakfast and lunch. If you participate in the free and reduced meals program, please be sure to complete the application for the program, even if meals will be free this year.  Doing so can provide access to additional resources and support.  If you would like to add funds to the school account to allow your child to access additional meals, you can load money onto your MySchoolBucks account. 

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has announced 2021-22 Standards of Learning (SOL) data for school divisions that shows Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has made steady progress towards a return to pre-pandemic levels.

FCPS annual pass rates for 2022 indicate that, while the road to recovery continues, FCPS students made promising gains in reading, mathematics, and science over the course of the 2022 school year. Read more about our plans for continued improvement of the SOL pass rates.

Monkeypox in Fairfax County

Since May 2022, a global outbreak of monkeypox has occurred. As of Tuesday, August 16, there have been 56 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Fairfax County. To date, monkeypox has been rare in children nationwide; in Virginia, monkeypox cases have ranged in age from 18-70. 

Prevention in FCPS

Per CDC recommendations, we encourage our community to prevent the spread of monkeypox by engaging the following steps: 

  1. Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
  •  Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
  •  Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
  1. Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used.
  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
  1. Wash your hands often.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.

FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services on our website.

Important Dates

  • August 22:   First Day of School
  • September 2: No School
  • September 5: No School, Labor Day
  • September 26 –Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day – Rosh Hashanah

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