Glasgow Community Gazette - September 26

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Glasgow Community:

Greetings, We are one month into school! Wow! I started my program with AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy on Saturday and I am excited about growing as an instructional leader. Also, I just finished another book: A Rip in Heaven by Jeanine Cummins. On to the next book! We also updated the PTA link on the FCPS Glasgow webpage so it goes to the right page. The new website is: https://glasgowms.memberhub.com and our new email is glasgowpta.va@gmail.com.

Glasgow PTA Meeting: You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Sep 28, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Glasgow PTA Meeting (9/28/2021) Register in advance for this webinar: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E7oSYNyjRaOSMxgKL0xERg. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Also, we are excited for our students to engage in the Broadcast News Show for Good Morning Glasgow (GMG). We are thankful for Ms. Rushel Grillo and our students.

Whether your family needs medical care for a COVID-related issue, seasonal cold or allergies, injuries, routine exams, or mental health and wellness, our community has a number of resources for you. Visit the Mental and Physical Healthand Community Resources webpage for a full list of organizations that can provide support and care.

Lastly, the 8th Annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference and Inova Act on Addiction presents Strategies for Today and Beyond. The conference will be virtual this year September 27-October 1, 2021. Registration information and the complete schedule and list of speakers are now available online.

As always, we are here to support our families in any way we can. Please connect with your child’s teachers if you have any questions about their academics or needs. Continue to let me know if I can support in any way. I will continue to learn and gain information from families during the weekly home visits. Please let me know if you would like me to visit you at your home. Take care and have a blessed weekend.

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: vlpowell@fcps.edu

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

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

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

Important Dates

September 29-October 5 - Virginia Growth Assessment, Math Window

October 11 - Non Student Day, School Planning Day

October 12 - SEL Screener

Important Information 

FCPS Needs School Bus Drivers - New Incentive - New drivers will receive a $3,000 signing bonus - $1,500 after consecutive employment of 90 workdays, and $1,500 will be given after the first 180 working days (paid school days) if the driver receives a satisfactory yearly evaluation and is recommended for continued employment with FCPS Office of Transportation Services.

We hope this helps us to add many new bus drivers to our team!

New Hourly Rate for School Bus Drivers - We are also excited to share that the hourly pay for bus drivers has increased to $22.91! For more information, contact the Applicant Center - Connie Lovejoy at 571-423-3023.

 

Credit for World Language Exam

Parents, is your student a 7th or 8th grader who is proficient in reading and writing in their first language? If so, then make sure your student signs up to take the Credit for World Language Exam on November 16th, here at Glasgow Middle School! 

The exam is designed to assess students’ first language proficiency and enable them to earn credits toward fulfilling the world language requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma in high school. Passing this exam will also award students with the Biliteracy Seal upon graduation. Students who have the ability to read and write in one of the following 26 languages may take the exam to receive high school credit*:

American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/ Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

If you would like your child to take the Credit for World Language Exam, please have them sign-up in Student Services from Monday September 20 until Wednesday, October 13th at 2:00 p.m. 

*Please note that fluent oral speaking skills are not sufficient for this exam. 

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email (tjadmissions@fcps.edu) or phone (571-423-3770) or the Glasgow TJ Liaison, Counselor Gregory Frantz (gdfrantz@fcps.edu) with questions.

 

From the Tech Office: We have issued over 1850 student laptops with chargers in the past few weeks.  By now, every student at Glasgow should have received their laptop.  If not, please have them let their teacher know so they can be sent to the tech office to be issued a new one.  Please know if they did not return their laptop from the 2020-2021 school year, they will not be issued a laptop until that one is returned.  It is also important that this laptop is fully charged at home every night before school.  Glasgow classrooms are not equipped to charge every student laptop at once. Finally, if a laptop or charger is lost there is a fee to replace.  A lost laptop cost $472 and a charger is $23.  We do not have the ability to replace these items for free. Please be sure the laptop and charger is always put in a safe place when not in use.

 

Social and Emotional Learning Screener, Tuesday October 12- This fall, FCPS schools will be administering a social and emotional learning screener to all students in order to assess how teachers, counselors, and staff can better support students’ social and emotional needs. Glasgow students will be taking the 18 question screener in Panther Time on Tuesday, October 12.  Learn more about the screener and review the questions here. To opt your child out of participating in the screener, please complete the opt-out form found here and return to your child’s Panther Time teacher by Thursday, September 30th. 

 

Learn English - In partnership with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, we’re proud to offer another Family Learning Program. Are you interested in learning English? Would you like to improve your English language skills? The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is the program for you. Registration will  be on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Classes are free for Glasgow parents, which include all books and assessments. Classes start Tuesday, October 18, 2021, and end December 16, 2021. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Feel free to check out the website for more information https://lcnv.org/

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at dhrivas@fcps.edu

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees.

Afterschool Updates

Hello Glasgow Families!

We’ve completed our second week of the After School Program. Recruitment of staff and volunteers continue to be a priority as we continue to grow our after school program. Our commitment to providing our students with meaningful activities and programs. If you’re interested in being a volunteer, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu to discuss our options and potential next steps. Thank you for your continued support of Glasgow and the After School Program.

Glasgow PTA News

Glasgow PTA Meeting: You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Sep 28, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Glasgow PTA Meeting (9/28/2021) Register in advance for this webinar: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E7oSYNyjRaOSMxgKL0xERg

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to glasgowpta.va@gmail.com. Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who went beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit a brief description so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - September 19

GovDelivery 1 week ago

Glasgow Community:

Greetings! I hope you had a peaceful weekend! This past week we had our Back to School Night, celebrated Yom Kippur and also started celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, which goes through October 15th. At Glasgow we recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. I spent this weekend hanging out with my son at soccer practice, attending a NAACP Fairfax event, celebrating my dad’s birthday and conducting some weekend home visits to families. Also, thank you to those families who sent me great book recommendations last week! 

COVID mitigation and keeping transmission rates low, continue to be a priority at Glasgow MS. We will continue to keep the community in the loop on our efforts. The Fairfax County Health Department announced a change in their communication process for students waiting for COVID-19 contact interviews. You may read about these changes on the FCHD website. You may also wish to review the FCHD FAQs for parents of school-aged children. We appreciate the continued partnership between FCPS and FCHD. 

Coming soon, our students will be engaging in Fall assessments within reading and math, which will be helpful for our staff to see what unfinished learning skills are there for our students. As always, please let me know if you would like me to visit you with a Home Visit this year! My goal is to stay consistent with ensuring we are getting out in the community and going to our families to ensure our community and school partnership is strong throughout the school year and beyond. Please let me know if our team or myself can support in any way. Please contact me or our team if you have any questions. Thank you.

 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell,  Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: vlpowell@fcps.edu

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

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

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

Important Dates

September 21 - Virginia Growth Assessment, Reading

September 29 - Virginia Growth Assessment, Math

Important Information 

Credit for World Language Exam: Parents, is your student a 7th or 8th grader who is proficient in reading and writing in their first language? If so, then make sure your student signs up to take the Credit for World Language Exam on November 16th, here at Glasgow Middle School! 

The exam is designed to assess students’ first language proficiency and enable them to earn credits toward fulfilling the world language requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma in high school. Passing this exam will also award students with the Biliteracy Seal upon graduation. Students who have the ability to read and write in one of the following 26 languages may take the exam to receive high school credit*:

American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/ Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

If you would like your child to take the Credit for World Language Exam, please have them sign-up in Student Services from Monday September 20 until Wednesday, October 13th at 2:00 p.m. 

*Please note that fluent oral speaking skills are not sufficient for this exam. 

 

Summer Reading Celebration:  Summer is quickly coming to an end on Sep 22.  Please encourage your child to participate in Glasgow's Summer Reading program!  It is a bingo board, with many suggestions for kids to read print/digital books, listen to audiobooks, get active, and be creative. Students can work at their own pace and choose which activities they would like to try! Check out our summer Bingo board at bit.ly/GMSsummer Students can win prizes for participation and  will celebrate their participation at the end of September! Reach out to the library staff if you have any questions.  

 

From the Tech Office: We have issued over 1850 student laptops with chargers in the past few weeks.  By now, every student at Glasgow should have received their laptop.  If not, please have them let their teacher know so they can be sent to the tech office to be issued a new one.  Please know if they did not return their laptop from the 2020-2021 school year, they will not be issued a laptop until that one is returned.  It is also important that this laptop is fully charged at home every night before school.  Glasgow classrooms are not equipped to charge every student laptop at once. Finally, if a laptop or charger is lost there is a fee to replace.  A lost laptop cost $472 and a charger is $23.  We do not have the ability to replace these items for free. Please be sure the laptop and charger is always put in a safe place when not in use.

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email (tjadmissions@fcps.edu) or phone (571-423-3770) or the Glasgow TJ Liaison, Counselor Gregory Frantz (gdfrantz@fcps.edu) with questions.

 

Social and Emotional Learning Screener, Tuesday October 12- This fall, FCPS schools will be administering a social and emotional learning screener to all students in order to assess how teachers, counselors, and staff can better support students’ social and emotional needs. Glasgow students will be taking the 18 question screener in Panther Time on Tuesday, October 12.  Learn more about the screener and review the questions here. To opt your child out of participating in the screener, please complete the opt-out form found here and return to your child’s Panther Time teacher by Thursday, September 30th. 

 

Learn English - In partnership with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, we’re proud to offer another Family Learning Program. Are you interested in learning English? Would you like to improve your English language skills? The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is the program for you. Registration will  be on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Classes are free for Glasgow parents, which include all books and assessments. Classes start Tuesday, October 18, 2021, and end December 16, 2021. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Feel free to check out the website for more information https://lcnv.org/. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Donovan at MDonovan@fcps.edu (Spanish) or Ms. Nafisa Mohamed at nmmohamedtah@fcps.edu (Arabic) to register.

 

2021-21 Yearbooks: Our 2020-2021 yearbooks are finally here! Forgot to order yours? Don’t worry! There are yearbooks still available for purchase. Payment can be submitted on MySchoolBucks located on our Glasgow homepage. Please email our new yearbook adviser, Rushel Grillo, with any questions.

Buying a yearbook is easy!

  1. Go to MySchoolBucks.
  2. Add your child by selecting Glasgow Middle School, and either their student ID or birthdate
  3. You will receive a confirmation email that your account has been established
  4. Look for the Yearbook Sale icon and complete your purchase with a credit/debit card or electronic check

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at dhrivas@fcps.edu

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees.

Afterschool Updates

Hello Glasgow Families!

Last week our After School Program began and it was great seeing students involved!  Our activity and club offerings will increase as we move into the school year. Schedule updates will be added to the Activities and Descriptions page on our main Glasgow Website. As a reminder, The After School program runs from 2:20 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday (late buses run Monday, Wednesday and Thursday). On Tuesday and Friday, you will need to arrange transportation no later than 4:45 p.m.

After School sign up will take place during each lunch period.  Students will be able to come on stage, sign up for the activities that are being offered that day.

If you need the Registration Packet, or have any questions, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who went beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit a brief description so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Attendance: 703.813.8787 | Web | Twitter | Facebook 

Glasgow Community Gazette - September 12

GovDelivery 2 weeks ago

Glasgow Community:

Greetings! I hope you had a restful weekend. Last week FCPS and Glasgow recognized the 20th anniversary of September 11 by holding a moment of silence. Additionally, we presented a lesson on September 11 in our Panther Time classes. We also want to speak up against any anti-Muslim bias and ensure all our students safety and wellbeing are felt.

I spent this past weekend hanging out with my family, celebrating my wife’s birthday and taking care of my own mental health by staying consistent with my 6AM workouts on the weekend! I recently finished “The Vanishing Half'' by Brit Bennett and now I am looking for a new book, if anyone has any recommendations please let me know.

COVID mitigation continues to be a priority at Glasgow. We have added additional outdoor and indoor seating for students to use during lunch.  In addition, FCPS and the Health Department recently shared their plans to streamline asymptomatic, vaccinated students’ return to school when identified as a possible close contact, which should speed up the process for some students to return, as needed. 

At Glasgow, we have been lucky enough so far that we have not had a lot of cases that resulted in the identification of close contacts at school.  Nevertheless, we are refining our structures to ensure students continue to have access to learning should they be identified as a possible close contact.

As a reminder, our Virtual Back To School Night is on Monday, September 13th, 2021. This week is Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement. There are 15 religious and cultural observance days that have been designated in the 2021-22 school year calendar.  For more about religious and cultural observance days, take a look at this announcement from back in March 2021. 

As always, please let me know if you would like me to visit you with a Home Visit this year! My goal is to stay consistent with ensuring we are getting out in the community and going to our families to ensure our community and school partnership is strong throughout the school year and beyond. Please let me know if our team or myself can support in any way. Please contact me or our team if you have any questions. Thank you.

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell,  Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: vlpowell@fcps.edu

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

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

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

Important Dates

Monday, 9/13 - Rescheduled Back to School Night (virtual, more information to come)

Week of 9/13 - Late Busses & After School Program Begins

Important Information 

Glasgow Back to School Night - Due to inclement weather, Back to School Night was rescheduled for tomorrow, Monday, September 13. Our rescheduled event will take place virtually in order to help families connect live with teachers and staff. 

Please follow these directions below to access your child’s classes:

  1. First, login to Chrome using your child’s ID number@fcpsschools.net  Then enter their password.  (You MUST be logged into Google Chrome as your child, or your child’s Schoology account will not work.)
  2. Then, go to https://lms.fcps.edu (this gets you into Schoology)
  3. Enter the child’s FCPS username (just the ID number) and password again.
  4. Click Sign in.
  5. Click “Course Dashboard” at the top to find the class meeting you’d like to join. 
  6. Following the scheduled period order and times (Period 1, 3, 5, 7, 2, 4, 6, 8) click on your child’s teacher’s course.
  7. Click Zoom on the left side.
  8. Join the meeting of your scheduled period/time and click Join (on the right side)

Back to School Night Schedule:

6:00 – 6:15 - 1st Period                                                                                  

6:20 – 6:30 - 3rd Period                                                                                      

6:35 – 6:45 - 5th Period                                                                                

6:50 – 7:00 - 7th Period                                                                                 

7:05 – 7:15 - 2nd Period                                                                               

7:20 – 7:30 - 4th Period (Panther Time)                                                

7:35 – 7:45 - 6th Period                                                                                 

7:50 – 8:00 - 8th Period 

Teachers also make Back to School Videos in case you’re unable to attend: Check out our Back to School Staff Videos here! 

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email (tjadmissions@fcps.edu) or phone (571-423-3770) or the Glasgow TJ Liaison, Counselor Gregory Frantz (gdfrantz@fcps.edu) with questions.

 

Social and Emotional Learning Screener, Tuesday October 12- This fall, FCPS schools will be administering a social and emotional learning screener to all students in order to assess how teachers, counselors, and staff can better support students’ social and emotional needs. Glasgow students will be taking the 18 question screener in Panther Time on Tuesday, October 12.  Learn more about the screener and review the questions here. To opt your child out of participating in the screener, please complete the opt-out form found here and return to your child’s Panther Time teacher by Thursday, September 30th. 

 

Learn English - In partnership with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, we’re proud to offer another Family Learning Program. Are you interested in learning English? Would you like to improve your English language skills? The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is the program for you. Registration will  be on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Classes are free for Glasgow parents, which include all books and assessments. Classes start Tuesday, October 18, 2021, and end December 16, 2021. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Feel free to check out the website for more information https://lcnv.org/. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Donovan at MDonovan@fcps.edu (Spanish) or Ms. Nafisa Mohamed at nmmohamedtah@fcps.edu (Arabic) to register.

 

2021-21 Yearbooks: Our 2020-2021 yearbooks are finally here! Forgot to order yours? Don’t worry! There are yearbooks still available for purchase. Payment can be submitted on MySchoolBucks located on our Glasgow homepage. Please email our new yearbook adviser, Rushel Grillo, with any questions.

         Buying a yearbook is easy!

  1. Go to MySchoolBucks.
  2. Add your child by selecting Glasgow Middle School, and either their student ID or birthdate
  3. You will receive a confirmation email that your account has been established
  4. Look for the Yearbook Sale icon and complete your purchase with a credit/debit card or electronic check

 

Summer Reading Celebration - The library staff has been excited to dust off our collection and get books into kids’ hands during this first week of school.  Please encourage your child to participate in Glasgow's Summer Reading program!  It is a bingo board, with many suggestions for kids to read print/digital books, listen to audiobooks, get active, and be creative. Students can work at their own pace and choose which activities they would like to try! Check out our summer Bingo board at bit.ly/GMSsummer Students can win prizes for participation and  will celebrate their participation at the end of September! Reach out to the library staff if you have any questions.  

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at dhrivas@fcps.edu

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees.

Afterschool Updates

Hello Glasgow Families!

Monday, September 13th, we start our after school program.  Our activity and club offerings will increase as we move into the school year. Schedule updates will be added to the Activities and Descriptions page on our main Glasgow Website. As a reminder, The After School program runs from 2:20 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday (late buses run Monday, Wednesday and Thursday). On Tuesday and Friday, you will need to arrange transportation no later than 4:45 p.m.

On the first day, we will be offering Homework Hotspot, Club Glasgow, Basketball, Chess Club, Ping Pong/Table Tennis.

After School sign up will take place during each lunch period.  Students will be able to come on stage, sign up for the activities that are being offered that day.

If you need the Registration Packet, or have any questions, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who went beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit a brief description so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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

Glasgow Community Gazette - September 6

GovDelivery 2 weeks 6 days ago

Glasgow Community:

Week two is behind us and we are moving into week three! For me it was a special week because my son had his first day of kindergarten and it was a blessing to hear all about it each day! It’s been a pleasure to continue building relationships with our students and getting to know their hopes and dreams, as well.

Students continue to be vigilant with following the mask mandates and our staff will continue to remind students about our mask and mitigation strategies.  As a reminder, after careful thought and consultation with our team, we have decided to move our Back to School Night to Monday, September 13th, 2021. We will work with our staff and team to develop a virtual BTSN. Teachers and staff have introductory videos and presentations with their important course information that you currently have access to view. You may at any time reach out directly to teachers with questions. 

Arrival, dismissal, and lunch has steadily improved, and we will continue to adjust as needed to support teaching and learning in the safest way possible. As a reminder, the anniversary of September 11th is next weekend. In the coming week we will be acknowledging this anniversary through a special moment of silence and meaningful activities. 

Thank you all for your continued support and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend. Also, continue to reach out to me if you are interested in a home visit from myself. Thank you for all that you do for our community that is seen and unseen!

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell,  Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: vlpowell@fcps.edu

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

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

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

Important Dates

Monday, September 6 - Labor Day Holiday

Monday, 9/13 - Rescheduled Back to School Night (virtual, more information to come)

Week of 9/13 - Late Busses & After School Program Begins

Important Information 

Glasgow Back to School Night - Due to inclement weather, Back to School Night is rescheduled for Monday, September 13. Our rescheduled event will take place virtually in order to help families connect live with teachers and staff. More details to come. In the meantime, check out our Back to School Staff Videos here! 

 

Social and Emotional Learning Screener, Tuesday October 12- This fall, FCPS schools will be administering a social and emotional learning screener to all students in order to assess how teachers, counselors, and staff can better support students’ social and emotional needs. Glasgow students will be taking the 18 question screener in Panther Time on Tuesday, October 12.  Learn more about the screener and review the questions here. To opt your child out of participating in the screener, please complete the opt-out form found here and return to your child’s Panther Time teacher by Thursday, September 30th. 

 

Learn English - In partnership with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, we’re proud to offer another Family Learning Program. Are you interested in learning English? Would you like to improve your English language skills? The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is the program for you. Registration will  be on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Classes are free for Glasgow parents, which include all books and assessments. Classes start Tuesday, October 18, 2021, and end December 16, 2021. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Feel free to check out the website for more information https://lcnv.org/. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Donovan at MDonovan@fcps.edu (Spanish) or Ms. Nafisa Mohamed at nmmohamedtah@fcps.edu (Arabic) to register.

 

2021-21 Yearbooks: Our 2020-2021 yearbooks are finally here! We appreciate your patience and understanding as our book delivery was delayed due to production shutdowns related to COVID. We are happy to share with you that we will begin our yearbook distribution NEXT WEEK during Panther Time. Students who ordered a yearbook last year should expect their book to be delivered directly to them during 4th period Panther Time on either Wednesday or Friday. Forgot to order yours? Don’t worry! There are yearbooks still available for purchase. Payment can be submitted on MySchoolBucks located on our Glasgow homepage. Please email our new yearbook adviser, Rushel Grillo, with any questions.

Buying a yearbook is easy!

  1. Go to MySchoolBucks.
  2. Add your child by selecting Glasgow Middle School, and either their student ID or birthdate
  3. You will receive a confirmation email that your account has been established
  4. Look for the Yearbook Sale icon and complete your purchase with a credit/debit card or electronic check

 

Summer Reading Celebration - The library staff has been excited to dust off our collection and get books into kids’ hands during this first week of school.  Please encourage your child to participate in Glasgow's Summer Reading program!  It is a bingo board, with many suggestions for kids to read print/digital books, listen to audiobooks, get active, and be creative. Students can work at their own pace and choose which activities they would like to try! Check out our summer Bingo board at bit.ly/GMSsummer Students can win prizes for participation and  will celebrate their participation at the end of September! Reach out to the library staff if you have any questions.  

 

How to Report an Absence - If your child is sick or will be absent for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible by reporting an absence. Form submissions are monitored throughout the day by our office staff and your child’s attendance will be updated in SIS for our teachers. You can find the form at the bottom of our Glasgow homepage. You can use this direct link also. 

 

Required Forms - All students are required to have Emergency Contact Information and Health Information updated each fall. Login to ParentVUE to update Emergency Contact Information. Click here for instructions

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at dhrivas@fcps.edu

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees. 

Afterschool Updates

Hello Glasgow Families!

Our 2021-2022 school year is upon us. We’re all excited about the return to 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 13, 2021. The program runs from 2:20 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday (late buses run Monday, Wednesday and Thursday). If you’re interested in your child staying after Tuesday/Friday, you’ll need to arrange pick-up no later than 4:45 p.m. Parent letters and registration forms are being sent home. Please let me know if you have not received one.

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

As we get closer to the start of the program, more information will follow. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who went beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit a brief description so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 29

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Glasgow Community:

Greetings! We have one week down at Glasgow MS! It’s been great seeing our students and Affirming, Assessing and Advancing our students already! Relationship building and truly seeing our students for who they are is important to us! Returning back to school for 5 days is off to an awesome start for the 2021-22SY. We will continue to work with our students on the mitigation strategies we have in place and teaching our students about our classroom procedures. 

Here at Glasgow we know great things happen in FCPS schools every day. Our strong return this August builds upon a foundation of success, and we’d like to share just a bit of that with you, (WUSA – Ready to get the school year rolling & Washington Post – Reunions, touch goodbyes as Fairfax County schools welcome students to classrooms). Also, please make a note of these upcoming important calendar dates. Friday, September 3, and Monday, September 6, 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.

Monday, August 30, is an Even Day so students will have their even numbered classes. Transportation is getting smoother both during arrival and dismissal. We will continue to make adjustments, as needed, at kiss & ride and bus dismissal. Students are doing a better job of remembering their bus numbers and working with school staff to find buses in the afternoon line-up. We are working with the FCPS Transportation on any double-back routes to ensure parents are aware. 

Next week we will be working through our procedures with our students for additional cafeteria seating outside since our outdoor tables will be finalized soon. We are also looking to purchase umbrellas for shade that are attached to the tables. We are excited to see everyone at Back-to-School-Night on September 1st at 6:00 PM.  We are hosting a Vaccination Clinic & Resource Fair from 4-6:00 PM (see below for more information). This is a time for our community to connect with our teachers and learn more about the courses our students are taking! Thank you in advance for all your patience, grace and mercy during this time as our staff transitions back for 5 days. We are excited to serve our community with One Voice! 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell,  Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: vlpowell@fcps.edu

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

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

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

Important Dates

Wednesday, September 1 - Community Resource Fair 4:00-6:00 PM; 4:00-6:00 PM FCHD Vaccination Clinic at Glasgow; Back To School Night 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Friday September 3 & 6 - Labor Day Holiday

Week of 9/13 - Late Busses & After School Program Begins

Important Information 

Glasgow Resource Fair & Vaccination Site - 9/1 4:00pm to 6:00pm (Immediately before Back to School Night) - Please join us for Glasgow’s Back to School Night Resource Fair  & Vaccination Site next Wednesday, September 1st from 4:00-6:00, immediately before Back to School Night! In addition to free Vaccines (Pfizer) for ages 12+ and Vaccine Q&A, there will be community resources including tutoring, extracurricular activities, mental health support, parent education classes, and basic needs resources!  No RSVP required. Back to school night will follow from 6:00-8:00. 

 

Glasgow Back to School Night - September 1, 2021; 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. This year, in person! Glasgow Panthers and their families will rotate through students’ schedules to meet each of their teachers in their classrooms. In case you’re not able to attend, we will also post videos on our Glasgow homepage at 12pm on Wednesday, September 1 that introduce families to their child’s teachers and the classes they teach. As a reminder, please make sure you arrive to BTSN with a copy of your child’s schedule either in SIS StudentVUE or ParentVUE

Schedule for Back to School Night Time Event Location

4:00 – 6:00 Community Resource Fair Library

4:00 – 6:00 FCHD Vaccination Clinic Lecture Hall 

5:30 – 6:00 Family Life Education (FLE) Preview Health rooms C137 & B143

5:00 – 6:00 Student Services Meet & Greet Cafeteria

6:05 – 6:15 1st period Classrooms

6:20 – 6:30  3rd period Classrooms

6:35 – 6:45  5th period Classrooms

6:50 – 7:00  7th period Classrooms

7:05 – 7:15  2nd period Classrooms

7:20 – 7:30  4th period (Panther Time) Classrooms

7:35 – 7:45  6th period Classrooms

7:50 – 8:00  8th period  Classrooms

Back to School Night Schedule for ESOL 1 &2

6:00 - 7:00 General Session for All ESOL 1 & 2 Cafeteria

7:05 - 7:15 Electives or HPE Classrooms

7:20 - 7:30 Electives or HPE Classrooms

 

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 1 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.  6th grade presentation will be in room C137A/B and 7th and 8th grade presentation will be in room B143.

 

Learn English - In partnership with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, we’re proud to offer another Family Learning Program. Are you interested in learning English? Would you like to improve your English language skills? The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is the program for you. Registration will  be on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Classes are free for Glasgow parents, which include all books and assessments. Classes start Tuesday, October 18, 2021, and end December 16, 2021. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Feel free to check out the website for more information https://lcnv.org/. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Donovan at MDonovan@fcps.edu (Spanish) or Ms. Nafisa Mohamed at nmmohamedtah@fcps.edu (Arabic) to register.

 

Summer Reading Celebration - The library staff has been excited to dust off our collection and get books into kids’ hands during this first week of school.  Please encourage your child to participate in Glasgow's Summer Reading program!  It is a bingo board, with many suggestions for kids to read print/digital books, listen to audiobooks, get active, and be creative. Students can work at their own pace and choose which activities they would like to try! Check out our summer Bingo board at bit.ly/GMSsummer Students can win prizes for participation and  will celebrate their participation at the end of September! Reach out to the library staff if you have any questions.  

 

How to Report an Absence - If your child is sick or will be absent for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible by reporting an absence. Form submissions are monitored throughout the day by our office staff and your child’s attendance will be updated in SIS for our teachers. You can find the form at the bottom of our Glasgow homepage. You can use this direct link also. 

 

Required Forms - All students are required to have Emergency Contact Information and Health Information updated each fall. Login to ParentVUE to update Emergency Contact Information. Click here for instructions

 

Free and Reduced Cost Meals - Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? For more information, please click here. 

 

Parent Consent Needed: Digital Resources, YouTube - YouTube provides access to high quality educational videos that support FCPS instructional programs. In order to strengthen our YouTube controls and limit access to non-educational content, we are offering the ability for students to log onto YouTube with their FCPS Google account. With this additional layer of protection, FCPS will be able to implement stricter controls on videos available for student use in educational settings.

Starting September 1, 2021, parental consent will be required for students to access YouTube. Students with parental consent will experience strict filtering of YouTube videos to protect them from inappropriate content when logged in to their FCPS Google Account.

With this parent consent, students will be able to log on to YouTube and access educational videos approved by FCPS staff.

Without parental consent, students will not be able to access YouTube when signed in to Chrome or Edge with their FCPS Google account. In addition, students without parental consent will not be able to access videos approved by FCPS staff, unless those videos are embedded by a teacher into a Google Workspace product (such as a Google Slides presentation or Google Site). For more detailed information, review the FCPS Guide to Student YouTube Access.

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at dhrivas@fcps.edu

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees. 

Afterschool Updates

Hello Glasgow Families!

Our 2021-2022 school year is upon us. We’re all excited about the return to 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 13, 2021. The program runs from 2:20 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday (late buses run Monday, Wednesday and Thursday). If you’re interested in your child staying after Tuesday/Friday, you’ll need to arrange pick-up no later than 4:45 p.m. There will be a snack provided by the After School program. The After School Program is FREE!

As we get closer to the start of the program, more information will follow. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who went beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit a brief description so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 22

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Glasgow Community:

What a whirlwind this summer has been!  Teachers were back in the building last week getting classrooms set up, planning for the school year!  Part of our Teacher Return Week was highlighted on WUSA9. If you didn’t catch it check out the story here! This week we will welcome your students back to school, and we are SO EXCITED to have them back in the building!   

A quick checklist for you and your student as we prepare to return:

  • Have you turned in all requested documentation for enrollment?  We still have many families who are missing essential documents. If you are missing documents, you should have received notices from our registrar’s office. Additionally, 7th graders are all required to have immunizations for TDAP and the meningococcal vaccine. Missing requested documents or immunizations will cause your child’s enrollment at Glasgow Middle School to be withdrawn. Please send documents and immunizations to school with your child, or scan and email them to Student Services at cpramos@fcps.edu.
  • Have your students who are 12 years old and older received the COVID vaccine?  While not required to attend school, it is highly recommended.  Scroll down for some information about where vaccines are being offered.  
  • Mark your calendar for Back to School Night which will take place on September 1st, 2021 from 6pm to 8pm. We will also have an optional community resource fair that will take place from 5 to 6pm. Also, Labor Day Break is September 3-6th, 2021. 

On Thursday evening we got a snapshot of what the building will be like on Monday when we welcomed close to 2,000 students and families! We saw many new and familiar faces, and it was great to see our students so excited to return to school in-person. A HUGE thank you to everyone who stayed after school to help pull this off! Also, thank you to Brittany Crumbling for organizing the logistics. 

Lastly, if you have any questions, concerns, compliments, or observations, please let me know. You can also contact the associated teacher, counselor, or administrator for your child for information. I am still doing weekly home visits to our families, so if your family would like me to visit your home. Please email me (vlpowell@fcps.edu) and we can coordinate a date.

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell,  Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: vlpowell@fcps.edu

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

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

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

Important Dates

Monday, August 23 - First Day of School!

Wednesday, September 1 - Back To School Night 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Friday & Monday, September 3 & 6 - No School, Labor Day Holiday

Important Information 

What Bus Will My Child Ride? - You should have found out your student's bus information last week around the 19th of August. You can also find your bus information in SIS ParentVUE or StudentVUE. When using the ParentVUE or StudentVUE mobile app, click on Student Info, scroll down, and click on “Additional Information.” 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees. 

Student Drop Off - Parents who drop off their student to school via Kiss & Ride, should do so by 7:15am. Announcements will be at 7:25am and class begins at 7:30am. Keep in mind that congestion and backup can be significant, causing your student to be late to their class if you drop off your student after 7:15am. 

Glasgow Fall Open House Feedback - We were excited to have welcomed almost 2,000 students and family members to Glasgow at our Fall Open House this past Thursday. If you attended the event, we would appreciate your feedback. You can submit feedback here: Glasgow Fall Open House - Feedback Form 

How to Report an Absence - If your child is sick or will be absent for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible by reporting an absence. Form submissions are monitored throughout the day by our office staff and your child’s attendance will be updated in SIS for our teachers. You can find the form at the bottom of our Glasgow homepage. You can use this direct link also. 

Student Schedules - Student schedules went live in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE for all FCPS secondary students at 6:00am on August 19th. If you or your child would like to request a schedule change, please complete this form no later than August 27th. Schedule changes will be extremely limited and must be approved by the director of student services. 

Required Forms - All students are required to have Emergency Contact Information and Health Information updated each fall. Login to ParentVUE to update Emergency Contact Information. Click here for instructions. Forms will also be distributed through Panther Time this Tuesday. 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at dhrivas@fcps.edu

School Supplies -  In the first days of school, teachers will communicate with students regarding any specific school supplies they will need. Glasgow does not provide a standard list of school supplies for all students as supply requirements for each course will vary. All students will be issued a laptop again for this coming school year. 

Summer Reading Celebration - While we look forward to seeing students on August 23, summer doesn't officially end until September 21. As we head into the last month of summer, we encourage students to participate in Glasgow's Summer Reading choice board, including ways to try new recipes, get active, and find ways to find the right book for every reader. Check out the choice board at bit.ly/GMSsummer We look forward to celebrating our readers at the end of September!

Free and Reduced Cost Meals - Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? For more information, please click here.

Glasgow Back to School Night - September 1, 2021; 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. This year, in person! Glasgow Panthers and their families will rotate through students’ schedules to meet each of their teachers in their classrooms. In case you’re not able to attend, we will also post videos on our Glasgow homepage that introduce families to their child’s teachers and the classes they teach. We will also have a community resource fair from 5 to 6pm prior to Back to School Night where local organizations will have booths set up to share resources and information for our students and families.  

Parent Consent Needed: Digital Resources, YouTube: YouTube provides access to high quality educational videos that support FCPS instructional programs. In order to strengthen our YouTube controls and limit access to non-educational content, we are offering the ability for students to log onto YouTube with their FCPS Google account. With this additional layer of protection, FCPS will be able to implement stricter controls on videos available for student use in educational settings.

Starting September 1, 2021, parental consent will be required for students to access YouTube. Students with parental consent will experience strict filtering of YouTube videos to protect them from inappropriate content when logged in to their FCPS Google Account.

With this parent consent, students will be able to log on to YouTube and access educational videos approved by FCPS staff.

Without parental consent, students will not be able to access YouTube when signed in to Chrome or Edge with their FCPS Google account. In addition, students without parental consent will not be able to access videos approved by FCPS staff, unless those videos are embedded by a teacher into a Google Workspace product (such as a Google Slides presentation or Google Site). For more detailed information, review the FCPS Guide to Student YouTube Access.

Support Justice High School Field Hockey - Justice Field Hockey is partnering with Glory Days in Barcroft Plaza for Dining for Dollars.  Glory Days will donate 10% of proceeds from submitted receipts from August 23-29.  Simply save your itemized receipt (not the credit card slip) and turn it in either in the basket at Glory Days, or the basket in the front office at Glasgow.  Dine-in and take-out orders count.  Contact Stef Vestal (slvestal@fcps.edu) with questions. Thank you for your support!  

Student Caseloads: - This year we have arranged our caseloads by grade level. Administrators and counselors work together to support students and families, and if you have any questions or concerns please reach out.

Afterschool Updates

Hello Glasgow Families!

Our 2021-2022 school year is upon us. We’re all excited about the return to 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 13, 2021. The program runs from 2:20 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday (late buses run Monday, Wednesday and Thursday). If you’re interested in your child staying after Tuesday/Friday, you’ll need to arrange pick-up no later than 4:45 p.m. There will be a snack provided by the After School program, and most importantly the After School Program if FREE!

As we get closer to the start of the program, more information will follow. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

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Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who went beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit a brief description so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 15

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Glasgow Community:

Greetings! We are excited for Glasgow’s Open House this Thursday, August 19, from 3:00-6:00 PM. If you haven’t already please RSVP before the event using this link Glasgow Fall Open House RSVP Form

Staff is back and hard at work preparing to welcome students to Glasgow on Monday, 8/23 for the start of the 2021-22 school year. We welcomed our new teachers to the building this past Thursday, and we gathered as an entire staff on Friday to kickoff Staff Return Week! The energy in the building was palpable, and we can’t wait for students return!

We also had great time connecting with students, parents, and families throughout our community during “Popsicles with the Principals” last week. Being able to meet, and learn about, students and their families is something that I value deeply.

Glasgow is a devoted school community where we are committed to providing quality classroom instruction for all students. We want our school to be inclusive for our students and families. In addition, Glasgow focuses on the academic, social and emotional development of our students during Panther Time. Lessons focus on empathy, creativity, appreciation, kindness, coping skills, organization, study skills, goal setting and college exploration. We will be highlighting Panther Time lessons throughout the year via the Gazette.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. The images below are from our Popsicles with the Principals this past week. It’s been a treat doing Home Visits every week and having our team in the community this summer! If you want me to visit your family, please email me. 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell,  Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: vlpowell@fcps.edu

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

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

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

Important Dates

Thursday, August 19 - Glasgow Fall Open House, 3:00 to 6:00 PM

Monday, August 23 - First Day of School!

Wednesday, September 1 - Back To School Night 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Important Information 

Student Caseloads: - This year we have arranged our caseloads by grade level. Administrators and counselors work together to support students and families, and if you have any questions or concerns please reach out.

 

PTA Updates - Hello Current and Former Supporters of the Glasgow PTA! We are welcoming back our Glasgow staff with a Grab and Go Breakfast on Tuesday, August 17! 

How can you help?

- Sign up to donate food items – they can be dropped off at the school on Monday, August 16.

- Volunteer to set up on Tuesday, August 17.

- Donate funds to purchase additional items we need.

To sign up, go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow23.To donate with PayPal, go to http://www.glasgowpta.org/. Use the donate button near the bottom right of the page.

Questions? Contact glasgowPTA.va@gmail.com

 

Glasgow Fall Open House - August 19, 2021; 3:00 to 6:00pm. Our Fall Open House serves as a kick-off to a new school year! Students are invited to come to Glasgow to walk our campus and find their classrooms. Class schedules will go live in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE for all FCPS secondary students at 6:00am on August 19th. To maintain safe building capacity, we are asking only one family member to join each student for this event. While most teachers will not be present at this event, representatives from our faculty will be available with maps to assist new Panthers navigate Glasgow. We will also have a limited number of school supplies available for students on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Brittany Crumbling at bncrumbling@fcps.edu

  1. Before the event, please RSVP here:  Glasgow Fall Open House RSVP Form
  2. After the event, please share feedback here: Glasgow Fall Open House - Feedback Form

 

Summer Reading Celebration - While we look forward to seeing students on August 23, summer doesn't officially end until September 21. As we head into the last month of summer, we encourage students to participate in Glasgow's Summer Reading choice board, including ways to try new recipes, get active, and find ways to find the right book for every reader. Check out the choice board at bit.ly/GMSsummer We look forward to celebrating our readers at the end of September!

 

Superintendent Scott Brabrand will be hosting two virtual community Town Halls next week ahead of the start of school: Monday, August 16, from 6 - 7 p.m. (In English) where he will be joined by Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, director of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Fairfax County Health Department, Jeffrey Platenberg, assistant superintendent of FCPS Department of Facilities and Transportation, and Michelle Boyd, assistant superintendent of FCPS Department of Special Services. The Town Hall will focus on returning to five full days of in-person instruction for the new school year and layered prevention strategies that will be implemented to help keep students and staff safe. Watch the Town Hall on FCPS’ website or on Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11). Please send your questions in advance to returntoschool@fcps.edu or ask your question live during the event by calling 1-800-231-6359. 

Tuesday, August 17, from 6 - 7 p.m. (In Spanish) The superintendent, joined by two school principals, will answer questions about returning to five full days of in-person learning and measures to help keep everyone safe for a strong return to school. The Town Hall will be streamed live on FCPS Facebook en Español. Please email your questions to returntoSchool@fcps.edu. You may also send us a message on our Facebook page or leave it in the “Comment” section during the Town Hall.

 

Mask Guidance: As we begin school FCPS is requiring masks for ALL individuals inside of the building, regardless of vaccination status. 

 

School Supplies -  In the first days of school, teachers will communicate with students regarding any specific school supplies they will need. Glasgow does not provide a standard list of school supplies for all students as supply requirements for each course will vary. All students will be issued a laptop again for this coming school year. 

 

Student Schedules - Student schedules will go live in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE for all FCPS secondary students at 6:00am on August 19th. To view your child’s class schedule when it becomes available, sign up for ParentVUE. We will not be providing printed schedules at our open house.  Sign up here. For questions about ParentVUE, contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at dhrivas@fcps.edu

 

Required Forms - All students are required to have Emergency Contact Information and Health Information updated each fall. Login to ParentVUE to update Emergency Contact Information. Click here for instructions

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees. 

 

Free and Reduced Cost Meals - Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? For more information, please click here.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night - September 1, 2021; 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. This year, in person! Glasgow Panthers and their families will rotate through students’ schedules to meet each of their teachers in their classrooms. In case you’re not able to attend, we will also post videos that introduce families to their child’s teachers and the classes they teach to our school website. More details to come! 

 

Parent Consent Needed: Digital Resources, YouTube: YouTube provides access to high quality educational videos that support FCPS instructional programs. In order to strengthen our YouTube controls and limit access to non-educational content, we are offering the ability for students to log onto YouTube with their FCPS Google account. With this additional layer of protection, FCPS will be able to implement stricter controls on videos available for student use in educational settings.

Starting September 1, 2021, parental consent will be required for students to access YouTube. Students with parental consent will experience strict filtering of YouTube videos to protect them from inappropriate content when logged in to their FCPS Google Account.

With this parent consent, students will be able to log on to YouTube and access educational videos approved by FCPS staff.

Without parental consent, students will not be able to access YouTube when signed in to Chrome or Edge with their FCPS Google account. In addition, students without parental consent will not be able to access videos approved by FCPS staff, unless those videos are embedded by a teacher into a Google Workspace product (such as a Google Slides presentation or Google Site). For more detailed information, review the FCPS Guide to Student YouTube Access.

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. FCPS will be sending home activation letters home this week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at dhrivas@fcps.edu

 

Weekly Glasgow Gazette (News You Choose) - Sign up for our weekly Glasgow Gazette. Each week starting in August, Victor Powell, school principal, will send out important updates about Glasgow happenings, FCPS health conditions, school events, programs, and opportunities for students and families. Sign up here.

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who went beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit a brief description so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - July 30

GovDelivery 1 month 3 weeks ago

Glasgow Community:

As we transition into August, I hope that everyone is well and enjoying this time with family and friends. My son is starting kindergarten, so we are also in the school preparation phase at our house. 

This past week ended the IMAGINE/Young Scholars & VIP programs for students. Walking around the building and seeing our students was a joy! We are so thankful for Mrs. Roddey, Mrs. Hedenberg, and Mr. Williams for their summer leadership for our students and staff! 

Also, if we are going to continue to improve as a school, your support and involvement is essential. Here are just a few examples of how to get involved today!  

Lastly, next week our Glasgow Leadership Team will be attending the 2021 Annual Leadership Kickoff for FCPS. During this time our team will be involved in professional development and team-building that is aligned to FCPS and Glasgow MS goals and objectives. We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to school for 5 days and having “One Voice” advocating for the best education possible for all our students. 

 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell,  Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: vlpowell@fcps.edu

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

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

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

Important Dates

Wednesday, August 4 - Final day to complete Bus Ridership survey (sent from FCPS)

Friday, August 6 - Administrators & Counselors in the Community

Thursday, August 19 - Glasgow Fall Open House, 3:00 to 6:00 PM

Monday, August 23 - First Day of School!

Wednesday, September 1 - Back To School Night 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Important Information 

Bus Ridership Survey - Check your email! On July 29, 2021, the Office of Transportation Services (OTS) will conduct a student ridership survey for all eligible riders. It is important that parents respond to the survey by August 4, 2021, and submit a separate survey for each of their children enrolled in FCPS. 

During the school year, changes to the intent form can be made with your school's Student Information Assistant if the need for transportation changes or the survey is not returned by August 4, 2021. It may take up to five days to update transportation schedules. 

This is a reminder that all students, drivers, and attendants must wear face coverings when boarding or riding on a school bus. Parents/guardians should review their Parent Vue account for updated bus route assignment information after August 10, 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact your school's transportation office. 

 

Administrators & Counselors in the Community - Join us for our upcoming Popsicles with the Principals! We are excited to welcome our Panthers to these community locations for popsicles and fun! This is a time to meet and greet. Friday, August 6th: 6-8th Grade families are welcome to join us from 1:00-2:00PM in any these 4 locations in our attendance zone.

Sleepy Hollow Recreation Association

3538 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044

Bailey’s Park 

6101 Knollwood Dr. Falls Church, VA, 22041-1798

Skyline Park

5507-5547 Seminary Rd, Bailey's Crossroads, VA 22041

Mason District Park 

6621 Columbia Pike 

Annandale, VA 22003

 

 

School Supplies -  In the first days of school, teachers will communicate with students regarding any specific school supplies they will need. Glasgow does not provide a standard list of school supplies for all students as supply requirements for each course will vary. All students will be issued a laptop again for this coming school year. 

 

Student Schedules - Student schedules will go live in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE for all FCPS secondary students at 6:00am on August 19th. To view your child’s class schedule when it becomes available, sign up for ParentVUE. We will not be providing printed schedules at our open house.  Sign up here. For questions, contact Cindy Ramos at cpramos@fcps.edu.  

 

Required Forms - All students are required to have Emergency Contact Information and Health Information updated each fall. Login to ParentVUE to update Emergency Contact Information. Click here for instructions

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees. 

 

Free and Reduced Cost Meals - Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? For more information, please click here.

 

Glasgow Fall Open House - August 19, 2021; 3:00 to 6:00pm. Our Fall Open House serves as a kick-off to a new school year! Students are invited to come to Glasgow to walk our campus and find their classrooms. Class schedules will go live in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE for all FCPS secondary students at 6:00am on August 19th. To maintain safe building capacity, we are asking only one family member to join each student for this event. While most teachers will not be present at this event, representatives from our faculty will be available with maps to assist new Panthers navigate Glasgow. We will also have a limited number of school supplies available for students on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

  1. Before the event, please RSVP here:  Glasgow Fall Open House RSVP Form
  2. After the event, please share feedback here: Glasgow Fall Open House - Feedback Form

 

Glasgow Back to School Night - September 1, 2021; 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. This year, in person! Glasgow Panthers and their families will rotate through students’ schedules to meet each of their teachers in their classrooms. In case you’re not able to attend, we will also post videos that introduce families to their child’s teachers and the classes they teach to our school website. More details to come! 

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here

 

Weekly Glasgow Gazette - Sign up for our weekly Glasgow Gazette. Each week starting in August, Victor Powell, school principal, will send out important updates about Glasgow happenings, school events, programs, and opportunities for students. Sign up here.

 

Schoology - FCPS is moving to Schoology (/SKOO-luh-jee/) as the Learning Management System, and away from Blackboard/Google Classroom. Our staff has already started their Schoology training as part of our Schoology transition and rollout for the upcoming school year and beyond. Be on the lookout for information coming soon about student and parent Schoology accounts and access.

 

Returning Strong - As we prepare to return strong with five days of in-person learning this fall, it is important that we all understand how we can provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all students. 

There are three things you can all do to help ensure we return strong in the fall:

  1. Mask Up To ensure our schools stay open and safe this school year, FCPS will start the school year with universal masking. Masks will be worn at all times by both staff and students indoors and on school buses, but are not required when eating or when outside during recess, PE, or other activities. Universal masking is a critical factor in ensuring all students can return to our buildings, especially when social distancing is not possible and not all our students are eligible yet for vaccinations. We will be regularly reviewing our masking practices in line with updates to national, state and local health recommendations. Find out why we are starting the school year with universal masking.   
  2. Vax Up The most effective tool for preventing the spread of COVID-19 is widespread vaccination. If you and your child are eligible for vaccination and have not yet had your shot, visit one of our school vaccination clinics or make an appointment to be vaccinated as soon as possible.   

Stay Connected Staying connected is more important than ever right now. Make sure you are signed up to receive FCPS This Week and your school newsletter through News You Choose. This is how we will be sharing all the need-to-know Return to School information.

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who went beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit a brief description so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - June 13

GovDelivery 3 months 1 week ago

Glasgow Community:

It’s hard to believe this is the last message from us for the 2020-2021 school year! What a year it has been!  And we made it! #StrongerTogether2021 We would be remiss in not recognizing the huge role parents and guardians have played this year, teaching alongside us while in your homes. Thank you for all that you have contributed to your child’s learning and for your unwavering support.  We could not have done this without you!

Also, Fairfax County Public Schools’ contract with Blackboard ends on June 30. The new learning management system is Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/). Schoology is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families. Schoology will be used division-wide starting in July. Parent accounts will be available in mid-August. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. 

More information about Schoology is available online.

To all our students - our society owes you a great deal of gratitude. You have sacrificed for the greater good of our society and done so without complaint, with positive attitudes, with grit and resilience, and all the while supporting each other through it. I am truly in awe of our students and know that our future is in very good hands. 

Congratulations also to all 8th graders as they are promoted from middle school and go into the next exciting phase of their education in FCPS or beyond. Also, a special shout out to our very own Shannon Gray who was honored at the FCPS HONORS event this past week as a secondary finalist. Please see the picture below. We are so proud of all our teachers and staff! They really represent our school well! As the summer begins, I am still conducting home visits so please feel free to reach out and email me if you would like me to come visit your family!

We wish you a wonderful summer!

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: vlpowell@fcps.edu

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

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

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

Important Dates

June 17 - Last day counselors will be in the office. If you need assistance after this date, contact Director of Student Services, Joash Chung (jhchung@fcps.edu).

Important Information 

Glasgow Summer Reading Program: Have a splash exploring literacy this summer.  Participate in the Glasgow Summer reading program to explore a variety of literacy activities, participate in the public library  summer reading challenge, and join in on the UNPLUG challenge. See the Glasgow MS summer reading site for all of the details and resources! Complete the Google Form at the bottom of the summer reading site when you have COMPLETED the summer reading program. https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/glasgowsummerreading/home

 

8th Grade Graduation: 8th Grade students, their families, and the Glasgow Middle School Staff came together virtually this past week to celebrate our students and their accomplishments throughout their time in middle school. Check out the award winners and farewell video in this article from our very own Panther Post: https://gmspantherpost.org/2372/student-life/8th-grade-students-at-gms-celebrate-in-final-farwell/

 

Yearbook Distribution Day: Yearbooks will be distributed during the summer this year. We will also hold a special yearbook signing celebration in honor of our 8th graders before they move up to high school! 

Please see the tentative dates below – look for updates and more detailed information coming soon!

  • Tuesday, July 27th:   8th Grade Distribution Day & Yearbook Signing Celebration
  • Wednesday, July 28th:  Distribution Day for all grade level students
  • Tuesday, August 3rd for all grade level students

Any yearbooks not picked up will be held in the main office at Glasgow (for 6th & 7th graders) or will be shipped to Justice High School (for 8th graders). Please contact Marc Perella (maperella@fcps.edu) with any questions.

 

Yearbook Store is Open:The Yearbook Store is open and ready for your orders!  Who doesn’t want to have the 2020-2021 yearbook to capture such a unique and different school year?  For the low cost of $25, you can guarantee a copy of the book will be reserved for you.  With a limited number of books for sale this year, don’t wait until the end of the school year to order.  In addition to ordering a yearbook for your student, families may purchase extra yearbooks to be donated to Glasgow students.  On the website, simply choose “Friends of the Yearbook” and you can help to make a student smile!  Yearbooks will be distributed over the summer like we did last year.  If you have any questions, please contact Marc Perella: maperella@fcps.edu  Here is the link to the on-line store:  https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school

 

Justice Athletics, Parents and families – We Need You: The athletic booster club is always looking for new members, officer candidates and committee volunteers. The boosters provide about 1/3 of the overall operating budget for Justice Athletics. Please use this Google Form if interested. Someone will be in touch soon! Join now. We meet monthly, with our June meeting taking place on Wednesday, June 16th @ 6:30pm. Meeting Link

 

Justice HS Volleyball: Justice HS volleyball coaching staff will be holding a camp for boys and girls in grades 5th-8th from June 9-12.  All details and registration can be found at this link https://hallofjustice.com/jhsvc/.

 

Justice Row: Come learn to ROW!  Justice Rowing is offering a Summer Rowing Camp.  We'll meet down at our boathouse at Sandy Run Regional Park and learn about the racing shells, ERGs, and all about the great sport of rowing.  Dates TBD.  Go to JusticeRowing.org for more information, or send an email to justicerowing@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you!  

 

Summer Arts Camp: Does your child love the arts?  Are you looking for a wonderful summer enrichment opportunity for them?  Institute for the Arts and Elementary Institute for the Art's registration is open now for students currently in grades 2 through 11.  Don't delay, seats are first come first serve!  Registration closes June 25th. Tuition waivers are available for students who qualify.  Questions? Email: ifta@fcps.edu or efita@fcps.edu. Register here.

 

VIP Camp: Hello Panther Families! V.I.P(Value in Prevention) Camp is designed to encourage teens to develop healthy and positive recreation interests and features a wide variety of leisure activities and programs. V.I.P Camp will run Monday-Friday,  June 28, 2021-July 29, 20201 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m at Glasgow MS. This camp is sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services guaranteeing a quality program for your child. To be eligible, participants must be current or rising middle school students residing in Fairfax County. Registration will be extended through Monday, May 24, 2021. For registration and camp information, click HERE (you MUST be signed into your students’ account to access this form). If you have questions, concerns or feedback please contact Mr. Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu

 

Summer Practice Books: Summer Practice Books will be mailed home to FCPS students to provide suggested activities for students to support continued learning.  Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive digital copies of the Summer Practice Books.  Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11, 2021.  Families will receive email communication in May about upcoming book arrival.  Digital versions of books will be emailed to the enrolling parent SIS account in PDF format the week of June 7, 2021.

Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts Practice Book and one Math Practice Book by course enrollment.  These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.

English Learners and Special Education students may receive additional or customized books.   

More information can be accessed on the Summer Practice Books public webpage

After School Updates

Hello Panther Families! As Summer approaches, it’s hard to believe we’ve  completed another year of After School. Although we’ve had our challenges, it’s been fun interacting with our students and getting to know them. I am very appreciative of the relationships that have been made, as I am sure our teachers and administration feels the same way. Although the school year will be ending, we’ll still have learning opportunities and fun activities over the summer.  If you’re interested in Summer fun, please check out VIP CAMP (link). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

 

Glasgow PTA News

PTA Meeting Recording: On Tuesday, 5/25 there was the final PTA meeting of the school year.  Here is a link to the recording.

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who went beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit a brief description so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Attendance: 703.813.8787 | Web | Twitter | Facebook