Glasgow Community Gazette - January 21

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you had a great extended weekend. I had the pleasure of watching Glasgow’s Special Olympics Unified Basketball team play their first games of the year on Sunday afternoon. I was overwhelmed with effort and teamwork of the players, dedication of the coaches (Keely Norris, Oliva Shank and Megan Amelio) and support from Glasgow staff members in attendance.

This Thursday marks the final day of the 2nd quarter and Friday is a Teacher Workday. I encourage you to monitor your student’s grades in SIS (through StudentView or your ParentView accounts) and touch base with their teachers if you have any questions. Please keep in mind that report cards will be distributed to students on Friday, February 1.  

Special thanks in advance to the Glasgow PTA for sponsoring a Salad/Potato Bar this Friday. If you would like to volunteer with this event, see below for more information.

Finally, a huge shout out to the Glasgow students for their hard work and dedication on Friday. Students were engaged in their Panther Time lesson on academic advising and focused during the school-wide Writing Sample/Grammar Assessment. These assessments will provide teachers with evidence of our students’ learning needs and abilities. In addition, teachers will be able to plan more targeted, purposeful instruction for our students moving forward.

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal


Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Getting Ready For High School

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 9th Graders - Starting his past week, counselors began meeting one-on-one with each student to review course options and complete the course selection form. Sometime before January 29, your student will bring home a copy of their selections for you to sign and return within three days. Here is a link to the course descriptions at Justice:  https://goo.gl/u5u8F2. As always, please let us know what questions you may have as we move through the academic advising season!

 

Rising 9th Grade Night at Neighboring High Schools:

Edison High School - February 26 at 7PM

For more information on these events, please contact Laine O'Donnell at lodonnell@fcps.edu.

Important Dates

January 23 - Lockdown Drill

January 24 - 2nd Quarter Ends

January 25 - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

January 30 - Glasgow Rising 6th Grade Night, 6PM

February 4 - Staff Development Day (No School for Students)

February 12 - PTA Meeting 7pm

February 20 - Spelling Bee

 

Lockdown Drill: January 23 - The scheduled lockdown drill was cancelled due to inclement weather last week. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 23. A lockdown is necessary to keep students safe when there is a potential threat within the school.

 

2nd Semester Classes Begin: January 28 - On January 28, students will begin their 2nd semester classes.  You can see your 2nd semester classes by logging on to your student or parent SIS accounts. A list of first period classes will be posted on the walls throughout the building to help students find their classes. If students have a yearlong class during 1st period, or have located their first period class by looking on SIS, students do not need to stop to look at the lists in the hallway.

 

Rising 6th Grade Open House: January 30 - Parents of rising 6th graders, come join us on January 30 from 6-8pm for an Open House to learn more about what middle school at Glasgow is all about! We will offer short (optional) sessions on our various Glasgow programs, and teachers will be in their classrooms throughout the evening to share all about our core and elective courses for 6th Graders.

We hope you leave this event excited about all the opportunities you will have as a Glasgow Panther and prepared to complete your course request form! Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening (detailed schedule to come):

  • Welcome to Glasgow!
  • Course Request 101
  • Level IV Advanced Academic Program
  • Spanish Immersion Program
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Program
  • Special Education Office
  • Math Course Placement and Selection Q&A

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Beck at sjbeck@fcps.edu. We can’t wait to meet you!

 

Glasgow PTA Meeting: February 12 - The next PTA meeting will be held this Tuesday, February 12 from 7:00 to 8:00PM. The FCPS Office of Equity and Cultural Responsiveness will present on “Exploring our Cultures, Building our Community”. PTA membership is not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present. We hope to see you there!

The January PTA Meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather. However, the featured topic: Glasgow’s International Baccalaureate, or IB, program has been rescheduled to the March 12 PTA Meeting. We will hear information presented by Middle Years Program Coordinator at Glasgow and the IB Coordinator at Justice High School. Mark you calendar!

 

Spelling Bee: February 20 - This year's Glasgow Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, February 20 at 2:30 in the Lecture Hall. All Glasgow students are invited to participate! The winner of the Bee will advance to the Fairfax County Bee in March, and will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Second- and third- place finishers will receive $25 Amazon gift cards. Word study lists are available in the office; additional study materials can be found at spellingbee.com. We are also looking for three judges for the Bee. If interested, please contact Ben Hemmens (bhemmens@gmail.com).

Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

Seeking Volunteers/Donations for the PTA Sponsored Potato/Salad Bar! - Help the Glasgow PTA provide the very popular Potato/Salad Bar Lunch for teachers/staff on January 25 (a teacher workday). Sign up to volunteer or donate here: https://bit.ly/2ADHxT2

 

FCAG Annual Summer Camp and Enrichment Fair: February 16 - The Fairfax County Association for the Gifted Annual Summer Camp and Enrichment Fair will be held on at McLean High School on February 16 from 3-5pm. The event is free and open to the public, featuring camps from the performing and visual arts, computer technology, STEM, and rigorous academic programs for pre-school through high school aged kids. The Fair is a community-loved annual event in Northern Virginia with over 40 summer programs participating. For more information visit their website at http://www.fcag.org/.

 

Justice HS Volleyball Weekend Camps in March: Sign Up Today! - Justice High School volleyball program is excited to be offering Volleyball Clinics for boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade on two dates in March. New this year, parents have the option to pay online. For more information check out the following link: https://bit.ly/2wgGmWC

Important Information

6th Grade Family Life Education Instructional Program Information - Our 6th grade students will be participating in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Family Life Education (FLE) program from January 28-February 1. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out will be provided age-appropriate, non-punitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, please fill in the opt-out form below for the appropriate grade level and return it to Glasgow Middle School’s main office.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Kristy Ritchie at 703-813-8758.

6th Grade Opt Out Forms:

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/6.pdf (English)

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/spanish_13.pdf (Spanish)

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/arabic_8.pdf (Arabic)

 

TJHSST Admissions - Semifinalists Just Announced - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology semifinalists were announced this Friday, January 18 through the online system. Glasgow students that are selected as semifinalists will need to send out teacher recommendation request through their online system as soon as possible, the deadline for teacher submission is January 25 and testing date is Saturday, February 9.

Parents please encourage your student to start planning now which teachers they will request recommendations from if they become semifinalists. TJ is looking for students to obtain 2 teacher recommendations; one must be a 7th or 8th grade math or science teacher, the other can be any 7th or 8th grade teacher. The recommendations are done online only and submitted directly to TJ by each teacher. Semifinalists will meet with our TJ counselor liaisons for more information about the process and reminders.

If you have any questions please reach out to our TJ Liaison Counselor Greg Franz at gdfranz@fcps.edu or (703) 813-8733.

 

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 8th and 7th Graders - Glasgow Student Services is excited to begin meeting with your students to register them for next year’s courses! Counselors will meet one-on-one with each student to review course options and complete the course selection form. Sometime before March 15, your student will bring home a copy of their selections for you to sign and return within three days. Here is a link to the Glasgow course descriptions: https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/360/nocourselist/1/1/1

In addition, 6th and 7th grade students learned about course options in Panther Time last week.  Students explored the kinds of classes they can take, the difference between general education and honors classes, and what choices they have for electives. After reviewing the information students completed a “think sheet” to practice selecting their classes.

This Thursday, 7th grade students will watch a video on the elective offerings during FIT.   Our goal is to empower students to feel confident about their educational choices and continue these conversations at home.

Please note that all course request changes are due by April 12, 2019. Finalizing requests by this date allows us to invest in staffing and resources based on students’ needs and interests. We will be finalizing schedules and placements throughout the late Spring and summer months.

 

TJHSST Invitational Science Fair 2019 - The TJ Mythvestigations Club would like to cordially invite any interested students at your school to participate in our sixth annual Invitational Science Fair. Participants will complete a research project and prepare a presentation for our science fair on March 16, 2019. Now is the time to register for the event and start work on projects! The final pool of approximately 40 entrants will be chosen first come, first serve from all registrants on January 10, 2019. Students may register at http://bit.ly/isf2019. If you have any questions, email the TJ Mythvestigations Team at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com.

 

Yearbook On-line Store is Now Available - Families who still have not paid for their 2018-2019 yearbook can now pre-order on-line. The website is: https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. Students may continue to bring in money and turn in to the front office. The price of the yearbook is only $25, but will increase to $30 in early February. Extra items will be available until March: name stamping ($5), clear plastic cover ($3), autograph sheets ($2), arrow stickies ($6), jewel pack ($6) and pen signing set ($4.99).

Glasgow Goodies!

Thank You for the Gift Card Donations - Thank you to those of you who donated gift cards. We conducted a 'Panther Card for Staff Members' last week and drew 25 winners! A few weeks ago, students wrote Panther Cards to recognize a staff member who demonstrates our Panther Principles.  Teachers who revived Panther Cards submitted them into a drawing to win a donated gift card.

It is amazing how much a $5 gift card is appreciated. If you would still like to donate gift cards, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or drop them in the mail to my attention. I will share the love with staff throughout the school year. Thank you so much! (It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small!)

 

Congrats to Glasgow’s Special Olympics Basketball Team! Glasgow’s Special Olympics Unified Basketball team played (and won) their first games of the year this past Sunday. Congrats to the players and coaches (Keely Norris, Oliva Shank and Megan Amelio)!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - January 13

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you are enjoying the snow today!

It was exciting to welcome students back to school after a two-week break. In many ways, the return from winter break is more important than the first day of school. This past week, teachers and staff took time to explicitly re-teach classroom procedures and expectations as well as our Panther Principles via the news show and Panther Time.

On Tuesday afternoon, Glasgow faculty and staff came together to recognize the nominees for the FCPS Outstanding Awards, as well as announce our school level winners in the following categories: Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Leader, and Outstanding Support Employee. Thank you to those of you who nominated a staff member back in November/early December. Congratulations to the school level award winners:

Outstanding Teacher - Steven Shook, Orchestra Teacher

Outstanding New Teacher - Nicole Bevenour, 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Outstanding Leader - Katie Madigan, Assistant Principal

Outstanding Support Employee - Jayme Harris, Instructional Assistant

On Thursday evening, it was great to see so many students and parents at Justice High School Rising 9th Grade Information & Curriculum Night. The transition from elementary to middle or middle to high school can be difficult and stressful. However, the Justice pyramid of schools take tremendous pride in ensuring the transition is as smooth as possible. No more was that evident than seeing Glasgow administrators and counselors working hand-in-hand with Justice staff this past week to promote the high school course selection process.

Finally, as I mentioned in last week’s Gazette, please keep an eye on possible delays and cancellations tomorrow and beyond. You can learn more about the weather cancellation procedures and sign up for weather schedule alerts here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures.

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal


Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Getting Ready For High School

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 9th Graders - Starting his past week, counselors began meeting one-on-one with each student to review course options and complete the course selection form. Sometime before January 29, your student will bring home a copy of their selections for you to sign and return within three days. Here is a link to the course descriptions at Justice:  https://goo.gl/u5u8F2. As always, please let us know what questions you may have as we move through the academic advising season!

 

Rising 9th Grade Night at Neighboring High Schools:

Annandale High School - January 16 at 7PM (Corrected from last week)

Falls Church High School - January 10 at 6:30PM

Edison High School - February 26 at 7PM

For more information on these events, please contact Laine O'Donnell at lodonnell@fcps.edu.

Important Dates

January 14 - Lockdown Drill

January 15 - PTA Meeting 7pm

January 18 - 3HR Early Release Day

January 21 - MLK Holiday (Closed)

January 24 - 2nd Quarter Ends

January 25 - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

January 30 - Glasgow Rising 6th Grade Night, 6PM

February 4 - Staff Development Day (No School for Students)

 

Lockdown Drill: January 14 - Glasgow will be conducting the required January lockdown drill on Monday, January 14 (weather permitting). A lockdown is necessary to keep students safe when there is a potential threat within the school.

 

Glasgow PTA Meeting: January 15 - The next PTA meeting will be held this Tuesday, January 15, from 7:00 to 8:00PM. The featured topic will be the International Baccalaureate, or IB, program. We will hear information presented by Middle Years Program Coordinator at Glasgow and the IB Coordinator at Justice High School. PTA membership is not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present. We hope to see you there!

 

Rising 6th Grade Open House: January 30 - Parents of rising 6th graders, come join us on January 30 from 6-8pm for an Open House to learn more about what middle school at Glasgow is all about! We will offer short (optional) sessions on our various Glasgow programs, and teachers will be in their classrooms throughout the evening to share all about our core and elective courses for 6th Graders.

We hope you leave this event excited about all the opportunities you will have as a Glasgow Panther and prepared to complete your course request form! Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening (detailed schedule to come):

  • Welcome to Glasgow!
  • Course Request 101
  • Level IV Advanced Academic Program
  • Spanish Immersion Program
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Program
  • Special Education Office
  • Math Course Placement and Selection Q&A

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Beck at sjbeck@fcps.edu. We can’t wait to meet you!

Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

Seeking Volunteers/Donations for the PTA Sponsored Potato/Salad Bar! - Help the Glasgow PTA provide the very popular Potato/Salad Bar Lunch for teachers/staff on January 25 (a teacher workday). Sign up to volunteer or donate here: https://bit.ly/2ADHxT2

 

AVID Guest Speakers Needed - Do you have an interest in sharing your college or career experience? Then sign up to be an AVID speaker! Many Glasgow students possess a desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard, but many of them do not truly have the opportunity to be college-ready. These are often the students who will be the first in their families to attend college and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Glasgow AVID classes help these students succeed on a path to college and career success. If you are interested in being a guest speaker, please email Steve D'Adamo at svdadamo@fcps.edu.

Important Information

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 8th and 7th Graders - Glasgow Student Services is excited to begin meeting with your students to register them for next year’s courses! Beginning this Friday, counselors will meet one-on-one with each student to review course options and complete the course selection form. Sometime before March 15, your student will bring home a copy of their selections for you to sign and return within three days. Here is a link to the Glasgow course descriptions: https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/360/nocourselist/1/1/1

In addition, 6th and 7th grade students will learn all about academic advising in Panther Time this upcoming week. Students will explore the kinds of classes they can take, the difference between general education and honors classes, and what choices they have for electives. After reviewing the information students will complete a “think sheet” to practice selecting their classes. We hope to empower students to feel confident about their educational choices and continue these conversations at home.

Please note that all course request changes are due by April 12, 2019. Finalizing requests by this date allows us to invest in staffing and resources based on students’ needs and interests. We will be finalizing schedules and placements throughout the late Spring and summer months.

 

VDOE Student School Climate Survey Cancelled - Before the winter break, I notified you that your child would be taking a statewide Student School Climate Survey mandated by the Virginia Department of Education. This survey was scheduled to be conducted from Monday, January 14, 2019 to Friday, February 8, 2019. Based on feedback from principals and school administrators, Dr. Brabrand, in collaboration and consultation with State Superintendent, has granted an exemption of the VDOE Student School Climate Survey for this year. Therefore, the VDOE Student School Climate survey will not be administered.

 

TJHSST Invitational Science Fair 2019 - The TJ Mythvestigations Club would like to cordially invite any interested students at your school to participate in our sixth annual Invitational Science Fair. Participants will complete a research project and prepare a presentation for our science fair on March 16, 2019. Now is the time to register for the event and start work on projects! The final pool of approximately 40 entrants will be chosen first come, first serve from all registrants on January 10, 2019. Students may register at http://bit.ly/isf2019. If you have any questions, email the TJ Mythvestigations Team at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com.

 

Yearbook On-line Store is Now Available - Families who still have not paid for their 2018-2019 yearbook can now pre-order on-line. The website is: https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. Students may continue to bring in money and turn in to the front office. The price of the yearbook is only $25, but will increase to $30 in early February. Extra items will be available until March: name stamping ($5), clear plastic cover ($3), autograph sheets ($2), arrow stickies ($6), jewel pack ($6) and pen signing set ($4.99).

Glasgow Goodies!

Thank You for the Gift Card Donations - Thank you to those of you who donated gift cards. We will be conducting a 'Panther Card for Staff Members' drawing this week. Earlier this year, students wrote Panther Cards to recognize a staff member who demonstrates our Panther Principles.  Teachers who revived Panther Cards submitted them into a drawing to win a donated gift card.

It is amazing how much a $5 gift card is appreciated. If you would still like to donate gift cards, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or drop them in the mail to my attention. I will share the love with staff throughout the school year. Thank you so much! (It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small!)

 

Glasgow Students Selected to the District 10 Honors Orchestra - Congratulations to the District 10 Honors Orchestra for their wonderful concert on Saturday, January 12, conducted by David Pope. Glasgow orchestra students participating were Sasha Traub, Karen Tran, Lauren Lai, Christine Pham, Catherine Felix, Maddox Shreve, Shalini Vlcan, and Hank Cornette.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - January 6

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Glasgow Community:

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to having the building busy with students and staff tomorrow.

Winter break provided me the opportunity to relax and catch up on my to-do list around the house. Most importantly, the break meant quality time with my family, including visiting Winterfest at Kings Dominion.  

As we get back into the normal routines of school, I would like to call your attention to a few important items. First, for those of you with current 8th grade students (rising 9th graders), we hope you will join us at Justice High School for Rising 9th Grade Information & Curriculum Night Thursday, January 10 at 6:30PM. See below for additional information.

Also, as we move into the coldest weeks of the winter season, please keep an eye on the weather and possible delays and cancellations. You can learn more about the weather cancellation procedures and sign up for weather schedule alerts here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures.

As I have said before, it is privilege to work with your students each and every day. We look forward to celebrating their progress with you for the rest of year!

Shawn DeRose, Principal


Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Getting Ready For High School

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 9th Graders - Glasgow Student Services is excited to begin meeting with your students to register them for next year’s courses! We begin with our current 8th grade students. Counselors from Justice and Annandale High Schools will be visiting Glasgow 8th graders through their Health and Physical Education classes this week and next. Starting on January 11, counselors will be meeting one-on-one with each student to review course options and complete the course selection form. Sometime before January 29, your student will bring home a copy of their selections for you to sign and return within three days. Here is a link to the course descriptions at Justice: https://goo.gl/u5u8F2

As always, please let us know what questions you may have as we move through the academic advising season!

 

Justice High School Rising 9th Grade Orientation & Curriculum Night, January 10 -  Rising 9th Grade Parent Orientation & Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, January 10 at Justice High School. Pre-orientation sessions for special populations will be held at 6:00pm for parents interested in hearing more about the following topics: ESOL, IB/MYP, and Special Education.

The full orientation will kick off at 6:30pm and is geared towards providing information for Rising 9th grade students and parents. At 7:15, students and parents will have the opportunity to talk with teachers, department chairs, school counselors and administrators about course offerings, course requirements, and scheduling choices.

In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held on Monday, January 14. The Justice HS counselors will also be visiting Glasgow 8th grade students on Wednesday, January 9 and Thursday, January 10 to review course options and graduation requirements.

 

Rising 9th Grade Night at Neighboring High Schools:

Annandale High School - January 17 at 7PM

Falls Church High School - January 10 at 6:30PM

Edison High School - February 26 at 7PM

For more information on these events, please contact Laine O'Donnell at lodonnell@fcps.edu. 

Important Dates

January 7 - Staff and Students Return!

January 9 & 10 - Justice HS Presentation to 8th Grade Students

January 18 - 3HR Early Release Day

January 21 - MLK Holiday (Closed)

January 24 - 2nd Quarter Ends

January 25 - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

January 30 - Glasgow Rising 6th Grade Night, 6PM

February 4 - Staff Development Day (No School for Students)

 

Glasgow PTA Meeting: January 15 - The next PTA meeting will be held on January 15, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The featured topic will be the International Baccalaureate, or IB, program. We will hear information presented by Middle Years Program Coordinator at Glasgow and the IB Coordinator at Justice High School.  PTA membership is not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present. We hope to see you there!

 

Rising 6th Grade Open House - January 30 - Parents of rising 6th graders, come join us on January 30 from 6-8pm for an Open House to learn more about what middle school at Glasgow is all about! We will offer short (optional) sessions on our various Glasgow programs, and teachers will be in their classrooms throughout the evening to share all about our core and elective courses for 6th Graders.

We hope you leave this event excited about all the opportunities you will have as a Glasgow Panther and prepared to complete your course request form! Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening (detailed schedule to come):

  • Welcome to Glasgow!
  • Course Request 101
  • Level IV Advanced Academic Program
  • Spanish Immersion Program
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Program
  • Special Education Office
  • Math Course Placement and Selection Q&A

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Beck at sjbeck@fcps.edu. We can’t wait to meet you!

Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc 

AVID Guest Speakers Needed - Do you have an interest in sharing your college or career experience? Then sign up to be an AVID speaker! Many Glasgow students possess a desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard, but many of them do not truly have the opportunity to be college-ready. These are often the students who will be the first in their families to attend college and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Glasgow AVID classes help these students succeed on a path to college and career success. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2rEaRE1

Important Information

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 8th and 7th Graders - Glasgow Student Services is excited to begin meeting with your students to register them for next year’s courses! Beginning January 18, counselors will meet one-on-one with each student to review course options and complete the course selection form. Sometime before March 15, your student will bring home a copy of their selections for you to sign and return within three days. Here is a link to the Glasgow course descriptions: https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/360/nocourselist/1/1/1

Please note that all course request changes are due by April 12, 2019. Finalizing requests by this date allows us to invest in staffing and resources based on students’ needs and interests. We will be finalizing schedules and placements throughout the late Spring and summer months.

 

TJHSST Invitational Science Fair 2019 - The TJ Mythvestigations Club would like to cordially invite any interested students at your school to participate in our sixth annual Invitational Science Fair. Participants will complete a research project and prepare a presentation for our science fair on March 16, 2019. Now is the time to register for the event and start work on projects! The final pool of approximately 40 entrants will be chosen first come, first serve from all registrants on January 10, 2019. Students may register at http://bit.ly/isf2019. If you have any questions, email the TJ Mythvestigations Team at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com.

 

Yearbook On-line Store is Now Available - Families who still have not paid for their 2018-2019 yearbook can now pre-order on-line. The website is: https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. Students may continue to bring in money and turn in to the front office. The price of the yearbook is only $25, but will increase to $30 in early February. Extra items will be available until March: name stamping ($5), clear plastic cover ($3), autograph sheets ($2), arrow stickies ($6), jewel pack ($6) and pen signing set ($4.99).

Glasgow Goodies!

Thank You for the Gift Card Donations - Thank you to those of you who donated gift cards. We recently used the cards as prizes for our Ugly Sweater Contest. It is amazing how much a $5 gift card is appreciated. If you would still like to donate gift cards, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or drop them in the mail to my attention. I will share the love with staff throughout the school year. Thank you so much! (It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small!) 

 

District 10 Honors - Orchestra Students - The following orchestra students will be rehearsing with the District 10 Honors Orchestra on Friday, January 11 and will be absent from school: Kate Tran; Shalini Vlcan; Henry Cornette; Alexandra Traub; Christine Pham; Lauren Lai; Catherine Felix; Ryan Lesmana; Maddox Shreve. Please advise these students of work they will need to make up. The Honors Orchestra Performs at 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 12 at South County High School and  the public is invited.

 

Glasgow Students Named Receive District Chorus Honors - The following students we named received District Chorus Honors: Sofia Ielmini, Helen Frankovich, Madeline Jensen, Frannie Melia, and Hailey Salazar.

 

Madeline Jensen Named to Prestigious OAKE Honor Choir - Congrats to Madeline Jensen who was selected out of hundreds of applicants from around the country to the National OAKE Honor Choir. OAKE is the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

 

Thank You Parent Volunteers! - Thank you to the many parent volunteers who made the Holiday Grab and Go Breakfast for the Glasgow staff a success. Your time and donations are greatly appreciated!

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Glasgow Community -

We have much to be thankful for here at Glasgow Middle School, and I want to thank you for all of your support and help throughout the first half of this school year. I particularly want to mention the wonderful support from our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) whose academic mission enhances all areas of the school.

Happy Holidays! I look forward to seeing you all in 2019!  

Sincerely,

Shawn P. DeRose, Principal

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Glasgow Community Gazette - December 16

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you had a great weekend. I am currently sitting in the back of our minivan traveling back from visiting family in Long Island. If your time with family is anything like mine, it is an opportunity to share what we are most proud of about our children and their school experience; as well as share the challenges of being a parent, especially to tweens. Sharing with my family this weekend led me to reflect on the many ways I am proud of students’ experiences at Glasgow Middle School.  

Diversity - Researchers have documented that students’ exposure to other students who are different from themselves and the novel ideas and challenges that such exposure brings leads to improved cognitive skills, including critical thinking and problem solving. It is exciting to know that students at Glasgow get to benefit from diversity of our student body.  

Knowing Each Student By Name and By Need - Although large in size, Glasgow uses data and collaborative teacher teams to meet the needs of each and every student. When students are ready for new challenges, we know it and are ready to provide it. Similarly, when students need extra support, teachers are able to provide opportunities to practice and relearn as soon as possible, so students can continue to be successful with grade-level standards.

Teacher Collaboration - In many schools, the quality of instruction -and sometimes even what is taught- may greatly vary depending on the individual teacher. At Glasgow, our teachers collaborate at the highest level. They meet throughout the week to develop quality lesson plans together using a lesson planning document.

Focus on Academic Task - As a school, we know that nothing matters more for students’ learning than the rigor of the tasks they encounter in class each day. As a staff, we talk about the importance of ensuring students are reading, writing, thinking and discussing at a high level each and every day. In their Glasgow classes, students are analyzing, evaluating, comparing and predicting. By applying these high-level thinking skills on a daily basis in middle school, Glasgow students are prepared for the complex world that they will encounter in high school and beyond.

Care and Belonging - Finally, but perhaps most importantly, Glasgow is a school that invests explicitly in communicating care and belonging to each and every one of our students and their families. Our staff greets students every day, for every class. We take time to celebrate students’ accomplishments, both academically and with our Panther Principles of kindness, commitment and safety. We know that students must know that we care about them and that they belong before they will learn. Panther Time advisories, Panther Cards and Open Campus are just some of the many ways we show students that we care about more than just their learning.

For all these reasons and more, we are incredibly proud of the experiences your students have at Glasgow each and every day. Our staff is outstanding in their commitment to providing the values above, and it is an honor to work with your students this school year. Thank you for allowing us to play a part in your child’s growth this school year. I hope the next few weeks means time spent together as a family, celebrating the growth so far and resting up for all that is to come when we return in January.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Shawn DeRose, Principal


Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Getting Ready For High School

Justice High School Rising 9th Grade Orientation & Curriculum Night - January 10

The Justice HS Rising 9th Grade Parent Orientation & Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, January 10. Pre-orientation sessions for special populations will be held at 6:00pm for parents interested in hearing more about the following topics: ESOL, IB/MYP, and Special Education.

The full orientation will kick off at 6:30pm and is geared towards providing information for Rising 9th grade students and parents. At 7:15, students and parents will have the opportunity to talk with teachers, department chairs, school counselors and administrators about course offerings, course requirements, and scheduling choices.

In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held on Monday, January 14. The Justice HS counselors will be visiting Glasgow 8th grade students on Wednesday, January 9 and Thursday, January 10 to review course options and graduation requirements.

 

8th Grade Night at Neighboring High Schools:

Annandale High School - January 17 at 7PM

Falls Church High School - January 10 at 6:30PM

Edison High School - February 26 at 7PM

Important Dates

December 18 - Grab-n-Go Breakfast sponsored by the PTA

December 18 - Orchestra Concert, 7PM

December 21 - No After School Program

December 24 through January 4 - Winter Break

January 7 - Staff and Students Return!

January 9 & 10 - Justice HS Presentation to 8th Grade Students

January 18 - 3HR Early Release Day

January 21 - MLK Holiday (Closed)

January 24 - 2nd Quarter Ends

January 25 - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

January 30 - Glasgow Rising 6th Grade Night, 6PM

 

Pre-Winter Break Breakfast - December 20 - The PTA will provide a Pre-Winter Break breakfast for Glasgow teachers and staff on Thursday, December 20. Please consider volunteering at this event or contributing food and beverages: https://bit.ly/2TYsQlL. Monetary donations also help to provide snacks and supplies and can be made here: https://bit.ly/2Q5lcHF.

 

Glasgow PTA Meeting: January 15 - The next PTA meeting will be held on January 15, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The featured topic will be the International Baccalaureate, or IB, program. We will hear information presented by Middle Years Program Coordinator at Glasgow and the IB Coordinator at Justice High School.  PTA membership is not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present. We hope to see you there!

Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12

 

Pre-Winter Break Breakfast: December 20 - The Glasgow PTA is still looking for donations of time, food, and funds for their December 20 Pre-Winter Break teachers/staff breakfast. Please consider volunteering at this event or contributing food and beverages. Link: https://bit.ly/2TYsQlL. Monetary donations also help to provide snacks and supplies and can be made here: https://bit.ly/2Q5lcHF

 

AVID Guest Speakers Needed - Do you have an interest in sharing your college or career experience? Then sign up to be an AVID speaker! Many Glasgow students possess a desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard, but many of them do not truly have the opportunity to be college-ready. These are often the students who will be the first in their families to attend college and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Glasgow AVID classes help these students succeed on a path to college and career success. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2rEaRE1

Important Information

TJHSST Invitational Science Fair 2019 - The TJ Mythvestigations Club would like to cordially invite any interested students at your school to participate in our sixth annual Invitational Science Fair. Participants will complete a research project and prepare a presentation for our science fair on March 16, 2019. Now is the time to register for the event and start work on projects! The final pool of approximately 40 entrants will be chosen first come, first serve from all registrants on January 10, 2019. Students may register at http://bit.ly/isf2019. If you have any questions, email the TJ Mythvestigations Team at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com.

 

Yearbook On-line Store is Now Available - Families who still have not paid for their 2018-2019 yearbook can now pre-order on-line. The website is: https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. Students may continue to bring in money and turn in to the front office. The price of the yearbook is only $25, but will increase to $30 in early February. Extra items will be available until March: name stamping ($5), clear plastic cover ($3), autograph sheets ($2), arrow stickies ($6), jewel pack ($6) and pen signing set ($4.99).

Glasgow Goodies!

 

Thank You for the Gift Card Donations - Thank you to those of you who donated gift cards. We recently used the cards as prizes for our Ugly Sweater Contest. It is amazing how much a $5 gift card is appreciated. If you would still like to donate gift cards, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or drop them in the mail to my attention. I will share the love with staff throughout the school year. Thank you so much! (It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small!) 

 

Panther Store - Thank you to those parents who supported the Panther Store this week! It was great to see so many students with Panther Cards and fun to celebrate the many ways our students show kindness, commitment and safety!

 

Glasgow’s Winter Chorus Concert - Congratulations to Miranda Lansberry and our incredible chorus students on their Winter Concert, “All Is Calm,” this past Thursday! It was a beautiful evening filled with songs to celebrate the season. Our students did a wonderful job! If you missed it, or would like to watch it again, here is a link to the YouTube videos: http://bit.ly/2QC490k

 

Glasgow’s Winter Band Concert - On Wednesday evening our outstanding Glasgow Band students performed their annual Winter Concert for a packed house. Congratulations to Andrew Sharrock, Tamara Freeman and the Glasgow Band students on a fantastic evening of music and celebration with our community!

 

Study Skills Workshop - Student Services has been working to support some of our students who need additional help with work habits and organization. On Monday, December 10, the counselors hosted a Study Skills Workshop session for ~50 students in partnership with an organization called Learning Rx. The presentation covered the following topics:

  • Understand the difference between passive and active study techniques
  • Learn how to help students retain and use knowledge easier and faster
  • Learn six researched-based study techniques.

Thank you to the Student Services team for their collaboration on this work and for teachers who supported students’ attendance!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - December 9

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Glasgow Community:

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” I love this time of year because of the many ways we celebrate as a staff, school and community.

On Friday, we had our annual Staff Ugly Winter Sweater Contest. As always, it was a huge hit.  I think the game gets upped every year! We will be using the some of the gift cards that were recently donated to award prizes in the following categories: Most Ugliest, Most Spirited and Most Creative.

I brought my son, Jack, to see Lucky Hudson and the 12th Street Gang on Saturday night. We loved it! It was incredible to see our students’ confidence on the stage. They had us laughing and on the edge of our seats the entire show. Congratulations and a huge thank you to Ms. Smits-Beasley for her incredible support of our theatre students! I encourage you to come to the Chorus and Band concerts this upcoming week - it is wonderful to see our students shining in a different arena than the classroom.

I have also loved seeing the comments students have been writing on our Panther Cards for Staff throughout the past week. Some words and phrases I’m noticing over and over again reflect our values as a school: “helpful, kind, believe in me, committed, friendly, smile, never give up.” The little ways we communicate care and belonging matter, and our students notice.

I look forward to seeing you at our PTA meeting on Tuesday night. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal


Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Getting Ready For High School

Justice High School Rising 9th Grade Orientation & Curriculum Night - January 10

The Justice HS Rising 9th Grade Parent Orientation & Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, January 10. Pre-orientation sessions for special populations will be held at 6:00pm for parents interested in hearing more about the following topics: ESOL, IB/MYP, and Special Education.

The full orientation will kick off at 6:30pm and is geared towards providing information for Rising 9th grade students and parents. At 7:15, students and parents will have the opportunity to talk with teachers, department chairs, school counselors and administrators about course offerings, course requirements, and scheduling choices.

In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held on Monday, January 14. The Justice HS counselors will be visiting Glasgow 8th grade students on Wednesday, January 9 and Thursday, January 10 to review course options and graduation requirements.

 

8th Grade Night at Neighboring High Schools:

Annandale High School - January 17 at 7PM

Falls Church High School - January 10 at 6:30PM

Edison High School - February 26 at 7PM

Supporting Our Community

Orangetheory in Barcroft Shopping Center - Join Today! Like many of you, I am so excited to see the new businesses in the Barcroft Shopping Center. An Orangetheory Fitness Studio is opening in the shopping Center in early January.

I had the opportunity to speak with James Hannesschlager, studio owner, over the holiday weekend. They are offering a FREE WEEK TRIAL with options on Founder Discounts at $20-$30/month off of normal retail rates for the Glasgow community. This includes a free heart rate monitor. Just call or email Jim and mention the  "Glasgow OTF deal". Email: jhannesschlager@orangetheoryfitness.com, Phone: 574.210.2751.

Important Dates

December 11 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm

December 12 & 13 - Modified After School Program 

December 12 - Band Concert, 6PM

December 13 - Chorus Concert, 7PM

December 14 - 3-Hour Early Dismissal For Students

December 14 - No After School Program

December 18 - Grab-n-Go Breakfast sponsored by the PTA

December 18 - Orchestra Concert, 7PM

December 21 - No After School Program

December 24 through January 4 - Winter Break

 

Candy Cane Sale - Now Though December 12 - National Junior Honor Society is selling candy canes Monday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 12 in the cafeteria. Candy canes are $1 each and students must know their friend’s Panther Time teacher! Candy canes will be distributed on December 17 during Panther Time. NEW! This year NJHS will be selling fruit flavored candy canes in addition to the traditional peppermint candy canes. If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Gray at scgray@fcps.edu.

 

PTA Meeting - December 11 - Topic: Adolescent Mental Health: Identifying Needs & Building Resiliency. How can parents support their child's emotional and social development?  Come meet the Glasgow mental health team and hear how they support students and families, how to spot the signs of mental health distress during the middle school years, and how to increase your child's health and well-being through protective factors.

You will also hear about the latest results from the FCPS Youth Survey, which provides data on behaviors related to stress, mental health, personal health, bullying, drug misuse and many more important issues facing our students. The meetings are 7-8 p.m. PTA membership is not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

 

Modified After School Program - December 12 & 13 - Parents on Wednesday, December 12 and Thursday December 13 all after-school activities will be cancelled due to our upcoming winter concerts for band and chorus except for our ASAP program. If your student is in the ASAP program we will continue as normal. There will be no after-school sign-ups for either day, however, late buses and super snack will be provided for ASAP students. If you have any questions please contact, After-School Specialist, Aaron Cannon at acannon@fcps.edu.

 

Three Hour Early Release Schedule - December 14 - On Friday, December 14, students will be released from school three hours early.

 

Pre-Winter Break Breakfast - December 20 - The PTA will provide a Pre-Winter Break breakfast for Glasgow teachers and staff on Thursday, December 20. Please consider volunteering at this event or contributing food and beverages: https://bit.ly/2TYsQlL. Monetary donations also help to provide snacks and supplies and can be made here: https://bit.ly/2Q5lcHF

Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12

 

Gift Card Donations Wanted - When I first started at Glasgow in the spring of 2015, I requested parent support by donating $5 gift cards that we could use as incentives and thank you's for our staff.  Your response was overwhelming and I have finally used the generous stash that you all provided.

I am requesting your help again since we are not permitted to use any kind of FCPS funds, local or otherwise, for this purpose. It is amazing how much a $5 gift card is appreciated. If you are so inclined, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or drop them in the mail to my attention. I will share the love with staff throughout the school year. Thank you so much! (It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small!)

Important Information

Family Life Education - December 10-14 - Grade eight students will be participating in Family Life Education lessons as part of their HPE curriculum from December 10-14. If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the grade eight Family Life Education lessons, please complete the form below and return it to your child’s Health/PE teacher prior to FLE instruction. Additional information for lesson objectives and media descriptions is available at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle.  Lessons are available in FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) Parent View at https://fcps.blackboard.com/. PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to return this form unless you are opting your child out of all or some of the grade eight Family Life Education lessons.

Opt Out Form English: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/8.pdf   

Opt Out Form Arabic: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/arabic_16.pdf    

Opt Out Form Spanish: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/spanish_20.pdf

 

TJHSST Invitational Science Fair 2019 - The TJ Mythvestigations Club would like to cordially invite any interested students at your school to participate in our sixth annual Invitational Science Fair. Participants will complete a research project and prepare a presentation for our science fair on March 16, 2019. Now is the time to register for the event and start work on projects! The final pool of approximately 40 entrants will be chosen first come, first serve from all registrants on January 10, 2019. Students may register at http://bit.ly/isf2019. If you have any questions, email the TJ Mythvestigations Team at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com.

 

Yearbook On-line Store is Now Available - Families who still have not paid for their 2018-2019 yearbook can now pre-order on-line. The website is: https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. Students may continue to bring in money and turn in to the front office. The price of the yearbook is only $25, but will increase to $30 in early February. Extra items will be available until March: name stamping ($5), clear plastic cover ($3), autograph sheets ($2), arrow stickies ($6), jewel pack ($6) and pen signing set ($4.99).

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Glasgow Community Gazette - December 2

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Glasgow Community:

Happy December! ‘Tis the season to gather and celebrate. Students will have the opportunity to recognize staff members via Panther Cards for Staff beginning on Monday during 1st Period. These notes from students serve as an encouragement and reminder of the many ways our staff members are impacting lives of our students both inside and outside the classroom.

Last week, we celebrated students who made the 1st Quarter “All A Honor Roll”. On Monday, we will distribute certificates to our 1st Quarter “A/B Honor Roll” students during Panther Time. Celebrating the academic success of our students and the many smiles that accompany this recognition is a great way to see our vision in action: inspired by our success.

Finally, I want to continue to encourage you to play an active role at Glasgow this holiday season. There are a number of events that need parent volunteers such as the upcoming Book Fair, Panther Store and Grab-N-Go Breakfast. If you do not have the time to volunteer, please consider donating gift cards that we could use as incentives and thank you's for our staff. Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12.

Parent involvement and support is an essential element of all great schools. So, get involved and sign up today! As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal


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Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

FCPS Awards Program - Nominations Now Open

Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles, including:
- Outstanding Teacher
- Outstanding New Teacher
- Outstanding Leader (School-Based)
- Outstanding Operational or Hourly Employee (School-Based)

Our goal is to choose Glasgow Middle School winners in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration beyond our building.

Please consider nominating a Glasgow staff member(s) for the categories listed above (you may submit this form more than once, and you do not have to nominate for all categories). You will need to include a brief explanation for your nomination to be considered. Thank you for celebrating the amazing work done everyday at Glasgow by highlighting some of our amazing staff members!

To nominate a Glasgow staff member, click the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/q5wAm5WSlwgM3zxZ2

If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit: https://goo.gl/oo18SF

Important Dates

December 3 - A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed 

December 7 - Outstanding Employee Award Nominations Due

December 7 - Fall Play “Lucky Hudson”, 7pm

December 8 - Winterfest at Justice High School, 9am-12pm

December 8 - Fall Play “Lucky Hudson”, 6pm

December 11 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm

December 12 & 13 - Modified After School Program 

December 12 - Band Concert, 7PM

December 13 - Chorus Concert, 7PM

December 14 - 3-Hour Early Dismissal For Students

December 18 - Grab-n-Go Breakfast sponsored by the PTA

December 18 - Orchestra Concert, 7PM

 

Scholastic Winter Book Fair - Now - December 7 - The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Glasgow Library from November 30 – December 7. Students will visit the book fair during one of their English classes, and may purchase books then or during any free time, if they wish. Families are welcome to visit the fair any time. All proceeds from the fair will be used to purchase more resources for the library.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to help during the fair (no experience necessary), so if you can help please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-spring6

 

A/B Honor Roll Certificates - Distributed December 3 - Congratulations to those students that have made A/B Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students with certificates to be distributed through Panther Time on Monday, December 3. If your child is absent, they can obtain their Certificate from Student Services the following day. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu.

 

Candy Cane Sale - Begins December 3 - National Junior Honor Society is selling candy canes Monday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 12 in the cafeteria. Candy canes are $1 each and students must know their friend’s Panther Time teacher! Candy canes will be distributed on December 17 during Panther Time. NEW! This year NJHS will be selling fruit flavored candy canes in addition to the traditional peppermint candy canes. If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Gray at scgray@fcps.edu.

 

PTA Meeting - December 11 - Topic: Adolescent Mental Health: Identifying Needs & Building Resiliency. How can parents support their child's emotional and social development?  Come meet the Glasgow mental health team and hear how they support students and families, how to spot the signs of mental health distress during the middle school years, and how to increase your child's health and well-being through protective factors.

You will also hear about the latest results from the FCPS Youth Survey, which provides data on behaviors related to stress, mental health, personal health, bullying, drug misuse and many more important issues facing our students. The meetings are 7-8 p.m. PTA membership is not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

 

Modified After School Program - December 12 & 13 - Parents on Wednesday, December 12 and Thursday December 13 all after-school activities will be cancelled due to our upcoming winter concerts for band and chorus except for our ASAP program.  If your student is in the ASAP program we will continue as normal. There will be no after-school sign-ups for either day, however, late buses and super snack will be provided for ASAP students.  If you have any questions please contact, After-School Specialist, Aaron Cannon at acannon@fcps.edu.

 

Three Hour Early Release Schedule - December 14 - On Friday, December 14, students will be released from school three hours early.

 

Pre-Winter Break Breakfast - December 20 - The PTA will provide a Pre-Winter Break breakfast for Glasgow teachers and staff on Thursday, December 20. Please consider volunteering at this event or contributing food and beverages:  https://bit.ly/2TYsQlL. Monetary donations also help to provide snacks and supplies and can be made here: https://bit.ly/2Q5lcHF

Supporting Our Community

Orangetheory in Barcroft Shopping Center - Join Today! Like many of you, I am so excited to see the new businesses in the Barcroft Shopping Center. An Orangetheory Fitness Studio is opening in the shopping Center in early January.

I had the opportunity to speak with James Hannesschlager, studio owner, over the holiday weekend. They are offering a FREE WEEK TRIAL with options on Founder Discounts at $20-$30/month off of normal retail rates for the Glasgow community. This includes a free heart rate monitor. Just call or email Jim and mention the  "Glasgow OTF deal". Email: jhannesschlager@orangetheoryfitness.com, Phone: 574.210.2751.

Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12

 

Gift Card Donations Wanted - When I first started at Glasgow in the spring of 2015, I requested parent support by donating $5 gift cards that we could use as incentives and thank you's for our staff.  Your response was overwhelming and I have finally used the generous stash that you all provided.

I am requesting your help again since we are not permitted to use any kind of FCPS funds, local or otherwise, for this purpose. It is amazing how much a $5 gift card is appreciated. If you are so inclined, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or drop them in the mail to my attention. I will share the love with staff throughout the school year. Thank you so much! (It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small!)

Important Information

Family Life Education - December 10-14 - Grade eight students will be participating in Family Life Education lessons as part of their HPE curriculum from December 10-14. If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the grade eight Family Life Education lessons, please complete the form below and return it to your child’s Health/PE teacher prior to FLE instruction. Additional information for lesson objectives and media descriptions is available at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle.  Lessons are available in FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) Parent View at https://fcps.blackboard.com/. PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to return this form unless you are opting your child out of all or some of the grade eight Family Life Education lessons.

Opt Out Form English: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/8.pdf   

Opt Out Form Arabic: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/arabic_16.pdf    

Opt Out Form Spanish: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/spanish_20.pdf

 

TJHSST Invitational Science Fair 2019 - The TJ Mythvestigations Club would like to cordially invite any interested students at your school to participate in our sixth annual Invitational Science Fair. Participants will complete a research project and prepare a presentation for our science fair on March 16, 2019. Now is the time to register for the event and start work on projects! The final pool of approximately 40 entrants will be chosen first come, first serve from all registrants on January 10, 2019. Students may register at http://bit.ly/isf2019. If you have any questions, email the TJ Mythvestigations Team at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com.

 

Yearbook On-line Store is Now Available - Families who still have not paid for their 2018-2019 yearbook can now pre-order on-line. The website is: https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. Students may continue to bring in money and turn in to the front office. The price of the yearbook is only $25, but will increase to $30 in early February. Extra items will be available until March: name stamping ($5), clear plastic cover ($3), autograph sheets ($2), arrow stickies ($6), jewel pack ($6) and pen signing set ($4.99).

Glasgow Goodies

Winterfest at Justice HS - December 8 from 9am-12pm - Join us for some holiday fun with your family! Justice High School presents “Winterfest” on December 8 from 9am-12pm. This event will be focused on the community and we will have food, crafts, games, and a movie. If you have any questions about the event, contact Justice HS SGA Sponsor, Emily McCloud at ecmccloud@fcps.edu.

 

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 25

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend. Along with my father, who was visiting from Scottsdale, Arizona, we celebrated Thanksgiving with friends. I spent Saturday enjoying Ohio State's victory over that team up north and Sunday catching up on yard work and putting up holiday decorations.

What I enjoy most about holiday breaks is the opportunity to take a step back to rejuvenate and reflect on what matters most. Earlier this month, I asked that you consider nominating a Glasgow staff member(s) for an FCPS Award. I want to share with you one of the responses from a parent:

(Teacher) has inspired in my son the love of music and has motivated him to learn and improve. With sense of humor and tons of empathy, (She/he) treats the students with dignity and they feel empowered. As my (student) has put it "(Teacher) makes me feel like I am one of them [grown ups]." In addition, (Teacher) organizes events that foster community among the children and help them get a sense of belonging.

I believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration beyond our building. So, please speak with your student and nominate a staff member for an FCPS award. Link: https://goo.gl/forms/q5wAm5WSlwgM3zxZ2

Finally, with the holiday season quickly approaching, I want to encourage parents to play an active role at Glasgow. There are a number of events that need parent volunteers such as the upcoming Book Fair, Panther Store and Grab-N-Go Breakfast. If you do not have the time to volunteer, please consider donating gift cards that we could use as incentives and thank you's for our staff. Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12.

Parent involvement and support is an essential element of all great schools. So, get involved and sign up today! As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal


Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

FCPS Awards Program - Nominations Now Open

Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles, including:
- Outstanding Teacher
- Outstanding New Teacher
- Outstanding Leader (School-Based)
- Outstanding Operational or Hourly Employee (School-Based)

Our goal is to choose Glasgow Middle School winners in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration beyond our building.

Please consider nominating a Glasgow staff member(s) for the categories listed above (you may submit this form more than once, and you do not have to nominate for all categories). You will need to include a brief explanation for your nomination to be considered. Thank you for celebrating the amazing work done everyday at Glasgow by highlighting some of our amazing staff members!

To nominate a Glasgow staff member, click the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/q5wAm5WSlwgM3zxZ2

If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit: https://goo.gl/oo18SF

Important Dates

November 26 - 6th and 7th Grade All A Honor Roll Ceremony

November 27 - Picture Makeup Day

November 29 - Dress for Success Day

November 30 - 8th Grade All A Honor Roll Ceremony

November 30 through December 7 - Book Fair

December 3 - A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed 

December 7 - Outstanding Employee Award Nominations Due

December 7 - Fall Play “Lucky Hudson”, 7pm

December 8 - Winterfest at Justice High School, 9am-12pm

December 8 - Fall Play “Lucky Hudson”, 6pm

December 11 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm

December 12 - Band Concert, 7PM

December 13 - Chorus Concert, 7PM

December 14 - 3-Hour Early Dismissal For Students

December 18 - Grab-n-Go Breakfast sponsored by the PTA

December 18 - Orchestra Concert, 7PM

 

All A Honor Roll Celebration – November 26 and November 30 - Congratulations to those students that have made all A’s Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students for their outstanding commitment with a ceremony during Panther Time. On Monday, November 26, we will recognize 6th and 7th Grade students. On Friday, November 30, we will recognize 8th Grade students. Please note the event is for students only. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu.

 

Student Picture Make-ups – November 27 - Make-Up Day has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 27 in the Lecture Hall.  Students will be called to the Lecture Hall during period 1, FIT and period 4. Students can have their picture taken or retaken if they can meet one of the following requirements:

The student was absent on the first picture day (Oct. 16/17).

The student enrolled at Glasgow after October 17.

The student has money to purchase new pictures and has it with them.

RETAKE: Students can have their purchased picture retaken if there is something wrong with the picture taken during the first picture day. Students MUST return the entire packet in order to have their picture retaken. Please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

Dress for Success - November 29 - On Thursday November 29 it is Dress For Success Day at Glasgow. Students and staff are invited to dress in different career attire and/or their best interview attire. This day is to celebrate the conclusion of Career Development Month at Glasgow. If you have any questions please contact Counselor Gregory Frantz gdfrantz@fcps.edu or Counselor Cynthia Pareja cspareja@fcps.edu.

 

Scholastic Winter Book Fair - November 30 - December 7 - The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Glasgow Library from November 30 – December 7. Students will visit the book fair during one of their English classes, and may purchase books then or during any free time, if they wish. Families are welcome to visit the fair any time. All proceeds from the fair will be used to purchase more resources for the library.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to help during the fair (no experience necessary), so if you can help please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-spring6

 

A/B Honor Roll Certificates - Distributed December 3 - Congratulations to those students that have made A/B Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students with certificates to be distributed through Panther Time on Monday, December 3. If your child is absent, they can obtain their Certificate from Student Services the following day. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu.

 

Candy Cane Sale - Begins December 3 - National Junior Honor Society is selling candy canes Monday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 12 in the cafeteria. Candy canes are $1 each and students must know their friend’s Panther Time teacher! Candy canes will be distributed on December 17 during Panther Time. NEW! This year NJHS will be selling fruit flavored candy canes in addition to the traditional peppermint candy canes. If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Gray at scgray@fcps.edu.

 

PTA Meeting - December 11 - Topic: Adolescent Mental Health: Identifying Needs & Building Resiliency. How can parents support their child's emotional and social development?  Come meet the Glasgow mental health team and hear how they support students and families, how to spot the signs of mental health distress during the middle school years, and how to increase your child's health and well-being through protective factors.

You will also hear about the latest results from the FCPS Youth Survey, which provides data on behaviors related to stress, mental health, personal health, bullying, drug misuse and many more important issues facing our students. The meetings are 7-8 p.m. PTA membership is not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

 

Three Hour Early Release Schedule - December 14 - On Friday, December 14, students will be released from school three hours early.

Supporting Our Community

Orangetheory in Barcroft Shopping Center - Join Today! Like many of you, I am so excited to see the new businesses in the Barcroft Shopping Center. An Orangetheory Fitness Studio is opening in the shopping Center in early January.

I had the opportunity to speak with James Hannesschlager, studio owner, over the holiday weekend. They are offering a FREE WEEK TRIAL with options on Founder Discounts at $20-$30/month off of normal retail rates for the Glasgow community. This includes a free heart rate monitor. Just call or email Jim and mention the  "Glasgow OTF deal". Email: jhannesschlager@orangetheoryfitness.com, Phone: 574.210.2751.

Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12

 

Gift Card Donations Wanted - When I first started at Glasgow in the spring of 2015, I requested parent support by donating $5 gift cards that we could use as incentives and thank you's for our staff.  Your response was overwhelming and I have finally used the generous stash that you all provided.

I am requesting your help again since we are not permitted to use any kind of FCPS funds, local or otherwise, for this purpose. It is amazing how much a $5 gift card is appreciated. If you are so inclined, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or drop them in the mail to my attention. I will share the love with staff throughout the school year. Thank you so much! (It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small!)

Important Information

Family Life Education - December 10-14 - Grade eight students will be participating in Family Life Education lessons as part of their HPE curriculum from December 10-14. If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the grade eight Family Life Education lessons, please complete the form below and return it to your child’s Health/PE teacher prior to FLE instruction. Additional information for lesson objectives and media descriptions is available at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle.  Lessons are available in FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) Parent View at https://fcps.blackboard.com/. PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to return this form unless you are opting your child out of all or some of the grade eight Family Life Education lessons.

Opt Out Form English: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/8.pdf   

Opt Out Form Arabic: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/arabic_16.pdf    

Opt Out Form Spanish: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/spanish_20.pdf

 

TJHSST Invitational Science Fair 2019 - The TJ Mythvestigations Club would like to cordially invite any interested students at your school to participate in our sixth annual Invitational Science Fair. Participants will complete a research project and prepare a presentation for our science fair on March 16, 2019. Now is the time to register for the event and start work on projects! The final pool of approximately 40 entrants will be chosen first come, first serve from all registrants on January 10, 2019. Students may register at http://bit.ly/isf2019. If you have any questions, email the TJ Mythvestigations Team at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com.

 

Yearbook On-line Store is Now Available - Families who still have not paid for their 2018-2019 yearbook can now pre-order on-line. The website is: https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. Students may continue to bring in money and turn in to the front office. The price of the yearbook is only $25, but will increase to $30 in early February. Extra items will be available until March: name stamping ($5), clear plastic cover ($3), autograph sheets ($2), arrow stickies ($6), jewel pack ($6) and pen signing set ($4.99).

Glasgow Goodies

Winterfest at Justice HS - December 8 from 9am-12pm - Join us for some holiday fun with your family! Justice High School presents “Winterfest” on December 8 from 9am-12pm. This event will be focused on the community and we will have food, crafts, games, and a movie. If you have any questions about the event, contact Justice HS SGA Sponsor, Emily McCloud at ecmccloud@fcps.edu.

 

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 18

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you are having a great weekend. My father and brother flew into town this weekend. We went out to dinner in Old Town Alexandria on Friday night and watched Ohio State survive in overtime against Maryland on Saturday. This morning we are planning on having brunch at one of our favorite restaurants, Metro 29 Diner in Arlington.

On this Thanksgiving week, one of the things I am most thankful for is our incredible Glasgow staff. Last week was a great example of their hard work and dedication. Whether it is spending time helping students after school, or hosting an Open Campus activity or giving up lunch to serve students a Thanksgiving meal in the cafeteria, they are truly tireless in their dedication to your students.

When I first started at Glasgow in the spring of 2015, I requested parent support by donating $5 gift cards that we could use as incentives and thank you's for our staff. Your response was overwhelming and I have finally used the generous stash that you all provided.

I am requesting your help again since we are not permitted to use any kind of FCPS funds, local or otherwise, for this purpose. It is amazing how much a $5 or $10 gift card is appreciated. If you are so inclined, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or drop them in the mail to my attention. I will share the love with staff throughout the school year. (It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small!)

Everything we do at Glasgow is because you give us the tremendous privilege of educating your students. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of their growth and learning.

I hope you have a restful holiday with loved ones. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose
Principal


Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

FCPS Awards Program - Nominations Now Open

Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles, including:
- Outstanding Teacher
- Outstanding New Teacher
- Outstanding Leader (School-Based)
- Outstanding Operational or Hourly Employee (School-Based)

Our goal is to choose Glasgow Middle School winners in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration beyond our building.

Please consider nominating a Glasgow staff member(s) for the categories listed above (you may submit this form more than once, and you do not have to nominate for all categories). You will need to include a brief explanation for your nomination to be considered. Thank you for celebrating the amazing work done everyday at Glasgow by highlighting some of our amazing staff members!

To nominate a Glasgow staff member, click the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/q5wAm5WSlwgM3zxZ2

If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit: https://goo.gl/oo18SF

Important Dates

November 19-20 - No After School Program

November 21-23 - Thanksgiving Holiday

November 26 - 6th and 7th Grade All A Honor Roll Ceremony

November 27 - Picture Makeup Day

November 30 - 8th Grade All A Honor Roll Ceremony

November 30 through December 7 - Book Fair

December 3 - A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed 

December 7 - Outstanding Employee Award Nominations Due

December 7 - Fall Play “Lucky Hudson”, 7pm

December 8 - Winter Fest at Justice High School, 9am-12pm

December 8 - Fall Play “Lucky Hudson”, 6pm

December 11 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm

 

After School Program Cancelled - November 19, 20 - Our After School Program is off to a tremendous start with hundreds of students participating on a daily basis. For your planning purposes, we wanted to provide you with dates that our after school program will be cancelled. These dates include:  

Monday, November 19, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

To view all of the wonderful opportunities our after school program offers please visit our website (https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/activities) and follow us on Twitter (@GMSAfterSchool).  If you have any questions please contact Aaron Cannon at acannon@fcps.edu.

 

All A Honor Roll Celebration – November 26 and November 30 - Congratulations to those students that have made all A’s Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students for their outstanding commitment with a ceremony during Panther Time. On Monday, November 26, we will recognize 6th and 7th Grade students. On Friday, November 30, we will recognize 8th Grade students. Please note the event is for students only. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu.

 

Student Picture Make-ups – November 27 - Make-Up Day has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 27 in the Lecture Hall.  Students will be called to the Lecture Hall during period 1, FIT and period 4. Students can have their picture taken or retaken if they can meet one of the following requirements:

The student was absent on the first picture day (Oct. 16/17).

The student enrolled at Glasgow after October 17.

The student has money to purchase new pictures and has it with them.

RETAKE: Students can have their purchased picture retaken if there is something wrong with the picture taken during the first picture day. Students MUST return the entire packet in order to have their picture retaken. Please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

Scholastic Winter Book Fair - November 30 - December 7 - The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Glasgow Library from November 30 – December 7.  This event will provide a great opportunity for students, families, and teachers to browse the bookshelves for new and interesting titles, and there will be some fun activities and opportunities to win raffle prizes too.

 

A/B Honor Roll Certificates – Distributed December 3 - Congratulations to those students that have made A/B Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students with certificates to be distributed through Panther Time on Monday, December 3. If your child is absent, they can obtain their Certificate from Student Services the following day. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu.

 

Upcoming PTA Meetings, December 11 - Glasgow PTA is offering a two-part series designed to provide support and resource information for our Glasgow community. Part 2 on December 11, we'll learn about specific resources for mental health support. The meetings are 7-8 p.m. PTA membership is not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12

 

Gift Card Donations Wanted - When I first started at Glasgow in the spring of 2015, I requested parent support by donating $5 gift cards that we could use as incentives and thank you's for our staff.  Your response was overwhelming and I have finally used the generous stash that you all provided.

I am requesting your help again since we are not permitted to use any kind of FCPS funds, local or otherwise, for this purpose. It is amazing how much a $5 gift card is appreciated. If you are so inclined, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or drop them in the mail to my attention. I will share the love with staff throughout the school year. Thank you so much! (It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small!)

Important Information

Understanding Glasgow’s Grading Process - Report cards were distributed last Monday. If you do not receive your student’s report card, please email your student’s counselor or come to the school to request another copy. Parents can also view their student’s report card online through ParentVUE. Curious about how your students’ grades are determined? Read about the components of Glasgow’s grading process: http://bit.ly/2CVot5y

 

Calling ALL Families: Help us Share/Create Career Selfies - November is National Career Development Month, and Glasgow Student Services needs your help ASAP! We are looking to highlight careers through our morning news show on Tuesdays & Fridays throughout the month of November. We need parents/ guardians to participate by sending us a 2-3 minute “selfie style” smartphone video of you at work, explaining your career, and the educational pathway for your career. A template and sample will be provided. If you are interested, please contact counselor Cynthia Pareja (cspareja@fcps.edu) or counselor Greg Frantz (gdfrantz@fcps.edu) for more information.

 

After School Program Update - The after-school program has been off to a wonderful start thus far!  Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. As we get closer to the Thanksgiving break, the after-school program would like to provide you with the upcoming schedule of programming for Thanksgiving week.

All after-school activities will be canceled on Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 20th. There will be NO late buses provided for Monday (11/19). Students are expected to report to their normal (2:15pm) bus for dismissal or kiss & ride for parent pick-up. If you have any questions please contact, After-School Specialist, Aaron Cannon at acannon@fcps.edu

 

REMINDERS & REFERENCE

 

Impact Aid Forms Due - If you have not done so already, please be sure to complete the Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey and return it to school immediately. This form is distributed to every student in the county and is used to identify federally connected students and to support our request for Impact Aid resources. Please be assured that all forms are handled with the utmost confidentiality.

 

Family Life Education - December 10-14 - Grade eight students will be participating in Family Life Education lessons as part of their HPE curriculum from December 10-14. If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the grade eight Family Life Education lessons, please complete the form below and return it to your child’s Health/PE teacher prior to FLE instruction. Additional information for lesson objectives and media descriptions is available at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle.  Lessons are available in FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) Parent View at https://fcps.blackboard.com/. PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to return this form unless you are opting your child out of all or some of the grade eight Family Life Education lessons.

Opt Out Form English: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/8.pdf   

Opt Out Form Arabic: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/arabic_16.pdf    

Opt Out Form Spanish: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/spanish_20.pdf

 

TJHSST Invitational Science Fair 2019 - The TJ Mythvestigations Club would like to cordially invite any interested students at your school to participate in our sixth annual Invitational Science Fair. Participants will complete a research project and prepare a presentation for our science fair on March 16, 2019. Now is the time to register for the event and start work on projects! The final pool of approximately 40 entrants will be chosen first come, first serve from all registrants on January 10, 2019. Students may register at http://bit.ly/isf2019. If you have any questions, email the TJ Mythvestigations Team at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com.

 

Yearbook On-line Store is Now Available - Families who still have not paid for their 2018-2019 yearbook can now pre-order on-line. The website is: https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. Students may continue to bring in money and turn in to the front office. The price of the yearbook is only $25, but will increase to $30 in early February. Extra items will be available until March: name stamping ($5), clear plastic cover ($3), autograph sheets ($2), arrow stickies ($6), jewel pack ($6) and pen signing set ($4.99).

Glasgow Goodies

2019 District 10 Honors Orchestra - Eight Glasgow Orchestra students earned a seat in the 2019 District 10 Honors Orchestra, which will rehearse and perform January 10-12, 2019. Two students were selected as violin alternates. All were selected through a rigorous audition process. Congratulations to the following: Shalini Vlcan, Henry Cornette, Alexandra Traub, Karen Tran, Christine Pham, Lauren Lai, Catherine Felix, Ryan Lesmana, Kennedy Beal, and Maddox Shreve.

 

Midterm Election vs. the Glasgow Election Results - November 2018 - Check out the comparison of last week’s midterm elections vs. the Glasgow mock election.  519 8th graders participated and while the ultimate results were the same, there are some interesting differences!

Senate Race - Fairfax County results (from NY Times)

Kaine – 71.1%, Stewart – 26.9%, Waters — 2%

 

Glasgow results:

Kaine – 74.3%, Stewart – 12.7%, Waters — 12.9%

 

VA 8th district House Race results (from NY Times)

Beyer — 76%, Oh — 24%

 

Glasgow results

Beyer — 65.3%, Oh — 34.7%

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 11

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Glasgow Community:

On Friday, we hosted visitors from the Region and Office of School Support. During their visit, we highlighted our amazing elective courses that are offered here at Glasgow, including an amazing selection of the following courses: art, technology, design, band, chorus, orchestra, Spanish, French, Arabic, and theater arts. It was a great reminder of how electives help support students’ development as well-rounded learners.

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending “Peter Pan and Wendy” at the Creative Cauldron in the City of Falls Church. Gabriela Simmon Robles, 6th grade student at Glasgow, was Peter Pan and did an amazing job. This week, I am excited to see former Glasgow students in Bye Bye Birdie at Justice High School. See below for more information about the show and how to purchase tickets. We have incredibly talented students at Glasgow and in the Justice Pyramid!

This week, we are excited for our first “Open Campus” of the year.  This is a quarterly event that fosters a caring community and inclusively celebrates successful behavior. It works in conjunction with our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Support) program and provides students with the opportunity to attend an activity of their choice for an afternoon, hosted by a teacher or community member. Kids love this event and many of our teachers and staff contribute to its success by planning and hosting fun activities.

Finally, report cards will be distributed tomorrow, November 12. If you do not receive your student’s report card, please email your student’s counselor or come to the school to request another copy. Parents can also view their student’s report card online through ParentVUE.

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

Shawn DeRose
Principal


Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

FCPS Awards Program - Nominations Now Open

Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles, including:
- Outstanding Teacher
- Outstanding New Teacher
- Outstanding Leader (School-Based)
- Outstanding Operational or Hourly Employee (School-Based)

Our goal is to choose Glasgow Middle School winners in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration beyond our building.

Please consider nominating a Glasgow staff member(s) for the categories listed above (you may submit this form more than once, and you do not have to nominate for all categories). You will need to include a brief explanation for your nomination to be considered. Thank you for celebrating the amazing work done everyday at Glasgow by highlighting some of our amazing staff members!

To nominate a Glasgow staff member, click the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/q5wAm5WSlwgM3zxZ2

If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit: https://goo.gl/oo18SF

Important Dates

November 12 - After School Academic Program Begins

November 13 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm

November 14 - Music Department Pie Pick-up

November 15 - Thanksgiving Lunch

November 15-17 - Justice HS Presents Bye Bye Birdie

November 21-23 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 11 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm

 

After School Academic Program (ASAP), Begins November 12 - Glasgow offers an extended learning opportunity to selected students through our after school program. The After School Academic Support (ASAP) program will provide these students an opportunity to receive dedicated support from their teacher(s) on a specific day or days during the academic portion of our after school program. Parents of students selected for this program received a letter last week.  If you have any questions regarding our ASAP Program, please contact Steven McFarlane at swmcfarlane@fcps.edu.  

 

Upcoming PTA Meetings, November 13 and December 11 - Glasgow PTA is offering a two-part series designed to provide support and resource information for our Glasgow community.  

On Tuesday, November 13, the FCPS Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement will focus on growth mindset and self-motivation.

* Middle schoolers can need more family support than either they or you realize. They still depend on you for guidance navigating the world around them and dealing with the many competing demands on their time and attention. As we encourage our children’s continued independence and development by helping them prepare for the future, we want to cultivate their self-motivation skills and a growth mindset.

* Come explore the components of motivation, what it looks like, and how motivation is related to school success. We will examine the importance of goal setting, the relationship between motivation and self-esteem, as well as positive steps to motivation and negative factors that affect it. We will also consider the common problems middle schoolers face when dealing with motivation and strategies to help build their motivation.  

On December 11, we'll learn about specific resources for mental health support.  Both meetings are 7-8 p.m. PTA membership is not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

 

Music Department Pie Sale, Pick up November 14 - The Music Department would like to thank the Glasgow community for its tremendous support of our recent Great American Pie fundraiser. The pies will be delivered to the Glasgow cafeteria on Wednesday, November 14 and can be picked up any time between 4 and 7 PM. Keep in mind that the pies cannot thaw, so they need to be either delivered to the customer, or stored in your own freezer. If you are unavailable to pick up that day, please make arrangements with someone else, Glasgow cannot store the pies.

 

Thanksgiving Lunch, November 15 - Glasgow will be serving our annual Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday, November 15.  Parents, if you would like to volunteer during our “Thanksgiving Dinner” Lunch at any or all lunches on November 16, please email Steve D’Adamo at svdadamo@fcps.edu.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Thank you to all of those who gave themselves by serving our country. On Monday, we plan on honoring those who have served, including members of our faculty who served in the military. They include: Charles Brady, Navy; W. Zachary Dredge, USMC; Anne Quigley, Army; Paul Wesley, USMC.

Volunteer Opportunities

Open Campus Donations Needed - Open Campus is this week and we have noticed we are in need of a few items people may have around their homes! If you or your family has any lightly used nail polish that you are willing to donate, we would love to add it to our collection. We are also in need of gently used pots! If you have any old pots that you’d be willing to donate, we could use a few extra. Email Lauren Oliver at lroliver@fcps.edu if you have any questions or wish to donate.

 

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12

Important Information

Understanding Glasgow’s Grading Process - Report cards will be distributed this week. If you do not receive your student’s report card, please email your student’s counselor or come to the school to request another copy. Parents can also view their student’s report card online through ParentVUE. Curious about how your students’ grades are determined? Read about the components of Glasgow’s grading process: http://bit.ly/2CVot5y

 

Calling ALL Families: Help us Share/Create Career Selfies - November is National Career Development Month, and Glasgow Student Services needs your help ASAP! We are looking to highlight careers through our morning news show on Tuesdays & Fridays throughout the month of November. We need parents/ guardians to participate by sending us a 2-3 minute “selfie style” smartphone video of you at work, explaining your career, and the educational pathway for your career. A template and sample will be provided. If you are interested, please contact counselor Cynthia Pareja (cspareja@fcps.edu) or counselor Greg Frantz (gdfrantz@fcps.edu) for more information.

 

After School Program Update - The after-school program has been off to a wonderful start thus far!  Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. As we get closer to the Thanksgiving break, the after-school program would like to provide you with the upcoming schedule of programming for Thanksgiving week.

All after-school activities will be canceled on Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 20th.  There will be NO late buses provided for Monday (11/19). Students are expected to report to their normal (2:15pm) bus for dismissal or kiss & ride for parent pick-up. If you have any questions please contact, After-School Specialist, Aaron Cannon at acannon@fcps.edu

 

REMINDERS & REFERENCE

 

Justice HS Presents 'Bye Bye Birdie', November 15-17 - Justice High School Wolfpack Theatre presents... Bye Bye Birdie on November 15-17! Tickets are on sale now.  All Glasgow students will receive a Bye Bye Birdie wristband on November 12 during Panther Time that will be good for one free treat at the performance.  

Shows details: Thursday, Nov 15 at 7:00pm, Friday, Nov 16 at 7:00pm and Saturday, Nov 17 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

Tickets: General Admission $15, Students / Seniors $10.  Online ticketing is available at www.wolfpacktheatre.org, and tickets are available at the door for cash, check and credit card. (Online ticketing is strongly encouraged and is available WITHOUT A FEE)

 

TJHSST Invitational Science Fair 2019 - The TJ Mythvestigations Club would like to cordially invite any interested students at your school to participate in our sixth annual Invitational Science Fair. Participants will complete a research project and prepare a presentation for our science fair on March 16, 2019. Now is the time to register for the event and start work on projects! The final pool of approximately 40 entrants will be chosen first come, first serve from all registrants on January 10, 2019. Students may register at http://bit.ly/isf2019. If you have any questions, email the TJ Mythvestigations Team at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com.

 

Yearbook On-line Store is Now Available - Families who still have not paid for their 2018-2019 yearbook can now pre-order on-line. The website is: https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. Students may continue to bring in money and turn in to the front office. The price of the yearbook is only $25, but will increase to $30 in early February. Extra items will be available until March: name stamping ($5), clear plastic cover ($3), autograph sheets ($2), arrow stickies ($6), jewel pack ($6) and pen signing set ($4.99).

Glasgow Goodies

Congrats Ava Michelman! As I mentioned above, we have incredibly talented students and teachers at Glasgow. Check out Ava Michelman's, 7th grade student, recent post on the PBS NewsHour Extra Student Voice Blog. Great job Ava! Link: https://to.pbs.org/2AYVawx

 

Glasgow Receives EPA Energy Star! Congratulations to our students and staff. Glasgow has once again received the EPA's ENERGY STAR. The school will receive the 2018 ENERGY STAR Certification of Achievement and the decal will be displayed in the front of our building.

 

Glasgow Welcomes Nathaniel Chol Nyok - The ProjectLit Club hosted a guest speaker this week, Nathaniel Chol Nyok, who one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”.

Recently, the club read and discussed the book A Long Walk to Water, which describes the heroic story of a young man named Salva who led over 100 boys across hundreds of miles in the desert in Sudan to a refugee camp to escape civil war violence in their villages. These boys, along with thousands of others, were later deemed the “Lost Boys of Sudan”. These boys were displaced and orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War in which about 2 million were killed.  

Nathaniel spoke of his own experiences in Sudan, shared his story, and is currently working to grow his own non-profit to build a high school in his village in South Sudan.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 4

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you had a great Halloween. On Wednesday, the faculty and staff went “all out” dressing up in costumes. We award prizes in the following categories: Best Individual, Best Duo/Group, Spookiest, and Most Original. This year, the administrative team dressed up as Mario Kart characters. Special thanks to Jane Cheek, PTA President, for designing and making the costumes. Check out the photos below and the Mario Kart “race” in the halls at Glasgow: http://bit.ly/2qt0Dpj.

As I mentioned in last week’s Gazette, Virginia State Superintendent Dr. James Lane, Del. Kaye Kory, School Board Member Sandy Evans, Chief Equity Office Francisco Duran, and Region 2 Executive Principal Penny Gros visited Glasgow and toured classrooms. The visit was featured in Dr. Brabrand’s Weekly Video. Check it out: http://bit.ly/2DnaOV4.

It is hard to believe that the 1st quarter has come to a close. It feels like just yesterday that we were celebrating the opening of school and hosting Back to School Night. As a reminder, there is no school for students on Monday and Tuesday.

Report cards will be distributed to students the week of November 12. Please note that FCPS Weekly Progress Reports generated through SIS will not be sent to parents between now and Friday, November 9 while first quarter grading is completed and report cards are generated. Additionally, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE is closed now through Saturday, November 10 at 6:00AM while teachers work on completing report cards.

As you anticipate receiving your student’s report card, we want to remind you that middle school is an important time not only for students’ academic growth, but also for their social and emotional development. At Glasgow, we are intentional about cultivating a positive school culture to support the growth of our students in all of these areas.

With that in mind, I need a favor from you. I believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration beyond our building. Please consider nominating a Glasgow staff member(s) for an FCPS Award. I have included information below on the FCPS Awards Program and a link to the nomination form.

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

Shawn DeRose
Principal


Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Glasgow Halloween 2018 FCPS Awards Program - Nominations Now Open

Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles, including:
- Outstanding Teacher
- Outstanding New Teacher
- Outstanding Leader (School-Based)
- Outstanding Operational or Hourly Employee (School-Based)

Our goal is to choose Glasgow Middle School winners in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration beyond our building.

Please consider nominating a Glasgow staff member(s) for the categories listed above (you may submit this form more than once, and you do not have to nominate for all categories). You will need to include a brief explanation for your nomination to be considered. Thank you for celebrating the amazing work done everyday at Glasgow by highlighting some of our amazing staff members!

To nominate a Glasgow staff member, click the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/q5wAm5WSlwgM3zxZ2

If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit: https://goo.gl/oo18SF

Important Dates

November 5 - School Planning Day

November 6 - Teacher Workday

November 8 - World Credit Exam

November 13 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm

November 15 - Thanksgiving Lunch

November 15-17 - Justice HS Presents Bye Bye Birdie

November 21-23 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 11 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm

 

Upcoming PTA Meetings - November 13 and December 11

Glasgow PTA is offering a two-part series designed to provide support and resource information for our Glasgow community.  

On Tuesday, November 13, the FCPS Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement will focus on growth mindset and self-motivation.

* Middle schoolers can need more family support than either they or you realize. They still depend on you for guidance navigating the world around them and dealing with the many competing demands on their time and attention. As we encourage our children’s continued independence and development by helping them prepare for the future, we want to cultivate their self-motivation skills and a growth mindset.

* Come explore the components of motivation, what it looks like, and how motivation is related to school success. We will examine the importance of goal setting, the relationship between motivation and self-esteem, as well as positive steps to motivation and negative factors that affect it. We will also consider the common problems middle schoolers face when dealing with motivation and strategies to help build their motivation.  

On December 11, we'll learn about specific resources for mental health support.  Both meetings are 7-8 p.m. PTA membership is not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

 

Justice HS Presents 'Bye Bye Birdie' - November 15-17

Justice High School Wolfpack Theatre presents... Bye Bye Birdie on November 15-17! Tickets are on sale now.  All Glasgow students will receive a Bye Bye Birdie wristband on November 12 during Panther Time that will be good for one free treat at the performance.  

Shows details: Thursday, Nov 15 at 7:00pm, Friday, Nov 16 at 7:00pm and Saturday, Nov 17 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

Tickets: General Admission $15, Students / Seniors $10.  Online ticketing is available at www.wolfpacktheatre.org, and tickets are available at the door for cash, check and credit card. (Online ticketing is strongly encouraged and is available WITHOUT A FEE)

Volunteer Opportunities

Open Campus Donations Needed - Open Campus is right around the corner and as we have started planning, we have noticed we are in need of a few items people may have around their homes! If you or your family has any lightly used nail polish that you are willing to donate, we would love to add it to our collection. We are also in need of gently used pots! If you have any old pots that you’d be willing to donate, we could use a few extra. Email Lauren Oliver at lroliver@fcps.edu if you have any questions or wish to donate.

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12

Important Information

TJHSST Invitational Science Fair 2019 - The TJ Mythvestigations Club would like to cordially invite any interested students at your school to participate in our sixth annual Invitational Science Fair. Participants will complete a research project and prepare a presentation for our science fair on March 16, 2019. Now is the time to register for the event and start work on projects! The final pool of approximately 40 entrants will be chosen first come, first serve from all registrants on January 10, 2019. Students may register at http://bit.ly/isf2019. If you have any questions, email the TJ Mythvestigations Team at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com.

 

REMINDERS & REFERENCE

 

Yearbook On-line Store is Now Available - Families who still have not paid for their 2018-2019 yearbook can now pre-order on-line. The website is: https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. Students may continue to bring in money and turn in to the front office. The price of the yearbook is only $25, but will increase to $30 in early February. Extra items will be available until March: name stamping ($5), clear plastic cover ($3), autograph sheets ($2), arrow stickies ($6), jewel pack ($6) and pen signing set ($4.99).

 

PTA’s Panther Press - Look for PTA-specific information in the new PTA's Panther Press, which will be distributed every Tuesday. Connect with the PTA through glasgowms.pta@gmail.com or glasgowpta.org.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - October 28

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Glasgow Community:

It looks like the sun has finally broken through on this Sunday afternoon. With the cancellation of my daughters’ softball games this weekend, we spent most of Saturday and this morning cleaning and organizing our house. I am looking forward to being outside today to enjoy the weather.  

This past week was quite remarkable at Glasgow Middle School. On Monday, members of the FCPS Academic Learning Group, which includes top instructional leaders from the school division, visited classrooms to observe the quality classroom instruction that is happening in the building.

On Friday, Virginia State Superintendent Dr. James Lane, Del. Kaye Kory, School Board Member Sandy Evans, Chief Equity Officer Dr. Francisco Duran, and Region 2 Executive Principal Penny Gros visited Glasgow. They toured classrooms and visited with students on our 7th and 8th Grade Interdisciplinary Teams. Check out my Twitter account to view photos from this week’s events.

We had the opportunity to debrief with both groups and share out our observations. Our visitors shared the following: * High level tasks across all classroom settings. * Positive, caring classroom culture to support high-level thinking for all students. * Powerful teaming: teachers working together to differentiate instruction for students. * Clear evidence of common planning, including aligned targets that are differentiated to meet students’ needs. * High levels of engagement, including elements of choice and student voice.

Finally, this week marks the end of the 1st quarter. Grade card will be distributed the week of November 12. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose
Principal


Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Glasgow Goodies

Panthers of the Month - The IB Learner Profile that we focused on this month for our Panther of the Month was inquiry.  Students who demonstrate inquiry show independence in their learning, are naturally curious, and love learning. Our Panthers of the Month, Sameer Ahmed, Gabriela Flores Gonzalez, Alex Birt, Samanta Perez Pena, Haytam Tahri, and Keilin Gutierrez Calix were chosen for being curious about science and the world around them, always asking questions and making sure they understand content, making connections and building on the content in class, wanting to know more and understand things better, being engaged in everything that they learn, and being willing to try new things! Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.

Important Dates

November 2 - End of the 1st Quarter

November 5 - School Planning Day

November 6 - Teacher Workday

November 8 - World Credit Exam

November 13 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm

November 15 - Thanksgiving Lunch

November 21-23 - Thanksgiving Holiday

 

October - National Bullying Prevention Month - October is National Bullying Prevention Month and the Student Services Department will continue our Anti-Bullying Lessons through our Panther Time classes. The lesson will teach students what bullying looks like, tips on how to handle it in a variety of situations, and cyber bullying. Our goal is to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the impact of bullying on students.

October 31 - Halloween Costumes - On October 31st is Halloween. In the true spirit of Halloween we are allowing students to dress in costume. However, costumes must follow the school dress code: 1) 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. 2) 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. 3) No props are allowed 4) Most importantly let’s make sure that our costumes reflect our panther principles of kindness, commitment, and safety.

Finally, recognize that students should not bring candy to school. We have a number of students who have food allergies and bringing candy to school can put other students at risk.

Celebrating Honor Roll

We are proud of the hard work students have been doing 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. Please see below for details on how we will recognize these students!

All A Honor Roll – Student Ceremony - Students who have earned all A’s on their report card will be invited to a ceremony during Panther Time on the dates below. The ceremony is for students only and is a special time for us to acknowledge their hard work throughout first quarter! Recipients will be notified by their Panther Time teacher.

  • Monday, November 26 = Grades 6 and 7
  • Friday, November 30 = Grade 8

A & B Honor Roll – Certificate Recognition - Students who have earned all A’s and B’s on their report card will receive a certificate recognizing their accomplishment from their Panther Time teacher during class on Monday, December 3.

Volunteer Opportunities

Open Campus Donations Needed - Open Campus is right around the corner and as we have started planning, we have noticed we are in need of a few items people may have around their homes! If you or your family has any lightly used nail polish that you are willing to donate, we would love to add it to our collection.  We are also in need of gently used pots! If you have any old pots that you’d be willing to donate, we could use a few extra. Email Lauren Oliver at lroliver@fcps.edu if you have any questions or wish to donate.

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12

Important Information

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports - FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Wednesday, October 31 through Friday, November 9 during first quarter grading and report card generation. Additionally, the Gradebook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Friday, November 2, at 4 p.m. through Saturday, November 10, at 6 a.m. Report cards will be distributed the week on November 12 for students to bring home and share with parents/guardians. Please contact your student’s teacher if you would like to discuss any grading concerns.

 

Yearbook On-line Store is Now Available - Families who still have not paid for their 2018-2019 yearbook can now pre-order on-line. The web site is: https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. Students may continue to bring in money and turn in to the front office. The price of the yearbook is only $25, but will increase to $30 in early February. Extra items will be available until March: name stamping ($5), clear plastic cover ($3), autograph sheets ($2), arrow stickies ($6), jewel pack ($6) and pen signing set ($4.99).

 

REMINDERS & REFERENCE


TJHSST After School Prep Program - Glasgow will be offering an after school TJ prep program for interested 8th grade students. This program is designed to help your child get ready for the upcoming TJ test that will be held in mid-November. TJ Prep sessions will be available for students during academic time on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please refer to the after school website to check the time and location of the sessions. If you have any further questions please contact, After School Specialist, Aaron Cannon at acannon@fcps.edu.


Virginia Tech Maker Festival - November 3 - The Virginia Tech Maker Festival is entering it’s 4th Year. For the past three years, the Virginia Tech Maker Festival has hosted its STEM festival at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, VA. The goal of this event is to increase STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) learning in all ages, nationalities, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Virginia Tech is one of the leading research universities in the country specializing in Engineering, Science, and Math. Our very own students and Professors discovered the lead in the water in Flint, Michigan. With partnerships, and laboratories, Virginia Tech wants to expand the STEM growth in the National Capital Region with the Virginia Tech Maker Festival. They hope to inspire future generations of Science, technology, engineering and math students, researchers, professors, leaders, and beyond.
They will have robots, experiments, and interactive games. Come join the fun and Register Now!

PTA’s Panther Press - Look for PTA-specific information in the new PTA's Panther Press, which will be distributed every Tuesday. Connect with the PTA through glasgowms.pta@gmail.com or glasgowpta.org.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - October 21

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend. My Saturday revolved around sports. In the morning coaching and watching my daughter’s softball game and Ohio State football at night. On Sunday, we are taking our annual family trip to Cox Farms.

It was another eventful week at Glasgow Middle School. On Tuesday evening, Glasgow teachers and admin provided parents an overview of our assessment practices and grading policies. If you weren’t able to attend, here is a link to the presentation titled, “Grading at Glasgow - An IBMYP Approach”. http://bit.ly/2CVot5y

The fall chorus concert was last Thursday. Congrats to Ms. Landsberry and the all the Glasgow singers. On Friday, we hosted members of the FCPS Leadership Team and visited classrooms with a focus on the academic task. At Glasgow we define academic task as the level of thinking students are expected to do, as well as what and how they are doing it.  

This week, we will once again host leaders from FCPS in addition to the Virginia State Superintendent of Instruction. On Monday, we host the FCPS Academic Learning Group, which includes Dr. Scott Brabrand and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Frances Ivey, as well as the Region Assistant Superintendents and Executive Principals from Regions 1 through 5, and leadership from Instructional Services. On Friday, we host Dr. James Lane from Virginia Department of Education as well as Del. Kaye Kory and School Board Member Sandy Evans.

Check out my Twitter account to keep up with the latest news. Link: http://bit.ly/2Cv6MbY. It is an exciting time to be a member of the Glasgow community!

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

Shawn DeRose
Principal


Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Article of the Week

Kids are facing a host of influences that are relatively new in the history of kid-dom—clever advertising and social media are creating pulls toward products and appearances that must be very strong. How to protect kids against these forces isn't such a straightforward task for the parent. Link to article: http://bit.ly/2JaJ1ar

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.

Important Dates

 

October 23 - Glasgow PTA Fundraiser at Panera
November 2 - End of the 1st Quarter
November 5 - School Planning Day
November 6 - Teacher Workday
November 8 - World Credit Exam

 

October - National Bullying Prevention Month - October is National Bullying Prevention Month and the Student Services Department will continue our Anti-Bullying Lessons through our Panther Time classes. The lesson will teach students what bullying looks like, tips on how to handle it in a variety of situations, and cyber bullying. Our goal is to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the impact of bullying on students.

Celebrating Honor Roll

We are proud of the hard work students have been doing 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. Please see below for details on how we will recognize these students!

All A Honor Roll – Student Ceremony - Students who have earned all A’s on their report card will be invited to a ceremony during Panther Time on the dates below. The ceremony is for students only and is a special time for us to acknowledge their hard work throughout first quarter! Recipients will be notified by their Panther Time teacher.

  • Monday, November 26 = Grades 6 and 7
  • Friday, November 30 = Grade 8

A & B Honor Roll – Certificate Recognition - Students who have earned all A’s and B’s on their report card will receive a certificate recognizing their accomplishment from their Panther Time teacher during class on Monday, December 3.

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12

 

Open Campus Donations Needed - Open Campus is right around the corner and as we have started planning, we have noticed we are in need of a few items people may have around their homes! If you or your family has any lightly used nail polish that you are willing to donate, we would love to add it to our collection.  We are also in need of gently used pots! If you have any old pots that you’d be willing to donate, we could use a few extra. Email Lauren Oliver at lroliver@fcps.edu if you have any questions or wish to donate

Important 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 anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds 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 October 26. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Learn more by watching this short video featuring Superintendent Scott Brabrand and the U.S. Army Garrison Commander COL Michael Greenberg from Fort Belvoir.
Video link - https://youtu.be/QN_Xup7BgoE

 

REMINDERS & REFERENCE


TJHSST After School Prep Program - Glasgow will be offering an after school TJ prep program for interested 8th grade students. This program is designed to help your child get ready for the upcoming TJ test that will be held in mid-November. TJ Prep sessions will be available for students during academic time on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please refer to the after school website to check the time and location of the sessions. If you have any further questions please contact, After School Specialist, Aaron Cannon at acannon@fcps.edu.

Weekly Progress Report Emails - All parents with existing SIS Parent Accounts will be opted into the FCPS Weekly Progress Report Emails system. Parents are able to update their preferences for receiving these accounts through their SIS Parent Account on the “My Account” tab. Emails are sent according to the parent elected selections. More information is available here.


Virginia Tech Maker Festival - November 3 - The Virginia Tech Maker Festival is entering it’s 4th Year. For the past three years, the Virginia Tech Maker Festival has hosted its STEM festival at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, VA. The goal of this event is to increase STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) learning in all ages, nationalities, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Virginia Tech is one of the leading research universities in the country specializing in Engineering, Science, and Math. Our very own students and Professors discovered the lead in the water in Flint, Michigan. With partnerships, and laboratories, Virginia Tech wants to expand the STEM growth in the National Capital Region with the Virginia Tech Maker Festival. They hope to inspire future generations of Science, technology, engineering and math students, researchers, professors, leaders, and beyond.
They will have robots, experiments, and interactive games. Come join the fun and Register Now!

PTA’s Panther Press - Look for PTA-specific information in the new PTA's Panther Press, which will be distributed every Tuesday. Connect with the PTA through glasgowms.pta@gmail.com or glasgowpta.org.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - October 14

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Glasgow Community:

Fall is finally here! I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather and having a good time with friends and family this weekend. My two daughters and I drove 430+ miles back to Ohio on Friday night to meet up with my sister, brother and his kids.  We spent all day Saturday at Cedar Point riding roller coasters and enjoying “Halloweekend.”

This past week, we celebrated the diversity of our 1806 students from 53 different countries that speak 50 different languages at International & Cultural Food Night.  Students and families enjoyed samples of food from all over the world! Special thanks to the Glasgow PTA for sponsoring this amazing event.

The performing arts department was on display this past week. Orchestra and band students showed off their talent at joint concerts with Justice High School. I have said it in the past but the performing arts in the Justice Pyramid is one of the strongest in the county. The fall chorus concert will be held this Wednesday at Justice High School beginning at 7:00pm. The event is free and students and families are invited to attend.  

Finally, in partnership with the Glasgow PTA, we will be hosting a Parent Grading Workshop this Tuesday, October 16. The event will begin at 7:00pm and will provide parents an overview of our assessment practices and grading policies at Glasgow Middle School. In addition, we will also review a sample grade card and answer any questions to ensure you have a clear understanding of the IBMYP criteria for all subject areas. Here is a link to the BTSN video on Glasgow’s “Grading Practices.” Link: http://bit.ly/2zW4pNT

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

Shawn DeRose
Principal
Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.

Important Dates

October 16 - PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop
October 17 - Fall Band Concert (at Justice)
October 17 and 18 - Picture Day
October 18 - Fall Chorus Concert
October 23 - Glasgow PTA Fundraiser at Panera
November 2 - End of the 1st Quarter
November 5 - School Planning Day
November 6 - Teacher Workday
November 8 - World Credit Exam


IMPORTANT DATES

October - National Bullying Prevention Month
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and the Student Services Department will continue our Anti-Bullying Lessons through our Panther Time classes. The lesson will teach students what bullying looks like, tips on how to handle it in a variety of situations, and cyber bullying. Our goal is to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the impact of bullying on students.

Picture Day - October 16 and 17
Picture Day has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17.  Your student will have their picture taken during their PE class. If your student has PE on an EVEN day (Periods 2, 4, 6), they will have their picture taken on Tuesday, October 16.  If student child has PE on an ODD day (Periods 1, 5, 7), they will have their picture taken on Wednesday, October 17.
If your student has PE during Period 3, they will follow this schedule:

* Tuesday, October 16:
6th Grade Morgan, Eastman, Stuecheli, Shuford
* Wednesday, October 17:
Ruddy, Haggett, Pulver

Picture order forms were distributed to students on Friday, October 12, 2018 during Panther Time.  Order forms will also be posted on the Glasgow web site this week. Families can pay with a check (made payable to Lifetouch), EXACT cash, or follow the directions to pay on-line. 


PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop - October 16
We will be hosting a PTA meeting and Parent Grading Workshop on October 16. The PTA Meeting will begin at 7:00 and then we will host a Parent Grading Workshop to provide parents an overview of our assessment practices and grading policies. In addition, we will also review a sample grade card and answer any questions to ensure you have a clear understanding of the IBMYP criteria for all subject areas. Here is a link to the BTSN presentation on Glasgow’s “Grading Practices.” Link: http://bit.ly/2zW4pNT

Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today!
The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12

Important 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 anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds 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 October 26. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Learn more by watching this short video featuring Superintendent Scott Brabrand and the U.S. Army Garrison Commander COL Michael Greenberg from Fort Belvoir.
Video link - https://youtu.be/QN_Xup7BgoE

Boo Grams for Sale
Glasgow will be selling Boo Grams during lunches October 15-19 as a fundraiser. Boo Grams will cost $1 and include a lollipop and a note to your “Boo”. They will be delivered on Monday, October 29 during Panther Time.


REMINDERS & REFERENCE


TJHSST After School Prep Program
Glasgow will be offering an after school TJ prep program for interested 8th grade students. This program is designed to help your child get ready for the upcoming TJ test that will be held in mid-November. TJ Prep sessions will be available for students during academic time on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please refer to the after school website to check the time and location of the sessions. If you have any further questions please contact, After School Specialist, Aaron Cannon at acannon@fcps.edu.

Weekly Progress Report Emails
All parents with existing SIS Parent Accounts will be opted into the FCPS Weekly Progress Report Emails system. Parents are able to update their preferences for receiving these accounts through their SIS Parent Account on the “My Account” tab. Emails are sent according to the parent elected selections. More information is available here.

2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey
Information regarding the Fairfax Youth Survey can be accessed in the links below. The youth survey will be administered to all 8th grade students between November 7-16. Information regarding the survey and opt-out forms are available here.

Students with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency, have the option this year to take a shortened survey online. For students receiving English Read Aloud Accommodation click here and ESOL Level 1 and 2 students click here. Parent Letter, Opt-Out Form, and Translations can be found on the FCPS website.


Locker Request Forms - Now Available in Student Services
If you would like to request a locker for your student, locker request forms are now available in Student Services. In addition, if you have concerns specific to your student, we will work with you to ensure your student has what they need to be successful at Glasgow this year. Please visit the Student Services website at https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/student-services and email your student’s counselor.


EZ Lunch Application
Parents may access the EZ Lunch App to add money to student lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available on the iTunes Store and Google Play at no cost. The app links to http://www.myschoolbucks.com to add money to student lunch accounts. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.


Virginia Tech Maker Festival - November 3
The Virginia Tech Maker Festival is entering it’s 4th Year. For the past three years, the Virginia Tech Maker Festival has hosted its STEM festival at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, VA. The goal of this event is to increase STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) learning in all ages, nationalities, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Virginia Tech is one of the leading research universities in the country specializing in Engineering, Science, and Math. Our very own students and Professors discovered the lead in the water in Flint, Michigan. With partnerships, and laboratories, Virginia Tech wants to expand the STEM growth in the National Capital Region with the Virginia Tech Maker Festival. They hope to inspire future generations of Science, technology, engineering and math students, researchers, professors, leaders, and beyond.
They will have robots, experiments, and interactive games. Come join the fun and Register Now!

PTA’s Panther Press
Look for PTA-specific information in the new PTA's Panther Press, which will be distributed every Tuesday.  Connect with the PTA through glasgowms.pta@gmail.com or glasgowpta.org.

Kiss & Ride
Parents who drop off/pick up their student to school must do so at the main entrance, Door #1. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:00am. 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. School ends at 2:15pm.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - October 7

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Glasgow Community:

It was great to see so many of you at Back to School Night (BTSN) on Thursday evening. As I stated in my opening video, Glasgow is truly a remarkable school. Our 1806 students and their families come from 53 different countries and speak 50 different languages.  We have an incredible staff that is tirelessly dedicated to the learning of each and every student. We believe that quality instruction means:

* Students spend the majority of class time meaningfully reading, writing, discussing, thinking. 
* Students know what they are doing, why they are doing it and how they’ll know when they’ve got it. 
* Each lesson teaches a skill. Not just content.
* Our role as educators is to show students how to learn, not just tell them what to know.

I hope you left the event with a better sense of what your student needs to be successful in their classes and the important role you can play in supporting their learning. I strongly encourage you to continue to communicate with your student’s teachers throughout the year. The parent-school partnership is vital to the success of our students. Working together, families and teachers can be a powerful team in supporting students’ learning.

This Thursday, we will celebrate our diversity at our International & Cultural Food Night from 6:30-8:00pm. We hope you'll drop by to enjoy samples of food from all over the world! Check out the link below for more information on how to volunteer or how to bring food to share. https://bit.ly/2y4r0qa 

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

Shawn DeRose
Principal

Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.

Important Dates

October - National Bullying Prevention Month
October 7 - School Planning Day (No school for students)
October 9 - Fall Orchestra Concert (at Justice)
October 11, 6:30-8:00pm - International & Cultural Food Night
October 16 - PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop
October 17 - Fall Band Concert (at Justice)
October 17 and 18 - Picture Day
October 18 - Fall Chorus Concert
November 2 - End of the 1st Quarter
November 5 - School Planning Day
November 6 - Teacher Workday
November 8 - World Credit Exam


IMPORTANT DATES

October - National Bullying Prevention Month
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and the Student Services Department will continue our Anti-Bullying Lessons through our Panther Time classes. The lesson will teach students what bullying looks like, tips on how to handle it in a variety of situations, and cyber bullying. Our goal is to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the impact of bullying on students.

International Walk to School Day - October 10
Glasgow students are encouraged to participate in International Walk to School Day on October 10. The day is celebrated as a way to promote physical activity while reducing traffic congestion and pollution near schools. All students are encouraged to walk or bike to school where safe to do so or walk to their bus stops on October 10.

International & Cultural Food Night - October 11 from 6:30-8:00pm.
Celebrate Glasgow’s diversity at our International & Cultural Food Night this Thursday, October 11 from 6:30-8:00pm. We hope you'll drop by to enjoy samples of food from all over the world! This free event celebrates our diverse Glasgow community. So far, Glasgow families are bringing food from the United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, South America, Russia, France, Slovakia, Ireland, Nigeria, Morocco, Indonesia, Korea, and The Philippines.

Can your family bring something to share as well, from anywhere in the world? Can you help in advance or at the event? Sign up to help or bring food to share: https://bit.ly/2y4r0qa or send an email to the PTA at glasgowms.pta@gmail.com


Picture Order Forms - Distributed October 12
Picture order forms will be distributed to students on Friday, October 12, 2018 during Panther Time.  Order forms will also be posted on the Glasgow web site this week. Families can pay with a check (made payable to Lifetouch), EXACT cash, or follow the directions to pay on-line. 


Picture Day - October 16 and 17
Picture Day has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17.  Your student will have their picture taken during their PE class. If your student has PE on an EVEN day (Periods 2, 4, 6), they will have their picture taken on Tuesday, October 16.  If student child has PE on an ODD day (Periods 1, 5, 7), they will have their picture taken on Wednesday, October 17.
If your student has PE during Period 3, they will follow this schedule:
Tuesday, October 16:
6th Grade Morgan, Eastman, Stuecheli, Shuford
Wednesday, October 17:
Ruddy, Haggett, Pulver

PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop - October 16
We will be hosting a PTA meeting and Parent Grading Workshop on October 16. The PTA Meeting will begin at 7:00 and then we will host a Parent Grading Workshop to provide parents an overview of our assessment practices and grading policies. In addition, we will also review a sample grade card and answer any questions to ensure you have a clear understanding of the IBMYP criteria for all subject areas. Here is a link to the BTSN presentation on Glasgow’s “Grading Practices.” Link: http://bit.ly/2zW4pNT


Credit for World Language Exam - November 8
The exam is designed to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn one or two credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma.

The 2018 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6th, 7th and 8th. Twenty-nine languages will be included:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens Monday, September 10 and closes on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 4 p.m. Students must meet with their school counselors to register. Late registrations will not be accepted. Please see information on the credit exam website or contact Irania Escalante, school counselor, at ivescalante@fcps.edu, for questions or more information.

Article of the Week

At Glasgow, we believe assessment & grading should: 1) help students know their areas of strength and areas of growth, 2) allow teachers to adjust instruction to meet the needs of students, 3) provide communication between students, 4) teachers and parents about learning progress and empower students to drive their own learning. Check out this article on why all schools should move beyond averaging grades and the BTSN presentation on Glasgow’s “Grading Practices.” Presentation link: http://bit.ly/2zW4pNT

Article: https://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsNew/WNDet/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/21/Its-Time-to-Stop-Averaging-Grades.aspx

Volunteer Opportunities

Panther Store Volunteers Needed - October 12
Glasgow’s Panther Store will be held on October 12. Students earn Panther Cards from Glasgow staff when they commit acts of Kindness, Commitment or Safety - these are the Panther Principles! Once a month, students have the opportunity to redeem their Panther cards at the Panther Store, which is open during lunch. Parents staff the Panther Store, and it's one of the few volunteer opportunities at Glasgow during the school day that puts you in direct contact with students. Click here to volunteer: 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-spring5


Get Involved, Volunteer Today!
The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12

Important Information

Advanced Academic Program - Screening Process
The screening of elementary and middle school students for eligibility in Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) will begin this month. For more information, visit the Advanced Academics website. The website contains information about AAP services, testing, screening, and this year’s Level IV parent referral deadline of January 10, 2019.  Please note that students screened in the fall of 2018 (fall parent referral deadline of October 11, 2018) and found ineligible may be referred again in January of 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.


TJHSST After School Prep Program
Glasgow will be offering an after school TJ prep program for interested 8th grade students. This program is designed to help your child get ready for the upcoming TJ test that will be held in mid-November. TJ Prep sessions will be available for students during academic time on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please refer to the after school website to check the time and location of the sessions. If you have any further questions please contact, After School Specialist, Aaron Cannon at acannon@fcps.edu.

Weekly Progress Report Emails
All parents with existing SIS Parent Accounts will be opted into the FCPS Weekly Progress Report Emails system. Parents are able to update their preferences for receiving these accounts through their SIS Parent Account on the “My Account” tab. Emails are sent according to the parent elected selections. More information is available here.

2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey
Information regarding the Fairfax Youth Survey can be accessed in the links below. The youth survey will be administered to all 8th grade students between November 7-16. Information regarding the survey and opt-out forms are available here.

Students with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency, have the option this year to take a shortened survey online. For students receiving English Read Aloud Accommodation click here and ESOL Level 1 and 2 students click here. Parent Letter, Opt-Out Form, and Translations can be found on the FCPS website.


REMINDERS & REFERENCE


Locker Request Forms - Now Available in Student Services
If you would like to request a locker for your student, locker request forms are now available in Student Services. In addition, if you have concerns specific to your student, we will work with you to ensure your student has what they need to be successful at Glasgow this year. Please visit the Student Services website at https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/student-services and email your student’s counselor.


EZ Lunch Application
Parents may access the EZ Lunch App to add money to student lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available on the iTunes Store and Google Play at no cost. The app links to http://www.myschoolbucks.com to add money to student lunch accounts. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.


Virginia Tech Maker Festival - November 3
The Virginia Tech Maker Festival is entering it’s 4th Year. For the past three years, the Virginia Tech Maker Festival has hosted its STEM festival at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, VA. The goal of this event is to increase STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) learning in all ages, nationalities, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Virginia Tech is one of the leading research universities in the country specializing in Engineering, Science, and Math. Our very own students and Professors discovered the lead in the water in Flint, Michigan. With partnerships, and laboratories, Virginia Tech wants to expand the STEM growth in the National Capital Region with the Virginia Tech Maker Festival. They hope to inspire future generations of Science, technology, engineering and math students, researchers, professors, leaders, and beyond.
They will have robots, experiments, and interactive games. Come join the fun and Register Now!


PTA’s Panther Press
Look for PTA-specific information in the new PTA's Panther Press, which will be distributed every Tuesday.  Connect with the PTA through glasgowms.pta@gmail.com or glasgowpta.org.


Kiss & Ride
Parents who drop off/pick up their student to school must do so at the main entrance, Door #1. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:00am. 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. School ends at 2:15pm.


Importance of Student Attendance
The new school year has been off to a wonderful start. Students are adjusting to their new routines, and routines are such an important part of academic success. In order to support consistent school attendance, please read the following information:
* Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.
* Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.
* Being in school promotes academic and social growth for students as they learn from their peers who become a strong influence for students during their middle school years.
Visit FCPS’s attendance site for more information on the importance of school attendance: FCPS Attendance Policies

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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