Glasgow Community Gazette - March 17

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Glasgow Community:

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I am so proud to work with such a talented staff. At Glasgow, our teachers are collaborative, reflective and “committed to lifelong learning.” Together, we support professional learning using formative walkthroughs and a Personalized PD document. I wanted to share with you a few highlights of teachers answering the question, “How has your teaching changed so far as a result of the walkthroughs and observations?”

English Teacher - My teaching has become more purposeful and efficient during both the planning process and actual lesson execution. I have been working diligently to model my thinking in a clear, concise manner.

Science Teacher - I have focused on increasing student participation and this process has allowed me to more effectively facilitate their learning. Outlining their tasks has really helped keep students engaged with their work with little to no downtime, and the discussion rubric seemed to help increase participation within groups.

Civics Teacher - Always asking myself “what are they thinking, how do you know”. Could the students explain to you why that answer is correct? Keeping these ideas in the back of my mind while I am teaching. Providing opportunities for students to explain their thinking.

Math Teacher - The walkthroughs/observations have allowed my team teacher and I to think more deeply about activities and strategies that will engage students more deeply in the content. We have been pushed to think about how to structure and scaffold activities so all students can engage in the material, despite the varied levels of understanding of each new skill taught.

It is an exciting time to be a part 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/

Getting Ready For Next Year

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 6th Graders - Glasgow Student Service Department is visiting our feeder elementary schools to deliver an elementary-to-middle school transition lesson. The lesson will consist of a PowerPoint presentation and video, which highlights the day in the life of a Glasgow student. Our mission is to reduce students’ level of anxiety regarding the transition, deliver valuable information about Glasgow, and provide tools/resources to make the transition to middle school smooth and successful. If you have any questions, please contact Curtiss Barnes, School Counselor at crbarnes@fcps.edu.

Here is a link to the course descriptions at Glasgow: https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/360/nocourselist/1/1/

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

Important Dates

March 21 - 6th Grade Dance, 2:20-4:40

March 25-29 - SGA Spirit Week

March 29 - Hoop It Up Night

April 4 - End of Third Quarter

April 5 - Teacher Workday

 

6th Grade Dance: March 21, 2:20-4:40 - The annual 6th grade dance is after school on Thursday. The event is low key, no need to dress up. The cost is $5 and includes: Ticket, Soda, Pizza, Candy, carrots and fun times! Dance wristbands will be sold before school in the Lecture Hall from 7:10-7:25 and then during all lunches. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Lines lelines@fcps.edu or Mr. Perella maperella@fcps.edu.

 

SGA Spirit Week: March 25-29 - Celebrate Student Government Association Spirit Week. Check back next week as we will post the daily themes for the week.

 

Hoop It Up: March 29, 6-9pm - Volunteers are needed at Glasgow’s annual basketball extravaganza!  This is a fabulous event for the whole community, coordinated by dedicated Glasgow staff and the PTA. Glasgow students from each grade will play Glasgow teachers for fun and bragging rights.  

The PTA is looking for volunteers to make this huge event a success. Sign up to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-hoop3. The PTA is also looking for two volunteers to learn the ropes this year and then help coordinate the event next year. Interested in learning more? Contact the PTA at www.glasgowms.pta@gmail.com.

Glasgow Goodies

Superior Ratings for Glasgow Bands at District Assessment - This past weekend, March 8 and 9, our Glasgow Symphonic Band and Chamber Winds, under the direction of Tamara Freeman and Andrew Sharrock performed at District Band Assessment, earning ratings of Superior with both ensembles!

Superior is the highest rating that can be awarded to a performing group. The ratings are determined by adjudicators from around the country, who are considered to be some of the best middle school band teachers around. Of the over 30 bands in attendance, only 5 bands took home Superior ratings. Additionally, this was the first time in Glasgow’s history that two bands earned Superior ratings at Assessment. This is quite the accomplishment for our band program. We are incredibly proud of all the work our band students have been doing, so please give a warm congratulations to them!

 

High Honors at District 10 Orchestra Assessment - The Glasgow Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras performed at the District 10 Orchestra Assessment on Saturday, March 16. Symphonic Orchestra earned a rating of “II” – Excellent. Chamber Orchestra earned a “I” – Superior. Students in both orchestras did a wonderful job of representing Glasgow and our Panther Principles. They were polite, focused, and well-behaved through the entire cycle of storage room, warm-up, stage and sight-reading. We have a lot to be proud of in these students.

 

Glagow Students Present at TJHSST Invitational Science Fair - Congrats to Lucy Shaw, Misha Speede, Victoria Bujoreanu who presented at the TJHSST Invitational Science Fair this Saturday. They designed an app "Helping Hands" that connects teens with jobs in their neighborhood.

 

Glasgow PTA Meeting - Special thanks to Nonye Oladimeji, Glasgow's Middle Years Program Coordinator and Jennifer Kresse-Rodriguez, IB Coordinator at Justice High School for presenting on the International Baccalaureate program at last week's PTA Meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Nonye Oladimeji at ceoladimeji@fcps.edu.

Opportunities

Yearbook Class Needs Photos of Your Child Outside of School! - The yearbook staff wants to see our students and staff engaged in an activity outside of school.  If you traveled to an exciting location (includes vacation destinations) or play sports outside of school, we want a picture! You can also include pictures of helping the community or attending a play, movie, evening school event, etc. Be creative and send those pictures to the yearbook staff!

To submit pictures, you can give them to a yearbook staff member or drop them off to Mr. Perella in room F226.  In order to make sure we return the picture to you, please put your picture in an envelope with the following information:

* First and last name

* Panther Time teacher

* Brief description of when and where the picture was taken.

The deadline is March 13, 2019. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form:  https://goo.gl/forms/dfeFzVKQdMkjkGkN2 or emailed to Mr. Perella.:  maperella@fcps.edu or maperella@fcpsschools.net.  

 

8th Grade Baby or Toddler Pictures Needed! - It's that time again! The yearbook staff would like 8th graders to bring in pictures when you were a baby or toddler.  To submit pictures, you can give them to a yearbook staff member or drop them off to Mr. Perella in room F226. In order to make sure we return the picture to you, please put your picture in an envelope with the following information:

* First and last name

* Panther Time teacher

The deadline is March 13, 2019. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form:  https://goo.gl/forms/q3HuBUwOKlq9aWxd2 or emailed to Mr. Perella: maperella@fcps.edu or maperella@fcpsschools.net.  

 

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! We can use your help in supporting March Madness, our annual basketball extravaganza, on March 29. See this, and other volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School throughout the year: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

Join the PTA Executive Board! - Interested in serving on next year's PTA Executive Board?  Position descriptions and timeline/process are posted on the PTA website.

 

Join the Glasgow PTA Listserve - If you would like to join the PTA listserv to receive current announcements, send a request to glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. If you would like to join the PTA or make a donation, go to www.glasgowpta.org. Thank you for your continued support.

Important Information

After School Program Cancelled: March 21 - All after-school activities including ASAP will be cancelled this Thursday, March 21 due to the 6th grade dance. All other students will be directed to kiss & ride or their bus once the bell rings. If you have any questions please contact, After-School Specialist, Aaron Cannon at acannon@fcps.edu.

 

Family Engagement Survey - Fairfax County Public Schools is conducting a survey March 24 - April 12, 2019 to gather information about family engagement in our schools. Relationships are important to us, and your opinion is critical to help us support your engagement in your child’s education. Your feedback will also help us determine how well we are reaching the goals for Caring Culture we have set in our Strategic Plan. Survey translations will be made available, and the survey can be taken on electronic devices, including smartphones.

 

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 7th Graders - Glasgow Student Services has met with most 7th grade students to register them for next year’s courses! Counselors met one-on-one with each student to review course options and complete the course selection form. Your student should have brought 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, students learned about course options in Panther Time. 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.

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.

 

Celebrating Kindness at Glasgow - As a school we are celebrating Kindness Month in the upcoming weeks for the rest of the month of February and March. Teachers and staff are encouraged to pass out as many Kindness panther cards as possible to our deserving KIND students. As per usual, students will be able to trade in their panther cards to our Panther Stores for a prize but in addition they will also be entered into a raffle to win a special kindness prize. Only Panther Cards with the ‘Kindness’ Panther quality circled will be entered into this raffle.

Join the Fun!

Justice HS Volleyball Weekend Camps: March 23 & 30 - Justice High School volleyball program is excited to be offering Volleyball Clinics for boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade on March 23 and 30. New this year, parents have the option to pay online. For more information check out the following link: https://bit.ly/2wgGmWC.

 

Justice HS’s Wolfpack Theatre Presents The Women: March 21-23 Tickets are for sale online now at wolfpacktheatre.org or get your tickets at the show, $10 general admission; $8 for students/seniors. Shows: Thursday, March 21 at 7:00pm, Friday, March 22 at 7:00pm, Saturday, March 23 at 2:30pm and 7:00pm

The Women is a 1936 serio-comic play by Clare Boothe Luce that depicts the world of the 1930’s from a woman’s point-of-view. It is full of fast-paced dialogue and a cast of interesting and well-developed characters. It is rumored that it was written as a tirade against the rich and ridiculous ladies of 1930’s Park Avenue, the well to-do of New York, highlighting their weaknesses; the primary character, Mary Haines, being led by friends who do not even consider what is best for her. It touches on the definition of real friendship, differences in class, enduring love, betrayal in all its forms, justified revenge, and forgiveness.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - March 10

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Glasgow Community:

March is always a busy month in a middle school. Last week, we had our first full week of school since winter break; it was great to have students back in their normal routines. I had the opportunity to visit a variety of classrooms throughout the week and it was incredible to see the levels of thinking students are doing on a daily basis at Glasgow! 

On Tuesday we begin our Writing SOL for 8th grade students. It is important that your student attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your student out of school during this time period. It is also important that your student have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your student missing a testing day, please notify your student’s counselor as soon as possible.

Finally, this week you will be contacted to provide feedback on my performance as the Principal at Glasgow Middle School. The survey is part of my evaluation process and, as always, your input is of great value. Your perspective on what I am doing well and how I can get better is one of the best ways we can partner to support your students’ continued learning and growth as young adults. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey when you receive it!

It is an exciting time to be a part 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/

Getting Ready For Next Year

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 6th Graders - Glasgow Student Service Department is visiting our feeder elementary schools to deliver an elementary-to-middle school transition lesson. The lesson will consist of a PowerPoint presentation and video, which highlights the day in the life of a Glasgow student. Our mission is to reduce students’ level of anxiety regarding the transition, deliver valuable information about Glasgow, and provide tools/resources to make the transition to middle school smooth and successful. If you have any questions, please contact Curtiss Barnes, School Counselor at crbarnes@fcps.edu.

Here is a link to the course descriptions at Glasgow: https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/360/nocourselist/1/1/

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

Important Dates

March 11 - 3 Hour Early Release

March 12 - PTA Meeting

March 12, 13  - Writing SOL Testing

March 13 - Pre-Assessment Chorus Concert

March 21 - 6th Grade Dance, 2:30-4:30

March 25-29 - SGA Spirit Week

March 29 - Hoop It Up Night

April 4 - End of Third Quarter

April 5 - Teacher Workday

 

8th Grade Writing SOL: March 12 and 13 - The Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Grade 8 Writing Test on March 12 and 13. It is important that your student attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify your student’s counselor as soon as possible.

The English Writing Standards of Learning (SOL) test has two components: multiple choice response and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, your child must complete both components.

The purpose of SOL testing is to provide information about student achievement to the parent, school, school division, and state. In most cases, test scores are available for parents by the end of the school year. More information about how and when you will receive your student’s scores will be shared closer to these dates. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah N’Guessan at senguessan@fcps.edu.

 

Glasgow PTA Meeting: March 12 - Glasgow’s International Baccalaureate, or IB, program will be highlighted at 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! All are welcome. PTA membership not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

 

Hoop It Up: March 29, 6-9pm - Volunteers are needed at Glasgow’s annual basketball extravaganza!  This is a fabulous event for the whole community, coordinated by dedicated Glasgow staff and the PTA. Glasgow students from each grade will play Glasgow teachers for fun and bragging rights.  

The PTA is looking for volunteers to make this huge event a success. Sign up to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-hoop3. The PTA is also looking for two volunteers to learn the ropes this year and then help coordinate the event next year. Interested in learning more? Contact the PTA at www.glasgowms.pta@gmail.com.

Glasgow Goodies

Panthers of the Month - The IB Learner Profile that we focused on this month for our Panther of the Month was reflection. Students who demonstrate reflection approach unfamiliar situations with courage, are independent in exploring new roles and ideas, give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience and are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Our Panthers of the Month, Brenda Limon, Abdullah Olabi, Irwin Gonzalez, Nayla Bonilla, MyTien Tran, and Kevin Perez-Gonzalez were chosen for always taking time to think about their work, considering their past, present, and future in their goals, considering how they affect others, thinking about what they do well, but also where they can improve, thoroughly describing their thinking, and not only reflecting on how to improve, but by taking action to do so! Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees!

 

Washington Wizards Host Glasgow’s Unified Team - This year the Glasgow Unified Team was invited to a Unified All-Star game between the Special Olympics DC and Special Olympics VA put on by the Washington Wizards! Some of the Wizards players and coaching staff served as the referees, coaches, and play-by-play announcers for this event. We had a blast cheering on the All-Stars and meeting some of the Wizards! Check out the pictures attached to see some of the excitement.

Opportunities

Yearbook Class Needs Photos of Your Child Outside of School! - The yearbook staff wants to see our students and staff engaged in an activity outside of school.  If you traveled to an exciting location (includes vacation destinations) or play sports outside of school, we want a picture! You can also include pictures of helping the community or attending a play, movie, evening school event, etc. Be creative and send those pictures to the yearbook staff!

To submit pictures, you can give them to a yearbook staff member or drop them off to Mr. Perella in room F226.  In order to make sure we return the picture to you, please put your picture in an envelope with the following information:

* First and last name

* Panther Time teacher

* Brief description of when and where the picture was taken.

The deadline is March 13, 2019. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form:  https://goo.gl/forms/dfeFzVKQdMkjkGkN2 or emailed to Mr. Perella.:  maperella@fcps.edu or maperella@fcpsschools.net.  

 

8th Grade Baby or Toddler Pictures Needed! - It's that time again! The yearbook staff would like 8th graders to bring in pictures when you were a baby or toddler.  To submit pictures, you can give them to a yearbook staff member or drop them off to Mr. Perella in room F226. In order to make sure we return the picture to you, please put your picture in an envelope with the following information:

* First and last name

* Panther Time teacher

The deadline is March 13, 2019. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form:  https://goo.gl/forms/q3HuBUwOKlq9aWxd2 or emailed to Mr. Perella: maperella@fcps.edu or maperella@fcpsschools.net.  

 

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! We can use your help in supporting March Madness, our annual basketball extravaganza, on March 29. See this, and other volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School throughout the year: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

Join the PTA Executive Board! - Interested in serving on next year's PTA Executive Board?  Position descriptions and timeline/process are posted on the PTA website.

 

Join the Glasgow PTA Listserve - If you would like to join the PTA listserv to receive current announcements, send a request to glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. If you would like to join the PTA or make a donation, go to www.glasgowpta.org. Thank you for your continued support.

Important Information

Family Engagement Survey - Fairfax County Public Schools is conducting a survey March 24 - April 12, 2019 to gather information about family engagement in our schools. Relationships are important to us, and your opinion is critical to help us support your engagement in your child’s education. Your feedback will also help us determine how well we are reaching the goals for Caring Culture we have set in our Strategic Plan. Survey translations will be made available, and the survey can be taken on electronic devices, including smartphones.

 

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 7th Graders - Glasgow Student Services has met with most 7th grade students to register them for next year’s courses! Counselors met 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, students learned about course options in Panther Time. 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.

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.

 

Celebrating Kindness at Glasgow - As a school we are celebrating Kindness Month in the upcoming weeks for the rest of the month of February and March. Teachers and staff are encouraged to pass out as many Kindness panther cards as possible to our deserving KIND students. As per usual, students will be able to trade in their panther cards to our Panther Stores for a prize but in addition they will also be entered into a raffle to win a special kindness prize. Only Panther Cards with the ‘Kindness’ Panther quality circled will be entered into this raffle.

Join the Fun!

Justice HS Volleyball Weekend Camps: March 23 & 30 - Justice High School volleyball program is excited to be offering Volleyball Clinics for boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade on March 23 and 30. New this year, parents have the option to pay online. For more information check out the following link: https://bit.ly/2wgGmWC.

 

Justice HS’s Wolfpack Theatre Presents The Women: March 21-23 Tickets are for sale online now at wolfpacktheatre.org or get your tickets at the show, $10 general admission; $8 for students/seniors. Shows: Thursday, March 21 at 7:00pm, Friday, March 22 at 7:00pm, Saturday, March 23 at 2:30pm and 7:00pm

The Women is a 1936 serio-comic play by Clare Boothe Luce that depicts the world of the 1930’s from a woman’s point-of-view. It is full of fast-paced dialogue and a cast of interesting and well-developed characters. It is rumored that it was written as a tirade against the rich and ridiculous ladies of 1930’s Park Avenue, the well to-do of New York, highlighting their weaknesses; the primary character, Mary Haines, being led by friends who do not even consider what is best for her. It touches on the definition of real friendship, differences in class, enduring love, betrayal in all its forms, justified revenge, and forgiveness.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - March 3

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Glasgow Community:

We celebrated the final week in February by hosting a number of events that showcased the many talents of our students. On Monday, students who earned all A’s and B’s during 2nd quarter received a certificate recognizing their accomplishment. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Glasgow Orchestra and Band programs highlighted the musical talents of our students at their “Pre-Assessment” concerts.

The annual Glasgow Spelling Bee was held on Wednesday after school. Congratulations to Will Hemmens, who won a $50 Amazon gift card and will represent our school at the Fairfax County Bee in later this month. Shout out to our second- and third-place finishers Safa Touri and Sofi Hemmens, both received $25 Amazon gift cards. On Thursday evening, amazing student art work was on full display at the Justice Pyramid Art Show. Finally, on Saturday afternoon, a number of Glasgow students participated in the Real Food for Kids Challenge at Hayfield High School.  This event provided Glasgow students enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences an opportunity to learn about and promote healthy eating.

Thank you for everything you do to support Glasgow Middle School. 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 Next Year

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 8th Graders - Counselors are continuing to meet one-on-one with each student to review course options and complete the course selection form. Your student should have brought home a copy of their selections for you to sign and return within three days. Here is a link to the course descriptions at Glasgow: https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/360/nocourselist/1/1/

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

Important Dates

March 5 - Beginning Chorus Ensemble Concert

March 8 - Panther Store

March 11 - 3 Hour Early Release

March 12 - PTA Meeting

March 12, 13  - Writing SOL Testing

March 13 - Pre-Assessment Chorus Concert

March 21 - 6th Grade Dance, 2:30-4:30

March 25-29 - SGA Spirit Week

March 29 - Hoop It Up Night

 

8th Grade Writing SOL: March 12 and 13 - The Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Grade 8 Writing Test on March 12 and 13. It is important that your student attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify your student’s counselor as soon as possible.

The English Writing Standards of Learning (SOL) test has two components: multiple choice response and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, your child must complete both components.

The purpose of SOL testing is to provide information about student achievement to the parent, school, school division, and state. In most cases, test scores are available for parents by the end of the school year. More information about how and when you will receive your student’s scores will be shared closer to these dates. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah N’Guessan at senguessan@fcps.edu.

 

Glasgow PTA Meeting: March 12 - Glasgow’s International Baccalaureate, or IB, program will be highlighted at 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! All are welcome. PTA membership not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

Glasgow Goodies

Glasgow Students Win Lions Club Peace Contest! - On February 21, the Bailey’s Crossroads Lions Club honored two Glasgow students who won first place in their annual Peace Contest. Rosa Carranza (6th grade) was the winner of the Peace Poster contest and 7th grade student, Isabella Gacono, won first place for her Peace Essay.

The topic of the essay was Kindness Matters and Isabella wrote about an act of kindness she did for a friend that resulted in her friend returning the act of kindness to her. Three of Glasgow’s teachers were in attendance to support Rosa and Isabella. When Isabella accepted her award she thanked her family, teachers and the Lions Club and went on to say that “November 13th is National Kindness Day, but kindness day should not be just one day, it should be every day!”

 

Virginia STAR Club Donates Computers to Students in Need! - The Glasgow VA Star after school club donated refurbished computers to students in need of technology at home. Special thanks to Marc Perella and Aaron Cannon for their leadership and support of this program and to Delegate Kaye Kory for attending this year's event.

 

Thank You Spelling Bee Volunteers! - Special thanks to Ben Hemmens and Claire White for organizing and leading the Glasgow Spelling Bee. Shout out to our pronouncer Mary Johnson and judges Dezzarae Crosler, Meredith Bowen, and Katie Madigan.

 

Performing Arts Pre-Assessment Concerts - Shout out to our Glasgow Orchestra and Band who did an amazing job this past week at their “Pre-Assessment Concert.”  The purpose of the concerts is to prepare for the upcoming District Band, Chorus and Orchestra Assessment season.

Opportunities

Yearbook Class Needs Photos of Your Child Outside of School! - The yearbook staff wants to see our students and staff engaged in an activity outside of school.  If you traveled to an exciting location (includes vacation destinations) or play sports outside of school, we want a picture! You can also include pictures of helping the community or attending a play, movie, evening school event, etc. Be creative and send those pictures to the yearbook staff!

To submit pictures, you can give them to a yearbook staff member or drop them off to Mr. Perella in room F226.  In order to make sure we return the picture to you, please put your picture in an envelope with the following information:

* First and last name

* Panther Time teacher

* Brief description of when and where the picture was taken.

The deadline is March 13, 2019. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form:  https://goo.gl/forms/dfeFzVKQdMkjkGkN2 or emailed to Mr. Perella.:  maperella@fcps.edu or maperella@fcpsschools.net.  

 

8th Grade Baby or Toddler Pictures Needed! - It's that time again! The yearbook staff would like 8th graders to bring in pictures when you were a baby or toddler.  To submit pictures, you can give them to a yearbook staff member or drop them off to Mr. Perella in room F226. In order to make sure we return the picture to you, please put your picture in an envelope with the following information:

* First and last name

* Panther Time teacher

The deadline is March 13, 2019. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form:  https://goo.gl/forms/q3HuBUwOKlq9aWxd2 or emailed to Mr. Perella: maperella@fcps.edu or maperella@fcpsschools.net.  

 

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! We can use your help in supporting March Madness, our annual basketball extravaganza, on March 29. See this, and other volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School throughout the year: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

Join the PTA Executive Board! - Interested in serving on next year's PTA Executive Board?  Position descriptions and timeline/process are posted on the PTA website.

 

Join the Glasgow PTA Listserve - If you would like to join the PTA listserv to receive current announcements, send a request to glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. If you would like to join the PTA or make a donation, go to www.glasgowpta.org. Thank you for your continued support.

Important Information

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 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, students learned about course options in Panther Time. 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.

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.

 

Celebrating Kindness at Glasgow - As a school we are celebrating Kindness Month in the upcoming weeks for the rest of the month of February and March. Teachers and staff are encouraged to pass out as many Kindness panther cards as possible to our deserving KIND students. As per usual, students will be able to trade in their panther cards to our Panther Stores for a prize but in addition they will also be entered into a raffle to win a special kindness prize. Only Panther Cards with the ‘Kindness’ Panther quality circled will be entered into this raffle.

Join the Fun!

International Night at Justice High School: March 7 - Join the Justice Pyramid for performances, food, fashion and fun on March 7 at 5pm at Justice High School.

 

Justice HS Volleyball Weekend Camps: March 23 & 30 - Justice High School volleyball program is excited to be offering Volleyball Clinics for boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade on March 23 and 30. New this year, parents have the option to pay online. For more information check out the following link: https://bit.ly/2wgGmWC.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - February 24

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Glasgow Community:

Despite the limited school week, there were a number of events that celebrated our Panther Principles of Kindness, Commitment and Safety. We celebrated students who are ‘committed’ to their academics and earned All A Honor Roll. On Friday, we hosted our monthly Panther Store. Students were able to trade in their Panther Cards, which they received for demonstrating our Panther Principles, for prizes during lunch.

The talent of the students at Glasgow will be on full display this week. We will recognizing students who earned All A and B Honor Roll during Panther Time on Monday. The Glasgow Orchestra and Band will host their “Pre-Assessment Concerts”.  The Orchestra concert is Tuesday, February 26 and the Band concert is Wednesday, February 27. Both concerts are at Justice High School at 7:00 PM and are free and open to the public.

After attending the concert(s), check out the Justice Pyramid Art Show, also at Justice High School. Come see the amazing work of past, present and future Glasgow students.

Finally, the annual Glasgow Spelling Bee will be held this Wednesday, February 27 at 2:30pm in the Glasgow 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.

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 Next Year

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 8th Graders - Counselors are continuing to meet one-on-one with each student to review course options and complete the course selection form. Your student should have brought home a copy of their selections for you to sign and return within three days. Here is a link to the course descriptions at Glasgow: https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/360/nocourselist/1/1/

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

February 25 - A & B Honor Roll Certificate Recognition

February 26 - Group Picture Day

February 26 - Orchestra Concert II @ Justice HS

February 26-28 - Justice Pyramid Art Show

February 27 - Spelling Bee

February 27 - Band Concert @ Justice HS

March 5 - Beginning Chorus Ensemble Concert

March 8 - Panther Store

March 11 - 3 Hour Early Release

March 12 - PTA Meeting

March 12, 13 - Writing SOL Testing

March 13 - Pre-Assessment Chorus Concert

 

A & B Honor Roll Certificate Recognition: February 25 - 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, February, 25.

 

Upcoming Performing Arts: February 26 and 27- The Glasgow Music Department is deeply involved in the District Band, Chorus and Orchestra Assessment season. All of our ensembles will be performing in front of professional adjudicators at various FCPS locations during the month of March. For performing ensembles, these are the most important performances of the school year.

All ensembles also present “Pre-Assessment Concerts” to prepare for the big events. The next Orchestra Pre-Assessment is on Tuesday, February 26 and the Band Pre-Assessment has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 27. Both concerts are at Justice High School at 7:00 PM. The concert are free and open to the public.

 

Spelling Bee: February 27 - The annual Glasgow Spelling Bee will be held this Wednesday, February 27 at 2:30pm in the Glasgow 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.

 

Justice Pyramid Art Show: February 26-28 - The Justice Pyramid Art Show is February 26-28 at Justice High School. Opening Night event will be held this Thursday, February 28 from 6-8pm. Come see the amazing work of past, present and future Glasgow students. The show will offer an art-making table for visitors.

 

8th Grade Writing SOL: March 12 and 13 - The Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Grade 8 Writing Test on March 12 and 13. It is important that your student attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify your student’s counselor as soon as possible.

The English Writing Standards of Learning (SOL) test has two components: multiple choice response and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, your child must complete both components.

The purpose of SOL testing is to provide information about student achievement to the parent, school, school division, and state. In most cases, test scores are available for parents by the end of the school year. More information about how and when you will receive your student’s scores will be shared closer to these dates. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah N’Guessan at senguessan@fcps.edu.

 

Glasgow PTA Meeting: March 12 - Glasgow’s International Baccalaureate, or IB, program will be highlighted at 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! All are welcome.  PTA membership not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

Glasgow Goodies

Thank You PBIS Panther Store Volunteers - Thank you to the parents who recently volunteered at the PBIS Panther Store. We could not do it without your support!

 

Performing Arts Pre-Assessment Concerts - Shout out to our Glasgow Orchestra who did an amazing job this past week at their “Pre-Assessment Concert.”  The purpose of the concerts is to prepare for the upcoming District Band, Chorus and Orchestra Assessment season. The second Orchestra Concert will be held this Tuesday and the Band concert has been rescheduled to Wednesday.  Both concerts begin at 7:00pm at Justice High School.

Opportunities

Yearbook Class Needs Photos of Your Child Outside of School! - The yearbook staff wants to see our students and staff engaged in an activity outside of school.  If you traveled to an exciting location (includes vacation destinations) or play sports outside of school, we want a picture! You can also include pictures of helping the community or attending a play, movie, evening school event, etc. Be creative and send those pictures to the yearbook staff!

To submit pictures, you can give them to a yearbook staff member or drop them off to Mr. Perella in room F226.  In order to make sure we return the picture to you, please put your picture in an envelope with the following information:

* First and last name

* Panther Time teacher

* Brief description of when and where the picture was taken.

The deadline is March 13, 2019. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form:  https://goo.gl/forms/dfeFzVKQdMkjkGkN2 or emailed to Mr. Perella.:  maperella@fcps.edu or maperella@fcpsschools.net.  

 

8th Grade Baby or Toddler Pictures Needed! - It's that time again! The yearbook staff would like 8th graders to bring in pictures when you were a baby or toddler.  To submit pictures, you can give them to a yearbook staff member or drop them off to Mr. Perella in room F226. In order to make sure we return the picture to you, please put your picture in an envelope with the following information:

* First and last name

* Panther Time teacher

The deadline is March 13, 2019. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form:  https://goo.gl/forms/q3HuBUwOKlq9aWxd2 or emailed to Mr. Perella: maperella@fcps.edu or maperella@fcpsschools.net.  

 

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! We can use your help in supporting March Madness, our annual basketball extravaganza, on March 29. See this, and other volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School throughout the year: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

Join the PTA Executive Board! - Interested in serving on next year's PTA Executive Board?  Position descriptions and timeline/process are posted on the PTA website.

 

Join the Glasgow PTA Listserve - If you would like to join the PTA listserv to receive current announcements, send a request to glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. If you would like to join the PTA or make a donation, go to www.glasgowpta.org. Thank you for your continued support.

Important Information

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 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, students learned about course options in Panther Time. 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.

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.

 

Celebrating Kindness at Glasgow - As a school we are celebrating Kindness Month in the upcoming weeks for the rest of the month of February and March. Teachers and staff are encouraged to pass out as many Kindness panther cards as possible to our deserving KIND students. As per usual, students will be able to trade in their panther cards to our Panther Stores for a prize but in addition they will also be entered into a raffle to win a special kindness prize. Only Panther Cards with the ‘Kindness’ Panther quality circled will be entered into this raffle.

Join the Fun!

Mason District Little League Registration Open! - Mason District Little League spring softball and baseball registration is now open with early bird discount prices until February 10th. The softball division is entering its second year and beginner players are welcome. The intermediate level baseball league is also entering its second year for 13 year old ball players. For more information visit MDLL.org.

 

Justice Pyramid Art Show: February 26-28 - The Justice Pyramid Art Show Opening Night will be held on February 28 from 6-8pm at Justice High School. Come see the amazing work of past, present and future Glasgow students. The show will offer an art-making table for visitors.

 

International Night at Justice High School: March 7 - Join the Justice Pyramid for performances, food, fashion and fun on March 7 at 5pm at Justice High School.

 

Justice HS Volleyball Weekend Camps: March 23 & 30 - Justice High School volleyball program is excited to be offering Volleyball Clinics for boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade on March 23 and 30. New this year, parents have the option to pay online. For more information check out the following link: https://bit.ly/2wgGmWC.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - February 18

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Glasgow Community:

Happy President’s Day! I hope you are enjoying the long weekend with family and friends.

On Saturday, I brought my kids with me to watch our students perform at Justice High School’s Broadway Desserts concert. I love seeing our current and former students performing on stage! At Glasgow, we plant seeds every day, through our consistency, our accountability and our support of our students. Sometimes we see the growth while they are in our classrooms and halls; other times we see it years later on a high school stage. It is important remember as middle school parents and educators that while we may not always see the growth in the moment, it will pay off later.

This week mark the beginning of the District Band, Chorus and Orchestra Assessment season. All of our ensembles will be performing in front of professional adjudicators at various FCPS locations during the month of March. For performing ensembles, these are the most important performances of the school year. To prepare of these assessments, ensembles will host “Pre-Assessment Concerts” to prepare for the big events. The Band Pre-Assessment is this Wednesday, February 20 and the first Orchestra Pre-Assessment is on Thursday, February 21. Both concerts begin at 7:00pm at Justice High School.

Finally, we had a lot of fun celebrating Open Campus this week with all three grade levels. It was great to see students participating in activities like mindfulness, rock painting, reading with hot chocolate and even getting to go outside for basketball! Open Campus is truly community event, and we could not do it without the support and enthusiasm of our teachers and staff!

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 Next Year

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 8th Graders - Counselors are continuing to meet one-on-one with each student to review course options and complete the course selection form. Your student should have brought home a copy of their selections for you to sign and return within three days. Here is a link to the course descriptions at Glasgow: https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/360/nocourselist/1/1/

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

February 19 - All A Honor Roll Student Ceremony (6th and 7th Grade)

February 20 - Spelling Bee

February 20 - Band Concert @ Justice HS

February 21 - Orchestra Concert I @ Justice HS

February 19 - All A Honor Roll Student Ceremony (8th Grade)

February 22 - Panther Store

February 25 - A & B Honor Roll Certificate Recognition

February 26 - Group Picture Day

February 26 - Orchestra Concert II @ Justice HS

February 26-28 - Justice Pyramid Art Show

March 5 - Beginning Chorus Ensemble Concert

March 8 - Panther Store

March 11 - 3 Hour Early Release

March 12 - PTA Meeting

March 12 -15 - Writing SOL Testing

March 13 - Pre-Assessment Chorus Concert

 

Spelling Bee: February 20 - The annual Glasgow Spelling Bee will be held on February 20 at 2:30pm in the Glasgow 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).

 

Celebrating 2nd Quarter Honor Roll: February 19, 22 and 25 - 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: February 19 and 22 - Students who have earned all A’s on their report card will be invited to a ceremony during FIT 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 FIT & Panther Time teacher.

  • Tuesday, February 19 = Grades 6 and 7
  • Friday, February 22 = Grade 8

A & B Honor Roll Certificate Recognition: February 25 - 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, February, 25.

 

Glasgow PTA Meeting: March 12 - Glasgow’s International Baccalaureate, or IB, program will be highlighted at 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! All are welcome.  PTA membership not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

 

Upcoming Performing Arts Assessments - The Glasgow Music Department is deeply involved in the District Band, Chorus and Orchestra Assessment season. All of our ensembles will be performing in front of professional adjudicators at various FCPS locations during the month of March. For performing ensembles, these are the most important performances of the school year.

All ensembles also present “Pre-Assessment Concerts” to prepare for the big events. The Band Pre-Assessment is Wednesday, February 20 at Justice HS at 7:00 PM. The first Orchestra Pre-Assessment is on Thursday, February 21, the second on Tuesday, February 26, both at Justice at 7:00 PM. Chorus Pre-Assessment is on Wednesday, March 13, also 7:00 PM at Justice.

Both the Pre-Assessment Concerts and District Assessment performances are free and open to the public. The music staff thanks all for your support.

Glasgow Goodies

Broadway Desserts a Huge Hit - Thank you to all staff that came out and supported Glasgow Choirs at Justice HS’s Broadway Desserts yesterday. Two of Glasgow’s choirs performed. Luminas (Intermediate) performed “It’s Possible” from Seussical the Musical and Voce Pantera (Advanced) performed “We Dance” from Once on this Island.

 

District 10’s All District Honor Choir - Last weekend, four Glasgow students participated in District 10’s All District Honor Choir Event. The students rehearsed Thursday night, all day Friday, and a little Saturday morning before presenting an outstanding concert! Congratulations to Madeline Jensen, Sofia Ielmini, Frannie Melia, and Hailey Salazar.

 

Justice Pyramid Art Show - February 28 from 6-8pm - The Justice Pyramid Art Show Opening Night will be held on February 28 from 6-8pm at Justice High School. Come see the amazing work of past, present and future Glasgow students. The show will offer an art-making table for visitors.

Opportunities

PBIS Panther Store Volunteer Spots Still Available - The next PBIS Panther Store is This Friday, February 22 and has plenty of spaces for volunteers to help out:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-spring5

 

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! We can use your help in supporting March Madness, our annual basketball extravaganza, on March 29. See this, and other volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School throughout the year: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

Join the PTA Executive Board! - Interested in serving on next year's PTA Executive Board?  Position descriptions and timeline/process are posted on the PTA website.

 

Join the Glasgow PTA Listserve - If you would like to join the PTA listserv to receive current announcements, send a request to glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. If you would like to join the PTA or make a donation, go to www.glasgowpta.org. Thank you for your continued support.

Important Information

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 7th Graders - Glasgow Student Services will be meeting with rising 7th grade students to register them for next year’s courses in the near future! 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, students learned about course options in Panther Time this past 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.

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.

 

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).

Join the Fun!

Mason District Little League Registration Open! - Mason District Little League spring softball and baseball registration is now open with early bird discount prices until February 10th. The softball division is entering its second year and beginner players are welcome. The intermediate level baseball league is also entering its second year for 13 year old ball players. For more information visit MDLL.org.

 

Justice Pyramid Art Show - February 28 from 6-8pm - The Justice Pyramid Art Show Opening Night will be held on February 28 from 6-8pm at Justice High School. Come see the amazing work of past, present and future Glasgow students. The show will offer an art-making table for visitors.

 

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

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - February 10

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Glasgow Community:

This past week we welcomed hundreds of current fifth grade students and their families into our building for Rising 6th Grade Open House! Throughout the evening, parents sought me out to share the great things they have heard about Glasgow from their friends and neighbors. It was wonderful to see their excitement about sending their student(s) to Glasgow next year.

This week, we are excited to celebrate our students during Open Campus! 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. Check out the video on Apple 21 highlighting Open Campus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmkvkrOS704.

Finally, I hope you will join me this Tuesday at the Glasgow PTA's sponsored presentation "Exploring Our Cultures, Building Our Community" 7:00 to 8:00PM. The FCPS Office of Equity and Cultural Responsiveness will lead this highly interactive workshop using hands-on activities designed to get parents learning together and interacting with one another. She will also share some of the initiatives FCPS has put in place to support staff in working with all students, families, and colleagues.

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 Next Year

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 8th Graders - Counselors are continuing to meet one-on-one with each student to review course options and complete the course selection form. Your student should have brought home a copy of their selections for you to sign and return within three days. Here is a link to the course descriptions at Glasgow: https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/360/nocourselist/1/1/

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

February 12 - PTA Meeting 7pm

February 12, 13, 14 - Q2 Open Campus

February 15 - Lollipop Distribution During Panther Time (New Date)

February 16 - Broadway Desserts @ Justice HS

February 20 - Spelling Bee

February 20 - Band Concert @ Justice HS

February 22 - Panther Store

February 22 - Orchestra Concert I @ Justice HS

February 26 - Group Picture Day

February 26 - Orchestra Concert II @ Justice HS

 

Glasgow PTA Meeting: February 12 - Join the Glasgow PTA's sponsored presentation "Exploring Our Cultures, Building Our Community" on February 12 from 7:00 to 8:00PM. Glasgow MS is known for its diversity, with many cultures, languages, and backgrounds represented to celebrate. Presenter Kim Amenabar, from the FCPS Office of Equity and Cultural Responsiveness, will lead this highly interactive workshop using hands-on activities designed to get parents learning together and interacting with one another. She will also share some of the initiatives FCPS has put in place to support staff in working with all students, families, and colleagues. All are welcome.  PTA membership not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

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!

 

Lollipop Distribution: February 15 - Due to the inclement weather, lollipops will now be distributed during Panther Time on Friday, February 15.

 

Spelling Bee: February 20 - The annual Glasgow Spelling Bee will be held on February 20 at 2:30pm in the Glasgow 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).

Glasgow Goodies

Panthers of the Month: Risk Takers - The IB Learner Profile that we focused on this month for our Panther of the Month was risk taking.  Students who demonstrate risk taking approach unfamiliar situations with courage, are independent in exploring new roles and ideas, and are brave in defending their beliefs.

Our Panthers of the Month, Matthew Cruz Quisbert, Ruth Tewodros, Denise Ramos-Mazaba, Wilder Mendez-Alonzo, Nick Machado Mejia, and Ashley Trejo-Estrada were chosen for confidently attempting to find new ways to solve problems, sharing their thinking even when they are unsure of the answers, accepting and applying feedback in needed areas of growth, never being afraid of showing their work or opinion, approaching challenging problems, and always feeling confident in asking questions! Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees!

Glasgow Represented at All District 10 Band - Glasgow was well represented at the All District 10 Band on February 2. The students did a remarkable job, overcoming the loss of over half of their rehearsal time to a snow day and still putting on an incredible performance. Please see the attached picture and join us in congratulating the Glasgow All District Band Participants: Willem Hemmens, Sam Clements, Sam Belmar, Dena Huynh, Luka Mendoza-Felix, Arthur Prudis, Dan Rios Zeballos, Indigo Brookes-Weiss, Valeria Peterson, Samuel Brent, Noah Canzoneri, Nathaniel Kenschaft, Miles Stadtler, Edward Meagh, Kyle Wilson, Sabrina Ehmann-Jones,Ronan Bates, and Eamon Maloney.

Glasgow Teachers Assist at the FCPS Job Fair - Anntoinette McEntyre and Lori Lekoski represented Glasgow Middle School at the FCPS Instructional Job Fair at Lake Braddock Secondary School last Saturday.  They were internal exhibitors which provided an additional resources to potential future FCPS teachers.

Opportunities

PBIS Panther Store Volunteer Spots Still Available - The PBIS Panther Store has plenty of dates for volunteers to help out:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-spring5

 

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! We can use your help in supporting March Madness, our annual basketball extravaganza, on March 29th. See this, and other volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School throughout the year: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

Join the PTA Executive Board! - Interested in serving on next year's PTA Executive Board?  Position descriptions and timeline/process are posted on the PTA website.

 

Join the Glasgow PTA Listserve - If you would like to join the PTA listserv to receive current announcements, send a request to glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. If you would like to join the PTA or make a donation, go to www.glasgowpta.org. Thank you for your continued support.

Important Information

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 7th Graders - Glasgow Student Services will be meeting with rising 7th grade students to register them for next year’s courses in the near future! 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, students learned about course options in Panther Time this past 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.

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.

 

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).

Join the Fun!

Mason District Little League Registration Open! - Mason District Little League spring softball and baseball registration is now open with early bird discount prices until February 10th. The softball division is entering its second year and beginner players are welcome. The intermediate level baseball league is also entering its second year for 13 year old ball players. For more information visit MDLL.org.

 

Broadway Desserts - Saturday, February 16 at 2pm and 7pm: Justice High School's popular Broadway Desserts is happening Saturday, February 16 at 2pm and 7pm. Special guests from Glasgow Middle School chorus will join us at both shows. This year's show is entitled "Thank You for the Music" and will feature favorites from Mamma Mia, Camelot, Hamilton, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Newsies, Footloose, Godspell, and more!

If you've never been, this event features students singing some of their favorite Broadway songs.  During the intermission, guests are invited to enjoy an assortment of "fancy" desserts as well as coffee, tea and lemonade. The show is family friendly! Tickets will be available at the door: $5 for children under 5, $10 for seniors/students/teachers, and $15 for everyone else.  We look forward to seeing you, and thank you for supporting the chorus boosters' biggest fundraiser of the year!

 

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 Pyramid Art Show - February 28 from 6-8pm - The Justice Pyramid Art Show Opening Night will be held on February 28 from 6-8pm at Justice High School. Come see the amazing work of past, present and future Glasgow students. The show will offer an art-making table for visitors.

 

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - February 3

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Glasgow Community:

This past week has been full of surprises! From weather delays to Region announcements, it’s been a roller-coaster of a week.

Thank you so much for your incredible support and encouragement this week. I am honored to be named FCPS Region 2 Outstanding Principal. I am incredibly grateful to work with such an outstanding staff and supportive community and believe this recognition is ultimately a reflection of the hard work our staff and members of the PTA have shown in support of Glasgow’s vision.

At Glasgow, we are a staff that works together to learn, grow and get better. We have difficult conversations and we assume positive. We push ourselves and each other in support of student learning, and we believe that all students can achieve at high levels. I look forward to the opportunities this nomination will provide to share Glasgow’s story.

Speaking of telling Glasgow’s story... Last month, Sarah Beck, Glasow's Director of Student Services, was interviewed on the EdFix podcast, talking about our work at Glasgow and the way we try to be flexible and responsive to students’ needs. Check it out! Link: https://gsehd.gwu.edu/edfix-podcast

Finally, as a reminder, there is no school for students on Monday as it is Staff Development Day for teachers. Due to the recent snow delays and school cancellations, Tuesday will be an Odd Day (Periods 1, 3, 5, 7) and grade cards will be distributed to students to take home at the end of the day.

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 8th Graders - Counselors are continuing to meet one-on-one with each student to review course options and complete the course selection form. Your student should have brought home a copy of their selections for you to sign and return within three days. Here is a link to the course descriptions at Glasgow: https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/360/nocourselist/1/1/

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

 

Fairfax Academy Open House: February 5 - Families of rising 9th graders, the Fairfax Academy open house is on February 5th from 6:30-8:00pm with a snow date of Monday, February 11 from 6:30-8:00pm. This is an opportunity to meet the teachers, visit the classrooms, speak with current students and learn more about the courses available such as musical theater, dance, and TV and media production.

 

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

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

February 5 - Grade Cards Distributed to Students

February 5, 6 - Lollipop Sales (All Lunches)

February 6 - Glasgow Rising 6th Grade Night, 6PM

February 6, 7 - School Play Auditions (Wizard of Oz)

February 11 - Lollipop Distribution During Panther Time

February 12 - PTA Meeting 7pm

February 12, 13, 14 - Q2 Open Campus

February 16 - Broadway Desserts @ Justice HS

February 20 - Spelling Bee

February 21 - Band Concert @ Justice HS

February 22 - Panther Store

February 22 - Orchestra Concert I @ Justice HS

February 26 - Group Picture Day

February 26 - Orchestra Concert II @ Justice HS

 

Grade Card Distribution: February 5 - Thursday, January 24 marked the final day of the 2nd quarter. 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 Tuesday, February 5.

 

Lollipop Sales: February 5 and 6 - The SGA will be selling lollipops for Valentine’s Day and are again giving parents a chance to buy lollipops for their child by having order forms and notes in the office from now until February 6.  Parents can stop in at the office during regular school hours.

The school-wide sales days for students will be Tuesday, February 5 and Wednesday, February 6 during lunches.  Please let your child know that once the lollipops are gone, sales will cease. Students will be limited to purchasing 10 lollipops per day.  Lollipops will be distributed to students during Panther Time on Monday, February 11.

 

Rising 6th Grade Open House: February 6 - Parents of rising 6th graders, come join us on February 6 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:

  • Welcome to Glasgow! (6:10PM, 7:10PM - Cafeteria)
  • Course Request 101 (6:40PM, 7:40PM - Library)
  • Level IV Advanced Academic Program (7:10PM - Library)
  • Spanish Immersion Program (6:40PM - D206)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Program (7:40 - D206)
  • Special Education Office (6:10PM, 7:40PM - D201)
  • Math Course Placement and Selection Q&A (6:40PM, 7:10PM - E221)

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

 

Auditions for The Wizard Of Oz (Musical): February 6, 7 - Students will have the opportunity to audition for the Wizard of Oz (Musical) on February 6 and 7 after school from 2:30-4:30 in the Black Box Theater (B126). Students who wish to audition should to get an audition form on Tuesday from Ms. Smits-Beasley.

 

Lollipop Distribution: February 11 - Lollipops will be distributed during Panther Time on Monday, February 11. If your child is sending lollipops, it is important to make sure they know the name of the Panther Time teacher of the student receiving the lollipop.

 

Glasgow PTA Meeting: February 12 - Join the Glasgow PTA's sponsored presentation "Exploring Our Cultures, Building Our Community" on February 12 from 7:00 to 8:00PM. Glasgow MS is known for its diversity, with many cultures, languages, and backgrounds represented to celebrate. Presenter Kim Amenabar, from the FCPS Office of Equity and Cultural Responsiveness, will lead this highly interactive workshop using hands-on activities designed to get parents learning together and interacting with one another. She will also share some of the initiatives FCPS has put in place to support staff in working with all students, families, and colleagues. All are welcome.  PTA membership not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

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 - The annual Glasgow Spelling Bee will be held on February 20 at 2:30pm in the Glasgow 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

PBIS Panther Store Volunteer Spots Still Available - The PBIS Panther Store has plenty of dates for volunteers to help out:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-spring5

 

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! We can use your help in supporting March Madness, our annual basketball extravaganza, on March 29th. See this, and other volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School throughout the year: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

Join the PTA Executive Board! - Interested in serving on next year's PTA Executive Board?  Position descriptions and timeline/process are posted on the PTA website.

 

Join the Glasgow PTA Listserve - If you would like to join the PTA listserv to receive current announcements, send a request to glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. If you would like to join the PTA or make a donation, go to www.glasgowpta.org. Thank you for your continued support.

Important Information

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 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, 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, February 7, 6th 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.

 

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).

Join the Fun!

Mason District Little League Registration Open! - Mason District Little League spring softball and baseball registration is now open with early bird discount prices until February 10th. The softball division is entering its second year and beginner players are welcome. The intermediate level baseball league is also entering its second year for 13 year old ball players. For more information visit MDLL.org.

 

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/.

 

Broadway Desserts - Saturday, February 16 at 2pm and 7pm: Justice High School's popular Broadway Desserts is happening Saturday, February 16 at 2pm and 7pm. Special guests from Glasgow Middle School chorus will join us at both shows. This year's show is entitled "Thank You for the Music" and will feature favorites from Mamma Mia, Camelot, Hamilton, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Newsies, Footloose, Godspell, and more!

If you've never been, this event features students singing some of their favorite Broadway songs. During the intermission, guests are invited to enjoy an assortment of "fancy" desserts as well as coffee, tea and lemonade. The show is family friendly! Tickets will be available at the door: $5 for children under 5, $10 for seniors/students/teachers, and $15 for everyone else. We look forward to seeing you, and thank you for supporting the chorus boosters' biggest fundraiser of the year!

 

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

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - January 27

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Glasgow Community:

Each week in the Glasgow Gazette, I highlight the amazing learning opportunities, experiences and growth of our students. Social, emotional and academic growth occurs because students are consistently provided feedback on their strengths and areas for improvement. They are asked to reflect on their learning each and every class. In a similar manner as our students, Glasgow teachers are also provided feedback on their classroom instruction and asked to reflect on their progress. Below are just a two examples of how our teachers reflect on their practice and continue to grow:

My teaching has become more focused on meeting the kids at their level and providing them the scaffolds they need in order to be successful. Walkthroughs have made me more aware of my own weaknesses and what I need to do in order to address them. Observations have given me new ways of approaching the challenges that I face in my class.

This year, we have tried to focus on pulling small groups so that we can really know students by name and need. Getting to interact with small groups really allows me to see what students know and what they don’t know. It also helps build relationships when we are working with small groups.

I am so honored to work with an amazing staff that works collaboratively to meet the needs of each and every one of our students. As the principal, it is extraordinary to watch each teacher improve their pedagogy by embracing feedback, reflect on their teaching, and being willing to grow.

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 8th Graders - Starting this week, 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 Glasgow: https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/360/nocourselist/1/1/

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

 

Fairfax Academy Open House: February 5 - Families of rising 9th graders, the Fairfax Academy open house is on February 5th from 6:30-8:00pm with a snow date of Monday, February 11 from 6:30-8:00pm. This is an opportunity to meet the teachers, visit the classrooms, speak with current students and learn more about the courses available such as musical theater, dance, and TV and media production.

 

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 30 - Glasgow Rising 6th Grade Night, 6PM

January 31 - Lollipop Sales (All Lunches)

February 1 - Grade Cards Distributed to Students

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

February 11 - Lollipop Distribution During Panther Time

February 12 - PTA Meeting 7pm

February 12, 13, 14 - Q2 Open Campus

February 20 - Spelling Bee

February 26 - Group Picture Day

 

2nd Semester Classes Begin: January 28 - On Monday, 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:

  • Welcome to Glasgow! (6:10PM, 7:10PM - Cafeteria)
  • Course Request 101 (6:40PM, 7:40PM - Library)
  • Level IV Advanced Academic Program (7:10PM - Library)
  • Spanish Immersion Program (6:40PM - D206)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Program (7:40 - D206)
  • Special Education Office (6:10PM, 7:40PM - D201)
  • Math Course Placement and Selection Q&A (6:40PM, 7:10PM - E221)

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

 

Lollipop Sales: January 31 and February 1 - The SGA will be selling lollipops for Valentine’s Day and are again giving parents a chance to buy lollipops for their child by having order forms and notes in the office from Tuesday, January 29 thru Friday, February 1.  Parents can stop in at the office during regular school hours.

The school-wide sales days for students will be Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31 during lunches.  Please let your child know that once the lollipops are gone, sales will cease. Students will be limited to purchasing 10 lollipops per day.  Lollipops will be distributed to students during Panther Time on Monday, February 11.

 

Grade Card Distribution: February 1 - This past Thursday marked the final day of the 2nd quarter. 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.

 

Lollipop Distribution: February 11 - Lollipops will be distributed during Panther Time on Monday, February 11. If your child is sending lollipops, it is important to make sure they know the name of the Panther Time teacher of the student receiving the lollipop.

 

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

 

Join the PTA Executive Board! - Interested in serving on next year's PTA Executive Board?  Position descriptions and timeline/process are posted on the PTA website.

 

Join the Glasgow PTA Listserve - If you would like to join the PTA listserv to receive current announcements, send a request to glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. If you would like to join the PTA or make a donation, go to www.glasgowpta.org. THANK YOU!

 

Mason District Little League Registration Open! - Mason District Little League spring softball and baseball registration is now open with early bird discount prices until February 10th. The softball division is entering its second year and beginner players are welcome. The intermediate level baseball league is also entering its second year for 13 year old ball players. For more information visit MDLL.org.

 

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

Eating Disorder Parent Letter and Fact Sheet - In 2013, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law (Code of Virginia, 22.1-273.2) requiring Virginia Public Schools to provide, on an annual basis, parent educational information regarding eating disorders for pupils in grades five through twelve.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2013),

Thirty million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder and millions more will battle food and body image issues at some point in their lives. Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity and relationships. They are not a fad, phase, or lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed eating disorder documents with detailed information to be provided to parents and guardians of Fairfax County Public Schools. The letter and fact sheet have been translated and posted on the following webpage:

http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/translations/dss-healthmedical.htm

 

George Mason’s Early Identification Program - The Early Identification Program (EIP) at George Mason University is again asking for your assistance identifying and nominating current 7th grade students. EIP is George Mason’s college access program which supports the academic achievement of selected first-generation college bound middle/high school students. The mandatory criteria is as follows:

- Current 7th grade student in participating public middle school  

- The student’s parents may not have completed a 4-year college degree in the United States  

- Academic potential to enroll in a pre-college curriculum in high school

If you have a 7th grade student that you think would benefit from this program, please email Akon Otoyo - ajotoyo@fcps.edu or Laine O’Donnell - lodonnnell@fcps.edu.  Nomination Deadline: January 31.

 

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)

 

2019-2020 Course Registration for Rising 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, 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.

Next Thursday, February 7, 6th 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.

 

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!

*Glasgow Students Named All District Jazz Band - We want to wish a big congratulations to Benji Loeffler for representing Glasgow and being selected to participate in the All District 10 Junior Jazz Band as the lead Alto Saxophone. They rehearsed this past weekend, with a concert on Saturday, and for only a weekend to put it all together they sounded incredible!

 

Thank you Glasgow PTA! Salad/Potato Bar Lunch - Huge shout out to the Glasgow PTA for sponsoring a healthy salad/potato bar lunch for teachers and staff members on the Teacher Workday, January 25.

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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
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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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Happy Holidays from Glasgow Middle School!

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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


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

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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