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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
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 email@example.com.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (email@example.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/2wgGmWCImportant 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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)!Be Informed, Stay Involved!
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- Monitor your students academics with a SIS Parent Account.
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