Glasgow Community Gazette - March 29

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Glasgow Community:

On Monday, we got the sad, though not unexpected, news that schools will be closed through the end of this academic year. There were many emotions that I felt when I heard this news. The relationships we built or were still building with our students, the school-wide events that now are canceled, such as Hunger Games and Hoop It Up Night, and the work we invested so deeply in... all which we now can’t see through in the way we imagined -- it all feels unreal. 

However, the work and success we have achieved together these past few years at Glasgow makes us incredibly equipped to take on this new challenge of Distance Learning. On Thursday, I met with the staff via Google Meet to outline our approach as we transition to Distance Learning. Internationally and in the Seattle area, other schools have been preparing and implementing distance learning as a result of the coronavirus for weeks now. 

There are a few takeaways from their experiences, as well as research that has been done around best practices, that will guide our Distance Learning Plan at Glasgow. They include:

  • Clarity
  • Simplicity
  • Flexibility
  • Mastery focused
  • Digestibility

Teachers have begun to work collaboratively to design meaningful learning opportunities for our students, which will be shared with students and parents the week of April 13.  However, know that this transition, for both our students and staff, will require tremendous flexibility, creativity, and patience. 

In order to support all of our students with access to technology, as we shift towards Distance Learning, this past week we provided 419 computers to our families. This was done with the help of many of our staff members behind the scenes, making phone calls for appointments, prepping computers and distributing computers. I am so proud to work with a staff so dedicated to our community. 

More information about Glasgow’s Distance Learning Plan will be shared in the near future. In the meantime, take care of your families and loved ones and as always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Grading Update

3rd Quarter Grading Update - The School Board was briefed that no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE; however, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until April 24 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year. 

 

4th Quarter Grading Update - Middle school and high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Glasgow Guinea Pigs - Glasgow student families – Fern and Rosemary need your help! With the closure of the school building, the guinea pigs need support with foster families. The Glasgow MS librarian, Tara Sanz, will provide you with the crate, bedding, hay, guinea pig food pellets, and a guinea pig care guide during their stay in your house. Tara Sanz and Theresa Connell will also provide transportation to and from foster families.  Fern and Rosemary will need lots of love & cuddles and fresh weekly veggies. If you are interested in fostering Fern and Rosemary in your home, please fill out the Google form: https://forms.gle/L46ZJkLsY1xjhxPy5 Please contact Tara Sanz with any questions you have at tmsanz@fcps.edu. 

 

Get Involved, Run for the PTA Board - The PTA is looking for interested parties to serve on the board, there are a number of opportunities available. Some positions are easily performed remotely. Please email the PTA if interested: glasgowms.pta@gmail.com

 

Food Donation - Fortunately our feeder neighborhoods have several pre-existing food truck delivery programs through Food For Others. If you are interested in donating food, we recommend that families donate using information from the website: https://www.foodforothers.org/

 

POSTPONED - Volunteer at the Book Fair: April 13 thru April 20 - Stay tuned for more information about an online Book Fair.

Important Dates

March 30 - April 3 - SGA Spirit Week!

April 6 - 10 - Spring Break 

April 13 - Distance Learning Rollout

Upcoming: Online Book Fair

 

March 30 - April 3 - SGA Spirit Week: All week long we will celebrate SGA sponsored Spirit Week. I hope your students join in on the fun and participate each and every day. If you like may either post your pictures to Twitter (@GlasgowMS and #OneTeamOneGoal) or use our Glasgow Community - Staying Connected Photo Album link to join in the fun or just celebrate at home!   Below are the daily themes for the week:

  • Monday: Crazy Sock Day
  • Tuesday: Hat Day 
  • Wednesday: Sports Day
  • Thursday: Tacky Day
  • Friday: Pajama Day
Glasgow Goodies

Staying Connected Photo Album - I would love to hear how you are spending your time and maybe even post some pictures in an upcoming Gazette. I have created a Google Photos album titled “Glasgow Community - Staying Connected Photo Album” to share pictures of how you are spending your time while social distancing.

Important Information 

Instrument Pick-Up - The Performing Arts Teachers are organizing an Instrument Pick-up for those students whose instruments are still in the building. Parents and students can pick up their instrument at Door 3 on Tuesday, March 31 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Please complete the form for each student picking up an instrument by Monday, March 30.

Our first priority is to limit the risk of COVID-19 contamination and spread. This form is for students to request permission to retrieve their instrument ONLY. Students and parents will NOT have access to the building. You will receive a follow up email with more detailed information.

 

Library Books and Resources - Please enjoy your school library books at home. No books are overdue and they can be returned when school buildings re-open in summer or fall. Please check out our audiobooks and eBooks available on MackinVIA.  See this video that will help you access MackinVIA: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cqQ3rBt9wQ Students can also check out books from MyON. Here is a video that shows you how to access that resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITgJzPWMIBc&t=2s Feel free to email, Tara Sanz, Glasgow MS librarian and avid reader of middle grade & YA fiction, if you need any recommendations or help with accessing online library resources. tmsanz@fcps.edu Happy reading!

 

Student Services - Counselors Available If you have concerns regarding your child’s socio-emotional health or mental well-being, please contact your child’s counselor for support. Counselors are available to check in with your child through email or the voice-dial feature on Google Meets. 

  • A – C: Akon Otoyo - ajotoyo@fcps.edu
  • D – J: Curtiss Barnes - crbarnes@fcps.edu
  • K – Ph: Cynthia Pareja - cspareja@fcps.edu
  • Pi - Z: Greg Frantz - gdfrantz@fcps.edu
  • ESOL Level 1 &2: Irania Escalante - ivescalante@fcps.edu  
  • TEAM 7&8: Jenn Pallotto (lead) - jkpallotto@fcps.edu

 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Glasgow Students  - Academic advising has concluded for all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. You can view the courses that your child has selected through StudentVue and ParentVue selecting the “course request” tab.  Please note that all course request changes for Glasgow students are due by April 17, 2020. 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. 

 

Yearbooks Still on Sale! - Parents are encouraged to purchase a yearbook today! The cost is $30. You can purchase your yearbook on-line at https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu. Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school.

 

FCPS Continuity of Learning Resources - The Glasgow website has been updated to have the link to the Continuity of Learning Resources linked directly on our home page https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/. You may also access the learning activities on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard). We will be given further direction before March 27, if additional school based distance learning will be created. Stay tuned for more updates about distance learning.

 

FCPS Cable Channels - Learning activities are now available on FCPS cable channels. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

 

Free Internet Access - Comcast and Cox are providing free or low cost internet to families in need. Click the links below to learn more:Comcast free internet and Cox free internet.

 

Food Services Meal Distribution Sites - FCPS will continue to provide grab and go breakfasts and lunches at no cost for students at multiple sites to students, with breakfast from 8:00-10:30am and lunch from 10:30am to 2:00pm. School-age students are welcome to come to any of the nearest sites listed below to pick up a lunch during that time period. Other sites are also available on the FCPS homepage. All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

  • Annandale Terrace, 7604 Herald St., Annandale
  • Braddock Elementary,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale
  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church
  • Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield
  • Glen Forest ES, 5829 Glen Forest Dr., Falls Church
  • Parklawn ES, 4116 Braddock Road, Alexandria
  • Bailey’s Community Center, 10-10:30 a.m., 5920 Summers Ln, Falls Church

 

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

Article of the Week

In addition to keeping you updated on important information related to Glasgow Middle School, the Gazette will also provide information about what parents can do at home to help their student improve academically and help parents build the social and emotional skills that students need to be successful.

This week's article from FCPS is about “Distance Learning Plan: Complete Information and Guidelines for Adults.” Check it out.

FCPS Cares

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - March 22

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Glasgow Community:

This is an extraordinary time for us as a school community. On a normal week, when I am not at work, I am typically out at sports practices or games for one of my three boys, and it has felt strange to stay at home. I’m sure many of you can agree. While it has been quite an adjustment, it has also been a good reminder for me to slow down and enjoy my family and the little things. We have been spending time together taking hikes, seeing the Cherry Blossoms and jumping on the trampoline. Although it is such a stressful and uncertain time, each time I see a family together, it gives me hope and reminds me of what is most important: our health and our families.

With that in mind, I would love to hear how you are spending your time. I have created a Google Photos album titled “Glasgow Community - Staying Connected Photo Album” to share pictures of how you are “social-distancing”.

Though the Team Glasgow is not in the building, we are working closely with the school district to determine next steps for our distance learning plans for our students. According to FCPS, if we are not able to return to school on April 14, then we will begin countywide distance learning. We are in the beginning stages of this preparation and I anticipate that like everything our staff will embrace this new way of teaching and learning with the same passion and drive towards excellence. Know that our motto over the next few weeks will be to “keep it simple, take it slow and focus on working collaboratively" to provide meaningful learning experiences for our students.

In the weeks that lie ahead, we will work to stay connected and healthy. FCPS leadership will continue to send ongoing updates and I will continue to limit written communication, unless it is Glasgow specific, in order to make space for important messages FCPS sends.

Take care of your families and loved ones and as always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved, Run for the PTA Board - The PTA is looking for interested parties to serve on the board, there are a number of opportunities available. Some positions are easily performed remotely. Please email the PTA if interested: glasgowms.pta@gmail.com

Food Donation - Fortunately our feeder neighborhoods have several pre-existing food truck delivery programs through Food For Others. If you are interested in donating food, we recommend that families donate using information from the website: https://www.foodforothers.org/

POSTPONED - Volunteer at the Book Fair: April 13 thru April 20 - The Scholastic Book Fair is coming again to Glasgow!  Please consider volunteering some time. Here is the link to the sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-spring1

Important Dates

April 6 - 10 - Spring Break 

April 14 - PTA Meeting - POSTPONED

April 14 - Tentative Distance Learning Roll Out

April 24 - Hoop It Up Night - POSTPONED

Glasgow Goodies

Performing Arts Pre-Assessment Concerts - Shout out to our Choir who did an amazing job two weeks ago at their “Pre-Assessment Concert.” Each music department was so ready for their assessment concerts.  Glad we all had the opportunity to enjoy the music and celebrate their hard work before the school closure.

Important Information 

Coronavirus Updates - For the most up to date information about coronoavirus from FCPS use the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update

FCPS Continuity of Learning Resources - The Glasgow website has been updated to have the link to the Continuity of Learning Resources linked directly on our home page https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/.  You may also access the learning activities on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard).  We will be given further direction before March 27, if additional school based distance learning will be created.  Paper packets will be sent home to all families who do not have any access to technology during the week of 3/30. Stay tuned for more updates about distance learning.

FCPS Cable Channels - Learning activities are now available on FCPS cable channels. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.

Free Internet Access - Comcast and Cox are providing free or low cost internet to families in need. Click the links below to learn more:

Comcast Free Internet

Cox Free Internet

Emergency Breakfast & Lunch - FCPS will continue to provide grab and go breakfasts and lunches at no cost for students at multiple sites to students, with breakfast from 8:00-10:30am and lunch from 10:30am to 2:00pm. School-age students are welcome to come to any of the nearest sites listed below to pick up a lunch during that time period. Other sites are also available on the FCPS homepage. All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

  • Annandale Terrace, 7604 Herald St., Annandale
  • Braddock Elementary,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale
  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church
  • Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield
  • Glen Forest ES, 5829 Glen Forest Dr., Falls Church
  • Parklawn ES, 4116 Braddock Road, Alexandria
  • Bailey’s Community Center, 10-10:30 a.m., 5920 Summers Ln, Falls Church

Library Resources - MackinVIA, which is the e-book and audiobook platform that provides middle school and high school students access to hundreds of popular fiction and nonfiction e-books curated by FCPS Library Information Services. The purpose of this collection is to inspire students to read for fun. Users can download the free MackinVIA app from the ios and android app stores to read or listen on their mobile devices, or they can log in to fairfax.mackinvia.com using their FCPS network username and password.  Be sure to log in to the FCPS blue bar, NOT the Follett prompt. Watch a 4 minute tutorial: MackinVIA Screencast Tutorial 2020.mp4. Here are some questions for a family and friend book club: Book club discussion questions.

Food Donation - Fortunately our feeder neighborhoods have several pre-existing food truck delivery programs through Food For Others. If you are interested in donating food, we recommend that families donate using information from the website: https://www.foodforothers.org/

Yearbooks on Sale Now! - Parents are encouraged to purchase a yearbook today! The cost is $30. You can purchase your yearbook on-line at https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu. Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school.

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

Article of the Week

In addition to keeping you updated on important information related to Glasgow Middle School, the Gazette will also provide information about what parents can do at home to help their student improve academically and help parents build the social and emotional skills that students need to be successful.

This week's article from KQED is about "Tips for Managing the Stress of Social Distancing” and “How to Support Families and Out of School Kids.” Check them out.

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

 

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Glasgow Community Gazette - March 17

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Glasgow Community:

As explained in Dr. Brabrand’s most recent communication, FCPS has made plans to provide continuity of learning during this school closure. Our goal is for students to continue to engage in learning activities. The first two weeks of school closure (from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction. Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities that have been posted on FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) and are available at www.fcps.edu. Again, these activities are not required, nor graded, but highly encouraged.

While this may feel like a daunting task, here are some possible ideas and resources that may help with developing a routine. You might consider working with your child to develop a daily schedule that supports a balance of academic time as well as a mix of activities, including going outdoors, connecting with family and friends virtually, exercising, being creative, and relaxing. This article may help support your planning. 

You might also help your child decide which two or three learning activities they might want to work on each day. Activities that do not rely on technology:

  • Read and record thoughts about reading on paper
  • Develop flash cards to support review of math, science, and history concepts
  • Choose one big topic from one subject and create a mind map that connects ideas.
  • Teach a family member something you learned this year and create a worksheet for them to complete

For families with technology access, you might take time with your child to orient and navigate FCPS 24-7(Blackboard). Below is a synthesis of what you can find in each core subject area folder; electives are also included on the Blackboard site. Each of these activities will help to keep your student engaged and ready to learn.

  • Language Arts - English: Encourage your child to read at least 30 minutes every day. Have them record their thoughts while reading in a notebook, specific activities are further outlined
  • Math: Find your child’s math course and select from a variety of activities
  • Science: Use resources to explore, review, and learn
  • Social Studies: Choose from a variety of learning modules 
  • Health and Physical Education: Use strategies to support daily physical activity

Another resource to keep in mind is MackinVIA, which is the e-book and audiobook platform that provides middle school and high school students access to hundreds of popular fiction and nonfiction e-books curated by FCPS Library Information Services. The purpose of this collection is to inspire students to read for fun. Users can download the free MackinVIA app from the ios and android app stores to read or listen on their mobile devices, or they can log in to fairfax.mackinvia.com using their FCPS network username and password.  Be sure to log in to the FCPS blue bar, NOT the Follett prompt. Watch a 4 minute tutorial: MackinVIA Screencast Tutorial 2020.mp4. Here are some questions for a family and friend book club: Book club discussion questions.

We will continue to update you with new information as it comes. We wish you the best, and most importantly, take care of yourselves and loved ones. 

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

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Important Information 

Coronavirus Updates - For the most up to date information about coronoavirus from FCPS use the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update

Emergency Breakfast & Lunch - FCPS will continue to provide grab and go breakfasts and lunches at no cost for students at multiple sites to students, with breakfast from 8:00-10:30am and lunch from 10:30am to 2:00pm. School-age students are welcome to come to any of the nearest sites listed below to pick up a lunch during that time period. Other sites are also available on the FCPS homepage. All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

  • Annandale Terrace, 7604 Herald St., Annandale
  • Braddock Elementary,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale
  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church
  • Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield
  • Glen Forest ES, 5829 Glen Forest Dr., Falls Church
  • Parklawn ES, 4116 Braddock Road, Alexandria
  • Bailey’s Community Center, 10-10:30 a.m., 5920 Summers Ln, Falls Church

Food Donation - Fortunately our feeder neighborhoods have several pre-existing food truck delivery programs through Food For Others. If you are interested in donating food, we recommend that families donate using information from the website: https://www.foodforothers.org/

Free Internet Access - Comcast and Cox are providing free or low cost internet to families in need. Click the links below to learn more:

Comcast Free Internet

Cox Free Internet

FCPS Cable Channels - Learning activities are now available on FCPS cable channels. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

Hunger Games Food Donations - Thank you to all of the students and families who donated food to the Hunger Games service learning project.  The food has been picked up from Glasgow and donated to Food for Others, a non-profit who serves our community.  

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Glasgow Community Gazette - March 15

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Glasgow Community:

Today it was announced that all FCPS buildings and schools including Glasgow Middle School will be closed on Monday, March 16. The scheduled opportunity for students and staff to retrieve their belongings has been postponed until further notice. Student and staff well-being is paramount, and we will find ways to give students access to the building as soon as we are able to safely do so. 

FCPS will continue to provide grab and go breakfasts and lunches at no cost for students at multiple sites to students, with breakfast from 8:00-10:30am and lunch from 10:30am to 2:00pm. School-age students are welcome to come to any of the nearest sites listed below to pick up a lunch during that time period. Other sites are also available on the FCPS homepage. All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

  • Annandale Terrace, 7604 Herald St., Annandale
  • Braddock Elementary,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale
  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church
  • Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield
  • Graham Road Elementary School, 2831 Graham Rd., Falls Church

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

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Important Information 

Coronavirus Updates - For the most up to date information about coronoavirus from FCPS use the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update

Free Internet Access - Comcast and Cox are providing free or low cost internet to families in need. Click the links below to learn more:

Comcast Free Internet

Cox Free Internet

Optional Learning Activities - For the first two weeks of the school closure learning opportunities can be found on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard).  We will be given further direction before March 27, if additional school based distance learning will be created.  Stay tuned for more updates about distance learning.

FCPS Cable Channels - Learning activities are now available on FCPS cable channels. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

ParentVue Accounts - This weekend, IT will be pushing out emails to any parent who does not currently have a ParentVue account. Please sign up if you do not have an account.

Food Donation - Fortunately our feeder neighborhoods have several pre-existing food truck delivery programs through Food For Others. If you are interested in donating food, we recommend that families donate using information from the website: https://www.foodforothers.org/

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Glasgow Community Gazette - March 14

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Glasgow Community:

We are living in a very fluid time and updates are coming regularly. I wanted to share information as it stands right now and please understand that it still might change. Here is what is current:

As you have heard, FCPS has made the decision to close schools for an extended period through April 10th for student and family safety, health, and well-being. Learning opportunities can be found in the superintendent’s message and will be updated by FCPS for the first two weeks of closure.

As we prepare for the extended closure due to the coronavirus, we are inviting families (if you wish) to come to Glasgow on Monday, March 16, 2020, between the hours of 12:00pm to 5:00pm to retrieve any learning materials that may have been left at school, check out a book from the library, pick up your instrument and/or pick up a computer if your family does not have one at home.

Like I said last week, for consistency and clarity in messaging, we will stay focused on what FCPS sends to families. This will eliminate multiple messages and will decrease chances of error or confusion. If there is information particularly unique to the entire Glasgow community, I will keep you informed.

We will get through this trying time together as one community. Please take care of yourself and your family. 

As always, please continue to reach out with questions you may have and/or support you may need.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Important Dates

Glasgow Middle School will be open on Monday, March 16, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm to retrieve any learning materials or belongings that may have been left at school.  In addition, students can also do the following:

Laptops - In preparation for the long-term school closure, we want to ensure that families have technology access at home.  We have a limited number of laptops available to our students and they are intended only for those students who have no other means to access learning resources from home. Please do not take a laptop if your student already has access to a computer or tablet at home. Laptops will be distributed at Glasgow on Monday, March 16th, from 12:00pm - 5:00pm in the lecture hall. Parents of students must come in to sign for the laptops. 

Library - The library will be open for check-out on Monday, March 16 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Come and borrow some books for this extended break.

Instrument Pick-Up - The Band and Orchestra rooms will be open from 12:00pm - 5:00pm to pick up instruments so that students can continue to practice over the extended break. 

Wifi Access - Information regarding the process for requesting portable wireless devices (MiFi’s) will also be available on Monday. Mifi’s will be reserved for families that do not have WiFi in the home. These resources are extremely limited and there is a wait for them as they will be distributed from the county stock.

Important Information 

Coronavirus Updates - For the most up to date information about coronoavirus from FCPS use the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update

Free Internet Access - Comcast and Cox are providing free or low cost internet to families in need. Click the links below to learn more:

Comcast Free Internet

Cox Free Internet

Optional Learning Activities - For the first two weeks of the school closure learning opportunities can be found on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard).  We will be given further direction before March 27, if additional school based distance learning will be created.  Stay tuned for more updates about distance learning.

FCPS Cable Channels - Learning activities are now available on FCPS cable channels. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

ParentVue Accounts - This weekend, IT will be pushing out emails to any parent who does not currently have a ParentVue account. Please sign up if you do not have an account.

Food Distribution - Fairfax County Public Schools is providing emergency grab and go breakfasts and lunches at no cost for students at multiple sites on Monday through Friday.  Breakfast will be served from 8:00am - 10:00am and lunch form 10:30am to 2pm. School-age students are welcome to come to any of the sites listed below to pick up a lunch during that time period. More sites will be added soon on the FCPS homepage.

  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church
  • Hutchison Elementary School, 13209 Parcher Avenue, Herndon
  • London Towne Elementary School, 6100 Stone Road, Centreville
  • Burke School, 9645 Burke Lake Road, Burke
  • Hybla Valley Elementary School, 3415 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria

All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

Food Donation - Fortunately our feeder neighborhoods have several pre-existing food truck delivery programs through Food For Others. If you are interested in donating food, we recommend that families donate using information from the website: https://www.foodforothers.org/

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Glasgow Community Mini-Gazette - March 12

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Glasgow Community:

The educational landscape is fluid right now; we are remaining flexible and responsive, evaluating each circumstance with the information we have available at the moment.

Know that each day FCPS leadership is in touch with principals to give guidance and seek feedback. I encourage you to visit the FCPS webpage regularly for updates and Frequently Asked Questions.

Currently at Glasgow, we encourage our staff and students to engage in frequent hand-washing and to stay home if they have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Providing quality instruction remains our focus and extracurricular events are moving forward as scheduled. 

Per Dr. Brabrand's student holiday message, schools will be closed to students on Monday, March 16, so staff may prepare for the possibility of distance learning in the event of a school closure. Our teachers will remain flexible and creative in the days and weeks that lie ahead. 

For consistency and clarity in messaging, we will stay focused on what FCPS sends to families. This will eliminate multiple messages and will decrease chances of error or confusion. If there is information particularly unique to the entire Glasgow community, I will keep you informed.

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

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - March 8

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Glasgow Community:

This past week we celebrated our 8th grade student’s learning with Lobby Day!  Students identified problems in their school, state, or local communities and created an advocacy plan in order to lobby a legislator or decision-maker about the issue. Students presented advocacy plans that included increased fitness for Virginia residents, adding more counseling staff at Glasgow, public safety, controlling litter, and stopping cyber-bullying to name a few.  We had many members of our community stop by including parents, school board members, and even Dr. Brabrand. A big thank you to everyone who stopped by. I was most impressed at hearing our students present with so much confidence and clarity. Great work 8th graders and Civics Team!

The Glasgow Orchestra had their pre-assessment concerts this week. Kudos to Alex Touzinsky and Annie Ray and their orchestra students as they presented fantastic performances in preparation for their upcoming assessment.

This coming week I hope to see you all at the Harlem Wizards vs. the Justice Jammers on Thursday, March 12.  It will be a fun-filled Justice pyramid evening with slam dunks, athletic tricks and humor.  Hope to see you there.

Remember to spring forward this weekend and change your clocks. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Getting Ready for High School

Course Registration - Rising 9th graders - All academic advising and course registrations have been completed for rising 9th graders.  You can view the courses that your child has selected through StudentVue and ParentVue selecting the “course registration” tab.  At this time, if there are any changes that you or your child would like to make to high school course selections for next year, they will need to be communicated directly to the high schools. Glasgow counselors are no longer able to assist with changes to high school schedules. The contact information for the high schools is as follows:

Justice – Chrissy Spaulding caspaulding@fcps.edu

Annandale – Paula Disalvo at pdisalvo@fcps.edu

Falls Church - Jessica Grenfell at jmgrenfell@fcps.edu

Edison - Deborah Guillen at dlguillen@fcps.edu

Please be sure to communicate your requests to the appropriate high school by March 15th.  Please note, schools may not be able to accommodate requests made after March 15th. Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year:  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

Student Volunteer Opportunity - The Annual Beech Tree Fun Fair is Saturday, March 28th from 10 to 2pm. The Fun Fair is our PTA’s largest fundraiser of the year! Our PTA needs us ALL to make this a great success. Please sign up to donate some time. You can bake a cake for the Cake Walk, or make something for the bake sale, run a game, face painting, hair spray, or security.   Thank You! High school students are welcome to volunteer. Here’s the link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0544adae2da46-funfair2 

Volunteer at the Book Fair: April 13 thru April 20 - The Scholastic Book Fair is coming again to Glasgow!  Please consider volunteering some time. Here is the link to the sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-spring1

Important Dates

March 10 - PTA Meeting, cancelled

March 10 - Beginning Chorus Concert, Annandale HS, 7:00pm

March 10 & 11 - 8th Grade Writing SOL 

March 11 - Chorus Pre-Assessment Concert, Justice, 7:00pm

March 12 - Harlem Wizards, 7:00pm, Justice High School

March 13 & 14 - Band Assessment, Sandburg Middle School

March 19 - 6th Grade Dance, 2:30pm - 4:30pm, Cafeteria

Upcoming Chorus Pre-Assessment Concerts - Chorus Pre-Assessment, Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 PM 

Harlem Wizards - March 12, 7:00pm - Please join our community and Glasgow staff, Katelyn Charbonneau, Michael Pulver, Jayme Harris, Keely Norris and Katie Madigan, at Justice High School on Thursday, March 12, as we come together for an evening of fun and laughter with the Harlem Wizards!  The Wizards will thrill the crowd with slam dunks, athletic tricks and humor appealing to all. Come see your favorite teachers, coaches and staff play against the famous Harlem Wizards! The game begins at 7:00pm and the doors will open at 6:00pm.Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance using this link. If available, tickets will be sold at the door: Students $15 and General Admission $18.

VBODA Band Assessment - March 13 & 14 -  Advanced band students will participate in the Virginia Bands and Orchestra Directors Association’s District Assessment. The performances are FREE and open to the public and will take place at Sandburg Middle School, and our student’s would love to share our performances with you. Symphonic Band performs on Friday March 13, 8:45pm. Sixth Grade Advanced Band, Saturday, March 14, 8:45am. Wind Ensemble, Saturday March 14, 4:45pm. Good luck!

6th Grade Dance - Thursday, March 19, 2:20-4:40 - The 6th grade dance has been scheduled for Thursday, March 19. The SGA needs 10 teachers to be paid chaperones.  If you are interested, email Marc Perella at maperella@fcps.edu (first 10 who reply to Marc will be notified this week). As always, ALL teachers are welcome to join us for the dance.

The cost for students is $5 and includes: Ticket, Soda, Pizza, Candy and fun times! Dance wristbands will be sold before school in the Lecture Hall from 7:10-7:25 and then during all lunches.  Students cannot buy a wristband for a friend. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Lines at lelines@fcps.edu or Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.

Justice High School Wolfpack Theatre is proud to present this year's spring play, A Midsummer Night's Dream! - March 19 - 21 - It all happens on a Midsummer Night.  Within twenty-four hours, lives are challenged and changed.  This romantic comedy features star-crossed lovers and fairies in a world full of magical creatures, mysterious circumstances and marvelous characters. Come and enjoy our unique modern take on this Shakespearean classic set in the world of the early 1980s, when the top 10 hits at any moment could be any style of music -- disco, rock, hip hop, folk, jazz, country, punk -- and just plain different.  There's dancing, fabulous costumes, and intrigue set to the beat of fabulous music.

We're also hosting a special Fairy Tea following the Saturday, March 21st, 2 pm matinee.  Participants will have a chance to meet a magical group of fairies, enjoy cool drinks, and photo opportunities for a $5 admission fee (parents attend free with children)!  For an additional $5 you can create your own fairy garden. RSVPs are required, at https://wolfpacktheatre.org/.

Show Times: Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm, Friday, March 20 at 7 pm, Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm and 7 pm 

Tickets: You are encouraged to purchase your tickets in advance (no service charge) at https://wolfpacktheatre.org/, but tickets will also be available at the door for cash, check and credit card. Adults: $10, Students & Seniors $8.

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 6 through 9 grade every Saturday in March. For more information check out the following link: https://www.justicehssports.com/page/3095

Glasgow Goodies

Performing Arts Pre-Assessment Concerts - Shout out to our Glasgow Orchestras and Bands who did an amazing job these past two weeks at their “Pre-Assessment Concerts.”  The purpose of the concerts is to prepare for the upcoming District Band, Chorus and Orchestra Assessment season. The Pre-Assessment Concerts and District Assessment performances are free and open to the public. The music staff thanks all for your support.

Important Information

Coronavirus Updates - FCPS is working with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) and closely monitoring the health crisis as well as any impact it may have locally. The situation is ever changing, so a coronavirus webpage has been established to provide updates as needed.  Go to the coronavirus webpage. This page contains the three messages sent by Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand that describes FCPS’ response to the coronavirus to date. The page also contains fact sheets, videos, and other resources that you may find useful. Additional information is available from the Fairfax County Health Department and the CDCAs always remember to practice preventative measures: wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home when you are unwell.

Celebrating Kindness @ Glasgow MS - As a school we are celebrating Kindness Month in the upcoming weeks for the rest of the month of 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.

FINAL CALL - 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 submit to Mr. Perella in F226 (please put your picture in an envelope with name and Panther Time teacher)or click on the link below.  Please be sure to write a brief description of when and where the picture was taken. The deadline is March 9, 2020. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form: https://forms.gle/d5mimbsdHKLFZxYa6

FINAL CALL - 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 (please put your picture in an envelope with name and Panther Time teacher) or click on the link below. The deadline is March 9, 2020. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form: https://forms.gle/Weyk8wpSh8rDMXh28 or emailed to Mr. Perella: maperella@fcps.edu or maperella@fcpsschools.net.

*Please note, not all pictures will be may be used based on image content, image quality, or size. The yearbook staff will try their best to get all submitted photos into the yearbook.

Yearbooks on Sale Now! - Parents encouraged to purchase a yearbook today! The cost is $30. You can purchase your yearbook on-line at https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school or bring in cash/check to the office. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu. Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school.

2020-2021 Course Registration for Glasgow Students - Counselors have finished meeting with 7th and 8th graders and will start meeting with 6th graders this coming week for academic advising. New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections in ParentVUE when they are entered. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide.  

Helpful Links:Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide 

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 7th Graders

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 8th Graders

Please note that all course request changes for Glasgow students are due by April 17, 2020. 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.

Counselor Availability - Academic Advising - Academic Advising has started and will continue through early March. During this time, most counselors will be out of their offices during the school day to meet individually with all Glasgow students. We appreciate your patience and our counselors will respond to all emails and calls as soon as possible. 

Attention 8th Graders (rising 9th graders) CPP is Now Recruiting: The College Partnership Program (CPP) assist students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education; explore, apply and enroll in college. CPP offers academic counseling, college visits, assistance with completing college and scholarship applications, monthly meetings, parent education sessions, SAT preparation classes, a summer overnight experience on a college campus, news and information related to colleges and careers via FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) site.

Online application: https://tinyurl.com/CPPapp2020. Students will need to log in to their G Suite account (FCPS Google Apps in Education) to complete the online application. Paper applications are available in Student Services.  Please email Ms. Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu. Deadline is March 18.

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

After School Program News

The after-school program is going great! Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

Club Spotlight: Kiss My Kicks - Kiss My Kicks is an after school running club for girls, and is focused on fitness, healthy choices, and positive self-image. The girls run laps around the school in order to build endurance and prepare for the Justice Run with the Wolves 5K.  In Kiss My Kicks, the girls also partake in mini-lessons centered around health and fitness, and reflect on their own healthy practices.  We also invite former Glasgow students visit and discuss high school sports, and how participating in Kiss My Kicks prepares girls for their athletic journey.

ICAN Dance - ICAN Dance is part of our after school program at Glasgow.  It’s a developed dance curriculum and approach to encourage students creativity and integrates the use of specialized educational methods, developmental movement, expressive dance, therapeutic interventions, and ballet techniques. Contact Greg Williams, for more information and to see if this might be a program for your child.

To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - March 1

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Glasgow Community:

Happy March! As we gear up for a month of fun school-wide events and celebrations, I feel fortunate to be able to interact with our students and community in so many different ways. 

Recently, one of my favorite parts of my week is sitting down with students one on one to discuss issues that are important to them.  I’ve been interviewed by our school journalism class, I’ve heard feedback on how to improve our Panther Store, and I’ve spoken with another student about ways we can continue to reinforce our Panther Principle of Commitment with regard to getting to class on time. Each student has such a unique voice and perspective, that helps me understand what it is like to be a student at Glasgow.

This week, I had the pleasure of stopping by the Justice Pyramid Art Show.  I love seeing how our students excel outside of the classroom and school building, and I am so impressed by the talent of our present, past, and future Glasgow Panthers. I really enjoyed seeing their creativity and personalities come out in their artwork.

The Glasgow Band had their first assessment concert this week. Kudos to Andrew Sharrock, Tammy Freeman, and their band students as they presented a fantastic performance and received important feedback as they get ready for their upcoming assessment.

I’m looking forward to a great month ahead! As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

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

 

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

 

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

Getting Ready for High School

Course Registration - Rising 9th graders - All academic advising and course registrations have been completed for rising 9th graders.  You can view the courses that your child has selected through StudentVue and ParentVue selecting the “course registration” tab.  At this time, if there are any changes that you or your child would like to make to high school course selections for next year, they will need to be communicated directly to the high schools. Glasgow counselors are no longer able to assist with changes to high school schedules. The contact information for the high schools is as follows:

Justice – Chrissy Spaulding caspaulding@fcps.edu

Annandale – Paula Disalvo at pdisalvo@fcps.edu

Falls Church - Jessica Grenfell at jmgrenfell@fcps.edu

Edison - Deborah Guillen at dlguillen@fcps.edu

Please be sure to communicate your requests to the appropriate high school by March 15th.  Please note, schools may not be able to accommodate requests made after March 15th. Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year:  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

 

Civics Lobby Day on March 5 & 6 – Volunteers Needed! - On March 5 and 6, 8th grade students will be doing a presentation of learning about state and local government. They will identify problems in their school, state or local communities and create an advocacy plan in order to lobby a legislator or decision maker about the issue. To give students an authentic audience for this task we are asking community members to volunteer to visit Glasgow for one hour and interact with students. In addition to Glasgow community members, we’d also love to have elected officials volunteer, as well as anyone with a direct connection to public service. Thank you in advance for supporting our students! To sign-up, visit this link. Email Tina Takach at cptakach@fcps.edu with any questions!

Important Dates

March 3 - School Planning Day, No School for Students

March 4 - Orchestra Pre-Assessment I, Justice, 7:00pm

March 5 - Orchestra Pre-Assessment II, Justice, 7:00pm

March 10 - PTA Meeting, cancelled

March 10 - Beginning Chorus Concert, Annandale HS, 7:00pm

March 10 & 11 - 8th Grade Writing SOL 

March 11 - Chorus Pre-Assessment Concert, Justice, 7:00pm

March 12 - Harlem Wizards, 7:00pm, Justice High School

March 19 - 6th Grade Dance, 2:30pm - 4:30pm, Cafeteria

 

New Principal Search - Comments Due Monday, March 2 - An important step in the new principal search is gathering written input (preferably via email) regarding the skills, experience, and leadership characteristics needed. Any challenges or issues that a new principal will need to address for Glasgow Middle School is also welcomed. Input is confidential.  Please e-mail your ideas to AEHicks@fcps.edu or mail your suggestions to Ashley Hicks in Human Resources, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042-1203 by Monday, March 2.  

 

Upcoming Performing Arts Pre-Assessment Concerts - 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. The adjudicators rate us on our performance and our stage presence. For performing ensembles, this is an opportunity to show the music community what we have learned throughout the year. All ensembles present “Pre-Assessment Concerts” to prepare for the big events. Our concerts are all at Justice HS on the following days:

Orchestra Pre-Assessment I - Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 PM

Orchestra Pre-Assessment II - Thursday, March 5, 7:00 PM

Chorus Pre-Assessment, Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 PM 

 

Harlem Wizards - March 12, 7:00pm - Please join our community at Justice High School on Thursday, March 12, as we come together for an evening of fun and laughter with the Harlem Wizards!  The Wizards will thrill the crowd with slam dunks, athletic tricks and humor appealing to all. Come see your favorite teachers, coaches and staff play against the famous Harlem Wizards! The game begins at 7:00pm and the doors will open at 6:00pm.

Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance using this link. If available, tickets will be sold at the door: Students $15 and General Admission $18.

 

6th Grade Dance - Thursday, March 19, 2:20pm - 4:40pm - The 6th grade dance has been scheduled for Thursday, March 19. The SGA needs 10 teachers to be paid chaperones.  If you are interested, email Marc Perella at maperella@fcps.edu (first 10 who reply to Marc will be notified this week). As always, ALL teachers are welcome to join us for the dance. The cost for students is $5 and includes: Ticket, Soda, Pizza, Candy and fun times! Dance wristbands will be sold before school in the Lecture Hall from 7:10-7:25 and then during all lunches.  Students cannot buy a wristband for a friend. If you have any questions, please Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu. 

 

Justice High School Wolfpack Theatre - A Midsummer Night's Dream! March 19 - 21 - It all happens on a Midsummer Night.  Within twenty-four hours, lives are challenged and changed. Come and enjoy our unique modern take on this Shakespearean classic set in the world of the early 1980s, when the top 10 hits at any moment could be any style of music -- disco, rock, hip hop, folk, jazz, country, punk -- and just plain different. Show Times: Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm, Friday, March 20 at 7 pm, Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm and 7 pm. Tickets: You are encouraged to purchase your tickets in advance (no service charge) at https://wolfpacktheatre.org/ , but tickets will also be available at the door for cash, check and credit card. Adults: $10, Students & Seniors $8.

We're also hosting a special Fairy Tea following the Saturday, March 21st, 2 pm matinee.  Participants will have a chance to meet a magical group of fairies, enjoy cool drinks, and photo opportunities for a $5 admission fee (parents attend free with children)!  For an additional $5 you can create your own fairy garden. RSVPs are required, at https://wolfpacktheatre.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 6 through 9 grade every Saturday in March. For more information check out the following link: https://www.justicehssports.com/page/3095

Glasgow Goodies

Fairfax Network's "Meet the Author" Lisa McMann Webcast on February 27 - Mr. Perella’s 6th period yearbook class and a few Glasgow students participated in a Meet the Author Webcast.  Lisa McMann is the author of the wildly popular Unwanted and Unwanted Quests series. Wesley Gerber, Aria Teufel, Julia Friedman, Peter Nguyen, Luther Winters, and Ahmed Al-Aud were part of the show and were able to ask Ms. McMann questions that the class generated prior to the show. The interviews from last week as well as the questions were all included in the show. Check out the show here.

 

Dominion Energy KidWind Challenge 2019 Champions! - Arthur Prudius and Darren Nguyen, participated in the Dominion Energy Kid Wind Challenge and won!  They used their engineering skills to compete while designing, building and testing a functional wind turbine. Congrats to you both! They will be honored at an upcoming School Board MeetingCheck out their recent spot on WUSA9 here

 

Justice Pyramid Art Show - The following talented Glasgow students had their artwork included in the art show at Justice this past week. Congratulations on all of your hard work. 

6th Grade: Wyatt Hadley, Sumaya Hashimi, Najenyi Dominguez Hernandez, David Banks, Gretchen Hardy, Amy Sunagua-Menese, Aaliya Haque, Ayesha Gulzar, Pilar McKitrick, Ruby Rodriguez, Sereen Mohamed, Layla Lopez-Crespo, Chloe Brown, Kimberly Cruz, Kai Gorman, Leila Meeks,Ihsan Hamid, Charlotte Gilmore

7th: Victoria Bujoreanu, Anjali Murthy, Jack Venus, Bianca Rojas-Quinteros, Ayhem Marwan, Victoria Thang, Gaby Hernandez-Garcia, Colleen Early, Nolan Li, Lily Travis, Lala Jaouhari, Cathy Huang, Ella Duffy, Jasmine Tran, Victoria Thang, Isabel Hibers, Ella Galway, Nadia Siddique, Tess Maloney, Katie Billie, Sasha Wilson, Han Tran

8th Grade: Callie Petit, Nafea Aslam, Marwah Kamawal, Emaan Afzal, Matthew Carlson, Michelle Lazo-Martinez, Stephanie Zheng, Angie Esmail, Helen King

Important Information

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 submit to Mr. Perella in F226 (please put your picture in an envelope with name and Panther Time teacher)or click on the link below.  Please be sure to write a brief description of when and where the picture was taken. The deadline is March 2, 2020. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form: https://forms.gle/d5mimbsdHKLFZxYa6

 

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 (please put your picture in an envelope with name and Panther Time teacher) or click on the link below. The deadline is March 2, 2020. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form: https://forms.gle/Weyk8wpSh8rDMXh28 or emailed to Mr. Perella: maperella@fcps.edu or maperella@fcpsschools.net.

*Please note, not all pictures will be may be used based on image content, image quality, or size. The yearbook staff will try their best to get all submitted photos into the yearbook.

 

Yearbooks on Sale Now! - Parents encouraged to purchase a yearbook today! The cost is $30. You can purchase your yearbook on-line at https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school or bring in cash/check to the office. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu. Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school.

 

Fairfax County Health Survey - The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians and school staff members who interact with the school health rooms. This may include principals, school counselors, and main office staff members. The survey has been approved for distribution by the FCPS’ Internal Survey Advisory Committee. The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will provide the FCHD with valuable information.  Your participation in this important endeavor is appreciated.

School Health Services Survey – Parents 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9VWCJ6 approval # 20217   

School Health Services Survey-Parents 2020 (Spanish): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K7KGXTS approval #20217  

 

Let the Hunger Games Begin! - Our annual service learning project begins this week: the Hunger Games! This is a time when our students learn about the issues of hunger affecting our community and around the world, while also participating in a school-wide spirit contest and canned food drive. The school is broken up into 8 districts and can earn points on Mondays and Fridays during Panther Time for wearing items of the color of their districts and bringing in nonperishable food items. There are also sports competitions where students compete in an after school tournament against other districts to earn  additional points. The two final teams get to show off their skills during a school wide grade level pep rally where all students come together to cheer each other on. T-shirts will be on sale at lunch for $5. Last year we collected over 5000 food items!

 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Glasgow Students: Counselors have finished meeting with 7th and 8th graders and will start meeting with 6th graders this coming week for academic advising. New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections in ParentVUE when they are entered. 

Helpful Links:

Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide 

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 7th Graders

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 8th Graders

Please note that all course request changes for Glasgow students are due by April 17, 2020. 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.

 

Counselor Availability - Academic Advising: Academic Advising has started and will continue through early March. During this time, most counselors will be out of their offices during the school day to meet individually with all Glasgow students. We appreciate your patience and our counselors will respond to all emails and calls as soon as possible. 

 

Attention 8th Graders (rising 9th graders) CPP is Now Recruiting: The College Partnership Program (CPP) assist students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education; explore, apply and enroll in college. CPP offers academic counseling, college visits, assistance with completing college and scholarship applications, monthly meetings, parent education sessions, SAT preparation classes, a summer overnight experience on a college campus, news and information related to colleges and careers via FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) site.

Online application: https://tinyurl.com/CPPapp2020. Students will need to log in to their G Suite account (FCPS Google Apps in Education) to complete the online application. Paper applications are available in Student Services.  Please email Ms. Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu. Deadline is March 18.

 

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

After School Program News

The after-school program is going great! Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

 

Club Spotlight: Dungeons and Dragons - Dungeons and Dragons is a group of students that play the fifth edition of the game from 1974. There are 3 campaigns, all run by 8th graders who serve as both Dungeon Masters and mentors to the newer players and younger students. On a typical day, the dungeon masters use their words and imaginations to create a world for the players to explore. The players ask questions, make decisions, and take action. The success and failure of their actions depends on dice rolls. It gives the students an opportunity to engage in socio-emotional skill building, problem solving, and mental math.

 

ICAN Dance - ICAN Dance is part of our after school program at Glasgow.  It’s a developed dance curriculum and approach to encourage students creativity and integrates the use of specialized educational methods, developmental movement, expressive dance, therapeutic interventions, and ballet techniques. Contact Greg Williams, for more information and to see if this might be a program for your child.

To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - February 23

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Glasgow Community:

This past week, there were a number of events that celebrated our Panther Principles of Kindness, Commitment and Safety. On Tuesday and Friday, we celebrated students who are ‘committed’ to their academics and earned All A Honor Roll.

On Tuesday night, we celebrated kindness when Glasgow students, in partnership with the VA STAR hosted their “Bridging the Gap Night,” where students presented refurbished laptop computers to other classmates and their families who are in need of technology at home. Special thanks to John Floyd and Marc Perella for their leadership.

Recently in Panther Time, our students re-committed to safety by partaking in a mid-year Students Rights & Responsibilities refresher lesson and had a lesson on Valentine’s Day about the little ways we can be kind to each other by showing love.  

This week marks 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 for these assessments, ensembles will host “Pre-Assessment Concerts” in the upcoming weeks. The Band Pre-Assessment is this Tuesday, February 25, the Orchestra Pre-Assessment concerts are on March 4 and 5 and the Chorus Pre-Assessment concert is on March 11. All concerts begin at 7:00pm at Justice High School. These concerts are free and open to the public. 

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

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

 

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

Getting Ready for High School

2020-21 Course Registration for Rising 9th Graders - Glasgow Student Services recently met with all 8th graders to register them for next year's courses! After meeting with their counselor, 8th graders should have brought home the course selection sheet for your review. 

Parents are now able to view their student’s course selections in ParentVUE. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide. In order to make changes to course requests, parents of rising 9th graders will need to contact the student services team at Justice HS no later than March 1.

Helpful Links: Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide 

Justice HS Course Catalog for Rising 9th Graders

 

High School Transition Events at Neighboring High Schools

Edison High School - February 25 at 7PM

Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year:  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

 

Civics Lobby Day on March 5 & 6 – Volunteers Needed! - On March 5 and 6, 8th grade students will be doing a presentation of learning about state and local government. They will identify problems in their school, state or local communities and create an advocacy plan in order to lobby a legislator or decision maker about the issue. To give students an authentic audience for this task we are asking community members to volunteer to visit Glasgow for one hour and interact with students. In addition to Glasgow community members, we’d also love to have elected officials volunteer, as well as anyone with a direct connection to public service. Thank you in advance for supporting our students! To sign-up, visit this link. Email Tina Takach at cptakach@fcps.edu with any questions! 

Important Dates

February 24 - A&B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed during PT

February 24 - Hunger Games Officially Begins

February 25 - Pre-Assessment Band Concert, Justice, 7:00pm

February 25 - New Principal Search Meeting, Glasgow, 6:00pm

February 27 - Justice Pyramid Art Show, Justice, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

March 3 - School Planning Day, No School for Students

March 4 - Orchestra Pre-Assessment I, Justice, 7:00pm

March 5 - Orchestra Pre-Assessment II, Justice, 7:00pm

March 10 - PTA Meeting, cancelled

March 10 & 11 - 8th Grade Writing SOL 

March 11 - Chorus Pre-Assessment, Justice, 7:00pm

March 12 - Harlem Wizards, 7:00pm, Justice High School

 

Let the Hunger Games Begin! - February 24 - Our annual service learning project begins this week: the Hunger Games! This is a time when our students learn about the issues of hunger affecting our community and around the world, while also participating in a school-wide spirit contest and canned food drive. The school is broken up into 8 districts and can earn points on Mondays and Fridays during Panther Time for wearing items of the color of their districts and bringing in nonperishable food items. There are also sports competitions where students compete in an after school tournament against other districts to earn  additional points. The two final teams get to show off their skills during a school wide grade level pep rally where all students come together to cheer each other on. T-shirts will be on sale at lunch for $5. Last year we collected over 5000 food items!

 

A & B Honor Roll - February 24 - Certificate Recognition Students who have earned all A’s and B’s on their report card will receive a certificate recognizing their accomplishment from their Panther Time teacher during class on Monday, February 24.

 

New Principal Search - February 25, 6:00pm - An important step in the new principal search is gathering input both in person and written.  All Glasgow Middle School parents, staff, and community members are invited to attend an important meeting on Tuesday, February 25, at 6:00 p.m. at Glasgow Middle School, with Dr. Fabio Zuluaga, Assistant Superintendent for Region 2,  Dr. Brendan Menuey, Executive Principal for Region 2, Dr. Anderson, Mason District School Board member, and members of our Department of Human Resources.  

In addition, individual, written input (preferably via email) regarding the skills, experience, and leadership characteristics needed and/or  any challenges or issues that a new principal will need to address for Glasgow Middle School is also welcomed. Input is confidential and will not be discussed at the meeting.  Please e-mail your ideas to AEHicks@fcps.edu or mail your suggestions to Ashley Hicks in Human Resources, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042-1203 by Monday, March 2.  

 

Upcoming Performing Arts Pre-Assessment Concerts - 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. The adjudicators rate us on our performance and our stage presence. For performing ensembles, this is an opportunity to show the music community what we have learned throughout the year.

All ensembles also present “Pre-Assessment Concerts” to prepare for the big events. Our concerts are all at Justice HS on the following days:

Band Pre-Assessment - Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 PM

Orchestra Pre-Assessment I - Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 PM

Orchestra Pre-Assessment II - Thursday, March 5, 7:00 PM

Chorus Pre-Assessment, Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 PM 

 

Justice Pyramid Art Show - February 27 from 6:00pm-8:00pm - The Justice Pyramid Art Show Opening Night will be held on February 27 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.

 

Harlem Wizards - March 12, 7:00pm - Please join our community at Justice High School on Thursday, March 12, as we come together for an evening of fun and laughter with the Harlem Wizards!  The Wizards will thrill the crowd with slam dunks, athletic tricks and humor appealing to all. Come see your favorite teachers, coaches and staff play against the famous Harlem Wizards! The game begins at 7:00pm and the doors will open at 6:00pm.

Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance using this link. If available, tickets will be sold at the door: Students $15 and General Admission $18.

 

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 6 through 9 grade every Saturday in March. For more information check out the following link: https://www.justicehssports.com/page/3095

Glasgow Goodies

Fairfax Network's "Meet the Author" Lisa McMann Webcast on February 27 - On Feb 27 from 1-1:30pm, Mr. Perella’s 6th period yearbook class will participate in a Meet the Author Webcast.  Lisa McMann is the author of the wildly popular Unwanted and Unwanted Quests series.  On Friday, 2/21 Connor Friedman, Julia Friedman, Sam Morrison, and Peter Nguyen were interviewed by the Fairfax Network about her books. These interviews will be embedded into the live webcast. This show can be seen on Red Apple 21 or online at: https://www.fcps.edu/tv

 

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, Josh Floyd and Greg Williams for their leadership and support of this program.

 

Glasgow Students Selected for Virginia State Middle School Honor Choir - Five of our students from Glasgow were selected for the Virginia State Middle School Honor Choir. Over 1,000 students auditioned and around 350 students were accepted. The singers that will represent Glasgow are: Colt Armstrong, Juliette Jensen, Madeline Jensen, Madison Okada, Gabriela Simmons-Robles. Congrats to our singers and Ms. Lansberry!

 

Justice Pyramid Art Show - The following talented Glasgow students will have their artwork included in the art show at Justice this week. The art show is open February 25-27 from 8am - 3pm in the little theater at Justice High School. Congratulations on all of your hard work. 

6th Grade: Wyatt Hadley, Sumaya Hashimi, Najenyi Dominguez Hernandez, David Banks, Gretchen Hardy, Amy Sunagua-Menese, Aaliya Haque, Ayesha Gulzar, Pilar McKitrick, Ruby Rodriguez, Sereen Mohamed, Layla Lopez-Crespo, Chloe Brown, Kimberly Cruz, Kai Gorman, Leila Meeks,Ihsan Hamid, Charlotte Gilmore

7th: Victoria Bujoreanu, Anjali Murthy, Jack Venus, Bianca Rojas-Quinteros, Ayhem Marwan, Victoria Thang, Gaby Hernandez-Garcia, Colleen Early, Nolan Li, Lily Travis, Lala Jaouhari, Cathy Huang, Ella Duffy, Jasmine Tran, Victoria Thang, Isabel Hibers, Ella Galway, Nadia Siddique, Tess Maloney, Katie Billie, Sasha Wilson, Han Tran

8th Grade: Callie Petit, Nafea Aslam, Marwah Kamawal, Emaan Afzal, Matthew Carlson, Michelle Lazo-Martinez, Stephanie Zheng, Angie Esmail, Helen King

Important Information

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 submit to Mr. Perella in F226 (please put your picture in an envelope with name and Panther Time teacher)or click on the link below.  Please be sure to write a brief description of when and where the picture was taken. The deadline is March 2, 2020. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form: https://forms.gle/d5mimbsdHKLFZxYa6

 

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 (please put your picture in an envelope with name and Panther Time teacher) or click on the link below.

The deadline is March 2, 2020. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form: https://forms.gle/Weyk8wpSh8rDMXh28 or emailed to Mr. Perella: maperella@fcps.edu or maperella@fcpsschools.net.

*Please note, not all pictures will be may be used based on image content, image quality, or size. The yearbook staff will try their best to get all submitted photos into the yearbook.

 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 7th and 8th Graders: Counselors are continuing to meet with 6th and 7th graders in February for academic advising and reviewing course selections. After meeting with their counselor, 6th and 7th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet. 

New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections is ParentVUE when they are entered. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide below.  

NOTE: All course request changes are due by April 17, 2020. 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.

Helpful Links:

Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide 

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 7th Graders

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 8th Graders

 

Attention 8th Graders (rising 9th graders) CPP is Now Recruiting: The College Partnership Program (CPP) assist students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education; explore, apply and enroll in college. CPP offers academic counseling, college visits, assistance with completing college and scholarship applications, monthly meetings, parent education sessions, SAT preparation classes, a summer overnight experience on a college campus, news and information related to colleges and careers via FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) site.

Online application: https://tinyurl.com/CPPapp2020. Students will need to log in to their G Suite account (FCPS Google Apps in Education) to complete the online application. Paper applications are available in Student Services.  Please email Ms. Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu. Deadline is March 18.

 

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

 

Yearbooks on Sale Now! - Parents encouraged to purchase a yearbook today! The cost is $30. You can purchase your yearbook on-line at https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school or bring in cash/check to the office. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu. Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school.

After School Program News

The after-school program is going great! Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

Club Spotlight: Jason Project/X-STEM - Through fun, interactive games, engaging websites, and live interactions with scientists, this club helps increase graduation rates, improve science literacy, and inspire youth to pursue STEM careers. Jason Project/X-STEM meets every Thursday during Academic time. Students can sign up in the cafeteria and meet in Room D224. All 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students are welcome. The next meeting is this Thursday, February 27. If you have any questions about Jason Project/X-STEM club, please contact Anntoinette McEntyre at almcentyre@fcps.edu.

To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - February 17

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Glasgow Community:

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

This week, I had the pleasure of participating in our quarterly classroom walkthroughs. Each quarter, administrators and instructional coaches visit classrooms and gather evidence of student learning and teacher impact. We then work collaboratively with teachers to determine a goal or action in the classroom, that is high-leverage, that will further impact teaching and learning. We then follow-up again with each teacher to provide support and feedback. What I love most about this process is that while we always have room to grow, there is so much to celebrate. Another highlight of our walkthroughs, is when speaking to students, they can clearly articulate what they are learning and why they are learning it. It’s just another example of how we work collaboratively to ensure high levels of learning for all students.  

We had a great turnout at our PTA meeting last Tuesday! Our topic was “Course Selection Roundtable,” and it was an opportunity for families to learn about our upcoming course registration for the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to all the families who were able to come and participate. If you have any further questions about your child’s upcoming course registration, please feel free to reach out to our Student Services team; they are always there to answer questions and provide assistance.

We also held the annual Glasgow Spelling Bee this past Wednesday after school. Congratulations to Sofi Hemmens, who will represent our school at the Fairfax County Spelling Bee later this month. Shout out to our first runner-up Ayesha Gulzar (6th Grade) and second runners-up, Tomas Wayar (7th) and Nadira Ga'al (8th), who finished in a tie. We had over 26 spellers compete - way to go!

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

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

 

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

Getting Ready for High School

2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 9th Graders - Glasgow Student Services is excited to meet with your 8th graders to register them for next year’s courses! Glasgow counselors are meeting with students one-on-one during their Health & Physical Education classes for academic advising and reviewing course selections. After meeting with their counselor, 8th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet for your review. 

New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections in ParentVUE when they are entered. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide.  

In order to make changes to course requests, parents of rising 9th graders will need to contact the student services team at Justice HS no later than March 1.

Helpful Links: Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide 

Justice HS Course Catalog for Rising 9th Graders

 

High School Transition Events at Neighboring High Schools

Edison High School - February 25 at 7PM

Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year:  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

 

Civics Lobby Day on March 5 & 6 – Volunteers Needed! - On March 5 and 6, 8th grade students will be doing a presentation of learning about state and local government. They will identify problems in their school, state or local communities and create an advocacy plan in order to lobby a legislator or decision maker about the issue. To give students an authentic audience for this task we are asking community members to volunteer to visit Glasgow for one hour and interact with students. In addition to Glasgow community members, we’d also love to have elected officials volunteer, as well as anyone with a direct connection to public service. Thank you in advance for supporting our students! To sign-up, visit this link. Email Tina Takach at cptakach@fcps.edu with any questions! 

Important Dates

February 17 - Presidents' Day, No School

February 18 - All “A” Honor Roll Celebration (6th and 7th Grade) during FIT

February 21 - All “A” Honor Roll Celebration (8th Grade) during FIT

February 24 - A&B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed during PT

February 25 - Pre-Assessment Band Concert, Justice, 7:00pm

February 25 - New Principal Search Meeting, Glasgow Middle School, 6:00pm

February 27 - Justice Pyramid Art Show, Justice, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

 

New Principal Search - February 26, 6:00pm - An important step in the new principal search is gathering input both in person and written.  All Glasgow Middle School parents, staff, and community members are invited to attend an important meeting on Tuesday, February 25, at 6:00 p.m. at Glasgow Middle School, with Dr. Fabio Zuluaga, Assistant Superintendent for Region 2,  Dr. Brendan Menuey, Executive Principal for Region 2, Dr. Anderson, Mason District School Board member, and members of our Department of Human Resources.  

In addition, individual, written input (preferably via email) regarding the skills, experience, and leadership characteristics needed and/or  any challenges or issues that a new principal will need to address for Glasgow Middle School is also welcomed. Input is confidential and will not be discussed at the meeting.  Please e-mail your ideas to AEHicks@fcps.edu or mail your suggestions to Ashley Hicks in Human Resources, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042-1203 by Monday, March 2.  

 

Upcoming Performing Arts Pre-Assessment Concerts - 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. The adjudicators rate us on our performance and our stage presence. For performing ensembles, this is an opportunity to show the music community what we have learned throughout the year.

All ensembles also present “Pre-Assessment Concerts” to prepare for the big events. Our concerts are all at Justice HS on the following days:

Band Pre-Assessment - Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 PM

Orchestra Pre-Assessment I - Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 PM

Orchestra Pre-Assessment II - Thursday, March 5, 7:00 PM

Chorus Pre-Assessment, Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 PM 

 

Justice Pyramid Art Show - February 27 from 6-8pm - The Justice Pyramid Art Show Opening Night will be held on February 27 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 6 through 9 grade every Saturday in March. For more information check out the following link: https://www.justicehssports.com/page/3095

Glasgow Goodies

Spelling Bee A Huge Success! - We had 26 spellers--almost twice the number from last year--including a lot of first-time bee participants. This was directly due to the organizational efforts of PTA rep Amina Khan and ESOL teacher Julie Rogers. Ms. Rogers encouraged her English-language learners to participate in the Bee, and Ms. Khan organized the "mock bee" we held last week to support those students and other new participants.

Many thanks to Ms. Stapula (pronouncer), Ms. Mullin and Ms. Bernardo (judges) for giving their time and enery to the Bee. Thanks also to Ms. Madigan, Mr. Williams, the rest of the Glasgow admin team, and the Glasgow PTA for their support.  

Without further ado:  the 2020 Glasgow Spelling Bee Champion is Sofi Hemmens (7th Grade). Sofi will go on to compete in the Fairfax County Bee on March 15. The first runner-up was Ayesha Gulzar (6th Grade); second runners-up were Tomas Wayar (7th) and Nadira Ga'al (8th), who finished in a tie.

The championship word was "diplopia," which is defined as "a disorder of vision in which two images of a single object are seen (as from unequal action of the eye muscles); double-vision."

Spelling Bee Participants: Darwin Landaverde (6th), Nathan Tran (6th), Rudaina Ahmed (8th), Nathan Schwartz (6th), Boisseau Woltz (7th), Sierra Clements (6th), Samuel Clements (8th), Kami Albright (6th), Marieme Ba (6th), Danya Osman (8th), Muaweth Gizaw (6th), Sidi Mouatassim (7th), Sofia Hemmens (7th), Eleni Kapelos (7th), Ayesha Gulzar (6th), Rewan Farag (7th), Tomas Wayar (7th), Jarius Farraj (7th), Ali Siha Faqirzaad (6th), Rashad Rafin (6th), Mohammed Zaku (6th), Maazaa Abdalla (7th), Ruth Abebe (8th), Nadira Ga’al (8th), Abigail Aquino (6th)

Important Information

Update on Internal Cameras: Great news, we have begun the implementation process of internal cameras. Currently we are reviewing the blueprints for the installation of 48 interior cameras at Glasgow. There have been two technicians here all week working on the installation of the wiring. We are hopeful that installation will begin in the next month or two.  Stay tuned for more information as we upgrade our safety and security system at Glasgow.

 

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 submit to Mr. Perella in F226 (please put your picture in an envelope with name and Panther Time teacher)or click on the link below.  Please be sure to write a brief description of when and where the picture was taken. The deadline is March 2, 2020. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form: https://forms.gle/d5mimbsdHKLFZxYa6

 

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 (please put your picture in an envelope with name and Panther Time teacher) or click on the link below.

The deadline is March 2, 2020. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form: https://forms.gle/Weyk8wpSh8rDMXh28 or emailed to Mr. Perella: maperella@fcps.edu or maperella@fcpsschools.net.

*Please note, not all pictures will be may be used based on image content, image quality, or size. The yearbook staff will try their best to get all submitted photos into the yearbook.

 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 7th and 8th Graders: On Monday, February 3 our 6th and 7th graders will learn how to complete their course selection sheet. Counselors will start meeting with 6th and 7th graders in February for academic advising and reviewing course selections. After meeting with their counselor, 6th and 7th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet. 

New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections is ParentVUE when they are entered. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide below.  

NOTE: All course request changes are due by April 17, 2020. 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.

Helpful Links:

Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide 

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 7th Graders

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 8th Graders

 

Attention 8th Graders (rising 9th graders) CPP is Now Recruiting: The College Partnership Program (CPP) assist students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education; explore, apply and enroll in college. CPP offers academic counseling, college visits, assistance with completing college and scholarship applications, monthly meetings, parent education sessions, SAT preparation classes, a summer overnight experience on a college campus, news and information related to colleges and careers via FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) site.

Online application: https://tinyurl.com/CPPapp2020. Students will need to log in to their G Suite account (FCPS Google Apps in Education) to complete the online application. Paper applications are available in Student Services.  Please email Ms. Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu. Deadline is March 18

 

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

 

Yearbooks on Sale Now! - Parents encouraged to purchase a yearbook today! The cost is $30. You can purchase your yearbook on-line at https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school or bring in cash/check to the office. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu. Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school.

After School Program News

The after-school program is going great! Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

Club Spotlight - Glasgow Anime Society - The Glasgow Anime Society is a place where students of all age groups can come and discuss the characters in popular anime series, social issues, and upcoming watching trending series and movies. The club is open to students of all age groups and allows students to show and chat about their love of anime. This is also a place to meet like-minded individuals and cultivate lasting friendships. Even if you are a veteran anime watcher or new to the medium, all are welcome!

To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - February 9

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Glasgow Community:

This weekend, I had the pleasure of watching the Glasgow Unified Basketball Teams compete in the Potomac Unified Basketball Tournament. Glasgow had two teams compete, coached by Keely Norris, Olivia Shank, and Megan Amelio. I love seeing our students striving to be their best both inside and outside the classroom. Everyone played hard and had a great time!

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 playdoh, Valentine’s Day card making, origami, volleyball and basketball! Open Campus is truly a community event, and we could not do it without the support and enthusiasm of our teachers and staff! 

Last week was also National School Counseling Week. We celebrated all of the amazing things that our School Counselors do each day: academic advising, meeting to connect students, families, and staff, hallway and lunch duty, managing 504 plans, facilitating parent-teacher conferences, working to promote social-emotional wellness of students, and making sure students are safe in the school learning environment. We are so lucky to have an incredible school counseling staff at Glasgow. 

Finally, I hope you will join me at our next PTA meeting on Thursday evening at 7:00pm. Greg Frantz, School Counselor, and Joash Chung, Director of Student Services will be leading a course registration roundtable. 

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

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

 

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

Getting Ready for High School

2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 9th Graders - Glasgow Student Services is excited to meet with your 8th graders to register them for next year’s courses! Glasgow counselors are meeting with students one-on-one during their Health & Physical Education classes for academic advising and reviewing course selections. After meeting with their counselor, 8th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet for your review. 

New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections in ParentVUE when they are entered. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide.  

In order to make changes to course requests, parents of rising 9th graders will need to contact the student services team at Justice HS no later than March 1.

Helpful Links: Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide 

Justice HS Course Catalog for Rising 9th Graders

 

High School Transition Events at Neighboring High Schools

Edison High School - February 25 at 7PM

Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year:  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

 

Spelling Bee - Volunteers Needed! - Glasgow's Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, February 12 at 2:30pm in the Library. To make this event a success we need your help! The Bee will run from 2:30 until 4:30pm but we ask that volunteers arrive before 2:15pm to avoid the end of the day parking lot craziness and so that there is time for proper instructions before the students arrive. Sign up here to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow21

 

Civics Lobby Day on March 5 & 6 – Volunteers Needed! - On March 5 and 6, 8th grade students will be doing a presentation of learning about state and local government. They will identify problems in their school, state or local communities and create an advocacy plan in order to lobby a legislator or decision maker about the issue. To give students an authentic audience for this task we are asking community members to volunteer to visit Glasgow for one hour and interact with students. In addition to Glasgow community members, we’d also love to have elected officials volunteer, as well as anyone with a direct connection to public service. Thank you in advance for supporting our students! To sign-up, visit this link. Email Tina Takach at cptakach@fcps.edu with any questions! 

Important Dates

February 11 - PTA Meeting

February 12 - Spelling Bee

February 14 - Lollipop Distribution

February 17 - No School

February 18 - All “A” Honor Roll Celebration (6th and 7th Grade) during FIT

February 21 - All “A” Honor Roll Celebration (8th Grade) during FIT

February 24 - A&B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed during PT

February 25 - Pre-Assessment Band Concert, Justice, 7pm

February 27 - Justice Pyramid Art Show, Justice, 6:00-8:00pm

 

PTA Meeting - February 11: The next Glasgow PTA meeting will be held on February 11 at 7:00pm in the Lecture Hall, please join us for a Course Registration Roundtable with Joash Chung, Director of Student Services, and Greg Frantz, School Counselor. 

 

Spelling Bee - February 12: This year's Glasgow Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, February 12 at 2:30 in the Library. All Glasgow students are invited to participate and no prior registration required! We are thrilled to be anticipating more spellers than ever this year!  Our hope is to wrap up the spelling bee by 4:30pm so that students can ride the late buses home. However in the event that we run over, please be on standby for a call from your student, to provide your own transportation home.

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 at 2020 Spelling Bee Words list as well as the front office; additional study materials can be found at spellingbee.com. There is also a need for three judges for the Bee. If interested, please contact Ben Hemmens at bhemmens@gmail.com.

 

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 6 through 9 grade every Saturday in March. For more information check out the following link: https://www.justicehssports.com/page/3095

Glasgow Goodies

District 10 Honor Choir - This weekend, seventeen chorus students from Glasgow participated in the District 10 Honor Choir. These students were selected based on a blind audition. Over 400 students auditioned and around 150 students were selected. The students participated in a 3 day event, including an all-day rehearsal and concert. Congratulations to the following students: Colt Armstrong, Bridget Barron, Sophia Depasquale, Feben Gebreegziabeher, Kaliyah Graham, Sofia Hemmens, Elias Homer, Jessie Huang, Madeline Jensen, Ketan Kane, Elias Kassa, Mia Korin, Luong Charlene, Gabriela Simmons-Robles, Crystal Tran, Dibora Yilma and Brian Zheng.  

 

Glasgow Unified Basketball Team - Congrats to a job well done at the Potomac Unified Basketball Tournament to both players and coaches.  

Coaches: Keely Norris, Olivia Shank and Megan Amelio

Players: Zachary Ward, Karen Solano, Karla Ascencio-Machado, Natan Tewdros, Keyra Gonzalez-Cortez, Melina Vasquez-Romero, Maynor Pena-Alvarez, Anwen Reed, Miles Stadtler, Ashley Gonzalez, Colleen Cranna, Marianna Arce, Valerie Saravia, Reyan Alam, Gabriela Flores Gonzalez, Adam Syar, Alberto Blaz-Alviez, Asjal Ali, Boisseau Woltz,Claire Brogan, Colin Buckhorn, Drew Schrecker, Mateo Torrico, Mohamed Aziz, Nathaniel Tefera, Nicole Ledezma, Suad Hassan, Timmy Adye, Vanessa Amaya-Hernandez, Yonnis Flores-Diaz

Important Information

Update on Internal Cameras: Great news, we have begun the implementation process of internal cameras.  Currently we are reviewing the blueprints for the installation of 48 interior cameras at Glasgow. There have been two technicians here all week working on the installation of the wiring. We are hopeful that installation will begin in the next month or two.  Stay tuned for more information as we upgrade our safety and security system at Glasgow.

 

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 submit to Mr. Perella in F226 (please put your picture in an envelope with name and Panther Time teacher)or click on the link below.  Please be sure to write a brief description of when and where the picture was taken. The deadline is March 2, 2020. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form: https://forms.gle/d5mimbsdHKLFZxYa6

 

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 (please put your picture in an envelope with name and Panther Time teacher) or click on the link below.

The deadline is March 2, 2020. Pictures can be submitted to this Google form: https://forms.gle/Weyk8wpSh8rDMXh28 or emailed to Mr. Perella: maperella@fcps.edu or maperella@fcpsschools.net.

*Please note, not all pictures will be may be used based on image content, image quality, or size. The yearbook staff will try their best to get all submitted photos into the yearbook.

 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 7th and 8th Graders: On Monday, February 3 our 6th and 7th graders will learn how to complete their course selection sheet. Counselors will start meeting with 6th and 7th graders in February for academic advising and reviewing course selections. After meeting with their counselor, 6th and 7th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet. 

New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections is ParentVUE when they are entered. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide below.  

NOTE: All course request changes are due by April 17, 2020. 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.

Helpful Links:

Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide 

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 7th Graders

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 8th Graders

 

Attention 8th Graders (rising 9th graders) CPP is Now Recruiting: The College Partnership Program (CPP) assist students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education; explore, apply and enroll in college. CPP offers academic counseling, college visits, assistance with completing college and scholarship applications, monthly meetings, parent education sessions, SAT preparation classes, a summer overnight experience on a college campus, news and information related to colleges and careers via FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) site.

Online application: https://tinyurl.com/CPPapp2020. Students will need to log in to their G Suite account (FCPS Google Apps in Education) to complete the online application. Paper applications are available in Student Services.  Please email Ms. Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu. Deadline is March 18

 

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

 

Yearbooks on Sale Now! - Parents encouraged to purchase a yearbook today! The cost is $30. You can purchase your yearbook on-line at https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school or bring in cash/check to the office. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu. Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school.

After School Program News

The after-school program is going great! Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - February 2

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Glasgow Community:

It has been a whirlwind of a week, with the rich conversations that the staff had together on Monday around their reflection and growth from ordinary to super teams, the start of a new semester and the announcement of Shawn’s promotion to principal at Annandale High School.    

I think that Shawn said it best in his letter to the staff last week, “I am proud of the many accomplishments our students and staff have achieved together. Glasgow is a school that is deeply committed to quality classroom instruction, meaningful relationships with students and rich opportunities beyond the classroom. With your support and partnership, we have achieved incredible outcomes for students and I know that the best is yet to come for Glasgow.” I too am proud of all that we have accomplished at Glasgow and am looking forward to continuing the work together and partnering with your families.  

This week, we are excited for our second “Open Campus” of the year. As a reminder, 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 teachers and staff contribute to its success by planning and hosting fun activities.

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

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Getting Ready for High School

2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 9th Graders - Glasgow Student Services is excited to meet with your 8th graders to register them for next year’s courses! Glasgow counselors are meeting with students one-on-one during their Health & Physical Education classes for academic advising and reviewing course selections. After meeting with their counselor, 8th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet for your review. 

New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections in ParentVUE when they are entered. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide.  

In order to make changes to course requests, parents of rising 9th graders will need to contact the student services team at Justice HS no later than March 1.

Helpful Links: Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide 

Justice HS Course Catalog for Rising 9th Graders

 

High School Transition Events at Neighboring High Schools

Edison High School - February 25 at 7PM

Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year:  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

Important Dates

February 3 - Progress Report & Report Card Distribution

February 4 - Lollipop Sales 

February 4, 5, 6 - Open Campus 

February 11 - PTA Meeting

February 12 - Spelling Bee

February 14 - Lollipop Distribution

February 17 - No School

February 18 - All “A” Honor Roll Celebration (6th and 7th Grade) during FIT

February 21 - All “A” Honor Roll Celebration (8th Grade) during FIT

February 24 - A&B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed during PT

 

Report Card Distribution - February 3: Report cards will be distributed on Monday, February 3 through 7th period for students to bring home and share with parents/guardians. Please contact your student’s teacher if you would like to discuss any grading concerns.

 

Lollipop Sales - February 4: There are a limited number of lollipops left after our first 2 sales days. The SGA will be selling the remaining lollipops on Tuesday, February 4th during all lunches. Please let your child know that once the lollipops are gone, sales will cease. Lollipops will be distributed to students during Period 6 on Friday, February 14.

 

PTA Meeting - February 11: The next Glasgow PTA meeting will be held on February 11 at 7:00pm in the Lecture Hall, please join us for a course registration roundtable with Glasgow faculty. 

 

Spelling Bee - February 12: This year's Glasgow Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, February 12 at 2:30 in the Lecture Hall. All Glasgow students are invited to participate and no prior registration required! 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 at 2020 Spelling Bee Words list as well as the front office; additional study materials can be found at spellingbee.com. There is also a need for three judges for the Bee. If interested, please contact Ben Hemmens (bhemmens@gmail.com).

 

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 6 through 9 grade every Saturday in March. For more information check out the following link: https://www.justicehssports.com/page/3095

Glasgow Goodies

Glasgow Represented at All District 10 Band - Glasgow was well represented at the All District 10 Band event this past weekend at Hayfield Secondary with 20 of our students in attendance. These students were accepted through an audition process where they proved to be among the best in district 10 and offered the opportunity to participate in the All District 10 Band event. Students got their music for the first time on Thursday night, and after only 12 hours of rehearsal across 3 days, put on an amazing concert the afternoon of Saturday, February 1st. Please see the attached pictures, and join us in congratulating the following students for their outstanding performance: Noah Popp, Diego Cruz-Coca, Megan Riehm, Arthur Prudius, Sebastian Moya, Daniel Lee, Colleen Early, Sabrina Ehmann-Jones, Lilly Wilson, Ingrid Zurita, Lance Gacono, Samuel Clements, Nolan Li, Christopher Shorter, Luka Mendoza-Felix, Sofia Hemmens, Johnny Nguyen, Sam Brent, Kidus Teshome, Noah Crozier. 

 

Panthers of the Month - The IB Learner Profile that we focused on for our Panthers of the Month was RISK TAKER. Our Panthers of the Month, Aiden Cacchiotti, Rachel Marsh, Brian Victoriano-Solis, Ingri Reyes Monge, Ryan Caughey, and Callie Petit were chosen for approaching unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs! Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees.

 

Mary Johnson Featured on FCPS YouTube Channel - Our very own Mary Johnson, 7th Grade English Teacher is now featured on the FCPS YouTube channel teaching a small group lesson and conferring 1:1 with a student. Take a look at the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq4CgHUR0xw

Important Information

Report Card Distribution - Report cards will be distributed on Monday, February 3 during 7th Period for students to bring home and share with parents/guardians. Please contact your student’s teacher if you would like to discuss any grading concerns.

 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 7th and 8th Graders - On Monday, February 3 our 6th and 7th graders will learn how to complete their course selection sheet. Counselors will start meeting with 6th and 7th graders in February for academic advising and reviewing course selections. After meeting with their counselor, 6th and 7th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet. 

New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections is ParentVUE when they are entered. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide below.  

NOTE: All course request changes are due by April 17, 2020. 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.

Helpful Links:

Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide 

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 7th Graders

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 8th Graders

 

Attention 8th Graders (rising 9th graders) CPP is now recruiting - The College Partnership Program (CPP) assist students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education; explore, apply and enroll in college. CPP offers academic counseling, college visits, assistance with completing college and scholarship applications, monthly meetings, parent education sessions, SAT preparation classes, a summer overnight experience on a college campus, news and information related to colleges and careers via FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) site.

Online application: https://tinyurl.com/CPPapp2020. Students will need to log in to their G Suite account (FCPS Google Apps in Education) to complete the online application. Paper applications are available in Student Services.  Please email Ms. Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu. Deadline is March 18

 

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

 

Yearbooks on Sale Now! - Parents encouraged to purchase a yearbook today! The cost is $30. You can purchase your yearbook on-line at https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school or bring in cash/check to the office. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu. Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school.

After School Program News

The after-school program is going great! Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

Club Spotlight - Panthers United: The purpose of Panthers United is to provide Glasgow students with a safe, fun, and meaningful place to be after school. This club strives to provide students with information, support and resources that are culturally and linguistically appropriate. The club covers topics in the following areas: academics, career readiness and social and emotional support (and MANY more!).

To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

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Glasgow Community, 

It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to share the news about an upcoming leadership transition at Glasgow. After five of the most exciting and rewarding years of my career, I will be leaving Glasgow at the end of this week to become the Principal at Annandale High School. 

In reflecting back over the past five years, I am proud of the many accomplishments our students and staff have achieved together. Glasgow is a school that is deeply committed to quality classroom instruction, meaningful relationships with students and rich opportunities beyond the classroom. With your support and partnership, we have achieved incredible outcomes for students and I know that the best is yet to come for Glasgow. 

While I am very sad to be leaving Glasgow, I do so with great confidence knowing that there is an experienced and knowledgeable leadership team in place to support the transition. I am confident that the Region leadership will identify a leader who will maintain momentum while directing Glasgow’s continued growth and innovation in the future. Most importantly, our staff has created a shared vision for Glasgow’s commitment to our students and families that will continue to drive our next steps as a school. 

The Glasgow community is a special place (just look at the photos below) and I am grateful for the honor of serving as your Principal. I will miss the students and families, and look forward to hearing about the many exciting things yet to come from the Glasgow community. 

Sincerely, 

Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - January 20

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Glasgow Community:

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 Operational Employee, Outstanding Professional Employee and Outstanding Leader. 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 - Kaitlyn Marmarou, Science Teacher
  • Outstanding New Teacher - Megan Radek, Spanish Teacher
  • Outstanding Professional Employee, Emily Boydstun, School Counselor 
  • Outstanding Leader - Katie Madigan, Assistant Principal
  • Outstanding Operational Employee - Gloria Anchundia, Office Assistant

Special thanks in advance to the Glasgow PTA for sponsoring a Salad/Potato Bar next Tuesday,January 28. Our staff is always so appreciative of this event. If you would like to volunteer, see below for more information.

This week, we also hosted our Rising 6th Grade Open House. It is one of my favorite nights of the year as we get a chance to meet our new students and families. This night also gives us a chance to show off our amazing teaching staff and ways that we support our students in their learning in the classroom and their socio-emotional development. As I mentioned at the event, I am also going through this transition as a parent for the first time, so I recognize how daunting this transition may be for our new families. I have included links to all the presentations below. If you continue to have questions about the transition, please feel free to reach out.

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

2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 9th Graders - Glasgow Student Services is excited to meet with your 8th graders to register them for next year’s courses! Glasgow counselors are meeting with students one-on-one during their Health & Physical Education classes for academic advising and reviewing course selections. After meeting with their counselor, 8th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet for your review. 

New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections in ParentVUE when they are entered. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide.  

In order to make changes to course requests, parents of rising 9th graders will need to contact the student services team at Justice HS no later than March 1.

Helpful Links: Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide 

Justice HS Course Catalog for Rising 9th Graders

 

High School Transition Events at Neighboring High Schools

Edison High School - February 25 at 7PM

Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year:  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

 

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 28 (a teacher workday). Sign up to volunteer or donate here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow20

Important Dates

January 21 - Fire Drill

January 24 - 2nd Quarter Ends

January 27 & 28 - Teacher Workdays (No School for Students)

January 31 - Panther Store

February 11 - PTA Meeting

February 12 - Spelling Bee

 

Glasgow Teacher/Staff Lunch - January 28Glasgow PTA requests your support (volunteerism and/or lunch items). Glasgow has the finest teachers and staff--let's show our support--volunteer here

 

Panther Store - January 31: The first Panther Store of the 2020 year is around the corner, and we need your help! As always, we’re looking for volunteers, and we’re looking for some contributions too! Did you receive a small holiday present you don’t need? Hand lotion, a pair of fuzzy socks, a little toy? The store can always use extra prizes. After holidays, like Christmas and Valentine’s Day, is a good time to look for sales on these types of items. Please, no candy at this time! Donations can be sent to the school office care of Michael Pulver and Tess Roper. Volunteer here! Please contact Jen Hitchcock (jenjim24@gmail.com) with questions.

 

PTA Meeting - February 11: The next Glasgow PTA meeting will be held on February 11 at 7pm in the Lecture Hall, please join us for a course registration roundtable with Glasgow Faculty. 

 

Spelling Bee - February 12: This year's Glasgow Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, February 12 at 2:30 in the Lecture Hall. All Glasgow students are invited to participate and no prior registration required! 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 at 2020 Spelling Bee Words list as well as the front office; additional study materials can be found at spellingbee.com. There is also a need for three judges for the Bee. If interested, please contact Ben Hemmens (bhemmens@gmail.com).

 

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 6 through 9 grade every Saturday in March. For more information check out the following link: https://www.justicehssports.com/page/3095

Important Information

Progress Reports & Report Card Distribution - FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Tuesday, January 21-30 during 2nd quarter grading and report card generation. Additionally, the Gradebook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Thursday January 23 at 4:00pm through Saturday, February 1 at 6:00am. 

Report cards will be distributed on Monday, February 3 through Panther Time for students to bring home and share with parents/guardians. Please contact your student’s teacher if you would like to discuss any grading concerns.

 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 7th and 8th Graders - Glasgow’s 6th and 7th graders will learn about choosing their courses in Panther Time on Friday, January 24. In Panther Time on Friday, January 31 they will watch a video to learn about the elective courses available to them next year. On Monday, February 3 our 6th and 7th graders will learn how to complete their course selection sheet. Counselors will start meeting with 6th and 7th graders in February for academic advising and reviewing course selections.  After meeting with their counselor, 6th and 7th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet. 

New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections is ParentVUE when they are entered. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide below.  

NOTE: All course request changes are due by April 17, 2020. 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.

Helpful Links:

Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide 

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 7th Graders

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 8th Graders

 

Rising 6th Grade Open House Presentation - On Thursday, January 16, Glasgow Middle School hosted our annual Rising 6th Grade Open House. We were so excited to meet all our future Panthers and their families! If you were unable to attend, we have a copy of all the presentations from the evening available for you below. If you have any questions about the information provided, please feel free to contact our presenters directly. 

Welcome to Glasgow! - Presenters: Shawn DeRose, Katie Madigan 

Course Requests 101 - Presenter: Joash Chung 

Advanced Academics Program - Presenters: Nonye Oladimeji, Shawn DeRose

Special Education Office - Presenters: Eric Lindner, Lori Lekoski

ESOL Program - Presenters: Sarah Clark, Ilsa Reyes 

Spanish Immersion - Presenter: Lisa Lopez

Panther Time & Flexible Instructional Time - Presenter: Emily Boydstun

Math Course Placement - Presenters: Danielle Griffin, Steve D’Adamo

 

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

 

TJHSST Admissions - Semifinalists Just Announced - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology semifinalists were announced this Friday, January 17 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..

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.

 

Yearbook On-line Store Available - Families who still have not purchased their 2019-2020 yearbook can 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 (please make checks payable to Glasgow MS). The price of the yearbook is only $25, but will increase to $30 the beginning of 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).  Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school.

After School Program News

The after-school program is going great! Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - January 12

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Glasgow Community:

It was exciting to welcome students back after a two-week break. In many ways, the return from winter break is more important than the first day of school when it comes to setting the tone and focus for the remainder of the year. 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.

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. This commitment was clearly evident this week as Glasgow administrators and counselors partnered with Justice staff to promote the high school course selection process. 

While the admin and counseling team were at Justice, along with our rising 9th grade students and their families, had the opportunity to visit classrooms. The event reassured me again that the quality classroom instruction we provide at Glasgow is fully preparing them to be successful in high school.  

This week, Glasgow will be hosting Rising 6th grade Open House on Thursday, January 16 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The event was canceled due to the inclement weather last week. 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. Our hope is that families leave this event excited about all the opportunities your student will have as a Glasgow Panther and prepared to complete the course request form.

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

Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Getting Ready for High School

2020-2021 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! This past week high school counselors met with our 8th graders to discuss topics such as diploma options, elective courses, and differences between general education and honors classes. In Panther Time on Monday, January 13, 8th graders will review this information and complete a practice course selection sheet. Starting this week, Glasgow counselors will be meeting with students one-on-one during their Health & Physical Education classes for academic advising and reviewing course selections. After meeting with their counselor, 8th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet. 

New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections is ParentVUE when they are entered. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide below.  

In order to make changes to course requests, parents of rising 9th graders will need to contact the student services team at Justice HS no later than March 1. 

Helpful Links:

Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide 

Justice HS Course Catalog for Rising 9th Graders

 

High School Transition Events at Neighboring High Schools

Annandale High School - January 15 at 7PM

Edison High School - February 25 at 7PM

Important Dates

This week - Justice HS Presentation to 8th Grade Students

January 13 - Lockdown Drill

January 14 - PTA Meeting

January 16 - Rising 6th Grade Open House

January 20 - MLK Holiday (Closed)

January 24 - 2nd Quarter Ends

January 27 & 28 - Teacher Workdays (No School for Students)

January 31 - Panther Store

February 12 - Spelling Bee

 

Lockdown Drill: January 13 - Glasgow will be conducting the required January lockdown drill on Monday, January 13. A lockdown is necessary to keep students safe when there is a potential threat within the school.

 

Glasgow PTA Meeting: January 14 -The Glasgow PTA is hosting the FCPS Parent Resource Center at this month’s PTA Meeting. The topic will be “Navigating FCPS Special Services” and we will hear from Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham, Director, FCPS Parent Resource Center, Dawn Clements, FCPS Ombudsman for Special Education, Ann-Marie Ward Member of the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities and Jenna White, Fairfax SEPTA (Special Education PTA). This is a special presentation for all Justice Pyramid Families.PTA membership is not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present. We hope to see you there!

Everything you need to know… but didn’t know who to ask!

  • Getting started with special services. 
  • All about acronyms- 2E, IEP, 504 and more.
  • Where to find free workshops, educational materials, lending library and confidential consultations for families.
  • Where to go to resolve concerns, complaints and student-related issues.
  • How to work with other advocates for special education.
  • How to provide input and recommendations related to supports and services.

 

Rising 6th Grade Parent Night at Glasgow Middle School - Rescheduled to January 16: Come to Glasgow Middle School on January 16 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. The goal is for parents to leave this event excited about all the opportunities you will have as a Glasgow Panther and prepared to complete your course request form! If you have any questions, please contact Joash Chung at jhchoung@fcps.edu.

Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening: 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

 

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 6 through 9 grade every Saturday in March. For more information check out the following link: https://www.justicehssports.com/page/3095

Important Information

2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 7th and 8th Graders - Glasgow’s 6th and 7th graders will learn about choosing their courses in Panther Time on Friday, January 24. In Panther Time on Friday, January 31 they will watch a video to learn about the elective courses available to them next year. On Monday, February 3 our 6th and 7th graders will learn how to complete their course selection sheet. Counselors will start meeting with 6th and 7th graders in February for academic advising and reviewing course selections.  After meeting with their counselor, 6th and 7th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet. 

New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections is ParentVUE when they are entered. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide below.  

NOTE: All course request changes are due by April 17, 2020. 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.

Helpful Links:

Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide 

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 7th Graders

Glasgow MS Course Catalog for Rising 8th Graders

 

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

After School Program News

The after-school program is going great! Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

This Week's Spotlight Club: Based on student interest and outreach, Glasgow is sponsoring the Gay Straight Alliance club. The purpose of the club is to provide a safe space for students who identify as LGBTQ+, straight students who support gay rights, students with LGBTQ+ families, and students who don’t have or need a label for their sexual orientation or gender identification. The club provides opportunities to socialize and find support among like-minded peers, educate students on nondiscrimination and harassment policies and procedures, as well as advocate on behalf LGBTQ+ students and issues. 

To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - January 5

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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, including laying new hardwood floors in the living room. Most importantly, the break meant quality time with my family.

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 9 at 6:30PM. See below for additional information.

We are also looking forward to hosting parents of rising 6th graders on Wednesday, January 8 from 6-8PM 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.

Finally, they are calling for inclement weather on Tuesday. This time of year please keep an eye on the weather and possible delays and cancellations. You can learn more about the weather cancellation procedures and sign up for weather schedule alerts here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures.

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

Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Important Dates

January 6 - Staff and Students Return!

January 8 - Rising 6th Grade Open House

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

January 9 - Justice HS Rising 9th Grade Orientation and Curriculum Night (@ Justice HS)

January 20 - MLK Holiday (Closed)

January 24 - 2nd Quarter Ends

January 27 & 28 - Teacher Workdays (No School for Students)

January 31 - Panther Store

 

Rising 6th Grade Parent Night at Glasgow Middle School - January 8: Come to Glasgow Middle School on January 8 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. The goal is for parents to leave this event excited about all the opportunities you will have as a Glasgow Panther and prepared to complete your course request form! If you have any questions, please contact Joash Chung at jhchoung@fcps.edu.

Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening: 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

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! Counselors from Justice High School will be visiting Glasgow 8th graders through their Health and Physical Education classes this week and next. Starting on January 13, counselors will be meeting one-on-one with each student to review course options and complete the online course selection form. 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 Orientation and High School Curriculum Night - January 9: The Justice HS Rising 9th Grade Parent Orientation & Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, January 9. Pre-orientation sessions for special populations will be held at 6:00 pm 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 of all high school grade levels 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 13. 

 

High School Transition Events at Neighboring High Schools

Annandale High School - January 15 at 7PM

Falls Church High School - January 9 at 6:30PM

Edison High School - February 25 at 7PM

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!) 

All District Band Honorees - All District Band is an opportunity for the best band students in Southern Fairfax County, Falls Church and Alexandria to form an ensemble and play some incredible music, that may not be accessible to them in their regular schools. The ensemble will consist of approximately 90 middle school musicians. To make the ensemble students have to take part in a blind audition where they perform scales, a prepared piece and a difficult sight-reading piece, which they only have 30 seconds to look at before they have to perform it. Our band students have been working and preparing for these auditions since August, and the hard work paid off as 19 of our Glasgow students had successful auditions to make the ensemble, with 7 additional students being chosen as alternates.

Please join me in congratulating the following students on making the All-District 10 Band:  Flute: Lance Gacono, Lilly Wilson, Ingrid Zurita; Oboe; Sam Clements*, Clarinet: Colleen Early, Daniel Lee*, Arthur Prudius, Megan Reihm, Sebastian Moya; Bass Clarinet: Diego Cruz-Coca*, Noah Popp; Trumpet: Sam Brent*, Noah Canzoneri, Kidus Teshome; Trombone: Sofia Hemmens, Johnny Nguyen; Euphonium: Sabrina Ehmann-Jones*, Percussion: Christopher Shorter and Luka Mendoza-Felix. Alternates: Eleni Kapelos, Indigo Brookes-Weiss, Kaylyn Avant, Valeria Peterson, Matthew Meagh, Will Peck and Nolan Li.

*Indicates students who were ranked as the best player on their instrument in District 10. The All District 10 Band will rehearse January 30-31 with a Concert at 2:00pm on February 1 at Hayfield Secondary School.

Important Information

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

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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. If you have not done so already, please consider joining the Glasgow PTA. See below for more information.

The winter break is an important time for all of us to rest, rejuvenate and reflect - students and staff alike. Glasgow's Instructional Council developed “Guidelines for Assignments over Break” a number of years ago stating that students should not be required to complete work over school breaks and no assessments are to be administered on the day we return. Therefore, I hope you enjoy and cherish time with friends and family over the next two weeks.

On behalf of the entire Glasgow staff, I wish you a safe and relaxing winter break. We look forward to welcoming back our students on January 6, 2020.

Sincerely,

Shawn P. DeRose, Principal

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Glasgow Community Gazette - December 16

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you are having 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. This ensures quality instruction in every classroom throughout the building.

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 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 student’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!

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Hour of Code Partnership with Accenture

Glasgow Technology classes and our VA STAR After School  Club recently teamed up with Accenture Federal to participate in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code started in 2013 by the non-profit organization, Code.org. The goal of this group is to bring computer science awareness in schools with a concentration on getting female students and underrepresented minorities involved.  Since its inception, the Hour of Code has grown globally by having over tens of millions participate with approximately 50% of them being female. The Hour of Code is an annual event that takes place for an entire week every December. Out technology teachers, Josh Floyd and Marc Perella hope to expand this incredible activity to even more classrooms in December, 2020.

Important Dates

December 16 - A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed

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

December 19 - Panther Store

December 19 - Orchestra Concert, 7pm

January 8 - Rising 6th Grade Open House

January 9 - Justice HS Rising 9th Grade Orientation and Curriculum Night

 

A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed - December 16: 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 2. 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.

 

Rising 6th Grade Parent Night at Glasgow Middle School - January 8: Come to Glasgow Middle School on January 8 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. The goal is for parents to leave this event excited about all the opportunities you will have as a Glasgow Panther and prepared to complete your course request form! If you have any questions, please contact Joash Chung at jhchoung@fcps.edu.

Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening: 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

Getting Ready for High School

Rising 9th Grade Orientation and High School Curriculum Night - January 9: The Justice HS Rising 9th Grade Parent Orientation & Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, January 9. Pre-orientation sessions for special populations will be held at 6:00 pm 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 of all high school grade levels 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 13. 

 

High School Transition Events at Neighboring High Schools

Annandale High School - January 15 at 7PM

Falls Church High School - January 9 at 6:30PM

Edison High School - February 25 at 7PM

Volunteer at Glasgow!

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!)

 

Grab-n-Go Pre-Winter Break Breakfast - December 18: The PTA will provide a Pre-Winter Break breakfast for Glasgow teachers and staff on Wednesday, December 18. Since it’s a school day, we’ll set up the popular grab-n-go format so teachers/staff can pack a bag of goodies to eat whenever they get a chance during the day! We’ll need lots of volunteers and food and beverage donations to make this breakfast possible. Volunteer here

If you are short on time to volunteer or bring a donated item, the PTA would be happy to receive your monetary donation to purchase supplies for this event.

Capital One Coders App Challenge

On Thursday, 14 dedicated students represented Glasgow at the Capital One Coders App Challenge. The students competed against students from three other middle schools. Capital One Coders connects Capital One associates with students to cultivate an interest in computer science. The students have been working with their Capital One mentors for the last ten weeks to develop an app for the competition. The students learned how to develop their own mobile apps using MIT App Inventor. App Inventor allows students to create apps while learning computational thinking - the critical element of developing software. 

The students worked very hard and created some very amazing apps from scratch. Many also one prizes for their apps. Such as, most technical, most user friendly, and most creative. On top of competing against the other schools, the students were given a nice dinner, showered with Capital One swag, and got to meet women’s national soccer team superstar; Kelley O'Hara. Congratulations to our Glasgow Capital One Coders!

Theater Students Visit Synetic Theater

Theater Arts students recently went to see The Snow Queen at the Synetic Theater. This trip provided students an opportunity to learn from professional performers and we’re excited to see how this impacts them in their theater classes at Glasgow. Thanks to Ms. Smits-Beasley and the many parent volunteers for organizing such a great trip and experience for our students!

Important Information

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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