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

Join the Glasgow PTA

The Glasgow Parent Teacher Association (PTA) works closely with Glasgow staff, parents, and our pyramid schools to build a cohesive, informed community. Together, we support quality education and enrichment for our children. And best of all, they have fun doing it.

Membership is only $10. Visit the Glasgow PTA website to join. 

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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.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - December 8

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

I brought my I brought my daughters, Claire and Regan, to see “Dorothy in Wonderland.” on Saturday night. We loved it! It was incredible to see our students’ confidence on the stage. They had us laughing and on the edge of our seats the entire show. Congratulations and a huge thank you to Ms. Smits-Beasley for her incredible support of our theater students! I encourage you to come to the Chorus and Band concerts this upcoming week - it is wonderful to see our students shining outside the classroom.

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

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

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/

Glasgow Goodies

Glasgow History 6 Teachers at Mt. Vernon: History 6 teachers celebrated the season with a special night at Mt. Vernon free of charge. The program took participants back in time to the music of the Constitutional Convention and the late 18th century while making connections to the music of today. Following the program there was a Candlelight tour of the Mansion.

 

November Panthers of the Month: The IB Learner Profile that we focused on this month for our Panther of the Month was “Reflective.” Students who are reflective give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. Our Panthers of the Month, Marko Soliz Galicia, Karla Ponce Munguia, Nico Gruse, Madelin Jurado-Gomez, Adam Fikar, and Antonella O’Higgins-Malina were chosen for their ability to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development! Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees!

 

2019 Scholastic Glasgow Book Fair: Many thanks to Tara Sanz and Theresa Connell, as well as our teachers and parent volunteers, for hosting the 2019 Scholastic Book Fair! This was a great opportunity for students, families, and teachers to browse the bookshelves for new and interesting titles this holiday season.

Important Dates

December 9-11 - Candy Cane Sale

December 9 - All A Honor Roll (6th and 7th Grade)

December 9 - Parent Info Night "Drug Use and Teens" at Justice HS

December 10 - PTA Meeting

December 11 - Winter Chorus Concert, 7pm

December 12 - Winter Band Concert, 6pm

December 13 - All A Honor Roll (8th Grade)

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

 

Candy Cane Sale - Now thru December 11: National Junior Honor Society is selling candy canes now thru Wednesday, December 11 in the cafeteria. Candy canes are $1 each and students must know their friend’s Panther Time teacher! Candy canes will be distributed on December 16 during Panther Time. NJHS will be selling fruit flavored candy canes in addition to the traditional peppermint candy canes. If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Gray at scgray@fcps.edu.

 

Parent Info Night "Drug Use and Teens" at Justice HS - December 9: Justice HS is offering a parent information night about drug use and teens on December 9 from 7-8 p.m. in the Justice High School Auditorium. The event is sponsored by JHS administrators, FCPS substance abuse counselor, and FCPD Crime Prevention Specialist. 

 

All A Honor Roll Celebration – December 9 and 13: Congratulations to those students that have made all A’s Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students for their outstanding commitment with a ceremony during Panther Time. On Monday, December 9, we will recognize 6th and 7th Grade students. On Friday, December 13, we will recognize 8th Grade students. Please note the event is for students only. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu.

 

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.

After School Program News

The after-school program is going great! Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. As we get closer to the Winter Break, the after-school program would like to provide you with the upcoming schedule of programming.

On Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 after-school activities will be limited due to the band and chorus winter concerts.  The ASAP program will continue as planned. If you have any questions 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.

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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Glasgow Community Gazette - December 1

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Glasgow Community:

Happy December! ‘Tis the season to gather and celebrate. Students will have the opportunity to recognize staff members via Panther Cards for Staff beginning on Tuesday during 2nd Period. These notes from students serve as an encouragement and reminder of the many ways our staff members are impacting lives of our students both inside and outside the classroom.

Speaking of impact both inside and outside the classroom… this Wednesday, December 4, principals and other leaders in the county will visit Glasgow to learn about our “Honors for All” approach in Science 7. Kaitlyn Marmarou, our Science 7 lead teacher, will share how her team collaboratively plans and implements high level academic tasks with scaffolds to support all students. The team will also share how they plan student-centered instruction and use data to regularly pull targeted small groups and make other instructional decisions. Our guests will visit classrooms to see instructional implementation and observe how the CT collaborates to plan for instruction.

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

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

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/

Dorothy in Wonderland - December 6 & 7: The worlds of Oz and Wonderland collide in this fun romp, cleverly and carefully adapted from the works of Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll. Dorothy Gale has made her way to the end of the Yellow Brick Road, and to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz or has she? Just as we think the Wizard of Oz is about to help Dorothy get back home to Kansas, she is swept away in another whirlwind with Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion to Wonderland.

Come watch Glasgow's fall play, Dorothy in Wonderland on December 6th at 7:00pm and December 7th at 6:00pm. Tickets are $8.00 and children (5 and under are free) and refreshments will be sold during Intermission.

Important Dates

December 2-6 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 2-11 - Candy Cane Sale

December 6 - Fall Play - “Dorothy in Wonderland” - 7:00pm

December 7 - Fall Play - “Dorothy in Wonderland” - 6:00pm

December 9 - All A Honor Roll (6th and 7th Grade)

December 9 - Parent Info Night "Drug Use and Teens" at Justice HS

December 10 - PTA Meeting

December 11 - Winter Chorus Concert, 7pm

December 12 - Winter Band Concert, 6pm

December 13 - All A Honor Roll (8th Grade)

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 9 - Rising 9th Grade Orientation and High School Curriculum Night

 

Scholastic Winter Book Fair - December 2-6: The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Glasgow Library from November 26 thru December 6. This event will provide a great opportunity for students, families, and teachers to browse the bookshelves for new and interesting titles, and there will be some fun activities and opportunities to win raffle prizes too.If you are interested in volunteering, click here.

 

Candy Cane Sale - December 2-11: National Junior Honor Society is selling candy canes Monday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 11 in the cafeteria. Candy canes are $1 each and students must know their friend’s Panther Time teacher! Candy canes will be distributed on December 16 during Panther Time. NJHS will be selling fruit flavored candy canes in addition to the traditional peppermint candy canes. If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Gray at scgray@fcps.edu.

 

Parent Info Night "Drug Use and Teens" at Justice HS - December 9: Justice HS is offering a parent information night about drug use and teens on December 9 from 7-8 p.m. in the Justice High School Auditorium. The event is sponsored by JHS administrators, FCPS substance abuse counselor, and FCPD Crime Prevention Specialist. 

 

All A Honor Roll Celebration – December 9 and 13: Congratulations to those students that have made all A’s Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students for their outstanding commitment with a ceremony during Panther Time. On Monday, December 9, we will recognize 6th and 7th Grade students. On Friday, December 13, we will recognize 8th Grade students. Please note the event is for students only. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu.

 

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 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. 

Glasgow Goodies

Glasgow Students Selected for District 10 Honors Orchestra: Congratulations to the following students on being accepted into the District 10 Honors Orchestra: Aresema Ata, Amel Benhamouda, Paco Herrera, Amy Telleria, Karli Torres Hinjosa! These students worked very hard to prepare an audition and were accepted based on their preparation, playing ability, and talent. All of these students will be attending the District Honors Orchestra Event at South County High School on January 9-11. They will spend three days working on music with a guest conductor and perform a concert on Saturday, January 11.

 

Nineteen Glasgow Students Named Receive District Chorus Honors: Nineteen students from Glasgow were named to the District 10 Honor Chorus! Congratulations to the following students: Sopranos: Bridget Barron, Sofia Hemmens, Madeline Jensen, Tran Nguyen, Crystal Tran. Altos: Sophia DePasquale, Feben Gebreegziabeher, Kaliyah Graham, Jessie Huang, Mia Korin, Charlene Luong, Gabriela Simmons Robles, Dibora Yilma. Tenors: Colt Armstrong, Elias Homer, Ketan Kane. Basses: Elijah Kassa, Brian Zheng

Volunteer at Glasgow!

Scholastic Winter Book Fair - December 2 thru December 6: The Scholastic Book Fair is here till December 6. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.

 

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.

After School Program News

The after-school program is going great! Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. As we get closer to the Winter Break, the after-school program would like to provide you with the upcoming schedule of programming.

On Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 after-school activities will be limited due to the band and chorus winter concerts.  The ASAP program will continue as planned. If you have any questions 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.

Important Information

Panther Time and Flexible Instructional time (FIT) at Glasgow: Emily Boydstun, Behavior Intervention Coordinator, and Joash Chung, Director of Student Services, presented information about Panther Time and Flexible Instructional Time at our most recent PTA meeting. If you would like to know more about how these classes support our students, please access the presentation slides using this link. 

 

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 Invitational Science Fair 2020: The TJ Mythvestigations Club would like to cordially invite any interested students at your school to participate in our seventh annual Invitational Science Fair. If you are interested, they will be holding an additional interest/brainstorming session for students and parents to learn about the science fair and experimental design basics. It will be at TJHSST in Room 65 on December 6 from 6:00 to 7:00PM. The registration link to the session can be found here. While optional, the session covers helpful information about the science fair process. We will send out further information through email as the date approaches.

Participants in the science fair will complete a research project and prepare a presentation for our science fair on March 21, 2020. Now is the time to register for the event and start work on projects! The final pool of approximately 40 entrants will be chosen first come, first serve from all registrants on January 16. 

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 24

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

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

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

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

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/

Important Information

Panther Time and Flexible Instructional time (FIT) at Glasgow: Emily Boydstun, Behavior Intervention Coordinator, and Joash Chung, Director of Student Services, presented information about Panther Time and Flexible Instructional Time at our most recent PTA meeting. If you would like to know more about how these classes support our students, please access the presentation slides using this link. 

 

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 Invitational Science Fair 2020: The TJ Mythvestigations Club would like to cordially invite any interested students at your school to participate in our seventh annual Invitational Science Fair. If you are interested, they will be holding an additional interest/brainstorming session for students and parents to learn about the science fair and experimental design basics. It will be at TJHSST in Room 65 on December 6 from 6:00 to 7:00PM. The registration link to the session can be found here. While optional, the session covers helpful information about the science fair process. We will send out further information through email as the date approaches.

Participants in the science fair will complete a research project and prepare a presentation for our science fair on March 21, 2020. Now is the time to register for the event and start work on projects! The final pool of approximately 40 entrants will be chosen first come, first serve from all registrants on January 16. 

Volunteer at Glasgow!

Scholastic Winter Book Fair - November 26 thru December 6: The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Glasgow Library from November 26 – December 6. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.

 

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!)

 

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.

Important Dates

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Break

December 2-6 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 2 - A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed

December 2-11 - Candy Cane Sale

December 6 - Fall Play - “Dorothy in Wonderland” - 7:00pm

December 7 - Fall Play - “Dorothy in Wonderland” - 6:00pm

December 9 - All A Honor Roll (6th and 7th Grade)

December 9 - Parent Info Night "Drug Use and Teens" at Justice HS

December 10 - PTA Meeting

December 13 - All A Honor Roll (8th Grade)

January 9 - Rising 9th Grade Orientation and High School Curriculum Night

 

Scholastic Winter Book Fair - December 2-6: The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Glasgow Library from November 26 thru December 6. This event will provide a great opportunity for students, families, and teachers to browse the bookshelves for new and interesting titles, and there will be some fun activities and opportunities to win raffle prizes too.If you are interested in volunteering, click here.

 

Candy Cane Sale - December 2-11: National Junior Honor Society is selling candy canes Monday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 11 in the cafeteria. Candy canes are $1 each and students must know their friend’s Panther Time teacher! Candy canes will be distributed on December 16 during Panther Time. NJHS will be selling fruit flavored candy canes in addition to the traditional peppermint candy canes. If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Gray at scgray@fcps.edu.

 

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

 

Parent Info Night "Drug Use and Teens" at Justice HS - December 9: Justice HS is offering a parent information night about drug use and teens on December 9 from 7-8 p.m. in the Justice High School Auditorium. The event is sponsored by JHS administrators, FCPS substance abuse counselor, and FCPD Crime Prevention Specialist. 

 

All A Honor Roll Celebration – December 9 and 13: Congratulations to those students that have made all A’s Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students for their outstanding commitment with a ceremony during Panther Time. On Monday, December 9, we will recognize 6th and 7th Grade students. On Friday, December 13, we will recognize 8th Grade students. Please note the event is for students only. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu.

 

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. 

Dorothy in Wonderland - December 6 & 7: The worlds of Oz and Wonderland collide in this fun romp, cleverly and carefully adapted from the works of Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll. Dorothy Gale has made her way to the end of the Yellow Brick Road, and to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz or has she? Just as we think the Wizard of Oz is about to help Dorothy get back home to Kansas, she is swept away in another whirlwind with Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion to Wonderland.

Come watch Glasgow's fall play, Dorothy in Wonderland on December 6th at 7:00pm and December 7th at 6:00pm. Tickets are $8.00 and children (5 and under are free) and refreshments will be sold during Intermission.

After School Program News

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

This week we wanted to spotlight "Club Glasgow." Club Glasgow is a chill spot where students are able to unwind, socialize with friends while enjoying music, games and Computer Games. After rigorous day of studying, students are able to relax before heading home for the day.

All after-school activities will be canceled on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26. There will be NO late buses provided for Monday (11/25). Students are expected to report to their normal (2:15pm) bus for dismissal or kiss & ride for parent pick-up. If you have any questions 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.

Congrats PTA Grant Award Winners: Congratulations to the 18 teachers who were awarded a PTA Grant recently. A total of $2,138.18 was awarded for the Fall PTA grants! The school was able to add additional funds to the grant winners so that every winner had their grant fully funded, totaling $3,303.68!

 

Paul Wesley Conducts Special Education and School Culture Training in Antigua: Special Education Teacher, Paul Wesley made his second trip to Antigua on November 4-8 to work with both teachers and administrators. The training included information and discussions on the information and discussions on the types of disabilities that they can expect to encounter, classroom accommodations they can use, how to differentiate lessons, and how to address different types of classroom behavior situations.  

Paul did both classroom observations and used case studies to discuss how different situations can be handled. He also spent a day explaining and discussing Glasgow’s PBIS program. The training was very well received and they are particularly enthusiastic about applying some of our PBIS ideas. A highlight was having school administrators attend the training and he stressed how important it is to have teachers and administrators work together to design, standardize and implement the PBIS program that would work best for their environment and culture. 

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 17

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Glasgow Community:

We had a wonderful “Open Campus” week! I am continually amazed at the enormous amount of teacher logistics and support needed to make this event possible. Special thanks to Tess Roper and Michael Pulver for leading this event, which is a great tradition as it builds community as a school, allows students and staff to find fun ways interact outside our normal routines, and is a way to celebrate all the good behaviors happening around the school. Check out the photos below of Glasgow students enjoying "Open Campus."

With that in mind, please consider nominating a Glasgow staff member(s) for an FCPS Awards. The nomination process is very easy. You just need to include a brief explanation for your nomination to be considered. Thank you for celebrating the amazing work done everyday at Glasgow by highlighting some of our amazing staff members! Nominations are due tomorrow, November 18, and you can contact Keely Norris (kcnorris@fcps.edu) with any questions.

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

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/

FCPS Awards Program - Nominations Due November 18

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

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

Please consider nominating a Glasgow staff member(s) for the categories listed above (you may submit this form more than once, and you do not have to nominate for all categories). You will need to include a brief explanation for your nomination to be considered. Thank you for celebrating the amazing work done everyday at Glasgow by highlighting some of our amazing staff members! Nominations are due by tomorrow, November 18 and you can contact Keely Norris (kcnorris@fcps.edu) with any questions.

To nominate a Glasgow staff member, click the following link: https://forms.gle/Lx1FehxC3EHo3th8A

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

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.

 

TJHSST Invitational Science Fair 2020: The TJ Mythvestigations Club would like to cordially invite any interested students at your school to participate in our seventh annual Invitational Science Fair. If you are interested, they will be holding an additional interest/brainstorming session for students and parents to learn about the science fair and experimental design basics. It will be at TJHSST in Room 65 on December 6 from 6:00 to 7:00PM. The registration link to the session can be found here. While optional, the session covers helpful information about the science fair process. We will send out further information through email as the date approaches.

Participants in the science fair will complete a research project and prepare a presentation for our science fair on March 21, 2020. Now is the time to register for the event and start work on projects! The final pool of approximately 40 entrants will be chosen first come, first serve from all registrants on January 16. 

Volunteer at Glasgow!

Calling ALL Families: Help us Share/Create Career Selfies - November is National Career Development Month, and Glasgow Student Services needs your help! We are looking to highlight careers through our morning news show and our Panther Time lessons throughout the month of November. We need you to participate by sending us a 2-3 minute “selfie style” smartphone video of you at work, explaining your career and the educational pathway for your career (see sample). Please send your video to cspareja@fcps.edu.

 

Thanksgiving Lunch - November 21: Glasgow will be serving our annual Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday, November 21. Parents, if you would like to volunteer during our “Thanksgiving Dinner” Lunch at any or all lunches on November 21, please email Steve D’Adamo at svdadamo@fcps.edu.

 

Volunteer at the Scholastic Winter Book Fair : The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Glasgow Library from November 26 – December 6. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.

Important Dates

November 18 & 19 - Vision and Hearing Screening

November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch

November 22 - Picture Make-up Day

November 27-29 – Thanksgiving Break

December 2-6 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 2 - A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed

December 6 - Fall Play - “Dorothy in Wonderland” - 7:00pm

December 7 - Fall Play - “Dorothy in Wonderland” - 6:00pm

December 9 - All A Honor Roll (6th and 7th Grade)

December 13 - All A Honor Roll (8th Grade)

 

Vision and Hearing Screenings for 7th Grade Students - November 18 & 19: Glasgow will be conducting Vision and Hearing Screenings for 7th Grade Students on November 18 and 19. If your child wears eyeglasses or contact lenses, please ensure they wear or bring them on these days.

 

Picture Make-up Day - November 22: Picture Make-up day is scheduled for Monday, November 22. If you have any questions, please contact Marc Perella at maperella@fcps.edu. Students can have their picture retaken if they meet one of the following requirements:

*The student was absent on the first picture day (October 8 & 9).

*The student enrolled at Glasgow after October 9.

*The student has money to purchase new pictures and has it on November 22.

*There is something wrong (bad hair days or uncool clothes don’t count as “something wrong”) with the picture taken during the first picture day: students MUST return the entire packet in order to have their picture retaken.

 

Scholastic Winter Book Fair - December 2-6: The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Glasgow Library from November 26 (online) thru December 6. This event will provide a great opportunity for students, families, and teachers to browse the bookshelves for new and interesting titles, and there will be some fun activities and opportunities to win raffle prizes too.If you are interested in volunteering, click here.

 

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

 

All A Honor Roll Celebration – December 9 and 13: Congratulations to those students that have made all A’s Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students for their outstanding commitment with a ceremony during Panther Time. On Monday, December 9, we will recognize 6th and 7th Grade students. On Friday, December 13, we will recognize 8th Grade students. Please note the event is for students only. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu.

Dorothy in Wonderland - December 6 & 7: The worlds of Oz and Wonderland collide in this fun romp, cleverly and carefully adapted from the works of Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll. Dorothy Gale has made her way to the end of the Yellow Brick Road, and to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz or has she? Just as we think the Wizard of Oz is about to help Dorothy get back home to Kansas, she is swept away in another whirlwind with Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion to Wonderland.

Come watch Glasgow's fall play, Dorothy in Wonderland on December 6th at 7:00pm and December 7th at 6:00pm. Tickets are $8.00 and children (5 and under are free) and refreshments will be sold during Intermission.

Congratulations Glasgow Singers! Three singers from Glasgow were accepted into the National OAKE Honor Choir, Gabriela Simmons-Robles, Madeline Jensen, and Juliette Jensen. This choir will sing at the National OAKE (Organization of American Kodaly Educators) convention in Portland, Oregon in March. Congratulations to these fantastic singers!!!

After School Program News

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

This week we wanted to spotlight "Panthers United" which is offered on Wednesday’s. The purpose of Panthers United is to provide Glasgow students with a safe, fun, and meaningful place to be after school. Panthers United strives to provide students with information, support and resources that are culturally and linguistically appropriate. Panthers United discusses topics in the following areas: academics, career readiness, social-emotional support (and MANY more!). This club offers students a space to be themselves and have fun!

All after-school activities will be canceled on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26. There will be NO late buses provided for Monday (11/25). Students are expected to report to their normal (2:15pm) bus for dismissal or kiss & ride for parent pick-up. If you have any questions 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.

Celebrate Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusion Night - November 18: Fairfax County Special Education PTA (SEPTA) is celebrating Inclusive Schools Week on Tuesday, November 18 at Luther Jackson Middle School. SEPTA will have resource tables for inclusive activities/events set up for you to browse starting at 6:30. At 7:00pm, we will join the School Board meeting as they recognize Inclusive Schools Week 2019 and take a picture as a group. After that portion of the school board meeting, we will have lightning-round presentations from groups such as SEPTA Special Ed Liaisons, Camelot Buddies, Partners program and more!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 10

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Glasgow Community:

This week, we are excited for our first “Open Campus” of the year. This is a quarterly event that fosters a caring community and inclusively celebrates successful behavior. It works in conjunction with our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Support) program and provides students with the opportunity to attend an activity of their choice for an afternoon, hosted by a teacher or community member. Kids love this event and many of our teachers and staff contribute to its success by planning and hosting fun activities. To learn more about Open Campus, check out this video from a couple of years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmkvkrOS704

Our monthly PTA meeting this week is on Tuesday and will provide an overview of Panther Time and FIT courses. The presentation will give you a sneak peak into an important part of our academic day. Come and learn about the social-emotional learning, extensions and supports that we provide our students each day. 

Report cards will be distributed Thursday, November 14. If you do not receive your student’s report card, please email your student’s counselor or come to the school to request another copy. Parents can also view their student’s report card online through ParentVUE.  

Finally, we have incredibly talented students at Glasgow and in the Justice Pyramid! I am excited to see former Glasgow students in Anything Goes at Justice High School this week. See below for more information about the show and how to purchase tickets. 

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/

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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

FCPS Awards Program - Nominations Now Open

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

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

Please consider nominating a Glasgow staff member(s) for the categories listed above (you may submit this form more than once, and you do not have to nominate for all categories). You will need to include a brief explanation for your nomination to be considered. Thank you for celebrating the amazing work done everyday at Glasgow by highlighting some of our amazing staff members! Nominations are due by November 17 and you can contact Keely Norris (kcnorris@fcps.edu) with any questions.

To nominate a Glasgow staff member, click the following link: https://forms.gle/Lx1FehxC3EHo3th8A

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

Important Information

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

 

Interior Cameras Survey (Final Call): Glasgow Middle School is considering installing internal cameras in high traffic areas. We believe that internal cameras will increase the ability to maintain the safety of all students, staff members, visitors, and families within the building. According to Glasgow’s Family Engagement Survey, 88% of parents said that they agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, “my child feels safe at school.” It is our goal that 100% agree with the statement aforementioned and we believes this is a step in that direction. Cameras will not be installed in areas such as classrooms, restrooms, or locker rooms; and parents will be notified if video has been reviewed regarding their son/daughter. Please click the following link to fill out the survey on the addition of internal cameras: https://forms.gle/4efTPtKTTBKzDABVA

 

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.

Anything Goes at Justice HS 

Justice HS Presents Anything Goes, November 14-16: Justice High School Wolfpack Theatre presents... Anything Goes on November 14-16! Tickets are on sale now. All Glasgow students received a Anything Goes wristband during Panther Time on Friday that will be good for one free treat at the performance.  

Shows details: Thursday, Nov 14 at 7:00pm, Friday, Nov 15 at 7:00pm and Saturday, Nov 16 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

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

School Planning Day: Getting Better Together

Glasgow has had tremendous success over the past few years. There is so much to celebrate as a school and yet there is a next level to our work. Our goal as a school is to continue improve the work of our collaborative teams. We are ready to go from doing the core of collaborative teamwork well, to being a school fueled by super teams! Check out the photos below from the School Planning Day on November 4, where Glasgow staff had a wonderful day of professional learning and development.

Volunteer or Donate to Glasgow!

Calling ALL Families: Help us Share/Create Career Selfies - November is National Career Development Month, and Glasgow Student Services needs your help! We are looking to highlight careers through our morning news show and our Panther Time lessons throughout the month of November. We need you to participate by sending us a 2-3 minute “selfie style” smartphone video of you at work, explaining your career and the educational pathway for your career (see sample). Please send your video to cspareja@fcps.edu.

Important Dates

November 11 - ASAP Begins

November 12 - PTA Meeting

November 14 - Pie Pick-up, 4-7pm

November 18 & 19 - Vision and Hearing Screening

November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch

November 22 - Picture Make-up Day

November 27-29 – Thanksgiving Break

 

After School Academic Program (ASAP) - Begins November 11: Glasgow offers an extended learning opportunity to selected students through our after school program. The After School Academic Support (ASAP) program will provide these students an opportunity to receive dedicated support from their teacher(s) on a specific day or days during the academic portion of our after school program. Parents of students selected for this program received a letter last week. If you have any questions regarding our ASAP Program, please contact Steven McFarlane at swmcfarlane@fcps.edu.

 

PTA Meeting - November 12: The November PTA meeting is this Tuesday, November 12 and will provide an overview of Panther Time and FIT courses. This presentation will give you a sneak peak into an important part of the academic day at Glasgow. Come and learn about the social emotional learning, extensions and supports that we provide your students each day. 

 

Club Volleyball Coming to Glasgow Middle School - November 12: Interested in your 10, 11, or 12 year old girl playing volleyball? Attend an interest meeting on November 12 at 6:00pm at Glasgow to learn more about Starlings, USA. Playing a sport and being part of a team has a wealth of benefits for girls. Consider these statistics:

 * Girls who participate in sports are 92% less likely to get involved with drugs.

 * Girls who participate in sports have a higher level of self esteem.

 * Girls who participate in sports are three times more likely to graduate from high school.

Club sports are expensive, and that puts the experience out of reach for many. Starlings Volleyball, USA was created as a way to make club sports accessible to girls of every socioeconomic background and of every level of play. If you have any questions, please contact Corey Haynes at cehaynes1@fcps.edu.

 

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

 

Vision and Hearing Screenings for 7th Grade Students - November 18 & 19: Glasgow will be conducting Vision and Hearing Screenings for 7th Grade Students on November 18 and 19. If your child wears eyeglasses or contact lenses, please ensure they wear or bring them on these days.

 

Thanksgiving Lunch - November 21: Glasgow will be serving our annual Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday, November 21. Parents, if you would like to volunteer during our “Thanksgiving Dinner” Lunch at any or all lunches on November 21, please email Steve D’Adamo at svdadamo@fcps.edu.

 

UPDATED - Picture Make-up Day - November 22: Picture Make-up day is scheduled for Monday, November 22. Students can have their picture retaken if they meet one of the following requirements:

*The student was absent on the first picture day (October 8 & 9).

(The student enrolled at Glasgow after October 9.

*The student has money to purchase new pictures and has it on November 22.

*There is something wrong (bad hair days or uncool clothes don’t count as “something wrong”) with the picture taken during the first picture day:  students MUST return the entire packet in order to have their picture retaken.

If you have any questions, please contact Marc Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.

After School Program News

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

On Monday, the After School Program offerings will be limited. Students assigned to ASAP and those students who have band or chorus rehearsal should plan on staying after school as scheduled.

In addition, all after-school activities will be canceled on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26. There will be NO late buses provided for Monday (11/25). Students are expected to report to their normal (2:15pm) bus for dismissal or kiss & ride for parent pick-up. If you have any questions 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.

Attendance Matters!

The new school year has been off to a wonderful start. Students are adjusting to their new routines, and routines are such an important part of academic success. In order to support consistent school attendance, please read the following information:

* Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.

* Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.

* Being in school promotes academic and social growth for students as they learn from their peers who become a strong influence for students during their middle school years. Visit FCPS’s attendance site for more information on the importance of school attendance: FCPS Attendance Policies

 

Kiss & Ride: Parents who drop off/pick up their student to school must do so at the main entrance, Door #1. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:00am. Keep in mind that congestion and backup can be significant, causing your student to be late to their class if you drop off your student after 7:15am. School ends at 2:15pm.

 

Report Student Absences: In order for our students to get the most out of their education, students must be in school and on time to class every day. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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

Glasgow Community Gazette - November 3

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you had a great Halloween. On Wednesday, the faculty and staff went “all out” dressing up in costumes. We will be awarding prizes in the following categories: Best Individual, Best Duo/Group, Spookiest, and Most Original. This year, the administrative team dressed up as zoo animals. Check out more photos below and on Twitter.

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

Report cards will be distributed to students during FIT on November 14. Please note that FCPS Weekly Progress Reports generated through SIS will not be sent to parents between now and Friday, November 8 while first quarter grading is completed and report cards are generated. Additionally, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE is closed now through Saturday, November 9 at 6:00AM while teachers work on completing report cards.

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

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

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

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/

Glasgow Halloween 2019 FCPS Awards Program - Nominations Now Open

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

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

Please consider nominating a Glasgow staff member(s) for the categories listed above (you may submit this form more than once, and you do not have to nominate for all categories). You will need to include a brief explanation for your nomination to be considered. Thank you for celebrating the amazing work done everyday at Glasgow by highlighting some of our amazing staff members! Nominations are due by November 17 and you can contact Keely Norris (kcnorris@fcps.edu) with any questions.

To nominate a Glasgow staff member, click the following link: https://forms.gle/Lx1FehxC3EHo3th8A

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

Important Information

Interior Cameras Survey: Glasgow Middle School is considering installing internal cameras in high traffic areas. We believe that internal cameras will increase the ability to maintain the safety of all students, staff members, visitors, and families within the building. According to Glasgow’s Family Engagement Survey, 88% of parents said that they agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, “my child feels safe at school.” It is our goal that 100% agree with the statement aforementioned and we believes this is a step in that direction. Cameras will not be installed in areas such as classrooms, restrooms, or locker rooms; and parents will be notified if video has been reviewed regarding their son/daughter. Please click the following link to fill out the survey on the addition of internal cameras: https://forms.gle/4efTPtKTTBKzDABVA

 

Picture Packet Distribution: Picture packets were distributed in Panther Time this past Friday, November 1. Every student who had a picture taken received a packet with the pictures they paid for or a small packet with a proof. If a family would like to purchase pictures from the first picture day, the family must deal with Lifetouch directly at 1-800-736-4753 (Phone number is also on picture packet envelopes).  We CANNOT accept money for Lifetouch. Also, please contact Lifetouch if there are any issues with your picture order at the number above.

 

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

 

2019 Fairfax County Youth Survey: The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Youth Survey. The results are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. The youth survey will be administered to all 6th and 8th grade students between November 6-15. Information regarding the survey and opt-out forms are available here.

 

Student-Parent Survey For Federal Impact Aid - Past Due: FCPS has asked all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Please return this form as it is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned as soon as possible. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. Learn more by watching this short video - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

 

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

 

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student breakfast and lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

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 come from Phyllis Fagell, a frequent guest in the section, titled "3 Ways to Boost Middle Schoolers' Confidence in Class" that I think is relevant as an educator and parent. Check it out. 

Volunteer or Donate to Glasgow!

Extra Candy Leftover From Halloween?: Please consider donating your leftover candy from Halloween to the Panther Store! Candy is our “cheapest” and most sought after prize and we could always use more! Any donations can be dropped off in the front office labeled Panther Store/Tess Roper. Thanks for helping celebrate our students!

 

National Career Development Month - Selfie Videos Needed - November is National Career Development Month, and Glasgow Student Services needs your help! We are looking to highlight careers through our morning news show and our Panther Time lessons throughout the month of November. We need you to participate by sending us a 2-3 minute “selfie style” smartphone video of you at work, explaining your career and the educational pathway for your career (see sample). Please send your video to cspareja@fcps.edu.

 

Open Campus Donations Needed: At the end of each quarter, Glasgow staff celebrate student achievements with a special event called Open Campus. Students sign up for a fun activity led by staff, giving kids a chance to relax and have some extra fun at school.

Here's how you can help... Teachers have compiled a wish list of items, most of which are  available to purchase online. However, it's not necessary to buy the items that way, the links are provided to let you know what items you are being asked to donate.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084AA4A92DA0FC1-1stquarter

Donations can be sent to school with your student, or you can drop them off. Please mark items "Open Campus" and bring them to the main office. Alternatively, donations purchased online can be mailed to the school:

Tess Roper or Michael Pulver, Glasgow MS, 4101 Fairfax Pkwy, Lincolnia, VA 22312

DONATIONS ARE REQUESTED BY NOVEMBER 4! Please contact Jen Hitchcock with any questions: jenjim24@gmail.com; 703-489-7024. 

Important Dates

November 4 & 5 - Student Holiday

November 6 - World Language Credit Exam

November 7 - FCAG “Know College Sooner” Presentation

November 12 - PTA Meeting

November 18 - Picture Make-up Day

November 18 & 19 - Vision and Hearing Screening

November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch

 

FCAG Presents “Know College Sooner” - November 7: Fairfax County Association for the Gifted is pleased to host Dr. Nancy Levonian of Lives Under Construction on November 7 from 6:30-8:30 at the Burke Library as she compares options for enriching the high school years in preparation for college. Join us as we discuss how to learn college-level material early by self-study, AP resources, college classes in high school, and early college. This program is for middle and high school students and their parents to learn more about options for advanced study. Free and open to the public with advanced registration. Refreshments will be provided. To register send names of the adults and students who will attend to fcagevents@gmail.com.

 

Picture Make-up Day - November 18: Picture Make-up day is scheduled for Monday, November 18. Students can have their picture retaken if they meet one of the following requirements:

*The student was absent on the first picture day (October 8 & 9).

(The student enrolled at Glasgow after October 9.

*The student has money to purchase new pictures and has it on November 18.

*There is something wrong (bad hair days or uncool clothes don’t count as “something wrong”) with the picture taken during the first picture day:  students MUST return the entire packet in order to have their picture retaken.

If you have any questions, please contact Marc Perella at maperella@fcps.edu

 

Vision and Hearing Screenings for 7th Grade Students - November 18 & 19: Glasgow will be conducting Vision and Hearing Screenings for 7th Grade Students on November 18 and 19. If your child wears eyeglasses or contact lenses, please ensure they wear or bring them on these days.

 

Club Volleyball Coming to Glasgow Middle School - November 12: Interested in your 10, 11, or 12 year old girl playing volleyball? Attend an interest meeting on November 12 at 6:00pm at Glasgow to learn more about Starlings, USA. Playing a sport and being part of a team has a wealth of benefits for girls. Consider these statistics:

 * Girls who participate in sports are 92% less likely to get involved with drugs.

 * Girls who participate in sports have a higher level of self esteem.

 * Girls who participate in sports are three times more likely to graduate from high school.

Club sports are expensive, and that puts the experience out of reach for many. Starlings Volleyball, USA was created as a way to make club sports accessible to girls of every socioeconomic background and of every level of play. If you have any questions, please contact Corey Haynes at cehaynes1@fcps.edu.

After School Program News

Glasgow After School Program has begun. 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.

Attendance Matters!

The new school year has been off to a wonderful start. Students are adjusting to their new routines, and routines are such an important part of academic success. In order to support consistent school attendance, please read the following information:

* Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.

* Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.

* Being in school promotes academic and social growth for students as they learn from their peers who become a strong influence for students during their middle school years. Visit FCPS’s attendance site for more information on the importance of school attendance: FCPS Attendance Policies

 

Kiss & Ride: Parents who drop off/pick up their student to school must do so at the main entrance, Door #1. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:00am. Keep in mind that congestion and backup can be significant, causing your student to be late to their class if you drop off your student after 7:15am. School ends at 2:15pm.

 

Report Student Absences: In order for our students to get the most out of their education, students must be in school and on time to class every day. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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

Glasgow Community Gazette - October 27

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather and having a good time with friends and family this weekend. My two daughters and I drove 430+ miles back to Ohio. We spent Friday and Saturday night at Cedar Point riding roller coasters and enjoying “Halloweekend” with my family. During the day on Saturday, I went to the Ohio State-Wisconsin football game with my brother-in-law and his son, who flew in from Long Island.

At Glasgow, we are committed to providing students with the highest quality instruction, every day. We also know that in order to learn at the highest levels, our students need support beyond academics, and so we know our students by name and need socially and emotionally as well. This past week, our Student Services team screened over 500 7th grade students to ensure we are providing the wellness support each one needs to be safe and healthy. This year, we developed a Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) Team to provide resources and support to students who need it in all areas of their school life: academically, socially and emotionally. 

Finally, we are considering to support the safety and security of the building by installing interior cameras in high traffic areas. Before we do, we are asking for your perspective. Please be sure to submit your input via the form below. 

Have a great week and as always, let me know if you have any questions.

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/

Important Information

Interior Cameras Survey: Glasgow Middle School is considering installing internal cameras in high traffic areas. We believe that internal cameras will increase the ability to maintain the safety of all students, staff members, visitors, and families within the building. According to Glasgow’s Family Engagement Survey, 88% of parents said that they agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, “my child feels safe at school.” It is our goal that 100% agree with the statement aforementioned and we believes this is a step in that direction. Cameras will not be installed in areas such as classrooms, restrooms, or locker rooms; and parents will be notified if video has been reviewed regarding their son/daughter. Please click the following link to fill out the survey on the addition of internal cameras: https://forms.gle/4efTPtKTTBKzDABVA

 

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

 

2019 Fairfax County Youth Survey: The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Youth Survey. The results are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. The youth survey will be administered to all 6th and 8th grade students between November 6-15. Information regarding the survey and opt-out forms are available here.

 

Student-Parent Survey For Federal Impact Aid: FCPS has asked all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Please return this form as it is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. Learn more by watching this short video - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

 

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

 

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

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student breakfast and lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

Glasgow Goodies

Panthers of the Month - October: The IB Learner Profile that we focused on this month for our Panther of the Month was Caring. Students who demonstrate caring actively care about others and participate in active service. Our Panthers of the Month, Ethan Mengesha, Diana Prudius, Michael Vela-Rojas, Sofia Cardoza-Flores, Steven Barrera-Herrarte, and Genesis Rivera were chosen for being empathetic, compassionate and respectful towards the needs and feelings of others, and for showing a personal commitment to service by acting to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment! Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees! 

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.

"Your children are the people in this world who you most want to be happy, healthy and successful. And like it or not, your behavior as a parent has a lot to do with it. Here's what researchers say the parents of high-achieving kids do differently." Link: https://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/science-says-most-successful-kids-have-parents-who-do-these-5-things_3.html

Volunteer or Donate to Glasgow!

National Career Development Month - Selfie Videos Needed - November is National Career Development Month, and Glasgow Student Services needs your help! We are looking to highlight careers through our morning news show and our Panther Time lessons throughout the month of November. We need you to participate by sending us a 2-3 minute “selfie style” smartphone video of you at work, explaining your career and the educational pathway for your career (see sample). Please send your video to cspareja@fcps.edu.

 

Open Campus Donations Needed: At the end of each quarter, Glasgow staff celebrate student achievements with a special event called Open Campus. Students sign up for a fun activity led by staff, giving kids a chance to relax and have some extra fun at school.

Here's how you can help... Teachers have compiled a wish list of items, most of which are  available to purchase online. However, it's not necessary to buy the items that way, the links are provided to let you know what items you are being asked to donate.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084AA4A92DA0FC1-1stquarter

Donations can be sent to school with your student, or you can drop them off. Please mark items "Open Campus" and bring them to the main office. Alternatively, donations purchased online can be mailed to the school:

Tess Roper or Michael Pulver, Glasgow MS, 4101 Fairfax Pkwy, Lincolnia, VA 22312

DONATIONS ARE REQUESTED BY NOVEMBER 4! Please contact Jen Hitchcock with any questions: jenjim24@gmail.com; 703-489-7024. 

Important Dates

November 4 & 5 - Student Holiday

November 6 - World Language Credit Exam

November 7 - FCAG “Know College Sooner” Presentation

November 18 & 19 - Vision and Hearing Screening

November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch

 

FCAG Presents “Know College Sooner” - November 7: Fairfax County Association for the Gifted is pleased to host Dr. Nancy Levonian of Lives Under Construction on November 7 from 6:30-8:30 at the Burke Library as she compares options for enriching the high school years in preparation for college. Join us as we discuss how to learn college-level material early by self-study, AP resources, college classes in high school, and early college. This program is for middle and high school students and their parents to learn more about options for advanced study. Free and open to the public with advanced registration. Refreshments will be provided. To register send names of the adults and students who will attend to fcagevents@gmail.com.

 

Vision and Hearing Screenings for 7th Grade Students: Glasgow will be conducting Vision and Hearing Screenings for 7th Grade Students on November 18 and 19. If your child wears eyeglasses or contact lenses, please ensure they wear or bring them on these days.

 

Club Volleyball Coming to Glasgow Middle School: Interested in your 10, 11, or 12 year old girl playing volleyball? Attend an interest meeting on November 12 at 6:00pm at Glasgow to learn more about Starlings, USA. Playing a sport and being part of a team has a wealth of benefits for girls. Consider these statistics:

 * Girls who participate in sports are 92% less likely to get involved with drugs.

 * Girls who participate in sports have a higher level of self esteem.

 * Girls who participate in sports are three times more likely to graduate from high school.

Club sports are expensive, and that puts the experience out of reach for many. Starlings Volleyball, USA was created as a way to make club sports accessible to girls of every socioeconomic background and of every level of play. If you have any questions, please contact Corey Haynes at cehaynes1@fcps.edu.

After School Program News

Glasgow After School Program has begun. 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.

Attendance Matters!

The new school year has been off to a wonderful start. Students are adjusting to their new routines, and routines are such an important part of academic success. In order to support consistent school attendance, please read the following information:

* Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.

* Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.

* Being in school promotes academic and social growth for students as they learn from their peers who become a strong influence for students during their middle school years. Visit FCPS’s attendance site for more information on the importance of school attendance: FCPS Attendance Policies

 

Kiss & Ride: Parents who drop off/pick up their student to school must do so at the main entrance, Door #1. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:00am. Keep in mind that congestion and backup can be significant, causing your student to be late to their class if you drop off your student after 7:15am. School ends at 2:15pm.

 

Report Student Absences: In order for our students to get the most out of their education, students must be in school and on time to class every day. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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

Glasgow Community Gazette - October 20

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Glasgow Community:

During Monday’s School Planning Day, our professional development focused on the collaborative work of our (teacher) teams. At Glasgow, collaboration means 1) recognizing we can’t do it alone 2) making our thinking visible to each other 3) inviting different perspectives and 4) changing our approach, based on input. Our success as a school over the past few years has been because of our teams’ ability to get better at working together and our goal is to “level up” and take our collaboration to another level this year. I am inspired by our success and for what the future holds at Glasgow because of our teachers’ ability to work together at the highest of levels.

On Tuesday evening, Glasgow faculty and admin provided parents an overview of our assessment practices and grading policies. If you weren’t able to attend, here is a link to the presentation titled, “Grading at Glasgow - An IBMYP Approach”. If you have any questions about your student’s grades, please contact your student’s teacher. Link - http://bit.ly/2CVot5y

The Performing Arts Department was also on display this past week as the Glasgow Orchestra and Chorus hosted their fall concerts at Justice High School. Shout out to Ms. Ray and Touzinsky (Orchestra), Ms. Lansberry (Chorus) and performing arts students for amazing performances. The Glasgow Band fall concert is on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:00pm at Glasgow and is free for all to attend.

The PTA hosted International Night on Thursday, which provided the school community the opportunity to come together to celebrate our diversity.  It was a fun evening of sharing food together and connecting school staff with parents. It is one of my favorite nights, as I love seeing all of our families and the pride we all take in our own cultures and our collective Glasgow community.  

Finally, on Friday, Justice Pyramid Principals came together at Glasgow Middle School for our monthly meeting. During the meeting, we had the opportunity to visit 6th grade classrooms. It is so cool to see the smiles of our students’ faces when their elementary school principal enters their classroom at Glasgow.  Check out some of the photos below.

Have a great week and as always, let me know if you have any questions.

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/

Important Information

2019 Fairfax County Youth Survey: The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Youth Survey. The results are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. The youth survey will be administered to all 6th and 8th grade students between November 6-15. Information regarding the survey and opt-out forms are available here.

 

Student-Parent Survey For Federal Impact Aid: FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. Learn more by watching this short video - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

 

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

 

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

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student breakfast and lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

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 the New York Times is about "How to Help Teenagers Keep Track of Their Stuff." Check it out.

Volunteer at Glasgow!

National Career Development Month - Selfie Videos Needed - November is National Career Development Month, and Glasgow Student Services needs your help! We are looking to highlight careers through our morning news show and our Panther Time lessons throughout the month of November. We need you to participate by sending us a 2-3 minute “selfie style” smartphone video of you at work, explaining your career and the educational pathway for your career (see sample). Please send your video to cspareja@fcps.edu.

Important Dates

October 22 - FCPS ACSD Meet and Greet

October 23 - Fall Band Concert

November 1 - End of the 1st Quarter

November 4 & 5 - Student Holiday

November 6 - World Language Credit Exam

November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch

 

FCPS Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) Meet and Greet - October 22: The FCPS Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is holding a Meet and Greet for families, staff, and community members to learn how we advise the school board and superintendent about needs for special education in FCPS. The Meet and Greet will be held on Tuesday, October 22 from 7-9 pm at Luther Jackson MS in Falls Church. Staff from the FCPS Office of Special Services will be present to introduce themselves as well. All families, staff, and community members are welcome. 

 

Credit for World Language Exam - November 6: Glasgow will host the World Credit Exam on Wednesday, November 6 at 8:00am in the lecture hall. The exam is designed to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn one or two credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma.

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6th, 7th and 8th. Twenty-nine languages will be included:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 4 p.m. Students must meet with their school counselors to register. Late registrations will not be accepted. Please see information on the credit exam website or contact Irania Escalante, school counselor, at ivescalante@fcps.edu, for questions or more information.

After School Program News

Glasgow After School Program has begun. 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.

 

Glasgow Chess Club by DMV Chess: Is your student interested in learning the game of Chess? Are they a critical thinker and like strategy? Then have your student join Glasgow Chess Club. Novice players will learn the rules of the game, the value of each piece, game strategy and principles and patterns for checkmating. 

Chess teaches logical thinking, improved attention span, planning and academic achievement. Chess Club will operate one day per week. Fees for instruction would be $15.00 per student per session. For more information, please contact Greg Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

Attendance Matters!

The new school year has been off to a wonderful start. Students are adjusting to their new routines, and routines are such an important part of academic success. In order to support consistent school attendance, please read the following information:

* Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.

* Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.

* Being in school promotes academic and social growth for students as they learn from their peers who become a strong influence for students during their middle school years. Visit FCPS’s attendance site for more information on the importance of school attendance: FCPS Attendance Policies

 

Kiss & Ride: Parents who drop off/pick up their student to school must do so at the main entrance, Door #1. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:00am. Keep in mind that congestion and backup can be significant, causing your student to be late to their class if you drop off your student after 7:15am. School ends at 2:15pm.

 

Report Student Absences: In order for our students to get the most out of their education, students must be in school and on time to class every day. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - October 13

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Glasgow Community:

What an amazing week at Glasgow! On Thursday, author R.J. Palacio visited to speak with students, sign books, and host an assembly for our 6th graders. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, students learned about her new book, White Bird: A Wonder Story. 

White Bird is an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war. She spoke about our Panther Principle of kindness, and reminded students, “if you have the opportunity to be right or be kind, be kind.” After the event, Ms. Palacio shared with me how impressed she was by the quality and thoughtfulness of the students' questions.

Check out photos from the event courtesy of Anne-Marie Ward here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/6LCzYyVSwVT7P57c9

On Tuesday, October 15, in partnership with the Glasgow PTA, we will be hosting a Parent Grading Workshop. The event will begin at 7:00pm and will provide parents an overview of our assessment practices and grading policies at Glasgow Middle School. In addition, we will also review a sample grade card and answer any questions to ensure you have a clear understanding of the IBMYP criteria for all subject areas. Here is a link to outlining Glasgow’s “Grading Practices.” Link: http://bit.ly/2zW4pNT

Have a great week and as always, let me know if you have any questions.

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/

Important Information

TJHSST After School Prep Program: Glasgow will be offering an after school TJ prep program for interested 8th grade students. This program is designed to help your child get ready for the upcoming TJ test that will be held November 9. TJ Prep sessions will be available for students during academic time after school. Please refer to the after school website to check the time and location of the sessions. If you have any further questions please contact, Glasgow TJ Liaison Counselor Greg Frantz at gdfrantz@fcps.edu.

 

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

 

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

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student breakfast and lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

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, we feature an article from The Atlantic, "Why is Middle So Hard for So Many People?" In the article, it outlines what we say often to our staff... "Tweenhood is torturous, and tending to those in the midst of it can be excruciating and embarrassing: Tweens will make lots of mistakes, and they’ll learn from them, and still make more mistakes after that. Yet those mistakes—and the growth that follows—are precisely what give middle school its meaning." 

Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/10/why-middle-school-and-preteens-are-so-challenging/599542/

Volunteer at Glasgow!

International Potluck - October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm: Glasgow will be hosting an International Potluck on October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm. This event is free for the Glasgow Community! Sign up to bring food to share or volunteer at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-international1

Important Dates

October 14 - School Planning Day (Student Holiday)

October 15 - Fall Orchestra Concert (at Justice HS)

October 15 - PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop, 7pm

October 16 - Fall Chorus Concert (at Justice HS)

October 17, 6:30-8:00pm - International Potluck

October 23 - Fall Band Concert

November 1 - End of the 1st Quarter

November 4 - School Planning Day (Student Holiday)

November 6 - World Language Credit Exam

 

PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop - October 15: Mark your calendar for the next Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00pm. After a brief PTA meeting and Principal's Report, the special program for the evening will be a Parent Grading Workshop. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. PTA membership is not required. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.  

 

Credit for World Language Exam - November 6: Glasgow will host the World Credit Exam on Wednesday, November 6 at 8:00am in the lecture hall. The exam is designed to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn one or two credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma.

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6th, 7th and 8th. Twenty-nine languages will be included:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 4 p.m. Students must meet with their school counselors to register. Late registrations will not be accepted. Please see information on the credit exam website or contact Irania Escalante, school counselor, at ivescalante@fcps.edu, for questions or more information.

After School Program News

Glasgow After School Program has begun. 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.

 

Glasgow Chess Club by DMV Chess: Is your student interested in learning the game of Chess? Are they a critical thinker and like strategy? Then have your student join Glasgow Chess Club. Novice players will learn the rules of the game, the value of each piece, game strategy and principles and patterns for checkmating. 

Chess teaches logical thinking, improved attention span, planning and academic achievement. Chess Club will operate one day per week. Fees for instruction would be $15.00 per student per session. For more information, please contact Greg Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

Attendance Matters!

The new school year has been off to a wonderful start. Students are adjusting to their new routines, and routines are such an important part of academic success. In order to support consistent school attendance, please read the following information:

* Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.

* Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.

* Being in school promotes academic and social growth for students as they learn from their peers who become a strong influence for students during their middle school years. Visit FCPS’s attendance site for more information on the importance of school attendance: FCPS Attendance Policies

 

Kiss & Ride: Parents who drop off/pick up their student to school must do so at the main entrance, Door #1. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:00am. Keep in mind that congestion and backup can be significant, causing your student to be late to their class if you drop off your student after 7:15am. School ends at 2:15pm.

 

Report Student Absences: In order for our students to get the most out of their education, students must be in school and on time to class every day. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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

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