Glasgow Community Gazette - August 11

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Glasgow Community:

It was great to see many of our students and parents this past week at our Jump Start program, Parent Coffee and the Justice Pyramid Resource Fair. Special thanks to Katelyn Charbounneu, Anntoinette McEntyre, Olivia Shank, Keely Norris and Dezzarae Crosler for leading the Jump Start program, Katie Madigan for leading Monday’s Parent Coffee and the Admin Team for assisting with the Resource Fair.

This Friday, August 16, marks the official return to school for teachers. However, many of our teachers and staff members have been attending school and county-wide professional development throughout the summer. I have said it numerous times that “students learn best in schools that learn.” Glasgow’s entire staff is committed to “lifelong learning” and because of their dedication, we continue to improve each and every year as a school.

As parents, we can also make the same commitment. As summer comes to an end, now is the time to get prepared for the upcoming school year. Here is an article from Healthy Minds, a collaborative project between FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, that includes a number of strategies to help your student make a successful transition back to school. Link: https://www.fcps.edu/blog/tips-making-successful-transition-back-school

Finally, if you have not done so already, please mark your calendars for our 6th Grade Orientation and Open House happening on Thursday, August 22. 6th grade parents, please plan on arriving at 12:45. All remaining families are invited into the building beginning at 3:30 for our Open House.

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/

Employment Opportunities

Glasgow Middle School is seeking applications for a Library Aide. For more information, check out the following link. Interested candidates should email their resume to Mary Geary at mkgeary@fcps.edu.

Important Information

Students Schedules Available in SIS August 22  - Student schedules will be available in SIS StudentVue and SIS ParentVue on Thursday, August 22 at 6:00am. For more information about obtaining a ParentVue account, please click here to access support on the FCPS website. Please note that an “activation key” is required to activate a ParentVue account. If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Baires at jebaires@fcps.edu

In addition, On Thursday, August 22, 6th grade students can pick up a hard copy of their schedule at Orientation and 7th and 8th grade student schedules will be printed on-demand at Open House.

 

Transportation to and from Glasgow - Bus Riders: All students are strongly encouraged to take the bus to and from school each day. FCPS Transportation consists of a team of dedicated routing, safety, and administrative specialists combined with a host of drivers and attendants that work together to maintain a high level of service for students and parents.

Prior to the start of school, FCPS transportation will contact each parent via eNotify to inform you of your child’s bus number, and where to meet the bus. Please remember the first few weeks of school can be very hectic as morning routines are re-established, so students should allow adequate time to catch the bus. Bus drivers will often need to get their routes down and make necessary adjustments to schedules to arrive at school on time, so students are encouraged to arrive at their bus stop at least 10 minutes before their scheduled arrival time. By arriving early, it will help alleviate the stress of students missing the bus.

On the first day of school, students will watch a presentation on “How to Find Your Bus” during Panther Time. We have a large white board outside of Door 3 where students can check the bus line up order each day. There will be plenty of staff on hand to ensure that all students know which bus to take home and where their bus is located at dismissal during the first few days of school. Afternoon buses will be held longer at Glasgow this week in order for students to become familiar with catching their bus ride.

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.

 

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

 

Physical Education (PE) Uniforms - PE Uniforms will be available for purchase at 6th Grade Orientation and Open House on August 22.  In addition, parents can purchase PE Uniforms via the MySchoolBucks app. If you have any questions about PE uniforms, please contact Michael Pulver at mapulver@fcps.edu.

 

School Supply List Now Available - There are a few supplies every Glasgow student will need for the upcoming school year. You can find the list on our website: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/academics/school-supply-list

Get Ready for High School!

Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program: August 12 or 13 - Justice High School will be offering a Rising 9th Grade Transition Program on both August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Vandawalker at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu or (703) 824-3900.

The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google Form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8

Important Dates

Now Through August 23 - Free Meals this Summer

August 12 or 13 - Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program at Justice

August 20 - PTA Packet Stuffing Day 

August 22 - PTA Sponsored Welcome Back Breakfast for Teachers/Staff

August 22 - 6th Grade Orientation (12:45PM) and Open House (3:30PM)

August 26 - First Day of Classes 2019

October 3, 6:00-8:00 PM - Back to School Night 2019

 

Free Meals this Summer: Now through August 27 - Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do we! The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting the 2019 FEEDS (Food for Every child to Eat During Summer) program at various locations across Fairfax County this summer. This USDA-funded program is FREE to all children 18 years. Adult lunches at BBQ sites are available for purchase. There is no registration involved, and everyone is welcome!  If you are in the neighborhood, please feel free to stop by and check it out. This program runs Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 1:00. See flyer for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/pdf/FEEDS-Flyer-2019-English.pdf 

 

PTA Packet Stuffing Day: August 20 - Every year, the PTA supports the school by helping prepare the packets which all students receive.  This year, we'll be stuffing 1900 packets, so we need your help! It's a great opportunity for middle- and high-school students to earn community service hours, as well. Give an hour or more; every bit helps. Interested volunteers please email glasgowmspta.activities@gmail.com.

 

PTA Staff Breakfast Event: August 22 - Help us welcome the teachers back in style! The PTA welcome-back breakfast will be on Thursday, August 24. We need donations of food and beverages, and volunteers to help that morning.  Sign up here!

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

Reference and Reminders

Important Immunization Requirement for Incoming 7th Grade Students - Seventh grade students cannot begin school in September without documentation of having had the Tdap booster. Parents or guardians should ask their private health care provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. A signed and dated immunization record from the physician stating that your child has received this immunization will be required. You may send in your documentation now to your school's registrar, to ensure that he or she meets this requirement before the first day of school in the fall.

Students can receive immunizations required for school at any Fairfax County Health Department immunization clinic. Information about health department clinic locations and hours can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics

 

Keep Up with the PTA This Summer - The PTA greatly appreciates all the volunteers and support from this past year. We stay active in the summer as well, participating in the annual Justice Pyramid Resource Fair and planning for the new year, so look for updates on the PTA listserv (to join the listserv, send a request to us at www.glasgowms.pta@gmail.com). You can get your 2019-20 membership in place on our website, http://www.glasgowpta.org. The back-to-school packet will contain lots of information about new opportunities next year, and we will send out a signup for people to help stuff the packets for the whole school community! 

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 4

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you had a great week and were able to take advantage of the amazing weather this weekend. I spent Saturday at Go Ape with Regan (9) and Jack (5) while my wife took Claire (11) back to school shopping. 

On Wednesday, members of the administrative team attended the FCPS Leadership Conference, where Dr. Brabrand shared his “Theory of Action” which includes “creating a welcoming and culturally responsive environment.” Specifically, FCPS will achieve this goal by “building shared responsibility among schools and families to engage in meaningful ways to support students' learning and development.”

When reflecting on his keynote, I am very proud of the work we have been doing and what we have been able to accomplish over the past four years at Glasgow, specifically around this goal of creating a welcoming and culturally responsive environment. Below are results of the 2019 Family Engagement survey that directly relate to this goal (Parents who agree or strongly agree):

  • 94% - This school welcomes families of different backgrounds and cultures. 
  • 92% - I feel welcome at my child’s school.
  • 91% - My child connects to and trusts at least one caring adult at the school.

If we are going to continue to improve as a school, your support and involvement is essential. Here are just a few examples of how to get involved today!  

Finally, I want to encourage you to attend and/or support the Justice Pyramid Resource Fair this Thursday, August 8 from 1:00-4:00PM at Justice High School. The fair is intended to get students excited about the start of the school year and to insure that they are prepared for success in school. Plans include school supply distribution, as well as, many other resources such as haircuts, medical screenings, vision/hearing screenings, and resource booths staffed by community and program agencies. This video will give you an idea of what it was like if you missed it: https://vimeo.com/142014376 or check out the website at http://www.JusticePyramidFair.org/

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/

Student Schedules

Student schedules will be available online in SIS StudentVue and ParentVue on Thursday, August 22. For more information about obtaining a ParentVue account, please click here to access support on the FCPS website. Please note that an “activation key” is required to activate a ParentVue account. If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Baires at jebaires@fcps.edu.

Summer at Glasgow Update

We are looking forward to hosting 6th grade students at our FREE Jump Start program on August 5-6 and 7-8. The Jump Start Program will be taught by Dezzarae Crosler, Anntoinette McIntyre, Keely Norris, and Olivia Shank. The goal of the program is to alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School. If you have not signed up your student yet for Jump Start, visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykgTDoCK2S2FYrFF8.

This past week, 8th grade Jump Start leaders took part in a two day training with Ms. Charbonneau and other Glasgow staff members that focused on team building exercises and activities that will help incoming 6th graders feel more comfortable about the transition to Glasgow. These 8th grade leaders will mentor a group of 6th graders through these activities during the Jump Start program and throughout the school year. This group of 8th graders demonstrated true leadership and what it means to be a Glasgow Panther (they also had a ton of fun)! If you have any questions, please contact Shona Person at sdperson@fcps.edu.

Get Ready for High School!

Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program: August 12 or 13 - Justice High School will be offering a Rising 9th Grade Transition Program on both August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Vandawalker (Assistant Principal at Justice HS) at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu or (703) 824-3900.

The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google Form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8

Justice HS Fall Sports Season Begins This Week!

Glasgow encourages parents of rising 9th grade students that the fall sports season begins this week. Students who participate in athletics in high school perform better academically than their peers.

Monday, August 5th

Cheerleading - 2:00-5:30pm in Aux Gym

Cross Country - 3:00pm on Track

Field Hockey - 2:30-6:00pm on Baseball Field

Football - All levels meet at 2:00pm - Freshmen: 4-6pm, JV/Varsity: 4-6 and 7-9 on Football Field

Golf - Boys: 2:00pm, Girls: 3:30pm at Pinecrest

Volleyball - All Levels: 800-11:00am in Main Gym

 

Head Coaches Contact List - Please contact individual coaches with specific questions.

Cheerleading - Deborah O'Rourke - dworourke@fcps.edu 

Cross Country - Ron Kronlage - rkronlage@fcps.edu 

Field Hockey - Stefanie Vestal - slvestal@fcps.edu 

Football - Greg Weisbecker - gpweisbecker@fcps.edu  

Golf - Ryan Kenna - rhkenna@fcps.edu

Volleyball - Sharon Ponton - sponton@fcps.edu 

Important Dates

Now Through August 23 - Free Meals this Summer

August 5 and 7 - New Student Parent Coffee

August 8 - Justice Pyramid Resource Fair

August 12 or 13 - Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program at Justice

August 20 - PTA Packet Stuffing Day 

August 22 - PTA Sponsored Welcome Back Breakfast for Teachers/Staff

August 22 - 6th Grade Orientation (12:45PM) and Open House (3:30PM)

August 26 - First Day of Classes 2019

October 3, 6:00-8:00 PM - Back to School Night 2019

 

Free Meals this Summer: Now through August 27 - Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do we! The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting the 2019 FEEDS (Food for Every child to Eat During Summer) program at various locations across Fairfax County this summer. This USDA-funded program is FREE to all children 18 years. Adult lunches at BBQ sites are available for purchase. There is no registration involved, and everyone is welcome!  If you are in the neighborhood, please feel free to stop by and check it out. This program runs Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 1:00. See flyer for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/pdf/FEEDS-Flyer-2019-English.pdf 

 

New Student Parent Coffee: August 5 and 7 - After dropping your student off at our FREE Jump Start Program, join the Glasgow Admin for coffee on August 5 or August 7 at 8:15am. Katie Madigan will lead the session on August 5 and Shawn DeRose will lead the session on August 7. During both sessions, we can answer questions you may have about the transition to Glasgow Middle School. Email Shawn DeRose, Principal at spderose@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

Justice Pyramid Resource Fair: August 8 - The Justice Pyramid Resource Fair is scheduled on August 8 at Justice High School and we are expecting 4,000 students and family members to attend to gather free school supplies, get free haircuts, pick up free books, and get free eye exams, as well as access numerous county related services. This video will give you an idea of what it was like if you missed it https://vimeo.com/142014376 or check out the website at www.justicepyramidfair.org

 

PTA Packet Stuffing Day: August 20 - Every year, the PTA supports the school by helping prepare the packets which all students receive.  This year, we'll be stuffing 1900 packets, so we need your help! It's a great opportunity for middle- and high-school students to earn community service hours, as well. Give an hour or more; every bit helps. Interested volunteers please email glasgowmspta.activities@gmail.com.

 

PTA Staff Breakfast Event: August 22 - Help us welcome the teachers back in style! The PTA welcome-back breakfast will be on Thursday, August 24. We need donations of food and beverages, and volunteers to help that morning.  Sign up here!

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

Important Information

Important Immunization Requirement for Incoming 7th Grade Students - Seventh grade students cannot begin school in September without documentation of having had the Tdap booster. Parents or guardians should ask their private health care provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. A signed and dated immunization record from the physician stating that your child has received this immunization will be required. You may send in your documentation now to your school's registrar, to ensure that he or she meets this requirement before the first day of school in the fall.

Students can receive immunizations required for school at any Fairfax County Health Department immunization clinic. Information about health department clinic locations and hours can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics

 

Keep Up with the PTA This Summer - The PTA greatly appreciates all the volunteers and support from this past year. We stay active in the summer as well, participating in the annual Justice Pyramid Resource Fair and planning for the new year, so look for updates on the PTA listserv (to join the listserv, send a request to us at www.glasgowms.pta@gmail.com). You can get your 2019-20 membership in place on our website, http://www.glasgowpta.org. The back-to-school packet will contain lots of information about new opportunities next year, and we will send out a signup for people to help stuff the packets for the whole school community! 

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - July 28

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Glasgow Community

I hope you are having a great week. I just wanted to remind parents of rising 6th grade students that we will host two Jump Start sessions on August 5 & 6 and August 7 & 8. 

The Jump Start Program will be taught by Dezzarae Crosler, Anntoinette McIntyre, Keely Norris, and Olivia Shank. The goal of the program is to alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School. If you have not signed up your student yet for Jump Start, visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykgTDoCK2S2FYrFF8.

In addition, I want to encourage parents of rising 9th grade students that the fall sports season begins the first week of August. Students who participate in athletics in high school perform better academically than their peers. Moreover, Justice High School is offering a Rising 9th Grade Transition Program on both August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8.

See other important information below as you prepare for the start of the 2019-20 school year.  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/

Employment Opportunities

Due to recent promotions, Glasgow Middle School is seeking applications for an office assistant in Student Services and the Special Education Office. For more information, check out the following link. Interested candidates should email their resume to Mary Geary at mkgeary@fcps.edu

Summer at Glasgow Update

Several exciting things have happened in the building over the past few weeks. First, our Young Scholars from all of our feeder schools, closed out their three-week science expedition where they created roller coasters and vehicles to travel in unique terrains. Thank you, Michael Pulver, Shanice Roddey and Tess Roper who worked hard to make the experience meaningful for our rising 6th graders. A special thanks go to the parents and staff. The students appreciated your support as they presented their inventions.

This past week, Algebra Boot Camp also closed out their session. Over 65 students spent four days brushing up on their algebra skills to better prepare them for the upcoming school year. Thank you, Danielle Plourde, Lauren Weimken and Allison Menard for your expertise and your passion for math.

Our final summer program is Jump Start, is rapidly approaching. We are looking forward to hosting over 100 6th grade students on August 5-6 and again on August 7-8. Katelyn Charbonneau, Dezzarae Crosler, Anntoinette McIntyre, Keely Norris, and Olivia Shank will lead this program. The Jump Start program is designed to help alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School. If you have not signed up your student yet for Jump Start, visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykgTDoCK2S2FYrFF8. If you have any questions, please contact Shona Person at sdperson@fcps.edu.

Finally, in case you missed out on the summer fun, we will be hosting a New Student Parent Coffee to assist parents with the transition to Glasgow. The first event will take place on Monday, August 5, from 8:15-9:15 AM, and the other on Wednesday, August 7, from 8:15-9:15 AM.  We hope to see you there.

Get Ready for High School!

Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program: August 12 or 13 - Justice High School will be offering a Rising 9th Grade Transition Program on both August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Vandawalker (Assistant Principal at Justice HS) at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu or (703) 824-3900.

The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google Form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8

Justice HS Fall Sports Season Begins Soon!

Thursday August 1st

Golf - 3:30pm at Top Golf Alexandria

Monday, August 5th

Cheerleading - 2:00-5:30pm in Aux Gym

Cross Country - 3:00pm on Track

Field Hockey - 2:30-6:00pm on Baseball Field

Football - All levels meet at 2:00pm - Freshmen: 4-6pm, JV/Varsity: 4-6 and 7-9 on Football Field

Golf - Boys: 2:00pm, Girls: 3:30pm at Pinecrest

Volleyball - All Levels: 800-11:00am in Main Gym

 

Head Coaches Contact List - Please contact individual coaches with specific questions.

Cheerleading - Deborah O'Rourke - dworourke@fcps.edu 

Cross Country - Ron Kronlage - rkronlage@fcps.edu 

Field Hockey - Stefanie Vestal - slvestal@fcps.edu 

Football - Greg Weisbecker - gpweisbecker@fcps.edu  

Golf - Ryan Kenna - rhkenna@fcps.edu

Volleyball - Sharon Ponton - sponton@fcps.edu 

Important Dates

Now Through August 23 - Free Meals this Summer

August 5 and 7 - New Student Parent Coffee

August 8 - Justice Pyramid Resource Fair

August 12 or 13 - Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program at Justice

August 20 - PTA Packet Stuffing Day 

August 22 - PTA Sponsored Welcome Back Breakfast for Teachers/Staff

August 22 - 6th Grade Orientation (12:45PM) and Open House (3:30PM)

August 26 - First Day of Classes 2019

October 3, 6:00-8:00 PM - Back to School Night 2019

 

Free Meals this Summer: Now through August 27 - Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do we! The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting the 2019 FEEDS (Food for Every child to Eat During Summer) program at various locations across Fairfax County this summer. This USDA-funded program is FREE to all children 18 years. Adult lunches at BBQ sites are available for purchase. There is no registration involved, and everyone is welcome!  If you are in the neighborhood, please feel free to stop by and check it out. This program runs Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 1:00. See flyer for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/pdf/FEEDS-Flyer-2019-English.pdf 

 

New Student Parent Coffee: August 5 and 7 - After dropping your student off at our FREE Jump Start Program, join the Glasgow Admin for coffee on August 5 or August 7 at 8:15am. Katie Madigan will lead the session on August 5 and Shawn DeRose will lead the session on August 7. During both sessions, we can answer questions you may have about the transition to Glasgow Middle School. Email Shawn DeRose, Principal at spderose@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

Justice Pyramid Resource Fair: August 8 - The Justice Pyramid Resource Fair is scheduled on August 8 at Justice High School and we are expecting 4,000 students and family members to attend to gather free school supplies, get free haircuts, pick up free books, and get free eye exams, as well as access numerous county related services.  This video will give you an idea of what it was like if you missed it. https://vimeo.com/142014376 or check out the website at www.justicepyramidfair.org

 

PTA Packet Stuffing Day: August 20 - Every year, the PTA supports the school by helping prepare the packets which all students receive.  This year, we'll be stuffing 1900 packets, so we need your help! It's a great opportunity for middle- and high-school students to earn community service hours, as well. Give an hour or more; every bit helps. Sign-up coming soon!

 

PTA Staff Breakfast Event: August 22 - Help us welcome the teachers back in style! The PTA welcome-back breakfast will be on Thursday, August 24. We need donations of food and beverages, and volunteers to help that morning.  Sign up coming soon!

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: Teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

Important Information

Important Immunization Requirement for Incoming 7th Grade Students - Seventh grade students cannot begin school in September without documentation of having had the Tdap booster. Parents or guardians should ask their private health care provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. A signed and dated immunization record from the physician stating that your child has received this immunization will be required. You may send in your documentation now to your school's registrar, to ensure that he or she meets this requirement before the first day of school in the fall.

Students can receive immunizations required for school at any Fairfax County Health Department immunization clinic. Information about health department clinic locations and hours can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics

 

Keep Up with the PTA This Summer - The PTA greatly appreciates all the volunteers and support from this past year. We stay active in the summer as well, participating in the annual Justice Pyramid Resource Fair and planning for the new year, so look for updates on the PTA listserv (to join the listserv, send a request to us at www.glasgowms.pta@gmail.com). You can get your 2019-20 membership in place on our website, http://www.glasgowpta.org. The back-to-school packet will contain lots of information about new opportunities next year, and we will send out a signup for people to help stuff the packets for the whole school community! 

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year

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Glasgow Community

I hope you are having a great summer! Over the 4th of July, my family and I spent time in Ohio, enjoying roller coasters, the beach and the lake. It was a wonderful way to enjoy time together. 

This past week, I traveled to Boston for the National Principals Conference with members of the Glasgow Admin Team, including Steve D’Adamo, Kristy Ritchie, Steven McFarlane, Emily Castor and Joash Chung. Along with Sarah Beck, we presented a session titled “Beyond Whack-a-Mole: Using Systems Thinking to Solve Persistent Problems”. It was rewarding to share our story and the way we intentionally work together as a school community to keep getting better in support of students. 

When reflecting on our presentation at the conference, and networking with administrators from across the country, it reinforced my belief that students learn in schools that learn. Glasgow is definitely a place where everybody in the building learns. I feel proud about the progress we have made at Glasgow and, as I have said many times, what I enjoy most is “the process.” That improvement is a lifelong journey not a destination. With that in mind, I am excited for the upcoming school year and all that we can accomplish together.

The building is open and active this summer, especially for our rising 6th grade students to prepare students for their transition to Glasgow Middle School.  The Young Scholars Program is in full swing through July 26 and we will be offering an Algebra Boot Camp July 22-25. In addition, we will host two Jump Start sessions on August 5 & 6 and August 7 & 8. Check out the “Summer at Glasgow Update” below. Thank you to Shona Person for serving as the Summer School Administrator this year.

I am looking forward to seeing your student(s) soon. Enjoy the time with your child(ren) over the summer and 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/

Summer at Glasgow Update

There has been a number of exciting things happening in the building over the past few weeks and we are looking forward to more students (and parents) attending one of our many programs designed to support our students this upcoming school year. On July 8, we welcomed over 50 Young Scholars’ students to our summer program taught by Michael Pulver, Shanice Roddey and Tess Roper. Special thanks to Shona Person for leading this program this year.  

We have 65 students set to attend an Algebra Boot Camp taught by Danielle Plourde, Lauren Weimken and Allison Menard, which will begin on Monday, July 22. On the following Monday, August 5, from 8:15-9:15 AM, we will be hosting a New Student Parent Coffee to assist parents with the transition to Glasgow. We will be hosting another Parent Coffee on Wednesday, August 7, from 8:15-9:15 AM.

Finally, we are looking forward to hosting over 100 6th grade students at our FREE Jump Start program on August 5-6 and 7-8. The Jump Start Program will be taught by Dezzarae Crosler, Anntoinette McIntyre, Keely Norris, and Olivia Shank. The goal of the program is to alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School.  

If you have not signed up your student yet for Jump Start, visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykgTDoCK2S2FYrFF8. If you have any questions, please contact Shona Person at sdperson@fcps.edu.

Important Dates

Now Through August 23 - Free Meals this Summer

July 27 - Great Assembly for the Justice Pyramid Resource Fair

August 5 and 7 - New Student Parent Coffee

August 8 - Justice Pyramid Resource Fair

August 12 or 13 - Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program at Justice

August 20 - PTA Packet Stuffing Day 

August 22 - PTA Sponsored Welcome Back Breakfast for Teachers/Staff

August 22 - 6th Grade Orientation (12:45PM) and Open House (3:30PM)

August 26 - First Day of Classes 2019

October 3, 6:00-8:00 PM - Back to School Night 2019

 

Free Meals this Summer: Now through August 27 - Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do we! The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting the 2019 FEEDS (Food for Every child to Eat During Summer) program at various locations across Fairfax County this summer. This USDA-funded program is FREE to all children 18 years. Adult lunches at BBQ sites are available for purchase. There is no registration involved, and everyone is welcome!  If you are in the neighborhood, please feel free to stop by and check it out. This program runs Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 1:00. See flyer for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/pdf/FEEDS-Flyer-2019-English.pdf 

 

The Great Assembly for the Justice Pyramid Resource Fair: July 27 - Join the Justice Pyramid Back to School Resource Fair organizers as we assemble 2,300 school supply kits for distribution to students in the Justice Pyramid, including Glasgow Middle School on July 27. Sign up using the following link: http://www.justicepyramidfair.org/volunteer-now.html.  

The Justice Pyramid Resource Fair is scheduled on August 8 at Justice High School and we are expecting 4,000 students and family members to attend to gather free school supplies, get free haircuts, pick up free books, and get free eye exams, as well as access numerous county related services.  This video will give you an idea of what it was like if you missed it. https://vimeo.com/142014376 or check out the website at www.justicepyramidfair.org

 

New Student Parent Coffee: August 5 and 7 - After dropping your student off at our FREE Jump Start Program, join the Glasgow Admin for coffee on August 5 or August 7 at 8:15am. We will be available to answer questions you may have about the transition to Glasgow Middle School. Email Shawn DeRose, Principal at spderose@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

Justice Pyramid Resource Fair: August 8 - The Justice Pyramid Resource Fair is scheduled on August 8 at Justice High School and we are expecting 4,000 students and family members to attend to gather free school supplies, get free haircuts, pick up free books, and get free eye exams, as well as access numerous county related services.  This video will give you an idea of what it was like if you missed it. https://vimeo.com/142014376 or check out the website at www.justicepyramidfair.org

 

PTA Packet Stuffing Day: August 20 - Every year, the PTA supports the school by helping prepare the packets which all students receive.  This year, we'll be stuffing 1900 packets, so we need your help! It's a great opportunity for middle- and high-school students to earn community service hours, as well. Give an hour or more; every bit helps. Sign-up coming soon!

 

PTA Staff Breakfast Event: August 22 - Help us welcome the teachers back in style! The PTA welcome-back breakfast will be on Thursday, August 24. We need donations of food and beverages, and volunteers to help that morning.  Sign up coming soon!

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: Teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

Important Information

Important Immunization Requirement for Incoming 7th Grade Students - Seventh grade students cannot begin school in September without documentation of having had the Tdap booster. Parents or guardians should ask their private health care provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. A signed and dated immunization record from the physician stating that your child has received this immunization will be required. You may send in your documentation now to your school's registrar, to ensure that he or she meets this requirement before the first day of school in the fall.

Students can receive immunizations required for school at any Fairfax County Health Department immunization clinic. Information about health department clinic locations and hours can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics

 

Keep Up with the PTA This Summer - The PTA greatly appreciates all the volunteers and support from this past year. We stay active in the summer as well, participating in the annual Justice Pyramid Resource Fair and planning for the new year, so look for updates on the PTA listserv (to join the listserv, send a request to us at www.glasgowms.pta@gmail.com). You can get your 2019-20 membership in place on our website, http://www.glasgowpta.org. The back-to-school packet will contain lots of information about new opportunities next year, and we will send out a signup for people to help stuff the packets for the whole school community! 

Get Ready for High School!

Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program: August 12 or 13 - Justice High School will be offering a Rising 9th Grade Transition Program on both August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Vandawalker (Assistant Principal at Justice HS) at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu or (703) 824-3900.

The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google Form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8

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Glasgow Community Gazette - End of the 2018-19 School Year

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Glasgow Community:

Glasgow Middle school is “a perfect representation of a top notch public education.” That was the email I received after PBS Education selected Glasgow from schools across the country to film short video scenes and photographs of students this past week learning and engaging with their peers and their teachers in the classroom setting. The imagery will be used to promote PBS KIDS, its programming, mission and educational properties.

This year has been a tremendous success. Based upon our recent SOL scores, we continue to perform at the highest level and are fully accredited by all measures and in all subject areas. Even more important than our pass rates, however, is the way we continue to grow as a professional learning community.

More than any other topic, walkthroughs and personalized PD were mentioned as celebrations on the end of year staff survey. Reading through teacher reflections, it is clear why our students achieved at the highest levels: our staff was dedicated to improving instruction through evidence, feedback and reflection. Below, you will find some examples of the thoughtful reflections our teachers shared on their personalized PD plans this year. I hope you find them as inspiring and exciting as I do.

As our vision states, we are “inspired by our success” and we continue to reflect on ways we can improve. On Friday, we held our Glasgow Leadership Retreat with all Collaborative Team (CT) Leads, Subject Area Leads, Instructional Coaches and Administrators. We spent the day reflecting on the past school year and planning for the 2019-20 school year. I was so impressed by the depth of conversation we had as a group and I know this time will be valuable as we continue to grow and improve as a school.

Take time this summer to relax and rejuvenate with loved ones. I will keep you updated periodically throughout the summer via the Gazette, and we will see you on August 22 at 6th Grade Orientation or Open House for 7th and 8th graders.

Thank you for your support all year long!

Shawn DeRose, Principal


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

Teacher Reflections on the 2018-19 School Year

“As a result of the walkthroughs and observations, I feel I have grown in my ability to pinpoint students’ areas of need and then take purposeful action to fill those gaps in knowledge. I am more conscious of how precious our time is with our most needy students and am thinking of more ways to use our class time in the best possible way to meet the needs of our students. - English Teacher

“As a result of the walkthroughs and observations, I feel I have grown in my ability to pinpoint students’ areas of need and then take purposeful action to fill those gaps in knowledge.” - English Teacher

“It has made me continuously mindful of not only purposeful talk with partner work, but also holding students accountable for the work and pushing them to explain their thinking and reasoning.” - Math Teacher

“The walkthroughs have pushed me to reflect on the level of differentiation I use when I plan my lessons. I have become more comfortable creating and using scaffolds and more intentional in my small group lesson planning to meet the needs of each student.” - Math Teacher

“I’m starting to look for trends in my students answers more so that I can target my instruction more. I am also finding ways to structure my classroom such that I can pull small groups of students to work with them on individual areas of need. I think this aligns nicely to our school wide goal of knowing each and every student by need.” - Science Teacher

“I am more purposeful when I ask students to participate. I make sure students explain their thinking so they, and their peers, can benefit with a deeper level of thinking.” - Individuals and Society Teacher

“My teaching has definitely changed this year for the better.  I have incorporated so much of what students prefer within the scope of the lessons and projects that are assigned.  I have been giving them a voice in what they learn within the scope of my planning for the year and seen the benefits.” - Arts and Design Teacher

“I’m more actively finding ways to engage the students in their own learning and teaching and finding new ways to have the students take more ownership of their own learning.  I feel like I’ve increased my strategy tool box this year quite a bit and am happy with the progress I’ve made in the classroom.” - Arts and Design Teacher

Important Dates

June 10 - SOL Score Reports Distributed to Students

Week of June 17 - Report Cards Mailed Home

August 26 - First Day of School for Students

 

SOL Score Reports Distributed to Students: June 10 - Students received their SOL scores in one comprehensive report on June 10 during Period 7.

 

SIS Grade Reports/Report Cards: Mailed Week of June 17 - The Gradebook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will close Friday, June 21 at 4:00 p.m. Report cards will be sent the week of June 17th.

 

2019-20 School Year to Start on August 26 - Be sure to note that the first day of school for the 2019-20 school year will be Monday, August 26. Other notable dates include Labor Day break, August 30-September 2; Thanksgiving break, November 27-29; Winter break, December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020; Spring Break, April 6-10, 2020; and the last day of school, June 12, 2020. See the 2019-20 school year calendar

Get Ready for High School!

Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program: August 12 or 13 - Justice High School will be offering a Rising 9th Grade Transition Program on both August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Vandawalker (Assistant Principal at Justice HS) at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu or (703) 824-3900.

The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google Form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8

Opportunities

Glasgow's Vegetable Garden, Volunteers Needed - Do you have a green thumb? It doesn't matter because anyone can help maintain Glasgow's vegetable garden over the summer, and eat anything that is ready to pick while you're there! Please contact Mary Geary at mkgeary@fcps.edu,  if you think you can help. Here's the signup, with more information: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-help4

 

Keep Up with the PTA This Summer - The PTA greatly appreciates all the volunteers and support from this past year. We stay active in the summer as well, participating in the annual Justice Pyramid Resource Fair and planning for the new year, so look for updates on the PTA listserv (to join the listserv, send a request to us at www.glasgowms.pta@gmail.com).

After July 1, you can get your 2019-20 membership in place on our website, http://www.glasgowpta.org. The back-to-school packet will contain lots of information about new opportunities next year, and we will send out a signup for people to help stuff the packets for the whole school community!  

Glasgow Goodies

Glasgow Staff Recognized at FCPS Honors! - Congrats to Jayme Harris, who was recognized at the FCPS Honors events this past week for being named Region 2 Outstanding School-Based Support Employee of the Year. Here is an excerpt from her nomination packet: There are few individuals who have such a deep and lasting impact on the lives of Glasgow students as Jayme Harris. As an alum of the Justice HS pyramid, Jayme draws upon her own experiences to connect with and motivate Glasgow students in a way that is truly outstanding. She builds exceptionally strong relationships with all students, and especially those who tend to have the least trust in adults. Through her calm, caring and humorous personality, she makes everyone around her feel comfortable. By telling her story, she draws students out and learns about their lives and interests. Jayme is truly a role model for the students, which allows her to set high expectations for them.

Congrats to Shawn DeRose, who was also recognized at the FCPS Honors events this past week for being named Region 2 Outstanding Principal of the Year.

Important Information for Rising 6th Graders

Glasgow Middle School will be hosting a FREE Jump Start program for rising 6th graders to prepare them for their transition to middle school. Students can attend one of the two sessions offered this summer. Session one runs August 5 & 6, and session two runs August 7 & 8, both sessions will be held from 8am–12pm. Students will get acclimated to their new school through a variety of activities.

Students will have a chance to meet and interact with their new peers, tour the building and classrooms, as well as ask other important questions they may have before school begins. Jump Start is designed to alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School.  

Register TODAY for this free program: http://bit.ly/2ZSclKK.  If you have any questions, please contact Shona Person at sdperson@fcps.edu.

 

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS

 

New Student Parent Coffee: August 5 and 7 - After dropping your student off at our FREE Jump Start Program, join Shawn DeRose, Principal, for coffee on August 5 or August 7 at 8:15am. We will be available to answer questions you may have about the transition to Glasgow Middle School. Email Sarah Beck, Director of Student Services at sjbeck@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: Teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - June 9

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Glasgow Community:

It is hard to believe, but this week marks the last week of school. The last day will be this Thursday, June 13 and students will be released from school at 11:15 (three hours early).

On Friday, the admin team and I chaperoned the 8th grade dance along with many other parents and faculty members. It was a wonderful event. Thanks to the SGA and parent volunteers, the cafeteria was completely transformed into a tropical themed getaway with a photo booth, balloon arch, and candy table. The slideshow was a highlight, and getting to see photos of our 8th graders over the last three years reminded us all just how far they have come during their time with us. It was special to see them dressed up, enjoying each other, and celebrating all their accomplishments over the last three years. You can check out photos from the dance on my twitter handle: @ShawnDeRose.

After five very full weeks, SOL testing concluded last Friday. From proctoring to remediating, every staff member in the building contributed to this significant undertaking. Now that all SOL testing is complete, SOL score reports will be distributed to students during Period 7 to take home on Monday, June 10. Teachers will be sharing scores privately and one-on-one with students. In addition, 

These final days of school are a time for us to celebrate with our students and to help them look forward into the future with yearbooks, and field day activities throughout the week. It is also a great time for staff, students and parents to reflect back on the year and say goodbye as we head into the summer.

Thank you for your support all year long!

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

June 10 - SOL Score Reports Distributed to Students

June 12 - Field Day (Weather Permitting)

June 13 - Last Day of School, 3 HR Early Release

 

SOL Score Reports Distributed to Students: June 10 - Students will receive their SOL scores in one comprehensive report on June 10 during Period 7. Teachers will discuss scores with students until after score reports have been distributed. As always, please let us know if you have any questions.

 

Academic and Career Plan: Now through June 12 - Student Services, in collaboration with the 7th grade English and Social Studies teams, and the 8th grade English and Civics teams, will be facilitating academic and career lessons from June 3 to June 12. These plans are started in middle school and follow the students throughout high school. This work supports the development of the FCPS portrait of a graduate attributes. Student will be working on strengths & career surveys, resume builders, and course plans for high school.

 

Yearbook Distribution: June 11 - Yearbooks will be distributed during Period 2 on Tuesday, June 11.  Mr. Perella WILL NOT collect money on Monday or Tuesday. If you would still like to purchase a yearbook, please send $30 cash or a check made payable to Glasgow Middle School on Wednesday, June 12.  The sales will be on a first come, first serve basis. We currently have less than 30 yearbooks remaining. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.

 

Field Day: June 12 - Field day is a great way to end the school year by celebrating all of our success! We have many fun activities for our students including a dunk tank, sporting events and concessions. Students should come dressed for activity!

Get Ready for High School!

Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program: August 12 or 13 - Justice High School will be offering a Rising 9th Grade Transition Program on both August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Vandawalker (Assistant Principal at Justice HS) at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu or (703) 824-3900.

The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google Form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8

Opportunities

Glasgow's Vegetable Garden, Volunteers Needed - Do you have a green thumb?   It doesn't matter, because anyone can help maintain Glasgow's vegetable garden over the summer, and eat anything that is ready to pick while you're there!  Please contact Mr. Wiygul, Glasgow Science teacher (jpwiygul@fcps.edu), right away if you think you can help. Here's the signup, with more information: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-help4

 

Keep Up with the PTA This Summer - The PTA greatly appreciates all the volunteers and support from this past year. We stay active in the summer as well, participating in the annual Justice Pyramid Resource Fair and planning for the new year, so look for updates on the PTA listserv (to join the listserv, send a request to us at www.glasgowms.pta@gmail.com).

After July 1, you can get your 2019-20 membership in place on our website, http://www.glasgowpta.org. The back-to-school packet will contain lots of information about new opportunities next year, and we will send out a signup for people to help stuff the packets for the whole school community!  

Glasgow Goodies

Congrats End of Year Student Award Winners! - Congratulations of all of our grade level award winners.  Shoutout to our 8th grade award winners: President’s Award: Elisabeth Bellem; Ellen Glasgow Award: Fausto Flores Alvarez; Principal’s Award: Haytam Tahri and Aisha Ismael.  

Thank you to our Student Services Department for coordinating three outstanding student awards ceremonies. We were able to invite staff and parents to recognize hundreds of our students for their accomplishments this school year.

 

Glasgow Wins National KidWind Challenge - Glasgow’s 2019 KidWind team won the national middle school champion and wind tracker awards at the KidWind National Competition. In order to win their national award, the team of Arthur Prudius, Darren Nguyen, and Edward Meagh had to solve a critical on-site design problem. Their solution was key to allowing them to become the top contender in the yawing tunnel and securing the Wind Tracker Champions’ award.

Under the name Team Zephyr, the three students competed in two regional competitions and one national competition. The team qualified to attend the national competition by winning second place in the open generator competition at the Dominion Energy KidWind Challenge. These first-time competitors also won the Geek Award by scoring the highest on the middle school division knowledge test. Applying lessons learned in their technology class, the team used their 3D printing skills to print their turbine and won first place and the best blade design award at a KidWind regional competition in Washington, D.C. Contact Aaron Cannon at acannon@fcps.edu or Angela DeHart at adjeterjones@fcps.edu.  

 

Glasgow Band Students Selected for the Virginia Winds Academy - Congratulations to Sabrina Ehmann-Jones, Indigo Brookes-Weiss, Miles Stadtler, Sam Brent, Noah Canzoneri-Crozier, and Eli Canzoneri-Crozier for being selected to participate in the Junior Virginia Winds Academy’s 2019-20 season! This is an auditioned group that will meet and perform throughout the 2019-20 school year. These students work with some of the best band students from across Northern Virginia, and will be under the baton of Linda Gammon, one of the best music educators in the business. We are incredibly proud of their accomplishments, and looking forward to hearing them perform!

 

Rising 9th Grade Activities Fair is Huge Success - Special shout out to Justice High School for hosting the Rising 9th Grade Activities Fair last Thursday.  The event provided students and parents more information about clubs, activities and athletic programs. Please encourage your student to get involved in a fall sport or activity as they transition to high school.

 

Pops Concert Wows Audience! - Congrats to our band, chorus, and orchestra students who performed last week at our annual Pops Concerts. This event was another great way to showcase our talented students to the student body and families.

 

8th Grade Dance was “The Best Night Ever!” - Special The Glasgow Middle School Student Government Association (SGA) and PTA for sponsoring our annual 8th Grade Dance! It was a fun, festive and sentimental evening as we celebrated their growth over their time at Glasgow.

HUGE thanks to Marc Parella and Curg Lines for all their help coordinating the event. Thank you to our incredible parent volunteers who worked throughout the day and evening to set up, organize and clean up. There is no way the night would have been successful if it weren’t for the help of these awesome people.

 

Glasgow’s Unified Team Competes in the Little Feet Meet - Last week the Unified Panthers traveled to George Mason High School to compete in the Little Feet Meet. The athletes and buddies participated in a variety of events and activities including the 50 meter sprint, long jump, and softball toss. The meet was a great way to end our Unified Track season and we are all looking forward to next year! Thank you to everyone who helped support our Unified teams!

Important Information for Rising 6th Graders

Glasgow Middle School will be hosting a FREE Jump Start program for rising 6th graders to prepare them for their transition to middle school. Students can attend one of the two sessions offered this summer. Session one runs August 5 & 6, and session two runs August 7 & 8, both sessions will be held from 8am–12pm. Students will get acclimated to their new school through a variety of activities.

Students will have a chance to meet and interact with their new peers, tour the building and classrooms, as well as ask other important questions they may have before school begins. Jump Start is designed to alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School.  

Register TODAY for this free program: http://bit.ly/2ZSclKK.  If you have any questions, please contact Shona Person at sdperson@fcps.edu.

 

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS

 

New Student Parent Coffee: August 5 and 7 - After dropping your student off at our FREE Jump Start Program, join Shawn DeRose, Principal, for coffee on August 5 or August 7 at 8:15am. We will be available to answer questions you may have about the transition to Glasgow Middle School. Email Sarah Beck, Director of Student Services at sjbeck@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: Teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you, and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - June 2

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Glasgow Community:

It is an exciting time to be part of the Justice/Glasgow community! On Tuesday, June 4 from 7-8pm, Glasgow will host our final PTA meeting of the year. Parents, students and community members are invited to come together to celebrate the end of the year, thank all those who have volunteered, give feedback on what you think the PTA should do next year, and enjoy a free dinner of a slice of pizza, side salad, dessert and beverage. Families are encouraged, but not required, to bring a dessert to share, from a country or culture that is special to them. Volunteer opportunities are available, sign up at http://bit.ly/2W5V8eB.

On Thursday, June 6, Justice High School will be hosting a Rising Freshman Activities Fair at 6:30pm in the Justice Main Gym. This event will have coaches, members and sponsors of teams and clubs available at Justice. This will be an opportunity for students to meet current members, ask questions, get information about summer opportunities, and receive tryout information as they prepare for high school. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2Ejj2wi.

The week will conclude with our annual annual 8th Grade Dance on Friday, June 7 from 6:30-8:30PM in the Glasgow cafeteria. Students were able to purchase tickets for $5 during lunch last week. The ticket includes admission (DJ, photo booth, 8th grade slideshow), dinner from Chick-fil-A, a dessert table, snack, sodas, a glow stick and more!  Volunteers and donations of food/beverages are needed. Please sign up at http://bit.ly/2IeTW2L.

Thank you and 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/

Important Dates

May 5 thru June 4 - Ramadan

June 3 - Art Show Opening Reception

June 3, 4, 7 - End of year Awards Ceremonies

June 4 - PTA End of the Year Celebration, Free Dinner for Glasgow Community!

June 5 - Rising 9th Grade Activities Fair

June 7 - Last Panther Store of the Year

June 7 - 8th Grade Dance

June 12 - Field Day (Weather Permitting)

June 13 - Last Day of School, 3 HR Early Release

 

Students Celebrating Ramadan: May 5 thru June 4 - Ramadan is May 5 - June 4 and we want to ensure that your student is supported during this time. With that in mind, if you would like your child to receive specific accommodations, such as an alternative location during lunch/prayer, please provide the school with a note to express your child’s needs.

Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your student’s administrator. In addition, the following Glasgow staff members are available to answer any questions: Samira Laarche, Aymin ElTahir, and Nafisa Mohamed. Ramadan Kareem!

 

Academic and Career Plan: June 3 through June 12 - Student Services, in collaboration with the 7th grade English and Social Studies teams, and the 8th grade English and Civics teams, will be facilitating academic and career lessons from June 3 to June 12. These plans are started in middle school and follow the students throughout high school. This work supports the development of the FCPS portrait of a graduate attributes. Student will be working on strengths & career surveys, resume builders, and course plans for high school.

 

Student Art Show: June 3 - All Glasgow staff, students, and families are invited to attend the opening Art Show reception Monday, June 3, 6:00-7:00pm on the cafeteria stage. The show will also be open to parents immediately following the 6th grade Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 3. Please email Dawn Gillis with any questions: drgillis@fcps.edu.

 

End of Year Awards Ceremonies: June 3, 5, 6 - Each June, Glasgow's academic departments host awards ceremonies for each grade. Parents are notified in advance if their child will be recognized. The Office of Student Services needs volunteers to hand out programs as people enter, pass out refreshments, and help clean up. Parents can volunteer regardless of whether they have a student being recognized that day: http://bit.ly/2ECF11g.

 

PTA End of the Year Celebration: June 4 - The last PTA Meeting is on June 4 and the Glasgow community is invited to join us for a FREE dinn (slice of pizza/side salad/beverage/dessert) to celebrate the end of the school year.  Families are invited (but not required!) to bring a sweet or dessert to share, from a country or culture that is special to them. Volunteers needed. Please sign up at http://bit.ly/2W5V8eB.  

 

Last Panther Store: June 7 - It’s hard to believe, but we have only ONE Panther Store left this school year! Glasgow teachers and staff would like to end the school year STRONG with a surge of Panther Cards and are making a special effort to celebrate as many students as possible for the many wonderful examples of kindness, commitment and safety that so often go overlooked. If you are interested in volunteering, please signup: http://bit.ly/2JGvc6Q.

 

8th Grade Dance - June 7 from 6:30-8:30PM - The Glasgow Middle School Student Government Association (SGA) and PTA are excited to sponsor our annual 8th Grade Dance! This year, the 8th Grade Dance will be held on Friday, June 7 from 6:30-8:30PM in the Glasgow cafeteria. Students were able to purchase tickets for $5 during lunch last week. The ticket includes admission (DJ, photo booth, 8th grade slideshow), dinner from Chick-fil-A, a dessert table, snack, sodas, a glow stick and more!  

Please note that the 8th Grade Dance is semi-formal and should NOT be treated like prom. Students must be in attendance for the entire school day in order to attend the dance. All students must be transported to the dance by a parent or guardian and must be picked up by 8:30PM. Carpooling is encouraged. Students arriving in limos will be turned back home. This event is for Glasgow 8th graders only. No guests are permitted.

We look forward to celebrating this special event with our 8th grade class. It is always a very fun, festive and sentimental evening as we celebrate with students we have seen grow so much over their time at Glasgow! If you are interested in volunteering at this event, sign up using the following link: http://bit.ly/2IeTW2L. We hope to see you and your student there!

Get Ready for High School!

Rising 9th Grade Activities Fair: June 6 at 6:30pm - On Thursday, June 6, Justice High School will be hosting a Rising Freshman Activities Fair at 6:30pm in the Justice Main Gym. This event will have coaches, members and sponsors of teams and clubs available at Justice. This will be an opportunity for students to meet current members, ask questions, get information about summer opportunities, and receive tryout information as they prepare for high school. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2Ejj2wi.

 

Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program: August 12 or 13 - Justice High School will be offering a Rising 9th Grade Transition Program on both August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Vandawalker (Assistant Principal at Justice HS) at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu or (703) 824-3900.

The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google Form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8

Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - There are a number of upcoming events that need parent volunteers. Check it out and sign up today! Link: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

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

 

Yearbooks Are Selling Fast! - Last week we continued with great yearbook sales.  We now have less than 70 yearbooks remaining. The next and possibly last yearbook sales day will be Thursday, June 6 during all lunches.  Please note, Mr. Perella will not collect money on June 11, the day yearbooks are distributed to students. Therefore, if you want to guarantee your student has a yearbook on June 11, send in the money ASAP. We are accepting $30 in cash or a check made payable to Glasgow Middle School. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.

Glasgow Goodies

Glasgow’s KidWind Team Wins 1st Place! - Congrats to Glasgow’s KidWind team, Zephyr, who recently qualified for nationals in the Winchester Regional Competition. Their 3D printed turbine won 1st place and the best blade design awards. The KidWind challenge asks students, using a kit or making up their own generator, to convert wind into usable energy.  Along the way they increase their knowledge of physics, engineering, and environmental science. Congratulations to these students for their persistence and problem solving skills and Coach Angela DeHart for leading this group!

 

Glasgow Hosts 3 on 3 League This Summer! - Calling all hoopers, ballers, and basketball enthusiasts! 3on3HoopsHub is coming to the Glasgow Middle School in July and August! 3on3 Hoops Hub is the premier 3on3 league within the Midwest and has chosen Glasgow as its first annual DMV league! HoopsHub is an excellent way for friends to hone their skills in a fun, friendly, and constructive environment! Check out our website for videos of our past leagues and registration for our 1st Annual 2019 Alexandria 3on3 League! Website: ttps://www.3on3hoopshub.com/leagues/alexandriava

 

Congrats to our Panthers of the Month! - Our Panthers of the Month, Carlos (Kevin) Sandoval, Ismail Ali, Aya Elhassani, Francois Le, Gloria Woodruff, and Guisseppe Parra were recognized for being principled. These are students who act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. Congrats to our winners!

Important Information for Rising 6th Graders

Glasgow Middle School will be hosting a FREE Jump Start program for rising 6th graders to prepare them for their transition to middle school. Students can attend one of the two sessions offered this summer. Session one runs August 5 & 6, and session two runs August 7 & 8, both sessions will be held from 8am–12pm. Students will get acclimated to their new school through a variety of activities.

Students will have a chance to meet and interact with their new peers, tour the building and classrooms, as well as ask other important questions they may have before school begins. Jump Start is designed to alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School.  

Register TODAY for this free program: http://bit.ly/2ZSclKK.  If you have any questions, please contact Shona Person at sdperson@fcps.edu.

 

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS

 

New Student Parent Coffee: August 5 and 7 - After dropping your student off at our FREE Jump Start Program, join Shawn DeRose, Principal, for coffee on August 5 or August 7 at 8:15am. We will be available to answer questions you may have about the transition to Glasgow Middle School. Email Sarah Beck, Director of Student Services at sjbeck@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: Teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you, and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

SOL Testing Schedule

SOL Testing has concluded. Students who qualified will be retaking their SOL test over the next two weeks. See schedule below. All testing sessions will be held in the morning. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Nguessan at senguessan@fcps.edu.

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Free Transition Programs to Support Your Student!

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Glasgow Community:

The transition from elementary school to middle school and middle school to high school can be difficult and stressful for some students. However, Glasgow Middle School takes tremendous pride in ensuring both transitions are as smooth as possible.

I have included descriptions of upcoming events related to our students transitioning to middle school and high school. Please register your student today and mark these dates in your calendar!

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/

Get Ready for High School

Rising 9th Grade Activities Fair: June 6 at 6:30pm - On Thursday, June 6, Justice High School will be hosting a Rising Freshman Activities Fair at 6:30pm in the Justice Main Gym. This event will have coaches, members and sponsors of teams and clubs available at Justice. This will be an opportunity for students to meet current members, ask questions, get information about summer opportunities, and receive tryout information as they prepare for high school. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2Ejj2wi.

 

Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program: August 12 or 13 - Justice High School will be offering a Rising 9th Grade Transition Program on both August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Vandawalker (Assistant Principal at Justice HS) at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu or (703) 824-3900.

The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google Form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8

Important Information for Rising 6th Graders

Jump Start! Rising 6th Grade Transition Program: August 5 & 6 or 7 & 8 - Glasgow Middle School will be hosting a FREE Jump Start program for rising 6th graders to prepare them for their transition to middle school. Students can attend one of the two sessions offered this summer. Session one runs August 5 & 6, and session two runs August 7 & 8, both sessions will be held from 8am–12pm. Students will get acclimated to their new school through a variety of activities.

Students will have a chance to meet and interact with their new peers, tour the building and classrooms, as well as ask other important questions they may have before school begins. Jump Start is designed to alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School.  

Over 70 students have already signed-up! Register TODAY for this free program: http://bit.ly/2ZSclKK. If you have any questions, please contact Shona Person at sdperson@fcps.edu.

 

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS

 

New Student Parent Coffee: August 5 and 7 - After dropping your student off at our FREE Jump Start Program, join Shawn DeRose, Principal, for coffee on August 5 or August 7 at 8:15am. We will be available to answer questions you may have about the transition to Glasgow Middle School. Email Sarah Beck, Director of Student Services at sjbeck@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: Teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you, and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - May 27

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend with people and activities you love as we honor those who have died while serving our country. We celebrated my daughter, Regan’s 9th birthday and hung out at the pool most of the weekend.

As we approach the final weeks of the school year, I want to draw your attention to the end of the year schedule and calendar below. As many of you know, the end of the year brings many exciting events and activities (8th Grade Dance, Art Show, Awards Ceremonies, Field Day). It is important for me to remind all families that every year a few students make poor decisions that result in the loss of their end of the year activities. I am confident all students will make good decisions as we head towards the end of the year, but I also want to thank you in advance for having a conversation about choices and consequences at home.

This week, 8th grade students in Panther Time will be reviewing 8th grade dance expectations to ensure the event is a huge success. The dance is June 7 from 6:30-8:30pm. Detailed information is outlined below.

The end of the year is an exciting time and parent involvement is vital as we hope to “finish stronger.” Below are descriptions to many of the events in the coming weeks along with links to volunteer. Please look through all volunteer opportunities and see where you can help.

Thank you and 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/

Important Dates

May 5 thru June 4 - Ramadan

May 29 - SOL Testing: English 7 Retakes

May 30 - SOL Testing: English 6 Retakes

May 30 - Last Day of After School Programming

May 31 - SOL Testing: English 8 Retakes

May 31 - Yearbooks on Sale During All Lunches

June 1 - Bikes for the World Donation Event

June 1 - Wolf Cub Cabaret Theatre Pyramid Day

June 3 - Art Show Opening Reception

June 3, 4, 7 - End of year Awards Ceremonies

June 4 - PTA End of the Year Celebration, Free Dinner for Glasgow Community!

June 5 - Rising 9th Grade Activities Fair

June 7 - Last Panther Store of the Year

June 7 - 8th Grade Dance

June 12 - Field Day (Weather Permitting)

June 13 - Last Day of School, 3 HR Early Release

 

Students Celebrating Ramadan: May 5 thru June 4 - Ramadan is May 5 - June 4 and we want to ensure that your  student is supported during this time. With that in mind, if you would like your child to receive specific accommodations, such as an alternative location during lunch/prayer, please provide the school with a note to express your child’s needs.

Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your student’s administrator. In addition, the following Glasgow staff members are available to answer any questions: Samira Laarche, Aymin ElTahir, and Nafisa Mohamed. Ramadan Kareem!

 

Last Day of After School Programming: May 30 - Glasgow’s After School Program will conclude this Thursday, May 30. Late buses will run until June 6, however students can only stay after school if invited by a teacher of staff member. After that date, students will need to be picked from school in a timely fashion or ride their normal afternoon bus at 2:15pm. If you have any questions please contact After School Specialist, Aaron Cannon acannon@fcps.edu.

 

Yearbooks are Selling Fast! On Sale May 31 - Last week, we had record numbers for yearbook sales.  We now have less than 125 yearbooks remaining. As Mr. Perella shared on the news, we are way ahead of last year’s sales numbers and he believes the books will be gone soon. The next yearbook sales day will be Friday, May 31 during all lunches. Please note, Mr. Perella WILL NOT collect money on June 11, the day yearbooks are distributed to students.  So, if you want to guarantee your student has a yearbook on June 11, send in the money ASAP. We are accepting $30 in cash or a check made payable to Glasgow Middle School. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.

 

Wolf Cub Cabaret - Theatre Pyramid Day: June 1 - The Justice Wolfpack Theatre Department is once again planning a day to build community through theatre across the Pyramid. We hope you will encourage your Glasgow student to attend our WolfCub Pyramid Theatre Day on June 1st from 9:00am to 1:00pm at Justice High School! Students will attend workshops in Dance, Improv, Make-up, Costumes and Musical Theater. Sign up Today! Link: http://bit.ly/2W6OTvg.

 

Bikes for the World: June 1 - The Bikes for the World donation event will be held on June 1, from 8:45am-1:15pm. This event provide the Glasgow community a chance to donate bikes, helmets and other biking supplies. Volunteers get basic training and hands-on experience working with the bikes. This is an appropriate event for FCPS middle- and high-school volunteers. The Bikes for the World donation event will be held on June 1, from 8:45am-1:15pm. Please contact the event organizer, Dr. Nonye Oladimeji, at 703-813-8764, with any questions. No experience is needed:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-bikes.

 

Student Art Show: June 3 - All Glasgow staff, students, and families are invited to attend the opening Art Show reception Monday, June 3, 6:00-7:00pm on the cafeteria stage. The show will also be open to parents immediately following the 6th grade Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 3. Please email Dawn Gillis with any questions: drgillis@fcps.edu.

 

End of Year Awards Ceremonies: June 3, 5, 6 - Each June, Glasgow's academic departments host awards ceremonies for each grade. Parents are notified in advance if their child will be recognized. The Office of Student Services needs volunteers to hand out programs as people enter, pass out refreshments, and help clean up. Parents can volunteer regardless of whether they have a student being recognized that day: http://bit.ly/2ECF11g.

 

PTA End of the Year Celebration: June 4 - The last PTA Meeting is on June 4 and the Glasgow community is invited to join us for a FREE dinn (slice of pizza/side salad/beverage/dessert) to celebrate the end of the school year.  Families are invited (but not required!) to bring a sweet or dessert to share, from a country or culture that is special to them. Volunteers needed. Please sign up at: http://bit.ly/2W5V8eB.

 

Last Panther Store: June 7 - It’s hard to believe, but we have only ONE Panther Store left this school year! Glasgow teachers and staff would like to end the school year STRONG with a surge of Panther Cards and are making a special effort to celebrate as many students as possible for the many wonderful examples of kindness, commitment and safety that so often go overlooked. If you are interested in volunteering, please signup: http://bit.ly/2JGvc6Q.

 

8th Grade Dance - June 7 from 6:30-8:30PM - The Glasgow Middle School Student Government Association (SGA) and PTA are excited to sponsor our annual 8th Grade Dance! This year, the 8th Grade Dance will be held on Friday, June 7 from 6:30-8:30PM in the Glasgow cafeteria. Students can purchase tickets for $5 during lunch on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1 during all lunches.The ticket includes admission (DJ, photo booth, 8th grade slideshow), dinner from Chick-fil-A, a dessert table, snack, sodas, a glow stick and more!  No tickets will be sold after this date or at the door.

Please note that the 8th Grade Dance is semi-formal and should NOT be treated like prom. Students must be in attendance for the entire school day in order to attend the dance. All students must be transported to the dance by a parent or guardian and must be picked up by 8:30PM. Carpooling is encouraged. Students arriving in limos will be turned back home. This event is for Glasgow 8th graders only. No guests are permitted.

We look forward to celebrating this special event with our 8th grade class. It is always a very fun, festive and sentimental evening as we celebrate with students we have seen grow so much over their time at Glasgow! If you are interested in volunteering at this event, sign up using the following link: http://bit.ly/2I1RmNq. We hope to see you and your student there!

Rising 9th Grade Activities Fair

On Thursday, June 6, Justice High School will be hosting a Rising Freshman Activities Fair at 6:30pm in the Justice Main Gym. This event will have coaches, members and sponsors of teams and clubs available at Justice. This will be an opportunity for students to meet current members, ask questions, get information about summer opportunities, and receive tryout information as they prepare for high school. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2Ejj2wi.

Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - Teacher appreciation week is here and there are a number of upcoming events that need parent volunteers. Check it out and sign up today! Link: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

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

Glasgow Goodies

Welcome Joash Chung, New Director of Student Services - We are excited to announce Joash Chung as our new Director of Student Services. Currently, Joash serves as an Assistant Principal at two schools in Chatham County, North Carolina: Silk Hope School and Perry Harrison Elementary. Prior to his administrative career, taught social studies at Poe Middle School. A former colleague described Joash as an “amazing educator and leader. He has fantastic insight, leadership skills and purposeful communication is one of his greatest strengths.”

Earlier this year, Sarah Beck accepted the position of Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the Langley School, an independent school in McLean. With this promotion, Sarah will be joining their senior leadership team to direct the curriculum, professional development, and instructional focus for kindergarten through 8th grade.

Sarah has been a part of our community since 2011, serving as a U.S. History teacher, PBIS Coordinator, Academic Dean, Assistant Principal and, most recently, Director of Student Services. In each of these roles she has supported our school as we have become more aligned to our vision, mission and mindset commitments. Undoubtedly, her impact will outlast her tenure at Glasgow and her perspective will be greatly missed.

Important Information for Rising 6th Graders

Glasgow Middle School will be hosting a FREE Jump Start program for rising 6th graders to prepare them for their transition to middle school. Students can attend one of the two sessions offered this summer. Session one runs August 5 & 6, and session two runs August 7 & 8, both sessions will be held from 8am–12pm. Students will get acclimated to their new school through a variety of activities.

Students will have a chance to meet and interact with their new peers, tour the building and classrooms, as well as ask other important questions they may have before school begins. Jump Start is designed to alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School.  

Register TODAY for this free program: http://bit.ly/2ZSclKK.  If you have any questions, please contact Shona Person at sdperson@fcps.edu.

 

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS

 

New Student Parent Coffee: August 5 and 7 - After dropping your student off at our FREE Jump Start Program, join Shawn DeRose, Principal, for coffee on August 5 or August 7 at 8:15am. We will be available to answer questions you may have about the transition to Glasgow Middle School. Email Sarah Beck, Director of Student Services at sjbeck@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: Teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you, and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

SOL Testing Schedule

SOL Testing has concluded. Students who qualified will be retaking their SOL test over the next two weeks. See schedule below. All testing sessions will be held in the morning. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Nguessan at senguessan@fcps.edu.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - May 19

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend. I went to the National’s game on Friday with a friend who was visiting from out of town and spent the day outside on Saturday at my daughters’ softball games. Today, I hope to take advantage of the warm weather and wash the cars and clean up my lawn.

A group of Glasgow students have been writing and preparing a short play as part of the “Voices of Now” after school theater program. On Friday night, they performed their play entitled “Roll Call” at the Arena Stage. We are so proud of them for sharing their perspective and talent as part of this incredible arts program.

One of the best parts of “Voices of Now” is how it gives students a forum to share their stories. It is an important reminder that every single one of our students has a story to tell. Whether they have recently arrived to this country or have grown up in the Justice pyramid their whole lives, middle school is a time for them to explore their voice, values and talents. Many of them have overcome incredible challenges, even at such a young age. Seeing performances like this are a great way to reconnect to the importance of our work as educators at Glasgow.  

This week marks the last week of FIT before finishing the year with daily Panther Time.  Panther Time is an essential time for us to support our students’ social and emotional needs, especially at the end of the school year. Finally, I wanted to share with you the results of the “Parent - Principal Feedback Survey”.  Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. Link: http://bit.ly/2VEOOKc.  

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/

Important Dates

May 5 thru June 4 - Ramadan

May 21 - SOL Testing: Science 8

May 22 - SOL Testing: Civics

May 23 - Last Day of FIT

May 29 - SOL Testing: English 7 Retakes

May 30 - SOL Testing: English 6 Retakes

May 31 - SOL Testing: English 8 Retakes

May 31 - Last Day of After School Programming

June 1 - Bikes for the World Donation Event

June 4 - PTA End of the Year Celebration, Free Dinner!

June 3, 4, 7 - End of year Awards Ceremonies

June 6 - Rising 9th Grade Activities Fair

June 7 - Last Panther Store of the year

June 7 - 8th Grade Dance

 

Students Celebrating Ramadan: May 5 thru June 4 - Ramadan is May 5 - June 4 and we want to ensure that your  student is supported during this time. With that in mind, if you would like your child to receive specific accommodations, such as an alternative location during lunch/prayer, please provide the school with a note to express your child’s needs.

Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your student’s administrator. In addition, the following Glasgow staff members are available to answer any questions: Samira Laarche, Aymin ElTahir, and Nafisa Mohamed. Ramadan Kareem!

Rising 9th Grade Activities Fair

On Thursday, June 6, Justice High School will be hosting a Rising Freshman Activities Fair at 6:30pm in the Justice Main Gym. This event will have coaches, members and sponsors of teams and clubs available at Justice. This will be an opportunity for students to meet current members, ask questions, get information about summer opportunities, and receive tryout information as they prepare for high school. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2Ejj2wi.

Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - Teacher appreciation week is here and there are a number of upcoming events that need parent volunteers. Check it out and sign up today! Link: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

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

 

Bikes for the World: June 1 - The Bikes for the World donation event will be held on June 1, from 8:45am-1:15pm. Please contact the event organizer, Dr. Nonye Oladimeji, at 703-813-8764, with any questions. No experience is needed:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-bikes.

 

End of Year Awards Ceremonies: June 3, 5, 6 - Each June, Glasgow's academic departments host awards ceremonies for each grade. Parents are notified in advance if their child will be recognized. The Office of Student Services needs volunteers to hand out programs as people enter, pass out refreshments, and help clean up. Parents can volunteer regardless of whether they have a student being recognized that day:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-endofyear2

 

PTA End of the Year Celebration: June 4 - The last PTA Meeting is on June 4 and the Glasgow community is invited to join us for a FREE DINNER (slice of pizza/side salad/beverage/dessert) to celebrate the end of the school year. Families are invited (but not required!) to bring a sweet or dessert to share, from a country or culture that is special to them. Volunteers needed. Please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-endofyear1.  

 

Last Panther Store: June 7 - Glasgow is seeking volunteers to lead the Panther Store's last session for the year. Sign up to volunteer! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-spring5

 

8th Grade Dance: June 7 - The 8th grade dance on June 7, 6:30-8:30 pm and are in need of parent volunteers!  Sign up to volunteer! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12.

Glasgow Goodies

Glasgow Team Wins DMV Regional Helping Hands Competition! Lucy, Misha and Victoria won this exciting coding competition. They came ahead of 15 other teams who developed various mobile apps to solve a problem in their community. The girls will now be judged in global semi-finals,  in a pool of teams who come from all over the world, for a chance to be invited to pitch their projects at Google headquarters.

Important Information for Rising 6th Graders

Glasgow Middle School will be hosting a FREE Jump Start program for rising 6th graders to prepare them for their transition to middle school. Students can attend one of the two sessions offered this summer. Session one runs August 5 & 6, and session two runs August 7 & 8, both sessions will be held from 8am–12pm. Students will get acclimated to their new school through a variety of activities.

Students will have a chance to meet and interact with their new peers, tour the building and classrooms, as well as ask other important questions they may have before school begins. Jump Start is designed to alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School.  

Register TODAY for this free program: http://bit.ly/2ZSclKK.  If you have any questions, please contact Shona Person at sdperson@fcps.edu.

 

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS

 

New Student Parent Coffee: August 5 and 7 - After dropping your student off at our FREE Jump Start Program, join Shawn DeRose, Principal, for coffee on August 5 or August 7 at 8:15am. We will be available to answer questions you may have about the transition to Glasgow Middle School. Email Sarah Beck, Director of Student Services at sjbeck@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: Teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you, and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

SOL Testing Schedule

Below is this year's SOL Testing Schedule. SOL testing is underway and will  conclude on May 22. All testing sessions will be held in the morning. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Nguessan at senguessan@fcps.edu.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - May 12

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Glasgow Community:

Special thanks to everyone who went above and beyond this past week to help celebrate our Glasgow teachers and staff! We very much appreciated the food, prizes, notes and celebrations you all provided over the course of the week.

We had a strong start to our SOL testing season with our Reading tests this past week. Students who qualify for a retake will receive a letter from their teacher to bring home to you with more information. The retake test date will be included in the letter and teachers will be working with students to prepare in the coming weeks.

We continue SOL testing this week with Algebra/Geometry on Monday, Math 8 on Tuesday, Math 6 on Wednesday and Math 7 on Thursday. Please encourage your students to get a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast on the day of their test!

Finally, we recently sent a letter home to all rising 6th and 7th grade families with information about your student’s attendance so far this year and the start date for the upcoming school you. We miss your student when they are gone and we value their contributions to our school! Please talk to your student about the importance of attending school regularly and make plans for them to begin on Monday, August 26, 2019. It will be here before we know it!

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/

Important Dates

May 5 thru June 4 - Ramadan

May 13 - SOL Testing: Algebra/Geometry

May 14 - SOL Testing: Math 8

May 14 - PTA Meeting

May 15 - SOL Testing: All 6th Graders Math SOL

May 16 - SOL Testing: All 7th Graders Math SOL

May 17 - SOL Testing: Make-ups

May 21 - SOL Testing: Science 8

May 22 - SOL Testing: Civics

May 23 - Last Day of FIT

May 29 - SOL Testing: English 7 Retakes

May 30 - SOL Testing: English 6 Retakes

May 31 - SOL Testing: English 8 Retakes

May 31 - Last Day of After School Programming

June 1 - Bikes for the World Donation Event

June 4 - PTA End of the Year Celebration, Free Dinner!

June 3, 4, 7 - End of year Awards Ceremonies

June 7 - Last Panther Store of the year

June 7 - 8th Grade Dance

 

Students Celebrating Ramadan: May 5 thru June 4 - Ramadan is May 5 - June 4 and we want to ensure that your  student is supported during this time. With that in mind, if you would like your child to receive specific accommodations, such as an alternative location during lunch/prayer, please provide the school with a note to express your child’s needs.

Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your student’s administrator. In addition, the following Glasgow staff members are available to answer any questions: Samira Laarche, Aymin ElTahir, and Nafisa Mohamed. Ramadan Kareem!

 

PTA Meeting: May 14 - Join us for a very important PTA meeting on May 14 from 7-8 p.m. The Fairfax County Youth Survey has consistently shown that when youth have more protective factors in their lives, they are less likely to engage in risk taking behaviors or experience negative mental health outcomes, including suicide. Learn from the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services about the resources in FCPS regarding mental wellness and suicide prevention and how every adult can foster protective factors and resilience in youth at home, school, and in the community.  All are welcome. PTA membership not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

 

Sports Physicals at Justice High School: May 16 - The Justice High School Athletic Training Department will be offering sports physicals on Thursday, May 16, 2019. This successfully completed physical will be good for all sports and out of season practices (green days, yellow days, weight-room workouts) for the 2019-2020 school year.  Sports physicals are required for all students who intend to participate in high school sports.

This event is a fundraiser for the Justice High School Athletic Training Department and goes to support the athletes at Justice High School. The cost of the physicals is $50 when you register online. You can register by clicking the following link: Register for sports physicals at Justice High School

Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - Teacher appreciation week is here and there are a number of upcoming events that need parent volunteers. Check it out and sign up today! Link: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

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

 

Bikes for the World: June 1 - The Bikes for the World donation event will be held on June 1, from 8:45am-1:15pm. Please contact the event organizer, Dr. Nonye Oladimeji, at 703-813-8764, with any questions. No experience is needed:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-bikes.

 

End of Year Awards Ceremonies: June 3, 5, 6 - Each June, Glasgow's academic departments host awards ceremonies for each grade. Parents are notified in advance if their child will be recognized. The Office of Student Services needs volunteers to hand out programs as people enter, pass out refreshments, and help clean up. Parents can volunteer regardless of whether they have a student being recognized that day:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-endofyear2

 

PTA End of the Year Celebration: June 4 - Join us for an end of the year celebration on June 4. After a brief PTA meeting to elect new officers for next year, the PTA will provide a free dinner to members of the Glasgow community, including pizza, side salad and beverage.  We invite community members to sign up here to bring a sweet/dessert item, preferably from another country or culture that is special to you!  

 

Last Panther Store: June 7 - Glasgow is seeking volunteers to lead the Panther Store's last session for the year. Sign up to volunteer!   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-spring5

8th Grade Dance: June 7 - The 8th grade dance on June 7, 6:30-8:30 pm and are in need of parent volunteers!  Sign up to volunteer! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow12.

Glasgow Goodies

Congrats to our Glasgow SEPTA Award Nominees and Winners! - SEPTA is the Fairfax Special Education PTA. We are proud to share that a number of Glasgow staff members were nominated for awards. Congrats to nominated staff: Miranda Lansberry (Outstanding Co-Curricular Secondary Teacher); Victoria Camacuari (Outstanding Support Staff), and Dezzarae Crosler (Outstanding Secondary Special Education Teacher)! Finally, congrats to Shawn DeRose, WINNER of the Outstanding Administrator of the year! Shawn was selected out of 8 other nominees. Great work, team! We are so proud of you!

 

GMS Theater Group Receives received Most Creative Script Award at Mayfest Playfest - GMS Theater Group students participated in Mayfest Playfest 2019 at Lake Braddock Secondary School on Saturday, May 11. Mayfest Playfest is a theatrical competition that gives students an opportunity to perform in a festival- style venue before a panel of judges and their peers on an auditorium stage. It is also intended as a low pressure experience to help MS students understand a little of what the VHSL contest and preparation is like.  Glasgow Middle School Theater Group received the Most Creative Script Award with Superior and Excellent scores. Amazing Job!

 

Congrats to Alman Naveed Iqbal! - Congratulations to Alman Naveed Iqbal, 6th Grade student here at Glasgow Middle School, who recently won the prestigious award in "Red, White and You" Poetry Contest in the Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

 

Three Glasgow Students Earn All Virginia Middle School Honor Choir! - Three students (Colt Armstrong, Madison Okada, and Annabella Shaw) participated in All Virginia Middle School Honor Choir. These students were selected from nearly 1,000 audition submissions. Only 362 students were chosen from across the state. All VA MSHC is a three day event. The students rehearse Thursday afternoon, all day Friday and Saturday morning before presenting a concert on Saturday afternoon. Congratulations Colt, Madison, and Bella!!

 

Great Job Glasgow Chorus! - The Glasgow Chorus recently sang the national anthem at the school board meeting last Tuesday evening.

SOL Testing Schedule

Below is this year's SOL Testing Schedule. SOL testing is underway and will  conclude on May 22. All testing sessions will be held in the morning. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Nguessan at senguessan@fcps.edu.

Important Information

FCPS School Board Adopts Revised 2019-20 School Calendar - New Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. As a result, FCPS’ 2019-20 Standard School Year Calendar has changed and Friday, August 30, is now a holiday for students. In addition, the Board voted to move the March school planning day to Tuesday, March 3, 2020, to accommodate the 2020 presidential primary.

Other notable dates include the first day of school, August 26; Thanksgiving break, November 27-29; Winter break, December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020; Spring Break, April 6-10, 2020; and the last day of school, June 12, 2020. See the 2019-20 school year calendar

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Glasgow Community Gazette - May 5

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Glasgow Community:

Greetings from Hershey, Pennsylvania where Claire and I joined hundreds of our students on the spring “Music in the Park” trip. I was incredibly proud of not only our students’ performances, but also their behavior and support of each other. It was a remarkable statement of school culture and community that they were so eager to celebrate each other and our school accomplishments. Thank you to our incredible performing arts team for their hard work: Andrew Sharrock, Tammy Freeman, Steve Shook and Miranda Lansberry!

This week marks the beginning of SOL testing. These tests can be one of many important opportunities for students to demonstrate the learning they have done this school year. On days when your student is scheduled to take an SOL test, please ensure that they get a good night’s rest, eat breakfast and come to school ready to show what they know! You can find the schedule below.

Finally, this week is also Teacher Appreciation Week. One of the most meaningful and important ways you can support our teachers is by telling them stories about how they have impacted your student. Please take time this week to send an email or write a note to your student’s teacher celebrating one way they have helped your student grow this year. We love working with your students every day and hearing the impact it has is incredibly rewarding.

With the support of the Glasgow PTA, we have organized the following events to show our appreciation for our teachers and staff members:

* Monday, May 6 – PTA Breakfast which consists of yogurt, fruit, breakfast pastries, water, juice and coffee.

* Tuesday, May 7 – PTA Salad Bar Lunch along with all the fixings and drinks.

* Wednesday, May 8 – Admin will be providing Moe’s lunch to the entire staff.

* Thursday, May 9 – PTA is sponsoring a catered luncheon from Glory Days.

* Friday, May 10 – A special “cold” treat from Admin.

Thank you in advance for reaching out to our amazing teachers and 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/

Important Dates

May 5 thru June 4 - Ramadan

May 6 thru 10 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6 - 3rd Quarter A/B Honor Roll Certificates

May 7 - SOL Testing: English 7

May 8 - SOL Testing: English 6

May 9 - SOL Testing: English 8

May 10 - SOL Testing: Make-ups

May 11 - Run With the Wolves Race/5k

May 13 - SOL Testing: Algebra/Geometry

May 14 - SOL Testing: Math 8

May 14 - PTA Meeting

May 15 - SOL Testing: All 6th Graders Math SOL

May 16 - SOL Testing: All 7th Graders Math SOL

May 16 - Sports Physicals at Justice HS

May 17 - SOL Testing: Make-ups

June 4 - PTA End of the Year Celebration

 

Students Celebrating Ramadan: May 5 thru June 4 - Ramadan is May 5 - June 4 and we want to ensure that your  student is supported during this time. With that in mind, if you would like your child to receive specific accommodations, such as an alternative location during lunch/prayer, please provide the school with a note to express your child’s needs.

Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your student’s administrator. In addition, the following Glasgow staff members are available to answer any questions: Samira Laarche, Aymin ElTahir, and Nafisa Mohamed. Ramadan Kareem!

 

3rd Quarter A/B Honor Roll Certificates: Distributed Monday, May 6 - 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, May 6  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.

 

Run with the Wolves Race: May 11 - It is time to register for the Justice High: Run with the Wolves (formerly Raider Run). This fun, family-friendly race is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at 9am. All funds support the Justice High School Athletic Boosters. Pre-registration will make check-in easier. You will pick up your race bib and t-shirt on site at Justice starting at 7:45 am. You can also register on race day from 7:45 to 8:45am at Justice High School, but there will be lines! The race course begins at the Justice athletic field then winds its way through Lake Barcroft’s and surrounding neighborhood streets. Each participant will receive a quality t-shirt. Grab your family, neighbors, and friends and join us!

NEW THIS YEAR -Fun Run and Baby Race (Kids 0 to 10) - Kids, gear up for an 800 meter Fun Run around the Wolves Stadium! The fun run race begins at 10:15 sharp, and proceeds two full laps around the track. New this year: Let the babies in on the fun! Bring your crawler for a 20-foot crawling sprint. The Baby Race will start at the completion of the Fun Run. Prizes will be awarded! Free, but you can purchase a t-shirts! Sign up at the registration table before 10AM. The BC7RC Fitness Fair will be happening at the same time. Plan to spend some time talking to our neighborhoods fitness experts and learn some new things! They will be available until 11:00 am on the field. Concessions will also be open, so plan to have your breakfast and support Justice High School Athletic Boosters!

Register here: https://www.dcroadrunners.org/sign-up/justice

 

PTA Meeting: May 14 - Join us for a very important PTA meeting on May 14 from 7-8 p.m. The Fairfax County Youth Survey has consistently shown that when youth have more protective factors in their lives, they are less likely to engage in risk taking behaviors or experience negative mental health outcomes, including suicide. Learn from the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services about the resources in FCPS regarding mental wellness and suicide prevention and how every adult can foster protective factors and resilience in youth at home, school, and in the community.  All are welcome. PTA membership not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

 

Sports Physicals at Justice High School: May 16 - The Justice High School Athletic Training Department will be offering sports physicals on Thursday, May 16, 2019. This successfully completed physical will be good for all sports and out of season practices (green days, yellow days, weight-room workouts) for the 2019-2020 school year.  Sports physicals are required for all students who intend to participate in high school sports.

This event is a fundraiser for the Justice High School Athletic Training Department and goes to support the athletes at Justice High School. The cost of the physicals is $50 when you register online. You can register by clicking the following link: Register for sports physicals at Justice High School

Opportunities

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - Teacher appreciation week is here and there are a number of upcoming events that need parent volunteers. Check it out and sign up today! Link: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

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

 

PTA End of the Year Celebration: June 4 - Join us for an end of the year celebration on June 4. After a brief PTA meeting to elect new officers for next year, the PTA will provide a free dinner to members of the Glasgow community, including pizza, side salad and beverage.  We invite community members to sign up here to bring a sweet/dessert item, preferably from another country or culture that is special to you!  

Glasgow Goodies

Glasgow Music Department Dominate Competition - Congratulations to the Glasgow Music Department for its highly successful trip to Hershey, PA on Saturday. The Glasgow ensembles brought home trophies in every category, including 1st place and best overall band, chorus and orchestra. On top of that, our music students showed great spirit at the awards ceremony, not only for our own groups, but those from other schools as well. They truly demonstrated the Panther Principles. Many thanks to Mr. DeRose, Ms. Person, Ms. Madigan, Ms. Haynes, Ms. Sevilla, as well as our great parent chaperones for going with us.

 

Glasgow Featured on NPR - Join the Mystery Skype craze! In late winter, Marc Perella’s FIT participated in a Mystery Skype activity with a school in St. Augustine, FL. Our librarian, Tara Sanz tweeted about their adventure and was soon contacted by NPR’s reporter, Amanda Morris, who wanted to see Mystery Skype in action for an article she had been working on for All Things Considered and NPR news.  Here is a link for the NPR article:  https://www.npr.org/2019/05/03/719103958/classes-take-trips-around-the-world-through-this-game

If you click listen, you’ll hear the students as they were recorded during the Mystery Skype session.  Mystery Skype is more than geography! It’s all about many Portrait of a Graduate Skills – collaborator, communicator, ethical and global citizen, creative and critical thinker, goal directed and resilient. Three of the most critical parts of Mystery Skype is questioning techniques, working together, and communication.

SOL Testing Schedule

Below is this year's SOL Testing Schedule. SOL testing will begin on May 7 and conclude on May 22. All testing sessions will be held in the morning. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Nguessan at senguessan@fcps.edu.

Important Information

FCPS School Board Adopts Revised 2019-20 School Calendar - New Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. As a result, FCPS’ 2019-20 Standard School Year Calendar has changed and Friday, August 30, is now a holiday for students. In addition, the Board voted to move the March school planning day to Tuesday, March 3, 2020, to accommodate the 2020 presidential primary.

Other notable dates include the first day of school, August 26; Thanksgiving break, November 27-29; Winter break, December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020; Spring Break, April 6-10, 2020; and the last day of school, June 12, 2020. See the 2019-20 school year calendar

 

Yearbook Sales This Week! - This Friday, May 10, the yearbook staff will be selling yearbooks during all lunches. Yearbooks are $30. Students can pay with cash or a check made payable to Glasgow. The yearbooks are selling quickly so if you want to guarantee a book for your student, order one on Friday. Yearbooks will be distributed in school during the last week of school.  If you have any questions, please contact Marc Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.

Special: We have a small number of yearbooks left over from last year.  We are selling them for $10 each. If you would like one, please send in the money as soon as possible.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - April 28

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Glasgow Community:

We had a great week returning from Spring Break! We celebrated the end of the 3rd quarter with our final Open Campus of the year. This event is a great tradition at Glasgow 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.

On Friday Night, Glasgow staff, friends and family attended the Nationals game. Special thanks to Michael Pulver for arranging and distributing the tickets.

Our spring performing arts performances are in full swing as well! After coaching my daughter’s 10U softball game, mowing the lawn and umpiring my other daughter’s 12U softball game on Saturday, I attended the closing performance of The Wizard of Oz. Congrats to Ms. Smits-Beasley, Ms. Lansberry and the Glasgow Theater Group for their wonderful performances this past weekend. Special shout out Jane Cheek, Jennifer Hitchcock, Ulyana Cubeta and the many other parents who made his event possible. As I watched the play on Saturday, I was struck by the amazing growth of our students through the performing arts department. They enter as elementary students and leave as high school students. This week, we will host our orchestra, band and chorus concerts. If you get a chance, I encourage you to attend one (or all) of these events!

This week is also Finish Stronger Week! We have some exciting plans to help students stay focused through the end of the year. See below for a description of the events happening each day. This time of year is an exciting opportunity to remind students of how far they have come since the beginning of the year, academically and beyond.

Finally, 3rd quarter report cards were distributed in Period 7 on Monday, April 22. You may also view students’ grades using SIS Parent VUE.

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/

Important Dates

April 29, May 3 - All A Honor Roll Celebration

April 30 - Orchestra Spring Concert, 7PM

May 1 - Band Spring Concert, 7PM

May 2 - Chorus Spring Concert, 7PM

May 3 - All A Honor Roll: 8th Grade during PT

May 4 - Spring Music Trip to Hershey Park

May 6 - 3rd Quarter A/B Honor Roll Certificates

May 6-10 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7 - SOL Testing: English 7

May 8 - SOL Testing: English 6

May 9 - SOL Testing: English 8

May 10 SOL Testing: Make-ups

May 11 - Run With the Wolves Race/5k

May 14 - PTA Meeting

 

3rd Quarter All A Honor Roll Celebration: April 29 and May 3 - 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 FIT and Panther Time. On Monday, April 29th (PT), we will recognize 6th and 7th Grade students. On Friday, May 3rd (PT), 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.

 

3rd Quarter A/B Honor Roll Certificates: Distributed Monday, May 6 - 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, May 6th.  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.

 

Finish Stronger Week: April 29 thru May 3 - Finish Stronger Week is here! As shared in the Panther Time lesson on Friday, we have some exciting plans to help students refocus, celebrate and FINISH STRONGER than they started this year.

Monday: Students will complete a reflection activity in Panther Time. Turning it in by Friday will earn students points towards their grade level!

Tuesday: Kindness panther cards will be in every teacher’s mailbox. As teachers see students demonstrating kindness throughout the day, they will hand out as many as possible!

Wednesday: Commitment panther cards will be in every teacher’s mailbox. As teachers see students demonstrating commitment throughout the day, they will hand out as many as possible!

Thursday: Safety panther cards will be in every teacher’s mailbox. As teachers see students demonstrating safety throughout the day, they will hand out as many as possible!

Friday: We will have a Panther Time lesson celebrating our students’ hard work and success so far this school year! We will tally points from the week and look ahead to the start of SOL testing on May 7.

Opportunities

Wolves Race on May 12 - Hope everyone is gearing up for spring and getting ready for Justice High School's Inaugural Run with the Wolves Race on May 11 at 9:00 am. The course will be similar to last year's with the exception that we will start and finish in the Justice stadium. The race will be timed again this year. The cost per child/teacher is $15. The cost for other adult runners will be $25 for pre-registration and $30 onsite. Register today!

 

PTA Meeting: May 14 - Join us for a very important PTA meeting on May 14 from 7-8 p.m. The Fairfax County Youth Survey has consistently shown that when youth have more protective factors in their lives, they are less likely to engage in risk taking behaviors or experience negative mental health outcomes, including suicide. Learn from the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services about the resources in FCPS regarding mental wellness and suicide prevention and how every adult can foster protective factors and resilience in youth at home, school, and in the community.  All are welcome. PTA membership not required for attendance. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.

 

Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - Teacher appreciation week is coming May 6-10 and there are a number of upcoming events that need parent volunteers. Check it out and sign up today! Link: https://bit.ly/2VA0orc

 

PTA End of the Year Celebration: June 4 - Join us for an end of the year celebration on June 4. After a brief PTA meeting to elect new officers for next year, the PTA will provide a free dinner to members of the Glasgow community, including pizza, side salad and beverage.  We invite community members to sign up here to bring a sweet/dessert item, preferably from another country or culture that is special to you!  

 

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

 

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

Glasgow Goodies

Glasgow Students Earn “I” Rating - Congrats to the following Glasgow Orchestra students who performed last Friday at the District 10 Solo and Ensemble Assessment. All of them earned a “I” rating – Superior. If you get a chance, please congratulate these students, who worked up their music to such a high level, mostly on their own.

Misha Speede; Shalini Vlcan; Madison Okada; Amel Benhamouda; Lily Travis; Rewan Farag; Ruth Abebe; Alison Coria-Tarazona; Sadiksha Gurung; Christina Abouzeki; Nora Kenzi; Hank Cornette. Also thanks to Ashley Nissen, Suzy Scollon and orchestra student Karen Tran,  for providing piano accompaniment for some of the students.

 

Ella Galway and Ahmed Al-Aud Design New Agenda Cover! - Congrats to Ella Galway (6th grade) and Ahmed Al-Aud (7th grade) who created the cover for the 2019-2020 agenda. Special thanks to our Art teachers, Amy Schenker and Dawn Gill for their support and leadership.

Important Information

SOL Scheduling Considerations for Ramadan - This spring, the SOL non-writing window will have significant overlap with Ramadan, the Muslim holy month marked by daily fasting from sunrise to sunset. There are only two expedited retake days at the end of the window that fall completely outside this religious observance, all other test dates within this observance. 

* Ramadan 2019 begins the evening of Sunday, May 5 and ends with Eid-al-Fitr on Wednesday, June 5.

* The middle school SOL non-writing window begins Monday, May 6, with all retakes completed by Friday, June 7.

At Glasgow, all SOL sessions are scheduled in the morning for every student.  Parents may request that their student test earlier in the window before several days of fasting have passed.  All request for early testing should be submitted to our school testing coordinator, Sarah N’Guessan, by April 29. Also, if your student qualifies for an expedited retake and you would prefer your student tests on June 6 or June 7 rather than the scheduled date of the retake, please contact Sarah N’Guessan as soon as you are notified that your student qualified for a retake. Ms. N’Guessan can be contacted by email at senguessan@fcps.edu.

 

Registration is now open for Institute for the Arts (IFTA) - IFTA is an arts enrichment and academic program for students currently in grades 6–11. Students have 4 classes that they select from over 80 courses in dance, music, theatre, visual art, and fashion. Students entering grade 9 may take the Online Health & PE (HPE9) course and students entering grades 9-12 may take the Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance (EPF) course as one of their 4 classes.  It will run Monday, July 1 — Friday, July 26 (No classes July 4 and 5) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday at Fairfax High School. Check out the website: http://bit.ly/2OTIaO7 and send questions to IFTA@fcps.edu.

 

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

SOL Testing Schedule

Below is this year's SOL Testing Schedule. SOL testing will begin on May 7 and conclude on May 22. All testing sessions will be held in the morning. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Nguessan at senguessan@fcps.edu.

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