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On Monday, we got the sad, though not unexpected, news that schools will be closed through the end of this academic year. There were many emotions that I felt when I heard this news. The relationships we built or were still building with our students, the school-wide events that now are canceled, such as Hunger Games and Hoop It Up Night, and the work we invested so deeply in... all which we now can’t see through in the way we imagined -- it all feels unreal.
However, the work and success we have achieved together these past few years at Glasgow makes us incredibly equipped to take on this new challenge of Distance Learning. On Thursday, I met with the staff via Google Meet to outline our approach as we transition to Distance Learning. Internationally and in the Seattle area, other schools have been preparing and implementing distance learning as a result of the coronavirus for weeks now.
There are a few takeaways from their experiences, as well as research that has been done around best practices, that will guide our Distance Learning Plan at Glasgow. They include:
- Mastery focused
Teachers have begun to work collaboratively to design meaningful learning opportunities for our students, which will be shared with students and parents the week of April 13. However, know that this transition, for both our students and staff, will require tremendous flexibility, creativity, and patience.
In order to support all of our students with access to technology, as we shift towards Distance Learning, this past week we provided 419 computers to our families. This was done with the help of many of our staff members behind the scenes, making phone calls for appointments, prepping computers and distributing computers. I am so proud to work with a staff so dedicated to our community.
More information about Glasgow’s Distance Learning Plan will be shared in the near future. In the meantime, take care of your families and loved ones and as always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Katie Madigan, Acting Principal
3rd Quarter Grading Update - The School Board was briefed that no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE; however, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until April 24 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year.
4th Quarter Grading Update - Middle school and high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript.Volunteer Opportunities
Glasgow Guinea Pigs - Glasgow student families – Fern and Rosemary need your help! With the closure of the school building, the guinea pigs need support with foster families. The Glasgow MS librarian, Tara Sanz, will provide you with the crate, bedding, hay, guinea pig food pellets, and a guinea pig care guide during their stay in your house. Tara Sanz and Theresa Connell will also provide transportation to and from foster families. Fern and Rosemary will need lots of love & cuddles and fresh weekly veggies. If you are interested in fostering Fern and Rosemary in your home, please fill out the Google form: https://forms.gle/L46ZJkLsY1xjhxPy5 Please contact Tara Sanz with any questions you have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Involved, Run for the PTA Board - The PTA is looking for interested parties to serve on the board, there are a number of opportunities available. Some positions are easily performed remotely. Please email the PTA if interested: email@example.com.
Food Donation - Fortunately our feeder neighborhoods have several pre-existing food truck delivery programs through Food For Others. If you are interested in donating food, we recommend that families donate using information from the website: https://www.foodforothers.org/
POSTPONED - Volunteer at the Book Fair: April 13 thru April 20 - Stay tuned for more information about an online Book Fair.Important Dates
March 30 - April 3 - SGA Spirit Week!
April 6 - 10 - Spring Break
April 13 - Distance Learning Rollout
Upcoming: Online Book Fair
March 30 - April 3 - SGA Spirit Week: All week long we will celebrate SGA sponsored Spirit Week. I hope your students join in on the fun and participate each and every day. If you like may either post your pictures to Twitter (@GlasgowMS and #OneTeamOneGoal) or use our Glasgow Community - Staying Connected Photo Album link to join in the fun or just celebrate at home! Below are the daily themes for the week:
- Monday: Crazy Sock Day
- Tuesday: Hat Day
- Wednesday: Sports Day
- Thursday: Tacky Day
- Friday: Pajama Day
Staying Connected Photo Album - I would love to hear how you are spending your time and maybe even post some pictures in an upcoming Gazette. I have created a Google Photos album titled “Glasgow Community - Staying Connected Photo Album” to share pictures of how you are spending your time while social distancing.Important Information
Instrument Pick-Up - The Performing Arts Teachers are organizing an Instrument Pick-up for those students whose instruments are still in the building. Parents and students can pick up their instrument at Door 3 on Tuesday, March 31 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Please complete the form for each student picking up an instrument by Monday, March 30.
Our first priority is to limit the risk of COVID-19 contamination and spread. This form is for students to request permission to retrieve their instrument ONLY. Students and parents will NOT have access to the building. You will receive a follow up email with more detailed information.
Library Books and Resources - Please enjoy your school library books at home. No books are overdue and they can be returned when school buildings re-open in summer or fall. Please check out our audiobooks and eBooks available on MackinVIA. See this video that will help you access MackinVIA: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cqQ3rBt9wQ Students can also check out books from MyON. Here is a video that shows you how to access that resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITgJzPWMIBc&t=2s Feel free to email, Tara Sanz, Glasgow MS librarian and avid reader of middle grade & YA fiction, if you need any recommendations or help with accessing online library resources. firstname.lastname@example.org Happy reading!
Student Services - Counselors Available If you have concerns regarding your child’s socio-emotional health or mental well-being, please contact your child’s counselor for support. Counselors are available to check in with your child through email or the voice-dial feature on Google Meets.
- A – C: Akon Otoyo - email@example.com
- D – J: Curtiss Barnes - firstname.lastname@example.org
- K – Ph: Cynthia Pareja - email@example.com
- Pi - Z: Greg Frantz - firstname.lastname@example.org
- ESOL Level 1 &2: Irania Escalante - email@example.com
- TEAM 7&8: Jenn Pallotto (lead) - firstname.lastname@example.org
2020-2021 Course Registration for Glasgow Students - Academic advising has concluded for all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. You can view the courses that your child has selected through StudentVue and ParentVue selecting the “course request” tab. Please note that all course request changes for Glasgow students are due by April 17, 2020. Finalizing requests by this date allows us to invest in staffing and resources based on students’ needs and interests. We will be finalizing schedules and placements throughout the late Spring and summer months.
Yearbooks Still on Sale! - Parents are encouraged to purchase a yearbook today! The cost is $30. You can purchase your yearbook on-line at https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at email@example.com. Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school.
FCPS Continuity of Learning Resources - The Glasgow website has been updated to have the link to the Continuity of Learning Resources linked directly on our home page https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/. You may also access the learning activities on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard). We will be given further direction before March 27, if additional school based distance learning will be created. Stay tuned for more updates about distance learning.
FCPS Cable Channels - Learning activities are now available on FCPS cable channels. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.
Food Services Meal Distribution Sites - FCPS will continue to provide grab and go breakfasts and lunches at no cost for students at multiple sites to students, with breakfast from 8:00-10:30am and lunch from 10:30am to 2:00pm. School-age students are welcome to come to any of the nearest sites listed below to pick up a lunch during that time period. Other sites are also available on the FCPS homepage. All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.
- Annandale Terrace, 7604 Herald St., Annandale
- Braddock Elementary, 7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale
- Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church
- Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield
- Glen Forest ES, 5829 Glen Forest Dr., Falls Church
- Parklawn ES, 4116 Braddock Road, Alexandria
- Bailey’s Community Center, 10-10:30 a.m., 5920 Summers Ln, Falls Church
Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter.
To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.
Weekly progress reports for middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.Article of the Week
In addition to keeping you updated on important information related to Glasgow Middle School, the Gazette will also provide information about what parents can do at home to help their student improve academically and help parents build the social and emotional skills that students need to be successful.
This week's article from FCPS is about “Distance Learning Plan: Complete Information and Guidelines for Adults.” Check it out.FCPS Cares
Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who went beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit a brief description so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.Be Informed, Stay Involved!
- Sign up for News You Choose.
- Visit the Glasgow Middle School website.
- Follow Glasgow on Twitter.
- Visit Glasgow Middle School on Facebook.
- Monitor your students academics with a SIS Parent Account.
- Join the Glasgow Middle School PTA and attend meetings.
- Keep your contact information up-to-date.