Glasgow Community Gazette - December 8

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Glasgow Goodies

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

 

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

 

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

Important Dates

December 9-11 - Candy Cane Sale

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

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

December 10 - PTA Meeting

December 11 - Winter Chorus Concert, 7pm

December 12 - Winter Band Concert, 6pm

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

December 16 - A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed

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

December 19 - Panther Store

December 19 - Orchestra Concert, 7pm

January 8 - Rising 6th Grade Open House

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed - December 16: Congratulations to those students that have made A/B Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students with certificates to be distributed through Panther Time on Monday, December 2. If your child is absent, they can obtain their certificate from Student Services the following day. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu.

 

Rising 6th Grade Parent Night at Glasgow Middle School - January 8: Come to Glasgow Middle School on January 8 from 6-8pm for an Open House to learn more about what middle school at Glasgow is all about! We will offer short (optional) sessions on our various Glasgow programs, and teachers will be in their classrooms throughout the evening to share all about our core and elective courses for 6th Graders. The goal is for parents to leave this event excited about all the opportunities you will have as a Glasgow Panther and prepared to complete your course request form! If you have any questions, please contact Joash Chung at jhchoung@fcps.edu.

Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening: Welcome to Glasgow, Course Request 101; Level IV Advanced Academic Program; Spanish Immersion Program; English for Speakers of Other Languages Program; Special Education Office; Math Course Placement and Selection Q&A

Getting Ready for High School

Rising 9th Grade Orientation and High School Curriculum Night - January 9: The Justice HS Rising 9th Grade Parent Orientation & Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, January 9. Pre-orientation sessions for special populations will be held at 6:00 pm for parents interested in hearing more about the following topics: ESOL, IB/MYP, and Special Education.

The full orientation will kick off at 6:30pm and is geared towards providing information for Rising 9th grade students and parents. At 7:15, students and parents of all high school grade levels will have the opportunity to talk with teachers, department chairs, school counselors and administrators about course offerings, course requirements, and scheduling choices. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held on Monday, January 13. 

 

High School Transition Events at Neighboring High Schools

Annandale High School - January 15 at 7PM

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

Edison High School - February 25 at 7PM

Volunteer at Glasgow!

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

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

 

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

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

After School Program News

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

On Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 after-school activities will be limited due to the band and chorus winter concerts.  The ASAP program will continue as planned. If you have any questions about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

Important Information

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

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

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - December 1

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

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

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

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

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

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

Important Dates

December 2-6 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 2-11 - Candy Cane Sale

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

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

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

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

December 10 - PTA Meeting

December 11 - Winter Chorus Concert, 7pm

December 12 - Winter Band Concert, 6pm

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

December 16 - A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed

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

December 19 - Panther Store

December 19 - Orchestra Concert, 7pm

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed - December 16: Congratulations to those students that have made A/B Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students with certificates to be distributed through Panther Time on Monday, December 2. If your child is absent, they can obtain their certificate from Student Services the following day. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu.

 

Rising 9th Grade Orientation and High School Curriculum Night - January 9: The Justice HS Rising 9th Grade Parent Orientation & Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, January 9. Pre-orientation sessions for special populations will be held at 6:00 pm for parents interested in hearing more about the following topics: ESOL, IB/MYP, and Special Education. The full orientation will kick off at 6:30pm and is geared towards providing information for Rising 9th grade students and parents. At 7:15, students and parents of all high school grade levels will have the opportunity to talk with teachers, department chairs, school counselors and administrators about course offerings, course requirements, and scheduling choices. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held on Monday, January 13. 

Glasgow Goodies

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

 

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

Volunteer at Glasgow!

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

After School Program News

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

On Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 after-school activities will be limited due to the band and chorus winter concerts.  The ASAP program will continue as planned. If you have any questions about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

Important Information

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 24

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Important Information

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Volunteer at Glasgow!

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Important Dates

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Break

December 2-6 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 2 - A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed

December 2-11 - Candy Cane Sale

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

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

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

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

December 10 - PTA Meeting

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed - December 2: Congratulations to those students that have made A/B Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students with certificates to be distributed through Panther Time on Monday, December 2. If your child is absent, they can obtain their certificate from Student Services the following day. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu.

 

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

 

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

 

Rising 9th Grade Orientation and High School Curriculum Night - January 9: The Justice HS Rising 9th Grade Parent Orientation & Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, January 9. Pre-orientation sessions for special populations will be held at 6:00 pm for parents interested in hearing more about the following topics: ESOL, IB/MYP, and Special Education. The full orientation will kick off at 6:30pm and is geared towards providing information for Rising 9th grade students and parents. At 7:15, students and parents of all high school grade levels will have the opportunity to talk with teachers, department chairs, school counselors and administrators about course offerings, course requirements, and scheduling choices. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held on Monday, January 13. 

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

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

After School Program News

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

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

All after-school activities will be canceled on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26. There will be NO late buses provided for Monday (11/25). Students are expected to report to their normal (2:15pm) bus for dismissal or kiss & ride for parent pick-up. If you have any questions about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

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

 

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

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 17

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

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

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

FCPS Awards Program - Nominations Due November 18

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

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

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

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

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

Important Information

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

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

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

 

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

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

Volunteer at Glasgow!

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

 

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

 

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

Important Dates

November 18 & 19 - Vision and Hearing Screening

November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch

November 22 - Picture Make-up Day

November 27-29 – Thanksgiving Break

December 2-6 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 2 - A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

*The student enrolled at Glasgow after October 9.

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

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

 

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

 

A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed - December 2: Congratulations to those students that have made A/B Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students with certificates to be distributed through Panther Time on Monday, December 2. If your child is absent, they can obtain their certificate from Student Services the following day. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu.

 

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

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

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

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

After School Program News

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

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

All after-school activities will be canceled on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26. There will be NO late buses provided for Monday (11/25). Students are expected to report to their normal (2:15pm) bus for dismissal or kiss & ride for parent pick-up. If you have any questions about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

Celebrate Inclusive Schools Week

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 10

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

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

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

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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

FCPS Awards Program - Nominations Now Open

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

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

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

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

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

Important Information

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Anything Goes at Justice HS 

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

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

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

School Planning Day: Getting Better Together

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

Volunteer or Donate to Glasgow!

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

Important Dates

November 11 - ASAP Begins

November 12 - PTA Meeting

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

November 18 & 19 - Vision and Hearing Screening

November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch

November 22 - Picture Make-up Day

November 27-29 – Thanksgiving Break

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

(The student enrolled at Glasgow after October 9.

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

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

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

After School Program News

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

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

In addition, all after-school activities will be canceled on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26. There will be NO late buses provided for Monday (11/25). Students are expected to report to their normal (2:15pm) bus for dismissal or kiss & ride for parent pick-up. If you have any questions about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

Attendance Matters!

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 3

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Glasgow Halloween 2019 FCPS Awards Program - Nominations Now Open

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

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

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

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

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

Important Information

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

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

Article of the Week

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

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

Volunteer or Donate to Glasgow!

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Dates

November 4 & 5 - Student Holiday

November 6 - World Language Credit Exam

November 7 - FCAG “Know College Sooner” Presentation

November 12 - PTA Meeting

November 18 - Picture Make-up Day

November 18 & 19 - Vision and Hearing Screening

November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch

 

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

 

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

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

(The student enrolled at Glasgow after October 9.

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

After School Program News

Glasgow After School Program has begun. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

Attendance Matters!

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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

Glasgow Community Gazette - October 27

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

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

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

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Important Information

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

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

Glasgow Goodies

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

Article of the Week

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

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

Volunteer or Donate to Glasgow!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Dates

November 4 & 5 - Student Holiday

November 6 - World Language Credit Exam

November 7 - FCAG “Know College Sooner” Presentation

November 18 & 19 - Vision and Hearing Screening

November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

After School Program News

Glasgow After School Program has begun. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

Attendance Matters!

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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

Glasgow Community Gazette - October 20

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Important Information

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

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

Article of the Week

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

This week's article from the New York Times is about "How to Help Teenagers Keep Track of Their Stuff." Check it out.

Volunteer at Glasgow!

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

Important Dates

October 22 - FCPS ACSD Meet and Greet

October 23 - Fall Band Concert

November 1 - End of the 1st Quarter

November 4 & 5 - Student Holiday

November 6 - World Language Credit Exam

November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch

 

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

 

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

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

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

After School Program News

Glasgow After School Program has begun. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

 

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

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

Attendance Matters!

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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

Glasgow Community Gazette - October 13

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Important Information

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

 

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

 

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

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

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

Article of the Week

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

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

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

Volunteer at Glasgow!

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

Important Dates

October 14 - School Planning Day (Student Holiday)

October 15 - Fall Orchestra Concert (at Justice HS)

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

October 16 - Fall Chorus Concert (at Justice HS)

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

October 23 - Fall Band Concert

November 1 - End of the 1st Quarter

November 4 - School Planning Day (Student Holiday)

November 6 - World Language Credit Exam

 

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

 

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

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

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

After School Program News

Glasgow After School Program has begun. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

 

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

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

Attendance Matters!

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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

Glasgow Community Gazette - October 6

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Glasgow Community:

It was great to see so many of you at Back to School Night (BTSN) on Thursday evening. As I stated in my opening video, Glasgow is truly a remarkable school. Our 1906 students and their families come from 56 different countries and speak 58 different languages. We have an incredible staff that is tirelessly dedicated to the learning of each and every student. We believe that quality instruction means:

* Students spend the majority of class time meaningfully reading, writing, discussing, thinking. 
* Students know what they are doing, why they are doing it and how they’ll know when they’ve got it. 
* Each lesson teaches a skill. Not just content.
* Our role as educators is to show students how to learn, not just tell them what to know.

I hope you left the event with a better sense of what your student needs to be successful in their classes and the important role you can play in supporting their learning. I strongly encourage you to continue to communicate with your student’s teachers throughout the year. The parent-school partnership is vital to the success of our students. Working together, families and teachers can be a powerful team in supporting students’ learning.

I am excited to attend the Dodgers/Nationals Game 5 of the NLDS on Monday night. As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Go Nats!

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/

R.J. Palacio, Author of Wonder, Visits Glasgow This Thursday! 

Author R.J. Palacio will be visiting Glasgow Middle School this Thursday, October 10, to promote her new book White Bird: A Wonder Story. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

All 6th grade students are invited to attend the assembly for an book talk followed by a Q&A with the author. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Sanz at tmsanz@fcps.edu.

Important Information

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

 

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

 

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

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

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

Article of the Week

At Glasgow, we believe assessment & grading should: 1) help students know their areas of strength and areas of growth, 2) allow teachers to adjust instruction to meet the needs of students, 3) provide communication between students, 4) teachers and parents about learning progress and empower students to drive their own learning. Check out this article on why all schools should move beyond averaging grades and the BTSN presentation on Glasgow’s “Grading Practices.” If you want to learn more about Glasgow’s grading practices, we invite you to the next PTA meeting on October 15. Presentation link: http://bit.ly/2zW4pNT

Article: https://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsNew/WNDet/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/21/Its-Time-to-Stop-Averaging-Grades.aspx

Volunteer at Glasgow!

Picture Day Parent Volunteers Needed - October 8 and 9: Picture Days at Glasgow are coming up! Parent volunteers are needed throughout the two days Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9. You will assist teachers and photographers getting students through the line and organized for the photos!

For every three-hour shift you will receive $25.00 voucher to use towards the costs of your child’s pictures. Shifts are 7:30am-11:00am or 11:00am-2:15pm each day. For more information, email: glasgowms.pta@gmail.com or Marc Perella at MAPerella@fcps.edu

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-2019

Important Dates

October 8 & 9 - Picture Day

October 14 - School Planning Day (Student Holiday)

October 15 - Fall Orchestra Concert (at Justice HS)

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

October 16 - Fall Chorus Concert (at Justice HS)

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

October 23 - Fall Band Concert

November 1 - End of the 1st Quarter

November 4 - School Planning Day (Student Holiday)

November 6 - World Language Credit Exam

 

Picture Day - October 8 & October 9: Students will have their pictures taken during their PE classes on either Tuesday, October 8 or Wednesday, October 9. Picture order forms will be distributed to students on Friday during Panther Time. Families can also prepay online by clicking on this link.

If your student will be out of school on Wednesday to celebrate Yom Kippur and is scheduled to have his/her picture taken, please have your student go to the Lecture Hall during FIT on Tuesday. The photographer will take the picture during this class period. Please contact Mr. Perella if you have any questions at maperella@fcps.edu

 

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

 

International Potluck - October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm: Glasgow will be hosting an International Potluck on October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm. This event is free for the Glasgow Community! Sign up to bring food to share or volunteer at http://bit.ly/GMSPotluck2019

 

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

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

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

After School Program Has Begun!

Glasgow After School Program has begun. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

Attendance Matters!

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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

Glasgow Community Gazette - September 29

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Glasgow Community:

Last week, students who earned Panther Cards from Glasgow staff when they committed acts of Kindness, Commitment or Safety had their first opportunity to exchange their cards for prizes at the Panther Store, which is open during lunch once a month. Congrats to all students who received a Panther Card. Thank you to those of you who donated items to the Panther Store and the parents who volunteered on Friday. 

This Thursday, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm, and we encourage you to arrive early as we anticipate a well-attended event. Please keep in mind that parking will be limited. We have arranged for the buses that normally park outside door #3 to park at Justice High School that evening. We also hope to provide overflow parking on the school fields (weather permitting). 

Again this year, a variety of food trucks will be stationed in front of the school beginning at 4:30pm for parents and students to purchase food prior to the event. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary. This year Glasgow will also be hosting a small resource fair with community partners. It will be located outside the front entrance. 

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 you 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.

Please bring a copy (or take a photo) of your student’s schedule to guide you through the Back to School Night schedule. A detailed schedule is outlined below.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week.

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/

Last Chance - Order Author R.J. Palacio's New Book Today!

Author R.J. Palacio will be visiting Glasgow Middle School on October 10 to promote her new book White Bird: A Wonder Story. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

Last week, students received a R.J. Palacio White Bird: A Wonder Story book order form. This is an amazing opportunity to receive an autographed copy of any book written by RJ Palacio. Order forms are due to your student's Panther Time teacher by September 30. You can also order White Bird or any of her previous books using the following updated link:  https://forms.gle/BRaC8dgmQMDtX8Qb7

All book sales will benefit Glasgow Middle School. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Sanz at tmsanz@fcps.edu.

Important Information

After School Program Has Begun!
Glasgow After School Program began last week. Late buses will be available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please note that the After School Program is cancelled on Thursday, October 3 due to Back to School Night. To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

 

TJHSST After School Prep Program
Glasgow will be offering an after school TJ prep program for interested 8th grade students. This program is designed to help your child get ready for the upcoming TJ test that will be held November 9. TJ Prep sessions will be available for students during academic time after school beginning the week of October 7. Please refer to the after school website to check the time and location of the sessions. If you have any further questions please contact, Glasgow TJ Liaison Counselor Greg Frantz at gdfrantz@fcps.edu.

 

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

 

Locker Request Forms - Available October 1 in Student Services: If you would like to request a locker for your student, locker request forms will be available in Student Services beginning Tuesday, October 1. In addition, if you have concerns specific to your student, we will work with you to ensure your student has what they need to be successful at Glasgow this year. Please visit the Student Services website at https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/student-services and email your student’s counselor.

 

September Safety Drills: Glasgow conducted a bus evacuation drill last Friday to conclude our September safety drills. Teachers will continue to help teach students our expectations and procedures to support school-wide safety throughout the year. If you have any questions about required safety drills, please email Kristy Ritchie at klritchie@fcps.edu.

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

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

Article (Podcast) of the Week

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

This week, we included a link to a podcast that dives into parents’ top concerns about middle school with Phyllis Fagell—school counselor, therapist, author and mother of three. Podcast: https://www.pta.org/center-for-family-engagement/notes-from-the-backpack/middle-school-what-every-parent-should-know

Volunteer at Glasgow!

Picture Day Parent Volunteers Needed - October 8 and 9: Picture Days at Glasgow are coming up! Parent volunteers are needed throughout the two days Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9. You will assist teachers and photographers getting students through the line and organized for the photos!

For every three-hour shift you will receive $25.00 voucher to use towards the costs of your child’s pictures. Shifts are 7:30am-11:00am or 11:00am-2:15pm each day. For more information, email: glasgowms.pta@gmail.com or Marc Perella at MAPerella@fcps.edu

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-2019

Important Dates

October 1 - FIT Begins (Tues/Wed/Thurs)

October 3 - After School Program Canceled

October 3 - Back to School Night, 6-8pm

October 5 - Taste of Annandale

October 8 & 9 - Picture Day

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

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

November 6 - World Language Credit Exam

 

Flexible Instructional Time (FIT) Begins October 1
All students will receive a new schedule with their FIT assignment during 1st block on Tuesday, October 1. Students’ FIT assignment will show up on their schedules as their 9th period class. Students will report to their FIT class every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

The purpose of FIT is to provide remediation to students based on their specific needs. Specifically, for those students who need additional support in reading, writing or math. All other students will attend an enrichment FIT. The format of enrichment FIT will be as follows: Tuesday = Read a text, Wednesday = Write about the text, Thursday = Discuss the text. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s counselor.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night – October 3: On Thursday, October 3, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). The program officially begins at 6:10 PM, and we encourage you to arrive early as we anticipate a well-attended event. Please bring a copy (or take a photo on your phone) of your student’s schedule. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary. 

4:30 – 5:45  Dinner Available for Purchase via Food Trucks. Seating Available in the Cafeteria and in front of the building (weather permitting).  

5:00 - 5:30  Family Life Education (FLE) Video Screening in health rooms (optional)

5:00 - 6:00  Community Resource Fair outside front entrance (optional)

5:15 – 5:45  Student Services Meet & Greet in the cafeteria

5:45 – 6:10  Transition to 1st Period Classrooms

6:10 – 6:30  1st period (includes time for welcome videos & school vision presentation)

6:35 – 6:45  3rd period

6:50 – 7:00  5th period

7:05 – 7:15  7th period

7:20 – 7:30  2nd period

7:35 – 7:45  4th period

7:50 – 8:00  6th period

 

Celebrate the Taste of Annandale - October 5: Come on out and enjoy some good food and entertainment at the fifth annual Taste of Annandale, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-4pm, along Tom Davis Drive in the center of Annandale.

The Taste of Annandale is a free, family-friendly street festival featuring food trucks, a beer garden, live music, an aerial dance performance, a best-dressed pet contest, a full day of children’s entertainment, 5K race, the police helicopter, a chili cook-off, vendors, and more. The Taste of Annandale 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 4251 John Marr Drive. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2BMXVUr. For more information visit: https://tasteofannandale.com/

 

Picture Day - October 8 & October 9: Students will have their pictures taken during their PE classes on either Tuesday, October 8 or Wednesday, October 9. Picture order forms will be distributed to students on Friday during Panther Time. Families can also prepay online by clicking on this link. Please contact Mr. Perella if you have any questions at maperella@fcps.edu

 

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

 

International Potluck - October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm: Glasgow will be hosting an International Potluck on October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm. This event is free for the Glasgow Community! Sign up to bring food to share or volunteer at http://bit.ly/GMSPotluck2019.

 

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

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

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

Attendance Matters!

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow's After School Program Begins Tomorrow!

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Glasgow Community:

Glasgow’s After School Program and late buses will officially begin tomorrow, September 25. Below is an overview of the After School Program. For a list of academic and activities/clubs offered, visit the After School Program website

If you have any questions, please contact Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or 703-813-8885.

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

Overview of Glasgow’s After School Program

Schedule: The After School Program is offered Monday through Friday. On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday or “late bus days” the After School Program is divided into two sessions for students. The first session is focused on academics and is scheduled from 2:25 to 3:25pm. The second session is focused on activities & clubs and is scheduled from 3:45 to 4:45pm. 

 

Transportation: Late buses are offered to students participating in the After School Program every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students are dismissed to late buses at 4:45pm and buses will depart from Glasgow at 5:00pm. Note: Late bus routes differ from students normal morning and afternoon routes.  Late run stops have fewer buses and stops. Please contact the main office for your assigned late bus.  

Parent pick-up is required for students participating in the After School Program on Tuesday and Friday. Parents are welcome to pick their child up anytime during the duration of after school and no later than 5:00pm every day.

 

Student Sign-up: In order to participate in the After School Program students and/or parents are required to sign up for after school activities each day they are interested in participating. Sign-ups can be completed during lunch or the night before via the website. Sign-ups are only required on late bus days Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sign-up is NOT required on non-late bus days Tuesday and Friday. 

 

Tips: Discuss your child’s after-school plans every morning to prevent any confusion in the afternoon. Phones are made available for students in the front office and in the classrooms during appropriate times. 

Encourage your student to get involved in as many activities as possible. After school is a great time to receive extra academic help, join new enrichment clubs, make new friends, and explore interests.

FCPS Cares

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

Important Dates

September 27 - Panther Store (all lunches)

September 27 - TJHSST Applications Due

October 2 - FIT Begins (Tues/Wed/Thurs)

October 3 - Back to School Night, 6-8pm

October 5 - Taste of Annandale

October 8 & 9 - Picture Day

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

October 17, 6:30-8:00pm - International & Cultural Food Night

November 6 - World Credit Exam

 

Glasgow Back to School Night – October 3: On Thursday, October 3, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). The program officially begins at 6:00 PM, and we encourage you to arrive early as we anticipate a well-attended event. Please bring a copy (or take a photo on your phone) of your student’s schedule. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary. In addition, please keep in mind that parking will be limited. We have arranged for the buses that normally park outside door #3 to park at Justice High School that evening. We also hope to provide overflow parking on the soccer fields.

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 you 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.

 

Celebrate the Taste of Annandale - October 5: Come on out and enjoy some good food and entertainment at the fifth annual Taste of Annandale, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-4pm, along Tom Davis Drive in the center of Annandale.

The Taste of Annandale is a free, family-friendly street festival featuring food trucks, a beer garden, live music, an aerial dance performance, a best-dressed pet contest, a full day of children’s entertainment, 5K race, the police helicopter, a chili cook-off, vendors, and more. The Taste of Annandale 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 4251 John Marr Drive. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2BMXVUr. For more information visit: https://tasteofannandale.com/

 

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

 

International Potluck - October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm: Glasgow will be hosting an International Potluck on October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm. This event is free for the Glasgow Community! Sign up to bring food to share or volunteer at http://bit.ly/GMSPotluck2019.

 

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

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

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - September 22

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you were able to take advantage of the beautiful weather this weekend. I spent early Saturday coaching my daughter's softball team, who played against many Glasgow students at Mason District Park. Later in the evening, I headed to "Bands at the Beach" at Lake Barcroft to benefit the Justice HS Scholarship Fund. If you were not able to make it, you can still donate by clicking here.  

At Glasgow, we take great pride in ensuring quality instruction in every classroom. Teachers develop lesson plans collaboratively, ensuring the following is incorporated into every lesson: Learning Targets, Academic Task, Scaffolds and Evidence of Student Learning. Our goal is to know each student by name and need and use data to drive our instruction.  

This week I spent a great deal of time in classrooms and got to see the fruits of our labor in action. Watching your students engage, think and grapple with high quality tasks was the highlight of my week. For example, I saw students flash drafting a theory about character change in Language Arts 6, and students determine equivalencies among fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and percents in small groups in Math 6. Getting to spend my days with such talented teachers and students is what makes me proud to be the principal of Glasgow.

During Panther Time this past week, all students took time to celebrate our diversity and engage in conversations and reflections in class. They also worked on active listening skills, what it means to be present and engaged and balancing their present and future selves. Each of these lessons is setting them up to work one on one with their Panther Time teacher next week to set goals for the upcoming year.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week.

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/

Author R.J. Palacio - Updated Link to Order Her New Book Today!

Author R.J. Palacio will be visiting Glasgow Middle School on October 10 to promote her new book White Bird: A Wonder Story. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

Last week, students received a R.J. Palacio White Bird: A Wonder Story book order form. This is an amazing opportunity to receive an autographed copy of any book written by RJ Palacio. Order forms are due to your student's Panther Time teacher by September 30. You can also order White Bird or any of her previous books using the following updated link:  https://forms.gle/BRaC8dgmQMDtX8Qb7

All book sales will benefit Glasgow Middle School. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Sanz at tmsanz@fcps.edu.

Important Information

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

 

Locker Request Forms - Available October 1 in Student Services: If you would like to request a locker for your student, locker request forms will be available in Student Services beginning Tuesday, October 1. In addition, if you have concerns specific to your student, we will work with you to ensure your student has what they need to be successful at Glasgow this year. Please visit the Student Services website at https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/student-services and email your student’s counselor.

 

Form Collection through Panther Time: Please have your student return the following forms to your student’s their Panther Time teacher as soon as possible:
* Emergency Care Care
* Health Information Form
* After-School Form
* SOL Retake Form

 

September Safety Drills: Glasgow conducted our second lockdown drill on Monday and another fire drill on Thursday. Teachers will continue to help teach students our expectations and procedures to support school-wide safety. If you have any questions about required safety drills, please email Kristy Ritchie at klritchie@fcps.edu.

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

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

Article of the Week

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

This week's article titled, "Five Steps Parents Can Take to Raise Strong, Bully-Resistant Girls" outlines how building confidence now will help later - in the workforce and beyond.

Volunteer at Glasgow!

Volunteers Needed - Panther Store, September 27: Join us for a rare glimpse into the secret life of middle schoolers! What in the world am I referring to? It's Glasgow's PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) Panther Store! This year’s first store will be Friday, September 27.

Students earn Panther Cards from Glasgow staff when they commit acts of Kindness, Commitment or Safety - these are the Panther Principles! Once a month, students have the opportunity to redeem their Panther cards at the Panther Store, which is open during lunch. Parents staff the Panther Store, and it's one of the few volunteer opportunities at Glasgow during the school day that puts you in direct contact with students. 

So come visit our school and work the PBIS Store during Glasgow lunches. We need at least 2 volunteers per session (minimum of 4 per day). If you know your child's lunch session - you can sign up to volunteer at that time. It is an easy and fun volunteer opportunity. Training will be provided at the beginning of your session (minimal instruction is needed!) Contact Jen Hitchcock at jenjim24@gmail.com with any questions! Click here to volunteer.

 

Panther Store Donations Needed - The GMS PBIS is looking for donations of new or lightly used prizes for students to get at the monthly Panther Store. Items can include small toys and games, fidget toys/stress balls, unopened nail polish/hair things, t-shirts, water bottles, and individually bagged snacks and candy.

Please drop any donations to the front office (labeled Panther Store), C/O Tess Roper or Michael Pulver. Thank you so much in advance! Your students will appreciate your help greatly!

 

Picture Day Parent Volunteers Needed - October 8 and 9: Picture Days at Glasgow are coming up! Parent volunteers are needed throughout the two days Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9. You will assist teachers and photographers getting students through the line and organized for the photos!

For every three-hour shift you will receive $25.00 voucher to use towards the costs of your child’s pictures. Shifts are 7:30am-11:00am or 11:00am-2:15pm each day. For more information, email: glasgowms.pta@gmail.com or Marc Perella at MAPerella@fcps.edu

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-2019

Important Dates

September 23 - Late Buses/After School Program Begins

September 27 - Panther Store (all lunches)

September 27 - TJHSST Applications Due

October 2 - FIT Begins (Tues/Wed/Thurs)

October 3 - Back to School Night, 6-8pm

October 5 - Taste of Annandale

October 8 & 9 - Picture Day

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

October 17, 6:30-8:00pm - International & Cultural Food Night

November 6 - World Credit Exam

 

Jumpstart on Bullying Awareness – Week of September 23: Beginning the week of September 23, the Student Services Department will start our Anti-Bullying classroom lessons through 6th grade health classrooms. We will teach lessons on what bullying looks like, tips on how to handle it in a variety of situations, and cyber-bullying. We will also be reviewing our updated anonymous bullying reporting system located on the Glasgow website!

 

After School Program and Late Buses Begin - September 23: The after school program and late buses will officially begin on September 23. Late buses will be available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after September 23. If you have any questions, please contact Greg Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.    

 

Glasgow Back to School Night – October 3: On Thursday, October 3, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). The program officially begins at 6:00 PM, and we encourage you to arrive early as we anticipate a well-attended event. Please bring a copy (or take a photo on your phone) of your student’s schedule. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary. In addition, please keep in mind that parking will be limited. We have arranged for the buses that normally park outside door #3 to park at Justice High School that evening. We also hope to provide overflow parking on the soccer fields.

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 you 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.

 

Celebrate the Taste of Annandale - October 5: Come on out and enjoy some good food and entertainment at the fifth annual Taste of Annandale, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-4pm, along Tom Davis Drive in the center of Annandale.

The Taste of Annandale is a free, family-friendly street festival featuring food trucks, a beer garden, live music, an aerial dance performance, a best-dressed pet contest, a full day of children’s entertainment, 5K race, the police helicopter, a chili cook-off, vendors, and more. The Taste of Annandale 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 4251 John Marr Drive. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2BMXVUr. For more information visit: https://tasteofannandale.com/

 

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

 

International Potluck - October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm: Glasgow will be hosting an International Potluck on October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm. This event is free for the Glasgow Community! Sign up to bring food to share or volunteer at http://bit.ly/GMSPotluck2019.

 

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

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

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

Attendance Matters!

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - September 15

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Glasgow Community:

Thank you to all of you who attended our first PTA meeting of the year last Tuesday. We had a great turnout! Greg Williams, Glasgow’s After School Specialist presented on Glasgow’s After School Program which will begin on September 23. Our next PTA meeting is on October 15.

This week, Glasgow will host a Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Admissions Representative for a student & parent presentation on the application process followed by a question & answer session in our Lecture Hall on Wednesday September 18 at 6:00pm. If you are unable to attend the presentation at Glasgow, the TJHSST Admissions website has a list of all middle schools that are holding presentations: www.tjadmissions.org.

Finally, if you and/or your student is looking for something to do this weekend, there are a number of fun events at Justice High School. On Friday, September 20, Justice is hosting their annual “Youth Night” at the Varsity Football game beginning at 7:00pm. All staff, families, and students from the Justice pyramid schools are invited. On Saturday, the Justice Volleyball team will be hosting a free clinic for boys and girls in 5th through 8th grade from 11:30-1:00pm. Click here for more information.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week.

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/

Author R.J. Palacio - Order Her New Book Today!

Author R.J. Palacio will be visiting Glasgow Middle School on October 10 to promote her new book White Bird: A Wonder Story. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

During Panther Time this week, students received a R.J. Palacio White Bird: A Wonder Story book order form. Students, this is an amazing opportunity to receive an autographed copy of any book written by RJ Palacio. Order forms are due to your student's Panther Time teacher by September 30. You can also order any of her previous books using the following link: http://bit.ly/2m1zGu0. All book sales will benefit Glasgow Middle School. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Sanz at tmsanz@fcps.edu.

Important Information

First Day Packet Forms - Past Due: Please return first day packet forms listed below to your student's Panther Time teacher as soon as possible.

  • Emergency Care Card
  • Health Information Form
  • After-School Form
  • SOL Retake Form 

For the emergency care card, please take time to look over the card, make any necessary changes, sign the card and return it with your student to school. If there are no changes that need to be made, the card still needs to be signed and returned to school. Thank you for taking time to review and update this important information.

 

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

 

September Safety Drills: Glasgow conducted a lockdown drill on Monday and a fire drill on Thursday. This week, we will conduct our 2nd lockdown drill of the year on Monday morning and our weekly fire drill on Thursday afternoon. Teachers will continue to help teach students our expectations and procedures to support school-wide safety. If you have any questions about required safety drills, please email Kristy Ritchie at klritchie@fcps.edu.

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

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

Volunteer at Glasgow!

Volunteers Needed - 8th Grade Field Trip to Finance Park: The 8th grade Civics teachers are planning a field trip to Finance Park in October, and we need volunteers!  Finance Park, located on the grounds of Frost Middle School, is a budget simulation 8th grade students to participate in to get firsthand experience in the financial responsibilities of citizenship – making and keeping to a budget.  

The weeks prior to the field trip students will receive basic instruction in personal finance, credit/debit cards, and economics 101. Glasgow students will go on one of four days: October 21, 22, 23 or 24. If you are interested in chaperoning the field trip, please email Civics teacher Tina Takach by September 20 at cptakach@fcps.edu.

 

Volunteers Needed - Panther Store, September 27: Join us for a rare glimpse into the secret life of middle schoolers! What in the world am I referring to? It's Glasgow's PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) Panther Store! This year’s first store will be Friday, September 27th.

Students earn Panther Cards from Glasgow staff when they commit acts of Kindness, Commitment or Safety - these are the Panther Principles! Once a month, students have the opportunity to redeem their Panther cards at the Panther Store, which is open during lunch. Parents staff the Panther Store, and it's one of the few volunteer opportunities at Glasgow during the school day that puts you in direct contact with students. 

So come visit our school and work the PBIS Store during Glasgow lunches. We need at least 2 volunteers per session (minimum of 4 per day). If you know your child's lunch session - you can sign up to volunteer at that time. It is an easy and fun volunteer opportunity. Training will be provided at the beginning of your session (minimal instruction is needed!) Contact Jen Hitchcock at jenjim24@gmail.com with any questions! Click here to volunteer.

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 titled, "15 Questions to Replace ‘How Was School Today?" outlines questions will help you draw out important information from your kids. Click here to read the article.

Important Dates

September 18 - TJHSST Information Session, 6pm Lecture Hall

September 21 - Bands at the Beach Fundraiser

September 23 - After School Program Begins

September 27 - Panther Store (all lunches)

October 3 - Back to School Night, 6-8pm

October 5 - Taste of Annandale

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

 

TJHSST Info Session - September 18 at 6pm: For parents of students whose 8th graders are currently enrolled in Algebra 1 and Geometry and are interested in applying to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST),the Freshman Winter Application will be available this Monday September 2 after 4pm. Greg Frantz is the TJHSST Liaison Counselor and distributed info sheets to all Algebra 1 and Geometry classes this week. He held a student info session during Panther Time on Thursday, August 29.

Glasgow will host a TJHSST Admissions Representative for a Student & Parent presentation on the application process followed by a question & answer session in our Lecture Hall on Wednesday, September 18 at 6pm.  If you are unable to attend the presentation at Glasgow the TJHSST Admissions website has a list of all middle schools that are holding presentations www.tjadmissions.org.

The application and all information about the Freshman Winter Application Process is contained on the TJHSST Admissions Website www.tjadmissions.org. The application deadline is 4pm on September 27. Please contact Greg Frantz at gdfrantz@fcps.edu with any questions or the TJHSST Admissions Office at tjadmissions@fcps.edu

 

Bands at the Beach Fundraiser - September 21: The Justice HS Scholarship Fund will hold its third-annual Bands at the Beach fundraiser on September 21 from 4pm until 7pm. This fundraiser helps to support scholarships for Justice HS seniors. The event includes a food truck, desserts, beverages, and of course, a variety of bands. Advance tickets are available for purchase online: www.jhsscholars.org/tickets. BONUS: Special price for Justice Pyramid staff and students or just $10/ticket. Questions? Contact JHS Parent and JHS Scholars Board Member, Tara Rethore: tjreth@gmail.com

 

After School Program and Late Buses Begin - September 23: The after school program and late buses will officially begin on September 23. Late buses will be available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after September 23. If you have any questions, please contact Greg Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.    

 

Glasgow Back to School Night – October 3: On Thursday, October 3, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). The program officially begins at 6:00 PM, and we encourage you to arrive early as we anticipate a well-attended event. Please bring a copy (or take a photo on your phone) of your student’s schedule. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary. In addition, please keep in mind that parking will be limited. We have arranged for the buses that normally park outside door #3 to park at Justice High School that evening. We also hope to provide overflow parking on the soccer fields.

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 you 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.

 

Celebrate the Taste of Annandale - October 5: Come on out and enjoy some good food and entertainment at the fifth annual Taste of Annandale, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-4pm, along Tom Davis Drive in the center of Annandale.

The Taste of Annandale is a free, family-friendly street festival featuring food trucks, a beer garden, live music, an aerial dance performance, a best-dressed pet contest, a full day of children’s entertainment, 5K race, the police helicopter, a chili cook-off, vendors, and more. The Taste of Annandale 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 4251 John Marr Drive. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2BMXVUr. For more information visit: https://tasteofannandale.com/

 

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

Attendance Matters!

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - September 8

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Glasgow Community:

This is my favorite time of year! Not only because it is the start of the school year, but also because it is the beginning of the football season. I spend most Saturday’s watching The Ohio State University. As a Cleveland Browns fan, I usually avoided watching the NFL on Sundays but this year’s team begins the season full of optisium. I just hope it lasts.

During Panther Time this past week, students learned about our Panther Principle of commitment. Specifically, what commitment looks like at Glasgow and how students can practice commitment throughout the year.  Students viewed this YouTube video call “You Can Learn Anything” from the Khan Academy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC82Il2cjqA.    

Now that students have learned about all three of our Panther Principles: Kindness Commitment and Safety, it is time to celebrate when students demonstrate these principles with Panther Cards. Students can redeem their Panther Cards for prizes at our Panther Store, which is held once a month during lunch. Contact the PTA at GlasgowMS.PTA@gmail.com to volunteer at the next Panther Store on September 20.

Parents, you can celebrate when Glasgow staff members demonstrate these same principles as well through the FCPS Cares Program. This site collects stories of outstanding FCPS employees and posts them to a message board. FCPS Cares program will honor deserving employees with a Cares of the Month award. View program details or see info below.  

Our first PTA meeting will be this Tuesday, September 10, Greg Williams, Glasgow’s After School Specialist will spotlight Glasgow’s After School Program which will begin on September 24. If you have not done so already, please consider joining the PTA by visiting their website: http://www.glasgowpta.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/

Author R.J. Palacio - Order Her New Book Today!

Author R.J. Palacio will be visiting Glasgow Middle School on October 10 to promote her new book White Bird: A Wonder Story. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

Order her new book today! (You can also order any of her previous books). Link: http://bit.ly/2m1zGu0.  All book sales will benefit Glasgow Middle School.

Important Information

First Day Packet Forms - Due September 13: It’s not too late! Please return first day packet forms to Panther Time teachers.  The forms below are due on Friday, September 13.

  • Emergency Care Card
  • Health Information Form
  • After-School Form
  • SOL Retake Form 

For the emergency care card, please take time to look over the card, make any necessary changes, sign the card and return it with your student to school. If there are no changes that need to be made, the card still needs to be signed and returned to school. Thank you for taking time to review and update this important information.

 

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

 

September Safety Drills: Glasgow conducted its second fire drill of the year this past week and will continue to have safety drills weekly throughout the month of September. This week, we will be conducting a lockdown drill on Monday and a fire drill on Thursday. Teachers will help teach students our expectations and procedures to support school-wide safety. If you have any questions about required safety drills, please email Kristy Ritchie at klritchie@fcps.edu.

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

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

Transportation

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

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 titled, "Making Math a Family Thing" outlines strategies for parents and teachers on closing the math gap between home and school. Check it out!

Important Dates

September 10 - PTA Meeting, 7pm

September 18 - TJHSST Information Session, 6pm Lecture Hall

September 20 - Panther Store (all lunches)

September 21 - Bands at the Beach Fundraiser

September 23 - After School Program Begins

October 3 - Back to School Night, 6-8pm

October 5 - Taste of Annandale

October 7 - After School Program Begins

 

First PTA Meeting of the Year - September 10, 7:00pm: Join us for Glasgow’s first PTA meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00pm. The meeting will include a Principal’s Report from Shawn DeRose and presentation on Glasgow’s After School Program. All are welcome to attend; membership in the PTA is not required.

 

TJHSST Info Session - September 18 at 6pm: For parents of students whose 8th graders are currently enrolled in Algebra 1 and Geometry and are interested in applying to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST),the Freshman Winter Application will be available this Monday September 2 after 4pm. Greg Frantz is the TJHSST Liaison Counselor and distributed info sheets to all Algebra 1 and Geometry classes this week. He held a student info session during Panther Time on Thursday, August 29.

Glasgow will host a TJHSST Admissions Representative for a Student & Parent presentation on the application process followed by a question & answer session in our Lecture Hall on Wednesday, September 18 at 6pm.  If you are unable to attend the presentation at Glasgow the TJHSST Admissions website has a list of all middle schools that are holding presentations www.tjadmissions.org.

The application and all information about the Freshman Winter Application Process is contained on the TJHSST Admissions Website www.tjadmissions.org. The application deadline is 4pm on September 27. Please contact Greg Frantz at gdfrantz@fcps.edu with any questions or the TJHSST Admissions Office at tjadmissions@fcps.edu

 

“Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About AAP but Didn’t Know to Ask” - September 18, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Pohick LIbrary: Fairfax County Association for the Gifted will host Kirsten Maloney as the speaker of the 2019-2020 school year for a question & answer session regarding “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About AAP but Didn’t Know to Ask”.  This is a great opportunity for parents of elementary school students looking to enter the Advanced Academics Program (AAP), or who want to understand more of the AAP options. Hear directly from our AAP Coordinator and from parents of AAP students about the process and the experience of advanced academics in our county.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6:30pm-8:30pm with light refreshments at Pohick Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, VA  22015. If you have any questions about this discussion, please email it to president@fcag.org.

 

Bands at the Beach Fundraiser - September 21: The Justice HS Scholarship Fund will hold its third-annual Bands at the Beach fundraiser on September 21 from 4pm until 7pm. This fundraiser helps to support scholarships for Justice HS seniors. The event includes a food truck, desserts, beverages, and of course, a variety of bands. Advance tickets are available for purchase online: www.jhsscholars.org/tickets. BONUS: Special price for Justice Pyramid staff and students or just $10/ticket. Questions? Contact JHS Parent and JHS Scholars Board Member, Tara Rethore: tjreth@gmail.com

 

After School Program and Late Buses Begin - September 23: The after school program and late buses will officially begin on September 23. Late buses will be available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after September 23. If you have any questions, please contact Greg Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.    

 

Glasgow Back to School Night – October 3: On Thursday, October 3, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:00 PM, and we encourage you to arrive early as we anticipate a well-attended event. Please bring a copy (or take a photo) of your student’s schedule. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary. In addition, please keep in mind that parking will be limited. We have arranged for the buses that normally park outside door #3 to park at Justice High School that evening. We also hope to provide overflow parking on the soccer fields.

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 you 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.

 

Celebrate the Taste of Annandale - October 5: Come on out and enjoy some good food and entertainment at the fifth annual Taste of Annandale, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-4pm, along Tom Davis Drive in the center of Annandale.

The Taste of Annandale is a free, family-friendly street festival featuring food trucks, a beer garden, live music, an aerial dance performance, a best-dressed pet contest, a full day of children’s entertainment, 5K race, the police helicopter, a chili cook-off, vendors, and more. The Taste of Annandale 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 4251 John Marr Drive. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2BMXVUr. For more information visit: https://tasteofannandale.com/

Reference and Reminders

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

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

 

Glasgow on Twitter and #GMSbelieves: Throughout the year, you can view the amazing things happening in our classrooms and beyond via Twitter. Check out the tweets with photos from the first week of school at @glasgowms and @shawnderose for important updates and highlights as well. You can also use the hashtag #GMSbelieves.

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Glasgow Community Gazette - September 2

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Glasgow Community:

Happy Labor Day! We had a wonderful start to the 2019-2020 school year! It was fun to welcome students back into the building and watch them get acclimated to their new schedule and routines with the help of returning students and staff.

Throughout the week when I visited classrooms, I saw teachers sending a consistent message that who they teach is just as important as what they teach (if not more). I observed students’ excitement for both the content they will learn and the variety of community-building activities in which they participated during class and Panther Time. These relationships are the foundation for the learning your student(s) will do this year and are an important part of our strong, positive school culture at Glasgow.

As I mentioned last week, Panther Time focuses on the academic, social and emotional development of our students. On Tuesday and Wednesday during Panther Time, students played team-building games and learned important first week information and procedures like how to find your bus at dismissal, how to use your agenda book and cafeteria procedures during lunch. 

On Thursday, students watched a video with members of the admin team talking about our Panther Principle of Safety. We explained some of our most important behavior expectations, especially in the hallways. On Friday, students learned about what Kindness means at Glasgow.

This week we will focus on our Panther Principle of Committment. Here is a link to our “Panther Principles” matrix, with all of our behavior expectations: https://goo.gl/NZAwCk. We will continue to explain and discuss these with our students to support their success at Glasgow and beyond.

We are off to a great start! As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

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

FCPS Cares

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

Important Information

Emergency Care Cards - Return to School: Emergency Care Cards will be sent home on Tuesday. Please take time to look over the card, make any necessary changes, sign the card and return it with your student to school. If there are no changes that need to be made, the card still needs to be signed and returned to school. Thank you for taking time to review and update this important information.

 

Form Collection through Panther Time: Please have your student return the following forms to your student’s their Panther Time teacher as soon as possible:

  • Emergency Care Card (will be going home on Tuesday)
  • Health Information Form
  • After-School Form
  • SOL Retake Form

 

Course Change Request Forms: At Glasgow, our priority is to ensure students are registered for classes that are an appropriate match to their academic needs and interests. Forms are available for students to pick up from the Student Services office. Approved changes will be limited and based on factors such as student readiness, staffing, and availability. As a reminder, all Course Change Request Forms are due to Student Services by Friday, September 6.

 

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

 

September Safety Drills: Glasgow conducted its first fire drill of the year and will continue to have safety drills weekly throughout the month of September. Teachers will help teach students our expectations and procedures to support school-wide safety. If you have any questions about required safety drills, please email Kristy Ritchie at klritchie@fcps.edu.

Breakfast and Lunch 

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

Transportation

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

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

Principal Shawn DeRose was quoted in this week's article from the Washington Post titled, “Five ways parents can help their kids transition smoothly to middle school.” by Phyllis Fagell. Ms. Fagell also has a new book titled, Middle School Matters. Check it out!

Important Dates

September 10 - PTA Meeting, 7pm

September 18 - TJHSST Information Session, 6pm Lecture Hall

September 20 - Panther Store (all lunches)

September 30 - Late Buses Begin

October 3 - Back to School Night, 6-8pm

October 7 - After School Program Begins

 

First PTA Meeting of the Year - September 10, 7:00pm: Join us for Glasgow’s first PTA meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00pm. The meeting will include a Principal’s Report from Shawn DeRose and presentation on Glasgow’s After School Program. All are welcome to attend; membership in the PTA is not required.

 

TJHSST Info Session - September 18 at 6pm: For parents of students whose 8th graders are currently enrolled in Algebra 1 and Geometry and are interested in applying to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST),the Freshman Winter Application will be available this Monday September 2 after 4pm. Greg Frantz is the TJHSST Liaison Counselor and distributed info sheets to all Algebra 1 and Geometry classes this week. He held a student info session during Panther Time on Thursday, August 29.

Glasgow will host a TJHSST Admissions Representative for a Student & Parent presentation on the application process followed by a question & answer session in our Lecture Hall on Wednesday, September 18 at 6pm.  If you are unable to attend the presentation at Glasgow the TJHSST Admissions website has a list of all middle schools that are holding presentations www.tjadmissions.org.

The application and all information about the Freshman Winter Application Process is contained on the TJHSST Admissions Website www.tjadmissions.org. The application deadline is 4pm on September 27. Please contact Greg Frantz at gdfrantz@fcps.edu with any questions or the TJHSST Admissions Office at tjadmissions@fcps.edu

 

After School Program and Late Buses Begin - September 30 & October 7: Late buses at Glasgow are scheduled to begin Monday, September 30.  The late busses will be available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after this point.  The after school program will begin officially on October 7. If you have any questions, please contact Greg Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.    

 

Glasgow Back to School Night – October 3: On Thursday, October 3, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:00 PM, and we encourage you to arrive early as we anticipate a well-attended event. Please bring a copy (or take a photo) of your student’s schedule. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary. In addition, please keep in mind that parking will be limited. We have arranged for the buses that normally park outside door #3 to park at Justice High School that evening. We also hope to provide overflow parking on the soccer fields.

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 you 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.

Author R.J. Palacio Visiting Glasgow

Author R.J. Palacio will be visiting Glasgow Middle School on October 10 to promote her new book White Bird: A Wonder Story. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

More information about the event will be coming soon, including how to pre-order White Bird: A Wonder Story. In the meantime, check out https://wonderthebook.com/ for more information about the author and her newest book. Special thanks to Barnes and Noble for their support.

Reference and Reminders

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

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

 

Glasgow on Twitter and #GMSbelieves: Throughout the year, you can view the amazing things happening in our classrooms and beyond via Twitter. Check out the tweets with photos from the first week of school at @glasgowms and @shawnderose for important updates and highlights as well.  You can also use the hashtag #GMSbelieves.

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Special Announcement - Author R.J. Palacio Visiting Glasgow

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Thank you for a great first week of school! 

We are excited to share that author R.J. Palacio will be visiting Glasgow Middle School on October 10 to promote her new book White Bird: A Wonder Story. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

More information about the event will be coming soon, including how to pre-order White Bird: A Wonder Story. In the meantime, check out https://wonderthebook.com/ for more information about the author and her newest book. 

Special thanks to Barnes and Noble for their support. Have a great Labor Day weekend.

Sincerely,
Shawn DeRose
Principal

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Glasgow Middle School - First Day of School

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Glasgow Community -

The 2019-20 school year is off to a great start. Glasgow staff members welcomed our new and returning students into the building. Throughout the day as admin and coaches supported teachers in the classroom, it was great to see our staff meeting and greeting students, leading opening activities aimed at building relationships and exciting students about course content, and explicit teaching of school routines and procedures.  

During Panther Time today, students began learning each others’ names, reviewed the purpose of and plan for Panther Time, and were reminded of important first-week information. Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 27, is an even day, meaning students will attend the following periods in this order: 2nd, Panther Time, 3rd, 4th, and 6th.

Transportation ran fairly smooth both during arrival and dismissal today. Students did a great job remembering their bus numbers and working with school staff to find buses in the afternoon line-up. We took good notes on how we can continue to work with FCPS Transportation to optimize logistics and are committed to seeing all students arrive and depart on time. Thank you for your flexibility during this first week.

Parents who drop off up their student to school via Kiss & Ride, should do so by 7:15am. Announcements will be at 7:25am and class begins at 7:30am. 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.  

If you have any questions, concerns, compliments, or observations, please let me know. You can also contact the associated teacher, counselor, or administrator. Our contact information is on the school website (see link below).

Sincerely,
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 25

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Glasgow Community:

It was great to welcome students, parents and families into the building this past Thursday at 6th Grade Orientation and Open House. We are even more excited to welcome students into the building on Monday for the start of the 2019-20 school year. 

Glasgow is a devoted school community where we are committed to providing quality classroom instruction for all students, every period, every day. In addition, Glasgow focuses on the academic, social and emotional development of our students during Panther Time. Lessons focus on empathy, creativity, appreciation, kindness, coping skills, organization, study skills, goal setting and college exploration. We will be highlighting Panther Time lessons throughout the year via the Gazette.

This week's Gazette includes important information to prepare you for the first day of school. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

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

Important Information

Students Schedules Now Available in SIS - Student schedules are now available in SIS StudentVue and SIS ParentVue. 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.

We are continuing to update master schedule and their is a possibility that a small number of student schedules may have changed since Orientation and Open House this past Thursday. On Monday, all students will receive a new copy of their schedule printed on colored paper during their first period class. The colored copy of students' schedules will supersede all previous printed versions. If your student forgets or does not know their first period class, lists of every student's 1st period class will be posted by grade level throughout the building. In addition, all staff members will be in the hallways assisting students.

 

Finding Classes
As always, but especially during the first week of school, all staff members will be in the hallways helping students find their classes during each transition. We realize that a little extra time may be needed as our 6th grade students transition to Glasgow and our 7th and 8th grade students transition back to school. They will get the hang of their new routine sooner than they think and we are all here to help!


Schedule Change Requests
In an effort to streamline and prioritize schedule change requests this year, we will be asking students and parents to complete a form to request a change to their student’s schedule. These forms are available for student pick-up in Student Services.

 

Physical Education (PE) Uniforms - Students can purchase their PE uniform during their class this week. 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.

Transportation

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.

This week FCPS transportation contacted 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.

 

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Over this past school year, the Office of Transportation Services has been working to integrate multiple electronic systems, such as student information data, routing data, and GPS data from school buses into the Here Comes the Bus application. Here Comes the Bus application was piloted during summer school in anticipation of the roll out for the 2019-20 school year. Get more information about Here Comes the Bus

 

Bus Delay Notification System - Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or utilize the FCPS Mobile App to receive the delayed bus report. Morning route information is available through 12 noon and afternoon route information is available from 1:00-7:00pm.

Breakfast and Lunch 

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

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 "Some Life Lessons from Those Awkward Middle School Years" outline how experiences at this age will teach students to become resilient, embrace change, deal with conflict, accept themselves, and learn what makes a true friend.

Important Dates

August 26 - First Day of Classes 2019

Aug 30-Sept 2 - Labor Day Break

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

 

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

Student Absences - Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school. The Commonwealth of Virginia mandatory school attendance laws will be strictly enforced. Parents will be held accountable for students who do not attend school regularly and on time. Please note: extended family vacations are not excused absences.

 

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

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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