Glasgow Community Gazette - November 29

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you had a relaxing and safe Thanksgiving! My family and I spent a few days in the Roanoke area hiking and taking in some beautiful views. I also used this time to reflect, relax, and reground in what is most important to me. I am so grateful for the health of my family and also feel very lucky to work with a wonderful community at Glasgow.

I’d like to thank our families who were able to attend our recent PTA meeting focused on student leadership opportunities. It was great to hear from Glasgow and area High School students as well as Glasgow staff. We are also grateful to PTA for supporting our students and staff through new PTA-sponsored student leadership grants! Click here for more information about the application and encourage your student to apply. We will also be communicating this information via our staff gazette, our news show and announcements, through our Panther Time, Student Central (internal Glasgow Google Sites) and each grade level Google Classroom.

It’s hard to believe that December begins this week! As a reminder, we are shifting our approach to Mondays. Starting on Monday, November 30, we will no longer assign Monday asynchronous work and we will drop Monday FIT. We will still provide Office Hours and a check-in-based Panther Time, when teachers will continue to take attendance, check in with students, and help them get ready for the week. Our intent with this approach is that we will use Mondays to continue building community and connection and providing individualized support for our students while at the same time providing space for students to catch up on work from the week. Wednesday and Friday Panther Times and FITs will continue as usual, and we will continue providing office hours after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well. See below for our revised Monday schedule. 

As always, please reach out for questions or concerns. Have a great week!

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Important Dates

November 30 - New Monday Schedule (see above)

December 10 - Parent Academy: Substance Abuse Prevention

December 21 thru January 1 - Winter Break

January 12 - 6th Grade Students Return into the Building - Tentative

January 18 - No School - MLK Day

January 20 - No School - Inauguration Day

January 22 - End of 2nd Quarter - Early Release

January 25 - Teacher Workday

January 26 - 7th & 8th Grade Students Return into the Building - Tentative 

December 10 - Parent Academy: Substance Abuse Prevention - This month's Parent Academy will be lead by our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Bryan Villalobos. Sessions will be from 6:00pm - 7:00pm in English and Arabic and from 7:00pm - 8:00pm in Spanish. Links to come next week - mark your calendars.

Important Information 

Thomas Jefferson High School Admissions Update - The FCPS School Board postponed the scheduled work session focused on the admissions process. The board transitioned its focus to the delay in "Return to School" due to the recent increase in COVID-positive cases. A new date has not been scheduled for a FCPS School Board work session focused on the admissions process. If you have questions about this you may contact the TJHSST admissions office at tjadmissions@fcps.edu  www.tjadmissions.org or Glasgow TJHSST Liaison Counselor Gregory Frantz gdfrantz@fcps.edu. 

 

At-Home Science Experiments with ChalkBox- Four FCPS graduates, including Glasgow graduate, Nidhi Talasani, a current second year student at University of Chicago, founded ChalkBox, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aimed toward assisting students with virtual learning and providing accessible education during the Covid-19 pandemic. Through their program, they hope to give students an opportunity to conduct various STEM laboratory experiments in their own homes and bring back a vital aspect of education lost this school year. All materials needed for these experiments will be provided beforehand. This program is open to all middle school students, and will be offered free of cost to all students that indicate any financial need. Please see this flier for more details.

 

Reminder:  Referral Window for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1 - Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents of students new to FCPS to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV.  Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1.  Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

 

Focusing on the Future - Virtual Conference - Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) - Spring 2021 SEP registration is now open for students grades 3-12. William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to offer 2 different spring sessions with courses available in the areas of art, STEM, botany, writing, poetry and many more.  Please see our Spring SEP 2021 filer for more information. William & Mary’s SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students.  The program is not meant to supplement the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts.  Click for More Information.  The Center for Gifted Education is also accepting registrations for our annual Focusing on the Future event.  Focusing on the Future is a virtual career and academic planning conference for all Middle and High School students as well as Counselors and Parents.  Click to view the conference brochure.

 

Report Cards - First quarter report cards should have arrived home last week. Please let us know if you did not receive yours. However, we encourage families to enroll in paperless report cards. To do so, log in to SIS ParentVUE, go to My Account, and check the "Go Paperless" option.

 

Celebrating 1st Quarter Honor Roll - We are proud of the hard work students have been doing so far this year in all of their classes and we look forward to celebrating students who have earned either All A or A/B Honor Roll. Quarter 1 All A and A/B Honor Roll recipients and their parents should have received an email with their certificate this year. Please contact Emily Wasserman or Akon Otoyo if you did not receive your child's certificate.

 

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) - a FREE educational program of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, designed to ignite a passion in students who already show an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our hope is that the BLAST 3-day residential, on-campus experience, which is packed with demonstrations and collaborative activities led by college faculty, will inspire students to envision a career in a STEM field and motivate them to

 

Technology Support @Glasgow - We continue to encourage all families who are having issues with your Glasgow issued laptop to call the Parent/Student Tech Support Hotline at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS).  The hotline is staffed 7 days a week from 7am to 11pm and multiple languages are available.  Alternatively, you can submit a support ticket online at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/.  If it is deemed that the problem cannot be fixed virtually, we will set up a time for you to come to Glasgow for a repair or exchange between the hours of 10am – 2pm, Monday through Friday.  If you show up outside of those hours or without an appointment, we cannot guarantee a tech will be able to service your laptop in a timely fashion.  Also, to keep the student laptops running well, encourage your child to “restart” the laptop at least once a week.  A restart is in the power options and is not the same as turning the laptop off, then turning it back on.  Restarts are vital in making sure the laptop receives and installs the most current updates to ensure optimal performance.

 

Toiletries Drive - This month we’re doing a toiletries drive! If you’d like to support this effort, please drop off any items at Glasgow from Nov 9th until Dec 1st. All donations will go directly to Glasgow families in need. Items such as disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, shampoo and conditioner *including options for ethnic hair, body wash/soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, lotion, diapers and wipes, Clorox/Lysol wipes. Please contact Destiny Delaware if you have any questions, ddelaware@fcps.edu. 

Bus Route Meal Service

Grab and Go Meals (UPDATE) - Did you pick up your grab and go meal today?  FCPS is providing FREE grab and go breakfast and lunch to ALL students Monday through Friday.

It is easy to find out where to pick up food by visiting the website:

https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

****PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS LINK!  There are many schools close to Glasgow that are including afternoon snack and supper meals as well!  Also, the County is expanding the Fairfax Meal Kits program.  Students can pick up 7 breakfast and lunch packets at the same time.  Locations, dates and times are all on the site. 

After School Spotlight

This week, Glasgow After School @Home would like to share new and upcoming Clubs. We’re proud to highlight the following two.  For updates and program descriptions, please visit Glasgow Middle School @Home (Link).

 

Virtual Gaming Club - Are you a gamer? Do you like playing and competing against other gamers like yourself? The Virtual Gaming Club is the Club for you. The Virtual Gaming Club meets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. If this is the club for you, please contact Mr. Williams gwilliams2@fcps.edu, for sign up information.

 

Digital Art Club - This club is for beginners to experienced digital artist.  Club members with be exposed and learn about various digital art platforms, share their illustrations and creations digitally, and hear from experts in the field. 

Dates: Thursdays - Every two weeks on

Time: 2:30 – 3:30pm

Grades: 6th – 8th.

Start Date: Thursday, December 3rd

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 22

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Glasgow Community:

It was a busy week at Glasgow as we continue planning for more students’ return in January. We know that you will have many questions, and over the next weeks, we will start sharing important information to ensure you have clarity on your student’s return to school.

As you may have heard, Dr. Brabrand, FCPS’s student representative to the school board, and many families have shared that virtual learning can at times feel overwhelming for our students. To that end, one way we will provide additional support to our students and families is by making a slight shift in our approach to Mondays. Starting on Monday, November 30, we will no longer assign Monday asynchronous work and we will drop Monday FIT. We will still provide Office Hours and a check-in-based Panther Time, when teachers will continue to take attendance, check in with students, and help them get ready for the week. Our intent with this approach is that we will use Mondays to continue building community and connection and providing individualized support for our students while at the same time providing space for students to catch up on work from the week. Wednesday and Friday Panther Times and FITs will continue as usual. See below for our revised Monday schedule. Please reach out for questions you may have about this. 

As we head into Thanksgiving Week, I want to express my appreciation. I am so proud to work alongside our incredible and dedicated staff, and I am grateful to serve our amazing Glasgow community. Thank you for all you do, and have a safe, healthy, and restful Thanksgiving.

Have a great week, Glasgow Community! As always, please reach out with questions or concerns.  

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Important Dates

November 24 - PTA Meeting - 7:00pm - Student Leadership Opportunities (link to come)

November 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday - No School for Students

December 21 thru January 1 - Winter Break

January 12 - 6th Grade Students Return into the Building - Tentative

January 18 - No School - MLK Day

January 20 - No School - Inauguration Day

January 22 - End of 2nd Quarter - Early Release

January 25 - Teacher Workday

January 26 - 7th & 8th Grade Students Return into the Building - Tentative 

November 24 PTA Meeting - Join us for an evening highlighting our current student leadership opportunities. Greg Williams, After School Specialist, will share information about current leadership opportunities and we will have a student and staff there to share and highlight their clubs. Please complete this form to obtain the link - it will be sent the day of the PTA meeting. https://forms.gle/vgeK4Q1NGnhEaC1P7 

Library News

Virtual Book Fair - Never fear, the book fair is here!  The Glasgow MS virtual book fair begins Monday, Nov 16 and runs through Nov 29.  Check out the virtual fair created by Glasgow MS librarians.  Make sure to check out all the links to enter contests to win a book of your choice from the book fair, watch trailers, and shop the fair!

Important Information 

Reminder:  Referral Window for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1 - Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents of students new to FCPS to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV.  Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1.  Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

 

Report Cards - First quarter report cards will arrive at home this week. However, we encourage families to enroll in paperless report cards. To do so, log in to SIS ParentVUE, go to My Account, and check the "Go Paperless" option.

 

Celebrating 1st Quarter Honor Roll - We are proud of the hard work students have been doing so far this year in all of their classes and we look forward to celebrating students who have earned either All A or A/B Honor Roll. Quarter 1 All A and A/B Honor Roll recipients and their parents will receive an email with their certificate this year.

 

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) - a FREE educational program of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, designed to ignite a passion in students who already show an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our hope is that the BLAST 3-day residential, on-campus experience, which is packed with demonstrations and collaborative activities led by college faculty, will inspire students to envision a career in a STEM field and motivate them to

 

Technology Support @Glasgow - We continue to encourage all families who are having issues with your Glasgow issued laptop to call the Parent/Student Tech Support Hotline at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS).  The hotline is staffed 7 days a week from 7am to 11pm and multiple languages are available.  Alternatively, you can submit a support ticket online at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/.  If it is deemed that the problem cannot be fixed virtually, we will set up a time for you to come to Glasgow for a repair or exchange between the hours of 10am – 2pm, Monday through Friday.  If you show up outside of those hours or without an appointment, we cannot guarantee a tech will be able to service your laptop in a timely fashion.  Also, to keep the student laptops running well, encourage your child to “restart” the laptop at least once a week.  A restart is in the power options and is not the same as turning the laptop off, then turning it back on.  Restarts are vital in making sure the laptop receives and installs the most current updates to ensure optimal performance.

 

Toiletries Drive - This month we’re doing a toiletries drive! If you’d like to support this effort, please drop off any items at Glasgow from Nov 9th until Dec 1st. All donations will go directly to Glasgow families in need. Items such as disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, shampoo and conditioner *including options for ethnic hair, body wash/soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, lotion, diapers and wipes, Clorox/Lysol wipes. Please contact Destiny Delaware if you have any questions, ddelaware@fcps.edu. 

 

FLE Parent Preview Night Recordings - Thank you to all of the parents how came to our FLE parent preview night. Here are the recordings from each session English - Family Life Education Parent Preview - recording_1Spanish - FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PARENT PREVIEW NIGHT , Family Life Education Parent Preview (Arabic) - recording_1. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mr. Pulver mapulver@fcps.edu Thank you.

Bus Route Meal Service

Grab and Go Meals (UPDATE) - Did you pick up your grab and go meal today?  FCPS is providing FREE grab and go breakfast and lunch to ALL students Monday through Friday.

It is easy to find out where to pick up food by visiting the website:

https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

****PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS LINK!  There are many schools close to Glasgow that are including afternoon snack and supper meals as well!  Also, the County is expanding the Fairfax Meal Kits program.  Students can pick up 7 breakfast and lunch packets at the same time.  Locations, dates and times are all on the site. 

After School Spotlight

This week, Glasgow After School @Home would like to share new and upcoming Clubs. We’re proud to highlight the following two.  For updates and program descriptions, please visit Glasgow Middle School @Home (Link).

 

Virtual Gaming Club - Are you a gamer? Do you like playing and competing against other gamers like yourself? The Virtual Gaming Club is the Club for you. The Virtual Gaming Club meets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. If this is the club for you, please contact Mr. Williams gwilliams2@fcps.edu, for sign up information.

 

Digital Art Club - This club is for beginners to experienced digital artist.  Club members with be exposed and learn about various digital art platforms, share their illustrations and creations digitally, and hear from experts in the field. 

Dates: Thursdays - Every two weeks on

Time: 2:30 – 3:30pm

Grades: 6th – 8th.

Start Date: Thursday, December 3rd

Glasgow PTA News

NOVA District PTA Antiracism Seminar - "You Can Do More" - Join the NOVA District PTA for a free seminar on Saturday, November 14 from 1:00pm - 5:30pm virtually. See the flyer above for more information. Register HERE.

 

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 15

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Glasgow Community:

It was a beautiful fall weekend in Northern Virginia. I was lucky enough to take an urban hike with close friends in DC in Rock Creek Park. It’s always so amazing how close we are to nature in our urban setting. 

We have so much to celebrate at Glasgow! 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 Principal, Outstanding Professional Employee (School-Based) and Outstanding Operational Employee (School-Based). We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work our teachers with our students and our community deserves celebration and recognition beyond our building.  Please take some time to nominate a teacher, a staff member or two! GMS Outstanding Employee Nomination Form

As many of you have heard, Dr. Brabrand shared at the board meeting last week that 6th graders - including those at Glasgow, Holmes, and Poe - will tentatively return to school on Tuesday, January 12, with the remainder of middle and high school students tentatively returning Tuesday, January 26. We are working hard to adjust our instructional model and our logistics as we gear up for the transition back to school. As you know, the health conditions are ever changing, and so the division is monitoring conditions carefully and will adjust this timeline as needed. 

Have a great week, Glasgow Community! As always, please reach out with questions or concerns.  

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Important Dates

November 16 - Library Checkout @Glasgow - 10:30am - 12:30pm

November 16 - School Counseling Fall Advisory Council 

November 24 - PTA Meeting - 7:00pm - Student Leadership Opportunities (link to come)

November 16 School Counseling Fall Advisory Council - The school counseling team will be holding its fall advisory council on November 16th from 10:30 - 11:15am.  The purpose of the Advisory Council is to provide support, feedback and recommendations for the School Counseling team.  As a team, we serve the entire school, and we will be seeking student, parent/family, staff and community members to serve on our advisory council.  Of critical importance is for us to have diverse voices that represent our wider school community. If you are interested in serving on our Advisory Council, please contact  Greg Frantz (gdfrantz@fcps.edu)  or Emily Wasserman (ebwasserman@fcps.edu) to express your interest.

 

November 24 PTA Meeting - Join us for an evening highlighting our current student leadership opportunities. Greg Williams, After School Specialist, will share information about current leadership opportunities and we will have a student and staff there to share and highlight their clubs. Please complete this form to obtain the link - it will be sent the day of the PTA meeting. https://forms.gle/vgeK4Q1NGnhEaC1P7 

Library News

Mobile Mondays - Glasgow MS librarians/staff are bringing the library out into the community! Mobile Mondays is here! On November 16th, the librarians will be at the front of Glasgow MS from 10:30-12:30 for curbside checkout. Come browse our carts or request a book.

 

Virtual Book Fair - Never fear, the book fair is here!  The Glasgow MS virtual book fair begins Monday, Nov 16 and runs through Nov 29.  Check out the virtual fair created by Glasgow MS librarians.  Make sure to check out all the links to enter contests to win a book of your choice from the book fair, watch trailers, and shop the fair!

Important Information 

Report Cards - First quarter report cards will be mailed home later this week. However, we encourage families to enroll in paperless report cards. To do so, log in to SIS ParentVUE, go to My Account, and check the "Go Paperless" option.

 

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards - Now Accepting Nominations! - We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration and recognition beyond our building. Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles, including. We hope you will help us to celebrate the amazing work done every day at Glasgow MS by highlighting some of our amazing staff members! 

To nominate an Glasgow MS staff member, please complete the GMS Outstanding Employee Nomination Form

If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit The FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards Website

Nominations are due by Wednesday, November 18 at 11:59pm and you can contact Lee Daugherty (ledaugherty@fcps.edu) with any questions.

 

Virtual Community 5K - Justice High School Athletics is offering a Virtual 5k Community Event and Fundraiser. Cost is just $20 for students and teachers! $25 for parents and relatives! Register at the link below! We would love to see some many of our students, parents and community members exercising and showing their base school and Justice Spirit! All participants will receive a t-shirt, racing bib, and certificate of completion! Questions? Email Dylan Forshay at dtforshay@fcps.edu. Register here: https://hallofjustice.com/turkey-trot/

 

Celebrating 1st Quarter Honor Roll - We are proud of the hard work students have been doing so far this year in all of their classes and we look forward to celebrating students who have earned either All A or A/B Honor Roll. Quarter 1 All A and A/B Honor Roll recipients and their parents will receive an email with their certificate this year.

 

Parent Academy Recordings - Glasgow's School-Based Technology Specialist, Bob Nordling led our Parent Academy on Internet Safety. If you missed the November 12th session, we've got you covered! Check out the recording to get the information you missed! Parent Academy: Internet Safety أكاديمية الآباء: أمان الإنترنت

 

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) - a FREE educational program of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, designed to ignite a passion in students who already show an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our hope is that the BLAST 3-day residential, on-campus experience, which is packed with demonstrations and collaborative activities led by college faculty, will inspire students to envision a career in a STEM field and motivate them to

 

Technology Support @Glasgow - We continue to encourage all families who are having issues with your Glasgow issued laptop to call the Parent/Student Tech Support Hotline at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS).  The hotline is staffed 7 days a week from 7am to 11pm and multiple languages are available.  Alternatively, you can submit a support ticket online at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/.  If it is deemed that the problem cannot be fixed virtually, we will set up a time for you to come to Glasgow for a repair or exchange between the hours of 10am – 2pm, Monday through Friday.  If you show up outside of those hours or without an appointment, we cannot guarantee a tech will be able to service your laptop in a timely fashion.  Also, to keep the student laptops running well, encourage your child to “restart” the laptop at least once a week.  A restart is in the power options and is not the same as turning the laptop off, then turning it back on.  Restarts are vital in making sure the laptop receives and installs the most current updates to ensure optimal performance.

 

Toiletries Drive - This month we’re doing a toiletries drive! If you’d like to support this effort, please drop off any items at Glasgow from Nov 9th until Dec 1st. All donations will go directly to Glasgow families in need. Items such as disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, shampoo and conditioner *including options for ethnic hair, body wash/soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, lotion, diapers and wipes, Clorox/Lysol wipes. Please contact Destiny Delaware if you have any questions, ddelaware@fcps.edu. 

Bus Route Meal Service

Grab and Go Meals (UPDATE) - Did you pick up your grab and go meal today?  FCPS is providing FREE grab and go breakfast and lunch to ALL students Monday through Friday.

It is easy to find out where to pick up food by visiting the website:

https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

****PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS LINK!  There are many schools close to Glasgow that are including afternoon snack and supper meals as well!  Also, the County is expanding the Fairfax Meal Kits program.  Students can pick up 7 breakfast and lunch packets at the same time.  Locations, dates and times are all on the site. 

After School Spotlight

This week, Glasgow After School @Home would like to share new and upcoming Clubs. We’re proud to highlight the following two.  For updates and program descriptions, please visit Glasgow Middle School @Home (Link).

 

My Chef Shirley - Do you like to cook? Is cooking with your family members fun? If you’ve answered yes to the previous questions, I have the class for you. My Chef Shirley is a Family Cooking Program that promotes healthy cooking and eating, family cohesion and teamwork. For more information, please contact Mr. Williams, gwilliams@fcps.edu for more information.

 

Digital Art Club

This club is for beginners to experienced digital artist.  Club members with be exposed and learn about various digital art platforms, share their illustrations and creations digitally, and hear from experts in the field. 

Dates: Thursdays - Every two weeks on

Time: 2:30 – 3:30pm

Grades: 6th – 8th.

Start Date: Thursday, December 3rd

Glasgow PTA News

NOVA District PTA Antiracism Seminar - "You Can Do More" - Join the NOVA District PTA for a free seminar on Saturday, November 14 from 1:00pm - 5:30pm virtually. See the flyer above for more information. Register HERE.

 

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 8

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Glasgow Community:

What a beautiful November weekend this has been! My family and I hiked through Rock Creek Park and then enjoyed an evening with friends in our backyard celebrating an upcoming birthday in our family. 

It was great to see so many of you on Monday night for our Return to School Town Halls. Thank you to everyone who reached out individually as well. I always appreciate connecting with families, answering questions and listening to feedback and concerns. 

This week we have our second Parent Academy on Thursday night. The topic will be internet safety, and our school-based technology support Bob Nordling and school resource officer Victor Nardone will be sharing important information to our community. The event will be in English and Arabic from 6:00pm - 7:00pm and in Spanish from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Please select your preferred language to sign up for the session and you will receive a session link on the day of the event.

As a reminder, Wednesday, November 11 will be an early release in honor of Veteran’s Day. Students will attend 2nd, 6th and 8th period. The bell schedule is pictured below. 

Finally, we are conducting a toiletries drive during the month of November. Please drop any donations off to the front office, and our Communities in Schools Coordinator, Destiny Delaware will ensure that they are distributed to our families in need. See below in Important Information for more details.

I hope you have a wonderful week. Please reach out with any questions and/or concerns. 

Please reach out with any questions and/or concerns.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Important Dates

November 9 - Mobile Mondays -Library in the Community (see below)

November 11 - Early Release 

November 12 - HPE FLE Info Night, 5:30pm

November 12 - Parent Academy, 6:00pm English & Arabic, 7:00pm Spanish

November 16 - School Counseling Fall Advisory Council 

November 24 - PTA Meeting - 7:00pm - Student Leadership Opportunities (link to come)

November 12 HPE FLE Info Night - The Health & Physical Education department will be hosting a Family Life Education (FLE) preview night on 11/12/20 at 5:30pm. At this event, we will be covering all of the materials and lessons from our FLE curriculum. Here are the guest links for our session.English, Spanish or Arabic  For more information or if you have any questions please email Michael Pulver, mapulver@fcps.edu. 

 

November 12 Parent Academy - Glasgow MS families are invited to our Internet Safety session on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 6 PM (English/Arabic) and 7 PM (Spanish)! Explore strategies and resources that families can use to support their children in navigating the worldwide web safely and learn more about our upcoming Parent Academy. Our School-Based Technology Specialist will share tips and tricks for families. Select your preferred language to sign up for the session. EnglishArabic, or Spanish You will receive a session link on the day of the event.

 

November 16 School Counseling Fall Advisory Council - The school counseling team will be holding its fall advisory council on November 16th from 10:30 - 11:15am.  The purpose of the Advisory Council is to provide support, feedback and recommendations for the School Counseling team.  As a team, we serve the entire school, and we will be seeking student, parent/family, staff and community members to serve on our advisory council.  Of critical importance is for us to have diverse voices that represent our wider school community. If you are interested in serving on our Advisory Council, please contact  Greg Frantz (gdfrantz@fcps.edu)  or Emily Wasserman (ebwasserman@fcps.edu) to express your interest.

Library News

Mobile Mondays - Glasgow MS librarians/staff are bringing the library out into the community! Mobile Mondays is here!

On November 9th , we will be at Bailey’s Community Center, Willston Multicultural Center, and Woodrow Wilson Public Library from 10:30-12:30 and at Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center from 10:00-12:00.  On November 16th, the librarians will be at the front of Glasgow MS from 10:30-12:30 for curbside checkout. Come browse our carts or request a book.

 

Library Orientation Hyperdoc Book Give-away! - The librarians are celebrating students who completed the Library Orientation Hyperdoc.  If you're interested in winning a book of your choice from Scholastic, reach out to your English teacher or the librarians for the hyperdoc! Email Ms. Sanz for more info. tmsanz@fcps.edu

Important Information 

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards - Now Accepting Nominations!

We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration and recognition beyond our building. Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles, including. We hope you will help us to celebrate the amazing work done every day at Glasgow MS by highlighting some of our amazing staff members! 

To nominate an Glasgow MS staff member, please complete the GMS Outstanding Employee Nomination Form

If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit The FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards Website

Nominations are due by Tuesday, November 20 at 11:59pm and you can contact Lee Daugherty (ledaugherty@fcps.edu) with any questions.

 

Virtual Community 5K - Justice High School Athletics is offering a Virtual 5k Community Event and Fundraiser. Cost is just $20 for students and teachers! $25 for parents and relatives! Register at the link below! We would love to see some many of our students, parents and community members exercising and showing their base school and Justice Spirit! All participants will receive a t-shirt, racing bib, and certificate of completion! Questions? Email Dylan Forshay at dtforshay@fcps.edu. Register here: https://hallofjustice.com/turkey-trot/

 

Technology Support @Glasgow - We continue to encourage all families who are having issues with your Glasgow issued laptop to call the Parent/Student Tech Support Hotline at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS).  The hotline is staffed 7 days a week from 7am to 11pm and multiple languages are available.  Alternatively, you can submit a support ticket online at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/.  If it is deemed that the problem cannot be fixed virtually, we will set up a time for you to come to Glasgow for a repair or exchange between the hours of 10am – 2pm, Monday through Friday.  If you show up outside of those hours or without an appointment, we cannot guarantee a tech will be able to service your laptop in a timely fashion.  Also, to keep the student laptops running well, encourage your child to “restart” the laptop at least once a week.  A restart is in the power options and is not the same as turning the laptop off, then turning it back on.  Restarts are vital in making sure the laptop receives and installs the most current updates to ensure optimal performance.

 

Toiletries Drive - This month we’re doing a toiletries drive! If you’d like to support this effort, please drop off any items at Glasgow from Nov 9th until Dec 1st. All donations will go directly to Glasgow families in need. Items such as disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, shampoo and conditioner *including options for ethnic hair, body wash/soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, lotion, diapers and wipes, Clorox/Lysol wipes. Please contact Destiny Delaware if you have any questions, ddelaware@fcps.edu. 

 

Drive-thru Tuning - Please come to Glasgow on the 2nd or 4th Monday of each month if you need your violin, viola, cello, or bass to be tuned.  Ms. Dizon will be at Glasgow on those two Mondays each month from 9 am-12 noon.  Please set your instrument in the trunk of your car, if possible, before you arrive so that you can open the trunk for Ms. Dizon, instead of getting out and handing it to her.  Students should be able to do tuning at home with their fine tuners, but Ms. Dizon is available on these days for instruments that are VERY out of tune or if the fine tuner is not working any more.

 

AVID Interest Meeting - AVID Interest Meeting will be held this Monday, November 9th, for students who filled out the interest survey in Panther Time.  The meeting will be held in Google Classroom. Please check your student's email for a Google Classroom link that was sent this week. Meeting times:

6th grade- 11:15 AM

7th grade- 12:00 PM

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Greenshields Kagreenshiel@fcps.edu

Bus Route Meal Service

Grab and Go Meals (UPDATE) - Did you pick up your grab and go meal today?  FCPS is providing FREE grab and go breakfast and lunch to ALL students Monday through Friday.

It is easy to find out where to pick up food by visiting the website:

https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

****PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS LINK!  There are many schools close to Glasgow that are including afternoon snack and supper meals as well!  Also, the County is expanding the Fairfax Meal Kits program.  Students can pick up 7 breakfast and lunch packets at the same time.  Locations, dates and times are all on the site. 

After School Spotlight

Each week your students hear about activities and ways to get involved at Glasgow during the morning announcements. Below you will find descriptions of the amazing after school opportunities as well as other ways to get involved in the greater Glasgow community.

 

STEP(Speak to Empower) - A great opportunity for students to learn lifelong skills of leadership and public speaking in a fun and interesting way! We welcome new attendees! Win prizes, make friends, meet high school mentors and more every Friday from 3:15-4:00 PM. In this Club, you’ll enhance your Public Speaking and Presenting skills, gain confidence in speaking to groups and empowerment.

 

Voices of Now - Voices of Now is an acting, writing, devising program for young artists provided by Arena Stage, D.C.’s oldest, largest producing theater. Voices of Now artists learn the tools of theater performance, such as movement, vocal expression and collaboration, by taking a series of workshops in the fall. Participants who attend a full series are eligible to audition for the exclusive Voices of Now Glasgow Ensemble, which meets from January through May at Glasgow Middle School. Ensemble members work with professional actors and directors to study acting and to write an original play performed at Arena Stage. If you’re interested, please contact Mr. Williams gwilliams2@fcps.edu for more information.

Glasgow PTA News

NOVA District PTA Antiracism Seminar - "You Can Do More" - Join the NOVA District PTA for a free seminar on Saturday, November 14 from 1:00pm - 5:30pm virtually. See the flyer above for more information. Register HERE.

 

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - November 1

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you had a wonderful Halloween weekend and enjoyed your extra hour of sleep. We had a great time with our neighborhood pod with a Halloween decoration scavenger hunt, a chilly backyard movie and a bonfire. 

This past week we welcomed some small cohorts of students back to school. Although a little apprehensive at first, they were all energized - as we were - by being back in the building. On Thursday while it was raining, we did what you can never do in school - run races in the hallways! It was a successful first week welcoming students back in the building. We are currently working on developing our next cohort, who will start in the coming weeks. 

Please join us on Monday evening, November 2 for our Return to School Town Hall. We will hold the English & Arabic Town Hall from 6:00pm - 7:00pm and the Spanish Town Hall from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. As a reminder if you’d like to update your selection for the return to school, please use the following forms: Form ENGLISH, SPANISH, ARABIC

As we mark the start of the second quarter, I want to take time to thank you for all of your support for your student and their teachers. I know that this is such a difficult time for all of us, but we love getting to work with your children each day and appreciate all of your support. 

Please reach out with any questions and/or concerns.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Important Dates

November 2 - School Planning Day (No School for Students)

November 2 - Parent Town Hall - Return to School 

November 3 - Teacher Work Day (No School for Students)

November 6 - Deadline to Update Return to School Form ENGLISH, SPANISH, ARABIC

November 11 - Early Release 

November 16 - School Counseling Fall Advisory Council (see below)

 

November 2 - Parent Town Hall(s) Return to School - We will share a short presentation about the FCPS Return to School plan at our Town Hall meetings and answer as many of your questions as we can to help you make an informed decision as you update your selection by November 6. 

To help us prepare for the town hall, please submit your questions beforehand using this Google Form.

November 6 - Return to School Selection Update - As we begin planning for the return to school, each family has a chance to update their school setting selection either in person or virtual. Please use the following form if you would like to update your selection. ENGLISH, SPANISH, ARABIC

Important Information 

Drive-thru Tuning - Please come to Glasgow on the 2nd or 4th Monday of each month if you need your violin, viola, cello, or bass to be tuned.  Ms. Dizon will be at Glasgow on those two Mondays each month from 9 am-12 noon.  Please set your instrument in the trunk of your car, if possible, before you arrive so that you can open the trunk for Ms. Dizon, instead of getting out and handing it to her.  Students should be able to do tuning at home with their fine tuners, but Ms. Dizon is available on these days for instruments that are VERY out of tune or if the fine tuner is not working any more.

 

School Counseling Fall Advisory Council - The school counseling team will be holding its fall advisory council on November 16th from 10:30 - 11:15am.  The purpose of the Advisory Council is to provide support, feedback and recommendations for the School Counseling team.  As a team, we serve the entire school, and we will be seeking student, parent/family, staff and community members to serve on our advisory council.  Of critical importance is for us to have diverse voices that represent our wider school community. If you are interested in serving on our Advisory Council, please contact  Greg Frantz (gdfrantz@fcps.edu)  or Emily Wasserman (ebwasserman@fcps.edu) to express your interest.

 

Virtual Community 5K - Justice High School Athletics is offering a Virtual 5k Community Event and Fundraiser. Cost is just $20 for students and teachers! $25 for parents and relatives! Register at the link below! We would love to see some many of our students, parents and community members exercising and showing their base school and Justice Spirit! All participants will receive a t-shirt, racing bib, and certificate of completion! Questions? Email Dylan Forshay at dtforshay@fcps.edu. Register here: https://hallofjustice.com/turkey-trot/

 

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) - a FREE educational program of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, designed to ignite a passion in students who already show an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our hope is that the BLAST 3-day residential, on-campus experience, which is packed with demonstrations and collaborative activities led by college faculty, will inspire students to envision a career in a STEM field and motivate them to expand the number of STEM-related classes they take in higher grade levels.

 

Beginning of Year Forms: We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form: Required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card: Required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • Parental consent for digital resources: These are the apps and programs that our teachers will use to engage our students in the virtual world. Please go here for more information and follow the link to give your consent.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Justice HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.
  • Students Rights and Responsibilities: Parents and guardians, please review the Students Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

 

Grades in SIS StudentVUE - Students and families are now able to view student grades in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE. Please click on this link for more information about gaining a SIS ParentVUE account. For ParentVUE questions, please direct families to reach out to Dana Rivas at dhrivas@fcps.edu

 

SIS Weekly Progress Reports & 1st Quarter Report Cards - Please note that FCPS Weekly Progress Reports generated through SIS will not be sent to parents between now and Tuesday, November 10 while first quarter grading is completed and report cards are generated. Additionally, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed for Middle and High School students Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. through Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 6 a.m. 

Report cards will be mailed home the week of November 16th. However, we encourage families to enroll in paperless report cards. To do so, log in to SIS ParentVUE, go to My Account, and check the "Go Paperless" option.

Bus Route Meal Service

Grab and Go Meals (UPDATE) - Did you pick up your grab and go meal today?  FCPS is providing FREE grab and go breakfast and lunch to ALL students Monday through Friday. It is easy to find out where to pick up food by visiting the website: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

****PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS LINK!  There are many schools close to Glasgow that are including afternoon snack and supper meals as well!  Also, the County is expanding the Fairfax Meal Kits program.  Students can pick up 7 breakfast and lunch packets at the same time.  Locations, dates and times are all on the site. 

Opportunities for Students to get  Involved @Glasgow

Each week your students hear about activities and ways to get involved at Glasgow during the morning announcements. Below you will find descriptions of the amazing after school opportunities as well as other ways to get involved in the greater Glasgow community.

 

After School @Home Opportunities:

Do you like cooking? Are you interested in learning different recipes? In After School Cooking Club, Students will learn to follow recipes, to prepare healthy and tasty treats for themselves and their family. We will start Monday, October 26, 2020 and will meet the following days;

Monday               2:30 – 4:00

Wednesday        3:30 – 5:00

Thursday             2:30 – 4:00

Recipes will be posted ahead of time, so you are able to get the ingredients to follow along and prepare the recipes. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu 

Girls Basketball at Justice - If you are interested in playing basketball for Justice High School and haven’t joined Junior Justice yet, contact Coach Stuecheli via email and he will add you to the Junior Justice Girls Basketball Google Classroom.  Junior Justice is the longest running club at Glasgow MS. We work on skill development to prepare you for Justice Basketball.  Questions? Contact Coach Stuecheli via email at TASTUECHELI@FCPSSCHOOLS.NET. 

Panthers United - Students will celebrate culture and diversity, develop social-emotional skills, and connect with the school community.

Awesome Blossoms - Female students will engage in dialogue to promote personal development, increase leadership skills, and support their peers. 

Homework Hotspot - Students receive direct support in real-time from staff.

Journalism Club - students write various articles for our online newspaper, the Panther Post. Participants take on different roles: staff writers, website curators, photographers, researchers, editors, and more! This newspaper keeps students and staff informed about relevant events in the world, our community, and our campus. They also engage in learning by exploring the writing process, podcasts, interviews, surveys/research, and will be doing broadcast journalism! If you love to write, seek the truth, and want to share the news with the world, this is the club for you! 

Booktastic Panthers - Students with a passion for reading can join others to take a journey through Virginia Readers’ Choice selections and other popular YA titles that celebrate diversity. They will review the books through the lens of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King award, and Pura Belpre award evaluators and put these stories to the test. Students will tap into their artistic and creative side creating book tastings, book reviews, book trailers, and other digital products to promote these books to other readers.

Rotary Interact Club - Are you interested in making a difference in your community and building your leadership skills? If so, the Rotary Club sponsored Interact club is the place for you. This club will meet after school. Glasgow students who are 12 and older are encouraged to apply. Develop leadership skills while also discovering the power of Service Above Self. Leadership can be so much fun! Contact Stef Vestal slvestal@fcps.edu for more information. Please select the sign-up form in the language you’d prefer. English, Spanish, or Arabic. For additional questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Vestal at slvestal@fcps.edu.

GEMS - Hey Glasgow! Are you interested in STEM? Do you want to work with TJ students to do fun experiments and lessons? Come to GEMS on Wednesdays during the academic block to learn more about STEM-related topics. Some of our past lessons include airbags, density, as well as math games. We will be learning about chemical reactions this week! We also offer homework help in all school subjects. Feel free to stop by and get help in math, science, English, and another language (if we have a tutor available).

Creative Writing - Do you love expressing yourself through writing? Would you like to have the freedom to explore different types of creative writing? The creative writing workshop gives writers the opportunity to entertain, and express ideas through poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, and much more!

LGBTQ+ Support & Advocacy Group - The mission of the group is to work towards a more accepting environment for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity through education, support, social action, and advocacy.  This club is for students who are LGBTQ+ or for students whose family and/or friends are LGBTQ+.  The club meets on Tuesdays from 2:30pm - 3:30pm synchronously.  Contact Mrs. Durgavich at adurgavich@fcpsschools.net to get a link to our Google classroom! 

National Junior Honors Society - Are you an 8th grader interested in leadership opportunities?? Do you have an impressive academic record? If you answered “yes,” you should apply for membership in Glasgow’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society! Membership in the National Junior Honor Society is based on scholarship, leadership, character, citizenship, and service. In order to apply, you’ll need to first sign in to Google Classroom with the code: YQFZWWO. We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

Math Agility Club - Meets Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm. For all levels. Being good at math is about more than practicing and knowing a lot of math facts. It is about seeing relationships between numbers and shapes. It is about thinking in different ways. In this club, we will play with math to develop math reasoning skills. We will use puzzles, number sequences, fractions, ratios, as well as visual and 3D spatial skills to solve problems. Both individual and group problem solving will be emphasized. Come with any level of math skills and learn to enjoy math more

Algebra Explorers Club - Meets Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 – 5:00. This club meets twice a week to explore math in different settings. We will have a variety of problems of different levels related to the theme of the week. Topics may include cooking, track and field, math at the aquarium, math in archaeology and ancient times, elementary astronomy and math in art. We will do individual puzzles that make you think in different ways and solve group problems that involve planning and communication. This club is for students who are currently taking algebra or have an interest in learning and practicing algebra skills.

Math Homework Club - Meets Thursday 7:30pm – 9 pm. Come every week or come when you have questions. We will work on individual problems related to homework. Sometimes you just need a hint to get you through a problem. Sometimes you need to review strategies that can help you become a better problem solver. We will experiment with ways to work on multiple homework problems at the same time, using chat, email messaging and group discussion.

Glasgow PTA News

NOVA District PTA Antiracism Seminar - "You Can Do More" - Join the NOVA District PTA for a free seminar on Saturday, November 14 from 1:00pm - 5:30pm virtually. See the flyer above for more information. Register HERE.

 

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - October 25

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Glasgow Community:

It feels like just yesterday that we were celebrating the virtual opening of school and hosting Back to School Night, but unbelievably, 1st quarter will come to a close on Friday, October 30. Students should have all work quarter one work completed and submitted by this day in order for it to be reflected in their Q1 grades. 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. During our virtual setting, we are intentional about cultivating a positive school culture to support the growth of our students in all of these areas.

As a reminder, there is a two hour early release on Friday, October 30. Our schedule will be revised for that day. Students will attend 2nd, 6th, and 8th periods, indicated by the times below. Take note that lunch time is different than usual. Students will access classes as usual through BbCU. If there are technical difficulties, please check your child’s Google Classroom for updates. There is no school for students on Monday, November 2, and Tuesday, November 3. These days are student holidays and no asynchronous work will be posted. 

Please note that FCPS Weekly Progress Reports generated through SIS will not be sent to parents between now and Friday, November 6 while first quarter grading is completed and report cards are generated. Additionally, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE are closed until November 6th during the grading window while teachers work on updating grades. 

As I’m sure you saw, Dr. Brabrand sent out information Friday about the return to school. The majority of Glasgow Middle School students are tentatively scheduled to return in person on January 26. You will be receiving a more formal email from me later this week about your intention to update your selection from the summer, either in-person or online. We will be holding Town Hall meetings on Monday, November 2, to answer any questions you might have about our preparations for the return to in person instruction. More information about these town halls to come.

Finally, to synthesize, here are upcoming dates to note:

  • Tuesday, Oct 27, PTA meeting re: Glasgow’s IB grading
  • Friday, Oct 30 - End of Q1 + Early Release
  • Monday and Tuesday, Nov 2 & 3 - No school for students
  • Monday, Nov 2, Parent Town Hall meetings (more information to come)

Please reach out with questions or concerns.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Important Dates

October 26 - Library Checkout @Glasgow (see below)

October 27 - PTA Meeting - Grading Workshop

October 30 - End of Quarter

November 2 - School Planning Day (No School for Students)

November 2 - Parent Town Hall - Return to School 

November 3 - Teacher Work Day (No School for Students)

November 11 - Early Release (Schedule to come)

November 16 - School Counseling Fall Advisory Council (see below)

 

October 27 - PTA Meeting - Grading Workshop, 7:00pm - 8:00pm - Join us on for our annual Grading Workshop. We will share the IB grading philosophy that we use at Glasgow and supports for ways to help your child keep track of their work in the virtual setting. https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/dcb5afd921614d4eb19ba1412558e6bc 

 

November 2 - Parent Town Hall(s) Return to School - We will share a short presentation about the Return to School and answer as many of your questions as we can before you update your selection by November 4. Links will be shared in next week's Gazette. 

  • English & Arabic 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Spanish 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Library Updates

Library in the Community - Glasgow MS librarians/staff are bringing the library out into the community for checkout! Come browse our carts or request a book.

  • October 26
    • 10:30-12:30 at Glasgow MS  

Booktastic Panthers - The Booktastic Panthers will take a journey through Virginia Readers Choice selections and other popular YA titles that celebrate diversity.  We will review the books through the lens of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King award, and Pura Belpre award evaluators and put these stories to the test.  Students will tap into their artistic and creative side creating book tastings, book reviews, book trailers, and other digital products to promote these books to other readers. Join the Glasgow MS Library Google Classroom for more information. Classroom Code is u74n5km.

Important Information 

Drive-thru Tuning - Please come to Glasgow on the 2nd or 4th Monday of each month if you need your violin, viola, cello, or bass to be tuned.  Ms. Dizon will be at Glasgow on those two Mondays each month from 9 am-12 noon.  Please set your instrument in the trunk of your car, if possible, before you arrive so that you can open the trunk for Ms. Dizon, instead of getting out and handing it to her.  Students should be able to do tuning at home with their fine tuners, but Ms. Dizon is available on these days for instruments that are VERY out of tune or if the fine tuner is not working any more.

 

School Counseling Fall Advisory Council - The school counseling team will be holding its fall advisory council on November 16th from 10:30 - 11:15am.  The purpose of the Advisory Council is to provide support, feedback and recommendations for the School Counseling team.  As a team, we serve the entire school, and we will be seeking student, parent/family, staff and community members to serve on our advisory council.  Of critical importance is for us to have diverse voices that represent our wider school community. If you are interested in serving on our Advisory Council, please contact  Greg Frantz (gdfrantz@fcps.edu)  or Emily Wasserman (ebwasserman@fcps.edu) to express your interest.

 

Request to Expunge High School Course Taken in 2019-2020 - Due Friday, October 30 - Parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school may request that the grade be omitted from the student’s high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. Parents must make the request no later than the end of the first quarter on 10/30/20. Once expunged, a course cannot be reinstated. The Request to Expunge form must be completed to make this request. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you would like to discuss expunging a course.

 

Virtual Community 5K - Justice High School Athletics is offering a Virtual 5k Community Event and Fundraiser. Cost is just $20 for students and teachers! $25 for parents and relatives! Register at the link below! We would love to see some many of our students, parents and community members exercising and showing their base school and Justice Spirit! All participants will receive a t-shirt, racing bib, and certificate of completion! Questions? Email Dylan Forshay at dtforshay@fcps.edu. Register here: https://hallofjustice.com/turkey-trot/

 

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) - a FREE educational program of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, designed to ignite a passion in students who already show an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our hope is that the BLAST 3-day residential, on-campus experience, which is packed with demonstrations and collaborative activities led by college faculty, will inspire students to envision a career in a STEM field and motivate them to expand the number of STEM-related classes they take in higher grade levels.

 

Beginning of Year Forms: We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form: Required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card: Required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • Parental consent for digital resources: These are the apps and programs that our teachers will use to engage our students in the virtual world. Please go here for more information and follow the link to give your consent.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Justice HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.
  • Students Rights and Responsibilities: Parents and guardians, please review the Students Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

 

Grades in SIS StudentVUE - Students and families are now able to view student grades in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE. Please click on this link for more information about gaining a SIS ParentVUE account. For ParentVUE questions, please direct families to reach out to Dana Rivas at dhrivas@fcps.edu

 

SIS Weekly Progress Reports - Due to the delayed school opening and virtual start, SIS weekly progress reports to parents are now set to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  Please note this is a change from the original start date of September 21, 2020; therefore, middle and high schools may want to include the following notification and instructions for parents in their newsletters:

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email.  For the 2020-21 school year, Weekly Progress Reports are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  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 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 your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports.  Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences.  Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email.  For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.

Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.  

Bus Route Meal Service

Grab and Go Meals (UPDATE) - Did you pick up your grab and go meal today?  FCPS is providing FREE grab and go breakfast and lunch to ALL students Monday through Friday. It is easy to find out where to pick up food by visiting the website: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

****PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS LINK!  There are many schools close to Glasgow that are including afternoon snack and supper meals as well!  Also, the County is expanding the Fairfax Meal Kits program.  Students can pick up 7 breakfast and lunch packets at the same time.  Locations, dates and times are all on the site. 

 

Food Distribution at Bailey’s - The Food for Others P3 Power Pack Program is serving Glasgow this year! The P3 Program is biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm at Bailey's Community Center. The next P3 dates are Oct 16th and Oct 30th. Students must provide an ID number and are encouraged to bring a bag to pick-up their snack. Please contact Destiny Delaware at ddelaware@fcps.edu for more information.

Opportunities for Students to get  Involved @Glasgow

Each week your students hear about activities and ways to get involved at Glasgow during the morning announcements. Below you will find descriptions of the amazing after school opportunities as well as other ways to get involved in the greater Glasgow community.

 

After School @Home Opportunities:

Do you like cooking? Are you interested in learning different recipes? In After School Cooking Club, Students will learn to follow recipes, to prepare healthy and tasty treats for themselves and their family. We will start Monday, October 26, 2020 and will meet the following days;

Monday               2:30 – 4:00

Wednesday        3:30 – 5:00

Thursday             2:30 – 4:00

Recipes will be posted ahead of time, so you are able to get the ingredients to follow along and prepare the recipes. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu 

Girls Basketball at Justice - If you are interested in playing basketball for Justice High School and haven’t joined Junior Justice yet, contact Coach Stuecheli via email and he will add you to the Junior Justice Girls Basketball Google Classroom.  Junior Justice is the longest running club at Glasgow MS. We work on skill development to prepare you for Justice Basketball.  Questions? Contact Coach Stuecheli via email at TASTUECHELI@FCPSSCHOOLS.NET. 

Panthers United - Students will celebrate culture and diversity, develop social-emotional skills, and connect with the school community.

Awesome Blossoms - Female students will engage in dialogue to promote personal development, increase leadership skills, and support their peers. 

Homework Hotspot - Students receive direct support in real-time from staff.

Journalism Club - students write various articles for our online newspaper, the Panther Post. Participants take on different roles: staff writers, website curators, photographers, researchers, editors, and more! This newspaper keeps students and staff informed about relevant events in the world, our community, and our campus. They also engage in learning by exploring the writing process, podcasts, interviews, surveys/research, and will be doing broadcast journalism! If you love to write, seek the truth, and want to share the news with the world, this is the club for you! 

Booktastic Panthers - Students with a passion for reading can join others to take a journey through Virginia Readers’ Choice selections and other popular YA titles that celebrate diversity. They will review the books through the lens of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King award, and Pura Belpre award evaluators and put these stories to the test. Students will tap into their artistic and creative side creating book tastings, book reviews, book trailers, and other digital products to promote these books to other readers.

Rotary Interact Club - Are you interested in making a difference in your community and building your leadership skills? If so, the Rotary Club sponsored Interact club is the place for you. This club will meet after school. Glasgow students who are 12 and older are encouraged to apply. Develop leadership skills while also discovering the power of Service Above Self. Leadership can be so much fun! Contact Stef Vestal slvestal@fcps.edu for more information. Please select the sign-up form in the language you’d prefer. English, Spanish, or Arabic. For additional questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Vestal at slvestal@fcps.edu.

GEMS - Hey Glasgow! Are you interested in STEM? Do you want to work with TJ students to do fun experiments and lessons? Come to GEMS on Wednesdays during the academic block to learn more about STEM-related topics. Some of our past lessons include airbags, density, as well as math games. We will be learning about chemical reactions this week! We also offer homework help in all school subjects. Feel free to stop by and get help in math, science, English, and another language (if we have a tutor available).

Creative Writing - Do you love expressing yourself through writing? Would you like to have the freedom to explore different types of creative writing? The creative writing workshop gives writers the opportunity to entertain, and express ideas through poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, and much more!

LGBTQ+ Support & Advocacy Group - The mission of the group is to work towards a more accepting environment for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity through education, support, social action, and advocacy.  This club is for students who are LGBTQ+ or for students whose family and/or friends are LGBTQ+.  The club meets on Tuesdays from 2:30pm - 3:30pm synchronously.  Contact Mrs. Durgavich at adurgavich@fcpsschools.net to get a link to our Google classroom! 

National Junior Honors Society - Are you an 8th grader interested in leadership opportunities?? Do you have an impressive academic record? If you answered “yes,” you should apply for membership in Glasgow’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society! Membership in the National Junior Honor Society is based on scholarship, leadership, character, citizenship, and service. In order to apply, you’ll need to first sign in to Google Classroom with the code: YQFZWWO. We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

Math Agility Club - Meets Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm. For all levels. Being good at math is about more than practicing and knowing a lot of math facts. It is about seeing relationships between numbers and shapes. It is about thinking in different ways. In this club, we will play with math to develop math reasoning skills. We will use puzzles, number sequences, fractions, ratios, as well as visual and 3D spatial skills to solve problems. Both individual and group problem solving will be emphasized. Come with any level of math skills and learn to enjoy math more

Algebra Explorers Club - Meets Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 – 5:00. This club meets twice a week to explore math in different settings. We will have a variety of problems of different levels related to the theme of the week. Topics may include cooking, track and field, math at the aquarium, math in archaeology and ancient times, elementary astronomy and math in art. We will do individual puzzles that make you think in different ways and solve group problems that involve planning and communication. This club is for students who are currently taking algebra or have an interest in learning and practicing algebra skills.

Math Homework Club - Meets Thursday 7:30pm – 9 pm. Come every week or come when you have questions. We will work on individual problems related to homework. Sometimes you just need a hint to get you through a problem. Sometimes you need to review strategies that can help you become a better problem solver. We will experiment with ways to work on multiple homework problems at the same time, using chat, email messaging and group discussion.

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - October 18

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Glasgow Community:

It is hard to believe that it is already the middle of October. We have been learning so much about your students both as individuals and as students. Starting on Monday, October 19, students will be following a revised bell schedule for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays that includes a shortened Panther Time in order to accommodate our Flexible Instructional Time (FIT). This adjusted bell schedule will allow us to continue to meet our students' social emotional and now their academic needs.  

Glasgow’s Flexible Instructional Time is an opportunity for students to receive targeted interventions, literacy based enrichment lessons, or other enrichment opportunities during our 3 hour block on Mondays. During FIT classes, teachers will take attendance and students will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Students have learned about FIT this past week in Panther Time and will learn about their teachers for the first round of FIT during their Panther Time class on Monday. In addition, your child should have received an email from their FIT teacher this past week and now should have a Google Classroom for FIT. The new bell schedule for Mondays and 4th period on Wednesdays and Fridays is as follows (see below for a new graphic):

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays effective 10/19

  • Panther Time - 9:05-9:35 
  • FIT - 9:45-10:25 

To support this transition, our Director of Students Services, Joash Chung, has created a video explaining how and when FIT will take place. Please reach out to him directly if you have any further questions: jhcung@fcps.edu.

As we transition to FIT, we will also have slightly later Office Hours on Mondays: 8:15am - 9:00am and 10:30am - 11:15am. Please check your child's teacher's Google Classroom for their updated times.

Likewise, mark your calendars for the first early release of the school year on October 30. The bell schedule for the early release will be shared next week - the hours of school will be 7:30am -  12:15pm.

As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Important Dates

October 19 - Library Checkout @Community (see below)

October 22 - Distance Learning 101 for Families (see below)

October 26 - Library Checkout @Glasgow (see below)

October 27 - PTA Meeting - Grading Workshop

October 30 - End of Quarter

November 2 - School Planning Day (No School for Students)

November 3 - Teacher Work Day (No School for Students)

November 11 - Early Release (Schedule to come)

November 16 - School Counseling Fall Advisory Council (see below)

Library Updates

Library in the Community - Glasgow MS librarians/staff are bringing the library out into the community for checkout! Come browse our carts or request a book.

  • October 19
    • 10:30-12:30 at Bailey’s Community Center, Willston Multicultural Center, and Woodrow Wilson Public Library from
    • 10:00-12:00 Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
  • October 26
    • 10:30-12:30 at Glasgow MS  

Booktastic Panthers - The Booktastic Panthers will take a journey through Virginia Readers Choice selections and other popular YA titles that celebrate diversity.  We will review the books through the lens of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King award, and Pura Belpre award evaluators and put these stories to the test.  Students will tap into their artistic and creative side creating book tastings, book reviews, book trailers, and other digital products to promote these books to other readers. Join the Glasgow MS Library Google Classroom for more information. Classroom Code is u74n5km.

Important Information 

Event: Distance Learning 101 for Families - Glasgow MS and Luther Jackson MS families are invited to our Distance Learning 101 event on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 6 PM (English/Arabic) and 7 PM (Spanish)! Explore strategies and resources to help your children at home, learn more about our upcoming Parent Academy, and network with other families. Listen to some of our parents' and students' voices as they discuss distance learning strategies that have worked well for them. Select your preferred language to sign up for the session. English, Arabic, or Spanish  You will receive a session link the day of the event.

 

School Counseling Fall Advisory Council - The school counseling team will be holding its fall advisory council on November 16th from 10:30 - 11:15am.  The purpose of the Advisory Council is to provide support, feedback and recommendations for the School Counseling team.  As a team, we serve the entire school, and we will be seeking student, parent/family, staff and community members to serve on our advisory council.  Of critical importance is for us to have diverse voices that represent our wider school community. If you are interested in serving on our Advisory Council, please contact  Greg Frantz (gdfrantz@fcps.edu)  or Emily Wasserman (ebwasserman@fcps.edu) to express your interest.

 

Request to Expunge High School Course Taken in 2019-2020 - Due Friday, October 30 - Parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school may request that the grade be omitted from the student’s high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. Parents must make the request no later than the end of the first quarter on 10/30/20. Once expunged, a course cannot be reinstated. The Request to Expunge form must be completed to make this request. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you would like to discuss expunging a course.

 

Supplies and Materials Distribution - With classes back in session, we have course specific supplies and materials to distribute to students. We are also continuing to distribute laptops and other items for students to access their classes. If you missed our scheduled distribution day, please stop by any day between 8am - 3pm to pick up your supplies. 

 

Beginning of Year Forms: We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form: Required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card: Required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • Parental consent for digital resources: These are the apps and programs that our teachers will use to engage our students in the virtual world. Please go here for more information and follow the link to give your consent.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Justice HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.
  • Students Rights and Responsibilities: Parents and guardians, please review the Students Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

 

Grades in SIS StudentVUE - Students and families are now able to view student grades in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE. Please click on this link for more information about gaining a SIS ParentVUE account. For ParentVUE questions, please direct families to reach out to Dana Rivas at dhrivas@fcps.edu

 

SIS Weekly Progress Reports - Due to the delayed school opening and virtual start, SIS weekly progress reports to parents are now set to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  Please note this is a change from the original start date of September 21, 2020; therefore, middle and high schools may want to include the following notification and instructions for parents in their newsletters:

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email.  For the 2020-21 school year, Weekly Progress Reports are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  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 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 your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports.  Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences.  Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email.  For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.

Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.  

 

TJHSST Admissions Update - Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand has presented recommendations to the Fairfax County School Board to revise the admissions policy at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), the governor’s regional school, in order to promote access to historically underserved students. Based upon the School Board Work Session discussion on October 6, the school board consensus was that testing (Quant-Q, ACT Aspire Reading and Science) will be eliminated for this year, the application fee will be eliminated and there will be an increase in student enrollment at TJHSST. A window for the application process has not been set at this time. The next scheduled School Board Work Session to discuss additional changes is currently set for November 17.  The www.tjadmissions.org website contains links to video recordings of the work sessions and town halls leading up to this decision.

 

2020 Congressional App Challenge - (CAC) has officially launched, sponsored by Internet Education Foundation. Students interested must register at https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students/student-registration. Students, both high-school and middle-school level, may participate as individuals or in teams of up to four (4) students. CAC winners may be eligible to have their app featured in the Capitol Building. Apps may be submitted until 12 pm October 19th, 2020. Please find attached App Challenge rules for 2020, detailing submission requirements and next steps. Participating students can either reside or attend school in VA. One can confirm residency here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

 

VolutnteerFest - Here is a distance learning opportunity that you can work on with your family in the safety and comfort of your home.   Slated for October 24 and 25, VolunteerFest is a community-wide event that engages volunteers of all ages and abilities in a weekend of service to support local nonprofit partners and government agencies.  This year, in order to provide opportunities for everyone who wants to serve and to get needed donations to nonprofits, we are offering new “at-home projects.” Volunteers can choose from a wide variety of projects that fit their interest area and budget: for example; write holiday cards for vulnerable populations, purchase materials and make no-sew fleece blankets for Veterans in hospice care, bake homemade treats for rescue dogs, and much more!  For those who can and desire to serve in-person, we also have some smaller socially distanced opportunities available, such as storm drain labeling and grounds beautification projects.  For a complete listing of projects, please visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website here.  It’s easy to sign-up by creating a volunteer profile.  Teens will have fun working on these projects while earning service hours and it’s also a great way for families and small groups to serve together.

 

Parent Support & Engagement - Glasgow is increasing opportunities for parent support and engagement this school year. We need your input on which types of programs and services are most relevant to students' families. Please complete the Parent Needs Assessment to best prepare our staff to serve you and your children -- Select your preferred survey language: English, [Spanish], or [Arabic].

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Important Information about Grab and Go Meals - Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) continues to update times and locations for grab and go meals posted on the website. It is important for families to have this information. Grab and go meals are available to ALL students. In addition, FNS will offer breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

 

Food Distribution at Bailey’s - The Food for Others P3 Power Pack Program is serving Glasgow this year! The P3 Program is biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm at Bailey's Community Center. The next P3 dates are Oct 16th and Oct 30th. Students must provide an ID number and are encouraged to bring a bag to pick-up their snack. Please contact Destiny Delaware at ddelaware@fcps.edu for more information.

Opportunities for Students to get  Involved @Glasgow

Each week your students hear about activities and ways to get involved at Glasgow during the morning announcements. Below you will find descriptions of the amazing after school opportunities as well as other ways to get involved in the greater Glasgow community.

 

After School @Home Opportunities:

Girls Basketball at Justice - If you are interested in playing basketball for Justice High School and haven’t joined Junior Justice yet, contact Coach Stuecheli via email and he will add you to the Junior Justice Girls Basketball Google Classroom.  Junior Justice is the longest running club at Glasgow MS. We work on skill development to prepare you for Justice Basketball.  Questions? Contact Coach Stuecheli via email at TASTUECHELI@FCPSSCHOOLS.NET. 

Panthers United - Students will celebrate culture and diversity, develop social-emotional skills, and connect with the school community.

Awesome Blossoms - Female students will engage in dialogue to promote personal development, increase leadership skills, and support their peers. 

Homework Hotspot - Students receive direct support in real-time from staff.

Journalism Club - students write various articles for our online newspaper, the Panther Post. Participants take on different roles: staff writers, website curators, photographers, researchers, editors, and more! This newspaper keeps students and staff informed about relevant events in the world, our community, and our campus. They also engage in learning by exploring the writing process, podcasts, interviews, surveys/research, and will be doing broadcast journalism! If you love to write, seek the truth, and want to share the news with the world, this is the club for you! 

Booktastic Panthers - Students with a passion for reading can join others to take a journey through Virginia Readers’ Choice selections and other popular YA titles that celebrate diversity. They will review the books through the lens of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King award, and Pura Belpre award evaluators and put these stories to the test. Students will tap into their artistic and creative side creating book tastings, book reviews, book trailers, and other digital products to promote these books to other readers.

Rotary Interact Club - Are you interested in making a difference in your community and building your leadership skills? If so, the Rotary Club sponsored Interact club is the place for you. This club will meet after school. Glasgow students who are 12 and older are encouraged to apply. Develop leadership skills while also discovering the power of Service Above Self. Leadership can be so much fun! Contact Stef Vestal slvestal@fcps.edu for more information. Please select the sign-up form in the language you’d prefer. English, Spanish, or Arabic. For additional questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Vestal at slvestal@fcps.edu.

GEMS - Hey Glasgow! Are you interested in STEM? Do you want to work with TJ students to do fun experiments and lessons? Come to GEMS on Wednesdays during the academic block to learn more about STEM-related topics. Some of our past lessons include airbags, density, as well as math games. We will be learning about chemical reactions this week! We also offer homework help in all school subjects. Feel free to stop by and get help in math, science, English, and another language (if we have a tutor available).

Creative Writing - Do you love expressing yourself through writing? Would you like to have the freedom to explore different types of creative writing? The creative writing workshop gives writers the opportunity to entertain, and express ideas through poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, and much more!

LGBTQ+ Support & Advocacy Group - The mission of the group is to work towards a more accepting environment for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity through education, support, social action, and advocacy.  This club is for students who are LGBTQ+ or for students whose family and/or friends are LGBTQ+.  The club meets on Tuesdays from 2:30pm - 3:30pm synchronously.  Contact Mrs. Durgavich at adurgavich@fcpsschools.net to get a link to our Google classroom! 

National Junior Honors Society - Are you an 8th grader interested in leadership opportunities?? Do you have an impressive academic record? If you answered “yes,” you should apply for membership in Glasgow’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society! Membership in the National Junior Honor Society is based on scholarship, leadership, character, citizenship, and service. In order to apply, you’ll need to first sign in to Google Classroom with the code: YQFZWWO. We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

Math Agility Club - Meets Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm. For all levels. Being good at math is about more than practicing and knowing a lot of math facts. It is about seeing relationships between numbers and shapes. It is about thinking in different ways. In this club, we will play with math to develop math reasoning skills. We will use puzzles, number sequences, fractions, ratios, as well as visual and 3D spatial skills to solve problems. Both individual and group problem solving will be emphasized. Come with any level of math skills and learn to enjoy math more

Algebra Explorers Club - Meets Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 – 5:00. This club meets twice a week to explore math in different settings. We will have a variety of problems of different levels related to the theme of the week. Topics may include cooking, track and field, math at the aquarium, math in archaeology and ancient times, elementary astronomy and math in art. We will do individual puzzles that make you think in different ways and solve group problems that involve planning and communication. This club is for students who are currently taking algebra or have an interest in learning and practicing algebra skills.

Math Homework Club - Meets Thursday 7:30pm – 9 pm. Come every week or come when you have questions. We will work on individual problems related to homework. Sometimes you just need a hint to get you through a problem. Sometimes you need to review strategies that can help you become a better problem solver. We will experiment with ways to work on multiple homework problems at the same time, using chat, email messaging and group discussion.

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Attendance: 703.813.8787 | Web | Twitter | Facebook 

Glasgow Community Gazette - October 11

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Glasgow Community:

What incredible fall weather we’ve been having! My husband and I snuck in a long bike ride this morning before the rain. I hope that each day you and your student have been able to get outside - maybe even between classes for your child - to enjoy the weather and to get some fresh air and sunshine. 

In the coming weeks, small groups of students will be returning to school - and while we are working hard to finalize our logistics to ensure the safety of our students and staff, we are also very excited to serve our students with the greatest needs in the building. Our first groups of students that we will host in-person on Mondays include English Language Learners; our Special Education CAT B program students will be coming back full time Tuesdays through Fridays, starting the week of October 26. Our custodians and food services workers have worked tremendously hard in preparation for the return of these groups, and our teachers and staff have worked through important logistics to ensure we are ready to welcome students back into the building. 

Starting the week of October 19, we will be adjusting our Monday bell schedule to provide further targeted support, intervention and enrichment for our students during our 3 hour intervention time on Mondays. We will kick off our Flexible Instruction Time (FIT) on Mondays to ensure all students' academic and social-emotional needs are supported as we navigate through this pandemic together. In addition, teachers’ office hours times will be adjusted to a slightly later start, to allow students a little extra sleep on these days. More information will come this week.

Please reach out for questions or concerns.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Important Dates

October 12 - Indigenous People's Day (No School for Students)

October 19 - Library Checkout @Community (see below)

October 26 - Library Checkout @Glasgow (see below)

October 27 - PTA Meeting - Grading Workshop

October 30 - End of Quarter

November 2 - School Planning Day (No School for Students)

November 3 - Teacher Work Day (No School for Students)

November 11 - Early Release (Schedule to come)

Library Updates

Library in the Community - Glasgow MS librarians/staff are bringing the library out into the community for checkout! Come browse our carts or request a book.

  • October 19
    • 10:30-12:30 at Bailey’s Community Center, Willston Multicultural Center, and Woodrow Wilson Public Library from
    • 10:00-12:00 Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
  • October 26
    • 10:30-12:30 at Glasgow MS  

Booktastic Panthers - The Booktastic Panthers will take a journey through Virginia Readers Choice selections and other popular YA titles that celebrate diversity.  We will review the books through the lens of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King award, and Pura Belpre award evaluators and put these stories to the test.  Students will tap into their artistic and creative side creating book tastings, book reviews, book trailers, and other digital products to promote these books to other readers. Join the Glasgow MS Library Google Classroom for more information. Classroom Code is u74n5km.

Important Information 

Supplies and Materials Distribution - With classes back in session, we have course specific supplies and materials to distribute to students. We are also continuing to distribute laptops and other items for students to access their classes. If you missed our scheduled distribution day, please stop by any day between 8am - 3pm to pick up your supplies. 

 

Beginning of Year Forms: We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form: Required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card: Required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • Parental consent for digital resources: These are the apps and programs that our teachers will use to engage our students in the virtual world. Please go here for more information and follow the link to give your consent.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Justice HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.
  • Students Rights and Responsibilities: Parents and guardians, please review the Students Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.

 

Parent Support & Engagement - Glasgow is increasing opportunities for parent support and engagement this school year. We need your input on which types of programs and services are most relevant to students' families. Please complete the Parent Needs Assessment to best prepare our staff to serve you and your children -- Select your preferred survey language: English, [Spanish], or [Arabic].

 

Virtual Learning Feedback - Now that we have finished three weeks of virtual learning this school year, we want to hear your feedback about how things are going. Please use this form to share any thoughts or questions that you have.

 

Grades in SIS StudentVUE - Students and families are now able to view student grades in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE. Please click on this link for more information about gaining a SIS ParentVUE account. For ParentVUE questions, please direct families to reach out to Dana Rivas at dhrivas@fcps.edu

 

SIS Weekly Progress Reports - Due to the delayed school opening and virtual start, SIS weekly progress reports to parents are now set to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  Please note this is a change from the original start date of September 21, 2020; therefore, middle and high schools may want to include the following notification and instructions for parents in their newsletters:

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email.  For the 2020-21 school year, Weekly Progress Reports are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  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 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 your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports.  Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences.  Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email.  For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.

Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.  

 

TJHSST Admissions Update - Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand has presented recommendations to the Fairfax County School Board to revise the admissions policy at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), the governor’s regional school, in order to promote access to historically underserved students. Based upon the School Board Work Session discussion on October 6, the school board consensus was that testing (Quant-Q, ACT Aspire Reading and Science) will be eliminated for this year, the application fee will be eliminated and there will be an increase in student enrollment at TJHSST. A window for the application process has not been set at this time. The next scheduled School Board Work Session to discuss additional changes is currently set for November 17.  The www.tjadmissions.org website contains links to video recordings of the work sessions and town halls leading up to this decision.

 

2020 Congressional App Challenge - (CAC) has officially launched, sponsored by Internet Education Foundation. Students interested must register at https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students/student-registration. Students, both high-school and middle-school level, may participate as individuals or in teams of up to four (4) students. CAC winners may be eligible to have their app featured in the Capitol Building. Apps may be submitted until 12 pm October 19th, 2020. Please find attached App Challenge rules for 2020, detailing submission requirements and next steps. Participating students can either reside or attend school in VA. One can confirm residency here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

 

VolutnteerFest - Here is a distance learning opportunity that you can work on with your family in the safety and comfort of your home.   Slated for October 24 and 25, VolunteerFest is a community-wide event that engages volunteers of all ages and abilities in a weekend of service to support local nonprofit partners and government agencies.  This year, in order to provide opportunities for everyone who wants to serve and to get needed donations to nonprofits, we are offering new “at-home projects.” Volunteers can choose from a wide variety of projects that fit their interest area and budget: for example; write holiday cards for vulnerable populations, purchase materials and make no-sew fleece blankets for Veterans in hospice care, bake homemade treats for rescue dogs, and much more!  For those who can and desire to serve in-person, we also have some smaller socially distanced opportunities available, such as storm drain labeling and grounds beautification projects.  For a complete listing of projects, please visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website here.  It’s easy to sign-up by creating a volunteer profile.  Teens will have fun working on these projects while earning service hours and it’s also a great way for families and small groups to serve together.

Bus Route Meal Service

Important Information about Grab and Go Meals - Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) continues to update times and locations for grab and go meals posted on the website. It is important for families to have this information. Grab and go meals are available to ALL students. In addition, FNS will offer breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

 

Food Distribution at Bailey’s - The Food for Others P3 Power Pack Program is serving Glasgow this year! The P3 Program is biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm at Bailey's Community Center. The next P3 dates are Oct 16th and Oct 30th. Students must provide an ID number and are encouraged to bring a bag to pick-up their snack. Please contact Destiny Delaware at ddelaware@fcps.edu for more information.

Opportunities for Students to get  Involved @Glasgow

Each week your students hear about activities and ways to get involved at Glasgow during the morning announcements. Below you will find descriptions of the amazing after school opportunities as well as other ways to get involved in the greater Glasgow community.

 

After School @Home Opportunities:

Panthers United - Students will celebrate culture and diversity, develop social-emotional skills, and connect with the school community.

Awesome Blossoms - Female students will engage in dialogue to promote personal development, increase leadership skills, and support their peers. 

Homework Hotspot - Students receive direct support in real-time from staff.

Journalism Club - students write various articles for our online newspaper, the Panther Post. Participants take on different roles: staff writers, website curators, photographers, researchers, editors, and more! This newspaper keeps students and staff informed about relevant events in the world, our community, and our campus. They also engage in learning by exploring the writing process, podcasts, interviews, surveys/research, and will be doing broadcast journalism! If you love to write, seek the truth, and want to share the news with the world, this is the club for you! 

Booktastic Panthers - Students with a passion for reading can join others to take a journey through Virginia Readers’ Choice selections and other popular YA titles that celebrate diversity. They will review the books through the lens of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King award, and Pura Belpre award evaluators and put these stories to the test. Students will tap into their artistic and creative side creating book tastings, book reviews, book trailers, and other digital products to promote these books to other readers.

Rotary Interact Club - Are you interested in making a difference in your community and building your leadership skills? If so, the Rotary Club sponsored Interact club is the place for you. This club will meet after school. Glasgow students who are 12 and older are encouraged to apply. Develop leadership skills while also discovering the power of Service Above Self. Leadership can be so much fun! Contact Stef Vestal slvestal@fcps.edu for more information. Please select the sign-up form in the language you’d prefer. English, Spanish, or Arabic. For additional questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Vestal at slvestal@fcps.edu.

GEMS - Hey Glasgow! Are you interested in STEM? Do you want to work with TJ students to do fun experiments and lessons? Come to GEMS on Wednesdays during the academic block to learn more about STEM-related topics. Some of our past lessons include airbags, density, as well as math games. We will be learning about chemical reactions this week! We also offer homework help in all school subjects. Feel free to stop by and get help in math, science, English, and another language (if we have a tutor available).

Creative Writing - Do you love expressing yourself through writing? Would you like to have the freedom to explore different types of creative writing? The creative writing workshop gives writers the opportunity to entertain, and express ideas through poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, and much more!

LGBTQ+ Support & Advocacy Group - The mission of the group is to work towards a more accepting environment for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity through education, support, social action, and advocacy.  This club is for students who are LGBTQ+ or for students whose family and/or friends are LGBTQ+.  The club meets on Tuesdays from 2:30pm - 3:30pm synchronously.  Contact Mrs. Durgavich at adurgavich@fcpsschools.net to get a link to our Google classroom! 

National Junior Honors Society - Are you an 8th grader interested in leadership opportunities?? Do you have an impressive academic record? If you answered “yes,” you should apply for membership in Glasgow’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society! Membership in the National Junior Honor Society is based on scholarship, leadership, character, citizenship, and service. In order to apply, you’ll need to first sign in to Google Classroom with the code: YQFZWWO. We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - October 4

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Glasgow Community:

It was great to see so many of you at our Back to School Night (BTSN) on Tuesday evening. If you were unable to attend, here are recordings of the event in English and in Spanish. You can still “meet” your student’s teachers in the form of videos by visiting BTSN site on the school’s website.  

As I stated in my opening presentation, Glasgow is truly a remarkable school. Our 1,935 students and their families come from 66 different countries and speak 59 different languages.  We have an incredible staff that is tirelessly dedicated to the learning of each and every student. As an IB World School, AVID School and Model PLC, we:

  • Believe ALL students can learn 
  • Develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.
  • Support a culture of college and career readiness for all students

I hope you left the BTSN 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.

It is hard to believe that the first quarter ends in less than a month. With that in mind, it is important to know that we are here to support students not only in class, but during Office Hours as well. Teachers are hosting Office Hours at least twice per week. The purpose of Office Hours is for students to meet with their teachers to discuss the material being presented in class or other related interests they may have. Course-related discussions include asking for extra help, seeking clarification of material presented in class and following up on aspects of the class you find compelling.

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

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Important Dates

October 12 - Indigenous People's Day (No School for Students)

October 27 - PTA Meeting - Grading Workshop

October 30 - End of Quarter

November 2 - School Planning Day (No School for Students)

November 3 - Teacher Work Day (No School for Students)

November 11 - Early Release (Schedule to come)

Important Information 

Supplies and Materials Distribution - With classes back in session, we have course specific supplies and materials to distribute to students. We are also continuing to distribute laptops and other items for students to access their classes. If you missed our scheduled distribution day, please stop by any day between 8am - 3pm to pick up your supplies. 

 

Beginning of Year Forms: We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form: Required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card: Required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • Parental consent for digital resources: These are the apps and programs that our teachers will use to engage our students in the virtual world. Please go here for more information and follow the link to give your consent.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Justice HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) - Parents and guardians, please review the Students Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link https://forms.gle/Pbz5C42jJPADQLyu5. The form must be filled out one time per student. 

 

Parent Support & Engagement - Glasgow is increasing opportunities for parent support and engagement this school year. We need your input on which types of programs and services are most relevant to students' families. Please complete the Parent Needs Assessment to best prepare our staff to serve you and your children -- Select your preferred survey language: English, [Spanish], or [Arabic].

 

Virtual Learning Feedback - Now that we have finished three weeks of virtual learning this school year, we want to hear your feedback about how things are going. Please use this form to share any thoughts or questions that you have.

 

Grades in SIS StudentVUE - Students and families are now able to view student grades in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE. Please click on this link for more information about gaining a SIS ParentVUE account. For ParentVUE questions, please direct families to reach out to Dana Rivas at dhrivas@fcps.edu

 

SIS Weekly Progress Reports - Due to the delayed school opening and virtual start, SIS weekly progress reports to parents are now set to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  Please note this is a change from the original start date of September 21, 2020; therefore, middle and high schools may want to include the following notification and instructions for parents in their newsletters:

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email.  For the 2020-21 school year, Weekly Progress Reports are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  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 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 your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports.  Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences.  Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email.  For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.

Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.  

 

2020 Congressional App Challenge - (CAC) has officially launched, sponsored by Internet Education Foundation. Students interested must register at https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students/student-registration. Students, both high-school and middle-school level, may participate as individuals or in teams of up to four (4) students. CAC winners may be eligible to have their app featured in the Capitol Building. Apps may be submitted until 12 pm October 19th, 2020. Please find attached App Challenge rules for 2020, detailing submission requirements and next steps. Participating students can either reside or attend school in VA. One can confirm residency here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

Bus Route Meal Service

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. Check out the current bus schedule.

 

*Food Distribution at Bailey’s - The Food for Others P3 Power Pack Program is serving Glasgow this year! Starting Friday, October 2nd -- students can grab a snack power pack at Bailey's Community Center. The P3 Program will run biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm. Students must provide an ID number and are encouraged to bring a bag to pick-up. Please contact Destiny Delaware at ddelaware@fcps.edu for more information.

After School Opportunities

After School @Home Updates - This week, Glasgow After School @Home would like to share new and upcoming Clubs, which were also shared with your students this week in the announcements. We’re proud to announce our Journalism Club, which is our spotlight of the week.  For updates and program descriptions, please visit Glasgow Middle School @Home (Link).

 

Journalism Club - students write various articles for our online newspaper, the Panther Post. Participants take on different roles: staff writers, website curators, photographers, researchers, editors, and more! This newspaper keeps students and staff informed about relevant events in the world, our community, and our campus. They also engage in learning by exploring the writing process, podcasts, interviews, surveys/research, and will be doing broadcast journalism! If you love to write, seek the truth, and want to share the news with the world, this is the club for you! Check out their latest post at (Link).        

 

Additional After School @Home Opportunities:

Panthers United - Students will celebrate culture and diversity, develop social-emotional skills, and connect with the school community.

Awesome Blossoms - Female students will engage in dialogue to promote personal development, increase leadership skills, and support their peers. 

Homework Hotspot - Students receive direct support in real-time from staff.

Booktastic Panthers - Students with a passion for reading can join others to take a journey through Virginia Readers’ Choice selections and other popular YA titles that celebrate diversity. They will review the books through the lens of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King award, and Pura Belpre award evaluators and put these stories to the test. Students will tap into their artistic and creative side creating book tastings, book reviews, book trailers, and other digital products to promote these books to other readers.

Student Service-Learning Opportunity - Are you interested in making a difference in your community and building your leadership skills? If so, the Rotary Club sponsored Interact club is the place for you. This club will meet after school. Glasgow students who are 12 and older are encouraged to apply. Develop leadership skills while also discovering the power of Service Above Self. Leadership can be so much fun! Contact Stef Vestal slvestal@fcps.edu for more information.

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - September 27

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Glasgow Community:

This past week we held our first PTA meeting of the year - one in English and one in Spanish - with the same content in both. Across the two days, over 90 families joined in an important conversation about equity and bias. If you were unable to join the meeting you can find the recordings in Spanish and English.

As a reminder, this year Back to School Night events will be both synchronous and asynchronous. We look forward to seeing you this week at one of our “live” Back to School Night sessions on Tuesday, September 29, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. We will be holding brief Town Hall Sessions using the following schedule, if you have students in multiple grades, choose one as the content will be the same:

The asynchronous portion of our Back to School Night can be found on our website later today. There you will see a welcome message from Dr. Ricardy Anderson, School Board Member, welcome messages in English and Spanish from Katie Madigan, Acting Principal, and short videos from each of your student’s teachers. Be on the lookout for a personalized email as well, sent to your student’s fcpsschools.net Gmail and your own email, that will include links to each of your student’s teachers’ short videos. 

Finally, we would like to get your feedback on your experiences thus far with Virtual Learning. We are always looking to grow and welcome your voice in this process. Please take a minute to complete this form and consider leaving contact information so that we can follow up with further questions to support our growth.

Have a great week, and as always, please reach out for questions or concerns.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Important Dates

September 29 - Back to School Night, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

October 12 - Indigenous People's Day 

 

Back to School Night - September 29 - This year, our Back To School Night will be both synchronous and asynchronous. First, on September 29 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm we will host short live (synchronous) Town Halls, using the following schedule. 

Starting on 9/27, we will share our asynchronous opportunities, which will include a series of videos by our Glasgow administrative team, all of our teachers, and our School Board Member, Dr. Ricardy Anderson, who will share a welcome back to school message. There will also be a short video on how we use the IB grading system at Glasgow. You can watch these videos at your leisure and even use the closed captioning in YouTube to provide translation into your home language. All videos will be posted to our school homepage and also emailed to students and families next week.

Important Information 

Teacher Absences - Per FCPS, subs will not be provided for 3 days or fewer of a teacher’s absence. If your child’s teacher will be out for 3 days or fewer, you can expect the teacher to post a message in Google Classroom and provide asynchronous work. If a teacher will be out for 4 or more days, FCPS will then provide a sub and synchronous classes resume on the 4th day. Thank you for your patience as we improve our systems in this new learning environment.

 

Managing Student Emails - Each time a teacher posts an assignment, comment in the chat, or provide feedback on assignments, students are notified via email. Some students and families are feeling pretty overwhelmed by the amount of emails they’re receiving. Although teachers cannot turn off notifications for their classes, each student has the ability to choose what they do/don’t want to be notified of via email. This document (must be fcpsschools.net login) shows them how to make changes to their settings if you wanted to share it.

 

We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources: At Glasgow Middle School, our teachers will use a variety of powerful digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. Without consent, teachers will need to plan additional lessons or deviate from a useful application altogether. You can find our school’s list of the resources here: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Please follow this link to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval.

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) - Parents and guardians, please review the Students Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link https://forms.gle/Pbz5C42jJPADQLyu5 . The form must be filled out one time per student. 

 

Grades in SIS StudentVUE - Students and families are now able to view student grades in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE. Please click on this link for more information about gaining a SIS ParentVUE account. For ParentVUE questions, please direct families to reach out to Dana Rivas at dhrivas@fcps.edu

 

Schedule Change Requests - At Glasgow, our priority is to ensure students are registered for classes that are an appropriate match to their academic needs and interests. Each year we are only able to accommodate a very limited number of course changes and priority is given to students with errors in their schedule. If your student would like to make a request for a course change, please have your student email their counselor. 

 

Mental Health and Wellness Conference - This year FCPS will continue to partner with INOVA and Kaiser Permanente to host the 7th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference. The conference will feature multiple keynote speakers who will address social emotional learning and resiliency. Virtual sessions will be offered September 14th-October 3rd. The kickoff panel will be hosted by NBC 4’s Eun Yang. Registration is available at the following website: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/mental-health-and-resiliency/mental-health-and-wellness

Additionally, Our Minds Matter will be hosting a student summit for the Mental Health and Wellness Conference. Students may register here: bit.ly/ommsummit2020

 

Thomas Jefferson High School Application - Attention Glasgow 8th grade students and parents, the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) application window for current eighth-grade students has not yet become available. The TJ Admissions Office anticipates that the next update will be made after October 8th to the Admissions Office website www.tjadmissions.org. Glasgow Counselor Gregory Frantz is the Glasgow TJHSST Liaison Counselor and may be contacted via email with questions gdfrantz@fcps.edu. 

 

2020 Congressional App Challenge - (CAC) has officially launched, sponsored by Internet Education Foundation. Students interested must register at https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students/student-registration. Students, both high-school and middle-school level, may participate as individuals or in teams of up to four (4) students. CAC winners may be eligible to have their app featured in the Capitol Building. Apps may be submitted until 12 pm October 19th, 2020. Please find attached App Challenge rules for 2020, detailing submission requirements and next steps. Participating students can either reside or attend school in VA. One can confirm residency here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

Bus Route Meal Service

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. Check out the current bus schedule.

 

*Food Distribution at Bailey’s - The Food for Others P3 Power Pack Program is serving Glasgow this year! Starting Friday, October 2nd -- students can grab a snack power pack at Bailey's Community Center. The P3 Program will run biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm. Students must provide an ID number and are encouraged to bring a bag to pick-up. Please contact Destiny Delaware at ddelaware@fcps.edu for more information.

After School Opportunities

Student Service-Learning Opportunity - Are you interested in making a difference in your community and building your leadership skills? If so, the Rotary Club sponsored Interact club is the place for you. This club will meet after school. Glasgow students who are 12 and older are encouraged to apply. Develop leadership skills while also discovering the power of Service Above Self. Leadership can be so much fun! Contact Stef Vestal slvestal@fcps.edu for more information.

 

Girls Empowered by Math (GEM) - GEM is a student-led organization that trains members to compete in state and national competitions, and provide scholarships and travel/registration funds, This year, GEM will also host the Virtual GEM Hunt alongside a DMV non-profit called STEM for Her. Virtual GEM Hunt is a week-long interactive camp-style program that will introduce young girls in middle and high school to math-related careers, under the theme “World of Math.” We are inviting different female professionals every day, who will share brief presentations about their career, and girls will collaborate to solve challenge problems related to a math-related topic. At the end of the GEM Hunt, the girls will gain a deeper understanding of the applications of math in certain careers and will be empowered to pursue math in higher education. The Virtual GEM Hunt will be from September 28th-October 2nd, 4:00-5:30pm. Students who participate all five days will receive a Stem For Her swag bag (mailed home) and a GEM Hunt Certificate issued by Stem For Her. Top 10 participants will win $25 Amazon digital gift cards.  

Girls can register via this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrceuqqjIoG9SWQAAwkkMuHpqMcCkZPYBK

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - September 20

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to get outside and enjoy the weather. My family has taken a break from hiking and I was able to enjoy some time reading and relaxing this weekend. At one point Saturday, my 4th grader, his friend, and I were all spread out on my porch, each of us reading to ourselves - what a great way to spend a morning!

We had a great second week of school at Glasgow! I had the opportunity to visit many classrooms and it was fun to see your students and our teachers in action again this week. It is clear that our students and teachers are building connections and learning together. I have seen many students’ faces and gotten to hear lots of voices!

As a reminder, Mondays from 9:05 -9:45am is our live Panther Time. Students should log in to their Panther Time classes at this time. The purpose of this time is to take attendance, build community, check-in with students and support their transition to virtual learning. The remainder of the day, students should complete any assignments that were assigned via the Glasgow Grid. These assignments are posted in each class’ Google Classroom and on Blackboard 24-7. The grid also includes the daily learning target and evidence of learning for each class for the upcoming week. 

Teachers are also available to support students through Office Hours.  Office Hours are on Mondays from 7:30 - 8:15am or 10:00 -10:45am. In addition, teachers are available at least one day a week after school. The purpose of Office Hours is for students to meet with their teacher to discuss the material being presented in class or other related interests students may have. Office Hours are posted on Blackboard 24-7 and Google Classroom for each course.

Our first PTA meeting of the school year is this Tuesday, September 22 at 7:00pm in English and Wednesday, September 23, at 7:00pm in Spanish. To join the PTA meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone click here for the English or Spanish links. We look forward to many more joint meetings in the future.

In order to continue to provide high levels of instruction using instructional technology tools, each family must complete the Tech Consent form. These forms are due by October 30, electronically. If it remains unsigned after that time, teachers will not be able to continue using all technology tools with your  student. Thank you for your support in completing this form. 

Finally, I will be sharing information about our Back to School Night soon - be on the lookout for an email!

Thank you for all you do in supporting your student at home. As always, please reach out with any questions. 

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

 

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

Virtual School Year Information

Below you will find important information pertaining to our virtual opening of school both the GMS Weekly Lesson Grid and the current bell schedules. Weekly Lesson grids can be found posted to each teacher's Blackboard 24-7 page and your student's Google Classrooms for each class. 

Glasgow Library Mobile Mondays

The Glasgow Library will be set up at Glasgow on Monday, September 20 for book check out. We will have books, bookmarks, and posters (while supplies last) for free to Glasgow MS students who check out books. You may also return your library books when you stop by for new ones! Only Glasgow MS students may check out books from the Glasgow library. 

If you are looking for a specific book, sign in to the library catalog to see if they book is available and place it on hold  then fill out the Google Form to let the librarians know which location you will pick up your book/s. 

Check out the Glasgow Library Google Site for more information about how the library can help you and find fun activities:  

Important Dates

September 22 - PTA Meeting 

September 29 - Back to School Night, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

 

PTA Meeting - September 22 - The first PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, September 22 (English) and on Wednesday, September 23 (Spanish). We will engage in a community discussion on bias and racism. Updates will be communicated via www.glasgowpta.org and emails/texts. To join the PTA meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone click here for the English link or here for the Spanish link. 

 

Back to School Night - September 29 - We are looking forward to our Back to School Night, coming up soon!  Though Back to School Night will look a little different this year, the goal remains the same: to introduce our staff to our families, talk about what instruction and learning looks like at Glasgow - especially in a virtual environment, and to share information about how you can support your student. We are all disappointed we aren’t able to do all of this in person this year, but I am excited about all of the experiences we have in store for you! 

This year, our Back To School Night will be both synchronous and asynchronous. First, on September 29 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm we will host short live (synchronous) Town Halls, using the following schedule. Links will be sent out later this week.

6:30pm – 6:55pm – Grade 6 Town Hall in English   

7:00pm – 7:25pm – Grade 7 & 8 Town Hall in English  

7:30pm – 7:55pm – Grade 6 Town Hall in Spanish 

8:00pm – 8:25pm – Grade 7 & 8 Town Hall in Spanish 

Starting on 9/27, we will share our asynchronous opportunities, which will include a series of videos by our Glasgow administrative team, all of our teachers, and our School Board Member, Dr. Ricardy Anderson, who will share a welcome back to school message. There will also be a short video on how we use the IB grading system at Glasgow. You can watch these videos at your leisure and even use the closed captioning in YouTube to provide translation into your home language. All videos will be posted to our school homepage and also emailed to students and families next week.

Important Information 

We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources: At Glasgow Middle School, our teachers will use a variety of powerful digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. Without consent, teachers will need to plan additional lessons or deviate from a useful application altogether. You can find our school’s list of the resources here: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Please follow this link to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval.

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) - Parents and guardians, please review the Students Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link https://forms.gle/Pbz5C42jJPADQLyu5 . The form must be filled out one time per student. 

 

Grades in SIS StudentVUE - Students and families are now able to view student grades in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE. Please click on this link for more information about gaining a SIS ParentVUE account. For ParentVUE questions, please direct families to reach out to Dana Rivas at dhrivas@fcps.edu

 

Schedule Change Requests - At Glasgow, our priority is to ensure students are registered for classes that are an appropriate match to their academic needs and interests. Each year we are only able to accommodate a very limited number of course changes and priority is given to students with errors in their schedule. If your student would like to make a request for a course change, please have your student email their counselor. 

 

Mental Health and Wellness Conference - This year FCPS will continue to partner with INOVA and Kaiser Permanente to host the 7th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference. The conference will feature multiple keynote speakers who will address social emotional learning and resiliency. Virtual sessions will be offered September 14th-October 3rd. The kickoff panel will be hosted by NBC 4’s Eun Yang. Registration is available at the following website: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/mental-health-and-resiliency/mental-health-and-wellness

Additionally, Our Minds Matter will be hosting a student summit for the Mental Health and Wellness Conference. Students may register here: bit.ly/ommsummit2020

 

Thomas Jefferson High School Application - Attention Glasgow 8th grade students and parents, the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) application window for current eighth-grade students has not yet become available. The most recent information that was presented September 15th at the FCPS School Board Work Session is contained in a News Release linked near the top of the www.tjadmissions.org website. This is the direct link. There will be a town hall regarding the proposed admissions process changes for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology on Wednesday, September 23, beginning at 7 p.m. Families and community members can watch online at https://www.fcps.edu/tv/ch99  submit comments and questions or call into the town hall live at 1-800-231-6359. The TJ Admissions Office anticipates that the next update will be made after October 8th to the Admissions Office website www.tjadmissions.org. Glasgow Counselor Gregory Frantz is the Glasgow TJHSST Liaison Counselor and may be contacted via email with questions gdfrantz@fcps.edu. 

 

AAP Level IV Screening Updates for 2020-21 School Year - Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be a few adjustments to the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV screening processes for the 2020-21 school year. Below please find some important notes for parents.    

Timeline for Submitting an AAP Level IV Referral (Sept 8-Dec 1)Referral forms will be collected via email, sent to the Advanced Academic Resource Specialist, Dr. Nonye Oladimeji at ceoladimeji@fcps.edu. The email will count as a digital signature for the referral. Please note referrals will not be accepted past December 1 in order to provide ample time for local schools to organize and submit screening portfolios to the central office. Parents have the option to submit the parent/guardian questionnaire and/or up to four pages of student work samples. These optional materials should be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource specialist Dr. Nonye Oladimeji when submitting the referral form. Discontinued: Awards and certificates will not be part of screening files.  

Testing Updates: The one-time retest option for the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) or CogAT test will not be available this school year. There will be a process for students without an abilities test on file to take the NNAT in December. Local schools will determine which students require the NNAT and will reach out to families to schedule safe and socially distanced testing. Please note that while private testing that follows guidelines may be submitted, testing is only type of data considered. All ability tests are considered within the larger context of the overall screening portfolio. FCPS does not encourage families to seek additional testing beyond what FCPS provides to all students.

Additional information about the screening process will be shared through local school newsletters. Local schools will also communicate opportunities for parent information sessions on the AAP continuum of services and the screening processes for AAP levels II-IV.  

 

2020 Congressional App Challenge - (CAC) has officially launched, sponsored by Internet Education Foundation. Students interested must register at https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students/student-registration. Students, both high-school and middle-school level, may participate as individuals or in teams of up to four (4) students. CAC winners may be eligible to have their app featured in the Capitol Building. Apps may be submitted until 12 pm October 19th, 2020. Please find attached App Challenge rules for 2020, detailing submission requirements and next steps. Participating students can either reside or attend school in VA. One can confirm residency here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

Bus Route Meal Service

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. Check out the current bus schedule.

After School Spotlight

 

After-School Program - Welcome back to another exciting school year. The after school program is ready to kick off the 20-21 school year Monday, September 21, 2020.  During the first week, Homework Hotspot will be the only offering from 2:30-3:15 Monday-Thursday. You will be able to log into Google Classroom and register. Once you have registered and signed in, you’ll receive the link after you have clicked “SUBMIT”. Do not exit the screen without saving or clicking the link to take to your activity. We will have a teacher available during this time to assist with any homework needs you may have. We will continue to add Clubs and Activities as the weeks progress, so please keep an eye out for After School in your student Gmail. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

 

Student Service-Learning Opportunity - Are you interested in making a difference in your community and building your leadership skills? If so, the Rotary Club sponsored Interact club is the place for you. This club will meet after school. Glasgow students who are 12 and older are encouraged to apply. Develop leadership skills while also discovering the power of Service Above Self. Leadership can be so much fun! Contact Shona Person sdperson@fpcs.edu for more information.

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - September 13

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Glasgow Community:

Well - we did it! We successfully navigated through our first week of the 2020 school year! Our teachers were so energized by your students this week. I was popping in and out of classrooms and hearing from the staff: your children were excited to be there, inquisitive and ready to connect with each other and learn. I hope your families also found success this past week! Our teachers have been working incredibly hard and I would love to share positive stories from you all. Please email me with any positive stories I could share with our staff - kemadigan@fcps.edu

Monday is our first Asynchronous Learning Day. Students will be able to find their asynchronous work listed on a “Grid” in both Blackboard 24-7 and Google Classroom for each of their subjects. The grid will be posted by 7:00am on Monday, September 14. The grid serves as a road map for learning for Monday as well as the rest of the week. For those of you who remember our Grid from the spring, we have made some revisions based on feedback you provided. We have simplified the grid to capture: “What will I learn today? What will I turn in today?” Here is what it looks like: 

Students will also have a “live” Panther Time on Monday. The focus of this Panther Time is building community and setting up your child for a successful week by helping them navigate to the grids and organizing BbCU links. Students should be present at this Panther Time from 9:05 - 9:45am to be marked present for the day at school. 

Office Hours are also available on Mondays. All teachers have Office Hours on Mondays either from 7:30am - 8:15am or 10:00am - 10:45am, as well as one afternoon each week from 2:30 - 3:30. Please check your child’s Blackboard 24-7 site or Google Classroom for specific days and times. 

In order to continue to provide high levels of instruction using instructional technology tools, each family must complete the Tech Consent form. These forms are due by October 30, electronically. If it remains unsigned after that time, teachers will not be able to continue using all technology tools with your  student. Thank you for your support in completing this form. 

Thank you for all you do in supporting your student at home. As always, please reach out with any questions.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Virtual School Year Information

Below you will find important information pertaining to our virtual opening of school both the GMS Weekly Lesson Grid and the current bell schedules. Weekly Lesson grids can be found posted to each teacher's Blackboard 24-7 page and your student's Google Classrooms for each class. 

Glasgow Library Mobile Mondays

The Glasgow Library will be set up at the following locations on Monday, September 14 for book check out:

  • Bailey’s Community Center - 10:30am -12:30pm
  • Willston Multicultural Center - 10:30am -12:30pm
  • Woodrow Wilson Public Library - 10:30am -12:30pm 
  • Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center - 10am-12pm  

They will have books, bookmarks, and posters (while supplies last) for free to Glasgow MS students who check out books. You may also return your library books when you stop by for new ones! Only Glasgow MS students may check out books from the mobile library. 

If you are looking for a specific book, sign in to the library catalog to see if they book is available and place it on hold https://fairfax.follettdestiny.com/common/welcome.jsp?context=saas80_4504040 then fill out the Google Form to let the librarians know which location you will pick up your book/s. https://forms.gle/K1sAsPBSv9fn4Nu16

Check out the Glasgow Library Google Site for more information about how the library can help you and find fun activities:  https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/glasgowmslibrary/home

Important Dates

September 22 - PTA Meeting 

September 29 - Back to School Night, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

 

PTA Meeting - September 22 - The first PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, September 21. We will engage in a community discussion on bias and racism.  More information about time and links to come. Updates will be communicated via www.glasgowpta.org and emails/texts. Here is the form to complete to receive the link for the meeting. 

 

Back to School Night - September 29 - Mark your calendars for Back to School Night on September 29 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. This year the format of Back to School Night will include both asynchronous and synchronous components for our community. Asynchronous video presentations will be available from our school board member, Dr. Anderson, faculty and staff that parents will be able to view at their own pace during the week of September 27th. Additionally, we will hold live Q&A sessions for our families on the 29th that will be led by faculty and staff. 

Important Information 

We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources: At Glasgow Middle School, our teachers will use a variety of powerful digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. Without consent, teachers will need to plan additional lessons or deviate from a useful application altogether. You can find our school’s list of the resources here: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Please follow this link to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval.

Schedule Change Requests 

At Glasgow, our priority is to ensure students are registered for classes that are an appropriate match to their academic needs and interests. Each year we are only able to accommodate a very limited number of course changes and priority is given to students with errors in their schedule. If your student would like to make a request for a course change, please have your student email their counselor. 

 

Mental Health and Wellness Conference - This year FCPS will continue to partner with INOVA and Kaiser Permanente to host the 7th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference. The conference will feature multiple keynote speakers who will address social emotional learning and resiliency. Virtual sessions will be offered September 14th-October 3rd. The kickoff panel will be hosted by NBC 4’s Eun Yang. Registration is available at the following website: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/mental-health-and-resiliency/mental-health-and-wellness

Additionally, Our Minds Matter will be hosting a student summit for the Mental Health and Wellness Conference. Students may register here: bit.ly/ommsummit2020

 

UPDATE - Attention Glasgow 8th grade students - Attention Glasgow 8th grade students - The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) application window for current eighth-grade students has changed. The TJ Admissions Office will post the updated application window as soon as possible but anticipate the next update will be posted after September 15th www.tjadmissions.org Glasgow Counselor Gregory Frantz is the Glasgow TJHSST Liaison Counselor and may be contacted by email with questions gdfrantz@fcps.edu.

 

AAP Level IV Screening Updates for 2020-21 School Year - Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be a few adjustments to the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV screening processes for the 2020-21 school year. Below please find some important notes for parents.    

Timeline for Submitting an AAP Level IV Referral (Sept 8-Dec 1)Referral forms will be collected via email, sent to the Advanced Academic Resource Specialist, Dr. Nonye Oladimeji at ceoladimeji@fcps.edu. The email will count as a digital signature for the referral. Please note referrals will not be accepted past December 1 in order to provide ample time for local schools to organize and submit screening portfolios to the central office. Parents have the option to submit the parent/guardian questionnaire and/or up to four pages of student work samples. These optional materials should be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource specialist Dr. Nonye Oladimeji when submitting the referral form. Discontinued: Awards and certificates will not be part of screening files.  

Testing Updates: The one-time retest option for the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) or CogAT test will not be available this school year. There will be a process for students without an abilities test on file to take the NNAT in December. Local schools will determine which students require the NNAT and will reach out to families to schedule safe and socially distanced testing. Please note that while private testing that follows guidelines may be submitted, testing is only type of data considered. All ability tests are considered within the larger context of the overall screening portfolio. FCPS does not encourage families to seek additional testing beyond what FCPS provides to all students.

Additional information about the screening process will be shared through local school newsletters. Local schools will also communicate opportunities for parent information sessions on the AAP continuum of services and the screening processes for AAP levels II-IV.  

 

2020 Congressional App Challenge - (CAC) has officially launched, sponsored by Internet Education Foundation. Students interested must register at https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students/student-registration. Students, both high-school and middle-school level, may participate as individuals or in teams of up to four (4) students. CAC winners may be eligible to have their app featured in the Capitol Building. Apps may be submitted until 12 pm October 19th, 2020. Please find attached App Challenge rules for 2020, detailing submission requirements and next steps. Participating students can either reside or attend school in VA. One can confirm residency here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

Bus Route Meal Service

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. Check out the current bus schedule.

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - September 7 - First Day of School

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Glasgow Community:

Here we go! It has been a busy month preparing for a strong start to school on Tuesday. We wanted to thank all of you who were able to attend the Town Halls this past week - we had over 600 families attend over three nights! The recordings of the sessions have been linked here: English, Spanish, and Arabic. Thank you also for reaching out with questions and concerns. We have highlighted some FAQs below to hopefully provide some answers as we start school on Tuesday. 

As I stated at our Town Halls, let us give this school year an opportunity to surprise us in big, beautiful ways. I’d like to share with you the message I sent my staff today:

While we all may feel nervous about the unknown, we, as educators, also have an incredible opportunity: To inspire. Inspire our students, inspire each other. 7th grade Science teacher Ms. Conroy reminds us of this through an excerpt she shared with her collaborative team about the fictional, red-headed and beloved Science teacher, Ms Frizzle: 

“Ms. Frizzle’s trippy fashion sense and psychedelic adventures, all courtesy of a bus that can transform into a spaceship or microscopic particle or time machine, are slightly deceptive. It’s all too easy to write her off as the wild and crazy personification of Weird Science. But her method of teaching is radically gentle: She’s watchful, patient and completely trusting in her students’ abilities to explore, observe and draw their own conclusions. ‘Follow me,’ she says again and again…’Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!’ One of Ms. Frizzle’s most underrated skills is her ability to weather the most jarring of events with equanimity. At the outset of the first book, when her yellow bus suddenly transforms into a weightless vehicle filled with children clad in scuba suits, Ms. Frizzle was the only one who didn’t seem to notice the change. She just drove on. Were she to find her class transported to the confines of her living room, I have no doubt she would meet the challenge with that same gleam in her eye.”

The trauma we have collectively experienced is very real. Yet tomorrow, our students will arrive for the first day of school. Let us be watchful, patient, and trusting in our students’ - and our own - abilities. Let us take on this most jarring event with equanimity. Let us meet this challenge with a gleam in our eye. Let us inspire each other and our students.”

We are excited and ready for your children, and we are ready for what is to come. We are Glasgow: Stronger Together. 

If you have any lingering questions, please reach out to me or your student’s administrator or counselor. Thank you for the many ways you support your students and our school community.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Frequently Asked Questions

We've tried to answer many questions that you raised during our Town Halls. This section is lengthy, it is intended to provide you a lot of information and serve as a reference as we embark on our new school year.

 

What permission does my student need as soon as possible? 

  • All families MUST complete the Tech Consent form in order for students to have access to all technology tools in FCPS

What if we haven’t gotten our laptop yet?

  • Come to school between the hours of 8am - 3pm and we’ll give you one! 

What if we want to opt out of an FCPSOn computer?

What if students forget their password?

How does my student access instruction?

  • There are 4 key sites that will be the most important - Gmail; BbCU; Google classroom; and Blackboard 24-7
  • Check Google Email - fcpsschools.net - for Blackboard Collaborate (BBCU) links for every class. Your student’s BBCU links will be automatically filtered into a separate folder in their Gmail 
  • All synchronous instruction will be provided through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) (accessed through links as described above)
  • Classwork will be accessed through and housed in Google Classrooms - your student will get a Google Classroom class code for every class from their teachers next week
  • Blackboard 24-7 will include general course information for families and students and can be accessed at https://fcps.blackboard.com/ or on our main webpage: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/ - look for the FCPS 24-7 Learning link at the top. 

Where does my student find their links for Blackboard Collaborate Ultra?

  • There is a folder in your students’ fcpsschools.net gmail where all of your students BbCU links are filtered to. You may have to scroll down to find it.

What is the school bell schedule?

Where is my student’s schedule?

  • Students can access their schedules in StudentVue and ParentVue. Students’ schedules will also be sent to students’ Google email - fcpsschools.net - this weekend

What if my student wants a change in their schedule?

  • Students should reach out to their counselor to request a schedule change form to complete. Priority will be given to students with errors on the schedule. Space is extremely limited for electives and we are continuing to enroll new students. Elective change requests will start being processed during the 2nd week of school based on availability and priority. 

What additional academic and social-emotional support could my student receive? 

  • Teachers will provide Office Hours on Mondays and after school - teachers will communicate these times and share access with your students in the next few week
  • Reach out to Administrators and Counselors any time - we are here to help! Counselors provide support with scheduling and social-emotional support. See below for the list broken up alphabetically by last name. Administrators provide support for students for academics, social challenges, and behavior. See below for the list broken up alphabetically by last name.

What should we expect instruction to look like? 

  • During an 80 minute block students will be engaged in teacher-led whole group instruction, collaboration time, small groups, and independent work time.
  • Expect to see a variety of technology tools including: Padlet, Pear Deck, EdPuzzle, Google Suite and more. See a list of digital tools here (as well as the Tech Consent - remember to sign it!)

What will electives instruction look like?

  • Electives teachers are working hard to ensure students can practice skills at home using a variety of digital tools and materials from home. More information about electives will be shared by teachers next week.

How are Elective Classes going Virtual?

  • Performing Arts: the music teachers are looking forward to being able to explore areas that we would not normally be able to pursue. We will focus on technique, rhythm, and basic music theory. However, we will also have students explore solo and chamber music repertoire, critical listening, and composition. Instrument rental options will be communicated. The Music Team plans to use a good deal of class time allowing students to work on assignments, collaborate with classmates, and practice from home (though practice can also happen at a later time). We will be utilizing online learning platforms such as SmartMusic, Sight Reading Factory, and NoteFlight Learn.
  • Theater: will participate in ensemble activities virtually through the semester to build community in their classes.  They will learn theater terminology, historical aspects of theater and the art of performance through various acting exercises, rehearsal and scene completion.
  • Visual Arts: will be adapting the art studio to the virtual world!  Students will be invited to pick up an art supply kit soon so that they can create at home just like they would in the classroom.  Best of all, lots of work time will be built into classes to allow for hands-on artmaking. Students will use a digital sketchbook to organize their traditional and multimedia works.  Like usual, they will develop drawing, painting, and sculpture skills while learning about overall themes such as boundaries, identity, and transformation.
  • FACS: students will cover the following:-Introduction to FACS, Workplace Readiness Skills, Citizenship: Digital Citizenship,  Nutrition & Wellness: Identify Nutrients, their functions and sources,  Identify ways to maintain a clean environment,  Demonstrate food & kitchen safety and sanitation practices. Identify equipment & terms. Know how to read and follow a recipe. Understand kitchen math and measuring, Practice dining etiquette, Prepare a snack appropriate for young children. Prepare nutritious food.
  • Intro to Technology and Engineering 1 and 2: wil be using software at the start of the year.  Students will be introduced to various technologies and the reinforcement of the technology associated with Virtual Learning which will include a presentation on the history or future of transportation.  Students will complete a measurement unit, Design Communication unit which will include sketching and computer aided design,  a structures unit, and a flight unit.
  • Computer Explorations: will be introduced to the basic computer system, proper keyboarding techniques and parts of the Microsoft Office Suite.  
  • Coding and Innovative Technology: will be introduced to computer systems and how they work, cover various products of the Office Suite, practice proper keyboarding, investigate trending technologies and then be introduced to the basics of coding using Google CS or Code.org.  
  • STEM Solutions: introduces students to projects that cover STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  This project based class has students working in teams to use the 4 parts of STEM to solve problems and create workable experiments.
  • Computer Solutions: students will spend much of the semester creating projects using the Microsoft Office Suite.  Students also practice keyboarding strategies to become better at typing.  

What will Health & Physical Education look like?

  • Students should be prepared to participate in physical activity during HPE. Students will need an area to exercise at home (about the length of their body laying down). They should be dressed appropriately in athletic attire (shirt, shorts/sweatpants, socks, and sneakers). The lessons will be student-centered and taught using an instructional model that emphasizes active learning and student engagement.

What school supplies does my student need? 

  • Laptop, pencils, notebook, earbuds or headphones, and agenda
  • We may provide additional supplies at another date for electives 

How will my student access library books?

  • Students have access to over 2500 eBooks and audiobooks that they can use on their device or school-issued laptop through MackinVIA. Please visit the Glasgow MS library site for information: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/glasgowmslibrary/home  
  • We are also working on a plan for Glasgow students to check out books for this school year during distance learning. Stay tuned for mobile checkouts in a neighborhood near you! 

What if we have technical problems or need technical support? 

  • Visit this site: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/technology-support-families
  • To support families who are working with their children during virtual learning, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call.
  • If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will request help from the appropriate FCPS team.
  • FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents/guardians to request technology help directly. 
  • Tips for online learning success can be found on the FCPS website.

What if my child needs to be absent? 

Where can I find general information?

How can I support my student? 

  • If possible, help them find a dedicated space to work
  • Remind them to keep their laptop charged and stored in a safe spot
  • Encourage them to get plenty of rest, move in between classes, and limit screen time during non-school hours
  • Encourage them to reach out to their teachers, counselors, and/or administrators with questions and concerns - we are all eager to help!

We will share more tips soon!

Important Dates

September 8 - First Day of School!

September 21 - PTA Meeting 

September 29 - Back to School Night 

 

First Day of School - September 8 - Tuesday, September 8 will be an odd day. Students will logon to their classes from the BbCU links found in their fcpsschools.net Gmail account. 

 

PTA Meeting - September 21 - The first PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, September 21. We will engage in a community discussion on racism.  More information about time and links to come. Updates will be communicated via www.glasgowpta.org and emails/texts.

 

Back to School Night - September 29 - Mark your calendars for Back to School Night on September 29. More information soon about this event. 

Important Information 

We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources: At Glasgow Middle School, our teachers will use a variety of powerful digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. Without consent, teachers will need to plan additional lessons or deviate from a useful application altogether. You can find our school’s list of the resources here: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Please follow this link to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval.

 

Schedule Change Requests - At Glasgow, our priority is to ensure students are registered for classes that are an appropriate match to their academic needs and interests. Each year we are only able to accommodate a very limited number of course changes and priority is given to students with errors in their schedule. If your student would like to make a request for a course change, please have your student email their counselor. Any requests for elective changes will not be reviewed for approval until the second week of school due to a large number of pending student registrations.

 

Attention Glasgow 8th grade students - The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is only 3 miles away from Glasgow Middle School and is the regional magnet Governor's School for Science and Technology in Northern Virginia. Eligible 8th grade students are encouraged to apply. The application is currently set to open on September 14 and close October 2. The TJHSST Admissions office anticipates that there may be changes in the application process for this year and have requested that anyone interested monitor the www.tjadmissions.org website for changes/updates. Glasgow Counselor Gregory Frantz is our TJHSST Liaison Counselor to support the application process and may be contacted by email with questions gdfrantz@fcps.edu 

 

Gazette on our FCPS Website -The Community Gazette is now featured in a banner on the homepage of our website. This serves as a one stop shop for archived gazette information and can be translated into many different languages.Click here to get started: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/aggregator/sources/1

Glasgow Library Updates

Glasgow MS library staff is ready to continue the circulation of print books from our library. When you pick up your laptop for the 2020-21 school year, please drop off your current Glasgow (or any other FCPS library) library book(s) in the blue bin outside the front office. Once books have been quarantined, we will check them back into the system. There might be a slight delay in the update to your account. 

 

Don’t forget you still have access to over 2500 eBooks and audiobooks that you can use on your device or school-issued laptop. Please visit the Glasgow MS library site for information on how to access MackinVIA. (https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/glasgowmslibrary/home). The Glasgow library website features a MackinVIA tutorial that shows you how to access the digital system. It can be downloaded on a mobile device or accessed via the web from a laptop. Please reach out to Ms. Sanz, Glasgow MS Librarian, with any questions/concerns at tmsanz@fcps.edu. 

 

We are also working on a plan for Glasgow students to check out books for this school year during virtual learning. Stay tuned for mobile checkouts in a neighborhood near you!

Bus Route Meal Service

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. Check out the current bus schedule.

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 30

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Glasgow Community:

As we head into the final week of teacher professional development before the return of students on September 8, I wanted to provide you information that will better prepare you and your student(s) for the start of the school year.  

Bell Schedule

The Glasgow bell schedule is shown below. Students will be engaged Tuesday through Friday with four synchronous classes per day. Synchronous instruction will  include teacher-led instruction, collaborative work time, and independent work time that may also include targeted and small-group support. Tuesdays and Thursdays are “Odd Days” and students will meet with their classes in periods 1, 3, 5, and 7. Wednesdays and Fridays are “Even Days” and students will meet with their even day classes, periods 2, 4, 6, and 8. Each class block will be 80 minutes in length and will be held through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Panther Time will continue to be our social emotional learning block (SEL) during the 4th period. 

Mondays will be used for intervention, enrichment and support. All students will be provided with asynchronous work, to be completed outside of regular class time and may be completed on Mondays. In addition, on Mondays, all students are expected to login with their Panther Time teacher from 9:05 and 9:45am. This check-in will also meet the state requirement for attendance on this day. 

Student Schedules

On Wednesday, September 2, student schedules will be available for students and parents to view via StudentVue and ParentVue. 

Virtual Opening

Glasgow will host a Virtual Opening on Wednesday, September 2 from 9:05am - 10:05am. On Monday or Tuesday students will receive an email to their fcpsschools.net account and a personal phone call from their Panther Time teacher, welcoming them to the new year and detailing how they can access the event on Wednesday. 

The purpose of this event is to ensure all students can access virtual instruction prior to the start of school and will help us identify and troubleshoot needs. This will also be a time when we can start to build relationships and classroom communities, provide information to students, and answer questions from students and family members. 

Online Learner Orientation

This year, we have created a set of videos for all of our students as they transition to the online learning environment. Students will be introduced to 6 modules during the Virtual Opening on Wednesday.  The modules are designed to help your student get oriented to the school year expectations and help them get organized for the first day of school. They are encouraged to complete these by the first day.    

Town Hall Meetings

Glasgow will host Town Hall Meetings this week in English, Spanish and Arabic. If you would like to attend please complete the following form and we will send you a link the day of the Town Hall. Looking forward to kicking off the new year together online. I look forward to sharing information with you and answering your questions at the town hall meetings. 

If you have any lingering questions, as always feel free to reach out to me or your student’s administrator or counselor. Thank you for the many ways you support your students and our school community.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Laptop Distribution Updates

As the school year approaches, we will continue to distribute new FCPS laptops to all students. Every student will need a dedicated computer and the FCPS issued laptop will contain pre-populated shortcuts on the desktop to our frequently used programs. GMS students may pick up their laptop during the following time windows at Glasgow Middle School:

  • Tuesday, September 1 - 8am - 12pm
  • Wednesday, September 2 - 8am - 12pm and 4pm - 7pm
  • Thursday, September 3 - 8am - 12pm
  • Thursday, September 3 - BAILEY'S Lower ES - 8am - 12pm

Please use this form to sign up for an appointment day, time and location.

Students must come to the laptop pick-up as they will need to log in to their new computer at Glasgow. In order to maintain social distancing and safety protocols, we ask that families drive thru Door 1, wear a mask and remain in their vehicle. We are accepting drive-thru appointments for those needing to travel a distance by car, as well as walk-up appointments for those families who live in the Glasgow neighborhood. Be aware that we are distributing laptops to each student and want to make sure each family receives the care and attention they deserve. You can expect the process to take 10-20 mins, although depending on a variety of factors, there may be delays.

Please bring any remaining old laptop from last year, or overdue library books, with you to turn in.

If you are not able to pick up a laptop during the open pick up times, please contact mkhedenberg@fcps.edu to make other pick up arrangements.

FCPSOn Opt-out - If you are choosing to opt-out of the FCPS school issued laptop, and intend to use a personal device, please fill out this form and send to mkhedenberg@fcps.edu.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support as we work to ensure all students have laptops before school year begins on September 8th.

 

Important Dates

September 1 - Back to School Town Hall 6th Grade - English - 5:30 - 6:30pm

September 1 - Back to School Town Hall 7th & 8th Grade - English - 7- 8pm

September 2 - Panther Time Virtual Open House - 9:05

September 2 - Back to School Town Hall 6th Grade - Spanish - 5:30 - 6:30pm

September 2 - Back to School Town Hall 7th & 8th Grade - Spanish - 7 - 8pm

September 2 - Schedules Released on StudentVue/ParentVue

September 3 - Back to School Town Hall 6th Grade - Arabic - 5:30 - 6:30pm

September 3 - Back to School Town Hall 7th & 8th Grade - Arabic - 7 - 8pm

September 8 - First Day of School!

 

Back to School Virtual Town Halls - September 1, 2 & 3 - We will be holding a series of Back to School Town Halls in English, Spanish and Arabic. If you would like to attend please complete the following form and we will send you a link the day of the Town Hall. Looking forward to kicking off the new year together online. FORM

 

Glasgow Middle School Virtual Opening - September 2 - 9:05 - 10:05am - We are looking forward to our virtual opening during our Panther Time classes. Expect to hear personally from your Panther Time teacher Monday or Tuesday this week. Also, have your child check their fcpsschools.net email for updated information about this event.

 

Student Schedules Released - September 2 - Student schedules will be released and live on September 2. Login to either ParentVue or StudentVue to see your child’s schedule. Students will also walk through how to find their schedule during our Virtual Opening in Panther Time.

Important Information 

We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources: At Glasgow Middle School, our teachers will use a variety of powerful digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. Without consent, teachers will need to plan additional lessons or deviate from a useful application altogether. You can find our school’s list of the resources here: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Please follow this link to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval.

 

Gazette on our FCPS Website -The Community Gazette is now featured in a banner on the homepage of our website. This serves as a one stop shop for archived gazette information and can be translated into many different languages.Click here to get started: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/aggregator/sources/1

 

Return to School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Families - The changing course of the COVID-19 pandemic with infection rates surging both nationally and regionally has required FCPS to alter our plans for school year 2020-21. We will begin the school year with virtual learning for all students on September 8. Click here for the "Return to School Frequently Asked Quested for Families" website.

 

Parent Outreach Survey - We have had some great turnout this year in our virtual PTA, Parent Coffees and Town Hall meetings. In order to help us plan programming and other events for the upcoming school year, please respond to the following questions below.  Thank you! https://forms.gle/RvQKDaQFbsPSnR5B7

 

Yearbook 2019 - 2020 Store is Open - There are only 20 copies of the 2019-2020 yearbooks remaining.  The only way to safely process yearbook sales is to have families order on-line at the following site:  https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school.  If you purchase this week, you will receive your yearbook when you pick up your student’s laptop.  The cost of the yearbook is $30. Once the yearbooks are gone, the store will close. 

 

Yearbook 2019 - 2020 Distribution - Families who have purchased a yearbook during the school year and missed Distribution Day #1 and #2 will receive the book with your student’s laptop:  current Glasgow students will get their yearbook at Glasgow.  Rising Freshmen will get their yearbook at Justice HS.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.

Glasgow Library Updates

Glasgow MS library staff is ready to continue the circulation of print books from our library. When you pick up your laptop for the 2020-21 school year, please drop off your current Glasgow (or any other FCPS library) library book(s) in the blue bin outside the front office. Once books have been quarantined, we will check them back into the system. There might be a slight delay in the update to your account. 

 

Don’t forget you still have access to over 2500 eBooks and audiobooks that you can use on your device or school-issued laptop. Please visit the Glasgow MS library site for information on how to access MackinVIA. (https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/glasgowmslibrary/home). The Glasgow library website features a MackinVIA tutorial that shows you how to access the digital system. It can be downloaded on a mobile device or accessed via the web from a laptop. Please reach out to Ms. Sanz, Glasgow MS Librarian, with any questions/concerns at tmsanz@fcps.edu. 

 

We are also working on a plan for Glasgow students to check out books for this school year during distance learning. Stay tuned for mobile checkouts in a neighborhood near you!

Tech Corner

FCPS has published a webpage to support students with distance learning. The Tips for Online Learning Success page has suggestions for students, technology tips for families, troubleshooting guides, and links to the parent and student tech support sites. The FCPS Student Technology Support Request Form is also up and ready for use. Glasgow also has a page dedicated to Technology Support for Students on the Student Central Site.

 

FAQs for Tech Support

Parents and Families - Do you need Tech Support?  Call the Parent Technology Help Desk at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS).  This will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.  Please specify if you need an interpreter when you call. Or you can Submit a request online

Can FCPS block social media on the new laptops? Social media is not blocked on our devices because some of our students and teachers use it for instructional purposes. Many clubs, teams and other activities also use social media to communicate with participants.  Whether or not your student has an account remains a family decision.

Does a student need to use the laptop with wifi when not on school property? We have installed Google drive sync so students can work on documents offline.  Depending on what the assignment requires (watching a video, research, collaborative tools, etc.) they may need to access wifi. 

What if we do not have wifi internet at home? If families do not have internet access in the home, please contact either the counselor or Melinda Hedenberg, Marcia Donovan or Nafisa Mohamed Taha

What resources are available to parents and students to promote good digital citizenship online? The FCPS Website has many resources to support parents.  Parents have access to a Customizable Device Contract and Family Media Agreement that will support them as they talk with their children about internet use and set rules that are right for their family. A handout with links to parental controls and recommendations for the most frequently used apps is also provided. In addition, many tips sheets, advice videos and more are available on this site for parents. Links to reputable outside sources are supplied for both students and parents to use.

Are students going to have to change their FCPS network passwords? No, students should NOT change their password unless it was forgotten. FCPS will extend passwords, so students who remember their passwords will continue to use their current password throughout distance learning.

Will student passwords expire during distance learning? No, the IT Service Desk will continue to extend student password expiration dates through distance learning.  Students should NOT change their password unless it was forgotten. The only exception is if the student is on-site and directed to change their password by an FCPS staff member.

Is going through the teacher the only way for a student to reset a forgotten password? No, if students forget their password, they can:

  • Reset it themselves using the Account Recovery site, if they had previously set their recovery options - https://itweb.fcps.edu/accountrecovery/index.cfm
  • Submit a help request via the Parent and Student Support portal, using the student help form at https://itweb.fcps.edu/studentsupport/index.cfm ]
  • Ask their teacher to reset it. The teacher can use the Teacher Assisted Student Password Tool (VPN Required). https://tsscapps.fcps.edu:449/StudentPasswordReset/index.cf

Do students have to go to an FCPS building and connect to the FCPS Wi-Fi in order for the password change to "stick"? If a student has forgotten a password and makes a change to it, then yes, they will need to connect to FCPS Wi-Fi to sync their new network password with their FCPSOn computer. This can be done simply by driving through the bus lane or walking near the front door of an FCPS building with the laptop and connecting to the network.  However, please note that a student can reset their password and use a personal device to continue with distance learning without connecting to FCPS Wi-Fi.

Job Opportunity - Instructional Assistant

Glasgow is seeking an Instructional Assistant to support students this upcoming school year. The position requires the following: performs curriculum, instructional, clerical, and support tasks to support teachers and other professional staff; assists with the daily management of the students and classroom; and performs related duties as required or assigned. 

Education/Experience/Skills - Graduation from high school, plus one year of progressively more responsible experience working with students and completion of an associate’s degree OR two years of college (48 credit hours). If interested, please email Mary Geary at mkgeary@fcps.edu

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 23

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Glasgow Community:

We are a little more than two weeks aways from the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. This past week, we came together as a staff and in our teams to build a community of collaborators. Our goal is to build upon our success from the spring and collaboratively plan the highest quality instruction for our students in a virtual setting. 

In addition to ensuring we provide the highest quality instruction to our students, we are continuing to distribute laptops this coming week, to all students. Use this form to sign-up for a time that corresponds to your last name, this helps us to space out our appointments. If you have missed your day or cannot make your scheduled day, please choose an open slot. If you have any questions, please contact Melinda Hedenberg at mkhedenberg@fcps.edu.  Below is the laptop distribution schedule: 

  • Monday, August 24 - Last names I - Mc 
  • Tuesday, August 25 - Last names Me - O
  • Wednesday, August 26 - Last names P - R 
  • Thursday, August 27 - Last names S - T 
  • Friday, August 28 - Last names U - Z

For those needing internet access, Cox has announced new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company's low-cost internet, for two months at no cost. New customers must sign up by September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support. 

Parents are encouraged to learn some of the technology applications their students may be using this fall by viewing the “Virtual Learning: Tips and Tricks” YouTube Channel. The list will be continuously updated. 

On Wednesday, September 2, all Glasgow students will attend their Panther Time class for a virtual opening at 9:05am - 10:05am. The purpose of this event is to ensure all students can access virtual instruction prior to school starting and will help us identify and troubleshoot needs. This will also be a time when we can start to build relationships and classroom communities, provide information to students, and answer questions students and families may have. 

Please reach out for questions or concerns. Take care!

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

 

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

Important Dates

August 18 - 28 - FCPSOn Computer Distribution 

September 1 - Back to School Town Hall 6th Grade - English - 5:30 - 6:30pm

September 1 - Back to School Town Hall 7th & 8th Grade - English - 7- 8pm

September 2 - Panther Time Virtual Open House - 9:05

September 2 - Back to School Town Hall 6th Grade - Spanish - 5:30 - 6:30pm

September 2 - Back to School Town Hall 7th & 8th Grade - Spanish - 7 - 8pm

September 2 - Schedules Released on StudentVue/ParentVue

September 3 - Back to School Town Hall 6th Grade - Arabic - 5:30 - 6:30pm

September 3 - Back to School Town Hall 7th & 8th Grade - Arabic - 7 - 8pm

September 8 - First Day of School!

 

FCPSOn Laptop Distribution - August 18 - 28 - All middle school students will be receiving a brand new laptop for distance learning this year and our Technology Team is working hard preparing student laptops for distribution. Distribution will begin Tuesday, August 18th. Parents may find their student’s pick up day (below). The laptop pick up process is curbside, drive-up, and takes 5-10 minutes. Students must come to the laptop pick-up as they will need to login to their new computer at Glasgow. Students will also be notified through their fcpsschools.net accounts. Additionally, any families who were not able to return old laptops on the collection day, should plan to bring them when they receive the new laptop.

See below for the schedule of when students may pick up their laptop from Glasgow. In order to ensure that we have a steady flow to students and families at Glasgow, please complete THIS FORM to help us plan for distribution day. Depending on the number of students arriving at any given time, and because we are working to ensure the health and safety of our staff and families, this process may take between 10-20 minutes. We plan to follow all CDC and Health Department guidelines for social distancing and sanitation. Parents and students should expect to stay in their vehicle and must wear a mask at all times.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to distribute these new devices to every student before the start of school.

 

Back to School Virtual Town Halls - September 1, 2 & 3 - We will be holding a series of Back to School Town Halls in English, Spanish and Arabic. If you would like to attend please complete the following form and we will send you a link the day of the Town Hall. Looking forward to kicking off the new year together online. FORM

 

Glasgow Middle School Virtual Opening - September 2 - 9:05 - 10:05am - We are looking forward to our virtual opening during our Panther Time classes. Expect to hear personally from your Panther Time teacher sometime after August 28. Also, have your child check their fcpsschools.net email for updated information about this event.

 

Student Schedules Released - September 2 - Student schedules will be released and live on September 2. Login to either ParentVue or StudentVue to see your child’s schedule. Students will also walk through how to find their schedule during our Virtual Opening in Panther Time.

Important Information 

Gazette on our FCPS Website -The Community Gazette is now featured in a banner on the homepage of our website. This serves as a one stop shop for archived gazette information and can be translated into many different languages.Click here to get started: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/aggregator/sources/1

 

Parent Outreach Survey - We have had some great turnout this year in our virtual PTA, Parent Coffees and Town Hall meetings. In order to help us plan programming and other events for the upcoming school year, please respond to the following questions below.  Thank you!

https://forms.gle/RvQKDaQFbsPSnR5B7

 

Yearbook 2019 - 2020 Store is Open - There are only 20 copies of the 2019-2020 yearbooks remaining.  The only way to safely process yearbook sales is to have families order on-line at the following site:  https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school.  If you purchase this week, you will receive your yearbook when you pick up your student’s laptop.  The cost of the yearbook is $30. Once the yearbooks are gone, the store will close. 

 

Yearbook 2019 - 2020 Distribution - Families who have purchased a yearbook during the school year and missed Distribution Day #1 and #2 will receive the book with your student’s laptop:  current Glasgow students will get their yearbook at Glasgow.  Rising Freshmen will get their yearbook at Justice HS.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.

FCPSOn FAQs @Glasgow

DEVICE GUIDELINES & INFORMATION

Please review the responsibilities and guidelines. The student is responsible for his or her laptop and cord at all times.

 

What comes with each FPCSOn laptop? Each device is bundled with a power adapter and neoprene sleeve.  Students will be responsible for returning the laptop, charger and sleeve at the end of the year.

 

What is loaded on FCPSOn laptops? Laptops will be preloaded with software and plugins to ensure compatibility with online instruction, testing, and most curriculum software.

 

What support is provided for a FCPSOn laptop? Support for the device will be provided by the school technology support team – this includes repairs, software installation and support and training. Repair of damage outside of normal use and care will be brought to the attention of school administration and may be the responsibility of the student (who may be asked to pay for repair or replacement).

 

Why should my student pick up a laptop if he/she has his own personal laptop at home?  The FCPSOn laptop is fully supported by FCPS.  If there is a technical issue or unintentional breakage, FCPS will cover the cost and fix the problem.  In addition, there are applications and software already loaded on the laptop that are required tools in classes.  This learning device is locked down with FCPS internet filter software.

 

Can FCPS block social media on the new laptops? Social media is not blocked on our devices because some of our students and teachers use it for instructional purposes. Many clubs, teams and other activities also use social media to communicate with participants.  Whether or not your student has an account remains a family decision.

 

Does a student need to use the laptop with wifi when not on school property? We have installed Google drive sync so students can work on documents offline.  Depending on what the assignment requires (watching a video, research, collaborative tools, etc.) they may need to access wifi. 

 

What if we do not have WiFi internet at home? If families do not have internet access in the home, please contact the counselor or Melinda Hedenberg, mkhedenberg@fcps.edu, Nafisa Mohamed Taha nmmohamedtah@fcps.edu or Marcia Donovan MDonovan@fcps.edu.

 

Why can’t we pick up the laptop at any time? We have scheduled staff members to assist with the distribution at the indicated times. There is a required process in order to check identification, collect information forms, distribute ID cards, login assistance, etc. that necessitates an assembly line type process. We have scheduled laptop distribution by student last names but will ask families to select the time window of their preference on their pick up day.  Thank you for your patience!

 

What resources are available to parents and students to promote good digital citizenship online? The FCPS Website has many resources to support parents.  Parents have access to a Customizable Device Contract and Family Media Agreement that will support them as they talk with their children about internet use and set rules that are right for their family. A handout with links to parental controls and recommendations for the most frequently used apps is also provided. In addition, many tips sheets, advice videos and more are available on this site for parents. Links to reputable outside sources are supplied for both students and parents to use.

Glasgow Library Updates

Glasgow MS library staff is ready to continue the circulation of print books from our library. When you pick up your laptop for the 2020-21 school year, please drop off your current Glasgow (or any other FCPS library) library book(s) in the blue bin outside the front office. Once books have been quarantined, we will check them back into the system. There might be a slight delay in the update to your account. 

 

Don’t forget you still have access to over 2500 eBooks and audiobooks that you can use on your device or school-issued laptop. Please visit the Glasgow MS library site for information on how to access MackinVIA. (https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/glasgowmslibrary/home). The Glasgow library website features a MackinVIA tutorial that shows you how to access the digital system. It can be downloaded on a mobile device or accessed via the web from a laptop. Please reach out to Ms. Sanz, Glasgow MS Librarian, with any questions/concerns at tmsanz@fcps.edu. 

 

We are also working on a plan for Glasgow students to check out books for this school year during distance learning. Stay tuned for mobile checkouts in a neighborhood near you!

Job Opportunity - Instructional Assistant

Glasgow is seeking an Instructional Assistant to support students this upcoming school year. The position requires the following: performs curriculum, instructional, clerical, and support tasks to support teachers and other professional staff; assists with the daily management of the students and classroom; and performs related duties as required or assigned. 

Education/Experience/Skills - Graduation from high school, plus one year of progressively more responsible experience working with students and completion of an associate’s degree OR two years of college (48 credit hours). If interested, please email Mary Geary at mkgeary@fcps.edu

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 16

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Glasgow Community:

We were thrilled to welcome over 100 staff members at our Glasgow Welcome Drive-thru Rally on Friday, to celebrate the opening of the 2020-2021 school year! Staff drove through our front parking lot, honking and waving. We got to meet parents, dogs, children and babies, which was so fun. Our Glasgow spirit is strong - it was such a treat to see everyone, even behind windows! 

We are also proud to share that Jenn Pallotto, school counselor, was recognized this past week as the FCPS Middle School Counselor of the Year! Another celebration is that of the 23 nominees, Irania Escalante, who tirelessly supports our ESOL level 1 & 2 students was also among the nominees. Time and again we are reminded of the talent of our Glasgow staff.

Our staff will come together virtually, starting on Monday, to focus on professional learning, collaboration, and planning to ensure students’ return to school is strong. Your feedback and insight has been very helpful as we plan how to best support all of our students and families. If you haven’t already, please submit your feedback on distance learning here

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, September 2, all Glasgow students will attend their Panther Time for a virtual school open house. The purpose of this orientation is to ensure all students can access virtual instruction prior to school starting and will help us identify and troubleshoot needs. This will also be a time when we can start to build relationships and classroom communities, provide information to students, and answer questions students and families may have. We will share more information as we get closer to this date.

Finally, we are ready for our laptop distribution - over 2,000 brand new laptops have been prepared and are ready for pick up! You should have received an email about laptop distribution, which will occur Tuesday, August 18 - Friday, August 28. In order to ensure that we have a steady flow to students and families at Glasgow during each distribution day, please complete THIS FORM. Please see below for more information, and contact Melinda Hedenberg, mkhedenberg@fcps.edu, for questions you may have. 

Please reach out for questions or concerns. Take care!

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

 

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

Important Dates

See below for more information about each of the upcoming events at Glasgow.

August 18 - 28 - FCPSOn Computer Distribution 

September 1 - Back to School Town Hall - English

September 2 - Back to School Town Hall - Spanish

September 2 - Panther Time Virtual Open House

September 3 - Back to School Town Hall - Arabic

September 8 - First Day of School!

Important Information 

 Parent Outreach Survey - We have had some great turnout this year in our virtual PTA, Parent Coffees and Town Hall meetings. In order to help us plan programming and other events for the upcoming school year, please respond to the following questions below.  Thank you!

https://forms.gle/RvQKDaQFbsPSnR5B7

 

Yearbook 2019 - 2020 Store is Open - There are only 20 copies of the 2019-2020 yearbooks remaining.  The only way to safely process yearbook sales is to have families order on-line at the following site:  https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school.  If you purchase this week, you will receive your yearbook when you pick up your student’s laptop.  The cost of the yearbook is $30. Once the yearbooks are gone, the store will close. 

 

Yearbook 2019 - 2020 Distribution - Families who have purchased a yearbook during the school year and missed Distribution Day #1 and #2 will receive the book with your student’s laptop:  current Glasgow students will get their yearbook at Glasgow.  Rising Freshmen will get their yearbook at Justice HS.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.

 

Yearbook Distribution Day 2 - August 11 - Families who have purchased a yearbook during the school year and missed Distribution Day #1 and families who purchase in August may pick up their student’s yearbook on August 11th from 12 noon to 2:00 pm.  If you are not able to pick up your yearbook on August 11th, we will package the book with your student’s laptop: current Glasgow students will get their yearbook at Glasgow. Rising Freshmen will get their yearbook at Justice HS. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.

 

FCPSOn Laptop Distribution - August 18 - 28 - All middle school students will be receiving a brand new laptop for distance learning this year and our Technology Team is working hard preparing student laptops for distribution. Distribution will begin Tuesday, August 18th. Parents may find their student’s pick up day (below). The laptop pick up process is curbside, drive-up, and takes 5-10 minutes. Students must come to the laptop pick-up as they will need to login to their new computer at Glasgow. Students will also be notified through their fcpsschools.net accounts. Additionally, any families who were not able to return old laptops on the collection day, should plan to bring them when they receive the new laptop.

See below for the schedule of when students may pick up their laptop from Glasgow. In order to ensure that we have a steady flow to students and families at Glasgow, please complete THIS FORM to help us plan for distribution day. Depending on the number of students arriving at any given time, and because we are working to ensure the health and safety of our staff and families, this process may take between 10-20 minutes. We plan to follow all CDC and Health Department guidelines for social distancing and sanitation. Parents and students should expect to stay in their vehicle and must wear a mask at all times.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to distribute these new devices to every student before the start of school.

 

Back to School Virtual Town Halls - September 1, 2 & 3 - We will be holding a series of Back to School Town Halls in English, Spanish and Arabic. More information about times and links to access the meetings to come. Looking forward to kicking off the new year together online. 

FCPSOn FAQs @Glasgow

DEVICE GUIDELINES & INFORMATION

Please review the responsibilities and guidelines. The student is responsible for his or her laptop and cord at all times.

 

What comes with each FPCSOn laptop? Each device is bundled with a power adapter and neoprene sleeve.  Students will be responsible for returning the laptop, charger and sleeve at the end of the year.

 

What is loaded on FCPSOn laptops? Laptops will be preloaded with software and plugins to ensure compatibility with online instruction, testing, and most curriculum software.

 

What support is provided for a FCPSOn laptop? Support for the device will be provided by the school technology support team – this includes repairs, software installation and support and training. Repair of damage outside of normal use and care will be brought to the attention of school administration and may be the responsibility of the student (who may be asked to pay for repair or replacement).

 

Why should my student pick up a laptop if he/she has his own personal laptop at home?  The FCPSOn laptop is fully supported by FCPS.  If there is a technical issue or unintentional breakage, FCPS will cover the cost and fix the problem.  In addition, there are applications and software already loaded on the laptop that are required tools in classes.  This learning device is locked down with FCPS internet filter software.

 

Can FCPS block social media on the new laptops? Social media is not blocked on our devices because some of our students and teachers use it for instructional purposes. Many clubs, teams and other activities also use social media to communicate with participants.  Whether or not your student has an account remains a family decision.

 

Does a student need to use the laptop with wifi when not on school property? We have installed Google drive sync so students can work on documents offline.  Depending on what the assignment requires (watching a video, research, collaborative tools, etc.) they may need to access wifi. 

 

What if we do not have WiFi internet at home? If families do not have internet access in the home, please contact the counselor or Melinda Hedenberg, mkhedenberg@fcps.edu, Nafisa Mohamed Taha nmmohamedtah@fcps.edu or Marcia Donovan MDonovan@fcps.edu.

 

Why can’t we pick up the laptop at any time? We have scheduled staff members to assist with the distribution at the indicated times. There is a required process in order to check identification, collect information forms, distribute ID cards, login assistance, etc. that necessitates an assembly line type process. We have scheduled laptop distribution by student last names but will ask families to select the time window of their preference on their pick up day.  Thank you for your patience!

 

What resources are available to parents and students to promote good digital citizenship online? The FCPS Website has many resources to support parents.  Parents have access to a Customizable Device Contract and Family Media Agreement that will support them as they talk with their children about internet use and set rules that are right for their family. A handout with links to parental controls and recommendations for the most frequently used apps is also provided. In addition, many tips sheets, advice videos and more are available on this site for parents. Links to reputable outside sources are supplied for both students and parents to use.

Glasgow Library Updates

Glasgow MS library staff is ready to continue the circulation of print books from our library. When you pick up your laptop for the 2020-21 school year, please drop off your current Glasgow (or any other FCPS library) library book(s) in the blue bin outside the front office. Once books have been quarantined, we will check them back into the system. There might be a slight delay in the update to your account. 

 

Don’t forget you still have access to over 2500 eBooks and audiobooks that you can use on your device or school-issued laptop. Please visit the Glasgow MS library site for information on how to access MackinVIA. (https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/glasgowmslibrary/home). The Glasgow library website features a MackinVIA tutorial that shows you how to access the digital system. It can be downloaded on a mobile device or accessed via the web from a laptop. Please reach out to Ms. Sanz, Glasgow MS Librarian, with any questions/concerns at tmsanz@fcps.edu. 

 

We are also working on a plan for Glasgow students to check out books for this school year during distance learning. Stay tuned for mobile checkouts in a neighborhood near you!

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Or join the PTA it’s only $10! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/membership/

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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