Glasgow Community Gazette - April 18

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Glasgow Community:

One of my favorite times of the school year is spring. It is a time when we reflect on the current year and also a time when we are planning for the upcoming year. I love the hiring process, hearing from so many educators eager to share their experiences, working through the puzzle that is the master schedule, and thinking about how we continue to grow as a school. This year especially, I have loved getting to reconnect with our staff and students through our return and look forward to welcoming students four days per week, starting April 27.

In just a few weeks, on May 3rd, we will welcome our new principal, Mr. Victor Powell. The admin team and I have been meeting regularly with Victor the past several weeks. It is clear that listening and learning about Glasgow is very important to him, and he is very excited to get to know our staff, students, and families. I know Glasgow will be in good hands as I transition to another opportunity. My last day at Glasgow will be Friday, April 30, when I will then join Longfellow Middle School’s admin team for the remainder of the school year. 

As we approach this transition, I wanted to let you know that working at Glasgow with so many amazing students and families and leading our staff has truly been a highlight of my career. Glasgow is an incredible school. 

As always, please reach out to me 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/

Important Dates

April 27 - In-Person Student Return 4 days a week 

April 27 - PTA Meeting -The next PTA meeting will be on April 27 at 7:00pm, we will welcome our new principal Victor Powell with a meet and greet. Here is the link to the session that will be in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Week of May 10 - Reading SOL
Week of May 17 - Math SOL

Week of May 24 - 8th Grade Science SOL

May 31 - Memorial Day, no school for students

Important Information 

SOL Parent Intent Form: This Friday, April 23rd is the last day we are accepting responses on the Parent SOL Intent form.  If you have not submitted a form by Friday, April 23rd, if your student is in-person they will take all SOLs required for their grade level. If you do not submit a form and your student is 100% virtual, we will assume you are refusing testing.

If you haven’t already, please fill out this form ASAP and no later than April 23rd. If you have any questions please email Sarah N’Guessan, our School Testing Coordinator, at senguessan@fcps.edu

 

3rd Quarter Ends Friday, March 26 & Report Cards: Friday, March 26 was the last day of the 3rd quarter. Due to changing FCPS guidance and required mailings, report cards will now be mailed home starting the week of April 19th. If you have questions about your child’s grades, please reach out to their classroom teacher. 

 

FCPS Grading Policy Updates - Pass/No Mark Forms Due May 10, 2021: Please read carefully for updates to the FCPS Grading Policy for middle school students including the due date to request pass-no mark grades for your child’s classes. If you have questions, please reach out to your child’s school counselor. 

In 2020-21, changes have been made to grading rules for middle school students. 

  • All final marks of "F" will automatically receive a No Mark, "NM", with no action needed by student/family. A mark of "NM" will not be averaged into the student's grade-point average. 
  • All final marks of "D" and "D+" will automatically receive a Pass, "P", with no action needed by student/family. 
  • With parent/guardian approval, passing marks ("A" through "C-") may be replaced with a mark of "P" by completing this form and returning it to the school counselor/student services department. This decision may not be reversed. 
  • A mark of "P" (in lieu of grades "A" through "D") will earn credit and will allow for enrollment in the next course but will not be averaged into the student's grade-point average. Only the letter "P" shall be recorded on the final transcript. 
  • It is important for students and families to review the important considerations and frequently asked questions prior to submitting the request for pass-no mark. Information concerning the pass-no mark option for 2020-21 is available to all parents on the following web site: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary/.  This form must be submitted in hard copy or via email to the school counselor/Student Services Department by May 10, 2021. Paper copies will be mailed home to all families with 3rd quarter report cards. 

 

Additional 4 Days a Week of In-Person Instruction and Enrollment Change Requests: Parents of in-person students should have received an invitation regarding additional days of in-person instruction per recently revised FCPS plan. Check your emails for this invitation. As of 3/26, per FCPS guidance we are no longer accepting requests for students to switch to in-person instruction. If you would like to switch your in-person child to virtual instruction for the remainder of the year, please complete the enrollment change request form in English or Spanish, and allow 48 hours for processing. 

 

Q4 Catch-up Days: For 4th quarter, catch-up days will be determined by individual courses and will be scheduled between May 4 - June 4. This is to ensure that there is minimal full day disruptions to live instruction as we enter into the final weeks of the school year. 

 

Family Life Education: The Health and PE Department will be teaching Family Life Education (FLE) in the coming months: 7th grade will be in FLE from 4/20/21 to 4/24/21, and 8th grade from 5/11/21 to 5/14/21. If you had intended for your student to not participate in FLE, please complete the opt out form on the FCPS website and return it prior to the start of FLE. Questions can be directed to Amanda Eastman (ageastman@fcps.edu) or Michael Pulver (mapulver@fcps.edu).

 

Yearbook Store is Open: The Yearbook Store is open and ready for your orders!  Who doesn’t want to have the 2020-2021 yearbook to capture such a unique and different school year?  For the low cost of $25, you can guarantee a copy of the book will be reserved for you.  With a limited number of books for sale this year, don’t wait until the end of the school year to order.  Yearbooks will be distributed over the summer like we did last year.  If you have any questions, please contact our yearbook advisor, Mr. Perella: maperella@fcps.edu Here is the link to the on-line store:  https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school

 

Panther Time Picture Day: We have figured out a way to get pictures of all of our students into the yearbook so there is no need for families to send in pictures!  We are going to hold Panther Time Picture Day in May!  On Friday, May 7th, during Panther Time, your student’s Panther Time teacher will have the class log into Google Meet for the class picture.  Your student’s Panther Time teacher will take a screenshot and “capture” the class.  Mr. Perella will collect these class pictures and insert them into the yearbook spreads.  Please encourage your student to turn on their camera on Panther Time Picture Day. 

 

8th Grade Baby Pictures and Glasgow Staff Baby Pictures: 8th Grade Families and Glasgow Staff, we would like to have a section of the yearbook highlighting when our 8th graders and staff were babies or toddlers.  We will be accepting pictures until Friday, April 23rd. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella, yearbook advisor, at maperella@fcps.edu  

Pictures may be submitted these 2 ways:

  1. Balfour EZPix web site: https://studio.balfour.com/ezpix/
  • Yearbook Project Number:  117803
  • Upload Code:  Please leave blank.  No Code is necessary.
  • Login
  • Scroll down, accept terms & conditions
  • Fill out the requested information and begin uploading.  You can upload 10 pictures at a time.
  1. Google Form

 

Search for a New Principal for Justice High School / Message from Dr. Fabio Zuluaga / Region 2 Assistant Superintendent: As you know the Department of Human Resources is in the process of selecting a new Principal for Justice High. The goal is for the new Principal to start on July 1, 2021.  Our FCPS/HR Department in conjunction with Region 2 Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Fabio Zuluaga and Region 2 Executive Principal, Dr. Brendan Menuey conducted a meeting with the community this past Tuesday, April 6th.  We were able to record both presentations. If you are interested in learning more about the process please connect with the following links:

English - Arabic

English- Spanish

If you have comments please send them directly to Mr. Adam McGeehan at McGeehan, Adam apmcgeehan@fcps.edu

 

Hunger Games: The 6th Annual Hunger Games is HERE! The Hunger Games is a schoolwide service-learning project that fosters awareness of hunger and homelessness. The goal of the Hunger Games is for students and teachers to donate non-perishable food and toiletry items. Donations Everything collected will be redistributed to Glasgow families in need and/or community organizations that combat hunger and homelessness. Glasgow is divided into “districts” competing to make the most impact! Please review the donations list and drop-off times/locations (below) to support your student’s district! You can also sign-up to volunteer with donation collection on Mondays or make a monetary donation here.

  • Monday, 10:30-12pm @ Glasgow (Door 8), & Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center (Outside)
  • Tuesday-Friday, 6:45-7:30am @ Glasgow cafeteria stage

A food distribution date will be scheduled toward the end of April for families -- Details to come! Please contact Destiny Delaware (ddelaware@fcps.edu) or Shona Person (sdperson@fcps.edu) with questions.

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Bioinformatics Society - Are you interested in biology or computer science? Do you enjoy competing and working with other students? TJHSST Bioinformatics Society is hosting its 5th annual BioCode competition, with over $1000 in prizes. To register, please sign up at this link: BioCode signup form.

For more information, feel free to check out our website: tjbiocode.weebly

After School Updates

Glasgow After School program will remain virtual at this time. We are taking into consideration all logistical factors regarding the  safety for our students, teachers and transportation. Safety is our top priority for both teachers and students. We will continue to offer virtually, quality programs which foster leadership, character development, social and emotional supports and relationship building. We will continue to work closely with County Executives and the Health Department to make informed decisions on our return to in-person after school activities. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

Youth Climate Action Team (YCAT) - Are you concerned about Climate Control? Are you interested in learning and doing your part to protect our environment? If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, YCAT(Youth Climate Action Team) may be the club for you. Please take a look at the video. YCAT meets every Monday at 3:00 in the Google Classroom. For more information, please contact Mr. Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or the YCAT team at contact@ycatinc.com.

Club Time Changes: The following Clubs have changed meeting times to accommodate those in transit from in-person learning. If you have any questions, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or your Club lead for more information.

  • Virtual Gaming will now start at 2:45 and ends at 4:45(Tuesday/Friday)
  • After School Cooking Club on Thursday starts at 3:00 and ends at 4:30. Start times on Mondays and Wednesdays will remain the same.
  • SGA will meet on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. beginning March 15, 2021
  • Journalism will now meet (Mondays/Wednesdays) at 3:15  and end at 4:30

Glasgow Girls Basketball -  began March 2nd, 2021. In this Club, you will learn and strengthen your fundamentals in  basketball while developing discipline, improve stamina along with mental and physical conditioning. The purpose of this club is to enhance your confidence and understanding of what it takes to play Highschool and College Basketball. This Club meets Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00- 4:30 on the Outside Courts. You’re encouraged to bring your own basketball. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Mr. Stuecheli at tastuecheli@fcps.edu for more information.

Glasgow PTA News

The Glasgow Parent Teacher Association (PTA)  is currently seeking volunteers for the Glasgow PTA 2021 – 2022 Executive Board!  

See the Glasgow PTA Executive Board position descriptions and bylaws to understand the basics. For more information, contact the Nominating Committee before April 24th!

We are seeking volunteers for all roles, but critical need is for the role of President. 

President (Required by the Internal Revenue Service, Virginia and Glasgow PTA Bylaws)

  • Preside at all meetings of this PTA. 
  • Coordinate the work of the officers and committees of this PTA, in order that their purposes may be promoted; be available to assist with all work as needed. 
  • Perform other such duties as may be prescribed in the Bylaws of this PTA. 
  • Serve as an ex officio member of all committees of this PTA except the Nominating Committee. 
  • Regularly maintain and respond to all correspondence directed to this PTA. Maintain PTA email account for use for all PTA correspondence. Regularly check for PTA mail and messages sent to the Glasgow main office.

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 - April 11

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Glasgow Community:

I hope that you were able to enjoy the weather this weekend. It is starting to become busy again as we spend the weekend involved in Scouts and sports. I am looking forward to a quiet Sunday as we look ahead to some upcoming transitions. 

As FCPS communicated on Thursday, all FCPS middle and high schools will move to 3ft social distancing in all classrooms based on the updated CDC guidance of March 12, 2021. The ability to decrease social distancing from 6ft to 3ft means that middle and high schools will be expanding the number of students returning to four days of in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year.

For Glasgow, while we already have some students who are attending four days a week, this will mean that all students currently attending in-person two days per week will be invited to attend four days per week, starting on Tuesday, April 27. We will be sending out detailed information today via a separate email to all families whose students are currently attending school in person.

As Ramadan begins on Tuesday, April 13, per FCPS guidance just released, teachers will avoid any new graded assignments or activities such as tests, quizzes, or other assignments during religious and cultural observances in the 4th Quarter. Glasgow students can continue to move through self-paced instruction and always will have the opportunity for teacher support and to catch up as needed. 

SOLs will begin the week of May 10 and will run through the week of May 24. Here is our draft schedule:

  • Reading: Monday, May 10 (virtual students) and Tuesday, May 11 (in-person students)
  • Math: Monday, May 17 (virtual students) and Wednesday, May 19 (in-person students)
  • Science 8: Monday, May 24 (virtual students) and Tuesday, May 25 (in-person students) 

We are currently working to contact all virtual students to invite them to test in the building on Mondays. If your child is virtual please complete this form to share with us testing intention. We will share further information about testing and potential schedule changes in the coming weeks.

As always, please reach out to me 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/

Important Dates

April 27 - In-Person Student Return 4 days a week - More information to come about this transition via a separate email today

April 27 - PTA Meeting - Save the Date

Week of May 10 - Reading SOL
Week of May 17 - Math SOL

Week of May 24 - 8th Grade Science SOL

 

Glasgow Goodies

Glasgow Journalism Students Win County-Wide Awards:  Back in February, Ms. Grillo’s journalism club participated in a county wide learning called the Broadcast Journalism Summit.  The students spoke with professional journalists, learned tips and tricks about broadcast journalism, and collaborated with other middle school and high school students.  Many students also entered a contest where they submitted their original broadcasts.  We are pleased to share that Glasgow was well-represented among the winners.  The winners received a certificate and small prize.  Here they are: 

  • Best Response to Current Issues (Honorable Mention) - Korina Horvat, 7th Grade (20 Tips & Tricks)
  • Best News Package (Winner)- Diana Prudius, 7th Grade  (Journalism Elective Course)
  • Best News Package (Honorable Mention)- Dorian Horvat, 6th Grade (Breaking News: Dogman is getting a movie)
  • Best Broadcast (Group, Middle School) (Winner AND Honorable Mention)- Carlin Adjula, 7th Grade & Rewan Farag, 8th Grade (A Quarantined Valentine’s Day) and (FCPS Returning to School) Honorable Mention

Congratulations to all the students.  Read or watch some of their latest work on the Panther Post at gmspantherpost.org 

Important Information 

Topic: Register for FCPS’ Special Education Conference - One to Share With Your Staff & Don’t Forget Parents/Guardians Can Attend Too - FCPS will hold its 16th Annual Special Education Conference on Saturday, April 17, virtually. The conference will include a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: The time for inclusion is now. A student strand will be held for youth ages 14-22. FCPS educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers will earn five recertification points for attending the entire conference. Register now

 

Parent Academy Follow-Up - Thank you to all who were able to attend our April Parent Academy session titled: COVID Vaccination, the Truth, which was led by a few Fairfax County Health Department experts. During the session, we explored the following:

  • Common misconceptions surrounding the COVID vaccination
  • Understand the components that make up the vaccine
  • How to secure an appointment
  • Ways to avoid scams
  • Upcoming events

Here are the recordings for those who were unable to attend. We hope to see you again for our next Parent Academy on May 20th where we will look at the importance of summer reading. Parent Academy 4.8.21 (Spanish) Parent Academy 4.8.21

 

Family Life Education - The Health and PE Department will be teaching Family Life Education (FLE) in the coming months: 7th grade will be in FLE from 4/20/21 to 4/24/21, and 8th grade from 5/11/21 to 5/14/21. If you had intended for your student to not participate in FLE, please complete the opt out form on the FCPS website and return it prior to the start of FLE. Questions can be directed to Amanda Eastman (ageastman@fcps.edu) or Michael Pulver (mapulver@fcps.edu).

 

IB Mid-Atlantic Student Excellence Award - The IB Mid-Atlantic Student Excellence Award application process is now open!  We will once again be recognizing outstanding PYP, MYP, CP, and DP students from our member schools who represent the ideals of the IB Learner Profile and who have displayed a commitment to service.   The award is $500 for at least one student in a PYP or MYP Programme, and $1,000 for at least one student in a DP or CP Programme.  The application can be accessed using the following link. Award guidelines are here. Applications are due by APRIL 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. No late applications will be considered.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Nonye Oladimeji our IBMYP coordinator at ceoladimeji@fcps.edu

 

Yearbook Store is Open - The Yearbook Store is open and ready for your orders!  Who doesn’t want to have the 2020-2021 yearbook to capture such a unique and different school year?  For the low cost of $25, you can guarantee a copy of the book will be reserved for you.  With a limited number of books for sale this year, don’t wait until the end of the school year to order.  Yearbooks will be distributed over the summer like we did last year.  If you have any questions, please contact our yearbook advisor, Mr. Perella: maperella@fcps.edu Here is the link to the on-line store:  https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school

 

8th Grade Baby Pictures and Glasgow Staff Baby Pictures

8th Grade Families and Glasgow Staff, we would like to have a section of the yearbook highlighting when our 8th graders and staff were babies or toddlers.  We will be accepting pictures until Friday, April 23rd. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella, yearbook advisor, at maperella@fcps.edu  

Pictures may be submitted these 2 ways:

1. Balfour EZPix web site:  https://studio.balfour.com/ezpix/ 

  • Yearbook Project Number:  117803
  • Upload Code:  Please leave blank.  No Code is necessary.
  • Login
  • Scroll down, accept terms & conditions
  • Fill out the requested information and begin uploading.  You can upload 10 pictures at a time.

2. Google Form

The WP - Wolfpack Theatre at Justice High School is happy to present the virtual performance of Minus Some Buttons by Mark Dunn - Minus Some Buttons is an entertaining comedy about Graceland, a small-town elementary school in the late 1980’s where some very unconventional and humorous teaching methods are used. Join the cast of unique and delightful characters as they all remember that it can actually be fun to learn! This live performance is coming to you virtually at 7:00 pm on three nights: Thursday April 15th, Friday, April 16th, and Saturday, April 17, 2021. Kindly note this production is a fundraiser for our theatre program to help prepare for a return to live performances next year. You can reserve your ticket and make a donation via this link:   https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15606/justice-high-school-theatre.

After School Updates

Glasgow After School program will remain virtual at this time. We are taking into consideration all logistical factors regarding the  safety for our students, teachers and transportation. Safety is our top priority for both teachers and students. We will continue to offer virtually, quality programs which foster leadership, character development, social and emotional supports and relationship building. We will continue to work closely with County Executives and the Health Department to make informed decisions on our return to in-person after school activities. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

 

Cooking with Chef Shirley - Our final Cooking w/ Chef Shirley Class will be held Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 6:00. If you would like to learn how to cook and prepare delicious & healthy family meals, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss. In this class, you'll be able to follow along step by step with Chef Shirley. Below is the dish spotlight. St Patrick’s Breakfast for dinner. We will be making Irish Soda Bread, and Irish Frittata, and a Lime Greek Yogurt Dip to serve with fresh fruit. If you're interested in joining this free Cooking program, please contact Mr. Williams to register at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

 

Club Time Changes: The following Clubs have changed meeting times to accommodate those in transit from in-person learning. If you have any questions, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or your Club lead for more information.

  • Virtual Gaming will now start at 2:45 and ends at 4:45(Tuesday/Friday)
  • After School Cooking Club on Thursday starts at 3:00 and ends at 4:30. Start times on Mondays and Wednesdays will remain the same.
  • SGA will meet on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. beginning March 15, 2021
  • Journalism will now meet (Mondays/Wednesdays) at 3:15  and end at 4:30

Glasgow Girls Basketball -  began March 2nd, 2021. In this Club, you will learn and strengthen your fundamentals in  basketball while developing discipline, improve stamina along with mental and physical conditioning. The purpose of this club is to enhance your confidence and understanding of what it takes to play Highschool and College Basketball. This Club meets Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00- 4:30 on the Outside Courts. You’re encouraged to bring your own basketball. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Mr. Stuecheli at tastuecheli@fcps.edu for more information.

 

Youth Climate Action Team: Is an 8 week student led program which will increase student engagement, socioemotional wellness, educate students on the climate crisis, empower students to become environmental leaders through a culminating capstone project. There will be competitions amongst groups where students can earn prizes while learning about Deforestation, Global Warming and Tropical Storms. This Club will meet on Mondays starting March 15, 2021 at 2:30. For more information please contact Mr. Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu

Glasgow PTA News

The Glasgow Parent Teacher Association (PTA)  is currently seeking volunteers for the Glasgow PTA 2021 – 2022 Executive Board!  

See the Glasgow PTA Executive Board position descriptions and bylaws to understand the basics. For more information, contact the Nominating Committee before April 24th!

We are seeking volunteers for all roles, but critical need is for the role of President. 

President (Required by the Internal Revenue Service, Virginia and Glasgow PTA Bylaws)

  • Preside at all meetings of this PTA. 
  • Coordinate the work of the officers and committees of this PTA, in order that their purposes may be promoted; be available to assist with all work as needed. 
  • Perform other such duties as may be prescribed in the Bylaws of this PTA. 
  • Serve as an ex officio member of all committees of this PTA except the Nominating Committee. 
  • Regularly maintain and respond to all correspondence directed to this PTA. Maintain PTA email account for use for all PTA correspondence. Regularly check for PTA mail and messages sent to the Glasgow main office.

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 - April 4

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Glasgow Community:

I hope your student had a restful, enjoyable spring break. My family and I had a wonderful time in Colorado, where we skied and hiked. 

It is hard to believe, but 3rd quarter has ended and 4th quarter is beginning. Our final months of school always go by incredibly fast - this year, as challenging as it has been, is no different. Hopefully, spring break has given your student important time to rest (and get some screen-time breaks). As a reminder, tomorrow is a teacher work day with no asynchronous work for students.

Picture Day is this week. Students who are attending school in-person will have their picture taken during their Health and PE class on either the Tuesday/Wednesday Cohort or the Thursday/Friday Cohort.  Students who are virtual will be able to make an appointment and have their picture taken after school hours on either April 7th or April 8th. Pictures will be taken in the library. 

Per FCPS, in response to family feedback and student check-in results, FCPS will be seeking to lessen the stress and anxiety posed for some students who have been challenged by the virtual learning environment during the past (and ongoing) pandemic year. FCPS will provide three additional grading changes to support middle and high school students. More information on the grading policy changes is available online.  

Looking ahead, SOLs will begin in May. Although there are modifications this year, testing will resume. We will be sharing key information regarding testing in the coming weeks. 

As always, please reach out to me 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/

Important Dates

April 6, 7, 8 & 9 - Picture Day - See Important Information for more information.

April 27 - PTA Meeting - Save the Date

Week of May 10 - Reading SOL
Week of May 17 - Math SOL

Week of May 24 - 8th Grade Science SOL

Important Information 

Picture Day is Coming April 6, 7, 8 & 9!  - Glasgow students will have the opportunity to have their picture taken in April!  Students who are attending school in-person will have their picture taken during their Health and PE class on either the Tuesday/Wednesday Cohort or the Thursday/Friday Cohort. Students who are virtual will be able to make an appointment and have their picture taken after school hours on either April 7th or April 8th. Here is the link to the Sign Up Genius. Pictures will be taken in the library.  Directions for procedures for entering the school for the after hours picture days will be sent out at the end of spring break. We will not be using these pictures in the yearbook, so please do not feel obligated to have your student’s picture taken.  This is an opportunity we wanted to offer to our Glasgow families since some of our students haven’t had their picture taken since October, 2019. Please click on the link regarding Lifetouch’s enhanced cleaning protocols on Picture Day.

 

Topic: Register for FCPS’ Special Education Conference - One to Share With Your Staff & Don’t Forget Parents/Guardians Can Attend Too - FCPS will hold its 16th Annual Special Education Conference on Saturday, April 17, virtually. The conference will include a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: The time for inclusion is now. A student strand will be held for youth ages 14-22. FCPS educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers will earn five recertification points for attending the entire conference. Register now

 

Family Life Education - The Health and PE Department will be teaching Family Life Education (FLE) in the coming months. 6th grade students will be learning FLE from 3/23/21 to 3/26/21, 7th grade from 4/20/21 to 4/24/21, and 8th grade from 5/11/21 to 5/14/21. If you had intended for your student to not participate in FLE, please complete the opt out form on the FCPS website and return it prior to the start of FLE. Questions can be directed to Amanda Eastman (ageastman@fcps.edu) or Michael Pulver (mapulver@fcps.edu).

 

3rd Quarter Ended Friday, March 26 & Limited SIS Access - Friday, March 26 was the last day of the 3rd quarter. Grades in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE will not be available from Friday Mar 26, 2021 at 4pm until Saturday, Apr 10, 2021 at 6am. Report cards will be mailed home the week of April 12th. If you have questions about your child’s grades, please reach out to their classroom teacher.

 

Broadway Desserts 2021 - Virtual Edition - Many in the Justice High School pyramid look forward to the Justice High School Chorus Department's annual Broadway Desserts performance - the kids sing Broadway tunes and you get delicious desserts at intermission.  Well, in this year like no other when we can't gather in person, we have put together a virtual Broadway Desserts for your viewing pleasure.  We hope you enjoy the show, here's the link. Please feel free to pass it on to friends and family and enjoy with a dessert as you see fit. If you would like to support the Justice High School Chorus Department, we would be grateful and you can do so by going to this link.  When you click on "Donate Today" it says 2019-2020 Fundraising. Don't worry! It's the correct site! Questions?  Email justicehschoralboosters@gmail.com.

 

IB Mid-Atlantic Student Excellence Award - The IB Mid-Atlantic Student Excellence Award application process is now open!  We will once again be recognizing outstanding PYP, MYP, CP, and DP students from our member schools who represent the ideals of the IB Learner Profile and who have displayed a commitment to service.   The award is $500 for at least one student in a PYP or MYP Programme, and $1,000 for at least one student in a DP or CP Programme.  The application can be accessed using the following link. Award guidelines are here. Applications are due by APRIL 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. No late applications will be considered.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Nonye Oladimeji our IBMYP coordinator at ceoladimeji@fcps.edu

 

Yearbook Store is Open - The Yearbook Store is open and ready for your orders!  Who doesn’t want to have the 2020-2021 yearbook to capture such a unique and different school year?  For the low cost of $25, you can guarantee a copy of the book will be reserved for you.  With a limited number of books for sale this year, don’t wait until the end of the school year to order.  Yearbooks will be distributed over the summer like we did last year.  If you have any questions, please contact our yearbook advisor, Mr. Perella: maperella@fcps.edu Here is the link to the on-line store:  https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school

After School Updates

Glasgow After School program will remain virtual at this time. We are taking into consideration all logistical factors regarding the  safety for our students, teachers and transportation. Safety is our top priority for both teachers and students. We will continue to offer virtually, quality programs which foster leadership, character development, social and emotional supports and relationship building. We will continue to work closely with County Executives and the Health Department to make informed decisions on our return to in-person after school activities. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

 

Cooking with Chef Shirley - Our final Cooking w/ Chef Shirley Class will be held Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 6:00. If you would like to learn how to cook and prepare delicious & healthy family meals, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss. In this class, you'll be able to follow along step by step with Chef Shirley. Below is the dish spotlight. St Patrick’s Breakfast for dinner. We will be making Irish Soda Bread, and Irish Frittata, and a Lime Greek Yogurt Dip to serve with fresh fruit. If you're interested in joining this free Cooking program, please contact Mr. Williams to register at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

 

Club Time Changes: The following Clubs have changed meeting times to accommodate those in transit from in-person learning. If you have any questions, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or your Club lead for more information.

  • Virtual Gaming will now start at 2:45 and ends at 4:45(Tuesday/Friday)
  • After School Cooking Club on Thursday starts at 3:00 and ends at 4:30. Start times on Mondays and Wednesdays will remain the same.
  • SGA will meet on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. beginning March 15, 2021
  • Journalism will now meet (Mondays/Wednesdays) at 3:15  and end at 4:30

Glasgow Girls Basketball -  began March 2nd, 2021. In this Club, you will learn and strengthen your fundamentals in  basketball while developing discipline, improve stamina along with mental and physical conditioning. The purpose of this club is to enhance your confidence and understanding of what it takes to play Highschool and College Basketball. This Club meets Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00- 4:30 on the Outside Courts. You’re encouraged to bring your own basketball. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Mr. Stuecheli at tastuecheli@fcps.edu for more information.

 

Youth Climate Action Team: Is an 8 week student led program which will increase student engagement, socioemotional wellness, educate students on the climate crisis, empower students to become environmental leaders through a culminating capstone project. There will be competitions amongst groups where students can earn prizes while learning about Deforestation, Global Warming and Tropical Storms. This Club will meet on Mondays starting March 15, 2021 at 2:30. For more information please contact Mr. Williams at gwilliams2@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. 

Glasgow PTA News

Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) Student Technology Mini-Grant Program - Through a generous donation from the Fairfax County NAACP, FCCPTA is offering Fairfax County Public School students (in grades 3-11) an opportunity to obtain a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of computer or a technology-related device or equipment. There are six (6) $500 mini-grants available. In order to apply, the students or their parent/guardian MUST be a member of a PTA/PTSA. Go to https://www.fccpta.org/2020/12/14/student-mini-grants/ for more information.

 

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 - March 21

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Glasgow Community:

This weekend we celebrated a friend’s birthday at Six Flags. We had a fantastic time riding the rides and enjoyed having short lines. 

Last Tuesday I had the opportunity to attend Civics classes for Lobby Day, an incredible annual event when our students select a social or civic issue to research, and then they present their solutions to an audience. This year our 8th graders presented to a wide variety of visitors including local government leaders, FCPS central office staff and Glasgow staff, on issues ranging from social justice to the environment and more. It was awesome to see our IB values embedded within this opportunity - students did a great job. A huge thank you to our Civics team for empowering our students through this event each year!

As a reminder, Friday is a 2-hour early release for students, which means students will attend 2nd, 8th, and 6th periods. Please see the schedule below. As we head into Spring Break, please take some time to rest and relax, knowing that your students will not have any newly assigned work over Spring Break. 

As always, please reach out to me 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/

Important Dates

March 23 - PTA Meeting - Hunger Games Kick Off - Join us to learn about the Hunger Games! Our annual service project has taken on a new look. This event will be conducted simultaneously in English, Spanish and Arabic. Please complete this form if you'd like to attend. We will send you the link the day of the PTA meeting.

March 26 - Early Release - End of the 3rd Quarter

March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break

April 6, 7, 8 & 9 - Picture Day - See Important Information for more information.

Important Information 

Save the Date!  Picture Day is Coming April 6, 7, 8 & 9!  - Glasgow students will have the opportunity to have their picture taken in April!  Students who are attending school in-person will have their picture taken during their Health and PE class on either the Tuesday/Wednesday Cohort or the Thursday/Friday Cohort. Students who are virtual will be able to make an appointment and have their picture taken after school hours on either April 7th or April 8th. Here is the link to the Sign Up Genius. Pictures will be taken in the library.  Directions for procedures for entering the school for the after hours picture days will be sent out at the end of spring break. We WILL NOT be using these pictures in the yearbook, so please do not feel obligated to have your student’s picture taken.  This is an opportunity we wanted to offer to our Glasgow families since some of our students haven’t had their picture taken since October, 2019. Please click on the link regarding Lifetouch’s enhanced cleaning protocols on Picture Day.

 

FCPS Updated Grading Policy - Recently Dr. Brabrand shared that FCPS will be updating their grading policy In response to family feedback and student check-in results. FCPS will be seeking to lessen the stress and anxiety posed for some students who have been challenged by the virtual learning environment during the past (and ongoing) pandemic year. FCPS will provide three additional grading changes to support middle and high school students. More information on the grading policy changes is available online.  

 

Updated CDC Guidance on Social Distancing in Schools - Updated CDC guidance released on March 19 allows schools to adjust social distancing from six feet to three feet with universal masking in classroom settings. We are very encouraged by the new guidance. FCPS will be reviewing the new guidance with schools, the Fairfax County Health Department, and other stakeholders this coming week, and we will be proposing next steps once we have completed a thorough review. In the meantime, we will continue to follow the CDC’s recommended mitigation strategies to keep students and staff safe in schools.

 

New Multilingual Podcast Series Offers Message of Hope, Appreciation, and Readiness - We are so excited about FCPS’ new multilingual podcast series! Our Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement hosts the podcasts in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. Families can expect timely and important information related to school news. Listen to the most recent podcast featuring Superintendent Brabrand. His message of hope, appreciation, and readiness is truly inspiring.

 

Family Life Education - The Health and PE Department will be teaching Family Life Education (FLE) in the coming months. 6th grade students will be learning FLE from 3/23/21 to 3/26/21, 7th grade from 4/20/21 to 4/24/21, and 8th grade from 5/11/21 to 5/14/21. If you had intended for your student to not participate in FLE, please complete the opt out form on the FCPS website and return it prior to the start of FLE. Questions can be directed to Amanda Eastman (ageastman@fcps.edu) or Michael Pulver (mapulver@fcps.edu).

 

3rd Quarter Ends Friday, March 26 & Limited SIS Access - Friday, March 26 is the last day of the 3rd quarter. Grades in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE will not be available from Friday Mar 26, 2021 at 4pm until Saturday, Apr 10, 2021 at 6am. Report cards will be mailed home the week of April 12th. If you have questions about your child’s grades, please reach out to their classroom teacher.

 

Attendance Updates - Starting this week, teachers will begin to use a new attendance code if a student scheduled for In-Person instruction is not present in-person but logged in from home. This new code will trigger an automatic attendance notification. If you are planning to keep your In-Person student home for a reason such as sickness or lack of transportation, please contact the school attendance line to let us know. IMPORTANT: Per new FCPS policy, any student scheduled for in-person instruction who has not yet attended school in-person by March 26th will be automatically switched to virtual instruction for the remainder of the school year. 

 

Enrollment Intent Change Requests - At this time we are only able to approve requests for parents to change their enrollment to Virtual. Unfortunately, due to staffing and social distancing constraints, we are not able to approve any changes for students to be enrolled in-person at this time. If you would like to switch your child to virtual or request your child to be placed on the waitlist for in-person instruction, please complete the following request form in English, Spanish, or Arabic. The deadline for wait-list requests is March 26, 2021. At this time we have over 160 families on the waitlist for in-person instruction and remaining space for students is extremely limited due to staffing and operating capacity.

 

Broadway Desserts 2021 - Virtual Edition - Many in the Justice High School pyramid look forward to the Justice High School Chorus Department's annual Broadway Desserts performance - the kids sing Broadway tunes and you get delicious desserts at intermission.  Well, in this year like no other when we can't gather in person, we have put together a virtual Broadway Desserts for your viewing pleasure.  We hope you enjoy the show, here's the link. Please feel free to pass it on to friends and family and enjoy with a dessert as you see fit. If you would like to support the Justice High School Chorus Department, we would be grateful and you can do so by going to this link.  When you click on "Donate Today" it says 2019-2020 Fundraising. Don't worry! It's the correct site! Questions?  Email justicehschoralboosters@gmail.com.

 

IB Mid-Atlantic Student Excellence Award - The IB Mid-Atlantic Student Excellence Award application process is now open!  We will once again be recognizing outstanding PYP, MYP, CP, and DP students from our member schools who represent the ideals of the IB Learner Profile and who have displayed a commitment to service.   The award is $500 for at least one student in a PYP or MYP Programme, and $1,000 for at least one student in a DP or CP Programme.  The application can be accessed using the following link. Award guidelines are here. Applications are due by APRIL 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. No late applications will be considered.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Nonye Oladimeji our IBMYP coordinator at ceoladimeji@fcps.edu

 

Pictures of Students and Staff Playing Sports for the Yearbook  - Okay Glasgow Community!  The yearbook staff has their next request for pictures!  We would like to have students and staff submit pictures playing sports. With sports leagues ramping up for the spring, many of you might be playing a sport on a team.  Some of you might dance, ice skate, swim or do gymnastics. Hiking, biking, running, or just exercising in the neighborhood are more ideas.  Get creative.   That’s what we are looking for.  We will collect pictures for 2 weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella, yearbook advisor, at maperella@fcps.edu. The deadline is March 26th. 

Pictures may be submitted these 2 ways:

  • Balfour EZPix web site:  https://studio.balfour.com/ezpix/ 
    • Yearbook Project Number:  117803
    • Upload Code:  Please leave blank.  No Code is necessary.
    • Login
    • Scroll down, accept terms & conditions
    • Fill out the requested information and begin uploading.  You can upload 10 pictures at a time, so if you have more, just start over again after the first 10 are uploaded.
  • Google Form
    • Students and teachers can click on this form to upload pictures: https://forms.gle/f7U6Yy1QZkuHkJcz9
    • Please make sure to include name, grade, and description of what is happening in the photo.
After School Updates

Glasgow After School program will remain virtual at this time. We are taking into consideration all logistical factors regarding the  safety for our students, teachers and transportation. Safety is our top priority for both teachers and students. We will continue to offer virtually, quality programs which foster leadership, character development, social and emotional supports and relationship building. We will continue to work closely with County Executives and the Health Department to make informed decisions on our return to in-person after school activities. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

 

Cooking with Chef Shirley - Our final Cooking w/ Chef Shirley Class will be held Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 6:00. If you would like to learn how to cook and prepare delicious & healthy family meals, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss. In this class, you'll be able to follow along step by step with Chef Shirley. Below is the dish spotlight. St Patrick’s Breakfast for dinner. We will be making Irish Soda Bread, and Irish Frittata, and a Lime Greek Yogurt Dip to serve with fresh fruit. If you're interested in joining this free Cooking program, please contact Mr. Williams to register at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

 

Club Time Changes: The following Clubs have changed meeting times to accommodate those in transit from in-person learning. If you have any questions, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or your Club lead for more information.

  • Virtual Gaming will now start at 2:45 and ends at 4:45(Tuesday/Friday)
  • After School Cooking Club on Thursday starts at 3:00 and ends at 4:30. Start times on Mondays and Wednesdays will remain the same.
  • SGA will meet on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. beginning March 15, 2021
  • Journalism will now meet (Mondays/Wednesdays) at 3:15  and end at 4:30

Glasgow Girls Basketball -  began March 2nd, 2021. In this Club, you will learn and strengthen your fundamentals in  basketball while developing discipline, improve stamina along with mental and physical conditioning. The purpose of this club is to enhance your confidence and understanding of what it takes to play Highschool and College Basketball. This Club meets Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00- 4:30 on the Outside Courts. You’re encouraged to bring your own basketball. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Mr. Stuecheli at tastuecheli@fcps.edu for more information.

 

Youth Climate Action Team: Is an 8 week student led program which will increase student engagement, socioemotional wellness, educate students on the climate crisis, empower students to become environmental leaders through a culminating capstone project. There will be competitions amongst groups where students can earn prizes while learning about Deforestation, Global Warming and Tropical Storms. This Club will meet on Mondays starting March 15, 2021 at 2:30. For more information please contact Mr. Williams at gwilliams2@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. 

Glasgow PTA News

Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) Student Technology Mini-Grant Program - Through a generous donation from the Fairfax County NAACP, FCCPTA is offering Fairfax County Public School students (in grades 3-11) an opportunity to obtain a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of computer or a technology-related device or equipment. There are six (6) $500 mini-grants available. In order to apply, the students or their parent/guardian MUST be a member of a PTA/PTSA. Go to https://www.fccpta.org/2020/12/14/student-mini-grants/ for more information.

 

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 - March 14

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Glasgow Community:

My family enjoyed a quick hike this weekend in Maryland. I love seeing all the beautiful hints of spring!

We have truly enjoyed having your students return to the building. So many of our teachers have shared that it is a joy having students back into their classrooms again - the building is so energized! A big thank you to our NJHS who have adorned our hallways with awesome welcome back posters, see below for a sample. While we know this is still a transitional time for everyone, we hope that students who have returned have also felt some positive connection in being back. If you child is scheduled to return to the building and has not yet done so, please be aware that per new FCPS policy, any student scheduled for in-person instruction who has not yet attended school in-person by March 26th will be automatically switched to virtual instruction for the remainder of the school year. 

This coming week we will have our FCPS-directed catch-up days on Thursday and Friday, March 18 and 19. For each of these periods, virtual students will need to login to class at the beginning of class and check in with their teacher. If students are caught up on all of their assignments, virtual students may log off, or they may complete ungraded extension opportunities that students in the building will also have the opportunity to access, as they move from class to class. 

As always, please reach out to me 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/

Important Dates

March 18 & 19 - Catch-Up Days - As we continue to find ways to support students in managing their workload, Dr. Brabrand asked schools to identify quarterly Catch-Up Days that would allow students time to complete assignments they might be missing or need to complete. Students will follow their schedule and log into Blackboard Collaborate or attend in-person classes. Teachers will take attendance and remind students about any work they need to complete; no new lessons or additional assignments will occur on these days. 

March 23 - PTA Meeting - Hunger Games Kick Off - Join us to learn about the Hunger Games! Our annual service project has taken on a new look. This event will be conducted simultaneously in English, Spanish and Arabic. Please complete this form if you'd like to attend. We will send you the link the day of the PTA meeting.

March 26 - Early Release - End of the 3rd Quarter

March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break

April 6, 7, 8 & 9 - Picture Day - See Important Information for more information, SignUp Genius to come soon.

Important Information 

Save the Date!  Picture Day is Coming April 6, 7, 8 & 9!  - Glasgow students will have the opportunity to have their picture taken in April!  Students who are attending school in-person will have their picture taken during their Health and PE class on either the Tuesday/Wednesday Cohort or the Thursday/Friday Cohort. Students who are virtual will be able to make an appointment and have their picture taken after school hours on either April 7th or April 8th. Here is the link to the Sign Up Genius. Pictures will be taken in the library.  Directions for procedures for entering the school for the after hours picture days will be sent out at the end of spring break. We WILL NOT be using these pictures in the yearbook, so please do not feel obligated to have your student’s picture taken.  This is an opportunity we wanted to offer to our Glasgow families since some of our students haven’t had their picture taken since October, 2019. Please click on the link regarding Lifetouch’s enhanced cleaning protocols on Picture Day.

 

Attendance Updates - Starting this week, teachers will begin to use a new attendance code if a student scheduled for In-Person instruction is not present in-person but logged in from home. This new code will trigger an automatic attendance notification. If you are planning to keep your In-Person student home for a reason such as sickness or lack of transportation, please contact the school attendance line to let us know. IMPORTANT: Per new FCPS policy, any student scheduled for in-person instruction who has not yet attended school in-person by March 26th will be automatically switched to virtual instruction for the remainder of the school year. 

 

Bus Stop Information - Students and parents will find their bus stop information in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE. From a computer, log-in and click on “Student Information.” The mobile app will not have this information. If you have requested a bus stop but do not see a bus stop yet, please check back again as the FCPS transportation department may take several days before a bus stop is created. For transportation questions, please contact Karen Hanson at krhanson@fcps.edu.

 

Enrollment Intent Change Requests - At this time we are only able to approve requests for parents to change their enrollment to Virtual. Unfortunately, due to staffing and social distancing constraints, we are not able to approve any changes for students to be enrolled in-person at this time. If you would like to switch your child to virtual or request your child to be placed on the waitlist for in-person instruction, please complete the following request form in English, Spanish, or Arabic. The deadline for wait-list requests is March 26, 2021. At this time we have over 160 families on the waitlist for in-person instruction and remaining space for students is extremely limited due to staffing and operating capacity.

 

Pictures of Students and Staff Playing Sports for the Yearbook  - Okay Glasgow Community!  The yearbook staff has their next request for pictures!  We would like to have students and staff submit pictures playing sports. With sports leagues ramping up for the spring, many of you might be playing a sport on a team.  Some of you might dance, ice skate, swim or do gymnastics. Hiking, biking, running, or just exercising in the neighborhood are more ideas.  Get creative.   That’s what we are looking for.  We will collect pictures for 2 weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella, yearbook advisor, at maperella@fcps.edu. The deadline is March 26th. 

Pictures may be submitted these 2 ways:

  • Balfour EZPix web site:  https://studio.balfour.com/ezpix/ 
    • Yearbook Project Number:  117803
    • Upload Code:  Please leave blank.  No Code is necessary.
    • Login
    • Scroll down, accept terms & conditions
    • Fill out the requested information and begin uploading.  You can upload 10 pictures at a time, so if you have more, just start over again after the first 10 are uploaded.
  • Google Form
    • Students and teachers can click on this form to upload pictures: https://forms.gle/f7U6Yy1QZkuHkJcz9
    • Please make sure to include name, grade, and description of what is happening in the photo.

 

Lobby Day is coming!  - Glasgow Civics students are busy preparing for Lobby Day on March 16 and 17.  Elected officials and community leaders have been invited to virtually join our classrooms.  They will listen to our students take informed action as they address community and global issues in support of the common good.  We are incredibly proud of their hard work, and look forward to having an authentic audience to provide feedback for their proposed solutions. Please contact Kathy Lafreniere (Individuals and Societies Instructional Coach) if you have any questions: kmlafreniere@fcps.edu

 

Watch Justice High School Sports Live at Home! - Athletics are going strong at Justice High School and even though spectators are limited to invitation most games for most sports are being live streamed.  Create a free account with the National Federation of High School Sports here and watch from home!

 

Justice Field Hockey Fundraiser - With high school sports undergoing lots of changes this past year many teams at Justice do not have the same funds available to help purchase spirit wear and equipment for student-athletes that can not afford it.  Justice Field Hockey (coached by Stef Vestal) is holding a fundraiser at Tropical Smoothie on Arlington Blvd. next Thursday, March 18 from 4-9pm.  Go get a snack or your dinner and 20% of all proceeds will go to our team and supporting student-athletes!

 

Diversity in STEM Talk - The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will hold its next Diversity in STEM Talk in March! This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8. Join us Monday, March 15, at 6 p.m. to hear from Vern Williams, former math teacher in the Fairfax County Public Schools and current math teacher at BASIS Independent McLean in Tysons Corner. Mr. Williams taught mathematics in FCPS for 40 years and taught in the gifted and talented program for over 30 years. Among numerous other awards, Mr. Williams was the 1990 Fairfax County Public Schools teacher of the year and he received two awards for distinguished teaching from the Mathematical Association of America. His special interest is teaching traditional and rigorous mathematics to gifted middle school students. Join us to hear from this master teacher!   - What sparked his interest in math? - What does he enjoy most about math? - What would he recommend to students who want to pursue math? - What else would you like to know? Parents, register at this Zoom link: http://bit.ly/TJStemTalk3 Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks If you missed our February 8 talk on robotics, you can view the recording here: https://tjptsa.com/2020-02-12-diversity-stem-talk-2-video-available/

After School Updates

Glasgow After School program will remain virtual at this time. We are taking into consideration all logistical factors regarding the  safety for our students, teachers and transportation. Safety is our top priority for both teachers and students. We will continue to offer virtually, quality programs which foster leadership, character development, social and emotional supports and relationship building. We will continue to work closely with County Executives and the Health Department to make informed decisions on our return to in-person after school activities. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

 

Cooking with Chef Shirley - Our final Cooking w/ Chef Shirley Class will be held Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 6:00. If you would like to learn how to cook and prepare delicious & healthy family meals, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss. In this class, you'll be able to follow along step by step with Chef Shirley. Below is the dish spotlight. St Patrick’s Breakfast for dinner. We will be making Irish Soda Bread, and Irish Frittata, and a Lime Greek Yogurt Dip to serve with fresh fruit. If you're interested in joining this free Cooking program, please contact Mr. Williams to register at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

 

Club Time Changes: The following Clubs have changed meeting times to accommodate those in transit from in-person learning. If you have any questions, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or your Club lead for more information.

  • Virtual Gaming will now start at 2:45 and ends at 4:45(Tuesday/Friday)
  • After School Cooking Club on Thursday starts at 3:00 and ends at 4:30. Start times on Mondays and Wednesdays will remain the same.
  • SGA will meet on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. beginning March 15, 2021
  • Journalism will now meet (Mondays/Wednesdays) at 3:15  and end at 4:30

Glasgow Girls Basketball -  began March 2nd, 2021. In this Club, you will learn and strengthen your fundamentals in  basketball while developing discipline, improve stamina along with mental and physical conditioning. The purpose of this club is to enhance your confidence and understanding of what it takes to play Highschool and College Basketball. This Club meets Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00- 4:30 on the Outside Courts. You’re encouraged to bring your own basketball. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Mr. Stuecheli at tastuecheli@fcps.edu for more information.

 

Youth Climate Action Team: Is an 8 week student led program which will increase student engagement, socioemotional wellness, educate students on the climate crisis, empower students to become environmental leaders through a culminating capstone project. There will be competitions amongst groups where students can earn prizes while learning about Deforestation, Global Warming and Tropical Storms. This Club will meet on Mondays starting March 15, 2021 at 2:30. For more information please contact Mr. Williams at gwilliams2@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. 

Community Food Distribution - Food for Others’ P3 Power Pack Program is back in 2021! The P3 Program is biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm at Bailey's Community Center. The next P3 date is Feb 19. 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.

Glasgow PTA News

Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) Student Technology Mini-Grant Program - Through a generous donation from the Fairfax County NAACP, FCCPTA is offering Fairfax County Public School students (in grades 3-11) an opportunity to obtain a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of computer or a technology-related device or equipment. There are six (6) $500 mini-grants available. In order to apply, the students or their parent/guardian MUST be a member of a PTA/PTSA. Go to https://www.fccpta.org/2020/12/14/student-mini-grants/ for more information.

 

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 - March 7

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Glasgow Community:

We are pleased to welcome Victor Powell, the new principal at Glasgow Middle School. He is coming to us from Alexandria City Public Schools where he has been the principal at Maury Elementary School for the past four years. As we welcome him into our community, I would like to say that it has truly been an honor to serve the Glasgow community this past year as the Acting Principal. Together we have navigated these uncertain times during the pandemic all the while building on our strong instructional foundation. One thing I am most proud of was how we expanded our community and family partnerships as well as increased access for all students this past year with our Mobile Monday Libraries, the Parent Academy, student leadership opportunities and our partnership with the PTA. I know that Glasgow is primed to take on this next chapter. 

Our 8th graders’ return to the building this past week can only be described as joyful. Along with our staff members they truly brought a buzz to the building, and we can’t wait to welcome our 6th and 7th graders! Students’ return was very smooth - all of our logistics planning went exactly as we envisioned, which truly is a testament to the strength and commitment of our entire staff. I couldn’t be prouder! We appreciate your continued patience as we move through this transition back to school. Our focus is to safely welcome and connect with students who have returned to the building while also supporting students who remain in virtual learning. 

Please join us on Thursday, March 11, for our Parent Academy session titled ACE Interface.  Each session will last 1 ½ hrs. During the session, you will learn about trauma and how it affects the brain & learning, and how communities can support one another. Glasgow is coordinating this session of ACE Interface with licensed social workers. If you are interested, please select your preferred language to sign up for the session English at 5:30pm or Spanish at 7:00pm. The Arabic session will be coming soon.  You will receive a session link on the day of the event. 

Finally, as a reminder, tomorrow is an FCPS school planning day, which means there is no school (no Office Hours nor Panther Time) for students. 

As always, please reach out with questions, and we will see all of our students who are returning to the building in-person on Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday/Friday this 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

March 9 - 6th & 7th Grade Return to Building

March 11 - Parent Academy - Glasgow MS families are invited to attend our Parent Academy session titled, ACE Interface Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 5:30 PM (English) and 7 PM (Spanish)! The Arabic session will be coming soon. Each session will last 1 ½ hrs. During the session, you will learn about trauma and how it affects the brain & learning, and how communities can support one another. Glasgow is coordinating this session of ACE Interface with licensed social workers. If you are interested, please select your preferred language to sign up for the session English or Spanish. You will receive a session link on the day of the event. We hope to see you on March 11, 2021.

March 18 & 19 - Catch-Up Days - As we continue to find ways to support students in managing their workload, Dr. Brabrand asked schools to identify quarterly Catch-Up Days that would allow students time to complete assignments they might be missing or need to complete. Students will follow their schedule and log into Blackboard Collaborate or attend in-person classes. Teachers will take attendance and remind students about any work they need to complete; no new lessons or additional assignments will occur on these days. 

March 23 - PTA Meeting

March 26 - Early Release - End of the 3rd Quarter

March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break

April 6, 7, 8 & 9 - Picture Day - See Important Information for more information, SignUp Genius to come soon.

Return to School

SYC Attendance Code - We have a new attendance code- SYC- that teachers will use if an in-person student does NOT come to school BUT DOES log in virtually.  If you see this code for your in-person student's attendance, they did not come to school physically but participated virtually.

 

Stop the Spread - FCPS has launched the Stop the Spread campaign. Here is a video that FCPS has put out for the community. All staff are actively engaging in professional learning around Stop the Spread as we gear up for  our return. If you would like to learn more about this campaign you can find it on the FCPS website here: https://www.fcps.edu/blog/stop-spread

 

Family Guide for Return to School Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

Important Information 

Save the Date!  Picture Day is Coming April 6, 7, 8 & 9! - Glasgow students will have the opportunity to have their picture taken in April!  Students who are attending school in-person will have their picture taken during their Health and PE class on either the Tuesday/Wednesday Cohort or the Thursday/Friday Cohort.  Students who are virtual will be able to make an appointment and have their picture taken after school hours on either April 7th or April 8th (the link for appointments will be sent next week).  We WILL NOT be using these pictures in the yearbook, so please do not feel obligated to have your student’s picture taken.  This is an opportunity we wanted to offer to our Glasgow families since some of our students haven’t had their picture taken since October, 2019. Please click on the link below regarding Lifetouch’s enhanced cleaning protocols on Picture Day.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TkJ0P8hig93KlKSieYJzXSkfZXe7wR-n/view?usp=sharing

 

Pictures with Pets (or animals or stuffed animals) for the Yearbook - Our next request for yearbook pictures is here!  We would love to have pictures of our Glasgow students and staff with a pet or animal or stuffed animal.  The pictures can be pets that live with you, a friend or family pet, stuffed animal, or an animal that posed with you somewhere else (like a farm or zoo animal).   These pictures may be used in a section of our yearbook.  Pictures may be submitted by Google FormStudents and teachers can click on this form to upload pictures: https://forms.gle/TiASqazaf6CbLRL38 Please make sure to include name, grade, and description of what is happening in the photo. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella, yearbook advisor, at maperella@fcps.edu   

 

Lobby Day is coming!  - Glasgow Civics students are busy preparing for Lobby Day on March 16 and 17.  Elected officials and community leaders have been invited to virtually join our classrooms.  They will listen to our students take informed action as they address community and global issues in support of the common good.  We are incredibly proud of their hard work, and look forward to having an authentic audience to provide feedback for their proposed solutions. Please contact Kathy Lafreniere (Individuals and Societies Instructional Coach) if you have any questions: kmlafreniere@fcps.edu

 

Watch Justice High School Sports Live at Home! - Athletics are going strong at Justice High School and even though spectators are limited to invitation most games for most sports are being live streamed.  Create a free account with the National Federation of High School Sports here and watch from home!

 

Diversity in STEM Talk - The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will hold its next Diversity in STEM Talk in March! This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8. Join us Monday, March 15, at 6 p.m. to hear from Vern Williams, former math teacher in the Fairfax County Public Schools and current math teacher at BASIS Independent McLean in Tysons Corner. Mr. Williams taught mathematics in FCPS for 40 years and taught in the gifted and talented program for over 30 years. Among numerous other awards, Mr. Williams was the 1990 Fairfax County Public Schools teacher of the year and he received two awards for distinguished teaching from the Mathematical Association of America. His special interest is teaching traditional and rigorous mathematics to gifted middle school students. Join us to hear from this master teacher!   - What sparked his interest in math? - What does he enjoy most about math? - What would he recommend to students who want to pursue math? - What else would you like to know? Parents, register at this Zoom link: http://bit.ly/TJStemTalk3 Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks If you missed our February 8 talk on robotics, you can view the recording here: https://tjptsa.com/2020-02-12-diversity-stem-talk-2-video-available/

After School Updates

Glasgow After School program will remain virtual at this time. We are taking into consideration all logistical factors regarding the  safety for our students, teachers and transportation. Safety is our top priority for both teachers and students. We will continue to offer virtually, quality programs which foster leadership, character development, social and emotional supports and relationship building. We will continue to work closely with County Executives and the Health Department to make informed decisions on our return to in-person after school activities. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

 

Cooking with Chef Shirley - Our final Cooking w/ Chef Shirley Class will be held Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 6:00. If you would like to learn how to cook and prepare delicious & healthy family meals, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss. In this class, you'll be able to follow along step by step with Chef Shirley. Below is the dish spotlight. St Patrick’s Breakfast for dinner. We will be making Irish Soda Bread, and Irish Frittata, and a Lime Greek Yogurt Dip to serve with fresh fruit. If you're interested in joining this free Cooking program, please contact Mr. Williams to register at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

 

Club Time Changes: The following Clubs have changed meeting times to accommodate those in transit from in-person learning. If you have any questions, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or your Club lead for more information.

  • Virtual Gaming will now start at 2:45 and ends at 4:45(Tuesday/Friday)
  • After School Cooking Club on Thursday starts at 3:00 and ends at 4:30. Start times on Mondays and Wednesdays will remain the same.
  • SGA will meet on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. beginning March 15, 2021
  • Journalism will now meet (Mondays/Fridays) at 3:30  and end at 4:45

Glasgow Girls Basketball -  began March 2nd, 2021. In this Club, you will learn and strengthen your fundamentals in  basketball while developing discipline, improve stamina along with mental and physical conditioning. The purpose of this club is to enhance your confidence and understanding of what it takes to play Highschool and College Basketball. This Club meets Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00- 4:30 on the Outside Courts. You’re encouraged to bring your own basketball. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Mr. Stuecheli at tastuecheli@fcps.edu for more information.

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. 

Community Food Distribution - Food for Others’ P3 Power Pack Program is back in 2021! The P3 Program is biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm at Bailey's Community Center. The next P3 date is Feb 19. 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.

Glasgow PTA News

Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) Student Technology Mini-Grant Program - Through a generous donation from the Fairfax County NAACP, FCCPTA is offering Fairfax County Public School students (in grades 3-11) an opportunity to obtain a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of computer or a technology-related device or equipment. There are six (6) $500 mini-grants available. In order to apply, the students or their parent/guardian MUST be a member of a PTA/PTSA. Go to https://www.fccpta.org/2020/12/14/student-mini-grants/ for more information.

 

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 - February 28

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Glasgow Community:

What an exciting week this was at Glasgow! Our building was filled with such positive energy as our teachers returned to the building. It was wonderful to reconnect and made us even more excited for students’ return. We were also excited to celebrate 8th grade Algebra teacher Shannon Gray, who was awarded Region 2 Outstanding Secondary Teacher and who will go on to be one of only five secondary teachers across the entire division with this honor. So well deserved! Additionally, we celebrated Maria Reyes, one of our amazing custodians, who became an American citizen this past week! 

As our students return in the coming weeks, it is understandable that our staff, our students, and our families will have complex emotions. We know that bringing our students back into the building is about much more than their academic needs. We will provide stability and structure for students who may not have had much of either for nearly a year; we also will do everything we can to rebuild and reconnect our community - something that is so important to all of us.

What we need most from you in the next couple of weeks is your patience and grace. We have worked very hard to plan for the return of students, but none of us have ever done this before. There is no doubt that things will be a little messy at times, and we will solve problems as quickly as we can. For our students and families who are remaining virtual, things may slow down a little as teachers work through the logistics of supporting students in the building as well as figure out technology. For our families whose teachers are remaining virtual, we will do everything we can to ensure students are supported in their classes. And for our in-school students and families, please understand that teachers will be working hard to support students in the classroom and at home as well as new procedures and logistics. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students. We will take things one step at a time and proceed with tremendous care and caution. 

As a reminder, Friday, March 5, is a two-hour early release. Your student’s class times will be slightly different - please see the bell schedule below. Monday, March 8 is a teacher work day and there will be no school for students. 

As always, please reach out with questions, and we will see our 8th graders on Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday/Friday this 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

March 9 - 6th & 7th Grade Return to Building

March 18 & 19 - Catch-Up Days - Per FCPS we are required to have two Catch-Up Days per quarter. These days are designed to have no new assignments nor instruction and provided for students to ensure they are caught up on this work. More information as to what these days will look like soon.

March 23 - PTA Meeting 

March 26 - Early Release - End of the 3rd Quarter

March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break

Return to School

Daily Health Screening - A daily health screening, using Covid-19 Health Screening Questions, will be required for all students prior to coming onto school grounds (this applies for Material Distribution Days, in-person instruction, and co-curricular/extra-curricular activities). The health screening tool is available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

As indicated in the Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form, parent/guardians, will complete the health screening each morning, prior to sending the student to school. In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep students home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. These health screenings will be done on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 

Parents or guardians will be required to make this commitment for all school-aged children in their household.

 

Stop the Spread - FCPS has launched the Stop the Spread campaign. Here is a video that FCPS has put out for the community. All staff are actively engaging in professional learning around Stop the Spread as we gear up for  our return. If you would like to learn more about this campaign you can find it on the FCPS website here: https://www.fcps.edu/blog/stop-spread

 

Family Guide for Return to School Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

Return to the Building

This past week we held Return to School Town Halls in English, Spanish and Arabic. Below are the FAQs that were asked in the form prior to the Town Halls. Please feel free to reach out to your child's administrator if you have any further questions, we are always happy to help.

How will students be reintroduced to the building?

Students are receiving lessons in Panther Time starting next week which highlights the new procedures. Likewise, many students have been in the building for WIDA testing and four day a week intervention. Students will also be receiving a welcome back email prior to the return to school with reminders as well. Finally, we are hosting Return to School Town Halls for families, which will also support students’ reentry.

How are we making time to connect with students who are now in the building? Teachers are encouraged to spend parts of their class time connecting with students and teaching classroom procedures (as would normally occur in August). Additionally, with the new bell schedule there is greater time to informally interact with students during passing periods and Brain Breaks.

What will concurrent instruction look like for my student? Students receive two days of teacher-led instruction in the school building and two days of teacher-led instruction at home. Students who select virtual learning will receive all four days of teacher-led instruction while learning at home.

Can students use the restroom during class? We are trying to limit the amount of students leaving the classroom to use the restroom during a period; however, if a student needs to use the restroom, they may do so. Students will have 10 minutes between classes to use the restroom as well.

Can students use phones? Our phone procedures will stay the same. A phone can be used in class if the teacher specifically allows for its use for academic purposes, however this might be more limited this year now that all students have FCPS issued laptops. Students are allowed to use phones in the cafeteria during lunch. Phone use during brain breaks is at teachers’ discretion.

What are Brain Breaks? Brain Breaks were developed to ensure that virtual students have enough time to go to a food distribution site and return with enough time during the lunch break. As well as to give our in-person students a break as well. In order to accommodate our virtual students this is a 15 minute supervised break in addition to the 30 minute lunch break. Teacher led options include doing community builders, playing games, or hanging out and talking with students. 

Will any classes occur outside? As in any year, classes such as HPE will take place at various times outside. As the weather warms up specific teachers will work with their administrator to explore any outdoor options.

Why are we doing asynchronous FIT? We moved to an asynchronous FIT in order to reduce students’ movement through the building, ensure we are not over capacity in classrooms, and help address complex master scheduling logistics. This approach will allow us time to take it slow and layer in complexities as we go. Students will do their asynchronous FIT class while in their Panther Time classroom.

When does asynchronous FIT begin?

  • Tuesday, March 2 - Enrichment FIT and 8th Grade FIT will be asynchronous
  • Tuesday, March 9 -  6th & 7th Grade FIT will be asynchronous

What about the After School program? Currently, the After School program will continue virtually. We will communicate with students, families, and staff when this changes.

What will Mondays look like? Mondays will continue to look similar to its current format. Students will have a live (virtual) Panther Time class. Additionally, students can attend office hours with their teachers and use the time to get caught up in their classes.

How will arrival work?  Kiss-and-ride and walkers will enter through Door #1, while Bus riders will enter through Door #2 & Door #3. As students enter the building they will proceed directly to their 1st or 2nd period class. If a student is getting breakfast it will be grab-and-go and will be eaten in the cafeteria. The building will be open for students beginning at 7:00am.

How will dismissal work? Students will be dismissed with staggered bells at 1:55pm, 1:57pm, and 2:00pm based on classroom number. Kiss-and-ride students should exit out Door #1 & #2. Bus riders should exit Door #2 & #3.

What should students bring to school? Students should bring their fully charged FCPS laptop, charger, headphones, and a water bottle. 

What will band and orchestra be like? Musical instruments will not be shared, with the exception of percussion equipment, pianos, and keyboards that can be cleaned. Percussion equipment will be wiped down after use. Social distancing will occur as suggested by the CDC. Currently that distance is a 6x6 foot space around each student with the student sitting in the center for all music classes. Trombones will have an additional three feet of distancing, making their space 9x6 feet. The player will be seated three feet in front of the back line, leaving an additional six feet in front of them due to the extended nature of the instrument and slide that can be in extended position. Students must stand/sit all facing the same direction, back to front to minimize potential exposure. Spit valves will not be emptied on the floor but into an absorbent disposable material that can be discarded. Bell covers will be attached to woodwind and brass instruments. Fine Arts will purchase these for schools. Students must wear masks unless they have a medical exemption. Masks can be removed for the playing of woodwind and brass instruments. Students can also utilize specialized instrument face masks with a slit for the mouthpiece.

What will choir be like? Students will stand/sit all facing the same direction, back to front to minimize the potential exposure. Students will maintain current 6-foot social distancing guidelines within the classroom. A Choral Mask should be worn by the students and teachers. The Fine Arts Office will provide for the schools.

For students attending hybrid/in-person school, when will families learn which two days will be in the building? Unless other arrangements have been coordinated with the administration, in-person students with last names starting with A-K will be in the building on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Students with last names starting with L-Z will be in the building on Thursdays and Fridays. Families should have received an email stating the days of the week they will attend. 

What happens if my family wants to change our preference from in-person to virtual? We are approving all requests for families to change from in-person to virtual.  Unfortunately, due to staffing and social distancing constraints, we are not able to approve any changes for students to switch from virtual to in-person at this time but you may request to be placed on the waitlist. If you would like to make either request, please complete the following request form in English, Spanish, or Arabic.

How will lunch work? Also, can students pack their own lunch? Lunch will be in the cafeteria , and students will sit in assigned seats based on their 5th/6th period class. Students will be seated at individual desks with 6 feet between. Students will do a grab and go lunch and will NOT move through the line.  Breakfast and lunch are free for ALL students this year. Vending machines and the snack counter will not be part of lunch this year. Desks and chairs will be cleaned between each lunch. Lastly, students may pack their own lunch and bring from home if desired.

Can we find out which teachers will be teaching in-person? Over 85% of Glasgow’s staff will return to in-person. You will receive an email from the school should one of your student’s teachers be 100% virtual. Room monitors are assigned to teachers who have accommodations to teach remotely. Room monitors will ensure students are logged on and participating in class.

My child is 100% virtual, how can we get a book from the library? We plan to support our 100% virtual students by continuing Mobile Mondays at Glasgow MS, Bailey’s Community Center, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, and Woodrow Wilson Public Library on 3/15, 4/12, & 5/10. Also, students can put a book on hold and pick up from the front office during school hours (Mon-Fri 7:00am -3:00pm). Lastly, students can also access MackinVIA which is our online portal for eBooks/audiobooks.  They also have a public library account set up through FCPS called LEAP (https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/education/leap).

Resources:

Mental Health Resources and Emergency Services Information

Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form

ParentVue – where parents can access information about their child(ren)

Return to School

Student Health and Safety Guidance Document

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form

Virginia Department of Health

Mask-Wearing

Riding the Bus

Return to School Daily Procedures

Stop the Spread Video

Important Information 

World Language Credit Exam - Did you know that last year at Glasgow, 94 high school credits were awarded to students through the World Language Credit Exam? Depending on student proficiency in one of 30 languages when assessed, students in grades 7-12 may earn up to three high school credits. Registration begins on 2/8 and closes on 2/26. Certain exams are available online while others will be administered in person at Annandale High School on 3/14 and 3/20. You can find more information regarding this exam here. To register for your child to take the WLCE this year, please contact school counselor Laine O’Donnell at lodonnell@fcps.edu as soon as possible.

 

News from the Library - Put a book on hold in the Destiny catalog or stop by to browse our carts!  Check out MackinVIA today for 100s of new titles that have been added to our catalog.  Email Ms. Sanz @ tmsanz@fcps.edu with any questions or concerns.

Mark your calendars: Virtual Teen Book Fest Mar 5 & 6 (click on link for more info) - Over 90 authors will be “in attendance” at the North Texas Teen Book Festival. Just a few names on the list: Jerry Craft, Alan Gratz, Stuart Gibbs, Jennifer L Holm, Gordon Korman, David Levithan, Kwame Mbalia, Jason Reynolds, and Angie Thomas. It’s open to the public, free of charge, no registration required and occurs during Central time.

 

Pictures with Pets (or animals or stuffed animals) for the Yearbook - Our next request for yearbook pictures is here!  We would love to have pictures of our Glasgow students and staff with a pet or animal or stuffed animal.  The pictures can be pets that live with you, a friend or family pet, stuffed animal, or an animal that posed with you somewhere else (like a farm or zoo animal).   These pictures may be used in a section of our yearbook.  Pictures may be submitted by Google FormStudents and teachers can click on this form to upload pictures: https://forms.gle/TiASqazaf6CbLRL38 Please make sure to include name, grade, and description of what is happening in the photo. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella, yearbook advisor, at maperella@fcps.edu   

En Pocas Palabras FCPS Podcast for Spanish Speaking Families

Welcome to En Pocas Palabras FCPS Podcast from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Listen to En Pocas Palabras FCPS in Spanish and English to hear timely, important information related to school news. FCPS cares about all families. The podcast is produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education.   En Pocas Palabras FCPS will bring you something new to discover.  We are a community. Together, we are stronger!

Listen on: 

Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/en-pocas-palabras-fcps/id1551859253

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/4XRcEd6hwZbYk29Wng0I4X

Anchor https://anchor.fm/enpocaspalabrasfcps

After School Updates

Glasgow After School program will remain virtual at this time. We are taking into consideration all logistical factors regarding the  safety for our students, teachers and transportation. Safety is our top priority for both teachers and students. We will continue to offer virtually, quality programs which foster leadership, character development, social and emotional supports and relationship building. We will continue to work closely with County Executives and the Health Department to make informed decisions on our return to in-person after school activities. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at gwilliams2@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. 

Community Food Distribution - Food for Others’ P3 Power Pack Program is back in 2021! The P3 Program is biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm at Bailey's Community Center. The next P3 date is Feb 19. 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.

Glasgow PTA News

Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) Student Technology Mini-Grant Program - Through a generous donation from the Fairfax County NAACP, FCCPTA is offering Fairfax County Public School students (in grades 3-11) an opportunity to obtain a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of computer or a technology-related device or equipment. There are six (6) $500 mini-grants available. In order to apply, the students or their parent/guardian MUST be a member of a PTA/PTSA. Go to https://www.fccpta.org/2020/12/14/student-mini-grants/ for more information.

 

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 - February 21

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Glasgow Community:

It was great to see so many of our new students and their families on Tuesday this past week at our Glasgow building orientation. One student I welcomed to middle school responded, “Finally!” We are all gearing up for students’ return and are excited to be back in the building together. As a reminder, 8th graders return on March 2 and 6th and 7th graders return on March 9. 

On Tuesday, February 23 we will host our Return to School Town Return in Spanish, Arabic, and English. In case you are unable to attend, here is a video of the presentation we will be using at the Town Hall, where we will also have some time to answer questions. If you need to access closed captioning in another language, click on CC, click on settings, then subtitles CC/language.  See below for FAQs based on questions families have already been asking. Complete this form if you would like to attend the Town Hall. 

This week in Panther time, students will get information they will need for a safe return to the building. 

As a reminder, per FCPS, Thursday and Friday are asynchronous days for students to allow teachers time to prepare for students’ return. Teachers are working this week to ensure that students know where to find the work they must complete on these days.

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

February 23 - Return to School Town Halls 

February 22 & March 1 - *Tentative IOWA Testing

February 25 & 26 - Teacher Prep Day - Asynchronous for Students

March 2 - 8th Grade Return to Building

March 5 - Early Release

March 9 - 6th & 7th Grade Return to Building

February 23 - Return to School Town Halls - Join us on February 23 for our Return to School Town Halls. We will have three sessions English 6:00pm - 6:55pm, Spanish 7:00pm - 7:55pm and Arabic 8:00pm - 8:55pm. We will share important information for all of those families who are returning to face to face instruction. Complete this form if you would like to attend and we will send you the link directly.

February 25 & 26 - Teacher Prep Days - FCPS has designated February 25 and 26 as asynchronous days for students to ensure that teachers have ample time to prepare for the upcoming transition back to the school building. 

POSTPONED to March 1 due to weather - Mobile Monday Library in the Community - Mobile Monday Library checkouts will be available on March1 at Glasgow MS, Bailey’s Community Center, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, and Woodrow Wilson Public Library.  Put a book on hold in the Destiny catalog or stop by to browse our carts!  Check out MackinVIA today for 100s of new titles that have been added to our catalog. 

Rising 9th Grade Info

TJ Admissions Updates - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) 

For 8th grade students who meet the eligibility requirements, Wednesday, February 24 - 4:00 pm is the DEADLINE to START the application and Friday, February 26 – 4:00 pm is the application submission deadline.

A recorded information session on the new application process is now available https://youtu.be/bu8LFjHpDZ8

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TJ Admissions website  www.tjadmissions.org has eligibility requirements and application details. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office tjadmissions@fcps.edu or Glasgow TJ Liaison Counselor Gregory Frantz gdfrantz@fcps.edu with questions.

Return to School

Daily Health Screening - A daily health screening, using Covid-19 Health Screening Questions, will be required for all students prior to coming onto school grounds (this applies for Material Distribution Days, in-person instruction, and co-curricular/extra-curricular activities). The health screening tool is available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

As indicated in the Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form, parent/guardians, will complete the health screening each morning, prior to sending the student to school. In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep students home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. These health screenings will be done on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 

Parents or guardians will be required to make this commitment for all school-aged children in their household.

 

Stop the Spread - FCPS has launched the Stop the Spread campaign. Here is a video that FCPS has put out for the community. All staff are actively engaging in professional learning around Stop the Spread as we gear up for  our return. If you would like to learn more about this campaign you can find it on the FCPS website here: https://www.fcps.edu/blog/stop-spread

 

Enrollment Intent Change Requests - At this time we are only able to approve requests for parents to change their enrollment to Virtual. Unfortunately, due to staffing and social distancing constraints, we are not able to approve any changes for students to be enrolled in-person at this time. If you would like to switch your child to virtual or request your child to be placed on the waitlist for in-person instruction, please complete the following request form in English, Spanish, or Arabic.

 

Family Guide for Return to School Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

Return to the Building - FAQs

How will students be reintroduced to the building?

Students are receiving lessons in Panther Time starting next week which highlights the new procedures. Likewise, many students have been in the building for WIDA testing and four day a week intervention. Students will also be receiving a welcome back email prior to the return to school with reminders as well. Finally, we are hosting Return to School Town Halls for families, which will also support students’ reentry.

How are we making time to connect with students who are now in the building? Teachers are encouraged to spend parts of their class time connecting with students and teaching classroom procedures (as would normally occur in August). Additionally, with the new bell schedule there is greater time to informally interact with students during passing periods and Brain Breaks.

What will concurrent instruction look like for my student? Students receive two days of teacher-led instruction in the school building and two days of teacher-led instruction at home. Students who select virtual learning will receive all four days of teacher-led instruction while learning at home.

Can students use the restroom during class? We are trying to limit the amount of students leaving the classroom to use the restroom during a period; however, if a student needs to use the restroom, they may do so. Students will have 10 minutes between classes to use the restroom as well.

Can students use phones? Our phone procedures will stay the same. A phone can be used in class if the teacher specifically allows for its use for academic purposes, however this might be more limited this year now that all students have FCPS issued laptops. Students are allowed to use phones in the cafeteria during lunch. Phone use during brain breaks is at teachers’ discretion.

What are Brain Breaks? Brain Breaks were developed to ensure that virtual students have enough time to go to a food distribution site and return with enough time during the lunch break. As well as to give our in-person students a break as well. In order to accommodate our virtual students this is a 15 minute supervised break in addition to the 30 minute lunch break. Teacher led options include doing community builders, playing games, or hanging out and talking with students. 

Will any classes occur outside? As in any year, classes such as HPE will take place at various times outside. As the weather warms up specific teachers will work with their administrator to explore any outdoor options.

Why are we doing asynchronous FIT? We moved to an asynchronous FIT in order to reduce students’ movement through the building, ensure we are not over capacity in classrooms, and help address complex master scheduling logistics. This approach will allow us time to take it slow and layer in complexities as we go. Students will do their asynchronous FIT class while in their Panther Time classroom.

When does asynchronous FIT begin?

  • Tuesday, March 2 - Enrichment FIT and 8th Grade FIT will be asynchronous
  • Tuesday, March 9 -  6th & 7th Grade FIT will be asynchronous

What about the After School program? Currently, the After School program will continue virtually. We will communicate with students, families, and staff when this changes.

What will Mondays look like? Mondays will continue to look similar to its current format. Students will have a live (virtual) Panther Time class. Additionally, students can attend office hours with their teachers and use the time to get caught up in their classes.

How will arrival work?  Kiss-and-ride and walkers will enter through Door #1, while Bus riders will enter through Door #2 & Door #3. As students enter the building they will proceed directly to their 1st or 2nd period class. If a student is getting breakfast it will be grab-and-go and will be eaten in the cafeteria. The building will be open for students beginning at 7:00am.

How will dismissal work? Students will be dismissed with staggered bells at 1:55pm, 1:57pm, and 2:00pm based on classroom number. Kiss-and-ride students should exit out Door #1 & #2. Bus riders should exit Door #2 & #3.

What should students bring to school? Students should bring their fully charged FCPS laptop, charger, headphones, and a water bottle. 

What will band and orchestra be like? Musical instruments will not be shared, with the exception of percussion equipment, pianos, and keyboards that can be cleaned. Percussion equipment will be wiped down after use. Social distancing will occur as suggested by the CDC. Currently that distance is a 6x6 foot space around each student with the student sitting in the center for all music classes. Trombones will have an additional three feet of distancing, making their space 9x6 feet. The player will be seated three feet in front of the back line, leaving an additional six feet in front of them due to the extended nature of the instrument and slide that can be in extended position. Students must stand/sit all facing the same direction, back to front to minimize potential exposure. Spit valves will not be emptied on the floor but into an absorbent disposable material that can be discarded. Bell covers will be attached to woodwind and brass instruments. Fine Arts will purchase these for schools. Students must wear masks unless they have a medical exemption. Masks can be removed for the playing of woodwind and brass instruments. Students can also utilize specialized instrument face masks with a slit for the mouthpiece.

What will choir be like? Students will stand/sit all facing the same direction, back to front to minimize the potential exposure. Students will maintain current 6-foot social distancing guidelines within the classroom. A Choral Mask should be worn by the students and teachers. The Fine Arts Office will provide for the schools.

For students attending hybrid/in-person school, when will families learn which two days will be in the building? Unless other arrangements have been coordinated with the administration, in-person students with last names starting with A-K will be in the building on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Students with last names starting with L-Z will be in the building on Thursdays and Fridays. Families should have received an email stating the days of the week they will attend. 

What happens if my family wants to change our preference from in-person to virtual? We are approving all requests for families to change from in-person to virtual.  Unfortunately, due to staffing and social distancing constraints, we are not able to approve any changes for students to switch from virtual to in-person at this time but you may request to be placed on the waitlist. If you would like to make either request, please complete the following request form in English, Spanish, or Arabic.

How will lunch work? Also, can students pack their own lunch? Lunch will be in the cafeteria , and students will sit in assigned seats based on their 5th/6th period class. Students will be seated at individual desks with 6 feet between. Students will do a grab and go lunch and will NOT move through the line.  Breakfast and lunch are free for ALL students this year. Vending machines and the snack counter will not be part of lunch this year. Desks and chairs will be cleaned between each lunch. Lastly, students may pack their own lunch and bring from home if desired.

Can we find out which teachers will be teaching in-person? Over 85% of Glasgow’s staff will return to in-person. You will receive an email from the school should one of your student’s teachers be 100% virtual. Room monitors are assigned to teachers who have accommodations to teach remotely. Room monitors will ensure students are logged on and participating in class.

My child is 100% virtual, how can we get a book from the library? We plan to support our 100% virtual students by continuing Mobile Mondays at Glasgow MS, Bailey’s Community Center, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, and Woodrow Wilson Public Library on 3/15, 4/12, & 5/10. Also, students can put a book on hold and pick up from the front office during school hours (Mon-Fri 7:00am -3:00pm). Lastly, students can also access MackinVIA which is our online portal for eBooks/audiobooks.  They also have a public library account set up through FCPS called LEAP (https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/education/leap).

Resources:

Mental Health Resources and Emergency Services Information

Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form

ParentVue – where parents can access information about their child(ren)

Return to School

Student Health and Safety Guidance Document

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form

Virginia Department of Health

Mask-Wearing

Riding the Bus

Return to School Daily Procedures

Stop the Spread Video

Important Information 

World Language Credit Exam - Did you know that last year at Glasgow, 94 high school credits were awarded to students through the World Language Credit Exam? Depending on student proficiency in one of 30 languages when assessed, students in grades 7-12 may earn up to three high school credits. Registration begins on 2/8 and closes on 2/26. Certain exams are available online while others will be administered in person at Annandale High School on 3/14 and 3/20. You can find more information regarding this exam here. To register for your child to take the WLCE this year, please contact school counselor Laine O’Donnell at lodonnell@fcps.edu as soon as possible.

 

News from the Library - Mobile Monday Library checkouts will be available on Feb 22 at Glasgow MS, Bailey’s Community Center, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, and Woodrow Wilson Public Library.  Put a book on hold in the Destiny catalog or stop by to browse our carts!  Check out MackinVIA today for 100s of new titles that have been added to our catalog.  Email Ms. Sanz @ tmsanz@fcps.edu with any questions or concerns.

In addition, the Fairfax County Public Library has a couple of interesting and fun upcoming programs for students.  Here is a list with a link to more information for each event.

Mark your calendars: Virtual Teen Book Fest Mar 5 & 6 (click on link for more info) - Over 90 authors will be “in attendance” at the North Texas Teen Book Festival. Just a few names on the list: Jerry Craft, Alan Gratz, Stuart Gibbs, Jennifer L Holm, Gordon Korman, David Levithan, Kwame Mbalia, Jason Reynolds, and Angie Thomas. It’s open to the public, free of charge, no registration required and occurs during Central time.

 

Pictures with Pets (or animals or stuffed animals) for the Yearbook - Our next request for yearbook pictures is here!  We would love to have pictures of our Glasgow students and staff with a pet or animal or stuffed animal.  The pictures can be pets that live with you, a friend or family pet, stuffed animal, or an animal that posed with you somewhere else (like a farm or zoo animal).   These pictures may be used in a section of our yearbook.  Pictures may be submitted by Google FormStudents and teachers can click on this form to upload pictures: https://forms.gle/TiASqazaf6CbLRL38 Please make sure to include name, grade, and description of what is happening in the photo. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella, yearbook advisor, at maperella@fcps.edu   

En Pocas Palabras FCPS Podcast for Spanish Speaking Families

Welcome to En Pocas Palabras FCPS Podcast from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Listen to En Pocas Palabras FCPS in Spanish and English to hear timely, important information related to school news. FCPS cares about all families. The podcast is produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education.   En Pocas Palabras FCPS will bring you something new to discover.  We are a community. Together, we are stronger!

Listen on: 

Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/en-pocas-palabras-fcps/id1551859253

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/4XRcEd6hwZbYk29Wng0I4X

Anchor https://anchor.fm/enpocaspalabrasfcps

After School Updates

Glasgow After School program will remain virtual at this time. We are taking into consideration all logistical factors regarding the  safety for our students, teachers and transportation. Safety is our top priority for both teachers and students. We will continue to offer virtually, quality programs which foster leadership, character development, social and emotional supports and relationship building. We will continue to work closely with County Executives and the Health Department to make informed decisions on our return to in-person after school activities. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at gwilliams2@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. 

Community Food Distribution - Food for Others’ P3 Power Pack Program is back in 2021! The P3 Program is biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm at Bailey's Community Center. The next P3 date is Feb 19. 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.

Glasgow PTA News

Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) Student Technology Mini-Grant Program - Through a generous donation from the Fairfax County NAACP, FCCPTA is offering Fairfax County Public School students (in grades 3-11) an opportunity to obtain a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of computer or a technology-related device or equipment. There are six (6) $500 mini-grants available. In order to apply, the students or their parent/guardian MUST be a member of a PTA/PTSA. Go to https://www.fccpta.org/2020/12/14/student-mini-grants/ for more information.

 

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 - February 15

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Glasgow Community:

We were so happy to welcome around 150 students in the building this week as we supported students through WIDA testing as well as academic support, and this week we have another cohort of students returning as well. It has been wonderful getting to see our students live and in person! Though school looks different than it ever has before, there is such comfort in the familiar: lots of kids wearing new outfits for their “first day of school,” smiling staff and students (we can tell by their eyes!), and getting to hear stories from students about Tik-Tok or visiting family or being annoyed by siblings. More than ever, we are so excited for March 2nd, when our 8th graders return, and March 9th, when 6th and 7th graders return!

As a reminder, all FCPS secondary schools will start an updated Bell Schedule on Tuesday, February 16. Glasgow’s school hours will be from 7:30 - 2:00, class periods will have adjusted times, and classes will be following specific lunch times. Additionally, as directed by FCPS, February 25 and 26 will be asynchronous days for students as teachers work in the building to prepare for students’ return.

On Tuesday, from 5 - 7pm, we are looking forward to hosting our new-to-Glasgow students at our New Student Building Orientation. See below for more information.

In order to continue planning for a safe Return to School, teachers will be checking in with students and parents to ensure each family knows their enrollment intent. Parents can check their child’s enrollment intent in ParentVUE by clicking on “Student Info” on the left hand menu and scrolling to the bottom of the page to find the “Return to School Responses” field. At this time we are only able to approve requests for parents to change their enrollment to Virtual. Unfortunately, due to staffing and social distancing constraints, we are not able to approve any changes for students to be enrolled in-person at this time. If you would like to switch your child to virtual or request your child to be placed on the waitlist for in-person instruction, please complete the following request form in English, Spanish, or Arabic

Finally, this week, we will be sending out a Return to School playlist for students who are planning on returning to school. It will include all the information needed for a safe return to the building. We will also be using Panther Time throughout the next weeks to share important information to students. Additionally, we will be hosting Return to School Town Halls in Spanish, Arabic, and English on February 23. Complete this form if you would like to attend. More information about this will come out next week.

We hope that you have a wonderful week, as always please reach out 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

February 9 - 26 - WiDA Testing

February 16 - New Bell Schedule

February 16 - New Student Building Tour

February 23 - Return to School Town Halls 

February 22 & March 1 - *Tentative IOWA Testing

February 25 & 26 - Teacher Prep Day - Asynchronous for Students

March 2 - 8th Grade Return to Building

March 5 - Early Release

March 9 - 6th & 7th Grade Return to Building

February 16 (Rescheduled from previous date)  - New Student Open House for Students and Families - Glasgow will be hosting an optional Orientation for current 6th graders and students new to Glasgow on Tuesday, February 16 from 5pm to 7pm. This evening will be an opportunity for students and families to see Glasgow for the first time and to meet some of our teachers, counselors, and administrators in person. Space is limited and priority will be given to families who have selected in-person enrollment for their student. We will share details and entry times via email to those who RSVP. For questions, please contact Joash Chung, director of student services, at jhchung@fcps.edu. Please RSVP using this link to help us plan a safe, socially distanced event. 

February 22 - Mobile Monday Library in the Community - Mobile Monday Library checkouts will be available on Feb 22 at Glasgow MS, Bailey’s Community Center, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, and Woodrow Wilson Public Library.  Put a book on hold in the Destiny catalog or stop by to browse our carts!  Check out MackinVIA today for 100s of new titles that have been added to our catalog. 

February 23 - Return to School Town Halls - Join us on February 23 for our Return to School Town Halls. We will have three sessions English 6:00pm - 6:55pm, Spanish 7:00pm - 7:55pm and Arabic 8:00pm - 8:55pm. We will share important information for all of those families who are returning to face to face instruction. Complete this form if you would like to attend and we will send you the link directly.

February 25 & 26 - Teacher Prep Days - FCPS has designated February 25 and 26 as asynchronous days for students to ensure that teachers have ample time to prepare for the upcoming transition back to the school building. 

Rising 9th Grade Info

TJ Admissions Updates - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) - The application window for current 8th grade students will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. A recorded information session on the new application process is now available https://youtu.be/bu8LFjHpDZ8

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The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. The TJ Admissions website  www.tjadmissions.org has been updated with new information. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office tjadmissions@fcps.edu or Glasgow TJ Liaison Counselor Gregory Frantz gdfrantz@fcps.edu with questions.

Return to School 

Daily Health Screening - A daily health screening, using Covid-19 Health Screening Questions, will be required for all students prior to coming onto school grounds (this applies for Material Distribution Days, in-person instruction, and co-curricular/extra-curricular activities). The health screening tool is available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

As indicated in the Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form, parent/guardians, will complete the health screening each morning, prior to sending the student to school. In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep students home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. These health screenings will be done on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 

Parents or guardians will be required to make this commitment for all school-aged children in their household.

 

Stop the Spread - FCPS has launched the Stop the Spread campaign. Here is a video that FCPS has put out for the community. All staff are actively engaging in professional learning around Stop the Spread as we gear up for  our return. If you would like to learn more about this campaign you can find it on the FCPS website here: https://www.fcps.edu/blog/stop-spread

 

Return to School - Checking Your Child’s Enrollment - Parents can check their child’s enrollment intent in ParentVUE by clicking on “Student Info” on the left hand menu and scrolling to the bottom of the page to find the “Return to School Responses” field. At this time we are only able to approve requests for parents to change their enrollment to Virtual. If you would like to make this request, please complete the following request form in English, Spanish, or Arabic. Unfortunately, due to staffing and social distancing constraints, we are not able to approve any changes for students to be enrolled in-person at this time. 

 

Family Guide for Return to School Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

Important Information 

World Language Credit Exam - Did you know that last year at Glasgow, 94 high school credits were awarded to students through the World Language Credit Exam? Depending on student proficiency in one of 30 languages when assessed, students in grades 7-12 may earn up to three high school credits. Registration begins on 2/8 and closes on 2/26. Certain exams are available online while others will be administered in person at Annandale High School on 3/14 and 3/20. You can find more information regarding this exam here. To register for your child to take the WLCE this year, please contact school counselor Laine O’Donnell at lodonnell@fcps.edu as soon as possible.

 

News from the Library - Mobile Monday Library checkouts will be available on Feb 22 at Glasgow MS, Bailey’s Community Center, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, and Woodrow Wilson Public Library.  Put a book on hold in the Destiny catalog or stop by to browse our carts!  Check out MackinVIA today for 100s of new titles that have been added to our catalog.  Email Ms. Sanz @ tmsanz@fcps.edu with any questions or concerns.

In addition, the Fairfax County Public Library has a couple of interesting and fun upcoming programs for students.  Here is a list with a link to more information for each event.

Mark your calendars: Virtual Teen Book Fest Mar 5 & 6 (click on link for more info) - Over 90 authors will be “in attendance” at the North Texas Teen Book Festival. Just a few names on the list: Jerry Craft, Alan Gratz, Stuart Gibbs, Jennifer L Holm, Gordon Korman, David Levithan, Kwame Mbalia, Jason Reynolds, and Angie Thomas. It’s open to the public, free of charge, no registration required and occurs during Central time.

 

Panthers Palace - Glasgow is now home to the Panthers’ Palace – a community closet where families can access clothing and toiletries! If you are in need of new items, please complete the Panthers' Palace Requests Form/ Spanish Requests Form. The Community Engagement Team will follow-up with you with the information you provide. The closet will distribute items on the 3rd Monday of each month. We will be accepting gift cards and new items from this donations list year-round to keep the Panthers’ Palace stocked. Please contact Destiny Delaware ddelaware@fcps.edu or Shona Person sdperson@fcps.edu with any questions.

 

Celebrating 2nd 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 2 All A and A/B Honor Roll recipients and their parents/guardians will receive an email with their certificate this year.

 

Help Wanted! Justice HS is in search of a JV Baseball coach and Assistant Boys Lacrosse coaches - The activities department is looking for some coaching positions for this upcoming Spring Season. The spring season will run from April 12th – Mid May. The season is abbreviated this year and the teams will play a 60% reduced schedule. All positions would come with an extra-curricular stipend. Anyone interested, please contact Brian Garvey bdgarvey@fcps.edu.

En Pocas Palabras FCPS Podcast for Spanish Speaking Families

Welcome to En Pocas Palabras FCPS Podcast from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Listen to En Pocas Palabras FCPS in Spanish and English to hear timely, important information related to school news. FCPS cares about all families. The podcast is produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education.   En Pocas Palabras FCPS will bring you something new to discover.  We are a community. Together, we are stronger!

Listen on: 

Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/en-pocas-palabras-fcps/id1551859253

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/4XRcEd6hwZbYk29Wng0I4X

Anchor https://anchor.fm/enpocaspalabrasfcps

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. 

Community Food Distribution - Food for Others’ P3 Power Pack Program is back in 2021! The P3 Program is biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm at Bailey's Community Center. The next P3 date is Feb 19. 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.

Glasgow PTA News

Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) Student Technology Mini-Grant Program - Through a generous donation from the Fairfax County NAACP, FCCPTA is offering Fairfax County Public School students (in grades 3-11) an opportunity to obtain a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of computer or a technology-related device or equipment. There are six (6) $500 mini-grants available. In order to apply, the students or their parent/guardian MUST be a member of a PTA/PTSA. Go to https://www.fccpta.org/2020/12/14/student-mini-grants/ for more information.

 

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 - February 7

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Glasgow Community:

This past week we had a successful return to school for around 25 of our students. One student shared that she liked being back because when she is working at home, her bed just calls to her and it’s harder to attend to classes - she acknowledged that being at school helps her do better. We hope that in the coming weeks, returning to school will make a big difference for many of our students. Having students back has also given us the opportunity to practice our mitigation and logistics plans in real time and has allowed us to make minor adjustments to ensure we return strong. 

We gave a big welcome to our rising 6th grade families on Tuesday night and also welcomed 100 families to our AVID info night. If you missed either of these sessions the information is linked below. 

FCPS and Dr. Brabrand shared earlier this week that we are moving forward with the Return to School plans. This means the new bell schedule will go into effect on February 16 - you can see a picture below. Glasgow’s school hours will be from 7:30 - 2:00, class periods will have adjusted times, and classes will be following specific lunch times. Additionally, as directed by FCPS, February 24 and 25 will be asynchronous days for students as teachers work in the building to prepare for students’ return. 

In order to continue planning for a safe Return to School, teachers will be checking in with students and parents to ensure each family knows their enrollment intent. As a general rule, most students with last names starting with A-K will be coming to school Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and students with last names L-Z will be coming to school on Thursdays and Fridays. Parents can check their child’s enrollment intent in ParentVUE by clicking on “Student Info” on the left hand menu and scrolling to the bottom of the page to find the “Return to School Responses” field. At this time we are only able to approve requests for parents to change their enrollment to Virtual. If you would like to make this request, please complete the following request form in English, Spanish, or Arabic. Unfortunately, due to staffing and social distancing constraints, we are not able to approve any changes for students to be enrolled in-person at this time. If you would like for your child to be placed on the waitlist for in-person instruction, you may complete the form as well.

In the coming weeks, we will be sending out a Return to School module for students and families who are planning on returning to school. It will include all the information you will need for your student’s return to the building. Additionally, we will be hosting Return to School Town Halls in Spanish, Arabic, and English on February 23. More information about this will come as we get closer to those dates.

We hope that you have a wonderful week, as always please reach out 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

February 9 - 26 - WiDA Testing

February 11 - Parent Academy: Technology Workshop 

February 16 - New Bell Schedule

February 16 - New Student Building Tour

February 23 - Return to School Town Halls 

February 22 & March 1 - *Tentative IOWA Testing

February 25 & 26 - Teacher Prep Day - Asynchronous for Students

March 2 - 8th Grade Return to Building

March 9 - 6th & 7th Grade Return to Building

February 11 - Parent Academy: Technology Workshop - Glasgow MS families are invited to attend our Parent Academy session on Technology Support, Thursday, February 11, 2021, at 6 PM (English/Arabic) and 7 PM (Spanish)! During the session, you will have an option to receive support with the following topics: SIS/ParentVUE, Tech Support, Communication/Email, Support/Engagement, Help/ Q&A. You will also learn more about our upcoming Parent Academy sessions. Our session will be led by Glasgow’s Tech Team.  Select your preferred language to sign up for the session and add any questions you’d like us to speak to in the session( EnglishArabic, or Spanish). You will receive a session link on the day of the event. We hope to see you on February 11, 2021.

February 16 (Rescheduled from previous date)  - New Student Open House for Students and Families - Glasgow will be hosting an optional Orientation for current 6th graders and students new to Glasgow on Tuesday, February 16 from 5pm to 7pm. This evening will be an opportunity for students and families to see Glasgow for the first time and to meet some of our teachers, counselors, and administrators in person. Space is limited and priority will be given to families who have selected in-person enrollment for their student. We will share details and entry times via email to those who RSVP. For questions, please contact Joash Chung, director of student services, at jhchung@fcps.edu. Please RSVP using this link to help us plan a safe, socially distanced event. 

February 22 - Mobile Monday Library in the Community - Mobile Monday Library checkouts will be available on Feb 22 at Glasgow MS, Bailey’s Community Center, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, and Woodrow Wilson Public Library.  Put a book on hold in the Destiny catalog or stop by to browse our carts!  Check out MackinVIA today for 100s of new titles that have been added to our catalog. 

February 23 - Return to School Town Halls - Join us on February 23 for our Return to School Town Halls. We will have three sessions English 6:00pm - 6:55pm, Spanish 7:00pm - 7:55pm and Arabic 8:00pm - 8:55pm. We will share important information for all of those families who are returning to face to face instruction. Links to come soon.

February 25 & 26 - Teacher Prep Days - FCPS has designated February 25 and 26 as asynchronous days for students to ensure that teachers have ample time to prepare for the upcoming transition back to the school building. 

Rising 9th Grade Info

As our Academic Advising season begins soon, for 8th grade students this means learning about their transition to high school. Here is some helpful information for families about high school:

Justice High School: On February 2, 3, and 4, Justice will be hosting a Curriculum 3-Night Extravaganza for both rising 9th graders and current Justice students. Each night will feature four departments with breakout rooms representing specific courses. There will be a quick overview presentation with time for a Q&A. More details to come. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Annandale High School: Annandale High School held their high school information night on Thursday, January 14th from 7:00-8:30PM. Students and parents can also view the Annandale Academic Advising Page here. 

Falls Church High School: The Rising 9th grade Curriculum Night was on January 6th at 6:30pm and a link will be sent to Falls Church families. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Edison High School: The Rising 9th grade Curriculum Night is set for February 24th. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Oakton High School:  Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Hayfield High School: Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Fairfax Academy: Open House February 2nd 6:30-7:30 PM  BBCU GUEST LINK: Academy Google Site for Students

 

TJ Admissions Updates - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) - The application window for current 8th grade students will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. A recorded information session on the new application process is now available https://youtu.be/bu8LFjHpDZ8

YouTubeTranslation: If you need the video translated into other languages on YouTube you can turn on captions with auto generated language translation are available. To turn on captions click  CC button. Then to select a language:

  • At the bottom right, click Settings
  • Click Subtitles/CC
  • Select a language

The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. The TJ Admissions website  www.tjadmissions.org has been updated with new information. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office tjadmissions@fcps.edu or Glasgow TJ Liaison Counselor Gregory Frantz gdfrantz@fcps.edu with questions.

Return to School 

Daily Health Screening - A daily health screening, using Covid-19 Health Screening Questions, will be required for all students prior to coming onto school grounds (this applies for Material Distribution Days, in-person instruction, and co-curricular/extra-curricular activities). The health screening tool is available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

As indicated in the Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form, parent/guardians, will complete the health screening each morning, prior to sending the student to school. In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep students home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. These health screenings will be done on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 

Parents or guardians will be required to make this commitment for all school-aged children in their household.

 

Return to School - Checking Your Child’s Enrollment - Parents can check their child’s enrollment intent in ParentVUE by clicking on “Student Info” on the left hand menu and scrolling to the bottom of the page to find the “Return to School Responses” field. At this time we are only able to approve requests for parents to change their enrollment to Virtual. If you would like to make this request, please complete the following request form in English, Spanish, or Arabic. Unfortunately, due to staffing and social distancing constraints, we are not able to approve any changes for students to be enrolled in-person at this time. 

 

Family Guide for Return to School Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

Important Information 

World Language Credit Exam - Did you know that last year at Glasgow, 94 high school credits were awarded to students through the World Language Credit Exam? Depending on student proficiency in one of 30 languages when assessed, students in grades 7-12 may earn up to three high school credits. Registration begins on 2/8 and closes on 2/26. Certain exams are available online while others will be administered in person at Annandale High School on 3/14 and 3/20. You can find more information regarding this exam here. To register for your child to take the WLCE this year, please contact school counselor Laine O’Donnell at lodonnell@fcps.edu as soon as possible.

 

Panthers Palace - Glasgow is now home to the Panthers’ Palace – a community closet where families can access clothing and toiletries! If you are in need of new items, please complete the Panthers' Palace Requests Form/ Spanish Requests Form. The Community Engagement Team will follow-up with you with the information you provide. The closet will distribute items on the 3rd Monday of each month. We will be accepting gift cards and new items from this donations list year-round to keep the Panthers’ Palace stocked. Please contact Destiny Delaware ddelaware@fcps.edu or Shona Person sdperson@fcps.edu with any questions.

 

Celebrating 2nd 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 2 All A and A/B Honor Roll recipients and their parents/guardians will receive an email with their certificate this year.

 

Help Wanted! Justice HS is in search of a JV Baseball coach and Assistant Boys Lacrosse coaches - The activities department is looking for some coaching positions for this upcoming Spring Season. The spring season will run from April 12th – Mid May. The season is abbreviated this year and the teams will play a 60% reduced schedule. All positions would come with an extra-curricular stipend. Anyone interested, please contact Brian Garvey bdgarvey@fcps.edu.

 

Final Call for Spirit Day Pictures - We had wonderful Spirit Day pictures submitted the past 5 days from students and staff!  If you did not get a chance and would still like to send in a picture for the yearbook, please do so here.  The yearbook staff will make sure the picture gets inserted in the correct place in the yearbook (we are still accepting Halloween and Ugly Sweater pics if you have them).https://forms.gle/pK6xSZtHotZoavWm6 If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella, yearbook advisor, at maperella@fcps.edu 

 

Rising 6th Grade Curriculum Night at Glasgow - February 2 from 6 to 8:45pm with RecordingsCurriculum Night was an evening for all rising 6th graders and students new to Glasgow to learn about Glasgow academics and curriculum. This year we will offer both asynchronous and synchronous components, similar to Back to School Night. On February 1st we published on our Glasgow homepage a series of videos about Glasgow and our curriculum offerings. Parents and students will be invited to explore our website and learn about everything that makes us Glasgow. On February 2nd, we hosted three town-hall style Q&A sessions for families. Here are links to the recordings from this past week: EnglishSpanishArabic.

 

Rising 6th Grade AVID Night - This week Glasgow Middle School hosted around 100 families during our virtual AVID Rising 6th grade Parent Night. We discussed the goals of the AVID elective class and provided some information on how students can apply. If you were unable to attend the information sessions but are still interested in learning more about the class please review the video links below. If you still have more questions about the class or the process of getting in you can email our AVID Coordinator, Kelly Greenshields, at kagreenshiel@fcps.edu or our AVID Counselor, Emily Wasserman, at ebwasserman@fcps.edu.  English/Arabic recorded sessionSpanish recorded session

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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. 

Community Food Distribution - Food for Others’ P3 Power Pack Program is back in 2021! The P3 Program is biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm at Bailey's Community Center. The next P3 dates are Jan 22, Feb 5 and Feb 19 . 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.

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).

 

Journalism Club - This week’s Spotlight will cover our Journalism Club lead by Ms. Grillo. Our Journalism Club has been hard at work covering a wide range of topics from Staff spotlights to current events. If you’re not aware, the Journalism Club has created the Panther Post site which is accessible to you and your families to stay updated on Glasgow events and activities. I encourage you all to stop in to take a look at the wonderful articles created by your peers and students. Here’s the link for you to access the site: https://gmspantherpost.org/

 

Chess Club - Calling all Chess players. Glasgow After School is proud to announce DMV Chess Club is coming to Glasgow and Key Middle Schools. All classes will be held online using Google Meet video-conferencing. Students will use lichess.org to play games against each other. GOT QUESTIONS? Feel free to email us at schools@dmvchess.com or call Josh Hiban at 703-415-6600 or Mr. Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu! Thanks, and we look forward to seeing everyone online!

  • Starting on February 4th, chess club will meet once a week on Thursdays from 3 pm to 4:15 pm (no meeting on 4/1).
  • Chess club will typically feature a lecture from a professional coach followed by practice time, when the students play games against each other.
  • Participants will need to create a free account on lichess.org. We encourage students to enable “kid mode” on their Lichess accounts to prevent communication with other users. After you register you will receive an email with more information about Google Meet video conferencing and Lichess.

Step Afrika - Step Up to College Residency - A weekly residency program (in school or after school) for 4-12th grade students. The curriculum covers stepping, its history, tradition and meaning, preparation for college life, and simple health and fitness. Students learn the core values of stepping: teamwork, commitment, and discipline as a part of their own “step team” by working together to learn and present choreography. Students also gain self-confidence through stepping. Students will work towards a mini-performance to showcase their skills learned throughout the residency. (January 28- March 11 on Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm - 5pm).

Glasgow PTA News

Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) Student Technology Mini-Grant Program - Through a generous donation from the Fairfax County NAACP, FCCPTA is offering Fairfax County Public School students (in grades 3-11) an opportunity to obtain a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of computer or a technology-related device or equipment. There are six (6) $500 mini-grants available. In order to apply, the students or their parent/guardian MUST be a member of a PTA/PTSA. Go to https://www.fccpta.org/2020/12/14/student-mini-grants/ for more information.

 

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 - January 31

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Glasgow Community:

For winter lovers, this was a great weekend! My family and I hiked at Prince William Forest on Saturday - my boys and dogs loved playing with the ice in the water. And of course, are looking forward to having lots of fun playing in the snow today. 

This week we celebrate National School Counseling Week. School counselors at Glasgow work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing their academic concerns, postsecondary options and social/emotional skills. They also work in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world.  I’d like to give a big thank you to our school counselors: Akon Otoyo, Irania Escalante, Emily Wasserman, Darren Thornton, Emily Boydstun, Greg Frantz, Laine O’Donnell, Karen Jeannette, Jenn Pallotto, Adrienne Cooper, Alain Poutre, and Courtney Collins. We're also thankful for the rest of the student services team: Joash Chung, Elois Berry, Sara Bracken, Jill Briody, Destiny Delaware, Lisa Hughes, Veronica Melendez, Bryan Villalobos, Danielle Causley,  Cindy Reyes Amaya, and Dana Rivas. Thank you for all you do to support our students!

On Friday I got to join Senor Ortiz’s Spanish immersion science classes as they welcomed Joseph Martinez, a meteorologist with Telemundo 44 in Washington, D.C., as part of the weather unit they are currently in. Senor Ortiz’s students did an awesome job introducing Mr. Martinez, who shared his experiences with the class. Gracias a Senor Ortiz por organizar una gran experiencia para nuestros estudiantes! Check out the picture attached! 

According to the most recent return-to-school timeline, 7th and 8th graders are scheduled to return on Tuesday, March 2, and 6th graders on Tuesday, March 9. To support this shift to in-person instruction, all secondary schools are moving to an updated bell schedule starting on Tuesday, February 16. We will share more information about mitigation and logistics as we get closer to students’ return.

At Glasgow, we continue to monitor student progress and provide multiple systems for students to receive academic support. In addition to office hours and Panther Time, we will welcome small groups of students back into the building beginning on Tuesday for intervention and support four days a week. We hope to offer in-person intervention to more students in the weeks to come.

We hope that you have a wonderful week, as always please reach out 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

February 2 - Rising 6th Grade Open House & Curriculum Night

February 2 - 5 - Spirit Week

February 3 & 4 - AVID Information Night 

February 9 - 26 - WiDA Testing

February 11 - Parent Academy: Technology Workshop 

February 16 - New Bell Schedule

February 16 - New Student Building Tour

February 23 & 24 - Return to School Town Halls 

February 22 & March 1 - *Tentative IOWA Testing

February 25 & 26 - Teacher Prep Day - Asynchronous for Students

March 2 - 8th Grade Return to Building

March 9 - 6th & 7th Grade Return to Building

February 2 - Rising 6th Grade Curriculum Night at Glasgow from 6 to 8:45pm - Curriculum Night is an evening for all rising 6th graders and students new to Glasgow to learn about Glasgow academics and curriculum. This year we will offer both asynchronous and synchronous components, similar to Back to School Night. On February 1st, we will be publishing on our Glasgow homepage a series of videos about Glasgow and our curriculum offerings. Parents and students will be invited to explore our website and learn about everything that makes us Glasgow. On February 2nd, we will be hosting three town-hall style Q&A sessions for families. English 6:00-6:45pm Link: http://bit.ly/3qcdTM8, Spanish 7:00-7:45pm Link: http://bit.ly/2LE4PAA, Arabic 8:00-8:45pm Link: http://bit.ly/39kU5zb

February 2 - 5 - Spirit Week - The SGA is looking for ways to celebrate Spirit Week from a distance.  We are partnering up with the yearbook staff to urge students and staff to submit pictures each day.  Our hope is to include as many pictures in the yearbook and possibly on the news show. 

  • Spirit Day Tuesday: Sports Jersey Day February 2 - Today we would like to you to submit a photo of you wearing your favorite sports jersey or uniform.  This can be your favorite team to watch, a team you play on, a team you coach, etc.  We will try and use as many photos in the yearbook as possible. Google Form:  https://forms.gle/M4yWrYgDz6KfdHZ99
  • Spirit Day Wednesday:  Crazy Hat Day February 3 - Since you might have some time on your hands, spend an afternoon or weekend day creating an interesting or crazy hat. Or if you a favorite hat sitting around, put it on your head, snap a picture and send it to Glasgow. We will try and use as many photos in the yearbook as possible. Google Form:  https://forms.gle/sQPhxbDg2sMTDn4y9
  • Spirit Day Thursday: Tacky Day February 4 - So, you may still have your crazy hat next to your desk, why not make an outfit that matches the hat?  Or better yet, an outfit that doesn't match!  Spend some time creating an interesting or crazy outfit. We will try and use as many photos in the yearbook as possible. Google Form:  https://forms.gle/Sy1u1K1AXCjhdnseA
  • Friday Spirit Day:  Fitness Friday February 5 - Our final Spirit Day this week is dedicated to our PE Department and fitness gurus! We would like to see you in an exercise location or dressed up in your workout clothes.  Be serious or creative with the outfits.  Silly outfits are encouraged because we can all use a good laugh.  We will try and use as many photos in the yearbook as possible.  Google Form:  https://forms.gle/hej5KmzX5y9zSDiL8

February 3 & 4 - AVID’s Rising 6th Grade Parent Night: Glasgow is currently recruiting students to join our 6th grade AVID elective class for the 2021-2022 school year. If your student is someone who is self-motivated and interested in learning more about college, please have them join our Google Classroom site using code: pnfhkkm . If you or your student are interested in learning more about the AVID elective class please join us on February 3rd and February 4th from 7pm-8pm for our AVID rising 6th grade parent night.

February 3rd: Rising 6th Grade AVID Parent Night English/Arabic

February 4th: Rising 6th Grade AVID Parent Night Spanish

February 11 - Parent Academy: Technology Workshop - Join us for a night filled with information about school based technology. Need help navigating this online world - come hear from our expert Tech Team who will walk you through Google Classroom, Gmail and more! More information to come next week.

February 16 (Rescheduled from previous date)  - New Student Open House for Students and Families - Glasgow will be hosting an optional Orientation for current 6th graders and students new to Glasgow on Tuesday, February 16 from 5pm to 7pm. This evening will be an opportunity for students and families to see Glasgow for the first time and to meet some of our teachers, counselors, and administrators in person. Space is limited and priority will be given to families who have selected in-person enrollment for their student. We will share details and entry times via email to those who RSVP. For questions, please contact Joash Chung, director of student services, at jhchung@fcps.edu. Please RSVP using this link to help us plan a safe, socially distanced event. 

Glasgow Goodies

All-FCPS Virtual Choir - Twelve students from Glasgow participated in the All-FCPS Virtual Choir which premiered this week! This virtual performance featured 230 students from middle and high school chorus programs across FCPS.  These students participated in extra online chorus rehearsals, and learned the specific process for how to record a song for a virtual choir. The full video includes the virtual choir performance as well as interviews from FCPS students about what music has meant to them, especially this year. You can watch the video here!  https://youtu.be/voGVTM_jzUA

Congratulations to our own Glasgow students, we are so proud of you: Angie Abdulkhalek (8th), Caroline Allison (6th), Claire Brogan (7th), MariaJose Fernandez Vargas (6th), Lorelei Friel (6th), Natalie Gamez (6th), Rahel Kassa (6th), Lina Rosenbaum (6th), Alexa Salang (7th), Katarina Sochurek (7th), Nora Tibbals (6th), Fernanda Yoc Bermudez (6th)

Rising 9th Grade Info

As our Academic Advising season begins soon, for 8th grade students this means learning about their transition to high school. Here is some helpful information for families about high school:

Justice High School: On February 2, 3, and 4, Justice will be hosting a Curriculum 3-Night Extravaganza for both rising 9th graders and current Justice students. Each night will feature four departments with breakout rooms representing specific courses. There will be a quick overview presentation with time for a Q&A. More details to come. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Annandale High School: Annandale High School held their high school information night on Thursday, January 14th from 7:00-8:30PM. Students and parents can also view the Annandale Academic Advising Page here. 

Falls Church High School: The Rising 9th grade Curriculum Night was on January 6th at 6:30pm and a link will be sent to Falls Church families. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Edison High School: The Rising 9th grade Curriculum Night is set for February 24th. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Oakton High School:  Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Hayfield High School: Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Fairfax Academy: Open House February 2nd 6:30-7:30 PM  BBCU GUEST LINK: Academy Google Site for Students

 

TJ Admissions Updates - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) - The application window for current 8th grade students will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. A recorded information session on the new application process is now available https://youtu.be/bu8LFjHpDZ8

YouTubeTranslation: If you need the video translated into other languages on YouTube you can turn on captions with auto generated language translation are available. To turn on captions click  CC button. Then to select a language:

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The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. The TJ Admissions website  www.tjadmissions.org has been updated with new information. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office tjadmissions@fcps.edu or Glasgow TJ Liaison Counselor Gregory Frantz gdfrantz@fcps.edu with questions.

Daily Health Screening Requirement

A daily health screening, using Covid-19 Health Screening Questions, will be required for all students prior to coming onto school grounds (this applies for Material Distribution Days, in-person instruction, and co-curricular/extra-curricular activities). The health screening tool is available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

As indicated in the Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form, parent/guardians, will complete the health screening each morning, prior to sending the student to school. In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep students home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. These health screenings will be done on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 

Parents or guardians will be required to make this commitment for all school-aged children in their household.

Important Information 

George Mason’s Early Identification Program - The Early Identification Program (EIP) is a multiyear college preparatory program for students who will be the first in their family to attend a four-year college in the United States.  EIP is a collaborative effort between Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and George Mason University (GMU).  The EIP is one of four programs that comprise the College Success Program in FCPS.  The mandatory criteria is as follows:

  • Current 7th grade student in participating public middle school
  • The student’s parents may not have completed a 4-year college degree in  the United States
  • Academic potential to enroll in a pre-college curriculum in high school

If you have a student in mind, talk to the student about the program, submit the student's name and ID to student’s counselor. The nomination DEADLINE is February 11, 2021. If you have further questions, contact, EIP Sponsor, Ms. Akon Otoyo (ajotoyo@fcps.edu)

 

Panthers Palace - Glasgow is now home to the Panthers’ Palace – a community closet where families can access clothing and toiletries! If you are in need of new items, please complete the Panthers' Palace Requests Form/ Spanish Requests Form. The Community Engagement Team will follow-up with you with the information you provide. The closet will distribute items on the 3rd Monday of each month. We will be accepting gift cards and new items from this donations list year-round to keep the Panthers’ Palace stocked. Please contact Destiny Delaware ddelaware@fcps.edu or Shona Person sdperson@fcps.edu with any questions.

 

Family Guide for Return to School - Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

Upcoming Events

TJHS Talks on STEM - Join us Monday, February 8, at 6 p.m. to hear from Anthony Nunez, CEO INF Robotics Inc. and Carla Rodriguez, Head of Operations INF Robotics Inc. Mr. Nunez graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Applied Information Technology and from Worchester Polytechnic University with a masters degree in Systems Engineering. Mr. Nunez is a published author in robotics, holds two robotics patents and has over a decade of experience building all forms of land, air and water robots in addition to working for DARPA Autonomous Vehicles programs, where he worked on the early versions of autonomous cars. Mr. Nunez has successfully lobbied Congress as part of the National Robotics Week Advisory Council to have the second week in April recognized for robotics and STEM education importance in the U.S. Ms. Rodriguez has worked as Vice President of Infamous Robotics where she grew the company's curriculum offerings and expanded on key partnerships with the Smithsonian, the U.S. State Department and others. Ms. Rodriguez is a key architect of the Robotics Inventor curriculum and has experience building everything from snake robots to autonomous robots for healthcare. She has been a key mentor for children building their first robot for years, helping them get over roadblocks and build confidence around themselves and STEM. Through their current work at INF Robotics Inc., dba INF Care, Mr. Nunez and Ms. Rodriguez are bringing robotics and assistive technologies to older adults to improve their health and aging in place experience. Parents, register at this Zoom link: http://bit.ly/TJStemTalk2 Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

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. 

Community Food Distribution - Food for Others’ P3 Power Pack Program is back in 2021! The P3 Program is biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm at Bailey's Community Center. The next P3 dates are Jan 22, Feb 5 and Feb 19 . 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.

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).

 

Journalism Club - This week’s Spotlight will cover our Journalism Club lead by Ms. Grillo. Our Journalism Club has been hard at work covering a wide range of topics from Staff spotlights to current events. If you’re not aware, the Journalism Club has created the Panther Post site which is accessible to you and your families to stay updated on Glasgow events and activities. I encourage you all to stop in to take a look at the wonderful articles created by your peers and students. Here’s the link for you to access the site: https://gmspantherpost.org/

 

Chess Club - Calling all Chess players. Glasgow After School is proud to announce DMV Chess Club is coming to Glasgow and Key Middle Schools. All classes will be held online using Google Meet video-conferencing. Students will use lichess.org to play games against each other. GOT QUESTIONS? Feel free to email us at schools@dmvchess.com or call Josh Hiban at 703-415-6600 or Mr. Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu! Thanks, and we look forward to seeing everyone online!

  • Starting on February 4th, chess club will meet once a week on Thursdays from 3 pm to 4:15 pm (no meeting on 4/1).
  • Chess club will typically feature a lecture from a professional coach followed by practice time, when the students play games against each other.
  • Participants will need to create a free account on lichess.org. We encourage students to enable “kid mode” on their Lichess accounts to prevent communication with other users. After you register you will receive an email with more information about Google Meet video conferencing and Lichess.

Step Afrika - Step Up to College Residency - A weekly residency program (in school or after school) for 4-12th grade students. The curriculum covers stepping, its history, tradition and meaning, preparation for college life, and simple health and fitness. Students learn the core values of stepping: teamwork, commitment, and discipline as a part of their own “step team” by working together to learn and present choreography. Students also gain self-confidence through stepping. Students will work towards a mini-performance to showcase their skills learned throughout the residency. (January 28- March 11 on Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm - 5pm).

Glasgow PTA News

Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) Student Technology Mini-Grant Program - Through a generous donation from the Fairfax County NAACP, FCCPTA is offering Fairfax County Public School students (in grades 3-11) an opportunity to obtain a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of computer or a technology-related device or equipment. There are six (6) $500 mini-grants available. In order to apply, the students or their parent/guardian MUST be a member of a PTA/PTSA. Go to https://www.fccpta.org/2020/12/14/student-mini-grants/ for more information.

 

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/

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Glasgow Community Gazette - January 24

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you had a nice, though chilly, weekend! Our family took some time on Saturday morning to walk in on the Holmes Run Trail behind Glasgow. While it was cold, it was a beautiful way to spend a Saturday morning and reminded me of how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful area with hidden gems such as these. 

It is hard to believe that Tuesday marks the beginning of the second semester. As a reminder Monday, January 25, is a Teacher Workday to finalize grades, so there is no school for students. This past week, your student should have received a personalized schedule in their fcpsschools.net Gmail account with their upcoming schedule for the second semester. You can also login to ParentVue/StudentVue to see if any of their classes have changed. If their classes have changed, they should have received a new BbCU link also in their fcpsschools.net Gmail account from their new teacher. It is amazing how we have adapted to this online setting, however if your child is unable to find their links, please have them contact their new teacher, their counselor or any staff member at Glasgow - we are always happy to help. 

The updated timeline for the Return to School has students supported through Cat-B courses returning on February 16, our 8th graders on March 2 and our 6th and 7th graders on March 9. We will update you next week with new timelines around Return to School Town Halls and our Open House for students new to Glasgow. 

Finally, our Yearbook staff is doing an all call for pictures. Like everything else this year, it will look a little different, but this year is very important to document. Consider sending in pictures of your student working from home or any of the other creative things that you may be doing during the pandemic. Students can click on this form to upload pictures: https://forms.gle/TyeLcvNt9gnec3XPA. Please make sure to include name, grade, and description of what is happening in the photo.

We hope that you have a wonderful week, as always please reach out 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

January 25 - Teacher Workday, No School for Students

January 26 - Second Semester Begins

January 26 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm

February 2 - Rising 6th Grade Open House & Curriculum Night

February 2 - 5 - Spirit Week

January 25 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students - There will be no live Panther Time on Monday, January 25.

January 26 - PTA Meeting - Our PTA will meet on Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00pm. There will be some discussion about the budget, taking care of ourselves and a principal's report. If you are interested in attending please use the following Google form to obtain the link. This event will be translated into Arabic and Spanish.

February 2 - Rising 6th Grade Curriculum Night at Glasgow from 6 to 8:45pm - Curriculum Night is an evening for all rising 6th graders and students new to Glasgow to learn about Glasgow academics and curriculum. This year we will offer both asynchronous and synchronous components, similar to Back to School Night. On February 1st, we will be publishing on our Glasgow homepage a series of videos about Glasgow and our curriculum offerings. Parents and students will be invited to explore our website and learn about everything that makes us Glasgow. On February 2nd, we will be hosting three town-hall style Q&A sessions for families. English 6:00-6:45pm, Spanish 7:00-7:45pm, Arabic 8:00-8:45pm. Links to come soon.

February 2 - 5 - Spirit Week - The SGA is looking for ways to celebrate Spirit Week from a distance.  We are partnering up with the yearbook staff to urge students and staff to submit pictures each day.  Our hope is to include as many pictures in the yearbook and possibly on the news show. 

  • Spirit Day Tuesday: Sports Jersey Day February 2 - Today we would like to you to submit a photo of you wearing your favorite sports jersey or uniform.  This can be your favorite team to watch, a team you play on, a team you coach, etc.  We will try and use as many photos in the yearbook as possible. Google Form:  https://forms.gle/M4yWrYgDz6KfdHZ99
  • Spirit Day Wednesday:  Crazy Hat Day February 3 - Since you might have some time on your hands, spend an afternoon or weekend day creating an interesting or crazy hat. Or if you a favorite hat sitting around, put it on your head, snap a picture and send it to Glasgow. We will try and use as many photos in the yearbook as possible. Google Form:  https://forms.gle/sQPhxbDg2sMTDn4y9
  • Spirit Day Thursday: Tacky Day February 4 - So, you may still have your crazy hat next to your desk, why not make an outfit that matches the hat?  Or better yet, an outfit that doesn't match!  Spend some time creating an interesting or crazy outfit. We will try and use as many photos in the yearbook as possible. Google Form:  https://forms.gle/Sy1u1K1AXCjhdnseA
  • Friday Spirit Day:  Fitness Friday February 5 - Our final Spirit Day this week is dedicated to our PE Department and fitness gurus! We would like to see you in an exercise location or dressed up in your workout clothes.  Be serious or creative with the outfits.  Silly outfits are encouraged because we can all use a good laugh.  We will try and use as many photos in the yearbook as possible.  Google Form:  https://forms.gle/hej5KmzX5y9zSDiL8
Rising 9th Grade Info

As our Academic Advising season begins soon, for 8th grade students this means learning about their transition to high school. Here is some helpful information for families about high school:

Justice High School: On February 2, 3, and 4, Justice will be hosting a Curriculum 3-Night Extravaganza for both rising 9th graders and current Justice students. Each night will feature four departments with breakout rooms representing specific courses. There will be a quick overview presentation with time for a Q&A. More details to come. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Annandale High School: Annandale High School held their high school information night on Thursday, January 14th from 7:00-8:30PM. Students and parents can also view the Annandale Academic Advising Page here. 

Falls Church High School: The Rising 9th grade Curriculum Night was on January 6th at 6:30pm and a link will be sent to Falls Church families. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Edison High School: The Rising 9th grade Curriculum Night is set for February 24th. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Oakton High School:  Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Hayfield High School: Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Fairfax Academy: Open House February 2nd 6:30-7:30 PM  BBCU GUEST LINK: Academy Google Site for Students

 

TJ Admissions Updates - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) - The application window for current 8th grade students will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. The TJ Admissions Office anticipates that additional information for current 8th grade students will be posted in the next few days on their website www.tjadmissions.org  Please contact the TJ Admissions Office tjadmissions@fcps.edu or Glasgow TJ Liaison Counselor Gregory Frantz gdfrantz@fcps.edu with questions.

Daily Health Screening Requirement

A daily health screening, using Covid-19 Health Screening Questions, will be required for all students prior to coming onto school grounds (this applies for Material Distribution Days, in-person instruction, and co-curricular/extra-curricular activities). The health screening tool is available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

As indicated in the Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form, parent/guardians, will complete the health screening each morning, prior to sending the student to school. In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep students home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. These health screenings will be done on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 

Parents or guardians will be required to make this commitment for all school-aged children in their household.

Important Information 

George Mason’s Early Identification Program - The Early Identification Program (EIP) is a multiyear college preparatory program for students who will be the first in their family to attend a four-year college in the United States.  EIP is a collaborative effort between Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and George Mason University (GMU).  The EIP is one of four programs that comprise the College Success Program in FCPS.  The mandatory criteria is as follows:

  • Current 7th grade student in participating public middle school
  • The student’s parents may not have completed a 4-year college degree in  the United States
  • Academic potential to enroll in a pre-college curriculum in high school

If you have a student in mind, talk to the student about the program, submit the student's name and ID to student’s counselor. The nomination DEADLINE is February 11, 2021. If you have further questions, contact, EIP Sponsor, Ms. Akon Otoyo (ajotoyo@fcps.edu)

 

ParentVUE, StudentVUE Access, Progress Report Availability - FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Tuesday, Jan. 19 through Friday, Jan. 29 during second quarter grading and report card generation. Additionally, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Friday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. until Saturday, Jan. 30, at 6 a.m. Translations are now available for secondary progress reports on the Secondary Grading and Reporting public web page

 

Academic Advising at Glasgow - Starts January 25th - Academic Advising season is officially here! Starting on January 25, counselors will start meeting with students individually through Panther Time and History/Civics classes for academic advising and course selection. We encourage parents to discuss with their children about their course selections. After the Academic Advising sessions are completed, Glasgow will send to parents a copy of their child’s course selections for verification. *Please note, counselor response times may be delayed as our team will spend most of their time working to meet with each of our 1,930 students.*

 

GMS Parent Academy - Thank you to all who were able to attend our January Parent Academy session on Academic Excellence , led by our very own Dr. Nonye Oladimeji, IBMYP & Advance Academic Specialist, Kelly Greenshields, AVID teacher & Coordinator, and Jenn Pallotto, School Counselor & Behavior Support Specialist. During the session, we explored the programs offered at Glasgow and the course selection process. Here are the recordings for those who were unable to attend. We hope to see you again for our next Parent Academy on February 11th.Parent Academy 1/14/21 (English/Arabic)  Parent Academy 1/14/21 (Spanish)

 

Yearbook Looking for Photos - The Yearbook Staff is looking for pictures of Glasgow students working or sitting in their virtual classrooms.  The staff cannot walk around the school to take pictures so we thought this would be an exciting way to see our students in their working environments.

Parents and Students can submit pictures one of 3 ways:

  1. Balfour EZPix website:  https://studio.balfour.com/ezpix/ Yearbook Project Number:117803, Upload Code:  Please leave blank (no code necessary), Login, Scroll down, accept terms & conditions, Fill out the requested information and begin uploading.  You can upload 10 pictures at a time, so if you have more, just start over again after the first 10 are uploaded.
  2. Balfour ImageShare: Go to your app store and do a search for Balfour ImageShare, Download the app, Create an Account: Use Project Number 117803, Click box to accept Terms & Conditions, Click Next, Locate the Confirmation Code sent to your email address and enter on the line, Click Next, Enter a Username and Password, Click Take Me To ImageShare, Begin uploading by clicking on SAVE (No Upload Code Required)
  3. Submit Pictures to Google Form: Students can click on this form to upload pictures: https://forms.gle/TyeLcvNt9gnec3XPA, Please make sure to include name, grade, and description of what is happening in the picture.

 

ParentVUE  - If you have not done so already, please sign up for a SIS ParentVUE account. Parents who selected in-person enrollment for their child will need to complete a health screening commitment form before their child begins in-person instruction. Glasgow students will start the academic advising process in January. Students will be signing up for classes through SIS StudentVUE. ParentVUE will also allow parents to see the courses their child is requesting for the upcoming school year. Please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, for a ParentVUE activation key to use here when registering for an account.

 

Family Guide for Return to School - Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

 

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.

Upcoming Events

Justice High School Wolfpack Theater Presents: The WP Radio Hour: The Secret Adversary - Written by Agatha Christie, The Secret Adversary is adapted by Tracy Wells and published by Big Dog Publishing. It’s a classic tale of mystery, intrigue, comedy, and romance. The WP Radio Hour will also feature some new comedy routines as well as that old slapstick favorite, Who’s on First. There will be wonderful music including: Fascinating Rhythm, By the Light of The Silvery Moon and Ain't We Got Fun, just to name a few. The mystery of The Secret Adversary will be presented in two parts. If you miss the first part on Thursday the 28th, you can catch it again on Friday the 29th at 9:00 pm. Each show will have its own unique presentation coming to you live virtually January 28th through January 30th. https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1016473/secret-adversary-falls-church-justice-high-school-theatre. Please note you will receive a link and password prior to the show day/time that will be your ticket for the show. If you would also like to help keep the Wolfpack Theatre alive and thriving at Justice High School, here’s a link to our Go Fund Me page:  https://gofund.me/0413ecec. See the flyer below for show times. We hope to see you there!

 

TJHS Talks on STEM - Join us Monday, February 8, at 6 p.m. to hear from Anthony Nunez, CEO INF Robotics Inc. and Carla Rodriguez, Head of Operations INF Robotics Inc. Mr. Nunez graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Applied Information Technology and from Worchester Polytechnic University with a masters degree in Systems Engineering. Mr. Nunez is a published author in robotics, holds two robotics patents and has over a decade of experience building all forms of land, air and water robots in addition to working for DARPA Autonomous Vehicles programs, where he worked on the early versions of autonomous cars. Mr. Nunez has successfully lobbied Congress as part of the National Robotics Week Advisory Council to have the second week in April recognized for robotics and STEM education importance in the U.S. Ms. Rodriguez has worked as Vice President of Infamous Robotics where she grew the company's curriculum offerings and expanded on key partnerships with the Smithsonian, the U.S. State Department and others. Ms. Rodriguez is a key architect of the Robotics Inventor curriculum and has experience building everything from snake robots to autonomous robots for healthcare. She has been a key mentor for children building their first robot for years, helping them get over roadblocks and build confidence around themselves and STEM. Through their current work at INF Robotics Inc., dba INF Care, Mr. Nunez and Ms. Rodriguez are bringing robotics and assistive technologies to older adults to improve their health and aging in place experience. Parents, register at this Zoom link: http://bit.ly/TJStemTalk2 Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

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. 

Community Food Distribution - Food for Others’ P3 Power Pack Program is back in 2021! The P3 Program is biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm at Bailey's Community Center. The next P3 dates are Jan 22, Feb 5 and Feb 19 . 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.

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).

 

Chess Club - Calling all Chess players. Glasgow After School is proud to announce DMV Chess Club is coming to Glasgow and Key Middle Schools. All classes will be held online using Google Meet video-conferencing. Students will use lichess.org to play games against each other. GOT QUESTIONS? Feel free to email us at schools@dmvchess.com or call Josh Hiban at 703-415-6600 or Mr. Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu! Thanks, and we look forward to seeing everyone online!

  • Starting on February 4th, chess club will meet once a week on Thursdays from 3 pm to 4:15 pm (no meeting on 4/1).
  • Chess club will typically feature a lecture from a professional coach followed by practice time, when the students play games against each other.
  • Participants will need to create a free account on lichess.org. We encourage students to enable “kid mode” on their Lichess accounts to prevent communication with other users. After you register you will receive an email with more information about Google Meet video conferencing and Lichess.

Step Afrika - Step Up to College Residency - A weekly residency program (in school or after school) for 4-12th grade students. The curriculum covers stepping, its history, tradition and meaning, preparation for college life, and simple health and fitness. Students learn the core values of stepping: teamwork, commitment, and discipline as a part of their own “step team” by working together to learn and present choreography. Students also gain self-confidence through stepping. Students will work towards a mini-performance to showcase their skills learned throughout the residency. (January 28- March 11 on Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm - 5pm).

Glasgow PTA News

Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) Student Technology Mini-Grant Program - Through a generous donation from the Fairfax County NAACP, FCCPTA is offering Fairfax County Public School students (in grades 3-11) an opportunity to obtain a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of computer or a technology-related device or equipment. There are six (6) $500 mini-grants available. In order to apply, the students or their parent/guardian MUST be a member of a PTA/PTSA. Go to https://www.fccpta.org/2020/12/14/student-mini-grants/ for more information.

 

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 - January 18

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Glasgow Community:

Today we honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a life dedicated to creating a more just world and to pushing our country to live up to its ideals of equality and freedom. As educators, this year has presented many challenges politically, socially, and pandemic-driven. Glasgow’s commitment to our community is to ensure we provide the highest quality education for every student in a safe community where they feel seen, valued and heard. To support our staff in this work, this year our faculty meetings have focused around on-going anti-racism work. We are leaning into uncomfortable yet necessary conversations and question our biases together. Our commitment to our diverse community makes Glasgow a special place for our students to learn and grow. 

As we move into the second semester, we will continue to navigate - and help your students navigate - the ever-changing landscape of our community and nation together. As teachers at Glasgow begin to receive the vaccination, there is hope and a sense of optimism on the horizon. Through all of this, our school’s commitment to providing your students with access to high levels of learning remains at the center of what we do. With this commitment, I am humbled to know that I do it surrounded by a dedicated staff, the most eager learners in FCPS, and a strong community - and together we will empower our students to embody the IB Learner Profile. 

We can only succeed in our work together through open dialogue, partnership and feedback as an entire Glasgow Community. Our upcoming PTA meeting, on Tuesday, January 26, 7pm, will feature a principal’s update as well as time for questions and feedback - I hope you are able to attend, but if not, always feel free to reach out.

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

January 18 - No School - MLK Day

January 20 - No School - Inauguration Day

January 22 - End of 2nd Quarter - Early Release

January 25 - Teacher Workday, No School for Students

January 26 - Second Semester Begins

February 2 - Rising 6th Grade Open House & Curriculum Night

January 22 - Early Release - We will follow our early release schedule on January 22. Students will attend periods 2, 6, and 8. There is on period 4 on Early Release days. See below for the schedule.

January 25 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students - There will be no live Panther Time on Monday, January 25.

February 2 - Rising 6th Grade Curriculum Night at Glasgow from 6 to 8:45pmCurriculum Night is an evening for all rising 6th graders and students new to Glasgow to learn about Glasgow academics and curriculum. This year we will offer both asynchronous and synchronous components, similar to Back to School Night. On February 1st, we will be publishing on our Glasgow homepage a series of videos about Glasgow and our curriculum offerings. Parents and students will be invited to explore our website and learn about everything that makes us Glasgow. On February 2nd, we will be hosting three town-hall style Q&A sessions for families. Links to come soon.

Rising 9th Grade Info

As our Academic Advising season begins soon, for 8th grade students this means learning about their transition to high school. Here is some helpful information for families about high school:

Justice High School: On February 2, 3, and 4, Justice will be hosting a Curriculum 3-Night Extravaganza for both rising 9th graders and current Justice students. Each night will feature four departments with breakout rooms representing specific courses. There will be a quick overview presentation with time for a Q&A. More details to come. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Annandale High School: Annandale High School held their high school information night on Thursday, January 14th from 7:00-8:30PM. Students and parents can also view the Annandale Academic Advising Page here. 

Falls Church High School: The Rising 9th grade Curriculum Night was on January 6th at 6:30pm and a link will be sent to Falls Church families. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Edison High School: The Rising 9th grade Curriculum Night is set for February 24th. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Oakton High School:  Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Hayfield High School: Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Fairfax Academy: Open House February 2nd 6:30-7:30 PM  BBCU GUEST LINK: Academy Google Site for Students

 

TJ Admissions Updates - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) - The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. The TJ Admissions Office anticipates that additional information for current 8th grade students will be posted beginning next week on their website www.tjadmissions.org  Please contact the TJ Admissions Office tjadmissions@fcps.edu or Glasgow TJ Liaison Counselor Gregory Frantz gdfrantz@fcps.edu with questions.

Daily Health Screening Requirement

A daily health screening, using Covid-19 Health Screening Questions, will be required for all students prior to coming onto school grounds (this applies for Material Distribution Days, in-person instruction, and co-curricular/extra-curricular activities). The health screening tool is available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

As indicated in the Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form, parent/guardians, will complete the health screening each morning, prior to sending the student to school. In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep students home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. These health screenings will be done on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 

Parents or guardians will be required to make this commitment for all school-aged children in their household.

Glagow's FCPS Outstanding Employees

Recently, Glasgow faculty and staff came together to recognize the nominees for the FCPS Outstanding Awards, as well as announce our school level winners in the following categories: Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Leader, and Outstanding Support Employee. Thank you to those of you who nominated a staff member back in November/early December. Congratulations to all nominees as well as our school level award winners, and congratulations to Shannan Gray and Irania Escalante, who will move forward as our Justice Pyramid nominees!

Outstanding Teacher - Shannon Gray, Math Teacher

Outstanding New Teacher - Marita Duran, SpEd Teacher

Outstanding Professional Employee - Irania Escalante, School Counselor, & Jeniva Miller, Instructional Coach 

Outstanding Leader - Joash Chung, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Support Employee - Odir Morales, Building Manager

Important Information 

Academic Advising at Glasgow - Academic Advising season is officially here! In Panther Time on January 6, 8, and 13, students will learn about the academic advising process, complete course selection sheets, and learn how to sign up for classes in SIS StudentVUE. Starting on January 25, counselors will start meeting with students individually through Panther Time and History/Civics classes for academic advising and course selection. 

School Counselors are offering Office Hours for students on Monday, January 11th and Friday, January 15th from 7:30am-2:15pm. If your child has any questions from the Panther Time lessons or would like to learn more about their classes for next year, please have them join our Office Hours by going to this Google Classroom and clicking on the Google Meet link! Parents are welcome to join with their children.

 

GMS Parent Academy - Thank you to all who were able to attend our January Parent Academy session on Academic Excellence , led by our very own Dr. Nonye Oladimeji, IBMYP & Advance Academic Specialist, Kelly Greenshields, AVID teacher & Coordinator, and Jenn Pallotto, School Counselor & Behavior Support Specialist. During the session, we explored the programs offered at Glasgow and the course selection process. Here are the recordings for those who were unable to attend. We hope to see you again for our next Parent Academy on February 11th.Parent Academy 1/14/21 (English/Arabic)  Parent Academy 1/14/21 (Spanish)

 

Yearbook Looking for Photos - The Yearbook Staff is looking for pictures of Glasgow students working or sitting in their virtual classrooms.  The staff cannot walk around the school to take pictures so we thought this would be an exciting way to see our students in their working environments.

Parents and Students can submit pictures one of 3 ways:

  1. Balfour EZPix website:  https://studio.balfour.com/ezpix/ Yearbook Project Number:117803, Upload Code:  Please leave blank (no code necessary), Login, Scroll down, accept terms & conditions, Fill out the requested information and begin uploading.  You can upload 10 pictures at a time, so if you have more, just start over again after the first 10 are uploaded.
  2. Balfour ImageShare: Go to your app store and do a search for Balfour ImageShare, Download the app, Create an Account: Use Project Number 117803, Click box to accept Terms & Conditions, Click Next, Locate the Confirmation Code sent to your email address and enter on the line, Click Next, Enter a Username and Password, Click Take Me To ImageShare, Begin uploading by clicking on SAVE (No Upload Code Required)
  3. Submit Pictures to Google Form: Students can click on this form to upload pictures: https://forms.gle/TyeLcvNt9gnec3XPA, Please make sure to include name, grade, and description of what is happening in the picture.

 

ParentVUE  - If you have not done so already, please sign up for a SIS ParentVUE account. Parents who selected in-person enrollment for their child will need to complete a health screening commitment form before their child begins in-person instruction. Glasgow students will start the academic advising process in January. Students will be signing up for classes through SIS StudentVUE. ParentVUE will also allow parents to see the courses their child is requesting for the upcoming school year. Please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, for a ParentVUE activation key to use here when registering for an account.

 

Family Guide for Return to School - Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

 

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.

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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. 

Community Food Distribution - Food for Others’ P3 Power Pack Program is back in 2021! The P3 Program is biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm at Bailey's Community Center. The next P3 dates are Jan 22, Feb 5 and Feb 19 . 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.

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).

 

Cooking Club - The cooking club with Ms. Massman and Ms. Concaugh takes place on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Students can follow along with the teacher, preparing healthy and tasty treats for themselves or family members. This class promotes independence and confidence while learning kitchen safety and food prep. If this is the club for you, please contact Mr. Williams gwilliams2@fcps.edu, for sign up information.

 

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 Spotlight - On Thursday, December 3rd, 2020, the Digital Art Club offered its first session. On day one, 49 students attended and were actively engaged. It was amazing to see. The Digital Art club teaches students the various forms of digital art and media to our students and how to differentiate between the multiple forms. If you're interested in joining, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu , Ms. Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu, or Ms. Campbell at cjcampbell1@fcps.edu.

Dates: Thursdays - Every two weeks on

Time: 2:30 – 3:30pm

Grades: 6th – 8th.

Start Date: Thursday, December 3rd

Glasgow PTA News

Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) Student Technology Mini-Grant Program - Through a generous donation from the Fairfax County NAACP, FCCPTA is offering Fairfax County Public School students (in grades 3-11) an opportunity to obtain a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of computer or a technology-related device or equipment. There are six (6) $500 mini-grants available. In order to apply, the students or their parent/guardian MUST be a member of a PTA/PTSA. Go to https://www.fccpta.org/2020/12/14/student-mini-grants/ for more information.

 

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 - January 10

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Glasgow Community:

It’s hard to believe that we are kicking off our academic advising season to help students start thinking about course selections for next year. In Panther Time last week, 6th and 7th grade students learned about the academic advising process, Glasgow’s elective course offerings, and drafted think sheets to plan their selections. 8th graders prepared for high school advising by learning about types of courses and how GPAs are calculated. This coming week 6th and 7th graders will sign up for their classes in StudentVUE. 8th graders will learn about high school credits and transcripts in preparation for course selections will take place through Panther Time later this month.

Throughout the month of January, teachers are also submitting course recommendations for their students. These recommendations will be shared with students and counselors will use teacher input along with student grades and course histories to inform the academic advising process. It is important, however, to keep in mind that most courses at Glasgow are open enrollment. For this reason, we encourage every parent to talk with their children about the courses they would like to take in this coming school year. Parents can view course selections through ParentVUE. 

School counselors will be hosting academic advising office hours for students on Monday, January 11th and Friday, January 15th from 7:30am-2:15pm. Students can join office hours by going to this Google Classroom and clicking on the Google Meet link. Starting the week of January 25, Glasgow counselors will begin to meet individually with all students through History and Civics classes, Panther Time, and FIT. 

Lastly, Glasgow will be hosting our Rising 6th Grade Curriculum Night on Tuesday, February 2nd. Rising 6th Grade Curriculum Night this year will include both asynchronous and synchronous components similar to our Back to School Night event this past fall. Students and their families will be able to watch videos from Glasgow staff representing all of the curriculum areas prior to joining for live town hall sessions in English from 6-45pm, in Spanish from 7-7:45pm, and in Arabic from 8-8:45pm. Links will be sent out soon. We look forward to seeing you then!

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

January 11 - Teacher Prep Day - Panther Time only - No Office Hours

January 11 - Mobile Monday Library

January 11 - Trunk Tuning - Orchestra

January 14 - Parent Academy - Academic Excellence

January 14 & 15 - GMS Catch-Up Days

January 18 - No School - MLK Day

January 20 - No School - Inauguration Day

January 22 - End of 2nd Quarter - Early Release

January 25 - Teacher Workday, No School for Students

January 11 (Monday) - Teacher Prep Days - Students will have live Panther Time on these days but there will not be any Office Hours to allow teachers ample time to prepare for the upcoming return to school. 

January 11 - Trunk Tuning for Orchestra Parents - This is a reminder that we are offering “Trunk Tuning” at Glasgow MS this Monday (January 11th) from 9am-noon. Please stop by and we will tune your student’s instrument. The weather this time of the year can be tough on wooden string instruments, causing them to go out of tune (meaning the strings are no longer the correct pitch) which can make playing very difficult for your student. Mrs. Dizon and Ms. Touzinsky will be able to tune the instrument in a matter of minutes and then you can be on your way again. Please consider bringing your student’s instrument to Glasgow MS this Monday.

January 11 - Library Mobile Monday - Glasgow MS librarians/staff are bringing the library out into the community! Mobile Mondays is here! We will be at Bailey’s Community Center and Woodrow Wilson Public Library from 10:30-12:30 and at Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center from 10:00-12:00. Come browse our carts or request a book.

January 14 - GMS Parent Academy - Glasgow MS families are invited to attend our Parent Academy session on Academic Excellence Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 6 PM (English/Arabic) and 7 PM (Spanish)! During the session, you will learn more about the programs offered at Glasgow and course selection. You will also learn more about our upcoming Parent Academy sessions. Our session will be led by Nonye Oladimeji, IBMYP & Advance Academic Specialist, Kelly Greenshields, AVID teacher, and Jenn Pallotto, Counselor. Select your preferred language to sign up for the session. English, Arabic, or Spanish. You will receive a session link on the day of the event. We hope to see you on January 14th.

January 14 & 15 - FCPS GMS Catch Up Days - Per FCPS ever middle and high school should designate 2 "catch-up" days per quarter (one even day and one odd day). The intent of these days is to give students the opportunity to complete previously assigned work including missed assignments and NOT intended for completion of new assignments. Students should login to each class and check-in with their teachers on these days, support will be available during the regularly scheduled classes. .  

Rising 9th Grade Info

Rising 9th Grade Information for Families - As our Academic Advising season begins soon, for 8th grade students this means learning about their transition to high school. Here is some helpful information for families about high school:

Justice High School: On February 2, 3, and 4, Justice will be hosting a Curriculum 3-Night Extravaganza for both rising 9th graders and current Justice students. Each night will feature four departments with breakout rooms representing specific courses. There will be a quick overview presentation with time for a Q&A. More details to come. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Annandale High School: Annandale High School welcomes all rising 9th grade students and their families to join our high school information night on Thursday, January 14th from 7:00-8:30PM. The event will be held virtually using this Blackboard link. Students and their families will get an overview of 9th grade courses and programs from Annandale teachers and counselors, along with opportunities to attend breakout sessions with our staff. Students and parents can also view the Annandale Academic Advising Page here. 

Falls Church High School: The Rising 9th grade Curriculum Night is set for January 6th at 6:30pm and a link will be sent to Falls Church families. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Edison High School: The Rising 9th grade Curriculum Night is set for February 24th. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Oakton High School:  Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Hayfield High School: Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

 

TJ Admissions Updates - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) - The application window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. The TJ Admissions Office anticipates that additional information for current 8th grade students will be posted beginning next week on their website www.tjadmissions.org  Please contact the TJ Admissions Office tjadmissions@fcps.edu or Glasgow TJ Liaison Counselor Gregory Frantz gdfrantz@fcps.edu with questions.

Important Information 

Academic Advising at Glasgow - Academic Advising season is officially here! In Panther Time on January 6, 8, and 13, students will learn about the academic advising process, complete course selection sheets, and learn how to sign up for classes in SIS StudentVUE. Starting on January 25, counselors will start meeting with students individually through Panther Time and History/Civics classes for academic advising and course selection. 

School Counselors are offering Office Hours for students on Monday, January 11th and Friday, January 15th from 7:30am-2:15pm. If your child has any questions from the Panther Time lessons or would like to learn more about their classes for next year, please have them join our Office Hours by going to this Google Classroom and clicking on the Google Meet link! Parents are welcome to join with their children.

 

POSTPONED - New Student Open House for Students and Families - January 12 and 13 

Due to the revised guidance around the updated FCPS Return to School plan, the 6th grade and New Student Open Houses scheduled for Tuesday, 1/12 and Wednesday, 1/13 are postponed. Once we have new dates, we will communicate them to the community again through the Glasgow Community Gazette. Thank you for understanding and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

Diversity Talk with Thomas Jefferson HS - Parents of students in the TJ Classes of 2022 and 2023 are co-chairing the TJ PTSA Diversity Committee this year.  They have planned a series of Diversity Talks, which kick off this month! These talks focus on STEM and are aimed at older elementary students and middle school students, grades 4-8. The first Diversity Talk is next Monday, Jan. 11 at 6pm. 

Parents, register at this Zoom link: https://bit.ly/TJDiversityTalk1

Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

 

Yearbook Looking for Photos - The Yearbook Staff is looking for pictures of Glasgow students working or sitting in their virtual classrooms.  The staff cannot walk around the school to take pictures so we thought this would be an exciting way to see our students in their working environments.

Parents and Students can submit pictures one of 3 ways:

  1. Balfour EZPix website:  https://studio.balfour.com/ezpix/ Yearbook Project Number:117803, Upload Code:  Please leave blank (no code necessary), Login, Scroll down, accept terms & conditions, Fill out the requested information and begin uploading.  You can upload 10 pictures at a time, so if you have more, just start over again after the first 10 are uploaded.
  2. Balfour ImageShare: Go to your app store and do a search for Balfour ImageShare, Download the app, Create an Account: Use Project Number 117803, Click box to accept Terms & Conditions, Click Next, Locate the Confirmation Code sent to your email address and enter on the line, Click Next, Enter a Username and Password, Click Take Me To ImageShare, Begin uploading by clicking on SAVE (No Upload Code Required)
  3. Submit Pictures to Google Form: Students can click on this form to upload pictures: https://forms.gle/TyeLcvNt9gnec3XPA, Please make sure to include name, grade, and description of what is happening in the picture.

 

ParentVUE  - If you have not done so already, please sign up for a SIS ParentVUE account. Parents who selected in-person enrollment for their child will need to complete a health screening commitment form before their child begins in-person instruction. Glasgow students will start the academic advising process in January. Students will be signing up for classes through SIS StudentVUE. ParentVUE will also allow parents to see the courses their child is requesting for the upcoming school year. Please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, for a ParentVUE activation key to use here when registering for an account.

 

Parent Engagement Focus Groups - Thank you to all of the families that participated in the December focus group around parent engagement. We had over twenty families participate. The meeting was very informative. Here are the group's recommendations: text communication, school FB page, frequent reminders for events, continued virtual sessions, focus on academic excellence, and smaller meetings for select subgroups. If you are interested in participating in any upcoming focus groups, please complete the form with your contact information.

 

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.

 

Family Guide for Return to School - Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

 

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.

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. 

Community Food Distribution - Food for Others’ P3 Power Pack Program is back in 2021! The P3 Program is biweekly on Fridays from 3pm-5pm at Bailey's Community Center. The next P3 dates are Jan 22, Feb 5 and Feb 19 . 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.

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).

 

Cooking Club - The cooking club with Ms. Massman and Ms. Concaugh takes place on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Students can follow along with the teacher, preparing healthy and tasty treats for themselves or family members. This class promotes independence and confidence while learning kitchen safety and food prep. If this is the club for you, please contact Mr. Williams gwilliams2@fcps.edu, for sign up information.

 

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 Spotlight - On Thursday, December 3rd, 2020, the Digital Art Club offered its first session. On day one, 49 students attended and were actively engaged. It was amazing to see. The Digital Art club teaches students the various forms of digital art and media to our students and how to differentiate between the multiple forms. If you're interested in joining, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu , Ms. Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu, or Ms. Campbell at cjcampbell1@fcps.edu.

Dates: Thursdays - Every two weeks on

Time: 2:30 – 3:30pm

Grades: 6th – 8th.

Start Date: Thursday, December 3rd

Glasgow PTA News

Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) Student Technology Mini-Grant Program - Through a generous donation from the Fairfax County NAACP, FCCPTA is offering Fairfax County Public School students (in grades 3-11) an opportunity to obtain a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of computer or a technology-related device or equipment. There are six (6) $500 mini-grants available. In order to apply, the students or their parent/guardian MUST be a member of a PTA/PTSA. Go to https://www.fccpta.org/2020/12/14/student-mini-grants/ for more information.

 

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 - January 3

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Glasgow Community:

Welcome back! I hope that you had a restful break - I know it was much needed! My family and I enjoyed some time in the mountains of West Virginia and Virginia skiing, hiking, and enjoying lots of snow. This is always a great place to rejuvenate for our family! 

We are gearing up for more of our students’ return in January! The most recent return to school timeline shared by Dr. Brabrand indicates that Glasgow, Holmes, and Poe Middle School 6th graders will return tentatively on Tuesday, January 26, and 7th and 8th graders will return tentatively on Tuesday, February 2. I know that you have many questions - over the next few weeks, I will be sharing important information to help our families who selected in-person instruction to prepare. The focus of today’s gazette is to share important dates; upcoming weeks will include information about health and safety, classrooms and hallways, logistics, transportation and schedules, and more. 

Mark your calendars! To support our 6th grade families and students new to Glasgow, many of whom have never seen Glasgow, we will host an in-person 6th Grade & New Student Building Orientation by appointment on January 12 and 13 only for students who have elected in-person instruction

Additionally, we are  *tentatively* hosting Return to School Town Halls to provide information about logistics, health and safety, and other helpful information. If the return date gets pushed back, these evening events will be postponed. Be on the lookout for a sign-up form next week. 

  • Tuesday, January 19, 6:00 - 7:00pm - English
  • Thursday, January 21, 6:00 - 7:00pm - Arabic
  • Thursday, January 21, 7:30 - 8:30pm - Spanish

For all of our families, please take note of the Important Dates found below, which include some calendar modifications that FCPS has designated to support students with work completion as well as to support staff’s transition into the building. Here are some of the key dates to take note of: 

  • January 4 & 11 (Mondays) - Teacher Prep Days - Students will have live Panther Time on these days but there will not be any Office Hours to allow teachers ample time to prepare for the upcoming return to school. 
  • January 12 - Revised Bell Schedule Begins - To support the shift to in-person school, FCPS secondary schools are transitioning to an updated bell schedule. The biggest changes are that Glasgow will run from 7:30am to 2:00pm and that there will be designated lunch times during 5th and 6th period classes, just as students have in the building. Classes will run at slightly different times. Teachers will share the updated bell schedule and lunch times this week with their 5th and 6th period classes. In addition, there is a Brain Break scheduled around each lunch. This time builds in a screen break as well as extra time for students to retrieve lunch from remote sites. Please see below for an image of the new bell schedule.
  • January 12 & 13 - New Student Open House - Sixth graders as well as students new to the building who have elected in person instruction are invited to tour the building by appointment. Please RSVP using this link to help us plan a safe, socially distanced event. 
  • January 14 & 15 - FCPS GMS Catch-Up Days - Designed to ensure students have time to complete work prior to the end of 2nd Quarter, all classes on these days will be “office hours” style. Students will need to login at the beginning of the period. Then if they have assignments to complete or skills to master they should remain online until the assignments are complete. Otherwise, students may log off. Teachers will be live and available to provide support during class periods but no new instruction will be provided and no new work will be assigned. 

As always, please reach out for questions or concerns, and have a wonderful holiday season.

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

(Dates with an * are tentative)

January 4 & 11 - Teacher Prep Days - Panther Time only - No Office Hours

January 12 & 13 - New Student Building Orientation by Appointment

January 14 & 15 - GMS Catch-Up Days

January 18 - No School - MLK Day

*January 19 - Asynchronous Odd Day/Teacher Prep Day

January 20 - No School - Inauguration Day

*January 21 - Asynchronous Even Day/Teacher Prep Day

January 22 - End of 2nd Quarter - Early Release

January 25 - Teacher Workday, No School for Students

*January 26 - In-Person 6th Grade Student Return

*February 2 -In-Person 7th & 8th Grade Student Return

January 4 & 11 (Mondays) - Teacher Prep Days - Students will have live Panther Time on these days but there will not be any Office Hours to allow teachers ample time to prepare for the upcoming return to school. 

January 12 - Revised Bell Schedule Begins - To support the shift to in-person school, FCPS secondary schools are transitioning to an updated bell schedule. The biggest changes are that Glasgow will run from 7:30am to 2:00pm and that there will be designated lunch times during 5th and 6th period classes, just as students have in the building. Classes will run at slightly different times. Teachers will share the updated bell schedule and lunch times this week with their 5th and 6th period classes. In addition, there is a Brain Break scheduled around each lunch. This time builds in a screen break as well as extra time for students to retrieve lunch from remote sites. Please see below for an image of the new bell schedule.

January 12 & 13 - New Student Open House for Students and Families - Glasgow will be hosting an optional Orientation for 6th graders and students new to Glasgow who have selected in-person instruction, on January 12 and 13 from 5pm to 7pm. These evenings will be an opportunity for students and families to see Glasgow for the first time and to meet some of our teachers, counselors, and administrators in person.  Students with last names A-K will attend on Tuesday, January 12 and students with last names L-Z will attend on Wednesday, January 13. Space is limited and priority will be given to families who have selected in-person enrollment for their student. We will share details and entry times via email to those who RSVP. For questions, please contact Joash Chung, director of student services, at jhchung@fcps.edu. Please RSVP using this link to help us plan a safe, socially distanced event.

January 14 & 15 - FCPS GMS Catch Up Days - Per FCPS ever middle and high school should designate 2 "catch-up" days per quarter (one even day and one odd day). The intent of these days is to give students the opportunity to complete previously assigned work including missed assignments and NOT intended for completion of new assignments. Students should login to each class and check-in with their teachers on these days, support will be available during the regularly scheduled classes. .  

Rising 9th Grade Info

Rising 9th Grade Information for Families - As our Academic Advising season begins soon, for 8th grade students this means learning about their transition to high school. Here is some helpful information for families about high school:

Justice High School: Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Annandale High School: Annandale High School welcomes all rising 9th grade students and their families to join our high school information night on Thursday, January 14th from 7:00-8:30PM. The event will be held virtually using this Blackboard link. Students and their families will get an overview of 9th grade courses and programs from Annandale teachers and counselors, along with opportunities to attend breakout sessions with our staff. We look forward to meeting future members of the Atom Nation!

Falls Church High School: The Rising 9th grade Curriculum Night is set for January 6th at 6:30pm and a link will be sent to Falls Church families. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Edison High School: The Rising 9th grade Curriculum Night is set for February 24th. Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Oakton High School:  Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

Hayfield High School: Take a look at the 9th grade course options!

 

TJ Admissions Updates - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is in the process of updating their website with 2020-2021 application information for current 8th grade students www.tjadmissions.org. Please contact the Admissions Office tjadmissions@fcps.edu or Glasgow TJ Liaison Counselor Gregory Frantz gdfrantz@fcps.edu with questions. 

Important Information 

Academic Advising at Glasgow - Academic Advising season is officially here! In Panther Time on January 6, 8, and 13, students will learn about the academic advising process, complete course selection sheets, and learn how to sign up for classes in SIS StudentVUE. Starting on January 25, counselors will start meeting with students individually through Panther Time and History/Civics classes for academic advising and course selection.

 

Yearbook Looking for Photos - The Yearbook Staff is looking for pictures of Glasgow students working or sitting in their virtual classrooms.  The staff cannot walk around the school to take pictures so we thought this would be an exciting way to see our students in their working environments.

Parents and Students can submit pictures one of 3 ways:

  1. Balfour EZPix website:  https://studio.balfour.com/ezpix/ Yearbook Project Number:117803, Upload Code:  Please leave blank (no code necessary), Login, Scroll down, accept terms & conditions, Fill out the requested information and begin uploading.  You can upload 10 pictures at a time, so if you have more, just start over again after the first 10 are uploaded.
  2. Balfour ImageShare: Go to your app store and do a search for Balfour ImageShare, Download the app, Create an Account: Use Project Number 117803, Click box to accept Terms & Conditions, Click Next, Locate the Confirmation Code sent to your email address and enter on the line, Click Next, Enter a Username and Password, Click Take Me To ImageShare, Begin uploading by clicking on SAVE (No Upload Code Required)
  3. Submit Pictures to Google Form: Students can click on this form to upload pictures: https://forms.gle/TyeLcvNt9gnec3XPA, Please make sure to include name, grade, and description of what is happening in the picture.

 

ParentVUE  - If you have not done so already, please sign up for a SIS ParentVUE account. Parents who selected in-person enrollment for their child will need to complete a health screening commitment form before their child begins in-person instruction. Glasgow students will start the academic advising process in January. Students will be signing up for classes through SIS StudentVUE. ParentVUE will also allow parents to see the courses their child is requesting for the upcoming school year. Please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, for a ParentVUE activation key to use here when registering for an account.

 

Parent Engagement Focus Groups - Thank you to all of the families that participated in the December focus group around parent engagement. We had over twenty families participate. The meeting was very informative. Here are the group's recommendations: text communication, school FB page, frequent reminders for events, continued virtual sessions, focus on academic excellence, and smaller meetings for select subgroups. If you are interested in participating in any upcoming focus groups, please complete the form with your contact information.

 

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.

 

Family Guide for Return to School - Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

 

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.

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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).

 

Cooking Club - The cooking club with Ms. Massman and Ms. Concaugh takes place on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Students can follow along with the teacher, preparing healthy and tasty treats for themselves or family members. This class promotes independence and confidence while learning kitchen safety and food prep. If this is the club for you, please contact Mr. Williams gwilliams2@fcps.edu, for sign up information.

 

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 Spotlight - On Thursday, December 3rd, 2020, the Digital Art Club offered its first session. On day one, 49 students attended and were actively engaged. It was amazing to see. The Digital Art club teaches students the various forms of digital art and media to our students and how to differentiate between the multiple forms. If you're interested in joining, please contact me at gwilliams2@fcps.edu , Ms. Otoyo at ajotoyo@fcps.edu, or Ms. Campbell at cjcampbell1@fcps.edu.

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.

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Attendance: 703.813.8787 | Web | Twitter | Facebook 

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