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On Tuesday afternoon, 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 Operational Employee, Outstanding Professional Employee and Outstanding Leader. Thank you to those of you who nominated a staff member back in November/early December. Congratulations to the school level award winners:
- Outstanding Teacher - Kaitlyn Marmarou, Science Teacher
- Outstanding New Teacher - Megan Radek, Spanish Teacher
- Outstanding Professional Employee, Emily Boydstun, School Counselor
- Outstanding Leader - Katie Madigan, Assistant Principal
- Outstanding Operational Employee - Gloria Anchundia, Office Assistant
Special thanks in advance to the Glasgow PTA for sponsoring a Salad/Potato Bar next Tuesday,January 28. Our staff is always so appreciative of this event. If you would like to volunteer, see below for more information.
This week, we also hosted our Rising 6th Grade Open House. It is one of my favorite nights of the year as we get a chance to meet our new students and families. This night also gives us a chance to show off our amazing teaching staff and ways that we support our students in their learning in the classroom and their socio-emotional development. As I mentioned at the event, I am also going through this transition as a parent for the first time, so I recognize how daunting this transition may be for our new families. I have included links to all the presentations below. If you continue to have questions about the transition, please feel free to reach out.
2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 9th Graders - Glasgow Student Services is excited to meet with your 8th graders to register them for next year’s courses! Glasgow counselors are meeting with students one-on-one during their Health & Physical Education classes for academic advising and reviewing course selections. After meeting with their counselor, 8th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet for your review.
New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections in ParentVUE when they are entered. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide.
In order to make changes to course requests, parents of rising 9th graders will need to contact the student services team at Justice HS no later than March 1.
Helpful Links: Online Course Selection - “How To” Guide
High School Transition Events at Neighboring High Schools
Edison High School - February 25 at 7PMVolunteer Opportunities
Get Involved, Volunteer Today! - The Glasgow PTA needs YOU! See volunteer opportunities at Glasgow Middle School, supporting our teachers and staff, throughout the year: http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/
Seeking Volunteers/Donations for the PTA Sponsored Potato/Salad Bar! - Help the Glasgow PTA provide the very popular Potato/Salad Bar Lunch for teachers/staff on January 28 (a teacher workday). Sign up to volunteer or donate here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-glasgow20Important Dates
January 21 - Fire Drill
January 24 - 2nd Quarter Ends
January 27 & 28 - Teacher Workdays (No School for Students)
January 31 - Panther Store
February 11 - PTA Meeting
February 12 - Spelling Bee
Glasgow Teacher/Staff Lunch - January 28: Glasgow PTA requests your support (volunteerism and/or lunch items). Glasgow has the finest teachers and staff--let's show our support--volunteer here!
Panther Store - January 31: The first Panther Store of the 2020 year is around the corner, and we need your help! As always, we’re looking for volunteers, and we’re looking for some contributions too! Did you receive a small holiday present you don’t need? Hand lotion, a pair of fuzzy socks, a little toy? The store can always use extra prizes. After holidays, like Christmas and Valentine’s Day, is a good time to look for sales on these types of items. Please, no candy at this time! Donations can be sent to the school office care of Michael Pulver and Tess Roper. Volunteer here! Please contact Jen Hitchcock (email@example.com) with questions.
PTA Meeting - February 11: The next Glasgow PTA meeting will be held on February 11 at 7pm in the Lecture Hall, please join us for a course registration roundtable with Glasgow Faculty.
Spelling Bee - February 12: This year's Glasgow Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, February 12 at 2:30 in the Lecture Hall. All Glasgow students are invited to participate and no prior registration required! The winner of the Bee will advance to the Fairfax County Bee in March, and will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Second- and third- place finishers will receive $25 Amazon gift cards. Word study lists are available at 2020 Spelling Bee Words list as well as the front office; additional study materials can be found at spellingbee.com. There is also a need for three judges for the Bee. If interested, please contact Ben Hemmens (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Justice HS Volleyball Weekend Camps in March: Sign Up Today! - Justice High School volleyball program is excited to be offering Volleyball Clinics for boys and girls in grades 6 through 9 grade every Saturday in March. For more information check out the following link: https://www.justicehssports.com/page/3095Important Information
Progress Reports & Report Card Distribution - FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Tuesday, January 21-30 during 2nd quarter grading and report card generation. Additionally, the Gradebook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Thursday January 23 at 4:00pm through Saturday, February 1 at 6:00am.
Report cards will be distributed on Monday, February 3 through Panther Time for students to bring home and share with parents/guardians. Please contact your student’s teacher if you would like to discuss any grading concerns.
2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 7th and 8th Graders - Glasgow’s 6th and 7th graders will learn about choosing their courses in Panther Time on Friday, January 24. In Panther Time on Friday, January 31 they will watch a video to learn about the elective courses available to them next year. On Monday, February 3 our 6th and 7th graders will learn how to complete their course selection sheet. Counselors will start meeting with 6th and 7th graders in February for academic advising and reviewing course selections. After meeting with their counselor, 6th and 7th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet.
New for this year, students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections is ParentVUE when they are entered. You may help your student through this process by using the “How To” guide below.
NOTE: All course request changes are due by April 17, 2020. Finalizing requests by this date allows us to invest in staffing and resources based on students’ needs and interests. We will be finalizing schedules and placements throughout the late Spring and summer months.
Rising 6th Grade Open House Presentation - On Thursday, January 16, Glasgow Middle School hosted our annual Rising 6th Grade Open House. We were so excited to meet all our future Panthers and their families! If you were unable to attend, we have a copy of all the presentations from the evening available for you below. If you have any questions about the information provided, please feel free to contact our presenters directly.
Welcome to Glasgow! - Presenters: Shawn DeRose, Katie Madigan
Course Requests 101 - Presenter: Joash Chung
Advanced Academics Program - Presenters: Nonye Oladimeji, Shawn DeRose
Special Education Office - Presenters: Eric Lindner, Lori Lekoski
ESOL Program - Presenters: Sarah Clark, Ilsa Reyes
Spanish Immersion - Presenter: Lisa Lopez
Panther Time & Flexible Instructional Time - Presenter: Emily Boydstun
Math Course Placement - Presenters: Danielle Griffin, Steve D’Adamo
Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter.
To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.
Weekly progress reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.
TJHSST Admissions - Semifinalists Just Announced - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology semifinalists were announced this Friday, January 17 through the online system. Glasgow students that are selected as semifinalists will need to send out teacher recommendation request through their online system as soon as possible..
Parents please encourage your student to start planning now which teachers they will request recommendations from if they become semifinalists. TJ is looking for students to obtain 2 teacher recommendations; one must be a 7th or 8th grade math or science teacher, the other can be any 7th or 8th grade teacher. The recommendations are done online only and submitted directly to TJ by each teacher. Semifinalists will meet with our TJ counselor liaisons for more information about the process and reminders.
If you have any questions please reach out to our TJ Liaison Counselor Greg Franz at email@example.com or (703) 813-8733.
Yearbook On-line Store Available - Families who still have not purchased their 2019-2020 yearbook can pre-order on-line. The website is: https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. Students may continue to bring in money and turn in to the front office (please make checks payable to Glasgow MS). The price of the yearbook is only $25, but will increase to $30 the beginning of February. Extra items will be available until March: name stamping ($5), clear plastic cover ($3), autograph sheets ($2), arrow stickies ($6), jewel pack ($6) and pen signing set ($4.99). Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school.After School Program News
The after-school program is going great! Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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