Glasgow Community Gazette - September 13

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Virtual School Year Information

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

Glasgow Library Mobile Mondays

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

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

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

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

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

Important Dates

September 22 - PTA Meeting 

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

 

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

 

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

Important Information 

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

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

Schedule Change Requests 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Bus Route Meal Service

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

Glasgow PTA News

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

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

FCPS Cares

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - September 7 - First Day of School

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

 

What permission does my student need as soon as possible? 

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

What if we haven’t gotten our laptop yet?

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

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

What if students forget their password?

How does my student access instruction?

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

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

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

What is the school bell schedule?

Where is my student’s schedule?

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

What if my student wants a change in their schedule?

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

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

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

What should we expect instruction to look like? 

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

What will electives instruction look like?

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

How are Elective Classes going Virtual?

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

What will Health & Physical Education look like?

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

What school supplies does my student need? 

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

How will my student access library books?

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

What if we have technical problems or need technical support? 

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

What if my child needs to be absent? 

Where can I find general information?

How can I support my student? 

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

We will share more tips soon!

Important Dates

September 8 - First Day of School!

September 21 - PTA Meeting 

September 29 - Back to School Night 

 

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

 

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

 

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

Important Information 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Glasgow Library Updates

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

 

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

 

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

Bus Route Meal Service

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

Glasgow PTA News

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

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

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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

Glasgow Community Gazette - August 30

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Glasgow Community:

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

Bell Schedule

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

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

Student Schedules

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

Virtual Opening

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

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

Online Learner Orientation

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

Town Hall Meetings

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

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

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Laptop Distribution Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Important Dates

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

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

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

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

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

September 2 - Schedules Released on StudentVue/ParentVue

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

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

September 8 - First Day of School!

 

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

 

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

 

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

Important Information 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Glasgow Library Updates

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

 

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

 

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

Tech Corner

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

 

FAQs for Tech Support

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Opportunity - Instructional Assistant

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

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

Glasgow PTA News

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

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

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 23

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please reach out for questions or concerns. Take care!

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

 

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

Important Dates

August 18 - 28 - FCPSOn Computer Distribution 

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

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

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

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

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

September 2 - Schedules Released on StudentVue/ParentVue

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

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

September 8 - First Day of School!

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Important Information 

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

 

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

https://forms.gle/RvQKDaQFbsPSnR5B7

 

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

 

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

FCPSOn FAQs @Glasgow

DEVICE GUIDELINES & INFORMATION

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Glasgow Library Updates

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

 

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

 

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

Job Opportunity - Instructional Assistant

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

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

Glasgow PTA News

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

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

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Attendance: 703.813.8787 | Web | Twitter | Facebook 

Glasgow Community Gazette - August 16

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Glasgow Community:

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

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

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

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

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

Please reach out for questions or concerns. Take care!

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

 

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

Important Dates

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

August 18 - 28 - FCPSOn Computer Distribution 

September 1 - Back to School Town Hall - English

September 2 - Back to School Town Hall - Spanish

September 2 - Panther Time Virtual Open House

September 3 - Back to School Town Hall - Arabic

September 8 - First Day of School!

Important Information 

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

https://forms.gle/RvQKDaQFbsPSnR5B7

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

FCPSOn FAQs @Glasgow

DEVICE GUIDELINES & INFORMATION

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Glasgow Library Updates

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

 

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

 

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

Glasgow PTA News

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

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

FCPS Cares

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 9

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Glasgow Community:

This Friday, August 14, marks the official return to school for teachers. While we will all be engaged in professional development during our return weeks, many of our teachers and staff members have also been attending voluntary international, national, and local virtual professional learning throughout the summer. So many staff members have reached out to share their excitement about developing their savviness with tech tools, titles of great professional books they’re reading, and conferences they’ve attended. I believe and often say that students learn best in schools that learn. Glasgow’s entire staff is committed to lifelong learning - just as our vision describes - and because of their dedication, we continue to improve each and every year as a school.

I know many of you have questions about how to best support your students’ virtual learning. As we get closer to students’ first day of school, we are excited to host return-to-school family information sessions in English, Spanish, and Arabic, to help you and your students start strong. More information on this coming soon!

Thank you to all who responded last week, as I shared last week, to help us ensure we are providing the right support for our students and including all stakeholders in our efforts to prepare for a great school year, we are seeking your feedback. I know that distance learning this past spring had its successes and its challenges. As we continue our preparation, we would like to know what went well for your student(s), what was challenging, and what supports you may need moving forward. Please take a moment to complete this parent feedback form to help shape our approach, and thank you to those who already responded. It has been very helpful to hear your perspectives!

Finally, you should have received an email about new laptop distribution, which will occur Tuesday, August 18 - Friday, August 28. Please see below for more information.  In order to ensure that we have a steady flow to students and families at Glasgow during each distribution day, please complete THIS FORM.

Please reach out for questions or concerns. Take care!

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

 

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

Important Dates

August 11 - Yearbook Distribution Day 2 (see below)

August 18 - 28 - FCPSOn Computer Distribution (see below)

September 8 - First Day of School!

Important Information 

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

https://forms.gle/RvQKDaQFbsPSnR5B7

 

Yearbook Store is Open - Glasgow has a very limited supply of 2019-2020 yearbooks remaining.  The only way to safely process yearbook sales is to have families order on-line at the following site:  https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school.  The cost of the yearbook is $30. Once the yearbooks are gone, the store will close. Yearbooks ordered after August 9th will be handed out with student laptops.  Please note: yearbooks WILL NOT be sold at the school on August 11th.

 

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

 

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

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

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

FCPSOn FAQs @Glasgow

DEVICE GUIDELINES & INFORMATION

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Glasgow Library Updates

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

 

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

 

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

Glasgow PTA News

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

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

FCPS Cares

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 2

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Glasgow Community:

We are very busy gearing up for the 2020 - 2021 school year! This upcoming week we are welcoming our rising 6th graders virtually with our Jump Start program. Many of you have shared how grateful you are for the opportunity for your child to get a taste of what Glasgow is all about, and our Jump Start team is excited to work with your students!

Additionally, we are deep in planning the master schedule, attending our own and creating virtual professional development for our staff, and working through laptop distribution and resource pick-up logistics. More information regarding laptop distribution will be coming soon. 

To help us ensure we are providing the right supports for our students and including all stakeholders in our efforts to prepare for a great school year, we are seeking your feedback. I know that distance learning this past spring had its successes and its challenges. As we continue our preparation, we would like to know what went well for your student(s), what was challenging, and what supports you may need moving forward. Please take a moment to complete this parent feedback form to help shape our approach. 

Finally, as we continue to improve as a school community, your support and involvement is essential. Our PTA has a few examples of how to get involved today:  

  • Stay In Touch and In The Know:  Sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to  glasgowms.pta@gmail.com.  

Please reach out for questions or concerns, and stay safe!

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

 

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

Important Dates

August 3 - Computer Collection (see below)

August 3 - 5 - Jump Start - Rising 6th Grade Orientation

August 11 - Yearbook Distribution Day 2 (see below)

August 18 - 28 - FCPSOn Computer Distribution (more info coming soon!)

September 8 - First Day of School!

Important Information 

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

https://forms.gle/RvQKDaQFbsPSnR5B7

 

Computer Collection - Our Technology Team will be collecting laptops on Monday, August 3rd from 12pm - 5pm. All FCPS middle school students will receive a brand new laptop for distance learning and beyond at a later date, but we must first collect the old devices given out last spring. Glasgow students not participating in summer learning are asked to return all laptops distributed in the spring. Students participating in summer learning may drop off their device at a later date. Also, those students who have an FCPS Mifi device, but are no longer using it, are asked to return those as well.

The drop-off process is curbside, drive-up, and takes only a few minutes. Please drive up through the Kiss’N’Ride lane and a staff member will take your device from Door 1. Be sure to prepare the laptop prior to arriving for drop off: 

  • Remove all stickers and decals from your device. 
  • Clean device to the best of your ability. 
  • Have this information should be attached to your laptop
    • Full Name
    • Student ID number
  • Have the charger ready to turn in along with the laptop.  

If you are unable to return your laptop on the following date, please contact Melinda Hedenberg at mkhedenberg@fcps.edu or plan to drop off during new laptop distribution for the 2020-21 school year (dates and times forthcoming). Our Tech Team is working to collect the old laptops now, which will be given to the elementary schools for distance learning. All middle school students will be receiving a brand new laptop this year, so be on the lookout for messages and information about distribution of new devices. Follow our Twitter accounts for technology information and updates: @GlasgowMS and @GMSDeanofTech.

 

Jump Start - Our 6th grade orientation is taking place this week, with two half day sessions M/T (August 3 & 4) and W/Th (August 5 & 6). If you missed the registration or are unable to attend this week, no need to worry, we will be sending out the information to all rising 6th grade students to their fcpsschools.net email in the coming weeks. If you have any questions about Jump Start, please contact Keely Norris, kcnorris@fcps.edu. 

 

Yearbook Store is Open - Glasgow has a very limited supply of 2019-2020 yearbooks remaining.  The only way to safely process yearbook sales is to have families order on-line at the following site:  https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school.  The cost of the yearbook is $30. Once the yearbooks are gone, the store will close. Yearbooks ordered after August 9th will be handed out with student laptops.  Please note: yearbooks WILL NOT be sold at the school on August 11th.

 

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

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 - July 26

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you were able to enjoy the (slight) decrease in temperatures in between two very hot weeks. I am grateful that my sons have been able to enjoy a safe, and social-distanced return to swimming, basketball, and water polo. Having a schedule has helped us feel a little more normal lately!

This past week, Dr. Brabrand proposed and the Fairfax County School Board approved a full virtual start to the beginning of the upcoming school year. In the communication Dr. Brabrand sent out to the community he shared the following:

The online instruction model will be the same one offered to families in our recent survey. For distance learning, our first priority is to provide access and equity in the learning experience for each of our students. We understand that there are significant academic and social/emotional challenges to our students learning remotely. We have strengthened our digital learning model so that we can provide an even more rigorous and engaging virtual learning program with greater connections for all students at all grade levels.   

  • Online learning provides four days (Tuesday through Friday) of live, face-to-face instruction with teachers. 
  • Middle and high school students will follow an A/B block schedule. 
  • Student work will be graded and attendance is required.
  • Mondays will remain a teacher planning day with intervention supports for selected students that we hope can be provided in-person.

At Glasgow, we are committed to supporting the entire community in starting the school year virtually. We are working on developing tools for students and families that will focus on the transition back to school. In addition, our staff is engaging in professional learning throughout the summer focused on digital teaching. We are also preparing for our FCPSOn laptop distribution for all students, which you will hear more about in the coming weeks. Finally, as we prepare for a virtual start, we are keeping in mind the need to be able to pivot to in-person learning when FCPS determines we can safely bring students back to the building. 

I know this is a very challenging time and there are many emotions around the start of the school year. We are committed to spending the weeks before September 8 preparing resources and supports for parents and students. 

Please reach out for questions or concerns, and be safe!

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/

Summer Programs

Summer Learning Opportunities - Our summer learning opportunities are up and running at Glasgow. If your student has not already, he/she should receive their Language Arts & Math review workbooks in the mail.  If you opted out of receiving the paper workbooks during distance learning and did not opt back in, your student will need to access the review workbooks online through Blackboard 24/7. Office hours are available using the schedule below. If you would like your child to receive the link for the office hours - please contact Molly Walsh or Deirdre Levin.

If you have any questions during summer learning, please reach out to Molly Walsh, molly.walsh20@gmail.com, or Deirdre Levin, dmcshea@fcps.edu, for support.  

Important Information 

Yearbook Distribution - Pick up for the 2019-2020 yearbook will be on Tuesday, July 28th at Glasgow MS. A second date for pick-up will take place in August, date coming soon.  Here are the times for pick-ups by student last name: A-F from 8am -9:30 am, G-N from 10:00 am -11:30 am, O-Z from 12:00pm - 2:00 pm. To speed up the drive up process have your student’s name, grade level, and student ID number printed on a piece of paper. Please remain in the car and a Glasgow staff member will bring your yearbook to you. 

We are currently only distributing yearbooks that have been pre-ordered. More information to come soon on purchasing left over yearbooks. If you have specific questions, reach out to Marc Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.  

 

Jump Start - Glasgow Middle School will be hosting a FREE Virtual Jump Start program for rising 6th graders to prepare them for their transition to middle school.  Due to overwhelming demand we will now be offering two sessions of the Jump Start program. The first session will be on August 3rd and 4th and the second session on August 5th and 6th. Both sessions will take place from 10-2:30. If you have already signed up you will receive an email this week designating which session your child should attend.

Students will have a chance to meet and interact with their new peers and teachers, virtually tour the building and classrooms, as well as ask other important questions they may have before school begins. Jump Start is designed to alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School.  Registration will be closing at the end of the day Monday, July 27thPlease click the following link to register: https://forms.gle/8qBtZVi52UFs69dC7.  If you have any questions, please contact Keely Norris at kcnorris@fcps.edu.

FCPS Cares

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Glasgow Community Gazette - July 19

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Glasgow Community:

I want to open by stating how proud I am to work with such an incredible staff. From family and community outreach and summer school, to new-laptop re-imaging and in-building logistics, building cleaning and polishing, so many staff are working on behalf of our return-to-school effort. We truly are a community that commits to starting strong.

Our admin team returned to the building this week, and in the midst of uncertainty, we have used the following quote from President Eisenhower to focus our work: “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” While the specific plans and guidance for fall is still evolving, the way we think deeply about logistics, instruction and communication will serve us well no matter what. As a team, we are committed to deep and strategic planning so that we can easily pivot if and when we need to. We are working through logistics such as hallway transitions, arrival and dismissal procedures, health and safety protocols, and breakfast and lunch distribution among other topics, and we will share details as we get closer to the start of school. 

We are working through the staff and family return-to-school response data and will share information with you as well as next steps when we get more guidance. You can see our initial school-level data below.

It will take significant time to design our instructional program that meets the needs of students and staff. We have a massive jigsaw puzzle and it will take time for the picture to become clear. Thank you for understanding where administrators and counselors will need to focus our efforts in the coming weeks. We do not have information yet regarding which courses will be offered. Families cannot initiate course request changes nor can they change their preference of in-person or online at this time. If an existing course request cannot be met, a counselor will be in touch with a student to provide alternatives.

I will share more updates soon. Thank you for your continued communication and support. 

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/

Summer Programs

Summer Learning Opportunities - Our summer learning opportunities are up and running at Glasgow. If your student has not already, he/she should receive their Language Arts & Math review workbooks in the mail.  If you opted out of receiving the paper workbooks during distance learning and did not opt back in, your student will need to access the review workbooks online through Blackboard 24/7. Office hours are available using the schedule below. If you would like your child to receive the link for the office hours - please contact Molly Walsh or Deirdre Levin.

If you have any questions during summer learning, please reach out to Molly Walsh, molly.walsh20@gmail.com, or Deirdre Levin, dmcshea@fcps.edu, for support.  

Important Information 

Yearbook Distribution - Expect information about distribution coming soon! We will communicate this information via enotify and Gazette messages once yearbooks are ready for pick-up.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.

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 - July 12

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Glasgow Community:

This has been a busy week at Glasgow! We held two Glasgow Family Town Halls hosting over 275 families in both English and Spanish, and on Monday, July 13, at 6:00pm we will host a Town Hall in Arabic. We will host additional family town halls closer to the beginning of school as we have more information.

As a reminder, the Return to School decision form is due by July 15th and can be found via https://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020.  Families have a choice of in-school learning for students with health and social distancing protocols in place or an online, virtual learning option at the family’s request. If you do not complete the form, in-school learning will automatically be selected for you. This week, we have a team of Glasgow staff who will be calling families in multiple languages who have not yet completed the form to offer any assistance in completing the form and/or answer any last minute questions you might have.

I know that deciding how your child will return to school is a difficult decision. You are all asking very thoughtful questions and have very thoughtful suggestions. Please continue reaching out to me at kemadigan@fcps.edu, or to Joash Chung, our Director of Student Services, at jhchung@fcps.edu. We are always available to answer questions and support your decision making in any way possible. I also encourage you to periodically check the FCPS Return to School website, which is updated regularly.  

At Glasgow, we say that we Start Strong and Finish Stronger. Staff have already been hard at work to ensure the building is ready and that we have thoroughly planned out the unique logistics this year holds. My goal is to balance the educational needs of Glasgow MS students with our need to ensure a safe learning environment. In this process, our first priority remains the health and safety of our students and staff. It truly takes an entire community to help ensure Glasgow will start strong - I am grateful for our staff and families for your continued support. 

Please reach out for questions and feedback. 

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/

FAA Minecraft Design Challenge - Second Place! - The team of 6th grade students, Aaliya Haque, Alisa Oden and Diana Prudius, took 2nd place in the K-6th category of the FAA's Minecraft Airport Design Challenge, they created a model of the Wallops Fight Facility - way to go! The presentation of their project can be found here

Summer Programs

Summer Learning Opportunities - Our summer learning opportunities are up and running at Glasgow. If your student has not already, he/she should receive their Language Arts & Math review workbooks in the mail.  If you opted out of receiving the paper workbooks during distance learning and did not opt back in, your student will need to access the review workbooks online through Blackboard 24/7. Office hours are available using the schedule below. If you would like your child to receive the link for the office hours - please contact Molly Walsh or Deirdre Levin.

If you have any questions during summer learning, please reach out to Molly Walsh, molly.walsh20@gmail.com, or Deirdre Levin, dmcshea@fcps.edu, for support.  

Important Information 

Yearbook Distribution - Yearbooks are being delivered on Monday, July 13!  Expect information about distribution coming soon! We will communicate this information via enotify and Gazette messages once yearbooks are ready for pick-up.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.

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 - July 5

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Glasgow Community:

I hope that you all are finding time to rest and relax! I was lucky to spend some time with my family at our place in Northern Michigan. The weather was amazing, the sunsets were beautiful, and I felt grateful for time to reflect both on the year we just closed out and on our next steps as a school. I have been reading several of Catlin Tucker’s books about blended learning as well as rereading Zaretta Hammond’s “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain,” great and relevant titles to guide our work.

By now you have heard about and received communication from the Division concerning the Return to School framework. Families will have a choice of in-school learning for students with health and social distancing protocols in place or an online, virtual learning option at the family’s request. Families will need to decide by July 10th if they will enroll their child for in-person or online learning for the coming 2020-2021 school year. It is very important that all families complete this enrollment form for each child in FCPS so that schools can ensure adequate staffing for online and in-person classes. 

I am certain that you have more questions than answers at this time and you would like to have as much information as possible so you make an informed decision. Many of you attended the Justice Pyramid Town Hall last week and several of you have reached out individually to ask questions. As you know, we have some answers and there is still quite a lot of information that is still to be determined. On Tuesday, July 7, at 6:00pm (English) and 7:30pm (Spanish) we will be holding a Glasgow MS Town Hall to help answer any middle school and Glasgow specific questions. Please RSVP to be sent the link prior to the session and ask any questions that you might like answered prior to the meeting. 

As we plan for the upcoming year guided by FCPS, my goal is to balance the educational needs of Glasgow MS students with our need to ensure a safe learning environment. In this process, our first priority remains the health and safety of our students and staff. 

As always, thank you for your continued support. Please reach out for questions and feedback. 

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/

Summer Programs

Summer Learning Opportunities - Our summer learning opportunities are up and running at Glasgow. If your student has not already, he/she should receive their Language Arts & Math review workbooks in the mail.  If you opted out of receiving the paper workbooks during distance learning and did not opt back in, your student will need to access the review workbooks online through Blackboard 24/7. Office hours are available using the schedule below. If you would like your child to receive the link for the office hours - please contact Molly Walsh or Deirdre Levin.

If you have any questions during summer learning, please reach out to Molly Walsh, molly.walsh20@gmail.com, or Deirdre Levin, dmcshea@fcps.edu, for support.  

Important Information 

Yearbook Distribution - Yearbooks still have not been delivered to the school.  Our yearbooks should arrive at the school in the near future.  We will communicate this information via enotify and Gazette messages once yearbooks have been delivered and are ready for pick-up.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.

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 - June 14

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Glasgow Community:

Thank you for all your support over the course of the past few months. We are so proud of our students for transitioning into distance learning so well. Your feedback, questions, and emails with kudos for our staff were incredibly thoughtful and helpful. 

Take the summer to rest and rejuvenate when possible. As we hear more about what the upcoming school year will look like, I will send out information. 

Have a great summer! And as always, please reach out with any questions or feedback.

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/

Rising 9th Grade News

Request to Expunge High School Course Taken in Middle School - Parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school may request that the grade be omitted from the student’s high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. For all students taking a credit bearing class including rising freshmen at Justice, parents must make the request no later than the end of the first quarter. Once expunged, a course cannot be reinstated. The Request to Expunge form must be completed to make this request. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you would like to discuss expunging a course.

 

2020-2021 Justice HS Course Registration Information - A special message from Justice HS for rising freshmen. Students and parents may access student course requests through their SIS Account. Please review the courses your child selected and contact your child’s counselor if you notice any errors. Justice HS staff spends considerable time assisting students with their selection of appropriate courses. All decisions regarding staffing, instructional supplies, etc. are made based on those selections and classes without sufficient enrollment will not be offered. We will try to accommodate changes up until June 1st but that may not always be possible due to space availability. Schedule changes in the new school year will not be made during the first weeks of school unless there is an error on the schedule. Students may be placed in support classes or general education classes based on end of year progress and assessments. Students who start the year in honors and IB courses will be required to stay in the course through October 1st. Courses dropped after 1st quarter will receive a “WP” or “WF”. The course offering catalog, where you can review information on course prerequisites, descriptions, fee requirements, and general FCPS information is available on the Justice HS website under Academics. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you would like to discuss your child’s course requests.

 

Justice High School Athletics Fall Sports Information - Glasgow 8th Graders!!! You are a little more than a month away from become official Justice High School 9th graders. We are excited to see you in August. www.justicesports.com

Interested in a fall sport??? Please fill out the below google form by clicking the embedded link. Contact information will be routed to the appropriate coach so that we can make sure you are included in any of their upcoming communication. Fall Interest Google Form.  In order to be eligible for tryouts, athletes must have the below items completed prior to the start dates: 2020-2021 Physical Form (must be dated after 5/1/2020), Emergency Care Card and Concussion Education (New Online Platform Under Construction). Golf starts July 30 and all other fall sports (Cross Country, Cheerleading, Field Hockey, Football and Volleyball) on August 3rd.

Coaches Contact Information

  • Cross Country - Ron Kronlage - rkronlage@fcps.edu 
  • Cheer-leading - Deborah O'Rourke - dworourke@fcps.edu 
  • Field Hockey - Stefanie Vestal - slvestal@fcps.edu 
  • Football - Greg Weisbecker - gpweisbecker@fcps.edu 
  • Golf - Ryan Kenna - rhkenna@fcps.edu 
  • Volleyball - Sharon Ponton - sponton@fcps.edu 

 

Falls Church High School Sports Information

Looking for information about Falls Church High School Sports, look no further, everything you need to know is housed on this Google Site: 

https://sites.google.com/view/fchs-activities-information/home

Summer Programs

Summer Learning Opportunities - FCPS recently sent out a message regarding summer learning opportunities. Please click here to see the message.  For more information about summer learning programs, please visit the FCPS website.

 

We will continue to update our Glasgow MS website with new information as it comes available. https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/

 

Continuity of Learning: Students across FCPS will have the opportunity to participate in Continuity of Learning over the summer. English and Math packets will be mailed home in June and a number of teachers will be available in the summer for scheduled office hours. More information to come - be on the look out for this in the coming weeks. This program is open to all - register here if you are interested in having your child participate.Register here

 

Algebra I: Students who took Algebra I for the 2019-2020 school year have two opportunities for the summer--Virtual Credit Recovery and Algebra Intervention. Students who took Algebra 1 this school year may take the Virtual Credit Recovery course to repeat the class for a higher grade this summer through a self-directed online class.  Students who do not wish to retake Algebra I for a grade over the summer but wish to work on their skills and review course materials may choose to take a self-directed, online Algebra Intervention course. Note: While expunging grades is an option for middle school students, high school credit bearing classes taken during the summer between the 8th and 9th grade may not be expunged.

 

Middle School VIP Program - The Middle School VIP program will be going virtual for the summer!  During these unprecedented times of social distancing and virtual learning, we want to offer your child a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment. FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5- week virtual program for rising 7th and 8th graders in Fairfax County. We will also be extending this invitation to our rising 9th graders to help keep them connected this summer. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in virtual activities in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. The program is led by FCPS After-School Specialists and DNCS Teen/Community Center Staff. Both synchronous and asynchronous activities included. VIP runs Monday - Thursday, June 29th - July 30th. It is virtual and free! The Online Registration will be available by the beginning of June.  You will be sent another "News You Choose" email with a link to the application.  Participants will receive further details/instructions in mid-June. 

**Middle schools with 6th graders – please add rising 6th to the 1st paragraph and then delete this note and highlights!*

 

Teens Transforming Technology - This summer Teens Transforming Technology will be offering a Foundations of Java webinar series. In this program, some of the key foundational concepts in Java (Arrays, Objects, For/While Loops) that are building blocks to further study in computer science will be covered. The webinar series is open to all middle school students and our goal is for this webinar series, along with our other summer programming, to provide virtual enrichment opportunities for students over the summer. Registration Form: https://forms.gle/1VeJ5v7aDaTSC4jYA and for more information: https://www.teenstransformingtechnology.org/programs.html

 

Jump Start - Our summer transition program for rising 6th graders will take place virtually this summer the first full week in August. Be on the look out for more information coming soon.

 

STEM/Coding Classes - Glasgow will be able to offer an online STEM/Coding class. The cost will be $25 for a coding kit. Be on the lookout for more information about this summer opportunity.

 

English Language Development Classes at Glasgow - More information coming in soon to help our English language learners get a jump start on the year. 

Grading Update

4th Quarter & Final Mark Grading Update - Students will be assigned a “no mark” for 4th quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts. You may see some “feedback” entered into the grade-book already. Each of these assignments are “Not for Grading” and can only have a positive impact on your students final mark. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript. 

Per FCPS grading policy for Distance Learning, a student’s final mark for year long courses will be the highest of the following:

  • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3
  • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3 w/ 1 grade distribution increase (if applicable)
  • 1st Semester Grade
  • 1st Semester Grade w/1 distribution increase (if applicable)

For semester long courses, a student’s final mark will be the highest of the following: 

  • Qtr 3 Average
  • Qtr 3 Average (w/up to a two grade distribution increase if applicable)
Library News

Glasgow MS Library Site -  The Glasgow LIbrary site http://bit.ly/GlasgowMSLibrary has been created for both teachers and students and can be included in Google Classroom. There are plenty of resources that will help you use databases, Collections, find Virginia Reader’s Choice books, and the library catalog. The librarians will host Lunch in the Library office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am – 12pm. Please join our Google Classroom (code: u74n5km) to attend our office hours on Google Meet. We will discuss books, help you access resources, take recommendations, and answer questions to assist with your school assignments.

 

Library Books and Resources - Please enjoy your school library books at home. No books are overdue and they can be returned when school buildings re-open in summer or fall. Please check out our audiobooks and eBooks available on MackinVIA.  See this video that will help you access MackinVIA. Students can also check out books from MyON, here is a video that shows you how to access that resource. Feel free to email, Tara Sanz, Glasgow MS librarian and avid reader of middle grade & YA fiction, if you need any recommendations or help with accessing online library resources. tmsanz@fcps.edu Happy reading!

Important Information 

Yearbook Distribution - There are only 31 yearbooks left!  The online store will close once they are all gone.  If you haven’t preordered your yearbook and want to reserve a copy of the 2019-2020 yearbook, go to this web site now and place your order:  https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school

Please note:  in the past there have been extra yearbooks sent to the school that we can sell.  There is no guarantee that we will have extras, so order today to reserve a book.

Yearbooks still have not been delivered to the school.  The plant in Dallas, Texas has reopened only 4 weeks ago and has been printing yearbooks 24/7.  Our yearbooks should arrive at the school in the near future.  During this pandemic, Glasgow has been following the strict guidelines of the Governor and County. We will continue to adhere to their recommendations before we decide how to distribute the yearbooks to students and staff.  We will communicate this information via KIT and Gazette messages.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu.

 

Academic and Career PlanFor Parents/Guardians of 8th Grade Students - In order to support our students’ academic and career development we’re asking our 8th grade students to use time during the last week of school, and possibly over the summer, to update their Naviance Student accounts. The Glasgow Academic and Career Grid walks them through accessing their Naviance plan, that includes:

  • Results of the strengths and career surveys
  • Goals
  • Resume Builder
  • Draft course plans for high school

Once you have talked with your student and reviewed your child’s plan in Naviance Student use this link to access a Google Form to complete the parents/guardian verification form. The completion of this form will serve as your signature. This must be completed by Wednesday, July 10, 2020. Note: students will need to be signed into their fcpsschools.net account to access the Academic and Career Grid.  For more information about your child’s ACP, visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning/ or the ACP website. You may also contact Glasgow Counselor Gregory Frantz gdfrantz@fcps.edu with any questions.

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 - June 7

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Glasgow Community:

I am so grateful for the many conversations I had with several of you, our Glasgow staff, and educators throughout FCPS this past week about racism. Many of you reached out and shared your own experiences as well as the conversations you are having with your families. These are conversations we must continue. Let us be unrelenting in our responsibility to each other, our students and community, and society to confront and combat hate. We will continue this conversation with the Glasgow Equity Team Leads, Claire White and Dennis Nolasco at the PTA meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. See below for more information. 

As we close out the 2019-2020 school year, I want to share with you what I shared with Glasgow staff: the message that they did great. As a growth-centered staff, as a staff committed to ensuring all students learn at the highest levels, it would have been easy for us to feel that the challenges this spring were insurmountable - but we made it, stronger than ever. As a staff, together we:

  • Committed to our vision, mindsets, and instructional focus to ensure the best instruction for our students
  • Collectively helped our teams grow into super collaborators
  • Worked every single day to welcome every student into our classrooms, pushed and encouraged them to be successful 
  • Reached out to families to gain and provide support and perspective
  • Celebrated our students by using Panther Cards, identifying students of the month, Panther Postcards
  • Celebrated each other through Fred Cards, FCPS Honors, and various gatherings 
  • Made a complete and impressive shift into distance learning and collaboration
  • And much, much more!

More than any other topic, our “super collaboration” and our pride in how well we shifted into distance learning were mentioned as celebrations on the end of year staff survey. Below you will find some examples of the thoughtful reflections teachers shared on their personalized PD plans. I hope you find them as inspiring as I do.

Take time this summer to relax and rejuvenate with loved ones. I will keep you updated periodically as we hear more about what the upcoming school year will look like. 

 

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/

PERSONALIZED PD PLAN REFLECTIONS

Reading through teacher reflections, it is clear why our students achieve at the highest of levels and why we were able to transition so seamlessly into distance learning: we are dedicated to improving instruction through evidence, feedback and reflection. 

Art & Design - The best thing about the walkthroughs and observations is that we as teachers are able to grow in a positive and safe manner.  Even though I have been teaching for 27 years, I am always looking for ways to make improvements.  I believe the WT's have been meaningful and worth the time.  I feel that over the past couple of years, I continue to learn new strategies for my classroom.  And then as an added bonus, when I meet with the other Design teachers, we discuss our observations, suggestions, etc. and learn more from each other.  Talk about a great way to learn from your peers!

English Teacher - This year, I also tried the technique of modeling my thinking instead of giving directions. Modeling my thinking was an adjustment to my teaching in a positive way because it allowed my students to have more confidence in their own work. Before modeling my thinking, I feel that students would think: "What were the list of directions I had to follow"? After modeling my thinking, I feel that students would think: "I remember how Mrs. B modeled this to us...". I feel that the adjustment from "what to do" and "how to do" was a great adjustment in my teaching and in student success. 

Math Teacher - The feedback I received from observations allow me to focus on a few key areas to improve. The walkthroughs give me information about student engagement, which helps to improve being more student-specific focused. It also gives me a glimpse of what the class looks like from outside (spacing, co-teacher placement, student movement) which helps me better plan the layout and organization. 

ESOL Teacher - Compared to the beginning of the school year, my teaching has improved a lot. I have restructured the flow of my lessons so that students are able to do the core lesson and activities relatively independently. This has allowed me to pull small groups and work with students on their individual needs. 

History Teacher - Helped me embed dedicated time in my lessons for collaboration with peers. I was able to explore different methods and strategies to promote collaboration.

Science Teacher - I have changed my teaching style to make it more student-centered and to set me up to pull small groups. Giving students more responsibility and ownership of their learning has taken some weight off my own shoulders and helped them become more independent critical thinkers. Allowing them to make connections without me doing the heavy lifting for them benefits everyone in the long run. They are able to retain concepts better, and I am able to focus on helping students (clearing up misunderstandings, providing more support to certain students, etc). 

Rising 9th Grade News

Request to Expunge High School Course Taken in Middle School - Parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school may request that the grade be omitted from the student’s high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. For all students taking a credit bearing class including rising freshmen at Justice, parents must make the request no later than the end of the first quarter. Once expunged, a course cannot be reinstated. The Request to Expunge form must be completed to make this request. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you would like to discuss expunging a course.

 

2020-2021 Justice HS Course Registration Information - A special message from Justice HS for rising freshmen. Students and parents may access student course requests through their SIS Account. Please review the courses your child selected and contact your child’s counselor if you notice any errors. Justice HS staff spends considerable time assisting students with their selection of appropriate courses. All decisions regarding staffing, instructional supplies, etc. are made based on those selections and classes without sufficient enrollment will not be offered. We will try to accommodate changes up until June 1st but that may not always be possible due to space availability. Schedule changes in the new school year will not be made during the first weeks of school unless there is an error on the schedule. Students may be placed in support classes or general education classes based on end of year progress and assessments. Students who start the year in honors and IB courses will be required to stay in the course through October 1st. Courses dropped after 1st quarter will receive a “WP” or “WF”. The course offering catalog, where you can review information on course prerequisites, descriptions, fee requirements, and general FCPS information is available on the Justice HS website under Academics. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you would like to discuss your child’s course requests.

 

Justice High School Athletics Fall Sports Information - Glasgow 8th Graders!!! You are a little more than a month away from become official Justice High School 9th graders. We are excited to see you in August. www.justicesports.com

Interested in a fall sport??? Please fill out the below google form by clicking the embedded link. Contact information will be routed to the appropriate coach so that we can make sure you are included in any of their upcoming communication. Fall Interest Google Form.  In order to be eligible for tryouts, athletes must have the below items completed prior to the start dates: 2020-2021 Physical Form (must be dated after 5/1/2020), Emergency Care Card and Concussion Education (New Online Platform Under Construction). Golf starts July 30 and all other fall sports (Cross Country, Cheerleading, Field Hockey, Football and Volleyball) on August 3rd.

Coaches Contact Information

  • Cross Country - Ron Kronlage - rkronlage@fcps.edu 
  • Cheer-leading - Deborah O'Rourke - dworourke@fcps.edu 
  • Field Hockey - Stefanie Vestal - slvestal@fcps.edu 
  • Football - Greg Weisbecker - gpweisbecker@fcps.edu 
  • Golf - Ryan Kenna - rhkenna@fcps.edu 
  • Volleyball - Sharon Ponton - sponton@fcps.edu 
Summer Programs

Summer Learning Opportunities - FCPS recently sent out a message regarding summer learning opportunities. Please click here to see the message.  For more information about summer learning programs, please visit the FCPS website.

 

Continuity of Learning: Students across FCPS will have the opportunity to participate in Continuity of Learning over the summer. English and Math packets will be mailed home in June and a number of teachers will be available in the summer for scheduled office hours. More information to come - be on the look out for this in the coming weeks. Click here for more information about the free Continuity of Learning program in FCPS. 

 

Algebra I: Students who took Algebra I for the 2019-2020 school year have two opportunities for the summer--Virtual Credit Recovery and Algebra Intervention. Students who took Algebra 1 this school year may take the Virtual Credit Recovery course to repeat the class for a higher grade this summer through a self-directed online class.  Students who do not wish to retake Algebra I for a grade over the summer but wish to work on their skills and review course materials may choose to take a self-directed, online Algebra Intervention course. Note: While expunging grades is an option for middle school students, high school credit bearing classes taken during the summer between the 8th and 9th grade may not be expunged.

 

Middle School VIP Program - The Middle School VIP program will be going virtual for the summer!  During these unprecedented times of social distancing and virtual learning, we want to offer your child a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment. FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5- week virtual program for rising 7th and 8th graders in Fairfax County. We will also be extending this invitation to our rising 9th graders to help keep them connected this summer. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in virtual activities in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. The program is led by FCPS After-School Specialists and DNCS Teen/Community Center Staff. Both synchronous and asynchronous activities included. VIP runs Monday - Thursday, June 29th - July 30th. It is virtual and free! The Online Registration will be available by the beginning of June.  You will be sent another "News You Choose" email with a link to the application.  Participants will receive further details/instructions in mid-June. 

**Middle schools with 6th graders – please add rising 6th to the 1st paragraph and then delete this note and highlights!*

Glasgow Goodies

End of Year Awards - Congratulations to recipients of Glasgow’s End of Year Award! Teachers across the school nominated two students from each course who demonstrated excellence. Recipients will be receiving their certificates in the mail at the end of the year as well as an email with a special message from Ms. Madigan. 

6th Grade End of Year Award Recipients

7th Grade End of Year Award Recipients

8th Grade End of Year Award Recipients

 

Student Art Show - Ms. Gillis and Ms. Schenker have created a virtual art show. See our Glasgow MS website homepage to view it. The art highlighted in this weeks gazette is a small sample of the amazing work that you will see in the art show. 

 

8th Grade Good-Byes - Be on the lookout this week via e-notify and 8th graders fcpsschools.net email for a special message to 8th graders. While we were not able to partake in many of our end of the year 8th grade rituals - please know that we have been thinking about them and a special message is coming their way. 

Grading Update

4th Quarter & Final Mark Grading Update - Students will be assigned a “no mark” for 4th quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts. You may see some “feedback” entered into the grade-book already. Each of these assignments are “Not for Grading” and can only have a positive impact on your students final mark. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript. 

Per FCPS grading policy for Distance Learning, a student’s final mark for year long courses will be the highest of the following:

  • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3
  • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3 w/ 1 grade distribution increase (if applicable)
  • 1st Semester Grade
  • 1st Semester Grade w/1 distribution increase (if applicable)

For semester long courses, a student’s final mark will be the highest of the following: 

  • Qtr 3 Average
  • Qtr 3 Average (w/up to a two grade distribution increase if applicable)
Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved, Run for the PTA Board - The PTA is looking for interested parties to serve on the board, there are a number of opportunities available. Some positions are easily performed remotely. Please email the PTA if interested: glasgowms.pta@gmail.com

 

Food Donation - Fortunately our feeder neighborhoods have several pre-existing food truck delivery programs through Food For Others. If you are interested in donating food, we recommend that families donate using information from the website: https://www.foodforothers.org/

Important Dates

June 8-9 - Student Item Pick-Up - HPE Lockers & Student Lockers

June 9 - PTA Meeting - Virtual

June 12 - Last Day of School and Synchronous Learning

 

June 8 & 9 - HPE Locker and Student Locker Item Pick-Up - We have scheduled student item pick-up for June 8th and 9th. Families are not obligated to retrieve items from their student’s locker, but they are welcome to do so. See the below pick-up times by student last name:

A-C: 9am - 12pm on June 8th

D-J: 1pm - 4pm on June 8th

K-P: 9am - 12pm on June 9th

Q-Z 1pm - 4pm on June 9th. 

Please use this Google form to let us know if you plan to pick up your student’s items. Pick-up will be at Door 3 (bus loop). Please arrive with your student’s name, student ID, and grade written on a piece of paper. A Glasgow staff member will retrieve your student’s items and bring them to your vehicle. Contact Deirdre Levin at dmcshea@fcps.edu if you have any questions. 

 

June 9 - PTA Meeting - Please join us for the final meeting of the year on June, 9th from 7:00 - 7:45pm! In addition to elections we will, the main program will be lead by the Glasgow Equity Team and focus on discussing discrimination, racism and the recent protests with middle school children. Once again, we will utilize the virtual format and consistent with last month. You may submit questions in advance to glasgowms.pta@gmail.com . Written questions will also be taken during the meeting. As a reminder, for those interested in serving on the PTA Executive Board, you may self declare candidacy during the PTA Meeting. Please complete this form if you would like to attend.

 

June 10 & June 12 - Synchronous Sessions - This the final week of synchronous classes. Students will follow a regular bell schedule on Friday, it is not early release. The links are the same each week, if your student needs a new link have them email their teacher.

Library News

Glasgow MS Library Site -  The Glasgow LIbrary site http://bit.ly/GlasgowMSLibrary has been created for both teachers and students and can be included in Google Classroom. There are plenty of resources that will help you use databases, Collections, find Virginia Reader’s Choice books, and the library catalog. The librarians will host Lunch in the Library office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am – 12pm. Please join our Google Classroom (code: u74n5km) to attend our office hours on Google Meet. We will discuss books, help you access resources, take recommendations, and answer questions to assist with your school assignments.

 

Library Books and Resources - Please enjoy your school library books at home. No books are overdue and they can be returned when school buildings re-open in summer or fall. Please check out our audiobooks and eBooks available on MackinVIA.  See this video that will help you access MackinVIA. Students can also check out books from MyON, here is a video that shows you how to access that resource. Feel free to email, Tara Sanz, Glasgow MS librarian and avid reader of middle grade & YA fiction, if you need any recommendations or help with accessing online library resources. tmsanz@fcps.edu Happy reading!

Important Information 

Yearbook Distribution -  Yearbooks are not yet in, so details about end-of-year pickup are still on hold. Yearbooks should arrive in July, so we will update you on pick-up details in the coming weeks.

 

Academic and Career PlanFor Parents/Guardians of 8th Grade Students - In order to support our students’ academic and career development we’re asking our 8th grade students to use time during the last week of school, and possibly over the summer, to update their Naviance Student accounts. The Glasgow Academic and Career Grid walks them through accessing their Naviance plan, that includes:

  • Results of the strengths and career surveys
  • Goals
  • Resume Builder
  • Draft course plans for high school

Once you have talked with your student and reviewed your child’s plan in Naviance Student use this link to access a Google Form to complete the parents/guardian verification form. The completion of this form will serve as your signature. This must be completed by Wednesday, July 10, 2020. Note: students will need to be signed into their fcpsschools.net account to access the Academic and Career Grid.  For more information about your child’s ACP, visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning/ or the ACP website. You may also contact Glasgow Counselor Gregory Frantz gdfrantz@fcps.edu with any questions.

 

Student Services - Counselors Available If you have concerns regarding your child’s socio-emotional health or mental well-being, please contact your child’s counselor for support. Counselors are available to check in with your child through email or the voice-dial feature on Google Meets. Unless your child has been opted out of counseling services, counselors may be reaching out to your child if they have requested an appointment or if staff members have noticed concerns that may prompt a check in. As always, counselors will stay in communication with parents whenever necessary. 

*Note* When counselors are calling during Distance Learning, they may be calling from a blocked caller ID number or a number starting with (347) which is the area code for Google Meets.

  • A – C: Akon Otoyo - ajotoyo@fcps.edu
  • D – J: Curtiss Barnes - crbarnes@fcps.edu
  • K – Ph: Cynthia Pareja - cspareja@fcps.edu
  • Pi - Z: Greg Frantz - gdfrantz@fcps.edu
  • ESOL Level 1 &2: Irania Escalante - ivescalante@fcps.edu  
  • TEAM 7&8: Jenn Pallotto (lead) - jkpallotto@fcps.edu

 

Support for Parents during COVID-19 Closures - We recognize that these extended closures are an unprecedented time for all members of our school community including staff, students, and also parents. Here is a guide for parents as to how you can continue to support your child at home to ensure their socio-emotional health and wellness. How to Support Your Child During COVID-19 Closures

 

Food Services Meal Distribution Sites - FCPS will continue to provide grab and go breakfasts and lunches at no cost for students at multiple sites to students, with breakfast from 8:00-10:30am and lunch from 10:30am to 2:00pm. School-age students are welcome to come to any of the nearest sites listed below to pick up a lunch during that time period. Other sites are also available on the FCPS homepage. All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

  • Annandale Terrace, 7604 Herald St., Annandale
  • Braddock Elementary,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale
  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church
  • Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield
  • Glen Forest ES, 5829 Glen Forest Dr., Falls Church
  • Parklawn ES, 4116 Braddock Road, Alexandria
  • Bailey’s Community Center, 10-10:30 a.m., 5920 Summers Ln, Falls Church

Click here for a list of local organizations that are providing food for students and families.

Meals sites at ACCA and John Calvin Church are continuing on weekends into June. 

Saturdays - 2:30 – 4:30 PM, ACCA Child Development Center, Walkup Service

Sundays - 2:30 – 4:30 PM, John Calvin Presbyterian Church, Drive Up Service

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 - May 31

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Glasgow Community:

What a beautiful weekend. As usual, my family and I went hiking, then enjoyed yummy burgers and shakes at Spelunkers in Front Royal. 

Over the past weeks, our teachers have done tremendous work learning new tech tools quickly, attending a lot of professional development, and teaching each other. Both in synchronous and asynchronous learning, I have seen teachers commit to ensuring students have lots of opportunities to collaborate with each other and share their thinking. Students across our building are now using tools like Padlet, interactive slides with built-in templates via Pear Deck, jotting their thoughts on virtual sticky notes through Jamboard, making and sharing videos on Flipgrid, and collaborating with each other in breakout rooms during synchronous sessions. It has been incredible, and so fun, seeing distance instruction transform and hearing from more and more students as they engage in these opportunities!

To help our staff celebrate their work with students this year, please take a minute and send me a quick email (kemadigan@fcps.edu) with a story about how a Glasgow staff member has positively influenced your student. The stories many of you have already shared have been heartwarming, and I can’t wait to share them with staff! 

As always, thank you for your continued support. Please reach out for questions and feedback. 

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/

Distance Learning

Distance Learning -  Continues throughout FCPS this week. Our Glasgow Website has been updated with many important links for distance learning. In the announcements section, there are two banners that will take you to the Distance Learning Hub and to the Distance Learning Resources section. Students can access their course homepages and asynchronous grids through the Distance Learning Hub and many of your questions can be answered in the Distance Learning Resources section.  In addition, like all FCPS websites, they can be translated into many different languages.

 

Summer Learning - Students across FCPS will have the opportunity to participate in Continuity of Learning over the summer. English and Math packets will be mailed home in June and a number of teachers will be available in the summer for scheduled office hours. We will be communicating more information in the coming weeks. For more information about summer learning programs, please visit the FCPS website: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning

Rising 9th Grade News

Request to Expunge High School Course Taken in Middle School - A special message from Justice HS for rising freshmen. Parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school may request that the grade be omitted from the student’s high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. For courses completed in 8th grade, parents of rising freshmen must make the request no later than the end of the first quarter. Once expunged, a course cannot be reinstated. The Request to Expunge form must be completed to make this request. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you would like to discuss expunging a course.

 

2020-2021 Justice HS Course Registration Information - A special message from Justice HS for rising freshmen. Students and parents may access student course requests through their SIS Account. Please review the courses your child selected and contact your child’s counselor if you notice any errors. Justice HS staff spends considerable time assisting students with their selection of appropriate courses. All decisions regarding staffing, instructional supplies, etc. are made based on those selections and classes without sufficient enrollment will not be offered. We will try to accommodate changes up until June 1st but that may not always be possible due to space availability. Schedule changes in the new school year will not be made during the first weeks of school unless there is an error on the schedule. Students may be placed in support classes or general education classes based on end of year progress and assessments. Students who start the year in honors and IB courses will be required to stay in the course through October 1st. Courses dropped after 1st quarter will receive a “WP” or “WF”. The course offering catalog, where you can review information on course prerequisites, descriptions, fee requirements, and general FCPS information is available on the Justice HS website under Academics. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you would like to discuss your child’s course requests.

 

Justice High School Athletics Fall Sports Information - Glasgow 8th Graders!!! You are a little more than a month away from become official Justice High School 9th graders. We are excited to see you in August. www.justicesports.com

Interested in a fall sport??? Please fill out the below google form by clicking the embedded link. Contact information will be routed to the appropriate coach so that we can make sure you are included in any of their upcoming communication. Fall Interest Google Form.  In order to be eligible for tryouts, athletes must have the below items completed prior to the start dates: 2020-2021 Physical Form (must be dated after 5/1/2020), Emergency Care Card and Concussion Education (New Online Platform Under Construction). Golf starts July 30 and all other fall sports (Cross Country, Cheerleading, Field Hockey, Football and Volleyball) on August 3rd.

Coaches Contact Information

  • Cross Country - Ron Kronlage - rkronlage@fcps.edu 
  • Cheer-leading - Deborah O'Rourke - dworourke@fcps.edu 
  • Field Hockey - Stefanie Vestal - slvestal@fcps.edu 
  • Football - Greg Weisbecker - gpweisbecker@fcps.edu 
  • Golf - Ryan Kenna - rhkenna@fcps.edu 
  • Volleyball - Sharon Ponton - sponton@fcps.edu 
Summer VIP Program

The Middle School VIP program will be going virtual for the summer!  During these unprecedented times of social distancing and virtual learning, we want to offer your child a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment. FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5- week virtual program for rising 7th and 8th graders in Fairfax County. We will also be extending this invitation to our rising 9th graders to help keep them connected this summer. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in virtual activities in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. The program is led by FCPS After-School Specialists and DNCS Teen/Community Center Staff.

**Middle schools with 6th graders – please add rising 6th to the 1st paragraph and then delete this note and highlights!**

Details
  • Dates – Monday – Thursday from June 29th - July 30th
  • A mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities
    • Synchronous – staff and students are online working together at the same time
    • Asynchronous – activities that students can work on at any time
  • Location – Virtual
  • Cost – Free
Registration Process

The Online Registration will be available by the beginning of June.  You will be sent another "News You Choose" email with a link to the application.  Participants will receive further details/instructions in mid-June. 

We hope you will consider Virtual VIP this summer!

Glasgow Goodies

8th Grade Slideshow - Photos Needed - One of the most popular moments of the 8th Grade Dance is the 8th grade slide show.  The pictures we use are usually taken during the last couple weeks of school.  This year we are asking 8th grade students and families to submit a 2019-2020 picture that we can use for the 2020 8th grade slide show.  The deadline to submit your picture is Monday, June 1. https://forms.gle/iow8US1ftGeNpw8DA

PLEASE NOTE:  Since multiple individuals will be working on this project, this is the only way we can accept pictures.  Parents, you may have to use your student's school email account to upload a picture.

Grading Update

4th Quarter & Final Mark Grading Update - Students will be assigned a “no mark” for 4th quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts. You may see some “feedback” entered into the grade-book already. Each of these assignments are “Not for Grading” and can only have a positive impact on your students final mark. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript. 

Per FCPS grading policy for Distance Learning, a student’s final mark for year long courses will be the highest of the following:

  • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3
  • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3 w/ 1 grade distribution increase (if applicable)
  • 1st Semester Grade
  • 1st Semester Grade w/1 distribution increase (if applicable)

For semester long courses, a student’s final mark will be the highest of the following: 

  • Qtr 3 Average
  • Qtr 3 Average (w/up to a two grade distribution increase if applicable)
Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved, Run for the PTA Board - The PTA is looking for interested parties to serve on the board, there are a number of opportunities available. Some positions are easily performed remotely. Please email the PTA if interested: glasgowms.pta@gmail.com

 

Food Donation - Fortunately our feeder neighborhoods have several pre-existing food truck delivery programs through Food For Others. If you are interested in donating food, we recommend that families donate using information from the website: https://www.foodforothers.org/

Important Dates

June 2-4 - Student Medication Pick-Up 

June 8-9 - Student Item Pick-Up - HPE Lockers 

June 9 - PTA Meeting - Virtual

June 12 - Last Day of School and Synchronous Learning

June 2 - 4 - Medication Pick-Up - If your student has medication at Glasgow, you will be able to pick up medication between June 2-4. Information was sent out last week to families whose students have medication at Glasgow with details and safety guidelines for pick-up. Contact Deirdre McShea for more information dmcshea@fcps.edu.

 

June 3 & June 5 - Synchronous Sessions - Following your students regular class schedule and the distance learning schedule synchronous schedule. Students can continue to engage in synchronous learning on Wednesday and Friday this week. The links are the same each week, if your student needs a new link have them email their teacher.

 

June 8 & 9 Student Item Pick-Up - We have scheduled student item pick-up for June 8th and 9th. Families are not obligated to retrieve items from their student’s HPE locker, but they are welcome to do so. We will be sending out more detailed information about pick-up dates and times this week. Contact Deirdre McShea for more information dmcshea@fcps.edu. 

 

June 9 - PTA Meeting - The final PTA meeting will be on June 9. Please stay tuned in next week's gazette for more information. 

Library News

Glasgow MS Library Site -  The Glasgow LIbrary site http://bit.ly/GlasgowMSLibrary has been created for both teachers and students and can be included in Google Classroom. There are plenty of resources that will help you use databases, Collections, find Virginia Reader’s Choice books, and the library catalog. The librarians will host Lunch in the Library office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am – 12pm. Please join our Google Classroom (code: u74n5km) to attend our office hours on Google Meet. We will discuss books, help you access resources, take recommendations, and answer questions to assist with your school assignments.

 

Library Books and Resources - Please enjoy your school library books at home. No books are overdue and they can be returned when school buildings re-open in summer or fall. Please check out our audiobooks and eBooks available on MackinVIA.  See this video that will help you access MackinVIA. Students can also check out books from MyON, here is a video that shows you how to access that resource. Feel free to email, Tara Sanz, Glasgow MS librarian and avid reader of middle grade & YA fiction, if you need any recommendations or help with accessing online library resources. tmsanz@fcps.edu Happy reading!

Important Information 

Yearbooks Still on Sale! - Parents are encouraged to purchase a yearbook today! The cost is $30. You can purchase your yearbook on-line at https://www.balfour.com/virginia/alexandria/glasgow-middle-school. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu. We will update you on how yearbooks will be distributed with the closure of school as we get closer to the distribution date.

 

Student Services - Counselors Available If you have concerns regarding your child’s socio-emotional health or mental well-being, please contact your child’s counselor for support. Counselors are available to check in with your child through email or the voice-dial feature on Google Meets. Unless your child has been opted out of counseling services, counselors may be reaching out to your child if they have requested an appointment or if staff members have noticed concerns that may prompt a check in. As always, counselors will stay in communication with parents whenever necessary. 

*Note* When counselors are calling during Distance Learning, they may be calling from a blocked caller ID number or a number starting with (347) which is the area code for Google Meets.

  • A – C: Akon Otoyo - ajotoyo@fcps.edu
  • D – J: Curtiss Barnes - crbarnes@fcps.edu
  • K – Ph: Cynthia Pareja - cspareja@fcps.edu
  • Pi - Z: Greg Frantz - gdfrantz@fcps.edu
  • ESOL Level 1 &2: Irania Escalante - ivescalante@fcps.edu  
  • TEAM 7&8: Jenn Pallotto (lead) - jkpallotto@fcps.edu

Support for Parents during COVID-19 Closures - We recognize that these extended closures are an unprecedented time for all members of our school community including staff, students, and also parents. Here is a guide for parents as to how you can continue to support your child at home to ensure their socio-emotional health and wellness. How to Support Your Child During COVID-19 Closures

 

Food Services Meal Distribution Sites - FCPS will continue to provide grab and go breakfasts and lunches at no cost for students at multiple sites to students, with breakfast from 8:00-10:30am and lunch from 10:30am to 2:00pm. School-age students are welcome to come to any of the nearest sites listed below to pick up a lunch during that time period. Other sites are also available on the FCPS homepage. All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

  • Annandale Terrace, 7604 Herald St., Annandale
  • Braddock Elementary,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale
  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church
  • Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield
  • Glen Forest ES, 5829 Glen Forest Dr., Falls Church
  • Parklawn ES, 4116 Braddock Road, Alexandria
  • Bailey’s Community Center, 10-10:30 a.m., 5920 Summers Ln, Falls Church

Click here for a list of local organizations that are providing food for students and families.

Meals sites at ACCA and John Calvin Church are continuing on weekends into June. 

Saturdays - 2:30 – 4:30 PM, ACCA Child Development Center, Walkup Service

Sundays - 2:30 – 4:30 PM, John Calvin Presbyterian Church, Drive Up Service

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!

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

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