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I hope you had a relaxing and safe Thanksgiving! My family and I spent a few days in the Roanoke area hiking and taking in some beautiful views. I also used this time to reflect, relax, and reground in what is most important to me. I am so grateful for the health of my family and also feel very lucky to work with a wonderful community at Glasgow.
I’d like to thank our families who were able to attend our recent PTA meeting focused on student leadership opportunities. It was great to hear from Glasgow and area High School students as well as Glasgow staff. We are also grateful to PTA for supporting our students and staff through new PTA-sponsored student leadership grants! Click here for more information about the application and encourage your student to apply. We will also be communicating this information via our staff gazette, our news show and announcements, through our Panther Time, Student Central (internal Glasgow Google Sites) and each grade level Google Classroom.
It’s hard to believe that December begins this week! As a reminder, we are shifting our approach to Mondays. Starting on Monday, November 30, we will no longer assign Monday asynchronous work and we will drop Monday FIT. We will still provide Office Hours and a check-in-based Panther Time, when teachers will continue to take attendance, check in with students, and help them get ready for the week. Our intent with this approach is that we will use Mondays to continue building community and connection and providing individualized support for our students while at the same time providing space for students to catch up on work from the week. Wednesday and Friday Panther Times and FITs will continue as usual, and we will continue providing office hours after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well. See below for our revised Monday schedule.
As always, please reach out for questions or concerns. Have a great week!
Katie Madigan, Acting PrincipalImportant Dates
November 30 - New Monday Schedule (see above)
December 10 - Parent Academy: Substance Abuse Prevention
December 21 thru January 1 - Winter Break
January 12 - 6th Grade Students Return into the Building - Tentative
January 18 - No School - MLK Day
January 20 - No School - Inauguration Day
January 22 - End of 2nd Quarter - Early Release
January 25 - Teacher Workday
January 26 - 7th & 8th Grade Students Return into the Building - Tentative
December 10 - Parent Academy: Substance Abuse Prevention - This month's Parent Academy will be lead by our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Bryan Villalobos. Sessions will be from 6:00pm - 7:00pm in English and Arabic and from 7:00pm - 8:00pm in Spanish. Links to come next week - mark your calendars.Important Information
Thomas Jefferson High School Admissions Update - The FCPS School Board postponed the scheduled work session focused on the admissions process. The board transitioned its focus to the delay in "Return to School" due to the recent increase in COVID-positive cases. A new date has not been scheduled for a FCPS School Board work session focused on the admissions process. If you have questions about this you may contact the TJHSST admissions office at email@example.com www.tjadmissions.org or Glasgow TJHSST Liaison Counselor Gregory Frantz firstname.lastname@example.org.
At-Home Science Experiments with ChalkBox- Four FCPS graduates, including Glasgow graduate, Nidhi Talasani, a current second year student at University of Chicago, founded ChalkBox, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aimed toward assisting students with virtual learning and providing accessible education during the Covid-19 pandemic. Through their program, they hope to give students an opportunity to conduct various STEM laboratory experiments in their own homes and bring back a vital aspect of education lost this school year. All materials needed for these experiments will be provided beforehand. This program is open to all middle school students, and will be offered free of cost to all students that indicate any financial need. Please see this flier for more details.
Reminder: Referral Window for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1 - Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents of students new to FCPS to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1. Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.
Focusing on the Future - Virtual Conference - Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) - Spring 2021 SEP registration is now open for students grades 3-12. William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to offer 2 different spring sessions with courses available in the areas of art, STEM, botany, writing, poetry and many more. Please see our Spring SEP 2021 filer for more information. William & Mary’s SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students. The program is not meant to supplement the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts. Click for More Information. The Center for Gifted Education is also accepting registrations for our annual Focusing on the Future event. Focusing on the Future is a virtual career and academic planning conference for all Middle and High School students as well as Counselors and Parents. Click to view the conference brochure.
Report Cards - First quarter report cards should have arrived home last week. Please let us know if you did not receive yours. However, we encourage families to enroll in paperless report cards. To do so, log in to SIS ParentVUE, go to My Account, and check the "Go Paperless" option.
Celebrating 1st Quarter Honor Roll - We are proud of the hard work students have been doing so far this year in all of their classes and we look forward to celebrating students who have earned either All A or A/B Honor Roll. Quarter 1 All A and A/B Honor Roll recipients and their parents should have received an email with their certificate this year. Please contact Emily Wasserman or Akon Otoyo if you did not receive your child's certificate.
Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) - a FREE educational program of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, designed to ignite a passion in students who already show an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our hope is that the BLAST 3-day residential, on-campus experience, which is packed with demonstrations and collaborative activities led by college faculty, will inspire students to envision a career in a STEM field and motivate them to
Technology Support @Glasgow - We continue to encourage all families who are having issues with your Glasgow issued laptop to call the Parent/Student Tech Support Hotline at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). The hotline is staffed 7 days a week from 7am to 11pm and multiple languages are available. Alternatively, you can submit a support ticket online at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/. If it is deemed that the problem cannot be fixed virtually, we will set up a time for you to come to Glasgow for a repair or exchange between the hours of 10am – 2pm, Monday through Friday. If you show up outside of those hours or without an appointment, we cannot guarantee a tech will be able to service your laptop in a timely fashion. Also, to keep the student laptops running well, encourage your child to “restart” the laptop at least once a week. A restart is in the power options and is not the same as turning the laptop off, then turning it back on. Restarts are vital in making sure the laptop receives and installs the most current updates to ensure optimal performance.
Toiletries Drive - This month we’re doing a toiletries drive! If you’d like to support this effort, please drop off any items at Glasgow from Nov 9th until Dec 1st. All donations will go directly to Glasgow families in need. Items such as disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, shampoo and conditioner *including options for ethnic hair, body wash/soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, lotion, diapers and wipes, Clorox/Lysol wipes. Please contact Destiny Delaware if you have any questions, email@example.com.Bus Route Meal Service
Grab and Go Meals (UPDATE) - Did you pick up your grab and go meal today? FCPS is providing FREE grab and go breakfast and lunch to ALL students Monday through Friday.
It is easy to find out where to pick up food by visiting the website:
****PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS LINK! There are many schools close to Glasgow that are including afternoon snack and supper meals as well! Also, the County is expanding the Fairfax Meal Kits program. Students can pick up 7 breakfast and lunch packets at the same time. Locations, dates and times are all on the site.After School Spotlight
This week, Glasgow After School @Home would like to share new and upcoming Clubs. We’re proud to highlight the following two. For updates and program descriptions, please visit Glasgow Middle School @Home (Link).
Virtual Gaming Club - Are you a gamer? Do you like playing and competing against other gamers like yourself? The Virtual Gaming Club is the Club for you. The Virtual Gaming Club meets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. If this is the club for you, please contact Mr. Williams firstname.lastname@example.org, for sign up information.
Digital Art Club - This club is for beginners to experienced digital artist. Club members with be exposed and learn about various digital art platforms, share their illustrations and creations digitally, and hear from experts in the field.
Dates: Thursdays - Every two weeks on
Time: 2:30 – 3:30pm
Grades: 6th – 8th.
Start Date: Thursday, December 3rdGlasgow PTA News
Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/
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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- Monitor your students academics with a SIS Parent Account.
- Join the Glasgow Middle School PTA and attend meetings.
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