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.

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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.

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Attendance: 703.813.8787 | Web | Twitter | Facebook 

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 

Glasgow Community Gazette - May 25

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Glasgow Community:

What a great week this past week was for Glasgow! We were honored as a 2020 Model PLC At Work school, the only middle school in Virginia and one of only 200 schools and districts in the U.S. and Canada ever with this designation. According to the PLC Review Committee, “Glasgow has demonstrated a sustained commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels, and the structure and culture of the school reflects this commitment.” This honor is an incredible and timely testament to our commitment at Glasgow to be a great school for all students. 

We were so pleased as well to see over 100 families at our virtual Spanish-speaking Family Night this past Tuesday, where several of our Spanish-speaking faculty provided information and answered questions about Distance Learning. At the end of this meeting, we were able to provide video access and were thrilled to see many of our students as they waved and said hello. The look on our staff members’ faces was priceless--we were reminded once again just how much we miss our students and we were so grateful to get to see them. 

Finally, I have a request. 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. We look forward to celebrating our successes together.

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 will continue throughout FCPS this week. Glasgow students and families will be able to access asynchronous lessons in all content areas through the glasgowms.fcps.edu website or the schedule that was mailed directly to your student three weeks ago. 

Here is the link to the FCPS Distance Learning website that will provide you detailed information.

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.

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 

 

Falls Church High School 15th Annual Jaguar 5K and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run Virtual - May 3 - 31 - Anyone/everyone can participate from anywhere! It’s  designed to be a fun, healthy, safe and FREE  event to keep our FCHS family and community connected! Participants run/walk  a 5K course (3.1miles) or 1 Mile (for kids 13 years old and younger) anywhere (neighborhood roads/sidewalk, trails or on a treadmill)! There are many apps that will track distances such as MapMyRun , NikeRunClub, or RunKeeper. Participants should send us the results (fcjaguar5K@gmail.com) and include first/last name, age, gender, race time, and a picture (if desired). For the picture, if possible, wear an old FCHS Jaguar 5K shirt, or any FCHS shirt, or an FCHS FEEDER school shirt. Everyone is invited to participate so please encourage family members, friends, and neighbors from near and far! Participants will earn a certificate of completion.

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 Friday, May 29th. 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

3rd Quarter Grades - 3rd Quarter Grades are now available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE. 3rd quarter report cards are in the process of being mailed out. 

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

May 27 - Synchronous Sessions - Odd Day

May 29 - Synchronous Session - Even Day

June 9 - PTA Meeting - Virtual

June 12 - Last Day of School and Synchronous Learning

 

May 27 & May 29 - 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.

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 

Medication Pick-Up - If your student has medication at Glasgow, you will be able to pick up medication beginning Thursday, May 28th. Information will be sent out this week via email, text message, and phone to families whose students have medication at Glasgow with more details.

 

Student HPE Locker & Item Pick-Up - We have scheduled student item curbside 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. Students and families will not have access to the building at this time. We will be sending out more detailed information about pick-up dates and times soon. Contact Deirdre McShea for more information dmcshea@fcps.edu. 

 

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.

 

Supporting Executive Functions at Home: A Free Webinar for Families - On Tuesday, May 26th from 10am-12pm, the FCPS Behavior Intervention Services department and Parent Resource Center is hosting a free webinar titled “Supporting Executive Functions at Home: A Webinar for Families.” Webinar Highlights include:

  • Connections between behavior and executive functions,
  • 6 executive function skill areas and their respective sub-skills:
    • Working Memory
    • Self-Control
    • Goal Directed Persistence
    • Metacognition Strategies
    • Goal Directed Attention and Focus
    • Cognitive Flexibility and Shifting
  • Practical strategies to develop and strengthen their students' executive function skills when at home

Registration is free but required. Register online at https://bit.ly/2WU4Xhb

 

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.

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 - May 17

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Glasgow Community:

I hope that you were able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather on Saturday. Our family took our weekly hiking trip. We completed the Appalachian Trail in Maryland this weekend and have almost completed the BSA hiking merit badge. Although it is not always easy, I try my best each weekend to step away and refresh.

Each week I have the pleasure of dropping in on synchronous lessons throughout different content areas. I am impressed how quickly our students have adapted to this format of learning and enjoy seeing them discuss and collaborate online. As we continue in distance learning at Glasgow, we are encouraged to see the high levels of engagement and support happening in both the synchronous and asynchronous learning. We recognize that this time has required all of us - educators, students and families alike- to learn new skills, mindsets and habits. Thank you for your continued partnership in this work. I have great confidence in the knowledge that Glasgow is preparing thoughtfully for what students will need as they transition into the next grade level, and our role will be to provide the support each student needs to be successful in that transition. 

Thank you for your continued support. As always, 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 will continue throughout FCPS this week. Glasgow students and families will be able to access asynchronous lessons in all content areas through the glasgowms.fcps.edu website or the schedule that was mailed directly to your student three weeks ago. 

Here is the link to the FCPS Distance Learning website that will provide you detailed information.

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.

Rising 9th Grade News

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 15th Annual Jaguar 5K and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run Virtual - May 3 - 23 - Anyone/everyone can participate from anywhere! It’s  designed to be a fun, healthy, safe and FREE  event to keep our FCHS family and community connected! Participants run/walk  a 5K course (3.1miles) or 1 Mile (for kids 13 years old and younger) anywhere (neighborhood roads/sidewalk, trails or on a treadmill)! There are many apps that will track distances such as MapMyRun , NikeRunClub, or RunKeeper. Participants should send us the results (fcjaguar5K@gmail.com) and include first/last name, age, gender, race time, and a picture (if desired). For the picture, if possible, wear an old FCHS Jaguar 5K shirt, or any FCHS shirt, or an FCHS FEEDER school shirt. Everyone is invited to participate so please encourage family members, friends, and neighbors from near and far! Participants will earn a certificate of completion.

Glasgow Goodies

Congrats to our Glasgow SEPTA Award Nominee!  SEPTA is the Fairfax Special Education PTA. We are proud to share that Keely Norris was nominated as Outstanding Secondary Special Education Teacher! We are so proud of you!

Grading Update

3rd Quarter Grades - 3rd Quarter Grades are now available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE. 3rd quarter report cards are in the process of being mailed out. 

4th Quarter Grading Update - Middle school and high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. 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.

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

May 19 - Parent Academy in Spanish

May 20 - Synchronous Sessions - Odd Day

May 22 - Synchronous Session - Even Day

May 25 - Memorial Day

June 9 - PTA Meeting - Virtual

June 12 - Last Day of School and Synchronous Learning

May 19 - Parent Academy in Spanish - We will host a Parent Academy Tuesday May 19 at 7:00 PM online in Spanish (no English translation) to learn more about Distance Learning at Glasgow Middle School and ways to support your student. This academy will mirror much of the information shared at our Parent Coffees. More information will be going out to Spanish speaking families via e-notify, voicemail and text. 

Únase a nosotros el martes por la noche en línea para obtener más información sobre Glasgow Middle School. Organizaremos una Academia de Padres el martes 19 de mayo a las 7:00 pm en línea.  Puede unirse con una computadora o teléfono. Los temas incluyen: como iniciar sesión virtual, como son las clases, solución de problemas con la computadora, cómo apoyar a su hijo a través del aprendizaje distancia, expectativas y horarios estudiantiles

May 20 & May 22 - 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.

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.

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 - May 10

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Glasgow Community:

It was great getting to hear from and talk with several of you at our May PTA meeting on Tuesday. I really love hearing your questions, feedback, and concerns, as well as seeing how you all support each other and us. I have always strongly believed that school means so much more than serving students from 7:30-2:15; that the best schools create strong connections and collaboration with families and the community in order to support students. Our vision at Glasgow is “We are a community empowered by diversity, inspired by our success, and committed to lifelong learning.” I have shared with our staff that it is in times of greatest challenge when we lean the most into our vision and collective beliefs--and I am so proud to be a part of an entire community that does this. 

Many of you have asked about our students who are struggling to gain access to learning and have asked how you can help. Our Glasgow staff--administrators, counselors, social workers, teachers, instructional assistants, and parent liaisons--are working hard to reach every family, ask what they need and how we can help, and provide guidance on everything from technology and distance learning to access to meals and social services. We are always working on ways to continue to connect families and school. 

Something that many of you have also asked is how you can support your students’ distance learning at home. Learning how to support your student at home is not easy, nor is it intuitive. With an elementary student as well as two middle-schoolers, even as an educator, I am also learning how to provide the right amount of support and structure that helps balance my and my husband’s work with supporting our children’s learning. So I thought it might be helpful to share a few strategies, which you’ll find below. I’d also love to hear from you what is working!

Finally, thank you all so much for all of your thank yous to our teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week! Our staff loved and were uplifted by all of the videos, notes, pictures, and emails that you and your students shared. 

We appreciate all you are doing to support your students’ distance learning. As always, please reach out if you have 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/

Distance Learning

Distance Learning will continue throughout FCPS this week. Glasgow students and families will be able to access asynchronous lessons in all content areas through the glasgowms.fcps.edu website or the schedule that was mailed directly to your student three weeks ago. 

Here is the link to the FCPS Distance Learning website that will provide you detailed information.

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.

Tips for Supporting Student's Learning at Home 

Work with your child to develop a daily schedule that is consistent and balances work time with breaks.

Help your child fill out this Synchronous Sessions Link Organizer with links to all of their synchronous sessions using the Blackboard Collaborate links in their fcpsschools.net email.

At the start of work time, have your child skim their packets or the Glasgow Weekly Lesson Grids to make a general daily To Do list that they can check off as they complete tasks.

Throughout the week (or daily), have your child show you their packets or open the Weekly Lesson Grids. Look together at the Academic Task sections; use this as guidance to ask specific questions about their work.

Schedule periodic Check In times with your child. Ask:

  • Questions about completion: What have you finished so far? What do you have left? 
  • Open-ended questions: Tell me about this assignment--what were some of the ideas you were working on? How’s it going? What made you think that? Tell me more about that. What else? 
  • Questions about ease or challenge: What was the easiest to work on today? Why? What was trickier? Why? 
  • Questions about likes or dislikes: What assignments did you like best? Why? What assignments weren’t so great? Why? How do you think it could be made better? 
  • Questions about support: Is there anything I can help with? Have you reached out to your teacher to ask for help? Would you like to stop by your teacher’s office hours for support? What about a friend, can they help?
  • Questions about feedback: What are ways you know how you are doing on your work? Let's take a look at SIS together? Let's check your email and see if you've gotten any feedback? Show me your Google Classroom, let's see what feedback is there. What might you need to spend a little more time on?

Like I said above, learning how to support your student at home is not easy, nor is it intuitive. I hope that you find these tips and guiding questions helpful and I’d also love to hear from you what is working!

Grading Update

4th Quarter Grading Update - Middle school and high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. 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.

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

May 1 - May 14 - Virtual Book Fair

May 13 - Synchronous Sessions - Odd Day

May 15 - Synchronous Session - Even Day

May 1 - May 14 - Virtual Spring Book Fair - It’s time for the Glasgow MS Spring Book Fair!  We invite you to shop our Book Fair online from May 1 - May14, 2020! Even though our school is closed, we still want to make the Book Fair available for our entire school community. See below for more information. Scholastic Book Fair link.

May 13 & May 15 - 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.

Library News

Virtual Book FairIt’s time for the Glasgow MS Spring Book Fair!  We invite you to shop our Book Fair online from May 1 - May14, 2020! Even though our school is closed, we still want to make the Book Fair available for our entire school community. Scholastic Book Fair link. Take advantage of free shipping on book-only orders over $25. If you choose a non-book item free shipping is NOT available. Plus, all purchases benefit our school. Click the SHOP NOW button to start shopping and show your support. The SHOP NOW button will not appear until the fair opens on May 1. See these links for a small sampling of books that will be offered: Pre-K Booklist , K-6 Booklist , Middle School Booklist  Please contact Tara Sanz, Glasgow MS librarian, at tmsanz@fcps.edu if you have any questions. Thanks for supporting the Glasgow MS library!

 

Glasgow MS Library Site -  at http://bit.ly/GlasgowMSLibrary It 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.

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.

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 - May 3

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Glasgow Community:

What a beautiful day Saturday was! This weekend we hiked from MD to PA. As I hiked, I reflected on the week. I feel so proud - and relieved - that our first week of synchronous instruction was successful. Many teachers shared that they were so excited and nervous Tuesday evening, preparing for Wednesday’s synchronous learning. Many said it felt like the night before the first day of school! Teachers emailed and called me with their stories about how great things went and how energized they were to “see” their students, and I popped into several synchronous sessions myself. It was so fun “seeing” your students! Before starting instruction, many teachers opened their lessons with community builders. I got to hear about your students’ favorite ice cream flavors, what they miss most about school, and how they have been spending their time, among other topics. Just as our teachers were excited to connect with their students, I could tell that students were also excited to connect with their teachers and peers. I hope that your student is starting to find their rhythm accessing asynchronous and synchronous learning, as well as balancing exercise, play, and family time.  

Thank you for celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with us this upcoming week. We will be celebrating all of our teachers through messages and hand written thank you notes.

Finally, please join us on Tuesday, May 5, for our May PTA meeting. The meeting will include elections for the upcoming 2020 - 2021 school year as well as a roundtable with me, Joash Chung, Director of Student Services, and other members of the Glasgow Staff.  This meeting will replace our next Parent Coffee. More info about how to access it is below. 

We appreciate all you are doing to support your students’ distance learning. As always, please reach out if you have 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/

Distance Learning

Distance Learning will continue throughout FCPS this week. Glasgow students and families will be able to access asynchronous lessons in all content areas through the glasgowms.fcps.edu website or the schedule that was mailed directly to your student three weeks ago. 

Here is the link to the FCPS Distance Learning website that will provide you detailed information.

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.

Grading Update

3rd Quarter Grading Update - Quarter Extended - Per FCPS grading policy during COVID-19 closures, no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE. However, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until Friday, May 1 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. 

Note: ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Friday, May 1 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9. 3rd quarter report cards will be mailed out by FCPS central office after May 12th.

4th Quarter Grading Update - Middle school and high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. 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.

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

May 1 - May 14 - Virtual Book Fair

May 5 - Virtual PTA Meeting

May 6 - Synchronous Sessions - Odd Day

May 8 - Synchronous Session - Even Day

May 1 - May 14 - Virtual Spring Book Fair - It’s time for the Glasgow MS Spring Book Fair!  We invite you to shop our Book Fair online from May 1 - May14, 2020! Even though our school is closed, we still want to make the Book Fair available for our entire school community. See below for more information. Scholastic Book Fair link.

May 5 - Virtual PTA Meeting - Join us for the May PTA meeting. The meeting will include elections for the upcoming 2020 - 2021 school year. We will also host a round table with Katie Madigan, Principal, Joash Chung Director of Student Services and other members of the Glasgow Staff.  This meeting will replace our next Parent Coffee.  Please fill out this form to gain access to the link for the PTA meeting. Submit questions in advance to glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Looking forward to seeing you there.

May 6 & May 8 - Synchronous Sessions - Following your students regular class schedule and the distance learning schedule synchronous schedule. Students can engage in synchronous learning on Wednesday and Friday this week. Our teachers are looking forward to reconnecting with them online. The links are the same as last week. If you student needs a new link have them email their teacher.

Library News

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!

 

Glasgow MS Library Site -  at http://bit.ly/GlasgowMSLibrary It 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.

 

Free Audiobooks - Every summer Audiobook Sync gives away pairings of audiobooks weekly.  The program starts on April 30 with our very own Virginia Reader’s Choice, The 57 Bus and Monday’s Not Coming. These titles are available until May 6. You must download the book during the available dates and be careful waiting until the last day as it expires bright and early in the morning.  For a list of titles:  https://www.audiobooksync.com/2020-sync-titles/ Register for the program: https://www.audiobooksync.com/

 

Virtual Book Fair -  It’s time for the Glasgow MS Spring Book Fair!  We invite you to shop our Book Fair online from May 1 - May14, 2020! Even though our school is closed, we still want to make the Book Fair available for our entire school community. Scholastic Book Fair link. Take advantage of free shipping on book-only orders over $25. If you choose a non-book item free shipping is NOT available. Plus, all purchases benefit our school. Click the SHOP NOW button to start shopping and show your support. The SHOP NOW button will not appear until the fair opens on May 1. See these links for a small sampling of books that will be offered: Pre-K Booklist , K-6 Booklist , Middle School Booklist  Please contact Tara Sanz, Glasgow MS librarian, at tmsanz@fcps.edu if you have any questions. Thanks for supporting the Glasgow MS library!

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.

 

K-8 Learning Packets and Opt Out - The packets are available electronically in Blackboard FCPS 24/7 Learning so if a parent would like to print the packets at home, they may use the opt out link to stop receiving the printed instructional packets in the mail. They will need their student’s ID number and their e-mail address to access the opt out system. Please note, it may take up to 1 week to process the request to opt out.

 

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

 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Glasgow Students - Academic advising has concluded for all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. You can view the courses that your child has selected through StudentVue and ParentVue selecting the “course request” tab.  Please note that all course request changes for Glasgow students were due by April 17, 2020. Finalizing requests by this date allows us to invest in staffing and resources based on students’ needs and interests. We will be finalizing schedules and placements throughout the late Spring and summer months. Please reach out to your child's counselor if you have any further questions about course registration.

 

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.

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - April 26

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Glasgow Community:

This weekend, and for the past several weekends, my family and I have gone on ten-mile hikes on the Appalachian Trail to fulfill requirements for the Boy Scout hiking merit badge. Each week, this time with my boys, husband, and dogs is a welcome breath from the intensity of the week. I feel lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country - seeing the forests turn green and the flowers blooming makes me grateful and reminds me that we will get through this challenging time. 

Glasgow staff have been very hard at work this past week setting up new Blackboard Collaborate Ultra sessions to support synchronous learning, which will begin on Wednesday, April 29, according to the Distance Learning Schedule. Teachers are very excited to connect with your students! Please remind your students to check their fcpsschools.net emails every day. They will be receiving emails from Blackboard Collaborate for each of their core classes (English, Math, Science Social Studies and World Languages).

I enjoyed speaking, connecting and "seeing" many of you at the virtual Parent Coffee this past week. Your feedback and questions help to shape our next steps, if you were unable to attend the link is here.

I hope you and your family are well and always, please reach if you have any questions.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Distance Learning

Distance Learning will continue throughout FCPS this week. Glasgow students and families will be able to access asynchronous lessons in all content areas through Blackboard, as well as through emails students received fcpsschools.net email with their personalized schedules, and through our glasgowms.fcps.edu website. 

Here is the link to the FCPS Distance Learning website that will provide you detailed information.

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 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.

 

Synchronous Sessions - Synchronous Sessions are starting Wednesday, April 29. Students will follow the bell schedule outlined below. Students will attend secure synchronous sessions via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, without needing to log in to Blackboard FCPS 24-7 Learn.

Students will receive an email from Blackboard Collaborate Invitee, inviting them to attend each of their classes’ sessions. These emails will be stacked in your student’s fcpsschools.net email. These links are associated with your student’s individual account and should not be shared with anyone else. If the name in a student’s email is not their own, please contact the student’s teacher immediately before proceeding.

Students have also received an email in their fcpsschools.net email that includes directions on how to access the links and a link organizer. Keep a look out for this information as well in your student's Google email as well.

Parent Coffee

Thank you to everyone who attended the parent coffee.  If you were unable to attend the coffee or would like to go back for your reference, here is a link to the parent coffee, for your reference. I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming PTA meeting for more updates and conversation around distance learning.

Grading Update

3rd Quarter Grading Update - Quarter Extended - Per FCPS grading policy during COVID-19 closures, no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE. However, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until Friday, May 1 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Note: ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Friday, May 1 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9. 3rd quarter report cards will be mailed out by FCPS central office.

 

4th Quarter Grading Update - Middle school and high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. 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.

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

April 29 - Synchronous Sessions - Odd Day

May 1 - Synchronous Sessions - Even Day

May 1 - May 14 - Virtual Book Fair

May 5 - Virtual PTA Meeting

April 29 & May 1 - Synchronous Sessions - Following your students regular class schedule and the distance learning schedule synchronous schedule. Students can engage in synchronous learning on Wednesday and Friday this week. Our teachers are looking forward to reconnecting with them online.

May 1 - May 14 - Virtual Spring Book Fair - It’s time for the Glasgow MS Spring Book Fair!  We invite you to shop our Book Fair online from May 1 - May14, 2020! Even though our school is closed, we still want to make the Book Fair available for our entire school community. Scholastic Book Fair link

Take advantage of free shipping on book-only orders over $25. If you choose a non-book item free shipping is NOT available. Plus, all purchases benefit our school. Click the SHOP NOW button to start shopping and show your support. The SHOP NOW button will not appear until the fair opens on May 1. See these links for a small sampling of books that will be offered: Pre-K Booklist , K-6 Booklist , Middle School Booklist  Please contact Tara Sanz, Glasgow MS librarian, at tmsanz@fcps.edu if you have any questions. Thanks for supporting the Glasgow MS library!

May 5 - Virtual PTA Meeting - Join us for the May PTA meeting. The meeting will include elections for the upcoming 2020 - 2021 school year. We will also host a round table with Katie Madigan, Principal, Joash Chung Director of Student Services and other members of the Glasgow Staff.  This meeting will replace our next Parent Coffee.  Please fill out this form to gain access to the link for the PTA meeting. Submit questions in advance to glasgowms.pta@gmail.com. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Glasgow Goodies

From the PTA - Teacher Appreciation Week - In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4th-8th) the PTA would like to send a video montage to raise their spirits and let them know how much we applaud them. This is where you can help!  We are asking that you have your student(s) send in a video or a picture thanking all teachers.  We ask that you keep the video to one minute or less. (If your student would rather hold a sign while you snap a picture that works, too!). Please note that by sending in your student’s video/picture you are giving us permission to use it for the video montage and send it to Glasgow to be distributed among the teachers. Deadline to send in videos:   May 1, 2020 If you have any questions please email us at: glasgowmspta.activities@gmail.com

 

From Student Services - Teacher Appreciation Week: May 4th-8th, 2020 – Community Contributions - Glasgow has some of the kindest & hardest working teachers out there. During Teacher Appreciation Week this year (May 4-8) we want to let them know how much they're valued. We’d love for our families & community members to complete this Google Form to share some thoughts about Glasgow teachers. Not all sections need to be completed, so feel free doing only what you’re comfortable filling out. With the feedback we receive we’ll be creating a collage to surprise our teachers throughout the week. Thank you!

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.

 

K-8 Learning Packets and Opt Out - The packets are available electronically in Blackboard FCPS 24/7 Learning so if a parent would like to print the packets at home, they may use the opt out link to stop receiving the printed instructional packets in the mail. They will need their student’s ID number and their e-mail address to access the opt out system. Please note, it may take up to 1 week to process the request to opt out.

 

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: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cqQ3rBt9wQ Students can also check out books from MyON. Here is a video that shows you how to access that resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITgJzPWMIBc&t=2s 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!

 

Student Services - Counselors Available If you have concerns regarding your child’s socioemotional health or mental wellbeing, 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

 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Glasgow Students - Academic advising has concluded for all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. You can view the courses that your child has selected through StudentVue and ParentVue selecting the “course request” tab.  Please note that all course request changes for Glasgow students were due by April 17, 2020. Finalizing requests by this date allows us to invest in staffing and resources based on students’ needs and interests. We will be finalizing schedules and placements throughout the late Spring and summer months. Please reach out to your child's counselor if you have any further questions about course registration.

 

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.

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - April 12

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Glasgow Community:

This week, we at Glasgow got to see our distance learning come ALIVE. It is amazing to think that three weeks ago our teachers were starting from scratch and building our foundation of asynchronous learning and now our students are able to access meaningful lessons across ALL of our classes, independent of the functionality of Blackboard. In History 7, we had 268 responding to one exit ticket, in English 8, 266 students reflected on a poem, over the entire week, Science 6 saw 772 responses to their grid choice board, and in Pre-Algebra we had 382 students completing a survey. This is phenomenal engagement, and we expect our numbers will only increase over time. I've included two awesome examples of student work below: a backyard map and a cell model.

I know it was disappointing for our students not to be able to engage in synchronous sessions this past week. FCPS anticipates resolution to the districtwide challenges with Blackboard, and students will be able to connect with their teachers and peers following the bell schedule posted below. Remember that our synchronous learning is designed to provide students time to connect and collaborate around the asynchronous work. It will be great to “see” our students live this week. If it becomes clear that the upgrades did not fix the problem, Glasgow students can still access lessons in each class via the Distance Learning Hub and email their teachers if they need any assistance. 

In addition to our live sessions, please continue to encourage your student to check their fcpsschools.net email, as this is one way that we will communicate with all 1900 of our students. We appreciate all you are doing to support your students at home--we know it is not easy right now, for any of us.

I hope you and your family are well. Please continue to reach out for 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/

Distance Learning

Distance Learning will continue throughout FCPS this week. Glasgow students and families will be able to access asynchronous lessons in all content areas through Blackboard, as well as through emails students received fcpsschools.net email with their personalized schedules, and through our glasgowms.fcps.edu website. 

Here is the link to the FCPS Distance Learning website that will provide you detailed information.

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 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.

Parent Coffee

The next virtual parent coffee will be on April 21 at 7:00pm. I will provide some brief updates and answer any lingering questions.  Look forward to seeing you there.  Please complete this form if you would like to come to the coffee. I will send you an email with the link and call-in number 30 minutes prior to the session. Remember to mute your mics as you enter if you are calling on a phone. See you there.

Grading Update

3rd Quarter Grading Update - The School Board was briefed that no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE; however, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until April 24 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year. 

 

4th Quarter Grading Update - Middle school and high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript. 

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

April 20 - Week 2 Grids posted to Distance Learning Hub by 7:30am

April 21 - Parent Coffee - 7:00pm

April 22 & 24 - Synchronous Sessions

April 21 - Virtual Parent Coffee - Mark your calendars, the next parent coffee will be on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00pm. Please complete this form if you would like to come to the coffee. I will send you an email with the link and call-in number 30 minutes prior to the session. Remember to mute your mics as you enter if you are calling on a phone.

April 22 & 24 - Synchronous Sessions - Following your students regular class schedule and the distance learning schedule synchronous schedule. Students can engage in synchronous learning on Wednesday and Friday this week. Our teachers are looking forward to reconnecting with them online.

Glasgow Goodies

Staying Connected Photo Album - I would love to hear how you are spending your time and maybe even post some pictures in an upcoming Gazette. I have created a Google Photos album titled “Glasgow Community - Staying Connected Photo Album” to share pictures of how you are spending your time while social distancing.

Important Information 

K-8 Learning Packets and Opt Out - Learning packets have been mailed home this week to all students in K-8 in FCPS. Learning packets are not required but are another resource that students and families can use to enhance their learning at home. The packets are meant to provide access to learning for all students, regardless of home technology access. The packets are available electronically in Blackboard FCPS 24/7 Learning so if a parent would like to print the packets at home, they may use the opt out link to stop receiving the printed instructional packets in the mail. They will need their student’s ID number and their e-mail address to access the opt out system. Please note, it may take up to 1 week to process the request to opt out.

 

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: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cqQ3rBt9wQ Students can also check out books from MyON. Here is a video that shows you how to access that resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITgJzPWMIBc&t=2s 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!

 

Student Services - Counselors Available If you have concerns regarding your child’s socioemotional health or mental wellbeing, 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

 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Glasgow Students - Academic advising has concluded for all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. You can view the courses that your child has selected through StudentVue and ParentVue selecting the “course request” tab.  Please note that all course request changes for Glasgow students are due by April 17, 2020. Finalizing requests by this date allows us to invest in staffing and resources based on students’ needs and interests. We will be finalizing schedules and placements throughout the late Spring and summer months.

 

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. Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school. We will update you on how yearbooks will be distributed with the closure of school as we get closer to the distribution date.

 

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.

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 - April 12

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Glasgow Community:

Our staff is excited about our official Distance Learning launch tomorrow, Monday, April 13. I have heard from so many teachers who have shared how much they have missed their students, and we know that many of our students have missed going to school. We are working hard to develop a system to support over 1900 students’ diverse needs and look forward to our roll-out. We also know that schools that have implemented distance learning longer than we have in FCPS made many changes to their approach as they learned what worked and what did not, and so we anticipate learning and growing as well.

I’d like to thank you--over 100 families--for attending our virtual Parent Coffee on Friday. I hope we were able to answer some of your questions; I also appreciate the feedback that you shared. You will find the link to our Parent Coffee session below and we will work to schedule another one in the near future.

Additionally, below you will find information about how students will access Distance Learning, an FAQ section, and other information, these are follow up answers from the many questions asked during the Parent Coffee. As you and your students navigate this week, our hope is that things will also become more clear. 

Finally, I hope you and your family are well. As always, please reach out if you have any questions.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Distance Learning

Distance Learning will begin throughout FCPS on April 14th--our site will go live on April 13. Glasgow students and families will be able to access asynchronous lessons in all content areas through Blackboard and the student schedule that was emailed to your student on their fcpsschools.net (Google) email. Here is link to the FCPS Distance Learning website that will provide you detailed information provided from FPCS. 

 

Distance Learning at Glasgow - To access distance learning at Glasgow, logon to Blackboard (FCPS 24/7) and look for the Glasgow MS Distance Learning Portal.  Once at the portal, you can access course homepages for each course in which your student is enrolled. Once on the course homepage, students can access their learning grids, links to synchronous sessions and contact information for each teacher. Asynchronous learning will occur each day using the teacher provided lessons on the grids or the paper packets. Synchronous learning opportunities will happen on Wednesdays and Fridays, each synchronous session can be up to 45 minutes long. Here is a reminder of the weekly schedule for your student:

Parent Coffee

We had a great turnout at the parent coffee this past week.  Here is the link to the recording of the virtual coffee.  

The FAQs below are answers to many of the questions asked during the Parent Coffee. Reach out if you still have unanswered questions.

The next virtual parent coffee will be on April 21 at 7:00pm. Here is the link for the virtual parent coffee

FAQs

Who can I contact for technical support? If you need technical support please contact Bob Nordling rcnordling@fcps.edu or Eric Gonzalez egonzalez@fcps.edu

Will summer school be an option? Currently there are no changes to summer school registration processes or to the availability of courses in addition to what was already planned. For more information, please visit the FCPS Summer Learning site: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning.

How will course placement decisions for next year be made since students will not take the SOLs, particularly for math courses? We will continue to follow guidance from FCPS Instructional Services regarding placement decisions. This approach also applies to students who may be eligible to take Algebra 1 Honors in 7th grade. The FCPS Math department will eventually provide guidance regarding placement criteria and we will communicate the updated criteria to families. 

My student did not receive their schedule in their email--who do I contact? Your student should have received an email in their @fcpsschools.net (Google) email account this weekend. If they did not - please contact your child’s administrator or counselor. Another option - is on Monday, April 13, your child can login to Blackboard and find your students course homepages and grids. 

Why is Glasgow using Blackboard and Google Classroom? Blackboard is the main portal to our distance learning as is all distance learning in FCPS.  However, much of the work is housed in Google. This is an interface that both students and teachers are very familiar with and provides multiple capabilities for learning and feedback.

Can Glasgow provide more synchronous learning opportunities? Glasgow is following the guidance from FCPS around synchronous learning opportunities, balancing both the need for normalcy, extended screen time and families’ schedules.  

Can my child still turn in work for 3rd Quarter, and if so, how? Students can only turn in work that was assigned before March 13.  There are no opportunities to engage in new work for 3rd quarter. If a student needs to turn in work, please email the teacher to discuss how to do this.  One option might be taking a picture and sending this picture to the teacher.

When can we access the building for items my child left?  As of right now FCPS is limiting access to students and families to the building. Once we have further guidance, we may have opportunities for item pick-up later in the year.

How will you take attendance? We are waiting for guidance from FCPS on how to take and record attendance.

Will FCPS extend the school year next year like other districts are? There is no guidance about this possibility at this time.

Can you host more virtual Parent Coffees to update us? We will plan on hosting another virtual parent coffee at an upcoming date.  Stay tuned for more details.

How are you differentiating for English Learners? What about students being served with Special Education or Advanced Academics services? Our teachers are working hard to make sure that all of our students’ needs are being met with the appropriate scaffolds and extensions. The guidance from FCPS suggests that each lesson in the core subjects, English, Math, Science and Social Studies and World Languages takes 30 minutes or less per day for a total of 2.5 hours of work for students each day. Our ESOL, SPED, and AAP teachers are working with teams to provide lessons that are appropriate for learners at every level. 

How are you reaching out to families who may not speak English?Reaching all of our families is very important to us. We are making every effort to reach out to all of our families using our Parent Liaisons, Spanish and Arabic speaking teachers, e-notify, WhatsApp, and more. 

 

More information to come on how to access synchronous learning opportunities in the mid-week Gazette. 

Grading Update

3rd Quarter Grading Update - The School Board was briefed that no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE; however, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until April 24 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year. 

 

4th Quarter Grading Update - Middle school and high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript. 

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/

 

POSTPONED - Volunteer at the Book Fair: April 13 thru April 20 - Stay tuned for more information about an online Book Fair.

Important Dates

April 13 - Distance Learning Rollout

April 15 & 17 - Synchronous Sessions

April 21 - Parent Coffee - 7:00pm

April 13 - Distance Learning Roll-out - The asynchronous approach to our distance learning will go live on April 13. Login to Blackboard to get your student ready for a whole weeks worth of learning or have your student check their fcpsschools.net email for a hyperlinked schedule.

April 15 & 17 - Synchronous Sessions - Following your students regular class schedule and the distance learning schedule provided above. Students can engage in synchronous learning on Wednesday and Friday this week. Our teachers are looking forward to re-connecting with them online.

April 21 - Virtual Parent Coffee - Mark your calendars, the next parent coffee will be on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00pm. Here is the link for the virtual parent coffee. Remember to mute your mics as you enter if you are calling on a phone.

Glasgow Goodies

Staying Connected Photo Album - I would love to hear how you are spending your time and maybe even post some pictures in an upcoming Gazette. I have created a Google Photos album titled “Glasgow Community - Staying Connected Photo Album” to share pictures of how you are spending your time while social distancing.

Important Information 

K-8 Learning Packets and Opt Out - Learning packets have been mailed home this week to all students in K-8 in FCPS. Learning packets are not required but are another resource that students and families can use to enhance their learning at home. The packets are meant to provide access to learning for all students, regardless of home technology access. The packets are available electronically in Blackboard FCPS 24/7 Learning so if a parent would like to print the packets at home, they may use the opt out link to stop receiving the printed instructional packets in the mail. They will need their student’s ID number and their e-mail address to access the opt out system. Please note, it may take up to 1 week to process the request to opt out.

 

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: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cqQ3rBt9wQ Students can also check out books from MyON. Here is a video that shows you how to access that resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITgJzPWMIBc&t=2s 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!

 

Student Services - Counselors Available - If you have concerns regarding your child’s socioemotional health or mental wellbeing, 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. 

Counselors are currently working on additional plans of support for students, parents, and staff during the COVID-19 closures. We will make guidance documents available in an upcoming Gazette. . 

  • 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

 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Glasgow Students - Academic advising has concluded for all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. You can view the courses that your child has selected through StudentVue and ParentVue selecting the “course request” tab.  Please note that all course request changes for Glasgow students are due by April 17, 2020. Finalizing requests by this date allows us to invest in staffing and resources based on students’ needs and interests. We will be finalizing schedules and placements throughout the late Spring and summer months.

 

Laptop Distribution for Students - After distributing over 500 laptops, we have closed our distribution for now. We are continuing to record families’ contact information who reach out for technology needs and are developing a plan to distribute again in the near future. Due to limited supply, please reach out only if your family does not have any access to a computer or laptop at home.

 

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. Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school. We will update you on how yearbooks will be distributed with the closure of school as we get closer to the distribution date.

 

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
Article of the Week

In addition to keeping you updated on important information related to Glasgow Middle School, the Gazette will also provide information about what parents can do at home to help their student improve academically and help parents build the social and emotional skills that students need to be successful.

Our own Glasgow School Counselors have created 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

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 Mid-Week Community Gazette - April 9

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Glasgow Community:

I hope this email finds you safe and well. I have been so impressed by our incredible staff and their flexibility, eagerness to dive into uncharted territory to support our students, and ability to collaborate with each other at a high level to ensure our approach to distance learning meets our students and their families’ needs. 

We are getting so excited about the launch of Distance Learning at Glasgow.  We have built our approach on an asynchronous model supported by synchronous learning opportunities. The key to our approach is to provide meaningful learning opportunities for our students as well as provide support, feedback, and opportunities to collaborate. These learning opportunities can take place either online or using FCPS’s learning packets.  The following sections will outline what we mean when we say Distance Learning at Glasgow.

On Friday, April 10, at 9:00am, Joash Chung, DSS, and I will be hosting a virtual parent coffee that will hopefully answer any lingering questions. Here is the *new* link to the Blackboard Collaborate Coffee Session. You can also call in anonymously using 571-392-7650 and using the PIN: 1370518093. Looking forward to seeing you there!  

Below, you’ll find a description of our approach to distance learning, information about how students will access distance learning, and other resources. 

As always, please reach out if you have any questions.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Distance Learning

Distance Learning will begin throughout FCPS on April 14th--our Glasgow site will go live on April 13. Glasgow students and families will be able to access asynchronous lessons in all content areas through Blackboard. Here is the link to the FCPS Distance Learning website that will provide you detailed information.

Our Approach

In developing our distance learning approach, we are focusing on three key ideas:

  • Equity -- ensuring our approach can meet as many of our families’ needs as possible
  • Best Practices -- building a structure that is modeled after what is working across the world in schools that have implemented distance learning due to school closure
  • Leveraging our strengths -- using our approach to instructional planning and collaboration to support students’ distance learning needs

Middle School Bell Schedule - Glasgow, along with FCPS, will use the following bell schedule for the middle school. Asynchronous learning will occur each day using the grid or the paper packets, and synchronous learning will happen on Wednesdays and Fridays. Each synchronous session can be up to 45 minutes long.

 

Asynchronous Learning - Asynchronous learning means that students can access the grid or packet and do them any time during the day or evening based on the times they have access and are available. FCPS guidance states that each middle school lesson should take around 30 minutes per subject to complete. Five days per week, students will be able to access the grids for their core classes (English, Math, History, Science, and World Languages), and two times per week for electives (Health & Physical Education, Arts, and Design classes). 

Synchronous Learning - Synchronous learning means that students must be logged on at a particular time to engage in the learning opportunity. Two days per week, core teachers will be providing synchronous learning opportunities and support for students. Students can login during their class period and can then interact with their teacher, ask questions to clarify asynchronous lessons, get feedback, and further their understanding through discussions.

Glasgow Lesson Grid - To communicate asynchronous learning opportunities to students and families, we will be using an aligned lesson grid across Glasgow as the foundation of our  instructional approach. This simple and clear school-wide lesson grid will allow students and families to see and use a familiar interface as they move from course to course. Specifically, the lesson grid is important because it:

  • Facilitates collaboration for our teachers, which helps them create meaningful learning experiences for our students
  • Supports alignment across teachers in each course, ensuring every student gets the same access to high quality tasks  
  • Reminds teachers that considering the student and family perspective is critical when planning distance learning
  • Will be used school wide, across all content areas and classes, which simplifies the student and family experience

 

Learning Targets and Academic Tasks - Developing and communicating meaningful learning experiences for our students is key; we will do this by continuing our practice of using learning targets and academic tasks in our instructional planning, and which you will also find in the lesson grid. Glasgow students are used to seeing learning targets in every class every day. Here is what we mean by learning targets and academic tasks:

 

Student Syllabus - We have compiled a document we are calling our syllabus that will be a one stop shop for distance learning information. This document has been sent to your student’s fscpsschools.net email and will also be available on each course homepage.

Access

Blackboard Hub - Blackboard will be the main entry point for Distance Learning throughout FCPS. Students will first login to Blackboard and look for the Glasgow MS Distance Learning Portal. They will then be taken to the Glasgow MS Distance Learning Hub.  From this hub they will click on their courses to see their Course Homepages.

 

Course Homepage - Once students select their course, they will be taken to a homepage. On this home page will be the link for the weekly asynchronous learning grid. There will also be links for our synchronous sessions as well as teacher contact information.

 

Student Schedules - This week your student will be sent their schedule (the same as their 3rd quarter) to their fcpsschools.net email address, with the links to each of their courses homepages. This is another way that students can access their asynchronous and synchronous learning opportunities directly.

 

Office Hours - All teachers will be available via email every day and will do their best to respond to families within a 24 hour time period to provide speedy support. We ask that families recognize and understand that our staff members are balancing home and family challenges along with supporting students’ instructional needs.

Grading Update

3rd Quarter Grading Update - The School Board was briefed that no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE; however, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until April 24 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year. 

 

4th Quarter Grading Update - Middle school and high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript. 

Parent Coffee

On Friday, April 10, at 9:00am, join Katie Madigan, Acting Principal, and Joash Chung, DSS, for a virtual parent coffee that will hopefully answer any lingering questions. Here is the *new* link to the Blackboard Collaborate Coffee Session. You can also call in anonymously using 571-392-7650 and using the PIN: 1370518093.

Looking forward to seeing you there!   

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Glasgow Community Gazette - April 5

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Glasgow Community:

I hope this email finds you safe and well. I have felt so encouraged by all of your emails and phone calls, and I have loved hearing that many students are reaching out to teachers. I am so proud to share that our incredible staff has come together - virtually, of course - to collaborate at very high levels to ensure our approach to distance learning meets families’ needs as best we can providing both rich asynchronous and synchronous learning opportunities. 

I shared with staff this week that reality has hit. I’m sure you feel the same. We have been navigating these challenges for weeks now. Among our community, some of our anxieties and questions are ramping up; for others of us, we feel a little more at ease because we are finding routine in this new normal. Sadly, even closer to our hearts, I know we have family members and friends who have lost their jobs, or who are sick, and worse. 

It would be easy, even justifiable, for us to feel despair, or for us to feel that our efforts we have committed to just aren’t enough. At Glasgow, as educators, we believe that any action we take to open the world to our students through learning is the right action. Our role is to pave a path for our students and their families. To provide entry to learning, structure as well as caring and belonging. We know that school provides a semblance of normalcy for many of them. And if we can achieve this for even some of our students, then we truly are making a difference. Learning impacts students forever. 

As we move to distance learning, I want to give you a sense of what to expect. Please understand that as we continue to learn from our and others’ approach, and that things may change. See the next section which highlights our approach to distance learning at Glasgow and shares the bell schedule that we will follow for the last 8 weeks of school. A more detailed email about distance learning will come in mid-week community gazette as well as a virtual parent coffee on Friday, April 10 at 9:00am to answer any questions you might have.

Enjoy your Spring Break and as always, please reach out if you have any questions.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Distance Learning

Distance Learning will begin throughout FCPS on April 14th--our site will go live on April 13. Glasgow students and families will be able to access asynchronous lessons in all content areas through Blackboard. Here is link to the FCPS Distance Learning website that will provide you detailed information. More information to come later this week in a mid-week gazette on how to access all of these learning opportunities.

 

Middle School Bell Schedule

Glasgow, along with FCPS, will use the following bell schedule for the middle school. Asynchronous learning will occur each day using the teacher provided lessons or the paper packets and synchronous learning will happen on Wednesdays and Fridays, each synchronous session can be up to 45 minutes long.

 

Asynchronous Learning - Asynchronous learning means that students can access lessons and do them any time during the day or evening based on the times they have access and are available. FCPS guidance states that each middle school lesson should take around 30 minutes per subject to complete. Access to asynchronous learning will be provided through Blackboard or using FCPS's packets.

Five days per week, students will be able to access lessons for their core classes (English, Math, History, Science, and World Languages), and two times per week for electives (Health & Physical Education, Arts, and Design classes). 

 

Synchronous Learning - Synchronous learning means that students must be logged on at a particular time to engage in the learning opportunity. Two days per week, core teachers will be providing synchronous learning opportunities and support for students. Students will need to login during their class period and can then interact with their teacher, ask questions to clarify asynchronous lessons, get feedback, and further their understanding through discussions. 

 

Office Hours - All teachers will be available via email every day and will do their best to respond to families within a 24 hour time period to provide speedy support. We ask that families recognize and understand that our staff members are also balancing home and family challenges along with supporting students’ instructional needs. 

More information to come on how to access synchronous learning opportunities in the mid-week Gazette. 

Grading Update

3rd Quarter Grading Update - The School Board was briefed that no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE; however, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until April 24 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year. 

 

4th Quarter Grading Update - Middle school and high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript. 

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/

 

POSTPONED - Volunteer at the Book Fair: April 13 thru April 20 - Stay tuned for more information about an online Book Fair.

Important Dates

April 6 - 10 - Spring Break 

April 10 - Parent Distance Learning Virtual Coffee

April 13 - Distance Learning Rollout

Upcoming: Online Book Fair

 

April 10 - Parent Distance Learning Virtual Coffee - 9:00am - Join Katie Madigan, Acting Principal, in a virtual parent coffee at 9:00am.  She will be there to give an overview of the distance learning plan and answer any questions you might have.  Here is the link to Katie Madigan's Blackboard Collaborate Office where the coffee will take place: https://us.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/guest/505dd866fe674acaa1de7248c9474125

 

April 13 - Distance Learning Rollout - The asynchronous approach to our distance learning will go live on April 13. Login to Blackboard to get your student ready for a whole weeks worth of learning.

Glasgow Goodies

Staying Connected Photo Album - I would love to hear how you are spending your time and maybe even post some pictures in an upcoming Gazette. I have created a Google Photos album titled “Glasgow Community - Staying Connected Photo Album” to share pictures of how you are spending your time while social distancing.

Important Information 

K-8 Learning Packets and Opt Out - Learning packets have been mailed home this week to all students in K-8 in FCPS. Learning packets are not required but are another resource that students and families can use to enhance their learning at home. The packets are meant to provide access to learning for all students, regardless of home technology access. The packets are available electronically in Blackboard FCPS 24/7 Learning so if a parent would like to print the packets at home, they may use the opt out link to stop receiving the printed instructional packets in the mail. They will need their student’s ID number and their e-mail address to access the opt out system. Please note, it may take up to 1 week to process the request to opt out.

 

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: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cqQ3rBt9wQ Students can also check out books from MyON. Here is a video that shows you how to access that resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITgJzPWMIBc&t=2s 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!

 

Student Services - Counselors Available - If you have concerns regarding your child’s socioemotional health or mental wellbeing, 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. 

Counselors are currently working on additional plans of support for students, parents, and staff during the COVID-19 closures. We will make guidance documents available in an upcoming Gazette. . 

  • 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

 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Glasgow Students - Academic advising has concluded for all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. You can view the courses that your child has selected through StudentVue and ParentVue selecting the “course request” tab.  Please note that all course request changes for Glasgow students are due by April 17, 2020. Finalizing requests by this date allows us to invest in staffing and resources based on students’ needs and interests. We will be finalizing schedules and placements throughout the late Spring and summer months. 

 

Laptop Distribution for Students  - This week Glasgow distributed another 120 laptops for over 540 total. At this time we do not have plans for another mass laptop distribution. FCPS has begun mailing home paper packets this week. These packets are meant to provide instruction for students who do not have technology access at home. Additionally, we've had many conversations with families seeking a computer because the adults use their computer for work during the day. One of the benefits of the asynchronous approach we will use is that students/families can be flexible with their schedules and still ensure that students have access to material from Glasgow teachers and courses. Due to limited supply, please only reach out if your family does not have any access to a computer or laptop at home.

 

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. Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school.

 

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
Article of the Week

In addition to keeping you updated on important information related to Glasgow Middle School, the Gazette will also provide information about what parents can do at home to help their student improve academically and help parents build the social and emotional skills that students need to be successful.

Talking with children about the importance of washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when they are sick is important during this pandemic.  Here are three other resources to support families in talking with children about COVID-19. This week's articles come from FCPS, National Association of School Psychologists and the American School Counselor Association:

From FCPS: Talking to Children about Coronavirus

From NASP:  Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

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Glasgow Community Gazette - March 29

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Glasgow Community:

On Monday, we got the sad, though not unexpected, news that schools will be closed through the end of this academic year. There were many emotions that I felt when I heard this news. The relationships we built or were still building with our students, the school-wide events that now are canceled, such as Hunger Games and Hoop It Up Night, and the work we invested so deeply in... all which we now can’t see through in the way we imagined -- it all feels unreal. 

However, the work and success we have achieved together these past few years at Glasgow makes us incredibly equipped to take on this new challenge of Distance Learning. On Thursday, I met with the staff via Google Meet to outline our approach as we transition to Distance Learning. Internationally and in the Seattle area, other schools have been preparing and implementing distance learning as a result of the coronavirus for weeks now. 

There are a few takeaways from their experiences, as well as research that has been done around best practices, that will guide our Distance Learning Plan at Glasgow. They include:

  • Clarity
  • Simplicity
  • Flexibility
  • Mastery focused
  • Digestibility

Teachers have begun to work collaboratively to design meaningful learning opportunities for our students, which will be shared with students and parents the week of April 13.  However, know that this transition, for both our students and staff, will require tremendous flexibility, creativity, and patience. 

In order to support all of our students with access to technology, as we shift towards Distance Learning, this past week we provided 419 computers to our families. This was done with the help of many of our staff members behind the scenes, making phone calls for appointments, prepping computers and distributing computers. I am so proud to work with a staff so dedicated to our community. 

More information about Glasgow’s Distance Learning Plan will be shared in the near future. In the meantime, take care of your families and loved ones and as always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

Grading Update

3rd Quarter Grading Update - The School Board was briefed that no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE; however, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until April 24 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year. 

 

4th Quarter Grading Update - Middle school and high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Glasgow Guinea Pigs - Glasgow student families – Fern and Rosemary need your help! With the closure of the school building, the guinea pigs need support with foster families. The Glasgow MS librarian, Tara Sanz, will provide you with the crate, bedding, hay, guinea pig food pellets, and a guinea pig care guide during their stay in your house. Tara Sanz and Theresa Connell will also provide transportation to and from foster families.  Fern and Rosemary will need lots of love & cuddles and fresh weekly veggies. If you are interested in fostering Fern and Rosemary in your home, please fill out the Google form: https://forms.gle/L46ZJkLsY1xjhxPy5 Please contact Tara Sanz with any questions you have at tmsanz@fcps.edu. 

 

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/

 

POSTPONED - Volunteer at the Book Fair: April 13 thru April 20 - Stay tuned for more information about an online Book Fair.

Important Dates

March 30 - April 3 - SGA Spirit Week!

April 6 - 10 - Spring Break 

April 13 - Distance Learning Rollout

Upcoming: Online Book Fair

 

March 30 - April 3 - SGA Spirit Week: All week long we will celebrate SGA sponsored Spirit Week. I hope your students join in on the fun and participate each and every day. If you like may either post your pictures to Twitter (@GlasgowMS and #OneTeamOneGoal) or use our Glasgow Community - Staying Connected Photo Album link to join in the fun or just celebrate at home!   Below are the daily themes for the week:

  • Monday: Crazy Sock Day
  • Tuesday: Hat Day 
  • Wednesday: Sports Day
  • Thursday: Tacky Day
  • Friday: Pajama Day
Glasgow Goodies

Staying Connected Photo Album - I would love to hear how you are spending your time and maybe even post some pictures in an upcoming Gazette. I have created a Google Photos album titled “Glasgow Community - Staying Connected Photo Album” to share pictures of how you are spending your time while social distancing.

Important Information 

Instrument Pick-Up - The Performing Arts Teachers are organizing an Instrument Pick-up for those students whose instruments are still in the building. Parents and students can pick up their instrument at Door 3 on Tuesday, March 31 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Please complete the form for each student picking up an instrument by Monday, March 30.

Our first priority is to limit the risk of COVID-19 contamination and spread. This form is for students to request permission to retrieve their instrument ONLY. Students and parents will NOT have access to the building. You will receive a follow up email with more detailed information.

 

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: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cqQ3rBt9wQ Students can also check out books from MyON. Here is a video that shows you how to access that resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITgJzPWMIBc&t=2s 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!

 

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. 

  • 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

 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Glasgow Students  - Academic advising has concluded for all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. You can view the courses that your child has selected through StudentVue and ParentVue selecting the “course request” tab.  Please note that all course request changes for Glasgow students are due by April 17, 2020. Finalizing requests by this date allows us to invest in staffing and resources based on students’ needs and interests. We will be finalizing schedules and placements throughout the late Spring and summer months. 

 

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. Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school.

 

FCPS Continuity of Learning Resources - The Glasgow website has been updated to have the link to the Continuity of Learning Resources linked directly on our home page https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/. You may also access the learning activities on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard). We will be given further direction before March 27, if additional school based distance learning will be created. Stay tuned for more updates about distance learning.

 

FCPS Cable Channels - Learning activities are now available on FCPS cable channels. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

 

Free Internet Access - Comcast and Cox are providing free or low cost internet to families in need. Click the links below to learn more:Comcast free internet and Cox free internet.

 

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

 

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

Article of the Week

In addition to keeping you updated on important information related to Glasgow Middle School, the Gazette will also provide information about what parents can do at home to help their student improve academically and help parents build the social and emotional skills that students need to be successful.

This week's article from FCPS is about “Distance Learning Plan: Complete Information and Guidelines for Adults.” Check it out.

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

 

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Glasgow Community Gazette - March 22

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Glasgow Community:

This is an extraordinary time for us as a school community. On a normal week, when I am not at work, I am typically out at sports practices or games for one of my three boys, and it has felt strange to stay at home. I’m sure many of you can agree. While it has been quite an adjustment, it has also been a good reminder for me to slow down and enjoy my family and the little things. We have been spending time together taking hikes, seeing the Cherry Blossoms and jumping on the trampoline. Although it is such a stressful and uncertain time, each time I see a family together, it gives me hope and reminds me of what is most important: our health and our families.

With that in mind, I would love to hear how you are spending your time. I have created a Google Photos album titled “Glasgow Community - Staying Connected Photo Album” to share pictures of how you are “social-distancing”.

Though the Team Glasgow is not in the building, we are working closely with the school district to determine next steps for our distance learning plans for our students. According to FCPS, if we are not able to return to school on April 14, then we will begin countywide distance learning. We are in the beginning stages of this preparation and I anticipate that like everything our staff will embrace this new way of teaching and learning with the same passion and drive towards excellence. Know that our motto over the next few weeks will be to “keep it simple, take it slow and focus on working collaboratively" to provide meaningful learning experiences for our students.

In the weeks that lie ahead, we will work to stay connected and healthy. FCPS leadership will continue to send ongoing updates and I will continue to limit written communication, unless it is Glasgow specific, in order to make space for important messages FCPS sends.

Take care of your families and loved ones and as always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Katie Madigan, Acting Principal

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

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/

POSTPONED - Volunteer at the Book Fair: April 13 thru April 20 - The Scholastic Book Fair is coming again to Glasgow!  Please consider volunteering some time. Here is the link to the sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-spring1

Important Dates

April 6 - 10 - Spring Break 

April 14 - PTA Meeting - POSTPONED

April 14 - Tentative Distance Learning Roll Out

April 24 - Hoop It Up Night - POSTPONED

Glasgow Goodies

Performing Arts Pre-Assessment Concerts - Shout out to our Choir who did an amazing job two weeks ago at their “Pre-Assessment Concert.” Each music department was so ready for their assessment concerts.  Glad we all had the opportunity to enjoy the music and celebrate their hard work before the school closure.

Important Information 

Coronavirus Updates - For the most up to date information about coronoavirus from FCPS use the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update

FCPS Continuity of Learning Resources - The Glasgow website has been updated to have the link to the Continuity of Learning Resources linked directly on our home page https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/.  You may also access the learning activities on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard).  We will be given further direction before March 27, if additional school based distance learning will be created.  Paper packets will be sent home to all families who do not have any access to technology during the week of 3/30. Stay tuned for more updates about distance learning.

FCPS Cable Channels - Learning activities are now available on FCPS cable channels. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.

Free Internet Access - Comcast and Cox are providing free or low cost internet to families in need. Click the links below to learn more:

Comcast Free Internet

Cox Free Internet

Emergency Breakfast & Lunch - 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

Library Resources - MackinVIA, which is the e-book and audiobook platform that provides middle school and high school students access to hundreds of popular fiction and nonfiction e-books curated by FCPS Library Information Services. The purpose of this collection is to inspire students to read for fun. Users can download the free MackinVIA app from the ios and android app stores to read or listen on their mobile devices, or they can log in to fairfax.mackinvia.com using their FCPS network username and password.  Be sure to log in to the FCPS blue bar, NOT the Follett prompt. Watch a 4 minute tutorial: MackinVIA Screencast Tutorial 2020.mp4. Here are some questions for a family and friend book club: Book club discussion questions.

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/

Yearbooks on Sale Now! - 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. Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Glasgow during the last week of school.

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

Article of the Week

In addition to keeping you updated on important information related to Glasgow Middle School, the Gazette will also provide information about what parents can do at home to help their student improve academically and help parents build the social and emotional skills that students need to be successful.

This week's article from KQED is about "Tips for Managing the Stress of Social Distancing” and “How to Support Families and Out of School Kids.” Check them out.

FCPS Cares

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

     Be Informed, Stay Involved!

 

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Attendance: 703.813.8787 | Web | Twitter | Facebook 

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