Glasgow Community Gazette - January 17

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Greetings!

I want to express a sincere thank you for all who reached out throughout the week expressing your appreciation during Virginia Principals Appreciation Week.  I am so grateful for our community.  I cannot do what I do without everyone’s care and support.  We are so lucky to be on this journey together and from the bottom of my heart, I love you all. 

We also are excited for two of our staff members who were selected to represent the Justice Pyramid as Outstanding Employees through the FCPS Outstanding Employees Award program. Steven McFarlane (assistant principal) was selected as the Outstanding School-Based Administrator, and Cat Gamboa (8th grade science teacher) was selected as the Outstanding New Teacher. 

Additionally, we will miss Ms. Kristy Ritchie (assistant principal) who has transitioned to another administrative position in Maryland. We truly will miss her! 

As we observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday today (Monday, January 17), we are also watching for any potential impacts the winter weather will have on our schedule this week. We used all of our traditional snow days during last week’s snowstorm. Any future inclement weather days will include virtual learning whenever possible. 

In order to prepare for any potential inclement weather virtual learning day(s) teachers and staff made sure students had their devices and accessories. In the case of a potential virtual learning day students will access their classes (and Zoom links) through their teachers' Schoology pages. Teachers will let students know what to expect for their classes on their Schoology Page.

At home, we ask that you do a few simple things that will make an inclement weather virtual learning day run smoothly (if needed):

  • Make sure students bring their device home and be sure the device is charged. 
  • Remind your child that the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule includes a two-hour delay so they can check their devices and make sure they are able to log in properly. 
  • Remind your child that attendance will be taken on inclement weather virtual learning days.

During weather events, FCPS must consider power outages, technical connection issues, and whether students have access to devices that they may not have taken home the night before. FCPS will announce a virtual learning day in the weather closure announcement on our website and social media channels and through email communications and local media. 

If FCPS announces a virtual learning day, we (Glasgow) will send out a message with more details regarding a bell schedule and other important information.

As always, please let our team know how we can support!

 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Important Dates

1/20 - 2 Hour Early Release & End of Quarter 2

1/21 - Non-Student Day (Teacher Work-Day)

1/24 - Non-Student Day (Staff Development Day)

Reminder - Cell Phone Policy: Last week, we sent out a message to all students and families regarding our Cell Phone Policy. One of our job as educators is to ensure we providing the best environment for learning. Our students did a great job of putting their phones away during class and hallway transitions. Please continue to speak with your student and reinforce our new policy.

Important Information 

Reading Program: Looking to participate in a fun reading competition? Join the Glasgow library’s January reading challenge.  Students can create a 6 word book review, design a bookmark, book recommendation on FlipGrid, write a letter to the next reader, or promote a book on the morning announcements. The January theme for the bookmark contest:  Snow is Falling! Books are Calling!  Titles from the Virginia Readers Choice list earn double points. Winning bookmarks will be given out to students in the library and top point earners for each grade level win a gift card.  See the librarians for more details.  All points due Monday, January 31.

 

IB, Advanced Academics, and Young Scholars Conference: Glasgow Middle School will host its first annual Spring 2022 IB, Advanced Academics, and Young Scholars conference on March 12, 2022 from 9:00AM to 1:30PM. Our format for this conference will be similar to the fall 2021 conference that was held back in October. We will cap the conference participation off at 300 people. Registration and more information pertaining to session electives will be released soon. Please save the date if you are interested in joining us! For more information pertaining to this event please visit us at https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/event/ib-advanced-academics-and-young-scholars-spring-2022-conference. If you have questions, please reach out to Dr. Randolph at [email protected] 

 

2nd Quarter Report Cards, SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE Access: 2nd quarter report cards will go home with students in Panther Time the first week of February. Due to grade preparation for end of quarter marks, SIS will be unavailable to all FCPS parents and students from Thurs, Jan 20, 2022 at 4pm until Sat, Jan 29, 2022 at 6am. 

 

Academic Advising: Glasgow students will begin the academic advising and course selection process in January. In Panther Time students will be learning about course selections and the various electives available for students at Glasgow. Counselors will begin meeting with students for one-on-one academic advising sessions through Panther Time and FIT. Justice HS counselors will be coming to meet with rising 9th grade students in February. See our Glasgow Academic Advising Website here using your child’s fcpsschools.net log-in. 

 

Rising 6th Grade Curriculum Night: Glasgow’s Rising 6th Grade Curriculum Night has been switched to an entirely virtual format. Details regarding registration will be sent directly to the parents of Rising 6th grade students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you have any questions, please reach out to Joash Chung, Director of Student Services. 

 

Boys & Girls Club - Culmore Club: The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, Fairfax Region is enrolling students of all ages. The Club Teen Center promotes academic success, character, citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. It is open Monday through Friday from 3pm to 7pm, with a $25 annual membership fee. Transportation is also available from Glasgow. Please reach out to Greg Williams, after school specialist, for more information. 

 

Reminder: Return to School From COVID-like Illness: Students may return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have not had a fever without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:

  • Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test

PCR (test result from lab or physician)

Rapid (test result from lab or physician)

Home test (picture of negative home test result and note from parent a) attesting the result is for the specific child and b) attesting to the date the test was administered; actual used tests should not be submitted to the school for health and safety reasons)

  • Physician’s Note

Note from a healthcare provider following a clinical evaluation stating the cause of symptoms is not COVID-19 and clearing the student to return to school.

 

Rising 9th Graders - Annandale High School: Open House changed to “Virtual Course Registration Night” on January 18, 6-8pm. Given the current circumstances, Annandale HS will be postponing Open House. Instead we will be offering Virtual Course Registration Night on the same date and time, January 18 at 6:00pm (link coming soon). This event will provide guidance as students prepare to complete their course request form when they meet with their middle school counselor in the coming weeks. 

In preparation for this event, students and families are encouraged to access all the information needed for course selection on our Academic Advising website. This site has grade level information that will be presented by counselors, videos made by teachers describing elective and IB options, the 9th grade course catalog, and the course selection Google form that will need to be completed by each student. If you have any questions, please contact Erik Healey at [email protected]

 

 

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia -  English Literacy Classes

Glasgow Families! I hope you had a relaxing holiday season spent with family. Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will be offering English Literacy Classes once again here at Glasgow. In-person registration will be Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Classes will begin Tuesday, February 15th, 2022 and end Thursday, April 14th, 2022! If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected] , Ms. Nafisa Mohamed Taha at [email protected] or Ms. Donovan at [email protected] for more information!

 

 

We Want Your Photos for the Yearbook!

Afterschool Updates

With the surge in COVID19 cases and the new variant, FCPS is going to be limiting many activities in the schools.  To that end, we will be holding off on any middle school after-school activities for three weeks.  We will reevaluate by January 21  and make a determination at that time of any next steps.  Likely, and hopefully, we will go back to normal operations at that time.

 

Good luck to the Glasgow Science Olympiad team who will be competing in the written test component of the Virginia Regional Science Olympiad tournament on Sat. Jan. 22!

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to [email protected] Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

FCPS Cares

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

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Glasgow Community Gazette - January 9

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Greetings!

I hope that everyone had a peaceful New Years and a warm snow week at home. My 2 & 5 year old are still enjoying their toys and using daddy as a playground, which I love. I am looking forward to seeing our students and teachers next week. I truly miss everyone. 

The superintendent has stated that our number one priority is to provide continuous in-person instruction. Here are some important things you need to know:

Classroom Coverage

When a classroom teacher is out, we will consider the following in this order:

  • Dedicated class coverage by:
    • a substitute teacher from the sub pool
    • another teacher or staff member
    • Central Office volunteer subs who have instructional experience. 
  • Pairing two classes together. 
  • Grouping multiple classes to provide supervision during asynchronous instruction.

Our teachers will upload classroom materials to Schoology, when students need to access lessons asynchronously. While we hope to continue to offer Tier I instruction videos posted for students who are paused, quarantined or in isolation, this may not always be possible.

Health and Safety

  • Keep your children home when sick.
  • We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated or boosted, which is the best protection against serious illness caused by COVID-19. 
  • Sign your child up for optional screening testing and make use of our diagnostic testing if your child has symptoms. 
  • Remind your child about our layered prevention strategies including proper mask wearing, hand washing and using hand sanitizer. 
  • Be sure your child brings home their laptop and charger every night.

We will follow this operational plan for the next 2-3 weeks. During this time, we must monitor our expectations about instruction and give our staff the space needed to make adjustments and on the spot decisions needed to combat this COVID spike. Staffing shortages are impacting our operational staff as well. Expect that there will be delays in bus routes with more double-backs that may mean students will arrive after the bell.

Know that our team is focused and committed to doing everything we can to keep our school safe. As always, our team is here to support any questions that you may have. Please stay safe and warm.  

Superintendent Family Video – English

Superintendent Family Video – Spanish

 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Important Dates

1/17 - MLK Holiday, No School

1/20 - 2 Hour Early Release & End of Quarter 2

1/21 - Non-Student Day (Teacher Work-Day)

1/24 - Non-Student Day (Staff Development Day)

Important Information 

Cell Phone Policy: On Friday, we sent out a message to all students and families regarding our Cell Phone Policy. One of our job as educators is to ensure we are providing the best environment for learning. Additionally, we must model what appropriate use of technology looks like. Please speak with your student about this policy, and we will be doing the same thing at school.

Cell Phones Permitted

Cell Phones Not Permitted

Upon arrival at Glasgow in the gym, lecture hall, library, or cafeteria until students are dismissed to class around 7:20 AM (not in the hallway)

In the hallways after 7:20 for the remainder of the day

During lunch in the cafeteria

During all transitions

Dismissal after leaving the building

Classroom setting

 

 Brain breaks

 

Academic Advising: Glasgow students will begin the academic advising and course selection process in January. In Panther Time students will be learning about course selections and the various electives available for students at Glasgow. Counselors will begin meeting with students for one-on-one academic advising sessions through Panther Time starting on Monday, January 17th. Justice HS counselors will be coming to meet with rising 9th grade students in February. 

 

Rising 6th Grade Curriculum Night: Glasgow’s Rising 6th Grade Curriculum Night has been switched to an entirely virtual format. Details regarding registration will be sent directly to the parents of Rising 6th grade students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you have any questions, please reach out to Joash Chung, Director of Student Services. 

 

Boys & Girls Club - Culmore Club: The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, Fairfax Region is enrolling students of all ages. The Club Teen Center promotes academic success, character, citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. It is open Monday through Friday from 3pm to 7pm, with a $25 annual membership fee. Transportation is also available from Glasgow. Please reach out to Greg Williams, after school specialist, for more information. 

 

Reminder: Return to School From COVID-like Illness: Students may return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have not had a fever without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:

  • Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test

PCR (test result from lab or physician)

Rapid (test result from lab or physician)

Home test (picture of negative home test result and note from parent a) attesting the result is for the specific child and b) attesting to the date the test was administered; actual used tests should not be submitted to the school for health and safety reasons)

  • Physician’s Note

Note from a healthcare provider following a clinical evaluation stating the cause of symptoms is not COVID-19 and clearing the student to return to school.

 

Student Prayer: Per FCPS Policy, Glasgow provides accommodations for students who request time and space during the school day for prayer.  The supervised prayer time takes place at 2:13pm in the lecture hall with the first dismissal bell when the first half of Glasgow students are dismissed for the day. Students will still have approximately 10 minutes to pray prior to buses departing from our campus. Students looking to use the prayer room should obtain a parent acknowledgement form from student services in order to be issued a pass. 

 

Rising 9th Graders - Annandale High School: Open House changed to “Virtual Course Registration Night” on January 18, 6-8pm. Given the current circumstances, Annandale HS will be postponing Open House. Instead we will be offering Virtual Course Registration Night on the same date and time, January 18 at 6:00pm (link coming soon). This event will provide guidance as students prepare to complete their course request form when they meet with their middle school counselor in the coming weeks. 

In preparation for this event, students and families are encouraged to access all the information needed for course selection on our Academic Advising website. This site has grade level information that will be presented by counselors, videos made by teachers describing elective and IB options, the 9th grade course catalog, and the course selection Google form that will need to be completed by each student. If you have any questions, please contact Erik Healey at [email protected]

 

YEARBOOK PICTURES NEEDED:  Attention Glasgow Community.  The Yearbook crew could really use your help.  We are in desperate need of photos for the yearbook.  It is our goal to represent EVERY single student from Glasgow in our book, The Pride.  We are lacking a great number of people and student populations.  We would absolutely love more candid pictures, of students having fun and being themselves.  Examples of this could be sporting events, competitions, friends playing in the back yard or at a get together.   If you can snag some pictures of your student AND their friends without masks,  that is even better.  Please take some pictures of your students and submit them using this form.  Please be sure to include your email, names of students, and what is happening in the pictures to ensure accuracy.  Thank you so very much for your help.   If you have any questions, please email our yearbook adviser,  Rushel Grillo: [email protected]  Thank you.

 

Glasgow Yearbook: Do you need to order a Glasgow Yearbook? Watch this quick tutorial on how to order a yearbook online - https://youtu.be/Y7c9W8hhZds

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at [email protected]

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees. 

 

 

We Want Your Photos for the Yearbook!

Afterschool Updates

Happy New Year Glasgow Families! I hope the Holidays were a joyous and relaxing time spent together. As we start 2022, per FCPS, all Middle School After School Activities will be cancelled for the first two weeks of January. We’ll be sure to communicate any updates once we receive them. As always, reach out to me (Greg Williams) with any questions [email protected].

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to [email protected] Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

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 - January 2

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Greetings!

As we begin 2022, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to all who help make Glasgow Middle School an amazing place to be. We are a community with many gifts and talents, which we share daily with one another and most importantly, our students.

​​From classrooms, to our living rooms, and all points in-between, our collective efforts to raise and teach our children are filled with passion and our commitment to making decisions that will have a positive and lasting influence in their lives. As such, we want to remind our community that FCPS and Glasgow MS is committed to providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for people of all races, national origins, ethnicities, and religions. It is our responsibility to ensure that all people are treated with dignity and humanity in our schools. Please report incidents using the FCPS safety tip line that you can access anonymously online, by text, or by phone. 

I ask you to speak with your student about our expectations for behavior and to continue critical conversations about respect, kindness and acceptance in our community. Our students can make a difference in this world by showing that we embrace our differences and do not use them to divide us.

As we return from the break, students will be reminded of our morning routine.  Based on the tardiness and some other hallway behaviors, we will take time to specifically reteach our expectations to students.  In order to ensure that we start the day with calm and focused learning, we will continue to ask students to go and wait in one of 3 locations (Cafeteria, Gym, or Lecture Hall) when they enter the building until 7:15 AM, when they are released to class. 

Lastly, this week we will be celebrating Happy Three Kings Day to those in our community who celebrate! Also known as the Epiphany, Three Kings Day commemorates the Biblical story of the three kings who followed the star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the newborn Jesus. Merry Christmas wishes to our Orthodox families who celebrate! Many Orthodox Christians in the United States celebrate Christmas Day by the Gregorian calendar, which works out to be on or near January 7 in the Julian calendar. #OurFCPS #onevoice

Please continue to let our team know if you have any questions and how we can partner with you in 2022!!!

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Important Dates

1/17 - MLK Holiday, No School

1/20 - 2 Hour Early Release & End of Quarter 2

1/21 - Non-Student Day (Teacher Work-Day)

1/24 - Non-Student Day (Staff Development Day)

Important Information 

Academic Advising 

Glasgow students will begin the academic advising and course selection process in January. On Friday, January 7, students will be learning about course selections and the various electives available for students at Glasgow. Counselors will begin meeting with students for one-on-one academic advising sessions through Panther Time starting on Monday, January 17th. Justice HS counselors will be coming to meet with rising 9th grade students in February. 

 

Reminder: Return to School From COVID-like Illness

Students may return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have not had a fever without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:

  • Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test
    • PCR (test result from lab or physician)
    • Rapid (test result from lab or physician)
    • Home test (picture of negative home test result and note from parent a) attesting the result is for the specific child and b) attesting to the date the test was administered; actual used tests should not be submitted to the school for health and safety reasons)
  • Physician’s Note
    • Note from a healthcare provider following a clinical evaluation stating the cause of symptoms is not COVID-19 and clearing the student to return to school.

 

Student Prayer Per FCPS Policy, Glasgow provides accommodations for students who request time and space during the school day for prayer.  The supervised prayer time takes place at 2:13pm in the lecture hall with the first dismissal bell when the first half of Glasgow students are dismissed for the day. Students will still have approximately 10 minutes to pray prior to buses departing from our campus. Students looking to use the prayer room should obtain a parent acknowledgement form from student services in order to be issued a pass. 

 

YEARBOOK PICTURES NEEDED:  Attention Glasgow Community.  The Yearbook crew could really use your help.  We are in desperate need of photos for the yearbook.  It is our goal to represent EVERY single student from Glasgow in our book, The Pride.  We are lacking a great number of people and student populations.  We would absolutely love more candid pictures, of students having fun and being themselves.  Examples of this could be sporting events, competitions, friends playing in the back yard or at a get together.   If you can snag some pictures of your student AND their friends without masks,  that is even better.  Please take some pictures of your students and submit them using this form.  Please be sure to include your email, names of students, and what is happening in the pictures to ensure accuracy.  Thank you so very much for your help.   If you have any questions, please email our yearbook adviser,  Rushel Grillo: [email protected]  Thank you.

 

Glasgow Yearbook: Do you need to order a Glasgow Yearbook? Watch this quick tutorial on how to order a yearbook online - https://youtu.be/Y7c9W8hhZds

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at [email protected]

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees. 

 

 

We Want Your Photos for the Yearbook!

Afterschool Updates

Happy New Year Glasgow Families! I hope the Holidays were a joyous and relaxing time spent together. As we start 2022, per FCPS, all Middle School After School Activities will be cancelled for the first two weeks of January. We’ll be sure to communicate any updates once we receive them. As always, reach out to me (Greg Williams) with any questions [email protected].

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to [email protected] Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

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 - December 12

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Glasgow Community:

We are fast approaching Winter Break and I hope our community is gearing up for time with family, friends and rest. 

This week we honored many of our Glasgow MS/FCPS Outstanding Awards to Operational (Cindy Ramos), Professional (Danielle Griffin), Leader (Steven McFarlane), New Teacher (Cat Gamboa) and Teacher Employee (Trisha Cotter)! Please see the pictures below of our outstanding staff! 

As of last week, students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at six drive-through sites in Fairfax County. Diagnostic testing is provided for anyone who has symptoms or is identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. COVID-19 testing helps us reduce the virus’ spread and keep our schools safe places for all students to learn. I encourage you to utilize our new diagnostic testing services as needed.

Appointments are not required for diagnostic testing but families must register in the secure online portal. When you register and provide consent for your child to be tested, they will also be added to Glasgow MS screening testing pool. If you do not wish for them to be part of the weekly screening testing pool, simply log back into the online portal after your child’s test is complete and withdraw consent. More information about diagnostic and screening testing, including site locations and schedules, is available on our website. As always, please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or needs.

Humbly,
Victor L. Powell, Principal 

 

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

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Important Dates

See December Performing Arts Events Below & Spirit Week Days:

Important Information 

Chorus at Glasgow: Congratulations to Glasgow’s chorus students on a fantastic concert performance on Tuesday!  We are so proud of their work and so glad that so many people  could be with us.  Here is the link to the video recording that you can re-watch and share.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi2tdO2MJbI

 

YEARBOOK PICTURES NEEDED:  Attention Glasgow Community.  The Yearbook crew could really use your help.  We are in desperate need of photos for the yearbook.  It is our goal to represent EVERY single student from Glasgow in our book, The Pride.  We are lacking a great number of people and student populations.  We would absolutely love more candid pictures, of students having fun and being themselves.  Examples of this could be sporting events, competitions, friends playing in the back yard or at a get together.   If you can snag some pictures of your student AND their friends without masks,  that is even better.  Please take some pictures of your students and submit them using this form.  Please be sure to include your email, names of students, and what is happening in the pictures to ensure accuracy.  Thank you so very much for your help.   If you have any questions, please email our yearbook adviser,  Rushel Grillo: [email protected]  Thank you.

 

Justice High School Athletics is offering a Virtual Winter Wolves 5k Community Event and Fundraiser: Cost is just $20 for all Justice Pyramid Students and Parents! Register at the link below! We would love to see so many of our students, parents and community members exercising and showing their base school and Justice Spirit! All participants will receive a t-shirt, and racing bib! Winter Wolves 5K – Click To Register

 

Glasgow Curriculum Night: Glasgow’s In-Person Curriculum Night will take place on January 20th. The event is for Rising 6th graders for the 2022-2023 school year and students who are new to Glasgow. More information will be sent directly to those families. We will also have a virtual component to our curriculum night which will be shared with all Glasgow families in January. Current students will learn more about classes and program offerings through Panther Time. 

 

Academic Advising: Glasgow students will begin the academic advising and course selection process in January. Students will learn about courses and programs through Panther Time after returning from winter break. We will share more information in the first Gazette of 2022! 

 

High School Curriculum Nights: Rising 9th graders are invited to attend curriculum nights for their respective high schools. Here are the current dates, but check each school’s website as dates may change

Annandale HS - January 18

Justice HS - January 12

Falls Church HS - January 5 

 

Glasgow Yearbook: Do you need to order a Glasgow Yearbook? Watch this quick tutorial on how to order a yearbook online - https://youtu.be/Y7c9W8hhZds

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at [email protected]

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees.

 

 

We Want Your Photos for the Yearbook!

Afterschool Updates

The After School Program will not meet beginning December 13, 2021 through December 21, 2021. We will resume activities January 3, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams [email protected]

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to [email protected] Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

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 - December 5

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Glasgow Community:

I hope that everyone had a wonderful return week after Thanksgiving Break.  This week our very own Denise Fields, math teacher, was featured on a FCPS teacher panel for Fox 5. Check out Ms. Fields speak about how students are collaborating this year. Check out the clip here! Also, please view the last PTA Meeting that covered Dr. Oladimeji’s presentation explaining the IB Middle Years Program at Glasgow. As winter break approaches, we will be entering the halfway mark for the second quarter.  This will be a good benchmark to check in with your child and their teachers on how they are doing in school.  We are here to support you and our students, so please feel free to reach out to teachers, counselors and administrators if you have any concerns.

Starting this week, students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at six drive-through sites in Fairfax County. Diagnostic testing is provided for anyone who has symptoms or is identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. COVID-19 testing helps us reduce the virus’ spread and keep our schools safe places for all students to learn. I encourage you to utilize our new diagnostic testing services as needed. Last week we only had 1 positive COVID case. 

Appointments are not required for diagnostic testing but families must register in the secure online portal. When you register and provide consent for your child to be tested, they will also be added to Glasgow MS screening testing pool. If you do not wish for them to be part of the weekly screening testing pool, simply log back into the online portal after your child’s test is complete and withdraw consent. More information about diagnostic and screening testing, including site locations and schedules, is available on our website

Happy Bodhi Day to those in the Glasgow MS community who celebrate! Bodhi Day is a Buddhist holiday that recognizes the day that Buddha achieved enlightenment through meditation under the Bodhi tree. Computer Science is more than coding & programming: it's critical thinking and creating! For Computer Science Education Week, see the #compsci opportunities & resources available to FCPS students: https://bit.ly/fcpsCompSci. Also, we were super excited to see our Chamber Orchestra students perform at the School Board Meeting on Thursday! See the picture below! 

As always, please let me know if you would like a Home Visit from the principal and if you have any questions. We are here to support.

Humbly,
Victor L. Powell, Principal 

 

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

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Important Dates

See December Performing Arts Events Below:

Important Information 

PTA News: Thank you to those who joined us for our PTA meeting this week. It was an excellent presentation describing the IBMYP here at Glasgow, which all of our students are part of, as well as how that program continues through grades 9 & 10 at Justice and into the IB Diploma program in 11th & 12th grades. The meeting recording can be found at: https://www.wevideo.com/view/2471462305 . 

Volunteer Opportunity: We are seeking volunteers to help us inventory old spiritwear and organize our new stock over the coming weeks. If you're able to help out, send an email to us at [email protected]

Join: Become a PTA member for only $10. Your membership supports our students, teachers and community. Sign up under the 'View Store' tab at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co 

Social Media: Follow us on Facebook (@GlasgowMSPTA) and Twitter (@GlasgowMS_PTA).

 

Justice High School Athletics is offering a Virtual Winter Wolves 5k Community Event and Fundraiser: Cost is just $20 for all Justice Pyramid Students and Parents! Register at the link below! We would love to see so many of our students, parents and community members exercising and showing their base school and Justice Spirit! All participants will receive a t-shirt, and racing bib! 

Winter Wolves 5K – Click To Register

 

Celebrating 1st Quarter Honor Roll: We are proud of the hard work students have been doing so far this year in all of their classes and we look forward to celebrating students who have earned either All A or A/B Honor Roll. All A and A/B Honor Roll Certificates will be handed out in Panther Time on December 8th. 

Here is a list of all students who are on the A/B Honor Roll. 

Here is a list of all students who are on the All A Honor Roll.  

Please congratulate students on all of their hard work!

 

Flexible Instructional Time: Glasgow’s Flexible Instructional Time (FIT) is the school intervention block that takes place during 4th period. At Glasgow, students may be placed into an intervention FIT course, a literacy-based enrichment FIT course, or a specialty FIT course. Student placements are based on data such as academic assessments, teacher recommendations, and testing history. FIT rosters were uploaded into SIS mid November and FIT is graded pass/fail. FIT began on Tuesday, November 30th. FIT takes place every other 4th period, alternating with Panther Time. For questions related to your child’s FIT class, please contact your child’s school counselor. 

 

Save the Date - Glasgow Curriculum Night: Glasgow’s Curriculum Night will take place on Thursday, January 20th. Curriculum night is primarily for rising 6th graders and students new to Glasgow and their families in order to learn about course offerings and programs at Glasgow for the 2022-2023 school year. More information to come! 

 

High School Curriculum Nights: Rising 9th graders are invited to attend curriculum nights for their respective high schools. Here are the current dates, but check each school’s website as dates may change

Annandale HS - January 18

Justice HS - January 12

Falls Church HS - January 5 

 

Student Prayer: Per FCPS Policy, Glasgow provides accommodations for students who request time and space during the school day for prayer. Supervised prayer time will take place at Glasgow from 2:05pm to 2:15pm in the Lecture Hall. Because this takes place during instructional hours, students will be responsible to turn in assignments and make up missing work in a timely manner. Please note the following:

  • Students will only be permitted to leave class at 2:05pm if they have a pass to pray. Students must secure these passes in advance from student services. Teachers are not able to issue passes to students. 
  • Glasgow does not provide prayer rugs or hijabs. 
  • Students are expected to follow all school rules and expectations for conduct during their transition to prayer, during prayer, and at afternoon dismissal. 
  • Students are expected to follow all school rules and expectations for conduct during their transition to prayer, during prayer, and at afternoon dismissal. Failure to follow school rules and expectations may result in consequences per FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s counselor. 

 

Glasgow Yearbook: Do you need to order a Glasgow Yearbook? Watch this quick tutorial on how to order a yearbook online - https://youtu.be/Y7c9W8hhZds

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at [email protected]

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees.

 

 

We Want Your Photos for the Yearbook!

Afterschool Updates

The After School Program will not meet beginning December 13, 2021 through December 21, 2021. We will resume activities January 3, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams [email protected]

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to [email protected] Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

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 - November 28

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Glasgow Community:

We are moving into December this week! The school year is moving swiftly along and the Winter Break will be here before you know it. National Special Education Day is recognized each year on Dec. 2 and commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975.

COVID-19 Screening Testing Reminder: Parents and guardians can use the secure online portal to register their child(ren). If you do not want your child to participate, no action is required. You will have the option to update your child’s vaccination status and/or withdraw consent for testing anytime. Student-athletes do not need to pre-register with the LTS online portal for screening testing, they will use a separate portal provided by their school’s student activities director.

Also, join the Glasgow Theatre Group this Friday and Saturday for Lindsay Price’s: Shakespeare’s  Super Snowy Seasonal Sleigh Ride Stage Show. A  Winter holiday extravaganza Shakespeare style. Learn about all the Winter holidays that are celebrated from the mouths of Shakespeare's most famous and beloved characters. First show is December 3rd @ 7:00 pm and December 4th @ 6:00 pm. Tickets prices are $8.00. Children five and under are free. Tickets will be on sale through ETIX-search Glasgow Middle School on Monday and our school website.

Lastly, continue to reach out to me if you would like me to visit you through a Home Visit. This past weekend I was able to connect with more families. Our family had a great time with family and friends in Louisville Kentucky during the holiday season. As always, if you have any questions or needs, please reach out to us so that we can assist.

Humbly,
Victor L. Powell, Principal 

 

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Important Dates

November 30 - Flexible Instruction Time (FIT) Begins

December 3 & 4 - Join the Glasgow Theatre Group this Friday and Saturday for Lindsay Price’s: Shakespeare’s  Super Snowy Seasonal Sleigh Ride Stage Show. A  Winter holiday extravaganza Shakespeare style. Learn about all the Winter holidays that are celebrated from the mouths of Shakespeare's most famous and beloved characters. First show is December 3rd @ 7:00 pm and December 4th @ 6:00 pm. Tickets prices are $8.00. Children five and under are free. Tickets will be on sale through ETIX-search Glasgow Middle School on Monday and our school website. We look forward to seeing you♥️ Huzzah!

Important Information 

Glasgow Counseling - Fall Advisory Council: The School Counseling Team will be holding its Fall Advisory Council virtually on December 2nd from 9:15am-10.  The purpose of the Advisory Council is to provide support, feedback and recommendations for the school counseling team.  As a team, we serve the entire school, and we will be seeking student, parent/family, staff and community members to serve on our advisory council.  Of critical importance is for us to have diverse voices that represent our wider school community. If you are interested in serving on our Advisory Council, please contact Emily Wasserman ([email protected]) to express your interest.

 

Student Prayer: Per FCPS Policy, Glasgow provides accommodations for students who request time and space during the school day for prayer. Supervised prayer time will take place at Glasgow from 2:05pm to 2:15pm in the Lecture Hall. Because this takes place during instructional hours, students will be responsible to turn in assignments and make up missing work in a timely manner. Please note the following:

  • Students will only be permitted to leave class at 2:05pm if they have a pass to pray. Students must secure these passes in advance from student services. Teachers are not able to issue passes to students. 
  • Glasgow does not provide prayer rugs or hijabs. 
  • Students are expected to follow all school rules and expectations for conduct during their transition to prayer, during prayer, and at afternoon dismissal. 
  • Students are expected to follow all school rules and expectations for conduct during their transition to prayer, during prayer, and at afternoon dismissal. Failure to follow school rules and expectations may result in consequences per FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s counselor. 

 

Flexible Instructional Time: Glasgow’s Flexible Instructional Time (FIT) is the school intervention block that takes place during 4th period. At Glasgow, students may be placed into an intervention FIT course, a literacy-based enrichment FIT course, or a specialty FIT course. Student placements are based on data such as academic assessments, teacher recommendations, and testing history. FIT rosters will be uploaded into SIS mid November and FIT is graded pass/fail. FIT will begin on Tuesday, November 30th. FIT will be taking place every other 4th period, alternating with Panther Time. For questions related to your child’s FIT class, please contact your child’s school counselor. 

 

Save the Date - Glasgow Curriculum Night: Glasgow’s Curriculum Night will take place on Thursday, January 20th. Curriculum night is primarily for rising 6th graders and students new to Glasgow and their families in order to learn about course offerings and programs at Glasgow for the 2022-2023 school year. More information to come! 

 

High School Curriculum Nights: Rising 9th graders are invited to attend curriculum nights for their respective high schools. Here are the current dates, but check each school’s website as dates may change

Annandale HS - January 18

Justice HS - January 12

Falls Church HS - January 5 

 

Lost and Found: If your child is missing something have them check the stage in the cafeteria. We’ve set out a few bins of lost and found items.

 

Donations Accepted for Glasgow’s Brain Break Time: As you may know, all Glasgow students participate in a 20 minute Brain Break during every 4th period class. With hundreds of students playing outdoors during this time, teachers who supervise Brain Breaks have requested additional sporting equipment to help provide students opportunities for structured play. We are accepting donations of equipment such as soccer balls, footballs, and basketballs that can be made available to students and teachers during their brain breaks. Please drop off donations to the front office. Thank you for your support! 

 

Glasgow Yearbook: Do you need to order a Glasgow Yearbook? Watch this quick tutorial on how to order a yearbook online - https://youtu.be/Y7c9W8hhZds

 

ParentVUE: Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at [email protected]

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees.

 

 

We Want Your Photos for the Yearbook!

Afterschool Updates

The After School Program will not meet beginning December 13, 2021 through December 21, 2021. We will resume activities January 3, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams [email protected]

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to [email protected] Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

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 - November 21

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Glasgow Community:

From our Glasgow Middle family to yours, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. #OurFCPS My family will be traveling to Louisville Kentucky to visit with family during the holidays, so I hope everyone has a great time with family and friends! Also, National Special Education Day is recognized each year on Dec. 2 and commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975.

COVID-19 Screening Testing Reminder: Parents and guardians can use the secure online portal to register their child(ren). If you do not want your child to participate, no action is required. You will have the option to update your child’s vaccination status and/or withdraw consent for testing anytime. Student-athletes do not need to pre-register with the LTS online portal for screening testing, they will use a separate portal provided by their school’s student activities director.

There will be no student COVID-19 screening testing the week of November 22 due to the Thanksgiving break. For more information on student COVID-19 testing, visit the FCPS website

Also, continue to reach out to me if you would like me to visit you through a Home Visit. This past weekend I was able to connect with more families. Please see below. Please continue to reach out to our team if you have any questions.

Humbly,
Victor L. Powell, Principal 

 

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Important Dates

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break

November 30 - Flexible Instruction Time (FIT) Begins

Important Information 

Personal Project Showcase: The Glasgow MS library proudly presents the Personal Project Showcase. On November 22, Glasgow Scholars and AVID 6 students will present their Personal Projects in an Open House format.  Projects will be set up around the library, and students will present their information to small groups of students/adults.  We are hoping for authentic audiences for the presenters. Please sign up for a time slot on our SignUP Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084FA9A72EA0FE3-personal

 

Glasgow Counseling - Fall Advisory Council: The School Counseling Team will be holding its Fall Advisory Council virtually on December 2nd from 9:15am-10.  The purpose of the Advisory Council is to provide support, feedback and recommendations for the school counseling team.  As a team, we serve the entire school, and we will be seeking student, parent/family, staff and community members to serve on our advisory council.  Of critical importance is for us to have diverse voices that represent our wider school community. If you are interested in serving on our Advisory Council, please contact Emily Wasserman ([email protected]) to express your interest.

 

Student Prayer: Per FCPS Policy, Glasgow provides accommodations for students who request time and space during the school day for prayer. Students may come to the library to pray in designated areas during the last 10 minutes of their lunch time. Students interested in going to the library for prayer can come to student services to pick up a pass. See FCPS guidelines here. *Update* We are currently looking at a potential revision to the school policy in order to accommodate additional considerations of students of certain faiths. We will send any updates through upcoming Gazettes.

 

Flexible Instructional Time: Glasgow’s Flexible Instructional Time (FIT) is the school intervention block that takes place during 4th period. At Glasgow, students may be placed into an intervention FIT course, a literacy-based enrichment FIT course, or a specialty FIT course. Student placements are based on data such as academic assessments, teacher recommendations, and testing history. FIT rosters will be uploaded into SIS mid November and FIT is graded pass/fail. FIT will begin on Tuesday, November 30th. FIT will be taking place every other 4th period, alternating with Panther Time. For questions related to your child’s FIT class, please contact your child’s school counselor. 

 

Save the Date - Glasgow Curriculum Night: Glasgow’s Curriculum Night will take place on Thursday, January 20th. Curriculum night is primarily for rising 6th graders and students new to Glasgow and their families in order to learn about course offerings and programs at Glasgow for the 2022-2023 school year. More information to come! 

 

High School Curriculum Nights: Rising 9th graders are invited to attend curriculum nights for their respective high schools. Here are the current dates, but check each school’s website as dates may change

Annandale HS - January 18

Justice HS - January 12

Falls Church HS - January 5 

 

Lost and Found

If your child is missing something have them check the stage in the cafeteria. We’ve set out a few bins of lost and found items.

 

Donations Accepted for Glasgow’s Brain Break Time

As you may know, all Glasgow students participate in a 20 minute Brain Break during every 4th period class. With hundreds of students playing outdoors during this time, teachers who supervise Brain Breaks have requested additional sporting equipment to help provide students opportunities for structured play. We are accepting donations of equipment such as soccer balls, footballs, and basketballs that can be made available to students and teachers during their brain breaks. Please drop off donations to the front office. Thank you for your support! 

 

Glasgow Yearbook: Do you need to order a Glasgow Yearbook? Watch this quick tutorial on how to order a yearbook online - https://youtu.be/Y7c9W8hhZds

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at [email protected]

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees.

 

 

We Want Your Photos for the Yearbook!

Afterschool Updates

Glasgow Families, The After School Program will not be meeting on Monday, November 22 and November 23, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams at [email protected]

 

Please Join Ms. Barbacci on Thursdays in December during first block to craft festive lanterns from recycled materials. Let’s light our way into the new year by creating with new and old friends while sharing our favorite holiday traditions.   

 

Anime Club started this past week on Thursday. Anime’s club goal is to introduce anime to its members and provide a social atmosphere where anime lovers can discuss, draw and experience different kinds of anime.   We will do this by participating in various activities, games and by discussing characters.   The club will also provide wholesome entertainment such as movies and anime shows that students can watch and discuss afterwards.   Anime club will meet on Thursdays during the first session in the library. 

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to [email protected] Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

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 - November 14

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Glasgow Community:

Fall weather is here, and children are excited to see the changes the fall season brings. We hope you have an opportunity as a family to enjoy the outdoors. It was great to connect with more of our families on Saturday at the Mason District Government Building. Building community matters! 

Optional COVID-19 screening testing will begin the week of November 18 for students who are not fully vaccinated. FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students. 

Optional screening testing for Glasgow Middle School students will take place on Thursday, November 18 from 7:30 to 10:30AM in one of the conference rooms. Staff at our school will work with all students to ensure they are scheduled to access COVID testing with LTS during the timeframe they are scheduled to be at our school.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

If you have questions about how testing will be conducted here at Glasgow MS please contact Mr. Powell.

Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Glasgow MS safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. Also, we want to continue to thank our Glasgow School Psychologist, Community In Schools Representative and our Justice Pyramid Elementary Principals for all their support thus far this year! Please see the pictures below. 

 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Important Dates

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break

Important Information 

1st Quarter Report Cards, SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE Access: First quarter report cards were distributed to students on Tuesday, November 9th during Panther Time.  You can also view your child’s first quarter marks in ParentVUE. 

 

Student Prayer: Per FCPS Policy, Glasgow provides accommodations for students who request time and space during the school day for prayer. Students may come to the library to pray in designated areas during the last 10 minutes of their lunch time. Students interested in going to the library for prayer can come to student services to pick up a pass. See more information here.

 

Flexible Instructional Time: Glasgow’s Flexible Instructional Time (FIT) is the school intervention block that takes place during 4th period. At Glasgow, students may be placed into an intervention FIT course, a literacy-based enrichment FIT course, or a specialty FIT course. Student placements are based on data such as academic assessments, teacher recommendations, and testing history. FIT rosters will be uploaded into SIS mid November and FIT is graded pass/fail. FIT will begin on Tuesday, November 30th. FIT will be taking place every other 4th period, alternating with Panther Time. 

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST): Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: The application is open and will close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information including a video Information Session are posted on the TJHSST Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman   Please contact the TJHSST Admissions Office by email ([email protected]) or phone (571-423-3770) or the Glasgow TJ Liaison, Counselor Gregory Frantz ([email protected]) with questions or to request a video question and answer session. 

 

Lost and Found: If your child is missing something have them check the stage in the cafeteria. We’ve set out a few bins of lost and found items.

 

Donations Accepted for Glasgow’s Brain Break Time: As you may know, all Glasgow students participate in a 20 minute Brain Break during every 4th period class. With hundreds of students playing outdoors during this time, teachers who supervise Brain Breaks have requested additional sporting equipment to help provide students opportunities for structured play. We are accepting donations of equipment such as soccer balls, footballs, and basketballs that can be made available to students and teachers during their brain breaks. Please drop off donations to the front office. Thank you for your support! 

 

AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) Elective for 2022-2023: Glasgow is starting to recruit Rising 7th and Rising 8th grade students to join the AVID elective for the 2022-23 school year. If your student is someone who is self-motivated and interested in learning more about college please have them join our Schoology page (Access Code: G2WR-549H-DSKG7). Applications are due November 19th, 2021.  Interviews will take place after school during the weeks of December 6th and December 13th. 

In order to get an interview, students need to complete and submit an application.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Greenshields ([email protected]) or Emily Wasserman ([email protected])

 

Glasgow Yearbook: Do you need to order a Glasgow Yearbook? Watch this quick tutorial on how to order a yearbook online - https://youtu.be/Y7c9W8hhZds

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at [email protected]

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees. 

 

 

We Want Your Photos for the Yearbook!

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to [email protected] Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

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 - November 7

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Glasgow Community:

I hope this message finds you well. On Saturday it was great connecting with the MOM Network of parents and connecting with their children at Glasgow. It’s been great finding new ways of getting into the community. We also were excited for our Glasgow Reading Invasion at Glasgow MS on Saturday. Also, a special thanks to the veterans in our community for their service today and every day we can celebrate them! My dad is a marine and did his training at Parris Island. I have great respect for our veterans in our community!

As a reminder we have another 2 hour early release on November 11th and the school day ends at 12:15PM. Also, community clinics and local pediatricians will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11 very soon. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities will be available on our website. FCPS asked local pediatricians to talk with FCPS about some of the questions families have about the vaccine. In this short video  we learn how the vaccine works and its safety. 

FCPS will be holding a virtual Calendar Development Webinar on Monday, November 8, at 7 p.m., on Zoom to discuss how the 2022-23 school year calendar is being developed, and for participants to provide feedback on a series of questions related to this process. FCPS is offering this community engagement opportunity in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided. Please register online to attend the Calendar Development Webinar and indicate if you will need an interpreter. You will receive the webinar link on November 8, from “Office of Communication and Community Relations.”

I am still conducting home visits, so please let me know if you would like me to visit you at your home. As always, please reach out to myself or members of our team if you have any questions.

 

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Important Dates

November 11 - 2 Hour Early Release

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break

Important Information 

1st Quarter Report Cards, SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE Access: First quarter report cards will go home with students in Panther Time on Tuesday, November 9th. Due to grade preparation for first quarter marks, SIS will be unavailable to all FCPS parents and students from Friday, October 29th at 4pm until Saturday, November 13th at 6am. 

 

Counselor Staffing Changes: Effective Monday, November 8, Brittany Crumbling will take on the MTSS Counselor position for Karen Jeannette who will no longer be working at Glasgow Middle School. Greg Frantz will move from the 7th grade team into the 6th grade team for Brittany Crumbling.

 

Flexible Instructional Time: Glasgow’s Flexible Instructional Time (FIT) is the school intervention block that takes place during 4th period. At Glasgow, students may be placed into an intervention FIT course, a literacy-based enrichment FIT course, or a specialty FIT course. Student placements are based on data such as academic assessments, teacher recommendations, and testing history. FIT rosters will be uploaded into SIS mid November and FIT is graded pass/fail. FIT will begin on Tuesday, November 30th. FIT will be taking place every other 4th period, alternating with Panther Time. 

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST): Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: The application is open and will close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information including a video Information Session are posted on the TJHSST Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman   Please contact the TJHSST Admissions Office by email ([email protected]) or phone (571-423-3770) or the Glasgow TJ Liaison, Counselor Gregory Frantz ([email protected]) with questions or to request a video question and answer session. 

 

Scoliosis Fact Sheet: To meet the state requirement for the provision of parent educational information on scoliosis, all Fairfax County Public Schools must provide a scoliosis fact sheet to parents or guardians of students in grades   5 - 10 within 60 business days of the school start date. The Scoliosis Fact Sheet and translations are available at: https://www.fcps.edu/node/42356

 

Lost and Found: If your child is missing something have them check the stage in the cafeteria. We’ve set out a few bins of lost and found items.

 

Donations Accepted for Glasgow’s Brain Break Time: As you may know, all Glasgow students participate in a 20 minute Brain Break during every 4th period class. With hundreds of students playing outdoors during this time, teachers who supervise Brain Breaks have requested additional sporting equipment to help provide students opportunities for structured play. We are accepting donations of equipment such as soccer balls, footballs, and basketballs that can be made available to students and teachers during their brain breaks. Please drop off donations to the front office. Thank you for your support! 

 

AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) Elective for 2022-2023: Glasgow is starting to recruit Rising 7th and Rising 8th grade students to join the AVID elective for the 2022-23 school year. If your student is someone who is self-motivated and interested in learning more about college please have them join our Schoology page (Access Code: G2WR-549H-DSKG7)

Students will have to complete an application and go through an interview process in order to be accepted into the elective.

Information regarding rising 6th grade AVID recruitment will be coming shortly.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Greenshields ([email protected]) or Emily Wasserman ([email protected])

 

Glasgow Yearbook: Do you need to order a Glasgow Yearbook? Watch this quick tutorial on how to order a yearbook online - https://youtu.be/Y7c9W8hhZds

 

Community Review of K-8 Science Basal Instructional Resources: Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new K – 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 school year.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  K - 8 basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/39027. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet https://forms.gle/g76TjGmewaN8Fgfb6.  All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at [email protected]

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees.

 

 

We Want Your Photos for the Yearbook!

Afterschool Updates

Hello Glasgow Families, Thursday, November 11th is Early Release, we will not offer After School programming. We will resume on Monday, 15th, 2021 with normal programming. 

SGA will be holding an after school club every Wednesday during academic time. You must sign up at lunch on Wednesday with a max of 40 students. We will meet in the lecture hall. SGA is a fun way to get involved in the school and make positive changes while also voicing your opinions and having fun setting up spirit days and school dances! Due to the Early Release day on November 11th, After school SGA club will start on November 18, 2021! 

We had our first ERG session on Thursday. If anyone is interested in learning the basics of rowing, are interested in physical conditioning, please give it a try. Justice Rowing students and staff will be here on Mondays and Thursdays during 2nd Block. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams [email protected]

Parents, please continue to remind your student masks are required at all times unless eating or outside and socially distanced. Safety is a high priority and we’re working to keep everyone healthy!

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to [email protected] Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

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 - October 31

GovDelivery2 months 3 weeks ago

Glasgow Community:

This weekend with my family was peaceful! I was able to hang out with my son and daughter on Saturday playing blocks and coloring. Life with a 2 and 5 year old! I love it! Sunday was spent sitting on a community panel in DC and hanging out with some of my friends in the DMV area. Also, trying to make sure I am taking care of my own Social and Emotional health, so that I can be at my best for my family and the school community. 

We have successfully completed one quarter of the school year!  We were a little bummed that the Youth Night for the Justice HS vs Annandale game was so rainy, but there will be other opportunities for our communities to align and connect within events like that. 

In November, there are a variety of observances that we know many families will be recognizing:

  • Nov. 1 & 2 - Dia de los Muertos / All Saints Day
  • Nov. 4 - Diwali (Regular School Day with Religious & Cultural Observance considerations during instruction)
  • Nov. 11 - Veterans Day (2-hour early release)
  • Nov. 24-26 - Thanksgiving (No School)

Please let us know if there is any additional support your student needs for any of these days.  Thank you to all those who came to our PTA meeting on Tuesday, 10/26. We did record it and here is the link. At the PTA meeting, there was a presentation given about grading at Glasgow MS by Mr. Chung (Director of Student Services) and Mrs. Griffin (Academic Dean & Instructional Coach). 

Please remember that Monday and Tuesday, November 1 and 2, are teacher workdays. Please schedule time with your child’s teacher if you would like to gain more insight into their growth and progress within the first quarter. Our teachers are here to partner with you as parents. We hope you and your family enjoy the four-day weekend.  During the two workdays, teachers will be completing progress reports. We look forward to the beginning of the second quarter on November 3rd. 

As you can see below, our staff had a great time dressing up this past Friday! We have such a great staff of people! It was good to dress up like Cookie Monster and bring around cookies to staff! Also, it has been great getting out to our Brain Breaks on the field, basketball courts and court yard during Panther Time and connecting with these 3 young ladies below! We are so proud of our librarians who continue to make their space the center of our school within literacy and a love for books! As always, if you have any questions, please connect with me or the appropriate personnel.

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Important Dates

November 1 & 2 - School Planning Days - No Students

November 11 - 2 Hour Early Release

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break

Important Information 

COVID Testing for Students: In support of our commitment to safety, Glasgow will begin optional COVID-19 screening testing students the week of November 15. Routine testing is a highly recommended strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep our schools safe. Following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent will be randomly selected for weekly testing. Parent/guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool. We will share more information about how to submit your child(ren)’s vaccination status and opt in to testing soon. Test results will be kept confidential. Parents/guardians will be able to review results through the secure vendor portal. Parents/guardians may select an option to share their child’s test results with FCPS. Sharing results with FCPS is optional. More information about COVID-19 testing in FCPS can be found on the FCPS website. As always, we encourage you to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

 

VaxUp FCPS: Tuesday’s news that an FDA panel has recommended Pfizer’s low dose vaccine for children ages 5-11 brings hope that we can add another layer of prevention for children during this pandemic. As we await a final decision, please know that Fairfax County Public Schools and our community partners including the Fairfax County Health Department, Inova Health System, and local pediatric groups, are working together to ensure that every family who wishes to vaccinate their children ages 5-11 will have access to the vaccine. For the latest information on our vaccination rollout plans, visit our website.

 

Community Review of K-8 Science Basal Instructional Resources: Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new K – 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 school year.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  K - 8 basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/39027. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet https://forms.gle/g76TjGmewaN8Fgfb6.  All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.

 

Picking-Up A Student Early? If your child needs to be picked up early please help expedite the process by sending them to school with a note. Your student will take the note to the main office before school starts to get a pass so s/he can meet you in the main office at the designated time. In your note please include:

  • Student’s name
  • Appointment date
  • Pick-up time
  • Reason for leaving early
  • Parent/Guardian signature

 

1st Quarter Report Cards, SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE Access: First quarter report cards will go home with students in Panther Time the week of November 8. Due to grade preparation for first quarter marks, SIS will be unavailable to all FCPS parents and students from Friday, October 29th at 4pm until Saturday, November 13th at 6am. 

 

Donations Accepted for Glasgow’s Brain Break Time: As you may know, all Glasgow students participate in a 20 minute Brain Break during every 4th period class. With hundreds of students playing outdoors during this time, teachers who supervise Brain Breaks have requested additional sporting equipment to help provide students opportunities for structured play. We are accepting donations of equipment such as soccer balls, footballs, and basketballs that can be made available to students and teachers during their brain breaks. Please drop off donations to the front office. Thank you for your support! 

 

Glasgow Reading Invasion: Join us for a community Reading Invasion at Glasgow Middle School on November 6 from 1:00-3:00 PM. To celebrate our school community’s love of reading, we invite you to bring something to read and “invade” the Glasgow field. This isn’t a book club - just a time to come together, to enjoy the act of reading. We will be providing free book giveaways, a storytime for our youngest readers, and Kona Ice (https://www.kona-ice.com/flavorwave/) will be available for purchase. So bring a blanket, your family, and enjoy the weather during this communal reading experience.

 

Glasgow Yearbook: Do you need to order a Glasgow Yearbook? Watch this quick tutorial on how to order a yearbook online - https://youtu.be/Y7c9W8hhZds

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at [email protected]

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees.

 

 

We Want Your Photos for the Yearbook!

Afterschool Updates

SGA will be holding an after school club every Thursday during academic time. You must sign up at lunch on Wednesday with a max of 40 students. We will meet in the lecture hall. SGA is a fun way to get involved in the school and make positive changes while also voicing your opinions and having fun setting up spirit days and school dances! After school SGA club will start on November 11, 2021!

 

Are you interested in getting a head start in high school athletics? Do you want to try something new? If you've heard of rowing and want to see what it's all about, come try out the Glasgow ERG Program. Justice HS rowing students will be coming to the Glasgow Afterschool program to teach the basics of ERG’ing, a fundamental part of rowing. The erg machine mimics the action of rowing on water, and is a great way to introduce yourself to the sport. ERG will run Mondays and Thursdays at 3:45. ERG will end November 22, 2021. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Williams [email protected] for more information.

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to [email protected] Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

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 - October 24

GovDelivery2 months 4 weeks ago

Glasgow Community:

Friday night’s PTA Movie Night was a great success! It was good seeing the students and families together for the evening. It was also good to visit some families on Friday through my weekly home visits. Please continue to reach out if you are interested in me visiting your family! 

I cannot believe that next week is the last week of the first quarter!  Please encourage your students to check their missing assignments in SIS Student Vue and communicate with their teachers about what they should focus on completing this week. Friday, October 29th--it will be an Odd Day for our 2 hour early release day that begins at our normal time of 7:30AM and ends at 12:15PM. Monday, November 1 and Tuesday, November 2 are student holidays. 

You are invited to a Zoom PTA Meeting webinar around Glasgow MS Grading with Mr. Chung. When: Oct 26, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). Register in advance for this webinar: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k-Enuk7pTXmpfGYMS9ft0g

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Also, as we begin the 2nd quarter, I want to remind our Kiss and Ride families of a few things: 1. Please pull up to the last orange cone by the 3rd crosswalk and also please try to be in line for Kiss and Ride by 7:15 AM so students can get to their first class of the day in a timely manner. 

We hope you have a great fall week! As always, thank you for your continued support of our school!

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Important Dates

October 29 - 1st Quarter Ends, 2 hour Early Release

November 1 & 2 - School Planning Days - No Students

Sidewalk Chalk!: This week Ms. Marin (civics teachers) took her Panther Time class outside and two of her 8th graders Venus Mejia Martinez and Ariela Ventura-Paloma asked to bring chalk so they could write inspiring messages for other Glasgow students to see!

As part of our PBIS program to encourage academic achievement and improvement, we are pleased to present our *NEW* reward and recognition initiative to promote student COMMITMENT to academics. All nominated students will receive a certificate (distributed during Panther Time). In addition, one VIP and one MIP from each grade level will be recognized as our Panthers of the Month, with their pictures displayed by the main office and on our new morning announcements show, Good Morning Glasgow.

Congratulations to our VIP (Very Important Panthers) for the month of September! VIPs (Very Important Panther) demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, performing at a high level, produces superior work, demonstrates skills above and beyond mastery.

Nicholas Robinson, 6th grade: Nicholas is always so enthusiastic and loves to participate in all aspects of Panther Time.  He works hard in everything he does and is always attentive and respectful of his teachers and his peers.  He truly represents all of the Panther Principles of Kindness, Commitment and Safety.  

Yacine Kaci, 7th grade: Yacine always participates in science class and is constantly wanting to learn more. He is a great role model for his peers to show engagement and good behavior. He is always kind to other students.

Leila Meeks, 8th grade: Leila earned the highest score on the Reading Inventory (RI) assessment out of all of my classes. Additionally, Leila's love for reading is inspiring! Her informal stop and jots and journal entries show a high level of reading comprehension. In addition to being a great student, Leila is also simply a great person. She is kind to her classmates and mature beyond her years. Congratulations, Leila! Keep up the good work. :)

 

Congratulations to our MIP (Most Improved Panthers) for the month of September! MIPs (Most Improved Panther) demonstrate improvement and growth in effort, a specific skillset, or overall progress in academic performance.

Lillian L. Scherer, 6th grade: Lily has always done well in Panther Time, but recently she has shown much enthusiasm and participation in class discussions and been very engaged in all of our lessons.  She is fun and loves sharing many things about herself and enjoys times with her peers.  She has become more and more dedicated to the class and the topics we have been sharing and discussing.

Carla Penarrieta Chavez, 7th grade: Carla has shown great progress since the beginning of school.  She clearly takes her studies seriously. She always asks for help when she doesn't understand something and is growing into an academic leader in our classroom. I'm so proud of Carla for her hard work and for never giving up, even when things are difficult. 

Jonathan Noriega-Hernandez, 8th grade: Jonathan has shown tremendous growth over the past 6 weeks. He is consistently doing his work and engaging in class activities.  I love seeing his excitement when a new idea clicks and when he does well on an activity. He is having a positive influence on those around him and it is great to see him not only doing well, but encouraging his friends to excel too. 

Important Information 

COVID Testing for Students: In support of our commitment to safety, Glasgow will begin optional COVID-19 screening testing students the week of November 8.  Routine testing is a highly recommended strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep our schools safe. Following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent will be randomly selected for weekly testing. Parent/guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool. We will share more information about how to submit your child(ren)’s vaccination status and opt in to testing soon. Test results will be kept confidential. Parents/guardians will be able to review results through the secure vendor portal. Parents/guardians may select an option to share their child’s test results with FCPS. Sharing results with FCPS is optional. More information about COVID-19 testing in FCPS can be found on the FCPS website. As always, we encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

1st Quarter Report Cards, SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE Access: First quarter report cards will go home with students in Panther Time the week of November 8. Due to grade preparation for first quarter marks, SIS will be unavailable to all FCPS parents and students from Friday, October 29th at 4pm until Saturday, November 13th at 6am. 

 

Signs of Suicide - Depression Screener for 7th Grade StudentsLast week Glasgow’s Student Services department conducted the Signs of Suicide program in collaboration with 7th grade Health and PE classes. Over 600 Glasgow students learned how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend and how to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend. They were also reminded that they can talk to their school counselors for support when needed. If you or your child has follow-up questions about this program please contact Student Services at (703) 813-8740. Counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists are happy to help problem-solve and provide resources! 

 

Donations Accepted for Glasgow’s Brain Break Time: As you may know, all Glasgow students participate in a 20 minute Brain Break during every 4th period class. With hundreds of students playing outdoors during this time, teachers who supervise Brain Breaks have requested additional sporting equipment to help provide students opportunities for structured play. We are accepting donations of equipment such as soccer balls, footballs, and basketballs that can be made available to students and teachers during their brain breaks. Please drop off donations to the front office. Thank you for your support! 

 

Glasgow Reading Invasion: Join us for a community Reading Invasion at Glasgow Middle School on November 6 from 1:00-3:00 PM. To celebrate our school community’s love of reading, we invite you to bring something to read and “invade” the Glasgow field. This isn’t a book club - just a time to come together, to enjoy the act of reading. We will be providing free book giveaways, a storytime for our youngest readers, and Kona Ice (https://www.kona-ice.com/flavorwave/) will be available for purchase. So bring a blanket, your family, and enjoy the weather during this communal reading experience.

 

Lost Laptops and Chargers: When students lose an FCPS provided laptop or charger they are responsible for replacing them. 

Replacement fee for lost computer equipment:

  • Dell 3310 Laptop Computer ($472.00)
  • Dell 3310 Charger ($23) 

Replacement charges can be paid through: MySchoolBucks - https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

Once a student pays the replacement fee, we will provide them a new charger or laptop. Please do not purchase a replacement charger through outside stores or vendors. 

 

Digital Resources Consent Form: At Glasgow, our teachers use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child will use this year require your consent before they can be accessed. Classes have begun working with some of these resources already. Your child will be unable to participate in these activities if you do not provide consent. We must have a completed form for each student every school year in order for them to continue to access the digital tools we are using in instruction. Please complete the digital resource consent at the link below if you haven’t already.

Use this link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This will serve as your permission for your student to have access to these tools. This permission will expire at the end of this school year and can be revoked at any time by contacting the school.

OR if you cannot complete the form, please email [email protected] with your student's ID number and your written consent to allow your child to use the digital resources at Glasgow.

You can find more information about FCPS’ commitment to student privacy here and a list of all approved digital tools is viewable online in the FCPS Digital Ecosystem Library which has links to the vendors’ privacy notices and other useful information. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Thanks so much for taking care of this important piece of information.

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email ([email protected]) or phone (571-423-3770) or the Glasgow TJ Liaison, Counselor Gregory Frantz ([email protected]) with questions.

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at [email protected]

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees.

 

 

We Want Your Photos for the Yearbook!

Afterschool Updates

Are you interested in getting a head start in high school athletics? Do you want to try something new? If you've heard of rowing and want to see what it's all about, come try out the Glasgow ERG Program. Justice HS rowing students will be coming to the Glasgow Afterschool program to teach the basics of ERG’ing, a fundamental part of rowing. The erg machine mimics the action of rowing on water, and is a great way to introduce yourself to the sport.  Information on start date and time will be announced soon!

Boolean Girls Coding Club will start on Monday, October 25th, 2021 during 2nd Block. If you have interest in STEM and would like to enhance your knowledge and skills, please sign up!

Awesome Blossoms, Digital Art Club and Chicas Poderosas are off to a great start. If you’re interested in learning more, please see Mr. Williams.

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to [email protected] Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

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 - October 17

GovDelivery3 months ago

Glasgow Community:

Greetings! This past weekend was busy and productive. I was able to do some home visits on Sunday, hang out with the kids and participate in my Urban Superintendents Program through AASA. We were excited to see the parents who attended our principal coffee around Schoology and our COVID Mitigation Strategies. We will be conducting many more principal coffees throughout the school year around various topics. Also, we were excited to have the Fall Concert this past Wednesday where our kids collaborated with Justice HS students. They made beautiful music! 

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Here at Glasgow Middle School inclusion makes our school community stronger! FCPS is also looking for kind and caring substitute teachers to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers need to be out of the building. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, and anyone who wants a flexible work schedule. Subs save the day- apply today!

We have been excited for our AVID and Glasgow Scholars students to participate in a few college tours over the past week to the University of Maryland - College Park, MD. These opportunities and access points are key for frontloading experiences for our Glasgow MS students! Also, while one of our Assistant Principal’s - Mrs. Deirdre McShea Levin is out on maternity leave, Mr. Sean Rolon ([email protected]) will be the Acting Assistant Principal at Glasgow MS until she returns in February 2021. He will be supporting 8th grade and working with our ESOL and PE Departments. We are excited to have him assisting in our building! Let's make it feel welcome to the Glasgow MS family! 

As always, if you have any questions or needs please let the grade level administrator or school counselor know how we can support you! Thank you for all your support thus far! Let's have a great week!

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Important Dates

October 19 & 20 - Picture Days

October 22 - PTA Movie Night

October 29 - 1st Quarter Ends, 2 hour Early Release

November 1 & 2 - School Planning Days - No Students

Congratulations Brooke Ehmann-Jones!: One of Glasgow’s 8th grade students, Brooke Ehmann-Jones, won an honorable mention in the 7th-9th grade category of the local 2021 Conservation Poster Contest for the Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District. Please see the attached photo of her submission!”Click to edit this placeholder text.

Congratulations to this month's VIP Panthers! Teachers and students nominated students that demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics, performing at a high level, producing superior work which demonstrates skills above and beyond mastery. Also, congrats to the dozens of students nominated. Nominated students received a certificate of recognition. 

Important Information 

PTA - Movie Night:  THE STUDENTS HAVE VOTED! The PTA's outdoor movie night this coming FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 will feature everyone's favorite Ogre, SHREK! The movie will start at 7 on the Glasgow field. Come early with a picnic, blanket or lawn chairs. Ice cream from Jake's Ice Cream, popcorn & drinks will be available for purchase. We are excited to see everyone there on Friday!

 

1st Quarter Report Cards, SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE Access: First quarter report cards will go home with students in Panther Time the week of November 8. Due to grade preparation for first quarter marks, SIS will be unavailable to all FCPS parents and students from Friday, October 29th at 4pm until Saturday, November 13th at 6am. 

 

Glasgow Reading Invasion: Join us for a community Reading Invasion at Glasgow Middle School on November 6 from 1:00-3:00 PM. To celebrate our school community’s love of reading, we invite you to bring something to read and “invade” the Glasgow field. This isn’t a book club - just a time to come together, to enjoy the act of reading. We will be providing free book giveaways, a storytime for our youngest readers, and Kona Ice (https://www.kona-ice.com/flavorwave/) will be available for purchase. So bring a blanket, your family, and enjoy the weather during this communal reading experience.

 

AVID Field Trip Chaperones: Hello Glasgow parents and guardians! One of the goals of the Strategies for Success and AVID courses at Glasgow MS is to expose students to the opportunities available to them for their future. For this reason, our classes will be attending a College campus visit based on their grade level. Both the University of Maryland and George Mason University have graciously allowed our students to tour the campus and learn about the university’s academic programs, athletic programs, campus life, and more. This is sure to be an extraordinary experience for our students to learn about post-secondary education!

Glasgow will be taking these field trips on a few different day with different groups of students. Therefore, we are looking for any parent volunteers who would be willing to come along on the field trip with us as chaperones. If you are interested in volunteering as a chaperone, please email Kelly Greenshields at [email protected]. Field trips are an invaluable learning opportunity for students and we hope you will be able to join us!

Date

Location

Class attending

October 20 Even

GMU- Grade 7

Mrs. Greenshields’ AVID 7 Ms. Domenech’s Strategies for Success

October 21 Odd

GMU- Grade 7

Mrs. Greenshields’ AVID 7 Ms. Domenech’s Strategies for Success

 

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email ([email protected]) or phone (571-423-3770) or the Glasgow TJ Liaison, Counselor Gregory Frantz ([email protected]) with questions.

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at [email protected]

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees.

 

 

We Want Your Photos for the Yearbook!

Afterschool Updates

Hello Glasgow Families! I’d like to announce the Glasgow Identity Club (formerly known as LGBTQIA) The reason the club name was changed was to make students who may feel hesitant about announcing that they are going to LGBTQIA club more comfortable. Glasgow Identity Club allows kids to withhold their actual sexual identity if they are not out or comfortable being out yet. If you’re interested in joining, the club meets on Thursdays during Activity Block in room E-203. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Caesar at [email protected]!

Week In Review: This past week, the Builder Club started and will run during Academic Block on Mondays and Wednesdays. In Builders Club, you will learn important pre-engineering skills to prepare you for high school and college!  Join this once popular club at Glasgow to build, code, and learn!  Ms. Millsap is the club sponsor for this activity. For more information, please contact Ms. Millsap at [email protected]        

G.E.M.S (Glasgow in Engineering, Math and Science) also met on Wednesday. In this club, students learn about engineering and STEM related activities. If you’re interested or have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams [email protected]

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to [email protected] Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

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 - October 10

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Glasgow Community:

I hope that you are enjoying time with family and friends this weekend. Thank you to those who were able to join us on Saturday, for our Inspire event that was focused on academic and wellness support. Our goal is to continue to ensure we are creating spaces aligned with a caring culture, building relationships, and community through activities and strategies that can assist learning outside of the school day. Students and parents were engaged in sessions like IB/AAP, math, literacy skills and physical activity sessions that assisted with students wellness. We were so thankful to have Howard University’s Dean of Education, Dr. Dawn Williams, speak with our students. 

Upcoming Celebrations and Observations: October is LGBTQ History Month and Disability History and Awareness Month. October 11 is Indigenous People’s Day. Help us celebrate and commemorate these occasions! We will celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day by recognizing and honoring the beautiful traditions and cultures of Indigenous People, not just in America, but around the world. October is Disability History and Awareness Month in Virginia. Here at Glasgow MS we honor those with disabilities and promote equal opportunities for all. Read one student’s story.  Also Glasgow MS celebrates the achievements of LGBTQ+ icons from our community and around the world. For more on how FCPS provides a safe and respectful environment for all, visit our website

A one size fits all approach does not work in a division as large as FCPS, where every school has unique needs, layouts, student population, staffing, community involvement, and culture. The division has set standards guided by the advice of state and local health officials. At Glasgow MS we have considered our schedule, student population, physical layout, outdoor space, and staff availability when planning for alternative lunch spaces. Here at Glasgow MS, we have utilized 120 outdoor seats, our cafeteria space and 100 additional seats in our lecture hall to assist with mitigation strategies for our lunches. We will continue to use plexiglass barriers to assist in mitigation strategies. Our highest priority is student safety, and I assure you that I continue to review our practices to ensure we are providing the best for our students. We have been pleased to have less than 6 positive cases in our building thus far and each case was not connected to Glasgow MS.

As always, please feel free to contact me or your child’s administrator if you have any questions. I am still conducting home visits, so please let me know if you would like me to visit your home. Let's have a great week! 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Important Dates

October 11- School Planning Day - No Students

October 12 - SEL Screener

October 19 & 20 - Picture Days, done through HPE classes

October 22 - PTA Movie Night

October 29 - 1st Quarter Ends, 2 hour Early Release

November 1 & 2 - School Planning Days - No Students

Important Information 

PTA - Movie Night: "Save the date for Glasgow PTA's FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 on the Glasgow field. It will be fun for the whole family! The movie starts at 7, but arrive early to get a great seat and buy some food or drink from a food truck. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on. Students will vote on the movie during Panther Time in the coming weeks. Please note that students need to be supervised by an adult during the event. We are looking for parent volunteers to help organize this fun family event. Contact the PTA at [email protected] if you can help!"

 

Social and Emotional Learning Screener, Tuesday October 12- This fall, FCPS schools will be administering a social and emotional learning screener to all students in order to assess how teachers, counselors, and staff can better support students’ social and emotional needs. Glasgow students will be taking the 18 question screener in Panther Time on Tuesday, October 12.  Learn more about the screener and review the questions here. Opt out forms were due by Thursday, September 30th. To opt your child out of participating in the screener, please complete the opt-out form found here and contact Sarah N’Guessan at [email protected] directly. 

 

AVID Field Trip Chaperones: Hello Glasgow parents and guardians! One of the goals of the Strategies for Success and AVID courses at Glasgow MS is to expose students to the opportunities available to them for their future. For this reason, our classes will be attending a College campus visit based on their grade level. Both the University of Maryland and George Mason University have graciously allowed our students to tour the campus and learn about the university’s academic programs, athletic programs, campus life, and more. This is sure to be an extraordinary experience for our students to learn about post-secondary education!

Glasgow will be taking these field trips on a few different day with different groups of students. Therefore, we are looking for any parent volunteers who would be willing to come along on the field trip with us as chaperones. If you are interested in volunteering as a chaperone, please email Kelly Greenshields at [email protected]. Field trips are an invaluable learning opportunity for students and we hope you will be able to join us!

Date

Location

Class attending

October 15 Odd

UMD- Grade 8

Mr. Floyd’s and Ms. Bulger’s Strategies for Success

October 20 Even

GMU- Grade 7

Mrs. Greenshields’ AVID 7 Ms. Domenech’s Strategies for Success

October 21 Odd

GMU- Grade 7

Mrs. Greenshields’ AVID 7 Ms. Domenech’s Strategies for Success

 

Credit for World Language Exam: Parents, is your student a 7th or 8th grader who is proficient in reading and writing in their first language? If so, then make sure your student signs up to take the Credit for World Language Exam on November 16th, here at Glasgow Middle School! 

The exam is designed to assess students’ first language proficiency and enable them to earn credits toward fulfilling the world language requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma in high school. Passing this exam will also award students with the Biliteracy Seal upon graduation. Students who have the ability to read and write in one of the following 26 languages may take the exam to receive high school credit*:

American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/ Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

If you would like your child to take the Credit for World Language Exam, please have them sign-up in Student Services from Monday September 20 until Wednesday, October 13th at 2:00 p.m. 

*Please note that fluent oral speaking skills are not sufficient for this exam. 

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email ([email protected]) or phone (571-423-3770) or the Glasgow TJ Liaison, Counselor Gregory Frantz ([email protected]) with questions.

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at [email protected]

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees. 

 

 

We Want Your Photos for the Yearbook!

Afterschool Updates

Hello Glasgow Families! I’d like to announce the Glasgow Identity Club (formerly known as LGBTQIA) The reason the club name was changed was to make students who may feel hesitant about announcing that they are going to LGBTQIA club more comfortable. Glasgow Identity Club allows kids to withhold their actual sexual identity if they are not out or comfortable being out yet. If you’re interested in joining, the club meets on Thursdays during Activity Block in room E-203. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Caesar at [email protected]!

Week In Review: This past week, the Builder Club started and will run during Academic Block on Mondays and Wednesdays. In Builders Club, you will learn important pre-engineering skills to prepare you for high school and college!  Join this once popular club at Glasgow to build, code, and learn!  Ms. Millsap is the club sponsor for this activity. For more information, please contact Ms. Millsap at [email protected]        

G.E.M.S (Glasgow in Engineering, Math and Science) also met on Wednesday. In this club, students learn about engineering and STEM related activities. If you’re interested or have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams [email protected]

Glasgow PTA News

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to [email protected] Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

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 - October 3

GovDelivery3 months 2 weeks ago

Glasgow Community:

Greetings! It was a blessing getting time in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky this weekend. Time with family, friends and good food is always a win! It was particularly a great time because my son flew home with me and he really enjoyed his time with dad and the grandparents! These are classic memories for us! Also, this past week we had our first Glasgow MS PTA meeting this past Tuesday. We discussed upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, after school clubs and an overview from me of the first month of school. Please see PTA Meeting recording, new PTA website and email address: [email protected]

As FCPS recently shared, if students are paused or quarantined due to COVID, they can and should continue to access instruction and learning opportunities.  At Glasgow, teachers have been given explicit step-by-step instructions on how to communicate with students/parents who are paused.  In short, when teachers learn of a student’s absence, they will notify the student through Schoology to let them know how they can access a recorded lesson in Schoology as well as the assignments students should complete while absent.  Additionally, teachers will be available for office hours or email to answer questions or provide other support for students.  As always, we encourage any student or family with questions to reach out to teachers for help. 

During the past week or so our students have been engaged in Fall VGA Reading and Math Assessments. This data will be helpful to guide our differentiation, scaffolding and intervention groups moving forward. It’s hard to believe we are already halfway through the first quarter!  We could not have made it this far without your support.  This week it was great to get a visit from our Deputy Superintendent Dr. Ivey and our district representative Dr. Anderson. As always, please continue to let me know if you would like to have a home visit from the principal. Thank you for your partnership and encouragement as we work together to ensure that students have a successful year! We continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and appreciate the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired our students to achieve success! 

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

 

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

Important Dates

October 11- School Planning Day - No Students

October 29 - 1st Quarter Ends

October 19 & 20 - Picture Days, done through HPE classes

November 1 & 2 - School Planning Days - No Students

Important Information 

AVID Field Trip Chaperones: Hello Glasgow parents and guardians! One of the goals of the Strategies for Success and AVID courses at Glasgow MS is to expose students to the opportunities available to them for their future. For this reason, our classes will be attending a College campus visit based on their grade level. Both the University of Maryland and George Mason University have graciously allowed our students to tour the campus and learn about the university’s academic programs, athletic programs, campus life, and more. This is sure to be an extraordinary experience for our students to learn about post-secondary education!

Glasgow will be taking these field trips on a few different day with different groups of students. Therefore, we are looking for any parent volunteers who would be willing to come along on the field trip with us as chaperones. If you are interested in volunteering as a chaperone, please email Kelly Greenshields at [email protected]. Field trips are an invaluable learning opportunity for students and we hope you will be able to join us!

Date

Location

Class attending

October 8 Odd

UMD- Grade 8

Mrs. Greenshields’ AVID

October 15 Odd

UMD- Grade 8

Mr. Floyd’s and Ms. Bulger’s Strategies for Success

October 20 Even

GMU- Grade 7

Mrs. Greenshields’ AVID 7 Ms. Domenech’s Strategies for Success

October 21 Odd

GMU- Grade 7

Mrs. Greenshields’ AVID 7 Ms. Domenech’s Strategies for Success

 

 

FCPS Needs School Bus Drivers - New Incentive - New drivers will receive a $3,000 signing bonus - $1,500 after consecutive employment of 90 workdays, and $1,500 will be given after the first 180 working days (paid school days) if the driver receives a satisfactory yearly evaluation and is recommended for continued employment with FCPS Office of Transportation Services.

We hope this helps us to add many new bus drivers to our team!

New Hourly Rate for School Bus Drivers - We are also excited to share that the hourly pay for bus drivers has increased to $22.91! For more information, contact the Applicant Center - Connie Lovejoy at 571-423-3023.

 

Credit for World Language Exam - Parents, is your student a 7th or 8th grader who is proficient in reading and writing in their first language? If so, then make sure your student signs up to take the Credit for World Language Exam on November 16th, here at Glasgow Middle School! 

The exam is designed to assess students’ first language proficiency and enable them to earn credits toward fulfilling the world language requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma in high school. Passing this exam will also award students with the Biliteracy Seal upon graduation. Students who have the ability to read and write in one of the following 26 languages may take the exam to receive high school credit*:

American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/ Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

If you would like your child to take the Credit for World Language Exam, please have them sign-up in Student Services from Monday September 20 until Wednesday, October 13th at 2:00 p.m. 

*Please note that fluent oral speaking skills are not sufficient for this exam. 

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email ([email protected]) or phone (571-423-3770) or the Glasgow TJ Liaison, Counselor Gregory Frantz ([email protected]) with questions.

 

Social and Emotional Learning Screener, Tuesday October 12- This fall, FCPS schools will be administering a social and emotional learning screener to all students in order to assess how teachers, counselors, and staff can better support students’ social and emotional needs. Glasgow students will be taking the 18 question screener in Panther Time on Tuesday, October 12.  Learn more about the screener and review the questions here. To opt your child out of participating in the screener, please complete the opt-out form found here and return to your child’s Panther Time teacher by Thursday, September 30th. 

 

Learn English - In partnership with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, we’re proud to offer another Family Learning Program. Are you interested in learning English? Would you like to improve your English language skills? The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is the program for you. Registration will  be on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Classes are free for Glasgow parents, which include all books and assessments. Classes start Tuesday, October 18, 2021, and end December 16, 2021. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Feel free to check out the website for more information https://lcnv.org/

 

ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at [email protected]

 

Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees. 

Afterschool Updates

Hello Glasgow Families. This past week, we had new clubs start up in After School.

Arabic Club started on Monday and will run each Monday during Activity Block. If you’re interested, please sign up to learn more. 

Lacrosse Club had their its session on Wednesday.  If you’re interested in participating in the lacrosse club, please see Mr. Williams for more information.  

Capital One Coders program is currently closed. If you’re interested in participating in  the Spring, please contact me at [email protected]

Digital Art Club had its first session on Thursday. If you’re interested in learning about Digital Art and the various mediums, please inquire with Mr. Williams or Ms. Campbell at [email protected]

Builder Club: Everyone can code! You don’t have to be a math genius to start having fun creating simple or even complex programs or algorithms with our building models. Are you interested in building robots?  Then join the Builders Club!  Learn important pre-engineering skills to prepare you for high school and college!  Join this once popular club at Glasgow to build, code, and learn!  Ms. Millsap is the club sponsor for this activity

Glasgow PTA News

Glasgow PTA Meeting: You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Sep 28, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Glasgow PTA Meeting (9/28/2021) Register in advance for this webinar: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E7oSYNyjRaOSMxgKL0xERg

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow!  glasgowms.memberhub.co 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to [email protected] Or join the PTA at https://glasgowms.memberhub.co/store. It’s only $10!

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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