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Well - we did it! We successfully navigated through our first week of the 2020 school year! Our teachers were so energized by your students this week. I was popping in and out of classrooms and hearing from the staff: your children were excited to be there, inquisitive and ready to connect with each other and learn. I hope your families also found success this past week! Our teachers have been working incredibly hard and I would love to share positive stories from you all. Please email me with any positive stories I could share with our staff - email@example.com.
Monday is our first Asynchronous Learning Day. Students will be able to find their asynchronous work listed on a “Grid” in both Blackboard 24-7 and Google Classroom for each of their subjects. The grid will be posted by 7:00am on Monday, September 14. The grid serves as a road map for learning for Monday as well as the rest of the week. For those of you who remember our Grid from the spring, we have made some revisions based on feedback you provided. We have simplified the grid to capture: “What will I learn today? What will I turn in today?” Here is what it looks like:
Students will also have a “live” Panther Time on Monday. The focus of this Panther Time is building community and setting up your child for a successful week by helping them navigate to the grids and organizing BbCU links. Students should be present at this Panther Time from 9:05 - 9:45am to be marked present for the day at school.
Office Hours are also available on Mondays. All teachers have Office Hours on Mondays either from 7:30am - 8:15am or 10:00am - 10:45am, as well as one afternoon each week from 2:30 - 3:30. Please check your child’s Blackboard 24-7 site or Google Classroom for specific days and times.
In order to continue to provide high levels of instruction using instructional technology tools, each family must complete the Tech Consent form. These forms are due by October 30, electronically. If it remains unsigned after that time, teachers will not be able to continue using all technology tools with your student. Thank you for your support in completing this form.
Thank you for all you do in supporting your student at home. As always, please reach out with any questions.
Katie Madigan, Acting Principal
Below you will find important information pertaining to our virtual opening of school both the GMS Weekly Lesson Grid and the current bell schedules. Weekly Lesson grids can be found posted to each teacher's Blackboard 24-7 page and your student's Google Classrooms for each class.Glasgow Library Mobile Mondays
The Glasgow Library will be set up at the following locations on Monday, September 14 for book check out:
- Bailey’s Community Center - 10:30am -12:30pm
- Willston Multicultural Center - 10:30am -12:30pm
- Woodrow Wilson Public Library - 10:30am -12:30pm
- Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center - 10am-12pm
They will have books, bookmarks, and posters (while supplies last) for free to Glasgow MS students who check out books. You may also return your library books when you stop by for new ones! Only Glasgow MS students may check out books from the mobile library.
If you are looking for a specific book, sign in to the library catalog to see if they book is available and place it on hold https://fairfax.follettdestiny.com/common/welcome.jsp?context=saas80_4504040 then fill out the Google Form to let the librarians know which location you will pick up your book/s. https://forms.gle/K1sAsPBSv9fn4Nu16
Check out the Glasgow Library Google Site for more information about how the library can help you and find fun activities: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/glasgowmslibrary/homeImportant Dates
September 22 - PTA Meeting
September 29 - Back to School Night, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
PTA Meeting - September 22 - The first PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, September 21. We will engage in a community discussion on bias and racism. More information about time and links to come. Updates will be communicated via www.glasgowpta.org and emails/texts. Here is the form to complete to receive the link for the meeting.
Back to School Night - September 29 - Mark your calendars for Back to School Night on September 29 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. This year the format of Back to School Night will include both asynchronous and synchronous components for our community. Asynchronous video presentations will be available from our school board member, Dr. Anderson, faculty and staff that parents will be able to view at their own pace during the week of September 27th. Additionally, we will hold live Q&A sessions for our families on the 29th that will be led by faculty and staff.Important Information
We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources: At Glasgow Middle School, our teachers will use a variety of powerful digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. Without consent, teachers will need to plan additional lessons or deviate from a useful application altogether. You can find our school’s list of the resources here: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources
Please follow this link to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval.
Schedule Change Requests
At Glasgow, our priority is to ensure students are registered for classes that are an appropriate match to their academic needs and interests. Each year we are only able to accommodate a very limited number of course changes and priority is given to students with errors in their schedule. If your student would like to make a request for a course change, please have your student email their counselor.
Mental Health and Wellness Conference - This year FCPS will continue to partner with INOVA and Kaiser Permanente to host the 7th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference. The conference will feature multiple keynote speakers who will address social emotional learning and resiliency. Virtual sessions will be offered September 14th-October 3rd. The kickoff panel will be hosted by NBC 4’s Eun Yang. Registration is available at the following website: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/mental-health-and-resiliency/mental-health-and-wellness
Additionally, Our Minds Matter will be hosting a student summit for the Mental Health and Wellness Conference. Students may register here: bit.ly/ommsummit2020
UPDATE - Attention Glasgow 8th grade students - Attention Glasgow 8th grade students - The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) application window for current eighth-grade students has changed. The TJ Admissions Office will post the updated application window as soon as possible but anticipate the next update will be posted after September 15th www.tjadmissions.org Glasgow Counselor Gregory Frantz is the Glasgow TJHSST Liaison Counselor and may be contacted by email with questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAP Level IV Screening Updates for 2020-21 School Year - Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be a few adjustments to the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV screening processes for the 2020-21 school year. Below please find some important notes for parents.
Timeline for Submitting an AAP Level IV Referral (Sept 8-Dec 1) - Referral forms will be collected via email, sent to the Advanced Academic Resource Specialist, Dr. Nonye Oladimeji at email@example.com. The email will count as a digital signature for the referral. Please note referrals will not be accepted past December 1 in order to provide ample time for local schools to organize and submit screening portfolios to the central office. Parents have the option to submit the parent/guardian questionnaire and/or up to four pages of student work samples. These optional materials should be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource specialist Dr. Nonye Oladimeji when submitting the referral form. Discontinued: Awards and certificates will not be part of screening files.
Testing Updates: The one-time retest option for the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) or CogAT test will not be available this school year. There will be a process for students without an abilities test on file to take the NNAT in December. Local schools will determine which students require the NNAT and will reach out to families to schedule safe and socially distanced testing. Please note that while private testing that follows guidelines may be submitted, testing is only type of data considered. All ability tests are considered within the larger context of the overall screening portfolio. FCPS does not encourage families to seek additional testing beyond what FCPS provides to all students.
Additional information about the screening process will be shared through local school newsletters. Local schools will also communicate opportunities for parent information sessions on the AAP continuum of services and the screening processes for AAP levels II-IV.
2020 Congressional App Challenge - (CAC) has officially launched, sponsored by Internet Education Foundation. Students interested must register at https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students/student-registration. Students, both high-school and middle-school level, may participate as individuals or in teams of up to four (4) students. CAC winners may be eligible to have their app featured in the Capitol Building. Apps may be submitted until 12 pm October 19th, 2020. Please find attached App Challenge rules for 2020, detailing submission requirements and next steps. Participating students can either reside or attend school in VA. One can confirm residency here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/Bus Route Meal Service
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. Check out the current bus schedule.Glasgow PTA News
Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow! http://www.glasgowpta.org/participate/volunteer/
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