Glasgow Community Gazette - October 20

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Glasgow Community:

During Monday’s School Planning Day, our professional development focused on the collaborative work of our (teacher) teams. At Glasgow, collaboration means 1) recognizing we can’t do it alone 2) making our thinking visible to each other 3) inviting different perspectives and 4) changing our approach, based on input. Our success as a school over the past few years has been because of our teams’ ability to get better at working together and our goal is to “level up” and take our collaboration to another level this year. I am inspired by our success and for what the future holds at Glasgow because of our teachers’ ability to work together at the highest of levels.

On Tuesday evening, Glasgow faculty and admin provided parents an overview of our assessment practices and grading policies. If you weren’t able to attend, here is a link to the presentation titled, “Grading at Glasgow - An IBMYP Approach”. If you have any questions about your student’s grades, please contact your student’s teacher. Link - http://bit.ly/2CVot5y

The Performing Arts Department was also on display this past week as the Glasgow Orchestra and Chorus hosted their fall concerts at Justice High School. Shout out to Ms. Ray and Touzinsky (Orchestra), Ms. Lansberry (Chorus) and performing arts students for amazing performances. The Glasgow Band fall concert is on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:00pm at Glasgow and is free for all to attend.

The PTA hosted International Night on Thursday, which provided the school community the opportunity to come together to celebrate our diversity.  It was a fun evening of sharing food together and connecting school staff with parents. It is one of my favorite nights, as I love seeing all of our families and the pride we all take in our own cultures and our collective Glasgow community.  

Finally, on Friday, Justice Pyramid Principals came together at Glasgow Middle School for our monthly meeting. During the meeting, we had the opportunity to visit 6th grade classrooms. It is so cool to see the smiles of our students’ faces when their elementary school principal enters their classroom at Glasgow.  Check out some of the photos below.

Have a great week and as always, let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Important Information

2019 Fairfax County Youth Survey: The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Youth Survey. The results are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. The youth survey will be administered to all 6th and 8th grade students between November 6-15. Information regarding the survey and opt-out forms are available here.

 

Student-Parent Survey For Federal Impact Aid: FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. Learn more by watching this short video - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

 

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

 

Locker Request Forms - Now Available in Student Services: If you would like to request a locker for your student, locker request forms are now available in Student Services. In addition, if you have concerns specific to your student, we will work with you to ensure your student has what they need to be successful at Glasgow this year. Please visit the Student Services website at https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/student-services and email your student’s counselor.

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student breakfast and lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

Article of the Week

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

This week's article from the New York Times is about "How to Help Teenagers Keep Track of Their Stuff." Check it out.

Volunteer at Glasgow!

National Career Development Month - Selfie Videos Needed - November is National Career Development Month, and Glasgow Student Services needs your help! We are looking to highlight careers through our morning news show and our Panther Time lessons throughout the month of November. We need you to participate by sending us a 2-3 minute “selfie style” smartphone video of you at work, explaining your career and the educational pathway for your career (see sample). Please send your video to cspareja@fcps.edu.

Important Dates

October 22 - FCPS ACSD Meet and Greet

October 23 - Fall Band Concert

November 1 - End of the 1st Quarter

November 4 & 5 - Student Holiday

November 6 - World Language Credit Exam

November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch

 

FCPS Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) Meet and Greet - October 22: The FCPS Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is holding a Meet and Greet for families, staff, and community members to learn how we advise the school board and superintendent about needs for special education in FCPS. The Meet and Greet will be held on Tuesday, October 22 from 7-9 pm at Luther Jackson MS in Falls Church. Staff from the FCPS Office of Special Services will be present to introduce themselves as well. All families, staff, and community members are welcome. 

 

Credit for World Language Exam - November 6: Glasgow will host the World Credit Exam on Wednesday, November 6 at 8:00am in the lecture hall. The exam is designed to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn one or two credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma.

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6th, 7th and 8th. Twenty-nine languages will be included:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 4 p.m. Students must meet with their school counselors to register. Late registrations will not be accepted. Please see information on the credit exam website or contact Irania Escalante, school counselor, at ivescalante@fcps.edu, for questions or more information.

After School Program News

Glasgow After School Program has begun. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

 

Glasgow Chess Club by DMV Chess: Is your student interested in learning the game of Chess? Are they a critical thinker and like strategy? Then have your student join Glasgow Chess Club. Novice players will learn the rules of the game, the value of each piece, game strategy and principles and patterns for checkmating. 

Chess teaches logical thinking, improved attention span, planning and academic achievement. Chess Club will operate one day per week. Fees for instruction would be $15.00 per student per session. For more information, please contact Greg Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

Attendance Matters!

The new school year has been off to a wonderful start. Students are adjusting to their new routines, and routines are such an important part of academic success. In order to support consistent school attendance, please read the following information:

* Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.

* Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.

* Being in school promotes academic and social growth for students as they learn from their peers who become a strong influence for students during their middle school years. Visit FCPS’s attendance site for more information on the importance of school attendance: FCPS Attendance Policies

 

Kiss & Ride: Parents who drop off/pick up their student to school must do so at the main entrance, Door #1. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:00am. Keep in mind that congestion and backup can be significant, causing your student to be late to their class if you drop off your student after 7:15am. School ends at 2:15pm.

 

Report Student Absences: In order for our students to get the most out of their education, students must be in school and on time to class every day. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - October 13

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Glasgow Community:

What an amazing week at Glasgow! On Thursday, author R.J. Palacio visited to speak with students, sign books, and host an assembly for our 6th graders. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, students learned about her new book, White Bird: A Wonder Story. 

White Bird is an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war. She spoke about our Panther Principle of kindness, and reminded students, “if you have the opportunity to be right or be kind, be kind.” After the event, Ms. Palacio shared with me how impressed she was by the quality and thoughtfulness of the students' questions.

Check out photos from the event courtesy of Anne-Marie Ward here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/6LCzYyVSwVT7P57c9

On Tuesday, October 15, in partnership with the Glasgow PTA, we will be hosting a Parent Grading Workshop. The event will begin at 7:00pm and will provide parents an overview of our assessment practices and grading policies at Glasgow Middle School. In addition, we will also review a sample grade card and answer any questions to ensure you have a clear understanding of the IBMYP criteria for all subject areas. Here is a link to outlining Glasgow’s “Grading Practices.” Link: http://bit.ly/2zW4pNT

Have a great week and as always, let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Important Information

TJHSST After School Prep Program: Glasgow will be offering an after school TJ prep program for interested 8th grade students. This program is designed to help your child get ready for the upcoming TJ test that will be held November 9. TJ Prep sessions will be available for students during academic time after school. Please refer to the after school website to check the time and location of the sessions. If you have any further questions please contact, Glasgow TJ Liaison Counselor Greg Frantz at gdfrantz@fcps.edu.

 

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

 

Locker Request Forms - Now Available in Student Services: If you would like to request a locker for your student, locker request forms are now available in Student Services. In addition, if you have concerns specific to your student, we will work with you to ensure your student has what they need to be successful at Glasgow this year. Please visit the Student Services website at https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/student-services and email your student’s counselor.

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student breakfast and lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

Article of the Week

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

This week, we feature an article from The Atlantic, "Why is Middle So Hard for So Many People?" In the article, it outlines what we say often to our staff... "Tweenhood is torturous, and tending to those in the midst of it can be excruciating and embarrassing: Tweens will make lots of mistakes, and they’ll learn from them, and still make more mistakes after that. Yet those mistakes—and the growth that follows—are precisely what give middle school its meaning." 

Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/10/why-middle-school-and-preteens-are-so-challenging/599542/

Volunteer at Glasgow!

International Potluck - October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm: Glasgow will be hosting an International Potluck on October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm. This event is free for the Glasgow Community! Sign up to bring food to share or volunteer at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-international1

Important Dates

October 14 - School Planning Day (Student Holiday)

October 15 - Fall Orchestra Concert (at Justice HS)

October 15 - PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop, 7pm

October 16 - Fall Chorus Concert (at Justice HS)

October 17, 6:30-8:00pm - International Potluck

October 23 - Fall Band Concert

November 1 - End of the 1st Quarter

November 4 - School Planning Day (Student Holiday)

November 6 - World Language Credit Exam

 

PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop - October 15: Mark your calendar for the next Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00pm. After a brief PTA meeting and Principal's Report, the special program for the evening will be a Parent Grading Workshop. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. PTA membership is not required. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.  

 

Credit for World Language Exam - November 6: Glasgow will host the World Credit Exam on Wednesday, November 6 at 8:00am in the lecture hall. The exam is designed to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn one or two credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma.

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6th, 7th and 8th. Twenty-nine languages will be included:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 4 p.m. Students must meet with their school counselors to register. Late registrations will not be accepted. Please see information on the credit exam website or contact Irania Escalante, school counselor, at ivescalante@fcps.edu, for questions or more information.

After School Program News

Glasgow After School Program has begun. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

 

Glasgow Chess Club by DMV Chess: Is your student interested in learning the game of Chess? Are they a critical thinker and like strategy? Then have your student join Glasgow Chess Club. Novice players will learn the rules of the game, the value of each piece, game strategy and principles and patterns for checkmating. 

Chess teaches logical thinking, improved attention span, planning and academic achievement. Chess Club will operate one day per week. Fees for instruction would be $15.00 per student per session. For more information, please contact Greg Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

Attendance Matters!

The new school year has been off to a wonderful start. Students are adjusting to their new routines, and routines are such an important part of academic success. In order to support consistent school attendance, please read the following information:

* Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.

* Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.

* Being in school promotes academic and social growth for students as they learn from their peers who become a strong influence for students during their middle school years. Visit FCPS’s attendance site for more information on the importance of school attendance: FCPS Attendance Policies

 

Kiss & Ride: Parents who drop off/pick up their student to school must do so at the main entrance, Door #1. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:00am. Keep in mind that congestion and backup can be significant, causing your student to be late to their class if you drop off your student after 7:15am. School ends at 2:15pm.

 

Report Student Absences: In order for our students to get the most out of their education, students must be in school and on time to class every day. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school.

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 6

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Glasgow Community:

It was great to see so many of you at Back to School Night (BTSN) on Thursday evening. As I stated in my opening video, Glasgow is truly a remarkable school. Our 1906 students and their families come from 56 different countries and speak 58 different languages. We have an incredible staff that is tirelessly dedicated to the learning of each and every student. We believe that quality instruction means:

* Students spend the majority of class time meaningfully reading, writing, discussing, thinking. 
* Students know what they are doing, why they are doing it and how they’ll know when they’ve got it. 
* Each lesson teaches a skill. Not just content.
* Our role as educators is to show students how to learn, not just tell them what to know.

I hope you left the event with a better sense of what your student needs to be successful in their classes and the important role you can play in supporting their learning. I strongly encourage you to continue to communicate with your student’s teachers throughout the year. The parent-school partnership is vital to the success of our students. Working together, families and teachers can be a powerful team in supporting students’ learning.

I am excited to attend the Dodgers/Nationals Game 5 of the NLDS on Monday night. As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Go Nats!

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

R.J. Palacio, Author of Wonder, Visits Glasgow This Thursday! 

Author R.J. Palacio will be visiting Glasgow Middle School this Thursday, October 10, to promote her new book White Bird: A Wonder Story. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

All 6th grade students are invited to attend the assembly for an book talk followed by a Q&A with the author. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Sanz at tmsanz@fcps.edu.

Important Information

TJHSST After School Prep Program: Glasgow will be offering an after school TJ prep program for interested 8th grade students. This program is designed to help your child get ready for the upcoming TJ test that will be held November 9. TJ Prep sessions will be available for students during academic time after school beginning this week. Please refer to the after school website to check the time and location of the sessions. If you have any further questions please contact, Glasgow TJ Liaison Counselor Greg Frantz at gdfrantz@fcps.edu.

 

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

 

Locker Request Forms - Now Available in Student Services: If you would like to request a locker for your student, locker request forms are now available in Student Services. In addition, if you have concerns specific to your student, we will work with you to ensure your student has what they need to be successful at Glasgow this year. Please visit the Student Services website at https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/student-services and email your student’s counselor.

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student breakfast and lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

Article of the Week

At Glasgow, we believe assessment & grading should: 1) help students know their areas of strength and areas of growth, 2) allow teachers to adjust instruction to meet the needs of students, 3) provide communication between students, 4) teachers and parents about learning progress and empower students to drive their own learning. Check out this article on why all schools should move beyond averaging grades and the BTSN presentation on Glasgow’s “Grading Practices.” If you want to learn more about Glasgow’s grading practices, we invite you to the next PTA meeting on October 15. Presentation link: http://bit.ly/2zW4pNT

Article: https://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsNew/WNDet/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/21/Its-Time-to-Stop-Averaging-Grades.aspx

Volunteer at Glasgow!

Picture Day Parent Volunteers Needed - October 8 and 9: Picture Days at Glasgow are coming up! Parent volunteers are needed throughout the two days Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9. You will assist teachers and photographers getting students through the line and organized for the photos!

For every three-hour shift you will receive $25.00 voucher to use towards the costs of your child’s pictures. Shifts are 7:30am-11:00am or 11:00am-2:15pm each day. For more information, email: glasgowms.pta@gmail.com or Marc Perella at MAPerella@fcps.edu

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-2019

Important Dates

October 8 & 9 - Picture Day

October 14 - School Planning Day (Student Holiday)

October 15 - Fall Orchestra Concert (at Justice HS)

October 15 - PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop, 7pm

October 16 - Fall Chorus Concert (at Justice HS)

October 17, 6:30-8:00pm - International Potluck

October 23 - Fall Band Concert

November 1 - End of the 1st Quarter

November 4 - School Planning Day (Student Holiday)

November 6 - World Language Credit Exam

 

Picture Day - October 8 & October 9: Students will have their pictures taken during their PE classes on either Tuesday, October 8 or Wednesday, October 9. Picture order forms will be distributed to students on Friday during Panther Time. Families can also prepay online by clicking on this link.

If your student will be out of school on Wednesday to celebrate Yom Kippur and is scheduled to have his/her picture taken, please have your student go to the Lecture Hall during FIT on Tuesday. The photographer will take the picture during this class period. Please contact Mr. Perella if you have any questions at maperella@fcps.edu

 

PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop - October 15: Mark your calendar for the next Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00pm. After a brief PTA meeting and Principal's Report, the special program for the evening will be a Parent Grading Workshop. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. PTA membership is not required. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.  

 

International Potluck - October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm: Glasgow will be hosting an International Potluck on October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm. This event is free for the Glasgow Community! Sign up to bring food to share or volunteer at http://bit.ly/GMSPotluck2019

 

Credit for World Language Exam - November 6: Glasgow will host the World Credit Exam on Wednesday, November 6 at 8:00am in the lecture hall. The exam is designed to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn one or two credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma.

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6th, 7th and 8th. Twenty-nine languages will be included:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 4 p.m. Students must meet with their school counselors to register. Late registrations will not be accepted. Please see information on the credit exam website or contact Irania Escalante, school counselor, at ivescalante@fcps.edu, for questions or more information.

After School Program Has Begun!

Glasgow After School Program has begun. Late buses are available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

Attendance Matters!

The new school year has been off to a wonderful start. Students are adjusting to their new routines, and routines are such an important part of academic success. In order to support consistent school attendance, please read the following information:

* Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.

* Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.

* Being in school promotes academic and social growth for students as they learn from their peers who become a strong influence for students during their middle school years. Visit FCPS’s attendance site for more information on the importance of school attendance: FCPS Attendance Policies

 

Kiss & Ride: Parents who drop off/pick up their student to school must do so at the main entrance, Door #1. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:00am. Keep in mind that congestion and backup can be significant, causing your student to be late to their class if you drop off your student after 7:15am. School ends at 2:15pm.

 

Report Student Absences: In order for our students to get the most out of their education, students must be in school and on time to class every day. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school.

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 - September 29

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Glasgow Community:

Last week, students who earned Panther Cards from Glasgow staff when they committed acts of Kindness, Commitment or Safety had their first opportunity to exchange their cards for prizes at the Panther Store, which is open during lunch once a month. Congrats to all students who received a Panther Card. Thank you to those of you who donated items to the Panther Store and the parents who volunteered on Friday. 

This Thursday, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm, and we encourage you to arrive early as we anticipate a well-attended event. Please keep in mind that parking will be limited. We have arranged for the buses that normally park outside door #3 to park at Justice High School that evening. We also hope to provide overflow parking on the school fields (weather permitting). 

Again this year, a variety of food trucks will be stationed in front of the school beginning at 4:30pm for parents and students to purchase food prior to the event. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary. This year Glasgow will also be hosting a small resource fair with community partners. It will be located outside the front entrance. 

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite you to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you, and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

Please bring a copy (or take a photo) of your student’s schedule to guide you through the Back to School Night schedule. A detailed schedule is outlined below.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week.

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Last Chance - Order Author R.J. Palacio's New Book Today!

Author R.J. Palacio will be visiting Glasgow Middle School on October 10 to promote her new book White Bird: A Wonder Story. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

Last week, students received a R.J. Palacio White Bird: A Wonder Story book order form. This is an amazing opportunity to receive an autographed copy of any book written by RJ Palacio. Order forms are due to your student's Panther Time teacher by September 30. You can also order White Bird or any of her previous books using the following updated link:  https://forms.gle/BRaC8dgmQMDtX8Qb7

All book sales will benefit Glasgow Middle School. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Sanz at tmsanz@fcps.edu.

Important Information

After School Program Has Begun!
Glasgow After School Program began last week. Late buses will be available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please note that the After School Program is cancelled on Thursday, October 3 due to Back to School Night. To learn more about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or call 703-813-8885.

 

TJHSST After School Prep Program
Glasgow will be offering an after school TJ prep program for interested 8th grade students. This program is designed to help your child get ready for the upcoming TJ test that will be held November 9. TJ Prep sessions will be available for students during academic time after school beginning the week of October 7. Please refer to the after school website to check the time and location of the sessions. If you have any further questions please contact, Glasgow TJ Liaison Counselor Greg Frantz at gdfrantz@fcps.edu.

 

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

 

Locker Request Forms - Available October 1 in Student Services: If you would like to request a locker for your student, locker request forms will be available in Student Services beginning Tuesday, October 1. In addition, if you have concerns specific to your student, we will work with you to ensure your student has what they need to be successful at Glasgow this year. Please visit the Student Services website at https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/student-services and email your student’s counselor.

 

September Safety Drills: Glasgow conducted a bus evacuation drill last Friday to conclude our September safety drills. Teachers will continue to help teach students our expectations and procedures to support school-wide safety throughout the year. If you have any questions about required safety drills, please email Kristy Ritchie at klritchie@fcps.edu.

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student breakfast and lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

Article (Podcast) of the Week

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

This week, we included a link to a podcast that dives into parents’ top concerns about middle school with Phyllis Fagell—school counselor, therapist, author and mother of three. Podcast: https://www.pta.org/center-for-family-engagement/notes-from-the-backpack/middle-school-what-every-parent-should-know

Volunteer at Glasgow!

Picture Day Parent Volunteers Needed - October 8 and 9: Picture Days at Glasgow are coming up! Parent volunteers are needed throughout the two days Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9. You will assist teachers and photographers getting students through the line and organized for the photos!

For every three-hour shift you will receive $25.00 voucher to use towards the costs of your child’s pictures. Shifts are 7:30am-11:00am or 11:00am-2:15pm each day. For more information, email: glasgowms.pta@gmail.com or Marc Perella at MAPerella@fcps.edu

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-2019

Important Dates

October 1 - FIT Begins (Tues/Wed/Thurs)

October 3 - After School Program Canceled

October 3 - Back to School Night, 6-8pm

October 5 - Taste of Annandale

October 8 & 9 - Picture Day

October 15 - PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop, 7pm

October 17, 6:30-8:00pm - International Potluck

November 6 - World Language Credit Exam

 

Flexible Instructional Time (FIT) Begins October 1
All students will receive a new schedule with their FIT assignment during 1st block on Tuesday, October 1. Students’ FIT assignment will show up on their schedules as their 9th period class. Students will report to their FIT class every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

The purpose of FIT is to provide remediation to students based on their specific needs. Specifically, for those students who need additional support in reading, writing or math. All other students will attend an enrichment FIT. The format of enrichment FIT will be as follows: Tuesday = Read a text, Wednesday = Write about the text, Thursday = Discuss the text. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s counselor.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night – October 3: On Thursday, October 3, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). The program officially begins at 6:10 PM, and we encourage you to arrive early as we anticipate a well-attended event. Please bring a copy (or take a photo on your phone) of your student’s schedule. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary. 

4:30 – 5:45  Dinner Available for Purchase via Food Trucks. Seating Available in the Cafeteria and in front of the building (weather permitting).  

5:00 - 5:30  Family Life Education (FLE) Video Screening in health rooms (optional)

5:00 - 6:00  Community Resource Fair outside front entrance (optional)

5:15 – 5:45  Student Services Meet & Greet in the cafeteria

5:45 – 6:10  Transition to 1st Period Classrooms

6:10 – 6:30  1st period (includes time for welcome videos & school vision presentation)

6:35 – 6:45  3rd period

6:50 – 7:00  5th period

7:05 – 7:15  7th period

7:20 – 7:30  2nd period

7:35 – 7:45  4th period

7:50 – 8:00  6th period

 

Celebrate the Taste of Annandale - October 5: Come on out and enjoy some good food and entertainment at the fifth annual Taste of Annandale, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-4pm, along Tom Davis Drive in the center of Annandale.

The Taste of Annandale is a free, family-friendly street festival featuring food trucks, a beer garden, live music, an aerial dance performance, a best-dressed pet contest, a full day of children’s entertainment, 5K race, the police helicopter, a chili cook-off, vendors, and more. The Taste of Annandale 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 4251 John Marr Drive. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2BMXVUr. For more information visit: https://tasteofannandale.com/

 

Picture Day - October 8 & October 9: Students will have their pictures taken during their PE classes on either Tuesday, October 8 or Wednesday, October 9. Picture order forms will be distributed to students on Friday during Panther Time. Families can also prepay online by clicking on this link. Please contact Mr. Perella if you have any questions at maperella@fcps.edu

 

PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop - October 15: Mark your calendar for the next Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00pm. After a brief PTA meeting and Principal's Report, the special program for the evening will be a Parent Grading Workshop. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. PTA membership is not required. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.  

 

International Potluck - October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm: Glasgow will be hosting an International Potluck on October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm. This event is free for the Glasgow Community! Sign up to bring food to share or volunteer at http://bit.ly/GMSPotluck2019.

 

Credit for World Language Exam - November 6: Glasgow will host the World Credit Exam on Wednesday, November 6 at 8:00am in the lecture hall. The exam is designed to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn one or two credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma.

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6th, 7th and 8th. Twenty-nine languages will be included:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 4 p.m. Students must meet with their school counselors to register. Late registrations will not be accepted. Please see information on the credit exam website or contact Irania Escalante, school counselor, at ivescalante@fcps.edu, for questions or more information.

Attendance Matters!

The new school year has been off to a wonderful start. Students are adjusting to their new routines, and routines are such an important part of academic success. In order to support consistent school attendance, please read the following information:

* Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.

* Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.

* Being in school promotes academic and social growth for students as they learn from their peers who become a strong influence for students during their middle school years. Visit FCPS’s attendance site for more information on the importance of school attendance: FCPS Attendance Policies

 

Report Student Absences: In order for our students to get the most out of their education, students must be in school and on time to class every day. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow's After School Program Begins Tomorrow!

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Glasgow Community:

Glasgow’s After School Program and late buses will officially begin tomorrow, September 25. Below is an overview of the After School Program. For a list of academic and activities/clubs offered, visit the After School Program website

If you have any questions, please contact Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at gwilliams2@fcps.edu or 703-813-8885.

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

Overview of Glasgow’s After School Program

Schedule: The After School Program is offered Monday through Friday. On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday or “late bus days” the After School Program is divided into two sessions for students. The first session is focused on academics and is scheduled from 2:25 to 3:25pm. The second session is focused on activities & clubs and is scheduled from 3:45 to 4:45pm. 

 

Transportation: Late buses are offered to students participating in the After School Program every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students are dismissed to late buses at 4:45pm and buses will depart from Glasgow at 5:00pm. Note: Late bus routes differ from students normal morning and afternoon routes.  Late run stops have fewer buses and stops. Please contact the main office for your assigned late bus.  

Parent pick-up is required for students participating in the After School Program on Tuesday and Friday. Parents are welcome to pick their child up anytime during the duration of after school and no later than 5:00pm every day.

 

Student Sign-up: In order to participate in the After School Program students and/or parents are required to sign up for after school activities each day they are interested in participating. Sign-ups can be completed during lunch or the night before via the website. Sign-ups are only required on late bus days Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sign-up is NOT required on non-late bus days Tuesday and Friday. 

 

Tips: Discuss your child’s after-school plans every morning to prevent any confusion in the afternoon. Phones are made available for students in the front office and in the classrooms during appropriate times. 

Encourage your student to get involved in as many activities as possible. After school is a great time to receive extra academic help, join new enrichment clubs, make new friends, and explore interests.

FCPS Cares

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

Important Dates

September 27 - Panther Store (all lunches)

September 27 - TJHSST Applications Due

October 2 - FIT Begins (Tues/Wed/Thurs)

October 3 - Back to School Night, 6-8pm

October 5 - Taste of Annandale

October 8 & 9 - Picture Day

October 15 - PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop, 7pm

October 17, 6:30-8:00pm - International & Cultural Food Night

November 6 - World Credit Exam

 

Glasgow Back to School Night – October 3: On Thursday, October 3, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). The program officially begins at 6:00 PM, and we encourage you to arrive early as we anticipate a well-attended event. Please bring a copy (or take a photo on your phone) of your student’s schedule. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary. In addition, please keep in mind that parking will be limited. We have arranged for the buses that normally park outside door #3 to park at Justice High School that evening. We also hope to provide overflow parking on the soccer fields.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite you to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you, and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

 

Celebrate the Taste of Annandale - October 5: Come on out and enjoy some good food and entertainment at the fifth annual Taste of Annandale, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-4pm, along Tom Davis Drive in the center of Annandale.

The Taste of Annandale is a free, family-friendly street festival featuring food trucks, a beer garden, live music, an aerial dance performance, a best-dressed pet contest, a full day of children’s entertainment, 5K race, the police helicopter, a chili cook-off, vendors, and more. The Taste of Annandale 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 4251 John Marr Drive. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2BMXVUr. For more information visit: https://tasteofannandale.com/

 

PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop - October 15: Mark your calendar for the next Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00pm. After a brief PTA meeting and Principal's Report, the special program for the evening will be a Parent Grading Workshop. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. PTA membership is not required. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.  

 

International Potluck - October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm: Glasgow will be hosting an International Potluck on October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm. This event is free for the Glasgow Community! Sign up to bring food to share or volunteer at http://bit.ly/GMSPotluck2019.

 

Credit for World Language Exam - November 6: Glasgow will host the World Credit Exam on Wednesday, November 6 at 8:00am in the lecture hall. The exam is designed to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn one or two credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma.

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6th, 7th and 8th. Twenty-nine languages will be included:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 4 p.m. Students must meet with their school counselors to register. Late registrations will not be accepted. Please see information on the credit exam website or contact Irania Escalante, school counselor, at ivescalante@fcps.edu, for questions or more information.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - September 22

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you were able to take advantage of the beautiful weather this weekend. I spent early Saturday coaching my daughter's softball team, who played against many Glasgow students at Mason District Park. Later in the evening, I headed to "Bands at the Beach" at Lake Barcroft to benefit the Justice HS Scholarship Fund. If you were not able to make it, you can still donate by clicking here.  

At Glasgow, we take great pride in ensuring quality instruction in every classroom. Teachers develop lesson plans collaboratively, ensuring the following is incorporated into every lesson: Learning Targets, Academic Task, Scaffolds and Evidence of Student Learning. Our goal is to know each student by name and need and use data to drive our instruction.  

This week I spent a great deal of time in classrooms and got to see the fruits of our labor in action. Watching your students engage, think and grapple with high quality tasks was the highlight of my week. For example, I saw students flash drafting a theory about character change in Language Arts 6, and students determine equivalencies among fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and percents in small groups in Math 6. Getting to spend my days with such talented teachers and students is what makes me proud to be the principal of Glasgow.

During Panther Time this past week, all students took time to celebrate our diversity and engage in conversations and reflections in class. They also worked on active listening skills, what it means to be present and engaged and balancing their present and future selves. Each of these lessons is setting them up to work one on one with their Panther Time teacher next week to set goals for the upcoming year.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week.

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Author R.J. Palacio - Updated Link to Order Her New Book Today!

Author R.J. Palacio will be visiting Glasgow Middle School on October 10 to promote her new book White Bird: A Wonder Story. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

Last week, students received a R.J. Palacio White Bird: A Wonder Story book order form. This is an amazing opportunity to receive an autographed copy of any book written by RJ Palacio. Order forms are due to your student's Panther Time teacher by September 30. You can also order White Bird or any of her previous books using the following updated link:  https://forms.gle/BRaC8dgmQMDtX8Qb7

All book sales will benefit Glasgow Middle School. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Sanz at tmsanz@fcps.edu.

Important Information

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

 

Locker Request Forms - Available October 1 in Student Services: If you would like to request a locker for your student, locker request forms will be available in Student Services beginning Tuesday, October 1. In addition, if you have concerns specific to your student, we will work with you to ensure your student has what they need to be successful at Glasgow this year. Please visit the Student Services website at https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/student-services and email your student’s counselor.

 

Form Collection through Panther Time: Please have your student return the following forms to your student’s their Panther Time teacher as soon as possible:
* Emergency Care Care
* Health Information Form
* After-School Form
* SOL Retake Form

 

September Safety Drills: Glasgow conducted our second lockdown drill on Monday and another fire drill on Thursday. Teachers will continue to help teach students our expectations and procedures to support school-wide safety. If you have any questions about required safety drills, please email Kristy Ritchie at klritchie@fcps.edu.

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student breakfast and lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

Article of the Week

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

This week's article titled, "Five Steps Parents Can Take to Raise Strong, Bully-Resistant Girls" outlines how building confidence now will help later - in the workforce and beyond.

Volunteer at Glasgow!

Volunteers Needed - Panther Store, September 27: Join us for a rare glimpse into the secret life of middle schoolers! What in the world am I referring to? It's Glasgow's PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) Panther Store! This year’s first store will be Friday, September 27.

Students earn Panther Cards from Glasgow staff when they commit acts of Kindness, Commitment or Safety - these are the Panther Principles! Once a month, students have the opportunity to redeem their Panther cards at the Panther Store, which is open during lunch. Parents staff the Panther Store, and it's one of the few volunteer opportunities at Glasgow during the school day that puts you in direct contact with students. 

So come visit our school and work the PBIS Store during Glasgow lunches. We need at least 2 volunteers per session (minimum of 4 per day). If you know your child's lunch session - you can sign up to volunteer at that time. It is an easy and fun volunteer opportunity. Training will be provided at the beginning of your session (minimal instruction is needed!) Contact Jen Hitchcock at jenjim24@gmail.com with any questions! Click here to volunteer.

 

Panther Store Donations Needed - The GMS PBIS is looking for donations of new or lightly used prizes for students to get at the monthly Panther Store. Items can include small toys and games, fidget toys/stress balls, unopened nail polish/hair things, t-shirts, water bottles, and individually bagged snacks and candy.

Please drop any donations to the front office (labeled Panther Store), C/O Tess Roper or Michael Pulver. Thank you so much in advance! Your students will appreciate your help greatly!

 

Picture Day Parent Volunteers Needed - October 8 and 9: Picture Days at Glasgow are coming up! Parent volunteers are needed throughout the two days Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9. You will assist teachers and photographers getting students through the line and organized for the photos!

For every three-hour shift you will receive $25.00 voucher to use towards the costs of your child’s pictures. Shifts are 7:30am-11:00am or 11:00am-2:15pm each day. For more information, email: glasgowms.pta@gmail.com or Marc Perella at MAPerella@fcps.edu

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084aa4a92da0fc1-2019

Important Dates

September 23 - Late Buses/After School Program Begins

September 27 - Panther Store (all lunches)

September 27 - TJHSST Applications Due

October 2 - FIT Begins (Tues/Wed/Thurs)

October 3 - Back to School Night, 6-8pm

October 5 - Taste of Annandale

October 8 & 9 - Picture Day

October 15 - PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop, 7pm

October 17, 6:30-8:00pm - International & Cultural Food Night

November 6 - World Credit Exam

 

Jumpstart on Bullying Awareness – Week of September 23: Beginning the week of September 23, the Student Services Department will start our Anti-Bullying classroom lessons through 6th grade health classrooms. We will teach lessons on what bullying looks like, tips on how to handle it in a variety of situations, and cyber-bullying. We will also be reviewing our updated anonymous bullying reporting system located on the Glasgow website!

 

After School Program and Late Buses Begin - September 23: The after school program and late buses will officially begin on September 23. Late buses will be available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after September 23. If you have any questions, please contact Greg Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.    

 

Glasgow Back to School Night – October 3: On Thursday, October 3, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). The program officially begins at 6:00 PM, and we encourage you to arrive early as we anticipate a well-attended event. Please bring a copy (or take a photo on your phone) of your student’s schedule. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary. In addition, please keep in mind that parking will be limited. We have arranged for the buses that normally park outside door #3 to park at Justice High School that evening. We also hope to provide overflow parking on the soccer fields.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite you to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you, and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

 

Celebrate the Taste of Annandale - October 5: Come on out and enjoy some good food and entertainment at the fifth annual Taste of Annandale, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-4pm, along Tom Davis Drive in the center of Annandale.

The Taste of Annandale is a free, family-friendly street festival featuring food trucks, a beer garden, live music, an aerial dance performance, a best-dressed pet contest, a full day of children’s entertainment, 5K race, the police helicopter, a chili cook-off, vendors, and more. The Taste of Annandale 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 4251 John Marr Drive. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2BMXVUr. For more information visit: https://tasteofannandale.com/

 

PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop - October 15: Mark your calendar for the next Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00pm. After a brief PTA meeting and Principal's Report, the special program for the evening will be a Parent Grading Workshop. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. PTA membership is not required. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.  

 

International Potluck - October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm: Glasgow will be hosting an International Potluck on October 17 from 6:30-8:00pm. This event is free for the Glasgow Community! Sign up to bring food to share or volunteer at http://bit.ly/GMSPotluck2019.

 

Credit for World Language Exam - November 6: Glasgow will host the World Credit Exam on Wednesday, November 6 at 8:00am in the lecture hall. The exam is designed to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn one or two credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma.

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6th, 7th and 8th. Twenty-nine languages will be included:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 4 p.m. Students must meet with their school counselors to register. Late registrations will not be accepted. Please see information on the credit exam website or contact Irania Escalante, school counselor, at ivescalante@fcps.edu, for questions or more information.

Attendance Matters!

The new school year has been off to a wonderful start. Students are adjusting to their new routines, and routines are such an important part of academic success. In order to support consistent school attendance, please read the following information:

* Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.

* Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.

* Being in school promotes academic and social growth for students as they learn from their peers who become a strong influence for students during their middle school years. Visit FCPS’s attendance site for more information on the importance of school attendance: FCPS Attendance Policies

 

Report Student Absences: In order for our students to get the most out of their education, students must be in school and on time to class every day. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - September 15

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Glasgow Community:

Thank you to all of you who attended our first PTA meeting of the year last Tuesday. We had a great turnout! Greg Williams, Glasgow’s After School Specialist presented on Glasgow’s After School Program which will begin on September 23. Our next PTA meeting is on October 15.

This week, Glasgow will host a Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Admissions Representative for a student & parent presentation on the application process followed by a question & answer session in our Lecture Hall on Wednesday September 18 at 6:00pm. If you are unable to attend the presentation at Glasgow, the TJHSST Admissions website has a list of all middle schools that are holding presentations: www.tjadmissions.org.

Finally, if you and/or your student is looking for something to do this weekend, there are a number of fun events at Justice High School. On Friday, September 20, Justice is hosting their annual “Youth Night” at the Varsity Football game beginning at 7:00pm. All staff, families, and students from the Justice pyramid schools are invited. On Saturday, the Justice Volleyball team will be hosting a free clinic for boys and girls in 5th through 8th grade from 11:30-1:00pm. Click here for more information.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week.

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Author R.J. Palacio - Order Her New Book Today!

Author R.J. Palacio will be visiting Glasgow Middle School on October 10 to promote her new book White Bird: A Wonder Story. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

During Panther Time this week, students received a R.J. Palacio White Bird: A Wonder Story book order form. Students, this is an amazing opportunity to receive an autographed copy of any book written by RJ Palacio. Order forms are due to your student's Panther Time teacher by September 30. You can also order any of her previous books using the following link: http://bit.ly/2m1zGu0. All book sales will benefit Glasgow Middle School. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Sanz at tmsanz@fcps.edu.

Important Information

First Day Packet Forms - Past Due: Please return first day packet forms listed below to your student's Panther Time teacher as soon as possible.

  • Emergency Care Card
  • Health Information Form
  • After-School Form
  • SOL Retake Form 

For the emergency care card, please take time to look over the card, make any necessary changes, sign the card and return it with your student to school. If there are no changes that need to be made, the card still needs to be signed and returned to school. Thank you for taking time to review and update this important information.

 

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

 

September Safety Drills: Glasgow conducted a lockdown drill on Monday and a fire drill on Thursday. This week, we will conduct our 2nd lockdown drill of the year on Monday morning and our weekly fire drill on Thursday afternoon. Teachers will continue to help teach students our expectations and procedures to support school-wide safety. If you have any questions about required safety drills, please email Kristy Ritchie at klritchie@fcps.edu.

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student breakfast and lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

Volunteer at Glasgow!

Volunteers Needed - 8th Grade Field Trip to Finance Park: The 8th grade Civics teachers are planning a field trip to Finance Park in October, and we need volunteers!  Finance Park, located on the grounds of Frost Middle School, is a budget simulation 8th grade students to participate in to get firsthand experience in the financial responsibilities of citizenship – making and keeping to a budget.  

The weeks prior to the field trip students will receive basic instruction in personal finance, credit/debit cards, and economics 101. Glasgow students will go on one of four days: October 21, 22, 23 or 24. If you are interested in chaperoning the field trip, please email Civics teacher Tina Takach by September 20 at cptakach@fcps.edu.

 

Volunteers Needed - Panther Store, September 27: Join us for a rare glimpse into the secret life of middle schoolers! What in the world am I referring to? It's Glasgow's PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) Panther Store! This year’s first store will be Friday, September 27th.

Students earn Panther Cards from Glasgow staff when they commit acts of Kindness, Commitment or Safety - these are the Panther Principles! Once a month, students have the opportunity to redeem their Panther cards at the Panther Store, which is open during lunch. Parents staff the Panther Store, and it's one of the few volunteer opportunities at Glasgow during the school day that puts you in direct contact with students. 

So come visit our school and work the PBIS Store during Glasgow lunches. We need at least 2 volunteers per session (minimum of 4 per day). If you know your child's lunch session - you can sign up to volunteer at that time. It is an easy and fun volunteer opportunity. Training will be provided at the beginning of your session (minimal instruction is needed!) Contact Jen Hitchcock at jenjim24@gmail.com with any questions! Click here to volunteer.

Article of the Week

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

This week's article titled, "15 Questions to Replace ‘How Was School Today?" outlines questions will help you draw out important information from your kids. Click here to read the article.

Important Dates

September 18 - TJHSST Information Session, 6pm Lecture Hall

September 21 - Bands at the Beach Fundraiser

September 23 - After School Program Begins

September 27 - Panther Store (all lunches)

October 3 - Back to School Night, 6-8pm

October 5 - Taste of Annandale

October 15 - PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop, 7pm

 

TJHSST Info Session - September 18 at 6pm: For parents of students whose 8th graders are currently enrolled in Algebra 1 and Geometry and are interested in applying to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST),the Freshman Winter Application will be available this Monday September 2 after 4pm. Greg Frantz is the TJHSST Liaison Counselor and distributed info sheets to all Algebra 1 and Geometry classes this week. He held a student info session during Panther Time on Thursday, August 29.

Glasgow will host a TJHSST Admissions Representative for a Student & Parent presentation on the application process followed by a question & answer session in our Lecture Hall on Wednesday, September 18 at 6pm.  If you are unable to attend the presentation at Glasgow the TJHSST Admissions website has a list of all middle schools that are holding presentations www.tjadmissions.org.

The application and all information about the Freshman Winter Application Process is contained on the TJHSST Admissions Website www.tjadmissions.org. The application deadline is 4pm on September 27. Please contact Greg Frantz at gdfrantz@fcps.edu with any questions or the TJHSST Admissions Office at tjadmissions@fcps.edu

 

Bands at the Beach Fundraiser - September 21: The Justice HS Scholarship Fund will hold its third-annual Bands at the Beach fundraiser on September 21 from 4pm until 7pm. This fundraiser helps to support scholarships for Justice HS seniors. The event includes a food truck, desserts, beverages, and of course, a variety of bands. Advance tickets are available for purchase online: www.jhsscholars.org/tickets. BONUS: Special price for Justice Pyramid staff and students or just $10/ticket. Questions? Contact JHS Parent and JHS Scholars Board Member, Tara Rethore: tjreth@gmail.com

 

After School Program and Late Buses Begin - September 23: The after school program and late buses will officially begin on September 23. Late buses will be available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after September 23. If you have any questions, please contact Greg Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.    

 

Glasgow Back to School Night – October 3: On Thursday, October 3, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). The program officially begins at 6:00 PM, and we encourage you to arrive early as we anticipate a well-attended event. Please bring a copy (or take a photo on your phone) of your student’s schedule. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary. In addition, please keep in mind that parking will be limited. We have arranged for the buses that normally park outside door #3 to park at Justice High School that evening. We also hope to provide overflow parking on the soccer fields.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite you to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you, and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

 

Celebrate the Taste of Annandale - October 5: Come on out and enjoy some good food and entertainment at the fifth annual Taste of Annandale, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-4pm, along Tom Davis Drive in the center of Annandale.

The Taste of Annandale is a free, family-friendly street festival featuring food trucks, a beer garden, live music, an aerial dance performance, a best-dressed pet contest, a full day of children’s entertainment, 5K race, the police helicopter, a chili cook-off, vendors, and more. The Taste of Annandale 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 4251 John Marr Drive. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2BMXVUr. For more information visit: https://tasteofannandale.com/

 

PTA Meeting/Parent Grading Workshop - October 15: Mark your calendar for the next Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00pm. After a brief PTA meeting and Principal's Report, the special program for the evening will be a Parent Grading Workshop. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. PTA membership is not required. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be present.  

Attendance Matters!

The new school year has been off to a wonderful start. Students are adjusting to their new routines, and routines are such an important part of academic success. In order to support consistent school attendance, please read the following information:

* Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.

* Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.

* Being in school promotes academic and social growth for students as they learn from their peers who become a strong influence for students during their middle school years. Visit FCPS’s attendance site for more information on the importance of school attendance: FCPS Attendance Policies

 

Report Student Absences: In order for our students to get the most out of their education, students must be in school and on time to class every day. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Attendance: 703.813.8787 | Web | Twitter | Facebook 

Glasgow Community Gazette - September 8

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Glasgow Community:

This is my favorite time of year! Not only because it is the start of the school year, but also because it is the beginning of the football season. I spend most Saturday’s watching The Ohio State University. As a Cleveland Browns fan, I usually avoided watching the NFL on Sundays but this year’s team begins the season full of optisium. I just hope it lasts.

During Panther Time this past week, students learned about our Panther Principle of commitment. Specifically, what commitment looks like at Glasgow and how students can practice commitment throughout the year.  Students viewed this YouTube video call “You Can Learn Anything” from the Khan Academy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC82Il2cjqA.    

Now that students have learned about all three of our Panther Principles: Kindness Commitment and Safety, it is time to celebrate when students demonstrate these principles with Panther Cards. Students can redeem their Panther Cards for prizes at our Panther Store, which is held once a month during lunch. Contact the PTA at GlasgowMS.PTA@gmail.com to volunteer at the next Panther Store on September 20.

Parents, you can celebrate when Glasgow staff members demonstrate these same principles as well through the FCPS Cares Program. This site collects stories of outstanding FCPS employees and posts them to a message board. FCPS Cares program will honor deserving employees with a Cares of the Month award. View program details or see info below.  

Our first PTA meeting will be this Tuesday, September 10, Greg Williams, Glasgow’s After School Specialist will spotlight Glasgow’s After School Program which will begin on September 24. If you have not done so already, please consider joining the PTA by visiting their website: http://www.glasgowpta.org/.  

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely, 
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

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

Author R.J. Palacio - Order Her New Book Today!

Author R.J. Palacio will be visiting Glasgow Middle School on October 10 to promote her new book White Bird: A Wonder Story. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

Order her new book today! (You can also order any of her previous books). Link: http://bit.ly/2m1zGu0.  All book sales will benefit Glasgow Middle School.

Important Information

First Day Packet Forms - Due September 13: It’s not too late! Please return first day packet forms to Panther Time teachers.  The forms below are due on Friday, September 13.

  • Emergency Care Card
  • Health Information Form
  • After-School Form
  • SOL Retake Form 

For the emergency care card, please take time to look over the card, make any necessary changes, sign the card and return it with your student to school. If there are no changes that need to be made, the card still needs to be signed and returned to school. Thank you for taking time to review and update this important information.

 

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

 

September Safety Drills: Glasgow conducted its second fire drill of the year this past week and will continue to have safety drills weekly throughout the month of September. This week, we will be conducting a lockdown drill on Monday and a fire drill on Thursday. Teachers will help teach students our expectations and procedures to support school-wide safety. If you have any questions about required safety drills, please email Kristy Ritchie at klritchie@fcps.edu.

FCPS Cares

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

Breakfast and Lunch 

Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student breakfast and lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

Transportation

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

Article of the Week

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

This week's article titled, "Making Math a Family Thing" outlines strategies for parents and teachers on closing the math gap between home and school. Check it out!

Important Dates

September 10 - PTA Meeting, 7pm

September 18 - TJHSST Information Session, 6pm Lecture Hall

September 20 - Panther Store (all lunches)

September 21 - Bands at the Beach Fundraiser

September 23 - After School Program Begins

October 3 - Back to School Night, 6-8pm

October 5 - Taste of Annandale

October 7 - After School Program Begins

 

First PTA Meeting of the Year - September 10, 7:00pm: Join us for Glasgow’s first PTA meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00pm. The meeting will include a Principal’s Report from Shawn DeRose and presentation on Glasgow’s After School Program. All are welcome to attend; membership in the PTA is not required.

 

TJHSST Info Session - September 18 at 6pm: For parents of students whose 8th graders are currently enrolled in Algebra 1 and Geometry and are interested in applying to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST),the Freshman Winter Application will be available this Monday September 2 after 4pm. Greg Frantz is the TJHSST Liaison Counselor and distributed info sheets to all Algebra 1 and Geometry classes this week. He held a student info session during Panther Time on Thursday, August 29.

Glasgow will host a TJHSST Admissions Representative for a Student & Parent presentation on the application process followed by a question & answer session in our Lecture Hall on Wednesday, September 18 at 6pm.  If you are unable to attend the presentation at Glasgow the TJHSST Admissions website has a list of all middle schools that are holding presentations www.tjadmissions.org.

The application and all information about the Freshman Winter Application Process is contained on the TJHSST Admissions Website www.tjadmissions.org. The application deadline is 4pm on September 27. Please contact Greg Frantz at gdfrantz@fcps.edu with any questions or the TJHSST Admissions Office at tjadmissions@fcps.edu

 

“Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About AAP but Didn’t Know to Ask” - September 18, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Pohick LIbrary: Fairfax County Association for the Gifted will host Kirsten Maloney as the speaker of the 2019-2020 school year for a question & answer session regarding “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About AAP but Didn’t Know to Ask”.  This is a great opportunity for parents of elementary school students looking to enter the Advanced Academics Program (AAP), or who want to understand more of the AAP options. Hear directly from our AAP Coordinator and from parents of AAP students about the process and the experience of advanced academics in our county.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6:30pm-8:30pm with light refreshments at Pohick Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, VA  22015. If you have any questions about this discussion, please email it to president@fcag.org.

 

Bands at the Beach Fundraiser - September 21: The Justice HS Scholarship Fund will hold its third-annual Bands at the Beach fundraiser on September 21 from 4pm until 7pm. This fundraiser helps to support scholarships for Justice HS seniors. The event includes a food truck, desserts, beverages, and of course, a variety of bands. Advance tickets are available for purchase online: www.jhsscholars.org/tickets. BONUS: Special price for Justice Pyramid staff and students or just $10/ticket. Questions? Contact JHS Parent and JHS Scholars Board Member, Tara Rethore: tjreth@gmail.com

 

After School Program and Late Buses Begin - September 23: The after school program and late buses will officially begin on September 23. Late buses will be available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after September 23. If you have any questions, please contact Greg Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.    

 

Glasgow Back to School Night – October 3: On Thursday, October 3, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:00 PM, and we encourage you to arrive early as we anticipate a well-attended event. Please bring a copy (or take a photo) of your student’s schedule. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary. In addition, please keep in mind that parking will be limited. We have arranged for the buses that normally park outside door #3 to park at Justice High School that evening. We also hope to provide overflow parking on the soccer fields.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite you to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you, and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

 

Celebrate the Taste of Annandale - October 5: Come on out and enjoy some good food and entertainment at the fifth annual Taste of Annandale, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-4pm, along Tom Davis Drive in the center of Annandale.

The Taste of Annandale is a free, family-friendly street festival featuring food trucks, a beer garden, live music, an aerial dance performance, a best-dressed pet contest, a full day of children’s entertainment, 5K race, the police helicopter, a chili cook-off, vendors, and more. The Taste of Annandale 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 4251 John Marr Drive. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2BMXVUr. For more information visit: https://tasteofannandale.com/

Reference and Reminders

Report Student Absences: In order for our students to get the most out of their education, students must be in school and on time to class every day. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school.

 

Glasgow on Twitter and #GMSbelieves: Throughout the year, you can view the amazing things happening in our classrooms and beyond via Twitter. Check out the tweets with photos from the first week of school at @glasgowms and @shawnderose for important updates and highlights as well. You can also use the hashtag #GMSbelieves.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Attendance: 703.813.8787 | Web | Twitter | Facebook 

Glasgow Community Gazette - September 2

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Glasgow Community:

Happy Labor Day! We had a wonderful start to the 2019-2020 school year! It was fun to welcome students back into the building and watch them get acclimated to their new schedule and routines with the help of returning students and staff.

Throughout the week when I visited classrooms, I saw teachers sending a consistent message that who they teach is just as important as what they teach (if not more). I observed students’ excitement for both the content they will learn and the variety of community-building activities in which they participated during class and Panther Time. These relationships are the foundation for the learning your student(s) will do this year and are an important part of our strong, positive school culture at Glasgow.

As I mentioned last week, Panther Time focuses on the academic, social and emotional development of our students. On Tuesday and Wednesday during Panther Time, students played team-building games and learned important first week information and procedures like how to find your bus at dismissal, how to use your agenda book and cafeteria procedures during lunch. 

On Thursday, students watched a video with members of the admin team talking about our Panther Principle of Safety. We explained some of our most important behavior expectations, especially in the hallways. On Friday, students learned about what Kindness means at Glasgow.

This week we will focus on our Panther Principle of Committment. Here is a link to our “Panther Principles” matrix, with all of our behavior expectations: https://goo.gl/NZAwCk. We will continue to explain and discuss these with our students to support their success at Glasgow and beyond.

We are off to a great start! As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

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

FCPS Cares

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

Important Information

Emergency Care Cards - Return to School: Emergency Care Cards will be sent home on Tuesday. Please take time to look over the card, make any necessary changes, sign the card and return it with your student to school. If there are no changes that need to be made, the card still needs to be signed and returned to school. Thank you for taking time to review and update this important information.

 

Form Collection through Panther Time: Please have your student return the following forms to your student’s their Panther Time teacher as soon as possible:

  • Emergency Care Card (will be going home on Tuesday)
  • Health Information Form
  • After-School Form
  • SOL Retake Form

 

Course Change Request Forms: At Glasgow, our priority is to ensure students are registered for classes that are an appropriate match to their academic needs and interests. Forms are available for students to pick up from the Student Services office. Approved changes will be limited and based on factors such as student readiness, staffing, and availability. As a reminder, all Course Change Request Forms are due to Student Services by Friday, September 6.

 

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

 

September Safety Drills: Glasgow conducted its first fire drill of the year and will continue to have safety drills weekly throughout the month of September. Teachers will help teach students our expectations and procedures to support school-wide safety. If you have any questions about required safety drills, please email Kristy Ritchie at klritchie@fcps.edu.

Breakfast and Lunch 

Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student breakfast and lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

Transportation

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

Article of the Week

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

Principal Shawn DeRose was quoted in this week's article from the Washington Post titled, “Five ways parents can help their kids transition smoothly to middle school.” by Phyllis Fagell. Ms. Fagell also has a new book titled, Middle School Matters. Check it out!

Important Dates

September 10 - PTA Meeting, 7pm

September 18 - TJHSST Information Session, 6pm Lecture Hall

September 20 - Panther Store (all lunches)

September 30 - Late Buses Begin

October 3 - Back to School Night, 6-8pm

October 7 - After School Program Begins

 

First PTA Meeting of the Year - September 10, 7:00pm: Join us for Glasgow’s first PTA meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00pm. The meeting will include a Principal’s Report from Shawn DeRose and presentation on Glasgow’s After School Program. All are welcome to attend; membership in the PTA is not required.

 

TJHSST Info Session - September 18 at 6pm: For parents of students whose 8th graders are currently enrolled in Algebra 1 and Geometry and are interested in applying to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST),the Freshman Winter Application will be available this Monday September 2 after 4pm. Greg Frantz is the TJHSST Liaison Counselor and distributed info sheets to all Algebra 1 and Geometry classes this week. He held a student info session during Panther Time on Thursday, August 29.

Glasgow will host a TJHSST Admissions Representative for a Student & Parent presentation on the application process followed by a question & answer session in our Lecture Hall on Wednesday, September 18 at 6pm.  If you are unable to attend the presentation at Glasgow the TJHSST Admissions website has a list of all middle schools that are holding presentations www.tjadmissions.org.

The application and all information about the Freshman Winter Application Process is contained on the TJHSST Admissions Website www.tjadmissions.org. The application deadline is 4pm on September 27. Please contact Greg Frantz at gdfrantz@fcps.edu with any questions or the TJHSST Admissions Office at tjadmissions@fcps.edu

 

After School Program and Late Buses Begin - September 30 & October 7: Late buses at Glasgow are scheduled to begin Monday, September 30.  The late busses will be available for students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after this point.  The after school program will begin officially on October 7. If you have any questions, please contact Greg Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.    

 

Glasgow Back to School Night – October 3: On Thursday, October 3, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:00 PM, and we encourage you to arrive early as we anticipate a well-attended event. Please bring a copy (or take a photo) of your student’s schedule. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary. In addition, please keep in mind that parking will be limited. We have arranged for the buses that normally park outside door #3 to park at Justice High School that evening. We also hope to provide overflow parking on the soccer fields.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite you to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you, and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

Author R.J. Palacio Visiting Glasgow

Author R.J. Palacio will be visiting Glasgow Middle School on October 10 to promote her new book White Bird: A Wonder Story. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

More information about the event will be coming soon, including how to pre-order White Bird: A Wonder Story. In the meantime, check out https://wonderthebook.com/ for more information about the author and her newest book. Special thanks to Barnes and Noble for their support.

Reference and Reminders

Report Student Absences: In order for our students to get the most out of their education, students must be in school and on time to class every day. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school.

 

Glasgow on Twitter and #GMSbelieves: Throughout the year, you can view the amazing things happening in our classrooms and beyond via Twitter. Check out the tweets with photos from the first week of school at @glasgowms and @shawnderose for important updates and highlights as well.  You can also use the hashtag #GMSbelieves.

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Special Announcement - Author R.J. Palacio Visiting Glasgow

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Thank you for a great first week of school! 

We are excited to share that author R.J. Palacio will be visiting Glasgow Middle School on October 10 to promote her new book White Bird: A Wonder Story. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R. J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.

More information about the event will be coming soon, including how to pre-order White Bird: A Wonder Story. In the meantime, check out https://wonderthebook.com/ for more information about the author and her newest book. 

Special thanks to Barnes and Noble for their support. Have a great Labor Day weekend.

Sincerely,
Shawn DeRose
Principal

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Glasgow Middle School - First Day of School

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Glasgow Community -

The 2019-20 school year is off to a great start. Glasgow staff members welcomed our new and returning students into the building. Throughout the day as admin and coaches supported teachers in the classroom, it was great to see our staff meeting and greeting students, leading opening activities aimed at building relationships and exciting students about course content, and explicit teaching of school routines and procedures.  

During Panther Time today, students began learning each others’ names, reviewed the purpose of and plan for Panther Time, and were reminded of important first-week information. Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 27, is an even day, meaning students will attend the following periods in this order: 2nd, Panther Time, 3rd, 4th, and 6th.

Transportation ran fairly smooth both during arrival and dismissal today. Students did a great job remembering their bus numbers and working with school staff to find buses in the afternoon line-up. We took good notes on how we can continue to work with FCPS Transportation to optimize logistics and are committed to seeing all students arrive and depart on time. Thank you for your flexibility during this first week.

Parents who drop off up their student to school via Kiss & Ride, should do so by 7:15am. Announcements will be at 7:25am and class begins at 7:30am. Keep in mind that congestion and backup can be significant, causing your student to be late to their class if you drop off your student after 7:15am.  

If you have any questions, concerns, compliments, or observations, please let me know. You can also contact the associated teacher, counselor, or administrator. Our contact information is on the school website (see link below).

Sincerely,
Shawn DeRose
Principal

 

Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Email: spderose@fcps.edu
Website: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 25

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Glasgow Community:

It was great to welcome students, parents and families into the building this past Thursday at 6th Grade Orientation and Open House. We are even more excited to welcome students into the building on Monday for the start of the 2019-20 school year. 

Glasgow is a devoted school community where we are committed to providing quality classroom instruction for all students, every period, every day. In addition, Glasgow focuses on the academic, social and emotional development of our students during Panther Time. Lessons focus on empathy, creativity, appreciation, kindness, coping skills, organization, study skills, goal setting and college exploration. We will be highlighting Panther Time lessons throughout the year via the Gazette.

This week's Gazette includes important information to prepare you for the first day of school. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

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

Important Information

Students Schedules Now Available in SIS - Student schedules are now available in SIS StudentVue and SIS ParentVue. For more information about obtaining a ParentVue account, please click here to access support on the FCPS website. Please note that an “activation key” is required to activate a ParentVue account. If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Baires at jebaires@fcps.edu.

We are continuing to update master schedule and their is a possibility that a small number of student schedules may have changed since Orientation and Open House this past Thursday. On Monday, all students will receive a new copy of their schedule printed on colored paper during their first period class. The colored copy of students' schedules will supersede all previous printed versions. If your student forgets or does not know their first period class, lists of every student's 1st period class will be posted by grade level throughout the building. In addition, all staff members will be in the hallways assisting students.

 

Finding Classes
As always, but especially during the first week of school, all staff members will be in the hallways helping students find their classes during each transition. We realize that a little extra time may be needed as our 6th grade students transition to Glasgow and our 7th and 8th grade students transition back to school. They will get the hang of their new routine sooner than they think and we are all here to help!


Schedule Change Requests
In an effort to streamline and prioritize schedule change requests this year, we will be asking students and parents to complete a form to request a change to their student’s schedule. These forms are available for student pick-up in Student Services.

 

Physical Education (PE) Uniforms - Students can purchase their PE uniform during their class this week. In addition, parents can purchase PE Uniforms via the MySchoolBucks app. If you have any questions about PE uniforms, please contact Michael Pulver at mapulver@fcps.edu.

Transportation

Bus Riders - All students are strongly encouraged to take the bus to and from school each day. FCPS Transportation consists of a team of dedicated routing, safety, and administrative specialists combined with a host of drivers and attendants that work together to maintain a high level of service for students and parents.

This week FCPS transportation contacted each parent via eNotify to inform you of your child’s bus number, and where to meet the bus. Please remember the first few weeks of school can be very hectic as morning routines are re-established, so students should allow adequate time to catch the bus. Bus drivers will often need to get their routes down and make necessary adjustments to schedules to arrive at school on time, so students are encouraged to arrive at their bus stop at least 10 minutes before their scheduled arrival time. By arriving early, it will help alleviate the stress of students missing the bus.

On the first day of school, students will watch a presentation on “How to Find Your Bus” during Panther Time. We have a large white board outside of Door 3 where students can check the bus line up order each day. There will be plenty of staff on hand to ensure that all students know which bus to take home and where their bus is located at dismissal during the first few days of school. Afternoon buses will be held longer at Glasgow this week in order for students to become familiar with catching their bus ride.

 

Kiss & Ride - Parents who drop off/pick up their student to school must do so at the main entrance, Door #1. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:00am. Keep in mind that congestion and backup can be significant, causing your student to be late to their class if you drop off your student after 7:15am.  School ends at 2:15pm.

 

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Over this past school year, the Office of Transportation Services has been working to integrate multiple electronic systems, such as student information data, routing data, and GPS data from school buses into the Here Comes the Bus application. Here Comes the Bus application was piloted during summer school in anticipation of the roll out for the 2019-20 school year. Get more information about Here Comes the Bus

 

Bus Delay Notification System - Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or utilize the FCPS Mobile App to receive the delayed bus report. Morning route information is available through 12 noon and afternoon route information is available from 1:00-7:00pm.

Breakfast and Lunch 

Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student breakfast and lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

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

This week's article "Some Life Lessons from Those Awkward Middle School Years" outline how experiences at this age will teach students to become resilient, embrace change, deal with conflict, accept themselves, and learn what makes a true friend.

Important Dates

August 26 - First Day of Classes 2019

Aug 30-Sept 2 - Labor Day Break

October 3, 6:00-8:00 PM - Back to School Night 2019

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

Reference and Reminders

Student Absences - Save this phone number in your phone! Call the Attendance Line at 703-813-8787 by 8:00am when your student is absent from school. The Commonwealth of Virginia mandatory school attendance laws will be strictly enforced. Parents will be held accountable for students who do not attend school regularly and on time. Please note: extended family vacations are not excused absences.

 

Important Immunization Requirement for Incoming 7th Grade Students - Seventh grade students cannot begin school in September without documentation of having had the Tdap booster. Parents or guardians should ask their private health care provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. A signed and dated immunization record from the physician stating that your child has received this immunization will be required. You may send in your documentation now to your school's registrar, to ensure that he or she meets this requirement before the first day of school in the fall.

Students can receive immunizations required for school at any Fairfax County Health Department immunization clinic. Information about health department clinic locations and hours can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 18

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Glasgow Community:

We are a little more than a week away from the opening of the 2019-20 school year. Hopefully this edition of the Gazette will answer many of the questions that you may have before the start of school next Monday.

This Thursday, August 22, we are excited to welcome students and parents into the building at our 6th Grade Orientation and Open House. The 6th grade orientation will begin at 12:45pm and will provide students and parents the opportunity to pick up packets, walk through their class schedule and meet briefly with their teachers. Later that afternoon, beginning at 3:30pm, 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and walk the building.

Student schedules will be available in SIS StudentVue and SIS ParentVue this Thursday, August 22 at 6:00am. For more information about obtaining a ParentVue account, please click here to access support on the FCPS website. Please note that an “activation key” is required to activate a ParentVue account. If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Baires at jebaires@fcps.edu

Finally, there are a number opportunities for parents (and students) to volunteer this week. On Wednesday, August 21, the Glasgow PTA is looking for volunteers to help stuff packets for 1900 students. On Thursday, the PTA is hosting a welcome-back breakfast and need donations of food and beverages, and volunteers to help that morning. Sign up for either or both events here!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

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

Important Information

Students Schedules Available in SIS August 22  - Student schedules will be available in SIS StudentVue and SIS ParentVue on Thursday, August 22 at 6:00am. For more information about obtaining a ParentVue account, please click here to access support on the FCPS website. Please note that an “activation key” is required to activate a ParentVue account. If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Baires at jebaires@fcps.edu

In addition, On Thursday, August 22, 6th grade students can pick up a hard copy of their schedule at Orientation and 7th and 8th grade student schedules will be printed on-demand at Open House.

 

Transportation to and from Glasgow - Bus Riders: All students are strongly encouraged to take the bus to and from school each day. FCPS Transportation consists of a team of dedicated routing, safety, and administrative specialists combined with a host of drivers and attendants that work together to maintain a high level of service for students and parents.

Prior to the start of school, FCPS transportation will contact each parent via eNotify to inform you of your child’s bus number, and where to meet the bus. Please remember the first few weeks of school can be very hectic as morning routines are re-established, so students should allow adequate time to catch the bus. Bus drivers will often need to get their routes down and make necessary adjustments to schedules to arrive at school on time, so students are encouraged to arrive at their bus stop at least 10 minutes before their scheduled arrival time. By arriving early, it will help alleviate the stress of students missing the bus.

On the first day of school, students will watch a presentation on “How to Find Your Bus” during Panther Time. We have a large white board outside of Door 3 where students can check the bus line up order each day. There will be plenty of staff on hand to ensure that all students know which bus to take home and where their bus is located at dismissal during the first few days of school. Afternoon buses will be held longer at Glasgow this week in order for students to become familiar with catching their bus ride.

Kiss & Ride: Parents who drop off/pick up their student to school must do so at the main entrance, Door #1. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:00am. Keep in mind that congestion and backup can be significant, causing your student to be late to their class if you drop off your student after 7:15am.  School ends at 2:15pm.

 

Student Lunch Accounts - Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

 

Physical Education (PE) Uniforms - PE Uniforms will be available for purchase at 6th Grade Orientation and Open House on August 22.  In addition, parents can purchase PE Uniforms via the MySchoolBucks app. If you have any questions about PE uniforms, please contact Michael Pulver at mapulver@fcps.edu.

 

School Supply List Now Available - There are a few supplies every Glasgow student will need for the upcoming school year. You can find the list on our website: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/academics/school-supply-list

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

This week, we have included an article How Parents Can Help Middle Schoolers Build Confidence and Character. As the article states, "this is the best time in childhood development to really focus on turning out a good human being. If you can take a child at an age when they are the most insecure and help them accept themselves –  that they are wonderful, idiosyncrasies and all – you will help them create an authentic life where their choices are consistent with their values."

Important Dates

Now Through August 23 - Free Meals this Summer

August 20 - PTA Packet Stuffing Day 

August 22 - PTA Sponsored Welcome Back Breakfast for Teachers/Staff

August 22 - 6th Grade Orientation (12:45PM) and Open House (3:30PM)

August 26 - First Day of Classes 2019

October 3, 6:00-8:00 PM - Back to School Night 2019

 

Free Meals this Summer: Now through August 23 - Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do we! The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting the 2019 FEEDS (Food for Every child to Eat During Summer) program at various locations across Fairfax County this summer. This USDA-funded program is FREE to all children 18 years. Adult lunches at BBQ sites are available for purchase. There is no registration involved, and everyone is welcome!  If you are in the neighborhood, please feel free to stop by and check it out. This program runs Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 1:00. See flyer for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/pdf/FEEDS-Flyer-2019-English.pdf 

 

PTA Packet Stuffing Day: August 20 - Every year, the PTA supports the school by helping prepare the packets which all students receive.  This year, we'll be stuffing 1900 packets, so we need your help! It's a great opportunity for middle- and high-school students to earn community service hours, as well. Give an hour or more; every bit helps. Sign up here to volunteer!

 

PTA Staff Breakfast Event: August 22 - Help us welcome the teachers back in style! The PTA welcome-back breakfast will be on Thursday, August 22. We need donations of food and beverages, and volunteers to help that morning.  Sign up here!

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

Reference and Reminders

Important Immunization Requirement for Incoming 7th Grade Students - Seventh grade students cannot begin school in September without documentation of having had the Tdap booster. Parents or guardians should ask their private health care provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. A signed and dated immunization record from the physician stating that your child has received this immunization will be required. You may send in your documentation now to your school's registrar, to ensure that he or she meets this requirement before the first day of school in the fall.

Students can receive immunizations required for school at any Fairfax County Health Department immunization clinic. Information about health department clinic locations and hours can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics

 

Keep Up with the PTA This Summer - The PTA greatly appreciates all the volunteers and support from this past year. We stay active in the summer as well, participating in the annual Justice Pyramid Resource Fair and planning for the new year, so look for updates on the PTA listserv (to join the listserv, send a request to us at www.glasgowms.pta@gmail.com). You can get your 2019-20 membership in place on our website, http://www.glasgowpta.org. The back-to-school packet will contain lots of information about new opportunities next year, and we will send out a signup for people to help stuff the packets for the whole school community! 

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 11

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Glasgow Community:

It was great to see many of our students and parents this past week at our Jump Start program, Parent Coffee and the Justice Pyramid Resource Fair. Special thanks to Katelyn Charbounneu, Anntoinette McEntyre, Olivia Shank, Keely Norris and Dezzarae Crosler for leading the Jump Start program, Katie Madigan for leading Monday’s Parent Coffee and the Admin Team for assisting with the Resource Fair.

This Friday, August 16, marks the official return to school for teachers. However, many of our teachers and staff members have been attending school and county-wide professional development throughout the summer. I have said it numerous times that “students learn best in schools that learn.” Glasgow’s entire staff is committed to “lifelong learning” and because of their dedication, we continue to improve each and every year as a school.

As parents, we can also make the same commitment. As summer comes to an end, now is the time to get prepared for the upcoming school year. Here is an article from Healthy Minds, a collaborative project between FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, that includes a number of strategies to help your student make a successful transition back to school. Link: https://www.fcps.edu/blog/tips-making-successful-transition-back-school

Finally, if you have not done so already, please mark your calendars for our 6th Grade Orientation and Open House happening on Thursday, August 22. 6th grade parents, please plan on arriving at 12:45. All remaining families are invited into the building beginning at 3:30 for our Open House.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

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

Employment Opportunities

Glasgow Middle School is seeking applications for a Library Aide. For more information, check out the following link. Interested candidates should email their resume to Mary Geary at mkgeary@fcps.edu.

Important Information

Students Schedules Available in SIS August 22  - Student schedules will be available in SIS StudentVue and SIS ParentVue on Thursday, August 22 at 6:00am. For more information about obtaining a ParentVue account, please click here to access support on the FCPS website. Please note that an “activation key” is required to activate a ParentVue account. If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Baires at jebaires@fcps.edu

In addition, On Thursday, August 22, 6th grade students can pick up a hard copy of their schedule at Orientation and 7th and 8th grade student schedules will be printed on-demand at Open House.

 

Transportation to and from Glasgow - Bus Riders: All students are strongly encouraged to take the bus to and from school each day. FCPS Transportation consists of a team of dedicated routing, safety, and administrative specialists combined with a host of drivers and attendants that work together to maintain a high level of service for students and parents.

Prior to the start of school, FCPS transportation will contact each parent via eNotify to inform you of your child’s bus number, and where to meet the bus. Please remember the first few weeks of school can be very hectic as morning routines are re-established, so students should allow adequate time to catch the bus. Bus drivers will often need to get their routes down and make necessary adjustments to schedules to arrive at school on time, so students are encouraged to arrive at their bus stop at least 10 minutes before their scheduled arrival time. By arriving early, it will help alleviate the stress of students missing the bus.

On the first day of school, students will watch a presentation on “How to Find Your Bus” during Panther Time. We have a large white board outside of Door 3 where students can check the bus line up order each day. There will be plenty of staff on hand to ensure that all students know which bus to take home and where their bus is located at dismissal during the first few days of school. Afternoon buses will be held longer at Glasgow this week in order for students to become familiar with catching their bus ride.

Kiss & Ride: Parents who drop off/pick up their student to school must do so at the main entrance, Door #1. Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:00am. Keep in mind that congestion and backup can be significant, causing your student to be late to their class if you drop off your student after 7:15am.  School ends at 2:15pm.

 

Student Lunch Accounts - Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/glasgow-middle-school.

 

Physical Education (PE) Uniforms - PE Uniforms will be available for purchase at 6th Grade Orientation and Open House on August 22.  In addition, parents can purchase PE Uniforms via the MySchoolBucks app. If you have any questions about PE uniforms, please contact Michael Pulver at mapulver@fcps.edu.

 

School Supply List Now Available - There are a few supplies every Glasgow student will need for the upcoming school year. You can find the list on our website: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu/academics/school-supply-list

Get Ready for High School!

Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program: August 12 or 13 - Justice High School will be offering a Rising 9th Grade Transition Program on both August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Vandawalker at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu or (703) 824-3900.

The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google Form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8

Important Dates

Now Through August 23 - Free Meals this Summer

August 12 or 13 - Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program at Justice

August 20 - PTA Packet Stuffing Day 

August 22 - PTA Sponsored Welcome Back Breakfast for Teachers/Staff

August 22 - 6th Grade Orientation (12:45PM) and Open House (3:30PM)

August 26 - First Day of Classes 2019

October 3, 6:00-8:00 PM - Back to School Night 2019

 

Free Meals this Summer: Now through August 27 - Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do we! The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting the 2019 FEEDS (Food for Every child to Eat During Summer) program at various locations across Fairfax County this summer. This USDA-funded program is FREE to all children 18 years. Adult lunches at BBQ sites are available for purchase. There is no registration involved, and everyone is welcome!  If you are in the neighborhood, please feel free to stop by and check it out. This program runs Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 1:00. See flyer for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/pdf/FEEDS-Flyer-2019-English.pdf 

 

PTA Packet Stuffing Day: August 20 - Every year, the PTA supports the school by helping prepare the packets which all students receive.  This year, we'll be stuffing 1900 packets, so we need your help! It's a great opportunity for middle- and high-school students to earn community service hours, as well. Give an hour or more; every bit helps. Interested volunteers please email glasgowmspta.activities@gmail.com.

 

PTA Staff Breakfast Event: August 22 - Help us welcome the teachers back in style! The PTA welcome-back breakfast will be on Thursday, August 24. We need donations of food and beverages, and volunteers to help that morning.  Sign up here!

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

Reference and Reminders

Important Immunization Requirement for Incoming 7th Grade Students - Seventh grade students cannot begin school in September without documentation of having had the Tdap booster. Parents or guardians should ask their private health care provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. A signed and dated immunization record from the physician stating that your child has received this immunization will be required. You may send in your documentation now to your school's registrar, to ensure that he or she meets this requirement before the first day of school in the fall.

Students can receive immunizations required for school at any Fairfax County Health Department immunization clinic. Information about health department clinic locations and hours can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics

 

Keep Up with the PTA This Summer - The PTA greatly appreciates all the volunteers and support from this past year. We stay active in the summer as well, participating in the annual Justice Pyramid Resource Fair and planning for the new year, so look for updates on the PTA listserv (to join the listserv, send a request to us at www.glasgowms.pta@gmail.com). You can get your 2019-20 membership in place on our website, http://www.glasgowpta.org. The back-to-school packet will contain lots of information about new opportunities next year, and we will send out a signup for people to help stuff the packets for the whole school community! 

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - August 4

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Glasgow Community:

I hope you had a great week and were able to take advantage of the amazing weather this weekend. I spent Saturday at Go Ape with Regan (9) and Jack (5) while my wife took Claire (11) back to school shopping. 

On Wednesday, members of the administrative team attended the FCPS Leadership Conference, where Dr. Brabrand shared his “Theory of Action” which includes “creating a welcoming and culturally responsive environment.” Specifically, FCPS will achieve this goal by “building shared responsibility among schools and families to engage in meaningful ways to support students' learning and development.”

When reflecting on his keynote, I am very proud of the work we have been doing and what we have been able to accomplish over the past four years at Glasgow, specifically around this goal of creating a welcoming and culturally responsive environment. Below are results of the 2019 Family Engagement survey that directly relate to this goal (Parents who agree or strongly agree):

  • 94% - This school welcomes families of different backgrounds and cultures. 
  • 92% - I feel welcome at my child’s school.
  • 91% - My child connects to and trusts at least one caring adult at the school.

If we are going to continue to improve as a school, your support and involvement is essential. Here are just a few examples of how to get involved today!  

Finally, I want to encourage you to attend and/or support the Justice Pyramid Resource Fair this Thursday, August 8 from 1:00-4:00PM at Justice High School. The fair is intended to get students excited about the start of the school year and to insure that they are prepared for success in school. Plans include school supply distribution, as well as, many other resources such as haircuts, medical screenings, vision/hearing screenings, and resource booths staffed by community and program agencies. This video will give you an idea of what it was like if you missed it: https://vimeo.com/142014376 or check out the website at http://www.JusticePyramidFair.org/

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

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

Student Schedules

Student schedules will be available online in SIS StudentVue and ParentVue on Thursday, August 22. For more information about obtaining a ParentVue account, please click here to access support on the FCPS website. Please note that an “activation key” is required to activate a ParentVue account. If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Baires at jebaires@fcps.edu.

Summer at Glasgow Update

We are looking forward to hosting 6th grade students at our FREE Jump Start program on August 5-6 and 7-8. The Jump Start Program will be taught by Dezzarae Crosler, Anntoinette McIntyre, Keely Norris, and Olivia Shank. The goal of the program is to alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School. If you have not signed up your student yet for Jump Start, visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykgTDoCK2S2FYrFF8.

This past week, 8th grade Jump Start leaders took part in a two day training with Ms. Charbonneau and other Glasgow staff members that focused on team building exercises and activities that will help incoming 6th graders feel more comfortable about the transition to Glasgow. These 8th grade leaders will mentor a group of 6th graders through these activities during the Jump Start program and throughout the school year. This group of 8th graders demonstrated true leadership and what it means to be a Glasgow Panther (they also had a ton of fun)! If you have any questions, please contact Shona Person at sdperson@fcps.edu.

Get Ready for High School!

Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program: August 12 or 13 - Justice High School will be offering a Rising 9th Grade Transition Program on both August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Vandawalker (Assistant Principal at Justice HS) at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu or (703) 824-3900.

The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google Form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8

Justice HS Fall Sports Season Begins This Week!

Glasgow encourages parents of rising 9th grade students that the fall sports season begins this week. Students who participate in athletics in high school perform better academically than their peers.

Monday, August 5th

Cheerleading - 2:00-5:30pm in Aux Gym

Cross Country - 3:00pm on Track

Field Hockey - 2:30-6:00pm on Baseball Field

Football - All levels meet at 2:00pm - Freshmen: 4-6pm, JV/Varsity: 4-6 and 7-9 on Football Field

Golf - Boys: 2:00pm, Girls: 3:30pm at Pinecrest

Volleyball - All Levels: 800-11:00am in Main Gym

 

Head Coaches Contact List - Please contact individual coaches with specific questions.

Cheerleading - Deborah O'Rourke - dworourke@fcps.edu 

Cross Country - Ron Kronlage - rkronlage@fcps.edu 

Field Hockey - Stefanie Vestal - slvestal@fcps.edu 

Football - Greg Weisbecker - gpweisbecker@fcps.edu  

Golf - Ryan Kenna - rhkenna@fcps.edu

Volleyball - Sharon Ponton - sponton@fcps.edu 

Important Dates

Now Through August 23 - Free Meals this Summer

August 5 and 7 - New Student Parent Coffee

August 8 - Justice Pyramid Resource Fair

August 12 or 13 - Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program at Justice

August 20 - PTA Packet Stuffing Day 

August 22 - PTA Sponsored Welcome Back Breakfast for Teachers/Staff

August 22 - 6th Grade Orientation (12:45PM) and Open House (3:30PM)

August 26 - First Day of Classes 2019

October 3, 6:00-8:00 PM - Back to School Night 2019

 

Free Meals this Summer: Now through August 27 - Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do we! The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting the 2019 FEEDS (Food for Every child to Eat During Summer) program at various locations across Fairfax County this summer. This USDA-funded program is FREE to all children 18 years. Adult lunches at BBQ sites are available for purchase. There is no registration involved, and everyone is welcome!  If you are in the neighborhood, please feel free to stop by and check it out. This program runs Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 1:00. See flyer for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/pdf/FEEDS-Flyer-2019-English.pdf 

 

New Student Parent Coffee: August 5 and 7 - After dropping your student off at our FREE Jump Start Program, join the Glasgow Admin for coffee on August 5 or August 7 at 8:15am. Katie Madigan will lead the session on August 5 and Shawn DeRose will lead the session on August 7. During both sessions, we can answer questions you may have about the transition to Glasgow Middle School. Email Shawn DeRose, Principal at spderose@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

Justice Pyramid Resource Fair: August 8 - The Justice Pyramid Resource Fair is scheduled on August 8 at Justice High School and we are expecting 4,000 students and family members to attend to gather free school supplies, get free haircuts, pick up free books, and get free eye exams, as well as access numerous county related services. This video will give you an idea of what it was like if you missed it https://vimeo.com/142014376 or check out the website at www.justicepyramidfair.org

 

PTA Packet Stuffing Day: August 20 - Every year, the PTA supports the school by helping prepare the packets which all students receive.  This year, we'll be stuffing 1900 packets, so we need your help! It's a great opportunity for middle- and high-school students to earn community service hours, as well. Give an hour or more; every bit helps. Interested volunteers please email glasgowmspta.activities@gmail.com.

 

PTA Staff Breakfast Event: August 22 - Help us welcome the teachers back in style! The PTA welcome-back breakfast will be on Thursday, August 24. We need donations of food and beverages, and volunteers to help that morning.  Sign up here!

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

Important Information

Important Immunization Requirement for Incoming 7th Grade Students - Seventh grade students cannot begin school in September without documentation of having had the Tdap booster. Parents or guardians should ask their private health care provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. A signed and dated immunization record from the physician stating that your child has received this immunization will be required. You may send in your documentation now to your school's registrar, to ensure that he or she meets this requirement before the first day of school in the fall.

Students can receive immunizations required for school at any Fairfax County Health Department immunization clinic. Information about health department clinic locations and hours can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics

 

Keep Up with the PTA This Summer - The PTA greatly appreciates all the volunteers and support from this past year. We stay active in the summer as well, participating in the annual Justice Pyramid Resource Fair and planning for the new year, so look for updates on the PTA listserv (to join the listserv, send a request to us at www.glasgowms.pta@gmail.com). You can get your 2019-20 membership in place on our website, http://www.glasgowpta.org. The back-to-school packet will contain lots of information about new opportunities next year, and we will send out a signup for people to help stuff the packets for the whole school community! 

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - July 28

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Glasgow Community

I hope you are having a great week. I just wanted to remind parents of rising 6th grade students that we will host two Jump Start sessions on August 5 & 6 and August 7 & 8. 

The Jump Start Program will be taught by Dezzarae Crosler, Anntoinette McIntyre, Keely Norris, and Olivia Shank. The goal of the program is to alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School. If you have not signed up your student yet for Jump Start, visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykgTDoCK2S2FYrFF8.

In addition, I want to encourage parents of rising 9th grade students that the fall sports season begins the first week of August. Students who participate in athletics in high school perform better academically than their peers. Moreover, Justice High School is offering a Rising 9th Grade Transition Program on both August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8.

See other important information below as you prepare for the start of the 2019-20 school year.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

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

Employment Opportunities

Due to recent promotions, Glasgow Middle School is seeking applications for an office assistant in Student Services and the Special Education Office. For more information, check out the following link. Interested candidates should email their resume to Mary Geary at mkgeary@fcps.edu

Summer at Glasgow Update

Several exciting things have happened in the building over the past few weeks. First, our Young Scholars from all of our feeder schools, closed out their three-week science expedition where they created roller coasters and vehicles to travel in unique terrains. Thank you, Michael Pulver, Shanice Roddey and Tess Roper who worked hard to make the experience meaningful for our rising 6th graders. A special thanks go to the parents and staff. The students appreciated your support as they presented their inventions.

This past week, Algebra Boot Camp also closed out their session. Over 65 students spent four days brushing up on their algebra skills to better prepare them for the upcoming school year. Thank you, Danielle Plourde, Lauren Weimken and Allison Menard for your expertise and your passion for math.

Our final summer program is Jump Start, is rapidly approaching. We are looking forward to hosting over 100 6th grade students on August 5-6 and again on August 7-8. Katelyn Charbonneau, Dezzarae Crosler, Anntoinette McIntyre, Keely Norris, and Olivia Shank will lead this program. The Jump Start program is designed to help alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School. If you have not signed up your student yet for Jump Start, visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykgTDoCK2S2FYrFF8. If you have any questions, please contact Shona Person at sdperson@fcps.edu.

Finally, in case you missed out on the summer fun, we will be hosting a New Student Parent Coffee to assist parents with the transition to Glasgow. The first event will take place on Monday, August 5, from 8:15-9:15 AM, and the other on Wednesday, August 7, from 8:15-9:15 AM.  We hope to see you there.

Get Ready for High School!

Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program: August 12 or 13 - Justice High School will be offering a Rising 9th Grade Transition Program on both August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Vandawalker (Assistant Principal at Justice HS) at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu or (703) 824-3900.

The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google Form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8

Justice HS Fall Sports Season Begins Soon!

Thursday August 1st

Golf - 3:30pm at Top Golf Alexandria

Monday, August 5th

Cheerleading - 2:00-5:30pm in Aux Gym

Cross Country - 3:00pm on Track

Field Hockey - 2:30-6:00pm on Baseball Field

Football - All levels meet at 2:00pm - Freshmen: 4-6pm, JV/Varsity: 4-6 and 7-9 on Football Field

Golf - Boys: 2:00pm, Girls: 3:30pm at Pinecrest

Volleyball - All Levels: 800-11:00am in Main Gym

 

Head Coaches Contact List - Please contact individual coaches with specific questions.

Cheerleading - Deborah O'Rourke - dworourke@fcps.edu 

Cross Country - Ron Kronlage - rkronlage@fcps.edu 

Field Hockey - Stefanie Vestal - slvestal@fcps.edu 

Football - Greg Weisbecker - gpweisbecker@fcps.edu  

Golf - Ryan Kenna - rhkenna@fcps.edu

Volleyball - Sharon Ponton - sponton@fcps.edu 

Important Dates

Now Through August 23 - Free Meals this Summer

August 5 and 7 - New Student Parent Coffee

August 8 - Justice Pyramid Resource Fair

August 12 or 13 - Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program at Justice

August 20 - PTA Packet Stuffing Day 

August 22 - PTA Sponsored Welcome Back Breakfast for Teachers/Staff

August 22 - 6th Grade Orientation (12:45PM) and Open House (3:30PM)

August 26 - First Day of Classes 2019

October 3, 6:00-8:00 PM - Back to School Night 2019

 

Free Meals this Summer: Now through August 27 - Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do we! The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting the 2019 FEEDS (Food for Every child to Eat During Summer) program at various locations across Fairfax County this summer. This USDA-funded program is FREE to all children 18 years. Adult lunches at BBQ sites are available for purchase. There is no registration involved, and everyone is welcome!  If you are in the neighborhood, please feel free to stop by and check it out. This program runs Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 1:00. See flyer for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/pdf/FEEDS-Flyer-2019-English.pdf 

 

New Student Parent Coffee: August 5 and 7 - After dropping your student off at our FREE Jump Start Program, join the Glasgow Admin for coffee on August 5 or August 7 at 8:15am. Katie Madigan will lead the session on August 5 and Shawn DeRose will lead the session on August 7. During both sessions, we can answer questions you may have about the transition to Glasgow Middle School. Email Shawn DeRose, Principal at spderose@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

Justice Pyramid Resource Fair: August 8 - The Justice Pyramid Resource Fair is scheduled on August 8 at Justice High School and we are expecting 4,000 students and family members to attend to gather free school supplies, get free haircuts, pick up free books, and get free eye exams, as well as access numerous county related services.  This video will give you an idea of what it was like if you missed it. https://vimeo.com/142014376 or check out the website at www.justicepyramidfair.org

 

PTA Packet Stuffing Day: August 20 - Every year, the PTA supports the school by helping prepare the packets which all students receive.  This year, we'll be stuffing 1900 packets, so we need your help! It's a great opportunity for middle- and high-school students to earn community service hours, as well. Give an hour or more; every bit helps. Sign-up coming soon!

 

PTA Staff Breakfast Event: August 22 - Help us welcome the teachers back in style! The PTA welcome-back breakfast will be on Thursday, August 24. We need donations of food and beverages, and volunteers to help that morning.  Sign up coming soon!

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: Teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

Important Information

Important Immunization Requirement for Incoming 7th Grade Students - Seventh grade students cannot begin school in September without documentation of having had the Tdap booster. Parents or guardians should ask their private health care provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. A signed and dated immunization record from the physician stating that your child has received this immunization will be required. You may send in your documentation now to your school's registrar, to ensure that he or she meets this requirement before the first day of school in the fall.

Students can receive immunizations required for school at any Fairfax County Health Department immunization clinic. Information about health department clinic locations and hours can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics

 

Keep Up with the PTA This Summer - The PTA greatly appreciates all the volunteers and support from this past year. We stay active in the summer as well, participating in the annual Justice Pyramid Resource Fair and planning for the new year, so look for updates on the PTA listserv (to join the listserv, send a request to us at www.glasgowms.pta@gmail.com). You can get your 2019-20 membership in place on our website, http://www.glasgowpta.org. The back-to-school packet will contain lots of information about new opportunities next year, and we will send out a signup for people to help stuff the packets for the whole school community! 

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Glasgow Community Gazette - Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year

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Glasgow Community

I hope you are having a great summer! Over the 4th of July, my family and I spent time in Ohio, enjoying roller coasters, the beach and the lake. It was a wonderful way to enjoy time together. 

This past week, I traveled to Boston for the National Principals Conference with members of the Glasgow Admin Team, including Steve D’Adamo, Kristy Ritchie, Steven McFarlane, Emily Castor and Joash Chung. Along with Sarah Beck, we presented a session titled “Beyond Whack-a-Mole: Using Systems Thinking to Solve Persistent Problems”. It was rewarding to share our story and the way we intentionally work together as a school community to keep getting better in support of students. 

When reflecting on our presentation at the conference, and networking with administrators from across the country, it reinforced my belief that students learn in schools that learn. Glasgow is definitely a place where everybody in the building learns. I feel proud about the progress we have made at Glasgow and, as I have said many times, what I enjoy most is “the process.” That improvement is a lifelong journey not a destination. With that in mind, I am excited for the upcoming school year and all that we can accomplish together.

The building is open and active this summer, especially for our rising 6th grade students to prepare students for their transition to Glasgow Middle School.  The Young Scholars Program is in full swing through July 26 and we will be offering an Algebra Boot Camp July 22-25. In addition, we will host two Jump Start sessions on August 5 & 6 and August 7 & 8. Check out the “Summer at Glasgow Update” below. Thank you to Shona Person for serving as the Summer School Administrator this year.

I am looking forward to seeing your student(s) soon. Enjoy the time with your child(ren) over the summer and as always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

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

Summer at Glasgow Update

There has been a number of exciting things happening in the building over the past few weeks and we are looking forward to more students (and parents) attending one of our many programs designed to support our students this upcoming school year. On July 8, we welcomed over 50 Young Scholars’ students to our summer program taught by Michael Pulver, Shanice Roddey and Tess Roper. Special thanks to Shona Person for leading this program this year.  

We have 65 students set to attend an Algebra Boot Camp taught by Danielle Plourde, Lauren Weimken and Allison Menard, which will begin on Monday, July 22. On the following Monday, August 5, from 8:15-9:15 AM, we will be hosting a New Student Parent Coffee to assist parents with the transition to Glasgow. We will be hosting another Parent Coffee on Wednesday, August 7, from 8:15-9:15 AM.

Finally, we are looking forward to hosting over 100 6th grade students at our FREE Jump Start program on August 5-6 and 7-8. The Jump Start Program will be taught by Dezzarae Crosler, Anntoinette McIntyre, Keely Norris, and Olivia Shank. The goal of the program is to alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School.  

If you have not signed up your student yet for Jump Start, visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykgTDoCK2S2FYrFF8. If you have any questions, please contact Shona Person at sdperson@fcps.edu.

Important Dates

Now Through August 23 - Free Meals this Summer

July 27 - Great Assembly for the Justice Pyramid Resource Fair

August 5 and 7 - New Student Parent Coffee

August 8 - Justice Pyramid Resource Fair

August 12 or 13 - Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program at Justice

August 20 - PTA Packet Stuffing Day 

August 22 - PTA Sponsored Welcome Back Breakfast for Teachers/Staff

August 22 - 6th Grade Orientation (12:45PM) and Open House (3:30PM)

August 26 - First Day of Classes 2019

October 3, 6:00-8:00 PM - Back to School Night 2019

 

Free Meals this Summer: Now through August 27 - Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do we! The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting the 2019 FEEDS (Food for Every child to Eat During Summer) program at various locations across Fairfax County this summer. This USDA-funded program is FREE to all children 18 years. Adult lunches at BBQ sites are available for purchase. There is no registration involved, and everyone is welcome!  If you are in the neighborhood, please feel free to stop by and check it out. This program runs Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 1:00. See flyer for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/pdf/FEEDS-Flyer-2019-English.pdf 

 

The Great Assembly for the Justice Pyramid Resource Fair: July 27 - Join the Justice Pyramid Back to School Resource Fair organizers as we assemble 2,300 school supply kits for distribution to students in the Justice Pyramid, including Glasgow Middle School on July 27. Sign up using the following link: http://www.justicepyramidfair.org/volunteer-now.html.  

The Justice Pyramid Resource Fair is scheduled on August 8 at Justice High School and we are expecting 4,000 students and family members to attend to gather free school supplies, get free haircuts, pick up free books, and get free eye exams, as well as access numerous county related services.  This video will give you an idea of what it was like if you missed it. https://vimeo.com/142014376 or check out the website at www.justicepyramidfair.org

 

New Student Parent Coffee: August 5 and 7 - After dropping your student off at our FREE Jump Start Program, join the Glasgow Admin for coffee on August 5 or August 7 at 8:15am. We will be available to answer questions you may have about the transition to Glasgow Middle School. Email Shawn DeRose, Principal at spderose@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

Justice Pyramid Resource Fair: August 8 - The Justice Pyramid Resource Fair is scheduled on August 8 at Justice High School and we are expecting 4,000 students and family members to attend to gather free school supplies, get free haircuts, pick up free books, and get free eye exams, as well as access numerous county related services.  This video will give you an idea of what it was like if you missed it. https://vimeo.com/142014376 or check out the website at www.justicepyramidfair.org

 

PTA Packet Stuffing Day: August 20 - Every year, the PTA supports the school by helping prepare the packets which all students receive.  This year, we'll be stuffing 1900 packets, so we need your help! It's a great opportunity for middle- and high-school students to earn community service hours, as well. Give an hour or more; every bit helps. Sign-up coming soon!

 

PTA Staff Breakfast Event: August 22 - Help us welcome the teachers back in style! The PTA welcome-back breakfast will be on Thursday, August 24. We need donations of food and beverages, and volunteers to help that morning.  Sign up coming soon!

 

6th Grade Orientation: August 22 from 12:45-2:45pm - Rising 6th grade students and parents are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 22 at 12:45pm. In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and briefly meet their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

 

Open House: August 22 from 3:30-4:30pm - 7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to pick up packets and tour the building beginning at 3:30pm on August 22. Rising 6th grader students and parents are also invited if they are unable to attend 6th grade orientation early in the day. Note: Teachers are not expected to be available in their rooms during this event.

 

Glasgow Back to School Night: October 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - We will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on October 3, 2019. The Back to School Night program officially begins at 6:10pm. Students are welcome to attend BTSN as interpreters for their parents if necessary.

Back to School Night at the secondary level is an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, see their classrooms, and hear about what each class will look like for your student. You will spend 10 minutes in each classroom, hearing from the teacher(s) of that class. Given the time constraints of the evening, we invite parents to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year.

Important Information

Important Immunization Requirement for Incoming 7th Grade Students - Seventh grade students cannot begin school in September without documentation of having had the Tdap booster. Parents or guardians should ask their private health care provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. A signed and dated immunization record from the physician stating that your child has received this immunization will be required. You may send in your documentation now to your school's registrar, to ensure that he or she meets this requirement before the first day of school in the fall.

Students can receive immunizations required for school at any Fairfax County Health Department immunization clinic. Information about health department clinic locations and hours can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics

 

Keep Up with the PTA This Summer - The PTA greatly appreciates all the volunteers and support from this past year. We stay active in the summer as well, participating in the annual Justice Pyramid Resource Fair and planning for the new year, so look for updates on the PTA listserv (to join the listserv, send a request to us at www.glasgowms.pta@gmail.com). You can get your 2019-20 membership in place on our website, http://www.glasgowpta.org. The back-to-school packet will contain lots of information about new opportunities next year, and we will send out a signup for people to help stuff the packets for the whole school community! 

Get Ready for High School!

Run with the Pack: Rising 9th Grade Transition Program: August 12 or 13 - Justice High School will be offering a Rising 9th Grade Transition Program on both August 12 and August 13 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will select only one of the two dates to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Vandawalker (Assistant Principal at Justice HS) at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu or (703) 824-3900.

The program is FREE and all attendees will receive a new Justice Wolves t-shirt. To register, please fill out and submit the Google Form: https://forms.gle/M3Q2dosFMLYxN9Jc8

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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