Spring Break is on the Horizon! (And GlasgowMS updates!)

April 03, 2017

Glasgow Community -


Thank you to all of you who planned, attended, and volunteered at our annual Hoop It Up Night basketball game on Friday Night. Special thanks to Tara Rethore, the PTA and Aaron Cannon, and Tim Stuecheli for coordinating, Tim Stuecheli for coaching, and to Dan Edwards and Steve Shook for leading the awesome Panther Groove Pep Band! It was great to see so many students, parents, faculty and staff members come together and cheer on one another.  We had well over 500 attendees - the highest in recent years!


This week we are celebrating the last week before Spring Break with SGA Spirit Week! See the calendar below for the daily dress themes:


  • Monday: Wear Yellow (Farhan Day)

  • Tuesday: Jersey Day

  • Wednesday: Crazy Hair Day

  • Thursday: Students dress like Teachers and Teachers dress like Students

  • Friday: Identical Dress Up Day


Finally, please note that Friday, April 7th is the last day of the 3rd quarter and a 2 hour early release.  


Please encourage your children to utilize our two late buses next week (Mon/Thurs) as needed to complete end of quarter responsibilities. Also note that Monday, April 17 is a Teacher Workday with no school for students.


Shawn DeRose Principal


Contact Information

Twitter: @ShawnDeRose

Email: spderose@fcps.edu

Website: https://glasgowms.fcps.edu



Thank you to those of you who submitted a message through the FCPS Cares website.  One of the greatest gifts we can receive as educators is knowing how we have impacted your students. I have provided information on how to submit a message and highlighted submissions that our staff recently received.


Link to submit a message through the FCPS Cares website: (https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program).  This site collects stories of outstanding FCPS employees and posts them to a message board. New this year, FCPS Cares program will honor deserving employees with a Cares of the Month award. View program details.  




Thank you to those of you who submitted a message this week!  We had a large amount of submissions.  Here are the highlights!


Hannah Kim - Ms. Kim is very passionate about teaching kids advanced math, extremely generous with her time and eager to help them succeed.   She makes is easy for kids to fall in love with algebra, which takes a lot of pressure of us, the  parents. Thank you, Ms. Kim!


Dan Edwards - Mr. Edwards prepared out GMS 6-8th grade symphonic and chamber bands to a full IIIII top score for District X assessments on both 3/10/17 and 3/11/17. Way to go, Mr. Edwards!


Rachel Looney - Ms. Looney is a really good English teacher. She knows where the students need improvements and helps them along the way.



April 3-7 – SGA Spirit Week

April 28-29 – Spring Play

May 4 – 7th Grade Dance

May 20 – Raider Run 5K at J.E.B. Stuart High School





Service Project: UNIQLO Clothes Donations

Do you have clothes you no longer wear or need? Do you want to help people who are less fortunate? Would you be willing to donate the clothes you no longer use?


UNIQLO and Glasgow are excited to announce their new partnership. Glasgow students have been selected to participate in the Power of Clothing project where they will help those in need in the community and learn more about UNIQLO as a company. UNIQLO prides itself in its Sustainability and they continuously prove this through the All Product Recycling Initiative which has helped millions of homeless people and refugees worldwide. Glasgow students will be challenged to run their own clothing drive which UNIQLO and the students will ultimately distribute to local people in Virginia together.


If you or your students are interested in participating and would like to contribute to this clothing drive, please contact Jonida Spahija at JSpahija@fcps.edu



Check out all the great things happening at Glasgow recently!


Haseeb Khan, Former Glasgow Student on the News

WUSA, Channel 9 did a great story on one of our former students, Haseeb Khan, and his MYP project about bringing drinking water to a Pakistani village.  Check out the link below: http://www.wusa9.com/amp/news/local/jeb-stuart-teen-brings-clean-water-to-pakistani-village/426990205


Congratulations to Glasgow’s PTA

Glasgow PTA was recently recognized for an increase in membership compared to last year.  More importantly, we are most proud of the the overall increase in participation and engagement - measured by attendance at our events, the breadth and depth of programs and staff requests we have supported in the last two years, and requests or referrals we've received from the community.


News You Choose Featured Video: Open Campus at Glasgow Middle School

Glasgow was featured in the FCPS News You Choose this week! Check it out: Once each quarter, Glasgow Middle School students have a free class period where they're allowed to explore new interests and friendships. Learn more about Glasgow’s open campus and the activities that students can choose from: Link to video.


Caring For Our Watersheds Contest

Caring for our watersheds is an international competition that combines the passion from the industry, conservation and education into an award winning program for middle schools students. Students are to select one concern and come up with one idea to help fix it.  The students submit their proposals and have a chance to win prizes. Mrs. Pemberton and Mr. Miller worked with selected science students and received a $500 award for their efforts.


FCCLA Gold Award Recognition

The 2016 Glasgow Middle School team was recognized at the March School Board Meeting for winning the Gold Award at the Family Career and Community Leaders of America competitions at BOTH the state and national levels. Congratulations to team members Lacy Callahan, Susan Connell and Zara Green, as well as to their Lead Advisor, Angela DeHart, who teaches Family and Consumer Science at Glasgow.


The team competed in the STAR Food and Innovation event. Participants were required to demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of food product development by creating an original prototype formula, testing the product through focus groups, and developing a marketing strategy. To make the challenge even more difficult, the teams were limited to using an ancient grain. See attached press release for a photo and more details about the event!




Stuart HS Girls Volleyball/Basketball Camps - July 10-13

J.E.B. Stuart High School will be hosting a girls volleyball/basketball camp this summer on July 10-13. For more information please download the registration form at http://www.raidersports.org/main/campsclinics.  Contact Sharon Ponton at sponton@fcps.edu with questions.


Stuart HS Boys Basketball Camp - July 24-28

J.E.B. Stuart High School will be hosting a boys basketball camp this summer on July 24-28 from 9:00am - 2:00pm for rising 4-10 grade students. For more information please download the registration form at http://www.raidersports.org/main/campsclinics.  Contact Sharon Ponton at sponton@fcps.edu with questions.


FCPS Summer Learning Programs

Many FCPS students take the summer to sharpen their skills, to learn something new, or to participate in fun camps and institutes. Our summer enrichment and camps range from driver's education to test prep to arts and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). There's something for everyone.

For students who want to get ahead and earn full course credits, our online campus is a great way to tackle classes like English, geometry and health.

There is so much to offer and explore. See link to get started: https://goo.gl/6ZGf4W


TJHSST STEM Summer Camps - Registration Open

This summer Thomas Jefferson High School will be running weekly science and technology camps for middle school students (different options between July 10-August 4) and for high school students (different options between July 10-July 27).  The summer learning experience is open to all current grades 7-11 students who reside in the region, including those that do not attend TJ.  Transportation is available for those who live in Fairfax County for $55 per week.  These inquiry-oriented learning experiences aim to foster interest in STEM through problem-based, project-based, and authentic activities without a grade.  Simply put, learning solely for enjoyment.


If your child(ren) wishes to explore a STEM area in depth, please consider the summer camps at TJ.  A description of the different institute camps is available on their summer school website (https://www.tjhsst.edu/research-academics/summer-school/).  Registration is online based on a first come, first serve, basis.  The registration link will go live on Monday.  Middle School Institute registration begins on March 13 and High School Institute registration begins on March 15. More information will go out about fee waivers and scholarships.   Questions about the courses should be directed to Craig Lewis at CALewis1@fcps.edu.


Very Important Person (VIP) Camp - July 5, - August 3, 2017

Looking for a summer experience for your student that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment?  FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week camp for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders.


Very Important Person (VIP) Camp will be a combination of students from the following middle schools: Glasgow, Holmes, Jackson, Kilmer, Poe, and Thoreau.  Bus transportation will be provided from various pick-up locations which will be communicated in June prior to the start of camp.  Please contact Aaron Cannon at acannon@fcps.edu if you have any questions.  



These are repeat announcements.


New Website Launches!

On Tuesday March 14, 2017, Glasgow Middle School launched a newly designed website, which will offer several advantages including:

  • Displaying on mobile devices, an important feature because so many of you are coming to the site through cell phones,

  • Enabling the easy sharing of content between school and Fairfax County Public Schools (for example, emergency alerts about weather closures etc. from the main site will be promptly displayed on the school site),

  • Making navigation of sites easier for parents as children progress through the FCPS schools because all sites will feature similar menus, and

  • Featuring accessibility to all users with disabilities (508 compliant).


We are proud that Glasgow Middle School is one of the first schools to move its website to the new format adopted by FCPS this past summer. If you are not able to find the information you need on our home page, you can use any of the following:

  • Search Function, similar to the way you would look for information on Google,

  • Top Menu, which links to main topics including About, Academics, Activities, Resources, and Contact Us, and

  • Full Menu, in the upper left hand corner of the home page, which shows all the items under the main topics.


If you have bookmarked our current website, be sure to update that with our new website address https://GlasgowMS.fcps.edu.  Please contact Tim Stuecheli at tastuecheli@fcps.edu with any questions. We are also interested in your opinion about the new website. After you’ve had a look, please help us by filling out a short survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fcpswebsurvey.


Back to School Night 2017 - Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

Stuart Pyramid Principals met recently to schedule Back to School Nights for the 2017-18 school year.  Glasgow’s BTSN will be held on Thursday, September 14 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.


2017-18 School Year Calendar

Looking ahead to the 2017-18 school year, be sure to note that the first day of school will be Monday, August 28. See the 2017-18 school year calendar.  


Yearbook Sales at School

The cost of the yearbook is $35.  Below is the link if you would like to guarantee a copy of the yearbook for your son/daughter.  We only ordered 500 yearbooks and when they’re gone, they’re gone.  Please contact Mr. Perella at maperella@fcps.edu if you have any questions. Here is the link to Smart-Pay. https://shop.smart-pay.com/index.cfm?p=order-start&sid=17803&no=1   


College Partnership Program (CPP) Accepting Applications

The College Partnership Program (CPP) is now accepting applications for new members. CPP supports first generation and students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education explore, apply and enroll in college.  CPP is actively recruiting current 8th grade students who are motivated and will benefit from the support of this program.


The application deadline is March 31st.  Students can apply online or via a paper application.  Paper applications are available in English, Arabic, Korean and Spanish. Contact Jennifer Blackwell at jblackwell@fcps.edu for a paper application or more information about CPP.


Students can apply online using your FCPS Google Apps for Education account:   https://docs.google.com/a/fcpsschools.net/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdKB4SpddCuPNKM8H01tvhrXO5-WSfSRRsvGTVmSATMp1xrmA/viewform


Visit the CPP website: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/college-success-program/college-partnership-program-cpp


SIS ParentVue, SIS StudentVue, and FCPS 24-7 ParentView (Blackboard)

Custodial parents/guardians, can send our Student Information Assistant (SIA), Ms. Monique Murray (mqmurray@fcps.edu) an e-mail containing their e-mail address and their student’s name & ID, Ms. Murray will create & e-mail to the parent a SIS ParentVue registration letter. The username/password (generated by following the instructions on the letter) can be used by the parent to access SIS ParentVue (gradebook) and FCPS 24-7 ParentView (child’s Blackboard courses). Bob Nordling (rcnordling@fcps.edu), can be contacted to provide support for both types of parent accounts (SIS and FCPS 24-7).


SIS StudentVue accounts are available to all middle & high school students who logon using their regular network username (Student ID) and password.


On the main FCPS website (www.fcps.edu) towards the bottom of the page is a link “Student Information Systems” which provides buttons for both “SIS ParentVue” and “SIS StudentVue”. Here is the direct URL to get there:



Collect Box Tops for Education - Benefit Glasgow Middle School

To help our school, just look for pink Box Tops for Education.  on products, clip them, and send them to the office.  Contact PTA Parent Coordinator: Brooke Short, brooke.short@gmail.com. Raise funds for Glasgow just by going shopping! Link your grocery loyalty cards or shop via AmazonSmile to give money directly to the PTA® every time you use them.  Read more about how to sign up.


PTA’s Panther Press

Look for PTA-specific information in the new PTA’s Panther Press, which will be distributed every Tuesday. Connect with the PTA through glasgowms.pta@gmail.com or glasgowpta.org.


Get Access to Technology: Discounts Available for Computer Equipment, the Internet, and Software

FCPS works to ensure that every student has access to reliable technology and the internet by exploring innovative programs, coordinating and supporting division-wide and school initiatives, and developing public and private partnerships.


FCPS has relationships with local businesses and organizations to provide free or discounted computers, internet service, and software. Schools also offer computer check outs as well as extended library and computer lab access.

Learn more about the programs FCPS offers.