Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.Important Upcoming Events
April 7 - RCMS Parent Virtual Coffee - 9:00AM-10:00AM
April 8 - RCMS SOL Testing - Parent Virtual Town Hall - 6:00PM
May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School or Check-inCheck out the latest Principal's Message from Mr. Stokes here!
Daily Bell Schedule Monday Asynchronous Check In
All Mondays, except for student holidays, are now Asynchronous check in days. Students are required to log in before noon to complete a check-in form posted by their Panther time teacher, as well as complete any posted assignments for all classes.
April 7th - RCMS Parent Coffee
Date: April 7, 2021
Topic: Concurrent Instruction
Join us online to learn more about the Rachel Carson MS Concurrent Instruction Model.
Parents will have an opportunity to hear about teaching methods and gain tips and strategies to support your child during the concurrent instruction school year.
Please register here to attend the meeting. A BBCU link will be sent to you in advance of the meeting.SOL Testing -
Parent Virtual Town Hall
Thursday, April 8th, 6:00PM
We will be conducting a Parent Town Hall information session regarding the upcoming SOL tests, the testing schedule, safety measures for in-person testing, and other related details.
This event will be held on
Thursday, April 8th from 6:00-7:00PM.
To register for the RCMS Town Hall, please use this Google Form. You will receive a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link on the morning of the 8th.Reporting Absences
If a student needs to miss any class time at all, be it one period or a full day, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly.
To report an absence, parents have these options:
- Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
- Send an email with full details to: CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu, or
- Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.
If your student is scheduled to be in the building that day but, instead, needs to attend classes virtually, it is very important to let us know!
Please contact the attendance office with the methods above so we don't worry why your student is not in the building. Parents will see the “SYC” code in ParentVUE when their student is absent on their assigned in-person day, but attends class online. FCPS eNotify messages will also go out to parents who have not reported their student's absence.
If your in-person student will be picked up early for an appointment, please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal. Students participating virtually who will be missing class due to appointments or otherwise should have parents contact attendance with the times and the reason the student will be missing classes.
For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the RCMS Attendance page.Here Comes the Bus Mobile App
Know when your bus is approaching your stop! 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.
Using the app is EASY! You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS Parent Account (contact your child's school if you do not have an SIS Parent Account). Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions here to set up your account.SOL Testing Update
The U.S. Education Department (USED) continues to require administration of state assessments, and Virginia has not waived SOL tests. Students in grades 3-12 will continue to test for federal participation. As you may be aware, the Grade 8 Writing SOL and Civics SOL have been replaced with Local Authentic Assessments through their English 8 and Civics classes. All students are required to take the Reading SOL (grades 7 & 8), Math SOL (grades 7 & 8), and Science 8 SOL.
All SOL tests are taken in-person at school. For any SOL assessments this spring, you have the right to refuse testing for your student due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The school is in the process of finalizing testing dates for individual students, and you will be contacted with these details. For initial planning with your family, please be aware we are working to schedule tests as follows. This is a tentative schedule and could change as we work to finalize the testing process. The testing block will be from 7:30AM-11:30AM. Our plan is to utilize Mondays for all testing. By scheduling testing on Mondays, we will reduce the disruption to instruction for classes Tuesday-Friday. Additionally, we will have the most flexibility with space and safety measures we need for testing.
- Science tests: Grade 8 Monday, April 26th
- Reading tests: Grade 7 Monday, May 3rd ; Grade 8 Monday, May 24th
- Mathematics tests: Grade 7, 7HN, 8, Algebra II Monday, May 10th Algebra, Geometry Monday, May 17th
As we prepare for spring assessments, we need to collect information about your intentions for spring SOL tests and transportation requests. By Friday, April 2nd, please complete the online Google intent form. Please refer to the March 23 e-Notify email for access to the link. Contact Mrs. Lauren Ross, School Testing Coordinator, email@example.com at our school if you need help accessing or completing the form. All necessary COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed as outlined on the FCPS Public Webpage.Virtual CAD and Programming
for Young Scholars (MS)
The TJHSST's FTC Robotics team worked with middle schoolers last year on Saturdays to teach about robotics using LEGO robotics kits. Unfortunately, these in-person sessions were not possible to organize this year, so the team has been working on developing their own curriculum for a free, virtual, school-year camp for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The only resource needed to access these camps are an FCPS laptop. The camp will be split into two curriculums: 1) classes on Computer Aided Design (CAD), for students to learn how to virtually design their own robots; and 2) robotics-related programming taught in the programming language Python.
Students may choose to participate in one or both classes. Each class will last for 6 weeks, making both a total of 12 weeks from March 27th to June 12th. These sessions will be on Saturdays and take place from 9:30AM to 11:00AM. Students will be emailed a Blackboard Collaborate link to join at these times, similar to how one would join a regular school-day class.
Although the CAD camp has already started, they have posted recordings of the sessions in their Google Classroom (this information will be sent in an email to those who sign up) so students can watch those if they wish to participate in the CAD classes now. They can also sign up for the Programming course, which will be starting on May 1st. More information can be found on the following website: https://www.robotuprising.org/camps/. You may also Register Here.FCPS Cares Program
The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.
Course Requests for Rising Seventh and Eighth Graders: To see the list of courses that your child selected for seventh or eighth grade, please log into your SIS ParentVUE account and click on the course requests tab. Directions for how to view your child’ course requests online in ParentVUE can be accessed at the following link : Online Course Requests in ParentVue . Students can also view their list of courses on the course request tab in SIS StudentVUE.
This list of courses is NOT a schedule, but a confirmation of the courses entered into the student information system. Elective choices are subject to change based on space, teacher availability, and schedule conflicts. Please review this preliminary list of courses and look for the following errors: Too few or too many classes, absence of a required course, inaccurate placement by grade or course level.
Parents, please contact your child’s school counselor if you have questions or concerns about the selected courses. Course requests are a firm commitment. Course request changes will not be accommodated after June 4.Engineering Supply Pickup
During the week of April 5-9, the Engineering Department is having a supply pickup for your child's upcoming Structures Project. Students who are attending in person do not need a parent/guardian to pick up supplies, they will be sent home with your child.
Online only Students:
- Tuesday-Friday April 6-9 (7:00AM-3:00PM) Park your car and come to the main entrance. A RCMS staff member will give you the supplies you need. Please indicate either TOWER or BRIDGE project.
We need YOUR photos for this year's yearbook. Click here for more information on how to submit: Carson 2020-2021 Yearbook PhotosRCMS Library Curbside Checkout
At RCMS, outside Door #1
11AM-2PM every Monday (excluding holidays)
Books can also be returned at these times.
Curbside Library Book Checkout is now in operation. This service will be held every Monday, unless otherwise noted. Please check the Library page on our website for further details: RCMS Library
Students can reserve books ahead of time through the Destiny Discover online library catalog by placing them on hold, then pick them up at the next curbside checkout.
If you are cannot make it to the regularly scheduled curbside checkout time, please contact Mr. Treakle to make other arrangements.
We look forward to seeing you at curbside checkout!Who to Contact
If you have a question or concern, please visit our website for a full listing of Who to Contact. This listing includes all of our administrators, our counselors, and who to speak to regarding a specific content area or class. Contact information for all staff members is listed on our website - just click on the name of the person you wish to contact to be redirected to their email address: RCMS Staff Directory.Other Schools are Sharing....
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