Basketball Games Postponed

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Basketball Games Postponed

After conferring with Langston Hughes MS Administration, we have decided to postpone the basketball games that were scheduled to be played at LHMS on Friday, March 13.

We hope to have a rescheduled date sometime in the Spring, and we will advertise any updates as soon as they are known.

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of March 9, 2020

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Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Important Upcoming Events

March 10-11 - 8th Graders taking Writing SOL tests

March 13 - Carson-Hughes Basketball Game @ Hughes MS

March 26 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

April 2 - Parent Coffee, RCMS Cafeteria, 9:00AM

Coronavirus Updates

As COVID-19 circumstances continue to evolve, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is working with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to implement sound public health recommendations and share updated information with the community, as it becomes available.  In an effort to help our families remain calm during this time, we invite you to stay informed of the latest developments on the FCPS coronavirus webpage. This page also contains fact sheets, videos, and other resources that you may find useful.  Additional information is available from the Fairfax County Health Department  and the CDC.

Your Views and Opinions Are Important to Us!

This spring all Carson MS parents will be contacted through email with a link to the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form. This survey is part of the Performance Evaluation Program and offers parents an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various issues related to our school.  These issues include instructional leadership, school climate, human resources management, organizational management, communication and community relations and professionalism.

The survey will be collected online between March 12 and March 26.  When you receive this email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the survey.  Your opinions matter and we thank you for taking the time.

IB Night at South Lakes HS

Rising 9th grade students are invited to South Lakes High School March 18 at 3:15PM to meet with current IB students and learn about the IB program.  Meet us in the cafeteria for small group discussions with the people who really know the ins and outs of the IB options at South Lakes High School – our fabulous students. We look forward to meeting our future Seahawks!

"Go Paperless" Report Card Option Now Available

Starting with 3rd quarter, high school and middle school parents will now have the option to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents/guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless!". This process is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level. All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVue account and must select the paperless option.

Academic Advising 

At this time, counselors have met with all 7th and 8th grade students one-on-one to go over course selections for next year. To review your child’s selections, log into SIS ParentVUE and click “Course Requests” on the left. Please use this week to talk to your child about their courses. Please note that it requires a firm commitment and staffing is based on students' course selections. Contact your child counselor for any questions. Also, your child's teachers are great resources if you have any questions regarding core subjects and/or intervention courses. 

Additional Resources:

- Academic Advising

FCPS Honors Classes

- Mathematics K-12 Academic Sequence

RCMS ELECTIVES

SOL Testing Dates at Carson MS

Testing will begin each day at 7:30AM.  Please be sure your child arrives to school on time.  Also please avoid any appointments during the morning hours, as students cannot be dismissed from a testing room once the test has begun.  Also, please remind your son or daughter that no electronic devices will be allowed in testing locations. As always, these items should be secured in lockers during testing.

You can help your child do their best by ensuring they get a good night's rest and have a healthy breakfast each day!

 

March 10 Writing Multiple Choice (8th)     March 11 Writing Prompt (8th)     May 6 Civics 8     May 8 Science 8     May 11 Reading 8, Geometry, Algebra 2     May 13 Reading 8, Math 8, Algebra 1 (8th)     May 18 Reading 7     May 20 Math 7, Math 7H, Algebra 1 (7th)

 

2020 Summer VIP Camp @ Longfellow Middle School June 29-July 30, 2020 8:00AM-4:00PM

This year’s Summer VIP Program is open to rising 7th and 8th grade students who will attend  Herndon MS, Hughes MS, Carson MS, Cooper MS or Longfellow MS for the 2020-2021 school year.  Students will participate in a variety of activities including Basketball, Soccer, STEAM, Theater, Science & Programming, and Cooking.  Optional transportation will be provided to and from the VIP Location Site (Longfellow MS).  Breakfast and lunch will also be provided daily.

Please email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu with any questions.  Payment and registration can be made through My School Bucks at your child’s school’s website, which will open on April 1, 2020.  You can also check the RCMS After School website for updates.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you:

From Coates ES:  Coates ES PTA will host "What You Need to Know and How to Talk With Your Kids About Vaping," presented by FCPS Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Education Teacher, Brian Maslowski.  The event will be held at Coates ES Library on Wednesday, March 11, 6:30PM.

From FCPS Instructional Services Department:  FCPS will hold Tech Adventure Camp and CTE Summer Academy this summer at Fairfax HS, 8:30AM-2:00PM (dates vary).  These are enrichment programs that offer students an opportunity to stay engaged throughout the summer in a fun and challenging environment.  For more information about these and other summer learning opportunities, please visit the  FCPS Summer Learning Website

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of March 2, 2020

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Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Important Upcoming Events

March 3 - Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

March 10-11 - 8th Graders taking Writing SOL tests

March 13 - Carson-Hughes Basketball Game @ Hughes MS

IB Night at South Lakes HS

Rising 9th grade students are invited to South Lakes High School March 18 at 3:15PM to meet with current IB students and learn about the IB program.  Meet us in the cafeteria for small group discussions with the people who really know the ins and outs of the IB options at South Lakes High School – our fabulous students. We look forward to meeting our future Seahawks!

SOL Testing Dates at Carson MS

Testing will begin each day at 7:30AM.  Please be sure your child arrives to school on time.  Also please avoid any appointments during the morning hours, as students cannot be dismissed from a testing room once the test has begun.  

You can help your child do their best by ensuring they get a good night's rest and have a healthy breakfast each day!

 

March 10 Writing Multiple Choice (8th)     March 11 Writing Prompt (8th)     May 6 Civics 8     May 8 Science 8     May 11 Reading 8, Geometry, Algebra 2     May 13 Reading 8, Math 8, Algebra 1 (8th)     May 18 Reading 7     May 20 Math 7, Math 7H, Algebra 1 (7th)

 

2020 Summer VIP Camp @ Longfellow Middle School June 29-July 30, 2020 8:00AM-4:00PM

This year’s Summer VIP Program is open to rising 7th and 8th grade students who will attend  Herndon MS, Hughes MS, Carson MS, Cooper MS or Longfellow MS for the 2020-2021 school year.  Students will participate in a variety of activities including Basketball, Soccer, STEAM, Theater, Science & Programming, and Cooking.  Optional transportation will be provided to and from the VIP Location Site (Longfellow MS).  Breakfast and lunch will also be provided daily.

Please email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu with any questions.  Payment and registration can be made through My School Bucks at your child’s school’s website, which will open on April 1, 2020.  You can also check the RCMS After School website for updates.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you:

From Westfield HS:  Rising 9th grade students interested in American Sign Language are invited along with their families to attend Westfield High School’s annual Voices-Off Dinner.  The event will be held on Friday, March 6, from 6:00-8:00PM in the Westfield High SchoolCafeteria.  Tickets are $10 at the door and include dinner, drinks, dessert, and games!  EVERYONE is welcome to join and ASL experience is not necessary.  We will have whiteboards and skilled ASL Honor Society students to teach sign language throughout the night.  Deaf community members typically attend and this is a perfect introduction to the language 

From FCPS Instructional Services Department:  FCPS will hold Tech Adventure Camp and CTE Summer Academy this summer at Fairfax HS, 8:30AM-2:00PM (dates vary).  These are enrichment programs that offer students an opportunity to stay engaged throughout the summer in a fun and challenging environment.  For more information about these and other summer learning opportunities, please visit the  FCPS Summer Learning Website

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of February 24, 2020

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Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Important Upcoming Events

February 24 - Spring Picture Day, ANCHOR DAY

February 25 - Digital Citizenship Expo, Crossfield ES, 6:30PM

February 25 - PTA Fundraiser at Franklin Farm Chipotle, 4:00-8:00PM

February 27 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

March 3 - Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

March 10-11 - 8th Graders taking Writing SOL tests

A/B Calendar Error

It has come to our attention that the A/B schedule printed in the student daily agenda books (DABs) incorrectly identifies A/B days from March through the end of the school year.   Please refer to this  2019-2020 A/B Calendar to identify daily schedules for the reminder of the school year.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Kiss and Ride Safety

There has been a marked increase in the number of students and families who are not abiding by the RCMS safety guidelines when utilizing personal transportation for traveling to school.  Students are NEVER to be dropped off outside of the posted Kiss and Ride loop.  This means all students should remain in their cars until their car is safely within the RCMS Kiss and Ride circle.

Parents, safety is our first concern.  Dropping students off at the Exxon station, or anywhere else on McLearen Road, to allow your child to walk onto school grounds, puts your child, and those drivers who are abiding by the rules, at risk.

As always, the bus service provided by FCPS is the recommended method of transportation to and from school.  We appreciate your cooperation.

Picture Day - Take 2

Spring Pictures were taken for almost all students on February 24.  Unfortunately time ran out and there were approximately 60 students who did not make it through the line.  Lifetouch Studios will be returning on March 2 to photograph those students.  Students who were affected by this delay, and are on the Voyagers Team which is scheduled to go to Finance Park on this day,  will be called to the Gym first thing in the morning so that they can be photographed prior to departing for Finance Park.

PTA Meeting Thursday, February 27, 2020 6:30PM - RCMS Library

Join us for the February PTA Meeting!  We are looking forward to our special guest speaker this month:

Samskara Yoga & Healing will be doing a presentation after our meeting to discuss and demonstrate ways to bring about mindful breath and movement. This can aid our students in lowering their stress, increasing focus, and improving self-regulation both at home and in the classroom. We hope you can join us for both the meeting and the presentation.

SOL Writing Tests

All 8th grade students will be taking the Writing SOL in March.  The Writing SOL consists of two parts and will be administered over a two day period:

Tuesday, March 10: Multiple Choice Wednesday, March 11: Writing Prompt

The tests will begin each day at 7:30AM.  Please be sure your child arrives to school on time.  Also please avoid any appointments during the morning hours, as students cannot be dismissed from a testing room once the test has begun.  We expect most of the students will complete these tests by 10:30AM each day.

You can help your child do their best by ensuring they get a good night's rest and have a healthy breakfast each day! Carson Staff Members to Lead Expeditions

Three of our Carson staff members are planning to lead students on expeditions in 2021.  These trips are open to students who are in grades 6-8 for the current 2019-2020 school year.  Read on for more details!

Kristden Oliver, Majestics Science 7 Teacher, will be leading a group of students to Peru.  From Lima to Machu Picchu, your child will be immersed in the land and culture of Peru. They will connect with local communities in the Sacred Valley and learn how they preserve history, art and their heritage including a ceramic making workshop from a local expert. There, they focus on the archaeological remains of the Inca Empire and their lasting cultural influences. While exploring the Andes, they will also spend two days working in a local community on projects that support economic sustainability, local agriculture and access to education. The trip will take place March (spring break) 2021. Click the link to RSVP to the Peru parent interest meeting on February 27:   http://bit.ly/2UlA3il

Sofi Cahoon, RCMS Instructional Assistant, will be leading a group of students to South Africa. While this country’s spotted and striped inhabitants are memorable, it’s the social, political, and cultural lessons of South Africa that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Standing in Nelson Mandela’s former home adds powerful context to his fight for democracy and reconciliation, while Cape Town is a favorite destination for many, thanks to its cosmopolitan atmosphere and stunning scenery. As you explore South Africa’s cultural diversity, remarkable wildlife, and natural landmarks, you’ll begin to understand the story of an entire continent.  Highlights include a safari through Kruger National Park, a cable car ride to Table Mountain, an excursion to a penguin colony and a visit to Robben Island to see Nelson Mandela’s cell. This trip will take place in July of 2021.  Click the link to RSVP to the South Africa parent interest meeting on February 27:  http://bit.ly/2RYYdgN

Kathy Keay-Morgan, Special Education Teacher, will be leading a group of students to London, Paris, and Rome. On this comprehensive tour, your child will explore the history and culture of each city. They will visit landmarks, such as Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, and the Colosseum, watch the changing of the guard,  and tour Versailles Palace and Vatican City. Other highlights will include going to a theatre performance in London and taking a cooking class from an Italian chef! This trip will take place in June 2021. There will be a parent interest meeting at 7:00PM on March 18. Please RSVP to the parent interest meetinghttp://bit.ly/37kLeL3

 

PTA Sponsored Fundraising Night at Franklin Farm Chipotle February 25 - 4:00-8:00PM

Make dining easy by joining us for a fundraiser at the Franklin Farm Chipotle on Tuesday, February 25, from 4:00-8:00PM to support the RCMS PTA.

Come in after kids' afternoon activities or pick up dinner on your way home––whatever the reason, your choice to purchase at Chipotle that evening will benefit the PTA and our programs.

Please print and bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier that you are supporting the RCMS PTA. This will ensure that if we meet the restaurant's sales goal, 33% of the proceeds will be donated to the RCMS PTA.

We hope you to see you there! 2020 Summer VIP Camp @ Longfellow Middle School June 29-July 30, 2020 8:00AM-4:00PM

This year’s Summer VIP Program is open to rising 7th and 8th grade students who will attend  Herndon MS, Hughes MS, Carson MS, Cooper MS or Longfellow MS for the 2020-2021 school year.  Students will participate in a variety of activities including Basketball, Soccer, STEAM, Theater, Science & Programming, and Cooking.  Optional transportation will be provided to and from the VIP Location Site (Longfellow MS).  Breakfast and lunch will also be provided daily.

Please email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu with any questions.  Payment and registration can be made through My School Bucks at your child’s school’s website, which will open on April 1, 2020.  You can also check the RCMS After School website for updates.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From FCPS Instructional Services Department:  FCPS will hold Tech Adventure Camp and CTE Summer Academy this summer at Fairfax HS, 8:30AM-2:00PM (dates vary).  These are enrichment programs that offer students an opportunity to stay engaged throughout the summer in a fun and challenging environment.  For more information about these and other summer learning opportunities, please visit the  FCPS Summer Learning Website

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of February 17, 2020

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Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Important Upcoming Events

February 17 - President's Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL

February 24 - Spring Picture Day, ANCHOR DAY

February 25 - Digital Citizenship Expo, Crossfield ES, 6:30PM

February 27 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

March 3 - Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

March 10-11 - 8th Graders taking Writing SOL tests

  Thank you to the PTA for providing Valentine's sweets for our staff! Spring Pictures: Volunteers Needed

Lifetouch will be here on February 24 for Spring Pictures.  Thank you to all the volunteers who have signed up to help with this event.  We still need one more volunteer, so if you can spare a few hours, we would appreciate it!  All volunteers will receive a voucher that can be used toward purchase of these packages.  Please sign up here: Picture Day Volunteers

Digital Citizenship Expo Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-8:30PM Crossfield ES

Join parents from the RCMS and other Oakton Pyramid schools to discuss digital citizenship topics. There will be two sessions with a selection of topics to choose from; more information about the sessions can be found on the flyer.  If you are interested in coming, please take a moment to fill out this parent interest form and share what school your child attends and the topic(s) in which you are interested so there will be enough resources for all. Child care will be provided for children ages 5-10 years old with advance reservations. Fill out the form & check in at Crossfield Elementary at 6:15PM.

The schools in the Oakton Pyramid are Crossfield Elementary, Mosby Woods Elementary, Navy Elementary, Oakton Elementary, Waples Mill Elementary, Rachel Carson Middle School, and Oakton High School.

PTA Meeting Thursday, February 27, 2020 6:30PM - RCMS Library

Join us for the February PTA Meeting!  We are looking forward to our special guest speaker this month:

Samskara Yoga & Healing will be doing a presentation after our meeting to discuss and demonstrate ways to bring about mindful breath and movement. This can aid our students in lowering their stress, increasing focus, and improving self-regulation both at home and in the classroom. We hope you can join us for both the meeting and the presentation.

SOL Writing Tests

All 8th grade students will be taking the Writing SOL in March.  The Writing SOL consists of two parts and will be administered over a two day period:

Tuesday, March 10: Multiple Choice Wednesday, March 11: Writing Prompt

The tests will begin each day at 7:30AM.  Please be sure your child arrives to school on time.  Also please avoid any appointments during the morning hours, as students cannot be dismissed from a testing room once the test has begun.  We expect most of the students will complete these tests by 10:30AM each day.

You can help your child do their best by ensuring they get a good night's rest and have a healthy breakfast each day! Carson Staff Members to Lead Expeditions

Two of our Carson staff members are planning to lead students on expeditions in 2021.  Both of these trips are open to students who are in grades 6-8 for the current 2019-2020 school year.  An interest meeting regarding both trips will be held on February 27.  Read on for more details!

Kristden Oliver, Majestics Science 7 Teacher, will be leading a group of students to Peru.  From Lima to Machu Picchu, your child will be immersed in the land and culture of Peru. They will connect with local communities in the Sacred Valley and learn how they preserve history, art and their heritage including a ceramic making workshop from a local expert. There, they focus on the archaeological remains of the Inca Empire and their lasting cultural influences. While exploring the Andes, they will also spend two days working in a local community on projects that support economic sustainability, local agriculture and access to education. The trip will take place March (spring break) 2021. Click the link to RSVP to the Peru parent interest meeting:   http://bit.ly/2UlA3il

Sofi Cahoon, RCMS Instructional Assistant, will be leading a group of students to South Africa. While this country’s spotted and striped inhabitants are memorable, it’s the social, political, and cultural lessons of South Africa that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Standing in Nelson Mandela’s former home adds powerful context to his fight for democracy and reconciliation, while Cape Town is a favorite destination for many, thanks to its cosmopolitan atmosphere and stunning scenery. As you explore South Africa’s cultural diversity, remarkable wildlife, and natural landmarks, you’ll begin to understand the story of an entire continent.  Highlights include a safari through Kruger National Park, a cable car ride to Table Mountain, an excursion to a penguin colony and a visit to Robben Island to see Nelson Mandela’s cell. This trip will take place in July of 2021.  Click the link to RSVP to the South Africa parent interest meeting   http://bit.ly/2RYYdgN

 

PTA Sponsored Fundraising Night at Franklin Farm Chipotle February 25 - 4:00-8:00PM

Make dining easy by joining us for a fundraiser at the Franklin Farm Chipotle on Tuesday, February 25, from 4:00-8:00PM to support the RCMS PTA.

Come in after kids' afternoon activities or pick up dinner on your way home––whatever the reason, your choice to purchase at Chipotle that evening will benefit the PTA and our programs.

Please print and bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier that you are supporting the RCMS PTA. This will ensure that if we meet the restaurant's sales goal, 33% of the proceeds will be donated to the RCMS PTA.

We hope you to see you there! 2020 Summer VIP Camp @ Longfellow Middle School June 29-July 30, 2020 8:00AM-4:00PM

This year’s Summer VIP Program is open to rising 7th and 8th grade students who will attend  Herndon MS, Hughes MS, Carson MS, Cooper MS or Longfellow MS for the 2020-2021 school year.  Students will participate in a variety of activities including Basketball, Soccer, STEAM, Theater, Science & Programming, and Cooking.  Optional transportation will be provided to and from the VIP Location Site (Longfellow MS).  Breakfast and lunch will also be provided daily.

Please email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu with any questions.  Payment and registration can be made through My School Bucks at your child’s school’s website, which will open on April 1, 2020.  You can also check the RCMS After School website for updates.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From FCPS Instructional Services Department:  FCPS will hold Tech Adventure Camp and CTE Summer Academy this summer at Fairfax HS, 8:30AM-2:00PM (dates vary).  These are enrichment programs that offer students an opportunity to stay engaged throughout the summer in a fun and challenging environment.  For more information about these and other summer learning opportunities, please visit the  FCPS Summer Learning Website

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of February 10, 2020

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Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Important Upcoming Events

February 17 - President's Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL

February 24 - Spring Picture Day, ANCHOR DAY

February 25 - Digital Citizenship Expo, Crossfield ES, 6:30PM

February 27 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

March 10-11 - 8th Graders taking Writing SOL tests

Spring Pictures: Volunteers Needed

Lifetouch will be here on February 24 for Spring Pictures.  We are in need of several volunteer parents to assist with this.  All volunteers will receive a voucher that can be used toward purchase of these packages.  Volunteers are needed for either half-day or full-day assistance.  Please sign up here:

Picture Day Volunteers

PTA Meeting Thursday, February 27, 2020 6:30PM - RCMS Library

Join us for the February PTA Meeting!  We are looking forward to our special guest speaker this month:

Samskara Yoga & Healing will be doing a presentation after our meeting to discuss and demonstrate ways to bring about mindful breath and movement. This can aid our students in lowering their stress, increasing focus, and improving self-regulation both at home and in the classroom. We hope you can join us for both the meeting and the presentation.

SOL Writing Tests

All 8th grade students will be taking the Writing SOL in March.  The Writing SOL consists of two parts and will be administered over a two day period:

Tuesday, March 10: Multiple Choice Wednesday, March 11: Writing Prompt

The tests will begin each day at 7:30AM.  Please be sure your child arrives to school on time.  Also please avoid any appointments during the morning hours, as students cannot be dismissed from a testing room once the test has begun.  We expect most of the students will complete these tests by 10:30AM each day.

You can help your child do their best by ensuring they get a good night's rest and have a healthy breakfast each day! Carson Staff Members to Lead Expeditions

Two of our Carson staff members are planning to lead students on expeditions in 2021.  Both of these trips are open to students who are in grades 6-8 for the current 2019-2020 school year.  Read on for more details!

Kristden Oliver, Majestics Science 7 Teacher, will be leading a group of students to Peru.  From Lima to Machu Picchu, your child will be immersed in the land and culture of Peru. They will connect with local communities in the Sacred Valley and learn how they preserve history, art and their heritage including a ceramic making workshop from a local expert. There, they focus on the archaeological remains of the Inca Empire and their lasting cultural influences. While exploring the Andes, they will also spend two days working in a local community on projects that support economic sustainability, local agriculture and access to education. The trip will take place March (spring break) 2021. Click the link to RSVP to the Peru parent interest meeting:   http://bit.ly/2UlA3il

Sofi Cahoon, RCMS Instructional Assistant, will be leading a group of students to South Africa. While this country’s spotted and striped inhabitants are memorable, it’s the social, political, and cultural lessons of South Africa that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Standing in Nelson Mandela’s former home adds powerful context to his fight for democracy and reconciliation, while Cape Town is a favorite destination for many, thanks to its cosmopolitan atmosphere and stunning scenery. As you explore South Africa’s cultural diversity, remarkable wildlife, and natural landmarks, you’ll begin to understand the story of an entire continent.  Highlights include a safari through Kruger National Park, a cable car ride to Table Mountain, an excursion to a penguin colony and a visit to Robben Island to see Nelson Mandela’s cell. This trip will take place in July of 2021.  Click the link to RSVP to the South Africa parent interest meeting   http://bit.ly/2RYYdgN

 

PTA Sponsored Fundraising Night at Franklin Farm Chipotle February 25 - 4:00-8:00PM

Make dining easy by joining us for a fundraiser at the Franklin Farm Chipotle on Tuesday, February 25, from 4:00-8:00PM to support the RCMS PTA.

Come in after kids' afternoon activities or pick up dinner on your way home––whatever the reason, your choice to purchase at Chipotle that evening will benefit the PTA and our programs.

Please print and bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier that you are supporting the RCMS PTA. This will ensure that if we meet the restaurant's sales goal, 33% of the proceeds will be donated to the RCMS PTA.

We hope you to see you there! 2020 Summer VIP Camp @ Longfellow Middle School June 29-July 30, 2020 8:00AM-4:00PM

This year’s Summer VIP Program is open to rising 7th and 8th grade students who will attend  Herndon MS, Hughes MS, Carson MS, Cooper MS or Longfellow MS for the 2020-2021 school year.  Students will participate in a variety of activities including Basketball, Soccer, STEAM, Theater, Science & Programming, and Cooking.  Optional transportation will be provided to and from the VIP Location Site (Longfellow MS).  Breakfast and lunch will also be provided daily.

Please email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu with any questions.  Payment and registration can be made through My School Bucks at your child’s school’s website, which will open on April 1, 2020.  You can also check the RCMS After School website for updates.

Save the date for the Oakton Pyramid Digital Citizenship Expo!

Join all of the Oakton Pyramid Schools at Crossfield Elementary School as we present our 4th Annual Digital Citizenship Expo: Supporting Families in a Digital World, Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology! On February 25th, from 6:30-8:30PM. This event will provide resources and information to parents and students on how to help students develop a healthy relationship with technology. This year, parents may choose to have their children in 4th grade and above attend sessions with them. Child care will be available for children aged 5-10. Translation will be available. More information will be forthcoming as we near the date.

The schools in the Oakton Pyramid are Crossfield Elementary, Mosby Woods Elementary, Navy Elementary, Oakton Elementary, Waples Mill Elementary, Rachel Carson Middle School, and Oakton High School.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

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From FCPS Instructional Services Department:  FCPS will hold Tech Adventure Camp and CTE Summer Academy this summer at Fairfax HS, 8:30AM-2:00PM (dates vary).  These are enrichment programs that offer students an opportunity to stay engaged throughout the summer in a fun and challenging environment.  For more information about these and other summer learning opportunities, please visit the  FCPS Summer Learning Website

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RCMS Updates - Week of February 3, 2020

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Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Important Upcoming Events

February 17 - President's Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL

February 25 - Digital Citizenship Expo, Crossfield ES, 6:30PM

 

The first week of February is National School Counseling Week! If a member of the Student Services Department has helped you or your student or you want to thank them, please use this survey to write a nice note. You can also reach out directly to members of the student services department to show your appreciation. Bus Riding Policy

As we begin the second semester of school, we'd like to remind families of our bus riding policies.  All students are expected to ride their assigned bus home each day.  Because of the high volume of students assigned to each bus route, students should not make plans to ride another student's bus home.  If students have a need to get together after school, parents should arrange for transportation after their child arrives home.

If you feel that you have a special circumstance that warrants your student riding a different bus on a particular day, please contact Assistant Principal Sybil Terry, sdterry3@fcps.edu.

 

2020 Summer VIP Camp @ Longfellow Middle School June 29-July 30, 2020 8:00AM-4:00PM

This year’s Summer VIP Program is open to rising 7th and 8th grade students who will attend  Herndon MS, Hughes MS, Carson MS, Cooper MS or Longfellow MS for the 2020-2021 school year.  Students will participate in a variety of activities including Basketball, Soccer, STEAM, Theater, Science & Programming, and Cooking.  Optional transportation will be provided to and from the VIP Location Site (Longfellow MS).  Breakfast and lunch will also be provided daily.

Please email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu with any questions.  Payment and registration can be made through My School Bucks at your child’s school’s website, which will open on April 1, 2020.  You can also check the RCMS After School website for updates.

Call for Judges

The Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair for High School students will be held March 20-22, 2020 at Robinson High School.  Fair organizers are in search of qualified judges who hold an advanced degree or possess extensive academic and/or professional experience in the STEAM fields.  Interested persons may apply here. More fair information can be found at www.fcps.edu/sciencefair.

 

Order Your Yearbook!

2019-2020 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com.

The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00.  After February 1, the base price will increase to $35.00.

Yearbooks will be distributed during the last week of school.

Save the date for the Oakton Pyramid Digital Citizenship Expo!

Join all of the Oakton Pyramid Schools at Crossfield Elementary School as we present our 4th Annual Digital Citizenship Expo: Supporting Families in a Digital World, Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology! On February 25th, from 6:30-8:30PM. This event will provide resources and information to parents and students on how to help students develop a healthy relationship with technology. This year, parents may choose to have their children in 4th grade and above attend sessions with them. Child care will be available for children aged 5-10. Translation will be available. More information will be forthcoming as we near the date.

The schools in the Oakton Pyramid are Crossfield Elementary, Mosby Woods Elementary, Navy Elementary, Oakton Elementary, Waples Mill Elementary, Rachel Carson Middle School, and Oakton High School.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From South Lakes HS:  Any rising 9th grade student and parents of those students who would like to learn more about the South Lakes High School Choral program should attend ‘Choir for A Night’ on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 7-8:30 PM in the Choir room at South Lakes High School.

Sign up by February 5, 2020: https://forms.gle/kz9uyqyQcYNQPcvV9

The evening will include games, singing, meet & greets, Q&A for both parents and students! Contact Rita Gigliotti (SLHS Choral Director) with any questions: ragigliotti@fcps.edu

From Chantilly HS:  Anxious about the college application process?  Do you worry that it is too competitive?  Do you have a four-year plan for high school?  Chantilly HS will host the Let's Talk College Program in the Chantilly HS Auditorium on Monday, February 10, 2020, from 7:00-8:30PM.  This program is intended for parents and students in grades 7-9.

From FCPS Instructional Services Department:  FCPS will hold Tech Adventure Camp and CTE Summer Academy this summer at Fairfax HS, 8:30AM-2:00PM (dates vary).  These are enrichment programs that offer students an opportunity to stay engaged throughout the summer in a fun and challenging environment.  For more information about these and other summer learning opportunities, please visit the  FCPS Summer Learning Website

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Eating Disorders Fact Sheet

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Dear Carson MS Parents:

Eating disorders are behaviors that can lead to serious health problems.  These behaviors can begin as a child, and affect both girls and boys.  When discovered early, eating disorders are treatable.  In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system provide information to parents annually about eating disorders.  This information is given to parents of students in the fifth through twelfth grades.

It is important to note that eating disorders are not identified based on weight changes as much as behaviors and attitudes.  Signs of eating disorders may differ between males and females and in different age groups.  Often, a young person may not recognize the signs that they might have an eating disorder. Parents/guardians and family members are in a position to notice behaviors that cause concern.  It is important that a child with an eating disorder be treated early by someone who understands this type of care.

After reviewing the information in this letter, if you think your child may be showing signs of a possible eating disorder, please contact your doctor, school nurse, or one of the resources listed below.

  • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

https://www.aedweb.org/

  • Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.)

www.feast-ed.org

  • National Eating Disorders Association

www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

Toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237

Additional resources may be found at:

  • Virginia Department of Education

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/index.shtml, under the section titled, Eating Disorders

Sincerely,

Gordon Stokes, Principal

 

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Carson MS is Seeking Host Families

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Dear RCMS parents,

Eighteen French exchange students will be arriving in just over one month (March 13-March 24) and we are desperately seeking the remaining 10 host families! The students will only be here 10 days. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience the French culture and form friendships through the language. It also gives them a glimpse into the diversity of experience living with a family in the United States. They will be wanting to practice their English (and you your French, if you know a little). Along the way, there will be struggles to get a thought across and laughter at the attempts, but that’s the beauty of it all! Please use this link to find their itinerary and answers to frequently asked questions along with the host family application:

https://www.alacartetravel.com/carson-french-exchange-2020. 

If interested, please sign up as soon as possible so we are sure to have enough families to welcome them!

We will hold a host family parent meeting February 20th at 6:00pm in Trailer 5 (Madame Rosenthal's classroom). It will be an opportunity for host families to have any remaining questions answered.

 

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RCMS Updates - Week of January 27, 2020

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Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Important Upcoming Events

January 27-28 - Teacher Workdays, NO SCHOOL

February 17 - President's Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL

February 25 - Digital Citizenship Expo, Crossfield ES, 6:30PM

Progress Reports & Report Card Distribution

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents January 21-30 during 2nd quarter grading and report card generation. Additionally, the Gradebook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Thursday, January 23, at 4:00PM through Saturday, February 1, at 6:00PM. 

Report cards will be distributed on Friday, January 31, through Panther Time for students to bring home and share with parents/guardians. Please contact your student’s teacher if you would like to discuss any grading concerns.

Emotional and Social Health Lessons

Eighth Grade health classes will begin their Emotional and Social Health lessons on January 29 and will go through February 13.  Students who have been opted out of specific lessons will have alternative assignments during that time. 

2020 Summer VIP Camp @ Longfellow Middle School June 29-July 30, 2020 8:00AM-4:00PM

This year’s Summer VIP Program is open to rising 7th and 8th grade students who will attend  Herndon MS, Hughes MS, Carson MS, Cooper MS or Longfellow MS for the 2020-2021 school year.  Students will participate in a variety of activities including Basketball, Soccer, STEAM, Theater, Science & Programming, and Cooking.  Optional transportation will be provided to and from the VIP Location Site (Longfellow MS).  Breakfast and lunch will also be provided daily.

Please email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu with any questions.  Payment and registration can be made through My School Bucks at your child’s school’s website, which will open on April 1, 2020.  You can also check the RCMS After School website for updates.

Call for Judges

The Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair for High School students will be held March 20-22, 2020 at Robinson High School.  Fair organizers are in search of qualified judges who hold an advanced degree or possess extensive academic and/or professional experience in the STEAM fields.  Interested persons may apply here. More fair information can be found at www.fcps.edu/sciencefair.

 

Order Your Yearbook!

2019-2020 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com.

The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00.  After February 1, the base price will increase to $35.00.

Yearbooks will be distributed during the last week of school.

Save the date for the Oakton Pyramid Digital Citizenship Expo!

Join all of the Oakton Pyramid Schools at Crossfield Elementary School as we present our 4th Annual Digital Citizenship Expo: Supporting Families in a Digital World, Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology! On February 25th, from 6:30-8:30PM. This event will provide resources and information to parents and students on how to help students develop a healthy relationship with technology. This year, parents may choose to have their children in 4th grade and above attend sessions with them. Child care will be available for children aged 5-10. Translation will be available. More information will be forthcoming as we near the date.

The schools in the Oakton Pyramid are Crossfield Elementary, Mosby Woods Elementary, Navy Elementary, Oakton Elementary, Waples Mill Elementary, Rachel Carson Middle School, and Oakton High School.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

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From FCPS Institute for the Arts (IFTA):  Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts starting on February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve! Visit the FCPS IFTA website at Institute for the Arts or follow IFTA on social media! 

From South Lakes HS:  Any rising 9th grade student and parents of those students who would like to learn more about the South Lakes High School Choral program should attend ‘Choir for A Night’ on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 7-8:30 PM in the Choir room at South Lakes High School.

Sign up by February 5, 2020: https://forms.gle/kz9uyqyQcYNQPcvV9

The evening will include games, singing, meet & greets, Q&A for both parents and students! Contact Rita Gigliotti (SLHS Choral Director) with any questions: ragigliotti@fcps.edu

 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of January 20, 2020

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Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Important Upcoming Events

January 20 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 23 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

January 24 - End of Second Quarter

January 27-28 - Teacher Workdays, NO SCHOOL

February 25 - Digital Citzenship Expo, Crossfield ES, 6:30PM

Progress Reports & Report Card Distribution

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents January 21-30 during 2nd quarter grading and report card generation. Additionally, the Gradebook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Thursday, January 23, at 4:00PM through Saturday, February 1, at 6:00PM. 

Report cards will be distributed on Friday, January 31, through Panther Time for students to bring home and share with parents/guardians. Please contact your student’s teacher if you would like to discuss any grading concerns.

Emotional and Social Health Lessons

Eighth Grade health classes will begin their Emotional and Social Health lessons on January 29 and will go through February 13.  Students who have been opted out of specific lessons will have alternative assignments during that time. 

IB/Curriculum Night at South Lakes HS

South Lakes High School will host Curriculum Night on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 6:30PM.  As part of this evening, there will be a break-out session for parents interested in learning more about the IB program at SLHS at 7:00PM.  Please visit the South Lakes High School  website for more information:

Order Your Yearbook!

2019-2020 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com.

The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00.  After February 1, the base price will increase to $35.00.

Yearbooks will be distributed during the last week of school.

Save the date for the Oakton Pyramid Digital Citizenship Expo!

Join all of the Oakton Pyramid Schools at Crossfield Elementary School as we present our 4th Annual Digital Citizenship Expo: Supporting Families in a Digital World, Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology! On February 25th, from 6:30-8:30PM. This event will provide resources and information to parents and students on how to help students develop a healthy relationship with technology. This year, parents may choose to have their children in 4th grade and above attend sessions with them. Child care will be available for children aged 5-10. Translation will be available. More information will be forthcoming as we near the date.

The schools in the Oakton Pyramid are Crossfield Elementary, Mosby Woods Elementary, Navy Elementary, Oakton Elementary, Waples Mill Elementary, Rachel Carson Middle School, and Oakton High School.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

 

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RCMS Updates - Week of January 13, 2020

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Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Important Upcoming Events

 

January 16 - Curriculum Night for RISING 7th GRADERS

January 20 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 23 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

January 27-28 - Teacher Workdays, NO SCHOOL

GPS Bracelets/Devices

A parent or guardian who wishes for their child to wear a bracelet or device with GPS capabilities, such as an AngelSense, to school must now request principal approval for the device. Parents or guardians should utilize the new Request for Principal's Approval For Student Use Of GPS Bracelet/Device (SS/SE-349), located on the internet and intranet. If the device also includes communication features, parents must agree to disable these features during the school day and, if applicable, while on the school bus. After receiving the request, principals should complete the bottom portion of the form, file it in the student’s scholastic record, and provide a copy of the completed form to the parent or guardian. A new request needs to be completed before each school year begins.

Yearbook information

2019-2020 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com or www.Yearbookforever.com

The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. The base price will increase after Feb 1st to $35.00.

Yearbooks will be distributed during the last week of school.

Getting Ready for 2020-2021: Carson Student Services is excited to begin meeting with your students to register them for next year’s courses!

2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 9th Graders -  This past week high school counselors met with our 8th graders to discuss topics such as diploma options, elective courses, and differences between general education and honors classes. Starting this week, Carson counselors will be meeting with students during science classes for academic advising and reviewing course selections. After meeting with their counselor, 8th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet. 

2020-2021 Course Registration for Rising 8th Graders – Carson’s 7th graders learned about choosing their courses in Panther Time on Friday, January 10. This week counselors will start meeting with 7th graders for academic advising and reviewing course selections.  After meeting with their counselor, 7th graders will be bringing home the course selection sheet. 

New for this year, all students are now able to enter their course selections on their own through SIS StudentVue prior to meeting with counselors. Parents will also be able to view their student’s course selections in ParentVUE when they are entered.

NOTE: We will be finalizing schedules and placements throughout the late spring and summer months. If you have any questions please contact your child’s school counselor.

Helpful Links:

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/student-services/academic-advisingcourse-registration

8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access:

We are in need of volunteers to help facilitate the 8th grade field trips to Finance Park.  This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we need your help. This is not your typical field trip.  You arrive at the facility (Frost MS) at 7:45AM, one hour ahead of the students to receive training.  Once the kids arrive, you are stationed in a storefront to facilitate the decision making with them. Your volunteer commitment ends at 1:00PM.

This is a real life simulation where the kids "play an adult" for the day. They are given a salary and a credit score and create a monthly budget.  They move throughout the park paying bills and making economic decisions!  It is a wonderful experience for them and for the parent volunteers! 

We need volunteers the following date:

  • January 22, 2020 Dolphins Team
If you are available to help with your student's team, please complete the Volunteer Hub below:

 VolunteerHub Parent Access & Instructions

 Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your student’s field trip to JA Finance Park® Fairfax County!

Sign up to volunteer for this unique experience at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax

Logging In for the First Time:

Navigate to myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the green “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.

  1. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
  2. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
  3. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
  4. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

Finding and Registering For Your School:

    1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
    2. Enter the name of your student’s school: Carson Middle School
    3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
    4. Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
    5. Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
  • Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.

We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!

Online Campus Summer 2020

FCPS Online Campus summer courses will be available to eligible high and middle school students who meet prerequisites and technical requirements.  Students may take one online course for first time or repeat credit.  Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first-high school level mathematics course.  Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.
Program information is available at Summer Learning (https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning).
Registration for summer Online Campus courses opens January 6, 2020.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

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From South Lakes HS:  The South Lakes Athletic Boosters are sponsoring a Dance Clinic! Come see what it is like to be a part of the South Lakes High School Varsity Dance Team! We will practice together on January 27 and then perform at a home basketball game on February 7!  The cost of the clinic includes a t-shirt for us all to perform in together!

Registration: https://southlakehscamps.jumbula.com/#/home

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RCMS Updates - Week of January 6, 2020

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Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Important Upcoming Events

January 6 - School resumes (A Day)

January 8 - Oakton HS Curriculum Night (at OHS)

January 8 - South Lakes HS Curriculum Night (at SLHS)

January 9 - Chantilly HS Curriculum Night (at CHS)

January 9 - Westfield HS Curriculum Night (at WHS)

January 10 - High school counselors visit (8th Graders)

January 10 - SCA Skate Night, SkateQuest Reston, 7:30PM

January 16 - Curriculum Night for RISING 7th GRADERS

January 20 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Safe Morning Arrivals

We hope you had a great winter break.

 One of our resolutions at Carson is to alleviate high volumes of kiss and ride traffic during morning drop-off.  Please consider using FCPS bus transportation for your students if they have a bus assignment, to allow students without an FCPS bus assignment a safe and timely kiss and ride experience. 

Student(s) who arrive late from the kiss and ride drop off will be considered unexcused. 

 Thank you again for considering the bus as the first option for your student where possible.

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website.  Referral can be submitted to Brenda Humphrey at any time up through January 9. 

SCA Skate Night Friday, January 10, 2020 SkateQuest, Reston 7:30-9:30PM Tickets: $10.00 at the door (includes skate rental)

Bring your friends and family for a fun night on the ice!

Student Services Updates

For your planning purposes, please make note of the following registration events in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year:

Rising 9th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information - Please see individual school sites for additional details.

Oakton HS Curriculum Night - Wednesday, January 8, at Oakton HS

South Lakes Curriculum  Night – Wednesday, January 8, at South Lakes HS

Chantilly HS Curriculum Night – Thursday, January 9, at Chantilly HS

Westfield HS Curriculum Night- Thursday, January 9, at Westfield HS

High schools may also have planned breakout sessions for specialized programs such as Special Education or ESOL.  Be sure to visit your child's high school website for specific details.  In addition to these high school sponsored events, high school counselors from Oakton, South Lakes, Chantilly, and Westfield high schools will be meeting with students on Friday, January 10, during our Panther Time block (10:00-10:30AM).  Students will bring home course selection sheets and will meet with Carson counselors to discuss course registrations during the months of January and February.

Rising 8th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Carson counselors will conduct course presentations in mid-February and will continue to work with students and families through mid-March to complete this process.

Rising 7th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Rachel Carson Curriculum Night and Elective Showcase – Thursday, January 18, 2020 at Rachel Carson Middle School from 5:45PM - 8:00PM

Rachel Carson Tour  for Rising 7th grade students – February 5-7 from 9:50-11:20AM. Students are transported to Rachel Carson from feeder elementary schools for this event.

For more information please refer to the Student Services Website. https://carsonms.fcps.edu/student-services/academic-advisingcourse-registration

8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access:

We are in need of volunteers to help facilitate the 8th grade field trips to Finance Park.  This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we need your help. This is not your typical field trip.  You arrive at the facility (Frost MS) at 7:45AM, one hour ahead of the students to receive training.  Once the kids arrive, you are stationed in a storefront to facilitate the decision making with them. Your volunteer commitment ends at 1:00PM.

This is a real life simulation where the kids "play an adult" for the day. They are given a salary and a credit score and create a monthly budget.  They move throughout the park paying bills and making economic decisions!  It is a wonderful experience for them and for the parent volunteers! 

We need volunteers the following dates:

  • January 7, 2020  Explorers Team
  • January 8, 2020 Voyagers Team
  • January 9, 2020 Wolves Team
  • January 13, 2020 Xtreme Team
  • January 14, 2020 Yellow Jackets Team
  • January 22, 2020 Dolphins Team
If you are available to help with your student's team, please complete the Volunteer Hub below:

 VolunteerHub Parent Access & Instructions

 Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your student’s field trip to JA Finance Park® Fairfax County!

Sign up to volunteer for this unique experience at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax

Logging In for the First Time:

Navigate to myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the green “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.

  1. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
  2. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
  3. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
  4. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

Finding and Registering For Your School:

    1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
    2. Enter the name of your student’s school: Carson Middle School
    3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
    4. Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
    5. Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
  • Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.

We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!

Online Campus Summer 2020

FCPS Online Campus summer courses will be available to eligible high and middle school students who meet prerequisites and technical requirements.  Students may take one online course for first time or repeat credit.  Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first-high school level mathematics course.  Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.
Program information is available at Summer Learning (https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning).
Registration for summer Online Campus courses opens January 6, 2020.

After School Program Announcements

USTA

The winter session for the USTA (United States Tennis Association) will begin on January 30 and run through March 26.  The cost will be $144.00 for each 8 week session.  There will be 16 students per session.  We will be offering two sessions, a beginner and an intermediate.  The beginner is for first time students to USTA and the intermediate is for returning USTA students and more advanced players.  Registration will open on My School Bucks this Wednesday, January 8.  Please check the RCMS website for additional information.

  • Jan 30 - March 26. 1st session (for new/beginner) 2:25-3:25pm, 2nd session (for returners/intermediate) 3:25-4:25pm.

Fencing

The winter session for the Fairfax Fencers will begin on Monday, February 3 and run through Monday, March 30.  The cost will be $60.00 per student.  Payment for the program will be available on My School Bucks beginning on Wednesday, January 8.  The fencing program is for students with or without prior fencing experience.  There will be 20 slots available for this session.  Please check the RCMS website for additional information.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From South Lakes HS:  The South Lakes Athletic Boosters are sponsoring a Dance Clinic! Come see what it is like to be a part of the South Lakes High School Varsity Dance Team! We will practice together on January 27 and then perform at a home basketball game on February 7!  The cost of the clinic includes a t-shirt for us all to perform in together!

Registration: https://southlakehscamps.jumbula.com/#/home

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Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of December 16, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

December 23-January 3 - Winter Break - RCMS OFFICE CLOSED

January 6 - School resumes (A Day)

January 8 - Oakton HS Curriculum Night (at OHS)

January 8 - South Lakes HS Curriculum Night (at SLHS)

January 9 - Chantilly HS Curriculum Night (at CHS)

January 9 - Westfield HS Curriculum Night (at WHS)

January 10 - High school counselors visit (8th Graders)

 

Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here

We wish you and your family a peaceful season of celebration.  We hope you will use this time to reconnect with family and friends and find some time to relax and recharge.  We look forward to seeing you back at Carson MS on Monday, January 6.

 

Sweet Shoppe - Thank You!

 

All of us at RCMS want to thank the PTA and the students who made our Holiday Sweet Shoppe a success.  Beth Malara, our PTA Hospitality Chair, did a wonderful job coordinating this event, and we appreciate all of the volunteers who contributed.  The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all the staff members at RCMS! For the Safety of All Children

Parents who are dropping off or picking up students during arrival or dismissal should ALWAYS do so via the Kiss and Ride Loop.  Students have been seen being dropped off at the top of the parking lot, forcing them to cross the bus parking lot to reach the school.  This is incredibly dangerous behavior during dark morning hours and busy bus arrival and departure times.  Remember, other drivers may not be able to see your child.

As always, we encourage you to have your child ride the FCPS bus in the morning and afternoon.  Doing so ensures that they arrive to school on time, ready to go, with no unexcused tardies on their permanent attendance record.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website.  Referral can be submitted to Brenda Humphrey at any time up through January 9. 

7th Graders Begin Health Unit

The 7th grade Health & Physical Education students will be starting the Emotional and Social Health portion of the Family Life Education curriculum on Monday, January 6.   If interested, these lessons are available for review online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View/My FCPS Parent.  Opt-out forms are available at https://www.fcps.edu/node/31710 .

Student Services Updates

For your planning purposes, please make note of the following registration events in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year:

Rising 9th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information - Please see individual school sites for additional details.

Oakton HS Curriculum Night - Wednesday, January 8, at Oakton HS

South Lakes Curriculum  Night – Wednesday, January 8, at South Lakes  HS

Chantilly HS Curriculum Night – Thursday, January 9, at Chantilly HS

Westfield HS Curriculum Night- Thursday, January 9, at Westfield HS

In addition to these high school sponsored events, high school counselors from Oakton, South Lakes, Chantilly, and Westfield high schools will be meeting with students on Friday, January 10, during our Panther Time block (10:00-10:30AM).  Students will bring home course selection sheets and will meet with Carson counselors to discuss course registrations during the months of January and February.

Rising 8th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Carson counselors will conduct course presentations in mid-February and will continue to work with students and families through mid-March to complete this process.

Rising 7th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Rachel Carson Curriculum Night and Elective Showcase – Thursday, January 18, 2020 at Rachel Carson Middle School from 5:45PM - 8:00PM

Rachel Carson Tour  for Rising 7th grade students – February 5-7 from 9:50-11:20AM. Students are transported to Rachel Carson from feeder elementary schools for this event.

For more information please refer to the Student Services Website. https://carsonms.fcps.edu/student-services/academic-advisingcourse-registration

8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access:

We are in need of volunteers to help facilitate the 8th grade field trips to Finance Park.  This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we need your help. This is not your typical field trip.  You arrive at the facility (Frost MS) at 7:45AM, one hour ahead of the students to receive training.  Once the kids arrive, you are stationed in a storefront to facilitate the decision making with them. Your volunteer commitment ends at 1:00PM.

This is a real life simulation where the kids "play an adult" for the day. They are given a salary and a credit score and create a monthly budget.  They move throughout the park paying bills and making economic decisions!  It is a wonderful experience for them and for the parent volunteers! 

We need volunteers the following dates:

  • January 7, 2020  Explorers Team
  • January 8, 2020 Voyagers Team
  • January 9, 2020 Wolves Team
  • January 13, 2020 Xtreme Team
  • January 14, 2020 Yellow Jackets Team
  • January 22, 2020 Dolphins Team
If you are available to help with your student's team, please complete the Volunteer Hub below:

 VolunteerHub Parent Access & Instructions

 Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your student’s field trip to JA Finance Park® Fairfax County!

Sign up to volunteer for this unique experience at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax

Logging In for the First Time:

Navigate to myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the green “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.

  1. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
  2. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
  3. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
  4. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

Finding and Registering For Your School:

    1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
    2. Enter the name of your student’s school: Carson Middle School
    3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
    4. Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
    5. Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
  • Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.

We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From South Lakes HS:  The South Lakes Athletic Boosters are sponsoring a Dance Clinic! Come see what it is like to be a part of the South Lakes High School Varsity Dance Team! We will practice together on January 27 and then perform at a home basketball game on February 7!  The cost of the clinic includes a t-shirt for us all to perform in together!

Registration: https://southlakehscamps.jumbula.com/#/home

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of December 9, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

December 9-13 - Book Fair (see hours below)

December 23-January 3 - Winter Break - RCMS OFFICE CLOSED

January 6 - School resumes (A Day)

Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Book Fair December 9-13, RCMS Library

Open Daily 7:15AM-2:30PM

Evening Hours:

Tuesday, December 10, 6:00-8:00PM

Wednesday, December 11, 6:00-9:00PM

Mark your calendars for the PTA-RCMS Book Fair!  This is a great place to come to grow those personal libraries, and books always make great gifts!  Students who wish to make a purchase will be allowed to visit the Book Fair during school hours.  In addition, we invite families to visit during the posted evening hours.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here. All proceeds benefit the RCMS library. See you there!

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website.  Referral can be submitted to Brenda Humphrey at any time up through January 9. 

Holiday Sweet Shoppe Service Hours for Students

The PTA Hospitality Committee is sponsoring a  Holiday Sweet Shoppe for RCMS staff on Thursday, December 12.  This is an event our staff looks forward to every year!  The PTA is requesting donations of homemade treats.  All items should be dropped off on December 12, by 7:30AM in the main office.  Participating students are eligible for 2 service hours.  Please see donation details at Holiday Sweet Shoppe Sign-Up

Student Services Updates

For your planning purposes, please make note of the following registration events in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year:

Rising 9th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information - Please see individual school sites for additional details.

Oakton HS Curriculum Night - Wednesday, January 8, at Oakton HS

South Lakes Curriculum  Night – Wednesday, January 8, at South Lakes  HS

Chantilly HS Curriculum Night – Thursday, January 9, at Chantilly HS

Westfield HS Curriculum Night- Thursday, January 9, at Westfield HS

In addition to these high school sponsored events, high school counselors from Oakton, South Lakes, Chantilly, and Westfield high schools will be meeting with students on Friday, January 10, during our Panther Time block (10:00-10:30AM).  Students will bring home course selection sheets and will meet with Carson counselors to discuss course registrations during the months of January and February.

Rising 8th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Carson counselors will conduct course presentations in mid-February and will continue to work with students and families through mid-March to complete this process.

Rising 7th Grade Academic Advising and Course Registration Information

Rachel Carson Curriculum Night and Elective Showcase – Thursday, January 18, 2020 at Rachel Carson Middle School from 5:45PM - 8:00PM

Rachel Carson Tour  for Rising 7th grade students – February 5-7 from 9:50-11:20AM. Students are transported to Rachel Carson from feeder elementary schools for this event.

For more information please refer to the Student Services Website. https://carsonms.fcps.edu/student-services/academic-advisingcourse-registration

8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access:

We are in need of volunteers to help facilitate the 8th grade field trips to Finance Park.  This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we need your help. This is not your typical field trip.  You arrive at the facility (Frost MS) at 7:45AM, one hour ahead of the students to receive training.  Once the kids arrive, you are stationed in a storefront to facilitate the decision making with them. Your volunteer commitment ends at 1:00PM.

This is a real life simulation where the kids "play an adult" for the day. They are given a salary and a credit score and create a monthly budget.  They move throughout the park paying bills and making economic decisions!  It is a wonderful experience for them and for the parent volunteers! 

We need volunteers the following dates:

  • January 7, 2020  Explorers Team
  • January 8, 2020 Voyagers Team
  • January 9, 2020 Wolves Team
  • January 13, 2020 Xtreme Team
  • January 14, 2020 Yellow Jackets Team
  • January 22, 2020 Dolphins Team
If you are available to help with your student's team, please complete the Volunteer Hub below:

 VolunteerHub Parent Access & Instructions

 Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your student’s field trip to JA Finance Park® Fairfax County!

Sign up to volunteer for this unique experience at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax

Logging In for the First Time:

Navigate to myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the green “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.

  1. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
  2. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
  3. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
  4. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

Finding and Registering For Your School:

    1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
    2. Enter the name of your student’s school: Carson Middle School
    3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
    4. Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
    5. Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
  • Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.

We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

 

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Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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