RCMS Weekly Updates-Week of April 8, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

April 15-19 - Spring Break; RCMS Offices Closed

April 25 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

April 15-19 is Spring Break!

RCMS Offices will be closed for the week.

Please enjoy this time with family and friends!

3rd Quarter Report Cards

As a reminder report cards will be sent home with students on Friday, April 12.  Don’t forget to ask your child for his/her report card on Friday, April 12, 2019.  If you do not receive a report card, please contact the Student Services office at 703-925-3613. If you have specific questions concerning your child’s grades, contact his/her teacher directly.

NEED A SIS PARENTVUE ACCOUNT OR CANNOT REMEMBER YOUR USER NAME:   Click on this link:  https://itweb.fcps.edu/ParentView/index.cfm

DO NOT REMEMBER THE PASSWORD:  Click on this link and select “Forgot Password”: https://sisparent.fcps.edu/PVUE/login_parent_pxp_ovr2.aspx?regenerateSessionId=True

SIS ParentVUE and SIS StudentVUE can also be accessed using a Mobile App, such as iPhone, iPad or Android device. Click on this link: https://www.fcps.edu/node/31843

8th Grade Celebration Tickets Now on Sale

NEON NIGHTS will be here before you know it!  Online ticket sales began Monday, April 8; ticket price is $20. Ticket prices will increase to $25 on May 28.  In-person sales will only take place for 3 days in late May, so don't wait!  8th Grade Celebration Tickets

This year's 8th grade celebration will be held on June 12, 2018 from 6:30-9:00PM.  This fun-filled, festive send off for our 8th graders will include a DJ, karaoke, inflatables, photo booth, and plenty of refreshments!    It's sure to be a night of fun and friends that students won't want to miss! 

National Junior Honor Society Information

8th Grade Members: The NJHS service hour deadline is Friday, May 3rd. In order to be eligible to attend the spring medal ceremony, all 10 NJHS service hours must be verified in x2VOL by no later than 2:15PM on Friday, May 3rd. NJHS service hours must be completed at an FCPS school for a school-sponsored activity/event. More information regarding requirements and deadlines is posted in the NJHS Google Classroom. Students should contact their team liaison if they have questions about their NJHS service hours.

7th Grade Students: Information about applying to NJHS will be emailed to eligible students’ fcpsschools.net email addresses in mid-May. The NJHS recognizes students for excellence in Scholarship, Character, Leadership, Citizenship, and Service.  Membership in the society indicates that a student attains, demonstrates, and promotes all of these qualities.  All seventh grade students who have maintained a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the first three quarters of seventh grade will be invited to complete an application. The 3.5 GPA is calculated by the county office and not at RCMS.  The query used to calculate a 3.5 uses 3.4999.  Any average below the 3.4999 is not considered a 3.5. Please contact your counselor if you have questions about your GPA. Students cannot begin earning NJHS service hours until after they have been accepted and inducted into the organization.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

From Crossfield ES: To celebrate the 30th anniversary, Crossfield is throwing open its doors to invite the community in for a STEAM event featuring hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics related activities and fun. This drop-in event is Saturday, May 4, from 10-2 with Food Trucks, Rocket Launches, an Inflatable Planetarium, and more. Bring your family and friends.

From Oakton HS: Rising Oakton High School Freshmen Cougar Color Guard Evening Interest Meetings and Spin Clinics:  Sabers and Rifles and Flags – OH MY!  Pass this to rising Cougar Freshmen so they can find out how they can make 125 life-long friends in music, art, and pageantry before the first day of school as a part of a great team. Let them join the Cougar family quickly by being part of the award-winning Oakton High School Color Guard and Marching Cougars, and build their confidence - no experience necessary. Join us April 29th at 6:00-7:30 p.m. at OHS Door #6 and April 30th at 7:30 p.m. at OHS Door #6 to learn basic skills and how to represent Oakton High School under the Friday Night Lights and in region-wide competition. Coach Strebeck will provide information and answer questions.  Go to https://www.oaktonbands.org/colorguard/ and learn more about this great opportunity. Contact Coach Strebeck (mrstrebeck@fcps.edu) for more information.

From Oakton HS: 

OHS Dance Team 2019-20 Tryout Information Meeting: If you are interested in trying out for the Oakton High School Dance Team for the 2019-20 season, there will be an informational meeting Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30PM in the OHS library.  Coach Rowley will give out tryout information and answer questions about the team and the tryout process.

OHS Dance Team 2019-20 Tryouts: If you love to dance and want to be involved in your school, come tryout for the Oakton High School Dance Team!  Tryouts will be held April 22-25 and April 29-May 2, 2019 for the 2019-20 team selection.  Not sure if you have all of the skills for dance team??  Come to tryouts anyway!  You will have the opportunity to learn skills there, and dancers are often selected based on potential ability to pick up the needed skills!  Go to http://oaktonathletics.org (Fall/Dance/Varsity) for a Tryout Packet.

From Westfield HS:  Westfield HS will host a Parent Coffee for parents of rising 9th graders on Friday, April 26, at 9:00AM in the Lecture Hall. Get a chance to meet the Principal, Assistant Principals, and Counselors and get your questions answered about the transition from Middle School to Westfield HS.  Questions may be emailed in advance (to be answered at the Parent Coffee) to:  Snwilliams1@fcps.edu.

From Oakton HS:  The Oakton High School Athletic Training Program is offering an opportunity for students to receive a sports health screening and pre-participation physical (PPE) on Monday May 13, 2019 from 5:30-8:00PM. . To register visit https://www.fcps.edu/athletic.preparticipation.screenings and follow the links for sports physicals.

From South Lakes HS: Are you an 8th grader interested in joining the South Lakes Dance Team? There will be auditions for the fall dance team on May 7, 8, and 9 at South Lakes High School in the auxiliary gym from 3:15-5:30PM. There will also be a required interest meeting on April 25 at South Lakes in room 263 at 3:15PM to find out about how auditions will be conducted. If you have any questions about the dance team, please contact Ms. Marinucci at South Lakes High School.

From Westfield HS PTSA: Westfield High School PTSA invites you to attend an evening presentation about teenage stress and anxiety: Tuesday, April 9, 7:00PM. Our meeting will begin with Westfield High School PTSA agenda items. The presentation will begin at 7:30pm.

Unraveling Teenage Angst: Stress and Anxiety in the iGen World

We don't need to see the numbers to know that student stress and anxiety appears to be at an all-time high. During this workshop, we will share the latest research on stress and anxiety especially as it applies to the current generation, we'll delve into the mysteries and intricacies of the teenage brain and we will offer strategies and resources that can be great to use one on one with teens at home.

From Westfield HS:  Register your child for Westfield Theatre's Young Actors Studio being held at Westfield High School from July 22-26, 2019 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.  This performing arts workshop is for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students who want to learn higher level theatre skills, including audition and performance techniques.  Click on the following link to complete your registration and submit your payment to secure your spot today!

Register for Westfield Theater's Young Actors Studio

From Westfield HS: freshmen interested in playing field hockey at Westfield High School next year please contact Coach Barthold at dgbarthold@fcps.edu. We will begin our spring conditioning on Monday, April 29-May 23, 3:30-4:15 in the gymnastics room. Even if you have never played or just thinking about it, come join us and meet some players and coaches!  Bulldog Field Hockey Camp is also a great way to get involved. Camp runs June 10-13, 5-8pm.  Sign up here - https://goo.gl/forms/YT8Zniy152I6IYld2 -- Go Bulldogs!

From Westfield HS: The Westfield Football Staff and Players will be holding a youth football camp at Westfield June 17-20 from 5:30-8:00. For more information, visit westfieldathletics.org.

 

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RCMS Weekly Updates-Week of April 1, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

April 4 - End of 3rd Quarter

April 5 - Teacher Workday, No School for Students

April 8 - Ticket Sales Begin - 8th Grade End of Year Celebration

April 15-19 - Spring Break; RCMS Offices Closed

Attention Parents of Middle School Students–College Financial Aid Awareness Workshops to Be Held in March and April

College Access Fairfax is holding Financial Awareness workshops to help middle school parents get a jump on understanding the financial aid process for post-secondary education. The program will provide general information on what financial aid is, how it is determined and what parents can do now to prepare. The workshops are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on:

  • March 28 at Herndon Middle School.
  • April 4 at Key Middle School.
  • April 8 at South County Middle School.
  • April 10 at Jackson Middle School.
  • April 24 at Lanier Middle School.
  • April 25 at Whitman Middle School.

Interested parents should register to attend on the College Access Fairfax website

Dress Code Reminders

Spring has arrived.  As the weather gets warmer, students often like to show off the latest clothing trends and fashions.  Some of these fashions are not always appropriate for the school setting.  So far this year, we have really appreciated our students’ attention to wearing the proper attire to school.  We want to maintain that mindset as we reach the final months of the year. 

We certainly want for students to dress in an appropriate way for school.  We expect that all student attire comply with the dress code outlined in the FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities book.  This is intended to help minimize distractions and keep the focus on our positive learning environment. 

Per the dress code, any clothing or accessories worn should not:

•    Display vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene language or images
•    Promote illegal or violent conduct
•    Contain threats or gang symbols
•    Promote the unlawful use of weapons, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or drug paraphernalia
•    Expose cleavage, private parts, the midriff, or undergarments, and in the case of pants, the waistband should not fall below the hips 
•    Contain studs
•    Be see-through
•    Include caps or other head coverings unless required for religious or medical reasons.

 

Family Life Education

Human Growth and Development lessons will begin next week, April 9-12.  This unit will be presented to all 7th and 8th graders through their PE class.  Please direct any questions regarding this unit to your child's Health and PE teacher.

FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 Parent View: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle

French exchange students, RCMS host students, and staff members gather for a photo! National Junior Honor Society Information

8th Grade Members: The NJHS service hour deadline is Friday, May 3rd. In order to be eligible to attend the spring medal ceremony, all 10 NJHS service hours must be verified in x2VOL by no later than 2:15PM on Friday, May 3rd. NJHS service hours must be completed at an FCPS school for a school-sponsored activity/event. More information regarding requirements and deadlines is posted in the NJHS Google Classroom. Students should contact their team liaison if they have questions about their NJHS service hours.

7th Grade Students: Information about applying to NJHS will be emailed to eligible students’ fcpsschools.net email addresses in mid-May. The NJHS recognizes students for excellence in Scholarship, Character, Leadership, Citizenship, and Service.  Membership in the society indicates that a student attains, demonstrates, and promotes all of these qualities.  All seventh grade students who have maintained a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the first three quarters of seventh grade will be invited to complete an application. The 3.5 GPA is calculated by the county office and not at RCMS.  The query used to calculate a 3.5 uses 3.4999.  Any average below the 3.4999 is not considered a 3.5. Please contact your counselor if you have questions about your GPA. Students cannot begin earning NJHS service hours until after they have been accepted and inducted into the organization.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

From Coates ES:  If your child attended Coates Elementary School, please take note:  Lutie Lewis Coates ES will hold its 10th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00AM-1:00PM at the school.  The event features a dance party for students from 10:00AM-12:00PM, video and picture displays that highlight the opening of the school and it’s history, and events for alumnus.  Special guests will give remarks at 12:00PM before unveiling the campus’ s new boulder feature (to become a mural) and enjoying birthday cake.  Join us!

From Westfield HS PTSA: Westfield High School PTSA invites you to attend an evening presentation about teenage stress and anxiety: Tuesday, April 9, 7:00PM. Our meeting will begin with Westfield High School PTSA agenda items. The presentation will begin at 7:30pm.

Unraveling Teenage Angst: Stress and Anxiety in the iGen World

We don't need to see the numbers to know that student stress and anxiety appears to be at an all-time high. During this workshop, we will share the latest research on stress and anxiety especially as it applies to the current generation, we'll delve into the mysteries and intricacies of the teenage brain and we will offer strategies and resources that can be great to use one on one with teens at home.

From Westfield HS:  Register your child for Westfield Theatre's Young Actors Studio being held at Westfield High School from July 22-26, 2019 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.  This performing arts workshop is for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students who want to learn higher level theatre skills, including audition and performance techniques.  Click on the following link to complete your registration and submit your payment to secure your spot today!

Register for Westfield Theater's Young Actors Studio

From Westfield HS: freshmen interested in playing field hockey at Westfield High School next year please contact Coach Barthold at dgbarthold@fcps.edu. We will begin our spring conditioning on Monday, April 29-May 23, 3:30-4:15 in the gymnastics room. Even if you have never played or just thinking about it, come join us and meet some players and coaches!  Bulldog Field Hockey Camp is also a great way to get involved. Camp runs June 10-13, 5-8pm.  Sign up here - https://goo.gl/forms/YT8Zniy152I6IYld2 -- Go Bulldogs!

From Westfield HS: The Westfield Football Staff and Players will be holding a youth football camp at Westfield June 17-20 from 5:30-8:00. For more information, visit westfieldathletics.org.

 

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RCMS Weekly Updates-Week of March 25, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

March 28 - PTA Meeting, 6:30PM, RCMS Library

March 28 - SCA Scoop Night, 3:30-7:30PM, Franklin Farm Baskin Robbins

March 29 - PTA Skate Night, 7:30-9:30PM, Skate Quest, Reston

April 4 - End of 3rd Quarter

April 5 - Teacher Workday, No School for Students

April 8 - Ticket Sales Begin - 8th Grade End of Year Celebration

Family Engagement Survey

FCPS Values Your Opinion

On March 24, you should have received an invitation from Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools to participate in the 2019 FCPS Family Engagement Survey!

We would love for you to complete the survey letting us know how we are doing in the areas of:

  • Communicating.
  • Providing you opportunities to partner.
  • Developing positive relationships.
  • Ensuring student success and more.

The survey will be available March 24- April 12.

The information we learn from you will help us strengthen family engagement and continue fostering a Caring Culture throughout FCPS.

There are 3 ways you can complete the survey.

  1. Check your email after March 24 for an invitation with a survey link from Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent with subject line: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.
  2. Ask the front office staff for a paper survey. You can complete it right there on the spot.
  3. Complete the online survey using one of the school computers. The office staff would be happy to show you an available computer for you to complete the survey electronically at the school.

We honor your opinion and commitment to your child and our schools. We strive to make it a better place for ALL!

For more information, please contact your child’s school.

Attention Parents of Middle School Students–College Financial Aid Awareness Workshops to Be Held in March and April

College Access Fairfax is holding Financial Awareness workshops to help middle school parents get a jump on understanding the financial aid process for post-secondary education. The program will provide general information on what financial aid is, how it is determined and what parents can do now to prepare. The workshops are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on:

  • March 28 at Herndon Middle School.
  • April 4 at Key Middle School.
  • April 8 at South County Middle School.
  • April 10 at Jackson Middle School.
  • April 24 at Lanier Middle School.
  • April 25 at Whitman Middle School.

Interested parents should register to attend on the College Access Fairfax website

PTA Skate Night Fundraiser

Come one come all!  Enjoy season ending ice skating opportunity with RCMS family and friends!

Friday, March 29, 2019

7:30-9:30PM

Skate Quest,1800 Michael Faraday Court, Reston

Tickets $12 (purchase at the door)

SCA Baskin Robbins Fundraiser

The SCA will be having a scoop night on Thursday, March 28 from 3:30-7:30PM at the Baskin Robbins in the Franklin Farm Shopping Center. RCMS staff members will be scooping ice cream, constructing sundaes, and spinning milkshakes. Mark your calendars and join us! 15% of the proceeds will go to the SCA.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

From Edison HS: Edison Theatre Company presents Dracula: An Undead Romance

March 28-30 at 7:00PM
March 30 at 2:00PM

$10 adult/$5 student.  Tickets may be purchased online at edisondrama.com or at the door, Edison HS, 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.

From Annandale HS: Annandale Theater Company will present Seussical the Musical, March 28-30 at 7:00PM, and on March 30 at 2:00PM.  Tickets may be purchased at Annandaletheatre.org. AHS Auditorium, 4700 Medford Drive, Annandale, VA.

From Westfield HS:  Register your child for Westfield Theatre's Young Actors Studio being held at Westfield High School from July 22-26, 2019 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.  This performing arts workshop is for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students who want to learn higher level theatre skills, including audition and performance techniques.  Click on the following link to complete your registration and submit your payment to secure your spot today!

Register for Westfield Theater's Young Actors Studio

From Westfield HS: freshmen interested in playing field hockey at Westfield High School next year please contact Coach Barthold at dgbarthold@fcps.edu. We will begin our spring conditioning on Monday, April 29-May 23, 3:30-4:15 in the gymnastics room. Even if you have never played or just thinking about it, come join us and meet some players and coaches!  Bulldog Field Hockey Camp is also a great way to get involved. Camp runs June 10-13, 5-8pm.  Sign up here - https://goo.gl/forms/YT8Zniy152I6IYld2 -- Go Bulldogs!

From Westfield HS: The Westfield Football Staff and Players will be holding a youth football camp at Westfield June 17-20 from 5:30-8:00. For more information, visit westfieldathletics.org.

 

 

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RCMS Weekly Updates-Week of March 18, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

March 22 -  Carson vs. Lanier Basketball Games, RCMS Gym, 6:00-9:00PM

March 28 - PTA Meeting, 6:30PM, RCMS Library

March 28 - SCA Scoop Night, 3:30-7:30PM, Franklin Farm Baskin Robbins

March 29 - PTA Skate Night, 7:30-9:30PM, Skate Quest, Reston

April 8 - Ticket Sales Begin - 8th Grade End of Year Celebration

RCMS Student Achievements

The past couple of months have been busy ones for our students as they continue to excel both inside and outside of the classroom.  Many of them are participating in extra curricular activities and are bringing home great success stories:

Science Bowl Team

Placed 1st at Regionals and have qualified to compete at Nationals April 25-29, 2019

Math Counts Team

Finished 3rd in the Virginia State Competition held in Richmond, VA

Chess Team

State Champions at the Virginia Scholastic Chess Championship, K-8 Team

Debate Team

Finished in 1st Place at the 4th National Capital Debate League Tournament

Congratulations to all our competitors!

 

PTA Skate Night Fundraiser

Come one come all!  Enjoy season ending ice skating opportunity with RCMS family and friends!

Friday, March 29, 2019

7:30-9:30PM

Skate Quest,1800 Michael Faraday Court, Reston

Tickets $12 (purchase at the door)

  NEON NIGHTS will be here before you know it! Ticket sales kick off soon!

This year's 8th grade celebration will be held on June 12, 2019, from 6:30-9:00PM.  This fun-filled, festive send-off for our 8th graders will include a DJ, karaoke, inflatables, photo booth, and plenty of refreshments!  Be sure to get your ticket early; online ticket sales begin on April 8 at a cost of $20.  Ticket prices will increase to $25 on May 28.  In-person sales will only take place for 3 days in late May, so don't wait!  It's sure to be a night of fun and friends that students won't want to miss! 

SCA Baskin Robbins Fundraiser

The SCA will be having a scoop night on Thursday, March 28 from 3:30-7:30PM at the Baskin Robbins in the Franklin Farm Shopping Center. RCMS staff members will be scooping ice cream, constructing sundaes, and spinning milkshakes. Mark your calendars and join us! 15% of the proceeds will go to the SCA.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

From South Lakes HS: Rising 9th grade students are invited to South Lakes High School March 21 at 3:15PM to meet with 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 program at South Lakes High School – our fabulous students. We look forward to meeting our future Seahawks!

From Westfield HS: Rising freshman interested in playing freshman football at Westfield High School next year should contact Coach Shepherd via email at jkshepherd@fcps.edu.  We will begin our spring conditioning program for football on Monday, March 25 at 6:00PM in the Westfield weight room.  Check the website for important dates and information about the football program:  www.westfieldathletics.org Go Bulldogs!

From Edison HS: Edison Theatre Company presents Dracula: An Undead Romance

March 28-30 at 7:00PM
March 30 at 2:00PM

$10 adult/$5 student.  Tickets may be purchased online at edisondrama.com or at the door, Edison HS, 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.

From Westfield HS:  Register your child for Westfield Theatre's Young Actors Studio being held at Westfield High School from July 22-26, 2019 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.  This performing arts workshop is for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students who want to learn higher level theatre skills, including audition and performance techniques.  Click on the following link to complete your registration and submit your payment to secure your spot today!

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New Vaping Webpage for Students

Vaping: What Students Should Know is now live: https://www.fcps.edu/vaping. This student-focused webpage provides information about vaping risks, resources, and videos featuring FCPS students.

The FDA and Surgeon General have stated that e-cigarette use is an epidemic among American youth. Relatedly, FCPS is continuing to see a sharp increase in the number of students using vaping devices during the school day.

Many students believe e-cigarettes are harmless, but that is not true. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can impact adolescent brain development beyond the teen years. Some e-cigarettes also contain other harmful chemicals. While usage is primarily seen at the high school level, middle school students are also engaging in this harmful activity.

As a reminder, FCPS’ Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) was updated in September 2018 to include vaping as a prohibited activity. Students found in possession of or using vape products on school grounds will participate in an FCPS intervention program and may receive disciplinary consequences. Students may face additional sanctions if they participate in a sport or activity where the Virginia High School League (VHSL) participation agreement is in place.

Momo Challenge

It has come to our attention that a “game” called the Momo Challenge has begun appearing on social media, primarily through WhatsApp. Although believed to be a viral hoax, the game targets primarily elementary aged children, and engages the “players” in a series of increasingly dangerous tasks, including self-harming acts. A message to alert parents (below) has been created for your reference and/or use in upcoming newsletters or other communication you will have with parents.

In Fairfax County schools, county agencies and families are working together to create an environment where children and youth can safely learn, work, and play. Similar to our message containing information about the 13 Reasons Why NETFLIX program and the Blue Whale Challenge, we are sending this communication to alert you to a recent rise in new games and social media challenges that encourage young people to participate in harmful behavior.

One example of this is a potentially harmful game called the “Momo Challenge" that has reportedly been posted on different social media platforms to include WhatsApp and assigns players a series of progressively more intense tasks, to include self-harm. It is important to note that the Momo Challenge is a hoax that has received a significant amount of media attention.

This hoax has been seen across the United States in recent months, targeting primarily elementary aged children. Vigilant parents and guardians in Fairfax County have also reported seeing information about the Momo Challenge or similar games on their children's phones and have alerted school authorities.

Please talk to your child about this type of internet hoax, and check his or her phone or other device for signs of an app or communications with anyone telling them to do specific tasks. This provides an excellent opportunity to remind your child of best practices for internet safety and digital citizenship:

  • Remind your child information shared on social media is not always true and how quickly misinformation can create a panic online.
  • Children should never engage in conversations with strangers online.
  • Be aware of the sites and apps your children are using and know their usernames and passwords.
  • Turn off suggested autoplay on videos to stop children from viewing content they have not selected, and you have not approved.
  • If appropriate, tell your children that Momo is not real and will not hurt them.
  • Encourage open dialogue with them around any concerns.More information about the Momo Challenge and other internet challenges or hoaxes is available at these links: 
  • FCPS has additional resources available on this website: https://www.fcps.edu/node/32086. If you have concerns about your child, please contact your school counselor. Please be aware that a number of mental health resources are available, including Fairfax County Public School resources: School Counseling Services at 571-423- 4420, School Psychology Services at 571-423-4250, and School Social Work Services at 571-423-4300 and Fairfax County resources: Crisis Link Hotline at 703-527-4077, Merrifield Emergency Services 703-573-5679 (available 24/7) or Entry and Referral during business hours at 703-383-8500. The Fairfax County Police Department non-emergency number is 703-691-2131.

 

En las escuelas del condado de Fairfax, las agencias del condado y las familias están trabajando juntas para crear un ambiente en donde los niños y los jóvenes puedan aprender, trabajar y jugar de manera segura. De la misma manera que les enviamos información sobre el programa Por 13 Razones de NETFLIX y el Reto de la Ballena Azul, les estamos enviando esta carta para prevenirlos sobre el reciente aumento de nuevos juegos y retos por medios sociales que estimulan a los jóvenes a participar en conducta dañina.

Un ejemplo de esto es que en diferentes plataformas de medios sociales se ha colgado un juego posiblemente dañino llamado el «Reto Momo» en el cual se les asigna a los jugadores una serie de tareas cada vez más intensas que incluyen la autolesión. Es importante indicar que el Reto Momo es un engaño que ha recibido mucha atención de los medios.

Este engaño ha sido visto en todos los Estados Unidos en los últimos meses y está dirigido principalmente a los niños de primaria. En el condado de Fairfax, padres y tutores legales vigilantes también han denunciado haber visto información sobre el Reto Momo o sobre algún juego similar en el teléfono de sus hijos y han puesto sobre aviso a las autoridades escolares.

Por favor, hablen con su hijo sobre este tipo de engaño en línea y revisen su teléfono o cualquier otro dispositivo que él use para ver si encuentran alguna aplicación o comunicación con alguien que le esté diciendo que haga tareas específicas. Esta es una excelente oportunidad para hablar con su hijo sobre las mejores prácticas para la seguridad en el Internet y la ciudadanía digital.

  • Recuérdenle a su hijo que la información que se comparte en los medios sociales no siempre es verdad y lo rápido que la información errónea puede crear pánico en línea.
  • Los niños nunca deben conversar con desconocidos en línea.
  • Estén al tanto de los sitios de internet y las aplicaciones que sus hijos están usando y sepan su nombre de usuario y contraseña.
  • Apaguen las sugerencias automáticas (autoplay) de los videos para que los niños no vean el contenido que no hayan seleccionado y que ustedes no hayan aprobado.
  • Si es apropiado, díganle a sus hijos que Momo no es real y que no los lastimará.
  • Fomenten el diálogo abierto con ellos sobre cualquier inquietud que tengan.

FCPS tiene recursos adicionales en este sitio web: https://www.fcps.edu/node/32086. Si tienen alguna inquietud sobre su hijo, comuníquense con el orientador escolar de la escuela de su hijo. Tengan presente que tienen a su disposición varios recursos de salud mental; estos incluyen recursos de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax: Servicios de Orientación Escolar 571-423-4420, Servicios de Psicología Escolar 571-423-4250 y Servicios de Trabajo Social 571-423-4300, y recursos del condado de Fairfax: línea de información directa en caso de crisis 703-527-4077, Servicios de Emergencia del Centro Merrifield 703-573-5679 (disponible 24/7) o Admisión y Recomendación durante el horario de oficina 703-383-8500. El número que no es de emergencia del Departamento de Policía del Condado de Fairfax es 703-691-2131.

En estos enlaces encontrarán más información sobre el Reto Momo y sobre otros retos o engaños: 

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RCMS Weekly Updates-Week of March 11, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

March 22 -  Carson vs. Lanier Basketball Games, RCMS Gym, 6:00-9:00PM

March 28 - SCA Scoop Night, 3:30-7:30PM, Franklin Farm Baskin Robbins

March 29 - PTA Skate Night, 7:30-9:30PM, Skate Quest, Reston

April 8 - Ticket Sales Begin - 8th Grade End of Year Celebration

Service Learning Requirements Reminder

FCPS requires students to complete 15 hours of community service: 7 hours were due the first semester (January 11, 2019) and 8 hours are due the second semester (by May 31, 2019). All 15 hours of service learning must take place outside of instructional hours such as: during Panther Time, after school, and/or outside of school. Hours must be entered into X2Vol by the dates listed above.

For additional information please visit the RCMS Service Learning webpage.

PTA Skate Night Fundraiser

Come one come all!  Enjoy season ending ice skating opportunity with RCMS family and friends!

Friday, March 29, 2019

7:30-9:30PM

Skate Quest,1800 Michael Faraday Court, Reston

Tickets $12 (purchase at the door)

  NEON NIGHTS will be here before you know it! Ticket sales kick off soon!

This year's 8th grade celebration will be held on June 12, 2019, from 6:30-9:00PM.  This fun-filled, festive send-off for our 8th graders will include a DJ, karaoke, inflatables, photo booth, and plenty of refreshments!  Be sure to get your ticket early; online ticket sales begin on April 8 at a cost of $20.  Ticket prices will increase to $25 on May 28.  In-person sales will only take place for 3 days in late May, so don't wait!  It's sure to be a night of fun and friends that students won't want to miss! 

SCA Baskin Robbins Fundraiser

The SCA will be having a scoop night on Thursday, March 28 from 3:30-7:30PM at the Baskin Robbins in the Franklin Farm Shopping Center. RCMS staff members will be scooping ice cream, constructing sundaes, and spinning milkshakes. Mark your calendars and join us! 15% of the proceeds will go to the SCA.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

From South Lakes HS: Rising 9th grade students are invited to South Lakes High School March 21 at 3:15PM to meet with 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 program at South Lakes High School – our fabulous students. We look forward to meeting our future Seahawks!

From Westfield HS: Rising freshman interested in playing freshman football at Westfield High School next year should contact Coach Shepherd via email at jkshepherd@fcps.edu.  We will begin our spring conditioning program for football on Monday, March 25 at 6:00 pm in the Westfield weight room.  Check the website for important dates and information about the football program:  www.westfieldathletics.org Go Bulldogs!

From Edison HS: Edison Theatre Company presents Dracula: An Undead Romance

March 28-30 at 7:00PM
March 30 at 2:00PM

$10 adult/$5 student.  Tickets may be purchased online at edisondrama.com or at the door, Edison HS, 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.

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RCMS Weekly Updates-Week of March 4, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

March 6-7 - 8th Grade Writing SOLs

March 11 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal @ 11:15AM

March 28 - SYA Scoop Night, 3:30-7:30PM, Franklin Farms Baskin Robbins

April 8 - Ticket Sales Begin - 8th Grade End of Year Celebration

8th Grade Writing SOL Testing

Eighth grade students will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Grade 8 Writing test on Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7.  The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires that all students in grade 8 take the English: Writing Standards of Learning (SOL) test.  The test has two components:  multiple choice response and short paper response.  In order to obtain a score, your child must complete both components.  If school is delayed or closed on either day due to inclement weather, students will test on the next full day of school. 

It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school on these days.  It is also important that your child have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. 

If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your child’s counselor or the Assessment Coach, Ms. McLoughlin at mamcloughlin@fcps.edu.

February Students of the Month

Attendance

As we are halfway into our school year, we would like to remind parents of some important information about how absences impact student achievement. Both excused and unexcused absences can make it more difficult for your child to keep up, especially in math and reading.  Following FCPS requirements, if your child accrues more than 5 full-day absences, you will be mailed letters home for notification. Please review the following information and contact us with any questions. https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthFlyerforParents.pdf

  NEON NIGHTS will be here before you know it! Ticket sales kick off in just over a month!

This year's 8th grade celebration will be held on June 12, 2018 from 6:30-9:00PM.  This fun-filled, festive send-off for our 8th graders will include a DJ, karaoke, inflatables, photo booth, and plenty of refreshments!  Be sure to get your ticket early; online ticket sales begin on April 8 at a cost of $20.  Ticket prices will increase to $25 on May 28.  In-person sales will only take place for 3 days in late May, so don't wait!  It's sure to be a night of fun and friends that students won't want to miss! 

During the After School Program, students take part in futsal practice.

SCA Baskin Robbins Fundraiser

The SCA will be having a scoop night on Thursday, March 28 from 3:30-7:30PM at the Baskin Robbins in the Franklin Farm Shopping Center. RCMS staff members will be scooping ice cream, constructing sundaes, and spinning milkshakes. Mark your calendars and join us! 15% of the proceeds will go to the SCA.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

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RCMS Weekly Updates-Week of February 25, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

February 27 - Parent Coffee, 9:00AM, RCMS Cafeteria

February 28 - PTA Meeting, 6:30PM, RCMS Library

March 11 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal @ 11:15AM

Parent Coffee Wednesday, February 27 9:00-10:00AM RCMS Cafeteria

Please join us as we delve deeper into the world of Digital Citizenship. The Oakton Student Leadership Team is excited to participate in our upcoming Parent Coffee, speaking on the topic of teens and technology use. Parent Coffee gatherings are open forums where all parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Please take advantage of this excellent opportunity to enhance home-school communication at the secondary level.

  RCMS Jazz Band performing under the direction of Mr. Titus 8th Grade Writing SOL Testing

Eighth grade students will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Grade 8 Writing test on Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7.  The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires that all students in grade 8 take the English: Writing Standards of Learning (SOL) test.  The test has two components:  multiple choice response and short paper response.  In order to obtain a score, your child must complete both components.  If school is delayed or closed on either day due to inclement weather, students will test on the next full day of school. 

It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school on these days.  It is also important that your child have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. 

If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your child’s counselor or the Assessment Coach, Ms. McLoughlin at mamcloughlin@fcps.edu.

SCA Baskin Robbins Fundraiser

The SCA will be having a scoop night on Thursday, March 28 from 3:30-7:30PM at the Baskin Robbins in the Franklin Farm Shopping Center. RCMS staff members will be scooping ice cream, constructing sundaes, and spinning milkshakes. Mark your calendars and join us! 15% of the proceeds will go to the SCA.

  RCMS Celebrated Custodian Appreciation Week February 11-15

Thank you to all our hard-working custodians for everything you do!

School Health Services Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians. The survey has been approved for distribution by the FCPS’ Internal Survey Advisory Committee.

Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

School Health Services Survey – Parents 2019: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/85QGH7C

School Health Services Survey-Parents 2019 (Spanish): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LLSF55F

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will provide the FCHD with valuable information.  Your participation in this important endeavor is appreciated. 

FCPS Schools are Sharing...

From Westfield High School: Place your order TODAY for the Westfield High School Mulch Sale!  Each year they quickly sell out of the high-quality, double shredded mulch, and especially their spreading services. If you order early, you’ll be assured that they’ll deliver your mulch right to your driveway* for only $5 per bag.  Spreading services are also available for only $2.50 per bag but in limited numbers as well.  Go right now to place your order online.  If you do not wish to order online, please download and mail in an order form. (Visit http://ptsa.westfieldhs.org/parents/mulch-event/mulch-order-form.html )  Don’t wait!  Order today!

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RCMS Weekly Updates-Week of February 18, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

February 18 - Presidents Day Holiday - No school

February 25-26 - Spring Picture Days (through PE classes)

February 27 - Parent Coffee, 9:00AM, RCMS Cafeteria

March 11 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal @ 11:15AM

FCPS Family Engagement Survey

Fairfax County Public Schools will be conducting a survey to gather information about family engagement in our schools. Relationships are important to us, and your opinion is critical to help us support your engagement in your child’s education. Your feedback will also help us determine how well we are reaching the goals for Caring Culture we have set in our Strategic Plan. Survey translations will be made available, and the survey can be taken on electronic devices, including smartphones.

Survey administration is scheduled for March 24-April 12, 2019, and you will receive more information about how to take the survey in the near future.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Volunteers Needed

We are in need of a few more volunteers to assist our photographers for Spring Pictures on February 25 and 26.  Half-day time slots are available and vouchers for free picture packages will be offered to all volunteers.  If you can help, please go here to sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0548A9AC29A0F58-spring1

Parent Coffee Wednesday, February 27 9:00-10:00AM RCMS Cafeteria

Please join us as we delve deeper into the world of Digital Citizenship. The Oakton Student Leadership Team is excited to participate in our upcoming Parent Coffee, speaking on the topic of teens and technology use. Parent Coffee gatherings are open forums where all parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Please take advantage of this excellent opportunity to enhance home-school communication at the secondary level.

FCPS Schools are Sharing...

From Westfield High School: Place your order TODAY for the Westfield High School Mulch Sale!  Each year they quickly sell out of the high-quality, double shredded mulch, and especially their spreading services. If you order early, you’ll be assured that they’ll deliver your mulch right to your driveway* for only $5 per bag.  Spreading services are also available for only $2.50 per bag but in limited numbers as well.  Go right now to place your order online.  If you do not wish to order online, please download and mail in an order form. (Visit http://ptsa.westfieldhs.org/parents/mulch-event/mulch-order-form.html )  Don’t wait!  Order today!

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School Environment Survey Coming Soon

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Dear Parents,

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is studying how school environments relate to discipline practices in the Division. As part of the study, you will receive, or may have already received, a survey from FCPS’ Office of Research and Strategic Improvement.

A small number of classrooms will also participate in the study’s student survey.  Families of students who are invited to participate will be notified via eNotify in a separate communication.  Invited students will have the option of declining participation in the survey.  The surveys are designed to help FCPS understand your and your child’s thoughts about the school environment and how discipline is approached in their school.

Surveys to parents will be translated into multiple languages and come via eNotify. Student surveys will be administered at school. Participation is voluntary for you and your child, and all responses will be anonymous.

I encourage you to participate in this important survey to help FCPS understand what is working well and where we can improve.

 

Thank you,

Gordon Stokes

Principal

 

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RCMS Weekly Updates-Week of February 11, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

February 11-15 - SCA Spirit Week

February 18 - Presidents Day Holiday - No school

February 25-26 - Spring Picture Days (through PE classes)

February 27 - Parent Coffee, 9:00AM, RCMS Cafeteria

SCA Spirit Week - February 11-15

Planned activities for Spirit Week are:

Monday 2/11: Future High School Day (Chantilly, Oakton, South Lakes, Westfield)

Tuesday 2/12: Tie-Dye Tuesday

Wednesday 2/13: Disney vs. Nickelodeon Character Day

Thursday 2/14: Red, White & Pink Day

Friday 2/15: Marvel vs. DC Character Day

REMEMBER:  Students must follow the FCPS dress code!  No masks or weapons are allowed.  Face paint is allowed but must be applied at home.

Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to assist our photographers for Spring Pictures on February 25 and 26.  Half-day time slots are available and vouchers for free picture packages will be offered to all volunteers.  If you can help, please go here to sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0548A9AC29A0F58-spring1

Parent Coffee Wednesday, February 27 9:00-10:00AM RCMS Cafeteria

Please join us as we delve deeper into the world of Digital Citizenship. The Oakton Student Leadership Team is excited to participate in our upcoming Parent Coffee, speaking on the topic of teens and technology use. Parent Coffee gatherings are open forums where all parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Please take advantage of this excellent opportunity to enhance home-school communication at the secondary level.

FCPS Schools are Sharing...

From Westfield High School: Place your order TODAY for the Westfield High School Mulch Sale!  Each year they quickly sell out of the high-quality, double shredded mulch, and especially their spreading services. If you order early, you’ll be assured that they’ll deliver your mulch right to your driveway* for only $5 per bag.  Spreading services are also available for only $2.50 per bag but in limited numbers as well.  Go right now to place your order online.  If you do not wish to order online, please download and mail in an order form. (Visit http://ptsa.westfieldhs.org/parents/mulch-event/mulch-order-form.html )  Don’t wait!  Order today!

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RCMS is Seeking Host Families

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Dear RCMS parents,

We have a group of 28 French students arriving in just over a month and are still desperately seeking host families for 15 boys! The students will only be here 10 days, March 22-April 2. It is a wonderful opportunity for your family to experience another culture and form friendships. It also gives the visiting students a glimpse into the diversity of experience living with a family in the United States – whether that means busy evenings with sports practice and a meal picked up on the way home or a quiet evening and dinner around the table. The students have been studying English and are looking forward to practicing with their host families! If you speak a little French, all the better, but not necessary; many are also learning German or Spanish as a third language! 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!

If you are interested, please go to: https://www.alacartetravel.com/bianchi-french-hosting-2019. You will find the host family application, the group’s itinerary, and FAQ sheet. If, after reading that, you have additional questions, you can contact Madame Rosenthal (idrosenthal@fcps.edu) or René Piard of À la Carte Travel (renepiard@alacartetravel.com) depending on the nature of the question.

All adults in the home over 18 years old must be fingerprinted by FCPS. We are hosting a fingerprinting session this Monday, 2/11, from 2pm-3pm at RCMS – an incentive to sign up as soon as possible!

When the arrival date gets closer, we will hold a host family parent meeting in Madame’s classroom. It will be an opportunity to have all questions answered about the nitty-gritty of hosting.  

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RCMS Weekly Updates-Week of February 4, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

February 4 - Teacher workday, no school for students

February 5 - Report cards distributed to students through Panther Time

February 11-15 - SCA Spirit Week

February 18 - Presidents Day Holiday - No school

Report Card Distribution

Due to the closing of school on Friday, report cards will be distributed to students on Tuesday during Panther Time.  As a reminder, don’t forget to ask your child for his/her report card on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.  If you do not receive a report card please contact the Student Services office at 703-925-3613. If you have specific questions concerning your child’s grades contact his/her teacher directly.

For your convenience, we have provided a list of the quarterly grading dates for the remainder of the school year.  Please be sure to note these dates so that you can check your student’s report card grades. (Dates are subject to change due to inclement weather.)

NEED A SIS ParentVUE account or cannot remember your username:

Click on this link:  https://itweb.fcps.edu/ParentView/index.cfm

Do not remember the password:

Click on this link and select “Forgot Password”: https://sisparent.fcps.edu/PVUE/login_parent_pxp_ovr2.aspx?regenerateSessionId=True

SIS ParentVUE and SIS StudentVUE can also be accessed using a Mobile App, such as iPhone, iPad or Android device. Click on this link: https://www.fcps.edu/node/31843

National School Counseling Week

"School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life," will be celebrated from February 4-8, 2019, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.  National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success. This special week provides recognition of counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; and for focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational and career development.  The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

COUNSELORS, WE CELEBRATE YOU!  THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!

SCA Spirit Week - February 11-15

Planned activities for Spirit Week are:

Monday 2/11: Future High School Day (Chantilly, Oakton, South Lakes, Westfield)

Tuesday 2/12: Tie-Dye Tuesday

Wednesday 2/13: Disney vs. Nickelodeon Character Day

Thursday 2/14: Red, White & Pink Day

Friday 2/15: Marvel vs. DC Character Day

REMEMBER:  Students must follow the FCPS dress code!  No masks or weapons are allowed.  Face paint is allowed but must be applied at home.

Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night

Parents and Guardians of students who will attend Rachel Carson Middle School beginning in the fall of 2019  are cordially invited to RCMS to attend the Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night on Wednesday, February 6.  This program is designed to provide parents an opportunity to learn about the middle school course selection process, the academic and elective course offerings and requirements, and afterschool programs that are available.

The program for parents participating in special education will begin at 5:30PM in the library.

At 6:15PM, the elective showcase for parents will begin.  Parents should report directly to RCMS cafeteria for an elective showcase. Have you ever wondered what goes on in the elective classes? Parents, this is your opportunity to learn more about the different elective options at Rachel Carson Middle and ask teachers questions before you and your child select electives for the next year. Elective teachers will be introducing information on their exciting and engaging classes for school year 2019-2020.

At 7:00PM, the general session for parents will begin.  Parents should report directly to RCMS Gymnasium for the general program overview. The Curriculum Night will conclude at 8:15PM.

It is our hope that you will gain valuable information to facilitate conversations with your child as you help them prepare to make appropriate course selections.

For your convenience, overflow parking will be available at Nysmith School.

If Fairfax County Public Schools cancels evening activities for Wednesday, January 30, 2019 this event will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Carson Middle School Student Services at 703-925-3614.

 

FCPS Schools are Sharing...

From Westfield High School: Place your order TODAY for the Westfield High School Mulch Sale!  Each year they quickly sell out of the high-quality, double shredded mulch, and especially their spreading services. If you order early, you’ll be assured that they’ll deliver your mulch right to your driveway* for only $5 per bag.  Spreading services are also available for only $2.50 per bag but in limited numbers as well.  Go right now to place your order online.  If you do not wish to order online, please download and mail in an order form. (Visit http://ptsa.westfieldhs.org/parents/mulch-event/mulch-order-form.html )  Don’t wait!  Order today!

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Eating Disorders-Information and Fact Sheet

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Important Information Regarding Eating Disorders

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 on the back of 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.

Additional resources may be found at:

What Are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are conditions that can have a serious effect on health. They are serious behaviors that affect every aspect of the child’s life. Eating disorders may be identified based on weight changes, but also based on behaviors and attitudes. Be alert for any of these signs in your child.

Key things to look for around food:

  • Eating a lot of food that seems out of control (large amounts of food may disappear, you find a lot of empty wrappers hidden)
  • Develops food rules—may eat only a particular food or food group, cuts food into very small pieces, or spreads food out on the plate
  • Talks a lot about, or focuses often, on weight, food, calories, fat grams, and dieting
  • Often says that they are not hungry
  • Skips meals or takes small portions of food at regular meals
  • Cooks meals or treats for others but won’t eat them
  • Avoids mealtimes or situations involving food
  • Goes to the bathroom after meals often
  • Uses a lot of mouthwash, mints, and/or gum
  • Starts cutting out foods that he or she used to enjoy

Key things to look for around activity

  • Exercises all the time, more than what is healthy or recommended – despite weather, lack of energy, illness, or injury
  • Stops doing their regular activities, spends more time alone (can be spending more time exercising)

Physical Risk Factors:

  • Feels cold all the time or complains of being tired all the time. Likely to become more irritable and/or nervous.
  • Any vomiting after eating (or see signs in the bathroom of vomiting – smell, clogged shower drain)
  • Any use of laxatives or diuretics (or you find empty packages) 

Other Risk Factors:

  • Believes that they are too big or too fat (regardless of reality)
  • Asks often to be reassured about how they look
  • Stops hanging out with their friends
  • Not able to talk about how they are feeling
  • Reports others are newly judgmental or “not connecting”

If Your Child Shows Signs of a Possible Eating Disorder

Seek help from your doctor as soon as possible; a child with an eating disorder should be seen by someone who understands the treatment of eating disorders. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.

How to Communicate with Your Child

  • Understand that eating disorder sufferers often deny that there is a problem.
  • Educate yourself on eating disorders
  • Ask what you can do to help
  • Listen openly and reflectively
  • Be patient and nonjudgmental
  • Talk with your child in a kind way when you are calm and not angry, frustrated, or upset
  • Let him/her know you only want the best for him/her
  • Remind your child that he/she has people who care and support him/her
  • Be flexible and open with your support
  • Be honest
  • Show care, concern, and understanding
  • Ask how he/she is feeling
  • Try to be a good role model- don’t engage in ‘fat talk’ about yourself
  • Understand that your child is not looking for attention or pity

Seek professional help on behalf of your child if you have ANY concerns.

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RCMS Weekly Updates-Week of January 28, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

January 28 - Begin 3rd Quarter/2nd Semester

January 30 - Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night (Parents only-see below)

January 31 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

February 1 - Report cards distributed to students through Panther Time

February 11-15 - SCA Spirit Week

Kiss and Ride

Safety continues to be of paramount concern.  While we understand the frustration some parents are experiencing when having to wait their turn for Kiss and Ride drop off, please note that it is never a good idea for your child to be dropped off outside of our school boundaries and asked to walk down the driveway, and in some cases to cross McLearen Road on foot (and in darkness) to reach the school.  Please, if you are choosing to drive your child to school, we ask that you use the designated Kiss and Ride loop for drop off and abide by the rules that are in place to keep all of our students safe.

Report Card Distribution

Second quarter ends January 24, 2019.  As a reminder report cards will be sent home with students on Friday, February 1, 2019. Don’t forget to ask your child for his/her report card on Friday, February 1, 2019.   If you do not receive a report card, please contact the Student Services office at 703-925-3613. If you have specific questions concerning your child’s grades, contact his/her teacher directly.

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Emotional/Social Health Lessons

Next week, 8th grade students will begin their units in Emotional and Social Health.  Seventh grade students will have their lessons at the end of February.  Students that have been opted out will have an alternative assignment in the library.  If you have any questions regarding lessons or your child's participation, please contact their PE teacher.  Family Life Education units will be taught April 9-12 for both 7th and 8th grade students.

Previewing content:  All lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights to for both Family Life Education and Emotional/Social Health are available to parents in FCPS 24/7 in My FCPS Parent.

Assistance for Furloughed Employees

With news of the Federal Government temporarily reopening, we recognize the strain and stress put on some of our families over the last month.  Please let us know if your family is in need of resources or assistance during these trying times.  Your requests will be kept confidential.

Courtney Krsmanovic, School Social Worker: cnkrsmanovic@fcps.edu

Solangie McPherson, Parent Liaison: SVMcPherson@fcps.edu

SCA Fundraiser

The SCA is holding a fundraiser through Shadowland Laser Adventures in Chantilly. We have 200 discounted passes to sell. The price to play one game of laser tag is normally $8.50 but we’re selling one game passes for $7. All passes will be sold through Myschoolbucks from January 14-February 1. Families can buy multiple passes. Passes will be distributed to students on February 12 and are valid for one year.

SCA Spirit Week - February 11-15

Planned activities for Spirit Week are:

Monday 2/11: Future High School Day (Chantilly, Oakton, South Lakes, Westfield)

Tuesday 2/12: Tie-Dye Tuesday

Wednesday 2/13: Disney vs. Nickelodeon Character Day

Thursday 2/14: Red, White & Pink Day

Friday 2/15: Marvel vs. DC Character Day

REMEMBER:  Students must follow the FCPS dress code!  No masks or weapons are allowed.  Face paint is allowed but must be applied at home.

Guest Speaker at Next PTA Meeting

Thursday, January 31st at 6:30pm in Library

Please join us for a brief monthly PTA meeting immediately followed by a workshop presented by Ann Dolin, founder of Educational Connections Tutoring, on Middle School Excellence: Top Tips for Getting Your Kids Organized, Motivated and Focused.  This practical and useful workshop is open to all RCMS parents.

 

Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night

Parents and Guardians of students who will attend Rachel Carson Middle School beginning in the fall of 2019  are cordially invited to RCMS to attend the Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (SNOW DATE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6). This program is designed to provide parents an opportunity to learn about the middle school course selection process, the academic and elective course offerings and requirements, and afterschool programs that are available.

The program for parents participating in special education will begin at 5:30PM in the library.

At 6:15PM, the elective showcase for parents will begin.  Parents should report directly to RCMS cafeteria for an elective showcase. Have you ever wondered what goes on in the elective classes? Parents, this is your opportunity to learn more about the different elective options at Rachel Carson Middle and ask teachers questions before you and your child select electives for the next year. Elective teachers will be introducing information on their exciting and engaging classes for school year 2019-2020.

At 7:00PM, the general session for parents will begin.  Parents should report directly to RCMS Gymnasium for the general program overview. The Curriculum Night will conclude at 8:15PM.

It is our hope that you will gain valuable information to facilitate conversations with your child as you help them prepare to make appropriate course selections.

For your convenience, overflow parking will be available at Nysmith School.

If Fairfax County Public Schools cancels evening activities for Wednesday, January 30, 2019 this event will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Carson Middle School Student Services at 703-925-3614.

 

Box Tops for Education

Do you want to support our school programs in the easiest possible way?  Please clip Box Tops and send them to school with your student.  They are each worth 10 cents and it really adds up.   Look for the box in the main hallway (Entrance 1) for drop off!

FCPS Schools are Sharing...

From South Lakes High School:  You are invited to attend Broadway Night 2019, featuring numbers from some of Broadway's most popular revivals performed by more than 120 students from SLHS and its pyramid schools (including RCMS).  More information can be found at https://southlakeschorus.org/other-opportunities/broadway-night/broadway-night-2019/.

 

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RCMS Weekly Updates-Week of January 21, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

January 21 - Holiday - Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

January 23 - Second semester schedules distributed through Panther Time

January 24 - End 2nd Quarter/Anchor day schedule

January 25 - No school for students - Teacher Workday

January 28 - Begin 3rd Quarter/2nd Semester

January 30 - Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night (Parents only-see below)

January 31 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

February 1 - Report cards distributed to students through Panther Time

Report Card Distribution

Second quarter ends January 24, 2019.  As a reminder report cards will be sent home with students on Friday, February 1, 2019. Don’t forget to ask your child for his/her report card on Friday, February 1, 2019.   If you do not receive a report card, please contact the Student Services office at 703-925-3613. If you have specific questions concerning your child’s grades, contact his/her teacher directly.

NEED A SIS ParentVUE account or cannot remember your username:

Click on this link:  https://itweb.fcps.edu/ParentView/index.cfm

Do not remember the password:

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SIS ParentVUE and SIS StudentVUE can also be accessed using a Mobile App, such as iPhone, iPad or Android device. Click on this link: https://www.fcps.edu/node/31843

 

Resources for County Residents Impacted by the Federal Shutdown

Thousands of federal workers, contractors, vendors and service providers in our county are being impacted by the partial federal shutdown. It can be frightening and stressful to be without a paycheck and unsure of when you will go back to work. Whether it is food, financial assistance or other needs, resources are available to help families during this difficult time:   https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/resources-for-county-residents-impacted-by-federal-shutdown/

Resources are also available on the website for those interested in providing support.  This includes information regarding Stuff the Bus events which will kick off Saturday the 19th.  Stuff the Bus provides an opportunity to support local nonprofit food pantries as they provide assistance for individuals and families in need throughout our community.

It is also important to know that as a result of the federal government shutdown, SNAP (food stamps) recipients will receive their February food benefits in January.  In other words, benefits will be issued twice in January, and no benefits will be issued in February.  SNAP recipients are encouraged to carefully plan their food shopping for the month of February.  Additional information is provided on the attached flyer and through the county website:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/financial-and-medical/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program/important-information-about-snap.

SCA Fundraiser

The SCA is holding a fundraiser through Shadowland Laser Adventures in Chantilly. We have 200 discounted passes to sell. The price to play one game of laser tag is normally $8.50 but we’re selling one game passes for $7. All passes will be sold through Myschoolbucks from January 14-February 1. Families can buy multiple passes. Passes will be distributed to students on February 12 and are valid for one year.

Guest Speaker at Next PTA Meeting

Thursday, January 31st at 6:30pm in Library

Please join us for a brief monthly PTA meeting immediately followed by a workshop presented by Ann Dolin, founder of Educational Connections Tutoring, on Middle School Excellence: Top Tips for Getting Your Kids Organized, Motivated and Focused.

In this practical workshop, you will learn:

  •  How to foster independence and study habits.
  •  Ways to find a balance between too much and not enough.
  •  Simple techniques to encourage self-advocacy.
  •  Practical ways to tame procrastination and recommendations for the questions to ask (word-for-word) to spark motivation.
  •  How timers, tasks, and apps can be used to help your child succeed in middle school and high school
  •  Systems you can use at home to improve executive functioning skills such as organization and time management.
  •  And, how to do all this by opening lines of communication instead of being the bad guy.

The RCMS PTA is pleased to host this useful workshop open to all RCMS parents and we look forward to seeing you there.

Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night

Parents and Guardians of students who will attend Rachel Carson Middle School beginning in the fall of 2019  are cordially invited to RCMS to attend the Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. This program is designed to provide parents an opportunity to learn about the middle school course selection process, the academic and elective course offerings and requirements, and afterschool programs that are available.

The program for parents participating in special education will begin at 5:30PM in the library.

At 6:15PM, the elective showcase for parents will begin.  Parents should report directly to RCMS cafeteria for an elective showcase. Have you ever wondered what goes on in the elective classes? Parents, this is your opportunity to learn more about the different elective options at Rachel Carson Middle and ask teachers questions before you and your child select electives for the next year. Elective teachers will be introducing information on their exciting and engaging classes for school year 2019-2020.

At 7:00PM, the general session for parents will begin.  Parents should report directly to RCMS Gymnasium for the general program overview. The Curriculum Night will conclude at 8:15PM.

It is our hope that you will gain valuable information to facilitate conversations with your child as you help them prepare to make appropriate course selections.

For your convenience, overflow parking will be available at Nysmith School.

If Fairfax County Public Schools cancels evening activities for Wednesday, January 30, 2019 this event will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Carson Middle School Student Services at 703-925-3614.

 

Box Tops for Education

Do you want to support our school programs in the easiest possible way?  Please clip Box Tops and send them to school with your student.  They are each worth 10 cents and it really adds up.   Look for the box in the main hallway (Entrance 1) for drop off!

FCPS Schools are Sharing...

From South Lakes High School:  You are invited to attend Broadway Night 2019, featuring numbers from some of Broadway's most popular revivals performed by more than 120 students from SLHS and its pyramid schools (including RCMS).  More information can be found at https://southlakeschorus.org/other-opportunities/broadway-night/broadway-night-2019/.  In addition, they will host a fundraiser at Silver Diner to support the Broadway Night Cast and Crew: Tuesday, January 22, 5:00-9:00PM, 11951 Killingsworth Avenue, Reston, VA (sponsored by SLHS PCA).

 

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RCMS Weekly Updates-Week of January 14, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

January 18 - 3 Hour Early Release @11:15AM (School Planning Day)

January 21 - Holiday - Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

January 23 - Second semester schedules distributed through Panther Time

January 24 - End 2nd Quarter/Anchor day schedule

January 25 - No school for students - Teacher Workday

January 28 - Begin 3rd Quarter/2nd Semester

January 30 - Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night (Parents only-see below)

January 31 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

February 1 - Report cards distributed to students through Panther Time

3 Hour Early Dismissal

This Friday, January 18, students will be dismissed 3 hours early at 11:15AM (FCPS-designated school planning day).  In order to complete lunch periods for all students, we will operate on a modified B-day schedule.  Students will eat lunch in their classrooms, however, those students wishing to purchase an FCPS lunch will be allowed to go through the lunch line to purchase a "grab and go" lunch and return with it to their classroom to eat.  We highly encourage students to bring a lunch from home on these early dismissal days in order to maximize their dining time.

Report Card Distribution

Second quarter ends January 24, 2019.  As a reminder report cards will be sent home with students on Friday, February 1, 2019. Don’t forget to ask your child for his/her report card on Friday, February 1, 2019.   If you do not receive a report card, please contact the Student Services office at 703-925-3613. If you have specific questions concerning your child’s grades, contact his/her teacher directly.

NEED A SIS ParentVUE account or cannot remember your username:

Click on this link:  https://itweb.fcps.edu/ParentView/index.cfm

Do not remember the password:

Click on this link and select “Forgot Password”: https://sisparent.fcps.edu/PVUE/login_parent_pxp_ovr2.aspx?regenerateSessionId=True

SIS ParentVUE and SIS StudentVUE can also be accessed using a Mobile App, such as iPhone, iPad or Android device. Click on this link: https://www.fcps.edu/node/31843

 

SCA Fundraiser

The SCA is holding a fundraiser through Shadowland Laser Adventures in Chantilly. We have 200 discounted passes to sell. The price to play one game of laser tag is normally $8.50 but we’re selling one game passes for $7. All passes will be sold through Myschoolbucks from January 14-February 1. Families can buy multiple passes. Passes will be distributed to students on February 12 and are valid for one year.

Guest Speaker at Next PTA Meeting

Thursday, January 31st at 6:30pm in Library

Please join us for a brief monthly PTA meeting immediately followed by a workshop presented by Ann Dolin, founder of Educational Connections Tutoring, on Middle School Excellence: Top Tips for Getting Your Kids Organized, Motivated and Focused.

In this practical workshop, you will learn:

  •  How to foster independence and study habits.
  •  Ways to find a balance between too much and not enough.
  •  Simple techniques to encourage self-advocacy.
  •  Practical ways to tame procrastination and recommendations for the questions to ask (word-for-word) to spark motivation.
  •  How timers, tasks, and apps can be used to help your child succeed in middle school and high school
  •  Systems you can use at home to improve executive functioning skills such as organization and time management.
  •  And, how to do all this by opening lines of communication instead of being the bad guy.

The RCMS PTA is pleased to host this useful workshop open to all RCMS parents and we look forward to seeing you there.

Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night

Parents and Guardians of students who will attend Rachel Carson Middle School beginning in the fall of 2019  are cordially invited to RCMS to attend the Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. This program is designed to provide parents an opportunity to learn about the middle school course selection process, the academic and elective course offerings and requirements, and afterschool programs that are available.

The program for parents participating in special education will begin at 5:30PM in the library.

At 6:15PM, the elective showcase for parents will begin.  Parents should report directly to RCMS cafeteria for an elective showcase. Have you ever wondered what goes on in the elective classes? Parents, this is your opportunity to learn more about the different elective options at Rachel Carson Middle and ask teachers questions before you and your child select electives for the next year. Elective teachers will be introducing information on their exciting and engaging classes for school year 2019-2020.

At 7:00PM, the general session for parents will begin.  Parents should report directly to RCMS Gymnasium for the general program overview. The Curriculum Night will conclude at 8:15PM.

It is our hope that you will gain valuable information to facilitate conversations with your child as you help them prepare to make appropriate course selections.

For your convenience, overflow parking will be available at Nysmith School.

If Fairfax County Public Schools cancels evening activities for Wednesday, January 30, 2019 this event will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Carson Middle School Student Services at 703-925-3614.

 

Box Tops for Education

Do you want to support our school programs in the easiest possible way?  Please clip Box Tops and send them to school with your student.  They are each worth 10 cents and it really adds up.   Look for the box in the main hallway (Entrance 1) for drop off!

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Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Weekly Updates-Week of January 7, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

January 11 - SCA Skate Night @ Skatequest-Reston, 7:30-9:30PM

January 18 - 3 Hour Early Release @11:15AM (School Planning Day)

January 21 - Holiday - Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

January 24 - End 2nd Quarter

January 25 - No School for Students - Teacher Workday

8th Grade Civics Students: Services Hours are Due this Friday, January 11!

FCPS requires 8th grade students to complete 15 hours of community service: 7 hours during first semester (by January 11, 2019) and 8 hours during second semester (by May 31, 2019). All 15 hours of service learning must take place outside of instructional hours such as: during Panther Time, after school, and/or outside of school. In order to enter in service hours a student must obtain the email address of the adult for whom they are performing service.

To receive credit, all service must involve work by the student and provide a benefit to the community. Credit will not be given for mere attendance at an event, or for a project or activity that benefits only the student, his or her relatives, friends, or neighbor. Additionally, you cannot benefit from the service in any way financially or academically.

FCPS allows students to begin accruing these service hours in 7th grade, and the Social Studies department is highly encouraging our students to do so.  Service learning is an effective way for youth to develop the drive and desire to become lifelong volunteers and engaged citizens. Students can participate in activities through outside organizations like Volunteer Fairfax as well as at Rachel Carson Middle School. Service learning at Rachel Carson aligns with the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate that supports the development of responsibility to the local and global community.

 

Upcoming SCA Events

For the latest news on events, spirit days and more, follow the SCA on Instagram @RachelCarsonSCA

Skate Night: The SCA is holding its annual skate night at SkateQuest in Reston this Friday, January 11 from 7:30-9:30PM. We’re inviting students, their friends, and their families to come out and ice skate while listening to today’s biggest hits. Tickets are $10 -- we request students pay using small cash bills ($1’s & $5’s are preferred).  Student pick up is by 9:30! See you on the ice!

Laser Tag: The SCA is holding a fundraiser at Shadowland Laser Adventures in Chantilly. We have 200 discounted passes to sell. The price to play one game of laser tag is normally $8.50 but we’re selling single game passes for $7. All passes will be sold through MySchoolBucks from January 14-February 1. Families may buy multiple passes. Passes will be distributed to students on February 12 and will be valid for one year.

 

After School Program News USTA:

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) proudly presents TGA (Teach, Grow, Achieve) Premier Youth Tennis, the first and only national tennis enrichment program in the country. Students will develop tennis skills utilizing youth-friendly equipment in a play-to-learn style that gets them rallying and having fun right away. In addition, students will learn relevant life skills and STEAM skills in the context of tennis such as sportsmanship, respect, math, science, technology, and more. Our Middle School Tennis Club includes a focus on match play, teamwork, and strategies to prep students for their future high school tennis team. This program is ideal for students who are new to the sport or those with beginner level skills. All students will receive awards at the end of each session. The club is taught by USTA-trained and background-screened coaches utilizing the most current teaching methodology. Lastly, all tennis equipment is provided during the program (e.g. racquets, balls, portable nets). 

This is an 8-week program, 1 hour a week, with a fee of $144.00 which can be paid on MySchoolBucks.  Registration fees are non-refundable.  There will be 14 student openings for this program. This program will run from January 24-March 14 on Thursdays from 2:45-3:45PM.

Mindframe Education:

Intro to Digital Arts: Students are introduced to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. They learn the fundamentals of graphic design and understand the creative process. By the end of this course, students will be able to use each design program to create custom graphics and layouts, and develop the skills needed to create their own mini-magazine.  Digital Arts will meet on Wednesdays from January 23- March 20 from 3:00-4:00PM.

Java Programming: In this class, students will learn core programming concepts and learn the fundamentals of Java programming language. In addition, students will be introduced to the basics of object-oriented programming concepts and will be able to understand its application in the development of Java software systems. Students will work on various levels of programming projects such has creating a virtual sandwich shop and a library book management system.  This class is a good introduction to programming for middle schoolers.  Java will meet on Thursday’s beginning January 24-March 21 from 3:00-4:00PM.

Each of these is a 10-week program, 1 hour per week, with a fee of $195.00 which can be paid on MySchoolBucks.  Registration fees are non-refundable.  There will be 10 student openings for each of these programs. 

Your payment for these programs on My School Bucks will constitute your registration.  Payment for these programs will be available on Friday, January 11 beginning at 8:00AM.

 

Box Tops for Education

Do you want to support our school programs in the easiest possible way?  Please clip Box Tops and send them to school with your student.  They are each worth 10 cents and it really adds up.   Look for the box in the main hallway (Entrance 1) for drop off!

Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-8. Learning experiences are designed to develop higher-level thinking through enrichment, acceleration, and extension of the Program of Studies (POS).  A video showing advanced academics in action, as well as information about middle schools services link 

  • Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV): Carson Middle School is a designated Level IV center school.  Level IV services are available for students found eligible through a central selection process.  The program is available in Grades 3-8.  Eligible students use curriculum from the AAP Curriculum Framework in the four academic subject areas on a full-time basis.  Screening for Level IV services occurs during specific screening cycles:
  • Fall screening is only held for students who are new to FCPS and have been referred.
  • Spring screening is held for any FCPS-enrolled student who has been referred.

Due to the volume of files screened centrally for Level IV services, deadlines are strictly held, and referrals will not be accepted past the published deadline.

  • The referral form is available on the FCPS website.
  • A referral form may be turned in from the first day of school until the published deadline.
  • The referral deadline is January 10, 2019 for students who are not new to FCPS this school year but wish to apply for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Referral forms should be submitted to your child’s counselor by the posted deadline.

Additional information about the holistic screening process and information used for screening

Please contact our Advanced Academic Counselor Liaison, Ms. Humphrey with any questions.

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