RCMS Updates - Week of June 15, 2020

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Principal's Message Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here Academic and Career Plan

(formerly referred to as Student Learning Plan "SLP")

Parent signature required!

During this period of distance learning, we encourage you to take this time to work with your child to explore college and career options. In middle and high school, your child will work with his or her teachers and school counselor to discover his or her personal strengths and interests, create goals to help achieve success, plan for courses that meet high school graduation requirements, and prepare for life after high school. The development of the Academic and Career Plan (ACP) starts in middle school and is updated regularly throughout high school as each student’s academic, personal, and career goals evolve. 

Please have your child log into his or her ACP in Family Connection and, with your child, explore the following information:

  • strengths and career surveys
  • goals
  • resume builder
  • draft course plans for high school

If you have a Blackboard Parent Vue account, you can log into your account and together you and your child can view his or her plan. Click here for step by step directions for all activities.  The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires that the student’s parent or guardian review this plan. Once you have reviewed your child’s plan, use this Google form to complete the verification. The completion of this form will serve as your signature. This must be completed by Friday, July 10, 2020. For more information about your child’s ACP, visit the ACP website.  If you have questions, please contact your child’s counselor.

Summer 2020 Continuity of Learning

For summer 2020, FCPS is encouraging all students to practice their English and math skills over the summer.  All FCPS students will be receiving workbooks containing English and math practice opportunities.  These materials will also be available on Blackboard 24/7.  Completion of these materials is optional and voluntary.  However, we encourage all of our students to take advantage of these materials.  More details are forthcoming.  For a preview, please visit the FCPS website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/41017

Summer VIP Program

VIP Camp is going virtual this summer! The After School Specialists from all FCPS middle schools are hosting an exciting virtual summer camp in partnership with Neighborhood and Community Services. Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders in the Rachel Carson, Herndon, Hughes, Cooper and Longfellow pyramids are invited to join our camp. The camp will run from 9am to 3pm Mondays through Thursdays from June 29th to July 30th. Our camp will consist of a mixture of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (self-guided/recorded) activities, and include program offerings in the areas of art, basketball, cooking, drama, fitness, STEAM, and much more! There is no cost associated with this camp, but we are requesting that all campers be registered by Wednesday, June 24th so we can be efficient in our planning and staffing.  Please visit the RCMS website to register your student. https://carsonms.fcps.edu/

 

FCPS Summer Online Courses

Middle and high school students who meet the course prerequisites can take one online course. Students who have completed a high school math course may take an online campus math class. Middle school students who expunged a high school math course or those wanting to recover a course credit may take the course again. Students need to have a computer and make sure their computer is ready for the online course. Students will not be able to take online courses using tablets and smartphones. Parents or guardians should ask their child’s counselor to make sure the course aligns with the student’s plan.

Feel free to click on this link here for more information regarding FCPS Summer Online Courses.

Expunging High School Credits

High school credit courses taken in grades 7 and 8 become part of the student’s high school transcript and are included in the calculation of the high school Grade Point Average (GPA) and weighted as such. Virginia state and FCPS regulations permit parents/guardians of a middle school student who has completed a high school credit course to have that course expunged from the student’s record.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ieRrgysfux9NDsYM_sBYNqCIPO18lGFX/view?usp=sharing

The request to remove a course from the transcript must be made in writing to the middle or high school that the student will attend the following year and prior to the end of the first nine weeks of the school year. 

See Request to Expunge High School Courses Taken in Middle School Form.  If you have questions or concerns regarding this, please contact your child’s middle school counselor no later than June 13, 2020.  After this date, please contact your child’s high school counselor.   

Student Intention Form for 2020-21 School Year To be completed by:

Rising 8th grade families who will NOT attend RCMS next year

AND

Rising 9th grade families who will NOT attend their FCPS boundary high school next year

Please complete the student Intention Form 2020-2021 if your student is transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Carson Middle or your boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • Out of the United States

A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to our Student Services Registrar via email at lmlloyd@fcps.edu .  Feel free to contact Mrs. Lloyd if you have any questions.  

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!

No news to share this week.

 

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RCMS Updates - Week of June 8, 2020

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

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Make-Up Day for Locker Pick-Up

Any students who missed their scheduled day to drop-off any school materials and retrieve their items can come to Carson Monday, June 15th, from 9am-12pm to collect them. Please proceed through the kiss n ride lanes and the bus lanes upon arrival.  We know there are some items that have not been able to be located.  Upon locating missing items, staff will contact families to be picked-up Monday, June 15th.

Academic and Career Plan

(formerly referred to as Student Learning Plan "SLP")

Parent signature required!

During this period of distance learning, we encourage you to take this time to work with your child to explore college and career options. In middle and high school, your child will work with his or her teachers and school counselor to discover his or her personal strengths and interests, create goals to help achieve success, plan for courses that meet high school graduation requirements, and prepare for life after high school. The development of the Academic and Career Plan (ACP) starts in middle school and is updated regularly throughout high school as each student’s academic, personal, and career goals evolve. 

Please have your child log into his or her ACP in Family Connection and, with your child, explore the following information:

  • strengths and career surveys
  • goals
  • resume builder
  • draft course plans for high school

If you have a Blackboard Parent Vue account, you can log into your account and together you and your child can view his or her plan. Click here for step by step directions for all activities.  The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires that the student’s parent or guardian review this plan. Once you have reviewed your child’s plan, use this Google form to complete the verification. The completion of this form will serve as your signature. This must be completed by Friday, July 10, 2020. For more information about your child’s ACP, visit the ACP website.  If you have questions, please contact your child’s counselor.

Summer 2020 Continuity of Learning

For summer 2020, FCPS is encouraging all students to practice their English and math skills over the summer.  All FCPS students will be receiving workbooks containing English and math practice opportunities.  These materials will also be available on Blackboard 24/7.  Completion of these materials is optional and voluntary.  However, we encourage all of our students to take advantage of these materials.  More details are forthcoming.  For a preview, please visit the FCPS website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/41017

Summer VIP Program

The Middle School VIP program will be going virtual for the summer!  Even during these times of social distancing and virtual learning, we want to offer your child a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment. FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week virtual program for middle school students- rising 7th and 8th graders in Fairfax County.  Due to the unprecedented  times, we will also be including our rising 9th graders. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a number of virtual after-school activities in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. The staff is led by your local After-School Specialists and trained DNCS staff.

Details
  • Dates – Monday – Thursday from June 29th - July 30th
  • A mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities
    • Synchronous – staff and students are online working together at the same time
    • Asynchronous – activities that students can work on at any time
  • Location – Virtual
  • Cost – Free
Registration Process

The Online Registration will be available by the beginning of June.  You will be sent another "News You Choose" email with a link to the application.  Participants will receive further details/instructions in mid-June. 

We hope you will consider Virtual VIP this summer!

FCPS Summer Online Courses

Middle and high school students who meet the course prerequisites can take one online course. Students who have completed a high school math course may take an online campus math class. Middle school students who expunged a high school math course or those wanting to recover a course credit may take the course again. Students need to have a computer and make sure their computer is ready for the online course. Students will not be able to take online courses using tablets and smartphones. Parents or guardians should ask their child’s counselor to make sure the course aligns with the student’s plan.

Feel free to click on this link here for more information regarding FCPS Summer Online Courses.

Expunging High School Credits

High school credit courses taken in grades 7 and 8 become part of the student’s high school transcript and are included in the calculation of the high school Grade Point Average (GPA) and weighted as such. Virginia state and FCPS regulations permit parents/guardians of a middle school student who has completed a high school credit course to have that course expunged from the student’s record.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ieRrgysfux9NDsYM_sBYNqCIPO18lGFX/view?usp=sharing

The request to remove a course from the transcript must be made in writing to the middle or high school that the student will attend the following year and prior to the end of the first nine weeks of the school year. 

See Request to Expunge High School Courses Taken in Middle School Form.  If you have questions or concerns regarding this, please contact your child’s middle school counselor no later than June 13, 2020.  After this date, please contact your child’s high school counselor.   

Student Intention Form for 2020-21 School Year To be completed by:

Rising 8th grade families who will NOT attend RCMS next year

AND

Rising 9th grade families who will NOT attend their FCPS boundary high school next year

Please complete the student Intention Form 2020-2021 if your student is transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Carson Middle or your boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • Out of the United States

A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to our Student Services Registrar via email at lmlloyd@fcps.edu .  Feel free to contact Mrs. Lloyd if you have any questions.  

Yearbook Sales End June 10!

2019-2020 Yearbooks are available for sale at www.MySchoolBucks.com or you may scan the QR  for a direct link.  All yearbooks purchased will be shipped directly to your home mailing address on file at no additional cost to you, directly from the yearbook vendor. 

 

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!

No news to share this week.

 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Summer Learning Updates

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Summer Learning Updates

Due to COVID-19, several changes have been made to FCPS Summer Learning opportunities. School buildings will remain closed through July as recommended by the county health department. See program-specific information below.

Details will be posted as they become available on the FCPS Summer Learning webpage.  

Available Summer Learning Opportunities

Mathematics and Literacy Continuity of Learning: Current grades K-8

Elementary and middle school students will have the opportunity to review concepts and skills using self-directed print and digital materials. Selected teachers from each school will have weekly office hours from June 29 through July 31 to provide feedback and support to students in literacy and mathematics. This program is optional and is free to all students.

More information will be shared by your student’s school in June.

ESOL Online: Language and Literacy Connections: Current grades 7-12

  • Monday, June 22-Tuesday, July 14
  • Morning session: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., daily
  • Evening session: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., daily

ESOL Language and Literacy Connections is an online, three-week, non-credit class that provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to engage in thematic English language lessons in an online environment with an ESOL teacher. Students develop their academic reading and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Online registration closes Friday, June 5 Registration will be open through Friday, June 5. Contact your ESOL teacher for registration details.

High School Virtual Credit Recovery: Grades 7-12

Virtual Credit Recovery is a free opportunity for students to recover one high-school course credit and receive a grade.

Over three weeks, students will:

  • Take part in daily synchronous learning sessions with their teacher.
  • Complete daily online learning modules at their own pace (asynchronous).
Algebra 1
  • Students who have passed Algebra 1 may take the Virtual Credit Recovery course to improve their understanding and skills before the next school year.
  • Only students in credit recovery courses receive grade.
  • No additional course credit will be awarded.
  • Parents of middle school students who retake Algebra 1 over the summer, should work with their student’s counselor in deciding to expunge one of the passing Algebra 1 course grades before the end of the first quarter of the following school year.

Teachers will have office hours at set times and by appointment for students to ask questions. Schools will provide this information to the students.

Classes will be held July 6 through July 24. Contact your school counselor for registration details.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Thomas Jefferson will offer three virtual courses for its students. Students can earn one credit for a full-year course and one-half credit for each semester course. Students may not take a TJHSST program course and an online campus course during the summer

Academic

Full Year Course:

  • Computer Science
  • Dates: Monday, June 22 to Thursday, July 30, 2020 (No classes July 3)
  • Tuition: Full - $375; Reduced Lunch - $187.50; Free Lunch - $37.50

Semester Courses: 

  • Research Statistics 1, rising 9th grade students only
  • TJ Math 5, current 9-11th grade students
  • Dates: Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 31, 2020
  • Tuition: Full - $375; Reduced Lunch - $187.50; Free Lunch - $37.50

Online registration will be open Wednesday, May 20 through Friday, June 12.

TJHSST Skill Enhancement Courses

The skill enrichment courses are designed to focus on various skills development and supplement certain curricula. These modules will have synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for students. We encourage students to register for a course if they desire additional support with specific content areas or skills. The modules are not required, not for credit and not graded. Students may register for multiple courses as long as the schedule does not conflict. For details see the school webpage.

Registration: June 3 – July 1

Course Dates: July 6-31

Open to TJ Students only.

All courses are free of charge, no credit or weigh given.

Online Campus: Current grades 7-12

  • HPE 9 and HPE 10: Monday, June 22-Thursday, July 23
  • Honors Geometry: Monday, June 22-Thursday, July 30
  • Algebra 2 Head Start: Monday, July 20-Friday, July 24
  • All other courses: Monday, June 22-Wednesday, July 22

See the Online Campus webpage for mandatory testing dates which will be proctored virtually.

Time: Synchronous lessons during the day determined by instructor

These courses provide opportunities for credit recovery and acceleration for eligible middle school and high school students. 

Registration closes Friday, June 12

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance: Current grades 8-12

  • Monday, March 30 - Friday, July 31 

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Summer Programs

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Summer Programs

Summer Learning Opportunities - FCPS recently sent out a message regarding summer learning opportunities. Please click here to see the message.  For more information about summer learning programs, please visit the FCPS website.

Continuity of Learning: Students across FCPS will have the opportunity to participate in Continuity of Learning over the summer. English and Math packets will be mailed home in June and a number of teachers will be available in the summer for scheduled office hours. More information to come - be on the look out for this in the coming weeks. Click here for more information about the free Continuity of Learning program in FCPS. 

Algebra I: Students who took Algebra I for the 2019-2020 school year have two opportunities for the summer--Virtual Credit Recovery and Algebra Intervention. Students who took Algebra 1 this school year may take the Virtual Credit Recovery course to repeat the class for a higher grade this summer through a self-directed online class.  Students who do not wish to retake Algebra I for a grade over the summer but wish to work on their skills and review course materials may choose to take a self-directed, online Algebra Intervention course. Note: While expunging grades is an option for middle school students, high school credit bearing classes taken during the summer between the 8th and 9th grade may not be expunged.

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Make-Up Locker Pick-Up Day

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Make-Up Day for Locker Pick-Up

Any students who missed their scheduled day to retrieve their items can come to Carson from 9am-12pm on June 15th to retrieve any remaining items. Please proceed through the kiss n ride lanes and the bus lanes upon arrival.

We are aware that some students received incomplete or missing hallway and PE locker bags. Please bear with us as we sort remaining student belongings. Once any missing items are located, a parent or guardian will be contacted to retrieve them.

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A Letter from the Oakton Pyramid

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Dear Oakton Pyramid Families,

We hope that this message finds you well.  Our community has endured wave after wave of incredible challenges in 2020.  The coronavirus, the economic hardships, feelings of uncertainty, and the incredible upheaval happening right now as the struggle for civil rights continues.  As educators, we continue to wonder how our students are making sense of this reality and trying to understand their place in a world that is facing so many challenges.  

It is heartbreaking and disturbing to see the images of hate, racism, and violence that are occurring nationwide.  Please know that these forces have no place in our community and the Oakton Pyramid will continue to be a place where all of our students are welcomed, valued, and supported.  Our vision and mission are centered around modeling respect and striving for inclusivity of each student.  This vision and mission will not fade in the face of all that we are facing. We are committed to continuing our learning so we can do a better job of confronting these important issues.  We can always improve so that we can best meet the needs of your children.  When we have experienced other difficult times in the past, we have the benefit of seeing our students and being able to engage in dialogue through our classes to help process what is going on.  Although we are separated from one another, our commitment to provide a safe place for learning, reflection, and support remains strong. 

Our teachers have been given resources as well as our entire clinical team of counselors, our school social worker, and our school psychologist. All staff email addresses can be found on the Rachel Carson Website.  If you prefer, your son or daughter may email their counselor, or any member of our clinical team  directly so we can offer them a place online to talk things through. If you are struggling on how or where to begin these conversations, please do not hesitate to reach out to us as well. We will join with you to support your child.  Please visit our Student Services web site at:  https://carsonms.fcps.edu/index.php/student-services

For additional resources, please consider the following:

Thank you for your support in working together to create a better community for our students.  

Sincerely,

Oakton Pyramid Principals

Jamie Lane, Oakton High School

Gordon Stokes, Rachel Carson Middle School

Mahri Aste, Mosby Woods Elementary School

Greg Brotemarkle, Waples Mill Elementary School

Chris Kelley, Oakton Elementary School

Jon Coch, Navy Elementary School

Mark Granieri, Crossfield Elementary School

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Final Locker Pick-Up Tomorrow

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Final Locker Pick Up Tomorrow

As a reminder, Yellow Jackets and Wolves teams’ pickup is tomorrow, June 4th.  Any students who missed their scheduled day to retrieve their items can come to Carson tomorrow from 8-12 to retrieve their items. Please proceed through the kiss n ride lanes and the bus lanes upon arrival.

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RCMS Updates - Week of June 1, 2020

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Helpful Links

Distance Learning:  RCMS Distance Learning

Eighth Period Resources  8th Period Resources

Covid-19 Parent Support:   How to Support Your Child During COVID-19 Closures

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

Be sure to check out our Weekly Virtual Spirit Week Themes:  RCMS Spirit

Locker Retrieval Dates

Teams have been assigned pick-up dates beginning May 26.  Please remember to:

1.  Follow designated path and remain in your car.

2. Display student's name in passenger side windshield.

3. Return all school-owned property, labeled with student name.

4. Arrive during your team-assigned time.  Staff will retrieve your child's locker and PE locker contents to return to you.

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ALL STARS:  Tuesday, May 26, 1:00-3:00PM CHAMPIONS: Tuesday, May 26, 3:00-5:00PM DREAM TEAM: Thursday, May 28, 8:00-10:00AM LEGACY: Thursday, May 28, 10:00AM-12:00PM MAJESTICS: Thursday, May 28, 12:00-2:00PM TRAILBLAZERS: Monday, June 1, 10:00AM-12:00PM DOLPHINS: Monday, June 1, 12:00-2:00PM EXPLORERS: Monday, June 1, 2:00-4:00PM VOYAGERS: Tuesday, June 2, 8:00-10:00AM XTREME: Tuesday, June 2, 10:00AM-12:00PM YELLOW JACKETS: Thursday, June 4, 8:00-10:00AM WOLVES: Thursday, June 4, 10:00AM-12:00PM National Junior Honor Society

8th Grade Members: Students should check their FCPSSchools email account for notification as to whether their final GPA qualified them for recognition as members of NJHS. Due to the closing of schools, we have waived the service hours requirement for this year. More information regarding a virtual ceremony will be sent out in the coming weeks, via the NJHS Google Classroom.

7th Grade Students: All 7th grade students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher were emailed an invitation to apply for membership in the RCMS chapter of NJHS. Applications must be submitted via the NJHS Application Google Classroom by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 5, 2020. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this deadline - late applications will NOT be accepted for any reason.

Please email Ms. Joyce (eajoyce@fcps.edu) with any questions regarding NJHS.

Summer 2020 Continuity of Learning

For summer 2020, FCPS is encouraging all students to practice their English and math skills over the summer.  All FCPS students will be receiving workbooks containing English and math practice opportunities.  These materials will also be available on Blackboard 24/7.  Completion of these materials is optional and voluntary.  However, we encourage all of our students to take advantage of these materials.  More details are forthcoming.  For a preview, please visit the FCPS website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/41017

Summer VIP Program

The Middle School VIP program will be going virtual for the summer!  Even during these times of social distancing and virtual learning, we want to offer your child a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment. FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week virtual program for middle school students- rising 7th and 8th graders in Fairfax County.  Due to the unprecedented  times, we will also be including our rising 9th graders. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a number of virtual after-school activities in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. The staff is led by your local After-School Specialists and trained DNCS staff.

Details
  • Dates – Monday – Thursday from June 29th - July 30th
  • A mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities
    • Synchronous – staff and students are online working together at the same time
    • Asynchronous – activities that students can work on at any time
  • Location – Virtual
  • Cost – Free
Registration Process

The Online Registration will be available by the beginning of June.  You will be sent another "News You Choose" email with a link to the application.  Participants will receive further details/instructions in mid-June. 

We hope you will consider Virtual VIP this summer!

FCPS Summer Online Courses

Middle and high school students who meet the course prerequisites can take one online course. Students who have completed a high school math course may take an online campus math class. Middle school students who expunged a high school math course or those wanting to recover a course credit may take the course again. Students need to have a computer and make sure their computer is ready for the online course. Students will not be able to take online courses using tablets and smartphones. Parents or guardians should ask their child’s counselor to make sure the course aligns with the student’s plan.

Feel free to click on this link here for more information regarding FCPS Summer Online Courses.

Expunging High School Credits

High school credit courses taken in grades 7 and 8 become part of the student’s high school transcript and are included in the calculation of the high school Grade Point Average (GPA) and weighted as such. Virginia state and FCPS regulations permit parents/guardians of a middle school student who has completed a high school credit course to have that course expunged from the student’s record.  

The request to remove a course from the transcript must be made in writing to the middle or high school that the student will attend the following year and prior to the end of the first nine weeks of the school year. 

See Request to Expunge High School Courses Taken in Middle School Form.  If you have questions or concerns regarding this, please contact your child’s middle school counselor no later than June 13, 2020.  After this date, please contact your child’s high school counselor.   

Student Intention Form for 2020-21 School Year To be completed by:

Rising 8th grade families who will NOT attend RCMS next year

AND

Rising 9th grade families who will NOT attend their FCPS boundary high school next year

Please complete the student Intention Form 2020-2021 if your student is transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Carson Middle or your boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • Out of the United States

A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to our Student Services Registrar via email at lmlloyd@fcps.edu .  Feel free to contact Mrs. Lloyd if you have any questions.  

FCPS Virtual After School Program

The RCMS After-School program has put together a number of virtual after-school activities to engage middle school students in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. 

FCPS students can access these virtual after-school activities by joining the individual after school classroom using the appropriate classroom code.  Codes are located on the After School website (linked below).

Once your student has joined the classroom, there are a variety of activities (topics) they can choose from in the "Classwork" tab. We hope your students enjoy this site, and that it helps them actively pursue their interests during this time of social distancing. If you or your student have ideas for other activities, please email the After School Specialist, Adam Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu.

Be Safe! Be Active!  And know that we are here for you and your family! 

Please check the RCMS After School website for after school club updates.

Virtual STEAM Challenge

The Kuma Foundation provides STEAM challenges and curriculum for grades K-8.  Join them here on Monday mornings at 9:00AM to connect to their Facebook page, where you will find more virtual STEAM challenges, and another chance to win $100.  Play along to earn points by completing daily STEAM tasks!

The Fine Print:
1. Kuma Foundation employees and their families are not eligible to win.
2. Contest is open to kids ages 5-18.
3. Challenges must be completed by midnight on the day they were issued.
4. 1 point will be awarded for every challenge completed as per the challenge instructions.
5. Challenges may not be completed more than once (for points).
6. Challenges will be posted at 9am and 1pm, Monday - Friday.
6. In the event of a tie, a random drawing will determine the winner.
8. Winners will be announced on Saturday morning.

Yearbook Sales End June 10!

2019-2020 Yearbooks are available for sale at www.MySchoolBucks.com or you may scan the QR  for a direct link.  All yearbooks purchased will be shipped directly to your home mailing address on file at no additional cost to you, directly from the yearbook vendor. 

 

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From South Lakes HS: South Lakes PE uniforms and other gear can be purchased through our online store! To order, visit: South Lakes HS PE Gear

The PE uniform consists of the t-shirt and shorts (5 in. or 9 in. available). The “GYM PACK” is the full uniform at a discounted price! Long-sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and other great gear is also available.

Use the code #SOUTHLAKES to receive free shipping until August 30, 2020. All orders placed before August 5 will be shipped directly to South Lakes High School and be distributed to students the first week of school! Orders placed between August 5-August 30 will arrive during the third or fourth week of school. Don’t wait to place your order!

Please contact Angelica Ortiz (amortiz@fcps.edu) with any questions.

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RCMS Updates - Week of May 25, 2020

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Helpful Links

Distance Learning:  RCMS Distance Learning

Eighth Period Resources  8th Period Resources

Covid-19 Parent Support:   How to Support Your Child During COVID-19 Closures

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

Be sure to check out our Weekly Virtual Spirit Week Themes:  RCMS Spirit

Locker Retrieval Dates

Teams have been assigned pick-up dates beginning this afternoon.  Please remember to:

1.  Follow designated path and remain in your car.

2. Display student's name in passenger side windshield.

3. Return all school-owned property, labeled with student name.

4. Arrive during your team-assigned time.  Staff will retrieve your child's locker and PE locker contents to return to you.

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ALL STARS:  Tuesday, May 26, 1:00-3:00PM CHAMPIONS: Tuesday, May 26, 3:00-5:00PM DREAM TEAM: Thursday, May 28, 8:00-10:00AM LEGACY: Thursday, May 28, 10:00AM-12:00PM MAJESTICS: Thursday, May 28, 12:00-2:00PM TRAILBLAZERS: Monday, June 1, 10:00AM-12:00PM DOLPHINS: Monday, June 1, 12:00-2:00PM EXPLORERS: Monday, June 1, 2:00-4:00PM VOYAGERS: Tuesday, June 2, 8:00-10:00AM XTREME: Tuesday, June 2, 10:00AM-12:00PM YELLOW JACKETS: Thursday, June 4, 8:00-10:00AM WOLVES: Thursday, June 4, 10:00AM-12:00PM National Junior Honor Society

8th Grade Members: Students should check their FCPSSchools email account for notification as to whether their final GPA qualified them for recognition as members of NJHS. Due to the closing of schools, we have waived the service hours requirement for this year. More information regarding a virtual ceremony will be sent out in the coming weeks, via the NJHS Google Classroom.

7th Grade Students: All 7th grade students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher were emailed an invitation to apply for membership in the RCMS chapter of NJHS. Applications must be submitted via the NJHS Application Google Classroom by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 5, 2020. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this deadline - late applications will NOT be accepted for any reason.

Please email Ms. Joyce (eajoyce@fcps.edu) with any questions regarding NJHS.

Summer VIP Program

The Middle School VIP program will be going virtual for the summer!  Even during these times of social distancing and virtual learning, we want to offer your child a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment. FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week virtual program for middle school students- rising 7th and 8th graders in Fairfax County.  Due to the unprecedented  times, we will also be including our rising 9th graders. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a number of virtual after-school activities in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. The staff is led by your local After-School Specialists and trained DNCS staff.

Details
  • Dates – Monday – Thursday from June 29th - July 30th
  • A mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities
    • Synchronous – staff and students are online working together at the same time
    • Asynchronous – activities that students can work on at any time
  • Location – Virtual
  • Cost – Free
Registration Process

The Online Registration will be available by the beginning of June.  You will be sent another "News You Choose" email with a link to the application.  Participants will receive further details/instructions in mid-June. 

We hope you will consider Virtual VIP this summer!

FCPS Mental Wellness Consultation Service

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their student’s emotional well-being during their time away from school.  Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available.  To schedule a phone consultation, parents should click the following link: https://forms.gle/WKchwGnv4LkezQwG8.

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

FCPS Summer Online Courses

Middle and high school students who meet the course prerequisites can take one online course. Students who have completed a high school math course may take an online campus math class. Middle school students who expunged a high school math course or those wanting to recover a course credit may take the course again. Students need to have a computer and make sure their computer is ready for the online course. Students will not be able to take online courses using tablets and smartphones. Parents or guardians should ask their child’s counselor to make sure the course aligns with the student’s plan.

Feel free to click on this link here for more information regarding FCPS Summer Online Courses.

Expunging High School Credits

High school credit courses taken in grades 7 and 8 become part of the student’s high school transcript and are included in the calculation of the high school Grade Point Average (GPA) and weighted as such. Virginia state and FCPS regulations permit parents/guardians of a middle school student who has completed a high school credit course to have that course expunged from the student’s record.  

The request to remove a course from the transcript must be made in writing to the middle or high school that the student will attend the following year and prior to the end of the first nine weeks of the school year. 

See Request to Expunge High School Courses Taken in Middle School Form.  If you have questions or concerns regarding this, please contact your child’s middle school counselor no later than June 13, 2020.  After this date, please contact your child’s high school counselor.   

Student Intention Form for 2020-21 School Year To be completed by:

Rising 8th grade families who will NOT attend RCMS next year

AND

Rising 9th grade families who will NOT attend their FCPS boundary high school next year

Please complete the student Intention Form 2020-2021 if your student is transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Carson Middle or your boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • Out of the United States

A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to our Student Services Registrar via email at lmlloyd@fcps.edu .  Feel free to contact Mrs. Lloyd if you have any questions.  

FCPS Virtual After School Program

The RCMS After-School program has put together a number of virtual after-school activities to engage middle school students in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. 

FCPS students can access these virtual after-school activities by joining the individual after school classroom using the appropriate classroom code.  Codes are located on the After School website (linked below).

Once your student has joined the classroom, there are a variety of activities (topics) they can choose from in the "Classwork" tab. We hope your students enjoy this site, and that it helps them actively pursue their interests during this time of social distancing. If you or your student have ideas for other activities, please email the After School Specialist, Adam Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu.

Be Safe! Be Active!  And know that we are here for you and your family! 

Please check the RCMS After School website for after school club updates.

Virtual STEAM Challenge

The Kuma Foundation provides STEAM challenges and curriculum for grades K-8.  Join them here on Monday mornings at 9:00AM to connect to their Facebook page, where you will find more virtual STEAM challenges, and another chance to win $100.  Play along to earn points by completing daily STEAM tasks!

The Fine Print:
1. Kuma Foundation employees and their families are not eligible to win.
2. Contest is open to kids ages 5-18.
3. Challenges must be completed by midnight on the day they were issued.
4. 1 point will be awarded for every challenge completed as per the challenge instructions.
5. Challenges may not be completed more than once (for points).
6. Challenges will be posted at 9am and 1pm, Monday - Friday.
6. In the event of a tie, a random drawing will determine the winner.
8. Winners will be announced on Saturday morning.

Yearbooks Still for Sale

2019-2020 Yearbooks are available for sale at www.MySchoolBucks.com or you may scan the QR  for a direct link.  Information regarding yearbook distribution will be sent out at a later date.

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 Oakton HS:  If you love to dance and are interested in trying out for the Oakton High School Dance team for the 2020-2021 year, the Dance Team is holding a virtual Tryouts Prep Clinic!  The clinic will teach a variety of skills and choreography that will be helpful for preparing for tryouts. We don’t have information yet about exactly when/how tryouts will happen, but we want to be able to contact you when we do! If you are interested in tryouts information and participating in the Virtual Dance Clinic, complete the OHS Dance Team Tryouts Interest Form.  If you have questions, please reach out to Coach Rowley at kmrowley@fcps.edu.

 

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RCMS Updates - Week of May 18, 2020

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Distance Learning Plan Updates

We thank all of our students and families for your patience and understanding as we make strides with our plans for distance learning.  Know that these plans are evolving as RCMS aligns with the plans and resources directed by FCPS.  Mr. Stokes will continue to send updates about the latest elements of distance learning.  Please continue to stay tuned for those updates. 

Our Distance Learning page can be found on the RCMS website at:  RCMS Distance Learning

“Our weekly schedule includes time for 8th period.  This is an optional time period that is intended for student enrichment.  Please visit the 8th period link on our school website.  You will find information about our after school program and resources from our Library.  8th Period Resources

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

Be sure to check out our Weekly Virtual Spirit Week Themes:  RCMS Spirit

View Today's Parent Coffee

We enjoyed connecting with families today via our Virtual Parent Coffee.  If you were unable to attend, you can find a recording of the meeting at May 19 Virtual Parent Coffee.

Clinic Medication Pick-Up

Last week, we emailed families who have medications on file in the RCMS Clinic.  If you have already signed up for a pick-up time, thank you.  If you have not, please do so here: RCMS Clinic Medication Pick-Up.  If you do not intend on picking up medications, please email Lesa Lloyd, lmlloyd@fcps.edu.  As a reminder, any medications remaining in the clinic after the scheduled pick-up times will be discarded in accordance with FCPS/Health Department regulations.

FCPS Mental Wellness Consultation Service

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their student’s emotional well-being during their time away from school.  Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available.  To schedule a phone consultation, parents should click the following link: https://forms.gle/WKchwGnv4LkezQwG8.

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

Support for Parents during COVID-19 Closures

We recognize that these extended closures are an unprecedented time for all members of our school community including staff, students, and also parents. Here is a guide for parents as to how you can continue to support your child at home to ensure their socio-emotional health and wellness. How to Support Your Child During COVID-19 Closures

Student Intention Form for 2020-21 School Year To be completed by:

Rising 8th grade families who will NOT attend RCMS next year

AND

Rising 9th grade families who will NOT attend their FCPS boundary high school next year

Please complete the student Intention Form 2020-2021 if your student is transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Carson Middle or your boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • Out of the United States

A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to our Student Services Registrar via email at lmlloyd@fcps.edu .  Feel free to contact Mrs. Lloyd if you have any questions.  

Student Services Updates

Our Student Services Department misses all our students and families every day. We are heartbroken and disappointed that the end of this school year will not be face to face as we would have wanted, but we are here to provide support for our students and families, nonetheless. We understand this time is very stressful and confusing for all of us, but together we  can get through this challenging time. We are still here to support you and your students. Rachel Carson Student Services Team will be sharing activities, tips, and ideas that we hope you will incorporate into your weekly routines.  We have created our own Google site that students and parents have access to where we will post self-care tips, organization strategies, and other activities ranging from wellness to management. 

Rachel Carson Student Services Site

  Address Changes

If you need to change or update your mailing address please contact Lesa Lloyd, RCMS Registrar at lmlloyd@fcps.edu

FCPS Virtual After School Program

The RCMS After-School program has put together a number of virtual after-school activities to engage middle school students in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. 

FCPS students can access these virtual after-school activities by joining the individual after school classroom using the appropriate classroom code.  Codes are located on the After School website (linked below).

Once your student has joined the classroom, there are a variety of activities (topics) they can choose from in the "Classwork" tab. We hope your students enjoy this site, and that it helps them actively pursue their interests during this time of social distancing. If you or your student have ideas for other activities, please email the After School Specialist, Adam Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu.

Be Safe! Be Active!  And know that we are here for you and your family! 

Please check the RCMS After School website for after school club updates.

 

Virtual STEAM Challenge

The Kuma Foundation provides STEAM challenges and curriculum for grades K-8.  Join them here on Monday mornings at 9:00AM to connect to their Facebook page, where you will find more virtual STEAM challenges, and another chance to win $100.  Play along to earn points by completing daily STEAM tasks!

The Fine Print:
1. Kuma Foundation employees and their families are not eligible to win.
2. Contest is open to kids ages 5-18.
3. Challenges must be completed by midnight on the day they were issued.
4. 1 point will be awarded for every challenge completed as per the challenge instructions.
5. Challenges may not be completed more than once (for points).
6. Challenges will be posted at 9am and 1pm, Monday - Friday.
6. In the event of a tie, a random drawing will determine the winner.
8. Winners will be announced on Saturday morning.

Yearbooks Still for Sale

2019-2020 Yearbooks are available for sale at www.MySchoolBucks.com or you may scan the QR  for a direct link.  Information regarding yearbook distribution will be sent out at a later date.

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 Oakton HS:  If you love to dance and are interested in trying out for the Oakton High School Dance team for the 2020-2021 year, the Dance Team is holding a virtual Tryouts Prep Clinic!  The clinic will teach a variety of skills and choreography that will be helpful for preparing for tryouts. We don’t have information yet about exactly when/how tryouts will happen, but we want to be able to contact you when we do! If you are interested in tryouts information and participating in the Virtual Dance Clinic, complete the OHS Dance Team Tryouts Interest Form.  If you have questions, please reach out to Coach Rowley at kmrowley@fcps.edu.

 

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Carson MS Virtual Parent Coffee

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Virtual Parent Coffee

Good morning families,

This is a reminder about tomorrow’s Virtual Parent Coffee.  This will occur on Tuesday, May 19, at 9:00AM.  The coffee is a time to hear from Mr. Stokes and other RCMS staff members about distance learning and other details relating to the final weeks of the school year.  It’s also a great time to pose questions to school staff.

We will use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to conduct the meeting.  Please join us using the following link: 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/af18af426d7e4ee09649093ead208bd2

The session will open starting at 8:45AM.

In addition, if you want to pose a question in advance, please share your question using this form:  Virtual Parent Coffee Question Form

Thank you and we look forward to the opportunity to engage with you.

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RCMS Updates - Week of May 11, 2020

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Thank you, PTA!

This year's Teacher Appreciation Week was like no other, but it was definitely memorable and very special in so many ways.  To our hardworking and devoted PTA, we thank you for the Chipotle gift certificates for our staff - we will all appreciate a chance to step away from our kitchens and let someone else do the cooking!

RCMS Staff Misses You!

In case you missed this last week, be sure to check out:

Carson Cares Message to Students

Distance Learning Plan Updates

We thank all of our students and families for your patience and understanding as we make strides with our plans for distance learning.  Know that these plans are evolving as RCMS aligns with the plans and resources directed by FCPS.  Mr. Stokes will continue to send updates about the latest elements of distance learning.  Please continue to stay tuned for those updates. 

Our Distance Learning page can be found on the RCMS website at:  RCMS Distance Learning

“Our weekly schedule includes time for 8th period.  This is an optional time period that is intended for student enrichment.  Please visit the 8th period link on our school website.  You will find information about our after school program and resources from our Library.  8th Period Resources

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

Be sure to check out our Weekly Virtual Spirit Week Themes:  RCMS Spirit

May 19 - Virtual Parent Coffee, 9:00-10:00AM

Coronavirus Updates

As COVID-19 circumstances continue to evolve, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is working with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to share updated information with the community, as it becomes available.  In an effort to help our families 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.

Virtual Parent Coffee

Join us on Tuesday, May 19, for the next Virtual Parent Coffee.  This is a chance to hear from Mr. Stokes and other members of the RCMS team about distance learning and planning for the close-out of this school year.  It is also an opportunity to share your questions and feedback with the staff.  The coffee will start at 9:00AM using the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra platform.  Please be on the lookout for a link to the meeting.  We will send this message on Monday, May 18.  We look forward to your presence.

FCPS Mental Wellness Consultation Service

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their student’s emotional well-being during their time away from school.  Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available.  To schedule a phone consultation, parents should click the following link: https://forms.gle/WKchwGnv4LkezQwG8.

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

Support for Parents during COVID-19 Closures

We recognize that these extended closures are an unprecedented time for all members of our school community including staff, students, and also parents. Here is a guide for parents as to how you can continue to support your child at home to ensure their socio-emotional health and wellness. How to Support Your Child During COVID-19 Closures

Student Intention Form for 2020-21 School Year To be completed by:

Rising 8th grade families who will NOT attend RCMS next year

AND

Rising 9th grade families who will NOT attend their FCPS boundary high school next year

Please complete the student Intention Form 2020-2021 if your student is transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Carson Middle or your boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • Out of the United States

A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to our Student Services Registrar via email at lmlloyd@fcps.edu .  Feel free to contact Mrs. Lloyd if you have any questions.  

Student Services Updates

Our Student Services Department misses all our students and families every day. We are heartbroken and disappointed that the end of this school year will not be face to face as we would have wanted, but we are here to provide support for our students and families, nonetheless. We understand this time is very stressful and confusing for all of us, but together we  can get through this challenging time. We are still here to support you and your students. Rachel Carson Student Services Team will be sharing activities, tips, and ideas that we hope you will incorporate into your weekly routines.  We have created our own Google site that students and parents have access to where we will post self-care tips, organization strategies, and other activities ranging from wellness to management. 

Rachel Carson Student Services Site

  Address Changes

If you need to change or update your mailing address please contact Lesa Lloyd, RCMS Registrar at lmlloyd@fcps.edu

FCPS Virtual After School Program

The RCMS After-School program has put together a number of virtual after-school activities to engage middle school students in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. 

FCPS students can access these virtual after-school activities by joining the individual after school classroom using the appropriate classroom code.  Codes are located on the After School website (linked below).

Once your student has joined the classroom, there are a variety of activities (topics) they can choose from in the "Classwork" tab. We hope your students enjoy this site, and that it helps them actively pursue their interests during this time of social distancing. If you or your student have ideas for other activities, please email the After School Specialist, Adam Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu.

Be Safe! Be Active!  And know that we are here for you and your family! 

Please check the RCMS After School website for after school club updates.

 

Virtual STEAM Challenge

The Kuma Foundation provides STEAM challenges and curriculum for grades K-8.  Join them here on Monday mornings at 9:00AM to connect to their Facebook page, where you will find more virtual STEAM challenges, and another chance to win $100.  Play along to earn points by completing daily STEAM tasks!

The Fine Print:
1. Kuma Foundation employees and their families are not eligible to win.
2. Contest is open to kids ages 5-18.
3. Challenges must be completed by midnight on the day they were issued.
4. 1 point will be awarded for every challenge completed as per the challenge instructions.
5. Challenges may not be completed more than once (for points).
6. Challenges will be posted at 9am and 1pm, Monday - Friday.
6. In the event of a tie, a random drawing will determine the winner.
8. Winners will be announced on Saturday morning.

Yearbooks Still for Sale

2019-2020 Yearbooks are available for sale at www.MySchoolBucks.com or you may scan the QR  for a direct link.  Information regarding yearbook distribution will be sent out at a later date.

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 Oakton HS:  If you love to dance and are interested in trying out for the Oakton High School Dance team for the 2020-2021 year, the Dance Team is holding a virtual Tryouts Prep Clinic!  The clinic will teach a variety of skills and choreography that will be helpful for preparing for tryouts. We don’t have information yet about exactly when/how tryouts will happen, but we want to be able to contact you when we do! If you are interested in tryouts information and participating in the Virtual Dance Clinic, complete the OHS Dance Team Tryouts Interest Form.  If you have questions, please reach out to Coach Rowley at kmrowley@fcps.edu.

From Oakton HS: Find out how to make 120+ new friends at Oakton High School before classes even start next year! JOIN COLOR GUARD! No experience necessary! Are you a friendly, energetic, and fun-loving person? Are you interested in becoming a member of a close-knit group that works hard together with the Marching Cougars Band to perform a spectacular show under the Friday night lights at Football Games and in competitions throughout the Fall Season? If you have a willingness to learn and a desire to join a great group of fellow Cougars, then join us! Color Guard members do not need to be part of the band or orchestra programs. Attend the Oakton Color Guard Virtual Interest Meeting on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 pm and find out about the Color Guard about registration.  Use FCPS Google Classroom code p67swi4 . Find out more information and fill out the interest sheet at https://oaktonbands.org/colorguard/ after 01 May. Forms will be available sometime after 01 May at https://oaktonbands.org/forms/#mbforms and https://oaktonbands.org/colorguard/ and are due via mailing on 27 May. Unable to attend or still have questions? Contact Coach Strebeck at mrstrebeck@fcps.edu. We want YOU!

 

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RCMS Updates - Week of May 4, 2020

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RCMS Staff Misses You!

Although we are able to connect with our students during our online distance learning journey, we want our students to know how very much we miss them.  As we continue to celebrate our teachers at Carson this week, they too have a message of inspiration and encouragement to share with our students. We hope you'll enjoy viewing our

Carson Cares Message to Students

Distance Learning Plan Updates

We thank all of our students and families for your patience and understanding as we make strides with our plans for distance learning.  Know that these plans are evolving as RCMS aligns with the plans and resources directed by FCPS.  Mr. Stokes will continue to send updates about the latest elements of distance learning.  Please continue to stay tuned for those updates. 

Our Distance Learning page can be found on the RCMS website at:  RCMS Distance Learning

“Our weekly schedule includes time for 8th period.  This is an optional time period that is intended for student enrichment.  Please visit the 8th period link on our school website.  You will find information about our after school program and resources from our Library.  8th Period Resources

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

Be sure to check out our Weekly Virtual Spirit Week Themes:  RCMS Spirit

Coronavirus Updates

As COVID-19 circumstances continue to evolve, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is working with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to share updated information with the community, as it becomes available.  In an effort to help our families 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.

Virtual STEAM Challenge

The Kuma Foundation provides STEAM challenges and curriculum for grades K-8.  Join them here on Monday mornings to connect to their Facebook page, where you will find more virtual STEAM challenges, and another chance to win $100.  Play along to earn points by completing daily STEAM tasks!

Join us Monday morning at 9am (EST) for Challenge #1!

The Fine Print:
1. Kuma Foundation employees and their families are not eligible to win.
2. Contest is open to kids ages 5-18.
3. Challenges must be completed by midnight on the day they were issued.
4. 1 point will be awarded for every challenge completed as per the challenge instructions.
5. Challenges may not be completed more than once (for points).
6. Challenges will be posted at 9am and 1pm, Monday - Friday.
6. In the event of a tie, a random drawing will determine the winner.
8. Winners will be announced on Saturday morning.

Cooking Challenges (optional activities)

Do you have an interest in cooking, baking, or recipes?

If so you may be interested in joining one of Ms. Perrine’s Cooking Challenges. The first of which is in progress, but it’s not too late to join. 

Click here to find information and directions on how to participate.  The first challenge centers on Tortillas in honor of Cinco de Mayo.  

2020-2021 Course Registration for RCMS Students

Due to the school building closure we will be unable to mail out course requests letters to parents this school year. All Rising 8th grade students course selection process has been completed for next year.  Parents can review their child’s selections by logging into SIS ParentVUE and clicking “Course Requests” on the left.  While every effort is made to accommodate students’ elective choices, we cannot guarantee placement in any particular elective course until the student’s schedule is finalized in August. Some adjustments have already been made based on auditions, closed classes, required prerequisites, ESOL, and special education classes. Contact your child’s counselor for any questions. If you want to make a request to change, email Ms. Tawil Student Services Assistant at ajtawil@fcps.edu please do so no later than May 15, 2020. Also, your child's teachers are great resources if you have any questions regarding core subjects and/or intervention courses. 

 

Student Intention Form for 2020-21 School Year To be completed by:

Rising 8th grade families who will NOT attend RCMS next year

AND

Rising 9th grade families who will NOT attend their FCPS boundary high school next year

Please complete the student Intention Form 2020-2021 if your student is transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Carson Middle or your boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • Out of the United States

A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to our Student Services Registrar via email at lmlloyd@fcps.edu .  Feel free to contact Mrs. Lloyd if you have any questions.  

Student Services Updates

Our Student Services Department misses all our students and families every day. We are heartbroken and disappointed that the end of this school year will not be face to face as we would have wanted, but we are here to provide support for our students and families, nonetheless. We understand this time is very stressful and confusing for all of us, but together we  can get through this challenging time. We are still here to support you and your students. Rachel Carson Student Services Team will be sharing activities, tips, and ideas that we hope you will incorporate into your weekly routines.  We have created our own Google site that students and parents have access to where we will post self-care tips, organization strategies, and other activities ranging from wellness to management. 

Rachel Carson Student Services Site

3rd Quarter Grading Update

The School Board was briefed that no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE; however, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until May 1 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year.

ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.

Report card mailings to all parents/guardians who have not opted into electronic delivery will begin on May 12, 2020.

Address Changes

If you need to change or update your mailing address please contact Lesa Lloyd, RCMS Registrar at lmlloyd@fcps.edu

FCPS Virtual After School Program

FCPS Middle School After-School has put together a number of virtual after-school activities to engage middle school students in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. 

FCPS students can access these virtual after-school activities by joining the "FCPS MS After-School @ Home" Google Classroom.  The classroom code is: t673w7v.

Once your student has joined the classroom, there are a variety of activities (topics) they can choose from in the "Classwork" tab. We hope your students enjoy this site, and that it helps them actively pursue their interests during this time of social distancing. If you or your student have ideas for other activities, please email your After-School Program Specialist or use the "FCPS MS @ Home Interest Form" located on the classroom home page. 

Be Safe! Be Active!  And know that we are here for you and your family! 

Please check the RCMS After School website for after school club updates.

Yearbooks Still for Sale

2019-2020 Yearbooks are available for sale at www.MySchoolBucks.com or you may scan the QR  for a direct link.  Information regarding yearbook distribution will be sent out at a later date.

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 Oakton HS: Find out how to make 120+ new friends at Oakton High School before classes even start next year! JOIN COLOR GUARD! No experience necessary! Are you a friendly, energetic, and fun-loving person? Are you interested in becoming a member of a close-knit group that works hard together with the Marching Cougars Band to perform a spectacular show under the Friday night lights at Football Games and in competitions throughout the Fall Season? If you have a willingness to learn and a desire to join a great group of fellow Cougars, then join us! Color Guard members do not need to be part of the band or orchestra programs. Attend the Oakton Color Guard Virtual Interest Meeting on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 pm and find out about the Color Guard about registration.  Use FCPS Google Classroom code p67swi4 . Find out more information and fill out the interest sheet at https://oaktonbands.org/colorguard/ after 01 May. Forms will be available sometime after 01 May at https://oaktonbands.org/forms/#mbforms and https://oaktonbands.org/colorguard/ and are due via mailing on 27 May. Unable to attend or still have questions? Contact Coach Strebeck at mrstrebeck@fcps.edu. We want YOU!

 

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Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of April 27, 2020

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Distance Learning Plan Updates

We thank all of our students and families for your patience and understanding as we make strides with our plans for distance learning.  Know that these plans are evolving as RCMS aligns with the plans and resources directed by FCPS.  Mr. Stokes will continue to send updates about the latest elements of distance learning.  Please continue to stay tuned for those updates. 

Our Distance Learning page can be found on the RCMS website at:  RCMS Distance Learning

“Our weekly schedule includes time for 8th period.  This is an optional time period that is intended for student enrichment.  Please visit the 8th period link on our school website.  You will find information about our after school program and resources from our Library.  8th Period Resources

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

Be sure to check out our Weekly Virtual Spirit Week Themes:  RCMS Spirit

Coronavirus Updates

As COVID-19 circumstances continue to evolve, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is working with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to share updated information with the community, as it becomes available.  In an effort to help our families 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.

2020-2021 Course Registration for RCMS Students

Due to the school building closure we will be unable to mail out course requests letters to parents this school year. All Rising 8th grade students course selection process has been completed for next year.  Parents can review their child’s selections by logging into SIS ParentVUE and clicking “Course Requests” on the left.  While every effort is made to accommodate students’ elective choices, we cannot guarantee placement in any particular elective course until the student’s schedule is finalized in August. Some adjustments have already been made based on auditions, closed classes, required prerequisites, ESOL, and special education classes. Contact your child’s counselor for any questions. If you want to make a request to change, email Ms. Tawil Student Services Assistant at ajtawil@fcps.edu please do so no later than May 15, 2020. Also, your child's teachers are great resources if you have any questions regarding core subjects and/or intervention courses. 

 

Student Intention Form for 2020-21 School Year To be completed by:

Rising 8th grade families who will NOT attend RCMS next year

AND

Rising 9th grade families who will NOT attend their FCPS boundary high school next year

Please complete the student Intention Form 2020-2021 if your student is transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Carson Middle or your boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • Out of the United States

A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to our Student Services Registrar via email at lmlloyd@fcps.edu .  Feel free to contact Mrs. Lloyd if you have any questions.  

Student Services Updates

Our Student Services Department misses all our students and families every day. We are heartbroken and disappointed that the end of this school year will not be face to face as we would have wanted, but we are here to provide support for our students and families, nonetheless. We understand this time is very stressful and confusing for all of us, but together we  can get through this challenging time. We are still here to support you and your students. Rachel Carson Student Services Team will be sharing activities, tips, and ideas that we hope you will incorporate into your weekly routines.  We have created our own Google site that students and parents have access to where we will post self-care tips, organization strategies, and other activities ranging from wellness to management. 

Rachel Carson Student Services Site

3rd Quarter Grading Update

The School Board was briefed that no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE; however, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until May 1 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year.

ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.

Report card mailings to all parents/guardians who have not opted into electronic delivery will begin on May 12, 2020.

Address Changes

If you need to change or update your mailing address please contact Lesa Lloyd, RCMS Registrar at lmlloyd@fcps.edu

FCPS Virtual After School Program

FCPS Middle School After-School has put together a number of virtual after-school activities to engage middle school students in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. 

FCPS students can access these virtual after-school activities by joining the "FCPS MS After-School @ Home" Google Classroom.  The classroom code is: t673w7v.

Once your student has joined the classroom, there are a variety of activities (topics) they can choose from in the "Classwork" tab. We hope your students enjoy this site, and that it helps them actively pursue their interests during this time of social distancing. If you or your student have ideas for other activities, please email your After-School Program Specialist or use the "FCPS MS @ Home Interest Form" located on the classroom home page. 

Be Safe! Be Active!  And know that we are here for you and your family! 

Please check the RCMS After School website for after school club updates.

Yearbooks Still for Sale

2019-2020 Yearbooks are available for sale at www.MySchoolBucks.com or you may scan the QR  for a direct link.  Information regarding yearbook distribution will be sent out at a later date.

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:

No news to share this week.

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 April 20, 2020

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Distance Learning Plan Updates

We thank all of our students and families for your patience and understanding as we make strides with our plans for distance learning.  Know that these plans are evolving as RCMS aligns with the plans and resources directed by FCPS.  Mr. Stokes will continue to send updates about the latest elements of distance learning.  Please continue to stay tuned for those updates.  Thank you.

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

No upcoming events this week

Coronavirus Updates

As COVID-19 circumstances continue to evolve, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is working with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to share updated information with the community, as it becomes available.  In an effort to help our families 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.

Student Services Updates

Our Student Services Department misses all our students and families every day. We are heartbroken and disappointed that the end of this school year will not be face to face as we would have wanted, but we are here to provide support for our students and families, nonetheless. We understand this time is very stressful and confusing for all of us, but together we  can get through this challenging time. We are still here to support you and your students. Rachel Carson Student Services Team will be sharing activities, tips, and ideas that we hope you will incorporate into your weekly routines.  We have created our own Google site that students and parents have access to where we will post self-care tips, organization strategies, and other activities ranging from wellness to management. 

Rachel Carson Student Services Site

3rd Quarter Grading Update

The School Board was briefed that no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE; however, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until May 1 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year.

ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.

Report card mailings to all parents/guardians who have not opted into electronic delivery will begin on May 12, 2020.

Address Changes

If you need to change or update your mailing address please contact Lesa Lloyd, RCMS Registrar at lmlloyd@fcps.edu

TSA (Technology Student Association) Congratulations to the following members of TSA for their success at the Northern VA Regional Fair:

Career Prep

1st place- Akshaya Charravarthy

3rd place- Sampriti Muthuswamy

5th place- Varsha Ayyala

9th place- Ananya Karunakaram

10th place- Yajushi Gokhale

Community Service Video

1st place Team 1- RCMS

Digital Photography

1st place- Emma Mathew

Promotional Marketing

1st place- Ruthika Mamidi

2nd place- Sampriti Muthuswamy

5th place- Arnav Mathur

6th place- Yajushi Gokhale

STEM Animation

2nd place- Team 2- RCMS

7th place- Team 3- RCMS

After School Program

Please check the RCMS After School website for after school club updates.

Yearbooks Still for Sale

2019-2020 Yearbooks are available for sale at www.MySchoolBucks.com or you may scan the QR  for a direct link.  Information regarding yearbook distribution will be sent out at a later date.

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:

No news to share this week.

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 Virtual Parent Coffee (Tuesday, April 14)

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Virtual Parent Coffee - Tuesday, April 14

Greeting parents.  You are invited to attend our Virtual Parent Coffee.  This will occur on Tuesday, April 14, starting at 11:00 AM.

This is a great opportunity to hear from Mr. Stokes and other Carson staff members regarding:

  • The RCMS Distance Learning Plan
  • Student participation expectations
  • Grading for the 3rd and 4th Quarters
  • Supports available from our Student Services Department
  • A chance for questions and answers.

We will use the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra platform to connect with one another.  Please click on this link to join the gathering:  https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/ac4b26b1f2ad4449ae572e21ff7f8f2a  The portal will open starting at 10:45AM.  You can also call into the gathering using:  571-392-7650  PIN:  9188560291

Please sign-in with your first and last name.  Once in the meeting, you can post a hello message in the chat feature.

(Please avoid using Internet Explorer to access this platform).

The session will be recorded and posted for those who are unable to attend.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation.

 

Sincerely,

The RCMS Staff

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Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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