Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of June 10

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • August 19 - 1st day of school 

 

  • Message from Mr. Stokes 
  • Summer office hours
  • Overdue Library Books!
  • Student Services Information
  • Other Schools Are Sharing
August 19th is the first day of school A Message From Principal Stokes

Greetings Panthers,

We made it.  Last day of school and the 23-24 school year is in the books.  On behalf of the Carson staff, I want to share my thanks and praise for this year’s students.  It was an honor to see you achieve in the classroom, perform on stage and in concert, and see you engaged with extracurricular activities.  I am proud of who you are as individuals and what you accomplished throughout the year.  To our 8th grade students, we wish you much success in high school and beyond.  Once a Panther, always a Panther.  For our 7th graders, we look forward to your return and continuing the journey with you next year.  Thank you to all of our families for the support.  We value your contributions to our learning environment. 

Please have an enjoyable and safe summer.

Sincerely,
Gordon Stokes

The office summer hours will be M- F - 9-12pm Laptops and Chargers Collection

 

 Students who are enrolled in a summer program will return their laptop after the summer program is concluded.  Laptop return information for students in summer programs will be sent to families at a later date.

Carson Tech Team

Medication Pickup

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 12:15 PM on Wednesday, June 12.Medications left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student. 

 If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program.  Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s). 

If you have any questions, please contact your school health room aide, Zahida Choudhary, at (703) 925-3610 or [email protected], or your school public health nurse, Hannah Wilkinson, at (571) 595-6273 or [email protected].

🥗Remember to Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance 

It’s a busy time of year, and we know there are many priorities on families’ plates. As we approach the end of the school year, it is important to remember to check your students’ MySchoolBucks account and pay any remaining school meal balance. 

Families that earn less than 185% of poverty level qualify for free and reduced-price meals. However, an application must be completed and submitted each school year to receive that benefit. The application for the 2024-25 school year will be available this summer. 

If families have a current balance and think they may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals, please fill out the FRM application for the 2023-24 school year. Get more information about free and reduced-price lunch.

All Carson Library books were due Wed, May 29th. Overdue notices were emailed out again to students and parents today, June 5. If books can’t be found after diligent searching, students must pay for lost books. Payment must be made via My School Bucks. Directions can be found in the Library’s Schoology Course on the Updates feed or in the Library Information folder. Questions? Please reach out to a librarian, [email protected] or [email protected]. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Ellen Bickford

Librarian @ Carson MS

Fairfax County Public Schools

Virtual Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from Monday, June 24, through Friday, August 2. Any FCPS parent or secondary student can schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or social worker by phone or videoconference. 

Parents of students in any grade level can request a consultation to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, and academic success. Information about community resources will also be provided.

Middle or high school students can request a consultation to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes. Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time management.

We encourage all families to take advantage of this service. Request a consultation or call and leave a message at 703-503-2520.

Online Campus Summer Registration Closing Soon!

Registration for summer classes with FCPS' Online Campus will close on Friday, June 7. Online campus courses are for students in grades 7-12. Email [email protected] or call 703-503-7781 with any questions.

Mathematics Independent Learning Options for Families

Summer enrichment opportunities can provide students access to review and support meaningful learning experiences aligned to course objectives. Required summer assignments are not allowed as they can pose barriers for students who are unable to complete them and create the perception that the rigor of a course is only accessible for those with conditions that support structured learning over the summer. 

The purpose of optional summer enrichment might be to:

  • Activate students’ background knowledge and skills;
  • Provide opportunity to review introductory topics/prerequisites for the course; or 
  • Create or enhance enthusiasm and interest in a subject or to serve as a springboard for future learning.

Summer enrichment activities should not be given to learn new material or fill large gaps as a result of the pandemic. Whenever possible, it is recommended to provide students with voice and choice in their learning. Linked below are options that can be shared with students and families.

Summer Learning Options Mathematics ES

Summer Learning Options Mathematics SS

Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions.

📈 New SOL Growth Reports for Grade 3-8 TestsVirginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, along with other student data, help demonstrate in which subjects or topics students may need additional academic support.

In order to help interpret SOL results for parents, the Virginia Department of Education has released new Standards of Learning Growth Parent Reports for families of students who took grade 3-8 SOL math and reading tests this spring. 

The Growth Parent Report ties together scores from fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) with the student’s current spring SOL results to show their trend in academic progress this year. 

Learn how to understand your student’s grade 3-8 SOL results and find resources to support their ongoing learning.Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE Signing up for a SIS ParentVUE account helps you to support your child’s academic success. Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment scores. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. A SIS ParentVUE app is available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more. To create a new account, please contact [email protected] for an activation letter. 

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information

Student Services Updates

HS Credit Course Expunge Process

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 14.

Once deleted, the course and grade awarded cannot be reinstated.

Courses taken in the summer session following student promotion from the eighth grade are ineligible for removal from the high school transcript.

 

Student Intention Forms 

The school year is almost over and we are preparing for the 2024-2025 school year.  If you are moving over the summer and your child is not returning to RCMS next school year, please notify us by completing the Intention Form and emailing Ms. Skold at [email protected]  at your earliest convenience. This information will enable us to prepare transcript information so that it is available when requested by your child’s school.

 

7th Grade Immunization Requirement

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

  • To meet the Meningococcal (MenACWY) requirement, the vaccination must be administered at age 10 or older.       
  • As a parent/guardian, you may decide that your child not receive the HPV vaccination. The school does not require documentation if a parent/guardian elects for their student not to receive the HPV vaccination.

ACTION REQUESTED: Please provide one of the following immunization documents to the Student Information Assistant (SIA) or Registrar at your child’s current elementary school as soon as possible:

  1. An immunization record showing that the child has received at least one dose of each of the required immunizations listed above.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.

4.            A notarized Religious Exemption Form 

Immunizations are available from your child’s healthcare provider, the Fairfax County Health Department, or other community resources. 

Fairfax County Health Department

Low Cost Healthcare Resources

Health and Community Resources

Save the Dates! Mason Math Odyssey Enrichment Camp at GMU

July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Mason Math Odyssey enrichment camp (MMO) is a place for rising 6th - 9th graders who are curious about math to learn about beautiful mathematics concepts typically not taught in K-12 curriculum. Students will engage in fun and friendly team competitions that will help build mathematical maturity while honing problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills. Camp participants will embark on an exciting mathematical journey through space and time to learn about some of the greatest mathematical discoveries from ancient times to this day, get exposed to some of the fundamental mathematical concepts from the areas of geometry, topology, number theory, probability and algebra, as well as mathematical modeling, and compete for a chance to win the camp trophy. As part of the daily agenda, students will be immersed into one of the mathematical themes through guest lectures, hands-on activities, and group projects featuring Olympiad-style problems as well as simple mathematical puzzles and culminating in a peer and instructor judged presentation.

Where: In-person – GMU Fairfax Campus

Dates: July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Time: 9am - 3pm (drop off and pickup windows TBD)

Cost: $490 includes all materials, activities, and daily lunch!

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2024

 More details: Mason Summer Day Camp | GMU College of Science.

Contact: Jennifer Lawler [email protected]

FCPS Summer Learning and Fun Summer Online Campus

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program. Registration ends Friday, June 7. Math, health and physical education, career and technical education, English, science, social studies, and world language courses are available to eligible students.

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Please go to the following website Summer Learning information page to learn about these summer opportunities:

  • Credit Recovery Academy/ Extended Learning
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance
VIP Camp: July 1 - August 1 Online Tutoring

This is a reminder that all students in FCPS have access to Tutor.com.  This a free service where students have 24/7 access to an on-line tutor.  Students can connect with someone about nearly any school subject.  We encourage all families to take a few minutes to review the basics of Tutor.com and log-in to try out this great resources.  You can go directly to tutor.com or review the FCPS overview page at:  https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/tutoring-options-fcps/tutorcom-online-tutoring-services

Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services We are excited to share a great opportunity that is available to all FCPS students! Your child now has unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. www.fcps.edu Other Schools Are Sharing

For more information on the Oakton HS Dance Team click HERE

Click here to register for the Oakton Field Hockey Camp

Click here for more information about registration for the Oakton Junior Dance Team Camp.

Chantilly High School

Charge Ahead Freshman Orientation Registration & Payment links

Chantilly High School is offering three Freshman Orientation options.  The choices to attend a 1-Day session are either August 6, 7, or 8 from 9:00-1:00 PM.  Students will get a chance to get to know us, ease any anxiety, and learn how to navigate high school life here as a CHARGER.  It’s so fun and you don’t want to miss out!  The cost is $50 per student via MySchoolBucks which includes a Class of 2028 t-shirt, snacks, and a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich.  Registrations are on a first-come first-serve basis until July 28.  Register today to secure your spot.

Payment via students
www.myschoolbucks.com

ClickHERE for information about Chantilly HS Sports

Who to Contact

If you have a question or concern, please visit our website for a full listing of  Who to Contact.  This listing includes all of our administrators, our counselors, and who to speak to regarding a specific content area or class. Contact information for all staff members is listed on our website - just click on the name of the person you wish to contact  to be redirected to their email address: RCMS Staff Directory.

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or [email protected] 
Web | Twitter

Join the RCMS PTA today!  

Click here

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of June 3

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • June 6 & 7 - Laptop & Charger collection in PE
  • June 7  8th Grade Dance 5:30-8pm
  • June 10- 7th Grade field day - (8th grade movie day at school)
  • June 11- 8th Grade field day- (7th grade movie day at school)
  • June 12- Last Day of School - 2hour early release

 

  • Message from Mr. Stokes 
  • Summer office hours
  • Laptop & Charger collection dates
  • Overdue Library Books!
  • Student Services Information
  • Other Schools Are Sharing
A Message From Principal Stokes

Greetings Panthers,

One week…one more week in this school year.  While we look forward to summer, we are continuing the work this week.  Students are completing math and world language final exams.  Culminating projects are being shared in classrooms across the building.  As we wind down, students can reflect on their year and think about the progress they have made as well as areas where they want to grow.  I imagine as students look back, they will be proud of their progress during the school year. 

We are excited for some fun celebrations.  We hope to see many 8th grade students at our 8th Grade Party on Friday evening.  On Monday and Tuesday, all students will engage in team time activities.  Thank you to the families who are providing support for these different events. 


Sincerely,

Gordon Stokes

The last day of school is Wednesday, June 12th.  Students will be released at 12:15 p.m.  Lunch will be served.  Please plan accordingly. 

The office summer hours will be M- F - 9-12pm

Laptops and Chargers Collection

Student laptops and chargers will be collected on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7, 2024.  Laptops and chargers will be collected during your child’s regular PE class.  Students who have a final exam on Thursday that requires laptop use can turn in their laptop on Friday, June 7th.

 Students who are enrolled in a summer program will return their laptop after the summer program is concluded.  Laptop return information for students in summer programs will be sent to families at a later date.

Carson Tech Team

Medication Pickup

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 12:15 PM on Wednesday, June 12.Medications left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student. 

 If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program.  Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s). 

If you have any questions, please contact your school health room aide, Zahida Choudhary, at (703) 925-3610 or [email protected], or your school public health nurse, Hannah Wilkinson, at (571) 595-6273 or [email protected].

🥗Remember to Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance 

It’s a busy time of year, and we know there are many priorities on families’ plates. As we approach the end of the school year, it is important to remember to check your students’ MySchoolBucks account and pay any remaining school meal balance. 

Families that earn less than 185% of poverty level qualify for free and reduced-price meals. However, an application must be completed and submitted each school year to receive that benefit. The application for the 2024-25 school year will be available this summer. 

If families have a current balance and think they may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals, please fill out the FRM application for the 2023-24 school year. Get more information about free and reduced-price lunch.

All Carson Library books were due Wed, May 29th. Overdue notices were emailed out again to students and parents today, June 5. If books can’t be found after diligent searching, students must pay for lost books. Payment must be made via My School Bucks. Directions can be found in the Library’s Schoology Course on the Updates feed or in the Library Information folder. Questions? Please reach out to a librarian, [email protected] or [email protected]. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Ellen Bickford

Librarian @ Carson MS

Fairfax County Public Schools

Online Campus Summer Registration Closing Soon!

Registration for summer classes with FCPS' Online Campus will close on Friday, June 7. Online campus courses are for students in grades 7-12. Email [email protected] or call 703-503-7781 with any questions.

Mathematics Independent Learning Options for Families

Summer enrichment opportunities can provide students access to review and support meaningful learning experiences aligned to course objectives. Required summer assignments are not allowed as they can pose barriers for students who are unable to complete them and create the perception that the rigor of a course is only accessible for those with conditions that support structured learning over the summer. 

The purpose of optional summer enrichment might be to:

  • Activate students’ background knowledge and skills;
  • Provide opportunity to review introductory topics/prerequisites for the course; or 
  • Create or enhance enthusiasm and interest in a subject or to serve as a springboard for future learning.

Summer enrichment activities should not be given to learn new material or fill large gaps as a result of the pandemic. Whenever possible, it is recommended to provide students with voice and choice in their learning. Linked below are options that can be shared with students and families.

Summer Learning Options Mathematics ES

Summer Learning Options Mathematics SS

Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions.

📈 New SOL Growth Reports for Grade 3-8 TestsVirginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, along with other student data, help demonstrate in which subjects or topics students may need additional academic support.

In order to help interpret SOL results for parents, the Virginia Department of Education has released new Standards of Learning Growth Parent Reports for families of students who took grade 3-8 SOL math and reading tests this spring. 

The Growth Parent Report ties together scores from fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) with the student’s current spring SOL results to show their trend in academic progress this year. 

Learn how to understand your student’s grade 3-8 SOL results and find resources to support their ongoing learning.Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE Signing up for a SIS ParentVUE account helps you to support your child’s academic success. Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment scores. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. A SIS ParentVUE app is available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more. To create a new account, please contact [email protected] for an activation letter. 

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information

Student Services Updates

HS Credit Course Expunge Process

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 14.

Once deleted, the course and grade awarded cannot be reinstated.

Courses taken in the summer session following student promotion from the eighth grade are ineligible for removal from the high school transcript.

 

Student Intention Forms 

The school year is almost over and we are preparing for the 2024-2025 school year.  If you are moving over the summer and your child is not returning to RCMS next school year, please notify us by completing the Intention Form and emailing Ms. Skold at [email protected]  at your earliest convenience. This information will enable us to prepare transcript information so that it is available when requested by your child’s school.

 

7th Grade Immunization Requirement

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

  • To meet the Meningococcal (MenACWY) requirement, the vaccination must be administered at age 10 or older.       
  • As a parent/guardian, you may decide that your child not receive the HPV vaccination. The school does not require documentation if a parent/guardian elects for their student not to receive the HPV vaccination.

ACTION REQUESTED: Please provide one of the following immunization documents to the Student Information Assistant (SIA) or Registrar at your child’s current elementary school as soon as possible:

  1. An immunization record showing that the child has received at least one dose of each of the required immunizations listed above.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.

4.            A notarized Religious Exemption Form 

Immunizations are available from your child’s healthcare provider, the Fairfax County Health Department, or other community resources. 

Fairfax County Health Department

Low Cost Healthcare Resources

Health and Community Resources

Rising 7th Graders can register for RCMS-101!

Greetings Rising 7th Panther Families!

Registration for our summer jumpstart program, RCMS-101 is open now and closes June 5th.

Please click on the link below to register for one of the 2 session dates.

Session A- August 5th & 6th from 8:30-12:30

Session B- August 7th & 8th from 8:30-12:30

(Both sessions contain the same content but are separated due to the number of participants) Click the link below to register:

https://forms.gle/qXwMZo7nfge9F2XQ6

Please note, RCMS-101 is a voluntary summer program, not mandatory.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Monique Berkeley – [email protected]

We look forward to working with your students soon!

Save the Dates! Allergy Season

Allergy season is upon us! Tree pollen has been moderate to high, and we are seeing a lot of uncomfortable students in the clinic. Signs and symptoms of allergies include congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes nose and throat, runny nose, fatigue, cough. If your student has known seasonal allergies, it is time to start them back on their allergy medication as directed by your physician."

Sincerely,  

Hannah Wilkinson, BSN, RN 

Public Health Nurse III 

  • New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact [the principal/family liaison/their child’s teacher] regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Guidelines for Religious Activities webpage for more information.

Mason Math Odyssey Enrichment Camp at GMU

July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Mason Math Odyssey enrichment camp (MMO) is a place for rising 6th - 9th graders who are curious about math to learn about beautiful mathematics concepts typically not taught in K-12 curriculum. Students will engage in fun and friendly team competitions that will help build mathematical maturity while honing problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills. Camp participants will embark on an exciting mathematical journey through space and time to learn about some of the greatest mathematical discoveries from ancient times to this day, get exposed to some of the fundamental mathematical concepts from the areas of geometry, topology, number theory, probability and algebra, as well as mathematical modeling, and compete for a chance to win the camp trophy. As part of the daily agenda, students will be immersed into one of the mathematical themes through guest lectures, hands-on activities, and group projects featuring Olympiad-style problems as well as simple mathematical puzzles and culminating in a peer and instructor judged presentation.

Where: In-person – GMU Fairfax Campus

Dates: July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Time: 9am - 3pm (drop off and pickup windows TBD)

Cost: $490 includes all materials, activities, and daily lunch!

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2024

 More details: Mason Summer Day Camp | GMU College of Science.

Contact: Jennifer Lawler [email protected]

FCPS Summer Learning and Fun Summer Online Campus

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program. Registration ends Friday, June 7. Math, health and physical education, career and technical education, English, science, social studies, and world language courses are available to eligible students.

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Please go to the following website Summer Learning information page to learn about these summer opportunities:

  • Credit Recovery Academy/ Extended Learning
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance
VIP Camp: July 1 - August 1 Online Tutoring

This is a reminder that all students in FCPS have access to Tutor.com.  This a free service where students have 24/7 access to an on-line tutor.  Students can connect with someone about nearly any school subject.  We encourage all families to take a few minutes to review the basics of Tutor.com and log-in to try out this great resources.  You can go directly to tutor.com or review the FCPS overview page at:  https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/tutoring-options-fcps/tutorcom-online-tutoring-services

Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services We are excited to share a great opportunity that is available to all FCPS students! Your child now has unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. www.fcps.edu Other Schools Are Sharing

For more information on the Oakton HS Dance Team click HERE

Click here to register for the Oakton Field Hockey Camp

Click here for more information about registration for the Oakton Junior Dance Team Camp.

Chantilly High School

Charge Ahead Freshman Orientation Registration & Payment links

Chantilly High School is offering three Freshman Orientation options.  The choices to attend a 1-Day session are either August 6, 7, or 8 from 9:00-1:00 PM.  Students will get a chance to get to know us, ease any anxiety, and learn how to navigate high school life here as a CHARGER.  It’s so fun and you don’t want to miss out!  The cost is $50 per student via MySchoolBucks which includes a Class of 2028 t-shirt, snacks, and a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich.  Registrations are on a first-come first-serve basis until July 28.  Register today to secure your spot.

Payment via students
www.myschoolbucks.com

ClickHERE for information about Chantilly HS Sports

 

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks

2023-2024 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

Who to Contact

If you have a question or concern, please visit our website for a full listing of  Who to Contact.  This listing includes all of our administrators, our counselors, and who to speak to regarding a specific content area or class. Contact information for all staff members is listed on our website - just click on the name of the person you wish to contact  to be redirected to their email address: RCMS Staff Directory.

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or [email protected] 
Web | Twitter

Join the RCMS PTA today!  

Click here

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of May 27

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • May 28 - NJHS Ceremonies begin 5PM
  • May 28-31- SOL Retakes
  • May 30 - Last Day of Late Buses
  • June 6 & 7 - Laptop & Charger collection in PE
  • June 7  8th Grade Dance 5:30-8pm
  • June 10- 7th Grade field day - (8th grade movie day at school)
  • June 11- 8th Grade field day- (7th grade movie day at school)
  • June 12- Last Day of School - 2hour early release

 

  • Message from Mr. Stokes 
  • Laptop & Charger collection dates
  • RCMS-101 Registration open 
  • SOL Testing Dates/Retakes
  • Student Services Information
  • Other Schools Are Sharing
A Message From Principal Stokes

 

Hello Panthers,

Congratulations to our Technology Student Association (TSA) team.  They placed second in Virginia at the recent statewide Technosphere competition.  Students in TSA demonstrate teamwork and understanding of many scientific concepts during collaborative competitions.  Due to the placing of the team, they were invited to the national TSA competition, occurring in June in Orlando, FL.  We’re proud of these students and Ms. Sharma-Chibber (one of our science teachers and the club sponsor).  This is another example of the positive things that so many of our students are doing during and after the school day.  As we close in on the final weeks of school, it is great to see students continue with positive engagement.

 

Thank you,

Gordon Stokes

Laptops and Chargers Collection

Student laptops and chargers will be collected on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7, 2024.  Laptops and chargers will be collected during your child’s regular PE class.  Students who have a final exam on Thursday that requires laptop use can turn in their laptop on Friday, June 7th.

 Students who are enrolled in a summer program will return their laptop after the summer program is concluded.  Laptop return information for students in summer programs will be sent to families at a later date.

Carson Tech Team

Medication Pickup

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 12:15 PM on Wednesday, June 12.Medications left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student. 

 If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program.  Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s). 

If you have any questions, please contact your school health room aide, Zahida Choudhary, at (703) 925-3610 or [email protected], or your school public health nurse, Hannah Wilkinson, at (571) 595-6273 or [email protected].

National Spelling Bee - RCMS Student competing

https://www.fcps.edu/news/spelling-her-g-e-n-e-s-carson-middle-school-student-follows-sisters-footsteps-competing

 

Spelling is in Her G-E-N-E-S: Carson Middle School Student Follows in Sister’s Footsteps Competing in Scripps National Spelling Bee Ankita Balaji will be the only FCPS student competing in the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee. www.fcps.edu

 

Cancellation: The HIPS Presentation at Oakton High School for May 30thhas been canceled.

Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions.

📈 New SOL Growth Reports for Grade 3-8 TestsVirginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, along with other student data, help demonstrate in which subjects or topics students may need additional academic support.

In order to help interpret SOL results for parents, the Virginia Department of Education has released new Standards of Learning Growth Parent Reports for families of students who took grade 3-8 SOL math and reading tests this spring. 

The Growth Parent Report ties together scores from fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) with the student’s current spring SOL results to show their trend in academic progress this year. 

Learn how to understand your student’s grade 3-8 SOL results and find resources to support their ongoing learning.Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE Signing up for a SIS ParentVUE account helps you to support your child’s academic success. Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment scores. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. A SIS ParentVUE app is available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more. To create a new account, please contact [email protected] for an activation letter. 

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information

Student Services Updates

HS Credit Course Expunge Process

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 14.

Once deleted, the course and grade awarded cannot be reinstated.

Courses taken in the summer session following student promotion from the eighth grade are ineligible for removal from the high school transcript.

 

Student Intention Forms 

The school year is almost over and we are preparing for the 2024-2025 school year.  If you are moving over the summer and your child is not returning to RCMS next school year, please notify us by completing the Intention Form and emailing Ms. Skold at [email protected]  at your earliest convenience. This information will enable us to prepare transcript information so that it is available when requested by your child’s school.

 

7th Grade Immunization Requirement

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

  • To meet the Meningococcal (MenACWY) requirement, the vaccination must be administered at age 10 or older.       
  • As a parent/guardian, you may decide that your child not receive the HPV vaccination. The school does not require documentation if a parent/guardian elects for their student not to receive the HPV vaccination.

ACTION REQUESTED: Please provide one of the following immunization documents to the Student Information Assistant (SIA) or Registrar at your child’s current elementary school as soon as possible:

  1. An immunization record showing that the child has received at least one dose of each of the required immunizations listed above.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.

4.            A notarized Religious Exemption Form 

Immunizations are available from your child’s healthcare provider, the Fairfax County Health Department, or other community resources. 

Fairfax County Health Department

Low Cost Healthcare Resources

Health and Community Resources

Happy Spring Panthers!  Take a look at Student Services’ newsletter to learn more about upcoming events including standardized testing. There are also several summer events including Tech Adventure and Institute for the Arts Camp.   

Rising 7th Graders can register for RCMS-101!

Greetings Rising 7th Panther Families!

Registration for our summer jumpstart program, RCMS-101 is open now and closes June 5th.

Please click on the link below to register for one of the 2 session dates.

Session A- August 5th & 6th from 8:30-12:30

Session B- August 7th & 8th from 8:30-12:30

(Both sessions contain the same content but are separated due to the number of participants) Click the link below to register:

https://forms.gle/qXwMZo7nfge9F2XQ6

Please note, RCMS-101 is a voluntary summer program, not mandatory.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Monique Berkeley – [email protected]

We look forward to working with your students soon!

Save the Dates! Allergy Season

Allergy season is upon us! Tree pollen has been moderate to high, and we are seeing a lot of uncomfortable students in the clinic. Signs and symptoms of allergies include congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes nose and throat, runny nose, fatigue, cough. If your student has known seasonal allergies, it is time to start them back on their allergy medication as directed by your physician."

Sincerely,  

Hannah Wilkinson, BSN, RN 

Public Health Nurse III 

  • New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact [the principal/family liaison/their child’s teacher] regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Guidelines for Religious Activities webpage for more information.

SOL Testing Dates

All students will take the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in May. Testing will begin first thing in the morning (at 7:30 am) to ensure students have adequate testing time before lunch. Please see the testing dates below to ensure your student attends school on the testing day.

7th Grade Students

8th Grade Students

  • Grade 7 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • All levels of Math: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Grade 8 Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW): Wednesday, May 1st
  • All levels of Math (except Algebra 1 Regular): Thursday, May 16th
  • Grade 8 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • Grade 8 Science: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Algebra 1 (regular only): Thursday, May 23rd

The Virginia Department of Education has set the passing score for SOL tests at 400. Students who earn between a 375-399 qualify for a rapid retake of the respective SOL test, with parent/guardian permission. Rapid retake SOL tests will be administered May 28th through May 31st. We are asking that all parents/guardians complete this google form to indicate your preferences for rapid retakes for your student as soon as possible. Should your student qualify for the rapid retake, you and the student will be notified, however retakes can only occur with parent/guardian permission.

Please reach out to your student’s teacher(s), or the school testing coordinator, David Dewett, Testing Coordinator at [email protected]. with questions regarding the SOL exams and/or rapid retakes.

Mason Math Odyssey Enrichment Camp at GMU

July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Mason Math Odyssey enrichment camp (MMO) is a place for rising 6th - 9th graders who are curious about math to learn about beautiful mathematics concepts typically not taught in K-12 curriculum. Students will engage in fun and friendly team competitions that will help build mathematical maturity while honing problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills. Camp participants will embark on an exciting mathematical journey through space and time to learn about some of the greatest mathematical discoveries from ancient times to this day, get exposed to some of the fundamental mathematical concepts from the areas of geometry, topology, number theory, probability and algebra, as well as mathematical modeling, and compete for a chance to win the camp trophy. As part of the daily agenda, students will be immersed into one of the mathematical themes through guest lectures, hands-on activities, and group projects featuring Olympiad-style problems as well as simple mathematical puzzles and culminating in a peer and instructor judged presentation.

Where: In-person – GMU Fairfax Campus

Dates: July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Time: 9am - 3pm (drop off and pickup windows TBD)

Cost: $490 includes all materials, activities, and daily lunch!

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2024

 More details: Mason Summer Day Camp | GMU College of Science.

Contact: Jennifer Lawler [email protected]

FCPS Summer Learning and Fun Career and Technical Education

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 6-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA webpage to register.

Institute for the Arts Camps

IFTA is a two- or three-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9 (graduation requirement), music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register. 

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

Summer is a great time for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement. During the self-directed course, students work independently to complete the requirements. Students must register by Friday, May 24. For more information, see the Summer Learning information page.

Summer Online Campus

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program. Registration ends Friday, June 7. Math, health and physical education, career and technical education, English, science, social studies, and world language courses are available to eligible students.

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Please go to the following website Summer Learning information page to learn about these summer opportunities:

  • Credit Recovery Academy/ Extended Learning
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance
VIP Camp: July 1 - August 1 Online Tutoring

This is a reminder that all students in FCPS have access to Tutor.com.  This a free service where students have 24/7 access to an on-line tutor.  Students can connect with someone about nearly any school subject.  We encourage all families to take a few minutes to review the basics of Tutor.com and log-in to try out this great resources.  You can go directly to tutor.com or review the FCPS overview page at:  https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/tutoring-options-fcps/tutorcom-online-tutoring-services

Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services We are excited to share a great opportunity that is available to all FCPS students! Your child now has unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. www.fcps.edu Thursday, May 30th last day for Late Buses! Other Schools Are Sharing

For more information on the Oakton HS Dance Team click HERE

Oakton High School

8th grade students at Rachel Carson who are interested
in joining cross country at Oakton HS,  there is an Interest Meeting for
rising freshmen on Monday, June 3 at 6 pm in the Oakton HS Cafeteria.

Click the link below for Oakton High School Team meets/events:

https://oaktonsports.net/2024/05/13/cross-country-interest-meetings/

Click here to register for the Oakton Field Hockey Camp

Click here for more information about registration for the Oakton Junior Dance Team Camp.

Chantilly High School

Charge Ahead Freshman Orientation Registration & Payment links

Chantilly High School is offering three Freshman Orientation options.  The choices to attend a 1-Day session are either August 6, 7, or 8 from 9:00-1:00 PM.  Students will get a chance to get to know us, ease any anxiety, and learn how to navigate high school life here as a CHARGER.  It’s so fun and you don’t want to miss out!  The cost is $50 per student via MySchoolBucks which includes a Class of 2028 t-shirt, snacks, and a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich.  Registrations are on a first-come first-serve basis until July 28.  Register today to secure your spot.

Payment via students
www.myschoolbucks.com

ClickHERE for information about Chantilly HS Sports

 

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks

2023-2024 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis.

Who to Contact

If you have a question or concern, please visit our website for a full listing of  Who to Contact.  This listing includes all of our administrators, our counselors, and who to speak to regarding a specific content area or class. Contact information for all staff members is listed on our website - just click on the name of the person you wish to contact  to be redirected to their email address: RCMS Staff Directory.

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or [email protected] 
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Join the RCMS PTA today!  

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Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of May 20

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • May 16, 20, 22, 23 - SOL Test Dates (see detailed schedule below)
  • May 27 - Holiday - Memorial Day - No School
  • May 28 - NJHS Ceremonies begin 5PM
  • May 28-31- SOL Retakes
  • May 30 - Last Day of Late Buses

 

  • Message from Mr. Stokes 
  • RCMS-101 Registration open 
  • SOL Testing Dates/Retakes
  • Student Services Information
  • Other Schools Are Sharing
A Message From Principal Stokes

Greetings Panthers,

These final weeks of the school year are certainly busy.  We are steadily making our way though SOL testing and our culminating projects and assignments.  Please see below for the calendar of testing dates.  Meanwhile, we are having some fun and celebrating our student successes.  It is possible to balance the work and the good times as we close out the school year.  Thank you for your ongoing support.  We look forward to seeing families at concerts and gatherings over the next few weeks.

 

Sincerely,

Gordon Stokes

National Spelling Bee - RCMS Student competing

https://www.fcps.edu/news/spelling-her-g-e-n-e-s-carson-middle-school-student-follows-sisters-footsteps-competing

 

Spelling is in Her G-E-N-E-S: Carson Middle School Student Follows in Sister’s Footsteps Competing in Scripps National Spelling Bee Ankita Balaji will be the only FCPS student competing in the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee. www.fcps.edu

 

Panther Prowl 5K- A Victorious Morning!

Thank you so much for such a great morning. Everyone's hard work and dedication came through beautifully. Having so many people show up in the pouring rain on a Saturday was truly heartwarming. Even better, the skies cleared for the Prowl and cleanup too! 

So much thanks to be given!

First and foremost to Robyn Bywater and the entire Bywater family, for many hours put in ahead of race day, soliciting corporate donors and raffle prizes, formatting t-shirts and logos, organizing t-shirts and race packets, setting up the race course and most importantly envisioning a morning of true Panther spirit and camaraderie. 

To all the teachers and administrators who answered so many (so many!) questions over the last 2 months and wore their t-shirts and encouraged kids to participate in the t-shirt design contest, and handed out raffle prizes and got kids and parents the links to sign up, and even came out and cheered or ran! this morning.

Jen Connor Naylor-PTA

Panther Prowl Committee co-chair

Oakton HS Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) Presentation

Oakton HS will have a Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) presentation for the Oakton Pyramid.  HIPS is a community awareness program to enlighten parents through a unique learning experience encompassing insights into potentially risky behavior.  The presentation will be at OHS in the Lecture Hall on May 30, 2024 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. 

Student Services Updates

HS Credit Course Expunge Process

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 14.

Once deleted, the course and grade awarded cannot be reinstated.

Courses taken in the summer session following student promotion from the eighth grade are ineligible for removal from the high school transcript.

 

Student Intention Forms 

The school year is almost over and we are preparing for the 2024-2025 school year.  If you are moving over the summer and your child is not returning to RCMS next school year, please notify us by completing the Intention Form and emailing Ms. Skold at [email protected]  at your earliest convenience. This information will enable us to prepare transcript information so that it is available when requested by your child’s school.

 

7th Grade Immunization Requirement

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

  • To meet the Meningococcal (MenACWY) requirement, the vaccination must be administered at age 10 or older.       
  • As a parent/guardian, you may decide that your child not receive the HPV vaccination. The school does not require documentation if a parent/guardian elects for their student not to receive the HPV vaccination.

ACTION REQUESTED: Please provide one of the following immunization documents to the Student Information Assistant (SIA) or Registrar at your child’s current elementary school as soon as possible:

  1. An immunization record showing that the child has received at least one dose of each of the required immunizations listed above.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.

4.            A notarized Religious Exemption Form 

Immunizations are available from your child’s healthcare provider, the Fairfax County Health Department, or other community resources. 

Fairfax County Health Department

Low Cost Healthcare Resources

Health and Community Resources

Happy Spring Panthers!  Take a look at Student Services’ newsletter to learn more about upcoming events including standardized testing. There are also several summer events including Tech Adventure and Institute for the Arts Camp.   

Rising 7th Graders can register for RCMS-101!

Greetings Rising 7th Panther Families!

Registration for our summer jumpstart program, RCMS-101 is open now and closes June 5th.

Please click on the link below to register for one of the 2 session dates.

Session A- August 5th & 6th from 8:30-12:30

Session B- August 7th & 8th from 8:30-12:30

(Both sessions contain the same content but are separated due to the number of participants) Click the link below to register:

https://forms.gle/qXwMZo7nfge9F2XQ6

Please note, RCMS-101 is a voluntary summer program, not mandatory.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Monique Berkeley – [email protected]

We look forward to working with your students soon!

Save the Dates! Allergy Season

Allergy season is upon us! Tree pollen has been moderate to high, and we are seeing a lot of uncomfortable students in the clinic. Signs and symptoms of allergies include congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes nose and throat, runny nose, fatigue, cough. If your student has known seasonal allergies, it is time to start them back on their allergy medication as directed by your physician."

Sincerely,  

Hannah Wilkinson, BSN, RN 

Public Health Nurse III 

  • New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact [the principal/family liaison/their child’s teacher] regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Guidelines for Religious Activities webpage for more information.

SOL Testing Dates

All students will take the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in May. Testing will begin first thing in the morning (at 7:30 am) to ensure students have adequate testing time before lunch. Please see the testing dates below to ensure your student attends school on the testing day.

7th Grade Students

8th Grade Students

  • Grade 7 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • All levels of Math: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Grade 8 Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW): Wednesday, May 1st
  • All levels of Math (except Algebra 1 Regular): Thursday, May 16th
  • Grade 8 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • Grade 8 Science: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Algebra 1 (regular only): Thursday, May 23rd

The Virginia Department of Education has set the passing score for SOL tests at 400. Students who earn between a 375-399 qualify for a rapid retake of the respective SOL test, with parent/guardian permission. Rapid retake SOL tests will be administered May 28th through May 31st. We are asking that all parents/guardians complete this google form to indicate your preferences for rapid retakes for your student as soon as possible. Should your student qualify for the rapid retake, you and the student will be notified, however retakes can only occur with parent/guardian permission.

Please reach out to your student’s teacher(s), or the school testing coordinator, David Dewett, Testing Coordinator at [email protected]. with questions regarding the SOL exams and/or rapid retakes.

Mason Math Odyssey Enrichment Camp at GMU

July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Mason Math Odyssey enrichment camp (MMO) is a place for rising 6th - 9th graders who are curious about math to learn about beautiful mathematics concepts typically not taught in K-12 curriculum. Students will engage in fun and friendly team competitions that will help build mathematical maturity while honing problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills. Camp participants will embark on an exciting mathematical journey through space and time to learn about some of the greatest mathematical discoveries from ancient times to this day, get exposed to some of the fundamental mathematical concepts from the areas of geometry, topology, number theory, probability and algebra, as well as mathematical modeling, and compete for a chance to win the camp trophy. As part of the daily agenda, students will be immersed into one of the mathematical themes through guest lectures, hands-on activities, and group projects featuring Olympiad-style problems as well as simple mathematical puzzles and culminating in a peer and instructor judged presentation.

Where: In-person – GMU Fairfax Campus

Dates: July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Time: 9am - 3pm (drop off and pickup windows TBD)

Cost: $490 includes all materials, activities, and daily lunch!

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2024

 More details: Mason Summer Day Camp | GMU College of Science.

Contact: Jennifer Lawler [email protected]

FCPS Summer Learning and Fun Career and Technical Education

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 6-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA webpage to register.

Institute for the Arts Camps

IFTA is a two- or three-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9 (graduation requirement), music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register. 

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

Summer is a great time for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement. During the self-directed course, students work independently to complete the requirements. Students must register by Friday, May 24. For more information, see the Summer Learning information page.

Summer Online Campus

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program. Registration ends Friday, June 7. Math, health and physical education, career and technical education, English, science, social studies, and world language courses are available to eligible students.

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Please go to the following website Summer Learning information page to learn about these summer opportunities:

  • Credit Recovery Academy/ Extended Learning
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance
VIP Camp: July 1 - August 1 Online Tutoring

This is a reminder that all students in FCPS have access to Tutor.com.  This a free service where students have 24/7 access to an on-line tutor.  Students can connect with someone about nearly any school subject.  We encourage all families to take a few minutes to review the basics of Tutor.com and log-in to try out this great resources.  You can go directly to tutor.com or review the FCPS overview page at:  https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/tutoring-options-fcps/tutorcom-online-tutoring-services

Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services We are excited to share a great opportunity that is available to all FCPS students! Your child now has unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. www.fcps.edu Thursday, May 30th last day for Late Buses! Other Schools Are Sharing

For more information on the Oakton HS Dance Team click HERE

Oakton High School

8th grade students at Rachel Carson who are interested
in joining cross country at Oakton HS,  there is an Interest Meeting for
rising freshmen on Monday, June 3 at 6 pm in the Oakton HS Cafeteria.

Click the link below for Oakton High School Team meets/events:

https://oaktonsports.net/2024/05/13/cross-country-interest-meetings/

Click here to register for the Oakton Field Hockey Camp

Click here for more information about registration for the Oakton Junior Dance Team Camp.

Chantilly High School

Charge Ahead Freshman Orientation Registration & Payment links

Chantilly High School is offering three Freshman Orientation options.  The choices to attend a 1-Day session are either August 6, 7, or 8 from 9:00-1:00 PM.  Students will get a chance to get to know us, ease any anxiety, and learn how to navigate high school life here as a CHARGER.  It’s so fun and you don’t want to miss out!  The cost is $50 per student via MySchoolBucks which includes a Class of 2028 t-shirt, snacks, and a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich.  Registrations are on a first-come first-serve basis until July 28.  Register today to secure your spot.

Payment via students
www.myschoolbucks.com

ClickHERE for information about Chantilly HS Sports

 

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks

2023-2024 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis.

Who to Contact

If you have a question or concern, please visit our website for a full listing of  Who to Contact.  This listing includes all of our administrators, our counselors, and who to speak to regarding a specific content area or class. Contact information for all staff members is listed on our website - just click on the name of the person you wish to contact  to be redirected to their email address: RCMS Staff Directory.

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or [email protected] 
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Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information-Week of May 13

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Rachel Carson MS PTA Mission Statement "Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our school families and communities to advocate for all children."  Important Dates

 

MAY 

  • May 16: 6:30 PM Virtual PTA Meeting with elections for 2024-25 school year
  • May 18: 8-11 AM Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk
  • May 22: 4-8 PM Chipotle Spirit Night, Franklin Farm

JUNE 

  • June 7: 5:30-8:00 PM 8th Grade Graduation Party
Message from the PTA Board

We invite you to attend our last general PTA meeting of this school year tomorrow, Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm. New officers will be elected. Zoom link included below.

We are also getting REALLY EXCITED about Saturday’s Panther Prowl. Don’t miss out on this must-attend event! Kona Ice and Cinnaholic will be available, in addition to many wonderful raffle prizes!

We are in need of some volunteers to help make the race run smoothly- most volunteer positions will not interfere with your race participation! Sign up here

to get registered for Saturday.

Follow us on IG @rcms.pta and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rcmspta/ for more updates.

May 16 Virtual PTA Meeting

We invite you to attend our virtual PTA Meeting Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm via Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/94687088521?pwd=Myt5TXhIcnRtSUF0ZzAxWnpIOHFYQT09

Meeting ID: 946 8708 8521

Passcode: 673196 

We will be holding elections for next year's Board and need YOUR help next school year to carry out the events and activities that enrich your student's educational experience! Whether you have an hour a week or an hour a month to volunteer, we can find the right leadership position for you! The following positions are open on our Board:

Elected Positions:

  • President - oversees and coordinates the Executive Board to effectively run the PTA; presides at PTA board and association meetings; serves as the official contact, communicator, and representative of the PTA
  • President Elect - This person will mirror the PTA President during the 2024-25 school year with intent to take on the PTA President position the following year. 
  • Recording Secretary - takes minutes at board and association meetings; maintains and preserves PTA records and documents to pass on at the end of term

Appointed Positions:

  • Basketball Game Chair - works closely with the RCMS After School Activities Specialist and the LHMS PTA Basketball Chair to plan and execute the annual RCMS vs. LHMS Basketball Game event
  • STEAM Night Chair - arranges and coordinates a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) event

Current Board members will assist new members with the transition. Please email [email protected] if you are interested, or know of someone who would make a great addition to our team!

Last Call for Panther Prowl Registration 

You are not going to want to miss this event of fun, food, and exercise! Join us for treats from Kona Ice and Cinnaholic!

Register here for the Panther Prowl Family Fun 5K Run/Walk!

May 18th, 8 - 11 am

**We are in need of some volunteers to help make the race run smoothly- most volunteer positions will not interfere with your race participation! Sign up here.**

Can’t be there on May 18? Join us virtually! Register, get your t-shirt and a virtual raffle ticket, and get your steps in wherever you may be that morning or afternoon! We don’t want you to miss out! 

Registration Prices:: 

$20 $17 for RCMS Student or Individual only

$40 $34 for a Family registration

$15 for an extra T-shirt

Registering after May 6th? Shirts will be available for pickup on May 31st.

Families that need assistance with the fee, please contact Mr. Barrows, [email protected]

Panther Prowl Prize Winners!

Our last in-school raffle for registered students was held today.

The Panther Time classes with the highest number of Panther Prowl registrants will receive a donut party the week after the Prowl. We’ll announce the winners next week!

This week’s raffle winners won ice cream from the Franklin Farm Baskin Robbins. 

Congratulations to Brady N, Samarth P, Alicia T, Nandini P, Eunnie G, Maxton K, Julia M, Alex P, John G, & Charles K.

Thanks for registering. We hope you enjoy your prizes!

8th Grade Panthers; It’s Time to Celebrate! 

Parents of all 8th graders; Your 8th Grader is invited to a Luau Party to celebrate the end of the year and graduation from 8th grade.  Sign-ups are required, so please be on the lookout for an RSVP email (through Schoology or Team Newsletters). The party is at RCMS on June 7th, from 5:30-8pm.  Entrance is FREE.  There will be food, DJ, dancing, photo opportunities, and games.  

Parents, we NEED your help.  If you are willing to provide goodies or volunteer your time, please sign up!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044CA4AA2AA0F94-49645284-8thgrade

Fundraiser Spirit Night at Chipotle Franklin Farm

Wednesday, May 22nd 4:00-8:00 PM

Wednesday, May 22nd 4:00-8:00 PM

Take a night off from cooking dinner and join us at Chipotle at 13354 Franklin Farm Rd, Herndon to show your school spirit! Show the Attached Flyer at checkout to ensure RCMS PTA is credited with the sale.

In addition to in-restaurant sales, we are now opening up our fundraisers to online sales as well. For online and Chipotle Rewards app orders, guests can apply the coupon code, “NPDKC7N” in the Coupon Code line at checkout. Ordering online is quick and easy and allows guests to skip the line by grabbing their meal at our Quick Pick-Up station or where pick-up windows are present. Please make sure you are signed into your rewards account to use this code, if you are not already a member, please sign up! This is a great option for guests who prefer to dine at home or on the go but still want to support our organization.

PTA Website is Moving!

The PTA website is moving to Givebacks at https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/. This was a unanimous decision taken during our PTA General Meeting to save money and have all content available in one place.

If you have any questions or concerns please email [email protected]

Spirit Wear Still Available!

Did you miss out on spirit wear sold at the basketball game? You can still order through the website: https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

Become a Rachel Carson Corporate Sponsor!

Please check here to view the Carson Middle School Sponsorship package. We can get your company name out to an even wider audience. If you want to become a corporate sponsor or host a Spirit Event at your business, please email Thao Beirne at [email protected]. Thank you!

Important Links

Website:     rcmspta.memberhub.com

Givebacks: https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rcmspta/

Instagram: @rcms.pta

Questions: Email [email protected]

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or [email protected] 
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Join the RCMS PTA today!rcmspta.memberhub.com

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of May 13- Correction RCMS-101 Dates

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Correction on RCMS-101 Dates!

Greetings Rising 7th Panther Families!

Registration for our summer jumpstart program, RCMS-101 opens today and closes June 5th.

Please click on the link below to register for one of the 2 session dates.

Session A- August 5th & 6th from 8:30-12:30

Session B- August 7th & 8th from 8:30-12:30

(Both sessions contain the same content but are separated due to the number of participants)

https://forms.gle/qXwMZo7nfge9F2XQ6

Please note, RCMS-101 is a voluntary summer program, not mandatory.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Monique Berkeley – [email protected]

Please visit our school website and sign up for News You Choose to stay informed.

Carson Middle Website:

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/

Link to sign up for News You Choose:

https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1

 

We look forward to working with your students soon!

 

Riley Barrows

Afterschool Specialist

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or [email protected] 
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Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of May 13

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • May 16, 20, 22, 23 - SOL Test Dates (see detailed schedule below)
  • May 16 - PTA Virtual Meeting
  • May 18 - Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk 8-11am
  • May 27 - Holiday - Memorial Day - No School
  • May 28 - NJHS Ceremonies begin 5PM
  • May 28-31- SOL Retakes
  • May 30 - Last Day of Late Buses

 

  • Message from Mr. Stokes 
  • PTA Zoom Meeting 
  • RCMS-101 Registration open 
  • SOL Testing Dates/Retakes
  • Student Services Information
  • Other Schools Are Sharing
A Message From Principal Stokes

Greetings Panthers,

On behalf of our staff, I want to share thanks for the wonderful outpouring of positive messages and treats that were provided last week for Teacher Appreciation Week.  Your generosity means a lot to our staff and we are thankful for your kindness and support throughout the year.  Special thanks to our PTA for their organization of food, sweets, and good cheer for our staff.

We continue to stay focused on the ongoing academic work that is happening on a daily basis.  The end of the school year may be in sight, but we still have distance to cover.  SOL testing and culminating projects are upon us.  Having regular conversations with your children about how they are staying organized and up-to-date with their work is incredibly valuable.  Furthermore, we want to see our students remain committed to being ready, responsible, and respectful.  Thank you for reinforcing these main expectations.

While we do have a busy month ahead, we also want to have some fun.  Please consider taking part in the Panther Prowl.  This PTA-sponsored event is happening this Saturday, May 18.  We look forward to seeing many students, staff, and families participating in this fun gathering.

Thank you for your support.

Gordon Stokes

PTA Virtual Meeting Link

We invite you to attend our virtual PTA Meeting Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm via Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/94687088521?pwd=Myt5TXhIcnRtSUF0ZzAxWnpIOHFYQT09

 

Meeting ID: 946 8708 8521

Passcode: 673196 

Student Services Updates

HS Credit Course Expunge Process

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 14.

Once deleted, the course and grade awarded cannot be reinstated.

Courses taken in the summer session following student promotion from the eighth grade are ineligible for removal from the high school transcript.

 

Student Intention Forms 

The school year is almost over and we are preparing for the 2024-2025 school year.  If you are moving over the summer and your child is not returning to RCMS next school year, please notify us by completing the Intention Form and emailing Ms. Skold at [email protected]  at your earliest convenience. This information will enable us to prepare transcript information so that it is available when requested by your child’s school.

 

7th Grade Immunization Requirement

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

  • To meet the Meningococcal (MenACWY) requirement, the vaccination must be administered at age 10 or older.       
  • As a parent/guardian, you may decide that your child not receive the HPV vaccination. The school does not require documentation if a parent/guardian elects for their student not to receive the HPV vaccination.

ACTION REQUESTED: Please provide one of the following immunization documents to the Student Information Assistant (SIA) or Registrar at your child’s current elementary school as soon as possible:

  1. An immunization record showing that the child has received at least one dose of each of the required immunizations listed above.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.

4.            A notarized Religious Exemption Form 

Immunizations are available from your child’s healthcare provider, the Fairfax County Health Department, or other community resources. 

Fairfax County Health Department

Low Cost Healthcare Resources

Health and Community Resources

Happy Spring Panthers!  Take a look at Student Services’ newsletter to learn more about upcoming events including standardized testing. There are also several summer events including Tech Adventure and Institute for the Arts Camp.   

Rising 7th Graders can register for RCMS-101!

Greetings Rising 7th Panther Families!

Registration for our summer jumpstart program, RCMS-101 opens today, May 15th and closes June 5th.

Please click on the link below to register for one of the 2 session dates.

Session A- August 6th & 7th from 8:30-12:30

Session B- August 8th & 9th from 8:3-12:30

(Both sessions contain the same content but are separated due to the number of participants) Click the link below to register:

https://forms.gle/qXwMZo7nfge9F2XQ6

Please note, RCMS-101 is a voluntary summer program, not mandatory.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Monique Berkeley – [email protected]

We look forward to working with your students soon!

Save the Dates! Allergy Season

Allergy season is upon us! Tree pollen has been moderate to high, and we are seeing a lot of uncomfortable students in the clinic. Signs and symptoms of allergies include congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes nose and throat, runny nose, fatigue, cough. If your student has known seasonal allergies, it is time to start them back on their allergy medication as directed by your physician."

Sincerely,  

Hannah Wilkinson, BSN, RN 

Public Health Nurse III 

  • New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact [the principal/family liaison/their child’s teacher] regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Guidelines for Religious Activities webpage for more information.

Virtual April Family Coffee links below

Click on the links below:

Transition to Middle School Parent Coffee Recording

 

Transition to High School Parent Coffee Recording

 

SOL Testing Dates

All students will take the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in May. Testing will begin first thing in the morning (at 7:30 am) to ensure students have adequate testing time before lunch. Please see the testing dates below to ensure your student attends school on the testing day.

7th Grade Students

8th Grade Students

  • Grade 7 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • All levels of Math: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Grade 8 Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW): Wednesday, May 1st
  • All levels of Math (except Algebra 1 Regular): Thursday, May 16th
  • Grade 8 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • Grade 8 Science: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Algebra 1 (regular only): Thursday, May 23rd

The Virginia Department of Education has set the passing score for SOL tests at 400. Students who earn between a 375-399 qualify for a rapid retake of the respective SOL test, with parent/guardian permission. Rapid retake SOL tests will be administered May 28th through May 31st. We are asking that all parents/guardians complete this google form to indicate your preferences for rapid retakes for your student as soon as possible. Should your student qualify for the rapid retake, you and the student will be notified, however retakes can only occur with parent/guardian permission.

Please reach out to your student’s teacher(s), or the school testing coordinator, David Dewett, Testing Coordinator at [email protected]. with questions regarding the SOL exams and/or rapid retakes.

Mason Math Odyssey Enrichment Camp at GMU

July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Mason Math Odyssey enrichment camp (MMO) is a place for rising 6th - 9th graders who are curious about math to learn about beautiful mathematics concepts typically not taught in K-12 curriculum. Students will engage in fun and friendly team competitions that will help build mathematical maturity while honing problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills. Camp participants will embark on an exciting mathematical journey through space and time to learn about some of the greatest mathematical discoveries from ancient times to this day, get exposed to some of the fundamental mathematical concepts from the areas of geometry, topology, number theory, probability and algebra, as well as mathematical modeling, and compete for a chance to win the camp trophy. As part of the daily agenda, students will be immersed into one of the mathematical themes through guest lectures, hands-on activities, and group projects featuring Olympiad-style problems as well as simple mathematical puzzles and culminating in a peer and instructor judged presentation.

Where: In-person – GMU Fairfax Campus

Dates: July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Time: 9am - 3pm (drop off and pickup windows TBD)

Cost: $490 includes all materials, activities, and daily lunch!

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2024

 More details: Mason Summer Day Camp | GMU College of Science.

Contact: Jennifer Lawler [email protected]

FCPS Summer Learning and Fun Career and Technical Education

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 6-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA webpage to register.

Institute for the Arts Camps

IFTA is a two- or three-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9 (graduation requirement), music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register. 

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

Summer is a great time for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement. During the self-directed course, students work independently to complete the requirements. Students must register by Friday, May 24. For more information, see the Summer Learning information page.

Summer Online Campus

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program. Registration ends Friday, June 7. Math, health and physical education, career and technical education, English, science, social studies, and world language courses are available to eligible students.

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Please go to the following website Summer Learning information page to learn about these summer opportunities:

  • Credit Recovery Academy/ Extended Learning
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance
VIP Camp: July 1 - August 1 Online Tutoring

This is a reminder that all students in FCPS have access to Tutor.com.  This a free service where students have 24/7 access to an on-line tutor.  Students can connect with someone about nearly any school subject.  We encourage all families to take a few minutes to review the basics of Tutor.com and log-in to try out this great resources.  You can go directly to tutor.com or review the FCPS overview page at:  https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/tutoring-options-fcps/tutorcom-online-tutoring-services

Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services We are excited to share a great opportunity that is available to all FCPS students! Your child now has unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. www.fcps.edu Thursday, May 30th last day for Late Buses! Other Schools Are Sharing

For more information on the Oakton HS Dance Team click HERE

💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

Click here to register for the Oakton Field Hockey Camp

Click here for more information about registration for the Oakton Junior Dance Team Camp.

Chantilly High School

Charge Ahead Freshman Orientation Registration & Payment links

Chantilly High School is offering three Freshman Orientation options.  The choices to attend a 1-Day session are either August 6, 7, or 8 from 9:00-1:00 PM.  Students will get a chance to get to know us, ease any anxiety, and learn how to navigate high school life here as a CHARGER.  It’s so fun and you don’t want to miss out!  The cost is $50 per student via MySchoolBucks which includes a Class of 2028 t-shirt, snacks, and a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich.  Registrations are on a first-come first-serve basis until July 28.  Register today to secure your spot.

Payment via students
www.myschoolbucks.com

ClickHERE for information about Chantilly HS Sports

 

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks

2023-2024 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis.

Who to Contact

If you have a question or concern, please visit our website for a full listing of  Who to Contact.  This listing includes all of our administrators, our counselors, and who to speak to regarding a specific content area or class. Contact information for all staff members is listed on our website - just click on the name of the person you wish to contact  to be redirected to their email address: RCMS Staff Directory.

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or [email protected] 
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Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information-Week of May 6

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Rachel Carson MS PTA Mission Statement "Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our school families and communities to advocate for all children."  Important Dates

 

MAY 

  • May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 16: 6:30 PM Virtual PTA Meeting with elections for   2024-25 school year
  • May 18: 8-11 AM Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk
  • May 22: 4-8 PM Chipotle Spirit Night, Franklin Farm

JUNE 

  • June 7: 5:30-8:00 PM 8th Grade Graduation Party 
Message from the PTA Board

You all have provided an amazing spread for the Teacher Appreciation Sweets Buffet today! Check out all the goodies our awesome teachers enjoyed! A big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed!

Plan to join our virtual PTA Meeting next Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm. Zoom link included below.

Remember to register for the Panther Prowl to get a t-shirt and have your student be eligible for the last in-school prize raffle next week! Follow us on IG @rcms.pta and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rcmspta/ for more updates.

May 16 Virtual PTA Meeting

We invite you to attend our virtual PTA Meeting next Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm via Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/94687088521?pwd=Myt5TXhIcnRtSUF0ZzAxWnpIOHFYQT09

Meeting ID: 946 8708 8521

Passcode: 673196 

We will be holding elections for next year's Board and need YOUR help next school year to carry out the events and activities that enrich your student's educational experience! Whether you have an hour a week or an hour a month to volunteer, we can find the right leadership position for you! The following positions are open on our Board:

  • President - oversees and coordinates the executive board to effectively run the PTA; presides at PTA board and association meetings; serves as the official contact, communicator, and representative of the PTA
  • Recording Secretary - takes minutes at board and association meetings; maintains and preserves PTA records and documents to pass on at the end of term
  • Membership Chair - works with the membership committee to create and implement the annual membership campaign; promotes membership throughout the year; provides membership reports at PTA board and association meetings.
  • Basketball Game Chair - works closely with the RCMS After School Activities Specialist and the LHMS PTA Basketball Chair to plan and execute the annual RCMS vs. LHMS Basketball Game event
  • STEAM Night Chair - arranges and coordinates a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) event

Current Board members will assist new members with the transition. Please email [email protected] if you are interested, or know of someone who would make a great addition to our team!

Panther Prowl Registration 

You are not going to want to miss this event of fun, food, and exercise! 

Register here for the Panther Prowl Family Fun 5K Run/Walk!

May 18th, 8 - 11 am

Can’t be there on May 18? Join us virtually! Register, get your t-shirt and a virtual raffle ticket, and get your steps in wherever you may be that morning or afternoon! We don’t want you to miss out! 

Registration Prices:: 

$20 for RCMS Student or Individual only

$40 for a Family registration

$15 for an extra T-shirt

Registering after May 6th? Shirts will be available for pickup on May 31st.

Register here.

Families that need assistance with the fee, please contact Mr. Barrows, [email protected]

Panther Prowl Spirit Days

All staff members and registered students are requested to wear their Panther Prowl t-shirts every Wednesday leading up to May 18.

Panther Prowl Shirts designed by: Eliana E. & Blaize C. 

Thank you to all the students who submitted design entries!

Panther Prowl Prize Winners!

Registered students are eligible to win in-school raffle prizes. Our last raffle will be next Wednesday 5/15. Register today so your child can be eligible to win fun prizes ahead of race day!

The Panther Time classes with the highest number of Panther Prowl registrants will receive a donut party the week after the Prowl. PE teachers also plan to offer incentives for registering.

This week’s raffle winners won a $5 Giant Food gift card. Congratulations to Lucas D, Jackson F, Melbourne G, Joe I, Pranauv K, Tara L, Gage M, Martin P, Anvit R, & Ian W.

Thanks for registering. We hope you enjoy your raffle prizes!

Fundraiser Spirit Night at Chipotle Franklin Farm

Wednesday, May 22nd 4:00-8:00 PM

Wednesday, May 22nd 4:00-8:00 PM

Take a night off from cooking dinner and join us at Chipotle at 13354 Franklin Farm Rd, Herndon to show your school spirit! Show the Attached Flyer at checkout to ensure RCMS PTA is credited with the sale.

In addition to in-restaurant sales, we are now opening up our fundraisers to online sales as well. For online and Chipotle Rewards app orders, guests can apply the coupon code, “NPDKC7N” in the Coupon Code line at checkout. Ordering online is quick and easy and allows guests to skip the line by grabbing their meal at our Quick Pick-Up station or where pick-up windows are present. Please make sure you are signed into your rewards account to use this code, if you are not already a member, please sign up! This is a great option for guests who prefer to dine at home or on the go but still want to support our organization.

Save the Date: 8th Grade Party

Parents of all 8th graders, please block your students' calendar for June 7th, 5:30-8pm to attend the 8th Grade Graduation Celebration. The theme this year will be Hawaiian/Luau and the event will be free for all 8th graders. The planning committee is busy putting the details together which involves food, a DJ, and plenty of activities.  As we get closer, more details will be provided so be on the lookout for sign-up opportunities to support and chaperone the event.

PTA Website is Moving!

The PTA website is moving to Givebacks at https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/. This was a unanimous decision taken during our PTA General Meeting to save money and have all content available in one place.

If you have any questions or concerns please email [email protected]

Spirit Wear Still Available!

Did you miss out on spirit wear sold at the basketball game? You can still order through the website: https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

Become a Rachel Carson Corporate Sponsor!

Please check here to view the Carson Middle School Sponsorship package. We can get your company name out to an even wider audience. If you want to become a corporate sponsor or host a Spirit Event at your business, please email Thao Beirne at [email protected]. Thank you!

Important Links

Website:     rcmspta.memberhub.com

Givebacks: https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rcmspta/

Instagram: @rcms.pta

Questions: Email [email protected]

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Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of May 6

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 9 - "Treasure Island" musical production (after school), May 10 (7PM)
  • May 16, 20, 22, 23 - SOL Test Dates (see detailed schedule below)
  • May 18 - Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk 8-11am
  • May 27 - Holiday - Memorial Day - No School
  • May 28 - NJHS Ceremonies begin 5PM
  • May 28-31- SOL Retakes
  • May 30 - Last Day of Late Buses

 

  • Message from Mr. Stokes
  • Save The Summer Dates!
  • SOL Testing Dates/Retakes
  • Summer Programs
  • Other Schools Are Sharing
A Message From Principal Stokes

Greetings Panthers,

Spring is here in full swing.  The warm weather brings a slew of activities such like sports, recitals, and travel opportunities.  This action offers important lessons in learning time management skills and prioritizing requirements.  Determining time for homework completion, studying, and any other academic tasks is crucial.  Thank you for your work with supporting our students’ balancing of work and extracurricular activities. 

We will continue our celebration of our teachers and instructional staff throughout this Teacher Appreciation Week.  Many families have recognized our teachers through their contributions to the school.  Please know that we are grateful for the time and consideration.  Thank you to our PTA for their organization of some fun and treats for our staff.

Sincerely,

Gordon Stokes

Happy Spring Panthers!  Take a look at Student Services’ newsletter to learn more about upcoming events including standardized testing. There are also several summer events including Tech Adventure and Institute for the Arts Camp.   

Please join us for adventure on the high seas with Rachel Carson Middle School’s production of Treasure Island! Based on the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, follow Jim Hawkins as he embarks on a dangerous quest for treasure. Admission is free, and there will be two showings of the play– One at 3:00pm on Thursday, May 9th (ending in time for the late bus), and one at 7:00pm in the lecture hall.

Save the Dates!

RCMS-101 Information regarding registration coming soon!

Allergy Season

Allergy season is upon us! Tree pollen has been moderate to high, and we are seeing a lot of uncomfortable students in the clinic. Signs and symptoms of allergies include congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes nose and throat, runny nose, fatigue, cough. If your student has known seasonal allergies, it is time to start them back on their allergy medication as directed by your physician."

Sincerely,  

Hannah Wilkinson, BSN, RN 

Public Health Nurse III 

  • New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact [the principal/family liaison/their child’s teacher] regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Guidelines for Religious Activities webpage for more information.

Virtual April Family Coffee links below

Click on the links below:

Transition to Middle School Parent Coffee Recording

 

Transition to High School Parent Coffee Recording

 

SOL Testing Dates

All students will take the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in May. Testing will begin first thing in the morning (at 7:30 am) to ensure students have adequate testing time before lunch. Please see the testing dates below to ensure your student attends school on the testing day.

7th Grade Students

8th Grade Students

  • Grade 7 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • All levels of Math: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Grade 8 Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW): Wednesday, May 1st
  • All levels of Math (except Algebra 1 Regular): Thursday, May 16th
  • Grade 8 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • Grade 8 Science: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Algebra 1 (regular only): Thursday, May 23rd

The Virginia Department of Education has set the passing score for SOL tests at 400. Students who earn between a 375-399 qualify for a rapid retake of the respective SOL test, with parent/guardian permission. Rapid retake SOL tests will be administered May 28th through May 31st. We are asking that all parents/guardians complete this google form to indicate your preferences for rapid retakes for your student as soon as possible. Should your student qualify for the rapid retake, you and the student will be notified, however retakes can only occur with parent/guardian permission.

Please reach out to your student’s teacher(s), or the school testing coordinator, David Dewett, Testing Coordinator at [email protected]. with questions regarding the SOL exams and/or rapid retakes.

Mason Math Odyssey Enrichment Camp at GMU

July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Mason Math Odyssey enrichment camp (MMO) is a place for rising 6th - 9th graders who are curious about math to learn about beautiful mathematics concepts typically not taught in K-12 curriculum. Students will engage in fun and friendly team competitions that will help build mathematical maturity while honing problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills. Camp participants will embark on an exciting mathematical journey through space and time to learn about some of the greatest mathematical discoveries from ancient times to this day, get exposed to some of the fundamental mathematical concepts from the areas of geometry, topology, number theory, probability and algebra, as well as mathematical modeling, and compete for a chance to win the camp trophy. As part of the daily agenda, students will be immersed into one of the mathematical themes through guest lectures, hands-on activities, and group projects featuring Olympiad-style problems as well as simple mathematical puzzles and culminating in a peer and instructor judged presentation.

Where: In-person – GMU Fairfax Campus

Dates: July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Time: 9am - 3pm (drop off and pickup windows TBD)

Cost: $490 includes all materials, activities, and daily lunch!

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2024

 More details: Mason Summer Day Camp | GMU College of Science.

Contact: Jennifer Lawler [email protected]

FCPS Summer Learning and Fun Career and Technical Education

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 6-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA webpage to register.

Institute for the Arts Camps

IFTA is a two- or three-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9 (graduation requirement), music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register. 

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

Summer is a great time for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement. During the self-directed course, students work independently to complete the requirements. Students must register by Friday, May 24. For more information, see the Summer Learning information page.

Summer Online Campus

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program. Registration ends Friday, June 7. Math, health and physical education, career and technical education, English, science, social studies, and world language courses are available to eligible students.

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Please go to the following website Summer Learning information page to learn about these summer opportunities:

  • Credit Recovery Academy/ Extended Learning
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance
VIP Camp: July 1 - August 1 Online Tutoring

This is a reminder that all students in FCPS have access to Tutor.com.  This a free service where students have 24/7 access to an on-line tutor.  Students can connect with someone about nearly any school subject.  We encourage all families to take a few minutes to review the basics of Tutor.com and log-in to try out this great resources.  You can go directly to tutor.com or review the FCPS overview page at:  https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/tutoring-options-fcps/tutorcom-online-tutoring-services

Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services We are excited to share a great opportunity that is available to all FCPS students! Your child now has unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. www.fcps.edu Thursday, May 30th last day for Late Buses! Other Schools Are Sharing

For more information on the Oakton HS Dance Team click HERE

 

Support the Oakton HS Bands by eating at MOD Pizza in Vienna ANY TIME on Tuesday, May 7. Mention "Oakton Band" OR order online through the MOD app or website, using code: "MODGIVES25" and 25% of proceeds will go to the Band! Feel free to share the flyer and make sure to tell everyone to mention "Oakton Band" at MOD Pizza on May 7!"

Thank you so much for your past support of our program!

Click here for QR code for Mod Pizza

💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

Click here to register for the Oakton Field Hockey Camp

Click here for more information about registration for the Oakton Junior Dance Team Camp.

Chantilly High School

Charge Ahead Freshman Orientation Registration & Payment links

Chantilly High School is offering three Freshman Orientation options.  The choices to attend a 1-Day session are either August 6, 7, or 8 from 9:00-1:00 PM.  Students will get a chance to get to know us, ease any anxiety, and learn how to navigate high school life here as a CHARGER.  It’s so fun and you don’t want to miss out!  The cost is $50 per student via MySchoolBucks which includes a Class of 2028 t-shirt, snacks, and a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich.  Registrations are on a first-come first-serve basis until July 28.  Register today to secure your spot.

Payment via students
www.myschoolbucks.com

ClickHERE for information about Chantilly HS Sports

 

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks

2023-2024 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis.

Who to Contact

If you have a question or concern, please visit our website for a full listing of  Who to Contact.  This listing includes all of our administrators, our counselors, and who to speak to regarding a specific content area or class. Contact information for all staff members is listed on our website - just click on the name of the person you wish to contact  to be redirected to their email address: RCMS Staff Directory.

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Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of April 30- Carson vs Stone Game

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Carson vs. Stone basketball game

If you plan on attending the game this evening, the doors will open at 5:30 and doors will close at 6:30. After 6:30pm no one will be allowed entry to the game.

This event is ONLY for Stone/Carson students and families. Anyone not attending either school will not be permitted entry.

Students will need to be picked up by 7:30pm.

 

Thank you,

Mr. Barrows

After-School Specialist

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Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information-Week of April 28

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Rachel Carson MS PTA Mission Statement "Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our school families and communities to advocate for all children."  Important Dates

 

MAY 

  • May 1: Principal Appreciation Day
  • May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 16: PTA Elections for 2024-25 school year
  • May 18: 8-11 AM Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk
  • May 22: 4-8 PM Chipotle Spirit Night, Franklin Farms

JUNE 

  • June 7: 5:30-8:00 PM 8th Grade Graduation Party 
Message from the PTA Board

Panther Prowl kickoff with teachers on Monday was so much fun! Looking forward to seeing everyone wear their Prowl t-shirts on Wednesdays leading up to May 18!

Remember to register for the Panther Prowl to get your shirt! Follow us on IG @rcms.pta and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rcmspta/ for more updates.

Did you know today is Principal Appreciation Day? Consider sending a quick note to Mr. Stokes to thank him for the important role he plays in the daily lives of our students.

Teacher Appreciation week is next week! We still have some slots open on our SignUp Genius!

Now Accepting Nominations

Elections take place on May 16! Don't miss out on your opportunity to contribute to the RCMS community! We are still looking for individuals to fill the following positions:

  • Recording Secretary - takes minutes at board and association meetings; maintains and preserves PTA records and documents to pass on at the end of term
  • Financial Assistant - works closely with the treasurer and other financial officers in handling PTA funds; deposits funds in the PTA bank account and reconciles the bank account monthly
  • Membership Chair - works with the membership committee to create and implement the annual membership campaign; promotes membership throughout the year; provides membership reports at PTA board and association meetings.
  • Basketball Game Chair - works closely with the RCMS After School Activities Specialist and the LHMS PTA Basketball Chair to plan and execute the annual RCMS vs. LHMS Basketball Game event
  • STEAM Night Chair - arranges and coordinates a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) event

Current Board members will assist new members with the transition. Please email [email protected] if you are interested, or know of someone who would make a great addition to our team!

Teacher Appreciation Week Donations Needed

Let’s celebrate our awesome teachers at Carson! We have several events planned for teachers this year, including an Anita’s breakfast, a gift card raffle, and a sweet treats buffet. Please consider donating to the teacher gift card raffle and treats buffet via the SignUp Genius. All donations can be dropped off Wednesday, May 8.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48A8A622A1FEC16-49061453-donations#/

Panther Prowl Registration 

 

You are not going to want to miss this event of fun, food, and exercise! This is the final week of reduced registration prices so sign up now!

Register here for the Panther Prowl Family Fun 5K Run/Walk!

May 18th, 8 - 11 am

Can’t be there on May 18? Join us virtually! Register, get your t-shirt and a virtual raffle ticket, and get your steps in wherever you may be that morning or afternoon! We don’t want you to miss out! 

April 16 - May 6: (FINAL OF WEEK OF REDUCED PRICES)

$15 for RCMS Student or Individual only

$30 for a Family registration

$12 for an extra T-shirt

Register by May 6th to guarantee you have your shirt for Race Day

May 7 - May 18: 

$20 for RCMS Student or Individual only

$40 for a Family registration

$15 for an extra T-shirt

Registering after May 6th? Shirts will be available for pickup on May 31st.

Register here.

Families that need assistance with the fee, please contact Mr. Barrows, [email protected]

Panther Prowl Spirit Days

All staff members and registered students are requested to wear their Panther Prowl t-shirts every Wednesday leading up to May 18.

Panther Prowl Shirts designed by: Eliana E. & Blaize C. 

Thank you to all the students who submitted design entries!

Panther Prowl Prize Winners!

Registered students are eligible to win in-school raffle prizes in the weeks leading up to the race. Register today so your child can be eligible to win fun prizes ahead of race day!

The Panther Time classes with the highest number of Panther Prowl registrants will receive a donut party the week after the Prowl. PE teachers also have incentives for registering.

This week’s raffle winners include:

  • Free scoop at Baskin Robbins: Sarika P., Quinn C. N., Jivan S., Anne M., Sai Sudharsan L., Benjamin K.
  • Public Skating Pass at Skate Quest: Kate F., Ronav C., Jude W., Isabel B.,Tanishq B., Evelin C.
  • Chick fil-A
    • Entree: Avan G., Blaize C.
    • Milkshake: Vishnu B., Keillor S., Annie M.

Thanks for registering. We hope you enjoy your raffle prizes!

Fundraiser Spirit Night at Chipotle Franklin Farm

Wednesday, May 22nd 4:00-8:00 PM

Take a night off from cooking dinner and join us at Chipotle at 13354 Franklin Farm Rd, Herndon to show your school spirit! Show the Attached Flyer at checkout to ensure RCMS PTA is credited with the sale.

In addition to in-restaurant sales, we are now opening up our fundraisers to online sales as well. For online and Chipotle Rewards app orders, guests can apply the coupon code, “NPDKC7N” in the Coupon Code line at checkout. Ordering online is quick and easy and allows guests to skip the line by grabbing their meal at our Quick Pick-Up station or where pick-up windows are present. Please make sure you are signed into your rewards account to use this code, if you are not already a member, please sign up! This is a great option for guests who prefer to dine at home or on the go but still want to support our organization.

8th Grade Party Date Announced

Parents of all 8th graders, please block your students' calendar for June 7th, 5:30-8pm to attend the 8th Grade Graduation Celebration. The theme this year will be Hawaiian/Luau and the event will be free for all 8th graders. The planning committee is busy putting the details together which involves food, a DJ, and plenty of activities.  As we get closer, more details will be provided so be on the lookout for sign-up opportunities to support and chaperone the event.

Spirit Wear Still Available!

Did you miss out on spirit wear sold at the basketball game? You can still order through the website: https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

Become a Rachel Carson Corporate Sponsor!

Please check here to view the Carson Middle School Sponsorship package. We can get your company name out to an even wider audience. If you want to become a corporate sponsor or host a Spirit Event at your business, please email Thao Beirne at [email protected]. Thank you!

Important Links

Website:     rcmspta.memberhub.com

Givebacks: https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rcmspta/

Instagram: @rcms.pta

Questions: Email [email protected]

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Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of April 29

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • May 1 - Principal Appreciation Day!
  • May 2 -  Basketball game @ Stone MS
  • May 3 -  Teacher Workday - No School for students
  • May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 18 - Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk 8-11am
  • May 27 - Holiday - Memorial Day - No School

 

  • Message from Mr. Stokes
  • Student Services Newsletter
  • Teacher workday - Friday, 5/3
  • SOL Testing Dates
  • News from the School Clinic
  • Summer Programs
  • Other Schools Are Sharing
A Message From Principal Stokes

Greetings Panthers,

Next week (May 6-10) is Teacher Appreciation Week.  We are grateful for the incredible hard work and dedication of our teachers and instructional assistants.  They give their heart and soul to provide a positive learning experience for our students.  In the coming days, we look forward to celebrating our teaching staff with fun events and treats on each day.  A big kudos to our PTA for their commitment to Teacher Appreciation Week as they have plans in place to provide recognition and celebration.  We certainly encourage our students to say thanks to their teachers.  A few words of thanks are incredibly meaningful to our educators.  Families – we are thankful for the support and recognition that you are providing for our staff.  Your ongoing support is valued.

Thank you and enjoy the remainder of this week.

Sincerely,

Gordon Stokes

Wednesday, May 1 is Principal Appreciation Day! Friday, May 3 is School Lunch Hero Day. RCMS students will sign cards of appreciation for our cafeteria staff. 

Happy Spring Panthers!  Take a look at Student Services’ newsletter to learn more about upcoming events including standardized testing. There are also several summer events including Tech Adventure and Institute for the Arts Camp.   

Allergy Season

Allergy season is upon us! Tree pollen has been moderate to high, and we are seeing a lot of uncomfortable students in the clinic. Signs and symptoms of allergies include congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes nose and throat, runny nose, fatigue, cough. If your student has known seasonal allergies, it is time to start them back on their allergy medication as directed by your physician."

Sincerely,  

Hannah Wilkinson, BSN, RN 

Public Health Nurse III 

.

  • New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact [the principal/family liaison/their child’s teacher] regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Guidelines for Religious Activities webpage for more information.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener Results Coming Soon

Students in grades 3-12  took the SEL Screener during the month of March, providing updated information on their SEL skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships, and making responsible decisions. The screener also asks students how well their school community makes them feel valued, included, and supported.

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or for ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s school.

Virtual April Family Coffee links below

Click on the links below:

Transition to Middle School Parent Coffee Recording

 

Transition to High School Parent Coffee Recording

 

8th Grade Service Learning hours

 

This is a reminder that all 8th grade students are required to have 15 service learning hours verified and approved in x2VOL by May 1st at 11:59 pm. Please remind your student to check that their hours have been verified by their sponsor in x2VOL by the May 1st deadline. Students have been frequently reminded to check x2VOL and to see that their total hours are verified and correct. If a student needs a service experience, they can check the Schoology Service Learning folder under Carson Student Central.

SOL Testing Dates

All students will take the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in May. Testing will begin first thing in the morning (at 7:30 am) to ensure students have adequate testing time before lunch. Please see the testing dates below to ensure your student attends school on the testing day.

7th Grade Students

8th Grade Students

  • Grade 7 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • All levels of Math: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Grade 8 Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW): Wednesday, May 1st
  • All levels of Math (except Algebra 1 Regular): Thursday, May 16th
  • Grade 8 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • Grade 8 Science: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Algebra 1 (regular only): Thursday, May 23rd

The Virginia Department of Education has set the passing score for SOL tests at 400. Students who earn between a 375-399 qualify for a rapid retake of the respective SOL test, with parent/guardian permission. Rapid retake SOL tests will be administered May 28th through May 31st. We are asking that all parents/guardians complete this google form to indicate your preferences for rapid retakes for your student as soon as possible. Should your student qualify for the rapid retake, you and the student will be notified, however retakes can only occur with parent/guardian permission.

Please reach out to your student’s teacher(s), or the school testing coordinator, David Dewett, Testing Coordinator at [email protected]. with questions regarding the SOL exams and/or rapid retakes.

Mason Math Odyssey Enrichment Camp at GMU

July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Mason Math Odyssey enrichment camp (MMO) is a place for rising 6th - 9th graders who are curious about math to learn about beautiful mathematics concepts typically not taught in K-12 curriculum. Students will engage in fun and friendly team competitions that will help build mathematical maturity while honing problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills. Camp participants will embark on an exciting mathematical journey through space and time to learn about some of the greatest mathematical discoveries from ancient times to this day, get exposed to some of the fundamental mathematical concepts from the areas of geometry, topology, number theory, probability and algebra, as well as mathematical modeling, and compete for a chance to win the camp trophy. As part of the daily agenda, students will be immersed into one of the mathematical themes through guest lectures, hands-on activities, and group projects featuring Olympiad-style problems as well as simple mathematical puzzles and culminating in a peer and instructor judged presentation.

Where: In-person – GMU Fairfax Campus

Dates: July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Time: 9am - 3pm (drop off and pickup windows TBD)

Cost: $490 includes all materials, activities, and daily lunch!

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2024

 More details: Mason Summer Day Camp | GMU College of Science.

Contact: Jennifer Lawler [email protected]

FCPS Summer Learning and Fun Career and Technical Education

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 6-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA webpage to register.

Institute for the Arts Camps

IFTA is a two- or three-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9 (graduation requirement), music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register. 

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

Summer is a great time for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement. During the self-directed course, students work independently to complete the requirements. Students must register by Friday, May 24. For more information, see the Summer Learning information page.

Summer Online Campus

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program. Registration ends Friday, June 7. Math, health and physical education, career and technical education, English, science, social studies, and world language courses are available to eligible students.

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Please go to the following website Summer Learning information page to learn about these summer opportunities:

  • Credit Recovery Academy/ Extended Learning
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance
VIP Camp: July 1 - August 1 Online Tutoring

This is a reminder that all students in FCPS have access to Tutor.com.  This a free service where students have 24/7 access to an on-line tutor.  Students can connect with someone about nearly any school subject.  We encourage all families to take a few minutes to review the basics of Tutor.com and log-in to try out this great resources.  You can go directly to tutor.com or review the FCPS overview page at:  https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/tutoring-options-fcps/tutorcom-online-tutoring-services

Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services We are excited to share a great opportunity that is available to all FCPS students! Your child now has unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. www.fcps.edu

Mr. Barrows will communicate with students about activities through email and Schoology and will also be in lunches where a daily schedule will be shown on the projector. We try our best to communicate any changes such as cancellations immediately though email and Schoology. Late buses will be offered Monday-Thursday. Late buses are different than your regular bus number. Please make sure students know their late bus number prior to staying after school. You can find your late bus number in SIS and it will say RCLR (Rachel Carson Late Run).

here is the Q2 After School Schedule

Riley Barrows

After School Program Specialist

Building Use Coordinator

Other Schools Are Sharing

For more information on the Oakton HS Dance Team click HERE

 

Support the Oakton HS Bands by eating at MOD Pizza in Vienna ANY TIME on Tuesday, May 7. Mention "Oakton Band" OR order online through the MOD app or website, using code: "MODGIVES25" and 25% of proceeds will go to the Band! Feel free to share the flyer and make sure to tell everyone to mention "Oakton Band" at MOD Pizza on May 7!"

Thank you so much for your past support of our program!

Click here for QR code for Mod Pizza

 

South Lakes High School

 

You’re Invited

Families in the South Lakes pyramid schools are invited to see South Lakes Theatre Arts perform Big Fish (a musical) for a special Community Preview event. For one night only, get $5 off each ticket and meet the cast and crew after the show for autographs and pictures.

Buy Tickets Now A Splash of Magic: Big Fish Community Preview Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00pm

Join us for a special Community Preview event for South Lakes High School Theatre Arts' musical presentation of Big Fish.

Big Fish is the story of Edward Bloom, a charismatic storyteller whose fantastical tales captivate his son, Will, while also making him question what’s really true about his father’s life stories. Will reflects on his father’s larger-than-life stories, leading to an exploration of family, legacy, and the power of storytelling.

On Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00pm (before the main show dates on May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th), students and families from the South Lakes pyramid schools are invited to an exclusive private viewing of this magical show with a $5 discount on each ticket. After the performance, you’ll have a rare opportunity to meet the cast and crew, take photos, and get their autographs. Youth t-shirts will be for sale and can be autographed!

This extraordinary experience will only be offered on Wednesday, May 1st for our pyramid families, to allow younger students to see this show together. This is a great opportunity for them to experience the power of storytelling, foster a love for the arts, and capture memories of the magical and heartwarming show.

Under the creative direction of Mr. Michael Viola, and featuring an incredibly talented cast and crew, Big Fish promises to be a production that captivates and delights audiences of all ages (best for ages 8+). Did you know that the South Lakes Theatre Arts program won 12 awards for their musical last year, including Best Musical in two different awards shows!

So, don't miss out on this special preview event where imagination comes to life on stage.

Get your tickets online now, before this special preview sells out.

Buy Tickets Now

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Westfield High School Theatre Presents Freaky Friday, A New Musical

May 2, 3, 4 at 7pm and May 4 at 2pm (Mother--Daughter Matinee)

Musical is appropriate for all ages.

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.

Our matinee performance will feature various mother-daughter themed events including a dress like your mother, dress like your daughter fashion show, pre-show & intermission shout-outs to your mom or daughter, and a photo booth!

We are also hosting a FREE theatre workshop for 4th-8th graders on the next teacher workday - May 3rd from 2-4pm at Westfield.

 

Click here for more information

and here

to purchase tickets.

💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

Join the Oakton Band!

 

COURSE NUMBER

ENSEMBLE

DESCRIPTION

923415

923315

 

Advanced Band Level 1/Band Level 1

“Concert Band 2”

Rising 9th graders and new students to band register here.  Exact band placements will be made after auditions are complete. Marching Band is optional

923416

923316

Advanced Band Level 2/

Band Level 2

“Concert Band 1”

Students who have been in band. Present members instructed to sign up for this class again and will be auditioned for upper level classes in May/June.  Marching Band is optional

923417

Advanced Band Level 3

“Symphonic Band”

Auditions in May/June.

Marching Band required (with some limited exceptions)

924016

Jazz Ensemble

Must be enrolled in a band class (exceptions for keyboard, guitar, and bass guitar). Meets after school for credit.  Begins mid-fall after the conclusion of the marching season.

922604

AP Music Theory

Open to grades 10-12.

**ALL BANDS ARE OPEN TO 9th GRADERS**

Marching Band ◊ Concert Band ◊ Color Guard ◊ Jazz Band ◊ Drumline ◊ Indoor Winter Guard

Band “Mythbusters”

  1. It is possible to do athletics and band.
  2. You can do clubs and honor societies and band.
  3. You can do band all four years and still get the most advanced diploma.
  4. You can still get into a great college without taking every AP class.

Important Dates

  • Marching Band online registration begins May 1st
  • Mandatory new marcher meeting May 13th
  • Marching Band camp: July 29-August 9, 2024

Questions?

Ask Dr. VanValkenburg ([email protected])

For more information on Oakton Bands go to: www.oaktonbands.org

Click here to register for the Oakton Field Hockey Camp

Click here for more information about registration for the Oakton Junior Dance Team Camp.

Chantilly High School

Charge Ahead Freshman Orientation Registration & Payment links

Chantilly High School is offering three Freshman Orientation options.  The choices to attend a 1-Day session are either August 6, 7, or 8 from 9:00-1:00 PM.  Students will get a chance to get to know us, ease any anxiety, and learn how to navigate high school life here as a CHARGER.  It’s so fun and you don’t want to miss out!  The cost is $50 per student via MySchoolBucks which includes a Class of 2028 t-shirt, snacks, and a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich.  Registrations are on a first-come first-serve basis until July 28.  Register today to secure your spot.

Payment via students
www.myschoolbucks.com

ClickHERE for information about Chantilly HS Sports

 

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks

2023-2024 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis.

Who to Contact

If you have a question or concern, please visit our website for a full listing of  Who to Contact.  This listing includes all of our administrators, our counselors, and who to speak to regarding a specific content area or class. Contact information for all staff members is listed on our website - just click on the name of the person you wish to contact  to be redirected to their email address: RCMS Staff Directory.

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or [email protected] 
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Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information-Week of April 22

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Rachel Carson MS PTA Mission Statement "Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our school families and communities to advocate for all children."  Important Dates

APRIL

  • April 29 Panther Prowl Kick-off

MAY 

  • May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 16: PTA Elections for 2024-25 school year
  • May 18: 8-11 AM Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk
  • May 22: 4-8 PM Chipotle Spirit Night, Franklin Farms

JUNE 

  • June 7: 5:30-8:00 PM 8th Grade Graduation Party 
Message from the PTA Board

We had a great virtual PTA meeting last week with many new names on the call. If you missed it please find the April 18 Meeting Minutes here.

Remember to register for the Panther Prowl! If you register now, your student will have their t-shirt to wear for all of the spirit days leading up to the Prowl. Be sure to order some raffle tickets as well - the prize line-up is pretty amazing!

We are also looking for a few parent volunteers from 9:30 am - 12:45 pm to assist with the April 29 Panther Prowl Kick-off event with teachers. Please sign up here to help!

Teacher Appreciation week is quickly approaching! We are asking families to donate food items for a treats buffett on May 8. Please consider donating via the Sign-Up Genius below.

Now Accepting Nominations

Believe it or not, the Rachel Carson PTA is already planning for the 2024-2025 school year! Are you or is someone you know enthusiastic about supporting Rachel Carson and all of its students, teachers, and staff? We are soliciting nominations for several positions that will be open next year including:

  • President - oversees and coordinates the executive board to effectively run the PTA; presides at PTA board and association meetings; serves as the official contact, communicator, and representative of the PTA
  • Recording Secretary - takes minutes at board and association meetings; maintains and preserves PTA records and documents to pass on at the end of term
  • Financial Assistant - works closely with the treasurer and other financial officers in handling PTA funds; deposits funds in the PTA bank account and reconciles the bank account monthly
  • VP of Fundraising and Social Events - oversees and coordinates with individual event Chairpersons for PTA fundraising and social activities
  • Membership Chair - works with the membership committee to create and implement the annual membership campaign; promotes membership throughout the year; provides membership reports at PTA board and association meetings.
  • Basketball Game Chair - works closely with the RCMS After School Activities Specialist and the LHMS PTA Basketball Chair to plan and execute the annual RCMS vs. LHMS Basketball Game event
  • Restaurant Spirit Night Chair - arranges and coordinates for restaurant spirit nights throughout the school year
  • STEAM Night Chair - arranges and coordinates a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) event

Current Board members will assist new members with the transition. Please email [email protected] if you are interested, or know of someone who would make a great addition to our team!

Panther Prowl Registration 

Register here for the Panther Prowl Family Fun 5K Run/Walk!

May 18th, 8 - 11 am

Join us in the renewal of a beloved community tradition- the Panther Prowl! 

Register your student and/or your whole family for a morning of fun, food and exercise. Register soon before prices go up for last call!

We will have RCMS spirit days every Wednesday in May. All staff members and registered students will wear the race shirts designed by RCMS students.  Registered students will also be eligible to win in-school raffle prizes every week! The Panther Time classes with the highest number of Panther Prowl registrants will receive a donut party the week after the Prowl. PE teachers also plan to offer incentives for registering. 

There are virtual race options, a virtual only raffle and extra T-shirts for sale if you'd like to participate but can't join us in person on May 18th.

Grab a t-shirt, and a virtual raffle ticket and be a part of the Panther Prowl! We don’t want you to miss out! 

April 16 - May 6: 

$15 for RCMS Student or Individual only

$30 for a Family registration

$12 for an extra T-shirt

Register by May 5th to guarantee you have your shirt for the race.

May 7 - May 18: 

$20 for RCMS Student or Individual only

$40 for a Family registration

$15 for an extra T-shirt

Registering after May 6th? Shirts will be available for pickup on May 31st.

Register here.

Families that need assistance with the fee, please contact Mr. Barrows, [email protected]

We are also in need of parent volunteers and donations for the Panther Prowl Kickoff on April 29th from 9:30-12:45. Please see the sign up genius here.

Join the PTA

We encourage you to join the PTA to support RCMS, including our children, teachers, staff, school programs, and community events. Click here: Join the PTA

Winners of the 2024 Panther Prowl T-Shirt Design Contest

We had some terrific entries to our design contest and we combined 2 entries- one for the front and one for the back.

Congratulations to the winning designers: 7th graders Eliana E and Blaize C.

Thank you to all the students who submitted design entries!

Teacher Appreciation Week Donations Needed

Let’s celebrate our awesome teachers at Carson! We have several events planned for teachers this year, including an Anita’s breakfast, a gift card raffle, and a sweet treats buffett. Please donate to the teacher gift card raffle and treats buffett via the SignUp Genius. All donations can be dropped off Wednesday, May 8.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48A8A622A1FEC16-49061453-donations#/

8th Grade Party Date Announced

Parents of all 8th graders, please block your students' calendar for June 7th, 5:30-8pm to attend the 8th Grade Graduation Celebration. The theme this year will be Hawaiian/Luau and the event will be free for all 8th graders. The planning committee is busy putting the details together which involves food, a DJ, and plenty of activities.  As we get closer, more details will be provided so be on the lookout for sign-up opportunities to support and chaperone the event.

Spirit Wear Still Available!

Did you miss out on spirit wear sold at the basketball game? You can still order through the website: https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

Become a Rachel Carson Corporate Sponsor!

Please check here to view the Carson Middle School Sponsorship package. We can get your company name out to an even wider audience. If you want to become a corporate sponsor or host a Spirit Event at your business, please email Thao Beirne at [email protected]. Thank you!

Important Links

Website:     rcmspta.memberhub.com

Givebacks: https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rcmspta/

Instagram: @rcms.pta

Questions: Email [email protected]

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or [email protected] 
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Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of April 22

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • May 1 - Principal Appreciation Day!
  • May 2 -  Basketball game @ Stone MS
  • May 3 -  Teacher Workday - No School for students
  • May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 18 - Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk 8-11am
  • May 27 - Holiday - Memorial Day - No School

 

  • Message from Mr. Stokes
  • SWAG Awards
  • SOL Testing Dates
  • News from the School Clinic
  • Summer Programs
  • Other Schools Are Sharing
A Message From Principal Stokes

Hello Panthers,

We are entering that hectic time of the school year.  The 4th quarter signals the culmination of this year’s learning opportunities.  Students will engage in final projects, class presentations, and SOL testing.  Further, many students take part in a wide variety of additional activities, both school-related and for personal interest.  This busy spring time highlights the importance for our students to be ready for learning and responsible with their time.  Students should continue to record their assignments and pay close attention to what teachers share in class and through Schoology about assignments and other requirements.  If a student wants to connect with a teacher during Panther Time, they need to make arrangements with that teacher before Panther Time to get approval to visit with that teacher for extra support. 

Meanwhile, we’re going to have some fun in the next few weeks.  Panthers – be on the lookout for information coming soon about our Panther Prowl Fun Run, Teacher Appreciation Week, and our spring musical production.

Thank you for your support.

Gordon Stokes

April SWAG Winners!

Each month teachers from different departments recognize students for their hard work, perseverance, and commitment to making a positive impact at Carson through our SWAG Student Recognition Program. SWAG stands for “Students with Awesome Growth”. Mr. Stokes shared why each student was nominated during our April celebration. Congratulations to the following students for having Carson SWAG: Sorna, Eduardo, Isabel, Justin, Lily, Moises, Isha, Shelia, David, Dua, Merina, Anvit, Sam, Sophia, Maria, Isaac, Malia, Vivaan, Nicholas, Zachary, Mahanth, Trevor, Joanna, Holden, Sophie, Yogesh, Nora, Adrita, Brayden, Roma, Lillian, Rohith, Suvan, April, Lillian, Maya.  A picture of these students is proudly displayed outside of the cafeteria for all to see. Congratulations, Panthers!

Wednesday, May 1 is Principal Appreciation Day!

 

 

Purple Up FCPS! April is the month of the military child!

We are so grateful for all our military families and the sacrifices they make to help our country. 

Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) School Health Services Internal 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 of FCPS students. Parents/guardians will be asked for feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community. The survey will be distributed electronically via FCPS This Week. The survey window is April 15 - April 26, 2024.
Survey link: www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey.

Survey results will provide a basis for quality improvement of School Health services. The data-driven process is in alignment with the FCPS Strategic planning process, and the survey results will contribute positively to the FCPS Strategic Plan that reflects a shared consensus among stakeholder.

 

Allergy Season

Allergy season is upon us! Tree pollen has been moderate to high, and we are seeing a lot of uncomfortable students in the clinic. Signs and symptoms of allergies include congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes nose and throat, runny nose, fatigue, cough. If your student has known seasonal allergies, it is time to start them back on their allergy medication as directed by your physician."

Sincerely,  

Hannah Wilkinson, BSN, RN 

Public Health Nurse III 

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener Results Coming Soon

Students in grades 3-12  took the SEL Screener during the month of March, providing updated information on their SEL skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships, and making responsible decisions. The screener also asks students how well their school community makes them feel valued, included, and supported.

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or for ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s school.

Virtual April Family Coffee links below

Click on the links below:

Transition to Middle School Parent Coffee Recording

 

Transition to High School Parent Coffee Recording

 

8th Grade Service Learning hours

 

This is a reminder that all 8th grade students are required to have 15 service learning hours verified and approved in x2VOL by May 1st at 11:59 pm. Please remind your student to check that their hours have been verified by their sponsor in x2VOL by the May 1st deadline. Students have been frequently reminded to check x2VOL and to see that their total hours are verified and correct. If a student needs a service experience, they can check the Schoology Service Learning folder under Carson Student Central.

            RCMS PTA   Now Accepting Nominations

Believe it or not, the Rachel Carson PTA is already planning for the 2024-2025 school year! Are you or is someone you know enthusiastic about supporting Rachel Carson and all of its students, teachers, and staff? We are soliciting nominations for several positions that will be open next year including:

  • President
  • Communications Secretary
  • VP of Fundraising and Social Events
  • Membership Chair
  • Basketball Chair
  • Multicultural Night Chair
  • STEAM Night Chair

Current Board members will assist new members with the transition. Please email [email protected] if you are interested, or know of someone who would make a great addition to our team!

SOL Testing Dates

All students will take the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in May. Testing will begin first thing in the morning (at 7:30 am) to ensure students have adequate testing time before lunch. Please see the testing dates below to ensure your student attends school on the testing day.

7th Grade Students

8th Grade Students

  • Grade 7 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • All levels of Math: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Grade 8 Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW): Wednesday, May 1st
  • All levels of Math (except Algebra 1 Regular): Thursday, May 16th
  • Grade 8 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • Grade 8 Science: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Algebra 1 (regular only): Thursday, May 23rd

With parent/guardian permission, student rapid retake SOLs will occur the week of May 28th. If you have any questions or concerns, please email David Dewett, Testing Coordinator at [email protected].

Mason Math Odyssey Enrichment Camp at GMU

July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Mason Math Odyssey enrichment camp (MMO) is a place for rising 6th - 9th graders who are curious about math to learn about beautiful mathematics concepts typically not taught in K-12 curriculum. Students will engage in fun and friendly team competitions that will help build mathematical maturity while honing problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills. Camp participants will embark on an exciting mathematical journey through space and time to learn about some of the greatest mathematical discoveries from ancient times to this day, get exposed to some of the fundamental mathematical concepts from the areas of geometry, topology, number theory, probability and algebra, as well as mathematical modeling, and compete for a chance to win the camp trophy. As part of the daily agenda, students will be immersed into one of the mathematical themes through guest lectures, hands-on activities, and group projects featuring Olympiad-style problems as well as simple mathematical puzzles and culminating in a peer and instructor judged presentation.

Where: In-person – GMU Fairfax Campus

Dates: July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Time: 9am - 3pm (drop off and pickup windows TBD)

Cost: $490 includes all materials, activities, and daily lunch!

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2024

 More details: Mason Summer Day Camp | GMU College of Science.

Contact: Jennifer Lawler [email protected]

FCPS Summer Learning and Fun Career and Technical Education

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 6-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA webpage to register.

Institute for the Arts Camps

IFTA is a two- or three-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9 (graduation requirement), music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register. 

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

Summer is a great time for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement. During the self-directed course, students work independently to complete the requirements. Students must register by Friday, May 24. For more information, see the Summer Learning information page.

Summer Online Campus

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program. Registration ends Friday, June 7. Math, health and physical education, career and technical education, English, science, social studies, and world language courses are available to eligible students.

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Please go to the following website Summer Learning information page to learn about these summer opportunities:

  • Credit Recovery Academy/ Extended Learning
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance
VIP Camp: July 1 - August 1 Online Tutoring

This is a reminder that all students in FCPS have access to Tutor.com.  This a free service where students have 24/7 access to an on-line tutor.  Students can connect with someone about nearly any school subject.  We encourage all families to take a few minutes to review the basics of Tutor.com and log-in to try out this great resources.  You can go directly to tutor.com or review the FCPS overview page at:  https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/tutoring-options-fcps/tutorcom-online-tutoring-services

Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services We are excited to share a great opportunity that is available to all FCPS students! Your child now has unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. www.fcps.edu Chess at Carson MS

Rachel Carson is hosting another event that your child can be a part of:

Mr. Barrows will communicate with students about activities through email and Schoology and will also be in lunches where a daily schedule will be shown on the projector. We try our best to communicate any changes such as cancellations immediately though email and Schoology. Late buses will be offered Monday-Thursday. Late buses are different than your regular bus number. Please make sure students know their late bus number prior to staying after school. You can find your late bus number in SIS and it will say RCLR (Rachel Carson Late Run).

here is the Q2 After School Schedule

Riley Barrows

After School Program Specialist

Building Use Coordinator

Other Schools Are Sharing

For more information on the Oakton HS Dance Team click HERE

 

Support the Oakton HS Bands by eating at MOD Pizza in Vienna ANY TIME on Tuesday, May 7. Mention "Oakton Band" OR order online through the MOD app or website, using code: "MODGIVES25" and 25% of proceeds will go to the Band! Feel free to share the flyer and make sure to tell everyone to mention "Oakton Band" at MOD Pizza on May 7!"

Thank you so much for your past support of our program!

Click here for QR code for Mod Pizza

 

South Lakes High School

 

You’re Invited

Families in the South Lakes pyramid schools are invited to see South Lakes Theatre Arts perform Big Fish (a musical) for a special Community Preview event. For one night only, get $5 off each ticket and meet the cast and crew after the show for autographs and pictures.

Buy Tickets Now A Splash of Magic: Big Fish Community Preview Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00pm

Join us for a special Community Preview event for South Lakes High School Theatre Arts' musical presentation of Big Fish.

Big Fish is the story of Edward Bloom, a charismatic storyteller whose fantastical tales captivate his son, Will, while also making him question what’s really true about his father’s life stories. Will reflects on his father’s larger-than-life stories, leading to an exploration of family, legacy, and the power of storytelling.

On Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00pm (before the main show dates on May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th), students and families from the South Lakes pyramid schools are invited to an exclusive private viewing of this magical show with a $5 discount on each ticket. After the performance, you’ll have a rare opportunity to meet the cast and crew, take photos, and get their autographs. Youth t-shirts will be for sale and can be autographed!

This extraordinary experience will only be offered on Wednesday, May 1st for our pyramid families, to allow younger students to see this show together. This is a great opportunity for them to experience the power of storytelling, foster a love for the arts, and capture memories of the magical and heartwarming show.

Under the creative direction of Mr. Michael Viola, and featuring an incredibly talented cast and crew, Big Fish promises to be a production that captivates and delights audiences of all ages (best for ages 8+). Did you know that the South Lakes Theatre Arts program won 12 awards for their musical last year, including Best Musical in two different awards shows!

So, don't miss out on this special preview event where imagination comes to life on stage.

Get your tickets online now, before this special preview sells out.

Buy Tickets Now

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Westfield High School Theatre Presents Freaky Friday, A New Musical

May 2, 3, 4 at 7pm and May 4 at 2pm (Mother--Daughter Matinee)

Musical is appropriate for all ages.

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.

Our matinee performance will feature various mother-daughter themed events including a dress like your mother, dress like your daughter fashion show, pre-show & intermission shout-outs to your mom or daughter, and a photo booth!

We are also hosting a FREE theatre workshop for 4th-8th graders on the next teacher workday - May 3rd from 2-4pm at Westfield.

 

Click here for more information

and here

to purchase tickets.

💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

Join the Oakton Band!

 

COURSE NUMBER

ENSEMBLE

DESCRIPTION

923415

923315

 

Advanced Band Level 1/Band Level 1

“Concert Band 2”

Rising 9th graders and new students to band register here.  Exact band placements will be made after auditions are complete. Marching Band is optional

923416

923316

Advanced Band Level 2/

Band Level 2

“Concert Band 1”

Students who have been in band. Present members instructed to sign up for this class again and will be auditioned for upper level classes in May/June.  Marching Band is optional

923417

Advanced Band Level 3

“Symphonic Band”

Auditions in May/June.

Marching Band required (with some limited exceptions)

924016

Jazz Ensemble

Must be enrolled in a band class (exceptions for keyboard, guitar, and bass guitar). Meets after school for credit.  Begins mid-fall after the conclusion of the marching season.

922604

AP Music Theory

Open to grades 10-12.

**ALL BANDS ARE OPEN TO 9th GRADERS**

Marching Band ◊ Concert Band ◊ Color Guard ◊ Jazz Band ◊ Drumline ◊ Indoor Winter Guard

Band “Mythbusters”

  1. It is possible to do athletics and band.
  2. You can do clubs and honor societies and band.
  3. You can do band all four years and still get the most advanced diploma.
  4. You can still get into a great college without taking every AP class.

Important Dates

  • Marching Band online registration begins May 1st
  • Mandatory new marcher meeting May 13th
  • Marching Band camp: July 29-August 9, 2024

Questions?

Ask Dr. VanValkenburg ([email protected])

For more information on Oakton Bands go to: www.oaktonbands.org

Click here to register for the Oakton Field Hockey Camp

Click here for more information about registration for the Oakton Junior Dance Team Camp.

Chantilly High School

Charge Ahead Freshman Orientation Registration & Payment links

Chantilly High School is offering three Freshman Orientation options.  The choices to attend a 1-Day session are either August 6, 7, or 8 from 9:00-1:00 PM.  Students will get a chance to get to know us, ease any anxiety, and learn how to navigate high school life here as a CHARGER.  It’s so fun and you don’t want to miss out!  The cost is $50 per student via MySchoolBucks which includes a Class of 2028 t-shirt, snacks, and a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich.  Registrations are on a first-come first-serve basis until July 28.  Register today to secure your spot.

Payment via students
www.myschoolbucks.com

ClickHERE for information about Chantilly HS Sports

 

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks

2023-2024 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis.

Who to Contact

If you have a question or concern, please visit our website for a full listing of  Who to Contact.  This listing includes all of our administrators, our counselors, and who to speak to regarding a specific content area or class. Contact information for all staff members is listed on our website - just click on the name of the person you wish to contact  to be redirected to their email address: RCMS Staff Directory.

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or [email protected] 
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Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information-Week of April 15

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Rachel Carson MS PTA Mission Statement "Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our school families and communities to advocate for all children."  Important Dates

APRIL

  • April 18: 6:30 pm Virtual PTA Meeting

MAY 

  • May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 16: PTA Elections for 2024-25 school year
  • May 18: 8-11 AM Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk
  • May 22: 4-8 PM Chipotle Spirit Night

JUNE 

  • June 7: 5:30-8:00 PM 8th Grade Graduation Party 
Message from the PTA Board

So many exciting plans are being made for these last two months of school! Please join our VIRTUAL PTA meeting tomorrow, April 18, at 6:30 pm to hear all about them:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/98567243559?pwd=YTIwSEg3b05xRE1XUnJkejlDNm1Gdz09

Meeting ID: 985 6724 3559

Passcode: 758006

Agenda for April 18 Meeting

Thank you to all the students who submitted t-shirt designs for the Panther Prowl. It was a tough decision to choose just one, so we actually chose two winners! They will be announced by the end of this week.

Speaking of the Prowl, if you register now, you are guaranteed to have your t-shirt to wear for all of the spirit days leading up to the Prowl. Be sure to order some raffle tickets as well - the prize line-up is pretty amazing!

We are still looking for nominations for next year’s Board! We have a fantastic group of dedicated individuals, but need a few more people to completely fill the slate. Please consider donating some of your time to the RCMS community.

Lastly, Teacher Appreciation week is quickly approaching! We are asking families to donate gift cards and food items for a treats buffett on May 8. Please consider donating via the SignUp Genius below.

Hope you are able to get outside this week to enjoy the beautiful and bug-free Spring weather while it lasts!

Now Accepting Nominations

Believe it or not, the Rachel Carson PTA is already planning for the 2024-2025 school year! Are you or is someone you know enthusiastic about supporting Rachel Carson and all of its students, teachers, and staff? We are soliciting nominations for several positions that will be open next year including:

  • President - oversees and coordinates the executive board to effectively run the PTA; presides at PTA board and association meetings; serves as the official contact, communicator, and representative of the PTA
  • Recording Secretary - takes minutes at board and association meetings; maintains and preserves PTA records and documents to pass on at the end of term
  • Financial Assistant - works closely with the treasurer and other financial officers in handling PTA funds; deposits funds in the PTA bank account and reconciles the bank account monthly
  • VP of Fundraising and Social Events - oversees and coordinates with individual event Chairpersons for PTA fundraising and social activities
  • Membership Chair - works with the membership committee to create and implement the annual membership campaign; promotes membership throughout the year; provides membership reports at PTA board and association meetings.
  • Basketball Game Chair - works closely with the RCMS After School Activities Specialist and the LHMS PTA Basketball Chair to plan and execute the annual RCMS vs. LHMS Basketball Game event
  • Restaurant Spirit Night Chair - arranges and coordinates for restaurant spirit nights throughout the school year
  • STEAM Night Chair - arranges and coordinates a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) event

Current Board members will assist new members with the transition. Please email [email protected] if you are interested, or know of someone who would make a great addition to our team!

Panther Prowl Registration 

Register here for the Panther Prowl Family Fun 5K Run/Walk!

May 18th, 8 - 11 am

Join us in the renewal of a beloved community tradition- the Panther Prowl! 

Register your student and/or your whole family for a morning of fun, food and exercise.

Leading up to the Panther Prowl, we will have RCMS spirit days every Wednesday in May. All staff members and registered students will wear the race shirts designed by RCMS students.  Registered students will also be eligible to win in-school raffle prizes in the weeks leading up to the race. The Panther Time classes with the highest number of Panther Prowl registrants will receive a donut party the week after the Prowl. PE teachers also plan to offer incentives for registering. 

There are virtual race options, a virtual only raffle and extra T-shirts for sale if you'd like to be a part of the Panther Prowl but can't join us in person on May 18th.

Grab a t-shirt and a virtual raffle ticket and be a part of the Panther Prowl. We don’t want you to miss out! Register soon before prices go up!

April 16th- April 21st: 

$15 for RCMS Student or Individual only

$30 for a Family registration

$12 for an extra T-shirt

Register by May 5th to guarantee you have your shirt for the race.

April 22-May 18th: 

$20 for RCMS Student or Individual only

$40 for a Family registration

$15 for an extra T-shirt

Registering after May 6th? Shirts will be available for pickup on May 31st.

Register HERE.

Families that need assistance with the fee, please contact Mr. Barrows, [email protected]

Panther Prowl Raffle Prizes Needed

We are looking for parents who have goods or services to donate to our raffle. Do you own a business that could offer a raffle prize? Would you be willing to purchase something cool that would get kids excited about running a 5K with their friends? Shoot me an email and let's chat, Jen Connor Naylor,  [email protected]

Teacher Appreciation Week Donations Needed

Let’s celebrate our awesome teachers at Carson! We have several events planned for teachers this year, including an Anita’s breakfast, a gift card raffle, and a sweet treats buffett. Please donate to the teacher gift card raffle and treats buffett via the SignUp Genius. All donations can be dropped off Wednesday, May 8.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48A8A622A1FEC16-49061453-donations#/

8th Grade Party Date Announced

Parents of all 8th graders, please block your students' calendar for June 7th, 5:30-8pm to attend the 8th Grade Graduation Celebration. The theme this year will be Hawaiian/Luau and the event will be free for all 8th graders. The planning committee is busy putting the details together which involves food, a DJ, and plenty of activities.  As we get closer, more details will be provided so be on the lookout for sign-up opportunities to support and chaperone the event.

Spirit Wear Still Available!

Did you miss out on spirit wear sold at the basketball game? You can still order through the website: https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

Become a Rachel Carson Corporate Sponsor!

Please check here to view the Carson Middle School Sponsorship package. We can get your company name out to an even wider audience. If you want to become a corporate sponsor or host a Spirit Event at your business, please email Thao Beirne at [email protected]. Thank you!

Support Our Sponsors

Would you like to see your company logo here? Head over to our Sponsors page to find out how!  https://www.rcmspta.com/pta-sponsors

Important Links

Website:     rcmspta.memberhub.com

Givebacks: https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rcmspta/

Instagram: @rcms.pta

Questions: Email [email protected]

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Attendance: 703.925.3636 or [email protected] 
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Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of April 15

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • April 18 - Virtual Parent Coffee - 9-10am
  • April 18 - Virtual PTA Meeting - 6:30pm-link below
  • May 2 -  Basketball game @ Stone MS
  • May 3 -  Teacher Workday - No School for students
  • May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 27 - Holiday - Memorial Day - No School

 

  • Message from Mr. Stokes
  • PTA Virtual Meeting
  • SOL Testing Dates
  • Summer Programs
  • Other Schools Are Sharing
A Message From Principal Stokes

Greetings Panthers,

April is the Month of the Military Child.  This is an opportunity to acknowledge the great contributions of service members in our community.  Further, it is an important time to recognize the impact of a family member’s service on a young person.  When a family member is deployed or a family needs to relocate due to a change in orders, this does have an impact on students.  At RCMS and across Fairfax County throughout April, we want to say thank you to our military-connected students and families.  To read more, please visit:  https://www.fcps.edu/month-of-the-military-child#purple

With the arrival of spring and warmer weather, this is a great opportunity to share a reminder about the dress code.  Students are expected to wear appropriate clothing that is proper for the school environment in order to minimize distractions.  Clothing items that might be worn at the beach, pool, or any non-school setting should remain at home.  If clothing is inappropriate, a school staff member will have an individual conversation with that student and direct them to secure more appropriate clothing.  The specifics of the dress code are outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities document.  For more details, please read here:  https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/student-rights-and-responsibilities/secondary-quick-guide  Please continue to have conversations with your child about what clothing aligns with dress code in the effort to have a successful school day.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Gordon Stokes

PTA Virtual Meeting Link- Thursday 4/18 6:30pm

Here is a link for the PTA virtual meeting: 

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/98567243559?pwd=YTIwSEg3b05xRE1XUnJkejlDNm1Gdz09

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Meeting ID: 985 6724 3559

Passcode: 758006

 

 

Purple Up FCPS! April is the month of the military child!

We are so grateful for all our military families and the sacrifices they make to help our country. To celebrate all our Rachel Carson children of military families, we will all wear PURPLE  on Wednesday, April 17! 

Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) School Health Services Internal 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 of FCPS students. Parents/guardians will be asked for feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community. The survey will be distributed electronically via FCPS This Week. The survey window is April 15 - April 26, 2024.
Survey link: www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey.

Survey results will provide a basis for quality improvement of School Health services. The data-driven process is in alignment with the FCPS Strategic planning process, and the survey results will contribute positively to the FCPS Strategic Plan that reflects a shared consensus among stakeholder.

 

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener Results Coming Soon

Students in grades 3-12  took the SEL Screener during the month of March, providing updated information on their SEL skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships, and making responsible decisions. The screener also asks students how well their school community makes them feel valued, included, and supported.

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or for ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s school.

3rd Quarter Grades

The end of 3rd quarter was Friday, March 22. The gradebook module in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE will be unavailable from Friday, March 22 at 4 pm until Monday, April 15 at 6 am. At that time, report cards will be visible in ParentVUE. Students will receive a copy of their 3rd quarter report card during Panther Time on Monday, April 15.

Virtual April Family Coffee: “Moving Up: The Transition to Middle and High School”

 

Please join us virtually to learn more about the transition to middle and high school at our next Family Coffee on April 18th from 9-10AM.  

RCMS school counselors will be presenting two separate virtual sessions.

For our high school session, we are excited to have a school counselor from South Lakes High School participate along with RCMS assistant principal, Kelly Cosgrove, a former high school administrator.  

Zoom Meeting links will be sent later today. 

8th Grade Service Learning hours

 

This is a reminder that all 8th grade students are required to have 15 service learning hours verified and approved in x2VOL by May 1st at 11:59 pm. Please remind your student to check that their hours have been verified by their sponsor in x2VOL by the May 1st deadline. Students have been frequently reminded to check x2VOL and to see that their total hours are verified and correct. If a student needs a service experience, they can check the Schoology Service Learning folder under Carson Student Central.

            RCMS PTA   Now Accepting Nominations

Believe it or not, the Rachel Carson PTA is already planning for the 2024-2025 school year! Are you or is someone you know enthusiastic about supporting Rachel Carson and all of its students, teachers, and staff? We are soliciting nominations for several positions that will be open next year including:

  • President
  • Communications Secretary
  • VP of Fundraising and Social Events
  • Membership Chair
  • Basketball Chair
  • Multicultural Night Chair
  • STEAM Night Chair

Current Board members will assist new members with the transition. Please email [email protected] if you are interested, or know of someone who would make a great addition to our team!

SOL Testing Dates

All students will take the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in May. Testing will begin first thing in the morning (at 7:30 am) to ensure students have adequate testing time before lunch. Please see the testing dates below to ensure your student attends school on the testing day.

7th Grade Students

8th Grade Students

  • Grade 7 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • All levels of Math: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Grade 8 Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW): Wednesday, May 1st
  • All levels of Math (except Algebra 1 Regular): Thursday, May 16th
  • Grade 8 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • Grade 8 Science: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Algebra 1 (regular only): Thursday, May 23rd

With parent/guardian permission, student rapid retake SOLs will occur the week of May 28th. If you have any questions or concerns, please email David Dewett, Testing Coordinator at [email protected].

Mason Math Odyssey Enrichment Camp at GMU

July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Mason Math Odyssey enrichment camp (MMO) is a place for rising 6th - 9th graders who are curious about math to learn about beautiful mathematics concepts typically not taught in K-12 curriculum. Students will engage in fun and friendly team competitions that will help build mathematical maturity while honing problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills. Camp participants will embark on an exciting mathematical journey through space and time to learn about some of the greatest mathematical discoveries from ancient times to this day, get exposed to some of the fundamental mathematical concepts from the areas of geometry, topology, number theory, probability and algebra, as well as mathematical modeling, and compete for a chance to win the camp trophy. As part of the daily agenda, students will be immersed into one of the mathematical themes through guest lectures, hands-on activities, and group projects featuring Olympiad-style problems as well as simple mathematical puzzles and culminating in a peer and instructor judged presentation.

Where: In-person – GMU Fairfax Campus

Dates: July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Time: 9am - 3pm (drop off and pickup windows TBD)

Cost: $490 includes all materials, activities, and daily lunch!

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2024

 More details: Mason Summer Day Camp | GMU College of Science.

Contact: Jennifer Lawler [email protected]

FCPS Summer Learning and Fun Career and Technical Education

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 6-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA webpage to register.

Institute for the Arts Camps

IFTA is a two- or three-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9 (graduation requirement), music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register. 

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

Summer is a great time for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement. During the self-directed course, students work independently to complete the requirements. Students must register by Friday, May 24. For more information, see the Summer Learning information page.

Summer Online Campus

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program. Registration ends Friday, June 7. Math, health and physical education, career and technical education, English, science, social studies, and world language courses are available to eligible students.

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Please go to the following website Summer Learning information page to learn about these summer opportunities:

  • Credit Recovery Academy/ Extended Learning
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance
VIP Camp: July 1 - August 1 Online Tutoring

This is a reminder that all students in FCPS have access to Tutor.com.  This a free service where students have 24/7 access to an on-line tutor.  Students can connect with someone about nearly any school subject.  We encourage all families to take a few minutes to review the basics of Tutor.com and log-in to try out this great resources.  You can go directly to tutor.com or review the FCPS overview page at:  https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/tutoring-options-fcps/tutorcom-online-tutoring-services

Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services We are excited to share a great opportunity that is available to all FCPS students! Your child now has unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. www.fcps.edu Chess at Carson MS

Rachel Carson is hosting another event that your child can be a part of:

Mr. Barrows will communicate with students about activities through email and Schoology and will also be in lunches where a daily schedule will be shown on the projector. We try our best to communicate any changes such as cancellations immediately though email and Schoology. Late buses will be offered Monday-Thursday. Late buses are different than your regular bus number. Please make sure students know their late bus number prior to staying after school. You can find your late bus number in SIS and it will say RCLR (Rachel Carson Late Run).

here is the Q2 After School Schedule

Riley Barrows

After School Program Specialist

Building Use Coordinator

Other Schools Are Sharing

For more information on the Oakton HS Dance Team click HERE

 

South Lakes High School

 

You’re Invited

Families in the South Lakes pyramid schools are invited to see South Lakes Theatre Arts perform Big Fish (a musical) for a special Community Preview event. For one night only, get $5 off each ticket and meet the cast and crew after the show for autographs and pictures.

Buy Tickets Now A Splash of Magic: Big Fish Community Preview Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00pm

Join us for a special Community Preview event for South Lakes High School Theatre Arts' musical presentation of Big Fish.

Big Fish is the story of Edward Bloom, a charismatic storyteller whose fantastical tales captivate his son, Will, while also making him question what’s really true about his father’s life stories. Will reflects on his father’s larger-than-life stories, leading to an exploration of family, legacy, and the power of storytelling.

On Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00pm (before the main show dates on May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th), students and families from the South Lakes pyramid schools are invited to an exclusive private viewing of this magical show with a $5 discount on each ticket. After the performance, you’ll have a rare opportunity to meet the cast and crew, take photos, and get their autographs. Youth t-shirts will be for sale and can be autographed!

This extraordinary experience will only be offered on Wednesday, May 1st for our pyramid families, to allow younger students to see this show together. This is a great opportunity for them to experience the power of storytelling, foster a love for the arts, and capture memories of the magical and heartwarming show.

Under the creative direction of Mr. Michael Viola, and featuring an incredibly talented cast and crew, Big Fish promises to be a production that captivates and delights audiences of all ages (best for ages 8+). Did you know that the South Lakes Theatre Arts program won 12 awards for their musical last year, including Best Musical in two different awards shows!

So, don't miss out on this special preview event where imagination comes to life on stage.

Get your tickets online now, before this special preview sells out.

Buy Tickets Now

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💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

Calling Oakton-bound 8th graders! Oakton High School band is holding 8th grade band auditions. If you are a rising freshman and plan to participate in band, please join us for auditions from 6:30-8:30pm on Monday, April 15 (Woodwinds) and Tuesday, April 16 (Brass/Percussion). Enter OHS through Door 1, and look for Oakton band students or parents to guide you to the Hospitality room and Band room. If you cannot make it on the assigned night, feel free to come at the other time. Join the Oakton Band!

 

COURSE NUMBER

ENSEMBLE

DESCRIPTION

923415

923315

 

Advanced Band Level 1/Band Level 1

“Concert Band 2”

Rising 9th graders and new students to band register here.  Exact band placements will be made after auditions are complete. Marching Band is optional

923416

923316

Advanced Band Level 2/

Band Level 2

“Concert Band 1”

Students who have been in band. Present members instructed to sign up for this class again and will be auditioned for upper level classes in May/June.  Marching Band is optional

923417

Advanced Band Level 3

“Symphonic Band”

Auditions in May/June.

Marching Band required (with some limited exceptions)

924016

Jazz Ensemble

Must be enrolled in a band class (exceptions for keyboard, guitar, and bass guitar). Meets after school for credit.  Begins mid-fall after the conclusion of the marching season.

922604

AP Music Theory

Open to grades 10-12.

**ALL BANDS ARE OPEN TO 9th GRADERS**

Marching Band ◊ Concert Band ◊ Color Guard ◊ Jazz Band ◊ Drumline ◊ Indoor Winter Guard

Band “Mythbusters”

  1. It is possible to do athletics and band.
  2. You can do clubs and honor societies and band.
  3. You can do band all four years and still get the most advanced diploma.
  4. You can still get into a great college without taking every AP class.

Important Dates

  • 8th Grade Auditions: April 15 (woodwinds) and April 16 (brass/percussion)
    • 6:30pm at Oakton HS
    • You may audition on the other day if you have a scheduling conflict
  • Marching Band online registration begins May 1st
  • Mandatory new marcher meeting May 13th
  • Marching Band camp: July 29-August 9, 2024

Questions?

Ask Dr. VanValkenburg ([email protected])

For more information on Oakton Bands go to: www.oaktonbands.org

Click here to register for the Oakton Field Hockey Camp

Click here for more information about registration for the Oakton Junior Dance Team Camp.

Chantilly High School

Charge Ahead Freshman Orientation Registration & Payment links

Chantilly High School is offering three Freshman Orientation options.  The choices to attend a 1-Day session are either August 6, 7, or 8 from 9:00-1:00 PM.  Students will get a chance to get to know us, ease any anxiety, and learn how to navigate high school life here as a CHARGER.  It’s so fun and you don’t want to miss out!  The cost is $50 per student via MySchoolBucks which includes a Class of 2028 t-shirt, snacks, and a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich.  Registrations are on a first-come first-serve basis until July 28.  Register today to secure your spot.

Payment via students
www.myschoolbucks.com

ClickHERE for information about Chantilly HS Sports

 

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks

2023-2024 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis.

Who to Contact

If you have a question or concern, please visit our website for a full listing of  Who to Contact.  This listing includes all of our administrators, our counselors, and who to speak to regarding a specific content area or class. Contact information for all staff members is listed on our website - just click on the name of the person you wish to contact  to be redirected to their email address: RCMS Staff Directory.

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or [email protected] 
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Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information-Week of April 8

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Rachel Carson MS PTA Mission Statement "Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our school families and communities to advocate for all children."  Important Dates

APRIL

  • April 18: 6:30 pm Virtual PTA Meeting

MAY 

  • May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 16: PTA Elections for 2024-25 school year
  • May 18: 8-11 AM Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk
  • May 22: 4-8 PM Chipotle Spirit Night

JUNE 

  • June 7: 5-7:30 PM 8th Grade Graduation Party 
Message from the PTA Board

 

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Big Buns Spirit Night last night! It was great to see everyone showing their school spirit!

We are also accepting nominations for next year’s PTA Board. As the saying goes “Many hands make light work.” Please consider joining the RCMS PTA Board to assist with the many events and initiatives the PTA supports at Rachel Carson. See below for details.

The Panther Prowl T-shirt design contest deadline has been extended through Friday. Details on how to submit are below. 

Now Accepting Nominations

Believe it or not, the Rachel Carson PTA is already planning for the 2024-2025 school year! Are you or is someone you know enthusiastic about supporting Rachel Carson and all of its students, teachers, and staff? We are soliciting nominations for several positions that will be open next year including:

  • President - oversees and coordinates the executive board to effectively run the PTA; presides at PTA board and association meetings; serves as the official contact, communicator, and representative of the PTA
  • Recording Secretary - takes minutes at board and association meetings; maintains and preserves PTA records and documents to pass on at the end of term
  • Financial Assistant - works closely with the treasurer and other financial officers in handling PTA funds; deposits funds in the PTA bank account and reconciles the bank account monthly
  • VP of Fundraising and Social Events - oversees and coordinates with individual event Chairpersons for PTA fundraising and social activities
  • Membership Chair - works with the membership committee to create and implement the annual membership campaign; promotes membership throughout the year; provides membership reports at PTA board and association meetings.
  • Basketball Game Chair - works closely with the RCMS After School Activities Specialist and the LHMS PTA Basketball Chair to plan and execute the annual RCMS vs. LHMS Basketball Game event
  • Restaurant Spirit Night Chair - arranges and coordinates for restaurant spirit nights throughout the school year
  • STEAM Night Chair - arranges and coordinates a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) event

Current Board members will assist new members with the transition. Please email [email protected] if you are interested, or know of someone who would make a great addition to our team!

Panther Prowl T-Shirt Design Contest deadline extended

T-SHIRT DESIGN GUIDELINES:

  • Should include a panther in your design
  • Be school appropriate (no bad images, language, etc.)
  • Limit to one submission per student
  • Include your name, grade and Panther Time teacher's name
Panther Prowl Raffle Prizes Needed

We are looking for parents who have goods or services to donate to our raffle. Do you own a business that could offer a raffle prize? Would you be willing to purchase something cool that would get kids excited about running a 5K with their friends? Shoot me an email and let's chat, Jen Connor Naylor,  [email protected]

Spirit Wear Still Available!

Did you miss out on spirit wear sold at the basketball game? You can still order through the website: https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

Become a Rachel Carson Corporate Sponsor!

Please check here to view the Carson Middle School Sponsorship package. We can get your company name out to an even wider audience. If you want to become a corporate sponsor or host a Spirit Event at your business, please email Thao Beirne at [email protected]. Thank you!

Support Our Sponsors

Would you like to see your company logo here? Head over to our Sponsors page to find out how!  https://www.rcmspta.com/pta-sponsors

Important Links

Website:    www.rcmspta.com

Givebacks: https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rcmspta/

Instagram: @rcms.pta

Questions: Email [email protected]

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Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of April 8

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • April 7 - 13 School Library Month
  • April 10 - Student Holiday - Cultural/Religious  Observance
  • April 18 - Virtual Parent Coffee - 9-10am

 

  • Message from Mr. Stokes
  • National Library Week
  • PTA Officers Recruitment
  • SOL Testing Dates
  • Summer Programs
  • Other Schools Are Sharing
A Message From Principal Stokes

Greetings Panthers,

A special thank you and recognition goes out to our awesome library team – Mrs. Bickford and Mrs. Donovan.  They combine their wisdom and energy to create and grow a wonderful library for our students.  Our library is always a hub of activity as students regularly visit to view the latest exciting titles, meet with their classmates for collaboration and conversation, or take advantage of the quiet times and spaces.  We are fortunate to have such a vibrant space due to our librarians’ welcome attitude and thoughtful curation of the catalog.  With this week being National Library Week, this is a great moment to share our appreciation for the efforts of Mrs. Bickford and Mrs. Donovan. 

Hope that everyone has a wonderful week.

Sincerely,

Mr. Stokes

National Library Week April is School Library Month and it's a great time to celebrate the essential role that school librarians play in the lives of students. National Library Week is April 7-13. School librarians ensure students have access to a wide variety of high-quality books and resources that connect them to the world and build a culture of literacy. Librarians develop lessons that are meaningful to students and help them develop critical thinking, inquiry, and information literacy skills. They support learning across all subject areas by teaching students the skills to be independent problem-solvers and creative thinkers. By creating a safe environment for all students to be engaged and curious learners, FCPS libraries are places where everyone belongs.

Take a moment to learn more about FCPS Library Programs and share your appreciation of your school librarian!

Please join us in celebrating our RCMS Librarians: Ellen Bickford and Elizabeth Donovan pictured below.

Wednesday, April 10, is an FCPS holiday and all schools and offices will be closed. 

 See the complete School Year Calendar

Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) School Health Services Internal 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 of FCPS students. Parents/guardians will be asked for feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community. The survey will be distributed electronically via FCPS This Week. The survey window is April 15 - April 26, 2024.
Survey link: www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey.

Survey results will provide a basis for quality improvement of School Health services. The data-driven process is in alignment with the FCPS Strategic planning process, and the survey results will contribute positively to the FCPS Strategic Plan that reflects a shared consensus among stakeholder.

 

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener Results Coming Soon

Students in grades 3-12  took the SEL Screener during the month of March, providing updated information on their SEL skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships, and making responsible decisions. The screener also asks students how well their school community makes them feel valued, included, and supported.

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or for ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s school.

3rd Quarter Grades

The end of 3rd quarter was Friday, March 22. The gradebook module in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE will be unavailable from Friday, March 22 at 4 pm until Monday, April 15 at 6 am. At that time, report cards will be visible in ParentVUE. Students will receive a copy of their 3rd quarter report card during Panther Time on Monday, April 15.

Virtual April Family Coffee: “Moving Up: The Transition to Middle and High School”

 

Please join us virtually to learn more about the transition to middle and high school at our next Family Coffee on April 18th from 9-10AM.  

RCMS school counselors will be presenting two separate virtual sessions.

For our high school session, we are excited to have a school counselor from South Lakes High School participate along with RCMS assistant principal, Kelly Cosgrove, a former high school administrator.  

Please click here to register for the high school session. 

💜 Purple Up! On April 17 to Support Military Families

April is the Month of the Military Child.  Join our community and turn FCPS purple on Purple Up! Day, Wednesday April 17.  Wear purple in recognition of FCPS’ 14,000 enrolled military-connected students.

8th Grade Service Learning hours

 

This is a reminder that all 8th grade students are required to have 15 service learning hours verified and approved in x2VOL by May 1st at 11:59 pm. Please remind your student to check that their hours have been verified by their sponsor in x2VOL by the May 1st deadline. Students have been frequently reminded to check x2VOL and to see that their total hours are verified and correct. If a student needs a service experience, they can check the Schoology Service Learning folder under Carson Student Central.

            RCMS PTA   Now Accepting Nominations

Believe it or not, the Rachel Carson PTA is already planning for the 2024-2025 school year! Are you or is someone you know enthusiastic about supporting Rachel Carson and all of its students, teachers, and staff? We are soliciting nominations for several positions that will be open next year including:

  • President
  • Communications Secretary
  • VP of Fundraising and Social Events
  • Membership Chair
  • Basketball Chair
  • Multicultural Night Chair
  • STEAM Night Chair

Current Board members will assist new members with the transition. Please email [email protected] if you are interested, or know of someone who would make a great addition to our team!

SOL Testing Dates

All students will take the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in May. Testing will begin first thing in the morning (at 7:30 am) to ensure students have adequate testing time before lunch. Please see the testing dates below to ensure your student attends school on the testing day.

7th Grade Students

8th Grade Students

  • Grade 7 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • All levels of Math: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Grade 8 Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW): Wednesday, May 1st
  • All levels of Math (except Algebra 1 Regular): Thursday, May 16th
  • Grade 8 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • Grade 8 Science: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Algebra 1 (regular only): Thursday, May 23rd

With parent/guardian permission, student rapid retake SOLs will occur the week of May 28th. If you have any questions or concerns, please email David Dewett, Testing Coordinator at [email protected].

Mason Math Odyssey Enrichment Camp at GMU

July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Mason Math Odyssey enrichment camp (MMO) is a place for rising 6th - 9th graders who are curious about math to learn about beautiful mathematics concepts typically not taught in K-12 curriculum. Students will engage in fun and friendly team competitions that will help build mathematical maturity while honing problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills. Camp participants will embark on an exciting mathematical journey through space and time to learn about some of the greatest mathematical discoveries from ancient times to this day, get exposed to some of the fundamental mathematical concepts from the areas of geometry, topology, number theory, probability and algebra, as well as mathematical modeling, and compete for a chance to win the camp trophy. As part of the daily agenda, students will be immersed into one of the mathematical themes through guest lectures, hands-on activities, and group projects featuring Olympiad-style problems as well as simple mathematical puzzles and culminating in a peer and instructor judged presentation.

Where: In-person – GMU Fairfax Campus

Dates: July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Time: 9am - 3pm (drop off and pickup windows TBD)

Cost: $490 includes all materials, activities, and daily lunch!

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2024

 More details: Mason Summer Day Camp | GMU College of Science.

Contact: Jennifer Lawler [email protected]

FCPS Summer Learning and Fun Career and Technical Education

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 6-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA webpage to register.

Institute for the Arts Camps

IFTA is a two- or three-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9 (graduation requirement), music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register. 

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

Summer is a great time for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement. During the self-directed course, students work independently to complete the requirements. Students must register by Friday, May 24. For more information, see the Summer Learning information page.

Summer Online Campus

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program. Registration ends Friday, June 7. Math, health and physical education, career and technical education, English, science, social studies, and world language courses are available to eligible students.

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Please go to the following website Summer Learning information page to learn about these summer opportunities:

  • Credit Recovery Academy/ Extended Learning
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance
VIP Camp: July 1 - August 1 Online Tutoring

This is a reminder that all students in FCPS have access to Tutor.com.  This a free service where students have 24/7 access to an on-line tutor.  Students can connect with someone about nearly any school subject.  We encourage all families to take a few minutes to review the basics of Tutor.com and log-in to try out this great resources.  You can go directly to tutor.com or review the FCPS overview page at:  https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/tutoring-options-fcps/tutorcom-online-tutoring-services

Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services We are excited to share a great opportunity that is available to all FCPS students! Your child now has unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. www.fcps.edu Chess at Carson MS

Rachel Carson is hosting another event that your child can be a part of:

Mr. Barrows will communicate with students about activities through email and Schoology and will also be in lunches where a daily schedule will be shown on the projector. We try our best to communicate any changes such as cancellations immediately though email and Schoology. Late buses will be offered Monday-Thursday. Late buses are different than your regular bus number. Please make sure students know their late bus number prior to staying after school. You can find your late bus number in SIS and it will say RCLR (Rachel Carson Late Run).

here is the Q2 After School Schedule

Riley Barrows

After School Program Specialist

Building Use Coordinator

Other Schools Are Sharing 💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

Calling Oakton-bound 8th graders! Oakton High School band is holding 8th grade band auditions. If you are a rising freshman and plan to participate in band, please join us for auditions from 6:30-8:30pm on Monday, April 15 (Woodwinds) and Tuesday, April 16 (Brass/Percussion). Enter OHS through Door 1, and look for Oakton band students or parents to guide you to the Hospitality room and Band room. If you cannot make it on the assigned night, feel free to come at the other time. Join the Oakton Band!

 

COURSE NUMBER

ENSEMBLE

DESCRIPTION

923415

923315

 

Advanced Band Level 1/Band Level 1

“Concert Band 2”

Rising 9th graders and new students to band register here.  Exact band placements will be made after auditions are complete. Marching Band is optional

923416

923316

Advanced Band Level 2/

Band Level 2

“Concert Band 1”

Students who have been in band. Present members instructed to sign up for this class again and will be auditioned for upper level classes in May/June.  Marching Band is optional

923417

Advanced Band Level 3

“Symphonic Band”

Auditions in May/June.

Marching Band required (with some limited exceptions)

924016

Jazz Ensemble

Must be enrolled in a band class (exceptions for keyboard, guitar, and bass guitar). Meets after school for credit.  Begins mid-fall after the conclusion of the marching season.

922604

AP Music Theory

Open to grades 10-12.

**ALL BANDS ARE OPEN TO 9th GRADERS**

Marching Band ◊ Concert Band ◊ Color Guard ◊ Jazz Band ◊ Drumline ◊ Indoor Winter Guard

Band “Mythbusters”

  1. It is possible to do athletics and band.
  2. You can do clubs and honor societies and band.
  3. You can do band all four years and still get the most advanced diploma.
  4. You can still get into a great college without taking every AP class.

Important Dates

  • 8th Grade Auditions: April 15 (woodwinds) and April 16 (brass/percussion)
    • 6:30pm at Oakton HS
    • You may audition on the other day if you have a scheduling conflict
  • Marching Band online registration begins May 1st
  • Mandatory new marcher meeting May 13th
  • Marching Band camp: July 29-August 9, 2024

Questions?

Ask Dr. VanValkenburg ([email protected])

For more information on Oakton Bands go to: www.oaktonbands.org

Click here to register for the Oakton Field Hockey Camp

Click here for more information about registration for the Oakton Junior Dance Team Camp.

Chantilly High School

Charge Ahead Freshman Orientation Registration & Payment links

Chantilly High School is offering three Freshman Orientation options.  The choices to attend a 1-Day session are either August 6, 7, or 8 from 9:00-1:00 PM.  Students will get a chance to get to know us, ease any anxiety, and learn how to navigate high school life here as a CHARGER.  It’s so fun and you don’t want to miss out!  The cost is $50 per student via MySchoolBucks which includes a Class of 2028 t-shirt, snacks, and a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich.  Registrations are on a first-come first-serve basis until July 28.  Register today to secure your spot.

Payment via students
www.myschoolbucks.com

ClickHERE for information about Chantilly HS Sports

 

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks

2023-2024 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis.

Who to Contact

If you have a question or concern, please visit our website for a full listing of  Who to Contact.  This listing includes all of our administrators, our counselors, and who to speak to regarding a specific content area or class. Contact information for all staff members is listed on our website - just click on the name of the person you wish to contact  to be redirected to their email address: RCMS Staff Directory.

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Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information-Week of April 1

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Rachel Carson MS PTA Mission Statement "Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our school families and communities to advocate for all children."  Important Dates

APRIL

  • April 10: 5-8 PM Big Buns Spirit Night
  • April 18: 6:30 pm Virtual PTA Meeting

MAY 

  • May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 16: PTA Elections for 2024-25 school year
  • May 18: 8-11 AM Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk
  • May 22: 4-8 PM Chipotle Spirit Night

JUNE 

  • June 7: 5-7:30 PM 8th Grade Graduation Party 
Message from the PTA Board

We hope that everyone is returning from Spring Break refreshed and relaxed, and ready to tackle the final quarter of the school year! We have some exciting events planned for the next few months, beginning with our Big Buns Spirit Night on April 10.

Teach Appreciation week is quickly approaching! We need your help to show our teachers the love that they deserve for fostering the growth of our student’s minds and bodies. Please email [email protected] if you have ideas and time to contribute to the PTA’s effort to celebrate RCMS teachers.

We are also accepting nominations for next year’s PTA Board. As the saying goes “Many hands make light work.” Please consider joining the RCMS PTA Board to assist with the many events and initiatives the PTA supports at Rachel Carson. See below for details.

Lastly, the Panther Prowl is coming! Please Save the Date for Saturday, May 18th, 8- 11 am. See below for information on how you can support this recently revived family-friendly community event.

Now Accepting Nominations

Believe it or not, the Rachel Carson PTA is already planning for the 2024-2025 school year! Are you or is someone you know enthusiastic about supporting Rachel Carson and all of its students, teachers, and staff? We are soliciting nominations for several positions that will be open next year including:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • VP of Fundraising and Social Events
  • Membership Chair
  • Basketball Chair
  • Multicultural Night Chair
  • STEAM Night Chair

Current Board members will assist new members with the transition. Please email [email protected] if you are interested, or know of someone who would make a great addition to our team!

April 10: 5-8 PM Big Buns Spirit Night, Franklin Farm

Take a night off cooking and join us for dinner to show your school spirit! 

Please mention Carson Middle School at checkout to ensure RCMS PTA is credited with the sale. For online orders, apply the select school logo at checkout.

Save the Date: May 18, 8-11 AM Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk

Be on the lookout for sign up and raffle ticket information in the coming weeks. It’s going to be a great morning of fun and community at RCMS!

We are looking for parents who have goods or services to donate to our raffle. Do you own a business that could offer a raffle prize? Would you be willing to purchase something cool that would get kids excited about running a 5K with their friends? Shoot me an email and let's chat, Jen Connor Naylor,  [email protected]

Become a Rachel Carson Corporate Sponsor!

Please check here to view the Carson Middle School Sponsorship package. We can get your company name out to an even wider audience. If you want to become a corporate sponsor or host a Spirit Event at your business, please email Thao Beirne at [email protected]. Thank you!

Support Our Sponsors

Would you like to see your company logo here? Head over to our Sponsors page to find out how!  https://www.rcmspta.com/pta-sponsors

Important Links

Website:    www.rcmspta.com

Givebacks: https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rcmspta/

Instagram: @rcms.pta

Questions:https://www.rcmspta.com/ and press "Let's chat!"

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