RCMS Updates - Week of October 21, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

October 21-25 - Digital Citizenship Spirit Week (see below)

October 23/24 - Vision and Hearing Screening (PE Classes)

October 24 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

October 24 - PTA Distributing Spirit Wear Orders

October 25 - Pink Panther Day

October 30 - Impact Aid Forms Due Date

 FEDERAL IMPACT AID FORMS WERE SENT HOME TODAY - DUE DATE: 10/30/2019

FCPS is asking all families to complete and return a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.  Please ask your child to give you this form so it can be reviewed, completed and returned ASAP.

The Impact Aid Program is a federal program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program's mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned, and therefore tax-exempt, property.

Directions:

Section 1: Complete if a parent/guardian was active-duty military on October 18, 2019.

Section 2: Complete if a parent/guardian reported to work on Federal property on October 18, 2019.  Please be sure to provide parent's name and the employer's name in the space provided.

Section 3:  Complete if there is NO FEDERAL CONNECTION (check the box).

All forms must be signed and dated

All information provided is CONFIDENTIAL.  Please return your form no later than October 30, 2019. 

Video link - Impact Aid Instructions

Digital Citizenship Week

FCPS is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week from October 21-25, 2019! This year’s theme is Media Balance and Well-Being: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology. Our school is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week with spirit days and activities focused on developing healthy habits around technology use. Students will have a choice board to select at least one activity a day that matches the daily theme. Parents can also choose to sign up to receive text messages from Common Sense Media with Tips for Health Tech Balance (for children ages 3-8). 

Below you’ll find the schedule of spirit days along with resources and suggested activities to help support healthy habits at home too. 

Spirit Days for the Week

Monday: Hat Day - Put on your thinking cap and reflect on your media use and habits.

Tuesday: Active Wear - Exercise your healthy tech habits.

Wednesday: Dress as your Muse - Dress up as your favorite artist, musician, author, inventor, actor/actress, scientist, etc. and focus on how you can use technology to create original works.

Thursday: “Lei” Off the Tech - wear Hawaiian clothing and take a break from screens to connect more in person.

Friday: Pink Panther Day - Wear pink to support and honor those with Breast Cancer. 

Resources and Suggested Activities for Each Day's Theme

Oakton HS Screening of "Angst" Monday, October 28 – 7:00PM
Oakton High School Auditorium
Doors open at 6:30PM

Oakton High School PTSA cordially invites you to a free screening of the IndieFlix Original film “Angst,” a new documentary about anxiety. The film features candid interviews with teens dealing with anxiety and valuable tools to manage the condition. Following the 55-minute film, please stay for an open a dialogue among families, community leaders and panel experts. 

All are welcome and suggested for ages 12 and above. Reserve your tickets today and let’s start a conversation. For more information and to RSVP, visit 

https://oaktonhsptsa.ptboard.com/

 

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Vision and hearing screening of all 7th grade students will be conducted all day on October 23 and 24 during Health/PE classes.

Please be sure to have your student wear or bring their glasses/contacts to school those days.

Parents will be notified by mail of any screening failures.

Halloween Costumes

Students are permitted to wear costumes on Thursday, October 31.  As we specify with other spirit/dress-up days, costumes must comply with the FCPS dress code.  No hats, masks, props, or excessive make-up will be permitted.

Leftover Halloween Candy?

The SCA is partnering with Treats for Troops, an organization that gives our country’s service members and veterans excess Halloween candy. If your family has any leftover Halloween candy please consider bringing the candy into Carson on November 1-8. Students can drop off their candy in the main office or outside Ms. Donlen’s room, A-209.

Join the RCMS PTA!

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

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

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

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

From Westfield HS: Westfield High School will host a community showing of the movie Angst, a documentary featuring interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. We invite all families in the Westfield Pyramid to attend on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30PM in the Westfield Auditorium. 

From Chantilly HS: The CHS girls’ soccer and field hockey players are haunting the high school cafeteria once again. So, enter if you dare. They have conjured up ghoulish spirits to create an evening of spine tingling fright at their eighth annual haunted house.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and can be purchased at www.CHSHauntedHouse.com. There will also be a small games/craft area for those with low scare tolerances. As a special treat, we also have Hypnotist Russell Hausman working his spells on the audience. There will also be refreshments for sale.

 

 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of October 14, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

October 21 - Fall Pictures (ANCHOR DAY)

October 21-25 - Digital Citizenship Week (see below)

October 22 - PTA Cookie Dough Orders Due

October 23/24 - Vision and Hearing Screening (PE Classes)

October 24 - PTA Meeting, RCMS Library, 6:30PM

October 25 - Pink Panther Day

October 30 - Impact Aid Forms Due Date

STUDENT-PARENT SURVEY FORMS FOR FEDERAL IMPACT AID WILL BE SENT HOME ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22!

Each year, FCPS asks all families to complete and return a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.  Please mark your calendar to ask your child for this form so it can be reviewed, completed and returned ASAP.

The Impact Aid Program is a federal program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program's mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned, and therefore tax-exempt, property.

All schools are required to collect 100% of their forms, and the timeframe for doing so is very short.   Please plan to return your form no later than October 30.  Your immediate attention to this is very much appreciated!

Directions on how to complete the form will be included in next week's News You Choose.  Please view this video for a quick tutorial:

Video link - Impact Aid Instructions

 

Digital Citizenship Week

FCPS is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week from October 21-25, 2019! This year’s theme is Media Balance and Well-Being: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology. Our school is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week with spirit days and activities focused on developing healthy habits around technology use. Students will have a choice board to select at least one activity a day that matches the daily theme. Parents can also choose to sign up to receive text messages from Common Sense Media with Tips for Health Tech Balance (for children ages 3-8). 

Below you’ll find the schedule of spirit days along with resources and suggested activities to help support healthy habits at home too. 

Spirit Days for the Week

Monday: Hat Day - Put on your thinking cap and reflect on your media use and habits.

Tuesday: Active Wear - Exercise your healthy tech habits.

Wednesday: Dress as your Muse - Dress up as your favorite artist, musician, author, inventor, actor/actress, scientist, etc. and focus on how you can use technology to create original works.

Thursday: “Lei” Off the Tech - wear Hawaiian clothing and take a break from screens to connect more in person.

Friday: Pink Panther Day - Wear pink to support and honor those with Breast Cancer. 

 

Resources and Suggested Activities for Each Day's Theme

 

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Vision and hearing screening of all 7th grade students will be conducted all day on October 23 and 24 during Health/PE classes.

Please be sure to have your student wear or bring their glasses/contacts to school those days.

Parents will be notified by mail of any screening failures.

Pink Panther Day

RCMS is celebrating our annual Pink Panther Day on Friday, October 25. The SCA is encouraging students and staff to wear pink to honor those who have been affected by breast cancer. As a reminder, students must still follow the FCPS dress code for spirit days.

As a school, we raised $150 to be donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation. Thank you to all who pre-ordered a Carson Thinks Pink t-shirt! T-shirts will be distributed no later than Tuesday, October 22.

PTA Cookie Dough Fundraiser

The PTA's primary fundraiser is underway.  Students received order packets during their lunch periods on October 7 (additional packets are available in the main office).  Funds raised will be utilized for instructional programs at RCMS.

If you are participating, please remember that students should not be selling door-to-door, but rather offering these treats to family, friends, and known neighbors.

Orders are due in the main office by the end of the school day on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.  Thank you for supporting your PTA and RCMS.

Leftover Halloween Candy?

The SCA is partnering with Treats for Troops, an organization that gives our country’s service members and veterans excess Halloween candy. If your family has any leftover Halloween candy please consider bringing the candy into Carson on November 1-8. Students can drop off their candy in the main office or outside Ms. Donlen’s room, A-209.

Join the RCMS PTA!

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

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

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

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

From Westfield HS: Westfield High School will host a community showing of the movie Angst, a documentary featuring interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. We invite all families in the Westfield Pyramid to attend on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30PM in the Westfield Auditorium. 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of October 7, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

October 14 - School Planning Day - No school for students

October 21 - Fall Pictures (ANCHOR DAY)

Picture Day Volunteers Needed

Fall pictures will be taken on MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 (Anchor Day), through your child's PE class.  We are in need of volunteers to help this day go smoothly.  If you can devote a half day or a full day, you will receive a voucher for $35.00 which may be used toward the purchase of your child's picture package.  Sign up here: Picture Day Volunteers

 

Safety Reminders

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

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

Early Check-Outs

In the event you must pick up your child during school hours, please send a note with your child.  He/she should come to the office first thing upon arrival to receive an Early Dismissal Pass.  This helps us to avoid interrupting teachers during valuable class time in order to call your student for dismissal.  Full attendance procedures can be viewed here: Attendance Procedures

Volunteers Needed

Vision and hearing screening will be held on October 23 and 24 for all 7th graders.  If your child wears glasses, please be sure he/she has them at school on screening day.  The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed.  Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning.  Prompt follow-up of a referral is recommended.

We need parent volunteers to assist with the screening process.  Any parent interested, please sign up here: 

Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteers

Credit Exam For World Languages 2019

Do your children speak languages other than English?  If they can read and write proficiently in a language other than English, FCPS offers our World Language Credit Exam where students can earn up to 3 high school credits in a World Language.  These credits can be applied towards the Advanced Diploma for the State of Virginia graduation requirements.  For more information, see below and have your child sign up via the google link located here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5l299YGMM7QE-YzpuaOfhgdw_Gz7_HcF1VDPfuE6wFgSILg/viewform.

Exam Information:

Date of exam: November 13, 2019

Time: 1:45 PM

Location: Rachel Carson MS Library

Registration dates are September 4-October 9, 2019.  More information and available languages can be found here:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

If you have questions you may contact your child’s school counselor.

Very Important: All registrations must be completed by October 9, 2019 at 4:00PM. Late registration will not be accepted

Helpful Resources:

*FCPS Credit Exam Website:

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

*Questions about graduation requirements or course planning?  Click here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning

 

Join the RCMS PTA!

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

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

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

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

 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS-ABC 7 News Spotlight on Education

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Important Upcoming Events

October 14 - School Planning Day - No school for students

October 21 - Fall Pictures (ANCHOR DAY)

Tucker the Reading Therapy Dog

 

Today, we had the pleasure of having ABC 7 News here to visit Carson and Tucker, our Reading Therapy Dog. Rachel Carson will be featured this evening on WJLA Channel 7’s “Spotlight on Education” segment.  Our school’s connection with Tucker the Reading Therapy Dog will be highlighted.

 

Please feel free to tune in to the 5:00PM broadcast and learn more about Tucker’s involvement with our classes.

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of September 30, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

October 5 - Mental Health and Wellness Conference, Fairfax High School, 12:30-4:00PM

October 14 - School Planning Day - No school for students

October 21 - Fall Pictures (ANCHOR DAY)

Kiss and Ride Tardies

We are seeing an increase in the use of Kiss and Ride for morning transportation.  As the line grows, so do the number of students receiving unexcused tardies for late arrivals.  Unless FCPS bus transportation is not provided to your neighborhood, late arrivals due to Kiss and Ride traffic will continue to be unexcused.  We do hope you will consider using FCPS bus transportation, thus ensuring that your student arrives to their first class of the day on time and ready to receive important instructions from their teachers.  Arriving on time sets the tone for the day!

Veterans Day

 

Calling for Veteran Volunteers - Rachel Carson Middle School would like to invite our community’s veterans to speak with students and share their experiences on the morning of Monday, November 11. Please fill out this form if you or a member of your family is a veteran and would be interested in participating. In order to participate in our Veterans Day program please fill out this form by Friday, October 11!

Volunteers Needed

Vision and hearing screening will be held on October 23 and 24 for all 7th graders.  If your child wears glasses, please be sure he/she has them at school on screening day.  The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed.  Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning.  Prompt follow-up of a referral is recommended.

We need parent volunteers to assist with the screening process.  Any parent interested, please sign up here: 

Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteers

Visit Exotic Panama

Want to give your child a unique educational experience? We are so excited to announce that Sofi Cahoon will be leading a group of students to Panama through EF Educational Tours. The trip will take place in July of 2020. Students will visit Panama City, tour a pineapple farm, see the biodiversity of the rainforest firsthand and explore the Panama Canal among other activities. Attached is the invite to the mandatory parent meeting where you will get all the details and have your questions answered. We want to help as many students as possible experience this once in a lifetime trip. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Cahoon at srcahoon@fcps.edu with your general questions. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Click the link to RSVP to the parent interest meeting:

https://rsvp.eftours.com/djpphzd

If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested, RSVP using the link and click ‘cannot attend’. We will make sure you receive the information.

 

Credit Exam For World Languages 2019

Do your children speak languages other than English?  If they can read and write proficiently in a language other than English, FCPS offers our World Language Credit Exam where students can earn up to 3 high school credits in a World Language.  These credits can be applied towards the Advanced Diploma for the State of Virginia graduation requirements.  For more information, see below and have your child sign up via the google link located here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5l299YGMM7QE-YzpuaOfhgdw_Gz7_HcF1VDPfuE6wFgSILg/viewform.

Exam Information:

Date of exam: November 13, 2019

Time: 1:45 PM

Location: Rachel Carson MS Library

Registration dates are September 4-October 9, 2019.  More information and available languages can be found here:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

If you have questions you may contact your child’s school counselor.

Very Important: All registrations must be completed by October 9, 2019 at 4:00PM. Late registration will not be accepted

Helpful Resources:

*FCPS Credit Exam Website:

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

*Questions about graduation requirements or course planning?  Click here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning

 

AAP Parent Referrals for Students New to Fairfax County Due October 7, 2019

AAP Level IV services are available to students in grades 3-8.  Students may be found eligible for full-time placement in AAP Level IV Center classes through a central selection process and receive a highly challenging instructional program in science, social studies and English.  Multiple criteria are reviewed by a central selection committee to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. More information about AAP services available at the middle school level may be found on the FCPS public website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/advanced-academics.  If you have any questions, you can contact Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu.  

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students, who are new to Fairfax County Public Schools since January 2019, may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu  no later than October 7, 2019.  No late referrals will be accepted.

Seventh grade students who are not new to FCPS may apply in the winter for AAP entry in eighth grade.  Those referrals are due January 6, 2020.

Join the RCMS PTA!

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

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

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

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

 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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RCMS Updates - Week of September 23, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

September 26 - Parent Coffee, RCMS Cafeteria, 9:00AM

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

September 27 - TJ applications due, 4:00PM

October 5 - Mental Health and Wellness Conference, Fairfax High School, 12:30-4:00PM

October 14 - School Planning Day - No school for students

October 21 - Fall Pictures (ANCHOR DAY)

Parent Coffee - This Thursday!

Parent Coffee and BTSN Recap

We invite you to join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year, scheduled for Thursday, September 26, from 9:00-10:00AM in the cafeteria.  For those families who were unable to attend our Back to School Nights and for those who would like more information, we will be presenting an overview of numerous topics.  We realize you may still have questions about what to expect this school year, so we will take this opportunity to share information about upcoming programs and supports, including: A Guide to Middle School; Grading and SIS Parent Vue; and The ACT Program for 7th Grade Students in November.

Parent Coffee Schedule - SAVE THE DATES:

-Topics of Interest/Rotations & Stations: December 5, 9:00-10:00AM

-Digital Citizenship/Technology: February 27, 6:30-7:30PM

-Mental Health & Wellness/Testing Information: April 2, 9:00-10:00AM

We hope you can make it!

Panthers On-Time!/Class Arrival Policy

Being on-time to class is important for each of our students and when students arrive late to class, teachers and students experience an interruption to learning.  Carson’s tardy policy, Panthers On-Time!, outlines expectations aligned with positive behaviors to support on-time arrivals to class.  Students who accumulate tardies will receive a teacher or administrator notice from school.  Please encourage your student to arrive on-time and if necessary, communicate any class transition issues early to a teacher or staff member.   

Panthers On-Time!

Behavior Expectation: Be On Time To Class

  • All students must be in the classroom by the conclusion of the bell tone.
  • Students are expected to have a pass if their tardy is excused. They will not be allowed to go back to get a pass.
  • Teachers will make every effort to release students when the bell rings. If a student is kept after the bell, the teacher will notify the student’s next teacher so the tardy will be recorded as excused. 
  • Teachers will work with students who have a legitimate reason for being late. Transitions from across the school are not a viable excuse.
  • For attendance purposes, students should always report to the main office for an office pass when arriving late to school.

 

Veterans Day

 

Calling for Veteran Volunteers - Rachel Carson Middle School would like to invite our community’s veterans to speak with students and share their experiences on the morning of Monday, November 11. Please fill out this form if you or a member of your family is a veteran and would be interested in participating. In order to participate in our Veterans Day program please fill out this form by Friday, October 11!

Bus Riding Policy

We receive several requests each day from students wanting to ride another student’s bus home. Unfortunately, we are not able to grant these requests. At this moment, transportation is trying to balance our loads. All of our buses are filled to capacity. It has been a long-standing practice at Carson for parents to provide transportation to after school activities for their students. The only exception is a family emergency which must be approved by our Assistant Principal, Sybil Terry. Parents are welcome to pick up their students in kiss and ride. 

Volunteers Needed

Vision and hearing screening will be held on October 23 and 24 for all 7th graders.  If your child wears glasses, please be sure he/she has them at school on screening day.  The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed.  Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning.  Prompt follow-up of a referral is recommended.

We need parent volunteers to assist with the screening process.  Any parent interested, please sign up here: 

Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteers

Visit Exotic Panama

Want to give your child a unique educational experience? We are so excited to announce that Sofi Cahoon will be leading a group of students to Panama through EF Educational Tours. The trip will take place in July of 2020. Students will visit Panama City, tour a pineapple farm, see the biodiversity of the rainforest firsthand and explore the Panama Canal among other activities. Attached is the invite to the mandatory parent meeting where you will get all the details and have your questions answered. We want to help as many students as possible experience this once in a lifetime trip. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Cahoon at srcahoon@fcps.edu with your general questions. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Click the link to RSVP to the parent interest meeting:

https://rsvp.eftours.com/djpphzd

If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested, RSVP using the link and click ‘cannot attend’. We will make sure you receive the information.

 

Credit Exam For World Languages 2019

Do your children speak languages other than English?  If they can read and write proficiently in a language other than English, FCPS offers our World Language Credit Exam where students can earn up to 3 high school credits in a World Language.  These credits can be applied towards the Advanced Diploma for the State of Virginia graduation requirements.  For more information, see below and have your child sign up via the google link located here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5l299YGMM7QE-YzpuaOfhgdw_Gz7_HcF1VDPfuE6wFgSILg/viewform.

Exam Information:

Date of exam: November 13, 2019

Time: 1:45 PM

Location: Rachel Carson MS Library

Registration dates are September 4-October 9, 2019.  More information and available languages can be found here:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

If you have questions you may contact your child’s school counselor.

Very Important: All registrations must be completed by October 9, 2019 at 4:00PM. Late registration will not be accepted

Helpful Resources:

*FCPS Credit Exam Website:

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

*Questions about graduation requirements or course planning?  Click here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning

 

AMC 8

Students interested in participating in the AMC 8 must register by Friday, September 27.

The AMC 8 test date at Carson is Tuesday, November 12, from 2:20 to 3:30PM.  There are no late buses on the test date. Students must be picked up at 3:30PM. Please consider carpooling due to the large number of students participating in this competition.

Since the AMC tests must be ordered ahead of time, students must sign up to participate. The deadline to sign up is Friday September 27.

What is the AMC 8?

The AMC 8 is an optional math test being offered to RCMS students who wish to participate in a math competition. More information about this math competition and practice problems can be found at: http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-contests/amc-8

“The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.”  (www.maa.org).  

How do you sign up for the AMC 8?

Students, not parents, must register for the AMC 8 Test.

Students will need to log into their FCPS Google account before accessing the sign-up form. On the form students must enter their student information (name, grade, math teacher, math period, etc.). Students will receive an email confirmation (sent to their fcpsschools.net account) after submitting the form and successfully signing up for the AMC 8.

Students must sign up online RCMS AMC 8 Registration Webpage

Please contact Mrs. Cahill (agcahill@fcps.edu), Mrs. DeBaldo (nadebaldo@fcps.edu), or Ms. Joyce (eajoyce@fcps.edu) if you have any questions.

AAP Parent Referrals for Students New to Fairfax County Due October 7, 2019

AAP Level IV services are available to students in grades 3-8.  Students may be found eligible for full-time placement in AAP Level IV Center classes through a central selection process and receive a highly challenging instructional program in science, social studies and English.  Multiple criteria are reviewed by a central selection committee to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. More information about AAP services available at the middle school level may be found on the FCPS public website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/advanced-academics.  If you have any questions, you can contact Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu.  

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students, who are new to Fairfax County Public Schools since January 2019, may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu  no later than October 7, 2019.  No late referrals will be accepted.

Seventh grade students who are not new to FCPS may apply in the winter for AAP entry in eighth grade.  Those referrals are due January 6, 2020.

Join the RCMS PTA!

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

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

We will have our first general membership meeting on Thursday, September 26, at 6:30PM in the Library. We hope to see you there!

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

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RCMS Updates - Week of September 16, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

September 16 - Late Buses Begin

September 20 - SCA Movie Night, 7:00-9:00PM

September 24 - Math verifications deadline for TJ applications

September 26 - Parent Coffee, RCMS, 9:00AM

September 26 - PTA Meeting, RCMS, 6:30PM

September 27 - TJ applications due, 4:00PM

October 5 - Mental Health and Wellness Conference, Fairfax High School, 12:30-4:00PM

October 14 - School Planning Day - No school for students

October 21 - Fall Pictures (ANCHOR DAY)

PTA Spirit Wear Sale Ends Friday!

Order your RCMS SPIRIT WEAR soon! Sale ends Friday, September 20

Purchased items will be delivered in mid-October

Order at https://orderschoolstuff.com/rcms19  

PASSWORD (case sensitive): Governor's Award

TJHSS&T Applications

Final TJ applications are due to TJHSS&T no later than September 27 at 4:00PM.  No late applications are accepted.  In order to allow 24-48 hours to verify the applicant's math class, please initiate the application process on line NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 24.  Once the math class has been verified, the applicant will receive notification to proceed with the application process.  Failure to begin the application process prior to September 24 may result in a missed deadline – DON’T DELAY!

Payment of required fee does NOT automatically submit the application.  An auto-generated email will be sent to both the applicant and the parent advising them that the application has been submitted.  If you believe you have submitted the application but have not received a confirmation email, please contact TJ directly.  Students, if you have questions, please email or stop by to see Mrs. Ferrell in Student Services.  Parents may email Mrs. Ferrell at elferrell@fcps.edu.

After School Program and Late Buses Begin September 16

After School Activities & Late Buses start on Monday, September 16.  Late bus days are Monday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Please follow the after school program on Twitter @RCMSAfterSchool for daily activity listings, cancellations, updates and upcoming events.  Also, continue to check daily for updates on all after school activities. If you have any questions email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

The Debate team tryouts will be taking place Wednesday and Thursday after school.  Registration for the tryouts are closed.  If you registered for the tryouts through the sign-up genius, you will have received an email confirmation with your tryout time.  7th grade tryouts are Wednesday and 8th grade tryouts are Thursday.  The topic will be provided prior to the tryout and students are responsible for having an electronic device to do their research.  The electronic device should already be connected to the FCPS Wi-Fi.  There will not be any staff here to assist in Wi-Fi connections.  Snacks will be sold by the Debate Club during tryouts both days.  Please ensure you know your child’s tryout time and pick them up promptly after they are finished.

If you are picking your child up during after school activities, please pick them up in Kiss & Ride.  Do not park in the bus lanes! Students must be picked up no later then 4:45 pm on late bus days, no exceptions!  If you are unable to be here by 4:45 your child will be put on their late bus.

There are no late buses on Tuesdays or Fridays.  Students should take their regular bus home or be picked up at the end of the school day in Kiss & Ride.

2019-2020 Parent Coffee Events

Parent Coffee and BTSN Recap

We invite you to join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year, scheduled for Thursday, September 26, from 9:00-10:00AM in the cafeteria.  For those families who were unable to attend our Back to School Nights and for those who would like more information, we will be presenting an overview of numerous topics.  We realize you may still have questions about what to expect this school year, so we will take this opportunity to share information about upcoming programs and supports, including: A Guide to Middle School; Grading and SIS Parent Vue; and The ACT Program for 7th Grade Students in November.

Parent Coffee Schedule - SAVE THE DATES:

-Topics of Interest/Rotations & Stations: December 5, 9:00-10:00AM

-Digital Citizenship/Technology: February 27, 6:30-7:30PM

-Mental Health & Wellness/Testing Information: April 2, 9:00-10:00AM

We hope you can make it!

Veterans Day

 

Calling for Veteran Volunteers - Rachel Carson Middle School would like to invite our community’s veterans to speak with students and share their experiences on the morning of Monday, November 11. Please fill out this form if you or a member of your family is a veteran and would be interested in participating. In order to participate in our Veterans Day program please fill out this form by Friday, October 11!

Volunteers Needed

Vision and hearing screening will be held on October 23 and 24 for all 7th graders.  If your child wears glasses, please be sure he/she has them at school on screening day.  The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed.  Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning.  Prompt follow-up of a referral is recommended.

We need parent volunteers to assist with the screening process.  Any parent interested, please sign up here: 

Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteers

CARSON CARES: BACK TO SCHOOL DONATIONS

The Carson Cares Committee is an arm of the PTA that assists Carson students who are in need of food and supplies. We partner with the school social worker, parent liaison, and SCA to create projects that address the changing needs of the students throughout the year. 

Our first project this year is to provide snacks and new refillable water bottles to students who have limited access to food and water. Please consider donating a new refillable water bottle (BPA-free plastic or metal, no glass please!) and/or a box of snacks. 

Our deadline for collecting these items is Tuesday, September 24.  Please go to our website, www.rcmspta.org, under the Volunteer Signup section to find out more about our collection.

Thank you in advance for being part of such an important mission!

Credit Exam For World Languages 2019

Do your children speak languages other than English?  If they can read and write proficiently in a language other than English, FCPS offers our World Language Credit Exam where students can earn up to 3 high school credits in a World Language.  These credits can be applied towards the Advanced Diploma for the State of Virginia graduation requirements.  For more information, see below and have your child sign up via the google link located here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5l299YGMM7QE-YzpuaOfhgdw_Gz7_HcF1VDPfuE6wFgSILg/viewform.

Exam Information:

Date of exam: November 13, 2019

Time: 1:45 PM

Location: Rachel Carson MS Library

Registration dates are September 4-October 9, 2019.  More information and available languages can be found here:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

If you have questions you may contact your child’s school counselor.

Very Important: All registrations must be completed by October 9, 2019 at 4:00PM. Late registration will not be accepted

Helpful Resources:

*FCPS Credit Exam Website:

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

*Questions about graduation requirements or course planning?  Click here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning

 

AMC 8

Students interested in participating in the AMC 8 must register by Friday, September 27.

The AMC 8 test date at Carson is Tuesday, November 12, from 2:20 to 3:30PM.  There are no late buses on the test date. Students must be picked up at 3:30PM. Please consider carpooling due to the large number of students participating in this competition.

Since the AMC tests must be ordered ahead of time, students must sign up to participate. The deadline to sign up is Friday September 27.

What is the AMC 8?

The AMC 8 is an optional math test being offered to RCMS students who wish to participate in a math competition. More information about this math competition and practice problems can be found at: http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-contests/amc-8

“The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.”  (www.maa.org).  

How do you sign up for the AMC 8?

Students, not parents, must register for the AMC 8 Test.

Students will need to log into their FCPS Google account before accessing the sign-up form. On the form students must enter their student information (name, grade, math teacher, math period, etc.). Students will receive an email confirmation (sent to their fcpsschools.net account) after submitting the form and successfully signing up for the AMC 8.

Students must sign up online RCMS AMC 8 Registration Webpage

Please contact Mrs. Cahill (agcahill@fcps.edu), Mrs. DeBaldo (nadebaldo@fcps.edu), or Ms. Joyce (eajoyce@fcps.edu) if you have any questions.

AAP Parent Referrals for Students New to Fairfax County Due October 7, 2019

AAP Level IV services are available to students in grades 3-8.  Students may be found eligible for full-time placement in AAP Level IV Center classes through a central selection process and receive a highly challenging instructional program in science, social studies and English.  Multiple criteria are reviewed by a central selection committee to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. More information about AAP services available at the middle school level may be found on the FCPS public website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/advanced-academics.  If you have any questions, you can contact Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu.  

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students, who are new to Fairfax County Public Schools since January 2019, may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu  no later than October 7, 2019.  No late referrals will be accepted.

Seventh grade students who are not new to FCPS may apply in the winter for AAP entry in eighth grade.  Those referrals are due January 6, 2020.

SCA Movie Night

On Friday, September 20, the SCA is hosting a movie night featuring Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Bring a blanket to sit on as the movie will take place in the courtyard under the stars. Admission is free and no outside food or drink is allowed. This year all attendees will be given a free food and drink ticket, while supplies last. Doors open at 6:15PM with the movie starting promptly at 7:00PM. All students must be picked up no later than 9:00PM.

Join the RCMS PTA!

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

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

We will have our first general membership meeting on Thursday, September 26, at 6:30PM in the Library. We hope to see you there!

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

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

 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
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RCMS Updates - Week of September 9, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

September 16 - Late Buses Begin

September 20 - SCA Movie Night, 7:00-9:00PM

September 26 - Parent Coffee, RCMS, 9:00AM

September 26 - PTA Meeting, RCMS, 6:30PM

Carson MS Honored at School Board Meeting

As a recipient of the 2019 Virginia Index of Performance Award, Rachel Carson Middle School will be honored at the September 12 School Board Meeting, which will take place at Luther Jackson Middle School at 7:30PM.  Principal Gordon Stokes is looking forward to representing RCMS for this presentation.  If you would like to view on television, please tune into the FCPS Red Apple 21 channel (check your local TV listings).

After School Program and Late Buses Begin September 16

After School Activities & Late Buses start on Monday, September 16.  Late bus days are Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

The after school activities list is posted on the RCMS website, please read each activities description carefully.  If you have any questions email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

If you are picking your child up during after school activities, please pick them up in Kiss & Ride.  Do not park in the bus lanes! Students must be picked up no later then 4:45 pm on late bus days, no exceptions!  If you are unable to be here by 4:45 your child will be put on their late bus.

There are no late buses on Tuesdays or Fridays.  Students should take their regular bus home or be picked up at the end of the school day in Kiss & Ride.

2019-2020 Parent Coffee Events

Parent Coffee and BTSN Recap

We invite you to join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year, scheduled for Thursday, September 26, from 9:00-10:00AM in the cafeteria.  For those families who were unable to attend our Back to School Nights and for those who would like more information, we will be presenting an overview of numerous topics.  We realize you may still have questions about what to expect this school year, so we will take this opportunity to share information about upcoming programs and supports, including: A Guide to Middle School; Grading and SIS Parent Vue; and The ACT Program for 7th Grade Students in November.

Parent Coffee Schedule - SAVE THE DATES:

-Topics of Interest/Rotations & Stations: December 5, 9:00-10:00AM

-Digital Citizenship/Technology: February 27, 6:30-7:30PM

-Mental Health & Wellness/Testing Information: April 2, 9:00-10:00AM

We hope you can make it!

Credit Exam For World Languages 2019

Do your children speak languages other than English?  If they can read and write proficiently in a language other than English, FCPS offers our World Language Credit Exam where students can earn up to 3 high school credits in a World Language.  These credits can be applied towards the Advanced Diploma for the State of Virginia graduation requirements.  For more information, see below and have your child sign up via the google link located here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5l299YGMM7QE-YzpuaOfhgdw_Gz7_HcF1VDPfuE6wFgSILg/viewform.

Exam Information:

Date of exam: November 13, 2019

Time: 1:45 PM

Location: Rachel Carson MS Library

Registration dates are September 4-October 9, 2019.  More information and available languages can be found here:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

If you have questions you may contact your child’s school counselor.

Very Important: All registrations must be completed by October 9, 2019 at 4:00PM. Late registration will not be accepted

Helpful Resources:

*FCPS Credit Exam Website:

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

*Questions about graduation requirements or course planning?  Click here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning

 

AMC 8

Students interested in participating in the AMC 8 must register by Friday, September 27.

The AMC 8 test date at Carson is Tuesday, November 12, from 2:20 to 3:30PM.  There are no late buses on the test date. Students must be picked up at 3:30PM. Please consider carpooling due to the large number of students participating in this competition.

Since the AMC tests must be ordered ahead of time, students must sign up to participate. The deadline to sign up is Friday September 27.

What is the AMC 8?

The AMC 8 is an optional math test being offered to RCMS students who wish to participate in a math competition. More information about this math competition and practice problems can be found at: http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-contests/amc-8

“The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.”  (www.maa.org).  

How do you sign up for the AMC 8?

Students, not parents, must register for the AMC 8 Test.

Students will need to log into their FCPS Google account before accessing the sign-up form. On the form students must enter their student information (name, grade, math teacher, math period, etc.). Students will receive an email confirmation (sent to their fcpsschools.net account) after submitting the form and successfully signing up for the AMC 8.

Students must sign up online RCMS AMC 8 Registration Webpage

Please contact Mrs. Cahill (agcahill@fcps.edu), Mrs. DeBaldo (nadebaldo@fcps.edu), or Ms. Joyce (eajoyce@fcps.edu) if you have any questions.

AAP Parent Referrals for Students New to Fairfax County Due October 7, 2019

AAP Level IV services are available to students in grades 3-8.  Students may be found eligible for full-time placement in AAP Level IV Center classes through a central selection process and receive a highly challenging instructional program in science, social studies and English.  Multiple criteria are reviewed by a central selection committee to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. More information about AAP services available at the middle school level may be found on the FCPS public website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/advanced-academics.  If you have any questions, you can contact Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu.  

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students, who are new to Fairfax County Public Schools since January 2019, may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu  no later than October 7, 2019.  No late referrals will be accepted.

Seventh grade students who are not new to FCPS may apply in the winter for AAP entry in eighth grade.  Those referrals are due January 6, 2020.

SCA Movie Night

On Friday, September 20, the SCA is hosting a movie night featuring Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Bring a blanket to sit on as the movie will take place in the courtyard under the stars. Admission is free and no outside food or drink is allowed. This year all attendees will be given a free food and drink ticket, while supplies last. Doors open at 6:15PM with the movie starting promptly at 7:00PM. All students must be picked up no later than 9:00PM.

Mental Health and Wellness Confererence

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8:00AM-4:00PM, sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4:00PM.

Participants in this conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be many resource tables available, representing public and private offices and agencies providing services within our schools and community. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova.
More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, student and family spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA and we hope to see you at an upcoming meeting on Thursday, September 26!

You can also stop by our PTA table at the Back-To-School Nights to join in person (cash or checks accepted) and to learn more about the RCMS PTA.

 

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RCMS Updates - Week of September 2, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

September 4 - 8th Grade Back to School Night, 7:00-8:30PM

September 9 - TJ Information Meeting, RCMS Gym, 3:00PM

September 16 - Late Buses Begin

September 20 - SCA Movie Night, 7:00-9:00PM

September 26 - Parent Coffee, RCMS, 9:00AM

September 26 - PTA Meeting, RCMS, 6:30PM

8th Grade Back to School Night Wednesday, September 4, 2019 7:00PM-8:30PM

Dear Rachel Carson Families:

We are looking forward to welcoming parents and guardians of RCMS eighth grade students at Back To School Night on Wednesday, September 4, from 7:00PM to 8:30PM Parents should report to their child’s first period class where they will view a short welcome on the TV from our administration. Parents and guardians will then have an opportunity to follow their student’s schedule, meet teachers and counselors, and learn more about the upcoming school year. 

Food Trucks:  We are excited to have three food trucks on site during our 8th Grade Back to School Night.  Blue City, Divine Swine, and Mr. Wrap food trucks will all be present, selling a variety of foods for purchase.  If you are interested in one of these choices as a dining option, feel free to arrive after 5:30 PM.  You can eat at our outdoor tables or in our cafeteria where video greetings from Dr. Brabrand and School Board members will be playing.  We look forward to seeing you on this evening.

FLE Preview 6:15PM in the Library: There will be a preview/information session starting at 6:15PM for our Family Life Education units.  Physical Education teachers will be on hand in the library to discuss the instructional units, how you may opt out of any portions of the program, and answer any questions you may have. 

Back to School Night Flyer: Students will be sent home with a flyer for Back to School Night during their Panther Time class. Remind them to give you this flyer as it will have a copy of their schedule printed for your convenience.  If your student forgets to give you the flyer you can always pick up a copy of your student’s schedule in the main foyer that evening.  You may also access your child’s schedule via SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue. For more information about obtaining a ParentVue account, please click here to access support on the FCPS website. Please note that an “activation key” is required to activate a ParentVue account.

Parking Shuttle: Parking is available at Carson, Nysmith or at Open Door Presbyterian Church, 3001 Centreville Road Herndon, VA. Please do not park in the fields at Carson, as this will damage our underground irrigation systems.  RCMS will have an FCPS shuttle bus running on Back to School Night. It will begin runs at 6:30PM from our overflow parking location at Open Door Presbyterian Church. The shuttle will run until 7:15PM and then begin again at 8:30PM until approximately 30 minutes after BTSN has ended to assist parents in getting to their cars. 

Greetings from Dr. Brabrand and School Board members:  If you are interested in viewing Back To School messages from Superintendent Dr. Brabrand and members of the School Board, their video greetings will be shown in the cafeteria throughout Back to School Night, starting at 6:00PM. You can also view this message by clicking on the links below. 

Superintendent's Back to School Message

FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Scott Brabrand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdTHU4Cu0I4

FCPS Student Cell Phone Policy

Please take a moment to review the newly revised FCPS student cell phone policy posted on our website:  Cell phones at school

TJ INFORMATION MEETING (8th GRADE STUDENTS AND PARENTS ONLY)

WHEN: Monday, September 9, 2019

WHERE: RCMS Gym

TIME: 3:00-4:00PM

THERE WILL BE NO AFTER SCHOOL BUSES!

Students must have a ride home no later than 4:00 pm.

TJHSST is an FCPS regional governor’s high school (grades 9-12) for students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Come learn about the programs, classes offered and student life. Also get detailed information about Admissions and Application for 8th grade students.

Application Window

September 2 - opens at 4:00PM

to

September 27 - closes at 4:00PM

(No late applications will be accepted!)

Please direct questions to TJ Admissions at tjadmissions@fcps.edu or call 571-423-3770.

Carson One Book

This fall, all Carson teachers, staff, and students will read Refugee  by Alan Gratz together during our Drop Everything And Read time (Wednesdays during Panther Time). 

We ask students to bring a copy of the book to school by September 4, 2019.      

Refugee by Alan Gratz may be found at any of the following locations:

Digital Permission Letter

At RCMS we are fortunate to have laptops in every classroom this year.  Teachers are looking forward to incorporating engaging and meaningful technology into their instruction and have a variety of tools they would like to use.  Some of these tools require users under age 13 to give permission.  A Digital Permission Letter was handed out to all 7th graders through their History class last week and to eighth graders who are under 13 through their Civics class.  There was one tool not listed on the form, Smart Music, that should have been included.  If you haven’t returned this form signed yet, please send it with your child ASAP.

Every Day Counts! Absences Add Up

FCPS is looking forward to a great school year! Regular attendance is essential for students to form positive peer and adult relationships and to learn. In fact, when students miss significant amounts of instructional time, they tend to lose momentum academically.

We do monitor each child’s attendance daily and will contact a parent if a child does not arrive at school or class as expected. Of course, there are times that students may have health or other concerns that may prevent them from being present. Please contact the RCMS Attendance line at CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu or 703-925-3636.

More information about FCPS’ attendance expectations is available online.

Ensure On-Time Arrival to School

We are pleased to see so many of our students opting to arrive at school via FCPS school bus.  Continued use of the FCPS-provided transportation ensures that your student arrives on time to school, with no unexcused tardies recorded.  Arriving in class at the beginning of instruction allows your student to receive important information from their teacher as the learning day begins.  As the year progresses, we encourage all families to reserve Kiss and Ride travel for those days when you must deliver oversized instruments or special projects with your student.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, student and family spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA and we hope to see you at an upcoming meeting on Thursday, September 26!

You can also stop by our PTA table at the Back-To-School Nights to join in person (cash or checks accepted) and to learn more about the RCMS PTA.

 

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

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

 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Food Trucks for 7th Grade Back to School Night

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Food Trucks for 7th Grade Back to School Night

Good morning parents,

We are excited to have three food trucks on site during our 7th Grade Back to School Night.  The Charlie's Bowl, Mr. Wrap, and Indian Cuisine food trucks will all be present, selling a variety of foods for purchase.  If you are interested in one of these choices as a dining option, feel free to arrive after 5:30 PM.  You can eat at our outdoor tables or in our cafeteria where video greetings from Dr. Brabrand and School Board members will be playing.  We look forward to seeing you this evening.

 

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RCMS After School Program

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RCMS After School Program

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The RCMS After School Program will begin on Monday, September 16th.  Some activity tryouts will take place prior to this date.  We are very excited about our after-school program this year!  We have many stimulating and unique opportunities and hope your child will find something that interests them.  Please see below for some important information in regards to the After-School Program. 

Late Buses:  Late buses begin on Monday, September 16th, and will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  There are fewer buses and runs, the stop may be different from the normal morning or afternoon stop.  If you have questions or issues with late bus runs, contact Area 3 Transportation at 703-249-7000.

Clubs/Activities:  The most current listing of clubs and activities can be found on our website.  The first list of activities will be posted in early September.  This list will constantly be updated throughout the year with changes and additions.  Please check back often to make sure you are viewing the most recent version.  This document will tell you and your child how to sign up or participate in each of our activities.  Some clubs do require sign-ups, a try-out, or audition so please pay careful attention to that.  Many of our clubs have limited enrollment because of staffing and space constraints.  In addition, signing up for some activities can be a time-sensitive concern so please pay careful attention to dates and deadlines.

The following clubs will require a tryout, a tryout test, or a fee for enrollment:

Debate tryouts:

7th Grade- Wednesday, September 18

8th Grade- Thursday, September 19

Call Backs- Monday, September 23

National Science Bowl: Team registration is due by Wednesday, September 25.  Tryout test will be held on Thursday, October 3.

AMC 8:  Registration link will be available soon.  Test date is Tuesday, November 12.

Math Counts: Tryout test date will be Monday, October 14.

USTA (Tennis): Registration will open in MySchoolBucks on Tuesday, September 3. There are 14 openings available for the first session. For more information on the program please go to the RCMS website and look under after school activities for the USTA.

Fencing Club: The Fairfax Fencers will be running a fencing club this year during the after school program. Registration will open in MySchoolBucks on Tuesday, September 3. There are 18 openings available. For more information on the program please go to the RCMS website and look under after school activities under Fairfax Fencers.

Please check our After School Program website for regular updates to our program offerings.

Parent Volunteers for After School Activities:  If you have experience in facilitating Model UN, Science Olympiad, or Cricket in the past and are willing to commit time each week during the after school program, I am in need of your assistance. We need 3 to 4 dedicated parent volunteers for each of these activities. If you are interested please email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

Attendance:  Attendance is taken each day after school for all activities.  If your child is absent from school, they are not permitted to return to participate in the after-school program that day. 

Pick-Up:  If you are picking up your child, please utilize the Kiss and Ride area.  You do not need to check your child out through the main office.  If you are picking them up prior to the conclusion of their activity, please pre-arrange this with them so they know to meet you in the Kiss and Ride area.  We do encourage students to stay through to the end of their activity, please avoid early pick up when possible.  If you choose to pick your child up instead of them riding a late bus, they must be picked up by 4:45PM.  Please arrive promptly at the conclusion of their activity to prevent unnecessary wait time by students or staff.  Students who are consistently late being picked up will be required to take the late bus home.

Miscellaneous:

-Be sure to discuss your child’s after-school plan with them every day to avoid any confusion in the afternoon.

-Due to the number of students staying after each day, it’s extremely difficult to deliver phone messages to students.  Please communicate with your child ahead of time to avoid any potential problems.

-All SR&R rules apply during the after-school program.  Please remind your child to adhere to this.

Encourage your child to be an active part of the after-school program.  Research has shown that there are many benefits to participating and here are just a few…

-Increased academic performance and classroom participation

-Improved homework completion rates

-Improved student behavior

-Better peer relations and emotional adjustment

-Improved student-adult relationships

-Improved school attendance

-Better attitude towards school

-Increased participation in healthy recreational activities

-Increased school, family, and community partnerships

The following link will direct you to the After School page on the RCMS website:  https://carsonms.fcps.edu/activities/after-school-program

Have questions or need more information about the after-school program?

Contact Mr. Pawlowski, After-School Program Specialist, AJPawlowski@fcps.edu

 

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RCMS Updates - Week of August 26, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

August 29 - 7th Grade Back to School Night

August 30/September 2 - Labor Day holidays

September 4 - 8th Grade Back to School Night

7th Grade Back to School Night Thursday, August 29, 2019 7:00PM-8:30PM

Dear Rachel Carson Families:

We are looking forward to welcoming parents and guardians of RCMS seventh grade students at Back To School Night on Thursday, August 29, from 7:00PM to 8:30PM Parents should report to their child’s first period class where they will view a short welcome on the TV from our administration. Parents and guardians will then have an opportunity to follow their student’s schedule, meet teachers and counselors, and learn more about the upcoming school year. 

FLE Preview 6:15PM in the Library: There will be a preview/information session starting at 6:15PM for our Family Life Education units.  Physical Education teachers will be on hand in the library to discuss the instructional units, how you may opt out of any portions of the program, and answer any questions you may have. 

Back to School Night Flyer: Students will be sent home with a flyer for Back to School Night on Thursday, August 29th during their Panther Time class. Remind them to give you this flyer as it will have a copy of their schedule printed for your convenience.  If your student forgets to give you the flyer you can always pick up a copy of your student’s schedule in the main foyer that evening.  You may also access your child’s schedule via SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue. For more information about obtaining a ParentVue account, please click here to access support on the FCPS website. Please note that an “activation key” is required to activate a ParentVue account.

Parking Shuttle: Parking is available at Carson, Nysmith or at Open Door Presbyterian Church, 3001 Centreville Road Herndon, VA. Please do not park in the fields at Carson, as this will damage our underground irrigation systems.  RCMS will have an FCPS shuttle bus running on Back to School Night. It will begin runs at 6:30PM from our overflow parking location at Open Door Presbyterian Church. The shuttle will run until 7:15PM and then begin again at 8:30PM until approximately 30 minutes after BTSN has ended to assist parents in getting to their cars. 

Greetings from Dr. Brabrand and School Board members:  If you are interested in viewing Back To School messages from Superintendent Dr. Brabrand and members of the School Board, their video greetings will be shown in the cafeteria throughout Back to School Night, starting at 6:00PM. You can also view this message by clicking on the links below. 

Superintendent's Back to School Message

FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Scott Brabrand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdTHU4Cu0I4

 

 

Carson One Book

This fall, all Carson teachers, staff, and students will read Refugee  by Alan Gratz together during our Drop Everything And Read time (Wednesdays during Panther Time). 

We ask students to bring a copy of the book to school by September 4, 2019.      

Refugee by Alan Gratz may be found at any of the following locations:

Digital Permission Letter

At RCMS we are fortunate to have laptops in every classroom this year.  Teachers are looking forward to incorporating engaging and meaningful technology into their instruction and have a variety of tools they would like to use.  Some of these tools require users under age 13 to give permission.  A Digital Permission Letter was handed out to all 7th graders through their History classes Monday and Tuesday this week.  Eighth graders who are under 13 will receive it later this week.  There was one tool not listed on the form, Smart Music, that should have been included.  Please look over the letter and return it signed with your child ASAP.

 

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, student and family spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA and we hope to see you at an upcoming meeting on Thursday, September 26!

You can also stop by our PTA table at the Back-To-School Nights to join in person (cash or checks accepted) and to learn more about the RCMS PTA.

 

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7th Grade Orientation

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Important Upcoming Events

August 23 - Rising 7th grade orientation (9:00-11:00AM)

August 26 - First day of school

August 30/September 2 - Labor Day holidays

7th Grade Orientation (Students Only)

(also open to 8th Graders who are new to RCMS)

VERY IMPORTANT:  Students must bring a copy of their schedule with them to orientation and first day of school. Orientation for 7th graders and those 8th graders who are new to RCMS this year will be held on  Friday, August 23, from 9-11AM.  Students will take part in a whole group welcome and will do a “walkthrough” of their schedule and meet their teachers. This event is only for our students. Transportation will be provided from your neighborhood elementary school. More information is located here.

Buses

All families should have received bus information through email messages, text messages and phone calls directly from the FCPS Transportation office. Parents and students can also use MapNet via Blackboard FCPS 24-7 to locate bus stop information and approximate times for pickup and drop off. Students will see the link for transportation when they log in to their Blackboard FCPS 24-7 Learning accounts. Students may only ride their assigned bus.

Bus Delay Notification System

Parents may access the following link https://busdelay.fcps.edu/  or the FCPS Mobile App to receive the delayed bus report.  Morning route information will be available through 12 p.m.  The afternoon route information will be updated from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m.  It is normal to expect a high volume of delays the first week of school. This system will be active on August 28th. Both KIT and Bus Delay Notification systems will run simultaneously until further notice.

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Panther Palooza Forms (required and optional)

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Important Upcoming Events

July 19-August 16 - Summer office hours: 9:00AM-1:00PM

August 22 - Panther Palooza (9:00AM-2:00PM)

August 23 - Rising 7th grade orientation (9:00-11:00AM)

August 26 - First day of school

August 30/September 2 - Labor Day holidays

Following is a repeat of information sent to all families via eNotify on Monday, August 5 and via News You Choose on August 12.  If you have already completed and printed forms, please note that a few additional "optional" links have been added regarding SCA, Civics Learning Hours, and our Veterans Day program.

 

Dear RCMS Families,

Our annual Panther Palooza will be Thursday, August 22, 2019, 9:00AM-2:00PM. This is your opportunity to visit the school, turn in required forms, pick up your class schedule and receive your locker assignment and combination. All students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

As this is an open house event, we remind you that you are invited to come any time during the hours posted. It has been our experience that the excitement of the day naturally encourages families to be here as soon as the doors open. However, please note that this could be the busiest time of the day, with forms turn-in lines being long, and parking being at a premium.

Before arriving at Panther Palooza, please have the following ready to turn in:

Required Forms:

Note: All parents must have a Parent View (sometimes referred to as “Parent Vue”) account in order to view their child’s information online. If you do not yet have an account, you can learn more about how to obtain one at ParentVue New Account Registration

COMPLETE, PRINT AND BRING:

Emergency Care Form (via WeCare): WeCare

(Please note that weCare@school is a part of FCPS 24-7 Learning : Parent View.  In order to log into Parent View it is necessary to have an active SIS Parent Account.  Once the SIS Parent Account is created the same log in credentials will also work for FCPS 24-7 Learning : Parent View.)

Health Information Form: Health Information Form

Military Connected Students Form: Military Connected Students Form

After School Program: RCMS After School Program

Homeless Student Referral: Homeless Student Referral

Please note: The 2019-2020 Student Rights and Responsibilities is currently undergoing revision and will be distributed to students at the beginning of the school year. At that time, parents will be asked to review the handbook with their child and return the acknowledgement of receipt signature page. The electronic version of the SR&R can be viewed (and the signature page signed and printed) here: SR&R

Clinic/Health Room Forms (complete as applicable):

Medication Authorization: Medication Authorization

Epinephrine (Epi Pen) Authorization:   Epinephrine (Epi Pen) Authorization

Inhaler Authorization: Inhaler Authorization    

Scoliosis Fact Sheet (English): Scoliosis Fact Sheet (English)

Scoliosis Fact Sheet (Spanish): Scoliosis Fact Sheet (Spanish)

Optional Forms:

Attendance Procedures: Attendance Procedures

Civics Service Learning Hours: Civics Service Learning FAQ

Career Day: Career Day brochure

PE Uniforms, Locks and Towel Service: Available in MySchoolBucks. Student sizes will be determined when the uniforms are distributed the first week of school by the PE Teachers.

Veterans Day Speakers Interest: Veterans Day Speaker Form

Student Council Information: SCA Fall info

MySchoolBucks Information: MySchoolBucks

No Fuss Fundraiser: No Fuss Fundraiser

Yearbook:  yearbook

PTA Spiritwear: PTA Spiritwear password: Governor's Award (Case sensitive)

7th Grade Orientation (Students Only)

(also open to 8th Graders who are new to RCMS)

Orientation for all 7th graders is scheduled for Friday, August 23rd from 9:00-11:00AM. During orientation, students will briefly rotate through each class, meeting their teams and teachers.  Students should bring their schedules with them to Orientation, but do not need any other school materials.  Students also will be able to access their schedule via StudentVue. 

Bus schedules for the orientation are below.  Students will board the bus at their neighborhood elementary school and return to that same location according to the times below.  Please note the bus schedule for Orientation is an abbreviated schedule and will not be the same as the schedule for the school year. 

Buses depart for RCMS

Coates Elementary – 8:30 a.m.

Crossfield Elementary- 8:30 a.m.

Floris Elementary – 8:30 a.m.

Fox Mill Elementary – 8:30 a.m.

Hunters Woods Elementary – 8:30 a.m.

Lees Corner Elementary — 8:30 a.m.

McNair Elementary – 8:30 a.m.

Navy Elementary – 8:30 a.m.

Oak Hill Elementary- 8:30 a.m.

Please plan on arriving at the elementary school approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled bus departure time. If your student’s elementary school is not listed, your student can go to the nearest school from the above list. Buses will depart

Rachel Carson Middle no later than 11:10 AM to return students to the elementary school where they were picked-up in the morning.

Are you going to miss Panther Palooza and/or  Student Orientation?

If you are unable to attend these events, student class schedules will be visible in SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVUE on Thursday, August 22.

Students who need a copy of their schedule and/or their locker assignment will be directed to report to the Library at the start of school on Monday, August 26.

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RCMS Updates - August 14, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

July 19-August 16 - Summer office hours: 9:00AM-1:00PM

August 22 - Panther Palooza (9:00AM-2:00PM)

August 23 - Rising 7th grade orientation (9:00-11:00AM)

August 26 - First day of school

August 30/September 2 - Labor Day holidays

Carson One Book

This fall, all Carson teachers, staff, and students will read Refugee  by Alan Gratz together during our Drop Everything And Read time (Wednesdays during Panther Time). 

We ask students to bring a copy of the book to school by September 4, 2019.      

Refugee by Alan Gratz may be found at any of the following locations:

If you are unable to get a book for your child, please fill out this Google Form by August 20, 2019. 

Carson Summer Reading for rising 7th & 8th graders!

All rising 7th and 8th grade students are expected to read at least one new book of their choice during the summer.  Not sure what book to read? Check out this site to help you decide: http://bit.ly/WhatToReadNext. Our goal is to promote reading for pleasure. Whether you’re on a plane, in the car, at the beach, pool, or in the comfort of your own home, it’s great to have a book in hand! At the beginning of the school year, your English teacher will share with you an assignment that you will complete to share about the book you read. We are so excited to see what everyone picks to read over the summer

 

Panther Palooza

Information regarding our 4th annual Panther Palooza, was sent out via eNotify to all families on Monday, August 5, and again on August 12, via News You Choose.  This optional event is an opportunity to turn in important forms, receive your locker assignment and take a walk around the school (teachers are not available at this time).  Be sure to check your email for details (including links to required forms) about this day, or visit our website at https://carsonms.fcps.edu/

7th Grade Orientation

(also open to 8th Graders who are new to RCMS)

Orientation for 7th graders and those 8th graders who are new to RCMS this year will be held on  Friday, August 23, from 9-11AM.  Students will take part in a whole group welcome and will do a “walkthrough” of their schedule and meet their teachers. This event is only for our students. Transportation will be provided from your neighborhood elementary school. Details on the bus timing will be provided soon.

Are you going to miss Panther Palooza and/or  Student Orientation?

If you are unable to attend these events, student class schedules will be visible in SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVUE on Thursday, August 22.

Students who need a copy of their schedule and/or their locker assignment will be directed to report to the Library at the start of school on Monday, August 26.

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Panther Palooza Forms (required and optional)

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Important Upcoming Events

July 19-August 16 - Summer office hours: 9:00AM-1:00PM

August 22 - Panther Palooza (9:00AM-2:00PM)

August 23 - Rising 7th grade orientation (9:00-11:00AM)

August 26 - First day of school

August 30/September 2 - Labor Day holidays

Following is a repeat of information sent to all families via eNotify on Monday, August 5.  If you have already completed and printed forms, please note that a few additional "optional" links have been added regarding SCA, Civics Learning Hours, and our Veterans Day program.

 

Dear RCMS Families,

Our annual Panther Palooza will be Thursday, August 22, 2019, 9:00AM-2:00PM. This is your opportunity to visit the school, turn in required forms, pick up your class schedule and receive your locker assignment and combination. All students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

As this is an open house event, we remind you that you are invited to come any time during the hours posted. It has been our experience that the excitement of the day naturally encourages families to be here as soon as the doors open. However, please note that this could be the busiest time of the day, with forms turn-in lines being long, and parking being at a premium.

Before arriving at Panther Palooza, please have the following ready to turn in:

Required Forms:

Note: All parents must have a Parent View (sometimes referred to as “Parent Vue”) account in order to view their child’s information online. If you do not yet have an account, you can learn more about how to obtain one at ParentVue New Account Registration

COMPLETE, PRINT AND BRING:

Emergency Care Form (via WeCare): WeCare

(Please note that weCare@school is a part of FCPS 24-7 Learning : Parent View.  In order to log into Parent View it is necessary to have an active SIS Parent Account.  Once the SIS Parent Account is created the same log in credentials will also work for FCPS 24-7 Learning : Parent View.)

Health Information Form: Health Information Form

Military Connected Students Form: Military Connected Students Form

After School Program: RCMS After School Program

Homeless Student Referral: Homeless Student Referral

Please note: The 2019-2020 Student Rights and Responsibilities is currently undergoing revision and will be distributed to students at the beginning of the school year. At that time, parents will be asked to review the handbook with their child and return the acknowledgement of receipt signature page. Please check future News You Choose messages for updated information related to Student Rights & Responsibilities.

Clinic/Health Room Forms (complete as applicable):

Medication Authorization: Medication Authorization

Epinephrine (Epi Pen) Authorization:   Epinephrine (Epi Pen) Authorization

Inhaler Authorization: Inhaler Authorization    

Scoliosis Fact Sheet (English): Scoliosis Fact Sheet (English)

Scoliosis Fact Sheet (Spanish): Scoliosis Fact Sheet (Spanish)

Optional Forms:

Attendance Procedures: Attendance Procedures

Civics Service Learning Hours: Civics Service Learning FAQ

Career Day: Career Day brochure

Veterans Day Speakers Interest: Veterans Day Speaker Form

Student Council Information: SCA Fall info

MySchoolBucks: MySchoolBucks

No Fuss Fundraiser: No Fuss Fundraiser

Yearbook:   Yearbook information

PTA Spiritwear: PTA Spiritwear password: Governor's Award (Case sensitive)

7th Grade Orientation

(also open to 8th Graders who are new to RCMS)

Orientation for 7th graders and those 8th graders who are new to RCMS this year will be held on  Friday, August 23, from 9-11AM.  Students will take part in a whole group welcome and will do a “walkthrough” of their schedule and meet their teachers. This event is only for our students. Transportation will be provided from your neighborhood elementary school. Details on the bus timing will be provided soon.

Are you going to miss Panther Palooza and/or  Student Orientation?

If you are unable to attend these events, student class schedules will be visible in SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVUE on Thursday, August 22.

Students who need a copy of their schedule and/or their locker assignment will be directed to report to the Library at the start of school on Monday, August 26.

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RCMS Updates - August 8, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

July 19-August 16 - Summer office hours: 9:00AM-1:00PM

August 22 - Panther Palooza (9:00AM-2:00PM)

August 23 - Rising 7th grade orientation (9:00-11:00AM)

August 26 - First day of school

August 30/September 2 - Labor Day holidays

Service Hours Opportunity

Students may sign up to volunteer and earn service hours on August 12 and August 16.  Students will be assigned their tasks when they arrive.  Please direct any questions to Ms. Oh, Assistant Principal, CSOh@fcps.edu.

ServiceHours

 

Panther Palooza

Information regarding our 4th annual Panther Palooza, was sent out via eNotify to all families on Monday, August 5.  This optional event is an opportunity to turn in important forms, receive your locker assignment and take a walk around the school (teachers are not available at this time).  Be sure to check your email for details (including links to required forms) about this day, or visit our website at https://carsonms.fcps.edu/

7th Grade Orientation

(also open to 8th Graders who are new to RCMS)

Orientation for 7th graders and those 8th graders who are new to RCMS this year will be held on  Friday, August 23, from 9-11AM.  Students will take part in a whole group welcome and will do a “walkthrough” of their schedule and meet their teachers. This event is only for our students. Transportation will be provided from your neighborhood elementary school. Details on the bus timing will be provided soon.

Are you going to miss Panther Palooza and/or  Student Orientation?

If you are unable to attend these events, student class schedules will be visible in SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVUE on Thursday, August 22.

Students who need a copy of their schedule and/or their locker assignment will be directed to report to the Library at the start of school on Monday, August 26.

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RCMS Weekly Updates-July 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

July 19-August 16 - Summer office hours: 9:00AM-1:00PM

July 4-5: Holiday - Offices closed

August 22 - Panther Palooza (9:00AM-2:00PM)

August 23 - Rising 7th grade orientation (9:00-11:00AM)

August 26 - First day of school

August 30/September 2 - Labor Day holidays

Rising 7th and 8th Graders Summer Reading Assignment

We wanted to share with you the summer reading assignment for next year. We would like you all to read at least ONE new (to you) book of your choice during the summer. Not sure what book to read? Check out this site to help you decide: http://bit.ly/WhatToReadNext. Our goal is to promote reading for pleasure. Whether you’re on a plane, in the car, at the beach, pool, or in the comfort of your own home, it’s great to have a book in hand! At the beginning of the school year, your English teacher will share with you an assignment that you will complete to share about the book you read. We are so excited to see what everyone picks to read over summer!

Summer Math Packets

Don’t forget to complete your summer math packets. The math teachers have put together summer math packets for students taking Math 7 Honors, Algebra 1, Algebra 1 Honors, Geometry Honors, and Algebra 2 Honors. Math packets are located on the RCMS website. Students should complete the packet corresponding to the math course they will be taking when school starts in August and bring the completed packet with them the first day of school.

Summer Food Program

Children who were qualified to receive free and reduced-price meals during the 2018-2019 school year may continue to receive meals while school is out of session.  Please visit the following link to find a providing site near you:

https://www.fcps.edu/news/fcps-announces-2019-usda-summer-food-program-locations

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Rising South Lakes 9th Grader Families:  We still have some openings (and t-shirts will be ready for your student if you reserve SOON!) for both sessions of Seahawk 101 Freshman Orientation for the class of 2023.  Click the link below to register your student and spread the word – we order t-shirts for participants this week – you’ll want to be seen in the Blue & Green!

Session 1: Tuesday, July 23rd - Wednesday, July 24th – 9:00-12:00 noon

Session 2: Monday, July 29th - Tuesday, July 30th – 9:00-12:00 noon

Cost:  $10 through MySchoolBucks (email jasilton@fcps.edu if cost is an issue)

Includes: t-shirt, snacks, water, handbook, student panel, tour the building, and FUN!  http://bit.ly/Seahawk101

 

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