Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of November 22

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Important Upcoming Events  

11/24-11/26  - Thanksgiving Holiday Break 

11/29            - Students return on schedule A Day

**Picture Retakes have been rescheduled for 12/7**

Greetings,

The Rachel Carson Middle School staff wishes a very Happy Thanksgiving to the entire RCMS community.  We are thankful for each of our students and the energy and creativity that they bring to school on a daily basis. We really appreciate the opportunity to see, interact with and teach our students in the in-person setting on a daily basis. Furthermore, we are also very grateful for all of our families. The support that you provide for our students and staff is tremendous and very much appreciated.  We hope that you enjoy a safe and festive holiday.

Gordon Stokes

Principal

Safety in Kiss N Ride Drop-off

As safety is our top priority, please remember to drop students off in the Kiss n Ride loop in the morning.  We’ve learned that a number of students are being dropped off in the morning along McLearen Road or the sidewalks along the school entrance.  These actions place our students in a less secure position during arrival. 

If using Kiss n Ride, please drop off students upon reaching the sidewalks closest to the cafeteria.  Additionally, students who participate in after school programs should also be picked-up in the Kiss N Ride loop and not at another location on or off campus. 

Check out the Principal's  Message here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms

If you would like more information regarding opt out options please refer to this FCPS link.

Quarterly Student Services Newsletter 

Happy Fall!  Please take a look at our fall newsletter of the 2021-2022 school year.  In this quarter’s issue, we provide information on tips to help student improve their grades, student services highlights, rolling gradebook, upcoming events, and parent resources.     

Wellness Screening - 7th Grade Only

RCMS Clinical Team is conducting an ACT Wellness Screening on November 29th and 30th  during Health/PE classes as part of the Signs of Suicide (SOS) ® Prevention Program for all 7th grade students.  The program has proven to be successful at increasing help-seeking behaviors by students concerned about themselves or a friend.  

We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for depression, suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn. Additionally, this parent information video provides key information about the SOS program itself. 

Click here 

To Register for the orientation.

Lifetouch Picture Retakes- Tuesday, December 7th. PTA Cookie Dough Update

Thank you all for your support for PTA and Cookie Dough orders. We are still waiting to hear from vendor for delivery dates. We will have sign up for volunteers for distribution of the orders.

Please reach out to Cookie Dough Fundraising Chair Monika Chaturvedi at monikask73@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Apply to be a Substitute Teacher

Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for enthusiastic, engaged, and dedicated substitute teachers. Effective November 6, starting pay is $17.79 per hour for short-term subs; $23.91 per hour for long-term subs. 

Substitutes help our students thrive when their teacher must be out of the classroom and are essential members of every school’s team. More information about the application process and requirements is available online.

Virtual Finance Park for 8th Graders 

This year 8th grade will have the opportunity to participate virtually in the traditional Finance Park activities the week of November 29th during civics classes.

Order Your Yearbook!

 

 

 

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com. or access through this link. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8_ZZJ6XQQIV50UTTM

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check. Reserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks! The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. 

To help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider paying for their student’s school fee online through MySchoolBucks. This will help minimize the amount of cash and checks that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on keeping your student safe. Accounts may be set up with a credit card or linked directly to your checking account.

With MySchoolBucks you can:

  1. Pay online or on-the-go
  2. Browse items & fees in our School Store
  3. Know when fees are due

Don’t have an account yet? Visit MySchoolBucks.com to sign up today! www.MySchoolBucks.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

On Reporting Absences   

 

 

If a student will be absent or arriving late to school, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly. 

To report an absence, parents have these options:

  1. Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
  2. Send an email with full details to: CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu, or
  3. Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.

If your student will be picked up early for an appointment:
Please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal.
 Students will be given a pass to leave class and meet parents in the office. Parents should come to entrance #1, to the main office, with a photo ID to pick up their student for early dismissals.

For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the RCMS Attendance page.

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

 Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

Other Schools Are Sharing Look What's Happening at TJ

Click here

To register for the camp.

Virtual workshop with Fairfax High School

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

Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of November 15

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Important Upcoming Events  

11/24-11/26  - Thanksgiving Holiday Break 

11/29             - Students return on schedule A Day

**Picture Retakes have been rescheduled for 12/7**

Greetings,

To help us have a successful school year, we will continue to have students focus on three key concepts.  Students are ready to learn – on time to all classes and prepared with the necessary materials.  Students are responsible – making positive choices that contribute to our school environment.  Students are respectful – using positive words and actions with peers and staff, along with showing care for our school building.  Families – we thank you for any conversations that you have at home to help reinforce these three concepts.

RCMS Admin Team

Safety in Kiss N Ride Drop-off

As safety is our top priority, please remember to drop students off in the Kiss n Ride loop in the morning.  We’ve learned that a number of students are being dropped off in the morning along McLearen Road or the sidewalks along the school entrance.  These actions place our students in a less secure position during arrival. 

If using Kiss n Ride, please drop off students upon reaching the sidewalks closest to the cafeteria.  Additionally, students who participate in after school programs should also be picked-up in the Kiss N Ride loop and not at another location on or off campus. 

Parent Resources Tips to Improve Your Parenting Long Game: A Webinar for Families-Friday, November 19th.

 

click here

Check out the Principal's  Message here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms

If you would like more information regarding opt out options please refer to this FCPS link.

Quarterly Student Services Newsletter 

Happy Fall!  Please take a look at our fall newsletter of the 2021-2022 school year.  In this quarter’s issue, we provide information on tips to help student improve their grades, student services highlights, rolling gradebook, upcoming events, and parent resources.     

Wellness Screening - 7th Grade Only

RCMS Clinical Team is conducting an ACT Wellness Screening on November 29th and 30th  during Health/PE classes as part of the Signs of Suicide (SOS) ® Prevention Program for all 7th grade students.  The program has proven to be successful at increasing help-seeking behaviors by students concerned about themselves or a friend.  

We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for depression, suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn. Additionally, this parent information video provides key information about the SOS program itself.  If you would like for your child to Opt-Out of the Brief Screen for Adolescent Depression, you may complete this  Google Opt Out Form by Nov 22, 2021. Contact your child's counselor with any questions. 

Lifetouch Picture Retakes- Tuesday, December 7th. PTA Cookie Dough Update

Thank you all for your support for PTA and Cookie Dough orders. We are still waiting to hear from vendor for delivery dates. We will have sign up for volunteers for distribution of the orders.

Please reach out to Cookie Dough Fundraising Chair Monika Chaturvedi at monikask73@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Virtual Finance Park for 8th Graders - Coming Soon

This year 8th grade will have the opportunity to participate virtually in the traditional Finance Park activities the weeks  of November 22nd and 29th during civics classes.

Spelling Bee

Registration for the RCMS Spelling Bee is now open and will remain open until November 22 or until 50 students have registered.  The Spelling Bee will be an online test similar to last year’s Spelling Bee format.

Please see the RCMS website under After School Activities to Register: https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/7130

TJHSST  Admissions Window

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students:The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email (tjadmissions@fcps.edu)

Order Your Yearbook!

 

 

 

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com. or access through this link. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8_ZZJ6XQQIV50UTTM

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check. Reserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks! The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. 

To help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider paying for their student’s school fee online through MySchoolBucks. This will help minimize the amount of cash and checks that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on keeping your student safe. Accounts may be set up with a credit card or linked directly to your checking account.

With MySchoolBucks you can:

  1. Pay online or on-the-go
  2. Browse items & fees in our School Store
  3. Know when fees are due

Don’t have an account yet? Visit MySchoolBucks.com to sign up today! www.MySchoolBucks.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

  We are in need of student monitors and a Long term Substitute Teacher at Carson

Here at  Rachel Carson Middle, we are seeking someone who can provide supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order  and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students. This job pays at an hourly rate of $15.73/hour.

We are also in need of a Long-term substitute teacher.

If you know of anyone who would be a great fit for one of these positions, please have them apply here and contact Monique Berkeley

To apply as a Substitute Teacher click the link below Substitute Teachers FCPS values our substitutes. They are essential members of every school’s team. 

If you want to earn money while making a difference in your community, consider subbing! Click on the link to learn more about the application process.

click here Parent Volunteers needed for cafeteria support

Carson needs volunteers!  Would you like to give the “gift of time” to Carson staff and to give extra assistance during lunch times?  We are looking for 6 volunteers per lunch two days a week.  Please sign up for the first two dates, Nov. 18 & 19 by using this sign up genius link.

click here

On Reporting Absences   

 

 

If a student will be absent or arriving late to school, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly. 

To report an absence, parents have these options:

  1. Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
  2. Send an email with full details to: CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu, or
  3. Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.

If your student will be picked up early for an appointment:
Please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal.
 Students will be given a pass to leave class and meet parents in the office. Parents should come to entrance #1, to the main office, with a photo ID to pick up their student for early dismissals.

For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the RCMS Attendance page.

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

 Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

Other Schools Are Sharing Virtual workshop with Fairfax High School

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

Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of November 8

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Important Upcoming Events  

11/11            -   Veteran's Day-2 Hour Early Release 

11/24-11/26  - Thanksgiving Holiday Break 

11/29             - Students return on schedule A Day

**Picture Retakes have been rescheduled for 12/7**

Greetings,

To help us have a successful school year, we will continue to have students focus on three key concepts.  Students are ready to learn – on time to all classes and prepared with the necessary materials.  Students are responsible – making positive choices that contribute to our school environment.  Students are respectful – using positive words and actions with peers and staff, along with showing care for our school building.  Families – we thank you for any conversations that you have at home to help reinforce these three concepts.

RCMS Admin Team

Safety in Kiss N Ride Drop-off

As safety is our top priority, please remember to drop students off in the Kiss n Ride loop in the morning.  We’ve learned that a number of students are being dropped off in the morning along McLearen Road or the sidewalks along the school entrance.  These actions place our students in a less secure position during arrival. 

If using Kiss n Ride, please drop off students upon reaching the sidewalks closest to the cafeteria.  Additionally, students who participate in after school programs should also be picked-up in the Kiss N Ride loop and not at another location on or off campus. 

2 Hour Early Release Bell Schedule - Thursday, November 11th Check out the Principal's  Message here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms

If you would like more information regarding opt out options please refer to this FCPS link.

ParentVue and StudentVue

will be unavailable from October 29, at 4pm until November 13, at 6 am due to end of quarter grading.

First Quarter Report Cards

The Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed until Saturday, Nov. 13, at 6 a.m for middle and high schools. At that time students and parents will be able to view Quarter 1 grades and Quarter 2 gradebooks.

Please contact your child's subject teacher and/or counselor for any questions regarding your child's academic progress.

Weekly Progress Reports 

Please sign up for Weekly Progress Reports via SIS ParentVUE. All parents/guardians of MS and HS students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter.

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab. 

Virtual Finance Park for 8th Graders - Coming Soon

This year 8th grade will have the opportunity to participate virtually in the traditional Finance Park activities the weeks  of November 22nd and 29th during civics classes.

Spelling Bee

Registration for the RCMS Spelling Bee is now open and will remain open until November 22 or until 50 students have registered.  The Spelling Bee will be an online test similar to last year’s Spelling Bee format.

Please see the RCMS website under After School Activities to Register: https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/7130

TJHSST  Admissions Window

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students:The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email (tjadmissions@fcps.edu)

Wellness Screening - 7th Grade Only

RCMS Clinical Team is conducting an ACT Wellness Screening on November 29th and 30th  during Health/PE classes as part of the Signs of Suicide (SOS) ® Prevention Program for all 7th grade students.  The program has proven to be successful at increasing help-seeking behaviors by students concerned about themselves or a friend.  

We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for depression, suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn. Additionally, this parent information video provides key information about the SOS program itself.  If you would like for your child to Opt-Out of the Brief Screen for Adolescent Depression, you may complete this  Google Opt Out Form by Nov 22, 2021. Contact your child's counselor with any questions. 

Order Your Yearbook!

 

 

 

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com. or access through this link. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8_ZZJ6XQQIV50UTTM

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check. Reserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks! The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. 

To help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider paying for their student’s school fee online through MySchoolBucks. This will help minimize the amount of cash and checks that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on keeping your student safe. Accounts may be set up with a credit card or linked directly to your checking account.

With MySchoolBucks you can:

  1. Pay online or on-the-go
  2. Browse items & fees in our School Store
  3. Know when fees are due

Don’t have an account yet? Visit MySchoolBucks.com to sign up today! www.MySchoolBucks.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

  We are Looking for Student Monitors!

Here at  Rachel Carson Middle, we are seeking someone who can provide supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order  and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students. This job pays at an hourly rate of $15.73/hour.

If you know of anyone who would be a great fit for the position, please have them apply here and contact Monique Berkeley.

Substitute Teachers Needed Substitute Teachers FCPS values our substitutes. They are essential members of every school’s team. 

If you want to earn money while making a difference in your community, consider subbing! Click on the link to learn more about the application process.

click here Parent Volunteers needed for cafeteria support

Carson needs volunteers!  Would you like to give the “gift of time” to Carson staff and to give extra assistance during lunch times?  We are looking for 6 volunteers per lunch two days a week.  Please sign up for the first two dates, Nov. 18 & 19 by using this sign up genius link.

click here

On Reporting Absences   

 

 

If a student will be absent or arriving late to school, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly. 

To report an absence, parents have these options:

  1. Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
  2. Send an email with full details to: CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu, or
  3. Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.

If your student will be picked up early for an appointment:
Please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal.
 Students will be given a pass to leave class and meet parents in the office. Parents should come to entrance #1, to the main office, with a photo ID to pick up their student for early dismissals.

For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the RCMS Attendance page.

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

 Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

Other Schools Are Sharing

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

Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of November 1

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Important Upcoming Events   

11/2             -  Election Day/Teacher Workday- No School

                       School resumes 11/3- B-Day

11/11           -  Veteran's Day-2 Hour Early Release 

11/12           - Picture Re-takes- 8-10- Gym

Greetings,

To help us have a successful school year, we will continue to have students focus on three key concepts.  Students are ready to learn – on time to all classes and prepared with the necessary materials.  Students are responsible – making positive choices that contribute to our school environment.  Students are respectful – using positive words and actions with peers and staff, along with showing care for our school building.  Families – we thank you for any conversations that you have at home to help reinforce these three concepts.

RCMS Admin Team

Safety in Kiss N Ride Drop-off

As safety is our top priority, please remember to drop students off in the Kiss n Ride loop in the morning.  We’ve learned that a number of students are being dropped off in the morning along McLearen Road or the sidewalks along the school entrance.  These actions place our students in a less secure position during arrival. 

If using Kiss n Ride, please drop off students upon reaching the sidewalks closest to the cafeteria.  Additionally, students who participate in after school programs should also be picked-up in the Kiss N Ride loop and not at another location on or off campus. 

Check out the Principal's  Message here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

ParentVue and StudentVue

will be unavailable from October 29, at 4pm until November 13, at 6 am due to end of quarter grading.

First Quarter Report Cards

First quarter report cards will be mailed home on Friday, November 12 to all families. Starting second quarter, report cards will be only mailed to the families who have not opted in for "Go Paperless" in SIS. 

Parents can opt in for "Go Paperless" via Parent Vue by clicking the checkbox just under your account details.

Please note that SIS Grade Module and Report Card Module will not be available during the grading period from Fri. Oct 29 until Sat. Nov. 13. Weekly Progress Report will not be sent during this time as well. 

Please contact your child's subject teacher and/or counselor for any questions regarding your child's academic progress.

Weekly Progress Reports 

Please sign up for Weekly Progress Reports via SIS ParentVUE. All parents/guardians of MS and HS students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter.

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab. 

Virtual Finance Park for 8th Graders - Coming Soon

This year 8th grade will have the opportunity to participate virtually in the traditional Finance Park activities the weeks  of November 22nd and 29th during civics classes.

Picture Retake Day is Friday, November 12- 8-10am in the gym. Spelling Bee

Registration for the RCMS Spelling Bee is now open and will remain open until November 22 or until 50 students have registered.  The Spelling Bee will be an online test similar to last year’s Spelling Bee format.

Please see the RCMS website under After School Activities to Register: https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/7130

TJHSST  Admissions Window

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students:The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email (tjadmissions@fcps.edu)

Federal Impact Aid Survey-Due this week!                       

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid forms need to be completed, signed and returned to Panther time teachers by Friday, November 5th.

If your form has been lost, please email Monique Berkeley- mtberkeley@fcps.edu and remind your child to pick up the reprinted survey from their Panther Time teacher.

Get your Carson Spirit Wear!! Sales end November 5th!!

Hoodies, zip hoodies, crew sweatshirts, Performance T Shirt and sweatpants are available.

All sales will ship to the school and be distributed to students by our PE Department in November.

Click on the link below to purchase Spirit Wear:

https://lms.fcps.edu/link?a=2034427181&path=https%3A%2F%2Frcmsspiritwear21.itemorder.com%2Fshop%2Fsale%2F

PTA Spirit wear Final distribution 
  • When- Wednesday, November 3- 10:40-12:40
  • Where- Outside at Door#8- Students and Parents
Order Your Yearbook!

 

 

 

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com. or access through this link. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8_ZZJ6XQQIV50UTTM

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check. Reserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks! The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. 

To help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider paying for their student’s school fee online through MySchoolBucks. This will help minimize the amount of cash and checks that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on keeping your student safe. Accounts may be set up with a credit card or linked directly to your checking account.

With MySchoolBucks you can:

  1. Pay online or on-the-go
  2. Browse items & fees in our School Store
  3. Know when fees are due

Don’t have an account yet? Visit MySchoolBucks.com to sign up today! www.MySchoolBucks.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

  We are Looking for Student Monitors!

Here at  Rachel Carson Middle, we are seeking someone who can provide supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order  and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students. This job pays at an hourly rate of $15.73/hour.

If you know of anyone who would be a great fit for the position, please have them apply here and contact Monique Berkeley.

Substitute Teachers Needed Substitute Teachers FCPS values our substitutes. They are essential members of every school’s team. 

If you want to earn money while making a difference in your community, consider subbing! Click on the link to learn more about the application process.

click here On Reporting Absences   

 

 

If a student will be absent or arriving late to school, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly. 

To report an absence, parents have these options:

  1. Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
  2. Send an email with full details to: CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu, or
  3. Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.

If your student will be picked up early for an appointment:
Please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal.
 Students will be given a pass to leave class and meet parents in the office. Parents should come to entrance #1, to the main office, with a photo ID to pick up their student for early dismissals.

For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the RCMS Attendance page.

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

 Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

Other Schools Are Sharing

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of October 25

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Important Upcoming Events   

10/29           - End of First Quarter- 2-Hour Early Release (12:15)

11/1             - Teacher Workday- No school

11/2             -  Election Day/Teacher Workday- No School

                       School resumes 11/3- B-Day

11/11           -  Veteran's Day-2 Hour Early Release 

Greetings,

To help us have a successful school year, we will continue to have students focus on three key concepts.  Students are ready to learn – on time to all classes and prepared with the necessary materials.  Students are responsible – making positive choices that contribute to our school environment.  Students are respectful – using positive words and actions with peers and staff, along with showing care for our school building.  Families – we thank you for any conversations that you have at home to help reinforce these three concepts.

RCMS Admin Team

Safety in Kiss N Ride Drop-off

As safety is our top priority, please remember to drop students off in the Kiss n Ride loop in the morning.  We’ve learned that a number of students are being dropped off in the morning along McLearen Road or the sidewalks along the school entrance.  These actions place our students in a less secure position during arrival. 

If using Kiss n Ride, please drop off students upon reaching the sidewalks closest to the cafeteria.  Additionally, students who participate in after school programs should also be picked-up in the Kiss N Ride loop and not at another location on or off campus. 

Check out the Principal's  Message here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

2-Hour Early Release Bell Schedule 10/29- A Day ParentVue and StudentVue

will be unavailable from October 29, at 4pm until November 13, at 6 am due to end of quarter grading.

Weekly Progress Reports 

Please sign up for Weekly Progress Reports via SIS ParentVUE. All parents/guardians of MS and HS students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter.

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab. 

Virtual Finance Park for 8th Graders - Coming Soon

This year 8th grade will have the opportunity to participate virtually in the traditional Finance Park activities the weeks  of November 22nd and 29th during civics classes.

Spelling Bee

Registration for the RCMS Spelling Bee is now open and will remain open until November 22 or until 50 students have registered.  The Spelling Bee will be an online test similar to last year’s Spelling Bee format.

Please see the RCMS website under After School Activities to Register: https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/7130

TJHSST  Admissions Window

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students:The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email (tjadmissions@fcps.edu)

Federal Impact Aid Survey                          

The Impact Aid Program is a federal grant 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.

If your form has been lost, please remind your child to pick up another from their Panther Time teacher.

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid forms need to be completed, signed and returned to Panther time teachers before Friday, November 5th. 

Get your RCMS Spirit Wear!! Sales end November 5th!!

Hoodies, zip hoodies, crew sweatshirts, Performance T Shirt and sweatpants are available.

All sales will ship to the school and be distributed to students by our PE Department in November.

Click on the link below to purchase Spirit Wear:

https://rcmsspiritwear21.itemorder.com/shop/sale

Order Your Yearbook!

 

 

 

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com. or access through this link. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8_ZZJ6XQQIV50UTTM

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check. Reserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks! The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. 

To help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider paying for their student’s school fee online through MySchoolBucks. This will help minimize the amount of cash and checks that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on keeping your student safe. Accounts may be set up with a credit card or linked directly to your checking account.

With MySchoolBucks you can:

  1. Pay online or on-the-go
  2. Browse items & fees in our School Store
  3. Know when fees are due

Don’t have an account yet? Visit MySchoolBucks.com to sign up today! www.MySchoolBucks.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 Carson Needs Student Monitors and Substitute Teachers

Student Monitor

Description:   Provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include, but not limited to,  the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students.   

Qualifications:  Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

Hourly Band 4:   $15.73/hr  (at Carson we are looking for 2 full day positions  from 7-2:30pm (7.5 hour day plus 30 minute break.) 

How to Apply:  Apply online through FCPS at https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?PageType=JobDetails&partnerid=25103&siteid=5042&jobid=1412690#home

AND: Please send resumes with the position title in the subject line to: Monique Berkeley- mtberkeley@fcps.edu.

Substitute Teachers FCPS values our substitutes. They are essential members of every school’s team. 

If you want to earn money while making a difference in your community, consider subbing! Click on the link to learn more about the application process.

click here On Reporting Absences   

 

 

If a student will be absent or arriving late to school, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly. 

To report an absence, parents have these options:

  1. Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
  2. Send an email with full details to: CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu, or
  3. Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.

If your student will be picked up early for an appointment:
Please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal.
 Students will be given a pass to leave class and meet parents in the office. Parents should come to entrance #1, to the main office, with a photo ID to pick up their student for early dismissals.

For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the RCMS Attendance page.

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

 Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

Other Schools Are Sharing

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

Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of October 18

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Important Upcoming Events     

10/18-10/22 - Digital Citizenship Week

10/25-10/26   -Vision and Hearing Screening

10/29           - End of First Quarter- 2-Hour Early Release (12:15)

Greetings,

To help us have a successful school year, we will continue to have students focus on three key concepts.  Students are ready to learn – on time to all classes and prepared with the necessary materials.  Students are responsible – making positive choices that contribute to our school environment.  Students are respectful – using positive words and actions with peers and staff, along with showing care for our school building.  Families – we thank you for any conversations that you have at home to help reinforce these three concepts.

RCMS Admin Team

Check out the Principal's  Message here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

Safety in Kiss N Ride Drop-off

As safety is our top priority, please remember to drop students off in the kiss n ride loop in the morning.  We’ve learned that a number of students are being dropped off in the morning off Mclearen road which places our students in danger. 

Additionally, students who participate in after school programs should also be picked-up in the Kiss N Ride loop and not at another location on or off campus. 

1st Quarter - SIS Parent/Student Vue

The end of the 1st Quarter is Friday, October 29th   and there is a 2-hour early release. Rachel Carson uses a Rolling Gradebook, which means that the 1st Quarter grade will be snapshot in time of your students overall grade for the year.  We encourage families to check ParentVue to understand where their student currently stands in each of their classes and reach out to teachers directly with any questions you may have. Due to grade preparation for first quarter marks, SIS will be unavailable to all FCPS parents and students from Friday, October 29th at 4pm until Saturday, November 13th at 6am. 

Vision and Hearing Screening-Volunteers are still needed

If you can assist as a volunteer with the screening process, please click here for the sign up Genius page. We are in desperate need of your support to make these two days go as smoothly as possible for our students. Monday, 10/25 and Tuesday, 10/26-times are in the sign up genius.

TJHSST  Admissions Window

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students:The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email (tjadmissions@fcps.edu)

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship Week is October 18-22, 2021.  This year’s theme brings together digital citizenship and social emotional learning as students explore SEL in Digital Life. Students are online more than ever before, so teaching them how to use technology thoughtfully and responsibly is an essential part of their social and emotional development and academic success. 

At Carson we will share optional activities each day through our All Student Schoology Course (Carson Student Central). Students who complete the activities will be entered into a raffle for prizes at the end of the week!”

 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/7185

SRR -Student Rights & Responsibilities Information

Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. Please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.

Federal Impact Aid Survey is                          coming 

The Impact Aid Program is a federal grant 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. 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid forms will be distributed and go home on Monday, October 18th, during Panther time.  Please be sure to complete and sign the survey and have your child return the original to school to their Panther time teacher before Friday, November 5th. (fax or email cannot be accepted.)

Get your RCMS Spirit Wear!! Sales end November 5th!!

Hoodies, zip hoodies, crew sweatshirts, Performance T Shirt and sweatpants are available.

All sales will ship to the school and be distributed to students by our PE Department in November.

Click on the link below to purchase Spirit Wear:

https://rcmsspiritwear21.itemorder.com/shop/sale

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

 Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

 FCPS Job Opportunities Substitute Teachers FCPS values our substitutes. They are essential members of every school’s team. 

If you want to earn money while making a difference in your community, consider subbing! Click on the link to learn more about the application process.

click here Who to Contact

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

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of October 11

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Important Upcoming Events   

10/14           - PTA Cookie Dough Fundraiser Virtual Kickoff   

10/18           - Federal Impact Aid Surveys go home

10/18-10/22 - Digital Citizenship Week

10/21             -Fall Chorus 7pm

10/25-10/26   -Vision and Hearing Screening

10/26           - Band Concert RCMS 7pm

10/29           - End of First Quarter- 2-Hour Early Release (12:15)

Greetings,

To help us have a successful school year, we will continue to have students focus on three key concepts.  Students are ready to learn – on time to all classes and prepared with the necessary materials.  Students are responsible – making positive choices that contribute to our school environment.  Students are respectful – using positive words and actions with peers and staff, along with showing care for our school building.  Families – we thank you for any conversations that you have at home to help reinforce these three concepts.

RCMS Admin Team

Check out the Principal's  Message here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

 

Parent Coffee Feedback Form

Rachel Carson MS will be hosting quarterly virtual parent coffees for our families this school year.  Please help us select topics of interest by taking a few minutes to complete this short survey. We request all parents to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to provide us feedback to enhance home-school communication at the secondary level. We would like to hear from you even if you are unable to attend the Parent Coffee's. This will provide a wide range of topics. Our next virtual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 9th.

Carson Health News

Greetings from your school health room! 

Our goal is to ensure that your student enjoys a safe and healthy school year while balancing the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation strategies especially during the cold, flu and allergy season. To help us achieve our goal, please follow the guidelines below and students demonstrating any of the following COVID-like symptoms will be sent home from school:   Fever (100.4 or greater) - Chills – Cough – Shortness of breath – Loss of taste/smell – Sore throat – Fatigue – Muscle aches – Runny Nose/Congestion – Stomachache – Diarrhea – Nausea/Vomiting – Headaches.  You will be notified to pick up student within one hour.

  • Layered Covid-19 prevention strategies are in place in all schools. For more information, visit https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool
  • For additional questions about Covid-19, Call 703-267-3511 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays) · Email ffxcovid@fairfaxcounty.gov (monitored 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays).
  • Have your student wear a properly fitted face mask when he/she comes to school unless your student is exempted from wearing face mask. See Types of Masks (fcps.edu) and How to Put On and Take Off a Face Covering-Student Procedures
  • Encourage your student to wash hands often and always cover coughs and sneezes.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in helping to make this a safe and healthy school year for all FCPS students. If you have any questions regarding the health room services, please feel free to call either your School Health Aide, Jackie Plunkett, at 703-925-3610 or your school Public Health Nurse, Minjung Ellenburg, RN, at 703-925-3611.

Vision and Hearing Screening-Volunteers are still needed

Vision and hearing screening will be held on Monday, October 25th and Tuesday, October 26th for all 7th and 8th graders who were unable to be screened last school year. 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. 

If you would like to assist as a volunteer with the screening process, please click here for the sign up Genius page.

At Rachel Carson Middle School

Afterschool programs and Late buses are provided on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  If a student stays after on Tuesdays or Fridays, they must be picked up by their parent/guardian.  The after school program runs from 2:23-4:28 PM and is broken into two blocks, A Block (2:23-3:23) and B Block (3:28-4:28).  Students may leave after A block if they are being picked up at kiss n ride.  Late buses only arrive after B Block. Parents do not sign students up for afterschool programs, it is the student's responsibility to sign up for individual clubs. Please communicate with your child in advance about staying afterschool.  Students will sign up the day of, during their lunch period for clubs that have weekly sign ups. You may check the RCMS website for individual club sign up information. 

All Afterschool information may be found on the RCMS website with the following link: https://carsonms.fcps.edu/activities

Afterschool Transportation

Please check your  SIS ParentVue account for their designated late bus route number which is usually different from their regular route in the morning.  If you are able to pick up your student at Kiss & Ride, it is highly encouraged that you do so. 

You may also track your child's late bus in Here Comes the Bus (HCtB) app or FCPS School Bus Delays website for potential delays. Route information  for your child is always available and current in your SIS ParentVue account. 

If you have any questions or concerns please email Mr. Pawlowski,  ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

TJHSST  Admissions Window

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students:The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email (tjadmissions@fcps.edu)

World Language Credit Exam

Is your student fluent in a language other than English? Can they write proficiently in that language? If it is one of the 30 languages listed below, consider registering your student for the World Languages Credit Exam! This exam could help your student potentially earn World Language credits for their high school diploma.

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, at Robinson SS, Centreville HS, and Edison HS. Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Registration opened on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Please contact your student’s school counselor to register for the exam.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

New Process to Speed Up the Return of Fully Vaccinated Students to the Classroom

FCPS heard from many of you about your concerns regarding the amount of time fully vaccinated students are being paused from in-person instruction when identified as a potential close contact to a COVID-19 positive case. 

FCPS collaborated with the Fairfax County Health Department to adjust this process and speed up the return to the classroom for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students. We all share the goal of ensuring our students are in the classroom as much as possible, while also keeping our schools safe and healthy for everyone—staff, students, and visitors.

The new process benefits all students, including those of elementary school age who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Because contact tracers will no longer have to contact families of students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, they will now be able to focus more resources on elementary school investigations. This will allow elementary school students, among others, to return to the classroom quicker.

More information is available online

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship Week is October 18-22, 2021.  This year’s theme brings together digital citizenship and social emotional learning as students explore SEL in Digital Life. Students are online more than ever before, so teaching them how to use technology thoughtfully and responsibly is an essential part of their social and emotional development and academic success. 

At Carson we will share optional activities each day through our All Student Schoology Course (Carson Student Central). Students who complete the activities will be entered into a raffle for prizes at the end of the week!”

 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/7185

SRR -Student Rights & Responsibilities Information

Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. Please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.

Federal Impact Aid Survey is                          coming 

The Impact Aid Program is a federal grant 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. 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid forms will be distributed and go home on Monday, October 18th, during Panther time.  Please be sure to complete and sign the survey and have your child return it to school to their Panther time teacher before Friday, November 5th. 

ParentVue and StudentVue

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access allows parents and students access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

ParentVue:

Help Is Available For Parent and Student Accounts

Please click here for the Parent/Guardian Support Request Form

Please click here for the Student Support Request Form

 

Order Your Yearbook!

 

 

 

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com. or access through this link. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8_ZZJ6XQQIV50UTTM

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check. Reserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks! The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. 

To help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider paying for their student’s school fee online through MySchoolBucks. This will help minimize the amount of cash and checks that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on keeping your student safe. Accounts may be set up with a credit card or linked directly to your checking account.

With MySchoolBucks you can:

  1. Pay online or on-the-go
  2. Browse items & fees in our School Store
  3. Know when fees are due

Don’t have an account yet? Visit MySchoolBucks.com to sign up today! www.MySchoolBucks.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 FCPS Job Opportunities Substitute Teachers FCPS values our substitutes. They are essential members of every school’s team. 

If you want to earn money while making a difference in your community, consider subbing! Click on the link to learn more about the application process.

click here Student Monitor Provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students. School Public Health/Covid Case Manager Monitors and manages COVID case data in schools in concert with the local health department. Works closely with students, staff, administration, FCPS central office and the County Health Department. Accesses and uses student information system data to assist health department staff with contact tracing-identifying close contacts and reporting to the health department. Uses applicable technology to collect, maintain, analyze and report data related to management of potential exposures. May assist with collection and/or coordination of Covid testing. Click the link below to see all job opportunities with FCPS. click here On Reporting Absences   

 

 

If a student will be absent or arriving late to school, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly. 

To report an absence, parents have these options:

  1. Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
  2. Send an email with full details to: CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu, or
  3. Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.

If your student will be picked up early for an appointment:
Please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal.
 Students will be given a pass to leave class and meet parents in the office. Parents should come to entrance #1, to the main office, with a photo ID to pick up their student for early dismissals. 

For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the RCMS Attendance page.

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

 Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of October 4

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At Carson Middle School

AMC 8

Registration for the AMC 8 test will be available for students beginning Monday, October 11 and closing on Friday, October 15 at 2:00 PM. 

Students interested should complete the registration themselves, which may be found on the AMC 8 section tile on the After School Programs page on the RCMS website: https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/3163

  AMC 8 | Rachel Carson Middle School The test date will be Tuesday, January 18, 2022. There will be no registration fee. This is not a late bus day. Parents will need to pick their student up by 4:00. We strongly encourage students to carpool. carsonms.fcps.edu

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email Mr. Pawlowski,  ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of October 4

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Important Upcoming Events   

10/11           - School Planning Day- No School for Students

10/25           - Vision and Hearing Screening

10/26           - Vision and Hearing Screening

10/29           - End of First Quarter- 2-Hour Early Release (12:15)

Greetings,

To help us have a successful school year, we will continue to have students focus on three key concepts.  Students are ready to learn – on time to all classes and prepared with the necessary materials.  Students are responsible – making positive choices that contribute to our school environment.  Students are respectful – using positive words and actions with peers and staff, along with showing care for our school building.  Families – we thank you for any conversations that you have at home to help reinforce these three concepts.

RCMS Admin Team

Check out the Principal's  Message here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

 

Parent Coffee Feedback Form

Rachel Carson MS will be hosting quarterly virtual parent coffees for our families this school year.  Please help us select topics of interest by taking a few minutes to complete this short survey. We request all parents to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to provide us feedback to enhance home-school communication at the secondary level. We would like to hear from you even if you are unable to attend the Parent Coffee's. This will provide a wide range of topics. Our next virtual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 9th.

Carson Health News

Greetings from your school health room! 

Our goal is to ensure that your student enjoys a safe and healthy school year while balancing the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation strategies especially during the cold, flu and allergy season. To help us achieve our goal, please follow the guidelines below and students demonstrating any of the following COVID-like symptoms will be sent home from school:   Fever (100.4 or greater) - Chills – Cough – Shortness of breath – Loss of taste/smell – Sore throat – Fatigue – Muscle aches – Runny Nose/Congestion – Stomachache – Diarrhea – Nausea/Vomiting – Headaches.  You will be notified to pick up student within one hour.

  • Layered Covid-19 prevention strategies are in place in all schools. For more information, visit https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool
  • For additional questions about Covid-19, Call 703-267-3511 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays) · Email ffxcovid@fairfaxcounty.gov (monitored 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays).
  • Have your student wear a properly fitted face mask when he/she comes to school unless your student is exempted from wearing face mask. See Types of Masks (fcps.edu) and How to Put On and Take Off a Face Covering-Student Procedures
  • Encourage your student to wash hands often and always cover coughs and sneezes.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in helping to make this a safe and healthy school year for all FCPS students. If you have any questions regarding the health room services, please feel free to call either your School Health Aide, Jackie Plunkett, at 703-925-3610 or your school Public Health Nurse, Minjung Ellenburg, RN, at 703-925-3611.

Vision and Hearing Screening

Vision and hearing screening will be held on Monday, October 25th and Tuesday, October 26th for all 7th and 8th graders who were unable to be screened last school year. 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. 

If you would like to assist as a volunteer with the screening process, please click here for the sign up Genius page.

At Rachel Carson Middle School

Afterschool programs and Late buses are provided on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  If a student stays after on Tuesdays or Fridays, they must be picked up by their parent/guardian.  The after school program runs from 2:23-4:28 PM and is broken into two blocks, A Block (2:23-3:23) and B Block (3:28-4:28).  Students may leave after A block if they are being picked up at kiss n ride.  Late buses only arrive after B Block. Parents do not sign students up for afterschool programs, it is the student's responsibility to sign up for individual clubs. Please communicate with your child in advance about staying afterschool.  Students will sign up the day of, during their lunch period for clubs that have weekly sign ups. You may check the RCMS website for individual club sign up information. 

All Afterschool information may be found on the RCMS website with the following link: https://carsonms.fcps.edu/activities

Afterschool Transportation

Please check your  SIS ParentVue account for their designated late bus route number which is usually different from their regular route in the morning.  If you are able to pick up your student at Kiss & Ride, it is highly encouraged that you do so. 

You may also track your child's late bus in Here Comes the Bus (HCtB) app or FCPS School Bus Delays website for potential delays. Route information  for your child is always available and current in your SIS ParentVue account. 

If you have any questions or concerns please email Mr. Pawlowski,  ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Fall Screening For students NEW to FCPS since January 2021

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and any optional screening materials to their child’s school counselor no later than Thursday, October 7, 2021.

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 where 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 here.

If you have any questions, you should contact your child’s school counselor.

TJHSST  Admissions Window

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students:The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email (tjadmissions@fcps.edu)

World Language Credit Exam

Is your student fluent in a language other than English? Can they write proficiently in that language? If it is one of the 30 languages listed below, consider registering your student for the World Languages Credit Exam! This exam could help your student potentially earn World Language credits for their high school diploma.

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, at Robinson SS, Centreville HS, and Edison HS. Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Registration opened on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Please contact your student’s school counselor to register for the exam.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

New Process to Speed Up the Return of Fully Vaccinated Students to the Classroom

FCPS heard from many of you about your concerns regarding the amount of time fully vaccinated students are being paused from in-person instruction when identified as a potential close contact to a COVID-19 positive case. 

FCPS collaborated with the Fairfax County Health Department to adjust this process and speed up the return to the classroom for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students. We all share the goal of ensuring our students are in the classroom as much as possible, while also keeping our schools safe and healthy for everyone—staff, students, and visitors.

The new process benefits all students, including those of elementary school age who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Because contact tracers will no longer have to contact families of students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, they will now be able to focus more resources on elementary school investigations. This will allow elementary school students, among others, to return to the classroom quicker.

More information is available online

SRR -Student Rights & Responsibilities Information

Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. Please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.

Click here 

For Information regarding your student's use of digital tools in the learning environment.

Please make sure your child has a set of earbuds or headphones with them everyday. 

Federal Impact Aid Survey is coming soon!

The Impact Aid Program is a federal grant 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. 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid forms will be sent home before the end of October.  Please be on the lookout for this important form to be sent home with all students soon. The deadline to return the completed form is Friday, November 5th.

ParentVue and StudentVue

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access allows parents and students access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

ParentVue:

Help Is Available For Parent and Student Accounts

Please click here for the Parent/Guardian Support Request Form

Please click here for the Student Support Request Form

 

Order Your Yearbook!

 

 

 

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com. or access through this link. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8_ZZJ6XQQIV50UTTM

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check. Reserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks! The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. 

To help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider paying for their student’s school fee online through MySchoolBucks. This will help minimize the amount of cash and checks that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on keeping your student safe. Accounts may be set up with a credit card or linked directly to your checking account.

With MySchoolBucks you can:

  1. Pay online or on-the-go
  2. Browse items & fees in our School Store
  3. Know when fees are due

Don’t have an account yet? Visit MySchoolBucks.com to sign up today! www.MySchoolBucks.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 FCPS Job Opportunities Substitute Teachers FCPS values our substitutes. They are essential members of every school’s team. 

If you want to earn money while making a difference in your community, consider subbing! Click on the link to learn more about the application process.

click here Student Monitor Provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students. School Public Health/Covid Case Manager Monitors and manages COVID case data in schools in concert with the local health department. Works closely with students, staff, administration, FCPS central office and the County Health Department. Accesses and uses student information system data to assist health department staff with contact tracing-identifying close contacts and reporting to the health department. Uses applicable technology to collect, maintain, analyze and report data related to management of potential exposures. May assist with collection and/or coordination of Covid testing. Click the link below to see all job opportunities with FCPS. click here

 

Drive a School Bus!

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) invites qualified individuals to join our transportation team.

This is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents to earn income with benefits (and bring your preschooler to work with you!). Retirees, college students and career-switchers are also encouraged to apply.

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

FCPS, along with surrounding school divisions, are experiencing severe bus driver shortages due to a national and regional driver shortage. Please be assured, transportation is working hard to recruit and retain qualified bus drivers and plan transportation that will be as efficient as possible with their current roster of drivers. 

What will this mean for you and your family? FCPS will need to increase “double back” bus runs, meaning a bus is required to run two scheduled routes back to back that would normally have been covered by two separate buses. These “double backs” may impact delivery time to schools or bus stops and may have a domino effect throughout the day, affecting after-school drop-off times. We ask families and students to have patience and flexibility while they work through the issue. You may check the Here Comes the Bus (HCtB) app or FCPS School Bus Delays website for potential delays. Route information and transportation intent for your child is always available and current in your SIS ParentVue account. 

Here Comes the Bus® utilizes FCPS Transportation GPS data and is easy to use with a customizable map that works.  You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS Parent Account (contact your child's school if you do not have an SIS Parent  Account).  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions here to set up your account. 

If you have any transportation concerns, please feel free to contact Ms. Terry at sdterry3@fcps.edu. or Mrs. Berkeley at mtberkeley@fcps.edu

All students riding the bus must wear a mask!

On Reporting Absences   

 

 

If a student will be absent or arriving late to school, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly. 

To report an absence, parents have these options:

  1. Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
  2. Send an email with full details to: CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu, or
  3. Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.

If your student will be picked up early for an appointment:
Please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal.
 Students will be given a pass to leave class and meet parents in the office. Parents should come to entrance #1, to the main office, with a photo ID to pick up their student for early dismissals. 

For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the RCMS Attendance page.

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

 Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of September 27

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Important Upcoming Events   

9/28 & 9/29  - Lifetouch Picture Days-PE Classes

10/11            - School Planning Day- No School for Students

Greetings,

To help us have a successful school year, we will continue to have students focus on three key concepts.  Students are ready to learn – on time to all classes and prepared with the necessary materials.  Students are responsible – making positive choices that contribute to our school environment.  Students are respectful – using positive words and actions with peers and staff, along with showing care for our school building.  Families – we thank you for any conversations that you have at home to help reinforce these three concepts.

RCMS Admin Team

Check out the Principal's new Message here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

At Rachel Carson Middle School

Afterschool Updates

  • The Model UN interest meeting will be on Monday, October 4th during A block in the cafeteria for students only.  Parents may pick their student up after the meeting at 3:30 in Kiss & Ride or they may take the late bus home at 4:30.
  • Science Olympiad Registration is open until 9:00 PM Wednesday, 9/30 on the RCMS website on the After School Programs page.
  • Parents- Please remember to communicate with your students as to when they will be staying after school for an activity.

Afterschool programs and Late buses are provided on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  If a student stays after on Tuesdays or Fridays, they must be picked up by their parent/guardian.  The after school program runs from 2:23-4:28 PM and is broken into two blocks, A Block (2:23-3:23) and B Block (3:28-4:28).  Students may leave after A block if they are being picked up at kiss n ride.  Late buses only arrive after B Block. Parents do not sign students up for afterschool programs, it is the student's responsibility to sign up for individual clubs.  Students will sign up the day of, during their lunch period for clubs that have weekly sign ups. You may check the RCMS website for individual club sign up information. 

All Afterschool information may be found on the RCMS website with the following link: https://carsonms.fcps.edu/activities

Afterschool Transportation

Please check your  SIS ParentVue account for their designated late bus route number which is usually different from their regular route in the morning.  If you are able to pick up your student at Kiss & Ride, it is highly encouraged that you do so. 

You may also track your child's late bus in Here Comes the Bus (HCtB) app or FCPS School Bus Delays website for potential delays. Route information  for your child is always available and current in your SIS ParentVue account. 

If you have any questions or concerns please email Mr. Pawlowski,  ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Fall Screening For students NEW to FCPS since January 2021

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and any optional screening materials to their child’s school counselor no later than Thursday, October 7, 2021.

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 where 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 here.

If you have any questions, you should contact your child’s school counselor.

TJHSST  Admissions Window

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students:The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email (tjadmissions@fcps.edu)

World Language Credit Exam

Is your student fluent in a language other than English? Can they write proficiently in that language? If it is one of the 30 languages listed below, consider registering your student for the World Languages Credit Exam! This exam could help your student potentially earn World Language credits for their high school diploma.

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, at Robinson SS, Centreville HS, and Edison HS. Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Registration opened on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Please contact your student’s school counselor to register for the exam.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

School Picture Day is Coming On Tuesday, September 28 and Wednesday, September 29 during PE classes. 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday September 28, and Wednesday, September 29, all students (Unless you have an opt out form for your child) will be photographed during their scheduled PE class time. Each student will receive a picture proof from Lifetouch and will have the opportunity to order online once you view the proofs.

Picture make up day is Friday, November 12th. 

Online ordering is easy using your student's school ID and the Picture Day code: EVTJ9R2FR 

Order here

New Process to Speed Up the Return of Fully Vaccinated Students to the Classroom

FCPS heard from many of you about your concerns regarding the amount of time fully vaccinated students are being paused from in-person instruction when identified as a potential close contact to a COVID-19 positive case. 

FCPS collaborated with the Fairfax County Health Department to adjust this process and speed up the return to the classroom for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students. We all share the goal of ensuring our students are in the classroom as much as possible, while also keeping our schools safe and healthy for everyone—staff, students, and visitors.

The new process benefits all students, including those of elementary school age who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Because contact tracers will no longer have to contact families of students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, they will now be able to focus more resources on elementary school investigations. This will allow elementary school students, among others, to return to the classroom quicker.

More information is available online

SRR -Student Rights & Responsibilities Information

Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. Please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.

Click here 

For Information regarding your student's use of digital tools in the learning environment.

Please make sure your child has a set of earbuds or headphones with them everyday. 

ParentVue and StudentVue

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access allows parents and students access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

ParentVue:

Help Is Available For Parent and Student Accounts

Please click here for the Parent/Guardian Support Request Form

Please click here for the Student Support Request Form

 

Carson PTA Spirit-wear Store is Open

Check out the RCMS PTA online spirit-wear store to see all new options this year: T- shirts, hoodies and more! Store will stay open until October 1, 2021 at 11pm.

Enter the online store at https://orderschoolstuff.com/rcms21/

Use this (case sensitive) Password: oneRCMS

Order Your Yearbook!

 

 

 

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com. or access through this link. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8_ZZJ6XQQIV50UTTM

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check. Reserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks! The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. 

To help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider paying for their student’s school fee online through MySchoolBucks. This will help minimize the amount of cash and checks that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on keeping your student safe. Accounts may be set up with a credit card or linked directly to your checking account.

With MySchoolBucks you can:

  1. Pay online or on-the-go
  2. Browse items & fees in our School Store
  3. Know when fees are due

Don’t have an account yet? Visit MySchoolBucks.com to sign up today! www.MySchoolBucks.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

Drive a School Bus!

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) invites qualified individuals to join our transportation team.

This is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents to earn income with benefits (and bring your preschooler to work with you!). Retirees, college students and career-switchers are also encouraged to apply.

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

FCPS, along with surrounding school divisions, are experiencing severe bus driver shortages due to a national and regional driver shortage. Please be assured, transportation is working hard to recruit and retain qualified bus drivers and plan transportation that will be as efficient as possible with their current roster of drivers. 

What will this mean for you and your family? FCPS will need to increase “double back” bus runs, meaning a bus is required to run two scheduled routes back to back that would normally have been covered by two separate buses. These “double backs” may impact delivery time to schools or bus stops and may have a domino effect throughout the day, affecting after-school drop-off times. We ask families and students to have patience and flexibility while they work through the issue. You may check the Here Comes the Bus (HCtB) app or FCPS School Bus Delays website for potential delays. Route information and transportation intent for your child is always available and current in your SIS ParentVue account. 

Here Comes the Bus® utilizes FCPS Transportation GPS data and is easy to use with a customizable map that works.  You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS Parent Account (contact your child's school if you do not have an SIS Parent  Account).  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions here to set up your account. 

If you have any transportation concerns, please feel free to contact Ms. Terry at sdterry3@fcps.edu. or Mrs. Berkeley at mtberkeley@fcps.edu

All students riding the bus must wear a mask!

On Reporting Absences   

 

 

If a student will be absent or arriving late to school, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly. 

To report an absence, parents have these options:

  1. Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
  2. Send an email with full details to: CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu, or
  3. Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.

If your student will be picked up early for an appointment:
Please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal.
 Students will be given a pass to leave class and meet parents in the office. Parents should come to entrance #1, to the main office, with a photo ID to pick up their student for early dismissals. 

For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the RCMS Attendance page.

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

 Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

Other Schools are Sharing

Chantilly High School Dance Team

Sign up today! Join our annual Junior Chargers Workshop on Saturday, 10/02/2021 from 9-12 for a fun dance-filled workshop and performance at halftime for the CHS Varsity Football game on Friday, 10/8/21.  You do not have to attend Chantilly High School to participate – it's a great way to check out the dance team on the high school level. Groups will be divided by age & both girls/boys are welcome!

The link to register is here: 2021 Junior Chargers Fall Workshop

 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of September 20

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Important Upcoming Events   

9/23             - Virtual Parent Coffee-9am-10am 

9/28 & 9/29  - Lifetouch Picture Days-PE Classes

Greetings,

To help us have a successful school year, we will continue to have students focus on three key concepts.  Students are ready to learn – on time to all classes and prepared with the necessary materials.  Students are responsible – making positive choices that contribute to our school environment.  Students are respectful – using positive words and actions with peers and staff, along with showing care for our school building.  Families – we thank you for any conversations that you have at home to help reinforce these three concepts.

RCMS Admin Team

Check out the latest Principal's Message from Mr. Stokes here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

Virtual Parent Coffee

On Thursday, September 23, parents are invited to our first Virtual Parent Coffee of the school year.  Members of our Student Services department and Administrative team will share information about the people and resources available to support students throughout the year.  Items will include resources for responsible use of technology and social media, an introduction of our school counselors, social and emotional health resources, information about schoology, and an overview from the Administrative team. 

The parent coffee is scheduled for 9-10AM and will occur through Zoom. Please use the following form to register your email to receive the Zoom link. 

Please use the link below to register. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdeCzIUwEG944buIr2GU96bTscLsxlUV2p4uvmWVr3WXkD-hw/viewform?usp=sf_link

A Zoon link to attend the Parent Coffee will be sent to registered families on the morning of the event.

Parent Coffee Feedback Form

Rachel Carson MS will be hosting quarterly parent coffees for our families this school year.  Please help us select topics of interest by taking a few minutes to complete this short survey. We request all parents to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to provide us feedback to enhance home-school communication at the secondary level. We would like to hear from you even if you are unable to attend the Parent Coffee's. This will provide a wide range of topics for discussion.

At Rachel Carson Middle School

Afterschool programs and Late buses are provided on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  If a student stays after on Tuesdays or Fridays, they must be picked up by their parent/guardian.  The after school program runs from 2:23-4:28 PM and is broken into two blocks, A Block (2:23-3:23) and B Block (3:28-4:28).  Students may leave after A block if they are being picked up.  Late buses only arrive after B Block. Parents do not sign students up for afterschool programs, it is the student's responsibility to sign up for individual clubs. Students will sign up the day of, during their lunch period for clubs that have weekly sign ups. You may check the RCMS website for individual club sign up information. 

All Afterschool information may be found on the RCMS website with the following link: https://carsonms.fcps.edu/activities

Afterschool Transportation

Due to the county wide shortage of bus drivers, the afterschool bus pick up, departure and drop off times will be impacted.  In previous years, late buses departed Carson immediately after programs ended.  The late bus arrival times provided from transportation are 4:50-5:00pm, school departure time is 5:00-5:10pm and student drop off between 5:20-5:42pm. These times are just approximate, based on bus arrival times to Carson being as expected.  Drop off times may vary if buses arrive at Carson after 5:00PM. Please check your  SIS ParentVue account for their designated late bus route number which is usually different from their regular route in the morning.  If you are able to pick up your student at Kiss & Ride, it is highly encouraged that you do so. 

You may also track your child's late bus in Here Comes the Bus (HCtB) app or FCPS School Bus Delays website for potential delays. Route information  for your child is always available and current in your SIS ParentVue account. 

If you have any questions or concerns please email Mr. Pawlowski,  ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

TJHSST  Admissions Window

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students:The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email (tjadmissions@fcps.edu)

World Language Credit Exam

Is your student fluent in a language other than English? Can they write proficiently in that language? If it is one of the 30 languages listed below, consider registering your student for the World Languages Credit Exam! This exam could help your student potentially earn World Language credits for their high school diploma.

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, at Robinson SS, Centreville HS, and Edison HS. Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Registration opened on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Please contact your student’s school counselor to register for the exam.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

School Picture Day is Coming On Tuesday, September 28 and Wednesday, September 29 during PE classes. 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday September 28, and Wednesday, September 29, all students (Unless you have an opt out form for your child) will be photographed during their scheduled PE class time. Each student will receive a picture proof from Lifetouch and will have the opportunity to order online once you view the proofs.

Picture make up day is Friday, November 12th. 

Online ordering is easy using your student's school ID and the Picture Day code: EVTJ9R2FR 

Order here

New Process to Speed Up the Return of Fully Vaccinated Students to the Classroom

FCPS heard from many of you about your concerns regarding the amount of time fully vaccinated students are being paused from in-person instruction when identified as a potential close contact to a COVID-19 positive case. 

FCPS collaborated with the Fairfax County Health Department to adjust this process and speed up the return to the classroom for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students. We all share the goal of ensuring our students are in the classroom as much as possible, while also keeping our schools safe and healthy for everyone—staff, students, and visitors.

The new process benefits all students, including those of elementary school age who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Because contact tracers will no longer have to contact families of students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, they will now be able to focus more resources on elementary school investigations. This will allow elementary school students, among others, to return to the classroom quicker.

More information is available online

 Clinic Volunteers Welcome

Rachel Carson Middle School is excited to welcome volunteers back into our school clinic this year! Volunteers must submit a completed Volunteer Application Form to the school and be fingerprinted at the Gatehouse Administration Center. Read more about the application and background check process.

All volunteers must also adhere to FCPS’ layered prevention strategies, including universal indoor masking.

If you are interested in volunteering in our clinic, please contact us at ajtawil@fcps.edu  We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Our goal is to ensure that your student enjoys a healthful, safe school year. If you have any questions, feel free to call either your health room aide, Jackie Plunkett, at 703-925-3610 or your school public health nurse, Minjung Ellenburg, RN, at 703-925-3611.

SRR -Student Rights & Responsibilities Information

Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. Please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.

Click here 

For Information regarding your student's use of digital tools in the learning environment.

Please make sure your child has a set of earbuds or headphones with them everyday. 

ParentVue and StudentVue

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access allows parents and students access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

ParentVue:

Help Is Available For Parent and Student Accounts

Please click here for the Parent/Guardian Support Request Form

Please click here for the Student Support Request Form

 

  Student Services Updates

Parents will be able to view student grades in SIS ParentVUE beginning September 7th. While we have allowed some schedule changes as students may have realized an elective wasn’t quite what they thought or a core class level was too easy or challenging, at this time we will not be making any additional schedule changes. The classes have begun to build culture and community with teachers and students, and teachers have begun entering grades. Students (and parents) can connect with their teachers and counselor if they need support in a class

Quarterly Student Services Newsletter 

Welcome Back Panther Families!  We are so excited to be back in person with our students and staff.  Please take a look at our first newsletter of the 2021-2022 school year.  In this quarter’s issue, we provide information on Social Emotional Learning, schedule changes, reviewing our month’s programs and upcoming events, and parent resources.     

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to reach out to student services staff.  Email is the best way to contact us during school hours (7am-2:30pm). Please allow 24 hours for a response to your email or phone message.

Order Your Yearbook!

 

 

 

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com. or access through this link. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8_ZZJ6XQQIV50UTTM

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check. Reserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks! The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. 

To help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider paying for their student’s school fee online through MySchoolBucks. This will help minimize the amount of cash and checks that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on keeping your student safe. Accounts may be set up with a credit card or linked directly to your checking account.

With MySchoolBucks you can:

  1. Pay online or on-the-go
  2. Browse items & fees in our School Store
  3. Know when fees are due

Don’t have an account yet? Visit MySchoolBucks.com to sign up today! www.MySchoolBucks.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

Drive a School Bus!

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) invites qualified individuals to join our transportation team.

This is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents to earn income with benefits (and bring your preschooler to work with you!). Retirees, college students and career-switchers are also encouraged to apply.

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

FCPS, along with surrounding school divisions, are experiencing severe bus driver shortages due to a national and regional driver shortage. Please be assured, transportation is working hard to recruit and retain qualified bus drivers and plan transportation that will be as efficient as possible with their current roster of drivers. 

What will this mean for you and your family? FCPS will need to increase “double back” bus runs, meaning a bus is required to run two scheduled routes back to back that would normally have been covered by two separate buses. These “double backs” may impact delivery time to schools or bus stops and may have a domino effect throughout the day, affecting after-school drop-off times. We ask families and students to have patience and flexibility while they work through the issue. You may check the Here Comes the Bus (HCtB) app or FCPS School Bus Delays website for potential delays. Route information and transportation intent for your child is always available and current in your SIS ParentVue account. 

Here Comes the Bus® utilizes FCPS Transportation GPS data and is easy to use with a customizable map that works.  You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS Parent Account (contact your child's school if you do not have an SIS Parent  Account).  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions here to set up your account. 

If you have any transportation concerns, please feel free to contact Ms. Terry at sdterry3@fcps.edu. or Mrs. Berkeley at mtberkeley@fcps.edu

All students riding the bus must wear a mask!

On Reporting Absences   

 

 

If a student will be absent or arriving late to school, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly. 

To report an absence, parents have these options:

  1. Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
  2. Send an email with full details to: CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu, or
  3. Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.

If your student will be picked up early for an appointment:
Please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal.
 Students will be given a pass to leave class and meet parents in the office. Parents should come to entrance #1, to the main office, with a photo ID to pick up their student for early dismissals. 

For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the RCMS Attendance page.

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

 Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

Other Schools are Sharing

Chantilly High School Dance Team

Sign up today! Join our annual Junior Chargers Workshop on Saturday, 10/02/2021 from 9-12 for a fun dance-filled workshop and performance at halftime for the CHS Varsity Football game on Friday, 10/8/21.  You do not have to attend Chantilly High School to participate – it's a great way to check out the dance team on the high school level. Groups will be divided by age & both girls/boys are welcome!

The link to register is here: 2021 Junior Chargers Fall Workshop

 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of September 13

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At Carson Middle School

 

Rachel Carson students may participate in a wide variety of wonderful after school activities that range from social, athletic and academic groups which include award winning teams such as Debate, Model UN and TSA.  Some of our other clubs this year, include World Awareness for Change, Emerging Technologies, Dungeons & Dragons, Creative Yarn Club, Appian Board Game Club, Futsal, Spectrum of Carson LGBTQ+ & Allies, and many others.

The school provides high-quality activities where students can feel safe, improve academic performance, along with social, emotional, and physical well-being, while reducing the potential for risk-taking behaviors. The afterschool setting is a structured environment which is an extension of our school day.  All FCPS and school rules still apply during the afterschool program.  Students who do not follow program rules and procedures, may lose the privilege of participating in the program.  All students who are participating in the activities must be with a staff member for one of our clubs or  academics.  The after school program is not a time or place to hang-out without structured activities.

Afterschool programs and Late buses are provided on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  If a student stays after on Tuesdays or Fridays, they must be picked up by their parent/guardian.  The after school program runs from 2:23-4:28 PM and is broken into two blocks, A Block (2:23-3:23) and B Block (3:28-4:28).  Students may leave after a block if they are being picked up.  Late buses only arrive after B Block. Parents do not sign students up for afterschool programs, it is the student's responsibility to sign up for individual clubs. Students will sign up the day of, during their lunch period for clubs that have weekly sign ups. You may check the RCMS website for individual club sign up information. 

All Afterschool information may be found on the RCMS website with the following link: https://carsonms.fcps.edu/activities

Afterschool Transportation

Due to the county wide shortage of bus drivers, the afterschool bus pick up, departure and drop off times will be impacted.  In previous years, late buses departed Carson immediately after programs ended.  The late bus arrival times provided from transportation are 4:50-5:00pm, school departure time is 5:00-5:10pm and student drop off between 5:20-5:42pm. These times are just approximate, based on bus arrival times to Carson being as expected.  Drop off times may vary if buses arrive at Carson after 5:00PM. Please check your  SIS ParentVue account for their designated late bus route number which is usually different from their regular route in the morning.  If you are able to pick up your student at Kiss & Ride, it is highly encouraged that you do so. 

You may also track your child's late bus in Here Comes the Bus (HCtB) app or FCPS School Bus Delays website for potential delays. Route information  for your child is always available and current in your SIS ParentVue account. 

If you have any questions or concerns please email Mr. Pawlowski,  ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of September 13

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Important Upcoming Events   

9/20             - Afterschool Activities begin

9/23             - Virtual Parent Coffee-9am-10am 

9/28 & 9/29  - Lifetouch Picture Days-PE Classes

Greetings,

To help us have a successful school year, we will continue to have students focus on three key concepts.  Students are ready to learn – on time to all classes and prepared with the necessary materials.  Students are responsible – making positive choices that contribute to our school environment.  Students are respectful – using positive words and actions with peers and staff, along with showing care for our school building.  Families – we thank you for any conversations that you have at home to help reinforce these three concepts.

RCMS Admin Team

Check out the latest Principal's Message from Mr. Stokes here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

Back To School Night Information

Thank you to the families who were able to attend our Virtual Back To School Night presentation.  The presentation recording and links to the teacher classroom presentations are located on our website at:  https://carsonms.fcps.edu/virtual-back-school-night

 

Virtual Parent Coffee

On Thursday, September 23, parents are invited to our first Virtual Parent Coffee of the school year.  Members of our Student Services department and Administrative team will share information about the people and resources available to support students throughout the year.  Items will include an  introduction of our school counselors, social and emotional health resources, information about schoology, and an overview from the Administrative team. 

The parent coffee is scheduled for 9-10AM and will occur through Zoom. Please use the following form to register your email to receive the Zoom link. 

Please use the link below to register. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdeCzIUwEG944buIr2GU96bTscLsxlUV2p4uvmWVr3WXkD-hw/viewform?usp=sf_link

A Zoon link to attend the Parent Coffee will be sent to registered families on the morning of the event.

Parent Coffee Feedback Form

Rachel Carson MS will be hosting quarterly parent coffees for our families this school year.  Please help us select topics of interest by taking a few minutes to complete this short survey. We request all parents to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to provide us feedback to enhance home-school communication at the secondary level. We would like to hear from you even if you are unable to attend the Parent Coffee's. This will provide a wide range of topics for discussion.

At Rachel Carson Middle School

The RCMS After School Programs will begin on Monday, September 20th, with most after school programs being offered on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s and program hours running from 2:30-4:30.  Late buses will be available on these days and will typically depart Carson around 4:50-5:00. 

If you have any questions about After School Programs, email Adam Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

More detailed Information will be provided later in the week.

TJHSST  Admissions Window

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students:The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-high-school-science-and-technology-admissions/tjhsst-freshman. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email (tjadmissions@fcps.edu)

World Language Credit Exam

Is your student fluent in a language other than English? Can they write proficiently in that language? If it is one of the 30 languages listed below, consider registering your student for the World Languages Credit Exam! This exam could help your student potentially earn World Language credits for their high school diploma.

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, at Robinson SS, Centreville HS, and Edison HS. Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Registration opened on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Please contact your student’s school counselor to register for the exam.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

New Process to Speed Up the Return of Fully Vaccinated Students to the Classroom

FCPS heard from many of you about your concerns regarding the amount of time fully vaccinated students are being paused from in-person instruction when identified as a potential close contact to a COVID-19 positive case. 

FCPS collaborated with the Fairfax County Health Department to adjust this process and speed up the return to the classroom for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students. We all share the goal of ensuring our students are in the classroom as much as possible, while also keeping our schools safe and healthy for everyone—staff, students, and visitors.

The new process benefits all students, including those of elementary school age who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Because contact tracers will no longer have to contact families of students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, they will now be able to focus more resources on elementary school investigations. This will allow elementary school students, among others, to return to the classroom quicker.

More information is available online

 Clinic Volunteers Welcome

Rachel Carson Middle School is excited to welcome volunteers back into our school clinic this year! Volunteers must submit a completed Volunteer Application Form to the school and be fingerprinted at the Gatehouse Administration Center. Read more about the application and background check process.

All volunteers must also adhere to FCPS’ layered prevention strategies, including universal indoor masking.

If you are interested in volunteering in our clinic, please contact us at ajtawil@fcps.edu  We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Our goal is to ensure that your student enjoys a healthful, safe school year. If you have any questions, feel free to call either your health room aide, Jackie Plunkett, at 703-925-3610 or your school public health nurse, Minjung Ellenburg, RN, at 703-925-3611.

Click here 

For Information regarding your student's use of digital tools in the learning environment.

Please make sure your child has a set of earbuds or headphones with them everyday. 

ParentVue and StudentVue

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access allows parents and students access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

ParentVue:

Help Is Available For Parent and Student Accounts

Please click here for the Parent/Guardian Support Request Form

Please click here for the Student Support Request Form

 

  Student Services Updates

Parents will be able to view student grades in SIS ParentVUE beginning September 7th. While we have allowed some schedule changes as students may have realized an elective wasn’t quite what they thought or a core class level was too easy or challenging, at this time we will not be making any additional schedule changes. The classes have begun to build culture and community with teachers and students, and teachers have begun entering grades. Students (and parents) can connect with their teachers and counselor if they need support in a class

Quarterly Student Services Newsletter 

Welcome Back Panther Families!  We are so excited to be back in person with our students and staff.  Please take a look at our first newsletter of the 2021-2022 school year.  In this quarter’s issue, we provide information on Social Emotional Learning, schedule changes, reviewing our month’s programs and upcoming events, and parent resources.     

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to reach out to student services staff.  Email is the best way to contact us during school hours (7am-2:30pm). Please allow 24 hours for a response to your email or phone message.

Order Your Yearbook!

 

 

 

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com. or access through this link. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8_ZZJ6XQQIV50UTTM

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check. Reserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks! The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. 

To help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider paying for their student’s school fee online through MySchoolBucks. This will help minimize the amount of cash and checks that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on keeping your student safe. Accounts may be set up with a credit card or linked directly to your checking account.

With MySchoolBucks you can:

  1. Pay online or on-the-go
  2. Browse items & fees in our School Store
  3. Know when fees are due

Don’t have an account yet? Visit MySchoolBucks.com to sign up today! www.MySchoolBucks.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

School Picture Day is Coming On Tuesday, September 28 and Wednesday, September 29 during PE classes. 

Online ordering is easy using your student's school ID and the Picture Day code: EVTJ9R2FR

Order here

 

Drive a School Bus!

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) invites qualified individuals to join our transportation team.

This is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents to earn income with benefits (and bring your preschooler to work with you!). Retirees, college students and career-switchers are also encouraged to apply.

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

FCPS, along with surrounding school divisions, are experiencing severe bus driver shortages due to a national and regional driver shortage. Please be assured, transportation is working hard to recruit and retain qualified bus drivers and plan transportation that will be as efficient as possible with their current roster of drivers. 

What will this mean for you and your family? FCPS will need to increase “double back” bus runs, meaning a bus is required to run two scheduled routes back to back that would normally have been covered by two separate buses. These “double backs” may impact delivery time to schools or bus stops and may have a domino effect throughout the day, affecting after-school drop-off times. We ask families and students to have patience and flexibility while they work through the issue. You may check the Here Comes the Bus (HCtB) app or FCPS School Bus Delays website for potential delays. Route information and transportation intent for your child is always available and current in your SIS ParentVue account. 

Here Comes the Bus® utilizes FCPS Transportation GPS data and is easy to use with a customizable map that works.  You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS Parent Account (contact your child's school if you do not have an SIS Parent  Account).  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions here to set up your account. 

If you have any transportation concerns, please feel free to contact Ms. Terry at sdterry3@fcps.edu. or Mrs. Berkeley at mtberkeley@fcps.edu

All students riding the bus must wear a mask!

On Reporting Absences   

 

 

If a student will be absent or arriving late to school, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly. 

To report an absence, parents have these options:

  1. Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
  2. Send an email with full details to: CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu, or
  3. Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.

If your student will be picked up early for an appointment:
Please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal.
 Students will be given a pass to leave class and meet parents in the office. Parents should come to entrance #1, to the main office, with a photo ID to pick up their student for early dismissals. 

For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the RCMS Attendance page.

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

 Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of September 6

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Important Upcoming Events   

9/14      - Virtual Back To School Night

9/23      - Parent Coffee - Details coming soon!

RCMS will hold our Virtual Back to School Night on Tuesday, Sept. 14.  The evening will feature a live, virtual session led by the RCMS Administrative Team.  This streaming event will begin at 6:30PM.  The Zoom meeting link will be provided to parents through an e-Notify message by this Friday.   Parents will be able to log into this session to hear information about the RCMS academic program and other facets of our learning environment.  Parents – you are invited to submit a question in advance of the presentation.  Please use this Google form to submit questions that are on your mind:  https://forms.gle/ANPjPGWp4uyV4JDh7

Following the presentation, parents will be able to view recorded presentations from all of our teachers.  Those presentations will be uploaded to the RCMS website on the evening of Sept. 14.  We look forward to your presence.

Check out the latest Principal's Message from Mr. Stokes here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

New Process to Speed Up the Return of Fully Vaccinated Students to the Classroom

 

FCPS heard from many of you about your concerns regarding the amount of time fully vaccinated students are being paused from in-person instruction when identified as a potential close contact to a COVID-19 positive case. 

FCPS collaborated with the Fairfax County Health Department to adjust this process and speed up the return to the classroom for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students. We all share the goal of ensuring our students are in the classroom as much as possible, while also keeping our schools safe and healthy for everyone—staff, students, and visitors.

The new process benefits all students, including those of elementary school age who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Because contact tracers will no longer have to contact families of students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, they will now be able to focus more resources on elementary school investigations. This will allow elementary school students, among others, to return to the classroom quicker.

More information is available online

COVID-19 Vaccines Available

Fairfax County Health Department is coming back to Coates ES on Thursday, September 9th from 5 to 8pm to give COVID 19 vaccines first and second doses. Walk-in appointments are available.

Greetings from the Health Room

 

 Clinic Volunteers Welcome

Rachel Carson Middle School is excited to welcome volunteers back into our school clinic this year! Volunteers must submit a completed Volunteer Application Form to the school and be fingerprinted at the Gatehouse Administration Center. Read more about the application and background check process.

All volunteers must also adhere to FCPS’ layered prevention strategies, including universal indoor masking.

If you are interested in volunteering in our clinic, please contact us at ajtawil@fcps.edu  We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Our goal is to ensure that your student enjoys a healthful, safe school year. If you have any questions, feel free to call either your health room aide, Jackie Plunkett, at 703-925-3610 or your school public health nurse, Minjung Ellenburg, RN, at 703-925-3611.

Click here 

For Information regarding your student's use of digital tools in the learning environment. 

ParentVue and StudentVue

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access allows parents and students access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

ParentVue:

Help Is Available For Parent and Student Accounts

Please click here for the Parent/Guardian Support Request Form

Please click here for the Student Support Request Form

 

  Student Services Updates

Parents will be able to view student grades in SIS ParentVUE beginning September 7th. While we have allowed some schedule changes as students may have realized an elective wasn’t quite what they thought or a core class level was too easy or challenging, at this time we will not be making any additional schedule changes. The classes have begun to build culture and community with teachers and students, and teachers have begun entering grades. Students (and parents) can connect with their teachers and counselor if they need support in a class

Quarterly Student Services Newsletter 

Welcome Back Panther Families!  We are so excited to be back in person with our students and staff.  Please take a look at our first newsletter of the 2021-2022 school year.  In this quarter’s issue, we provide information on Social Emotional Learning, schedule changes, reviewing our month’s programs and upcoming events, and parent resources.     

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to reach out to student services staff.  Email is the best way to contact us during school hours (7am-2:30pm). Please allow 24 hours for a response to your email or phone message.

Order Your Yearbook!

 

 

 

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com. or access through this link. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8_ZZJ6XQQIV50UTTM

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check. Reserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks! The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. 

To help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider paying for their student’s school fee online through MySchoolBucks. This will help minimize the amount of cash and checks that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on keeping your student safe. Accounts may be set up with a credit card or linked directly to your checking account.

With MySchoolBucks you can:

  1. Pay online or on-the-go
  2. Browse items & fees in our School Store
  3. Know when fees are due

Don’t have an account yet? Visit MySchoolBucks.com to sign up today! www.MySchoolBucks.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Transportation News Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

As a result of the Transportation Services' strategic plan, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has made available a Here Comes the Bus® mobile app. Know when your bus is approaching your stop!  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

Using the app is EASY!  You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS Parent Account (contact your child's school if you do not have an SIS Parent  Account).  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions here to set up your account. 

Please remember the first few weeks of school can be very hectic as morning routines are re-established, students should arrive at their bus stop 15 minutes early. This will help make sure your student does not miss the bus. It usually takes transportation a couple of weeks to get routes adjusted as changes arise. This will help alleviate the stress of students missing the bus. If you have any transportation concerns, please feel free to contact Ms. Terry at sdterry3@fcps.edu

All students riding the bus must wear a mask!

On Reporting Absences   

 

 

If a student will be absent or arriving late to school, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly. 

To report an absence, parents have these options:

  1. Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
  2. Send an email with full details to: CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu, or
  3. Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.

If your student will be picked up early for an appointment:
Please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal.
 Students will be given a pass to leave class and meet parents in the office. Parents should come to entrance #1, to the main office, with a photo ID to pick up their student for early dismissals. 

For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the RCMS Attendance page.

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

At Rachel Carson Middle School

The RCMS After School Programs will begin on Monday, September 20th, with most after school programs being offered on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s and program hours running from 2:30-4:30.  Late buses will be available on these days and will typically depart Carson around 4:50-5:00. 

I am currently in the process of putting the after school program together.  The program will offer a variety of programs including STEAM, athletics, Knitting, Special Olympics, academic programs and other opportunities.

If you have experience with any of these please programs or have any questions about After School, email Adam Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

More Information will be provided over the next couple weeks.

New Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of August 30

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Important Upcoming Events   

9/3-9/6  - Holiday-Labor Day Break-No School. 

 9/7        - We return to school on a "B" schedule Day.

9/14      - Virtual Back To School Night

RCMS will hold our Virtual Back to School Night on Tuesday, Sept. 14.  The evening will feature a live, virtual session led by the RCMS Administrative Team.  This streaming event will begin at 6:30PM.  The link for the presentation will be provided next week.  Parents will be able to log into this session to hear information about the RCMS academic program and other facets of our learning environment.  Parents – you are invited to submit a question in advance of the presentation.  Please use this Google form to submit questions that are on your mind:  https://forms.gle/ANPjPGWp4uyV4JDh7

Following the presentation, parents will be able to view recorded presentations from all of our teachers.  Those presentations will be uploaded to the RCMS website on the evening of Sept. 14.  We look forward to your presence.

Check out the latest Principal's Message from Mr. Stokes here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

Return to school Forms

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

The electronic Beginning of Year forms are located at the link below and may be completed and submitted now.

Parents should make any updates to the Emergency Care Form and Health form via the WeCare Portal.

click here for the forms.

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6860

Greetings from the Health Room

 

Medication Letter to Parents 2021-2022 (1).doc

Health Information Forms can be filled out on WECARE@SCHOOL via SISParentVUE Account. Please make sure the correct forms are completed. Medications may not be accepted if the proper forms are not submitted with the prescriptions.

Epinephrine Authorization, Inhaler Authorization, Medication Authorization forms can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in helping to make this a safe and healthy school year for our students.

 Clinic Volunteers Welcome

Rachel Carson Middle School is excited to welcome volunteers back into our school clinic this year! Volunteers must submit a completed Volunteer Application Form to the school and be fingerprinted at the Gatehouse Administration Center. Read more about the application and background check process.

All volunteers must also adhere to FCPS’ layered prevention strategies, including universal indoor masking.

If you are interested in volunteering in our clinic, please contact us at ajtawil@fcps.edu  We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Our goal is to ensure that your student enjoys a healthful, safe school year. If you have any questions, feel free to call either your health room aide, Jackie Plunkett, at 703-925-3610 or your school public health nurse, Minjung Ellenburg, RN, at 703-925-3611.

Click here 

For Information regarding your student's use of digital tools in the learning environment. 

ParentVue and StudentVue

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access allows parents and students access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

ParentVue:

Help Is Available For Parent and Student Accounts

Please click here for the Parent/Guardian Support Request Form

Please click here for the Student Support Request Form

 

Order Your Yearbook!

 

 

 

 

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com. Scan the QR Code or access through this link. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8_ZZJ6XQQIV50UTTM

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check. Reserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks! The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. 

To help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider paying for their student’s school fee online through MySchoolBucks. This will help minimize the amount of cash and checks that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on keeping your student safe. Accounts may be set up with a credit card or linked directly to your checking account.

With MySchoolBucks you can:

  1. Pay online or on-the-go
  2. Browse items & fees in our School Store
  3. Know when fees are due

Don’t have an account yet? Visit MySchoolBucks.com to sign up today! www.MySchoolBucks.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

7th and 8th Grade Immunization Requirement Notice

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

7th and 8th grade students who have not had a Tdap booster or MenACWY vaccination, will need to have them as soon as possible.

You may drop immunization records off in the main office or email them to Andrea Tawil at ajtawil@fcps.edu

  • An updated immunization record showing that the student has received these immunizations.
  • A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccines were given.
  • A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  • A notarized Religious Exemption Form 

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online or by calling 703-246-2411.

Transportation News Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

As a result of the Transportation Services' strategic plan, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has made available a Here Comes the Bus® mobile app. Know when your bus is approaching your stop!  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

Using the app is EASY!  You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS Parent Account (contact your child's school if you do not have an SIS Parent  Account).  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions here to set up your account. 

Please remember the first few weeks of school can be very hectic as morning routines are re-established, students should arrive at their bus stop 15 minutes early. This will help make sure your student does not miss the bus. It usually takes transportation a couple of weeks to get routes adjusted as changes arise. This will help alleviate the stress of students missing the bus. If you have any transportation concerns, please feel free to contact Ms. Terry at sdterry3@fcps.edu

All students riding the bus must wear a mask!

On Reporting Absences   

 

 

If a student will be absent or arriving late to school, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly. 

To report an absence, parents have these options:

  1. Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
  2. Send an email with full details to: CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu, or
  3. Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.

If your student will be picked up early for an appointment:
Please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal.
 Students will be given a pass to leave class and meet parents in the office. Parents should come to entrance #1, to the main office, with a photo ID to pick up their student for early dismissals. 

For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the RCMS Attendance page.

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

At Rachel Carson Middle School

The RCMS After School Programs will begin on Monday, September 20th, with most after school programs being offered on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s and program hours running from 2:30-4:30.  Late buses will be available on these days and will typically depart Carson around 4:50-5:00. 

I am currently in the process of putting the after school program together.  The program will offer a variety of programs including STEAM, athletics, Knitting, Special Olympics, academic programs and other opportunities.

The RCMS After School Program is successful due to all community stakeholders assisting with its programs.  In order to continue the excellence of the After School Program, I am asking for any parents who are willing to help sponsor the following programs:

  • Debate
  • Science Olympiad
  • Model UN
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Cyber Patriot

If you have experience with any of these please programs or have any questions about After School, email Adam Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

More Information will be provided over the next couple weeks.

New Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of August 23

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Important Upcoming Events   

9/3-9/6  - Holiday-Labor Day Break-No School. 

 9/7        - We return to school on a "B" schedule Day.

9/14      - Virtual Back To School Night- Zoom link will be                              provided

Check out the latest Principal's Message from Mr. Stokes here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

Return to school Forms

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

The electronic Beginning of Year forms are located at the link below and may be completed and submitted now.

Parents should make any updates to the Emergency Care Form and Health form via the WeCare Portal.

click here for the forms.

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6860

News from the Carson Health Room

Greetings from your school health room!

Our goal is to ensure that your student enjoys a healthful, safe school year. Please read the following information carefully and, if you have any questions, feel free to call either your health room aide, Jackie Plunkett, at 703-925-3610 or your school public health nurse, Minjung Ellenburg, RN, at 703-925-3611.

Please bring your child’s medications to the health room between the hours of 7:30-2:15PM Monday through Friday.

Provide the school with properly labeled containers (your pharmacist will usually provide an extra container if you request it). Please be sure to review the Medication Letter to Parents at the link below.

Medication Letter to Parents 2021-2022 (1).doc

Health Information Forms can be filled out on WECARE@SCHOOL via SISParentVUE Account. Please make sure the correct forms are completed. Medications may not be accepted if the proper forms are not submitted with the prescriptions.

Epinephrine Authorization, Inhaler Authorization, Medication Authorization forms can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in helping to make this a safe and healthy school year for our students.

 Clinic Volunteers Welcome

Rachel Carson Middle School is excited to welcome volunteers back into our school clinic this year! Volunteers must submit a completed Volunteer Application Form to the school and be fingerprinted at the Gatehouse Administration Center. Read more about the application and background check process.

All volunteers must also adhere to FCPS’ layered prevention strategies, including universal indoor masking.

If you are interested in volunteering in our clinic, please contact us at ajtawil@fcps.edu  We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

 

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For Information regarding your student's use of digital tools in the learning environment. 

ParentVue and StudentVue

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access allows parents and students access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

ParentVue:

Help Is Available For Parent and Student Accounts

Please click here for the Parent/Guardian Support Request Form

Please click here for the Student Support Request Form

 

Order Your Yearbook!

 

 

 

 

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for purchase at www.MySchoolBucks.com. Scan the QR Code or access through this link. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8_ZZJ6XQQIV50UTTM

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check. Reserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks! The base price of the yearbook price is $30.00. 

To help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider paying for their student’s school fee online through MySchoolBucks. This will help minimize the amount of cash and checks that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on keeping your student safe. Accounts may be set up with a credit card or linked directly to your checking account.

With MySchoolBucks you can:

  1. Pay online or on-the-go
  2. Browse items & fees in our School Store
  3. Know when fees are due

Don’t have an account yet? Visit MySchoolBucks.com to sign up today! www.MySchoolBucks.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

7th and 8th Grade Immunization Requirement Notice

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

7th and 8th grade students who have not had a Tdap booster or MenACWY vaccination, will need to have them as soon as possible.

You may drop immunization records off in the main office or email them to Andrea Tawil at ajtawil@fcps.edu

  • An updated immunization record showing that the student has received these immunizations.
  • A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccines were given.
  • A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  • A notarized Religious Exemption Form 

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online or by calling 703-246-2411.

Transportation News Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

As a result of the Transportation Services' strategic plan, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has made available a Here Comes the Bus® mobile app. Know when your bus is approaching your stop!  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

Using the app is EASY!  You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS Parent Account (contact your child's school if you do not have an SIS Parent  Account).  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions here to set up your account. 

Please remember the first few weeks of school can be very hectic as morning routines are re-established, students should arrive at their bus stop 15 minutes early. This will help make sure your student does not miss the bus. It usually takes transportation a couple of weeks to get routes adjusted as changes arise. This will help alleviate the stress of students missing the bus. If you have any transportation concerns, please feel free to contact Ms. Terry at sdterry3@fcps.edu

All students riding the bus must wear a mask!

On Reporting Absences   

 

 

If a student will be absent or arriving late to school, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the RCMS Attendance Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly. 

To report an absence, parents have these options:

  1. Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
  2. Send an email with full details to: CarsonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu, or
  3. Call the attendance line at 703-925-3636 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.

If your student will be picked up early for an appointment:
Please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal.
 Students will be given a pass to leave class and meet parents in the office. Parents should come to entrance #1, to the main office, with a photo ID to pick up their student for early dismissals. 

For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the RCMS Attendance page.

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

At Rachel Carson Middle School

The RCMS After School Programs will begin on Monday, September 20th, with most after school programs being offered on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s and program hours running from 2:30-4:30.  Late buses will be available on these days and will typically depart Carson around 4:50-5:00. 

I am currently in the process of putting the after school program together.  The program will offer a variety of programs including STEAM, athletics, Knitting, Special Olympics, academic programs and other opportunities.

The RCMS After School Program is successful due to all community stakeholders assisting with its programs.  In order to continue the excellence of the After School Program, I am asking for any parents who are willing to help sponsor the following programs:

  • Debate
  • Science Olympiad
  • Model UN
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Cyber Patriot

If you have experience with any of these please programs or have any questions about After School, email Adam Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

More Information will be provided over the next couple weeks.

New Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of August 16

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Important Upcoming Events 

8/19  -  RCMS All Grades Students only Orientation 8- 10:30am

8/19  -  RCMS Open House- Students & Parents   

8/23  - First Day of School

9/3    - Holiday-Labor Day Break

Check out the latest Principal's Message from Mr. Stokes here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

Return to school Forms

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

The electronic Beginning of Year forms are located at the link below and may be completed and submitted now.

click here for the forms.

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6860

Save the Dates! Rachel Carson MS Transition Events Student Orientation- Thursday, August 19
  • 7th and 8th grade students only- 8:00-10:30 AM
  • Transportation available from feeder elementary schools
  • Students will receive their schedule, walk their schedule and meet their teachers

Open House - Thursday, August 19

  • All students and families welcome
  • 7th Grade students and families: 1:00-3:00PM
  • 8th Grade students and families  3:30-5:30PM
  • Visit School Clinic: Drop off medication and health forms
  • Open House format
  • Self-guided building tour
  • Schedules will not be provided at Open House. Students should bring their schedules with them from the student morning orientation
Click here for the Orientation and Open House flyer. 

 

News from the Carson Health Room

Greetings from your school health room!

Our goal is to ensure that your student enjoys a healthful, safe school year. Please read the following information carefully and, if you have any questions, feel free to call either your health room aide, Jackie Plunkett, at 703-925-3610 or your school public health nurse, Minjung Ellenburg, RN, at 703-925-3611.

Please bring your child’s medications to the health room on Thursday, August 19, 1-3PM 7th Grade and 3:30-5:30PM- 8th Grade(Open House).

Provide the school with properly labeled containers (your pharmacist will usually provide an extra container if you request it). Please be sure to review the Medication Letter to Parents at the link below.

Medication Letter to Parents 2021-2022 (1).doc

Health Information Forms can be filled out on WECARE@SCHOOL via SISParentVUE Account. Please make sure the correct forms are completed. Medications may not be accepted if the proper forms are not submitted with the prescriptions.

Epinephrine Authorization, Inhaler Authorization, Medication Authorization forms can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in helping to make this a safe and healthy school year for our students.

URGENT MESSAGE!

If you have not returned your child's laptop, It is urgent that your child’s equipment be returned to Rachel Carson Middle School as soon as possible during the school’s office hours, 8-2:30pm, Monday through Friday. Please come to door #1. 

Students participating in summer online programs and SOL testing may retain their laptop and return them at the completion of their program and exams.

All students laptops were due by Friday, August 6th.

 

7th Grade Immunization Requirement Notice

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

7th grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Tdap and Meningococcal documentation.

Please provide one of the following documents to Rachel Carson MS by Aug. 16th. You may drop immunization records off in the main office or email them to Andrea Tawil at ajtawil@fcps.edu

  • An updated immunization record showing that the student has received these immunizations.
  • A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccines were given.
  • A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  • A notarized Religious Exemption Form 

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online or by calling 703-246-2411.

Transportation News

Bus stops and route information will be shared with families via the ParentVUE accounts on August 10. All staff and students riding a bus will be required to wear a mask. For more information about bus transportation, including how to access the Bus Delay Notification System, visit the Transportation page.  Transportation will load that information in SIS Student and ParentVUE under Student Info > Transportation. You can only see this information if you log on via the website, not the app. 

 

Please remember the first few weeks of school can be very hectic as morning routines are re-established, students should arrive at their bus stop 15 minutes early. This will help make sure your student does not miss the bus. It usually takes transportation a couple of weeks to get routes adjusted as changes arise. This will help alleviate the stress of students missing the bus. If you have any transportation concerns, please feel free to contact Ms. Terry at sdterry3@fcps.edu

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

New Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

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

Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of August 9

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Important Upcoming Events 

8/19  -  RCMS All Grades Students only Orientation 8- 10:30am

8/19  -  RCMS Open House- Students & Parents   

8/23  - First Day of School

9/3    - Holiday-Labor Day Break

Check out the latest Principal's Message from Mr. Stokes here!

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6332

 

Return to school Forms

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

The electronic Beginning of Year forms are located at the link below and may be completed and submitted now.

click here for the forms.

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/node/6860

Save the Dates! Rachel Carson MS Transition Events Student Orientation- Thursday, August 19
  • 7th and 8th grade students only- 8:00-10:30 AM
  • Transportation available from feeder elementary schools
  • Students will walk schedule and meet their teachers

 

Open House - Thursday, August 19

  • All students and families welcome
  • 7th Grade students and families: 1:00-3:00PM
  • 8th Grade students and families  3:30-5:30PM
  • Visit School Clinic: Drop off medication and health forms
  • Open House format
  • Self-guided building tour
Click here for the Orientation and Open House flyer. 

 

News from the Carson Health Room

Greetings from your school health room!

Our goal is to ensure that your student enjoys a healthful, safe school year. Please read the following information carefully and, if you have any questions, feel free to call either your health room aide, Jackie Plunkett, at 703-925-3610 or your school public health nurse, Minjung Ellenburg, RN, at 703-925-3611.

Please bring your child’s medications to the health room on Thursday, August 19, 1-3PM 7th Grade and 3:30-5:30PM- 8th Grade(Open House).

Provide the school with properly labeled containers (your pharmacist will usually provide an extra container if you request it). Please be sure to review the Medication Letter to Parents at the link below.

Medication Letter to Parents 2021-2022 (1).doc

Health Information Forms can be filled out on WECARE@SCHOOL via SISParentVUE Account. Please make sure the correct forms are completed. Medications may not be accepted if the proper forms are not submitted with the prescriptions.

Epinephrine Authorization, Inhaler Authorization, Medication Authorization forms can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in helping to make this a safe and healthy school year for our students.

URGENT MESSAGE!

If you have not returned your child's laptop, It is urgent that your child’s equipment be returned to Rachel Carson Middle School as soon as possible during the school’s summer office hours. The summer office hours are 9-1pm, Monday through Friday. Please come to door #1. 

Students participating in summer online programs and SOL testing may retain their laptop and return them at the completion of their program and exams.

All students laptops were due by Friday, August 6th.

 

7th Grade Immunization Requirement Notice

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

7th grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Tdap and Meningococcal documentation.

Please provide one of the following documents to Rachel Carson MS by Aug. 16th. You may drop immunization records off in the main office or email them to Andrea Tawil at ajtawil@fcps.edu

  • An updated immunization record showing that the student has received these immunizations.
  • A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccines were given.
  • A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  • A notarized Religious Exemption Form 

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online or by calling 703-246-2411.

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more

New Daily Bell Schedule 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule

Who to Contact

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

Other Schools are Sharing..

South Lakes Boosters present: 

Fall Sports at South Lakes High Start on Monday August 2nd. Please reach out to the coaches for more sport- specific information.

SLHS Athletics website (https://southlakesathletics.net/) “Camps & Clinics” tab is open to take your registration! 

As you make your family’s summer camp plans, we hope you will consider joining us for a fun-filled week (or two) with our Seahawks Sports programs! 

GO SEAHAWKS! 💚💙

Sport

Coach

Email Address

Cheerleading

Becky Slaight

RASlaight@fcps.edu

Cross Country

Joseph Schuler

JVSchuler@fcps.edu

Dance Team

Catherine McDermott

chmcdermott@fcps.edu

Field Hockey

Lisi Mueller

almueller@fcps.edu

Football

Jason Hescock

jrhescock@fcps.edu

Boys Golf

Kevin Anderson

Kanderson3@fcps.edu

Girls Golf

Olivia Dunheimer

odunheimer@fcps.edu

Girls Volleyball

Melinda Rocha

mrocha@fcps.edu

 

13618 McLearen Rd. Herndon, VA 20171 |  Main Phone: 703.925.3600
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or CarsonMS.Attendance@fcps.edu 
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Join the RCMS PTA today!  www.rcmspta.org
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