Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of November 21

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • November 23-25 Thanksgiving Holiday-No School
  • November 30- RCMS Virtual Parent Coffee
  • December 2 - Picture Make up Day

Hello Carson students and families,

On behalf of the entire RCMS staff, I want to share my thanks to all members of our community.  Students – we appreciate the energy, enthusiasm for learning, and positive spirit that you bring to our classrooms and hallways on a daily basis.  Families – we are grateful for your enduring support.  We hope that everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Please enjoy the time together and have safe travels if you are leaving the area.

Sincerely,

Gordon StokesPrincipal

RCMS VMEA Highlights

On Friday, November 18th, RCMS Symphonic Orchestra had the privilege of performing at the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Conference in Richmond, Virginia. The students worked hard to prepare for this spectacular opportunity and performed exceptionally well.

Special thanks for our wonderful music department team, Orchestra director Mrs. Wilcox, Band director, Mrs. Hitz and Chorus director Mrs. Reddig. We are so proud of the hard work of our music department and our students.

Friday, December 2nd Panthers On Time!

Please continue to stress on-time class arrivals with your student(s).  Carson’s expectations for being to school and class on-time support a safe and less disruptive learning experience for all students.  Students who accumulate three tardies in any one class will meet with their administrator to plan for timely arrivals.  Students and families can review their attendance and class tardies on their StudentVue and ParentVue accounts.

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/attendance-procedures

 

Health Notes from the RCMS School Clinic

In cooperation with the Fairfax County Health Department, we are sending this health information letter to inform you that several cases of influenza-like illness have been reported in our school. Children with influenza-like illness have cough and congestion, and may have fever, chills, sore throat, headache, body aches, and feeling tired (fatigue). Illness may be caused by the influenza virus or by other types of viruses.

The Health Department recommends that you and your family members take the following steps to protect yourselves and others from influenza and other respiratory illnesses:

· Vaccinate your child and yourself against influenza this year and every year. As long as influenza is circulating in our community it is not too late to get a vaccine.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Teach your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers may be used.

· Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw tissues in the trash after use. If tissues are not available, cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.

· Try to avoid close contact with individuals who have influenza-like symptoms.

· Monitor your child for signs of influenza-like illness.

· Do not send any child experiencing influenza-like symptoms to school. If your child comes to school with the symptoms described above, he or she may be sent home. Keep your child home and away from others until the child has been symptom free and without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medication (i.e. he or she should not attend school, school functions, sporting or extracurricular activities, or leave the home except to seek medical care).

We encourage you to put this information into practice to help your child stay healthy and to prevent others from getting sick. If you have questions regarding this information, please contact your health care provider or the School Public Health Nurse, Minjung Ellenburg.

November SWAG (Students with Awesome Growth) Recognition

Each month teachers from different departments recognize students for their hard work, perseverance, and commitment to making a positive impact at Carson.  Mr. Powell had the pleasure of celebrating the November students of the month last week complete with certificates and SWAG bags.  Congratulations to these students for having SWAG (Students with Awesome Growth): Adith D., Aiva B., Anna M., Bryce H., Dhruv J., Elika G., Emily D., Gabriel E., James G., Jonathan C., Kaleigh A., Madison B., Madisyn P., Mia K., Naomi R., Nathaly R., Olive F., Phoebe S., Riley H., Samantha K., Shayaan D., Suri L., Sylvia D., Tessie L., Vishnusri G., and Wilson L.  A picture of these students is proudly displayed outside of the cafeteria for all to see.  Congratulations!!!

Student Services Newsletter – Happy Fall!

Click this link to learn more about the upcoming school counseling services offered at RCMS. Quarter two newsletter is located here.

November Parent Coffee

We are excited to announce that Rachel Bailey, former ADHD coach, intensive in-home mentor, and psychotherapist for children, adolescents, and adults, will be presenting virtually to Rachel Carson families at our next Parent Coffee on Wednesday, November 30th from 9:00-10:00 AM. Thank you for providing feedback on the specific topic for this presentation!

Please join us to learn more about “How to Raise Children With Healthy Self-Esteem in a High-Pressure Culture.” These days, children are expected to be good at everything. Often that type of pressure makes kids feel "not good enough," especially when they look around and compare themselves to others. In this workshop, you'll learn exactly what to DO and SAY so that children believe in themselves -- and thrive -- even in a culture where high-pressure standards sometimes seem unattainable.

To register for the Zoom link, click here

We hope to see you virtually! 

 

-Guest speaker, Zaina Bankwalla, Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College: March 9th, 9-10AM

-Rising 7th Grade- Transition to Middle School: April 13th, 9-10AM

 

SIS WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORTS

All parents/guardians of Middle School 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.

Weekly progress reports for all of your Middle and High School students will be included in one email. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide

 

Easy and safe communication between families and school

FCPS has recently approved the use of TalkingPoints, a two-way messaging app that allows parents and caregivers to communicate with teachers and schools. Carson staff members will be starting to use this service to help communicate to all of our families.  The app translates messages, so teachers can input messages in English, and parents can respond in their preferred language. TalkingPoints supports 125 languages, making it easier and faster for our FCPS families to connect with their schools. If you need to update your preferred correspondence language, contact our registrar, Lesa Lloyd.  For more information, visit the FCPS TalkingPoints webpage

 

 

Conversing with Your Teen about Drug Use

For some reason, as a culture we avoid talking about things that can be both lifesaving and life changing, such as finances, drugs, and other topics that make us uncomfortable. What do you wish you knew when you were younger that can be shared with your teenager now? Here’s a few tips for talking about drugs with your teenager. 

Resources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VWGxTZrpCU  

 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

For further Information & support:

      Michael McNulty

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

                                                                                          [email protected]

 

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Spring Screening

Spring 2023 AAP Level IV referrals and optional screening materials are due by Friday, December 15, 2022.  Parents or guardians of seventh grade students may initiate screening for full-time AAP Level IV services by submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and any optional screening materials to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder.  Please view AAP Testing and Identification Timelines for more information. 

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 the screening process as well as an overview of AAP services available at the middle school level may be found here on the FCPS website or families can view this video, AAP Overview of Services

If you have any questions about this process please reach out to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder, at [email protected]

Virginia Growth Assessments

In 2021, the Virginia General Assembly introduced the expectation for new state "through-year" assessments in elementary and middle schools. Beginning in 2022-23, students in grades 3-8 take the Virginia Growth Assessment in fall and winter. The purpose of these assessments is to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards. 

Please note that the Math assessment is NOT given to students taking a high school credit course, so Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II students will not be assessed. All students take the Reading VGA, however.  Learn more information here about Virginia Growth Assessments.

Winter VGA

Testing Dates

Reading: Thursday, December 1st

Math: Wednesday, December 7th

(Each assessment will take place at the beginning of the day.)

 

Make sure that your child brings a fully-charged laptop on these days.  If at all possible, please avoid making appointments for which your child would need to be absent on these days.

Greetings from the RCMS PTA

The RCMS PTA wishes the RCMS students, families and community a Happy, Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving! 

Congratulations to Candice S. for being the sole winner of the past "Name That Tune" contest.  For the latest PTA information on Reflections, 7th Grade Field Trip, PJ Pants and Bandanas, the Book Fair, Coffee House Night and more go to www.rcmspta.com.  For questions use the Chat feature.  For members-only information to include access to the TJ Prep Workshop recording, use the password provided in the latest newsletter. If you are not a member, please join at www.rcmspta.com/join.  AFTER SCHOOL CORNER

There will be no after school activities on Friday November 18th, Monday November 21st, or Tuesday November 22nd. Please click on the below to see the current after school club offerings. If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows, [email protected].

RCMS Q2 After School Schedule

Would you like to be a part of the RCMS PTA Family? Members and volunteers are needed.The Carson PTA is sponsoring school events in support and gratitude for our educators and families and kicking off 2 major fundraisers to support our mission statement in support of our students. Parents, please join the PTA fun and participate in our "Name that Tune" contest.  Join today at:  www.rcmspta.com .

 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school yearLearn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. 

 

Yearbook Sales

2022-2023 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks 

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check.

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 OfficeTeachers 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: [email protected], 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.

 

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

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 Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions at this link. Do Not Use the Student Login or Sign Up links.

If you have problems with the Here Comes the Bus app, please contact the support information within the app itself.  Your school has no access to this third-party system.

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Who to Contact

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

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

 

Carson MS -Family Team Nominations

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Family Team Nominations- Deadline 11-22

FCPS is currently seeking nominations for families and caregivers who are interested in contributing to the strategic planning process as part of the Family Team (FT). This team will come together four times during the next several months.

Developing the Strategic Plan will involve assembling multiple work teams that represent the perspectives of school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations.

The families and caregivers of our current or prospective students can self-nominate or can be nominated using this form. Nominations are due by Tuesday, November 22.

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information-Week of November 14

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Rachel Carson MS PTA Mission Statement Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our school families and communities to advocate for all children. Mrs. Fields Cookie Dough Fundraiser Updates

Our vendor has allowed us until the end of the week to turn in our paper order forms.  We must receive all forms no later than November 17, 2022 in order to process by the deadline.  There is a drop box in the main office if your student has not yet turned in their form.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept orders past this date.  If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected]

We need you to Join PTA Today!

 

Would you like to be a part of the RCMS PTA Family? Members and volunteers are needed. The Carson PTA is sponsoring school events in support and gratitude for our educators and families with 2 major fundraisers to support our mission statement in support of our students. Parents, please join the PTA fun and participate in our "Name that Tune" contest. We have not had any winners or tries this week and it is still open, prize of $15 and $10 gift card to the first and second member submit the answer.

As we plan for some exciting family events, we ask that you tell a friend and ask them to please join by clicking here Our ultimate goal is to get 100% participation from our RCMS families.  We are currently at 10% participation. Our last push is in November in the month of gratitude as we continue to grow our community in support of the school and our students.

Next General RCMS PTA meeting: November 17, 6:30pm-7:30pm in the RCMS Library or virtual. Join us in person and meet other families.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3721427103 Meeting ID: 372 142 7103

For Parents: EduAvenues Neil Kothari, an RCMS Alum as well as TJHSST Alum, will be our guest at our general body PTA meeting (Nov 17). He will go over EduAvenues (TJTestPrep, tutoring, college admissions coaching, essay reviews, SAT/ACT, and Pre-MedPrep) and answer any questions. Don't miss it! More information can be found at our website www.rcmspta.com on our "What's Happening" page.

 

Need some TJ Test Prep Tips?

Students, check out Neil Kothari's recorded free workshop for students reviewing how to approach an example TJ Test Problem Solving Essay (PSE) problem.  It is available on our website in our Members Only section.  If you are having issues with access, please email [email protected] .

 

Friday, December 2nd

REFLECTIONS - On behalf of the RCMS PTA, thank you for your support of our students and their artwork. Qualifying artwork will be advanced to the Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA). If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Social Media and other Key Links

Social Media Questions: [email protected]

Tell-a-friend to become a member on MemberHub:  https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store

Like on Facebook: @rcmspta or RCMS Facebook link

Follow on Instagram: @rcms.pta or RCMS Instagram link

Follow on Twitter: @RCMS_PTA or RCMS Twitter link

MemberHub RCMS PTA landing page: www.rcmspta.com - Go Here for INFO!

Membership Questions: [email protected]

General Questions: [email protected] 

  SUPPORTING THE PTA
  • Help with our fundraising efforts
  • Volunteer, by contacting [email protected] for more information 

Spotlight on a Sponsor !!!! Reston Orthodontics Link Mathnasium Centreville Link Mathnasium Fairfax Link Ivy Summit College Consulting Link

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of November 14

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • November 17 - PTA Hybrid meeting at 6:30pm
  • November 23-25 Thanksgiving Holiday-No School
  • November 30- RCMS Virtual Parent Coffee
  • December 2 - Picture Make up Day

PTA Meeting Information - Thursday, November 17- RCMS Library or Virtually

You are welcomed to get to know your fellow RCMS parents by attending in person at the general body PTA meeting.  Share your excitement, interest, and even concerns at the next meeting in the RCMS Library.  Most importantly get a chance to have an up close and in person conversation with Principal Stokes and/or PTA President Hari Kalahasti about what is on your mind regarding RCMS.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3721427103 Meeting ID: 372 142 7103 You are invited to attend the RCMS Advanced Drama Class performance of the student-directed fall play- "Box", in the Lecture Hall.

The show will be performed on Thursday evening, November 17th at 7:00PM- 7:40PM. Staff and families are welcome to attend. Admission is free!

Friday, December 2nd Panthers On Time!

Please continue to stress on-time class arrivals with your student(s).  Carson’s expectations for being to school and class on-time support a safe and less disruptive learning experience for all students.  Students who accumulate three tardies in any one class will meet with their administrator to plan for timely arrivals.  Students and families can review their attendance and class tardies on their StudentVue and ParentVue accounts.

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/attendance-procedures

 

Health Notes from the RCMS School Clinic

In cooperation with the Fairfax County Health Department, we are sending this health information letter to inform you that several cases of influenza-like illness have been reported in our school. Children with influenza-like illness have cough and congestion, and may have fever, chills, sore throat, headache, body aches, and feeling tired (fatigue). Illness may be caused by the influenza virus or by other types of viruses.

The Health Department recommends that you and your family members take the following steps to protect yourselves and others from influenza and other respiratory illnesses:

· Vaccinate your child and yourself against influenza this year and every year. As long as influenza is circulating in our community it is not too late to get a vaccine.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Teach your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers may be used.

· Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw tissues in the trash after use. If tissues are not available, cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.

· Try to avoid close contact with individuals who have influenza-like symptoms.

· Monitor your child for signs of influenza-like illness.

· Do not send any child experiencing influenza-like symptoms to school. If your child comes to school with the symptoms described above, he or she may be sent home. Keep your child home and away from others until the child has been symptom free and without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medication (i.e. he or she should not attend school, school functions, sporting or extracurricular activities, or leave the home except to seek medical care).

We encourage you to put this information into practice to help your child stay healthy and to prevent others from getting sick. If you have questions regarding this information, please contact your health care provider or the School Public Health Nurse, Minjung Ellenburg.

Student Services Newsletter – Happy Fall!

Click this link to learn more about the upcoming school counseling services offered at RCMS. Quarter two newsletter is located here.

November Parent Coffee

We are excited to announce that Rachel Bailey, former ADHD coach, intensive in-home mentor, and psychotherapist for children, adolescents, and adults, will be presenting virtually to Rachel Carson families at our next Parent Coffee on Wednesday, November 30th from 9:00-10:00 AM. Thank you for providing feedback on the specific topic for this presentation!

Please join us to learn more about “How to Raise Children With Healthy Self-Esteem in a High-Pressure Culture.” These days, children are expected to be good at everything. Often that type of pressure makes kids feel "not good enough," especially when they look around and compare themselves to others. In this workshop, you'll learn exactly what to DO and SAY so that children believe in themselves -- and thrive -- even in a culture where high-pressure standards sometimes seem unattainable.

To register for the Zoom link, click here

We hope to see you virtually! 

 

-Guest speaker, Zaina Bankwalla, Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College: March 9th, 9-10AM

-Rising 7th Grade- Transition to Middle School: April 13th, 9-10AM

 

SIS WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORTS

All parents/guardians of Middle School 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.

Weekly progress reports for all of your Middle and High School students will be included in one email. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide

 

Easy and safe communication between families and school

FCPS has recently approved the use of TalkingPoints, a two-way messaging app that allows parents and caregivers to communicate with teachers and schools. Carson staff members will be starting to use this service to help communicate to all of our families.  The app translates messages, so teachers can input messages in English, and parents can respond in their preferred language. TalkingPoints supports 125 languages, making it easier and faster for our FCPS families to connect with their schools. If you need to update your preferred correspondence language, contact our registrar, Lesa Lloyd.  For more information, visit the FCPS TalkingPoints webpage

 

 

Conversing with Your Teen about Drug Use

For some reason, as a culture we avoid talking about things that can be both lifesaving and life changing, such as finances, drugs, and other topics that make us uncomfortable. What do you wish you knew when you were younger that can be shared with your teenager now? Here’s a few tips for talking about drugs with your teenager. 

Resources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VWGxTZrpCU  

 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

For further Information & support:

      Michael McNulty

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

                                                                                          [email protected]

 

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Spring Screening

Spring 2023 AAP Level IV referrals and optional screening materials are due by Friday, December 15, 2022.  Parents or guardians of seventh grade students may initiate screening for full-time AAP Level IV services by submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and any optional screening materials to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder.  Please view AAP Testing and Identification Timelines for more information. 

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 the screening process as well as an overview of AAP services available at the middle school level may be found here on the FCPS website or families can view this video, AAP Overview of Services

If you have any questions about this process please reach out to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder, at [email protected]

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Please be sure to complete and sign the survey and have your child return the original (fax or email copies may not be sent) to their Panther Time teacher no later than Friday, November 18th.The forms were due on Friday, November 4th.  If you have any questions, please contact Monique Berkeley- [email protected] 

Virginia Growth Assessments

In 2021, the Virginia General Assembly introduced the expectation for new state "through-year" assessments in elementary and middle schools. Beginning in 2022-23, students in grades 3-8 take the Virginia Growth Assessment in fall and winter. The purpose of these assessments is to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards. 

Please note that the Math assessment is NOT given to students taking a high school credit course, so Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II students will not be assessed. All students take the Reading VGA, however.  Learn more information here about Virginia Growth Assessments.

Winter VGA

Testing Dates

Reading: Thursday, December 1st

Math: Wednesday, December 7th

(Each assessment will take place at the beginning of the day.)

 

Make sure that your child brings a fully-charged laptop on these days.  If at all possible, please avoid making appointments for which your child would need to be absent on these days.

AFTER SCHOOL CORNER

There will be no after school activities on Friday November 18th, Monday November 21st, or Tuesday November 22nd. Please click on the below to see the current after school club offerings. If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows, [email protected].

RCMS Q2 After School Schedule

Would you like to be a part of the RCMS PTA Family? Members and volunteers are needed.The Carson PTA is sponsoring school events in support and gratitude for our educators and families and kicking off 2 major fundraisers to support our mission statement in support of our students. Parents, please join the PTA fun and participate in our "Name that Tune" contest.  Join today at:  www.rcmspta.com .

 

Digital Consent resources

Parents, we need your consent for digital tools!  Some of the digital resources your child may use this year require parental consent. Listed on this page on our website are the digital tools that are used at Carson that require approval.  Not all tools will be used by every student.

To provide consent for your student’s use of digital tools, please click here.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school yearLearn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. 

 

Yearbook Sales

2022-2023 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks 

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check.

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 OfficeTeachers 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: [email protected], 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.

 

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

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 Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions at this link. Do Not Use the Student Login or Sign Up links.

If you have problems with the Here Comes the Bus app, please contact the support information within the app itself.  Your school has no access to this third-party system.

Other Schools Are Sharing

Fairfax High School

RCMS Students at HS Football Games

This is a reminder that all RCMS students who plan to attend a football game at any FCPS high school must be accompanied by a parent.  The purpose is to assist with keeping students well supervised and accounted for during these games.  High schools will turn away students who arrive at an HS football game without a parent .  Thanks for your support with this matter.

Who to Contact

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

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information-Week of November 7

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Rachel Carson MS PTA Mission Statement Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our school families and communities to advocate for all children. We need you to Join PTA Today!

Would you like to be a part of the RCMS PTA Family? Members and volunteers are needed. The Carson PTA is sponsoring school events in support and gratitude for our educators and families with 2 major fundraisers to support our mission statement in support of our students. Parents, please join the PTA fun and participate in our "Name that Tune" contest. Congratulations to parent winners, Leah and Joanna for winning a $15 and $10 gift card, respectively, to Starbucks! 

As we plan for some exciting family events, we ask that you tell a friend and ask them to please join at https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store.  Our ultimate goal is to get 100% participation from our RCMS families.  We are currently at 9.2% participation. Our last push is in November in the month of gratitude as we continue to grow our community in support of the school and our students.

Next General RCMS PTA meeting: November 17, 6:30pm-7:30pm in the RCMS Library or virtual. Join us in person and meet other families.

For Parents: EduAvenues Neil Kothari, an RCMS Alum as well as TJHSST Alum, will be our guest at our general body PTA meeting (Nov 17). He will go over EduAvenues (TJTestPrep, tutoring, college admissions coaching, essay reviews, SAT/ACT, and Pre-MedPrep) and answer any questions. Don't miss it! More information can be found at our website www.rcmspta.com on our What's Happening page.

Free Workshop for Students (Nov 11): RCMS PTA is excited to sponsor a EduAvenues/TJTestPrep workshop for members only on November 11, 2022 from 2-3 pm. If you are not a RCMS PTA member, JOIN https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store and we will send you access. (grades 7-8)

In addition, if you have any questions, please send an e-mail to [email protected].

Friday, December 2nd

REFLECTIONS - On behalf of the RCMS PTA, thank you for your support of our students and their artwork. Qualifying artwork will be advanced to the Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA). If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Cookie Dough, Cheesecake and More! - Go to the link below.

https://onlineorders.mrsfieldsfundraising.com/rachelcarsonmiddleschool/cookies

Hurry and Get your gifts for the Holidays!  RCMS PTA has the Mrs. Fields Cookie, Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake website.  Feel free to browse. THIS is our biggest and most important fundraiser which supports Technology and Instructional Projects throughout the school.  Get Hungry and get Ready for Mrs. Field's desserts!!! Online ordering is highly encouraged to reduce time and accuracy errors on paper order forms. 

Students should turn in their order packets no later than Monday November 14th to their Panther teachers or bring to the main office drop box.

We now have a FAQ for all your questions. https://www.rcmspta.com/faq 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! We need a lot of help to make the Cookie Dough fundraiser a success for raising money for Technology and Instructional Projects. If you can volunteer, please SIGN UP at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094CABA82FA2FFC07-cookie .. Many hands make light work.

 

Get your RCMS Spirit Wear!! Sales extended to November 14!! Celebrating 25 years!!

Hoodies, zip hoodies, crew sweatshirts, Performance T Shirt, shorts and sweatpants are available in adult and youth sizes.

PE Teacher name is required at checkout, please know your students PE teacher name before ordering.

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

Click on the link below to purchase Spirit Wear:

click here

Social Media and other Key Links

Social Media Questions: [email protected]

Tell-a-friend to become a member on MemberHub:  https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store

Like on Facebook: @rcmspta or RCMS Facebook link

Follow on Instagram: @rcms.pta or RCMS Instagram link

Follow on Twitter: @RCMS_PTA or RCMS Twitter link

MemberHub RCMS PTA landing page: www.rcmspta.com - Go Here for INFO!

Membership Questions: [email protected]

General Questions: [email protected] 

  SUPPORTING THE PTA
  • Help with our fundraising efforts
  • Volunteer, by contacting [email protected] for more information 

Spotlight on a Sponsor !!!! Reston Orthodontics Link Mathnasium Centreville Link Mathnasium Fairfax Link Ivy Summit College Consulting Link

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Spirit wear- Corrected Link-November 8

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Please accept our apology for the technical difficulties with our spirit wear link sent in our previously transmitted newsletter earlier today.  

  Get your RCMS Spirit Wear!! Sales extended to November 14th!! Celebrating 25 years!!

Hoodies, zip hoodies, crew sweatshirts, Performance T Shirt, shorts and sweatpants are available in adult and youth sizes.

PE Teacher name is required at checkout, please know your students PE teacher name before ordering.

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

Click on the updated link below to purchase Spirit Wear:

click here

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of November 7

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • November 10 - ESOL Family Night RCMS 6:30-8:00pm
  • November 11- School Planning Day- No School;     Veterans Day
  • November 17 - PTA Hybrid meeting at 6:30pm
  • November 23-25 Thanksgiving Holiday-No School
  • November 30- RCMS Virtual Parent Coffee
  • December 2 - Picture Make up Day
Friday, December 2nd Panthers On Time!

Please continue to stress on-time class arrivals with your student(s).  Carson’s expectations for being to school and class on-time support a safe and less disruptive learning experience for all students.  Students who accumulate three tardies in any one class will meet with their administrator to plan for timely arrivals.  Students and families can review their attendance and class tardies on their StudentVue and ParentVue accounts.

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/attendance-procedures

 

Health Notes from the RCMS School Clinic

In cooperation with the Fairfax County Health Department, we are sending this health information letter to inform you that several cases of influenza-like illness have been reported in our school. Children with influenza-like illness have cough and congestion, and may have fever, chills, sore throat, headache, body aches, and feeling tired (fatigue). Illness may be caused by the influenza virus or by other types of viruses.

The Health Department recommends that you and your family members take the following steps to protect yourselves and others from influenza and other respiratory illnesses:

· Vaccinate your child and yourself against influenza this year and every year. As long as influenza is circulating in our community it is not too late to get a vaccine.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Teach your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers may be used.

· Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw tissues in the trash after use. If tissues are not available, cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.

· Try to avoid close contact with individuals who have influenza-like symptoms.

· Monitor your child for signs of influenza-like illness.

· Do not send any child experiencing influenza-like symptoms to school. If your child comes to school with the symptoms described above, he or she may be sent home. Keep your child home and away from others until the child has been symptom free and without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medication (i.e. he or she should not attend school, school functions, sporting or extracurricular activities, or leave the home except to seek medical care).

We encourage you to put this information into practice to help your child stay healthy and to prevent others from getting sick. If you have questions regarding this information, please contact your health care provider or the School Public Health Nurse, Minjung Ellenburg.

National School Psychology WeekNovember 7th - 11th

This week we celebrate the important work school psychologists do to help all students thrive.

A special thanks to our School Psychologist:  Emily Milas   Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Milas for additional school resources.

Learn more about National School Psychologists Week HERE!

November Parent Coffee

We are excited to announce that Rachel Bailey, former ADHD coach, intensive in-home mentor, and psychotherapist for children, adolescents, and adults, will be presenting virtually to Rachel Carson families at our next Parent Coffee on Wednesday, November 30th from 9:00-10:00 AM. Thank you for providing feedback on the specific topic for this presentation!

Please join us to learn more about “How to Raise Children With Healthy Self-Esteem in a High-Pressure Culture.” These days, children are expected to be good at everything. Often that type of pressure makes kids feel "not good enough," especially when they look around and compare themselves to others. In this workshop, you'll learn exactly what to DO and SAY so that children believe in themselves -- and thrive -- even in a culture where high-pressure standards sometimes seem unattainable.

To register for the Zoom link, click here

We hope to see you virtually! 

 

-Guest speaker, Zaina Bankwalla, Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College: March 9th, 9-10AM

-Rising 7th Grade- Transition to Middle School: April 13th, 9-10AM

 

SIS WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORTS

All parents/guardians of Middle School 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.

Weekly progress reports for all of your Middle and High School students will be included in one email. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide

 

Easy and safe communication between families and school

FCPS has recently approved the use of TalkingPoints, a two-way messaging app that allows parents and caregivers to communicate with teachers and schools. Carson staff members will be starting to use this service to help communicate to all of our families.  The app translates messages, so teachers can input messages in English, and parents can respond in their preferred language. TalkingPoints supports 125 languages, making it easier and faster for our FCPS families to connect with their schools. If you need to update your preferred correspondence language, contact our registrar, Lesa Lloyd.  For more information, visit the FCPS TalkingPoints webpage

 

 

Conversing with Your Teen about Drug Use

For some reason, as a culture we avoid talking about things that can be both lifesaving and life changing, such as finances, drugs, and other topics that make us uncomfortable. What do you wish you knew when you were younger that can be shared with your teenager now? Here’s a few tips for talking about drugs with your teenager. 

Resources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VWGxTZrpCU  

 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

For further Information & support:

      Michael McNulty

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

                                                                                          [email protected]

 

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Spring Screening

Spring 2023 AAP Level IV referrals and optional screening materials are due by Friday, December 15, 2022.  Parents or guardians of seventh grade students may initiate screening for full-time AAP Level IV services by submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and any optional screening materials to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder.  Please view AAP Testing and Identification Timelines for more information. 

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 the screening process as well as an overview of AAP services available at the middle school level may be found here on the FCPS website or families can view this video, AAP Overview of Services

If you have any questions about this process please reach out to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder, at [email protected]

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Please be sure to complete and sign the survey and have your child return the original (fax or email copies may not be sent) to their Panther Time teacher as soon as possible. The forms were due on Friday, November 4th.  If you have any questions, please contact Monique Berkeley- [email protected] 

 

Fairfax County Youth Survey to be Administered Wednesday, November 9

 

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The survey is given to all students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 each fall. It provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth that influence their physical and mental well-being, from sleep and nutritional habits to substance abuse behaviors to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts.  The survey and other information can be previewed by accessing the link above.

Parents/Guardians who wish to opt-out their child must fill out and return the form found in the parent notification letter no later than Monday, November 7th.  (The parent notification letter was emailed to families on October 10, and it can be accessed in the links below.)

Parent Notification Letter and Opt-Out Forms:

English

Spanish

Urdu

Vietnamese

Arabic

Chinese

 

Questions about the survey can be directed to Stefan Mascoll, coordinator, Student Safety and Wellness Office, at 571-423-4270 or [email protected].

 

Virginia Growth Assessments

In 2021, the Virginia General Assembly introduced the expectation for new state "through-year" assessments in elementary and middle schools. Beginning in 2022-23, students in grades 3-8 take the Virginia Growth Assessment in fall and winter. The purpose of these assessments is to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards. 

Please note that the Math assessment is NOT given to students taking a high school credit course, so Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II students will not be assessed. All students take the Reading VGA, however.  Learn more information here about Virginia Growth Assessments.

Winter VGA

Testing Dates

Reading: Thursday, December 1st

Math: Wednesday, December 7th

(Each assessment will take place at the beginning of the day.)

 

Make sure that your child brings a fully-charged laptop on these days.  If at all possible, please avoid making appointments for which your child would need to be absent on these days.

AFTER SCHOOL CORNER

There will be no after school activities on Friday November 18th, Monday November 21st, or Tuesday November 22nd. Please click on the below to see the current after school club offerings. If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows, [email protected].

RCMS Q2 After School Schedule

Would you like to be a part of the RCMS PTA Family? Members and volunteers are needed.The Carson PTA is sponsoring school events in support and gratitude for our educators and families and kicking off 2 major fundraisers to support our mission statement in support of our students. Parents, please join the PTA fun and participate in our "Name that Tune" contest.  Join today at:  www.rcmspta.com .

 

Cookie Dough, Cheesecake and More! - Go to the link below.

https://onlineorders.mrsfieldsfundraising.com/rachelcarsonmiddleschool/cookies

Hurry and Get your gifts for the Holidays!  RCMS PTA has launched the Mrs. Fields Cookie, Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake website.  Feel free to browse the website opened on October 10. Order forms and brochures will go home with students soon!  THIS is our biggest and most important fundraiser which supports Technology and Instructional Projects throughout the school.  Get Hungry and get Ready for Mrs. Field's desserts!!! Orders should be turned in no later than Monday, November 14th.

Get your RCMS Spirit Wear!! Sales ends November 14th!! Celebrating 25 years!!

Sweat sales are open again for purchase until Monday 11/14 if anyone is interested.

Could you please print a flyer to display in your classrooms for students to see the designs. (see attached flyer) Everyone is welcome to order.

Hoodies, zip hoodies, crew sweatshirts, Performance T Shirt, shorts and sweatpants are available in adult and youth sizes.

PE Teacher name is required at checkout, please know your students PE teacher name before ordering.

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

Click on the link below to purchase Spirit Wear:

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

Digital Consent resources

Parents, we need your consent for digital tools!  Some of the digital resources your child may use this year require parental consent. Listed on this page on our website are the digital tools that are used at Carson that require approval.  Not all tools will be used by every student.

To provide consent for your student’s use of digital tools, please click here.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school yearLearn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. 

 

Yearbook Sales

2022-2023 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks 

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check.

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 OfficeTeachers 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: [email protected], 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.

 

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

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 Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions at this link. Do Not Use the Student Login or Sign Up links.

If you have problems with the Here Comes the Bus app, please contact the support information within the app itself.  Your school has no access to this third-party system.

Other Schools Are Sharing

Fairfax High School

RCMS Students at HS Football Games

This is a reminder that all RCMS students who plan to attend a football game at any FCPS high school must be accompanied by a parent.  The purpose is to assist with keeping students well supervised and accounted for during these games.  High schools will turn away students who arrive at an HS football game without a parent .  Thanks for your support with this matter.

Who to Contact

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

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information-Week of October 31

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Rachel Carson MS PTA Mission Statement Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our school families and communities to advocate for all children. We need you to Join PTA Today!

Would you like to be a part of the RCMS PTA Family? Members and volunteers are needed. The Carson PTA is sponsoring school events in support and gratitude for our educators and families and kicking off 2 major fundraisers to support our mission statement in support of our students.

As we plan for some exciting family events, we ask that you tell a friend and ask them to please join at https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store.  Our ultimate goal is to get 100% participation from our RCMS families.  We are currently at 9.0% participation. Our last push is in November in the month of gratitude as we continue to grow our community in support of the school and our students.

We have received wonderful ideas with regard to membership and ask that they keep coming. If you have any ideas with regard to membership or questions, please send an email to  [email protected]. We also have a membership committee which we are forming at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094CABA82FA2FFC07-membership .

Next General RCMS PTA meeting: November 17, 6:30pm-7:30pm in the RCMS Library or virtual. Join us in person and meet other families.

Treasurer needed for PTA.  The PTA is in need of a Treasurer.  The position does not require a CPA, just an enthusiastic person to help the PTA and RCMS community.  If interested send an e-mail to [email protected].

Cookie Dough, Cheesecake and More! - Go to the link below.

https://onlineorders.mrsfieldsfundraising.com/rachelcarsonmiddleschool/cookies

Hurry and Get your gifts for the Holidays!  RCMS PTA has the Mrs. Fields Cookie, Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake website.  Feel free to browse. THIS is our biggest and most important fundraiser which supports Technology and Instructional Projects throughout the school.  Get Hungry and get Ready for Mrs. Field's desserts!!! Online ordering is highly encouraged to reduce time and accuracy errors on paper order forms.

We now have a FAQ for all your questions. https://www.rcmspta.com/faq 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! We need a lot of help to make the Cookie Dough fundraiser a success for raising money for Technology and Instructional Projects. If you can volunteer, please SIGN UP at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094CABA82FA2FFC07-cookie .. Many hands make light work.

 

To download a copy of the PTA National Reflections Application

click here

 

Deadline date is November 4th!

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

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. Your support in identifying students with federal connections will ensure that FCPS can obtain its fair share of grant funds from this program.

Please be sure to complete and sign the survey and have your child return the original (fax or email copies may not be sent) to their Panther Time teacher no later than Friday, November 4th.  If your child lost the form, they should come to the main office for a reprint. If you have questions, please contact Monique Berkeley- [email protected] 

 

Social Media and other Key Links

Social Media Questions: [email protected]

Tell-a-friend to become a member on MemberHub:  https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store

Like on Facebook: @rcmspta or RCMS Facebook link

Follow on Instagram: @rcms.pta or RCMS Instagram link

Follow on Twitter: @RCMS_PTA or RCMS Twitter link

MemberHub RCMS PTA landing page: www.rcmspta.com - Go Here for INFO!

Membership Questions: [email protected]

General Questions: [email protected] 

  SUPPORTING THE PTA
  • Help with our fundraising efforts
  • Volunteer, by contacting [email protected] for more information 

Spotlight on a Sponsor !!!! Reston Orthodontics Link Mathnasium Centreville Link Mathnasium Fairfax Link Ivy Summit College Consulting Link

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of October 31

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • November 8- Election Day- No School
  • November 11- School Planning Day- No School;     Veterans Day
  • November 17 - PTA Hybrid meeting at 6:30pm
  • November 23-25 Thanksgiving Holiday-No School
  • November 30- RCMS Virtual Parent Coffee
Panthers On Time!

Please continue to stress on-time class arrivals with your student(s).  Carson’s expectations for being to school and class on-time support a safe and less disruptive learning experience for all students.  Students who accumulate three tardies in any one class will meet with their administrator to plan for timely arrivals.  Students and families can review their attendance and class tardies on their StudentVue and ParentVue accounts.

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/attendance-procedures

 

SIS WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORTS

All parents/guardians of Middle School 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.

Weekly progress reports for all of your Middle and High School students will be included in one email. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide

 

Easy and safe communication between families and school

FCPS has recently approved the use of TalkingPoints, a two-way messaging app that allows parents and caregivers to communicate with teachers and schools. Carson staff members will be starting to use this service to help communicate to all of our families.  The app translates messages, so teachers can input messages in English, and parents can respond in their preferred language. TalkingPoints supports 125 languages, making it easier and faster for our FCPS families to connect with their schools. If you need to update your preferred correspondence language, contact our registrar, Lesa Lloyd.  For more information, visit the FCPS TalkingPoints webpage

 

 

Conversing with Your Teen about Drug Use

For some reason, as a culture we avoid talking about things that can be both lifesaving and life changing, such as finances, drugs, and other topics that make us uncomfortable. What do you wish you knew when you were younger that can be shared with your teenager now? Here’s a few tips for talking about drugs with your teenager. 

Resources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VWGxTZrpCU  

 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

For further Information & support:

      Michael McNulty

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

                                                                                          [email protected]

 

RCMS November Parent Coffee: Input Needed

 

We are thrilled to have speaker Rachel Bailey join our next RCMS Parent Coffee on November 30th at 9AM.  Rachel Bailey has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and has been an ADHD Coach, therapist, and teacher of positive parenting techniques.  Please complete the form below to let us know which topic you are most interested in by November 4th.  Thank you!

 

RCMS Parent Coffee Topic Interest Survey

 

-Guest speaker, Rachel Bailey: November 30th, 9-10AM

-Guest speaker, Zaina Bankwalla, Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College: March 9th, 9-10AM

-Rising 7th Grade- Transition to Middle School: April 13th, 9-10AM

   

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Spring Screening

Spring 2023 AAP Level IV referrals and optional screening materials are due by Friday, December 15, 2022.  Parents or guardians of seventh grade students may initiate screening for full-time AAP Level IV services by submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and any optional screening materials to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder.  Please view AAP Testing and Identification Timelines for more information. 

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 the screening process as well as an overview of AAP services available at the middle school level may be found here on the FCPS website or families can view this video, AAP Overview of Services

If you have any questions about this process please reach out to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder, at [email protected]

 

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

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. Your support in identifying students with federal connections will ensure that FCPS can obtain its fair share of grant funds from this program.

The surveys went home during Panther Time the week of October 17th. Please be sure to complete and sign the survey and have your child return the original (fax or email copies may not be sent) to their Panther Time teacher no later than Friday, November 4th.  If you have any questions, please contact Monique Berkeley- [email protected] 

 

Fairfax County Youth Survey to be Administered Wednesday, November 9

 

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The survey is given to all students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 each fall. It provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth that influence their physical and mental well-being, from sleep and nutritional habits to substance abuse behaviors to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts.  The survey and other information can be previewed by accessing the link above.

Parents/Guardians who wish to opt-out their child must fill out and return the form found in the parent notification letter no later than Monday, November 7th.  (The parent notification letter was emailed to families on October 10, and it can be accessed in the links below.)

Parent Notification Letter and Opt-Out Forms:

English

Spanish

Urdu

Vietnamese

Arabic

Chinese

 

Questions about the survey can be directed to Stefan Mascoll, coordinator, Student Safety and Wellness Office, at 571-423-4270 or [email protected].

 

 

AFTER SCHOOL CORNER

Please click on the link below to see the current after school activity offerings at RCMS . If you have any questions, contact Riley Barrows, [email protected]

RCMS Quarter 1 After School Schedule

Would you like to be a part of the RCMS PTA Family? Members and volunteers are needed.The Carson PTA is sponsoring school events in support and gratitude for our educators and families and kicking off 2 major fundraisers to support our mission statement in support of our students. Parents, please join the PTA fun and participate in our "Name that Tune" contest.  Join today at:  www.rcmspta.com .

 

Cookie Dough, Cheesecake and More! - Go to the link below.

https://onlineorders.mrsfieldsfundraising.com/rachelcarsonmiddleschool/cookies

Hurry and Get your gifts for the Holidays!  RCMS PTA has launched the Mrs. Fields Cookie, Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake website.  Feel free to browse the website opened on October 10. Order forms and brochures will go home with students soon!  THIS is our biggest and most important fundraiser which supports Technology and Instructional Projects throughout the school.  Get Hungry and get Ready for Mrs. Field's desserts!!!

 

RCMS PTA Reflections Chair Needed!!

We are looking for a volunteer to serve as RCMS PTA Reflections Chair for 2022-2023. Below is some information for your reference. Rest assured that PTA is going to guide and help you to get started. If you are interested, please respond back to [email protected].

 

To Download a copy of the Reflections Entry Form Application. Deadline date is November 4th.

click here

Digital Consent resources

Parents, we need your consent for digital tools!  Some of the digital resources your child may use this year require parental consent. Listed on this page on our website are the digital tools that are used at Carson that require approval.  Not all tools will be used by every student.

To provide consent for your student’s use of digital tools, please click here.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school yearLearn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. 

 

Yearbook Sales

2022-2023 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks 

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check.

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 OfficeTeachers 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: [email protected], 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.

 

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

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 Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions at this link. Do Not Use the Student Login or Sign Up links.

If you have problems with the Here Comes the Bus app, please contact the support information within the app itself.  Your school has no access to this third-party system.

Other Schools Are Sharing

Fairfax High School

RCMS Students at HS Football Games

This is a reminder that all RCMS students who plan to attend a football game at any FCPS high school must be accompanied by a parent.  The purpose is to assist with keeping students well supervised and accounted for during these games.  High schools will turn away students who arrive at an HS football game without a parent .  Thanks for your support with this matter.

Who to Contact

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

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information-Week of October 24

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Rachel Carson MS PTA Mission Statement Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our school families and communities to advocate for all children. We need you to Join PTA Today!

Would you like to be a part of the RCMS PTA Family? Members and volunteers are needed. The Carson PTA is sponsoring school events in support and gratitude for our educators and families and kicking off 2 major fundraisers to support our mission statement in support of our students. Parents, please join the PTA fun and participate in our "Name that Tune" contest. Congratulations to a parent winners, Leah and Stephanie for winning a $15 and $10 gift card, respectively,  to Starbucks! Gift cards may now be picked up in the main office.

October is Membership Drive Month, and we would really like to meet our goals in the last week of October so  NOW is the time when we REALLY need YOUR help!  Let's make RCMS PTA special by making it a large and engaging membership. Yesterday we launched the October membership drive with our "Tell-A-Friend'' campaign. Tell-A-Friend to join PTA at:  www.rcmspta.com

As we plan for some exciting family events, we ask that you tell a friend and ask them to please join at https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store.  Our ultimate goal is to get 100% participation from our RCMS families.  We are currently at 8.4% participation.  If we can a little more than double that as a  goal, we believe that we will be able to continue operating our RCMS PTA in the most outstanding manner which has been a Carson tradition. We have a long way to go but with each member participating in our Tell-A-Friend campaign that near term goal is in sight!

We have received wonderful ideas with regard to membership and ask that they keep coming. If you have any ideas with regard to membership or questions, please send an email to  [email protected]. We also have a membership committee which we are forming at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094CABA82FA2FFC07-membership .

 

Treasurer needed for PTA.  The PTA is in need of a Treasurer.  The position does not require a CPA, just an enthusiastic person to help the PTA and RCMS community.  If interested send an e-mail to [email protected].

Cookie Dough, Cheesecake and More! - Go to the link below.

https://onlineorders.mrsfieldsfundraising.com/rachelcarsonmiddleschool/cookies

 

Hurry and Get your gifts for the Holidays!  RCMS PTA has launched the Mrs. Fields Cookie, Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake website.  Feel free to browse the website opened on October 10. Order forms and brochures will go home with students soon!  THIS is our biggest and most important fundraiser which supports Technology and Instructional Projects throughout the school.  Get Hungry and get Ready for Mrs. Field's desserts!!! Online ordering is highly encouraged to reduce time and accuracy errors on paper order forms.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! We need a lot of help to make the Cookie Dough fundraiser a success for raising money for Technology and Instructional Projects. If you can volunteer, please SIGN UP at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094CABA82FA2FFC07-cookie .. Many hands make light work.

 

To download a copy of the PTA National Reflections Application

click here

 

Deadline date is November 4th!

 

October SWAG (Students with Awesome Growth) Recognition

The picture above is proudly displayed outside of the cafeteria for all to see. Each month teachers from different departments recognize up to three students for their hard work, perseverance, and commitment to making a positive impact at Carson. Mr. Stokes had the pleasure of celebrating the October students of the month this past week complete with certificates and SWAG bags.

Congratulations to these students for having SWAG (Students with Awesome Growth): Francesca A, Serhat A, Ibrahim A, Darin A, Justin B, Ellie C, Sorna C, Lauren E, Sophia F, James F, Eunhye G, Aracely G, Savion G, James H, Olivia M, Sheshfika M, Hussein O, Ava P, Avalon R, Giselle R, Rahman S, Maximiliano S, and Lillian X. We are proud of you all!

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid 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. Your support in identifying students with federal connections will ensure that FCPS can obtain its fair share of grant funds from this program.

The surveys went home during Panther Time the week of October 17th. Please be sure to complete and sign the survey and have your child return the original (fax or email copies may not be sent) to their Panther Time teacher no later than Friday, November 4th.  If you have any questions, please contact Monique Berkeley- [email protected] 

 

Social Media and other Key Links

Social Media Questions: [email protected]

Tell-a-friend to become a member on MemberHub: www.rcmspta.com

Like on Facebook: @rcmspta or RCMS Facebook link

Follow on Instagram: @rcms.pta or RCMS Instagram link

Follow on Twitter: @RCMS_PTA or RCMS Twitter link

MemberHub RCMS PTA landing page: RCMS Landing Page

Membership Questions: [email protected]

General Questions: [email protected] 

  SUPPORTING THE PTA
  • Help with our fundraising efforts
  • Volunteer, by contacting [email protected] for more information 

Spotlight on a Sponsor !!!! Reston Orthodontics Link Mathnasium Centreville Link Mathnasium Fairfax Link Ivy Summit College Consulting Link

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of October 24

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • October 28 - End of Quarter 1; 2-hour early release
  • October 31- Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
  • November 8- Election Day- No School
  • November 11- School Planning Day- No School
Panthers On Time!

Please continue to stress on-time class arrivals with your student(s).  Carson’s expectations for being to school and class on-time support a safe and less disruptive learning experience for all students.  Students who accumulate three tardies in any one class will meet with their administrator to plan for timely arrivals.  Students and families can review their attendance and class tardies on their StudentVue and ParentVue accounts.

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/attendance-procedures

October SWAG (Students with Awesome Growth) Recognition

The picture above is proudly displayed outside of the cafeteria for all to see. Each month teachers from different departments recognize up to three students for their hard work, perseverance, and commitment to making a positive impact at Carson. Mr. Stokes had the pleasure of celebrating the October students of the month this past week complete with certificates and SWAG bags.

Congratulations to these students for having SWAG (Students with Awesome Growth): Francesca A, Serhat A, Ibrahim A, Darin A, Justin B, Ellie C, Sorna C, Lauren E, Sophia F, James F, Eunhye G, Aracely G, Savion G, James H, Olivia M, Sheshfika M, Hussein O, Ava P, Avalon R, Giselle R, Rahman S, Maximiliano S, and Lillian X. We are proud of you all!

1st Quarter ends Friday, October 28

SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue Gradebook and Report Card Modules will be unavailable Friday, October 28 at 4pm until Tuesday, November 9 at 6 am in order for teachers to finalize first quarter grades. After Nov 9, 1st Quarter Report cards will be visible in SIS StudentVue and ParentVue. A copy of your child’s report card will also be provided to students during Panther Time on Friday, November 4th.

 

Conversing with Your Teen about Drug Use

For some reason, as a culture we avoid talking about things that can be both lifesaving and life changing, such as finances, drugs, and other topics that make us uncomfortable. What do you wish you knew when you were younger that can be shared with your teenager now? Here’s a few tips for talking about drugs with your teenager. 

Resources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VWGxTZrpCU  

 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

For further Information & support:

      Michael McNulty

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

                                                                                          [email protected]

 

RCMS December Parent Coffee: Input Needed

 

We are thrilled to have speaker Rachel Bailey join our next RCMS Parent Coffee on November 30th at 9AM.  Rachel Bailey has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and has been an ADHD Coach, therapist, and teacher of positive parenting techniques.  Please complete the form below to let us know which topic you are most interested in by November 4th.  Thank you!

 

RCMS Parent Coffee Topic Interest Survey

 

-Guest speaker, Rachel Bailey: November 30th, 9-10AM

-Guest speaker, Zaina Bankwalla, Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College: March 9th, 9-10AM

-Rising 7th Grade- Transition to Middle School: April 13th, 9-10AM

   

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Spring Screening

Spring 2023 AAP Level IV referrals and optional screening materials are due by Friday, December 15, 2022.  Parents or guardians of seventh grade students may initiate screening for full-time AAP Level IV services by submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and any optional screening materials to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder.  Please view AAP Testing and Identification Timelines for more information. 

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 the screening process as well as an overview of AAP services available at the middle school level may be found here on the FCPS website or families can view this video, AAP Overview of Services

If you have any questions about this process please reach out to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder, at [email protected]

 

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

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. Your support in identifying students with federal connections will ensure that FCPS can obtain its fair share of grant funds from this program.

The surveys went home during Panther Time the week of October 17th. Please be sure to complete and sign the survey and have your child return the original (fax or email copies may not be sent) to their Panther Time teacher no later than Friday, November 4th.  If you have any questions, please contact Monique Berkeley- [email protected] 

 

Fairfax County Youth Survey to be Administered Wednesday, November 9

 

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The survey is given to all students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 each fall. It provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth that influence their physical and mental well-being, from sleep and nutritional habits to substance abuse behaviors to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts.  The survey and other information can be previewed by accessing the link above.

Parents/Guardians who wish to opt-out their child must fill out and return the form found in the parent notification letter no later than Monday, November 7th.  (The parent notification letter was emailed to families on October 10, and it can be accessed in the links below.)

Parent Notification Letter and Opt-Out Forms:

English

Spanish

Urdu

Vietnamese

Arabic

Chinese

 

Questions about the survey can be directed to Stefan Mascoll, coordinator, Student Safety and Wellness Office, at 571-423-4270 or [email protected].

 

 

AFTER SCHOOL CORNER

Please click on the link below to see the current after school activity offerings at RCMS . If you have any questions, contact Riley Barrows, [email protected]

RCMS Quarter 1 After School Schedule

Would you like to be a part of the RCMS PTA Family? Members and volunteers are needed.The Carson PTA is sponsoring school events in support and gratitude for our educators and families and kicking off 2 major fundraisers to support our mission statement in support of our students. Parents, please join the PTA fun and participate in our "Name that Tune" contest. Congratulations to a parent winner, Leah for winning a $15 gift card to Starbucks! Join today at:  www.rcmspta.com .

 

Cookie Dough, Cheesecake and More! - Go to the link below.

https://onlineorders.mrsfieldsfundraising.com/rachelcarsonmiddleschool/cookies

Hurry and Get your gifts for the Holidays!  RCMS PTA has launched the Mrs. Fields Cookie, Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake website.  Feel free to browse the website opened on October 10. Order forms and brochures will go home with students soon!  THIS is our biggest and most important fundraiser which supports Technology and Instructional Projects throughout the school.  Get Hungry and get Ready for Mrs. Field's desserts!!!

 

RCMS PTA Reflections Chair Needed!!

We are looking for a volunteer to serve as RCMS PTA Reflections Chair for 2022-2023. Below is some information for your reference. Rest assured that PTA is going to guide and help you to get started. If you are interested, please respond back to [email protected].

 

To Download a copy of the Reflections Entry Form Application. Deadline date is November 4th.

click here

Digital Consent resources

Parents, we need your consent for digital tools!  Some of the digital resources your child may use this year require parental consent. Listed on this page on our website are the digital tools that are used at Carson that require approval.  Not all tools will be used by every student.

To provide consent for your student’s use of digital tools, please click here.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school yearLearn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. 

 

Yearbook Sales

2022-2023 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks 

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check.

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 OfficeTeachers 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: [email protected], 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.

 

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

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 Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions at this link. Do Not Use the Student Login or Sign Up links.

If you have problems with the Here Comes the Bus app, please contact the support information within the app itself.  Your school has no access to this third-party system.

Other Schools Are Sharing

Westfield Theatre would like to invite your school community to our Halloween FUNdraiser this Saturday October 29th from 4:00pm-8:15pm at Westfield High School in our Auditorium & Black Box (parking outside door 14). We are excited to host two simultaneous events: 

  • 4-8:00 p.m. Halloween Carnival Games, Contests, & Disney princess meet & greet sponsored by WHS International Thespian Honor Society. Come Anytime! Wear your Halloween Costumes! ($5, All ages)
  • 4-8:15 p.m. Haunted Escape Room “Chuck E Scream” created by the WHS Tech Theatre 1-4 Class ($8, Suitable for ages 12 & up; Spaces will fill up fast for this event. Reservations for this event are highly recommended, but not required. Please reserve your spot at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b4faea62fa7fd0-westfield
RCMS Students at HS Football Games

This is a reminder that all RCMS students who plan to attend a football game at any FCPS high school must be accompanied by a parent.  The purpose is to assist with keeping students well supervised and accounted for during these games.  High schools will turn away students who arrive at an HS football game without a parent .  Thanks for your support with this matter.

Who to Contact

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

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information-Week of October 17

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

 

Please join the PTA hybrid meeting this Thursday, October 20th at 6:30pm at RCMS library or on Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3721427103 Meeting ID: 372 142 7103

Get to know your fellow RCMS parents by attending in person the general body PTA meeting.  Share your excitement, interest, and even concerns at the next meeting in the RCMS Library.  Most importantly get a chance to have an up close and in person conversation with Principal Stokes and/or PTA President Hari Kalahasti about what is on your mind regarding RCMS.

We need you to Join PTA Today!

Would you like to be a part of the RCMS PTA Family? Members and volunteers are needed. The Carson PTA is sponsoring school events in support and gratitude for our educators and families and kicking off 2 major fundraisers to support our mission statement in support of our students. Parents, please join the PTA fun and participate in our "Name that Tune" contest. Congratulations to a parent winner, Leah for winning a $15 gift card to Starbucks!

 

October is Membership Drive Month, and now is the time when we REALLY need YOUR help!  Let's make RCMS PTA special by making it a large and engaging membership. Yesterday we launched the October membership drive with our "Tell-A-Friend'' campaign. Tell-A-Friend to join PTA at:  www.rcmspta.com

As we plan for some exciting family events, we ask that you tell a friend and ask them to please join. Then tell that friend to tell a friend and ask them to please JOIN. Like you, they will become active advocates of our PTA and our community. Our ultimate goal is to get 100% participation from our RCMS families.  We are currently at 7.9% participation.  If we can triple (3) that as a  goal, we believe that we will be able to continue operating our RCMS PTA in the most outstanding manner which has been a Carson tradition. We have a long way to go but with each member participating in our Tell-A-Friend campaign that near term goal is in sight!

If you have any ideas with regard to membership or questions, please send an email to  [email protected].

We Need Your Support

RCMS PTA Reflections Chair Needed!!

We are looking for a volunteer to serve as RCMS PTA Reflections Chair for 2022-2023. Below is some information for your reference. Rest assured that PTA is going to guide and help you to get started. If you are interested, please respond back to [email protected].

https://www.vapta.org/programs/student-programs/reflections

https://www.fccpta.org/reflections

RCMS PTA Recognized National Custodian Day, Oct 2, 2022

RCMS PTA held an appreciation event for the RCMS Custodial Staff on September 30, 2022 prior to National Custodian Day on October 2, 2022.  The staff was grateful for this small gesture.  We are grateful that RCMS staff and students have a clean, safe place to learn, teach, and work.  Thank you again to our RCMS Custodians!

Cookie Dough, Cheesecake and More! - Go to the link below.

https://onlineorders.mrsfieldsfundraising.com/rachelcarsonmiddleschool/cookies

 

Hurry and Get your gifts for the Holidays!  RCMS PTA has launched the Mrs. Fields Cookie, Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake website.  Feel free to browse the website opened on October 10. Order forms and brochures will go home with students soon!  THIS is our biggest and most important fundraiser which supports Technology and Instructional Projects throughout the school.  Get Hungry and get Ready for Mrs. Field's desserts!!!

 

Rock Panther Pride with PJ Pants and help us reach our goal! Purchase deadline extended to 10/21

 

RCMS PTA brings you Limited Edition RCMS Pajama Pants.  These will not be available EVER AGAIN because they celebrate 25 years of RCMS.  Your students will love them! So Cozy and Comfortable!  PJs are available in a variety of colors, sizes and 2 styles.  Your student can Rock these pants on PJ school spirit days.   

Visit this website to buy your Pajama Pants!

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/rcms-pta-pajama-pants-2022

Free for PTA Members

Topic: Python WorkshopDescription: What is Python?

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Click the link below to register.

To download a copy of the PTA National Reflections Application

click here

 

Deadline date is November 4th!

 

October SWAG (Students with Awesome Growth) Recognition

The picture above is proudly displayed outside of the cafeteria for all to see. Each month teachers from different departments recognize up to three students for their hard work, perseverance, and commitment to making a positive impact at Carson. Mr. Stokes had the pleasure of celebrating the October students of the month this past week complete with certificates and SWAG bags.

Congratulations to these students for having SWAG (Students with Awesome Growth): Francesca A, Serhat A, Ibrahim A, Darin A, Justin B, Ellie C, Sorna C, Lauren E, Sophia F, James F, Eunhye G, Aracely G, Savion G, James H, Olivia M, Sheshfika M, Hussein O, Ava P, Avalon R, Giselle R, Rahman S, Maximiliano S, and Lillian X. We are proud of you all!

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid 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. Your support in identifying students with federal connections will ensure that FCPS can obtain its fair share of grant funds from this program.

The surveys will go home during Panther Time the week of October 17th. Please be sure to complete and sign the survey and have your child return the original (fax or email copies may not be sent) to their Panther Time teacher no later than Friday, November 4th.  If you have any questions, please contact Monique Berkeley- [email protected] 

 

 

PTA Board members 

Hari Kalahasti, PTA

President

[email protected]

Claudia Everett

Secretary

[email protected]

Jennifer Xu

Treasurer

[email protected]

Soumya Mohanty

VP of Communications and Events

[email protected]

Tianne Wade

VP of Fundraising

[email protected]

Crystal Williams 

VP of Hospitality 

[email protected]

Preeti Yendapally

Fundraiser Chair

[email protected]

Vidya Jayakumar

Webmaster

[email protected]

Shyra Nichols

Social Media Coordinator

[email protected]

Mildred John

Financial Assistant

[email protected]

Tami Randolph

Membership Chair

[email protected]

Follow us on social show your kids you can SLAY !!! (listed below) as this helps with our corporate sponsorships and keeps you informed. (go now, go now, go now!)

Social Media and other Key Links

Social Media Questions: [email protected]

Tell-a-friend to become a member on MemberHub: www.rcmspta.com

Like on Facebook: @rcmspta or RCMS Facebook link

Follow on Instagram: @rcms.pta or RCMS Instagram link

Follow on Twitter: @RCMS_PTA or RCMS Twitter link

MemberHub RCMS PTA landing page: RCMS Landing Page

Membership Questions: [email protected]

General Questions: [email protected] 

  Spotlight on a Sponsor !!!! Reston Orthodontics Link Mathnasium Centreville Link Mathnasium Fairfax Link Ivy Summit College Consulting Link   SUPPORTING THE PTA
  • Help with our fundraising efforts
  • Volunteer, by contacting [email protected] for more information 

Warm regards,

Soumya Mohanty, VP of Communications and Events

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of October 17

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • October 20  - PTA Hybrid Meeting
  • October 24  - No School- Religious & Cultural Observance
  • October 28 - End of Quarter 1; 2-hour early release
  • October 31- Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
Digital Citizenship Week

This week, October 17-21, FCPS is taking part in Digital Citizenship Week.  During the school day, we will be sharing quick tips and resources with students on various Digital Citizenship topics.   Students will also take part in a Digital Citizenship lesson during Panther Time on Wednesday, October 19. 

Subjects shared with students this week include:

  • Maintaining healthy digital habits
  • Dealing with digital drama
  • Staying safe online
  • Examining our digital footprint
  • Evaluating how social media impacts our daily lives.

Common Sense Education has many resources available for families.  The video series, Digital Connections helps families start conversations with their kids about using technology safely and responsibly.  You can also explore our resources Carson’s Parent-All Schoology Course.

Panthers On Time!

Please continue to stress on-time class arrivals with your student(s).  Carson’s expectations for being to school and class on-time support a safe and less disruptive learning experience for all students.  Students who accumulate three tardies in any one class will meet with their administrator to plan for timely arrivals.  Students and families can review their attendance and class tardies on their StudentVue and ParentVue accounts.

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/attendance-procedures

October SWAG (Students with Awesome Growth) Recognition

The picture above is proudly displayed outside of the cafeteria for all to see. Each month teachers from different departments recognize up to three students for their hard work, perseverance, and commitment to making a positive impact at Carson. Mr. Stokes had the pleasure of celebrating the October students of the month this past week complete with certificates and SWAG bags.

Congratulations to these students for having SWAG (Students with Awesome Growth): Francesca A, Serhat A, Ibrahim A, Darin A, Justin B, Ellie C, Sorna C, Lauren E, Sophia F, James F, Eunhye G, Aracely G, Savion G, James H, Olivia M, Sheshfika M, Hussein O, Ava P, Avalon R, Giselle R, Rahman S, Maximiliano S, and Lillian X. We are proud of you all!

 

RCMS December Parent Coffee: Input Needed

 

We are thrilled to have speaker Rachel Bailey join our next RCMS Parent Coffee on November 30th at 9AM.  Rachel Bailey has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and has been an ADHD Coach, therapist, and teacher of positive parenting techniques.  Please complete the form below to let us know which topic you are most interested in by November 4th.  Thank you!

 

RCMS Parent Coffee Topic Interest Survey

 

-Guest speaker, Rachel Bailey: November 30th, 9-10AM

-Guest speaker, Zaina Bankwalla, Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College: March 9th, 9-10AM

-Rising 7th Grade- Transition to Middle School: April 13th, 9-10AM

   

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Spring Screening

Spring 2023 AAP Level IV referrals and optional screening materials are due by Friday, December 15, 2022.  Parents or guardians of seventh grade students may initiate screening for full-time AAP Level IV services by submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and any optional screening materials to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder.  Please view AAP Testing and Identification Timelines for more information. 

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 the screening process as well as an overview of AAP services available at the middle school level may be found here on the FCPS website or families can view this video, AAP Overview of Services

If you have any questions about this process please reach out to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder, at [email protected]

 

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid 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. Your support in identifying students with federal connections will ensure that FCPS can obtain its fair share of grant funds from this program.

The surveys will go home during Panther Time the week of October 17th. Please be sure to complete and sign the survey and have your child return the original (fax or email copies may not be sent) to their Panther Time teacher no later than Friday, November 4th.  If you have any questions, please contact Monique Berkeley- [email protected] 

 

Fairfax County Youth Survey to be Administered Wednesday, November 9

 

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The survey is given to all students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 each fall. It provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth that influence their physical and mental well-being, from sleep and nutritional habits to substance abuse behaviors to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts.  The survey and other information can be previewed by accessing the link above.

Parents/Guardians who wish to opt-out their child must fill out and return the form found in the parent notification letter no later than Monday, November 7th.  (The parent notification letter was emailed to families on October 10, and it can be accessed in the links below.)

Parent Notification Letter and Opt-Out Forms:

English

Spanish

Urdu

Vietnamese

Arabic

Chinese

 

Questions about the survey can be directed to Stefan Mascoll, coordinator, Student Safety and Wellness Office, at 571-423-4270 or [email protected].

 

 

AFTER SCHOOL CORNER

Please click on the link below to see the current after school activity offerings at RCMS . If you have any questions, contact Riley Barrows, [email protected]

RCMS Quarter 1 After School Schedule

Please join the PTA hybrid meeting this Thursday, October 20th at 6:30pm at RCMS library or on zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3721427103 Meeting ID: 372 142 7103 Would you like to be a part of the RCMS PTA Family? Members and volunteers are needed.The Carson PTA is sponsoring school events in support and gratitude for our educators and families and kicking off 2 major fundraisers to support our mission statement in support of our students. Parents, please join the PTA fun and participate in our "Name that Tune" contest. Congratulations to a parent winner, Leah for winning a $15 gift card to Starbucks! Join today at:  www.rcmspta.com .

 

Cookie Dough, Cheesecake and More! - Go to the link below.

https://onlineorders.mrsfieldsfundraising.com/rachelcarsonmiddleschool/cookies

Hurry and Get your gifts for the Holidays!  RCMS PTA has launched the Mrs. Fields Cookie, Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake website.  Feel free to browse the website opened on October 10. Order forms and brochures will go home with students soon!  THIS is our biggest and most important fundraiser which supports Technology and Instructional Projects throughout the school.  Get Hungry and get Ready for Mrs. Field's desserts!!!

 

RCMS PTA Reflections Chair Needed!!

We are looking for a volunteer to serve as RCMS PTA Reflections Chair for 2022-2023. Below is some information for your reference. Rest assured that PTA is going to guide and help you to get started. If you are interested, please respond back to [email protected].

 

Rock Panther Pride with PJ Pants Deadline to purchase extended to 10/21!

 

RCMS PTA brings you Limited Edition RCMS Pajama Pants.  These will not be available EVER AGAIN because they celebrate 25 years of RCMS.  Your students will love them! So Cozy and Comfortable!  PJs are available in a variety of colors, sizes and 2 styles.  Your student can Rock these pants on PJ school spirit days.   

Visit this website to buy your Pajama Pants!

Here is the link: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/rcms-pta-pajama-pants-2022  

 

To Download a copy of the Reflections Entry Form Application. Deadline date is November 4th.

click here

Digital Consent resources

Parents, we need your consent for digital tools!  Some of the digital resources your child may use this year require parental consent. Listed on this page on our website are the digital tools that are used at Carson that require approval.  Not all tools will be used by every student.

To provide consent for your student’s use of digital tools, please click here.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school yearLearn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. 

 

Yearbook Sales

2022-2023 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks 

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check.

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 OfficeTeachers 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: [email protected], 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.

 

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

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 Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions at this link. Do Not Use the Student Login or Sign Up links.

If you have problems with the Here Comes the Bus app, please contact the support information within the app itself.  Your school has no access to this third-party system.

Other Schools Are Sharing

 Chantilly High School- Sign Up Now!

RCMS Students at HS Football Games

This is a reminder that all RCMS students who plan to attend a football game at any FCPS high school must be accompanied by a parent.  The purpose is to assist with keeping students well supervised and accounted for during these games.  High schools will turn away students who arrive at an HS football game without a parent .  Thanks for your support with this matter.

Who to Contact

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

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -8th Grade Finance Park Information-Revised

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8th Grade Finance Park Information For Parent Volunteers

Rachel Carson Middle School 8th graders will attend Finance Park in person this year.  We would love to have you come along with us!  We are in need of 25 parent volunteers for each of our six teams.   This is a 4.5 hour commitment, and includes an hour of training at the Finance Park facility next to Frost MS before our students arrive.  You will help guide students through different phases of the day, which simulate real-world budgeting decisions, spending research, and bill payment. Then you’ll share your own life experiences and help them walk a day in your shoes. You bring the program to life.

Carson MS 8th grade teams are going to Finance Park on the following dates (any snow days will be rescheduled at a later time) –

Monday, November 28 – Wolves

Monday, December 12 – Yellow Jackets

Tuesday, December 13 – Explorers

Wednesday, December 14 – Voyagers

Thursday, December 15 – Dolphins

Friday, December 16 – Discovery

 

If you are able to volunteer with Carson’s Finance Park field trip, please sign-up using both links - (1) The Finance Park Sign-up link, and the (2) JA Finance Park link.

  1. This Sign-Up link will be used by the teachers at Carson to manage and account for parent volunteers for each team. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c49a8aa2fa4fd0-finance

 

  1. You also need to sign up at the Junior Achievement/Finance Park Website. Directions to do that are below.

 Logging In for the First Time:

1. Navigate to:  https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax  and click the blue “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.

2. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”

3. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”

4. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.

5. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

 

Finding and Registering For Carson MS:

1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.

2. Enter the name of your student’s school, Carson MS.

3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.

 

Thank you for donating your time and experience to our students.  If you have any questions, please contact Brian Corman at [email protected]

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -8th Grade Finance Park Information

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8th Grade Finance Park Information For Parent Volunteers

Rachel Carson Middle School 8th graders will attend Finance Park in person this year.  We would love to have you come along with us!  We are in need of 25 parent volunteers for each of our six teams.   This is a 4.5 hour commitment, and includes an hour of training at the Finance Park facility next to Frost MS before our students arrive.  You will help guide students through different phases of the day, which simulate real-world budgeting decisions, spending research, and bill payment. Then you’ll share your own life experiences and help them walk a day in your shoes. You bring the program to life.

Carson MS 8th grade teams are going to Finance Park on the following dates (any snow days will be rescheduled at a later time) –

Monday, November 28 – Wolves

Monday, December 12 – Yellow Jackets

Tuesday, December 13 – Explorers

Wednesday, December 14 – Voyagers

Thursday, December 15 – Dolphins

Friday, December 16 – Discovery

 

If you are able to volunteer with Carson’s Finance Park field trip, please sign-up using both links - (1) The Finance Park Sign-up link, and the (2) JA Finance Park link.

  1. This Sign-Up link will be used by the teachers at Carson to manage and account for parent volunteers for each team. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c49a8aa2fa4fd0-finance

 

  1. You also need to sign up at the Junior Achievement/Finance Park Website. Directions to do that are below.

 Logging In for the First Time:

1. Navigate to [myja.org/parents/fairfax]myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the blue “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.

2. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”

3. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”

4. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.

5. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

 

Finding and Registering For Carson MS:

1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.

2. Enter the name of your student’s school, Carson MS.

3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.

 

Thank you for donating your time and experience to our students.  If you have any questions, please contact Brian Corman at [email protected]

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information

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Rachel Carson MS PTA Mission Statement Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our school families and communities to advocate for all children. Cookie Dough, Cheesecake and More! - Go to the link below.

https://onlineorders.mrsfieldsfundraising.com/rachelcarsonmiddleschool/cookies

 

Hurry and Get your gifts for the Holidays!  RCMS PTA has launched the Mrs. Fields Cookie, Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake website.  Feel free to browse the website opened on October 10. Order forms and brochures will go home with students soon!  THIS is our biggest and most important fundraiser which supports Technology and Instructional Projects throughout the school.  Get Hungry and get Ready for Mrs. Field's desserts!!!

 

Rock Panther Pride with PJ Pants and help us reach our goal!

 

RCMS PTA brings you Limited Edition RCMS Pajama Pants.  These will not be available EVER AGAIN because they celebrate 25 years of RCMS.  Your students will love them! So Cozy and Comfortable!  PJs are available in a variety of colors, sizes and 2 styles.  Your student can Rock these pants on PJ school spirit days.   

Visit this website to buy your Pajama Pants!

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/rcms-pta-pajama-pants-2022?utm_campaign=desktop-campaign-page-share-v3&utm_content=rcms-pta-pajama-pants-2022&utm_medium=social&utm_source=copy-link

 

RCMS PTA Reflections Chair Needed!!

We are looking for a volunteer to serve as RCMS PTA Reflections Chair for 2022-2023. Below is some information for your reference. Rest assured that PTA is going to guide and help you to get started. If you are interested, please respond back to [email protected].

https://www.vapta.org/programs/student-programs/reflections

https://www.fccpta.org/reflections

PTA Hybrid Meeting : 6:30pm Thurs. Oct 20 -RCMS Library or Zoom.

Get to know your fellow RCMS parents by attending in person the general body PTA meeting.  Share your excitement, interest, and even concerns at the next meeting in the RCMS Library.  Most importantly get a chance to have an up close and in person conversation with Principal Stokes and/or PTA President Hari Kalahasti about what is on your mind regarding RCMS.

RCMS PTA Recognized National Custodian Day, Oct 2, 2022

RCMS PTA held an appreciation event for the RCMS Custodial Staff on September 30, 2022 prior to National Custodian Day on October 2, 2022.  The staff was grateful for this small gesture.  We are grateful that RCMS staff and students have a clean, safe place to learn, teach, and work.  Thank you again to our RCMS Custodians!

 

PTA Board members 

Hari Kalahasti, PTA

President

[email protected]

Claudia Everett

Secretary

[email protected]

Jennifer Xu

Treasurer

[email protected]

Soumya Mohanty

VP of Communications and Events

[email protected]

Tianne Wade

VP of Fundraising

[email protected]

Crystal Williams 

VP of Hospitality 

[email protected]

Preeti Yendapally

Fundraiser Chair

[email protected]

Vidya Jayakumar

Webmaster

[email protected]

Shyra Nichols

Social Media Coordinator

[email protected]

Mildred John

Financial Assistant

[email protected]

Tami Randolph

Membership Chair

[email protected]

Tell-A-Friend to join PTA at:  https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

October is Membership Drive Month, and now is the time when we REALLY need YOUR help!  Let's make RCMS PTA special by making it a large and engaged membership. Yesterday we launched the October membership drive with our "Tell-A-Friend'' campaign. 

As we bring you some exciting events, we ask that you tell a friend and ask them to please join. Then tell that friend to tell a friend and ask them to please JOIN. Like you, they will become active advocates of our PTA and our community. Our ultimate goal is to get 100% participation from our RCMS families.  We are currently at 6.7% participation (an increase of 2.5% since last Monday).  If we can triple (3) that as a near term goal, we believe that we will be able to continue operating our RCMS PTA in that special manner. We have a long way to go but with each member participating in our Tell-A-Friend campaign that near term goal is in sight!

If you have any ideas with regard to membership or questions, please send an email to  [email protected].

 

Follow us on social show your kids you can SLAY !!! (listed below) as this helps with our corporate sponsorships and keeps you informed. (go now, go now, go now!)

Social Media and other Key Links

Social Media Questions: [email protected]

Tell-a-friend to become a member on MemberHub: Join RCMS PTA

Like on Facebook: @rcmspta or RCMS Facebook link

Follow on Instagram: @rcms.pta or RCMS Instagram link

Follow on Twitter: @RCMS_PTA or RCMS Twitter link

MemberHub RCMS PTA landing page: RCMS Landing Page

Membership Questions: [email protected]

General Questions: [email protected] 

  Spotlight on a Sponsor !!!! Reston Orthodontics Link Mathnasium Centreville Link Mathnasium Fairfax Link Ivy Summit College Consulting Link   SUPPORTING THE PTA
  • https://rcmspta.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true&category=Memberships

  • Help with our fundraising efforts

  • Volunteer, by contacting [email protected] for more information 

Warm regards,

Soumya Mohanty, VP of Communications and Events

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

Join the RCMS PTA today!  https://rcmspta.memberhub.com

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of October 10

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • October 13 & 14- Hearing & Vision Screening
  • October 20  - PTA Hybrid Meeting
  • October 24  - No School- Religious & Cultural Observance
  • October 28 - End of Quarter 1; 2-hour early release
  • October 31- Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

 

RCMS December Parent Coffee: Input Needed

Thank you so much to the parents and guardians who were able to join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year on September 28th.  We have a recording of the presentation and slide deck here on our website for those who were unable to attend. 

 We are thrilled to have speaker Rachel Bailey join our next RCMS Parent Coffee which has changed to November 30th  at 9AM, instead of December 1st (for those who already marked their calendar)Rachel Bailey has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and has been an ADHD Coach, therapist, and teacher of positive parenting techniques.  Please complete the form below to let us know which topic you are most interested in by November 11th.  Thank you!

RCMS Parent Coffee Topic Interest Survey

-Guest speaker, Rachel Bailey: November 30th, 9-10AM

-Guest speaker, Zaina Bankwalla, Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College: March 9th, 9-10AM

-Rising 7th Grade- Transition to Middle School: April 13th, 9-10AM

Save The Dates For Our Superintendent

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to here to attend.    

[SPANISH - AMHARIC - ARABIC - CHINESE - KOREAN - URDU VIETNAMESE]

Panthers On Time!

Please continue to stress on-time class arrivals with your student(s).  Carson’s expectations for being to school and class on-time support a safe and less disruptive learning experience for all students.  Students who accumulate three tardies in any one class will meet with their administrator to plan for timely arrivals.  Students and families can review their attendance and class tardies on their StudentVue and ParentVue accounts.

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/attendance-procedures

TJHSST Information Night

Rachel Carson Middle School will be hosting an after-school meeting for students interested in applying for Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology.  The meeting will be on Thursday, October 13th from 3:00-4:00 PM in the gym and presented by a member of the TJ admissions department.  Students should have a ride by 4:00, or they can take the late bus home at 4:30.

Please note that families and students should watch the YouTube video posted by the admissions department AHEAD of the meeting.  The meeting itself is a question-and-answer session and will only briefly review the admissions process.

Parents are also welcome to attend.  Please do not arrive before 2:30 to allow buses and dismissal to take place.  Enter through Door 8 (near the cafeteria/picnic table area of the building).

Families are also encouraged to visit www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions to learn more about the freshman application process and eligibility.

If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Mrs. Clifford at [email protected]  with any questions.

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Fall Screening

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students NEW to FCPS as of January 2022 who were not screened in Spring 2022 may initiate screening for full-time AAP Level IV services by submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and any optional screening materials to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder, by Friday, October 14, 2022.  Please view AAP Testing and Identification Timelines for more information. 

Spring 2023 AAP Level IV referrals and optional screening materials are due to Christy Ryder by Friday, December 15, 2022

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 the screening process as well as an overview of AAP services available at the middle school level may be found here on the FCPS website or families can view this video, AAP Overview of Services

If a parent or guardian feels that the ability test on file does not reflect the student’s current abilities, they may request a one-time retest. Requests for retest must be made to the school testing coordinator, Sharri Clifford at [email protected], before the 2022 Oct 3-21 testing window in order to allow time to order tests from the Office of Assessment and Reporting.  It is important that families know that tests are not weighted in AAP screening and no test is required for Honors courses.  

If you have any questions about this process please reach out to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder, at [email protected]

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid 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. Your support in identifying students with federal connections will ensure that FCPS can obtain its fair share of grant funds from this program.

The surveys will go home during Panther Time the week of October 17th. Please be sure to complete and sign the survey and have your child return the original (fax or email copies may not be sent) to their Panther Time teacher no later than Friday, November 4th.  If you have any questions, please contact Monique Berkeley- [email protected] 

 

AFTER SCHOOL CORNER

After school activities are in full swing at RCMS. Please click on the link below to see the current club offerings. If you have any questions, contact Riley Barrows, [email protected]

RCMS Quarter 1 After School Schedule

Rock Panther Pride with PJ Pants and help the PTA reach their goal!

Get Your PJ Pants HERE!

Limited Edition RCMS PJs - Available Now thru Mon. Oct. 17

RCMS PTA brings you Limited Edition RCMS Pajama Pants.  These will not be available EVER AGAIN because they celebrate 25 years of RCMS.  Your students will love them! So Cozy and Comfortable!  PJs are available in a variety of colors, sizes and 2 styles.  Your student can Rock these pants at the JAMMY JAM (not the official name yet), on PJ day and other days of the year.  This is one of our most important fundraisers of the year 

RCMS PTA's First Event - Friday, Nov 4, SAVE THE DATE!

Get ready for a Groovy PJ Party !!!! So SAVE the DATE, this will be an event where everyone will feel at Home. Parents can chill too; it's an event for the family.  A little something for everyone. Free Entry if you Rock Panther Pride PJ Pants

RCMS PTA Reflections Chair Needed!!

We are looking for a volunteer to serve as RCMS PTA Reflections Chair for 2022-2023. Below is some information for your reference. Rest assured that PTA is going to guide and help you to get started. If you are interested, please respond back to [email protected].

Digital Consent resources

Parents, we need your consent for digital tools!  Some of the digital resources your child may use this year require parental consent. Listed on this page on our website are the digital tools that are used at Carson that require approval.  Not all tools will be used by every student.

To provide consent for your student’s use of digital tools, please click here.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school yearLearn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. 

 

Yearbook Sales

2022-2023 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks 

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check.

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 OfficeTeachers 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: [email protected], 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.

 

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

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 Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions at this link. Do Not Use the Student Login or Sign Up links.

If you have problems with the Here Comes the Bus app, please contact the support information within the app itself.  Your school has no access to this third-party system.

Other Schools Are Sharing

Oakton High School- Save The Date!

October 13 – DIGPINK Volleyball Night. This is the first DIGPINK night to be hosted since pre-Covid due to the restrictions at events and school renovations so we are hoping to make this a large family friendly event.  Please join us for a great night of volleyball and support a great cause.  This year we will be playing Madison for our DIGPINK night.

RCMS Students at HS Football Games

This is a reminder that all RCMS students who plan to attend a football game at any FCPS high school must be accompanied by a parent.  The purpose is to assist with keeping students well supervised and accounted for during these games.  High schools will turn away students who arrive at an HS football game without a parent .  Thanks for your support with this matter.

Who to Contact

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

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of October 3

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • October 5 - Student Holiday-No School. Religious & Cultural Observance - Yom Kippur
  • October 6 & 7 - Picture Day
  • October 10 - No School- Staff Development Day
  • October 13 & 14- Hearing & Vision Screening
  • October 24  - No School- Religious & Cultural Observance
  • October 28 - End of Quarter 1; 2hour early release
  • October 31- Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

 

RCMS December Parent Coffee: Input Needed

Thank you so much to the parents and guardians who were able to join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year on September 28th.  We have a recording of the presentation and slide deck here on our website for those who were unable to attend. 

 We are thrilled to have speaker Rachel Bailey join our next RCMS Parent Coffee on December 1st at 9AM.  Rachel Bailey has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and has been an ADHD Coach, therapist, and teacher of positive parenting techniques.  Please complete the form below to let us know which topic you are most interested in by November 11th.  Thank you!

RCMS Parent Coffee Topic Interest Survey

-Guest speaker, Rachel Bailey: December 1st, 9-10AM

-Guest speaker, Zaina Bankwalla, Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College: March 9th, 9-10AM

-Rising 7th Grade- Transition to Middle School: April 13th, 9-10AM

Save The Dates For Our Superintendent

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to here to attend.    

[SPANISH - AMHARIC - ARABIC - CHINESE - KOREAN - URDU VIETNAMESE]

Panthers On Time!

Please continue to stress on-time class arrivals with your student(s).  Carson’s expectations for being to school and class on-time support a safe and less disruptive learning experience for all students.  Students who accumulate three tardies in any one class will meet with their administrator to plan for timely arrivals.  Students and families can review their attendance and class tardies on their StudentVue and ParentVue accounts.

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/attendance-procedures

TJHSST Information Night

Rachel Carson Middle School will be hosting an after-school meeting for students interested in applying for Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology.  The meeting will be on Thursday, October 13th from 3:00-4:00 PM in the gym and presented by a member of the TJ admissions department.  Students should have a ride by 4:00, or they can take the late bus home at 4:30.

Please note that families and students should watch the YouTube video posted by the admissions department AHEAD of the meeting.  The meeting itself is a question-and-answer session and will only briefly review the admissions process.

Parents are also welcome to attend.  Please do not arrive before 2:30 to allow buses and dismissal to take place.  Enter through Door 8 (near the cafeteria/picnic table area of the building).

Families are also encouraged to visit www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions to learn more about the freshman application process and eligibility.

If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Mrs. Clifford at [email protected]  with any questions.

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Fall Screening

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students NEW to FCPS as of January 2022 who were not screened in Spring 2022 may initiate screening for full-time AAP Level IV services by submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and any optional screening materials to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder, by Friday, October 14, 2022.  Please view AAP Testing and Identification Timelines for more information. 

Spring 2023 AAP Level IV referrals and optional screening materials are due to Christy Ryder by Friday, December 15, 2022

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 the screening process as well as an overview of AAP services available at the middle school level may be found here on the FCPS website or families can view this video, AAP Overview of Services

If a parent or guardian feels that the ability test on file does not reflect the student’s current abilities, they may request a one-time retest. Requests for retest must be made to the school testing coordinator, Sharri Clifford at [email protected], before the 2022 Oct 3-21 testing window in order to allow time to order tests from the Office of Assessment and Reporting.  It is important that families know that tests are not weighted in AAP screening and no test is required for Honors courses.  

If you have any questions about this process please reach out to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder, at [email protected]

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid 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. Your support in identifying students with federal connections will ensure that FCPS can obtain its fair share of grant funds from this program.

The surveys will go home during Panther Time the week of October 17th. Please be sure to complete and sign the survey and have your child return the original (fax or email copies may not be sent) to their Panther Time teacher no later than Friday, November 4th.  If you have any questions, please contact Monique Berkeley- [email protected] 

  SIS ParentVue Weekly Progress Reports

Are you interested in receiving weekly progress reports to stay informed about how your child is doing in their classes? Find out more and sign up HERE.

 

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9 and 10, at Centreville HS, West Springfield HS, and Edison HS. Thirty languages will be included.  Please visit the website below for a list of the languages offered.

What is the World Language Credit Exam??  

The exam assesses language proficiency. Students must be able to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the exam language. The Credit Exam requires students to write multiple well-developed essays about personal experiences using complete sentences and at least three cohesive paragraphs. Students earn credit based on the level of proficiency demonstrated by their writing.  Students who take the exam may earn up to three pass-or-fail credits (levels one, two and three) in the language. 

How and when can I register?

All students must register for the exam through their school counselor. Registration opens 

Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 8 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 4 p.m. 

Late registrations will not be accepted.

Where can I find more information?

Check out the World Languages Credit Exam website at:

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

 

  Carson Middle School Picture Day Dates: Thursday, October 6 - Friday, October 7 Click on the link below using the Picture ID Code Picture Day ID: EVTWQ6FCD

click here

 

 

AFTER SCHOOL CORNER

After school activities are in full swing at RCMS. Please click on the link below to see the current club offerings. If you have any questions, contact Riley Barrows, [email protected]

RCMS Quarter 1 After School Schedule

Digital Consent resources

Parents, we need your consent for digital tools!  Some of the digital resources your child may use this year require parental consent. Listed on this page on our website are the digital tools that are used at Carson that require approval.  Not all tools will be used by every student.

To provide consent for your student’s use of digital tools, please click here.

Paperless Opt-Outs Available!

As part of our ongoing effort to streamline paper processes and transition to electronic forms, we are excited to announce that the following opt-outs will be available in SIS ParentVUE beginning Friday, July 15: 

·         Tutor.com Access (was available April 2022)

·         SEL Screener Participation

·         Counseling Opt Out

·         Transportation Intent

·         Accept FCPS Device

·         Home Internet Access

Once you have signed into your ParentVUE account, simply select the “Student Info” tab and click on “Edit Information.” You will find opt-out’s listed there.  Parents that do not yet have a SIS ParentVUE account will still be able to use paper forms for notification. If you need to set up your ParentVUE account, you can create one online via the FCPS ParentVUE Registration page.

Further information can be found on:

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school yearLearn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. 

 

Yearbook Sales

2022-2023 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks 

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check.

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 OfficeTeachers 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: [email protected], 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.

 

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

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 Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions at this link. Do Not Use the Student Login or Sign Up links.

If you have problems with the Here Comes the Bus app, please contact the support information within the app itself.  Your school has no access to this third-party system.

Other Schools Are Sharing

Oakton High School- Save The Date!

October 13 – DIGPINK Volleyball Night. This is the first DIGPINK night to be hosted since pre-Covid due to the restrictions at events and school renovations so we are hoping to make this a large family friendly event.  Please join us for a great night of volleyball and support a great cause.  This year we will be playing Madison for our DIGPINK night.

Who to Contact

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

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of September 26

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        Important Upcoming Events
  • September 28 - Virtual Parent Coffee
  • October 5 - Student Holiday-No School. Religious & Cultural Observance - Yom Kippur
  • October 6 & 7 - Picture Day
  • October 10 - No School- Staff Development Day

 

Parent Coffee

We invite you to join us virtually for our first Parent Coffee of the year entitled “Welcome to Middle School”, scheduled for Wednesday, September 28th, from 9:00-10:00 AM.  For those families who were unable to attend our Back to School Nights and for those who would like more information, we will be presenting an overview of numerous topics.  Join us to hear from our administrators, after school specialist, school counselors, school based technology specialist, and more to learn about supports and programs here at RCMS.  Stay tuned for a Zoom link. To register for the zoom link click here.

-Guest speaker, Rachel Bailey: December 1st, 9-10AM

-Guest speaker, Zaina Bankwalla, Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College: March 9th, 9-10AM

-Rising 7th Grade- Transition to Middle School: April 13th, 9-10AM

We hope you can make it!

Save The Dates For Our Superintendent

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to here to attend.    

[SPANISH - AMHARIC - ARABIC - CHINESE - KOREAN - URDU VIETNAMESE]

Panthers On Time !

Please continue to stress on-time class arrivals with your student(s).  Carson’s expectations for being to school and class on-time support a safe and less disruptive learning experience for all students.  Students who accumulate three tardies in any one class will meet with their administrator to plan for timely arrivals.  Students and families can review their attendance and class tardies on their StudentVue and ParentVue accounts.

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/attendance-procedures

TJHSST Information Night

Rachel Carson Middle School will be hosting an after-school meeting for students interested in applying for Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology.  The meeting will be on Thursday, October 13th from 3:00-4:00 PM in the gym and presented by a member of the TJ admissions department.  Students should have a ride by 4:00, or they can take the late bus home at 4:30.

Please note that families and students should watch the YouTube video posted by the admissions department AHEAD of the meeting.  The meeting itself is a question-and-answer session and will only briefly review the admissions process.

Parents are also welcome to attend.  Please do not arrive before 2:30 to allow buses and dismissal to take place.  Enter through Door 8 (near the cafeteria/picnic table area of the building).

Families are also encouraged to visit www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions to learn more about the freshman application process and eligibility.

If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Mrs. Clifford at [email protected]  with any questions.

Support the Carson Orchestra! Eat Chipotle on October 3rd.

The RCMS students of Symphonic Orchestra would like to invite you all to the Chipotle Fundraising Night happening on Monday, October 3rd from 4:00-8:00pm at the Franklin Farm Chipotle! Funds raised at this event will be used to help support costs for their upcoming trip/performance at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference this November. 

The kiddos have been working REALLY hard already to prepare for this event and I know it would mean the world to them to see some of our awesome staff there in support – we hope to see you there!

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Fall Screening

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students NEW to FCPS as of January 2022 who were not screened in Spring 2022 may initiate screening for full-time AAP Level IV services by submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and any optional screening materials to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder, by Friday, October 14, 2022.  Please view AAP Testing and Identification Timelines for more information. 

Spring 2023 AAP Level IV referrals and optional screening materials are due to Christy Ryder by Friday, December 15, 2022

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 the screening process as well as an overview of AAP services available at the middle school level may be found here on the FCPS website or families can view this video, AAP Overview of Services

If a parent or guardian feels that the ability test on file does not reflect the student’s current abilities, they may request a one-time retest. Requests for retest must be made to the school testing coordinator, Sharri Clifford at [email protected], before the 2022 Oct 3-21 testing window in order to allow time to order tests from the Office of Assessment and Reporting.  It is important that families know that tests are not weighted in AAP screening and no test is required for Honors courses.  

If you have any questions about this process please reach out to RCMS Counselor Liaison, Christy Ryder, at [email protected]

  SIS ParentVue Weekly Progress Reports

Are you interested in receiving weekly progress reports to stay informed about how your child is doing in their classes? Find out more and sign up HERE.

 

Fall VGA Testing Dates

Virginia Growth Assessments

In 2021, the Virginia General Assembly introduced the expectation for new state "through-year" assessments in elementary and middle schools. Beginning in 2022-23, students in grades 3-8 take the Virginia Growth Assessment in fall and winter. The purpose of these assessments is to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards. 

Please note that the Math assessment is NOT given to students taking a high school credit course, so Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II students will not be assessed. All students take the Reading VGA, however.  Learn more information here about Virginia Growth Assessments.

Fall VGA Testing Dates

Math: Tuesday, September 20th

Reading: Thursday, September 29th

(Each assessment will take place at the beginning of the day.)

 

Make sure that your child brings a fully-charged laptop on these days.  If at all possible, please avoid making appointments for which your child would need to be absent on these days.

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9 and 10, at Centreville HS, West Springfield HS, and Edison HS. Thirty languages will be included.  Please visit the website below for a list of the languages offered.

What is the World Language Credit Exam??  

The exam assesses language proficiency. Students must be able to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the exam language. The Credit Exam requires students to write multiple well-developed essays about personal experiences using complete sentences and at least three cohesive paragraphs. Students earn credit based on the level of proficiency demonstrated by their writing.  Students who take the exam may earn up to three pass-or-fail credits (levels one, two and three) in the language. 

How and when can I register?

All students must register for the exam through their school counselor. Registration opens 

Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 8 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 4 p.m. 

Late registrations will not be accepted.

Where can I find more information?

Check out the World Languages Credit Exam website at:

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

 

  Carson Middle School Picture Day Dates: Thursday, October 6 - Friday, October 7 Click on the link below using the Picture ID Code Picture Day ID: EVTWQ6FCD

click here

 

Click the link below to see the schedule for After School Activities. If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows- [email protected]

RCMS Quarter 1 After School Schedule

afterschool parent letter

Help us in welcoming the Sully Community Center to our neighborhood!

click here

For more information on the various programs available at the center.

 

Digital Consent resources

Parents, we need your consent for digital tools!  Some of the digital resources your child may use this year require parental consent. Listed on this page on our website are the digital tools that are used at Carson that require approval.  Not all tools will be used by every student.

To provide consent for your student’s use of digital tools, please click here.

Paperless Opt-Outs Available!

As part of our ongoing effort to streamline paper processes and transition to electronic forms, we are excited to announce that the following opt-outs will be available in SIS ParentVUE beginning Friday, July 15: 

·         Tutor.com Access (was available April 2022)

·         SEL Screener Participation

·         Counseling Opt Out

·         Transportation Intent

·         Accept FCPS Device

·         Home Internet Access

Once you have signed into your ParentVUE account, simply select the “Student Info” tab and click on “Edit Information.” You will find opt-out’s listed there.  Parents that do not yet have a SIS ParentVUE account will still be able to use paper forms for notification. If you need to set up your ParentVUE account, you can create one online via the FCPS ParentVUE Registration page.

Further information can be found on:

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school yearLearn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. 

 

Get your RCMS Spirit Wear!! Sales ends September 30th!! Celebrating 25 years!!

Hoodies, zip hoodies, crew sweatshirts, Performance T Shirt, shorts and sweatpants are available in adult and youth sizes.

PE Teacher name is required at checkout, please know your students PE teacher name before ordering.

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

Click on the link below to purchase Spirit Wear:

click here

 

Yearbook Sales

2022-2023 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks 

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check.

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 OfficeTeachers 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: [email protected], 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.

 

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

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 Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions at this link. Do Not Use the Student Login or Sign Up links.

If you have problems with the Here Comes the Bus app, please contact the support information within the app itself.  Your school has no access to this third-party system.

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Oakton High School- Save The Dates!

  1. September 30 - Friday Night is our Homecoming Game (Oakton Cougars vs. West Springfield Spartans – 7:00pm). All elementary and middle school students need to be under the supervision of an adult while at Oakton events. 
  2. October 13 – DIGPINK Volleyball Night. This is the first DIGPINK night to be hosted since pre-Covid due to the restrictions at events and school renovations so we are hoping to make this a large family friendly event.  Please join us for a great night of volleyball and support a great cause.  This year we will be playing Madison for our DIGPINK night.
Who to Contact

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

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

 

Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of September 19

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        Important Upcoming Event
  • September 22 - PTA Hybrid Meeting
  • September 26 - Student Holiday-No school Teacher       workday/Religious & Cultural Observance-Rosh            Hashanah
  • September 28 - Virtual Parent Coffee
  • October 5 - Student Holiday-No School. Religious & Cultural Observance - Yom Kippur
  • October 6 & 7 - Picture Day
  • October 10 - No School- Staff Development Day

 

Parent Coffee

We invite you to join us virtually for our first Parent Coffee of the year entitled “Welcome to Middle School”, scheduled for Wednesday, September 28th, from 9:00-10:00 AM.  For those families who were unable to attend our Back to School Nights and for those who would like more information, we will be presenting an overview of numerous topics.  Join us to hear from our administrators, after school specialist, school counselors, school based technology specialist, and more to learn about supports and programs here at RCMS.  Stay tuned for a Zoom link. To register for the zoom link click here.

-Guest speaker, Rachel Bailey: December 1st, 9-10AM

-Guest speaker, Zaina Bankwalla, Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College: March 9th, 9-10AM

-Rising 7th Grade- Transition to Middle School: April 13th, 9-10AM

We hope you can make it!

Save The Dates For Our Superintendent

Dr. Reid will host an evening of Community Conversations at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to here to attend.    

[SPANISH - AMHARIC - ARABIC - CHINESE - KOREAN - URDU VIETNAMESE]

Panthers On Time

We speak to students on a daily basis about being Ready, Responsible, and Respectful.  One important element of being ready and responsible is to arrive on time to class.  When students are on time, they are far more likely to have a successful class period.  Please view our procedures that outline our expectations for students being on time to classes. 

https://carsonms.fcps.edu/about/attendance-procedures

September is Attendance Awareness Month

The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies.

TJHSST Information Night

Rachel Carson Middle School will be hosting an after-school meeting for students interested in applying for Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology.  The meeting will be on Thursday, October 13th from 3:00-4:00 PM in the gym and presented by a member of the TJ admissions department.  Students should have a ride by 4:00, or they can take the late bus home at 4:30.

Please note that families and students should watch the YouTube video posted by the admissions department AHEAD of the meeting.  The meeting itself is a question-and-answer session and will only briefly review the admissions process.

Parents are also welcome to attend.  Please do not arrive before 2:30 to allow buses and dismissal to take place.  Enter through Door 8 (near the cafeteria/picnic table area of the building).

Families are also encouraged to visit www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions to learn more about the freshman application process and eligibility.

If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Mrs. Clifford at [email protected]  with any questions.

Support the Carson Orchestra! Eat Chipotle on October 3rd.

The RCMS students of Symphonic Orchestra would like to invite you all to the Chipotle Fundraising Night happening on Monday, October 3rd from 4:00-8:00pm at the Franklin Farm Chipotle! Funds raised at this event will be used to help support costs for their upcoming trip/performance at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference this November. 

The kiddos have been working REALLY hard already to prepare for this event and I know it would mean the world to them to see some of our awesome staff there in support – we hope to see you there!

Click the link below to see the schedule for After School Activities. If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows- [email protected]

RCMS Quarter 1 After School Schedule

afterschool parent letter

  SIS ParentVue Weekly Progress Reports

Are you interested in receiving weekly progress reports to stay informed about how your child is doing in their classes? Find out more and sign up HERE.

Screen Activity Report for Parents

FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services on our website.

Parent Information Line Available in 8 Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Additionally, view this graphic for a quick view of available telephone numbers for translation: Translation Services

School Clinic Information

Parents and guardians may  click here for more information and medication authorization forms. Please contact our School Health Aide, Cheyenne Cole, 703-925-3610 or our Public Health Nurse, Minjung Ellenburg , 571-460-9059  with any questions.

Fall VGA Testing Dates

Virginia Growth Assessments

In 2021, the Virginia General Assembly introduced the expectation for new state "through-year" assessments in elementary and middle schools. Beginning in 2022-23, students in grades 3-8 take the Virginia Growth Assessment in fall and winter. The purpose of these assessments is to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards. 

Please note that the Math assessment is NOT given to students taking a high school credit course, so Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II students will not be assessed. All students take the Reading VGA, however.  Learn more information here about Virginia Growth Assessments.

Fall VGA Testing Dates

Math: Tuesday, September 20th

Reading: Thursday, September 29th

(Each assessment will take place at the beginning of the day.)

 

Make sure that your child brings a fully-charged laptop on these days.  If at all possible, please avoid making appointments for which your child would need to be absent on these days.

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9 and 10, at Centreville HS, West Springfield HS, and Edison HS. Thirty languages will be included.  Please visit the website below for a list of the languages offered.

What is the World Language Credit Exam??  

The exam assesses language proficiency. Students must be able to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the exam language. The Credit Exam requires students to write multiple well-developed essays about personal experiences using complete sentences and at least three cohesive paragraphs. Students earn credit based on the level of proficiency demonstrated by their writing.  Students who take the exam may earn up to three pass-or-fail credits (levels one, two and three) in the language. 

How and when can I register?

All students must register for the exam through their school counselor. Registration opens 

Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 8 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 4 p.m. 

Late registrations will not be accepted.

Where can I find more information?

Check out the World Languages Credit Exam website at:

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

 

  Carson Middle School Picture Day Dates: Thursday, October 6 - Friday, October 7 Click on the link below using the Picture ID Code Picture Day ID: EVTWQ6FCD

click here

 

Help us in welcoming the Sully Community Center to our neighborhood!

click here

For more information on the various programs available at the center.

 

Digital Consent resources

Parents, we need your consent for digital tools!  Some of the digital resources your child may use this year require parental consent. Listed on this page on our website are the digital tools that are used at Carson that require approval.  Not all tools will be used by every student.

To provide consent for your student’s use of digital tools, please click here.

Paperless Opt-Outs Available!

As part of our ongoing effort to streamline paper processes and transition to electronic forms, we are excited to announce that the following opt-outs will be available in SIS ParentVUE beginning Friday, July 15: 

·         Tutor.com Access (was available April 2022)

·         SEL Screener Participation

·         Counseling Opt Out

·         Transportation Intent

·         Accept FCPS Device

·         Home Internet Access

Once you have signed into your ParentVUE account, simply select the “Student Info” tab and click on “Edit Information.” You will find opt-out’s listed there.  Parents that do not yet have a SIS ParentVUE account will still be able to use paper forms for notification. If you need to set up your ParentVUE account, you can create one online via the FCPS ParentVUE Registration page.

Further information can be found on:

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school yearLearn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. 

 

Get your RCMS Spirit Wear!! Sales ends September 30th!! Celebrating 25 years!!

Hoodies, zip hoodies, crew sweatshirts, Performance T Shirt, shorts and sweatpants are available in adult and youth sizes.

PE Teacher name is required at checkout, please know your students PE teacher name before ordering.

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

Click on the link below to purchase Spirit Wear:

click here

 

Yearbook Sales

2022-2023 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks 

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis. Make payments online to avoid the handling of cash and check.

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 OfficeTeachers 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: [email protected], 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.

 

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

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 Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions at this link. Do Not Use the Student Login or Sign Up links.

If you have problems with the Here Comes the Bus app, please contact the support information within the app itself.  Your school has no access to this third-party system.

Other Schools Are Sharing Who to Contact

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

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

Join the RCMS PTA today!Click here:  rcmspta

 

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