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Important Upcoming Events
- 3/7 & 3/8 - Spring Pictures
- 3/9 - Virtual Parent Coffee
- 3/10 - Basketball game RCMS vs. LHMS @ SL H.S.
- 3/12 - Daylight Saving Time Begins
Congratulations! to our Model United Nations delegation. Our team won the Virginia Invitational Model UN Conference at this past weekend’s Model UN conference at Langley HS.
March Parent Coffee
We are excited to announce that the College Funding Coach® will present their Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College workshop virtually to Rachel Carson families at our next Parent Coffee on Thursday, March 9th from 9:00-10:00 AM.
You can expect to learn the following:
- College funding strategies for parents with students who DO and DO NOT qualify for financial aid
- Strategies for parents who are looking to fund their student’s college education and plan for retirement
- The 13 most popular college funding financial vehicles explained and debunked
- How to implement strategies that may allow students to attend out-of-state or private colleges for a lower cost than attending an in-state public
- Ways to maximize and increase financial aid eligibility
- …and so much more
To register for the Zoom link, click HERE
We hope to see you virtually!
Help Make a Sea of Teal in the Stands with RCMS Spirit Items!
Are you ready for some fun? RCMS PTA is so excited about the basketball game with LHMS, taking place on March 10 at South Lakes High School!
We NEED parent/guardian VOLUNTEERS to ensure this is a safe and fun event for the students. Sign up HERE!
Remember all teams are panthers so the Power of Teal will be the difference
Go to our website HERE . to order spirit gear for the games!
Items available for purchase:
- RCMS basketball T-Shirt - $15
- Eyeblack (teal or black) - $1.50
- Teal marble nail wraps - $1
- Teal sunglasses - $3
- Teal metallic bead necklace - $1
- Black Thundersticks - $1
- Pom Pom, Black & Holographic - $4- running low
Don't forget there is a game at Westfield High School on 3/17.
Any questions - Go to https://www.rcmspta.com/ and press "Let's Chat" !
Let’s Go RCMS Panthers!
National School Social Work Week March 5-10
March 5-10 is National School Social Work Week. Social workers in FCPS help to prevent social, emotional, and behavioral factors from affecting a student's ability to perform at their best. Their primary goal is to remove barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling their academic potential. Social workers are assigned to every school and center in the school system. Most social workers serve one to two sites. Learn more about the role of social workers in FCPS.
Often unsung heroes to students in crisis, we thank our school social worker, Courtney Krasmanovic, for her transformative work and countless contributions to our community.
Lifetouch Spring Pictures
Picture Day Dates: Tuesday, March 7 - Wednesday, March 8
TO ORDER PICTURES AND USE PICTURE DAY ID:
GET READY FOR PICTURE DAY!
PE and Health classes will be teaching the Family Life Education units, including Emotional and Social Health and Human Growth and Development curriculum over the next several weeks.
March 27th – 31st : 7th and 8th grade HGD
April 10th – 25th : 8th grade ESH
April 26th – May 9th : 7th grade ESH
Students who have been opted out of these lessons / units will have alternative assignments to complete in the library during their regularly scheduled PE class. You may access the curriculum and opt out forms via the Carson Parent Schoology Course. Please notify your child’s PE/Health teacher if you have any questions.
Carson PE Department
New and Improved RIBS 2; Service from Reston to
South Lakes to Herndon Metro click HERE ( For Spanish subtitles)
For more information click the link below.
Parental Permission form must be completed, signed and turned in to Carson Middle main office for Admin approval to issue a pass.
Parent Advocacy Handbook
The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) has created a Parent Advocacy Handbook to provide information and support to families as they navigate the FCPS system for their children. It is designed to be particularly useful for families who may be less familiar with such a large school division and/or with schooling in the U.S.
You may download a copy from the web in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Korean at: https://www.fcps.edu/parentadvocacyhandbook
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.
Important Reminders from the Carson Tech Team
As Part of our Ready, Respectful and Responsible expectations at Carson, students must bring a fully charged laptop to school each day for learning. It has been our practice in the tech office to issue loaner laptops or chargers when a student forgets, however, there is a trend of students borrowing equipment and not returning them at the end of the day. Unfortunately, so many items have now gone missing that we will have to re-evaluate our practice for future use.
As a reminder, all students were issued laptops and chargers with preprinted labels at the beginning of the year. If students are in need of a new label for either their laptop or charger, please stop by A-113 to request a new one.
School Year 23-24 Student Course Selection Update
All students had a chance to meet with his/her school counselor individually to select their courses for next year. Students and parents can view their course selections in their SIS account under the Course Request.
Please note the following items:
This list is NOT a schedule, but a confirmation of the courses entered into the Student Information System.
- Visit our RCMS Academic Advising website or contact your child's counselor with any questions.
Student Intention Forms Moving this summer? If your family plans include relocation, please notify us by completing the intent form here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf and send it to Ms. Andrea Tawil [email protected] at your earliest convenience
Calling all 8th Graders!
Here is the CPP (College Partnership Program link to the online application: http://tinyurl.com/CPPAPP2023. Students will need to log in to their G Suite account to complete the online application.
Interested 8th graders only should contact Gina Fajardo, CPP Advocate, with any questions or concerns at [email protected]
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, Holly Farmer. For more information, visit the FCPS TalkingPoints webpage
AFTER SCHOOL CORNER
We will have our basketball game against Langston Hughes at South Lakes High School on Friday March 10th. Doors will open at 5:00 and tickets will be sold at the door for $5, cash only. The schedule is below:
Hughes V Carson
March 10 @ South Lakes High School
- 5:30 Warm Up
- National Anthem
- 5:40 Game (Two 15-Minute Halves; 2 Minute Halftime)
- 6:15 Warm Up
- 6:20 Game (Two 15-Minute Halves; 2 Minute Halftime)
- 7:00 Warm Up
- 7:05 Game (Two 15-Minute Halves; 2 Minute Halftime)
- 7:40 Warm Up
- 7:45 Game (Two 15-Minute Halves; 2 Minute Halftime)
Science Olympiad Makes it to States
The Rachel Carson MS after-school program proudly announces that the RCMS Science Olympiad team has secured 1st place at the Charlottesville Regional Science Olympiad. The RCMS team has qualified to compete at the state level, which will be held at UVA on March 25th, 2023.
The main highlights of this program are:
- RCMS was declared the #1 School at the Charlottesville Regional Science Olympiad Tournament
- RCMS team was the top school at the regional tournament and will receive a trophy.
- RCMS students from Teams Einstein(#2), Tesla(#1), and Edison (#6) have won 42 Event Medals at regionals.
- VASO after-school program successfully conducted four invitationals.
- Boyceville Invitational: 3 Event Medals
- Lake Braddock Invitational: 4 Event Medals
- Rustin National Invitational: 14 Event Medals. RCMS got the #2 rank in the overall standing.
- VT Invitational
RCMS VASO team consists of 45 students from 7th and 8th grades divided into three teams. A big thank you to our coaches, Ms. Sangeetha Nithilaselvan and Mr. Rajan Rai. This program achieved such accolades due to the hard work of participating students, parents, and supporting staff members.
Please click on the link below to view the updated after school schedule. If you have any questions, contact Riley Barrows, [email protected]
RCMS After School Schedule
After School Program Specialist
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: 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 expired at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.
Interested families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.
2022-2023 Yearbooks are available for purchase. Reserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!
Link to Purchase: Yearbook 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 Office. Teachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly.
To report an absence, parents have these options:
- Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the RCMS website:
- Send an email with full details to: [email protected], or
- 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
Any rising freshman girls interested in playing basketball at Chantilly next year, please fill out this google form so Coach Regan can let you know about offseason workouts, summer camp, and other events. We are looking forward to seeing you and can’t wait for you to join the Charger family!
Please click the link below.
Parents can email Coach Regan at [email protected] with questions or for more information.
SOUTH LAKES CHEERLEADING
Calling all rising 9th graders! Interested in trying out for the South Lakes Cheerleading program? If so, please fill out the following online interest form to be added to our email list: https://forms.gle/hVeWZPTPR187AnmX9 Those on our email distribution list will receive information throughout the spring/summer regarding the upcoming season.
A little bit about our program: South Lakes Cheerleading is both a sideline and competitive program. When we are not on the track cheering on the SLHS Football team on game nights, we are practicing for our own District, Region, and State competitions! We have two teams: JV and Varsity that both begin on July 31st and run through early/mid November.
We welcome all levels of experience and hope to meet you soon!
If you have any questions at all feel free to email Coach Slaight at: [email protected]
SOUTH LAKES DANCE TEAM
The South Lakes Dance Team is excited to be holding our 23-24 tryouts from June 20-22! If you are interested in trying out, please fill out this interest form and we will add you to our email list: https://forms.gle/MbkS57BPWUer9tK17. We will be sending out communication about our interest meeting, tryouts, and eligibility requirements through the email list.
The South Lakes Dance Team performs at Football games, Basketball games, pep rallies, and various other school events. We also compete regionally and sometimes even nationally! We love cheering on the Seahawks and promoting school spirit in the community. South Lakes currently has only a Varsity level Dance Team, but we encourage dancers of all skill levels to tryout! We will also be holding a pre-tryout skills clinic on April 13th.
Please email Coach McDermott at [email protected] with any questions.
SLHS Seahawk CO-ED Golf Meeting For Rising Freshmen
Is your student-athlete interested in playing for the Seahawk Co-ed Golf Team? Tryouts are projected to begin July 31 and the regular season runs through mid-September. Email Coach Anderson at [email protected] for more information.
SOUTH LAKES FOOTBALL
Calling all rising 9th graders! Are you:
-Bigger than most people? -Faster than your friends? -Tougher than most others?
If you answered yes to one or more of those questions then we are interested in you trying out for the South Lakes Football Program!
Hurry and fill out the following online interest form to be added to our email list:
Those on our email distribution list will receive information throughout the spring/summer regarding the upcoming season.
A little bit about our program:
South Lakes Football has three levels in our program; Freshmen, Junior Varsity, and Varsity. Our season officially begins on July 31st, but the JV and Varsity teams are already preparing for our next season and so should you too!
We welcome all levels of experience and hope to meet you soon!
If you have any questions at all feel free to email Coach Hescock at: [email protected]
SOUTH LAKES GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Calling all rising 9th graders! Interested in trying out for the South Lakes Girls Volleyball program?
For additional questions please email Coach Miller at [email protected]
SOUTH LAKES FIELD HOCKEY
Calling all rising 9th graders! Interested in trying out for the South Lakes Field Hockey program. For additional questions please email Coach Mueller at: [email protected]
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
Join the RCMS PTA today!
Attendance: 703.925.3636 or [email protected]
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