Glasgow Community Gazette - July 30


Glasgow Community -

I hope you were able to enjoy the great weather we had earlier this week and time off this weekend.  I had the opportunity to spend time with my younger brother, a teacher in Kansas City, Missouri, who is attending the Advanced Placement Conference downtown. We went to last night's Nationals game and had a great time catching up.

This past week, it was fun to welcome students enrolled in our free Algebra Boot Camp taught by Hannah Kim and J.E.B. Stuart teacher, Emily McCloud. It was great to see so many smiling faces while building a solid foundation in their math skills, even after four hours of Algebra each day. 

Special thanks to the volunteers on Saturday who assembled over 2,300 school supply kits for distribution to students in the Stuart Pyramid, including Glasgow Middle School. The Stuart Pyramid Resource Fair will be held on August 10 at Stuart High School and we are expecting thousands of students and family members to attend to gather free school supplies, get free haircuts, pick up free books, and get free eye exams, as well as access numerous county related services. This video will give you an idea of what it was like if you missed it. or check out the website at

Last week we unveiled our new format for this weekly Glasgow Gazette to parents and the community.  This week, we are excited to announce that we have updated our Facebook page that now includes upcoming events, photos and links to our Twitter and Youtube accounts. Check it out!  Link:

Finally, Carmon Golden, our Director of Student Services, and I look forward to meeting some of you at our New Student Parent Coffee on Tuesday, August 1 from 8-10am. We will be available to answer any questions regarding the upcoming transition to Glasgow Middle School.  

As always, please let me know if you have any questions and have a great week.

Shawn DeRose

Contact Information

Twitter: @ShawnDeRose

Calendar at-a-Glance

August 18, Packet Stuffing Volunteer Opportunity, 9:00am – until we finish!
August 24, PTA Staff Breakfast Event, TBA
August 24, 6th Grade Orientation, 1:00 - 2:15pm
August 24, Glasgow Open House & Packet Pick Up (7th & 8th Graders), 3:30 - 6:30pm
August 28, First Day of School for Students
September 13, Back to School Night (All Grade Levels), 6:00 – 8:00pm


Meet the Glasgow Staff

Gina Piccolini – Special Education Department Dean
We are excited to welcome Gina Piccolini as our new head of the Special Education Department. Gina previously served as the Special Education Coordinator in Arlington Public Schools.  She has a BS in Unified Elementary and Special Education from Juniata College (Go Eagles!) and an MA from The George Washington University in Education and Human Development: Special Education and Acquired Brain Injury (Go Colonials!).  She also is a board member at the Center for Brain Injury Research and Training and a lecturer at GW.  She has presented numerous times on Traumatic Brain Injury and has published an article on the topic in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Article of the Week

As a huge fan of the TV show The West Wing, I recently discovered the podcast, “West Wing Weekly.” Each week the podcast reviews an episode starting with the pilot through the last episode of series. Podcasts can also be a great way to “learn about something new or just being entertained." Below are few podcasts focused on parenting, ones you can listen to with your student (and not be bored), and ones that are great for your student to listen to on their own.

The Best Podcasts for Parents and Kids:

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Students working hard and having fun at Glasgow's free Algebra 1 Boot Camp this week.

Important Information

Stuart Pyramid Resource Fair - August 10, 1:00-5:00pm
The Start Pyramid Resource Fair is scheduled on August 10 from 1:00 -5:00pm at Stuart High School and we are expecting thousands of students and family members to attend to gather free school supplies, get free haircuts, pick up free books, and get free eye exams, as well as access numerous county related services.  This video will give you an idea of what it was like if you missed it. or check out the website at

Bailey’s Lower & Stuart HS Summer BBQ Lunch Program – Now through August 25
Please join us for the Summer BBQ Lunch program at Bailey’s Lower and Stuart High School. This program will run Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 1:00 through August 25. Food services will provide free lunch to any child age 2 to 18. Adults can purchase a lunch for $2.00. Options include hamburger, chicken sausage, grilled chicken and beef rib sandwiches.

PTA Packet Stuffing Day – August 18 at 9:00am
Every year, the PTA supports the school by helping prepare the packets which all students receive.  This year, we'll be stuffing 1900 packets, so we need your help!  It's a great opportunity for middle- and high-school students to earn community service hours, as well.  Give an hour or more; every bit helps. Please sign up to help:

PTA Staff Breakfast Event - August 24
Help us welcome the teachers back in style!  The PTA welcome-back breakfast will be on Thursday, August 24.  We need donations of food and beverages, and volunteers to help that morning.  Please sign up to help:

Glasgow Open House - Thursday, August 24, 3:30-6:30pm
On Thursday, August 24, 7th and 8th grade students/families will be invited to pick up packets and walk the building beginning at 3:30PM.

Back to School Night (BTSN) - Wednesday, September 13, 6:00-8:00pm  
Unfortunately, due to a conflict with an FCPS School Board meeting, Back to School Night has been moved to Wednesday, September 13 from 6:00-8:00. Please save this important date in your calendar.


New Parent Coffee (Rising 6th-8th) - August 1 from 8:00-10:00am
Join Shawn DeRose, Principal and Carmon Golden, Director of Student Services for coffee August 1 from 8:00AM – 10:00 AM.  We will be available to answer questions and to give you a tour of the school   No formal presentation, just drop in any during the time frame.  Email Carmon Golden at if you have any questions.

Jump Start Program for Rising 6th Grade Students - August 7-8 & 9-10.
Glasgow Middle School is hosting a FREE Jump Start program for rising 6th graders to prepare them for their transition to middle school. Students can attend one of the two sessions offered this summer. Session one runs August 7th & 8th, and session two runs August 9th & 10th, both sessions will be from 8 am - 12 pm. Students will get acclimated to their new school through a variety of activities.

They will have a chance to meet and interact with their new peers, tour the building and classrooms, as well as ask other important questions they may have before school begins. Jump Start is designed to alleviate any anxiety and concerns students may have about attending a new school and get them excited about the opportunities that await them at Glasgow Middle School.  
To register for this program, visit the following link: If you have any questions, please contact Steve McFarlane at

6th Grade Orientation – August 24, beginning at 1:00pm
Rising 6th graders are invited to our 6th grade orientation on August 24 at 1:00pm.  Transportation will be provided to students.  In addition to picking up packets, students and families will have a chance to walk through an odd and even day schedule and meet briefly with their teachers. We look forward to welcoming our newest students and their families to our building!

Important Immunization Requirement - Incoming 6th Grade Students
Sixth grade students cannot begin school in September without documentation of having had the Tdap booster. Parents or guardians should ask their private health care provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. A signed and dated immunization record from the physician stating that your child has received this immunization will be required. You may send in your documentation now to your school's registrar, to ensure that he or she meets this requirement before the first day of school in the fall.

Students can receive immunizations required for school at any Fairfax County Health Department immunization clinic. Information about health department clinic locations and hours can be found at

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