Glasgow Community Gazette - April 8


Glasgow Community -

With Spring Break in the rearview mirror, our focus turns to the end of the 3rd quarter and the final months of the school year.  We hosted our the 6th grade dance, our first dance of the school year, on Thursday. It was awesome to watch students hanging out, eating pizza and dancing, especially considering many of these students met each other for the first time just 8 months ago.

Earlier in the week, the staff came together to hear from Marc VanDyken, Lauren Wiemken, Melissa Kelly, Shannon Gray, Hannah Kim, Meghan McLain who recently participated in the “Shadow A Student Challenge." The challenge requires a teacher to spend the entire day seeing Glasgow through the lens of a student, come together with others to reflect on their observations, and share out their findings with the staff. As a school, we use the data to make improvements to classroom instruction and/or the school climate. If you want to learn more about the “Shadow A Student Challenge” or view the presentation to the staff, see information and links below.

This week, we host a PTA meeting on Tuesday, the 7th grade dance on Thursday, and celebrate the end of the 3rd quarter with Hoop It Up Night on Friday. Hoop It Up Night is one of my favorite events of the year where students, parents, faculty and staff members come together and cheer on one another. I hope to see you there!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn P. DeRose

Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose

Calendar at-a-Glance

April 10 - PTA Meeting -- Topic: Cyber Bullying
April 12 - 7th Grade Dance
April 13 - Quarter Ends, 2 Hour Early Release
April 13 - Hoop It Up Night, 6pm
April 16 - Teacher Workday, No School 
April 23-27 - Spring Book Fair
April 27&28 - Spring Play
May 8 - PTA Meeting -- Topic: Transition to Stuart/Justice HS


PTA Meeting - April 10 at 7pm
Brief PTA meeting followed by a presentation on cyber-bullying by Consuela White, FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness.  Arabic and Spanish interpreters will be present.

After School Activities Cancelled - April 12 and 13
All after school activities will be canceled on April 12 due to the 7th grade dance except for students participating in International Food Day and who are in the ASAP Program.  ASAP students who are in the 6th and 8th grade are still required to attend to their regular scheduled ASAP class.
In addition, all after school activities are also canceled on April 13 due to the 2-hour early release.  If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Cannon at

SGA Spirit Week - Rescheduled to April 13
With the cancellation of two days school due to inclement weather before spring break, we have rescheduled Identical Dress Up Day to Friday, April 13. Please encourage your student to join in on the fun and participate on Friday.

Hoop It Up Night - April 13 at 6pm
Glasgow's unique basketball extravaganza is this Friday beginning at 6pm! A girls and boys team from each grade will take on the teachers for bragging rights! Come enjoy part or all of this festive event (tickets $3; food/beverages for sale on site). Sign up today to volunteer! Link:

Book Fair - April 23 through 27
On April 23-27, the library will host the Scholastic Book Fair, and this one will be extra special. To help promote summer literacy, everything in the book fair is Buy One Get One FREE! That’s right, we said FREE. If you buy a book, then you get a book. Use this special to stock up on amazing reads for summer vacation. Buy a book for yourself, get a free one to give to a friend or donate one to your favorite teacher’s classroom library.

2018-19 School Year Calendar
Looking ahead to the 2018-19 school year, be sure to note that the first day of school will be on Tuesday, August 28. Link to the 2018-19 school year calendar:   

Back to School Night 2018 - Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6-8pm
Stuart Pyramid Principals discussed the schedule for Back to School Nights for the 2018-19 school year. Glasgow’s BTSN will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6:00–8:00pm

Dress Like a Student/Teacher Day at Glasgow Middle School

Important Information

Shadow A Student Challenge Presentation
The “Shadow A Student Challenge” requires a teacher to spend the entire day seeing Glasgow through the lens of a student, come together with others to reflect on their observations, and share out their findings with the staff.  As a school, we use the data to make improvements to classroom instruction or the school climate. Below is a link to the Shadow a Student Challenge website and presentation presented to Glasgow Staff at Tuesday’s faculty meeting.



PTA’s Panther Press
Look for PTA-specific information in the new PTA's Panther Press,
which will be distributed every Tuesday.  Connect with the PTA through or

The Little Mermaid - April 12, 13, and 14
J.E.B. Stuart High School proudly presents The Little Mermaid.  Disney's The Little Mermaid is about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love.  With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, it is a heart-warming, family friendly story featuring some of the best-known songs from the past 30 years!     

Thursday, April 12 at 7pm
Friday, April 13 at 7pm
Saturday, April 14 at 2pm and 7pm

Saturday's matinee is followed by a Character Carnival -- attendees will have the opportunity to meet their favorite Little Mermaid characters!  This special event requires a $5 entrance fee (cash and check only). Tickets will be sold before the matinee, during intermission, and after the matinee show.  The Character Carnival will take place in our Little Theatre, which is next door to the Auditorium. Participants will be able to meet the actors and collect their autographs!  Parents are encouraged to accompany their children (free of charge), and may take pictures of them with their favorite cast members. In order to preserve the voices of our actors, this event will be about 30 minutes in length.  

Glasgow students will receive a silicone bracelet advertising our show.  All students who wear their bracelet to the show will receive a complimentary treat from the concession stand.

Tickets: General Admission: $15, Students / Seniors: $10. Online ticketing is available at, and tickets are available at the door for cash, check and credit card. For further information, please visit

BioCode Competition - April 14 at TJHSST
Glasgow is excited to announce that we have partnered with the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Bioinformatics Society and are encouraging students to participate in the BioCode competition on April 14 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM at TJHSST. The BioCode features teams that compete with each other to solve the most number of problems that range from easy to hard in difficulty. These problems are all related to biology but require no previous biological knowledge and only minimal computer science (CS) experience.

If you are not sure about your student’s CS skills, don't worry as there will be separate divisions for novice and advanced coders. The competition is completely free and they have free food and over $1550 in prizes. To register or find more information, please visit the BioCode website:

If you have any questions, please contact Kavya Kopparapu, senior at TJHSST and rising freshmen at Harvard at  

NOVA STEM Days - April 14 and April 28
NOVA STEM Days provide local youth with a showcase of opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math. Designed for students of all ages, the day features hands-on exhibits, workshops, food, fun, and learning! The events are FREE and open to the public. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is responsible for providing appropriate supervision. There are two NOVA STEM Days this spring:

NOVA STEM Day-Alexandria Campus
When: Saturday April 14, 2018, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Where: NOVA Alexandria Campus
To Register:
For More Information:

NOVA STEM Day-Manassas Campus
When: Saturday April 28, 2018, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Where: NOVA Manassas Campus
To Register:
For More Information:

College Financial Awareness – April 17 at Luther Jackson Middle School
College Access Fairfax will offer a free presentation on College Financial Awareness for Middle School Parents on April 17 at Luther Jackson Middle School from 7:00-9:00pm.  The presentation will include the following topics; financial aid basics, understanding the cost of attending, saving for college, and available resources. Contact Tanya Shuford at if you have any questions.  

SIS Parent Accounts, SIS Student Accounts, and FCPS 24-7 ParentView (Blackboard)
Custodial parents/guardians can send our Student Information Assistant (SIA), Ms. Jackie Baires ( an e-mail containing their e-mail address and their child’s name & ID, Ms. Baires will create & e-mail the parent a SIS Parent registration letter. The username/password (generated by following the instructions on the letter) can be used by the parent to access their SIS Parent Account (gradebook) and FCPS 24-7 ParentVUE (child’s Blackboard courses). Bob Nordling (, can be contacted to provide support for both types of parent accounts (SIS and FCPS 24-7).

SIS Student accounts are available to all middle & high school students who logon using their regular network username (Student ID) and password. On the main FCPS website ( towards the bottom of the page is a link “Student Information Systems” which provides buttons for both “SIS Parent Account” and “SIS Student Account”. Here is the direct URL to get there:

Purchase A Yearbook - Only $30!
Purchase a yearbook today for only $30.  Students can drop off cash or checks made payable to Glasgow MS to the front office or families can order online at to guarantee a yearbook for your child.  We are only ordering 500 books, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Please contact Mr. Perella at if you have any questions.

Extras are still available as well.  These include Name Stamping ($5), Autograph Pages ($2), Bling Accessory Pack (stickers and jewels for $6), Clear Dust Cover ($3), Sparkle Dust Cover ($5), Yearbook Stickies ($6), Pen Signing Set ($4.99).

End of Year SOL Testing Schedule

Below is this year's SOL Testing Schedule. SOL testing will begin on May 8 and conclude on May 23. All testing sessions will be held in the morning. Students who will be observing Ramadan may be given the option to test at the beginning of the spring SOL window (May 7-15) to avoid testing during the holiday. Deadline to request this accommodation is April 13. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Nguessan at


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