Glasgow Community Gazette - April 15


Glasgow Community -

It is hard to believe that we are entering the 4th quarter of the 2017-18 school year. This past week was packed with excitement inside and outside the classrooms. On Thursday afternoon, we hosted the 7th Grade Dance and International Food Day and then on Friday evening we had Hoop It Up Night! Thank you to those of you who attended and volunteered for this awesome event. Hoop it Up is one of my favorite events because I loving seeing so many students, parents, faculty and staff members come together and cheer each other on. Check out photos from the event. Link:

As we head into the final few weeks of instruction before the SOL tests, please continue to speak with your students about staying committed to doing their very best work, each and every day. Our theme for the coming weeks is to encourage our students to “Finish Stronger.” It is hard to believe, but there are only 15 school days left before SOL testing begin. See attached for the SOL testing schedule.

While the end of the year can be stressful at times, it is important for all of us to celebrate the growth students have achieved since the beginning of the year, and for them to take advantage of every opportunity to demonstrate how much they have learned so far this year.

Please note that Monday, April 16 is a Teacher Workday with no school for students. We look forward to welcoming students back into the building on Tuesday, April 17 (even day).

Shawn P. DeRose

Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose

Calendar at-a-Glance

April 16 - Teacher Workday, No School  
April 23-27 - Spring Book Fair
April 27&28 - Spring Play
May 1 - 8th Grade Open Campus
May 2 - 7th Grade Open Campus
May 3 - 6th Grade Open Campus
May 7-11 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 8 - SOL Testing Begins
May 8 - PTA Meeting -- Topic: Transition to Stuart/Justice HS
June 6 - Rising 8th Grade Activities Fair (@Stuart HS)
June 8 - 8th Grade End of the Year Dance


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 free book (of equal or lesser value). Use this special to stock up on amazing reads for summer vacation. Buy a book for yourself and get a free book for yourself, to give to a friend, or donate one to your favorite teacher’s classroom library.

And starting this year, there is EWALLET! This is a program were you can preload a certain amount onto the scholastic website. When the student comes to the cash register, we pull up their account and use the information on file. This way kids don’t have to carry cash that could potentially be lost or stolen. You can find out more information on the Book Fair Website:  

If you are interested in volunteering to help with the book fair, please sign up on the PTA Sign Up Genius.

Spring Play “Unplugged” - April 27 (7pm) and 28 (6pm)
Come see the Glasgow Spring Play, “Unplugged” on April 27 at 6:00pm and April 28 at 7:00pm. Can you do without technology for 30 days?  Not even for 30 million dollars? 

That is what we thought… North Creek, Wisconsin was outfitted with the best technology to make them “The Most Wired Town in America” and ten years later the young journalist that wrote an award winning essay to get them there, wants out!  North Creek is not the same, no one talks to each other face to face, businesses have gone under because of technology, the schools stand empty because students are learning virtually, people have created false identities to look more appealing to others through games, and people are now suffering from stress and more anxiety than ever because of being constantly plugged in. Will north creek survive?

Come and watch the Glasgow Theater Group perform the play "Unplugged" by Laurie Bryant on April 27th @ 7:00 PM and April 28th @ 2:00 and 6:00 PM. Tickets are just 5.00. Children 5 and under are free of charge. There will be refreshments sold during our intermission.  

Rising 9th Grade Activities Fair - June 6
The transition from middle school to high school is an important time in a student’s education. A successful transition is often the key to success in ninth grade and beyond. The staff of Stuart/Justice High School is excited to be a part of this special time for your student and we are here to help facilitate a smooth transition.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Stuart High School will host a Rising 9th Grade Activities Fair open to all parents and students interested in finding out more about our clubs, activities and athletic programs. The night will begin in the auditorium at 6:30 with a welcome message from Principal Penny Gros and Director of Student Activities Brian Garvey.  Parents and students will then have an opportunity to visit the clubs, sports and activities of their choice in the main gym. The event will conclude at 8:00pm.

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 6:00 – 8:00pm.
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

Glasgow Goodies

Glasgow PTA Grant Winners - Spring 2018
Glasgow PTA is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Spring Semester PTA Grants.  The applications reflect the commitment of Glasgow teachers to bring out the best in all of our students. This spring we had a competitive pool of applications. Many thanks to everyone who applied.  The PTA will be funding over $1,934 in grants to teachers and staff this spring for a range of projects including:

  • Incentives for small group programs
  • Purchase of classroom library books
  • Classroom materials that encourage creativity and problem-solving
  • Professional Development Materials
  • Supplies for club initiatives

Congratulations to all the winners!  We look forward to receiving teacher applications again next autumn.

  • Emily Boydstun - Food/Snacks for Social Skills Small Groups: $25
  • Jenny Champagne - Classroom Library:  $250
  • Sarah Clark - FlipGrid for ESOL:  $200
  • Lee Daugherty - Classroom Library:  $250  
  • Stephanie Earl - Garden Club Supplies:  $100  
  • Shannon Gray - Flexible Seating and Caddy:  $250
  • Elizabeth Keyes - Environmental Action Club - Recycling Program: $250
  • Amanda Loeser -  Professional Development Materials: $134
  • Ashley Nissen -  Breakout Boxes:  $250

March Panthers of the Month - Communicators
The IB Learner Profile that we focused on this month for our Panther of the Month was communication.  Students who are strong communicators understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. Our Panthers of the Month, Haley Rowlands, Nathaniel Ross, Catherine Connell, Baker Hasan, Amelia Lim, and Nathan Ong were chosen for communicating well with their peers, expressing themselves in multiple languages, communicating questions, expressing ideas with confidence, thoughtfulness in discussion, and leadership in communicating information with others! Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees!


FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares - Submit Today!

Thank you, Assistant Principals and Deans!
This past week marked “National Assistant Principals Week,” which honors and recognizes the contributions of assistant principals and deans to the success of students in schools across the United States. This position is one where you most often hear when there are problems that need to be solved, and rarely receive recognition for all the ways you work behind-the-scenes to keep the school running smoothly. The Admin Team at Glasgow works tirelessly each day to ensure teachers can focus on the work that matters most: supporting students in the classroom. To join me in thanking them for all their hard work, I encourage you to submit a note via FCPS Cares for any way(s) they have supported your students this year!

Sarah Beck, Assistant Principal
Emily Castor, Dean of Students
Steve D’Adamo, Assistant Principal
Carmon Golden, Director of Student Services
Katie Madigan, Assistant Principal
Steven McFarlane, Dean of Students
Gina Piccolini, Special Education Dean
Kristy Ritchie, Assistant Principal

Link to submit a message through the FCPS Cares website: ( This site collects stories of outstanding FCPS employees and posts them to a message board. New this year, FCPS Cares program will honor deserving employees with a Cares of the Month award. View program details.  

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. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Nguessan  at


Reminders and Reference

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

NOVA STEM Days - 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-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).

Glasgow Middle School Panther Mascot, image

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