RCMS Updates - Week of September 16, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

September 16 - Late Buses Begin

September 20 - SCA Movie Night, 7:00-9:00PM

September 24 - Math verifications deadline for TJ applications

September 26 - Parent Coffee, RCMS, 9:00AM

September 26 - PTA Meeting, RCMS, 6:30PM

September 27 - TJ applications due, 4:00PM

October 5 - Mental Health and Wellness Conference, Fairfax High School, 12:30-4:00PM

October 14 - School Planning Day - No school for students

October 21 - Fall Pictures (ANCHOR DAY)

PTA Spirit Wear Sale Ends Friday!

Order your RCMS SPIRIT WEAR soon! Sale ends Friday, September 20

Purchased items will be delivered in mid-October

Order at https://orderschoolstuff.com/rcms19  

PASSWORD (case sensitive): Governor's Award

TJHSS&T Applications

Final TJ applications are due to TJHSS&T no later than September 27 at 4:00PM.  No late applications are accepted.  In order to allow 24-48 hours to verify the applicant's math class, please initiate the application process on line NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 24.  Once the math class has been verified, the applicant will receive notification to proceed with the application process.  Failure to begin the application process prior to September 24 may result in a missed deadline – DON’T DELAY!

Payment of required fee does NOT automatically submit the application.  An auto-generated email will be sent to both the applicant and the parent advising them that the application has been submitted.  If you believe you have submitted the application but have not received a confirmation email, please contact TJ directly.  Students, if you have questions, please email or stop by to see Mrs. Ferrell in Student Services.  Parents may email Mrs. Ferrell at elferrell@fcps.edu.

After School Program and

Late Buses Begin September 16

After School Activities & Late Buses start on Monday, September 16.  Late bus days are Monday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Please follow the after school program on Twitter @RCMSAfterSchool for daily activity listings, cancellations, updates and upcoming events.  Also, continue to check daily for updates on all after school activities. If you have any questions email Mr. Pawlowski at ajpawlowski@fcps.edu

The Debate team tryouts will be taking place Wednesday and Thursday after school.  Registration for the tryouts are closed.  If you registered for the tryouts through the sign-up genius, you will have received an email confirmation with your tryout time.  7th grade tryouts are Wednesday and 8th grade tryouts are Thursday.  The topic will be provided prior to the tryout and students are responsible for having an electronic device to do their research.  The electronic device should already be connected to the FCPS Wi-Fi.  There will not be any staff here to assist in Wi-Fi connections.  Snacks will be sold by the Debate Club during tryouts both days.  Please ensure you know your child’s tryout time and pick them up promptly after they are finished.

If you are picking your child up during after school activities, please pick them up in Kiss & Ride.  Do not park in the bus lanes! Students must be picked up no later then 4:45 pm on late bus days, no exceptions!  If you are unable to be here by 4:45 your child will be put on their late bus.

There are no late buses on Tuesdays or Fridays.  Students should take their regular bus home or be picked up at the end of the school day in Kiss & Ride.

2019-2020 Parent Coffee Events

Parent Coffee and BTSN Recap

We invite you to join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year, scheduled for Thursday, September 26, from 9:00-10:00AM in the cafeteria.  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.  We realize you may still have questions about what to expect this school year, so we will take this opportunity to share information about upcoming programs and supports, including: A Guide to Middle School; Grading and SIS Parent Vue; and The ACT Program for 7th Grade Students in November.

Parent Coffee Schedule - SAVE THE DATES:

-Topics of Interest/Rotations & Stations: December 5, 9:00-10:00AM

-Digital Citizenship/Technology: February 27, 6:30-7:30PM

-Mental Health & Wellness/Testing Information: April 2, 9:00-10:00AM

We hope you can make it!

Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2019


Calling for Veteran Volunteers - Rachel Carson Middle School would like to invite our community’s veterans to speak with students and share their experiences on the morning of Monday, November 11. Please fill out this form if you or a member of your family is a veteran and would be interested in participating. In order to participate in our Veterans Day program please fill out this form by Friday, October 11!

Volunteers Needed

Vision and hearing screening will be held on October 23 and 24 for all 7th graders.  If your child wears glasses, please be sure he/she has them at school on screening day.  The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed.  Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning.  Prompt follow-up of a referral is recommended.

We need parent volunteers to assist with the screening process.  Any parent interested, please sign up here: 

Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteers



The Carson Cares Committee is an arm of the PTA that assists Carson students who are in need of food and supplies. We partner with the school social worker, parent liaison, and SCA to create projects that address the changing needs of the students throughout the year. 

Our first project this year is to provide snacks and new refillable water bottles to students who have limited access to food and water. Please consider donating a new refillable water bottle (BPA-free plastic or metal, no glass please!) and/or a box of snacks. 

Our deadline for collecting these items is Tuesday, September 24.  Please go to our website, www.rcmspta.org, under the Volunteer Signup section to find out more about our collection.

Thank you in advance for being part of such an important mission!

Credit Exam For World Languages 2019

Do your children speak languages other than English?  If they can read and write proficiently in a language other than English, FCPS offers our World Language Credit Exam where students can earn up to 3 high school credits in a World Language.  These credits can be applied towards the Advanced Diploma for the State of Virginia graduation requirements.  For more information, see below and have your child sign up via the google link located here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5l299YGMM7QE-YzpuaOfhgdw_Gz7_HcF1VDPfuE6wFgSILg/viewform.

Exam Information:

Date of exam: November 13, 2019

Time: 1:45 PM

Location: Rachel Carson MS Library

Registration dates are September 4-October 9, 2019.  More information and available languages can be found here:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

If you have questions you may contact your child’s school counselor.

Very Important: All registrations must be completed by October 9, 2019 at 4:00PM. Late registration will not be accepted

Helpful Resources:

*FCPS Credit Exam Website:


*Questions about graduation requirements or course planning?  Click here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning



Students interested in participating in the AMC 8 must register by Friday, September 27.

The AMC 8 test date at Carson is Tuesday, November 12, from 2:20 to 3:30PM.  There are no late buses on the test date. Students must be picked up at 3:30PM. Please consider carpooling due to the large number of students participating in this competition.

Since the AMC tests must be ordered ahead of time, students must sign up to participate. The deadline to sign up is Friday September 27.

What is the AMC 8?

The AMC 8 is an optional math test being offered to RCMS students who wish to participate in a math competition. More information about this math competition and practice problems can be found at: http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-contests/amc-8

“The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.”  (www.maa.org).  

How do you sign up for the AMC 8?

Students, not parents, must register for the AMC 8 Test.

Students will need to log into their FCPS Google account before accessing the sign-up form. On the form students must enter their student information (name, grade, math teacher, math period, etc.). Students will receive an email confirmation (sent to their fcpsschools.net account) after submitting the form and successfully signing up for the AMC 8.

Students must sign up online RCMS AMC 8 Registration Webpage

Please contact Mrs. Cahill (agcahill@fcps.edu), Mrs. DeBaldo (nadebaldo@fcps.edu), or Ms. Joyce (eajoyce@fcps.edu) if you have any questions.

AAP Parent Referrals for Students New to Fairfax County Due October 7, 2019

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 and receive a highly challenging instructional program in science, social studies and English.  Multiple criteria are reviewed by a central selection committee to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. More information about AAP services available at the middle school level may be found on the FCPS public website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/advanced-academics.  If you have any questions, you can contact Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu.  

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students, who are new to Fairfax County Public Schools since January 2019, may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to Brenda Humphrey at bahumphrey@fcps.edu  no later than October 7, 2019.  No late referrals will be accepted.

Seventh grade students who are not new to FCPS may apply in the winter for AAP entry in eighth grade.  Those referrals are due January 6, 2020.

Movie night

SCA Movie Night

On Friday, September 20, the SCA is hosting a movie night featuring Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Bring a blanket to sit on as the movie will take place in the courtyard under the stars. Admission is free and no outside food or drink is allowed. This year all attendees will be given a free food and drink ticket, while supplies last. Doors open at 6:15PM with the movie starting promptly at 7:00PM. All students must be picked up no later than 9:00PM.

Join the RCMS PTA!

The RCMS PTA supports the school with funding for technology purchases, spirit events, student enrichment programs, staff development, staff appreciation events, and much more!  Go to www.rcmspta.org (use school code: 3MA6NU) to join the RCMS PTA.

To stay up to date on PTA news, please go to our website, likeus on Facebook and subscribe to RCMS PTA News You Choose emails.

We will have our first general membership meeting on Thursday, September 26, at 6:30PM in the Library. We hope to see you there!

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