RCMS Updates - Week of September 30, 2019

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Important Upcoming Events

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)

Kiss and Ride Tardies

We are seeing an increase in the use of Kiss and Ride for morning transportation.  As the line grows, so do the number of students receiving unexcused tardies for late arrivals.  Unless FCPS bus transportation is not provided to your neighborhood, late arrivals due to Kiss and Ride traffic will continue to be unexcused.  We do hope you will consider using FCPS bus transportation, thus ensuring that your student arrives to their first class of the day on time and ready to receive important instructions from their teachers.  Arriving on time sets the tone for the day!

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

Visit Exotic Panama

Want to give your child a unique educational experience? We are so excited to announce that Sofi Cahoon will be leading a group of students to Panama through EF Educational Tours. The trip will take place in July of 2020. Students will visit Panama City, tour a pineapple farm, see the biodiversity of the rainforest firsthand and explore the Panama Canal among other activities. Attached is the invite to the mandatory parent meeting where you will get all the details and have your questions answered. We want to help as many students as possible experience this once in a lifetime trip. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Cahoon at srcahoon@fcps.edu with your general questions. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Click the link to RSVP to the parent interest meeting:


If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested, RSVP using the link and click ‘cannot attend’. We will make sure you receive the information.


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


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.


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.

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