RCMS Updates - Week of November 4, 2019

RCMS Front

Important Upcoming Events

November 4 and 5 - Student Holidays

November 26 - Picture Make-Ups

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

Principal's Message

Please see the latest message from Principal Stokes here

Parent Survey

One of our school priorities this school year is to further our community engagement in student learning.  To help us with this work, we ask that you please complete this survey to share information with our staff on how we can best partner with you to support your student. 

We value your input!  Thank you for taking a few moments to complete the survey.

ACT/SOS Screenings

On November 18th and 19th, the RCMS clinical team will be providing their annual "ACT - Acknowledge, Care, Tell" wellness lesson and screener to all 7th graders.  Students will take part in these lessons through their Health and PE class.  You can learn more about the content of this program, as well as view the Opt-Out letter, using the link below.

ACT/SOS Information Letter

Spanish Opt-Out Letter

PTA Needs Your Help

If you can spare an hour on November 7, the cookie dough fundraiser orders will be delivered to RCMS and will need to be unloaded from the truck and sorted in the cafeteria.  Sign up here to help.

SIS/ParentVUE Accounts

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email. This report provides a summary of your student’s grades for the current quarter. To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.” Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports. Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences. Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians. 

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards for the 19-20 school year!

Is there a teacher or staff member at Rachel Carson Middle School who you feel has gone above and beyond to make a difference for our students and families?  Here is your opportunity to recognize someone for their great contributions! 

Below is the link to nominate an RCMS staff member for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards for the 19-20 school year.  Feel free to browse all of the awards categories and submit a name or several names for consideration. The initial nomination takes only a few paragraphs to submit.  If your nominee is chosen to move on as our school winner, then additional write-ups and documentation will be required of you.  Nominations close on November 15. 


Please contact Veronica Delaney (our Awards liaison) with questions that you might have about this process.

Thanks for your time and thought!

Service Learning

All 7th & 8th grade students have now learned how to use our online service hour system x2VOL. In 8th grade FCPS requires students to complete 15 hours of community service, 7 hours the first semester (by January 10, 2020) and 8 hours the second semester (by May 13th, 2020). All 15 hours of service learning must take place outside of instructional hours such as: during Panther Time, after school, and/or outside of school. In order to enter in service hours a student must collect the email address of the adult for whom they are performing service.

FCPS allows students to begin accruing these service hours in 7th grade, and the Social Studies department is highly encouraging our students to do so.  Service learning is an effective way for youth to develop the drive and desire to become lifelong volunteers and engaged citizens. Students can participate in activities through outside organizations like Volunteer Fairfax as well as at Rachel Carson Middle School. Service learning at Rachel Carson aligns with the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate that supports the development of responsibility to the local and global community. For additional information please visit the RCMS Service Learning webpage.

Leftover Halloween Candy?

The SCA is partnering with Treats for Troops, an organization that gives our country’s service members and veterans excess Halloween candy. If your family has any leftover Halloween candy please consider bringing the candy into Carson on November 1-8. Students can drop off their candy in the main office or outside Ms. Donlen’s room, A-209.

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.

Other FCPS Schools are Sharing....

Tune in here to find out what other schools are sharing about activities and events that may be of interest to you.

From South Lakes HS: South Lakes High School will hold an IB Information Night on November 7 at 6:30PM in the South Lakes lecture hall for parents of middle school students considering the International Baccalaureate Program.

From Westfield HS: Westfield High School will host a community showing of the movie Angst, a documentary featuring interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. We invite all families in the Westfield Pyramid to attend on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30PM in the Westfield Auditorium.