Glasgow Community Gazette - November 17


Glasgow Community:

We had a wonderful “Open Campus” week! I am continually amazed at the enormous amount of teacher logistics and support needed to make this event possible. Special thanks to Tess Roper and Michael Pulver for leading this event, which is a great tradition as it builds community as a school, allows students and staff to find fun ways interact outside our normal routines, and is a way to celebrate all the good behaviors happening around the school. Check out the photos below of Glasgow students enjoying "Open Campus."

With that in mind, please consider nominating a Glasgow staff member(s) for an FCPS Awards. The nomination process is very easy. You just need to include a brief explanation for your nomination to be considered. Thank you for celebrating the amazing work done everyday at Glasgow by highlighting some of our amazing staff members! Nominations are due tomorrow, November 18, and you can contact Keely Norris ( with any questions.

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

Shawn DeRose


Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose

FCPS Awards Program - Nominations Due November 18

Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles, including:
- Outstanding Teacher
- Outstanding New Teacher
- Outstanding Leader (School-Based)
- Outstanding Operational or Hourly Employee (School-Based)

Our goal is to choose Glasgow Middle School winners in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration beyond our building.

Please consider nominating a Glasgow staff member(s) for the categories listed above (you may submit this form more than once, and you do not have to nominate for all categories). You will need to include a brief explanation for your nomination to be considered. Thank you for celebrating the amazing work done everyday at Glasgow by highlighting some of our amazing staff members! Nominations are due by tomorrow, November 18 and you can contact Keely Norris ( with any questions.

To nominate a Glasgow staff member, click the following link:

If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit:

Important Information

Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports 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 first 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 confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.


TJHSST Invitational Science Fair 2020: The TJ Mythvestigations Club would like to cordially invite any interested students at your school to participate in our seventh annual Invitational Science Fair. If you are interested, they will be holding an additional interest/brainstorming session for students and parents to learn about the science fair and experimental design basics. It will be at TJHSST in Room 65 on December 6 from 6:00 to 7:00PM. The registration link to the session can be found here. While optional, the session covers helpful information about the science fair process. We will send out further information through email as the date approaches.

Participants in the science fair will complete a research project and prepare a presentation for our science fair on March 21, 2020. Now is the time to register for the event and start work on projects! The final pool of approximately 40 entrants will be chosen first come, first serve from all registrants on January 16. 


Volunteer at Glasgow!

Calling ALL Families: Help us Share/Create Career Selfies - November is National Career Development Month, and Glasgow Student Services needs your help! We are looking to highlight careers through our morning news show and our Panther Time lessons throughout the month of November. We need you to participate by sending us a 2-3 minute “selfie style” smartphone video of you at work, explaining your career and the educational pathway for your career (see sample). Please send your video to


Thanksgiving Lunch - November 21: Glasgow will be serving our annual Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday, November 21. Parents, if you would like to volunteer during our “Thanksgiving Dinner” Lunch at any or all lunches on November 21, please email Steve D’Adamo at


Volunteer at the Scholastic Winter Book Fair : The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Glasgow Library from November 26 – December 6. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.

Important Dates

November 18 & 19 - Vision and Hearing Screening

November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch

November 22 - Picture Make-up Day

November 27-29 – Thanksgiving Break

December 2-6 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 2 - A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed

December 6 - Fall Play - “Dorothy in Wonderland” - 7:00pm

December 7 - Fall Play - “Dorothy in Wonderland” - 6:00pm

December 9 - All A Honor Roll (6th and 7th Grade)

December 13 - All A Honor Roll (8th Grade)


Vision and Hearing Screenings for 7th Grade Students - November 18 & 19: Glasgow will be conducting Vision and Hearing Screenings for 7th Grade Students on November 18 and 19. If your child wears eyeglasses or contact lenses, please ensure they wear or bring them on these days.


Picture Make-up Day - November 22: Picture Make-up day is scheduled for Monday, November 22. If you have any questions, please contact Marc Perella at Students can have their picture retaken if they meet one of the following requirements:

*The student was absent on the first picture day (October 8 & 9).

*The student enrolled at Glasgow after October 9.

*The student has money to purchase new pictures and has it on November 22.

*There is something wrong (bad hair days or uncool clothes don’t count as “something wrong”) with the picture taken during the first picture day: students MUST return the entire packet in order to have their picture retaken.


Scholastic Winter Book Fair - December 2-6: The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Glasgow Library from November 26 (online) thru December 6. This event will provide a great opportunity for students, families, and teachers to browse the bookshelves for new and interesting titles, and there will be some fun activities and opportunities to win raffle prizes too.If you are interested in volunteering, click here.


A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed - December 2: Congratulations to those students that have made A/B Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students with certificates to be distributed through Panther Time on Monday, December 2. If your child is absent, they can obtain their certificate from Student Services the following day. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at


All A Honor Roll Celebration – December 9 and 13: Congratulations to those students that have made all A’s Honor Roll! Their hard work has paid off and we are so proud of each and every one of our students. We will recognize these students for their outstanding commitment with a ceremony during Panther Time. On Monday, December 9, we will recognize 6th and 7th Grade students. On Friday, December 13, we will recognize 8th Grade students. Please note the event is for students only. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Akon Otoyo at


Dorothy in Wonderland - December 6 & 7: The worlds of Oz and Wonderland collide in this fun romp, cleverly and carefully adapted from the works of Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll. Dorothy Gale has made her way to the end of the Yellow Brick Road, and to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz or has she? Just as we think the Wizard of Oz is about to help Dorothy get back home to Kansas, she is swept away in another whirlwind with Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion to Wonderland.

Come watch Glasgow's fall play, Dorothy in Wonderland on December 6th at 7:00pm and December 7th at 6:00pm. Tickets are $8.00 and children (5 and under are free) and refreshments will be sold during Intermission.


Congratulations Glasgow Singers! Three singers from Glasgow were accepted into the National OAKE Honor Choir, Gabriela Simmons-Robles, Madeline Jensen, and Juliette Jensen. This choir will sing at the National OAKE (Organization of American Kodaly Educators) convention in Portland, Oregon in March. Congratulations to these fantastic singers!!!


After School Program News

The after-school program has been off to a wonderful start thus far!  Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. As we get closer to the Thanksgiving break, the after-school program would like to provide you with the upcoming schedule of programming.

This week we wanted to spotlight "Panthers United" which is offered on Wednesday’s. The purpose of Panthers United is to provide Glasgow students with a safe, fun, and meaningful place to be after school. Panthers United strives to provide students with information, support and resources that are culturally and linguistically appropriate. Panthers United discusses topics in the following areas: academics, career readiness, social-emotional support (and MANY more!). This club offers students a space to be themselves and have fun!

All after-school activities will be canceled on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26. There will be NO late buses provided for Monday (11/25). Students are expected to report to their normal (2:15pm) bus for dismissal or kiss & ride for parent pick-up. If you have any questions about Glasgow’s After School Program, check out our website, email Greg Williams, After School Coordinator at or call 703-813-8885.


Celebrate Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusion Night - November 18: Fairfax County Special Education PTA (SEPTA) is celebrating Inclusive Schools Week on Tuesday, November 18 at Luther Jackson Middle School. SEPTA will have resource tables for inclusive activities/events set up for you to browse starting at 6:30. At 7:00pm, we will join the School Board meeting as they recognize Inclusive Schools Week 2019 and take a picture as a group. After that portion of the school board meeting, we will have lightning-round presentations from groups such as SEPTA Special Ed Liaisons, Camelot Buddies, Partners program and more!

Glasgow Middle School Panther Mascot, image

Be Informed, Stay Involved!