Glasgow Community Gazette - December 8



Glasgow Community:

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” I love this time of year because of the many ways we celebrate as a staff, school and community.

On Friday, we had our annual Staff Ugly Winter Sweater Contest. As always, it was a huge hit.  I think the game gets upped every year! We will be using the some of the gift cards that were recently donated to award prizes in the following categories: Most Ugliest, Most Spirited and Most Creative.

I brought my I brought my daughters, Claire and Regan, to see “Dorothy in Wonderland.” on Saturday night. We loved it! It was incredible to see our students’ confidence on the stage. They had us laughing and on the edge of our seats the entire show. Congratulations and a huge thank you to Ms. Smits-Beasley for her incredible support of our theater students! I encourage you to come to the Chorus and Band concerts this upcoming week - it is wonderful to see our students shining outside the classroom.

I have also loved seeing the comments students have been writing on our Panther Cards for Staff throughout the past week. Some words and phrases I’m noticing over and over again reflect our values as a school: “helpful, kind, believe in me, committed, friendly, smile, never give up.” The little ways we communicate care and belonging matter, and our students notice.

I look forward to seeing you at our PTA meeting on Tuesday night. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose


Contact Information
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose



Glasgow Goodies

Glasgow History 6 Teachers at Mt. Vernon: History 6 teachers celebrated the season with a special night at Mt. Vernon free of charge. The program took participants back in time to the music of the Constitutional Convention and the late 18th century while making connections to the music of today. Following the program there was a Candlelight tour of the Mansion.


November Panthers of the Month: The IB Learner Profile that we focused on this month for our Panther of the Month was “Reflective.” Students who are reflective give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. Our Panthers of the Month, Marko Soliz Galicia, Karla Ponce Munguia, Nico Gruse, Madelin Jurado-Gomez, Adam Fikar, and Antonella O’Higgins-Malina were chosen for their ability to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development! Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees!


2019 Scholastic Glasgow Book Fair: Many thanks to Tara Sanz and Theresa Connell, as well as our teachers and parent volunteers, for hosting the 2019 Scholastic Book Fair! This was a great opportunity for students, families, and teachers to browse the bookshelves for new and interesting titles this holiday season.


Important Dates

December 9-11 - Candy Cane Sale

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

December 9 - Parent Info Night "Drug Use and Teens" at Justice HS

December 10 - PTA Meeting

December 11 - Winter Chorus Concert, 7pm

December 12 - Winter Band Concert, 6pm

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

December 16 - A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed

December 18 - Grab-n-Go Breakfast sponsored by the PTA

December 19 - Panther Store

December 19 - Orchestra Concert, 7pm

January 8 - Rising 6th Grade Open House


Candy Cane Sale - Now thru December 11: National Junior Honor Society is selling candy canes now thru Wednesday, December 11 in the cafeteria. Candy canes are $1 each and students must know their friend’s Panther Time teacher! Candy canes will be distributed on December 16 during Panther Time. NJHS will be selling fruit flavored candy canes in addition to the traditional peppermint candy canes. If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Gray at


Parent Info Night "Drug Use and Teens" at Justice HS - December 9: Justice HS is offering a parent information night about drug use and teens on December 9 from 7-8 p.m. in the Justice High School Auditorium. The event is sponsored by JHS administrators, FCPS substance abuse counselor, and FCPD Crime Prevention Specialist. 


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


A/B Honor Roll Certificates Distributed - December 16: 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


Rising 6th Grade Parent Night at Glasgow Middle School - January 8: Come to Glasgow Middle School on January 8 from 6-8pm for an Open House to learn more about what middle school at Glasgow is all about! We will offer short (optional) sessions on our various Glasgow programs, and teachers will be in their classrooms throughout the evening to share all about our core and elective courses for 6th Graders. The goal is for parents to leave this event excited about all the opportunities you will have as a Glasgow Panther and prepared to complete your course request form! If you have any questions, please contact Joash Chung at

Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening: Welcome to Glasgow, Course Request 101; Level IV Advanced Academic Program; Spanish Immersion Program; English for Speakers of Other Languages Program; Special Education Office; Math Course Placement and Selection Q&A

Getting Ready for High School

Rising 9th Grade Orientation and High School Curriculum Night - January 9: The Justice HS Rising 9th Grade Parent Orientation & Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, January 9. Pre-orientation sessions for special populations will be held at 6:00 pm for parents interested in hearing more about the following topics: ESOL, IB/MYP, and Special Education.

The full orientation will kick off at 6:30pm and is geared towards providing information for Rising 9th grade students and parents. At 7:15, students and parents of all high school grade levels will have the opportunity to talk with teachers, department chairs, school counselors and administrators about course offerings, course requirements, and scheduling choices. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held on Monday, January 13. 


High School Transition Events at Neighboring High Schools

Annandale High School - January 15 at 7PM

Falls Church High School - January 9 at 6:30PM

Edison High School - February 25 at 7PM

Volunteer at Glasgow!

Gift Card Donations Wanted: When I first started at Glasgow in the spring of 2015, I requested parent support by donating $5 gift cards that we could use as incentives and thank you's for our staff. Your response was overwhelming and I have finally used the generous stash that you all provided.

I am requesting your help again since we are not permitted to use any kind of FCPS funds, local or otherwise, for this purpose. It is amazing how much a $5 gift card is appreciated. If you are so inclined, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or drop them in the mail to my attention. I will share the love with staff throughout the school year. Thank you so much! (It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small!)


Grab-n-Go Pre-Winter Break Breakfast - December 18: The PTA will provide a Pre-Winter Break breakfast for Glasgow teachers and staff on Wednesday, December 18. Since it’s a school day, we’ll set up the popular grab-n-go format so teachers/staff can pack a bag of goodies to eat whenever they get a chance during the day! We’ll need lots of volunteers and food and beverage donations to make this breakfast possible. Volunteer here

If you are short on time to volunteer or bring a donated item, the PTA would be happy to receive your monetary donation to purchase supplies for this event.

After School Program News

The after-school program is going great! Students are enjoying the different clubs and activities that are being offered. As we get closer to the Winter Break, the after-school program would like to provide you with the upcoming schedule of programming.

On Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 after-school activities will be limited due to the band and chorus winter concerts.  The ASAP program will continue as planned. 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.

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.

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