Robinson Student Ram Blast | June 12, 2020


Providing students and parents with important updates and reports of events and happenings in the middle school.

Principal Phillips' End of Year Message

Dear Robinson Families,

As summer begins, I would like to express how grateful I am for being the principal of such an amazing community of students, parents, and staff.  It certainly has been an interesting year.  It’s hard to believe all that we have endured this school year.  I want to thank you all for the support and patience you have shown.  We had successes and some challenges, yet despite all, we continued the work that had to be done to ensure that Robinson students received the very best education we could offer.  

I would like to thank our hard working and caring staff who have made a huge difference to our students.  Their commitment is outstanding and our students have been fortunate to have them working hard in the classroom and through distance learning. 

As soon as information is available about plans for opening school in August, I will be in touch with all families.  At this point, no decisions have been made about the fall but FCPS has said they hope to have a plan by the end of the month. 

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all students of Robinson Secondary for a great school year!  I wish you all a very happy, safe and enjoyable summer. Please be sure to take time as a family to talk, play and read together.

I look forward to seeing you in August.  To those who are leaving us for new places, we wish you all the best!!


A Message From SS8 Principal, Mrs. Tryon

Rams!! Congratulations on finishing your 8th grade year! I know this will be a year you will never forget. Can you believe you are living through a period of time that will be in the history books? I am so thankful to have gotten to know so many of you this school year. Next year, you will start a new journey...about 720 high school days before graduation. During those 720 days, you are building the resume for your future. Everyday, every class, every activity counts towards that resume. Here is a list of my top ten pieces of advice I would give as you enter this new phase of your educational career:

10. Get enough sleep.

9. Eat your fruits and veggies.

8. Drink lots and lots of water.

7. Stay active. Do something that increases your heart rate everyday.

6. Use a planner or calendar. Paper or electronic. Whatever it takes to stay organized.

5.Read something daily.

4.Stay informed of current events. 

3. Be kind no matter what. Make everybody feel like a somebody.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be informed. 

1. Be unapologetically yourself. You are you. Have the courage to be yourself   no matter what! 

As I’ve said throughout this school year, I believe in you guys. I hope you believe in yourselves. Keep in touch!

Love, Mrs. Tryon

Congratulations From the MS Staff

Your teachers put together a little "send-off" board to wish you luck and congratulate you on all your successes. We will miss you and are so proud of you! Read messages from teachers and staff here. Best wishes as you continue your journey of learning and opportunity!

Congratulations NJHS Candidates

Congratulations to this year's 154 National Jr. Honor Society candidates who successfully completed the requirements for membership in the Robinson Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)! An acceptance letter was emailed through the NJHS google classroom site. Students will receive their certificate and recognition during the next school year. If you are moving, the certificate will be mailed to your forwarding address. Way to go RAMs!

SGA Tribute to Healthcare Workers

View the middle school SGA produced video in honor of health care workers.

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Summer Learning Opportunities

Arts Enrichment


RMS art teacher, Ms. Herce, is teaching the Exploratory Drawing and Painting class for grades 7 - 12! Explore all options by accessing the

Summer Arts Enrichment website

Robinson Math Resource Website

Students may access work for the math course they are enrolled in for the 2020-21 school year here. The website also includes a refresher on fractions. Check it out!

Summer FCPS Learning Programs

Mathematics and Literacy Continuity of Learning 

All students will have access to Summer Continuity of Learning, and if additional support is needed, students can access teachers during subject specific office hours from June 29th through July 31st. A list of teachers, their office hours, and google classroom codes will be emailed to parents next week.


This summer we encourage each Robinson student, including rising 7th graders, to read ONE BOOK of your choice.

How can you participate? Visit the Summer Reading Challenge website from the Robinson Secondary School Library, download the choice board, read a great book, and complete one short reflection for each book you read.  

How can you extend this challenge?

We encourage you to read all summer! Let the choice board guide you to select great books, genres, or various formats, and challenge yourself.


Download the Choice Board created by Robinson Librarians for reading options. Set a goal and…

  • Read at least ONE BOOK, and perhaps...
  • Create your own challenge, set a goal, and READ all summer! Examples might include:
    • Read any 5 books from the choice board
    • Read a book each week of the summer
    • Read a book from every square  


After reading each book, complete a short reflection form.


This challenge begins on Friday, June 12 and ends Monday, August 24. All students who participate will be entered to win grade level raffle prizes!  The more you read, the greater your chances of winning!


Ask a Librarian! Visit the Robinson Library website to contact us by email.

Summer FCPL Reading Program

Fairfax County Public Library summer reading program:

In addition, the public library offers several contests for teens this summer: Teen Cover Art Contest, Teen Film Festival, and For Love of Country Essay and Poetry contest.

Summer Virtual Teen Program


VIP camp is going virtual this summer!  The After School Specialists at all FCPS middle schools are hosting an exciting virtual summer camp in partnership with Neighborhood and Community Services.  Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders in the Lake Braddock, Robinson, South County, West Springfield, and Woodson pyramids are invited to join our camp.  The camp will run from 9 am to 3 pm Mondays through Thursdays from June 29th to July 30th.  Our camp will consist of a mixture of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (self-guided/recorded) activities, and include program offerings in the areas of art, basketball, cooking, debate, drama, fitness, STEAM, trivia, yoga, etc. There is no cost associated with the camp, but we are requesting that all campers be registered by Friday, June 19th so we can be efficient in our planning and staffing.  Please use the link below to register your child.  

Virtual VIP Camp Summer 2020 Registration   

If you have questions, please contact Mary Aunon at

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Counselors' Corner

Welcome to Counselors’ Corner:  an occasional tip sheet from the Robinson Middle School Office of Student Services

Grades will be visible in ParentVue and StudentVue on June 16th.   

If your middle school son or daughter is taking a language or a high school level math course (Algebra 1, Geometry, or Algebra 2), you can expunge the grade from the high school transcript.  Please see the attachment for specific rules regarding the timeline to expunge.



SW Spotlight

By Kristen Licciardo

Ram Parents and Students…I just wanted to take this time to reflect on the past year and thank you for sharing your children and experiences with me.    In my role, I am not usually involved when things are going well in one’s life; however, I value the opportunity to be there for others in their time of need and know that any time a child or parent shares their story, it is a privilege… so thank you for trusting me.  

No one would have anticipated a year like this and it is challenging us in ways that we never anticipated.  I always try to remind myself that there is good in every experience and it is just how we adapt and learn and do better. I hope that you have found opportunities to be grateful and accepting in these challenging times. 

One thing is for sure, our country must grow from all of this. I know that I have appreciated the reduction in my work and family schedule, allowing us time to eat together as a family, binge watch some shows, spend some time away from the car, and engage in deep discussions with my family that may not have happened on the same level!   I plan to continue this Spotlight for years to come and hope that it has provided a much needed resource when you needed it most.     

Thank you again and have a great summer!    

Your School Social Worker, Kristen Licciardo


Student Services Department Contacts:

Director, Student Services | Ms. Frank |

DSS Registrar | Ms. Knowlton,

8th Grade Counselors by TEAM

Purple and Red | Mr. Herendeen, 

Gold and Green | Ms. Malloy, 

7th Grade Counselors by TEAM

Champions and Eagles | Ms. Lyons,

Comets and Stars | Ms. Peters, 

Social Worker: Ms. Licciardo,

School Psychologist: Ms. King, 

Special Education Department Chair:  Ms. Stickels,

RMS Administrative Contacts:

Chris Farmerie:       7th Grade Principal |

Chelsea Tryon:        8th Grade Principal |

Katy Frank:              Director, Student Services |

Mary Aunon:            After-School Program Specialist |   

Bryan Hazard:         Systems of Support Advisor |

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From L to R: ChelseaTryon, Chris Farmerie, Mary Aunon, Katy Frank, and Bryan Hazard