Weekly Update from Irving MS


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Summer Continued Learning

Students currently in grades 7-8 will receive both a Mathematics and Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June; digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. Students will receive a mathematics book based on the level of mathematics they took during the 2019-2020 school year. 

To support student learning from June 29 to July 31, there will be one hour per week of office hours available for each course. Office hours will be with one of our own outstanding staff members and are intended to support students with the Mathematics Essentials Summer Practice Book, the Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book, and the English Language Development Summer Practice Book. Attendance is recommended. Students must sign up HERE for Office Hours in order to receive a link to meet with a content teacher. 

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Irving Middle School CONTINUES to be a Grab and Go location

Irving Middle School continues to be one of the Grab and Go locations through at least June 30. We are serving breakfast and lunch from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. You may pick up both breakfast and lunch at the same time.  Meals are free to all students and $2.00 for adults and distributed Monday - Friday.

Report Cards Available in SIS

Final secondary report cards, in PDF format, were available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE starting on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:00 a.m.  For the first time, the Documents module will be available to students and parents.  The report cards can be found under the Documents module of ParentVUE and StudentVUE. This will allow parents, especially those who opted to “Go Paperless," to continue to see the PDF report card after the 2020-21 is closed out. A message will be posted in ParentVUE and StudentVUE letting users know where to find the report cards.

Irving MS’ Summer READ! Program

We invite all rising 7th and 8th grade students to participate in Irving MS’s Summer READ! Program.  

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Click on the READ! Choice Board and choose a challenge that appeals to you.
  2. Complete the READ! Challenge.
  3. Write a short reflection about what you read on this Google Form.
  4. Repeat Steps 1-3! 😊

For every READ! Choice Board challenge that you finish and write about in the Google Form, your name is entered into a raffle.  The more things you read, the more entries you have to win prizes.  Prizes will be distributed and grade-level top readers will be announced at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.  The READ! Program runs from June 12, 2020 until August 24th, 2020.

If you have questions about the READ! Choice Board options, or need recommendations for book titles, please email both Irving MS librarians: (Ms. Monk) mamonk1@fcps.edu and (Mrs. Gawalt) dlgawalt@fcps.edu  We will try to respond quickly to your questions, even throughout the summer months.  

Please remember that you have several options for obtaining reading material during the summer.  

  • The Fairfax County Public Library branches are allowing users to place books on hold and then drive by for curbside pick-up when the books are ready. 
  • Additionally, ebooks and audiobooks are available to all FCPS students through the Mackinvia.com website.  Here are complete instructions for accessing digital resources through Mackinvia
  • You may choose to purchase some titles or swap books (safely) with friends.  

Looking for something for your child to read or listen to? We have updated our selection with new titles! Click below for information on accessing free ebooks and audiobooks and for a listing of the Irving librarians’ office hours:

Information on Accessing Irving’s Digital Ebooks and Audiobooks

--Ms. Monk (mamonk1@fcps.edu) & Mrs. Gawalt (dlgawalt@fcps.edu)

After School

Free Summer Computer Science & Math Opportunities Offered by Thomas Jefferson High School Students

Foundations of Java Webinar Series hosted by Teens Transforming Technology

This webinar series is open to all middle school students and the goal is to provide virtual enrichment opportunities for students over the summer.  Topics covered include key foundational concepts in Java (Arrays, Objects, For/While Loops) which are building blocks to further study in computer science.

Registration form:  https://forms.gle/1VeJ5v7aDaTSC4jYA

Introduction to Algebra, Java, and Python Courses by headStart Learning

These group classes are open to all middle schoolers to promote math and computer science and help students build confidence in these areas at earlier ages in FCPS.  The group will offer weekly classes in the topics of Algebra, Java, and Python throughout the summer.  This group also offers individual tutoring sessions on weekend in math and computer science topics. 

Registration form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1OriGblMCCpkR_EAhjAqSIKOePDP05JV5qRcB-OPz-uW6QQ/viewform