Robinson Student Ram Blast | November 9, 2020


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

Upcoming Dates/Reminders

Wednesday, November 11th is an early release day. Please see the bell schedule below. 






 75 min



 75 min



 75 min



 30 min

On December 10th and 11th, students will have an opportunity to get additional help with missing assignments or make-up work. If your student does not have any missing assignments or requires support from their teacher, they may not have to attend class. Please communicate with your Ram's teacher should you have questions. 

Weekly Progress Reports from SIS

In order to receive the weekly progress reports (assignments, grades) from FCPS, you must ensure that your data in SIS ParentVUE is accurate and complete.
Please visit this page for additional information - Parent SIS Account Overview

FCPS Virtual Learning Tech Tips Video

This FCPS YouTube playlist has important reminders about digital citizenship, tech tips and how to keep your laptop and other features ready for student success! Need help with sound? Support with the microphone? How to create helpful easy-to-access links? Check out these videos and bookmark this page: YouTube Tutorial Playlist

2nd Quarter Blue/Gold and LS Calendar

REMINDER!  November 11 is an early release day. No Learning Seminar is scheduled. See schedule here.

2nd Quarter Blue/Gold and Learning Seminar schedule. Calendar

Service Learning at Robinson

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, Robinson Secondary encourages service learning at all grade levels. Service learning provides students with an opportunity to connect what they do in the classroom to their volunteerism in the community. 


Service learning is not a requirement for graduation, however some classes and school organizations may require service learning.  Additionally, students who would like to apply for the IB Middle Years Program Certificate at the end of tenth grade are required to participate in three service learning activities in both 9th and 10th grade (for a total of six).

Service learning hours should be submitted using x2vol.  A significant reflection should be written for each service learning activity.  Some questions to consider while writing your reflection are: 

  • Did your service encourage you to try new things or explore an area of unfamiliarity? Did you develop any new skills or undertake any new challenges?
  • Did your service allow you to plan any activities or collaborate with others?
  • What impact did you have on your local, regional, or global community?
  • How did your service assist you in understanding more about your interests? Did it increase your awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses?

More information can be found on Robinson’s Service Learning site. For help with x2vol, please see these help videos.

School Picture Days | ACTION NEEDED

SCHOOL PICTURE DAYS are coming soon! All students will receive a school ID card on site. You MUST sign up for an appointment time to have your photo taken. This photo will appear in the yearbook.

View Schedule Here

November 9-Eighth Grade; November 16-7th Grade

Picture Day


Students, please see the guidelines below if you would like to submit your own school portrait for use in the yearbook instead of having one taken at Robinson.

Guidelines for Submitting a School Portrait
DEADLINE: November 16, 2020

  • Student must be centered in the photo facing the camera, both eyes visible.
  • Pose must be a waist-up shot. No full body shots. No hands near face—arms and hands should not be above the waist. No knees blocking the body.
  • Student must be sitting or standing. No photos of students laying on the ground, sitting
    on the ground, etc.
  • Student’s clothing and jewelry must fit school dress code guidelines and be “school appropriate”.
  • No props (animals, hats, sunglasses, cars, sport equipment, musical instruments or additional people in the photo). No weapons.
  • Backgrounds (trees, rocks, columns, etc.) should not block the view of the student.
  • Background must be simple and uncluttered.
  • No texture, filter, name stamping, embossing, or date stamp.
  • Photo must be vertical. No horizontal photos.
  • Submit the photo in digital format. All photos must be saved as a JPG file.

Photos files must be named with the student’s legal last name and then the legal first name and grade (ex: Smith,William,10th.jpg)
Email photos to:

**A sample picture is located in your Ram's grade level google classroom.

Fall and Academic Photos Needed


Submit photos using this form link.

Yearbook Purchase Instructions


● $30, yearbook only- no personalization this year

● Buy now, and save $10. Price will be $40 at distribution.


● Use My School Bucks

Call 1.866.287.3096 and use order number 5050

Go to and use order number 5050

** The yearbook price increases after DECEMBER 31, 2020.


Contact the Yearbook Adviser Adrienne Forte at


Hello Robinson Families,
Exciting news - curbside pickup service has been extended! Robinson is offering curbside service every Monday, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please visit the RBSS curbside pickup guide to learn all about our curbside services and procedures.
Questions? Please reach out to one of us. We are happy to help!
Happy Reading!
~ Your Robinson Librarians


Featured Library Database

Major U.S. and international newspapers; search for full text articles by title, headline, date, newspaper section, etc. A one-stop source for current news and searchable archives. Password: rams

Curious about Media Bias? We encourage students to evaluate news outlets using the Media Bias Chart A great strategy to avoid misinformation is to read about a news event from several different publishers.

Connect Through Virtual Clubs


2nd Quarter Schedule Now Posted! Students are welcome to join any week and attend when available. No programming on 11/11 or 11/25.

Student steps to join a virtual club:

1. Students access the After School Program website (student facing) and open the Club Description spreadsheet for club specific details.

2. For any clubs of interest, students click the “Join Club Classroom” to join.

Club updates and meet link posted in Classroom.

Public/parent view: RMS After School Activities

View guidelines, hours, club list and descriptions, google calendar, & more!

Contact: Mary Aunon,  After School Program Specialist,

New Clubs Added

Among Us, Coding for Beginners, Lens Photography, & Soccer. Details posted on Club Classroom sites. All are welcome to join!



Join NEW Coding for Beginners Club Here

Join Coding Club Here


Join Soccer Classroom Here


Join Lens Photography Club Here

among us

Attend the interest meeting on Tuesday, 11/10 to learn about this new club.

Join Among Us Club Classroom Here

Robinson Fundraisers

Support the Robinson Music Department


Support Our Robinson PTSO


Robinson PTSO Restaurant Night

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

5:00 pm to 8:00pm

Mention this flyer when you order by phone or order on-line at and write Robinson PTSO in special instructions when you check out. George’s Steak n’ Things will give 18% of the proceeds to Robinson Secondary School PTSO.

Located on Ox road in the Gold’s Gym Shopping Center.

Take a break from getting ready for Thanksgiving and order takeout today!!

Counselor Corner

Important updates and resources from the student services department.

Student Survey

Dear Parent or Guardian,

The Robinson Middle School Counseling Department is continuing to work diligently to support our students as we meet the challenges of Virtual Education.  One of Robinson’s core goals is to provide an environment that is welcoming, accepting, and inclusive.  As we continue with this goal in mind, we are seeking information from our students to see how we are doing.  Your student will be asked to complete a short survey in their class beginning in December and then again in the Spring of 2021.  This will be done through a Google Form.  The students will be asked to rank the following statements using a Likert Scale (a scale from 1 through 5 where 1 is strongly disagree; 2-disagree 3; neither agree or disagree; 4-agree and 5-strongly agree):

  1. Overall, I feel welcome in the Robinson Community.
  2. I feel involved in the Robinson Community.
  3. I can make connections with classmates, teachers, and other Robinson staff members.

Please feel free to contact your child’s Middle School Counselor if you have any questions.

Social Work Spotlight

By Kristen Licciardo

Food for Others - Food Resource!
If you are in need of food, you may go to one of the following neighborhood sites at the times specified. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!

Burke: Monday, Thursday
Summit Oaks: Parking lot on Oak Bluff Ct. at the end of Oak Leather Dr., Burke. 6:30pm
Crevenna Oak: Parking lot on Crevenna Oak Dr. at the end of Oak Green Dr. south of Burke Center Parkway, Burke. 7:00pm

Fairfax : Monday, Thursday
West of Circle ¼ mile on US 50, north on Draper Dr. to end at Kingsbridge. Parking lot of Yorkville Apartments, facing Kingsbridge. 6:00pm

Food for Others also has a warehouse for food needs. Please see website for more information:

Suicide Prevention Month

Please see link below for information regarding Suicide and Alcohol Use, including risk factors and who to contact for support.

Suicide and Alcohol Use

Tiffany Jones, LPC, CSAC
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Quick Links & Phone Numbers

Helpful Resources

mental health

Student Services Department Contacts:

Director, Student Services | Ms. Frank |

DSS Registrar | Ms. Knowlton,

7th Grade Counselors 

Mr. Herendeen (Last Name A-La), 

Ms. Malloy (Last Name Le-Z), 

8th Grade Counselors 

Ms. Lyons (Last Name A-Le),

Ms. Peters (Last Name Li-Z), 

Social Worker: Ms. Licciardo,

School Psychologist: Ms. King, 

Special Education Department Chair:  Ms. Stickels,

Parent Liaison: Ms. Azimi,, 703-201-4563

RMS Administration:

Chris Farmerie:       8th Grade Principal |

Chelsea Tryon:        7th Grade Principal |

Katy Frank:              Director, Student Services |

Mary Aunon:            After-School Program Specialist |   

Bryan Hazard:         Systems of Support Advisor |

ms admin

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