The Wildcat Way - January 6, 2021




Dear Whitman Community,

During the month of January, the Whitman Student Services team will be working closely with your child to select courses for 2021-2022 school year.  In December, Whitman hosted Curriculum Night for our rising grade 7 and grade 8 families.  If you missed it, we recorded the sessions (see below).

Parents/guardians are encouraged to be a part of these choices for next year.  After counselors have captured the courses in SIS, families can review the courses requested beginning March 12, 2021 in Parent Vue and Student Vue.  The Whitman counseling team is always available to answer any of your questions.

Rising grade 8 students and families:

Rising grade 8 students (current seventh grade students): On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, during Wildcat time/ Advisory Period 4, students will view an introduction from the Whitman school counseling team on the process of selecting courses and receive links to the Whitman course catalog.  The course catalog offers descriptions of all courses offered at Whitman MS. Please keep in mind, some courses are subject to change.  Counselors are available to take your questions.  Our goal is to meet with every seventh grade student by January 21, 2021 for course requests.  Course requests for school year 2021-22 will be viewed in SIS through Parent Vue on March 12, 2021 and final changes are due June 1, 2021. Final schedules will be provided in August.

Academic Advising/Curriculum Video:

Curriculum Night Resources:

Rising grade 9 students and families:

Rising grade 9 students (current eighth grade students): Students will need to check their FCPS student account (student for an invitation to join a group of student peers with future Mount Vernon High School counselors.  On Monday, January 11, 2021, MVHS counselors will present information about the high school course selection process for the 2021-22 school year. We are so excited for you to begin your search and encourage students to have discussions with parents/guardians to prepare to transition to high school.

This introduction on January 11 will be the first of many opportunities to learn about high school options and high school life.  During the week of January 18, students will get access to the MVHS curriculum and electives fair website and students should be on the lookout for a virtual curriculum night for students and families.  MVHS school counselors look forward to meeting with students later this spring to ensure all questions are answered.

Parents, please help students check their FCPS gmail for an invitation from MVHS counselors with time and link to join on Monday, January 11.  Below provides a list of student's last name beginning initials and the assigned MVHS counselor name.

Patrick Tubbins          A – Chi           

Niasharee Frater       Cho - Gom       

Mary McAlevy            Gon – Lea       

Camille Moore            Leb – Olo        

Melissa Mentzel         Olp – Ser         

Paul Guillion               Ses – Z          

Cathy Samper            ELP 1 - 3 A-B  

Maisa Jones               ELP 3 C-Z & ELP 4


Thank you for all you do to support your students!


Dr. Craig Herring, Principal



MOUNT VERNON, VA — Food distributions hosted by Lee District Supervisor Rodney Lusk and partners in Mount Vernon will continue in the new year.

The next drive-thru distribution will happen t 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7 at the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.

There are no eligibility requirements to pick up the food. Individuals will receive staples like produce, rice, pasta, canned meat and more. Distributions are contact free, and face coverings are required.

Individuals must be in vehicles; walk ups are not permitted. Vehicles should enter on Buckman Road. For weather-related updates, check




Join us Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for Whitman Middle School’s Family Market! Whitman is partnering with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) to offer these monthly distributions of nutritious groceries to members of our community, free of charge.


When: January 13, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.

Where: This year, Family Markets will be held outside, with drive-up pickup outside of Door 2 on the side of the building. Please drive in on the field-side of the building and drive around the back of the building until you reach Door 2.

What: The CAFB will be providing pre-packed boxes/bags of dry goods and produce. One box of each per household, please.

Help us keep Family Markets safe! Please note that masks are required for market participation, and we ask all participants to maintain social distancing by keeping 6 feet or further away from others.




“Le invitamos el miércoles 13 de enero de 2:30 a 4:00 para el Mercado Familiar de la escuela Whitman! Whitman está colaborando con Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) para ofrecer estas distribuciones mensuales de alimentos nutritivos a los miembros de nuestra comunidad gratuitamente.


Cuándo: 13 de enero, 2:30 a 4:00

Dónde: El Mercado Familiar se llevarán a cabo afuera en la acera de Whitman. Puede recogerlo directamente de su vehículo por la Puerta 2 al costado del edificio. Entre por el lado del campo y rodee la parte trasera del edificio hasta llegar a la Puerta 2.

Qué: La CAFB proporcionará cajas/bolsas empaquetadas de productos secos y productos agrícolas. Una caja por hogar por favor.


¡Ayúdenos a mantener seguros los mercados familiares! Tenga en cuenta que se requieren máscaras para la participación en el mercado, y les pedimos a todos los participantes que mantengan el distanciamiento social manteniéndose 6 pies o más lejos de los demás.”





Three new After-School Clubs

NCS– Gathering STEAM Live! -  Thursdays 4:00pm-4:45pm

Gathering STEAM is a fun, dynamic mixed-media approach to learning where students engage in exploring science, technology, engineering, and math all through the lens of artistic expression.

Sports Chat w/Mr. Neal & Mr. Tippins – Thursdays 3:15pm-4:00pm

Students will talk all things Sports and discuss current sports topics and learn about all the different things that sports has to offer.

Fantasy Champions Soccer League – Wednesday 3:00pm-3:45pm

Students will be involved in a Fantasy Champions League along with discussing recent soccer news, learning the technical and thought process side of the sport. Students will discuss and breakdown games of the league and the sport of soccer.

How to Sign up for Clubs

Interested in having your student participate in the After-School Program? Here are a few things you can help your student with to help them getting them signed up for clubs.

  • Have them Join the Wildcats After-School Google Classroom - Code: pbdi5n3
  • Parents complete the After-School Registration Form (must be completed to participate)
  • Students should visit the Wildcats After-School Site for the complete schedule/information
    • Students will need to login with their FCPS Gmail to access
    • Wildcats After-School site - Schedule / List of Clubs / Club Enrollment Form / Google Classroom for Clubs
  • Parents can visit for more info


After-School Academic Support

  • Students can stay after Virtually with a teacher Tuesday-Thursday (2:20pm-3:20pm)
  • Students will need to schedule an appointment with the teacher(s) they would like to stay after with for academic support, so that they teacher can invite them to their virtual office.
  • Student can access the Academic Support Schedule by visiting the Wildcats After-School Site and clicking the tab for Academic Support.

To view the daily club calendar, click here Daily Schedule (2nd Quarter)

Questions regarding the After-School Program email Chris Tippins, After-School Specialist



Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) is a FREE educational program of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, designed to ignite a passion in students who already show an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our hope is that the BLAST 3-day residential, on-campus experience, which is packed with demonstrations and collaborative activities led by college faculty, will inspire students to envision a career in a STEM field and motivate them to expand the number of STEM-related classes they take in higher grade levels. 


Many students who attend BLAST go on to participate in our advanced educational programs, two of which offer free college credits through dual enrollment with Thomas Nelson Community College. Participating students in these competitive programs develop advanced skills related to the 5 C's of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate: critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship, in addition to building STEM-specific knowledge and skills. While participation in BLAST is not a prerequisite to attending any of our other educational programs, it is an ideal opportunity for younger students to determine if STEM is the right path for them. 


Please help us ensure every interested student is aware of the opportunity to apply to BLAST by sharing our flyer via: 

  • Teachers of math, technology, engineering, or science classes. 
  • Sponsors of extracurricular activities related to science, technology, engineering, or math. 
  • Social Media outlets, such as your school's Facebook and/or Twitter page. 
  • Online newsletter for your school or organization. 


Thank you for your time and support of Virginia Space Grant Consortium's education programs. Applications for the Summer 2021 BLAST sessions will open online November 13.  


We look forward to receiving applications from your students! 


Julie Back, M.S. Ed., NBCT 

STEM Education Program Specialist 

BLAST Program Coordinator 

Virginia Space Grant Consortium 

600 Butler Farm Road 

Hampton, Virginia 23666 


Parent Digital Consent

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We need your consent for some important digital resources your child may access for classwork on their laptop. Please fill out a short consent form; we appreciate your help.

Here is the link to our  Digital Resources at Walt Whitman MS and direct link  to the consent form.