Robinson Student Ram Blast | February 8, 2021


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

Return To School Updates

School board approved return to school timeline:

Dates of Return for Student Groups

Feb. 16 Group 1-4: Select CTE and Special Education

Feb. 23 Group 5: PreK, Kindergarten and Special Education

March 2 Group 8: Grades 8, 9, 12

March 9 Group 6: Grades 1-2 & Group 8: Grades 7, 10, 11

March. 16 Group 7: Grades 3-6

New Bell Schedule Beginning February 16

View the February Blue/Gold Calendar here.

new bell schedule with one lunch shift will start on February 16. (Below)

The bell schedule adjustment is necessary due to social distancing requirements which limit capacity on school buses. The bell schedule change will apply to both in-person learning as well as students who are doing full-time virtual learning.

We will implement another new bell schedule with five lunch periods on March 2 with the return of group 8. Details forthcoming.

Adjusted Bell Schedule Until In Person Return for Group 8


See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Virtual Math Night Presentation, Jan. 28

Here is the recorded 30-minute session along with the slideshow presentation:

Slide Presentation: Virtual Math Night 2021

Please use this Google Form for questions and feedback.

*We apologize for multiple school events being held on the same evening.

Black History Month


Middle School Reading Challenge

February 8 - March 25th: Read a book of your choice and complete one activity. Read details on this document: Middle School Reading Challenge

All students who participate will be entered to win raffle prizes!


From home, students can read full text books, both fiction and nonfiction, in the following Ebsco eBook collections. From the library webpage, select Research tab, then Databases. ; Username: rbss; pw: rams21#

Academic eBook Collection
Over 130,000 eBooks in all subject areas. Scholarly sources on the college level from university presses and academic publishers. Download these books to mobile devices!

eBook High School Collection
This collection offers full text titles with access designed for High School students in all academic subjects.

eBook K-8 Collection
This collection offers full text titles with access designed for K-8 students in all academic subjects.

eBook History Collection
This collection features history titles across a variety of subjects, including music and science/technology.

Virtual Clubs Connecting RAMS!


Current Schedule & List:  Club Schedule  | Club List

Public/parent view: RMS After School Activities

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

Students access information on student/staff facing website and classroom or open links (below) in RMS Club Connection, pdf

Contact: Mary Aunon,  After School Program Specialist,


Strategic (Virtual) Board Game Club | New!

Begins this Wednesday, 2/10! Join the club classroom here.

board game club

Lens Photography Club | New Session Added!

Learn to use your phone camera to create amazing photos! All are welcome.

Students: Join the club classroom here to view the club sign-up form.


Join Crochet Club!


Sponsored by Ms. Lyons and Ms. Williams | Join us each Thursday!

College Partnership Program, CPP


The College Partnership Program (CPP) is a program designed to assist students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education (i.e first-generation, African-American, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, English learners, students with disabilities or economically disadvantaged) explore, apply and enroll in college. In accordance with FCPS’ goal to eliminate gaps in opportunity, access and achievement for all students, CPP focuses on academic advising, college visits, parent engagement and preparation beyond high school.

Stay tuned for the interest meeting date with Ms. Peters!

View the CPP flyer for details and email 8th grade counselor, Mrs. Peters,, for additional information.

This information is also posted on the grade 8 google classroom.

Trivia Club

Have fun each Monday at 2:30pm. Bring a friend!

Sponsored by Ms. Riddick and Mrs. Williams.


Support our PTSO


Counselor Corner & Resources

Important updates and resources from the student services department.

Current 7th and 8th Grade Student Course Selection

A message from Ms. Frank, RMS Director of Student Services.

We hope you all enjoyed taking a look as the electives during LS last week  If you haven’t had a chance to see the videos, they are still live and on our website, using this link.  The course selection sheet is a worksheet for students to use between now and when they will meet with their counselor in February.  The course selection sheets and course catalog can be found on the Robinson webpage or by following this link

In February, you will be meeting with your counselors to discuss your course selections. Please keep your course selection sheet handy and consider your electives thoughtfully. Make sure you are choosing electives based on YOUR interests.  In a few weeks, students will receive a google form to their fcpsschools account to enter their course selection choices. We ask that all students complete the google form so that we are able to help support the students through academic advising.  When the students meet with their counselor, they can ask questions about specific classes and options. Please make sure students are prepared for that meeting. Again, that meeting will be in February.

So, in summary: Use the Course Selection sheet as a worksheet - do not email it to your counselor. Students will receive a google form link to their fcpsschools account to enter their course selection choices later in January. In February, they will meet with their counselor to discuss their classes.

Summer Camp Opportunity


Fairfax Public Access Hosts

Teen Summer TV & Radio Production Camps

Camp brochure with descriptions and registration details available here.

Social Work Spotlight

By Kristen Licciardo

Tips to Manage Stress and Anxiety:

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America contains a variety of resources for coping with general anxiety and some specific anxiety disorders, including articles, information sheets, blog posts, and videos.

Need Help Feeding Your Family?

Resources to help:

FCPS Free Meal Distribution

Go to the Food Distribution website to see if your meal site has changed.

Food for Others 

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

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:

Lasagna Love, Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Scan QR code or go to




RAM Food Pantry

A community resource available to anyone in need.

Located near Entrance 6. Please bring your own bag to hold food items.

Thank you for your continued donations!

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