Robinson Student Ram Blast | March 15, 2021


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

Student Photo Featured in New York Times

Senior Kenneth DeCrosta has been photographing Robinson athletes as a personal series and recently submitted this photo to the New York Times, which was selected and featured in the print version on March 11, 2021. Kenneth is taught by photography teacher, Carrie Garvey.


Photo by Kenneth DeCrosta

Return to School Reminders

In-Person Reminders:

  • Students must wear a mask at all times.
  • In-person students may not enter the building prior to 8am.
  • Students should bring a water bottle with them to school which can be refilled at hydration stations.
  • No locker or locker room use. If you have PE, please dress for physical activity.
  • FCPS offers free grab and go lunch for all students.  Menus can be found here:
  • Visitors must schedule appointments prior to visiting the school. Please do not plan to drop anything off to your student during the school day.


After School Bus Location Info

Follow Robinson Bus Lanes on Twitter (@RBSSbusman) to find out where your bus is located after school among the 45 buses. There are three lanes with the higher numbers closer to the building. A pic will be posted after school.

Additional RTS Resources

RTS Slide Deck for Families

RTS Video for Families

March 17 & 18 Schedule

March 17 & 18 are regular school days where students will attend in-person/log in virtually. Per County guidelines, these will be the Robinson Catch Up days where students will have the opportunity to make up any work, get extra support, or work on projects, etc. There will be no new instruction or content taught.


Calendar Reminders

March 24: Parent Group Meeting; see invite below

March 26: End of 3rd Quarter; 2-Hour Early Release; MS Clubs will not meet

March 29 - April 2: Spring Break

April 5 - Teacher Workday

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar


Donations Welcome

Donations of sanitizing wipes for students to use when we return in person are welcome! Parents may drop off at entrance 1.

Thank you Robinson community!

FCPS Cares Program

Want to recognize an FCPS staff member who has gone above and beyond? Complete this quick form to express your appreciation:


Hello Robinson,

Spring break is right around the corner! What will you read over break? Are you looking for some suggestions? Visit Robinson Library’s Reading Recommendations guide then borrow a book via CURBSIDE pickup, Mondays from 1:00-6:00 p.m., or through Grab & Go for in-person patrons.

Happy Reading!

~ Robinson’s Librarians


Featured Library Database

America's Historical Newspapers (Newsbank): Primary source historical U.S. newspapers published between 1690 and the 20th Century, including titles from all states. Includes the complete content of each issue, including news stories, illustrations, advertisements, cartoons and more from a variety of perspectives.

Username: rbss; Password: robinson

Student Information


You can access this library poster via PDF by clicking this link. 

Middle School Reading Challenge

Ends 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!

Building Connections After School


View this flyer in pdf format here.

Student View: Use links on RMS Club Connection, pdf to learn about club offerings and how to join. Details are also posted on grade level classrooms.

Students are welcome to join any week and attend when available. FCPS middle school after school programming will remain virtual.

Parent View: Schedule & Alpha List:  Club Schedule By Day | Club List

Public website: RMS After School Activities

Contact: Mary Aunon,  After School Program Specialist,

SGA Special Events

Tuesday, March 16th 3:30pm: GET READY FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY!! Join SGA and get into the Irish spirit by making some delicious festive treats (Shamrock Shakes and Lepre-cones). View the flyer for the required ingredient list and make sure to sign-up ahead of time. BUY SUPPLIES AHEAD OF TIME!

Wednesday, March 17th 3:30pm: You got heart and soul? SGA does! Join us for a screening of Pixar's SOUL. We will be making a tasty treat to much on during the video and have a fun trivia quiz to test your knowledge of the movie after! Check out the flyer for more details, snack list, and don't forget o sign up!




SGA sponsor contact: Ms. Whitwell,

NEW DATE for Talent Show

Sign up for Robinson Middle School's Virtual Talent Show, hosted by SGA. View the flyer below for more details and be sure to fill out the sign-up sheet to give us some more information about your act! Tuesday, March 23rd 3:30pm

Don't want to participate but would love to watch? You can also sign up as an audience member! Just indicate that you'd like to be a spectator in the sign-up sheet.
View flyer with sign-up link here.


Relax in "Chillax" Club Each Wednesday


Community News



Please note, bagged mulch will be available for pick-up this year. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Minimum order is 7 cubic yards (approximately 63 bags) This is a great option if you want to organize a bulk delivery with neighbors.

To order individual bags of mulch for pick-up or a truckload delivery, please access website:

Please direct all questions about the 2021 mulch fundraiser to

Thank you for supporting the Class of 2021!

STEM Activity Fair

Save the date! TJ Techstravaganza 2021 is scheduled for Saturday, May 15. This STEM fair will be held virtually and is open to students of all ages!

View details and register here:

Techstravaganza Flyer

Techstravaganza Flyer_Spanish

TJ PTSA Hosts Diversity in STEM Talks


Parents, register at this Zoom link:

Submit questions in advance here:

If you missed our February 8 talk on robotics, you can view the recording here:

View event flyer here.

View event flyer in Spanish here.

View event flyer in Arabic here.

Counselor Corner & Resources

Important updates and resources from the student services department.

From Katy Frank, Director of Student Services

Course Selections/Academic Advising

Counselors are finishing Academic Advising this week for school year 2021-2022.  Parents and students can see what classes your child has selected by looking in StudentVue.  Students/Parents will need to log in on a computer, this information is not easily found on a smartphone.  This is not the daily schedule, but a list of classes they have signed up for.  If your child does not have a complete selection of classes, please email their counselor (see counselor contact information below).  

Rising 7th or 8th grade students: When reviewing the courses, please consider the following:

  • A full course load of seven classes, which includes: English, History or Civics, Science, Mathematics, Health and PE (Middle School P.E. is divided into 2 semester classes), and Electives.  Semester elective courses must be matched with another semester elective course to create a full-year course. 
  • The correct level of courses by grade and proficiency (i.e. English 7, Science 8, Spanish 1).
  • Honors designation when appropriate (Honors classes have a HN designation).
  • Electives:  2 yearlong electives, or 1 yearlong and 2 semester, or 4 semester electives. 
  • TEAM DESIGN on the middle school schedule is not a class, but a place holder for identifying team designation in the middle school.
  • LEARNING SEMINAR - Learning Seminar is an opportunity for all students to rotate to a different class on Gold days and receive additional instruction or enrichment for that class.  This is considered an additional period included in the students 1-8 period schedule.     

Rising 9th grade students:  When reviewing the courses, please consider the following:

  • A full course load of seven classes, which includes: English, World History, Science, Mathematics, Health and PE, and Electives.  Semester elective courses must be matched with another semester elective course to create a full-year course. 
  • The correct level of courses by grade and proficiency (i.e. English 9, Spanish 2).
  • Honors designation when appropriate (Honors classes have a HN designation).
  • At least 4 alternate electives in the event a class is not open or available. 

If, upon reviewing this information, you decide to make changes to your student’s course request, please notify your child’s counselor.  All schedule change requests must be made in writing and completed by June 8th.

Current 8th grade: Last name of student

A-Le – Jamee Lyons

Li-Z – Valerie Peters

Current 7th grade: Last name of student

A-La – Nathan Herendeen

Le-Z – Dolores Malloy

Virtual Parent Group | Substance Abuse


You can view this flyer in pdf format here.

Social Work Spotlight

By Kristen Licciardo

Take 10 Now! Stress takes a physical toll on the body and mind that can lead to tension, nervousness, and other negative health effects. Release and refresh your body and mind with this 10-minute Body Scanning Meditation.

Save the Date: FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference Set for April 17

FCPS will hold its 16th annual Special Education Conference virtually on Saturday, April 17. Registration will begin in March. A student strand will be held for youth ages 14-22. FCPS educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers can earn recertification points for attending the conference. Exhibit Hall and Inclusive Schools resources will be shared.

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information

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

Lasagna Love, Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Scan QR code or go to

RAM Pantry

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

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