Robinson Student Ram Blast | March 22, 2021


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


Spring Break Coming Soon

It's just around the corner! Next week is our spring break - a time to disconnect from school and technology and relax with family and friends.

Spring break: March 29 - April 2


8th Graders, We Need Your Help!

The 7th grade history team is missing many copies of the novels Code Talkers and Under a War Torn Sky. They were handed out before the pandemic. If you have a copy of these books we lent out last year, please return. There will be a cart set up outside the 8th grade sub school for book drop offs. Thank you for your help as we try to recover lost books.   

Service Award Recognition

The flyer may be viewed here.


Virtual Parent Group | Substance Abuse


View the flyer here.

Here Comes The Bus Mobile App

Know when your bus is approaching your stop!  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

Please use this website for assistance using the FCPS HCTB mobile app.


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.


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 Families,

Request for HELP! Robinson library is missing 396 overdue library books, and our students are eagerly waiting for titles to return so they can read the books as well. Please take a moment to look around your home for Robinson library books and return them to the school.

You are welcome to return them in any of the following ways:
** During curbside services, Mondays from 1:00-6:00 (when school is open)
** In-person students can drop off books on the cart, outside the main doors of the library
** If the weather is nice, look for the library book return cart during school hours, Monday through Friday, outside of door #3
** Contact one of Robinson’s Librarians to arrange another option:

Please help us reclaim the books our students are excited to read. THANK YOU!
Wishing you a safe and relaxing spring break,
~ Robinson’s Librarians


Featured Library Database

Gale LegalForms - not just for students! A wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms, Including real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, etc.

Start at the library webpage/Database/LegalForms; password=rams

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 Club Connection flyer here.

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

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

Public website: RMS After School Activities

Students are welcome to join any week!

Contact: Mary Aunon,  After School Program Specialist,

Talent Show March 23

Sign up for Robinson Middle School's Virtual Talent Show, hosted by SGA. View the flyer below for more details. You can also sign up as an audience member! View flyer with sign-up link here.

SGA sponsor contact: Ms. Whitwell,


Girl Scouts Host Media Awareness Program

Robinson is partnering with the Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital to offer an after school program! Interested girls should plan to attend the interest meeting on Tuesday, April 6 at 4pm to learn more and be the first to register. Join the club classroom here to view the google meet link. z4zkqnf

Experienced and new scouts are welcome! View the flyer here.


ArtsFairfax Hosts Hip-Hop Dance Program


The dance residency will be hosted by ArtsFairfax resident, Ms. Katherine Zukeri. View flyer here.

Interested students are invited to attend an interest meeting on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 4:30pm via Google Meets. Please sign-up here.

Relax in "Chillax" Club Each Wednesday


Community News

TJ PTSA Hosts Diversity in STEM Talks


Parents, register at this Zoom link*: 

 *To ensure you receive the Zoom link, do not use an FCPS schools student email account!

Submit questions in advance here:

Information and recordings from past Diversity in STEM Talks can be found on the TJ PTSA Diversity Committee webpage:

View event flyer here.

View event flyer in Spanish here.

View event flyer in Arabic here.

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



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!

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

Social Work Spotlight

By Kristen Licciardo


When the kids in our life struggle, we have lots of questions…Why is this happening? How do I help them to learn to handle their feelings? What will happen if they don’t figure this out before they grow up? Where do I start? Coping for Kids offers information about coping styles, resources, courses, and products (such as coping cards) for children and teens.

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


Food Pantry Update

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  We have received some very generous donations to help with our families in need. 

The food pantry has plenty of vegetables, mac-n-cheese, rice, soup, and beans. 

Items needed: Canned tuna, canned chicken, condiments, spices, cake/brownie mixes, olive oils, snacks, peanut butter, jelly, and personal toiletry items.
If you are donating food from your personal kitchen, please kindly check the expiration date on the items. Keep the donations coming!!!!

RAM Pantry | Located near Entrance 6. Please bring your own bag.

Need Help Feeding Your Family?

Resources to help:

FCPS Free Meal Distribution Website

Food for Others

Lasagna Love, Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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 |

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