Glasgow Community Gazette - September 19


Glasgow Community:

Greetings! I hope you had a peaceful weekend! This past week we had our Back to School Night, celebrated Yom Kippur and also started celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, which goes through October 15th. At Glasgow we recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. I spent this weekend hanging out with my son at soccer practice, attending a NAACP Fairfax event, celebrating my dad’s birthday and conducting some weekend home visits to families. Also, thank you to those families who sent me great book recommendations last week! 

COVID mitigation and keeping transmission rates low, continue to be a priority at Glasgow MS. We will continue to keep the community in the loop on our efforts. The Fairfax County Health Department announced a change in their communication process for students waiting for COVID-19 contact interviews. You may read about these changes on the FCHD website. You may also wish to review the FCHD FAQs for parents of school-aged children. We appreciate the continued partnership between FCPS and FCHD. 

Coming soon, our students will be engaging in Fall assessments within reading and math, which will be helpful for our staff to see what unfinished learning skills are there for our students. As always, please let me know if you would like me to visit you with a Home Visit this year! My goal is to stay consistent with ensuring we are getting out in the community and going to our families to ensure our community and school partnership is strong throughout the school year and beyond. Please let me know if our team or myself can support in any way. Please contact me or our team if you have any questions. Thank you.



Victor L. Powell,  Principal


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Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1




Important Dates

September 21 - Virginia Growth Assessment, Reading

September 29 - Virginia Growth Assessment, Math

important information

Important Information 

Credit for World Language Exam: Parents, is your student a 7th or 8th grader who is proficient in reading and writing in their first language? If so, then make sure your student signs up to take the Credit for World Language Exam on November 16th, here at Glasgow Middle School! 

The exam is designed to assess students’ first language proficiency and enable them to earn credits toward fulfilling the world language requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma in high school. Passing this exam will also award students with the Biliteracy Seal upon graduation. Students who have the ability to read and write in one of the following 26 languages may take the exam to receive high school credit*:

American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/ Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

If you would like your child to take the Credit for World Language Exam, please have them sign-up in Student Services from Monday September 20 until Wednesday, October 13th at 2:00 p.m. 

*Please note that fluent oral speaking skills are not sufficient for this exam. 


Summer Reading Celebration:  Summer is quickly coming to an end on Sep 22.  Please encourage your child to participate in Glasgow's Summer Reading program!  It is a bingo board, with many suggestions for kids to read print/digital books, listen to audiobooks, get active, and be creative. Students can work at their own pace and choose which activities they would like to try! Check out our summer Bingo board at Students can win prizes for participation and  will celebrate their participation at the end of September! Reach out to the library staff if you have any questions.  


From the Tech Office: We have issued over 1850 student laptops with chargers in the past few weeks.  By now, every student at Glasgow should have received their laptop.  If not, please have them let their teacher know so they can be sent to the tech office to be issued a new one.  Please know if they did not return their laptop from the 2020-2021 school year, they will not be issued a laptop until that one is returned.  It is also important that this laptop is fully charged at home every night before school.  Glasgow classrooms are not equipped to charge every student laptop at once. Finally, if a laptop or charger is lost there is a fee to replace.  A lost laptop cost $472 and a charger is $23.  We do not have the ability to replace these items for free. Please be sure the laptop and charger is always put in a safe place when not in use.


Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students: The application will open on Monday, October 25th at 4:00pm and close on Friday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website: Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email ( or phone (571-423-3770) or the Glasgow TJ Liaison, Counselor Gregory Frantz ( with questions.


Social and Emotional Learning Screener, Tuesday October 12- This fall, FCPS schools will be administering a social and emotional learning screener to all students in order to assess how teachers, counselors, and staff can better support students’ social and emotional needs. Glasgow students will be taking the 18 question screener in Panther Time on Tuesday, October 12.  Learn more about the screener and review the questions here. To opt your child out of participating in the screener, please complete the opt-out form found here and return to your child’s Panther Time teacher by Thursday, September 30th. 


Learn English - In partnership with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, we’re proud to offer another Family Learning Program. Are you interested in learning English? Would you like to improve your English language skills? The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is the program for you. Registration will  be on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Classes are free for Glasgow parents, which include all books and assessments. Classes start Tuesday, October 18, 2021, and end December 16, 2021. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Feel free to check out the website for more information If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Donovan at (Spanish) or Ms. Nafisa Mohamed at (Arabic) to register.


2021-21 Yearbooks: Our 2020-2021 yearbooks are finally here! Forgot to order yours? Don’t worry! There are yearbooks still available for purchase. Payment can be submitted on MySchoolBucks located on our Glasgow homepage. Please email our new yearbook adviser, Rushel Grillo, with any questions.

Buying a yearbook is easy!

  1. Go to MySchoolBucks.
  2. Add your child by selecting Glasgow Middle School, and either their student ID or birthdate
  3. You will receive a confirmation email that your account has been established
  4. Look for the Yearbook Sale icon and complete your purchase with a credit/debit card or electronic check


ParentVUE - Sign up for ParentVUE if you have not already done so. ParentVUE allows you to access your child’s grades, schedule, attendance, and bus information. Sign up here. You should have received an activation code in the mail last week. For questions related to ParentVUE, please contact Dana Rivas, registrar, at


Helpful Links: Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows you to track the location of your child’s school bus. MySchoolBucks allows you to add funds to your child’s account for meals, and student fees.

Afterschool Updates

Hello Glasgow Families!

Last week our After School Program began and it was great seeing students involved!  Our activity and club offerings will increase as we move into the school year. Schedule updates will be added to the Activities and Descriptions page on our main Glasgow Website. As a reminder, The After School program runs from 2:20 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday (late buses run Monday, Wednesday and Thursday). On Tuesday and Friday, you will need to arrange transportation no later than 4:45 p.m.

After School sign up will take place during each lunch period.  Students will be able to come on stage, sign up for the activities that are being offered that day.

If you need the Registration Packet, or have any questions, please contact me at

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