Glasgow Community Gazette - September 26


Glasgow Community:

Greetings, We are one month into school! Wow! I started my program with AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy on Saturday and I am excited about growing as an instructional leader. Also, I just finished another book: A Rip in Heaven by Jeanine Cummins. On to the next book! We also updated the PTA link on the FCPS Glasgow webpage so it goes to the right page. The new website is: and our new email is

Glasgow PTA Meeting: You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Sep 28, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Glasgow PTA Meeting (9/28/2021) Register in advance for this webinar: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Also, we are excited for our students to engage in the Broadcast News Show for Good Morning Glasgow (GMG). We are thankful for Ms. Rushel Grillo and our students.

Whether your family needs medical care for a COVID-related issue, seasonal cold or allergies, injuries, routine exams, or mental health and wellness, our community has a number of resources for you. Visit the Mental and Physical Healthand Community Resources webpage for a full list of organizations that can provide support and care.

Lastly, the 8th Annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference and Inova Act on Addiction presents Strategies for Today and Beyond. The conference will be virtual this year September 27-October 1, 2021. Registration information and the complete schedule and list of speakers are now available online.

As always, we are here to support our families in any way we can. Please connect with your child’s teachers if you have any questions about their academics or needs. Continue to let me know if I can support in any way. I will continue to learn and gain information from families during the weekly home visits. Please let me know if you would like me to visit you at your home. Take care and have a blessed weekend.


Victor L. Powell, Principal


Contact Information:


Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1




Important Dates

September 29-October 5 - Virginia Growth Assessment, Math Window

October 11 - Non Student Day, School Planning Day

October 12 - SEL Screener

important information

Important Information 

FCPS Needs School Bus Drivers - New Incentive - New drivers will receive a $3,000 signing bonus - $1,500 after consecutive employment of 90 workdays, and $1,500 will be given after the first 180 working days (paid school days) if the driver receives a satisfactory yearly evaluation and is recommended for continued employment with FCPS Office of Transportation Services.

We hope this helps us to add many new bus drivers to our team!

New Hourly Rate for School Bus Drivers - We are also excited to share that the hourly pay for bus drivers has increased to $22.91! For more information, contact the Applicant Center - Connie Lovejoy at 571-423-3023.


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. 


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.


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.


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


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!

We’ve completed our second week of the After School Program. Recruitment of staff and volunteers continue to be a priority as we continue to grow our after school program. Our commitment to providing our students with meaningful activities and programs. If you’re interested in being a volunteer, please contact me at to discuss our options and potential next steps. Thank you for your continued support of Glasgow and the After School Program.

glasgow pta

Glasgow PTA News

Glasgow PTA Meeting: You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Sep 28, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Glasgow PTA Meeting (9/28/2021) Register in advance for this webinar:

Check out the Glasgow PTA website to find out how you can help at Glasgow! 

To stay in touch and in the know, sign up for the PTA listserv by sending a request to Or join the PTA at It’s only $10!

FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Glasgow Middle School staff member who went beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit a brief description so we can all acknowledge the good work of Glasgow faculty and staff members.


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