Mustang Weekly, January 9, 2024

principal's message

Hello Mustangs,

I am thrilled to share some amazing news as we wrap up this shortened week due to the winter weather. With immense pleasure and pride, I announce Ms. Jessica Gregory (SCMS Cat B Teacher) as the South County Pyramid’s winner for Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year! She will move to the regional level to compete against other candidates throughout Region 4 and beyond. We are super excited for her and wish her well in the next round of the process. Additionally, 2nd quarter will end on January 25th, so please remind your student(s) to check on their grades and take advantage of every opportunity to demonstrate their learning. As always, thank you for your continued trust and support, and please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns. I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School



January 23 - Curriculum Night, 6:00 - 7:30 PM, Gym & Cafeteria

January 24 - Night of the Arts Show, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

January 25 - 2 Hour Early Release, End of 2nd Quarter, 

January 26 - No School, Teacher Workday

Recently, we have observed an increase in playful physical interactions, such as “horseplaying” and “pretend fighting,” among some of our students. While we understand that these activities may be perceived as fun and light-hearted, it is important to remind everyone that situations can escalate rapidly, leading to genuine conflicts or someone inadvertently getting hurt. In light of this, we kindly request your ongoing support. Let us collectively reinforce the message about the potential risks of horseplaying and pretend fighting to discourage student participation. By working together, we can maintain the safety of our school environment at South County Middle School.

South County Middles School

Curriculum Night

Rising 7th & 8th Grade Families

January 23, 2024

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Families will have the opportunity to learn about course options for the 2024-2025 school year and meet with our core and elective teachers, counselors, and administrators. There will also be an informational session offered to learn about the math options in middle school and course offerings for general education, honors, AAP, ESOL and SPED at South County MS. 

Curriculum Night Information

South County High School

Academic Advising Dates

for Rising 9th Grade Families

January 24, 2024 — Curriculum Night 6:00-7:30pm

Content area teachers will be available at the Curriculum Fair in the cafeteria to discuss core class and elective course offerings. Also, there will be an informational session for rising 9th grade families in the auditorium from 6:00-6:45. 

Grade Level Curriculum Orientation—

High School counselors will meet with students in large groups to present information about course offerings, sequencing, prerequisites for specific courses, and graduation requirements at South County Middle School on January 30th, 2024.

Middle School Counselors will meet with students February 5th-9th through Science classes to complete academic advising.

Students with an FCPS login can access our electives information here.

South County High School Student Services


What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”