Mustang Weekly, February 2, 2024

principal's message

Hello Mustangs,

It’s been an exciting start to the beginning of the second semester. Please know that our team is committed to building on the successes of the first semester, and we hope to continue fostering a positive and enriching environment for your student(s). We also encourage your continued participation in your student’s education through communication with teachers or attending some of our school wide events. Let’s make this semester one that is filled with achievements, joy, and meaningful experiences. As always, thank you for entrusting us with your student, and please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns. Enjoy your weekend!

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

Save the Date


Tuesday, February 6 - Interest Meeting for Track, 6:00 PM

Friday, February 16 - Theater Performance, 7:00 PM

Saturday, February 17 - Theater Performance, 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Monday, February 19 - No School, President’s Day

Friday, February 23 - Student vs Staff Basketball Game

Wednesday, February 28 - PTSO Meeting, 7:00 PM

Black history month graphic

Black History Month Spirit Week

Feb. 5 (Monday) – Get in Formation (All Black Everything)

Feb. 6 (Tuesday) – Diaspora Day (Dashiki, African Attire, or Red/Green/Yellow | Black History shirts)

Feb. 7 (Wednesday) – HBC “YOU” (Wear a HBCU or any college shirt)

Feb. 8 (Thursday) – Soul Train Day (Dress up like your favorite decade 70s, 80s, and 90s)

Feb. 9 (Friday) – Culture Shock (Dress in a way that represents your culture, or wear South County Middle School attire/colors) 


The SCMS Spring Track season is almost upon us. We will be hosting a Parent/Student Information meeting on Tuesday February 6th at South County MS at 6:00pm. Please use door 1 and you will be directed to our Lecture Hall.


National School Counseling Week 2024

Feb. 5-9 is National School Counseling Week. According to the American School Counselor Association, this week “highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. The 2024 theme is “School Counseling: Standards-Based, Student-Focused.” Please join us in appreciating our school counselors next week.


SOL Testing and Expedited Retakes

SOL Testing at SCMS will be on the following dates: May 7th, May 9th, and May 13th

Please try to avoid scheduling appointments or trips on these dates.  It is important for all students to be in school for these assessments.

The Virginia Board of Education allows certain elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (where 400 is passing).  Parent permission is required for any retests in grades 3-8. If your student scores in this range, and you believe that they would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test, please complete this permission form and submit it to the school. A decision not to allow retesting will not impact your child’s course grade or academic record.

Parent Permission Form for SOL Retakes



CTE Summer Academy

What is CTE Summer Academy?

A weekly enrichment program that allows students to dive deeper into CTE program areas, and encourages skill development and career exploration.

Students choose 4 classes each week they participate and learn new content, discover interests, and build their skills.


Eligibility: Current 6 to 11 graders

Time - 8:30 am to 2:00 pm* *Early drop off is available!

Location - Lake Braddock SS

Transportation from select FCPS schools is provided!

Cost - $275 per week* *Tuition waivers available for students receiving Free and Reduced Meals

Dates -

Week 1: July 8 - 12

Week 2: July 15 - 19

Week 3: July 22 - 26

Class Options

Students will choose four (4) classes each week to build their own specialized summer learning program. Courses are available in all CTE program areas: Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health and Medical, Marketing, Technology and Engineering, and Trade and Industrial.

For the list and schedule of classes being offered, please visit our webpage!

How to Register

Registration is open from February 1 to June 7, 2024.

Students can register online by visiting the CTE Summer Academy website and clicking on the register button.

Additional Information

Visit FCPS CTE Summer Academy for more information!

For questions, please contact Beth Mehr at

2024 CTE Summer Academy Flyer