Mustang Weekly, February 9, 2024

principal's message

Hello Mustangs,

What a phenomenal week it’s been! Black History Month Spirit Week was a joy to experience as it ignited our school with creativity, learning, and, most importantly, celebration. We look forward to another week, and as always, thank you for your continued support. We cannot do this work without you. Please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns, and we look forward to seeing our students next week. Enjoy your weekend!

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

Save the Date


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

Saturday, February 17 - Theater Performance, 1:00 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


South County MS Theatre Presents Matilda!

Join us for the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Performances are on Feb 16th at 7pm and Feb 17th at 1 and 7pm. Tickets are 8$ and found through Etix:


Talent Showcase

"African Americans and the Arts"

South County High School has invited our Mustangs to join them in a celebration in honor of Black History Month.  There will be a talent showcase themed, "African Americans and the Arts" occurring February 29th during the school day (starting at 9:46).  More details to follow.  Examples of performances include singing, rapping, spoken word, poetry, instrumentation, visual arts, etc. However, if there is a different talent students would like to submit for consideration, they can indicate it using the sign-up form. All students are welcome to participate.  The sign-up form can be found in Schoology under ‘All Schools’.   

Here is the link.

Thank you,

Ms. Myree

rise against hunger

South County Middle School

8th Grade Day of Service

April 19, 2024

Eighth grade students will participate in a Day of Service on Wednesday, Apr 19, 2024, here at South County Middle School.  Our purpose is to encourage students to become productive, ethical citizens of a global community by providing opportunities to give back to our community and the worldStudents will have the opportunity to participate in four different activities that range in focus from assisting individuals, helping the Lorton community, and impacting the world at large.  This will allow them to earn 4.5 out of the 5 required service hours for Civics.  Students DO NOT need to sign up.  Their participation will be documented by their attendance each period that day.  

One activity students will participate in is a food packaging event with Rise Against Hunger.  We must raise $12,000 for the Rise Against Hunger event.  This money will allow us to buy the food and materials needed to package 28,000 meals.  If each 8th grade student is able to raise $30, we will surpass our goal.  Donations must be received by Monday, April 15th. Please use this link to family and friends.

Yearbook Photos

Want your student to be in the yearbook? Your contribution is the best way to make sure your student is well represented in the yearbook. We are specifically looking for photos from summer, outdoor activitieshobbies or talents, family traditions, and winter break. All you need to do is click the hyper link and upload them! Photo submissions received by February 16th will earn your student an entry into a gift card raffle. Thank you!

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 to Retest


Sully District Police Station will
present Hidden In Plain Sight

A community awareness program to educate
parents on signs of risky behavior.

HIPS Presentation Flier 2024


Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps and Learning Programs 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

CTE programs are available for grade 6-11 students to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. IFTA allows students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register.

Summer Learning

Programs are also available for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement, earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program, or recover one high school course credit through the Credit Recovery Academy

FCPS’ free online class for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to continue developing their academic, reading, and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Find session dates, registration links, and registration deadlines on FCPS summer programs. 

Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.Attend an information night on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia, and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

We strongly encourage all FCPS middle and high school students to click on the icon in their Schoology portal for homework help, concept review, writing support, and test prep—anytime, anywhere.

 Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the homepage.