3.3.24 Community Gazette

Principal

Glasgow Parents and Community:

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the vibrant energy of March! As we navigate through this month, I wanted to share a few updates and reminders with you.

Firstly, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Personally, I cherished the time spent with my son at the barbershop, enjoying a comedy show in DC, and attending a meaningful worship service on Sunday. It's these moments that truly enrich our lives and strengthen our bonds with loved ones.

I'd like to draw your attention to the upcoming 2024 FCPS Family Engagement Survey. Keep an eye out for this survey, as your feedback is invaluable to us in our ongoing efforts to enhance our school community.

A friendly reminder that Tuesday, March 5th, is a Student Holiday. Please plan accordingly and enjoy the extra time with your family.

With only three weeks left before Spring Break, I encourage you to maintain open communication with your child's teachers. Checking in on their progress and grades ensures that we're all on the same page and can provide the support they need to succeed.

In exciting news, we'll be launching a PBIS Tier I incentive program focused on punctuality. We'll be recognizing the top 3 classes in each grade level for having no tardies with a celebratory donut party right before Spring Break. The period we'll be targeting for this initiative is 2nd block, given its daily occurrence.

I want to emphasize the importance of attendance at school and in class. Consistent attendance directly impacts your child's academic performance and growth. Please continue to have conversations with your children about the significance of being present and engaged in their learning journey.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in your child's education. Together, we can ensure they make continuous progress and achieve their fullest potential.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out. Your feedback and input are always valued. As a reminder, the After School program will not meet on Thursday, March 7th,2024. 

Hoop It Up Basketball Game: Mark your calendars! Our annual Hoop It Up basketball game is scheduled for April 19th at 6:00 PM. This exciting event brings our community together for a fun-filled evening of basketball and camaraderie. We invite parents to sign up to assist and participate in making this event a memorable success. You can sign up here: Hoop It Up Sign Up Genius Link.

Severe Weather Awareness Week and Tornado Drill | VDEM (vaemergency.gov)

Humbly,

Victor L. Powell, Principal

Contact Information:

Email: vlpowell@fcps.edu

Twitter: @VictorLeonPowe1

Website: http://www.fcps.edu/GlasgowMS/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowMS.FCPS/


Family Engagement Banner

FCPS Family Engagement Survey

ūüď© Coming this Sunday to your email inbox...The bi-annual FCPS Family Engagement Survey! This is your chance to give feedback on your school's welcoming environment, communication, and other topics. Learn more on the FCPS website:¬†https://bit.ly/FESURVEY2024

ūüď© Este domingo llega a su correo electr√≥nico... ¬°La encuesta bianual de la Participaci√≥n de la Familia de FCPS! Esta es su oportunidad de dar su opini√≥n sobre el ambiente acogedor de su escuela, la comunicaci√≥n y m√°s. Aprenda m√°s en el sitio web de FCPS: https://bit.ly/FESURVEY2024


(Picture of images from a recent job fair recruiting for FCPS and GMS.)

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teachers at a job fair

Community Conversations

Families and community members are welcome to attend whichever Community Conversation is most convenient for them. Feel free to only promote the event being held in your region, if you prefer to shorten the message.

ūüé§ Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future ‚Äď A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

ūüé§ Nuestras Escuelas, Nuestro Futuro: Las Conversaciones Comunitarias ¬† Contin√ļan

Únase a la Superintendente Dra. Michelle Reid para Nuestras Escuelas, Nuestro Futuro Una Conversación Comunitaria. ¡Su voz es importante! Comparta sus pensamientos acerca de FCPS y traiga sus preguntas a una conversación el:

No es necesario inscribirse con antelaci√≥n para asistir a una conversaci√≥n comunitaria, pero nos ayuda a planificar el evento. Se ofrecer√°n servicios de cuidado de ni√Īos y de interpretaci√≥n para todos las conversaciones comunitarias. Estos eventos est√°n abiertos para todos. Inf√≥rmese sobre otras oportunidades de conectarse con la Dra. Reid.


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Morning Drop Off Kiss and Ride

When dropping your child off in the mornings, please use the kiss and ride lane and drop students off at the front of the building.  Dropping students off in the back by the buses or in the parking lot is dangerous and puts your child’s safety at risk.  We realize that the kiss and ride lane can back up, so we will provide students with EXCUSED TARDY passes, if students are late due to the length of the kiss and ride lane.  We do ask that all cars pull as far up as they can when dropping off, so that more students can get out of the car on the sidewalk,  Thank you for your help with this. 

FCPS Summer Camps & Learning Programs

ūü•Ā 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.

ūü•Ā Inscr√≠base en los campamentos de verano y programas de aprendizaje de FCPS

Las inscripciones ya est√°n abiertas para varios campamentos de verano y oportunidades de aprendizaje que ofrecen las Escuelas P√ļblicas del Condado de Fairfax para todos los estudiantes.

Los campamentos de Educaci√≥n Profesional y T√©cnica (CTE) y los campamentos del Instituto para las Artes se llevar√°n a cabo en julio en la Escuela Secundaria de Lake Braddock de 8:30 a.m. a 2 p.m. Habr√° transporte en autob√ļs disponible desde escuelas intermedias y secundarias selectas de FCPS.¬†

Los programas CTE est√°n disponibles para estudiantes de grados 6-11 para explorar √°reas de programas CTE, desarrollar habilidades, y empezar a explorar carreras. IFTA les permite a los estudiantes seleccionar de casi 90 clases en arte, baile, salud y educaci√≥n f√≠sica, m√ļsica, y teatro. Visite la p√°gina web de IFTA para inscribirse.

Programas de aprendizaje durante el verano

También hay programas disponibles para estudiantes de secundaria para cumplir con el requisito del curso de Economía y Finanzas Personales, ganar un crédito de curso de secundaria a través del programa de cursos en línea de este verano, o recuperar un crédito de curso de secundaria a través de la Academia de Recuperación de Crédito.

La clase gratuita en línea de FCPS Inglés para Personas que Hablan Otros Idiomas (ESOL) ofrece a los estudiantes que están aprendiendo Inglés en las escuelas intermedias y secundarias de FCPS la oportunidad de continuar desarrollando sus habilidades académicas, de lectura y escritura en discusiones en línea con un maestro de ESOL. 

Vea las fechas de las sesiones, los enlaces de inscripción y las fechas de vencimiento de inscripción para los programas de verano de FCPS.


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students learning

How to Access Free Resources from Tutor.com

tutoring

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, one-on-one online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services webpage.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to OnlineTutoring@fcps.edu.


Student and Family Surveys

Newsletter: Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

ūüí≠ Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.
  • Secondary students via email from Naviance.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact Schoology@fcps.edu if you have questions. 

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school funding

Do You Know Where FCPS Funding Comes From?

The majority of FCPS funding is requested from the Fairfax County government, which generates its revenue from real estate and personal property taxes. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides the next largest source of revenue to FCPS through state aid and sales tax. The rest of the funding comes from a variety of sources, including federal aid and tuition for non-county residents. (The numbers above represent the FY 2025 proposed school operating fund in millions.)

FCPS does not have the authority to impose taxes and may only charge fees where the Commonwealth of Virginia has granted specific authority. Learn more about FCPS’ FY 2025 Advertised Budget.

¬ŅSabe usted de d√≥nde provienen los fondos de FCPS?

La mayor parte de los fondos de FCPS se solicitan al gobierno del Condado de Fairfax, que genera sus ingresos a partir de impuestos sobre bienes ra√≠ces y propiedad personal. El Commonwealth de Virginia proporciona la siguiente mayor fuente de ingresos a FCPS a trav√©s de la ayuda estatal y el impuesto sobre las ventas. El resto de la financiaci√≥n proviene de una variedad de fuentes, incluyendo la ayuda federal y la colegiatura para los que no son residentes del condado. (Los n√ļmeros arriba representan el fondo operativo escolar propuesto para el a√Īo fiscal 2025 en millones).

FCPS no tiene autoridad para imponer impuestos y s√≥lo puede cobrar tasas cuando la Commonwealth de Virginia le ha otorgado autoridad espec√≠fica. Aprenda m√°s sobre el Presupuesto Anunciado del A√Īo Fiscal 2025 de FCPS.


ūüé§ Join a Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs

A community conversation addressing the opioid crisis within Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools will be held Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Please enter through Door #14. 

All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

This discussion will provide families, staff, and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl. The material discussed is suitable for students in grades 6-12. Together as a community, we aim to explore collaborative strategies to minimize the impact of these harmful and too-often fatal substances.

Language interpretation services are available as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. Learn more about the event and register online. 

ūüé§ √önase a una Conversaci√≥n Comunitaria sobre el Fentanilo y Otras Drogas

Una conversaci√≥n comunitaria que se dirige a la crisis de los opioides en el Norte de Virginia y las Escuelas P√ļblicas del Condado de Fairfax se llevar√° a cabo el mi√©rcoles 18 de marzo, de 6:30 a 8 p.m., en el auditorio de la Escuela Secundaria Lake Braddock. Por favor entre por la puerta #14.¬†

¡Todos los participantes recibirán un curso gratuito de REVIVE! Narcan gratis durante el evento y aprenderán sobre los servicios de apoyo actualmente disponibles dentro de FCPS y el Condado de Fairfax.   

Esta conversaci√≥n les proporcionar√° a las familias, al personal y a los estudiantes un valioso conocimiento sobre los peligros de las drogas y el mortal fentanilo.El material discutido es adecuado para estudiantes de 6¬ļ a 12¬ļ grado. Juntos, como comunidad, pretendemos explorar estrategias de colaboraci√≥n para minimizar el impacto de estas sustancias nocivas y, con demasiada frecuencia, mortales.

Se ofrecer√°n servicios de interpretaci√≥n y de Lenguaje de Signos Americano. Tambi√©n se proporcionar√°n servicios de cuidado de ni√Īos y transporte, seg√ļn sea necesario. Aprenda m√°s sobre el evento y reg√≠strese en l√≠nea.


Ramadan

Throughout the year, as we celebrate and recognize various cultural holidays and observances, families are encouraged to contact their [student’s principal] regarding accommodations, including but not limited to those around lunch, prayer/meditation and silent reflection spaces and times, and instruction.

A lo largo del a√Īo, cuando celebramos y reconocemos diversas festividades y observancias culturales, se anima a las familias a ponerse en contacto con el [director de su estudiante] con respecto a las adaptaciones, incluyendo pero no limitado a los relacionados con el almuerzo, la oraci√≥n / meditaci√≥n y espacios y tiempos de reflexi√≥n en silencio, y la instrucci√≥n.


track and field

Track and Field 

Glasgow Middle School Track and Field Season is set to start in April and here’s what you need 

to do if you’d like to be a part of the GMS Track & Field Team! 

  1. GMS Track & Field 2024 Interest Meeting Slides. (Please look through for information)
  2. MS Athletics Participant Registration Form (EVERYONE needs to complete!)
  3. FCPS Middle School Sports Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form (PPE). (A physician must fill out and sign the form. If you’ve submitted this form in fall, you do not need to resubmit)
  4.  Emergency Care Card. (If you’ve submitted this form in fall, you do not need to resubmit)

We have an in-person meeting on March 6th, at 2:30 in room E230!!

If you have any questions, please email John Lee at jjlee4@fcps.edu or Coach Gaffen at msgaffen@fcps.edu. 

Go Panthers!