3.10.24 Community Gazette


Glasgow Parents and Community:

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources

It’s March Book Madness time at the Glasgow MS library. Students can participate by viewing the slideshow and trailers embedded within each book cover. Students can vote weekly to help their favorite titles advance in the bracket. Please see the Library Schoology Course (https://lms.fcps.edu/course/6825860787/materials?f=744733349) for all materials. Students who participate weekly will be eligible for a prize from the librarians.

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

Institute for the Arts: Students in all FCPS secondary schools can enroll in the Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a two- or three-week summer Arts enrichment program for students in rising 7th through 12th grades. Students create their own schedules in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance from nearly 60 courses offered. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Institute for the Arts website for more information or email ifta@fcps.edu


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/

You are invited to a Glasgow PTA Zoom meeting

When: Mar 12, 2024 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Women’s History Month

Join the FCPL librarians at the Woodrow Wilson Public Library for Women’s History Month events in March. All events are free to the public.

  • Thursday, March 7th from 4 to 5 pm, we will be building bridges and learning about Emily Warren Roebling who helped to build the Brooklyn Bridge. This event is for school-age children.
  • Saturday, March 9th from 3 to 5:30 pm, we will be showing the movie, Suffragette. This movie is rated PG-13 and is for all ages. An adult must be with children ages birth through five years.
  • Saturday, March 16th from 10:30 am to 11:00 am, we will be having a Saturday story time featuring stories about famous women in history! 
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FCPS Family Engagement Survey!

📩 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

📩 Este domingo llega a su correo electrónico... ¡La encuesta bianual de la Participación de la Familia de FCPS! Esta es su oportunidad de dar su opinión sobre el ambiente acogedor de su escuela, la comunicación y más. Aprenda más en el sitio web de FCPS: https://bit.ly/FESURVEY2024

students together

(Pictures from our students participating in NSB. We are so proud of them!)

students in science class

students in science class

students in class

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. 

🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – 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.

🎤 Nuestras Escuelas, Nuestro Futuro: Las Conversaciones Comunitarias   Continúan

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 antelación para asistir a una conversación comunitaria, pero nos ayuda a planificar el evento. Se ofrecerán servicios de cuidado de niños y de interpretación para todos las conversaciones comunitarias. Estos eventos están abiertos para todos. Infórmese sobre otras oportunidades de conectarse con la Dra. Reid.


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. 

How to Access Free Resources from Tutor.com


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.

School-Based Administrator Performance Evaluation Program 23-24

On Monday, March 18, Glasgow Middle School parents/guardians will be sent an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form. This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program for principals and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism within the school.

The questionnaire will be administered between March 18 and April 5. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your feedback matters! 

fcps 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.

¿Sabe usted de dónde 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 raíces y propiedad personal. El Commonwealth de Virginia proporciona la siguiente mayor fuente de ingresos a FCPS a través de la ayuda estatal y el impuesto sobre las ventas. El resto de la financiación proviene de una variedad de fuentes, incluyendo la ayuda federal y la colegiatura para los que no son residentes del condado. (Los números arriba representan el fondo operativo escolar propuesto para el año fiscal 2025 en millones).

FCPS no tiene autoridad para imponer impuestos y sólo puede cobrar tasas cuando la Commonwealth de Virginia le ha otorgado autoridad específica. Aprenda más sobre el Presupuesto Anunciado del Año Fiscal 2025 de FCPS.

🎤 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.

🎤 Únase a una Conversación Comunitaria sobre el Fentanilo y Otras Drogas

Una conversación comunitaria que se dirige a la crisis de los opioides en el Norte de Virginia y las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax se llevará a cabo el miércoles 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 conversación les proporcionará 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 6º a 12º grado. Juntos, como comunidad, pretendemos explorar estrategias de colaboración para minimizar el impacto de estas sustancias nocivas y, con demasiada frecuencia, mortales.

Se ofrecerán servicios de interpretación y de Lenguaje de Signos Americano. También se proporcionarán servicios de cuidado de niños y transporte, según sea necesario. Aprenda más sobre el evento y regístrese en línea.


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 año, 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 oración / meditación y espacios y tiempos de reflexión en silencio, y la instrucción.

(Pictures from our students participating in NSB. We are so proud of them!)

students at NSB

kids at nsb

kids at nsb

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

April 2, 2024, 9 a.m.- noon 

Sully Community Center 13800 Wall Road Herndon, VA, 20171

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

View the individual event page if you would like to Add to Your Calendar.

Register for this event

Apego: Creando una relación con mi hijo donde se sienta seguro y protegido. (Attachment: Creating a Relationship with My Child Where they Feel Safe and Protected) presented in Spanish

El propósito de estos semenarios de web es apoyar y empoderar a los padres a establecer relaciones saludables y seguras con sus hijos (*apego) respondiendo de manera positiva y efectiva a las necesidades de sus hijos.

Parte 1 Añadir a tu calendario

  • ¿Qué es el apego?
  • Los diferentes tipos de apego y cómo impactan el futuro social y emocional de un niño.
  • ¿Qué influye en el tipo de apego que desarrollamos con nuestros hijos?

Parte 2 Añadir a tu calendario

  • ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mi hijo a sentirse seguro en nuestra relación padre/hijo?
  • Cuatro de los retos más comunes que puede presentar mi hijo durante su desarrollo emocional.
  • Estrategias para responder a estos retos sin afectar el desarrollo de un apego seguro.
  • Presenter: Northern Virginia Family Service
  • Date: 5 de abril
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Format: Virtual
  • Register for this event

Mathspace Mastery:

Elevate Independent Learning and SOL Prep

Join us to see how Mathspace fosters independent learning at every grade level! This informative session will highlight how your student can use Mathspace to independently tackle math challenges, perfectly aligned with their grade-level course. We will demonstrate how to use this tool to prepare for the Math SOL assessment. Don't miss this chance to boost your students' self-driven learning adventure!

  • Presenter: Rhonda Davis, Head of Customer Success, North America and Jonathan Templin, Head of Sales, North America.
  • Date: April 16, 2024 Add to Your Calendar
  • Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Format: Virtual
  • Register for this event

Meet the Author Series: Gifted and Distractible with Julie Skolnick

Does your child exhibit giftedness and behavioral issues like meltdowns, power struggles, and difficulty relating to peers? Are they out-of-the-box thinkers requiring different teaching and learning methods? Does your child exhibit giftedness and behavioral issues like meltdowns, power struggles, and difficulty relating to their peers? Are they out-of-the-box thinkers requiring different teaching and learning methods? 

Join us for a discussion with author Julie Skolnick about her innovative and timely book for families of twice-exceptional children.

  • Presenter: Julie Skolnick
  • Date: April 16, 2024 Add to Your Calendar
  • Time: 7- 8 p.m.
  • Format: Virtual

Register for this event

Behavior Solution Series: Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication

We will equip you with strategies for navigating the teen years. Uncover the secrets to fostering open communication, building trust, and transforming challenges into opportunities for growth.

  • Presenter: FCPS Behavior Intervention Services
  • Date: April 19, 2024 Add to Your Calendar
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Format: Virtual

Register for this event


FCPS and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), are offering an opportunity for students with disabilities interested in attending NOVA to learn about available options. The orientation will include presentations from Accommodations and Accessibility Services and Counseling Services, a mock NOVA classroom experience for students, and a NOVA student panel with Q&A session.

  • Date: April 17, 2023 8Corrected
  • Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Format: In-person
  • Annandale Campus Annandale Campus

Register for this event

Virginia school funding

Bipartisan Study Finds Virginia Public School Divisions Receive Less Funding per Student Than Other States

The School Board recently adopted FCPS’ FY 2025 Advertised Budget. Meeting budget needs becomes more of a challenge with underfunding by the state, using staffing formulas that continue to result in school districts not receiving the actual support needed for excellent public education. A staffing formula is the method for calculating the number of positions that need to be assigned to meet program needs. 

Did You Know?

In July 2023, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) released a study of Virginia’s K-12 funding formulas. The report found that Virginia school divisions receive less funding per student than the 50-state average, the regional average, and many of Virginia’s neighboring states including West Virginia, Maryland, and Kentucky. Learn more about the JLARC study. View FCPS’ budget development timeline

Contact your state officials to provide feedback on funding for K-12 education. 

  • Estudio Bipartidista Encuentra que Divisiones de Escuelas Públicas de Virginia Reciben Menos Fondos por Estudiante que Otros Estados

La Junta Escolar recientemente adoptó el Presupuesto Anunciado del Año Fiscal 2025 de FCPS. Cumplir con las necesidades presupuestarias se convierte en un reto con la falta de fondos por parte del estado, utilizando fórmulas de dotación de personal que siguen dando lugar a que los distritos escolares no reciban el apoyo real necesario para una excelente educación pública. Una fórmula de dotación de personal es el método para calcular el número de puestos que deben asignarse para poder cubrir las necesidades del programa. 

¿Sabía Usted?

En julio de 2023, la Comisión Legislativa Conjunta de Auditoría y Revisión (JLARC, por sus siglas en inglés) publicó un estudio sobre las fórmulas de financiación del K-12 de Virginia. El informe reveló que las divisiones escolares de Virginia reciben menos fondos por estudiante que el promedio de los 50 estados, el promedio regional y muchos de los estados vecinos de Virginia, incluidos Virginia Occidental, Maryland y Kentucky. Aprenda más sobre el estudio JLARC. Vea el calendario de desarrollo del presupuesto de FCPS. 

Contacte a sus funcionarios estatales para dar su opinión sobre la financiación de la educación K-12.

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State Science Olympiad Tournament

Congratulations! Glasgow had a very successful regional competition on Saturday, March 2.  Out of 26 competing teams, Glasgow was the sixth-highest school and for the third year in a row, Glasgow secured a spot at the State Science Olympiad Tournament (to be held April 6 at the University of Virginia).  Glasgow students won medals in the following events:

  • First Place in Wind Power (Laura Prudius and Lucia Egan)
  • First Place in Reach for the Stars (Kiran Kane and Liliana Torres)
  • Second Place in Wheeled Vehicle (Laura Prudius and Lucia Egan)
  • Second Place in Fossils (Kiran Kane and Lilly Scherer)
  • Third Place in Optics (Leo Hartness and Nicolas Robinson)
  • Third Place in Road Scholar (Laura Prudius and Emmett Stadtler)
  • Fourth Place in Disease Detectives (Hillary Nguyen and Mariam Oukchir)
  • Fifth Place in Air Trajectory (Ketki Khadilkar and Aura Sripechpong)

Plus we had nine additional top 10 finishes!  It was truly a team effort to make it to States and everyone should feel very proud. Well done!