4.7.24 Community Gazette


Glasgow Parents and Community:

Greetings! We are in the 2nd week of April! Wow! As we start the 4th quarter in full swing, it would be a good idea to connect with all your child’s teachers to ensure they know when teachers are staying after-school for their office hours and how they can stay ahead of the curve in their classes to finish the year strong. Reminder, we have a Student Holiday on Wednesday, April 10th. Last week we had a town hall event to discuss our middle school's federal identification and to provide you with important updates and information regarding our school's progress and initiatives within our SOLs and Instructional focus.

During the event, we:

  • Shared School Data: We will review our school's data (ie. science, math, english and absenteeism, etc.) and discussed how this information has guided our work throughout the year within classrooms, after school and Saturday sessions. 
  • Discussed Virginia Support Framework: We provided an overview of the new Virginia Support Framework and the supports available to our school as a Federally Identified school through our Region 2 Office. 
  • Provided Updates and Answered Questions: Our leadership team will share updates on various initiatives and programs and will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have, as we continue our journey of continuous improvement within Science specifically.
  • Partnering with Parents: We explored ways in which we can partner with parents to support student attendance, provide after-school opportunities, and prepare for SOL exams. Please connect with your child’s English, Science and Math teachers on how to support. 

Your participation and engagement in your child’s academic progress is crucial as we work together to ensure the success and well-being of our students. 

"Let's celebrate our multilingual learners!! The ESOL department would like tou invite you to join us for our rescheduled night of fun activities that will engage your family in promoting and celebrating your child’s language skills! We will have certificates, food, and family-friendly learning activities! 

**Bus transportation @ 6:45 PM for pick up and drop off will be available from Bailey’s Elementary (6111 Knollwood Dr., Bailey's Crossroads, 22041) and the Willston Community Center (6131 Willston Dr. Falls Church 22044). If you have questions, please reach out to Keli Johnston-Chun @ krjohnstonch@fcps.edu

We hope to see you on Tuesday, April 16 @ 7-8 PM!

As always, your partnership and support are invaluable to us in helping our students succeed. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or the school administration. Thank you for your continued support, and let's make this 4th quarter a successful one for our students! April is a critical month, as we prepare for SOL testing. We have developed a school improvement plan that utilizes data from SOLs, FCPS benchmarks, classroom tests/quizzes and exit tickets for various student groups to determine areas for opportunity. For us, our 8th Grade science SOL scores and Absenteeism is a big focus for us. Our actions to address this have been within Tier I classrooms, intervention blocks, Lexia intervention, after-school intervention, Saturday school events and small group targeted instruction. Here are a few resources parents may find helpful:


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/

🙋 How Schools Are Addressing Chronic Absenteeism

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Learn about the collaborative efforts between schools, families, and the community to support every student’s success. See how our schools are tackling complex issues and connecting families with essential resources such as childcare, medical services, and transportation. 

Through personalized communication and reeducation efforts, we are fostering a culture of engagement and prioritizing student attendance. Making sure every student feels safe, supported, included, and empowered is Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

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

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools 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 a virtual information night on Tuesday, April 9, to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom to support student growth. Participants will also get tips for supporting their students at home. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

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!

Additionally, a new SOL task template will be auto-assigned, this year, to students for optional practice/study.

  • Presenter: Rhonda Davis, Mathspace, Head of Customer Success, North America and Jonathan Templin, Mathspace, 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

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

⛱️ Summer Camp for Middle Schoolers

All rising middle schoolers are invited to attend a summer of fun and leisure with VIP Camp. VIP Camp — which takes place Monday, July 1, to Thursday, August 1 — is designed to encourage teens to develop healthy and positive recreation interests and features a wide variety of leisure activities and programs. 

Registration is open. VIP Camp costs $100 to attend. Reach out to your school's after-school specialist for scholarship availability due to financial hardship. This camp is sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. 

Academic Advising- Last Opportunity for Student Changes!

Current 6th and 7th Grade Students received a Panther Time lesson last week where they reviewed their course requests for next school year. If students would like to request a change, they can use this form. All requests are due by Friday, April 12th. Students will not be able request changes to next year’s schedule after this deadline.

No Tardies for All of Quarter 3!

This week, over 500 Glasgow students were invited to celebrate that they had NO tardies for the entire quarter! We are so proud of these students for their accomplishments and are always looking for ways to reward students for making strong choices.

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Library Event

Join the Fairfax County Public Librarians at Woodrow Wilson Public Library to make a bird feeder. All supplies are provided. This is a free event for the whole family!


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Student Afterschool Activities

Spring is slowly shaping up and we’re ready to resume outside activities. As a reminder, After School will not meet on Wednesday, April 10th, 2024! Please remind your student(s) to sign up for after school during their lunch period if they’re interested in participating in after school.

Flag Football will begin again next week and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 6th and 7th Grade will play on Tuesdays and 8th graders will play on Thursdays. Please remember to wear the appropriate footwear.

Hoop It Up Night is fast approaching! On Friday, April 19th, doors will open at  5:30. There will be food and refreshments on sale. More information will follow next week. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams gwilliams2@fcps.edu


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Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse Preparation

A solar eclipse is happening on April 8, 2024. It's a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon and one that requires important safety reminders. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. 

Here's what you need to know:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce this at home.
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. The NASA website has more information about eye safety.  
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with dismissal for some students), and ends around 4:32 p.m. Please remind your child to be especially vigilant about eye safety during dismissal. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage

El 8 de abril de 2024 se producirá un eclipse solar. Es un fenómeno astronómico raro y emocionante, y uno que requiere importantes recordatorios de seguridad. Mirar directamente al sol, incluso durante un eclipse, puede dañar permanentemente sus ojos. 

Esto es lo que debes saber:

  • No mires el sol sin lentes aprobados. Esto se aplica a estudiantes y personal, y les animamos a reforzarlo en casa.
  • Los lentes de sol normales no son suficientes. El sitio web de la NASA ofrece más información sobre la seguridad ocular.
  • Horario del eclipse: El eclipse comienza alrededor de las 2:04 p.m., alcanza su punto máximo a las 3:20 p.m. (que coincide con la salida para algunos estudiantes), y termina alrededor de las 4:32 p.m. Por favor, recuerde a su hijo ser especialmente vigilantes sobre la seguridad de los ojos durante la salida. Si le preocupa que su hijo vuelva a casa caminando o en autobús, por favor organice un transporte alternativo.

Para más detalles, visite la página web de FCPS Solar Eclipse.

Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) School Health Services Internal Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians of FCPS students. Parents/guardians will be asked for feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community. The survey will be distributed electronically via FCPS This Week. The survey window is April 15 - April 26, 2024. Survey link: www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey.

Survey results will provide a basis for quality improvement of School Health services. The data-driven process is in alignment with the FCPS Strategic planning process, and the survey results will contribute positively to the FCPS Strategic Plan that reflects a shared consensus among stakeholders.

The Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award

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Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the

Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website

Glasgow Middle School PTA News

We are looking for new board members for the 24-25 school year.  We are tentatively looking for all 6 positions.  We will be holding a zoom call to discuss the positions and what it means to be on the PTA board.  This will happen at a mutually agreeable time, once we have interest.  Please reach out to the Glasgow email- Glasgowpta.va@gmail.com if you would like to attend this zoom session.


Family Summit

  • Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit
  • Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan

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. 

Updated COVID-19 Guidance

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) have updated school COVID-19 recommendations in accordance with the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) respiratory virus guidance.  

The COVID-19 isolation period of 5 days is no longer recommended. 

The new respiratory virus guidance applies to respiratory viral illnesses, to include COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

Students who have symptoms of, tested positive for, or have been diagnosed with, a respiratory virus e.g., COVID-19, influenza, RSV may return to school when: 

  • Student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication; AND
  • Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved 
  • Students should follow additional precautions as outlined per the CDC upon resumption of normal activities

Should I Send My Child to School?

Please refer to the chart on this attendance webpage if your child is experiencing symptoms or illnesses, and you are unsure if they should go to school. 

Thank you for helping keep our students and staff healthy.

military child

April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience.

Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families.

arab american month

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the remarkable history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans.

Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage.

muslim american

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans.

View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

autism month

April is Autism Acceptance Month

One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

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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.

Multiple Language Learners Event

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🏐🤼‍♀️ New sports, new opportunities for students! FCPS’ advertised budget for next school year expands high school athletics with boys volleyball and girls wrestling, giving students more ways to nurture their passion and enhance their well-being.

🗣️ FCPS is now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback. See the Budget Calendar for details: bit.ly/FCPSBudgetCalendar

✅ Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget: bit.ly/FCPS-AdvBudget-FY25

🏐🤼‍♀️ ¡Nuevos deportes, nuevas oportunidades para los estudiantes! Nuestro presupuesto propuesto para el próximo año escolar amplía el atletismo de la escuela secundaria con el voleibol masculino y la lucha libre femenina, dando a los estudiantes más formas de alimentar su pasión y mejorar su bienestar.

🗣️ Ahora estamos en medio del proceso presupuestario anual, que incluye oportunidades para que usted pueda dar su opinión. Consulte el calendario presupuestario para más detalles: bit.ly/FCPSBudgetCalendar 

✅ Aprenda más sobre el Presupuesto Anunciado de FCPS FY 2025: bit.ly/FCPS-AdvBudget-FY25

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