4.14.24 Community Gazette


Glasgow Parents and Community:

Greetings! I hope everyone's weekend was peaceful. We only have a few weeks left in April and the 4th quarter is in full swing. We are hoping to see everyone at Hoop It Up on Friday the 19th at 6:00PM. The kids are excited to compete against the staff! https://signup.com/go/hkBCrxi Here is a sign up from the PTA. 

Give Your Feedback on the Budget. We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback:

  • Tuesday, April 16, through Thursday, April 18: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors conducts public hearings on the county budget. Sign up to speak.  
  • Tuesday, May 7: The County Board of Supervisors adopts its budget, tax rates, and transfer amount to FCPS. 
  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar. Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, and Inclusion

The FCPS Family Summit 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 raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. Participants may also join online sessions, which will provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. Visit the Family Summit webpage to learn about the guest speakers and to register for the event. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan

As we get closer to the end of the school year, I know summer activities and programs are important! VIP (Value in Prevention) Camp is still taking applications. Here’s the link to register for VIP Camp.  VIP Camp will be held at Holmes Middle School. Camp runs from July 1st, 2024 to August 1st, 2024! Camp Hours are from 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and Transportation will be provided. Camp is first come, first served. Once all spaces are filled, students will be added to the waitlist. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Williams at gwilliams2@fcps.edu.

Glasgow MS and Justice HS are partnering again this year to offer rising 9th graders the chance to learn a new sport. Girls Field Hockey will be coming to the After School Program. More information will follow. 

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/

Performing Arts Showcase 

Students will have an opportunity to display their performing arts talents right after school on Thursday, May 2nd from 2:30-4:45. Come on out to support our students and encourage them to sign up to participate! The link can be found here if there is a student that wants to sign up:


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
  • Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Format: Virtual

Register for this event  


Meet the Author Series:

Gifted and Distractible with Julie Skolnick


⏰ 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.


PTA Board Interest Meeting

The Glasgow PTA is looking to fill all 6 board positions for the 24-25 school year.  We will have an interest meeting Monday, 4/15 at 7:30 pm via zoom.  Please join us to learn about what it means to serve on the board and what the specific position duties entail.  We will be answering any questions you may have!  Look forward to seeing you then.

Virtual Meeting

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

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

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 ofFCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Upcoming Parent Workshops

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. 

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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.

Month of the Military Child graphic

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 Heritage Month graphic

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 Heritage Month graphic

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 Acceptance Month graphic

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.

8th Grade Science SOL Prep

Saturday science school

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

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Let's Celebrate Our Multi-Lingual Learners!! 

The ESOL department would like you 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!

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