Carson MS Weekly Updates -Week of May 6

Carson Middle School

        Important Upcoming Events

  • May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 9 - "Treasure Island" musical production (after school), May 10 (7PM)
  • May 16, 20, 22, 23 - SOL Test Dates (see detailed schedule below)
  • May 18 - Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk 8-11am
  • May 27 - Holiday - Memorial Day - No School
  • May 28 - NJHS Ceremonies begin 5PM
  • May 28-31- SOL Retakes
  • May 30 - Last Day of Late Buses


23-24 SY Theme

Weekly highlights
  • Message from Mr. Stokes
  • Save The Summer Dates!
  • SOL Testing Dates/Retakes
  • Summer Programs
  • Other Schools Are Sharing

A Message From Principal Stokes

Greetings Panthers,

Spring is here in full swing.  The warm weather brings a slew of activities such like sports, recitals, and travel opportunities.  This action offers important lessons in learning time management skills and prioritizing requirements.  Determining time for homework completion, studying, and any other academic tasks is crucial.  Thank you for your work with supporting our students’ balancing of work and extracurricular activities. 

We will continue our celebration of our teachers and instructional staff throughout this Teacher Appreciation Week.  Many families have recognized our teachers through their contributions to the school.  Please know that we are grateful for the time and consideration.  Thank you to our PTA for their organization of some fun and treats for our staff.


Gordon Stokes

teacher appreciation week

Student services

Happy Spring Panthers!  Take a look at Student Services’ newsletter to learn more about upcoming events including standardized testing. There are also several summer events including Tech Adventure and Institute for the Arts Camp.   

Treasure Island

Please join us for adventure on the high seas with Rachel Carson Middle School’s production of Treasure Island! Based on the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, follow Jim Hawkins as he embarks on a dangerous quest for treasure. Admission is free, and there will be two showings of the play– One at 3:00pm on Thursday, May 9th (ending in time for the late bus), and one at 7:00pm in the lecture hall.

Save the Dates!

Save the summer dates

RCMS-101 Information regarding registration coming soon!

Summer events

Allergy Season

Allergy season is upon us! Tree pollen has been moderate to high, and we are seeing a lot of uncomfortable students in the clinic. Signs and symptoms of allergies include congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes nose and throat, runny nose, fatigue, cough. If your student has known seasonal allergies, it is time to start them back on their allergy medication as directed by your physician."


Hannah Wilkinson, BSN, RN 

Public Health Nurse III 

  • New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact [the principal/family liaison/their child’s teacher] regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Guidelines for Religious Activities webpage for more information.

Virtual April Family Coffee links below

Click on the links below:

Transition to Middle School Parent Coffee Recording


Transition to High School Parent Coffee Recording


SOL Testing Dates

All students will take the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in May. Testing will begin first thing in the morning (at 7:30 am) to ensure students have adequate testing time before lunch. Please see the testing dates below to ensure your student attends school on the testing day.

7th Grade Students

8th Grade Students

  • Grade 7 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • All levels of Math: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Grade 8 Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW): Wednesday, May 1st
  • All levels of Math (except Algebra 1 Regular): Thursday, May 16th
  • Grade 8 Reading: Monday, May 20th
  • Grade 8 Science: Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Algebra 1 (regular only): Thursday, May 23rd

The Virginia Department of Education has set the passing score for SOL tests at 400. Students who earn between a 375-399 qualify for a rapid retake of the respective SOL test, with parent/guardian permission. Rapid retake SOL tests will be administered May 28th through May 31st. We are asking that all parents/guardians complete this google form to indicate your preferences for rapid retakes for your student as soon as possible. Should your student qualify for the rapid retake, you and the student will be notified, however retakes can only occur with parent/guardian permission.

Please reach out to your student’s teacher(s), or the school testing coordinator, David Dewett, Testing Coordinator at with questions regarding the SOL exams and/or rapid retakes.

Mason Math Odyssey Enrichment Camp at GMU

July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Mason Math Odyssey enrichment camp (MMO) is a place for rising 6th - 9th graders who are curious about math to learn about beautiful mathematics concepts typically not taught in K-12 curriculum. Students will engage in fun and friendly team competitions that will help build mathematical maturity while honing problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills. Camp participants will embark on an exciting mathematical journey through space and time to learn about some of the greatest mathematical discoveries from ancient times to this day, get exposed to some of the fundamental mathematical concepts from the areas of geometry, topology, number theory, probability and algebra, as well as mathematical modeling, and compete for a chance to win the camp trophy. As part of the daily agenda, students will be immersed into one of the mathematical themes through guest lectures, hands-on activities, and group projects featuring Olympiad-style problems as well as simple mathematical puzzles and culminating in a peer and instructor judged presentation.

Where: In-person – GMU Fairfax Campus

Dates: July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Time: 9am - 3pm (drop off and pickup windows TBD)

Cost: $490 includes all materials, activities, and daily lunch!

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2024

 More details: Mason Summer Day Camp | GMU College of Science.

Contact: Jennifer Lawler

FCPS Summer Learning and Fun

Career and Technical Education

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 6-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA webpage to register.

Institute for the Arts Camps

IFTA is a two- or three-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9 (graduation requirement), music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register. 

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

Summer is a great time for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement. During the self-directed course, students work independently to complete the requirements. Students must register by Friday, May 24. For more information, see the Summer Learning information page.

Summer Online Campus

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program. Registration ends Friday, June 7. Math, health and physical education, career and technical education, English, science, social studies, and world language courses are available to eligible students.

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Please go to the following website Summer Learning information page to learn about these summer opportunities:

  • Credit Recovery Academy/ Extended Learning
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

VIP Camp: July 1 - August 1

VIP Camp


Online Tutoring

This is a reminder that all students in FCPS have access to  This a free service where students have 24/7 access to an on-line tutor.  Students can connect with someone about nearly any school subject.  We encourage all families to take a few minutes to review the basics of and log-in to try out this great resources.  You can go directly to or review the FCPS overview page at:

After school

Thursday, May 30th last day for Late Buses!

Other Schools Are Sharing

Oakton HS

For more information on the Oakton HS Dance Team click HERE


Support the Oakton HS Bands by eating at MOD Pizza in Vienna ANY TIME on Tuesday, May 7. Mention "Oakton Band" OR order online through the MOD app or website, using code: "MODGIVES25" and 25% of proceeds will go to the Band! Feel free to share the flyer and make sure to tell everyone to mention "Oakton Band" at MOD Pizza on May 7!"

Thank you so much for your past support of our program!

Click here for QR code for Mod Pizza

💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at

Field Hockety-Oakton

Click here to register for the Oakton Field Hockey Camp

Oakton Dance

Click here for more information about registration for the Oakton Junior Dance Team Camp.

Chantilly HS

Chantilly High School

Charge Ahead Freshman Orientation Registration & Payment links

Chantilly High School is offering three Freshman Orientation options.  The choices to attend a 1-Day session are either August 6, 7, or 8 from 9:00-1:00 PM.  Students will get a chance to get to know us, ease any anxiety, and learn how to navigate high school life here as a CHARGER.  It’s so fun and you don’t want to miss out!  The cost is $50 per student via MySchoolBucks which includes a Class of 2028 t-shirt, snacks, and a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich.  Registrations are on a first-come first-serve basis until July 28.  Register today to secure your spot.

Payment via

ClickHERE for information about Chantilly HS Sports



Link to PurchaseYearbook Sales - MySchoolbucks

2023-2024 Yearbooks are available for purchaseReserve your copy today by purchasing through MySchoolBucks!

We have a limited number of surplus, once we reach our sales limit yearbooks will be sold out. Sales are on a first come first serve basis.

Who to Contact

If you have a question or concern, please visit our website for a full listing of  Who to Contact.  This listing includes all of our administrators, our counselors, and who to speak to regarding a specific content area or class. Contact information for all staff members is listed on our website - just click on the name of the person you wish to contact  to be redirected to their email address: RCMS Staff Directory.