After School Program

After School Specialist

Jump Start Program - Summer 2019

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What is “Jump Start?”

  • Jump Start is a summer program designed to help incoming 7th grade students and some 8th grade students new to the county adjust to middle school.
  • Jump Start is a fun way to learn study skills, make new friends, and learn how to be successful at South County Middle School.

How much does Jump Start cost?

  • Jump Start will cost $30 per student. The cost includes pizza lunch, T-shirt, and goody bags.
  • Transportation is provided. Bus routes with specific stops and times will be sent at a later date.

How will “Jump Start” help my student?

  • Learn how to properly open combination locks
  • Learn about expectations in Middle School
  • Understand “block” scheduling and daily routines
  • Learn how to effectively use the daily agenda and Blackboard 24/7 site
  • Knowledge of SCMS through an extensive tour of the building and PE areas
  • Participate in team-building activities
  • Understand how to “fit in” (social skills for survival)

How can I register and how will I know if my child is selected?

  • Registration will begin Monday, June 3rd. To register complete the SCMS Jump Start 2019 Registration Form and enrollment is on a first-come, first- served basis.
  • All parents will receive notice via email on July 29th 2019 verifying their child’s acceptance.
  • Payment will be due by Thursday, July 25th. Payment must be received on this date to reserve your spot. You can make online payments beginning Monday, July 1ston I will send another email in June with exact payment instructions.  These deadlines can’t be extended, we must have adequate time for planning and staffing.   The online form is available on the SCMS web site under the After School Tab.

Additional Questions? Please contact:

  • Christopher Woodby, After School Program Specialist, at 703-690-5551
  • South County Middle School 8700 Laurel Crest Drive  Lorton, Va.  22079
  • Tel:  703-690-5551 Email:

After School Program Basics

  • There is no fee for the After-School Program (ASP) and all students are invited to attend.
  • The program is a mixture of structured academic and non-academic activities.  There are many options to choose from when deciding where to stay after school.
  • The ASP program runs Monday through Friday.  End times vary by activity.  Most activities are over by 4:30 pm.  Some may end earlier or run later.  Check with specific teachers/sponsors for detailed meeting time information.
  • Every student must return an After-School Registration Form.  Please make sure that both the student and parent signatures are provided. (This form was included in the first-day packet at the start of the school year.)
  • Students should make arrangements prior to the end of the school day when staying after with a specific teacher to ensure the teacher is available.
  • Student’s must be supervised at all times and are not permitted to wander around the building during after-school hours.
  • Discuss your child’s after-school plans every morning to prevent any confusion in the afternoon for the parent and student.
  • Encourage your student to get involved in as many activities as possible.  After-school is a great time to get extra academic help and enrichment, make new friends, build social skills, complete homework, and participate in specialized activities.

After School Program Schedule

  • The After School Program is over for this year.  Please check back for next school year for new and exciting programming for your middle school student.

Late Bus Information 2018-2019

  • Late buses will be provided on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
  • Late buses depart from SCMS at 4:45 pm.
  • Information regarding routes and stops will be released in late September.  There are fewer buses and stops.
  • Late bus runs will be posted at various locations around the school.
  • Parent Pick up is required on Tuesdays and Fridays by 4:00 pm and when a student is staying past the late bus departure time on late bus days.
  • If you are picking your child up, please utilize the “Kiss and Ride” area near Entrance 1.
  • If your child is not taking a late bus home, please be sure to pick them up promptly at the conclusion of their activity to prevent unnecessary wait time by students and staff.

Reasons to Participate

Research shows that participation in after-school programs leads to:

  • Increased classroom participation, homework completion and academic performance
  • Improved student behavior
  • Better student/adult relationships, peer relations, and emotional adjustment
  • Improved school attendance
  • More positive attitudes towards school
  • Reduced high-risk behavior
  • Increased participation in healthy recreational activities
  • Increased school, family, and community partnerships

After School Program FAQs

Who can participate in the After-School Program?

  • All SCMS students may participate.

What is the bell schedule for after-school activities?

  • On late bus days there will be two activity blocks that are each an hour long.  Students may leave after 1st block if they are picked up by a parent.  Late buses will depart at the conclusion of 2nd block.  If a student is catching the late bus, they must have both an 1st and 2nd block activity to stay in.  SCMS students will dismiss from the cafeteria and should report there at the end of 2nd Block activities.

How will students know what bus to ride home?

  • Students should check the late bus listing which is available in their take home packet. They may see Mr. Woodby if they have further questions. Late buses begin on October 5th.

What fees are associated with the program?

  • The program is free of charge to all students. Some activities may have fees for competitions, conferences, and/or uniforms.

How do students sign up to participate?

  • Each club will have their own policy for participation.  If students are participating in a club or sport that requires a commitment, they are encouraged to see it through but are not required. Some clubs may have try outs, auditions, or registration forms.  Detailed club information will be released in an “Activity Listing” in September on the school website.  This listing will include all important details for individual activities.

Can students start a new club?

  • Yes!  See the After-School Specialist for a “Club Proposal” form.

How many clubs can a student participate in?

  • Students may participate in as many activities as they like as long as they don’t meet at the same time on the same day.

Where can I find more information about the after school program?

  • The most accurate and up to date information can be found on the school website.

Are there After School Activities on Early Release School Days?

No, there are no after school activities on early release days or if school is closed two hours early due to inclement weather.

Additional Information

  • All FCPS rules and regulations apply to the after-school program.  Students who do not abide by such rules and regulations will be disciplined accordingly including the possibility of losing after-school privileges.
  • In the event of an early closing due to inclement weather or emergency conditions, all after-school activities will be canceled and students will be sent home on their regular buses.
  • If your child is absent from school, they are not permitted to participate in after-school activities that day.
  • Students with academic obligations should fulfill those prior to attending a non-academic club or activity.

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