Message from PTSO - Magnet Sale

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  The South County High School PTSO will be selling Class of '26 and Class of '27 car magnets during all lunches on November 30th, December 1st and December 2nd.  The cost is $6 per magnet. Magnets can be paid for by cash or by check made out to the South County High School PTSO. All proceeds go towards the South County High School All Night Grad Party. Thank you for your support!

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Mustang Weekly, November 19, 2021

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DATES TO REMEMBER 
  • NJHS Snack Collection for LCAC ends November 23
  • No School, Thanksgiving Break, November 24-26
  • Trivia Night, December 10
  • Winter Break, December 20-31
Thanksgiving Break

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 24-26. Classes will resume on Monday, November 29. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

SCMS News Show Link

11 18 News Show - YouTube

Are You Smarter than a Middle Schooler Trivia

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME TRIVIA? Please come join us on Friday December 10th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm for our first annual SCMS Are You Smarter Than A Middle Schooler Family Trivia Night. Pasta dinner from Antonelli's will be served from 6:00pm - 6:45pm and trivia will begin at 7:00pm. There will be prizes for 1st & 2nd place teams as well as door prizes given throughout the evening. The cost for this event is $10 per team.  $10 can be paid at the door by cash or check. Please make checks payable to South County MS. Teams will be made up of current SCMS students, friends & family. There must be one adult present for each team. Please register using the link below. There is a 2 person minimum and 8 person maximum per team. If you have any questions please contact Chris Woodby at cwwoodby@fcps.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!

 Link: SCMS Family Trivia Night.

Register for Optional COVID-19 Student Screening Testing

Parents and guardians can use the secure online portal to register their child(ren) for optional COVID-19 screening. If you do not want your child to participate, no action is required. You will have the option to update your child’s vaccination status and/or withdraw consent for testing anytime.

Student-athletes do not need to pre-register with the LTS online portal for screening testing, they will use a separate portal provided by their school’s student activities director.

There will be no student COVID-19 screening testing the week of November 22 due to the Thanksgiving break.

For more information on student COVID-19 testing, visit the FCPS website

Virtual Career Fair Videos 

Calling all parents, guardians, and family members! Our virtual career fair will be returning this year. Are you passionate about your career and willing to share that enthusiasm with our students? Please consider recording a brief video message using the talking points below, you can send the video file or link via e-mail to mwharris1@fcps.edu Deadline for submissions: Thurs. Dec 2. Thank you for your support!

  • What is the name of your job role and/or career field?
  • What type of education do you need? What school(s) did you attend?
  • What are your job responsibilities? What does a typical day look like?
  • What do you like about this career?
  • 1-2 Additional fun facts about your career or words of wisdom for our students. 
AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

 Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to your student’s counselor no later than December 15.

No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they are submitted to the central selection committee by emailing your student’s counselor.

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations.)

NJHS Snack Food Drive for the Lorton Community Action Center

The NJHS is having a snack food drive for those who may need snacks over the break! It would be greatly appreciated if you could make a donation to the drive by putting any of the following items in the boxes near the top of the main stairs, library, cafeteria, and lobby by November 23rd.

The following items will accepted:

    • Goldfish                                                              
  • Chips
  • Fruit snacks
  • Apple sauce
  • Granola bars
  • 100% juice boxes
  •  Boxed Milk
  •  Pretzel bags
  •  Popcorn bags
  •  Cookies
  •  Veggie straws
  •  Cheese it’s
  •  Rice Krispie treats

Please make sure all foods turned in are individually packaged and non-perishable

Meal Kit Distribution Change for Thanksgiving Break

In preparation for the Thanksgiving break when schools are closed (November 24-26), the following plan is in place to distribute meal kits:

  • Wednesday, November 17: Additional meals (7 days of breakfast and lunch, along with 14 days of afternoon snack and supper meals) will be served in one meal kit.
  • Wednesday, November 24: Meal kit distribution is canceled.
  • Wednesday, December 1: Regular meal kit distribution resumes.

More information and the location of the meal kit sites is available online.

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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

Trivia Night - December 10th

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Hello Mustangs,

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME TRIVIA! Please come join us on Friday December 10th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm for our first annual SCMS Are You Smarter Than A Middle Schooler Family Trivia Night. Pasta dinner from Antonelli's will be served from 6:00pm - 6:45pm and trivia will begin at 7:00pm. There will be prizes for 1st & 2nd place teams as well as door prizes given throughout the evening. The cost for this event is $10 per team.  $10 can be paid at the door by cash or check. Please make checks payable to South County MS. Teams will be made up of current SCMS students, friends & family. There must be one adult present for each team. Please register using the link below. There is a 2 person minimum and 8 person maximum per team. If you have any questions please contact Chris Woodby at cwwoodby@fcps.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!

Link: SCMS Family Trivia Night.

8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079  | Main Office: 703-690-5500
Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

Mustang Weekly, November 12, 2021

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DATES TO REMEMBER  SCMS News Show Link

November 12th News Show

Are You Smarter than a Middle Schooler Trivia

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME TRIVIA? Please come join us on Friday December 10th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm for our first annual SCMS Are You Smarter Than A Middle Schooler Family Trivia Night. Pasta dinner from Antonelli's will be served from 6:00pm - 6:45pm and trivia will begin at 7:00pm. There will be prizes for 1st & 2nd place teams as well as door prizes given throughout the evening. The cost for this event is $10 per team.  $10 can be paid at the door by cash or check. Please make checks payable to South County MS. Teams will be made up of current SCMS students, friends & family. There must be one adult present for each team. Please register using the link below. There is a 2 person minimum and 8 person maximum per team. If you have any questions please contact Chris Woodby at cwwoodby@fcps.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!

 Link - SCMS Family Trivia Night NJHS Snack Food Drive for the Lorton Community Action Center

The NJHS is having a snack food drive for those who may need snacks over the break! It would be greatly appreciated if you could make a donation to the drive by putting any of the following items in the boxes near the top of the main stairs, library, cafeteria, and lobby by November 23rd.

The following items will accepted     

  • Goldfish                            Chips
  • Fruit snacks                      Apple sauce
  • Granola bars                    100% juice boxes
  •  Boxed Milk                       Pretzel bags
  •  Popcorn bags                  Cookies
  •  Veggie straws                  Cheese it’s
  •  Rice Krispie treats

Please make sure all foods turned in are individually packaged and non-perishable

Meal Kit Distribution Change for Thanksgiving Break

In preparation for the Thanksgiving break when schools are closed (November 24-26), the following plan is in place to distribute meal kits:

  • Wednesday, November 17: Additional meals (7 days of breakfast and lunch, along with 14 days of afternoon snack and supper meals) will be served in one meal kit.
  • Wednesday, November 24: Meal kit distribution is canceled.
  • Wednesday, December 1: Regular meal kit distribution resumes.

More information and the location of the meal kit sites is available online.

Outstanding Employee Awards

It is that time of year again!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! This year, as always, our goal is to choose South County Middle School winners in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. We know our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration beyond our building!  

To submit a nomination for a South County Middle School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through the google link for each category found below.  You may nominate an employee for each category, but please only submit one nomination per category.  All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below. 

Outstanding Teacher

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category. Link to nomination form.

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category. Link to nomination form.                             

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal). Link to nomination form. Link to nomination form.

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

 Outstanding Professional Employee

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership. Link to nomination form.

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

 Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee. Link to nomination form.

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons

 Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 19, 2021

If you have any questions, please contact Miranda Hendershot at mehendershot@fcps.edu

Applications for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Open for Class of 2026

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), a Governor's School within Fairfax County Public Schools that is regularly ranked as one of the top public schools in the country, has opened its application process for admissions for the Class of 2026.

This will be the second year that applications for the school’s 550 freshmen seats will be reviewed using the new admissions process which eliminated the standardized admissions test and the $100 application fee, while continuing to maintain the school’s high academic standards. Students offered admission to the Class of 2025--the first to apply using the new admissions process--averaged a 3.95 Grade Point Average (GPA), which is in line with previous years.

The application process for the Class of 2026 continues to be merit-based, race-neutral, and designed to ensure broader access to the school for all students. Admissions evaluators do not know the race, ethnicity, or gender of any applicant and students are identified using a number during the process. 

The application process for the Class of 2026 includes a holistic review. Applicants are required to have a minimum 3.5 GPA. They will also be asked to submit a STEM problem-solving essay and an essay that details their life-experience factors.

FCPS students who are interested in applying to TJHSST must be currently enrolled in honors classes or identified as a Young Scholar, while students applying from other participating school divisions, private schools, or who are homeschooled, and do not have access to honors classes, must be able to show they are taking the highest level of courses available to them.

Details can be found on the TJHSST Admissions webpage. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, with a deadline to complete the final application by Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m. For more information, please visit the TJHSST Admissions webpage.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was established in 1985. The school’s mission is to provide students with a challenging learning environment focused on math, science, and technology; to inspire joy at the prospect of discovery; and to foster a culture of innovation based on ethical behavior and the shared interests of humanity. 

 

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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

Lagooned! Presented by SCMS Theatre

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Lagooned! Presented by South County Middle School Theatre 

SCMS Fall Production of Lagooned! will be performed this Wednesday 11/10/2021 with shows running through Saturday 11/13/2021 at 7pm each night. Tickets can be purchased here

https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15617/south-county-middle-school-theatre.

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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

Mustang Weekly, November 5, 2021

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Dear Mustang Families,

As we transition to the second quarter of the 2021-2022 school year, I wanted to make you aware of a change in the cell phone and electronic device policy at South County Middle School. Since the beginning of the school year, school staff has noticed that electronic devices (cell phones and headphones and earbuds) have increasingly become distractions for students in classrooms and hallways. The presence of cell phones, headphones and earbuds detracts from the learning environment and divides student attention away from learning and safe school operations.

Students were made aware of the change during a Learning Seminar Lesson on November 4. Please see my email to all families with detailed information about the new policy, to include disciplinary consequences.

Additionally, the administrative team will hold team meetings with students on November 8 and November 10 to clarify the policy and consequences. I ask that you speak with your student this weekend to review the changes and encourage them to put all electronic devices in their backpacks as they enter the building on Monday. As always, thank you for your continued partnership and please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely, 

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

  • SOS Survey, November 8, 7th Grade
  • Report Cards Sent Home, November 8
  • Veteran’s Day, 2 Hour Early Release, November 11
  • Youth Survey, 8th Grade, November 18
  • Deadline to submit nominations for Outstanding Employee, November 19
SCMS News Show Link

 November 4th News

Riding Home with Friends on Non-Assigned Bus

Students are not permitted to ride home on buses with their friends, even if the office receives a request from a parent.  We received this information from the Transportation Office:  Currently with the pandemic still in place and to track for contact tracing, if necessary, bus riding with a friend or just switching buses is not permitted. The only exception for changes are with a "Exception to ride" submitted form (to the transportation office) where we officially make changes for student's bus transportation.

SOS Survey

Our 8th Grade students will be taking the SOS survey on Monday, November 8th.  There will be a flipped bell schedule that day, 3rd period will be first. 

Green Day

Time

3 LS

7:30 am - 8:55 am 

Passing

8:55 am - 9:00 am

1

9:00 am - 10:25 am 

Passing

10:25 am - 10:30 am

5

10:30 am - 12:45 pm

A Lunch

10:30 am - 11:00 am (lunch)

11:00 am  - 11:15 am (break)

11:20 am - 12:45 pm (class)

B Lunch

10:30 am - 11:05 am (class)

11:05 am - 11:35 am (lunch)

11:35 am  - 11:50 am (break)

11:55 am - 12:45 pm (class)

C Lunch

10:30 am - 11:25 am (class)

11:25 am  - 11:40 am (break)

11:40 am - 12:10 pm (lunch)

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm (class)

D Lunch

10:30 am - 10:45 am (break)

10:45 am - 12:10 pm (class)

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm (lunch)

Passing

12:45  pm - 12:50 pm

7

12:50  pm - 2:15  pm

Veteran’s Day - Two Hour Early Release

On Thursday, November 11 our students will have a 2 hour early release for Veteran’s Day.  Here is the bell schedule for that day.

Blue Day

Time

2

7:30 am - 8:20 am 

Passing

8:20 am - 8:25 am

4

8:25 am - 9:15 am 

Passing

9:15 am - 9:20 am

8

9:20 am - 10:10 am 

Passing

10:10 am - 10:15 am 

6

10:15 am - 12:15 pm

A Lunch

10:15 am - 10:45 am (lunch)

10:45 am - 12:15 pm (class)

B Lunch

10:15 am - 10:45 am (class)

10:45 am - 11:15 am (lunch)

11:15 am - 12:15 pm (class)

C Lunch

10:15 am - 11:15 am (class)

11:15 am - 11:45 am (lunch)

11:45 am - 12:15 pm (class)

D Lunch

10:15 am - 11:45 am (class)

11:45 am - 12:15 pm (lunch)

Report Cards

First Quarter Report Cards will be distributed to students during their 7th period classes and sent home with them on Monday, November 8th .

Students who are absent on Monday, will receive their report cards on the next day of attendance. First Quarter grades will be available for parents in the SIS Parent Vue portal after November 12th.  

SIS ParentVue & StudentVue Access:

  • FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Friday, Oct. 29 through Friday, Nov. 12.
  • Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Friday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. until Saturday, Nov. 13, at 6 a.m.
Your Photos Are Ready

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Impact Aid Forms

Your student should have brought home the annual impact aid form today.  FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid by November 5. Returning this form is really important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all FCPS schools and centers—but only if you complete the form.

If you need another form printed please contact Maureen Carlstrom, mcarlstrom@fcps.edu, with your child’s name and she will send a new form home with your child.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

Watch this video to learn more about the Federal Impact Aid Form.

Outstanding Employee Awards

It is that time of year again!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! This year, as always, our goal is to choose South County Middle School winners in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. We know our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration beyond our building!  

To submit a nomination for a South County Middle School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through the google link for each category found below.  You may nominate an employee for each category, but please only submit one nomination per category.  All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below. 

Outstanding Teacher

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category. Link to nomination form.

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category. Link to nomination form.                        

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal). Link to nomination form. Link to nomination form.

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership. Link to nomination form.

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee. Link to nomination form.

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 19, 2021

If you have any questions, please contact Miranda Hendershot at mehendershot@fcps.edu

Covid Testing for Students:

In support of our commitment to safety, SCMS will begin optional COVID-19 screening testing students the week of November 15.

Routine testing is a highly recommended strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep our schools safe. Following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent will be randomly selected for weekly testing. 

Parent/guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool. We will share more information about how to submit your child(ren)’s vaccination status and opt-in to testing soon.

Test results will be kept confidential. Parents/guardians will be able to review results through the secure vendor portal. Parents/guardians may select an option to share their child’s test results with FCPS. Sharing results with FCPS is optional.

More information about COVID-19 testing in FCPS can be found on the FCPS website. As always, I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

COVID Vaccination

The Fairfax Community Vaccination Clinic is operating a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the former Lord & Taylor store at Tysons Corner Center. Operating hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. 

Read more about the Fairfax CVC online. To find an appointment visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA.

Applications for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Open for Class of 2026

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), a Governor's School within Fairfax County Public Schools that is regularly ranked as one of the top public schools in the country, has opened its application process for admissions for the Class of 2026.

This will be the second year that applications for the school’s 550 freshmen seats will be reviewed using the new admissions process which eliminated the standardized admissions test and the $100 application fee, while continuing to maintain the school’s high academic standards. Students offered admission to the Class of 2025--the first to apply using the new admissions process--averaged a 3.95 Grade Point Average (GPA), which is in line with previous years.

The application process for the Class of 2026 continues to be merit-based, race-neutral, and designed to ensure broader access to the school for all students. Admissions evaluators do not know the race, ethnicity, or gender of any applicant and students are identified using a number during the process. 

The application process for the Class of 2026 includes a holistic review. Applicants are required to have a minimum 3.5 GPA. They will also be asked to submit a STEM problem-solving essay and an essay that details their life-experience factors.

FCPS students who are interested in applying to TJHSST must be currently enrolled in honors classes or identified as a Young Scholar, while students applying from other participating school divisions, private schools, or who are homeschooled, and do not have access to honors classes, must be able to show they are taking the highest level of courses available to them.

Details can be found on the TJHSST Admissions webpage. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, with a deadline to complete the final application by Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m. For more information, please visit the TJHSST Admissions webpage.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was established in 1985. The school’s mission is to provide students with a challenging learning environment focused on math, science, and technology; to inspire joy at the prospect of discovery; and to foster a culture of innovation based on ethical behavior and the shared interests of humanity. 

8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079  | Main Office: 703-690-5500
Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

Mustang Weekly, October 29, 2021

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Dear South County Middle School Families,

In the blink of an eye, a quarter of the school year has flown by! We hope all of our families enjoy the long weekend, rest and recharge for the second quarter. The beginning of a new quarter is a great time to reflect on the practices of SCMS and make adjustments. As such, be on the look out for communication regarding a re-vamped cell phone and electronic device policy. We are also using the new quarter to kick off our re-commitment to HORSE (Honesty, Ownership, Respect, Service and Effort) traits. Students will be participating in lessons during learning seminars and assemblies with administrators to learn about the new policy initiatives.  

As a community, we will be celebrating two different cultural observances next week. November 1 and 2 are the observance of Dia De Los Muertos. This holiday originated in Mexico, but has spread throughout the world. It is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Additionally, November 4 is the observance of Diwali. Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists.

We look forward to seeing our mustangs back at school for a Blue (even period) day on Wednesday, November 3. Enjoy the long weekend!

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

Twitter @pakownacki

DATES TO REMEMBER 
  • TJHSST Application Opens, October 25
  • Student Holiday, November 1 & 2
  • Report Cards Sent Home, November 8
  • Veteran’s Day, 2 Hour Early Release, November 11
  • Youth Survey, 8th Grade, November 18
  • Deadline to submit nominations for Outstanding Employee, November 19
Your Photos Are Ready

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Impact Aid Forms

Your student should have brought home the annual impact aid form today.  FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid by November 5. Returning this form is really important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all FCPS schools and centers—but only if you complete the form.

If you need another form printed please contact Maureen Carlstrom, mcarlstrom@fcps.edu, with your child’s name and she will send a new form home with your child.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

Watch this video to learn more about the Federal Impact Aid Form.

Outstanding Employee Awards

It is that time of year again!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! This year, as always, our goal is to choose South County Middle School winners in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. We know our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration beyond our building!  

To submit a nomination for a South County Middle School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through the google link for each category found below.  You may nominate an employee for each category, but please only submit one nomination per category.  All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below. 

Outstanding Teacher

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category. Link to nomination form.

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category. Link to nomination form.

Outstanding New Principal

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a building principal (in any school/school district). Link to nomination form.

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal). Link to nomination form. Link to nomination form.

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership. Link to nomination form.

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee. Link to nomination form.

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 19, 2021

If you have any questions, please contact Miranda Hendershot at mehendershot@fcps.edu

Covid Testing for Students

In support of our commitment to safety, SCMS will begin optional COVID-19 screening testing students the week of November 15.

Routine testing is a highly recommended strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep our schools safe. Following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent will be randomly selected for weekly testing. 

Parent/guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool. We will share more information about how to submit your child(ren)’s vaccination status and opt-in to testing soon.

Test results will be kept confidential. Parents/guardians will be able to review results through the secure vendor portal. Parents/guardians may select an option to share their child’s test results with FCPS. Sharing results with FCPS is optional.

More information about COVID-19 testing in FCPS can be found on the FCPS website. As always, I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

SCMS News Show Link

October 27 -  https://youtu.be/IFSfjbQ9lCU

Applications for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Open for Class of 2026

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), a Governor's School within Fairfax County Public Schools that is regularly ranked as one of the top public schools in the country, has opened its application process for admissions for the Class of 2026.

This will be the second year that applications for the school’s 550 freshmen seats will be reviewed using the new admissions process which eliminated the standardized admissions test and the $100 application fee, while continuing to maintain the school’s high academic standards. Students offered admission to the Class of 2025--the first to apply using the new admissions process--averaged a 3.95 Grade Point Average (GPA), which is in line with previous years.

The application process for the Class of 2026 continues to be merit-based, race-neutral, and designed to ensure broader access to the school for all students. Admissions evaluators do not know the race, ethnicity, or gender of any applicant and students are identified using a number during the process. 

The application process for the Class of 2026 includes a holistic review. Applicants are required to have a minimum 3.5 GPA. They will also be asked to submit a STEM problem-solving essay and an essay that details their life-experience factors.

FCPS students who are interested in applying to TJHSST must be currently enrolled in honors classes or identified as a Young Scholar, while students applying from other participating school divisions, private schools, or who are homeschooled, and do not have access to honors classes, must be able to show they are taking the highest level of courses available to them.

Details can be found on the TJHSST Admissions webpage. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, with a deadline to complete the final application by Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m. For more information, please visit the TJHSST Admissions webpage.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was established in 1985. The school’s mission is to provide students with a challenging learning environment focused on math, science, and technology; to inspire joy at the prospect of discovery; and to foster a culture of innovation based on ethical behavior and the shared interests of humanity. 

COVID Vaccination

The Fairfax Community Vaccination Clinic is operating a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the former Lord & Taylor store at Tysons Corner Center. Operating hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. 

Read more about the Fairfax CVC online. To find an appointment visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA.

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Mustang Weekly, October 25,2021

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  • TJHSST Application Opens, October 25
  • PTSO Fundraiser, Fusebox, October 26 & 27
  • End of First Quarter, 2 Hour Early Release - October 29
  • Student Holiday, November 1 & 2
  • Report Cards Sent Home, November 8
  • Veteran’s Day, 2 Hour Early Release, November 11
  • Youth Survey, 8th Grade, November 18

Your student should have brought home the annual impact aid form last week.  FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid by November 5. Returning this form is really important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all FCPS schools and centers—but only if you complete the form.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

Watch this video to learn more about the Federal Impact Aid Form.

Applications for TJHSST Open October 25

Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2026 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) beginning Monday, October 25. 

The application will be available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage starting October 25, at 4 p.m. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 19, at 4 p.m.

SCMS News Show Link

October 15 News Show

October 21 News Show

End of 1st Quarter

Friday, October 29 is an early release date for students.  Students will get out of school 2 hours early.  Here is the revised school schedule for that day.

Green Day

Time

1

7:30 AM - 8:48 AM

Passing

8:48 AM - 8:53 AM

7

8:53 AM - 10:10 AM

Passing

10:10 AM - 10:15 AM

5

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

A Lunch

10:15 am - 10:45 am (lunch)

10:45 am - 12:15 pm (class)

B Lunch

10:15 am - 10:45 am (class)

10:45 am - 11:15 am (lunch)

11:15 am - 12:15 pm (class)

C Lunch

10:15 am - 11:15 am (class)

11:15 am - 11:45 am (lunch)

11:45 am - 12:15 pm (class)

D Lunch

10:15 am - 11:45 am (class)

11:45 am - 12:15 pm (lunch)

Also, a reminder that Monday, November 1st and Tuesday, November 2nd are student holidays.

Food Delivery Services

As a continuation from last school year, FCPS is providing FREE breakfast and lunch every day for students.  We ask that you do not order food to be delivered here to the school for your student.  We will NOT be contacting or delivering the food to the cafeteria or to your child.  

COVID Vaccination

The Fairfax Community Vaccination Clinic is operating a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the former Lord & Taylor store at Tysons Corner Center. Operating hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. 

Read more about the Fairfax CVC online. To find an appointment visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA.

School Supplies to bring Every day

Please make sure your student brings the following school each day:

  • Mask
  • Fully charged laptop
  •  Laptop charger
  • Reusable water bottle

Please support the PTSO in their fundraising efforts on October 26 & 27 at Fusbox, an Asian eatery.  15% of takeout sales will be given to SCMS PTSO, as long as you mention SCMS when ordering.

FuseBox Oct 2021.pdf

 

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Dear Mustang community-

We wrapped up another amazing week at SCMS! This past Monday, on October 11, we celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day. It was a time for us to recognize and honor the beautiful traditions and cultures of Indigenous People, not just in America, but around the world. This week also concludes Hispanic Heritage Month. I have to admit that I will miss the awesome Hispanic Heritage music that played during our passing time. It was hard to not dance all through the halls!

Next week FCPS celebrates Digital Citizenship Week and SCMS celebrates Bullying and Harassment Prevention Week. Students will participate in a lesson on Thursday during 3rd period learning seminar to learn about bullying behavior and what we have planned for our spirit days. I can’t wait to see the creativity (hats, socks, jerseys, etc) from students and staff. We will join with many schools around the nation to celebrate Unity Day on Wednesday. We hope to see many students and staff wearing orange in support. Thanks to our amazing student services team for organizing the spirit week.

We hope that you are able to get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather.  As always, our teachers, counselors and administrators are here for you if you need anything. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

Twitter @pakownacki

DATES TO REMEMBER 
  • Picture Make-Up Day - October 21
  • PTSO Fundraiser, Fusebox, October 26 & 27
  • End of Quarter, 2 Hour Early Release - October 29
Food Delivery Services

As a continuation from last school year, FCPS is providing FREE breakfast and lunch every day for students.  We ask that you do not order food to be delivered here to the school for your student.  We will NOT be contacting or delivering the food to the cafeteria or to your child.  

School Supplies to Bring Every Day

Please make sure your student brings the following to school each day:

  • Mask
  • Fully charged laptop
  •  Laptop charger
  • Reusable water bottle
COVID Vaccination

The Fairfax Community Vaccination Clinic is operating a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the former Lord & Taylor store at Tysons Corner Center. Operating hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. 

Read more about the Fairfax CVC online. To find an appointment visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA.

Parent Vue, Schoology, & Google Access

SIS & Schoology Parent Access

We are almost through the first quarter 3 weeks to go!  We encourage you to visit your parent accounts to see the work your student is doing.

SIS ParentVue-  This is where you will find all grades, attendance and general student information.  

Schoology- This is where you will find classroom activities and directions.  Feedback on assignments may be provided but it is not the gradebook.

Your username and password are the same for both accounts.  

Google Assignment Access

FCPS endeavors to protect students by having a “walled garden” for all Google Apps.  This means students can not use their fcps accounts to sign up for social media or share/contact anyone outside of fcps.

Unfortunately, this also means that parents/guardians cannot view Google Assignments, Slide Decks, Docs, etc in Schoology.  If you encounter a message about “private access” it is a Google item that is linked into Schoology.  

We advise that you sit down with your student and go through those items together, with them logged into Schoology and Google.  It is a great way to have a conversation about what they are exploring at school.

Student Services Bullying & Harassment Prevention Week 

The students will be participating in bullying and harassment prevention week beginning October 18th.  

The students will also be able to participate in a South County Middle School competition for bully-free logo that will be used next school year.

There will also be a spirit week that week:

  • Monday, October 18: Hats and socks off
  • Tuesday, October 19: Super Hero
  • Wednesday, October 20: Orange out
  • Thursday, October 21: Arm up against (Army and camo)
  • Friday, October 22: School spirit (“all in this together”)
Immunizations

Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering 7th grade were required to have one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), and Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY).   

Many students, 7th & 8th graders, are still missing required immunizations.

If you received a letter or an email regarding your student’s immunizations this is why.  Please provide one of the following documents to South County Middle School as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the missing immunization(s).
  1. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  1. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  2. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf

You can either drop the form off in the main office or you can scan and email to Maureen Carlstrom at mcarlstrom@fcps.edu

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411. 

If you received a notice you will need to provide documentation of all required immunizations or as many as possible by January 4, 2022.  

Students who have not completed all immunization requirements by the January 4th deadline must provide a documented plan of completion from the Health Department or a Healthcare Provider.  The deadline may be extended on a case-by-case basis dependent upon each student’s specific identified plan.  Per Regulation 2101, students who do not provide documentation of having received at least one dose of each required immunization will be excluded.

Please support the PTSO in their fundraising efforts on October 26 & 27 at Fusbox, an Asian eatery.  15% of takeout sales will be given to SCMS PTSO, as long as you mention SCMS when ordering.

FuseBox Oct 2021.pdf

Masks

It has come to our attention that we are handing out a number of masks to students as they enter the building and during the day.  While we don’t mind and will provide students with masks if they need them, for the protection of our students and staff, we cannot continue to do this at the rate that we are doing so. Please strongly encourage your child to keep their masks on them.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

South County Library’s Makerspace

Cleaning up around the house? Consider donating unused supplies to the South County Library's Makerspace! We could use any of the following:

  • Yarn & Knitting supplies
  • Hot glue guns & Glue sticks
  • Macrame String
  •  Felt & Fabric
  • Duct Tape (all colors)
  • Scrapbooking supplies
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Jewelry supplies (i.e. clasps, jump rings, beads)
  • Cotton filling/stuffing
  • Construction paper
  • Craft/popsicle sticks
  • Googly eyes

There will be a bin in the Main Office for you to drop off supplies. If you have any questions or need more information, email Mrs. Howard (echoward@fcps.edu) or Mr. Van (mjvanwambeke@fcps.edu). Thanks for supporting Library programming! 

South County High School Parade

South County High School will be having a parade for homecoming on Thursday October 21 at 4:30pm at Laurel Hill. Anyone is welcome to go and we want your students to come. Contact mattgowel@gmail.com or 1571157@fcpsschools.net if you would like to get your club or organization involved!

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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

Fairfax Youth Survey

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Dear Parent or Guardian of a Middle School Student:

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are published each year on https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/fairfax-county-youth-survey and are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need. The survey is anonymous and no individual information is reported .

 

In years past the survey was administered in paper and pencil format. To improve efficiency and streamline the administration process, this year's survey will be administered online. Responses will not be traced back to your child's personal information, linked to a computer, email address, or other electronic identifiers. No personally identifiable information nor IP addresses will be recorded. Survey responses will be stored in a secure server which is compliant with federal data security standards. To protect student's anonymity, the responses will be read and analyzed only by the researchers and summarized in a report with no personal identifiers.

 

The Fairfax County Youth Survey asks questions about risky behavior, mental health, physical health, and safety. There are questions about behaviors related to alcohol, illegal drugs, or misuse of prescription drugs. Additional questions about depression, student stress, bullying and harassment, and questions about personal health, and for students in eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade only, sexual behavior, will be included in the survey. Students are also asked about specific protective factors concerning health and safety.

 

You have the right to preview the survey and may deny permission for your child to participate if you desire. If a student is uncomfortable with any question on the survey, the student does not have to answer that question or may elect to discontinue the survey. While it is hoped that as many students as possible will participate, you have the option of completing the attached form if you wish to opt out your child.

 

The survey will be administered between November 15-30, 2021, during Learning Seminar (3rd period). A copy of the survey will be available to parents and/or guardians on line at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youth-survey and in the school counseling office of your child's school beginning October 15, 2021.

 

If you do NOT wish for your child to take part in the survey, please complete the attached form and return it to your child's school counselor no later than November 15, 2021. If you have questions about the survey, contact Stefan Mascall, coordinator, Student Safety and Wellness Office, at 571-423-4270.

 

FFXYouthSurvey-OptOutSecondary-English.pdf

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  • Student Holiday - October 11
  • Picture Make-Up Day - October 21
  • End of Quarter, 2 Hour Early Release - October 29

On Wednesday, October 13th the SEL survey will be administered to all students.   A letter explaining the SEL has been sent via mail and includes the form if you choose to opt out your student from this assessment.  

Picture Retake Day

Did you miss getting your picture taken or not like your picture?  No worries - Picture make-up day is on Thursday, October 21st.  

You should be receiving an email soon from Josten’s about your pictures being available to preview.  

SCMS News Show Link

October 8 https://youtu.be/IPxRb3DKalM

ParentVue, Schoology, & Google Access

SIS & Schoology Parent Access

We are almost through the first quarter 3 weeks to go!  We encourage you to visit your parent accounts to see the work your student is doing.

SIS ParentVue-  This is where you will find all grades, attendance and general student information.  

Schoology- This is where you will find classroom activities and directions.  Feedback on assignments may be provided but it is not the gradebook.

Your username and password are the same for both accounts.  

Google Assignment Access

FCPS endeavors to protect students by having a “walled garden” for all Google Apps.  This means students can not use their fcps accounts to sign up for social media or share/contact anyone outside of fcps.

Unfortunately, this also means that parents/guardians cannot view Google Assignments, Slide Decks, Docs, etc in Schoology.  If you encounter a message about “private access” it is a Google item that is linked into Schoology.  

We advise that you sit down with your student and go through those items together, with them logged into Schoology and Google.  It is a great way to have a conversation about what they are exploring at school.

Student Services

Bullying & Harassment Prevention Week 

The students will be participating in bullying and harassment prevention week beginning October 18th.  During the week the students will be doing a lesson during their seminar period which will include: 

  • Definition of bullying and harassment 
  • What it looks like
  • What to do if you see it
  • Cyberbullying & digital citizenship
  • Survey

The students will also be able to participate in a South County Middle School competition for bully-free logo that will be used next school year.

There will be a spirit week that week too:

  • Monday, October 18: Hats and socks off
  • Tuesday, October 19: Super Hero
  • Wednesday, October 20: Orange out
  • Thursday, October 21: Arm up against (Army and camo)
  • Friday, October 22: School spirit (“all in this together”)

Immunizations

Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering 7th grade were required to have one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), and Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY).   

Many students, 7th & 8th graders, are still missing required immunizations.

If you received a letter or an email regarding your student’s immunizations this is why.  Please provide one of the following documents to South County Middle School as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the missing immunization(s).
  1. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  1. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  2. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf

You can either drop the form off in the main office or you can scan and email to Maureen Carlstrom at mcarlstrom@fcps.edu

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411. 

If you received a notice you will need to provide documentation of all required immunizations or as many as possible by January 4, 2022.  

Students who have not completed all immunization requirements by the January 4th deadline must provide a documented plan of completion from the Health Department or a Healthcare Provider.  The deadline may be extended on a case-by-case basis dependent upon each student’s specific identified plan.  Per Regulation 2101, students who do not provide documentation of having received at least one dose of each required immunization will be excluded.

Student Withdrawal

When you are withdrawing your student from SCMS, please remember these few things:

  • Let us know as soon as possible instead of us getting a call from the new school
  • Return BOTH the laptop and the CHARGER issued by FCPS to the main office at SCMS.  This needs to be done to complete the withdrawal process. 
Masks

It has come to our attention that we are handing out a number of masks to students as they enter the building and during the day.  While we don’t mind and will provide students with masks if they need them, for the protection of our students and staff, we cannot continue to do this at the rate that we are doing so. Please strongly encourage your child to keep their masks on them.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

South County Library’s Makerspace

Cleaning up around the house? Consider donating unused supplies to the South County Library's Makerspace! We could use any of the following:

  • Yarn & Knitting supplies
  • Hot glue guns & Glue sticks
  • Macrame String
  • Felt & Fabric
  • Duct Tape (all colors)
  • Scrapbooking supplies
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Jewelry supplies (i.e. clasps, jump rings, beads)
  • Cotton filling/stuffing
  • Construction paper
  • Craft/popsicle sticks
  • Googly eyes

There will be a bin in the Main Office for you to drop off supplies. If you have any questions or need more information, email Mrs. Howard (echoward@fcps.edu) or Mr. Van (mjvanwambeke@fcps.edu). Thanks for supporting Library programming! 

Practice Police Interactions 

The Arc of Northern Virginia is partnering again with the Fairfax County Police Department and the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management to offer an opportunity for people with disabilities and their loved ones to practice emergency situations. Participants can engage in a practice police stop with real officers AND/OR a practice subject stop.

This event is open to anyone with any disability or general anxiety about police interactions, regardless of where they live. These sessions are free, but preregistration is required.

For more information or to register, visit:

https://thearcofnova.org/events/practice-police-interactions/ 

Questions? Call (703) 208-1119 ext. 116 or email lucy.beadnell@thearcofnova.org 

October 2021 Police Interactions flier.pdf

South County High School Parade

South County High School will be having a parade for homecoming on Thursday October 21 at 4:30pm at Laurel Hill. Anyone is welcome to go and we want your students to come. Contact mattgowel@gmail.com or 1571157@fcpsschools.net if you would like to get your club or organization involved!

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Dear SCMS Community-

There is much to celebrate at SCMS as the calendar rolls into October.  The weather is great, leaves are changing color, pumpkin spice season is upon us, football has started and the MLB post season is right around the corner. Unfortunately, for some students, October may come up for them as a month to “smack a staff member” if they are connecting to the latest and most outrageous Tik Tok Challenge.  Dr. Brabrand sent a message to families yesterday.

It is a hard reality that we have to accept that a student in may be influenced by this terrible trend and carry out the challenge (as shown by the "Devious Licks" challenge in September).  I am confident that our  students know that assaulting anyone is wrong. Any student that engages in the challenge will receive the consequences outlined in the SR&R that are in place for assaulting a staff member.  This can involve a 10 day suspension from school, and referral to the superintendent’s hearing office for possible reassignment from SCMS to another school.  We have interior and exterior cameras all around our school.  Any student who commits an assault will be identified through the footage. Our amazing and hard-working staff should not live in fear of being assaulted.

Thanks for your continued partnership and please email me with your questions, suggestions and concerns.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

Twitter @pakownacki

  • PTSO Spiritwear - Orders due by October 4
  • Student Holiday - October 11
  • Picture Make-Up Day - October 21
PTSO SPIRIT WEAR

The South County Spirit Wear is now open!  The online shop will be open for a limited time and can be accessed here  https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/GvTyYuEtAW.  

All items will be directly shipped to the customer.  The store closes on Monday October 4 and orders cannot be accepted after that date, so please don't delay!

SCMS News Show Link

Sept 30  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4zQFi6vo1Y

Student Withdrawal

When you are withdrawing your student from SCMS, please remember these few things:

  • Let us know as soon as possible instead of us getting a call from the new school
  • Return BOTH the laptop and the CHARGER issued by FCPS at SCMS.  This needs to be done to complete the withdrawal process. 
Masks

It has come to our attention that we are handing out a number of masks to students as they enter the building and during the day.  While we don’t mind and will provide students with masks if they need them, for the protection of our students and staff, we cannot continue to do this at the rate that we are doing so. Please strongly encourage your child to keep their masks on them.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

South County Library’s Makerspace

Cleaning up around the house? Consider donating unused supplies to the South County Library's Makerspace! We could use any of the following:

  • Yarn & Knitting supplies
  • Hot glue guns & Glue sticks
  • Macrame String
  • Friendship bracelet floss
  • Felt & Fabric
  • Duct Tape (all colors)
  • Scrapbooking supplies
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Jewelry supplies (i.e. clasps, jump rings, beads)
  • Cotton filling/stuffing
  • Construction paper
  • Craft/popsicle sticks
  • Googly eyes

There will be a bin in the Main Office for you to drop off supplies. If you have any questions or need more information, email Mrs. Howard (echoward@fcps.edu) or Mr. Van (mjvanwambeke@fcps.edu). Thanks for supporting Library programming! 

Assessment Update

Students will be participating in various school-wide assessments in the coming weeks.  Please be mindful of the following dates:

  • Week of October 4th - Math Inventory will be given in Math classes.
  • Wednesday, October 13th - The SEL survey will be administered to all students.   A letter explaining the SEL has been sent via mail and includes the form if you choose to opt out your student from this assessment.  

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  • PTSO Chipotle Fundraiser - Wednesday, September 29
  • Picture Day - Wednesday, September 29 & Thursday, September 30
  • PTSO Spiritwear - Orders due by October 4
Spirit Wear

The South County Spirit Wear is now open!  The online shop will be open for a limited time and can be accessed here  https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/GvTyYuEtAW.  

All items will be directly shipped to the customer.  The store closes on Monday October 4 and orders cannot be accepted after that date, so please don't delay!

Chipotle Fundraiser

Calling all Taco, Burrito and SCMS fans!!! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! We are having a PTSO fundraiser on 9/29/21 4-8pm!! Take a night off from cooking and order chipotle AND raise money for your middle schoolers!! PLEASE SHARE THIS FLYER WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

Four ways to guarantee your purchases count:

  1. Show the cashier a digital flyer from your phone prior to paying
  1. Show the cashier a paper flyer prior to paying
  2. Order online and pickup Chipotle for your fundraiser by using the Promo Code 2JKGVHW on the Chipotle app or website. Please note that fundraiser online ordering is only valid through pickup on 9/29 4:00-8:00 PM.
  3. Flying flyer-free? Just mention the fundraiser to the cashier prior to paying

Chipotle Fundraiser.pdf

Picture Day

Wednesday, September 29 & Thursday, September 30

  • Preview your pictures before you buy them
  • Buy only what you want
  • Personalize your photos
  • Photos ship directly to you home
  • High-res digital downloads

Order at JOSTENSPIX.COM 

Event code: FE156021

Any questions please call 1-877-515-1447

SCMS News Show

Here are the links to our recent Friday News Shows.  Enjoy!

 

 

Sept 10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn7d5ViE7Xo 

Sept 17 https://youtu.be/_M-LSNJgKds

Sept 24 https://youtu.be/ArA39K6Fnic

Student Rights & Responsibilities

Parents need to make sure they sign the acknowledgement form that they were presented the information on Student Rights and Responsibilities.  This can be done in ParentVue or you can return the signed copy to the main office. 

World Languages Credit Exam

GET HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS!!! Eligibility The exam is for students in grades 7 through 12 who have proficiency in one of these 30 languages:

American Sign Language Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek*, Hebrew*, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese*, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish*, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

*Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish will be offered by the Writing Proficiency Test by Language Testing International.

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17, and 18, 2021.

Registration opens on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

Deadline Date

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Registration: See School Counselor

*Late registrations will not be accepted.

Gold Night at South County High School

The Field Hockey Gold Out/ Youth Night is September 28th and the Volleyball Gold Out/ Youth Night is September 30th. 

If students are found misbehaving at any South County High School sporting event the high school will be calling home to have the student picked up and possibly not allowing them to return to any future games as a guest.

Assessment Update:

Students will be participating in various school-wide assessments in the coming weeks.  Please be mindful of the following dates:

    • Tuesday, September 28th -  Reading Virginia Growth Assessment will be administered to all English students
    • Week of October 4th - Math Inventory will be given in Math classes.
    • Wednesday, October 13th - The SEL survey will be administered to all students.  A letter explaining the SEL has been sent via mail and includes the form if you choose to opt out your student from this assessment.  
  • September 28th will be a FLIPPED GREEN DAY with the day starting with 3rd period at 7:30, and then 1st, 5th, 7th

7:30 – 8:55

3rd Period – VGA

9:00 – 10:25

1st Period

10:30 – 12:45

5th Period

12:50 – 2:15

7th Period

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After School Program Schedule

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The schedule for SCMS’S After School Program is available on our website under the After School Tab. Here is the link to register your child for our ASP if you have not done so. The program begins on Monday September 27th. This will be the first day of late buses. Please visit your Parent View account in SIS to locate your child’s late bus. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Woodby at cwwoodby@fcps.edu.

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After School Program Information

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Here is the link to register your child for the SCMS After School Program. Please remember the program begins Monday September 27th. We will send the recording of the Virtual ASP Parent Meeting on Monday September 20th as well as the ASP schedule to begin the school year. I will be hosting two presentations during lunches on Tuesday & Wednesday of next week for all students. If you have any questions please contact Chris Woodby at cwwoodby@fcps.edu.

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Mustang Weekly, September 17, 2021

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Dear SCMS Community-

We are wrapping up another great week at SCMS! It’s amazing that this Friday marks the end of the first month of school. As we wrap up the first four weeks, I’d like to tell you about a great observance that will occur during the next four weeks. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15- October 15, each year.  It was made an official observation in the United States in 1968.  The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; with Mexico and Chile celebrating their independence days on September 16 and September 18.  This month is a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions by Latinos/Hispanics in popular culture through music, food, and dance, as well as in science, art, economics, politics and other fields.

I look forward to seeing all mustangs virtually on Wednesday, September 22 for Back To School Night. As we did last year, we will start the evening off at 7:00 PM with a synchronous Zoom session with the admin team. Teacher introduction videos will be available on that day, so families can get to know their student’s classroom teachers.

Thank you for your continued support and please reach out with any questions or concerns

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

Twitter @pakownacki

  • Back To School Night - Wednesday, September 22nd 
  • After School Program Begins - Monday, September 27th 
  • PTSO Chipotle Fundraiser - Wednesday, September 29
  • Picture Day - Wednesday, September 29 & Thursday, September 30

SGA’s first school-wide Spirit Week will occur next week, Sep. 20th-24th. We want to kickstart the beginning of our after school program by reigniting the community at our middle school! Here is what the SGA students have planned: 

  • Monday (9/20) – Pajama Day
  • Tuesday (9/21) – Dress Like a Teacher Day
  • Wednesday (9/22) – Twin Day (match with a friend!)
  • Thursday (9/23) – College Day
  • Friday (9/24) – Team Color
Student Rights & Responsibilities

Parents need to make sure they sign the acknowledgement form that they were presented the information on Student Rights and Responsibilities.  This can be done in ParentVue or you can return the signed copy to the main office. 

Back to School Night

The 2021-22 school year Back To School Night will be held VIRTUALLY on Wednesday, September 22nd.  There will be an informational session beginning at 7:00 PM by our administrators.  Please click the link below to join the webinar on September 22nd:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/99848370467

Gold Night at South County High School

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and South County High School is having a Gold Out to raise awareness for childhood cancer this Friday, September 17th at the Football Game. It is also Youth Night when youth wearing their SCAA jersey or Cheer uniform get in free with a paying adult. Is it possible for you to send the attached flyer to the South County Middle School community to help spread the word? 

The Field Hockey Gold Out/ Youth Night is September 28th and the Volleyball Gold Out/ Youth Night is September 30th. Separate flyers will go out next week with more information for these events.

PTSO Chipotle Fundraiser

Calling all Taco, Burrito and SCMS fans!!! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! We are having a PTSO fundraiser on 9/29/21 4-8pm!! Take a night off from cooking and order chipotle AND raise money for your middle schoolers!! PLEASE SHARE THIS FLYER WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

Four ways to guarantee your purchases count:

  1. Show the cashier a digital flyer from your phone prior to paying
  2. Show the cashier a paper flyer prior to paying
  3. Order online and pickup Chipotle for your fundraiser by using the Promo Code 2JKGVHW on the Chipotle app or website. Please note that fundraiser online ordering is only valid through pickup on 9/29 4:00-8:00 PM.
  4. Flying flyer-free? Just mention the fundraiser to the cashier prior to paying
Assessment Update

Students will be participating in various school-wide assessments in the coming weeks.  Please be mindful of the following dates:

    • Friday, September 24th - Math Virginia Growth Assessment will be administered to all Math 7, Math 7 Honors, and PreAlgebra students
    • Tuesday, September 28th -  Reading Virginia Growth Assessment will be administered to all English students
    • Week of October 4th - Math Inventory will be given in Math classes.
    • Wednesday, October 13th - The SEL survey will be administered to all students.  A letter explaining the SEL has been sent via mail and includes the form if you choose to opt out your student from this assessment.  Please watch your mail in the coming days!
  • Both September 24th and September 28th will be FLIPPED GREEN DAYS with the day starting with 3rd period at 7:30, and then 1st, 5th, 7th

7:30 – 8:55

3rd Period – VGA

9:00 – 10:25

1st Period

10:30 – 12:45

5th Period

12:50 – 2:15

7th Period

World Languages Credit Exam

GET HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS!!! Eligibility The exam is for students in grades 7 through 12 who have proficiency in one of these 30 languages:

American Sign Language Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek*, Hebrew*, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese*, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish*, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

*Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish will be offered by the Writing Proficiency Test by Language Testing International.

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17, and 18, 2021.

Registration opens on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

Deadline Date

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Registration: See School Counselor

*Late registrations will not be accepted.

Save the Date:  Wednesday, September 29 & Thursday, September 30

  • Preview your pictures before you buy them
  • Buy only what you want
  • Personalize your photos
  • Photos ship directly to you home
  • High-res digital downloads

Order at JOSTENSPIX.COM 

Event code: FE156021

Any questions please call 1-877-515-1447

Free and Reduced Lunch

The free and reduced meals application includes an online application for parents to submit the application electronically for faster processing. Please fill out the free and reduced lunch application to receive the benefits from it.  What you will need to provide during the application process:

  • The names and incomes of every member of your household
  • The school, grade, birthdate of every student in your household
  • Your social security number and electronic signature
  • (Optional) A valid email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application.

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After School Program Meeting - TODAY with NEW ZOOM LINK

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After School Program Meeting - REMINDER

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Dear Parents,

In respect for families observing Yom Kippur, the Virtual After School Program Parent Meeting will be moved to Tuesday September 14th at 6:30pm. We will use the same Google Meet link. If you have any questions please contact Chris Woodby at cwwoodby@fcps.edu

I will have a short presentation and take questions at the end. I look forward to seeing you there. Please use the link below to access Google Meet.

 

https://meet.google.com/lookup/cqquwuvofi?authuser=0&hs=179

 

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Mustang Weekly - September 12, 2021

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Dear SCMS Families-

I continue to be so proud of the ways in which our students and staff are engaging in learning and building relationships.  There is so much positive energy in the building and daily we feel the JOY of having our students at SCMS.  Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Observations:

This past week members of the SCMS community observed Rosh Hashanah on Tuesday. Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish New Year, and is filled with shared meals and prayer among loved ones. “Shanah Tovah,” to all that celebrated!

Rosh Hashanah also begins the Jewish High Holy Days leading up to Yom Kippur – a time when Jews focus their attention on repentance and reflection of action. The observance of Yom Kippur will start at sundown on September 15 and continue until sundown on September 16. “G’mar tov”- have a good final sealing.

20th Anniversary of 9/11: 

This week we also reflected on the events of September 11. I often think about my own personal experience on 9/11. I was in my second year at UVa and vividly remember watching the events live as they unfolded. I also remember the fear and anxiety in the immediate aftermath as I contacted as many friends and relatives as I could. I spoke with my own 7th grade daughter this week as she interviewed me as part of her history assignment. The thing that stuck out to me the most during the interview was the immediate aftermath in which all Americans were bonded together in a shared experience and we all collectively put aside our difference to heal together.

Our school community shared in a time of mourning, remembrance, and reflection.  At South County MS, and in all FCPS schools in grades 3-6, students had the opportunity to learn about the events of 9/11, acknowledge shared history, and discuss how we move forward towards a better future. Curriculum resources have been provided to all Social Studies teachers and activities will be embedded in History and Civics classes. It is critical that we learn from the past and create a present where all are heard, seen, and welcomed.   

Please feel free to reach out to me at any time and I look forward to seeing you at our virtual Back to School Night soon!

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

Twitter @pakownacki

DATES TO REMEMBER 

  • After School Program Parent Meeting - Tuesday, September 14th
  • Back To School Night - Wednesday, September 22nd 
  • After School Program Begins - Monday, September 27th 
  • Picture Day - Wednesday, September 29 & Thursday, September 30
Free and Reduced Lunch

The free and reduced meals application includes an online application for parents to submit the application electronically for faster processing. Please fill out the free and reduced lunch application to receive the benefits from it.  What you will need to provide during the application process:

  • The names and incomes of every member of your household
  • The school, grade, birthdate of every student in your household
  • Your social security number and electronic signature
  • (Optional) A valid email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application.

The Virtual After School Program Parent Meeting will be on Tuesday September 14th at 6:30pm. We will use the same Google Meet link. If you have any questions please contact Chris Woodby at cwwoodby@fcps.edu. 

We will use Google Meet as our platform. I will have a short presentation and take questions at the end. I look forward to seeing you there. Please use the link below to access Google Meet.

https://meet.google.com/lookup/cqquwuvofi?authuser=0&hs=179

Students will be participating in various school-wide assessments in the coming weeks.  Please be mindful of the following dates:

    • Week of September 13th - Reading Inventory will be given in English classes
    • Week of October 4th - Math Inventory will be given in Math classes.
    • Friday, September 24th - Math Virginia Growth Assessment will be administered to all Math 7, Math 7 Honors, and PreAlgebra students
    • Tuesday, September 28th -  Reading Virginia Growth Assessment will be administered to all English students
    • Wednesday, October 13th - The SEL survey will be administered to all students.  A letter explaining the SEL has been sent via mail and includes the form if you choose to opt out your student from this assessment.  Please watch your mail in the coming days!
  • Both September 24th and September 28th will be FLIPPED GREEN DAYS with the day starting with 3rd period at 7:30, and then 1st, 5th, 7th

7:30 – 8:55

3rd Period – VGA

9:00 – 10:25

1st Period

10:30 – 12:45

5th Period

12:50 – 2:15

7th Period

Back to School Night

The 2021-22 school year Back To School Night will be held VIRTUALLY on Wednesday, September 22nd.  There will be an informational session beginning at 7:00 PM by our administrators.  The Zoom link will be sent closer to September 22nd.

Picture Day is Coming!!

Save the Date:  Wednesday, September 29 & Thursday, September 30

  • Preview your pictures before you buy them
  • Buy only what you want
  • Personalize your photos
  • Photos ship directly to you home
  • High-res digital downloads

Order at JOSTENSPIX.COM 

Event code: FE156021

Any questions please call 1-877-515-1447

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors! 

Enjoy working with students?  FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors.  Student monitors provide supervision support in the classroom, lunchroom, and outside.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and apply online.. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

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