Mustang Weekly, September 23, 2022

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Dear Mustang Families-

It’s hard to believe, but we have already completed five weeks of school, and the first “official” day of fall is here. The weather is getting brisker, leaves are changing colors, and pumpkins are decorating doorsteps. On Wednesday of this past week, I attended the South County Community Conversation with our new superintendent, Dr. Reid. It was a great forum to connect with the families in the pyramid and hear about the things we are doing well, as well as the areas in which we can improve. I welcome feedback from families to establish two-way communication and engage the stakeholder voice.

Looking ahead to the next few weeks, SCMS (along with all of FCPS) will recognize two very important holidays in the Jewish faith tradition.  Shanah tovah to our Jewish community celebrating Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) on Monday, September 26! Meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah is one of Judaism’s holiest days and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection. The Days of Awe ends with Yom Kippur, which is the holiest day in Judaism on Wednesday, October 5. Both September 26 and October 5 are student holidays.

As always, thank you for your continued partnership and please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

703-690-5507

@pakownacki

September 26, Rosh Hashanah, Student Holiday, No School

September 27 - Join the PTSO at CHLOEZ CAFE FUNDRAISER

September 28 Reading VGA

September 30 Math VGA

October 5, Yom Kippur, Religious/Cultural Observance, No School

October 10, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Student Holiday, No School

October 12, International Walk to School Day

VGA Testing

VGA Testing will be next week.  Students received an email on Thursday with their testing schedule.  Please note the change in bell schedules for the main testing days.  Students must bring their FCPS-issued laptop and charger on testing days.

Time Wednesday, Sept 28 Friday, Sept 30   READING MATH 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM Testing Block (3rd Period) Testing Block (3rd Period 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM Recess Recess 9:35 AM - 10:40 AM 1st Period 1st Period 10:45 AM - 12:45 PM 5th Period 5th Period 12:50 AM - 2:15 PM 7th Period 7th Period

 

Mustang Morning News

We are happy to bring you the Mustang Morning news show by period 2 Media and Communications Class!   Here is this week's news show 

This episode contains: 

News Anchors: Caitlin Marfo and Khogah Sahar

Editor: Chase Blosser

​Pledge: Mia Jenkins/Ms. McKnight's 2nd period

"Tacos vs. Enchilada"- produced and edited Jazmit Kaur and Mia Jenkins 

-SCMS Reads - produced and edited by Victoria Eller

Weather: Carleigh Haskins

Birthdays - Chase Blosser

Dance it Out - Sebastian Stotts

CONGRATULATIONS to our HORSECARD Winners for this week.  Pictured from left to right - Mrs. Reese, Ryan R., Aaliyah M., Danaya M., Brandon J., Abbigail N., Maddie L., and Mr. Mitchell

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Signature

Parents/guardians are required to sign the SR&R annually.  They can download and digitally sign the SR&R acknowledgement in ParentVUE.  Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will be prompted to digitally sign the SR&R acknowledgement upon login until the acknowledgement has been signed.  The name in the digital signature box must match the parent’s or guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted. 

While use of ParentVUE to digitally sign the SR&R acknowledgement is preferred, parents/guardians may elect to download and print the SR&R Parent/Guardian Signature Sheet   from the FCPS public website.  If a parent/guardian needs assistance accessing the signature sheet, they may contact their child’s school and ask that the school provide the form.  The SR&R Parent/Guardian Signature Sheet is due September 30, 2022.

Walk to School Day

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 12, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools. Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and work where safe to do so on October 12. Get more information about Walk to School Day

STEAMOLOGY

STEAMOLOGY is hosting their annual STEM Fest  on Oct 8th and we would like our partners to showcase their student's work and or if the students want to volunteer and earn their community service hours.

I will appreciate it if you could please share this fun/STEAMtastic news with the community members.

https://www.steamologyus.org/stemfest/

https://www.steamologyus.org/fcps-partnership/

How to Access Free Resources from Tutor.com

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, one-on-one online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 2022-23 school year. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected]

 

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Mustang Weekly, September 16, 2022

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Dear Mustang Families-

We had an amazing week of learning at SCMS! As the weather has changed into fall, students have done a great job settling into routines.

This week, we kicked off a month long celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). 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.

Thinking ahead, I’d like to make you aware of upcoming events.

  • We hope that you are able to join us on Thursday, September 21 at 6:30 at the South County High School for the SC Pyramid Community Conversation with our new Superintendent, Dr. Reid. The evening will be an opportunity to learn more about Dr. Reid, and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend
  • Monday, September 26, is a student holiday/professional work day for teachers. It is also Rosh Hashanah, the second day of the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

As always, thank you for your continued partnership. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

 

September 28 - Reading VGA

September 30 - Math VGA

September 26, Rosh Hashanah, Student Holiday, No School

September 27 - PTSO Chloez Cafe Fundraiser

 

South County Middle School Mustang Morning News

This episode contains: 

News Anchors: Chloe Coleman and Lily McGuinness

Editor: Alexander Higgins

​Pledge: Mr. Francese's Class - Gigi Monette

Mrs. SantaMaria's Class - Carleigh Haskins 

Mr. Kownacki Interview - Sun Ha Malloy

Weather: Layla Azimi

Birthdays - Alexander Higgins

Fit Check & Dance It Out - Sebastian Stotts

 

CONGRATULATIONS to our Week 3 Horsecard Winners from left to right: Matthew P., George A., Mr. Kownacki, Naomi S., Hollace K., and Mariah S.  Missing from the photo is Jace H.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

From Thursday, September 15th through October 15th we will be observing National Hispanic Heritage Month. This observance began in 1968 as “Hispanic Heritage Week'' under President Lyndon Johnson’s administration and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. The day of September 15th is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and September 18th, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12th, falls within this 30-day period. Each morning we will explore Hispanic culture, pioneers, inventors, and contributors to the American experience through the morning announcement. We have carefully chosen musical selections for a range of Latin-American artists to be played during the transitional period. Students are increasing their awareness through our media communications news show with a segment on Hispanic Heritage Month.    We hope our Mustangs enjoy learning about Hispanic Americans who have contributed to the fiber of the American experience!

For more information on local celebrations, visit the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services website.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Signature

Parents/guardians are required to sign the SR&R annually.  You can download and digitally sign the SR&R acknowledgement in ParentVUE.  Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will be prompted to digitally sign the SR&R acknowledgement upon login until the acknowledgement has been signed.  The name in the digital signature box must match the parent’s or guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted. Schools will be provided with a resource sheet to assist parents/guardians in using ParentVUE to sign the SR&R acknowledgement.

While use of ParentVUE to digitally sign the SR&R acknowledgement is preferred, parents/guardians may elect to download and print the SR&R Parent/Guardian Signature Sheet   from the FCPS public website.  If a parent/guardian needs assistance accessing the signature sheet, they may contact their child’s school and ask that the school provide the form.  The SR&R Parent/Guardian Signature Sheet is due September 30, 2022

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS INFORMATION SESSION:

The TJ Admissions Office will be holding an information session at SCMS Tuesday, September 20th from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  Detailed information about admissions and the application process for 8th grade students will be shared. Parents and students are welcome to attend.  Transportation home must be provided. 

For questions please contact TJ Admissions at 571-423-3770 or [email protected] Website: www.TJAdmissions.org.

TJ Application Window: October 24th @ 4:00 p.m. to November 18th @ 4:00 pm. Minimum requirements: Students must have a 3.5 GPA with three honors courses; algebra I Honors, Science Honors, and either English Honors or Civics Honors.

Parent Consent for Digital Resources

Please review and submit the form to provide parental consent for the use of digital resources: https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Middle School (7-8).  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Middle School (7-8). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your Mustang’s PE teacher or the FLE Administrator, Miranda Hendershot, [email protected] or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

 

  Applications for Free & Reduced Lunch 

Free and Reduced-Price Meals online application https://www.fcps.edu/frm.  Be sure to complete the Parent Consent Form in order to access classroom fee waivers.

How to Access Free Resources from Tutor.com

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, one-on-one online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 2022-23 school year. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected]

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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

REMINDER - After School Program Info Night

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SCMS VIRTURAL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM INFO NIGHT

On Thursday September 15th at 6:30pm I will be hosting a  virtual info night for parents and providing information regarding our After School Program. Click on the link below to Join the Zoom Meeting. https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/96145537506?pwd=UXZYK1psNC9wSDBUTkt6c1ZKRVZydz09

 

SCMS REGISTRATION FORM & SCHEDULE

All students who wish to participate in the After School Program must have a registration form to participate. The electronic form is available on the SCMS website. If they stay with a teacher or participate in Clubs and activities a form must be on file. Here is the ASP Registration Form as well. The ASP Schedule is now ready. You may view the schedule using the link below or visit the SCMS website under the ASP tab. : https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/index.php/activities/after-school-program

 

ALL GIRLS NFL FLAG FOOTBALL & FALL BASKETBALL LEAGUE INTEREST FORM

I would like to start both of  these programs this school year. In order to make this happen, there has to me sufficient interest. If your child would be interested in participating, please have her fill out the form above. The Basketball League will be facilitated by our Security Specialist Chris Hall.

 

PARENTS & VOLUNTEERS LOOKING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SCMS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

The After School Program is looking for parents who would be interested in part time work for ASP. If you enjoy a hobby that can translate to the ASP and provide opportunities for our students or just want to support the program, please feel free to reach out to Chris Woodby at [email protected].

 

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

SCMS After School Program Information

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VIRTUAL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM INFO NIGHT

On Thursday September 15th at 6:30pm I will be hosting a  virtual info night for parents and providing information regarding our After School Program. Click on the link below to Join the Zoom Meeting. https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/96145537506?pwd=UXZYK1psNC9wSDBUTkt6c1ZKRVZydz09

 

SCMS REGISTRATION FORM & SCHEDULE

All students who wish to participate in the After School Program must have a registration form to participate. The electronic form is available on the SCMS website. If they stay with a teacher or participate in Clubs and activities a form must be on file. Here is the ASP Registration Form as well. The ASP Schedule is now ready. You may view the schedule using the link below or visit the SCMS website under the ASP tab. 

 https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/index.php/activities/after-school-program

 

ALL GIRLS NFL FLAG FOOTBALL & FALL BASKETBALL LEAGUE INTEREST FORM

I would like to start both of  these programs this school year. In order to make this happen, there has to me sufficient interest. If your child would be interested in participating, please have her fill out the form above. The Basketball League will be facilitated by our Security Specialist Chris Hall.

 

PARENTS & VOLUNTEERS LOOKING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SCMS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

The After School Program is looking for parents who would be interested in part time work for ASP. If you enjoy a hobby that can translate to the ASP and provide opportunities for our students or just want to support the program, please feel free to reach out to Chris Woodby at [email protected].

 

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

Mustang Weekly, September 9, 2022

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Dear Mustang Families-

The SCMS staff thoroughly enjoyed connecting with families during our Back to School Presentation on Thursday evening. For those families that were unable to attend, here is the recording and slidedeck from the presentation. Also, checkout this cool video that was created to introduce our staff members! 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

 

CONGRATULATIONS to our Week 2 Horsecard winners from left to right:  Mr. Mitchell, William W., Kennedy W., Mr. Kownacki, Rucker G., Tomas K., Zac C., and Mrs. Hendershot.  Missing from the photo is Isabella D.

Mustang Morning News - September 9, 2022

Morning News, September 9

The official news of South County Middle School.  

Edited, filmed, and directed by Chase Blosser

Anchors:  Tristan Bullock & Liam Howard

Meteorologist:  Victoria Eller

SR&R Signature Sheet Due September 30

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30.Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at 703-690-5500, if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS INFORMATION SESSION

The TJ Admissions Office will be holding an information session at SCMS Tuesday, September 20th from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  Detailed information about admissions and the application process for 8th grade students will be shared. Parents and students are welcome to attend.  Transportation home must be provided. 

For questions please contact TJ Admissions at 571-423-3770 or [email protected] Website: www.TJAdmissions.org.

TJ Application Window: October 24th @ 4:00 p.m. to November 18th @ 4:00 pm. Minimum requirements: Students must have a 3.5 GPA with three honors courses; algebra I Honors, Science Honors, and either English Honors or Civics Honors.

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9, and 10, 2022. Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), 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.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students at their individual schools.  Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages.

Parent Consent for Digital Resources

Please review and submit the form to provide parental consent for the use of digital resources: https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Middle School (7-8).  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Middle School (7-8). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your Mustang’s PE teacher or the FLE Administrator, Miranda Hendershot, [email protected] or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost for all currently enrolled FCPS students on select dates throughout the year when transmission may be highest. Diagnostic testing is provided at designated times and locations for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Testing will be available September 12-14. Visit the testing website for information on locations and how to register for an appointment. 

Applications for Free & Reduced Lunch 

Free and Reduced-Price Meals online application https://www.fcps.edu/frm.  Be sure to complete the Parent Consent Form in order to access classroom fee waivers.

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

SCMS After School Program

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SOUTH COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

The SCMS After School Program will begin on Monday September 19th. The ASP website has been updated. The bulk of our staffing for ASP is made up of SCMS staff and teachers. Teachers are still working through their schedules and deciding what Clubs and programs they would like to sponsor. The ASP schedule will be available on 9/12/22 for parents and students to view on the SCMS website. I will also post it in Schoology. If parents are interested in coaching opportunities through our intramural sports programs, sponsoring a Club/program, or have an idea for a new program, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Chris Woodby, [email protected] or 703-690-5636.

 

SCMS VIRTURAL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM INFO NIGHT

On Thursday September 15th at 6:30pm I will be hosting a  virtual info night for parents and providing information regarding our After School Program. The Zoom link will be sent out a few days prior to the meeting.

 

SCMS REGISTRATION FORM

All students who wish to participate in the After School Program must have a registration form to participate. The electronic form is available on the SCMS website. If they stay with a teacher or participate in Clubs and activities a form must be on file. Here is the ASP Registration Form as well.

 

ALL GIRLS NFL FLAG FOOTBALL & FALL BASKETBALL LEAGUE INTEREST FORM

I would like to start both of  these programs this school year. In order to make this happen, there has to me sufficient interest. If you’re child would be interested in participating, please have her fill out the form above. The Basketball League will be facilitated by our Security Specialist Chris Hall.

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

Mustang Weekly, Thursday, September 1, 2022

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Dear Mustang Community-

CONGRATULATIONS on finishing the second week of school! As a reward to all Mustangs (students, staff and families) for their hard work, let’s have a four day weekend in honor of Labor Day! Hopefully all Mustangs will take advantage of the beautiful weather, re-charge their batteries, and celebrate the successful start to the school year.

As students begin to get more engaged in school, please remind them to talk to you, their counselor, or one of the administrators if there is something going on that is concerning them. School staff can only address issues and concerns if we know about them! We need to keep the lines of communication open with our students and work to make the learning environment safe and accessible for ALL Mustangs.

Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Peter Kownacki

Principal

HORSE CARD Winners

Congratulations to our first group of Horse Card Winners of the school year. Left to Right:  Mr. Mitchell, Benny F, William F, Nathan B, Leigha W, Mr. Kownacki, Isaiah B, AJ M, and Mrs. Hendershot. 

Friday, September 2nd, and Monday, September 5th, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Thursday, September 8th, Virtual Back to School Night - More information coming.

 

September is Attendance Awareness Month

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies.  

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Signature

Parents/guardians are required to sign the SR&R annually.  You can download and digitally sign the SR&R acknowledgement in ParentVUE.  Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will be prompted to digitally sign the SR&R acknowledgement upon login until the acknowledgement has been signed.  The name in the digital signature box must match the parent’s or guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted. 

While use of ParentVUE to digitally sign the SR&R acknowledgement is preferred, parents/guardians may elect to download and print the SR&R Parent/Guardian Signature Sheet   from the FCPS public website.  If a you need assistance accessing the signature sheet, you may contact the main office and ask us to print a form for you to sign. The SR&R Parent/Guardian Signature Sheet is due September 30, 2022

Parent Consent for Digital Resources

 

Please review and submit the form to provide parental consent for the use of digital resources: https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Applications for Free & Reduced Lunch 

Free and Reduced-Price Meals online application https://www.fcps.edu/frm.  Be sure to complete the Parent Consent Form in order to access classroom fee waivers.

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) Health Information Form and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) Emergency Care Information provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHNs) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

For SY 22-23, these forms will be required for all students. Parents/guardians may submit these forms through electronic submission accessed within the [email protected] (weCare) module in SIS.

Using We Care

Emergency Care Form

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Middle School (7-8).  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Middle School (7-8). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your Mustang’s PE teacher or the FLE Administrator, Miranda Hendershot, [email protected] or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS INFORMATION SESSION

The TJ Admissions Office will be holding an information session at SCMS Tuesday, September 20th from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  Detailed information about admissions and the application process for 8th grade students will be shared. Parents and students are welcome to attend.  Transportation home must be provided. 

For questions please contact TJ Admissions at 571-423-3770 or [email protected] Website: www.TJAdmissions.org.

TJ Application Window: October 24th @ 4:00 p.m. to November 18th @ 4:00 pm. Minimum requirements: Students must have a 3.5 GPA with three honors courses; algebra I Honors, Science Honors, and either English Honors or Civics Honors.

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9, and 10, 2022. Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), 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.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

Please contact your student's counselor to register for the exam.  Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages.

Movie Night

Don't miss out on the first movie night of the school year.  We will be showing Minions - The Rise of Gru

Please see the flyer for more information and to buy your tickets.  Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, September 6th

SCMS Movie Night

COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost for all currently enrolled FCPS students on select dates throughout the year when transmission may be highest. Diagnostic testing is provided at designated times and locations for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Testing will be available September 6-8 and 12-14. Visit the testing website for information on locations and how to register for an appointment. 

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Mustang Weekly, August 26, 2022

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Mustang Families-

We had an AMAZING first week of school at South County Middle School! The first week always re-invigorates me and reminds me of why we choose education as a career; the kids! Our students brought tremendous energy and life to our halls. They did an awesome job supporting each other and learning our new structures for the school year including “Away for the Day”, color coded bathrooms and daily recess. The adaptability of our students never ceases to amaze me! We look forward to talking about the new initiatives of our school with parents at Back to School Night on Thursday, September 8. Mark your calendars. More information will be provided closer to the event.

As students begin to get more engaged in school, please remind them to talk to you, their counselor, or one of the administrators if there is something going on that is concerning them. School staff can only address issues and concerns if we know about them! We need to keep the lines of communication open with our students and work to make the learning environment safe and accessible for ALL Mustangs.

Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Peter Kownacki

Principal

Friday, September 2 - NO SCHOOL

Monday, September 5 - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, September 8 - Back To School Night

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Signature

Parents/guardians are required to sign the SR&R annually.  They can download and digitally sign the SR&R acknowledgement in ParentVUE.  Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will be prompted to digitally sign the SR&R acknowledgement upon login until the acknowledgement has been signed.  The name in the digital signature box must match the parent’s or guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted. Schools will be provided with a resource sheet to assist parents/guardians in using ParentVUE to sign the SR&R acknowledgement.

While use of ParentVUE to digitally sign the SR&R acknowledgement is preferred, parents/guardians may elect to download and print the SR&R Parent/Guardian Signature Sheet   from the FCPS public website.  If a parent/guardian needs assistance accessing the signature sheet, they may contact their child’s school and ask that the school provide the form.  The SR&R Parent/Guardian Signature Sheet is due September 30, 2022

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Middle School (7-8).  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Middle School (7-8). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your Mustang’s PE teacher or the FLE Administrator, Miranda Hendershot, [email protected] or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

Dress Code

FCPS respects students’ right to express themselves in the way they dress. It is important, however, that their appearance is tasteful and appropriate for a K-12 school setting. Discussion about dress code violations shall be held privately and maintain the dignity of the student.

Clothing and accessories should not:

  • Display vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene language or images
  • Promote illegal or violent conduct
  • Contain threats or gang symbols
  • Promote the unlawful use of weapons, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or drug paraphernalia
  • Expose private parts or show an excessive amount of bare skin (see-through clothing)
  • Contain studs or chain belts
  • Include hats or other head coverings unless worn for significant religious, cultural, or medical purpose
    • School administration may reach out to a student’s family if clarification is needed regarding the purpose of a head covering.

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS INFORMATION SESSION:

The TJ Admissions Office will be holding an information session at SCMS Tuesday, September 20th from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  Detailed information about admissions and the application process for 8th grade students will be shared. Parents and students are welcome to attend.  Transportation home must be provided. 

For questions please contact TJ Admissions at 571-423-3770 or [email protected] Website: www.TJAdmissions.org.

TJ Application Window: October 24th @ 4:00 p.m. to November 18th @ 4:00 pm. Minimum requirements: Students must have a 3.5 GPA with three honors courses; algebra I Honors, Science Honors, and either English Honors or Civics Honors.

Parent Consent for Digital Resources
  • Please make sure to sign the Parent Consent Page. Students will not be allowed to view YouTube content on FCPS computers unless they have a parent consent on file. They will also not be allowed to use any resources for which parent permission is needed. 
Here Comes the Bus

Please be aware that all of us are getting used to new routines at the start of the school year. Thank you for your patience as those routines are established. If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report. e-Notify (School Messenger) email messages will also be sent to announce significant bus delays. For additional support, find the Transportation Services contact specific to your school. For any concerns after 5:30 p.m., contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.

Spirit Wear

 

Make sure to order your spirit wear 

HPE Apparel Store 2022-2023

https://orderschoolstuff.com/scmspe22/

Password: mustang PE

Store closes September 2nd at 6pm and orders will be passed out through your students HPE teacher the third week in September. Please see your child’s HPE teacher or email Christina Peter [email protected] if you have any questions. 

 

PTSO Spirit wear

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Correct Link for Spirit Wear

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Good morning.  Here is the correct link for the PTSO Spiritwear.  

Both link are available until August 26th.

 

https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/zi-ZCVOr4OI4O4LVUyC0b2?domain=mandrillapp.com

 

Health & PE Apparel Store 2022-2023

https://orderschoolstuff.com/scmspe22/

Password: mustang PE

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SPIRIT WEAR!!!!

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SPIRITWEAR!! SPIRITWEAR!! SPIRITWEAR!!

You have 2 different options of ordering your spiritwear this fall.

 

Health & PE Apparel Store 2022-2023

https://orderschoolstuff.com/scmspe22/

Password: mustang PE

 

 

Purchase your South County Swag!  The PTSO is selling spiritwear through August 26th.  For a variety of options, see the link at: 

 

https://bsnteamsports.com/shop/CpVKjAfSTc

 

 

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SCMS Summer Updates

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Important Dates

Summer Office Hours - Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM through August 12

Jump Start - August 1-4, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

School Begins - August 22, 7:30 AM

Rising 7th Vaccines Due before School Starts!!

The Fairfax County Health Department is urgently requesting that families take immediate action to update immunizations required for their children to attend school in the fall. Failure to do so may impact a student’s ability to enroll.

Rising 7th Grade Students are required to get: Meningococcal Conjugate (MenACWY) Vaccine - The first dose should be administered prior to entering 7th grade, on or after the age of 10. The final dose should be administered prior to entering 12th grade.  TDap Vaccine - Should be administered prior to entering 7th grade, on or after the age of 10. 

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine - A complete series of two doses of HPV vaccine is required for students entering the 7th grade. The first dose shall be administered before the child enters the 7th grade.

Email your Vaccine Record to Tawanna Bates at South County Middle School at [email protected] before August 19th to avoid any delays in starting school on August 22nd.

All students are required to be immunized against certain communicable diseases to attend school in the state of Virginia. It is important for all students to receive the required immunizations.

Please talk with your family health care provider about whether or not your children are up to date on their vaccines before the new school year begins. Submit updated immunization records to your school as soon as possible. 

More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online

Summer Meal Service

Summer meal kits will be offered on Tuesdays at several sites through August 9. Meal kits contain seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under. Visit our Meals for Students website for more details on pick up locations and times. 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Available Later This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

Tutor.com - Available Summer 2022

FCPS students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com during the summer of 2022.  Students are able to use Tutor.com during the summer to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools/services such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas, as well as self-paced study courses for SAT/ACT preparation.

Details about how students can access Tutor.com via archived courses in Schoology are provided in Summer Access at Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services.  Students enrolled in summer Credit Recovery Academy, Online Campus, Online Economics & Personal Finance, and TJHSST summer courses will be able to access Tutor.com via their active summer course in Schoology.

Additional resources schools may use to communicate Tutor.com summer access to students/families are provided in the Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services Employee Hub Site to include a Summer Access Flyer that could be shared with students/families.

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Immunizations Reminder - Free & Reduced-Price Meal Applications

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Immunization Reminders:

SCMS Families,

As we begin to look ahead to the 2022-23 school year, I encourage everyone to Be Wise, Immunize! Immunizations are required for public school entry and help keep children protected from many diseases. Many children missed their well check-ups and their recommended childhood immunizations during recent years of disruptions from COVID-19. It is critical to catch up now to keep children healthy and protect them from serious diseases.

I encourage you to check with your healthcare provider to make sure your child is up to date on required immunizations for the 2022-23 school year as soon as possible. If your child needs a vaccine to complete their records, you can make an appointment with your healthcare provider or visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of child immunization clinics. 

Remember to request documentation of your child’s immunizations and bring that to South County MS as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact us at 703-690-5500.

 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Available Later This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. 

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