SCMS Summer Newsletter - June 26th, 2020

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June 26th, 2020 Summer Continuity of Learning – Sessions begin next week! 

 

Summer workbooks are about to arrive for all our FCPS students. They focus on mathematics and literacy skills on classes they took during the 19-20 school year. Students can choose to use these workbooks to review content recently learned. To support this practice, students can sign up to attend weekly office hours with our teachers starting next week on June 29th and until July 30th. Please see the office hours chart at the top of the page.

To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete this google form. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information via their FCPS Google email address prior to the first session.

Students who already confirmed participation in our summer Office Hours need to check their fcpsschools.net email to see the teacher’s invitation to join their summer Google Classroom. Our teachers can’t wait to see you there!

 

Building Closed for Summer Break

Our building will remain closed over the summer break based on the FCPS guideline. We will continue to share important information with families via News You Choose. Our school website,  https://southcountyms.fcps.edu also provides helpful resources,  general information and student registration information. You can also reach out Mrs. Perry, our Principal's Admin Assistant at (mperry@fcps.edu) You may also contact Ms. Perper, our Student Services Assistant, at (SLPerper@fcps.edu) for additional questions pertaining to withdrawals, address changes or registrations . Students must be officially withdrawn in order for us to send records to the new school. You may also leave voice mail messages on our main number, 703-690-5500. We will do our best to address your questions within 48 business hours. 

Summer4Reading Challenge

The SCMS Library is excited for students to participate in the Summer4Reading Challenge, Virtual Summer Book Club,and check out reading suggestions and eBooks.  All of this information and more is located on our Summer Reading Google Site! Click here to watch a summer reading video and here to access the Summer4Reading Google Site (log in with your school fcpsschools.net Google account).  Happy reading, Mustangs!

 

Need to Speak with a Clinical Staff During the Summer?

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. Consultations provide an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time. 

Note: Parent consultations are available for all grade levels. Student consultations are only available for middle and high school students. Schedule a phone consultation online  

 

Summer Grab and Go Food Distribution

FCPS Grab and Go food distribution will continue using the current schedule through at least June 30. The list of locations is available online. Look for an announcement about food distribution in July and August by late June.

  Report Cards in Documents module

Final secondary report cards, in PDF format, were made available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:00 a.m.  For the first time, the Documents module will be available to students and parents.  The report cards can be found under the Documents module of ParentVUE and StudentVUE, instead of linked within the Report Card module. This change was made to allow parents, especially those who opted to “Go Paperless”, to continue to see the PDF report card after SY 20/21 is closed out. A message will be posted in ParentVUE and StudentVUE letting users know where to find the report cards.

 

 

If you have any questions, concerns please feel free to reach out to me (pakownacki@fcps.edu) and I will respond to you as soon as I am able.  I am grateful for your ongoing support and encouragement during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki Principal South County Middle School

 

 

 

We encourage you to visit our school website frequently for updates and announcements. For more detailed information on all school matters, please visit our website at http://www.fcps.edu/southcountyms/

 

 

To update or modify your News You Choose preferences, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1

 

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml a feature of FCPS Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the Student Information Office at SCMS to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

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SCMS Summer Newsletter - June 17th, 2020

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June 17th, 2020   A Note from Principal Kownacki

Dear South County Families and Students,

Congratulations on a great school year! 2019-2020 was a year to remember. While it may not have ended the way we planned, I am so proud of the hard work of our students and staff as they finished the year strong during Distance Learning.  My hope for our entire community to enjoy the summer, read, relax and recharge. I will share updates throughout the summer on how we will return to learn in the fall. Stay tuned, as the re-opening continues to be discussed by the School Board.

Congratulations and Farewell

We wish all the best the future holds for Patty Krein (pictured below as Dr. Kreinstein), Science teacher, and Trish Portare (pictured below enjoying a boat ride), Special Education Teacher, who are both retiring from FCPS. Both Patty and Trish were charter member of South County Middle School and helped shape the culture of our school. We are grateful for their tremendous work and know they will continue to have a positive impact on our community. Congratulations Patty and Trish!

      

Farewell to SCMS Faculty

Several Mustangs are moving on to other schools or new things next year.  We are so thankful to each of our colleagues for their contributions to South County and we wish them the best of luck. They will always be part of the SCMS family:

  • Tina Blain- Social Studies Department- transferring to Lake Braddock MS
  • Shawn Gardner- English Department- transferring to Franklin County MS
  • Juliet Johnson- Student Services Office- going back to school at VCU
  • Lise Mandes- English Department- transferring to Lake Braddock MS
  • Sean Miller- Special Education English- transferring to South County HS
  • Caroline Retel- PE Department- transferring to Rachel Carson MS
  • Dayana Russin- World Languages Department- moving to Texas with family
  • Adriana Santamaria- World Languages Department- moving to Georgia with family

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me (pakownacki@fcps.edu) and I will respond to you as soon as I am able. Wishing all of you a wonderful summer!

 

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL – STAFF EDITION:

If you were impressed with the High School Musical, Jr. student theater production that was posted on YouTube then you’re going to be equally impressed with our staff rendition of “We’re all in this together”. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkFaAVGDGi0

 

Summer4Reading Challenge

The SCMS Library is excited for students to participate in the Summer4Reading Challenge, Virtual Summer Book Club, and check out reading suggestions and eBooks.  All of this information and more is located on our Summer Reading Google Site! Click here to watch a summer reading video and here to access the Summer4Reading Google Site (log in with your school fcpsschools.net Google account).  Happy reading, Mustangs!

 

ARE YOU MOVING SOON?

Parents, if you know that your student will be moving over the summer, please contact the registrar, Ms. Perper, to complete the withdrawal process.  Students must be officially withdrawn in order to send records to their new school.  You may contact Ms. Perper at slperper@fcps.edu.  

 

SUMMER INFORMATION:

Due to precautions being taken around the Covid 19 virus, FCPS buildings are currently closed to the public and most 12-month employees are working from alternate locations.

SCMS staff will be in the building intermittently throughout the summer but will be monitoring voice mail each day. Please feel free to leave messages on our main number: 703-690-5500 and we will work to respond to your call within two business days.

 

 

We encourage you to visit our school website frequently for updates and announcements. For more detailed information on all school matters, please visit our website at http://www.fcps.edu/southcountyms/

To update or modify your News You Choose preferences, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml a feature of FCPS Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the Student Information Office at SCMS to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

 

 

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SCMS Community Forum for Students

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SCMS COMMUNITY FORUM

 South County Middle School will host an optional student forum on Thursday, June 11th, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm via Google Meet. The moderated forum will allow students to express themselves about the current developments in society that have led to civil unrest, in a safe and organized platform. The forum will seek to further students' understanding of different perspectives while also allowing them to process the next steps.

Participants must be South County Middle School students and will need to join the “SCMS Community Forum” google classroom (Code: at5mnnm). We look forward to this timely and necessary discussion. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

 

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The Mustang Weekly - June 8th, 2020

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

June 8th, 2020

 

During the FCPS closure, some of our communications will continue to be sent to our community via the eNotify system. However, we want to also send out our Mustang Weekly with information specific to the SCMS community.

 

Dear South County Middle School Community,

The events of the past few weeks have been deeply troubling, and I am hurting for our students, staff and community, especially in a time when we are separated by a pandemic and cannot be together in person. I have experienced a range of emotions including anger, despair, and now hope for the future. However, I recognize that hope without action is NOT a plan.  

Racism and hate have no place at South County MS. Our school is a place that strives for inclusiveness and compassion for all while providing hope for the future. To our Black and African American families and community members, I echo the words of our Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand as he shared with FCPS staff, “we see you, we believe in you, and we stand with you.”  

I am committed to the belief that we must take care of each other and every member of our school community.  Every individual member must be seen, heard, and championed.  The events of this last week remind us that we each have a responsibility to our community to speak up when we see an injustice. I look forward to the many learning opportunities ahead of us and to working alongside each of you to develop the actions we will take.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me (pakownacki@fcps.edu) and I will respond to you as soon as I am able.  I am grateful for your ongoing support and encouragement during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

 

Peter Kownacki

Principal South County Middle School

@PAKownacki

 

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STUDENT ITEM PICK UP:

Students who were unable to pick up their bagged items should email their grade-level administrator to make other arrangements.

  • 7th grade administrator: Jon Mitchell – jshaltermanm@fcps.edu
  • 8th grade administrator: Miranda Hendershot – mehendershot@fcps.edu

 

SOME GOOD NEWS FROM OUR MUSTANG COMMUNITY:

If you watched last week’s link showcasing our students performing High School Musical, Jr. then you already know how much talent our Mustangs have. Here are more examples of our students’ artistic talents – the SCMS Virtual Art Show:

https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/announcements/scms-virtual-art-show

 

 

REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS:

  • Students should be checking their FCPS Gmail account (that ends in @fcpsschools.net).
  • Staff email addresses and other information is posted on the SCMS web page  

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • June 12th – THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for students for 2019-2020.
  • Virtual VIP registration – signups begin in early June. More info soon. See below.8TH GRADE NAVIANCE REMINDER:
  Academic and Career Plan—Parent Signature required! 8th Grade Students Only

The development of the Academic and Career Plan (ACP) starts in middle school and is updated regularly throughout high school as each student’s academic, personal, and career goals evolve. This year students began their work on the Academic and Career Plan and completed two of the four required tasks before school closure.  Two important components, the resume builder and the draft course plan for high school, are usually completed in June of 8th grade. 

Please have your child log into his or her ACP in Naviance Student, and, with your child, explore the required tasks.   Parents are required to verify that their students have completed their ACP by July 10th.   An e-Notify message was sent to all 8th grade families this evening with links to step-by-step instructions for completing all the tasks as well as the information for parents to verify completion of the Academic and Career Plan.  Students may reach out to their counselors for assistance with completion of any of the tasks.   Thank You!!

 

 

VIRTUAL VIP SUMMER CAMP SPONSORED BY THE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM:

During this time of social distancing and virtual learning, we want to offer your child a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment. FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5- week virtual program for rising 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graders in Fairfax County. The virtual program is FREE.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in virtual activities:

  • Arts
  • Music
  • STEM
  • Physical Fitness
  • Cooking
  • Games and Puzzles
  • Literature       and more things students can do at home. 

The program is led by FCPS After-School Specialists and DNCS Teen/Community Center Staff.

Dates: June 29th through July 30th - Mondays through Thursdays

A mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities

 

YEARBOOK UPDATE:

As the world adjusts to change, one thing that remains constant is the yearbook tradition. The 2020 yearbook will capture the story of our unique school year. Copies are limited! Please order your yearbook online. Now, more than ever, is a great time to buy a yearbook at Jostens.com! The price is still $40. Please contact Ms. Bolton at jrbolton@fcps.edu with questions.

All yearbooks will be mailed directly to students from Jostens. 

 

ARE YOU MOVING SOON?

Parents, if you know that your student will be moving before the end of the school year, please contact the registrar, Ms. Perper, to complete the withdrawal process.  Students must be officially withdrawn in order to send records to their new school.  You may contact Ms. Perper at slperper@fcps.edu.  

 

   

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:

Students may continue to reach out to their counselors via email for support.  Please check the SCMS website for counselors’ email addresses.

Numerous resources have been developed to support families, including the Healthy Minds Blog, Student Voice videos, and a Learning from Home webpage for families. Please click on this link to review resources for families regarding school-based social emotional learning and wellness resources during distance learning: Social-Emotional and Wellness Resources for Families.

 

CRISIS HOTLINE:

Students and families may use the PRS CrisisLink Phone Line: 800-273-TALK (8255),   text “CONNECT” to 855-11, or use Lifeline Chat: SuicidePreventionLifeline.org/chat for after-hours assistance with mental health issues. The lines are safe, confidential and manned 24/7.

 

 

We encourage you to visit our school website frequently for updates and announcements. For more detailed information on all school matters, please visit our website at http://www.fcps.edu/southcountyms/

To update or modify your News You Choose preferences, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml a feature of FCPS Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the Student Information Office at SCMS to have the contact information updated in the student information system.Academic and Career Plan Instruc to go with 6-8-20 Must Weekly.pdf

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The Mustang Weekly - June 1st, 2020

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

June 1st, 2020

 

During the FCPS closure, some of our communications will continue to be sent to our community via the eNotify system. However, we want to also send out our Mustang Weekly with information specific to the SCMS community.

 

Dear South County Middle School Community,

Today was our first day of curbside pickup for student belongings. In order to expedite the process, we ask that you bring a piece of paper with your student’s name and ID number on it – this can be shown to the staff member(s) with radios through the window for quicker pickup of belongings and to limit contact. We found this was very helpful today.

Additionally, if there is any student medication in our Health Room, instructions for pick-up are listed below. Students will also have the opportunity to drop off school-owned materials (library books, textbooks, cameras, instruments, etc.) on these days.

Our curbside locker item pick-up started today and will continue tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2.

 

Monday, 6/1

9am – 11am – Students with last names beginning A-D

12noon – 2pm – Students with last names beginning E-K

 

Tuesday, 6/2

9am – 11am – Students with last names beginning L-P

12noon – 2pm – Students with last names beginning Q-Z

All student items contained in hallway lockers and PE lockers were bagged and labeled for curbside pickup in the kiss & ride lane. Artwork and class materials may also be included. Below is an outline of the pickup process.

  • Students and families should arrive on their designated pickup day at any time in the time frame given.
  • Drivers should enter the school campus and follow the cones/map through the kiss & ride lane

At the radio spot, please provide to a SCMS staff member your student’s last name, first name and student ID number. In order to expedite the process, we ask that you bring a piece of paper with your student’s name and ID number on it – this can be shown to the staff member(s) with radios through the window for quicker pickup of belongings and to limit contact.

  • Families will only be able to pick up the belongings of their own student(s).
  • In our ongoing effort to promote healthy practices and to promote social distancing, vehicle occupants must remain inside their cars until pickup/drop-off location. 
  • Cars will then pull up to the pick-up spots, labeled 1, 2 and 3, and the items will be dropped at that spot for one person to get out of the car and retrieve the bag.
  • If families have items to drop off (textbooks, library books, instruments, etc.), please pull around near the rock and drop the items in the designated spots
  • If families have medication to pick-up from the clinic, please park in the bus loop and walk to door 1 to meet staff.  Only one person should approach the medication pickup at a time, and a mask is required. Please also follow social distancing guidelines. Students who are unable to pick up their bagged items on the dates above should email their grade-level administrator to make other arrangements.
  • 7th grade administrator: Jon Mitchell – jshaltermanm@fcps.edu
  • 8th grade administrator: Miranda Hendershot – mehendershot@fcps.edu

Thank you for partnering with us during this unprecedented time, and for your patience during item retrieval which we are sure will be busy.  If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me (pakownacki@fcps.edu) and I will respond to you as soon as I am able.  I am grateful for your ongoing support and encouragement during this challenging time.

Sincerely,@PAKownacki

Peter Kownacki Principal

South County Middle School

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SOME GOOD NEWS FROM OUR MUSTANG COMMUNITY:

The hard-working cast from High School Musical, Jr. streamed this past weekend on youtube. If you missed it you can still click on the drama booster website to click on the links for the show. https://scmsdrama.org/

 

REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS:

  • Students should be checking their FCPS Gmail account (that ends in @fcpsschools.net).
  • Staff email addresses and other information is posted on the SCMS web page  

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • June 1st and 2nd. Contact-less pickup of locker items. See below.
  • The last day for students is June 12th.
  • Virtual VIP registration – signups begin in early June. More info soon. See below. 

VIRTUAL VIP SUMMER CAMP SPONSORED BY THE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM:

The Middle School VIP program will be going virtual for the summer! During these

unprecedented times of social distancing and virtual learning, we want to offer your child a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment. FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5- week virtual program for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Fairfax County. We will also be extending this invitation to our rising 9th graders to help keep them connected this summer. 

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in virtual activities in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. The program is led by FCPS After-School Specialists and DNCS Teen/Community Center Staff.

Dates: June 29th through July 30th - Mondays through Thursdays

A mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities

  • Synchronous – staff and students are online working together at the same time
  • Asynchronous – activities that students can work on at any timeCost: FreeWe hope you will consider Virtual VIP this summer! 
  • Registration Process: The Online Registration will be available in the next week or so. We will send another "News You Choose" email with a link to the application.  Participants will receive further details/instructions in mid-June. 
  • Location: Virtual

 

JOIN THE SOUTH COUNTY MS AFTER-SCHOOL @ HOME GOOGLE CLASSROOM:

Click this link to start: South County MS After-School @ Home

Watch for Blackboard announcements. SCMS students can access the virtual after-school activities by joining the "South County MS After-School @ Home" Google Classroom. The classroom code is: Qkj7iuo

If you or your student have ideas for other activities, please email our After-School Specialist, Chris Woodby, at cwwoodby@fcps.edu or use the "FCPS MS @ Home Interest Form" located on the classroom home page. 

Be Safe! Be Active!  And know that we are here for you and your family! 

 

ESOL ONLINE SUMMER PROGRAM:

 Amharic     Arabic       Chinese     Farsi     Korean    Spanish   Urdu   Vietnamese

Join us online this summer to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English.  All Middle School and High School English Learners (levels 1-4) are invited to participate!  This free program is called ESOL Language and Literacy Connections and is three weeks long. Classes will meet from June 22-July 14, 2020.   Each day, you will participate in one hour of online learning with a teacher and one hour of independent work. You can choose a class in the morning or in the evening.

  •         Morning: 10:30am-11:30am
  •         Evening: 7:00pm-8:00pm

For more information and to register, contact your ESOL Teacher:  Ms. Zinke at rszinke@fcps.edu and Ms. Bradinova at msbradinova@fcps.edu.  We hope to see you!

ESOL SUMMER SCHOOL FLYER:  

Summer School Flyer( English)                                       Summer School Flyer (Spanish)   

Summer School Flyer (Arabic)

 

YEARBOOK UPDATE:

As the world adjusts to change, one thing that remains constant is the yearbook tradition. The 2020 yearbook will capture the story of our unique school year. Copies are limited! Please order your yearbook online. Now, more than ever, is a great time to buy a yearbook at Jostens.com! The price is still $40. Please contact Ms. Bolton at jrbolton@fcps.edu with questions.

Jostens is excited to announce that the SCMS yearbook signing tradition is alive and it’s fully digital to suit our socially distanced students. Jostens has just launched a new platform, Yearbook Digital Signing Pages, that gives every student in our school the chance to create virtual signing pages, invite their friends to leave messages, and print out the final pages to keep with the yearbook as a permanent keepsake. This is free for every student whether they purchased a yearbook or not. Please share the link below with your student so they can get started with their yearbook signing.

yearbooksigning.jostens.com

All yearbooks will be mailed directly to students from Jostens. 

 

ARE YOU MOVING SOON?

Parents, if you know that your student will be moving before the end of the school year, please contact the registrar, Ms. Perper, to complete the withdrawal process.  Students must be officially withdrawn in order to send records to their new school.  You may contact Ms. Perper at slperper@fcps.edu.  

 

 A MESSAGE FROM SOUTH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL’S ACTIVITIES OFFICE:

Click the link below for information regarding fall athletics at South County High School.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd0j9FVs_44

 

  

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:

Students may continue to reach out to their counselors via email for support.  Please check the SCMS website for counselors’ email addresses.

Numerous resources have been developed to support families, including the Healthy Minds Blog, Student Voice videos, and a Learning from Home webpage for families. Please click on this link to review resources for families regarding school-based social emotional learning and wellness resources during distance learning: Social-Emotional and Wellness Resources for Families.

 

CRISIS HOTLINE:

Students and families may use the PRS CrisisLink Phone Line: 800-273-TALK (8255),   text “CONNECT” to 855-11, or use Lifeline Chat: SuicidePreventionLifeline.org/chat for after-hours assistance with mental health issues. The lines are safe, confidential and manned 24/7.

 

 

We encourage you to visit our school website frequently for updates and announcements. For more detailed information on all school matters, please visit our website at http://www.fcps.edu/southcountyms/

 

To update or modify your News You Choose preferences, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml a feature of FCPS Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the Student Information Office at SCMS to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

Yearbook info for South County Middle School

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SCMS YEARBOOK SIGNING

 

If you have ordered your SCMS yearbook we have some good news! Yearbook signing IS NOT cancelled!

Jostens is excited to announce that the SCMS yearbook signing tradition is alive and it’s fully digital to suit our socially distanced students. Jostens has just launched a new platform, Yearbook Digital Signing Pages, that gives every student in our school the chance to create virtual signing pages, invite their friends to leave messages, and print out the final pages to keep with the yearbook as a permanent keepsake. This is free for every student whether they purchased a yearbook or not. Please share the link below with your student so they can get started with their yearbook signing.

yearbooksigning.jostens.com

It’s not too late to order your yearbook! All yearbooks will be mailed directly to students’ homes. Go to www.jostens.com to order your yearbook today!

Please feel free to reach out to Ms. Jessica Bolton, our yearbook advisor, with any questions jrbolton@fcps.edu.

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The Mustang Weekly - May 25th, 2020

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

MAY 25th, 2020

 

During the FCPS closure, some of our communications will continue to be sent to our community via the eNotify system. However, we want to also send out our Mustang Weekly with information specific to the SCMS community.

 

Dear South County Middle School Community,

We recently received guidance from FCPS regarding the protocols put in place for the pick-up of student belongings from school lockers. Throughout this process, our top priority is the safety of our students, families, and staff members. Here are the details about the process South County MS will implement for a curbside pick-up of student belongings. Additionally, if there is any student medication in our Health Room, instructions for pick-up are listed below. Students will also have the opportunity to drop off school-owned materials (library books, textbooks, cameras, instruments, etc.) on these days.

Our curbside locker item pick-up will occur on Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2.

 

Monday, 6/1

9am – 11am – Students with last names beginning A-D

12noon – 2pm – Students with last names beginning E-K

 

Tuesday, 6/2

9am – 11am – Students with last names beginning L-P

12noon – 2pm – Students with last names beginning Q-Z

 

All student items contained in hallway lockers and PE lockers will be bagged and labeled for curbside pickup in the kiss & ride lane. Artwork and class materials may also be included. Below is an outline of the pickup process (please refer to email sent on Friday, 5/22/20 for the detailed Kiss & Ride map.):

  • Students and families should arrive on their designated pickup day at any time in the time frame given.
  • Drivers should enter the school campus and follow the cones/map through the kiss & ride lane
  • At the radio spot, please provide to a SCMS staff member your student’s last name, first name and student ID number.
  • Families will only be able to pick up the belongings of their own student(s).
  • In our ongoing effort to promote healthy practices and to promote social distancing, vehicle occupants must remain inside their cars until pickup/drop-off location. 
  • Cars will then pull up to the pick-up spots, labeled 1, 2 and 3, and the items will be dropped at that spot for one person to get out of the car and retrieve the bag.
  • If families have items to drop off (textbooks, library books, instruments, etc.), please pull around near the rock and drop the items in the designated spots
  • If families have medication to pick-up from the clinic, please park in the bus loop and walk to door 1 to meet staff.  Only one person should approach the medication pickup at a time, and a mask is required. Please also follow social distancing guidelines. Students who are unable to pick up their bagged items on the dates above should email their grade-level administrator to make other arrangements.
    • 7th grade administrator: Jon Mitchell – jshaltermanm@fcps.edu
    • 8th grade administrator: Miranda Hendershot – mehendershot@fcps.edu

Thank you for partnering with us during this unprecedented time, and for your patience during item retrieval which we are sure will be busy.  If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me (pakownacki@fcps.edu) and I will respond to you as soon as I am able.  I am grateful for your ongoing support and encouragement during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki, Principal

South County Middle School

@PAKownacki

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SOME GOOD NEWS FROM OUR MUSTANG COMMUNITY:

Seventh graders, Akul Dixit (Red Team) and Riley Williams (Purple Team - see photo above), raised over $1,557 in April to assist the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) with providing meals to children without access to their school meals due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Akul’s family non-profit, Magic of Mothers (MOMs), gave them the platform to capture the donations and to provide donation receipts. They collaborated virtually to design the flyer and to create a fundraising strategy. Calls, emails, and Facebook posts to family, friends, and the SCMS family allowed them to surpass their original goal of $1,000 in just a few short weeks. 

If you would like to support FCPS students by donating to the Foundation for FCPS please click this link: https://fcpsfoundation.org/support-students-in-need-while-schools-are-closed/

 

 

REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS:

  • Students should be checking their FCPS Gmail account (that ends in @fcpsschools.net).
  • Staff email addresses and other information is posted on the SCMS web page
  • More information about grading and report cards can be found in our April 27th Mustang Weekly on the main SCMS web page: https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/aggregator/sources/1
  • Order your yearbook today. Supplies are limited but will be mailed directly to students. See below.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • June 1st and 2nd. Contact-less pickup of locker items. See below.
  • The last day for students is June 12th.
  • Virtual VIP registration – signups begin in early June. More info soon. See below.
  • HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, JR STREAMING THIS WEEKEND:Go to the SCMS drama web site: https://scmsdrama.org to access the links to watch on Friday, May 29th or Saturday May 30th at 7:00 p.m. .

 

VIRTUAL VIP SUMMER CAMP SPONSORED BY THE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM:

The Middle School VIP program will be going virtual for the summer! During these

unprecedented times of social distancing and virtual learning, we want to offer your child a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment. FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5- week virtual program for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Fairfax County. We will also be extending this invitation to our rising 9th graders to help keep them connected this summer. 

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in virtual activities in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more – things students can do at home. The program is led by FCPS After-School Specialists and DNCS Teen/Community Center Staff.

 

Dates: June 29th through July 30th - Mondays through Thursdays

A mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities

  • Synchronous – staff and students are online working together at the same time
  • Asynchronous – activities that students can work on at any timeCost: FreeWe hope you will consider Virtual VIP this summer! 
  •  
  • Registration Process: The Online Registration will be available by the beginning of June.  We will send another "News You Choose" email with a link to the application.  Participants will receive further details/instructions in mid-June. 
  • Location: Virtual

 

JOIN THE SOUTH COUNTY MS AFTER-SCHOOL @ HOME GOOGLE CLASSROOM:

Click this link to start: South County MS After-School @ Home

Watch for Blackboard announcements. SCMS students can access the virtual after-school activities by joining the "South County MS After-School @ Home" Google Classroom. The classroom code is: Qkj7iuo

If you or your student have ideas for other activities, please email our After-School Specialist, Chris Woodby, at cwwoodby@fcps.edu or use the "FCPS MS @ Home Interest Form" located on the classroom home page. 

Be Safe! Be Active!  And know that we are here for you and your family! 

 

ESOL ONLINE SUMMER PROGRAM:

 Amharic     Arabic       Chinese     Farsi     Korean    Spanish   Urdu   Vietnamese

Join us online this summer to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English.  All Middle School and High School English Learners (levels 1-4) are invited to participate!  This free program is called ESOL Language and Literacy Connections and is three weeks long. Classes will meet from June 22-July 14, 2020.   Each day, you will participate in one hour of online learning with a teacher and one hour of independent work. You can choose a class in the morning or in the evening.

  •         Morning: 10:30am-11:30am
  •         Evening: 7:00pm-8:00pm

For more information and to register, contact your ESOL Teacher:  Ms. Zinke at rszinke@fcps.edu and Ms. Bradinova at msbradinova@fcps.edu.  We hope to see you!

ESOL SUMMER SCHOOL FLYER:  

Summer School Flyer( English)                                       Summer School Flyer (Spanish)   

Summer School Flyer (Arabic)

 

PTSO NEWS:

Congratulations to the incoming board of the 2020-21 SCMS PTSO!

VP, 8th Grade: Lizbeth White

VP, 7th Grade: Amy Griffith

Treasurer: Jeannette Liu

Secretary: Catherine Apergis

The President position is still vacant and the incoming board will discuss the next steps. The 8th VP will serve as acting President until a President is appointed.

 

YEARBOOK UPDATE:

As the world adjusts to change, one thing that remains constant is the yearbook tradition. The 2020 yearbook will capture the story of our unique school year. Copies are limited! Please order your yearbook online. Now, more than ever, is a great time to buy a yearbook at Jostens.com! The price is still $40. Please contact Ms. Bolton at jrbolton@fcps.edu with questions.

All yearbooks will be mailed directly to students from Jostens. ORDER

www.jostens.com

 

ARE YOU MOVING SOON?

Parents, if you know that your student will be moving before the end of the school year, please contact the registrar, Ms. Perper, to complete the withdrawal process.  Students must be officially withdrawn in order to send records to their new school.  You may contact Ms. Perper at slperper@fcps.edu.  

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM SOUTH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL’S ACTIVITIES OFFICE:

Click the link below for information regarding fall athletics at South County High School.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd0j9FVs_44

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:

Students may continue to reach out to their counselors via email for support.  Please check the SCMS website for counselors’ email addresses.

Numerous resources have been developed to support families, including the Healthy Minds Blog, Student Voice videos, and a Learning from Home webpage for families. Please click on this link to review resources for families regarding school-based social emotional learning and wellness resources during distance learning: Social-Emotional and Wellness Resources for Families.

 

CRISIS HOTLINE:

Students and families may use the PRS CrisisLink Phone Line: 800-273-TALK (8255),   text “CONNECT” to 855-11, or use Lifeline Chat: SuicidePreventionLifeline.org/chat for after-hours assistance with mental health issues. The lines are safe, confidential and manned 24/7.

 

 

We encourage you to visit our school website frequently for updates and announcements. For more detailed information on all school matters, please visit our website at http://www.fcps.edu/southcountyms/

 

To update or modify your News You Choose preferences, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml a feature of FCPS Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the Student Information Office at SCMS to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

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The Mustang Weekly - May 18th, 2020

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

MAY 18th, 2020

 

During the FCPS closure, most of our communications will continue to be sent to our community via the eNotify system. However, we want to also send out our Mustang Weekly with information specific to the SCMS community.

 

Dear South County Middle School Community, 

Our marvelous mustangs are clicking on all cylinders during distance learning and I couldn’t be happier! Our teachers are providing engaging synchronous sessions, meaningful asynchronous activities and keeping the connection with students alive during office hours. The students have done a phenomenal job adapting to the change in learning structure and exhibit appropriate digital citizenship when participating in distance learning. I am thrilled to report that 24 students on average log into each synchronous session!

Please assist our teachers and remind your students that their personal progress toward content mastery will best be measured by submitting the asynchronous work. By now, you have hopefully logged onto your students SIS account and seen the work that they have submitted in the 4th quarter. Teachers are noting the work that is submitted and if the work is at a proficient level. Our distance learning goal has always been to maintain a continuity of learning, and even though the 4th quarter is ungraded, the teachers are still providing feedback to the students on the ways that they can improve!

Have a great week of distance learning and, as always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Peter Kownacki, Principal

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

 

 

CHECK OUT MS. JONES AND HER QUARANTINE CAFÉ COOKING SHOW!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlfQ2jxSNmc   This is her banana bread show. She has several other shows and recipes posted on Youtube as well.

 

REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS:

  • Students should be checking their FCPS Gmail account (that ends in @fcpsschools.net).
  • Staff email addresses and other information is posted on the SCMS web page
  • More information about grading and report cards can be found in our April 27th Mustang Weekly on the main SCMS web page: https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/aggregator/sources/1
  • Order your yearbook today. Supplies are limited but will be mailed directly to students. See below.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • 3rd quarter report cards will be printed from a central location and delivered to the post office by May 23rd. Grades will be available in SIS as well.
  • Memorial Day. May 25th. National Holiday.
  • June 1st and 2nd. Tentative pickup of locker items. See below.
  • The last day for students is June 12th.

 

HOW AM I GOING TO GET MY STUFF?:

Over the next two weeks our staff will be working to empty hallway and PE lockers and to collect and organize student items for pickup. We are also developing a plan for picking up medicine and supplies from the clinic. We hope to be able to distribute these items on June 1st and 2nd through the Kiss & Ride line to maintain social distance and health guidelines. Our goal is create a contact-less drive through line. Students will also be able to drop off checked out school items (instruments, library books, cameras, etc.)  Stay tuned for more details.

  

YEARBOOK UPDATE:

As the world adjusts to change, one thing that remains constant is the yearbook tradition. The 2020 yearbook will capture the story of our unique school year. Copies are limited! Please order your yearbook online. Now, more than ever, is a great time to buy a yearbook at Jostens.com! The price is still $40. Please contact Ms. Bolton at jrbolton@fcps.edu with questions.

All yearbooks will be mailed directly to students from Jostens. ORDER at www.jostens.com

 

 

JOIN THE SOUTH COUNTY MS AFTER-SCHOOL @ HOME GOOGLE CLASSROOM:

Click this link to start: South County MS After-School @ Home

Watch for the Wednesday After School newsletter and for Blackboard announcements.

SCMS students can access the virtual after-school activities by joining the "South County MS After-School @ Home" Google Classroom. The classroom code is: Qkj7iuo

If you or your student have ideas for other activities, please email our After-School Specialist, Chris Woodby, at cwwoodby@fcps.edu or use the "FCPS MS @ Home Interest Form" located on the classroom home page. 

Be Safe! Be Active!  And know that we are here for you and your family! 

The

 

PTSO NEWS:

Congratulations to the incoming board of the 2020-21 SCMS PTSO!

VP, 8th Grade: Lizbeth White

VP, 7th Grade: Amy Griffith

Treasurer: Jeannette Liu

Secretary: Catherine Apergis

The President position is still vacant and the incoming board will discuss the next steps. The 8th VP will serve as acting President until a President is appointed.

 

ARE YOU MOVING SOON?

Parents, if you know that your student will be moving before the end of the school year, please contact the registrar, Ms. Perper, to complete the withdrawal process.  Students must be officially withdrawn in order to send records to their new school.  You may contact Ms. Perper at slperper@fcps.edu.  

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM SOUTH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL’S ACTIVITIES OFFICE:

Click the link below for information regarding fall athletics at South County High School.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd0j9FVs_44

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:

Students may continue to reach out to their counselors via email for support.  Please check the SCMS website for counselors’ email addresses.

Numerous resources have been developed to support families, including the Healthy Minds Blog, Student Voice videos, and a Learning from Home webpage for families. Please click on this link to review resources for families regarding school-based social emotional learning and wellness resources during distance learning: Social-Emotional and Wellness Resources for Families.

 

CRISIS HOTLINE:

Students and families may use the PRS CrisisLink Phone Line: 800-273-TALK (8255),   text “CONNECT” to 855-11, or use Lifeline Chat: SuicidePreventionLifeline.org/chat for after-hours assistance with mental health issues. The lines are safe, confidential and manned 24/7.

 

 

We encourage you to visit our school website frequently for updates and announcements. For more detailed information on all school matters, please visit our website at http://www.fcps.edu/southcountyms/

 

 

To update or modify your News You Choose preferences, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1

 

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml a feature of FCPS Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the Student Information Office at SCMS to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

 

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SCMS After-School Newsletter - May 13th, 2020

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SCMS AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM NEWSLETTER

MAY 13TH, 2020

Hello Mustangs,

The SCMS After School Program has created some Virtual After School Clubs available to students on Blackboard. The Clubs are designed to provide students with activities that they can participate in on their own, as well as, limited “virtual live session” opportunities with SCMS staff members. The link to sign up for virtual Clubs is located below. Space is limited for these sessions. Staff members will invite students to participate based on the Google Form. Staff members will then invite students using Google Meets or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. See the descriptions of ASP Clubs available on Blackboard. Students, please pay attention to the day and time live sessions are taking place. For questions, please contact Chris Woodby at cwwoodby@fcps.edu.

https://forms.gle/MuUxvg33TSFW1VYD9  Virtual Club Google Form Sign-up Link.

As a reminder, the SCMS Google Classroom is available to students with tons of activities. Please see the directions below on how to access the Google classroom using the code. For questions, please contact Chris Woodby at cwwoodby@fcps.edu.

 

Join the South County MS After-School @ Home Google Classroom!

 

South County MS After-School @ Home

The FCPS Middle School After-School Program has put together several virtual after-school activities to engage middle school students in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more things students can do at home. 

South County students can access these virtual after-school activities by joining the "South County MS After-School @ Home" Google Classroom. They can hold down the control key while hovering over the link (the underlined words just under the picture above) and left click on their mouse.  The classroom code is: qkj7iuo

Once your student has joined the classroom, there are a variety of activities (topics) they can choose from in the "Classwork" tab. We hope your students enjoy this site, and that it helps them actively pursue their interests during this time of social distancing. If you or your student have ideas for other activities, please email SCMS After-School Specialist, Chris Woodby, at cwwoodby@fcps.edu or use the "FCPS MS @ Home Interest Form" located on the classroom home page. 

 

Be Safe! Be Active!  And know that we are here for you and your family! 

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The Mustang Weekly - May 11th, 2020

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

MAY 11th, 2020

 

During the FCPS closure, most of our communications will continue to be sent to our community via the eNotify system. However, we want to also send out our Mustang Weekly with information specific to the SCMS community.

 

Dear South County Middle School Community, 

It has been a GREAT week of learning at South County MS.  I had the pleasure of visiting several classes this week. Thank you to Ms. Blain, Ms. Bolton, Mr. Singh, Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Patton, Mr. Schneider, Mr. McCormick, Ms. Downing, Mr. Miller, Mr. McLeod, Ms. Myers, Mr. Niehoff, Mr. Patton, Mr. Schneider, Ms. Neff, and Mr. Verdin for welcoming me into your classrooms and showcasing the outstanding learning activities students have been engaged in through synchronous learning sessions!  Our teachers and students are doing amazing things in the Distance Learning format and continue to learn and grow!

Thank YOU for helping us celebrate our Marvelous Mustang staff this week during Staff Appreciation Week and Nurse Appreciation Day. The SCMS PTSO generously supported many surprises for our staff throughout the week including an awesome “thank you” video. https://www.tribute.co/scms-staff-appreciation-week/

Lastly, I hope all the moms on the SCMS staff and in our community had a very Happy Mother's Day this weekend!  

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Peter Kownacki, Principal

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

 

 

FINAL PTSO MEETING FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR/ELECTIONS:

We will host the Final PTSO meeting of the year, May 12th @ 7pm via Zoom. 

Join us for elections hear the latest updates from our SCMS admin! 

Zoom details below. Please use your real names. Members are eligible to vote.

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88410650087?pwd=Wm1VeHduTEJPZlJiQ0JLc09ja2F5UT09

Meeting ID: 884 1065 0087

Password: 031884

The SCMS PTSO needs YOU to serve on the board for next year! Elections will be held at the virtual board meeting on 5/12 and all positions are open for nomination. It's time to start planning for a great 2020-21 school year! For info, email scmsptsopresident@gmail.com You may also visit the PTSO web page for additional information. http://www.scmsptso.org/

 

REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS:

  • Students should be checking their FCPS Gmail account (that ends in @fcpsschools.net).
  • Staff email addresses and other information is posted on the SCMS web page
  • More information about grading and report cards can be found in our April 27th Mustang Weekly on the main SCMS web page: https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/aggregator/sources/1
  • Order your yearbook today. Supplies are limited but will be mailed directly to students. See below.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • 3rd quarter report cards will be printed from a central location and delivered to the post office by May 23rd.
  • Memorial Day. May 25th. National Holiday.
  • The last day for students is June 12th.

 

Thank you to our PTSO and to everyone who submitted a thank you note, video or photo. We appreciate you appreciating us!

 

 

JOIN THE SOUTH COUNTY MS AFTER-SCHOOL @ HOME GOOGLE CLASSROOM:

Click this link to start: South County MS After-School @ Home

 

Watch for the Wednesday After School newsletter and for Blackboard announcements.

SCMS students can access the virtual after-school activities by joining the "South County MS After-School @ Home" Google Classroom. They can hold down the control key while hovering over the link and left click on their mouse. 

The classroom code is: Qkj7iuo

Once your student has joined the classroom, there are a variety of activities (topics) they can choose from in the "Classwork" tab. We hope your students enjoy this site, and that it helps them actively pursue their interests during this time of social distancing. If you or your student have ideas for other activities, please email our After-School Specialist, Chris Woodby, at cwwoodby@fcps.edu or use the "FCPS MS @ Home Interest Form" located on the classroom home page. 

Be Safe! Be Active!  And know that we are here for you and your family! 

  

HOW AM I GOING TO GET MY STUFF?:

We hear you Mustangs! You have been wondering about the contents of your locker and how you will get your things. We have been working with the leadership team at Gatehouse and hope to be able to share a plan with you very soon. Please see the section below regarding yearbooks.

 

YEARBOOK UPDATE:

As the world adjusts to change, one thing that remains constant is the yearbook tradition. The 2020 yearbook will capture the story of our unique school year. Copies are limited! Please order your yearbook online. Now, more than ever, is a great time to buy a yearbook at Jostens.com! The price is still $40. Please contact Ms. Bolton at jrbolton@fcps.edu with questions.

All yearbooks will be mailed directly to students from Jostens. ORDER the K

www.jostens.com

 

ARE YOU MOVING SOON?

Parents, if you know that your student will be moving before the end of the school year, please contact the registrar, Ms. Perper, to complete the withdrawal process.  Students must be officially withdrawn in order to send records to their new school.  You may contact Ms. Perper at slperper@fcps.edu.  

 

 A MESSAGE FROM SOUTH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL’S ACTIVITIES OFFICE:

Click the link below for information regarding fall athletics at South County High School.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd0j9FVs_44

   

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:

Students may continue to reach out to their counselors via email for support.  Please check the SCMS website for counselors’ email addresses.

Numerous resources have been developed to support families, including the Healthy Minds Blog, Student Voice videos, and a Learning from Home webpage for families. Please click on this link to review resources for families regarding school-based social emotional learning and wellness resources during distance learning: Social-Emotional and Wellness Resources for Families.

 

CRISIS HOTLINE:

Students and families may use the PRS CrisisLink Phone Line: 800-273-TALK (8255),   text “CONNECT” to 855-11, or use Lifeline Chat: SuicidePreventionLifeline.org/chat for after-hours assistance with mental health issues. The lines are safe, confidential and manned 24/7.

 

 

We encourage you to visit our school website frequently for updates and announcements. For more detailed information on all school matters, please visit our website at http://www.fcps.edu/southcountyms/

To update or modify your News You Choose preferences, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml a feature of FCPS Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the Student Information Office at SCMS to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

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THE SCMS AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM NEWSLETTER

May 6th, 2020

 

Join the South County MS After-School @ Home Google Classroom!

South County MS After-School @ Home

The FCPS Middle School After-School Program has put together several virtual after-school activities to engage middle school students in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more things students can do at home. 

South County students can access these virtual after-school activities by joining the "South County MS After-School @ Home" Google Classroom. They can hold down the control key while hovering over the link (the underlined words just under the picture above) and left click on their mouse.  The classroom code is: qkj7iou

Once your student has joined the classroom, there are a variety of activities (topics) they can choose from in the "Classwork" tab. We hope your students enjoy this site, and that it helps them actively pursue their interests during this time of social distancing. If you or your student have ideas for other activities, please email SCMS After-School Specialist, Chris Woodby, at cwwoodby@fcps.edu or use the "FCPS MS @ Home Interest Form" located on the classroom home page. 

Be Safe! Be Active!  And know that we are here for you and your family! 

Here are examples of some activities you can enjoy in the After School Google classroom!                                                                                    

 Art:

  • Painting Flowers
  • Introduction to Art at home
  • How to draw videos

Arts and crafts projects and ideas:

  • Magazine boxes
  • Rock photo holders
  • DIY crystal geodes
  • Yarn chandeliers

Bullet Journaling

 

General Fitness

 

Lacrosse At-Home Training Guide

 

Hoopin’ at Home

 

Soccer Academy At Home

 

Science Experiments

 

 

The After-School Program has also put together these Websites and Links with creative activities for middle school students and their families to investigate individually or together as a family

  • Eleanor Amplified: An adventure series for the whole family. Listen together as our hero, the world-famous radio reporter Eleanor Amplified, foils devious plots and outwits crafty villains, all in pursuit of the big story. http://eleanoramplified.org/ 
  • The Past and the Curious: Fun and smart history lessons that often emphasize overlooked accomplishments of people who played a large role – with a quiz time at the end of the episode. http://thepastandthecurious.com/

 

We encourage you to visit our school website frequently for updates and announcements. For more detailed information on all school matters, please visit our website at http://www.fcps.edu/southcountyms/

 

To update or modify your News You Choose preferences, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml a feature of FCPS Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the Student Information Office at SCMS to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

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The Mustang Weekly - May 4th, 2020

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

MAY 4th, 2020

Or, as our Star Wars obsessed teachers like to say,

May the fourth be with you.

 

During the FCPS closure, most of our communications will continue to be sent to our community via the eNotify system. However, we want to also send out our Mustang Weekly with information specific to the SCMS community.

 

 

Dear South County Middle School Community, 

I am so proud of the grit and flexibility exhibited by our faculty and students over the past few weeks. I am proud to report that SCMS is up and running with synchronous learning sessions! I loved being a “fly on the wall” as our students and teachers reconnected in live sessions. The classes I attended averaged a whopping 25 students per section! I enjoyed learning about World War 2 in History and civil and criminal cases in Government. I also loved seeing improv technique in theatre, and touring art museums in art class. I can’t wait to see what our creative teachers have in store for next week. The overwhelming response from the students emphasized their excitement to see their peers and teachers. This supports the strong community aspect of our school.

While synchronous learning is a key component of distance learning, the asynchronous activities that our teachers have been providing for the past five weeks are the “meat and potatoes” of our learning. Teachers should be providing approximately 30 minutes of work per day, per content area for students to complete. The live, synchronous sessions are simply the gravy on top! I have asked all teachers (core content and elective) to provide synchronous sessions, even though students are only required to attend sessions for the four core classes and world languages. Though not required, the live sessions by our elective teachers are engaging and meaningful towards student content mastery.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Peter Kownacki, Principal

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

 

 

REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS:

  • Students should be checking their FCPS Gmail account (that ends in @fcpsschools.net).
  • Staff email addresses and other information is posted on the SCMS web page
  • More information about grading and report cards can be found in our April 27th Mustang Weekly on the main SCMS web page: https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/aggregator/sources/1
  • Order your yearbook today. Supplies are limited. See below.
  • As you can see from our staff photo collage (created by Mr. Gardner) we miss you!

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Friday, May 1st was the end of the 3rd quarter (extended from April 3rd).
  • May 4th – May 8th. Stress less week. Check out last Friday’s newsletter for details about each day’s theme and for resources.
  • May 4th – May 8th. Teacher Appreciation Week. See links below.
  • 3rd quarter report cards will be printed from a central location and delivered to the post office by May 23rd.
  • May 12th. FINAL PTSO MEETING of the 2019-2020 school year. 7:00 p.m. via Zoom (the invitation/link will be available soon). See our PTSO section below for additional information.
  • The last day for students is June 12th.

 

THIS IS TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK:

When teachers started back to work last August for the 2019-2020 school year our theme was “Superheroes” because we feel that our teachers ARE superheroes. We continue to see the amazing things our teachers are doing every day to connect with students. Since we will not be able to show our appreciation in the usual ways this year, we are asking for your words of appreciation to be shared with our teachers. We ask that you also read the PTSO section below to assist them with their teacher appreciation projects. Please click this link to add your comments:  

https://forms.gle/CnEYmdGUoXYakhKP6

 

 

PTSO – TEACHER APPRECIATION AND POSITIONS FOR NEXT YEAR:

We understand that everyone is facing this pandemic with unique circumstances and hope that this message finds you and yours healthy and safe.

The PTSO has partnered with a company in NYC named Tribute to create a virtual THANK YOU video for our teachers and staff at SCMS for Teacher Appreciation Week. We need your help! The due date for these is Wednesday, May 6th.

  1. Click here to record/upload a video message from you (parents) or your students. https://www.tribute.co/scms-staff-appreciation-week/
  2. Be silly! Be serious! Be thankful! The teachers will be so happy to see their students’ smiling faces.
  3. Do you have pictures of what your kids have been doing over the break? Sleeping in? Reading outside? Creating a project? Send those pictures to jenthibodeau@gmail.com and those will also be included.
  4. Parents say the darndest things! Send over your favorite homeschooling memes and memories.

Again, the due date is Wednesday to allow enough time to edit the video by Friday. If you have any questions, please contact jenthibodeau@gmail.com

Please see the additional information from our PTSO below regarding the virtual PTSO meeting on May 12th at 7:00 p.m. to elect board members for the 2020-21 school year.

 

FINAL PTSO MEETING FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR/ELECTIONS:

The PTSO will host the Final PTSO meeting of the year, May 12th @ 7pm via Zoom.

Join us for elections! Zoom invite will be sent soon. Many of our current Board members will be moving on with their children or out of the area. We NEED YOU!

ALL POSITIONS ARE OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS:

Current Slate for 2020-2021

  • President - Position Open
  • Vice President, 7th Grade - Position open
  • Vice President, 8th Grade - Position open
  • Secretary - Position open
  • Treasurer - Position openPlease email SCMSPTSOPresident@gmail.com if interested

 

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM:

The After-School program will have their own weekly newsletter starting on Wednesday this week. Join the South County MS After-School @ Home Google Classroom!

Click this link to start: South County MS After-School @ Home

FCPS Middle School After-School has put together several virtual after-school activities to engage middle school students in the arts, music, STEM, physical fitness, cooking, games, puzzles, literature, and more things students can do at home. SCMS students can access these virtual after-school activities by joining the "South County MS After-School @ Home" Google Classroom. They can hold down the control key while hovering over the link and left click on their mouse.  The classroom code is: qkj7iou

Once your student has joined the classroom, there are a variety of activities (topics) they can choose from in the "Classwork" tab. We hope your students enjoy this site, and that it helps them actively pursue their interests during this time of social distancing. If you or your student have ideas for other activities, please email our After-School Specialist, Chris Woodby, at cwwoodby@fcps.edu or use the "FCPS MS @ Home Interest Form" located on the classroom home page. 

Be Safe! Be Active!  And know that we are here for you and your family! 

 

HOW AM I GOING TO GET MY STUFF?:

We hear you Mustangs! You are wondering if the half- sandwich you left in your locker on March 12th has blue or green mold. You want to know if the spring photo you took captured your real smile. Please know that we have posed these questions to our leadership and hope to hear back in a few weeks with some answers about getting pictures/yearbooks/items from lockers.

 

8TH GRADE SERVICE-LEARNING REQUIREMENT:

Per Regulation 3200, students are encouraged to complete 15 hours of service-learning hours by the end of 8th grade. This includes all hours completed in grades 7 and 8.

8th graders – please remember to put any of your completed service hours into X2vol.  While we understand that many of you have not completed your 15 hours, we encourage you to input any hours that you have completed. The deadline to submit is June 1st. Please email your Social Studies teacher with any questions.

 

YEARBOOK UPDATE:

As the world adjusts to change, one thing that remains constant is the yearbook tradition. The 2020 yearbook will capture the story of our unique school year. Copies are limited! Please order your yearbook online. Now, more than ever, is a great time to buy a yearbook at Jostens.com! The price is still $40. Please contact Ms. Bolton at jrbolton@fcps.edu with questions.

All yearbooks will be mailed directly to students from Jostens. 

 

ARE YOU MOVING SOON?

Parents, if you know that your student will be moving before the end of the school year, please contact the registrar, Ms. Perper, to complete the withdrawal process.  Students must be officially withdrawn in order to send records to their new school.  You may contact Ms. Perper at slperper@fcps.edu.  

 

 MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:

School-Based Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Resources During Distance Learning School Counselors, School Psychologists, and School Social Workers are available to support students, families and staff during distance learning. They are supporting students, families and staff in many of the same ways as they did prior to distance learning, but it may look different now. Students may continue to reach out to their counselors via email for support.  Please check the SCMS website for counselors’ email addresses.

Numerous resources have been developed to support families, including the Healthy Minds Blog, Student Voice videos, and a Learning from Home webpage for families. Please click on this link to review resources for families regarding school-based social emotional learning and wellness resources during distance learning: Social-Emotional and Wellness Resources for Families.

 

CRISIS HOTLINE:

Students and families may use the PRS CrisisLink Phone Line: 800-273-TALK (8255),   text “CONNECT” to 855-11, or use Lifeline Chat: SuicidePreventionLifeline.org/chat for after-hours assistance with mental health issues. The lines are safe, confidential and manned 24/7.

 

 

We encourage you to visit our school website frequently for updates and announcements. For more detailed information on all school matters, please visit our website at http://www.fcps.edu/southcountyms/

To update or modify your News You Choose preferences, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml a feature of FCPS Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the Student Information Office at SCMS to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

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STRESS LESS SPIRIT WEEK

 

During the week of May 4th – 8th, in addition to celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, SCMS will be celebrating Stress Less Week. We have created some fun-filled Spirit Week activities to destress our hardworking teachers, students and families.  Many of us are feeling stressed, and we would like to take some time to come together as a community and learn how to handle our stress.  Each day we will have a different theme.   Staff, students and families are encouraged to dress for the theme and will be given stress busting activities from their counselors. 

 

 

THEME DAYS:

 

Monday 5/4- Laugh More Day                       Wear wacky/ mismatched clothes

 

Tuesday 5/5- Tie Dye Tuesday                        Wear your tie dye or neon clothes

 

Wednesday 5/6- Workout Wednesday          Wear your workout gear

 

Thursday 5/7- Pajama Day                             Wear your favorite pajamas all day

 

Friday 5/8- Fun Family Friday                         Wear your South County gear. Take a photo of you doing a fun activity with your family. Pets included.

 

POST YOUR SPIRIT WEEK PICTURES HERE!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJzUsY8gY7pB3Z56lmM2Ac4mFc9cxjcjBr1JwAfRmCmFkn3A/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

LINKS FOR OTHER MINDFUL ACTIVITIES: 

MindUp is providing links to their lessons on their website to provide free resources for families to bring MindUP into their homes. 

 

MindUP at Home

 

They are including a pre-recorded Brain Break by MindUP's founder  Goldie Hawn.

Brain Break with Goldie Hawn

 

 

 

 

 

We encourage you to visit our school website frequently for updates and announcements. For more detailed information on all school matters, please visit our website at http://www.fcps.edu/southcountyms/

 

 

To update or modify your News You Choose preferences, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1

 

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml a feature of FCPS Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the Student Information Office at SCMS to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

 

 

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The Mustang Weekly - April 27th, 2020

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

APRIL 27th, 2020

 

During the FCPS closure, most of our communications will continue to be sent to our community via the eNotify system. However, we want to also send out our Mustang Weekly with information specific to the SCMS community.

A Note from Principal Kownacki (this information was also sent on April 24th through eNotify).

Dear South County Middle School Community, 

We have been hearing such positive feedback about our students and teachers connecting with each other through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Google Meet. We look forward to continuing the momentum of distance learning next week. I have several updates to share with you today. Please review the information below carefully:

Third Quarter Grading

  • Third quarter has been extended to Friday, May 1st. Teachers may continue to work with students to close out the third quarter and accept assignments through that date.
  • Access in ParentVUE and StudentVUE to view the report card module will be closed from Friday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m. until Saturday, May 9 at 6:00 a.m. 

Fourth Quarter Grading

  • While third quarter work is being accepted until May 1st, fourth quarter work has been assigned to students. Any new work will be entered into fourth quarter gradebooks beginning Monday, May 4th. 
  • Teachers will provide feedback on the quality of work and guidance for improvement, rather than grading the submitted work. 
    • Assignment “marks” will be entered into the SIS gradebook as either: 
      • Proficient 
      • Attempted
      • Not Attempted
    • This data will be considered to positively influence the final course grade 
    • Students and families will be able to see “marks” in SIS, though weekly emails will not be sent since there will not be a quarter 4 grade 

Calculating Final Grades

  • There will be no final exam and/or culminating activity included as part of the final course grade calculation this year.
  • Year-Long Courses
    • Teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by one grade distribution (B to B+), based on demonstrated proficiency of quarter 4 learning. 
    • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
      • Average of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3
      • Average of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3 w/1 grade distribution increase consideration
      • 1st Semester Grade
      • 1st Semester Grade w/1 grade distribution increase consideration
  • Current Semester Courses
    • Schools/teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by two grade distributions (B to A-), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning.  
    • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
      • Quarter 3 Average
      • Quarter 3 Average (w/up to a two-grade distribution increase consideration)

Report Cards

  • Report Cards/Progress Reports will be mailed centrally for both third and fourth quarters. 3rd quarter report cards will be delivered to the Post Office by 5/23/20. They will be available to view on ParentVue and StudentVue on 5/9/20.
  • Parents/Guardians may opt into “Go Paperless” for report cards by following the below instructions:
    • Parents/Guardians can take advantage of the paperless option, by logging into ParentVUE, then going to “My Account” and selecting "Go Paperless!". This is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level. All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option. This option must be selected prior to May 12th to prevent the 3rd quarter report card from being mailed. 

Last Day of School

  • The last day of school for all students is Friday, June 12.

Summer Courses

  • Additional summer offerings and support through FCPS summer learning programming are being discussed and will be shared as soon as available pending developments with the state-wide closure of schools.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

 

Peter Kownacki, Principal

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

 

SOME GOOD NEWS FROM SCMS:

We have so many artistic and creative students at SCMS! Sadly, many of our students won’t have the opportunity this school year to showcase their talents. This includes the cast and crew of our spring musical, High School Musical. Students, teachers and others worked long and hard to put together another spectacular show.

One of our choreographers, Ms.Hannah Swim, a South County alum, put together this video of our talented performers. Thank you to Mrs. Beasley for creating a Zoom link for our kids to create this.

High School Musical

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK STARTS MAY 5TH:

When teachers started back to work last August for the 2019-2020 school year our theme was “Superheroes” because we feel that our teachers ARE superheroes. We continue to see the amazing things our teachers are doing every day to connect with students. In past years our PTSO has sponsored some delicious teacher appreciation luncheons. Students and co-workers have put together posters, goodie bags and other tokens of appreciation. Since we will not be able to show our appreciation in the usual ways this year, we are asking for your words of appreciation to be shared with our teachers. Please click this link to add your comments:  

https://forms.gle/CnEYmdGUoXYakhKP6

 

 

PTSO – TEACHER APPRECIATION AND POSITIONS FOR NEXT YEAR:

We understand that everyone is facing this pandemic with unique circumstances and hope that this message finds you and yours healthy and safe.

 

We have partnered with a company in NYC named Tribute to create a virtual "THANK YOU" video for our teachers and staff at SCMS for Teacher Appreciation Week! We need your help! 

1. Click here to record/upload a video message from you (parents) or your students.  https://www.tribute.co/scms-staff-appreciation-week/

2. Be silly! Be serious! Be thankful! The teachers will be so happy to see their students smiling faces.

3. Have pics of what your kids have been doing over the break? Sleeping in? Reading outside? Creating a project? Send them to jenthibodeau@gmail.com and we will include those as well.

4. Parents say the darndest things! Send over your favorite homeschooling memes and memories!

The due date for this Virtual Thank You is Wednesday May 6. That will give us enough time to edit the video before we send on Friday.  

If you have any questions, please contact jenthibodeau@gmail.com. 

 

Please see the additional information from our PTSO below regarding the virtual PTSO meeting on May 12th at 7:00 p.m. to elect board members for the 2020-21 school year.

 

REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS:

  • Students should be checking their FCPS Gmail account (that ends in @fcpsschools.net).
  • Staff email addresses are on the SCMS web page
  • There are MANY resources available on both the SCMS web page and the main FCPS web page.
  • Check out the links at the bottom of this newsletter for fun activities. The After-School Specialists have put this information together for our students. More information about the After-School Program will be coming soon.  

 

HOW AM I GOING TO GET MY STUFF?:

We hear you Mustangs! You are wondering if the half- sandwich you left in your locker on March 12th has blue or green mold. You want to know if the spring photo you took captured your real smile. And how will I get my yearbook? Please know that we have posed these questions to our leadership and hope to hear back in a few weeks with some answers about getting pictures/yearbooks/stuff from lockers.

 

8TH GRADE SERVICE-LEARNING REQUIREMENT:

Per Regulation 3200, students are encouraged to complete 15 hours of service-learning hours by the end of 8th grade. This includes all hours completed in grades 7 and 8.

8th graders – please remember to put any of your completed service hours into X2vol.  While we understand that many of you have not completed your 15 hours, we encourage you to input any hours that you have completed. The deadline to submit is June 1st. Please email your Social Studies teacher with any questions.

 

YEARBOOKS:

Remember the old days when you could sit less than 6 feet away from your best friend? Share a bag of baked Doritos without reaching for the hand sanitizer? When pictures were of people and not of meeting screens? Well, don't you forget about...buying your yearbook! Cherish the memories of life before Covid 19/Social Distancing. The yearbook is an entire year of memories in one book! It celebrates the time students spent together and the activities during the year. Now, more than ever, is a great time to buy a yearbook at Jostens.com! The price is still $40. Please contact Ms. Bolton at jrbolton@fcps.edu with questions.

 

 

ARE YOU MOVING SOON?

Parents, if you know that your student will be moving before the end of the school year, please contact the registrar, Ms. Perper, to complete the withdrawal process.  Students must be officially withdrawn in order to send records to their new school.  You may contact Ms. Perper at slperper@fcps.edu.  

 

 

FINAL PTSO MEETING FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR/ELECTIONS:

We will host the Final PTSO meeting of the year, May 12th @ 7pm via Zoom.

Join us for elections! Zoom invite will be sent soon. Many of our current Board members will be moving on with their children or out of the area. We NEED YOU!

 

ALL POSITIONS ARE OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS:

Current Slate for 2020-2021

  • President - Position Open
  • Vice President, 7th Grade - Position open
  • Vice President, 8th Grade - Position open
  • Secretary - Position open
  • Treasurer - Position openPlease email SCMSPTSOPresident@gmail.com if interested.

  

LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HELP LOCALLY?:

The Lorton Community Action Center helps families in our community. If you are interested in making a food or financial donation, please visit their website at

https://lortonaction.org/covid-19-update/

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:

School-Based Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Resources During Distance Learning School Counselors, School Psychologists, and School Social Workers are available to support students, families and staff during distance learning. They are supporting students, families and staff in many of the same ways as they did prior to distance learning, but it may look different now. Students may continue to reach out to their counselors via email for support.  Please check the SCMS website for counselors’ email addresses.

Numerous resources have been developed to support families, including the Healthy Minds Blog, Student Voice videos, and a Learning from Home webpage for families. Please click on this link to review resources for families regarding school-based social emotional learning and wellness resources during distance learning: Social-Emotional and Wellness Resources for Families.

 

CRISIS HOTLINE:

Students and families may use the PRS CrisisLink Phone Line: 800-273-TALK (8255),   text “CONNECT” to 855-11, or use Lifeline Chat: SuicidePreventionLifeline.org/chat for after-hours assistance with mental health issues. The lines are safe, confidential and manned 24/7.

 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM:

Websites and Links with creative activities for middle school students and their families to investigate individually or together as a family

  • Eleanor Amplified: An adventure series for the whole family. Listen together as our hero, the world-famous radio reporter Eleanor Amplified, foils devious plots and outwits crafty villains, all in pursuit of the big story. http://eleanoramplified.org/ 
  • The Past and the Curious: Fun and smart history lessons that often emphasize overlooked accomplishments of people who played a large role – with a quiz time at the end of the episode. http://thepastandthecurious.com/

 

We encourage you to visit our school website frequently for updates and announcements. For more detailed information on all school matters, please visit our website at http://www.fcps.edu/southcountyms/

To update or modify your News You Choose preferences, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml a feature of FCPS Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the Student Information Office at SCMS to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

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The Mustang Weekly - April 20th, 2020

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

APRIL 20th, 2020

While most of our communications will continue to be sent to our community via the eNotify system, we wanted to get back to sending out our Mustang Weekly with information specific to the SCMS community.

 

A Note from Principal Kownacki (this information was also sent 4/19/20 through eNotify)

Dear SCMS Students and Families, 

I hope each of you are well and are taking care of yourselves and your families.  As you know, FCPS faced several challenges rolling out synchronous or "live" online learning last week.  I want to assure you that the SCMS staff is committed to continuing the learning for all our students.  We ask for your partnership as we work through the challenges of Blackboard Collaborate​​​​​​.

SCMS teachers have been working hard to finish up 3rd quarter work and plan new lessons for the 4th quarter.  We are ready to greet students when the technology allows, and we remain hopeful that we will see your child(ren) for synchronous learning sessions on Wednesday. Regardless of when synchronous learning resumes, students should be doing the following:

  • Connect with teachers through email, Google classroom and other tools
  • Complete all outstanding work for Quarter 3
  • Work on any NEW assignments teachers have shared
  • Work on learning packets from the previous weeks
  • Read, watch an educational video, be active, help at home

Updates will be shared with our community should an alternative plan be needed.  

Thanks for your continued patience and flexibility. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

Peter Kownacki

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

 

SOME GOOD NEWS FROM SCMS:

This past month has been a learning experience for all of us. We have learned that our students, our families and our staff are resourceful, resilient and that we value the connections we have made with each other this year. Please enjoy the slide show below that was created by one of our teachers, Ms. Dawson, to let students know how much they are missed. Stay tuned for more creativity in future Mustang Weeklies.

SCMS Slide Show

 

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK STARTS MAY 5TH:

When teachers started back to work last August for the 2019-2020 school year our theme was “Superheroes” because we feel that our teachers ARE superheroes. We continue to see the amazing things our teachers are doing every day to connect with students. In past years our PTSO has sponsored some delicious teacher appreciation luncheons. Students and co-workers have put together posters, goodie bags and other tokens of appreciation. Since we will not be able to show our appreciation in the usual ways this year, we are asking for your words of appreciation to be shared with our teachers. Please click this link to add your comments:  

https://forms.gle/CnEYmdGUoXYakhKP6

 

REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS:

  • Students should be checking their FCPS Gmail account (that ends in @fcpsschools.net).
  • Staff email addresses are on the SCMS web page
  • There are MANY resources available on both the SCMS web page and the main FCPS web page.

 

YEARBOOKS:

Remember the old days when you could sit less than 6 feet away from your best friend? Share a bag of baked Doritos without reaching for the hand sanitizer? When pictures were of people and not of meeting screens? Well, don't you forget about...buying your yearbook! Cherish the memories of life before Covid 19/Social Distancing. The yearbook is an entire year of memories in one book! It celebrates the time students spent together and the activities during the year. Now, more than ever, is a great time to buy a yearbook at Jostens.com! The price is still $40. Please contact Ms. Bolton at jrbolton@fcps.edu with questions.

 

 ARE YOU MOVING SOON?

Parents, if you know that your student will be moving before the end of the school year, please contact the registrar, Ms. Perper, to complete the withdrawal process.  Students must be officially withdrawn in order to send records to their new school.  You may contact Ms. Perper at slperper@fcps.edu.  

 

LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HELP LOCALLY?:

The Lorton Community Action Center helps families in our community. If you are interested in making a food or financial donation, please visit their website at

https://lortonaction.org/covid-19-update/

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:

School-Based Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Resources During Distance Learning School Counselors, School Psychologists, and School Social Workers are available to support students, families and staff during distance learning. They are supporting students, families and staff in many of the same ways as they did prior to distance learning, but it may look different now. Students may continue to reach out to their counselors via email for support.  Please check the SCMS website for counselors’ email addresses.

Numerous resources have been developed to support families, including the Healthy Minds Blog, Student Voice videos, and a Learning from Home webpage for families. Please click on this link to review resources for families regarding school-based social emotional learning and wellness resources during distance learning: Social-Emotional and Wellness Resources for Families.

 

CRISIS HOTLINE:

Students and families may use the PRS CrisisLink Phone Line: 800-273-TALK (8255),   text “CONNECT” to 855-11, or use Lifeline Chat: SuicidePreventionLifeline.org/chat for after-hours assistance with mental health issues. The lines are safe, confidential and manned 24/7.

LORTON LIBRARY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS:

The library anticipates being closed for approximately 21 months. All material checked out from Lorton Library at the time of closing will have an extended due date. All library materials may be returned to any Fairfax County Public Library branch.

 

 

We encourage you to visit our school website frequently for updates and announcements. For more detailed information on all school matters, please visit our website at http://www.fcps.edu/southcountyms/

 

To update or modify your News You Choose preferences, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml a feature of FCPS Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the Student Information Office at SCMS to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

 

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