ATTENDANCE REMINDERS AND UPDATES

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IMPORTANT FCPS ATTENDANCE REMINDERS AND UPDATES

 

Virginia requires that all children between the ages of five and eighteen be enrolled in school and attend on a daily basis. The Commonwealth of Virginia requires that every parent or guardian of a child is responsible for their child’s school attendance. A student who is absent from school for 15 consecutive days or more is withdrawn from school and must officially register again upon his or her return to school.

FCPS will communicate quickly with parents or guardians when a student does not come to school as expected. Parents should receive calls/texts/emails by 9:30 a.m. via an automated attendance calling system or by the school. Attendance will be checked daily for period and all-day absences at 4 p.m. Calls and emails follow at 5:30 p.m. via an automated attendance system for unreconciled daily attendance issues.

All FCPS school are required to record daily attendance of all students. Schools follow the guidelines set forth in Regulation 2234.9 which mandates attendance definitions and reasons for excused and unexcused absences. All attendance policies and guidelines are posted on both SCMS and FCPS web sites. Please see the links below to access these pages.  

If your child will be absent, we ask that you notify SCMS as soon as possible. There are three ways to notify us:

  • the 24/7 attendance voice mail: 703-690-5555
  • the attendance link on the front page of the SCMS website
  • the attendance email: SouthCountyMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu

 

As a school, we are required to follow the guidelines set in place by FCPS. Absences are decided using these guidelines:

Reasons for excused absences:

  • illness of the student
  • doctor/dental appointment
  • observance of a religious holiday
  • death in the family

Absences that are not excused include:

  • family/student vacations
  • childcare situations/non-school related activities
  • missed bus / traffic / car problems
  • any absence for which the parent or guardian does not have prior knowledge/consent

PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCES: Pre-arranged absences must be made at least three days before the absence occurs. A note stating the reason for the absence must be presented to the Attendance Secretary in the Main Office

 

FCPS has recently provided us with clarification on Virginia Department Of Education attendance requirements which we would like to share with our community.

We will begin to use a new attendance code: Unexcused, Locally Defined (UNL). This will be used for absences where student whereabouts are known or supported by the parent but policy or administration deems the absence unexcused.

 

For example:

  • absence that has been called in by a parent but with no reason given
  • pre-arranged absence without prior notification or justification
  • absences with no hardship documented or students released for non-school activities. THIS INCLUDES FAMILY VACATIONS.

Resources:

Virginia Attendance Law

https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title22.1/chapter14/section22.1-254/

 

FCPS Attendance Regulations:   https://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/fairfax/Board.nsf/files/B46P9Y6398C8/$file/R2234.pdf

 

 

FCPS Attendance Information Page:

https://www.fcps.edu/attendance

 

 

SCMS Attendance Information Page:

https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/about/attendance

 

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The Mustang Weekly - November 18th, 2019

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

NOVEMBER 18TH, 2019

 

A note from Principal Kownacki:

Dear Mustang Community:

This past weekend, the theatre department staged, “The Man Who Came to Dinner”. It was awesome! I continue to marvel at the talented group of students at SCMS. Congrats to the cast, crew and faculty advisors that contributed to the show. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the spring musical!

Also, this past week, applications for the Principal’s Advisory Council (PAC) were made available to students. The PAC will allow students to share their voice and opinions on issues at SCMS that are important to them. The group will meet with me once per month for the remainder of the year and help to form policies and initiatives that are reflective of the student perspective. Please encourage your student to pick up an application and submit it to the main office by Friday, November 22.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. I look forward to seeing you at SCMS soon.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

703-690-5500

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • November 25 – 1st Quarter Honor Roll – Lecture Hall

7th Grade Ceremony. 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.

8th Grade Ceremony. 9:50 – 10:20 a.m. 

  • Honor Roll invitations were sent home with report cards on November 13th.
  • November 27-29. Wednesday-Friday. Thanksgiving holiday. No school for staff and students.

 

WEATHER EVENTS-MAKE A PLAN:

Now that the cold weather is here, we encourage you to have a plan for delays and closings and discuss those plans with your child. FCPS takes several factors into account before announcing school cancellations/closings/delays. Student safety is the most important factor in their decision-making.

  • SCMS doors open at 7:12 a.m. On very cold days we try to allow students into the main lobby earlier than 7:12 a.m. but this is dependent on staff arriving early to supervise. We cannot guarantee early access to students.  
  • A 2-hour delay affects students and teachers alike. Class start times and bus arrival times are pushed back by two hours. If you have a meeting scheduled on a day with a delay that meeting will very likely need to be rescheduled. Please call the school to confirm your appointment on those days.
  • A 2-hour early release due to weather events is used infrequently because of the concerns about students being able to get home safely. Does your child know what to do if he/she is released from school at 12:15 p.m.?
  • For information about FCPS policies and where to get weather-related information click here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures 

 

LIFETOUCH PICTURE DAYS / YEARBOOK PHOTOS:

If your student missed both of original picture days and the retake day on November 11th, there is one more opportunity to take a picture for our yearbook with Lifetouch. Lifetouch has a location in Annandale, Virginia and will have a makeup date on Saturday, November 23rd. Please call Lifetouch’s office at 410-644-7700 to schedule an appointment. Our picture day ID is MJ819602Q1.

 

STUDENT-PARENT SURVEY FOR FEDERAL IMPACT AID:

THANK YOU to al the families who have turned in their Federal Impact Aid Forms. We are still in need of some forms. FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County Public Schools and centers.   On October 24th these forms were handed out to students in their 3rd period Learning Seminar classes. For each school aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date and return the survey to SCMS. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated and returned by October 30th. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.  Video link – https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow  

 

MINORITY ACHIEVEMENT COMMITTEE:

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring on select Saturdays in all core subjects and Spanish. Our next session is November 23rd from 10 am- 1 pm in the SCHS library. South County MAC events are open to ALL SCHS and SCMS students and parents. We welcome all to attend. We encourage you to register your student to participate by completing the registration form. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

 

CAREER DAY:

If you are interested in being part of SCMS’s 2019-2020 Career Day, please fill out the form below and tell us about your career. We are looking for presenters from a wide variety of fields to expose our Mustangs to the world of work. Whether you’re involved in real estate, architecture, engineering, photography, computer science, marketing, technology, or something wildly different, we want to hear from you! SAVE THE DATE – Wednesday, December 4, 2019. More details will follow from Ms. Brodie

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0tHAWAvvyKhuMCCfqNKSmIbIpSW7q25AD7LF9CzcWudJaug/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

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/

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

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 Outstanding Employee Awards

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2018 FCPS OUTSTANDING FCPS EMPLOYEE AWARDS:

 

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! We would like to gather input from members of our community to help recognize exceptional staff members. This year, our goal is to choose South County Middle School winners in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration beyond our building.

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

 

Outstanding Teacher

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

 

Outstanding New Teacher

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

 

Outstanding New Principal

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

                                            

Outstanding Leader 

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

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

 

Outstanding Professional Employee

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

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

 

Outstanding Operational Employee

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

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

 

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is MONDAY November 18, 2019

If you have any questions, please contact Libby Briggs at lgbriggs@fcps.edu

 

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The Mustang Weekly - November 11th, 2019

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

NOVEMBER 11TH, 2019

 

A note from Principal Kownacki:

Dear Mustang Community:

The month of November provides us with many opportunities to express gratitude and reflect on things we are thankful for having as part of our lives. Today, November 11th, we celebrated Veterans Day at South County Middle School. It was a powerful opportunity to recognize the sacrifices made by several faculty and staff members who served in military prior to joining SCMS. Each staff member was recognized during the morning announcements and a short video tribute in their honor was played during learning seminar. The Peer Helping class also wrote personalized post cards to all veterans within the building. Additionally, a showcase near the student services office was decorated to honor our veterans, and multiple banners were placed throughout the school. Finally, students had the opportunity to write personalized messages to all veterans during their lunches. This banner will remain displayed near the cafeteria. I join with all students, faculty and staff in expressing gratitude to those that served, or are currently serving, in the military.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. I look forward to seeing you at SCMS soon.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

703-690-5500

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • November 12th. Tuesday. PTSO meeting in the Library. 7:00 p.m.
  • November 13th. Report cards and Honor Roll letters distributed to students during 7th period.
  • November 13th, 14th. Hearing and Vision testing for 7th grade. See below.
  • November 14th, 15th and 16th. The Man Who Came To Dinner. See below.
  • November 27-29. Wednesday-Friday. Thanksgiving holiday. No school for staff and students.

 

FALL THEATER PRODUCTION:

SCMS Theater presents The Man Who Came To Dinner. The play will be held in the SCMS Cafetorium on November 14th, 15th and 16th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets at the door are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Save $1 by purchasing tickets online at www.scmsdrama.org. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

 

HEARING AND VISION SCREENINGS:

The Fairfax County Health Department will be conducting required Hearing and Vision Screenings for 7th grade students on November 13th and 14th. Parents, please make sure your child attends school on those days if possible and bring their eyeglasses to school. For any question, please feel free to contact the SCMS clinic at 703 690-5510. Thank you - your Health Team Tony Cross (School Health Aide) and Sandy Campbell (Public Health Nurse). Testing will take place during Health and PE classes.     

 

STUDENT-PARENT SURVEY FOR FEDERAL IMPACT AID:

THANK YOU to al the families who have turned in their Federal Impact Aid Forms. We are still in need of some forms. FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County Public Schools and centers.  

On October 24th these forms were handed out to students in their 3rd period Learning Seminar classes. For each school aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date and return the survey to SCMS. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated and returned by October 30th. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Video link – https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

 

MINORITY ACHIEVEMENT COMMITTEE:

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring on select Saturdays in all core subjects and Spanish. Our next session is November 23rd from 10 am- 1 pm in the SCHS library.

South County MAC events are open to ALL SCHS and SCMS students and parents. We welcome all to attend. We encourage you to register your student to participate by completing the registration form. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

 

CAREER DAY:

If you are interested in being part of SCMS’s 2019-2020 Career Day, please fill out the form below and tell us about your career. We are looking for presenters from a wide variety of fields to expose our Mustangs to the world of work. Whether you’re involved in real estate, architecture, engineering, photography, computer science, marketing, technology, or something wildly different, we want to hear from you! SAVE THE DATE – Wednesday, December 4, 2019. More details will follow from Ms. Brodie

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0tHAWAvvyKhuMCCfqNKSmIbIpSW7q25AD7LF9CzcWudJaug/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

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/

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

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 - November 4th, 2019

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

NOVEMBER 4TH, 2019

 

A note from Principal Kownacki:

Dear Mustang Community:

As we reflect on the first quarter of the school year, please consider taking a few minutes to recognize one or more South County Middle School employees that have made a positive impact in your student’s life. The FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards allow students and their families to nominate staff members in the Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Professional, and Outstanding Operational Employee categories. Nominations are due by Friday, November 22, 2019. We hope that the commitment and innovation of our employees will be well-represented!

Outstanding Teacher

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

 

Outstanding New Teacher

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

 

Outstanding New Principal

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

                                            

Outstanding Leader 

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

 

Outstanding Professional Employee

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

 

Outstanding Operational Employee

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

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. I look forward to seeing you at SCMS soon.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

703-690-5500

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • November 4th and 5th. Monday/Tuesday. Teacher workdays. No school for students
  • November 11th. Monday. Picture retakes with Lifetouch. Photos during PE classes or Learning Seminar. To get a retake the student must return the original package. If the student missed their original picture day this is the last opportunity to have a photo taken for the yearbook. You can order at mylifetouch.com with SCMS Picture Day ID: MJ819602Q1
  • November 12th. Tuesday. PTSO meeting in the Library. 7:00 p.m.
  • November 13th. Report cards and Honor Roll letters distributed to students during 7th period.
  • November 13th, 14th. Hearing and Vision testing for 7th grade. See below.
  • November 14th, 15th and 16th. The Man Who Came To Dinner. See below.
  • November 27-29. Wednesday-Friday. Thanksgiving holiday. No school for staff and students.

 

STUDENT-PARENT SURVEY FOR FEDERAL IMPACT AID:

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County Public Schools and centers.  

On October 24th these forms were handed out to students in their 3rd period Learning Seminar classes. For each school aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date and return the survey to SCMS. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated and returned by October 30th. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Video link – https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

 

FALL THEATER PRODUCTION:

SCMS Theater presents The Man Who Came To Dinner. The play will be held in the SCMS Cafetorium on November 14th, 15th and 16th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets at the door are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Save $1 by purchasing tickets online at www.scmsdrama.org. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

 

HEARING AND VISION SCREENINGS:

The Fairfax County Health Department will be conducting required Hearing and Vision Screenings for 7th grade students on November 13th and 14th. Parents, please make sure your child attends school on those days if possible and bring their eyeglasses to school. For any question, please feel free to contact the SCMS clinic at 703 690-5510. Thank you - your Health Team Tony Cross (School Health Aide) and Sandy Campbell (Public Health Nurse). Testing will take place during Health and PE classes.     

 

THE MUSTANG 3 X 4 CHALLENGE:

The Mustang 3 x 4 Reading Challenge is underway! Students are challenged to read three books between September 30th and November 1st. Read three books, turn in a book log, and celebrate your accomplishment at the exclusive Mustang 3 X 4 Celebration. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqzlqU-F0nE&feature=youtu.be

 

MINORITY ACHIEVEMENT COMMITTEE:

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring on select Saturdays in all core subjects and Spanish. Our next sessions are November 9th and November 23rd from 10 am- 1 pm in the SCHS library.

South County MAC events are open to ALL SCHS and SCMS students and parents. We welcome all to attend. We encourage you to register your student to participate by completing the registration form. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

 

CAREER DAY:

If you are interested in being part of SCMS’s 2019-2020 Career Day, please fill out the form below and tell us about your career. We are looking for presenters from a wide variety of fields to expose our Mustangs to the world of work. Whether you’re involved in real estate, architecture, engineering, photography, computer science, marketing, technology, or something wildly different, we want to hear from you! SAVE THE DATE – Wednesday, December 4, 2019. More details will follow from Ms. Brodie

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0tHAWAvvyKhuMCCfqNKSmIbIpSW7q25AD7LF9CzcWudJaug/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

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/

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

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

The Mustang Weekly - October 28th, 2019

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

OCTOBER 28TH, 2019

 

A note from Principal Kownacki:

Dear Mustang Community:

This past week we celebrated Unity Week. It was great seeing the students and staff participating in the spirit days (bowties, crazy socks, orange out, jersey and superheroes). Students also participated in powerful anti-bullying assemblies where they examined the potential impact of their actions and committed to an anti-bullying pledge. Kudos to the student services department, along with many of our student groups (SGA, Peer Helpers, Stampede) in coordinating a meaningful week of activities.

It’s hard to believe that this is the final week of the first quarter. Time has flown by! I hope that students are able to enjoy a restful 4-day weekend and re-charge their batteries for the second quarter of the school year. Before we make it to the long weekend, there are many upcoming events this week. Thursday is Halloween and students are permitted to wear costumes, if they choose. Please be mindful that costumes must be school appropriate and follow the guidelines set forth in the SRR (no face or head coverings). Also, on Thursday is the South County High School Homecoming parade. I hope to see you along the parade route.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. I look forward to seeing you at SCMS soon.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

703-690-5500

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • DUE BY OCTOBER 30THFederal Impact Aid forms. See below.
  • October 30th. Red Ribbon Day. Wear red and say, “No to drugs.”
  • October 31st. Thursday. After School Program is cancelled/NO LATE BUS. SCHS Homecoming parade.
  • November 1st. End of first quarter.
  • November 4th and 5th. Monday/Tuesday. Teacher workdays. No school for students
  • November 11th. Monday. Picture retakes with Lifetouch. Photos during PE classes or Learning Seminar. To get a retake the student must return the original package. If the student missed their original picture day this is the last opportunity to have a photo taken for the yearbook. You can order at mylifetouch.com with SCMS Picture Day ID: MJ819602Q1
  • November 12th. Tuesday. PTSO meeting in the Library. 7:00 p.m.
  • November 14th, 15th and 16th. The Man Who Came To Dinner. See below.
  • November 27-29. Wednesday-Friday. Thanksgiving holiday. No school for staff and students.

 

STUDENT-PARENT SURVEY FOR FEDERAL IMPACT AID:

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County Public Schools and centers.  

On October 24th these forms were handed out to students in their 3rd period Learning Seminar classes. For each school aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date and return the survey to SCMS. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated and returned by October 30th. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Video link – https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

 

 

HEARING AND VISION SCREENINGS:

The Fairfax County Health Department will be conducting required Hearing and Vision Screenings for 7th grade students on November 13th and 14th. Parents, please make sure your child attends school on those days if possible and bring their eyeglasses to school. For any question, please feel free to contact the SCMS clinic at 703 690-5510. Thank you - your Health Team Tony Cross (School Health Aide) and Sandy Campbell (Public Health Nurse).     

 

 

THE MUSTANG 3 X 4 CHALLENGE:

The Mustang 3 x 4 Reading Challenge is underway! Students are challenged to read three books between September 30th and November 1st. Read three books, turn in a book log, and celebrate your accomplishment at the exclusive Mustang 3 X 4 Celebration. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqzlqU-F0nE&feature=youtu.be

 

FALL THEATER PRODUCTION:

SCMS Theater presents The Man Who Came To Dinner. The play will be held in the SCMS Cafetorium on November 14th, 15th and 16th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets at the door are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Save $1 by purchasing tickets online at www.scmsdrama.org. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

 

CAREER DAY:

If you are interested in being part of SCMS’s 2019-2020 Career Day, please fill out the form below and tell us about your career. We are looking for presenters from a wide variety of fields to expose our Mustangs to the world of work. Whether you’re involved in real estate, architecture, engineering, photography, computer science, marketing, technology, or something wildly different, we want to hear from you! SAVE THE DATE – Wednesday, December 4, 2019. More details will follow from Ms. Brodie

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0tHAWAvvyKhuMCCfqNKSmIbIpSW7q25AD7LF9CzcWudJaug/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

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/

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

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

Scoliosis Fact Sheet

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SCOLIOSIS FACT SHEET

The state of Virginia requires the provision of parent educational information on scoliosis. All Fairfax County Public Schools must provide a scoliosis fact sheet to parents or guardians of students in grades 5-12 within the first few months of the school year.

SCOLIOSIS INFORMATION:

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. It occurs in otherwise healthy children and can be a serious health problem if it becomes severe. It generally occurs during the growing years, especially during the growth spurt from 10 to 17 years of age. Scoliosis is more frequently noted in females and when there are other affected family members. It is not caused by anything a child or his or her parents did or failed to do, although a minority of cases are associated with other medical conditions. Early detection is essential to help avoid complications that include back pain, fatigue, reduced exercise tolerance, deformity, and, in severe cases, problems in heart and lung function.

Treatment may involve bracing. Severe curves may require spinal surgery. The need for treatment is best determined by a trained medical professional. If you suspect your child may be affected, contact your physician or your school nurse for a physician referral.

Methods for early detection of scoliosis:

Direct your child to stand up straight, barefoot, with arms hanging freely at the sides. Boys should stand with shirts off; girls may wear halter tops.

  1. Is one shoulder higher than the other?
  2. Is one shoulder blade more prominent?
  3. Does the spine seem to curve sideways?
  4. Is one hip higher than the other?

Direct your child to bend forward at the waist with arms extended toward the floor.

  1. Is there a hump in the rib region?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you should make sure that your child is screened by a doctor. The school public health nurse may provide screening for individual students at the request of the parent or guardian.

 

The Scoliosis Fact Sheet and translations are available at:

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services

 

 

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/

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

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 - October 21st, 2019

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY October 21st, 2019   A note from Principal Kownacki:

Dear Mustang Community:

 I am thrilled to announce that Miranda Hendershot has accepted the assistant principal position at South County Middle School. For the past 4 years, Ms. Hendershot served as the assistant principal at Sandburg Middle School where she collaborated with various content departments. Through her work as an AP, she has focused on building the capacity of Collaborative Teams, facilitating meaningful professional development, and collaborating with students and their families to educate the whole student.

Prior to becoming an AP, Ms. Hendershot served in various capacities at Marshall High School, including Dean of Students, Algebra 1 Team leader and Assistant Math Department Chair. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Boston University, Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from The George Washington University and Educational Leadership from Virginia Tech. Ms. Hendershot will officially start at SCMS in early November. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Hendershot to the Mustang Community.

Lastly, I encourage you to join the PTSO, or at least attend the events sponsored by the PTSO. One opportunity will take place on October 22, where the PTSO is sponsoring a screening of the documentary “Screenagers”. The content covered in the documentary is particularly applicable to middle school aged students and their families and particularly relevant as the FCPS School Board considers expanding the FCPSOn initiative to middle schools in the future.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. I look forward to seeing you at SCMS soon.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

703-690-5500

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Anti-bullying Spirit Week: 10/21/19–10/25/19 See below under UNITY DAY.
  • 10/22/19 – Screenagers – 7:00 showing. Interested in learning more about social media, the internet and how it affects our students? See more details below in the PTSO section.
  • 10/23/19 – Unity Day – see below

 

STUDENT-PARENT SURVEY FOR FEDERAL IMPACT AID:

Beginning on October 21, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

SCMS students will receive the Federal Impact Aid form from their 3rd period Learning Seminar teacher on Thursday, October 24th. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Video link - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

 

UNITY DAY AND SPIRIT WEEK: UNITY DAY:

  • Tuesday – 10/22 Knock the socks off bullying. Wear crazy socks.
  • Wednesday-10/23 Unity DAY - Unity Day is the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month which has been recognized in the US since 2011. To participate in Unity Day, schools, communities, and businesses wear or display orange to raise awareness and show support for students who have been bullied.
  • Thursday-10/24 Sports Day. Team up against bullying. Wear a sports jersey.
  • Friday-10/25 Be a Hero. Dress like a superhero.

 

 PTSO INFORMATION:

Please consider joining the PTSO.  Memberships can be purchased at www.scmsptso.org.  All funds go directly back into programs at the school, teacher appreciation, instructional grants, and more!

  • On Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m., the PTSO is proud to present a screening of the acclaimed film "Screenagers".  Tickets are only $5 and pizza is available for pre-order.  For more information on the film, visit https://www.screenagersmovie.com/. To purchase tickets and dinner, visit www.scmsptso.org.  This film is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Reem Trahan and the team at Compass. 
 

 THE MUSTANG 3 X 4 CHALLENGE:

The Mustang 3x4 Reading Challenge is underway! Students are challenged to read three books between September 30th and November 1st. Read three books, turn in a book log, and celebrate your accomplishment at the exclusive Mustang 3x4 Celebration. To learn more about the challenge, click here.

 

CAREER DAY:

If you are interested in being part of SCMS's 2019-20 Career Day, please fill out the form below and tell us about your career. We are looking for presenters from a wide variety of fields to expose our Mustangs to the world of work.  Whether you're involved in real estate, architecture, engineering, photography, computer science, marketing, technology, or something wildly different, we want to hear from you!  SAVE THE DATE- Wednesday, December 4, 2019. More details will follow from Ms. Brodie!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0tHAWAvvyKhuMCCfqNKSmIbIpSW7q25AD7LF9CzcWudJaug/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

MINORITY ACHIEVEMENT COMMITTEE (MAC):

Accelerate your academic success this year by becoming a MAC Scholar. Join fellow SoCo MS and HS students for FREE one-on-one and group tutoring on select Saturdays in the South County High School library from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. MAC Scholars promotes academic enrichment by offering workshops on study habits, time management, learning styles, self-advocacy, college application prep, financial aid awareness, and other life skills to help your student succeed.

The next South County MAC Scholar session is October 26th from 10 am to 1 pm in the SCHS Library.  We will have a representative from NOVA Community College to discuss the NOVA Pathways Program. We welcome all students and parents to attend these sessions. We want to encourage you to register your student to participate by completing the registration form. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

South County MAC events are open to ALL SCHS and SCMS students and parents. We welcome all to attend. For additional information regarding MAC or the MAC Scholars Program please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.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/

 

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml, a feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the student information officer at their child’s school to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

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The Mustang Weekly - October 14th, 2019

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY October 14th, 2019   A note from Principal Kownacki:

Dear Mustang Community:

 

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I want to send a sincere “thank you” to the SCMS PTSO! While students enjoyed a gorgeous three-day weekend, faculty and staff attended professional development focused on cultural proficiency and equity in education. At the conclusion of the professional development, the PTSO generously provided us with lunch. This speaks to the amazing partnership that the school has with the community.

I encourage you to join the PTSO, or at least attend the events sponsored by the PTSO. One opportunity will take place on October 22, where the PTSO is sponsoring a screening of the documentary “Screenagers”. The content covered in the documentary is particularly applicable to middle school aged students and their families and particularly relevant as the FCPS School Board considers expanding the FCPSOn initiative to middle schools in the future.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. I look forward to seeing you at SCMS soon.

 

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

703-690-5500

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • 10/22/19 – Screenagers – 7:00 showing. Interested in learning more about social media, the internet and how it affects our students? See more details below in the PTSO section.
  • 10/23/19 – Unity Day – see below

 

UNITY DAY: UNITY DAY: Orange is the Color

Unity Day is the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month which has been recognized in the US since 2011. To participate in Unity Day, schools, communities, and businesses wear or display orange to raise awareness and show support for students who have been bullied. SCMS will hold an Orange Out on Wednesday, October 23rd.

 

PTSO INFORMATION:

Please consider joining the PTSO.  Memberships can be purchased at www.scmsptso.org.  All funds go directly back into programs at the school, teacher appreciation, instructional grants, and more!

 

  • On Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m., the PTSO is proud to present a screening of the acclaimed film "Screenagers".  Tickets are only $5 and pizza is available for pre-order.  For more information on the film, visit https://www.screenagersmovie.com/. To purchase tickets and dinner, visit www.scmsptso.org.  This film is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Reem Trahan and the team at Compass. 

 

 THE MUSTANG 3 X 4 CHALLENGE:

The Mustang 3x4 Reading Challenge is underway! Students are challenged to read three books between September 30th and November 1st. Read three books, turn in a book log, and celebrate your accomplishment at the exclusive Mustang 3x4 Celebration. To learn more about the challenge, click here.

  

CAREER DAY:

If you are interested in being part of SCMS's 2019-20 Career Day, please fill out the form below and tell us about your career. We are looking for presenters from a wide variety of fields to expose our Mustangs to the world of work.  Whether you're involved in real estate, architecture, engineering, photography, computer science, marketing, technology, or something wildly different, we want to hear from you!  SAVE THE DATE- Wednesday, December 4, 2019. More details will follow from Ms. Brodie!

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0tHAWAvvyKhuMCCfqNKSmIbIpSW7q25AD7LF9CzcWudJaug/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

FAIRFAX COUNTY YOUTH SURVEY:

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

 

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

 

You have the right to preview the survey and may deny permission for your child to participate if you desire. If a student is uncomfortable with any question on the survey, the student does not have to answer that question or may elect to discontinue the survey. While it is hoped that as many students as possible will participate, you have the option of completing the attached form if you wish to opt out your child. The survey will be administered on November 7, 2019.

 

A copy of the survey will be available to parents and/or guardians online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youthsurvey and in the school counseling office of your child's school beginning October 4, 2019. If you do not wish for your child to take part in the survey, please complete the attached form and return it to your child's school counselor no later than November 5, 2019. If you have questions about the survey, contact Stefan Mascall, coordinator, Student Safety and Wellness Office, at 571-423-4270.

 

 

MINORITY ACHIEVEMENT COMMITTEE (MAC):

Accelerate your academic success this year by becoming a MAC Scholar. Join fellow SoCo MS and HS students for FREE one-on-one and group tutoring on select Saturdays in the South County High School library from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. MAC Scholars promotes academic enrichment by offering workshops on study habits, time management, learning styles, self-advocacy, college application prep, financial aid awareness, and other life skills to help your student succeed.

The next South County MAC Scholar session is October 26th from 10 am to 1 pm in the SCHS Library.  We will have a representative from NOVA Community College to discuss the NOVA Pathways Program. We welcome all students and parents to attend these sessions. We want to encourage you to register your student to participate by completing the registration form. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

 

South County MAC events are open to ALL SCHS and SCMS students and parents. We welcome all to attend. For additional information regarding MAC or the MAC Scholars Program please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.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/

 

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml, a feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the student information officer at their child’s school to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

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SCMS After School Program Updates

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SCMS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM UPDATES

October 8, 2019

 

Dear Mustang Families,

As many of you have discovered, the SCMS After School Program has a variety of programs for our middle school students. Please see the SCMS web site for information about our program: https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/activities/after-school-program

We have added a few new programs and wanted to share the information with our families. In addition, we are looking for parent volunteers for these programs. If you are interested, please reach out to Mr. Woodby (see below) and he can share the steps to become a volunteer with FCPS.

INNERSPACE SCIENCE:

Do you know a student fascinated by the undersea world and the technologies for exploring it?  Innerspacescience.org is a group whose members build and operate manned submersibles, which are made available to scientists at no cost. On land, they use the subs to excite students about STEM and ocean conservation. A few weeks ago, National Public Radio featured them on their program "All Things Considered" and the piece makes a great introduction: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/02/755571204/submarine-hobbyists-help-researchers-on-montanas-flathead-lake

The organization's founder, Alec Smyth, is also on the crew of Pisces VI, a research submarine that enters service in 2020 with missions to places like Antarctica and the Indian Ocean. Alec will be offering a two month after-school program during which students will get to see a two-person sub and learn about physics, engineering, marine ecology, and marine conservation. The program has received great reviews from students and parents where the program has been held in previous years.  

The cost of the program is $150, but Innerspace Science doesn't want anyone left out for economic reasons - anyone who can't afford the program can earn a scholarship by writing an essay. There will be an info session for parents and students on Thursday October 10th at 2:30 p.m. in room B137. To register for this program or learn more about it, please email Alec Smyth at alecsmyth@gmail.com. 

 

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND:

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition in which teams of up to seven students present their solution to a wacky problem. While each team has a coach, the student teams solve the problems on their own. There are five problems.  Each team picks one of the five to solve and work on their solution, typically over a period of months.

 

Every year, the specific problems are different. Here’s a link to the synopses for this year’s problems:  https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/2020ltproblems/.  Note that full detailed descriptions of each problem is much longer then what is summarized in the synopses. There will be an information session for students and parents on Wednesday October 16th at 2:30 in room B137.

 

More information is available here: https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/

 

GOLF CLUB:

The After School Program is still looking for students who are interested in participating in our Jr. Golf Program. The program is available on Mondays from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Students should report to the cafeteria for check-in. Students will be using Laurel Hill Golf Club throughout the Fall, weather permitting. Students must have access to their own golf clubs. Please see Mr. Patton with questions or email him at JMPatton@fcps.edu.

 

 

For information about these and other After School Programs please see the SCMS After School Web page or email Mr. Chris Woodby at cwwoodby@fcps.edu

 

 

 

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The Mustang Weekly - October 7th, 2019

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY October 7th, 2019   A note from Principal Kownacki:

Dear Mustang Community:

I hope I’m not the only one eagerly anticipating the transition to fall weather! Even with the unexpected heat wave, we had a great week at South County Middle School, highlighted by our annual “pink out” on Wednesday to support breast cancer awareness. Over 1,000 students and staff formed the shape of a giant pink heart on one of our outdoor fields last Thursday. The schoolwide activity highlighted the spirit of the SCMS community.

Finally, each year schools are charged with establishing goals for continuous growth and innovation. Please review the SCMS School Improvement and Innovation Plan (SIIP) At A Glance on our website

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. I look forward to seeing you at SCMS soon.

 

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

703-690-5500

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • 10/14/19 – Columbus Day – No school for students.
  • 10/22/19 – Screenagers – 7:00 showing. Interested in learning more about social media, the internet and how it affects our students? See more details below in the PTSO section.
  • 10/23/19 – Unity Day – see below

 

UNITY DAY: UNITY DAY: Orange is the Color

Unity Day is the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month which has been recognized in the US since 2011. To participate in Unity Day, schools, communities, and businesses wear or display orange to raise awareness and show support for students who have been bullied. SCMS will hold an Orange Out on Wednesday, October 23rd.

 

THE MUSTANG 3 X 4 CHALLENGE:

The Mustang 3x4 Reading Challenge is underway! Students are challenged to read three books between September 30th and November 1st. Read three books, turn in a book log, and celebrate your accomplishment at the exclusive Mustang 3x4 Celebration. To learn more about the challenge, click here.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR 8TH GRADE PARENTS – FINANCE PARK:

South County Middle School students will be attending their Finance Park trip on Tuesday, October 8th, through Friday, October 12th.  We are looking for parent volunteers. If you are able to volunteer on the day that your 8th grade student will be attending, we would greatly appreciate it. The total time commitment is 5 hours (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.), including a 1-hour training the morning of your scheduled volunteer day. You will use your training knowledge to guide students through different phases of the day, which simulate real-world budgeting decisions, spending research, and bill payment. As you guide students through the digital simulation, you’ll share your own life experiences and help them walk a day in your shoes. You bring the program to life.

Volunteers who do not complete the Registration ahead of time will be required to do so when they arrive at Finance Park.  Also, please be sure to bring a government issued ID.

Here's the link to register!

 

 

PTSO INFORMATION:

Please consider joining the PTSO.  Memberships can be purchased at www.scmsptso.org.  All funds go directly back into programs at the school, teacher appreciation, instructional grants, and more!

  • To kick off the Fall season and thank our teachers for the hard work they have put in so far this year, the PTSO is hosting a luncheon on Monday, 10/14/19 (Columbus Day).  Please sign up to volunteer or bring items at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4caba72aa13-20195
  • On Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m., the PTSO is proud to present a screening of the acclaimed film "Screenagers".  Tickets are only $5 and pizza is available for pre-order.  For more information on the film, visit https://www.screenagersmovie.com/. To purchase tickets and dinner, visit www.scmsptso.org.  This film is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Reem Trahan and the team at Compass. 
  • Unity Day is October 23rd! Wear orange and show your support for anti-bullying!  More information to come from your school counselors, but custom orange shirts are available for purchase until October 7th at www.scmsptso.org.

 

CAREER DAY:

If you are interested in being part of SCMS's 2019-20 Career Day, please fill out the form below and tell us about your career. We are looking for presenters from a wide variety of fields to expose our Mustangs to the world of work.  Whether you're involved in real estate, architecture, engineering, photography, computer science, marketing, technology, or something wildly different, we want to hear from you!  SAVE THE DATE- Wednesday, December 4, 2019. More details will follow from Ms. Brodie!

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0tHAWAvvyKhuMCCfqNKSmIbIpSW7q25AD7LF9CzcWudJaug/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

FAIRFAX COUNTY YOUTH SURVEY:

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

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

You have the right to preview the survey and may deny permission for your child to participate if you desire. If a student is uncomfortable with any question on the survey, the student does not have to answer that question or may elect to discontinue the survey. While it is hoped that as many students as possible will participate, you have the option of completing the attached form if you wish to opt out your child. The survey will be administered on November 7, 2019.

A copy of the survey will be available to parents and/or guardians online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youthsurvey and in the school counseling office of your child's school beginning October 4, 2019. If you do not wish for your child to take part in the survey, please complete the attached form and return it to your child's school counselor no later than November 5, 2019. If you have questions about the survey, contact Stefan Mascall, coordinator, Student Safety and Wellness Office, at 571-423-4270.

 

 

MINORITY ACHIEVEMENT COMMITTEE (MAC):

Accelerate your academic success this year by becoming a MAC Scholar. Join fellow SoCo MS and HS students for FREE one-on-one and group tutoring on select Saturdays in the South County High School library from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. MAC Scholars promotes academic enrichment by offering workshops on study habits, time management, learning styles, self-advocacy, college application prep, financial aid awareness, and other life skills to help your student succeed.

The next South County MAC Scholar sessions are October 12 and 26th from 10 am to 1 pm in the SCHS Library.  The October 12th session will include a presentation on Learning Styles for all students. We will have a representative from NOVA Community College to discuss the NOVA Pathways Program at the October 26th session. We welcome all students and parents to attend these sessions. We want to encourage you to register your student to participate by completing the registration form. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

 

South County MAC events are open to ALL SCHS and SCMS students and parents. We welcome all to attend. For additional information regarding MAC or the MAC Scholars Program please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.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/

 

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml, a feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the student information officer at their child’s school to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

 

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SCREENAGERS - Students and Technology in Today's World

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Join us for a special screening of SCREENAGERS.

Tuesday, October 22nd – 7 p.m. at South County Middle School

Hosted by the South County Middle PTSO

Tickets: $5

 

Are you watching kids scroll through their life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time – friction she knew all too well.

In Screenagers – as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health – Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life – including her own – to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.

Through poignant, unexpectedly funny stories, and surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

To reserve tickets ($5) or pre-order dinner, visit http://www.scmsptso.org.

 

The PTSO thanks our sponsor for this program, Reem Trahan (www.reem.realtor).

 

 

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/southcounty ms/

 

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptos.org/

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through the WeCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml, a feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the student information officer at their child’s school to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

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The Mustang Weekly - September 30th, 2019

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

September 30th, 2019

 

A note from Principal Kownacki:

Dear Mustang Community:

We have had a fantastic week at South County MS!  As September transitions to October, it’s amazing to think that we are already at the midway point through the first quarter. Our students have really settled into the new school year. It has been a pleasure visiting classrooms this week and seeing students in action collaborating, communicating, problem solving across subject areas, and exhibiting “Portrait of a Graduate” skills. This past week, we also had a great kick-off to our After School program.  Over 200 students stayed after on the very first day. We expect attendance will continue to be high and increase as we offer additional activities to engage students in meaningful, productive, and fun activities at the end of the day.

I welcome your feedback, questions and suggestions. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.  I hope to see you at South County Middle School very soon.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

703-690-5500

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • 10/14/19 – Columbus Day – No school for students.

 

THE MUSTANG 3 X 4 CHALLENGE:

The Mustang 3x4 Reading Challenge is underway! Students are challenged to read three books between September 30th and November 1st. Read three books, turn in a book log, and celebrate your accomplishment at the exclusive Mustang 3x4 Celebration. To learn more about the challenge, click here.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR 8TH GRADE PARENTS – FINANCE PARK:

South County Middle School students will be attending their Finance Park trip on Tuesday, October 8th, through Friday, October 12th.  We are looking for parent volunteers. If you are able to volunteer on the day that your 8th grade student will be attending, we would greatly appreciate it. The total time commitment is 5 hours (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.), including a 1-hour training the morning of your scheduled volunteer day. You will use your training knowledge to guide students through different phases of the day, which simulate real-world budgeting decisions, spending research, and bill payment. As you guide students through the digital simulation, you’ll share your own life experiences and help them walk a day in your shoes. You bring the program to life.

 

Volunteers who do not complete the Registration ahead of time will be required to do so when they arrive at Finance Park.  Also, please be sure to bring a government issued ID.

Here's the link to register!

 

 

PTSO INFORMATION:

Please consider joining the PTSO.  Memberships can be purchased at www.scmsptso.org.  All funds go directly back into programs at the school, teacher appreciation, instructional grants, and more!

 

  • To kick off the Fall season and thank our teachers for the hard work they have put in so far this year, the PTSO is hosting a luncheon on Monday, 10/14/19 (Columbus Day).  Please sign up to volunteer or bring items at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4caba72aa13-20195

 

  • On Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m., the PTSO is proud to present a screening of the acclaimed film "Screenagers".  Tickets are only $5 and pizza is available for pre-order.  For more information on the film, visit https://www.screenagersmovie.com/. To purchase tickets and dinner, visit www.scmsptso.org.  This film is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Reem Trahan and the team at Compass. 

 

  • Unity Day is October 23rd! Wear orange and show your support for anti-bullying!  More information to come from your school counselors, but custom orange shirts are available for purchase until October 7th at www.scmsptso.org.

 

 

CAREER DAY:

If you are interested in being part of SCMS's 2019-20 Career Day, please fill out the form below and tell us about your career. We are looking for presenters from a wide variety of fields to expose our Mustangs to the world of work.  Whether you're involved in real estate, architecture, engineering, photography, computer science, marketing, technology, or something wildly different, we want to hear from you!  SAVE THE DATE- Wednesday, December 4, 2019. More details will follow from Ms. Brodie!

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0tHAWAvvyKhuMCCfqNKSmIbIpSW7q25AD7LF9CzcWudJaug/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS:  

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now online.  Families must re-apply every year to receive this service.  More information and a link to the application can be found at:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Please also complete the consent to share information (section 4 of the application) as this can allow the school to waive course fees and receive reduced fees for other activities.  If families do not re-apply their number will be inactivated in early October.

 

E-CIGARETTE (VAPE) HEALTH ADVISORY:    

In light of recent cases of severe respiratory illnesses associated with the use of e-cigarettes and “vaping” among youth and young adults, the Fairfax County Health Department has posted a health advisory.  The advisory can be found here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/severe-lung-illness-associated-vaping-what-you-need-know.  FCPS substance abuse prevention specialists are available to provide additional information in the form of presentations to students, parents, and staff.  Please contact your substance abuse prevention specialist or the Student Safety and Wellness Office to schedule a presentation.  Additional information on vaping can be found at the links below.

https://www.fcps.edu/vaping/parents https://www.fcps.edu/vaping

 

 

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/

 

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml, a feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the student information officer at their child’s school to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

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The Mustang Weekly - September 23rd, 2019

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

September 23rd, 2019

 

A note from Principal Kownacki:

Dear Mustang Community:

The 2019-2020 school year is off to a great start. Students have been engaging in meaningful learning activities throughout their classes and have adjusted well to the new school year.  I am very proud of their efforts and want to celebrate all the marvelous aspects of South County Middle School.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to follow our school on Twitter at @SouthCountyMS.  Twitter is a great platform for sharing school information, photos and videos of students participating in learning and celebrating successes. For many teachers in FCPS, including me, using social media in a professional capacity allows us to give the South County community a lens into the amazing learning, collaboration, and creativity that takes place on our campus. 

Please rest assured that using social media in a professional capacity will not detract from students’ learning. Also, we will not include photos of any students that have been opted out. If you have any questions about your child being featured in my FCPS social media post(s), please let me know.

I welcome your feedback, questions and suggestions. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.  I hope to see you at South County Middle School very soon.

 

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

703-690-5500

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • 9/23/19 – PTSO Meeting. Tonight! 7:00 p.m. in the SCMS Library. See below.
  • 9/26 and 9/27/19 – Picture Day. Fall pictures will be taken in PE classes. See below.
  • 9/27/19 – SCMS vs. SCHS Staff Basketball Game. See below.
  • 10/14/19 – Columbus Day – No school for students

 

PICTURE DAYS:

Lifetouch photographers will be at SCMS on September 26th and 27th (Thursday and Friday) to take school pictures during our PE classes. Students were given order forms in their PE classes this past week. Students can bring the order forms with them on picture day OR you can place an online order at mylifetouch.com using our picture day ID: MJ819602Q0

 

SCMS VS. SCHS BASKETBALL GAME:

The rivalry is back! On September 27th, South County Middle School staff will be competing against South County High School staff in a friendly basketball game for bragging rights!  The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at SCHS. Students are welcome to attend to cheer on their favorite teachers. Tickets will be sold during lunches for $7 starting September 23rd through the 27th. The basketball game is a fundraiser for the MS After School program as well as the HS Theater program. Please come out and support our South County Community and teachers. For more information you may contact Chris Woodby at cwwoodby@fcps.edu.

 

PTSO INFORMATION:

Join us for the first PTSO meeting of the year, TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in the library.  Hear from our Principal, Staff, Students and the PTSO about all the great things going on at SCMS!

Please consider joining the PTSO.  Memberships can be purchased at www.scmsptso.org.  All funds go directly back into programs at the school, teacher appreciation, instructional grants, and more!

  • To kick off the Fall season and thank our teachers for the hard work they have put in so far this year, the PTSO is hosting a luncheon on Monday, 10/14/19 (Columbus Day).  Please sign up to volunteer or bring items at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4caba72aa13-20195
  • All PTSO “spiritwear” orders will be delivered to the school the first week of October and delivered directly to students in their seminar classes.  
  • On Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m., the PTSO is proud to present a screening of the acclaimed film "Screenagers".  Tickets are only $5 and pizza is available for pre-order.  For more information on the film, visit https://www.screenagersmovie.com/. To purchase tickets and dinner, visit www.scmsptso.org.  This film is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Reem Trahan and the team at Compass. 
  • Unity Day is October 23rd! Wear orange and show your support for anti-bullying!  More information to come from your school counselors, but custom orange shirts are available for purchase until October 7th at www.scmsptso.org.

 

CAREER DAY:

If you're interested in being part of SCMS's 2019-20 Career Day, please fill out the form below and tell us about your career. We are looking for presenters from a wide variety of fields to expose our Mustangs to the world of work.  Whether you're involved in real estate, architecture, engineering, photography, computer science, marketing, technology, or something wildly different, we want to hear from you!  SAVE THE DATE- Wednesday, December 4, 2019. More details will follow from Ms. Brodie!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0tHAWAvvyKhuMCCfqNKSmIbIpSW7q25AD7LF9CzcWudJaug/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

MINORITY ACHIEVEMENT COMMITTEE:

The South County Minority Achievement Committee (MAC) is excited to kick off our fifth year.

The goal of the program is to create well rounded and balanced students through a variety of engaging extracurricular academic activities. We want to encourage you to register your student to participate now by completing the registration form. Our first tutoring session will be September 28th.. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

 

 FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS:  

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now online.  Families must re-apply every year to receive this service.  More information and a link to the application can be found at:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Please also complete the consent to share information (section 4 of the application) as this can allow the school to waive course fees and receive reduced fees for other activities.  If families do not re-apply their number will be inactivated in early October.

 

E-CIGARETTE (VAPE) HEALTH ADVISORY:    

In light of recent cases of severe respiratory illnesses associated with the use of e-cigarettes and “vaping” among youth and young adults, the Fairfax County Health Department has posted a health advisory.  The advisory can be found here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/severe-lung-illness-associated-vaping-what-you-need-know.  FCPS substance abuse prevention specialists are available to provide additional information in the form of presentations to students, parents, and staff.  Please contact your substance abuse prevention specialist or the Student Safety and Wellness Office to schedule a presentation.  Additional information on vaping can be found at the links below.

https://www.fcps.edu/vaping/parents https://www.fcps.edu/vaping

In response to a request from the Fairfax County Council of PTA’s (and others) to implement consistent student cell phone restrictions in our schools, we are recommending the following guidelines to all schools. Some schools may have more prescriptive rules, but these recommended best practices are intended to serve as a consistent minimum set of guidelines. Please communicate your school’s guidelines with staff, students and parents at the beginning of the school year.

 

FALL FOR LCAC -- A Family/Youth Volunteering Opportunity:

Help your neighbors and volunteer as a family (or send your middle schooler) at Lorton Community Action Center’s annual Fall for LCAC event. This food-raiser is a way to ensure that our neighbors have food throughout the winter and you can help! Bring a bag of non-perishable grocery items (kid-friendly food is most needed) and come to LCAC on Sunday, September 29th from 1-3pm. LCAC is hoping to bring in 10,000 pounds of food and have more than 100 volunteers onsite helping. Kids as young as 4 can volunteer! Pumpkin painting, food and music + helping our neighbors will make for a fun afternoon. Learn more at: https://lortonaction.org/fall-for-lcac/

 

 

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml, a feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the student information officer at their child’s school to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

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SCMS After School Program Starts 9/23/19

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SCMS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

September 19, 2019

 

Hello Mustang Parents,

 

The South County Middle School After School Program begins on Monday, September 23rd. Information about the program and the schedule of activities is now available on the South County Middle School website under Full Menu/Activities/After School Program. You can link to this page here: https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/activities/after-school-program

 

Students may browse their options and choose activities that meet their interests. Please understand that the ASP is not mandatory. Students are encouraged to try different activities until they find something they enjoy. The program begins Monday September 23rd, this will also be the first day of late buses.

 

Late buses depart SCMS at 4:45 p.m.:

  • Monday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

 

Staff members will be available to help students find the correct late bus which may not be the same bus number they take to and from school.

 

 

If you have any questions feel free to email me at cwwoodby@fcps.edu.

 

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The Mustang Weekly - September 16th, 2019

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

September 16th, 2019

 

A note from Principal Kownacki:

Dear Mustang Community:

I write to you with celebratory, yet sad news. Heather Bousman-Stanczak, our 8th grade assistant principal, has accepted the position of assistant principal at Lanier Middle School, effective September 23, 2019. As many of you know, Heather was a founding member of South County Secondary School, serving in the role of special education department chair. She is also a founding member of the South County Middle School administrative team. She has worked diligently to support and growth the culture and climate of the entire South County pyramid. She will be greatly missed, but her impact will continue to be felt for years to come.

While we engage in the interview and hiring process for a permanent replacement, we will have a substitute assistant principal in the building to fulfill Ms. Bousman-Stanczak’s responsibilities. I will share more details with you as they become available.

I welcome your feedback, questions and suggestions. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.  I hope to see you at South County Middle School very soon.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

703-690-5500

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • 9/23/19 – PTSO Meeting. Monday. 7:00 p.m. in the SCMS Library. See below.
  • 9/26 and 9/27/19 – Picture Day. Fall pictures will be taken in PE classes. See below.
  • 9/27/19 – SCMS vs. SCHS Staff Basketball Game. See below.

 

PTSO INFORMATION:

  • Join us at our first  PTSO meeting on September 23rd at 7pm in the Library!  Come hear from the PTSO, staff, admin and students about the ways you can make a difference at SCMS this year.
  • Find out all about the PTSO and join at www.scmsptso.org.  All funds from PTSO memberships go DIRECTLY towards your students and teachers.  Did you know the PTSO funds 100% of teacher appreciation events, the back to school breakfast, teacher and club instructional grants, 7th grade author visit and 8th grade end of year celebration?  Please consider joining and/or making a tax deductible donation.

 

PICTURE DAYS:

Lifetouch photographers will be at SCMS on September 26th and 27th to take school pictures during our PE classes. Students were given order forms in their PE classes this past week. Students can bring the order forms with them on picture day OR you can place an online order at mylifetouch.com using our picture day ID: MJ819602Q0

 

SCMS VS. SCHS BASKETBALL GAME:

The rivalry is back! On September 27th, South County Middle School staff will be competing against South County High School staff in a friendly basketball game for bragging rights!  The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at SCHS. Students are welcome to attend to cheer on their favorite teachers. Tickets will be sold during lunches for $7 starting September 23rd through the 27th. The basketball game is a fundraiser for the MS afterschool program as well as the HS Theatre program. Please come out and support our South County Community and teachers. For more information you may contact Chris Woodby at cwwoodby@fcps.edu.

 

CAREER DAY:

If you're interested in being part of SCMS's 2019-20 Career Day, please fill out the form below and tell us about your career. We are looking for presenters from a wide variety of fields to expose our Mustangs to the world of work.  Whether you're involved in real estate, architecture, engineering, photography, computer science, marketing, technology, or something wildly different, we want to hear from you!  SAVE THE DATE- Wednesday, December 4, 2019. More details will follow from Ms. Brodie!

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0tHAWAvvyKhuMCCfqNKSmIbIpSW7q25AD7LF9CzcWudJaug/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

MINORITY ACHIEVEMENT COMMITTEE:

The South County Minority Achievement Committee (MAC) is excited to kick off our fifth year.

The goal of the program is to create well rounded and balanced students through a variety of engaging extracurricular academic activities. We want to encourage you to register your student to participate now by completing the registration form. Our first tutoring session will be September 28th.. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

 

 

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS:  

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now online.  Families must re-apply every year to receive this service.  More information and a link to the application can be found at:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Please also complete the consent to share information (section 4 of the application) as this can allow the school to waive course fees and receive reduced fees for other activities.  If families do not re-apply their number will be inactivated in early October.

 

CELL PHONE POLICY:  

In response to a request from the Fairfax County Council of PTA’s (and others) to implement consistent student cell phone restrictions in or schools, we are following FCPS guidelines for cell phone usage.

In Middle Schools, phones must be kept silenced and kept put away for the duration of the school day. Storage may be in a locker, backpack, pencil bag, etc. during the day. Teachers may allow cell phone usage in their classrooms at their discretion. Students are allowed to use cell phones UNTIL 7:25 a.m. (warning bell) in the morning and AFTER 2:15 p.m. in the afternoon. This information will be shared with our students in upcoming Learning Seminars.

FCPS and SCMS are not responsible for the loss of personal devices including cell phones, tablets or personal computers.

 

 

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/

 

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml, a feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the student information officer at their child’s school to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

 

 

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A Message from South County High School

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September 12th, 2019

 

Good evening Mustang Families.

 

South County High School has asked us to share a message with our community regarding high school footballs games. Please read the information below to share with your students.

 

 

A Message from South County High School’s Activities Office:

 

Good evening, South County Mustang Families! It was so great to see so many middle school students and families at our first home football game last week – it was quite the event! In order to keep a safe environment for all in attendance, we would like to remind you of a few important procedures for the rest of the season.

 

  • All middle school students must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Back packs, drinks or food will not be permitted through the ticket gate.
  • Only paid re-entry will be permitted.*NEW* - We are currently working on building a middle school hype squad section in the bleachers. Please help us by directing your children to sit in the far left section of the home bleachers (closest to the softball field). This will be the new “Mustang Hype Squad” section. All event personnel will be directing students to sit in this section for the game.

We look forward to seeing you out at more South County High School home events and always remember, cheer hard for the Stallions!   

 

Brett Garner - Director of Student Activities

South County High 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/

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml, a feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the student information officer at their child’s school to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

 

 

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The Mustang Weekly - September 9th, 2019

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

September 9th, 2019

 

A note from Principal Kownacki:

Dear Mustang Community:

It was a pleasure meeting many of you at Back To School Night this past Thursday. The energy in the building was visible and I hope that we can sustain it for the remainder of the school year. I feel privileged to be part of an amazing community that values and supports the partnership with schools. Together we will strive to challenge all students to rise to their individual potential and embody the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate traits.

 

During the first month of school, we are required to conduct a number of safety drills. These include four evacuation (fire) drills, two lock down drills and one bus evacuation. The students have been doing a marvelous job and have modelled maturity throughout the drills.

 

I welcome your feedback, questions and suggestions. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.  I hope to see you at South County Middle School very soon.

 

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

703-690-5500

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • 9/23/19 – PTSO Meeting. Monday. 7:00 p.m. in the SCMS Library. See below.
  • 9/26 and 9/27 – Picture Day. Fall pictures will be taken in PE classes. More info soon.

STUDENT SAFETY:

Please remember that the Kiss and Ride line is the only designated and SAFE student drop-off and pick up area for students at SCMS. To ensure student safety we remind you not to drop students off in other areas of the school or on the street. This is particularly important as the days get shorter and the mornings get darker. Thank you for helping us keep students safe.

 

PTSO INFORMATION:

  • South County Spirit Wear is now for sale for a limited time!  Visit the PTSO website at http://www.scmsptso.org/ and click "order spiritwear". The store closes on September 9th and items will be delivered to seminar classes approximately 3 weeks later.
  • Join us at our first  PTSO meeting on September 23rd at 7pm in the Library!  Come hear from the PTSO, staff, admin and students about the ways you can make a difference at SCMS this year.
  • Find out all about the PTSO and join at www.scmsptso.org.  All funds from PTSO memberships go DIRECTLY towards your students and teachers.  Did you know the PTSO funds 100% of teacher appreciation events, the back to school breakfast, teacher and club instructional grants, 7th grade author visit and 8th grade end of year celebration?  Please consider joining and/or making a tax deductible donation.

MINORITY ACHIEVEMENT COMMITTEE:

Start strong and finish strong! Accelerate your academic success this year by becoming a MAC Scholar. Join fellow SoCo MS and HS students for free one-on-one and group tutoring on select Saturdays in the South County High School library from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. MAC Scholars promotes academic enrichment by offering workshops on study habits, time management, learning styles, self-advocacy, college application prep, financial aid awareness, and other life skills to help your student succeed.

The South County Minority Achievement Committee (MAC) is excited to kick off our fifth year. We want to invite parents and students of all backgrounds and demographics to join the MAC

We will have our annual kickoff September 14th from 10-12 in the SCHS library. This year’s kickoff will be a session on Time Management followed by an Ice Cream and Donut Social.  Please come out to learn more about MAC and the MAC Scholars Program and all the exciting event we have planned for this school year. 

The goal of the program is to create well rounded and balanced students through a variety of engaging extracurricular academic activities. We want to encourage you to register your student to participate now by completing the registration form. Our first tutoring session will be September 28th.. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

 

 FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS:  

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now online.  Families must re-apply every year to receive this service.  More information and a link to the application can be found at:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Please also complete the consent to share information (section 4 of the application) as this can allow the school to waive course fees and receive reduced fees for other activities.  If families do not re-apply their number will be inactivated in early October.

 

CELL PHONE POLICY:  

In response to a request from the Fairfax County Council of PTA’s (and others) to implement consistent student cell phone restrictions in or schools, we are following FCPS guidelines for cell phone usage.

In Middle Schools, phones must be kept silenced and kept put away for the duration of the school day. Storage may be in a locker, backpack, pencil bag, etc. during the day. Teachers may allow cell phone usage in their classrooms at their discretion. Students are allowed to use cell phones UNTIL 7:25 a.m. (warning bell) in the morning and AFTER 2:15 p.m. in the afternoon. This information will be shared with our students in upcoming Learning Seminars.

FCPS and SCMS are not responsible for the loss of personal devices including cell phones, tablets or personal computers.

 

 

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/

 

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml, a feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the student information officer at their child’s school to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

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

The Mustang Weekly - September 2nd, 2019

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

September 2nd, 2019

 

A note from Principal Kownacki:

Dear Mustang Community-

Our students and staff had an amazing first week of school! Much of our focus during the first week was to build strong relationships with one another and ensure student success by creating a safe and welcoming environment. It has been a pleasure visiting classrooms and interacting with students in the halls. They are positive, polite, and full of great energy. Be sure to ask what the best part of your students' week was!

 

I look forward to meeting you at Back To School Night on September 5, starting at 6:30 PM. Our staff is excited to share their “WHY” with you and how we can partner with each other to support student learning and growth.

 

I welcome your feedback, questions and suggestions. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.  I hope to see you at South County Middle School very soon.

 

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

703-690-5500

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • 9/5/19 – Back to school Night. Thursday. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. See details below.
  • 9/23/19 – PTSO Meeting. Tuesday. 7:00 p.m. in the SCMS Library. See below.

 

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT:

Last week we mailed home an invitation and information about our Back To School Night on September 5th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. During the evening, you will have the opportunity to join and support our PTSO, preview and receive links to order school related spirit wear, as well as gather information about the SCMS After School Program. Additionally, welcome messages from our administrative team and various school board members will be streaming throughout the evening. The Health and PE Department will offer a special presentation for parents who are interested in hearing information about the Family Life Education curriculum in our library from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.

PTSO INFORMATION:

  • South County Spirit Wear is now for sale for a limited time!  Visit the PTSO website at http://www.scmsptso.org/ and click "order spiritwear". The store closes on September 9th and items will be delivered to seminar classes approximately 3 weeks later.

 

  • Join us at our first  PTSO meeting on September 23rd at 7pm in the Library!  Come hear from the PTSO, staff, admin and students about the ways you can make a difference at SCMS this year.

 

  • Find out all about the PTSO and join at www.scmsptso.org.  All funds from PTSO memberships go DIRECTLY towards your students and teachers.  Did you know the PTSO funds 100% of teacher appreciation events, the back to school breakfast, teacher and club instructional grants, 7th grade author visit and 8th grade end of year celebration?  Please consider joining and/or making a tax deductible donation.

 

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS:

The Free and Reduced Meals application is now online.  Families must re-apply every year to receive this service.  More information and a link to the application can be found at:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Please also complete the consent to share information (section 4 of the application) as this can allow the school to waive course fees and receive reduced fees for other activities.  If families do not re-apply their number will be inactivated in early October.

 

CELL PHONE POLICY:

In response to a request from the Fairfax County Council of PTA’s (and others) to implement consistent student cell phone restrictions in or schools, we are following FCPS guidelines for cell phone usage.

In Middle Schools, phones must be kept silenced and kept put away for the duration of the school day. Storage may be in a locker, backpack, pencil bag, etc. during the day. Teachers may allow cell phone usage in their classrooms at their discretion. Students are allowed to use cell phones UNTIL 7:25 a.m. (warning bell) in the morning and AFTER 2:15 p.m. in the afternoon. This information will be shared with our students in upcoming Learning Seminars.

FCPS and SCMS are not responsible for the loss of personal devices including cell phones, tablets or personal computers.

 

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/

 

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml, a feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the student information officer at their child’s school to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

 

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The Mustang Weekly - August 26th, 2019

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THE MUSTANG WEEKLY

August 26th, 2019

 

A note from Principal Kownacki:

Dear South County Middle School students, staff and families:

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We were super excited to welcome all of our 1055 students back to school today! We promise the year will be filled with outstanding learning experiences and activities as we continue our focus on bringing the South County MS vision to life in all that we do:  Capable, Connected, Contributing!

We kicked off our year as a staff by sharing our personal “WHY”; Why we are educators at South County MS. Teachers have been encouraged to share their stories with their students the first week of school with the goal of building strong relationships and classroom community. I encourage you to share a middle school story with your own child as well.

We also kicked off the year by highlighting the superhero qualities that each of us possess. I have tasked each staff member to identify the special powers of each of our students as well. As a staff we will seek to spotlight the achievements of student, staff and community with the #marvelUSmustangs hashtag.

I welcome your feedback, questions, and ideas. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.  I look forward to seeing you at South County MS very soon!

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

pakownacki@fcps.edu

@PAKownacki

703-690-5500

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • 8/28/19 Wednesday. Thomas Jefferson High School interest meeting: see below.
  • 8/30/19 through 9/2/19 – Labor Day Holiday. This is a four day weekend for students and teachers.
  • 9/5/19 – Back to school Night. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. See below.

 

THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who helped us transition into our new school year: Silverbrook Nursery for beautifying our landscaping – the new rosebushes are beautiful; Red, Hot and Blue and Kona Ice who set up a food tent and truck for our Mustang Roundup; and all the PTSO families who cooked and served breakfast for the Middle School and High School staff members at a joint kickoff. We appreciate everything you did for us!

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT:

Last week we mailed home an invitation and information about our Back To School Night on September 5th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. During the evening, you will have the opportunity to join and support our PTSO, preview and receive links to order school related spirit wear, as well as gather information about the SCMS After School Program. Additionally, welcome messages from our administrative team and various school board members will be streaming throughout the evening. The Health and PE Department will offer a special presentation for parents who are interested in hearing information about the Family Life Education curriculum in our library from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.

 

CELL PHONE POLICY:

In response to a request from the Fairfax County Council of PTA’s (and others) to implement consistent student cell phone restrictions in or schools, we are following FCPS guidelines for cell phone usage.

In Middle Schools, phones must be kept silenced and kept put away for the duration of the school day. Storage may be in a locker, backpack, pencil bag, etc. during the day. Teachers may allow cell phone usage in their classrooms at their discretion. Students are allowed to use cell phones UNTIL 7:25 a.m. (warning bell) in the morning and AFTER 2:15 p.m. in the afternoon. This information will be shared with our students in upcoming Learning Seminars.

FCPS and SCMS are not responsible for the loss of personal devices including cell phones, tablets or personal computers.

 

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – INTEREST MEETING:

We will be holding a TJHSST interest meeting for students and parents on Wednesday, August 28th in our Lecture Hall. The meeting will run from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Parents, if you plan to attend, please remember to check into the front office with your photo ID.

 

 

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/

 

For further information on planning and events sponsored by the PTSO, please visit their website at http://www.scmsptso.org/

 

Parents of FCPS students may update contact information online through weCare@School http://www.fcps.edu/news/wecare.shtml, a feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) or by contacting the student information officer at their child’s school to have the contact information updated in the student information system.

 

 

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

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