The Mustang Newsletter - September 28th, 2020

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September 28th, 2020

  The Mustang Newsletter

 

Dear SCMS families,

We had another great week of learning at South County Middle School! It is hard to believe that September is coming to an end. We continue to be encouraged by the innovative instructional practices exemplified by our teachers and how students are supporting and collaborating with each other in the virtual learning environment.

This week SCMS celebrates the retirement of our beloved Administrative Assistant, Maria Perry on September 30! Maria is a charter member of the Mustang family, serving our community since the school’s founding in 2012. Her dedication, humor and organization helped to create the warm and welcoming culture that is synonymous with South County Middle School. We are fortunate to have worked with her and better as a school because of her contributions. We will truly miss her seeing her every day but wish her well in the next steps of her adventure! Please join me in thanking Maria for everything she has done for South County Middle School over the past 8 years. Her contributions are immeasurable!

I welcome your feedback, suggestions and questions. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

@pakownacki

 

Upcoming Dates:
  • October 11th. Monday. School Planning Day. Student holiday. No school for students.
  • October 30th. End of first quarter. Two-hour early release.
  • November 2nd. School Planning Day. No school for students.
  • November 3rd. Teacher Workday. No School for students.
  • November 11th. Two- hour early release. Veteran’s Day
  • November 25th-27th (Wed-Thurs-Fri) Thanksgiving Holiday. No school for staff or students.

 

 

MONDAY PROCEDURES:

All SCMS students will connect with teachers each Monday by noon. This is a required activity for all students!  Students will connect/check in either by attending the 8:00-8:30 AM Check and Connect session (via link from 3rd period teacher) or by filling out the Google question they received from their 3rd period teacher. Each Monday teachers will share important school announcements and check in with students to support their learning for the week. Teachers at SCMS are asked to enter all student attendance by noon on Mondays so we ask that each student check in with their teachers by noon as well.

Individual teachers will hold additional office hours for student support Mondays.  Students should check their teachers' schedules and procedures for attending office hours.

  SIS Weekly Progress Reports to Parents Set to Start Monday, 10/5/20

Due to the delayed school opening and virtual start, SIS weekly progress reports to parents are now set to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  Please note this is a change from the original start date of September 21, 2020; therefore, middle and high schools may want to include the following notification and instructions for parents in their newsletters:

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email.  For the 2020-21 school year, Weekly Progress Reports are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  This report provides a summary of your student’s grades for the current quarter.  To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system.  It is listed under the “My Account” tab. 

If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.”  Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports.  Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences.  Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email.  For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.

Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.  

 

 

SCMS Library Offering Curbside Pickup:

Readers rejoice! Students can now check out books to take home from the South County Library. We're offering curbside pickup every Monday from 7:30-10:30 AM and 3:30-6:30 PM. Requests are made in advance: books selected by Thursday night will be ready the following Monday. Students must log into our library catalog (instructions here) with their fcpsschools account to place a hold.

 

All pickups will take place at the school, so be sure students can get a ride or can get there independently. Curbside will take place behind the school at Entrance 6and we'll have signs out to help direct you. Books can also be returned to the school during curbside hours.

 

 

Go Paperless Report Card Option:

Parents click on GO PAPERLESS in ParentVUE to get your online report card. Please log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless". This will not impact other FCPS mailings. Parents who do not choose this option or who have not yet set up their ParentVue account will continue to receive a paper copy of their child’s report card by mail this year.

 

 

Grab and Go Food Sites and Breakfast Bus Routes:

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. The service will be available Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM only.  

New for this fall:  breakfast and lunch meals for Saturdays will be distributed at all sites and bus routes each Friday.

South County area Grab and Go centers are Burke School, Lorton Station ES, Oak View ES, South County High School.

In addition, FCPS has some breakfast bus routes set up for students in some areas. Please click on this link to see bus routes for the South County Community  Service time for buses are between 6:00 and 8:30 AM.

https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food/bus

 

  Parent and Student Technology Support Portal:

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS has launched a Parent Technology Help Desk. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7:00 AM and 11 PM seven days a week.

FCPS has also set up a Parent and Student Technology Portal at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ to allow older students and parents/guardians to request technology help directly. When a support ticket is entered through the portal, it is auto-routed to the Tech Team at the appropriate site to expedite service.

 

Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology

APPLICATION DATE CHANGE: Thomas Jefferson’s application availability will move from August 31st to September 14th, 2020. The window will be open for three weeks until October 2nd instead of September 25th. This change reflects the shift of school opening on September 8. As any other changes become available, we will advise you on our school website and other news email to families. You may always check TJ’s website, https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions for current information.   

SCMS Thomas Jefferson HS Liaison: Jennice Johnson: JLJohnson2@fcps.edu

 

 

QUICK LINKS:

 

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.

 

The News You Choose subscription service is a self-subscribing, self-updating, and self-unsubscribing service. To update your contact information and/or topic selections, or to unsubscribe, go to http://www.fcps.edu/kit/index.shtml#update for instructions. Schools and offices cannot update or delete subscribers.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Mustang Newsletter - September 21st, 2020

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September 21st, 2020

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Dear SCMS families,

 

The SCMS staff is very excited to connect with families to build relationships through our virtual Back To School Night tonight! Hopefully, you have received an invitation to the event in the mail with QR codes to join the event. If you did not receive the mailer you can still link to all the information using the links below. Here’s a rundown of the schedule:

  • Asynchronous teacher videos available at noon using this link: https://bit.ly/35urkQm
  • Synchronous Q&A sessions with administrators and staff using this link: https://bit.ly/3klVeuv
    • Last names A-K 6:30 to 7:15 PM
    • Last names L-Z 7:30 to 8:15 PM

If you have questions you’d like to have answered at the synchronous session please submit them in advance at: https://bit.ly/2ZtLPZv. We will be checking it regularly.

I welcome your feedback, suggestions and questions. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

@pakownacki

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

  • September 21st Back to School Night – virtual. See Principal Kownacki’s message at the beginning of this newsletter for links.
  • September 21st. The After-School Program began today! Please refer to the News You Choose that was sent out on Friday afternoon for more details.

 

MONDAY PROCEDURES:

All SCMS students will connect with teachers each Monday by noon. This is a required activity for all students!  Students will connect/check in either by attending the 8:00-8:30 AM Check and Connect session (via link from 3rd period teacher) or by filling out the Google question they received from their 3rd period teacher. Each Monday teachers will share important school announcements and check in with students to support their learning for the week.

Individual teachers will hold additional office hours for student support Mondays.  Students should check their teachers' schedules and procedures for attending office hours.

 

SCMS Library Offering Curbside Pickup:

 

Readers rejoice! Students can now check out books to take home from the South County Library. We're offering curbside pickup every Monday from 7:30-10:30 AM and 3:30-6:30 PM. Requests are made in advance: books selected by Thursday night will be ready the following Monday. Students must log into our library catalog (instructions here) with their fcpsschools account to place a hold.

All pickups will take place at the school, so be sure students can get a ride or can get there independently. Curbside will take place behind the school at Entrance 6and we'll have signs out to help direct you. Books can also be returned to the school during curbside hours.

 

 

Go Paperless Report Card Option:

Parents click on GO PAPERLESS in ParentVUE to get your online report card. Please log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless". This will not impact other FCPS mailings. Parents who do not choose this option or who have not yet set up their ParentVue account will continue to receive a paper copy of their child’s report card by mail this year.

 

 

Grab and Go Food Sites and Breakfast Bus Routes:

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. The service will be available Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM only.  

New for this fall:  breakfast and lunch meals for Saturdays will be distributed at all sites and bus routes each Friday.

South County area Grab and Go centers are Burke School, Lorton Station ES, Oak View ES, South County High School.

In addition, FCPS has some breakfast bus routes set up for students in some areas. Please click on this link to see bus routes for the South County Community  Service time for buses are between 6:00 and 8:30 AM.

https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food/bus

 

  Beginning of Year Forms:

As we do each school year, we ask that all parents and/or guardians update the annual mandatory school forms. Updates to the following forms are all necessary for your students to begin school every year. Please note, all links should be accessed in Google Chrome.

Form Information

Emergency Care Form

Form required for all students. Completed via weCare.

Computer Opt Out Form

Only for students who are not taking a school computer. 

 

 

SR&R Acknowledgement Form

 

 See below for more information. FCPS is collecting electronic submissions.

Software Parental Consent Form*

See below for more information. FCPS will be collecting electronic submissions. Please complete as soon as possible. 

After School Permission form

Here is the link.

 

 

 

https://forms.gle/xNQVhD3BzUNvYYJd8 please click this google link to register for the After School Program. Please see additional information below.

 

 

Health Form

FCPS requires a copy of this form for each student every school year. 

 

 

 

      Parent and Student Technology Support Portal:

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS has launched a Parent Technology Help Desk. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7:00 AM and 11 PM seven days a week.

 

FCPS has also set up a Parent and Student Technology Portal at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ to allow older students and parents/guardians to request technology help directly. When a support ticket is entered through the portal, it is auto-routed to the Tech Team at the appropriate site to expedite service.

 

Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology

APPLICATION DATE CHANGE: Thomas Jefferson’s application availability will move from August 31st to September 14th, 2020. The window will be open for three weeks until October 2nd instead of September 25th. This change reflects the shift of school opening on September 8. As any other changes become available, we will advise you on our school website and other news email to families. You may always check TJ’s website, https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions for current information.   

SCMS Thomas Jefferson HS Liaison: Jennice Johnson: JLJohnson2@fcps.edu

 

 

QUICK LINKS:

 

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

SCMS After School Program Starts Next Weed

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September 18th, 2020

 

Mustangs,

The South County Middle School After School Program is finally here!

The program begins Monday September 21st. Please see the schedule below. The program will operate Monday – Thursday between the hours of 2:30pm – 5:30pm. There will be more programming added as the school year goes on. The SCMS After School Program Schedule is also available on the grade level Google classrooms and the student info site. Students must join the club classrooms to participate in programs.

                                         

The Region 4 schools will be collaborating beginning in October to provide additional programming, these schools include SCMS, Lake Braddock, Robinson, Irving, and Frost. Clubs and activities will be provided by staff from all 5 schools. Any student from those schools are welcomed to participate. I will provide the complete Region 4 schedule at a later date.

 

If you have questions regarding the SCMS After School Program please use this form to submit questions to Mr. Woodby. He will respond to your fcpsschools.net account within 48 hours.

 

VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB – Ms. Wickham, Ms. Howard & Ms. Benner

Thursday 3:30pm – 4:30pm Virtual Book Club will play book-related games, chat all things books, and periodically read books together! Click here to join Virtual Book Club Classroom

 

SCMS FANTASY FOOTBALL TALK LIVE – Mr. Woodby, Mr. Schneider, Mr. Christ, Mr. McLeod

Wednesday 3:30pm – 4:30 Do you enjoy football!? Do you play fantasy football!? Please join us every Wednesday from 3:30 – 4:30 throughout the 2020 NFL football season as we discuss everything fantasy. It doesn’t matter if you participate in the SCMS Fantasy Football League or in a league with family and friends. We will discuss (Baller Alert! Sit’em or Start’em, Overrated or Underrated, Higher or Lower, Bold Predictions and much more!) Click here to join SCMS Fantasy Football Talk Live

 

THE CULTURE – Ms. Myree

Tuesday 2:30pm – 3:30pm

We are a club that recognizes and celebrates our diverse student population. We become more aware of our different cultures and seek to represent the uniqueness of them in equity through artistic expression, student-centered discourse, and by participating in school community events.

 Click Here to join The Culture Classroom

 

WALK & TALK – Ms. Pybus + Guest Staff

Tuesday & Thursday 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Take time to step away from your computer and take your device on the go Tuesday’s and Thursday’s after school from 2:30-3:30. Sign in, connect your headphones and voice chat with us while we move around and talk about different topics. We may even have special guests join us from time to time! Click Here to join Walk & Talk Classroom 

 

MATH COUNTS PROGRAM – Ms. Yun

Tuesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm

A national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, and "bee" style contests. In response to COVID-19 this year, there will be more contests and they will be held online. Click here to join the Math Counts Classroom

 

OKAY BOOMER Talk Show – Mr. Woodby, Ms. Pybus, Mr. McCormick, Mr. Schneider, Mr. Christ, Mr. McLeod

Thursday 3:30pm – 4:30pm

This show will be hosted by and All-Star cast to include Mrs. Pybus, Mr. Woodby, Mr. McLeod, Mr. Christ, Mr. McCormack, and Mr. Schneider. Students will have the opportunity to guide the show by submitting topics in a Google form. This is the show where we talk about everything and nothing at the same time. There will be fun trivia, fun polls, and Kahoot games. This show promises not to disappoint. Click here to join the Okay Boomer Talk Show Classroom

 

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD – Ms. Stanton, Ms. Carr, Ms. Wesselman

Thursday 3:30pm – 4:30pm

This is a program that allows you to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics! No tryouts necessary! Each month there will be a theme that is connected to a popular Science Olympiad subject like Epidemiology or Space. Students will have access to watch interviews with leading experts in the field about careers and workforce. 

Students will also have the option to participate in STEM Showdowns on an individual basis. These are national-level online Science Olympiad tests students take in real time to gauge knowledge against their peers, complete with prizes (a Top 25 National MY SO Medal and computer sticker!).

 Click here to join the Science Olympiad Classroom

 

ART CLUB - Mr. Singh

Monday & Wednesday 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Art club will focus on both traditional drawing and also digital exploration of tools. Students will follow along with Mr. Singh as he teaches how to draw accurately with skill and style. There will be club projects and also free art days where students can decide what they would like to create with the help of Mr. Singh. If building your drawing or digital skills are an interest for you, this is the club to choose. Click here to join the Art Club Classroom

 

Stay Tuned!

More to come in October!!

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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

SCMS/FCPS Opt Out Information

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FORMS TO OPT OUT – FCPS

September 16th, 2020

Each year FCPS provides our families with forms that allow them to opt their students out of participation in surveys, the use of student photos, segments of Family Life Education and other school activities. This News You Choose message will provide you with direct links to the FCPS web pages that explain the opt out policies AND gives you links to the various forms. General Opt-Out Information

The 2020-21 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms flier is now online at https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/registration/opt-out-forms

Any parent or guardian who objects to his or her child’s participation in any or all of the following activities should complete and return the appropriate form(s) to South County Middle School:

  • Release of information about the student for the school yearbook
  • Release of directory information about the student to persons and organizations outside FCPS. Please note that we/the SCMS PTSO will not publish a student directory this year.
  • Use of the student’s image, voice, or name in film, video, website, social media or broadcast.
  • Student participation in the school counseling program.
  • Release of information for commercial purposes.

 

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

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

Students in grades 7-8 participate in FLE instruction through their health and physical education course. Student receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE Instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all or lessons. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, non-punitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. Instruction occurs at various times for the instructional units during the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the school year. Please contact your child’s Health and Physical Education teacher for specific dates of FLE instruction. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year please print these forms from the FCPS web site: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle. Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to SCMS prior to Family Life Education Instruction. Our fax number is 703-690-5597. You may also scan a copy to your child’s PE teacher OR send an email to your child’s PE teacher stating which lessons you would like your child to be opted out of. The form is not necessary.

 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions (lesson objectives and descriptive statements) are available for each grade level at Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education, Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available online in FCPS 24-7 Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media titles online. Grade level-specific lessons and media are also available for review at your child’s school. Grade level-specific lessons are available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media).

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to providing age-appropriate instruction in the very important topics included in Family Life Education. We look forward to working as your partner in providing information that will help your child make healthy choices related to the exciting changes and new challenges he/she will be facing in the next few years. For more information or questions regarding the FLE program, please contact Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or email Carrie Reynolds at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

 

 

 

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 Newsletter - September 14th, 2020

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September 14th, 2020

The Mustang Newsletter

 

Dear SCMS families,

We had a fantastic first week of school at South County MS.  Students demonstrated outstanding attendance and engagement in classes.  Teachers provided engaging activities focused on building community and generating excitement around content.  Despite some connectivity issues on Friday, classes continued, and great learning happened.  I continue to be proud of the flexibility, resilience and positivity of our students and staff in the virtual learning environment. Thank you for your ongoing partnership, collaboration, and positive support.

Thank you to all the families that attended the South County Pyramid listening forum on race this past Wednesday. It was powerful to collaborate with the community about the important issues that effect the learning experiences of our K-12 students. As a principal group, we pledge to continue the conversation as the year progresses.

Monday Procedures:

All SCMS students will have a live check-in with their 3rd period Learning Seminar/Advisory period teacher every Monday morning.  This is a required activity for all students!  Teachers will share important school announcements and check in with students to support their learning for the week.

Individual teachers will hold additional office hours for student support Mondays.  Students should check their teachers' schedules and procedures for attending office hours.

Back to School Night, September 21, 2020

The SCMS staff is very excited to connect with families to build relationships and share curriculum next week. Look for a mailed invitation to BTSN coming soon! You may also “meet” the teacher through asynchronous videos beginning at noon using this link: https://bit.ly/35urkQm

You will be able to access live, synchronous Q&A sessions with administrators and staff using this link: https://bit.ly/3klVeuv   Last names A-K 6:30 to 7:15 PM. Last names L-Z 7:30 to 8:15 PM.

If you have questions you’d like to have answered at BTSN please submit them in advance at: https://bit.ly/2ZtLPZv.

I welcome your feedback, suggestions and questions. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki, Principal

@pakownacki

  Upcoming Dates:
  • September 17th. Alpha Academy Mentoring Program Kickoff. See below.
  • September 21st. Elective class packet distribution and instrument rental. Be sure to watch for an email from your electives teachers! Students in electives courses who need specialized supplies or instruments to complete first semester coursework will be notified by their individual teachers about SCMS distribution on this date.
  • September 21st Back to School Night – virtual. See Principal Kownacki’s message at the beginning of this newsletter for links.

 

 

SCMS Library Offering Curbside Pickup:

Readers rejoice! Students can now check out books to take home from the South County Library. We're offering curbside pickup every Monday from 7:30-10:30 AM and 3:30-6:30 PM. Requests are made in advance: books selected by Thursday night will be ready the following Monday. Students must log into our library catalog (instructions here) with their fcpsschools account to place a hold.

All pickups will take place at the school, so be sure students can get a ride or can get there independently. Curbside will take place behind the school at Entrance 6and we'll have signs out to help direct you. Books can also be returned to the school during curbside hours.

 

 

Alpha Academy Mentoring Program Kickoff:

Parents and Students - Welcome to school year 2020-21 and another year of Alpha AcademyAlpha Academy is the mentoring program for middle school boys at SCMS sponsored by the gentlemen of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The program is moving into its 3rd year at SCMS and is open to all interested middle school young men. The program focuses on the principles of leadership, character development, community service and scholarship. Please access the information below to join the virtual kickoff meeting and find out how to register your student for participation in this wonderful program.  Point of Contact:  Kathy Reese, SCMS Director of Student Services,  kareese@fcps.edu or Mr. Stan Wright, Alpha Academy Coordinator, stan4himnow@gmail.com

Topic: Alpha Academy - SCMS Parent/Student Kick-Off

Time: Sep 17, 2020  6:00 PM Eastern Time 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/97143307964?pwd=TUdCY2c3d3duS3VXemYwazlIWTBDdz09

 

Meeting ID: 971 4330 7964

Passcode: 802154

  Grab and Go Food Sites and Breakfast Bus Routes:

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. The service will be available Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM only.  

New for this fall:  breakfast and lunch meals for Saturdays will be distributed at all sites and bus routes each Friday.

South County area Grab and Go centers are Burke School, Lorton Station ES, Oak View ES, South County High School.

In addition, FCPS has some breakfast bus routes set up for students in some areas. Please click on this link to see bus routes for the South County Community  Service time for buses are between 6:00 and 8:30 AM.

https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food/bus

 

Beginning of Year Forms:

As we do each school year, we ask that all parents and/or guardians update the annual mandatory school forms. Updates to the following forms are all necessary for your students to begin school every year. Please note, all links should be accessed in Google Chrome.

Form Information

Emergency Care Form

Form required for all students. Completed via weCare.

Computer Opt Out Form

Only for students who are not taking a school computer. 

 

 

SR&R Acknowledgement Form

 

 See below for more information. FCPS is collecting electronic submissions.

Software Parental Consent Form*

See below for more information. FCPS will be collecting electronic submissions. Please complete as soon as possible. 

After School Permission form

Here is the link.

 

 

 

https://forms.gle/xNQVhD3BzUNvYYJd8 please click this google link to register for the After School Program. Please see additional information below.

 

 

Health Form

FCPS requires a copy of this form for each student every school year. 

 

 

 

Parent and Student Technology Support Portal:

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS has launched a Parent Technology Help Desk. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7:00 AM and 11 PM seven days a week.

FCPS has also set up a Parent and Student Technology Portal at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ to allow older students and parents/guardians to request technology help directly. When a support ticket is entered through the portal, it is auto-routed to the Tech Team at the appropriate site to expedite service.

 

Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology

APPLICATION DATE CHANGE: Thomas Jefferson’s application availability will move from August 31st to September 14th, 2020. The window will be open for three weeks until October 2nd instead of September 25th. This change reflects the shift of school opening on September 8. As any other changes become available, we will advise you on our school website and other news email to families. You may always check TJ’s website, https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions for current information.   

SCMS Thomas Jefferson HS Liaison: Jennice Johnson: JLJohnson2@fcps.edu

 

 

QUICK LINKS:

 

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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Back to School Forms for 2020-2021

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September 9, 2020

  BACK TO SCHOOL FORMS   Dear SCMS families,

We are still trying to find the right balance between making sure our families have the information they need from us but also trying not to overwhelm you with emails. We will continue to try to cut back on the number of eNotify and News You Choose messages we send but will still need to share information required by FCPS

 

Thank you to the families who have already submitted Emergency Care and Health forms to us. We apologize that all forms were not ready before school started, but we believe this is now a complete list. This information can also be found on our website

As we prepare to (virtually) open schools this fall, we ask that all parents and/or guardians update the annual mandatory school forms. Updates to the following forms are all necessary for your students to begin school every year. Please note, all links should be accessed in Google Chrome.

Form Information

Emergency Care Form

Form required for all students. Completed via weCare.

Computer Opt Out Form

Only for students who are not taking a school computer. 

 

 

SR&R Acknowledgement Form

 

 See below for more information. FCPS is collecting electronic submissions.

Software Parental Consent Form*

See below for more information. FCPS will be collecting electronic submissions. Please complete as soon as possible. 

After School Permission form

Here is the link.

 

 

 

https://forms.gle/xNQVhD3BzUNvYYJd8 please click this google link to register for the After School Program. Please see additional information below.

 

 

 

 

Health Form

FCPS requires a copy of this form for each student every school year. 

 

 

 

EMERGENCY CARE FORM:

This form provides us with the most up to date information concerning contact information and address information for your student. Required by FCPS. If you are unable to access the form through WeCare you may print a copy ( https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se3.pdf ) and mail/fax/email a copy to SCMS.

 

COMPUTER OPT OUT FORM:

We strongly encourage your student to check out a laptop from FCPS which is preloaded with software specific to FCPS student learning.

 

PARENT DIGITAL TOOL PERMISSION APPLICATION:

At SCMS, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://southcountyms/fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

 

SR&R ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM: Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the link in the forms box above.  

One form should be filled out for each student.

 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM PERMISSION FORM:

Any student who wishes to participate in the South County Middle School After School Program must have a registration form on file. The registration form allows participation in ASP events the entire year. This year’s program will be all virtual. The program begins Monday September 21st. More information will be shared during Learning Seminar/3rd period on September 15th. The MSASP is completely voluntary but students are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Woodby at cwwoodby@fcps.edu.

 

 

HOW TO RETURN FORMS TO SCMS:

  • Submit through the Google link (After School, SR&R, Software Parental Consent) or WeCare (Emergency Care) whenever possible.
  • Mail to SCMS, 8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079
  • Fax to 703-690-5597
  • Email to Maria Perry, AA at mperry@fcps.edu (good through 9/20/20 only)
  • Drop forms in the box outside the front door of entrance 1.    
 

 

QUICK LINKS:

 

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 Mid-week Information Share

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TWO TIME SENSITIVE MESSAGES FROM SCMS   SCMS FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE

AN EVENT SPONSORED BY THE SCMS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

SIGNUPS OPEN TODAY AND END AT NOON TOMORROW

 

September 2, 2020

 

Hello Mustangs,

 

Are you excited that the NFL Football Season is almost here?!

 

The SCMS After School Program will be hosting four fantasy leagues with a maximum of twelve teams in each league. We will use ESPN Fantasy Football to manage our leagues. The four commissioners are Mr. Schneider, Mr. Christ, Mr. McLeod, and Mr. Woodby. Students may register to participate by clicking on the google link below and filling out the google form.

Only 48 spots are available - please register now to reserve your spot. Once participants have been selected Mr. Woodby will contact you using your FCPSSCHOOLS.NET email. Registration will only be open on September 2nd and September 3rd. Registration will end Thursday September 3rd at noon.

All live drafts will be hosted on September 8th after 4:00 p.m. Mr. Woodby will contact you with specific draft times, league commissioner assigned, and provide you with your BBCU (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) links for your draft. There will be prizes for first, second, and third place in each league.

In conjunction with our fantasy football league, we will also host our SCMS Fantasy Football Talk Live Show on Wednesdays to talk everything fantasy football. We will discuss lineups, start’em and sit’em players, sleeper players, and much more.

You don’t have to be a part of the SCMS Fantasy Football League to participate in the talk show. If you participate in a league with family members or friends, you are welcome to join us and get as much fantasy football insight as possible to take your league by storm. The talk show will begin Wednesday September 14th (exact time still to be determined). If you are interested in participating in only the talk show please email Mr. Woodby at cwwoodby@fcps.edu.

Here is the link to sign-up for the SCMS Fantasy Football League. Please contact Mr. Woodby with any questions. https://forms.gle/Lbywq5QabFzbLdwz8

 

PLEASE NOTE: STUDENTS MUST HAVE PARENT PERMISSION TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. PARENTS OF STUDENTS WHO SIGN UP SHOULD SEND AN EMAIL TO MR. WOODBY AT CWWOOBY@FCPS.EDU TO LET HIM KNOW THEY ARE ALLOWING THEIR STUDENT TO PARTICIPATE.

 

 

 

DEADLINE TO ORDER SPIRIT WEAR IS FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 4TH

The South County Middle School Spirit wear web store is OPEN through Friday, September 4th.

To view and purchase spirit wear items go to www.SelectSpiritwear.com and click on our school name on the left hand side.

Please note orders cannot be accepted after midnight on Friday, September 4th.

It is IMPORTANT that when you order, you must choose the “USPS” option at checkout so that the items are delivered directly to you.

Order now to get comfortable clothes that show your school spirit!

 

 

 

 

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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Student Attendance Reminders for SCMS

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Student Attendance for the 2020-21 School Year

FCPS welcomes new and returning families for the 2020-21 school year. Our September 8 virtual opening poses some interesting challenges, so we hope this will help families understand the new attendance routines.

In Virginia, public school students aged 5-18 are required to attend school regularly. That is true whether FCPS is offering distance learning or in-person instruction. Teachers will take attendance during learning sessions and ensure that all students are counted. Parents can assist with this process by doing the following:

  • Ensuring that their student(s) logs in to classes on time, and throughout the day.
  • Calling or emailing the SCMS school attendance line if their student(s) are unable to participate:
  • Reporting any hardship, such as student illness or any issue that might prevent the student from participating regularly.
  • Returning phone calls or emails when notified that their student(s) did not participate that day.
  • Ensuring that your student(s) submit activity logs as directed.

If your child is unable to login to live, face-to-face online instruction with their teacher, the teacher will be recording the class and posting the video within Blackboard/Google Classroom so it can be viewed at a different time. The video can also be used to provide review for all students.

If a parent calls and indicates their student will not be there for a certain class period, they are excused for the class period. Accessing the material later will not change the status of the absence.

If there is no parent contact, and the student failed to log in, the student is unverified for that class period. FCPS bases attendance for secondary students on “present” one or more periods of the day, and reports which periods a student did not appear in class.

FCPS staff members will work with parents to ensure that the transition to virtual learning is as smooth as possible. Help us to help you set your students up for success.

Difficulty logging into FCPS? The Parent Technology help desk may be able to assist: 833-921-3277 or https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ Communicating any concerns to the school, such as difficulty logging in or having access to FCPS classes.

 

More information about attendance is available online

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SCMS - Correction - Monday Laptop Distribution

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August 28th, 2020

The Mustang Newsletter Correction for 8/31 laptop distribution

 

Dear SCMS families,

 

I apologize – In the Mustang Newsletter sent out earlier this morning I gave incorrect distribution times for Monday, August 31st in the Upcoming Dates section. The distribution time was correct in the information further down the page but we don’t want anyone to show up at 8:30 AM on Monday since our volunteers will not be on site at that time.

The correct time is listed below:

 

Maria Perry

South County Middle School

 

 

Laptop Distribution Schedule:

Laptops have been distributed to most of our students in the past two weeks. Please remember that your student should accompany you to the laptop pick-up since your student will need to sign in with his/her student ID number and create a new password. Our final scheduled distribution date is scheduled for Monday by last name. If you were not able to make your assigned time slot, please email the appropriate assistant principal; 8th grade- Mr. Mitchell (jshaltermanm@fcps.edu) or 7th grade- Ms. Hendershot (MEHendershot@fcps.edu). 7th grade families will enter the field/Kiss N Ride entrance. 8th grade families will enter from the cafeteria side (closer to the traffic circle).

  • Monday 8/31 from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM: last names R-S
  • Monday 8/31 from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM: last names T-Z

 

 

 

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 Newsletter

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August 28th, 2020

The Mustang Newsletter

 

Dear SCMS families,

We’ve been sending you frequent emails during the past few weeks. We know it is a LOT. But we want to be sure that this information is reaching all our families. If you are new to SCMS you should be expecting regular communication from us via email as a way to share updates and upcoming events. We will also post this information on our website.  

Upcoming Dates:
  • August 28th. Friday. Middle School 101-virtual. 3:00 PM See information below.
  • August 31st. Virtual Mustang Roundup – schedules will be emailed.
  • August 31st – Monday. Laptop distribution – please bring your student.
    • 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM last name R through S
    • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM last name T through Z
  • September 3rd. Student Orientation - virtual. See information below.
  • September 2nd. Student schedules can be accessed in StudentVue/ParentVue
  • September 8th First day of school
  • September 21st Back to School Night – virtual. Links will be sent as we get closer to that date.

 

MS 101 Parent Orientation (Virtual) – today at 3:00 p.m.

Are you curious about the virtual start to the year? Do you wonder what Mondays will look like? Do you want tips in organizing your virtual workspace? The administrative team, in collaboration with the student services department will be hosting an information session TODAY, August 28th at 3:00 PM, using BlackBoard 1 Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) to answer these questions and many more! The session will provide information to help prepare families for the start of the virtual year and provide clarifying details about items on the Virtual Gameboard. Log on using this link to attend the meeting. You may also submit questions in advance using this link. We look forward to seeing you!

  Beginning of School Year Forms

A separate News You Choose will be sent next week with reminders/information about the school forms that are required each year. So far this year we are asking for the Emergency Care form, the Health Form and a Software Parental Consent form. We are testing the links to these forms and should be sending out this information early next week.

 

Laptop Distribution Schedule:

Laptops have been distributed to most of our students in the past two weeks. Please remember that your student should accompany you to the laptop pick-up since your student will need to sign in with his/her student ID number and create a new password. Our final scheduled distribution date is scheduled for Monday by last name. If you were not able to make your assigned time slot, please email the appropriate assistant principal; 8th grade- Mr. Mitchell (jshaltermanm@fcps.edu) or 7th grade- Ms. Hendershot (MEHendershot@fcps.edu). 7th grade families will enter the field/Kiss N Ride entrance. 8th grade families will enter from the cafeteria side (closer to the traffic circle).

  • Monday 8/31 from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM: last names R-S
  • Monday 8/31 from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM: last names T-Z
Virtual Student Orientation

Have your students mark their calendars for our virtual orientation on Thursday, September 3 at 10:00 AM. The program will be run through your student’s 3rd period (advisory) teacher. Our goal is to provide students with an opportunity to engage with staff and their peers, ask questions, and work on skills that will help them have a successful first day of school. 3rd period teachers will be reaching out to families on September 1st and September 2nd to invite them to the virtual orientation session. Stay tuned for more information!

 

Weekly Schedule

Full Day Fully Virtual Middle School Schedule (Grades 6-8 or 7-8).

 

SIS ParentVUE Account

The SIS ParentVUE Account (Student Information System ParentVUE Account) is the FCPS secure solution for accessing information about your child's attendance, class performance, demographic data, and links to FCPS 24-7 information. 

Your child's schedule will be available in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE on September 2nd, at 6:00 AM. 

Parents who have not had an activation key generated previously will receive a mail from the central office with their new activation code. If you forgot your password, please visit "Forgot Password" in the resources link to reset your password.  

FCPS 24-7 Learning Resources

SIS ParentVUE Resources

SIS ParentVUE Mobile App

FCPS Communication Tools

 

SCMS Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO)

Do you want to be involved and help SCMS? Find out all about the PTSO and join at www.scmsptso.org.  All funds from PTSO memberships go DIRECTLY towards your students and teachers. The PTSO has funded many events for our students and provided classroom mini-grants for teachers. Please consider joining and/or making a tax deductible donation.

 

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 4th. Please choose the mail to your home option. .

 

Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology

APPLICATION DATE CHANGE: Thomas Jefferson’s application availability will move from August 31st to September 14th, 2020. The window will be open for three weeks until October 2nd instead of September 25th. This change reflects the shift of school opening on September 8. As any other changes become available, we will advise you on our school website and other news email to families. You may always check TJ’s website, https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions for current information.   

SCMS Thomas Jefferson HS Liaison: Jennice Johnson: JLJohnson2@fcps.edu

 

Materials Review Committee

We are seeking parent volunteers to serve on our Materials Review Committee. Committee members will read or watch the texts that teachers submit for approval to ensure that it is age appropriate for students. We will also meet monthly to discuss the texts prior to completing the required forms.

Please reach out to Maggie Wickham at mpwickham@fcps.edu if you are interested in serving on the committee this year.

 

QUICK LINKS:

 

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 SCMS PTSO WELCOMES YOU!

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Join the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO)

@ South County Middle School for 2020 – 2021!

 

Our purpose is to support, promote, and strengthen the education process for all students through active communication and collaboration between school, home, and the community. Everyone is invited to be part of this process. 100% of membership dues actively support this mission by providing resources for student recognition, instructional materials, staff development, team building, and other school events beyond what the FCPS budget allows.

In addition to joining the PTSO, you can support our school by:

1) Clipping & sending in your unexpired Box Tops.

2) Designating SCMS for your Giant A+ Bonus Card at www.giantfood.com/aplus - our school ID is 1808. 

3) Getting involved by volunteering your time and talent. As we start school virtually, we need your support to come up with creative and out-of-the-box ideas to engage with students and teachers!

This year looks quite a bit different from what we’re all used to, so the likelihood of these events taking place are all up in the air, but the following are examples of events held in previous years:

  • SCMS Spirit Wear – an online spirit wear store will be available mid-August will only be open for ~ 2 weeks. Get your South County spirit wear that will carry you from SCMS to SCHS. Please be sure to select the “ship to me” option when ordering to ensure delivery. SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SPIRIT WEAR!
  • Unity Day – school activities scheduled to show we are united against bullying
  • PTSO Membership Meetings
  • Annual Staff vs. Student Basketball Game
  • Teacher Appreciation Week in May
  • 8th Grade End of the Year Celebration

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PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU CANNOT ACCESS MEMBERSHIP THROUGH THE WEBSITE, YOU MAY ALSO MAIL IN A CHECK TO SCMS (8700 Laurel Crest Dr, Lorton, VA 22079)

SCMS PTSO 2020-2021 Membership Application

Join online at www.scmsptso.org and click on “PTSO Membership” on the left navigation pane. The following information will be requested during the application process.

Choose Membership Level:        

Family $25            Adult $10            Student $5            SCMS Faculty/Staff $5

Optional Donation Amount (100% tax deductible):

$15            $25           $50             Other $ _____________

Provide Adult Member Name: __________________________

Phone: ___________________

Additional Adult Member: ____________________________

Phone: ___________________

SCMS Student Name(s) & Grade: __________________________ /___

Street Address: _____________________________________________ City/Zip: ______________________

E-Mail Address(es): Used for PTSO volunteer opportunities, the e-newsletter & other PTSO business only. It will never be sold or given away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The South County Middle School Spirit wear web store is OPEN through Friday, September 4th.

To view and purchase spirit wear items go to www.SelectSpiritwear.com and click on our school name on the left hand side.

Please note orders cannot be accepted after midnight on Friday, September 4th.

It is IMPORTANT that when you order, you must choose the “USPS” option at checkout so that the items are delivered directly to you.

 

Order now to get comfortable clothes that show your school spirit!

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Annual Scoliosis Information from SCMS

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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, translations and other important health information can be found 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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SCMS Laptop Distribution Reminder

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LAPTOP DISTRIBUTION REMINDER

August 17, 2020

Dear SCMS Families-

As we prepare for a virtual start to the school year, technology access is key to a smooth and equitable start. As we shared in two previous emails, each student will be issued a laptop for the 2020-2021 school year. Here are the details to the SCMS distribution plan.

We ask that you provide a printed and signed copy of the forms listed in the box below when you come to school to pick up your child’s laptop on the designated pick-up day. Please refer to the laptop plan sent out as an eNotify message on August 5th, posted on our web page (https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/) or see the mini version at the end of this News You Choose communication.

Form Information

Emergency Care Form

Form required for all students. Completed via weCare.*

Health Form

Only for students with medical concerns.    

Computer Opt Out Form

Only for students who are not taking a school computer. 

Software Parental Consent Form:

FCPS will be collecting electronic submissions. Link coming soon.

 

 

*Please note, to access WeCare you will need to access your SIS Parent account. If you need help setting one up, please email Ms. Sherri Perper for assistance at SLPerper@fcps.edu If you are locked out of your SIS parent SIS account please click on https://sisparent.fcps.edu/PVUE/PXP2_Login_Parent_OVR.aspx?regenerateSessionId=True and Choose the “forgot password” option (or other options) from the dropdown menu.

Distribution Schedule:

Laptops will be distributed to students by last name. If you are unable to make your assigned time slot, please email the appropriate assistant principal; 8th grade- Mr. Mitchell (jshaltermanm@fcps.edu) or 7th grade- Ms. Hendershot (MEHendershot@fcps.edu).

  • Tuesday 8/18 from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM: last names A-Boykin
  • Tuesday 8/18 from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM: last names Bracey-D
  • Friday 8/21 from 8:30 AM-11:30 AM: last names E-Hashem
  • Friday 8/21 from 1:00PM-4:00 PM: last names Hebert-K
  • Monday 8/24 from 8:30 AM-11:30 AM: last names L-M
  • Monday 8/24 from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM: last names N-Q
  • Monday 8/31 from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM: last names R-S
  • Monday 8/31 from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM: last names T-Z

Distribution - drive through plan:

  • Rising 7th grade students will queue in their cars in the Kiss and Ride loop. Devices will be distributed near door 1 (Main entrance). We ask that 7th grade families approach SCMS from the South County HS side of Laurel Crest Road.
  • Rising 8th grade students will queue in their cars in the bus loop. Devices will be distributed near door 1 (Main entrance). We ask that 8th grade families approach SCMS from the traffic circle side of Laurel Crest.
  • Once greeted by an SCMS staff member, it will take approximately 10 minutes to log on the device and cache it for your student’s use. The entire process will take place in your car while accessing the school’s WiFi network.

 

FCPSOn Password Information:

FCPS network passwords will be reset to a generic password in order to expedite the checkout process.  Students will use the temporary password in order to generate a new password of their choice.  Please come prepared with a new password. As a reminder, this password will be the same password your student will use to log into their FCPSOn laptop, FCPS 24-7 Blackboard, Google fcpsschools.net, and SIS StudentVUE accounts. 

  • FCPS Password Requirements
    • Never used before
    • Has at least one number
    • Has at least one upper case letter
    • Between 8-10 characters
    • Cannot use first name, last name or student ID
    • Cannot use any previous FCPS passwords

Fee to Support FCPSOn:

FCPSOn provides equitable access to technology and to instructional practices that support students' development of Portrait of a Graduate attributes

As part of the initiative, all middle and high school students will be issued a laptop for learning. An annual technology support fee of $50 will be charged to middle and high school students. This fee will help ensure students have access to the technology they need by defraying the cost to repair and replace equipment, ensuring all students have the necessary laptops for testing, and providing back-up laptops as a substitute as needed. All students will need access to the same software, which might not be compatible with personally-owned laptops. (Please see the website link below for FAQs.) The technology support fee is included in the superintendent’s FY 2021 Approved Budget.  Elementary students will be receiving laptops for virtual learning this year, due to the pandemic.  These laptops are not a part of the FCPSOn initiative and elementary students will not be assessed the fee.  

Students who have Free and Reduced status and have given consent to share their FRM status for a waiver or reduction of the technology support fee will be charged $25 for Reduced status; the fee will be waived for Free status. Some special education students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) require assistive technology services or accommodations. In those instances, no fee will be charged.

Parents will be invoiced for the technology support fee in October 2020 via Myschoolbucks.com. If you do not have a Myschoolbucks.com account yet, please create one now. It only takes a few minutes, and it’s easy to use. Special arrangements can be made for parents who would prefer to pay the fee in person. 

 Please visit the FCPSOn webpage for more about FCPSOn.

 

 

Opting Out of FCPSOn:

Students who wish to provide their own laptop in place of an FCPS issued laptop will complete and return a signed Opt-Out Form by September 30, to their school’s technology team. A personally owned laptop must have a keyboard and be compatible with Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office and must be compatible with the school Wi-Fi. Smartphones are not an acceptable substitution. School tech support will not be available for personally owned laptops. FCPS instructional applications are not licensed for installation on personally owned laptops. 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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SCMS Summer Newsletter - June 26th, 2020

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

 

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

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

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

 

Building Closed for Summer Break

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

Summer4Reading Challenge

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

 

Need to Speak with a Clinical Staff During the Summer?

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

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

 

Summer Grab and Go Food Distribution

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

  Report Cards in Documents module

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

 

 

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

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki Principal South County Middle School

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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SCMS Summer Newsletter - June 17th, 2020

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June 17th, 2020   A Note from Principal Kownacki

Dear South County Families and Students,

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

Congratulations and Farewell

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

      

Farewell to SCMS Faculty

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

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

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

 

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL – STAFF EDITION:

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

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

 

Summer4Reading Challenge

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

 

ARE YOU MOVING SOON?

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

 

SUMMER INFORMATION:

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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SCMS Community Forum for Students

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SCMS COMMUNITY FORUM

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

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

 

 

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