Mustang Weekly, June 7, 2024

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Hello Mustangs,

It has been a fantastic school year, and we thank you for your unwavering support of South County Middle School! With coursework completed and grades finalized, we are excited to celebrate our students' accomplishments. A few reminders: laptops have been collected, and backpacks will not be allowed Monday through Wednesday, except for small bags/purses for female students if needed. If your student will not be returning next week, please complete our attendance form (https://southcountyms.fcps.edu/attendance-form) so we can excuse the absence. Congratulations to our rising 9th graders, and we cannot wait to see our returning and incoming students next year. 

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

UPCOMING DATES Wednesday, June 12 - Last Day of School - Schools will be dismissed two hours early. South County High School Basketball Camp

Basketball Camp SCHS Flyer

‘24 Camp Flyer

Basketball Information/Registration

End-of-Year Reminders for Families

The end of the school year is one week from today! Please see some important reminders below:

  1. Remind your child to return all school library books and FCPS laptops. 
  2. Check your child’s MySchoolBucks account and pay any balances. 
  3. Pick up any medications your child has been taking at school. A parent/guardian must pick them up in person.
  4. Bookmark the 2024-25 school year calendar to be ready for next year. 

Please contact your child’s school with any questions.

SOL Scores Posted in SIS ParentVUE

Families can find Standards of Learning (SOL) reports for spring testing in the SIS ParentVUE Documents section on or before the last day of school. Log in to your ParentVUE account to access the following:

  • For all students, the official SOL Score Report with overall and reporting category performance for all spring tests.
  • For grade 3-8 students, the SOL Growth Parent Report shows performance over time for state reading and math tests completed this school year.

Visit the FCPS website for additional information about spring assessment reporting practices and timelines.

INOVA Back to School Pediatric Health Fairs

Inova Cares Clinic (ICC) will provide children ages 5+ with free school entrance physicals and immunizations at summer health fairs for children on Medicaid or who are uninsured. The clinics will take place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, June 29, at ICC for Children - Manassas
  • Saturday, July 20, at ICC for Children - Herndon
  • Saturday, August 17, at ICC for Children - Falls Church

Appointments are required. No walk-ins will be allowed. Call 703-698-2550 for an appointment.

Ferias de Salud Pediátrica de INOVA para el regreso a clases

La Clínica Inova Cares (ICC) ofrecerá a los niños mayores de 5 años exámenes físicos y vacunas gratuitas para el ingreso a la escuela en las ferias de salud de verano para niños con Medicaid o que no tienen seguro. Las clínicas tendrán lugar de 9 a.m.-1 p.m. en las siguientes fechas:

  • Sábado 29 de junio, en ICC-Children - Manassas
  • Sábado 20 de julio, en ICC-Children - Herndon
  • Sábado 17 de agosto, en ICC Children - Falls Church

Se requiere cita previa. No se admiten personas sin cita previa. Llame al  703-698-2550 para concertar una cita.

Summer Fun for All! Summer Camps and Adapted Recreation

The Family Resource Center (FRC) has a list of dozens of summer camps including general camps, camps for students with a variety of needs, and camps for children of military personnel. 

They’ve also prepared a list of adapted resources, sorted by activity, that are inclusive for children and adults of various physical abilities. 

Learn more by calling 703-204-3941, emailing [email protected], or visiting the FRC webpage.

Spanish:Diversión para todos durante el verano Campamentos de verano y actividades recreativas adaptadas

El Centro de Recursos Familiares (FRC) tiene una lista con varios campamentos de verano, incluyendo campamentos generales, campamentos para estudiantes con diversas necesidades y campamentos para hijos de militares. También han preparado una lista de recursos adaptados, ordenados por actividad, que son inclusivos para niños y adultos con distintas capacidades físicas. Para más información, llame al 703-204-3941, envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected] o visite la página web del FRC.

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South County Middle School After School Program Parent Survey

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Hello Parents,

 

Please take a few moments to complete the SCMS After School Program Parent Survey. The data collected helps support funding for the after-school program. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

 

After School Program Parent Survey

Chris Woodby

South County Middle School After School Program Specialist

[email protected] 

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Mustang Weekly, May 31, 2024

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Hello Mustangs,

We are beyond excited for Student Appreciation and Spirit Week next week! Get ready for a jam-packed week with fun-filled activities to celebrate our incredible students, culminating in our 8th Grade Dance on Friday from 6:00-8:00 pm. Attendance remains essential, so please make every effort to be present and join in the festivities. We look forward to seeing everyone next week for a fantastic celebration of our students! As always, thank you for all you do, and please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns. Enjoy your weekend!

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

UPCOMING DATES

Friday, June 7 - 8th Grade Dance

Wednesday, June 12 - Last Day of School - Middle schools will be dismissed two hours early.

YEARBOOKS

Going, going, almost gone! The year is almost gone and so are our yearbooks. Order yours while supplies last @ Jostens.com.  On sale for $45.  

Upcoming PTSO Events 8th Grade Dance

Save the date! The 8th grade Royal Ball is coming soon for our graduating 8th graders. Tickets will be available for purchase on Tuesday, June 4 through Thursday, June 6 during lunches.

Anyone interested in helping with decorations or volunteering please email Karen McGuinness @ [email protected] is the sign up genius link for donations and volunteer slots for our dance. Although the students have chosen a theme of “Royal Ball” there is no dress code and we encourage the students to dress in whatever makes them feel comfortable.

Qualifications: 
  1. All library books are due Wednesday, May 29th.  Students have been receiving overdue notices to their fcpsschools email.  We currently have 500+ overdue books that we’d love to have returned!  If your student has lost their book, the replacement cost is $10 for hardcovers and $5 for paperbacks, payable using MySchoolBucks or in cash to the Library. 8th grade students with overdue books will not be able to purchase an 8th grade dance ticket. Questions? Reach out to the librarians: [email protected]
  2. Do you owe for a broken laptop screen or keyboard?  Do you owe any fees? Please pay in MySchoolBucks or see Ms. Beyreuther to pay by cash or check.
  3. Student in good standing from a behavior standpoint - any questions see Ms. Norris, the 8th grade Assistant Principal.
Student Insurance

Risk Management handles numerous claims involving students injured during the school day. Many parents mistakenly believe that FCPS is financially responsible for medical bills resulting from these injuries. However, FCPS does not provide medical insurance for students. Parents do have the option to purchase low-cost Voluntary Student Insurance through K & K Insurance Group. This insurance can be especially valuable for those without other coverage and can help families with existing insurance cover expensive gaps caused by deductibles and co-pays.

Coverage is available for purchase at any time during the school year.

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Mustang Weekly, May 24, 2024

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Hello Mustangs,

I did not want this month to pass without wishing everyone a Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We also extend a heartfelt thank you to our military members and their families this Memorial Day. As we wrap up our testing season, we are incredibly proud of the knowledge and skills our students have demonstrated. Keep up the fantastic work! Attendance remains important as we gear up for Student Appreciation Week (SAW), June 3rd through 7th. We want our students to take advantage of the fun activities to celebrate them! As we finalize the week, more details will be forthcoming in next week's Mustang Weekly and on Instagram: @southcountyms. As always, thank you for all you do, and please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns. Enjoy your weekend!

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

UPCOMING DATES

Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day - All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday

Friday, June 7 - 8th Grade Dance

Wednesday, June 12 - Last Day of School - Elementary and middle schools will be dismissed two hours early.

Going, going, almost gone! The year is almost gone and so are our yearbooks. Order yours while supplies last @ Jostens.com.  On sale for $45.  

Save the date! The 8th grade Royal Ball is coming soon for our graduating 8th graders. Anyone interested in helping with decorations or volunteering please email Karen McGuinness @ [email protected] The sign up genius will be going out soon for donations and volunteer slots for our dance. Although the students have chosen a theme of “Royal Ball” there is no dress code and we encourage the students to dress in whatever makes them feel comfortable.

Qualifications: 
  1. All library books are due Wednesday, May 29th.  Students have been receiving overdue notices to their fcpsschools email.  We currently have 500+ overdue books that we’d love to have returned!  If your student has lost their book, the replacement cost is $10 for hardcovers and $5 for paperbacks, payable using MySchoolBucks or in cash to the Library. 8th grade students with overdue books will not be able to purchase an 8th grade dance ticket. Questions? Reach out to the librarians: [email protected]
  2. Do you owe for a broken laptop screen or keyboard?  Do you owe any fees? Please pay in MySchoolBucks or see Ms. Beyreuther to pay by cash or check.
  3. Student in good standing from a behavior standpoint - any questions see Ms. Norris, the 8th grade Assistant Principal.
  Volleyball Interest Meeting

South County High School will be holding a volleyball interest meeting on Thursday, May 30th from 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM in Room F107/109.  Please use the Gym Entrance.

 

Remember to Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance!

It’s a busy time of year, and we know there are many priorities on your plate. As we approach the end of the school year, it is important to check your student’s MySchoolBucks account and pay any remaining school meal balance.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Families who earn less than 185% of poverty level qualify for free and reduced-price meals (FRM). However, an application must be completed and submitted each school year to receive that benefit. The application for the 2024-25 school year will be available this summer. 

If you have a current balance and think you may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals, please fill out the FRM application for the 2023-24 school year

 

Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE

Signing up for a SIS ParentVUE account helps you to support your child’s academic success. Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment scores. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. A SIS ParentVUE app is available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more. To create a new account, please contact Mrs. Boggan, [email protected], for an activation letter. 

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information

 

Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions. 

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Mustang Weekly, May 17, 2024

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Hello Mustangs,

We are excited to share that we have wrapped up our initial round of SOL testing and are currently in the make-up testing phase for students who missed them. We are incredibly proud of the results we have seen – a testament to the hard work and dedication your students and our teachers have put forth this school year. As we wind down the year, we ask that you please continue to prioritize attendance. We have some fun and exciting activities planned for Student Appreciation Week (more information coming soon!), and we want every student to be able to participate and celebrate their accomplishments. As always, thank you for all you do, and please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns. Enjoy your weekend! 

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

UPCOMING DATES

Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day - Schools & Offices CLOSED

Friday, June 7 - 8th Grade Dance

Wednesday, June 12 - Last Day of School - 2 Hour Early Release

Yearbooks

Going, going, almost gone! The year is almost gone and so are our yearbooks. Orders yours while supplies last @ Jostens.com.  On sale for $45.  

SoCo Summer Strings

Exciting news! SoCo Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 8-19, 8:30am-12:30pm, weekdays only. Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day. You can find more information and registration for camp at www.schsorchestra.org/soco-summer-strings. Early registration is from March 1-June 9, so reserve your student’s spot soon!

Upcoming Events 8th Grade Dance

Save the date! The 8th grade Royal Ball is coming soon for our graduating 8th graders. Anyone interested in helping with decorations or volunteering please email Karen McGuinness @ [email protected] The sign up genius will be going out soon for donations and volunteer slots for our dance. Although the students have chosen a theme of “Royal Ball” there is no dress code and we encourage the students to dress in whatever makes them feel comfortable.

Qualifications: 

  1. All library books are due Wednesday, May 29th.  Students have been receiving overdue notices to their fcpsschools email.  We currently have 500+ overdue books that we’d love to have returned!  If your student has lost their book, the replacement cost is $10 for hardcovers and $5 for paperbacks, payable using MySchoolBucks or in cash to the Library. 8th grade students with overdue books will not be able to purchase an 8th grade dance ticket. Questions? Reach out to the librarians: [email protected]
  2. Do you owe for a broken laptop screen or keyboard?  Do you owe any fees? Please pay in MySchoolBucks or see Ms. Beyreuther to pay by cash or check.
  3. Student in good standing from a behavior standpoint - any questions see Ms. Norris, the 8th grade Assistant Principal.
Lost & Found

We have many items in the main office, cafeteria, and gym that are unclaimed.  Are  you missing a jacket? Keys? Water bottle? Glasses? Jewelry?  Lunch Box?  If your child is missing something please have them stop by one of those 3 places. 

Student Bus Passes Offer Free Transportation All Year

All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass SmarTrip card to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE buses for free! With the pass, fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year. Learn more about the Student Pass. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall high schools, and Davis Center can ride Metrobus for free, in addition to the Fairfax Connector and City of Fairfax CUE. Visit the Fairfax County website for details and approved Metrobus routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Children 12 and younger ride for free on the Fairfax Connector with a paying adult

Free Fun for the Family at Healthy Together Fairfax

Healthy Together Fairfax is a free event by the community, for the community on Sunday, May 19, noon-3 p.m., at Franconia Park. It will feature healthy fun for all ages, focused on physical, environmental, social, and emotional wellness. Families are invited to check out a range of free activities including fitness classes, a mobile health van with screenings and vaccinations, guided trail walks, hands-on activities with community partners, storytime for children, guided meditation, carousel rides, and playgrounds.

Family Life Education Materials Available for Review

The recommended Family Life Education instructional materials are available for community review through Monday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m. View details and a feedback form

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow. We All Belong Here!

In FCPS, we all belong. From the first day of school, to the last day of school, every child matters. If your student is having a hard time finishing the year strong and attending school, please contact a trusted adult at the school—a teacher, counselor, or administrator. Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources

 

Asiste a la escuela hoy; para tener éxito mañana. ¡Todo Pertenecemos Aqui!

Todos pertenecemos a FCPS. Desde el primer día de escuela, hasta el último día de escuela, cada niño importa. Si su estudiante está teniendo dificultades para terminar el año con fuerza y asistir a la escuela, por favor contacte a un adulto de confianza en la escuela-un maestro, consejero o administrador. Visite FCPS’ sitio web para obtener más recursos sobre la asistencia

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Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid's Community Conversations - Reminder

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Dear South County Middle School Families,

Dr. Michelle Reid has been hosting Community Conversations and Employee Conversations  throughout the division since the fall of this school year. She is committed to getting to know our school communities. 

The dates for the final two Community Conversations are below. These events provide a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to connect with Dr. Reid, share concerns and ideas. She is there to listen and answer your questions. Your voice is important.

We invite you to register for one of the last two community conversations of the school year. Please register for a time and place that is convenient for you. Pre-registration is not required, but does help us plan.

Upcoming Community Conversations:

 

May 16, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

at Poe Middle School, 7000

Cindy Ln, Annandale, VA 22003  -

REGISTER  HERE

 

May 28, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

at Katherine Johnson Middle School,

REGISTER  HERE

 

Childcare and language interpretation services will be provided.

For more information please visit our website.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the last two Superintendent Community Conversations of the year.

Yours,

 

Geovanny Ponce, Ed.D.

Chief of Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools

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Mustang Weekly, May 10, 2024

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Hello Mustangs,

Thank you so much for your support during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week! We are truly grateful for everything you contributed to helping us celebrate our dedicated and exceptional staff. Additionally, this week was filled with our students completing their Science and Reading Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments, and we are so proud of their hard work. Our performing arts students enjoyed an exciting field trip to Busch Gardens today. On a different note, as we continue in this testing season, we want to emphasize the importance of school attendance. If you can, please schedule appointments and trips for non-testing days whenever possible, as it helps ensure students do not miss valuable instruction and can take their tests in a comfortable environment. As always, thank you for all you do, and please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns. Enjoy your weekend! 

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

UPCOMING DATES

Wednesday, May 15 - SOL Testing

Thursday, May 16- TGIT After School Event (see below) There will be late Buses

NO After School Program May 13-15.  The only day there will be late buses is on Thursday, May 16th for the PTSO Thank Goodness It’s Thursday Event. Upcoming PTSO Events

The PTSO is hosting The TGIT (Thank Goodness it's Thursday) after school event for students on May 16th from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  We will have  food, games, sports, dunk tank, gaming truck, a DJ and an Ice Cream Truck,  TIckets are $7.00 and include food and one ice cream.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  They can be purchased at lunch the week of the event or online here.

 

TGIT Tickets | South County Middle School PTSO (square.site)

 

8th Grade Dance

Qualifications: 

  1. All library books are due Wednesday, May 29th.  Students have been receiving overdue notices to their fcpsschools email.  We currently have 500+ overdue books that we’d love to have returned!  If your student has lost their book, the replacement cost is $10 for hardcovers and $5 for paperbacks, payable using MySchoolBucks or in cash to the Library. 8th grade students with overdue books will not be able to purchase an 8th grade dance ticket. Questions? Reach out to the librarians: [email protected]
  2. Do you owe for a broken laptop screen or keyboard?  Do you owe any fees? Please pay in MySchoolBucks or see Ms. Beyreuther to pay by cash or check.
  3. Student in good standing from a behavior standpoint - any questions see Ms. Norris, the 8th grade Assistant Principal.
Lost & Found

 Are  you missing a jacket? Keys? Water bottle? Glasses? Jewelry?  Lunch Box?  We have many items in the main office, cafeteria, and gym that are unclaimed. Please have your child come and check if they are missing something.

Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students

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Mustang Weekly, May 3, 2024

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Hello Mustangs,

We hope you have had a fantastic start to the month. May is a fun-filled time for us as we usher in Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, the testing season, and the progressive planning for end-of-year activities. In fact, our PTSO has been busy planning some exciting things for us. They include supporting Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, Family Bingo Night (May 10), TGIT (Thank Goodness It's Thursday) After-School Event (May 16), and the PTSO General Meeting (May 22). Therefore, please mark your calendars, as we hope to see you there. As always, thank you for all you do, and please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns. Enjoy your weekend!

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

UPCOMING DATES

Monday, May 6-Friday, May 10 - Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 7 - SOL Testing

Wednesday, May 8 - Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day

Thursday, May 9 - SOL Testing

Friday, May 10 - BINGO Night (see below)

Wednesday, May 15 - SOL Testing

Thursday, May 16- TGIT After School Event (see below)

SOL Reminder

As we prepare for SOL testing coming up, please check with your student to ensure they have (and can locate) their school-issued laptop charger.  It is imperative that students bring their fully charged laptop AND their charger to school every day, especially on testing days to ensure that their laptop stays charged throughout testing.  If your student cannot locate their charger, you will need to purchase a new one ($23) via MySchoolBucks or the main office.  As a reminder, SOL testing starts May 7th.

South County Summer Strings Camp

Exciting news! SoCo Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 8-19, 8:30am-12:30pm, weekdays only. Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day. You can find more information and registration for camp at www.schsorchestra.org/soco-summer-strings. Early registration is from March 1-June 9, so reserve your student’s spot soon!

Upcoming Events

Join us for Bingo Night on Friday May 10th. This is a family friendly event.  Doors open at 6pm and the fun begins at 6:30 pm.  Refreshments and Pizza will be available for purchase. $7.00 tickets include bingo cards for each game and a bingo marker.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or online here.  

Bingo Tickets | South County Middle School PTSO (square.site)

 

The PTSO is hosting The TGIT (Thank Goodness it's Thursday) after school event for students on May 16th from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  We will have  food, games, sports, dunk tank, gaming truck, a DJ and an Ice Cream Truck,  TIckets are $7.00 and include food and one ice cream.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  They can be purchased at lunch the week of the event or online here.

TGIT Tickets | South County Middle School PTSO (square.site)

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

The administration of South County Middle School wants to celebrate the wonderful staff members in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10).  Already we are providing our wonderful SCMS staff with a lunch on Wednesday and desserts on Friday.  To support additional surprises and treats throughout the week, please consider providing a donation and/or gift card to support daily teacher raffles. If you can donate, the best way is to use either Venmo or Zelle (QR Codes below) or you can send your donation to the main office in an envelope marked PTSO or give to any of the PTSO officers. Thank you for your support and please reach out to any of the officers if you have any questions.

Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders

Immunizations are required for all students entering 7th and 12th grades this fall. Visit the FCPS immunization webpage to learn about the required vaccines.  Caregivers should ask their private healthcare provider or the health department to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. 

It is important to schedule immunizations early in the summer, as seventh-grade students must submit documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin school in August. Twelfth-grade students must submit documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine.

Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

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Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

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The administration of South County Middle School wants to celebrate the wonderful staff members in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10).  Already we are providing our wonderful SCMS staff with a lunch on Wednesday and desserts on Friday.  To support additional surprises and treats throughout the week, please consider providing a donation and/or gift card to support daily teacher raffles. If you can donate, the best way is to use either Venmo or Zelle (QR Codes below) or you can send your donation to the main office in an envelope marked PTSO or give to any of the PTSO officers. Thank you for your support and please reach out to any of the officers if you have any questions.

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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

Mustang Weekly, April 26, 2024

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Hello Mustangs,

 We want to thank all our students, staff, and families for making Stress Less Spirit Week and our Month of the Military Child activities a success! Your enthusiasm and participation were amazing. Even though it's a busy time of year, seeing so much school spirit was wonderful. Next month, get ready for Staff/Teacher Appreciation Week – a chance to show our gratitude for their hard work. We'll also have SOL testing during May. It is hard to believe the school year will end in a month and a half. As always, thank you for all you do, and please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns. Enjoy your weekend!

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

UPCOMING DATES

Friday, May 3 - No School, Teacher Workday

Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10 - Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 7 - SOL Testing

Wednesday, May 8 - Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day

Thursday, May 9 - SOL Testing

Wednesday, May 15 - SOL Testing

SOL Reminder

As we prepare for SOL testing coming up, please check with your student to ensure they have (and can locate) their school-issued laptop charger.  It is imperative that students bring their fully charged laptop AND their charger to school every day, especially on testing days to ensure that their laptop stays charged throughout testing.  If your student cannot locate their charger, you will need to purchase a new one ($23) via MySchoolBucks or the main office.  As a reminder, SOL testing starts May 7th.

🙋 Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Visit our website for attendance resources

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times
  • Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Register for an in-person forum by clicking on one of the following dates: 

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

 

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Mustang Weekly, April 19, 2024

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Hello Mustangs,

This week has been a whirlwind of celebration and learning! We proudly celebrated Purple Up! for Military Children, explored future possibilities during Stallions for Success, learned from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and saw our 8th graders make a difference through the 8th Grade Day of Service. We are so proud of how our students participated in these diverse and impactful events – it's been a week that embodies character, community, and curiosity. As always, thank you for all you do, and please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns. Enjoy your weekend!

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

UPCOMING DATES

Friday, April 19 - Staff vs Student Volleyball Game, 6:30 PM

Monday, April 22 - Stress Less Week Begins

Friday, May 3 - No School, Teacher Workday

Tuesday, May 7 - Science SOL

Wednesday, May 8 - Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day

Thursday, May 9 - Reading SOL

Wednesday, May 15 - Math SOL

Stress Less Week 

Next week will begin “Stress Less Week”. Before we embark upon our annual Standards of Learning (SOL) testing season, we will have a spirit week.

Monday, April 22 - Wear workout gear and stay active

Tuesday, April 23 - Wear a floral or tropical themed shirt

Wednesday, April 24 - Wear pink and spread positivity

Thursday, April 25 - Every Mustang Matters - wear SC spirit wear/colors

Friday, April 26 - Wear pajamas or comfy clothes

Report Cards

Third-quarter report cards are now available through ParentVue and StudentVue. If you are having difficulty accessing your student's report card please contact our Student Services Assistant, Ms. Boggan, at [email protected].

Math SOL Letters to Students

The SCMS Math teachers are seeking your support! We are planning to surprise students with encouraging letters on the morning of their Math SOL. We would love for these notes to come from family members / important people in their lives. To streamline this process and track who has letters, we are asking families to complete one Google form entry with their words of encouragement and support. Please click on the link below and respond no later than Friday, April 26th so we have enough time to ensure letters are ready for students before the math SOL. We are limited to one response per student per household, so please work together if multiple family members would like to contribute. Remember, this is a surprise, so please don’t mention it to your student(s)!

https://forms.gle/qwhjPRuSrF8zrghk6

For families with multiple students at SCMS, please email Molly Miller ([email protected]) directly to be able to submit another form.

School Health Services Satisfaction Survey  April 15 - 26, 2024

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Health Services invites parents/guardians of FCPS students to participate in a survey requesting feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community.

FCHD employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in FCPS. To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians who interact with the school health rooms. The survey will open on April 15, 2024 and will remain open until April 26, 2024. The survey should take approximately five minutes to complete.

 

Submit your survey.

Speech and Hearing Clinic

There will be a speech and hearing clinic sponsored by the Fairfax County Health Department.  Please click on this link for more information.

Link in Spanish

 

Community Forums on Middle School           Start Times
  • Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Register for an in-person forum by clicking on one of the following dates: 

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start

 

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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

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Hello Mustangs,

It has been an exciting month and week. As you may know, April is the Month of the Military Child! We honor the strength and resilience of our military families and thank them for their service. Additionally, we celebrated National School Librarian Week this week and showed appreciation to our amazing librarians for all they do. Finally, our 8th graders took the IRW today and did a phenomenal job, and this is just a snapshot of the week! As always, we are so grateful for your support, and please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns. Enjoy your weekend!

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

UPCOMING DATES

Wednesday, April 17 - PURPLE UP DAY

Friday, April 19 - Staff vs Student Volleyball Game

Friday, May 3 - No School, Teacher Workday

Math SOL Letters to Students

The SCMS Math teachers are seeking your support! We are planning to surprise students with encouraging letters on the morning of their Math SOL. We would love for these notes to come from family members / important people in their lives. To streamline this process and track who has letters, we are asking families to complete one Google form entry with their words of encouragement and support. Please click on the link below and respond no later than Friday, April 26th so we have enough time to ensure letters are ready for students before the math SOL. We are limited to one response per student per household, so please work together if multiple family members would like to contribute. Remember, this is a surprise, so please don’t mention it to your student(s)!

SOL Letter

For families with multiple students at SCMS, please email Molly Miller ([email protected]) directly to be able to submit another form.

Athletic Physicals for Middle School Sports

Athletic physicals are required for middle and high school student-athletes.  Beginning May 1, 2024, FCPS high schools will offer athletic pre-participation physical exams for students interested in middle school sports during the 2024-25 school year.   These events serve as the primary fundraiser for our high school athletic training programs and each exam costs $50.  Rising middle school students are eligible to receive a physical at no cost although donations to the HS athletic training program are welcomed.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged; walk-in appointments may not be available.  You can register here: Student registration.  Once your registration is received, the school’s athletic trainer will contact you to confirm your appointment time.  Athletic physical exams must be completed on this form: FCPS Middle School Sports Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form (PPE).

If you are a medical professional (MD, DO, NP, PA, ATC, PT, EMT, etc.) interested in volunteering your time in support of these events, please register to help out: Volunteer registration.

School Health Services Satisfaction Survey  April 15 - 26, 2024

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Health Services invites parents/guardians of FCPS students to participate in a survey requesting feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community.

FCHD employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in FCPS. To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians who interact with the school health rooms. The survey will open on April 15, 2024 and will remain open until April 26, 2024. The survey should take approximately five minutes to complete.

 

Submit your survey.

Kids Fitness

Research shows children copy the behavior of adults in their life. If parents are physically active, the children will be active too. Exercise burns calories, which assists in maintaining ideal weight. 

Fit adults and children exercise 60 minutes per day.

KEEP MOVING TO STAY IN SHAPE TIPS

  • Plan daily family activities and make exercise fun.
  • Limit screen time to 1 to 2 hours per day.
  • Encourage play outside with other children.
  • Assign chores that involve activity such as cleaning or walking the dog.
  • Help your children find physical activities they enjoy.

Remember, making a healthy change takes time and don’t expect perfection.

Mental Health in Childhood 

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with children’s physical and mental health. Mental health disorders such as ADHD and anxiety are the most commonly diagnosed in children, which commonly occurs together. Anxiety are feelings of worry, apprehension or dread that something bad is going to happen. Children diagnosed with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or be overly active. Early diagnosis and appropriate services for children and their families can make a difference in the lives of children with mental health disorders.

Anxiety related triggers are lonely and frightening emotional responses related to situations, persons, places or objects. Today’s sources of stress for our students include: increased coursework and graduation requirements, extracurricular activities, household responsibilities, and social media. Social media has been a great way to increase connection and communication, but for our young people it contributes to shorter attention spans and information overload. Signs of anxiety include appearing worried, irritable or nervous, restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, along with physical symptoms such as sleeping problems, headaches, and stomach aches. It is understandable for a parent to be worried because figuring out what to do is hard. Here are five simple ways to respond to teens with anxiety:

  1. Recognize warning signs.
  2. Guide your child to take a few deep breaths to slow things down.
  3. Make sure your child understands you are available if they need to talk.
  4. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and avoid downplaying situations or issues.
  5. Help them come up with ways to deal with the situation next time.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: 571.423.4270.

Sources & Resources

The Anxiety Toolkit for Teens

Talk, They Hear You

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences

 

For Further Information & Support:

Catric W. Marshall, MS., LPC., CCC

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

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Mustang Weekly, April 5, 2024

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Hello Mustangs,

Welcome back to the 4th quarter! It may have been a short week, but it has been very productive. I am seeing fantastic effort and focus in our classrooms and hallways, so let us keep up this positive momentum and finish strong as we head into the final portion of our school year. As always, thank you so much for your support, and please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns. Enjoy your weekend!

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

UPCOMING DATES

Wednesday, April 10 - No School, Eid al-Fitr

Friday, April 19 - Staff vs Student Volleyball Game

Friday, May 3 - No School, Teacher Workday

 

April is the Month of the Military Child.  South County Middle School invites our military students and their families to a celebration breakfast on Thursday, April 18, 2024, from 8-9am.  FCPS defines military students as those with a parent or stepparent who is active-duty military, serving in the reserves or National Guard, or recently retired from service.

This will be a time for us to celebrate and honor the sacrifices made by our military students, and the commitment of their families.  We want to provide an opportunity for our military families to connect with each other and with our school community, as well as introduce our Military Family Life Counselor and celebrate our Purple Star School status.

Please RSVP using this google form.  If you are unable to attend but would still like your military student to participate, please email Melissa Shaffer [email protected].

Athletic Physicals for Middle School Sports

Athletic physicals are required for middle and high school student-athletes.  Beginning May 1, 2024, FCPS high schools will offer athletic pre-participation physical exams for students interested in middle school sports during the 2024-25 school year.   These events serve as the primary fundraiser for our high school athletic training programs and each exam costs $50.  Rising middle school students are eligible to receive a physical at no cost although donations to the HS athletic training program are welcomed.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged; walk-in appointments may not be available.  You can register here: Student registration.  Once your registration is received, the school’s athletic trainer will contact you to confirm your appointment time.  Athletic physical exams must be completed on this form: FCPS Middle School Sports Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form (PPE).

If you are a medical professional (MD, DO, NP, PA, ATC, PT, EMT, etc.) interested in volunteering your time in support of these events, please register to help out: Volunteer registration.

Rise Against Hunger

The 8th Grade Day of Service is just around the corner. We are still trying to raise money, $1,715, for Rise Against Hunger by April 15th. If you want to spread the word, feel free to share the link below with your family, friends, and on social media: http://tinyurl.com/RHSDonationSCMS.

Student Laptops

Effective after spring break South County Middle School will start charging students for broken assigned student laptops.  This will apply to damage above superficial wear and tear of the device.

Laptop

$444

LCD Screen Replacement

$80

Keyboard Replacement

$14

Laptop Fan

$6

Top/Bottom Cover

$30

Palm rest/Keyboard (all in one)

$52

Screen

$89

Please remind and work with your students to ensure that they are being responsible users of the school equipment.  Middle School students can be very rough on the equipment and we need them to be more responsible for their assigned laptops.  As a reminder you are able to opt your student out of the FCPSOn laptop program if you choose to.

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit  

Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

Foros Comunitarios sobre los Horarios de Inicio de las Escuelas IntermediasLas Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax están explorando opciones para ajustar los horarios de inicio de las escuelas intermedias e invitan al público a formar parte del proceso. En todos los foros se hará la misma presentación y se ofrecerán las mismas oportunidades para hacer comentarios. Por favor, asista al evento que mejor se adapte a su horario: 

La inscripción no es obligatoria, pero ayuda a planificar. Haga clic en la fecha del acto para inscribirse. Habrá servicio de interpretación y guardería. Más información sobre el proyecto de exploración de los horarios de inicio de la enseñanza media.  

Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

Attend a virtual information night to learn about Lexia on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will discover how FCPS is integrating this program into the classroom to support student literacy growth. Tips for supporting students at home will also be shared. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

📖 Noche de Lexia para Padres: Cómo Ayudamos a su Hijo a Aprender a LeerAsista a una noche de información virtual para aprender acerca de Lexia el martes, 9 de abril a las 6:30 p.m. Los participantes descubrirán cómo FCPS está integrando este programa en el aula para apoyar el crecimiento de alfabetización de los estudiantes. También se compartirán consejos para apoyar a los estudiantes en casa. Integrando Lexia en el currículo de alfabetización se alinea con el Acta de Alfabetización de Virginia, Acceso Equitativo a la Alfabetización de FCPS, y la Meta 3 del Plan Estratégico 2023-30 de FCPS, que apunta a que todos los estudiantes lean al nivel al final del tercer grado. 

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Mustang Weekly, March 22, 2024

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Hello Mustangs,

As a reminder, spring break is next week! Before the break, we want to thank the entire school community for your unwavering support. We are also thrilled to announce that the American School Counseling Association has awarded our counseling department the prestigious RAMP designation. This designation recognizes schools that deliver a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program, and it is a testament to our counselors' dedication to student success! As always, thank you so much for your support, and please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns. Enjoy your weekend!

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

UPCOMING DATES

Monday, March 25-Friday, March 29 - Spring Break

Monday, April 1-Tuesday, April 2 - Teacher Workdays, No School for Students

Wednesday, April 10 - No School, Eid al-Fitr

PE Spirit Wear

Please consider sporting some new South County Spirit Wear and helping the PE department fund new equipment! The online store is open now and closes Friday March 22nd before Spring Break! All orders will be delivered at school in April 😊

SCMS Spirit « Order School Stuff

College Partnership Program

Do you have a student in the 8th grade who wants to go to college? If so, they should consider applying to the College Partnership Program (CPP), which offers support as students explore the idea of going to college! While the original deadline to apply is March 15, 2024, SCMS 8th grade students can apply until March 22, 2024.

CPP offers programming to help prepare students and families from 9th grade all the way through applying to and enrolling in college, including:

  •         Academic counseling;
  •         College visits;
  •         Help with completing college and scholarship applications;
  •         Monthly meetings;
  •         Parent education sessions;
  •         SAT preparation classes;
  •         A summer overnight experience on a college campus; and
  •         News and information related to colleges and careers via Schoology. 

All students are eligible and encouraged to apply to this program, and are expected to meet the following requirements:

  •         Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in core classes
  •         Attend CPP activities
  •         Are willing to pursue advanced coursework
  •         Demonstrate leadership in school or community activities

The goal of the program is to systematically mitigate the impact of barriers to access and opportunity, and support students who are from populations that are historically underrepresented on college campuses. This includes students who are the first in their family to attend college in the U.S., English language learners, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities. 

Students can click HERE to apply, as the application will only work for a student’s fcpsschools.net account.

All applications will be submitted ONLINE ONLY. 

Student Laptops

Effective after spring break South County Middle School will start charging students for broken assigned student laptops.  This will apply to damage above superficial wear and tear of the device.

Laptop

$444

LCD Screen Replacement

$80

Keyboard Replacement

$14

Laptop Fan

$6

Top/Bottom Cover

$30

Palm rest/Keyboard (all in one)

$52

Screen

$89

Please remind and work with your students to ensure that they are being responsible users of the school equipment.  Middle School students can be very rough on the equipment and we need them to be more responsible for their assigned laptops.  As a reminder you are able to opt your student out of the FCPSOn laptop program if you choose to.

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

Updated COVID Recommendations

In accordance with the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) respiratory virus guidance, FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department have updated school COVID-19 recommendations.

The COVID-19 isolation period of five days is no longer recommended

New respiratory virus guidance applies to respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Students who have symptoms of, test positive for, or have been diagnosed with a respiratory virus may return to school when the student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND the student’s symptoms have improved or resolved. 

Students should follow additional precautions as outlined by the CDC after resuming normal activities.

Should I Send My Child to School?

Please refer to the chart on this attendance webpage if your child is experiencing symptoms or illnesses, and you are unsure if they should go to school. 

Thank you for helping to keep our students and staff healthy.

April 8 Solar Eclipse Safety Update

There has been an update to the original Solar Eclipse guidance that was shared in the March 8, 2024 InfoGram. Schools should continue to encourage indirect viewing (solar projectors, pinhole projectors, watching the NASA livestream).  Direct viewing with ISO 12312-2 approved glasses is also a safe option.  It is important that any glasses used have this specific label on them. The use of sunglasses or other dark eye coverings are not approved.

We continue to encourage schools to inform their communities of proper eye safety during the eclipse. Please see references on the Solar Eclipse Resources FCPS website link.

 

El propósito de estos seminarios web es apoyar y capacitar a los padres para que establezcan relaciones sanas y seguras con sus hijos (*apego) respondiendo de manera positiva y efectiva a las necesidades de sus hijos.

Parte 1 Añadir a tu calendario

  • ¿Qué es el apego?
  • Los diferentes estilos de apego y cómo impactan el futuro social y emocional de un niño.
  • ¿Qué influye en el tipo de apego que desarrollamos con nuestros hijos?

Parte 2 Añadir a tu calendario

  • ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mi hijo a sentirse seguro en nuestra relación padre/hijo?
  • Cuatro de los desafíos más comunes que puede presentar mi hijo durante el desarrollo emocional.
  • Estrategias para responder a estos desafíos sin afectar el desarrollo de un apego seguro.

 Presenter: Northern Virginia Family Service

  • Date: 5 de Abril  
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Format: Virtual

Register for this event

 

Creando Una Relacion con mi Hijo

Creating a relationship with Child

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Mustang Weekly, March 15, 2024

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Hello Mustangs,

Can you believe we are just one week away from spring break? Where did the time go? Additionally, we have some exciting news to share – our Concert Green Orchestra, Intermezzo Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band earned the highest rating in the State of Virginia, SUPERIOR, at their State Assessment Performances this past weekend! We know these talented students worked tirelessly to achieve this level of success, and we are so proud of them! As always, thank you so much for your support, and please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns. Enjoy your weekend!

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

UPCOMING DATES

Monday, March 25-Friday, March 29 - Spring Break

Monday, April 1-Tuesday, April 2 - Teacher Workdays, No School for Students

Wednesday, April 10 - No School, Eid al-Fitr

FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form

On Monday, March 18, South County Middle School parents/guardians will be sent an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form. This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program for principals and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism within the school.

The questionnaire will be administered between March 18 and April 5. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your feedback matters! 

PE Spirit Wear

Please consider sporting some new South County Spirit Wear and helping the PE department fund new equipment! The online store is open now and closes Friday March 22nd before Spring Break! All orders will be delivered at school in April 😊

SCMS Spirit « Order School Stuff

Food for Neighbors

Thanks to the incredible donation by Food for Neighbors we have food packs available for students to bring home for Spring Break.  If you would be interested in your student(s) receiving these please fill out the survey below. On the survey, please select if you prefer to pick it up during the week, or if you want it provided to your student at the end of the day Friday. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Payne at [email protected].

 

Food Packs

College Partnership Program

Do you have a student in the 8th grade who wants to go to college? If so, they should consider applying to the College Partnership Program (CPP), which offers support as students explore the idea of going to college! While the original deadline to apply is March 15, 2024, SCMS 8th grade students can apply until March 22, 2024.

CPP offers programming to help prepare students and families from 9th grade all the way through applying to and enrolling in college, including:

  •         Academic counseling;
  •         College visits;
  •         Help with completing college and scholarship applications;
  •         Monthly meetings;
  •         Parent education sessions;
  •         SAT preparation classes;
  •         A summer overnight experience on a college campus; and
  •         News and information related to colleges and careers via Schoology. 

All students are eligible and encouraged to apply to this program, and are expected to meet the following requirements:

  •         Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in core classes
  •         Attend CPP activities
  •         Are willing to pursue advanced coursework
  •         Demonstrate leadership in school or community activities

The goal of the program is to systematically mitigate the impact of barriers to access and opportunity, and support students who are from populations that are historically underrepresented on college campuses. This includes students who are the first in their family to attend college in the U.S., English language learners, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities. 

Students can click HERE to apply, as the application will only work for a student’s fcpsschools.net account.

All applications will be submitted ONLINE ONLY. 

Student Laptops

Effective after spring break South County Middle School will start charging students for broken assigned student laptops.  This will apply to damage above superficial wear and tear of the device.

Laptop

$444

LCD Screen Replacement

$80

Keyboard Replacement

$14

Laptop Fan

$6

Top/Bottom Cover

$30

Palm rest/Keyboard (all in one)

$52

Screen

$89

Please remind and work with your students to ensure that they are being responsible users of the school equipment. 

As a reminder you are able to opt your student out of the FCPSOn laptop program if you choose to.  However, we do have a laptop for everyone.

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Ramadan

As stated in the FCPS News, students will need parent/guardian permission to utilize the prayer room during instructional time. During Ramadan (March 11 – April 9), the preferred location for prayer (B106-Orchestra Room) will be available to students from 1:20-1:40p. Again, parent/guardian permission will need to be given and teachers will know if students in their class are participating. Please contact Jenny Payne ([email protected])  for any additional information or questions. 

Meditation and Silent Reflection Sign-up

Family Engagement Survey

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. 

Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy 
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from our partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!

🕛 Extended Hours at Immunization Clinics

To help parents/caregivers obtain vaccinations for their children, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will offer immunization clinics with extended hours:

Parents/caregivers should make an appointment, but a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Please call 703-246-7100 to schedule an appointment. 

Learn more about vaccinating your child and find community resources to support their health and well-being. 

Note: All students enrolling in public and private schools in Virginia are required to be adequately immunized per the Code of Virginia.

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Mustang Weekly, March 8, 2024

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Hello Mustangs,

We have had another fantastic week at South County Middle School. It was inspiring to speak with some of our Civics students this week as they finalized their Concerned Citizens Projects. The level of engagement and thoughtful solutions they presented were impressive. As always, thank you so much for your support, and please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns. Enjoy your weekend!

Justin Simmons | Principal | South County Middle School

UPCOMING DATES

Monday, March 25-Friday, March 29 - Spring Break

Monday, April 1-Tuesday, April 2 - Teacher Workdays, No School for Students

 FCPS Principal Evaluation

On Monday, March 18, South County Middle School parents/guardians will be sent an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form. This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program for principals and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism within the school.

The questionnaire will be administered between March 18 and April 5. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your feedback matters! 

Ramadan

As stated in the FCPS News, students will need parent/guardian permission to utilize the prayer room during instructional time. During Ramadan (March 11 – April 9), the preferred location for prayer (B106-Orchestra Room) will be available to students from 1:20-1:40p. Again, parent/guardian permission will need to be given and teachers will know if students in their class are participating. Please contact Jenny Payne ([email protected])  for any additional information or questions. 

Meditation and Silent Reflection Sign-up

Attendance

We are excited to share an upcoming attendance update for your student(s). Next week, you will receive an email detailing their current attendance record. We believe that strong attendance is one of the keys to unlocking your child’s full potential in middle school. That is why we want to work together to support your student’s success. This report will include total full-day absences, absences by class period, and tardies by class period. Let us work together to ensure a successful and fulfilling middle school experience for your student – remember, you can always view their daily attendance in ParentVue.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources

NJHS Snack Food Drive Announcement

NJHS, on behalf of LCAC, is sponsoring a snack food drive.  If you are willing to donate, please deposit items in boxes located in the front lobby, the top of the stairs, or by the cafeteria.  Items desired are:  trail mix, small bags of chips, sweet snacks such as, Rick Krispie Treats and fruit snacks, small drinks, granola bars, and protein bars.  Collection will start on March 1st and end on March 22nd.  

Young Scholar and Techstravaganza

Students who were identified in elementary school as being a Young Scholar and are currently a member of our SCMS Young Scholars Schoology Group have been invited to attend  Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18 between 10AM - 4PM. This event is planned by TJHSST students and incorporates hands-on activities and mind-blowing activities. If your student has a passion for STEM, this opportunity allows them to embark on their own STEM journey. 

To learn more about Techstravaganza, click here. If you are interested in attending with your family, please email Dana Gorman, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, at [email protected] by March 7 and include the words “Techstravaganza” in the subject line of your email.

April is the Month of the Military Child 

South County Middle School invites our military students and their families to a celebration breakfast on Thursday, April 18, 2024, from 8-9am.  FCPS defines military students as those with a parent or stepparent who is active-duty military, serving in the reserves or National Guard, or recently retired from service.

This will be a time for us to celebrate and honor the sacrifices made by our military students, and the commitment of their families.  We want to provide an opportunity for our military families to connect with each other and with our school community, as well as introduce our Military Family Life Counselor and celebrate our Purple Star School status.

Please RSVP using this google form.  If you are unable to attend but would still like your military student to participate, please email Melissa Shaffer [email protected].

✅ Take the Family Engagement Survey!

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open. Survey partner K12 Insight emailed a link to families on March 3 and again on March 6. Please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS practices to best support our students.

The survey is available in 10 languages. Parents/caregivers may stop by the front office to fill out a paper survey or complete the survey online. Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link. Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage

 

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Take the Family Engagement Survey! 
  • New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces
  • Solar Eclipse Resources

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today.  

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