Mustang Weekly, January 12, 2021

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Dear South County Middle School Families and Students,

This has been a week of unprecedented and unsettling events and I recognize now more than ever that it is important to stay connected and support one another as a school community.  The South County staff will continue to work to provide a safe place for all of our students and families to engage, dialogue, and learn from one another. We will continue to focus on the ways in which we take care of each other, through our actions and words. We strive to abide by our school motto to ensure that our students are Capable, Contibuting and Connected members of our 21st Century global society.  Please know that our teachers, counselors, administrators and clinical staff are all here for our students and families. Do not hesitate to reach out to us. I personally welcome your feedback, suggestions and want to hear your concerns.

Return To School Updates/Changes:

As I'm sure that you have heard, the FCPS School Board voted on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 to pause the planning to welcome students to in-person learning. The Board will revisit the planning process and timeline on February 2.  The decision to pause the plan generated a number of questions about what is supposed to happen over the next few weeks.  Here are our newest updates and a revised calendar:

  • South County MS will maintain its current bell schedule (reminder included below) while in-person learning is paused. The new bell schedule (that was sent last week) will be implemented when the revised Return To School timeline is developed and approved by the School Board. 
  • All groups are paused until a revised Return To School timeline is developed and approved by the School Board. 
  • January 19th and 21st are now designated as synchronous days (odd periods-SCMS Green Day) rather than asynchronous days.
  • Friday, January 22nd will be a synchronous day (even period-SCMS Blue Day) with a 2 hours early closing.
  • The SCMS administrative team will host a Return to School Town Hall prior to the return to in-person learning at a date TBD.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal South County Middle School

@pakownacki​​​​​​​

  • January 14 – Curriculum Night
  • January 18 - Martin Luther King Day – No School
  • January 20 – Inauguration Day – No School
  • January 22 – Two (2) Hour Early release – End of the Quarter
  • January 25 - Teacher Work Day
Curriculum Night for Current 7th Graders (Rising 8th Graders)

We will hold a virtual Curriculum Night on January 14th at 6:15 PM that will include information about the core pathways, as well as elective information. Students and Parents will have access to additional (Asynchronous) curriculum information before the live Curriculum Night event on January 14th. Mr. Kownacki sent an email that contains the links for this event.  Please reference this flier for more details about the event. Curriculum night flyer 2021.pdf 

TJHSST – Application Window

The application window for Thomas Jefferson will begin February 1, 2021 at 8:00 AM and close on February 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM. 

Please visit www.tjadmissions.org to submit your application and view the updated calendar. 

If you have any questions please reach out to Mrs. Johnson at jljohnson@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. 

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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Mustang Weekly, January 6, 2021

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Dear SCMS families,

I hope that you and your families enjoyed a restful and rejuvenating winter break! I certainly enjoyed time with my family, beautiful weather, and the opportunity to refine my pickleball skills with my new racket, and binging season 2 of The Mandolorian!

The calendar change to 2021 is not the only change occurring at SCMS. In the coming weeks we will change the bell schedule and welcome students back to the building for in-person learning. Some of this information changes regularly based on School Board directives and decisions. I will continue to communicate information as I learn it and explain the impact that it will have on our school.

Even though the calendar just turned over and there is much uncertainty about the remainder of the school year, we are already thinking about the 2021-2022 school year. I hope that you will be able to join us for curriculum night on Thursday, January 14, 2021. The synchronous session will discuss core curriculum options, honors vs. AAP, math sequencing, new course offerings in world languages, and other topics. At the conclusion of the synchronous session we invite families to learn about electives in an asynchronous format. My hope is that the information provided at curriculum night will provide you with the essential information to assist your student when selecting courses for the upcoming school year.

As always, thank you for your partnership and please reach out to me with any questions

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki, Principal

@pakownacki

Upcoming Dates
  • January 18 - Martin Luther King Day – No School
  • January 20 – Inauguration Day – No School
  • January 22 – Two (2) Hour Early release – End of the Quarter
Curriculum Night for Rising 7th & 8th Graders

We will hold a virtual Curriculum Night on January 14th at 6:15 PM that will include information about the core pathways, as well as elective information. Students and Parents will have access to additional (Asynchronous) curriculum information before the live Curriculum Night event on January 14th.

8th Grade Welcome to South County High School

On Wednesday, January 12th the 8th Graders will be doing a Live-Virtual Chat with their high school counselor.  This will be done during their Learning Seminar (9:05 AM – 10:25 AM). The middle school counselor will provide the students with the BBCU link.  The students will be provided with a lot of information as well as the opportunity to ask questions. 

 CLICK HERE to learn more about South County High School and how to register for your courses next year!

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology – Talks on STEM!

The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is launching a series of Diversity Talks webinars in January!  This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8. Join us to hear from people working in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. What sparked their interest in STEM? What did they study in school? What kinds of jobs do they do? What else would you like to know? 

Mark your calendars for Monday, January 11, at 6 p.m. to hear the first speakers of our Diversity Talk series: Suresh Shenoy, Neena Shenoy and Nikhil Shenoy. Suresh Shenoy, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, is a business leader and philanthropist who has contributed deeply to many aspects of the northern Virginia community. He was executive vice president at Alyx Technologies Inc., a Virginia-based consulting and technology services company. Mr. Shenoy was a founding member of the Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund and served on its board until 2002. Neena Shenoy is a Mechanical Engineer (Tufts University 1981 and MIT 1985) and founder of Technology & Engineering providing engineering services. She was involved in designing aircraft engines for GE and worked on the Space Shuttle program for NASA designing and installing Special Payloads. She has also provided program management in start up businesses here and in India. Nikhil Shenoy graduated from TJHSST in 2002, MIT in 2006 and the University of Chicago in 2014. After working at Goldman Sachs, Proctor and Gamble, and Kastle Systems, he is now CEO of Colvin Run Networks, a company that he started in northern Virginia to offer artificial intelligence and blockchain solutions to governments.  

Parents, register at this Zoom link: https://bit.ly/TJDiversityTalk1

Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

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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Mustang Weekly, December 15, 2020

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Dear SCMS families,

The celebratory spirit is in the air at South County Middle School. This week we announced the school-based winners in each of the categories for the FCPS Honors awards. Please help these marvelous mustangs move onto the next level of the competition by providing feedback. Please use the following links to share a story that will help us complete their nominations.  Student input is welcome!

Congratulations - SCMS Outstanding Employee Winners:

 

Outstanding Teacher: Maggie Wickham, English 8:

https://forms.gle/v58jSqqMD4DnAf9h9

Outstanding New Teacher: Ryan Christ, Math

https://forms.gle/Gb2roDpmGp1oVDkw9

Outstanding Leader:  Chris Woodby, After School Programs Specialist  https://forms.gle/yE92mk4reSq72gaq6

Outstanding Professional Employee:  Jen Barry, Technology Support Specialist https://forms.gle/kHYeisdTyUaLn29NA

Outstanding Operational Employee: Harold Simmons, Building Supervisor https://forms.gle/iQ7hQ3hjSQp5X2mEA

 

Lastly, from the entire SCMS team, I wish you a heart-felt Happy Holidays! Please take some time during the break to relax, recharge and spend time with loved ones. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!

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

 

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki, Principal

@pakownacki

Winter Break December 21, 2020 - January 1, 2021

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PTSO Glory Days Fundraiser

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South County Middle School PTSO Dining for Dollars Fundraiser

 

WHAT: A Great-Tasting Fundraising Event!

WHEN: December 12, 2020 – December 19, 2020                

WHERE: Glory Days Grill in Lorton

WHY: When you dine at a Glory Days Grill on your designated nights, we will contribute 10% of the food and beverages purchased to the South County Middle School PTSO. Bring your friends, family and neighbors! Simply ask your server for the itemized copy of your guest check (not the charge card receipt). Please hang onto your receipt and the PTSO will be in touch on how to retrieve the receipts.

Questions?  Call Amy Griffith: 703-965-1845

www.GloryDaysGrill.com

The 10% donation will not apply to guest checks that receive any coupon-specific discount or promotional certificate,

nor will it apply to sales tax. Group members may not solicit receipts from other diners, either inside or outside the restaurant, and 

disregarding this guideline may result in receipts being excluded from fundraiser. See Dining for Dollars Rules for full details.

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Mustang Weekly - December 1, 2020

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  • December 7 – School pictures & NJHS Food Drive
  • December 21- January 1 - Winter Break

 

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Food Drive

The South County Middle School Chapter of the NJHS is sponsoring a Packaged Food Drive on Monday, December 7 during Picture Day at SCMS.  You can drop off food between 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.  Please contact Ms. Sall (slsall@fcps.edu) or Ms. Ziegler (cmziegler@fcps.edu) with any questions.  Suggested donations include:  peanut butter, pasta & rice (prefer whole grain), whole grain cereal or oatmeal and any of the following canned items:  soup, fruit, vegetables, stew, fish, beans.  No glass containers, perishable or bakery items.

 

Holiday Gift Card Drive

The Student Services Department will be collecting gift cards for holiday assistance to support families in need within the South County Middle School community.  Drop off your gift cards in the main office (7:00 AM – 3:00 PM) between December 1st through December 16th. Please indicate the dollar amount on the back of the gift card.  If  you have any questions please contact Ms. Brodie at zbrodie@fcps.edu

Picture Day - December 7

Families are asked to use this link to schedule a time to get your picture taken.  South County Middle School: SCMS Picture Day  Please arrive as close to your assigned time as possible.

Parents will need to stay in the parking lot while students wait in line to get their picture taken – the line may be outside, so please dress appropriately.  Masks are required for students while in line and will be removed when seated for pictures.  Remember to stay 6 ft apart while in line. 

Students will Enter through Door 8 and Exit through Door 7

If you would like to order pictures please use the information below. 

Visit www.mylifetouch.com

Enter your Picture Day ID  EVTPZNG6J

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Mustang Weekly, November 23, 2020

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Dear Mustang Community-

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff of South County Middle School, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! This past week, I reminded our amazing teachers to not assign any work over the break or have large projects, tests, or assignments due upon return to school on Monday, November 30. Instead, this break should allow all member of the SCMS family (students, staff, administration, and community) to focus on the truly important things; spending time with family, relaxation and rejuvenation for the coming week, and staying healthy (and eating lots of pie!)

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

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki Principal @pakownacki

  • November 25th-27th (Wed-Thurs-Fri) Thanksgiving Holiday. No school for staff or students.
  • November 30th – School pictures
  • December 7 – School pictures & NJHS Food Drive

 

All school sites and bus routes will serve additional meals on Tuesday, November 24, as there will be no meal service between November 25 – 27, 2020.  An e-Notify communication was sent to households last week and the information is posted on the FCPS website.  Many Grab & Go sites are able to provide 7 days of breakfast and lunch tomorrow, Tuesday, November 24, and as a result, will resume meal distribution on Tuesday, December 1(but not all).  There is a detailed listing of meal availability by location and date here https://www.fcps.edu/node/42388

Lifetouch is doing School Pictures this year!

Families are asked to use the South County Middle School: SCMS Picture Day  link to schedule a time to get your child’s picture taken.  Please arrive as close to the time as possible.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a49a8ab2babfb6-scms

Parents will need to stay in the parking lot while students wait in line to get their picture taken – the line may be outside, so please dress appropriately.  Masks are required for students while in line and will be removed when seated for pictures.  Remember to stay 6 ft apart while in line. 

Students will Enter through Door 8 and Exit through Door 9

If you would like to order pictures please use the information below. 

Visit www.mylifetouch.com

Enter your Picture Day ID  EVTPZNG6J

Order your perfect package and don’t worry about returning anything on Picture Day!

After School Programs Registration Form

The After School Programs wanted to make sure all SCMS students have the opportunity to participate in our After School Program. Every student who participates in our Virtual After School Program must have a registration form on file. If/when we do return to in person school this form will be necessary as well. I am including the link to the SCMS ASP Registration form below. Please take five minutes to fill out the form. I greatly appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at cwwoodby@fcps.edu.

In addition, if you are active duty Army please check that box on the registration form. The Middle School After School Program receives additional funding to help support our program.

SCMS After School Program Registration Form

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Food Drive

The South County Middle School Chapter of the NJHS is sponsoring a Packaged Food Drive on Monday, December 7 during Picture Day at SCMS.  You can drop off food between 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM>  Please contact Ms. Sall (slsall@fcps.edu) or Ms. Ziegler (cmziegler@fcps.edu) with any questions.  Suggested donations include:  peanut butter, pasta & rice (prefer whole grain), whole grain cereal or oatmeal and any of the following canned items:  soup, fruit, vegetables, stew, fish, beans.  No glass containers, perishable or bakery items please.

LAST CALL - Looking for Volunteers for a Virtual Career Fair

On behalf of the students and staff at South County Middle School (SCMS), we cordially invite you to our annual Career Day! Although virtual, we will still host this event. Please fill out the link if you’re interest in displaying your career via video and PowerPoint. https://forms.gle/KWtnwywpUuRrTn76A

SCMS Career Day is designed to expose our students to the world of work. We have invited a wide-range of professionals to share their educational background, skills needed for their profession, and professional duties/experiences.  This year’s Career Fair will be a virtual event held through our Google Site.

We are asking that volunteers submit a video and supplemental age appropriate information for students to view. You’re welcome to take videos of your worksite, samples of materials used, and/or daily activities. In the past we've had presenters bring robotics, career related equipment from their career, STEM related puzzles, etc. These are a few examples of things you can show via your video.

Our Career Day would not be possible without your participation. If you have questions on how to submit your video, contact Maggie Spingler at mmspingler@fcps.edu or Zakiyya Brodie zbrodie@fcps.edu. The deadline to submit your video is Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Our hope is to engage students in career and post-secondary exploration.

The PTSO Board would like to introduce the two newest members:

Treasurer - Felicia West 

and

Secretary - Marisol Burnett

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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Mustang Weekly, November 16, 2020

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Dear Mustang Community-

In keeping with the theme of gratitude and thankfulness that is inherent to the month of November, I want to take this opportunity to recognize and celebrate our amazing staff at SCMS! Considering all the ups and downs, starts and stops of the past eight months, our staff has shown resilience, compassion, grace, and innovation. I am truly lucky to work with such a dedicated group of educators.

Each year, FCPS looks to honor the staff members that exemplify excellence in their roles including Outstanding Teacher (link), Outstanding New Teacher (link), Outstanding Leader (link) Outstanding New Principal (link), Outstanding Professional Employee (link) and Outstanding Operational Employee (link). Our goal is to choose an SCMS winner in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. I believe that our staff is truly unparalleled and that the work they do for our students deserves recognition beyond our building. Please take a few minutes to nominate a current or former Mustang that impacted the education and life of you and your student.

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

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

@pakownacki

  • November 25th-27th (Wed-Thurs-Fri) Thanksgiving Holiday. No school for staff or students.
  • November 30th – School pictures
  • December 7 – School pictures & NJHS Food Drive
Thanksgiving Gift Card Drive

The Student Services Department will be collecting gift cards to local grocery stores to support our families in need at South County Middle School.  Please drop off your donated cards to the Main Office by Wednesday, November 18th at 3:00 PM.  Please indicate the amount on the gift card.  Please contact jljohnson2@fcps.edu with any questions or if you need more information.

Throughout the school year, your student will be working with his or her counselor and Learning Seminar teacher to complete their Academic and Career Plan (ACP). On November 17th, our 7th graders will be completing the Strengths Explorer Assessment, and our 8th graders will be completing the Career Cluster Finder. This half-hour video begins by introducing college and career planning then demonstrates many Naviance items that will be completed this school year.   Exploring Naviance Student YouTube Video 2020  If you have any questions please reach out to Ms. Johnson at Jljohnson2@fcps.edu

After School Programs Registration Form

The After School Programs wanted to make sure all SCMS students have the opportunity to participate in our After School Program. Every student who participates in our Virtual After School Program must have a registration form on file. If/when we do return to in person school this form will be necessary as well. I am including the link to the SCMS ASP Registration form below. Please take five minutes to fill out the form. I greatly appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at cwwoodby@fcps.edu.

In addition, if you are active duty Army please check that box on the registration form. The Middle School After School Program receives additional funding to help support our program.

SCMS After School Program Registration Form

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Food Drive

The South County Middle School Chapter of the NJHS is sponsoring a Packaged Food Drive on Monday, December 7 during Picture Day at SCMS.  You can drop off food between 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM>  Please contact Ms. Sall (slsall@fcps.edu) or Ms. Ziegler (cmziegler@fcps.edu) with any questions.  Suggested donations include:  peanut butter, pasta & rice (prefer whole grain), whole grain cereal or oatmeal and any of the following canned items:  soup, fruit, vegetables, stew, fish, beans.  No glass containers, perishable or bakery items please.

*UPDATE* Grab-n-Go Meals

New bus route stops and times as of Monday, November 9 

 

Stop Arrival

Stop Departure

Stop Location

Schools Serving

10:23 AM

10:33 AM

Wasdale Head Drive & 5th Place

South County Middle & High Schools, Halley ES

11:21 AM

11:31 AM

Southrun Road & Silver Dale Road

South County Middle & High Schools, Halley ES, & Newington Forest ES

11:34 am

11:44 AM

9752 Hagel Circle

South County Middle & High Schools, Halley ES

11:45 AM

11:55 am

9617 Hagel Circle

South County Middle & High Schools, Halley ES

11:58 AM

12:08 PM

Cranford Street & Gunston Woods Place

South County Middle & High Schools, Laurel Hill ES

12:13 PM

12:23 PM

Gunston ES

South County Middle & High Schools, Gunston ES

12:49 PM

12:59 PM

Halley ES

South County Middle & High Schools, Halley ES

1:15 PM

1:25 PM

Laurel Hill ES

South County Middle & High Schools, Laurel Hill ES

 

Additional information can be found here Bus Route Meal Service Fall 2020 | Fairfax County Public Schools

Picture Day!! November 30 & December 7

 

Lifetouch is doing School Pictures this year!

Families are asked to use the South County Middle School: SCMS Picture Day  link below to schedule a time to get your child’s picture taken.  Please arrive as close to the time as possible.

South County Middle School Picture Day Link

Parents will need to stay in the parking lot while students wait in line to get their picture taken – the line may be outside, so please dress appropriately.  Masks are required for students while in line and will be removed when seated for pictures.  Remember to stay 6 ft apart while in line. 

Students will Enter through Door 8 and Exit through Door 9

If you would like to order pictures please use the information below. 

Visit www.mylifetouch.com

Enter your Picture Day ID  EVTPZNG6J

Order your perfect package and don’t worry about returning anything on Picture Day!

Virtual Career Fair We Need Volunteers

On behalf of the students and staff at South County Middle School (SCMS), we cordially invite you to our annual Career Day! Although virtual, we will still host this event. Please fill out the link if you’re interest in displaying your career via video and PowerPoint. https://forms.gle/KWtnwywpUuRrTn76A

SCMS Career Day is designed to expose our students to the world of work. We have invited a wide-range of professionals to share their educational background, skills needed for their profession, and professional duties/experiences.  This year’s Career Fair will be a virtual event held through our Google Site.

We are asking that volunteers submit a video and supplemental age appropriate information for students to view. You’re welcome to take videos of your worksite, samples of materials used, and/or daily activities. In the past we've had presenters bring robotics, career related equipment from their career, STEM related puzzles, etc. These are a few examples of things you can show via your video.

Our Career Day would not be possible without your participation. If you have questions on how to submit your video, contact Maggie Spingler at mmspingler@fcps.edu or Zakiyya Brodie zbrodie@fcps.edu. The deadline to submit your video is Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Our hope is to engage students in career and post-secondary exploration.

The Secretary and Treasurer positions for the PTSO are vacant. Please contact the Board if you are interested in volunteering at SCMSPTSO.President@gmail.com

Membership: All parents and caregivers, along with school faculty and students may become members.  100% of your membership dues are used to support a wide variety of South County Middle School programs that benefit our students, faculty and staff!

Joining the South County Middle School PTSO can be done online here.

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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After School Program

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Dear Mustang Community,

I hope this email finds you safe and well!  I wanted to make sure all South County Middle School students have the opportunity to participate in our After School Program.  Every student who participates in our Virtual After School Program must have a registration form on file.  If/When we do return to in person school this form will be necessary as well.  I am including the link to the SCMS ASP Registration form below.  Please take a few minutes to fill out the form.  I greatly appreciate your cooperation.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at cwwoodby@fcps.edu.

In addition, if you are active duty Army please check that box on the registration form.  The Middle School After School Program receives additional funding to help support our program.

SCMS After School Program Registration Form

 

Thank you,

Mr. Woodby

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Mustang Weekly - November 9, 2020

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Dear Mustang Community-

I hope that you and your family enjoyed the beautiful weather this past weekend, and adjusted to the time change! I know that my dog still hasn’t made sense of eating an hour later than he wants to eat! As the weather and clocks continue to change, we are still working hard to prepare our building and schedule for students to return to in-person learning. Students in Group 5 start during the week of November 16. We can’t wait to welcome more mustangs #HomeAgain to SCMS. As a staff we are busy learning about best practices in concurrent instruction (and have a field trip planned to see it in action this week at Irving Middle School), so that we can hit the ground running later this school year when more students return.

This Wednesday our students have a Two-Hour early release in observance of Veteran’s Day. Our schedule can be found on the website. To all our parents, guardians and faculty who have served our country, we thank you!

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki
Principal
@pakownacki

  • November 11th. Veteran’s Day - Two- hour early release.
  • November 13th – Report Cards mailed
  • November 25th-27th (Wed-Thurs-Fri) Thanksgiving Holiday. No school for staff or students.
  • November 30th – School pictures
  • December 7 – School pictures
*UPDATE* Grab-n-Go Meals

New bus route stops and times as of Monday, November 9 

*NEW* The meals will be provided at no cost for students through June 30, 2021. FCPS students are welcome to come to any of the sites or bus route stops to pick up a meal during these time periods.   

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.

Arrival times at bus stops may be delayed several minutes due to unexpected issues.

Additional information can be found here Bus Route Meal Service Fall 2020 | Fairfax County Public Schools

 

Stop Arrival

Stop Departure

Stop Location

Schools Serving

10:23 AM

10:33 AM

Wasdale Head Drive & 5th Place

South County Middle & High Schools, Halley ES

11:21 AM

11:31 AM

Southrun Road & Silver Dale Road

South County Middle & High Schools, Halley ES, & Newington Forest ES

11:34 am

11:44 AM

9752 Hagel Circle

South County Middle & High Schools, Halley ES

11:45 AM

11:55 am

9617 Hagel Circle

South County Middle & High Schools, Halley ES

11:58 AM

12:08 PM

Cranford Street & Gunston Woods Place

South County Middle & High Schools, Laurel Hill ES

12:13 PM

12:23 PM

Gunston ES

South County Middle & High Schools, Gunston ES

12:49 PM

12:59 PM

Halley ES

South County Middle & High Schools, Halley ES

1:15 PM

1:25 PM

Laurel Hill ES

South County Middle & High Schools, Laurel Hill ES

Picture Day is Coming  November 30 & December 7

Lifetouch is doing School Pictures this year!

Families are asked to use the South County Middle School: SCMS Picture Day link to schedule a time to get your child’s picture taken.  Please arrive as close to the time as possible.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a49a8ab2babfb6-scms

Parents will need to stay in the parking lot while students wait in line to get their picture taken – the line may be outside, so please dress appropriately.  Masks are required for students while in line and will be removed when seated for pictures.  Remember to stay 6 ft apart while in line. 

Students will Enter through Door 8 and Exit through Door 9

If you would like to order pictures please use the information below. 

Visit www.mylifetouch.com

Enter your Picture Day ID  EVTPZNG6J

Order your perfect package and don’t worry about returning anything on Picture Day!

Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! This year, our goal again is to choose South County Middle School winners in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. We know our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration beyond our building!

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

  • Outstanding Teacher
    • Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category. Link to nomination form.
  • Outstanding New Teacher
    • Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category. Link to nomination form.
  • Outstanding New Principal
  • Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a building principal (in any school/school district). Link to nomination form.
  • Outstanding Leader 
    • Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal). Link to nomination form. Link to nomination form.
    • Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services
  • Outstanding Professional Employee
    • Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership. Link to nomination form.
    • Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school
  • Outstanding Operational Employee
    • Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee. Link to nomination form.
    • Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, November 11, 2020

If you have any questions, please contact Miranda Hendershot at mehendershot@fcps.edu

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

8th grade students who are new to FCPS and South County Middle School who have met the 3.5 GPA requirement by the end of their 7th grade school year should contact the NJHS advisors to submit their child’s name for consideration as NJHS Candidates.    Please email Ms. Susan Sall at slsall@fcps.edu or Ms. Crista Ziegler at cmziegler@fcps.edu with your student’s name and student ID.  Verification of a 3.5 cumulative GPA or equivalent from the student’s 7th grade year will be required.

New Employment Opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

 

FCPS is Seeking Individuals to serve as Substitute Teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Looking for Volunteers for a Virtual Career Fair

On behalf of the students and staff at South County Middle School (SCMS), we cordially invite you to our annual Career Day! Although virtual, we will still host this event. Please fill out the link if you’re interest in displaying your career via video and PowerPoint. https://forms.gle/KWtnwywpUuRrTn76A

SCMS Career Day is designed to expose our students to the world of work. We have invited a wide-range of professionals to share their educational background, skills needed for their profession, and professional duties/experiences.  This year’s Career Fair will be a virtual event held through our Google Site.

We are asking that volunteers submit a video and supplemental age appropriate information for students to view. You’re welcome to take videos of your worksite, samples of materials used, and/or daily activities. In the past we've had presenters bring robotics, career related equipment from their career, STEM related puzzles, etc. These are a few examples of things you can show via your video.

Our Career Day would not be possible without your participation. If you have questions on how to submit your video, contact Maggie Spingler at mmspingler@fcps.edu or Zakiyya Brodie zbrodie@fcps.edu. The deadline to submit your video is Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Our hope is to engage students in career and post-secondary exploration.

The Secretary and Treasurer positions for the PTSO are vacant. Please contact the Board if you are interested in volunteering at SCMSPTSO.President@gmail.com

Membership: All parents and caregivers, along with school faculty and students may become members.  100% of your membership dues are used to support a wide variety of South County Middle School programs that benefit our students, faculty and staff!

Joining the South County Middle School PTSO can be done online here.

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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Dear SCMS Community-

We made it! One quarter down and three to go. I want to congratulate the students, staff and community on successfully completing the 1st quarter of the most unique school year ever! I continue to be inspired by the flexibility and GRIT exhibited by all Mustangs daily, especially the faculty. Please consider nominating one or more of our marvelous mustangs for an employee recognition award (details included in this communication).

As the first quarter draws to a close, I also wanted to remind you that SCMS adopted a rolling gradebook for this year. The rolling grade has many benefits, and I encourage you to re-familiarize yourself with the concept by reading about it HERE.

Lastly, I want to thank the families who attended the Return to School Town Hall on Wednesday evening. If you were unable to attend, or want to listen again, you can access the recording and presentation HERE. We are busily planning for the return on students to our hallways. We welcomed back 4 students the week of 10/23 and can’t wait to welcome back more.

We will honor the choice you made in the FCPS July survey to determine the setting for instruction. If you chose in-person instruction, we will assume your student(s) will return to in-person instruction. If you chose all-virtual instruction, we will assume you will continue in that format. If your circumstances have changed, please email Ms. Sherri Perper (slperper@fcps.edu) no later than Friday, November 6, 2020 to indicate your change in preference. There is no need to communicate if your decision will remain consistent with July's survey.

We will strive to minimize the impact of this transition; however, students may experience a change in schedule or class assignment as we work to accommodate preferences. 

Thank you for your support and partnership as we continue on this journey to deliver the best instruction for all FCPS students. 

 

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki Principal @pakownacki

  • November 3rd. Teacher Workday. No School for students.
  • November 11th. Two- hour early release. Veteran’s Day
  • November 13th – Report Cards mailed
  • November 25th-27th (Wed-Thurs-Fri) Thanksgiving Holiday. No school for staff or students.
  • November 30th – School pictures – Signup details coming soon
  • December 7 – School pictures – Signup details coming soon
Outstanding Employee Awards

It is that time of year again!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! This year, our goal again is to choose South County Middle School winners in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. We know our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration beyond our building!

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

Outstanding Teacher

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

Outstanding New Teacher

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

Outstanding New Principal

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

Outstanding Leader 

  • Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal). Link to nomination form. Link to nomination form.
  • Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee

  • Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership. Link to nomination form.
  • Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

  • Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee. Link to nomination form.
  • Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, November 11, 2020

If you have any questions, please contact Miranda Hendershot at mehendershot@fcps.edu

Report Cards

Parents and/or guardians can opt to “Go Paperless” at any time by logging into ParentVue, going into “My Account” and selecting “Go Paperless”. You will need to do this before November 6th to make sure you do not receive a printed copy of the first quarter report card. All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVue account and must select the paperless option to prevent the mailing of the report cards.

Looking for Volunteers for a Virtual Career Fair

 

On behalf of the students and staff at South County Middle School (SCMS), we cordially invite you to our annual Career Day! Although virtual, we will still host this event. Please fill out the link if you’re interest in displaying your career via video and PowerPoint. https://forms.gle/KWtnwywpUuRrTn76A

SCMS Career Day is designed to expose our students to the world of work. We have invited a wide-range of professionals to share their educational background, skills needed for their profession, and professional duties/experiences.  This year’s Career Fair will be a virtual event held through our Google Site.

We are asking that volunteers submit a video and supplemental age appropriate information for students to view. You’re welcome to take videos of your worksite, samples of materials used, and/or daily activities. In the past we've had presenters bring robotics, career related equipment from their career, STEM related puzzles, etc. These are a few examples of things you can show via your video.

Our Career Day would not be possible without your participation. If you have questions on how to submit your video, contact Maggie Spingler at mmspingler@fcps.edu or Zakiyya Brodie zbrodie@fcps.edu. The deadline to submit your video is Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Our hope is to engage students in career and post-secondary exploration.

The Secretary position for the PTSO is vacant. Please contact the Board if you are interested in volunteering at SCMSPTSO.President@gmail.com

 

Membership: All parents and caregivers, along with school faculty and students may become members.  100% of your membership dues are used to support a wide variety of South County Middle School programs that benefit our students, faculty and staff!

 

Joining the South County Middle School PTSO can be done online here.

Stallion Strong!

The South County Athletic Booster Club (SCABC) wants you to know that we are all in this together!  Stallions ride hard and fast through any challenge emerging stronger and better than before. Show your commitment by proudly displaying a STALLION STRONG car magnet or a yard sign. Both items are available for purchase through our online store.

Picture Day is Coming

November 30 & December 7 – More info coming soon

Visit www.mylifetouch.com

Enter your Picture Day ID EVTPZNG6J

Order your perfect package and don’t worry about returning anything on Picture Day!

 

 

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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Please join the South County Middle School Admin Team (Mr. Kownacki, Mr. Mitchell, Ms. Hendershot, & Ms. Reese for a Community Town Hall meeting regarding concurrent instruction on Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00 PM.  Here is the link to join the meeting Link to join the BBCU Session.

 If you would like to submit questions prior to the meeting please click on this link Link to pre-submit questions

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki Principal @pakownacki

Upcoming Dates
  • 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 13th – Report Cards mailed
  • November 25th-27th (Wed-Thurs-Fri) Thanksgiving Holiday. No school for staff or students.
Report Cards

Report cards will be mailed home on Friday, November 13th.  Parents and/or guardians can opt to “Go Paperless” at any time by logging into ParentVue, going into “My Account” and selecting “Go Paperless”.  You will need to do this before November 6th to make sure you do not receive a printed copy of the first quarter report card.  All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVue account and must select the paperless option to prevent the mailing of the report cards.

Stallion Strong!

The South County Athletic Booster Club (SCABC) wants you to know that we are all in this together!  Stallions ride hard and fast through any challenge emerging stronger and better than before. Show your commitment by proudly displaying a STALLION STRONG car magnet or a yard sign. Both items are available for purchase through our online store.

Teacher Office Hours

Teacher office hours are available for students to receive intervention, additional instruction, or ask questions. Parents should not attend office hours, this is for students only. If a parent would like to speak to one of their student’s teachers they will need to set up a conference directly with that teacher or through the student’s counselor. Please email them directly with any questions or concerns.

Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology

Thomas Jefferson is still working on a plan for the 2020 application process. We do not have a window for the application process at this time.  The next scheduled School Board Work Session to discuss additional changes is currently set for November 17th.  You may always check TJ’s website, https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admission for current information.   

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.

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.

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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Mustang Weekly October 20, 2020

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Dear Mustang Family-

As we embark on another week of virtual learning, we are excited to be in the planning phases of some small groups coming into the building in a few weeks. Our administrative team and teachers are working through logistics and it will be a new and welcomed energy to have students back in the building during the school day. I will continue to update you on additional plans to phase in students as the county develops them.

This week FCPS celebrates Digital Citizenship Week and SCMS celebrates Bullying Prevention Week. We have planned virtual spirit days and can’t wait to see the creativity from students and staff. On Wednesday, we join with many schools around the nation to celebrate Unity Day. we plan to host virtual lunches to provide students the opportunity to engage with peers in a virtual setting and continue to build community.

Lastly, it’s hard to believe, but the first quarter is quickly coming to a close. It will be important for students to stay updated on their grades through SIS StudentVue. Also, parents are able to see updated progress in SIS ParentVue. Let’s work to finish the quarter strong!

We hope that you are able to get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather.  As always, our teachers, counselors and administrators are here for you if you need anything. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki
Principal, SCMS
@pakownacki

 

Upcoming Dates
  • 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.

 

Digital Consent Form

 

At South County Middle School, 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. Please reach out to your child’s teachers first if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year or you may contact the grade level administrators Jon Mitchel (8th Grade Assistant Principal) or Miranda Hendershot (7th Grade Assistant Principal).

 

Teacher Office Hours

 

Teacher office hours are available for students to receive intervention, additional instruction, or ask questions. Parents should not attend office hours, this is for students only. If a parent would like to speak to one of their student’s teachers they will need to set up a conference directly with that teacher or through the student’s counselor. Please email them directly with any questions or concerns.

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

 

Thomas Jefferson is still working on a plan for the 2020 application process. They will post the press release containing links to all the School Board sessions/Town Hall meetings for parents to view.

Based upon the School Board Work Session discussion on October 6th, the school board consensus was that testing (Quant-Q, ACT Aspire Reading and Science) will be eliminated for this year, the application fee will be eliminated and there will be an increase in student enrollment at TJHSST.  We do not have a window for the application process at this time.  The next scheduled School Board Work Session to discuss additional changes is currently set for November 17th.  You may always check TJ’s website, https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admission for current information.   

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

 

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 on Mondays.  Students should check their teachers' schedules and procedures for attending office 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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Mustang Newsletter October 12, 2020

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Dear SCMS families,

I hope that students and families enjoyed the three-day weekend in celebration of Indigenous People’s Day! I spent my weekend at the soccer field rooting for my daughter’s team. I experienced the highs and lows associated with youth soccer! In heartbreaking fashion, they lost in the final of the tournament on Sunday night, 3-2. The pouring rain during the game made the loss even tougher. Even though the long drive home was not celebratory, I loved every minute that I was able to spend with her creating memories of an amazing weekend that will last forever. This is a great way to frame the importance of self-care and prioritizing family, especially during these unprecedented times. I encourage all Mustangs (students, staff and families) to make time for each other and create lasting memories! Have a great week at school!

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

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

@pakownacki

 

Upcoming Dates

.

  • 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.

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology:

Thomas Jefferson is still working on a plan for the 2020 application process. They will post the press release containing links to all the School Board sessions/Town Hall meetings for parents to view.

Based upon the School Board Work Session discussion on October 6th, the school board consensus was that testing (Quant-Q, ACT Aspire Reading and Science) will be eliminated for this year, the application fee will be eliminated and there will be an increase in student enrollment at TJHSST. We do not have a window for the application process at this time. The next scheduled School Board Work Session to discuss additional changes is currently set for November 17th. You may always check TJ’s website, https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admission for current information.  

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

 

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

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.  

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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Mustang Newsletter October, 5th 2020

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October 5th, 2020

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Dear SCMS Families-

As we start our 5th week of school, I want to send a heartfelt thank you to our staff, students and community for the hard work and dedication that the first month of school required. We truly have an amazing partnership. We have shown each other grace as we continue to navigate the new way of engaging with instruction.

Fall is in the air and it’s hard to believe that it is already October! I hope that you will find time to enjoy the cooler weather and take a break from the computer screen. As concerns arise, please do not hesitate to reach out to me!

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki Principal, SCMS

@pakownacki

 

 

PTSO Meeting Tonight  


Please join us tonight at 7:00 PM for our first PTSO meeting of the 2020-2021 school year. We will host the meeting on BlackBoard Collaborate Ultra. Please note that this is a change from the information that was presented at Back To School Night. We look forward to seeing you virtually!

Please use this link https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/376774296a6b40939bd343c9e50b8efc to join.  

 

Upcoming Dates:
  • October 11: Student holiday. No asynchronous work will be assigned
  • October 30: End of first quarter. Two-hour early release.
  • November 2: School Planning Day. No school for students.
  • November 3: Teacher Workday. No School for students.
  • November 11: Two- hour early release. Veteran’s Day
  • November 25-27 (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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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

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