Mustang Weekly, May 20, 2022

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Monday, May 30, Memorial Day, No School

 

Technology  South County Laptop Collection

The end of the year is fast approaching.  All students will be turning in their FCPS issued laptop and charger on Tuesday, June 7 or Wednesday, June 8.  Collection will take place during your student’s regularly scheduled HPE class.

  • If your student has lost their charger it is $23. Please do not purchase a replacement charger through outside stores or vendors they will not be accepted.
  • If your student has lost their laptop the cost is $481.

You can pay through www.myschoolbucks.com or with cash/check in the main office.

Note: payments made to www.myschoolbucks.com may take 24 hours for payment to register at the school.

 

8th Grade “Galaxy" Party to celebrate graduating from Middle School SAVE THE DATE: Friday, June 3rd from 6-8pm @ SCMS Cafeteria

We are planning an event to celebrate the accomplishments of our 8th graders and their promotion to High School!

Snacks, desserts, and a DJ will all be in the cafeteria; a variety of games will be in the lecture hall next door.

The SCMS PTSO is sponsoring the event and we will ask for donations soon from our parents to help support the event.  More to come next week (5/23)

Tickets are free but everyone must register ahead of time, only 8th grade SCMS students may attend

Students must be in good standing to attend and FCPS dress code applies

Registration will be made available to the students and the link will be posted next week (5/23).

Any questions please email [email protected]

Karen McGuinness

SCMS PTSO 8th Grade VP

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

Mustang Weekly, May 13, 2022

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DATES TO REMEMBER
  • May 17 - Math SOLs (ALL Levels) 
  • May 19 - Spring Carnival

 

 

News Show

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

 

Drop Off by Cafeteria

There have been some instances with cars dropping off students by the cafeteria, Door #3, to avoid the kiss and ride line.  Students are not permitted to be dropped off there.  Students must be dropped off in the Kiss and Ride Line at Door #1.  There was an incident earlier this week with a staff member trying to park when a parent was in a hurry to leave after dropping their student off and took the turn fast and went into her lane, nearly hitting the staff member.  Please exercise patience and come into the school parking lot at Door #1 to drop your student off. We are trying to keep the line moving as fast as we can.  The volume of cars in Kiss and Ride this year is much higher than in previous years. 

Library - 8th Grade Obligations

Parents, please take some time to check that your child doesn't have any outstanding fees or missing Library books. You can log into your MySchoolBucks account to check your shopping cart for any class fees currently owed. Library overdue notices have been sent to students and are also available to view in their Destiny account, so work with your child to locate and return any materials still out. The cost for a missing or damaged book is $10, and the fee can be paid using MySchoolBucks or by bringing payment to the school. 8th graders wishing to attend the end of year celebration must be in good standing with all financial obligations cleared from their accounts. Contact the Main Office if you have any questions about fees. Questions about overdue or missing books can be directed to the Library staff.

Technology 

South County Laptop Collection

 

The end of the year is fast approaching.  All students will be turning in their FCPS issued laptop and charger on Tuesday, June 7 or Wednesday, June 8.  Collection will take place during your student’s regularly scheduled HPE class.

  • If your student has lost their charger it is $23. Please do not purchase a replacement charger through outside stores or vendors they will not be accepted.
  • If your student has lost their laptop the cost is $481.

 

You can pay through www.myschoolbucks.com or with cash/check in the main office.

Note: payments made to www.myschoolbucks.com may take 24 hours for payment to register at the school.

 Spring Carnival

SCMS After School Program, SGA, PTSO is excited to announce the Spring Carnival on Thursday May 19 from 2:15-4:30pm. All current SCMS 7th and 8th grade students are invited to attend. This is a student-only event. After school buses will be available for students that require transportation.

Tickets are $8 and covers costs associated with event activities. Access to inflatables, games, DJ, and food (burgers and hotdogs will be grilled along with chips and drinks) are included in the price of the ticket. Popcorn and snow cones will be available for $1/ea. Students should bring exact change or small bills. Square processing will be available but there is a $5 min for each transaction. Entry tickets can be purchased here https://checkout.square.site/buy/DXR5PN4B4DF4Q72IG73XQ3YJ

or use the QR code below.

Tickets will NOT be sold the day of the event so please purchase online now through Wed 5/18. Wristbands to enter the event will be handed out to students during lunch on Thu 5/19 so you must purchase a ticket by Wed 5/18.

Please direct questions to [email protected] 

 

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

Mustang Weekly, May 06, 2022

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 Dear South County Middle School Families, 

This past week we celebrated Staff Appreciation Week. We are so grateful for the continued partnership and donations provided by the PTSO for Tuesday’s breakfast. If you follow me on twitter, you hopefully saw our taco bar, and other fun activities to honor our staff. Staff Appreciation Week is always one of the best weeks of the school year and it was a great opportunity for our community to thank our teachers and staff for their resiliency and commitment to students. The timing of the weeklong celebration was a great way to get our staff into SOL mode. We start tests next week. Be sure to have your students bring a fully changed laptop each day. Finally, we look forward to celebrating all our Mustang mothers on Sunday!

The month of May also recognizes two groups that we celebrate in our community; Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month.  

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

  • The 31 days of May are also designated as Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) when we pay tribute to the achievements and contributions made by American Jews throughout our nation’s history. 
  • The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture, and society. More information is available online
  • Additional Resources about the contributions of Jewish Americans can be found at the National Archives and Library of Congress.

As always, thank you for your continued support and partnership. Please reach out with any questions.

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

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

Twitter @pakownacki

DATES TO REMEMBER 

  • May 9 - Science 8 SOL 
  • May 11 - Reading 7 and Reading 8 SOL 
  • May 17 - Math SOLs (ALL Levels) 
Drop Off by Cafeteria

There have been some instances with cars dropping off students by the cafeteria, Door #3, to avoid the kiss and ride line.  Students are not permitted to be dropped off there.  Students must be dropped off in the Kiss and Ride Line at Door #1.  There was an incident earlier this week with a staff member trying to park when a parent was in a hurry to leave after dropping their student off and took the turn fast and went into her lane, nearly hitting the staff member.  Please exercise patience and come into the school parking lot at Door #1 to drop your student off. We are trying to keep the line moving as fast as we can.  The volume of cars in Kiss and Ride this year is much higher than in previous years. 

8th Grade Library Obligations

Parents, please take some time to check that your child doesn't have any outstanding fees or missing Library books. You can log into your MySchoolBucks account to check your shopping cart for any class fees currently owed. Library overdue notices have been sent to students and are also available to view in their Destiny account, so work with your child to locate and return any materials still out. The cost for a missing or damaged book is $10, and the fee can be paid using MySchoolBucks or by bringing payment to the school. 8th graders wishing to attend the end of year celebration must be in good standing with all financial obligations cleared from their accounts. Contact the Main Office if you have any questions about fees. Questions about overdue or missing books can be directed to the Library staff.

Technology 

It is important that students bring their chargers to SOL testing so they can plug in for power if needed.  Please mark the testing days on your calendars to make sure they bring their chargers:  May 9, 11 and 17! 

In school we are doing health checks as SOL approaches and asking students to submit request tickets if their laptop needs support.   You can assist your student to submit a ticket for a broken laptop here: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/student/ (Items to submit: broken screen, hard drive issues, missing keys, physical damage that impacts laptop functioning)

Please remind your students to do the following to help their laptop perform well.

  • Restart every day for updates.
  • Charge the laptop every night.
  • Submit a Request IT if you have any issues with your laptop that are not solved by restarting: Link to submit a Request Ticket

If your student has lost their charger it is $23 to replace it. 

If your student has lost their laptop the cost is $481 to replace it.

You can pay through www.myschoolbucks.com or with cash/check in the main office.

Note: payments made to www.myschoolbucks.com may take 24 hours for payment to register at the school.

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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

Mustang Weekly, April 29, 2022

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 Dear Mustang Families-

The march towards the end of the year continues! We usher in May next week, which is always a fun month at SCMS. We will start off May by honoring all of our amazing staff members during Staff Appreciation Week. The admin team and PTSO have collaborated to create a daily surprise for each of our staff members between May 2-May 6. Please take some time next week to express your gratitude to our teachers. Something as simple as an email can mean the world to a staff member (especially from students)!

 May is busy for other reasons as well. Students will take their SOL exams during the month. As communicated earlier, all 7th grade students will take Reading and Math exams, while 8th graders will take Reading, Math and Science. 8th grade science will be administered on May 9, all Reading exams will be on May 11, and all math exams will be on May 17. Students will take exams during the 3rd period learning seminar, which will be flexed to the beginning of the day. Please remind your students to arrive on time with a fully charged laptop. All students will receive emails with their assigned testing locations.

Lastly,  Eid al-Fitr, also known as the lesser Eid, marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, and is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar. (The Muslim use of a lunar calendar means these dates begin between 10 to 11 days earlier each year.) Muslims congregate that morning for Eid prayers. It is a time of official receptions and private visits, when friends greet one another, presents are given, new clothes are worn, and the graves of relatives are visited. The most common way to wish someone a Happy Eid al-Fitr is Eid Mubarek, which means “blessed feast” (or festival). FCPS has designated Eid al-Fitr as a religious and cultural observance day designed to allow students the opportunity to miss school for observances not already designated as school holidays.

This past Wednesday, I had the pleasure of watching the opening night performance of Shrek, The Musical, Jr. The talent of the cast and crew absolutely blew me away! If you have free time this weekend, be sure to attend. It’s great to have live theatre again at SCMS.  Shrek Tickets

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

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

Twitter @pakownacki

DATES TO REMEMBER 
  • April 29-30, Spring Production, Shrek Jr., The Musical
  • May 9 - Science 8 SOL 
  • May 11 - Reading 7 and Reading 8 SOL 
  • May 17 - Math SOLs (ALL Levels) 
News Program

News Show 4/29 - YouTube

Drop Off by Cafeteria

There have been some instances with cars dropping off students by the cafeteria, Door #3, to avoid the kiss and ride line.  Students are not permitted to be dropped off there.  Students must be dropped off in the Kiss and Ride Line at Door #1.  There was an incident earlier this week with a staff member trying to park when a parent was in a hurry to leave after dropping their student off and took the turn fast and went into her lane, nearly hitting the staff member.  Please exercise patience and come into the school parking lot at Door #1 to drop your student off. We are trying to keep the line moving as fast as we can.  The volume of cars in Kiss and Ride this year is much higher than in previous years. 

After School Program

Paint & Punch Event at SCMS - The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated®, Alpha Beta Alpha Omega Chapter are pleased to invite students from South County Community to a fun Punch and Paint event. The Sorority has commissioned an artist to provide a virtual paint session. The pre-sketched canvas of trumpets and paint supplies will all be provided in the school lobby the day of the event. The chaperones in attendance are fully vaccinated and will adhere to the mask mandates. Snacks, pizza and fruit punch boxes will also be provided for the students. Event is Saturday April 30th from 11:30am to 2:00pm at South County Middle School. Please use entrance 1. This event is FREE to all students. Rising 7th graders are more than welcome to join us on that day.

Link to register below.

Paint & Punch Registration Link

Technology 

It is important that students bring their chargers to SOL testing so they can plug in for power if needed.  Please mark the testing days on your calendars to make sure they bring their chargers:  May 9, 11 and 17! 

In school we are doing health checks as SOL approaches and asking students to submit request tickets if their laptop needs support.   You can assist your student to submit a ticket for a broken laptop here: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/student/ (Items to submit: broken screen, hard drive issues, missing keys, physical damage that impacts laptop functioning)

Please remind your students to do the following to help their laptop perform well.

  • Restart every day for updates.
  • Charge the laptop every night.
  • Submit a Request IT if you have any issues with your laptop that are not solved by restarting: Link to submit a Request Ticket

If your student has lost their charger it is $23 to replace it. 

If your student has lost their laptop the cost is $481 to replace it.

You can pay through www.myschoolbucks.com or with cash/check in the main office.

Note: payments made to www.myschoolbucks.com may take 24 hours for payment to register at the school.

South County HIgh School

Boys Basketball Camp

2022 BOYS BASKETBALL CAMP

June 20th-24th & June 27th-July 1st

Who | Basketball Enthusiasts Ages 7 - 15

Time | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost | $190

Save $15 if you sign up for both sessions

Sibling Discount - $15 off first sibling

Location | South County HS Gym (Entrance #11)

To Register: https://www.stallionsboysbasketball.com/basketball-camp.cfm

 

Camp Includes:

  • Daily Skill Instruction from SC Coaches & Players
  • 5 on 5  League Play & Championship Tournament
  • 1 on 1 Tournament
  • Hot Shot Contest
  • Free Throw Contest
  • Individual & Team Awards
  • Free Camp T-Shirt

What to bring

  • Basketball shoes
  • Athletic shorts & t-shirt
  • Water bottle
  • Campers may bring a lunch or purchase one from the CONCESSION STAND

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

PTSO Breakfast for Teacher Appreciation Week

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SCMS Teacher Appreciation Week

The PTSO is sponsoring a breakfast on Tuesday May 3 in support of Teacher Appreciation Week (5/2 - 5/6). Please consider donating breakfast items to recognize and thank our teachers. If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Apergis at [email protected]ail.com.

Items should be dropped off at the school front office on Mon 5/2 or Tue 5/3. Coffee will need to be dropped off by 6:30 am on Tue 5/3.

Please use the link below to sign up!

PTSO Teacher Appreciation Breakfast Link

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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

PTSO Breakfast for Teacher Appreciation Week

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SCMS Teacher Appreciation Week

The PTSO is sponsoring a breakfast on Tuesday May 3 in support of Teacher Appreciation Week (5/2 - 5/6). Please consider donating breakfast items to recognize and thank our teachers. If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Apergis at [email protected]

Items should be dropped off at the school front office on Mon 5/2 or Tue 5/3. Coffee will need to be dropped off by 6:30 am on Tue 5/3.

Please use the link below to sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a48acab23a31-scms1

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

Mustang Weekly, April 22, 2022

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DATES TO REMEMBER 
  • April 23 - Spring Fling at SCHS,  9 AM - 2 PM
  • April 27-30, Spring Production, Shrek Jr., The Musical
  • May 9 - Science 8 SOL 
  • May 11 - Reading 7 and Reading 8 SOL 
  • May 17 - Math SOLs (ALL Levels) 
After School Program

Paint & Punch Event at SCMS - The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated®, Alpha Beta Alpha Omega Chapter are pleased to invite students from South County Community to a fun Punch and Paint event. The Sorority has commissioned an artist to provide a virtual paint session. The pre-sketched canvas of trumpets and paint supplies will all be provided in the school lobby the day of the event. The chaperones in attendance are fully vaccinated and will adhere to the mask mandates. Snacks, pizza and fruit punch boxes will also be provided for the students. Event is Saturday April 30th from 11:30am to 2:00pm at South County Middle School. Please use entrance 1. This event is FREE to all students. Rising 7th graders are more than welcome to join us on that day.

Link to register below.

Paint & Punch Registration Link

Below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program but they help drive program improvement and program quality. This Survey has been approved by the FCPS Internal Survey Review Committee.  Seal Approval Number 22224. 

Over 90% of our students participated in the after-school program this school year, with over 21,000 occurrences of students staying after-school.  Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School After-School Program!

Survey window April 18-22, 2022. All survey responses are due by April 22, 2022.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C2SY3BV

Technology 

It is important that students bring their chargers to SOL testing so they can plug in for power if needed.  Please mark the testing days on your calendars to make sure they bring their chargers:  May 9, 11 and 17! 

In school we are doing health checks as SOL approaches and asking students to submit request tickets if their laptop needs support.   You can assist your student to submit a ticket for a broken laptop here: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/student/ (Items to submit: broken screen, hard drive issues, missing keys, physical damage that impacts laptop functioning)

Please remind your students to do the following to help their laptop perform well.

  • Restart every day for updates.
  • Charge the laptop every night.
  • Submit a Request IT if you have any issues with your laptop that are not solved by restarting:  Link to submit a Request Ticket

If your student has lost their charger it is $23 to replace it. 

If your student has lost their laptop the cost is $481 to replace it.

You can pay through www.myschoolbucks.com or with cash/check in the main office.

Note: payments made to www.myschoolbucks.com may take 24 hours for payment to register at the school.

Use this link to order your tickets

Shrek Tickets

 

South County High School Boys Basketball Camp

2022 BOYS BASKETBALL CAMP

June 20th-24th & June 27th-July 1st

Who | Basketball Enthusiasts Ages 7 - 15

Time | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost | $190

Save $15 if you sign up for both sessions

Sibling Discount - $15 off first sibling

Location | South County HS Gym (Entrance #11)

To Register: https://www.stallionsboysbasketball.com/basketball-camp.cfm

Camp Includes:

  • Daily Skill Instruction from SC Coaches & Players
  • 5 on 5  League Play & Championship Tournament
  • 1 on 1 Tournament
  • Hot Shot Contest
  • Free Throw Contest
  • Individual & Team Awards
  • Free Camp T-Shirt

What to bring

  • Basketball shoes
  • Athletic shorts & t-shirt
  • Water bottle
  • Campers may bring a lunch or purchase one from the CONCESSION STAND

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

Mustang Weekly, April 15, 2022

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 Dear Mustang Families-

I hope that everyone enjoyed a restful Spring Break! I was grateful for the opportunity to unplug and travel to Switzerland with my family for the week. As students and staff returned from break, we welcomed the 4th quarter of the school year. It’s crazy to think that year is almost over.

Switching gears, April is a busy month at SCMS:

  • Ramadan started on April 2 and will continue until May 1. Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims, who believe it was during this month that God revealed the first verses of the Quran, Islam's sacred text, to Mohammed, on a night known as "The Night of Power." During the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset. It is meant to be a time of spiritual discipline—of deep contemplation of one's relationship with God, extra prayer, increased charity and generosity, and intense study of the Quran.
  • Arab American Heritage Month- During this month, the SCMS community will provide meaningful, sustained opportunities to learn about the diverse perspectives, experiences, and contributions of Arab Americans.
  • Autism Acceptance Month- This recognition supports and brings awareness to the neurodiversity movement, amplifies autistic voices, and explores neurodivergent-affirming practices when supporting students with autism.

Finally, I’d like to wish a Happy Easter on Sunday, April 17 to all Mustangs that celebrate!

Thank you for your continued support and partnership and please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

Twitter @pakownacki

DATES TO REMEMBER 
  • April 23 - Spring Fling at SCHS,  9 AM - 2 PM
  • April 27-30, Spring Production, Shrek Jr., The Musical
  • May 9 - Science 8 SOL 
  • May 11 - Reading 7 and Reading 8 SOL 
  • May 17 - Math SOLs (ALL Levels) 

News Show 4/15

Technology 

It is important that students bring their chargers to SOL testing so they can plug in for power if needed.  Please mark the testing days on your calendars to make sure they bring their chargers:  May 9, 11 and 17! 

In school we are doing health checks as SOL approaches and asking students to submit request tickets if their laptop needs support.   You can assist your student to submit a ticket for a broken laptop here: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/student/ (Items to submit: broken screen, hard drive issues, missing keys, physical damage that impacts laptop functioning)

Please remind your students to do the following to help their laptop perform well.

  • Restart every day for updates.
  • Charge the laptop every night.
  • Submit a Request IT if you have any issues with your laptop that are not solved by restarting: Link to submit a Request Ticket

If your student has lost their charger it is $23 to replace it. 

If your student has lost their laptop the cost is $481 to replace it.

You can pay through www.myschoolbucks.com or with cash/check in the main office.

Note: payments made to www.myschoolbucks.com may take 24 hours for payment to register at the school.

Student Services

SIS ParentVue Information:

  • Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Thursday, Mar. 31, at 4 p.m. until Saturday, Apr. 16 at 6 a.m for the end of the quarter.
  • To request a SIS ParentVue account you may submit a request here.  Please note we will respond to the requests through our system during regular school office hours, 7:30 AM-2:15 PM, it is not an  automated system.

 

Click on the link to buy your Shrek Tickets

Beginning April 14, FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Student participation is optional, and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students will be able to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following instructional videos: 

Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

 

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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

VIP Registration NOW OPEN

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Registration for VIP Summer Camp is Now Open

 

What is your middle school child doing this summer? Like you, we believe your child is a very important person and deserves a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment.  FCPS and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week camp for rising 7th & 8th graders attending Frost, Irving, Lake Braddock, Robinson, and South County Middle Schools. There is a $50 camp supply fee.  Students will need to bring a bag lunch to camp each day.  We will provide a snack each afternoon.  Campers will have a great time playing sports, games, doing arts and crafts and cooking. We will have field trips activities on Fridays to water parks, movies etc.  The staff is comprised of FCPS teachers and support staff, After School Program Specialists, and trained DNCS staff.

 

Camp Details

 

Dates: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - Thursday, July 28, 2022 (students are encouraged to attend all 5 weeks)

Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm (8-9 is drop off, camp begins at 9am)

Location: South County Middle School 8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079

Transportation:  There will be no transportation for students from South County MS

 

Registration Procedure:  Use the registration link provided here: https://forms.gle/gSJJV9HfUxtz2rFP8  

 

 

Registration Fee:  $50 – pay information will be sent when you receive an email confirmation that your child has been accepted into camp – Payment is due no later than May 6th to secure your child’s spot in camp!

 

Refund Policy:  To request a refund of the Camp Supply Fee, contact Chris Woodby, After-School Specialist at SCMS, by emailing [email protected] prior to the cutoff date of Friday, June 10, 2022.  Refund requests submitted after the cutoff date will not be considered. Refunds will be in the form of a check. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing.

 

If you have questions about VIP and your child will be attending South County MS in the Fall please contact Chris Woodby at [email protected].

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Mustang Weekly, March 18, 2022

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Dear Mustang Community-

Spring is certainly in the air at South County Middle School! The change in the season has brought increased energy to the students. Please continue to talk to your students about the importance exhibiting the HORSE traits (Honesty, Ownership, Respect, Service and Effort) at all times. We are all in this together and want to have a positive end to the school year.

Our Family Engagement Survey was sent to your email the afternoon of Sunday, March 13. Please participate, if you have not already done so! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior. FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the survey, and it will be available in eight languages. For more information, please watch this short video from Superintendent Brabrand and visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage. Your voice matters!

This week, we also received great news! Thirteen Mustang singers earned All-State Choir, with one additional student selected as 1st Alternate. This choir is made up of the top 150 voices in the state of Virginia and the highest honor for a middle school. Their Director, Sherlee Glomb will serve as the guest conductor at the performance in Virginia Beach in April. Congrats to:

  • Kara Bailey
  • Sho Davis
  • Bryn Jackson
  • Jaclynn Johnson
  • Julia Lehrer
  • Sydney Mersinger
  • Genesis Montano
  • Gretchen Peresta
  • Hadiya Pirzada
  • Thalia Ramos
  • Emily Tan
  • Sarah Tracy
  • Madison Truitt
  • 1st alternate: Annabell Vargas

 Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

Twitter @pakownacki

DATES TO REMEMBER 
  • Family Engagement Survey begins March 13
  • PTSO Quarterly Membership Meeting, March 21, 7:00 PM
  • End of 3rd Quarter, March 31, Early Release
  • Teacher Workday, No School, April 1
  • Spring Break - April 4 - 8, NO SCHOOL

 

Here is this week's news show:  

https://youtu.be/uAZ2T4esz2o

 

  SCMS HPE Spirit Wear 

Place your spirit wear order by Monday March 28th! Orders will be handed out during PE at the end of April. Please email Christina Peter at [email protected] with any questions. 

 

https://bsnteamsports.com/shop/vKLD8bUedu

Punch & Paint - RESCHEDULED

The Punch & Paint event schedule for Saturday, March 19 at SCMS has been postponed and rescheduled for Saturday, April 30th. More info regarding the event on April 30th will be forthcoming. 

SCMS PTSO Quarterly Membership Meeting

Monday March 21 at 7:00pm

Zoom link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/91773963103?pwd=dXU0R3lSVGVZUHFRZU5RTW8yU2xvdz09

Meeting ID: 917 7396 3103

Meeting Passcode: 407720

Technology 

As we approach the last few months of the school year, it is important that students maintain their FCPS laptop.  We will begin a series of health checks leading up to SOL testing this year. 

Please remind your students to do the following to help their laptop perform well.

  1. Restart every day for updates.
  2. Charge the laptop every night.
  3. Submit a Request IT if you have any issues with your laptop that are not solved by restarting: Link to submit a Request Ticket

If your student has lost their charger it is $23 to replace it. 

If your student has lost their laptop the cost is $481 to replace it.

You can pay through www.myschoolbucks.com or with cash/check in the main office.

Note: payments made to www.myschoolbucks.com may take 24 hours for payment to register at the school.

Family Engagement Survey

 Please make sure to check your email on March 13th for the survey from K12Insight,  with subject line: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.  FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the survey which will be open March 13 - April 3. It will be available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. All responses will be confidential.

FCPS will launch a Family Engagement Survey on March 13, to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. By participating in the Family Engagement Survey, parents/caregivers are making their voices heard around important topics impacting their students’ success.

If you cannot access the link in the email ask the front office staff of your child's school for a paper survey. They can complete it right there on the spot or take it home and return it during the survey window or you can use one of the school computers. Our front office staff will be happy to show you an available computer for you to complete the survey electronically.

Academy Day 2022

Senator Mark Warner invites high school and middle school students, their parents or guardians, and school counselors to Academy Day 2022. Attendees will have the opportunity to join breakout sessions with representatives from the United States service academies for presentations and an interactive question and answer period.

On the main stage, you will hear from representatives from the Virginia congressional delegation about the application procedures for congressional nominations to the academies as well as speakers from the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board, the University of Virginia ROTC programs, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, the Virginia Military Institute, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin University. There will also be time to speak in more detail with any of these representatives at their virtual resource tables.

Save the Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual

Invitation to follow. To ensure you receive it and the registration link for the event, please email [email protected] For more information on the Academy Nomination Process, please visit www.warner.senate.gov.

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

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Dates to Remember
  • Daylight Savings Time Begins this Weekend
  • Family Engagement Survey begins March 13
  • PTSO Fundraiser, Saratoga Pizzaria & Grill, March 15 PTSO Fundraiser.pdf
  • End of 3rd Quarter, March 31, Early Release
  • Spring Break - April 1 - 8, NO SCHOOL
  •  
Tardy Sweeps

South County Middle School has noticed an increase in the number of students arriving late to classes.  Being on time is essential to creating a positive learning environment and minimizing distraction. Therefore, SCMS will begin to institute random tardy sweeps beginning the week of February 28.   

Students who are late to class will receive a tardy/pass that must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to SCMS front office.  The first tardy sweep will result in a lunch detention.  Future tardy sweeps may result in after school detention and/or after school community service.  

Please discuss with your student(s) the importance of arriving to each class on-time. Families can see students’ attendance through ParentVUE.  If you do not have access, please request an account here: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/parent/ 

 We appreciate your support of SCMS.

The South County Middle School Administrative Team

After School Program SAVE THE DATE:  June 29 - July 28

South County Middle School will once again be hosting Values in Prevention (VIP) Camp.  This camp is open to all rising 7th and 8th grade students.  If you have any questions please contact Chris Woodby, our After School Specialist, [email protected]

VIP Camp Save the Date 2022.pdf

Technology 

As we approach the last few months of the school year, it is important that students maintain their FCPS laptop.  We will begin a series of health checks leading up to SOL testing this year. 

Please remind your students to do the following to help their laptop perform well.

  1. Restart every day for updates.
  2. Charge the laptop every night.
  3. Submit a Request IT if you have any issues with your laptop that are not solved by restarting: Link to submit a Request Ticket

If your student has lost their charger it is $23 to replace it. 

If your student has lost their laptop the cost is $481 to replace it.

You can pay through www.myschoolbucks.com or with cash/check in the main office.

Note: payments made to www.myschoolbucks.com may take 24 hours for payment to register at the school.

Family Engagement Survey

 Please make sure to check your email on March 13th for the survey from K12Insight,  with subject line: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.  FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the survey which will be open March 13 - April 3. It will be available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. All responses will be confidential.

FCPS will launch a Family Engagement Survey on March 13, to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. By participating in the Family Engagement Survey, parents/caregivers are making their voices heard around important topics impacting their students’ success.

If you cannot access the link in the email ask the front office staff of your child's school for a paper survey. They can complete it right there on the spot or take it home and return it during the survey window or you can use one of the school computers. Our front office staff will be happy to show you an available computer for you to complete the survey electronically.

Weekly Math SOL Reviews

Students have recently started completing weekly SOL Review assignments for their math classes. Here is some key information for you to support your student at home:

  • Students are permitted to use their notes, slides and information posted in Schoology, Mathspace, and other resources used in class. Students may also ask for teacher support in seminar or after school office hours.
  • Each review will count as a formative assignment, and will be included within the weekly homework time guidelines for students.
  • Reviews open each Monday at 7:00 am and are due every Sunday at 11:59 pm.
  • Students who do not show understanding of content will be reviewing questions during class and/or during seminar time.
  • More detailed information was given to students during class and is posted in their math Schoology course.

Please check with your student and reach out to your student’s math teacher with any questions!

Student Services

Career Pathways Study

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has partnered with FourPoint Education Partners, a national consultancy based in Maryland, to assess our current pathway elective courses and career pathway programs. Our middle and high school students will be receiving an email inviting them to participate in a brief survey.  The email will be sent to their school email address and will be coming from Naviance with a subject titled: Student Survey Pathways Study.  Participation in the survey is optional.  Students will have the opportunity to complete this survey during 3rd Period Seminar on March 8th. .

In addition, our middle and high school parents will have an opportunity to provide feedback.  More information will follow soon.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Reese, our Director of Student Services.  Her email address is [email protected].  

South County Student Registration Welcome Center

The new site is located in the Gerry Hyland Government Building on Route 1 and is now open.  Below is the location and contact information (this information has also been updated on the FCPS website here:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/34104)

South County Student Registration Welcome Center

8350 Richmond Highway, Suite #325

Alexandria, VA 22309

Contact: Jeanette Medina, [email protected]

Phone: 703-742-4900

Hours: 8 am – 4pm weekdays

South-County-Student-Registration-Flyer.pdf

Academy Day 2022

Senator Mark Warner invites high school and middle school students, their parents or guardians, and school counselors to Academy Day 2022. Attendees will have the opportunity to join breakout sessions with representatives from the United States service academies for presentations and an interactive question and answer period.

On the main stage, you will hear from representatives from the Virginia congressional delegation about the application procedures for congressional nominations to the academies as well as speakers from the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board, the University of Virginia ROTC programs, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, the Virginia Military Institute, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin University. There will also be time to speak in more detail with any of these representatives at their virtual resource tables.

Save the Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual

Invitation to follow. To ensure you receive it and the registration link for the event, please email [email protected] For more information on the Academy Nomination Process, please visit www.warner.senate.gov.

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

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Dear Mustang Community,

We wrapped up another week (and month) at South County Middle School! This week we got a taste of spring weather for a few days this week and it was awesome! I can’t wait to have 70 degree days as the norm. Just a few more weeks to go….

It is important that all parents continue to screen their child(ren) for illness before sending them to school, and thank you for your continued partnership in keeping SCMS open for in-person learning.

As Dr. Brabrand shared Friday, you may choose for your child to opt out of the division’s mask requirement starting March 1. There will be no formal process to let us know your choice– no notes or documentation will be needed. We strongly recommend that students continue to participate in universal masking to help protect their classmates, teachers, and staff who have health concerns. The ability to not participate in universal masking only applies to students. We will continue to follow our roll back plan, shared earlier this month, which will be implemented when we reach moderate transmission, and remain there for seven days. This week, we saw our community transmission level drop into the substantial category and we anticipate we could be at or very close to moderate community transmission as early as next week. FCPS will formally announce when we are ready to make this transition.

Please talk with your child before March 1 about your family’s decision about wearing masks in schools. Families of special needs children who may need additional consideration for health reasons should work with their IEP or 504 teams. I assure all students and families that SCMS will remain a caring and supportive place to learn.

This week we also recognized our hard working custodial staff for Custodial Appreciation Week. We are lucky to have such a dynamic and hard-working staff that commits to keeping our building and facilities the best in the county. The importance of their work has been magnified during the COVID pandemic, and we cannot recognize their dedication enough!  

Lastly, I want to congratulate six Marvelous Mustangs who competed in the Mathcounts Competition. SCMS had 3 students place in the Top 5 of the competition! Owen Chu placed 1st; Nathan Park placed 4th; and Benjamin Yi placed 6th! All three of these scholars will advance to the state competition, along with Lizzie Spencer, Aditi Bhat, and Sneha Mayya. The entire Mustang community is proud of their achievement. Way to go!

Have a great weekend and please reach out with any questions.

 Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

Twitter @pakownacki

DATES TO REMEMBER 
  • March 3, Early Release, 12:15 PM
  • March 4, Staff Development & Student Holiday

 

 

Here is this week's news show:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKOOFN1vtZg

Tardy Sweeps

South County Middle School has noticed an increase in the number of students arriving late to classes.  Being on time is essential to creating a positive learning environment and minimizing distraction. Therefore, SCMS will begin to institute random tardy sweeps beginning the week of February 28.   

Students who are late to class will receive a tardy/pass that must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to SCMS front office.  The first tardy sweep will result in a lunch detention.  Future tardy sweeps may result in after school detention and/or after school community service.  

Please discuss with your student(s) the importance of arriving to each class on-time. Families can see students’ attendance through ParentVUE.  If you do not have access, please request an account here: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/parent/ 

 We appreciate your support of SCMS.

The South County Middle School Administrative Team

Weekly Math SOL Reviews

Students have recently started completing weekly SOL Review assignments for their math classes. Here is some key information for you to support your student at home:

  • Students are permitted to use their notes, slides and information posted in Schoology, Mathspace, and other resources used in class. Students may also ask for teacher support in seminar or after school office hours.

  • Each review will count as a formative assignment, and will be included within the weekly homework time guidelines for students.

  • Reviews open each Monday at 7:00 am and are due every Sunday at 11:59 pm.

  • Students who do not show understanding of content will be reviewing questions during class and/or during seminar time.

  • More detailed information was given to students during class and is posted in their math Schoology course.

Please check with your student and reach out to your student’s math teacher with any questions!

Student Services

Academic Advising

Counselors met with 7th grade students this week through their science classes. Please make sure that your student returns their course selection sheet to their science teacher before Monday, February 28th.

Please contact your child’s counselor if you have any questions.

Maxwell, ZAKIYYA K  @  [email protected]

Spingler, Maggie  @ [email protected]

Harris, Michael W @ [email protected]

Johnson, Jennice L.2 @ [email protected]

2nd Semester Check-In

Mustang Parents did you know that there are 14 weeks left in the school year?  Now is a perfect time to sit with your student to reflect on 1st semester, and check on the status of 2nd semester.  Take an opportunity to review progress from quarters 1 and 2.  Then check the student’s current progress through the SIS Student Vue. Things to look for:

  • Is my student maintaining excellent progress in all classes?
  • Are there any missing or late assignments due in any classes?
  • Are there any classes where my student was passing, but now is trending downward?
  • Are there any classes where my student is in jeopardy of failing for the year?

 

Now is the best time to assess how your student is doing, and what needs to be done to ensure that the student successfully completes the school year.

Immunization clinic

The Fairfax County Health Department will be hosting a Back To School Immunization clinic on Saturday, March 12, 2002 from 8 AM - 12:00 PM at the Annandale District Health Office, 7611 Little River Turnpike, #400-E,  Annandale, VA  22003.  Appointments will be required.  Please see the flyer for additional information.

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

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  DATES TO REMEMBER 
  • February 21, No School, President’s Day
  • February 25, Staff vs Student Volleyball Game, 6:30 PM

 

Here is this week's news show:  

https://youtu.be/4jE2aqy-cRk

Tardy Sweeps

South County Middle School has noticed an increase in the number of students arriving late to classes.  Being on time is essential to creating a positive learning environment and minimizing distraction. Therefore, SCMS will begin to institute random tardy sweeps beginning the week of February 28.   We will also do a tardy sweep demonstration the week of February 21.

Students who are late to class will receive a tardy/pass that must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to SCMS front office.  The first tardy sweep will result in a lunch detention.  Future tardy sweeps may result in after school detention and/or after school community service.  

Please discuss with your student(s) the importance of arriving to each class on-time. Families can see students’ attendance through ParentVUE.  If you do not have access, please request an account here: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/parent/ 

 We appreciate your support of SCMS.

The South County Middle School Administrative Team

After School Program

Rainbow Connection - The goal of Rainbow Connection Club is to allow students the opportunity to make new friends, create a safe space to share, raise awareness, and promote special events and observances that support the LGBTQ+ community. There will be an interest meeting on Thursday February 24th from 2:30pm – 3:30pm. After the information meeting the Club will meet every other Thursday during the After School Program.

College Basketball League – Students will participate in an intramural basketball league. Games will be 5 on 5 and full court with basketball officials. Students will be issued college basketball jerseys. Evaluations will take place on Thursday February 24th from 2:30pm – 4:30pm. Captains will be selected that day and will pick teams so teams are even. Games will be played every Monday & Thursday during the After School Program. If parents or students have questions please contact Mr. Woodby at [email protected]

Weekly Math SOL Reviews

Students have recently started completing weekly SOL Review assignments for their math classes. Here is some key information for you to support your student at home.

  • Students are permitted to use their notes, slides and information posted in Schoology, Mathspace, and other resources used in class. Students may also ask for teacher support in seminar or after school office hours.
  • Each review will count as a formative assignment, and will be included within the weekly homework time guidelines for students.
  • Reviews open each Monday at 7:00 am and are due every Sunday at 11:59 pm.
  • Students who do not show understanding of content will be reviewing questions during class and/or during seminar time.
  • More detailed information was given to students during class and is posted in their math Schoology course.

Please check with your student and reach out to your student’s math teacher with any questions!

Student Services

Academic Advising

Counselors met with 7th grade students this week through their science classes. Please make sure that your student return their course selection sheet to their science teacher before Monday, February 28th.

Please contact your child’s counselor if you have any questions.

Maxwell, ZAKIYYA K  - [email protected]

Spingler, Maggie  - [email protected]

Harris, Michael W - [email protected]

Johnson, Jennice L - [email protected]

2nd Semester Check-In

Mustang Parents did you know that there are less than 10 weeks left in the school year?  Now is a perfect time to sit with your student to reflect on 1st semester, and check on the status of 2nd semester.  Take an opportunity to review progress from quarters 1 and 2.  Then check the student’s current progress through the SIS StudentVue. Things to look for:

  • Is my student maintaining excellent progress in all classes?
  • Are there any missing or late assignments due in any classes?
  • Are there any classes where my student was passing, but now is trending downward?
  • Are there any classes where my student is in jeopardy of failing for the year?

Now is the best time to access how your student is doing, and what needs to be done to insure that the student successfully completes the school year.

Staff vs Students Volleyball Game

Join us on Friday, February 25th when the students will take on the staff in a Student v Staff volleyball game! Gym doors open at 6pm, game starts at 6:30pm! Concessions will be available for purchase including pizza and snacks. The event is free and we highly encourage students to attend to support their peers as they take on the staff for bragging rights!

FCPS Laptop Usage Report

There is a new functionality available to FCPS parents who are interested in knowing more about their child’s activity on an FCPS device. Parents can sign up to receive a weekly Parent Report from Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, which will provide a list of the top sites the child visited that week. For more information, go to https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/lightspeed-parent-reports

SCMS Electronic Device Policy REMINDER:

Students are expected to follow the electronic device policy which includes zones for use. This policy is in effect from when students enter the building to when they leave for the day. Students may not access their cell phones or headphones/earbuds during instructional time within classrooms or the library unless explicitly permitted to do so by the classroom teacher.  Cell phones may not be used in the hallways or restrooms.  Students may responsibly use their cell phones and headphones/earbuds at lunch in the cafeteria and during middle school break.

Immunization clinic

The Fairfax County Health Department will be hosting a Back To School Immunization clinic on Saturday, March 12, 2002 from 8 AM - 12:00 PM at the Annandale District Health Office, 7611 Little River Turnpike, #400-E,  Annandale, VA  22003.  Appointments will be required.  Please see the flyer for additional information.

Childhood-Immunizations-Annandale-ENG-SPAN.pdf

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

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  DATES TO REMEMBER 
  • February 21, No School, President’s Day
SGA Sponsored Spirit Week

Monday: Valentine’s Day – wear red, white and pink

Tuesday: Disney Day – Wear your favorite Disney wear 

Wednesday: Anything but a Backpack Day – I think the kids are real excited about this one. Bring anything but your backpack (if a student brings in something larger than a backpack, they will have to leave3 it in the main office so it doesn’t become a distraction the rest of the day)

Thursday: Blanket and Comfy Day – Wear your comfy clothes/pajamas, bring blankets

Friday: Crocs and Socks Day – Wear your favorite crocs and/or socks

Food Delivery Services

As a continuation from last school year, FCPS is providing FREE breakfast and lunch every day for students.

Please do not send food to the main office via delivery services (Door Dash, Grub Hub, etc). Additionally, please talk to your student about NOT ordering food themselves. When these services arrive, the main office will not give the food to the students and will dispose of the food. These deliveries are causing a major disruption to the learning environment.

If you want to drop off food for your student, the student will eat it in the main office. We are implementing this because students bringing lunch into the cafeteria causes a disruption to lunch period.

Drop Off Procedures

There have been some instances with cars dropping off students making a U-turn in front of the school.  If you need to turn around, make sure to go all the way down to the circle and turn around instead of trying to do a u-turn in the middle of the street. 

SCMS Electronic Device Policy REMINDER:

Students are expected to follow the electronic device policy which includes zones for use. This policy is in effect from when students enter the building to when they leave for the day. Students may not access their cell phones or headphones/earbuds during instructional time within classrooms or the library unless explicitly permitted to do so by the classroom teacher.  Cell phones may not be used in the hallways or restrooms.  Students may responsibly use their cell phones and headphones/earbuds at lunch in the cafeteria and during middle school break.

Events from the Student Services Corner

February 14 -25 - SCMS counselors will conduct academic advising for rising 8th graders through Science classes.

Immunization Clinic

The Fairfax County Health Department will be hosting a Back To School Immunization clinic on Saturday, March 12, 2002 from 8 AM - 12:00 PM at the Annandale District Health Office, 7611 Little River Turnpike, #400-E,  Annandale, VA  22003.  Appointments will be required.  Please see the flyer for additional information.

Childhood Immunizations Annandale.pdf

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

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Dear Mustang Community,

We wrapped up another amazing week at South County Middle School! Not only did we celebrate Lunar New Year on February 1, we also kicked off Black History Month. At SCMS, we will take the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month by affirming African American accomplishments, milestones, and contributions to our nation’s history. Black History Month is an annual celebration that started in the US in 1926. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln, the US President who issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and Frederick Douglas, an African American orator, social reformer, writer and abolitionist. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” The theme of this year’s Black History Month is “Health and Wellness” and will focus on the contributions and breakthroughs of Black professionals as well as speaking to the cultural richness of practitioners.

Next week, February 7-11, we join with other schools in celebrating National School Counselor Appreciation Week. Please join me in thanking Ms. Johnson, Ms. Maxwell, Ms. Spingler, Mr. Harris and the Director of Student Services, Ms. Reese for all that they do to support our students. We are truly grateful to have such a dedicated and caring Student Services Department

Finally, I’d like to recognize the supremely talented member of the chorus that earned All-District honors. As Ms. Glomb would say, “two snaps go out to”

Sopranos: 

  • Sarah Tracy 
  • Julia Lehrer 
  • Mary Moore 
  • Emily Tan 
  • Isabelle Yates 
  • Annabell Vargas 
  • Amaris Stokes 
  • Sho Davis 
  • Amelia Johnson 

Altos: 

  • Genesis Montano 
  • Jaclynn Johnson 
  • Molly Stephan 
  • Emma Parkinson

 Sincerely,

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

Twitter @pakownacki

Dates to Remember
  • February 21, No School, President’s Day

 

 

 

SCMS News Show

We are SO excited to be back for our first episode of the new semester!  The students are all new in class and learning for the first time. They've done a great job with ideas and trying to learn the basics of a news show.  It's a still a work in progress, so we hope you enjoy watching their growth! 

Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2uXnSAN8X8

Food Delivery Services

As a continuation from last school year, FCPS is providing FREE breakfast and lunch every day for students.

Please do not send food to the main office via delivery services (Door Dash, Grub Hub, etc). Additionally, please talk to your student about NOT ordering food themselves. When these services arrive, the main office will not give the food to the students and will dispose of the food. These deliveries are causing a major disruption to the learning environment.

If you want to drop off food for your student, the student will eat it in the main office.

Drop Off Procedures

There have been some instances with cars dropping off students either in the car line or on Laurel Crest Drive making a U-turn in front of the school.  If you need to turn around, make sure to go all the way down to the circle and turn around instead of trying to do a u-turn in the middle of the street. 

SCMS Electonic Device Policy REMINDER:

Students are expected to follow the electronic device policy which includes zones for use. This policy is in effect from when students enter the building to when they leave for the day. Students may not access their cell phones or headphones/earbuds during instructional time within classrooms or the library unless explicitly permitted to do so by the classroom teacher.  Cell phones may not be used in the hallways or restrooms.  Students may responsibly use their cell phones and headphones/earbuds at lunch in the cafeteria and during middle school break.

Weekly COVID Testing

If you previously provided consent for your child to be tested at a Regional Drive-Through Testing site, your child was automatically enrolled  into the weekly screening testing program. If you do not wish for your child to participate in weekly testing, the registering parent/guardian will need to login to the online portal using the same email address that was used at the time of registration to withdraw their consent. This will remove your child from the weekly screening testing pool. 

If you would like to withdraw your consent and remove your child from the COVID-19 weekly testing pool, please:

  • Login to the online registration portal at https://fcpstestingsite.com
  • Uncheck the “Testing Consent“ checkbox on the homepage. 
  • A separate “Testing Consent“ checkbox is provided for each child listed. 
  • If you decide you would like to give consent again at a later time, just re-check the  “Testing Consent“ checkbox.  
  • For support with the online registration portal, you may email [email protected] or call LTS Portal Support at 571-354-6205.
Events from Student Services

February 14-25 - SCMS counselors will conduct academic advising for rising 8th graders through Science classes.

 

Parents/guardians of 8th graders:

Our School Counselors will be meeting with each 8th grade student individually over the next two weeks (Jan. 31st- Feb. 11th) to help pick out classes for high school.  After their one on one meeting, students will bring home a paper course selection sheet to discuss with their family.  Their selections will also be available to view online on SIS Parent Vue.  If no changes need to be made, you do not need to return the selection sheet as all choices are recorded online.  If your family would like to make any changes to the courses, please have your child email their counselor and/or bring back the course selection sheet with the corrections.  Please plan to have course selections finalized by February 15th. 

Two presentations are available for you to view to learn more about selecting classes. The Class of 2026 Presentation highlights SCHS high school information to support your children as they embark on their high school journey. Please also access the Parent Panel Presentation to hear from 9th grade content area teachers where they answer frequently asked questions to support 9th grade student success.  If you would like more information about elective courses, please view the rising 9th grade course catalog

If you have questions, please reach out to your student’s school counselor. 

Immunization Clinic

The Fairfax County Health Department will be offering a special Immunization Clinic for Fairfax County Students to complete their school vaccine requirements. Call for an appointment.


Saturday, February 5, 2022, 8am to 12pm


Joseph Willard Health Center
3750 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, Virginia 22030


To make an appointment please call our Fairfax County Health Department Clinic Service’s Appointment Line:
703-246-7100

Rocket League Clinic

Please see the flyer for more information.

Rocket League

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

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