Mustang Weekly, January 27, 2023

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Dates to Remember

February 16 - School Climate Survey

February 20 - President’s Day Holiday, No School

February 21-24 - 7th Grade FLE

March 8 - SEL Screener

Academic Advising Dates Rising 9th grade Student Information Session- Jan. 31st
  • High School Counselors will be visiting 8th graders during Learning Seminar
Rising 9th Grade Academic Advising- week of February 6th-10th
  • Middle School Counselors will be visiting 8th graders during science classes and meeting with students one on one to discuss courses. 
  • Courses will be entered online.  If changes need to be made after meeting one on one with the counselor, please return the paper course form by Feb. 14th.
Rising 8th Grade Academic Advising
  • Counselors will provide information about choosing courses and meet one on one with each student during science classes. 
  • Purple team: week of Feb. 13th-17th
  • Red and Blue teams: week of Feb. 21st -24th
  • Please return the paper course forms the following science class after meeting one on one with the counselor, and no later than Feb. 28th. 

If you have questions, please contact your child’s School Counselor.  

Students with an FCPS login can access the high school our electives information here.

February Webinars and Events for Parents

FCPS’ Parent Resource Center (PRC) is dedicated to helping adults support the success of all students. The PRC will present the following webinars in February. Click on the title to register: 

Cats take a playful look at the world of autism, and these fun feline friends will strike a chord with all who are familiar with children on the Autism Spectrum. Join Kathy Hoopmann as she celebrates the diversity within this neurodiverse community by reading from her book and answering audience questions.

How can families partner with schools? Kristen Haynor, FCPS neurodiversity specialist, will discuss strategies to set your child up for success, how to advocate for your child, and tools for collaborating with your child's school.

Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school. Parents will be able to meet and ask questions of representatives from CTS programs about services for students with disabilities. A student/parent panel is also part of the event.

This webinar is a two-part interactive session designed for parents, caregivers, and educators to discover how to incorporate more unstructured play and sensory foundational activities to support all young children’s development, including children with special needs and mental health concerns.

Quick Links

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Mustang Weekly, January 13, 2023

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Dates to Remember

January 16 - MLK Day, No School

January 17-20 - 8th Grade FLE

January 18 - Virtual Curriculum Night (South County Middle School Curriculum Night Events

January 19 - Parent Marijuana Information Presentation Flyer

January 23 - In Person Electives Fair (South County Middle School Curriculum Night Events)

January 25 - End of 2nd Quarter, 2 Hour Early Release

January 26-27 - Teacher Work Days

February 20-24 - 7th Grade FLE

 

SCMS News Show 1-12-23

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Our Horse Card Winners for week #14 – J. Gregory, M. Alamin, M. Wurtz,  M. Zischler, G. Peresta.  Not pictured - N. Adissu

South County High School Academic Advising Dates for Rising 9th Grade Families

January 24th — Curriculum Night 6:00-7:30pm

There will be an informational session for rising 9th grade families in the auditorium.  Content area teachers will be available in the cafeteria to discuss core class and elective course offerings. 

Grade Level Curriculum Orientations

High school counselors will meet with students in large groups to present information about course offerings, sequencing, prerequisites for specific courses, and graduation requirements.  

  • January 31st @ 9:15am        Rising 9th grade (South County Middle School

Academic Advising Conferences

Middle School counselors meet individually with their students to assist them in exploring their academic and postsecondary/career goals during the month of February.

CTE Summer Academy Information

This weekly summer program gives students the opportunity to dive deeper into CTE program areas, encourages career exploration, and helps develop useful skills.

2023 CTE Summer Academy Flyer

Family Life Education

Family Life Education (FLE) is coming!  8th grade students have FLE through Health class from January 16-20 and 7th graders are February 20-24.  As a reminder, FCPS provides a comprehensive, sequential FLE program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms are available online for Middle School (7-8).  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Middle School (7-8). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed with your Mustang’s PE teacher or the FLE Administrator, Miranda Hendershot, [email protected] or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected]

Food & Nutrition Services Job Opportunities

The culinary world of FCPS can place you on a pathway to outstanding opportunities:  Food Service Worker, Food Services Manager-In-Training, Food Services Van Driver.  See the 

FNS recruitment flier for SY22-23

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Mustang Weekly, January 6, 2023

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Dear Mustang Community-

I hope that each of you enjoyed a restful and relaxing winter break. It was exciting to welcome the students and teachers back to school on January 3. Their energy and enthusiasm is a constant reminder about how cool it is to work in a middle school. One exciting thing that happened over winter break is that there was a small “cold fire” in the library. While we are completing the clean-up and inventorying the collection, the library will remain closed. The safety of students and staff is my top priority, and we will not open the library until it is determined to be safe. If all goes according to plans, we hope to open the space early next week. The librarians have created a capsule collection of undamaged books for students to check out. In addition to these books, please make sure your student(s) are reading. While we wait for our library to be fully operational, please visit the newly reopened Lorton Library, or access ebooks through South County Middle School Library’s ebook collection or through MyOn, an ebook collection.  Our library is also a valued space for manyy students. We have an alternative location for quiet lunch in A186 until the library space reopens and we have moved our programming like Battle of the Books and makerspace to locations outside the library.

Even though 2023 just started, we are already starting to plan for the 2023-2024 school year. We look forward to welcoming 6th grade students to tour SCMS on January 17 and January 23. We will also hold a virtual curriculum night presentation, which will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, January 18, starting at 7:00. Lastly, we will hold an in-person elective fair on Monday, January 23. These events are specifically targeted to rising 7th grade students and families, but current 7th grade families are always welcome! Throughout the month of January, I will be zipping up my heavy winter coat to visit each of our feeder elementary schools in the coming weeks to meet with the future Mustangs about picking classes . These visits are some of my favorite aspects of the job! Similarly, representatives from South County High School will be visiting our 8th graders during the last week of January to discuss high school transitions.

As always, thank you for your continued partnership and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. I look forward to seeing you at SCMS soon.

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

703-690-5507

@pakownacki

Dates to Remember:

January 10 - Math Inventory

January 16 - MLK Day, No School

January 17-20 - 8th Grade FLE

January 18 & 23 Virtual Curriculum Night & In Person Electives Fair South County Middle School Curriculum Night Events

January 19 - Parent Marijuana Information Presentation Flyer

January 25 - End of 2nd Quarter, 2 Hour Early Release

January 26-27 - Teacher Work Days

February 20-24 - 7th Grade FLE

 

SCMS January 6 News Show

CONGRATULATIONS Our Horse Card Winners for week #13 are M. Echevarria Santiago, K. Sahar, A. Cunningham, R. Rojas Solorzano, A. Lanter.  Not pictured D. Askins Family Life Education

Family Life Education (FLE) is coming!  8th grade students have FLE through Health class from January 16-20 and 7th graders are February 20-24.  As a reminder, FCPS provides a comprehensive, sequential FLE program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms are available online for Middle School (7-8).  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Middle School (7-8). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed with your Mustang’s PE teacher or the FLE Administrator, Miranda Hendershot, [email protected] or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected]

8th Grade Parents

Is your 8th grader interested in leadership experiences in high school?  Then the Leadership class at SCHS may be for them!

Leadership is an elective class (this is NOT a club) that focuses on understanding leadership, assessment of leadership styles, planning and organizing skills, relationship building and problem solving.  Leadership works with administration, staff and students to create events and activities to better the school atmosphere!  To be considered for the class an application and interview is required.  Completion of this process does not guarantee admittance into the class, but it necessary to be considered. 

The application process includes:

1. Completion of interest form (we will be coming to the middle school to give more information)

2. Completion of Google Application

3. Two (2) Teacher Recommendations--list the teacher names in the application and a form will be sent to the teachers

4. Interview

Applications are available on their team (Green, Pink, or Tie Dye) Schoology Course and will be open through January 13th.  

New Year’s Resolutions 

In December, many people will head to their local Target or Michaels to find a new planner. The crisp, fresh feeling of new paper to write new and improved goals gets some of us excited. When thinking of your goals consider making them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound), this method breaks your goals down into specific objectives and makes it easier for you to track your progress. What goals would you like to share with your child, to show them examples of healthy adult introspection? Introspection, looking within, is necessary to learn how to manage stress in a healthy manner. What regular coping skills can be implemented into your daily/ weekly routine? Some goals may be physical, spiritual, financial, or emotional. Would it be easier to have serious conversations over a family dinner? Or maybe regular family dinners, spark joy and connection that’s often missing.

Research has shown that family therapy is the best treatment option for young people who misuse drugs and alcohol (SAMHSA). Many people use drugs to manage life’s hardships when they feel disconnected from themselves or others. The opposite of addiction is connection, and young people benefit from connection with their families. Families who have a common mission based on autonomy and openness instead of secrecy and silence thrive. Families teach young people how to manage stress when they communicate honestly and openly with one another. Learning how to manage stress early in life could be a major factor in whether or not a young person decides to use drugs.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Sources & Resources

Why Small Conversations Make a Big Difference

SMART Goals Quick Overview

Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse & Today’s Youth

For further Information & support:

Catric W. Marshall, MS., LRIC., CCC

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

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Mustang Weekly, December 16, 2022

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Dear Mustang Families-

On behalf of the entire SCMS faculty and staff, I wish all of you Happy Holidays and a restful winter break! We earned these two weeks! Use them wisely- read books, play games, binge television shows, spend time with family and loved ones. We look forward to greeting all our Mustangs back on Tuesday, January 3 (Blue Day).

This week, at our staff meeting we recognized each staff member that received a nomination, and announced the school-based winners for the FCPS Excellence Awards. Congratulations to each of these marvelous mustangs, as they move onto the next level of the competition.

SCMS Outstanding Employee Winners:

Outstanding Teacher: Cindy Downing, Social Studies

Outstanding New Teacher: Juan Bernedo, Special Education

Outstanding Leader:  Jon Mitchell, Assistant Principal

Outstanding Professional Employee:  Katelyn Hagen, Intervention Coordinator

Outstanding Operational Employee: Maureen Carlstrom, Administrative Assistant

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

703-690-5507

@pakownacki

Dates to Remember:

December 21-January 2 - Winter Holiday

January 3 - Return to School

January 18 - Virtual Curriculum Night

January 23 - In-Person Electives Fair

 

 

SCMS News Show 12/14/22

Parents of 8th graders: Is your 8th grader interested in leadership experiences in high school? 

Then the Leadership class at SCHS may be for them!

Leadership is an elective class (this is NOT a club) that focuses on understanding leadership, assessment of leadership styles, planning and organizing skills, relationship building and problem solving.  Leadership works with administration, staff and students to create events and activities to better the school atmosphere!  To be considered for the class an application and interview is required.  Completion of this process does not guarantee admittance into the class, but it necessary to be considered. 

The application process includes:

1. Completion of interest form (we will be coming to the middle school to give more information)

2. Completion of Google Application

3. 2 Teacher Recommendations--list the teacher names in the application and a form will be sent to the teachers

4. Interview

Applications are available on their team (Green, Pink, or Tie Dye) Schoology Course and will be open through January 13th.  

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Mustang Weekly, December 9, 2022

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Dates to Remember

December 9 - Barnes & Noble Fundraiser (see flyer)

December 12 – Winter VGA, Math

December 21-January 2 - Winter Holiday

January 3 - Return to School

 

SCMS News Show 12-8-22

CONGRATULATIONS

To our Horsecard Winners for this week:  P. Johnson, T. Hunt, C. Bibby, G. Cisneros, A. Lahn, & G. Martin.

Teacher Holiday Snack & Cookie Bar

The PTSO would like to provide the teachers with a holiday breakfast snack and cookies before the winter break.  Please drop off all items at school between Monday, December 12 and Wednesday, December 14.  If you are unable to drop off during normal school hours please email [email protected] to schedule a separate drop off.  Breakfast Sign-Up

SCMS Night @ Barnes & Noble Springfield

The SCMS Library is hosting a fundraising night at Barnes & Noble Springfield (6646 Loisdale Rd Springfield, VA 22150) on Friday, December 9th from 6-9pm.  Come do a little holiday shopping and support the SCMS Library! Librarians will be on hand to provide book suggestions, some of our talented students will be playing festive music. Can’t shop in person?  Use book fair id 12639597 online at bn.com/bookfairs from 12/9-12/14.

NJHS Food Drive

NJHS is sponsoring a Holiday Food Drive to donate needed supplies for the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC). You can donate foods (prepackaged and non-perishable) in the boxes which will be located in the lobby, the top of the main stairs by the art hallway, the library hallway, and the cafeteria hallway. We hope to collect as many foods as possible for this food drive to help support our community. The drive will last from December 12th to December 16th so donate while you have the chance to!

Tech Reminders

Do you need technical support with FCPS-issued devices or digital resources?

First, please note that your child’s teacher is the first point of contact should you have any questions about your child’s use of classroom technology. This includes issues with a password, access to assignments, or access to class-specific resources/platforms. If you need technical support beyond what the teacher can do (e.g. broken laptop, access to ParentVUE, etc.), you can also access the Technology Support for Families webpage on the main FCPS website, which is also linked from our Technical Support web page on the SCMS school website.

Please do not reach out to individual SCMS staff members other than your child’s teacher. It will only delay the process. Submitting a ticket is the fastest way to make sure that the issue is documented in the system, addressed by whomever is available and it reserves your place in queue. The Technology Support for Families page on the main FCPS website offers a wide range of technology troubleshooting and support information and it is available in other languages.

Would you like to monitor your child’s internet activity on their FCPS laptop?

The Lightspeed Parent Support is a free online service available to FCPS parents who want to know more about their child’s internet activity on any FCPS device. To find out more information about the service and how to sign up, check out the Lightspeed Parent Report Request page on the FCPS website.

Student Services Social/Emotional Check-in

During this change of season, it is normal to feel a change in your mood. Changes in your mood can sometimes be managed with the following strategies.  These strategies are helpful for students and adults.

  • Tracking your student’s mood can help you gain a greater understanding of shifts and changes in emotions. Keeping written track of and journaling about their moods may help students notice patterns in their mood shifts as well as potential triggers that might affect their mood.
  • Exercise produces endorphins, which are hormones that help control stress and improve mood. Even moderate exercise can help relieve frequent or abrupt changes in mood.
  • Maintaining a schedule can be helpful. Doing things at the same time every day can help regulate emotional highs and lows.
  • Sleep can help improve mood. Sleep deprivation can affect appetite and energy levels. It can also contribute to sadness, irritability, and general lowness of mood.
  • Nutrition is considered to be a vital component of mood management. Getting enough nutrients and avoiding the consumption of large amounts of sugar and caffeine may help reduce the frequency of mood swings

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Mustang Weekly, December 2, 2022

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Dates to Remember:

December 3 – Winter Craft Fair at SCHS (SCHS Holiday Craft Fair)

December 6 – Winter VGA, Reading (Flipped Bell Schedule)

December 7 - Picture Make-Up Day

December 7-8 - 7th Grade Hearing & Vision Testing

December 9 - Barnes & Noble Fundraiser (B&N Bookfair 2022)

December 12 – Winter VGA, Math (Flipped Bell Schedule)

December 21-January 2 - Winter Holiday

 

SCMS News Show 12-02

Teacher Holiday Snack & Cookie Bar

The PTSO would like to provide the teachers with a holiday breakfast snack and cookies before the winter break.  Please drop off all items at school between Monday, December 12 and Wednesday, December 14.  If you are unable to drop off during normal school hours please email [email protected] to schedule a separate drop off.

 

Breakfast Donation Link

 

CONGRATULATIONS to our Horse Card Winners for week #12 – A. Welle, S. Jarrett, N. Sujlana, C. Coleman, S. Solomon, A. Helms

Mr. Kownacki,

I am a proud parent of Akhil Mekala who is a seventh grader at South County Middle School. I have some exciting news to share about Akhil. Akhil is an avid lover of Lego and Lego programming. He signed up for this year's First Lego League (FLL). His team (Team Flaming Hot

Doritos) won the FLL Divisional competition in the Innovation Project category. The competition was held at Hayfield Secondary School yesterday November 20, 2022. The innovation project idea presented was Akhil's original idea that was expanded and elaborated by the team. In addition to winning the competition in first place, his team also qualified for the State level competitions that will be conducted on December 10, 2022. 

Best Regards

Satish Mekala

Holiday Assistance

Dear SCMS Families,

It is getting close to the holiday season once again. SCMS will be sponsoring Holiday Gift Assistance for the upcoming holiday season. With the holiday season quickly approaching, we understand that some of our students and families may need assistance with holiday gifts and/or food. In this Season of Giving, South County Middle School wants to assist those families who do not qualify for support through local, community agencies.

Your personal information will remain anonymous to donors. If your family needs some assistance with holiday gifts and/or food, please complete this form no later than December 5th.

If your family would like to donate or support our holiday drive, please contact the student services staff members below.

Please contact Mrs. Ramirez and Mrs. Nelson, our Student Services Staff members, at [email protected]; [email protected] if you have any questions.

*𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴, 𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮. 𝘚𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘰 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘴𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘣𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘴 𝘺𝘦𝘵 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱.

7th Grade Vision & Hearing Screening

 

December 7th and 8th through PE classes. 

Students who currently wear glasses will need to bring their  glasses on the screening dates.

Student Services

Career and College Focus News

Ever heard of Naviance? Naviance is a tool that can help with post-secondary planning!! Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness platform that enables self-discovery, career exploration, academic planning, and college preparation. You can explore colleges, narrow down a major, and explore different career opportunities that fit your specific skills and interests. On November 30th, 7th-grade students completed the Strength Explorer and 8th-grade students completed the career inventory. Please ask your student about their results!

Social/Emotional Check-in

During this change of season, it is normal to feel a change in your mood. Changes in your mood can sometimes be managed with the following strategies.  These strategies are helpful for students and adults.

  • Tracking your student’s mood can help you gain a greater understanding of shifts and changes in emotions. Keeping written track of and journaling about their moods may help students notice patterns in their mood shifts as well as potential triggers that might affect their mood.
  • Exercise produces endorphins, which are hormones that help control stress and improve mood. Even moderate exercise can help relieve frequent or abrupt changes in mood.
  • Maintaining a schedule can be helpful. Doing things at the same time every day can help regulate emotional highs and lows.
  • Sleep can help improve mood. Sleep deprivation can affect appetite and energy levels. It can also contribute to sadness, irritability, and general lowness of mood.
  • Nutrition is considered to be a vital component of mood management. Getting enough nutrients and avoiding the consumption of large amounts of sugar and caffeine may help reduce the frequency of mood swings

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Dear Mustang Families-

Turkey Day is rapidly approaching and I could not be more thankful to be part of the South County 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! The Mustang staff continuously shows resilience, compassion, grace, and innovation. I am truly lucky to work with such a dedicated group of educators. I am also grateful for each and every student in the Mustang community. Our students continue to amaze me in and out of the classroom as engaged, global-minded collaborators. Finally, I am thankful for the continued support of the community. The partnership built on trust and communication enables the students and staff and to focus on academic inquiry.

Over the Thanksgiving break, I encourage students and staff to remember to take a break from work, and spend time with family, friends and loved ones! Personally, I will be staying local and enjoying dinner with my extended family at my in-laws house on Thursday. No doubt my time off will be spent watching plenty of football, cheering on Team USA in the World Cup.

As always, thank you for your continued partnership and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. I look forward to seeing you at SCMS soon.

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

703-690-5507

@pakownacki

Dates to Remember:

November 15-21 - NJHS Food Drive

November 18 - TJHSST Application Due

November 21-22 – Hidden In Plain Sight Presentation (HIPS Presentation Flier 2022)

 

November 23-25 – Student & Staff Holidays, No School

December 3 – Winter Craft Fair at SCHS (SCHS Craft Fair)

December 6 – Winter VGA, Reading

December 12 – Winter VGA, Math

December 21-January 2 - Winter Holiday

 

SCMS News Show 11-17

SCMS Career Fair Update

Calling all SCMS Parents and Guardians! Do you have an interesting career that you would like to share with our Mustang students? The Student Services office is accepting video submissions to be uploaded to a virtual Career Fair google site that students will explore at their own pace. Videos should be brief (2-5 minutes in length) and include the following information:

  • Your job title
  • How long have you worked in this industry?
  • What education or professional training did your job require?
  • What is the best part of you job? What is the most challenging part?
  • What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing a career in your field?
  • Any other helpful background information, fun facts, previous jobs, etc.
Submission Deadline is Friday, Nov. 18

Please e-mail your submission to Michael Harris at [email protected].  If you are unable to e-mail your file, you can also upload it to a google drive or YouTube and share the link with Mr. Harris via e-mail. If you need any assistance with your video please e-mail or call Mr. Harris at 703-690-5605. We need your help to make this experience the best and most informative it can be for our students! Thank you for your consideration!

Sincerely,

SCMS Student Services

CONGRATULATIONS to our Horse Card Winners for week #11 – C. Mulcahy, J. Newton, F. Hofmann, & R. Agyare.  Not pictured - L. Nasim & J. Smith

Dear SCMS Families,

It is getting close to the holiday season once again. SCMS will be sponsoring Holiday Gift Assistance for the upcoming holiday season. With the holiday season quickly approaching, we understand that some of our students and families may need assistance with holiday gifts and/or food. In this Season of Giving, South County Middle School wants to assist those families who do not qualify for support through local, community agencies.

Your personal information will remain anonymous to donors. If your family needs some assistance with holiday gifts and/or food, please complete this form no later than December 5th.

If your family would like to donate or support our holiday drive, please contact the student services staff members below.

Please contact Mrs. Ramirez and Mrs. Nelson, our Student Services Staff members, at [email protected]; [email protected] if you have any questions.

*𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴, 𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮. 𝘚𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘰 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘴𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘣𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘴 𝘺𝘦𝘵 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱.

Absences & Tardies Unexcused Tardies

Recently, we have noticed an increase in unexcused tardies across class periods. Being on-time and present in each class is an essential part of learning and overall success. We expect all students to exhibit ownership and respect by being on-time to each class period. When students accumulate 5 or more unexcused tardies in one quarter, they will participate in a tardy reflection to help identify habits and choices that support on-time arrival. All tardies and absences can be monitored in ParentVUE and StudentVue.

 

Absences

Being present in school supports students’ academic success and sense of belonging. As the winter season approaches, we encourage all students to be present each school day. If your student is absent, be sure to call the attendance line (703-690-5555) or email [email protected]  If you are aware of a future absence, please complete the FCPS Request for Prearranged Absence Form and turn it into the office.

When a student is absent, missed assignments are posted on Schoology. The FCPS makeup work policy can be viewed here. Please review the SCMS Attendance Procedures page if you have any questions.

Used Book Collection

The South County Crew Team is collecting gently used books to be sold at the SOCO Craft Fair on Saturday, December 3rd.  Please drop the books in the bin in the South County Middle School Lobby.  

NJHS Food Drive

NJHS is sponsoring a Food Drive this Thanksgiving so that we can give back to our community.  Please donate non-perishable food items in the boxes located around the school. Items include: cookies, popcorn, oatmeal, pasta, canned food, cereal, diapers and pull ups of any size, canned meat, etc. These items will go to the LCAC, which is an organization that seeks to provide low-income individuals, senior citizens, and families residing in Fort Belvoir, Lorton, Newington, and other portions of southeast Fairfax County. Please turn in your donation by Monday, November 21st in the boxes located throughout the school. Thank you for your contribution.

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID testing webpage for more information.

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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

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Dear Mustang Families-

We had a VERY exciting week at South County Middle School (even though it was an oddly interrupted 3 days of school)! On Wednesday, we hosted a community breakfast for all military connected Mustangs, with over 100 attendees. We take pride in our service to the military community and strive to make the transition of students as smooth as possible. We outlined each of the initiatives that we already do for military families and solicited feedback on ways that we can improve. If you were unable to attend, I invite you to submit feedback as we endeavor to obtain the Purple Star Designation using this LINK.

 On Wednesday, I marveled at the talented cast and crew at the opening performance of Romeo and Winifred. The play was hilarious and definitely worth seeing! Luckily, the show will run for the remainder of this week (Friday and Saturday). Thank you to our dedicated theater arts teacher Larry McCormick for all his hard work on the show.

 Thursday was also a busy day. We celebrated over 100 students that completed the 3x4 challenge (reading at least 3 books during the 4 week month of October). Those students were rewarded with a donut party during the Learning Seminar with a TON of cool door-prizes provided by our After School Programs and PTSO including hats, beanies, gift cards, and t-shirts. Literacy is essential to the educational programming at SCMS and it’s great to incentivize it for students. Also on Thursday, report cards (and honor roll letters) were distributed to students during 7th period class. Be sure to check your student’s backpack for their report cards.

 Lastly, Friday November 11 is a student holiday in remembrance of Veteran’s Day. I hope that all students have a restful and rejuvenating three-day weekend. Please set aside a few minutes to reflect on, and appreciate the service that all veterans have given. Even though students will not be in school, Mustang staff will participate in a School Planning Day with the focus of digging deeper into Portrait of a Graduate Skills.

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

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

703-690-5507

@pakownacki

Dates to Remember:

November 11-12 – Romeo & Winifred School Play, 7 PM (romeo & winifred flyer)

November 15 – 7th Grade SOS Screener/8th Grade Fairfax County Youth Survey – Flipped Bell Schedule

November 15-21 - NJHS Food Drive

November 21-22 – Hidden in Plain Sight Presentation

November 23-25 – Student Holidays, No School

December 3 – SCHS Holiday Craft Fair

December 6 – Winter VGA, Reading

December 12 – Winter VGA, Math

 

News Show 11/10/22

This episode contains: 

-News Anchors: Brooke and Lauren Hamilton

-Editor - Hajar Darwish

-Pledge -Glomb's 2nd period Jazmit Kaur

-Native American Opening -Kwabena Minta

-Thanksgiving Trivia - Kimchau Nguyen

-Teacher Spotlight Mrs. Yun - Khogah Sahar 

-SCMS Veteran's - Carleigh Haskins

-Veteran's Breakfast Recap - Jazmit Kaur

-Teacher Trivia REVEAL - Khogah Sahar

-Teacher Trivia FACTS - Hajar Darwish

Birthdays -Edited by Sebastian Stotts

-Weather - Layla Azimi

-SCMS Thankful Reel - Chase Blosser

CONGRATULATIONS

To our Horse Card Winners for week #10 – S. Lopez, K. Washam  Not pictured: A. Welle, B. Webb, K. Cureton, J. Murray

Testing Day, Tuesday, November 15th 

Flipped Bell Schedule

SOS Screener – For 7th Grade Families only

All 7th grade families should have received an email regarding SOS Screener that will be administered on Tuesday, November 15th.  Please take the time to read the email and if you have any questions please reach out to your child’s counselor or Ms. Reese, our Director of Student Services.  

Fairfax County Youth Survey – For 8th Grade Families Only

All 8th Grade families should have received an email regarding the Fairfax County Youth Survey that will be administered on Tuesday, November 15th.  Please take the time to read the email and if you have any questions please reach out to your child’s counselor.

NJHS Food Drive

NJHS is sponsoring a Food Drive this Thanksgiving so that we can give back to our community.  Please donate non-perishable food items in the boxes located around the school. Items include: cookies, popcorn, oatmeal, pasta, canned food, cereal, diapers and pull ups of any size, canned meat, etc. These items will go to the LCAC, which is an organization that seeks to provide low-income individuals, senior citizens, and families residing in Fort Belvoir, Lorton, Newington, and other portions of southeast Fairfax County. Please turn in your donation by Monday, November 21st in the boxes located throughout the school. Thank you for your contribution.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Applications Closing November 18

Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2027 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). 

The application will be available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage starting October 24, at 4 p.m. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 18, at 4 p.m. Visit the TJHSST registration website for more information. 

SCMS Career Fair Update

Calling all SCMS Parents and Guardians! Do you have an interesting career that you would like to share with our Mustang students? The Student Services office is accepting video submissions to be uploaded to a virtual Career Fair google site that students will explore at their own pace. Videos should be brief (2-5 minutes in length) and include the following information:

  • Your job title
  • How long have you worked in this industry?
  • What education or professional training did your job require?
  • What is the best part of you job? What is the most challenging part?
  • What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing a career in your field?
  • Any other helpful background information, fun facts, previous jobs, etc.

Submission Deadline is Friday, Nov. 18

Please e-mail your submission to Michael Harris at [email protected].  If you are unable to e-mail your file, you can also upload it to a google drive or YouTube and share the link with Mr. Harris via e-mail. If you need any assistance with your video please e-mail or call Mr. Harris at 703-690-5605. We need your help to make this experience the best and most informative it can be for our students! Thank you for your consideration!

Sincerely,

SCMS Student Services

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Dates to Remember:

November 6 - Daylight Savings Time Ends

Daylight saving time will end this Sunday, November 6, at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour!

November 8 – Student Holiday, No School

November 9-12 – Romeo & Winifred School Play, 7 PM (Romeo & Winifred Flyer)

November 11 – Veteran's Day, Student Holiday, No School

As a reminder, Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day is a time to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our veterans and their families have made on our behalf. We thank them for their service. Learn about the history of Veterans Day

November 15 – 7th Grade SOS Screener/8th Grade Fairfax County Youth Survey – FLIPPED SCHEDULE

November 21-22 – Hidden In Plain Sight Presentation (HIPS Presentation Flier 2022.pdf)

November 23-25 – Student Holidays, No School

December 3 – Winter Craft Fair at SCHS (Winter Craft Fair & 2022 Extravaganza Kids Flyer)

December 6 – Winter VGA, Reading

December 12 – Winter VGA, Math

 

This Week's News Show

This episode contains: 

News Anchors and Editors: Victoria Eller and Carleigh Haskins

CONGRATULATIONS

Our Horse Card Winners for week #9 – S. Herbert, A. Kakar, M. Conner, J. Lakes, N. Noriega, not pictured I. Butts

Your Photos are READY!

SOUTH COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

Event Code: FE181322

Also Needed: PE Class

 

Good news! JostensPIX was recently at your school to photograph picture day,

and your student's photos are now available for viewing and ordering!

Click on the button below to get started.

VIEW AND ORDER PHOTOS HERE

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DID YOU KNOW?

  • You can personalize your photos with a variety of backgrounds and text
  • Photos are shipped directly to your home
  • High-res digital downloads are available
  • If you have more than one child, you can order together and pay once

Any questions please call 1-877-515-1447

South County High School Football Games

We will begin new procedures starting at the next home football game. For safety and security reasons, beginning at our next home football game (vs. Lake Braddock) on November 4, all elementary and middle school students must be accompanied by an adult. We will not permit children younger than high school age into the game without supervision. Many high schools in the district have already adopted this policy, and we're hopeful that this new procedure will make the game experience more enjoyable for everyone in attendance.

Here is a synopsis of what we expect at football games with audience behavior:

  • Cheer for the Stallions, not against our opponent
  • Students must be picked up within 30 minutes of the end of the game
  • Students should be in the stands, not hanging around the concession stand
  • Anyone who leaves must pay to re-enter
  • Middle School students must be supervised by an adult at the game
  • Anyone trying to enter the game without paying will be removed and can be banned from attending future games.

Prohibited Items

  • Backpacks and large bags (students and adults)
  • Outside Food and Drink
  • Sporting equipment (balls, etc.)
  • Artificial noisemakers
SOS Screener – For 7th Grade Families only

All 7th grade families should have received an email regarding SOS Screener that will be administered on Tuesday, November 15th.  Please take the time to read the email and if you have any questions please reach out to your child’s counselor or Ms. Reese, our Director of Student Services.  

Fairfax County Youth Survey – For 8th Grade Families Only

All 8th Grade families should have received an email regarding the Fairfax County Youth Survey that will be administered on Tuesday, November 15th.  Please take the time to read the email and if you have any questions please reach out to your child’s counselor.

Outstanding Employee Awards

It is that time of year again!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! This year, as always, our goal is to choose South County Middle School winners in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. We 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 for each category, but please only submit one nomination per category.  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. 

Please use this link for more information and to nominate your outstanding employee.

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 11, 2022

If you have any questions, please contact Miranda Hendershot at [email protected]

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2027 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). 

The application will be available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage starting October 24, at 4 p.m. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 18, at 4 p.m. Visit the TJHSST registration website for more information. 

Career Fair- Friday, December 2nd

Calling all SCMS Parents and Guardians! SCMS will be hosting a Career Fair for our students on Friday, December 2nd and we would love to have you participate!  The SCMS Career Fair is designed to expose our students to the world of work.  We are looking for a wide-range of professionals to share their background, skills, and experiences.  

Participants would be asked to have displays and/or items related to their industry/profession and come ready to share your professional experiences with students.  Students will have the opportunity to walk around and speak with professionals from various industries to learn more about what types of careers they are interested in.

Participants are asked to arrive at SCMS by 8:30am.  Students will attend the expo from 9:05-10:30.  

If you are interested, please fill out this link to sign up.

If you would like more information, please contact Mr. Harris ([email protected]) and Ms. Spingler ([email protected]

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A Message from Our Principal

 

Dear Mustang Families-

We wrapped up another amazing week of learning at South County Middle School. This upcoming Monday (October 24) is a student holiday is observance of Diwali. Diwali is one of the most popular festival in Hinduism and symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. During the festival it is common to see Hindus, Sikhs and Jains illuminate their homes with candles and lanterns. The illumination metaphor is perfect timing, since next week is the final week of the 1st quarter of learning for the school year! To mark the end of the quarter, October 28 is a 2-hour early release. On that day, SCMS students will participate in our first Fall Fest Team games! We are excited to provide this opportunity to students to reward them for an amazing quarter of learning. 

Lastly, You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information

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

Peter Kownacki

Principal

South County Middle School

703-690-5507

@pakownacki

 

Dates to Remember:

October 24 – School Holiday, Diwali

October 25 - PTSO General Membership Meeting (see information)

October 26 & 27 - PICTURE DAYS!  

October 27 - Choral Concert and 10 Year Recognition

October 28 – SOCO Games, End of 1st Quarter, 2 Hour Early Release at 12:15 PM

October 31 – Student Holiday, Teacher Work Day

November 8 – School Holiday, Election Day

November 11 – Student Holiday, Veteran’s Day

November 15 – 7th Grade SOS Screener/8th Grade Fairfax County Youth Survey – FLIPPED SCHEDULE

November 21-22 – Hidden In Plain Sight Presentation (see flyer)

November 23-25 – School Holidays

December 3 – Winter Craft Fair at SCHS (see Winter Craft Fair Flyer)

December 6 – Winter VGA, Reading

December 12 – Winter VGA, Math

 

Here is this week's news show:

News Show - October 20

Choral Concert and 10 Year Recognition

Everyone is invited to our Fall Choral Concert on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00PM in the Gym.  Ms. Glomb is excited for everyone to come and listen to the students sing.

In addition to the choral concert we will be joined by several members from the Board of Supervisors and the School Board to present to the school the resolutions that were passed over the summer commending SCMS on their 10 year anniversary.

I am writing to acknowledge one of your students, Cameron Williams (7th Grader), and her volunteer efforts at Stemology's Stem Fest 2022 on October 8, 2022. Cameron was the dedicated lead of the concession stand and took her activities very seriously.  Concessions are an important part of our fundraising efforts to keep the Stem Fest free to the public.  She priced and created signage for the items before the event.  On the day of the event, she led every part from setup to cleanup.  Also during the event, she served as the announcer to direct attendees to scheduled demonstrations and for the periodic raffles.  Her willingness to serve in any way that was asked of her should be commended.  We are thankful that Principal Kownacki advertised the event and one of your students heeded the call. Fairfax County Supervisor Dan Storck, Superintendent Reid, and the FCPS Ignite partnership director were in attendance and Cameron had an opportunity to speak with them and suggest ways to make STEM classes more engaging to students.

Thank you,

Shikha Dixit, 

Founder STEAMOLOGY

www.STEAMOLOGYus.org

CONGRATULATIONS

Our Horse Card Winners for week #8 are T. Cicala, Z. Cody, L. Drake, E. Baye, 

Not pictured - J. Kaur & A. Harris

Tardies/Arrival Reminders

We have noticed an increase in the number of students arriving late to school.  Being on time is essential to creating a positive learning environment and minimizing distraction. School begins at 7:30 AM.  If a student arrives any time after the bell rings, even at 7:31 AM, they must stop in the office to sign in late.  

Please discuss with your student(s) the importance of arriving to school and 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/ 

Kiss and Ride Procedures

Please remember there is one entrance to the kiss and ride at South County, but cars come from both directions on Laurel Crest Drive.  Please merge together into one line, turning right as you get into the parking lot.  The line will go towards the turf fields then loop around to the front of the building.  

The most important part of making the kiss-n-ride run smoothly is to pull your car as far forward as you possibly can.  If you're the first car in a cycle pull your car all the way up to the sign at the end of the kiss and ride loop up to that sign and each car behind them will fall in line and pull as far forward as they can up to the rear bumper of the car in front of them once that line comes to a stop.  Your student should be ready to exit your vehicle on the passenger side as soon as you pull up.  

Once you have dropped off your student please follow the directions down the side of the parking lot and take a right turn onto Laurel Crest Drive.  You’ll be able to turn around once you get to the traffic circle.    Please do not make a u-turn on Laurel Crest Drive at any point.

While it may be tempting, please do not pull into any other areas of the parking lot to drop off your mustang.  With buses and staff members also trying to get to and from school, it is unsafe for students to exit anywhere other than the kiss and ride line. follow all signs and cones in the parking lot and always pay attention to the staff members who are directing you

In both the morning and the afternoon we ask that you stay in the kiss and ride loop and refrain from parking in any spots in the parking lot. Additionally to ensure student safety please do not allow your child to cross the parking lot or any traffic.  We want pick up and drop off to be as easy and quick as possible.  Remember to follow all staff members directions 

Picture Day - Save the Date 

Wednesday, October 26th & Thursday, October 27th during PE

  • Preview your pictures before you buy them
  • Buy only what you want
  • Personalize your photos
  • Photos ship directly to you home
  • High-res digital downloads

Order at JOSTENSPIX.COM 

Event code: FE181322

Any questions please call 1-877-515-1447

South County High School Football Games

We will begin new procedures starting at the next home football game. For safety and security reasons, beginning at our next home football game (vs. Lake Braddock) on November 4, all elementary and middle school students must be accompanied by an adult. We will not permit children younger than high school age into the game without supervision. Many high schools in the district have already adopted this policy, and we're hopeful that this new procedure will make the game experience more enjoyable for everyone in attendance.

Here is a synopsis of what we expect at football games with audience behavior:

  • Cheer for the Stallions, not against our opponent
  • Students must be picked up within 30 minutes of the end of the game
  • Students should be in the stands, not hanging around the concession stand
  • Anyone who leaves must pay to re-enter
  • Middle School students must be supervised by an adult at the game
  • Anyone trying to enter the game without paying will be removed and can be banned from attending future games.

Prohibited Items

  • Backpacks and large bags (students and adults)
  • Outside Food and Drink
  • Sporting equipment (balls, etc.)
  • Artificial noisemakers
Student's Forgotten Items/Lunches

Please do not drop off a student's forgotten items such as lunch, cell phone, laptops, classroom assignments, instruments, water bottles, etc. to the main office. Due to the schedule and frequent class changes, we cannot interrupt class to notify a student that an item has been dropped off and students may not check their phones during the school day.   Students can access loaner laptops if needed and lunch is available for purchase each day in the cafeteria. If you have a unique concern related to your student, please reach out to their school counselor.  We appreciate your help and support.

Laptops & Chargers

Please remember to have your student bring their assigned laptop and charger to school every day.  If you have lost your charger you will need to purchase another for $23.  The preferred method of payment is via MySchoolBucks (link).

Impact Aid

Beginning October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Our forms were sent home with students on Thursday, October 20.

Returning this form is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All responses are confidential. 

Watch the Video to learn more about this process. 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Applications Opening October 24

Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2027 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). 

The application will be available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage starting October 24, at 4 p.m. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 18, at 4 p.m. Visit the TJHSST registration website for more information. 

Outstanding Employee Awards

It is that time of year again!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! This year, as always, our goal is to choose South County Middle School winners in each category to submit for consideration at the pyramid, region and division levels. We 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 for each category, but please only submit one nomination per category.  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. 

Please use this link for more information and to nominate your outstanding employee.

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 11, 2022

If you have any questions, please contact Miranda Hendershot at [email protected]

PTSO General Membership Meeting 

Please join us on Tuesday, October 25th at 7pm for our first General Membership Meeting of the year.  We will highlight our planned events for the school year and discuss available volunteer opportunities.  The virtual meeting call-in information is listed below. 

We look forward to partnering with you for a successful year!

South County Middle School PTSO Board

Join Zoom Meeting

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/92189626932

Meeting ID: 921 8962 6932

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Student Services SOS Screener – For 7th Grade Families only

All 7th grade families should have received an email regarding SOS Screener that will be administered on Tuesday, November 15th.  Please take the time to read the email and if you have any questions please reach out to your child’s counselor or Ms. Reese, our Director of Student Services.  

Fairfax County Youth Survey - For 8th Grade Families Only

All 8th Grade families should have received an email regarding the Fairfax County Youth Survey that will be administered on Tuesday, November 15th.  Please take the time to read the email and if you have any questions please reach out to your child’s counselor.

Career Fair- Friday, December 2nd

Calling all SCMS Parents and Guardians! SCMS will be hosting a Career Fair for our students on Friday, December 2nd and we would love to have you participate!  The SCMS Career Fair is designed to expose our students to the world of work.  We are looking for a wide-range of professionals to share their background, skills, and experiences.  

Participants would be asked to have displays and/or items related to their industry/profession and come ready to share your professional experiences with students.  Students will have the opportunity to walk around and speak with professionals from various industries to learn more about what types of careers they are interested in.

Participants are asked to arrive at SCMS by 8:30am.  Students will attend the expo from 9:05-10:30.  

If you are interested, please fill out this link to sign up.

If you would like more information, please contact Mr. Harris ([email protected]) and Ms. Spingler ([email protected]

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Dates to Remember

 

October 15, Lorton Community Center & Library Grand Opening (insert pdf)

October 24, Diwali, Student Holiday, No School

October 27, Chorus Concert, 7 PM, Gym

October 28, End of 1st Quarter, 2 Hour Early Release

October 31, Professional Workday, No School

Here is this week's news show:

October 14 News Show

This episode contains: 

-News Anchors: Lily McGuinness and Jackson Newton

-Editor - Sebastian Stotts and Alex Higgins

-Opening Mental Health Awareness - Chase Blosser

-Pledge -Rupert's 4th Hajar Darwish

-PSA Don't Text and Drive - Yonathan Samuel

-Fruit Candy vs Chocolate - Victoria Eller

-Breaking News 3 - Produced and edited by Victoria Eller and Carleigh Haskins

-Funny Animal Vines - Lily McGuinness

-Teacher Trivia Reveal - Edited by Victoria Eller

-Teacher Trivia Facts - Edited Chase Blosser

-3x4 Challenge - Edited Victoria Eller

-Birthdays -Edited by Hajar Darwish

-Weather - Anchored and edited by Yohana Kebede

Unity Spirit Week

Next week is Unity Spirit Week as SCMS Unites Against Bullying.  We will be recognizing this week with the following themes:

Monday, 10/17  “Kindness Ties Us Together”    Wear your favorite Tie or Bow Tie

Tuesday-  10/18  “Be Someone’s Superhero”      Dress like your favorite Superhero

Wednesday- 10/19 “Unite Against Bullying” 

Wear Orange on National Bullying Prevention Day

Thursday – 10/20  “Pack Up Against Bullying”

Carry your supplies in anything but a Backpack

Friday – 10/21 “Don’t Sleep on being a Bystander”

Wear your Favorite Pajamas

 

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying in FCPS’ Students Rights and Responsibilities is defined as: “Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. Bullying includes cyberbullying. It does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.”

For more information on how FCPS handles a bullying situation, please visit the FCPS Bullying Prevention and Intervention webpage. Our goal is to ensure all students feel safe and welcome at school. If you have questions and/or concerns about something going on at school, please contact the front office, so they can support you, and most importantly, your student.  

Parent Resource Center Webinars Address Bullying

On October 27, at 7 p.m., the Parent Resource Center (PRC) will host a “Meet the Author” event with Nalani and Leila Butler, graduates of Hayfield Secondary School, who will read their book Paige Saves the Day. The book addresses overcoming bullying. Register online for this webinar. Adults and children are welcome. 

The PRC will also host a webinar on Bullying Prevention on November 18, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Register online.

Digital Citizenship Week

Fairfax County Public School is celebrating a decade of digital citizenship week learning next week, from Oct. 17 - 21!  Be on the lookout for resources and information, and what’s happening in schools by searching Twitter for #FCPSdigcit.

This Digital Connections video series helps families like yours start conversations with their kids about using technology safely and responsibly. Feel free to explore! Here is the direct link to the videos: https://www.digitalconnections.org/ For more information about Digital Citizenship in general, go to the FCPS website and look for Digital Citizenship for Families page.

Federal Impact Aid Survey

Beginning October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

Returning this form is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All responses are confidential. 

Watch the video to learn more about this process.

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS students, teachers, and staff at five locations across the county on October 17, 18, and 19. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

7th Annnual Tour de Mount Vernon

Join Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck for the 7th Annual Tour de Mount Vernon, Community Bike Ride on Saturday, October 22 at 8:30 a.m.- starting and ending at the Workhouse Arts Center. Riders have the option of riding the full 38 mile route or a shorter 19 mile route. The Tour de Mount Vernon brings cyclists on a fun ride through the southern and central portions of the Mount Vernon District including a scenic route through Fort Belvoir. The route consists of paved roads, paved trails and has several challenging sections. Ride monitors and Fairfax County Police help with directions and keep everyone safe. The rides ends with music, famous sweet potato chili, beverages, fun and comradery! For more information and to register click the link! https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/mountvernon/tour-de-mount-vernon-2022

Free Student Bus Pass Program

There will be communications from FCPS and the Fairfax county government regarding the free student bus pass program.  The video is below.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nycsQ6H-ql4

Fairfax County Youth Survey – For 8th Grade Families Only

Families of 8th graders:

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

Online responses will not be traced back to your child's personal information or linked to a computer, email address, or other electronic identifiers. No personally identifiable information or IP addresses will be recorded. Survey responses will be stored in a secure server which is compliant with federal data security standards. To protect students' anonymity, the responses will be read and analyzed only by the researchers and summarized in a report with no personal identifiers.

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

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

The survey will be administered at South County Middle School during Learning Seminar on November 15, 2022.

A copy of the survey will be available to parents and/or guardians on line at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youth-survey.

If you do not wish for your child to take part in the survey, please complete the attached form and return it to your child's school counselor no later than November 7, 2022.  Translated forms and surveys can be found here. 

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Stefan Mascoll, coordinator, Student Safety and Wellness Office, at 571-423-4270.

 

If you do not wish for your child to take part in the survey, please complete the attached form and return it to your child's school counselor no later than November 7, 2022.

 

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Stefan Mascoll, coordinator, Student Safety and Wellness Office, at 571-423-4270.

Career Fair- Friday, December 2nd

Calling all SCMS Parents and Guardians! SCMS will be hosting a Career Fair for our students on Friday, December 2nd and we would love to have you participate!  The SCMS Career Fair is designed to expose our students to the world of work.  We are looking for a wide-range of professionals to share their background, skills, and experiences. 

Participants would be asked to have displays and/or items related to their industry/profession and come ready to share your professional experiences with students.  Students will have the opportunity to walk around and speak with professionals from various industries to learn more about what types of careers they are interested in.

Participants are asked to arrive at SCMS by 8:30am.  Students will attend the expo from 9:05-10:30. 

If you are interested, please fill out this link to sign up.

If you would like more information, please contact Mr. Harris ([email protected]) and Ms. Spingler ([email protected])

 

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Attendance: 703-690-5555 | Web

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