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GMS Newsletter News (May 2, 2021)

Newsletter News: Updates from the GMS Newsletters

(Text Only: For the complete newsletter, including pictures, please see your email from Mr. Whitlow.)

 

May 2, 2021

 

What's Happening at GMS?!?!

May 2, 2021

 

FINISH STRONG, GMS!

THERE ARE ONLY 16 STUDENT DAYS LEFT THIS SCHOOL YEAR (NOT INCLUDING WEDNESDAYS)!

BE SURE YOU FINISH STRONG BY GIVING EVERY CLASS YOUR VERY BEST EFFORT.

NOW IS YOUR TIME TO SHINE!

 

ROOFTOP VIEW OF OUR BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS 

(Please see emailed version of newsletter for all images.)

 

DOES THE NEWEST GOVERNOR'S ORDER CHANGE SPRING SPORTS MASKING PROTOCOLS?

Not just yet...

While Governor Northam has amended Executive Order 72 to align Virginia's mask requirements with the latest CDC guidelines, a Friday email from the Virginia Department of Education states, "mask use is still required indoors and outdoors at large crowded events like concerts, fine arts performances, sporting events, and graduation ceremonies".

Thank you for your help in assisting our school as we strive to follow the guidance currently given!

 

GMS STUDENTS CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

Many thanks to Ms. Blatt and her students for sharing numerous, important Earth Day messages for all to see.

(Images available on the emailed newsletter.)

 

LITERATURE DISCUSSION IN 8TH GRADE ENGLISH

Mrs. Sharp leads her students in a thoughtful discussion of Harper Lee's, To Kill a Mockingbird.

(Image available on the emailed newsletter.)

 

 

SOL SCHEDULE IS NOW AVAILABLE

Families received our Spring SOL schedule via email last week. Here are those details again:

 

SOL Testing Schedule for May 11th, 13th, and 14th

SOL Testing Block

8:20 - 11:15

 

1A/2B

11:20 - 11:45

 

3A/4B

11:50 - 12:15

 

5A/6B

12:20 - 1:55

 

1st Lunch

12:15 - 12:45

 

2nd Lunch

12:50 - 1:20

 

3rd Lunch

1:25 – 1:55

 

7A/8B

2:00 – 2:25

 

May 11th: All Group 5 students, who attend Monday – Friday, will take a math SOL, 6, 7 and 8, all levels.

 

May 13th: All Group 5 students, who attend Monday- Friday, will take an English SOL, 6, 7, 8, all levels.

 

May 14th: Although SOL testing will not occur this day, we will maintain the three-hour delay schedule to align with the high school. Grade level teams are crafting activities for their students to engage during the morning window of time.

 

May 18th: All Group 5 students, who attend Monday- Friday, will take a science or Civics SOL, 8th grade only.

 

Group 3 students, students who are 100% virtual, will test on May 12th, 18 and 19th. Please see letter sent via email last week for specific details.

 

On May 11th and 13th, students should ONLY bring a charged laptop and their charger, for testing. Book bags should be left home on these dates. Additionally, all students are to report on time, by 8:20 AM, both days.

 

HOW MANY WEDNESDAY SUPPORT SESSIONS ARE LEFT?

Due to upcoming SOL testing, Wednesday Support Sessions are only scheduled for May 5th and May 26th.

Please contact Dottie Forrest, GMS Counseling Coordinator, or your child's teacher if you would like your child to participate.

 

 

SPRING ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

See the GMS Athletics page for links to each sport.

 

BEFORE YOU ATTEND A SPRING SPORT, REMEMBER AND FOLLOW BELOW GUIDELINES

Please see images posted to the emailed version of the newsletter, including 

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

 

VISIT OUR ATHLETICS PAGE IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL INFO

 See the GMS Athletics page

 

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

 

PLEASE REVIEW THIS SCHEDULE OFTEN AS IT IS UPDATED REGULARLY

 

 

Friday, 5/7:

Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

 

Tuesday, 5/11 through Tuesday, 5/18:

Spring SOL testing per above schedule

 

Monday, 5/24 through Friday, 5/28 (excluding Wednesday, 5/26):

Secondary schools dismissal at 12:30pm

 

Friday, 5/28:

End of 2nd semester and last student day

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND FACIAL COVERINGS

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

 

 

April 18, 2021

SPRING SPORTS ABOUT TO BEGIN

Our coaches and student-athletes are busily preparing for the spring season set to start in just a few, short days. Please remember the following requirements:

  • Spectators must wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times.
  • Ten feet of physical distance must be maintained between spectators who are not family members. See prior newsletter for definition used for "family members".
  • Spectators are encouraged to bring outdoor chairs to accommodate their specific families while maintaining ten feet of physical distance between each group.
  • Bleachers will likely be used by coaches for baseball and softball to accommodate student-athletes as dugouts are not big enough to maintain social distancing.
  • Soccer bleachers will only hold a small number of spectators while abiding by the physical distancing requirements mentioned above.
  • All spring sports this year are between Roanoke Valley Middle School League participants. Consequently, admission prices are: $5 for adults$2 for students, and free for all children under school age.

 

SPRING ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

See the GMS Athletics page for links to each sport.

 

BEFORE YOU ATTEND A SPRING SPORT, REMEMBER AND FOLLOW BELOW GUIDELINES

Please see images posted to the emailed version of the newsletter, including 

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

 

VISIT OUR ATHLETICS PAGE IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL INFO

 See the GMS Athletics page

 

WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK: PBIS FAMILY SURVEY

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

We are moving forward in creating a robust Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program designed to proactively teach students "how we do business" at GMS as well as positively support their efforts. We need your feedback as we establish baseline data!

We invite you to participate in completing our annual School Climate PBIS Survey. This survey includes questions about your student’s learning, school safety, and interpersonal relationships, as well as your attitudes about the institutional environment and your personal involvement in school. Your responses will be very helpful in improving student relationships, learning conditions, and the overall school environment.

Beginning today, April 18, 2021, we invite all parents, guardians and caretakers to complete this survey for our school. The survey is completely anonymous and brief; it contains 21 questions and takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. You can take the survey online by using the following unique school link:

Please see the link emailed to GMS families by Mr. Whitlow. 

All your responses are completely anonymous. We have no way to connect you to your answers, and results will only be reported as group responses. There are no right or wrong answers. We just want to know about your personal experiences. Responses are housed securely in an anonymous format with the University of Oregon Technical Assistance Center projects for evaluation research purposes. All evaluation research projects are in compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, (343 CFR 99.31 (6)) and human subjects regulations (Protection of Human Subjects 45 CFR 46). As you respond to each item, think about your own personal experiences as a parent, caregiver or guardian at your student’s school. Please answer all of the questions, or your answers won’t be recorded, but you can mark “I prefer not to answer” if you don’t want to answer a question about you.

If you cannot access the online survey, please pick up a paper copy in your school office, complete it, and leave it in the box designated for that purpose. All surveys, online and paper, should be submitted by Friday, April 30, 2021. Each school’s total survey results will be used to inform and develop appropriate strategies, procedures, and/or programs to enhance our school climate.

We hope you will take the time to provide us with this valuable information. Feel free to call our office at (540) 387-6322 if you have any questions. Thank you for your time and participation!

 

NATIONAL RX TAKEBACK SET FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 24TH

The next National Rx Take Back event will take place Saturday, April 24th from 10am to 2pm in our area. Numerous sites are available as noted above. (Please see the image in the emailed version of the newsletter.)This is a wonderful opportunity for our communities to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, and/or expired medications. 

 

DRESS CODE REMINDERS

Just a friendly reminder as the warmer weather begins to overtake cooler temperatures. The Roanoke County School Board Dress Code includes, but is not limited to, the following guidelines:

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Clothing must cover areas from one armpit across to the other armpit, down to approximately 3 to 4 inches in length on the upper thighs (see images below). Tops must have shoulder straps. Rips or tears in clothing should be lower than the 3 to 4 inches in length.
  2. Shoes must be worn at all times and should be safe for the school environment (pajamas, bedroom shoes or slippers shall not be worn, except for school activities approved by the principal).
  3. See-through or mesh garments must not be worn without appropriate coverage underneath that meet the minimum requirements of the dress code.
  4. Headgear including hats, hoodies, and caps are not allowed unless permitted for religious, medical, or other reason by school administration.
  5. Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as sports uniforms or safety gear.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Clothing may not depict, imply, advertise, or advocate illegal, violent, or lewd conduct, weapons, or the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.
  2. Clothing may not depict or imply pornography, nudity, or sexual acts.
  3. Clothing may not display or imply vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene language or images.
  4. Clothing may not state, imply, or depict hate speech/imagery targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or any other protected classification.
  5. Sunglasses may not be worn inside the building.
  6. Clothing and accessories that endanger student or staff safety may not be worn.
  7. Apparel, jewelry, accessories, tattoos, or manner of grooming that, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark or any other attribute, denotes membership in a gang that advocates illegal or disruptive behavior is prohibited.

The Roanoke County School Board Dress Code can be found in it entirety in our 2020-21 Student Agenda Book as well as online.

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

 

PLEASE REVIEW THIS SCHEDULE OFTEN AS IT IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Monday, 4/19:

Spring sports pictures beginning at 3pm

 

Monday, 4/19-Tuesday, 4/20 and Thursday, 4/22:

5th grade visits at GMS

 

Friday, 4/30:

Interim midpoint

 

Friday, 5/7:

Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

 

Monday, 5/10 through Friday, 5/14:

Spring SOL testing in English and math

 

Monday, 5/17 through Friday, 5/21:

Spring SOL testing in Physical Science 8 and Civics

 

Monday, 5/25 through Friday, 5/28 (excluding Wednesday, 5/26):

Secondary schools dismissal at 12:30pm

 

Friday, 5/28:

End of 2nd semester and last student day

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND FACIAL COVERINGS

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

 

 

April 11, 2021

FINDING WAYS TO ENGAGE

Several of Ms. Culler's students are shown engaged in a variety of activities. The students started the morning by chatting, individually, with Ms. Culler about the books they are reading. Ms. Culler previously provided the students with several options from which to choose. Next, Ms. Culler used an online application to walk face-to-face and online students through a review of their Daily Grammar Practice (DGP) efforts. Not long afterward, the students were set to return to work on previously-assigned projects. (See the emailed version of the newsletter for images.)

 

CAR RIDER PICK-UP AND WHERE TO PARK

Thank you, families, for refraining from parking in areas not intended for parking.

Feel free to use designated and clearly marked parking spaces when available.

Thanks, too, for keeping parking spaces designated for individuals with disabilities open for those in need.

 

SPRING SPORTS INFORMATION

Tryouts for spring sports begin Monday, April 12th.

Please see individual coaches for sport-specific information.

 

SPRING ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

See the GMS Athletics page for links to each sport.

 

Boys' and girls' home soccer matches are currently set for the middle school upper field.

Softball home games are currently set for the middle school softball field.

Baseball practices and home games are currently set for Green Hill Park.

Stay tuned for details regarding home track meets.

 

WHAT RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IN PLACE FOR ATTENDING SPRING SPORTING EVENTS?

The newest Return-to-Play Plan updated on March 25, 2021 and available on our website provides the following guidance as it pertains to spring sports and in accordance with Governor Northam's updated executive order:

For sports played outdoors, the total number of spectators cannot exceed the lesser of 30 percent of the occupancy load of the certificate of occupancy for the venue or 500 spectators per field.

 

Spectators must wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times, and ten feet of physical distance must be maintained between spectators who are not Family members, as defined in

section 1, subsection D, paragraph 2 (see below).

Family Members: “Family members” include blood relations, adopted, step, and foster relations, as well as all individuals residing in the same household or visiting such household pursuant to a child custody arrangement or order. Family members are not required to maintain physical distancing while in their homes.

 

Thank you for using the below guides in determining whether or not to attend a sporting event as a spectator as well as how to attend safely and respectfully. (Please see the emailed version of the newsletter for the images.)

 

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

 

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION RELATED TO ATHLETICS AT GMS?

Please visit our athletics page using the link below.

Athletics

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

PLEASE REVIEW THIS SCHEDULE OFTEN AS IT IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Monday, 4/12:

The spring sports season begins

 

Wednesday, 4/14:

RESCHEDULE: Spring pictures for Group 3 students

3pm to 6pm

Auxiliary Gym

Enter through the main office and wear a facial covering

Expect a temperature check

 

Monday, 4/19:

Spring sports pictures beginning at 3pm

 

Monday, 4/19-Tuesday, 4/20 and Thursday, 4/22:

5th grade visits at GMS

 

Friday, 4/30:

Interim midpoint

 

Friday, 5/7:

Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

 

Monday, 5/10 through Friday, 5/14:

Spring SOL testing in English and math

 

Monday, 5/17 through Friday, 5/21:

Spring SOL testing in Physical Science 8 and Civics

 

Monday, 5/25 through Friday, 5/28 (excluding Wednesday, 5/26):

Secondary schools dismissal at 12:30pm

 

Friday, 5/28:

End of 2nd semester and last student day

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND FACIAL COVERINGS

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

 

APRIL 2, 2021

ALL-DISTRICT CHOIR EVENT AT GMS

Although our area was unable to hold an All-District Choral event, Mrs. Haynie found a way to celebrate the accomplishments of our talented vocalists in house on Saturday, March 20th. Congratulations to these middle schoolers for being named to All-District and many thanks to Mrs. Haynie for creating an opportunity to perform.

 

AFTERNOON CAR RIDER REMINDERS

While our parking lot was not designed for the number of car riders currently using that option, the task-at-hand can be safely managed with your daily assistance. Here are a few, helpful reminders to that end:

  1. Do park against the curb so buses can move to the front of the car rider line.
  2. Do wait for buses to pull away before moving forward.
  3. Do wait for vehicles in front of you to pull away before moving forward.
  4. Do avoid passing vehicles unless guided by a staff member.
  5. Do remember the safety of our students, staff, and drivers is far more important than quickly leaving the parking lot.

Thanks so very much for doing your part to keep the afternoon car rider line safe for all involved!

 

BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH

Many thanks to Brain Injury Ambassador and GMS student, Seth N., for reminding us March was Brain Injury Awareness Month. Seth shared a number of timely resources to include the above graphic.

 

NEW SPACE FOR ATHLETIC BAGS

The wrestling room (room 143) located near Ms. Wade's room has been updated to allow space for athletic bags. Spring sports require a lot of equipment and we hope this adjustment will minimize the need for student-athletes to carry athletic bags throughout the school day.

The room will be open before school, closed during the school day, and opened again just after school.

Student-athletes should use every other rectangle first as well as take care to keep their belongings from touching the belongings of others per COVID-19 restrictions.

 

SPRING SPORTS INFORMATION

Baseball open gyms resume Tuesday, April 6th and Thursday, April 8th. Plan to meet Coach Feazell outside the boys’ locker room just after school ends. Open gym will last until 4:30pm and all participants must have a ride ready to pick them up in front of the ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

Boys’ soccer open gyms will resume on Tuesday, April 6th and Thursday, April 8th. Open gym participants should meet in the Forum Hall right after school. Each session will end at 4:30pm.

Girls’ soccer will hold their final out-of-season workout on Wednesday, April 7th at 4pm.

Softball open gyms will take place on Monday, April 5th and Wednesday, April 7th. Meet the coaches at the cafeteria doors, ready to go, and right after school.

Student-athletes interested in spring track: keep listening to the morning announcements and check Daily Announcements on our webpage for updates. More is forthcoming!

 

SPRING ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

Please see the emailed version of the newsletter or the Athletics page for the spring schedules.

  

Boys' and girls' home soccer matches are currently set for the middle school upper field.

Softball home games are currently set for the middle school softball field.

Baseball practices and home games are currently set for Green Hill Park.

Stay tuned for details regarding home track meets.

 

WHAT RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IN PLACE FOR ATTENDING SPRING SPORTING EVENTS?

The newest Return-to-Play Plan updated on March 25, 2021 provides the following guidance as it pertains to spring sports and in accordance with Governor Northam's updated executive order:

For sports played outdoors, the total number of spectators cannot exceed the lesser of 30 percent of the occupancy load of the certificate of occupancy for the venue or 500 spectators per field.

Spectators must wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times, and ten feet of physical distance must be maintained between spectators who are not Family members, as defined in section 1, subsection D, paragraph 2 (see below).

Family Members: “Family members” include blood relations, adopted, step, and foster relations, as well as all individuals residing in the same household or visiting such household pursuant to a child custody arrangement or order. Family members are not required to maintain physical distancing while in their homes.

 

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION RELATED TO ATHLETICS AT GMS?

Please visit our athletics page using the link below.

Athletics

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

PLEASE REVIEW THIS SCHEDULE OFTEN AS IT IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Tuesday, 4/6:

Football interest meeting @ 5:30pm

GMS Forum Hall

Social distancing and facial covering requirements must be followed

 

Wednesday, 4/7:

Spring pictures for Group 3 students

 

Thursday, 4/8:

Spring pictures for Group 5 students

 

Friday, 4/9:

Spring pictures for Group 5 students absent the prior day

Report cards sent home

 

Monday, 4/12:

The spring sports season begins

 

Monday, 4/19:

Spring sports pictures beginning at 3pm

 

Monday, 4/19-Tuesday, 4/20 and Thursday, 4/22:

5th grade visits at GMS

 

Friday, 4/30:

Interim midpoint

 

Friday, 5/7:

Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

 

Monday, 5/10 through Friday, 5/14:

Spring SOL testing in English and math

 

Monday, 5/17 through Friday, 5/21:

Spring SOL testing in Physical Science 8 and Civics

 

Tuesday, 5/25 through Wednesday, 5/26:

Graduation ceremonies (3pm to 5:30pm)

 

Friday, 5/28:

End of 2nd semester and last student day

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND FACIAL COVERINGS

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

 

March 22, 2021

OUR NEXT SPIRIT WEEK IS HERE!

 Glenvar Middle School invites you for Spirit Week March 22-26

Monday the 22nd: Mixed up Monday: Wear mixed up clothing (mixed patterns, shirts backward, inside out, etc.)

Tuesday the 23rd: Tourist Tuesday: Dress as a tourist (hats, cargos, floral shirts, cameras, etc.)

Wednesday the 24th: Glenvar Gear: Even though today is a teacher workday, dress in your favorite Glenvar Gear or colors.

Thursday the 25th: Dress as your favorite cartoon character

Friday the 26th: PJ Friday: Come to school comfortable wearing your favorite pajamas (no slippers)

No Halloween-style mask or full facemask on any day. Protective facial coverings are required!

 

 

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE SPRING AROUND OUR SCHOOL

Check out the emailed version of the newsletter for pictures of our Spring flowers!

 

PIE DAY = PIE, YAY!

Mr. Duff's students had fun celebrating Pie Day at home with super sweet treats! (Check out the pictures on the emailed version of the newsletter.)

 

AFTERNOON CAR RIDER REMINDERS

While our parking lot was not designed for the number of car riders currently using that option, the task-at-hand can be safely managed with your daily assistance. Here are a few, helpful reminders to that end:

  1. Do park against the curb so buses can move to the front of the car rider line.
  2. Do wait for buses to pull away before moving forward.
  3. Do wait for vehicles in front of you to pull away before moving forward.
  4. Do avoid passing vehicles unless guided by a staff member.
  5. Do remember the safety of our students, staff, and drivers is far more important than quickly leaving the parking lot.

Thanks so very much for doing your part to keep the afternoon car rider line safe for all involved!

 

HELPFUL HINTS IN PREPARATION FOR OUR NEXT INSTRUCTIONAL PHASE STARTING TOMORROW

Morning Arrival:

6th and 7th graders will report to the main gym and have a seat on a “G” until the 7:40am bell.

7th grade band students will remain in the gym until 8:15am on A days.

8th graders will report to the cafeteria and have a seat on a “G” until the 7:40am bell.

 

Breakfast:

Breakfast will be available to all students in the cafeteria beginning at 7:40am. Students will eat in the cafeteria.

 

Hallways:

Students report directly from one class to the next, wear facial coverings, and maintain social distancing.

 

Lunch:

All students will complete a lunch survey each day for the first week to help our cafeteria staff plan for the number of lunches needed. Many classes will be split into lunch rotations with students eating in the classroom, cafeteria, or Forum Hall. Lunch rotations will adjust weekly for those classes requiring them so students may experience each area.

 

Buses:

Students must wear facial coverings and sit in their assigned locations to promote distancing and minimize potential exposures.

 

Car riders:

More spaces will be available for car riders in the grassy field next to our main parking lot. Follow staff directions at all times to support safety for all.

 

SPRING SPORTS INFORMATION

Baseball open gyms begin this Tuesday. March 23rd. They will also take place on Thursday, March 25th, Tuesday, April 6th, and Thursday, April 8th. There will be no open gym during the week of spring break. Make sure you have a physical on file with Mr. Whitlow and plan to meet Coach Feazell outside the boys’ locker room just after school ends. Open gym will last until 4:30pm and all participants must have a ride ready to pick them up in front of the ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Email Coach Feazell if you have any questions at kfeazell@rcps.us.

 

Boys’ soccer open gyms will take place on Tuesday, March 23rd, Tuesday, April 6th, and Thursday, April 8th. Open gym participants should meet in the Forum Hall right after school. Each session will end at 4:30pm.

 

Girls’ soccer will hold their final out-of-season workout Wednesday, April 7th at 4pm. See Coaches Umstead and Duff for details.

 

8th grade open track workouts will begin Tuesday, March 23rd and Thursday, March 25th after school from 2:45pm to 4:00pm. Meet in Mr. Murray's room after school.

 

Are you a 7th grader who missed stopping by Mr. Murray’s room to let him know you are interested in track? Be sure to stop by his room in the mornings, starting Monday, March 22nd, and at 8:15am. Mr. Murray wants you to know open track for 7th graders will start after Spring Break.

 

Many thanks to all who completed the softball interest survey. Stay tuned for more details!

 

REMAINING FALL ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

 

GMS Volleyball

22-Mar WBMS vs. GMS 5pm (A)

25-Mar GMS vs. CSMS 5pm (H)

 

 

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION RELATED TO ATHLETICS AT GMS?

Please visit our athletics page using the link below.

Athletics

 

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

PLEASE REVIEW THIS SCHEDULE OFTEN AS IT IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Monday, 3/22:

Implementation of the next phase of the RCPS Expandable Schedule Plan.

 

Tuesday, 3/23:

End of 3rd grading period

 

Monday, 3/29 through Friday, 4/2:

Spring Break

 

Wednesday, 4/7:

Spring pictures for Group 3 students

 

Thursday, 4/8:

Spring pictures for Group 5 students

 

Friday, 4/9:

Spring pictures for Group 5 students absent the prior day

Report cards sent home

 

Monday, 4/12:

The spring sports season begins

 

Monday, 4/19:

Spring sports pictures beginning at 3pm

 

Friday, 4/30:

Interim midpoint

 

Friday, 5/7:

Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

 

Monday, 5/10 through Friday, 5/14:

Spring SOL testing in English and math

 

Monday, 5/17 through Friday, 5/21:

Spring SOL testing in Physical Science 8 and Civics

 

Tuesday, 5/25 through Wednesday, 5/26:

Graduation ceremonies (3pm to 5:30pm)

 

Friday, 5/28:

End of 2nd semester and last student day

 

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND FACIAL COVERINGS

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

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March 14, 2021

GMS CELEBRATED BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Along with instructional activities related to Black History Month, our students had the opportunity to win gift cards by correctly answering several trivia questions about important Black figures in our nation's history. Here are the questions and winners:

 

Who was the first African American baseball player to play in the Major Leagues? The correct answer is Jackie Robinson who became the first African American Major League Baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Interestingly, Moses Fleetwood “Fleet” Walker, 63 years earlier, was first African American baseball player to play for the American Association which, of course, is no longer in existence. He played catcher for the Toledo Blue Stockings in their opening.

Congratulations to Rebecca M. for submitting the correct answer and winning a gift card!

 

Who was the Supreme Court’s first African American justice? The correct answer is Thurgood Marshall. Nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Lyndon Johnson, Justice Marshall served on the Supreme Court of the United States from October of 1967 to October of 1991, a total of 24 years. Importantly, Justice Marshall was replaced by the next African American Justice, Clarence Thomas, who continues to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States to this day.

Congratulations to Lillian B. for submitting the correct answer and winning a gift card!

 

What year was the Thirteenth Amendment ratified to abolished slavery? The correct answer is the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolishing slavery was ratified by the needed number of states toward the end of 1865.

Congratulations to Macy P. for submitting the correct answer and winning a gift card!

 

What laws made segregation in the South legal? The correct answer is Jim Crow laws made segregation legal in the south. Beginning with a Supreme Court decision in 1954, these laws began to be reversed across the country.

Congratulations to Gabriella M. for submitting the correct answer and winning a gift card!

 

What was the name given to the escape system used by slaves to find safety in the North? The correct answer is the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses, provided a covert opportunity for slaves to escape slavery and find safety in Northern free states and even Canada.

Congratulations to Christopher N. for submitting the correct answer and winning a gift card!

 

What President issued the Emancipation Proclamation and helped end slavery? The correct answer is Abraham Lincoln who issued his Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. It is important to remember, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued at a time when southern states were not considered part of the Union. So, the southern states did not recognize President Lincoln’s authority at that time.

Congratulations to Dallas S. for submitting the correct answer and winning a gift card!

 

Who was the first African American coach to win the Super Bowl? The correct answer is Tony Dungy, who served as a NFL coach for 13 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts. In 2007, Coach Dungy won the Super Bowl with the Colts in a 29-17 win against the Chicago Bears.

Congratulations to Cheyenne M. for submitting the correct answer and winning a gift card!

 

Who was the first African American, female astronaut? The correct answer is Mae Jemison. Dr. Jemison became the first African American female astronaut when she traveled to space in 1992. As you might have guessed, Dr. Jemison is not only an astronaut, but also a doctor and engineer.

Congratulations to Connor M. for submitting the correct answer and winning a gift card!

 

What famous African American educator and author was born in Franklin County, VA? The correct answer is Booker Taliaferro Washington. Born into slavery in 1856, Booker T. Washington gained freedom at nine years of age and began to teach himself to read shortly thereafter. In time, this driven youngster went on to become a teacher, African American activist, and leader for 30 years of what is now known as Tuskegee University.

Congratulations to Bradley P. for correctly answering our final question in honor of Black History Month and winning a gift card.

 

DON'T FORGET TO JOIN THE GMS PTO

Please join the Glenvar Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization! We are incredibly fortunate to have a strong PTO that regularly supports GMS on a number of fronts. Membership is only $5 per person and, unlike some organizations, all funds are used 100% for the school!

Be sure to visit our PTO page below for more information.

PTO

 

EXPANDABLE SCHEDULE PLAN IMPLEMENTATION BEGINS MONDAY, MARCH 22

A thorough overview of the next phase of our Expandable Schedule Plan to be implemented Monday, March 22nd in secondary schools was distributed to families Tuesday, March 2nd.

 

Specifically, this plan:

  • Allows for current hybrid students attending two days per week to attend four days per week.
  • Affords current 100% remote instruction students the chance to transition to four days per week provided 1) requests are submitted by March 15th and 2) suitable space is available.
  • Allows for current hybrid students to transition to 100% remote instruction.

 

We need your help in the following ways to fully prepare for the next phase:

  • The families of 100% remote instruction students who wish to request four days of in-person instruction must contact Sharon Pope, Counseling Administrative Assistant by Monday, March 15th. She can be reached at (540) 562-3900; extension 31010. No requests made after March 15th will be considered. Suitable space must also be available.
  • The families of hybrid students who wish to request 100% virtual/remote instruction must contact Sharon Pope, Counseling Administrative Assistant by Monday, March 15th. She can be reached at (540) 562-3900; extension 31010.

 

School administration has already accounted for the families of hybrid students who wish to attend four days per week. To be safe, however, Mrs. Woody, Administrative Assistant, will begin making reminder calls to families the week of March 15th. Otherwise, those families do not need to contact the school.

We will contact the families of 100% virtual students requesting four days of in-person instruction and let you know whether or not we are able to honor your request as soon as possible and before Monday, March 22nd.

 

GMS VOLLEYBALL TRAVELS TO HVMS ON MONDAY

Our Lady Highlanders hope to repeat against the Hidden Valley Eagles on Monday, March 15th. Hidden Valley will be streaming the game live through their YouTube channel. You can find their channel link on the emailed version of the newsletter.

The Lady Highlanders will also host the Norsemen of Northside Middle on Thursday, March 18th. We will livestream the matchup through our Facebook page.

 

GMS FOOTBALL HOSTS WBMS ON WEDNESDAY

 Coach Swanson and his team are eagerly preparing for our final home game of the season against the Terriers of William Byrd Middle. Here are the details:

 

  • Game date and time are Wednesday, March 17th at 5:30pm
  • Game time is set for 5pm
  • 250 spectators are allowed.
  • Spectators include home and away fans as well as home and away cheerleaders, and our home pep band.
  • Participants include student-athletes, coaches, required personnel (officials and ticket takers, for example).
  • Counting clickers will be used as tickets are purchased to be sure we do not go over the number of allowed spectators.
  • Spectators must remain at least 6 feet apart and wear a facial covering over the mouth and nose at all times.
  • Do not attempt to attend a sporting event if you answer "yes" to any of the daily health screening questions (list below).

 

Can't make the game and looking for a viewing option? No problem! Fans who are unable to attend can access our game through the NFHS Network using the link on the emailed version of the newsletter. The cost for this service is $10.99.

Thank you for doing your part to keep athletics up and running by following all guidelines!

 

REMAINING FALL ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

GMS Football

17-Mar GMS vs. WBMS 5:30pm (H)

25-Mar CSMS vs. GMS 5pm (A)

 

GMS Volleyball

15-Mar HVMS vs. GMS 5pm (A)

18-Mar GMS vs. NMS 5pm (H)

22-Mar WBMS vs. GMS 5pm (A)

25-Mar GMS vs. CSMS 5pm (H)

 

SPRING SPORTS INFORMATION

Girls' Soccer

Final out-of-season activities are set for 4pm on Wednesday, March 17th and Wednesday, April 7th. See Coaches Umstead and Duff for details.

 

Boys' Soccer

Boys’ soccer tryouts will take place on Monday, April 12th and Tuesday, April 13th from right after school until 4pm for those 7th and 8th young men interested in playing.

 

Softball

7th and 8th grade girls interested in playing softball should ask parents or guardians to complete the interest survey sent to families via email earlier this week. Please submit your survey by 5pm on Monday, March 15th. The link is also available on the emailed version of the newsletter.

 

Track

Track will stagger the beginning of out-of-season activities using the following schedule: Open conditioning for 8th graders only will begin Thursday, March 18th from 3pm to 4pm. Meet in Coach Murray’s classroom after school. There will be a 7th grade track interest meeting in Coach Murray’s room each morning at 8:15am, beginning Monday, March 15th7th grade open conditioning will start after spring break.

 

Baseball

Coach Feazell is gathering interest information from 7th and 8th grade young men for the upcoming baseball season. Interested in trying out? Email Coach Feazell at kfeazell@rcps.us

 

 

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION RELATED TO ATHLETICS AT GMS?

Please visit our athletics page using the link below.

Athletics

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

PLEASE REVIEW THIS SCHEDULE OFTEN AS IT IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Monday, 3/15:

All requests from the families of 100% virtual students for attending four days in-person are due by today. Requests will be honored a) if submitted by the deadline and b) provided space is available.

All requests from the families of hybrid students for transitioning to 100% virtual are due today.

 

Monday, 3/22:

Implementation of the next phase of the RCPS Expandable Schedule Plan.

 

Tuesday, 3/23:

End of 3rd grading period

 

Monday, 3/29 through Friday, 4/2:

Spring Break

 

Wednesday, 4/7:

Spring pictures for Group 3 students

 

Thursday, 4/8:

Spring pictures for Group 1 and Group 5 students

 

Friday, 4/9:

Spring pictures for Group 2 students as well as Group 5 students absent the prior day

Report cards sent home

 

Monday, 4/12:

The spring sports season begins

 

Friday, 4/30:

Interim midpoint

 

Friday, 5/7:

Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

 

Tuesday, 5/25 through Wednesday, 5/26:

Graduation ceremonies (3pm to 5:30pm)

 

Friday, 5/28:

End of 2nd semester and last student day

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND FACIAL COVERINGS

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

 

 

February 28, 2021

8TH GRADE SET TO COMPLETE THE ENGLISH WRITING SOL IN MARCH

Testing Schedule

  • Group One and Five:  Multiple Choice, March 8
  • Group One and Five: Writing Sample, March 11
  • Group Two: Multiple Choice, March 9
  • Group Two: Writing Sample, March 12
  • Group Three: BOTH tests will be administered on March 10th

Students will report to testing rooms after announcements each day

8th graders are preparing for the upcoming English Writing SOL set to take place the week of March 8th through March 12th. The above schedule is provided to assist families in understanding when their child(ren) will test.

Testing will start at the beginning of each day. We ask that students be in the building by 8:20 in order to report for attendance and then to testing rooms.

Please remind students they will need to bring their laptop AND charger to take the SOL test. Laptops MUST be fully charged for testing.

Teachers will share specific information about testing locations and practice using TestNav before testing takes place.

Retakes for students unable to test during the testing week will occur the following week.

Have a question about testing? Contact Ms. Wakeland, GMS Assistant Principal and Testing Coordinator, at hwakeland@rcps.us or (540) 562-3900; ext. 31003.

 

SOL REMINDERS

  • Be sure your laptops are fully charged for testing each day. Bring your laptop AND charger to school.
  • Remember, no electronic devices are allowed in the testing environment. This includes, but is not limited to: cell phones, smart phones, smart watches, e-readers, and fitness bands.
  • Bring only a book to read should you finish early.
  • Now is your chance to show what you know and just how much you’ve learned. Give your very best!

 

HAT DAYS ARE ON FOR NEXT WEEK!

Students are welcome to wear school appropriate hats (in line with the RCPS dress code) Wednesday, March 3rd through Friday, March 5th.

 

DON'T FORGET TO JOIN THE GMS PTO

Please join the Glenvar Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization! We are incredibly fortunate to have a strong PTO that regularly supports GMS on a number of fronts. Membership is only $5 per person and, unlike some organizations, all funds are used 100% for the school!


Be sure to visit our PTO page below for more information.

PTO

 

GMS VOLLEYBALL WINS IN STRAIGHT SETS AGAINST HVMS!

Congratulations to our Lady Highlanders on their win against the Hidden Valley Eagles during their first volleyball match of the year.


The girls won in straight sets with scores of 25-10, 25-11, and 16-14. The girls continued their wins in a B game matchup with a result of 15-12. Great job ladies!


The next matchup will take place at Northside Middle on Monday, March 1st.

WATCH THE NEXT VOLLEYBALL MATCH USING THE LINK 

The Lady Highlanders will travel to Northside Middle on Monday, March 1st. Northside Middle will be streaming the match on their Facebook page. You can access the game using the link emailed in your newsletter.

 

WE ARE PREPPING FOR THE FIRST HOME FOOTBALL GAME. HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Coach Swanson and his team are excited to play their first home game on Thursday, March 4th against the Eagles of Hidden Valley.

  • Game time is set for 5pm
  • 250 spectators are allowed.
  • Spectators include home and away fans as well as home and away cheerleaders, and home pep band (when applicable).
  • Participants include student-athletes, coaches, required personnel (officials and ticket takers, for example).
  • Counting clickers will be used as tickets are purchased to be sure we do not go over the number of allowed spectators.
  • Spectators must remain at least 6 feet apart and wear a facial covering over the mouth and nose at all times.
  • Do not attempt to attend a sporting event if you answer "yes" to any of the daily health screening questions (list below).

Can't make the game and looking for a viewing option? No problem! Fans who are unable to attend can access our game through the NFHS Network and link included in the emailed version of the newsletter. The cost for this service (to include our next home game) is only $10.99.

 
Thank you for doing your part to keep athletics up and running by following all guidelines!

 

FALL ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

Please see the emailed version of the newsletter for the athletics schedule or the links below. 

GMS Football

GMS Volleyball

 

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION RELATED TO ATHLETICS AT GMS?

Please visit our athletics page using the link below.

Athletics

 

GIRLS' SOCCER INFORMATION

Coaches Duff and Umstead will continue open gyms/out-of-season activities on Wednesdays from 4pm to 5:30pm. Weather permitting, the group will move outside to the grassy area near the flagpole. Here is the schedule and location in case of inclement weather:


March 10th and in the Auxiliary Gym

March 17th and in the Auxiliary Gym

April 7th and in the Auxiliary Gym

Student-athletes may not participate in any school athletics without a completed and signed VHSL physical form on file with Mr. Whitlow. Physicals are only valid if conducted on or after May 1, 2020

 

BASEBALL INFORMATION

Coach Feazell is gathering interest information from 7th and 8th grade young men for the upcoming baseball season.


Interested in trying out? Email Coach Feazel or contact Mr. Whitlow.

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

PLEASE REVIEW THIS SCHEDULE OFTEN AS IT IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Monday, 3/8 through Friday, 3/12: 8th grade English Writing SOL window

 
Tuesday, 3/23: End of 3rd grading period
 

Monday, 3/29 through Friday, 4/2: Spring Break

 

Wednesday, 4/7: Spring pictures for Group 3 students

 
Thursday, 4/8: Spring pictures for Group 1 and Group 5 students

 
Friday, 4/9: Spring pictures for Group 2 students as well as Group 5 students absent the prior day

Report cards sent home

 

Friday, 4/30: Interim midpoint

 

Friday, 5/7: Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

 

Tuesday, 5/25 through Wednesday, 5/26: Graduation ceremonies (3pm to 5:30pm)
 

Friday, 5/28: End of 2nd semester and last student day

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND FACIAL COVERINGS

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

 

 

February 21, 2021

GLENVAR MIDDLE SCHOOL PTO PAGE IS LIVE

The GMS PTO does so much for our school! From providing much needed funding to classroom supplies to faculty/staff to meals and more, we are grateful to this organization for its tremendous support.


Please visit our GMS PTO page as well as consider joining. A membership form is available on our page. You will be glad you did!

 

UPDATED FALL ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

Please note the addition of a football game on April 8th as well as the moving of the game against WBMS from March 18th to March 17th. (Please see the schedules in the emailed version of the newsletter.)

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ATTENDING A MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME (OUTDOOR SPORTING EVENT)?

Glenvar Middle School administration, coaches, and staff are working to prepared for opening our facilities for athletic events. It is important you understand numerous constraints are involved to do so safely in accordance with VHSL guidelines as well as Governor Northam's directives. Thank you for doing your part to assist us in accomplishing this daunting task for each contest. Here are a few items you need to know should you wish to attend a home football game for Glenvar Middle School.

  • 250 spectators are allowed.
  • Spectators include home and away fans as well as home and away cheerleaders, and home pep band (when applicable).
  • Participants include student-athletes, coaches, required personnel (officials and ticket takers, for example).
  • Counting clickers will be used as tickets are purchased to be sure we do not go over the number of allowed spectators.
  • Spectators must remain at least 6 feet apart and wear a facial covering over the mouth and nose at all times.
  • Do not attempt to attend a sporting event if you answer "yes" to any of the daily health screening questions.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ATTENDING A MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL GAME (INDOOR SPORTING EVENT)?

Constraints for indoor sporting events, like volleyball, are both different and similar to constraints required for outdoor sporting events. As mentioned above, we will follow VHSL guidelines as well as directives provided by Governor Northam. Thank you for reviewing a few of these constraints below:

  • 25 spectators allowed for the home side only.
  • Spectators include only up to two tickets per home student-athlete.
  • Participants include student-athletes, coaches, required personnel (officials and ticket takers, for example).
  • Cheer, home and away, will not be permitted to attend any volleyball matches.
  • Ticket taker will maintain a roster of home student athletes to ensure no more than allowable number of spectators per student-athlete are in attendance.
  • Spectators must remain at least 6 feet apart and wear a facial covering over the mouth and nose at all times.
  • Do not attempt to attend a sporting event if you answer "yes" to any of the daily health screening questions.

 

WILL I BE ABLE TO WATCH A MIDDLE SCHOOL GAME VIA LIVESTREAMING?

The short answer is: "yes". The longer answer is: "it's complicated."

Our intent is to find a way to use Facebook Live, through our school's Facebook page, to stream volleyball and football games. Please understand we have never done this before and challenges will be experienced. Further, the livestreaming of a sporting event will likely involve a single person attempting to move a handheld device as play moves up and down the court/field. Or, we may find a static screen the best course-of-action. What we know for certain is this will not look like the multi-million dollar ESPN viewing events we have grown accustomed to over the years.

Thank you for continued patience as we do what we can with what we have in providing a viewing opportunity for those unable to attend.

 

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION RELATED TO ATHLETICS AT GMS?

Please visit our athletics page using the link here: Athletics Homepage
 

GIRLS' SOCCER INFORMATION

Coaches Duff and Umstead will continue open gyms/out-of-season activities on Wednesdays from 4pm to 5:30pm. Weather permitting, the group will move outside to the grassy area near the flagpole. Here is the schedule and location in case of inclement weather:

 

February 24th and in the Auxiliary Gym

March 10th and in the Auxiliary Gym

March 17th and in the Auxiliary Gym

April 7th and in the Auxiliary Gym

 

Student-athletes may not participate in any school athletics without a completed and signed VHSL physical form on file with Mr. Whitlow. Physicals are only valid if conducted on or after May 1, 2020.

 

BOYS' SOCCER INFORMATION

Coach Van Gerven will host a pre-season parent/guardian meeting on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7pm. The meeting will be held virtually. Please reach out to Coach Van Gerven or Mr. Whitlow should you have questions.

Student-athletes may not participate in any school athletics without a completed and signed VHSL physical form on file with Mr. Whitlow. Physicals are only valid if conducted on or after May 1, 2020.

 

BASEBALL INFORMATION

Coach Feazell is gathering interest information from 7th and 8th grade young men for the upcoming baseball season. Interested in trying out? Contact Coach Feazell or Mr. Whitlow.
 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

PLEASE REVIEW THIS SCHEDULE OFTEN AS IT IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Thursday, 2/25: Interim reports sent home (if applicable))

 

Friday, 2/26: Fall sports pictures for volleyball

 

Monday, 3/8 through Friday, 3/12: 8th grade English Writing SOL window

 

Tuesday, 3/23: End of 3rd grading period

 

Monday, 3/29 through Friday, 4/2: Spring Break

 

Wednesday, 4/7: Spring pictures for Group 3 students

 

Thursday, 4/8: Spring pictures for Group 1 and Group 5 students

 

Friday, 4/9: Spring pictures for Group 2 students as well as Group 5 students absent the prior day

Report cards sent home

 

Friday, 4/30: Interim midpoint

 

 Friday, 5/7: Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

 

Tuesday, 5/25 through Wednesday, 5/26: Graduation ceremonies (3pm to 5:30pm)

 

Friday, 5/28: End of 2nd semester and last student day 

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND FACIAL COVERINGS

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

 

February 14, 2021

SCA SOUP FOR SENIORS DRIVE WAS A SUCCESS

Congratulations GMS! You donated 236 canned and boxed food items for our SCA Soup for Seniors Drive. Great job!
 
 

CHECK OUT OUR ATHLETICS PAGE FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE FALL SEASON INFORMATION

 

GIRLS' SOCCER INFORMATION

Coaches Duff and Umstead will continue open gyms/out-of-season activities on Wednesdays from 4pm to 5:30pm. Weather permitting, the group will move outside to the grassy area near the flagpole. Here is the schedule and location in case of inclement weather:

 

February 17th and in the Auxiliary Gym

February 24th and in the Auxiliary Gym

March 10th and in the Auxiliary Gym

March 17th and in the Auxiliary Gym

April 7th and in the Auxiliary Gym

Student-athletes may not participate in any school athletics without a completed and signed VHSL physical form on file with Mr. Whitlow. Physicals are only valid if conducted on or after May 1, 2020.

 

BOYS' SOCCER INFORMATION

Coach Van Gerven plans to begin GMS Boys' Soccer tryouts on April 12th. He will also hold a virtual information meeting mid-February. Stay tuned for additional information.

Student-athletes may not participate in any school athletics without a completed and signed VHSL physical form on file with Mr. Whitlow. Physicals are only valid if conducted on or after May 1, 2020.

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

PLEASE REVIEW THIS SCHEDULE OFTEN AS IT IS UPDATED REGULARLY

 

Monday, 2/15: Fall sports pictures for football and cheer

 

Thursday, 2/18: Interim midpoint

 

Thursday, 2/25: Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

 

Friday, 2/26: Fall sports pictures for volleyball

 

Monday, 3/8 through Friday, 3/12: 8th grade English Writing SOL window

 

Tuesday, 3/23: End of 3rd grading period

 

Monday, 3/29 through Friday, 4/2: Spring Break

 

Wednesday, 4/7: Spring pictures for Group 3 students

 

Thursday, 4/8: Spring pictures for Group 1 and Group 5 students

 

Friday, 4/9: Spring pictures for Group 2 students as well as Group 5 students absent the prior day

Report cards sent home

 

Friday, 4/30: Interim midpoint

 

Friday, 5/7: Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

 

Tuesday, 5/25 through Wednesday, 5/26: Graduation ceremonies (3pm to 5:30pm)

 

Friday, 5/28: End of 2nd semester and last student day

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND FACIAL COVERINGS

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

 

February 1, 2021

 

SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY ADMINISTERED THIS WEEK

Virtual students and their families have already received information as well as the link to the school climate survey being conducted in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justices Services and the Virginia Department of Education.

In-class administration of the survey will occur Thursday, February 4th and Friday, February 5th.

Our goal is 80% or better participation from students, faculty, and staff.

Thank you for helping us by participating!

 

SPIRIT WEEK: FEBRUARY 2ND THROUGH 5TH
Spirit Week has been updated due to our snow day!

Tuesday and Wednesday will each be Camo Day.

Thursday and Friday will each be Jersey Day.

As always, our 100% virtual families are welcome to share pictures via our Facebook page on these days. Thanks, in advance, to our participating students for wearing school-appropriate attire per the RCPS dress code.

 

SCA SOUP FOR SENIORS DRIVE ENDS THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH
 

It's not too late to support seniors in need within our local area. Please drop your canned food items off using the boxes near our front entrance.

 

FALL SPORTS UPDATE

The Roanoke County School Board has approved Roanoke County Middle Schools for conducting a fall sports season. The season is set to begin with the first practice/tryouts on Monday, February 8th.

Football and volleyball will play roughly 60% of their usual number of games with competitions taking place against other Roanoke County middle schools.

Schools, coaches, student-athletes, officials, and all others involved in our fall season must follow the guidelines set forth within the Roanoke County Fall In-Season Return to Play Plan (updated January 29, 2021). This plan is available on the GMS website and under "Athletics". You may also access the plan using the below link: https://www.rcps.us/domain/289

All safety protocols as well as any additional protocols developed by the athletic directors, to include protocols for hosting events, must be followed by all involved and at all times.

Student-athletes who have had COVID-19 must secure approval to participate in sports from their primary healthcare provider. This is in addition to an updated physical, unless the physical was after the child had COVID-19.

There will be no spectators for middle school competitions as is the case for Roanoke County high school sports at this time.

 

INFORMATION FROM FALL COACHES

VOLLEYBALL tryouts are set for Monday, February 8th and Tuesday, February 9th from 2:30pm until 4:30pm. Make sure you bring your own water bottle, are dressed for tryouts, and in the main gym on time for tryouts.

FOOTBALL will begin right after school on Monday, February 8th. Make sure you bring your own water bottle and are dressed for practice. Interested student-athletes or their parent/guardian should email Coach Swanson right away with questions or to express interest. He can be reached at nswanson@rcps.us.

CHEER tryouts occurred during the winter season. Student-athletes and their parent/guardian should contact Coach King should they have questions.

Student-athletes may not participate in any school athletics without a completed and signed VHSL physical form on file with Mr. Whitlow. Physicals are only valid if conducted on or after May 1, 2020.

 

GIRLS' SOCCER INFORMATION

Coaches Duff and Umstead will continue open gyms/out-of-season activities on Wednesdays from 4pm to 5:30pm. Weather permitting, the group will move outside to the grassy area near the flagpole. Here is the schedule and location in case of inclement weather:

February 3rd and in the Auxiliary Gym

February 10th and in the Auxiliary Gym

February 17th and in the Auxiliary Gym

February 24th and in the Auxiliary Gym

March 10th and in the Auxiliary Gym

March 17th and in the Auxiliary Gym

April 7th and in the Auxiliary Gym

 

Student-athletes may not participate in any school athletics without a completed and signed VHSL physical form on file with Mr. Whitlow. Physicals are only valid if conducted on or after May 1, 2020.

 

BOYS' SOCCER INFORMATION

Coach Van Gerven plans to begin GMS Boys' Soccer tryouts on April 12th. He will also hold a virtual information meeting mid-February. Stay tuned for additional information.

Student-athletes may not participate in any school athletics without a completed and signed VHSL physical form on file with Mr. Whitlow. Physicals are only valid if conducted on or after May 1, 2020.

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

PLEASE REVIEW THIS SCHEDULE OFTEN AS IT IS UPDATED REGULARLY

 

Thursday, 2/4:

Climate survey for Group 1 and Group 5 (four day) students as well as virtual students

 

Friday, 2/5*:

Climate survey for Group 1 and Group 5 (those who missed Thursday) students as well as virtual students

 

*ALL CLIMATE SURVEYS SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THIS DATE

 

Wednesday, 2/10:

Schools closed

 

Friday, 2/12:

Vaccine clinic for teachers

Students will use this day to complete prior assignments

No virtual or in-class today

 

Thursday, 2/18:

Interim midpoint

 

Thursday, 2/25:

Interim reports sent home (if applicable))

 

Tuesday, 3/23:

End of 3rd grading period

 

Monday, 3/29 through Friday, 4/2:

Spring Break

 

Wednesday, 4/7:

Spring pictures for Group 3 students

 

Thursday, 4/8:

Spring pictures for Group 1 and Group 5 students

 

Friday, 4/9:

Spring pictures for Group 2 students as well as Group 5 students absent the prior day

Report cards sent home

 

Friday, 4/30:

Interim midpoint

 

Friday, 5/7:

Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

 

Tuesday, 5/25 through Wednesday, 5/26:

Graduation ceremonies (3pm to 5:30pm)

 

Friday, 5/28:

End of 2nd semester and last student day

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND FACIAL COVERINGS

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

 

 

January 25, 2021

 

WE ARE READY FOR OUR ADDITIONAL STUDENTS

Preparing for new and returning students to enter our doors four days per week has not been easy to accomplish! We have shuffled 16 teachers and more than 40 grouped classes in order to accomplish this task. But, we are ready!

 

THE SCA SOUP FOR SENIORS DRIVE IS IN FULL SWING

As you can see, many GMS families have already donated to this very important drive. We hope you will, too! (Pictures are available on the emailed newlsetter.)

Our drive continues through Friday, February 5th. Canned soups are preferred, but other items are allowed such as canned meats, peanut butter, and ramen noodles.

 

SPIRIT WEEK: FEBRUARY 1ST THROUGH 5TH

The next SCA-sponsored Spirit Week will take place February 1st through 5th.

  • Monday and Thursday will be Camo Day.
  • Thursday and Friday will be Jersey Day in honor of the Super Bowl.


As always, our 100% virtual families are welcome to share pictures via our Facebook page on these days. Thanks, in advance, to our participating students for wearing school-appropriate attire per the RCPS dress code.

 

BCAT APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NEARING

The application deadline for rising 9th graders interested in attending Burton Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) during the 21-22 school year is coming up soon --> January 31st.


Be sure to apply right away if you are interested in any class or program at BCAT next year.


School information and the online application can be found on the BCAT website: www.rcps.us/BCAT

 

NEXT WEEK IS NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK

We are grateful for the Glenvar Middle School Counseling Department! Many thanks to:


Dottie Forrest, School Counseling Coordinator

Sandy Kay, LIFE Counselor

Sharon Pope, School Counseling Administrative Assistant

 
You are awesome!

 

ATHLETIC SCHEDULES - FALL SEASON

COVID metrics are reviewed weekly, at the central level, to determine whether or not contests will take place.

As of right now, the metrics are too high to allow for contests.

But, our teams are practicing, to the extent possible, using the Phase 2 guidelines established by the Virginia High School League.

(Schedules for Football and Volleyball are available in the emailed newsletter and from the GMS Athletics website.)

 

VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS

Volleyball tryouts are set for Monday, February 8th and Tuesday, February 9th from 2:30pm until 4:30pm. Make sure you bring your own water bottle, are dressed for tryouts, and in the main gym on time for tryouts.


Student-athletes may not participate in any school athletics without a completed and signed VHSL physical form on file with Mr. Whitlow

 

GIRLS' SOCCER OPEN GYMS/OUT-OF-SEASON ACTIVITIES

Coaches Duff and Umstead have started open gyms/out-of-season activities on Wednesdays from 4pm to 5:30pm. Weather permitting we will move to outside in the grassy area near flagpole. Here is the schedule and location in case of inclement weather:


January 20th and in the Main Gym

January 27th and in the Main Gym

February 3rd and in the Auxiliary Gym

February 10th and in the Auxiliary Gym

February 17th and in the Auxiliary Gym

February 24th and in the Auxiliary Gym

March 10th and in the Auxiliary Gym

March 17th and in the Auxiliary Gym

April 7th and in the Auxiliary Gym

 

Student-athletes may not participate in any school athletics without a completed and signed VHSL physical form on file with Mr. Whitlow.

 

BOYS' SOCCER INFORMATION

Coach Van Gerven plans to begin GMS Boys' Soccer tryouts on April 12th. He will also hold a virtual information meeting mid-February. Stay tuned for additional information.


Student-athletes may not participate in any school athletics without a completed and signed VHSL physical form on file with Mr. Whitlow.

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

PLEASE REVIEW THIS SCHEDULE OFTEN AS IT IS UPDATED REGULARLY

Thursday, 2/4: Climate survey for Group 1 and Group 5 (four day) students as well as virtual students

Friday, 2/5: Climate survey for Group 1 and Group 5 (those who missed Thursday) students as well as virtual students

Wednesday, 2/10: Schools closed

Friday, 2/12: Vaccine clinic for teachers. Students will use this day to complete prior assignments. No virtual or in-class today

Thursday, 2/18: Interim midpoint

Thursday, 2/25: Interim reports sent home (if applicable))

Tuesday, 3/23: End of 3rd grading period

Monday, 3/29 through Friday, 4/2: Spring Break

Friday, 4/9: Report cards sent home

Friday, 4/30: Interim midpoint

Friday, 5/7: Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

Tuesday, 5/25 through Wednesday, 5/26: Graduation ceremonies (3pm to 5:30pm)

Friday, 5/28: End of 2nd semester and last student day

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND FACIAL COVERINGS

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

  

 

January 10, 2021

SUPPORT THE GMS GIRLS' BASKETBALL TEAM

See the emailed version of the newsletter for the fliers from Chipotle.

 

BCAT APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NEARING

The application deadline for rising 9th graders interested in attending Burton Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) during the 21-22 school year is coming up soon --> January 31st.

Be sure to apply right away if you are interested in any class or program at BCAT next year.

School information and the online application can be found on the BCAT website: www.rcps.us/BCAT

 

RVGS VIRTUAL MEETINGS FOR INTERESTED STUDENTS

Rising 9th grade students and their families may participate in one of two remaining information meetings for the Roanoke Valley Governor's School (RVGS) on Thursday, January 14th or Tuesday, January 19th.

 
All meetings begin at 6:30 PM. A link to join sessions, along with additional information, can be found at the RVGS website:

 
https://www.rvgs.k12.va.us/Page/185

 
NOTE: a recording of the first session will be posted on the website for folks who cannot attend one of the three scheduled times.

 

ATHLETIC SCHEDULES - WINTER and FALL SEASONS

Please see the emailed version of the newsletter or the GMS Athletics website (and select the sport) for the contests currently set up. COVID metrics are reviewed weekly, at the central level, to determine whether or not contests will take place.

 

GIRLS' SOCCER OPEN GYMS/OUT-OF-SEASON ACTIVITIES

Coaches Duff and Umstead are working out a schedule for open gyms/out-of-season activities for girls' soccer to begin toward the end of January. Stay tuned for information through our daily announcements!

 

Remember: all student-athletes must have a valid and completely signed VHSL physical on file with Mr. Whitlow.

 

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR
 

Tuesday, 1/12: End of 2nd grading period and 1st semester

 

Wednesday, 1/13: Teacher workday. No Wednesday Support Session will occur today

 

Monday, 1/18: Schools closed: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 

Wednesday, 1/20: A day for Group 1 students due to the MLK Jr holiday. No Wednesday Support Session will occur today

 

Friday, 1/22: Report cards sent home

 

Wednesday, 2/10: Schools closed

 

Thursday, 2/18: Interim midpoint

 

Thursday, 2/25: Interim reports sent home (if applicable))

 

Tuesday, 3/23: End of 3rd grading period

 

Monday, 3/29 through Friday, 4/2: Spring Break

 

Friday, 4/9: Report cards sent home

 

Friday, 4/30: Interim midpoint

 

Friday, 5/7: Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

 

Tuesday, 5/25 through Wednesday, 5/26: Graduation ceremonies (3pm to 5:30pm)

 

Friday, 5/28: End of 2nd semester and last student day

 

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND FACIAL COVERINGS

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

 

January 3, 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!

We hope all our Glenvar Middle families enjoyed time away from school to rest and spend time with those you cherish most. Now, let's jump into 2021 and finish strong!

 

10 DAYS BEFORE WINTER BREAK CELEBRATION: WEEK 2

Thanks to all the faculty and students for participating and having fun during week 2 of our 10 Days Before Winter Break Celebration. Great job bringing your spirit! (To see the pictures, please see the emailed version of the newsletter.)

 

MR. MURRILL'S STUDENTS SUPPORTING RICHFIELD RESIDENTS

A big shot out to all the parents and students who gave presents for the Richfield residents. Ms. Tanner's (social worker at Richfield) jaw dropped when Mr. Murrill pulled up with all the parent/students' gifts. They really made the holiday special for a lot of residents this year!

 

PREVENT A FENDER BENDER IN THE GMS PARKING LOT

More and more vehicles are pulling out and around other vehicles waiting for students during afternoon pickup.


This creates a dangerous situation that is completely avoidable. Do not pull around vehicles in front of you unless waived on by someone working the car rider area. And, always exercise caution to include, but not limited to, slow speed and yielding the right-of-way.

 

SOL TESTING INFO FOR 8TH GRADE FAMILIES

ALL 8th grade students will be taking their Physical Science OR Civics SOL the first week in January and upon our return from winter break. Students will take the SOL test that corresponds with the course they are wrapping up for the first semester. So, those students completing the 8th grade Civics class this semester will take the Civics SOL and those students completing the 8th grade Physical Science class will take the Physical Science SOL.

Below is some specific information for you to share with your 8th grader:

  • Jan. 6th: Group three (3) students will test
  • Jan. 7th: Group one (1) students will test
  • Jan. 8th: Group two (2) students will test

 

Testing will start at the beginning of each day. We ask that students be in the building by 8:20 in order to report for attendance and then to testing rooms.


Please remind students they will need to bring their laptop AND charger to take the SOL test. Laptops MUST be fully charged for testing.


Teachers will share specific information about testing locations and practicing using TestNav before testing takes place.


If a student’s score is a 375 to a 399, he/she will be eligible to re-take the SOL if he/she is passing the class as of Dec. 18th.


Have a question about testing? Contact Ms. Wakeland, GMS Assistant Principal and Testing Coordinator, at hwakeland@rcps.us or (540) 562-3900; ext. 31003.

 

UPCOMING ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES AND DATES

 

BOYS' BASKETBALL PRACTICE

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Study hall at 2:30pm

Practice from 3pm to 4:30pm

 


GIRLS' BASKETBALL PRACTICE

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Study hall at 2:30pm

Practice from 3pm to 4:30pm

 


VOLLEYBALL

Tuesday and Thursday

Open gym from 5pm to 6:30pm

Main Gym

 


WRESTLING

Mondays only for now, beginning 12/14

6pm to 7:30pm

Auxiliary Gym

 


CHEERLEADING

Cafeteria

5 to 7pm beginning Monday, 12/14

 
NO MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS MAY PARTICIPATE IN ANY MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS WITHOUT A COMPLETED, UP-TO-DATE PHYSICAL FORM ON FILE WITH MR. WHITLOW. DROP BY THE FRONT OFFICE IF YOU NEED A BLANK FORM.

 

ATHLETIC SCHEDULES - WINTER SEASON

(Please see the table available in the emailed version of the newsletter.)

ATHLETIC SCHEDULES - FALL SEASON

(Please see the table available in the emailed version of the newsletter.)

HERE ARE THE CONTESTS CURRENTLY SET UP. COVID METRICS ARE REVIEWED WEEKLY, AT THE CENTRAL LEVEL, TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT CONTESTS WILL TAKE PLACE.

 

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

Wednesday, 1/6:

Group 3 SOL testing (8th grade only)

 


Thursday, 1/7:

Group 1 SOL testing (8th grade only)

 


Friday, 1/8:

Group 2 SOL testing (8th grade only)

 


Tuesday, 1/12:

End of 2nd grading period and 1st semester

 

 

Wednesday, 1/13:

Teacher workday

 


Monday, 1/18:

Schools closed: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
 

 

Wednesday, 1/20:

A day for Group 1 students due to the MLK Jr holiday

 


Friday, 1/22:

Report cards sent home

 
 

Wednesday, 2/10:

Schools closed

 

 

Thursday, 2/18:

Interim midpoint


 

Thursday, 2/25:

Interim reports sent home (if applicable))

 
 

Tuesday, 3/23:

End of 3rd grading period

 

 

Monday, 3/29 through Friday, 4/2:

Spring Break


 

Friday, 4/9:

Report cards sent home

 
 

Friday, 4/30:

Interim midpoint

 
 

Friday, 5/7:

Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

 
 

Tuesday, 5/25 through Wednesday, 5/26:

Graduation ceremonies (3pm to 5:30pm)

 

 

Friday, 5/28:

End of 2nd semester and last student day

 

 

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND FACIAL COVERINGS

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

December 11th

10 DAYS BEFORE WINTER BREAK CELEBRATION

Look for your emailed newsletter from Mr. Whitlow to view the images of GMS students and staff celebrating the Ten Days Before Winter Break.

 

STRUGGLING WITH YOUR LEARNING ROUTINE AT HOME? CHECK THESE TIPS OUT!

(Look for your emailed newsletter from Mr. Whitlow for a link to the video from the GMS Counseling Department.)

The GMS Counseling Department offers this short video as a refresher on what works when learning at home. Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to take a quick look and develop a plan that works for your family. It's always a good idea to reflect on what we are doing and make adjustments.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PE WORKOUT THROUGH WELNET

(Look for your emailed newsletter from Mr. Whitlow for a link to the video from the GMS Health/PE Department.)

The GMS Health/PE department has provided this brief How-To video to be sure students know how to submit their weekly workouts using Welnet. It is a super easy process as Mr. Munsey shows in the above video.

 

SOL TESTING INFO FOR 8TH GRADE FAMILIES

8th grade Civics and Physical Science testing will occur the week we return from Winter Break

ALL 8th grade students will be taking their Physical Science OR Civics SOL in January. Students will take the SOL test that corresponds with the course they are wrapping up for the first semester. So, those students completing the 8th grade Civics class this semester will take the Civics SOL and those students completing the 8th grade Physical Science class will take the Physical Science SOL.

Below is some specific information for you to share with your 8th grader:

  • Jan. 6th: Group three (3) students will test
  • Jan. 7th: Group one (1) students will test
  • Jan. 8th: Group two (2) students will test

Testing will start at the beginning of each day. We ask that students be in the building by 8:20 in order to report for attendance and then to testing rooms.

Please remind students they will need to bring their laptop AND charger to take the SOL test. Laptops MUST be fully charged for testing.

Teachers will share specific information about testing locations and practicing using TestNav before testing takes place.

If a student’s score is a 375 to a 399, he/she will be eligible to re-take the SOL if he/she is passing the class as of Dec. 18th.

 

UPCOMING ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES AND DATES

BOYS' BASKETBALL PRACTICE

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Study hall at 2:30pm

Practice from 3pm to 4:30pm

 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL PRACTICE

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Study hall at 2:30pm

Practice from 3pm to 4:30pm

 

VOLLEYBALL

Tuesday and Thursday

Open gym from 5pm to 6:30pm

Main Gym

 

WRESTLING

Mondays only for now, beginning 12/14

6pm to 7:30pm

Auxiliary Gym

 

CHEERLEADING

Cafeteria

5 to 7pm beginning Monday, 12/14

 

NO MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS MAY PARTICIPATE IN ANY MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS WITHOUT A COMPLETED, UP-TO-DATE PHYSICAL FORM ON FILE WITH MR. WHITLOW. DROP BY THE FRONT OFFICE IF YOU NEED A BLANK FORM.

 

ATHLETIC SCHEDULES - WINTER SEASON

Please see your emailed newsletter for the contests currently set up should we be able to compete this season.

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

Monday 12/21 through Friday, 1/1:

Schools closed: Winter Break

 

Wednesday, 1/6

Group 3 SOL testing (8th grade only)

 

Thursday, 1/7

Group 1 SOL testing (8th grade only)

 

Friday, 1/8

Group 2 SOL testing (8th grade only)

 

Tuesday, 1/12:

End of 2nd grading period and 1st semester

 

Wednesday, 1/13:

Teacher workday

 

Monday, 1/18:

Schools closed: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 

Friday, 1/22:

Report cards sent home

 

Wednesday, 2/10:

Schools closed

 

Thursday, 2/18:

Interim midpoint

 

Thursday, 2/25:

Interim reports sent home (if applicable))

 

Tuesday, 3/23:

End of 3rd grading period

 

Monday, 3/29 through Friday, 4/2:

Spring Break

 

Friday, 4/9:

Report cards sent home

 

Friday, 4/30:

Interim midpoint

 

Friday, 5/7:

Interim reports sent home (if applicable)

 

Tuesday, 5/25 through Wednesday, 5/26:

Graduation ceremonies (3pm to 5:30pm)

 

Friday, 5/28:

End of 2nd semester and last student day

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND FACIAL COVERINGS

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

 

 

November 29th

 

MATH AND ART COLLIDE ONCE AGAIN

Mrs. Butzer's PreAlgebra classes combined their math skills with their artistic expertise to make turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving. Here are just a few of the resulting masterpieces. (See the images in the email from Mr. Whitlow.)

DGP DURING AN ENGLISH SLE!

Ms. Waldron and her students are busily working through a cornerstone English strategy at GMS, Daily Grammar Practice, as part of their Synchronous Learning Experience. Whether from home, the office, or the classroom...this important work must be accomplished!

REMEMBERING MR. MCELWEE, GLENVAR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

The entire Glenvar Middle School community is encouraged to wear their MAC STRONG t-shirts or other Glenvar gear as a show of support for Glenvar High School and in remembrance of Richard McElwee, GHS athletic director, who passed away this weekend after an extended illness.

UPCOMING ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES AND DATES

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Mondays and Wednesdays

Boys' basketball open gyms in the main gym

6pm to 7:30pm

 

VOLLEYBALL

Tuesday, 12/1 and each Tuesday until winter break

7th grade volleyball open gym right after school until 4pm

 

Thursday, 12/3 and each Thursday until winter break

8th grade volleyball open gym right after school until 4pm

 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Thursday, 12/3

Girls' basketball meeting for Group 1 students @ 8am

GMS main gym

Group 3 students can participate via Webex

 

Friday, 12/4

Girls' basketball meeting for Group 2 students @ 8am

GMS main gym

Group 3 students can participate via Webex

 

WRESTLING

The GMS Wrestling Program would like to begin having at least one open gym per week in order to prepare for a potential season. Due to current COVID regulations, open gyms would be limited to individual conditioning and exercise and would not involve any contact until a time we are allowed to do so. This will make wrestling open gyms more fitness based and will allow any student thinking about possibly wrestling to participate regardless of experience.

If your 7th or 8th grade student-athlete is interested in participating in an open gym for wrestling please email Coach Vaughan (javaugh2@hotmail.com) so we can gauge interest and set up a potential parents meeting either in person or though Webex.

Thank you for sharing your student-athlete's interest as soon as possible with Coach Vaughan.

NO MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS MAY PARTICIPATE IN ANY MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS WITHOUT A COMPLETED, UP-TO-DATE PHYSICAL FORM ON FILE WITH MR. WHITLOW. DROP BY THE FRONT OFFICE IF YOU NEED A BLANK FORM.

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, FACIAL COVERINGS, AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

 

November 15th

 

GMS PTO IS SELLING GLENVAR APPAREL

Please see the order information emailed by Mr. Whitlow. Don't miss tomorrow's deadline (November 16th) for submitting your payment and order form. Support the GMS PTO and wear your Glenvar apparel with PRIDE!

CAN WE HAVE AN UPDATE ON SCHOOL SPORTS?

Coaches continue to wrap up the many requirements for conducting open gym activities with the significant COVID-19 safety guidelines in place. This is no easy task and requires training, an approved Return-to-Play plan, and cooperation on the part of all involved.


Seasons are still in question as our area of Virginia remains at the highest levels of both transmission and burden (see CDC and VDH metrics below):


https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/key-measures/pandemic-metrics/transmission-extent/

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/key-measures/pandemic-metrics/school-metrics/

At the same time, our school division is collaborating with other school divisions to craft criteria for athletic play that aligns with recent VHSL guidelines as well as health and safety recommendations.

The Roanoke Valley Middle School League, of which Glenvar Middle School is a member, continues to meet regularly to make decisions based on the guidance provided by the above entities and more.


Thank you for continuing to be so incredibly patient during so challenging a period in our history.

 
Announcements for open gym and sports activities will be made available first on our DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS page. Check it regularly!

 

WHEN MATH AND ART COLLIDE

Who doesn't use of the coordinate plane to create cool pumpkin images?!?! (Images available on the newsletter emailed by Mr. Whitlow.)

Great job 6th grade math students!

 

324 PAIRS OF SOCKS WERE DONATED BY GMS STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES DURING OUR 2ND ANNUAL OCTOBER SOCKTOBER SOCK DRIVE. GREAT JOB GLENVAR!

 

REMAIN DILIGENT WITH HOME DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS, FACIAL COVERINGS, AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

CHECK YOUR SIX (Click here to view)

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

 

October 25, 2020

 

STUDENT USES MINECRAFT TO RECREATE THE SCHOOL AND CRAFT A MATH CHALLENGE AND QUEST!

This student took the time to recreate GMS using MinecraftEDU and, in so doing, created a math challenge and quest for Mr. Duff's 6th grade math class. WOW! (Please see the newsletter emailed by Mr. Whitlow to view images.)

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO SHARE FROM NURSE WITTER

Parents, I need your help with the following important matters:

  1. Middle school students are NOT allowed to carry medicine of any type with them. This includes over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc. I have these medications available in the clinic should your child need them. Contact me should you have medication questions specific to your child.
  2. If your child wakes with a sore throat, cough, fever, chills or aches (any ONE of these), keep him/her home for a virtual day of learning. It is better to be safe and use a good deal of caution right now. Remember to complete a Daily Health Screening using the below checklist each school day before sending your child to school. The Daily Health Screening includes refraining from sending children to school who have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive or is a suspected positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  3. Contact me at (540) 387-6322 and ask for the school nurse. You may also email me at mwitter@rcps.us.

Thank you,

Mary Jane Witter, MS, RN, CPNP

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

 

6TH GRADE FAMILIES: VACCINES AND 11-YEAR OLD STUDENTS

Important information for 6th Grade Families:

Has your student turned 11-years old? Have they had their immunizations yet?

Please submit a copy of his/her immunization record to GMS front office as soon as you are able. This will complete your student’s file in preparation for 7th grade entry.

It is not too early to call your pediatrician for an appointment. Other options include calling the Salem Health Department at (540) 387-5530.

11-year old immunizations include the required Tdap, and recommended HPV and meningococcal vaccines.

Questions about vaccines? Call Nurse Witter at GMS (540) 387-6322 or email at mwitter@rcps.us.

 

READY TO DONATE. WE ARE NEARLY HALF WAY TO OUR GOAL OF 400!

Keep those pairs of new, unused socks coming! We have many more to go in order to provide 400 pairs for families in need!

 

FOOTBALL INFORMATIONAL MEETING THIS WEEK

Coach Swanson will be holding an football informational meeting for 7th and 8th graders interested in playing middle school football on Thursday, October 29th. The meeting will take place in the Glenvar High School stadium at 5:30pm. Remember to practice social distancing as well as use facial coverings when transitioning from one place to the next and when less than six feet apart.

Mr. Whitlow will also be present to take completed VHSL physicals from student-athletes.

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

 

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

 

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

 

October 18, 2020

STUDENTS AND TEACHERS COLLABORATING IN AND OUTSIDE THE SCHOOLHOUSE

Band, math, English, and Health/PE students and their teachers are collaborating during a variety of Synchronous Learning Experiences shared above. Students are answering questions from home with one student observed participating while on vacation. Additionally, students are sharing projects with their classmates both in and outside of the classroom. Great job teachers and students!

OCTOBER SOCKTOBER SOCK DRIVE IS IN EFFECT

Keep those pairs of new, unused socks coming! We have many more to go in order to provide 400 pairs for families in need!

 

WHAT'S UP WITH ATHLETICS AT THIS POINT?

As many already know, Roanoke County high schools were allowed to begin open gym/out-of-season activities toward the end of September. Middle school athletics plan to begin open gym/out-of-season activities as early as the first week of November. Our coaches have been engaged in safety training typical for their sports as well as specialized training related to COVID-19. They must submit a Return-to-Play plan and it must be approved by Mr. Whitlow before open gym/out-of-season activities can begin. This includes initial interest meetings with families. Additionally, GMS is working to build contest schedules for the winter and fall seasons with our local schools.


While we are pushing forward to the extent possible, it is important to understand numerous high school and middle school sports may not compete until our state has been moved from Phase III to the next, more relaxed phase. Open gym/out-of-season activities, in the meantime, will focus on conditioning and skill building with strict attention paid to safety protocols throughout each event. Coaches and students are expected to abide by all safety protocols if open gym/out-of-season activities are to occur.


Lastly, remember NO 7th or 8th grade student-athletes may participate in ANY middle school athletics without a valid VHSL physical on file with Mr. Whitlow. 6th graders who would like to be considered for a managerial position only require a valid page four from the VHSL physical form on file with Mr. Whitlow.


Please follow our Announcements Page on the GMS website for details regarding the start of open gyms/out-of-season activities for our middle school sports teams.

PROTECT AND RESPECT!

The RCPS Phase III Health Plan provides us with lots of details on keeping students and staff safe. By far, the two biggest expectations are:

1. Staff and students will maintain 6 feet of social distancing to the extent possible.

AND

2. Facial coverings will be worn by staff and students during all transitions and when unable to maintain social distancing.

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

 

CHECK OUT OUR RETURN TO SCHOOL BOOKLET FOR FAMILIES!

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/8997/returninfo-parents.pdf

 

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

 

 

October 11, 2020

LEARNING IS HAPPENING IN NEW AND OLD WAYS 

From hands-on activities and projects to virtual tools, our teachers and students are finding a way to make the most of this challenging school year!

OCTOBER SOCKTOBER SOCK DRIVE IS IN EFFECT

We are well on our way to another successful Socktober Sock Drive! Boxes are in our main hallway for you to drop those new, unused socks. Don't delay...help a family right away!

ANNUAL SCHOOL FUNDRAISER ENDS THIS WEEK

Group 1 fundraiser packets, order forms, and money may be turned in as early as Monday, October 12th.

Group 2 fundraiser packets, order forms, and money may be turned in as early as Tuesday, October 13th.

Group 3 fundraiser participants have been using the online store and likely have no fundraiser packets to turn in. Please call the school if this is not the case.

OUR FIRST SPIRIT WEEK WAS A SUCCESS!

Many thanks to all who participated in the fun!

TECH TIP OF THE WEEK: SET PARENTVUE UP FOR WEEKLY, AUTOMATED EMAILS TO INFORM YOU OF GRADES AND MISSING ASSIGNMENTS (Step-by-step images are available in the emailed version of the newsletter.)

  1. Access the RCPS webpage at: https://www.rcps.us/Page/1
  2. Click PARENTS & STUDENTS
  3. Under the QUICK LINKS heading, look for ParentVUE/StudentVUE Login
  4. Click ParentVU. Select I am a parent.
  5. Login to your ParentVUE account. NEED HELP WITH YOUR LOGIN CREDENTIALS? CONTACT A GMS ADMINISTRATOR!
  6. Once logged into ParentVUE, look for the My Account feature in the top, right corner.
  7. Click My Account
  8. Select Attendance and Grade Book.
  9. Choose the day of the week you wish to receive an automated update of your child's attendance, grades, and missing assignments.
  10. Save your updated settings!

STILL HAVING TROUBLE ACCESSING YOUR PARENT ACCOUNT FOR BLACKBOARD?

EMAIL gmstechsupport@rcps.us or CALL 540-562-3880

Please provide the following information in any email and/or voicemail:

  • Laptop Name (see label on top cover)
  • Student name, grade, and school
  • A description of the issue
  • Your preferred contact information

GET YOUR YEARBOOK NOW WHILE THEY ARE ONLY $25!

Visit yearbookforever.com. 

Prices increase after October 15th!

FAMILIES PICKING UP CAR RIDERS: PLEASE DO NOT PULL AROUND THE VEHICLES IN FRONT OF YOU

Parents, grandparents, siblings, and guardians continue to be patient with us as we refine our car rider process. Thank you! Our goal is to keep everyone as safe as possible. So that we avoid a fender bender, please wait for the vehicles in front of you to pull away before you, too, begin to leave the parking lot. We haven't had any mishaps just yet and, with your help, we hope to avoid them altogether!

PROTECT AND RESPECT!

The RCPS Phase III Health Plan provides us with lots of details on keeping students and staff safe. By far, the two biggest expectations are:

1. Staff and students will maintain 6 feet of social distancing to the extent possible.

AND

2. Facial coverings will be worn by staff and students during all transitions and when unable to maintain social distancing.

 

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf

 

CHECK OUT OUR RETURN TO SCHOOL BOOKLET FOR FAMILIES!

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)

 

September 28, 2020

ANNUAL SCHOOL FUNDRAISER BEGINS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH!

Be on the lookout for our fall fundraiser brochures!

Brochures will be made available and the online store will open on September 28th 2020.

Sale dates: Please collect money and orders starting September 28th 2020. Turn both order forms and money into the school on or before October 13th.

Order form orders: Orders turned in to the school on the order form will be shipped to the participant's/student’s home. Please make sure your address is written clearly on the order form. No P.O. Boxes please.

Online ordering: To order online you must first register your student at forfundsonline.com using the school code 63957. Once registered use email, Facebook and Twitter to get friends and family to shop online.

*All online orders will ship direct to the customer.

*Online and personally collected orders count equally toward the prize program!

 

TECH TIP OF THE WEEK: PARENT LOGIN FOR BLACKBOARD

  1. Go to: https://www.rcps.us
  2. Click on the “Parents & Students” tab at the top of the page
  3. Under “Quick Links” Choose “Blackboard Learn Login”
  4. Choose “Parents Click Here”
  5. Enter your Username and Password
  6. You are now logged in and should see a screen that says, “Where are my Classes?”

STILL HAVING TROUBLE ACCESSING YOUR PARENT ACCOUNT FOR BLACKBOARD?

EMAIL gmstechsupport@rcps.us or CALL 540-562-3880

Please provide the following information in any email and/or voicemail:

  • Laptop Name (see label on top cover)
  • Student name, grade, and school
  • A description of the issue
  • Your preferred contact information

YOU HAVE PARENT BLACKBOARD ACCESS BUT DON'T SEE CLASS CONTENT?

Email your child's teacher. He/she likely needs to update Blackboard for parent access. It's a simple, two-step process that's easy to miss!

THE INTERIM REPORTS WILL BE MAILED ON MONDAY FOR SOME STUDENTS

Know that all is NOT lost if you find yourself the recipient of a D-F interim grade report. These reports are intended to help keep you in the loop. We will work together to bring grades up as much as possible. As most know, we are working to be as flexible as possible in this 100% virtual and remote learning environment.

GET YOUR YEARBOOK NOW WHILE THEY ARE ONLY $25!

Visit yearbookforever.com.  Prices increase after October 15th!

FAMILIES PICKING UP CAR RIDERS: PLEASE DO NOT PULL AROUND THE VEHICLES IN FRONT OF YOU

Parents, grandparents, siblings, and guardians continue to be patient with us as we refine our car rider process. Thank you! Our goal is to keep everyone as safe as possible.

So that we avoid a fender bender, please wait for the vehicles in front of you to pull away before you, too, begin to leave the parking lot.

We haven't had any mishaps just yet and, with your help, we hope to avoid them altogether!

 

September 20, 2020

THE INTERIM MIDPOINT FOR THE FIRST NINE WEEKS IS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST

Parents are encouraged to check grades in the coming days as they should accurately reflect work submitted, missing, and current progress.

Students, families, AND teachers are still working to better understand our new environment, what works, and what does not. We will work with students to get caught up as well as continue to make adjustments on our end.

FAMILIES PICKING UP CAR RIDERS: PLEASE DO NOT PULL AROUND THE VEHICLES IN FRONT OF YOU

Parents, grandparents, siblings, and guardians continue to be patient with us as we refine our car rider process. Thank you! Our goal is to keep everyone as safe as possible.

So that we avoid a fender bender, please wait for the vehicles in front of you to pull away before you, too, begin to leave the parking lot.

We haven't had any mishaps just yet and, with your help, we hope to avoid them altogether!

 

September 13, 2020

QUESTIONS POSED BY OUR NEW FAMILIES...ANSWERS SUPPLIED BY ADMINISTRATION!

What will happen on Wednesday learning? Will it be live instruction?

Wednesdays will largely consist of two activities: asynchronous learning at home and/or virtual meetings with teachers.


All students can expect assignments and activities to be completed at home on Wednesdays. These assignments and activities may include, but are not limited to: watching videos related to new content and/or skills, completing activities related to those videos, catching up on prior work, or getting ahead with reading and the like. These assignments and activities are asynchronous because students are completing them on their own and at a time best for students and their families.


Virtual meetings between teachers and individual students or small groups will also occur throughout the day on Wednesdays. Teachers are collaborating with students to set up times for these meetings which typically occur during the same time frame as the actual class. These meetings are a great opportunity to bridge gaps in the learning, better ensure mastery of key content and skills, and remain proactive in addressing potential academic concerns.

TECH TIP #1 -- Restart

Highlanders, make sure you are shutting down and restarting your laptop every day. This is true even if you are a 100% virtual student. The laptops receive Windows Updates almost daily and many laptop issues occur because there is a pending update. Don't delay, make sure you reboot everyday!

TECH TIP #2 -- How to email a teacher

Highlanders, your parents and grandparents learned how to craft personal and business letters back in the olden days. Although you're using email to send and receive messages, the process for creating high quality correspondence has not changed very much. Use these tips when reaching out for help from your teachers to ensure your question is understood and answered.

  1. Subject Line: A2-5 Word Summary of email ("Homework question," "missing grade," "late work")
  2. Begin with a Greeting: ("Hello," "Good morning, Ms. Culler")
  3. Get to the point and add details ("I am writing because...," "I already tried...," "I can't remember how to ...")
  4. Closing ("Thank you," "Have a nice evening")
  5. Sign your name. 

TECH TIP #3 -- How to leave a voicemail

  1. The spoken word is just as important as the written word, Highlanders. These five, simple steps will help you leave a well-constructed voicemail and ensure your message is easily understood.
  2. Greeting: "Hello, this is ..." (Be sure to leave your course and block)
  3. Why are you calling? Keep it simple.
  4. What should the teacher do? Email or call?
  5. How to reach out to you. "My number is...," "You can reach me at ..."
  6. Say Goodbye. "Have a great day." "Hope to hear from you soon."

NEED ADDITIONAL TECH SUPPORT?

For technical support with your RCPS Laptop: EMAIL gmstechsupport@rcps.us or CALL 540-562-3880


Please provide the following information in any email and/or voicemail:

  • Laptop Name (see label on top cover)
  • Student name, grade, and school
  • A description of the issue
  • Your preferred contact information

Please note: our technology support staff work regular school hours and requests made after hours or during the weekend will not be addressed until regular school hours resume. Please allow at least 24 hours for a response.

TRAFFIC FLOW AND PROCEDURE ADJUSTMENTS FOR CAR RIDERS AND STUDENT WALKERS

Many thanks to our students, staff, and families for working hard to keep kids safe as we smooth out the wrinkles with our car rider dismissal. Already, many are doing a great job watching for our three buses that must park in the car rider area and giving a great deal of room for those buses and the students they support. Thank you!

Here's another adjustment to continue to refine our process:

  1. Signs and cones for our three buses will be moved after the buses have left.
  2. One of the cones will be moved to the last turn just before leaving the parking lot.
  3. Vehicles should begin pulling to the cone once it is in place.
  4. After vehicles have stopped moving forward, students will be allowed to leave their assigned areas to report to the line of waiting vehicles between the cone and our dumpster.
  5. Loaded vehicles should wait for all vehicles in the line to be loaded before pulling away. A school official also provide direction. Otherwise, it is difficult to monitor all traffic and keep kids students safe.
  6. Once the line of vehicles departs, a new line of vehicles will replace them.

 
Our walkers have been given the following directions to keep them safe:

 
1. Students walking to the elementary school should not cross the parking lot or road. They are to walk along the sidewalk until just above the softball field. From there, students should remain well off the parking lot and road while walking in the grass and as closely to the softball field as possible.

2. Students walking into the neighborhood, should walk up the sidewalk toward the dumpster. Upon reaching the dumpster, these students should remain well off the parking lot and road while walking in the grass until they turn into the neighborhood.

 

PROTECT AND RESPECT!

The RCPS Phase III Health Plan provides us with lots of details on keeping students and staff safe. By far, the two biggest expectations are:


1. Staff and students will maintain 6 feet of social distancing to the extent possible.
AND
2. Facial coverings will be worn by staff and students during all transitions and when unable to maintain social distancing.

 

SYMPTOM CHECKLIST: BEFORE HEADING TO SCHOOL (Click to View)

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RCPS PHASE III HEALTH PLAN? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:
https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/9419/RCPSPhase3HealthPlan.pdf


CHECK OUT OUR RETURN TO SCHOOL BOOKLET FOR FAMILIES!

https://www.rcps.us/cms/lib/VA01818713/Centricity/ModuleInstance/8997/returninfo-parents.pdf

 

2020-2021 RCPS SCHOOL CALENDAR (Click here to view)

In need of resources to support rent, food, tax preparation? Check out Virginia 2-1-1 for help.
Virginia 2-1-1 is a wonderful resource for finding support services across a wide range of needs.

HEARD AND/OR SAW SOMETHING THAT LEAVES YOU CONCERNED? SPEAK UP! (Click here for more information)