Frost PTA News: June 7 - 11, 2021

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Alas, one final PTA email for this year!!

An amazing summer opportunity for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders, from former Frost student, Mina Aydin. Please read Mina’s LETTER of INVITATION to our Frost Families:

My name is Mina Aydin. I graduated from Frost MS in 2019 and am now a rising junior at Thomas Jefferson High School. I began participating in Model United Nations (MUN) when I was at Frost. This year, I had the pleasure of running the MUN club at Frost under the supervision of Mrs. Metzker and Mrs. Gregory. Our Frost students competed in many conferences and won several awards. 

This summer, I am excited to introduce you to a virtual Model UN Camp for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. This camp will be taught by delegates from TJ and Langley High School, all of whom have been in Model UN for 3+ years (including myself). 

 

The camp is a 5-day program from 12-2:30 that gives an overview of Model UN. No previous Model UN experience is necessary. First and foremost, the camp is designed to enhance students' public speaking, leadership, and diplomatic skills. The program also includes specific details into strategies, skills, and tips for becoming a better Model UN delegate. The camp is completely virtual, and lessons will be split between presentations and group activities.

There are two quick and easy steps necessary to register for the camp. 

1) Fill out this form https://form.jotform.com/211543517069152 by June 20. In the form, we will try our best to give everyone their preferred week as we create balanced camp cohorts. Please make sure to indicate in the form if there is a week you cannot attend.

2)  Camp fee is $150. Payments will be accepted either through Venmo (@nedimozden) or mailing a check to 8114 Touchstone Terrace, McLean VA (all checks should be made payable to Nedim Ozden, who is the director of the camp). Any questions regarding payments and fees should be directed to Nedim Ozden (nedimozden11@gmail.com). 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me (minaaydin19@gmail.com) or Nedim. 

 

We hope to see many Frost students at the camp.

Thank you. 

 

Regards, 

Mina Aydin

 

 

The Frost PTA wishes everyone a safe, restful, and rejuvenating summer after a most unusual year! If you are leaving the Frost MS community, we wish you all the best. For those returning, we look forward to seeing you again in August.

 

 

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8th Grade Yard Signs Will be Available on Monday, June 14

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Dear Frost Families, 

Yard signs for our 8th grade students will be available for pick-up at Entrance #1 on Monday, June 14 from 9:00 - 11:30 and 12:30 - 2:00.  If you have not yet had a chance to pick up your yard sign, please come on by!

 

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Region 5 Principal Announcement - Mantua Elementary School

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Greeting Frost MS Family!

As you may have now heard, Ms. Linda Shannon is now principal of Mantua ES! We are extremely excited that Ms. Shannon will still be in the Woodson Pyramid supporting students and families that will matriculate to Frost! Please join me in sending congratulations, shout outs, and well wishes to Frost’s very own Linda Shannon as she takes the next step in her leadership journey!

All the best Linda!!!

 

Anthony

 

Anthony Harris

Principal

Frost Middle School

703-426-5700

 

#ONEFrost

 

#FrostFlexible

 

 

@FrostMSVA

@FrostsPrincipal

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This Week at Frost - June 11, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greeting Frost MS Families, 

We Made It!!! You did it! Thank you for being flexible through all of the starts and stops of this unique school year. Thank you for being patient as we navigated uncharted times in FCPS and education together and as we embark upon a three-year renovation! Thank you for being resilient and teaching your children how to do the same over the past year. Finally, thank you for supporting our faculty and staff this year as they gave their all to teach our students, while also caring for their families. 

We are very excited for the possibilities ahead for the 2021-2022 school year and having all our students return to the school building, 5-days a week! We have an amazingly dedicated staff who will be taking a well-earned break this summer and also planning and preparing for our students’ return in the fall. We will continue to focus on ensuring students have a solid foundation in the Portrait of a Graduate attributes and skills, so they are prepared for high school and beyond. 

Over the summer, the only thing we ask students to do is take a break and read a lot! I wish you all a safe and relaxing break! 

As always, remember to remind our students to, “Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen Your Circle.”

All the best!!

Anthony Harris

Proud Principal

#ONEFrost

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

 

UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR- MARK YOUR CALENDARS

July 13                         Yearbook Distribution

August 18                    8th Grade Students- Self Guided Tours

August 23                    First Day of School SY 21-22

  • The calendar will be updated with additional dates for parent/community events as they become available.
In Other News....

Frost MS Summer Hours

Over the summer, Frost Middle School will be under construction. Our offices will be open on a very limited basis throughout the summer. Phone calls will be returned within 48 hours throughout the summer if we are unable to be in the building to answer the phones.  You may email Susan Morningstar at any time if you have general questions at sjmorningsta@fcps.edu.  Emily Cheng will be available to answer student registration and records questions at echeng@fcps.edu.

 

Frost MS End of Year Laptop and Resource Collection Plan

Please visit our website for detailed information. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Laura Reed at lareed@fcps.edu   Students Leaving Frost before the end of the school year? These items can be returned at any time by appointment.  To schedule an appointment for technology drop off contact John Greenwood (jcgreenwood1@fcps.edu) and Teri Canody (tkcanody@fcps.edu). EOY Collection Landing Page -https://frostms.fcps.edu/announcements/frost-laptop-other-resource-collection

Prior to or on the last day of attendance in school of your student, they need to return all Frost equipment and resources.  Some items they may need to return are:

  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Mifis
  • Library books 
  • English books (include names inside the front cover of the book)

Teachers are working with students to collect books in class prior to the last day of school and there is a bin in the front lobby for book turn in also.

All devices for in-person students will be collected at dismissal on Thursday, June 10th. The laptops and chargers will be collected in their 7th period classrooms.  If a student forgets their charger it can be returned Friday, 6/11, or during one of the scheduled collection times to avoid a charge ($23). 

If you cannot drop your laptop off on the following 2 days, please schedule an appointment for technology drop off with John Greenwood (jcgreenwood1@fcps.edu) and Teri Canody (tkcanody@fcps.edu). 

 

Day 

Time

Location

Friday, June 11th

7:30am - 12pm & 1-6pm

7:30am-12pm:

In Person Students: 7th period class teacher collects any devices

 present before dismissal

 

Virtual Students: Park and walk it up to the front of building or

 

1-6 pm:

All Students: Front of the building near Door 2

Monday, June 14

9-11:30am & 12:30pm - 2pm

All Students: Front of Building near Door 2

 

 

 

 

 

SOL Score Report Update –

  • SOL score report letters are not available this spring and will not be included in the report card as initially shared.
  • Results for the spring writing and non-writing tests will be distributed to families through new SIS ParentVUE reports, available in late July. If we get information on the date they become available, we will share that with the community.

 

Academic and Career Plan – 8th Grade Parents, Please review and complete verification form

During your child’s time at Frost, he/she has been working on components of their Academic and Career Plan (ACP) In Naviance Student.

This plan may include: 

  • Results of strengths and career assessments 
  • Personal, academic, and/or career goals 
  • Resume 
  • Draft course plans for high school 

You should view the ACP in Naviance Student by logging in at www.fcps.edu/Naviance.  Once in the Naviance Student account, click on the “About Me” tab then “About Me Home.” 

VDOE requires that students, staff, and parents/guardian sign the plan.  Parents, once you have reviewed your child’s plan, please use this link: https://forms.gle/Vw7oQtKzgSG7Ku2z9 or this Google form to complete the verification form. The completion of this form will serve as your signature. This must be completed by Wednesday, June 30, 2021. 

For more information about your child’s ACP, visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation requirements-and-course-planning/ or the ACP website. We encourage you to continue to use  Naviance Student with your child as you both explore college and career options. 

 

Summer Reading Time Is Here!

We encourage all Frost students to read, read, read over the summer!

https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/frostlibrary/summer-reading-2021

On this page, students will find:

  • Links and tutorials for continuing to access the Frost Library DIGITAL collection of Ebooks and Audiobooks. Thanks to the PTA and Mr. Harris, Frost’s Ebook collection has rapidly expanded!
  • Information and links for the public library’s Summer Reading Adventure 2021. Students will track reading hours and complete leveled game boards to win gift cards.
  • Link to “What to Read Next?” website. Search for a great book to read by genre or topic!
  • Link to purchase books through the Frost Library Book Fair, going on all year!
  • Instructions on how to return library books and English novels that students might find over the summer.

Happy Summer Reading, Everybody!

 

Save the Date!  Yearbook Distribution

If you have purchased a yearbook, we will be distributing yearbooks on July 13th from 9:00am – 2:00pm at Door #5.  

 

Summer Resources

Our Fairfax County Public Libraries offers a summer reading program. Parents are encouraged to review book selections with the student in order to help them make appropriate choices. Students may select books from this list, or they may read a comparable book that is approved by their parents. In addition, there are plenty of resources for our students to access this summer for literacy and numeracy.

 

For those families who are interested in requesting textbooks to prepare for next year, please note we don’t distribute textbooks for students to work ahead over the summer. The links found at this location on our website will provide you with plenty: https://frostms.fcps.edu/academics/summer-reading-and-learning

 

The COVID-19 Vaccine is Now Approved for Children 12 – 15

The FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for the 12 -15 age group. This means that just about every middle and high school student in FCPS may now be vaccinated. 

FCPS is encouraging student vaccinations because that is one more way to ensure the safest school environment for everyone and for students to avoid quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

The fact sheet, below, has important information about the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only vaccine currently available to children as young as 12 years.

https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download

COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available. Many pediatricians and family doctors’ offices have vaccine, and you may choose to take your child to their regular medical home for the vaccine.  In addition, there are many opportunities to get COVID-19 vaccine in Fairfax, including other private health care providers, Urgent Care facilities, pharmacies, Inova, and FCHD. Many locations offer same-day appointments, and some even have walk in availability. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or another adult at all community vaccination sites.

  • To learn how to get a vaccine at a Health Department clinic site, including the Fairfax County Government Center, George Mason University, and the Tysons Community Vaccination Center, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine  or call the Fairfax County Health Department vaccine call center at 703-324-7404. You can schedule directly, and you don’t need to pre-register.
  • Walk-in appointments are also being offered at the Tysons Community Vaccination Center Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This center is in the former Lord & Taylor site at Tysons Center at 7950 Tysons Corner Center in McLean.
  • To schedule an appointment at Inova’s Stonebridge site at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, go to www.inova.org/COVID19/vaccine-scheduling.
  • Locations for other vaccine providers in the community, including local pharmacies, can be found at www.vaccines.gov. Be sure to search for Pfizer vaccine which is the only vaccine currently for use on children 12 – 17 years.  You can also text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) for information in English or VACUNA (822862) for information in Spanish.

NOTE: The COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year but some others are.                     

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.                                  
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.                                                                                                             

Get more information on new immunization requirements

 

Save the Date!

This summer, rising 8th grade students will be able to come in on Wednesday, August 18th to pick up a paper copy of his or her schedule and do a self-guided tour of the building prior to the first day of school.  Lockers will not be assigned at the start of the school year due to the building renovation, but students will be able to carry back packs with necessary materials. More information will be shared in the upcoming weeks.

 

High School Course-Summer Opportunities and Transcript Updates

Credit Recovery Summer Program – Algebra 1

  • Only students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 are eligible to take the course this summer.
  • Students who are expunging the final Algebra grade (removing it from the student’s transcript) may want to consider this option.
  • Rising 9th grade students - Students who take this course in the summer will not have an option to remove it from the student’s transcript as the student is considered a high school student after June 11th.
  • Information about the program (dates, session information, transportation and lunch) and registration can be found here.

 

For Students enrolled in high school classes (World Language, Algebra, Geometry or Algebra 2)

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yearbooks for Sale!

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YEARBOOKS For Sale – Limited Supplies Available

 

If you have not yet purchased your 2020 - 2021 Frost Middle School yearbook, you can send a check made out to Frost MS for $45.00.  Please put the check in an envelope with your child’s name on it and Yearbook written under their name and ask your child to turn it into the main office by Friday, June 11.

Save the Date!   Yearbooks will be distributed this summer on July 13th from 9am – 2pm at door #5.

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Frost PTA News: June 7 - 11, 2021

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LAST PTA MEETING TONIGHT, JUNE 8th:

The virtual meeting will start at 7:30pm. All are welcome. Please plan to attend and (1) vote for two spectacular volunteers, Allison Diefendorf Pugsley and Pamela Todd Edwards, our incoming PTA President and VP and (2) learn what you can do to assist them next year. Click PTA Meeting to join us.

 

EOY Activities for Frost Students

June 10th-   Student Gift!!!

  • Free Ice Cream Provided by Frost MS! All in-person students (Both 7th and 8th grade students) will receive free ice cream during lunch!

June 11th-   Student Gifts and End of Year Hang Out!!!

  • Free Ice Cream Provided by Frost MS! All virtual students will receive free ice cream during the hours of 1pm- 6pm after school. Students can pick up their ice cream when they drop off their school issued laptop or supplies on June 11th.
  • All 8th Grade Students will receive a graduation gift of a Frost Middle School Yard Sign, courtesy of the Frost MS. Students can pick up their yard sign when they drop off their school issued laptop or supplies on June 11th. All remaining signs will be in the main office for a period of time for parent pick up.
  • There will also be two trucks on the premises that day for staff, students, and families to pre-order food from on your own! The grounds will be open to the community to just come and hang out so students can say goodbye to friends and staff before heading off for the summer! There will be music, food, and fun. Today marks the first day of relaxed restrictions. No masks or social distancing needed on June 11th!!

 

The Kool Zone offers jerk chicken sandwiches, wraps and bowls, as well as other great treats (fried pickles, anyone?).  They are accepting orders through June 9. Here's the menu:  Kool Zone Menu.pdf

Here is the link to order:  https://foodtruck.pub/?id=1928

 

Ballston Local offers NY style pizza.  They are selling pre-ordered, whole pies that will be available for pick-up on June 11 at 3:00pm.  You can order and pay at Venmo@julie-johnston-12 or at PayPay@JJVO.  Deadline for ordering is June 10 at 5:00pm.  The menu of three pizza options is in the picture to the left.

 

WT WOODSON ATHLETIC SUMMER CAMPS:

Woodson Athletics announces several summer camps! For more information and to register, visit www.wtwoodsonsports.com and click the specific sport’s page under Athletics.

 The Frost PTA wishes everyone a safe, restful, and rejuvenating summer after a most unusual year! If you are leaving the Frost MS community, we wish you all the best. For those returning, we look forward to seeing you again in August.

 

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UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

TONIGHT, June 8: Last PTA Meeting, ALL WELCOME: 7:30PM (meeting link above)

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This Week at Frost - June 4, 2021

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Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

June 8                     Virtual Synchronous Learning for All Students- Election Day

June 11                   Last Day of School- 2 Hour Early Release

June 11                   End of Year- Laptop Drop Off and EOY Hangout

UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR- MARK YOUR CALENDARS

August 18                    8th Grade Students- Self Guided Tours

August 23                    First Day of School SY 21-22

  • The calendar will be updated with additional dates for parent/community events as they become available.
In Other News....

Tuesday, June 8th is Democratic Primary Election Day- All Students to be Virtual

Tuesday, June 8th, is the Democratic Primary Election. The Fairfax County Electoral Board and the City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, therefore all students will have a virtual synchronous learning day (no in-person classes) for students.

June 8th is a virtual instruction day for ALL students, even those who typically come in-person. Live instruction will occur, and all students are expected to follow the usual bell schedule, log into their classes, and attend periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 virtually.

June 11th - 2 Hour Early Release Schedule

We will be following this schedule on the last day of school, Friday, June 11:

2 Hour Early Release Bell Schedule for June 11th 

7:30 - 8:35

2nd Period (65)

8:45 – 9:55

8th Period (60)

 

10:05 - 12:00

6th Period

 

A Lunch 10:05 - 10:30 (25)

A Lunch Class: 10:35 - 12:00 (85)

 

B Lunch Class: 10:05 - 10:30 (25)

B Lunch 10:35 - 11:00 (25)

B Lunch Class: 11:05-12:00 (55)

 

C Lunch Class: 10:05 - 11:00 (55)

C Lunch: 11:05 - 11:30 (25)

C Lunch Class: 11:35 - 12:00 (25)

 

D Lunch Class: 10:05-11:30 (85)

D Lunch: 11:35-12:00 (25)

 

Last Week of School Activities

June 7th – Orchestra/Band Spring Fling

Join our orchestra and band as they perform the music they have been rehearsing this year!

  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm, in the rear parking lot, by Finance Park
  • Food trucks will be available, sponsored by the Frost PTA!
    • Tacos Mixto
    • Hershey’s Ice Cream

June 9th- Team Activities During Falcon Focus

  • 8th Grade Students (Virtual and In-Person Students)
    • Watch the 8th Grade EOY Awards Presentation- The awards presentation video will also be shared with families as well.
    • Team activities coordinated by Falcon Focus Teacher
  • 7th Grade Students (Virtual and In-Person Students)
    • Watch 7th Grade Video Presentation
    • Team activities coordinated by Falcon Focus Teacher

June 10th-   Student Gift!!!

  • Free Ice Cream Provided by Frost MS! All in-person students (Both 7th and 8th grade students) will receive free ice cream during lunch!

June 11th-   Student Gifts and End of Year Hang Out!!!

  • Free Ice Cream Provided by Frost MS! All virtual students will receive free ice cream during the hours of 1pm- 6pm after school. Students can pick up their ice cream when they drop off their school issued laptop or supplies on June 11th.
  • All 8th Grade Students will receive a graduation gift of a Frost Middle School Yard Sign, courtesy of the Frost MS. Students can pick up their yard sign when they drop off their school issued laptop or supplies on June 11th. All remaining signs will be in the main office for a period of time for parent pick up.
  • There will also be two trucks on the premises that day for staff, students, and families to pre-order food from on your own! The grounds will be open to the community to just come and hang out so students can say goodbye to friends and staff before heading off for the summer! There will be music, food, and fun. Today marks the first day of relaxed restrictions. No masks or social distancing needed on June 11th!!

 

The Kool Zone offers jerk chicken sandwiches, wraps and bowls, as well as other great treats (fried pickles, anyone?).  They are accepting orders through June 9. Here's the menu:  Kool Zone Menu.pdf

Here is the link to order:  https://foodtruck.pub/?id=1928

 

Ballston Local offers NY style pizza.  They are selling pre-ordered, whole pies that will be available for pick-up on June 11 at 3:00pm.  You can order and pay at Venmo@julie-johnston-12 or at PayPay@JJVO.  Deadline for ordering is June 10 at 5:00pm.  The menu of three pizza options is in the picture to the left.

 

Frost MS End of Year Laptop and Resource Collection Plan

Please visit our website for detailed information. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Laura Reed at lareed@fcps.edu   Students Leaving Frost before the end of the school year? These items can be returned at any time by appointment.  To schedule an appointment for technology drop off contact John Greenwood (jcgreenwood1@fcps.edu) and Teri Canody (tkcanody@fcps.edu). EOY Collection Landing Page -https://frostms.fcps.edu/announcements/frost-laptop-other-resource-collection

Prior to or on the last day of attendance in school of your student, they need to return all Frost equipment and resources.  Some items they may need to return are:

  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Mifis
  • Library books 
  • English books (include names inside the front cover of the book)

 

Teachers are working with students to collect books in class prior to the last day of school and there is a bin in the front lobby for book turn in also.

 

All devices for in-person students will be collected at dismissal on Thursday, June 10th. The laptops and chargers will be collected in their 7th period classrooms.  If a student forgets their charger it can be returned Friday, 6/11, or during one of the scheduled collection times to avoid a charge ($23). 

Students Leaving Early?

These items can be returned at any time by appointment or during the following scheduled collection times. 

To schedule an appointment for technology drop off contact John Greenwood (jcgreenwood1@fcps.edu) and Teri Canody (tkcanody@fcps.edu). 

 

Day 

Time

Location

Wednesday, June 9th

1-3 pm

In Person Students: 8th Period class teacher collects devices

 

Virtual Students: Park and walk it up to the front of building

Thursday, June 10th

1-3 pm

In Person Students: 7th Period class teacher collect ALL devices

 

Virtual Students: Park and walk it up to the front of building

 

 

Friday, June 11th

7:30am - 12pm & 1-6pm

7:30am-12pm:

In Person Students: 7th period class teacher collect any devices

 present before dismissal

 

Virtual Students: Park and walk it up to the front of building or

 

1-6 pm:

All Students: Front of the building near Door 2

Monday, June 14

9-11:30am & 12:30pm - 2pm

All Students: Front of Building near Door 2

 

Summer Resources

Our Fairfax County Public Libraries offers a summer reading program. Parents are encouraged to review book selections with the student in order to help them make appropriate choices. Students may select books from this list, or they may read a comparable book that is approved by their parents. In addition, there are plenty of resources for our students to access this summer for literacy and numeracy.

 

For those families who are interested in requesting textbooks to prepare for next year, please note we don’t distribute textbooks for students to work ahead over the summer. The links found at this location on our website will provide you with plenty: https://frostms.fcps.edu/academics/summer-reading-and-learning

 

The COVID-19 Vaccine is Now Approved for Children 12 – 15

The FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for the 12 -15 age group. This means that just about every middle and high school student in FCPS may now be vaccinated. 

FCPS is encouraging student vaccinations because that is one more way to ensure the safest school environment for everyone and for students to avoid quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

The fact sheet, below, has important information about the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only vaccine currently available to children as young as 12 years.

https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download

COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available. Many pediatricians and family doctors’ offices have vaccine, and you may choose to take your child to their regular medical home for the vaccine.  In addition, there are many opportunities to get COVID-19 vaccine in Fairfax, including other private health care providers, Urgent Care facilities, pharmacies, Inova, and FCHD. Many locations offer same-day appointments, and some even have walk in availability. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or another adult at all community vaccination sites.

  • To learn how to get a vaccine at a Health Department clinic site, including the Fairfax County Government Center, George Mason University, and the Tysons Community Vaccination Center, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine  or call the Fairfax County Health Department vaccine call center at 703-324-7404. You can schedule directly, and you don’t need to pre-register.
  • Walk-in appointments are also being offered at the Tysons Community Vaccination Center Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This center is in the former Lord & Taylor site at Tysons Center at 7950 Tysons Corner Center in McLean.
  • To schedule an appointment at Inova’s Stonebridge site at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, go to www.inova.org/COVID19/vaccine-scheduling.
  • Locations for other vaccine providers in the community, including local pharmacies, can be found at www.vaccines.gov. Be sure to search for Pfizer vaccine which is the only vaccine currently for use on children 12 – 17 years.  You can also text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) for information in English or VACUNA (822862) for information in Spanish.

NOTE: The COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year but some others are.                     

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.                                  
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.                                                                                                             

Get more information on new immunization requirements

 

Student Course Requests for the 21-22 school year

This year, students entered classes directly into SIS.  Please have them log into SIS StudentVue or you may use your SIS ParentVue account to review the courses listed.  Once in SIS, click the Course Request tab.  There are two sections, Selected Course Requests and Alternate Elective Requests.

Selected Course Requests- All students should have English 8, Civics 8, Invest Matter/Ener (Science), Math, and two Health & PE 8 (one for each semester) listed.  In addition, he or she will have between 2-4 elective classes (2 yearlong, 1 yearlong and 2 semester, or 4 semester classes).  This is a class list.  This does not indicate his or her schedule for the fall.  Official class schedules will not be available until the week of August 16th.

  • Music classes (Band, Orchestra, and Chorus) will be updated in June after Frost teachers are able to complete auditions. All students are currently in a general, single code until then.  These changes are expected in early June.
  • Elective classes are subject to change if your child receives special education services with required hours, your child’s ESL level changes based on WIDA scores, and/or data indicated a need for an enrichment course (Action Literacy, Literacy, Algebra Readiness).

Alternate Elective Requests – Students were asked to enter all elective choices they would prefer in the order of their preference in this area.  You will notice that those that fit into the class schedule will appear above in Selection Course Requests.  The others listed there will be used only if one of those selected does not fit into his or her schedule.

Change Requests – If you would like to request any changes to your student’s classes, please email Ms. Hornbecker at dshornbecker@fcps.edu.  We will try our best to honor requests, but some electives may be closed based on full enrollment.  Please note:  All change requests must be made prior to June 12th.

Save the Date!

This summer, rising 8th grade students will be able to come in on Wednesday, August 18th to pick up a paper copy of his or her schedule and do a self-guided tour of the building prior to the first day of school.  Lockers will not be assigned at the start of the school year due to the building renovation, but students will be able to carry back packs with necessary materials. More information will be shared in the upcoming weeks.

 

High School Course-Summer Opportunities and Transcript Updates

Credit Recovery Summer Program – Algebra 1

  • Only students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 are eligible to take the course this summer.
  • Students who are expunging the final Algebra grade (removing it from the student’s transcript) may want to consider this option.
  • Rising 9th grade students - Students who take this course in the summer will not have an option to remove it from the student’s transcript as the student is considered a high school student after June 11th.
  • Information about the program (dates, session information, transportation and lunch) and registration can be found here.

 

For Students enrolled in high school classes (World Language, Algebra, Geometry or Algebra 2)

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions

 

2020-21 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students 

During the current 2020-21 school year, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has  adopted a grading policy change to provide flexibility for students in middle school to  designate their current school year courses as “Pass” or “No Mark” status instead of a  letter grade for their final mark.  

As you review your middle school student’s third quarter report card, please consider the flexibility that will be applied to final marks: 

  • Students receiving a final mark of “D” or “D+” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “P” (pass) as the final mark at the end of the school year.
  •  Students receiving a final mark of “F” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “NM” (no mark) as the final mark at the end of the school year. 
  • Students may select a mark of “P” (pass) for any courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. ○ Action Needed: Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form linked here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by June 4, 2021.  
  • Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option to request a Pass instead of a passing letter grade or final mark. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions.

 

Student Intention Form

For students who will NOT be attending Frost, Woodson, or a boundary FCPS high school next year, please complete the Student Intention for the Next School Year form, https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf,  and return it to Emily Cheng in the Frost Student Services office, or via email ECheng@fcps.edu.

This includes students who are transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Frost or Woodson or boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia

A school outside of the United States

 

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Frost PTA News: May 31 - June 4, 2021

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FINAL FOOD TRUCK with LIVE MUSIC, TOO!

Please join us for a fun and relaxing conclusion to a most unusual year! On Monday, June 7th from 3-5pm at Frost Middle School (look for balloons in the parking lot by the Finance Building) we will support the Frost Orchestra, Band students and the PTA. Tacos Mixto and Hershey's Ice Cream Food Trucks will be there and each will donate 10% of the proceeds to the PTA. Stay awhile and enjoy the sounds of four levels of Frost's Orchestra. They will rehearse and have an informal performance within their 30-minute block, culminating with the song “Throne Room” from Star Wars, where the Symphonic Orchestra will be joined by members of the Frost Band! This is sure to be a wonderful, spirited way, to bid farewell to a long year.

 

Please share with your friends and family, and as usual, practice safe COVID guidelines. 

 

FEEDER SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Attention Mantua Elementary School Alumni, after 26 years of serving Mantua Elementary School as Principal, Mrs. Jan Marie Fernandez is retiring. We are making sure we send her off in style and show her the appreciation she so deserves. Mark your calendar for Monday, June 7th. There will be a parade in front of Mantua Elementary School beginning at 3:45pm. You may walk, drive or bike through the parade. Feel free to bring a note, picture, or any memento that you would like to give to Mrs. Fernandez. All are invited to join us as we show Mrs. Fernandez how much she is truly loved by all.

 

In addition, we are creating a Tribute Video. We invite past and present students and families to take a minute and record a quick message. Let us show Ms. Fernandez some Mantua love - it is super easy:

  1. Go to: Tribute Video for Mrs. Fernandez
  2. Click on the "Record/Upload Video" big red button.
  3. Record your video from your computer or phone (TIP: If you are recording the video from your phone make sure to hold your phone HORIZONTAL!)
  4. You can also record messages as groups or as a family. 
  5. Example messages might include:
    • “Hi Mrs. Fernandez, remember me? Jane Doe from 1997? Good luck with everything!”
    • “Thank you, Mrs. Fernandez, for everything!” “Congrats on retiring we’ll miss you. From the Doe family”
    • If you have a fun memory, please share that too. Make sure to say your name and the year you left.
  6. We will be collecting videos until THIS Friday, June 4, 2021.

Questions? Contact Meri Farling.

 

LAST PTA MEETING:

Our last PTA Meeting is next week on Tuesday, June 8th. The virtual meeting will start at 7:30pm and all are welcome to attend. Follow this PTA Meeting link to join us.

 

WT WOODSON ATHLETIC SUMMER CAMPS:

Woodson Athletics announces the following summer camps! For more information and to register, visit www.wtwoodsonsports.com and click the specific sport’s page under Athletics.

 

Field Hockey

June 14 – June 17

Rising 3rd - 9th graders, all abilities

WT Woodson Aux Field

9am - 11:30am

Cost: $100

 

Girls Basketball

June 21 – June 25

Ages 9 – 14

Gyms 9am - 3pm

Cost: $200

 

Baseball

July 12 – July 16

Rising 7th – 9th graders

WT Woodson Varsity Baseball Field

Cost: $275/player for one week; $525 for 2 siblings for one week

8am – 1pm

 

Volleyball

July 12 – July 15

Session 1: 5:00 – 7:00pm

Session 2: 7:30 – 9:30pm

Main Gym

 

Boys Basketball

Session 1: July 12 – July 16

Session 2: July 19 – July 23

Ages 8 – 15

9am – 3pm

Cost: $225 per session

 

Cheer / Dance

August 9 - 13

9am – 3pm

 

JOIN the PTA.

JOIN the FROST PTA FB PAGE.

FOLLOW us on TWITTER @frostmsvapta.

FROST PTA WEBSITE

FROST SPIRITWEAR

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

Mon., June 7: Tacos Mixto & Hershey’s Ice Cream Food Trucks (3-5pm Frost MS)

Tues., June 8: Last PTA Meeting, ALL WELCOME: 7:30PM (meeting link above)

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This Week at Frost - May 28, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost MS Families,

Change is in the air! This week we witnessed the first vestiges of the renovation as the Frost MS lecture hall has been demolished! Look at the progress in the photo below!

 

In addition, we received our new signage for the Falcon Scrape! A huge shoutout goes to Ms. Morgan for the beautiful design and to one of our students for the proper name for a falcon’s nest, a scrape!! Take a look!

 

So, as you can tell, there is a lot of activity happening at Frost Middle School! Next week there’s going to be a lot of activity next door as Woodson is hosting three graduations! Please read below in the “In Other News” section for more information.

As you may know, historically we would have an 8th grade celebration and awards ceremony. This year because of time constraints and logistics we will have celebration activities like the end of last school year with a couple of extra items. Please review the activities we have in place to recognize our graduating 8th grade students and our 7th grade students!

June 9th- Team Activities During Falcon Focus

  • 8th Grade Students (Virtual and In-Person Students)
    • Watch the 8th Grade EOY Awards Presentation- The awards presentation video will also be shared with families as well.
    • Team activities coordinated by Falcon Focus Teacher
  • 7th Grade Students (Virtual and In-Person Students)
    • Watch 7th Grade Video Presentation
    • Team activities coordinated by Falcon Focus Teacher

June 10th-   Student Gift!!!

  • Free Ice Cream Provided by Frost MS! All in-person students (Both 7th and 8th grade students) will receive free ice cream during lunch!

June 11th-   Student Gifts and End of Year Hang Out!!!

  • Free Ice Cream Provided by Frost MS! All virtual students, as well as Tuesday/Wednesday in-person students, will receive free ice cream during the hours of 1pm- 6pm after school. Students can pick up their ice cream when they drop off their school issued laptop or supplies on June 11th.
  • All 8th Grade Students will receive a graduation gift of a Frost Middle School Yard Sign Courtesy of the Frost MS PTA. Students can pick up their yard sign when they drop off their school issued laptop or supplies on June 11th. All remaining signs will be in the main office for a period of time for parent pick up.
  • There will also be a food truck or trucks on the premises that day for staff, students, and families to order food from on your own! The grounds will be open to the community to just come and hang out so students can say goodbye to friends and staff before heading off for the summer! There will be music, food, and fun. Today marks the first day of relaxed restrictions. No masks or social distancing needed on June 11th!!

 

Finally, I hope we all have an opportunity to remember, reflect and show appreciation for the ultimate sacrifice made by our men and women in the armed forces. Happy Memorial Day Frost Middle School!

 

All the best, 

Anthony

#ONEFrost

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

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May 31                    Memorial Day Holiday- No School or Check- in for students

June 2                     Woodson HS Graduation 9:00am   Potential Traffic Issues; Please be advised

June 4                     South Lakes HS Graduation 9:00am @ Woodson HS   Potential Traffic Issues; Please be advised

June 8                     Virtual Synchronous Learning for All Students- Election Day

June 11                   Last Day of School- 2 Hour Early Release

June 11                   End of Year- Laptop Drop Off and EOY Hangout

UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR- MARK YOUR CALENDARS

August 18                    8th Grade Students- Self Guided Tours

August 23                    First Day of School SY 21-22

  • The calendar will be updated with additional dates for parent/community events as they become available.
In Other News....

 

Frost MS End of Year Laptop and Resource Collection Plan

Please visit our website for detailed information. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Laura Reed at lareed@fcps.edu   Students Leaving Frost before the end of the school year? These items can be returned at any time by appointment.  To schedule an appointment for technology drop off contact John Greenwood (jcgreenwood1@fcps.edu) and Teri Canody (tkcanody@fcps.edu). EOY Collection Landing Page -https://frostms.fcps.edu/announcements/frost-laptop-other-resource-collection

 

Potential Traffic Issues – June 2nd and June 4th

Please be advised that on June 2nd and 4th there will be graduations happening on the Woodson HS campus. On both days, families will begin to arrive to the Frost-Woodson complex to begin parking to get prepared for graduation activities. Families will be parking at the church, along Pickett Rd, and on Woodson HS property. There will be City of Fairfax Police at the Main Street intersection and Fairfax County Police along Pickett Rd to support us with anticipated traffic concerns. If you have a student that is assigned a bus, you may consider having them ride the bus on those days. Otherwise, please plan accordingly for increased traffic.

 

Tuesday, June 8th is Democratic Primary Election Day- All Students to be Virtual

Tuesday, June 8th, is the Democratic Primary Election. The Fairfax County Electoral Board and the City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, therefore all students will have a virtual synchronous learning day (no in-person classes) for students.

ALL students will login to classes and learn from home on this day - in-person students will NOT report to school.

 

Summer Math, Science and Writing Enrichment

Looking for additional math, science, robotics, and/or writing enrichment? The TJ Diversity Committee concluded its STEM Provider Conference this past weekend, and they had over 200 registrants for this event! The event provided the opportunity to learn of the free and reduced STEM enrichment programs offered by several businesses in the community and volunteer organizations.  Attached is their information. 

 

INSERT FLYER

 

Summer Resources

Our Fairfax County Public Libraries offers a summer reading program. Parents are encouraged to review book selections with the student in order to help them make appropriate choices. Students may select books from this list, or they may read a comparable book that is approved by their parents. In addition, there are plenty of resources for our students to access this summer for literacy and numeracy.

 

For those families who are interested in requesting textbooks to prepare for next year, please note we don’t distribute textbooks for students to work ahead over the summer. The links found at this location on our website will provide you with plenty: https://frostms.fcps.edu/academics/summer-reading-and-learning

 

  

A Reminder to Families – Please Review the Health Commitment Form

Please do not send your student to school if they are not feeling well.  As students returned to in-person instruction, families signed the Health Screening Commitment Form, agreeing “not send my child to school when he/she is sick or feeling unwell.”  If a student comes to school and reports that they are feeling unwell with a COVID-like symptom, that student must return home and either stay home for 10 days, receive an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider, or receive a negative result on a COVID test.  

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningCommitment.pdf

 

The COVID-19 Vaccine is Now Approved for Children 12 – 15

The FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for the 12 -15 age group. This means that just about every middle and high school student in FCPS may now be vaccinated. 

FCPS is encouraging student vaccinations because that is one more way to ensure the safest school environment for everyone and for students to avoid quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

The fact sheet, below, has important information about the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only vaccine currently available to children as young as 12 years.

https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download

COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available. Many pediatricians and family doctors’ offices have vaccine, and you may choose to take your child to their regular medical home for the vaccine.  In addition, there are many opportunities to get COVID-19 vaccine in Fairfax, including other private health care providers, Urgent Care facilities, pharmacies, Inova, and FCHD. Many locations offer same-day appointments, and some even have walk in availability. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or another adult at all community vaccination sites.

  • To learn how to get a vaccine at a Health Department clinic site, including the Fairfax County Government Center, George Mason University, and the Tysons Community Vaccination Center, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine  or call the Fairfax County Health Department vaccine call center at 703-324-7404. You can schedule directly, and you don’t need to pre-register.
  • Walk-in appointments are also being offered at the Tysons Community Vaccination Center Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This center is in the former Lord & Taylor site at Tysons Center at 7950 Tysons Corner Center in McLean.
  • To schedule an appointment at Inova’s Stonebridge site at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, go to www.inova.org/COVID19/vaccine-scheduling.
  • Locations for other vaccine providers in the community, including local pharmacies, can be found at www.vaccines.gov. Be sure to search for Pfizer vaccine which is the only vaccine currently for use on children 12 – 17 years.  You can also text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) for information in English or VACUNA (822862) for information in Spanish.

NOTE: The COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year but some others are.                     

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.                                  
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.                                                                                                             

Get more information on new immunization requirements

 

Student Course Requests for the 21-22 school year

This year, students entered classes directly into SIS.  Please have them log into SIS StudentVue or you may use your SIS ParentVue account to review the courses listed.  Once in SIS, click the Course Request tab.  There are two sections, Selected Course Requests and Alternate Elective Requests.

Selected Course Requests- All students should have English 8, Civics 8, Invest Matter/Ener (Science), Math, and two Health & PE 8 (one for each semester) listed.  In addition, he or she will have between 2-4 elective classes (2 yearlong, 1 yearlong and 2 semester, or 4 semester classes).  This is a class list.  This does not indicate his or her schedule for the fall.  Official class schedules will not be available until the week of August 16th.

  • Music classes (Band, Orchestra, and Chorus) will be updated in June after Frost teachers are able to complete auditions. All students are currently in a general, single code until then.  These changes are expected in early June.
  • Elective classes are subject to change if your child receives special education services with required hours, your child’s ESL level changes based on WIDA scores, and/or data indicated a need for an enrichment course (Action Literacy, Literacy, Algebra Readiness).

Alternate Elective Requests – Students were asked to enter all elective choices they would prefer in the order of their preference in this area.  You will notice that those that fit into the class schedule will appear above in Selection Course Requests.  The others listed there will be used only if one of those selected does not fit into his or her schedule.

Change Requests – If you would like to request any changes to your student’s classes, please email Ms. Hornbecker at dshornbecker@fcps.edu.  We will try our best to honor requests, but some electives may be closed based on full enrollment.  Please note:  All change requests must be made prior to June 12th.

 

Save the Date!

This summer, rising 8th grade students will be able to come in on Wednesday, August 18th to pick up a paper copy of his or her schedule and do a self-guided tour of the building prior to the first day of school.  Lockers will not be assigned at the start of the school year due to the building renovation, but students will be able to carry back packs with necessary materials. More information will be shared in the upcoming weeks.

 

High School Course-Summer Opportunities and Transcript Updates

Credit Recovery Summer Program – Algebra 1

  • Only students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 are eligible to take the course this summer.
  • Students who are expunging the final Algebra grade (removing it from the student’s transcript) may want to consider this option.
  • Rising 9th grade students - Students who take this course in the summer will not have an option to remove it from the student’s transcript as the student is considered a high school student after June 11th.
  • Information about the program (dates, session information, transportation and lunch) and registration can be found here.

 

For Students enrolled in high school classes (World Language, Algebra, Geometry or Algebra 2)

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions

 

2020-21 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students 

During the current 2020-21 school year, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has  adopted a grading policy change to provide flexibility for students in middle school to  designate their current school year courses as “Pass” or “No Mark” status instead of a  letter grade for their final mark.  

As you review your middle school student’s third quarter report card, please consider the flexibility that will be applied to final marks: 

  • Students receiving a final mark of “D” or “D+” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “P” (pass) as the final mark at the end of the school year.
  •  Students receiving a final mark of “F” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “NM” (no mark) as the final mark at the end of the school year. 
  • Students may select a mark of “P” (pass) for any courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. ○ Action Needed: Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form linked here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by June 4, 2021.  
  • Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option to request a Pass instead of a passing letter grade or final mark. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions.

 

Student Intention Form

For students who will NOT be attending Frost, Woodson, or a boundary FCPS high school next year, please complete the Student Intention for the Next School Year form, https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf,  and return it to Emily Cheng in the Frost Student Services office, or via email ECheng@fcps.edu.

This includes students who are transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Frost or Woodson or boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia

A school outside of the United States

 

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Frost PTA News: May 24 - 28, 2021

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COVID VACCINATED PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Frost MS is having a student vaccination clinic at Langley HS TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 26. Students will be shuttled by bus from Frost to Langley and back. There will be 3 shuttle times (9:30am, 11am, and 12:30pm). Each bus will carry 25-30 students and 3 vaccinated adults (1 Frost faculty member and 2 parent volunteers). 

If you are interested and available to assist, please contact Joe Barret, Assistant Principal, for more details. Thank you!

 

FINAL FOOD TRUCK with LIVE MUSIC, TOO!

Please join us for a fun and relaxing conclusion to a most unusual year! On Monday, June 7th from 3-5pm at Frost Middle School (look for balloons in the parking lot by the Finance Building) we will support the Frost Orchestra, Band students and the PTA. Tacos Mixto and Hershey's Ice Cream Food Trucks will be there and each will donate 10% of the proceeds to the PTA. Stay awhile and enjoy the sounds of four levels of Frost's Orchestra. They will rehearse and have an informal performance within their 30-minute block, culminating with the song “Throne Room” from Star Wars, where the Symphonic Orchestra will be joined by members of the Frost Band! This is sure to be a wonderful, spirited way, to bid farewell to a long year.

 

Please share with your friends and family, and as usual, practice safe COVID guidelines. 

 

WT WOODSON ATHLETIC SUMMER CAMPS:

Woodson Athletics announces the following summer camps! For more information and to register, visit www.wtwoodsonsports.com and click the specific sport’s page under Athletics.

 

Break It Down Dance Camp

May 25, 27 and June 1

Mock Tryout June 3

$125 for full session; $35 per class

Questions?  Email wtwdanceteam@gmail.com

 

Field Hockey

June 14 – June 17

Rising 3rd - 9th graders, all abilities

WT Woodson Aux Field

9am - 11:30am

Cost: $100

 

Girls Basketball

June 21 – June 25

Ages 9 – 14

Gyms 9am - 3pm

Cost: $200

 

Baseball

July 12 – July 16

Rising 7th – 9th graders

WT Woodson Varsity Baseball Field

Cost: $275/player for one week; $525 for 2 siblings for one week

8am – 1pm

 

Volleyball

July 12 – July 15

Session 1: 5:00 – 7:00pm

Session 2: 7:30 – 9:30pm

Main Gym

 

Boys Basketball

Session 1: July 12 – July 16

Session 2: July 19 – July 23

Ages 8 – 15

9am – 3pm

Cost: $225 per session

 

Cheer / Dance

August 9 - 13

9am – 3pm

 

The PTA NEEDS YOU!

We are looking for new leadership in the PTA! We need a President and a Vice President. More information can be found here about the duties and responsibilities. We had an informative PTA meeting last week. The recording from that meeting can be found here. LaTisha and Kathy are ready to answer in detail any questions and explain how anyone with a desire to serve can fill either position. Frost’s PTA is a vital part of the Frost Middle School and we NEED YOU to keep the PTA alive and thriving. THANK YOU for your consideration.

 

FEEDER SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Attention Mantua Elementary School Alumni - Mrs. Jan Marie Fernandez, Mantua Principal, is retiring this year. We are making sure that we send her off in style and show her the appreciation she so deserves. Mark your calendar for Monday, June 7th. There will be a parade in front of Mantua Elementary School beginning at 3:45pm.  You can walk, drive or bike through the parade. Feel free to bring a note, picture, or any memento that you would like to give to Mrs. Fernandez. All are invited to join us as we show Mrs. Fernandez how much she is truly loved by all. Any questions, contact Meri Farling.

 

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JOIN the FROST PTA FB PAGE.

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FROST PTA WEBSITE

FROST SPIRITWEAR

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

Mon., June 7: Tacos Mixto & Hershey’s Ice Cream Food Trucks (3-5pm Frost MS)

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Summer Athletic Camps at Woodson High School

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Woodson High School is excited to announce that it will be holding Athletic Camps this Summer 2021!   Camps are open for students as young as 8 years, depending on the camp.  Please see the flyers, linked below, for details about each camp and to sign up.

Baseball Woodson-WS High School Prep Camp 2021.pdf

Boys Basketball Camp Registration Form_.pdf

Field Hockey Flyer.pdf

Girls Basketball Summer Camp Flyer 2021.pdf

Volleyball Camp Flyer.pdf

More information can be found at https://www.wtwoodsonsports.com/

  • Field Hockey   6/14 – 6/17      9am – 11:30am
  • Girls Basketball   6/21 – 6/25      9am – 3pm
  • Volleyball 7/12 – 7/15
    • Session 1 5pm-7pm
    • Session 2 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Boys Basketball 7/12 – 7/16 & 7/19 – 7/23       9am – 3pm
  • Cheer / Dance 8/9 – 8/13        9am – 3pm
  • Baseball 7/12 – 7/16       8am – 1pm

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This Week at Frost - May 21, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost Middle School,

We had a great week at Frost! I’ve included some photos of our new outside dining hall here! It has been so wonderful to see our students hanging out with friends during lunch. The grounds are beautiful, and we have just received a huge tent to add more seating in our interior courtyard.

 

 

Don’t forget, next Monday is our last date for in-person SOL testing!

To review the communication sent out last week, all families should know even though we said we want all students in the building by 7:30, we know that traffic may preclude it. The 7:30 time was a target for families to hit because we want to start testing as soon as possible. We will not start testing until the majority of students are seated in their testing location. So, please don’t worry if you are stuck in traffic at 7:30, we have planned a cushion for the traffic.

Once again, please try to get in and drop off your students as early as possible. The building will open at 7:10 am for students to report to their testing location which should be the exact same location they have tested in previously.

Finally, our safety and security team adjusted the traffic patterns for Mondays only for SOL testing. The adjustments seemed to work this past Monday so we will keep them in place for next Monday. Our buses will use the right-hand lane primarily and use the kiss and ride lane to disembark students, while parents will use the left-hand lane to drop off students in the front of the building.

Please pull all the way up to the modular building to drop off students. We can drop off 20 students at a time this way.  Once the buses have all dropped off students, we will use both lanes for kiss and ride.

As we are in the home stretch of the 20-21 school year, please help us by reminding students to  continue to treat one another with respect (we are hearing some inappropriate language in the halls), wear proper attire to school, report to class on time, and to finish the year strong academically! We know the beautiful weather has us all looking out of our windows and dreaming of summer and our students are looking forward to the end of the 20-21 school year!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! As always, “We are #ONEFrost!”

 

All the best, 

Anthony

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

May 24                    Math SOLs (ALL Math Courses) for 7th and 8th Graders

May 31                    Memorial Day Holiday- No School or Check- in for students

June 2                     Woodson HS Graduation- Potential Traffic Issues, Please be advised

June 4                     South Lakes HS Graduation @ Woodson HS- Potential Traffic Issues, Please be advised

June 8                     New-Virtual Synchronous Learning for All Students- Election Day

June 11                   Last Day of School- 2 Hour Early Release

  • The calendar will be updated with additional dates for parent/community events as they become available.
In Other News....

SOL Testing Reminders

We will conduct SOL testing on May 24 for 7th and 8th grade.  Students who are testing in person must arrive at school by 7:20am.  Parents can pick their students up between 11:00 and 12:00. 

Students who have selected bus transportation should have received bus stop and pick-up information.  Buses will depart school at 12:00 noon. Remind your child that if they rode the bus, they don’t have to call you once they are done. They should ride the bus in the afternoon when the buses come in. Some students called home when they saw that others were doing so.

Please have students restart and charge their laptops Sunday night in preparation for Monday’s SOLs.  They should bring both their laptop and charger to school for testing. 

For students who have not been assigned FCPS On laptops, one will be waiting for them in their testing location.

For questions, please contact Ms. Debbie Metzker at dlmetzker@fcps.edu.

 

Remote Testing Update

As you are aware Fairfax County paused all remote testing last week and early this week.  Our school has now received guidance that we may continue testing

Your student can use the ticket we previously provided to login and begin testing.  If your student was already in progress at the time testing was paused, they will be able to resume from where they left the assessment. Students must login to the test using the browser link and run the browser check prior to starting the test. Students should not use the TestNav icon on their desktop.

Thank you for working with us as we worked with the division and state to ensure an appropriate test administration window for FCPS students.

 

Potential Traffic Issues – June 2nd and June 4th

Please be advised that on June 2nd and 4th there will be graduations happening on the Woodson HS campus. On both days, families will begin to arrive to the Frost-Woodson complex to begin parking to get prepared for graduation activities. Families will be parking at the church, along Pickett Rd, and on Woodson HS property. There will be City of Fairfax Police at the Main Street intersection and Fairfax County Police along Pickett Rd to support us with anticipated traffic concerns. If you have a student that is assigned a bus, you may consider having them ride the bus on those days. Otherwise, please plan accordingly for increased traffic.

 

Tuesday, June 8th is Democratic Primary Election Day- All Students to be Virtual

Tuesday, June 8th, is the Democratic Primary Election. The Fairfax County Electoral Board and the City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, therefore all students will have a virtual synchronous learning day (no in-person classes) for students.

ALL students will login to classes and learn from home on this day - in-person students will NOT report to school.

 

FCPS COVID Vaccination Clinics

FCPS is partnering with the Fairfax County Health Department to offer COVID-19 vaccination opportunities for middle and high school students at several locations between May 25-June 10. Frost MS students who have signed up for this service will have their vaccination appointments on May 27 at Annandale High School. Families should be receiving confirmation as a result of your signing up through previous county communication.

 

Summer Math, Science and Writing Enrichment

Looking for additional math, science, robotics, and/or writing enrichment? The TJ Diversity Committee concluded its STEM Provider Conference this past weekend, and they had over 200 registrants for this event! The event provided the opportunity to learn of the free and reduced STEM enrichment programs offered by several businesses in the community and volunteer organizations.  Attached is their information. 

TJ PTSA Diversit Committee STEM Provder Contact Info.pdf

 

Summer Resources

Our Fairfax County Public Libraries offers a summer reading program. Parents are encouraged to review book selections with the student in order to help them make appropriate choices. Students may select books from this list, or they may read a comparable book that is approved by their parents. In addition, there are plenty of resources for our students to access this summer for literacy and numeracy.

 

For those families who are interested in requesting textbooks to prepare for next year, please note we don’t distribute textbooks for students to work ahead over the summer. The links found at this location on our website will provide you with plenty: https://frostms.fcps.edu/academics/summer-reading-and-learning

 

  

A Reminder to Families – Please Review the Health Commitment Form

Please do not send your student to school if they are not feeling well.  As students returned to in-person instruction, families signed the Health Screening Commitment Form, agreeing “not send my child to school when he/she is sick or feeling unwell.”  If a student comes to school and reports that they are feeling unwell with a COVID-like symptom, that student must return home and either stay home for 10 days, receive an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider, or receive a negative result on a COVID test.  

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningCommitment.pdf

 

The COVID-19 Vaccine is Now Approved for Children 12 – 15

The FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for the 12 -15 age group. This means that just about every middle and high school student in FCPS may now be vaccinated. 

FCPS is encouraging student vaccinations because that is one more way to ensure the safest school environment for everyone and for students to avoid quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

The fact sheet, below, has important information about the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only vaccine currently available to children as young as 12 years.

https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download

COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available. Many pediatricians and family doctors’ offices have vaccine, and you may choose to take your child to their regular medical home for the vaccine.  In addition, there are many opportunities to get COVID-19 vaccine in Fairfax, including other private health care providers, Urgent Care facilities, pharmacies, Inova, and FCHD. Many locations offer same-day appointments, and some even have walk in availability. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or another adult at all community vaccination sites.

  • To learn how to get a vaccine at a Health Department clinic site, including the Fairfax County Government Center, George Mason University, and the Tysons Community Vaccination Center, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine  or call the Fairfax County Health Department vaccine call center at 703-324-7404. You can schedule directly, and you don’t need to pre-register.
  • Walk-in appointments are also being offered at the Tysons Community Vaccination Center Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This center is in the former Lord & Taylor site at Tysons Center at 7950 Tysons Corner Center in McLean.
  • To schedule an appointment at Inova’s Stonebridge site at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, go to www.inova.org/COVID19/vaccine-scheduling.
  • Locations for other vaccine providers in the community, including local pharmacies, can be found at www.vaccines.gov. Be sure to search for Pfizer vaccine which is the only vaccine currently for use on children 12 – 17 years.  You can also text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) for information in English or VACUNA (822862) for information in Spanish.

NOTE: The COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year but some others are.                     

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.                                  
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.                                                                                                             

Get more information on new immunization requirements

 

Student Course Requests for the 21-22 school year

This year, students entered classes directly into SIS.  Please have them log into SIS StudentVue or you may use your SIS ParentVue account to review the courses listed.  Once in SIS, click the Course Request tab.  There are two sections, Selected Course Requests and Alternate Elective Requests.

Selected Course Requests- All students should have English 8, Civics 8, Invest Matter/Ener (Science), Math, and two Health & PE 8 (one for each semester) listed.  In addition, he or she will have between 2-4 elective classes (2 yearlong, 1 yearlong and 2 semester, or 4 semester classes).  This is a class list.  This does not indicate his or her schedule for the fall.  Official class schedules will not be available until the week of August 16th.

  • Music classes (Band, Orchestra, and Chorus) will be updated in June after Frost teachers are able to complete auditions. All students are currently in a general, single code until then.  These changes are expected in early June.
  • Elective classes are subject to change if your child receives special education services with required hours, your child’s ESL level changes based on WIDA scores, and/or data indicated a need for an enrichment course (Action Literacy, Literacy, Algebra Readiness).

Alternate Elective Requests – Students were asked to enter all elective choices they would prefer in the order of their preference in this area.  You will notice that those that fit into the class schedule will appear above in Selection Course Requests.  The others listed there will be used only if one of those selected does not fit into his or her schedule.

Change Requests – If you would like to request any changes to your student’s classes, please email Ms. Hornbecker at dshornbecker@fcps.edu.  We will try our best to honor requests, but some electives may be closed based on full enrollment.  Please note:  All change requests must be made prior to June 12th.

Save the Date!

This summer, rising 8th grade students will be able to come in on Wednesday, August 18th to pick up a paper copy of his or her schedule and do a self-guided tour of the building prior to the first day of school.  Lockers will not be assigned at the start of the school year due to the building renovation, but students will be able to carry back packs with necessary materials. More information will be shared in the upcoming weeks.

 

High School Course-Summer Opportunities and Transcript Updates

Credit Recovery Summer Program – Algebra 1

  • Only students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 are eligible to take the course this summer.
  • Students who are expunging the final Algebra grade (removing it from the student’s transcript) may want to consider this option.
  • Rising 9th grade students - Students who take this course in the summer will not have an option to remove it from the student’s transcript as the student is considered a high school student after June 11th.
  • Information about the program (dates, session information, transportation and lunch) and registration can be found here.

 

For Students enrolled in high school classes (World Language, Algebra, Geometry or Algebra 2)

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions

 

2020-21 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students 

During the current 2020-21 school year, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has  adopted a grading policy change to provide flexibility for students in middle school to  designate their current school year courses as “Pass” or “No Mark” status instead of a  letter grade for their final mark.  

As you review your middle school student’s third quarter report card, please consider the flexibility that will be applied to final marks: 

  • Students receiving a final mark of “D” or “D+” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “P” (pass) as the final mark at the end of the school year.
  •  Students receiving a final mark of “F” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “NM” (no mark) as the final mark at the end of the school year. 
  • Students may select a mark of “P” (pass) for any courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. ○ Action Needed: Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form linked here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by June 4, 2021.  
  • Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option to request a Pass instead of a passing letter grade or final mark. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions.

 

Student Intention Form

For students who will NOT be attending Frost, Woodson, or a boundary FCPS high school next year, please complete the Student Intention for the Next School Year form, https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf,  and return it to Emily Cheng in the Frost Student Services office, or via email ECheng@fcps.edu.

This includes students who are transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Frost or Woodson or boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia

A school outside of the United States

 

Mindful May

Mindful May kickoffs started this week! The focus of each week in May will be: Relaxation, Be Physically Active, Laugh More, and Self-Care. Each week will start with a Tuesday announcement from Student Services, and on May 5th students will receive a 20-minute (teacher guided/presentation provided) Study Break Yoga lesson during Falcon Focus. Thank you for supporting this focus at home, as mindfulness and stress management are very important as we move into SOL testing and towards the end of the school year. Additional information about ways to incorporate Mindfulness into your daily practice can be found here: Seven Ideas for Incorporating Mindfulness into Your Routine

 

Returning Strong: Multilingual Parent Podcasts - Yes, We Want Your Child Back in School! Attendance Matters!

Last year and 2021 have posed many challenges for all of us. We miss our students who have been absent. FCPS wants your child back in school and is ready to help. Listen to the latest Spanish, Arabic, and Korean podcasts on why we want your child back in school. We care and attendance matters.  

Podcasts hosts and guests engage in a passionate discussion on how we care, why attendance matters, common reasons for absence, school procedures regarding attendance, and what parents can do to partner with the school to get students back on track and in school.

Listen and Subscribe:

 

What Should Families Know About ESOL Services?

Listen to the latest Spanish, Arabic, and Korean podcasts on what FCPS families should know about English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services. Nearly 49%, or 87,571 students, in Fairfax County Public Schools speak a second language. This week's podcasts include a discussion about FCPS English Language Services. Rich Pollio, director of FCPS ESOL Services, talks about why ESOL services are important, how families are notified about ESOL services, how families can help at home, new school to home communication tools, and adult English Language Classes.

Listen and Subscribe:

 

 FCPS Hosts Virtual Instructional Job Fair

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Fairfax County Public Schools, the largest school system in Virginia, is searching for educators with a strong academic background and a passion to make a difference in the lives of students.  

Principals will meet and engage with candidates at the FCPS Virtual Instructional Job Fair on Monday, May 24, to fill vacancies for the 2021-22 school year.

 

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Frost PTA News: May 17 - 21, 2021

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The PTA NEEDS YOU!

We are looking for new leadership in the PTA! We need a President and a Vice President. More information can be found here about the duties and responsibilities. We had an informative PTA meeting last week. The recording from that meeting can be found here. LaTisha and Kathy are ready to answer in detail any questions and explain how anyone with a desire to serve can fill either position. Frost’s PTA is a vital part of the Frost Middle School and we NEED YOU to keep the PTA alive and thriving. THANK YOU for your consideration.

 

UPCOMING WOODSON EVENT of INTEREST:

Join the Woodson Precisionettes Head Coach and graduating seniors for Break it Down Camp. Classes will focus on jazz, pom, and hip-hop choreography as well as leaps, turns and tricks. This camp is open to all current 7th- 12th graders and will be held 3:30-5:30pm on 5/25, 5/27, and 6/1 with a mock tryout on 6/3.  $125 for all sessions or $35 per class. Information for the Break-it-Down-Camp. Register for the Break-it-Down-Camp. Email wtwdanceteam@gmail.com with any questions.

Hope to see you there!!

 

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JOIN the FROST PTA FB PAGE.

FOLLOW us on TWITTER @frostmsvapta.

FROST PTA WEBSITE

FROST SPIRITWEAR

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

No upcoming events at this time.

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This Week at Frost - May 14, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost Middle School,

The month of May is full of celebrations at Frost Middle School! We truly enjoyed celebrating Staff Appreciation Week this past week. We are so grateful for the continued partnership and donations provided by the PTA and the Frost MS parent community! Staff Appreciation Week was a great opportunity for our community to thank our teachers and staff (both virtual and in-person) for their resiliency and commitment to our students. We even had a couple teachers win a drawing that a parent let me know about, see below:

“To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, Seasonal Roots is having a drawing to give away 3 local food prizes worth $150 each for 3 deserving winners, who will be selected in a random drawing on May 6.  Seasonal Roots is a home delivery farmers market, connecting Virginia and Maryland families to local farmers. https://blog.seasonalroots.com/teacher-appreciation-week-drawing/

1) Kate Wright from Woodson

2) Ashley Martinez from Frost

3) Dawn Alexander from Frost

This week started off with a bang as we were in full swing for SOL testing! The students performed well even with some minor hiccups that occurred during our first foray into new territory! We tested almost 900 students, both virtual and in-person students, in one day. We have two more to go!

I understand there was some concern and anxiety on Monday regarding traffic. For those who are familiar, traffic at Frost MS is typically quite heavy in the morning. When you consider we had 900 families testing and 85% of our families opting to drive students in during this testing season, then the typical traffic issues are exacerbated.

The first thing all families should know is even though we said we want all students in by 7:30, we know that traffic may preclude it. The 7:30 time was a target for families to hit because we want to start testing as soon as possible. We will not start testing until the majority of students are seated in their testing location. This Monday, that happened to be around 7:50 am. Most testing sessions began around 8- 8:15 am, plenty of time for students to test. So, please don’t worry if you are stuck in traffic at 7:30, we have planned a cushion for the traffic. Traffic should be lighter this Monday as only 8th grade students are testing.

Second, please try to get in and drop off your students as early as possible. The building will open at 7:10 am for students to report to their testing location. It should be the exact same location as before for future testing, even down to the same seat in most occasions.

Finally, we are working with our safety and security team to adjust the traffic patterns for Mondays only for SOL testing. Our buses (all 9 of them) will use the right-hand lane primarily and use the kiss and ride lane to disembark students, while parents will use the left-hand lane to drop off students in the front of the building. This will allow us more real estate for drop off and ensure that the buses are in and out in a timely manner. Please pull all the way up to the modular building to drop off students. We can drop off 20 students at a time this way.  Once the buses have all dropped off students, we will use both lanes for kiss and ride. We are hopeful that this will alleviate congestion in the morning. Also, we will have our SRO out at Little River Turnpike to support with traffic at that intersection. Map of Monday SOL Kiss and Ride

We are looking for new leadership in the Frost MS PTA! Please consider running for office. We need a President and a Vice President. More information can be found here about the duties and responsibilities. Thanks in advance for your consideration. We had an informative PTA meeting earlier this week. The recording from that meeting can be found here.

We discussed many things at the PTA meeting including the recent communication about 5 Day In-Person Return to School planning for the 21-22 school year. The Intent to Apply to the Division Level Virtual Program was due last week (this communication was sent out to current virtual student/families only). Enrollment in the division level virtual program is limited to students who have a documented health/medical need. This is not extended to family members. Families interested in applying to the virtual program will need to submit a completed COVID-19 Health Eligibility Form with health/medical certification to virtualenrollment@fcps.edu during the week of May 17-21. Upon submission, families will receive an electronic reply with detailed instructions on how to complete the Virtual Program Enrollment Application via the online application portal. Bottom line:

  • Intent to Apply was due last week-https://forms.gle/LuDWuLGnhiKATgh47
  • Enrollment will be limited based on documented student health/medical need
  • Application will need to be submitted May 17-21 with documented health need
  • Virtual Program Website

 

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! As always, “We are #ONEFrost!”

 

All the best, 

Anthony

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

May 17                    Science SOL Date for 8th Graders Only

May 24                    Math SOLs (ALL Math Courses) for 7th and 8th Graders

May 31                    Memorial Day Holiday- No School or Check- in for students

June 8                     New-Virtual Synchronous Learning for All Students- Election Day

June 11                   Last Day of School- 2 Hour Early Release

  • The calendar will be updated with additional dates for parent/community events as they become available.
In Other News....

A Reminder to Families – Please Review the Health Commitment Form

Please do not send your student to school if they are not feeling well.  As students returned to in-person instruction, families signed the Health Screening Commitment Form, agreeing “not send my child to school when he/she is sick or feeling unwell.”  If a student comes to school and reports that they are feeling unwell with a COVID-like symptom, that student must return home and either stay home for 10 days, receive an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider, or receive a negative result on a COVID test.  

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningCommitment.pdf

 

Tuesday, June 8th is Democratic Primary Election Day- All Students to be Virtual

Tuesday, June 8th, is the Democratic Primary Election. The Fairfax County Electoral Board and the City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, therefore all students will have a virtual synchronous learning day (no in-person classes) for students.

ALL students will login to classes and learn from home on this day - in-person students will NOT report to school.

 

SOL Testing

We will conduct SOL testing on May 17 for 8th grade only and on May 24 for 7th and 8th grade.  Students who are testing in person must arrive at school by 7:20am.  Parents can pick their students up between 11:00 and 12:00. 

Students who have selected bus transportation should have received bus stop and pick-up information.  Buses will depart school at 12:00 noon. Remind your child that if they rode the bus, they don’t have to call you once they are done. They should ride the bus in the afternoon when the buses come in. Some students called home when they saw that others were doing so.

Please have students restart and charge their laptops Sunday night in preparation for Monday’s SOLs.  They should bring both their laptop and charger to school for testing. 

For students who have not been assigned FCPS On laptops, one will be waiting for them in their testing location.

For questions, please contact Ms. Debbie Metzker at dlmetzker@fcps.edu.

 

Virginia Remote Student Progress Tests On Hold

The Virginia Department of Education has identified an error with some Virginia Remote Student Progress Test (VRSPT) sessions across the state. As a result, VRSPT testing will be temporarily unavailable starting Thursday, May 13, until further notice. The VRSPT is an optional assessment for elementary and middle school fully virtual students whose families have refused the SOL test. 

 

Frost Minds Matter

Frost Minds Matter Club Members will be continuing their great advocacy work as part of May’s Mental Health Awareness Month!  Not only has Mr. Harris been getting the word out via Twitter and PTA meetings, but we saw FCPS students promoting the importance of mental health supports in last night’s School Board Meeting.  Frost Minds Matter and our partners at Poe Middle School got a special shout-out as being one of two middle schools implementing Our Minds Matter as a proactive and preventative strategy to support the social-emotional and wellness needs of students in FCPS.  Check out the video clip from the meeting (start around 5 minutes and 30 seconds):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MkEl0uxrK0&t=599s  

We are super excited to be a part of the mental health movement.  We will be showing our club members this clip in our meeting so that they can continue to see how important student voices can be in making positive changes for many students.  

 

The COVID-19 Vaccine is Now Approved for Children 12 – 15

The FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for the 12 -15 age group. This means that just about every middle and high school student in FCPS may now be vaccinated. 

FCPS is encouraging student vaccinations because that is one more way to ensure the safest school environment for everyone and for students to avoid quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

The fact sheet, below, has important information about the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only vaccine currently available to children as young as 12 years.

https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download

COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available. Many pediatricians and family doctors’ offices have vaccine, and you may choose to take your child to their regular medical home for the vaccine.  In addition, there are many opportunities to get COVID-19 vaccine in Fairfax, including other private health care providers, Urgent Care facilities, pharmacies, Inova, and FCHD. Many locations offer same-day appointments, and some even have walk in availability. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or another adult at all community vaccination sites.

  • To learn how to get a vaccine at a Health Department clinic site, including the Fairfax County Government Center, George Mason University, and the Tysons Community Vaccination Center, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine  or call the Fairfax County Health Department vaccine call center at 703-324-7404. You can schedule directly, and you don’t need to pre-register.
  • Walk-in appointments are also being offered at the Tysons Community Vaccination Center Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This center is in the former Lord & Taylor site at Tysons Center at 7950 Tysons Corner Center in McLean.
  • To schedule an appointment at Inova’s Stonebridge site at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, go to www.inova.org/COVID19/vaccine-scheduling.
  • Locations for other vaccine providers in the community, including local pharmacies, can be found at www.vaccines.gov. Be sure to search for Pfizer vaccine which is the only vaccine currently for use on children 12 – 17 years.  You can also text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) for information in English or VACUNA (822862) for information in Spanish.

NOTE: The COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year but some others are.                     

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.                                  
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.                                                                                                             

Get more information on new immunization requirements

 

Student Course Requests for the 21-22 school year

This year, students entered classes directly into SIS.  Please have them log into SIS StudentVue or you may use your SIS ParentVue account to review the courses listed.  Once in SIS, click the Course Request tab.  There are two sections, Selected Course Requests and Alternate Elective Requests.

Selected Course Requests- All students should have English 8, Civics 8, Invest Matter/Ener (Science), Math, and two Health & PE 8 (one for each semester) listed.  In addition, he or she will have between 2-4 elective classes (2 yearlong, 1 yearlong and 2 semester, or 4 semester classes).  This is a class list.  This does not indicate his or her schedule for the fall.  Official class schedules will not be available until the week of August 16th.

  • Music classes (Band, Orchestra, and Chorus) will be updated in June after Frost teachers are able to complete auditions. All students are currently in a general, single code until then.  These changes are expected in early June.
  • Elective classes are subject to change if your child receives special education services with required hours, your child’s ESL level changes based on WIDA scores, and/or data indicated a need for an enrichment course (Action Literacy, Literacy, Algebra Readiness).

Alternate Elective Requests – Students were asked to enter all elective choices they would prefer in the order of their preference in this area.  You will notice that those that fit into the class schedule will appear above in Selection Course Requests.  The others listed there will be used only if one of those selected does not fit into his or her schedule.

Change Requests – If you would like to request any changes to your student’s classes, please email Ms. Hornbecker at dshornbecker@fcps.edu.  We will try our best to honor requests, but some electives may be closed based on full enrollment.  Please note:  All change requests must be made prior to June 12th.

Save the Date!

This summer, rising 8th grade students will be able to come in on Wednesday, August 18th to pick up a paper copy of his or her schedule and do a self-guided tour of the building prior to the first day of school.  Lockers will not be assigned at the start of the school year due to the building renovation, but students will be able to carry back packs with necessary materials. More information will be shared in the upcoming weeks.

 

High School Course-Summer Opportunities and Transcript Updates

Credit Recovery Summer Program – Algebra 1

  • Only students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 are eligible to take the course this summer.
  • Students who are expunging the final Algebra grade (removing it from the student’s transcript) may want to consider this option.
  • Rising 9th grade students - Students who take this course in the summer will not have an option to remove it from the student’s transcript as the student is considered a high school student after June 11th.
  • Information about the program (dates, session information, transportation and lunch) and registration can be found here.

 

For Students enrolled in high school classes (World Language, Algebra, Geometry or Algebra 2)

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions

 

2020-21 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students 

During the current 2020-21 school year, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has  adopted a grading policy change to provide flexibility for students in middle school to  designate their current school year courses as “Pass” or “No Mark” status instead of a  letter grade for their final mark.  

As you review your middle school student’s third quarter report card, please consider the flexibility that will be applied to final marks: 

  • Students receiving a final mark of “D” or “D+” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “P” (pass) as the final mark at the end of the school year.
  •  Students receiving a final mark of “F” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “NM” (no mark) as the final mark at the end of the school year. 
  • Students may select a mark of “P” (pass) for any courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. ○ Action Needed: Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form linked here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by June 4, 2021.  
  • Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option to request a Pass instead of a passing letter grade or final mark. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions.

 

Student Intention Form

For students who will NOT be attending Frost, Woodson, or a boundary FCPS high school next year, please complete the Student Intention for the Next School Year form, https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf,  and return it to Emily Cheng in the Frost Student Services office, or via email ECheng@fcps.edu.

This includes students who are transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Frost or Woodson or boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia

A school outside of the United States

 

All Students to Be Virtual on June 8 Due to Democratic Primary Election

Tuesday, June 8, is the Democratic Primary Election. Because the Fairfax County Electoral Board and City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, June 8 will be a virtual synchronous  learning day (no in-person classes) for students.

 

Returning Five Days in Fall: American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses FCPS’ Five Days of In-Person Learning

This week, the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) put out a statement supporting FCPS’ model of five days of in-person instruction for all students this fall.

This endorsement by a highly respected group of pediatricians validates our belief that in-person learning is best for children. The AAP also believes that virtual instruction should be utilized only when necessary as a result of a documented health or medical need and in consultation with a child’s physician or medical team.

FCPS virtual learning in the fall will be limited to students with documented COVID-19 related health/medical needs. For more information about the virtual program for School Year 2021-22, visit the virtual program webpage or view the news release.

 

Mindful May

Mindful May kickoffs started this week! The focus of each week in May will be: Relaxation, Be Physically Active, Laugh More, and Self-Care. Each week will start with a Tuesday announcement from Student Services, and on May 5th students will receive a 20-minute (teacher guided/presentation provided) Study Break Yoga lesson during Falcon Focus. Thank you for supporting this focus at home, as mindfulness and stress management are very important as we move into SOL testing and towards the end of the school year. Additional information about ways to incorporate Mindfulness into your daily practice can be found here: Seven Ideas for Incorporating Mindfulness into Your Routine

 

Returning Strong: Multilingual Parent Podcasts - Yes, We Want Your Child Back in School! Attendance Matters!

Last year and 2021 have posed many challenges for all of us. We miss our students who have been absent. FCPS wants your child back in school and is ready to help. Listen to the latest Spanish, Arabic, and Korean podcasts on why we want your child back in school. We care and attendance matters.  

Podcasts hosts and guests engage in a passionate discussion on how we care, why attendance matters, common reasons for absence, school procedures regarding attendance, and what parents can do to partner with the school to get students back on track and in school.

Listen and Subscribe:

 

What Should Families Know About ESOL Services?

Listen to the latest Spanish, Arabic, and Korean podcasts on what FCPS families should know about English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services. Nearly 49%, or 87,571 students, in Fairfax County Public Schools speak a second language. This week's podcasts include a discussion about FCPS English Language Services. Rich Pollio, director of FCPS ESOL Services, talks about why ESOL services are important, how families are notified about ESOL services, how families can help at home, new school to home communication tools, and adult English Language Classes.

Listen and Subscribe:

 

FCPS Seeks Input on Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Curriculum Policy

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to educational equity in which every student thrives academically, socially, and emotionally. FCPS wants to empower students as the next generation of change leaders for a more just world. To achieve educational equity, FCPS will be analyzing and addressing the beliefs and policies that inform teaching practices along with what is taught in schools. The school division will begin this process by revising the existing Controversial Issues Policy and developing a new Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Education Curriculum Policy.   

Families and staff will be asked to participate in a survey seeking input on what should be included in the Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Education Curriculum Policy. The survey will be sent to all families and staff in early May. In addition, FCPS will conduct a series of focus groups to gather perspectives and input of all stakeholders. 

FCPS is working with a consultant The Leadership Academy to support stakeholder engagement on the revision and development of these two curriculum policies. An update on the draft policy will be presented to the Fairfax County School Board in the summer. 

Resources:

 

 

Fairfax County Public Schools Hosts Career Switcher Information Session May 18

Thinking about teaching? Join Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the largest school system in Virginia, for a Virtual Career Switcher Information Session on Tuesday, May 18, from 5- 6:30 p.m. This event will provide an opportunity to learn how to become a licensed teacher in Virginia. 

 

The information session will begin with presentations from the five approved Virginia Department of Education career switcher programs: Educate Virginia, Old Dominion University, Regent University, Shenandoah University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Troops to Teachers will present their program offerings for military veterans.  

There will also be an opportunity to conduct video chats with the FCPS licensure team and substitute office. Register to Attend 

Download the Career Switcher flyer.

Questions? Visit FCPS’ Department of Human Resources online web portal.

 

FCPS Hosts Virtual Instructional Job Fair

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Fairfax County Public Schools, the largest school system in Virginia, is searching for educators with a strong academic background and a passion to make a difference in the lives of students.  

Principals will meet and engage with candidates at the FCPS Virtual Instructional Job Fair on Monday, May 24, to fill vacancies for the 2021-22 school year.

Celebrating AAPI Month

 

Julie Wu founded the Asian Pacific American Club at West Potomac High School and is the president of the Asian Pacific American Club Coalition, which brings together all of the APACs across FCPS to educate other students about Asian American heritage and culture and provide a safe space for Asian Americans to share about their identities. 

 

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Frost PTA News: May 10 - 14, 2021

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PTA MEETING TONIGHT - Thinking of Running for a PTA Board Position?

Many folks are unsure about the required work and time commitment. To help aide informed decisions, the PTA will host an information session during tonight’s meeting. LaTisha and Kathy will explain in detail everything that is required of the president and vice president and how anyone with a desire to serve can fill either position. Frost’s PTA is a vital part of the Frost Middle School and we NEED YOU to keep the PTA alive and thriving.

 

Please join us TONIGHT, MAY 11th for our virtual PTA Meeting at 7:30PM to learn how you can contribute to the continued success of the Frost PTA.

 

FROST TEACHERS & STAFF ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Many thanks to everyone who supported our Teacher Appreciation Week GIFT CARD DRAWING & SNACK ROOM last week. The teachers and staff were so thankful!!

 

JOIN the PTA.

JOIN the FROST PTA FB PAGE.

FOLLOW us on TWITTER @frostmsvapta.

FROST PTA WEBSITE

FROST SPIRITWEAR

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

TONIGHT, May 11: PTA Meeting, ALL WELCOME: 7:30PM (meeting link above)

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This Week at Frost - May 7, 2021

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This Week in Review

 

Greetings Frost Middle School,

What a wonderful time we had at Frost this week! I would like to first thank our amazing parent community for the incredible outpouring of love and support shown for our faculty and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week! The faculty and staff are raving about the gift card drawing and the massive snack room! We always know the Frost community supports and loves our folks, but it awesome to see it live and in living color! Thank YOU!

 

We are officially in our testing season now. For the next three Mondays our students, who have chosen to do so, will have the opportunity to show what they have learned during this year.

Please remind your student not to stress about the assessment this year, just try their best. There are no negative ramifications for students. Testing will simply be used to gauge what students have learned and what teachers can work on with students the following year. There have been a few e-mails that have gone out over the past week with all of the relevant information concerning testing. In addition, students are being provided with information during Falcon Focus today. If your child is testing and you are dropping him or her off and picking them up, please be patient and plan ahead because our kiss and ride lines can be quite long.

If you child’s testing location finishes before noon, we will allow students to call home to be picked up earlier. If your child has a cell phone, they will call or text you directly to be picked up. Once you are on campus, you can call and/or text them back to let them know, then they will be released to you. The same procedure goes for students who walk home. They should call to let you know they are finished testing before being released to walk home.

Finally, I want to wish all of the mothers and mothers-in-kind a Happy Mother’s Day! I know that the job of a mom is thankless and has been especially tough during the pandemic. You have had to do it all and I’m hoping that you are able to celebrate with your family this weekend!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! As always, “We are #ONEFrost!”

 

All the best, 

Anthony

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

 

May 10                    Reading SOL for 7th and 8th Graders

May 11                    Updated PTA Meeting at 7:30 pm-

• Guest link:

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d5db73ab9a1a41c9b2947d14f051c0f3

 

May 17                    Science SOL Date for 8th Graders Only

May 24                    Math SOLs (ALL Math Courses) for 7th and 8th Graders

May 31                    Memorial Day Holiday- No School or Check- in for students

June 8                     New-Virtual Synchronous Learning for All Students- Election Day

June 11                   Last Day of School- 2 Hour Early Release

  • The calendar will be updated with additional dates for parent/community events as they become available.
In Other News....

 

SOL Testing

We will conduct SOL testing on May 10 and 24 for 7th and 8th grade and on May 17 for 8th grade only.  Students who are testing in person must arrive at school by 7:20am.  Parents can pick their students up between 11:00 and 12:00. 

Students who have selected bus transportation should have received bus stop and pick-up information.  Buses will depart school at 12:00 noon. 

SOL Prep

Please have students restart and charge their laptops Sunday night in preparation for Monday’s SOLs.  They should bring both their laptop and charger to school for testing. 

For students who have not been assigned FCPSon laptops one will be waiting for them in their testing location.

For questions, please contact Ms. Debbie Metzker at dlmetzker@fcps.edu.

 

High School Course-Summer Opportunities and Transcript Updates

 

Credit Recovery Summer Program – Algebra 1

  • Only students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 are eligible to take the course this summer.
  • Students who are expunging the final Algebra grade (removing it from the student’s transcript) may want to consider this option.
  • Rising 9th grade students - Students who take this course in the summer will not have an option to remove it from the student’s transcript as the student is considered a high school student after June 11th.
  • Information about the program (dates, session information, transportation and lunch) and registration can be found here.

 

For Students enrolled in high school classes (World Language, Algebra, Geometry or Algebra 2)

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions

 

2020-21 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students 

During the current 2020-21 school year, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has  adopted a grading policy change to provide flexibility for students in middle school to  designate their current school year courses as “Pass” or “No Mark” status instead of a  letter grade for their final mark.  

As you review your middle school student’s third quarter report card, please consider the flexibility that will be applied to final marks: 

  • Students receiving a final mark of “D” or “D+” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “P” (pass) as the final mark at the end of the school year.
  •  Students receiving a final mark of “F” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “NM” (no mark) as the final mark at the end of the school year. 
  • Students may select a mark of “P” (pass) for any courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. ○ Action Needed: Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form linked here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by June 4, 2021.  
  • Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option to request a Pass instead of a passing letter grade or final mark. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions.

 

All Students to Be Virtual on June 8 Due to Democratic Primary Election

Tuesday, June 8, is the Democratic Primary Election. Because the Fairfax County Electoral Board and City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, June 8 will be a virtual synchronous  learning day (no in-person classes) for students.

 

Mindful May

Mindful May kickoffs started this week! The focus of each week in May will be: Relaxation, Be Physically Active, Laugh More, and Self-Care. Each week will start with a Tuesday announcement from Student Services, and on May 5th students will receive a 20-minute (teacher guided/presentation provided) Study Break Yoga lesson during Falcon Focus. Thank you for supporting this focus at home, as mindfulness and stress management are very important as we move into SOL testing and towards the end of the school year. Additional information about ways to incorporate Mindfulness into your daily practice can be found here: Seven Ideas for Incorporating Mindfulness into Your Routine

 

 

Returning Strong: Multilingual Parent Podcasts - Yes, We Want Your Child Back in School! Attendance Matters!

Last year and 2021 have posed many challenges for all of us. We miss our students who have been absent. FCPS wants your child back in school and is ready to help. Listen to the latest Spanish, Arabic, and Korean podcasts on why we want your child back in school. We care and attendance matters.  

Podcasts hosts and guests engage in a passionate discussion on how we care, why attendance matters, common reasons for absence, school procedures regarding attendance, and what parents can do to partner with the school to get students back on track and in school.

Listen and Subscribe:

What Should Families Know About ESOL Services?

Listen to the latest Spanish, Arabic, and Korean podcasts on what FCPS families should know about English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services. Nearly 49%, or 87,571 students, in Fairfax County Public Schools speak a second language. This week's podcasts include a discussion about FCPS English Language Services. Rich Pollio, director of FCPS ESOL Services, talks about why ESOL services are important, how families are notified about ESOL services, how families can help at home, new school to home communication tools, and adult English Language Classes.

Listen and Subscribe:

 

Substance Abuse Prevention Program Office Newsletter

Ms. Allyson Jacobi, MSW, the Woodson Pyramid’s contact from the Office of Student Safety and Wellness, is sharing the first ever Substance Abuse Program Office’s Newsletter. Take a look at the link, below!  

https://www.smore.com/5q4xe

 

 

Update on COVID Vaccine Appointments

Schedule COVID vaccine appointments for 16-18 year olds and get answers to your questions on the FCPS School Health Services webpage

NOTE: The COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year but some others are.                     

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.                                  
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.                                                                                                             
  • Get more information on new immunization requirements

Face Mask Message to Update and Clarify for Your Communities

Face Masks Are Required at All Times at All FCPS Sites, Indoors and Outdoors

Despite the recent change in guidelines from the CDC on wearing face masks outdoors, Fairfax County Public Schools is still requiring that face masks are worn by spectators at all sporting events. Please make sure you have one with you when entering FCPS facilities. Universal masking is the best way to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all spectators.

Please Note: Face masks are not required for athletes when engaged in competition. 

 

Sign Up to Make Your Voice Heard on FCPS’ Budget for Next School Year

The Fairfax County School Board will hold public hearings on the FY 2022 budget Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12 (if needed). Both public hearings are at 6 p.m. To bring your voice into the room on the proposed budget, register to speak at a School Board meeting or call 571-423-1075.

See more details on the FCPS FY 2022 Budget and planning documents.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is considering an updated Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget that includes a 2% salary boost for FCPS employees, funded in part with dollars from the Commonwealth. More details about the updated FY 2022 Fairfax County budget are available here

Video: Watch Fairfax County School Board Chair Ricardy Anderson’s comments on the FY 2022 Advertised Budget

Stay up to date with FCPS’ budget calendar here

 

FCPS Seeks Input on Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Curriculum Policy

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to educational equity in which every student thrives academically, socially, and emotionally. FCPS wants to empower students as the next generation of change leaders for a more just world. To achieve educational equity, FCPS will be analyzing and addressing the beliefs and policies that inform teaching practices along with what is taught in schools. The school division will begin this process by revising the existing Controversial Issues Policy and developing a new Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Education Curriculum Policy.   

Families and staff will be asked to participate in a survey seeking input on what should be included in the Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Education Curriculum Policy. The survey will be sent to all families and staff in early May. In addition, FCPS will conduct a series of focus groups to gather perspectives and input of all stakeholders. 

FCPS is working with a consultant The Leadership Academy to support stakeholder engagement on the revision and development of these two curriculum policies. An update on the draft policy will be presented to the Fairfax County School Board in the summer. 

Resources:

 

 

 

Setting the Record Straight on Proposed Changes to Virginia’s Mathematics Standards—Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative

 

  • The Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative (VMPI) is a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) proposal to modernize and update Virginia’s mathematics curriculum in grades K-12 to align instruction with the essential knowledge and skills students need to succeed in the 21st-century economy. Every 7 years, VDOE revises the standards in each content area and reassesses graduation requirements, and follows an established procedure for standards revisions that includes public comment windows and public hearings. 
  • A key component of VMPI is the shift from a traditional high school mathematics course sequence (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2) to an Integrated Mathematics course sequence. The VMPI initiative establishes a course sequence that integrates existing math content into blended courses for students in grades 8, 9, and 10. 
  • The content from Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 is not being eliminated by VMPI, but rather the content of these courses would be integrated into a progression of connected learning. Under VMPI, students in 11th and 12th grade would continue to have access to a wide variety of rigorous mathematics courses to meet their interests and post-secondary plans. 
  • The VDOE is proposing that this model would encourage students to connect mathematical concepts and develop a much deeper and more relevant understanding of each concept. 
  • Any changes made to the Mathematics Standards of Learning would be scheduled for classroom level implementation in the 2025-26 school year. See the complete VMPI talking points

 

Student Intention Form

For students who will NOT be attending Frost, Woodson, or a boundary FCPS high school next year, please complete the Student Intention for the Next School Year form, https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf,  and return it to Emily Cheng in the Frost Student Services office, or via email ECheng@fcps.edu.

This includes students who are transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Frost or Woodson or boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
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Summer VIP Camp Registration Opens Today

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Registration for VIP Summer Camp is now open

What is your middle school child doing this summer? Like you, we believe your child is a very important person and deserves a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment.  

FCPS and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week camp for rising 7th, 8th & 9th graders attending Frost, Irving, Lake Braddock, Robinson, and South County Middle Schools. There is a $50 camp supply fee.  Breakfast & lunch will be served each day.

Campers will have a great time playing sports, games, doing arts and crafts and cooking. We will have fun in-house field trips activities on Fridays.  The staff is comprised of FCPS teachers and support staff, After School Program Specialists, and trained DNCS staff. Transportation is provided to and from each middle school to South County Middle School.

Summer VIP camp.pdf

 

Camp Details

Dates: Monday, June 28, 2021 - Thursday, July 29, 2021 (students are encouraged to attend all 5 weeks)

Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm (8-9 is drop off, camp begins at 9am)

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

Transportation:  FCPS bus pick-up and drop-off available at Frost Middle School

Registration Procedure:  Use the registration link provided here: https://forms.gle/1zwrQAynAVHK9aN69

 

Registration Fee:  $50 – pay information in on the registration application – Camp will fill up fast!

 

Refund Policy:  To request a refund of the Camp Supply Fee, contact Chris Woodby, After-School Specialist at South County MS, by emailing cwwoodby@fcps.edu prior to the cutoff date of Friday, June 25, 2021.  Refund requests submitted after the cutoff date will not be considered. Refunds will be in the form of a check. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing

 

Please note: You will receive an email confirmation, once the registration fee has been paid, from Deb Metzker that your child has been accepted into camp.

Questions? Please contact Debbie Metzker at dlmetzker@fcps.edu

 

Debbie Metzker

After School Program Specialist

School Test Coordinator

Frost Middle School

703-426-5088

dlmetzker@fcps.edu

 

4101 Pickett Rd Fairfax, VA 22032  | Main Office: 703.426.5700
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Frost MS PTA - Cinco de Mayo Food Truck at Frost Tonight

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We may need to cancel tonight's food truck if we do not have a bigger response! We need about 25 families to make this event possible

***Please let me know you plan to attend by emailing me at emmyobruba@gmail.com.

Thank you!   

Emmy

 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Frost MS! Roaming Coyote Taco Tent PTA May Fundraiser Wed, May 5th from 5-7:30pm In front of Frost's cafeteria. 

There will be Cinco de Mayo music playing while you wait for your order,  which should only be a few minutes.  Feel free to wear your Mexican attire/sombrero and get your picture taken with Señor Cactus and his Guitarra. 

Principal Harris has allowed us to eat on school property as long as we social distance, wear masks, and bring our trash home.  So, bring some comfy chairs, place them by your vehicle, and enjoy the evening (weather permitting)

Share with your kiddos the fascinating history of Cinco de Mayo with  from the History Channel https://youtu.be/QIICWQyK72Y

¡Cuídate y espero verte mañana!

Take care and see you tomorrow! -Emmy PTA Restaurant Fundraising Coordinator

 

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SOL Prep for FCPSon Devices

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SOL Prep for FCPSon Devices

Hello,

Thank you to everyone who has completed this task or reached out for support.  If you not yet please help us prep for the upcoming Spring SOLs by having your students follow these steps to ensure the laptop is ready and has received all needed updates.

Students should:
  • Restart your laptop each day.
  • Restart your laptop during Falcon Focus time whether you are in person at school or virtual at home.
  • Follow these directions:

     *directions require an @fcpsschools.net account to access.

    • TestNav is the software on your laptop that is used for SOL Testing.  Version 1.9.7 is required for this year’s testing.  These directions will help you determine which version of TestNav is installed on your laptop.

      1. While connected to the FCPS network, click on the Health Icon on your desktop. 
        1. TestNav version will be listed under Installed Applications
        2. Confirm TestNav version is 1.9.7.0

      No Health Icon? Follow these steps:

      1. Click in the Windows search box located in the lower left of the screen.  Type in Programs
      2. In the search results click on the Add or remove programs icon.
      3. On the window that comes up scroll down to TestNav and click on it once.  The version listed should say 1.9.7.0 or 1.9.7
      4. f the TestNav version listed is 1.9.7.0 or 1.9.7 you are ready for SOL testing.  Please continue to restart your laptop on a frequent basis as directed to make sure any other needed updates are installed on your laptop.
      5. If the TestNav version listed is not 1.9.7.0 or 1.9.7 an update needs to be installed on your laptop prior to SOL Testing.
Not working?

Follow these steps if you are unable to follow the directions above to resolve the most common issues.

  • If you are unable to access settings FCPS has put out an update to address access to settings.  It will require you to take your laptop to Frost parking lot or any FCPS site at any time and connect to the FCPS network for a few minutes and then restart the computer. After you login again, you should see a new background with the One Frost logo and this means you have received the update and will have access to all the settings, etc.  It may require up to 3 restarts for all updates to be applied.
  • If you don’t see TestNav in the Software Center restart your computer up to 5 times. If it still doesn’t appear, bring the computer to the Frost parking lot or any FCPS site at any time and connect to the FCPS network for a few minutes and then restart the computer. After you login again, you should see a new background with the One Frost logo and this means you have received the update and will have access to all the settings, etc. It may require up to 3 restarts for all updates to be applied.
Student Support Opportunities

The tech team will be available this week during Falcon Focus to meet with students with this process in room 415.  Virtual students are welcome to meet someone in the front lobby for support during this time as well.

If you cannot update TestNav or are uncomfortable with the directions please submit an Online Support Request.  We will contact you with the next steps.

Thank you for your support and assistance.

#ONEFrost

4101 Pickett Rd Fairfax, VA 22032  | Main Office: 703.426.5700
Attendance: 703.426.5702 | Web | Twitter

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